Morning Reads to Begin My Birthday Celebrations

You have a mere eight shopping days left for my birthday. For those of you who were wondering…

“Solitary Confinement” by the Members. 

While, at times, Georgia may be a bit of a laughingstock at least we are neither Mississippi nor Alabama (thanks, Seth for the AL link).

  1. Reed sez city employees can’t travel to NC due to new, very-similar-to-RFRA law. 
  2. Want to tell Atlanta how it’s doing? Now you can! 
  3. Want to know about the US Department of Transportation’s plan for a unified Southeast rail link? 
  4. Georgia’s supreme court expansion highlighted in report on the increasing politicization of state judiciaries. 
  5. On Tuesday, Atlanta Federal Reserve said GDP grew at 0.4% in the first quarter. 
  6. GSU’s basketball team worth $11.5 million. 
  7. Cops now take more stuff from citizens than criminals thanks to the wonderful civil forefiture laws like Georgia’s got on the books. #liberty

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Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Reed travel ban: non-essential city paid travel to NC ? I thought all city paid travel expense had to be essential to their job. Doesn’t matter which side of the religious legislation a politician is on, they wet themselves.

Just ban all out of state travel for city employees. And georgiapol needs a 30 day moratorium/cooling off on front page posts on the subject.

blakeage80
blakeage80

It is beginning to resemble CNN when a plane crashes anywhere or Fox News when a teen goes missing in the Caribbean, but I can’t stop watching!

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Forefiture: all that article sensationally proves is burglary is petty stuff compared to drugs, extortion, gambling, fraud…..the problem is how it is used to help fund a very expensive public service…..

Raleigh
Raleigh

Well Salty here is a test for you.

When can law enforcement permanently seize money or other property from a person?

A. Only if a person has been charged with and convicted of a crime.
B. Only if the person has been or will be charged with a crime.
C. Whenever they suspect it’s connected to criminal activity.
D. Beats me.

The Dixie Cheetomonger
The Dixie Cheetomonger

You have to support LE! *last brain-cell pops out of existence*

For a while, I thought it would be better if assets went into the general budget, but that would probably pervert the incentives for justice even further.

I̶f̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶’̶t̶ ̶r̶a̶i̶s̶e̶ ̶t̶a̶x̶e̶s̶,̶ ̶m̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶w̶e̶l̶l̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶g̶o̶ ̶a̶r̶o̶u̶n̶d̶ ̶l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶n̶d̶i̶t̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶s̶t̶e̶a̶l̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶o̶r̶.̶ ̶I̶t̶ ̶c̶e̶r̶t̶a̶i̶n̶l̶y̶ ̶c̶u̶t̶s̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶u̶r̶e̶a̶u̶c̶r̶a̶c̶y̶.̶ ̶ The state has every right to let the law enforcement become revenue generators instead of simply being a drag on the budget. The funds generated by law enforcement should be titled as Bespoke Opportunity Funds.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

A, keyword being permanently and my point was I expect these seizures (documented taking) by law enforcement to far exceed burglary (undocumented taking)….especially if Holly Springs needs tanks and heavy artillery.

Will Durant
Will Durant

The 4th amendment is being abused every day in Georgia and in a recent check I did last year’s tightening of the laws have had little to no effect. The majority of DAs and Sheriffs in Georgia are still not reporting confiscations. Documentation? We don’t need no stinking documentation.

Meanwhile all the legislature can dwell on are non-existent 1st amendment infringements.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

E. Anytime they want
Unfortunately…E is the correct answer.

Raleigh
Raleigh

Ed that applies to many in the middle class too because of the cost to go to court. Salty until Obama got involve Holly Springs could get all their military hardware for free.

Anyway the correct answer is C. All they have to do is “suspect” not charge or get a conviction.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

oops, I gave you my opinion.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

#3 Passenger Rail affordability in GA connecting our larger cities is directly tied to Amtrak. And important.

How that gets in line may not necessarily be related to a bureaucracy of a thousand ideas from hundreds of sources to hold forums, seminars, advisory committees/commissions, meetings and various expense paid millions in sideshows. It may take a governor, US senators, house members and mayors to beat the same drum of let’s roll.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

PS currently in DC on the metro and it is the best way to get anywhere….for common folk….flew up as Amtrak way more Expensive Atl to DC
Hope all the Capitol restoration gets done soon……

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Happy Birthday Ed…Aries…it all makes sense now. Cant tell ’em anything. They have to figure it out on their own. Do you have your “wish list” set up on Amazon yet 😉