Morning Reads – Thursday, April 7, 2016

On this date in 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

RIP Merle Haggard. They’re gonna waive ol’ Glory at half staff down at the courthouse and I’m going to take a swig or two of white lightnin in your honor.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Do you make your own? That is an absolute art! I know a guy, who, cough, cough, makes some for “personal consumption.” It is absolutely amazing!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Sadly, no. But I know folks. Don’t want to elaborate. The revenues may read this site.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I didn’t realize if was legal to make a limited amount of liquor for personal use. I always thought that applied only to beer and wine. Not so. So, go ahead get that fire stoked and the copper coil and pot working!

Noway2016
Noway2016

“First Georgia City to allow employees to carry at work in official capacity”
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/this-north-georgia-city-is-first-to-allow-all-empl/nqzzj/
I wonder if Mayor Rick Austin is available to run for Prez?

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Gerrymandering is a politically acceptable tool in Georgia for both parties.

Voting lines by neighborhoods, major streets, natural divisions, villages, cities, zip codes, counties, trade areas is just too impersonal for politics.

Guns at work: As we let more carry everywhere it is just might be a good idea to enforce laws as they relate to permit revocations.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Gerrymandering continues to be a blot to our system of government and I don’t care if it has always been done and is expected. In the modern age it could easily be eradicated, though just as large states will never give up winner-take-all in the electoral college neither will the party in power give up their “right” to gerrymander. Too many of Kemp’s actions have fallen along racial lines however and the optics are atrocious. Drawing a new line after the guy has qualified? He is a one-man force to keep Georgia under VRA sanctions forever. This leads to even… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Not sure what Thabo expects to gain from that lawsuit (Pero too). Sometimes you should just leave well enough alone. He makes $4M a year. Let it go.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

In my first year of law school, we studied a case that I still haven’t forgotten. A black NASA scientist was at a conference in Houston. He went to dinner at the hotel with his white co-workers. While he was standing in the buffet line, the white hotel manager came and slapped the plate he was holding out of his hands. He sued the manager and the hotel. A classmate asked our torts professor “Why is this guy suing? He wasn’t hurt. He didn’t own the plate that fell to the floor. He was refunded the money he paid for… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

I agree 100%. Same for tennis player James Blake who was recently thrown to the ground in front of a NY hotel in a case of mistaken identity. Hope they both win a ton.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Noway and I agree on something. Let the church bells ring and the choir of angels rejoice. This is gonna be a good Thursday!

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! Great minds! Read my post under yours below!! Too damn funny!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Fair enough, but it was a crime scene, and he admitted to calling one of the cops a midget, and also trying to give a panhandler some money – which is apparently relevant in some way, one can assume that is his excuse for crossing a police line or disobeying an order? He already won his criminal case. If anybody should sue it is the Hawks or their insurance company!

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Dignity ? If what you said is true, I agree. The story reads more like he was uncooperative, got in a fracas, has a bad track record and a midget with friends kicked his butt. The only thing we can count on is suspicious reporting so I’d wait for the courts to work it out, and with his bucks, the odds are it’ll probably be ok for him but probably not lucrative.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“Bad track record” where’d you pull that from? The fact he’s an NBA player? I certainly hope you don’t assume he has a “bad track record” because he’s black. Dude’s from Switzerland, has no criminal record, and was trying to talk to police because his friend had been stabbed. There’s no “suspicious reporting” as the video clearly showed multiple police officers throwing him to the ground. The court already “worked it out” when he was found not guilty of the three misdemeanors he was charged with from this incident. Again, not sure if calling someone a midget gives you free… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

We’re not “spending more on taxes”. We’re spending more on aircraft carriers and space stations and FBI agents and disease research/mitigation and fighter jets and submarines and crop subsidies, etc.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If I remember correctly, Thabo was a free agent at the end of last season and could reasonably argue that having a broken leg impacted his ability to maximize his earnings on the open market. Who knows what his free agent value would have been had he taken over primary defensive duties on LeBron when Carroll went down in the ECF. I also don’t think calling a police officer a “midget” warrants having your leg broken. Wearing a badge or a uniform does not make you incapable of being a d-bag and shouldn’t bar people from calling you out for… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Oops, replied to the wrong thing…

The Dixie Cheetomonger
The Dixie Cheetomonger

Biggest partsof the budget is healthcare, but no one is willing to grapple with it. The government can’t even negotiate drug prices.

Noway2016
Noway2016

PayPal a bit hypocritical. Pulls out of NC over bathroom kerfuffle, yet stays in countries that mistreat gays. Who knew?
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/04/06/paypal-to-cancel-expansion-n-c-stays-in-countries-that-execute-gays/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Apples and oranges. PayPal’s services are used by people in those countries. They would be hypocrites if they refused to allow NC residents to use PayPal. They have not done that, they have merely said they won’t be expanding their business presence in the state. PayPal will still be available for people in North Carolina. I mean, I don’t know why I expected Brietbart to have researched and thought critically about an article. I kinda should have know better. But hey, we all make mistakes.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

…any more than the Washington Examiner to report correctly on taxes.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I’m gonna be in church for the next for days and by “church” I mean watching The Masters and admiring the cathedral that issss Augusta National. So my fights with Drew, B and Robbie will by surprisingly civil. LOL! Back to the Golf Channel.

blakeage80
blakeage80

I admit I don’t have a deep knowledge of refugee relocation programs, but I have always wondered about the logic of flying Syrians all the way over here. Why not help fund settlements in the region somewhere closer to home for them? And by settlements, I don’t mean tent cities but places where human beings want to live, like adding residential capacity somewhere.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Where close to home? Jordan is overloaded. Turkey is a powder keg. Greece can’t even afford to take care of Greece and they are overloaded. Can’t resettle to the east in Iraq or Iran. The only stable country in the middle east to build settlements is Israeli (let’s see how well that plan would fly). All of African is in unrest. Europe does not have the intelligence or the room. There are an estimated 60 million refugees in the world at the moment from over 20 countries. There are only so many places you can create stable long term housing.

blakeage80
blakeage80

Poor folks . I know there is concern about importing terrorists, but you just hate to see people suffer. I know someone who works over there with Syrian refugees and the stories they hear are just nuts. One family my friend knows over here in the US commented to him that while they live in heaven, hell is just s phone call away. They never know when they will receive news about yet another family member that has died.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Given the large number of refugees that have already streamed into Jordan and Lebanon, I’m afraid it’s not as simple as “adding residential capacity.” For one, there’s a massive housing shortage, meaning you’re either cramming people into tightly crowded apartments while simultaneously racing to put up shanty towns and tent cities. No developer is going “oh, here’s a transient and temporary population with no jobs and limited financial resources, let me build a well-constructed apartment tower to house them.” Adding residential capacity also requires infrastructure improvements or expansion to provide water, electricity, etc. Thats a huge financial cost for cities… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Let’s not forget, they are not returning to their own homeland anytime in the near future. The area is in rubble in most cases. To lend perspective, Germany took almost 35 years to rebuild, and a large number of people moved out of the country in the years that followed the end of WWII due to lack of work and limited food – mostly to America, Japan took over 25 years. Both countries had long term US military like plans in place for reconstruction. 20 years later Serbia and Croatia are still restructuring. Jordan has ‘temporary’ refugees that have live… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid

Here’s a cool new app called redzone that came out yesterday. It’s only on the apple app store now. Android coming out soon. Just released yesterday. It helps you avoids crime areas by geofencing and shows shootings. It is also crowd sourced. Enjoy. http://www.redzonemap.com/

Ellynn
Ellynn

I live and work in “Redzone”. All I need are ears.