April 7, 2016 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, April 7, 2016 Morning Reads – Thursday, April 7, 2016 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 30 Comments On this date in 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material. Peaches First Georgia City to allow employees to carry at work in official capacity Trump supporters “brace for trickery“ New Republic: White Republicans are derailing an African American Candidate Georgia Grown program is a booming success AG Sam Olens takes a seat on the sidelines Jimmy Carter John Kerry finally wins something Watchdog to review Panama Papers 25% of Bernie supporters won’t back Hillary Syrian refugees are en route Sweet Tea Atlanta Hawks player suing NYC over arrest Samsung: Contact lenses with built in camera IU students not sure of the difference in priest and KKK Liberty Drum We’re slaves to our own country We spend more on taxes than food, clothing, and housing combined Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 30 Comments 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. April 7, 2016 6:36 AM Log in to Reply 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! April 7, 2016 9:10 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Sadly, no. But I know folks. Don’t want to elaborate. The revenues may read this site. April 7, 2016 10:40 AM Log in to Reply 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! April 7, 2016 11:23 AM Log in to Reply 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? April 7, 2016 7:52 AM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 7:53 AM Log in to Reply 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 more districts that look like a snake on maps and even more gerrymandering. April 7, 2016 8:31 PM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 8:25 AM Log in to Reply 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 dinner? Why should he get anything?” My professor, turned it around (as all great law professors do) and said “I assume that you, like me, are Jewish. How would you feel if they were hurling anti-Semitic slurs at you? Denying you, and only you, the opportunity to eat with your friends in their restaurant? The law does not exist solely to rectify the injuries we can see, it also exists to rectify the injuries we cannot see. Here, the law is compensating this Plaintiff for an injury to his dignity which is just as important as any injury to his body.” Thabo makes a ton of money and, with or without this suit, has enough to be comfortable for the rest of his life. He’s suing because the way he was treated by the NYPD was such an affront to his dignity that he feels they should have to compensate him. Furthermore, he knows he is in a position to actually be successful in this case. A 31-year-old black man of a lower socioeconomic strata would probably lose, not from a lack of merit, but from inherent jury biases and a lack of resources. Thabo can strike a blow against the NYPD for a bunch of people who have been wrongfully arrested or assaulted by bad cops. Just wanted to add that I’ve done a good bit of civil defense work and I can’t stand a good percentage of plaintiffs attorneys. April 7, 2016 8:58 AM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 9:07 AM Log in to Reply 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! April 7, 2016 9:11 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 LOL! Great minds! Read my post under yours below!! Too damn funny! April 7, 2016 9:18 AM 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! April 7, 2016 10:12 AM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 6:43 PM Log in to Reply 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 reign to break their leg. Maybe if this officer was so self-conscious about his height (or lack thereof) he should have gone into a line of work that didn’t give him the ability to assault and arrest people who made fun of his tiny stature. April 7, 2016 7:21 PM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 8:31 AM Log in to Reply 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 acting like a jerk. The appropriate reaction is to not break a guys leg. April 7, 2016 10:39 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Oops, replied to the wrong thing… April 7, 2016 10:53 AM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 11:12 AM Log in to Reply 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/ April 7, 2016 8:56 AM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 9:09 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta …any more than the Washington Examiner to report correctly on taxes. April 8, 2016 6:45 PM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 9:17 AM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 9:36 AM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 10:08 AM Log in to Reply 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. April 7, 2016 10:24 AM Log in to Reply 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 and countries to spend on what is, hopefully, a temporary spike in demand. For a good sense of the challenge of fitting in more refugees, I suggest watching Anthony Bourdain’s CNN special on Lebanon. Keep in mind that “the region” is predominately desert with cities more or less along the coast or other waterways. As Elynn already said, there aren’t a lot of places to put them. The US has the infrastructure and space to physically absorb immigrant populations, we have a diverse enough population that you can resettle them in a community with other Syrians and with a citizenry that is no so institutionally racist that it instantly marginalizes them (cough, France, cough, Belgium, cough). April 7, 2016 10:53 AM Log in to Reply 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 there for 50 years. This isn’t sheltering. This is large scale migration. April 7, 2016 11:58 AM Log in to Reply 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/ April 7, 2016 12:20 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I live and work in “Redzone”. All I need are ears. 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