September 21, 2016 7:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Wednesday, September 21 Morning Reads for Wednesday, September 21 By Chet Martin Morning Reads, Politics 38 Comments It’s the last day of summer. A pumpkin spice pestilence approaches. Music courtesy of Ed. My cheesier Southern rock alternative here. Georgia Everyone owes it to themselves to read this report of a sexual assault at Peachtree Ridge High School in Gwinnett County. There are multiple, massive failures documented here. There are also tough questions ahead. Where to find sweet, sweet gasoline in metro Atlanta. Salvation comes tomorrow. Gouging, for lack of a better word, is good. Gouging works. Uber hits Columbus State Ethics Commission’s new policy on conflicts-of-interest leads Jake Evans to recuse himself Horrifying Flannery O’Connor first drafts Georgia native pops a Grand Slam, busts own windshield Governor Kirby has had some difficulty with Ole Miss in the past (Yikes.) Dansby and Freddie. (With the name “Dansby Swanson”, he’s bound to end up governor one day.) Everything Else, if you’re into that Protests, followed by riots, erupted in Charlotte after Keith Scott was shot. He may or may not have been armed. For what it’s worth, North Carolina is an open carry state. Much will be made that the officer involved was black, but it’s not germane. The US apologized for bombing Assad’s butchers; Russia promptly bombed an aid convoy What if Bernie Bros ran the world? I’m not smart enough to understand Japan’s central banking change, but I would like to learn I’m dumb enough to still be mad about that Honey Badger touchdown in 2011 Cthulhu 2016. Top World’s Greatest Deliberative Body Rant of 2016 Lin-Manuel Miranda as Donald Trump is openly campaigning. Honestly, you know the rest. A recording of the world’s oldest melody that I desperately hope Future samples Atlanta! The nightmare is coming to a close. Let’s all ignore the election and hug our children, or borrow someone else’s as needed Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Chet Martin 38 Comments Noway2016 Well, Brad and Angie are finito! That’s gotta give every wife great pause. If he’ll cheat on arguably “the world’s sexiest” woman, ain’t none of yall gals safe, it seems. Men are strange. Remember Hugh Grant and that hooker, Devine Brown? Good Lord! With Elizabeth Hurley waiting up at the house? Funny but not funny! What’s that old adage, “Why go out for milk when you’ve got a cow at home?” Just damn! September 21, 2016 8:11 AM Log in to Reply xdog Try to bear up. September 21, 2016 8:34 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Thanks, x! LOL! I can just imagine the ‘discussions” that were had last night with wives nervously talking with their husbands! September 21, 2016 8:54 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Pitt probably finds ladies a bit more accessible and amenable to his advances than your regular schlub. September 21, 2016 9:45 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 True. But still, wives gotta be a little worried. Even the schlub might pick off a stray! LOL! September 21, 2016 9:47 AM Ellynn He cheated on Gymeth Paltow when they were engaged, with Jen when he was married to her. This has nothing to do with Jolie. Blame Brad. September 21, 2016 10:19 AM Noway2016 I didn’t blame Jolie. In fact, I was stunned that a guy can cheat on such beautiful women like Joilie and Hurley! September 21, 2016 2:27 PM MattMD_actual You are confusing your adages. It’s: “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” You are confusing this with: “Why go out for ground beef when you can have steak at home?” or something similar. I don’t think it’s all that surprising. Some guys just like a little strange and Pitt can pull it off. People don’t get married just based on pure physical attraction. September 21, 2016 1:50 PM Log in to Reply John Vestal H/T to RaceTrac corporate lackey :>) Bridget for this page showing gas availability at their Georgia locations. September 21, 2016 8:28 AM Log in to Reply gcp For the ignorant here are a few simple rules to avoid getting shot by police 1. Obey the police officer 2. Don’t display a weapon or anything that looks like a weapon 3. Don’t assault the officer or resist arrest 4. Don’t walk or run away While the criminals riot in Charlotte, Hilly calls the Tulsa shooting “unbearable” and says it needs to be “intolerable.” http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/20/politics/terence-crutcher-tulsa-shooting-hillary-clinton/ September 21, 2016 8:33 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 And please do not get out of the car until they approach you first! You may have an important meeting or whatever, but please do not do that. Makes them understandably jumpy. When stopped, I always show both hands up in front of my rear view mirror, so they can see them even from their front seat. Get your wallet out and ready, so you won’t have to reach for it in your side pocket or somewhere else they cannot see. And if you gotta gun, like ‘ol Noway, tell them you have a gun in the vehicle and where it is. Ask their permission to do any-damn-thing! September 21, 2016 8:50 AM Log in to Reply davidmac If you get your wallet out, you’re reaching for a gun. Just like Philando Castile. Informed the officer he had a weapon, officer proceeded to shoot him. September 21, 2016 9:12 AM Log in to Reply gcp Do we know what the officer said to Castile? September 21, 2016 9:30 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I meant get prepped before he arrives at your car. Registration from the glove box, license out… September 21, 2016 9:40 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Pulled over in 2008. I had my wallet out of my bag before car even stopped. I watched as the state patrol officer opened his door and then yelled at me to get my hands out the window. He then walked up to my door hugging the car with his service piece about an inch out of it holster. He then yelled at me to ask why I was learning over to my passenger seat. (because that is where most women place their bags with the wallet inside). When I said to get my wallet out of the bag, he told me to put my hands on the wheel. He then lectured me on how getting my wallet and reaching for my bag looks to him like I was reaching for a gun and I need to be more aware. In the future he said I should wait until I was asked by an officer to reach for my bag. Pulled over in 2015. Local police officer asked for my license, so I very slowly reach over to the passenger seat to get my bag, he starts getting twitchy, says to use my left hand to reach into the bag. I just handed him the bag and told what pocket my wallet was in. 2016 I was in a gas station in my hom town getting drink for me and my cousin’s girls (age 10 and 4). They were in the car and playing with my tablet in the back in seatbelts, and the 4 year old her car seat. Officer(who I know by name if not personally) walks into the station and yell for the owner of the car I am driving. I can see the girls, the window is down and it’s not even 70 degrees out yet. No idea what the problem is. Officer tells me he has witnessed a crime in progress and that two children are steeling my electronics, and asks if I follow him to my car. I tell him my cousins are in the back of the car, he looks at me funny and says “I don’t think so… ” and walks away like I’m going to follow.He is already barking at the girls and the 4 year starts to cry. I look at the office, and state my name, their names, their mother’s name, their grandmother’s name and my own mother’s name, who was his second grade teacher and I then asked how his older sister was doing. He looks at me and my cousins again in wonder and questions again if they really are your cousins. I asked why they wouldn’t be my cousin and he says…”But they’re black.” while I am a glow in the dark middle age bluestocking. Every officer is different, ever expectation is different, ever circumstance is different, every command and want is different. Their really is no right or wrong way. September 21, 2016 11:19 AM Noway2016 The thing I got from your post was that you get pulled over too much. Slow down! LOL! September 21, 2016 2:31 PM Ellynn Twice a decade is not really a lot. September 21, 2016 2:46 PM Lea Thrace I’m waiting to see what the come back to this is. Cause there is always a come back. Always an excuse for the bad behavior of the LEO. They can never be wrong in some peoples minds. There is almost never any room for error. The error is almost always on the non-LEO citizen. September 21, 2016 2:53 PM MattMD_actual I think this is really stupid advice but most of us here are white so I guess it won’t ever matter in the end. You shouldn’t be moving around in your vehicle when they can’t see exactly what you’re doing. Wait until they can see what you are pulling out of the glove box, etc. See, the cop isn’t going to know what precisely you’re getting “prepped”. September 21, 2016 1:38 PM edatlanta And yet people are doing that and still getting shot. September 21, 2016 9:00 AM Log in to Reply gcp Example? September 21, 2016 9:31 AM Log in to Reply davidmac The state of Massachusetts would disagree with you on #4, finding that police officers disproportionately engage in field interrogation of black men and racially profile them. http://www.wbur.org/news/2016/09/20/mass-high-court-black-men-may-have-legitimate-reason-to-flee-police September 21, 2016 9:10 AM Log in to Reply gcp I only addressed ways to avoid getting shot. I did not address the legal issues. September 21, 2016 9:33 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You forgot step 5: Be white Eric Garner, Philando Castille, Terence Crutcher and a whole host of others readily disprove your assertion that you won’t be killed if you aren’t displaying a weapon. By the way, police do not have a legal right to shoot and kill you just because you walk or run away from them. September 21, 2016 9:42 AM Log in to Reply gcp I only addressed ways to avoid getting shot. I did not address the legal issues. Additionally, my list was not ” all of the above.” It is “any of the above.” September 21, 2016 9:54 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance you keep saying you are not addressing the legal issues. as if being shot or not doesn’t really involve the law, or law enforcement. sorry, but adherence to those rules without any sort of factual or racial consciousness shows a glaring and insulting privileged mindset. September 21, 2016 11:40 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You know, gcp can really speak for himself, but he was just offering some very basic, common-sense tips for not putting the police under undo pressure when they stop you. What is glaring or insulting about it? September 21, 2016 2:38 PM Benevolus Because the premise of the whole issue right now is that Black people appear to be getting shot a lot more often that white people. So is the argument that somehow Black people don’t/can’t understand those “simple rules”? If so, why not? Or is it that nothing is wrong here, everything is happening as it is supposed to? Either way it is (to me) disgustingly dismissive about a very serious issue. September 21, 2016 5:37 PM Noway2016 You got all of this fron gcp’s suggestions? Wow September 21, 2016 5:45 PM Benevolus Yes! And perhaps this is the larger issue: Somebody like gcp (or you) can think/feel/express an idea with no apparent thought as to what that means to someone who isn’t just like you. To you, it’s their problem. Just do it like me and everything will be OK. September 21, 2016 7:58 PM Andrew C. Pope It’s insulting because it comes in the wake of an unarmed black man being shot and killed in Tulsa despite following these “simple rules.” It also appears to place the blame for these deaths on the individuals who’ve been shot and killed and not the police officer or officers that did the shooting. For example, gcp’s post reads as: “Tamir Rice wouldn’t have been shot had he not been playing with a toy gun.” That may not have been the point or the intent, but it reeks of white-splaining. September 21, 2016 5:56 PM gcp Noway, you got it right. September 21, 2016 10:23 PM MattMD_actual Yes, but short of pointing a gun or coming at a cop with a weapon, none of your reasons listed would be a justification for getting shot. September 21, 2016 2:04 PM Log in to Reply gcp I did not address justification. I only listed ways to avoid getting shot. September 21, 2016 2:34 PM Log in to Reply Davo65 Police Accidentally Record Themselves Conspiring to Fabricate Criminal Charges Against Protester https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/police-accidentally-record-themselves-conspiring-fabricate-criminal-charges-against You are welcome, Colin Kaepernick! September 21, 2016 8:48 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Observation for the day… I am seeing a maked difference in the number of political bumper stickers and yard signs for this time of year as compared to past election seasons. I had my very first sighting of a Barksdale sign. Had to slow down to see what it was., never saw his logo before. My church parking lot has more Romney bumper stickers then Trump ones. Ran across some SCAD students with Hilary logo as a rainbow. Saw another SCAD student t-shirt with the Trump logo and ‘ery’ added to the end of his name. I have seen 2 Trump yard signs, 3 Hillary, and one homemade Johnson sigh (it had a Rand Paul this winter), a faded Carson sign and lots of Bernie in windows. That’s it… September 21, 2016 2:45 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I’m gonna make me a Trumpy McTrumpface sign. September 21, 2016 3:15 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I have seen Flannery O’Connor first drafts, and they look nothing like killer bales of cotton. 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