Morning Reads for Monday, September 26

The delightfully weird lead-up to Gnarl Barkley’s “Crazy,” one of three perfect pop songs of the last decade. Whole album is worth a listen

Georgia

Two people showing kindness to one another. 2016 is gonna get worse before it gets better; let's remember this.

Two people showing kindness to one another. 2016 will  get worse before it gets better; let’s breathe for a second and remember this.

Here Be Dragons

  • A Pennsylvania King who had some success in Augusta has died
  • Even more heartbreaking is the death of Jose Fernandez, Cuban refugee, American citizen, Miami Marlins ace, and soon-to-be father. He’s worth reading about. He inspired love in many. Would that we all do.
  • 3.5 million Americans rose out of poverty last year, another way in which America is increasingly estranged from its political rhetoric
  • The Charlotte Police Department released dash cam and body camera video from the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. While mandatory curfews have been lifted, the truth of his death remains obscure.
  • Les Miles is out at LSU, and college football is a little bit less magical without its luckier-than-Forrest-Gump coach
  • Obama will likely face his first veto override regarding a bill that allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. There are fascinating questions of sovereign immunity and foreign policy here.
  • In praise of ballot selfies (and why banning them might be unconstitutional)
  • Blaming the decline in new American start-ups on big business
  • There will be a debate. It will be ridiculous, as they always are. This one will be particularly ridiculous. Let’s not make this any worse than necessary.

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Noway2016
Noway2016

Arnold Palmer, the very embodiment of American Exceptionalism, has passed. Just Damn. With his memory to inspire our Ryder Cup team this week, I wouldn’t want to be Europe!

xdog
xdog

Palmer was exceptional as a golfer and became the first person to market his prowess and charisma post-career. More than anyone he’s responsible for today’s pro game. I don’t see how any of that rates political spin.

Dan Jenkins years ago wrote that Palmer became a hero because he invented a new way to play golf — knock hell out of it, go find it, knock hell out of it again. That’s good enough for me.

John Vestal
John Vestal

In his career, Arnie’s total winnings were about $3.5M (a bit under $1.8M from each of the regular PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour…formerly called the Seniors Tour)

$3.5M would’ve been good for 18th place in total winnings on the PGA Tour this season.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, that’s the difference between you and me. His story is all-American. It could not have happened anywhere else!! And, X, if his life story doesn’t make you proud of your heritage and this country, you’re hopeless.

xdog
xdog

I can figure out how I feel about Palmer as a sporting hero all by myself, thanks.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“It could not have happened anywhere else.”

Except South Africa. He was a fantastic golfer and one of the greatest of all time. However, let’s not delude ourselves into thinking that “being really really really good at golf” is something that can only happen in the US.

xdog
xdog

I thought women didn’t wear white after Labor Day.

President Pinhead should get his suits cut better. Either that or drop a few pounds. There’s always brush to cut.

Teri
Teri

At least she’s smiling, amirite?

gcp
gcp

Atlanta had several events over the weekend. The Heart Walk raised money for charity, was a positive event and was attended by several hundred. Meanwhile The Black Lives Matter event which was attended by about two dozen protesters blocked an entrance to Lenox and did nothing but make drivers mad.

Interesting to note that “Crazy”, the Patsy Cline version, was Ross Perot’s campaign song.

Indypendant
Indypendant

That picture speaks volumes.

We all get our panties in a wad.

Arguing between Democratic or Republican.

They are all members of the same ruling party.

bethebalance
bethebalance

for the clown, who stated that making ppl afraid is not illegal– making ppl afraid of contact or harm is exactly what “assault” is. It is often confused with the “battery”, which is the actual contact / harm.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

I’m fairly sure that battery refers to physical evidence (contusions, abrasions) of an assault where if you were to push somebody (or otherwise lay hands on them) that would be a ‘simple assault’.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As a civil tort, assault is the intentional causing of the reasonable apprehension of an immediate harmful or offensive contact.

As a common law crime, assault is a threat of bodily harm coupled with the present ability to cause the harm.

You can assault someone without touching them. You have to touch someone (or cause something to touch someone) to batter them.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Ok, I can see that but how often do you think people actually get charged with that? For instance, if someone threatens to beat my ass but never actually follow through with any violence, is your average police officer going to charge someone?

I do understand things can escalate if one starts with threats to kill, I think that is where “terroristic threats” kick in.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Words alone are generally not considered grounds for an assault claim, unless they’re sufficient to create a reasonable apprehension of unwanted bodily contact. In the civil context, wjether the apprehension was reaasonable is a jury question. In the criminal context, assault often arises when someone is brandishing a gun or other weapon.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Making people afraid is called terrorism.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

That word is almost meaningless to me now.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The list is too long to quote, but the Washington Post has a guide to all the reasons Trump has given for why he won’t release his tax returns, and then shot them down all down. If Trump saying a half dozen times over a period of years that he’ll release his tax returns and then not doing it isn’t lying, it’s certainly an indication that Trump is bereft of integrity. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2016/09/15/a-running-tally-of-trumps-many-excuses-for-why-he-wont-release-his-tax-returns/ The media lightens up on Trump anytime a polling gap develops because a horse race is entertaining. I wonder how that will affect coverage debate tonight and tomorrow’s… Read more »

augusta52
augusta52

A very wild finish to the Auburn-LSU game Saturday night—Les Miles certainly must be thinking today, “If I had had an extra second or two….” Could have been that the loser of that game was going to get the ax—would have been hard to imagine Gus Malzhan surviving that loss. Fans these days aren’t interested in whether the coach won an SEC championship or the national championship even 4 or 5 years ago—it is more like “what have you done for me lately” (in the last year or two)? Wonder how Vince Dooley could have survived as UGA coach decades… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

ACC has 4 teams in the top 15. I wonder if that is going to ratchet up the pressure on the whole conference.