October 11, 2017 7:44 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads on 10/11 Morning Reads on 10/11 By edatlanta Politics 23 Comments I hope all of you used the best pick-up line ever yesterday. (Are you today’s date? Because you are 10/10). “The Loser” by Derrick Harriot. Jimmy to Trump: Lemme chat with North Korea–I got this. Earl Ehrhart doesn’t think free speech is allowed on government property. Your small-government Republicanism in action, folks! The 411 on the new 420 laws in Atlanta. UGA fan tats 2018 National Champs on derriere. (Semi-NSFW). Anyone want to bet he’s never taken a class at UGA? Meet the new Atlanta Fed Prez. Cops: Target burglar says ‘Naruto’ books were ‘teaching him how to be a ninja’ One word there makes me not understand everything. UPS: We’re gonna catch the employee who leaked our confidential info. The new series of “Dynasty” is set in Atlanta. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 23 Comments Noway2016 http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/detroit-firefighter-fired-for-bringing-watermelon-to-station Seriously? What are other foods that could have also gotten this guy canned? Eyes are rolling all over the world on this one! October 11, 2017 7:54 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Dude walks into a precinct that’s 90% black with a watermelon and expects everyone to think it was just some sort of innocent mistake? He was either being a racially insensitive jerk or he is a genuine moron. Noway, don’t be obtuse. October 11, 2017 9:39 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 So, you’re ok with depriving a man of his livelyhood/job because he brought a water melon to work? The guy said he meant no harm but he’s fired anyway? Just to be clear – you are ok with that? October 11, 2017 9:50 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope This guy has been assigned to a precinct that’s 90% black. We’re supposed to believe that he bought a watermelon and stuck a bow on it with no understanding of how that would be received? We’re supposed to believe that no one in his life said “yo, dude, that’s a bad idea.”? We’re supposed to believe that he honestly thought a watermelon was more appropriate and less controversial than a box of donuts? No one is that obtuse without intending to be. When he says he “meant no harm,” he’s hoping that folks will be dumb enough to believe him, looks like that bet paid off. October 11, 2017 10:31 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Simple yes or no? You ok with firing the guy, taking away his means of support? For bringing an un PC gift? I’ll bet one of your lawyer brethren would love to file a wrongful termination suit here! This guy will have his name stenciled backward on that big red firetruck when this is over!! October 11, 2017 11:39 AM Noway2016 But, but, but, according to your savior, Hilly, isnt everyone supposed to be believed when they tell their side of a story??? Guess that doesn’t apply to Watermelon Man! October 11, 2017 11:43 AM bethebalance I’m going with moron with a dash of jerk. Yeah, OK, but firing on the far side of appropriate. The centrist appropriate response could be education by hazing, or maybe immersive cultural diversity classes. October 11, 2017 11:44 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope From the article, he was on a probationary period when this happened. If he wasn’t a trial employee, I’m sure there would have been less drastic measures employed. I still maintain that anyone that dumb shouldn’t be allowed near fires or sharp objects to begin with. October 11, 2017 1:06 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Well, even to be let go during a probationary perioud requiers a reason for the cause. And guess what ? This ain’t one! Lol! Thanks for manning up, by the way and giving your yes or no answer. October 11, 2017 1:55 PM Raleigh And sometimes the story doesn’t cover everything. Apparently his fellow coworkers and classmates didn’t agree with his firing. http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/black-detroit-firefighters-stand-by-white-recruit-fired-over-watermelon Can you say childish OVERREACTION, sure you can….. October 11, 2017 1:24 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Oopssss! Better read it and weep, Drew! October 11, 2017 2:00 PM Log in to Reply xdog Southwest is running a three-day sale on one-way fares. http://www.businessinsider.com/southwest-airlines-sale-round-trip-tickets-less-than-100-2017-10 October 11, 2017 8:05 AM Log in to Reply blindhog Why not leave out the anthem? The man who coined the phrase”The land of the Free” did not mean it to apply to his slaves. October 11, 2017 9:39 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Because just watching athletes get injured isn’t the same kind of thrill. One must get righteous first. Interesting story about the history of playing the song at ball games: http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/6957582/the-history-national-anthem-sports-espn-magazine October 11, 2017 11:51 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Your first paragraph just described the salt of the Earth Nascar fans! Although you said it just to throw snark. They’d love to see the wreck of course. Andddddd – THEY by God, to a man and to a woman, stand proudly for their anthem! And, even better, they will be at the polls next November, will lie their backsides off to telephone pollsters and subsequently Crush the Libs Again. Just like 2016! October 11, 2017 4:49 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Noway, if I could get you to be a little introspective for a moment, I would think my day was exceptional. You seem to be outraged by black men kneeling (kneeling!) during the anthem. But you think i’s funny that a white guy brings a watermelon as a gift to a bunch of black guys. Does it register with you how these two things are connected? You are also preoccupied with winning and popularity, rather than being right. They are not the same thing. I believe you (and many of us) were brought up in a way and a time that accepted inequality. As a nation- a great experiment based on equality- we are growing and changing. It’s not easy but we have to change. Women are equal, black people are equal, Mexicans are equal. There is no guarantee that our great experiment will work, but if “democracy” is to mean anything, we have to resist our prehistoric impulses to always “win” and “crush”, and learn to share and help. The alternative is the big loss. It means that America didn’t work. October 11, 2017 7:26 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Never said anything about race in the kneelers. About the monuments, yes. Correction, maybe about the hands up don’t shoot being false narrative. October 11, 2017 8:00 PM Dave Bearse Noway, dog whistles became passe when Trump was embraced. October 12, 2017 10:04 AM xdog FYI: Just got off the phone with a friend calling from his daughter’s house in Napa. Nine percent relative humidity, winds down last night but predicted to get back to 50 mph this afternoon, no rain in sight. Fire crews are in triage mode; Silverado resort area is a playground for the very rich and they are leaving it to its fate. In my friend’s words, if it burns, it burns. House in Napa was not in danger yesterday but is today. Cable just went out there, phone service spotty, still has power which isn’t the case in a lot of places. Friend lives north of Napa in Angwin and his house is likely safe. October 11, 2017 12:39 PM Log in to Reply Nefarious Happy Coming Out Day! What are y’all’s plans for pride this weekend? October 11, 2017 4:46 PM Log in to Reply Indypendant Stop off at Noways so we can body paint and get ready for a great day. October 12, 2017 6:00 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn It’s always both reassuring and some what horrifying to know that I can not stop by here for over 24 hours and the usual suspects are all gleefully annoying one other. Carry on… October 11, 2017 11:24 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 It’s what we do…. October 12, 2017 8:28 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.