Monday Morning Reads — November 6

Happy Monday, everyone! Congratulations to GeorgiaPol contributor George Chidi for getting hitched over the weekend.

News by the Numbers

  • 26 people – were killed in a mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small town located 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. The death toll is expected to rise as more information comes out.
  • $250 an hour – Georgia officials agreed to shell out $250 an hour to former Governor Roy Barnes for his defense of Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Attorney General Carr was forced to withdraw from the case after Kemp blamed another party in the suit, Kennesaw State, for the error — blame that Kemp has since pointed elsewhere.
  • 14 percent – that’s the percentage Sprint’s shares have fallen since September amid talks of a merger with T-Mobile. Those talks officially ended last weekend when SoftBank Group Corp and Deutsche Telekom AG couldn’t resolve how to share control of a combined Sprint/T-Mobile.
  • 5 fractured ribs – Senator Rand Paul was attacked by his neighbor leaving him with fractured ribs and cuts around his mouth. A prolonged absence could complicate matters in the Senate. With only 52 votes and a patched-together majority, Trump’s agenda could be threatened.
  • 11 minutes – President Trump’s Twitter account was taken offline by a rogue employee on his last day at Twitter. All jokes aside, this raises a huge security question in an age where major policy shifts are announced via Twitter rather than traditional media outlets. What if an employee can send a tweet from POTUS’ account saying they’ve launched a nuke?
  • 104 schools – are classified as low performers in Georgia according to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. 41 of those are in metro Atlanta. They could be targeted for “turnaround” plans mandated by the state.
  • $6 million – The Red Cross uncovered millions of dollars in fraud relating to the Ebola outbreak that ravaged West Africa in 2014 to 2016. As if people need another reason to never donate to the Red Cross. (That last link was written by a former professor of mine and is, quite frankly, incredible)

 

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xdog
xdog

Congratulations George.

chamblee54
chamblee54

22 people were killed by police in the United States last week.
https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/killed-by-police-november-5/

Noway2016
Noway2016

Is your implication that the shootings were “bad” and the fault of the officers involved?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Renewed call for gun control. To be expected. There needs to be a relaxing of restrictions. More folks carrying less people ballsy enough to attempt to do stuff like this. I carry every day. .22 Mag. Light, 30 round mag. Nice equalizer!

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’m going to rise to your bait on this one. I know your normal echo chambers always come out with these mantras that you spew, (If babies had guns there would be no more abortions, etc. ). More guns is your answer to these mass shootings? We already have more guns in circulation than we have people, even counting the children. A relaxation of carrying restrictions? How can it possibly be further relaxed in Georgia? The only requirements are a warm body and no previous convictions for a violent or drug offense. I must admit on this one though that… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

No bait, Will. If more people could carry these events would happen less often. Common sense to me.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I think you missed the point Noway. What regulations could be relaxed? There are essentially no regulations already. With very few exceptions pretty much anyone who wants to carry, can. We may be at the limit of how many people want to carry. The only thing that will get more people to want to carry is even higher crime.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ok. Fair enough. Regs to be relaxed? Lower pistol age to 18 is one! Carrying in churches would certainly helped in this instance….

Ellynn
Ellynn

When you explain this concept of guns in churches to the US College of Bishops, can I be in the room to watch? ( I’ll need to find some Jesuit popcorn…)

Noway2016
Noway2016

Constitutional Carry, Ellynn. Despite your point, a gun carrying parishioner might have stopped the killing at one, maybe. Make the mentally ill maggot wonder if he’ll get his worthless ass shot before he goes in…

Teri
Teri

Ellyn, I don’t have any popcorn but I have some fudge from the monastery in Conyers…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Noway, the gunman was using an AR-15. I think it far more probable that our pistol packing protagonist gets shot and killed before he’s able to do the same.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I could be amenable to military 18 year olds being able to obtain a carry permit while off duty as most of them have been trained to use weapons if not handguns. As long as Federal law prohibits dealers from selling handguns and their ammo to under 21 however the non-trained will just have to wait until they can legally drink while packing heat. As I’ve stated before, I grew up with guns as just another tool to be used primarily for varmints, though of course with some real hunting mixed in. I personally was not mature enough at 18… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I believe that is already the case Will: “Must be 21 years of age or can provide proof of Basic Training Completion or Honorable discharge.” http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/georgia.pdf Noway, here are the areas we are not allowed to carry. Maybe removing some of these restrictions would be helpful: In a government building In a courthouse In a jail or prison In a place of worship (unless permitted by owner) In a state mental health facility On the premises of a nuclear power facility I mean really, if it’s OK to carry at colleges or bars or football games, why not at the… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

No place to click reply. I hope this works ik. Agree totally, B! Andrew, if I’m one of 50 in the church and armed, even though he does have that AR, when he’s focusing on another area of the church, he can be gotten to. Anyway, we’ll always disagree on this issue.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’m not challenging the right to carry Noway. The Catholic church would have to sign off on allowing a gun in a sacristy. They might have armed guards on the grounds of the Vatican and other major sites (IE Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem), but not inside the actual spaces of worship. Not to mention, the Holy See as a whole strives to maintain an open door/heart approach even to mentally ill maggots.

But it would be interesting to watch you try to change their minds. Terri and the fudge can join me in the gallery.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Love you, Ellynn!!! Your use of “maggot” made me laugh out loud! I’m a bad influence! 🙂

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Why it’s difficult to be sympathetic to struggling Trump supporter rubes in Georgia….

“They are, you see, deeply invested in the myth that [African American] struggles with poverty, mass incarceration, joblessness, and miseducation arise from something African Americans chose or did, while the rest of the country, innocent as the dawn, did nothing to cause or benefit from any of it. They will be angry at the reminder that this is ridiculous.” — Leonard Pitts

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Re: the security questions raised by Trump’s Twitter:

I think the easiest solution is moving away from a situation where “major policy shifts” are announced via Twitter. That, of course, would require the current President of the United States, and the people around him, to act like grown-ups.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Taking his message Di-rectly to the American People has served him rather well. Cut out that middle man!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Tweeting does have its uses, but without thoughtfulness, it can be an easy way to say stupid things. But my prediction is that Homeland Security is gonna get up on Twitter, and that HS will get warrants for access to Twitter’s cybersecurity/ private info.

blakeage80
blakeage80

Here’s a plug for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. https://www.sendrelief.org/ 100% of all donations go to real disaster relief. This isn’t sending folks with bullhorns to flood areas preaching The Gospel. This is folks feeding people and doing relief work in disaster areas. The administrative overhead for this organization is covered completely by the SBC’s Cooperative Program.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

By the time this man intervened, the gunman had already killed 26 people, wounded 20 others, and left the church. So, I’m not entirely sure that the intervention prevented further casualties. I’ll readily acknowledge that the men who pursued the gunmen are brave and heroic, I don’t think one can safely say that their actions prevented further loss of life. Further, according to an FBI report on active shooter events from 2000 to 2013, only 3 percent were stopped by a civilian with a gun. Unarmed civilians were more successful, stopping 13 percent of active shooter events. The notion that… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Your gonna believe what you want to believe. Who’s to say the bad guy couldn’t have gone out for more ammo and come back yo shoot some of the wounded??

Gime us this one tiny attaboy: the guy with the rifle was instrumental in preventing more mayhem by putting two into the worthless piece of sh-t!

I dare say most of America are cheering the hero’s actions!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

1) I’m also cheering this guy. But I can cheer the guy and also recognize the reality that a minuscule percentage of these events are stopped by a civilian carrying a firearm. More guns = more gun violence and more gun deaths. This has been demonstrated over the course of multiple studies. 2) I don’t think he put two bullets in the guy. The gunman got away and eventually killed himself. Again, not knocking the guy, but I think there’s some unfounded lionizing going on to fit a pro-gun narrative. 3) In the past year, my JCC was the subject… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

FYI. Shooter (AKA maggot) was shot three times – leg, lower torso and head. Head was a self-inflicted and believed to be the cause of death.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, if your place of worship were being attacked would you want someone to save the life of you and your fellow parishioners by taking down the attacker with a personal firearm? Please give me to common sense answer of yes. We’ll find something else to fight about tomorrow!

Noway2016
Noway2016

And Drew, thanks for the heads up on Kaiser back in August when I was overseas. Jyst signed up!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No problem.

Reminder for everyone that open enrollment for Obamacare is now open and runs until December 15. You can sign up on healthcare.gov