December 15, 2017 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Friday, December 15, 2017 Morning Reads – Friday, December 15, 2017 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 44 Comments Here: Amazon’s lobbyist registered in Georgia and it has people wondering why Feds question legality of school plan in Georgia Georgia’s foster care program is in trouble Georgia is among top states for quality teachers More suggestions on how to address Georgia’s rural healthcare crisis UGA is predicting a good year for Georgia’s economy Toshiba pays $3 billion in nuclear expansion There: WSJ: The internet is free again Who’s leading the news rankings list? How Facebook will be regulated in 2018 Sen. Graham says there’s a 30% chance Trump attacks North Korea Speaker Ryan to leave D.C.? Everywhere: A 200-foot super yacht UPS loses $846,000 inheritance and all hell is breaking loose. An update on the some Las Vegas shooting survivors Americans are spending more than expected this holiday season Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 44 Comments Raleigh The plant Vogtle expansion is an albatross. I was against the PSC ever approving it. What they did was sign up all GP customers to pay for it with no protections for mismanagement and cost overruns which has plagued all of these projects. It’s like being told you are going to buy a new car and are forced start paying for it now but you will not get delivery of the car for 15 years and it isn’t even designed yet. That said, the project should be completed cost overruns and all because to not finish it will be like setting fire to the billions spent. At least if it’s finished some of the money will be recouped. However we should learn a lesson from this and NEVER approve anything like this again and anyone on the PSC that voted for this should resign and I don’t care what “Party Affiliation” they have. December 15, 2017 8:29 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Sometimes it’s just better to walk away. Not saying this is the case here, but a nuclear Vogtle should be abandoned if a new plant using other fuel or otherwise generating electricity could be constructed (perhaps at less than total cost by using some of the Vogtle construction) and the sum of its construction and operating costs were less than that of completing and operating Vogtle. Sunk cost fallacy is something most people, me included, suffer from at least on occasion. It’s in our DNA. I’m as much chapped about the pre-pay imposed by the General Assembly as poor PSC oversight. The pre-pay would never pay for itself for many if not most people even if construction were on time and budget, unless your idea of a good deal is you loaning Georgia Power a couple thousand dollars at 4% interest, with Georgia Power payback to you terminating with balance unpaid should you die or move from the Georgia Power service area within 30 years of the plant beginning to generate electricity. December 15, 2017 9:15 AM Log in to Reply Gregs Of course it should be finished, the question is who should pay for it? December 15, 2017 9:55 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus We would pay for it. We always pay for everything. There is no other money than our money. No matter who you may designate to pay for it, we will just end up paying them instead. December 15, 2017 12:09 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh Benevolus is correct. There is an easy way to tell who will pay for this. All you have to do is look in the mirror. December 15, 2017 2:56 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Americans are spending more than anticipated and it is overwhelming UPS and Fedex. They had to know that online buying was going to be big, but it’s apparently bigger than they expected as everything is late! December 15, 2017 8:51 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal Charges have been dropped against UGA LB Natrez Patrick, after it was determined that he was a̵ ̵k̵e̵y̵ ̵s̵t̵a̵r̵t̵e̵r̵ innocent of wrongdoing. December 15, 2017 8:59 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Three strikes and you’re out doesn’t apply when a bowl game is looming. December 15, 2017 9:22 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope *puts on lawyer hat* Patrick was arrested for possession of marijuana. Turns out the marijuana he was “possessing” consisted of a few flecks of weed in the passenger seat of the car. As his attorney astutely pointed out, the amount of marijuana was half the size of a penny and was not perceived by Patrick when he got into the vehicle. (Let he who has not inadvertently sat on sunglasses cast the first stone!) As a result, the state could not prove that Patrick was knowingly in possession of the marijuana “crumb” in question. Looking at the facts of the case, I’m convinced the dismissal had little to do with Patrick’s status as a football player. The DA’s office was handed a case they couldn’t win (likely as the result of an over-zealous officer who was looking for a reason to arrest two young, African-American males and turned a flake of weed into a possession charge). December 15, 2017 9:39 AM Log in to Reply xdog Here’s the evidence photo of the weed in Natrez Patrick’s arrest. https://twitter.com/Mark_Schlabach/status/941337296640593920/photo/1 Patrick has had weed trouble a couple of times at UGA, missed four games this year as a result. Maybe he’s now a reformed knucklehead. He and his buddy should have known that blasting down 316 at 80 mph shortly before midnight Saturday was asking to be stopped. December 15, 2017 9:54 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Was that granule the grounds for the arrest of his passenger too? December 15, 2017 10:14 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Patrick was the passenger. I believe the driver pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession and speeding. If the crumb was in his car, it’s technically in his possession. I think the article also referenced a bottle that had some marijuana residue or a partial joint in it. December 15, 2017 10:39 AM John Vestal Patrick *was* the passenger. The driver was also arrested for drug possession (his car), as well as DUI and speeding. The DUI charge for the driver (occasional special teams player) was also dropped, but he pleaded down to misdemeanor drug charge and speeding. And since he claimed the weed was his…allowing Patrick’s charge to be dropped…he’ll get to stay on the team following his suspension. December 15, 2017 10:41 AM xdog According to reports, police found ‘marijuana residue’ in an OJ bottle as well. Patrick was the passenger. Teammate Jayson Stanley was driving and claimed the weed was his and that Patrick had nothing to do with it. Stanley was charged with DUI and speeding. At the same hearing that cleared Patrick, Stanley agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and speeding in exchange for dropping the DUI charge. Georgia is moving to change its policy towards athletes caught smoking weed. Their’s has been among the most punitive in the SEC. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21767053/georgia-linebacker-natrez-patrick-no-longer-faces-marijuana-possession-charge http://www.11alive.com/article/sports/ncaaf/a-new-future-for-uga-sports-how-new-rules-could-alter-how-athletics-handles-arrests/85-499574468 December 15, 2017 10:50 AM Andrew C. Pope As set forth above, Patrick’s charges were dropped because there was no basis for a possession charge against him. Unless the law magically requires us to check the seat of our friends car for drug residue before we sit down, there’s no way to impart knowledge of the marijuana granule to Patrick. Even without Stanley’s plea agreement, there still wouldn’t have been a case against Patrick. It should be noted that the most expensive thing in that evidence collection photo is the penny. I can state, with utmost confidence, that there are UGA students speeding down 316 with 10x to 100x that amount of weed under their car seats or in their glove boxes. December 15, 2017 10:54 AM Andrew C. Pope President Trump nominated R. Stan Baker to a vacancy in the Southern District. Yesterday, Judge Baker testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was uneventful, because Judge Baker is a good jurist with plenty of experience. For another Trump nominee, things didn’t go as well: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/15/trump-judicial-nominee-fumbles-basic-questions-about-the-law/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.b091b2671164 He’s never tried a case. He’s never argued a motion in state or federal court. He doesn’t know basic evidentiary requirements. He doesn’t know what motions in limine are. This is Trump’s concept of “the best people.” December 15, 2017 9:01 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Not surprising, since Trump knows he’s among “the best people”, believe me. December 15, 2017 9:24 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Mr. Spenser is in my good graces this morning. I and friends where watching that exchange while at dinner last night and i look at my friends and say, ‘how can a future judge not know what can and can not be ruled as inadmissible evidence’. My friends new boyfriend who was a class A jerk was like ” you just made that up.” This lead to a bet, me pulling up my Black’s Law on my tablet and by the end of the night, jerk picked up my dinner and by lucnh today, jerk will be sent backing by friend. When SCAD grad knows law better then future Washington DC district federal judge, something is wrong. December 15, 2017 9:44 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus “These are not the judicial nominees you are looking for.” December 15, 2017 12:22 PM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace Anyone else have the morning reads from yesterday suddenly pop up today? December 15, 2017 9:35 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid Amazon in the Gold Dome what? Is this because of HB 61 or maybe trying to get a sweeter deal for a HQ? December 15, 2017 9:48 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn They also have mega warehouses on the coast, and recieve literal boat loads of stuff into the port of Savannah. December 15, 2017 10:15 AM Log in to Reply Raleigh That moment when you realize the sword has 2 sharp edges. http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article189931704.html December 15, 2017 2:54 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 A blow to hoaxes and blatant, money-grabbing Socialism! MAGA!! https://thefederalist.com/2017/12/15/trump-admin-to-remove-climate-change-from-list-of-national-security-threats/ December 16, 2017 7:21 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The Defense Dept., the Joint Chiefs, and noted Republicans Robert Gates, Collin Powell, Condeleeza Rice all agree that climate change is a national security threat. Trump is doing this because he and his lackeys are insanely jealous that a black guy was infinitely better at this whole “being president” thing. December 16, 2017 1:46 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Drew, go outside and tske a deep, lung busting breath. Wonder how much radon you just inhaled?! LMAO!! December 16, 2017 2:57 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I actually grew up in an area with extreme radon gas. over 50 times the legal limit under Reagan’s EPA. The water wells all have radon removal systems added to the distribution center in my hometown. Cost a fortune in the late 1980’s to build. December 16, 2017 7:26 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Yeah , it’s called a fan !!! Or open a window!! Good grief… December 16, 2017 7:54 PM Andrew C. Pope Noway: “Can’t wait to see our Marines get ambushed because they need gas-powered generators to power their communications equipment. That’ll really troll the libz!!” December 16, 2017 11:12 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Some reading for you… https://www.amazon.com/Water-Will-Come-Remaking-Civilized/dp/031626024X December 16, 2017 7:20 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Let’s see, Al Gorged was predicting apocalyptic things by 2013, but, ummm, we’re still here. It’s all pure, speculative computer model crap!!! Not another effing dime. December 16, 2017 7:57 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Written by Chicken Little, right? December 16, 2017 8:23 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Ellyn: If it ain’t on Brietbart, Daily Stormer, or totallyrealamericannews.biz, he ain’t gonna read it. December 16, 2017 11:15 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 What is it with these Dems? Even the gals are Preditors! http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article189931704.html December 16, 2017 7:24 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Serious, serious mental disease. But the over riding question is what bathroom will each of them use? https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/entire-family-turns-transgender December 16, 2017 8:03 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Innocent family that didn’t do anything to anyone. Noway: “OMG look at these freaks!” Man molests little girls. Noway: “This guy is awesome! Let’s troll the Libz and elect him to the Senate!” December 16, 2017 1:57 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So Paul Ryan is going to line his pockets on the backs of middle class families and then spend 2018 trying to eliminate Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security before quitting politics to roll around in a giant pile of money. He’s such an awful person. December 16, 2017 1:51 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You forgot to add your signature “racist” bleat. We’ll wait… December 16, 2017 7:58 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Is a guy that embraced, supported, and cheered for a child molester really in a space to criticize? December 16, 2017 11:14 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You keep ridin’ that One Note Pony, Drewsky cause it’s all uou and yor ilk have. If you recall I supported him before the allegations and questioned the timing of them. I also said if true he shouldn’t and wouldn’t be elected. And like everything I’ve ever said here, it was right. But, but, but you keep bellowing those sputum laced lies, maybe you and your Marxist buddies can keep giggling like school children . And what is your reaction to the endless stream of democrat sexual predators that just keep coming and coming and coming out of the woodwork?? How does it really make you feel to have embraced such vile individuals since The Rapist starter it all?! Do tell..: December 17, 2017 8:57 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “And like everything I’ve ever said here, it was right.” A remark worthy of Trump himself! December 17, 2017 11:27 PM Andrew C. Pope You keep ridin’ that One Note Pony, Drewsky I mean “you and your party openly championed a child molester” is a pretty solid note. (Also, unlike Roy Moore, I know how to ride a pony). December 18, 2017 7:09 AM Enjoy the Silence Sooooo…… you supported him before he was alleged to be a child molester and after he definitely said that the Amendments after the 10th don’t matter (meaning he doesn’t care too much about abolishing slavery or the right to vote for the majority of Americans)……. December 18, 2017 3:50 PM Noway2016 More Democrat cancer… https://www.google.com/amp/www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/15/democratic-virginia-rep-bobby-scott-accused-sexual-harassment.amp.html December 17, 2017 10:35 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.