Morning Reads – Friday, December 15, 2017

 

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Raleigh
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… Read more »

Dave Bearse
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… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs

Of course it should be finished, the question is who should pay for it?

Benevolus
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.

Raleigh
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.

Benevolus
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!

John Vestal
John Vestal

Charges have been dropped against UGA LB Natrez Patrick, after it was determined that he was a̵ ̵k̵e̵y̵ ̵s̵t̵a̵r̵t̵e̵r̵ innocent of wrongdoing.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Three strikes and you’re out doesn’t apply when a bowl game is looming.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

xdog
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.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Was that granule the grounds for the arrest of his passenger too?

Andrew C. Pope
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.

John Vestal
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.

xdog
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

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
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.”

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Not surprising, since Trump knows he’s among “the best people”, believe me.

Ellynn
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… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

“These are not the judicial nominees you are looking for.”

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Anyone else have the morning reads from yesterday suddenly pop up today?

chefdavid
chefdavid

Amazon in the Gold Dome what? Is this because of HB 61 or maybe trying to get a sweeter deal for a HQ?

Ellynn
Ellynn

They also have mega warehouses on the coast, and recieve literal boat loads of stuff into the port of Savannah.

Raleigh
Raleigh

That moment when you realize the sword has 2 sharp edges.
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article189931704.html

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
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.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, go outside and tske a deep, lung busting breath. Wonder how much radon you just inhaled?! LMAO!!

Ellynn
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.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Yeah , it’s called a fan !!! Or open a window!! Good grief…

Andrew C. Pope
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!!”

Ellynn
Ellynn
Noway2016
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.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Written by Chicken Little, right?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ellyn: If it ain’t on Brietbart, Daily Stormer, or totallyrealamericannews.biz, he ain’t gonna read it.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What is it with these Dems? Even the gals are Preditors!
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article189931704.html

Noway2016
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

Andrew C. Pope
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!”

Andrew C. Pope
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.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You forgot to add your signature “racist” bleat. We’ll wait…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Is a guy that embraced, supported, and cheered for a child molester really in a space to criticize?

Noway2016
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??… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“And like everything I’ve ever said here, it was right.”

A remark worthy of Trump himself!

Andrew C. Pope
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).

Enjoy the Silence
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)…….