February 19, 2018 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Monday, February 19, 2018 Morning Reads – Monday, February 19, 2018 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 28 Comments I’m filling in for Will. Another Georgian takes the national stage with President Trump This would never fly at a public school Private donor pushes $1 million to St. Simons Preservation Georgia legislature adopts new sexual harassment policy Anger within immigrant community over DACA An interesting article on a family that took in the Parkland HS shooter Deal will support additional illnesses under cannabis oil law The brunch bill and liquor sales COLUMN: Reforming the prison system in Georgia The national trend to return to paper ballots… Porn as a ‘public health crisis’ remains under attack around the country #MeToo movement remains on the back burner Voter registration launched at Black Panther movie Surgery leaves man with enough love for everyone The thing everyone talks about but won’t really talk about R. Kelly was evicted from his Georgia home Christianity is the ‘last hope’ in Hungary The most obvious headline of the day is… And the weirdest headline of the day is…. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 28 Comments Indypendant Much thanks to you Babushka for not mentioning the criminal indictments. The rubles are in the mail. February 19, 2018 7:43 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant So I’m picturing the response to the Whatareyouinfor question will not go over well in prison when it is “I plied a goat with whiskey and cocaine”. February 19, 2018 7:59 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I am a gun owner, and I intend to remain one, but the NRA needs to be treated like the terrorist organization that they are. Candidates who take money from the NRA should be treated like candidates who take money from the KKK. We can protect gun ownership AND implement reasonable regulations without the influence of an organization who trades children’s lives for profit, over and over, year after year. The NRA must be marginalized. We voters must sanction them and maybe they will come to the table. And if not, so be it, we’ll proceed without them. Enough is enough. February 19, 2018 8:21 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance I suspect that there is a non-profit ( a C4 or a PAC), that either is, or soon will be, attempting to get more info to voters about NRA campaign donations (perhaps Americans for Responsible Solutions?). That info will help, but there’s also several other totally American ways to address NRA’s stature. One is to advocate against them in order to reduce their membership and donor base, using policy preferences of many current members to combat the organization’s policy preferences. Another is to outspend them, and show elected officials the actual policy preferences of the many. Either way, you have to mobilize the many who prefer stricter background checks, and get them to change their financial behavior to align with them. I believe that such movement will be growing a lot of strength in the near future. February 19, 2018 11:43 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse A tough weekend for Trump. The golf trip to Florida was a bust after aides told him the American people wouldn’t appreciate his hard work on the golf course. That left him nothing to do but tweet about his campaign’s total vindication, and fume in the clubhouse as school children—well-to-do and for the most part white kids, not riff-raff black lives matter types—called him out for weak and ineffectual leadership. February 19, 2018 9:05 AM Log in to Reply xdog Those Parkland kids are tough and they’re furious. I look forward to their meeting with President Deflection on Wednesday. February 19, 2018 10:01 AM Log in to Reply Raleigh So we are going to draw an alignment of the NRA and its members to the KKK, go ahead and call us NAZI’s, Racist, clinging to our guns and bibles while you are at it. If I was Trump I would ask those Parkland kids what they thought about the FBI’s claim that they couldn’t find a person that created a post “I’m going to become a professional school shooter” and it was even signed by the actual shooter. With all the history with this guy NO ONE put him on a list to ban him purchasing a firearm? They had cause. This is becoming the same story repeatedly. How about we enforce the laws we have on the books? If the FBI can’t handle the job they should tell us so we can find an agency that can. February 19, 2018 11:05 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Resistance is futile. The NRA will lose this battle. Eventually. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I think the scale has tipped. There is NO excuse for this carnage. February 19, 2018 12:30 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh That is the way things go, you win some and lose some. I’m sure the NRA will continue to work for their cause effectively. I agree there is no excuse for this but lets find out why the background check system failed. No doubt this guy should have never been allowed to have a gun. The system is design to prevent it. Now we need to know why it failed. This is not the first time it has failed because someone failed to get critical information in the system. Lets find out why and correct it before we pass more laws that will not be followed. February 19, 2018 1:17 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope How about we enforce the laws we have on the books? They did. None of the “history” likely appeared in his background check. For that, you can thank the NRA (and the ACLU and a host of other organizations) which have resisted moving background checks beyond criminal convictions, adjudicated mental health orders, and institutionalization. The problem isn’t a lack of law enforcement. The problem is that the laws they’re trying to enforce suck. By the way, you’ve now got an entire generation of young people – like me – who were still in grade school when Columbine happened and are now having kids and sending them off to school. We’ve seen the inaction after Sandy Hook, after Aurora, after Charleston, after Las Vegas, after Sutherland Springs, after Parkland. We’ve seen that one party seems to delight in obstructing any sort of concrete action. The GOP is alienating an entire generation of voters (which 2008, 2012, and 2016 already suggested they were losing) because of their desire to keep the donations from the NRA flowing. February 19, 2018 2:07 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I will say this though: I expect Dems who have been taking NRA money to step up now and say “no more”. And we will need the Warren Buffets of the world to step up and replace that money. I would like to think that the Kochs and Adelsons would also step up, but I fear they have higher priorities than preventing school shootings. February 19, 2018 7:49 PM Log in to Reply Indypendant Take the NRA’s money and then legislate against them! February 20, 2018 7:12 AM Log in to Reply Chatsprint ” the FBI’s claim that they couldn’t find a person…” That was never the FBI’s claim. Something you just made up perhaps? “If I was Trump I would ask those Parkland kids what they thought…” That’s how YOU would handle it huh ? yeah, we really need that moron “punching back” at a group of kids that just experienced a life altering trauma. February 19, 2018 12:20 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh These park land “kids” are high school students that want to discuss the issues. Let’s don’t short them again and give them an accurate picture of what happened and why it happened. I made it up, OK I’m that clever and I got these news agencies and 1000’s more to go along with what I “made up” For those of you with Fox News derangements syndrome no Fox News sources were quoted here. FBI got tip on alleged Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz in January, but didn’t ‘follow protocols’ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-got-tip-parkland-shooter-nikolas-cruz-january-didn-t-n848681 FBI was warned — twice — about Florida shooter’s deadly threats. It bungled the case http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article200623669.html HE COULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED Bungling FBI admits it was tipped off Nikolas Cruz ‘had desire to kill people’ a month before he gunned down 17 at Florida school https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5598644/bungling-fbi-admits-it-was-tipped-off-nikolas-cruz-had-desire-to-kill-people-a-month-before-he-gunned-down-17-at-florida-school/ Florida shooting: FBI admits it failed to investigate Nikolas Cruz tipoff https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/16/florida-shooting-fbi-nikolas-cruz February 19, 2018 1:08 PM Log in to Reply Chatsprint and in absolutely zero of those stories does it state that “the FBI couldn’t find a person”. Procedures were not followed and a proper investigation was not conducted, which is a very long way from your statement. February 19, 2018 1:42 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope yeah, we really need that moron “punching back” at a group of kids that just experienced a life altering trauma In all seriousness, every kid in that room has a better understanding of how government works than the President does. I highly doubt that staff lets POTUS walk into a room with a bunch of pissed-off kids that are all significantly more intelligent than he is. I think Raleigh is incorrect to place all the blame on the FBI and background checks. This guy didn’t have any felonies or domestic violence misdemeanors. In fact, he didn’t have any criminal record. He didn’t have any adjudicated mental health history. His background check didn’t turn up a history of mental health treatment (thanks NRA), it didn’t turn up his social media history or his history of making public threats (thanks NRA), it didn’t turn up school disciplinary behavior (thanks NRA), nor did it turn up police records that didn’t result in charges, like the investigation of threats or violent behavior (again, thanks NRA). The background check failed because the NRA has made it a policy goal to create and preserve as many loopholes in the background check process as possible. After all, if part of the population can’t buy a gun, you’re losing out on potential customers. As for the FBI, they could have done a much better job. But there’s no such thing as a perfect police officer. People will inevitably slip through the cracks. It would certainly be beneficial if, after an individual slips through the cracks, they don’t have access to a semi-automatic weapon and an extended magazine that enable them to fire 100 rounds a minute. February 19, 2018 1:47 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh Yes the FBI could have done a better job and no they are not perfect, nobody is. We do have to analyze what failed. Is the FBI over burdened? Is the FBI the right place for this? These are legitimate questions to ask too. There are many questions that need to be ask to analyze what is wrong with the system. That should be done and then seriously looked at without the politics of left vs. right to obscure a real solution. If you took away this guys gun did you really fix the underlying problem? Ok he has no gun does that stop him from mass murder, no. The worst school mas murder wasn’t perpetrated with a gun, it was explosives, dynamite specifically. Guns are easy but so is a car or truck. As far as this shooter I understand he was on the radar of several agency’s and had been in trouble with local law enforcement. Now just the other day a student was arrested for making a statement about shooting up his school. If we could arrest that student why not this guy? As I said we have many questions to ask… So I’m not placing all the blame on the FBI but they are not blameless either. February 19, 2018 3:39 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope If we could arrest that student why not this guy? It’s called the First Amendment, that’s why. I haven’t seen any reporting that the shooter here made specific, actionable threats of violence, which would be necessary for a “terroristic threats” charge. If you want a new law that criminalizes generalized statements about shooting up a school, then I’m curious why you’re okay with curtailing First Amendment rights but not Second Amendment ones. I understand he was on the radar of several agency’s and had been in trouble with local law enforcement. But none of that stuff gets reported into the background check database, thanks to the hard work of the NRA. If you took away this guys gun did you really fix the underlying problem? No one is saying that taking away guns will put an end to troubled teenagers or violence in general. It will, however, prevent a troubled teenager from having access to a firearm that can fire 100 rounds per minute. The worst school mas murder wasn’t perpetrated with a gun, it was explosives, dynamite specifically. And we haven’t had a mass-dynamtie attack at a school since 1927 and the number of explosives events is far outpaced by instances of gun violence. Maybe it’s because we regulate possession of explosives far more strictly than we regulate firearms? February 19, 2018 4:04 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Same old story. Same old response: There is a solution that works. It has worked in many locations, many environments, over a long period of time. It is gun control. Stricter regulation. There are no examples of more guns causing less gun violence. Why does anyone dispute this? Isn’t it obvious? February 19, 2018 7:53 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/us/politics/russian-operatives-facebook-twitter.html “About a dozen people protested against what they called the threat of radical Islam at the Islamic Da’Wah Center in Houston in May 2016. They were met by a much larger crowd of counterprotesters. Both sides, it turned out, were organized by Russian groups.” “The Russian attempt at long-distance choreography was playing out in many cities across the United States. Facebook has disclosed that about 130 rallies were promoted by 13 of the Russian pages, which reached 126 million Americans with provocative content on race, guns, immigration and other volatile issues.” February 19, 2018 3:05 PM Log in to Reply Chatsprint “Facebook has disclosed that about 130 rallies were promoted by 13 of the Russian pages…” Noway will be so disappointed when he realizes he only made it to 123 of those. February 19, 2018 3:33 PM Log in to Reply blakeage80 These Morning Read threads are getting out of hand. For example, today we have someone calling JS a grandma, someone talking to themselves over the course of several posts, and someone that has been scouring the internet all weekend just waiting to post articles that bolster their argument. I can’t wait for tomorrow. February 19, 2018 4:33 PM Log in to Reply Gregs You are not the only one who noticed this trend. “Out of hand” is an understatement. It is one thing to have a lively or even a snarky debate but some of this is way, way over the top. This is the reason I rarely comment on the daily reads. I hope that the debate can become less personal and more issue based. February 19, 2018 8:35 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Other subject. Fed back to number 1. Maybe I’m overlooking, but I don’t see another person in individual sport even close as of right now. Nickaus? Sure, but he’s not achieving anymore. I remember Jordon giving him his due when he passed Sampras. Jordan said with a wry smile, “I never won 15 anything…” 20 slams AND number 1?? Just freaking amazing! February 19, 2018 5:22 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Serena 23 singles Grand Slam titles (Fed: 20) 14 doubles Grand Slam titles (Fed: 0, never made it past QF) First World No. 1 in 2002 (Fed: 2004) 319 weeks at No. 1 (Fed: 303) 85.76% win percentage (Fed: 82%) Gave birth to a live human being (Fed: 0) Plus, the women’s field has been way more competitive than the men the past few years. February 19, 2018 5:42 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Yes!!!!!!!! I was thinking men only. Good catch. February 19, 2018 5:59 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Navratilova still holds a few records that have not been broken, including the most Grand Slam titles (singles, double, mixed doubles) won by a player, male or female. I think she still holds the most consecutive weeks ranked no. 1 too. She held it around three years in the mid 80’s. February 19, 2018 7:17 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Very, very true! She’s a badass! She is THE top placeholder eith all you mentioned! I’m surprised she hasn’t become a super coach for a high profile male champion… February 19, 2018 7:40 PM Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.