Monday Morning Reads – June 18

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

As silly as this sounds, I agree with that video game addiction is real.

Know your fireworks law. Also, don’t be a jerk on July 4th.

Jackson Street Bridge has long been a meeting ground for suburban whites and tacky tourists. Now they’ll have a nice little park to congregate in!

To quote Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, “females are strong as Hell”

Here’s what people think about Georgia’s distracted driving law set to go into place next month. I think it’s dumb as Hell.

UGA is the nation’s number two party school. Do better, Athens. You can be number one again.

Break your cell phone addiction.

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Jean
Jean

If i listen to music or podcasts while driving, i am not allowed to use my hands free headset to do so. If i want to accept a call, i have to use my hands free headset. As near as i can tell, that either leaves me choosing one of the two options for the duration of my drive (music or phone but not both) -or- it leaves me fidgeting with my bluetooth device to connect and disconnect it while a call is coming in. (Since i never cover more than one ear and i can always hear sirens from… Read more »

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

How do you prove that the headset doesnt keep you from hearing sirens. From the government’s perspective I mean?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

My guess is that they’d tack it on as a violation if you got pulled over for not yielding to a vehicle employing sirens.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Actually I’ve been ticketed just last year for wearing sports type earbuds that hang over the ears but are not noise cancelling and in no way impair my ability to hear sirens, etc. Certainly less than bazooka speakers playing music. I was driving my 1999 pickup that doesn’t have bluetooth capabilities listening to spoken word directions from Siri. This was from a Gwinnett motorcycle cop running up the bill for a speeding ticket because I thought I was late for a medical appointment at a previously unknown location. I didn’t even try to argue the speeding ticket but a simple… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

Forgot to add the irony on the earphone ticket. Barney was wearing a motorcycle helmet with built-in earphones and a microphone.

Jean
Jean

“Both videoing drivers would now be in violation of this new law recording a more heinous crime even though they were not operating the phones while moving. For similar incidents in the future does this negate videos obtained this way as evidence?”

I’ve had that asked and wondered that myself. Anyone know the answer?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/15/620543880/trump-administration-to-open-temporary-tent-shelter-in-texas-for-migrant-childre HHS is now operating a tent city near El Paso, Texas to house the growing number of children who have been separated from their parents under DHS’ new “zero tolerance” immigration policies. DHS says that, from April 19 to May 31, 1,995 children were taken from their parents at the border. Toddlers, grade schoolers, middle schoolers are being ripped from the arms of their parents and sent off to government-run facilities where they’re effectively incarcerated. The parents aren’t given clear information on where their kids are going and if or when they’ll see them again. This is morally repugnant… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

But but but according to conservatives these children are getting the best care they have ever had.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

It very well could be that last little bit that will cause Ted Cruz to lose his Senate seat (he supports the policy)

bethebalance
bethebalance

Refugee camps become permanent residences, and so would this tent city. But I don’t think the children are even given accorded the honor of being a refugee. So it would be worse.

Caroline
Caroline

Looks like GOP senator Jim Risch is caught up in the Mueller investigation. https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article213135899.html

I wonder how many more Republicans took Russian money? Anyone who took money from the NRA could be implicated.

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

Having been a townie in Athens back in the early 1970’s, I can appreciate UGa being named a party school by the Princeton Review. But seeing the Review’s choice for the Number 1 Party School is a reminder that Athens can only go just so far. How could they compete with Tulane and New Orleans? New Orleans is the sort of place where serving bad food can get you shot. New Orleans has / had drive-through daiquiri parlors. New Orleans has substantially different social mores than Athens. Not that the typical UGa student can’t party, but they’re running against a… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The University has worked hard to lessen UGA’s party school reputation, without much success it would seem. A lot of that blame rests on Athens Clarke County’s lax liquor licensing regulations and development patterns that have made it hard for non-bars and restaurants to survive downtown.

I had a lot of fun as an undergrad, but I was always cognizant of the risks after a kid in my dorm died from an alcohol overdose my freshman year.

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

Athens was “home” for me because that’s where my mail was being delivered for a few years, but I never really caught the Athens vibe. Somebody would ask me where I was from and I would say Athens. Their response? “Oh, wow. What a great party town!” And my image of “party” in Athens is my late Mother and her buddies sitting around drinking sherry and talking about how great the Reagan administration is. On the other hand, when school was out, Athens became very Southern and courtly. From all that I know, the best college student manager was the… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Are you ready for some TrumpCare! Due to his direct sabotage of the insurance markets, the benchmark health plans will go up over 1200.00/yr. Thats not counting any other reasons for increases…thats purely Trump’s doing

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2018/05/18/450943/state-state-estimated-premium-increases-due-individual-mandate-repeal-short-term-plan-rule/

atlindy
atlindy

Say the Democrats “win” this round of the immigration debate and are able to end deportations and implement a pathway to citizenship for nearly all undocumented people currently in the United States. Victory for them. But what about 10-15 years down the line? Take a look at the Democrats’ own rhetoric: stopping illegal immigration is impossible so long as the root cause – poverty – exists at our borders. So are the Democrats going to propose an immigration policy that reflects this rhetoric? Or are we going to maintain the show of having this massive immigration infrastructure – INS, Border… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

What would a comprehensive Democratic approach to immigration and undocumented migration look like? Please no mentions of the “comprehensive immigration reform” bills that Democrats have put before Congress a.k.a. “Tell me all about how you plan to deal with this issue, but don’t make any mention of the legislation you’ve put forward to deal with this issue. Instead, allow me to construct a couple straw men first.” Let’s assume, arguendo that the immigration patterns are driven by poverty in Mexico and Central America. Policies that target international development, FDI, international aid, and economic growth in Central America aren’t “immigration” policies.… Read more »

Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

Apparently we had the same train of thought….

Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

So I am not a Democrat and I am not in the know but I think I can take a stab at some things here. First, we have to all realize and admit to unfortunate truths to the immigration issue: (1) There is no way to go back in time and apply any new measures put in place to prevent illegal immigration in the future to people who have already entered the US illegally in the past. (2) Any solution put in place will take a supremely long time to actually lead to results if there is actually any intent… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

That really is a great post. One of the worst things that have been happening besides forcibly separating children from their parents is the fact that many people who came here “illegally” have become part of the fabric of our communities. A perfect example is the restaurant owner in IL who was forcibly removed because he had a DUI 20 years ago. This is a person who paid taxes and provided jobs but basically has gotten swirled down the drain in an effort at ethnic cleansing. I understand the whole we pay more at the UN complaint but would you… Read more »

Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

Thanks for the kind words. I don’t post on here all that often, but do try to keep up most days.

And you are absolutely right about the leadership vacuum, but I suspect that was actually the plan all along.

bethebalance
bethebalance

There are political reasons why you won’t see many in the GOP support a bipartisan bill, but those who can vote for it probably have the unspoken support of many who can’t for those political reasons. And it doesn’t matter if it’s 10% of the GOP or 20%. Anything that gets passed demonstrates enough support that the GOP would even bring it to a vote. And we could have had a bill passed at least twice by now if the Detainer in Chief had actually stuck to the words that came out of his mouth and wanted a solution. But… Read more »

Jean
Jean

And … it is we the voters who support this system. President Trump and Congress wouldn’t be doing things the way they are if they didn’t think it was working.

chamblee54
chamblee54

Georgia had two officer involved shootings, in three days, last week.
https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/chavius-hollis-and-joseph-villanueva/

chamblee54
chamblee54

These are the bills regarding the separation of children from their parents at the border.
Help Separated children, bill number 2937
Keep Families together, bill number 3036
Sen. Perdue 404.865.0087
Sen. Isakson 770.661.0999
GA04 Rep. Johnson 770 987-2291
GA05 Rep. Lewis 404 659-0116
GA06 Rep. Handel 770 998-0049
GA07 Rep. Woodall 770 232-3005
GA11 Rep. Loudermilk 770 429-1776
When you contact these numbers, please be considerate of the person taking your call. It is not helpful to make an angry speech. Just ask them to support bill 2937 and bill 3036
Please only contact the Congressional representative from your district.

Caroline
Caroline

I called. Loudermilk supports the separation of parents at the border, Isakson does not and is working on a bipartisan solution and Perdue does not know what he thinks.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Perdue knows what he thinks. He just doesn’t have the spine to say it and abide by it.

Caroline
Caroline

Well, you can color me totally unsurprised to get that answer out of Perdue’s office. He’s such a hack every he says something I start laughing.

Will Durant
Will Durant
Noway2016
Noway2016

The winning political party has been drawing voting districts since there have been voting districts. Why is it so horrid now! Didn’t see the Weenies complainung when it was done by the Dims. Start winning elections and you too can draw the districts instead of letting the courts enact your policies from the bench!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“Everybody does it” is a horrible explanation for why we should keep doing something. Everyone used to use lead paint and drive around without seatbelts, too. Gerrymandering, regardless of whether it’s done by a Democrat or a Republican, robs voters of choice and gives us the kind of hopelessly divided political bodies we’re seeing now. We have the technology to draw districts that are balanced and more representative of the folks living in them and to move us closer to the ideal of a representative democracy. Instead, we’re using that same technology to draw districts to be as favorable as… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

Да, товарищ. Продолжайте перемешивать этот горшок. I’ve been against political gerrymandering since featuring it on my high school debate team. Georgia was very much a one-party state at that time with the Democrats being that party. We had rampant gerrymandering along both political and racial lines at that time. Just because it has been a tradition in this country since Patrick Henry did it to James Madison doesn’t make it right or a right. Districts should be drawn using an algorithm that groups neighborhoods, then communities, then political boundaries like cities and counties, then geographic boundaries if necessary without regard… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Y’alls hand wringing is so admirable! Lol! Tell you what, win a couple of state houses once in a while and y’all can hold the crayons!

bethebalance
bethebalance

At some point, one party has to have the maturity to understand the crayons belong to the whole classroom, and share like big boys and girls.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Again, you guys never cried for the literal decades of Dim gerrymandering, so just stop…

bethebalance
bethebalance

I wasn’t politically engaged until about the turn of the century. And I could care less about so-and-so did this, then so-and-so did that. The past is muddied, and you can’t escape that swamp if your feet are stuck in that mud.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Bruh, I’m like 50 years younger than you. I’m so sorry I didn’t get up in arms about gerrymandering when I was 8.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The FFLOTUS league has been activated…

https://twitter.com/MichelleObama/status/1008768272895012867

Ellynn
Ellynn

How to hurt oil workers coal miners, farmers (including cotton farmer) and car makers… AKA as the Trump voting blocks of The South, The Midwest, Coal Country, and Alaska.

https://www.axios.com/us-china-trade-war-tariffs-boeing-ford-3685d598-8251-45b6-8709-74e7349f0c7d.html

Ellynn
Ellynn

“The Justice Department’s internal watchdog told Congress on Monday that an FBI agent’s anti-Trump text messages were “deeply troubling” and sowed doubts about the integrity of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email arrangement, but he reiterated that he found no evidence that political bias had affected the FBI’s handling of the probe.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/politics-didnt-sway-fbis-handling-of-clinton-probe-watchdog-tells-congress-1529349746?mod=e2tw

Ellynn
Ellynn

It should also be noted the IG stated he is investigating FBI leeks, including the New York office, and Comey’s memos.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Propublica has obtained audio from inside one of the facilities where we’re sending these children after ripping them from their parents.

Listen to what America has become:
https://www.propublica.org/article/children-separated-from-parents-border-patrol-cbp-trump-immigration-policy

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

China is relaxing its implementation of UNSC sanctions against North Korea that were adopted last year. Looks like ending joint military exercises with South Korea was just phase one of Trump’s great big giveaway to Kim Jong Un

Will Durant
Will Durant

Apparently that whole family separation thing at the Mexican border is just a plain old fashioned hostage taking for the purpose of extortion: [Pres. Trump] And I say it’s — very strongly — the Democrats’ fault. They’re really obstructionist and they are obstructing. The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility — won’t be,” Trump said at an event about promoting American activity in space. The president added: “If the Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly. Good for the children, good for… Read more »

Ellynn
Noway2016
Noway2016

Y’all.Will.Never.Stop! Save the Snail Darter!!!

Ellynn
Ellynn

You don’t seem to be aware how important the Great Lakes fish population and water protections are. When they tried to cut the funding for the shore line and the heavy soils clean up fund (think Brownfields for lake beds, ALL Great Lake house reps on the lakes, senators and governors got it left in place (and got the fund increased). The fish population keeps the lake and river entries clean so the water is not clogging the industrial cooling systems (including nuclear power plants) and lower the processing at water treatment plants for the hundreds of communities who draw… Read more »