June 21, 2018 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, June 21, 2018 Morning Reads – Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 62 Comments On this date in 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest was protected by the First Amendment. Peaches Atlanta mayor signs order blocking city jail from accepting new ICE detainees Exploring Georgia back roads Lawsuit says GA Dept. of Corrections is violating the rights of deaf inmates The USFS has come in to assist and it’s causing quite a stir Geoff Duncan wants anonymous tips on Shafer’s financial status Our state is certified to send more detailed crime stats Georgia to celebrate 25 years of HOPE & lottery Jimmy Carter Immigration raid leads to arrest of over 100 “If the Media Keeps This Up, They’re Going to Get Somebody Killed“ FBI warning about sexual assaults on airplanes Sweet Tea “Liberals, Please continue on I-40 until you have left our great State of Texas,” reads the sign. Burger King sorry for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant from World Cup players. A giant wave of plastic could flood the US Starbucks stock on the decline because of ‘social-justice’ Facebook “pushing everything out” of Silicon Valley Will Hugh Hefner’s son save Playboy? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 62 Comments John Vestal And speaking of SCOTUS….. The Summer Solstice just came and went about 10 minutes ago (6:07a EDT) and you know what that means: just a few more days of opinions from the US Supreme Court before the October 2017 sitting officially ends. There remain 14 argued cases with unannounced opinions, and some of thsoe are expected to come down this morning around 10:00am. Among those outstanding is this one… “Florida v. Georgia (argued January 8, 2018): This is a relatively rare “original jurisdiction” case – a lawsuit that begins in the Supreme Court, rather than coming to the justices as an appeal. It arises from a decades-long dispute between Florida and Georgia over Georgia’s use of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which begins in northeast Georgia and flows south into the Florida Panhandle, along the two states’ borders with Alabama. The Supreme Court appointed a special master to hold a trial in the case; last year the special master issued a report recommending that Florida’s request to limit Georgia’s water use be denied. Florida objected to his conclusions, and the justices heard oral argument in the case earlier this year.” Stay tuned… (h/t Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog.com) June 21, 2018 6:17 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Didn’t realize Brian Ross was back at work at ABC… https://www.mediaite.com/tv/chyron-malfunction-abc-apologizes-for-graphic-declaring-manafort-pleaded-guilty-to-manslaughter/ June 21, 2018 6:39 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant So your persistent links to Infowars and RT who stick to their half-truths, non-truths, and outright fantasies always elicit a “don’t shoot the messenger” comment from you when challenged. Yet a 7-second erroneous screen crawl that was immediately disavowed elicits your scorn? Speaking of Infowars, Hannity let Roger Stone get away with a promoting them with: “I was appearing once a day on Infowars, where we’re fighting a terrific war against net censorship…” What? By challenging how far you can go with publishing pure fantasy as fact? https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2018/06/20/sean-hannity-lets-roger-stone-promote-infowars-fox-news/220506 June 21, 2018 11:27 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant Oh, and speaking of media and sources that matter, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s latest mandated “must run” to its 100 locals by former and current Trump propagandist Boris Epshteyn and Sinclair’s “Chief Political Analyst” is an absolute hoot. “Many members of the media and opponents of the president have seized on this issue to make it seem as if those who are tough on immigration are somehow monsters. Let’s be honest: While some of the concern is real, a lot of it is politically driven by the liberals in politics and the media… Some [who?] have even compared it to the Holocaust… [insert feigned outrage at this straw man here]… President Trump has correctly decided to step in and sign an executive order that will stop the separation of families at the border… President Trump did the right thing by addressing the separation of families from their children on his own… June 21, 2018 6:03 PM Log in to Reply armanidog I am a newcomer, hi to all. Interesting article about us old farts. “In the United States, the 65-and-over population will nearly double over the next three decades to 88 million by 2050 from 48 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2024, one in four U.S. workers will be 55 or older, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than double the rate in 1994 when 55-plus workers accounted for just 12 percent of the workforce. Many workers will face a financial need to keep working past traditional retirement ages, while others will want to work in order to stay engaged, notes Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and author of “The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50.” “People are getting to their sixties with another 15 years of productive life ahead, and this is turning out to be the most emotionally-rewarding part of life,” Rauch said. “They don’t want to just hang it up and just play golf. That model is wrong.”… “We’re definitely seeing growing concern about the drain of human capital among larger companies, and interest in new models for older workers that retain them longer,” said Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School and head of the school’s Aging Center… Leading-edge employers are starting to think about creating alternative career routes for older workers that feature more flexible assignments and schedules, creating opportunities for them to mentor younger workers and offering phased retirement… Fried acknowledges that some employers worry about the higher compensation and healthcare costs associated with older workers. She has proposed changing Medicare’s rules to accept older workers, allowing them to shift away from employer health plans. Other researchers have proposed incentivizing employers by creating a 40-year cap on the total years of work requiring payroll tax contributions to Social Security.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-work-olderworkers/companies-need-older-workers-here-is-why-idUSKBN1JH15F I’m investing in the company that makes Bengay cream. June 21, 2018 7:50 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Didn’t get to see it live but just watched TGM’s rally in Minnesota! Wow! I’m not gonna link it ’cause y’all been hatin’ on ol’ Noway for posting You Tube stuff. LOL! But to all my like minded brothers on here, you really gotta see it!!! Every one of those folks will vote in November! Every.Single.One! Repubs gonna be Mike Tyson. Dems gonna be Marvis Frazier! LOL! June 21, 2018 8:54 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn On your next United flight, contribute to the Georgia economy and pick the cookies… http://www.savannahnow.com/business/20180620/byrd-cookie-company-creates-new-snack-for-united-passengers June 21, 2018 10:02 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant Love the cookies, especially the Georgia peach ones. The airline, not so much. June 21, 2018 11:30 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace They get so much of my money every time I go home. I cannot help but to stop by the factory both on the way in and the way out of town. They put some sort of drug in those scotch oatmeal cookies! June 21, 2018 12:58 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn They took over the building in front of the factory on Waters Ave for a showroom. They also have a shop on Bryan Street in City Market around the corner from Vinnie Van Go-Go’s. June 21, 2018 1:14 PM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace I went to the new place (where the old Crystal Beer Parlour was!) a few weeks back when I was home. Gotta admit. I wasn’t impressed. I liked the charm of the old place. And I loved that you could have a peek into the factory from the windows. Doesnt mean I’m going to stop buying those addictive cookies though! June 21, 2018 2:53 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Your “not all 5-4 splits are created equal” decision of the day: SCOTUS rules online companies can be required to collect and remit state sales taxes. Kennedy wrote for a majority that included Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito, and Gorsuch. Roberts led a dissenting opinion joined by Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. June 21, 2018 10:33 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Side note: Is this appropriate content or am I spreading my liberal agenda? Alpha Male, can you weigh in on this? I wouldn’t want to offend. June 21, 2018 10:33 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Which ones are the judicial activists? June 21, 2018 10:59 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope According to analysis performed by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, minimum wage workers in Georgia need to work 83 hours a week to afford a modest 1 bedroom rental at market rate. The wage one would need to make in order to afford a 1-bedroom apartment on a 40-hour week is $14.95, for a 2-bedroom apartment the wage is $17.53. In the 30303 zip code the “two-bedroom housing wage” is $19.81 an hour. When you combine this with Atlanta’s rapidly increasing rent values (5% from what I saw back in April) we’re staring down the barrel of becoming another San Francisco or Seattle, i.e. a city where the folks working day-to-day service sector jobs can no longer afford to live in town. http://nlihc.org/oor/georgia June 21, 2018 10:42 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Another part of my childhood gone… https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/622160278/koko-the-gorilla-dies-redrew-the-lines-of-animal-human-communication June 21, 2018 10:58 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Your guide to why taxpayers are going to have to pay more for government funded construction projects… https://www.iccsafe.org/building-safety-journal/bsj-dives/tariffs-to-impact-building-industry/# June 21, 2018 11:16 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Cue up Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care of Business” https://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/06/20/pastor-kills-gun-wielding-carjacker/ June 21, 2018 12:01 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Dare I say er… ditto for this deputy? https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/breaking-man-killed-deputy-involved-shooting-forsyth-county/tzZY2z1jHR5BGGwCVtzOPK/ Memo: When the cops have been invited to your domestic dispute it is best to put away your guns. June 21, 2018 12:37 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn So here’s the new cabinet shuffle plan the Heritag… I mean the “Administration” came up with. https://www.axios.com/trump-proposal-reorganize-federal-government-b77b8dbc-0494-4e9a-8c10-55f3706cb5e4.html June 21, 2018 1:17 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Let’s split the Army Corps of Engineers into three pieces and send its two largest missions to two chronically underfunded departments (DOT and Interior) what could go wrong? June 21, 2018 1:30 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Here’s a question of practicality… The re-building effort is being carried out by USACE which is currently under the Department of Defense and has access to DoD’s resources (i.e. helicopters, airplanes, ships, military bases) for transporting supplies and staging recovery efforts. Do they have that same level of access under DOT or DOI the next time a disaster strikes Florida, Puerto Rico, or some other place on the Gulf? Is the government going to relocate the employees in Savannah’s USACE office to the Interior office in Atlanta? Will the civil works employees in USACE’s Mobile office have to move to the nearest DOT regional office in Atlanta or to the main office in DC? This is a potential clusterf—- on multiple levels. June 21, 2018 1:39 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn My friends here at the regional office are outraged. A large amount of their work is related to construction and site work for US Military bases and installation here and abroad. Any thing built in Iraq had to go through them, including private firm’s construction for site and logistical approval and then through whatever branch engineer divisions. You take it out of DOD hands, it becomes a secondary budget line that will become even more underfunded and it’s work eventually farmed out to private vender contractors, which is exactly what The Heritage wants. Tax payer money being handed over to large corporations saying they can do it for less (they can’t), preferably in a no bid contract. From a national security standpoint why would you hand over a 24/7 engineer service at your beck and call, with complete access to equipment from all 5 branches of the military. June 21, 2018 1:59 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn FYI – The USACE office is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. June 21, 2018 2:07 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Uh-Oh! Looks like a big fish fry ahead…. https://dockets.justia.com/docket/district-of-columbia/dcdce/1:2018cv01422/197752 June 21, 2018 3:21 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 “The chikinnnnnns have come home to rooooooooost!!!!” LMAO! June 21, 2018 3:31 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Yeah, just like the IG report was supposed to put Hillary in jail. LOL. Any crank can file a case. The benghazi cranks got thrown out of court recently. I guess there is going to be a never ending parade of circus freaks and carnival barkers filing cases because apparently even Trumpers don’t believe he actually won the election. June 21, 2018 4:01 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The Plaintiff is the Secret Service guy who wrote a whole book about the Clintons snorting coke and ordering contract killings. Guy sounds super reliable. June 21, 2018 4:20 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Oh, yeah, thanks for confirming it is yet another crackpot filing a case. I mean all the financial statements of the Clinton Foundation are public and they are rated by charity organizations who know how to do that sort of thing but some coke addled crackpot is going to make ridiculous claims and finally come through for the conservative movement or so they seem to think. I’m glad it is too late in the day for me to be drinking coffee or my keyboard might not survive. June 21, 2018 5:43 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ummmmmmmmmm, question for our Libs: You’re busting the Trump folks for supposedly starting this separation stuff, right? Even though kids were separated during earlier Admins, too. Ok, kids have been being forcibly separated from their parents since the early 70’s and not one peep from the Libs! In fact, y’all trumpet it from every rooftop!! These were separated by a scalpel. And a suction hose. Recognize that? It’s called Abortion. Such freaking hypocrites! June 21, 2018 3:29 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Dude you can read Trump’s order online. There was NEVER mass separations and baby jails until Trump. Occiasonally families were separated but there’s never been MASS separations where every family was forcibly separated. However I know facts are not your strong point and you don’t bother to read. June 21, 2018 3:58 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 How bout them 30 million permanent “separations” Carolina?!?!? Hmmmmm??? Where’s you mouth frothing outrage over that??? June 21, 2018 4:10 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I don’t think the analogy holds well, Noway, although I understand the effort. One is a choice made by the government exercising power over wholly living beings, the other is a choice made by the one with the rightful power to give life or not. Past that, we’ll also differ on the specifics. Like when life is recognized, and when women can exercise their power. But I also don’t have a typical stance on the issue. June 21, 2018 4:27 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Caroline, Sally and Noway are trying to post a bunch of incendiary things on here so that reasonable folks of all stripes will say “to heck with it” and move on. They want to turn the morning reads into a place where they can kick around Pizzagate conspiracy theories and get into circle jerks about how Trump is trolling “the libz.” They’re just trying to frustrate you and get you so fed up you leave. That’s why I’m ignoring them. The thought of sad old men posting in an online forum like toddlers desperate for attention is pretty pathetic as is. Why should we give them the one thing they’re looking for? June 21, 2018 4:24 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Leave?!?!?! Oh hell no!!! She’s like the female version of you, only she’s a lot smarter! Please stay!! June 21, 2018 4:28 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Well, it’s not working. They really are kind of funny in a they doth protest too much kind of way. They know the whole child snatching exercise is a PR disaster for the entire GOP but mostly I find it sad there are people who are unable to reason or comprehend what they read. June 21, 2018 5:34 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual I honestly wish you were aborted in some back alley way back when. June 21, 2018 7:13 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Lol! More, Sigmoid, more!! June 21, 2018 7:27 PM Log in to Reply alpha male What a well reasoned and thought out addition to the discussion. Embarrassing. June 21, 2018 8:25 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn BREAKING NEWS – College of Catholics Bishops now a Liberal organization. Laura Bush is now a Liberal. And Bill O’Reilly. And Hugh Hewett. And The Mormon Church, and Ted Cruz, and.. June 21, 2018 3:57 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Everybody is a liberal these days other than the Trump 35%. June 21, 2018 3:59 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 More chikkinnnnns rooster!!!! Lol! http://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/393502-meadows-suggests-fbi-interview-reports-with-flynn-might-have-been-changed?rnd=1529607665 June 21, 2018 4:04 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Mike Flynn already turned state’s witness and pled guilty. Meadows is just making himself look like an idiot here. If he wants to spend millions of his own money trying to free Flynn from a likely jail sentence then he should go ahead and do it. Remember Mueller has every text, every email everything from the Trump campaign. Caputo said Mueller knows more than the people who were actually on the campaign. So Meadows can shop his silly conspiracy theories all he wants to the dolts who will swallow them whole but it won’t change one thing. June 21, 2018 5:39 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn One of my favorites to read in the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/?utm_term=.9e2e6ee3cfa8 June 21, 2018 6:29 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Seems to sent you to the pay wall… (I subscribe) Here is the Fox link. The picture on the Post is much better. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/21/charles-krauthammer-conservative-commentator-and-pulitzer-prize-winner-dead-at-68.html June 21, 2018 6:33 PM Log in to Reply Caroline I learned a new one today. Apparently using facts with Trumpers is “trolling”. It is desirable to live in a fantasy world of conspiracy theories and when you present facts and the truth you are “trolling”. June 21, 2018 6:35 PM Log in to Reply alpha male Do you believe it is a fact that Horowitz is investigating whether anti Trump bias in the FBI helped prompt the Russia investigation? And if you do believe that fact, why do you suppose he would need to investigate that? June 21, 2018 6:48 PM Log in to Reply Caroline we’ve been over this and you haven’t read the report. The fact is what prompted the Trump Russia investigation was Papadapolous talking to the Austrialian ambassador. The interaction with the Australian ambassador happened before his investigation. I guess you’ve given up on your theories about the dossier starting the investigation and this is the new thing? Let me ask you this: if a campaign was conspiring with Russian intelligence agents do you think that no one should investigate it? That is what you are saying. You are saying the fact that the FBI got credible evidence of Trump conspiring with Russian intelligence they should not have investigated it because it would have been “anti-Trump”. June 21, 2018 7:11 PM Log in to Reply alpha male Why do you refuse to answer the question? I have even linked an article for you. You Could also find the testimony on YouTube. It is there to read. And it is there to listen to. I asked a simple question. You were just defending the use of facts. It seems however, that you are only interested in facts if they suit your worldview. I am not sure that constitutes a belief in facts. That sounds to me more like a belief in propaganda. June 21, 2018 8:19 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Have you given up on the story of Hillary and the DNC starting the investigation because of the dossier? We heard that for months. Look at the powerpoint I linked to. There was a confluence of events between McCain meeting Steele, the dossier getting to Comey, Papadapolous telling the Austrialians the Trump campaign was colluding with Russians, Mike Flynn actually sitting at a table with Putin, and most recently Caputo and Stone lying to congress about meeting Russians in Miami. Apparently though the fact that they lied to congress made no difference to Mueller because he has the receipts. The findings of Horowitz have been stated over and over again and yet you refuse to believe them. The so called bias had nothing to do with the Russian investigation is the point I’m making. The bias according to Horowitz actually hurt Hillary. There were agents who went out of their way to keep the Russian investigation under wraps. Seriously if the FBI wanted to take Trump down don’t you think they would have leaked everything they had before the election? Your claims don’t even pass the smell test. June 21, 2018 8:35 PM bethebalance Let me help here. So, I will assume Horowitz says he’ll investigate the genesis of the Russian probe. Good. There’s a 99% chance it will dismiss any allegations that it was political bias that prompted the probe (because there is plenty of hard evidence that the probe was justified.) But my concern is that there can never be any guaranty in life, so even if the report says 99% sure there was no bias, the Pres. will seize on the 1% to justify a deep state conspiracy, which will never go away, no matter how many probes, because the mere belief in that conspiracy is politically beneficial and necessary for the Pres. So, if there is a 99% chance of such a conclusion, why is the I investigating it? Short answer: It’s his job. He is doing his job with justice and fairness, which is the crucible of an IG’s job. He should investigate any allegation of injustice. And he’s doing his job well by investigating allegations whether raised by Democrats or Republicans, Congress or the Pres. Only by investigating the allegation of injustice can he do his job and retain his job. And it is necessary to secure confidence in the institution of the FBI and ensure justice is being carried out – justly. But again, that 1% could be used to attack the FBI. But at least Horowitz will put the facts out there and do his best to clean up any mess and shore up confidence in the institution. June 22, 2018 2:17 AM Andrew C. Pope Let me offer some perspective as someone who used to work at Justice: why do you suppose he would need to investigate that? Because the IG’s office investigates a lot of stuff. It’s their job. Sometimes the investigation is triggered by internal DOJ complaints. Sometimes it’s triggered by whiny Congressmen who won’t shut up about whatever inane conspiracy theory is the flavor of the month. An investigation does not equal any actual wrongdoing After all, isn’t that the entire crux of your defense against the Mueller investigation. It seems rather ironic to use the existence of an investigation as a cudgel against those using the existence of investigation as a cudgel. If you think Strzok is guilty of wrongdoing, the investigation will find that. If you think Trump is innocent, the investigation will find that. If you think this is all some deep state conspiracy designed to destroy Donald Trump by electing him President then you’re a moron who needs to quit huffing paint. June 22, 2018 6:02 AM Caroline Here’s a power point that shows you all the connections and evidence that we know so far. I’m linking to this since maybe you can understand a powerpoint. https://www.politico.com/interactives/2018/trump-russia-investigation-ties/ June 21, 2018 7:16 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Krauthammer dead… June 21, 2018 7:02 PM Log in to Reply alpha male Damn shame. He was truly brilliant. June 21, 2018 7:03 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Fox is going wall to wall with coverage June 21, 2018 7:32 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Once again, ignoring me… I posted this at 6:30ish. Even had the links. Post and Fox released the announcement at the same time. George Will’s piece dropped 10 mins later. The Post pieces are well written. The name article is on MSN. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/charles-krauthammer-pulitzer-prize-winning-columnist-and-intellectual-provocateur-dies-at-68/ar-AAyYVyF?ocid=spartanntp June 21, 2018 8:08 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Not on purpose. After you referenced the paywall, I didn’t read the red link… June 22, 2018 12:07 AM xdog Holy hell, the Waffle House at 5 Points in Athens is closing Monday after 50 years in that location. https://flagpole.com/blogs/grub-notes/posts/the-five-points-waffle-house-is-closing June 21, 2018 7:32 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Why?!?!?! June 21, 2018 7:35 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope There’s one like a mile up Milledge with better parking. With the new one downtown it never made sense to have 3 writhin such a short distance of one another. June 22, 2018 5:48 AM Log in to Reply Caroline Michael Avenatti is saying he has ICE whistleblowers who have come forward. He says he is going to blow the whole story wide open with what they are saying. June 21, 2018 10:55 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.