Morning Reads for Tuesday, June 18

Good morning! Last week, TheDeepDark asked our readers to suggest news sources that we might overlook in our Morning Reads. Thank you for the suggestions! I try to keep up with different dailies from across Georgia, but it’s easy to miss some of the great resources we have.

One intrepid reader noted that too many Morning Reads links are behind a paywall. Guilty as charged! Here’s the thing: I won’t stop posting links that are behind a paywall. Most newspapers with a paywall offer a few freebies (the Brunswick News, for example, is extremely generous with something like 15 free reads each month). If you find that you are reading enough articles from, say, the Washington Post that you exceed their freebie limit, maybe – now, hear me out – maybe you might want to consider actually paying a little coin for the journalism you consume. Just a friendly suggestion!

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armanidog
armanidog

I think of this poem whenever I have to drive around Atlanta: A road well travelled does not the journey ease Nor do well placed signposts aid our itineraries A road well travelled is rough and rutted where Others have passed by this way overburdened with their cares A road well-travelled may be full of risks and dangers You keep yourself unto yourself and never talk to strangers. This road well travelled has no final end in sight It can be sunny in the daytime but quite frightening at night This road well travelled can sometimes just disappear And you… Read more »

tiger
tiger

On that WaPo article a thought exercise … how would a diverse, progressive community (think San Francisco, Seattle, Austin Texas or upper west side NYC) treat the father of a young man arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime?

Also, I am somewhat sympathetic to the idea that a lot of these “foiled terror plots” would be considered entrapment if it were any other crime.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Despite differences in political preferences, religious affiliation, or college football allegiance, my sincere belief has always been that the vast majority of people are good and humane and kind and I’d expect that the reaction to this kind of situation would be the same in a place like San Francisco or New York or anywhere else in this country with an ingrained sense of community.

tiger
tiger

Thank you for your sincere response.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s the way it’s got to be if and until there’s means to establish the difference between those that would actually go through with plans and aimless wannabes.

tiger
tiger

Can’t we monitor them until they do something on their own to elevate themselves from “aimless wannabes” stage? It is just that I remember some of the rants I used to go on some decades back and consider myself fortunate that the Internet wasn’t “a thing” back then.

armanidog
armanidog

The majority of folks in those places would treat the parents with sympathy, some would be mad, some would be afraid, and some would worry about the value of their house.
As far as entrapment goes what about stringing along folks who prey upon children Would you consider that entrapment and would it be considered a necessary evil?

tiger
tiger

Thank you for your sincere response on the first topic. On the second the threshold for illegal behaviour in that area is far lower (no 1st or 2nd amendment protections to consider for example).

armanidog
armanidog

So would just discussing molesting 3 year old children be protected under the first amendment as well?

tiger
tiger

No it would not be hence my point.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Knowing very little about the details of the law or the case, I could still surmise that in a trial, the prosecution would have to prove that the defendant took “overt acts” towards commission of the crime, without undue influence from law enforcement. Thus they would have to overcome any defenses based on entrapment.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I would be more comfortable with the toll lanes if they would first address the debacle that is the northeast corridor though considering the revenue I doubt it. The single lane barrier-less “solution” serves to exacerbate traffic in the normal lanes and during rush hour doesn’t deliver the 45mph assurance anyway. Fix this before proceeding with 285 and the rest and you get my support. Doing it without dedicated entrance/exit ramps and barriers is literally a waste of everyone’s time and money.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The fix for the NE corridor is separate roadways like the NW corridor and I-75 south, but that’s big expense. There’s little if any enforcement.

Issues with the NE corridor is why there’s only a single toll lane on I-575 north of I-75. It would have been no more expensive, and possibly less expensive, to had added one contiguous lane in each direction, but it wasn’t done because of enforcement issues.

Will Durant
Will Durant

All I’m saying is that before spending billions elsewhere GDOT should quit pretending that I-85 is not a debacle. Their PR people have sang its praises for years and claim it to be wildly successful because they have convinced enough suckers to pay exorbitant tolls into a self-perpetuating revenue generator. This is not just due to lax enforcement. During rush hours when traffic in the normal lanes is going 0-5 mph it isn’t only the faint of heart that fear going 45+ when adjacent stopped traffic is only 2-3 feet away with no protection. And then we have the lane… Read more »

tbogcw
tbogcw

More positive economic news. Stock Market up close to 400 today!

tiger
tiger

You do realize that most people credit the good economy to Obama. That’s because the unemployment rate began to drop in 2011 – which is why he got a second term – and by the time he left office was 4.7%, which is .3% lower than it was at the end of 2007 long before the crash. And it got down to 4.1%, lower than any point during the Bush presidency, before any Trump policy had time to take effect in the unemployment rate or any other measurable economic data. So why is Joe Biden so popular? Because he was… Read more »

bustercrabbe
bustercrabbe

No I don’t think most folks credit Obama with the economic success.

I don’t know anyone that does. His policies slowed growth . How do the massive tax increases, massive new regulatory burdens and war on energy help the economy? Obamacare was a job disaster. Please name something that Obama did to help the economy. There must be something…I can’t think of a thing. The Fed lowered rates. That was it.

Trump has done the opposite of Obama and unleashed the growth.

auh2o
auh2o

I know one! Cash for Junkers!! That one was Adam Smith like in its brilliance.

Gregs
Gregs

Following your logic that a president should get credit/blame for whatever happens on his watch, donald trump is the worst president in the history of the USA. Trump inherited an immigration issue that was largely resolved by the Obama administration. Border crossings were at a 25 year low when Trump took office. His disastrous policies and racist rhetoric with respect to immigrants have driven that number up to such a point (just like you claim he did for the stock market) that he’s had to declare a national emergency. https://www.factcheck.org/2018/04/the-stats-on-border-apprehensions/ When offered 25 billion to pay for the wall (that… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Hey, you know what’s dumb? Equating the stock market with the strength of the US economy as a whole. You know what’s even dumber? Pretending that the President has a significant impact on the stock market. You know what’s equally dumb? Pretending that one person – even the President – can significantly impact the economy in a way that is immediately measurable. Judging a President’s impact on the economy based on the stock market or short term numbers is like using miles per hour to measure the speed of a glacier. But since DTM/Noway/whoever this new person is asked the… Read more »

bustercrabbe
bustercrabbe

Did you punt on the question about what Obama did to help the economy much less the market? I simply asked If anyone could name a specific policy…anything… that Obama did that helped create a job… Right now no one has offered a thing.

Offering a blank check for shovel ready jobs when he admitted there were no shovel ready jobs does not count.

If you can’t think of anything then say so. And after that I’ll be glad to answer your question.

Is that fair enough?

Benevolus
Benevolus

I don’t think anyone expects you to appreciate an answer that wouldn’t fit onto a baseball hat, and this is a bit of a complex issue. Context matters. And you have already pre-eliminated two possible answers for no apparent reason or evidence. So here’s my answer: https://www.thebalance.com/job-creation-by-president-by-number-and-percent-3863218 “President Obama created 8.9 million jobs by the end of December 2016, a 6.2 percent increase. There were 152.3 million people employed at the end of his term. That’s compared to 143.4 million working at the end of the Bush administration. But that doesn’t give the total picture. The economy lost 8.5 million… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Maybe no one answered your question because they knew it wasn’t a serious question. As Benevelous has pointed out (not that it needed to be pointed out, it’s just common knowledge at this point) there were 8.9 million more jobs at the end of Obama’s term than the end of Bush’s term. Either you believe that the President bears responsibility for job numbers and unemployment rate – and that the President’s actions with regard to economic indicators are immediately measurable – or you don’t. If you think we should attribute these things to the President, then you should be giving… Read more »

bustercrabbe
bustercrabbe

Trust me it is a DEAD SERIOUS question. If there is no answer, then why on earth would we want to return to polices that offered no help. Isn’t that why we have elections?

bustercrabbe
bustercrabbe

Maybe I am doing a service by asking OBVIOUS questions that need to be answered.

bustercrabbe
bustercrabbe

So now you speak for the entire site. Really? Who appointed you judge and jury?

bustercrabbe
bustercrabbe

Well Benevolus you listed no policies so I guess that is a giant punt.

The economy did whatever it did despite who was in the White

If there were a lot of policies that did then I am sure we would have had someone list them.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I absolutely speak only for myself, but for me you bring nothing to the table here. I will go watch Minister of Propaganda Hannity and just get it from the source if I have any questions about Herr Trump’s party line. This “discourse” is a perfect example of why I don’t bother to engage with you regardless of your nom de guerre. Or as stated by that noted philosopher Bruce Lee: “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

bustercrabbe
bustercrabbe

And Will plays the Nazi card! Really!? Pretty weak.

tiger
tiger

Have had this opinion for awhile. Georgia Tech’s elite status was great for the state in the 80s, 90s and 00s but has long since passed diminishing returns. The SBOR needs to get serious about putting more money into competing engineering programs at UGA, Georgia Southern and Kennesaw State … although with the latter two it would be problematic as they are not considered research universities in their other programs. It is especially frustrating when you consider that unlike the competition Georgia doesn’t have a private research university with an engineering program a la Duke (North Carolina), Miami (Florida) or… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

To what end? More profit? Prestige? What does more competition in this area achieve? Who benefits? Is there a market for this product?

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Better idea… eliminate Georgia Tech and have UGA subsume its engineering programs.

chamblee54
chamblee54

I would be curious to know about the role the fbi informant played in the Forsyth County case. A few years ago, there was a similar incident in North Georgia. A group of old men got involved, and were egged on by an informant. This blog post talks about that case. The post has links to a podcast, and a detailed article in Esquire magazine. One person said, instead of using informants to egg them on, the government should have sent someone to have a chat. Say we know about you, and if you don’t stop there will be trouble.… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Okay who knows anything about HR 2210 Invest in America Act floating around congress? Thoughts? Pros? Cons? No clue?

Discuss!!!

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2210

Ellynn
Ellynn

If we had a wall on the Mexican boarder, this would never have happened… (written in sarcastic font Noway… cus I know you’re watching)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/over-16-tons-cocaine-seven-shipping-containers-seized-massive-bust-n1019021

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Oh hey, looks like the white supremacists are marching in Orlando to support Trump.

https://twitter.com/philipindc/status/1141067843905249283?s=21

It’s Philadelphia, MS without any of the subtlety.

bustercrabbe
bustercrabbe

Now we play the racist card when all else fails. Sound familiar? I ask a simple not threatening question. Can you name some pro growth policies? And I am the bad guy. You fall back on the old playbook right?

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

There’s no “racist card.” They’re literally white supremacists.

It’s pretty clear you’re only here because you’re seeking attention and validation you can’t find offline.

I’ll pray for you.

auh2o
auh2o

As they watch Trump’s re-election launch, the opposition has just soiled their Depends in fear. They have absolutely no chance. None.