Happy birthday, Carly Robbins Tucker!

It’s my daughter’s second birthday, and I have a party (four toddler guests! OMG!) to prepare for, so I’m signing off. I wish you the merriest of Christmases, and I hope you keep the spirit of the season — peace, joy, love, mercy, generosity — in mind as you comment here. Herewith, the story of my daughter’s arrival:

WASHINGTON — Two years ago today, my mother and I were stuck in a dingy motel suite in downtown New Orleans, eating take-out dinners and canned goods. Though we longed to be at home, she and I agreed it was one of the best Christmas seasons either of us had ever celebrated.
We were in the Crescent City to pick up my newborn daughter, who popped into the world a few weeks early. Her arrival sparked one of those classic misadventures as I set out by car, after midnight, for New Orleans — a comedy of errors involving a flat tire on a frigid night, a wee hours rescue by an old friend (thanks, Jim!) and hours of pacing at Hartsfield-Jackson airport before I could procure a flight.
The high (or low) drama all proved worthwhile. My daughter had arrived at a perfectly healthy, if tiny, five pounds and 15 ounces, with a set of lungs in no need of repair. Her smushed little face reminded me of an old cartoon character, “Atom Ant.” I thought she was beautiful.
My adoption story had begun a little more than a year earlier, after a decade of dawdling had finally forced me to make a decision: Do you want to forego the opportunity to rear a child, to know the peculiar joys that only motherhood can bring? Can you do this alone? Are you ready for the challenges, the sacrifices, the upsets? Are you too old for this?
I called my mother and asked her to have her prayer circle pray for me as I searched for an answer. She said: “Do it!” I said: “Don’t you want to pray about it first?” She said: “I will. Do it!” My mom only had one grandchild then, and she clearly wanted more.
My next phone call was to friends at Families First, a premier Atlanta social services agency. Founded in 1890 to run an orphanage for homeless girls, the charitable organization has provided a range of services to families since then, including home studies for adoptive families. I was sure its experts would bring me to my senses. Instead, I met nothing but enthusiastic support.
I needed it to navigate the adoption landscape, which has changed for the better since the old days of scandal, secrecy and sealed records. Not only have more lenient sexual mores eroded the sense of shame about out-of-wedlock pregnancies, but American culture has also expanded its definition of “family.” Adoption has become a legitimate route to parenthood for older couples, gay couples and singles, as well as traditional couples who want to exercise that option.
Young pregnant women who are seeking stable homes for their birth children have more options, as well. According to Chuck Johnson, spokesman for the National Council for Adoption, most domestic adoptions these days are at least “semi-open” — meaning the birth mother and adoptive parents have exchanged some identifying information.
As I started the process, social workers advised me to put together a short but photo-laden scrapbook to introduce myself to young birth mothers. I did, and I used various agencies and contacts to circulate my self-portrait. By late August, a private agency called to say a birth mother wanted to talk to me over the phone.
I bonded with K., a friendly and appealing but impoverished 20-year-old who already had a toddler. I flew to New Orleans to accompany her on a visit to the midwife, where I heard the baby’s heart beat on the ultra-sound. I was in love.
There were a few hurdles after that — the private agency proved less-than-forthright, the birth father proved uncooperative — that I cleared with the help of an able adoption attorney. Still, a low-grade anxiety accompanied me for months: Will the baby be healthy? What if the birth mother changes her mind?
There were phone conversations that I spent reassuring K. — who was getting grief from several family members and friends — that she was making a courageous and loving decision. She cried. I fretted.
But everything worked out well. The day after my daughter was born, a nurse at University Hospital put a tiny bundle in my arms and said, “Here’s your baby doll.” Today is my daughter’s second birthday, but I’m the one who received the awesome gift.

135 comments Add your comment

Fred

December 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

My first thought was that I never heard you were pregnant, but then I read the story. Have fun at the party.

Peadawg

December 22nd, 2010
1:09 pm

Merry CHRISTmas to everyone on here as well.

I wish you the merriest of Christmases, and I hope you keep the spirit of the season — peace, joy, love, mercy, generosity” – and the one who this CHRISTmas holiday is about.

Kamchak

December 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

Congrats on two years of motherhood, Ms. Tucker. Wishing you and your daughter happy holidays.

You realize of course, she’s entering into her terrible twos.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 22nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Best wishes, Carly. My baby returned from a seven-month deployment in the Arabian Sea this week, so we are celebrating alongside you, Ms. Tucker.

Ann Webb Deupree

December 22nd, 2010
1:32 pm

Hi Cynthia,
I just caught up with you on-line and was thrilled to learn about your new writing position in D.C., and especially about your little girl. You followed a courageous path to adopt her and I’m delighted to know you’re a happy family. Happy Holidays.
Ann (Webb) Deupree
(We met in Atlanta; I now live in Durham NC)

Keep up the good fight!

December 22nd, 2010
1:44 pm

Congrats on your daughter’s birthday and for your willingness to adopt.

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 22nd, 2010
1:45 pm

CT – wonderful story. All the best this Christmas.

Remember to wrap up some empty boxes cause a 2 yo loves to tear paper LOL

Sick&Tired

December 22nd, 2010
1:50 pm

Congrats on your daughter’s birthday. Tomorrow is my daughter’s 16th birthday, so I have a party to prepare for as well. How I wish it was for toddlers.

Peadawg

December 22nd, 2010
2:09 pm

“and for your willingness to adopt.” – Judging by some of the columns she’s written…I think it has to do w/ Cynthia not being able to find a guy to put up w/ her liberal jiberish.

David Granger

December 22nd, 2010
2:10 pm

Merry Christmas to you and your daughter, Cynthia. Enjoy her, because she’ll grow up way too quickly. Hope that 2011 will be the best year ever for the both of you.

carlosgvv

December 22nd, 2010
2:15 pm

Incredible as it may sound, some people here will make fun of you and/or critize you for adopting. Pay no attention to them. You have done a wonderful thing and I can only wish so many more would do what you have done. Have a merry Christmas!!!

Herman Cain

December 22nd, 2010
2:23 pm

Congrats Cynthia. Now will you be raising the child as a conservative? Just kidding. Merry Christmas.

Kamchak's gerbil

December 22nd, 2010
2:43 pm

My daughter’s name is Carly – hope your Carly has a happy b-day.

granny godzilla

December 22nd, 2010
2:47 pm

Cynthia

2 year olds are a gas! It’s when they hit 12 that things get tricky.

Happy Birthday Carly…no throwing cake at your mama, ya’ hear!

It’s our first Christmas with our new grandson and 2 new granddaughters
and yes, we are truly and deeply blessed.

I know it’s corny, but wouldn’t it be great if we really could keep Christmas all year long?

May you all have a wonderful Christmas…..

Jack

December 22nd, 2010
2:53 pm

Two going on sixteen. They grow up so quickly. Enjoy.

markie mark

December 22nd, 2010
2:54 pm

Merry Christmas, CT…thanks for enduring us vile conservatives on your blog this year….

markie mark

December 22nd, 2010
3:03 pm

and Granny, you’re killing me….this is the first Christmas in 7 years of no grandkids in the house….isnt it funny how divorce is generational?…I didnt get the divorce but I sure am paying some of the bills….

markie mark

December 22nd, 2010
3:04 pm

by the way,CT….some two year olds will try to climb the Christmas tree….(just ask my Mom….CRASH)

Keep up the good fight!

December 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

Pea…are you that childish that you have to attack Ms. Tucker on a personal basis no matter what? Aren’t you one of the first to whine about “attacks” on the Palin family? Really do learn some boundaries in life, think before you post and realize that even though many do not share your opinions they are still your fellow citizens, neighbors and countrymen.

You owe Ms. Tucker an apology.

Doug Flach

December 22nd, 2010
3:11 pm

CT-congrats on daughter, but it wouldnt be a real article from you w/o the mention of race. So, how many of those 4 toddlers coming to your party are white??

Selective Amnesia

December 22nd, 2010
3:14 pm

Happy Birthday?

Selective Amnesia

December 22nd, 2010
3:15 pm

Not sure why my previous post was eaten but here goes again: Happy Birthday little Carly, happy holidays everyone.

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 22nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Pea? Brain? Puppy?

2:09 pm
“and for your willingness to adopt.” – Judging by some of the columns she’s written…I think it has to do w/ Cynthia not being able to find a guy to put up w/ her liberal jiberish.
—————

CT and I happen to be around the same age. She is just starting on motherhood a little later than normal.

You on the other hand should never have children until you grow up. Which if this post is any indication will be when Hell freezes over.

See and since you have said in the past you are married. I didn’t say one thing about your wife’s intelligence or lack thereof.

Now be a good boy and go back and repair a few more PCs

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 22nd, 2010
3:27 pm

markie mark@3:03 pm

and Granny, you’re killing me….this is the first Christmas in 7 years of no grandkids in the house….isnt it funny how divorce is generational?…I didnt get the divorce but I sure am paying some of the bills….
——
markie

keep your head up (and hand of the scotch lol) I too will be missing the grands this among other things. But have hopes that in the new year things will get better.

Here’s to each of our hopes. Cheers

Peadawg

December 22nd, 2010
4:01 pm

” Aren’t you one of the first to whine about “attacks” on the Palin family?” – No. If your a Presidential nominee/VP whatever…all’s fair. It goes with the territory.

“You on the other hand should never have children until you grow up” – I know that already.

Mary Elizabeth

December 22nd, 2010
4:03 pm

Dear Cynthia,
What a heart warming story for you to share with readers. I know that Carly will be a beautiful woman one day with a mother whose heart is so full of love for her. And your mother’s strength and
wisdom is palpable through your words.

I am delighted to see that the negativity that is sometimes shown to you on your blog has not created walls, whereby you could not share your heart in such an intimate way. Thank you for the gift of your touching story. I wish Carly a very happy 2nd birthday party, and I wish you and yours a very joyous Christmas.

Peadawg

December 22nd, 2010
4:14 pm

“You owe Ms. Tucker an apology.” – when Tucker apologizes for the countless childish attacks on Republicans, sure.

Keep up the good fight!

December 22nd, 2010
4:19 pm

Pea…put on your man pants today and not the childs diaper. The tit for tat about “childish attacks on Republicans” is just silly.

False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR)

December 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm

Merry Christmas to to all! Thanks so much for sharing your heartwarming story of adoption Cynthia. You are indeed a special and blessed woman to have chosen to raise and love one of God’s little angels.

Boehner stole Beck's act. Boo Hoo WORKS!!!

December 22nd, 2010
4:22 pm

Cynthia could be raising a future president. It wouldn’t surprise me at all. There will be birthers then too, for ignorance is for the ages. But I’m sure there will be enough fine Americans around to overcome the dangerous mobthink of the Tea Party.

Kamchak

December 22nd, 2010
4:29 pm

Pea…put on your man pants today and not the childs diaper.

You’re asking waaaaaaaaaaaaay. too much from peapup. He hasn’t graduated to Pull-Ups® yet.

Regina

December 22nd, 2010
5:03 pm

Many blessings to you and your daughter! I am an older single mom of twin girls who will be three in January. They are the joys of my life!

Enjoy And cherish every moment! Surround yourself with family and friends who are supportive.

Aquagirl

December 22nd, 2010
5:27 pm

Happy Birthday Carly! And special blessings to K., who made a decision with wisdom beyond her years.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

December 22nd, 2010
5:55 pm

Poor Peadawg.

He has issues with his own mother. It was a difficult whelping, and he was the runt of the litter.

It left deep psychological scars. As you can see, he’s not even house-trained yet.

TnGelding

December 22nd, 2010
6:13 pm

Kudos for being an adoptive parent. May you continue to bring each other great joy for all eternity. There will be times over the next 20 years you will question the wisdom of your decision though, but it will all work out for the good of mankind.

jconservative

December 22nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Cynthia, wonderful story. You have shared parts of it with us previously. There is a book here if you are so inclined. If it happens, I hereby reserve my signed copy.

While you and I usually disagree on politics and government we have always agreed on the things that matter. And the story of your daughter matters.

Happy birthday to your Carly.

jconservative

December 22nd, 2010
6:38 pm

Peadawg – to say I am disappointed would be an understatement. What you said is a disgrace to every true Conservative on the planet.

Cynthia Tucker, by adopting this child, did something wonderful for the human species.

Can you say the same?

Hootinanny Yum Yum

December 22nd, 2010
6:43 pm

DADT, 9/11 First Responders and START

GOP….Obstructionists?

Party of NO HoHoHo…

Merry Christmas Libs!!!

Shadowy Cabal of Free Speech

December 22nd, 2010
7:13 pm

Bravo Cynthia !!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

The new Congress is coming soon.

ObaMao had a nice little press conference this afternoon. Hawaii will be nice on Christmas Eve.

Good will to all.

C U in Jan.

Dudley

December 22nd, 2010
7:36 pm

Can’t understand why anyone old attack someone who out of the goodness of their hearts adopts a child hopefully giving that child a great life. I have an adopted child and 4 of my own that I raised on my own for almost 6 years and the adopted one is loved as much as the others She is also giving me a grandson anyway now. Congrats ct. Happy birthday Carly

Dudley

December 22nd, 2010
7:38 pm

barking frog

December 22nd, 2010
8:04 pm

Maybe abortion would go away on its own if every baby
was guaranteed a happy home. CAT you make us all
proud of our humanity. Happy birthday to Carly and
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both.

Fletch

December 22nd, 2010
8:34 pm

Congrats CT, Hope you have an excellent Christmas!

Death of the Dollar

December 22nd, 2010
8:37 pm

You have fulfilled the biological imperative, by proxy, how very modern American of you! Congratulations.

Cynthia

December 22nd, 2010
8:42 pm

CT- I have read your column for years but until today have never been inspired to comment. You are an Awesome Lady!!! Happy birthday to Carly and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both.

Jim Bob

December 22nd, 2010
9:27 pm

Cynthia – Is there a baby daddy in the picture?

Jan

December 22nd, 2010
10:09 pm

Cynthia,
I have a baby girl three years old, had her when I was 43 years old. She’s the love of my life. I know the love you are feeling. I’m so happy for you. Enjoy her and have a Merry Christmas.

Dave from GT

December 23rd, 2010
7:49 am

Doesn’t it warm your heart ? …… that the kid is already in debt for over $ 70,000 and growing ????/

Now that is hope and change !

Of course there is a father…… but who ?

Curt

December 23rd, 2010
7:59 am

Cynthia – your political viewpoints are all wrong….but I admire your decision to adopt and to give a child a much better life and future than that child may have had if it was raised up not being wanted and loved. Enjoy your little one and may God bless you and give you all the wisdom, patience, persistence, and grace you will need to be the best mother that you can be.

Call it like it is

December 23rd, 2010
8:08 am

‘And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.’”

“……That’s what Christmas is all about, Merry Christmas to you and your Cynthia and that goes for the rest of you guys too.

stands for decibels

December 23rd, 2010
8:18 am

Here’s hoping that the next fifty or so birthdays you celebrate with Carly (whether she happens to be near or far–hopefully more of the former than the latter) are similarly festive, Cynthia.

stands for decibels

December 23rd, 2010
8:19 am

And a Merry Christmas to you and yours. Almost forgot!

Fed-Up

December 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

Out of wedlock pregnancies have played a large part in the degradation of our society. Enough already. The studies have been done and it is fact that children from single parent households are not nearly as well adjusted as children reared in traditional nuclear family households.

TnGelding

December 23rd, 2010
9:29 am

What qualifies now as a nuclear family is radioactive dysfunction. But mothers are mothers and babies are babies. God bless them all. And each and every one of us during this special season.

Owl

December 23rd, 2010
9:33 am

Enjoy this time CT. This child will take you places you would never imagined. I too, underwent an awaking with the gift of children and the Clinton Ominibus bill of 1993. Alternative minimum taxes and responsibility for someones future other than yours will upgrade your outlook on life.

TnGelding

December 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

I always said a welfare mother was a mother first and we needed to do everything we could to see that she was a successful one.

Billyboy

December 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

Carly is very blessed child. Only God could understand adoption more. May more be adoptive into His family.

paleo-neo-Carlinist a/k/a Joe the Plutocrat

December 23rd, 2010
10:06 am

Fed-up, and what do your “studies” say about children raised with intolerance; rooted in delusional myths? oh, and please define “traditional household” and “nuclear family? (here’s a hint: you’re delusional if you lend any weight to the MYTH that such things exist). do you mean “traditions” such as alcoholism, marital infidelity, child abuse, mental illiness, etc.? OR, do you mean the “tradition” of having some undocumented servant raise your kids until they’re old enough to be warehoused in some highfalutin prep school? My sister (a senior executive with a Fortune 100 company) raised two sons as a ’single mom’. Both graduted from a prestigious midwestern university, with honors. One is finishing his MBA at a prominent eastern university, the other is a commodities trader with one of the largest brokerages in the world (he lives in Europe). OH, and I am a single parent and my child is doing just fine in her “non-traditonal” envrionment.

paleo-neo-Carlinist a/k/a Joe the Plutocrat

December 23rd, 2010
10:08 am

CT, Carly et al – Merry Christmas!

jlo

December 23rd, 2010
10:10 am

Happy Birthday Carly!!! Ms. Tucker take pictures and hold on to every memory because they do grow up so fast. You are blessed just for having courage to adopt.

Now to all, especially Peadawg, let Christ be apart of your Christmas. Let it be filled with joy, peace and much love. And, take my word, all the dump things done by both the dems and the repubs will be washed away. Stop anguishing over the dump things and enjoy the small wonders that HE has given. Blessed Holidays to all!!

ck hall

December 23rd, 2010
10:28 am

Have a happy celebratiion!

ken

December 23rd, 2010
10:36 am

Merry Christmas

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
10:41 am

atp

December 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

never agree with anything you say, but i have to say, i admire you for taking on a child and raising her. Cynthia, I wish you and your daughter the best, happiness, prosperity and health.

God bless you and Carly and Merry Christmas!!

Cynthia=HUSSY

December 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

They let hussies adopt now?

John Galt

December 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

I agreed with CT yesterday, and her post today is not offensive.

I am so confused right now……….

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

Merry Christmas to all, and especially to President Obama for the work he has done for middle class Americans and made 2 million Americans Christmas a little better.
Thank you sir, you are the best American President ever, thanks for caring ””

atp

December 23rd, 2010
10:51 am

and for once, can we appreciate a column in a newspaper for not being political and just being a celebration of life and family (however one defines it). this type of column is not the forum for political or moral attacks. A beautiful child was rescued by a woman with courage. We conservatives do not agree with pretty much everything Cynthia says about us, but this is not the place for pitiful revenge comments.

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

They let hussies adopt now?

Yep.

And she lets douchebaggy asshats like you post on her site.

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
11:02 am

I didn’t know Democrats were allowed to say Merry Christmas, thought it had to be Happy Holidays… Do Democrats acknowledge the birth of Jesus?? I thought no??

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
11:05 am

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

GM- You think Obama is the best president ever because of the extension for unemployment benefits?? Wow, that’s not a very good reason to think a President is the best ever, typical Dem idealogy though, if a President is handing over money to me for absolutely doing nothing I say he is the best ever!!! Ha Ha thats a joke!!

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

I didn’t know Democrats were allowed to say Merry Christmas

It’s painfully obvious there is a lot that you don’t know.

Keep up the good fight!

December 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

Mikey R…there are any number of Dems and non-republicans who believe in Christ and in the celebration of Christmas. Of course, you do realize there is no proof that Christ was born on 12.25 and that the date was picked to “compete” with a pagan holiday.

Let’s also be clear that there are other holidays during this season for other religions. So why is it that you demand that only your “Christmas” in all its commercial glory and distortion of the Santa Claus myth be celebrated and that some cannot recognize Happy Hollidays as a way of incorporating others. In a capitalistic world, certainly merchants can decide that Happy Holidays is inclusive of all.

The wonder of our system is that you are free to celebrate as you wish but you are not free to have government impose your beliefs on others. You may not like what would be imposed.

Van Jones

December 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 23rd, 2010
11:27 am

Kamchak@10:56 am

They let hussies adopt now?

Yep.

And she lets douchebaggy asshats like you post on her site.
——————————–

Kam

stop that.

do you know how much it hurts to laugh so hard and snort (outbound) HOT coffee through your nose LMAO

ResourceDiva

December 23rd, 2010
11:31 am

Thank you for taking the initiative (and time) to write this piece. I’m a single, 39 YO woman who is considering adoption, but I’m not sure how to get the process started. You’ve provided me with valuable information. I appreciate your honesty (as always) and your thoughtfulness with this particular piece. I’m going to talk to the Lord about this important, life-changing decision and go from there.

Enjoy your little one’s birthday and the continuous joy that comes with giving the world a new citizen armed with love, kindness, integrity, and values. May God continue to bless your (improved definition of) family. Have a great and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

Boehner stole Beck's act. Boo Hoo WORKS!!!

December 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

Tucker is raising her child to be a democratic-voting liberal tree hugger. If she were a true great American, she would raise her child to be a GOP-voting conservative war mongerer and tax avoiding crusader for christian values at the expense of muslim values. I think this IS the forum for pitiful revenge comments that can even the score and make the hair-style challenged Pulltizer Prize winner cry like a little baby girlie mon.

Hey Cynthia: the late sixties called. They want the Janis Ian look back.

bwa (insert sneering emoticon here)

Rob

December 23rd, 2010
11:42 am

My wife and I are finishing up the home study portion of the adoption process, so it looks like 2011 will be the year we finally have children. Great story, CT. I hope I handle the obvious stress and pressure.
Merry Christmas, and I look forward to vehemently disagreeing with you in the coming year.

Toccoa Reader

December 23rd, 2010
11:45 am

Thanks for sharing such a nice story. Enjoy the birthday party! Merry Christmas!

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

Mike R : I understand Un Americans like you dont understand that a lot of people who are on unemployment have worked for years and lost their jobs at no fault of their own.
Obama has done more for this country in 2 years than Bush, Clinton combined. This is why I say your party is the party of satan, history will tell the truth.

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

Please be specific, what has Obama done?

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
12:07 pm

What is Un American about working hard for what you have? My point is that many friends I know take unemployemnt simply because they don’t want to look for work. I’m not saying unemployment is not very important to have, but it is designed to help someone for the short term, not to be depended on for the long term. The current length of unemployment promotes people to not look hard for a job. The reality is you can find a job that pays you $300 a week anywhere. Try Mcdonalds or Wal-Mart. Making $300 a week is not hard to do. But, most would rather take the unemployment because it’s the easy way out. Do you think that you can’t find a job making $300 a week? If so, your are simply wrong.

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Keep up the good fight!

December 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

I’m no religious fanatic, believe me! I actually think Christmas is more for children. My point was that I’m tired of left wing crazies forcing anything religious to be taken from society. I think by far the majority of Americans don’t mind a Christmas tree, but recently a local bank in my part of town was forced to take down a tree because it wasn’t politically correct. That to me is absurd.

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

Do you think that you can’t find a job making $300 a week? If so, your are simply wrong.

Really?

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that many are turned down for these types of jobs for being over qualified.

Fang1944

December 23rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Peadawg
December 22nd, 2010
2:09 pm

“and for your willingness to adopt.” – Judging by some of the columns she’s written…I think it has to do w/ Cynthia not being able to find a guy to put up w/ her liberal jiberish.
————–
Christmas is not the time to spread the hate, and some one who posts as much gibberish as you should be able to spell “gibberish.”

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

“Pary of Satan”

I just noticed you said that. Wow, you must be a true left wing nut job. And I thought the Republican base were the crazy religious fanatics?? You seem to be very confused and your comments are way off base. Your comments are irrelevant now that you have claimed Republicans to be devil worshippers, I hadn’t heard that one before but nothing suprises me coming from a left wing nutcase, good luck with your $300 a week. I would start looking for a job if I were you.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 23rd, 2010
12:23 pm

A smug and beaming Obama declared at the signing ceremony for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on Wednesday that people will look back and wonder why homosexuality in the military was a “source of controversy in the first place.” But people are more likely to look back and wonder why such an arrogant president who enjoyed total control over Washington for two years had to wait until a lame-duck session after his party got pulverized at the polls to pass the repeal.

That just shows the repeal is an elitist, not populist, victory, one which a future Edward Gibbon will mark down as yet another illustration of an insular political class’s delusion and decadence at a time of terrorism. This elite has long wanted to tear down the military and turn it into a laboratory of political correctness, and Obama has smuggled this gift to his friends through the backdoor of a lame-duck session.-Nuemayr, AmSpec

That’s what I’m sayin…

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
12:24 pm

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

I agree, it may not be easy to just walk out the door and find a job. But, over the course of a year I think I could find one. My whole point is that unemployment being extended to 99 months is ludicrous. I would bet the house I could find a job making $300 over the course of an entire year. Do you not think that you could?

TnGelding

December 23rd, 2010
12:32 pm

It’s simple, Pelosi and Reid, plus the need for 60 votes in the Senate. Ticks you off that the lame duck session accomplished more than most do in 2 years, doesn’t it?.

But have a Merry Christmas, anyway!

Keep up the good fight!

December 23rd, 2010
12:34 pm

My point was that I’m tired of left wing crazies forcing anything religious to be taken from society. I think by far the majority of Americans don’t mind a Christmas tree, but recently a local bank in my part of town was forced to take down a tree because it wasn’t politically correct.

Mike…its a shame you think protecting the Constitution is crazy or that religious matters should be decided by a “majority” and that you consider a “Christmas” tree to be the required symbol. In fact, I doubt your claim that an evergreen tree decorated with lights is considered a religious expression. However, if you want to mix in a manger scene or religious symbols, it is possible.

In the case of Chase Bank ordering the removal of a tree at a branch in Texas, there was no government involvement and therefore no 1st amendment issue. The company had a policy that only company-supplied decorations could be used. The tree was not companied supplied and the corporate offices required that corporate policy be followed. While it suits you and Fox to distort the truth to serve your purposes, I have heard many Foxies and wingers tell us about how government should not interfere in private enterprise. This corporation decided that rather risk that all of its many many branches may deviate and thereby create a situation whereby something offensive was used as decoration, it required its own branch to remove the tree. You can argue with a corporation determining its own standardized policy, but frankly, its rather silly to claim that somehow if merchants and others do not participate in the way you determine appropriate, that the Dems are responsible. There are any number of churches and other businesses that may decide a tree is appropriate. I’m sure your children have not been deprived by the act of a private corporation to decide how it wants to address the holiday season. They could have in fact chose to do nothing at all. That’s how freedom works.

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm

I would bet the house I could find a job making $300 over the course of an entire year.

Then you are more ignorant than I originally supposed as there are hundreds, if not thousands of people that have been unemployed for two years or more and would be more than willing, nay happy to make more than unemplyment.

But it is obvious with your implied reference to a supposed “war on Christmas,” the implication that the unemployed are too lazy to work, and the patently absurd notion that a bank can be pressured by “political correctness,” you are nothing more than a tool that can only parrot talk-radio bullet points.

Peadawg

December 23rd, 2010
12:37 pm

“and some one who posts as much gibberish as you should be able to spell “gibberish.”” – Thanks for the spell check mom.

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
12:46 pm

Mike R: Whats has Obama done? My friend this is what happends when you watch fake news(Fox)
Russia treaty, dont ask dont tell, tax cut for middle class, 911 health bill, please get away from Fox and read all the bills this great President has passed.
So every body that is getting unemployement do not want to take a job?
this is whats wrong with you Rep you stero every one whos is getting help.
Obama wants to help children who are sick, feed the poor, Rep wanted to block unemployment, 911 fire fighters bill, lets see which party cares about people?
and which party does not, how can you people sleep at night?

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
12:48 pm

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm

The name calling really is pathetic. I completely agree that unemployment is vital for the people who truly need it. If you don’t think that it is widly abused though than your very naive…

kjg

December 23rd, 2010
12:54 pm

be thankful, at least this year, that the government will not come to your home to seize and redistribute your child’s gifts. : -)

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
12:54 pm

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
12:46 pm

I don’t watch network news. I apologize to you, you took me the wrong way completley. I know it’s been tough for many thousands of people. I care about the sick, the poor, more than you know… I didn’t mean for this to become so serious, I wish you luck and hope you have a nice holiday season. Good luck!!

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

The name calling really is pathetic.

You seem to be laboring under the misapprehension that I actually care what you think.

BOB

December 23rd, 2010
1:04 pm

GM – russia treaty: no real debate, gave away the farm without a need to. 9-11 bill repubs had to scream about the added pork for other projects to be removed first. middle class tax cut- when did that happen? (gw cuts ). dadt – disregarded the input from the enlisted and nco troops and just publicized the remarks of the kiss-a$$ generals looking for another star.

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 23rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Mike R@12:24 pm

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

I agree, it may not be easy to just walk out the door and find a job. But, over the course of a year I think I could find one. My whole point is that unemployment being extended to 99 months is ludicrous. I would bet the house I could find a job making $300 over the course of an entire year. Do you not think that you could?

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And you would be betting the house. $330 I think is the MAXIMUM UI benefit in Ga. I don’t know what the exact calculation is determine the benefit, but if you were making $60,000 a year the house you LIVE in may be above what $330 a week will pay for.

Even if you were to work to FULL time minimum wage jobs (and using all your energy doing them) you still may not make ends meet.

When I was between contracts (IT) I took minimum wages along with whatever UI paid, but it DOES NOT pay all the bills. Plus many minimum wage jobs are below 30 hours per week (CAN”T give the benefits to those slackers) so no health insurance etc.

Jobs are few and far between. Ga just announced that unemployment was over 10% at the end of Nov. Do you read anything besides the blogs?

If you and your family can survive on $330 a week good for you. If you have not been layed off a middleclass job then shutup about how many of your slacker friends love the extensions of UI benefits. Go talk to them about their ways.

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

You seem to be a very angry person, cheer up dude!!

midtownguy

December 23rd, 2010
1:06 pm

I thought we were discussing Cynthia’s baby girl’s birthday. Oh well.

Happy Birthday, Carly. And all the best to you in the new year in your own version of the “Modern Family.” And the repeal of DADT was the best gift anyone ever gave my retired Marine partner. We are having a very Merry Christmas at our house.

Kamchak get a job already!

December 23rd, 2010
1:08 pm

December 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm

“Then you are more ignorant than I originally supposed as there are hundreds, if not thousands of people that have been unemployed for two years or more and would be more than willing, nay happy to make more than unemplyment.”

Only a freaking fool would think that in 2 years that an able bodied man can’t find a single job- anything to do rather than while away on unemployment. And you Kamchump would be that fool.

It never ceases to amaze me that people that can’t speak a lick of English can travel 3,000 miles or more from Honduras to get a job here and support not only themselves but a family back home. And then there are people like Kamchump talking about native born Americans that say that in 2 years that can’t find something- anything to do.

One can only assume Kamchump is one of those fools who got “outsourced” by Jose from Honduras and who now spends his days whining on the AJC blogs. Its rather pathetic. Sad too.

They are the greatest gift

December 23rd, 2010
1:09 pm

Dear Ms. Tucker,
Merry Christmas to you and a happy birthday to your daughter. My wife and I (we are also “older”) adopted two newborns and they are the greatest thing ever invented/imagined. I hope you have a Happy New Year’s, too and that your family has a great 2011.

Kamchak get a job already!

December 23rd, 2010
1:11 pm

Mike R,

kamchump is a bitter old man. Spends all day every day whining about politics on the AJC blogs. One can only surmise he’s ticked that his social security or disability check isn’t as big as he wants it to be.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 23rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Many Democrats are sure to keep telling themselves, as President Obama has, that “the outcome was a good one.” That conviction should comfort them as they continue to deal with the consequences arising from the intensity of the electorate’s rejection. The Pyrrhic victory Democrats secured for themselves in March 2010 may prove not to have been a victory at all but rather an ever-roiling, ongoing, and recurring act of political and ideological self-destruction.

And they haven’t learned yet.

Keep up the good fight!

December 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Whiner…or perhaps you missed the real lessons because of your blind ignorance to reality. Dont worry, 2012 is coming. Wait till you see what happens then.

Mike R

December 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Common Sense isn’t very Common

December 23rd, 2010
1:05 pm

You’ve got me all wrong. I know that people need unemployment when they get laid off. I know without that unemployment check people could be put in horrible positions. My whole point was only that 2 years of unemployment seems like a bit much. Sorry I even brought it up. I’m saying the system now could be tweaked and I think work much better than the current system in place. The argument is that if you extend unemployment does that promote people to not look for jobs as hard as they could be looking. Any I do believe that I could find a job that paid $300/week within a year. If that’s not the case than things are worse than I thought which could be possible. Have a good holiday and I enjoy your point of view.

Obama voter

December 23rd, 2010
1:17 pm

When Obama gonna put gas in my car or pay my mortgage? Still waiting……

keep up the better fight

December 23rd, 2010
1:21 pm

Keep up,

Did I just read that? Just wait till 2012? Serious? The community organizer just got thrashed in the last election and you’re saying just wait till 2012? U kidding? You may have a point though. If the community organizer can make enough people dependent on govt to where he has them under his thumb then sure enough maybe he will win re-election. We’re at 45% of the people not paying any taxes at all so maybe if he can get it to where 51% pay no taxes and are raping the 49% that do then yes- maybe he would in fact get re-elected. You and your fellow gumbent cheese cohorts can only hope.

Start treat results- the verdict is in

December 23rd, 2010
1:25 pm

Obama gives up US security while Russia gives up nothing. Just more of the community organizer at work to destroy the US.

I’ve oft wondered- Is this man trying to destroy the country because he hates it? Or is he not even intentionally trying to destroy the country but is doing so out of sheer incompetence? THAT is the question of the day.

Kamchak get a job already

December 23rd, 2010
1:27 pm

Where did Kamchump run off into? Did she run back into her little rat hole section 8 housing to hide from me?

Kamchak get a job already

December 23rd, 2010
1:28 pm

Been fun blasting the welfare mooching liberals out there. C-ya wouldn’t wanna be ya. I’ll be back to torment all you parasitic leeches again. Unitl then have a Merry Christmas. Ooops, sorry if that’s not politically correct.

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Did [he] run back into her little rat hole section 8 housing to hide from me?

No.

Another episode of one word answers to simple[ton's] question.

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 23rd, 2010
1:31 pm

Mike R@1:16 pm

I’m sorry I sounded so harsh before.

That comes from reading what some of the others are saying about the unemployed LOL.

If the unemployment roles were trimmed to get rid of the true slackers. (minimum wage earners w/o a family, living at home and not really looking for a job) then the TRUE unemployment rate would go down (not getting unemployment you aren’t counted as unemployed).

But the truth is that a large number of middleclass jobs have been offshored(not just outsourced) and the US gov’t has done nothing to stop this. Add to that the number of H1b visa holders still in the US with more to come. (not just in IT but across most industries (even Dentists are allowed in on this visa)) and the US is not protecting US jobs in ANY way.

What is the answer, who the hell knows anymore. But after 7 years of empty promises about the tax cuts creating jobs I know for a fact that isn’t the answer.

I have never disagreed with giving a tax cut for a business that truly creates jobs. It can go to 0% for those companies. But most of the others that benefit from tax cuts truly do not invest that money in US businesses. They invest in companies that have offshored and will continue to do so under the existing US trade laws.

And trading on the stock market is not an investment in a company (as many people think). The only time that money goes to the company is at an IPO or if the company sells stock that it owns and reinvests that amount in the company.

Demand will not go up in this country until jobs are created. Without demand companies cannot or will not hire and who can blame them.

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
1:39 pm

Mike R
A true American gentlemen, have a great Holiday and God Bless.

Gm

December 23rd, 2010
1:48 pm

Start treat results- the verdict is in: When will hicks like you learn America dont live in the world along. That cowboy mentality is why 5,000 Americans died in Ny 4500 American toops are dead.
The problem is with you supid idiots, you dont understand class, grace, this man is loved around the world except for you hooded klansman, who can not understand their is more to Africans Americans then playing basketball, football.
That idiot who was in office, destroyed this country image around the world and bigots hicks like you who never been out of your trailor is why America has a lot of work to do.

ronald

December 23rd, 2010
1:53 pm

“Then you are more ignorant than I originally supposed as there are hundreds, if not thousands of people that have been unemployed for two years or more and would be more than willing, nay happy to make more than unemplyment”

It is amazing that so many people stay employed for 98 and a half weeks and then amazingly they find a job to support themselves once the gov’t checks stop rolling in.

ronald

December 23rd, 2010
2:06 pm

“Then you are more ignorant than I originally supposed as there are hundreds, if not thousands of people that have been unemployed for two years or more and would be more than willing, nay happy to make more than unemplyment”

It is amazing that so many people stay UNemployed for 98 and a half weeks and then amazingly they find a job to support themselves once the gov’t checks stop rolling in.

JimW

December 23rd, 2010
2:10 pm

I wish you and your daughter Carly a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Birthday and a joyous New Year.

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
2:14 pm

It is amazing that so many people stay UNemployed for 98 and a half weeks and then amazingly they find a job to support themselves once the gov’t checks stop rolling in.

And you, of course, have statistics to back up the claim of “many.”

The Snark

December 23rd, 2010
2:16 pm

Happy Birthday to Carly and Merry Christmas to you and yours, Cynthia. The Snark pauses in his work this afternoon (the only one in the government office building!) to thank you for all your fine work this year. The fact that you did it while caring for a toddler raises you considerably in the Snark’s esteem. Somewhere in the next world, Ralph McGill is smiling.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 23rd, 2010
2:34 pm

Whiner…or perhaps you missed the real lessons because of your blind ignorance to reality.

Keep UpChuk the Food Fight!- You may want to ask yourself what happened to your 1.3 Trillion Dollar Pork Festival and how you got left with some symbolic crumbs left in your hands.

Again.

Long as yer happy!, eh?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 23rd, 2010
2:40 pm

Only to an ate up communist loving liberal does an arms treaty amount to a rat’s ass.

Only to a immoral cultural wasteland dweller would loading the armed forces up with sodomites create a feeling of satisfaction and excitement, ew.

Other than that, watcha got?

Zilch.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 23rd, 2010
2:44 pm

obozo wrecked the dummycrat party for generations to come and now he parades around in victory over meaningless folly, hahahahaha, oh yeah, and I forgot, at 2:40, obozo also extended the Bush tax cuts that you libs shrieked and moaned about for 8 solid years.

And now you’re happy?

yeesh

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
2:55 pm

And now you’re happy?

No.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 23rd, 2010
3:18 pm

Not elated but happier than most of the past 10 years about the political situation…Of course, Whiner, the Dems have majority in the Senate and the Presidency and a good portion of House. The Republicans cannot pass a thing by themselves. Ya got your reality star and you have to try to undo what was done if you dont like it, a lot different than just stopping it. Those tax cuts are extended for 2 years so it will be a campaign issue…and most Americans were against them so now that does not bode well for your side.

But maybe you can get the witch to run again with the snowbillie. I always love the comedy.

Chris Matthews

December 23rd, 2010
3:27 pm

Never agree with you on anything but great story and wonderful thing you have done! Merry Christmas!

TruthBe

December 23rd, 2010
3:36 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLY. May GOD bless you. JESUS CHRIST is LORD thy GOD, Merry Christmas to all.

TruthBe

December 23rd, 2010
3:38 pm

Shame on you Keeping up the good fight, this story had NOTHING to do with politics. You need to be QUIET NOW.

TruthBe

December 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Gm, F_ _K you.

Cutty

December 23rd, 2010
3:44 pm

The family values set can’t even show any decorum or class at Christmas. Sheesh

Kamchak

December 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Shame on you Keeping up the good fight, this story had NOTHING to do with politics. You need to be QUIET NOW.

When you start calling out others for doing the same thing, you will begin to have a point.

But until then, how about a nice big cup of STFU.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

December 23rd, 2010
5:31 pm

Self-serving if ever. Stick to the news or take the day off. jeeze.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 23rd, 2010
5:48 pm

Uh oh….I must have upset someone by posting something they dont agree with…Of course, the 3:41 shows their real concern. I guess they are upset by the real truth.