A television station in Capetown, South Africa is reporting that former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has found another country that doesn’t want her around:
A controversial former member of the American congress and a 2008 presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, was abruptly removed from a South African Airways flight on Tuesday.
McKinney, who stood against President Barack Obama at an early stage in the race for the US presidency, was barred from boarding an SAA flight to Johannesburg in Washington DC.
She would have travelled to South Africa to act as international guest speaker on the Channel 4 network’s first Palestinian Struggle and Human Spirit film festival, which will be held in Athlone from Friday to Sunday.
McKinney spent a week in an Israeli jail earlier this year, after being swept up by that country’s navy while trying to pass through a blockade into Gaza.
Walter Jones with Morris News Service has this disturbing bit of news this morning:
An illegal dump containing 3 million tires won’t be cleaned up because the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources doesn’t have enough money….
The giant dump in West Georgia’s Upson County contains roughly one-third the number of tires scrapped statewide every year. EPD officials plan to merely cover it up instead of removing the tires for recycling or fuel.
You want evidence that resigning from the state Senate gives you some latitude in how you campaign? Republican candidate for governor Eric Johnson on Friday will make copies of his income tax returns available to reporters.
Consider the move not only a challenge to other GOP candidates, but an implicit rebuke of Gov. Sonny Perdue, who has kept his business interests churning during his seven years as governor – but has been reluctant to disclose many specifics.
Hands On Atlanta, perhaps the premier volunteer group in the city, has collared the four major candidates for mayor for some hammer time on Saturday, and will put them to work – together. They’ll be building a deck.
Another 300 volunteers will join them, constructing walking trails, installing flooring, and erecting walls in the Washington Park neighborhood around the Butler Street YMCA, the city’s first African American subdivision.
The event is built around the 20th anniversary of Hands On Atlanta. Despite the economy, the number of volunteers is said to be up 66 percent. For more info, go to www.handsonatlanta.org, or call 404-979-2800.
The issue of gays in the military may not be an immediate priority for President Barack Obama, but the issue is percolating toward a future explosion. This from the Boston Globe:
An article in the Pentagon’s top scholarly journal calls in unambiguous terms for lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, arguing that the military is essentially forcing thousands of gay men and women to lead dishonest lives in an organization that emphasizes integrity as a fundamental tenet.
Quarterly, which is published for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was written by an Air Force colonel who studied the issue for months while a student at the National Defense University in Washington and who concludes that having openly gay troops in the ranks will not hurt combat readiness.
While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Federal judge rejects plan for Georgia’s mental hospitals. MARTA fares go up today. Outstanding water bills in city of Atlanta reach $811,011. Panel: Fayette County commissioner violated ethics ordinance. Surveillance cameras for Piedmont Park? Fulton County tax bills finally going in mail. Snellville joins Gwinnett County library fight. Former Conyers Housing Authority chief sentenced for embezzlement. Clayton County Commission chairman accused of inappropriate touching.
Pro & Con: Do White House policy ‘czars’ upset the separation of powers? Child care training standards vital to education of our kids.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
Augusta Chronicle: Perdue doesn’t expect more cuts this year
WSJ: As President Barack Obama reviews options, Defense Secretary Robert Gates worries that a manpower-intensive plan won’t stop Taliban. The Guardian: US diplomat ‘forced out’ over stance on Afghan election fraud. Reuters: China marks 60 years with spectacle of power.
For instant updates, follow me on Twitter.