Your morning jolt: Georgia Public Broadcasting ventures into political humor

Georgia Public Broadcasting is out to prove that it has a sense of humor.

On Saturday, the state network will tape a performance of the Capitol Steps, a political satire troupe usually found on public radio only, at the old Rialto theater in downtown Atlanta.


The program will be aired later on GPB, and marketed to other PBS stations as well. We’re looking forward to “Ebony and Ovaries,” a musical duet between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Levi Johnson is also likely to make an appearance.

An 8 p.m. performance is sold out.

An anti-tax group will gather in Roswell on Saturday morning where members will be encouraged to burn their AARP cards in protest of that organization’s support of Democratic efforts at health care reform.

The 10 a.m. event is sponsored by Americans For Prosperity. U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) is to be there, as will some area physicians. Location is the Roswell Country Club. Other details can be found here.

The event is clearly a sign that Republicans won’t just be targeting Democrats who have backed the effort – they’re going after the large organizations that have offered succor.

The collapse, however temporary, of health care reform in Washington is bound to encourage GOP efforts against U.S. Reps. John Barrow of Savannah and Jim Marshall of Macon, both white Democrats.

On Thursday, Republican businesswoman Angela Hicks announced against Marshall. Her message: “Democrats in Washington are intentionally or inadvertently destroying the economic fabric of our great nation.”

Backers include state Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) and two Republicans who tried, and failed, to oust Marshall – Calder Clay and Rick Goddard.

The Rev. Joe Beasley of Atlanta says he’s leaving today on a five-day mission to Haiti representing the group Atlanta Ascension. Beasley is already calling for the evacuation of the devastated city of Port-au-Prince.

“We believe the population has to be evacuated for the city to be rebuilt and be sustainable,” Beasley said.

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January 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

I think the steady unraveling of tried and true regulations in the financial sector did more to “intentionally or inadvertently destroying the economic fabric of our great nation” than has happened this year. If the Wall Street crisis had not have happened, then we would not have had sub-prime lending, 0% down mortgages, shady credit default swaps, the housing bubble and bust, the failure of Bear and Lehman, the crisis on Wall Street, the panic of 2008 and the Great Recession. Both parties bear responsibility for caving in to the interests of Wall Street since both parties have held control of the Congress and the Presidency during the time the regulations were loosened or eliminated.

I am not against innovation in the financial sector. Like any part of our economy, it needs to adapt, create and innovate as times change. However, these changes should occur in an environment of oversight and transparency since all of our savings, investments and even homes are involved.


January 22nd, 2010
4:38 pm

let me tell you right now both marshall & barrow are in no danger of losing their seats. don’t let political neophytes like angela hicks fool you with that rhetoric and having ross tolleson & other former republican challengers behind her is not going to make any difference. marshall & barrow are battled tested dems who will not be defeated no matter what hdppens to the healthcare bill. and you can take that to the bank!


January 22nd, 2010
5:14 pm

Lol Hicks has establishment backers, eh? That’s all the albatross she needs and all the more support going to her many primary opponents.


January 23rd, 2010
9:02 pm

Good seeing you today Jim at the Capitol Steps taping.