Your morning jolt: Forget border wall — we need ray guns

A border patrol car looks over the town of Las Chepas, Mexico, across from New Mexico. Associated Press

A border patrol car looks over the town of Las Chepas, Mexico, across from New Mexico. Associated Press

Who knew you could find the latest political trend in Popular Science?

From the magazine:

From aerial drones to virtual fences, the Department of Homeland Security employs a wide range of tools to protect the nation’s borders. But a pair of Texas lawmakers now want a decidedly more futuristic approach: electromagnetic pulses.

Republican Michael McCaul and Democrat Henry Cuellar want the border patrol to use portable EMP emitters to disable cars, boats or a host of other electronic items.

A suitcase-sized EMP could thwart smugglers trying to drive illegal drugs or immigrants into the United States, the lawmakers say.

The EMP Suitcase Compact 2100 Series, developed by Austin-based Applied Physical Electronics, emits high-amplitude electronic fields powerful enough to disable various devices “without causing permanent physical damage or endangerment to individuals,” as Cuellar’s website says. Similar devices have been used by the Defense Department for the past 12 years.

Both congressmen have advocated the use of aerial drones, which began flying above Texas on Tuesday.

You know about former congressman Nathan Deal, now a Republican candidate for governor, and his problems with a certain congressional ethics panel. Which released a report on his activities — even though he had already left office.

A pair of Georgia Democrats have declared themselves Deal’s allies. Sort of. From my Cox colleague Jamie Dupree in Washington:

There is an interesting battle developing in the Congress over ethics and a new independent ethics oversight board that Democrats created back in March 2008, as some lawmakers aren’t pleased with the work of that new board.

Last week, without much notice, a group of members of the Congressional Black Caucus introduced a resolution in the House to rein in the Office of Congressional Ethics, worried by its assertive work on ethics matters.

Led by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), twenty black lawmakers offered a House Resolution that would basically water down the powers of the OCE, and stop the public release of reports on alleged ethical misconduct.

What’s their beef?

Well, the new office has done a lot of digging over the past two years into activities of black lawmakers, and released public reports on the probe, even if no rules have been broken.

Right now, the OCE acts as sort of a grand jury, evaluating charges of ethical wrongdoing, and then passing its information on to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, known on Capitol Hill as the House Ethics Committee.

This is the same congressional panel that looked into Deal’s activities.

See the Fudge resolution here — which, as we type, we realize is some mightily appropriate phrasing.

Among the sponsors: U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop of Albany and Hank Johnson of Decatur.

On Tuesday, former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young confessed that he’d grown a little squishy on the Democratic race for attorney general.

Earlier, he’d consented to a photograph with Ken Hodges, the Dougherty County prosecutor. More recently, Young has written a $200 check to Hodges’ Democratic rival, Rob Teilhet of Smyrna.

On one hand, Young said: “I took a picture with [Hodges]. But the picture that I took with him really was at Joe Lowery’s retirement. It didn’t constitute a formal endorsement.”

On the other hand, the former U.N. ambassador, ever the diplomat, said: “I have on number of occasions have supported more than one Democrat.”

Despite the dilution, certain residents of metro Atlanta this week have been receiving a Hodges mail piece with this image:


On Thursday, Teilhet expressed his objections to the piece:

“Georgians don’t need another politician who bends the truth here and there and misleads the public.

“The honorable thing to do here is to contact all the voters who received this mail piece and issue them a correction and an apology for misleading them. I look forward to seeing that mailer next.”

No chance of that happening, said Hodges campaign spokeswoman Shannon Marietta:

The reality is that Ambassador Young endorsed his candidacy, as have former chief justice Leah Ward Sears, [state] senator Michael Meyer Von Bremen, civil rights leader Lonnie King, and law enforcement officials from around the state.”

Former state senator Eric Johnson of Savannah says the Republican nomination for governor will go to one of the two candidates who can afford the most TV.

From the Newnan Times-Herald:

[Johnson] predicted that the Republican primary race will come down to an “air war” between Oxendine and himself. Johnson said his campaign war chest is fully stocked and ready for that battle.

The primary is extremely important, he said, “because the Republican nominee is all but certain to be the next governor.”

With seven Republican candidates and seven Democratic candidates currently running, along with some independents, “there’s a whole covey of birds out there,” he said.

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30 comments Add your comment

No Ox Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

June 4th, 2010
9:19 am

I am still amazed that crooks like Deal & Johnson are in the race but then Raw Deal along with Jessie Jackson Jr. & Maxine warters was voted 1 of the 15 most corrupt congressmen.

The Name Says It All.

Can’t wait for todays posting from.. ZIG ZAG DEAL.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

June 4th, 2010
9:46 am

I consider the state of Texas to be under siege by the forces of Morons, having given us Bush and the Texas School Board and Ron Paul…..

I must nonetheless say I am impressed by the sheer ‘cool’ factor of immigration agents frooming around with EMP Rayguns.

We should give them jet packs too.

Fulton Resident

June 4th, 2010
9:47 am

TO: “No Ox Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy”

You’re clearly a campaign staffer – I’m guessing for Handel – so your input is immediately considered just bogus campaign trash talking.

About the article though – I’d say a good mix of electromagnetic pulses and predator drones should
do the trick!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 4th, 2010
9:51 am

Now we know what Bush used on Paul Wellstone’s airplane.

No Ox Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

June 4th, 2010
9:57 am

Fulton Resident

You’re clearly a campaign staffer – I’m guessing for Deal– so your input is immediately considered just bogus campaign trash talking.

kindergarden math

June 4th, 2010
10:02 am

Jim: Don’t you mean squishy on the Democratic race for AG ?

Fulton Resident

June 4th, 2010
10:12 am

“No Ox Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy”

A couple things….

Nope – I’m not a campaign staffer. I do not work for Nathan Deal – nor will I be voting for him.

Also, my input was talking about predator drones you asshat.

Way to really use your vapid mind come up with something creative and original to throw back at me.


June 4th, 2010
10:21 am

Teilhet is the only candidate in the race bending the [truth]. Brackets to make something say what you want it to is a LIE.

No Ox Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

June 4th, 2010
10:26 am

Fulton Resident

June 4th, 2010
10:12 am

How about?


June 4th, 2010
10:37 am

No Ox Noo Raw Deal – who do you support then?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 4th, 2010
11:15 am

That Hodges’ backers are financing his campaign for public office, after the Phoebe Putney Scandal, shows Georgia someone has money obtained through dishonorable means and wants it enlarged through further political corruption.

Only the People’s Righteousness can rectify that.

Ken Hodges has proved himself corrupt. It is an affront to the People of Georgia that he present himself to us for consideration for holy, civil office. May he be summarily cast into the “outer darkness” beyond Our State’s political frontier, and unless he publicly abases himself and demonstrates repentance in some harmless, wisdom-finding, menial occupation, never appear again as candidate for anything other than damnation for his having violated the Public Trust.


June 4th, 2010
11:42 am

The primary is extremely important, he said, “because the Republican nominee is all but certain to be the next governor.”

Not so fast Mr. Johnson. While most years, I would say Mr. Johnson is correct, this time the Republican nominee will still have to defeat either the current state AG or a former Governor.

But, if you want to underestimate your opposition, fine by me.

Fulton Resident

June 4th, 2010
11:56 am

“No Ox Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy”

Wow you’re dense. Did you miss the part where I said I am not voting for Deal?

So please enlighten us with who you support?

P.S. If you want to present valid, sustained, respected opinions – I would steer clear of using CREW as one of my main sources. Just saying.

June 4th, 2010
12:36 pm

Bush did it….


June 4th, 2010
1:06 pm

It’s good to see Deal hook up with the Black Caucus, I guess it must go back to his pro abortion, pro Clinton LIBERAL Democrat days. What a looser, The RINO party is giving this election to Barnes.

Stir It

June 4th, 2010
1:20 pm

The Democratic race for Attorney General is a major non-event. Why waste space on it? The Republicans will take this office.


June 4th, 2010
1:53 pm

The only person with a real problem here is Rob Telheit for having Bobby Kahn run his campaign for him. Rob Telheit’s a nice guy, but, when it comes to legal experience, he’s way behind Ken Hodges. Telheit’s never tried a case before a jury. Hodges has forgotten more about what to do at a trial infront of a jury than Telheit will ever learn.

Just a taxpayer

June 4th, 2010
2:00 pm

Unfortunately one of the things Hodges has also forgotten, is his ethics.

No Ox Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

June 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

Fulton Resident 11:56 am

I’ll be voting for John Mond in the General Election, I was a Republican but the party left me. I don not work for Ms. Handel & will add her to my list of Crooks, if you can show me she’s a crook.

No Ox Noo Raw Deal, Nooo Linger Longer Johnson Noooo King Roy

June 4th, 2010
2:03 pm

that should be do not rather than don not.


The General

June 4th, 2010
2:34 pm

I fear Rep. Fudge does not realize it is referred to as the “Office of Congressional ETHICS” and not the “Office of Congressional ETHNICS”


June 4th, 2010
5:06 pm

How long will it take for Atlanta to become a sanctuary city?


June 4th, 2010
5:35 pm

vote for mark and nobody will get hurt.


June 4th, 2010
5:56 pm

Obama just announced his comprehensive immigration proposal. Open borders to all with a written apology. It’s his plan to eliminate illegal immigration…just make it all legal.


June 4th, 2010
6:41 pm

Eric Johnson clearly thinks he can by the election. Of course he has the Reynolds campaign finance machine behind him, so he might be right.


June 4th, 2010
6:42 pm

May that “buy”


June 4th, 2010
7:13 pm

Make that “buy.” Somebody has ray-gunned my brain.


June 5th, 2010
11:09 pm

Enter your

On September 27, 2005, Handel received a contribution from Hamid Alaee. Four months later, Mr. Alaee’s company, Unique Design and Construction, received approval for a zoning modification from Handel and the Commission. Many other beneficiaries of Handel’s actions on the Fulton County Commission gave campaign contributions of up to $10,000, including Roberts Properties, Archer Western Contractors, Brown and Caldwell, Gresham Smith and Partners, John Controls, and others. In 2006, Handel received $10,000 from Fourth Quarter Properties, the real estate company involved in a notoriously shady land deal with Karen Handel’s old boss, Sonny Perdue.

“It’s hard to believe that Karen Handel is shocked by the Republican revolving door of money and politics considering how she helped keep it moving as an elected official,” said Kidd. “While Karen Handel now attacks politicians who make decisions ‘based on the size of the contribution,’ during her term as Chair of the Fulton County Commission, she received multiple political contributions from companies that had business in front of the Commission.”

“If you’re sitting across from the Governor at the Capitol and receiving handouts from lobbyists, it’s disingenuous for you to turn around and complain about the need for ‘radical change’ under the Gold Dome,” said Kidd, “It’s time for Karen Handel to step up and admit that she was just as much a part of the culture of corruption as John Oxendine or Glenn Richardson. Make no mistake, Karen Handel’s resignation is a step forward for clean government. Why would Georgia want to return her to power?”

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 6th, 2010
9:05 am

G-d chose not to bless Handel with the biological means to produce a child, or her conduct destroyed it; nor with the divine inspiration to adopt. Who but the Roman Anti-Christ’s Gay Old Pervert party, which implanted her, a Roman Catholic Marylander, among us to have a conformed operative in our government, would consider her well graced enough for Georgia to make Elect as an exemplar of proper feminine attributes, when she chose not pass along what G-d gave her? Is she just self-absorbed, or worse? Did the abuse and dysfunction from which she escaped as a girl prevent her from ever developing into a real woman? What do her choices teach our daughters?

By its fruit shall the tree be known. Carol Porter, Georgia’s Finest, is a real woman: wise, well-graced, blessed.

Let’s make her Lt. Gov. and her lucky husband, governor – to leave the Roman Anti-Christ out of Georgia politics once and for all – give them a chance to show America just how great our state really is! If it weren’t, why would we all be living here?