Your morning jolt: Forest Park backs off breast-feeding ban

Bowing to fierce demands from the lactation crowd, city officials in Forest Park say they’ve modified a controversial new public indecency ordinance that sparked recent protests.

They’ve removed the provision that would have restricted breast feeding to children under age 2. From the Associated Press:

The new version approved Monday simply states that breast-feeding of a baby is exempt from the restrictions.

In May, dozens of breast-feeding women and their supporters protested in front of the Forest Park City Hall. A Facebook campaign against the ordinance was also launched.

Forest Park City attorney Robert Mack Jr. has said the ordinance is aimed at public nudity — not breast-feeding.

Apparently, moms resented being placed in the same categories with strippers. Now, if we can only get San Francisco to back off that proposed circumcision ban.

While we’re on the uncomfortable topic of government and body parts, the treatment that Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” gave U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Monday confession was a little too ribald to embed, but you can click here to see it.

Stewart, who is a friend of Weiner, closed with this: “At 4:25 Eastern time, this story officially became sad.”

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will give his first public speech since a disappointing May jobs growth report at 3:30 p.m. today in Atlanta. From the Wall Street Journal:

The question is how gloomy Bernanke will be at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead. Chances are, the central banker isn’t going to be waving pom-poms but won’t be crying, either. Bernanke will take questions after his prepared remarks conclude.

“I don’t think we are going to hear alarm bells,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva, an economist for BNP Paribas in New York. “He may talk about recent weakness as being transitory or temporary.”

Oral arguments for and against President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul will be aired on Wednesday by the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Expect a deal of hoopla.

Americans for Prosperity Georgia have assigned themselves the role of Greek chorus. They’ve scheduled a 9:30 a.m. rally outside the court chambers at 56 Forsyth St. NW., Atlanta, GA., 30303.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed met privately Monday with a select group of city school board members to give support for the board’s prospective new leaders, my AJC colleague Kristina Torres reports. Here’s the Channel 2 Action News video:

In addition to urging Atlanta’s civic leaders to get behind next year’s transportation sales tax vote, Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday had some encouraging words for an idea floated last week by House Speaker David Ralston. From the Associated Press:

Speaking to reporters following his address to business leaders, Deal said there are possibilities for a deal with Tennessee, in which Georgia could tap into its neighbor’s water supply in exchange for high-speed rail linking Chattanooga and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport….

But Deal said his office hadn’t had any discussions with officials in Tennessee.

“Obviously, I don’t think we want to get into a state boundary line dispute or anything like that,” Deal said Monday.

Which puts the governor at odds with those in the Legislature who would like to see Georgia take Tennessee to court over Georgia’s northern boundary – which some say a 19th century surveying team drew too far south, below the Tennessee River.

AJC’s Politifact Georgia today looks at the claim by Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County’s new commission chairman, that “we have the best schools in the United States.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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10 comments Add your comment


June 7th, 2011
9:21 am

Okay, so now I can breast feed my boyfriend in public. Thanks Forest Park.


June 7th, 2011
9:27 am

Alice, can I be your boyfriend?


June 7th, 2011
9:29 am



June 7th, 2011
9:35 am

Now, if we can only get San Francisco to back off cut back that proposed circumcision ban.



June 7th, 2011
9:40 am

Good use of the word “ribald!”


June 7th, 2011
9:54 am

Thanks, alice. I’m now going to have an Arlo Guthrie tune in my head all day.


June 7th, 2011
12:31 pm

Thanks guys for all the positive feedback. Unfortunately, both breasts are already booked but I will keep your applications on file. Have a nice day.


June 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

those poor poor hungry babies. They are gonna be so mad…especially the fat ones…im jus sayin


June 7th, 2011
4:16 pm

I would rather see a bunch of nursing mothers which comes naturally, than a bunch of idiotic boys and men with their pants below their butt cheeks holding their pants by the crotch with one hand. Forest Park officials should get their priorities straight and stop passing moronic city ordinances.