Your morning jolt: Oops. Georgia National Guard’s No. 2 doesn’t meet state requirements

Ever since he sacked the head of the Georgia National Guard and his No. 2 last year, Gov. Nathan Deal has been dealing with the intricacies of a system that attempts to mesh – sometimes poorly – aspects of a state militia with a national military machine.

For instance, when the governor replaced Major Gen. William Nesbitt with state Sen. Jim Butterworth, R-Cornelia, there was the matter of rank. Butterworth had left the Air Guard years earlier with the rank of captain — but now wears the uniform of a two-star general.

Now it seems that the governor has been handed a problem from the other side of the fence.

Shortly after he named Butterworth the state’s new adjutant general, Deal appointed a No. 2: Joe Jarrard, a retired lieutenant colonel from Dahlonega with 20 years’ service in the U.S. Army.

Jarrard has a Bronze Star, has served in Iraq, did some advising in Afghanistan – but it turns out that, according to state law, he isn’t qualified to hold the post of assistant adjutant general to which Deal had appointed him.

The current statute holds that Jarrard must have at least five years’ service in the National Guard. Which he does not. And so we have HB 800 whipping through the House to tidy things up. The bill adds five years of continuous service in the U.S. military as a substitute for five years of Guard service.

“It’s true that [Jarrard] doesn’t have five years of continual [Guard] service,” Brian Robinson, spokesman for Deal, admitted in an e-mail. “The governor points out that this merely affects the designation as assistant adjutant general, not the propriety of his appointment. The law simply needs updating. Under the current language, Gen. [David] Petraeus wouldn’t able to be assistant adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard. That doesn’t serve us well.”

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On Thursday, in some statistical clean-up of the presidential primary vote in Florida, Alan Abramowitz of Emory University pointed out that, according to exit polls, Jewish participation in Tuesday’s balloting had dropped from 3 percent in 2008 to 1 percent.

Hardly evidence that Jewish voters were flocking to Republican criticism of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, the political scientist noted. But hours later, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press issued a new analysis indicating that Jewish support for the GOP has grown dramatically since 2008:

The findings could point to trouble for the Democrats in the 2012 presidential election, where both parties are counting on strong showings among Florida’s Jewish voters in particular.

“The increase among Jews is greater than in the general public, and greater than the increase in an number of other religious groups,” said Alan Cooperman, associate director for research at Pew.
Jews who support or lean Republican jumped from 20% in 2008 to 29% in 2011. And Jews who support or lean Democratic fell from 72% in 2008 to 65% in 2011. The 2011 study has a 6.5% margin of error.

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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Someplace Other Than Savannah, is doing his best to prepare for a rough year. From the Savannah Morning News:

A report to the Federal Election Commission indicates the Savannah Democrat raised more than $272,000 in the third quarter of last year.

He’s seeking a fifth term in a new Republican-leaning district where four GOP candidates have emerged so far and three have raised substantial sums.

Barrow’s third-quarter take nearly matched the $284,000 he collected over the previous three months.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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68 comments Add your comment

Dumb and Dumber

February 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

Boy, I sure hope Alabama doesn’t decide to invade and take over Lake Lanier. Clearly Nathan Deal is too busy appointing cronies to positions of power without regard to qualifications…I’m shocked, shocked I say……

Becky

February 3rd, 2012
9:28 am

Is there anything Nathan Deal has done in office that didn’t require someone coming along behind him to fix things?

clyde

February 3rd, 2012
9:31 am

It’s always nice when qualifications can be substituted with legislation.It makes for a much better job performance by the selected one.

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
9:37 am

There is an “Oops.” in the headline, but alas it has nothing to do with this blogs and AJC bogus reporting about a Trump endorsement of Gingrich. They simply pretend it never happened.

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
9:38 am

Make that “blog’s” above. Hate those typo grammatical errors.

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

One thing that is critical in a commander, is to have the respect of those who serve under you.
Being bumped up a half dozen notches in grade without having earned it through the years of experience and intensive schooling that senior grade officers are usually required to have, does not earn one such respect.

Given that we are on an active war-footing in Afghanistan and face the real possibility of being at war with Iran within the next year, is Butterworth really qualified to lead the extensive logistics, readiness training, materials management and unit deployment plans necessary to create an effective fighting force?

It is one thing to play at being a general during peacetime. It is quite another to do so when young soldier’s lives and well-being are at stake.

Hazel

February 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

This Fox headline:Trump endorses Romney, cites tough China position and electability

is found at this web address:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/02/trump-intends-to-endorse-gingrich/

I guess the AJC isn’t the only one to revise and amend earlier thoughts.

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

@Centrist
AJC was not the only media to report the mistaken Trump endorsement.
AP and Reuters both reported it and the source for the story apparently came from within the Gingrich campaign.

Hazel

February 3rd, 2012
9:52 am

Job growth surges, jobless rate drops to 8.3 percent
Unemployment rate falls to 8.3%; fifth straight monthly decline

I’m sure everyone is happy to see the numbers get better and our economy improve, right?

UGA 1999

February 3rd, 2012
9:53 am

boring topic.

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

My point is not that the AJC headline/article/ this blog was wrong – they IGNORED being wrong.

DannyX

February 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

“I’m sure everyone is happy to see the numbers get better and our economy improve, right?”

Nope, this nonsense seems to be the big issue today…”Trump endorses Romney,”

LOL!

td

February 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

Look before I leap…

February 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

One thing that is critical in a commander, is to have the respect of those who serve under you.

Absolutely, The sooner we get Obama out of office the sooner the military can go back and respect the commander and chief.

td

February 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

Hazel

February 3rd, 2012
9:52 am

Made up Democratic spin that is being pushed by the so called “main stream media”. They do not count the 99 week people that have just dropped off the unemployment rolls or the people that have decided to just go ahead and get their SS early in the numbers. The Congressional budget office director testified in front of Congress yesterday and stated the real number is 10% but I have not seen a great deal of coverage of these numbers by the “main stream media”.

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

gee – it only took 13 posts before someone managed to link this to Obama bashing.

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

Hazel posted “I’m sure everyone is happy to see the numbers get better and our economy improve, right?”

I am, if it is true. I hope the Obama economy is wildly successful if he gets a second term.

Voters and families feel reality instead of statistics. Many are having to settle for poor jobs, and some dual income family discouraged job seekers simply stopped looking. They may come back if unemployment and job quality improves. But people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record 1.2 million.

The labor force increased from 153.9 million to 154.4 million (good), those not in the labor force surged from 86.7 million to 87.9 million (bad). The civilian labor force tumbled to a fresh 30 year low of 63.7% (bad).

double

February 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

No Hazel you have some on here that would rather hear of starvation.If they thought it would hurt the presidents chances of re-election.

Laughable

February 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

@td

..And where’s proof the military does not respect the current commander in chief? What because he dared cut the defence budget (because the GOP mandated him to do so)? Or you have some insider info that no one else has to back up your claims??

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
10:17 am

@Centrist

The AJC did acknowledge the confusion. Did they come right and say they were wrong? No. Don’t think it is necessary either since they reported accurately what the Gingrich campaign source told them.

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/trump-endorses-romney-1327422.html

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
10:25 am

Look before I leap… posted “The AJC did acknowledge the confusion. Did they come right and say they were wrong? No.”

That is part of my point – no acknowledgement that THEY posted a glaringly wrong headline and article. ALSO, this blog had a singular column highlighting the bogus report, and not a single mention since that it, too, was wrong. No mea culpa, or even an “Oops” like the headline above.

double

February 3rd, 2012
10:28 am

I sure hope Obama don’t make any announcements from the flight deck of a warship.Especially with a helment under his arm.

Becky

February 3rd, 2012
10:29 am

Well Centrist-It’s those damn liberal media types again! LOL

double

February 3rd, 2012
10:33 am

I had hoped Comb over Donald would endorse Newt,doubt will have any influence on anyone voting.

BRW

February 3rd, 2012
11:11 am

Alas, it was also reported that Centrist does not meet the mental requirements to make logical comments on the AJC blog. It is reported that Herman Cain is rushing a bill to fix the problem through a local Pizza Hut.

Auntie Christ

February 3rd, 2012
11:14 am

Look before I leap asks: is Butterworth really qualified to lead the extensive logistics, readiness training, materials management and unit deployment plans necessary to create an effective fighting force?

repugnicans aren’t concerned about qualifications when it comes to their commanders. In 2000 they could have nominated a decorated veteran McCain, but instead nominated and elected a man who rightfully should have been prosecuted for desertion during war time. In 2004, a real war hero, John Kerry was slandered and reviled and his 3 Purple Hearts ridiculed by these same repugnicans as they again chose to keep a feckless deserter in the position of Commander and Chief. Deal’s elevation of his unqualified crony is just a continuation of what another great mindless repugnican would call “an old family tradition.”

Road Scholar

February 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

I wonder if there are any lobbyist willing to pay our two Nat’l Guard commanders a free trip to Afganastan so they can get the experience they require to lead our Guard?

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
11:26 am

Looking strictly at the U3 rate which is the most widely reported number and is the “official” US rate and comparing the national rate to the U3 rates in the 13 likely swing states in the general election:

If Obama wins in all states where the state rate is lower than the national average, Obama ends up with 291 electoral votes and a 2nd term.

If OH which is only .2 percentage points below the US average, is put back in the swing category, Obama still squeaks by with 273 electoral votes.

Granted that the unemployment rate is not a solid predictor for how a state will lean in an election, look for Obama and the GOP candidate to focus heavily in these states.

The states used as swing states above were:

NH 5.1%
OH 8.1%
IA 5.6%
MO 8.0%
VA 6.2%
CO 7.9%
NC 9.9%
MI 9.3%
WI 7.1%
NM 6.6%
PA 7.6%
FL 9.9%
NV 12.6%

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
11:28 am

Road Scholar

February 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

I wonder if there are any lobbyist willing to pay our two Nat’l Guard commanders a free trip to Afganastan so they can get the experience they require to lead our Guard?

I’ll gladly send in a check for $100.00

UGA 1999

February 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

Oh wow they did. I am shocked.

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
11:48 am

I sincerely doubt that voters will make decisions based on unemployment rates in states that are simply under the national average. But I also don’t think that Obama will lose most or all of those required swing states he previously won. He may not win as MANY electoral votes in a second term which along with the loss of the House and maybe Senate will show a loss of a mandate and gridlock. But as an incumbent with campaign cash, a free bully pulpit, and the power to gift certain states and constituencies – he is an odds on favorite to win re-election.

I don’t respond directly to partisans – but is anyone here (including the leftist partisans) who doesn’t think the broadcast and big city print media is composed of a vast majority of Democrats where their politics bias the reporting?

PMC

February 3rd, 2012
11:53 am

Oh I’m sure that stupid law served someones special interest in the past.

Let us know when you meet a non corrupt politician.

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
12:00 pm

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
11:48 am

I sincerely doubt that voters will make decisions based on unemployment rates in states that are simply under the national average.

I don’t think so either (hence my qualifier), it was meant simply to be a fun little exercise in electoral math. What the numbers don’t tell us is the demographic make-up of the unemployed. Gender, party-affiliation and wage bracket. The independents are crucial to both sides and if their unemployment rates fall faster than other segments, the economic doomsday message of the GOP gets a bit murkier.

sheepdawg

February 3rd, 2012
12:10 pm

our gov is a buffoon

sheepdawg

February 3rd, 2012
12:10 pm

and also his mouthpiece

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
12:18 pm

You see Hazel, when the government or media reports unemployment goes up it is the absolute truth. When the government or media reports unemployment goes down it is an absolute lie meant to support their agenda.

roughrider

February 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

One would think that the Gov. or someone on his staff would have enough sense to check qualifications before they appoint him.

zeke

February 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

looks like handel stepped in it for komen….

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
12:32 pm

@centrist

2 articles that may be of interest to you regarding partisan media bias (on a general note, not specific to the AJC).

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/07/business/media/07scene.html

http://www.hks.harvard.edu/fs/mbaum/documents/GatekeepersFinalAPSA.pdf

Hazel

February 3rd, 2012
12:33 pm

For those who cite the increase in the stopped-looking:
http://swampland.time.com/2012/02/03/january-jobs-report-good-news-for-the-economy-bad-news-for-the-pessimists/#disqus_thread

“The demographic adjustments had no effect on the unemployment rate, says Mary Bowler, the resident expert in these matters at the BLS. And when it comes to labor force estimates, the steep jump in the number of those not seeking work came entirely from the census adjustment, which added 1.25 million people to that group. If you take out the census adjustment, the labor force numbers stayed essentially the same, as reflected by the labor force participation rate of 63.7%. In other words, the spike in the number of people no longer looking for work is entirely the result of some people at the Labor Department adding numbers to their spread sheets rather than an actual observed shift anywhere in the real economy.”

DannyX

February 3rd, 2012
12:35 pm

“You see Hazel, when the government or media reports unemployment goes up it is the absolute truth. When the government or media reports unemployment goes down it is an absolute lie meant to support their agenda.”

Why the paranoia Centrist? Is the same thing happening with the stock market? The Dow has almost doubled since Obama took office, it will hit 13,000 soon.

The stock market is up today following the jobs report, are all these investors being fooled by the liberal media? Is the Dow really only at 3,500?

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
12:45 pm

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
12:18 pm

You see Hazel, when the government or media reports unemployment goes up it is the absolute truth. When the government or media reports unemployment goes down it is an absolute lie meant to support their agenda.

Do you think the above statement would be true if the GOP held the White House?

Centrist

February 3rd, 2012
12:48 pm

When the stock market rises it is because of policies spoken from the mouth of Jesus directly to Republican representatives who then relay it to Christian brokers. When the stock market falls it is because of failed policies from foreign usurpers in the White House and demonic Democrats whose orders come from Stalin and Satan. Got it?

honested

February 3rd, 2012
12:48 pm

The Governor don’t have to follow no stinking rules!

He just breaks them until he can instruct his ‘troops’ to change them.

If it weren’t so sad it would be funny.

Joe Mama

February 3rd, 2012
12:58 pm

Oh noez! And here we had been told that Republicans were so good and so *conscientious* about vetting candidates for public office! (laughing) :D

Auntie Christ

February 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

The question was asked: “is anyone here (including the leftist partisans) who doesn’t think the broadcast and big city print media is composed of a vast majority of Democrats where their politics bias the reporting?”

As a great American once said, truth has a liberal bias. It is not the fault of the media that the repugnant party is comprised of 80-90% buffoons, fools and stone cold crazies. If the media is to be criticized, it should be for the continued air time and ink given to fools like orly taitz and other conspiracy nuts claiming Obama is a secret Kenyan/Muslim/socialist/fascist/marxist etc etc. For two years every crackpot utterance of sara palin was aired/printed ad infinitum, including tales of ‘death panels’ and executions of my grandma by Obama’s healthcare reform. Is it not enough that the entire AM radio spectrum is taken over by right wing hate radio, or that the Sunday morning ‘news’ shows feature republicans by a margin of 3/2. Is rupert murdoch festival of ignorance and hate propaganda, the largest media company in the USA an example of your liberal media? What about clear channel, or sinclair media, both rivaling murdoch in their propensity for right wing propaganda? For 8 years condi rice, dick cheney, rumfeld et al were allowed to do their warmongering and make outrageous claims about mushroom clouds without a single challenge from the so-called liberal media. Anyone who thinks there is a liberal bias in print or broadcast media is delusional, or not paying attention.

Look before I leap...

February 3rd, 2012
1:05 pm

@(the real) Centrist

My apologies, I should have realized that some moron hijacked your handle.

I despise cowards who do that.

mike

February 3rd, 2012
1:12 pm

Lets understand this. From a weekend warrior captain to a 2 star general. Real Army officer retired veteran can’t be unqualified to lead guard. Hey why don’t they just restart the confederate army of Georgia. They can then make up the rules as they go. Georgia government is becoming a big southern joke.

Proofer

February 3rd, 2012
1:55 pm

Looks like td needs to call all his friends on Wall Street and give them the real scoop on the jobs numbers. Dow’s up, Nasdaq’s up – oh, wow! He needs to get those folks straightened out right away!! HA!

MARSHALL

February 3rd, 2012
1:55 pm

This was all very predictable when the current Gov. was running for the position. Way in over experience level. Almost every major policy situation has been met with an oops. Almost every major appointment has “ties.” Unfortunately good leaders and employees get crushed by the machine.

Nick

February 3rd, 2012
2:00 pm

For you guys are on here day after day trumpeting media bias. I invite you to look at the coverage of today’s positive job numbers. Look at the placement on Fox News website, no headline coverage at all. As well as the negative spin on positive numbers that the Wall Street Journal used. It goes both ways….