Red-light cameras, leftist victors and scary lawmakers

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

  • Red-light cameras, properly regulated, fail. And they should. Nobody in the justice system, from the cop on the beat to the judge on the bench, should have a shred of interest in ginning up revenue. Levy fines at the minimum necessary to alter undesirable behavior, not because police need new cars, judges and clerks want better retirement systems, or some politician has a pet program in need of dollars.
  • Here’s what happens with education “reform” — or any change from the status quo, for that matter — when you turn your back. No matter how dangerous, no school in Georgia is officially classified as unsafe. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, children attending those found to be “persistently dangerous” would be entitled to transfer to a safe school. Nobody in the public education hierarchy wants to attach that label. Therefore, finds AJC reporter Heather Vogell: “Even a school where fights, robberies and non-disfiguring attacks took place every day wouldn’t make the list.”
  • Be honest. When John Thompson was hired as school superintendent in Clayton County, did anybody expect a different outcome? He was canned Saturday, less than a year into the job. The board that arranged the mismatch is a seriously bad memory.
  • Headline: “Nuclear waste — where to now?” Where now that the Obama administration has effectively killed Yucca Mountain as a permanent repository for nuclear waste? The lesson here is that “science” rules — unless, of course, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader (Harry Reid) is from Nevada and opposes waste storage there. Obamatalk is dime-store cheap in Washington.
  • Continuing a trend in the Americas of electing leftists to the presidency — Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela and the U.S. — El Salvador chooses Mauricio Funes as president, the first candidate from the old Marxist rebel army to win the presidency. One difference, however: In South America, most run left, but tone it down when governing. Here, Obama toned it down when running.
  • South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, a definite contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2012, asks the Obama Administration to allow his state to use $700 million in federal “stimulus” cash to pay down state debt. Good and worthy try. But no-go from D.C.
  • Good news! Georgia’s in the Top 5 nationally. Bad news. It’s in mortgage fraud. There, we’re No. 4. The showing is not all that surprising. We’ve been in the Top 10 for the past five years.
  • Mexico, unsurprisingly, retaliates with tariffs when Big Labor coerced Democrats to plant language in the $410 billion spending bill that ends a pilot program that allowed some Mexican trucks to operate beyond the border region into the U.S. Mexico retaliated, and properly so, with higher tariffs on 90 U.S. products. Starting these silly trade wars is another step in turning the recession into a depression. Mexico is one of Georgia’s major trading partners.
  • No surprise that an advocacy group, the National Center on Family Homelessness, identifies 19 proposed areas of government spending to combat homelessness among children. Example: “Capitalize the new National Housing Trust Fund at $10 billion for two years to rehabilitate or build 100,000 rental homes for the lowest income households using green standards.” Missing from the recommendations: Marriage.
  • Remember. What Congress does to rewrite contracts and what it does in levying confiscatory tax laws targeting those who got bonuses at AIG, it can do to you. And to me. My freedom from government tyranny is worth more than $165 million. This is politicians at their worst.
  • Classy guy, George Bush. “I’m not going to spend my time criticizing” Barack Obama. “He deserves my silence.” Yes. Republicans, too, should return to the once time-honored principle that no person of standing criticizes an incumbent president while standing on foreign soil.

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Churchill's MOM

March 20th, 2009
8:32 am

It’s obvious that Liberas like DUSTY are against Palin but She’ll win any way.

The 2012 presidential election may still be a few years off, but it’s never too early to think about hypothetical matchups.

One of the most intriguing — President Barack Obama vs. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — looks to be a blowout, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling.

In a prospective contest between the president and the former Republican vice presidential nominee, Obama leads with 55 percent, compared with 35 percent for Palin. Ten percent of the adults surveyed said they were undecided.

Palin’s overall favorability ratings are unimpressive: 39 percent had a favorable opinion of the Alaska governor, while 50 percent had an unfavorable opinion. And the poll showed evidence of a large gender gap.

Sixty-one percent of women held an unfavorable opinion of Palin, compared with 29 percent who had a favorable opinion.

Men gave her a 48 percent favorable rating and a 38 percent unfavorable rating.

The survey polled 691 adults March 13-15.

Churchill's MOM

March 20th, 2009
8:36 am

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) announced Thursday that she intends to turn down nearly half of the federal stimulus funds allotted to her state.

“We won’t be bound by federal strings in exchange for dollars, nor will we dig ourselves a deeper hole in two years when these federal funds are gone,” Palin said in a statement.

“Simply expanding state government under this federal stimulus package creates an unrealistic expectation that the state will continue these programs when the federal funds are no longer available,” she added. “Our nation is already over $11 trillion in debt; we can’t keep digging this hole.”

Palin will accept $514.1 million of the estimated $930.7 million provided to Alaska, some of which the state has already accepted for Department of Transportation projects. In a press release, the governor’s office said it planned to accept “just 55 percent of the available stimulus funds, all for capital projects.”

The governor said she hopes to “foster a discussion” about the stimulus and warned that the “growth of government” will interfere in the lives of Alaskans.

“We think stimulus items devoted to government agency growth and program expansion ought to be examined in light of the funding needs already being addressed with our pending budget requests,” she said. “We need to ensure that these stimulus dollars are used for job opportunities for Alaskans, while preserving the regular operating spending decisions through the normal budget process.”

Churchill's MOM

March 20th, 2009
8:37 am

Where is Raghead?

Chris Broe

March 20th, 2009
8:40 am

Classy guy, George Bush gets lumped in with a Dixie Chick. (person of standing).

Tween Dora is 70% more likely to be found in single parent homes. When does the monkey get a makeover? Why not a Goth Monkey? (aka Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow).

Obama very human on Leno. Of course he stole half his talking points from my blog, but what R you gnnna do?

Watch Palin jump all over that Special Olympics faux pas from Obama on Leno last night! Remember, how she pledged that there would be representation in the Veep’s office for special needs children? This is her moment! Take some time to write it correctly, Sarah. Let a few days pass. These things must be handled……delicately.

AmVet

March 20th, 2009
8:49 am

Woo Hoo! Mark Sanford as the NEW savior of the Old White Guy Party from Dixie!!!

The once Grand Old Party destined to be the modern day Whigs…

Ahhh, those Mexicans that the neo-cons love so much. Lets trade with them in exchange for taking their miscreants and “undocumenteds”. Wouldn’t want to p!ss off the country that sends us its problems by the millions…

What’s all this recent, righteous neo-con fuss over legalities, schmegalities about AIG bonuses?

For eight solid years, complete contempt for the US Constitution enabled King George II and the puppet master, DickHead, to jolly well do whatever the hell they wanted. With nary a peep from the crowd that STILL thinks they were the best thing since sliced bread.

Just use a frickin’ signing statement, Uppity One…

Yep, Jimbo, classy is the word that comes to mind whenever I think of King George II.

Now his sidekick, DickHead, that’s a horse of a different color. One with intractable hoof in mouth disease…

Redneck Convert

March 20th, 2009
8:50 am

Well, watching Sarah get ready to run for President is kind of like watching your mother in law run over a cliff in your new Ford F-450. You want a godly Republican in the White House, but not a woman. Ain’t there some good White men that can run? This Jindal don’t count. He looks mighty Brown to me and it ain’t suntan.

And I’m 100% against these red light cameras. If I’m going to get caught running a light I want it to be by a real cop that’s out in the open and not hiding in some sneaky place you can’t see. Us Conservatives got to be places in a hurry if we want to make money and sometimes you got to run a light to get there on time. Besides, you can argue with a cop but not with a camera.

Anyhow, I won’t get hurt if I run a red light. A puny car will just bounce right off of my beer truck like swatting away a fly. Same thing with my Ford F-450.

Well, it’s Friday again and I got a bunch of stocking to do to get places ready for all the drunks. There won’t be no Miller Time for alot of you if I don’t do my job quick. I know you wouldn’t want me to be slowed down by a red light.

Have a good day everybody.

Lee

March 20th, 2009
8:55 am

Funny thing about red light cameras. When they had to add one second to the yellow light, citations were reduced dramatically. How’s this for a no-brainer, you want to increase traffic safety, add a few more seconds delay to the yellow light and the time one side changes to red until the other changes to green. And you won’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a sophisticated camera system, just a few minutes for the guy to reprogram.

News flash, when schools have to hire in-house “School Resource Officers,” aka, a police officer to stand guard, the damn school is dangerous. I pulled my youngest out of public school several years back. Bonus, she now comes home and talks about the experiments they are conducting in science lab instead of the “fight of the day.”

The crazies are doing their best to bankrupt the nuclear industry in the United States – and they almost succeeded. Green power is great, but no one has enlightened me on what they are going to do when the wind stops blowing and clouds obscure the sun.

Finally, the guys accepting the government bailout failed to consider one all important truism, government money comes with government control.

Churchill's MOM

March 20th, 2009
9:03 am

Redneck Convert 8:50 am

Can your wife play bridge with us Tuesday morning, we need to have a little talk about you..

Recreational flatulence

March 20th, 2009
9:09 am

Something’s snafu’ed. My clever little essay won’t post.

Maniac is accurate

March 20th, 2009
9:09 am

Testing for blockage.

Maniac is accurate

March 20th, 2009
9:15 am

Is there a time limit? Or is there something wrong with my well reasoned and written essay. It’s not that long.

Maniac is accurate

March 20th, 2009
9:17 am

No cussing either.

Marco

March 20th, 2009
9:18 am

Missing from the recommendations: Marriage.

Big Bucks GOP

March 20th, 2009
9:18 am

Apollo Management and several other investment firms are in talks to
convert their debt holdings in Charter Communications, the troubled
cable company, into equity stakes, The New York Times reported.

These firms, which include Oaktree Capital Management and Crestview
Partners, would do so as part of Charter’s reorganization plan. Charter
previously announced that it would file for bankruptcy by April 1 as
part of a restructuring plan struck with its creditors.

Under any restructuring plan by Charter, its principal investor, the
billionaire Paul G. Allen, will retain control of the company. When the
company files for bankruptcy, it will be among the largest to do so
this year.

Big Bucks GOP

March 20th, 2009
9:19 am

Citigroup said Friday that it has named a new financial chief as its
current one becomes the chairman of a collection of assets it hopes to
dispose of.

Gary Crittenden will take on the newly created role of chairman of Citi
Holdings, which includes its Smith Barney brokerage business. Edward
Kelly, currently the firm’s head of global banking, will take over as
Citigroup’s chief financial officer.

Big Bucks GOP

March 20th, 2009
9:20 am

Bank of America was involved in accounting for fourth-quarter
write-downs at Merrill Lynch before it acquired the brokerage firm, The
Financial Times reported.

Big Bucks GOP

March 20th, 2009
9:21 am

The billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, who earns a fortune buying up
distressed companies, predicted Thursday that as many as 800 more banks
in the United States to fail in the next few years.

Big Bucks GOP

March 20th, 2009
9:22 am

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said it completed the sale of
IndyMac Federal Bank, one of the largest casualties of the housing
bust, to a bank formed by a group that includes billionaire George
Soros and Dell founder Michael Dell.

AmVet

March 20th, 2009
9:22 am

“…but no one has enlightened me on what they are going to do when the wind stops blowing and clouds obscure the sun.”

Lee, I’d gently recommend that you quit waiting for somebody/anybody to get you your answers to these questions.

The answers ARE out there. Educate yourself. Then you can make more informed decisions. On this topic and any other…

OK. Off to pay for more corporate welfare.

Pray for rain…

Big Bucks GOP

March 20th, 2009
9:23 am

The Federal Reserve’s decision to fire up the printing presses and buy
$1 trillion in debt continued to wash over world financial markets on
Thursday, dragging down the value of the dollar and pushing the prices
of oil and gold higher.

Big Bucks GOP

March 20th, 2009
9:27 am

Two top advisers to Alan G. Hevesi, the former New York State
comptroller, were charged on Thursday in a 123-count indictment that
said they had turned New York’s $120 billion pension fund into a
criminal enterprise that netted them and other Hevesi associates tens
of millions of dollars in kickbacks from firms investing the fund’s
money, including the Carlyle Group.

Chris Broe

March 20th, 2009
9:49 am

Twitter. Blogging itself is finished. Learn to use 25 words or less. That’s your limit (about) when you twitter. Soon, twitter will completely destroy the blog. twitter is more powerful now, Especially as it interfaces with Facebook.

The blog is like radio was when television (twitter) hit the airwaves.

blogs blow because the articles you read are obsolete by the time you read them. The collective consciousness absorbs news and moves on in a few minutes now. No blog can be timely or relevant. Every blog is as current as last year’s story now.

Twitter. I see a day when your thoughts can construct mass improv in political thinking. The right 25 words or less tweek in the right circumstances can change the world. With Twitter.

Blogs are obsolete. Imagine a news report where the country shapes the story as it’s being told. That’s twitter.

Twitter people. ISAIDTWITTER!!

Chris Broe

March 20th, 2009
9:54 am

Twitter is like calling a horse race. every second is important. The sentences used by the broadcast are very short and direct. Just like twitter.

BS Aplenty

March 20th, 2009
9:59 am

At an appalling 72% and 51%, respectively, the number of black and hispanic children born out of wedlock continues to condemn entire generations to higher rates of poverty. This irresponsibility by parents also promotes a socialistic political mindset that promises lowered standards of living for the country over time. It’s simply unconscionable to whine about children without healthcare and then beg your neighbors to provide for their care. Children who, but for the failure of their biological parents to marry, would be more likely to access the current superb U.S. healthcare system.

Few in the white community listen to and even fewer still respect those who cannot take care of their own. The white community generally sees more self-reliance as a positive outcome. Yes, the simple act of heterosexual marriage would do more to provide black and hispanic children access to health insurance and an improved standard of living than any socialist call for trillions of their neighbors’ tax dollars. But it calls for a change in mindset.

When will the black and hispanic communities grow up and take repsonsibility for their own? When will they begin to love their own?

keep it real

March 20th, 2009
10:05 am

george bush a classy guy – HAHA. A classy guy does not wage a war for profit. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/10/20071017-3.html.

Ayn Rand was right

March 20th, 2009
10:14 am

I would like to know when my outraged government plans to return my tax money to me? They are now taxing the AIG (and other TARP takers) 90% on their bonuses over $250,000, because they are outraged and WILL get the taxpayers money back, most likely to be given to non-taxpayers as a credit.

The Pandora’s box is now open. Outrage will abound and wealth will become strictly government issue. Welcome to the Socialist era. The government is armed and dangerous…anyone else headed to the hideout?

Check Your Facts

March 20th, 2009
10:52 am

@BS Aplenty: There is more white people on welfare and using government services than any other race so make sure your facts are right before spewing racial garbage.

Eric

March 20th, 2009
10:54 am

The AIG bonus payments were a betrayal of the American people, so a counter-action by the government to reclaim this through taxation seems appropriate. Any other time, I would agree such actions are cause for concern.

Ayn Rand was right

March 20th, 2009
11:09 am

Eric – using a “betrayal of the American people”, is by design to elicit an emotional reaction from you. Do you believe that the government is going to give that money back to tax payers? Do you believe your income is safe, because this is a temporary or isolated situation? Remember welfare and income tax were both temporary solutions to isolated situations.

Ayn Rand was right

March 20th, 2009
11:14 am

BS Aplenty – I agree with you in principle, families must take care of their own and make smart decisions about family planning and lifestyle. However, I must take issue with your practice. Two parents of the opposite sex do not a happy and secure home make. Families no matter their color, sex or religious affiliations can have happy and productive homes. It is a matter of taking personal responsibility.

Check Your Facts – I do not believe BS Aplenty was suggesting that these segments represented a particular percentage of the welfare recipients. I believe the point was the extreme amount of families and therefore children who are under-served predicated on parental choices. He or she, is correct in this assessment.

Jackie

March 20th, 2009
11:55 am

@BS Aplenty

Your numbers are indeed correct, however, you need to look further when trying to make a “factual” statement out of those numbers.

As you may know, minorities have more children out of wedlock than those in the majority community.

The majority community has a greater population number and has a divorce rate of almost 55%. Given those numbers, it would appear that there are more children of the majority community living in single parent households and/or nuclear families than those children of minority parents.

Further, how can you be absolute in your statement that the minority community does not love their children? Does the financial wherewithal have the final standing in making that determination?

jt

March 20th, 2009
12:14 pm

“my freedom from goverment tyranny is worth more than 160 million dollars”.
Yet, you would gladly spend 400,000 dollars to chase some poor redneck or young black kid to the gates of hades for 1800 dollars worth of child support or drug fines.
They have been “doing it” to us for years.

DawgBite

March 20th, 2009
12:50 pm

So Jim, it is government tyranny when the government takes back what amounts to unearned, stolen, tax dollars from AIG executives? Why is it I have never, ever heard you take this stance when it comes to the government’s trampling all over our 4th amendment rights when they listen to our phone calls, data mine our emails, impede our travels with roadblocks, enter our homes without warrants, and profile individuals with the wrong skin tone or accent? What’s up with that Jim?

rerun

March 20th, 2009
1:09 pm

Considering that we neocons are now irrelevant after the elections of 2006 and especially 2008, the snagglepussed libtards sure do spend a lot of time on neocon blogs, don’t they? You’d think these mindless moonbatocrats would expend their time and energy on such enlightening sites of theirs such as the Huff & Puff and Daily Kook. I mean, they are in full control of Washington, and these libtards are still mad as hell as ever. I mean, the VERY IDEA that someone out there or a group of people out there exists that doesn’t agree with their pathetic policies makes them spit acid. What is wrong with these people? Kooks.

But let’s give it up for The Teleprompter’s appearance on Leno last night. Yaaaaay! Bowling like a Special Olympics person. Isn’t that so swell? Don’t you just love this guy’s charm, wit, and humor? And the libtards and their DNC tard media just laugh it off. Oh yeah, I’m SO sure said libtards would have let that comment slide from McCain – or Bush for that matter – like they are for the Wonder In Chief.

Even better, it appears POTUS has about the same amount of success in picking basketball teams as he does picking cabinet members – or figuring out what to do about the economy. Another *F* from the Obama administration:

CHICAGO (CBS) ―

After the first day of the NCAA basketball tournament, President Obama’s bracket appears to be a bust.

The president, a self-described basketball junkie, managed to only pick 11 of 16 games correctly–or 69 percent.

CBS 2 imported Obama’s picks, which were originally made for ESPN, into its Bracket Challenge game. Currently, the president ranks in the 27th percentile among all players.

Doesn’t POTUS have, like, a JOB to do or something like that?

rerun

March 20th, 2009
1:13 pm

Remember, every time W just STEPPED out of the White House, the libtards were on his @ss whining that he should be back in Washington, and there was HELL TO PAY if he actually went on “vacation.” Damned hypocritical fools.

Barry

March 20th, 2009
1:19 pm

Abolish the payroll (a.k.a. FICA) tax. Let’s let Hendrik Hertzberg of that notoriously right-wing magazine, The New Yorker, explain it: “The payroll tax…skims around fifteen percent from the payroll of every business and the paycheck of every worker, from minimum wage burger flippers on up, with no deductions. No exemptions either – except that everything above a hundred grand or so a year is untouched, which means that as salaries climb into the stratosphere the tax, as a percentage, shrinks to a speck far below. This is one reason Warren Buffet’s secretary (as her boss has unproudly noted) pays Uncle Sam a higher share of her income than he does. In fact, three-quarters of American households pay more in payroll tax than in income tax”. Read all about it in the March 23 issue – the one with the hilarious depiction of the Rushmeister on the cover. Annoyance alert – I will post this suggestion every day until we get some traction.

Barry

March 20th, 2009
1:27 pm

Hey Rerun – I’m positive the irony of you calling out the President for his Special Olympics remark while you use terms like “libtard” and “tard” is completely lost on your poor, ignorant self.

Ayn Rand was right

March 20th, 2009
1:28 pm

Barry, thanks for the warning. We can skip your posts from here on out.

Joan

March 20th, 2009
1:32 pm

About AIG: Put the blame where it belongs–on Chris Dodd and whoever pressured him to leave the bonus payment option in the bill.
About a Good Republican to Run: Most good republicans are working in private industry, being responsible for their families, and don’t look at government like the perpetual teat that the Democrats do.

Barry

March 20th, 2009
1:51 pm

Ann: Your welcome. BUT ABOLISH THE PAYROLL TAX!!!!

Jackie

March 20th, 2009
1:56 pm

@Joan

The bonus language was part of the AIG package in September. Chris Dodd’s addendum was to “add it back to the package.”

You statement ” About a Good Republican to Run: Most good republicans are working in private industry, being responsible for their families, and don’t look at government like the perpetual teat that the Democrats do.” is profound!

Are you saying there no no good Republicans currently in government?

Marvelous Marvin Waggler

March 20th, 2009
1:57 pm

John Thompson was a strutting (bird that NBC uses as a mascot), just the type that Clayton board would be attracted to. Birds do flock together.

Marvelous Marvin Waggler

March 20th, 2009
1:58 pm

Marvelous Marvin Waggler

March 20th, 2009
1:59 pm

Marvelous Marvin Waggler

March 20th, 2009
2:00 pm

Apparently, it was that bird, which cannot be named because of the four letters that come after pea, that was blocking my earlier brilliance.

Dr. Craig Spinks /Evans

March 20th, 2009
2:44 pm

Jim, you must have a “Deep Throat” inside the Twin Towers feeding you info about our state’s infamous DOE. But let’s not blame the infamy on Kathy. She inherited an insufferable mess which includes educratic “allies” whom she expects to solve problems. Poor Kathy! Poor children! A poorer and poorer Georgia.

Chris Broe

March 20th, 2009
3:00 pm

Deep Throat? Are you suggesting that Kathy turned The DOE into a leviathang? Imagine drinking the Koolaid with her on balmy summer nights. Life could be a dream.

Twitter sha na na nahhhhh

Mr. KnowItAll

March 20th, 2009
3:46 pm

Even a blind man can see all you minorities concocting and twisting the numbers to try to excuse your race from an absolute abrogation of responsibility.

Indeed, there are probably more Caucasians on welfare, but they are 70+% of the population. On a percentage basis–and the numbers don’t lie–blacks and Hispanics have:

1) a higher percentages of children out of wedlock,

2) a higher percentage on welfare,

3) a higher percentage in jail,

4) a higher percentage dropout rate and don’t graduate high school,

5) a higher percentage in gangs,

6) a higher percentage murder rate

7) a higher percentage in burglaries and robberies,

8) a higher percentage in sex crimes

9) a higher percentage of defaults on mortgages,

10) a higher percentage that falls below average IQ;.

Look, i fully expect a tsunami of people coming out of the woodwork calling me a racist. But it is YOU that don’t want to recognize the FACTS that are clearly enunciated in front of you.

It is not up to others to make your life, society, mores, values right. At some point, YOUR RACE is going to have to stand up straight on it’s own haunches–admit your shortcomings and that only YOU can make it “Right”.

If you aren’t willing to face the FACTS–you can expect more of the same disintegration of your race and family structure.

Don’t blame me.

Glenn Vaughn

March 20th, 2009
4:30 pm

Editor Wooten does a superb job of representing the unheard voices of increasing millions in our country.

Dusty

March 20th, 2009
4:58 pm

Dear Jim Wooten,

So many topics. So little time.

1-”Red light cameras fail.” Yes! Just like “red light” districts. Let ‘em fail.

2-Heather Vogell reports “Even a school where fights, robbers and non-disfiguring attacks take place every day would not make the list [as dangerous so children could tranfer to safe schools].

Of course not. No transfers. Those schools are where children learn to be bloggers.

3-Electing leftist presidents? The next Ice Age of Irrational Intrigue has already begun

4-S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford….good man! Too sensible to fit into the present Washington wildernes.

5-$10 billion to National Center on Family Homelessness? This has got to be run by a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER. We know how they handle money. Zippety do dah and away it goes….

AND..thank you, Jim Wooten for giving Bush a great and obvious title “Classy Guy, George Bush”. You got that right, Jim. So true.