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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Get Real

March 20th, 2009
6:22 pm

Let’s put all the nuclear waste out in Cobb County next to Wooten’s house since he sees no problem with it. Riiight. Another Republican has no problem with a government policy as long as its not in his backyard. And I wonder who in Cobb, Gwinnett, and other counties thought up this Red Light Camera Program. Wooten is yet again full of it. Is it summer so we can get rid of him.

Chris Broe

March 20th, 2009
6:23 pm

Wooten is like the great buffalo. Gone with the breaking wind. Never stand downwind of the great buffalo like Wooten.

I cant believe we are witnessing the total demise of newspapers, because they will have no advantage on twitter, because of what twitter is. Why read old headlines? Why read the predictable crap from Wooten and Bookman? When we switch to twitter, the now will be the news. Bookman and Wooten represent are socialized-mercenary journalism (sellout hacks). They preach to the choir only. Yes, it was them what kilt the newspapers. Mediocrity is a double edged pen much mightier than the pica type. The newspaper would have to be like a fortress of twitters, but it would quickly be swept away. Success in twittering is dependent on the talent of the tweeker and serves as a definite measure of yourself as to how quickly you can get your fifteen minutes of sex, ( I mean fame).


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Get Real

March 20th, 2009
6:30 pm

Mr. KnowItAll, you’re not a racist just a retard. You had to break the statistics down by ‘percentages’ to make your point. More whites are on welfare, more whites commit crimes. Only they get light sentences like the kid who lied to the police about his friend that died while driving drunk. The only thing the judge didn’t ask him is was he comfy in his chair. Did he need a glass of warm milk and cookies:

“It’s a shame our justice system put you in that position,” Tanksley said.
“Did you learn anything from this, Mr. Graeff?” the judge asked.
“Yes, ma’am,” he said, offering that his brother had just become a police officer.
She cautioned him to ask for help if he ever finds himself in a position to be questioned by police.

I could imagine a young, black male would’ve been afforded the same treatment and had his case expunged just in time for football season. Yeah right.


March 20th, 2009
6:48 pm

@Mr. Know It All

Not only are you a closet racist, you are an ignorant, flaming a$$hole that uses data that has many undercurrents that can not be explained simply “by the numbers.”

You state there are a higher percentage of minorities on welfare. Well, you are wrong on that statement, Einstein.

Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 are not correct either. So, if one were to grade YOU, you only got 4 out of 10 correct.

Slow-motion idiot. Where did you graduate from school?


March 20th, 2009
7:06 pm

Dearest Chris Broe,

I see you still have a twitter on the brain, a gray cell in the ganglia, a mediocrity of the onerous oblongata. Why do you sell out to the tribe? The warrior wizards of wordery who think their prowess is printable when it is, as you said, down wind a la buffalo. A nothing from the nodule, a flat piece of flotsam & jetsum and then sum. Beware of your shortcomings, child! The helicopter will not rescue you. The butterfly nets will entangle you. You are aflutter in your twitter! Alors!!

Mr. KnowItAll

March 20th, 2009
9:24 pm

Hey Jackie,

Your reaction is CLASSIC liberal response and fully anticipated from someone like you:

…….Name calling, It took you 7 words to call get to “racist” as I predicted. Then you added ignorant, a$$hole, Einstein, slow-motion. All shameful— but totally predictable.You can’t debate the facts, so you resort to trashing the source…just like Clinton and Obama.

…….Claiming the stats are wrong (your quote: “many undercurrents that can not be explained simply “by the numbers.” Jackie, this is called doubletalk and BS. Go ahead and BS yourself, but don’t bother attempting to BS me. Clearly, you don’t have what it takes.
……Not only that…but YOUR claims are wrong.

Sorry, I already have all your victimology terminology down pat. Go sell that crap down your street–I have all I need already.

Go ahead. Hide your head in the sand (or where the sun don’t shine–frankly, I don’t give a damn).

I know, I know–It’s everybody else’s fault your race is where it is, my numbers are wrong, these charges can be explained, and we all know it’s based on inbred racist.

After all, if the justice brothers Jesse and Al, Joseph Lowry, Jeremiah Wright, Father Pfugle and the other race-baiters/haters says it so–it’s got to be true? Right?


March 20th, 2009
9:50 pm

“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.”

Hey “Barry”, I’m not the one that talked about bowling like a Special Olympics person, and I’m SURE not POTUS. Thanks for proving my point of libtard hypocrisy, asshat.

Knowitall: don’t waste your time with “Jackie”. That libtard couldn’t hold an argument with Algore-approved super glue.


March 20th, 2009
10:37 pm

And here’s something else to ponder, “Barry”: I don’t make jokes about the mentality disabled at the expense of the fact that I suck at a sport like bowling (which I don’t at a 205 non-handicap average this year); they can’t help themselves and the way they are. But the incompetent mindless “thought” processes of you libtards on the kook left, that’s another story. Maybe one day you will put that brain to work and think for yourselves for a change instead of some idiot Demwit politicians doing it for you.


March 21st, 2009
8:16 am

If you were worried about government tyrany, you should have been much more worried than you seemed to be under Bush.

Mark Sanford wants to use the stimulus money, not to stimulate things for those suffering in his state, but to pay for excesses his state has indulged in in the past, including things that highly profited the “good ole boys.” He isn’t asking to use the money for reimbursing doctors for Medicaid patients’ expenses of the past, you note, nor Medicaid now. He wants to “take care of” the road builders and fat cats the state “owes”. NOT a candidate for President.

Obama thought taking on Wall Street, the banks, the auto companies and their unions was tough, but he has learned one important thing: DON’T MESS WITH THE SP ED LOBBY!


March 21st, 2009
8:28 am

Churchill’s Mom: re Sarah Palin turning down stimulus money. Let Sarah be governor of Alabama with their non-oil rich economy and see how much stimulus money she turns down. It can’t be too hard to be governor of a state that has all that money coming in. Makes the governor look like a freaking genius (she’s NOT).

Chris Broe

March 21st, 2009
9:35 am

Obama’s Special Olympics comment was the facebook-twittered equivalent of Don Imus’s “Nappy Headed Ho” comment.

Special Olympics is too easy a joke. It’s beneath most comics, and all presidents. Perhaps it’s time to put to rest the M word. I propose that all good men pledge themselves to maintaining a new standard of decency when teasing our fellow citizens, and ban all references to the M word.

Finally, an M-word-free blog! Ah, it’s gonna be great, people, not having to dodge the m word ever again. I think this could save blogging even! If you go back to the early chatrooms of ten years ago, (some became the largest forums for town talk), it took just 12 comments on the opening day of chats for someone to drop the M word on someone else, and now we’ve got all this.

Nowadays, you cant read a comment without being subject to some deranged assessment of someone else’s ancestry, their IQ, and their sexual prowess. (twitter: Libtards are retarded greenies with teeny weeny peenies).

Gentlemen! There’s no M in USA. Support the Special Olympics.

Ayn Rand was right

March 21st, 2009
11:55 am

Barry – I was referring to the daily posting, not the content of your comment, I believe all taxes not fairly levied should be abolished. If the income tax is the way, then distribute it fairly, same percentage no matter the income and no deductions. A sales tax is a better option, as it allows people to control their own tax burden. And for all of you who will now SCREAM that the government will not be able to run on this lower tax base, Amen to that! They need to tighten their pork filled belts ASAP.

Ayn Rand was right

March 21st, 2009
11:57 am

Chris Broe – if Obama’s comment was tantamount to Imus’, then we can expect a heart felt public apology just before we fire him, right?


March 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

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March 24th, 2009
3:09 pm

I just wrote, from my iPhone, a considered response to this, only to discover that I’d erroneously posted in the matching field for blog feedback. The gist is that I agree with Jim and the Governor that the courts have been remiss in not retiring this constitutional, yet remedial and therefore temporary, measure.