Blaming us and labeling them

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

  • It’s our fault. Global warming. 9/11. Drug wars in Mexico. Our “insatiable” appetite for illegal drugs and the drug cartels’ access to our guns make us “co-responsible” for Mexico’s problem, says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Soon we must organize the Apologize for America World Tour for the Obama administration.
  • Notice how labels are applied to make a particular group of people unpopular so that government can more easily move against them or their property? “Predatory” lenders. Super speeders. “Greedy” business executives. “Polluters.” When politicians start applying labels, watch out. They’re coming for you. Super speeders in Georgia, henceforth, will be forking over another $200 for government’s use in possibly funding a trauma care network. Public safety should not be about raising money.
  • Speak kindly of the dead. So, taking my cue from a Sunday headline that says “Gambling is latest hope for a revival” of Underground Atlanta, I offer my condolences. If gambling’s the cure, the undertaker’s carriage awaits.
  • Number of the Week: 9.3. That’s Georgia’s unemployment rate and the sum — $9.3 trillion — what Washington will spend in excess of revenues over the next decade. Break open the kiddies’ piggy banks. They’re coming for “the rich” and that’d be Junior and the future grandkids. The only people who don’t seem to get laid off are those who advocate for more government spending.
  • Georgia House Democrats could easily have fashioned a resolution praising President Barack Obama and making him an honorary member of the Legislative Black Caucus. But, of course, they had to include language that praised themselves and invited Republicans to endorse his “unimpeachable reputation for integrity [and] vision” and to declare that “no one could be more worthy of special honor and recognition by members of this body.” I wouldn’t sign on to that. Nor would those who offered it if the object of praise was George W. Bush. It’s an unserious partisan game in a serious time.
  • Headline: “Obama to states: Use stimulus cash wisely.” States to Obama: Why didn’t Congress apply that standard when drafting the $787 billion pork-and-social agenda spending bill? Obama is a marketing message in motion, an electronic crawler that just flashes phrases without awareness of those that preceded it. Example: After using the office of the president to incite the masses against the AIG bonuses, he goes on entertainment television to declare that he’s leaning against a 90 percent tax on bonuses that whizzed through the U.S. House. His “save-and-invest” budget is filled with spending that will make it unlikely that future generations will have any after-tax earnings to save.
  • Reusable headline: “Sudden job losses stun 20-somethings.” These substitute numbers are available, too: 30, 40, 50. Sudden job losses stun us all.
  • Where are the children? On this night, about eight of them, ranging in age from 1 to 9, are in the car on Old National Highway at 12:45 a.m. watching a shoot-out brawl over a cellphone involving two women who bore the same man’s children. Poor children. The poor, poor children. One day they will be big enough to tote the guns and brawl over cellphones and that will be the world they know.
  • The only car where I’d absolutely insist on an air bag is the little Nano, a $2, 000 part-plastic job introduced by Tata in India. An encounter with an insensitive environmental pig driving a gas-guzzling SUV, the very sight of which steals the true environmentalist’s joy in living, would ruin your motoring day.

103 comments Add your comment

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
8:28 am

egads, that was sad yesterday. What a desperately ugly, yet important, topic. The correspondences were for the most part so straight and strong that they made me ashamed that this blog keeps breaking down. It just doesn’t work, or else it’s got some little Keebler Elf from the furry wings of the Seven Sisters whose working overtime.

FIX THIS PROBLEM, OR ANNOUNCE YOUR RULEMAKING, OR ELSE PREPARE TO LOSE YOUR REMAINING READERSHIP.

Barry

March 27th, 2009
8:29 am

>It’s not our fault. The mantra from the right.
>We don’t have the right to drive as fast as we want. Something needed to be done. As an aside, I’m not sure who’s gonna cathc the speeders. I recently drove to Ocala and back and saw 1 (ONE!) State Trooper on the I-75. JUst sayin’.
>Bury Underground
>It appears increasingly that the President and his lads have no clue.
>When you have nothing to offer, just do something silly
>See above
>So we no longer need phasers?
>Everybody under the age of 21 shold be fitted with a chastity belt
>I thought the Nano played music?
Have a great weekend all.

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
8:45 am

Excuse me please: “who’s”, not “whose”; “”who’s working overtime.”. I realize that it’s not important to anyone this side of the state psychiatric correctional facility, but I fear that the furry New Englanders have invaded my iPhone. Elseways, my apologies for the mispelling.

Henne Patchinko

March 27th, 2009
8:52 am

12.9 that’s the unemployment rate here in the Murray-Whitfield county carpet capital zone. The Murray County Red Cross food bank served more than 10,000 last year when in most years, the total is less than 1,000. It’s no longer a recession here. It’s more than that.

As much as I, too, enjoy dumping on Hillary Clinton, the old folks called it “taking responsibility.” We do own part of some of those problems. To reject it out of hand because Hillary says it is as the old folks said “dumb.”

The idea and the facility of Underground is great. Why it can’t work is beyond me.

On your penultimate point, Amen. Thugs raise thugs.

Churchill's MOM

March 27th, 2009
8:56 am

Why can’t we have a real Governor like Alaska rather than a Bald Headed Bump on a Log?

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) backed out a scheduled meeting Thursday with state legislative leaders who have publicly criticized her plan to turn down a portion of the state’s federal stimulus funds.

“We had a meeting scheduled with the governor today and her legislative liaison told us that she wasn’t there and that we could meet with the staff,” said Gary Stevens, the state’s Republican Senate President, at an afternoon press conference. “We’re here, we’re available, and unfortunately she is not.”

Palin fired back in a statement released during the press conference, claiming that the lawmakers cancelled the meeting with her so that they could “host their own press conference.”

Stevens said Palin’s account of events “is absolutely false.”

“To say that we cancelled the meeting to have a press conference is absolutely untrue and somebody should be brought to task on that,” he said.

According to Stevens and Republican state House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Palin legislative aide told them that the governor could not meet with them and offered to have members of Palin’s staff speak with the lawmakers instead.

Stevens said the lawmakers turned down the offer because Palin’s staff “often has trouble answering questions.”

The meeting was scheduled to negotiate a solution to the conflict between lawmakers and Palin over the 31 percent of federal stimulus package funds the governor said she plans to turn down.

GOP state legislative leaders, who can bypass Palin to accept the disputed funds, have accused the governor of playing politics with federal money allocated to a state facing a massive budget deficit.

“We think the stimulus package brings a unique opportunity for communities around Alaska to benefit,” Chenault said.

Despite Palin’s announcement that she would like to turn down a chunk of the stimulus, she conceded Thursday that the decision was not up to her.

“I can’t predict how much or what funds legislators might add to my request, and we haven’t heard all the public testimony yet,” Palin said. “To say now what might happen with an unknown bill would be premature.”

lwwmm7

March 27th, 2009
9:04 am

Free speech is now somehow tied to whether or not we agree with the speech. Has been for a while.

lwwmm7

March 27th, 2009
9:06 am

I’m grateful that we still have the right to disagree agreeably. Otherwise a suicide bomber might show up and make a statement.

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
9:07 am

Esskyooz me, but you folks are blogging on a patently broken site, and so I advise you to backstep, following the footprints you made coming in…

Peter

March 27th, 2009
9:18 am

Imagine if the last Regime…..Bush and Cheney actually did something positive for America ?

Imagine if they had NOT created the largest Government in US History ?

Imagine if they didn’t create the largest deficit known to America ?

Imagine if they didn’t start a Made up WAR ?

Imagine if they didn’t run the economy into the ground ?

Imagine if they actually took the time to rebuild America, instead of bilking America with cost plus contracts for a few ?

Imagine if Sonny actually worked on creating jobs statewide, instead of getting wealthier in office, and building a Fish Hatchery ?

Gee Jim, today you wouldn’t be saying all the silly stuff you say !

jt

March 27th, 2009
9:20 am

jim- speaking of labels, I remember you jumping on the “dead-beat dad” bandwagon. you’ll never admit it, but you were a usefull tool in demonizing fatherhood and it has cost you dearly financially.

Peter

March 27th, 2009
9:20 am

Hey Jim…Imagine if Bush and Cheney actually made Iraq contractors they gave the “House” too, actually did their job correctly ? And didn’t just waste American Money ?

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Thousands of buildings at U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan have such poorly installed wiring that American troops face life-threatening risks, a top inspector for the Army says.

“It was horrible — some of the worst electrical work I’ve ever seen,” said Jim Childs, a master electrician and the top civilian expert in an Army safety survey. Childs told CNN that “with the buildings the way they are, we’re playing Russian roulette.”
Childs recently returned from Iraq, where he is taking part in a yearlong review aimed at correcting electrical hazards on U.S. bases. He told CNN that thousands of buildings in Iraq and Afghanistan are so badly wired that troops are at serious risk of death or injury.

He said problems are “everywhere” in Iraq, where 18 U.S. troops have died by electrocution since 2003. All deaths occurred in different circumstances and different locations, but many happened on U.S. bases being managed by various military contractors. The Army has has reopened investigations in at least five cases, according to Pentagon sources.

Of the nearly 30,000 buildings the Army’s “Task Force Safe” has examined so far, Childs said more than half “failed miserably.” And 8,527 had such serious problems that inspectors gave them a “flash” warning, meaning repairs had to be completed in four hours or the facility evacuated.

He said the majority of those buildings were wired by contractor KBR, based in Houston, Texas. KBR has faced extensive criticism from Congress over its performance in the war zone. KBR has defended its performance and argued it was not to blame for any fatalities.

Military electrocutions became a national issue about a year ago, after the January 2008 death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A decorated member of the Army’s Green Berets, Maseth was electrocuted in his shower at a U.S. base in Baghdad that once served as one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces.

His death was blamed on improper grounding and dangerous wiring on his living quarters. Soon after that, the Army asked Childs to help create “Task Force Safe,” a team of master electricians assigned to inspect Army posts for electrical dangers.

Childs said the “large majority” of the buildings the task force examined in Iraq had been wired by KBR, which he expected would follow American standards. But the results, he said, were “just horrible.”

In one building, “I had them pull a switch out of the wall to look at a switch, and when they pulled it out of the wall, the wires fell out of it,” Childs said. Thinking that was an exception, “We pulled the one next to it. They fell off,” he said. “It was just very, very poor quality work.”

Big Bucks GOP

March 27th, 2009
9:30 am

Private banks in Switzerland have started to ban their top executives
from traveling outside the country, even to France and Germany, because
of fears they will be detained as part of a global crackdown on tax
evasion and bank secrecy.

Big Bucks GOP

March 27th, 2009
9:31 am

Blender, a music and entertainment magazine, will cease publication
with its April issue, but will continue to publish on the Web, its
private-equity backed owner, the Alpha Media Group, said.

catlady

March 27th, 2009
9:31 am

jt–how did it “cost him dearly financially”?

Big Bucks GOP

March 27th, 2009
9:32 am

Executives at dozens of public companies, including Starbucks, Google,
and Intel, are taking steps to lower the prices that their employees
would have to pay to convert options into stock.

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
9:32 am

And you know what, Churchill’s MOM, if our particular governor should happen to sign the instrument of surrender to murderers, then he’ll have to look after his own head.

Big Bucks GOP

March 27th, 2009
9:33 am

Tesla Motors’ new Model S sedan comes with relatively expensive price
tag — $57,400 — a problem electric carmakers will continue to face
until lithium-ion batteries become better, smaller and cheaper.

Big Bucks GOP

March 27th, 2009
9:34 am

CityCenter, the troubled residential and casino development in Las
Vegas co-owned by MGM Mirage, has hired a law firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf, to
prepare for a potential bankruptcy filing,

Big Bucks GOP

March 27th, 2009
9:35 am

Two former KPMG executives convicted of selling improper tax shelters
should be sentenced to as much as 24 years imprisonment, U.S.
prosecutors said in court papers on Thursday.

Redneck Convert

March 27th, 2009
9:40 am

Well, this Hillary woman is just dead set on blaming all of us for the Mexico drug war. I know I didn’t have nothing to do with it and neither did anybody else in the U.S. Buying illegal drugs don’t have nothing to do with the drug wars. No more than buying poisoned milk products from China has anything to do with us sending China all that cash. Besides, a little meth never hurt no one and it keeps the dentists in business and keeps Free Innerprize going.

Up here at Simpsons Trailer Park we wouldn’t never fight over a cell phone. I’ve seen alot of people get into it over kids and adultery and sometimes meth and such but never a cell phone. People that would do that kind of thing are just trash.

I’m awful glad they put a stop to this thing praising Obama. We pay good money in taxes and don’t need to waste it on legisalaters praising one of Those People. It’s OK to blame them for having so many kids outside of marriage but praising them for anything is just going too far.

I say we move some of the showers for our troops in Iraq here to GA for use on the prisoners. The drugs used to kill people that get the Death Penalty cost a bunch. Why pay all that money when we could just invite a prisoner on Death Row to take a shower and get the shock of their life?

That’s my opinion and it’s very true. Have a good Friday everybody.

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
9:41 am

Hey Churchill’s MOM: You call Arnold a real governor? I think he plays one on the cartoon network. He’s not a “girly man”; he’s a wet noodle and a total ducking swish to have let the Democrats overspend by a quarter of a trillion dollars. He wears Maria’s strap-on.

Thank you, Uncle Ted.

Rush Limbaugh for President

March 27th, 2009
9:43 am

The more I read Wooten’s columns the more I wonder if he is serious or if he is just pulling our leg.

He can’t be serious about his “blame America” comment. I thought he stood for personal responsibility. Own up to your problems and fix them.

I guess he sees “individual freedom” as driving as fast as you want to. I thought he was a law and order guy.

Thenn he gets self-righteous on gambeling. Typical

9.3 trillion deficit. This year’s budget hasn’t even passed yet.

Next two points- pure Obama bashing with a totally unobjective biased point of view.

Job loses do hurt everyone. Thank Bush for the lovely situation he left.

Next point-Wooten’s a biggot and here is another example.

Last point-pointless.

jt

March 27th, 2009
9:48 am

catlady- for every dollar recouped by the state in child support, it cost two in taxes. (big coorperations, bureacracies,etc.). furthermore, many fathers are in jail,or running from the law which does nothing to help the situation of fatherless families. in the meantime the same percentage of fathers who won’t accept responsibilities has never changed. we all just pay alot more. it is not unlike the war on drugs. billions have been spent, lives have been ruined, millions in jail,but it is still easier for your kid to buy a joint than a pack of cigerrettes.

Peter

March 27th, 2009
9:52 am

Hey Glen,

I guess the Republican’s really didn’t get what they wanted after Bilking California for energy, and getting Arnold in office. He actually governs from a concern for the state, the folks there, and not for the “Republican Agenda” !

He is actually a Republican America can be proud of…….like Ron Paul !

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
9:55 am

That’s a rather hilarious ending I swear I’ll steal sometime, but you haven’t made your case about any of Mr. Wooten’s alleged inconsistencies. If you choose to flit, then flit. But refrain, please, from impersonating a serious person.

“Ha-ha!”

See?

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
10:02 am

Peter,

I appreciate your recollection of the Enron crisis in California, yet I dare you to attach to it the name of a single Republican. Let me be clear: the tragedy was created by Democrats, beginning with Steve Peace and continuing to the reprehensible Gray Davis.

Show me the Republican.

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
10:21 am

Let me tell you, Peter, how I’m not kidding. According to that state’s auditor, ENRON bilked Californians for fully thirty billion dollars. Californians now find themselves — shazzam, an’ fo shizzle! — the answerables to two hundred fifty BILLLION dollars’ worth of the handsome movie star Arnold Schwarzeneggar’s “unbeLIEVEable” profligacy and cowardice in the face of Democratic girly men, not to mention furry women.

BS Aplenty

March 27th, 2009
10:32 am

Obama certainly sets the standard for racist U.S. presidential candidates. One has to dig mightily past his political patina to reveal his soul, but the view isn’t pretty. His twenty years spent swilling the Trinity United Church of Christ kool-aid with his gal pal, Oprah Winfrey have warped the thinking of an otherwise intelligent man and place his leadership continually in question by a larger American community.

In spite of low expectations, “Jeremiah, Jr.” was elected last November but his covert racist leadership now shines like a beacon for the world’s other like-minded ilk. The Brazilian el Presidente Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva follows Obama’s leadership by declaring to the world that blue-eyed whites have caused this financial mess. Brazil, a country with a per capita GDP of $6,859 (World Bank, 2007) now blames the rest of the North American and European world for being financially creative. A creativity that helps propel the “blue-eyed world” to a per capita GDP in excess of $46,000 (World Bank, 2007) in the meantime. The world where such financial products enabled low income “brown-eyes” to purchase a home, most of whom continue to perform admirably on their mortgages backing these financial creations.

Yes, say what you will about Obama’s not knowing what to do during this recession, spending on social programs of dubious merit, and generally acting like the political deer in headlights, but give him his due on racial leadership. He does appear to have a following in Brazil.

Peter

March 27th, 2009
10:33 am

Glen……let’s say George Bush……..I believe he is Republican.

He started it all remember……… Clinton had sold some of the strategic oil reserves before leaving office, and J King George decided to call attention to it, by claiming we were in an “Energy Crises”……. Which of course we were not, then he allowed the bilking, like he allowed the bilking of the US treasury with the WAR !

We also read today that all the groups that were give “special” war time contracts really never did their jobs correctly, and as a result American’s died, and the deficit is now through the roof.

Please do not EVER say Republican’s are conservative when it come to money…..they spend MORE, and they Account for the spending less than any time in US History !

By the way Ross Perot got allot of money Bilking California as well……. and YES Bush the Oil guy was very happy ripping off American’s to take away a Democrat Governor.

The Bush problem was the “Terminator” could not be bullied around by the Republican’s !

Peter

March 27th, 2009
10:45 am

Hey BS Aplenty….nice to see a Bigot posting today ! Great job !

Another “Republican Family Value” !

"Charles", The Original

March 27th, 2009
10:46 am

Notice how labels are applied to make a particular group of people unpopular so that government can more easily move against them or their property? “Predatory” lenders. Super speeders. “Greedy” business executives. “Polluters.” When politicians start applying labels, watch out. They’re coming for you. Super speeders in Georgia, henceforth, will be forking over another $200 for government’s use in possibly funding a trauma care network. Public safety should not be about raising money writes Jim Wooten.

Five months ago, we got a phone call on Sunday morning at 6:00 am. I recognized the voice to be that of my best friend’s wife. She said that her husband, Freddy, had not returned home from a trip to South Georgia. He had left Tifton at 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon bound for Atlanta. To make a long story much shorter, according to Grady Memorial Hospital personnel, Freddy had made it back to Atlanta. And it was in Atlanta where he and a super speeder had collided.

After arriving at Grady, we learned that his most severe injuries were spinal, brain, and pelvis among others. Freddy was on a respirator, unrecognizable, and his life hung in the balance. The super speeder suffered minor injuries.

Members of Freddy’s family and friends found ourselves living on the seventh and fifth floor, ICU/family rooms praying and hoping that Dr. Bawa, the head of orthopedic surgery, and his staff could put his broken body back together again.

Dr. Bawa and his staff were successful. The brain and spinal surgery had lasted for over ten hours… And within a month, Freddy could breathe. The respirator/ventilator was no longer needed. But there was a treake that needed to be suctioned… Freddy was experiencing excruciating pain and suffering… The doctors said that the patient couldn’t be completely medicated because the pain was part of his healing too. In other words, he had to suffer the pain until his next pain medicine was scheduled. There was paralysis, weight-shifts, and the loss of all privacy.

The good news is that doctors thought the paralysis could be overcome in two years because his injury was more brain than spinal. And the brain has the capacity to heal itself and the body. So thanks to God and Grady Memorial Hospital trauma center, we have the privilege of acquiring additional medical assistance. Freddy’s family has turned their attention to Dr. Bowman and staff at the Shepherd Spinal Center…

Six months ago, I would have agreed with Jim Wooten. Public safety shouldn’t be about raising money. But after having first hand experience of the pain and suffering that super speeders/careless drivers can cause, we support almost anything reasonable if it will cause drivers to slow down and drive more safely. We should pray that the government will use the money to provide a trauma care network capable of meeting the needs of almost completely broken people.

To be honest Jim, after having a bird’s eye view of the suffering of Freddy and countless others, super speeders forking over another $200 may not be enough.

JC

March 27th, 2009
11:01 am

Jim, if the principles of supply and demand are still valid, then Clinton has a valid point. But you are the master of cherry picking situations where things apply in one case but not another. Can’t have it that way Jim. The principle of supply and demand is valid in all cases. So damn right the U.S. shares culpability for what is going on. We demand drugs, the cartel supplies them. The cartel demands guns so obviously there are those on our side of the border willing to supply them. But I catch your drift. Obviously the Mexicans have to be 100% to blame for the problem since guys like you want it that way. Furthermore, if the Mexicans didn’t supply it someone else would. Why, Jim? Because people here demand it. Get it now Jim? Supply and demand.

@@

March 27th, 2009
11:05 am

To be fair, Jim, there are those among us who are contributing to the violence in Mexico. Most of them were engaging Obama online yesterday asking a “former” pot-smoking, snorter to be their “leader” into the legalized narcotic hazing. Now this is purely speculation on my part, but the last couple’ah-times I’ve seen Obama on T.V., I can’t tell whether he’s on the verge of tears or just needs to keep his supply of Visine at the ready. Mr. Cool…Calm…and redundant with a bad case of the giggles at the most inopportune moments.

Speed kills, Jim. The pace at which Obama is implementing “change” will do us all in.

I’m willing to compromise on the gambling underground. The revenue received cannot be used to pay for the behavioral counseling of addicts nor the cost of providing for the children OF those addicts.

Unemployment is 10.3 down here in Clayton but “getting laid” is of no consequence.

The Georgia Black Caucus….pressing “the flesh”? When will that ever end, Jim? When will it end?

Obama is a marketing message in motion, an electronic crawler that just flashes phrases without awareness of those that preceded it

That ^^^ is exactly what I’m talkin’ bout, Jim. There is something funky about Obama’s timing. He backs off of what he helped to incite, then turns right around and threatens those he just appeased with regulation? I’m beginning to think he doesn’t even listen to himself but yet, expects us to hang onto his every word. If they don’t matter to him, why the heck should they matter to me?

Those 20 somethings haven’t a clue. Somewhere down the road, they’ll have a job, as will their children but there will be few rewards in it after taxes. Heck! They didn’t even get off the ground before the dem’s exorbitant spent missiles shot ‘em down.

Jim, I would love to speak in behalf of those children in the line of fire but the liberals would quickly accuse me of racism. I’ll keep trying in spite of liberal stupidity.

Dead in a nano-second at the hands of India’s “ta-tas”. That’s 28 mpg for each “respective boob”.

jt

March 27th, 2009
11:08 am

“cherry picking” is apt.
or “inconsistent”.

Churchill's MOM

March 27th, 2009
11:15 am

Glenn 9:41 am

You must be a product of the Georgia public school system.. WE WANT PALIN..

JC

March 27th, 2009
11:15 am

Notice how labels are applied to make a particular group of people unpopular so that government can more easily move against them or their property? “Predatory” lenders. Super speeders. “Greedy” business executives. “Polluters.” When politicians start applying labels, watch out. They’re coming for you. Super speeders in Georgia, henceforth, will be forking over another $200 for government’s use in possibly funding a trauma care network. Public safety should not be about raising money.

You forgot Mexicans Jim, i.e. “illegals”. Is superspeeding not just as illegal? Both are misdemeanors are they not? But I get it. Brown people with accents are acceptable targets, huh Jim? And that was a very good try at making victims of “greedy” business execs. Substitute the word defrauding business execs and you will have more accurately portrayed who the gov is targeting. You’re a real piece of work Jim.

Peter

March 27th, 2009
11:16 am

What a statement Jim……….Reusable headline: “Sudden job losses stun 20-somethings.” These substitute numbers are available, too: 30, 40, 50. Sudden job losses stun us all.

Gosh with a Republican Governor, and with Bush and Cheney having done their very best to drive the economy into the ground…………… YOU actually have something worthless to say !

Peter

March 27th, 2009
11:20 am

HA HA HA @@…………Those 20 somethings haven’t a clue. Somewhere down the road, they’ll have a job, as will their children but there will be few rewards in it after taxes. Heck! They didn’t even get off the ground before the dem’s exorbitant spent missiles shot ‘em down.

Last time everyone looked the Republican’s left office with the LARGEST DEFICIT in US History !

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
11:24 am

Peter I mean you no ill, yet I must contradict you: the beginning of the undoing of the Greate State of California fell entirely to the Democrats I worked for. So what jackass claim are you trying to make?

It spilled. It happed. What are we going to DO about it?

Diogenes

March 27th, 2009
11:28 am

Good morning, Jim,

I couldn’t help noticing your suggestions that “soon we must organize the Apologize for America World Tour for the Obama administration.” With your venomous attitudes about America, I certainly hope they don’t invite you on the tour.

Peter

March 27th, 2009
11:30 am

Glenn…….The bilking of California started with the made up Bush “energy Crises”.

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
11:49 am

Well, good rainy Atlanta morning to all including Glenn. Just a bit fesity this morning, Glenn? Now don’t challenge me to a duel, but Jim Wooten is saying what many of us are thinking. Not all, but most.

I would not send Hillary to negotiate a dog fight but she is partially correct. SOMEBODY in the USA is buying drugs or they wouldn’t be shipping them in. The druggies don’t care one way or another as long as they can get what they want.

As to Obama’s entourage having little interest in saying good things about the USA, that is of little surprise. Most of them have never recovered from their dementia over Bush. To say that America is great would indicate Bush success, something totally brainwashed from their minds. It takes a while for Dems to recover. They get Obama-praise-productions every day for rehab. The rest of us are getting photo=fatigue.

Churchill’s Mom is another in recovery although she may be paid to propagandize. She evidently has a telepromter of her own with direct Palin ties. She is almost as good as some of AJC’s Newt-assigned reporters. Democrats do not think freely on their own.

Arnold? Fun movie star! Bad news for California. Permanently attached to Kennedy Klan Corps.

Underground? Another hole in which to pour money. Call it a mall and let the teenagers come and talk on their cell phones together. No parents allowed. Black and white striped uniforms required for entrance

Poor children indeed. Messed up families. I wonder if children in South Africa with children raising children are any more misdirected. We are talking about the next generation here and there.
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Charles,so sorry to hear about your friend Freddy. The future does not sound bright. Let us hope that larger fines will slow super speeders but I doubt it. Alcohol so often plays a part in these terrible accidents. Every day we read about another drunk crazed speeder. There’s one today in the news section.

Where’s @@ this morning? Clayton County School Board taking expensive trip to San Diego for “meeting”. At county expense, of course! They cut expenses just like Obama does. Uh huh..all for the good of the people paying for it!

GayGrayGeek

March 27th, 2009
12:17 pm

Notice how labels are applied to make a particular group of people unpopular so that government can more easily move against them or their property?

You mean like “gay marriage”? You mean like “Hispanics”? You mean like any category of “Those People” that you RightWingNutters have used as your boogeyman over the past many years?

You mean like “hypocrites”, Jim, such as yourself?

@@

March 27th, 2009
12:20 pm

Peter:

Republican’s left office with the LARGEST DEFICIT in US History !

…and Obama, ON HIS OWN, has nearly tripled it since taking office January 20th.

I don’t know about you, Peter, but I’m not one who shirks responsibility and I’m not impressed with those who do. I dare say…..neither are the American people.

Whether you wanna accept it or not, the majority of Americans favor a fiscally conservative policies from BOTH PARTIES. Polls have shown this to be true.

An antibiotic for BDS was put on the market 01/20/09. You really should take a tablet or two……THREE for what ails YOU.

It’s over dude! LIFE and your preference in living it the way you choose IS OVER!!!!

Californication

March 27th, 2009
12:37 pm

I am going to run my finances like our guberment, I am in debt so I will spend more to fix my debt, but wait I need to print some more money….

Peter

March 27th, 2009
12:41 pm

Hey @@ what si the current debt ?

How much of that is the Iraq WAR ?

AmVet

March 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Ah yes those pesky labels.

All too funny from the man who for eight years has championed the slogan-masters and sound-bite champions of fake conservative irrelevancy. And to this day still has not gotten that the memo, that shucking and grinning for BushCo sycophants and apologists, though certainly humorous to the vast percentage of Americans, is not informative or useful.

To their dying days these intentionally uniformed, quasi-misanthropic neo-conned will continue to deny the culpability of the crooks, swindlers and speculators in the “free market”. They jest about predatory lending and disavow any knowledge of the “orgy of excess and reckless behavior”.

They fault Obama. They fault the poor schmucks at the bottom of the ladder.

They vilify the weak and glorify the wicked. And they blather about personal responsibility.

How about you “compassionate conservatives” in the Old White Guy Party of Dixie considering some of these labels?

Wall Street Criminals? No?

Maybe Robber Barons? Not to your liking?

How about the Architects of the Corporate Destruction of Capitalism?

Yeah, the last one is rather unwieldy but sadly accurate.

And you loons are maniacally happy to give them all a free pass.

And so, the misfits and miscreants like Ms. Musty et al here, lap up the daily lies from our “journalistic” fraud of a host with much gusto and relish.

Thankfully, the demise of this awful neo-conservatism is in virtually finished…

AmVet

March 27th, 2009
12:46 pm

Peter, not sure of the jaw-dropping totals to date, but know that the botched Iraq invasion/occupation is costing the American people $14,000,000 per hour.

Not that there is possibly anything else we could be doing with that trifling sum…

Ga Values

March 27th, 2009
1:12 pm

WABE’s spring fund raiser is going on, if you listen call & give them some money..If you call Thursday afternoon you might get me..

@@

March 27th, 2009
1:19 pm

Peter:

Last I checked it was $11,044,598,337,305.97. On January 19, 2009 (the day before Obama got his hands on it) it was $9,299,550,950,326.54.

The cost of the Iraq war? The war that dems in congress supported? That war?

Obama’s vote doesn’t count since he wasn’t yet present to vote. An empty gesture on his part.

How much is his surge into Afghanistan gonna cost? Do you know yet?

I’m outta here….these AJC websites are a good enough excuse to go shopping. Gotta stimulate the economy. It’s obvious people like you aren’t able to.

The Devil You Say

March 27th, 2009
1:31 pm

The amount of money spent on Iraq will look miniscule compared to the spending of the Oduma misAdministration. Trillion dollar deficits for the next ten years are nothing to laugh about, except for Oduma, who just yucked it up on 60 minutes. The fact is that he’s incompetent!

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
1:32 pm

Well, I see AmVet has arrived to give us his communist manifesto for today. Nothing really new. Just his usual manifesto on nobody cares about poor little persons but the beautiful liberals. And it is all the fault of YOU KNOW WHO

Rush Limbaugh for President

March 27th, 2009
1:38 pm

Dusty

Your positions are perfectly in keeping with right wing logic and explain why you and your kind are in the minority…

I suggest Hillary would eat your lunch on any subject any time. She is right. Why is that so hard for you to say?

Saying America is a great country would be praising Bush? Name something we should praise Bush for? The two are mutually exclusive.

Obama, got elected by the independent vote. Do they think on their own? Let me guess where you get your talking points. Sean Hannity

Arnold- a rare thinking, non-ideological Republican and an effective politician. He’s over your head.

Underground- no comment

Poor neighborhoods- besides critizing their behavior what do you have to offer? Ever walked a mile in their shoes?

Dusty, you offer, like Wooten, another empty round of criticism and sarcasm drenched in the knuckle dragging ideology of older, white, religious, paranoid, self-rightous, hold overs from the past. Lucky for us the Demographics are working against you.

Churchill's MOM

March 27th, 2009
1:43 pm

Finally some good news for the state of Georgia.. By the way what college did she graduate from?

Secretary of State Karen Handel on Friday became the latest Republican to join the race to replace term-limited Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Peter

March 27th, 2009
1:50 pm

HA HA HA @@……..The cost of the Iraq war? The war that dems in congress supported? That war?

Yes the cost of the “made up” Iraq WAR, that all was Mislead about.. ?

DO you know what the “Lack of Intelligence” WAR is costing the USA ?

“How much is his surge into Afghanistan gonna cost? Do you know yet?”

Funny question yet again……

No Idea……. but were are there because Bush gave Bin Laden a free PASS remember ?

I guess you have not thought he fact we invaded Iraq gave the Muslin radicals something to rally behind, thus the strengthening of AL Quada !

And this thought…….Last I checked it was $11,044,598,337,305.97. On January 19, 2009 (the day before Obama got his hands on it) it was $9,299,550,950,326.54

Gee was that after the US had to bail out all the financial institutions that would have taken down our entire system….is that what you are talking about ? Saving America from TOTAL Financial collapse, as Warren Buffet eluded too ?

Are you talking about the Government bailing out Wall Street, AIG, others and now the Auto makers ?

The “derivative scandal” that happened under the “Guidance” of George Bush ?

Are you talking about what the president has to do after inheriting the BIGGEST Financial Mess in US History beside the Depression ?

AmVet

March 27th, 2009
1:51 pm

“The cost of the Iraq war? The war that dems in congress supported? That war?”

Nice try, @@.

57% of the Democrats in Congress voted against the BushCo Crusades.

And your beloved “conservative” Republicans?

A stunning 2.6%

The GOP should have, at that moment, change its name to the Lockstep and Spineless Party.

This is, was and always will be a neo-conned war. With some spinally-challenged Dems being bullied into kowtowing to the bungling, bloodlusting chickenhawks…

Shawny

March 27th, 2009
1:52 pm

Jackie

March 27th, 2009
1:52 pm

@ Dusty,

Still standing in line for the great Bush epiphany; everything that he has done will be vetted in heaven and the inscribed tablets will be brought to a mountain by one the disciples.

This tablet will tell us that all things that we considered wrong with Dubya and his disregard for the Constitution – the framework for the rule of law – was misunderstood by everyone who had a poor perception of Dubya’s actions.

What do you think?

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
1:56 pm

Well, I see AmVet has come forward with his own communistic I’hate’cha manifesto as usual.

Yep, nobody loves the poor “smucks”(his words) like President Obama. Nobody fights the “wicked” (his words) but President Obama. Oh, and “robber barons” and “architects of Corporate Destruction”..all credited to Republicans. AmVet is just bustin’ loose with his malfunctions.

But that was not enough hate shown. So our dear AmVet throws in a few words addressed to “you ‘compassionate conservatives’in the Old White Guy Party of Dixie”.

Congratulations, AmVet, you win Bigot of the Month award for your posts. You can put it on your mantel besides the pictures of your Ongoing Obama Orgy. You’re the clown in the picture.

AmVet

March 27th, 2009
2:09 pm

Ah Musty, like the trainable b!tch, you are, you WILL speak on my command.

You always have and you always will.

Now what is left is for you to learn how to roll over and play dead.

That’s a good girl…

Peter

March 27th, 2009
2:10 pm

Hey @@ so this was the deficit when Obama took office…….(the day before Obama got his hands on it) it was $9,299,550,950,326.54.

Gee what was the deficit when Bush took office ?

Peter

March 27th, 2009
2:11 pm

Hey Dusty do you know what a “Robber Barron” is ?

Dusty's Husband

March 27th, 2009
2:17 pm

Dusty awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall.

Dusty watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee. ‘What’s the matter, dear?’ she whispers as she steps into the room, ‘Why are you down here at this time of night?’

I looks up from his coffee, ‘I am just remembering when we first met 20 years ago and started dating. You were only 16. Do you remember back then?’ he says solemnly.

Dusty is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring, so sensitive. ‘Yes, I do’ she replies.

I pauses… The words were not coming easily. ‘Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?’

‘Yes, I remember,’ said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.

I continue. ‘Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, ‘Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years?’

‘I remember that too’ Dusty replies softly.

I wipes another tear from his cheek and says… ‘I would have gotten out today…’

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
2:30 pm

Dear Rush Limbaugh for President aka Lost in Space,

Don’t worry about my lunch or Hillary’s. Eat your own. Didn’t Meals On Wheels bring yours today?

Sean Hannity? I’ve never listened to him. You must. Like him?

Arnold an effective politician? Obviously, you do not live in California.

I aagree with Jim Wooten that a carload of little children with their mother should not be cruising a neighborhood at one in the morning to check out a shooting. Perhaps you think that is a good idea. I don’t.

JACKIE,

You asked what I think about your anti-Bush comments. I’d say”You need some new lines!”

Your hate for Bush is distilling with time but it does not get any better. The bitterness increases. I do appreciate the good things and protection Bush gave our country. Your lack of clear vision is your liability. I do not share hate with you.

Obama may be a good president but he is off to a poor start. Piling the greatest USA debt ever seen anywhere is horrendous. It may destroy our country. I do not appreciate that in any way.

Obama is sending more troops to Afghanistan. I thought you protested any increase in military moves? You did with Bush. What does that make you? Give it a name. I’d like to see that.

@@

March 27th, 2009
2:33 pm

Peter:

What was the deficit when Bush took office?

This is where I have to give Clinton credit. In all honesty, I didn’t have that much of a problem with Clinton’s fiscal policies. He was more centrist than Obama…..although Obama worked hard during the campaign to make us “think” he was too. Unfortunately, for you and I, the dupes (of which you are one) fell for it.

Government growth under Clinton was constrained, in part, because his worst instincts were checked by a Republican Congress, and he in turn checked theirs. That’s how it’s supposed to work.

Clinton had a genuine commitment to welfare reform and free trade, among other market-oriented policies. No such tendencies are evident in Obama. I never knew how much I would miss Slick Willie until he was gone.

Now I really do have to leave before school traffic gets in my way.

A dad

March 27th, 2009
2:34 pm

Oblama’s campaign slogan, “Change you can believe in,” has really begun to resonate with me, because after he gets done taxing all my income so he “spread the wealth around,” “change” is about all I’m going to have left.

A dad

March 27th, 2009
2:36 pm

Dusty. Arnold and effective governor? No, I don’t live in CA by my brother does. Wonder how a 40+ billion deficit qualifies Arnold as effective.

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
2:38 pm

Omigawd @@, it’s the Casbah or nothin’.

Get Real

March 27th, 2009
2:43 pm

Jim, you and other like-minded Republicans on this blog are such HYPOCRITES! Where do you think these drug cartels are getting their money from? They have more money than the Mexican government. You have the audacity and the gall to use the word deficit now. Either you’re a bad journalist or a hack for not discussing it these last eight years. The state’s finances are in the dumps, yet I’ve never seen you write anything about Sonny and his fishing junket. Where is the fiscal responsibility in that Wooten, since you want to talk deficits. Theres a big one right under your nose and you fail repeatedly to even acknowledge it. Although I can agree with you in a very few instances, to put partisan differences aside, as a journalist you have no credibility to me. Your party ran this deficit up. Bush never vetoed one bill until 2007. Man up and accept your party’s responsibility in how we got here. Republicans didn’t do it alone, but they ran the show in D.C. for 6 years and thats a FACT.

This is the only way for Republicans will be able to get back those middle of the road voters they lost. Running around blaming a guy thats been in office less than 100 days makes you all look petty and lacking in true leadership. Dusty and others will come back with well Democrats are doing X, Y, and Z. Well I’m a democrat, yet I still believe there is a serious need for AT LEAST a two party system. No one party should be in infinite control of power. But the way republicans are deflecting blame and being this complete idiots, no one is going to vote for them next year.

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
2:43 pm

Dear delirious pretender “DUSTY’S HUSBAND”,

Pathetic! Don’t give up your job at McDonalds. Playwriting is a lost art for you. Sorry ’bout that.

Peter,

A Robber Barron is someone who takes away all your money. Obama plans to be one with his new so called “Budget”.

PS..Would you mind giving AmVet some dog food? I don’t have any and he keeps barking.

Jackie

March 27th, 2009
2:50 pm

@Dusty,

If you care to understand my thoughts about Dubya, it would help you clear misconceptions.

I DO NOT HATE DUBYA!!!!!!!

With that being said, I think Dubya and his administration are a gaggle of CRIMINALS who shred the Constitution. They publicly admitted to war crimes, spying of US citizens in America, restricting freedom of speech by trying to intimidate librarians, etc., etc., etc..

I think the US Congress was complicit in their acquiescence of Dubya’s illegal activities. Having said all that, in my humble opinion, a vast majority of those in the House and Senate should have been voted out of office, be they Republican or Democrat.

So, to summarize, the Commander-in-Chief had responsibility for all those actions committed in his name and had a responsibility to keep those things in check via his oath of office. I am sure you realize the President is a citizen of the USA subject to those laws herewith.

Further, one of the principals that you cite frequently is “he made us safer” to paraphrase. I ask you the question, on whose watch did 9/11 occur and what did he make us safer from?

Soulfinger

March 27th, 2009
2:59 pm

This is so sad. I am terrified for our future.

Rush Limbaugh for President

March 27th, 2009
3:01 pm

Dusty, it is clear we are getting your goat…. now you are lashing out. Makes you mad that you have to live in the same country with people that have a different point of view doesn’t it?

I stick by my earlier assesment of you and the more you post the more you prove it.

Meals on wheels- I own my own company so I don’t need it yet.

Jackie

March 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

@ Dusty,

I hate to bring up a subject that irritates me.
All of us who paid attention believe that Dubya attacked Saddam for reasons other than “fighting terrorism/” We all knew that Al Qaeda was in Afghanistan/Pakistan, therefore the thrust of our military should have been there.

Any protest on my part and most other vets was we support in fight in Afghanistan/Pakistan. Our fight was not in Iraq and as a consequence, we lost more than 4,000 comrades and more than 35,000 so severely wounded that could not return to active duty. To add insult to those wounded heroes, the VA under the administration of Dubya ignored their plight!

As for Obama and the budget he has proposed. You have stated you have a Masters Degree. Having said that, you have had some exposure to basic accounting and economics.

I you have not accounting rules and are able to value any asset at any price that you deem to valid despite the fact others may value it at another value, where and how do you bring consistency to the value of an item?

Secondly, how do you account for DEFLATION? If you bought an item for $100 and it is currently valued at $80, how do you value that item and who has responsibility for the $20 loss in value?

So, if the economy is falling of a cliff and you are tasked with stopping the bleeding, do you offer a tax cut? What does a tax cut do for those that do not have a job, ostensibly, unable to add their dollars to an economy that depends upon the multiplier effect of our contribution(s)?

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
3:07 pm

Dear Jackie,

I realize that I am wasting my time with you. Your mind is set in stone.

YOU DO HATE BUSH. Calling anyone a criminal is your explanation and excuse for hating the President of the United States. You are simply trying to make yourself justified. It won’t work.

President Bush is not a criminal. He has kept us safe with no attacks on our mainland. His war time power gave us Homeland Defense which worked. Osama is holed up in a cave. Afghanistan does not have a Taliban pro-terrorist government. Iraq is free from dictatorship. Although there may never have been any wmds in Iraq (we’ll never know) there certainly are none there now. Bush got all this going after only NINE MONTHS in office.

I see you made no mention of Obama’s military plans. Figures.

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
3:09 pm

rushie,

I always lash out at stupidity. I don’t treat you any differently.

Rush Limbaugh for President

March 27th, 2009
3:20 pm

Dusty what you meant to say was that you lash out stupidly. I agree. You do.
Now get your knuckles out of the dirt and join the human race.

Jackie

March 27th, 2009
3:30 pm

@Dusty,

Outside of having an advanced degree you have the ability to read minds!
Having said all that, you have your opinion and I have mine.
History will judge Dubya and I feel it will be a harsh retribution.

Glenn

March 27th, 2009
4:12 pm

I’m sorry my friends, but this site is so screwed up that I for one will have to beg off. See you later.

Churchill's MOM

March 27th, 2009
4:20 pm

Dusty you need to take up bridge or cooking..

DawgBite

March 27th, 2009
4:45 pm

Dusty, it is hard to deny that in spite of having total control of this country for 6 of 8 years that Dubya left it in one hell of a mess. With 6 years of a rubber stamp congress you’d think that if Dubya/republicans had the right ideas, well……How can you defend it when you look at the result? When the ideology is everything to someone or some group, failure is inevitable when the ideology is wrong.

GT75

March 27th, 2009
4:50 pm

Rush Limbaugh has certainly contributed to the demand for drugs in this country.

REPUBLICANS EVIL TIME IS UP

March 27th, 2009
5:04 pm

PHUCK YOU JIMBO

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
5:24 pm

DawgBite,

I gather you have no interest in being a free American safe and sound. That is what Bush gave us. I never said he was perfect. I said I appreciate his ability to keep us safe and sound.

Some conditions present in America today can hardly be blamed on Bush. He tried to stop Congress from giving regulations that permitted unsafe and irresponsible mortgages. Barny Franks(D) led the charge against that. Those mortgages which soon failed were the starting key to economic fall down. You cannot blame Bush without blaming a Democratic controlled Congress.

Bush put Paulson in charge of the TARP fund. It has worked better than other efforts made. Geithner has only offered a huge budget and a non-working Stimulus plan. He aims to take over almost all financial operations. It sounds more and more like a government in total control of a country. Everything! That is terrible!

If you think Bush left a mess, I don’t know what you will call the next four years. But it won’t be “pretty”.

DawgBite

March 27th, 2009
5:29 pm

A chapter of a group once described by Ronald Reagan as the “conscience of the Republican Party” has announced plans to host a speech by the author of a book that falsely claims that homosexuals largely orchestrated the Holocaust. The Murrieta-Temecula Republican Assembly, a local chapter of the conservative GOP activist group California Republican Assembly, says it will hear on April 3 from Scott Lively — a man it boastfully describes as “The Pastor Vilified by the Newspapers as a Hater Because of his stand Against the Promotion of Homosexuality.”

Lively, who runs Abiding Truth Ministries, co-authored the notorious book The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party and claims that “the Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic male homosexuals throughout its short history.” The book’s crude thesis, that gay men played instrumental roles in forming the Third Reich and carrying out the Holocaust, has been thoroughly discredited by real historians. (Lively’s speech to the Murrieta-Temecula group is entitled “The Pink Swastika.”) Lively is also co-founder of the anti-gay hate group Watchmen on the Walls.

In her latest foaming-mouth tome — Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, released on Jan. 6 — Coulter spends the better part of three pages defending a group called the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which The New York Times had described as a “thinly veiled white supremacist organization.” Coulter begs to differ. The CCC, Coulter opines, is “a conservative group” that has unfairly been branded as racist “because some of the directors of the CCC had, decades earlier, been leaders of a segregationist group.” “There is no evidence on its Web page that the modern incarnation of the CCC supports segregation,” she says. “Apart from some aggressive reporting on black-on-white crimes — the very crimes that are aggressively hidden by the establishment media — there is little on the CCC website suggesting” that the group is racist. Indeed, its main failing is “containing members who had belonged to a segregationist group thirty years earlier.”

Coulter could hardly be more wrong. And even if she can’t find time to read beyond a page of the CCC’s website, she really ought to know — after all, the organization where she frequently speaks, the Conservative Political Action Committee, has publicly banned the CCC from its annual gathering because it is racist. Also in the late 1990s, Jim Nicholson, then-chairman of the Republican National Committee, asked GOP members to stay away from the CCC because of its “racist and nationalist views.”

How could conservative Republicans be inspired to say such ugly things? Let us count the ways.

The CCC’s columnists have written that black people are “a retrograde species of humanity,” and that non-white immigration is turning the U.S. population into a “slimy brown mass of glop.” Its website has run photographic comparisons of pop singer Michael Jackson and a chimpanzee. It opposes “forced integration” and decries racial intermarriage. It has lambasted black people as “genetically inferior,” complained about “Jewish power brokers,” called gay people “perverted sodomites,” and even named the late Lester Maddox, the baseball bat-wielding, arch-segregationist former governor of Georgia, “Patriot of the Century.”

I’m sorry folks, but it is stuff like this that chased me out of the Republican Party. As long as the party allows garbage like this to be associated with it, the GOP will continue to lose elections. Mainstream America isn’t about this.

Dusty's Husband

March 27th, 2009
5:31 pm

Three blondes are stuck on a desert island and one finds a magic lamp. They rub it and a genie pops out and gives them each a wish.

The first blonde says, “I wish I was 10% smarter so I could get off of this island.” Then she turns into a redhead and swims off the island.

The second sees what happens and says “I wish I was 25% smarter so that I can get off this island!” She then turns into a brunette, makes a raft from trees and sails off.

Finally, the third blonde says “I wish I was 50% smarter so I can get off this island.” She then suddenly turns into a man and walks across the bridge.

Chris Broe

March 27th, 2009
5:34 pm

What is the mission of US troops in Iraq?

Ga Values

March 27th, 2009
5:42 pm

DawgBite 5:29 pm

Lester Maddox was the only honest Georgia Governor in my 64 year lifetime. Our current “Governor” is a joke.

Rush Limbaugh for President

March 27th, 2009
5:43 pm

Dawgbite

Well said. Look at the ultra-conservative posts for either Jim or Jay and you see very angry, small-minded folks standing up for their conservative views. Many are only a step or two away from being skin heads.

The good news is that most Americans are not far right or far left and are as frustrated as they can be with blatant partisanship on both sides. Coulter, Hannity, Limbaugh and Olberman are the best examples of partisanship. Never right but never in doubt.

@@

March 27th, 2009
5:45 pm

Well I just find it odd that the Lively fellow would be addressing a bunch of Zorro fanciers (Joaquin Murrieta – The Real Zorro) since he was looked upon as somewhat of a dandy.

Antonio Banderas though……”ooogh”

Des…per…a.dooooo

Why don’t you come to your senses

You’ve been out mending fences for

too long…

Peter

March 27th, 2009
5:46 pm

Hey @@…… Interesting comment…….:”I never knew how much I would miss Slick Willie until he was gone.”

Well I personally want all the bad “Paper” so to speak……the “A” rated credit crap to shakes out, and then we can get to business……

I really do feel infrastructure rebuilding needs to be a priority…….. American Citizens need to do the work…..tax these folks and create greater revenue for America.

For me that would be just a starter course…….

I would be happy to discuss what new ideas, to try and fix this economy you might have………..it certainly is going to take ideas from all sides, lay them all on the table……shake out the silly ones, then create something with the good ones !

God Bless America we are all in this TOGETHER !

Peter

March 27th, 2009
5:55 pm

Hey Chris…….What is the mission of US troops in Iraq?

Great question…..

Train Iraq Military and Police ? I hope…..

Then hopefully their guys can take over……….. keeping “THEIR” country safe !

Now Afghanistan…. and dealing with Pakistan……that is another issue……WOW !

A dead Bin Laden would be a sweet America Victory………

Somebody said Nuke the area he is hiding…level the mountain…….Sounds extreme…….?

Why things that make you go Hmmmmmm……… Imagine if we had a low level bomb that could do the trick……?????

Now imagine if a bunch of Al Quada Terrorists were in their training camp hiding place, and they get taken out……..Are they still getting their virgins ?

DawgBite

March 27th, 2009
6:04 pm

Dusty, history will eventually prove you right or wrong on both counts.

@@

March 27th, 2009
6:04 pm

Are you the same Peter that responded to my post at 11:20 this morning?

Sorry little fella. I’ve got plans and they’re not with you.

Peter

March 27th, 2009
6:08 pm

HA HA HA @@……… Look I don’t know what you are driving at……

give us something of quality, that you believe can help get us turned around…..

DawgBite

March 27th, 2009
6:10 pm

Thanks Rush Limbaugh for President. I just can’t understand how the Republican Party got to the point that it has to have someone to hate or something to fear to sustain itself. That one factor serves as a magnet for people that shouldn’t be welcomed anywhere this side of a Klan rally. It definately isn’t the party of Barry Goldwater anymore.

Kamchak

March 27th, 2009
6:16 pm

Dusty

How do you get to DawgBite doesn’t want “us safe and sound,” by him saying that Bush did a lousy job? Are you so wedded to the digital model “us good, them bad,” that you believe anyone who disagrees with you is automatically a traitor?

DawgBite

March 27th, 2009
6:31 pm

Kamchak, what Dusty doesn’t realize is that I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1975 and retired with the rank of Colonel. I just don’t march in lockstep with any party or group that has strayed so far off course from the principled views that they once held. I once took an oath to defend the Constitution and that includes the 4th Amendment which I think the past administration saw as an impediment to their absolute power and did everything possible to render it null and void. They were not keeping us free. They were systematically eliminating basic freedoms put in place to guarantee that this nation and it’s citizenry remains free. And yes Dusty, I am well aware of your “they kept us safe” talking point. But bottom line with me, and Ben Franklin said it best, “he who will trade his freedom for security deserves neither”. And then what was it that Patrick Henry guy stated? Can you help us out with that one Dusty. Funny how some in the Republican Party think we have to lose our 4th amendment freedoms in order to stay free. Go figure.

Kamchak

March 27th, 2009
6:46 pm

DawgBite

I thank you for your service to this country and applaud your dedication to the oath you took as an officer, the same oath I assume Bush took, both as an officer and president. Party affiliation seems to have superceded his Constitutional duty.

DawgBite

March 27th, 2009
6:56 pm

Thank you Kamchak.

Chris Broe

March 27th, 2009
6:57 pm

And what is the mission of US troops in Iraq? To be fodder for some new Saladin coming of age during our lingering occupation? Osama Bin Laden must see himself as Saladin, the invincible Islamic General of the Third Crusade. His name even has Saladin in it.

How in heaven’s name is Osama Bin Laden still out there?

Dusty

March 27th, 2009
7:07 pm

Dawgbite,

I appreciate your military service and I don’t care whether you were a buck private or a General. You have helped keep this country safe just like Bush did. I gather you were not in the present conflict or you might have a little diifferent view of staying free.

Maybe you did not notice 9/11 but I did. I also noticed there were no more attacks after that on our mainland.

Patrick Henry, a patriotic Southerner like most of us here, said “Give me liberty or give me death.” Bush believed in the same message.

We have not lost a single freedom. Maybe you have but I haven’t. You are just singing a swan song for libs. I bet you were not that way when you were in the Military Academy. To say you wouldn’t fight ’cause it would mess up your security would have been a laugh. Constitutional duty, my foot. You have simply turned into a timid liberal.

Kamchak

March 27th, 2009
7:08 pm

DawgBite

I’m following a thread at salon.com. It seems the British are about to shed some light on the torture thing. Will the fecal matter hit the spinning blades, or will the “mainstream” media marginalize this as they have from the get-go/