Only been 100 days? Seems longer

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

  • The swine flu is a reminder that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should never be in any business other than diseases. The agency’s also being sued by an Atlanta lawyer for invasion of privacy because it moved quickly to alert the world to a highly resistant strain of TB that he was thought to have carried on an international flight. It turned out to be a milder strain. The CDC acted responsibly in that scare.
  • Simplifying the tax code, Obama style: “Report earnings and other income. Keep $295 per week (the maximum unemployed benefit in Georgia) and remit the rest for redistribution.”
  • Silly government. The U.S. Labor Department wants Atlanta to account for how it spent $11.3 million intended to help the jobless. They obviously can’t. I’ll help. “The federal money allowed a few of the well-connected to get titles and to lease big autos, while uttering nonsensical buzzwords and engaging in a flurry of meaningless activity. Then the money was gone. Now quit asking.”
  • I’ll buy a car from a company in bankruptcy. But I won’t buy one from a company owned by the government.
  • Atlanta City Councilwoman Anne Fauver won’t run for re-election. Instead, at 68, she’ll seek “a new challenge that pays well.” If this were Washington, we could put her at Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and pay her really well. Here she may have to find a real job.
  • End the inevitable disappointments. Take Arlen Specter. Please.
  • Two appointees of Jimmy Carter and one of Bill Clinton’s, sitting on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California, reinstate an ACLU suit that allows five former detainees to sue a Boeing subsidiary for allegedly transporting them to foreign countries where they allegedly suffered harsh interrogation. The Left in four years will either destroy or own corporate America.
  • Expect reductions this year in property taxes levied to support schools. Georgia schools are getting $660 million in federal “stimulus” money. Since you paid for schools with your federal taxes, you’ll surely not be levied twice.
  • Quick, what’s the next word in this sentence: “Metro Atlanta’s air is not as dirty as it was a year ago …”? Hint: No environmental news is just good news. Time’s up. “… but clean air advocates say there’s still much to be done.”
  • Cheers to the Cherokee County Commission for buying 25 acres of foreclosed property for $500,000 to expand the county’s parkland. Now’s the time for developing counties to borrow and spend to buy green space.
  • Local bank CEO Chuck Lewis, speaking in support of “stimulus” spending that sets aside $31 million for summer jobs this year and next, declared recently that “Youth get involved in crime because there is nothing constructive for them to do with their time.” That probably explains, too, why two Pennsylvania sisters, ages 65 and 70, were arrested this week and accused of selling heroin . Some yoots and some oldies do crime because they’re criminals. Not the economy. Not boredom.
  • It’s just been 100 days? Seems longer.
  • The administration’s offering up to the world 30 of the harmless gentlemen wrongly detained at Guantanamo Bay. For delivery instructions, please call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Hello … Hello … Hello. … They won’t kill you or blow up your buildings. We promise. Well, we can’t promise, but they seem really nice.

118 comments Add your comment

Davo

April 30th, 2009
10:14 pm

Your retirement is not coming soon enough JW. All you got is sour grapes. I hope your replacement can do better than just complain; it would be nice to see an AJC employee venture beyond talking points for a change…you know, real journalism. At least you write your own stuff, bizarre and old-school as it is; Bookman just steals his rants.

One Voice

April 30th, 2009
11:12 pm

Jim,

You personify the extreme right: scared and bitter. Let it go; it was your guy (GW) who allowed this nation to be catastrophically attacked in the first place. Now that the incompetence and corruption has been swept from the White House, we have less reason to be in fear and we’re already starting to recover economically. Whining is not attractive in anyone, especially losers. Oh, and how liberal would you like your next Supreme Court justice? I’ll take a democratic socialist, please.

dave

April 30th, 2009
11:42 pm

Davo – When Jim retires, you’ll have to find someone else but whine about. But I’m sure you won’t have problem, in fact, sounds like with the changes the AJC’s making to reflect the attitudes of the majority of their readers, you’ll have a whole bunch to whine about. And Jim won’t miss you one bit, sorry.

Bob Ichter

May 1st, 2009
12:36 am

Does anybody read what they have just written before they post their comments?
Dave’s recent post shows that at least 1 out of 3 AJC readers can’t string words together to make even the simplest sentences……Come on people…English, it’s the mother tongue.

Get Real

May 1st, 2009
2:05 am

Wooten is gonna have a heart attack like Fred G. Sanford when he finds out the Justice Souter is retiring from the Supreme Court this year. If you think the first 100 days is long, wait til the end of summer, you’re in for a treat. You and republicans are such sore losers, get over it. I thought one of the tenets of your party was democracy? The democratic process has taken place and you lost. If Obama is spending money like this 2 years from now I’ll be worried, but he couldn’t sit by and do nothing after Bush and Darth Cheney ran the country into the crapper. But of course Wooten has amnesia about the last 8 years, he stopped mentioning Bush last year this time. We’ll take Arlen Specter and let him vote to his heart’s desire. Its not chess, its checkers. We only need him to pass universal healthcare and the budget. Just like a true Republican to say I don’t want you in my party unless you agree with me 100% of the time. Keep it up Wooten, you and the ‘pubs are lining yourselves up for 2010 really nice!

Peter

May 1st, 2009
6:09 am

Has it only been 100 days since the Constitution was being followed ?

Has it only been 100 days and the economy is turning around ?

Has it only been 100 days since the bilking of America has stopped ?

Peter

May 1st, 2009
6:22 am

Hey Jim……How many days has it been since Bush said………”Mission Accomplished” ?

Churchill's MOM

May 1st, 2009
6:37 am

My husband shot a brown bear last year but he sure had better not bring it in the house like this. I guess our next President has different taste than me.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0409/Palins_decor.html

************Handel 2010****PALIN MCCAIN 2012****************

Not A Thug

May 1st, 2009
6:45 am

I don’t have anything against MICHELLE OBAMA. I am a big fan of her.

Frankly, she is my pick to win this year’s KENTUCKY DERBY.

You Go, Girl!

Road Scholar

May 1st, 2009
6:51 am

Jim: “Simplifying the tax code, Obama style:…” Somehow I don’t think you are in a position to speak for our President!

“I’ll buy a car from a company in bankruptcy. But I won’t buy one from a company owned by the government. ” So you want the company to fail and/or stay under government control?

“It’s just been 100 days? Seems longer. ” Just think of how you will feel after 4/8 years! We moderates had to deal with it under your spectacular President; get over it. You LOST. No you didn’t lose, the Repubs gave the Dems the Presidency, the Senate, and the House. Thank you for the right to lead America.

Northern Songs Ltd

May 1st, 2009
7:27 am

I don’t think JW wrote this piece at all. It sounds like a compilation of @@, Dusty, and Whiner Andy.

Puzzled

May 1st, 2009
7:51 am

Don’t get the first Thinking Right comment. What does that mean?

Copyleft

May 1st, 2009
8:12 am

Oh, the far right’s exile has only just begun, Mr. Wooten. You have a loooooong way to go!

Believe me, a mere 100 days will seem like a lunch break compared to the time you’ll spending far removed from any degree of relevance or influence in American politics.

Mac

May 1st, 2009
8:19 am

“The federal money allowed a few of the well-connected to get titles and to lease big autos, while uttering nonsensical buzzwords and engaging in a flurry of meaningless activity. Then the money was gone. Now quit asking.”

Amen. I’d love to see that type of crap wiped off the face of the nation.

metoo

May 1st, 2009
8:21 am

Not A Thug

May 1st, 2009
6:45 am
I don’t have anything against MICHELLE OBAMA. I am a big fan of her.

Frankly, she is my pick to win this year’s KENTUCKY DERBY.

You Go, Girl!

—-
At least she hasn’t killed someone like the previous first lady.

Ga Values

May 1st, 2009
8:25 am

Jim please write a column about what it will take fot the “Republican ” party to become the Real REPUBLICAN PARTY. Simple things like ending earmarks, having a smaller government, Saxby working for Georgia rather than lobbyist. You know, the things they should have done during the last 8 years.

Chris Broe

May 1st, 2009
8:26 am

It surprises me that Tim Wooten wont buy a car from a Government owned company. I mean, he cheered Bush’s autocracy loudly enough, didn’t he?

Just Confused

May 1st, 2009
8:31 am

How many of the 700+ prisoners at GITMO were convicted of a crime? I think 3 where did the others go? Just Confused

Just Confused

May 1st, 2009
8:34 am

What tax code simplifications did George W Bush put in place? Just Confused

Diogenes

May 1st, 2009
8:35 am

Good morning, Jim

You’re in your best Chicken Little voice today. Well done! After reading your column, I had to look out the window to assure myself that the sky was still intact. It’s a sunny spring day in Georgia despite all your efforts to evoke fear and trembling. There seems to be nothing left in the conservative arsenal except standing on the street corner with your “the world is ending” sign.” Alas. For anyone who lived through the eight years of the Bush administration, the past 100 days have been like the weather at the moment: bright and sunny, with nary a fragment of the sky lying around. Put your emotionalism away Jim and enjoy another beautiful day in Georgia. The sky’s not likely to hit you in the head while you do some gardening.

PRO GUN

May 1st, 2009
8:38 am

Lawsuits, we go lawsuits
Yesterday, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Calguns Foundation and four California residents filed suit that challenged a California state law that bans handguns based on a listing of “certified” handguns approved by the state.

For years, the state has maintained that sort of list, requiring the notation on many firearms ads and materials that reads “Not approved for sale in California”. In the new lawsuit, the plaintiffs assert the law is unconstitutional, based on the Supreme Court’s ruling that the protects handguns that ordinary people traditionally use for self-defense, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that the Second Amendment applies to both state and local governments.

The plaintiffs in the case are represented by Alan Gura. He says California “tells Ivan Peña that his rights have an expiration date based on payment of a government fee. Americans are not limited to a government list of approved books, or approved religions,” he said. “A handgun protected by the Second Amendment does not need to appear on any government-approved list and cannot be banned because a manufacturer does not pay a special annual fee.”

“The Para Ordnance P-13 was once approved for sale in California,” Peña noted, “but now that a manufacturer didn’t pay a yearly fee, California claims the gun I want to own has somehow become ‘unsafe’.”

“The Glock-21 is the handgun I would choose for home defense, but California has decided the version I need is unacceptable,” says plaintiff Roy Vargas, “I was born without a right arm below my elbow and therefore the new ambidextrous version of the Glock-21 is the safest one for me. The identical model designed for right hand use is available in California, but I can’t use it.”

The other two plaintiffs in the case have similar stories.

Doña Croston’s handgun would be allowed if it were black, green, or brown, but her bi-tone version is supposedly ‘unsafe’ merely based on color. “I didn’t realize that my constitutional rights depended on color. What is it about two colors that makes the gun I want to purchase ‘unsafe’?”

Brett Thomas seeks to own the same model of handgun that the Supreme Court ordered District of Columbia officials to register for Dick Heller. However, that particular model is no longer manufactured, and its maker is no longer available to process the handgun’s certification through the bureaucracy. “There is only one model of handgun that the Supreme Court has explicitly ruled is protected by the Second Amendment and yet California will not allow me to purchase that gun,” said Mr. Thomas.

Attorneys representing the group say the “approved” list in California is, essentially, gun control by degrees. “Gradually,” says co-counsel Donald Kilmer, the list of “so-called ‘guns’ will shrink to zero.”

While he’s not qualified to lecture anyone on morals, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer seems to feel he’s qualified to call on the Obama administration to use its wallet to stage an economic jihad against firearms manufacturers. On Wednesday, Spitzer suggested the government use its status as a “gigantic, well-funded procurement agent” to change American gun policies. In so many words, he suggests the administration simply stop doing business with companies that “sell to criminals – either knowingly or by willfully overlooking the behavior of the retail outlets that the gun companies use as their distribution system.”

It’s ammo, but we’re going to present the guns and gear of shooting the way you’ve never seen it before.
Use your imagination on this one – there could be anything behind the green wall.
“Why,” he asked, “do we buy guns from companies that permit their products to be sold to bad guys?”

DB

May 1st, 2009
8:43 am

“Report earnings and other income. Keep $295 per week (the maximum unemployed benefit in Georgia) and remit the rest for redistribution.”

When in reality, of course, the vast majority of Americans got a tax cut.

Kind of sad when you have to make stuff up to make a point.

kcohen

May 1st, 2009
8:45 am

After having to endure eight long years of the Bush Hegemony, my perspective is that the last 100 days have flown by. It’s a good feeling to have a President I respect at the controls.

DB

May 1st, 2009
8:45 am

Lawsuits, we go lawsuits

and a bloody frivolous one from the sound of it.

JIm's a Cherry Picker

May 1st, 2009
8:46 am

Nice backhand on Anne Fauver Jim! Excellent work! You forgot to mention that if this were NY she could go to work for a brokerage and make millions!

Chris Broe

May 1st, 2009
8:47 am

Our constitution can’t protect us if we let perpetual war trump civil liberties. Perpetual war in Iraq has existed for 10K years. Now, all of a sudden, because Bush autocratically planted our flag on the temple mount, with the same reasoning a child-king would use in a game of sand soldier during a picnic, the USA is a integral part of this 10K year old civil war. So, we have to give up our civil liberties? If there’s one exception, then all can be excepted. Unless Tim Wooten want’s to trust our fellow man’s kindly nature not to turn this country into a civil-liberties-challenged country…….which has worked out great for the Kurds, the shias, the sunnis, the goths, the visigoths, the huns, the aborigines, the zulu warriors, the entire british empire for the last thousand years, and the persians.

Our constitution is the direct result of man’s understanding of history’s perpetual vacuum of checks and balances against persistent regime justifications.

If Tim Wooten doesn’t like our constitution then let him go to Pakistan and join AL Kaka’s Gay Men’s Choir, where they teach entire herds of goats to Baa along to classic Jihad Campfire Songs like “Blow, blow, blow yourself up”, and “Boom Baa Ewe, my lord, Boom Baa Ewe”.

But as a countryman, I now view Tim Worsten as a Chrysler-lovin’ cross between Benedict Arnold and Pee Wee Herman. The immature traitor, the sunshine journalist, (the solar-powered patriotic clunker), and wax boy.

Jklol

findog

May 1st, 2009
8:50 am

Dear Jim,
Just think of it as two thousand four hundred hours, or one hundred forty-four thousand minutes, or eight million six hundred forty thousand seconds…

Billy Bob the anti-THUG

May 1st, 2009
9:02 am

I’ll buy a car from a company in bankruptcy. But I won’t buy one from a company owned by the government.

I’m liking the FORD MOTOR COMPANY more and more every day.

T

May 1st, 2009
9:03 am

Why are all the liberals now telling the Republicans to stop being “whiners” and “sore losers”? Being whiney, sore losers is what liberals have spent the last 8 years doing!

johnnyboy

May 1st, 2009
9:04 am

I know!! It’s crazy to think how much has been accomplished in a mere 100 days. Thanks for supporting our president.

Chris Broe

May 1st, 2009
9:05 am

Tim Wooten bought Bush’s autocracy. Why won’t he buy automobiles from a government owned car company? (BTW: isn’t Hummer a government-saved company?)

This is the kind of inconsistency that has plagued Jim Worsten for over a year now. It’s getting harder and harder to do material on his thought process. It’s so lacking in his old perspective that the door has been shut for comedy. So I better stop trying.

sure.

Steven Daedalus

May 1st, 2009
9:07 am

Jim, I’ve read and respected you for a long time,but now you sure are pitiful.

Chris Broe

May 1st, 2009
9:08 am

The AJC reported today that a pro-gun man, who slept with his gats, got shot. So he had to drown the gats, but he saved Wooten a nice little black gitten.

Chris Broe

May 1st, 2009
9:10 am

I wonder if those two Pennsylvania heroin dealers have an older sister for me…….(I’m so lonely).

CJ

May 1st, 2009
9:17 am

The past 8 years felt like 100!

Billy Bob the anti-THUG

May 1st, 2009
9:18 am

kcohen

What aspect of Obama’s twenty-year membership, participation and teaching in the Trinity United Church of Racism in Christ, Chicago, IL did you find compelled your respect? Or was it his cynical, abrupt departure that made you proud?

In the future, try and contain your hypocrisy. It doesn’t wear well in public.

Jackie

May 1st, 2009
9:21 am

@Not A Thug

You would know about the Kentucky Derby and other horse ventures since you are the pooper-scooper!!!!!

Billy Bob the anti-THUG

May 1st, 2009
9:26 am

Jackie-wipe

If it weren’t for that 300lb body-double you call your a$$, there might be a future for you as a runway transvestite.

"Charles", The Original

May 1st, 2009
9:27 am

Have you noticed how woefully insignificant the proponents of integrationist pipe-dreams become when their fantasies collide with the irresistible force and immovable object of truth? Here is the thing. Why are many yoots and oldies doing crime? Is it because they’re criminals? Or are boredom and the economy to blame?

Many yoots and oldies in the African American community commit crimes in an effort to strike out at their betrayers. History clearly shows that the so-called educated integrationist Negro leaders bartered an entire people’s basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for personal gain, money, plush jobs, status, favoritism, and influence.

Herein is the dilemma confronting Negroes today. If life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are to become a reality absent of fantasy, they must strike out at the integrationist evil cabal which continues to deny yoots of their basic rights. But striking out is too dangerous because of blindness. Moreover, I hold the position that the so-called educated integrationist black leaders sought to blind the average Negro via integration/Mis-Education in an effort to secure their own safety and place in history. Although most master teachers in the black community dispute this claim. They believe that it’s not that complicated. According to the highly regarded teachers, most so-called educated integrationist Negro leaders and their minions mislead the masses because they don’t know any better.

So in the light of truth, moral, ethical, and decent persons understand why many yoots and oldies do crime. It’s crystal clear. It’s not about boredom or the economy. At its core, crime in the black community is about the spiritual, mental, and physical survival of a people that’s been blinded by the machinations of an integrationist evil cabal. But nevertheless, many so-called criminals continue to press their way.

Press on soldiers. Press on.

Big Bucks GOP

May 1st, 2009
9:40 am

He is the first chief executive in decades to lead a major car company
into bankruptcy, but Robert L. Nardelli hardly considers himself a
failure.
“It’s not the fate I would have chosen, but it has allowed us to save
the company,”

Big Bucks GOP

May 1st, 2009
9:41 am

Citigroup said Friday that it will sell its Japanese brokerage and
investment units for $5.56 billion, a move that would raise much-needed
capital for the American bank ahead of the public release of results
from a government test of Citigroup’s financial health,

Big Bucks GOP

May 1st, 2009
9:42 am

General Motors will talk to the Korea Development Bank about selling a
stake in G.M. Daewoo, if that would help its South Korean carmaking
unit in the long term, a G.M. executive said Friday.

Big Bucks GOP

May 1st, 2009
9:42 am

MBIA, the world’s largest bond insurer, said Thursday that it had filed
a lawsuit against Merrill Lynch seeking damages for losses from complex
debt securities that it had insured for the firm.

Big Bucks GOP

May 1st, 2009
9:43 am

Saul Meyer of Aldus Equity, a Dallas-based private equity consultant,
was charged with a fraud-related felony by the office of New York
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo as an inquiry into corruption at the
state’s pension fund continued to broaden.

Big Bucks GOP

May 1st, 2009
9:45 am

A jailed Florida hedge fund manager who was on the run for two weeks
before his arrest pleaded not guilty on Thursday to criminal charges
accusing him of running a $360 million investment fraud.

Big Bucks GOP

May 1st, 2009
9:47 am

The American International Group disclosed Thursday that it paid its
dollar-a-year chief executive, Edward M. Liddy, compensation worth
about $460,000 in 2008 to cover costs he incurred after taking over the
company during its emergency rescue by the Federal Reserve.

Big Bucks GOP

May 1st, 2009
9:47 am

The beleaguered American International Group, which is selling assets
to repay tens of billions of dollars in government bailout money, may
shut its mortgage insurer after failing to turn around the unprofitable
unit,

kcohen

May 1st, 2009
9:54 am

My goodness, Billy Bob – such anger! Please, take a moment to think before you post, make a reasoned comment, and maybe I could learn to respect even you. Posting bile isn’t going to get anyone to take you seriously.

Let me ask you something, am I allowed to have an opinion other than yours? Maybe I’m wrong, but the difference between us is I allow for that possibility. I am willing to listen to someone who makes a reasoned argument, but when all you (and the others like you) can do is spout hatred I just tune you out.

By the way, I said that I RESPECT the President. I did not say that I agree with him 100% Does that make a difference to you? I’d bet not.

md

May 1st, 2009
10:04 am

Shows how far this country has fallen when we replace one bad leader with another and consider it a good thing.

Taisha

May 1st, 2009
10:05 am

Isn’t MICHELLE OBAMA too old to be running in the KY DERBY, assuming her sheer Beastliness wouldn’t frighten away all the other horses and any children in attendance?