Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
The U.S. Senate wisely rejects a bill that would allow bankruptcy judges to “cram down” mortgage rates. You can bet that the rate on your next mortgage would be higher to cover the risk had it passed. A dozen Democrats joined Republicans to vote it down.
Chicken of the Sea, mindful that Al Gore’s global warming projections will make Vidalia and Lyons seacoast towns, announces that it’ll build a $20 million tuna packing factory employing 200 about 110 miles inland, in Lyons. Until the fishing ships are able to dock in Lyons, the tuna will be shipped in frozen. About 65-70 million years ago, Macon was on the coast. Check with me soon for beach front property in Jacksonville, Ga.
Headline: “French excel at leisure.” Another from Yahoo: “Kirstie Alley tells how she gained 83 pounds.” A reminder: News is what people don’t know.
My colleague, Jay Bookman, offers his extended neighborhood as the place to jail Gitmo terrorists. I concur. (Just kidding, bud. I don’t want them anywhere in the U.S. without a guarantee that a federal judge can’t release them here.)
You’re never too old to learn. On Tuesday, for example, I learned never to park a white car under a mulberry tree where hungry birds are gorging.
Losses mount for the Georgia Senate — and for the state. Former Sergeant-at-Arms Matthew D. Hill of Cartersville — Coach Hill of the segregation-era Summer Hill High School Blue Devils — a towering and gracious presence always, died April 28. He and former state Sen. Terrell Starr, who died just over a week earlier, brought dignity to the institution.
My America is not one that wants to be just one of the league of equals or one that gets all embarrassed when our values are misinterpreted abroad. My America is Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy who’s uncompromising in closing his restaurants on Sunday and unapologetic for being competitive. He told the AJC’s Richard Halicks that he and his wife eat out on Sunday, sampling his competitors. “Oftentimes I just put it in a sack and take it home so I won’t be seen eating at my competitors. Everybody that sells Cokes is my competitor, and chicken houses and other people in direct competition — so I take advantage of coupons I get in the paper, buy-one, get one free. …” Capitalism, you’re alright.
The liberal community activist group ACORN had best register Georgia’s illegals before Jan. 1. Under a law signed this week by Gov. Sonny Perdue, proof of citizenship will be required after that date. Acceptable proof: a driver’s license, birth certificate, U.S. passport, U.S. naturalization documents or a Bureau of Indian Affairs card.
Goodness gracious! Stop the presses for startling breaking news. AJC reporter Heather Vogell reports that one in four high school graduates require remedial classes at two-year colleges. Here, 86 percent of the more than 200 Atlanta public school students who entered two-year colleges in 2007 required remedial classes, including 29 of 37 HOPE scholars. Shameful. High school teachers are lying to parents. No raise or bonus should go to any superintendent or principal whose students needing remediation exceed the state average.
Which is preferable — a Senate with 30 Jack Kemps or 60 Arlen Specters? The Kemps, no doubt. Over time, 30 Kemps could persuade the country to alter its course. The Specters would get the majority periodically, but you’d little notice the difference.