On homes, green space, rhetoric

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

  • Some of the prettiest homes in all of metro Atlanta are the small brick houses with picture windows that Lockheed jobs built near the plant in Cobb County. I love the add-ons and the revisions that are signs of a family’s American Dream coming to fruition. “There were homes that were bought and tables that were set, thanks to Lockheed,” James Breeden, who started there in 1953, told the AJC’s Mark Davis. Thousands of homes and tens of thousands of tables.
  • Reading of all the attractive possibilities for buying green space in a down economy, I’m sorry my home county of Cobb has but $40 million to spend. Now’s the time to buy. In another decade, it won’t be affordable. Buy, hold and then dispose of the mistakes if need be.
  • Oh, shoot fire, don’t make such a to-do over the Atlanta Police Union guy who got carried away with his rhetoric and said something injudicious — well, stupid, really — about hitting Mayor Shirley Franklin with a baseball bat. Union heavies just talk that way. They don’t mean anything by it. He apologized. (For the Politically Correct record, when I say “shoot fire,” I am advocating neither.)
  • Those on the left who believe that America’s adversaries are one soothing talk away from enlightenment had best check the Teleprompter right quick for some move-the-tyrant lines. North Korea’s Kim Jong II on Memorial Day conducted an underground nuclear test and followed that up with a series of missile launches. It’s also restarting a weapons-grade nuclear power plant. It’s possible that Kim may not know how thoroughly warm, decent and inoffensive we are and is testing the will of the rookie president.
  • Well, no, no white male who said the reverse of anything remotely close to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s remark about wise Latina women and white males could be confirmed for the Supreme Court. She will be, though.
  • Imagine this: The California Supreme Court acknowledged the right of the people to revise their constitution, as they did in affirming that marriage is one man-one woman. Georgia legislators should, incidentally, give voters the same right to amend the constitution by public initiative.
  • A Georgia history museum is long overdue. The old World of Coke building is a good location for it. But, much as I want it, Gov. Sonny Perdue was right to put renovation of the building on hold until revenues improve. Holding office is about setting priorities and making responsible choices.
  • The above does not apply in California, where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the process of cutting $24.3 billion in spending. His actions draw a predictable response from more-government advocates: a Capitol vigil, an ad campaign, and a class-action lawsuit. Once government grows, it’s virtually impossible to reverse course.
  • Those amazing 94-year-olds … Dr. Gerald R. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., started work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1952 and continued there “until his death” Monday. Coweta farmer Zed Wingo, 94, died in an accident Tuesday while doing his farm chores. Ninety-four was once considered old.
  • The sparkling and loveable Rachel Lehmann, whose zest for life and dancing at the age of 103 captivated Atlanta, suffered a massive stroke a few days shy of her 106th birthday and is not expected to recover. She said it of dancing, but could just as easily have said it of life: “That was fun. Get some champagne and cake, and let’s do it again.”
  • Signs of neighborhood distress: Billboards appear advertising the lottery. Real estate speculators offer to buy ugly or as-is houses. DUI lawyers and those who recruit clients with accident-related claims surface. Check-cashing storefronts spring up. And the local police department issues a “reminder” not to park vehicles on the front lawn.

84 comments Add your comment

ripkelly

May 28th, 2009
9:54 pm

good work today wooten. carry on.

clyde

May 28th, 2009
11:31 pm

Let’s practice a little with public initiatives first.Let’s start with an easy one.Selling beer on Sunday.

clyde

May 29th, 2009
12:19 am

When a cop starts talking about hitting someone in the head with a baseball bat,he’s done.Good bye.

Get Real

May 29th, 2009
1:25 am

“Holding office is about setting priorities and making responsible choices. ”

Go Fish Wooten.

Munch

May 29th, 2009
7:55 am

Wooten offers up some pretty thin gruel for his phone-it-in Friday.

“Some of the prettiest homes in all of metro Atlanta are the small brick houses with picture windows that Lockheed jobs built near the plant in Cobb County. I love the add-ons and the revisions that are signs of a family’s American Dream coming to fruition.”

Cue the “conservatives” telling us that government does not create jobs.

“Well, no, no white male who said the reverse of anything remotely close to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s remark…”

Can anyone explain what this means? It feels like a Lawrence Ferlinghetti put-on.

“Imagine this: The California Supreme Court acknowledged the right of the people to revise their constitution, as they did in affirming that marriage is one man-one woman. Georgia legislators should, incidentally, give voters the same right to amend the constitution by public initiative.”

Oh, that would be rich. One can only imagine what a Georgia-grown batch of Howard Jarvis wannabes would cook up.

Will

May 29th, 2009
8:24 am

I would like to offer a couple of thoughts on the Supreme Court nominee discussion.

Extremist republican radio entertainers and New Gingrich are demanding a “full and complete” senate hearing regarding the nominee (I agree) while at the same time calling her a racist. Why do you think hearings are needed? They did not wait to “hear” prior to making up their minds that she was a racist.

I think you had one of those “uh oh” moments this morning when you wrote that no white man that said the reverse of anything close to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s remark would be confirmed. I read this as I watched a video clip from Justice Alioto’s confirmation comments when he said that his ethnic background was important in shaping his decisions. I also read Justice Scalia’s comments about his Catholic upbring and beliefs shaping his decisions. Pretty “remotely close” wouldn’t you say? Does this make Justice Scalia a religous bigot and Justice Alioto a racist? Certainly not. It makes them two people whose admirable empathy was shaped by their background.

Is there more to Ms. Sotomayor’s comments? Possibly but why don’t we wait until she is questioned about this (and many other issues) before jumping to label her as a “racist”.

One final thought – pro abortion advocates say they are unclear in regard to the nominee’s position on abortion. Although I am sure the nominee will dance around this issue during the hearings just as the last two nominees did, I bet you and I will be pretty certain of her position don’t you?

findog

May 29th, 2009
8:35 am

Shoot fire Jim we don’t want them to drop the bat investigation. They need to bring in the heavies to determine why the City of Atlanta is treating its medically retired officers like lepers [excuse the pun]. This is a case of why some government functions cannot be outsourced, the idiotic games they play to harass these officers up to the point where it would be documented in court would not happen with a government department open to scrutiny…

Buzz G

May 29th, 2009
8:46 am

Wooten sitting at his desk at the AJC must feel like a penguin in the Amazon.

Saul Good

May 29th, 2009
8:48 am

So glad that Bush let Kim Jung II become more powerful during his 8 years and his Axis of Evil. Thanks to Bush and co…we now have an unstable Iraq… a more powerful Iran… and a more powerful North Korea!

Republicans: Keep the USA safe since 9/12/2001

findog

May 29th, 2009
8:48 am

Signs of neighborhood distress:
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Internet ad running along side of the Thinking Right Friday free for all…

Mac

May 29th, 2009
8:50 am

Is you neighborhood getting distressed Jim?

I say the dirty version of shoot fire, don’t you?

Sure would like to see an internal, one-shot regime change in North Korea … even a CIA-backed one. Yeah, I wrote that. What of it?

Wonder is that mental midget, Che, will show up and hijack the blog again today.

Boy, I sure hope Susan Boyle wins “Britain’s Got Talent.” Like most good conservatives, I’m for the underdog.

Mac

May 29th, 2009
8:52 am

I’d like to “meet,” that Russian woman. Wouldn’t you?

clyde

May 29th, 2009
9:03 am

It is true that no white male would survive confirmation saying that he would make better decisions than a Latina woman.Is Sotomayer a racist? I don’t know,yet.

"Charles", The Original

May 29th, 2009
9:12 am

There is a way about the nature of cowards that agitates the human spirit. And it needs to be stamped out. I was on the maternity ward, a place where women are in labor, and moments away from delivery. It would be our first child. My wife appeared strong and ready for the experience. And for the most part, other women in labor were prepared too. You could hear an ample amount of moaning and groaning until presto, a baby’s cry could be heard at varying distances. But there is always a woman or two who could be heard screaming for dear life at the onset of pain, apparently in a futile attempt to avoid the inevitable experience. On this particular occasion, an attending doctor couldn’t take it any more. You could hear him shouting, “Shut up” and he walked out of the room. This should come as no surprise because regardless of the amount of training, there is something about the nature of cowards that agitates the human spirit. And it needs to be stamped out.

You would think that after self reflection, the screaming woman would admire the strength exhibited by most women during labor and consequently have some sense of shame. And during the birth of her next child, you would think that she would’ve improved exponentially. But unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. In an effort to conceal her inadequacies, that sort of woman proceeds to search for avenues to have the attending doctor disciplined. No need to save face with apologies. She proceeds claiming that the doctor’s unprofessional behavior threatened the life of both she and her baby. And she seeks out and finds the support of others who have with a yellow streak or two. There is a way about the nature of cowards that agitates the human spirit. And it needs to be stamped out.

Mac

May 29th, 2009
9:20 am

I think there was a movie about that malpractice jury trial, Chuck, called “12 Cowardly Women.”

HDB

May 29th, 2009
9:25 am

Wooten – two issues that you need to review:

1)”Well, no, no white male who said the reverse of anything remotely close to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s remark about wise Latina women and white males could be confirmed for the Supreme Court. She will be, though.”

If you looked at Justice Alioto’s confirmation hearings, he basically said the SAME THING…and he was confirmed; are you labeling him as a racist like Limbaugh/Hannity…and the rest of the conservative ilk?? Why do you conservatives continue to show YOUR racist tendencies when people of color don’t kowtow to your ideologies. If Clarence Thomas hadn’t been a conservative, do you think Daddy Bush would’ve nominated hin to the Supreme Court….and what a dim lightbulb he’s turned out to be!!!!

2) “Imagine this: The California Supreme Court acknowledged the right of the people to revise their constitution, as they did in affirming that marriage is one man-one woman. Georgia legislators should, incidentally, give voters the same right to amend the constitution by public initiative. ”

So you are in favor of the majority abridging minority rights, huh?? What many of you fail to realize is that same-sex marriage IS legal nationwide due to two facts: the US Constitution and US Treaty. As long as ONE state has legalized same-sex marriage, it MUST be recognized by all 50 states – Section IV, Article 1 guarantees that any contract entered into in one state is to be recognized by all; the 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law. If you allow the voters to amend the Constitution by initiative, then the needs of the few – or the one – will outweigh the needs of the many; it’s possible that the voters would vote to secede, reinact slavery, marrying farm animals…or whatever kooky idea that would become law! Granted, what I’ve previously stated is the EXTREME view…but if Rick Perry’s ideology were here in Georgia, we wouldn’t be Americans, would we???

danjonglee

May 29th, 2009
9:28 am

Sotomayor ruled in 2004 that owning a gun was not a constitutional right…this ruling is currently on appeal…

josef nix

May 29th, 2009
9:30 am

Georgia History Museum? For what, another effort to remake Georgia’s and the South’s history to conform to the unending effort to rewrite our culture out of existence? I think not and I am a liberal.

[...] Jim Wooten on homes, green space, and union rhetoric. [...]

dave

May 29th, 2009
9:33 am

Munch – “Well, no, no white male who said the reverse of anything remotely close to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s remark…” if you can’t understand that this means without someone explaining it to you, you’ve OD’ed on the cool aid. Denial is not a river in Egypt, dude.

dave

May 29th, 2009
9:33 am

Munch -Munch – “Well, no, no white male who said the reverse of anything remotely close to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s remark…” if you can’t understand what this means without someone explaining it to you, you’ve OD’ed on the cool aid. Denial is not a river in Egypt, dude.

American Mommy

May 29th, 2009
9:37 am

Charles the Original Schmuck, may you pass a kidney stone the size of a basket ball through your tiny, flaccid little member, and may it happen SOON. When you whimper and sob like a baby — and you WILL — may your doctor and the women in your life point out what a hypocritical little coward YOU are. One more thing: Go cheney yourself, Dude. Really.

Jackie

May 29th, 2009
9:43 am

@Charles

I wonder if you think the same about your own mother as she is a woman?
You, sir, are the epitome of a low-life.
By the way, are you describing the organization that you are working for to help children?

Stan

May 29th, 2009
9:50 am

“Georgia legislators should, incidentally, give voters the same right to amend the constitution by public initiative.”
On this point I must disagree. This would move the state close to a true democracy. Governance is nor should be strictly “by the people”, here is why…
“Holding office is about setting priorities and making responsible choices.”

As much as I want the state to do away with blue laws it is up to the governing bodies to make this happen, at our insistence.

"Charles", The Original

May 29th, 2009
9:55 am

Jackie,

I know you read that there is no respecter of persons with God. I learned many moons ago that you shouldn’t compromise your biblical principles for anyone; mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, etc…

You too will learn it one way or the other; the easy way or the hard way.

American Mommy

May 29th, 2009
9:56 am

Sorry, not done yet. CHARLES you sorry excuse for a so-called “man,” did it ever occur to you that the woman you malign for screaming may have been the BRAVEST one on the floor that day, having chosen to forego the drugs and epidural and bear it up naturally (not recommended) — hence screaming louder than the others who took the medical intervention to the pain of being turned inside out? NO, I guess you didn’t because you’re a small small man with a small small pen!s and a small small mind. Hateful little pr–k. MAY KARMA BE WITH YOU! (My apologies to the normal people here, but I had to say it.)

"Charles", The Original

May 29th, 2009
10:05 am

Sorry for the disappointment American Mommy,

But this cowardice has to be stamped out before we all are cowards. If you haven’t a clue, please consult with the Attorney General of the U.S.

jt

May 29th, 2009
10:12 am

Did ya’ll know this. Probably Norm J. did.
That Georgia natives routinely eat the livers of various animals. Chicken, cows, and even bear livers can be quite tasty. But, if a Georgian native was to take ONE bite of a Polar Bear liver, that native would die a horrible death of a VITAMIN A overdose.
Whereas, the INUIT people can and do eat said liver with absolutely no bad effects. Weird.
Also Polar bears in reality are black colored. Their hairs are translucent giving them their white appearances.

American Mommy

May 29th, 2009
10:13 am

Please consult with a psychiatrist, Charles. Ask him to help you figure out why you hate women so much that you think a woman who endured the pain of childbirth and still chooses to do it again — to fulfill her God-given purpose as a mother, without regard to her own convenience — is a “coward.” Seriously, I can only imagine what your mother did to you to turn you into such a maggot-hearted hater. (I have some theories, but listing them here would violate the decency of this forum.)

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

May 29th, 2009
10:16 am

Upping the rhetorical as well as the financial ante in what has become
a high-stakes poker game that will decide the fate of Opel and the rest
of General Motors’ operations in Europe, Fiat’s chief executive, Sergio
Marchionne, announced that he would skip government talks Friday in
Berlin to provide Opel with emergency aid if G.M. files for bankruptcy.

Fiat and Mr. Marchionne are still hoping to acquire Opel, and are wary
of letting their main rival in the talks, Magna, gain the upper hand.

Fiat wants to avoid putting cash into Opel and believes it is the
German government’s responsibility to help Opel find the 300 million
euros, or $418 million, in bridge financing that it needs before a
final buyer is found.

G.M. is widely expected to file for bankruptcy by Monday, the deadline
set by the White House for the debt-burdened company to reach a deal
with creditors and labor unions.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

May 29th, 2009
10:19 am

The Carlyle Group, the Washington-based private equity firm with $85
billion in assets under management, says that it was forced to eat some
serious humble pie last year and that the future will be tough for the
buyout industry.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

May 29th, 2009
10:20 am

R.H. Donnelley, the publisher of yellow pages, filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy protection on Thursday, listing total debts of about $12.37
billion.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

May 29th, 2009
10:22 am

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball
team, sued the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday,
asserting that the S.E.C. unlawfully withheld documents about an
insider-trading investigation of him.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

May 29th, 2009
10:23 am

Four months after the revelation of a major fraud at Satyam Computer
Services shocked corporate India, two PricewaterhouseCoopers
accountants, who say they are innocent, remain in prison.

Purple

May 29th, 2009
10:27 am

jt did you know that polar bear pharts are non-toxic to other polar bears but fatal for lowercase initial posters on the Thinking Right blog? Norm J probably did.

"Charles", The Original

May 29th, 2009
10:27 am

Jackie,

Let me answer your question before you ask. I’m not at liberty to give you the name of our organization. You remember what the so-called educated integrationist Negroes did to Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. They assisted the FBI with the destruction of Garvey’s organization. And consequently, the destruction of the black masses was realized. Our organization has worked too hard to risk that outcome.

Dexter King is the conscious sibling of Martin Luther King Jr. Observe his practices. It’s obvious that he’s not taking any chances either with the so-called educated integrationist Negroes. He decided to pack up and leave Atlanta. The man isn’t about to participate in the negative exploitation of his father. Good move Dexter. Hopefully God will have mercy on the other children of Martin Luther King Jr.

DB, Gwinnettian

May 29th, 2009
10:37 am

Jim, just so you know–@@ is on a crusade to have the Russkie Mail Order Brides adverts pulled from the AJC Internets.

Well, at least she’s raising a ginourmous fuss about it over at Bookman’s. But I’m really really sure she’s got an issue with it being over at this part of the “Urinal,” as she likes to call your employer.

ta-ta for now.

clyde

May 29th, 2009
10:39 am

The organization that Charles belongs to is so secret that even he doesn’t know what it is.

Munch

May 29th, 2009
10:47 am

Dave – I was taking issue with the pitiless way Wooten tortured the English language there. Of course I understood what he meant; it is the same old tired dog whistle nonsense used to excite the bitter white guys. As to the inherent bullshyte of your position, cf. Will @ 8:24 and HDB @ 9:25. You ain’t got a leg to stand on.

And if it’s Friday, it must be time for Charles the Original Potato Chip to come around with his patented brand of lunatic God-bothering. Today we find that Charles hates women. Oh sure, he’s okay with the “good” women who suffer silently and know when to STFU. It’s those women who dare express themselves that he can’t stand. Why, women who yell during childbirth are just getting downright uppity, and God doesn’t like those kinds. Just like God doesn’t like the “integrationist Negroes” who do things that Charles doesn’t like.

(And isn’t it amazing how God’s Word seems to coincide with the things Charles believes? Funny how religion works like that…for “me”, God’s word is crystal clear, and matches my belief to the last jot. For you, if your belief diverges from mine? False God, you poor sucker.)

And yet again, Charles dons his tin-foil hat and creates a legend in his own mind about his super-double-secret “organization” (which I think consist of Charles and the skinny guy in camos and Malcolm glasses who grunts and yells in the Five Points Marta station….unless that is Charles himself).

As to Dexter King…the man has tried to coattail on his father’s name in efforts to become a political player, an actor, and a businessman. Leaving ATL did nothing to stop his exploitation of the family name.

Copyleft

May 29th, 2009
10:54 am

Not to worry, folks; Charles will eventually figure out that he’s wasted his life on a silly fantasy instead of doing some good in the world.

Of course, by then it will be too late.

"Charles", The Original

May 29th, 2009
10:56 am

Back to reality everyone,

You know that the so-called educated integrationist Negroes on radio and television negatively exploit the black masses for money, influence, status, jobs, etc…

Compare John Rosemond’s take on the destruction of parenting in the United States to the take of Bill Cosby and his Negro supporters. Rosemond is correct in his analysis. Rosemond has determined that the educators are to blame, specifically those with advanced degrees. Cosby and his minions are in error. They say that the average Negro on the street is to blame for misguided parenting. Cosby/Negro minions are merely hired servant doing as ordered by the New World Order. And they are filled to the brim with abject ignorance.

Turd Fergusen

May 29th, 2009
11:08 am

LOL…good one Charles. So one must not only find water for the horse but also make said horse drink? LOL…You stupid fool.

*POOT* in ya face, boy.

PeachState.com

May 29th, 2009
11:19 am

You know that the so-called educated integrationist Negroes on radio and television negatively exploit the black masses for money, influence, status, jobs, etc

Yeah, Charles, we know ‘em. The Democrats…

@@

May 29th, 2009
11:19 am

My goodness, DB….you do like to embellish, don’tcha?

My post at jay’s place:

I’m embarrassed for the AJC, jay.

You’re now in the business of peddling mail-order brides from Russia online.

Either that or you’re pimpin’ for Russia.

I’m more than happy to let people embarrass themselves like you just did at 10:37.

@@ is on a crusade to have the Russkie Mail Order Brides adverts pulled from the AJC Internets?

Ogle ‘em all you want. In today’s economy, they’ve probably been reduced to the bargain-in-your basement price.

Peter

May 29th, 2009
11:23 am

Charles, when a liberal Democrat talks about your freedom of speech, they mean your freedom to listen to their speech. Your comments are a breath of fresh air. I occasionally agree with you but your commentary is always well worth reading.

Munch

May 29th, 2009
11:27 am

First we get Charles the Chip on birthing babies. Expert opinion.

Now we get Chippie sharing his parenting expertise. Wonder how many lil Chips he has.

stoked

May 29th, 2009
11:31 am

I have a buddy. He supports lower taxes…He doesn’t work. He supports strengthening the 2nd Amendment…He doesn’t own a handgun. He opposes gay marriage…He’s single. What’s with you hypocrites…? You need to worry about your own affairs and let Sam take care of Sam’s.

GayGrayGeek

May 29th, 2009
11:35 am

Peter @ 11:23 – As opposed to when a reactionary Repubican’t talks about free speech, they really mean “free to speak whatever I think, and if you speak differently, you’re a TRAITOR“, just like us libruls heard for the past 8 years when any of us would DARE to disagree with your Hero Of The Texas Air National Guard?

"Charles", The Original

May 29th, 2009
11:38 am

I’m beginning to think that Wooten’s site is loaded with democrat subversives just like 1380 waok radio. But to be honest, I think there are only one or two bloggers on this site with many aliases…And where do the same people find the time to blog every day except they be hired hands? It’s just like the people on 1380 waok radio. You can tune in a year later and hear the same old stale voices… Undoubtedly the Negro radio host is paid for services.

And let me warn my Christian friends everywhere, the Negro radio and television hosts don’t believe in God. Their mission is to create confusion under the pretense of unbiased reporting. The publicity generated by having radio coverage isn’t worth it. Confusion is of the devil.

Jefferson

May 29th, 2009
11:50 am

The union cop was descriibing his anger, no threats were made. Franklin should get over it.