Job snaking, kooks, bogus discrimination

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

  • Having NCR’s headquarters and a new ATM factory in Georgia are good. For us. But there is considerable irony in asking for federal stimulus money to renovate a factory in Columbus to make ATM terminals now being made in South Carolina for a company that worsens Ohio’s job base to improve Georgia’s. Georgia should eliminate the corporate income tax — and incentives to relocate from one part of America to another. This is one area where I’ve never agreed with Democrats or the Republican governor. Snaking jobs from my fellow countrymen is not my thing.
  • Just curious. Does anybody believe the hundreds of millions in federal “stimulus” money coming into Georgia will either stimulate the economy or leave legacy accomplishments? I don’t. And, by the way, what exactly did the $250 million that the feds poured into Atlanta, starting in 1994, as “empowerment zone” grants and tax credits accomplish? Federal money just disappears. Nobody thinks it’s real.
  • Apology Window open. The U.S. Supreme Court finds nothing worthy of challenge to the 11th Circuit decision upholding Georgia’s photo ID law. To those partisans who insisted the law was an effort to suppress Democratic voters, line up now. No pushing. No back-biting. The ACLU, Common Cause/Georgia, the League of Women Voters of Georgia, the Legislative Black Caucus and the NAACP are first up.
  • The most important public policy achievement in metro Atlanta in the past 25 years has been the destruction of public housing ghettos that held women and children in boxes for exploitation by older men and other predators generation after generation. It’s a major life achievement for Atlanta Housing Authority executive director Renee Glover.
  • There’s nothing at all inconsistent in Gov. Sonny Perdue embracing high-speed rail through Georgia when it’s financed with federal money, as President Barack Obama proposes, and thinking it’s too expensive and won’t attract enough passengers as the best solution to Georgia’s intrastate transportation needs.
  • A fired bigwig should be ashamed to play some bogus discrimination card. Former DeKalb Police Chief Terrell Bolton will file a federal claim that he was fired because he’d recently been diagnosed with diabetes. Everybody’s a victim.
  • Kooks, acting individually, representing nobody or no political philosophy or movement, are always with us. That includes the murderers of the guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the soldier at an Army recruiting station in Little Rock and the late-term abortion doctor in Wichita. In times of stress, kooks finish cracking.
  • Those on the left are in a deep funk. An opportunity to police lifestyles and one news peg for promoting an environmental agenda has passed. “The drought is over,” declared Georgia Environmental Protection Division director Carol Couch. Interest groups sit around silent phones for years waiting for the news peg to get their agendas on the front page or at the top of the newscasts. As White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel advises, in pursuing agendas, never let a serious crisis go to waste.
  • Another prime example of Emanuel’s advice, following on the $787 billion “stimulus” porker, is the administration’s determination to give a new government-run health care plan the bum’s rush through Congress. Two respected physicians and conservatives — U.S. Reps. Tom Price (R-Roswell) and Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) — and the American Medical Association demand second opinions. “A government ‘option’ would cause as many as 119 million Americans — three out of every four individuals with employer-sponsored health insurance — to lose their current benefits,” opines Gingrey. I believe him to be right. Be wary. Very wary.
  • Atlanta may be the Pettiness Capital of the World. Example: The locals who carp that Gwinnett County Transit buses are idling too long in downtown Atlanta.

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Churchill's MOM

June 12th, 2009
8:12 am

Men are slime, look at what this good for nothing man says about our next President’s child.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is insisting that comedian David Letterman “apologize to young women” for a joke he made on the air about one of her teen-age daughters.

Letterman admitted on his show that his wisecrack about a theoretical statutory rape of one of Palin’s daughters was in bad taste, but didn’t go further. Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate last year, said Friday that isn’t good enough.

Letterman had joked that a Palin girl “was knocked up” by a player at a New York Yankees baseball game. He seemed to be referring to 18-year-old Bristol Palin, an unwed mother. But it was her 14-year-old sister Willow who was at the game with family members.

Interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show, Sarah Palin said she thought it was “a degrading comment about a young woman. And I would hope that people would start really rising up and not accepting this.”

Palin said “it’s no wonder girls have such low self-esteem in America when a comedian can make a remark like this.”

dennis lortie

June 12th, 2009
8:28 am

TR Jim–another Republican,er conservative,er nut job loses his government support money and then goes wild. Why is it they only go crazy when the government money ends? That and too much time with Rush.


June 12th, 2009
8:29 am

churchills mom, Letterman is a liberal democrat mouthpiece that makes nasty jokes about conservatives because his audience his mostly libs and he gets easy laughs. It’s ok to bash – conservative women.


June 12th, 2009
8:31 am

dennis, I did not hear that the muslim that killed the Marine at the recruiting station had lost his benefits, he was young, was he on welfare ?

Huckabee The Next POTUS

June 12th, 2009
8:44 am

It is sad that people like Letterman and earlier Jamie Foxx or Chris Rock (whichever of the two idiots it was) that made the comment about Miley Cirus should make a sex tape. Why are they given a free pass? Because the “jokes” were directed at white children. If it had been the two little black Barack Osama spawn that currently stays up in the white house, it would have been a different matter. Osama would have appointed a comedy czar to oversee all comedians. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest of the race pimps would have demanded blood. We might have even gotten a comment from that rocket scientist Usher. What a backwards world we live in now. Don Imas can be suspended for a joke about nappy headed hos but jokes about white minors and sex tapes and rape require only a half hearted apology. I wish Letterman would go hunting with Todd and Sarah, maybe he could invite the rest of his ilk and most of Washington DC and we could be rid of these insipid people once and for all. The house will go back GOP in 2010 and the White House will be fumigated in time for a real President to move in Jan. 20, 2013. Let’s just hope there is still a country for the next president to govern by that time.

Billy Bob

June 12th, 2009
8:54 am

Letterman’s a Democrat, Churchill’s MOM, own him. His remarks about Gov. Palin’s daughters were not only in extremely poor taste but, in the case of Willow Palin, contemplated her rape.

It seems certain liberals who can’t stand a powerful, charismatic CONSERVATIVE woman – and, Gov. Palin is all that. Everywhere she goes, there are thousands in attendance waiting to hear her speak. In the mind of liberals, such a person shouldn’t exist except in the celebrity-laden Democrat Party. In spite of his comments, Democrat Letterman reveals himself as the true ‘ho’ as he goes about chumming for viewers.

As one would expect from such a liberal fishing expedition, Letterman simply insulted a CONSERVATIVE fish he couldn’t handle.

Elephant Whip

June 12th, 2009
8:59 am

Re: Voter ID:

For background: The Supreme Court said nothing that the Federal District Court of North Georgia didn’t. The Federal District Court said that Georgia voter ID law was okay. HOWEVER, that was after about a year of modifications of the Voter ID law, demanded by the Federal District Court, so that it would no longer be the equivalent of a poll tax. So the Voter ID law now stands after the Georgia Republicans were forced to take out all of the discriminatory measures which they put in the original bill.

In sum: there is no reason for all the parties mentioned to apologize. Without them, and the modifications that they were able to secure, the original Georgia Voter ID law would probably have been overturned by the US Supreme Court, much to the shame of Georgia.

Redneck Convert

June 12th, 2009
9:01 am

Well, I hear each one of those NCR jobs cost GA $140,000. Why couldn’t they just pass a law to give every laid off beer truck driver in GA about $25,000 for the next five years or so and let NCR stay in Ohio or South Carolina or whatever? We would all get a 25% raise and by the time the money run out this recession would be over and everybody could find a job. Anyhow, it will turn out to be like this Kia plant we put out all that money for so Alabama people could get the jobs, seeing as how the ATMs are going to be made close to the state line like the Kias. We just keep getting gypped like the bumpkin that shows up at the state fair.

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


June 12th, 2009
9:03 am

Good morning everyone.

What a shocker. Admonitions for MORE corporate welfare.

“…representing nobody or no political philosophy or movement…”

Repeat that mantra all you want, Jim, but. I don’t buy it. These people are enabled because people like you give them a forum for their irrational hatred. We read it here every single day. To wit, though they are too gutless to admit it, there are those, even on this tiny blog, who secretly admire the Adkissons and Roeders of the world…

“The most important public policy achievement in metro Atlanta in the past 25 years has been the destruction of public housing ghettos…”

I concur. But thank goodness the poorest among us have such friends in the GOP.

“Those on the left are in a deep funk.”

On the LEFT! ??? Amazingly arrogant and misguided projection, donchathink?

Having been slaughtered to the tune of losing 94% of the nationwide elections the past two go rounds and the left is in a funk?


Seems to me that the climate change ostriches, ID goofs and flat-earthers are the ones going extinct.

Only a few more hours until the troll of trolls wakes up and hijacks the blog, rendering it useless.

OK, off to pay for the occupation. And more corporate welfare.

Enjoy your weekend all…


June 12th, 2009
9:04 am

“To those partisans who insisted the law was an effort to suppress Democratic voters, line up now”

I laugh every time I read something like that. The law is supposed to prevent VOTER FRAUD…if that’s the way Democrats are being elected, then yes it is an effort to suppress Democratic voters.


June 12th, 2009
9:21 am

I agree with you Jim. If a company wants to grow here, great. But encouraging then to slither in for a better deal is unseemly.

Whats up with all the killing in Atlanta the past few days? Maybe it’d be a good time to open a designer bullet-proof vest boutique. Oh wait, it’d just be smashed and grabbed every day until there was no more merchandise.


June 12th, 2009
9:26 am

“Georgia should eliminate the corporate income tax — and incentives to relocate from one part of America to another.” – YAWN! Same old same old.

“The most important public policy achievement in metro Atlanta in the past 25 years has been the destruction of public housing ghettos that held women and children in boxes for exploitation by older men and other predators generation after generation.” – Yes, but these people just move to Clayton county and the cycle continues.

[...] Why snaking jobs from fellow countrymen doesn’t excite Jim Wooten. [...]


June 12th, 2009
9:29 am

Congressmen Price and Gingrey seem to have reading comprehension problems. The report by the Lewin Group estimates that if a Medicare-like plan was open to everyone at current prices and reimbursement rates, 119 million Americans would choose to leave their current insurance and buy the new public plan. Besides the fact no one seems to be introducing this in congress, isn’t government healthcare supposed to be so terrible no one will want it?

Ga Values

June 12th, 2009
9:32 am

Billy Bob 8:54 am

Where is the list of CONSERVATIVE Georgia Republicans?? Saxby “What’s In It For Me” and his LOBBYIST son Bo are not Conservatives.

William Casey

June 12th, 2009
10:01 am

No wonder Price and Gingrey oppose medical reform. They want to make sure that their Mercedes and McMansions are safe.


June 12th, 2009
10:03 am

I hate to break the news to all you folks who have been hoping that Obama will fail. His, and his economic and financial advisors’ program is right on track. The economy is beginning its turnaround. It will be more robust in 2010. The worst thing that can happen to Newt, Rush, Hannity, Palin, etc. is for the economic package to work, i.e. their premature announcements that it is already failing. Too bad those folks don’t have a clue how to manage a complicated and large business like the US of A. One major indicator that is signaling the turn around is the stock market, a six-month leading indicator. But, I am sure the nay-sayers will continue their irrelevant babble about how bad our president is. So be it. The truth has eluded you since Reagan economics (supply-side economics) failed.

Oh, and by the way Jim, the drought may have been declared over, but water conservation is the right and best thing to do. Let’s see how Atlanta area handles its new found “freedom” to use (and misuse) water.


June 12th, 2009
10:03 am

“A government ‘option’ would cause as many as 119 million Americans — three out of every four individuals with employer-sponsored health insurance — to lose their current benefits,” opines Gingrey.

An absolute lie, unless one translates ‘119 million Americans would ditch their private insurance for a public plan’ as meaning they would “lose” their coverage. It is exactly this kind of baldfaced bullshyte that makes me come here daily to call out the liars and swindlers of Wingnut America.

And thanks to the fan of Reverend Hucksterbee who so clearly expresses the wingnut mindset when he hopes that “Letterman would go hunting with Todd and Sarah, maybe he could invite the rest of his ilk and most of Washington DC and we could be rid of these insipid people once and for all.” It is exactly this kind of eliminationist drumbeat that has led Wingnut Warriors to kill doctors, museum guards, and policemen over the past months. all in the name of purifying the nation. The wingnut mind is the murderer’s mind, wrapped in the flag and with a bible in its hand. These people hate America, hate intelligence, and hate anyone who does not believe in their own vision of a godly america.

Traitors, every one.


June 12th, 2009
10:07 am

How distressing, Mr. Wooten. Your comments once again invited the repellent, ignorant racism of those such as Huckabee for POTUS (and, for the record, both Letterman and Foxx apologized for their remarks, which they admitted were tasteless and uncalled for, just as Imus was required to do – and where is your apology for tasteless, uncalled for attacks on the little Obama girls? Throwing mud sticks to the hand that threw it) by your sly innuendo regarding the folks you consider unworthy. Why else do you describe the “guard”, the “soldier” and the “late-term abortion doctor”? Don’t the laws of writing and decency require the use of parallel construction, omitting the gratuitous modifier for the doctor? “Kooks”, as you call them, find justification in the tacit – or explicit – endorsement of their actions by similarly predjudiced but more acceptably subtle public mouthpieces such as yourself and Bill O’Reilly. You have a moral obligation to think before you write, and to edit afterwards.

As far as your strictures about the left promoting agendas by milking crises, I was not aware that the left orchestrated the Iraqi WMD scare and leveraged it into a false rationale for a catastrophic war. Was that a Rahm Emanuel sleight of hand?

William Casey

June 12th, 2009
10:09 am

Letterman’s jokes were in bad taste. Sarah Palin is as dumb as “W.” Leave it at that.


June 12th, 2009
10:17 am

Whats with you Jim? Talk about pettiness! You find room to harp on the idle buses in Atlanta, yet you have ignored some pretty big issues coming out of Gwinnett.

Shady land deals, and a major tax protest the same week it was announced that Gwinnett was accepting 31,000,000 dollars in state education money. Money that was meant to go to poor school districts. I really expected you to devote a whole column on the hypocrisy of that whole debacle. Imagine Sen Balfour, the leader of the protest, acting all bent out of shape, knowing full well that Republican leadership knew about the loophole and did nothing. Or the same Sen Balfour, mad as hell that taxes are going up, at the same time scraping the Homestead Exemption in favor of more corporate tax cuts, duh, of course your property taxes are going up. Of course they capped property assessments but didn’t cap the millage rate. Brilliant.

Of course you ignore all the bad things from Cobb also. You still haven’t said one word about the Cobb Energy theft of the Cobb EMC. Not one word.

We get the pettiness of the parked buses subsidized with Georgia taxpayer dollars, not even a word about the fact that these suburban bus lines are funded by the Georgia taxpayer and the fact that MARTA doesn’t receive a dime. More hypocrisy.


June 12th, 2009
10:22 am

ZOMG. A crazy Muslim fanatic has prayed for the death of an American president. Alert Level RED!!! Bomb the crazy b@stards!!!

The transcript:

“Are you praying for his death?” Colmes asked.

“Yes,” the cleric replied.

”So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?”


…”You would like for the president of the United States to die?” Colmes asked once more.

“If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that’s correct.”

Time to bomb these lunatics back into the stone age!!!!!!!!!!!!!


June 12th, 2009
10:25 am

Sorry, false alarm. Nothing to worry about. The esteemed individual who was speaking about praying for Obama’s death is infact the respected Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, CA, and one-time running mate of presidential candidate Alan Keyes.

Just another normal, angry white guy with God on his side, speaking about hypothetical theological questions. Nothing like the Taliban. Nothing at all.

And if he really meant it, it proves he is really a stinking liberal and Dirty F^|\ing Hippie.


June 12th, 2009
10:35 am

Let’ s make sure we have this right. Yesterday Wooten was complaining about the government giving money to corporations and today “Georgia should eliminate the corporate income tax”. What’s the difference between that and giving money to corporations? You can’t have it both ways, Jimbo. Well…since you’re a Republican, I guess it’s easy to talk out of both sides of your mouth.

Billy Bob

June 12th, 2009
10:38 am

Cheeto-Munch, making a threat against the President of the United States, that’d be Jeremiah, Jr.&copy is a federal crime and will bring swift arrest and almost certain prosecution. You should turn in the angry white guy if he’s broken the law. Sounds like he may have attended a Trinity United Church of Christ’s brotherly love seminar.

Billy Bob

June 12th, 2009
10:48 am

apologies, that’d be Jeremiah, Jr.©…


June 12th, 2009
10:52 am

“Palin said “it’s no wonder girls have such low self-esteem in America when a comedian can make a remark like this.””

Palin’s rise is a prime example of WHY a girl could have low self-esteem, IMHO. She is NOT the woman to aspire to.

And was Letterman’s “joke” about the RAPE of either of Palin’s daughters? I believe it was based on the idea of one of them being impregnated. Might not be RAPE (see Bristol Palin,for example). Still, it was tasteless. If he wants to talk about Palin’s children, he should obviously confine it to those who are “adults”, like the teenage mother or the lawbreaker son.

Have you ever noticed that those who squeal the loudest about the “liberal media” sit like dumb sheep while their tax exempt church preaches “conservative values?”

I agree about Renee Glover’s achievements, but isn’t is a case of spreading around the chaff into a wider selection of wheat, rather than cleaning up the chaff completely? Neighborhoods who have been Section 8ed would say so.


June 12th, 2009
10:52 am

No, not Trinity, just good old Southern Baptist wingnuttery. Praise the lord and pass the ammunition, that kind of thing.


June 12th, 2009
10:59 am

The conversation concerning the drought that Georgia experienced over the last couple of years was not about the environment. It was about the management or mismanagement of our most vital natural resource. Despite a decade of negotiations, court decisions, impact studies, etc., there is still no agreement as to how the water in Lake Lanier should be allocated to Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Now that the drought has officially ended, the hillbillies that run these states can go back to bass fishing on the lake. There is no need to worry about what sort of problems they are creating for their children and grandchildren. Oh, no! The only time they worry about their children and grandchildren is when they get all lathered up for a Tea Party.

Billy Bob

June 12th, 2009
11:05 am

Heard an interesting statistic posited by three Republican U.S. Representatives on C-SPAN last evening. Of the 47 million Americans routinely trotted out by those favoring single-payer healthcare, only approximately 7 million would not be eligible for coverage either under Medicaid, or SCHIP or other state health plans. Many others of those included in the 47 million are under the age of 35. Hmmm, if Congressmen understand the truth about single-payer, then that hope I can believe in.

These Congressmen revealed that wait times for a medical specialist in oncology (cancer) cases was significantly HIGHER in Britain and Canada than in the U.S. Wait times in the U.K. and Canada AVERAGED FOUR ADDITIONAL MONTHS AFTER DIAGNOSIS of cancer before they could see a specialist for treatment.

A significant difference in the healthcare systems also involved the resistance of U.K. and Canadian medical doctors to order advanced imaging useful in diagnosis. This resulted in mortality rates for lung, breast and prostate cancers that were up to 86% higher in the U.K. and Canada relative to U.S.

When government can’t fund everybody, they simply limit the quality of care. No MRI’s, no CAT scans, no advanced pharacology for the treatment of cancer. You get cancer in Britain or Canada, you make a trip to the United States AND pay the price for quality care.

Take no substitutes, the U.S. has the finest healthcare in the world.

Steven Daedalus

June 12th, 2009
11:06 am

Sarah Palin is an idiot. I guess that is sexist, or does idiocy transend gender. What about all the sexist, just plain mean statements the Republicans and neo-cons made about Chelsy Clinton and Amy Carter, where was the out rage then?


June 12th, 2009
11:20 am


You seem to be under the impression that all these companies who currently offer health plans would continue to do so if national health care was available. What possible reason would a company have to maintain a program which costs 10%-20% of their payroll cost? This especially after congress begins taxing these benefits again.

The fact is over time unless it were outlawed as in Canada, private insurance would return. I worked in England for 3 years in the 1990’s. My company, as did many large companies offered insurance so that their employees could purchase private health care. Everyone in the UK pays for and is enrolled in the national health system, however anyone of means, or who works for a large company usually uses a private health provider. Why? because their national health plan sucks.


June 12th, 2009
11:28 am

Isn’t there a market for private Medicare supplemental insurance policies? Why do people think that the insurance industry would evaporate under the proposed health insurance plan? I really don’t see a big move on the part of senior citizens to do away with Medicare because of the lousy care they get.


June 12th, 2009
11:28 am

Daedalus 11:06, you are on target. Lest we forget it was the immortalized Newt Gingrich who started the ill conceived notion of “you’re either with us or against us”. It is very amusing, to say the least, to see the Republicans, like Palin, cry wolf. She, and her fellow “drill baby drill/perpetual war party” conveniently forget they let the wolves in the hen house decades ago.


June 12th, 2009
11:35 am

This morning Peggy Noonan expressed her opinion of Sarah Palin after the Today Show interview. She lamented that Sarah Palin has not taken time to become “thoughtful”. Peggy Noonan made the distinction between expressing thoughts and being “thoughtful.” It was the most concise and thoughtful analysis of the Palin self-destruction problem that I have heard to date.


June 12th, 2009
11:36 am


Do you mean the insurance industry under a natioal health program such as Canada? Recieving or providing private health care in Canada is against the law. This is why their are such a large medical communities in border cities. Canadians come to the US in droves because of their untimely and inferior system.


June 12th, 2009
11:42 am

No, booger. I mean a national health program similar to what exists in the U.S. today as Medicare.


June 12th, 2009
11:44 am

Munch hates white people AND jews.


June 12th, 2009
11:46 am

Wow, how do you sleep at night with all this to worry about ?


June 12th, 2009
11:49 am


The dems. ultimately do not want a plan that includes private care. This is why they are going to begin taxing your health ins. premiums.
This is why Hillary’s plan in the 1990’s failed. They do not want a plan where someone with money can get better care than someone without.

It won’t start that way but it will end that way.

fearless fosdick

June 12th, 2009
12:21 pm

Well Booger in light of what Senator Chuck Grassley (REPUBLICAN) says…. When he was asked why he was against the public option said that he was against it because a think tank study told him around a hundred and nineteen million people would opt out of private health insurance and join it.

Kind of flies in the face of your rhetoric doesn’t it?

“So WTF is wrong with that? What does that say about the health care in America? If 80% of the people are satisfied with the insurance they have then why would they leave it for a public option? Simple questions need simple answers, but with people like Grassley as a Senator, you know this country is in trouble.”

unemployed professional

June 12th, 2009
12:40 pm

What do I think? Interesting. I was recently reading the US Unemployment Data for 2009. The data is distrubing. By far, the unemployment rate for Africian Americans is the highest among all minorities. May 2009, the unemployment rate for Africian Americans was 14.9% as oppose to 8.6% among Whites. I know for a fact that discrimination is ramped in most companies when it comes to cutting back on the workforce. I have worked in Human Resources for over ten years and I have sat in on meetings with managers who want to cut back on staff. Africian Americans are always at the top of the list. Companies will go so far to hid behind the “At-Will” policy to eliminate Africian Americans. Some of the more prominate companies will not hire too many Africian Americans because it looks “too ethnic.” I know of a situation when I had to terminate an eight year employee based on performance that the manager refused to help the employee improve his performance (while the project manager consistently said she wanted to fire the person no matter what), while the same project manager bent over backwards to get an Asian American to perform just a little bit. My manager wanted to fire me because I did not agree with firing of the first employee but wanted to justify the extended performance improvement plan of the other employee. I have sat in meeting with my manager and the project manager when she has said to the group that she wanted younger candidates that were not “ethnic.” In other words she wanted young White Americans to work for the company. I could not tolerate this behavior anymore and quite. All miniorities are not lazy and shiftless. Many miniorities graduate top of their high school classes and go on to get more than one degree. Why is there still discrimination in this country. Yes, Americans voted for the first Africian American president, but one has to ask themselves why and has he looked at the statistics lately. If he has what is he planning to do about the disparity.

Freddie Macdaddy

June 12th, 2009
12:55 pm

See Figure #1,234 on Dimwit hypocrisy. For eight years we heard the whining from libtards about Bush/Republican cronyism. Well, well, well……look what the Jackass Party continues to dish out and nary a peep from those same whiners. HYPOCRITES!

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday tapped four big Democratic Party donors for plum ambassadorships in Europe and Latin America while naming six career diplomats to posts in Africa, the Mideast and the Pacific.

Washington lawyer Howard Gutman, who raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s campaign and personally contributed the maximum $4,600 to it, was nominated to be the next U.S. envoy to Belgium, the White House said in a statement.

Gutman also contributed $2,300 to now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.


June 12th, 2009
12:57 pm

1984 is mistaken. My enmity is not race based. I hate anyone who preaches ignorance and greed. That includes Rev Wright and any other “Man of God” who thinks that his belief in a fantasy creature and his magical water-walking son gives him some kind of insight into the human condition and the practicalities of existing in a crowded and complex world.

I hate liars like 1984 and Phil Gingrey and booger, people who make stuff up out of whole cloth to promote their “common sense” beliefs.

But no, this white guy married to a Jewish woman does not “hate white people and Jews”, any more than he hates people because they are black or Muslim or Hispanic. But show me a black or Muslim or Hispanic who preaches ignorance and greed, or tribal exceptionalism, and I’ll hate ‘em as much as I hate bitter, pig-ignorant, backwards people like 1984.


June 12th, 2009
1:00 pm

The crisis in health care isn’t necessarily with the people receiving health care. The crisis lies with the people who are paying for it. Doctors, hospitals, insurance providers, and employers are driving the reform initiative. Unlike previous administrations, this administration has taken all of the stakeholders into consideration while crafting the reform legislation. If this badly needed reform comes to fruition I would bet that all of us health care recipients will be held accountable for what we are spending on health care. I would hope that as a result of this accountability some thought will be placed on the individual’s choice to excessively eat, drink, smoke and abuse drugs. As long as someone else is paying, people typically don’t have much regard for how much it costs. It’s about time that we wake up and smell the chili-cheese covered french fries.

david wayne osedach

June 12th, 2009
1:07 pm

I’m still wondering where Obamas’ 3.5 jobs are opening up. I need a job!

Billy Bob

June 12th, 2009
1:18 pm

unemployed professional,

Arthur Blank worked himself up to a regional manager in the Handy Dan Hardware chain but was fired after a “disagreement with company executives.” Shortly thereafter he teamed up with another former Handy Dan employee, Bernie Marcus, and started the Home Depot home improvement chain.

One man’s misfortune is another man’s fortune.

deegee, I don’t often agree with you but your 1:00PM commentary was xcellent.


June 12th, 2009
1:23 pm

I would recommend that the unemployed professional take the opportunity to brush up on written communication and English grammar during his/her period of unemployment.

Big Bucks GOP doing the lords work

June 12th, 2009
1:33 pm

Koenigsegg, the Swedish luxury sportscar maker, has signed a letter of
intent to buy Saab from General Motors, local media reported, and
negotiations over the details of the deal are expected over the coming

Big Bucks GOP doing the lords work

June 12th, 2009
1:35 pm

Men’s Wearhouse dropped its $67 million bid to buy Filene’s Basement
and an auction for the bankrupt chain will be reopened Friday,