Double-deck the Connector
Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
- DeKalb County District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming will bring criminal charges against the former Atherton Elementary School principal and assistant principal for allegedly correcting students’ answers on a state CRCT test. This is an important message to send to school officials statewide who might be tempted. Superintendant Crawford Lewis is wrong to treat it as occasion for the “family” to rally ’round the accused.
- Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigns from an exclusive all-women’s club after some grumpy men raised questions about whether the membership’s appropriate for a Supreme Court justice. Her explanation, once commonplace among members of clubs that excluded minorities, was that to her knowledge no man had applied. And had any man meeting qualifications been at the club’s mobile admissions office in Hahira, Ga., at 2:16 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2006, when it was accepting applications from males, he would surely have been allowed in.
- Voting, ACORN and Georgia graveyard style, in Iran: The number of votes in 50 cities exceeded the number of eligibles by 3 million. And while Fulton County is notorious for being unable to count ballots in a timely fashion, Iran counted 40 million paper ballots and report results within two hours of polls closing. By the way, President Barack Obama’s still searching for just the right soothing words to convinced the Iranian regime to stop being mean. So far, no success — a real surprise.
- After the collapse of the financial and banking industry, brought about by gimmicks like no-doc mortgages (no income or asset verification), red flags now go up when reading sentences such as these: “MARTA staff found the money to keep the last hour of rail service and the three bus sets by making an accounting change with the money they set aside for retirees’ medical benefits. By putting the money in a restricted account, [CEO Beverly] Scott said, MARTA can put aside less money without affecting money that eventually goes to the retirees.” If it ain’t real money, it ain’t real money — no matter which column you put numbers in.
- Connect the dots: In the midst of the early panic about the swine flu, Veep Joe Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show: “I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now.” Dot one. Dot two: Delta Air Lines announced a $250 million revenue hit because of demand slowed by the swine flu scare. When Joe’s scared, I’m scared. He knows most everything.
- What Were They Thinking? Contest: Winner, Mark Sanford. First runner-up, the mama and wife of a Cobb man accused of taking a 12-year-old to a motel for sex, a statutory rape offense, are arrested for allegedly intervening with the victim on his behalf.
- The Georgia Supreme Court decides whether a woman who hired a hit man to kill her husband can use his estate to pay lawyers to fight the death penalty. Uh, I’m thinking “no.”
- Crowds headed to a Braves game and a soccer match between Mexico and Venezuela at the Georgia Dome clogged the always-trouble Downtown Connector for miles up I-75, I-85 and Ga. 400. Fix it. Find a private-sector company to double-deck the Downtown Connector. Make both toll roads.
- Democrats and the Obama administration are going to take you and me to the cleaners on cap-and-trade taxes. “You can spin the numbers and play the semantics game all you want, but the inescapable fact is that when you force people to spend significantly more money to purchase the same goods and services they purchase inexpensively today, they will become poorer and have less money for food, clothing, shelter, education and more pressing environmental issues,” notes James M. Taylor, senior fellow at the Chicago-based free-market think tank, The Hartland Institute. Better listen. A soaking’s coming.