Run, Sarah, run (set the pace, too)

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

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her publicity-seeking stunts have finally achieved the attention she deserves: One- or two-paragraph stories that run with those that warn us that sheep on the remote Scottish island of Hirta are gradually shrinking because of global warming. Global warming’s shrunk our interest in her, too.

Are pickups prejudiced? Two Dalton people were killed when the motorcycle they were riding was sideswiped by a motorist who apparently crossed the center lane. A motorist driving a car could have done the same thing. Yet pickup drivers — I am one — are presumed to be aggressive and when a lesser vehicle is involved, it’s always noted that the offending vehicle was a pickup.

Not surprising that among the big cities with the lowest unemployment rates is Washington, D.C., with 6.2 percent. Atlanta ranks 18th, at 9.6 percent. The stimulus creates jobs. For government workers.

Atlanta businesses about to be hit with a sharp increase in city property taxes fall into two camps: those who pass on the entire levy and the mom-and-pop operators who can’t, and therefore take it out of salaries and services. The latter are the kinds that get taxed out of existence.

The cheating by officials at four elementary schools on the CRCT is so dishonest to children and their parents that nobody found to be involved should ever be allowed to set foot on public school property again. The schools are Deerwood Academy in Atlanta, Atherton Elementary in DeKalb, Parklane Elementary in Fulton and Burroughs-Molette in Glynn County. It is simply appalling that despite the evidence Atlanta Public Schools officials still pretend otherwise. “They’re taking the position that there’s no confession, so it didn’t happen,” a state official told the state school board.

A study finds that Georgia ranks 14th nationally in percentage of fat adults and third nationally in fat 10- to 17-year-olds. Georgia is criticized in the report by the Trust for America’s Health for not having strict nutrition standards for school lunches and vending machines. It ain’t the school’s fault. Children eat at the same tables with fat mommas and daddies. The place to start reforming America’s health care system is at the TV snack tray.

Fat Georgians are in training to reclaim a title lost last week. Three circus elephants defeated three humans in an eating contest, downing 505 hot dog buns in six minutes. Humans downed 143.

Take the dog, you take the fleas. The Securities and Exchange Commission votes unanimously to require companies requiring a bail-out to allow shareholders to vote on executive compensation. I agree with the principle. It is, however, an instance of regulators using the bail-out to meddle in management’s business.

Run, Sarah, run. Actually, all candidates should resign to run for higher office. All four of the presidential and vice presidential candidates last year, including Palin, held onto their jobs until they got something better.

If North Korea launches a cyberattack on Thinking Right, I’m drafting every fierce liberal who camps out on my blog and assigning them to Kim Jong II’s blog, Thinking Nutty.

Vice President Joe Biden announced that hospitals have agreed to forgo $155 billion in future government payments so the nonexistent money can be diverted to partially “finance” a new health care entitlement that Democrats want to ram through Congress this year. First of all, the money is an illusion. Secondly, Biden is not authorized to speak for the administration.

The pot smokers have the same solution to California’s budget woes that the Underground Atlanta gambling interests have for Georgia’s: Legalize something objectionable. Surely somebody’s convinced that prostitution is some state’s budget savior.

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July 9th, 2009
7:45 pm

Re Palin – I guess you picked up the thought that in the TV age every losing VP candidate has failed
to reach the Presidency. If Palin makes it she would be a first.

Ray Pugh

July 9th, 2009
8:07 pm

Legalizing marijuana is only “objectionable” to some people Wooten, specifically those who have injested discredited propaganda like the special brownies and pancakes some of us enjoy…

Alcohol is “objectionable” to some people Wooten–I’m sure you remember what happened w/ that whole Prohibition debacle (even though you were only in your mid-20s when it was repealed)…


July 9th, 2009
8:29 pm

I’d vote for Sarah, as would most of my friends.

Chesters Maker

July 9th, 2009
8:32 pm

I would nail Sarah, then vote for her…LMAO


July 9th, 2009
8:42 pm


Michael H. Smith

July 9th, 2009
8:46 pm

From the Right Thinking Conservative to the Thinking Right Republican: Giving any State or heaven forbid the obscenely obese Federal Government which is now becoming more obscenely obese than usual under the thrown of the anointed one who has 30 Czars in tow to date another revenue source to “stimulate squandering” certainly falls under the heading of OBJECTIONABLE.

Unfortunately my good Right Thinking Republican friend, who surely would never be involved with anything considered betting on the odds – a.k.a. GAMBLING – wagering against risk is so part and parcel of everyday life that everybody, even the puritanical in soul and spirit like the noble one who writes this column simply takes for granted that things such as life insurance, health insurance, safe to say virtually any form of insurance, is in fact, GAMBLING. Not to mention owning stocks, bonds or virtually any form of investment instrument imaginable, then too, thou art GAMBLING.

Though true indeed, my Compeer of Conservatism, when government becomes the casinos owners’ the odds are better than those held by the Mob in Las Vegas that government will win every single time and nary shall a tax paying consumer a.k.a. WE THE SUCKERS.

Parting thought: Ever notice how the biggest risk takers in life who so too often can lest afford to lose anything always appear to be the worst afflicted GAMBLERS?

Until I read again, best of the weekend to you, Mr. Wooten.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 9th, 2009
9:27 pm

Palin is the inspiration for a new piece of slang. “pullin’ a Palin” is defined at the user-edited as: 1. Quitting when the going gets tough; abandoning the responsibility entrusted to you by your neighbors for book advances and to make money on the lecture circuit. 2. Bizarre move that will damn ambitions for higher office.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 9th, 2009
9:28 pm

Who is going to replace Daddy’s money Senatuh Ensign? How did the $96,000 calculate per pop? That’s more than Spitzer and Republican Senatuh Hooker Vitter paid.

LOL Talk about people livin’ in mommy and daddy’s basement. Looks like bad boy Ensign is figaturively gettin’ mommy and daddy to pay off his nookie.

Who will replace “Daddy buy me some more nookie in Nevada now?” The hits just keep on comin’ from the Bozo the Clown party. How about Sylvio Berlusconi for Senatuh from Nevada?

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 9th, 2009
9:30 pm

Biig shout out to Senatuh Idiot Ensign who went to his daddy to bribe his strange bootie to keep silent with 100 grand of hush money. Whose the Republican Senatuh Daddy now?

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 9th, 2009
9:34 pm

I wonder how obese Mr. Smith thought the federal government was getting when it hemorrhed 4 trillion dollars and counting on the fiasco in Iraq?

Kayaker 71

July 9th, 2009
9:35 pm

Palin in 2012,

He probably in the same place that John Edwards went. Except Edwards didn’t have to call daddy. He made all of his money chasing ambulances.

sane jane

July 9th, 2009
9:38 pm

I don’t get it. She’s a charismatic person, no doubt, and commands a vocal, loyal following. She could make a very compelling media figure, probably a fortune & possibly an empire down the road.

But as an elected official, she has been a complete and utter disaster. An incompetent mess.

Let’s just be honest. She can still be popular; still a leader. Scary as it seems, she could easily be Rush’s successor. (if she has any radio chops) (beyond what we know about the canucks pranking her)

But as an elected official… nay.


July 9th, 2009
9:42 pm

At last, Wooten makes a comparison that is valid and spot-on. Combining news of Sarah Plain and Cynthia McKinney in one column at long last brings together two vapid nutjob egomaniacs who have an absolutely equal chance of becoming President of the United States someday. Well played Wooten!

Alas, twas unintentional, but even a blind squirrel finds the occasional nut, so points to Wooten for the punditry equivalent of 100 monkeys typing.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 9th, 2009
9:54 pm

Sarah could run with Rush. They’re both equally stupid, as are their listeners.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 9th, 2009
10:04 pm

Find the 15 year-old workin’ after school in a fast food restaurant who isn’t more articulate and better informed as to domestic and foreign policy and the federal legal structure than Palin. You can’t do it.


July 9th, 2009
10:05 pm

Something you wingnuts need to realize…we liberals, the forces of reason and progress, are not afraid of your Queen Esther of Wasilla. We love her. Totally, head over heels, gobsmacked in love with her. Because every time she opens her mouth, and all you bleating sheep come running along telling us how she is TEH AWESOME!1!1!!, you prove the essential thesis that the wingnut brigade is composed of simpleton knuckle draggers like Sister Dusty and Che/Tzu/1984. Also.

Long ago, Wooten posted links to his favorite blogs, those up to the minute Internet thingies that are destroying the newspaper biz. (Those links are gone now; I guess the bosses told him to quit advertising the competition.) Anyway, one of Jim’s favorites is a place called Red State, where an actual Georgia-grown chimp has learned to use the Internet tubes with no adult supervision. Thus do we have this kind of masterbatory genius flowing from the loins of Erick, Son of Erick to prove the essential thesis once again. To “wit”:

I’ve had this running thought all day, perhaps because I was watching it on TV in HD for the first time, that this is kind of like Ben Kenobi letting Darth Vader strike him down.

And Todd is just like that hunky Harrison Ford and little Britney is just like the Carrie Fisher character (the real life version all hepped up on drugs and easy sex, not Princess Leah).

Please, I beg the Imaginary Sky Fairy from my bended knees…please bring us more Sarah, all the time. Not just for the streaming tears of mirth she provides, but for the ample loaves of dimwittery that she spawns in her wake. Also.


July 9th, 2009
10:08 pm

I have no problem with the suggestion that candidates resign before running for higher office. But Jim, here is an honest question: What evidence do you have that Sarah Palin has the intellect to be governor, let alone president? The party needs to get over this anti-intellectualism, and pick someone who can at least discuss issues in an articulate manner.


July 9th, 2009
10:32 pm

The pot smokers have the same solution to California’s budget woes that the Underground Atlanta gambling interests have for Georgia’s: Legalize something objectionable. Surely somebody’s convinced that prostitution is some state’s budget savior.

I find old politicians and journalists that are hopped up on viagra objectionable.
It is still none of my, OR THE STATE’S, bidness.
Same with pot smoking, gambling and prostitution.


July 9th, 2009
10:34 pm



Please run Palin in 2012!

July 9th, 2009
10:48 pm

9th Circuit overrules district court that blocked Plan B pill sales for “morning after contraception.” Plan B stays on the shelves. Take it to the Supemes where it will become law of the land after the seating of Justice Sotamayor and a possible two aditional Obama appointed Justices.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 9th, 2009
11:32 pm

From Kaymaker 71 : He made all of his money chasing ambulances. This doesn’t comport with the facts or the cases Edwards took to trial. His cases are well documented on Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, and Thompson Legal Record. They were complex cases, involving multiple experts, and the damages were life-altering tragedies. The birth damage cases did not involve maloutcome, which is the #1 cause of cases against OBGYNs currently. They involved clear cut negligence in response by hospital staff to clearcut fetal distress that was well documented and at the epicenter of standards for a full court press by an OBGYN and neonatal staff. One case involved an absurdly large overdose of the drug Antabuse which caused permanant CNS and peripheral nerve damage to the patient. In fact, a first year med student could have avoided this mistake by consulting pack insert, PDR, or the web. During the trial, the judge warned that “juries down here” don’t award more than 100 grand. The jury disagreed however, and the award was $3.7 million. The PI cases Edwards tried involved life crippling and paralyzing injuries in motor vehicle accidents.

The record setting trial award was for the Lakey family who had a 5 year old daughter who was disembowled when she was caught in a wading pool drain. If you don’t understand the term, you can see an example of this in the Anthony Hopkins movie Hannible The insurance company offered 100 grand and the jury awarded $25 million with the punitive damages potentially treble. The insurance company then settled for an undisclosed amount.

When detractors of Edwards tried to claim the disembowling award for the little girl’s family was based on junk science, on Faux news of course, the judge in the case went on Faux to take apart that claim.

However you are defining “ambulance chasing”, Edwards’ large trial victories don’t fit any definition the medical or legal community uses. His cases didn’t involve alleged muskuloskeletal injuries with treatment by chiropractors until the insurance runs out or the company flatly refuses to pay. His cases also didn’t involve runners who recruit these people routinely, and/or “jump-ins” where collisons are staged and people are recruited to jump in the vehicles as alleged victim/plaintiffs.

I understand that Edwards is someone you don’t like, so it was convenient to reach out and choose the term ambulance chaser even though you had no actual knowledge of the trials Edwards was involved in or the fact that his plaintiffs in the large verdict suits were paralyzed , dead or had major life altering injuries no one ever hopes to sustain.


July 10th, 2009
12:24 am

“I understand that Edwards is someone you don’t like, so it was convenient to reach out and choose the term ambulance chaser even though you had no actual knowledge of the trials Edwards…”

Blah blah blah, the Googler expert numbnut nolife libtard speaks. Yes, we get it. Edwards also preached to us about man-made global warming while building a gazillion square foot mansion in the sticks of North Carolina.

Hey poofer: get a life. And some sleep, you sad, pathetic, deranged, obsessive liberal FREAK.


July 10th, 2009
2:02 am

I have no strong feelings for or against Sarah Palin. I loved her speech to the GOP convention, but that was pretty much the last time she seemed to have it all put together. Now, no one seems to know why she’s resigned, and certainly her rambling resignation speech didn’t shine any light on her intent. If she’s quit her job just to run for president, well, she’s deluding herself to think she has the qualifications to run, even if 2008 proved once and for all that qualifications are now an afterthought in national politics. So be it, and good riddance to her.

But if she’s leaving office because she’s been mocked, harassed and baselessly investigated into a reported $500,000 personal legal debt, well, that goes way beyond the normal bounds of power politics and speaks volumes about the new Democratic party and their embracing the politics of personal destruction… ‘the Chicago way’ if you will. No one deserves the juvenile, condescending and tasteless things that have been said about her and her family in the last year (things that would never be thrown at a showbiz-friendly leftist) and if indeed she wants out just to find a little peace and quiet, I could hardly blame her. I still can’t see how this enhances her campaign stature for 2012, unless she finds some better writers and makes sure there’s always a teleprompter in front of her. That seems to work really well, especially if the media never asks you any hard questions.

Obviously, the GOP is in disarray right now, almost somnambulant, but as the pendulum swings, some camera-friendly republican WILL come along, figure out how to play by the new rules (as in, there ARE no rules, only deft populist pandering) and both parties will serve up perhaps the ugliest election imaginable. Debates will play out like a reality show, the blogosphere will serve as the new tabloid press spreading rumors and innuendo, ‘issues’ will be reduced to talking points and we’ll finally decide on a president based on which one made us laugh harder on SNL.

Forgive me if I don’t look forward to it.


July 10th, 2009
4:06 am

Good morning,
I read with great interest the shrinking of the Hirta sheep.The cause is blamed on warmer temperatures allowing the smaller lambs to survive.Since this research is gong to continue,it will prove interesting.Now we need to debate the cause of the warming.

I too find the drivers of large pickups to be aggressive.They seem to think the rules of the road are for other people.Not all of them,mind you,just a disproportionate percentage.Motorcycle drivers,on the other hand,are just complete morons when it comes to knowing or heeding any rules.

It should be obvious by now that Joe Biden needs no authorization to flap his gums.Nor is he bothered by any statements by the administration that he doesn’t speak for them.

Those that feel a need to alter their mind with weed should perhaps think about changing their mind with something that actually functions.

Georgia finally gets to the top part of a list and still you complain.Usually Georgia comes in 47th.

[...] See the full article from “Atlanta Journal Constitution” [...]


July 10th, 2009
6:30 am

I thought it was standard to include vehicle descriptions in traffic stories. Don’t be so sensitive, Jim.

Or maybe people see pickup truck drivers as aggressive because they advocate use of force against pot smokers, prostitutes, and similar folk. Just a thought.

Churchill's MOM

July 10th, 2009
6:33 am

Thanks Jim, we all love Sara Palin.

***************Handel 2010********************Palin Sanford 2012**********************

Marcus Graham

July 10th, 2009
7:08 am

Not surprising that among the big cities with the lowest unemployment rates is Washington, D.C., with 6.2 percent. Atlanta ranks 18th, at 9.6 percent. The stimulus creates jobs. For government workers.

JIm, if you’d bother to check your facts, you’d see that Washington DC has always had a low unemployment rate. The town is practically recession proof and it has nothing to do with the stimulus package or your ignorant dig at it. Of note, industries like hopsitality/tourism, education, marketing and the like are not government jobs and are actually flourishing right now. I moved from Atlanta a few months ago to DC so, I know firsthand.

sane jane

July 10th, 2009
7:26 am

Ward, that’s quite a stretch to place Palin’s legal/ethical troubles at the feet of the “Chicago Way” Democratic party. Comedians, media figures, entertainers, sure – but the DNC establishment?

Perhaps you don’t recall the “White House dog”, a 13-year old Chelsea Clinton. Or Michelle Obama’s “whitey” tape. Or the suggestions that she’s an ape.

Muckraking occurs on both sides. Both parties condone it, but it’s comics (like Letterman) and entertainers (like Limbaugh) who drive the process.


July 10th, 2009
7:28 am

The United States’ top fighter jet, the Lockheed Martin F-22, has recently required more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour in the skies, pushing its hourly cost of flying to more than $44,000, a far higher figure than for the warplane it replaces, confidential Pentagon test results show.

The aircraft’s radar-absorbing metallic skin is the principal cause of its maintenance troubles, with unexpected shortcomings — such as vulnerability to rain and other abrasion — challenging Air Force and contractor technicians since the mid-1990s, according to Pentagon officials, internal documents and a former engineer.

While most aircraft fleets become easier and less costly to repair as they mature, key maintenance trends for the F-22 have been negative in recent years, and on average from October last year to this May, just 55 percent of the deployed F-22 fleet has been available to fulfill missions guarding U.S. airspace, the Defense Department acknowledged this week. The F-22 has never been flown over Iraq or Afghanistan.

Sensitive information about troubles with the nation’s foremost air-defense fighter is emerging in the midst of a fight between the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress over whether the program should be halted next year at 187 planes, far short of what the Air Force and the F-22’s contractors around the country had anticipated.

“It is a disgrace that you can fly a plane [an average of] only 1.7 hours before it gets a critical failure” that jeopardizes success of the aircraft’s mission, said a Defense Department critic of the plane who is not authorized to speak on the record. Other skeptics inside the Pentagon note that the planes, designed 30 years ago to combat a Cold War adversary, have cost an average of $350 million apiece and say they are not a priority in the age of small wars and terrorist threats.

But other defense officials — reflecting sharp divisions inside the Pentagon about the wisdom of ending one of the largest arms programs in U.S. history — emphasize the plane’s unsurpassed flying abilities, express renewed optimism that the troubles will abate and say the plane is worth the unexpected costs.

Votes by the House and Senate armed services committees last month to spend $369 million to $1.75 billion more to keep the F-22 production line open were propelled by mixed messages from the Air Force — including a quiet campaign for the plane that includes snazzy new Lockheed videos for key lawmakers — and intense political support from states where the F-22’s components are made. The full House ratified the vote on June 25, and the Senate is scheduled to begin consideration of F-22 spending Monday.

After deciding to cancel the program, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called the $65 billion fleet a “niche silver-bullet solution” to a major aerial war threat that remains distant. He described the House’s decision as “a big problem” and has promised to urge President Obama to veto the military spending bill if the full Senate retains F-22 funding.

The administration’s position is supported by military reform groups that have long criticized what they consider to be poor procurement practices surrounding the F-22, and by former senior Pentagon officials such as Thomas Christie, the top weapons testing expert from 2001 to 2005. Christie says that because of the plane’s huge costs, the Air Force lacks money to modernize its other forces adequately and has “embarked on what we used to call unilateral disarmament.”


July 10th, 2009
7:39 am

Yes, by all means. Run, Sarah, run. Win the primaries, Sarah, win the primaries. Get your clock cleaned against Obama, Sarah, get your clock cleaned. The Republicans’ greatest nightmare is Sarah Palin at the top of the ticket in 2012. While she would be a dream opponent for Obama and the Democrats. Listen to the Wootens of this world, Sarah, listen to the Wootens of this world.

Ethanol is Bad

July 10th, 2009
7:59 am

Gas Problems Ahead?
A proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has boating organizations up in arms. Those organizations are now asking individual boaters for help in letting the EPA know the idea of allowing introduction of a new fuel that has not been independently tested in marine engines isn’t a good one.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.) have taken serious exception with a proposal that would allow an increase in the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline to rise from ten to fifteen percent.

That was proposed in March after Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol group collected fifty four other groups and petitioned the EPA to allow what is a fifty-percent bump in ethanol and reclassify E-10 fuel as E-15.

One small problem for boaters: engines are not designed, certified or calibrated to run with more than E-10 fuel. Recreational boat warranty documents and manufacturers owner’s manuals currently advise boaters not to use more than ten percent ethanol. The end result could be a forced change that would void warranties and potentially damage fuel systems.

“This is not about growing renewable energy,” says BoatU.S. Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich. “This is really about a group of investors attempting to profit at the expense of 13 million recreational boat owners. We had significant problems with the nationwide roll-out of E10 a few years ago, and without further independent testing of E15 with marine engines we are very likely to see similar issues.”

Podlich’s comments refer to the widely known problem with ethanol’s ability to attract water into gasoline or “phase separate” which has led to major problems and repair and replacement costs for boaters. Another problem is ethanol degrading fiberglass boat gas tank walls.

The proposal for the ethanol increase could also pose problems for a myriad of other small engines, from boats to chainsaws, lawn mowers, ATVs and virtually any other gas-powered engine.

NMMA Legislative Director Mathew Dunn offers what he calls a simple solution: “Science — not politics — should ultimately determine EPA’s decision on whether to allow the sale of any increased ethanol blend that’s more than 10 percent,” he says, “At present, it is clear there is insufficient scientific and technical data to justify granting the increase, and EPA should therefore deny it outright.”

Testing prior to implementing a content standard for gasoline seems to be a reasonable request, especially when it could radically impact the performance of both civilian and military engines.

The challenge is to get the message to the EPA before their extended public comment period ends on July 20.

And the boating industry isn’t the only one concerned about the E-15 proposal. A national association representing convenience stores and gas stations says they’re concerned about lawsuits from car owners claiming their cars were damaged by E-15 gasoline.

Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) which certifies gas pumps and safety for a wide range of products says it will not provide that UL certification to E-15 pumps. UL’s safety director says the maximum level that would be certified was always set at E-15. The problem is the potential for slight variations in the mix of ethanol and gasoline. In other words, it’s not going to be possible for operators to say without fear of error that their pumps are absolutely dispensing no higher than E-15 mixtures.

NMMA and BoatU.S. have provided web links for boaters that will enable them to send comments to the EPA and request a denial of the waiver for increases to E15 until further testing can prove the safety of the mixture.

Hal Kenedy

July 10th, 2009
8:02 am

S. Palin is, simply another political hack job. Here mouthpiece, Megan Stapleton recently described her lack of knowledge of foreign affairs as bringing a “fresh perspective.” Knowing nothing about Russia or the former Soviet Union isn’t a “fresh perspective” – it’s no perspective. How can someone vote for a person so uneducated in the things a President needs to know? Because she is a Christian? I loved Lewis Black’s recent quip on that view: “If you are about to vote for someone because they believe in god, take 10 seconds and think really hard…. does god believe in them? Its a two-way street.” I suspect god doesn’t believe in Sarah Palin. Her husband however – our country’s next first dude? – does have a GED – that’s a start!

Northern Songs, Ltd.

July 10th, 2009
8:10 am

to all you pantin’ for Palin – so you would willingly trade the current presidennt – bight, articulate,, and yet still in WAY over his head – for a vapid, intellectually challenged, albeit good looking dame, who would be in WAY WAY over her head? Please explain.


July 10th, 2009
8:12 am

If Sarah is such a dope and insignificant then why do the Dems and libs keep attacking her? Because she is the equivalent of a political rock star who draws upwards of 10-20,000 supporters at every stop she makes. They’re scared s***less of her.


July 10th, 2009
8:21 am

Actually Jim it’s long past time people started blasting the schools for what they serve to our children. Children are not going to make healthy choices in their food – that’s why parents are supposed to choose and prepare meals. Same needs to go for the adults who determine meal choices in schools. However, the bigger problem, at least in my girls’ school, are all the “treats” the students get. Almost a day doesn’t go by where the teachers aren’t handing out candy – the kids can even buy junk food on school property. There is zero justification for a coke machine to be on school property – especially an elementary school. Further, the complaints lodged by the school nurse and counselor go ignored.

Parents have an important job but we can’t police our children 24/7. We have a right to expect the teachers and school administrators to whom we entrust our children to make responsible choices on their behalf (which also includes not teaching our children how to cheat their way through life).


July 10th, 2009
8:25 am

sane jane, the ridicule of Chelsea was short-lived and I remember Letterman ended up apologizing then, too. And mere muckracking doesn’t accrue massive legal fees, nuisance ethics investigations do. Rahm Emanuel works in not-so-mysterious ways.

Northern Songs, Ltd.

July 10th, 2009
8:25 am

I’ll let Ellen Goodman continue my thoughtts:
I was among those who harbored the “elitist” belief that a vice presidential candidate should know as much about public policy as, say, Katie Couric. Yet, I delighted in the fact that because of Palin, conservatives lashed out against “sexism,’’ the religious right described teen pregnancy as a “challenge,’’ and it became politically incorrect for the most reactionary Republican to criticize working mothers.

JF McNamara

July 10th, 2009
8:29 am

Palin already ran…from her responsibility as Alaska’s governer and the pace was fast. Where I’m from, you uphold your obligations even if the going gets tough. She didn’t and is a quitter. Using campaigning for President is a cop out as she won’t even start until 2010 when her term would’ve been over anyway.

Kayaker 71

July 10th, 2009
8:34 am

Perhaps “global warming” has some benefits. If it shrinks the size of sheep, maybe it will shrink the size of all of the fat people in Georgia (presently ranking 3rd in a nation of fat people). Realistically, it would seem appropriate that a few less trips to Burger King would also be beneficial.

Marcus Graham

July 10th, 2009
8:34 am

Northern Songs, Ltd. —

Obama way in over his head?!!! Well, then Bush was WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY over his head….except his was good at reading My Pet Goat—really good at that.


July 10th, 2009
8:36 am

Keep whistling past the graveyard, libs! She can show up for house and senate candidates and they will draw thousands and rake in thousands in donations. She’ll help the GOP even if she never runs again.

Get Real

July 10th, 2009
8:36 am

So Wooten doesn’t want people to discuss non-seatbelt wearing pickup drivers, but he wants to discuss those who delve in greenery as objectionable. I find the law the doesn’t mandate seatbelts for pickups objectionable because it forces the state to pass up badly needed highway funds from the govt.

Levi Johnson "The Tool"

July 10th, 2009
8:37 am

Levi Johnston told reporters Thursday night that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

decided to resign from office for the money.

Johnston claimed that in December he heard Palin talking about “how nice it would be to take some of this money people have been offering us and just run with it, and saying forget everything else.”

Johnston, the former fiancé of the governor’s daughter, said the offers Palin was referring to came from “books, talk shows, whatever, things like that.”

The 19-year-old father of the governor’s grandchild said he believed the reasons Palin listed for her resignation made up part of the reason, but were not the deciding factors.

“I’ve seen how stressful this job was for her and she came home late at night and things like that,” he said. But Johnston added, “I think the big deal was the book. That was millions of dollars.”

“It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills,” Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton responded.

Since splitting with the governor’s daughter, Johnston has appeared on numerous talk shows and is seeking a modeling or acting contract. Johnston is also shopping a tell-all book on his relationship with the family and said he may be “getting into some movies or something.”


July 10th, 2009
8:41 am

Whoa…. Mr. Wooten, um…. I don’t mean to be unkind, but you really are making less and less sense these days. I hear the fish are biting. Wouldn’t you rather be fishing than here?


July 10th, 2009
8:44 am

Well DUH:

“ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The former fiance of Gov. Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter says he thinks he knows why the Alaska governor is resigning — concerns over money.

Levi Johnston, 19, whose wedding to Bristol Palin was called off earlier this year, says he believes the governor is resigning over personal finances.”

Of COURSE it was over money. These stupid fools representing the liberal Dumocrat crackpots were making false allegation after false allegation, and as a person in office, she had to be investigated and defended – on her OWN money. These modern left wing sheeplecrats are just disgusting. There is no other word for it: DISGUSTING.


July 10th, 2009
8:46 am

“Palin already ran…from her responsibility as Alaska’s governer and the pace was fast. Where I’m from, you uphold your obligations”-McNamara

Hey fool, does that also mean running away from your Congressional seat responsibilities to RUN FOR PRESIDENT??? Moron.


July 10th, 2009
8:48 am

Hal Kenedy,
I will bet that you voted for Obozo? Palin, would not be my choice, but she has more experience than Obozo. By the way does Obozo know who is in change in Russia, or that staring at a 17 year old a$$ is just bad taste?


July 10th, 2009
8:49 am

“If Sarah is such a dope and insignificant then why do the Dems and libs keep attacking her? Because she is the equivalent of a political rock star who draws upwards of 10-20,000 supporters at every stop she makes. They’re scared s***less of her.”

You mindless drone! The reason why she is attacked (as you call it) is because it causes the wingnuts to circle the wagons around her thereby forcing her to the head of their mindless class. Run Sarah! Run Sarah!


July 10th, 2009
8:51 am

Yes Sarah Run………….. for President of Disney World…….the debater with Mickey and Goofy should be pretty close !