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.