Thank Sonny we’re not California

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

Drop Sonny a note and thank him for managing the small cuts that keep Georgia from being California, where budget “solutions” are mostly just gimmicks that hide the problem and roll it over into another year. Thank goodness for a constitutional prohibition on deficit spending – and for a governor who started managing the nickels early in the downturn. The gimmee crowd – the teachers’ union, for example – really should shut up. It could be far worse.

Fifteen Georgia counties have unemployment rates above 13 percent. State financial incentives for businesses to locate here should be limited to those with high unemployment caused by plant closings. Once skilled and disciplined workers leave to find jobs in metro Atlanta or elsewhere, they’re not going back, worsening those counties’ predicament. Kelly McCutcheon, executive VP of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, notes that “hundreds of scholarly studies and decades of real-world experience reveal no clear benefits in state tax incentives” and are “particularly questionable” in a business-friendly state like Georgia. Use them sparingly. And target ‘em.

Murray County schools are free to go to a 160-day school year, rather than the required 180 days. It’ll make up the time by extending the school day one hour. Schools this legislative year got authority to exercise more local control. The end destination for all education-related decisions is results, outcomes, performance. Inputs should be left to parents and their chosen school leaders.

Georgia is among 17 states with the lowest graduation rates, according to an advocacy group. Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be in schools with low graduation rates. Blacks and Hispanics are also more likely to be born without a married mother and father in the home. There is a correlation. It’s not the schools’ fault. We can’t fix education’s problems until we fix the family – or as an inadequate alternative, change the school model.

Once again the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services wasn’t omnipotent in preventing the death of a child, which authorities say occurred at the hands of the mother’s boyfriend. It doesn’t take a village; social workers won’t always render perfect judgment. It’s the mother and father thing, again. Government can’t raise healthy children or protect them.

Atlanta may have to return $30 million in federal empowerment zone money that it couldn’t spend productively. Too much “red tape” say some critics. Shoot fire, your red tape is my accountability for public money. It wasn’t spent because it was too much money chasing too little real opportunity for productive use. The last thing in the world that should happen now is that politicians and bureaucrats start pushing money out the door.

From a news story: “Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), a member of the Finance Committee, is seen as a potential defector from her party on…” You complete the sentence: a) health care legislation b) the Sonia Sotomayor nomination c) the $787 billion “stimulus” porker d) anything Harry Reid wants e) all of the above.

Is the war against terrorism up or global warming down? In India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives an impassioned speech demanding that the country and others do more to confront terrorism and global warming. Global warming won’t kill us; terrorists will.  She also joined a television discussion of what’s wrong with education in the U.S. and India. One world, one solution.

Which is more important — the F-22 or paid jobs among the non-profits? The one is cut, the other funded through the $787 billion “stimulus” bill. The arts are important, sure, and donors are strapped. But to metro Atlanta and to the nation, the F-22 jobs and the fighters they produce, when abandoned, leave us less secure. The “stimulus” will funnel another $342,000 to Georgia’s arts-related nonprofits.

211 comments Add your comment

Steeley Dan

July 24th, 2009
9:28 pm

“Steeley Dan,

The F-35 is neither mediocre nor designed only for ground attack as he pointed out. Also, you’re incorrect that the F-35 doesn’t compare favorably to current Russian offerings. Maybe you better scroll through Jane’s until you understand the capabilities of the three variants. Try this link. It’ll set you straight on JSF, and I’m “pretty sure” its accurate.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/press_releases/2008/0919ae_f-35settingrecordstraight.html

J.McNamara: nice Google! Amazing how that link of yours (a Lockheed link mind you) doesn’t pit the F-35 capabilities (and mission) against the Raptor now, isn’t it? That was *my* point, Mr. Expert.

And your ignoring my other argument against your point of the F-22 not being used in combat (yet) and how long the F-117 took to see combat action is noted.

Baxter

July 24th, 2009
9:33 pm

Early on in this post was a list posted by Skeptimal Optimist. One of the projects listed for potential money being spent was $6.2 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program. The funds for this program must be expended by 03/31/10.
Please read about this—I don’t know how this will help any of us but if it can, one needs to be on-board soon.
http://www.gefa.org/index.aspx?recordid=191&page=50

danicool

July 24th, 2009
9:37 pm

As a veteran high school social studies teacher and the spouse of someone who has been teaching junior and senior high school social studies for 32 years, I can vouch that teachers work countless hours and breaks willingly and proudly – most if not all breaks and weekends, I grade/prepare the entire break and take classes/workshops to add to my resources. We also spend a great deal out of pocket for basic school supplies and things such practice books, biographies, textbooks, as well as primary and secondary source books. The timing is nothing short of demoralizing. Our pay is for 190 days spread over 12 months. Perhaps if the governor had been more upfront with the school systems rather than literally days before we go back, the reaction from many of the teachers you have read would be different. Public service is not for pay – it is for the greater good. That is why many teachers will be working at their schools on their furlough days and on days in which they are not paid to be there as well as work at home. I think some of the bloggers have valid points regarding the need for the furlough but you must also realize that education is not an 8-4 Monday- Friday job and teachers do not look at their profession that way at all.

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 24th, 2009
11:13 pm

Thank Sonny the Sumo Wrestling Lame Brain for Proliferating a Cess Pool

Georgia Worst Rate of Graduation in the Country and all of the fail to graduates assemble as Wooten Mousketeers slaming Obama with not one scintilla of an idea themselves–

Georgia Worst Traffic and Road Plan in the Country–Hawl your big mama SUV out on the Connector right now and bake

Sonnuh Dommuh solution to water crisis after being body slammed several times–Ah wants all the wawa ah wants–complete Sonny Clusterfook

Repulican Solution to the Crisis where Health Care that is often inapproprite, inefficient to the max, and redundant is one big duh–

Whatevah’s bein’ proposed we don like it–We think it’s great insurance companies are denying coverage right and left. The top 3 cut out 20,000 people last 5 years who were employed premium paying Americans

They didn’t get illegal immigrationitis like some fool here said

They didn’t lackidasically refuse to get coverage–they paid premiums for years but some moron here said they were illegals or else indifferent to coverage–obvious this fool has never participated in health care except to reject mental health care like Palin.

TechLover

July 25th, 2009
7:02 am

Good old Sonny “Go Fishin’, Land Deal” Perdue. What in the world would we have done without him and the other Republicans? Probably just continue to be the most progressive state in the south instead of rejoining the old Confederacy. Seems old Sonny was a little jealous of Augusta having the state’s medical school (disclaimer: I’m an MCG graduate) so he decided they needed one at his alma mater, UGAly. With infrastructure, implementing an entire new system, salaries (medical college professors make more than average professors), etc., how many millions more is this going to cost than expanding in Augusta? Also the GAE may be called a union as is the National Nursing Association, but since Ga is a “right to fire” state, neither has any real power as a traditional union.

GA teacher

July 25th, 2009
9:05 am

I have a signed and notarized contract for the 2009-2010 school year requiring me to work 190 days for x amount of dollars. It’s simple in legal terms. A contract cannot be broken without the consent of both parties. Teachers did not give their consent. ipso facto.

I am happy to have a job, I accept that I work much longer hours than required. I accept that I spend hundreds of dollars annually from my personal funds. My heart breaks for the millions of Americans out of work.

Many Americans faced foreclosure for breaking contracts with their mortgage companies. It ’s simple, I have a contract. It can not be broken willy nilly.

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
9:08 am

After reading an Op Ed written by a local teacher this morning bemoaning his pitiful plight and that of others in his chosen profession, going on a fishing trip might do him and the others wallowing in self-pity some good: Provided they don’t trip over their own bottom lip dragging on the ground in front of their feet?

Some quite time spent in a tranquil setting of the great outdoors might allow them to gain a much needed prospective. Hopefully the prospective so many of my teachers that have long since graduated to that university of the great beyond imparted to me and others of that time.

Public sentiments are very raw at the moment, as private sector employment has suffered far worse than the public sector. Cato reports, Department of Labor data showing federal worker layoffs and firings occur at just one-fourth the rate of private sector employee layoffs and firings. Government employees receive about twice the amount of annual income as opposed to what their private sector counter-parts receive. And with most of the so-called stimulus money going to benefit the public sector more so than the private sector, those fomenting sympathies for government employees of any type have a very difficult proposition to proffer in rallying a battered private sector citizenry’s support.

Now, go fish. But before you do, you might want to consider changing the bait you’re using: I’m afraid it stinks worse than the pray you’re trying to ensnare.

Munch

July 25th, 2009
9:44 am

Michael Smith, pointing out the self-pitying uselessness of our current crop of teacher, uses the word ‘prospective’ when the correct word is ‘perspective’. Twice. Later, he uses the word ‘pray’ when the correct word is ‘prey’.

Perhaps this is indicative of the quality of instruction he received from the teachers of the past he admires. It is certainly indicative of how much credit we should afford Mikey’s opinion.

Munch

July 25th, 2009
9:46 am

Has anyone started a betting pool on when Wooten is going to weigh in on the birth certificate controversy?

I’ve got ten bucks that says his next column is on the supercop in Cambridge who subdued that scary university professor for trespassing in his own living room.

clyde

July 25th, 2009
9:53 am

GA Teacher,
I have a friend who cleans houses for a living.She too spends some of the money she makes for cleaning supplies.She doesn’t have to,she just does it.She’s like you,dense in the head.

Munch

July 25th, 2009
9:55 am

Clyde reveals his opinion that anyone who goes the extra mile to do a quality job is “dense in the head”.

catlady

July 25th, 2009
10:03 am

California is Georgia kinda in reverse. Where California does all these things for the least among them, Georgia does it for the wealthy and well connected. Look at the special tax breaks enacted by the legislature. Help you any? How about Sonny’s loan and his tax break on the property? Help you any? How about Glen Richardson’s secret divorce. Help you any? I could go on and on.

catlady

July 25th, 2009
10:05 am

Munch, given we were talking about Sonny, I think Michael Smith MEANT to say “pray.”

catlady

July 25th, 2009
10:14 am

I am a teacher of 37 years and I will NOT work on the furlough days. Not at home. Not at school. It means I have less than 16 hours to prepare for my students (less stupid meetings) but I will be as ready as I can in those hours. After all, it must not have REALLY been important to have scheduled 4 days to prepare, if it can be done in 2, right? Let the kids and the parents walk in and see the mess, and perhaps they will scorch Sonny’s (and the superintendents’ ears) about the timing of the furloughs!

And don’t even think about docking my pay till October 1, as I earned the money for August and September LAST YEAR.

I would love it if the courts would rule we could take sick days for these furloughs.

I lose $1200 for the 3 days, plus a 2% county reduction for the whole salary, plus higher insurance premiums, higher copays and deductibles. It amounts to a loss of over $3000. That’s real money to most people.

clyde

July 25th, 2009
10:25 am

Munch,
There is no birth certificate controversy among sane folks and I’ll take your ten.
Best read all the facts about Mr. Gate’s arrest before jumping in like Obama did.He looked a lot like Sharpton and Jackson with his hasty,let’s defend Gates anyway,remarks.

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
10:34 am

Munch

July 25th, 2009
9:44 am

Well Munchie old pal don’t blame my teachers, they did their part. Being the grammar pro that you are and English “supercop” that you wish you were, I’m sure you will more than swing the tide of public opinion in your favor based on my written errors.

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
10:50 am

Watch out clyde, Munchie as it appears gets on a word hunt “alot” when all else fails.

Skeptimal Optimist

July 25th, 2009
10:52 am

Oh good grief. You mean to tell me resident libDimwitocrat numbnuts is still trying to compare the F-22 to the F-35? Here, let’s put the issue to rest once and for all since the little left wingnut pantywaste can’t accept FACTS:

“The Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.”

“The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multirole aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions.”

Okay pansy, the F-15 is today’s (yesterday’s actually) aerial superiority fighter – the ones left that haven’t broken apart in mid air high G maneuvers anyway from old age. The F-16 and F/A-18 is today’s multirole strike fighter. Are we clear now, chucklenuts? Geeze.

Skeptimal Optimist

July 25th, 2009
11:02 am

Anyone see the numbers from PresBo’s press teleprompter … errr… I mean press conference the other night? Here’s his ratings rundown with history:

2/9/09 – Stimulus (hah!) Plan – 35.3 million households
3/24/09 – Economic Recovery (again, HAH!) – 29.8 million households
4/29/09 – First 100 Days (what did he accomplish again?) – 21.4 million households

and finally…. drum roll please………..

7/22/09 – Obamacare (yeah kill what works for 87% of the nation) – 18.7 million

So there you have it. Not only are Americans fast getting tired of a smooth reading community organizer, they are tired of being duped and manipulated, Chicago style.

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
11:08 am

Yep, I know what you mean catlady those “co-pays” truly are killers, even for the educated among us.

clyde

July 25th, 2009
11:11 am

Michael H.,
I don’t care how one spells kat,as long as I get the idea.

Skeptimal Optimist

July 25th, 2009
11:11 am

Oh this is rich. LibDimwitocrats pull a Nazi-style censorship on Republicans trying to get out a fact sheet on Obamacare (found here: http://www.rollcall.com/pdfs/healthchart072309.pdf). Apparently the bedwetters don’t like it. Poor babies.

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July 23, 2009
By Jackie Kucinich
Roll Call Staff

Democrats are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing that is critical of the majority’s health care reform plan, blocking the mailing by alleging that it is inaccurate.

House Republicans are crying foul and claiming that the Democrats are using their majority to prevent GOP Members from communicating with their constituents.

The dispute centers on a chart (view PDF) created by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Republican staff of the Joint Economic Committee to illustrate the organization of the Democratic health care plan.

At first glance, Brady’s chart resembles a board game: a colorful collection of shapes and images with a web of lines connecting them.

But a closer look at the image reveals a complicated menagerie of government offices and programs that Republicans say will be created if the leading Democratic health care plan becomes law.

In a memo sent Monday to Republicans on the House franking commission, Democrats argue that sending the chart to constituents as official mail would violate House rules because the information is misleading.

In their eight-point memo, which was obtained by Roll Call, Democrats identify a litany of areas where they believe the chart is incorrect.

For example, Democrats argue that the chart depicts a “Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund” that is “simply a recipient of IRS funds, with no outflow. … This is false.”

The chart’s illustration of low-income subsidies is also “misleading and false,” Democrats argue.

Congressional rules for franked mail bar Members from using taxpayer-funded mail for newsletters that use “partisan, politicized or personalized” comments to criticize legislation or policy.

The dispute over Brady’s chart is being reviewed by the franking commission, which must approve any mail before it can be sent. No decision had been made on the matter by press time.

Brady adamantly denied that the chart was misleading and said Democrats are simply threatened by the content of the graphic.

“I think their review was laughable,” Brady said. “It’s … downright false in most of the cases. The chart depicts their health care plan as their committees developed it.”

“The chart reveals how their health care bureaucracy works, and people are frightened by it,” he added. “So this is their effort to try and discredit” the chart.

Republican Members have made 20 requests to mail a version of the chart to their constituents and have been told that the requests are being delayed while the commission reviews allegations that the chart is misleading.

“Hiding the truth about wildly unpopular policies is a Democrat specialty,” said one GOP aide. “I’d like to see the flow chart on how Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi plans on implementing the open and transparent government she keeps promising everyone.”
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The last sentence is the best. Nancy got the smackdown by the CBO on her promise that the government will actually see savings with Obamacare. Notice how she hasn’t been running her mouth so much lately on Obamacare? The best though was her saying they have the votes for Obamacare, and moderate Democrats quickly telling her she does NOT have the votes. Nothing is so amusing than watching a libDimwitocrat being told “NO!”

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
11:28 am

How about this Skeptimal Optimist since Obumer’s Public Healthcare Plan is such a good idea why not spread that goodness to all three branches of government and all federal employees by forcing them into the Public Option instead of giving them all the healthcare choices they have now paid for at taxpayer expense?

Want to make a bet the so-called Public Option never becomes a law if those employed by the federal government, especially all of those in Congress had to receive their government paid healthcare solely under the public option?

@clyde – just having a little too much fun my friend, I knew exactly what you meant and I agree, obviously our teachers were successful in teaching most of the skills to understand even misused, mispronounced and misspelled words all the same.

Skeptimal Optimist

July 25th, 2009
11:43 am

So, how’s California doing anyway? What a wonderful model state for the rest of America, yes? Especially Nancy Pelosi’s district of weirdo libDimwitocrats. You have to love the liberalism of allowing homeless bums to defecate in public (oh that comment will cause some bedwetting from the mindless mAsses on the left here).

Close behind California as a model role for the rest of America has to be Michigan (side note: notice how many more Michigan tags are around Atlanta lately?). Yep, Michigan! Now why are they also a candidate for America’s role model state? Why it’s simple: GM and Ford has built nothing but overpriced, halfassed designed and built crap for decades. America spoke up and rejected the junk coming out of Detrioit and Dearborn. People have been leaving Michigan in droves because of it, and so what do the brainiac politicians in Michigan (Dimocrats, naturally) decide to do? Why raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $10.00 an hour of course! Brilliant!

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D99JNJ402.htm

Georgia should be so fortunate, yes? But of course here all we have are libDimiwitocrat pantywastes bedwetting over state tax breaks to draw Kia and others here (maybe they’re just upset that foreign car manufacturers here aren’t unionized – who knows, who cares). And you can bet your @ss if industry disappeared in Georgia these same bedwetters would be blaming Perdue for the loss. Finally, ever notice that the libDimwitocrats bedwetting over tax breaks given to companies to locate here (yeah like that’s NEVER happened elsewhere) can explain how that money was actually taken out of their own pockets, like, say, Idunno, SOCIAL SECURITY?

………….
PHOENIX — A Social Security Administration motivational management conference held at a high-end Valley resort last week cost $700,000, the SSA told the ABC15 Investigators.

Costs for the conference at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa included airfare, hotel entertainment, dancers, motivational speakers, and food, an administration official said.

A spokesperson outside the SSA’s Phoenix office declined to comment.
…………..

Skeptimal Optimist

July 25th, 2009
11:59 am

“How about this Skeptimal Optimist since Obumer’s Public Healthcare Plan is such a good idea why not spread that goodness to all three branches of government and all federal employees by forcing them into the Public Option”

MHS: You think PrezBo and Pelosi would go for that? Man please! You did hear PrezBo’s comment about that when asked the other night, right?

Oh, and speaking of political hypocrisy and stupidity (or as PrezBo so famously says, acting “stupidly”), did you know that Barney Franks’ boy lover was in charge of Fannie Mae exec lobbying for equal housing mortgage access? How come our beloved non-biased (yeah right) main stream media won’t report news like that? For the factually challenged liberals here, Barney Frank said there was nothing wrong with Fan/Fred when the Bush administration knew there WAS a problem and attempted to increase federal oversight.

http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080924145932.aspx

"Charles", The Original

July 25th, 2009
12:27 pm

I hope that Charles, The Original hasn’t been banned from this site. If so, I’d like to quote my grandfather. “Boy, it’s more than one way to skin a cat.” lol

There is no place for the so-called educated integrationist Negroes to hide. Look for my postings through-out the World Wide Web.

JD

July 25th, 2009
12:36 pm

One Voice

Apparently you subscribe to the “Theory” that volume hides lack of content.

You are mentally, physically and emotionally inferior and not just to me but to most Georgians, you know, those you would like to call uneducated.

Your comments on terrorists tell the entire story. Afraid, no I am not. But informed – now that I am. If you do not believe “terrorists” have the capability to acquire, build and detonate dirty, nuclear or other bombs of mass destruction you must have been sitting at your keyboard for the past ten years doing nothing but thumbing through your thesaurus in a vain attempt to sound more intellignet than you are.

As for your thug reference, you left out the small thug gang attmpting to destroy over 200 years of American progress, the Democrats. If you believe there is a bit of difference in the two political parties other than the Democrat push to Socialism then you are even less informed than I would suspect.

In retrospect, all of your comments, not just the causation/correlation item, are asinine.

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
12:42 pm

Of course I don’t think Obumer and Comrade Pelosi will go for the proposition as previously stated, Skeptimal Optimist. In fact, I know for certain that Obumer, and all the good socialist liberal comrades would not pass any legislation that would put them and all other federal employees under this Public Option they all say is such a good thing and will cure what ails our the nation. That was my entire point. Not one single member of Congress would subject themselves, their families and all other federal employees and their families to the same jeopardy they will forcibly put the citizenry of this country into under this Public government run socialists healthcare Option scheme.

That is the point I meant to make and I hope someone who has a functional brain in the House will raise the issue I’ve put forth in debate before the House vote is taken.

If it is good enough for America and all other Americans to accept as healthcare coverage then it should be good enough healthcare coverage for Obumer, comrades Pelosi and Reid including the entire federally employed government to accept, right?

"Charles", The Original

July 25th, 2009
12:43 pm

One Response to “Boosting black male college graduation rates….”
Anonymous Says:

July 15th, 2009 at 7:28 am
The fact that the Black Male Initiative of the City University of New York is being challenged simply shows, once again, that the problem of the boy crisis, and especially the black boy crisis, is going to have to get even worse before anything remotely resembling a consensus for action can be reached. The AAUW is still the biggest problem.

Charles, The Original Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

July 25th, 2009 at 11:48 am
In the words of Leland Mississippi Alderwoman Marla Brooks, We are not going anywhere. We are not going anywhere. Stop! Stop! We are not going anywhere. Leave us alone. Leave us alone. We haven’t done anything wrong… They are doing us wrong. There is a bunch of racist evil black integrationist NNNNNNS up in here that’s doing us wrong.

I can’t speak for Hispanics. But if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Low graduation rates among Negroes have nothing to do with the absence of married mothers and fathers in the home. But here is the thing. Negro males and Negroes in general aren’t integrationist. And the low graduation rates among Negro children are a clear and present rejection of that philosophy. Let’s be real. The so-called educated integrationists Negroes don’t represent the interest of the masses of Negroes i.e. the children of a Negro mother and Negro father etc. They represent the interest of mongrels, the children of a white mother and a black father etc. And the educational system gives credence to that philosophy.

The dirty little secret in the United States among the so-called educated integrationist Negroes and their collaborators has been exposed. Under the guise of indiscriminate love for everyone, they seek to annihilate the “ugly” black faces of the original Negro in the United States via education, interracial marriage/sex, and outright genocide. And it’s promoted by fostering institutional advantages to black mongrels etc. thereby encouraging the original Negro to loathe his physical appearance e.g. Michael Jackson. History shows us how the original black Egyptians were annihilated because of their failure to reject a similar educational system. It was used by internal and external enemies of Egypt to transform original black Egyptians into mongrel Egyptians.

Using low graduation rates as the evidence, the original Negro males in the United States absolutely reject the leadership of the so-called educated integrationist Negroes and the enemy educational system they impose upon their families. But all is not lost. What a fantastic job our first “black” educated integrationist President of the United States, Barack Obama and Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates are doing with their children.

JD

July 25th, 2009
12:47 pm

I have no use for Democrats or Republicans simply due to their failure to live to their oath to protect and preserve the Constitution. But eachhas some small redeeming value.

Liberals, on the other hand, have no redeeming value and are simply a drain on the productive Americans forced to provide their support and protection, I lIke the following:

**DIVORCE AGREEMENT**

**Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950’s, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:

Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them).

We’ll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks. We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood . You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal aliens.

We’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and you can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll provide the necessary security.

We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values… You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley McClaine. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

We’ll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We’ll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.

We’ll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute ‘Imagine,’ ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’, ‘Kum Ba Ya ‘or ‘We Are the World’.

We’ll practice trickle down economics and you can give trickle up poverty your best shot.

Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our flag.

Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you ANWAR which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

Sincerely,

John J. Wall
Law Student and an American

P.S. Also, take Barbara Streisand, Jane Fonda & Nancy Pelosi ~~ please.**

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
1:00 pm

My apologies AJC for offending you but you have to admit the practice of Identity Politics needs to end. Both political parties have used them to divide this nation into ethnic pieces for far too long in pitting Americans against Americans in a continuing battle of “us against them”.

As it appears no one in politics has the decency or guts to say it is time for “us to fight for us”.

That is the real CHANGE we need.

Ram the legislation through--their inconsequential

July 25th, 2009
2:04 pm

The talking heads in the media are too stupid to tell you that the Lewin group is owned by the biggest abuser of physicians and their patients and the biggest theif–and those days are comin’ to an end–United Health Care. Wooten has remained unaware of facts like this his entire life. It’s called the downside of a Georgie education. The governor who resides over sinking employment in Georgia is named Purdue. Fortunately his parallel clusterfook to Bush’s parallel clusterfook is ending soon.

Georgia counties have unemployment rates above 13% in large part because Georgia has had the lowest high school graduation rates in the country for generations. It’s Palin we be dumb country. Inputs left to parents has produced the poorest public education system in the countryand produced a state largely homogenous full of ignorant, illiterate, book eschewing cracker hicks like Mr. Wooten and Kyle Wingnut who is so timid he won’t open his “blawg” and non-factual rants to comments.

White cracker children of parents who are basically illiterate and hate books are the bellshaped curve of the population of poor graduating schools. Dumb begets dumb. They know how to reproduce and little else.

A large percentage of white homes have deteriorated so that the children are passed in foster homes from month to month,many of them terrible, and it is one of the quickly developing mental health programs that as the feds have noted, Purdue has handled pathetically for two terms.

The mother and father thing are broken because the mother and father have grown up to be dumb Georgia hicks because of the school system, and that includes the abusive and stupid boyfriend or girflriend. We have chicken egg because as long as the schools are horrible, the adults who are children in adult bodies will be horrible as well.

Olympia Snow and Collins should either defect to the Democratic party, or get out of the way and progressive democrats will elect progressive democrats.

The “war against terrorism” was a massive failure under Bush and little fat boy, and we’re cleaning up your mess. Bush pranced and dissembled, and left Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea out of control and huge threats we’re dealing with now.

Bush was the best recruiting tool for terrorists in the history of Civilization. Al Quaeda loved Bush. They flourished and enlarged and prospered when he was in office.

Global warming kills a lot of people and it may kill you.

What’s important about the F22 is not just that an obsolete boondogle that is 30 years old has been ended, but Chambliss and the wrong headed people who wanted to keep it incluing the Dems from Cal, the Dems from Ct., Tester and anyone who voted for it whichever party have learned that business as usual where the Defense contracts have been an entrenched pork institution are going to be changed. That goes for the Murtha as well. Defense needs to be effective; not pure pork.

The arts have little to do with the F22, but if you go to the stores in Mayetta near Dobbins you may be able to pick up some nice pictures of the old dinosaur in flight. There are currently no fighter plane dog fights over Iran, North Korea, Iraq, Pakistan, or Afghanistan. Maintenance costs on the F22 have been insane. We have a couple hundred of them just sitting around. I’m surprised Atlantans haven’t tried to buy them to replace their hummers and drive them on the choked at this moment Connector.

The Connector is choked because the moron for a governor is too stupid to have any cohesive road plan in nearly eight years. It will take Roy Barnes to get one going again and this will happen.

Ram the legislation through--they're inconsequential

July 25th, 2009
2:29 pm

The publitard message on health care is “yeah we know there’s a crisis, but we’re too dumb to care or come up with solutions. We’ll just sit and drool.”

From Nate Silver:

“The Dow is now over 9,000 and at its highest point of the Obama presidency; the S&P is nearing 1,000 and the NASDAQ has gained almost 55 percent since its bottom and has moved upward on 12 consecutive trading days. There are ample reasons to be skeptical about the rally — it isn’t supported by strong volumes, and it’s almost entirely the result of surprisingly solid corporate earnings numbers rather than the sorts of figures that Main Street cares about. But, there are two big dates to watch out for. On July 31, an advance estimate of second quarter GDP growth will be released, and on August 7th, we’ll get the monthly report on the unemployment situation. If either of those reports reflect the optimism elicited by the corporate earnings numbers — in this context, a job loss number under ~250,000 or a 2Q GDP number somewhere close to zero — there will be a lot of quite optimistic chatter about the end of the recession which might not penetrate to Main Street, but which will at least have some reverberations on Capitol Hill.”

Bush stupidly recommended that people use the ER for their health care if they couldn’tafford the appropriate physician. He has never caught patients in an ER–he’s far too stupid to get into med school. Limbaugh’s talked about motel six health care–which is exactly the health care he received for his ongoing opiate addiction that led to his criminal indictment and plea agreement which cost him millions for Roy Black to negotiate.

Medical procedures and treatment regimens vary widely in this country and some of them are expensive, redundant, and totally inappropriate for the problem at hand.

Health insurance premiums more than doubled during Bush. Concomittantly, the largest 3 insurance companies made 370 million by droping 20,000 premium paying insureds who got sick.

The idea has always been to buy insurance but never to file a claim.

The waste in medicare rose exponentially during 8 years of the idiot Bush.

The huge facet of that waste was something that the drug companies fear far more than the vamps on True Blood fear wood bullets, stakes or beheading. It was Dr. Bill Frist’s preventing bargaining over drug prices and by locking in subsidies to insurance companies in Medicare.

Emory hospital and every clinic that is part of Emory Health care leverages considerable bargaining power for every pill and every cc. of liquid administered P.O. or parenterally by joining a large consortium of hospitals to do its bargaining. This is the bargaining that will come to medicare when we revise health care.

MedPAC revision will not reduce patients’ choices or ability to get treatment options. It will enhance them exponentially..

Skeptimal Optimist

July 25th, 2009
2:32 pm

“Global warming kills a lot of people and it may kill you.”

Yeah right libDimwitocrat numbnuts

http://www.climatedepot.com/a/1799/Earths-Fever-Breaks-Global-temperatures-have-plunged-74degF-since-Gore-released-An-Inconvenient-Truth

Take your fascist capitalist hating left wingnut junk science and run it up your libDim @ss. Oh, and did we learn the difference in the F-22 and F-35 yet, numbnuts?

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 25th, 2009
2:46 pm

We’re going to crush you. The media’s stupid commentary on “polls” is misleading just as it is stupidly informing you that the public health care plan is dead. The difference between the F-22 and the F-35 is that one is 30 years old and we killed it. Pork as usual by pacs who pay Republicans is dead as well.

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 25th, 2009
2:50 pm

It’s pretty funny to hear people who know nothing about science tell someone who spent 4 years in med school, 5 in residency, and many years of practice day in day out that they’re “junk science.”

Yep you can be stupid and buy an internet connection and display you’re stupidity. You bring the stupid, and we’ll continue to crush you at the polls, make the laws, and revamp the Supreme Court.

Your bed wetting bitchin’ is a joy to behold.

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
3:04 pm

Everyone on the federal payroll should receive the exact same healthcare coverage, benefits and medical treatment that Obumer and Congress shall force upon all other Americans to receive under the Public Option they pass into law.

If the Public Option is good enough for anyone of us, then it should be good enough for every single one of them.

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 25th, 2009
3:15 pm

You have a choice of procuring insurance from the insurance companies who now control the care you get or the public health plan when it passes whether you are a non-government employee, in Congress, or a government employee. No one is excepted from that choice.

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
3:27 pm

HOOEY! Federal government employees receive healthcare choices, benefits and treatment very few in the private sector ever receive, let alone what the so-called uninsured receive at taxpayer expense.

If the Public Option is good enough for anyone of us, then it should be good enough for every single one of them.

Le

July 25th, 2009
4:16 pm

I used to teach in a public school. I know things have changed since I taught, but it was my experience that the teachers who cared, went to school on days before pre-planning and got their rooms ready for the school year. Pre-planning days were filled with meetings that, for the most part, were a waste of time.

And just for the record, most people think that teachers work an 8 hour day, 190 days of the year. Ask a teacher how many paid holidays they receive. Ask a teacher how many of them work only 8 hours a day. Most teachers work 10+ hours a day.

Also, I spoke with a older retired teacher earlier in the week who remembers working in a public school system for a month without pay many years ago because of the economic state of affairs. She did not complain. She said those who “boarded” teachers allowed the teachers a free room for that month. This same teacher said that teachers didn’t receive a pay raise every year.

My, how times have changed. Lots of bickering and deciding who we can sue next.

Ram the legislation through--they're inconsequential

July 25th, 2009
4:24 pm

Smith–

I understand you’ve been mentally challenged your entire life. Explaining something simple to you is impossible. I’m talking about the f_cking future not the present. And per the public option that is going to pass the House, Senate, and joint conference committee whatever the morons at Faux, Rush, or Hannity and the talking heads on any network or cable station or saying–they’re not paid because they’re bright is feeding you and your gobbling–

the public option will give anyone with a heart that is beating regular enough to make a choice –a choice. They can keep their plan, including the plans where the insurance company can cancel them for no reason whatsoever as they have 20,000 people in th past five years.

They can go to the public option which the United Health Care owned Lewin group is feeding to pubtards who are too dumb to know Lewin is owned by UHC.

Out of one mouth the insurance companies and their puppets in the pubtard party are saying that the government public plan would never work, and out of another mouth they’re scared sh_tless that people will choose it and they’ll get clocked with competition.

News flash–Competition is coming. We”re passing a public option. It’s not going to be the piece of sh_t that the Blue dog morons or the republitards with no plan whatsoever want.

Again, WHEN THE PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OPTION BECOMES LAW, AND IT WILL, THEN you will have the same choice to opt for it as anyone else or you can keep getting raped by an insurance company.

The ball will be in your court.

And if like George moron Bush you think the ER is the appropriate place to meet all your health care needs as you get older and if you get a significant illnes, y ou can show up there. A lot of hard working good docs are staff them–I did it for 7 years–but it’s not the place to provide continuity of care for chronic illnesses. That’s why there’s two tier and three tier triage in the large ones now.

Ram the legislation through--they're inconsequential

July 25th, 2009
4:25 pm

possibly illness has 2 “s’s”. Have to look it up.

Michael H. Smith

July 25th, 2009
4:56 pm

brucie wilcox turn that oxygen supply up you brain dead fool, you are talking the same oxygen deprived stupid hateful ignorant bigoted crap you always talked on virtually every blog and when you get nailed on using your advanced stupidity you don’t know what you’re f’ ing talking about.

I’ll stand by what I said; if everyone on the federal payroll received only the Public Option (if any ever version becomes a law) now floated about in Congress and by the White House as the only government paid healthcare they and all other federal government employees would receive, this socialists run government healthcare scheme would never be passed into law.

If the Public Option is good enough for anyone of us, then it should be good enough for every single one of them.

Ram the legislation through--they're inconsequential

July 25th, 2009
5:30 pm

It doesn’t matter what you stand by. We’re passing what we want. Your party can go f_ck itself which is the one thing it’sgood at. I don’t get paid enough to try to explain to a cretin like you.

But the cretins make it possible for us to legislate the way we want, and govern you the way we want.

One Voice

July 25th, 2009
6:44 pm

JD,

You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t take your assessment of content very seriously, especially considering that the extent of your argument has been, “Nah-ah!” and “That’s stupid!” I get a kick out of debating high school dropouts like yourself; it’s like swatting fat, slow, retarded flies.

Regarding people being “physically superior” to me, as someone who is 6’0”, 225 lbs with a 34” waist and a former heavyweight boxer and full contact fighter, there isn’t a large percentage of the population who would fall into that category. The laws of probability would suggest that you are not one of them.

As far as people being “mentally superior” to me, considering I’m at ABD status (if you even know what that means) in a field of science, you’re even less likely to have a more advanced education, since less than 1% of the population hold PhDs. And if you want to try to tell someone they’re not “intellignet”, you may want to be able to spell the word correctly. I’m usually not one to correct people’s grammar, but trying to insult someone’s intelligence and spelling like a 10-year-old in the process just makes you look like an idiot.

In regard to evolution, Sean Carroll, professor of microbiology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin, says people’s denial of evolution “is a cultural issue, not a scientific one. On the science side our confidence grows yearly because we see independent lines of evidence converge. What we’ve learned from the fossil record is confirmed by the DNA record and confirmed again by embryology… [People’s denial is] a blindness that we’ll eventually get through.” Actually, natural selection will eliminate the shallow thinkers like yourself in favor of humans who can specialize in more advanced thought processes. You’ll have to excuse me again if I take the word of a renowned scientist over that of a redneck.

Regarding terrorism, let me explain something to you: A dirty bomb does not split any atoms. It uses conventional explosives to spread radioactive material and therefore would only be powerful enough to threaten thousands of people, even if detonated in a large city, and certainly not millions. No terrorist organization has the capability to split atoms, much less produce a reliable delivery device. You claim to be “informed”, but it is apparent that you are “informed” by fiction, such as the television show “24” and that other work of fantasy, the bible.

As a socialist myself, I regret the Democratic Party does not maintain an actual socialist platform, but I somehow doubt you even know what socialism really is. If you think the two parties are the same you are delusional in addition to uneducated. They are polar opposites on a range of economic, social, and foreign affairs issues- healthcare, civil rights, the military, the role of government, the extent that the free market should reign, abortion, etc. You sound like a disenchanted Republican who is ashamed at how much disarray his party is currently in, so now you call yourself a libertarian.

But I don’t expect any of this to make sense to someone of your caliber. To you, having more education means being less educated, and you deny facts because you feel your opinion is more credible than reality. In short, you are unable to adequately process evidence, there is no substance to your views, and unfortunately for you, you are an idiot. However, I have found you to be very entertaining, so fortunately for me, you are an idiot.

PT444

July 25th, 2009
7:18 pm

I don’t know what’s more hilarious on this blog. A tard liberal pretending to be an expert on defense while simultaneously bitching about gun owners who shouldn’t have the right to own a gun or the vitriolic, no, acidic hatred for anyone who doesn’t agree with liberals. I mean, it’s just eye popping reading these comments from the obvious representatives of the modern left like ‘Ram’. I mean, that’s just good stuff. Go ‘f’ ourselves? This is the mentality that started the American Revolution.

PT444

July 25th, 2009
7:23 pm

I think the increased hatred and acidic posts here from the representative sick left are nothing but a coiled snake in a corner that doesn’t know what to do other than spit venom. And spit venom these left wing snakes do.

JohnD

July 25th, 2009
7:56 pm

One Voice,

To admit you are a Socialist only proves you are a fool. Socialism has failed at every level and in every country, or do you not read Mr. Phd? What a joke, but typical Leftist.

I will make you this offer Mister Tough Guy. Bring it on! Anyone who has to fantasize about his prowess, as you obviously do, is no threat. By the way, you will be significantly undersized – you should have made up better numbers. For someone who claims to be so intelligent and a physical specimen to boot, how do you find time to spend all day, every day, at a computer keyboard spouting the drivel you create? 6′ and 225 with a spine of spaghetti – no threat!

You are just another wanabe, left loser, a public school pablum swallower who could not succeed even if you were what you claim. Sit idly by and watch your hero, Obama the fraud, have this healthcare reform shoved back in his face when the TRUE American people learn the hidden aspects of the bill. Gee, Mr. genius (small g intended), why do you think the Democrat bums in Congress and the POTUS tried to push the bill through without debate?

Just as Obama has tried to hide his birth records, his college records and trivialize the absudity of his books – he tried to hide the truth of the healthcare reform. This will all come to the public one day and you and the rest of the Left Losers will see the only means to your hoped for conclusion is to lie, cheat and steal just as your hero. Obama, just like one voice, is a fraud and simply because you and the other uneducated pigs who hoped to sup at the public trough voted him into office ONCE do not think the mistake will occur again.

The Dems and Reps in Congress are cut of the same cloth. All those crooks care about is their re-election.

clyde

July 25th, 2009
8:22 pm

I guess I’ll shut my computer down before someone throws/kicks something through it.Since my day starts before dawn,I think I’ll go to bed.

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 25th, 2009
10:48 pm

The ignorant racists are the only ones that mention socialism and it has gotten your party crushed and left with no viable candidates.