No justice for MacPhail family

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

Think this Congress couldn’t be worse — or farther out? Sunday’s interview with Cynthia McKinney is a reminder that, had she remained in Congress, she’d be important now.

Despite Atlanta’s financial woes, politicians should not be tempted to try the solution that Birmingham embraces: An occupational tax of just under one-half of 1 percent. The mountains and the sea are the first obstacles to job flight.

No question, home schooling should be treated with the same respect accorded other educational choices parents make. Allowing them to participate in the prestigious Governor’s Honors Program, as directed by the General Assembly, is an overdue acknowledgment of parity with public and private schooling.

Appropriate, too, are the $1.4 million in federal grants to help support new charter schools. The feds should have no more than a tiny, tiny role in k-12 education, the responsibility of state and local governments. Funding new educational models is one of them. Four schools got grants ranging from $200,000 to $400,000.

Yes, there is opposition to privatization of public services in Georgia’s largest city south of Dunwoody. No surprise that Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration “has seen no great reformation,” as AJC reporter D.L. Bennett found. Exceedingly rare is the elected official who can get past the constant naysayers, unions and bureaucrats to turn talk into action. Talk’s cheap.

The future is seen in a photo in Sunday’s AJC. It consists of four women “chanting in support of health care reform at U.S. Rep. David Scott’s town hall meeting.” Three are wearing T-shirts promoting AFSCME — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — and three are carrying mass-produced signs that have, on a dime, shifted debate from “health care reform” to “health insurance reform.” The quick change was to demonize insurance companies. Few trust government to run health care. But public employee unions and politicians? A combination to be feared.

Another glimpse of the future: Smokers, rebelling against a 62-cents per pack increase in the tobacco tax, to $1.01 per pack, are beginning to grow their own. It’s a cottage industry now, for sure. But taxpayers do react to onerous taxes. They change behaviors. They quit. Or they beat the system, as with Prohibition. Taxation is the power to destroy and the tool to create crooks or new undesirable behaviors.

The Troy Anthony Davis case is an example of how public opinion can be manipulated, even at the top of the judiciary. Justice Antonin Scalia nailed it: Even though “every judicial and executive body that has examined petitioner’ stale claim of innocence has been unpersuaded,” the majority of justices directed a district court judge to hear his claim of new evidence in the murder of Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail. That, said Scalia, amounts to sending a federal judge “on a fool’s errand” without meaningful guidance. There’s less to the recanted testimony and “new evidence” than is routinely implied. Pity the poor MacPhail family. A headline captured his mother’s hurt: “Never-ending anguish is aftermath of son’s killing.”

The federal government that can’t process “Cash for Clunkers” rebates to dealers is proposing to run the nation’s health-care system. Half the 425 dealers in the Greater New York [City] Automobile Dealers Association is pulling out of the program because they’re not getting paid. Don’t want the same suspense for my body parts.

No fools here. Officials at the Georgia World Congress Center step up efforts to recruit conventions in industries that are getting federal “stimulus” money. Transportation and alternative energy are among them. Industries without access to free, borrowed, tax-the-unborn tax dollars aren’t spending on non-essentials. Those with access to the public’s money are.

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Peter

August 20th, 2009
8:55 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former US homeland security chief Tom Ridge charges in a new book that top aides to then-president George W. Bush pressured him to raise the “terror alert” level to sway the November 2004 US election.

Then defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and attorney general John Ashcroft pushed him to elevate the color-coded threat level, but Ridge refused, according to a summary from his publisher, Thomas Dunne Books

Peter

August 20th, 2009
8:56 pm

WASHINGTON – No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 streams across the country.

The toxic substance was found in every fish sampled, a finding that underscores how widespread mercury pollution has become.

Peter

August 20th, 2009
8:58 pm

Dropout crisis is statewide problem

By Chris Womack and Neil Shorthouse


A few weeks ago, the AJC’s front page story was “State’s high school graduation rate a crisis.” It reported that Georgia has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. I
In fact, Georgia is in the bottom five states. But the focus was solely on the Department of Education and schools. Are they really the only ones to blame? Are they the only entities that should be held accountable?

This is a statewide crisis — not an Atlanta crisis, not an urban crisis, not a poor crisis, not a North Georgia crisis, not an African-American crisis — a Georgia crisis.

Most of our Georgia students attend a school where graduating is not the norm. Most of the districts that we live in have low levels of graduation rates at our neighborhood high schools.

With over 20,000 Georgia dropouts annually, the graduation rate is a crisis in every community throughout Georgia. And every community needs to take responsibility for its schools and recognize that this is a community issue. We must all play a part in the solution.

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
9:03 pm

The Supreme Court issued a 3 page decision in the Troy Davis case which Wooten is too dumb to find and read which called Scalia a board certified moron for trying to kill someone who didn’t commit a crime. Time for the aholes in this case on the prosecution side to get out and find the real killer. Pity for the MacPhiail family has nothing to do with Troy Davis but people who bring the stupid to what they write think that it does.

The majority rebuked Scalia and his stupid mute at oral arguments puppy dog Thomas severly and in public. It also for the first time in the history of hte court had to include either Roberts or Alito who until now, have never voted for a criminal defendant in any case, including execution stays.

Justice Stevens and the majority rebuked the moron Scalia and puppy dog Thomas here:

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/court-order-Davis.pdf

Speaking of clowns as dumb as Scalia, John Ensign who committed a felony in not devulging his mommy’s gift to his mistress has some chutzpah finally coming out of hiding and lashing out at Bill Clinton. Ensign whose momma and dadda gave $96,000 to his mistress to try to shut her up is a typical Republican fool.

And speaking of chutzpah, Republican Senators, now looking at Health Care Defeat have some nerve claiming the country doesn’t want health care when the latest polls show 77% do, and only 20% of the country would vote for a pubtard president because of their miserably stupid slate of candidates like whackuobs Palin and Bachman.

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
9:04 pm

More than three out of every four Americans feel it is important to have a “choice” between a government-run health care insurance option and private coverage, according to a public opinion poll released on Thursday.

A new study by SurveyUSA puts support for a public option at a robust 77 percent, one percentage point higher than where it stood in June.

But the numbers tell another story, as well.

Earlier in the week, after pollsters for NBC dropped the word “choice” from their question on a public option, they found that only 43 percent of the public were in favor of “creating a public health care plan administered by the federal government that would compete directly with private health insurance companies.”

Opponents of the president’s agenda jumped on the findings as evidence that backing for the public option was dropping. Proponents responded by arguing that NBC’s tinkering with the language of the question (which it had also done in its July survey) had contributed to the drop in favorability for a public plan.

SurveyUSA’s poll, which was commissioned by the progressive group MoveOn.org, a proponent of the public plan, gives credence to those critiques. While arguments about what type of language best describe the public option persist –”choice” is considered a trigger word that everyone naturally supports — it seems clear that the framing of the provision goes a long way toward determining its popularity.

Winky McFail

August 20th, 2009
9:06 pm

Yeah, the pain of the McPhail family is waaaaaaay more important than making sure you’re not killing the WRONG man. KILL KILL KILL KILL!!!!!!! It doesn’t matter who we get, just get SOMEBODY!!!!!!!! AVENGE ME!!! AVENGE ME!!!!!

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
9:20 pm

Wooten wanna kill African Americans who don’t commit crimes. What kind of ignorant white hick honkey is Wooten?

Dave

August 20th, 2009
9:21 pm

Peter – I can understand why you don’t want to talk about the present. It must be hard to take – 55% disapprove of the job Obama is doing – only took him 200 days, healthcare down the drain, national debt and unemployment at all time highs, I’ll stop there. I don’t want to cause you a medical condition.

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
9:21 pm

7 withnesses recanted their story and said the state forced them to lie and Wooten and Scalia and the moron Thomas who is so dumb he hasn’t asked a question at oral argument in 17.5 years want to kill him. Let’s put Scalia in a closet for five minutes and watch him piss all over his fat ass.

Dave

August 20th, 2009
9:21 pm

Hey Jim, how’s retirement, been down at the farm much?

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
9:24 pm

77% of people want a public option and approve of the health care job Obama’s doing and 20% of the people at best would vote for any of the Republican whack jobs who make up insipid lies and promote Nazi signs and AR-15s at ralleys. What chuitzpah the republitards who are now a 20% voting block and melting like an iceberg during Global warming have claiming these idiots “want their country back.” We’re 80% of the voting block and it’s our country.

Dave

August 20th, 2009
9:27 pm

Crushing the pubt’s – Moveon.org now there is a poll I trust to be accurate. Take a look at Zogby, etc. You mouth overloads you tweety bird butt.

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
9:32 pm

If Ridge knew the terror level ramp ups were political why did he come out and pretend they were real? Was he buckin’ for best supporting actor in a short fiction movie?

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
9:56 pm

Free Troy Davis. Let Wooten and the white boys find the real killer. They’ve had time. And the Supreme’s decision adopted the one from Rosemary Barkett in the Eleventh contrary to the other idiots on the panel.

sophie's choice

August 20th, 2009
9:57 pm

Dave at 9:21 pm: where’s your source for those stats? 10 to 1 they come from some right-wing “think tank” or other such organization hiding its true identity as a shill for the GOP. BTW, all of these idiot teabaggers, birthers, and other assorted right-wing ostriches burying their heads in the sand whilst letting the GOP think for them on health insurance reform are going to suffer their just desserts. One day they, too, will be older, poorer, and sicker– and no healthcare safety net to catch them. What goes around comes around.

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
10:10 pm

These Katy Abram clones never have a source for their stats other than Clusterfaux or Clusterfaux Rush or Hannity or some whackjob wingnut who makes ‘em up on talk radio like Levine.

Peter

August 20th, 2009
10:13 pm

Dave I am Optimistic……the change did happen……

The Black Water’s of the world…..or did they change their name because they got indited…. or what was the other CIA paid hit men organization from N Carolina called ?

I am very pleased they are not “goofing up the world” under the Cheney guise.

Thank you cost plus contracts !

I am NOT totally opposed to all of the “crazy tactics” of the Bush administration, but frankly, the planning was POOR !

“Faulty Intelligence”……You know the statement “Coined” for the failure to find the WMD .

In this case “trickle down” intelligence really happened……

Embarrassing…….with all the money spent and lives lost !

Too bad Bush didn’t just get Bin Laden.

Things the make you go HMMMMMmmmmmmm………

But let’s be real……Obviously there was no MONEY to be made there !

Charles Jackson

August 20th, 2009
10:23 pm

Troy Davis gets his day in court. Again.

Troy Davis was convicted 20 years ago of killing a Savannah police officer.

Troy Davis has had multiple court hearings.

Troy Davis has had three stays of execution.

Troy Davis’ Death Penalty Circus continues ad nauseam.

Dunwoody Mike

August 20th, 2009
10:37 pm

Troy Davis has evidence that cast enough doubt on his conviction.

Troy Davis will get the chance to present evidence to show that doubt.

Troy Davis will not be an innocent man executed by a racist system.

Rick

August 20th, 2009
11:09 pm

If Troy Anthony Davis is truly innocent, what was the incriminating evidence found in his house by police and suppressed by the judge in his original trial?? Was it the murder weapon???

Why is nobody talking about what the police found in Davis’ house? See the Georgia Supreme Court opinion from 1991 in State v. Davis, 261 Ga. 225 (1991). Would it refute his claim of “actual innocence”?

Read the opinion of the Georgia Supreme Court for yourself:

http://vlex.com/vid/the-state-v-davis-20396926

“The trial court granted Troy Anthony Davis’ motion to suppress evidence seized in a search of his residence, and the state appeals.”

“…Officers informed Davis’ mother that they were looking for him and the alleged murder weapon….”

Why don’t the Davis supporters address this…what evidence was in Davis’ house that he kept from the jury??

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
11:41 pm

Troy Davis didn’t kill the cop. The hick ass witnesses lied. Maybe you’d like to take his place. He’s spent 20 years in the slam for something he didn’t do. District courts and the Eleventh Circuit are hicks like you and they make mistakes all the time. They didn’t hear the evidence, and the Supreme Court told them to put it where the sun don’t shine. Now the evidence must be heard. And if and when it goes to the Supreme Court again, it isn’t going up the ladder in the JawJaw appellate system ’cause it’s done out of JawJaws white bread biased hands, the wise Latina will vote. She voted the other night to spare someone in a death penalty appeal and she has a long line of very proprosecutorial votes.

Ah thinks maybe we should put Charles Jackson in Mr. Davis’ place for 20 years or Rick since they are just as likely to have killed MacPhail as Davis.

Rick asks “what was the incriminating evidence found in his house by police and suppressed by the judge in his original trial?? Was it the murder weapon???”

Gee I dunno Rick. Why not get on your telly and call da jidge and ask the white sonfoabitch? And when you get him on the phone, find out what he didn’t do about all those 7 witnesses who have so typically recanted their BS story.

Read the assessment of the Supreme Court of the JawJaw big f_ckup in the Troy Davis trial over the witnesses for yourself:

The court’s order and Justice Stevens’ separate opinion can be read here:

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009 /08/court-order-Davis.pdf

Two points. They thought JawJaw done fooked up enough that either Roberts or Alito or both voted for the first time in their history to order the district court in the Southan Distruct of JawJaw white boys and white girls to hear all the evidence and the new evidence for the first time.

Justice Stevens who wrote the majority order, has had more litigation experience than all ofthe other eight justices put together and several times more than Ahole Scalia and his ignorant puppy dog Thomas who couldn’t get a job in the dumbest law firm in JawJaw.

Crushing the pubt's

August 20th, 2009
11:59 pm

Stevens said that the District judge may have authority to act, perhaps finding that AEDPA’s limits do not apply to “original” habeas writs of the kind the Justices acted on on Monday, or do not apply to a habeas claim of “actual innocence.” In addition, Stevens said, there may be an argument that AEDPA’s habeas limits are unconstitutional if they barred court review of such a claim. Finally, Stevens said, it can be argued that it would be a federal constitutional violation to execute an innocent person.

All of those issues, presumably, will be canvassed initially by the federal District judge, with further review likely in both the Eleventh Circuit and, potentially, the Supreme Court with the new addition of the wise Latina woman.

Crushing the pubt's

August 21st, 2009
12:24 am

More wrong guys done be sprung from prison–this time by John Grissom:

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2009/08/24/090824ta_talk_toobin

Crushing the pubt's

August 21st, 2009
12:57 am

The insurance company pharmaceutical company payroll:

$1,400,000 per day in lobbying against insurance reform

350 Former Republican and Blue Dog Staffers lobbying against any change

6 of these lobbyists from Baucus’ staff

clyde

August 21st, 2009
1:41 am

Crushing the pubt’s posts-a word-Crushing the pubt’s posts.

The above is the only way I know of slipping a word between Crushing the pubt’s posts.

Crushing the pubt's

August 21st, 2009
1:43 am

Clyde the only thing you know is that an IQ contest between you, most of the commenters here, and Katy Abram would be a tie. Because you can only comment on other commenters, not issues because that would require reading and learning to things that are anathma to you.

Crushing the pubt's

August 21st, 2009
1:49 am

No justice for Glenn Beck who was kicked off his show for a week after losing 20 sponsers.

Mid-South Philosopher

August 21st, 2009
6:48 am

Good morning, Jim,

I admit the Troy Anthony Davis case troubles me. I am troubled first for the family of the slain police officer, who has no appeal, no chance of pardon or commutation. Secondly, I troubled by the fact that there is a possibility that an innocent man might have been convicted. One more look see should not hurt. But, Jim, quite honestly, what disturbs me the most is that, to my knowledge, not one, NO NOT ONE, of the “birds” who changed their testimony over the years has been prosecuted for perjury in the first trial! What is that all about?!?

clyde

August 21st, 2009
7:37 am

Good morning Jim,
Someday in the future,government employees will exceed 50% of the total population and they will be able to siimply vote in anything they desire.

This fall there will be a very disappointed group of tobacco growers when they try to smoke their harvest.Like making your own beer and wine,the first tries are not notable.

The auto dealers have been told not to worry as they will get their money for the clunkers they have allowed to be traded.I wonder,can they can use that promise to pay their bills?

I read the Cynthia McKinney interview.Sucks to be me.Next time I’ll know better.There will be a next time.Some fool will send a new,unsuspecting reporter on that mission.

Will

August 21st, 2009
8:09 am

Although I wish you well in retirement, I also wish that you would have remained a conservative, rather than a republican newspaper writer.

Your column this morning is a good example. You cite a correct example of democrats demonizing the health care debate by trying to focus on the greedy insurance providers.

What would you call the attempt to focus the health care proposal on “death panels”, illegal immigrants, abortion and euthanasia?

Demonizing your opponent for political gain is a very effective tactic. The republicans are winning the health care debate with this tactic when they probably could do so by sticking with legitimate issues.

Representative Linder is a great example of this. At his recent town hall meeting, he stayed away from these demonizing issues and stuck to the central issues of cost and probable effectivenes of the proposed plan. Of course, if you do this, you don’t create any nifty “sound bites” that get you on television or that excite your political base.

What’s that you say? Democrats are no better? Of course they aren’t and if you think I am oblivous to their use of this sorid tactic, you are missing my point.

Remember when President Bush made his feeble attempt at Social Security reform? Democrats immediately ignored legitimate debate and went straight to their tried and true tactic of scaring the elderly (almost always successfuly) by demonizing republicans as those who want to take away your Social Security check.

I think republicans are making a silly mistake (wishful thinking?) in thinking that all the anger (mostly legitimate) being expressed at town hall meeting will translate into republican votes. Why? We tried that party for the last eight years and what did we get? Massive “borrow and spend” fiscal management. One very questionable attempt at nation building in the Middle East. Eight budgets of increasing deficits that included more than 40,000 earmarks. Remember these “borrow and spend” republicans that are now calling for responsible fiscal management are the same group took us from a budget surplus to a $1,000,000,000,000 debt.

What I would like to read and hear are more independent writers and radio/tv commentators and fewer republican and democrat commentators (as well as more independent members of the judiciary and fewer democrat and republican judges (what do you think? – four democrat Supreme Court justices, four republican justices and one independent).

"Charles", The Original

August 21st, 2009
8:27 am

The so-called educated integrationist Negroes absolutely refuse to be responsible. Everyone should be advised that there is no white racism in the United States. White institutions feed, clothe, shelter, educate, and employ Negroes. And they aren’t obligated. White institutions service 99.9% of the basic needs of Negroes. And taking care of Negroes isn’t their God given right or duty. God Almighty has specifically charged Negroes with the responsibility for the survival of their own people. But for whatever reason, white people use their institutions to sustain the lives of Negroes. And in pity, the Negroes spend the entirety of their lives whining and complaining if white institutions aren’t living up to their expectations. What the hell!

There are approximately forty million Negroes within the confines of the United States. And it’s essential that each person has food, clothing, shelter, employment, healthcare, and education. It is the responsibility of the so-called educated integrationist Negro professionals, or able Negroes in general, to build the institutions that common Negroes need to survive in the world. No other people are obligated. In an effort to shirk their responsibilities, the so-called educated Negroes have subscribed to the philosophy of integration. It supposedly absolves them of any responsibility to the common people of their race. lol That being said, any blind person is able to see that if there is racism in the United States, it is no more or less than black racism directed against average black people.

Reason dictates that whenever another race of people is meeting the basic needs of people outside of their racial group, they inherit the power and right to determine that individual’s and or group’s fate. Therefore, if real Americans should decide that Troy Anthony Davis should die, then he should be put to death. And if real Americans should decide that Troy Anthony Davis should live, then he should live. Undoubtedly, other people have earned the right to control the destiny and fate of Negroes. And anyone who believes that a self imposed institution-less, therefore, powerless people, namely Negroes, have standing to voice any opinion in a world controlled by institutionally power driven people the world over is deluded, clownish.

Buzz G

August 21st, 2009
8:30 am

Liberals have been fighting the death penalty for 50 years. Frankly, there is no issue that better reminds me why I am not a liberal. I like to see justice and like to see people held accountable for their evil deeds. If you have not noticed, liberals don’t like being called liberals. They want to be known as “progressives”. I’m not sure what this is all about. I guess they intuitively know that the American people have figured out that liberals have abandoned common sense and go thru life acting on their feelings.

jconservative

August 21st, 2009
8:53 am

I did not realize it had been such a slow news week.

Jackie

August 21st, 2009
8:59 am

What role does Cynthia McKinney play in today’s debate?
She is no longer a member of the House of Representatives, therefore, her acts and actions have no relevance to the debate.

How do we resolve the health-care crisis and other such relevant matters?

Jackie

August 21st, 2009
9:04 am

@Charles

How would you know what responsibility happens to be?
You continually spout about being the one and only that has a blueprint to rid us of the plight of the “Negroes”, of which you purport to be, yet no plan is ever put forth.

Your sophomoric postulation wreaks of circular logic; you pretend to want to help, yet you offer means and methods of eliminating the “problems” that you are trying to help.

Which is it?

Matlida

August 21st, 2009
9:09 am

Buzz, feel better now? (8:30) You made no factual point nor any sense whatsoever, but I sense you’re breathing a little easier now, having hacked up that hairball of contempt.

"Charles", The Original

August 21st, 2009
9:22 am

Jackie,

Many white brothers and sisters say that when you catch a lot of flack, you must be over the target. And you’ve been consistently shooting at me without any success.

To adequately address this self imposed Negro problem, we would have to close the doors for nearly a hundred years like the Chinese did in their long history.

And when the doors are reopened, there will be no so-called educated integrationist Negroes found; you feel me. They are the source of the Negro problem.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

August 21st, 2009
9:22 am

Despite the recent debate about Wall Street pay rebounding to its
pre-crisis levels, economists say — and data is beginning to show –
that that a major change is afoot: The rich, as a group, are no longer
getting richer. Over the last two years, they have become poorer. And
many may not return to their old levels of wealth and income anytime
soon, The New York Times writes.

For every investment banker whose pay has recovered, there are several
who have lost their jobs — as well as many wealthy investors who have
lost millions. As a result, a 30-year period in which the super-rich
became both wealthier and more numerous may now be ending.

Bill Gates, Warren E. Buffett, the heirs to the Wal-Mart Stores fortune
and the founders of Google each lost billions last year, according to
Forbes magazine.

In one stark example, John McAfee, an entrepreneur who founded the
antivirus software company that bears his name, is now worth about $4
million, from a peak of more than $100 million.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

August 21st, 2009
9:24 am

As the auction of Cox Communications’ Travel Channel progresses,
Scripps Networks Interactive and General Electric’s NBC Universal are
reportedly among the leading bidders

Cutty

August 21st, 2009
9:25 am

Let’s put Wooten in prison for over 20 years, while those who testified against him recant their stories and say they were pressured. I’m sure he’d be worried about the pain the victim was going through more than saving his own butt. Being that 7 people have withdrawn their statements is more than enough reason to hear the evidence. If Davis was white, this would’ve been done already. Just a fact.

We know you hate unions and are pro-business, but I’d be hard-pressed to find one that has any clout in the state of Georgia. So your pitiful testimony about unions holding up privatization in Atlanta is a fib at best. When is this new coming, and when will he allow comments? Wooten is nothing more than a lap dog living out his final years barking at whoever drives by the front porch.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

August 21st, 2009
9:26 am

Morgan Stanley is planning to hire as many as 400 traders and
salespeople, a hiring spree that comes as the firm tries to dig its way
out of three straight quarters of losses.

"Charles", The Original

August 21st, 2009
9:26 am

Jackie,

are you an enabler of the so-called educated integrationist Negroes?

Cutty

August 21st, 2009
9:26 am

Kick rocks Charles. Go stand out in front of Five Point spewing that nonsense if you’re ‘original’ enough.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

August 21st, 2009
9:27 am

Tribune’s senior lenders are likely to end up owning nearly all of the
publisher’s equity when it exits bankruptcy protection,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

August 21st, 2009
9:29 am

The Justice Department indicted two men, accusing them of selling tax
evasion services to wealthy clients. The move opens a new front in
Washington’s challenge to Switzerland’s tradition of bank secrecy.

"Charles", The Original

August 21st, 2009
9:32 am

Cutty,

Are you an enabler of the so-called educated integrationist too? Are you and Jackie one and the same person. You definitely smell like Jackie.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

August 21st, 2009
9:33 am

American International Group’s shares surged as much as 31 percent
yesterday, a move that many attributed to upbeat words from the
insurance giant’s new chief executive.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

August 21st, 2009
9:34 am

Reader’s Digest Association said Thursday that it has secured the
approval of holders of nearly 80 percent of its senior secured debt for
its proposed bankruptcy filing.

Th

August 21st, 2009
9:40 am

Is Linder too lazy to write an op/ed so he has a so-called reporter write it up for him and pretend it is a news story? Why pay money for the AJC when redstate and freerepublic are free?

Don’t know – just asking, have any of Troy Davis’ appeals been about the evidence or only about whether procedure was followed in the first trial? Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that Scalia and Thomas think it is perfectly fine and legal to execute people who are innocent (I have no idea on Davis but neither do you)

Obama has greatly expanded the department that investigates and prosecutes Medicare/Medicaid fraud, not that you would have read about it in the new FOXified AJC. Too bad Bush never believed in regulation.

If you want to see why polls show different amounts of support for proposals, read the questions. When asked if you would like a public option and private options to choose from, 3/4 say yes. If asked whether you support a public option, less than half say yes. Moveon did pay for the poll by SurveyUSA but the result was the same as WSJ/NBC polls when the question was worded the same.

Why do conservatives want to deny me the freedom to choose a public option if I want? Why do conservatives think Americans are too stupid or corrupt to run a government? Those horrible government bureaucrats are your neighbors after all. Why do conservatives admit they have such poor reading comprehension they can’t understand the health care bill which I read in under 3 hours? It is 1000 pages because of the huge type and wide margins and much easier to read and understand than your private insurance policy. Try it, you’ll see. I have received much better service at the DMV than from Comcast. Does that mean all government is always better than all private industry – of course not. Only a fool would make… never mind.

"Charles", The Original

August 21st, 2009
9:45 am

Jackie and Cutty,

You know real Americans are the shot callers in this country. And they should be. If real Americans believe that Troy Davis should die, then he should die.

Negroes forfeited their right to become shot callers when they chose integration as their philosophy in life as opposed to separatism.

Yes you can call me names, but you can’t challenge my position.