No such thing as free money

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

● Tiger Woods is right, but then he’s a mere celebrity public figure and not one who holds a position of public trust. Said Woods: “No matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. … Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.” To that, I would add one’s sexual preferences. We don’t need to know who’s doing what unless the public business is involved.

● The apparently unsuccessful Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood has life’s priorities straight. On a “too close to call” election night, she announced that the results wouldn’t be known for hours — so she climbed in her car and went home, presumably to get some sleep. Why keep supporters hanging around until the wee hours when Wednesday’s a work day? Three pollsters got this one right.

● China sought to temper public anger about the sale of contaminated baby formula by executing a dairy farmer and a milk salesman. The Wall Street capitalists scapegoated by the American Left should take heed. Here they lose their companies; there they lose their lives.

● When a blue-chip company like the Sea Island Co. hands over the deed to a 3,000-acre planned community to lender Wells Fargo & Co. , it’s evidence that even the rich are reeling, too. The Frederica project was intended by designers to be “Pebble Beach of the East.” Frederica lots fetched more than $2 million each three or four years ago. When this Congress finds out that “the rich” don’t have the resources to support their spending, the IRS will come for the “wealth” of the middle class.

● It’s a silly law that would require Wal-Mart to register with the Georgia Secretary of State to sell funeral merchandise — caskets specifically — online in Georgia. Republicans should rid this state of laws enacted on behalf of the various industries, trades and professions that are intended primarily to stifle competent competitors by controlling entry.

● The problem with having “free” money lying around — a dime in federal money that’s “free” if you’ll spend a dollar of yours — is that some clever soul will find a way to spend the dime and obligate the dollar. That’s what Georgia’s Department of Transportation board chairman, Bill Kuhlke, is attempting when he proposes to spend $87 million earmarked for the Atlanta-Lovejoy commuter rail line on a downtown Atlanta bus/rail station.

● Barack Obama is a text-message president. His speeches have no particular foundation in anything that precedes or follows. In his West Point address, for example, he accused the former administration of denying or ignoring requests for more troops. “Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the re-emergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive,” he speechified. Responded former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as secretary of defense, deserves a response. I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006.”

● It is tacky and disrespectful of the Office of the President for the Commander-in-Chief to assemble his troops, as Obama did at West Point, and use the occasion to trash their former Commander-in-Chief. This is the action of a small-bore leader.

● Hmmm. Troops are to arrive and exit Afghanistan almost simultaneously. What could prompt such a bizarre use of force? Ah, yes, the troops are programmed to start their exit just in time for the next presidential campaign. That’s a shameful way to commit the lives of those in uniform.

We couldn’t salvage the old East Lake Meadows public housing project in a single year. This is not a policy to win a war; it’s a policy to win an election. With Obama — on health care and national security, for example —the glory’s now, the disaster is for some future president to deal with.

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David Axelfraud

December 3rd, 2009
9:19 pm


December 3rd, 2009
11:20 pm

I agree that nothing is beneath Obama. His using West Point as window dressing for his lame and lackluster speechifying backfired on him as those cadets looked like they slept through most of it, and I am sure all of them were thinking they would like to take a crack at Obama. Obama is a disaster, and I am beginning to think he might even know it himself. While he manages to keep his chin up, I think he has had the wind knocked out of his sails.


December 3rd, 2009
11:31 pm

Jim Wooten,

You have many good points here. Tiger Woods brings to mind one question for me: Why can’t celebrities behave?? And why do we have to hear about them??

As to Obama, he does make an endearing speech. If only we could believe and not know that he first considers politics.. He seems to open a poltical Pandora box of debt and duplicity, a mishmash of nebulous promises not to be kept.. He’s sending troops in.. He’s bringing troops out. This is the deadline. The deadline is open to change, On and on.

I hope our troops know that Americans support them always. They are our sons and daughters fighting for us. They are our heroes. .

Algonquin J. Calhoun

December 4th, 2009
12:03 am

What a litany of fascist propaganda! Krusty the klown, Joan the maggot and Axeltoad. There’s an audience. sure you want to be on the same side as these miscreants?


December 4th, 2009
12:33 am

Where in Atlanta can I pick up my Obama money ? LOL


December 4th, 2009
5:06 am

One BIG ASS Mistake America! = Obummer

HOW do we get him OUT of the District of Criminals before its too late?

Larry Sinclair

December 4th, 2009
5:08 am

I got stories to tell…

Red Foreman

December 4th, 2009
5:39 am

Tell it to Presbo da Clown…he is saving us all…


December 4th, 2009
5:39 am

You must have gone to journalism school at UGA!! You quote Donald Rumsfeld but you do not bother to mention that his quotes havve no credibility. Jim, you know, we really do not miss you!! Why don’t you get on with the rest of your life!!

Red Foreman

December 4th, 2009
5:40 am

BTW, Tiger is an IDIOT….I guess shes frigid or something LOL


December 4th, 2009
6:10 am

Yea – 8 more years of W and Rummy would have solved all out problems. Ha! They left a huge mess – Obama is trying to pick up the pieces. I’m guessing that any general publicly requesting more troops for Afghanistan under W would have had a pink slip before the day was done.


December 4th, 2009
7:22 am

It still amazes that we have so many jack azzes on the AJC blogs that comment against the previous administration as though Obuma is still campaigning for office. He’s in office, however, he’s still campaigning to cover up failures that belong to him. The 20 percent far-left still think this idiot is performing, while most Americans now including many moderate Democrat’s are seeing this presidents incompetence in startling detail.


December 4th, 2009
7:29 am

“It is tacky and disrespectful of the Office of the President for the Commander-in-Chief to assemble his troops, as Obama did at West Point, and use the occasion to trash their former Commander-in-Chief. This is the action of a small-bore leader.”
Unlike his predecessor; who flew out to a aircraft carrier in a navy jet wearing a navy flight uniform and when he landed assembled the crew on the flight deck under a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished” brag about a freat victory in Irag…
Is that how it’s done?

Chris Broe

December 4th, 2009
7:38 am

“China sought to temper public anger about the sale of contaminated baby formula by executing a dairy farmer and a milk salesman.”

China’s cows have started a “Drink more soymilk” campaign. You don’t think they had anything to do with this, do you? Nah. Do you? Nah. Maybe. Nah. If they had access to Chick Filet’s website…..Nah.

Justice aint blind in China, you gotta give them that. Now we know how the Kurds got their name, eh? Wait’ll Fox News spins this. Oh, the Hume-Hannity!

Voice of Reason

December 4th, 2009
7:51 am

Obama is a lightweight, inexperienced, misguided president. We must find a way to round-off the sharp edges of his policies until we can vote him out in 2012. Otherwise, our country and our way of life as we know it will both be harmed irreversibly.

F-105 Thunderchief

December 4th, 2009
8:13 am

I see you decided to skip over the Glen Richardson issue. At least you didn’t coddle him like Ethics Committee Chairman Wilkinson, who excused possibly criminal behavior by Richardson toward his ex-wife AND who called the now ex-speaker’s affair with a lobbyist a personal matter, though it’s actually a matter for Wilkinson’s won dadgum committee. The GOP leadership in this state is corrupt and the good members of the party need to take it away from them.

"Charles", The Original

December 4th, 2009
8:20 am

By hook or by crook, powerful and well connected enemies foreign and domestic are encouraging executives throughout the United States to subvert the economy, and pilfer the wealth of the citizens thereof via Ponzi Schemes etc. After all, should white collar criminals succeed in stealing billions of ‘free money’ from citizens, the worst punishment expected is to be tried, convicted, imprisoned, and released at a later date. Eventually, they expect to be blessed by confidants associated with the scheme and the offshore accounts.

China doesn’t permit that form of organized sacrificial evil to exist. In China, the Bernie Madoffs of the world and accomplices would be tried, convicted, and executed for the high crimes committed against citizens. And others remotely involved would be tried, convicted, and imprisoned for life. The government of China wouldn’t relent until the stolen money is recovered and returned to the rightful owners.

Don’t get it twisted. This is by no means a wholehearted endorsement of the criminal justice system in China. It’s an indictment of ‘white collar’ executives and the politicians they influence in the United States.


December 4th, 2009
8:21 am

Voice of Reason, I agree 100% and I just hope that someone in office has the guts to stand up and make the needed changes or blocks to accomplish this. I am very afraid for not only my way of life, but what life is going to look like for my daughter when she grows up. Will she even have the chance at a good life or will it just be a socialist state?

Rome was once the greatest government in the world and they ended up destroying themselves. It could happen again I fear.

Chris Broe

December 4th, 2009
8:25 am

Obama is a texter. Clinton is a sexter. Bush is a vexer. Palin is a hexer.

Can you imagine Palin performing occult rituals and stirring a bubbling cauldron in her basement? Sticking pins into effigies of McCain and Katie Couric? Her book titled, instead, “Voodoo Economics”?

Me neither. Until I read her book. OMG! We need a woman scorned as our president. Fellow Liberals: we need to stop tweaking her nose. There’s no telling what she’ll do if she gets half a chance.

I’ve got a bad feeling after reading her fix things right in her own mind. The whole book is an orange alert. A Clockwork Orange alert.

How did the Mayans know that a country that didn’t exist would have an election in 2012?

Luckovich hit a homerun today. “Desperate House-Jives”

Chris Broe

December 4th, 2009
8:27 am

The Geico Gecko has cancelled Tiger Wood’s auto insurancy policy. The money he could be saving saw the whole thing.


December 4th, 2009
8:29 am

Charles the Original:

Sad but true statements. Madoff along with the SEC examiners who “missed” that one should be executed as they are in China.
Can we add Barney Frank and Chris Dodd to that list as well?
A step in the right direct might be to limit the campaign for political office period to 10 weeks with a strict budget. It certainly would make things more interesting. As to the influence of lobbyists…..that is graft? Isn’t it?

repukes stink

December 4th, 2009
8:39 am

There was free money in Iraq for the right people: From today’s WSJ: “A former Army major was sentenced to a 17½-year prison term on corruption charges in Wednesday in San Antonio, signaling the beginning of the end of a far-reaching Iraq War corruption probe.

As part of the probe, a growing cadre of career soldiers has confessed to siphoning millions of dollars from defense contracts in Iraq and Kuwait. The investigation into their spree already has led to the indictments of five U.S. military officers, with another dozen expected to follow.”

All 18 officers are BLACK: I quote the wsj again: “Almost every suspect comes from the same background: African-Americans who rose from childhood poverty to successful military careers.”

There is just something about money and authority these people cannot handle and should not be trusted with, imho. Note the ajc has not covered this story, and most likely will not. Cindy Lou would be too upset at the overt racism of it all.

BS Aplenty

December 4th, 2009
8:41 am

This is the action of a small-bore leader.

Succint, to-the-point prose. Obama’s a .22 caliber leader in a .357 magnum world. Even when he hits the right policy (like Afghanistan) he diminishes the act by also specifying when the troops are leaving. Small bore. Short round.

I’m extrememly thankful that I purchased my house in 1992. The mortgage is almost paid and the value remains comfortably above where I bought it. I’m am sympathetic to those who bought during the previous 3-4 years like the Frederica Island development.

It’s a nightmare for so many people and it’s principal cause can be traced to EXCESSIVE government intervention in the residential mortgage markets. If the American people and the 55% percent who pay federal income taxes should ever take note of the capacity of politicians to create problems, then I submit the residential housing market as exhibit A. How many of those existing owners of lots in the Frederica project are now underwater on their mortgages? I would suggest that MANY of them are even if they have the ability to continue making payments.

THE LESSON. Look for hedge funds which specialize is taking advantage of government-created inefficiencies in the market. Particularly those that will revert to a more efficient structure in the future. I don’t know where I can find such a fund but maybe I should start one. Hmmmm, free-market solves problem again!!

Unlike some of my blog compatriots, many of us miss your political insight and heft, Jim, but I have to say that Kyle’s coming along nicely. With some additional time at the helm he should make a fine conservative commentator for the AJC.

Chris Broe

December 4th, 2009
9:03 am

“…Obama is a small bore leader who trashed the former commander in chief…”

Wooten is….RIGHT! Shame on Obama for trashing Cheney.

Seriously, small bore Obama shouldn’t have trashed dumb-dumb. (W)


December 4th, 2009
9:14 am

Wrong Jim…..The way the legislators are taking Gifts at the Capitol downtown Atlanta with Republican’s leading the way there certainly IS FREE MONEY !

BS Aplenty

December 4th, 2009
9:14 am

Chris, your comments were, likewise, small bore.

The ‘Geico’ schtick was mildly amusing at first, but now it’s migrating toward tedious.

Let’s move on, shall we?


December 4th, 2009
9:16 am

WRONG Jim……. the way Cheney has been trashing this administration….All is fair Play….Cry baby !


December 4th, 2009
9:17 am

Ahhh, always nice to know that I can come to JW’s page and enjoy a well deserved ReTHUGlican break. I agree with him, (I can’t believe I said that), on Tiger. It’s his and his family’s personal business. The media are the one’s making it a mountain. As for his comments of the President, ho-hum. It’s funny that ANYTHING he does gets a negative reaction from the dwnidling bloggers on this page. Kinda like the GOP, splintering and fracturing into oblivion. As for trashing Dubya and Cheeeney, President Obama stated factual occurences. As typical, the GOP and its affiliates wish to rewrite history through loud denial as if a child refusing to take their medicine.

Man up. Your doctrine is dated and no longer applies to the reality that we are in as a result of it. Those that wish to continue this madness, wish then for the continued failure of this country. They could care less about American lives. They can longer drape themselves in the flag and scream Patriot, while they count their money from backs of Americans. Enough.

Y’all can go back to hating now.


December 4th, 2009
9:18 am

Time to change the name of this Blog to….. “Thinking Small ” ….. The Republican way…….but hey lots of lobbyist Gifts for Votes, and contracts !


December 4th, 2009
9:18 am

And Richardson gets off without one word from Wooten! Wow!

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 4th, 2009
9:22 am

Mixed feelings on the Tiger stuff. Until the beatings spilled over into the public throughfare privacy was warranted. Once the domestic abuse hit the highway and then a tree or whatever it became a public issue. I do believe people in the public eye (e.g., Glenn Richardson) have a role-model obligation, regardless of whatever wisdom leave Charles Barkley’s lips. Tiger fell short. I do not favor Chinese-style execution for the failing; I suspect Mrs. Woods may take care of that.

“When this Congress finds out that “the rich” don’t have the resources to support their spending, the IRS will come for the “wealth” of the middle class.” I’m no longer so pessimistic. All but the stupidest leftists are beginning to fear the wrath of the rabble, i.e., all except Madame Speaker.

Heck, I would allow Walmart to sell non-medical marijuana without a state license.

I thought the West Point speech was dreadful in practically every respect. Our genteel host uses the “text message” simile, whereas I would say he phoned it in. As to “small bore,” I will surely not be the first here to assert Big Bore. Nevertheless, I am comfortable that the president lied when he suggested troops would be removed beginning in 2011. Odd that I take comfort from the lie.

Just Nasty & Mean

December 4th, 2009
9:30 am

If you had taken Oblablama’s teleprompter away, I don’t believe he could have enunciated his position on Afghanistan…other than a string of ooohs and aahhhas.

We all need to flatly admit Oblablama is a puppet of the ruling elite hell bent on flushing out every dime of hard-earned assets from the middle class.

The very people that think Oblablama is the Messiah, are the ones most hurt by his insane fiscal policies.

There is no remedy for being stupid.


December 4th, 2009
9:35 am

Yes there is no remedy for Being Stupid……….George Bush prime example !

Elephant Whip

December 4th, 2009
9:45 am


“Rome was once the greatest government in the world and they ended up destroying themselves. It could happen again I fear.”

Explain exactly how (1) Rome was once the greatest goverment in the world, and (2) your bases for asserting that Rome destroyed itself. And then think about what characteristics of America most reflect Rome’s downfall.

My position is that Rome only destroyed itself by stretching itself too thinly and trying to police and control too much territory. Then it was torn apart by non-Romans (who ironically learned a lot from Rome before shredding it) while it was stretched too thin. Now look into which party has behaved more in that manner in regard the America.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 4th, 2009
9:49 am

Hey Whip, I’d say Rome fell because they used lead-laden vessels to drink their wine. The party of parties would be the best American analogy, those who tear themselves apart via substance abuse.

Notably that was not a political issue of Rome – more like a behavior standard. We see the same here, today.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 4th, 2009
9:52 am

Reminder to all, the “sacking” of rome was not a destruction. Rather the Germanic tribes that “conquered” simply moved in, and out numbered the debilitated and decadent locals. We could suffer worse than seeing industrious, religious, family-oriented Mexicans reshape America.


December 4th, 2009
9:55 am


You fail to see the difference. Bush didn’t blane Clinton for anything on the aircraft carrier, Obama did blame Bush at West Point. Very clear difference.

Elephant Whip

December 4th, 2009
10:17 am


You must be drinking from lead-laden vessels, because that is a common misconception about Rome. Lead had very little to do with the fall of Rome.

And the “debilitated and decadent locals” amounted to a lesser fraction of the population than current “debilitated and decadent locals.”

Go read a real history book.

Chris Broe

December 4th, 2009
10:28 am

Rome was destroyed by cartographers. At what point did Persians start being and then stop being “Romans”? When the map makers changed the name back to Persia.

Rome was merely the evolution of political expedience in the minds of an expanding pool of deluded entitlement recipients who were living off of the ever-diluting allegience of illusory military conquests.

Just like today.

repukes stink

December 4th, 2009
10:31 am

Ragnar Danneskjöld – R U talking about the industrious Mexican Drug gangs murdering whole families in Northern Mexico and into the USA? Yes, they are very family oriented, but not in a good way.

The American People

December 4th, 2009
10:39 am

We bee wating n lin two get us sum monies out of Obama’s stash.

Al Bundy

December 4th, 2009
11:00 am

I don’t see much change in the policies of Bush or Obama. Wooten is just spewing republican propaganda, but the policies have mostly stayed the same. Only in Wooten’s eye, it was ok when republicans were in power. He seems to forget anyone that disagreed with Bush/Cheney was labeled a traitor or not a patriot. Obama never referenced Bush by name, although Cheney went on a 90 minute rant speaking negatively about the Prez. In Wooten’s eyes, speaking bad about Bush at West Point is worse than outing a CIA agent.

What nothing to say about Richardson, Wooten?


December 4th, 2009
11:06 am


What does your Navy son think about our current military positions?

I, too, think legal industriious, religious, family oriented Mexican/Hispanics are a fortunate addition to the “American family” (such as my most gracious and ethical son-in-law.) But the drug cartels are something else. Then again,..they too would have no business if nobody bought the drugs here. I believe the Mexican president brought out that point one time.

PETER, have you noticed that no one here has mentioned Cheney but you. What’s with your seeningly brainwashed viewpoints? .And have you noticed that Obama has now decided (but gave no credit) that many of Bush’s policies had merit and should be continued? Maybe it is time for you to “see the light”.

CHRIS BROE, how far back do you want to go in this “ever-diluting allegience of illusory military conquests”? I believe Germany and Japan are free countries. Did I miss something?

An honest view.

December 4th, 2009
11:09 am


Your mind LEFT you long ago…..


December 4th, 2009
11:14 am

Dusty have you noticed Cheney has been on TV bashing Obama ?

Have you been paying attention to his rabble rousing baloney about US security ?

Jim never notices, as he is gone to pasture !

What is the light Dusty …..all the gifts the Republican’s have been getting at the Capitol via Lobbyists ?


December 4th, 2009
11:38 am


No, I haven’t seen Cheney bashing Obama on TV. I don’t watch much TV except in the evenings. But I did see President Obama “bashing” President Bush.

Obama is not campaigning now. He is in charge. He needs to explain his own reasons for his policies, He does not need to wat months for decisions and then blame President Bush on what he decides. That is the cowardly approach of a weak personality..

Did all the Democratic lobbyists die off in Washington, Peter? They must have. You don’t seem to see their presence there.

That must be a mighty green pasture you’ve designed for Jim Wooten. He surely does know how to kick up his heels. Goooo, Jim!!!


December 4th, 2009
11:40 am

And so it continues. Republicans, with all their ill dealings, and Democrats incapable of tying their shoes. Richardson and a host of the Republicans that run the State legislature are in bed with those that could care less about Georgia(ns), but want the dollars. Driving people out of work, out of home, and out of their minds. JW lauds their effort. He attacks a President that is sitting, to defend a President and Vice President that held this country hostage for Big Business for years. Truth hurts, huh?

Can’t wait to see what happens next.


December 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

Dusty………”Peter, No, I haven’t seen Cheney bashing Obama on TV. I don’t watch much TV except in the evenings. But I did see President Obama “bashing” President Bush.”

Well Dusty you have not been paying attention at all then or reading the news.

I fact Cheney has been very vocal and has been bashing Obama constantly in the news since Obama took office.

The Capitol I am talking about is Downtown Atlanta where the Republican’s are in charge.

Doddering Cranky Geezer - Just like Wooten

December 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

Time to retire, move to Del Boca Vista, and start complaining about the HOA budget and the hippies.

please go back to posting your hackneyed, corn-ball platitudes on The Vent.


December 4th, 2009
1:33 pm

Hey Jim…..What about this………

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, for instance, has received gifts valued at $12,870 since 2005, records show. But Jaillene Hunter, Cagle’s spokeswoman, said, “It absolutely does not influence the lieutenant governor’s decision-making process.”

Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek), the speaker pro tem, has received even more — $52,076.

Senate leaders got less: Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), who was president pro tem, accepted $18,688 in entertainment and other gifts, while his replacement, Tommie Williams (R-Lyons), took $23,560.

Keen (R-St. Simons Island), the third-ranking House leader, received $49,103 since 2005, much of it from the same sources.

By contrast, the House minority leader, Rep. DuBose Porter (D-Dublin), accepted $5,945 during the past five years. His Senate counterpart, Robert Brown (D-Macon), took $2,243.

HA HA HA Jim…There seems to be plenty of FREE MONEY going around…..For Both sides of the Isle !