$114.83 of gas in one day? Really?

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

● What do Barack Obama and TV newscasters have in common? Both speak words on current events that don’t reflect their beliefs. “We simply cannot continue to spend as if deficits don’t have consequences; as if waste doesn’t matter; as if the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money; as if we can ignore this challenge for another generation” he emoted. “We can’t.”

● I’m sick of public officials who exploit the perks of office, especially the little stuff like cars and gasoline. DeKalb School Superintendent Crawford Lewis visited one gas station three times in one day, using his district-issued credit card to buy gas in the sums of $32.83, $32 and $50. Explanation: He accidentally put premium in the tank, pumped it out and refilled with regular, drove to visit his mother in Monticello, and then refilled. If I’m on the DeKalb school board, he’s outta here. I’m fed up with public officials who treat public office as a lifestyle enhancement.

● Praise be House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) who, when asked whether there’s “any place for revenue enhancement” on this year’s legislative agenda, replied: “ ‘Revenue enhancement’ is just a way of saying a tax increase …” So “no.” The first indicator that conservatives in public office are slipping over to the dark side is when they start picking up the language of those who wish to grow government. Ralston, encouragingly, did not take the euphemism or the bait.

● One way to determine whether you’re drawn left or right in politics is whether you wish to dictate behavioral changes or to incentivize them. One involves government control of lives and lifestyles. The other doesn’t. On water conservation, for example, Gov. Sonny Perdue proposes a touch of each, which is probably an accurate reflection of where he falls on the ideological spectrum. State Rep. Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City) files a bill to prohibit outdoor watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Control their lives, control their lifestyles. Just what Washington was trying to do with health care and cap-and-tax.

● Career choices I wish they hadn’t made: Sarah Palin, TV commentator. Herschel Walker, mixed martial arts fighter. Nancy Pelosi, politician.

● Only in America could illegal immigrants declare health care to be a “right” and insist that the taxpayers of Fulton and DeKalb provide them dialysis treatment at Grady Memorial Hospital. Only in America. Atlanta truly needs a charity hospital — no entitlement, no false claims to nonexistent “rights.”

● The libs, you knew, would seek to abandon “don’t ask, don’t tell” at the earliest opportunity. If one believes that the military is a social club to be employed primarily for humanitarian, policing and engineering purposes, there’s no harm in changing the policy. If, however, it’s to be used as a combat force, it’s foolish to add a romantic / sexual element to life in the foxhole. Unit cohesion will suffer. Bet the farm on it.

● Who knew, when Congress hastily approved $700 billion in TARP funds to prevent the implosion of the nation’s financial sector, that repayment would give the president a slush fund? He’s proposing to use $33 billion of it to be given to community banks to lend to small businesses. But, as the AJC’s business columnist Thomas Oliver pointed out Sunday, access to credit is not the main problem facing small businesses. It’s a lack of customers. A squirrelly Congress and a populist president creating tax and regulation uncertainty is the problem. (Incidentally, every dime of TARP unspent or repaid should be applied to the deficit.)

● Headline: “Stimulus credited for 24,103 Ga. jobs.” Whatever. Pick a number. They’re all make-believe.

62 comments Add your comment

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 4th, 2010
8:12 pm

Good evening all. I ceased listening to Chauncey before he was elected, and am thus disqualified from analyzing his words, “mere words.”

I don’t know the particulars of Mr. Lewis’s employment contract, but using county gas to drive to see his mama sounds like theft of public property. He ought to be facing a magistrate, not a pliable school board.

While I appreciate Mr. Ralston’s sentiment, a better answer would have been, “’Revenue enhancement’ means cutting taxes to raise the revenues of the taxpayers, and I support cutting taxes.” Agree with our host’s general axiom that leftists obscure with their language.

On the career choices issue, I would add Tom Delay, terpsichorean.

I would support a charity hospital, but I have no desire to fund other’s right to healthcare. Jim’s insight is worthy.

I would wish to see a secret military poll on don’t ask, don’t tell. The Lt JG has no particular animosity toward homosexuals, but perhaps his perspective is unique, or a function of his particular field. (Indeed, truth be told, he has a couple of lesbos reporting to him, and he appreciates their diligence and competence.) I can imagine functions in the military where homosexuals would not be any issue, and I can imagine others where maybe it could hurt unit cohesion. Why do we need a one size fit all policy?

Lack of demand does drive the absence of bank lending now; nobody wants to borrow for fear of what new costs the overlords will impose. There is a second, unspoken, constraint on supply, however. Bank examiners are unable to find anything with any risk that fits the regulatory definition of “bank quality.” Why would a banker make a loan under such a circumstance?

The stimulus created half as many government jobs as it destroyed in the private sector.

Lee

February 4th, 2010
8:15 pm

An old auditor once told me “Executive expense statements are windows to the soul of an organization.” Call it “tone at the top” or “corporate culture,” if the big guys are breaking the rules and gaming the system, it is an organization rotten at it’s core.

What Crawford Lewis did was FRAUD, pure and simple. Combine that with the sweetheart deal where he bought a school district car at $10,000 below book value and you begin to see a pattern of abuse that does not bode well for the school system or its taxpayers.

He needs to go.

midtownguy

February 4th, 2010
9:23 pm

Do you believe there are no gays soldiers in the military now? Do you believe any more or any less will join if the policy is changed? Gay men and women serve honorably in the military now. They join for the same reasons their straight counterparts do, because they love their country and want to serve not because they want to find “romance in the foxhole.” What an absurd statement and an insult to gay soldiers putting their life on the line right now in Iraq.

So the debate is not if there will or will not be gays in the military, the only debate is over if we are honest about it. And there is never any mention of the gay women in the military, only the “combat soldiers” inferring male. While I am sure there are more gay men than women in the armed forces, I’d be willing to bet that the percentage of women who are gay is higher than the percentage of the men who are.

And the last time I checked, the armed forces of neither Great Britain nor Israel have collapsed due to the open service by gay soldiers. It’s not a social experiment, its reality.

Rafe Hollister

February 4th, 2010
9:30 pm

Jim, you are right on about Sonny’s leanings. He has been a big disappointment, but I guess based on history we were lucky to have a Rep gov at all, and he has been better than Barnes would have been. Can you image how Barnes would have been kissing up to Obama.

The bigger point is Sonny’s water rationing strategy. This is such non-sense. Georgia is absolutely blessed with water. We have one of the highest average rainfalls of any state, we have plenty of rivers and watersheds, and recently we have been totally “monsooned” with water. Why do we not have drinking water reservoirs. I certainly do not believe in daming up every creek and stream in the state, but there is no excuse for us not catching some of this water. Sonny seems to fear that if we use a rain barrel to catch some water off the roof, we might be accussed of stealing water from Florida.

Sonny needs to MAN-UP and tell AL and FL that you may coerce the Corps of Engineers into ruling against our fair share of water, but we are going to keep our fair share of the water that falls on and flows through this state inspite of what your desires are. We are going to build reservoirs and dig wells and work to develop our water resources and to hell with you.

The other thing about his “policy” is that he proposes it statewide. We have different resources and water use statewide. Some areas have plenty of water, the only reason to extend this foolishness to them is to raise revenue. Hit the road Sonny, you have worn out your welcome.

samuel

February 4th, 2010
9:46 pm

Jim, it’s good that you can add $32.83 + $32 + $50, but can you calculate 107% of $5.8 trillion? It’s $6.2 trillion, which is what Bush added to the national debt. Obama didn’t invent deficit spending. The Republicans, starting with your hero Ronald Reagan, have perfcted the art of expanding budget deficits and national debt. Can you do more than simple addition Jim?

mike

February 4th, 2010
10:44 pm

I see you conveniently left off the $200,000 Glen transferred to his quote non-profit unquote. or all the money mismanaged by the lady that ran the DOT who quit and married one of the many guys she was going with. You know the Perdu appointee. I would not worry to much about Herschel. He is living is life like he wants. He has done more for this state than you ever can. A lot of people in this country will be taking a weekend off and will be watching the superbowl. Maybe you Thinking Right folks might try the same and save your brain from wasting so much energy on negative thoughts for one weekend. It might provide some clarity to some of you.

Robards

February 4th, 2010
11:31 pm

Jim, Abandoning DADT will be a major non-issue. It’s a generational thing.

Real Athens

February 5th, 2010
12:03 am

Jim,

Considering your post last week regarding tax evading public officials and this week’s screed about those who would “exploit the perks of office”, I expect you to lead the thinking right, conservative charge regarding the unfitness of Sarah Palin to hold public office:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100205/ap_on_re_us/us_palin_property_taxes

Ayn Rand was right

February 5th, 2010
12:50 am

Will someone please explain to me the following: 1. Why would someone pump out the premium gas and replace it with regular? 2. How would someone do this? 3. Does anyone else think the fumes from all that pumping got to him, as he thinks people will believe that insane story?

Michael H. Smith

February 5th, 2010
3:30 am

Incidentally, every dime of TARP money unspent or paid SHALL be applied to the deficit, as the law reads.

Sen. Judd Gregg made this very clear to Peter Orszag.

Snippet

…Orszag said he understood that it would take an act of Congress to change the current law, Gregg said the president was taking TARP money and using it for political purposes.

“Let me tell you what the law says,” Gregg said. “Let me read to you again because you don’t appear to understand the law. The law is very clear. The monies recouped from the TARP shall be paid into the general fund of the Treasury for the reduction of the public debt. It’s not for a piggy bank because you’re concerned about lending to small businesses and you want to get a political event, when you go out and make a speech in Nashua, New Hampshire. That’s not what this money is for.”

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/02/orszag-on-the-hot-seat.html

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Road Scholar

February 5th, 2010
5:27 am

So, what did he do with the premium gas….?

Joel Edge

February 5th, 2010
5:55 am

Don’t know when you wrote this blog. It fits my mood after reading the AJC this morning. Just in the AJC, a letter from a reader calling Predator use against terrorists “cowardly” (maybe we should use women bombers like they do), an article that thinks we don’t know the difference in weather and climate (by two geologists no less), and an article by one June Deen advocating for another tax increase on cigarettes while in the same breath complaining they didn’t get enough swag from previous taxes. The list of things in your article adds to the ever growing stupidity. I have got to quit reading the news. Kinda like Obama suggested.

Road Scholar

February 5th, 2010
6:07 am

Jim since you appear eager that GA gets better ethics laws, where is the investigation into the Richardson affair? Not the morbid details of what he did, but how did “everyone knew” didn’t get a peep from the ethics committee? You can have all the rules in the world, but if you don’t investigate even the most obvious charge, then what good is it?

BitterEXdemocrackkk

February 5th, 2010
7:23 am

OK, its time to probe this matter further! By what means did he pump out the premium gas from the vehicle and where was it stored?

midtown guy, you are right on sir!

Churchill's MOM

February 5th, 2010
7:31 am

Just remember both of our Socialist Senators voted for TARP. Saxby got a lot of LOBBYIST money for his vote, Johnny probably did not. Georgia needs CONSERVATIVE Senators not these 2 RINOs. It is time for Johnny to go.

HI There

February 5th, 2010
7:32 am

While I feel for all the illegals here in GA at Grady in the system, I do not like paying for it. As a citizen I would have to sign over everything I own and what my spouse owns for the same services. Not to mention they would still process bills to me. I dobut I could go over to your country and demand the same services without charge. I mean, you are here illegally, doesn’t that mean anything to you? What kind of person does this?

fred smith

February 5th, 2010
7:45 am

The Lewis tidbit certainly points out the need for both higher standards for school administrators and more oversight of the loons we elect to school boards. If this guy was so incredibly stupid either to believe he had to dump premium gas on the ground to refill his tank with regular OR that he thought anyone with an IQ over 80 would swallow such a story (ah, maybe that tells us something about the school board), he belongs in the back of a MickeyD swabbing floors, not running a major school system.
By the way, most most Republicans can’t even spell the word “conservative” much less have any idea on earth what it actually is supposed to mean.

Shar

February 5th, 2010
7:52 am

The Declaration does not include an exception from that pesky “all men are equal” statement in the event that unit cohesion might be affected. Why should the military be exempted from having gay soldiers when there are no such bans on participation in any other area of public life? Facts are facts: Gay soldiers do serve now, with little to no detriment to unit cohesion – far less than heterosexual males attacking female soldiers. I would never, ever ‘bet the farm’ on implacable bigotry among service personnel. Rather, I’d bet strongly that this issue will be like integrating any other group – disinterest among many, resistance among a minority changing to acceptance when the new arrivals earn professional respect.

I agree that stealing ‘little’ things is still stealing, and has a corrosive effect on an organization. Mr. Lewis needs to be among the unemployed.

Given Atlanta’s institutional water problems and the extreme inefficiency of outdoor watering during daylight hours, I’d rather see a legislator doing something that educates the public than one who holds a prayer breakfast in place of policy development. Ms. Buckner’s bill is a very small step, but in the absence of anything but petulance from the Governor our policies will end up being cobbled together of such tiny initiatives. Too bad.

There are so many people I’d have chosen different careers for. Philip Glass, composer. Mark Sanford, hiker. Michael Vick, ringmaster. Larry Craig, tap dancer. The list goes on and on.

Will

February 5th, 2010
7:58 am

Mr. Wooten:

I am truly baffled by republican newspaper writers like you regarding your opinion on gays in the military.

You support “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and acknowledge that many gays are currently serving and defending their country in the military. Then you say we can’t have gays in the military because it would be harmful! You worry about gays being unable to contain their sexual urges and preying on unsuspecting and innocent straights, thus undermining morale but don’t seem to have any trouble with straight female and male soldiers and their sexual urges for each other (I say that in that I have never heard you oppose females in the military).

How do you reconcile your seemingly contridictory views on gays in the military?

Northern Songs, LTD

February 5th, 2010
8:15 am

That “unit cohesion” argument was made by all those opposed to integrating the military 60-odd years ago.

The President (and I mean whoever he is) gets way too much credit when things are good, and way too much blame when things are bad. The problem is members of Congress who are way more concerned about keeping their phony baloney jobs rather than serving the people who elected them.

WickerMan

February 5th, 2010
8:21 am

Gotta love the fact that we have smoked vermin down in Ellenwood this morning, after a failed home invasion attempt! Only wish he would’ve gotten both. Should have used a 12 gauge.

Score another one for the good guys who refuse to be victimized.

(I don’t like any of the topics above, so I picked my own)

PinkoNeoConLibertarian

February 5th, 2010
8:34 am

Yes WickerMan, that’s my interpretation of gun control–hitting what you’re aiming for. Time on the range is time well spent.

WickerMan

February 5th, 2010
8:35 am

Jim you are obviously not very smart. What do you do when you see gains on money that you invest? You take some of that money and you REINVEST IT BACK. Simple financial investment 101 there. I thought you Republicans were FOR small businesses? After all, they ARE the ones who create the jobs in this country (from your very stellar talking points) correct??

Small business gets money, small business can hire people, people have jobs, people can now spend money, taxes come back to government in the form of sales and payroll taxes, small businesses MAKE MONEY, economy wheels get a turnin’. See.. wasn’t that easy? Based on your logic, should we just let small businesses trot along as they are now in this state of stagnation? Or is the answer is as it always is with your type, “give em a tax cut”. Don’t know if you realized this, but they have gotten tax cuts, as we all have over the past year.

Problem is, you guys cannot seem to get past the kneejerk reaction to attempt to make the President look like he doesn’t know what he is doing. You want to see him fail and it is evident. So are you for or against small business? Don’t be a hypocrite.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 5th, 2010
8:52 am

Dear Wicker, rational conservatives oppose government overlords attempting to pick and choose winners and losers using taxpayer funds. Let them invest their own money that way, but keep the corrupting effect of government out of the economy.

Cutty

February 5th, 2010
8:57 am

Wooten, based on your assumption of illegals, why should Fulton and Dekalb residents only fund MARTA when ‘illegals’ from your beloved Cobb, Gwinnett, and other locales use it as well? Let them find their own charity public transit based on your position, right?

Funny how you never complain about republican deficit spending, as if only democrats do it.

You position on DADT shows your pure bigotry. With that thinking, its hard to believe that you ever accepted blacks in the military, since the military is not a ’social club’ to ask for simple human rights. You’re waaaay past your prime dude.

joan

February 5th, 2010
8:57 am

Wicker Man, you are all over Jim about his small business statement. Small business knows a little money on the top from the government is not going to overcome all of the negative legislation they are expecting to be thrown at them, e.g., health care legislation, and the expenses associated with that. Small business, entrepreners and investors are just hoarding their assets at the moment, until we can get through this Obamanism, and come out on the other side.

Retired1

February 5th, 2010
9:00 am

I agree with some of this and disagree with some but the tone is one of a narrow American with no experince of other cultures, countries and ways of doing things. I have worked in the R and D departments of a major US industry for most of my career and lived in France, Englenad and Canada. In these countries you comments on gays in the military would be seen as “so eleventh century” as my grandchildren would say. All western militaries have dealt with this issue long ago. You are just too old. The comment about “only in America” with respect to health care and immigrants is similarly ignorant. The health care systems of many other countries (virtually all western) countries are open to immigrants and visitors. I have been treated in several countries with out this kind of jingoistic response. Also almost all countries in Europe are dealing with exactly the same kinds of problems on immigration as we are. True they are big problem, but this belief that we are unique in people wanting to come here is pure fantasy. It is the 21st century not the 19th.

Road Scholar

February 5th, 2010
9:25 am

Northern Songs: John Stewart had a good skit last night in comparing the fear of gays in the armed forces and “unit cohesion”. But instead of gays being discriminated against he used “Old People”. The way the argument was made was not only funny, but rang true to the phobia regarding gays.Jim, why not take the time to watch it! Esp since you are “old”. Hit home?

songbird

February 5th, 2010
9:33 am

Thank you retired1. Your comments are the most intelligent I’ve read on this board today. Unfortunately, intelligent comments are few and far between on this blog including the ones coming from Wooten.

jconservative

February 5th, 2010
9:38 am

Obama – “We simply cannot continue to spend as if deficits don’t have consequences…”

Reagan – “I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.”

Reagan was correct, the deficit was big enough to take care of itself. In fact, it took care of itself so well it grew from $934 Billion the day he took office to $2.8 Trillion the day he left office.

Dunwoody Mike

February 5th, 2010
9:38 am

Jim,
A version of your argument was used in the 1940’s by bigots opposed to integrating the Armed Forces. Besides that, Israel has had LGBT folks in their military since 1994, and they are the most powerful military in the world (as others have pointed out).

Goober

February 5th, 2010
10:19 am

Ann Rand was right–

Three words: laissez-faire. Crawford has already hung himself.

F-105 Thunderchief

February 5th, 2010
10:37 am

Government needs less money. Taxpayers need to get to keep more of their own money. The recession lingers on because consumers have less money to spend, or are afraid to spend, because of fears of losing income. It has become a value-menu world and I don’t see that changing this year or next.

somewhereinga

February 5th, 2010
10:48 am

Ya’ll better listen to Jim! If you let gays into the military then they’ll be hangin’ chintz curtains in the barracks and wallpaperin’ the latrines and insistin’ on decent hairdo’s.

Huh…whatdayamean,…Isreal already has them in their Army? and Canada? and Great Britian? and Denmark? And the sky didn’t fall? And all the straight guys didn’t run, screaming, from their platoons?

Jesus, Jim! Get your head out of the sand and get into the 20th century…not even the 21st century. Just the 20th century! This 16th century routine you’ve got is well…..so….16th century! (and let me guess…some of your best friends are gay….right? and they agree with you. Right?)

Brandon

February 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Yo Wooten,
since when is it romantic to be gay? Last I checked it wasn’t the easiest characteristic to be born with. It’s no more romantic/ sexual than being heterosexual you dimwit. Ignorance at it’s best – unbelievable.

30 year man

February 5th, 2010
11:37 am

After 30 years in our military, I know that there were gays in our units, but under DSDT, they stayed in the closet and there were few problems as the gays did their jobs and didn’t advertise their sexuality; so now we experiment to see how our units will deal with open gays. Wonderful. Glad I am retired.

Cutty

February 5th, 2010
11:42 am

Retired1- Republicans only want immigrants and the assistance of other countries to fight wars. If they don’t, they jump into freedom fry mode.

retiredds

February 5th, 2010
11:49 am

Retired 1 and Songbird, I also agree with Retired 1’s blog. And I have come to the conclusion that Jim and his supporters suffer from malady called “oppositional/defiant”, but only when it comes to Democrats and liberals. When their sacred cows (Bush, Cheney, Richardson, the Tea Party folks, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, et. al) game the system and lie to the American people, it’s o.k.) Well, history is the great leveler and we know now that the earth is round and not flat.

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 5th, 2010
11:56 am

drove to visit his mother in Monticello

The explanation of how that pertains to county business ought to be a doozy.

Career choices I wish they hadn’t made: Herschel Walker, mixed martial arts fighter.

You could always challenge Herschel to a bout and drive him out of the sport.

Democrats are Corrupt, Repukes are Lying Scum

February 5th, 2010
12:08 pm

IMHO, Superintendent Crawford Lewis should be fired for theft by taking, fraud, and making false statements. He should be arrested and tried for the same. Let him try to prove his lies, imho, in court. Are there no honest people in Dekalb County? Where is the prosecuting attorney? Perhaps a police raid on the Superintendent’s office is in order, with night sticks drawn and swinging, cuff and perp walk em all.

Aquagirl

February 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

The fuss over gays in the military is indeed a generational thing. Jim, please, sit down and let folks who are running the world do so without your antiquated prejudice. Exhibit A: Rag @ leading post, who jumps through all sorts of mental hoops to justify his discrimination when his own son doesn’t seem to agree. Bonus points for the “must be a freak unit” attitude! Obviously if the Lt. JG knows of his super-efficient lesbians, some part of the not asking or not telling is not working and no one who is affected gives a flying flip. Yet we have to listen to the Wootens and draft-dodging Georgia Senators of the world bemoan impending military collapse.

Actually, DADT never made sense—why would you NOT want to know who (in your mind) is peeking at your pee-pee in the shower? You’re pretty much acknowledging if those horrible gays are ogling you, you have no chance to avoid your inadvertent exposure.

I’d like to join Wicker @ 8:21 and Pinko in the Smoked Vermin celebration. Home invaders should always exit said home feet first at room temperature.

retiredds

February 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

Hey Jim, you ought to read Paul Krugman’s article in yesterday’s NY Times entitled “Fiscal Scare Tactics”. One of the more balanced views out there. You and your “oppositional/defiant” folks are the ones he addresses that state opinions as if they were facts. By the way, there are some very respected economists and financial experts that say the TARP and stimulus $$$ aren’t enough to tackle the deep seeded unemployment problem.

retiredds

February 5th, 2010
12:53 pm

Jim, below is a quote from an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “GOP Chases Wall Street Donors”. Would you care to comment?

Republicans are stepping up their campaign to win donations from Wall Street, trying to capitalize on an increasing sense of regret among executives at big financial institutions for backing Democrats in 2008.

In discussions with Wall Street executives, Republicans are striving to make the case that they are banks’ best hope of preventing President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats from cracking down on Wall Street.

Bama Bill

February 5th, 2010
1:03 pm

Hey Whacky Wooten, Your stuff is much better now that you are retired ! Sunny Perdue must have just awaken form a 7 year hibernation , but we don’t need him to appoint a k-12 person, we need the State Regents to hire a Commissioner of Education which would then hire a Higher Education, K-12, Jr. College, Technical College and Pre-K – Sunny might appoint anothe Cox, Shrinko, or Rogers which would be awful. Dekalb should fire the idiot superintendent today or by Monday at the latest.

Ranger bill

February 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

What does Saxby or that fella from Bama know about the military or serving their country ? Hurt knees my butt ! Leave the serviceman alone regardless of their private sex life. You know full well we some gays, who fought like hell, in Nam and elsewhere.

retiredds

February 5th, 2010
1:10 pm

Ranger Bill, BRAVO!!!!

retiredds

February 5th, 2010
1:13 pm

By the way, I fired off an email to Saxby and told him, in no uncertain words the following: “It is better to be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” I also told him that he represents all Georgians and his personal views don’t necessarily reflect the views of all Georgians. His line of logic is very flawed and demonstrates great ignorance.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

Dear Aquagirl, good afternoon, hope your Prozac kicks in soon. I think I am empathetic with our friends who hold unconventional sexual appetities. I can see a place for homosexuals in the military; however I don’t see a place anywhere in society for people who proclaim their sexual predilections as the defining element of their being.

Democrats are Corrupt, Repukes are Lying Scum

February 5th, 2010
4:01 pm

I don’t know Ragnar Danneskjöld, I kinda like girls who define themselves as topless dancers, and I really like the pole dancers.

Eye in the Sky

February 5th, 2010
4:26 pm

Where Crawford Lewis is concerned, easy answer. Go to the video feed of the gas pumps the day he purchased gas THREE times! I would guess you will find that he pumped gas into more than one vehicle, a personal vehicle as well as the county provided car perhaps????

Dee

February 5th, 2010
5:30 pm

“Romance in the foxhole?” What a crock!

I had not heard that if DADT was ended it would make homosexuality MANDATORY!

How is it any different for a gay person to be serving openly than it is for a straight person to become pregnant? And didn’t I just hear on CNN something about that combat soldier who became pregnant while on deployment?

I originally thought the reasoning behind the military’s opposition to gays serving was that if a person was gay and they were ‘found out’, they could be blackmailed by some foreign power and would have to give up secrets or something. It does not take a genius to understand that if one is OPEN about their sexuality, there can be no more basis for blackmail than there would be if some STRAIGHT soldier got in some sex scandal.

And, every day, are we not seeing sex scandals involving straight people?

Gay AMERICANS should have the same right to serve their country. they should NOT be required to hide their sexuality. Just being gay does NOT mean that one will run rampant sexually!

People who are scared of gays need to just get over it.

Didn’t the military once have the same reservations about allowing blacks to serve? Wasn’t that stupid, too?

Dee

February 5th, 2010
5:39 pm

Re: the water situation.

Last year didn’t i see Gov. Perdue on the steps of the Capitol, praying for rain, because of the drought? And isn’t there some sort of controversy going on about whether water can be taken from particular rivers or lakes to serve the Atlanta area?

So, what makes more sense. Praying (although judging from todays weather that works too) or REGULATING the way we USE the available water?

It’s clear that, left alone, people simply will NOT self-regulate. No one has done that for years and it does not look like it will happen in the future.

So, does it not make more sense to FORCE people to conserve? After all, I think the time a person can survive without water is pretty limited, and although it is raining today i do not think we are out of the woods when it comes to drought.

Why label conservation regulations as being either conservative or liberal. Wny not just label the way to handle the water situation either intelligent or stupid?

Jess

February 5th, 2010
6:24 pm

And just two days after Obama’s speech on fiscal dicipline, congress raises the debt limit by a couple trillion. There was loud cheering as the votes were counted and it passed.

bob

February 6th, 2010
8:03 am

Samuel, Pub schools are in trouble and it has nothing to do with Bush. Maybe you should go back to school for some civics classes. The math was fine but you said Bush spent 6 trillion and Bush can’t spend money, congress does. ^ years under repubs and the last two, the two with the highest deficits were under dem control.

@@

February 6th, 2010
12:28 pm

“We can’t.”

And yet he does, Jim. Watching Obama is like watching a child trying to step outside his own shadow. I used to do that as a kid. The only way to succeed is to find a shady place.

I doubt seriously that even the students in DeKalb would buy that story. Then again, he is the Superintendent, so it’s likely they’ve been “encouraged” to accept stupidity as an achievement.

“Revenue enhancement” to replenish the fed’s “hands in the mint” policies?

So is Representative Buckner a member of the Water Footprint Network? Before we know it all foods will be dried in the sun…served in powdered form. ‘Ya reckon we’ll be permitted to chase it with a sip ‘o water? Sweating will be prohibited as it’ll be a waste of bodily fluids…better to flush the low-flow.

Obama, LEADER!!?!!

Charity is something freely given. Anything else is confiscatory in nature.

Unit cohesion will suffer? That’s already been proven in the British military. They’re only complaint? Why do gays in the Queen’s service choose to glorify (gay pride) their separation from the unit over all. Unintended consequences.

Legally TARP (unspent or repaid) was supposed to pay down the deficit. As is too often the case, the laws that apply to us don’t apply to those who govern.

Just last week I visited my Mom in Florida…took a shuttle from the airport to her place. The driver was eager to point out that new roads were under construction, putting people back to work. I asked him how long before the road was completed? “Two years!” said he. “Then what?” I asked. “Well hopefully…” he responded. I cut him off with “Let me guess, you voted for Obama didn’t you?”

“Yes” he did. The entire conversation began when he said he needed to find a REAL JOB.

JD

February 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

Retired1 and others,

We have treaties with most countries regarding the care of visitors. The health care system in place accepts visitors at no charge. The government picks up the tab. Anything other than this system would obviously discourage tourism.

Illegal immigrants are another issue. Those who support free health care, or free housing, or free food, or free clothing for those who are here illegally are either off the tax roles or of the misguided impression a government gift to one does not constitue a tax increase to all of us. The United States is the most giving country in the world but the gift should be at the option of the individual donor not at the end of a gun held by a government agency.

The response to Haiti and Thailand is an example of the generosity of the American people, tax dollars should not be involved.

Hoping4Rail

February 8th, 2010
5:31 am

Wooten, I thought you were leaving… or was that just a promotional stunt?

retiredds

February 9th, 2010
9:47 pm

Jim, I guess GA DOT Commissioner did not get the Republican message that the stimulus $$ aren’t working. Would you call them and clue them in, please?

“The message is pretty simple,” DOT Commissioner Vance Smith said at a news conference. “Transportation investment equals good jobs now and produces lasting assets for the future.” However, he added, “Even though with all the stimulus funds we have, we still have great needs in the state of Georgia.”

So far, the DOT is attributing the equivalent of 961 full-time jobs in the state to Georgia’s $1.1 billion share of the transportation stimulus, and more will be employed as more projects get under way, said Meg Pirkle, who manages the stimulus program for the department. She said it may be a couple of years before all the stimulus projects are finished and the final work hours are counted.

mit

February 10th, 2010
5:20 pm

Control their lives, control their lifestyles. Hey Wooten, this is YOUR party’s platform.

Or are you suddenly pro-choice and -gay marriage?

96 SC

February 11th, 2010
12:02 am

Crawford Lewis is a poor Liar. Any investigator questioning his actions should ask Crawford; How did you pummp the premium fuel from the auto tank?, What did you do with the premium fuel that you supposedly pumped from your auto tank? And finally Crawford, are youu a natural born Liar or did you study hard to become such a proficient Liar? The Invesstigators and Crawford should be fired and barred from Public Positions forever.

Paddy O

February 11th, 2010
9:49 am

My first vote was cast for Reagan in 84. Since that time, it is quite apparent that our elected leaders really like to make themselves feel like god by trying to take care of the poor all over the world (Haiti is a great example). Therefore, we need a constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget (exception for war & defense spending when a war has been declared). Second, it is quite apparant that the Supreme Court is NOT reading the constitution. The constitution says takings are restricted to “public use”; not public benefit – large difference. Also, freedom of speech is provided to citizens (humans), not financial entitied created to truncate liability and identity for those who do evil. Therefore, we need a constitutional amendment banning anyone but an individual who can vote for a candidate from actually providing a financial contribution to said candidate.

Shay

February 11th, 2010
11:57 pm

I am so sick of hearing about the Dekalb County School Board and the Commission. Our children are the ones paying the price for these misfits.

There is no EXCUSE for Crawford Lewis and Pat Pope. They should have been fired from their positions immediately. Theft of gas should be a crime as we, the taxpayers, are the ones who ended up paying for it. And Pat Pope? Give me a break. Is there any contract that wasn’t given to her husband???

And why does Sutton-Barnes still hold her position? She can’t even handle her own finances (facts proven) but she is allowed to oversee the $600+ million dollar budget for Dekalb County. I have been in the banking industry for over 15 years and you could not even get a job in the bank if you could not handle your own finances.

Also, has anyone considered taxing the citizens that live in apartments? Their children utilize all of the school resources just like the residents who own homes. Why shouldn’t they have to pay school taxes? Give them a tax credit comparable to a mortgage interest deduction, if necessary.

And the citizens of Dekalb County wonder why there is such a shortage in revenue, LOL!!!