How about a Southern Baptist?

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

● Absolutely Republicans in the U.S. Senate should filibuster against a hard-left ideologue to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. That is not, however, Leah Ward Sears. I’d confirm her.

● Diversity on the U.S. Supreme Court? I don’t have a candidate in mind, but for diversity’s sake, how about a Southern Baptist who’s served in the military and didn’t law-up at Harvard, Yale or Columbia? The retiring John Paul Stevens is a World War II vet, a Protestant and a graduate of Northwestern law school.

● Woe is me. Having acquired a taste for sardines in the military, I now discover that we are entirely dependent on foreign sources for the delicacies. The last U.S. packing house in Maine and in the U.S., this one owned by Bumble Bee, closed Thursday. In 1900 Maine had 75 canneries. Now I’m at the mercy of a cannery in Poland.

● Changing times, changing tastes, part 2: The University of Georgia, with 34,000 students, has sold fewer than 500 copies of its yearbook, the student-produced Pandora. Therefore the print edition is dead after this year.

● And Aubrey Morris is dead. If you don’t remember Aubrey Morris on WSB Radio, I’m guessing that Peachtree Street means no more to you than Jimmy Carter Boulevard and that Davison’s and Rich’s won’t ring a bell either. They were all Atlanta institutions.

● You can do that? A 7-year-old adopted from Russia by a Tennessee woman was put on a one-way flight back. I’d once argued unsuccessfully that my brother should have been returned. He was not working as far as his younger sibling was concerned.

● The left’s addiction to Sarah Palin is a continuing fascination. Barack Obama unbusied himself from the old campus peacenik task creating a nuclear-free world to opine that she is “not much of an expert” on nuclear issues. He, on the other hand, became same while community organizing on the South Side of Chicago. The only weapons he can get rid of are ours. Meanwhile, Iran proceeds full-speed ahead. And our chief worry is that “terrorists” might get them.

● It’s inconceivable that Georgia would not fund a state agency to promote arts in the community. We can debate whether it’s government’s responsibility to fund individual artists or performances, there’s no question here that it’s in the public interest to offer seed grants that encourage individuals to come together to invest their time and money in something that enriches community life. The Georgia Council for the Arts could become a casualty of state cutbacks.

● As encouragement to the elderly to relocate here, Georgia legislators agree to eliminate the state income tax on retirement income by 2016. The exemption now applies to income below $70,000 for couples. Two points: As part of a longer-term strategy such as the elimination of the state income tax for everybody, the retiree exclusion makes sense. Otherwise, no. We don’t turn poor at 65. Shorter term, if the goal is to encourage those who don’t need jobs to come to Georgia, the exemption should have been targeted to poor rural counties that are bleeding jobs.

● One superb tax-elimination decision by these legislators is to stop imposing a quarter-mill levy on local property taxpayers. It should have been repealed decades ago — but wasn’t because that’s the hook that politically powerful county tax commissioners employed to get themselves and their employees covered by the state employees retirement system back when most counties didn’t have an employee pension system.

● Reviving Freaknik is a mistake. It becomes uncontrollable, which is why Atlanta stopped welcoming it in 1999.

82 comments Add your comment

Chris Broe

April 15th, 2010
7:53 pm

“The lefts addiction to Sarah P…”

Perhaps the left should go to the same rehab clinic where the right goes to treat their own addiction to Nancy P.

Mid-South Philosopher

April 15th, 2010
7:54 pm

Good evening, Jim,

This is going to rattle some of my conservative friends, but I am not at all in favor of tax breaks for the elderly. H*ll, I have more now than I have ever had, just too old to spend it foolishly as I would have done in my 20s, 30s, and 40s! I want to pay my share…that way I’ve got the right to gripe to high heavens. As far as I am concerned, those that don’t pay, must take what they get and like it!

I agree with you, we don’t need to let the Georgia Arts Council collapse. Boortz doesn’t like supporting them, but, then, again, he wouldn’t recognize “art” if it bit him on his big….well, you get the idea. Maybe we can find some monies for the project in some horse stalls somewhere!?!

I do wish there was some way to play Ray Steven’s “If 10% Is Good Enough for Jesus, It Ought to Be Enough for Uncle Sam” song nationwide today, but, alas, I guess we can’t.

Have a good week.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

April 15th, 2010
7:58 pm

Good evening all. I anticipate a much worse nomination than Ms. Sears. While I disagree with her judicial activism, she has a core goodness in her character that is worthy of conservative acceptance. As to “filibuster,” I am reluctant to endorse filibuster on nominations. One of the three names most-floated is bad enough that I would support a filibuster, but generally I think that a bad practice. As to elitism, I am not antagonistic to Ivy Leaguers; as I am not a credentialist, I am more interested in the personal genius of the nominee than the ticket-punches he/she has acquired along the way. In a perfect world, Richard Posner; not going to happen.

What’s a sardine?

I don’t recall buying an annual when I was an undergraduate, nor a class ring. Seemed like a waste of money.

As I have been a Georgian for fewer than 15 years, Aubrey and Rich’s and Davison’s mean nothing to me, and Peachtree Street is merely an overcrowded area where my wife will not travel.

I have been reluctant to suggest humor in the Bedford County, TN woman who seemingly just had enough. I still am.

Ms. Palin’s line – about the president’s acquisition of his nuclear competence – seemingly shut up Chauncey. The real puzzle: Why do they think “Sarah Palin is worse” is an adequate defense to the President’s manifest incompetence at seemingly everything?

It is inconceivable to me that we would authorize an armed bandit to rob every citizen of Georgia just to give the money to “arts.” But we do.

Both tax arguments are sound. I have nothing to contribute.

Maybe we need an arts commission to subsidze Freaknik. Or a hall of fame.

Dave R.

April 15th, 2010
8:20 pm

“there’s no question here that it’s in the public interest to offer seed grants that encourage individuals to come together to invest their time and money in something that enriches community life.”

It may well be in the public interest to offer seed grants, but it is NOT the role of government to offer those grants, Jim. That is a role for private interests.

Mr T

April 15th, 2010
8:26 pm

I would be annoyed also if I had to answer a question in the middle of a serious interview about Caribou Barbie! Let’s see the Rhodes Scholar in action, you know the one you elephants would have put one heart beat from the new clear codes!
http://video.clipta.com/Sarah_Palin_can039t_spell_Nuclear__vd2df85fa2a574b714d91

Mr T

April 15th, 2010
8:41 pm

I guess Frank Luntz, Rush, or Hannity could have whispered the talking points in her ear. No wonder you elephants are so anti Ivy League, anything not rural, or in any way of thinking for yourselves! It’s comical to sit in a bar with somebody and have a beer. He will be making 30k a year and be spewing out Rush talking points. Love how you all work so hard for the rich! I’m sure Wooten appreciates it!

BW

April 15th, 2010
8:51 pm

Not bad Jim except the Iran comment….look man if you’re calling for a preemptive war then man up and do it. I’d love to know how that’s going to work out without a coalition of the willing and the bulk of the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan….do you shift the troops directly from Iraq after the draw-down? Do they ever get to come home? Are you going to pitch in?

Mr T

April 15th, 2010
8:56 pm

It’s inconceivable that Georgia would not fund a state agency to promote arts in the community. We can debate whether it’s government’s responsibility to fund individual artists or performances, there’s no question here that it’s in the public interest to offer seed grants that encourage individuals to come together to invest their time and money in something that enriches community life. The Georgia Council for the Arts could become a casualty of state cutbacks.

To be fair, I couldn’t agree more with you Jim on this one. I may be 180 away from you in most politics, the arts are what bring out the best of us. They make us human and not animals.

Mr T

April 15th, 2010
8:58 pm

BW Are you ready to lose 40% of the Persian Gulf oil, watch the global markets go into a tailspin, and see nuclear exchange? Then lets “man up” and get them Iranis!

Mr T

April 15th, 2010
9:02 pm

I get your point BW! Most people don’t think the Iranian question through. Plus Hezbollah cleaned Israel’s clock the last conflict. It’s complicated.

Robards

April 15th, 2010
9:16 pm

Good evening, Jim. I’m not an Obama fan but he’s intelligent. Palin isn’t. She’s no more intelligent than any other reasonably attractive conservative woman in her mid 40s–let’s pick someone’s name out of a hat to run; I’d feel more comfortable sleeping at night. Palin has no business being president. But yes–Neither Obama nor Palin knows much about nuclear weapons.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

April 15th, 2010
9:18 pm

Dear Robards @ 9:16, I subscribe to fox and hedgehog theory; perversely, Obama is a fox and Magna Sarah is a hedgehog.

Gator Nation

April 15th, 2010
9:47 pm

Good Lord I must have hit my head very hard on something. I’m a democrat and I agree with a majority of what you said.

My two cents: If the Republicans put Palin on the ticket, you can rest assured at four more years of Obama. Its just that simple.

Mr T

April 15th, 2010
9:50 pm

you are giving Palin a lot of credit for being the Hedgehog! She would need a brain! You betcha! Wink Wink!

Loran, Whatayagot?

April 15th, 2010
10:10 pm

Isn’t a Sardine one who comes from Sardinia?

concerned georgian

April 16th, 2010
12:48 am

I bet the Tea Bags wasn’t angry when they were cashing in on those stimulas checks. Like President Obama said….they should be thanking him. Are they thinking at all???? We all know that who ever follows Sarah Palin is one french frie short of a happy meal!!!!!!!!!!! These people are angry at themselves. What’s to be angry about…this President is the greatest President in decades. He has done more for this country in one year than most of the presidents have done period. I love Bill Clinton of course too.

concerned georgian

April 16th, 2010
12:51 am

I can’t wait until it’s time to vote for our new Governor. No more Purdue!!!!!

For the Greater Georgia

April 16th, 2010
1:00 am

Jim..why didn’t you discuss how we don’t have a transporatation bill, water bill, or budget in the state legislature?????? Hmm..is it because its republicans in the legislature.

Howard

April 16th, 2010
5:21 am

Jim…so UGA can’t sell but 500 copies of the “Pandora” yearbook?? They should do what the students and advisors did when I was at Appalachian State University in 1974-75. That yearbook was published as if several editions of magazines had been binded together…for instance the sports section was a takeoff on “Sports Illustrated,” student life was patterned after “People,” campus service and social organizations were incluided in a “Time” section…and get this…they had a section spoofing “Playboy” magazine. Don’t know what it covered but the centerfold was the campus head doctor or someone of equal medical importance laying on a couch with nothing on but his white briefs w/ a Superman logo across the front…holding onto a gigantic hyperdermic needle as some sort of crazy body pillow. It sold out in about three days,made nationwide headlines and TV coverage and got a lot of kids and faculty advisors and such in trouble with alumni and people in the Boone area. I’m just wondering if anyone ouit there remembers it or was up there when it happened?? I couldn’t get a copy…bootleg ones were going for a fortune. Oh, the yearbook kids obtained permission from all those magazines to use their cover logos, section headings…they even had an jokes on the flip side of the foldout in the “Playboy” complete with a Playboy interview. I’ve been in journalism a long time and that was one of the most creative yearbooks I have seen yet. By today’s standards, it would be very tame indeed…but then??? Whew!!

Gordon

April 16th, 2010
6:16 am

Chris Broe@7:53pm,

Nancy Pelosi is the speaker of the house. Sarah Palin holds no public office. See the difference?

Real American

April 16th, 2010
6:43 am

Gordon, and so we see why there is absolutely no reason for anyone to hold Caribou Barbie in any regard whatsoever.

midtownguy

April 16th, 2010
7:14 am

So we are going to eliminate the Georgia Council for the Arts but keep “Gone Fishin’?” That does not surprise me, this is Georgia after all.

Logic 88

April 16th, 2010
7:27 am

Support the arts?!?!?!
What the heck does that mean.
If the people want it … they will pay for it… if not, let it fail.
Why should anyone’s tax $ go to support “the arts”?
Who defines “the arts?”

sharecropper

April 16th, 2010
7:34 am

Now, explain to me again Wooten, why it is really cool to name hard rightists and ideologues — Scalia, Scalito, Roberts, Thomas — but not “hard leftists”. Why, that might provide another viewpoint and balance to a court that now sees its business that of running the country. You and your ilk are destroying our country. In order to save it, maybe? Geez. We call it hypocrisy.

Goober

April 16th, 2010
7:36 am

Sardines and boiled okra are totally unnecessary.

midtownguy

April 16th, 2010
7:40 am

Following Logic’s logic:
Support UGA!?!
Let the people who want to go to school there pay for it, if not, let it close.
Why should anyone’s tax $ go to support “a college” that they nor no member of their family attend?

Buzz G

April 16th, 2010
7:44 am

“there’s no question here that its in our public interest to offer seed grants that encourage individuals to come together to invest their time and money in something that enriches community life.”
Oh yes there is! It requires taking money by threat of force from the person who earned it and giving it to people who did not. When did we quit talking about the morality of a government taking money from people? Do we just assume that anytime a government does it, it is moral? Somewhere somebody told me Jim Wooten was a conservative. Not in the real world.

Dan

April 16th, 2010
7:55 am

You know what else enriches community life? Healthy citizens. But spending money on health care is called Socialism by most of Wooten’s kind…Apparently funding Wooten’s concept of the “arts” is of more value than the well being of the citizens of this country. I guess it’s only Socialism if tax money goes for things you don’t agree with.

catlady

April 16th, 2010
8:03 am

“Shorter term, if the goal is to encourage those who don’t need jobs to come to Georgia, the exemption should have been targeted to poor rural counties that are bleeding jobs.” But they still need lots of services. And they pay much less property tax. We in the poor rural area can’t really afford them.

Re: a Baptist. I agree we need diversity on the Court. Maybe not THAT MUCH diversity! LOL

Dr. Stan-(the black one)

April 16th, 2010
8:13 am

Freaknik , Gansta rap, and fratricide etc. are redress of grievances, (mental, economic, and educational abuses) demonstrated by an un-socialized, ignorant class of people. The redress is primarily directed toward the offending educated members of their own race.

Tea Parties etc are redress of grievances, (mental, economic, and educational) demonstrated by a socialized, learned class of people primarily directed toward offending members of their own race.

PinkoNeoConLibertarian

April 16th, 2010
9:24 am

Seriously? You acquired a taste for sardines during your time of service? Mine thoroughly quenched my previous love of chipped beef (pretty sure I can’t use the more appropriate term here). My mistake was looking in the kitchen and seeing it being prepared once while going through the chow line…not a pretty sight.

RetiredSoldier

April 16th, 2010
9:27 am

I love all the Palin bashing by people never even elected dogcatcher, but it does make me wonder why those same folks elected the democtatic party clone of Palin. Whom you might ask? Why Joe Biden of course. Please Obama, when you run again in 2012 get a real Vice President.

Morrus

April 16th, 2010
9:37 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

Ruth Bronstein

April 16th, 2010
9:41 am

So Freaknick is coming back. Great. That’s all we need in Atlanta, more ‘nickers.

publish the state budget

April 16th, 2010
9:42 am

funding for the arts? Not much of a conservative idea if you ask me. When I think of liberal platform planks that are pork barrel projects, Arts come to mind.

publish the state budget

April 16th, 2010
9:46 am

midtownguy

April 16th, 2010
7:40 am
Following Logic’s logic:
Support UGA!?!
Let the people who want to go to school there pay for it, if not, let it close.
Why should anyone’s tax $ go to support “a college” that they nor no member of their family attend?

Why stop there, I don’t have any family members needing to attend grade school either. While you’re at it, why don’t you end all edumacashion in Gogia so we’s can all get to workin? Lazy chillin needs to be workin so I’s can get my checks form Obama.

Tom

April 16th, 2010
10:04 am

Ragweed @ 9:18 last night quite inadvertently said something correct: Obama is indeed the fox in the maxim. He “knows many things.”

retiredds

April 16th, 2010
10:15 am

Jim, the left’s attention to Palin is not an addiction unless you compare it the Beck, Rush, Coulter, and the woman Senator from Minn (I have forgotten her name) and their addiction to doing anything in their power to make the Obama administration fail. Now there’s an addiction bordering on paranoia.

Palin and these other entertainers have an advantage in all this, they have no skin in the game. They can shout, stomp, and bring crowds to hysteria but they don’t have to make presidential decisions. They don’t have the responsibility that a president has. So they can go out there and rake in millions of $$$ making their fans happy. But with no skin in the game they are nothing more than entertainers. The unfortunate thing about Palin, et.al. is theirs is that their entertainment is toxic.

walker

April 16th, 2010
10:26 am

Personally I always favored the starving artist idea

scrappy

April 16th, 2010
10:49 am

“And our chief worry is that “terrorists” might get them.”
YES, that is the chief worry, where have you been? It would be much more destructive and terrorizing if a small group terrorists were able to smuggle a nuke into the US.

Besides, no way Israel will let Iran build a nuke, and since we support Israel, we will be stopping Iran – just through the back door.

Chris

April 16th, 2010
11:17 am

Sears is as leftist as they come Jim, careful what you wish for…

RetiredSoldier

April 16th, 2010
11:38 am

And what would you call the folks that called Bush every name in the book retiredds? BO isn’t getting half of the BS Bush had to take, much less what Bush’s VP had to take. BO still had 95% of the media singing his praises.

Dr. Stan

April 16th, 2010
12:24 pm

If I were a mental, economic, or educational abuser of people within my own race, I would allow Bill Cosby to speak to them via radio for thirty minutes anytime something meaningful had been expressed to them. He and countless other race haters are in strategic positions in the media solely for the purpose of keeping the masses confused in exchange for money and social status. This is executed under the guise of assisting their brothers and sisters—race pimping.

Don’t get me wrong. Most of the masses understand what’s taking place on some level. But their background prevents most from verbally expressing it. As a result, they resort to freaknicking, gansta rapping, and fratricide etc. Being able to verbally express what you think on the inside is critical to mental health.

The Department of Education has not completely succeeded in depriving many Americans of the ability to verbally express what’s happening to them. Thus, freaknicking, gansta rapping, and fratricide are replaced with tea parties.

jconservative

April 16th, 2010
12:28 pm

Forget about Southern Baptist. They are steadily losing membership year after year after year. Go with a growing denomation like Mormom or Assembly of God.

Just saying.

Left wingers implode

April 16th, 2010
12:35 pm

It’s so great to see the left implode. Every left wing outlet loses viewers on a daily basis. Chris Matthews gets an average of 300,000 viewers per week. That’s about the average size of a county in GA.

It must suck to be a left wing idiot.

Left wingers implode

April 16th, 2010
12:36 pm

“Forget about Southern Baptist. They are steadily losing membership year after year after year.”

Well, at least their pastors don’t rape little boys. Just sayin…

ieee

April 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

The Georgia Council for the Arts has been replaced with the Georiga SEX OFFENDER Registry. Don’t worry, it is just one of many government functions that have fallen victim to the Registries and their costs. We’ve recently had to stop bus transportation systems and close schools. There will be plenty more to come. The SEX OFFENDER Registry, Banishment, etc. laws will cost a billion bucks a year and even more later.

The SEX OFFENDER Registry, Banishment, etc. laws are idiotic, immoral, illegal, counterproductive, anti-religion, and un-American. They lead to more sex offenses being committed than would be if they did not exist. They give us negligible benefits that can easily and more effectively be gained by doing things that we all should be doing anyway.

But don’t expect the laws are going anywhere. Americans love hating people way, way too much. Just take a look at our history. It wasn’t so long ago that our country had signs all over it telling “coloreds” what they could and couldn’t do. That attitude is still alive and doing very well here today. The American public in general are morally inferior to the people listed on their beloved, panacea SEX OFFENDER Registries.

Tom

April 16th, 2010
1:46 pm

I should have added earlier that Ragweed is also correct that Simple Sarah is the hedgehog in the Hedgehog/Fox apophthegm: she indeed “knows one big thing,” namely how to rook the know-nothing yahoos (pardon me, the “Proud Conservatives”) in the long con for all they’re worth.

jconservative

April 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

“…it’s in the public interest to offer seed grants that encourage individuals to come together to invest their time and money in something that enriches community life.”

You’re kidding I hope! This is why the USA is and always will be a Liberal nation, everyone has some project that government absolutely MUST do.

Dr. Stan-(the black one)

April 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

I distinctly remember the first time I considered participating in a form of freaknic. It occurred in the fall of 1970. Mandatory integration of public schools in the south was being enforced by the law. At that point, the vast majority of black children decided to be non-participants in high school. Many of us turned to freaknic related venues to compensate. After all, other children answered every question asked by the teacher in depth, and we answered sparsely and shallow at best. White supremacy was being confirmed before our very eyes.

Professor John Ellis of the California Association of Scholars presented an excellent presentation about Affirmative Action’s impact on black children in many colleges. It parallels what happened to the vast majority of black children when mandatory integration of public schools was enforced in the south.

If anyone is interested, proceed to http://www.radioliberty.com and check the archives.