Looking for misplaced students

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

● The extremist band seizing bank-owned homes around metro Atlanta, along with the scattering of radicals who join or aid al-Qaida, is a reminder that the nation harbors those who enjoy its freedom and liberty while hating us. Constantly preach to people that they are victims of the majority, of the rich, of Wall Street, of banks, or of greedy corporate executives forcing high-interest loans on subprime borrowers — and those chickens come home to roost.

● Cheers for Gov. Sonny Perdue. The investigation of CRCT cheating in Atlanta public schools is now where it belongs — at the state level. The problem before was that everybody in an oversight role, ranging from administrators to the school board to the local chamber of commerce, had a stake in containing the system’s bad press.

● Shhhh! Don’t ask where the vanished students went. As the AJC reports, in another in-depth analysis of a problem in the Atlanta school system, there may be a link between a dramatically improved high school graduation rate and disappeared “transfers” who aren’t counted as dropouts. Don’t ask, don’t tell.

● Scholar Peter Ferrara, an entitlement and budget policy expert, has taken the bait — that is, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s advice to pass ObamaCare so we can all find out what’s in it. Writes Ferrara in The American Spectator: “The bottom line is that you will lose your health care under this legislation, if not your job, your country as they bankrupt America, and maybe ultimately your life or the life of a loved one. All that to make dreamy, emotionalized, liberals happy, even though many of them are not happy because the socialism in the bill is not overt enough. Moreover, the promises made to the American people to pass the bill are shown in the study [he has done for the Heartland Institute] to be thoroughly false.” For the old folks, cuts in Medicare reimbursements will ultimately drop to a third of that provided by private insurance and half that provided by Medicaid, the government pay plan for the poor. Conservatives’ every health care policy-framing hour should be spent devising ways to dismantle it and to eliminate the 159 bureaucracies and programs it creates.

● Headline: “Companies hold on to cash.” Subhead: “Despite profits resulting from cutbacks, hiring is not skyrocketing.” Be honest. If you owned a business, would you add permanent employees now, uncertain as we all are about what this administration and this Congress will do next? Me neither. Another headline, same page: “Deflation is the worry; inflation looms, too.”

● Elected officials in Fulton and DeKalb say they’ll fight the proposed 1-cent sales tax increase unless Cobb, Gwinnett, Cherokee and others in the proposed metro Atlanta sales tax region kick in extra money for transit. Look, years ago voters in Fulton and DeKalb made a free-will choice to spend 1 cent, much of which they thought came from “outsiders,” on transit — and for decades they have enjoyed two-county transit service. Other counties chose to impose a 1-cent sales tax for roads, their preferred approach to congestion relief. Neither is morally superior and neither gives any county the right or authority to dictate what others should do. Get off your high horse.

● On this, Bubba Barnes is closer to right than is Real Deal. With the lottery and investments in this economy, Georgia has gambling aplenty. It continues to fascinate that whether Democrats or Republicans are in power, some proposals — casino gambling, horse racing or a sales tax on services, for example — never go away.

41 comments Add your comment


August 19th, 2010
9:21 pm

Jim Jr…

If you have that much to say, why don’t you get your on blog. you are an idiot.


August 19th, 2010
9:24 pm


Great to see your usual hate filled material. It is not fresh, but it certainly is predictable. I really look forward to the day when you contribute an article that talks about the good things in this country!! But then, maybe in your world there are no good things!!



August 19th, 2010
9:26 pm

Jim Jr..

I meant to say you are a Democrat. Same thing.


August 19th, 2010
9:28 pm


Why don’t you read the Cynthia Tucker blog instead?


August 19th, 2010
9:48 pm

As a long term high school teacher, I know the games that administrators play with the body count. If a kid shows up to leave school, he is asked if he is transferring, taking adult night classes, or studing for his GED. Kids feel bad about dropping out, so they often reply yes and school officials smile and place him in the proper catagory. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, nod, nod, Nope, that kid didn’t drop out..

Slick Willie

August 19th, 2010
10:00 pm

I saw Bill on tv at the East Point gimme gimme gimme gathering.


August 19th, 2010
11:55 pm

Jim…who the blue hell is this Jim Jr. guy?? Howard Dean on steroids?? What an absolute moron. The only negative things I have to say about the GOP is I wish they’d fight Democ-rats and liberalism as much as they fight Islamic terrorists. Don’t they see that the Democrat Party is a greater threat to this country than those guys?? I’m still mad at Bush 41 for giving us 8 years of Bill Clinton, furious at “W” Bush for the Democ-rats gaining control of Congress and I blame John McCain for handing the keys to the election to Imam Barack Hoover Obama. Republicans need to remember this saying: Democrats and rattlesnakes have one thing in common–if you try to pet them and be nice to them, you’re gonna get bitten badly!!!!!

Road Scholar

August 20th, 2010
6:34 am

One thing about the lack of investment to expand a business’s growth: Even if the tax rates are raised on businesses (which they haven’t been; remember the state and federal tax cuts, esp for those over $250K), won’t a business owner need to expand sales to keep or increase their profits? If someone makes a certain amount (wages or profit), and the taxes are increased (alledged less profit or wages), won’t a profitable business need more income/sales to raise their profit/income? The American people have turned into a bunch of whiners! Take charge and make the hard decisions. Besides if you elect to close your business, where are you going to get a job (as a fail business owner) and support yourselves?

Mid-South Philosopher

August 20th, 2010
6:47 am

Good morning, Jim,

Too bad, “Silly” Sonny and “Klassy” Kathy didn’t realize that if they were going to place their faith and hope in the “lord god” of public education…the high stakes standardized tests…it should have been the “state’s” responsibility to administer them! They could have used state department of education employees, upper-level undergraduate teacher education majors from the state colleges and universities, and members of the General Assembly (what few who can read) to have served as test proctors. Even most fools know that “you don’t leave the fox to guard the hen house!”

As far as “king” Roy and “the real” Deal, thus far, I am NOT impressed. Keep the jar of Vaseline handy.


August 20th, 2010
7:10 am

Jim Jr., Your post is much too long for a comment, but props to the AJC for allowing it to be posted in its entirety. Obviously most Republicans are too dug in to read it, much less believe it, but hopefully a few independents will be concerned enough to start thinking for themselves. It doesn’t take much effort to find the data that proves the middle class has been shattered by trickle down economics and globalization.

Churchill's MOM

August 20th, 2010
7:32 am

Deal is real alright a REAL CORRUPT CROOK, King Roy isn’t a lot better.. John Monds has my vote licked up.

Churchill's MOM

August 20th, 2010
7:33 am

that’s “locked up”


August 20th, 2010
8:17 am

Constantly preach to people that they are victims of the majority, of the rich, of Wall Street, of banks, or of greedy corporate executives forcing high-interest loans on subprime borrowers — and those chickens come home to roost.

Mr. Wooten, you have written some disgusting things before, but this is beyond the pale.

Comparing criminals and murderous terrorists with hard-working, decent middle class Americans who decry a burgeoning American plutocracy is now part and parcel of your ideology driven attacks?

If you had any pride, you would be thoroughly ashamed of writing such trash.


August 20th, 2010
8:35 am

I thought Wooten was for DADT?

Solving MARTAs problem is easy. Double the fee for suburbanites pay to use it. Charge GRTA and Gwinnett a ‘fee’ (republicans love fees, hate taxes) to wheel those large buses through downtown. They hog 2 lanes of traffic on Peachtree and contribute more to congestion. Dedicate that money to MARTA infrastructure and problem solved.

Hilarious how Wooten rails weekly against welfare, but has not problem with folks using public transit that others pay for. The fare they pay doesn’t come close to the cost to maintain the service.


August 20th, 2010
8:39 am

There is and hasn’t been any !% tax paid by all counties except Fulton and DeKalb. (unless I took a longer nap than I realized).


August 20th, 2010
9:51 am

Help me understand this.

Republican newspaper writers and radio/tv entertainers and Nathan Deal say that they don’t know if President Obama is a US citizen because he won’t prove that he is. Deal goes on to state that doubts could be cleared up if he would show him proof.

Nathan Deal will not release his tax returns. Concerns about his possible illegal profits from his role as a Congressman could possibly be cleared up if he would release his tax returns.

Why do you think Nathan Deal believes that releasing paper work by the President is important but releasing paper work by Congressman Deal is not important?

Me too !

Honest Abe

August 20th, 2010
1:20 pm

“Be honest. If you owned a business, would you add permanent employees now, uncertain as we all are about what this administration and this Congress will do next?”

I would not add permanent employees unless I needed them. I would be hesitant, but less over uncertainty about what government will do, but uncertainty over what my customers will do.

Honest Abe

August 20th, 2010
1:22 pm

That was rather awkwardly worded. What I mean is I’m more worried about the market I serve than the government.

Logical Dude

August 20th, 2010
3:48 pm

“Get off your High Horse”
Are you talking to Fulton & Dekalb or Cobb, Cherokee, & Gwinnett?
I don’t see anyone on a high horse here, just counties trying to do what is best for their citizens. My own opinion (just that, not a high horse) is that the Atlanta regions suffers without a whole region transit plan. The piecemeal options we have now do a disservice to the region as a whole.
Now, the upcoming possibility of the one-cent vote on transit for the region has some good potential to help the region, but I fear that the standard “we don”t want to apy for that!” mentality will take over and the region will regress even more.
I’m not sure where you’re getting the fact that outlying counties already have a one-cent tax for transit that they use for roads. I must have missed that when everyone was talking about how only Fulton & Dekalb have the one-cent tax.


August 21st, 2010
6:37 am

Jim August 20th, 2010 9:51 am

Good post. Excellent question.

John Rocker(former Braves pitcher)

August 21st, 2010
10:04 am

I wouldnt ride Merta if I could ride free. The stench is awful, dirty kinky hair everywhere.
Call me a cab.


August 21st, 2010
10:12 am

Rocker is Right!!!

hung knee lo

August 21st, 2010
11:46 am

muck-fee,yuck foo.

Casual Observer

August 21st, 2010
12:34 pm


Try a nap after your Friday night binge-drinking before posting that nonsense @ 8:17am! You are just another Liberal Loon attacking the messenger. Comparing “America hating radicals” who use our freedoms against us is not the same as comparing their acts of defiance against the establishment or, in the case of al-Qaida, violent acts.

Neither of the groups is, as you assert, “hard-working, decent middle class Americans who decry a burgeoning American plutocracy”.


August 21st, 2010
1:26 pm

Casually Obsessed, brilliant retort. And I loved the plethora of facts, etc to bolster your insult-laden and childish response.

And I can only surmise that Mr. Wooten appreciates you being one of his attack dogs.

“…victims of the majority, of the rich, of Wall Street, of banks, or of greedy corporate executives forcing high-interest loans on subprime borrowers…”

Have you been living under a rock for the past three decades? Or are you drowning in Wall Street Kool Aid?

From 1995 – 2005 CEO pay went up 240%, Go ahead and take a wild guess, oh defender of the middle class, how much the American worker’s pay went up during that time? 4%.


82% of Americans think corporations have too much control and power, both over the nation and over their personal lives. The only question is who the hell are the 18% who don’t, and are you among them?

I could post facts, figures, data and links all day long citing an exploding and devastating corporate crime wave in this country to corroborate the claim that the United States of America is now a de facto and de jure oligarchy/plutocracy. And you would not read any of it. In fact, I suppose you don’t even acknowledge that these Titans of Malfeasance and Criminal Negligence even exist do you? And if so, their role in the current War on the Middle Class is of no concern.

Corporate Personhood. Massive corporate subsides, handout, giveaways and bailouts. We the People’s blood-soaked and sacred sovereignty sold off to the highest bidder whether on Wall Street or in Chine. And as long as your portfolio shows a nice rate of return, you don;’t care, do you?

It doesn’t matter if you do or not, because every week, every month and every year, I read where yet more Americans are FINALLY waking up to this irrefutable fact. (The only silver lining to the debacle called the Bush administration?).

The only question is when are the people who built this country finally gonna stand up to the lackeys in Washington, Atlanta and elsewhere and their corporate paymasters and say no more.

Shuck and grin for them if you choose, self-righteous one, but your kids are gonna hate you.


August 21st, 2010
2:35 pm

I guess I am puzzled by the class warfare that the Democrats are spurring on. Isn’t it the American dream to get a good education, work hard and make something of yourself? But, if you do that now, you are a robber baron, akin to pond scum. I guess that is, unless you support 4 or 5 indigent families. I don’t think middle class families need money given them, but we have a large and ever growing entitlement culture to which I believe Wooten is referring. Like the people who fight to get online for section 8 housing, and people who stand knee deep in water during Katrina, waiting for their helicopter ride. The sense of personal responsibility for your life seems to be eroding, and at an ever faster rate.

hung knee lo

August 21st, 2010
6:07 pm

casual observer need visit china and appreciate good pay.He casual fool.

Viet Vet

August 22nd, 2010
2:08 pm

Sandra, honey, the Democrats aren’t spurring on the class warfare, the Republicans have been conducting a full on assault on the middle class since Reagan. AmVet is giving you the casualty report. The Democrats are trying to restore the American Dream that the Republicans are killing. Please, sweetie, turn off the right wing media and sit down at your computer and honestly try to figure out what is happening to the middle class. I don’t like Section 8 housing, don’t support giving money to indigent families, or the entitlement culture either. However, Republicans have had a big hand in this, too. Don’t believe me, Google “Chambliss 1998 ”bullying tactics” Chambliss and Republicans have consistently blocked the simplest way to stop illegal immigrants, targeting the people who hire them.
Still, all those issues are chump change compared to the massive transfer of wealth from the working and middle classes to the top 1%. You could start by reading “The Spirit Level, Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better.” For the sake of your children and grandchildren, I hope you do.


August 22nd, 2010
2:52 pm

Viet vet, show us a more equal society that has helped more people than this mean country, USA. How do you transfer wealth from someone who has no wealth to transfer ?

Carpet Kitten

August 22nd, 2010
4:00 pm

“The Democrats are trying to restore the American Dream that the Republicans are killing.”




Okay breathe, breathe, breathe…. calm down. Okay….

The US trade deficit widened sharply in June to the highest level in 20 months on rising imports from China, and waning exports, the government said last week.” You can thank Bill Clinton for signing NAFTA, liberals.

“Jobless millions signal death of the American dream for many – Even the criminals have fallen on hard times in America’s poorest city as the long-term unemployed struggle to keep a grasp on normality.” Leave it to main stream medai bed wetting liberals to be concerned about the well being of criminals.

“Iran unveils ‘ambassador of death’ bomber.” Nothing to see here, liberals. Bushie and Shotgun Cheney are out of office Everything is fine now. Move along.

“Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday that he would call a host of high-profile witnesses — including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — to testify if he is retried on corruption charges.” Oh, PLEASE say that will Let’s get these Chicago goons one by one.How many of you liberals knew that Rahm worked for the Israeli Army for a short volunteer stint? Thought not. If Rove had worked with the Isreali Army, I’m sure you liberals would have been all over it. (According to the Israeli hating liberal Obama voters, the Israeli Army murders Palestinians.)

“Everybody makes mistakes, including reporters from the nation’s most prestigious newspaper, The New York Times. The New York Times’s Helene Cooper had her goof Wednesday night when she misidentified Sen. Bill Nelson in a report from President Obama’s Miami fundraiser, calling him Sen. Ben Nelson. She also said that POTUS was the one with the wrong name, not her.” The Poor New York Slimes. Down in the dumps in circulation and now down in the dumps with a drunkard reporter. The Slimes hasn’t been a respectible news rag outside of the liberal world since the early 1970s.

“Democratic Sen. Reid: ‘Build mosque elsewhere.’” Must be a last ditch attempt at saving his career, even though he knows Nevadans are going to kick him out in about, say, two and a half months.

“The Obama family will began their sixth holiday of the year on Friday, an 11-day sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard, the island destination of the wealthy and well-connected American elite.” Democrats for the working common man. Yeah right. What else is new. But the longer he’s out of the White House, the less damage can be done to this nation even though the Pelosicrats are still bungling things up as well.

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Layoffs are back, and that’s bad news for the fragile economic recovery.New applications for unemployment benefits hit a nine-month high last week — a spike that suggests private employers may shed jobs this month for the first time this year.” Sure am glad thaat trillion dollar stimulus bill rammed through Congress last year that nobody read is working and “saving and creating jobs.” Must still be Bush’s fault.

But the bottom line here is that I don’t blame Democrat pundits like Ms. Tucker writing about everything BUT their own ilk running Washington. They’ll talk and whine about Conservatives, Palin, the Tea Party, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and just about anything else but the very people they elected and are allegedly so proud of. So proud in fact they are of their elected ilk that their tail wags the dog and attempts to deflect any negative facts about the current failures of Democrat rule.

Viet Vet

August 22nd, 2010
5:02 pm

Bob, If you had investigated the book I mentioned you would have found that in Western Europe and the USA health and happiness are strongly correlated with more income equality. And not just for the lower classes, but all classes. This isn’t about right vs left, conservative vs liberal, this is about smart vs dumb, effective vs ineffective. I wish you had looked it up instead of just firing off a rebuttal, especially since it dishonestly implied I called this nation “mean.” I’m a patriotic, taxpaying who loved his country enough to risk his life in war, which is more than 90% of the people in Congress can say.
And Carpet Kitten, “BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!” is only a rebuttal in kindergarden. Seriously. And cutting and pasting unrelated news items and then making snarky comments isn’t very much better. Aren’t some of you conservatives just a little embarrassed?

barking frog

August 22nd, 2010
5:45 pm

Bob 2:52 How do you transfer wealth from someone who has no wealth to transfer ?
You run a tab……

Carpet Kitten

August 22nd, 2010
7:39 pm

‘nd Carpet Kitten, “BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!” is only a rebuttal in kindergarden. Seriously. And cutting and pasting unrelated news items and then making snarky comments isn’t very much better. Aren’t some of you conservatives just a little embarrassed?”

Liberal drooler: I posted factual news of you liberals destroying this nation. The fact that you are too cowardly to debate ANY of them speaks volumes of the pathetic mentality of you sorry liberals and why you people are will be put out of power starting this November. Didn’t you just say you pathetics were trying to “restore” America? I just proved you and your sick ilk are NOT. And speaking of children, only you liberals continue to bed wet in your adult lives.

Viet Vet

August 23rd, 2010
7:42 am

Carpet Kitten – “Liberal drooler” “too cowardly” “pathetic mentality of you sorry liberals” “sick ilk” “liberals continue to bed wet?” Have a nice day.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

August 23rd, 2010
2:25 pm

Americans are demonstrating at the site of a proposed Mosque at ground zero and throughout our beloved country. On one hand, there are nontraditional Americans born and naturalized who believe in the declaration of independence and the constitution of the united states. They support the building of a Mosque at ground zero.

On the other hand, we have traditional Americans who believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States as written by the Founding Fathers. They oppose the building of a Mosque at ground zero.


Dr. Stan (The Black One)

August 23rd, 2010
3:39 pm

We want our America back!

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

August 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

We want our country back!

Chief Wompum

August 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

“Constantly preach to people that they are victims of the majority, of the rich, of Wall Street, of banks, or of greedy corporate executives forcing high-interest loans on subprime borrowers — and those chickens come home to roost.”

Big Chief Wooten speak with iron in his words! Big Chief Wooten bring all tribes together to rid land of squatters and injun imitators. Big chief Wooten honest man.



August 24th, 2010
3:32 pm

What’s with the shopping list, Wooten? Don’t you know how to properly write a real column? What are you writing, a PowerPoint presentation, shopping list, or a to-do list? What’s with the bullet points? I guess it makes your incoherent writing seem to make more sense. I’m still baffled. Hey, pick up some milk and bread while you’re at it. Thanks

Chief Wompum

August 25th, 2010
8:25 am

Carpet Kitten

August 22nd, 2010
4:00 pm

Carpet Kitten Squaw have much to say and here words speak the truth. HOW!

Guess Who

August 25th, 2010
1:47 pm

Doesn’t the GA DOE have a student information system that tracks students? If so, why don’t they use that to track who transfers vs. drops out? Why is this left to ‘polling’ or other inaccurate methods? It sounds like a simple query against an existing database.