‘Don’t tell, don’t ask’ about school system’s cheating probe

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

● Georgia’s sex offender registry is said to be “full of errors.” It’s a government program. The fleas come with the dog.

● Ah, I was wrong about the Atlanta public school system’s cheating investigation. It wasn’t “don’t ask, don’t tell.” It was “don’t tell, don’t ask.”

● The Cobb County Commission’s trying to decide whether to put a 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax on the ballot in March or November of next year — in advance of the 1-cent regional transportation tax that’ll be on the ballot in 2012.

A tax proposal that’s not on a general election ballot, when turnout is highest, should be defeated as a matter of principle. Don’t play games.

● Just what a school board trying to fix a problem needs: The DeKalb County state legislative delegation announces that it’ll form a review committee “to assist” the district in responding to accreditation questions raised by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Few politicians can resist the temptation to meddle in somebody else’s education business. Next session the DeKalb school board should return the favor by advising legislators on tax revision.

● I don’t mind the Atlanta zoo losing an elephant or two. But, boy, I wish they’d keep up with their rattlesnakes, especially in an urban neighborhood like Grant Park where kids play.

● One of life’s ongoing mysteries is the success of partisans in casting Georgia’s Voter ID laws as something sinister. So what is sinister about Georgia having what some describe as one of the toughest voter verification systems in the country?

● One of the reasons most Americans feel disconnected from their government is revealed in AJC reporter Jeremy Redmon’s account of the inability of responsible and competent law enforcement agencies to get approval from the feds to participate in a program that allows them to check the immigration status of those jailed for other crimes. The Cherokee County and the Forsyth County sheriff’s departments, for example, have been rejected by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. There’s such a thing as jury nullification of law, meaning that jurors intentionally elect not to recognize a law as valid.

It’s morally reprehensible then — and when government officials do it because they don’t want to enforce the law. (Redmon notes that, in general, metro Atlanta counties that voted for John McCain seek to join the federal program; Obama counties, including Fulton and DeKalb, along with Atlanta, do not.)

● The Obama administration has referred Arizona to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, prompting Gov. Jan Brewer to declare that “the idea of our American government submitting the duly enforced laws of a state of the United States to ‘review’ by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional.” When my band of right-wingers take over, these will be the rules: 1.) No current or former president, member of Congress or Cabinet-level officer can criticize a sitting president while on foreign soil. 2.) No member of the U.S. military shall be subjected to the authority of an international court or tribunal. 3.) Internal laws, policies and practices necessary to carry them out shall not be referred for comment to any international organization by any entity receiving public money. 4.) It is a violation of protocol for any visiting dignitary of any foreign government, or any receiving official of this government, to comment on any domestic law, regulation, policy or government practice.

29 comments Add your comment

No Sam Please

September 2nd, 2010
7:02 pm

Sam Olens was a master at sneaking in special purpose local option sales tax elections when they were the only thing on the ballot. He does not deserve to be Attorney General!

Streetracer

September 2nd, 2010
7:40 pm

Jim:

I like your four new rules. Even though I work for a governmental regulatory agency, I have a kind of congenital dislike for laws, rules, regulatios, and authorty figures. I realize that they are necessary, but still. There are a few however that I would like to see.

1). Anytime a legislative body of any kind enacts a new law, or regulatory agency promulgates a new rule, they have to repeal two others.
2). Anytime a fulltime elected or appointed official’s net worth increases by more than 10% in a year, that official gets to go straight to jail.
3). If one cannot properly pronounce “library” they cannottalk about banning books.

Guy Incognito

September 3rd, 2010
5:21 am

Here’s mine: “Your reproductive organs are turned off, until you can pass a basic 9th grade civic’s exam”

Noo Corrupt Deal. Nooooo King Roy

September 3rd, 2010
6:53 am

Corrupt Washington Polotician… Raw Deal
Failed Governor………….King Roy Barnes
None Of The Above………………….John Monds

I’ll be voting NONE OF THE ABOVE

Will

September 3rd, 2010
7:24 am

Ole Nathan is becoming quite a hoot isn’t he??? The dreaded “flip flop” textbook of a politician.

He won’t release his tax records…..until he does.

He supports gambling in Georgia……until he does not.

He opposes “Race to the Top” funds…..until he does not

He was a life long democrat……until he was not.

Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop. Which way will the wind blow today????

Van Jones

September 3rd, 2010
7:37 am

“It’s a government program. The fleas come with the dog.”
That’s the best one I’ve heard in a LONG time. I’m so stealing this!

The Great and Powerful Community Organizer

September 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

If we pass this Stimulus Bill, Uemployment will not go over 8%.

The Great and Powerful Community Organizer

September 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

I don’t mind the Atlanta zoo losing an elephant or two. But, boy, I wish they’d keep up with their rattlesnakes, especially in an urban neighborhood like Grant Park where kids play.

Rattlesnakes are native here. You’re liable to run into one, no matter what goes on at the zoo. Basically, all you have to do is pay attention to your surroundings. Children are capable of learning that.

Anytime a fulltime elected or appointed official’s net worth increases by more than 10% in a year, that official gets to go straight to jail.

Best idea I’ve heard in years.

The Great and Powerful Community Organizer

September 3rd, 2010
10:41 am

We need to find those WMDs. Mission accomplished.

The Great and Powerful Community Organizer

September 3rd, 2010
10:41 am

Jess

September 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

The Obama administration has gone a step further in Arizona. They have filed charges against their famous sheriff for racial profiling. Apparently there are many more Latinos picked up for immigration violations in the border counties than Europeons, Asians, or Africans. Sounds like they have him red handed.

This assault on one state is Chicago politics at it’s best.

abcba

September 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

The only thing that the Criminal State of Georgia needs to turn its SEX OFFENDER Registry into the awesome public safety, child-protecting “tool” that it is lied that it could be, is more and more money!

No, even if the data on the Registry were perfect, it would still be insignificantly beneficial. The SEX OFFENDER Registry, and especially, especially all the tag-along laws that it has enabled (e.g. Banishment) do nothing more than harass/punish the vast majority of people who are listed on the Registry who are doing nothing more than living normal, law-abiding lives like anyone else. The laws do absolutely nothing to even slightly hinder anyone else who is Registered from committing any sexual crime that they would like. The laws are nothing but a huge panacea from giant, Nanny governments.

If the Registries were only used to “inform” the public, they would not be so bad. If the Registries and the rest of the laws were only ineffective, they would not be so bad. But they are worse, they are counterproductive. Experts do not support these laws. Politicians do. Uninformed, ignorant, lazy people do. At this point the facts are pretty clear.

The laws are counterproductive, immoral, anti-factual, negligibly beneficial, often clearly idiotic, often illegal, anti-religious, and un-American. They are also wasting an already unbelievable and ever-growing amount of resources that could otherwise be used to try to help reduce sexual crimes. But hey, Americans have a serious need to hate and harass somebody. There has to be a minority of some kind to hate. Look at our history.

Jack

September 4th, 2010
8:18 am

I’m with Guy Incognito.

Follow the dung beetle to find the lost elephants

September 4th, 2010
8:41 am

……It is a violation of protocol for any visiting dignitary of any foreign government, or any receiving official of this government, to comment on any domestic law, regulation, policy or government practice.

Meanwhile, at the United Nations Building in New York, Chavez remarked, “I smell sulphur. Bush is the devil. The UN is worthless. The USA is a democracy of bombs.”

Is your band of right wingers gonna make him pay for those leftist zingers, Jim?

….One of the reasons most Americans feel disconnected from their government is revealed in AJC reporter Jeremy Redmon’s account of the inability of responsible and competent law enforcement agencies to get approval from the feds to participate in a program that allows them to check the immigration status of those jailed for other crimes.

Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a cryptologist.

(But I agree with your adventurously-phrased premise: It’s too bad a person has to commit a crime to get jailed)

……..One of life’s ongoing mysteries is the success of partisans in casting Georgia’s Voter ID laws as something sinister. So what is sinister about Georgia having what some describe as one of the toughest voter verification systems in the country?

Be careful what you ask for, Jim, you may get it. Disenfranchising minorities may keep your band of right wingers in power until whites become the minority (see Cynthia Tucker’s piece) and then those very laws will disenfranchise you and your band.

The idea behind the laws you find so perplexing and the justice that motivates your indignation is that if we protect the least of us, then we are all protected from lost elephant patriots like your boondoggling gang of pro-gulag dung-beetle goons.

………….I don’t mind losing an elephant or two.

Oh, the elephants are lost alright.

VietVet

September 4th, 2010
8:52 am

“So what is sinister about Georgia having what some describe as one of the toughest voter verification systems in the country?” First, it is not the toughest system in the country, in fact, it is one of the most ineffective. Almost all of the actual voter fraud in Georgia has been in absentee voting, not regular voting. The new system does nothing to stop absentee voting fraud. Second, it is pernicious because it puts an additional burden on the elderly and poor voters who are the least likely to vote absentee and most likely to use regular voting. It clearly punishes a group that is almost entirely innocent and ignores the group that is the most guilty. And it is SINISTER because Republicans are much more likely to use absentee ballots and the elderly and poor are more likely to vote Democratic. And, of course, you know that, but why waste a good talking point just because it is untrue, unfair, un-American, and immoral. You should be ashamed of yourself.

AmVet

September 4th, 2010
11:15 am

Is it possible that Stoned Saltine is really that much of a spewer of vitriolic venom?

Could he truly be that irrationally hateful and that much of a bigot and racist?

Is he indeed the modern day poster boy for the Konservative Klan?

Or is it all just juvenile shtick designed to offend?

I’d put my money on the former…

J.B. STONER

September 4th, 2010
6:23 pm

Is it possible Am-not-Vet is an idiot or merely an 8 year old posing as an adult??

Could he be that stupid or ignorant as to always suck-up to marxist’s and their demonic views?

I along with many others think so.

GO AWAY TWIT… JUST GO….

Larry Major

September 5th, 2010
5:50 am

The Obama administration did not refer Arizona to the UN or do anything that remotely resembles such a thing. Gov. Brewer is running amok of reality. If you want to read the report, it’s available here:

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/146379.pdf

The Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is being sued by the feds only for his 15 month long refusal to submit required documents to a DOJ investigation. The other charges are related to a separate Phoenix grand jury investigation where the County Manager and Deputy County Manager testified against him.

J.B. STONER

September 5th, 2010
9:07 am

Arizona had the heart of the American people’s best interest in their movement to erradicate wortless illegals. The fight is NOT over.

Southern Harmony

September 5th, 2010
1:18 pm

Glad to see John Monds is getting another vote
John Monds 2010

jconservative

September 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

“One of life’s ongoing mysteries is the success of partisans in casting Georgia’s Voter ID laws as something sinister.”

Why would they not be successful? Most people do not like government telling them anything. In particular, they do not like government telling them IF they can vote. This law is “Liberalism gone wild”.

J.B. STONER

September 5th, 2010
4:40 pm

jconservative……

you must watch Fox News. Good job.

J.B. STONER

September 5th, 2010
5:48 pm

New law in Dublin Ga.

Droopy pants= $ 25.00 fine

2nd offense=$ 200.00 fine

LET’S MAKE IT A LAW IN ATLANTA GA.

TopPublicSchoolCorruption

September 5th, 2010
5:53 pm

Atlanta…Well that depends on which side of town you are telling on.
Don’t tell on the Northside…

I don’t imagine Maureen will be telling much longer.

J.B. STONER

September 6th, 2010
4:51 pm

NOT MUCH HAPPENING HERE TODAY.

Ray

September 7th, 2010
6:53 pm

Isn’t Jim Wooten the same guy who spent 8 years in ‘w’s butt?

Credibility much, hack?

carlosgvv

September 9th, 2010
7:38 am

Business want illegal immigrants for cheap labor, politicans want them for the vote and the Catholic Church wants them for parishoners. So, don’t expect and Government help in deporting them. Money talks and BS walks.

Chief Wompum

September 9th, 2010
8:10 am

Chief Obama no so smart injun. Him consult with World PigDawg cousel and throw his own brave and squaw under pony that run fast. Ugh!