Absent dads to blame for dropouts

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

● The consequences of ending the military draft are becoming readily apparent. Politicians, entertainers and opinion leaders who have no clue about the military are insisting on the end to “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Heavens, even the clueless Lady Gaga joins the parade.

But, of course, if one intends to use the military primarily for humanitarian and other low-stress missions, social engineering is more understandable. It’s not surprising that an administration that’s using NASA to make Muslims feel good about their contributions to science has its own agendas for the military.

● Headline: “Austell residents ask for more upscale stores.” Mommy, where do upscale stores come from? Once, my dear, free markets created them. Now? Let’s pressure the politicians.

● It’s really quite remarkable how much blame-shifting to the public schools occurs. The Schott Foundation, based in Cambridge, Mass., checks the numbers on high school dropout and graduation rates and concludes “the American educational system is systemically failing Black males.” Some 70 percent were born to unmarried women. The boys were failed by the no-shows at the altar. Quit passing the buck.

Drew Charter School, called a “cradle-to-college pipeline” in the once-horrendous East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta, is an example of interventions that can help — but lots of ideas that work on scales of one or two can’t be mass-produced. Because public schools often start with fatherless children and unstable homes, the current mass-education model is antiquated. Georgia should have a thousand or more schools where parents and teachers are designing structure and instruction to fit specific groupings of children. And please don’t federalize the process.

● I don’t know the newly chosen Atlanta school board chairman, Khaatim Sherrer El, 29, but if he always makes as much sense as he did in Sunday’s AJC interview, I don’t understand all the fuss about five members deciding to can his predecessor and choose him following the CRCT cheating scandal.

The system needs “to close out this investigation and do it in a way that is completely transparent …” El says, vowing, as I read his fuller remarks, to champion transparency.

● I don’t vote for third-party candidates. Ross Perot broke me of that. They’re spoilers. But if I did, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate John Monds of Cairo has a lot of appeal.

He’s a stay-at-home dad who home schools four children, ranging in age from 4 to 13. “You can tailor your teaching to the child. In the government system, you don’t have that type of flexibility. Also, you can instill a moral foundation not only to their life but to their learning,” he explains.

If I voted for third parties, I’d also be taking a hard look at Kira Willis, the party nominee for state school superintendent.

● How very sensible. Regents of the University System of Georgia will decide next month whether to require public colleges and universities to give slots to academically qualified applicants who are legal before giving them to illegals and to verify that students seeking in-state tuition are here legally. That’s a policy regents can explain and defend on every street corner in Georgia.

● Wake me when the Bishop Eddie Long tale ends. The country’s on the road to ruin and the sex life of a prominent and influential church figure, true as alleged or not, doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. Frankly, a man whose ministry touches the hearts and plants virtue in the souls of 25,000 people on Sunday is somebody whose travails should bring joy to nobody.

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Rafe Hollister

September 23rd, 2010
8:18 pm

The country is dying here before our eyes and Eddie Long, whomever that is is news? The same with DADT, take a vote of the military and live with it.

The Regents policy revision to favor people here legally over the illegals should not even be necessary if these people had any common sense. While revising it they should also make it say that Georgia students who meet the qualifications should be admitted over those from other states. It is just stupid and idiotic to turn down the people whose families have attended the school for generations and have paid Georgia taxes for decades, so that you can admit someone from North Dakota. Diversity is not the be all/end all that Mike Adams and the zeroes on the Regents think it is.

The Cynical White Boy

September 23rd, 2010
8:33 pm

About the ‘Bishop’….maybe it’s true and maybe it ain’t….but the script is the same now as it was in the Old Testament…and as recently as Jimmy Swaggart and Bill Clinton and Mike Vick and SC Gov and on and on….

The script is: Success + Money + Power + Opportunity = Sex + Trouble

It was true of King David in olden times, and we human beings ain’t changed much in thousands of years, now have we?

get out much?

September 23rd, 2010
8:57 pm

I guess Mr. Wooten believes free markets not all the $$$$ in state handouts is the reason for the Kia plant in Georgia.

Actually, I think Mr. Wooten got it wrong on the draft’s effect on DADT. If the draft were still in place, DADT would have long since been relegated to the graveyard of history.

As for all those thousand or more charter schools Mr. Wooten longs for, I agree with him on not federalizing the process. I also believe that no federal monies should go to such programs.


September 23rd, 2010
9:58 pm

Mama how come we aint gots no Coach sto down hera next to da Austell Dolla Sto? We can use yo WIC check for a new purse rite? Must be da tee partees fawlt.. cuz thay try’in to keep us in the 1970s with fros and all dat.

Drew S

September 23rd, 2010
10:01 pm

“The consequences of ending the military draft are becoming readily apparent. Politicians, entertainers and opinion leaders who have no clue about the military are insisting on the end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’”

They also send our kids off to die for a useless war when they sat on their ass getting up to 5 deferments during the 60s.

Khaatim Sherrer El, Chair - Atlanta Board of Education

September 24th, 2010
12:25 am

Dear Jim,

Thank you for your optimism for the future of the Atlanta Public Schools. I believe my colleagues now recognize that we’re living in a new era of accountability. Just as families are scrutinizing where their money is going, so should we. Just as businesses are revolutionizing the way they compete in the global marketplace, so should we. Transparency in all these decisions must be the rule of the day. In the coming weeks, the Board will host its first retreat in more than three years. I invite you, and your faithful readers, remain engaged as we plan for our children’s future together.

Khaatim Sherrer El
Office #: 404-802-2200

Khaatim Sherrer El, Chair - Atlanta Board of Education

September 24th, 2010
12:32 am

* – “I invite you, and your faithful readers, to remain engaged as we plan for our children’s future together.”


September 24th, 2010
1:23 am

Re: “Absent dads to blame for dropouts”. Agreed! But the single moms are not helping. Pregnancy, often repeatedly, with no stability (mainly from the dads) or visible means of support (financial and emotional) should be a more reasoned decision.

Guy Incognito

September 24th, 2010
2:45 am


The lead story at this hour (2am) is why the (polish the) “Bishop” Long story matters. He has his hands deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep in the pockets of DCSS. The extent of that relationship must be fully revealed to the public. When it is, you’ll see why a few of us sane folks in the system are cheering the removal of his influence.

KSE of APS: Good luck to you sir. I wish we had a strong individual like you on our BOE in DeKalb


September 24th, 2010
2:55 am

“How very sensible. Regents of the University System of Georgia will decide next month whether to require public colleges and universities to give slots to academically qualified applicants who are legal before giving them to illegals and to verify that students seeking in-state tuition are here legally. That’s a policy regents can explain and defend on every street corner in Georgia.”
Please explain this to Maureen Dowd (of the Get Schooled blog)! She seems to think our priorities should be to put the educations of foreign nationals in our country illegally before the educations and interests of the children of US citizens!


September 24th, 2010
2:57 am

Excuse me, I meant Maureen Downey of the Get Schooled blog, not the (also liberal) NY Times op-ed writer.


September 24th, 2010
3:12 am

“It’s really quite remarkable how much blame-shifting to the public schools occurs. The Schott Foundation, based in Cambridge, Mass., checks the numbers on high school dropout and graduation rates and concludes “the American educational system is systemically failing Black males.” Some 70 percent were born to unmarried women. The boys were failed by the no-shows at the altar. Quit passing the buck.”
Sex is a responsibility shared by men and women, so the blame should also be equally shared.

However, we can thank the government to providing benefits to families without a male in the house. Benefits should be cutoff after one such incident, yet mothers continue to make the same mistakes. No marriage or no other spouse to share the load then no benefits! Take the children from those homes and place them in foster care. Habitual violators should face some time working on government projects to pay back their benefits.

Noo Corrupt Deal, Nooo King Roy

September 24th, 2010
7:08 am

Corrupt Bankrupt Washington Politician.. Deal
Failed Governor..Barnes

I am voting for the only HONEST man in this race, None Of The Above Monds.

Wooten's Rotten Wood Platform

September 24th, 2010
7:21 am

The Dems will prevail because voters want job bills, not goblins; fixes, not witches; and justice not gestures.

Obama is a great president, one of our berry-berry best. Obama’s been berry berry good to America. He’s our unsung hero against the Bush Choir. With their Black Magic and faux-Christian spells, The conservatives have thrown Uncle Sam under the incubus. But Uncle Sam has a life-partner in Lady Liberty, and her voice drowns out the Newts and the Kooks.

America will prevail against it’s Amityville enmity, the loathsome crimson tide of unkind & ungentlemanly demobloguery and demoblahguery from the Thousand-Fears-Right. T…F…..R!


September 24th, 2010
7:24 am

Mr. El, you have guts, and class, for coming on here with your real name, and office phone number. I hope you are successful. And Mr. Wooten, you are right; third party candidates only serve to dilute the conservative vote, as they hit on issues that drive the far right nuts, and take votes away from the sensible candidate (that, and a Libertarian administration would be about as effective and efficient as a one-legged man at a butt-kicking contest). Deal may have issues, and financial problems, but I’d rather have him (or Casey Cagle if Deal has to resign), than anything that King Roybama has to offer. I learned all I need to know the last time (didn’t vote for him then, either).

Van Jones

September 24th, 2010
7:28 am

@ Rafe Hollister 8:18 – Tell it like it is, Brother, tell it like it is!!

Edit This

September 24th, 2010
7:29 am

Wooten dismisses the gay-recruiting pastor because he’s not a witch that he can support. Don’t mosque don’t temple?


September 24th, 2010
7:30 am

You could drive a Sherman tank through the hole where Jim is NOT talking about Nathan Deal and his “revisions” to his finances. I’d like to know who is in charge of his 401K. It has supposedly increased in worth 50% in the last couple of years (years that have not been kind to you or me). In addition, he has “found” more assets (and liablilities) in the last few days, and some of his assets have mysteriously increased dramatically in worth in less than a week! How very convenient–to show you are not insolvent by increasing the value of your assets. Let’s see him GET those amounts for the properties! Legitimately get the amounts, not selling them to one of his “boosters” to whom he will owe much.

A man whose financials change 3 times in a week, who claims he “didn’t understand the reporting requirements”–I mean, really, you want someone who “forgets” his 50% ownership, and who has frequently misrepresented himself–THAT is the person the Republicans want in office?!?!

And Jim goes blithely on, ignoring it.


September 24th, 2010
7:36 am

Rick – and from where are these foster homes to come exactly? The system is already full as it is without forcing more children in to it.

This issue frustrates me like few others do because it is so often driven by extreme comments on both sides without regard for practical solutions. As a single mother myself, I resent the implication that I am incapable on my own of instilling the importance of education to my children. In my household, school is a requirement, not a choice. I check their homework nightly and assist them when they need help. My daughters have as many books as they do toys and read well above their grade levels. They are both straight A students in school. I do not talk to my girls about “if” they will go to college, but “when” they will go to college. I serve on the Governance Council of their school.

As a single mother who has been through the welfare system, I also resent the implication that we are all just lazy good-for-nothings looking for a free ride and freedom from the consequences of our poor choices, sometimes made unwittingly. I busted my tail for years working a full-time job and getting myself through college while raising my daughters so that I didn’t have to depend on anyone other than myself to support my family. It just took some help to get to that point.

Single parents are an unfortunate reality in today’s society. Instead of just condemning them outright, we need to focus on more practical solutions to decrease the number of single parents (more access to affordable birth control other than condoms would be a good start) and also how to set them up for success instead of continued dependence. By all means, no one should spend endless years in the system without a very compelling reason. However there are often few avenues to teach these women skills or help them get an education in order to bring them up to a better place.

More people on both sides should remember that the welfare system is meant to be a hand up instead of a hand out and discuss accordingly.


September 24th, 2010
7:43 am

Mr. Wooten:

Although I seldom agree with your musings, it appears we are on the same page regarding Nathan Deal.

Your praise for the third party candidate is a damning statement regarding Deal. As the republican newspaper writer, you rarely, if ever, stray from the party line.

When candidates run for public office, many bemoan the long drawn out campaigns. I do not. Campaigns offer insiight into the the decision making skills, including the skilll of thinking on your feet. It also allows a voter to peek into the character and integrity of the candidate. One must be careful and discount most of the commericals and propaganda of the campaigns.

the republicans in Georgia had at least two (Handel and Jonhnson) electable alternatives to Nathan Deal. They chose Deal without knowing the true story of his quesitonalble financial background. During the primary, many of his supporters responded to my questions regarding his less than full disclosure by asking, “what possible motivation would he have to cover us his finances” or “why would be jeopardize his name and future by making unethical profits from his position?”

That motivation has now become crystal clear.

Edit This

September 24th, 2010
7:44 am

The chickenhawks so dear to Wooten are unfairly named. Cowardly traitors who deserted their posts in time of war (Bush) and who should face martial justice (Cheney) is more apt.

and where was fat boy Rush when duty called? Or Newt? Hannity? Hume? COWARDS!!!!

Wooten’s champions: Support the troops only if it fattens your wallet and demonizes true-blue Americans.

Buzz G

September 24th, 2010
8:04 am

I guess if Obama can use NASA as a vehicle for Muslim outreach, he can use the marines for gay outreach. He does not give a fig for science, space or our military.


September 24th, 2010
8:11 am

yeah, 58% of black males drop out because their parents are no married. nice try. Problems: black males drop out an alarmingly high rate. 70% are born to unwed mothers. solution: (has to be) FORCE black people to get married (except same-sex couples. has anyone studied the graduation rates of the children of same-sex couples? and with the heterosexual divorce rate for whites at about 50%, why are white males not dropping out at the same rate (or 20% less – or are they?). do we need to force white couples to remain married until their sons (only) graduate H.S.? surely you see there are more factors involved then merely standing at the altar and saying “I do”. it’s part of the problem, but more accurately, reveals a larger problem.

Real Athens

September 24th, 2010
8:13 am

Hmmmm. Let’s see. Homosexuality is clearly a determining factor in the worthiness of a soldier to “plant virtues” and “Iraqi Freedom” at the end of a gun barrel. But the sex life of a minister doesn’t amount to a “hill of beans” in a court case where there are charges of homosexual, sexual coercion as long as he “touches the hearts and plants virtues” of 25,000 people every Sunday.

Public school systems are failing “systematically failing black males” who “some 70 percent are born to single mothers”. What about the single mothers who, trying to break the cycle of poverty, sent their sons to Long’s church to listen to his “gospel of prosperity” only to have them preyed upon by Pastor Down Low.

And, especially since the military is primarily be used to for “humanitarian and low stress missions”? Huh, What? What planet do you reside on? Tell that to the 5,677 U.S. military dead and their families currently engaged in the longest war in U.S. history.

Wooten, you P.O.S.

Hopefully, you’ll be held accountable for such statements one day.

You’re really having a hard time connecting the dots, crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s in your old age. Play scrabble or something.


September 24th, 2010
8:20 am

re: John Monds. what are you saying? are you saying you will fall on your sword in the governor’s race, ignoring the best candidate (Monds) simply because of what Ross Perot did in 1992? you’ll stick to a code of blind loyalty (which leads to self-destruction) before doing what is best for the state? “spoilers”? spoilt what; a corrupt, rigged two-party system that has produced two “un-appealing” nominees?


September 24th, 2010
8:30 am

Edit This

September 24th, 2010
7:44 am
Where was Clinton? You progressive liberal whacko! What is the progressive liberal platform? More tax and spend! If it is vile and disgusting, it is part of your platform. 70% of America has rejected your philosophy and ideology. Maybe you should re-educate yourself.


September 24th, 2010
8:53 am

I think John Monds is missing a golden opportunity in this campaign by remaining mostly invisible. I have been on his website to try to find some appearances, but find very few. Mr Monds, I believe you have a great deal to add to this campaign, but you have to show up and speak up.


September 24th, 2010
8:56 am

Since u don’t vote for third parties, and u surely won’t be voting for the best candidate, I can only infer that you’ll be voting for sorry a*s Deal. You harp about corruption in APS and the Obama administration, but somehow, some way, the real criminals like Deal, Bush, etc always escape your hypocritical columns. Just goes to show that u have no morals, and will put party over state and country everytime, regardless of the damage they do.


September 24th, 2010
9:02 am

Since I think we never should have gone into Iraq and Afghanistan, I totally agree we should immediately restore the draft. The resulting riots in the streets with young men and women shouting “hell no I won’t go” would so shake up those in charge that our troops would quickly be on their way home.


September 24th, 2010
9:06 am

I am voting for Monds. If more of us did, maybe the two parties would sit up and listen.

Here in Midtown we are amused by Long scandal. Nice to see the one who pointed a finger at us and called us wicked get his due. (and one final rant; he is NOT a bishop. You cannot declare yourself a bishop. He is a fundamentalist preacher)

No comment on Saxby Chambliss? If that staffer had used the N word instead of threatening gay citizens, he would have done more than “turn it over to the Sergeant at Arms” to investigate. Pitiful excuse for a Senator.

AmVet is a retard

September 24th, 2010
9:15 am

“Absent dads to blame for dropouts”

Absent BLACK dads to blame for dropouts.



September 24th, 2010
9:21 am

The draft should have never ended. Every kid right out of high school, or if you drop out at 16, should serve 2 years active duty and 4 in the reserves. If your kid gets in trouble at 16 or 17, don’t ruin their lives with a felony conviction, depending on how bad, let them join the service. This may give them some discipline, and save us paying for prison later.


September 24th, 2010
9:35 am

Hey, Jim, how about writing (and not an apologetic) about Raw Deal’s financial disclosures (only after much pressure from AJC discoveries — darn, that transparency stuff). And I also post the following for your enjoyment. Seems like those you trust (I believe you have Republican leanings) are not trusted by the majority of Americans, regardless of how you and the spin-meisters in Washington would have us believe.

WASHINGTON — If anyone is scorned as much as Democrats these days, it’s Republicans — the party that may recapture the House and perhaps the Senate in November’s elections.

Yet Democrats trying to exploit the GOP’s unpopularity in hopes of hanging onto control of Congress face a problem: People who dislike Democrats seem ready to vote in greater numbers than those with little use for Republicans.

In an Associated Press-GfK Poll this month, 60 percent disapprove of the job congressional Democrats are doing — yet 68 percent frown on how Republicans are performing. While 59 percent are unhappy with how Democrats are handling the economy, 64 percent are upset by the GOP’s work on the country’s top issue. Just over half have unfavorable views of each party.

Most say President Barack Obama isn’t cooperating enough on the economy; yet even more accuse Republicans of the same thing. Former President George W. Bush and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — the only two Republicans the AP-GfK Poll tested — are both viewed negatively by more than half in the survey, worse than Obama’s marks. And people overwhelmingly fault Bush more than Obama for the recession.


September 24th, 2010
10:04 am

Yes, a third party candidate can be a spoiler. But when the two primary party candidates are equally repulsive, what choice do we voters have?

I don’t have a dog in the APS fight, but I wish Khaatim Sherrer El well. He seems to want to be in it for the right reasons. Word of advice, the only way to restore credibility to APS is to replace Superintendent Beverly Hall along with a lot of her direct reports.

Yes, the illegitimacy rate among blacks is a disgrace. But as long as the politically correct calls Bill Cosby an Uncle Tom, and white folks racist for merely discussing the issue, it will never get better. To solve a problem, you must first be able to talk about the problem.

When they ended the draft, they also ended one of the incentives to end wars quickly. Multiple deployments are bad, but hey, you knew what you were doing when you signed up. Yanking someone out of the living room against their will, giving them six weeks of basics, and throwing them in a rice patty halfway around the world left a bad taste in a lot of peoples mouths.


September 24th, 2010
10:08 am

If a Democrat had amended their disclosures this many times, Jim would be screeching like a pubescent boy in Eddie Long’s office.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

September 24th, 2010
10:15 am

African Americans have committed a great transgression against God Almighty….They have integrated with every group of people on earth in the spirit of Nimrod, undoubtedly betraying a sacred trust with those who have gone before us and those who will come after.

In the Old Testament we learned that Ezra and Nehemiah were like men stunned to discover members of the Jewish community integrating with other people in the spirit of Nimrod. The act of integrating constituted a clear and direct affront to the will of The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And to make matters worse, some Jewish families even had mixed children…

The true worshippers of God Almighty in our time were stunned to find the masses of African Americans submitting to integration in 1970… And many African American leaders in the north boasted of transgressing the will of God Almighty much earlier than the south in exchange for money, fame, status, plush jobs, education, etc… Some had mongrel children and were encouraging other integrationist African Americans to do likewise.

It is for this cause that God Almighty gave the integrationist African Americans and their children up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The true worshippers of God Almighty find no joy in the travails of Eddie Long and the rest of the integrationist African Americans or their children. But they should not have willfully disobeyed the will of God Almighty and integrated with every group of people on earth in the spirit of Nimrod…

And as we speak the integrationist African Americans and their minions are committing yet another transgression against God Almighty. They are blaming the evil that God Almighty is visiting upon their children for integrating with others in the spirit of Nimrod on absent dads.


Dr. Stan (The Black One)

September 24th, 2010
10:54 am

For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?

Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.

But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.


Edit This

September 24th, 2010
11:01 am

Oh, shut up, faux-faither. The founding secularism still lives, thank America.

I speet on your religion. I speet on their religion. I speet on any religion that accompanies policy.

Let me tell you about MY god…….

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

September 24th, 2010
11:07 am

Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to reach…

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

September 24th, 2010
11:25 am

Edit This

September 24th, 2010
11:43 am

“Wake me when the Bishop Eddie Long tale ends.”

Give him a break, kind sir, America needs it’s Perennial Parochial Pinocchios.

AmVet is a retard

September 24th, 2010
11:52 am

“Most say President Barack Obama isn’t cooperating enough on the economy; yet even more accuse Republicans of the same thing. Former President George W. Bush and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — the only two Republicans the AP-GfK Poll tested — are both viewed negatively by more than half in the survey, worse than Obama’s marks. And people overwhelmingly fault Bush more than Obama for the recession.”

Oh, November is going to be horrible for people who keep blaming the GOP for Obama’s stupidity.


September 24th, 2010
12:10 pm

I am so glad that you believe in the institution of the two deserving parties! Now we know who to blaim for the situation the country is in. The heralded journalists i.e. political party spin doctors who cant dare man up and vote for someone without ties to either party. We are pounded daily with how great each party if we watch the news or listen to radio. And we are told to vote for either party by you because a third party is baaaaad. You talking heads are losing your credibility with your alliances and think your opinions are relevant. Down with both parties!

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

September 24th, 2010
12:11 pm

Ezra and Nehemiah were right in their analysis… The Jewish people had to divorce themselves of their wives and husbands that were members of other races in order to rebuild the wall and Jerusalem, thereby saving their children from the curse of reprobation…


September 24th, 2010
12:28 pm

Thanks to Dr. Stan I dont have to go to church on sunday. Ive already got that hour behind me. Early football is great!

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

September 24th, 2010
12:34 pm

If you look into the eyes of integrationist African Americans and their children, you will immediately discover that the light in their eyes are completely out… It’s akin to looking into the eyes of a dead person… Don’t be offended… You know Dr. Stan, the black one, is telling the truth. It’s the price paid for integrating with every people under the sun in the spirit of Nimrod.

You are looking at downright reprobation.


Dr. Stan (The Black One)

September 24th, 2010
12:45 pm


You should be listening to Dr Stan @ 1125 am. The power elite didn’t deceive him like they did most white people.

If you allow the sell-outs in the white race to implement global government upon the United States, it won’t be long before the light in the eyes of white people is distinguished.

They will proceed to blame every evil resulting from global government to absent white dads.


Jeff Pruett

September 24th, 2010
1:23 pm

“The consequences of ending the military draft are becoming readily apparent. Politicians, entertainers and opinion leaders who have no clue about the military are insisting on the end to “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Heavens, even the clueless Lady Gaga joins the parade.”

I’m a veteran who served with gay men and women who thinks the idiotic policy should be ended. Is it OK for me to have an opinion, Mr. Wooten? And what happened to civilian control of the military?

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

September 24th, 2010
1:24 pm

As our drill sergeant used to say in cadence at basic training, Fort Jackson SC, am I right or wrong? You’re right! Am I rolling strong? So strong! Well sound off!…

It’s impossible for the New World Order crowd or their minions to deceive Dr. Stan, the black one like they did the integrationist African Americans and their children. Everyone would be able to think thoughts worthy of thinking if they had not taken the tranquilizing pill on integration.

Am I right or wrong? You’re right! Am I rolling strong? So strong!


September 24th, 2010
1:48 pm

Jim, I thought you and your readers would enjoy the following.

The super-rich got even wealthier this year, and yet most of them are paying even fewer taxes to support the eduction, job training, and job creation of the rest of us. According to Forbes magazine’s annual survey, just released, the combined net worth of the 400 richest Americans climbed 8% this year, to $1.37 trillion. Wealth rose for 217 members of the list, while 85 saw a decline.

For example, Charles and David Koch, the energy magnates who are pouring vast sums of money into Republican coffers and sponsoring tea partiers all over America, each gained $5.5 billion of wealth over the past year. Each is now worth $21.5 billion.

Wall Street continued to dominate the list; 109 of the richest 400 are in finance or investments.

From another survey we learn that the 25 top hedge-fund managers got an average of $1 billion each, but paid an average of 17 percent in taxes (because so much of their income is considered capital gains, taxed at 15 percent thanks to the Bush tax cuts).



September 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

My father abandoned me and my sister when I was five. I finish high school and three years of college. If black males are failing at such a high rate, the cause is something more than absent fathers.


September 24th, 2010
2:12 pm

@ Chairman El: You, sir, sound like someone who Gets It. Good luck and do the kids of Atlanta proud.


September 24th, 2010
2:27 pm

wouldn’t the draft actually end DADT since gays would be forced to serve in the military?
and didn’t perdue just extend the toll on Ga 400?

Gov't too big already

September 24th, 2010
2:37 pm

Of course the Board of Regents needs to serve citizens who are here legally. But how will you feel when your child’s application has to be accompanied by proof of US and Georgia citizenship – copies of tax returns, mortages, birth certificates and passports will lead to much complaining from Georgia citizens. And why do Georgia universities have to be the only immigration enforcers? What about k-12, hospitals, courts – all who are also funded by state tax dollars?

And don’t forget the extra costs to hire folks at the state schools to process all the newly required paperwork.

Get out your checkbooks, Georgians!


September 24th, 2010
9:50 pm

I’m considering voting for Monds.


September 25th, 2010
6:48 am

Mr. El,

Let me join the others in wishing you Godspeed. You’re the steward of dear hopes.

Transparency alone doesn’t cut it, though. Once in custody Ted Bundy was disturbingly forthcoming and transparent. A clear window on nonfeasance or malfeasance fixes nothing.

Still, it’s a fine start, and I’m an enthusiast for your pledge to “put the ‘public’ back into public education”. Transparency is good, but i’s just a start.

A few weeks ago our Jim Wooten asked Georgia voters simply to hold the line on the reforms in pupil assessment brought into effect under the Perdue regime. Today, Mr. Wooten called for more than that. He unmistakably called for (a) generalizing charters; (b) customization of local schools; (c) individualization of student learning; and (d) subsidiarity over against state and, especially, federal standardization of education. I would’ve liked to have taken your views on these pressing subjects, but instead read your already familiar endorsement of windowpane mismanagement.

As you already are a prominent politician perhaps you’ll remember that politicians require at least three legs if the stool is to stand. Transparency makes for only one sturdy leg.


September 25th, 2010
8:24 am

Sounds like Jim is all for Priests and Ministers ” Touching ” little boys with the Ruin of the country and all that !

That is ” Thinking Right ” the Republican way……sort of like ….” Don’t look don’t ask ” !


September 25th, 2010
10:06 am

That’s pretty funny, Peter the lib. Did your mommy teach you that, you little liberal child? Funny you make a snide comment about “don’t ask…” there, ace, because it was your hero the rapist in chief Bill Clinton who signed that legislation.


September 25th, 2010
10:35 am

Don’t even get me started with father-less children and what happens to society.

And WTF is up with ‘Dr. Stan and his retoric comments.

O-BLO-ME , Pelosi and the clowns are soon to be gone. Long gone, GONE WITH THE WIND………….

Catch my drift ??????????


September 25th, 2010
3:37 pm

Jimbo, you might want to check this out regarding health care reform. And I thought only Republicans were allowed to say, “America has told us …” Problem is the Repubs only hear from their own.

A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.

The poll found that about four in 10 adults think the new law did not go far enough to change the health care system, regardless of whether they support the law, oppose it or remain neutral. On the other side, about one in five say they oppose the law because they think the federal government should not be involved in health care at all.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut.

A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.

“I was disappointed that it didn’t provide universal coverage,” said Bronwyn Bleakley, 35, a biology professor from Easton, Mass.

More than 30 million people would gain coverage in 2019 when the law is fully phased in, but another 20 million or so would remain uninsured. Bleakley, who was uninsured early in her career, views the overhaul as a work in progress.

The poll found that about four in 10 adults think the new law did not go far enough to change the health care system, regardless of whether they support the law, oppose it or remain neutral. On the other side, about one in five say they oppose the law because they think the federal government should not be involved in health care at all.

The AP poll was conducted by Stanford University with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Overall, 30 percent favored the legislation, while 40 percent opposed it, and another 30 percent remained neutral.

Those numbers are no endorsement for Obama’s plan, but the survey also found a deep-seated desire for change that could pose a problem for Republicans. Only 25 percent in the poll said minimal tinkering would suffice for the health care system.

Brian Braley, 49, a tech industry worker from Mesa, Ariz., wants Washington to keep its hands off. “I think it’s a Trojan horse,” Braley said of the health care law. “It’s a communist, socialist scheme. All the other countries that have tried this, they’re billions in debt, and they admit this doesn’t work.”

It may well satisfy people who share Braley’s outlook if Republicans succeed in tearing out what they dismiss as “Obamacare” by the roots. But GOP leaders would still find themselves in a quandary.
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Republicans “are going to have to contend with the 75 percent who want substantial changes in the system,” said Stanford political science professor Jon Krosnick, who directed the university’s participation.

“Republican legislators’ passion to repeal the legislation is understandable if they are paying attention to members of their own party,” Krosnick added. “But if they want to be responsive to all Americans, there are more Democrats and independents than there are Republicans.”

Just think of that, there are more Americans out there than the yellers and screamers we hear and see on TV.

Not So Casual Observer

September 25th, 2010
11:27 pm


So now we know the source of your fractured thinking – you were “touched” by a family member?

There is no rational explanation for Peter or Liberalism, both are a lie and a loser from the beginning.

Poor Pete will not even stand up and admit he lied in previous posts, much less write anything that remotely makes sense. Little Peter attacks Jim as though his article supports the “alleged” actions of Eddie Long. That is pathetic Pete, even for you!

Not So Casual Observer

September 25th, 2010
11:33 pm

Retiredds and the Liberal media have somehow turned around the 70% who have reportedly opposed Obamacare into only 20% who wish the bill repealed and 40% who wish to have the act expanded.

Apparently the Libs still adhere to the idea that if you keep saying something over and over, regardless of the truth of the statement, then the lie becomes fact.

I am sorry, Lib, but the fantasy you try to promote here will be crushed on 11/2.

Not So Casual Observer

September 25th, 2010
11:42 pm


An article only quoting college professors and other Liberals is not worth the time you took to copy and paste.

You remind me of the fat Democrat toad of a “contributor” on Fox news who complained his children could not have health insurance because of his heart condition, yet there he sat 50-75 pounds overweight and completely devoid of any feeling of responsibility. The fat joke could not understand his inability to control his weight was his real problem and his self-absorbed consumption of the wrong foods was the reason his children were not insured.

As with all Libs, their problems are always the fault of the rich white guy, corporations, Wall Street and anyone they can blame. Liberals are a fraud upon life.

Lin Tse Lo Han

September 26th, 2010
7:31 am

I smell Wellesley

Lin Tse Lo Han

September 26th, 2010
7:45 am

That last remark was onnacounta my immediately previous one somehow ran afoul of our hidden editor an ubertroll, so the message got nixed.

Now that’s pretty galdarned fun-knee, in a knee-jerkin’ knee-slappin’ knee-cappin’ kinda way.

I miss Reg Murphy. Break out. Breakout. Break out. Maybe a Ted Turner will happen and you’ll like it. Maybe a Jimmy Carter. Whichever, break out. Please break out. More precisely, BREAK OUT!


September 26th, 2010
9:41 am

See my 10:35 from yesterday…..


Lin Tse Lo Han

September 26th, 2010
12:39 pm

Well what’s the point when the commissars excise any blow perceived as unbearable by you, weaklings of editorial implication?

Gosh, I should think that the simple purpose of any editor of this site would be to scour the dirty words. It’s frankly shocking that you weirdly frightened–or else supremely exclusive–people would erase two (apparently necessarily) perfectly polite criticisms. Allow me, AJC, to re-peat the word: criticism.

Need smelling salts?

Lin Tse Lo Han

September 26th, 2010
12:47 pm


I tried to respond to you, at some length, but this crazy commissar flushed down the toilet all that I’d written to you over the course of an hour. I suspect that it wash flushable because fleetingly it alluded to this paper’s notoriously unfriendly relations with the First Amendment.

Lin Tse Lo Han

September 26th, 2010
12:55 pm

Actually, I’m incensed that the AJC spiked my truly considered response to you, and after they reoccupy their respective desks I’ll bedevil them until they confess their cowardice.

Lin Tse Lo Han

September 26th, 2010
1:01 pm


It was daringly constructive, or so I thought…

Then, unto the maw of some vicious lesbian-separatist hagMan who represents the future of the tree-pulp paper.


September 26th, 2010
8:13 pm

Lin Tse Lo Han ……………..



September 26th, 2010
9:06 pm

It’s me. But the troll won’t let cross the bridge. I was trying to point out that, while editing a report on the status of young African American males, I’d learned the telling fact that Black children account for roughly 40% of those in foster care. When one absorbs that tragic statistic, and places it into the quite Solomonic context of African and Afro-American surrogation, the point becomes, not biological parents but extended families. Not the State as nanny, but kin. I’m afraid that Jim inadvertently argues for a nanny state that, in any event, won’t have a happy ending to children’s bedtime stories. It’s love that counts.


September 27th, 2010
9:48 am

“The consequences of ending the military draft are becoming readily apparent.”

True. If we had the draft there would be thousands of gays in the military and no one would say a word.

During Viet Nam, should we have allowed young men to register as “gay” and thus have been excluded from the draft? Having lived through it I can say that millions of “straights” would have registered as “gay” just to avoid the draft.

Same question, if there was a real national emergency today and we absolutely had to draft all between 19 and 26, would you allow people to register as “gay” and thus be exempted from the draft?

If gays cannot honorably serve their country in the armed forces, should they be allowed to pay taxes?

For the record I was drafted in 1967 and served two years. I am straight but served with many gays in the battalion I was assigned to for my entire tour of active duty. No one complained about gays, just about those who refused to do their job.


September 27th, 2010
10:03 am

AHHHH, the only thing my detractors can come up with are:libs this and libs that. The more things change the more they remain the same. Time to come up with some different ideas and slogans, boys.

Rightwing Troll

September 27th, 2010
2:47 pm

As always you completely ignore what your conservative courts do to divorced dads who wish nothing more than to be a part of thier children’s lives. Just because I pay my child support doesn’t mean my children won’t end up as part of the statistics, but the conservative courts of Cobb County won’t have any part of allowing me to make any decisions regarding thier upbringing or thier lives.

Hopefully my next go round in the courts will be better, now that my judge, judge fanny pincher, has been forced to retire. He was one of the worst, he couldn’t say why things are in Cobb County, nor could he provide any sort of law backing up his ruling, just that “that’s how it’s always been done in Cobb”…

BTW, Pathetic at best is your hidden agenda and use of the code word “absent dad” to mean black dad.


September 27th, 2010
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September 28th, 2010
7:01 pm

That’s a really good question, STONER, assuming that you’re referring to our spurious genetiic (and genealogical categories). On the sociological level only, he’s one who grew up identified as a Black man, and therefore did identifying with his blackness, in an era of heightened, homogenious racial identity when Black males, having rejected the standards of their parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, were encouraged in licentiousness and misogyny. Alienated, he’s the ultimate alienator even of his offspring.

Certainly I don’t report anything not prophesied by artists and not professed by scholars as long as 70 years ago, but by the time the mainstream Youth Culture came along, and the two subcultures hooked up generationally, it was obvious whom the scapegoats would become. Such still is the case. The renegade was cool among the somewhat older White men who now work for President Obama, but the renegade Black man was cool for 15 minutes (unless we’re talking about Jazz, which almost didn’t count for awhile). Then, it was time to light out for the territories, go on the lam–whatever–leaving the young mother and relatives holding the little ones. Corrections, upon Corrections.

What strikes me as odd is that this misery is still celebrated in Rap and even Hip Hop, and frankly I can’t tell whether it’s nostalgic–like the romances on Dillinger and even Capone–or whether it’s reenactment [which obviously it has been, in too many pathetic cases], or rather instead is a continuation. A generational continuation perpetuated by supercharged, media-memory.

Hope that answers your question as to my ponderings.

Jed Rothwell

September 28th, 2010
8:52 pm

You wrote: “the sex life of a prominent and influential church figure, true as alleged or not, doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.”

I suggest you look at this video from Fox News, an interview with one of the victims:


This does not matter? The man destroyed his life. He enslaved him, and violated him, along with three others and probably many more. All the while he demonized gay people, turned their families against them, and made some of them hate themselves. As Jamal Parris says, Eddie Bishop is a monster.


September 29th, 2010
9:34 pm

Mr. Rothwell,

That’s a really considerable concern with me for three reasons. First, I’m a former lay pastor and college chaplain who never got a whiff of sexual misdoings despite my weekly obligations to ecumenical confabs, which basically were interfaith shop talk, I was clueless.

Second, it’s really hanky for our Jim to counterbalance the man’s alleged transgressions over against his numerical popularity. In the Copenhagen of 1855 this kind of thinking was dubbed “statistical Christianity”.

Finally, as I’ve matured more and more persons attest to me of their sexual abuse and even sexualization at the hands of trusted clerics both Catholic and Protestant. Almost always these plaintiffs are male, and some of them couldn’t handle the betrayals and still cannot do.

There’s such a millstone factor at work here that I admire Jim’s addressing the hideous subject at all, but he’s so inveterate in his Old School journalistic detachment that sometimes he’s lax on denouncing persons before all the facts are in, or before the gavel falls. The high advantage of that kind of training is that it alerts one to the next prospective scapegoat because it heightens one’s awareness of the ever madding mob.

I too believe he’s wrong in this instance, but his free assertion and his venue are what give us an opportunity to discuss this tragic matter.

It is so godawful that we see the promised false prophets. I personally pray for that battleground as such, for the transgressors as for the transgressed. How is a child, the like of whom cannot enter the Kingdom, to be expected to distinguish church from faith, his pastor from his Maker?

These old categorical errors indict us all, and not only the notorious abusers. The conflation of categories makes children the target. Makes a strong person want to quit. But I hope strongly that Jamal and the others never quit their faith, only the church.

Wooten- brain fartin' and pootin'

September 30th, 2010
3:34 pm

That statement about Eddie Long is bizarre.