Putting the brakes on junkets

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

● State Republicans occupy all the big offices and control both the House and the Senate. And what does it get us? Probably Sunday liquor sales. And a House Speaker in David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, whose overwhelming appeal was that he possessed that common-sense grounding that has been a hallmark of the self-reliant, small-government fiscal conservatives. And what happens? He lets lobbyists promoting high-speed rail spend $17,000 sending him, his family, his chief of staff and his wife, to Germany and the Netherlands over Thanksgiving week to look at high-speed rail. In Washington, House Republicans have targeted for elimination or major cuts Amtrak subsidies, and intercity and high-speed rail. It’s a high-cost, subsidy-sucking pipe dream with no Thanksgiving-week urgency whatsoever. Free, unsolicited advice to the speaker. Pay back the money and never let lobbyists take you out of the state of Georgia. If a mass-transit look-see is required, spend my tax money.

● The primary problem with the Atlanta school system is cheating on accountability tests. But the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools slaps sanctions on the system because the board bickers. It may be distracting, but local control means that except under the most extreme circumstances, voters fix their own governance problems. Here I’d question whether SACS has identified the right problem to sanction. We should get uncomfortable when higher governments and government-like groups play in local politics.

● Thanks to corrections officials for their resourcefulness in finding the sodium thiopental necessary to carry out the execution of the evil predator, Emmanuel Hammond, aptly nicknamed “demon,” who murdered Julie Love of Atlanta in 1988. Last-minute appeals had argued that the drug came from a “fly-by-night supplier operating from the back of a driving school in England.” Thanks, too, to lawyers for settling their own questions about the caliber of the supplier.

● “Stimulus” is a dirty word in politics at the moment. Hence, the new round of spending proposals in president Obama’s State of the Union is “investments.” John Podesta, who headed Obama’s transition team, summed up the speech and the response by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.: “The Republicans are preaching castor oil; [The President]’s preaching optimism.” Translation: You can be responsible — or you can hope the government’s money won’t run out until you do.

● I raise this question without knowing the answer. How many of the college students down at the General Assembly who say “we can’t just complain about what’s going on,” to keep the HOPE program solvent — and therefore learn to be more effective lobbyists — actually have part-time jobs or did something to save for college? I’m betting that in fewer than 20 years HOPE has changed the way families and students think about college financing, changing from work-save-borrow to money-will-be-there.

● Bernice King, observing the bitter infighting that characterizes the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in its twilight years, declines the presidency, to which she was elected in October 2009. Smart woman. Her decision is convincing evidence that she was the right choice.

● Gov. Nathan Deal plans to create a Georgia Competitiveness Initiative. While high-cost states like California may need to declare bankruptcy to avoid public pension time-bombs that irresponsible politicians have kicked into the future, Georgia can make itself attractive to business by getting the state’s fiscal house in order and by taking control now of future pension liabilities. One way is to go from defined-benefit to defined-contribution plans for new hires. Another goal should be to make the state attractive enough that tax giveaways to business aren’t necessary.

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Rafe Hollister

January 27th, 2011
7:02 pm

Ralston is a disappointment, you would think people his age would have learned from experience. We get our hopes up over results of elections only to be disappointed every dang time.

Think God that Mr Hammond has drawn his last breath. I remember the killing of Julie Love and can not fathom why it has taken so long to exterminate this louse. I think we would be justified in using antifreeze or Drano on someone like that inhuman basxxtard. I am sure that we could have found volunteers to STOMP him to death as he did Julie.

Rafe Hollister

January 27th, 2011
7:03 pm

Thank vice Think

Barry

January 27th, 2011
7:57 pm

Sunday package alcohol sales aren’t coming because of the makeup of the Legislature, but because the teetotalling Baptist Perdue is no longer in the Governor’s Mansion to promise a pandering veto. Squeamish lawmakers will cover their fannies by touting the local control aspect of the legislation, and the Christian Coalition, et. al., will have to fight this foolish battle county by county. Any who oppose it must be required to explain why it is perfectly acceptable under current law to encourage someone to drive to a restaurant on Sunday, drink alcohol and drive home, yet illegal to drive to the grocery store, buy a six-pack of beer on Sunday, then take it home and drink it.

Will

January 27th, 2011
8:26 pm

Wow, a republican newspaper writer fussing at the republican state government!!

Don’t see that very often. Although Speaker Ralston is 1000% better than Richardson (but then again, you could throw a dart and hit any member of the General Assembly and that member would be better than Richardson), I am surprised and disappointed at his arrogant response to letting lobbyist pay for his family to go on a European vacation.

Either Speaker Ralston is tone death in not understanding the appearance of being bought plus the fact that he gives democrats like me such an easy target to whine about or he is not tone death but clearly understood the fallout that would come from this stunt and simply did not care and/or knew that this paid vacation would pose no real threat to his leadership.

What is it about being elected that motivates people to take advantage of personal material gain first and foremost?

onpatroll

January 27th, 2011
8:55 pm

If you can buy it on sundays and its too fast, you’re too old. You are a prime example of why we should have age limits on politics and driver’s licenses. Once you reach a certain age we the people put you into a home so you can’t complain all the time because now it’s you that’s the problem.

A high-speed rail to chattanooga would be awesome.

Evelyn

January 27th, 2011
8:59 pm

Cricketts, Jim. Hush my mouth; seems you struck a rare balance this week, and all your liberal fans haven’t a thing to add.

Whatever

January 27th, 2011
9:20 pm

Evelyn – he doesn’t have “liberal fans,” all he has are “conservative butt-kissers.”

Mr T

January 27th, 2011
10:08 pm

Sunday liquor sales??? Oh my goodness not that! That would surely contribute to people getting up at 8 am on Sunday morning and going to the liquour store and skipping church. High speed rail? Oh no! Why would a Republican want to explore something like that to help Georgia’s economy the next 50 years? I maen its not like Atlanta used to be the rail center of the South or anything. Keep clicking you heels Jim and repeat “Theres no place like 1955″ LOL

Mr T

January 27th, 2011
10:14 pm

One more thing Jim, the Republicans PREACH castor oil. Show me an example of where they practice what they preach when they have been in power the last 30 years. I hear crickets Evelyn.

Mr T

January 27th, 2011
10:25 pm

Paul Broun on TV now. Why is it everytime a Georgia politician gets on TV or a local story- teenage girl loses control of car on icy roads, complete accident and her friend dies she gets charged with vehicular manslaughter- make national news, it is a complete embarassment?

Jimmy

January 27th, 2011
10:41 pm

I agree. The courts of Georgia have become a money making operation instead of focusing on compassion, justice, and rehabilitation to make a better person. I don’t see how charging a teenager with losing control of a car on icy roads(which Cobb County hadn’t cleared for 5 days and people in the South don’t drive on ice all the time) with vehicular homicide is nothing more than a ploy to get her on probation and pay $40 each visit to Probation officer and AT LEAST a $1000 fine. This was an accident. She wasn’t drinking or on drugs. I’m afraid if I were to get in a single car accident on ice or bad weather in Geaorgia, would they claim I comitted suicide? The courts in the South need to be reformed.

Red State Man

January 27th, 2011
10:47 pm

I have to agree with you. I like what Gov Deal said our state is going broke by jailing people for drug offenses. We need to reform the judicial system. I read in AJC where now we are creating debtors prisons by locking people up for being behind on child support. This cost us all through having to pay for more prisoners, In addition, it cuts out any hope of dead beat Dads paying anyrhing at all because thay are locked up on tax payers dime now.

UGA

January 27th, 2011
10:57 pm

Its going to take a long time to get over having a boob as Gov for last 8 years whos only achievement was to make his family richer through shady land deals. I wish Gov. Deal the best of luck and think he is better for job than the big boob. If a Republican or Democrat for that matter wants to explore High speed rail, I don’t have a problem with that. If a Republican like Gov Deal wants to explore drug convictions which are draining our state thru incarciration, I dont have a problem with that. Lets think outside the box, beacuse the current formula isn’t working.

Roll Tide Roll

January 27th, 2011
11:28 pm

I usually don’t get involved in blogs but like Wooten. I am a self made man, a Republican. I was born and raised in Paulding County and keep a house in Florida and spend most of time there. My Grandson got pulled over with a very tiny amount of Marijuana in Douglas County and ended up in jail for 3 days, is now on Probation for a year with $1300 fine, and has to go to Christian influenced meetings every week. He is a very good kid who maintains a 3.7 GPA in college. I simply think this is a money making operation. He is a good boy. My brother in California said the same amount of Marijuana in fact a lot more would have been a $85 city fine. What the hell is going on here??

Loran, Whatayagot?

January 28th, 2011
1:42 am

Ralston’s unbossed, but has lost the unbought role. Shame on him. Power is really intoxicating.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
5:58 am

Le me to make it plain to the people this morning Jim…let me make it plain.

Bernice King, observing the bitter infighting and financial mismanagement that characterizes the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in its twilight years, declines the presidency, to which she was elected in October 2009.

On July 11, 2008, Dexter King was sued by his sister Bernice King and brother Martin Luther King III; in addition, he is being sued by Bernice King on behalf of the estate of Coretta King. The lawsuit alleges that Dexter King improperly took funds from the estate of Coretta King and his father Martin Luther King, Jr.

On August 18, 2008, Dexter King filed a counter lawsuit stating that Bernice King and Martin Luther King III had “breached their fiduciary and personal duties to the King Center in Atlanta and their father’s estate, misused assets belonging to the center, and kept money that should have been channeled back into the center and the estate”.

There is no doubt about it…. There is no doubt about it. Bernice King would have been the perfect president for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, especially in its twilight years.

Make it plain Dr. Stan, the black one. Make it plain.

joe

January 28th, 2011
6:23 am

There’s an easy solution to the whole death penalty drug shortage. Bring in Vets. I have had to have several dogs put down over the years and the Vet does is quickly and quietly. They clearly have the right drugs and the scum thats getting put down deserves no better. And I am a liberal.

Glad to see Jim calling Ralston out for his European bribe.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
6:24 am

Martin Luther King Jr. did not believe in abortion, a woman’s right to choose…he believed the moment a woman becomes pregnant, the unborn baby in the womb has a natural right to life. There is no question about it.

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, there is no doubt in my mind that he would reject civil rights organizations in all of their dimensions, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC, that supports a woman’s right to choose to kill her unborn baby in the womb or bring the baby to term.

After all, over fifty million American babies have been murdered via abortion and African American women have murdered via abortion over half the babies they should have birthed since 1973 Roe vs. Wade.

Amen?

joe

January 28th, 2011
6:28 am

Can you imagine how high our taxes would have to be to support those 50 million aborted babies? Schools, prisons, health care, roads?? We cant even take care of the people and country we have.

Mid-South Philosopher

January 28th, 2011
6:45 am

Good morning, Jim,

Some thoughts on your points this morning,

I concur with your observations about high speed rail and the David Ralston “lobbying lark.” Probably, most of what the Georgia House Speaker needed to know, he could have gleaned from the “Discovery Channel.”

With regard to SACS and the Atlanta Public Schools, too bad the nation’s oldest accrediting agency didn’t slap the “guano” out of the Georgia State Board of Education and former State School Superintendent Kathy Cox with sanctions for their “testing policies and procedures.” Talk about a system designed to let “the foxes guard the henhouse!”

We have a shortage of “sodium thiopental” for state executions of death penalty deserving criminals, do we? Isn’t there an ample supply of “hemp” in Georgia that we can convert to that purpose?

The trouble with the HOPE Scholarship is that all these Baptists aren’t gambling enough!

If in a state, like California, the government became impotent in protecting the safety and security of the citizens and situation deteriorated to the point that the rule of law was threatened, wouldn’t the President of the United States be compelled to declare martial law and provide for some sort of governance until a functioning state government could be restored? In other words, would not the dysfunctional state return to “territorial” status until normalcy was restored? Why is the same not true with a state that has become financially dysfunctional to the point of bankruptcy?

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
6:48 am

Darn it. I thought Joe would say if 50 million of our babies were living today, there would be no need for an influx of 50 million immigrants in our country…

Better yet, we would be on the side of God Almighty and untold blessings, instead of being on the side of the brotherhood of darkness and curses…

I expect African Americans to “think” foolishly because they have been completely overcome by the wicked one… But Americans still have a spark of life and can make the difference.

jconservative

January 28th, 2011
6:52 am

“State Republicans occupy all the big offices and control both the House and the Senate. And what does it get us? Probably Sunday liquor sales.”

Sunday liquor sales? Actually what it gets us is maybe the opportunity to allow people in their community decide on Sunday liquor sales instead of the central State Government making the decision. Maybe the opportunity, but do not hold your breath. Liberalism is alive and well in Georgia.

The Liberals of Georgia insist on having the government make decisions on how the individual wants to live his life. And on this issue I will bet on the Liberals winning the day and kill any chance for local communities to vote on Sunday liquor sales. Just as it has been for the past 50 years.

Conservatives remain a minority in Georgia.

Jim Wooten calls his column “Thinking Right”. It would be more correct to call it “Still Thinking Left”.

joe

January 28th, 2011
7:12 am

Oh come on now, you cant blame no sunday liquor sales on liberals. It was the last REPUBLICAN governor who squashed even voting on Sunday sales for his personal religious reasons. The head of the state government decided for all georgians that his religion trumps theirs.

Road Scholar

January 28th, 2011
7:15 am

Jim, how expensive should gasoline be before transit and high speed rail is a good investment?

By the way the bill on Sunday liquor sales allows liquor to be sold after 12:30pm. Why not noon?

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
7:32 am

What is an example of being overcome by with wicked one…? Derrick Bozo,”get your big azz out the middle of the floor” Boazman said the state of Georgia committed state terrorism when they executed Emmanuel Hammond for murdering Julie Love in 1988. Bozo works for 1380 waok radio.

I attended the trial of Emmanuel Hammond. According to Janice Weldon, not only did Hammond murder Julie Love, but he sat in the back seat and blew a man’s brains out with a shot gun, as the man gave Weldon and Hammond a ride home…and pushed the body out of the car into the street.

Bozo “get your big azz out the middle of the floor” Boazman” will make a defense of a guilty as sin Hammond, but won’t utter a mumbling word in defense of 50 million innocent American babies murdered via abortion, especially African American babies.

But my confidants tell me brother Anthony Muhammad, pronounced An-thoon-nie is holding the fort down over there. Anthony Muhammad finally knows what Bozo and the waok crew is all about…misleading African Americans.

Amen?

Ordained Snake Handler

January 28th, 2011
7:48 am

“By the way the bill on Sunday liquor sales allows liquor to be sold after 12:30pm. Why not noon?”

Yea, verily, the Lord saith to me,. The spirit from the grape shall not be consumed to the high zenith of the sun from first appearance on the day of holiness”.
Jedidiah 4,2:34

Girls just want

January 28th, 2011
7:56 am

Ever wonder what a nightmare for minorities America would be if Wooten were in charge with his band of missing chromosomes?

Dan

January 28th, 2011
8:13 am

So right about the hope scholarship, as it is with any handout, it becomes relied upon and is eventually perceived as a right. ANYONE who chooses to can go to college, you either work and save or work and go nights. The fact is if you can’t handle that, more than likely you are not college material anyway

Producer

January 28th, 2011
8:13 am

Help me on this high speed rail thing between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Why is it necessary? Or is this just some boondoggle? Seems to be a giant waste of money to me.

Dan

January 28th, 2011
8:20 am

Correct producer, there is no demand for an Atlanta to chattanooga choo-choo, 100% boondoggle. (enter all the folks citing european and northeastern examples of mass transit, which of course has 20-30-40 times the population density)

Barry

January 28th, 2011
8:33 am

OK, “girls just want” at 7:56, so you’re saying Wooten’s fans all have Down’s Syndrome? Way to keep it classy.

godless heathen

January 28th, 2011
8:42 am

“By the way the bill on Sunday liquor sales allows liquor to be sold after 12:30pm. Why not noon?”

That’s so the Baptists won’t all run into each other at the liquor store on the way home from church.

A bit of advice. Never take just one Baptist fishing with you. If you do he will drink all your beer. If you take two, neither one will drink your beer.

Buzz G

January 28th, 2011
8:48 am

There is something about mass transit that liberals find sexy. I guess it is because on a train or bus there is no first, second or third class. There are no Lexus’s or BMW’s. Everyone rides the same and pays the same. And most of the cost get passed on to the taxpayer. People will be traveling on other people’s money and government will be in control. Chairman Mao loved mass transit.

carlosgvv

January 28th, 2011
8:58 am

I hope no one is naive enough to believe Speaker Ralston or any of the other Republicans will change their lobbyist pandering ways anytime soon. They have learned the mindless will elect and re-elect them no matter what they do.

UIC

January 28th, 2011
9:00 am

Buzz G. Way to boil life down to what’s important. Owning a Lexus or BMW. Just for grins, allow for the fact that someone may find it repulsive to send American kids to foreign lands to fight for the oil necessary to drive cars.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 28th, 2011
9:00 am

Good morning all. One presumes that Rep. Ralston knew at the time that he accepted the trip that he would never support funding a wasteful project such as a light rail. If the good Rep maliciously allowed the bribers to waste their money, more power to him. They got what they deserved. On the other hand, if his vote truly was for sale, I have a problem with him.

SACS is a scam operation, a device used by school systems to extort money out of a city council or legislature. In the interview process SACS asks administrators what is their greatest deficiency. The administrators then give their wish list, and SACS makes that wish list the condition for continuing accreditation. There is no compelling need for a group of overlords to put their seal of approval on school systems; the results of any particular system speak for themselves.

So far as I know there is no worldwide shortage of rope or ammunition. There is no rational reason not to embrace the traditions of our forebears in our methods of carrying out the supreme penalty.

Stim’ u lus, see “Government Investment.” Gov’ ern ment’ In vest’ ment, noun, “draining the private market of capital to fund corporate buddies of the overlords and to sustain the lifestyles of the bureaucrats.” Why not freeze all nonmilitary spending at pre-Democrat-Congress 2006 levels? SocSec, medicare, everything. Of course, I would prefer to abolish needless agencies such as SEC, FDA, FCC, OSHA, EPA, FNMA, FHLMC, SBA, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor. I would prefer to see rational reform of socsec, and putting market incentives into medicare. Not likely in this lifetime.

Well-argued on “Hope,” Jim. I cannot even conceive a relevant humorous aside, so damning is your indictment. Agree on Ms. King, too; no wisecracks from this corner.

I think the national tide is turning on the folly of “bureaucrat pensions,” as they no longer exist in private enterprise. Maybe even Georgia legislature will catch on. Otherwise, the growth spots seem to be those with the least state taxation, especially on inefficient forms such as the income tax. There is a lot to like about Texas, and Florida, and Tennessee. Companies see that too; only the welfare whiners don’t.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 28th, 2011
9:12 am

Dear onpatroll @ 8:55 last night, I think Obama’s death panels are the leftist solution to the problem you cite.

Dear Jimmy @ 10:41 last night and Roll Tide @ 11:28 last night, well-argued.

Dear Dr.Stan @ 6:24, Amen. Dear Joe @ 6:28, can you imagine how much those aborted babies could contribute to society? Conservatives preach optimism, leftists preach castor oil.

High School Student

January 28th, 2011
9:37 am

Hey Jim, you’re an idiot.

Throughout highschool, I saved 40% of the money I made at my part time job at Kroger to pay for college.

Thanks to the rapidly inflating costs of higher education, I have almost enough to pay for a full year of tuition….5 FRIGGIN YEARS AGO!!!!

Oh, and no clue how I’m going to pay for room and board yet.

lovejones4

January 28th, 2011
9:46 am

Why does “Wooden” allow Dr. Stan to ramble on and on with his self-hating, Uncle Tom foolishness when most his rants aren’t related to the topic? If he truly is black, then this must be the worst self-hating Negro since Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell! All the things going on and he can only constantly think of what’s wrong about black society? I truly think it is “Wooden” spouting out his racial animus in anonymity! It’s not cute now and it never has been. But I’m sure “Wooden’s” crowd eats it up! Fits into their limited worldview and what they think of blacks!

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 28th, 2011
10:15 am

Why does Wooten allow lovejones4 ramble on with line after line of mindless invective? Suppose it is to allow us to identify the idiots.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
10:21 am

Sister Lucille Pope and others prepared me long ago for people, and I use the word people liberally, like lovejones4 and other sin sick souls.

I hope Americans are prepared for the coming battle of good and evil.

By way of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the battle is already won.

Glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah, his truth is marching on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md8JeSxA0L8

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
10:36 am

By the power of Satan, The New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions think they are representing good by supporting the murder of over 50 million American babies via abortion, a woman’s right to choose.

But God Almighty says woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Amen?

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
11:58 am

I am simply amazed how the power of Satan works… Surely my sisters and brothers, no one is able to silence the voice or alter the will of God Almighty. How great is the confidence of men and women in their own power? They know not whether they will live to face another day. But by the grace, compassion, and mercy of God Almighty, they are awakened each morning by his power and might.

Pray without ceasing. In everything, give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Sprit. Despise not prophesying. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearances of evil.

Amen and amen and amen.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
12:11 pm

The high desert of Peru holds one of the most mystifying monuments of the known world—the massive-scale geoglyphs known as the Nasca Lines. Ranging from geometric patterns to “drawings” of different animals and stylized human-like forms. The ancient lines can only be truly taken in, their forms discerned, from high in the air, leaving generations mystified as to how these precise works could’ve been completed long before the documented invention of human flight. Are the lines signs left by an alien race? Landing strips for UFOs? Relics of an ancient people far more advanced—capable of human flight—then previously imagined?

This scenario exists in many areas of the world. When men and women hardened their hearts and refuse to retain God Almighty in their knowledge like Americans, especially African Americans, he removes them from the face of the earth leaving only the evidence of a past civilization.

Blessed is his Holy Name.

findog

January 28th, 2011
12:38 pm

Jim and Ragnar,
The problem with the word “stimulus” to describe the 2009 legislation is that maybe ten percent went to the infrastructure investments touted by politicians in defending its passage. The vast majority went to shore up local and state budgets. Thus Governor Perdue and the legislature did not have to deal with the state’s ACTUAL budget shortfall. I hope the Tea Party can keep the heat up so our city, county, state, and federal governments learn to govern within their means…

saywhat?

January 28th, 2011
12:42 pm

lovejones4- just do what I and most of the other ten readers of Wooten’s blog do, and scroll past the meaningless, boring and epically failed attempts at satire. It should be obvious by now (if you have read more than one of those posts) that you won’t be missing anything. The same goes for the local Ayn Rand panty-sniffer’s posts. I hope that helps.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
12:59 pm

I’ve had the opportunity to see the end results of hardened hearts that refused the word of the Lord, as holy men moved by his spirit worked to save them…real holy men and women. It’s really not a pretty sight. Please, don’t get me wrong. I speak confidently because I have seen it with my own eyes. Having to go to Grady and the Shepherd Center and see the hardhearted in that condition and without hope is beyond comprehension.

And even sadder, all of them call for holy men to come quickly to pray for them as they are hooked up to every machine imaginable, pain and all. I pray this afternoon, if your heart is hardened, ask God Almighty to help you while you still have time.

I am concerned because many times people mistakenly think they are struggling against idiots, but in reality, they are the idiots. They end up finding themselves in a fight that is impossible to win…
And that struggle no nation, devil, man, woman, god, or thing can win.

God bless you findog. Because your heart is not made of stones, you will receive the blessings of God Almighty.

Amen, and, amen, and amen.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 28th, 2011
1:19 pm

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

carlosgvv

January 28th, 2011
2:10 pm

Stan

I’m still waiting for you to give me book, chapter and verse in the New Testatment where abortion is called by NAME a sin.

captguitarman

January 28th, 2011
2:23 pm

The purchase of Ralston by the high speed rail lobbyist reminds me of the old joke about the new arrival at the pearly gates who is given a tour of Heaven and then Hell before he decides his eternal address. Much to his surprise, Hell turns out to be just a wonderful place (much better than quiet and boring Heaven), and Satan is a pretty nice guy after all. He makes his choice, and takes the down elevator to his new home. Upon arrival, Hell turns out to be everything awful beyond his imagination. In his torment he runs into Satan, in his true, horrible demonic state, and asks him what gives? What happened to the Hell I saw earlier. Satan answers: We were campaigning then. You voted, and the election is over. The moral: Republican or Democrat — you cannot trust any politician today to stifle his or her own self interest in favor of the common good. Politics is a “career” now, not an opportunity to serve, and all perks and bidness opportunities are more than welcome until three months before the next election. Yes, Ralson is not what we thought, and he has quickly and arrogantly said, in completely political response, “I make no apology for wanting to be with my family on Thanksgiving.” Obviously, that was not the issue. He has set the tone early on for this legislative session. It’s bidness as usual boys and girls. Come on in and bring those gifts and those all expenses paid family and friends vacations with you. We can be bought. And if you don’t know that that this lobbyist will get his every phone call, letter, and e-mail, and any issue he raises, promptly answered and addressed by Ralston from here on out, you are a damned fool. He has bought a very influential friend for his client. It’s just too bad. Especially with all the major real issues this state and the city of Atlanta are facing.

Also, good job on the Atlanta school thing. It is obvious that there are still those who just want the cheating scandal to quietly go away. It is the gorilla in the corner and Deal and the city and the board need to address it aggressively and with dismissals and criminal prosecutions where appropriate. The Board rift is cover, a smoke screen. The Board rift was caused by those previously in power going along with the phony, cover up investigation and those now in power, having the children as their top priority (imagine that) revolting and taking over. Please keep the spot light on the real issue here – the cheating scandal and those in charge and those who made it happen.