DeKalb deal was way too sweet

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

● Shameful that Atlanta’s King & Spalding law firm has dropped the client in the Defense of Marriage Act — the client being U.S. House Republicans, on behalf of the American people, in the absence of willingness by President Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, to fulfill his obligation to defend a legitimate act of Congress. This may be the darkest day in King & Spalding’s history. Having taken the case, King & Spalding had an obligation to finish it, as asserted by former partner and Attorney General Griffin Bell in a 2009 Mercer law school address. The honorable Paul Clement, President George W. Bush’s U.S. solicitor general, who was handling the case for King & Spalding, quit the firm. One guy, at least, got it right. (And does this mean that all these years lawyers have been joshing us when they draw distinctions between their own political views and the clients they take?)

● President Obama, en route to Chicago for an appearance on Oprah before heading to New York for a fundraiser, declaring “we have no time for this silliness,” finally releases his long-form birth certificate. Release of a birth certificate, like school records, is a reasonable expectation of one who wishes to be president of the United States. This silliness might have been arrested 900 days ago had he simply produced them when running.

● A former candidate for DeKalb County school superintendent, Lillie Cox, superintendent in Hickory, N.C., asked for a $275,000 salary, a three-year contract that adds another year for every year she serves, five weeks of vacation, 15 months’ severance pay, a due process hearing before she could be fired and assorted other perks. Actually, nobody in k-12 public education should be given such a contract. Just hire competence and pay a salary competitive with the governor’s, or about $140,000, with a decent bonus for staying on the job five years. There are no saviors out there. Metro Atlanta’s had its share of “change agents” who come in, fire and hire, and then move on.

● How do 121,000 people “disappear” in Atlanta — the difference between population estimates and the actual census? Easy. They disappeared the way they were created. Thin air.

● Not to pick on state Rep. Rahn Mayo, D-Decatur, since he’s a second-termer without influence, but his observations about how unconsciously he slid into the role of a lobbyist-spending favorite (18th in lobbyist spending at $2,281) is telling about how political newcomers get sucked into the system. Explained Mayo, who is on the Insurance Committee, which attracts lobbyists: “My memory recalls going to six or seven Hawks games and maybe a handful of dinners that are pretty customary for legislators during the session. It’s an age-old practice in the state Legislature for lobbyists to pick up the dinner tab or miscellaneous expenses and spend money on gifts and give campaign contributions to legislators. … It didn’t start with me.” I’m not one who believes that politicians are bought for a dinner tab. Furthermore, as long as everything’s fully disclosed, I have no problem with most lobbyists spending, with the understanding that it plants a red flag on the voting record of every beneficiary.

● Lamest excuse, perhaps ever, for taking freebies — in this case an all-expense-paid trip to the Masters — comes from state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford. She took the trip valued at $990 because, as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported it, “it gave her access to an arena from which women traditionally are excluded.” Okey-dokey.

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Barry

April 28th, 2011
8:45 pm

Ms. Unterman? You’re a moron.

Cutty

April 28th, 2011
8:51 pm

Obama showed his birth certificate two years ago. I’m with Barry, you’re an old arse moron.

Same $h*t. Different day.

jmiles

April 28th, 2011
9:17 pm

I’m okay with the president’s birth certificate; I am not okay with his begging for money in New York instead of rushing to Alabama to show his concern for ordinary folks. Don’t forget, it took some time for him to care about the Gulf Coast last year. Maybe he doesn’t expect to carry any Southern states in 2012, so he figured, what the hell. Actions do speak louder than words.

Mid-South Philosopher

April 28th, 2011
9:22 pm

Good evening, Jim,

Well of this we can be sure…when Barry Obama is defeated in his bid for re-election in November 2012, and, barring some “divine intervention”, he WILL BE defeated, at least he will have the satisfaction of knowing that it was not a questionable birth certificate that swept him out of office!
If I were Jimmy Carter, I would be so happy that I would take a world tour!

buck@gon

April 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

I think nearly everyone in the country on both sides is astounded that Obama has played this charade for so long to the girlish giggling delight of kooky media types like George Snophalophagus and Katie politically Couric.

The shame is on the Republicans and the media who roll over to be scratched by Obama every time he seems halfway annoyed. Kudos to Trump for having the stones to stand up to the naked emperor on what was really just a trivial issue.

If the bulk of the Republican party shows such um…. “courage” in the future, we can resign ourselves to more “rulers” from the left, bureaucratic dimwits like Joe Biden, no freedoms and communism.

Jim Wooten the Hypocrite

April 28th, 2011
10:16 pm

Notice how I was able to write a column that completely avoided any mention that Georgia Republicans just raised taxes on gasoline?

That’s because I’m a partisan hypocrite and y’all will lap any nonsense I type.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

April 28th, 2011
10:36 pm

Good evening all. I have neither relations nor even contacts within King and Spalding, but I will offer a word on their behalf. Ideology likely played no role in the repudiation of the representation agreement. It is perfectly reasonable that the firm be compelled to choose a side in that long-term battle – it would be unseemly to argue on both sides of the dispute. While all should deplore the firm’s humiliation of a star litigator such as Mr. Clement, my guess is that the other partners made a hard financial calculation, that there is more money to be made fighting on behalf of homosexuals than against them. Strikes me as likely true. Long ago a mentor advised me that the ideal client is one who is always troubled and can afford to pay his legal bills. Surely we can all agree that homosexuals are “always troubled.”

Does anyone else perceive hypocrisy in hearing anyone proclaiming (about anything) “we have no time for this silliness” on a venue such as Oprah?

Lillie Cox is now a good poster-boy for the problems with government schools.

I suspect most of the 121,000 can be found at either Underground or at the arcade behind Turner Field.

If $2,281 is enough to rank 18th on lobbyist-spending, that sounds pretty good to me, that nobody is being “bought.”

I realize the Masters is one of those items on the bucket lists for a lot of people, but someone would have to offer me a lot more than $990 to make me go.

Curious

April 28th, 2011
11:09 pm

I’ll feel better when the Defense of Marriage Act has a provision outlawing diviorce, except when either spouses’ life is in jeopardy.

Let’s get Newt Gingrich to push the case; he knows about the meaning of marriage.

old timer

April 28th, 2011
11:20 pm

Glad for te birth certificate..I want Obama defeated on his poor record rather than identiy issues…

Bud

April 28th, 2011
11:23 pm

If people were truly interested in defending marriage they’d make divorce more difficult.

JohnC

April 28th, 2011
11:35 pm

“Release of a birth certificate, like school records, is a reasonable expectation of one who wishes to be president of the United States.”

Funny, I can’t recall any other president, or presidential candidate, ever being asked for his birth certificate. School records, who cares. National Guard service records, DUI records (candidates for president and VP), now those I might expect should be made public.

Mr. Dithers

April 29th, 2011
4:55 am

Jim “The birther” Wooten, the truth finally comes out. The short form, appropriate for obtaining a US passport, among other things, was released in 2008. It was enough, and you know it, and the GOP and their loony leaders kept the issue alive in spite of that fact. It was an asinine performance by all and you refuse to admit. Good job blaming the victim for the farce.

Mr. Dithers

April 29th, 2011
5:36 am

By the way, Jim, based on your writings over the years, I doubt you went to school anywhere. Please release your transcripts to prove me wrong.

You Know Who

April 29th, 2011
6:46 am

Some Americans don’t appear to understand the evil New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions. The government schools teach it’s an unreasonable expectation of one who wishes to be president of the United States to release a birth certificate or school records…everyone knows or should know all persons born anywhere are citizens of the earth everywhere.

In the mind of the New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions, if you happen to be born in Kenya, East Africa, you are automatically a citizen of the United States. And if you happen to be born in Kansas, USA, you are automatically a citizen of Kenya, East Africa, Mexico, Canada, etc. And releasing school records is definitely not a prerequisite to become President. Although extremely silly, that’s a reasonable expectation of the old “God Centered” order.

Amen?

Churchill's MOM

April 29th, 2011
7:09 am

The city of Atlanta has struck a $3.9 million settlement in the long-running legal battle over an airport advertising contract.

North Fulton
.The city earlier this year appealed a federal jury’s decision last year to award $17.5 million in total damages to Atlanta businessman Billy Corey and his company, Corey Airport Services.

The settlement announced Thursday ends the city’s appeal of its portion of the verdict.

“I hope that this is the end of a very long and divisive episode in the life of the city of Atlanta,” Mayor Kasim Reed said.

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/city-corey-strike-deal-928862.html

School Teacher

April 29th, 2011
7:36 am

I believe if I were jumping on the sinking ship that is Dekalb County Schools, and I were a white woman, I would want all the insurance and perks I could get too.

On another note, so it’s admirable for Paul Clement to take unpopular cases but immoral and unethical for Roy Barnes to do so?

Mr. Dithers

April 29th, 2011
7:52 am

You Know Who

April 29th, 2011
6:46 am

HUH?

Ga Values

April 29th, 2011
7:54 am

Churchill’s MOM

April 29th, 2011
7:09 am

Thanks for posting this. I wonder how much Maynard Jackson and his cronies have stole from the City of Atlanta. Does Reed mean that he will have the Jackson family’s sweet heart deals at the Air Port & APS rebid also? Atlanta really needs a good house cleaning.

WHY? RNC is Y

April 29th, 2011
7:56 am

Obama cut Trump off at the knees, and now Trump has no platform to stand on, except to curse and call our leaders “stupid”.

Sounds like a Bookman/Wooten Troll to me. I wonder……..

Obozonomics

April 29th, 2011
8:07 am

No more time for silliness, but I have the time to shoot the breeze with Oprah??????

WHY? RNC is Y

April 29th, 2011
8:07 am

I also wonder how much the right honorable Mr Wooten contributed to the Born-Again Birther Movement of the Tea Party? I’ll bet he recruited members. Tea Party recruiters are After-Birthers, you know.

ew

Grifter

April 29th, 2011
8:18 am

danged right folks. we is gettin’ all commie-fied and defreedom-fied by this here librul ay-rab in the oval off-ice. god you people are sooooo much fun!

Grifter

April 29th, 2011
8:19 am

this is no doubt the best blog. ever.

WHY? RNC is Y

April 29th, 2011
8:33 am

An open letter to the contiguously-challenged Mr Obama: I looked at the Birth Certificate, Sir. On the surface, it looks as legit as a Fletch FBI Badge, (which Chevy Chase flashed many times in his movie franchise, “Fletch”, completely fooling everyone).

But not so fast, Mr Osama/Obama. Not. So. Fast.

I notice that you were birthed by someone who in later interviews admitted to not knowing nuthin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies. And then this same person later claimed she didn’t know why she told such a lie ’bout knowing how to birth babies. Then she went screaming into the night screaming in horror about “yankees in Georgia”. But that’s not important now.

Furthermore, Mr. Obama, (or whatever your name is), the certificate, if it is legit, also indicates that you were C-sectioned. SO you were never “born by a woman”, as was prophesied by the Oracle of Delphi. Isn’t that how vampires are made? Isn’t that why Hercules got kilt? Or was it Achilles? It couldn’t have been Macbeth, because what Tea Party P-brain would read Shakespeare?

Look, I’m not trying to be a heel. I think we need to see the Utube video of your actual birth to know 4sure whether or not you were born of a woman.

PS: I am offering my services as campaign speech writer for Mr Trump.

carlosgvv

April 29th, 2011
9:01 am

“their own political views and the clients they take”

This has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with money. Pressure from well-heeled clients convinced them tha taking this case would lose more money than it would make.

Joe Mama

April 29th, 2011
9:11 am

Mr. Wooten, for someone who works for a newspaper, you sure let a lot of the details of the birth certificate ‘controversy’ get past you. Let me bring you up to date, sir.

Hawaii has not, by law, released the “long form” birth certificate since before Hawaii was a state. But in the run-up to the 2008 election, the head of the state agency that has responsibility for records of that sort AND the Republican Governor (Linda Lingle) both personally viewed the long form and prounounced it valid and verified. And with the certificate so validated and verified, all states are obliged, under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the US Constitution, to accept that validity. It’s the same principle that lets you drive a rented convertible around when you visit Hawaii, even though you only have a Georgia drivers’ license.

Mr. Wooten, do you think a Republican (like former HI Governor Lingle) would have let an opportunity like that get away if there was the *least little thing* fishy about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate? The fact of the matter is that this was, is and always has been a non-issue. The only question now is whether or not credulous partisans like Mr. Wooten and his birther compatriots will at long last drop their poutrageous crusade against the President in this regard.

Have a nice day and a fine weekend, Mr. Wooten.

Buzz G

April 29th, 2011
9:29 am

Lobbyists look for persons with weak character who they can work their evil upon. And there usually seems to be no shortage of weak characters in the government of this State.

Road Scholar

April 29th, 2011
9:34 am

jmiles: The last thing the people in Alabama needed immediately after the tornados was a presidential visit. With all the destruction, wouldn’t it be more prudent and neccessary to spend their time rescuing anyone still alive, accounting for the dead and implementing steps to house and feed the first responders and those who lost everything? The security detail alone would have diverted their immediate attention away from what was needed; a prompt response was in order. President Obama immediately, upon a grateful REPUBLICAN governor’s request, gave them Federal emergency aid.That will do more than one person making a political visit! Try to think a little before you spout off next time!

Lee

April 29th, 2011
10:09 am

My take? When Cox finally got around to researching the mess that is Dekalb school system, she decided to make such an outrageous demand in order to be able to walk away from the negotiations. But, that said, I agree with Jim that this is just a high level bureaucratic administrative position and certainly not worth the $300k asking price.

On the birth certificate, it is making the rounds now with a lot of folks saying it is an altered copy – and these folks are making some pretty good points. The only way to put this issue to bed is to have an independent forensic examination of the original document on file in Hawaii.

Churchill's MOM

April 29th, 2011
10:12 am

Ga Values 7:54 am

Reed is part of the Jackson machine, I am sure he made this deal to protect the Jackson interest. Maybe Maynard’s girl friend will actually have to pay some of the money she stole from the airport.

Chuck Anziulewicz

April 29th, 2011
10:16 am

DEAR MR. WOOTEN:

Perhaps the law firm of King & Spalding simply came to the realization that there was no point in defending something as transparently unconstitutional as the Defense of Marriage Act.

WHY is DOMA unconstitutional? Consider: A Straight couple legally married in Iowa is automatically entitled to 1,138 legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities according to the Government Accounting Office (GAO). Many of those benefits have to do with tax law, Social Security, inheritance rights, child custody, and so on. But because of DOMA, a Gay couple that is legally married in Iowa is still unrecognized by the federal government for those benefits.

Consider, also, the “Full Faith & Credit” clause of the Constitution. Because of this, any Straight couple can fly off to Las Vegas for drunken weekend, get married by an Elvis impersonator, and that marriage is automatically honored in all 50 states, and at all levels of government. But thanks to DOMA, a Gay couple that is legally married in Iowa becomes UN-married if they relocate south to Missouri.

The ONLY real difference between a married Gay couple and a married Straight couple is the gender of the two people who have made the commitment. It has nothing to do with procreation, since couples do not need a marriage license to make babies, nor is the ability or even desire to make babies a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license. So there is really no constitutional justification for denying law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples the same legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities that married Straight couples have always taken for granted. This cannot be accomplished in a piecemeal, state-by-state fashion; it is the FEDERAL government which, through its own actions, has made this a federal issue.

markie mark

April 29th, 2011
10:25 am

@ Wooten the Hypocrite – wake up and read some news, please. Republicans didnt raise the gas tax, the increase was deferred by the previous Republican admin some years ago. I think the taxpayers agree with you (I do) that I dont want the tax to be allowed to increase at this time. That being said, every 3rd person in GA seems to be talking about how terrible our roads are. I just moved back from FLA after being gone for 10 years and was surprised at the deterioration. How do you think roadwork is paid for? And since everyone (almost) drives, its one of the few (along with sales taxes) that is fairly distributed over the entire populace.

markie mark

April 29th, 2011
10:25 am

thats few taxes

Chuck Doberman

April 29th, 2011
10:29 am

“Good job blaming the victim for the farce”

Typical M.O. of the good old GOP. Don’t blame Jim, he’s doing exactly as he’s told to do… just as he always does

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 29th, 2011
10:30 am

I’m not one who believes that politicians are bought for a dinner tab.

Don’t we the taxpayers, pay them a per diem when the Legislature is in session? Let them buy their own meals.

Wilma

April 29th, 2011
10:40 am

The Dekalb Super job offer might have been too sweet but the leak from the board is a sign of real dysfunction. If the going in negotiation is not private, someone on the board will leak to the newspaper every time there is a disagreement. No wonder there are no candidates remaining for the super spot.
I wonder who stood to gain from the leak?

Lawrence

April 29th, 2011
10:56 am

According to Obama’s birth certificate, his mother is listed as Caucasian, his father as African. Does that make him an African-Caucasian? Funny, I thought that Africa was a Continent, not a race.

jconservative

April 29th, 2011
11:11 am

“…a legitimate act of Congress…”

That remains to be determined. If the Supreme Court holds it to be unconstitutional, then it is not “a legitimate act of Congress”. This is what all the fighting is about.
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Birth certificates, school records and income tax returns are in the news this week. Trump guaranteed that if Obama released his birth certificate, he (Trump) would release his federal income tax returns. Now he is backpedaling claiming that he is not yet a real candidate. I would love to see his tax returns – they are bound to be very educational.

Curious. We had 43 presidents before Obama, all with white skins and no questions on birth certificates. We get a president with dark skin and his place of birth becomes an issue. Just a coincidence, I guess.

If Michele Bachmann gets the Republican presidential nomination are we gonna demand to see proof she is a “real” woman and not just the result of a sex change operation? (Have you looked real close at the pictures of her in the magazines? )

Yeah, I suspect that is just what we will do.

BW

April 29th, 2011
11:13 am

Jim Wooten…a birther?? Lord help you man…and by the way the Constitution does not call for him to have make an A in his undergrad courses. The man is President and is black….get over it!!!! If the man benefited from affirmative action then that’s just what happened. But affirmative action can’t make anyone complete their coursework to graduate…the man is a success on his own merits and I’m sorry that people like you refuse to believe it.

Lee

April 29th, 2011
11:31 am

@jconservative, re: We had 43 presidents before Obama, all with white skins and no questions on birth certificates. We get a president with dark skin and his place of birth becomes an issue. Just a coincidence, I guess.

Of course, his being a natural born son of a foreign national and the adopted son of another foreign national has nothing to do with it?

The bottom line, the dimocrats didn’t do a good job at due diligence when they nominated this light weight.

Besides, the reason most repugs don’t want to touch this subject is they know the blacks would tear this country apart with race riots.

Southern Comfort

April 29th, 2011
12:07 pm

Release of a birth certificate, like school records, is a reasonable expectation of one who wishes to be president of the United States. This silliness might have been arrested 900 days ago had he simply produced them when running.

The silliness should have been arrested when Obama released the Official Document from Hawaii that verified his birth. The fact that it did not satiate those who want to villify him regardless is what allowed this to fester. That you would post a statement such as that really gives insight to the mindset of many of those who are in the villify Obama camp.

JL

April 29th, 2011
12:07 pm

I cannot think of a single compelling reason for why Obama should show his academic transcripts. Unlike being a “natural born citizen”, having a 3.5 GPA is not a constitutional requirement for eligibility for the presidency, and if the schools say he attended and graduated, his grades are his business.

Seriously, why should he show his transcripts? Because Trump made an idiotic comment about Obama’s higher education?

RGB

April 29th, 2011
12:09 pm

I’ll bet those missing 121,000 will reappear on election day–voting Democrat of course.

Southern Comfort

April 29th, 2011
12:12 pm

Besides, the reason most repugs don’t want to touch this subject is they know the blacks would tear this country apart with race riots.

LOL!!! The loony right has been the group pushing this crap for the past 2 years….

Chuck Doberman

April 29th, 2011
12:13 pm

“I’ll bet those missing 121,000 will reappear on election day–voting Democrat of course”

I’ll bet they show up in your mind, the minds of many other conservative parrots, and also in Faux News ‘reports’ at least.

Joe Mama

April 29th, 2011
12:24 pm

Lee — “On the birth certificate, it is making the rounds now with a lot of folks saying it is an altered copy – and these folks are making some pretty good points. The only way to put this issue to bed is to have an independent forensic examination of the original document on file in Hawaii.”

I don’t think so. The State of Hawaii says it’s *real.* What are these “pretty good points” that you think are being made to the contrary? And those making the points — what are their qualifications to gainsay what the State of Hawaii is stating?

I’m sorry, but without some sort of cold, hard evidence at this point, further support of this complaint just looks like abject craziness to me.

RGB

April 29th, 2011
12:37 pm

I thought only women used “LOL”.

Right again.

WHY? RNC is Y

April 29th, 2011
12:41 pm

RGB

April 29th, 2011
12:44 pm

Now we can focus on Obama’s illegal wars.

And his corporate welfare to Fortune 500 companies who pay no taxes.

Enemas for the Blind

April 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

What is it with you birthers? Do you have to wear a special helmet when you leave the house?

And to Mr Wooten…..Why does the president have to answer to every lunatic with a conspiracy concern? Shouldn’t we demand he prove UFOs are not real? How about Bigfoot sightings? I think he should demand the government stop covering up these scandals.