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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RGB

April 29th, 2011
12:51 pm

But seriously, I don’t think Barry is given enough credit.

I mean, everything seems to double under his management: gas prices, illegal wars, # un-/under-employed, deficits (4X), debt–just to name a few.

RGB

April 29th, 2011
12:53 pm

Proving that UFOs or Bigfoots don’t exist isn’t in the Constitution.

But you knew that.

LOL!! : ) [Exception for my thenthative friends]

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

April 29th, 2011
12:54 pm

The way state lawmakers are treated reminds me of the final slogan painted on the barn toward the end of Orwell’s story “Animal House”….it read simply…

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.”

So, you want free meals? Generous retirement? Free copies of the AJC and other papers? Never stand in line for drivers license, for vacinations? Never take crap from phone/power/cable company phone reps who don’t give a rip about customer service? Why, it’s yours for the taking, just become a state lawmaker!

Enemas for the Blind

April 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

But the birth certificate was proven LONG before he actually came forward with a copy.

My point is, where do we draw the line for what the lunatic fringe demand? You’ll see most people do not buy in to the birther mandate. Just the racists.

Angie

April 29th, 2011
1:16 pm

@Jmiles:

How long did it take President Bush to get to LA after Hurricane Katrina?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

April 29th, 2011
2:06 pm

Dear jconservative @ 11:11. you err: “Curious. We had 43 presidents before Obama, all with white skins and no questions on birth certificates.” Chester A Arthur faced a similar inquiry, due to his Canadian paternity.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

April 29th, 2011
2:11 pm

Dera JL @ 12:07, “I cannot think of a single compelling reason for why Obama should show his academic transcripts.” Chauncey has described himself as “a product of affirmative action,” thus conflicting with his admirers’s assertion of his “brilliance.” As “affirmative action” is the opposite of “excellence” there is a theoretical conflict there. Whether the president would wish to resolve that conflict is an open question, but not necessarily one that ought not be asked.

Bring Back Wally Butts

April 29th, 2011
2:24 pm

So little time, so many haters.

I, for one, think that we need to pray for our president instead of bickering.

I tell you what, let’s pray the Psalms as has been done throughout the ages. One particularly comes to mind. Let’s pray Psalms 109:8.

Can I get an AMEN?!!

Glenn

April 29th, 2011
8:05 pm

That’s interesting, about DOMA, and Gen. Bell, Paul Clement et al (and their hapless staffs’) shaking up a premierSouthern law firm in view of, of all people, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, an appointee gifted with a kind of reverse-Midas touch for jurisprudence. Holder seems to need nothing but blunting help to turn him constitutionward. Seemingly everything Holder endorses is contrary to stare decisis, and he seems like a man impersonating a lawyer. I, from outside that guild, used to train lawyers, and occasionally would see e.g. my social scientific colleagues in the Lawfaculties mistake themselves for accomplished attorneys, and Mr. Holder in my my mind is one of those silly impostors. He’s not one, of course, but he acts like those pretenders, especially in that he’s ever wrong in every side he and his liege choose. His prosecution of the briefs assigned him invariably is so legally flimsy, even shamelessly contrived. So he’s the last A.G. in modern history who should be emboldened by intimidating one of Atlanta’s most distinguished members of the Bar, in partnership. I fear living in a country in which one no longer can fight City Hall.

Call this a lament.

Glenn

April 29th, 2011
8:26 pm

@RGB, UFOs don’t; the Sasquatch do. In the fulness of time this shall be revealed, and all Flesh se it together. Not the shiny spaceships but certainly the hairy giants. AMEN?

@Mr. Wooten, How did this happen? Even Chile under our man Pinochet didn’t manage “to disappear” fully 121,000 people. An amazing feat of demography.

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StingerSplash

April 30th, 2011
2:35 am

So Obama has a birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii. Wonderful. Big deal.
Would his inability to ever produce one or one showing his birth somewhere out the U.S. led to his immediate removal from office? Very, very doubtful.
But he could have been far less condescending and arrogant. He could have said, “I hope this puts this whole exercise to a rest, and now we can move on.” Unfortunately, I don’t think he can be anything other than arrogant and condescending.

Bob

April 30th, 2011
7:32 am

I had to produce a Birth Certificate to play little league baseball back in the 50’s as a certificate of live birth was not good enough proof for little league.

Conservative Joe

April 30th, 2011
8:10 am

DEAR FRIENDS, IT’S AMAZING TO ME THAT YOU THINK THE FBI AND HAWAII GOVERNMENT WERE SO INCOMPETENT UNDER REPUBLICAN GEORGE BUSH’S ADMINISTRATION AS TO LET A FOREIGNER BECOME PRESIDENT? DO WE THINK BUSH WAS THAT DUMB AND INCOMPETENT? THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE CONSTANTLY SAYING, WHICH MAKES US ALL LOOK STUPID AS YOU SOUND.

Anna

April 30th, 2011
9:48 am

Thank you for your comment about the excesses of the pay offer for the DeKalb school superintendent candidate. Agreed that the Governor’s salary is a reasonable comp.

Would love to see some more discussion of how these salaries got so gosh-darned inflated in the first place.

These people are PUBLIC SERVANTS. It is an honor and a privilege to have the responsibility of a high-profile leadership position that will influence the future of thousands of students.

If these candidates want private sector salaries, they can go to work in the private sector. Simple as that.

JeffreyRO5

April 30th, 2011
7:42 pm

Mr. Wooten, I’m sure King & Spalding will accept your apology once you come to your senses. They are under no obligation to defend an unconstitutional law, or any law for that matter. Laws don’t have legal rights, such as the right to an attorney and a jury trial. Only people do. While it may have annoyed Mr. Boner to have a prestigious law firm bow out, that prestigious law firm had every right to do so. No one’s Bill of Rights protections were violated, were they?

Glenn

April 30th, 2011
11:40 pm

@Anna,

Personally I’m a fan of handsome salaries, benefits and perks for the state’s elected officers, so long as these public expenditures are openly reported to the public. Here are some of my reasons for counter arguing this.

The really ancient argument in favor of lucrative compensation is that it attracts to governance people accomplished in the professions or commerce who really bring proven executive ability yet are willing to suspend their lucrative endeavors in interest of public service. My own Congressman, Tom Price, gave up his thriving medical practice to represent us in Washington, and while his, and his family’s, relative sacrifice at the federal level doesn’t exactly jerk a tear, anybody the swearing-in of Georgia’s General Assembly can’t help but be moved by the diversity of persons called there, many of them sacrificing pay and the care of their households to do so. The classical argument for remuneration is that public officials who are well compensated therefore are less susceptible of subornation and bribery–less likely to be bought with the kind of money they’d need to keep the home fires burning.

A second argument for healthy expenditures on the politicians, even in hard times, is simply that, as Georgia grows it requires more work from its legislators. While I totally dig that Montana can be ably governed by a legislature that deliberates for six weeks every other year, this just isn’t Montana.

Finally, most members of Georgia’s General Assembly aren’t pampered, leadership figures, and I feel that whatever considerations we might collective give them, to protect and insure them and their families, to see to it that they don’t do the People’s legitimate business out of pocket, and frankly to serve them a little in return, is just one way of honoring their democratic office, of elevating beyond its incumbent. And I’m all for that. A big state in this great country should pony up. I

If someone so pure as Jimmy Carter chooses to eschew e.g. the time-saving personal dry-cleaning service, then let him make a politicized wannabe pastoral statement out of it, but personally I don’t want legislators, convened in Atlanta from the four corners, wasting their time trying to get a suit cleaned for the next day’s session.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m eyeing Montana. Or maybe Wyoming, or South Dakota…

Evelyn

May 1st, 2011
1:17 am

The request for school records smacks of racism, Jim. Stop it. Stop it now. The President is an intelligent, educated and accomplished man. If that is not enough to have earned your respect, you need to to look inward to locate your own shortcoming.

carlosgvv

May 1st, 2011
9:59 am

It is true that lobbyists spending “plants a red flag on the voting record of every benificary”. It is also true that because of this, we have the best State Legislature that money can buy. This can also be said of every other State Legislature in the country. Hey, do we have a great political system or what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ATL Girl

May 1st, 2011
1:17 pm

JohnC says “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.”

Maybe because you have your hands over your eyes and your fingers in your ears. It was really, really hard to google that one. See just one example below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/01/AR2008050103224.html

Evelyn says: “The request for school records smacks of racism, Jim. Stop it. Stop it now. The President is an intelligent, educated and accomplished man. If that is not enough to have earned your respect, you need to to look inward to locate your own shortcoming.”

First, try checking into that. I can’t remember a candidate in recent years who HASN’T authorized his academic records being released. Obama is the most secretive candidate in decades. You may think he’s accomplished, but not everyone shares that opinion. He’s never run a company. He’s been a part-time professor and a community organizer. Not very impressive to me or many others. You are awfully haughty to expect everyone to have the same notion of what commands respect and what doesn’t. Last time I checked, we were supposed to respect other people’s opinions whether they jibed with ours or not.

You Know Who---TBO

May 1st, 2011
5:25 pm

It appears the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions threatened and pressured Atlanta’s King and Spalding law firm and the Atlanta Braves to fire and suspend attorney Paul Clement and pitching coach Roger McDowell respectively for defending the Defense of Marriage Act i.e. marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman.

Attorney Paul Clement formally defended the act via the courts whereas Roger McDowell informally defended it at a social gathering.

The perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions believe marriage is the legal union between one man and one woman, one woman and one woman, and one man and one man.

Amen?

Muffin

May 1st, 2011
6:36 pm

@ You Know Who-TBO….

Is that you , Dr. Stan-TBO ???

Why did you change your name ?

Have you been in the “Black Hole” ?

We (me, Glenn, J.B. Stoner-TWO) WERE TOLD YOU WERE DEAD….

AMEN?

pimp

May 1st, 2011
7:06 pm

you know who is a POS………………………………………………………….

Glenn

May 2nd, 2011
12:11 am

Well, Osama IS dead. To which I say,

AMEN!

Add his corpse to the concrete and pour him into the foundations of the new WTC in NYC.

Muffin

May 2nd, 2011
9:41 am

@ Glenn-

I have been on the cold case of Dr. Stan and his reported death.
Now I read with great interest “You Know Who” (TBO) and it gives me the feeling he has only change his moniker and not passed away. What do you think? Maybe he fell in the “Black Hole” and hit his head, now suffering from amnesia or worst yet Parkinson’s Disease.

Help me with this.

Muf.

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
11:30 am

Come, let us reason together. If Osama Bin Laden believed a woman has a right to murder her innocent unborn baby in the womb, his death is by way of God Almighty. But if he believes the baby has a natural right to live after conception, his demise is of Satan and all of his imps.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
11:32 am

Additionally, if Bin Laden supported the ideology of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions, he was cut down by the all powerful hand of God Almighty; and the American people are in God Almighty’s will to celebrate his death.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
11:42 am

Yet still, if Osama Bin Laden believed babies have a right to live upon conception and abhorred the perverted ideology of the New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions, woe to many Americans especially their devilish black minions; woe, woe, woe.

Let the people of God Almighty say Amen, and Amen, and Amen.

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
12:04 pm

If I were a Middle-Eastern man, I would fight to the end to prevent the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black from bringing a system of perversion to my country that will pervert everyone, and every sacred thing under the guise of progressiveness.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
12:08 pm

I know Right Thinking Americans agree with me wholeheartedly. Just take a good look at what progressiveness has done to their country, the good ole USA.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
12:37 pm

Progressiveness aka brainwashing in the government schools has dulled the senses of some Americans and practically all African Americans to the point of them not being able to recognize staged events, something phony.

The people celebrating in the streets of Washington DC were orchestrated by the powers that be to show Americans how to react to the announcement of the murder of Osama Bin Laden.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
1:42 pm

When you live in a Nanny State, it essential for Americans, especially African Americans, to be told or shown how to react or respond to anything significant.

In the mind of the powers that be, that’s what black radio is all about and the media in general. It was organized by powerful white people to employ black radio host to tell black people how the powers that be expect them to react and respond to most things.

Only God Almighty knows what the New World Order integrationist African Americans believe black radio to be. I heard one of them say black radio is one of the last institutions available to black people, and white people are trying to take it away. Okey-dokey.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
2:09 pm

Is Reverend Al, “Mr. FBI what do I have to do to stay out of prison,” Sharpton a bona-fide New World Order integrationist hypocrite? On one hand, he says that Osama Bin Laden did not have a right to kill the innocent people in the World Trade Center… But on the other hand, as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he said American women, especially African American women, have a right to choose to kill their innocent babies in the womb which violently terminate their lives.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
2:19 pm

I believe if pregnant women can carte blanche kill innocent babies in the womb via abortion, any and everyone at his or her discretion can justifiable kill or murder anyone.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
2:26 pm

Sharpton,

Ask the sister if she believes a woman has a right to kill an innocent unborn baby in the womb via abortion. If she says yes, I hope that air-plain falls into the Atlantic Ocean with her on board.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
2:38 pm

Sharpton,

Most Americans, especially African Americans, have not been traumatized… But they have chosen the path of evil instead of good. As a result, God Almighty has turned them over to a reprobate mind.

Our problem is that we don’t have the proper regard for spiritual things. Most people don’t believe in the power or reality of God Almighty. But they are so sadly mistaken and suffering the consequences.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
2:50 pm

Reverend Al,

What kind of logic is that? You said in substance Osama Bin Laden didn’t want to die and was running from death; and he sent others to die for him.

That’s what all commanders in armies do. The commander in chief is going send out soldiers to fight and die for him, or the country. I suspect Osama Bin Laden sent out soldiers to fight for him or the ideals of Islam etc.

I must have missed something.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
3:02 pm

I’m willing to bet the farm that Terry Williams’ children are in prison or homosexuals. You can’t rear children thinking her thoughts without them suffering adverse consequences.

If I find my boys sobbing because of some problem in their lives, I would think they have lost their minds.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
3:19 pm

Reverend Sharpton,

Get that Muslim fool off the radio. Cut him off. He said he doesn’t accept Osama Bin Laden as a fellow Muslim. It may come to a surprise to him that I don’t accept Reverend Al Sharpton as a fellow Christian.

I’m sure Reverend Sharpton may have similar sentiments towards me and Osama Bin Laden and his followers have similar sentiments toward him.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 2nd, 2011
4:16 pm

Americans and especially African Americans should understand I don’t have time to monitor the traitors on the radio and general media and correct them on Thinking Right with Jim Wooten. You should understand that practically everyone in the general media is handsomely rewarded to mislead you.

Somewhere along the way, traitors in your respective communities have convinced themselves that your human dignity is not worth respecting. And in the final analysis, you will have to do the hokey pokey with them. Or you and your children will die and suffer without understanding the origin.

Amen?

Glenn

May 2nd, 2011
9:19 pm

Muffin,

I said that I suspected as much, all along, and gave my reasons. If the hoax is internal to the AJC and perpetrated by our talented house troll, I don’t really mind getting punkt. It’s sort of the next surreal step in Gonzo. After all, I once impersonated a female Catholic contemplative from Conyers, a Hawaiian auntie, a DNC opposition researcher in Senator Clinton’s employ. (The latter persona was a composite of a couple of hatchet guys I’d known who actually did end up working later for the Clinton Campaign, and probably it was they who started the rumors that begat the unforeseen birther phenomenon.)

So if a gifted writer can consistently maintain a parody of radical, 21st Century anti-integrationism, then that’s quite a feat. It’s just that all along the Dr. Stan character based his/her opinions on the Christian Bible, and I get conflicted and unhappy when put in the position of arguing diametrically against my coreligionists.

Selah~

You Know Who---TBO

May 3rd, 2011
7:12 am

My dear friend, Pastor Fred Phelps, of the Westboro Baptist Church, called me yesterday and wanted prayer for his congregation and American hypocrisy. He told me in the past he and his congregation celebrated the death of American soldiers, homosexuals, Mrs. Coretta Scott King and others, and Americans by the millions cast aspersions upon him and his congregation…

Pastor Phelps said Barack Obama ordered the United States Military to go into Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden and other innocent people, and Americans did exactly what he and his congregation has been doing for years. Thousands of Americans celebrated the death of Bin Laden and others in front of the White House and they were encouraged by millions more.

You Know Who, TBO, prayed for an hour with Pastor Phelps and members of his congregation and it seemed to lift their spirit. They unexpectedly offered me a generous Love offering before retiring for the evening.

Amen?

carlosgvv

May 3rd, 2011
1:29 pm

You Know Who – TBO

Do you oppose abortion because of your Christian beliefs?

You Know Who---TBO

May 3rd, 2011
2:50 pm

The government schools have really stupefied a lot of Americans, and practically all New World Order integrationist African Americans. New World Order Integrationist African Americans were on “black” radio soon after learning of the death of Osama Bin Laden boasting about the poker face Barack Obama displayed for a week a more, masterfully concealing the death of Osama Bin Laden and others. They said no one could tell anything was out of the ordinary because Obama was smiling and behaving as usual.

The first thoughts that should come to the minds of the New World Order integrationist African Americans are has Obama used his adept skills, poker face etc to convince real black people that he has genuine respect or regard for them given he is a mongrel; and has he deceived real black people to vote for him in overwhelming numbers.

And has Obama used that all American smile to convince Americans that he respects, supports, and defends the Constitution of the United States to gain the independent vote. But in reality, given his extraordinary ability to withhold his thoughts in mind and body, abhors each document and the people thereof.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

I was taken aback by young integrationist African American women when they chastised integrationist African American men on the radio about killing one another in the black community and being critical of Barack Obama.

It is unfortunate that young black men strike out against one another.

But Speaking of having blood on your hands and bringing terror to the least of these, young New World Order integrationist African American women have murdered 40 million innocent unborn babies in the womb via abortion since 1973 Roe vs. Wade.

It is unfortunate that young black women kill their babies, boys and girls, at a rate that deprives them of any moral standing.

Amen?

Glenn

May 3rd, 2011
6:09 pm

Reporter Bill Steiden, who wrote today’s in-depth piece on OBL’s demise, deserves a raise from the AJC. His story is a bracing reminder of swift, hard journalism. In fact I’ll do a bake sale to ensure that my county contributes its share toward that man’s salary increase. He answers so many timely questions, three days, fully three days before the weekly newsmags get their time at bat. He’s a one-man argument for maintaining an AJC subscription, for keeping faith in print journalism. He’s Hermes’ apology for Cynthia Tucker.

Glenn

May 3rd, 2011
9:28 pm

Please congratulate your friend Fred Phelps, or whatever, on his founding of a basement cult of some 35 Manson girls. Truly, that’s an accomplishment. In my entire two-year pastoral career I doubt that I brought more than two persons to Christ, though evidently many were infected with the incurable bacilli of curiosity, inquiry, skepticism. Amen? Hell yeah!

Glenn

May 4th, 2011
4:32 am

Seriously, who is funding these jerks, whilst we await the natural death of Phelps and therefore that of his tiny, charismatic organization? He’s blatantly a shill, but whose? The professional anti-Americanists? The pro-American fringe? Somebody is setting up those maggots for something down the road. Their traveling money, their surprising legal sophistication, doesn’t come cheap, and could not have been generated by such a tiny, basement coven. Something’s going on, whether those sickcicles know it or not.

Glenn

May 4th, 2011
4:41 am

Were I an e.g. General Editor, I would simply
get this story and run it, and be done with it.

okiecom

May 4th, 2011
11:41 am

You know who,

PLEASE elaborate on your use of the derogatory term ‘mongrel’.