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.
_________________

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.

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’.

You Know Who---TBO

May 4th, 2011
3:33 pm

A month ago, You Know Who, TBO, took leave from Thinking Right with Jim Wooten and went to the altar at Mount Carmel to challenge the 450 prophets of Baal. Once again, it was no contest. Praise God Almighty! By the power of His will, You Know Who, TBO used rain, wind, hail, storms, and tornadoes to chase those perverted New World Order integrationist prophets of Baal to and fro. And they have been running ever since. On a previous visit to Mount Carmel, You Know Who, TBO, used a tsunami to, well, you know.

Upon returning to Thinking Right with Jim Wooten, the readers of Wooten’s site said they have been troubled about my whereabouts and crying out to God Almighty for my return. You Know Who, TBO, received 333 thousand tweets and e-mails during his absence. People said Wooten’s site has been practically filled with rote and mechanical dead man’s bones. According to many, no original writing displaying critical thinking that reveals the evidence of truth i.e. life and fire was posted.

One woman asked if there is envy and jealousy out there associated with being the authentic number 1 blogger in the United States but specifically on Thinking Right with Jim Wooten. A man wanted to know the origin of the life and fire emanating from my writing. But after all had been said, there was a consensus among them. They said You Know Who, TBO’s truth telling makes them move, it makes them shout, and it makes them cry because it’s real.

My answer to the people is the same as countless others have given time and time and time and time again.

Thank you Jesus!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6A7X3t8RVA&feature=related

You Know Who---TBO

May 4th, 2011
3:35 pm

Long ago I didn’t know nothing but Jesus and His love—I heard about it but I never felt it this manner that comes from above—In this life of sin I could no longer stand—I asked my mother how can I get to know the man—She said you must be can’t you see you’ve got to be Born again.

You must have that fire and Holy Ghost—that Burning churning that keeps the prayer wheel turning—That kind of religion you cannot conceal—it makes you move makes you shout—Makes you cry when it’s REAL—Keep your hand in the windin’ chain—Until your soul is anchored in my Jesus’ name—You know I’m filled within— free from sin—God knows I’ve been born again.

You must have that fire and Holy Ghost—that Burning churning that keeps the prayer wheel turning—That kind of religion you cannot conceal—it makes you move makes you shout– -Makes you cry when it’s REAL—Keep your hand Thank You Jesus in the windin’ chain—Until your soul is anchored in my Jesus’ name—I’m filled within— free from sin—You know I’ve been born again.

You must have that fire and Holy Ghost—that Burning churning that keeps the prayer wheel turning—That kind of religion you cannot conceal—it makes you move makes you shout—Makes you cry when it’s REAL—Keep your hand in the windin’ chain—Until your soul is anchored in Jesus’ name— Lord I’m filled within— free from sin—God knows I’ve been born again.

You must have that fire and Holy Ghost—that Burning churning that keeps the prayer wheel turning—That kind of religion you cannot conceal—it makes you move makes you shout—Makes you cry when it’s REAL—Keep your hand Thank You Jesus in the windin’ chain—Until your soul is anchored in Jesus’ name— I’m filled within— free from sin—You know I’ve been born again.

Glenn

May 4th, 2011
6:39 pm

But I forget. The aAJC doesn’t any longer retain an Editor as such, but rather hires a male editor a female editor, a masseuse of the “public”, an editor for public correctness and an editor to apologize for convenient opinion, an editor for the regulation of sometimes upsetting news from the playing fields, and another similarly to take the fall for downturns in the stock market. The AJC itself meanwhile takes responsibility for nothing. Stands behind zilch. With so many layers of cutouts they can try even to swing presidential elections with the impunity they thoroughly enjoyed in impugning unto death the hero of the Atlanta Olympics, the late Richard Jewell. The AJC pleases itself because it can.

Eli Jones

May 5th, 2011
5:15 pm

Among other great things, The Tea Party has broken the back of Obama’s public sector unions. The Tea Party is also the driving force behind any budget cuts. We the tax payers are the winners!

JOIN OUR TEA PARTY

The Tea Party is the fastest growing political movement in America. We want less intrusive government, less spending, less taxes, the repeal of Obama’s Commiecare, no more illegal Obama wars and no more unions running and ruining our nation. Come and join our Tea Party!

Here’s a site with our upcoming events and rallies.

http://theteaparty.net/teapartycalendar.asp

Eli Jones

May 5th, 2011
5:20 pm

“America Cannot Afford Four More Years Of Obama”