The rule of law is not negotiable

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

● One terrorist down. One to go. And then one more until all of those who actively conspire to kill us are defanged or dead. It ain’t over yet.

● The White House says the terrorist was unarmed. Not so on 9 /11 when America consummated the contract with Osama bin Laden that was done on 5 /1.

● Sometimes, now being one of them, sports metaphors are inappropriate. “We don’t need to spike the football,” said President Barack Obama in explaining the decision not to release the bin Laden death photos.

● With every ounce of energy Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders can muster, they should work to eliminate the practice of public officials pocketing fees paid to them personally for performing public duties. Not even the tiniest burgh in Georgia should allow individuals operating under the color of law to do it. The AJC reports that Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand pocketed $342,000 last year, most by collecting a personal charge of $1 per parcel to collect property taxes for Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Johns Creek. Georgia really does need to clean up the fee systems and while doing it, route all of them, including the special-levy add-ons to fines and filings, into the general funds of state and local governments.

● Headline: “Bully for Hawks,” a reference to the team’s success in the playoffs. Question: Is it politically correct to use the word “bully” as a positive? As soon as the language police rule on whether “Geronimo” can be used as code for a bad guy, the full committee will meet on all uses of “bully.”

● Roles in public education are getting hopelessly blurred. First, there’s the unwarranted intervention of the federal government in k-12. Then, there’s the constant temptation of mayors and other non-school elected officials, especially in Atlanta, to busy themselves in school board business. And now Cobb County Superintendent Fred Sanderson, a short-timer, is telling his bosses how they should perform their jobs. The board, with three new members, “should have recognized their first priority on being sworn in was to become acclimated to and informed about district operations, and trained in the basics of school board leadership and effective governance,” writes the hiree of his bosses. Everybody go back to your corners. Parents, quit attempting to use the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools organization for political leverage. Everybody else read your job description.

● Those who oppose all efforts to contain illegal immigration have asserted all along that the problem lies with a business community that didn’t want to know. After seeing its reaction to House Bill 87, I’ve begun to believe that “rule of law” is a negotiable concept with large segments of the business community. The latest group to oppose the law is the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. When opinion leaders are willing to look away from certain classes of wrongdoing, we are on the slippery slope. What is wrong, then, with cheating on taxes? Or smoking a little dope? Or making a little liquor?

● Libya is an example of what results when national security policy dilettantes play at war. When the decision to go to war is not made to advance this country’s national security, and when it targets a head of state for death on behalf of an international committee and for the purpose of empowering a collection of rebels whose governing agenda is unknown, you have to be wary. The first casualty is this government’s credibility. The greater threat to world peace, meanwhile, is Syria, which is brutally murdering civilian protesters. At least 550 civilians have been killed; the U.S. “deplores” the violence and the U.N. Secretary-General thinks the situation there should be investigated.

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Glenn

May 11th, 2011
12:04 am

..and by thy way you’re an ingrate for not observing my softball pitch on civil rights…you’re just cheesy to assume that as a tee-up. Still, you didn’t even hit it off. I’ll give you s Georgian’s handicap, don’t fret. Jeez.

You Know Who---TBO

May 11th, 2011
7:32 am

Al “Mr. FBI what do I have to do to stay out of prison” Sharpton said a black person told him he is not going to talk to the man, the police. Now Mr. FBI Sharpton… is supposed to be a leading civil rights leader for black people. But when he found it to be more profitable, he decided to be a civil rights worker for all races, red, yellow, white, and black…

Anyway, Mr. FBI Sharpton… told the black man that it’s alright to talk to the police now because in case he didn’t know it, black people are the man. He was referencing the political positions held by Obama, Eric Holder, and others.

The below average black person on the streets has better sense. I’ve talked with and taught many of them. They can recall when Mayor Maynard Jackson and other black politicians were “the man” too but had no credible black institutions to give real meaning to that status. Consequently, when Maynard Jackson and other black politicians left political office, they found themselves begging every Jew, Chinese, Indian, Korean, and white people for jobs.

Poor Maynard Jackson died at an airport running to and fro looking for work…But black politicians learned to get around the Maynard Jackson effect. Today, black politicians sell Americans especially African Americans out to corporations. And their constituency can’t compete with corporations. Once black politicians leave office, each receives money and jobs from cooperation for services rendered.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 11th, 2011
7:39 am

In order to escape oppression or slavery, the IQ of the oppressed must be at least 10 points higher than the oppressors. If not, the oppressed or slave will never have the wherewithal to experience authentic freedom.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 11th, 2011
8:31 am

If Moses had disobeyed God Almighty and turned away from their journey to the Promised Land to doctrine of Integration, to live with Pharaoh and his children, God Almighty would have left the Jews in spiritual, mentally, emotional, and physical distress too.

And undoubtedly the Jews would be using drugs, sex, and parties etc, excessively in an attempt to escape facing God Almighty and answering for their own disobedience as well as their ancestors’.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 11th, 2011
8:54 am

Adolf Hitler was smarter than 95% of African Americans. He said there is no need in talking to people to convince them of a particular matter. Just build institutions and people will follow and support you.

Hitler is exactly right. Most people, especially integrationist African Americans, are not rational beings.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 11th, 2011
8:57 am

Junk White,

Tell that man he is black. He should be concerned with drugs in his or the black community…
Chinese, Indians, Jews, and others are concerned with drug dealing in their respective communities.

I told you integrationist African Americans are not rational beings.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

May 11th, 2011
9:00 am

I’ve got to move on to an important project.

I will talk to everyone on Friday; God willing.

carlosgvv

May 11th, 2011
11:26 am

With every ounce of energy Gov. Deal and legislative leaders can muster, they will not only continue the practice of public officials pocketing fees for performing public duties, but will try as hard as possible to collect even more money. Count on it.

Glenn

May 11th, 2011
2:45 pm

carlosgvv,

Jim’s paragraph on your point was, I think, one of his very best. I fear your prognosis will prove out. That’s so sad. Obviously education systems in our state are construed as patronage programs and cash cows. It’s quite upsetting especially to those of us inclined to view education itself as more an intrinsic good than a utilitarian commodity. Jim’s thesis, that the rule of law must not be negotiable, overlooks the fact that the People ultimately hold the power to change our laws. Should a some selfless legislator ever introduce a bill to outlaw the disgraceful double-dipping of the school administrators, we should mark that bill’s vote record very carefully, so as to smoke out the bandits and their accomplices. I agree with you, though, that such a bill would fail in the end, for the reasons you cite.

I’ve seen this kind of stuff all my life. It’s tragic, really. I happen now to count on one hand the number of edu-criminals I recall ever being busted for such crimes anywhere in this country over the past 35 years. There have been some huge takedowns, but they’re rare. The perpetrators don’t care that not only are taxpayers watching but children also. It takes a knave to presume that the principal clients of a school system are its administrators and parasites rather than the pupils themselves. The libertarians are so wise on this point.

Education be a true calling, the genuine professing of an ideal. It’s commodification by profiteers is purely wicked, I think.

Glenn

May 11th, 2011
2:55 pm

Pardon the typos in the preceding sentence, and while I’m at it let me clarify that I intend no criticism of lucrative private enterprises such as Emory University and Georgia’s many fine private academies; rather, I am concerned about the operations of our public school systems. I’ve always asked that public officials bear down on a perpetual search for ways to do more with less. Asked them in god times and bad. Instead, they seek only more, for themselves. Those rotten apples spoil the whole batch, and the results are plain enough to see.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

Jim Wooten Is the ONLY reason to read any part fo the AJC anymore..but the fact that Bookman and CT write more often is god reason not to BUY the AJC..luckily I can have it both ways :)

carlosgvv

May 11th, 2011
4:51 pm

Glenn

It all comes down to this – money talks and BS walks.

Glenn

May 11th, 2011
6:31 pm

That’s quite true. It’s also true that we all need deeds, not words. Joni Mitchell, God bless her, once wrote: “Money talks, and Power walks it on crooked legs”. Is it not embarrassing to hear a Canadienne call us out so incisively? It embarrasses me.

Glenn

May 11th, 2011
6:40 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle,

Are you the person who once accepted the Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando? In any event, some days I fear that the AJC has let go all its copy editors (the paper no longer bothers to explain acronyms, for example), but whenever I get ready to cancel my subscription the next day they turn around with some intriguing process journalism or some expensive, collaborative, investigative stuff and I go, “Wow! I guess we haven’t heard the last from the print medium!”

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 12th, 2011
12:09 am

Nope thats not me, Glenn. I would have put a harpon in that liberal tub of lard and sold the blubber to the japs.

You Know Who---TBO

May 12th, 2011
12:04 pm