What do you know, HB 87 works

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

● The smartest of those on the Left are beginning to recognize that race-based redistricting to protect black incumbents may not be such a swell idea. Why? It tends to drive politicians leftward — and therefore unappealing to the mainstream. That can be a real obstacle to those who run statewide. The 25-year extension of some provisions of the Voting Rights Act pretty much guaranteed another quarter century of racial polarization in covered states, including Georgia. One way to avoid partisan wrangling over “packing” districts would be for the Legislative Black Caucus or the Democratic Party to fix a percentage of minority voters they want in legislative and congressional districts. “Reformers” think the solution is to have “nonpartisans” draw district lines. For the next 25 years, though, that won’t be practical. The reason? Black incumbents, a majority of them Dems, are effectively protected by the feds. White incumbents, a majority Republican, aren’t. Nonpartisanship, thus, would start with protected Democrats and exposed Republicans.

● If, indeed, migrant farm workers are bypassing Georgia, might the conclusion be drawn that those who make that choice lack proper documentation? If so, HB 87 works in the same way that seat-belt laws work. It’s not so much a crackdown that brings compliance. It’s awareness that the law exists and has consequences.

● Memo to politicians, celebrities and other attention-seekers: It really is OK not to share your sexual preferences with us. We aren’t asking.

● Georgia public schools pick up one more family-responsibility obligation: Making certain children are not little fatties. America’s child problem has gone from hunger to obesity. One of these days mothers will be advised simply to deliver newborns to schoolhouses for child-rearing.

● The adult in me knows that the wanderlust of a 97-year-old Atlantan who has tried at least half a dozen times to leave a care-giving daughter’s home and return to her native North Carolina should not be encouraged. But secretly I cheer that with the help of well-intentioned do-gooders and Greyhound, Mary Helen Walker made it 414 miles to Fayetteville, N.C., where she is staying with a friend. “I’m an intelligent person,” she told the AJC. “I finished college. I try to travel like a lady.” Go lady go. Life ends much too soon to leave dreams unfulfilled.

● Headline: “Fulton students still want textbooks.” Demanding little things, these students.

● Georgia needs the same level of oversight of the Student Scholarship Organizations that it exercises over private-sector retailers and service-providers — and beyond that oversight on a case-to-be-made basis. Under the law, couples are allowed to take a state tax credit of up to $2,500 for helping to educate other people’s children. The scholarship’s critics would have more credibility if they weren’t determined to kill the program, which they see as competition for the government school monopoly. Money individuals contribute to the scholarships is not redirected government money. It’s personal money that individuals use to purchase education services that serve the public interest generally, and parents’ interests specifically.

● The secret to selling the transportation tax is to convince voters that they’re getting something that somebody else is paying for. Clayton County discontinued C-Tran bus service when its taxpayers were providing the subsidy. But now, Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell told the AJC, “the most important [project] for the county and the region is bus service for Clayton. It will connect the southern crescent … to the airport, Atlanta and northern arteries.” Lots of projects “make sense” when somebody else is paying.

Jim Wooten, an Opinion columnist, writes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His column appears Friday. Reach him at wooten.jim@gmail.com.

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tar and feathers party

June 8th, 2011
8:22 am

“Immigrants leaving Ga. behind” reads the ajc headline. I say good, take all your family and friends with you, and don’t let the door hit you in the behind! Don’t come back now, Ya’all.

You Know Who---TBO

June 8th, 2011
8:23 am

Any Right Thinking person knows Bishop Eddie Long should resign his position as senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Given the present circumstances, his sins having found him out, Bishop Long’s resignation would show honor and respect for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the 25,000 Saints under his leadership, and potential members. And Bishop Long’s resignation would signal, To Whom It May Concern, that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

In return, the Church should create a senior administrative position in its hierarchy for Bishop Long that substantially reduces his visibility.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

June 8th, 2011
9:51 am

Pastors are not Thinking Right if they commit sins against our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the church, and members thereof, but believe they are accountable only to God Almighty.

Should a pastor sin against the Saints of God Almighty, the Saints, representing God Almighty, should hold him accountable.

And should a Christian commit crimes against citizens, the state, representing the people, will hold him accountable.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

June 8th, 2011
11:54 am

If Bishop Long had gone to trial and it had been proven there was never a hint of sexual activity surrounding his association with boys, but it was all about a misguided fervent desire to be a father to fatherless sons, he should have been leaning toward resigning because of his improper judgment, i.e. sleeping in the room with boys, giving gifts to boys, etc…

Given that scenario, Bishop Long would be accountably only to God Almighty in determining whether to remain as senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church or resign.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

June 8th, 2011
12:34 pm

If You Know Who TBO had been in Bishop Eddie Long’s position, once the justice system took the boys accusations against him seriously, he would have told the Church that he is completely innocent but must step down for the sake of the Church etc.

But after the court proceedings have been completed, You Know Who TBO would remain open to returning to the church as their senior pastor.

Amen?

Glenn

June 8th, 2011
8:58 pm

@Michael H. Smith:

Must we humor weird idiocy racist, to converse on issues raised so intelligently by Mr. Wooten weekly? Is his appointed troll a pure shut-down troll indeed, working for the AJC to prove that a Square such as Jim has no pull in the new, self-extinguishing readership of the Atlanta Journal Constitution? These peckerwoods have such parochial notions of self-styled political correctness that they answer to no one’s sense of righteousness except their own. They forbid or else negate any authentic response to Mr. Wooten, from any quarter. They are the AJC.

Glenn

June 8th, 2011
9:08 pm

…going forward…

Hence the recent cancelations of my longstanding subscription. The Paper puts lawyers and sophomores in charge.

Glenn

June 8th, 2011
9:28 pm

And as for the flighty crack about “the hose! the hose!”, even the rubber hose treatment, back before the LAPD presumed “professionalism”, garnered little more than the hose irrigating a torture subject’s colon does. Unfortunately these are by now the fecal matters of History, establishable. Oh, Bother.

You Know Who---TBO

June 8th, 2011
11:42 pm

Jim Wooten
Associate Editor, AJC
72 Marietta Street NW Ste 4
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

I want to take advantage of this opportunity to let you know our plan is working to perfection. Each time they write something capable of impeding our God oriented conservative plan for victory in the 2012 election, You Know Who TBO, comes in the nick of time to upset the applecart. So far, your grand scheme is performing flawlessly.

Changing my name to You Know Who TBO for strategic purposes was a good move too. Dr. Stan, The Black One was chasing too many soft minded people away. And I’m grateful to know that even your friend, Cynthia Tucker, has taken to reading what You Know Who TBO is writing. As you said, she did not take the time to read anything written by Dr. Stan, The Black One. And you and I know each personality is one and the same. Lol

Finally my good friend, I want to thank you for the good professional journalism provided for over 20 years with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. The Colleges and Universities are hard pressed to produce qualified journalist like they used to. Thanks a lot good budy.

Always on watch,

Dr. Stan, The Black One

You Know Who---TBO

June 8th, 2011
11:45 pm

Oh my God! What have I done? Please! The AJC should take my last post down as soon as possible. If anyone happens to read my letter to Jim Wooten, please disregard it. Just forget about it. Someone, the CIA, ASA, or FBI hacked into my computer and rigged it in such a way as to cause my letter to go to the wrong venue.

Everyone reading Thinking Right with Jim Wooten should disregard You Know Who TBO’s last post.
Please?

You Know Who---TBO

June 9th, 2011
7:15 am

June 9th, 2011

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
72 Marietta Street NE Ste 4
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Re: You Know Who TBO
Case No. 39-Q-49-133111

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

You asked for a formal demand in the You Know Who TBO case for an inadvertent posting on Thinking Right with Jim Wooten. My client is deeply regretful about the error he made by posting the wrong information in the public domain.

Each day the information remains accessible to the public on Thinking Right with Jim Wooten, it is costing You Know Who TBO revenue and our country a potential bonanza for Thinking Right politicians in the 2012 National election.

Burns, Jones, and Harmon at Law formally demand that you immediately remove my client’s inadvertent posting on Thinking Right with Jim Wooten.

Very truly yours,

B.L. Harmon Esq.

You Know Who---TBO

June 9th, 2011
9:15 am

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

You Know Who---TBO

June 9th, 2011
9:19 am

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

June 9th, 2011
9:25 am

Matthew 5: 23-24

You Know Who---TBO

June 9th, 2011
9:32 am

The New World Order integrationist Christians and their devilish black minions are bald faced wicked liars.

Reverend Walker, Lorraine Junk White, and You Know Who TBO are Christians. But You Know Who TBO agrees with the position taken by Anthony Muhammad.

Every Christian should know that you must be reconciled with your sisters and brothers before going to God Almighty. Even Anthony Muhammad knows it and he is a Muslim.

Amen?

You Know Who---TBO

June 9th, 2011
10:04 am

Reverend Walker and Lorraine Junk White are deceiving Christians in the name of God Almighty on 1380 WAOK radio. They are teaching Christians that Bishop Eddie Long has no need to be reconciled with his brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. But he needs to be reconciled with God Almighty only.

Amen?

Glenn

June 9th, 2011
5:34 pm

Fraudulent One @ 7:15 a.m.,

How unutterably hypocritical.

As for your reference to the Biblical warrant for divorce, well, I quite agree. Why then don’t you divorce your pimping newspaper and turn free agent? It’s not hard to do, unless you all are hanging in for the next person illegally to damage, as you all did Richard Jewell unto death, or Rudi Giuliani last time, when the paper insisted on republishing slander it knew aforethought as slander. Your lawyers will encourage you to say anything the company wants to encourage you to say. You are the essence of modern cowardice. Your talents are so wasted there, eunuch.