Category: KookFight!

Dan Becker is “Persona Non Grata”

From ZPolitics:

Personhood USA, a nationally respected pro-life organization, announced yesterday in an email to supporters that they were calling off their relationship with Dan Becker’s organization, the National Personhood Alliance (NPA).

Becker initially gained support from Personhood USA by suggesting that the two groups work alongside one another as counterparts. Things apparently fell apart from there.

According to the email, Becker’s group proved to be a “divisive, confusing organization meant to compete with Personhood USA”, and is accused of plagiarizing Personhood USA’s branding, logo, and other intellectual property.

Frequent readers will remember Mr. Becker from these previous posts on laying on of hands, name calling, legislative shell-games, moral vacancy, and obsessive behavior.

Discussion point: When will Georgia pro-lifers see the light?

From The Daily: Kingston’s Remarks On Work Spark Outrage

It was in today’s Morning Reads, as well as today’s Peach Pundit Daily (subscribe now before it’s too late), but it’s worthy of it’s own post so here it is:

The Perpetually Outraged Remain Perpetually Outraged, Part Two. Apparently Senate Candidate Jack Kingston suggested that it might not be too much to ask for students who receive their lunch at taxpayer expense be asked to do something in return. “But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch,” he said. This was found to be an offensive statement by the UGA Young Democrats and Eric The Teamster, who one would think would be a fan of work. Where do these people find the time and energy to be so outraged?

My thoughts are this: it’s probably an unworkable idea, as Kingston himself acknowledges, but is it so wrong to expect people, even children, to work a little in exchange for something of value? Isn’t that a character trait we want people to have, and shouldn’t we be teaching that to our children?

Cue the over-heated outrage once again, and discuss how Jack Kingston and I are the worst sort of people in the comments.

Occupy Atlanta sues Kasim Reed, taunts media

Occupy Atlanta is suing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed whining arguing that Hizzoner acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner when he told them GTFO rescinded his executive order allowing them to break the law.

In the suit, Occupy Atlanta stated that its goal is to voice political concerns and encourage political participation and awareness. The group, part of the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in September, intends to return to Woodruff Park on Saturday.

Joining as plaintiffs in the suit are state Sen. Vincent Fort and civil rights leader Joe Beasley, along with four individual members of Occupy Atlanta.

The young protesters met for hours Thursday with Jackson; the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a close confidant of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; and Isaac Newton Farris Jr., president of the SCLC and King’s nephew.

According to WSB,

The lawsuit states the city ordinance governing park gatherings is overbroad because large groups, defined as more than 75, are allowed to get permits to stay in the park after hours, but no such permit is required for smaller groups.

Occupy Atlanta said the protesters who stay overnight have not numbered more than 75 and cannot qualify for any type of assembly permit.

The group is also seeking a temporary restraining order allowing it to stay in the park until the case is decided.

The Occupiers are also considering implementing “Media Monkey” as a way of dealing with unfair press coverage:

Media Monkey. The general idea is to make it difficult for hostile media organizations to misrepresent Occupy. If you see a representative of an organization that doesn’t “get” Occupy, get the attention of other members, surround the representative, and make it as difficult as possible for him or her to report. For example: if there’s a camera or mic, yell or shout as loudly as possible. It may be possible to sing copyrighted songs, as simple as the ”Happy Birthday” song, so that they legally can not air the footage.

Here’s my question: how do they determine which media organizations are consciously trying to make them look like idiots because they don’t “get” Occupy, and which are simply reporting the facts, which also happen to make them look like idiots.

God and Country

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The photo above shows the church where I exercise my First Amendment right to worship as I am called to. On April 15, 2009, many of us gathered at the Georgia State Capitol under the protection of our right to assemble. Most weekdays in January through April we may petition the legislative branch of our state government. And on this blog, as well as other place online and off, we exercise our rights to free speech and to publish opinions and information that the government may not like.

(Before you say it, SOGTP, the Supreme Court held in Gitlow v . New York that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution extends the protections of the First Amendment to the states. Love it or hate it, I don’t make the rules.)

I’ve written here recently about the pitched battle between Atlanta Progressive News and the Atlanta City Council.

Now, the Fulton County Daily Report is covering the actions of the City of Atlanta Law Department as it sought and received in Fulton County Superior Court a prior restraint (subscription required) against APN’s publication of the infamous memoranda.
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I See Other People’s Underwear

But not in Jonesboro, not anymore.

The Jonesboro City Council has approved an ordinance banning sagging pants, joining some other Georgia cities which have already outlawed the practice.

The Clayton News Daily reports ( that councilors approved the ban 5-1 Monday after heated debate.

Under the ban, anyone wearing pants, shorts and skirts more than three inches below their hips can be cited for disorderly conduct and ordered to appear before a judge.

Critics of the ban such as Dalton Smith of Jonesboro said he didn’t think city leaders should force their opinions on what constitutes fashion on anyone else. But Ann Sligh, an outspoken proponent of the ban, told council members the practice should be banned because it’s indecent.

Officials in the Henry County town of Hampton recently passed a similar measure outlawing sagging pants.

Other cities not interested in seeing other people’s knickers include Dublin, Hawkinsville and Warner Robbins. Fines, citations, etc. are doled out by the supposed “fashion fascists” when faced with such derriere dilemmas.

Buy a belt. It’s cheaper than jail and keeps you from making all sorts of new friends.

Question asked to a Congressman: “When is someone going to shoot Obama?”

During a townhall meeting for Rep. Paul Broun in Oglethorpe County, someone – presumably a constituent asked, “when is someone going to shoot Obama?” No doubt, that’s inappropriate and deranged question to ask, especially to a Congressman. According to Blake Aued, Broun responded by noting that the ballot box was where people upset with the president should voice their frustration:

The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Disagree with Barack Obama all you want. I don’t particularly care for most of his policies, but the ballot box is where I’ll make these disagreements known.

Hopefully, the guy that asked this question will be getting a visit from the Secret Service soon.

The Briar Patch of HB 179

Politics certainly makes for strange bedfellows.

House Bill 179 changes some of the current regulations for allowing the cutting of trees, kudzu, etc. in front of billboards. It was recommended out of committee last week.

(As background, information packets can be left on representative’s desks regarding a particular member’s opinion about issues and legislation. Such literature must have a member’s business card attached, showing they approved of the distribution.)

The Garden Club evidently has taken the gloves off for this one. Posing as Rep. Kip Smith, they distributed information stating that not only was he against the bill, but the DOT stood with him. The business card attached, indicating Rep. Smith approved the distribution, was purloined from Smith’s office. Today representatives received a another (legitimate) letter from Rep. Smith, explaining the unauthorized material and his real position.

Word has it that Herschel Walker has been calling representatives in favor of the bill and Coach Vince Dooley is against it. No word yet from Paul Johnson.

At least no one is poisoning the trees…yet.

AlterNet blogger launches rabid attack on Herman Cain

Herman Cain has been receiving a lot of attention since announcing his exploratory committee for the Republican nomination for president. The reception has been positive, although he underperformed at CPAC. So naturally he must the subject of vicious attacks from the left:

In the immortal words of Megatron in Transformers: The Movie, Herman Cain’s speech at CPAC really is bad comedy. As you know, I find black garbage pail kids black conservatives fascinating not because of what they believe, but rather because of how they entertain and perform for their White Conservative masters.
Let’s consider the routine. First, Cain enters the stage to Motown music. Then Cain feigns swimming after rolling up his sleeves to show them his black skin and how he is a hardworking negro (not like those other ones). Cain bellows in a preacher affected voice and channels the folksy negro down home accent of his late grandpappy. In the money shot, Cain gives the obligatory “black folks who are not Republicans are on the plantation” speech to the joyous applause of his White benefactors. And he doubles down by legitimating any opposition to President Barack Obama as virtuous and patriotic regardless of the bigoted well-springs from which it may flow.

In total, CPAC is a carnival and a roadshow for reactionary Conservatives. It is only fitting that in the great tradition of the freak show, the human zoo, the boardwalk, and the great midway world’s fairs of the 19th and 20th centuries, that there is a Borneo man, a Venus Hottentot or a tribe of cannibals from deepest darkest Africa or Papua New Guinea on display. For CPAC and the White Conservative imagination, Herman Cain and his black and brown kin are that featured attraction.

We always need a monkey in the window, for he/she reminds us of our humanity while simultaneously reinforcing a sense of our own superiority. Sadly, there are always folks who are willing to play that role because it pays so well.

Uh. New tone?

Happy Birthday To A Bearded Ideologue

That’s right, today is December 25th, and that now means it’s Jason Pye’s birthday.

As you wind down your Christmas celebrations, please take a moment and wish our resident Libertarian and Peach Pundit Assistant Editor a very happy birthday.

Though I’ve been trying to start the rumor that he would be turning 45 today, he claims it’s his 30th. Regardless, he’s been celebrating for a week, and I hope being snowed in gives him one more day of Pyepalooza.

Happy Birthday Jason!

Graves, Rogers hit with $1,498 tax-lien

Rep. Tom Graves and State Sen. Chip Rogers were hit with a tax-lien of $1,498:

The Internal Revenue Service has filed a lien against a company owned by state Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and U.S. Rep. Tom Graves.

Filed in the Gordon County Superior Court on Monday, the lien is targeting Tich Properties LLC for $1,498. Both Republicans, Rogers and Graves are members of that company.

Rogers said the company’s taxes are current and the lien is a penalty for not filing W-2 forms with the federal government for one quarter of 2007. Rogers, however, disputed the lien, saying his company has filed all of its required paperwork. His accountant hand-delivered tax records to the federal government Friday and paid the lien to resolve the matter, with the expectation that the money would be returned.

“Our accountant has documents showing all paperwork has been filed properly,” Rogers said Friday. “Apparently, the Social Security Administration asked our payroll people back in 2008 to resubmit the W-2 paperwork, and they did. We heard nothing else until now. … Late yesterday, our accountant resubmitted, for a third time, the W-2 information they are seeking from 2007.”

Graves issued a prepared statement Friday, saying: “The important thing is at no time were any taxes unpaid. It’s a simple misunderstanding about filed documents, which we have now refiled for the third time. We expect the matter to be fully resolved today.”

Oh, and let this relatively small tax-lien, which is in dispute, serve as an opportunity for every media outlet covering it to remind you that they are still being sued.

The wisdom of Jimmy Carter

More evidence (as if we needed it) that he has lost all grasp of reality.

“We had almost complete harmony with every nation on Earth,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner said of his administration. “We not only preserved peace for our country, we never went to war. We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a missile.”

“Complete harmony,” mind you. Harmony with the Soviet Union? Evidently. Harmony with Iran? Oh, sure! Harmony in Central and South America? You bet ‘cha!

And what were American forces doing on the desert floor one night under cover of darkness during his time in office? As Jimmy says…nothing. Why, it’s almost as if he actually believes what he is saying. Quite sad.

Warner Robins City Council meetings: never a dull moment

A white councilman in Warner Robins told a black councilman that he should be working in a cotton field. In the middle of a council meeting. With the cameras rolling. Unacceptable in any time or place. Roll the tape!

More here from CNN. Cotton e-mails in to note it’s just the plain ‘ol Fabric Of Our Lives™ and doesn’t want to get involved in this situation.

H/T to Thomas Wheatley at Creating Loafing who H/Ts to Wonkette gets it so very, very wrong

But, in the end, it really isn’t that big of a deal. Anyway, take a few minutes and read this post from there about the trials and tribulations concerning Jason Shepherd’s previous run in with Johnny Law. It’s fine, I’ll still be here while you are gone……Okay, you read the post? Swell. Now, let’s get to a few of the points the poster was trying to make…inaccurately. Read more

A potential new wrinkle: Federal dollars involved in alleged Fulton corruption?

(Previous posts concerning this story can be found here, here, here, and here.)

In via the Tip Line and in two separate conversations today, I’m hearing rumors (so take them as just that: semi-wild speculation with, at this juncture, nothing confirmed at all) that some of the dollars allegedly “misappropriated” by certain employees within Fulton County government may have been supplied by Federal grants.

Audits are believed to be underway this week to confirm if this suggestion is accurate.

Of course, should such a development actually pan out as true, it would permit the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, azz-kicker Sally Yates, to be able to join in any investigation which Fulton County Manager Zachary Williams says is ongoing, led by the Fulton County Police Department.

Now, just because she could does not mean that Yates would necessarily insert herself into such a situation, again assuming that this rumor is, point in fact, correct. Meanwhile, another day passes with no word from Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and his hundreds of prosecutors and investigators as to when they might initiate an investigation separately or concurrently with those ongoing.

Creative Loafing’s Thomas Wheatley and Atlanta Politics Unfiltered’s Jim Walls have more on this unfolding story.

Only in Macon, Georgia

I’ll just let this speak for itself.

Shelby Marwan Heggs of Macon admits he’s been a sinner, but hopes his past won’t keep a judge from allowing him to become a Saint.

Heggs, who has convictions for drunken driving and marijuana possession, has filed a court petition that would allow him to change his name to Saint Jody Almighty Bedrock.

Heggs, who also faces an aggravated battery charge next month, says he’s rededicated his life to God.

“I wanted a name that everybody would know when they were talking to me that they were talking to a man of God,” said Heggs. “I wanted that to be expressed in my name.”

Prosecutor John Regan says the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office is opposing Heggs’ request on grounds he may be using it to try to hide his criminal record.