Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Andisheh Nouraee, one of the funniest and smartest writers in Atlanta, confirmed tonight that he will resign from Creative Loafing, effective December 5. Nouraee submitted his resignation to publisher Luann Lebedz just hours after Lebedz fired CL editor Ken Edelstein.When will the bleeding stop? Tis the season for change.
Steve Fennessey has been all over this and I'm a little red-faced I hadn't linked to him previously. That's now corrected.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Staffers within the paper said that Edelstein was called into a meeting this morning with Lebedz and a human resources manager. While he was in the meeting, the staffers said, Edelstein's computer was confiscated by IT workers. About twenty minutes later, Edelstein emerged from the meeting, took his coat and walked out. The editorial department, some in tears, followed him. When they returned, Lebedz announced that Edelstein and CL had "parted ways," but did not elaborate.Details are sketchy and it is unclear if Edelstein left on his own volition.
UPDATE: The AJC confirms with Edelstein that his separation was involuntary.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
An irrelevant Republican Party does no one any good. It isn’t good for the Republicans, obviously, and over the long term it also isn’t good for the Democrats, who need an effective opposition to keep them in line.Wait a minute. Oh well. Back to picking on the conservative.
The face of election law in Georgia is Secretary of State Karen Handel. With the whirlwind of early voting and a PSC race causing a near Constitutional crisis, the Secretary's office finds itself receiving attention usually reserved for Governors and such.
If Secretary Handel decides to throw her hat into the Governor's race, 2008 might be simply the entr' acte of a much bigger play.
As we pause before potentially larger storms, all should take the time to get to know the office and the current office holder.
In a half hour interview with Jason Pye, Handel reveals her thoughts on the Powell case, early voting and even budget issues - all issues on the daily plate of an agency head but also indicators of how a person would handle a job a few rungs up the ladder.
(Editor's note: This was written before your scribe heard the shout out from Madame Secretary)
So, here we go.
Advocacy groups are making their annual claim that Georgia should be spendingI agreed with Jim on this issue about a month ago. I'm not sure why it's coming up again. Unless it's to fill space. Whatever.
more on anti-smoking efforts
Hurry. The Bailout Window is closing. Or it is fervently hoped. “Printing billion-dollar sums of cash each time an industry faces turmoil is not an economic solution; it is a moral hazard,” declared U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell). He’s five words short, though. Insert “or state or local government” between “industry” and “faces.”Yeah, yeah. Anarchy in the U.S. Whatever.
The likely new Attorney General in the Obama administration, Eric Holder, is the Clinton administration retread who essentially green-lighted the Marc Rich pardon in the last hour of Bill’s term of office, prompting a national outrage. Two questions here: Could a Republican get away with doing that? And, on a somewhat related matter, will it be a scandal if U.S. attorneys are fired? It was when Democrats found campaign-value scandal in the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys two years ago.Here we go. This one is so full of horse apples it almost deserves its own entry.
Could a Republican get away with doing what? Last minute pardons for political purposes? You mean like 12 people, most of whom were convicted of some type of fraud but most notably two key players in the Iran-Contra affair, George H. W. Bush pardoned two days before his Presidency ended? Or have you forgotten the uber-pardon of Nixon by Ford.
No, no, Jim. Why should a fine, upstanding newpaper man like you be weighed down with things like facts and context when you can continue to make the case Bill Clinton invented every evil in the latter part of the 20th Century?
Do I even need to beat the tired old fired attorneys horse? Maybe point out that at least the long knives waited until Clinton was in office before the cutting began? Nah. Let's move on.
Anybody surprised at the report by state auditors that the halls of fame created across Georgia are unlikely to be self-sufficient by July 1, the deadline set by the General Assembly?No. You really think I'm going to disagree with exposing foolish spending? Moving on.
A pro-life advocacy group runs a radio commercial that describes Senate candidate Jim Martin as the leader of a “one-man effort” to kill legislation to ban partial birth abortions. If the effort had no followers, how do we know he led? On the campaign trail, the photos accompanying news accounts of “rallies” usually show a few staffers, a few reporters and some stragglers trying to get in out of the cold. Is it a rally if nobody rallies?Must have missed the one with Bill Clinton. The one where several thousand stood for hours in the cold. Maybe you were on deadline?
Oh wait. That's not true either. Because...
Quote of the week from Jim Martin to Bill Clinton: “You have left us a great legacy.”Across the board spending cuts. A budget surplus. A humming economy. Bookmark this one my friends, because I guarantee sometime in the near future, Jim will explain Bush's legacy to us and we can all have a good belly laugh.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Which of the following is Wooten.
1. "Over the last few days, though, it became more and more obvious that Detroit didn’t quite grasp the seriousness of the situation, and that the concessions they were willing to offer wouldn’t be sufficient. Clarity came in reading Mitt Romney’s piece in today’s NY Times, in which he argued against a bailout and in favor of a managed bankruptcy."
2. "Yet that alleged concern for integrity didn’t stop the King heirs from turning their father into a cellphone flack, selling the rights to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech for millions of dollars to telecom giants Cingular and Alcatel, which used portions of the speech in commercials. In their pursuit of riches they have delayed memorials to their father, demanding fees for the use of papers and photos that might be displayed. They have sold precious handwritten documents to the highest bidder."
3. "While pondering the question of what “change” President-elect Barack Obama represents — he sound like Al Gore on global warming, while recycling the Clintonistas back into positions of power — we look elsewhere today for an example of what’s wrong with government."
Internet fights are pointless, soul sucking affairs. Frequently, one side stubbornly presses its nose against a particular tree while the other frantically cuts down the other trees in the vain hope their adversary will hear the noise.
But, sometimes the fight is not about the participants but about who is watching - those silent ghosts called readers.
Every now and then, in the midst of the inevitable labelling, some nose-to-tree person utters some version of "he only picks on the conservative columnist".
This, friends and neighbors, is a conclusion based on selective reading and I hate selective reading. It is a tactic familiar to those who frequently hear the lunatic ramblings of creationists - form a conclusion and then find the facts which fit.
Here are the facts in the griftdrift vs. Wooten kerfluffle which the tree embracers ignore.
1. I don't pick on Jim because he is a conservative - I pick on him because he's a loon. He has become a caricature of conservatism that rabble rouses and brags about unleashing his "band of right wingers" on fat women who don't dress appropriately.
2. When Jim acts like an actual conservative, I not only credit him but to the consternation of my liberal friends sometimes agree with him.
Even though I frequently disagree with Tucker and to a lesser degree Bookman, it is rare they dip the pen so deep in the poison well that I feel the immediate urge to call them out. But now that I've crashed a few trees, I'll make this promise to the tree only people - I'll try to do a better job of expanding the forest to include the other species. However, I make no promise that the Wooten tree won't continue to dominate the forest.
Only #3 is Wooten. #1 is Bookman and #2 is Tucker.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
“After speaking with Mr. Jim Powell I’ve discovered that he too has the vision for a new system that would allow for both a free market in energy and a growth in green technology,” Givens said in a news release. “Mr. Powell also shares my strong opposition to ex parte communications, the behind-closed-doors dealings between PSC members and the industries they are charged with regulating. He will stand up for transparency in government. I strongly encourage all voters, Libertarian and fiscally conservative to vote for Jim Powell.”I'll be revealing who I'll vote for in the runoffs tomorrow but I don't think it will be a big surprise.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Given some email I received recently, Jim's article today seems tailor made for comment. But like Jim last week, I'm down on the farm, so I'll just say...
I'm no fan of chicken little cries of socialism. As for the rest...
Friday, November 14, 2008
From the natural extension of President Bush's "fer us or agin us" to Rush Limbaugh's "we want moderates to vote with us, but they'll never be accepted", there are elements in the Republican Party who believe that if you don't toe every line you simply are not good enough.
Democrats certainly grouse about their Jim Marshalls, but outside of Joe Lieberman being skewered by the netroots, their party is never so quick to roll out the scarlet letters.
I've been called a liberal before and I'm sure I will be again - sometimes with humor, sometimes with venom. There are certainly differing levels of silliness in all politics, but what is far from silly is the belief of Republicans that all political discussions are all or nothing affairs.
As every gambler knows, if your only strategy is all or nothing, eventually you go bust.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
In any event, I was shocked to hear it relayed as gospel that Sarah Palin thought Africa was a country. I’d not heard that allegation. Now it’s revealed. It was an elaborate Internet hoax foisted off on the mainstream news media. See New York Times storyI strongly encourage you to click through and read the Times story, for as usual, Jim only told part of the story.
It is true that this fictitiuos "Mr. Eisenstadt" falsely claimed to be the source of the "Africa" story but what is not true is this proves the story false. In fact is does not. All you have to do is remember Sarah Palin's non-denial of the story. If it was false, wouldn't we have heard her call it absurd instead of lamely spinning about misspeaking?
"Mr. Eisenstadt" successfully pantsed many a blogger as well as a few network bobbleheads and they should be rightfully ashamed. And if it turns out he was the original source on the Fox News story which broke the salacious affair, Carl Cameron should be fired on the spot and never let near a keyboard again.
This is how myths are made - take a tangential falsehood and claim the whole must be false. Jim even expresses his disdain for material from questionable sources.
Throughout the recent political campaign my mailbox was flooded with links to intriguing scoops, from Barack Obama’s birth in Kenya to MIchelle’s dining tab. I was never inclined to use them because I don’t trust sources I don’t know.Really?
Obama continues to be bedeviled by questions about his religion, something I picked up repeatedly from people who aren’t political junkies. It’s not surprising that Obama lashed out on that issue Sunday. He can’t shake the believe that he is a Muslim, the religion of his father and religion of at least part of his childhood...Obama badly needs to do something to shake that perception. A major speech, addressing it head-on, is warranted.Jim uses sly wording to dance all around the urban legend line but there is one undeniable fact. President-elect Obama vociferously denied being a Muslim many times. When Jim wrote this piece, the only people who still believed Obama was a Muslim were the internet rumor mongers who used it to continually delude poor souls such as that Ohio woman John McCain had to correct.
First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye ~Matthew 7:3
Remember: moderates and independents do not have a governing set of principles to guide them. They look at each issue on its own. There are plenty of issues out there that would bring the conservative coalition and add to it those it needs from the pool of unaffiliated voters.
My Appeal To Moderates may seem to re-inforce this statement, however as "so called conservatives" are wont to do, Erick takes a very narrow and mostly unflattering view of the issue.
Yes, moderates do tend to look at issues individually but what Erick fails to acknowledge is they tend to look at all issues. While he and other hardliners look to build coalitions of all or nothing single issue fanatics who for the purpose of winning tolerate a thin slice of those who mildly disagree, moderates wish to build coalitions based on the elements where everyone has a part of the conversation.
One of the battlelines in the war is the differing philosophies of principles. One believes principle is governed by single minded passion. One believes it is governed by reason.
One side also wishes to create a fog of war so that you believe the other side no longer exists. Fogs only blind those who remain still. Those who walk forward soon find the new and wondrous as well as the old and familiar.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Newcomers Jason Pye and 81st Democratic candidate Chris Huttman joined regulars JosepG, Grayson and myself for the Georgia Politics Podcast.
Things get a little heated when everyone's favorite lightning rod Karen Handel came up.
I think Jason's presence got me a little more excited than usual.
A Republican congressman from Georgia is calling President-elect Obama a Marxist and warning that he might be planning to form a Gestapo-like security force so he can rule as a dictator.Marxist? Gestapo? This election seems to have caused a rash of mixed metaphors in some circles. The ridiculousness is far from sublime.
For this reason, they spent the last 20 years operating in the shadows, sacrificing principle for the comfort of power as the radicals stomped across the landscape. They said all the right words and when necessary attended the appropriate services at the chapels of venom.
In 2000, when their standard bearer, John McCain was publicly flogged by the so called righteous, they said little.
For 8 years, they stood aside as their bloody brethren ripped at the Constitution - wetting their talons with torture and imprisonment.
In 2008, finally some ventured to speak against yet another disastrous choice and were met by a mob carrying stakes and kindling.
The witch fires have illuminated the shadows. There can be no more standing to the side as the looming beast now feeds on its own.
The beast is a chimera of many parts and it is on these parts which you must strike.
Sarah Palin - Fortune made her the face of the radicalism. She is not as some say unintelligent. Her weight on the campaign was not a lack of intellect but a lack of intellectual curiousity. It is not that she doesn't know the participants in the North American Free Trade Agreement - it is that she doesn't seem to care. She embraces the spirit of know nothingness which now grips your party. This standard bearer must be banished or you will wander in the wilderness for generations.
Abortion - You have lost your voice because those under 30 no longer hear you. They consider this most divisive issue settled and wish to move forward. If due to personal belief you must remain with this issue, you must concede reasonable exceptions. To do otherwise will guarantee those you need most will simply pass you by.
Talk Radio - Recently the voice of the beast was asked if there is room in the Republican party for moderates - Rush Limbaugh responded "We want their votes but they'll never be one of us". A brighter line was never set. If Democrats are the enemy to be fed upon, moderate Republicans are merely the ground the beast walks across. Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Malkin and all those who cry for blood must be rejected. You must stop appearing on their shows. You must stop parroting their insanity. The last two elections have shown the market is rejecting their brand of rabble rousing. Assist the market in hastening their demise.
The Despair of KnowNothingness - Reason must prevail over the heart of the beast. If someone asks you if you believe in evolution, you must say yes, but you leave these issues to science and it does not bear on faith. If someone asks you if you believe in global warming, you must say yes, but add the task will be difficult and we must seek solutions that better us all. You must discount the brand of dishonesty which claims to hold the one true knowledge at the expense of those whose life work is the quest for knowledge.
Now, it is on this ground where you must fight - for it is good ground.
Gun Rights - Heller rightly established the Second Amendment as an individual right and not a collective one. You will find allies across the ideological landscape who are gun owners and believe that owning guns is not a sin. But do not seek them in the halls of the N.R.A. Seek them in the hunting camps of Georgia, the small businesses in D.C. and the indoor target ranges of L.A.
Property Rights - If Heller was absolutely right, Kelo was absolutely wrong. The mere idea that the government can swoop in and take a person's property without a fare-thee-well is more abhorrent than any of the issues the radicals put forth as critical. Forget promising platitudes of nominating judges who rule on "strict construction". Promise judges who understand that as with guns, property is a right of the individual and not the collective.
Business - If you must be the party of business then do so. There are plenty of people who understand the economy doesn't work without big business. But also be the party of small business. It may be the Wal-Marts which make our nation a partner in the global economy, but it is the mom and pop restaurants which make every small town in this country a partner in the whole's greater success. Support small business loans. Support microloans. Offer support to all rungs of the ladder and those who you need most will help raise that ladder to new heights.
Spending - Yes, we must talk about taxes but for the love of all that is good, let us talk about spending first. When John McCain talked as a spending hawk, CNN's fancy dial-a-vote devices went through the roof. When he wandered back into the land of the beast, they fell through the floor. The people want smaller government. They want more local control. They will understand the hard choices to be made. Instead of promising a tax chicken in ever pot, promise we won't have to sell Oregon to pay off the Chinese. It is for their children and their children's children. Every parent understands sacrifice to make the next generation's world better. Talk to your constituents like the adults they are and they will listen.
Not that long ago, I had a conversation with Republican State Senator David Shafer. We met in a not unusual way. He disagreed with something I wrote on embryonic stem cells. Sen. Shafer and I agree on nothing about right to life issues. However, once we set aside that deadly conflict, a conversation emerged on the future of Grady Hospital. I learned more about the issues of local health care in this half hour conversation than any number of position papers, activist marches and stormings of the Grady board meetings ever taught me.
All it took was momentarily setting aside the differences in order to discuss areas where we agreed. It was in that country, not yet touched by the beast, where we not only found common ground but solutions.
It is in these refuges of reason where the battle can be won. But first you must be willing to make your stand. The time for the stalwart has come. The engagement is at hand and the decision must be made - do you fight for this good ground?
Sunday, November 09, 2008
He's also trying to roll back the breadth of his little crusade.
The larger issue here is not about Palin, but about the mercenary political operatives who have no loyalty to the cause nor to the candidate, only the money. These people must be rooted out, exposed, opposed, and made lepers.The only problem is Erick's original post mentions Kathleen Parker as leper number one. Last I checked, Parker was not a McCain staffer. No, Parker's only sin was to call the nomination of Palin idiocy.
As much as Erick and his modern day witch burners want to make this about rogue staffers, they cannot mask the "purge" for what it truly is.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Diarist alexmiller at RedState today:
But the wall of money about to descend on GA is going to be unbelievable. Jim Martin, (who looks a little like Hitler), has already purchased one million dollars worth of ad time and is up on the air right now. [italics mine]Make no mistake, RedState has never claimed to elevate the conversation, but the crazier they become the more the conversation will leave them in the dust of history.
UPDATE: To his credit, Erick Erickson has edited out the Hitler comment and this was a diary. It never appeared on the front page of RedState.
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, the Republican pork-barreller from Alaska, found guilty just before the election of seven felonies involving work done but not billed by contractors on a house he owns, stands shockingly on the verge of re-election. I’m convinced that one of the most pervasive forms of corruption in politics is not reporting improvements made on property politicians own, or getting contracts to provide services or advice to companies or organizations pursuing aSurely there must be some hidden agenda here but I can't find it. The horrific hubris of Stevens apparently shocks even Jim.
public policy agenda.
Secretary of State Karen Handel gets the treatment that partisan Democrats accorded Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — and that is to attempt to tarnish her so that she’s no future political threat to them. Conservative women and blacks do have that cross to bear. How about Palin-Jindal ticket (as in Louisiana Gov. Bobby) in 2012? Jindal-Palin works, too. For the record, Handel superbly managed a difficult election where partisans were gunning for something that would gin up Democratic turnout.Let's take this one in two parts. First, Handel's handling of the election was decidedly mixed, but we'll have plenty of time to discuss her performance over the next two years. As far as Palin? Thank goodness wacky Jim is back. If I agree with Wooten too much, Scott Freeman tends to lose his mind.
After all the partisan election hoopla is past, the General Assembly does need to establish a clear standard, not subject to interpretation, to determine where a candidate lives. A homestead exemption for those who own a home is the highest and best. While they’re at it, they should absolutely eliminate the requirement that members of the Public Service Commission live in districts. There’s noAgreed. Agreed. Agreed. Reasonable Jim is back.
logical reason whatsoever for that provision
In the Georgia House of Representatives, 16 seats had no incumbent. Of those, only one changed parties — that of Republican Robert Munford of Conyers, who retired knowing that his district had become solidly Democratic. It was, too. Democrat Toney Collins won with 62 percent of the vote. Only four of the 16 were even challenged by the other party. Redistricting software and the Voting Rights Act have virtually eliminated party competition.I know the swipe at the VRA is snide and it's an issue far more complicated than so-called conservatives would have you believe, but ultimately, Jim's analysis is correct.
Veteran Democratic legislator Jeanette Jamison of Toccoa lost Tuesday in one of those districts that has gone to the other party. She brought a great deal of good common sense as well as institutional, and education, knowledge to Atlanta.Praise for a Democrat? But notice the implication that Democrats never act on principle. Enjoying the rollercoaster? It's about to go through a loopty loop.
She could have switched parties but chose to remain a Democrat. It may have been principle, but probably was just stubbornness
Georgia State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) and I practiced unity across the great ideological divide — to no avail. We both opposed Amendment 2 and it squeaked by statewide.WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!
California voters, despite the state’s Left Coast reputation, can be surprisingly sane. They affirmed that marriage is one man/one woman, and rejected a measure to ease punishment for drug offenders and another to require utilities to generate half of their power from “renewable” sources by 2025. Rejected too was a proposal that would have obligated California taxpayers for $325 million per year for renewable energy research. When voters discover who’s paying the tab for some group’s zealotry, sanity usually kicks in.Thank God we are back on the flat part of the track. Tell me something, Jim. What tab has to be paid when two people in a committed relationship want the same contractual recognition other loving couples are afforded? I thought commitment was a conservative principle.
The left loves John McCain again. Nobody is quite so dear to them as theYou know who loves John McCain? Independents and moderates. The people who left his ticket in droves once the true horror of the Palin pick became apparent. The same people who wept a little at his gracious concession speech and probably wondered what could have been. You know who I would argue does not love John McCain - the people who forced him to campaign as something he was not.
maverick Republican they once loved who loses.
Speaking of those people.
No sooner had Barack Obama been elected than the interest groups on the left jumped up to claim credit — or to interpret his win as evidence of the popularity of their cause.And no sooner had John McCain been pushed aside than some on the right felt the need to embrace the cold comfort of the witch hunt.
Please exit the vehicle to the right.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Listen to radio troll Glenn Beck and our own Erick speak of certain Republicans wishing McCain had been elected, then have age take its inevitable toll so their wet dream of President Palin would be fulfilled.
The soul searching has begun and as predicted Sarah Palin is a standard bearer in this philosophical war.
Radicalization or reason - what say you Republicans?
But, now that Erick and his merry band of witch burners are casting out any who dare question the mythology of the Palin, I offer safe haven to those who are "unclean".
The "new conservative" reasoning - if someone tells you a choice will bring disastrous results, when disaster happens, blame those who told you disaster would occur instead of yourself.
That's your party of personal accountability.
Erick Erickson, best known in these parts as grand poobah of Peach Pundit but better known nationally for the Republican red meat site Red State, chooses to be Nixonian.
We're tracking down all the people from the McCain campaign now whispering smears against Governor Palin to Carl Cameron and others.Only 48 hours after the historic election, some are still so deep into delusion, they appear unable to fathom the reality that Americans actually rejected the Hannity-Malkin-Hewitt playbook of division through fear.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Before one of her advisors rushed to tell her to cease talking to someone who might report her every word, I asked House District 80 Democratic candidate Michele Conlon what separated her from opponent Mike Jacobs.
Her one word response - "integrity".
Don't expect Ms. Conlon to once again fade into the background.
*Manuels parking lot is full at 5:00
*Manuels is total chaos
*It feels like the Super Bowl in here
*Bartender friend says the are "making bank"
*John Sugg sighting
*Jay Bookman sighting
*Off to the Hyatt
*The cab driver is very excited
*The last time I heard this many cars honking on Peachtree was when the Braves won the World Series
*Red Clay has the best spread. Young Dems suite looks like a dorm room
*Turn around, you're on TV!
*Now the DJ is playing Bobby McFerrin. WTF?
*I just got picked up and shook like a rag doll by a man and I'm not a small guy
*Jesus God! What time do I have to wake up in the morning?
Wilson and I survived the big night and actually got up this morning to talk about what happened.
We covered everything from Otis to Outkast.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Amendment 1 - No
Amendment 2 - Flip a coin
Amendment 3 - Yes
House 80 - Jacobs
House 81 - Huttman
PSC District 4 - Powell
Court of Appeals - McFadden or Meyer von Bremen
8th Congressional District - Marshall
U.S. Senate - Buckley
U.S. President - Obama
God save the Republic!