Friday, April 25, 2008

My Morning Wooten

Jim's kinda all over the place today.
If a Katrina occurs on his watch, John McCain says he would immediately fly to the nearest Air Force base, presumably to direct operations. “Never again, never again, will a disaster of this nature be handled in the disgraceful way it was handled.” Once again, the locals and then the state are responsible for preparation and for first response to disasters. McCain shouldn’t use this dead time in Republican presidential politics to federalize those roles.
What McCain understands and apparently Jim does not is it is not about federalizing any role. It's about appearing to actually give a crap when people are suffering.
I have rarely been more embarrassed for my alma mater, the University of Georgia. Protesting the choice of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as commencement speaker, as some faculty members have done, embarrasses the institution. I’m not a vindictive guy, but those who are so intolerant of free speech don’t belong in the classroom.
The professors are wrong. But we shouldn't let a few bad apples spoil the barrel. Wait, why does that sound familiar?
OK, it turned out badly.but the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to try to save taxpayers $138 — the cost of a metal pulley that’s part of the gauge measuring the water level at Lake Lanier — is hereby lauded. Imagine that. Bureaucrats who spend millions actually concerned about $138. Give ‘em a raise. On me.
A faulty gauge which led to an untimely release of water which led to millions of economic loss during a drought of biblical proportions and Jim wants to give them a raise? Do you still wonder why those of a certain political stripe saddle future generations with so much debt we may have to sell Oregon to the Chinese and call it sound economic policy?
Headline: “Donors generous just before session.”
Copywriter Jim strikes again! Maybe he just needs a transfer.
An 11-county poll for the Transit Planning Board, another of those groups involved in the process of talking about transportation fixes, finds that 58 percent of Metro Atlantans say they would support a 1 percent sales tax to fund a specific list of transportation projects. Me too — as long as it is the right fix and actually reduced traffic congestion.
Forget the will of the people. What matters is what Jim wants. Which is no rail or any of that hippie crap. PAVE! PAVE! PAVE!
Quiz the school kids: Do they know more about Earth Day or the Declaration of Independence or World War II. I’m guessing Earth Day.
Instead of guessing let's bet. Jim, let's take ten 5th graders and ask them. I'll bet you a sawbuck it's not Earth Day. Despite the myth spinning of some our public schools aren't birkenstock's required communes.

Till next time....


Jen said...

Whenever someone protests a conservatives, it's all about being intolerant of free speech. What bullshit. I'm so tired of people throwing around the phrase "free speech" as if everyone's entitled to it in every situation.

Amber Rhea said...

Exactly, Jen. And the really embarrassing thing is that when people throw around the "free speech" line like that, it's obvious that the REALLY don't understand what the First Amendment is actually about. Here's a hint: it's not about giving you the inexorable right to be an asshole and not have anyone call you an asshole.

Anonymous said...

Katrina and McCain? He was "Mr. Magoo" when it hit, but now his hindsight is 20/20. He had a Happy Birthday that day any way.

rptrcub said...

Jen, free speech only works when it's from them. It's always me, me, me with those folks in the cult of victimhood. BTW, anyone else having problems with reading the word verification letters? I must be getting old.