Rep. Phil Gingrey on the president's reaction to the poor June jobs report…
"You know, the president can put all kind of spin on it. He's got a nice swagger, a toothy smile, shows lots of gum. But what the American people want now is a little bit more gumption, a little less gum."
Ugh! I just know that a lot of people are going to read a lot of subtext into this Georgia Republican's words. "Swagger," "toothy smile," "shows lots of gum." When it comes right down to it, those are all totally innocent contextless descriptors.
And you can't prove otherwise.
Tags: Barack Obama, Georgia, House of Representatives, Phil Gingrey, Quote Unquote, Unemployment
While only 49% of non-Hispanic white Americans believe that there is widespread racism against black people in Barack Obama's post-racial America, it turns out there are still some post-post-racial groups operating in the United States.
Like the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Union County, Georgia, which applied last month to adopt part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains as part of the Department of Transportation's Adopt a Highway program.
The dunce-capped "exalted cyclops" of the KKK, Harley Hanson, claimed that "all [they] want to do is adopt this piece of road and clean it." Alas, yesterday, the Department of Transportation rejected the application, arguing that "promoting an organization with a history of inciting civil disturbance and social unrest would present a grave concern" and thereby denying us the opportunity to experience the Klan's reaction when they discover that they've been cleaning up blacktop.
Legal precedent suggests the Klan may be able to force the state to allow it into the program, which hopefully means that a Rosa Parks Memorial Freeway is coming to a section of southeastern highway near you. But for now, the Klan is just upset that someone had the temerity to turn this into a race thing…
"I don't see why we can't (adopt the stretch of highway)," [Klan Chapter President April Chambers] said. "Would it be any different if it was the Black Panthers or something? Someone always has some kind of race card."
Oh, well. If you want to see a group of people who wear funny hats while espousing revanchist doctrine being treated with deference by state governments, you still have the Tea Party.
Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Georgia, Racism, Transportation
R.J. Morris is a candidate for tax collector of Fulton County, and he owes $60,000 in back taxes. His résumé seems to check out. He's not running for tax payer of Fulton County.
Morris calls himself a tax reform activist, which sounds a lot more industrious than "guy who owes $60,000 in back taxes." For the past three years, he has lobbied against the current Fulton County tax collector, Arthur Ferdinand, whom he blames for his current tax woes. Morris says Ferdinand's office inflated his property prices and then sold the liens (fancy word alert!) to a bastardly collection agency.
Also, Ferdinand is the highest-paid official in the state of Georgia; he makes $347,000 because of the personal fees he charges. For comparison, the governor makes a mere $139,000. I'm not choosing sides, but it is possible that Ferdinand is secretly the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"I can't believe that I actually will not beat someone like that," said Morris, who promised not to charge personal fees. "If you vote for Arthur Ferdinand, I’ve got to say you deserve Arthur Ferdinand."
Can someone from the Atlanta area write in and let us know if Morris is running television ads that consist of him pointing at a picture of Ferdinand and saying "THIS guy. THIS guy… THIS guy!"?
At best, though, Morris can aspire to being a slightly-less-despised taxman. Sure, his supporters like him now, but what if he wins and receives the ceremonial green visor? Right now he's Mr. Morris, but as soon as he wins it's Ol' Taxman Morris. Because we hate taxes, am I right, America? Here's my impression of the crowd at a tax collector's election victory party: "Hooray! Dickface."
To sum up, as they do in tax-oriented professions, Morris wants to be tax commissioner, but he has a $60,000 tax problem. Counterpoint: this other jerk is milking Georgia for $347,000 a year. So, you do the math. (Seriously. I can't find my calculator.)
Photo by Jan Cobb Photography Ltd/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images
Previously: Christine Yancey, "Gavel-wielding enigma"
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Tags: Georgia, One of a Kind Candidates
Georgia state representative Terry England patiently explains why women should not be allowed to abort stillborn fetuses…
"Life gives us many experiences… I've had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.
Hey, if carrying a deceased baby around several weeks or months in the womb is good enough for old Bessy out there in the field, it's good enough for my wife.
It's the same reason women need to get branded and are forced to sleep standing up in a barn.
Tags: Abortion, Animals, Georgia, Men and Women, Quote Unquote, State Legislature, Women's Rights