Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Georgia Restaurant Association Executive Director Ron Wolf are among those urging Gov. Sonny Perdue to veto legislation that will allow Georgians with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in restaurants serving alcohol.
âHow do you enforce that? Weâre not going to frisk them for a gun.â
-Wolf, speaking to the Gainesville Times on April 8, on the lawâs stipulation forbidding customers with concealed weapons from consuming alcohol.
âThis is not about the right to bear arms. This is about public safety.â
-Franklin, speaking at a April 24 press conference, as quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
âAll this stuff we hear about people are going to start dropping their chicken wings and shooting is enough to make your head explode. Weâre talking about law-abiding citizens who have gone through background checks.â
-The legislationâs author Rep. Tim Bearden, R - Villa Rica, as quoted by 11 Alive on April 24, dismissing claims the law will lead to restaurant gunplay.
On April 8, a wounded zebra was found eating grass along I-75 in Butts County. Nine days later, a pig was found wandering the median on I-75 in Cobb County.
"The Department of Natural Resources called us Tuesday morning and said they had a zebra fall out of the back of a truck, and from there he was struck by a car and he was standing there on the side of the highway eating grass,"
-Charlie Hedgecloth, of the Locust Grove animal rescue group Noahâs Ark, as quoted by WTVM-TV in Columbus on April 11.
âhmm... you think someone would have noticed that their zebra was missing...â
-Digg.com user bluetide17, commenting on the story on April 10.
âThe pig, reportedly wandering free in the median, was later tethered to a guardrail until two Marietta police officers arrived â one of whom ended up using his Taser gun to subdue it.â
-11Alive.comâs Chris Swiegart on April 17.
During the legislative session, Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, blogged for The American View, a conservative Christian web site whose organizers aim to create âChristian America, and a Christian world, a Christian galaxy and a Christian universe.â
But since there is no area of life outside of the Lordship of King Jesus, all votes cast are religious in nature and must be based on what the Bible says is the proper function of the civil government.
â Franklin, on Jan 31, explaining how he decides his legislative votes.
By a vote of 154-1 the House approved HB 1088, a bill to provide state central planning of âagricultural tourism.â The last time I checked, I could not find any Biblical role of the civil government in the function of tourism, agricultural or otherwise.
â Franklin, on Feb. 18.
HB 1043 amended an already bad law, the âChildhood Lead Exposure Control Actâ by allowing the state to enter your property if some state agent thinks that your kid has been exposed to lead. Whatever happened to the Supreme Courtâs âRoeâ and âCaseyâ right to privacy?
â Franklin rails against a bill aimed at protecting children from lead-contaminated structures.
You are a person while in the test tube. But the state then can deny your personhood the moment you are implanted in a uterus. With so called right to life organizations promoting this type of abomination, no wonder roughly 40,000 babies are still being slaughtered in their motherâs wombâs each year in Georgia.
â Franklin criticizes a bill proposed by Georgia Right to Life that would designate embryos in test tubes as âpeople.â
While Georgia is throwing the book at people that use alcohol vaporizing devices, the butchering of the unborn continues[.]
â Franklin writes about a House bill that would ban alcohol-vaporizers.
This bill allows the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (why there is such a department is another story) to prohibit all commercial and recreational fishing for blue crabs.
â Franklin questions the importance of an agency charged with protecting the environment.
Why is the Georgia House of Representatives concerning itself with any sport when tens of thousands of babies are slaughtered in the womb each year here in Georgia?
â Franklin expresses disgust with a bill that would urge the NCAA use a playoff system to determine a national college football champion.
First, individuals do not have any natural rights â which transitions to the second point: rights are given by God and are not privileges handed out by the state. It is very dangerous when those elected to office begin to believe and govern as if the State is God.
â Franklin states his views on basic rights.
Does it surprise you that the question never lets the voter know that if the Governor so chooses that not a dime of the tax could go toward transportation? Republicans - gotta loveâum [--] NOT!
â Franklin channels Wayneâs World in his final post of the legislative session.
Rep. Franklin then said that the folks that wanted to end slavery were called "crazy" and "radical", but they were doing "what was right", so he didn't mind being called crazy because he's doing what's right.
â Andre Walker in a Jan. 2007 GeorgiaPoliticsUnfiltered blog post after he asked Rep. Franklin about pro-choice groups labeling him as âcrazy.â
A report published April 1 by Editorial Projects In Education Research Center says Atlanta high school graduation rate is just 46 percent. Beverly Hall, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, faults the report for using old data.
âAtlanta public schools was the only urban system that since 2003 has shown progress in every grade and every subject tested.â
-Hall, speaking to Public Broadcasting Atlanta on April 1. She says the 2007 graduation rate was 68.3 percent.
âIn the lower grades, our schools continue to place all students, from the genious to the borderline retard, in a single classroom and then commence to teach to the lowest commom denominator.
Bottom line, if you want to fix the high dropout percentage, you have to fix the elementary schools.â
-âLeeâ, commenting April 2 on the AJC.com education blog, Get Schooled.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., recently appeared on national television and showed off how he knows practically nothing about civility or Barack Obama.
"But Obama's gonna go around meeting everybody so the world will be a better place. 'Hi, I'm Barack Hussein Obama.'"
â Kingston trots out the oft-repeated scare tactic of equating Barack Obama with a deposed dictator on the Feb. 22 "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO.
"Your staff made me take it off. (Laughs) It was too controversial. Actually, I don't know who that person is, but tell her I'm with her 100 percent. I usually do, it depends.â
â Kingston responds to a viewer e-mail on Maherâs show asking why Kingston wasnât wearing a flag pin after he chided Obama for not wearing one.
âI will wear one and I have worn one. But Iâm not making a statement about it.â
â Kingston speaking to MSNBCâs Dan Abrams about his lapel-decorating habits on Feb. 28.
Barring major reforms, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will revoke Clayton County Public Schoolsâ accreditation in September. Claytonâs students will lose scholarship eligibility and will be unable to transfer their credits. In the past 20 years, only two school systems in the country have lost accreditation.
âThe Clayton County Board of Education is dysfunctional. Currently the Board does not operate with unity or a common sense of purpose. Individuals on the Board act in their own best interest or that of special interest groups. As a result the Board operates in a constant of confusion and conflict.â
â Southern Association of Colleges and Schoolâs Feb. 15 report by the Special Review Team for Clayton County Public Schools
â The label given to Clayton County school board members Lois Baines-Hunter, Ericka Davis, the Rev. W. Rod Johnson and Sandra Scott on the website www.give-em-the-boot.com. The site accuses several top county officials of incompetence and corruption.
Last fall, when Sen. Hillary Clinton had a huge lead in national and state polls, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., endorsed her candidacy. Now heâs not so sure.
âI have looked at all the candidates, and I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to lead this country at a time when we are in desperate need of strong leadership.â
-- Lewis, endorsing Clinton for president Oct. 12, 2007
âSomething is happening in America, and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.â
-- Lewis, as quoted in the New York Times Feb. 15, explaining his decision to vote for Obama at the 2008 Democratic Party Convention. A spokesman for Lewis said the Timesâ report is ânot accurate.â
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
CL liveblogged the Super Tuesday primaries at Manuelâs Tavern and queried the bold-faced names in attendance. To view the nightâs commentary, click here.
"I think it'd be pretty amazing to see McCain running against Obama. I think they both want to move the country forward."
-- Emory Morsberger, a former Republican state representative and leading advocate of the Brain Train
"It's an exciting night for the Democrats. I'm a strong Hillary person. I'm excited to see such a strong turnout for Obama. I just hope the enthusiasm carries ... over until November. I think [Obamaâs] a fresh face and an inspirational voice that people have chosen at this time. ..."
-- State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur
"I'm looking for a job. I offered my services to the Hillary people and they didn't want me, so I voted for Obama.â
-- Former state Rep. Doug Teper
(photo by Joeff Davis)
Last week former President Jimmy Carter spoke at âCelebration of a New Baptist Covenant,â a conference at the Georgia World Congress Center of Baptists who are upset with the right-wing politics of the Southern Baptist Convention.
âWe Americans need to realize there is no special correlation between freedom and liberty and our own faith. Because the three largest democracies on earth are India, Hindu, the United States of America, Christians, and Indonesia, Islamic.â
â Carter, Jan 30.
âI continue to be concerned as to at least some participantsâ motives for this event.â
â Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page, as quoted by the Associated Press Jan. 29. He refused to participate in the event, calling it a âleft-wing liberal smokescreen.â
Editorial boards of Georgia newspapers outside metro Atlanta have harshly criticized the recently passed statewide water plan.
"Georgia lawmakers have wasted an opportunity to craft an elegant statewide water plan that would have required fewer fixes in the future."
â Savannah Morning News, Jan. 22.
"In this instance [Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and state House Speaker Glenn Richardson], were peddling the statewide water plan, which is going up for legislative endorsement on a very, very fast track despite almost every written opinion about declaring it to be an insult to both common sense and Mother Nature."
â Rome News-Tribune, Jan. 18
"What actually has been sliced, however, is the influence of the 143 counties outside the 16-county metro Atlanta region when it comes to how water will be allocated within Georgia."
â Albany Herald, Jan. 20
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