Question: Why does Charles Johnson owe Andrew Sullivan a debt of Gratitude today?

I already commented on Johnson’s post which hearkens back to brighter days. Sullivan however is in full moonbat mode:

A simple point. The violence by the activists is pretty abhorrent. These are not followers of Gandhi or MLK Jr. But the violence is not fatal to anyone and it is in response to a dawn commando raid by armed soldiers. Emphasis mine

Andrew Andrew Andrew the only reason why the violence was not fatal is because the Israelis finally opened fire.

It really takes some effort to make Charles Johnson look good these days, but Andrew has it in him!

The spread looked great.

There was a sandwich the size of 5 larges at Mighty Subs, cakes, chicken and when that started to run out Pizza. A steady stream of people came in to greet Doraville’s newly returned police chief.

John King had been had spent his time in Afghanistan training Afghan police, trying to change the a group from a society that is tribal in nature.

The Civic center was filled to hear his presentation and a great chunk of that group walked down the hill past the library to the City hall to join in the celebration.

It was the single most diverse group I had seen in my entire time in Georgia, White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, Mixed, all paying tribute to the chief who had returned alive from the war zone. I was told that the stereotypes of the south often portrayed in the North isn’t the reality. That day I saw a group of young white children gathered around an elderly black veteran of World War 2 talking about his time on the beaches of Normandy. The only thing I saw in their eyes was awe.

It was a good moment for a town that had come on some hard times. With the closing of the GM plant a source of jobs and tax funds had been cut off. The current mayor Ray Jenkins had high praise for his predecessor who had during those good times stockpiles millions for the city in CD’s in case of a rainy day. It had kept them going but with the county government also in tight straights the city was finding itself taking care of more and more duties that the county normally would.

It meant some hard times and people disagreed on how it was best to be handled, but those disagreements would be for another day. Today was for celebration and welcomes. the official one for Col King, but the people there were so friendly, so accommodating, and just so nice to a stranger with a strange accent who had come 1000 miles away to report on a political race that I it was almost as if the party was for me.

The Party went on for two hours after I left, I’m sorry I couldn’t stay but I look forward to seeing Doraville again someday.

…as Israel’s attempt to enforce the blockade with Paintball guns of course led to actual battle.

You can’t play paintball if the other side wants to kill you.

This story IS the story on the net. Gateway has several posts one with a connection to familiar names:

Barack Obama’s close family friends, terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and top campaign bundler Jodie Evans from Code Pink are top activists with the Gaza flotilla group that attacked the IDF today.

William Jacobson in two posts expands on the useful idiots meme:

The Europeans on the ships were cover, and the placement of an 18-month old child on these ships was the utmost cynical use of a human shield.

If getting humanitarian supplies to Gaza really was the goal, this flotilla was not necessary. The supplies would have been off-loaded in Eqypt or Israel and then shipped in by land after being checked for hidden weapons.

And that is the rub, only sea-based shipping would provide Iran with the mechanism for almost unlimited armament of Hamas. There is a limit to the quantity and size of missiles and other armaments which can be smuggled through tunnels from Egypt. That is why the sea blockade must be broken for Iran to get what it wants.

But the useful idiots (no offense to idiots) in the left-wing blogosphere ignore this reality, and use the incident for their ultimate goal, which is the cut off of U.S. support for Israel.

Powerline has several posts but wins the best title award with this one:

At Least Ten Killed as “Peace Activists” Attack Soldiers

John Hawkins gets to the heart of the matter:

Honestly, I don’t find the Palestinian people to be the least bit sympathetic. They’re backwards, genocidal, hyper-violent, sad sack, Nazi wannabes led by terrorists who would happily murder every Jew on the planet if they could get away with it.

Then there are the Israelis. They’re a tiny Western Democracy surrounded by backwards savages who want to murder them down to the last child because they’re Jews. Moreover, despite all the claims to the contrary, they’re the most restrained people on earth. If you don’t believe that, consider the fact that they could simply drive the Palestinians off their land and take it at any point, but instead, they’ve chosen to permanently live beside of millions of people who make the Manson family look sane. If the Israelis were somehow replaced by Americans, we’d drive the Palestinians off their land at gunpoint in six months tops — and we’d be perfectly justified in doing so.

Mere Rethoric has much to say finishing with the video

This is black letter law. Israel has a right to interdict the vessels if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they intend to breach the blockade. The vessel captains announced that they intended to breach the blockade. Anyone who implies otherwise isn’t so much disagreeing as much as making things up.

Robert Stacy also has several posts:

Not giving Obama another chance to snub him:

That’s bibi he is talking about of course

Ynet bluntly calls it an ambush:

At one point, the attackers nabbed one commando, wrested away his handgun, and threw him down from the top deck to the lower deck, 30 feet below. The soldier sustained a serious head wound and lost his consciousness.

Only after this injury did Flotilla 13 troops ask for permission to use live fire. The commander approved it: You can go ahead and fire. The soldiers pulled out their handguns and started shooting at the rioters’ legs, a move that ultimately neutralized them. Meanwhile, the rioters started to fire back at the commandoes.

They’re shooting at their legs? C’mon guys.

Hotair has two posts the latest has this gem:

The UN Security Council is holding an emergency meeting as I write this, which is interesting since, to my knowledge, it has yet to meet to condemn the North Korean attack on that South Korean ship that’s had the far east inching towards a war footing for months.

Melaine Phillips names the best allies of the terrorists in question:

It is becoming ever more clear that Islamist terror attacks like this are fiendishly staged theatrical events in which the western media – and beyond them, western governments — play an absolutely essential role in the drama. If those media and governments refused to swallow the lies and instead called operations like this and the players behind it for what they actually are, such terrorist operations would not happen. The Islamist strategy of war against Israel is carefully calibrated to deploy the most effective weapon in its armoury in the cause of jihadi violence – the western media. Right on cue, western governments accordingly deliver their own script in condemning the victims of terror for defending themselves. And so, courtesy of the west’s fifth columnists, yet another nail is driven into the west’s own coffin.

Daniel Pipes says the Israel fell into a trap:

Eventually, however, Israel’s enemies realized that they could not win a conventional war. Instead of launching planes, tanks, and ships at the Jewish state, they turned to other means — weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and (most recently) political delegitimization. Delegitimization turns the rules of war upside down: in particular, strength is weakness and public opinion has supreme importance.

Israel’s command structure, having mastered the old ways of war (the ones that lasted to 1973), has shown utter strategic incompetence at the new ways of war (in place since 1982). The new rules require an agile sense of public relations, which means that a powerful state never physically harms, even inadvertently, its rag-tag political adversaries.

The Volokh Conspiracy says this:

Reuters: “Greta Berlin, a spokeswoman for the Free Gaza Movement that organized the convoy, said: ‘How could the Israeli military attack civilians like this? Do they think that because they can attack Palestinians indiscriminately they can attack anyone?’” Here’s a hint, Ms. Berlin: when you try to run a naval blockade, and then attack the blockaders with weaponry, “civilians” is not an apt description.

Allison Kaplan Summer (via Instapundit): “Israel appears to have stepped directly into a trap of a carefully planned suicide mission dressed up in the clothing of a humanitarian effort.”

Pam Gellar is all over this as you might have guessed

In reality, none of that is true. This was an act of war against Israel. The people in Gaza aren’t starving, and the “humanitarian aid workers” on the flotilla were actually Islamic jihadists who attacked the IDF first. It was a planned attack — by Hamas and the hardline Muslim groups. Hamas supporters planned an armed assault, which included the murder of captured Israeli heroes. They almost succeeded.

The libertarian popinjay puts it very well

These incidents have become so predictable, it’s hard to get riled up any more. “Peace activists” provoke and attack the Israelis, Israelis defend themselves, International community condemns Israel, rinse and repeat.

And in a sign that there is still hope for him: Charles Johnson:

The Israeli Navy boarded a flotilla headed toward Gaza yesterday, leading to a wild melee that ended in several deaths. The IDF is reporting that the “peace activists” planned the violence in advance, and released the following video — clearly showing the “peace activists” attacking the IDF boarding party with a variety of weapons, including firebombs and stun grenades.

His new friends on the left won’t like those quotation marks but I am very pleased to see them.

Of course the best coverage of is going to be at Israellycool just keep scrolling.

And my take. It’s really simple: As soon as Arabs & Muslims stop trying to kill Jews and destroy Israel you will have peace. That’s all it takes, and they will never do it. For Israel, it is also simple. They can end the war at any time by treating the Arabs in the manor that the Arabs claim they already do. Drive them off the land with their overwhelming military might and/or exterminate them. They also will never do it. That is the price of being the chosen people of God.

Update: It’s so nice of Andrew Sullivan to try to help my fund drive (to start in about 3 hours) by making me look so much better than him:

A simple point. The violence by the activists is pretty abhorrent. These are not followers of Gandhi or MLK Jr. But the violence is not fatal to anyone and it is in response to a dawn commando raid by armed soldiers. They are engaging in self-defense. More to the point: theya r civilians confronting one of the best militaries in the world. They killed no soldiers; their weapons were improvised; the death toll in the fight is now deemed to be up to 19 – all civilians

How dare those sneaky Jews not let those “activists” kill them. This is serious Robert Fisk territory.

In the center of Town we had our Memorial Day ceremonies Here is some video of the Parade

And the People Watching it.

We had a series of speakers Including local pols and vets but the most moving words came from the Gold Star Mothers :

Fitchburg Gold Star Mothers

At the close of the ceremony was the volley and taps:

And I include the gallery below.

This may seem like an unremarkable event, but on larger and smaller scales, events like this are being repeated all over the country. As citizens of a free country it is incumbent on us who enjoy the rights protected by the fallen to remember them on this day.

You know looking at this picture at Atlanta’s airport I think it totally encapsulates the new media:

Writing the latest examiner column

Don’t need a desk don’t need a chair, give me my laptop bag, little battery life and some airport floor space and a stranger willing to take the picture and presto and an Examiner column and a blog post comes into existence.

Yesterday my brother picked me up at the airport and we as before went to Prince Pizza. As always the pizza was great and this time I didn’t overeat so there was no pain later.

We had three very pleasant encounters in the place. The first with the former owners of what was my wife’s family’s favorite pizza place in the North End, the European. He and his wife and children were there eating and we struck up a conversation. The 90 year old gentleman came to the US in 1928 and like Annie DiMartino on election talked of the how good America had been to him. It was my great honor to speak with them and I hope to see them at the Madonna della Cava festival in Aug at St. Anthony di Padua. (P.S. For some reason I can’t find the e-mail address you gave me, If you can contact me via comments I’ll be happy to send you that item we discussed).

The third was with a two couples who are engaged who all believed my much older brother was much younger than me. She talked about her oldest graduating college and their impending nuptials. I wish all of them my best.

But it was the second that really struck me. It was a husband and wife with two sons. The parents had been born in India but had migrated to the US and both their children were born and raised here. They came here for a better life and talked the same language that the gentleman who came from Italy in 1920 did, hard work opportunity, and talked about education and how their parents emphasized it as the way to a better life. Apart from two things they could have been my grandparents. The first was their age, a bit younger than me, the second was their religion, they where Muslims.

I have written a lot about radical Islam who are the worst that Islam has to offer, these people were examples of the best. It was a great pleasure to meet and know them. It is Muslim men and woman like them and their families who become Americans that are the best hope to keep us away from a very nasty future.

That has been ignored:

Folks, what the hell is so much less delicate about the Gulf of Mexico than ANWR, where we could drill much more safely than in the Gulf? Nothing—that’s what. The ecosystems in the Gulf are far more vulnerable than those in ANWR—as are the local economies that depend on them. And the practices that would be required to produce oil in Alaska—or in shallower water off of California, for that matter—are much safer than those we used to place the Gulf at risk.

Because after all we much rather have people drilling in the gulf than up in the arctic.

Read the whole thing as they say.

Juan of the Tea Party joins the Axis of Fedora
My latest Examiner Article Looking for a cup of Peach Tea is about my unsuccessful attempts to get a handle on the tea party movement in Georgia while I was there.

On the Plus side however Juan Did join the Axis of Fedora!

If you are not familiar with my examiner articles (and if you are one of my new Georgia readers you likely aren’t) the old articles are available here.

Remember the only money I make off of any of this other than direct reader support (thanks) is the nearly penny a hit I get on the Examiner articles, so if you are in a position to check them out please do so. To give you some perspective the 27,000+ hits already generated this year (thank you to all who have read btw) is not enough to cover the plane ticket to Georgia and back

Sorting out the stuff

Actually crashed on the couch while sorting though everything. I seem to have mislaid an e-mail address from the Prince Pizza I have to double check my brother’s car later.

There are quite a few posts from Georgia that are still to be written and videos to be uploaded about:

The Doraville reception, Tysinger reception, several interviews, Stone Mountain, Prince pizza coming home, A write up about Liz Carter, a write up on Cory Ruth, The monastery and the World of Coca Cola, a general interviews with people post, the round up, maybe a day by day post rundown. I’ll be getting all of this stuff done during the course of the week.

As far as what I’ve already done to review:

Calling all Atlanta Area Conservative Bloggers
: A suggestion that we have a night out together, I’m free tonight (Tuesday) and/or Friday
Fedora now in Dixie (the I’ve arrived post)
Voices of Georgia: Rochelle (my first interview and I comment on sedition back home)
Breakfast in America Mamie’s Kitchen ga-4 (I talk to patrons of a local coffee shop)
A talk with the Crossroads News (The Rather extraordinary Jennifer Parker talks to me about the district)
Voices of Ga-4 my pal Vinnie: (He looks nothing like Joe Pesci!)
A Few Photos from tonight: Photos from the United PeachTree Corners Civic Organization candidate’s forum. on May 24th.
Individual interviews on camera with Angela Moore, Liz Carter, Brooke Nebel, Jeffery Meek, and Dr. Mary Kay Murphy from the UPCCA forum.
My quick take on the UPCCA Forum.
Various uninformative opining on stuff
The Curse of the Fedora or how the Red Sox went on a winning streak when I left
Video from the Varsity (onion rings awesome, burger so/so)
A very good sitdown with the Champion Free Press
My old friends and me
A Doraville thankyou post.
A church Tale where I talk about some of the churches I visited
Two posts about the one unpleasant moment of the trip
Chief/Col John King’s Afganistan deployment post. (MUST WATCH!)
A Thanks to Hank Johnson’s staff
Liz Carter in Doraville
My funny CNN post (well I thought it was funny)
The Republican Ga-7 candidate forum (had a very bad time uploading them for some reason)
Matthews’ cafeteria roundup
A busy day
Indictments in the 4th district
My Cory Ruth video
A photo illustrating the one thing wrong with Tysinger’s forum.

Other than that I didn’t get much down down there.

Today I have reached 100,000 hits for the year thus far.

That is nearly double my total hits for all of 2009. It’s not quite Stacy McCain’s 1,000,000 hits a year but we are certainly heading in that direction.

I want to thank all of you who have stopped by this year so far. I’ll do my best to keep it worth your time.

Maybe it’s just me, but if you are looking for publicity for a candidate or a cause, doesn’t this make the whole: “Have Fedora will Travel” bit a pretty good investment?

…because it only just hit me after a good nights sleep why I got that reaction a few days ago when the tea party came up: They believe the vile calumny that they have been told from the day of the passage of the health care bill.

When I offered a reward of $100,000 to be donated to the United Negro College Fund if anyone produced video and audio evidence that this occurred, I was accused of a publicity stunt (because everyone knows that the best way to get publicity in America is to accuse a civil rights icon of lying about racism). Rep. Carson himself suggested that my challenge was “a veiled attempt to justify actions that are simply unjustifiable.” Get it? He calls protesters racist and if you ask him to prove it, you’re a racist, too.

Needless to say, no one has claimed the $100,000.

As you can see Andrew Breitbart has provided 100,000 reasons why it is false, but to those reading from Georgia I want to put it this way. Today cameras are everywhere, if a person spills coffee on himself in Germany it can be on youtube within seconds.

Ask yourself honestly, if a crowd of congressmen and women made a public walk with cameras and recording devices everywhere don’t you think at least ONE of them would have picked up the sound of people shouting racial epithets? And don’t you think that the media would have LOVED to provide that tape? Mr. Breitbart again:

But, I have taken my search one step further. I’ve asked some of the contributors to Big Government to also actively search for video. We have spent the last three weeks searching for any evidence that might support the allegations, without any help from the accusers. The primary accuser, Congressman Carson, who audaciously claimed the crowd screamed the “N-word fifteen times,” would not return our call. So we have gone part way to try and piece together the events of March 20.

Not only is the audio devoid of any racial slur, but the scene at Cannon clearly shows the congressmen coming down the steps completely unobstructed, and with a clear path to the Capitol. And, when we juxtapose the audio accusation Rep.Carson made moments after the alleged event occurred with actual video footage of the moment Rep. Carson claims he first heard the racial slur, it is as plain as day that Congressman Carson was not isolated by a mob and facing a racist throng that could conceivably hurl rocks at him.

I understand the need to protect and defend people you respect and to take them at their word but consider this:

I was held in contempt and found “guilty” of racism because a group of ladies choose to believe that comfortable lie, perhaps they had heard the other side, perhaps not. It is not to the same degree but isn’t that the same thing that a segregated jury might have done say 60 years ago disbelieving a whole group of people for the sake the reputation of people they liked?

If you wonder why the media is held it contempt by many bloggers that is why. Larry O’Connor put it best:

Just yesterday, the AP referred to Ft. Hood terrorist Malik Nadal Hasan as a “suspect.” Apparently, Hasan is afforded the right to be innocent until proven guilty, but tea party protestors are not.

All of this is old news to anyone who reads a blog, but it wasn’t old news for me this week.

Just got back from the Weekly Tysinger Breakfast and one thing in particular caught my eye.

There was a set of handouts of articles etc present Here is the photo, can you tell what’s wrong with this picture?

Tysinger Breakfast handouts

Continue reading “What’s wrong with this picture?”

I had a long lunch with Cory Ruth today at a place called Arizona’s:

The write up that is promised at the end of the interview is going to have to wait until Sunday or Monday, but it will be coming.

Crossroads News has the story:

Lewis, his former chief operating officer, Patricia Reid, her former husband Anthony Pope, and her secretary Cointa Moody were indicted Wednesday by a DeKalb grand jury on charges that they ran a criminal enterprise that sent millions of dollars to Pope, Reid’s then-husband, and vendors in exchange for cash, sports tickets or other perks totaling more than $33,332.25.

District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming, who announced the indictments, said Reid manipulated four school projects to benefit Pope, and that Lewis signed off the changes, and that they benefited from gifts of sporting and theater tickets. Keyes Fleming said both of them concealed the changes and Pope’s involvement from the DeKalb School Board.

The Champion reports the DA called the ring the largest and worst she has seen in her 17 years.

The AJC has more as does atlawblog.

At this time I can’t say how this will affect the race in either primary.

Hit the Monastary of the Holy Spirit this morning (wonderful place), had a long interview with Cory Ruth (r), toured the World of Coca Cola museum took more photos of houses and managed to get caught in the same thunderstorm twice in one day, once in Atlanta and once back here.

I’m currently washing clothes and getting ready for final packing of both the clothes and some stuff for the family. I’m hoping to hit one more event in the morning if possible. I have several posts that I’m working on concerning the trip and hoping to do a long round up of what I saw and thought.

My stomach is going to miss this place badly but I suspect my arteries will not.

You might have noticed btw that I have very few video interviews of individuals even though that is my normal practice. For whatever reason people though willing to talk were reluctant to appear on video outside of events.

That has been a very productive trip. Starting on Monday we will discover what the prospects are of me taking any others.

Vinnie and I went to Matthews Cafeteria last night to a Liz Carter event. The food was very good. This might sound hard to believe to Georgia readers but I’d never had a deep fried pork chop before. In the back room Liz Carter met with a couple of dozen voters taking questions and introducing a presentation on the flat fair tax.

A brief talk about the Fair Tax, the basic idea being that it would replace federal income taxes and payroll taxes. Liz endorsed the fair tax and has promised to support it.

A very fair question was asked how we would prevent it from being amended to make it just as big a monster as the current code. The answer is it’s up to us. If we don’t hold our reps accountable that is what will happen. I’m afraid I didn’t show very much journalistic detachment, but then again I’ve never pretended that I am not a conservative republican nor that I want a conservative republican to win.

Joe, Vinnie and the newest member of the Axis of Fedora

Vinnie was very impressed with Liz (who joined the Axis of Fedora) and took a bumper sticker and information. This is exactly what will be necessary after the primaries if this seat is going to flip. She also told an anecdote that was very telling.

I also met her sons, fine young boys although we are only 6 years apart in age she certainly doesn’t look old enough to have boys that age.

It is unlikely that I will get a chance to see her again before I leave, I’m really sorry I didn’t meet her husband, he must be a fine fellow who is nearly as lucky as me.

Update: the first paragraph should have said “Fair” rather than “flat” Thanks to kp for catching that. My bad.

They have lots of mobility:

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is reportedly pitching a plan for an increased “millionaire’s tax” aimed at 75-85 thousand New Yorkers making $1 million or more a year.

And for those brokers who don’t move, consider this. The top earner types among brokers will demand pay raise to maintain their levels of income, their firms will achieve this by raising fees. The Result? This will turn into a tax on stockholders no matter where they live.

WTG New York

As we see the latest version of Dice-K goes wild:

Matsuzaka suffered the loss as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Red Sox 4-3 at Fenway Park. He had lasted only 4 2/3 innings and allowed only three runs on two hits. The problem, however, was that he matched a career high with eight walks and posted only one strikeout. He also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.

So I presume that means I can come back.

It is not the same as it actually passing or being signed by the Gov, but it’s a start:

The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

The amendment would also require the state’s public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.

Hotair asks some political questions:

Assuming it passes the Massachusetts house, does Deval Patrick dare veto it? He’ll want to, of course, but he’s up for reelection this year and 84 percent support ain’t beanbag.

Since the Mass House isn’t as contested as it should be they might just not pass it, but then again maybe they know the difference between 300 & 10,000.

I had the dickens of a time getting these files to upload which is why this hasn’t gone up earlier. But I attended the candidates forum in Norcross, where among many others the republicans running for the ga-7 nomination appeared. I had enough space on my cards for the opening statements and the first two questions.

Vinnie showed me around CNN after the Varsity a few nights ago, it’s actually incredible when you consider the volume of data that goes through there and the amount of effort it takes to make everything work. I met an awful lot of hard working people there and discovered the answer to a question that has baffled conservatives for years…

Good thing I didn’t visit MSNBC otherwise it might not have worn off, then again maybe the three ladies would have liked me better.

I’ve alluded to the Memorial Day event at Doraville already, Liz Carter was there and after Col Kings presentation she talked to me a bit about what we heard:

I have to agree Chief King was very impressive and a lot of people would benefit from his presentation.

…but let me tell you this. I was at his office in Lithonia today and I was treated like an honored guest.

Hank Johnson's Lithonia office: Nice people inside

I want to thank the staff and particularly Andy Phelan. We certainly don’t agree on policy but they have the concept of southern hospitality down pat.

Yesterday in Doraville Ga I attended a Memorial Day event at the Civic center. The featured speaker was Police Chief John King who just returned from a national guard deployment to Afghanistan. He presented a power point presentation of what he saw and I include YouTube videos of some the the highlights:

One of the hardest things to do is changing the mindset of both police and the people they serve. He touched on the fact that people are used to serving a tribe instead of a central government.

Hey does that mean those Afghanistan police will be doing racial profiling? Off camera he talked about how they have recruited female police, there is only a tiny amount but what has been does is this, daughters of people who have been hired come in as clerks and are often used handling accounts. The women have proved to be much more reliable with the funds in terms of corruption.

He then talked a bit about our losses:

He speaks some common sense there.

Finally he is answering a question on how much religion plays a part in what is happening.

The Applause at the end was well earned.

One of the problems I have with liberalism is the idea that I see over and over again the narrative trumps all, while I’ve been here there have been several stories that have pushed that point:

Item: A CNN reporter who happened to be the next door neighbor of a Banker whose house was swarmed by the SEIU is now being attacked for daring to report what she saw. Strangely enough like the Ken Gladney (the black man assaulted and called a nigger by white SEIU members in Missouri last year) “potential” bad behavior of some groups are worse than actual bad behavior of others and if you question said behavior you are a traitor!

Item Via Glenn the Volokh conspiracy reports on what might be considered good news and a sign of progress but somehow turns into bad news:

The percentage of blacks marrying whites has risen by 3 times since 1980. Asians are just as likely to marry whites as they were in 1980 (40%), even though there is a much larger Asian population to choose from, and Hispanics are significantly more likely to marry whites than in 1980 (38% compared to 30%), even though there is a much larger Hispanic population to choose from. The sheer number of interracial marriages has risen 20% since 2000.

This is good news, right? Not the way the Washington Post Associate Press spins it, complete with a commentary by Cornell Prof. Daniel Lichter that is completely at odds with the data, but supports left-wing shibboleths about 9/11 and the recent Arizona illegal immigrant law:

If your best weapon is to shout Racist then good news on relations can’t be allowed to stand.

Item: When I was in Mrs. Mahoney’s class in 7th grade we learned a poem by Countee Cullen that stuck with me. I’ll repeat it here:


Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee;
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.

Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, “Nigger.”

I saw the whole of Balimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That’s all that I remember

For some reason that poem always stuck with me for 35 years and today I had the displeasure of living it.

I was at a local eatery this morning in my three piece suit having breakfast and talking to voters. The first people were very gregarious and I talked with a few and got some insights as I was eating. I stayed after I finished eating to try to talk to more folks as they came through. After a while a 60 something black woman with a cane came in with two other women say 3-5 years older than me. A few minutes later while doing her rounds a person who worked there said people were asking what I was doing there? I thought it an odd question since I had been approaching people right along so I turned to the ladies who just came in and said I was there to report on the Ga-4 district and the race. I was then asked by the ladies what party I was, I said I was a conservative, and was then asked if I was a tea party member and I said yes.

It was if a switch was suddenly turned on with ice in her voice I was told: “I have no comment”. For the rest of.

Warning! Dressed in the uniform of a dangerous tea party racist!
the time I was there I was stared at with contempt as if I was something lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Crucifix being Catholic in a very protestant state, but once it was known I supported the tea party it was as if I was wearing a Klan outfit. I heard the ladies talking among themselves saying you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appearance. When I left glares followed me out.

Once before in my life I had felt hatred from others so strong that I could physically feel it. It’s a horrible feeling that I would not wish on anyone else. This is the second time in my life I have had that experience. It was an example of sheer bigotry, but I don’t blame the ladies, I blame the media that has lied to them and played a narrative for their own ends to create that bigotry among people who believe them. The media and their narrative are responsible and if they aren’t ashamed they ought to be.

The sad thing about this is I’ve been treated so well by everyone I had met to this point, (including the people who had been in the restaurant prior to them) People who I disagreed with politically and I hit it off very well and I’ve really liked the people here. I will do my best to not emulate the protagonist in the poem above and forget it, but it would be a lie and deception not to note it.

As for the ladies, I’ll include them in my regular prayers and ask you to do so as well.

Update: Maybe this story put them in a bad mood

A spokeswoman for Gwinnett County schools told the AJC that Stephanie Hunte, an 8th-grade social studies teacher at Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville, allowed her students to wear KKK robes as part of a re-enactment last Thursday. Another teacher saw the students preparing for the re-enactment and told an administrator.

Somebody buy these teachers a clue.

You can’t go very far in this area without finding a church of one kind or another.

Big and small, wide and narrow, some based out of houses and others consisting of many buildings churches do the landscape with ministry after ministry of almost every protestant denomination that you can find.

It reaches a point after a while that you almost don’t notice but you can’t help but notice the New Birth Church.

New Birth Sign
Continue reading “A Church Tale”

I will be writing a much longer post on the subject but I wanted to give a personal thank you for the kindness and the hospitality that the people of Doraville gave to a stranger from 1000 miles away who was intruding on their celebration and reception for their police chief who has just returned from Afghanistan. I want to give a particular thank you to the Mayor who gave me some of his time privately.

At the Reception

To Lynn Watanabe of the library I want you to know I’ve burned a CD of the events and if I don’t get a chance to drop it off before I leave, my friend Vinnie will swing by afterwards and drop it off there. All of the video I took will eventually end up on my youtube account so feel free to refer people there as well.
Chief/Col King and some of the citizens of Doraville

You know I have talked to people from Lithonia , Doraville, Atlanta, Norcross, Decatur and I have to say to my compatriots up north, if you had the pleasure of meeting the people of Georgia as I have you would have a very different picture of the south than what is currently portrayed in the media and in popular culture. I have yet to meet a person that I would not mind living on my street back home and I’ve met MANY people who I wish did.

Update: Here is a brief clip from the presentation before the reception

For people interested (and even for those not) here is my tentative schedule for the next two days:

Set in STONE:
Thursday: Meet and Greet with Liz Carter at Matthews Cafeteria 2299 Main Street Tucker Ga 30084-4702 8 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Friday Night 8-9 p.m. Personal meet-up with friends of Mr. Kelly Sr. (my host)

Planned almost certain:

Thursday 12:00 noon or so Lunch with rep of the Cory Ruth’s campaign

Thursday Morning Stone Mountain view the monument take some shots

Must do’s before I leave:

Visit Hank Johnson’s local Lithonia office

Tour Coke Museum (for youngest son)

Photos of houses (for wife)

If there are any local bloggers or tea party members who would like to talk the Matthews event is the best shot to do so. Hope to see you there.

This morning I swung down to Decatur where Kathy Mitchel of the Champion Free Press kindly gave me some of her time today.

One of the things I’ve continually found fascinating is the way county government interacts with towns and cities here, far different than Massachusetts. Kathy explained to me that about a century ago a law was passed that required that county seats needed to be no more than a day’s mule ride away from any citizen. (Forcing

The Champion one of two free papers in the area
government to be close to the people) The result has been a fiercely independent group of local governments that retain a fair amount of power.

It also means that people involved in county government tend to have real world experience in doing things and in interacting with people…Which Brings us to Hank Johnson.

The congressman was involved in country government on the local level for a long time, where he was known for a slow deliberate style. This served him very well against Cynthia McKinney, both has almost identical positions but Johnson’s style was considered a welcome change.

We talked briefly about the Guam issue. As a person who has known him for years she said this is fitting in with his sense of humor and style, the real issue however is not that particular situation, it is the health issue.

Johnson style is slow and deliberate to begin with (she told me of one county meeting with him that seemed to last forever (shades of the culvert). With the sickness slowing him down even further that is a big opening that Vernon Jones perhaps exploit.

She describes Jones and competent and a man who certainly got things done, but who’s shall we say personality might be too dynamic for the district. To say Mr. Jones has a reputation would be a bit of an understatement. As for Connie Stokes she seems to get lost in the shuffle whenever I talk about the race with anyone. I have yet to have anyone volunteer much about her which bodes poorly for her in the race.

In the End she thinks that Johnson will pull it off but was believed it would be close and would not be all that

Kathy Mitchell of the Champion Free Press
surprised if he ended up in a runoff or if Jones managed to win. Here she differed from Jennifer of the Crossroads News. Where she didn’t vary from was her belief that no republican would be elected nor did she consider the tea party a potent force in this election.

We also talked about the south, how jobs and quality of life had attracted people. She also commented on how the end of segregation half a century ago helped attract national business that had avoided the south in the past.

It was such a pleasant visit that I had to rush to my event in Doraville (more on that later). I was very lucky to have the benefit of her experience and now you do too.

I plan this to be my only post on the Will Folks issue:

Folks is finding out what others have discovered. If you want to get attention from the media, and maybe set yourself up for the future, the easiest way is to switch sides against a republican and/or Tea Party Member.

Some things in life however come with too high a price.

Meanwhile Robert Stacy Bottom lines the whole issue in the title of his latest post:

CNN: ‘There Is Nothing in the Correspondence Proving Folks’ Claim That He Had an “Inappropriate Physical Relationship” with Haley’

He is quoting from this CNN story. That’s really all you need to know. But if you want to read all his posts on the subject click here.

Update: Cynthia Yockey sees the same thing I do but is more explicit:

Now, some would say that Folks’ game plan is the same one that was developed and perfected by Democratic nut bloggers in Alaska. That is, upon the clandestine receipt of a handsome sum of money and promises of more if the hit is successful, pretend to be impartial or an ally, profess to all and sundry to be suppressing rumors that had never been rumored, make dark hints, look very knowing, then tell reporters that other reporters will beat them to the story that has been fabricated for the purpose of destroying an enemy until one of them takes the bait and then ALL of them have to cover it.

And to that I would say … um, sounds about right.

I’ll wager that dentist bill would be paid by someone if she was willing to back this guy up, but for Cynthia that price would be too high as well.

As I run around this morning here are a few clips from my visit to the Varsity Drive in Last night:

And Inside:

And a room I missed:

That very nice lady in the second Clip thinks I say “thank you very much” just like Elvis. I don’t hear it myself.

On the heels of my concerns about being allowed back to Massachusetts over my sedition of disagreeing with this president, a vote for a more longterm exile comes from an unexpected source for a different reason:

Since you brought up baseball stuff, since you left the Red Sox have put a little winning streak together. Not to mention that Dice-K was so happy that you were leaving he pitched a near no-hitter on Saturday.

Why not stay a little longer in SC, or perhaps someone will pay to have to travel to another location.

Stay away from Massachusetts! the Red Sox Nation needs your help!

Apparently the Sox have not lost a game since the day I left and did it again

The Boston Red Sox’s recent purple patch continued as they downed the American League East leaders the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0.

David Ortiz was inspirational with a two-run double while Jon Lester was frugal, allowing one hit in six innings as the Red Sox won their seventh from the last eight.

Could the removal of all those fedoras really be making the difference for the old Town team? Well if they beat Tampa tonight I’ll wager Red Sox nation will do all they can to keep me away from my plane on Saturday.

Today I have several meetings and events here in GA to hit put an evening with friends, I hope to schedule a few posts in between and get the data loaded.

I see the advantage of Smitty the co-blogger very much these days.

It is a very hard balance on location because you have to balance the getting of data with its presentation.

Dr. Mary Kay Murphy has a lot to say both about the forum and about public education:

It was rather amusing that I seemed to be the only person in the room who didn’t know who she was.