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Early signs of enthusiasm for Obama

According to Secretary of State Karen Handel’s office, black turnout in early voting has been disproportionately strong. Black Georgians make up 29 percent of our population and slightly less of our voter turnout, but so far they comprise almost 40 percent of those who have voted early or by absentee.

(As Jim Galloway explains at the Political Insider, Georgia is required by federal law to track voter turnout by race, as a consequence of its legacy of voter suppression).

That’s even more significant when you consider that in normal years, black voters have been less likely than their fellow Georgians to take advantage of early and absentee voting. If that turnout surge holds, it could play a significant role in the outcome of down-ticket races.

Of course, most of those black Georgians will probably be voting for Barack Obama, a fact that a few of our less thoughtful readers will try to depict as some sort of black racism. (Yes, they are actually that silly — see comments below). It takes a pretty perverse outlook to see things that way, but some people do manage the trick.

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By NRB

October 1, 2008 6:01 PM | Link to this

“Of course, most of those black Georgians will probably be voting for Barack Obama, a fact that a few of our less thoughtful readers will try to depict as some sort of black racism. (Yes, they are actually that silly — see comments below). It takes a pretty perverse outlook to see things that way, but some people do manage the trick.”

It’s also perverse to insist that 1+1=2, that the sky is blue, and that we all die eventually. You know…silly things like that.

By getalife

October 1, 2008 6:01 PM | Link to this

Yes, they are actually that silly — see comments below

I see you figured out our parody troll, Andy.

Winning Ga. would be a major upset in red country.

Probabably win Miss. too after that stunt.

By JAY BOOKMAN

October 1, 2008 6:04 PM | Link to this

Thanks, NRB. It’s nice to have your thesis confirmed so quickly.

By Taxpayer

October 1, 2008 6:16 PM | Link to this

Good one, Jay. Some of your “admirers” can clearly be read like a book. Then again, that’s really not saying much with some of your posters given that their every page requires the use of crayons.

By NRB

October 1, 2008 6:16 PM | Link to this

Jay, according to liberals, whites only vote for white candidates because they’re white. Why, then, is the reverse situation so “silly” to you. I’d love to know. But I already know the answer: typical liberal hypocrisy.

By Grant

October 1, 2008 6:19 PM | Link to this

Wonder who’s filling out all those ballots for them? Acorn?? Voting by mail is just a huge opportunity for voter fraud!

By GodHatesTrash

October 1, 2008 6:28 PM | Link to this

Most whites that vote for Hensley-McCain are only voting for Hensley-McCain because he is white - what else does the crazy corrupt old coot have going for him other than a membership in their c(k)lan?

By GodHatesTrash

October 1, 2008 6:34 PM | Link to this

Let’s face it - most people that are voting for Hensley-McCain are scared to death of black people.

There is no rational reason to vote for Hensley-McCain. The people that are voting for him are scared spitless ignoranuses.

By NRB

October 1, 2008 6:42 PM | Link to this

Case in point, above me.

In any event, we had good news this week. Creative loafing has filed for Bankruptcy!

They cannot peddle their liberal crap even for FREE!

Here’s to hoping the AJC is next.

By RW-(the original)

October 1, 2008 6:46 PM | Link to this

The black vote goes 90 to 95% for Democrats in any recent election, so why would Jay B think it’s odd that the vast majority of blacks are voting for Obama. Last I checked Obama calls himself a Democrat.

By the way, Jay, your numbers are fairly meaningless unless you have some hard evidence that this 40% is comprised of a significant number of new voters. If it’s mostly the same people that have turned out year after year then there’s no difference in the ultimate count at all.

By Taxpayer

October 1, 2008 6:46 PM | Link to this

I love it when people post things about wishing for the demise of the AJC. Do they realize that they are helping to prevent that very scenario. Blog on.

By RB from Gwinnett

October 1, 2008 6:48 PM | Link to this

Nice try Jay. You’re attempting to keep rational people from pointing out that racism exists on both sides of the color barrier. Are you one of the liberals who doesn’t think it’s possible for blacks to be racist? Based on what? Until this color issue becomes a 2 way street, no progress will be made. When Don Imus gets fired for his comments and Jesse Jackson gets excused for his with no fallout, it p** people off. Thats not the even playing field minorities have been asking for. It’s out of balance and will do nothing but perpetuate this nations race problems.

I saw a poll in the USA Today last week that 50% of blacks consider themselves to be blacks before they consider themselves to be Americans. I’d say that’s a bit of a problem.

By AJC/DNC Management

October 1, 2008 6:50 PM | Link to this

When you show up ten times a day to vote “early,” it just seems like there are a lot.

Prediction: Some districts will turn in more votes than they have registered voters.

Liberals are not that smart.

By AJC/DNC Management

October 1, 2008 6:57 PM | Link to this

Oooops, most Repugs can’t leave work for the polls until election day when the law allows them, seems that may not be a roadblock for the democrats………….

By NRB

October 1, 2008 6:59 PM | Link to this

Taxpayer: posting comments on here will not help keep the AJC afloat.

It’s all about subscriptions and advertising. I never have and never will pay for a copy of the AJC, nor do I ever even read the print copy even though I could for free.

I’m not interested in paying for, thus supporting, a paper that actually bashes the police departments, sticks up for criminals, hates whites, and hates the country.

Once the print edition goes belly up, which should happen in a couple of years, they might splinter off into online only with banner ads for support. But even that will probably only last as long as NetZero did…lmao.

Jay, brush up that resume, buddy.

By RW-(the original)

October 1, 2008 7:00 PM | Link to this

Anybody have any theories about this?

getalife,

Did you guys turn up a few thousand bodies nobody was looking for out in the swamps?

By AJC/DNC Management

October 1, 2008 7:08 PM | Link to this

NRB: If Oblahma loses thee election, the Urinal editorial board will most likely spontaneously combust and take the whole freaking paper with them.

Least that’s what I’m hoping for. (Hahaha, joke, don’t get all upset, geez.)

~~~~~

Remember yesterday when we said liberal policy is largely based on scare mongering and then I got scoffed at?:

“We don’t have a lot of leeway on time,” Hairy Reed told reporters in the Capitol. “One of the individuals in the caucus today talked about a major insurance company — a major insurance company — one with a name that everyone knows that’s on the verge of going bankrupt. That’s what this is all about.”

Uh, maybe not:

“Senator Reed is not personally aware of any particular company being on the verge of bankruptcy,” Manley wrote in an e-mail to ABCNews.com. “Rather, his comments were meant to refer to the conditions in the financial sector generally. He regrets any confusion his comments may have caused.”

Reed is sicko for socialism.

By Dottie

October 1, 2008 7:12 PM | Link to this

judging by the number of black people I see standing around on the street in the middle of the day, I figure the surge in early voting is simply because they have nothing else to do..you know..unemployed.

Btw Bookman, tell us how the AJC’s circulation is doing this quarter? down again? awwwww

By Midori

October 1, 2008 7:17 PM | Link to this

One thing posting on this blog has done for me: opened my eyes to the fact that the most ignorant, racist, bigoted, thugs belong to the GOP.

You people need to think before you type.

Why did any of you even bother going to school? You’ve never met a fact that you didn’t like get in your way.

NRB is a completely lost cause. Someone I wouldn’t talk to if he paid me.

Then we have this: Wonder who’s filling out all those ballots for them? Acorn?? Voting by mail is just a huge opportunity for voter fraud!

Right. Uh huh. “Voter fraud”. The same unproven, invisible voter fraud that led to the firing of several prominent, capable GOP attorneys who wouldn’t prosecute bogus cases for the Bush White House.

When you show up ten times a day to vote “early,” it just seems like there are a lot.

That’s just so mind numbingly stupid, even I’m at a loss for words.

I should think if someone, ANYONE, showed up 10 times in a day to vote, that person wouldn’t be hard to identify, arrest and prosecute.

The stupidity and racist overtones really makes one’s head hurt.

Oooops, most Repugs can’t leave work for the polls until election day when the law allows them, seems that may not be a roadblock for the democrats………….

so, am I to understand that only DEMOCRATS can leave work early on Election Day? Am I to really to believe that??

By T

October 1, 2008 7:20 PM | Link to this

Well, darn Jay. NRB says since you are white you will be voting for McCain.

hahahahahahahahahahaha

You know, I don’t know why all of those early voting black democrats are voting for the democratic candidate. Well, thats just got to be racist. Darn racists. I guess all of those people protesting with the blacks against Obama signs are just self hating blacks. You know it is all clear now. You know. That’s why Powell, J. Jackson, and Al Sharpton were President. All those black voters just voting for the black guy.
RACISTS

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

By Taxpayer

October 1, 2008 7:20 PM | Link to this

NRB,

It all depends on how the ad is structured and on the criteria used by companies in selecting sites to advertise on. There are many different arrangements.t

By RW-(the original)

October 1, 2008 7:20 PM | Link to this

The fact that the campaign itself is reporting a cumulative balance in excess of the legal limit means they know, or should know, that they’ve got more money on hand than they’re supposed to have. And like McCarthy says, it’s only because “Good Will” was so stupid as to use the same phony identity for all of his donations that he crossed the $200 reporting threshold in the first place. A smart, determined fraudster would have used multiple identities.

With such lax vetting of foreign contributions, the Obama campaign may have indirectly contributed to questionable fundraising by foreigners

With Obama out on the trail talking about how his campaign is being funded by small donors all across America, you would think he would follow McCain’s lead and release his full donor list, not just the donors over $200.00.

By Mr Snarky

October 1, 2008 7:25 PM | Link to this

I can’t imagine why black people would want to vote for a black candidate. After all, white people have always treated them so well…especially the modern day republican party!

By AJC/DNC Management

October 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Link to this

So now that we know about the internal workings of the liberals at Fannie Mac, does anyone else wonder why Ken Lay was sent to jail?

By GodHatesTrash

October 1, 2008 7:29 PM | Link to this

Lots of folks in Georgia don’t read the AJC.

Lots of big words in there. Their lips and fingers hurt when they have to read so much.

And why read when you can listen to some loudmouth spew hate and whining on the radio or the TV?

Let’s face it - Georgia doesn’t have a “reading” culture. A culture where over 40% of the people drop out of free high school is a degenerate culture, and has NOTHING to offer civilization, except heartache, sorrow, and more misery.

For the record - I am just as white as the whitest of you. All of my great-grandparents were northern Europeans - Poles, Prussians, Germans, Irish, English, Austrians.

Think of me as a Chris Rock or Bill Cosby for the white race.

Like them, I am ashamed of some of the people that I happen to share a common skin tone with.

By Goldie

October 1, 2008 7:29 PM | Link to this

I’m still wondering how all those states who have about a 10% minority population managed to get Obama into first place in their primaries? I mean, so many of you are convinced that Obama couldn’t have won without “reverse racism” going on. So somebody please tell me how “those people” simply used their racist nature in Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, Minnesota, and Colorado to get Obama nominated? How exactly did they do that???

By Robert

October 1, 2008 7:34 PM | Link to this

If I don’t vote for Obama because he’s black, doesn’t George W Bush’s pitiful performance force me to reevaluate my worth as a white man?

Clearly.

Thus, any white man who walks from the polls in November having dismissed Obama because of his skin color, walks from that poll a lesser man.

By GodHatesTrash

October 1, 2008 7:35 PM | Link to this

Ken Lay never spent a night in jail.

Like most GOPers, he was too much of a coward to face the music and own up to his criminal nature. And he offed himself at the end of his miserable life so his family could keep what was left of his ill-gotten gains.

By Midori

October 1, 2008 7:35 PM | Link to this

So somebody please tell me how “those people” simply used their racist nature in Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, Minnesota, and Colorado to get Obama nominated? How exactly did they do that???

get with the program, Goldie: during the primaries, some black guy showed up 20 times in a day to vote for him.

By GodHatesTrash

October 1, 2008 7:39 PM | Link to this

You know, Mr. Bookman, Midori is right. Why don’t you just link this blog to the Klan or Stormfront sites and be done with it?

Then your rightwingnut posters wouldn’t have to duplicate their posts.

By Jen

October 1, 2008 7:45 PM | Link to this

Some of you people here are MEAN, sheesh!

You say the ugliest thing you can think of, draining your humanity and soul as it leaves your fingertips, and then you follow it up with calling your target “buddy”.

You are not his buddy. He is not your buddy. You HATE him. You DESPISE everything he stands for. Don’t insult everyone, including yourself and your delicate bruised sensibilities, by employing a term of endearment.

I am a 33 year old white woman. I am a professional with a high paying job. And I am voting for Obama.

By JAY BOOKMAN

October 1, 2008 7:46 PM | Link to this

It’s not a hard phenomenon to understand, folks, except for those of you too blinded by your own racism to allow yourselves to see it.

In 1976 and 1980, a lot more Georgians voted for the Democratic nominee than they would have otherwise. Why? Because they were proud that Jimmy Carter was from Georgia, and no Georgian politician had ever been elected president before. Seeing him up there made them proud of their state and themselves, especially after so many decades in which the South in general and Georgia in particular had been looked down upon.

Likewise, when John McCain chose Sarah Palin, he did so in part out of the hope that she would draw support from women to his ticket. He wanted to tap into the pride those women would feel at seeing the first woman nominated by the GOP.

Does that mean he was playing to the hate those women felt for their own husbands, brothers, sons and fathers? No, that would be silly.

Again, it’s not a hard thing to understand, except for those who want to excuse their own racism by claiming to see it in others.

And for the record, yes, there certainly can be black racism. But this isn’t it by a long shot.

By Jen

October 1, 2008 7:52 PM | Link to this

BRAVO, Jay!!!!!

But, sigh, it will be totally lost on these guys…

By AJC/DNC Management

October 1, 2008 7:53 PM | Link to this

By Midori October 1, 2008 7:17 PM I should think if someone, ANYONE, showed up 10 times in a day to vote, that person wouldn’t be hard to identify, arrest and prosecute.

i r o diM: Not if the people running the polling place vote ten times a day too.

And you misread me on the “leaving work early on election day,” I’m sure most got what I said, that being that early democrat Oblahma voters probably don’t have jobs to begin with.

~~~~~

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that when a stone cold foaming bigot calls other people bigots that it is simply laughable and a testimony to what a true moron the bigot really is?

By First and last timer

October 1, 2008 7:53 PM | Link to this

Good lord. You folks are all nuts!

By Mrs.Godzilla

October 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Link to this

One of the blessings of having lived all over this wonderful country is understanding how different sections of this nation deal with race.

There are a noticeable number of throwbacks to the hate generation in our state. That makes the fight for a truly American state of Georgia all the more exciting.

I see and speak to racist and sexist pigs every day. It’s gross, no doubt about it. We all learn to live with people who’s right to exist we recognize but whose world view we see as sick and twisted.

Like kids, spouses and business associates - we cant kill ‘em and stuff ‘em into the trunks of our cars when they behave in away that is inappropriate - but racists and sexists and all kind of other “ists” clutter our every day lives. Get used to it.

Check your registration! Check the kids and Grannies too!

The GOP is gonna go ugly hard and fast…but their lips are moving and we know what that means.

We are AMERICANS we can get some leftover neo-con butt!

VOTE!

By TW

October 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Link to this

“Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of American rulings there have been rulings, that’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American,” Palin said. “And there are–those issues, again, like Roe v Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know–going through the history of America, there would be others but–”

Stupidity knows no color :)

By Midori

October 1, 2008 7:57 PM | Link to this

Andy - you’re just a pathetic, hard core racist idiot.

If you were on fire, I wouldn’t waste my spit trying to put it out.

By RW-(the original)

October 1, 2008 8:01 PM | Link to this

Jay B @ 7:46, the root cause of where this thread has been taken was Jay B @ 5:11.

As I said before the vast majority of blacks vote for Democrats every election and as you mention at 7:46 there is always a pride factor to swell the numbers. The 5:11 would have been a much more informative article had you ended it with your 7:46 comment rather than the race baiting last paragraph.

By Mrs.Godzilla

October 1, 2008 8:02 PM | Link to this

Midori

Shame on you…!!!

We’d both spit on Duh if he was on fire.

We’d b!tch about it, but we’d do it. Goldie too! Bosch could probably help in some manly way.

Ya’ know I love ya’!

By Midori

October 1, 2008 8:02 PM | Link to this

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that when a stone cold foaming bigot calls other people bigots that it is simply laughable and a testimony to what a true moron the bigot really is?

Burn, Baby.

Burn.

By AJC/DNC Management

October 1, 2008 8:36 PM | Link to this

By JAY BOOKMAN October 1, 2008 7:46 PM In 1976 and 1980, a lot more Georgians voted for the Democratic nominee than they would have otherwise. Why? Because they were proud that Jimmy Carter was from Georgia……And for the record, yes, there certainly can be black racism. But this isn’t it by a long shot.

Aahhh, yes, Identity Politics, didn’t that work out real “well” for America the first time it was tried?

We should try it again, eh?

Nice analogy.

And by the way, Oblahma is a weak mind, America hating, baby killing, left wing sycophantic stooge and I ain’t voting for him come hell or high water.

Call me a racist, if you must.

See if I care.

By Dottie

October 1, 2008 8:36 PM | Link to this

Great Momenets in Black electoral History

vol X (I know you guys like X)

The clayton county school Board..I don;t remember the county losing accredidation when it was majority white…

Lithonia mayorship…a true profile in excellence

Victor Hill….at least we now know there ARE short black men..and that they make lousy sheriffs

Obama..Franklin Rains as treasury secretary?

By Jack

October 1, 2008 8:37 PM | Link to this

I see these white trash, racist comments and I am embarrassed to be white.I and all my friends are voting Obama. I hope he paints the whitehouse black, just so your white trash asses can self-combust! Not all whites are inbred , racists like you. Now, go back to bed with your sister and stfu!

By G

October 1, 2008 8:39 PM | Link to this

After all the smearing, all the conservative talk shows trying to kill his campaign, after all the blogs trying to destroy him, Obama stays cool, calm, collected, organized, and, unlike McCain, has no problem looking his opponent in the eye.

You Repub conservative far right wackos can say what you like, but you have to admit that throughout all this adversity, Obama is one tough guy, and I’ll be looking forward to having someone of his character and intelligence in the White House.

It’ll be a great change from the pandering, vacationing, below average IQ leadership we’ve had the last 8 years.

By AmVet

October 1, 2008 8:49 PM | Link to this

After two years of avoiding the topic altogether the Bush apologists and fake conservatives are looking dead in the eye of another humiliating defeat this election.

Perhaps it won’t be another historic disaster, but that may be as good as it gets for the once Grand Old Party.

And that’s even IF the RINO wins the White House.

You do remember the last one, right, neo-cons?

36 - 0.

As in nada, nary, zip.

OUCH!

And all of the Moron Belt cracker’s attempts at blaming black racism (this time) will NOT solve your problems. Or make you relevant.

Run out some non-repugnant candidates and THAT might solve your problems.

But NO ONE is holding their breath…

By Pat

October 1, 2008 8:51 PM | Link to this

Lest we forget. The Obameessiah is only half black making him much more tolerable to us white folk. After all “he is the son of a black man from Kenya and a white man from Kansas.” (terry moran, abcnews)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YooKkyikXw0 http://www.cafepress.com/NObamaforPres

By RW-(the original)

October 1, 2008 8:56 PM | Link to this

Have the hamsters been fed so they can get the server back on line?

By First and last timer

October 1, 2008 8:57 PM | Link to this

One last question. Just how bad do you think the riots will be when Obama loses?

By Midori

October 1, 2008 8:57 PM | Link to this

ok, Andy — I must: you’re a racist.

By @@

October 1, 2008 9:01 PM | Link to this

Here’s hoping a portion of Georgia’s black voters will vote in opposition to OBlahMa because of his ties with Planned Parenthood and his BAIPA votes in Illinois.

I was googling ACORN today and ran across this:

Yes, little acorns grow into great oaks, but the odds are slim. Some say 1 in 10,000 acorns grow into a tree. Seeds may dry out before getting “planted” by nature. They may be eaten by birds, squirrels or other wildlife, and many just rot.

The important thing is to use “good” acorns. Those that fall first are usually defective. Get them when the main crop starts to fall, before they have a chance to dry out or get moldy. Put a clean tarp under a tree and gather fresh ones. You also can knock them to the ground using a long pole.

Discard dark green, cracked, hollow, moldy, lightweight or small acorns.

When you get home, remove the caps with a gentle twist. If they don’t come off easily, it means they’re not ripe enough. Place the acorns in a pan of water and discard any that float. Towel dry the sinkers and put them in a zipper-type plastic bag and place them in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator. They should be kept as cool as possible but not allowed to freeze. This will keep them fresh until you’re ready to plant them. Check them periodically and discard any that are moldy.

Kinda reminds me of how the far-left wing of the democratic party have and will continue to diminish the black community through Planned Parenthood.

Dr. King would be proud of Alveda. I know I am…..

Alveda King cites personal experience in call to defund Planned Parenthood

By bubbaroy

October 1, 2008 9:02 PM | Link to this

Not a bad ratio today (non bigots vs bigots). Here is another WHITE, 61 year old Georgia native enthusiastically voting for Obama.

By RB from Gwinnett

October 1, 2008 9:04 PM | Link to this

Jay, have you already written your “voting irregularities” and your “racism alive and well” columns in case Obama loses or are you still working on them? I mean, you wouldn’t want to consider the thought many of us would never vote for a liberal socialist regardless of their race, gender, sexual preference, etc. would you?

By Saint Joan

October 1, 2008 9:04 PM | Link to this

I am as white as it gets. I voted today. I have plenty of time to vote because mismanagement of government funds at the federal & state level made my job disappear 2 years ago. I voted for Obama.

By AJC/DNC Management

October 1, 2008 9:09 PM | Link to this

The liberals natter on and on about the Bush economy but anybody with half of a brain knows that the areas hardest hit economically are all run by…………….democrats.

Detroit/ Michigan?

Cook County, Illinois?

Massachusetts?

New York?

Dragging the whole economy down, you libs are.

By AmVet

October 1, 2008 9:16 PM | Link to this

That last post made me think about “conservative” economics.

Do all ships rise when the sewer backs up?

By Marie

October 1, 2008 9:21 PM | Link to this

Well I am one black Georgian who will proudly say I WILL NOT be voting for Barack Hussein Obama. And I could care less for those blacks who will call me an Aunt Thomasina, handkerchief head negro, sellout, oreo, etc., etc., etc. I am a proud Christian (first), Conservative American and I will not waste a vote on this empty suit.

And yes Jay while it is true that most blacks would have voted for the Democrat candidate under any circumstance; the way blacks bloodied each other during the Democratic primaries is where the real “black racism” lies.

Black delegates such as John Lewis and other voters who expressed support for Hillary over Barack were “literally forced” to change their vote by being called every name but a child of God (Uncle Toms, Oreos, SellOuts) by those blacks who wanted Barack to get the nomination.

Black pride is one thing, but, no one should be threatened and intimated into changing their vote just because others are hell bent on having the first A-A President at any cost.

By RB from Gwinnett

October 1, 2008 9:23 PM | Link to this

Speaking of economics and Bush, can any of you fact filled liberals cite any Bush created economic policies that caused this economic problem we’re facing?

By getalife

October 1, 2008 9:25 PM | Link to this

The Senate passed the bailout 74-25.

Things go downhill from here.

Hope you got gold.

By Dottie

October 1, 2008 9:32 PM | Link to this

Mccain will carry GA by 7-9%

One thing that I do hate about GA..blacks are 12.9% of the national pop. but I swear somwhere there must be none because we have got way more than our share here

By RW-(the original)

October 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Link to this

getalife,

Where’s my answer to the CyMc question? Surely an astute political observer such as yourself could shed some light on the 5,000 DoD murdered bodies stashed in your backyard. (video at 7:00)

By Just_Me

October 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Link to this

Good Lord-

The hatred and racism is really out on display isn’t it? Obama’s up across the nation, they are predicting over 350 evs…and all it has done is stirred up the racism.

And despite what the repub apologists will say, if you look at the racist comments, they are all coming from YOUR side.

Dottie? your comment was truly atrocious. You, my dear, are dotty-dotty in your logic. Take a sensitivity class-take a class in diversity. Apparently you’re the type of woman who sees a black man coming at her and acts like a scared rabbit.

Newsflash: From my neck o’ the woods, the free lunch kids are all white.

My black husband- works not one, but TWO jobs…and I, a middle aged white woman, also work two.I would bet that he and any one of his relatives-all have degrees, all til this day work multiple jobs- have a better work ethic than half the people here.

Black folks have never been as motivated as they are this year. The phenomenon they are reporting has to do with the fact that many minorities are voting for the first time. This is the real reason they are getting out the vote!

Is it so terrible to want to see yourself represented?

As for me (and my entire family-we were hillary people), we are thrilled that someone other than an old white guy will have a chance to mess up the country.

The racism here is truly, truly, TRULY vile.

Crazy Andy, with his “stupid liberal” rhetoric only proves that he is in dire need of prozac, xanax, or any other mood-altering drug.

Pitiful.

Go vote for “I can’t name a paper that I read, nor can I name a court case as any high schooler can” Palin, and her MacDaddy (Mr. I love the press, i hate the press, I am a p** old man!)

The rest of us will be smiling on Nov. 5th as you climb back into whatever hellhole you belong in.

Call me when the racism on this board ends. It’s neither interesting, nor productive. I have seen firsthand the damage it does…and have no interest to subject myself to anyone who can’t argue points without throwing stupid stereotypes into the mis.

Ciao.

By getalife

October 1, 2008 9:38 PM | Link to this

Both of my Senators voted no .

Yours voted yes.

Racist much Dottie?

By T

October 1, 2008 9:45 PM | Link to this

No, no gold, oh well.

Who’s eatin the govmint cheese now?

I NEVER want to hear from anyone, how minorities suck tax payers dollars away with welfare.

Outrage.. Those people out there living off of my hard earned money. Out there listening to that crazy music. Those people that live on Wall Street with their food stamps. LOL.. Not really funny, but either laugh or cry.

You know what will be fun for me? Since we got this whole race thing going. No kidding. When it has been predicted in, 2042. When a white person walks by, I’m going to quickly lock my car door and look nervously away.hahahahahaha.

Who knew that blacks could ruin the economy, and force people into feeling guilty enough to finally vote in a democratic candidate that happens to be black. We are taking over.. LOL Simple minded jerks. Get real.

By iamdisgusted

October 1, 2008 9:47 PM | Link to this

With the exception of few people on this blog it appears that almost everyone is just as bad as the next guy. Aren’t we ALL AMERICANS??? These are some nasty things, especially you Midori??

By JAY BOOKMAN

October 1, 2008 9:49 PM | Link to this

You know, folks, I have conservative friends in other parts of the country who used to try to tell me that racism was pretty much gone, that it was a problem that has largely been solved and that black Americans should quit complaining about it.

But since this blog went on line and some of you started showing yourselves, well, they read this and they don’t say that anymore. They have a whole new appreciation for what’s really going on, and they have you to thank for that.

By RB from Gwinnett

October 1, 2008 9:49 PM | Link to this

“Black folks have never been as motivated as they are this year”

You come on here, call other people racist, and then make that comment. Please tell us all why black folks are more motivated this election cycle. Is it because John Kerry and Al Gore weren’t liberal enough to excite them into a voting frenzy and you now have the most liberal senator in Washington to get excited about? Or are they excited because he’s black? Is voting for him because he’s black any different than not voting for him because he’s black? They’re equally as racist if you’re honest about what racism really is. But, based on past history of liberals, I doubt you have that level of honesty.

By Dottie

October 1, 2008 9:49 PM | Link to this

Just_me, whats the matter, couldn’t find a white man? haha yes I joke..I know you couldn’t

I am self employed so I don’t have to kiss anyones butt or give a damn what anyone else feels when I say whatever I feel like, and thats liberating.

and yes, whites who are a 64% majority do have a littler over 52% of the nationwide free and reduced lunches…blacks who are 12.9% account for 34& ..I’m actually amazed the schools don’t serve chitlins to appease their minority students parents.

By AJC/DNC Management

October 1, 2008 9:50 PM | Link to this

By Just_Me October 1, 2008 9:35 PM Go vote for “I can’t name a paper that I read, nor can I name a court case as any high schooler can” Palin, and her MacDaddy (Mr. I love the press, i hate the press, I am a p* old man!)*

Seeing how the only thing that your candidate has going for him is the love of the liberal “papers,” to know that Sarah pays no mind to the BS just cements the deal for me.

Check this out; you dimwits are angry because she doesn’t read your propaganda??

Isn’t that special.

By Just_Me

October 1, 2008 9:50 PM | Link to this

A lesson on biracial folks, before I go

Saw yet another post about Obama’s white/black background and his not identifying as white…and well, I just hadda.

Self-identification of mixed race people is INTERNAL. They decide what race they most identify with, not based on what they SEE in a mirror, but how they feel inside. As the mother of two bi-racial young gentlemen, my sons have not chosen one race over another, and are very comfortable choosing “other.”

You can slap any damned label YOU want, but the bottom line is this: unless they feel it, they won’t identify the way you think they should.

Remember the outcry because Tiger Woods wouldn’t select a single race??? My sons were little then, and even they knew why he didn’t and articulated that (they were in elementary school at the time, too).

However, because MY children feel this way, that does not mean all mixed race people do. If Obama identifies himself as black, it is because that is how he feels, that is how he sees himself.

Who the hell cares anyway? Let’s get passed race already. They are saying that this country will be a ‘minority majority’ in the not too distant future.

Class dismissed.

By T

October 1, 2008 9:52 PM | Link to this

Don’t bother Dottie, thats not nice. She is just representing her party proudly. If you make her angry, she will wrinkle her freshly ironed hooded sheet garments and thump you with her distorted bible.

hahahahahahahahahaha

By RW-(the original)

October 1, 2008 9:58 PM | Link to this

Jay B @ 9:49,

Must I point out again that you begged for racist comments at 5:11? Now that you’re into at least your third iteration of your race baiting, I’d say unequivocally that the problem is with you.

You and I share a bit of geography and race relations in Massachusetts seem far worse to me when I’m there than they do when I’m here in Atlanta.

By Dottie

October 1, 2008 9:59 PM | Link to this

Hi paperboy..I mean Bookman..

I have friends in other parts of the nation who used to tell me I was exagerating black behavior when I would talk to them about the south, but then they move here and as my best friend, formerly from New England said, ” Our blacks were nothing like these blacks here in Georgia..I appologize for doubting you, Dottie”

By LessThoughtful

October 1, 2008 9:59 PM | Link to this

Less thoughtful Jay? I think not, these “early signs” are as predictable as lemmings off a cliff!!!

By Just_Me

October 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Link to this

Andy? She doesn’t read our propaganda? Good grief, that is truly FUNNY.

Why didn’t she say that bastion of conservativism, the Wall Street Journal>? National Review? She could have rattled off anything—the National Enquirer would have been better than the lame answer she gave.

God, do you ever really LOOK at what you type?

Go to bed Andy…’cause i am so done with even attempting to read the nonsense you type.

What the HELL does that have to do with her inability to name a Supreme Court case.

I really have to stop allowing you to suck me into getting into a debate with someone who comes unarmed.

Go play in Wooten’s sandbox, fool. My students have more sense than you do.

By T

October 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Link to this

By Just_Me

not true. I know my heritage yet look at Dottie eyed up there, she sees us all as just another ninja. Society places the labels. Just look at the article we are responding to.

Funny thing, I would say you know Dottie say that to my face. With my luck, she’s problably related.

If I vote republican, I might as well burn crosses in my own yard.

By getalife

October 1, 2008 10:02 PM | Link to this

RW,

I have no idea.

By GOPs got to go

October 1, 2008 10:06 PM | Link to this

I am also a VERY white woman who feels that Obama is the right choice, not because of his color at all, but because of his ideals and ideas. I have watched America become this thing that I am not proud of.

Let’s put it this way. I know everyone has come across an individual that where ever they go has a problem. Their boss is wrong, their co-workers are wrong, everybody is wrong except them of course. (you know the type, imagine say Management) They are usually a bully and a bore but can not see the problem is them. No matter where they go the same issues arise and seem to follow them when in fact the problem IS them. I feel America has become that person. The rest of the world and some Americans see it. Our country’s reputation is so sullied by the last 8 years that it will take someone extraordinary to repair it. We need to redeem the thing that is America.

I was watching a PBS show on the Apollo Space missions yesterday. The thing that really stuck with me was how the astronauts who were so close to the moon for the first time were far more in awe of their view of Earth. We are on a planet, connected to each other. We are all human whether we are black, white, yellow or brown in tone. This planet is where we all have to reside. When you get to know people you can let your innate fear of their differences go. People are just people, some are good and some are bad, in all skin tones.

I have heard a talk given by an Israeli father who’s son was killed by a sniper. He was at first consumed with hatred, then he decided to try to get to know the other side better in hopes of healing himself. He went to talk to a Palestinian father who’s son was also killed. They started talking and found they were both feeling the same pain. They have since become friends and speak publicly together trying to help change the racial hatred between the two peoples that took the lives of both of their beloved sons.

Maybe it is time to rethink our positions that have been the root cause of so much hatred against us. If there is one thing I know to be true, there are always 3 sides to every issue, his, hers and the truth. America has become to be seen as a bully through out the world we have to get along with. I think Obama can change that image.

By Reality

October 1, 2008 10:06 PM | Link to this

Unfortunately to be able to vote in the US does not require a certain IQ level or education, not being a generational government dependent, an income able to support your six kids (each by different fathers), nor any significant contribution to society….

By RW-(the original)

October 1, 2008 10:07 PM | Link to this

getalife,

I can’t begin to tell you you how disappointed I am with your answer. Did you guys at least have the 5,000 bodies in the swamps that CyMc says the DoD murdered during Katrina?

By @@

October 1, 2008 10:15 PM | Link to this

jay:

They have a whole new appreciation for what’s really going on, and they have you to thank for that.

You may be overlooking the possibility that the comments you’re viewing as racist, may, in fact, be written by liberals attempting to make conservatives appear racist. In the blogosphere it’s what’s known as a moby………..I think?

Anyhoo, I wanted to ask if you consider your friend and colleague, Jim Wooten, a racist. Day after day, the liberals attack him, calling him a racist because he expresses concern for the impact that liberal policies have had on the black community.

What say you jay?

By Marie

October 1, 2008 10:17 PM | Link to this

By JAY BOOKMAN

October 1, 2008 9:49 PM | Link to this

You know, folks, I have conservative friends in other parts of the country who used to try to tell me that racism was pretty much gone, that it was a problem that has largely been solved and that black Americans should quit complaining about it.

But since this blog went on line and some of you started showing yourselves, well, they read this and they don’t say that anymore. They have a whole new appreciation for what’s really going on, and they have you to thank for that.

No they have you to thank for that Jay. You are the one that is stroking racial flames in this city by wording the blog the way you did. Why should it matter that black are voting early? It means nothing at this point because YOU will not know a few days before or after election day if there was truly a spike in new black voters.

It is just as likely that blacks have been told or are expecting a heavy turnout in their precincts so they are getting out to vote early. And by the end of this election cycle there may have been no significant spike in black voters. Again we don’t know.

So what is your “real” purpose for singling out the black voter over the white, hispanic, asian or other racial/ethnic voters? And your last paragraph(most of them will be voting for Obama) — again what is your purpose? Most of them voted for Bill Clinton, most of them voted for Al Gore, most of them voted for John Kerry — most of them always vote for the Democratic candidate.

Quit trying to check other folks on this blog Jay because you need to check yourself first. Sweep around your own front door before you try to sweep around someone else’s.

By sunshine and thunder

October 1, 2008 10:18 PM | Link to this

JAY

You wrote:

Of course, most of those black Georgians will probably be voting for Barack Obama, a fact that a few of our less thoughtful readers will try to depict as some sort of black racism. (Yes, they are actually that silly — see comments below). It takes a pretty perverse outlook to see things that way, but some people do manage the trick.

What a cheap, sleazy shot. You should be ashamed. This is exactly why I spotted you as a fraud and a cheap shot artist years ago. Especially after you “spoke” to a group that included my daughter.

This is pre textual. Exactly the same techniques you use in your editorial writing. For example: “since Bush lied to us about the war then…”

That is one of your techniques and you use it very effectively. The only problem is that it is dishonest and cheap.

I had very little respect for you when I started posting on this board but I thought surely you couldn’t be such a Clymer. Maybe I could find a few things to appreciate about you.

But when you pull this kind of crap, setting people up immediately with pretextual statements, then I can only infer that you are not an honest editorialist.

By AmVet

October 1, 2008 10:19 PM | Link to this

Mr. Bookman, I wake up everyday and am thankful that I was born an American.

And then I realize how proud I am to have chosen NOT be one of these moronically misnamed “compassionate conservatives”.

I wonder how many would, if they had a chance, buy several of those Obama monkey t-shirts that scumbag in Marietta was selling.

Many of the “conservative” regulars here I suppose.

And make no mistake about it, Dottie only says out loud what several of the other Republicans here think and agree with, but haven’t the courage to do other than keep it to themselves.

Truly sickening bigots…

By @@

October 1, 2008 10:31 PM | Link to this

And make no mistake about it, Dottie only says out loud what several of the other Republicans here think and agree with, but haven’t the courage to do other than keep it to themselves.

Oh give it a rest AmVet. In order to read a mind, you’d first have to have one to call your own.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

By sunshine and thunder

October 1, 2008 10:31 PM | Link to this

Congratualtions Jay. You have incited people to anger and you are using that to accuse them of racism. You are using the race card here and you should be ashamed.

You say you have friends in other parts of the country who are conservative. I can assure you you have none here.

By Ray

October 1, 2008 10:34 PM | Link to this

Jay,

Are we not free to criticize bad behavior, no matter what race we are talking about? Must we be muzzled because of “politically correct” speech so that the obvious becomes the elephant in the living room? Irresponsibility is a bad trait, no matter what race you are talking about and it just becomes much worse when you are called a racist for having a justified opinion about someone else’s behavior. Especially when a lot of us responsible people are paying the bills for a lot of others who are not. The Stanford poll said a lot about how white America perceives the black community. And it was not so good across the board, Demos, Repubs and Independents. There must be something going on out there……. 150M people can’t all be wrong.

By AmVet

October 1, 2008 10:42 PM | Link to this

@@, I suspecyed one of you closet cretins would try to defend the indefensible.

And would likely take that indictment personally.

BUT YOU???

If it doesn’t apply to you, why would you bother to reply.

Go burn a cross…

By getalife

October 1, 2008 10:43 PM | Link to this

When my people came off the boat in New York, they were called names, treated like crap and could not get a job.

So, they orgainized and took over New York City.

God bless America.

By @@

October 1, 2008 10:46 PM | Link to this

Where’d jay go?

Before I go, I just wanted to introduce you to a animal rights activist, a free-thinking liberal mind that leftists hail as a brilliant mind. Feel free to check him out jay. He’s one of yours.

When it comes to today’s “feebleminded,” influential voices on the left now advocate the killing of “defectives” at the beginning of life and at the end of life. Chief among them is Peter Singer, widely hailed as the most important living philosopher and the world’s leading ethicist. Professor Singer, who teaches at Princeton, argues that unwanted or disabled babies should be killed in the name of “compassion.” He also argues that the elderly and other drags on society should be put down when their lives are no longer worth living.

Sanger and Singer! What more could a liberal hope for?

You asked for it jay.

By @@

October 1, 2008 10:48 PM | Link to this

If it doesn’t apply to you, why would you bother to reply.

Because I loathe repetitive and boring, which you are.

No other reason AmVet.

By @@

October 1, 2008 10:52 PM | Link to this

So, they orgainized and took over New York City.

and came to be known as “The Mob” right T?

Goodnight Getalife. (ISH)

By Marie

October 1, 2008 10:55 PM | Link to this

*Jay wrote:

You know, folks, I have conservative friends in other parts of the country who used to try to tell me that racism was pretty much gone, that it was a problem that has largely been solved and that black Americans should quit complaining about it.

But since this blog went on line and some of you started showing yourselves, well, they read this and they don’t say that anymore. They have a whole new appreciation for what’s really going on, and they have you to thank for that.*

No they have you to thank for that Jay. You are the one that is stroking racial flames in this city by wording the blog the way you did. Why should it matter that black are voting early? It means nothing at this point because YOU will not know a few days before or after election day if there was truly a spike in new black voters.

It is just as likely that blacks have been told or are expecting a heavy turnout in their precincts so they are getting out to vote early. And by the end of this election cycle there may have been no significant spike in black voters. Again we don’t know.

So what is your “real” purpose for singling out the black voter over the white, hispanic, asian or other racial/ethnic voters? And your last paragraph(most of them will be voting for Obama) — again what is your purpose? Most of them voted for Bill Clinton, most of them voted for Al Gore, most of them voted for John Kerry — most of them always vote for the Democratic candidate.

Quit trying to check other folks on this blog Jay because you need to check yourself first. Sweep around your own front door before you try to sweep around someone else’s.

By AmVet

October 1, 2008 10:56 PM | Link to this

Relax, @@,

I’m just having some fun with you.

I’m sure you haven’t lynched anybody (recently).

Everybody who has read you knows you’re just a mean old cow pretending to be something else.

And occasionally, like tonight, your horns show.

And after all this time trying to spar with me, you demonstrate yet again what a really slow learner you are…

By getalife

October 1, 2008 11:08 PM | Link to this

@@,

How many times do I have to tell you, there is no such thing as a mob?

Then they took over Chicago, Miami, Detriot, LA, etc..

Organized labor.

Goodnight.

By "The Corporal"

October 2, 2008 12:11 AM | Link to this

**“Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.”**

Will Rodgers

By John

October 2, 2008 12:41 AM | Link to this

By iamdisgusted

With the exception of few people on this blog it appears that almost everyone is just as bad as the next guy. Aren’t we ALL AMERICANS??? These are some nasty things, especially you Midori??

Much of the ranting is part of America’s dirty little secret. Some in Georgia still believe that whites are “better” than Blacks. It really is kind of sad. Not sure what can be done. They obviously have no desire to improve themselves.

By Algonquin J. Calhoun

October 2, 2008 1:08 AM | Link to this

Believe it or not, Georgia is up for grabs! I’m going to help Obama surprise all you Republinazis and that’s going to be sweeeeeet. George W. Hitler has bankrupted the nation in every way bankruptcy can apply. It’s time for a big change! Look out now, here it come. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

By Red

October 2, 2008 5:07 AM | Link to this

McCain folks: instead of complaining about early voting, why dont you just go do it?

Let’s have 100% turnout. Whats so wrong with that?

By AJC/DNC Management

October 2, 2008 5:43 AM | Link to this

So which side do you think the Urinal is on?:

U.S. suspected as missile kills 6 in Pakistan-Urinal/Jihad

Moscow flexes its naval might -Urinal/Politboro

Spineless wonder surrender monkies.

Cowards all.

By AJC/DNC Management

October 2, 2008 5:48 AM | Link to this

So which side do you think the Urinal is on?:

PBS journalist Gwen Ifill, who is moderating tonight’s vice presidential debate, dismissed questions about her impartiality because she is writing a book that includes material on Barack Obama -Urinal/PMS

Thee title of thee book?:

The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

Lying with impunity.

There’s some fine journalistic integrity.

By RW-(the original)

October 2, 2008 6:12 AM | Link to this

Gwen Ifill will be on her best behavior tonight. If the fix is in it will be in the questions/topics that she’s already preselected.

By "Spank" the monkey

October 2, 2008 6:16 AM | Link to this

Algonquin Repuplinazis? George W Hitler? Is this your idea of political discourse? If you can’t make your point without the hyperbole, then why bother? You diminish yourself, your candidate and your point, if you have one, when you use such thoughtless language. Obama 08

By JAY BOOKMAN

October 2, 2008 6:19 AM | Link to this

How come no commenters with established voices from the right came in to condemn the clear racism here?

Why did those condemnations come only from the left? I’m not accusing everyone on the right of harboring racism, far from it. But the best way to defend the right against charges of racism is for those on the right to condemn it when they see it.

By AmVet

October 2, 2008 6:24 AM | Link to this

Two words, Mr. Bookman,

Silent acceptance.

By Mrs.Godzilla

October 2, 2008 6:24 AM | Link to this

Did I actually read some posts about it being Jay’s post that incited the vile racist bull puckey posted above?

How typically GOP.

Unable to take accountablility even for their own disgusting words and neanderthal behavior.

These folks are a few steps behind on the evolutionary ladder.

“The devil made me do it” defense.

Too funny. Too sad.

By GodHatesTrash

October 2, 2008 6:32 AM | Link to this

Mr. Bookman, your comments have set off the rightwingnuts into even more of their usual wailing and moaning and caterwauling - you are trying to rob them of the one and only thing they think they have going for them as human beings, their imaginary white supremacy.

They are a sick and worthless bunch.

(As for Mrs. G. and Midori’s speculations on the immersion of certain persons in flame, I would withhold all bodily functions in such instance, and look for a fan.)

By RW-(the original)

October 2, 2008 6:34 AM | Link to this

Jay B,

A common theme of the AJC blogs has always been the gang mentality of the left versus the individualism of the right.

I don’t feel the need to condemn a statement because the statement condemns itself and it was you that begged for racist comments in the first place, so you got what you asked for.

By AmVet

October 2, 2008 6:39 AM | Link to this

Mrs. G,

Yep, one of our regulars called it “race baiting”.

I have one question for that right-wing stalwart.

What???!!!

This issue of race in the Untied States of America is one that deeply affects us all.

Polite avoidance of it is NOT helpful.

We make each other better by staring our demons in the face and dealing with them.

Not by pretending they don’t exist…

Off to pay for the occupation.

Pray for gas.

By Political Foreskin

October 2, 2008 6:42 AM | Link to this

Voter suppression. Now there’s an issue. They close the polls at 7pm on a workday, where most Americans get off work at 5:30pm and traffic takes an hour to get home. Throw in the German Shepherds armed with hoses and tasers to ward off any suspicious voters, (anyone without a fish symbol on their car), and America has 30 minutes to vote for it’s president. Even Dominos get more time to deliver a pizza.

The Domino Theory of Voter suppression. It’s all in my book, “If I was a liberal”, for which I was interviewed by Katie Courik last night. Here’s an exerpt:

Mr. PoFo, if you were a liberal, what would you do about free government cheese. (“I’d make nachos”).

But Mr. PoFo, you admitted that entitlements stunt productivity. Isn’t a welfare state a recipe for fat lazy stupids laying around in a stupor sucking on bongs and watching porn? (“with the new digital requirement for broadcast television, it looks like scrambled porn is back, and I’m loving it”)

But as a tax and spend liberal, if you indeed were one, sir, wouldn’t that stunt growth? (“They said the same thing about cigarettes. Look at me, do I look stunted?”)

Sir, please. Dont you take anything seriously.

“Now you listen. I hate your munchkin face worse than I hate Dan Rather’s pie hole. Who do you think you are, imposing yourself on America? Where was the audition process when Rather quit? How the H..E…double hockey sticks did you get picked to anchor? It’s not fair, and it proves that there’s no god. Now get lost. Moron.”

If I were a liberal is available on the internet at Analchord.bombbombbombIran, and Pofo.barbarbarbaraAnn.

Any reblogging of this comment is forbidden without the expressed written consent of major league baseball.

By AmVet

October 2, 2008 6:45 AM | Link to this

One last thing all.

Go back and look at many of the earlier Luckovich logs.

Oftentimes, it was myself against, Andy, RW, Buy Danish, Dusty and @@ concurrently “debating” a topic.

I like working alone and considered it a fair fight.

Don’t for a second believe that nonsensical and disingenuous tripe at 6:34.

Now I’m REALLY off to keep that American economic machine humming…

Enjoy your day, fellow bloggers.

By RW-(the original)

October 2, 2008 6:50 AM | Link to this

Blowhard,

If you have a question for me try to grow the requisite man parts to ask it rather than filtering it through Mrs. G you pansy.

The race baiting is because the black vote was going overwhelming to the Democrat candidate no matter who that candidate was. It’s possible that the pride factor puffed up the early vote numbers and it’s just as possible that people have become more trusting that their early vote will count. Jay B deliberately tried to race bait the issue, but he had no basis since he came with no evidence that he discovered a new crop of voters.

By RW-(the original)

October 2, 2008 6:55 AM | Link to this

Blowhard @ 6:45,

The archives exist. Do you dare try to show us one single example of your claim? I didn’t think so, wuss.

By bobfromcanton

October 2, 2008 7:02 AM | Link to this

Jay, you are so racist, just admit it!

By RB from Gwinnett

October 2, 2008 7:28 AM | Link to this

“How come no commenters with established voices from the right came in to condemn the clear racism here?”

Jay, it’s because you and the rest of the dishonest media are trying to create a racial fear in the minority voting bloc with tactics like the one you’ve tossed out here. After you’re done showing us evidence of Obama’s superior foreign policy experience, please show us where anyone on the right has said anything racially motivated toward Obama to support your claim it’s there. And don’t go with the “code for racism” crap, Jay. We’re not that stupid.

You lefties need to keep something in mind. If Obama loses and you want to cry racism, it’s the Democratic party you’re calling racist, not the conservatives. We’re not voting for the man because he’s a liberal socialist with NO EXPERIENCE.

By Mrs. Godzilla

October 2, 2008 7:30 AM | Link to this

Jay, please, don’t make any more of the wingnuts racist!

It so mean of you to make them that way.

It’s all your fault,

They didn’t hate brown people until you baited them.

Too funny….wingnut made racist by offer of a minnow!

Sound’s fishy to me!

By hefdalton

October 2, 2008 7:41 AM | Link to this

Jay- I find it disingenuous to categorize a comment as “silly” without fleshing out your reasoning. Liberals do that all the time - “of course we all know that Republicans are racist, anti-semitic, etc.” These comments may fly as simple fact around cocktail parties you attend, but is it unreasonable to ask for some clarification from you regarding such a statement? Why is it “silly” to assert that over 90% voting by one racial group along racial lines is not at least partial evidence of bias? Why can’t racial politics work the other way? Remember the Bull Connor radio ad by the Dems in the last election? Come on!

By hotlanta

October 2, 2008 7:53 AM | Link to this

Excuse racism gone. Please racism is like a roach. You get a can od raid and spray it in one spot and they that they are gone and BAMMMMMMM they come out at the other end. Racism doesn’t die it just multiplies. It is just amazing how white women are having a fit because Hiliary lost and they are p** at Palin and they dosen’t have to explain why they are voting the way that they do. The minute a black person comes on board and other black folks like them but we have to EXPAIN why we are voting for another black person when everyone else votes for someone who looks just like them.

By hotlanta

October 2, 2008 7:53 AM | Link to this

Excuse racism gone. Please racism is like a roach. You get a can od raid and spray it in one spot and they that they are gone and BAMMMMMMM they come out at the other end. Racism doesn’t die it just multiplies. It is just amazing how white women are having a fit because Hiliary lost and they are p** at Palin and they dosen’t have to explain why they are voting the way that they do. The minute a black person comes on board and other black folks like them but we have to EXPAIN why we are voting for another black person when everyone else votes for someone who looks just like them.

By Mrs. Godzilla

October 2, 2008 8:06 AM | Link to this

hefdalton

do a little homework…..what percentage of the black vote did Obama have 20 months ago and why?

By Shawny

October 2, 2008 8:10 AM | Link to this

Media lies, twisting facts, supporting democrats. Nice article.

By Shawny

October 2, 2008 8:14 AM | Link to this

Media lies, twisting facts, supporting democrats. Nice article.

By AJC what a joke

October 2, 2008 8:44 AM | Link to this

The AJC is a liberally biased rag that stretches to call itself a newspaper. It’s a joke, has always been a joke. The only other newspaper that was ever any good was the Gwinnett paper. AJC bought it destroyed it and went back to being the crap that it still is today. Too bad we can’t get a real newspaper in this town.

By sickfan

October 2, 2008 8:46 AM | Link to this

Of course blacks will vote for Obama becasue he is black and there is nothing wrong with that. White guys vote for white guys, and women vote for women - what a novelty. Unfortunately, the media does not focus on the real issues (like how both candidate support endless war)… so instead of voting for candidates based upon what they stand for we vote for people based upon what they look like or what we imagine they stand for. (note, even though the country’s entire economy is about to collapse, there has not been one mention of the cost of the illegal wars and the effect on our economy.) I wonder why?

By "The Corporal"

October 2, 2008 9:13 AM | Link to this

Just for fun

“If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves” Thomas Sowell

“The next time they give you all that civic bull* about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election” George Carlin

By No_Osama08

October 2, 2008 9:30 AM | Link to this

Blacks aren’t just voting for Obama because he’s black, but it’s the main reason. Blacks are racists…period! They also think Obama as president would bring more government aid to them. Anyone who doesn’t believe these things is either very naive or blind!

By Richard

October 2, 2008 9:39 AM | Link to this

I will also be voting early for Obama but have no “silly” or “perverse” problem recognizing that if you vote overwhelmingly for a candidate because of the color of his skin, it defies logic to insist racism isn’t involved. It may be a fairly benign one of ethnic/racial pride but “a rose is a rose is a rose.” I am also gay and would probably vote for a gay candidate over a straight one given the chance. Does that strike me as a form of “racism” in another form — absolutely yes and I admit it freely. So let’s be honest and not resort to name calling [silly and perverse] when we lack a solid argument.

By tiff

October 2, 2008 9:42 AM | Link to this

Jay is right as usual. I am a black woman. And I often hear the right wing airheads (Hannity, O’Reilly, pill poppin Limbaugh, Cudie Coulter, Hasselback) to name a few, say stupid things like blacks only vote for Barack because he is black. If that were the case you should google the number of blacks that voted for Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson when they both ran. But you crazies won’t do that because you know the answer, black people are just as capable of making good decisions when it comes to matters that are important to them and to this country. And I will repeat this as often as need be, if Barack were white, he would have this election wrapped up by now, because his race wouldn’t be an issue. The polls would be showing him ahead by at least 30 points. We often talk about addressing the elephant in the room. This time that elephant won’t matter, because people have other issues to deal with. Michelle Obama said it best we are great as a nation, and democrats should all be proud of our party. They claim they are the party of Christianity and family values. But I don’t see that. When I see them, I see them. When I see us, I see every kind of person God created come together as one. The rallies and conventions tell the story. Now you tell me which party is bi-partisen and united. McCain said as president he would reach across party lines to get the job done, his fellow republicans don’t care to much for him. That tells you how effective he will be as president.

By "The Corporal"

October 2, 2008 9:49 AM | Link to this

No one knows the real Obama - that’s scary.

By 2BFREE

October 2, 2008 9:51 AM | Link to this

I don’t know about the latest poll, but at one time the support for Obama was like this.

91% Black Men 89% Black Women 41% White Women 31% White Men

Now show me the logic that “whites vote for whites” and “women vote for women”. And keep in mine that regardless of race or gender over 50% of white men will vote Republican and about 65% black men will vote Democrat. It would have been nice if we never had seen any of the candidates and only went on their experience and what they offered to the voter.

I look at the election simple as this. One candidate wants America to become a Socialist country with ideas that look good on paper, but have never been overly successful in the countries that currently have it. Basically everyone send most of your money to Washington and they will provide for all your basic needs. BTW Socialism and Communism are not the same in case you think I’m calling one candidate a Communist.

The other candidate beleives in lesser government intervention and believes the Free Market System will succeed as it once did in this country. He believes that if people should have a choice in how to spend their money and while the government will not forget about those in need, it does expect those that can work to do so and pay their own way.

No it isn’t all this simple, but this is the basics of both main candidates and without naming the names, can you match the candidate to the policy?

By tcoach

October 2, 2008 9:52 AM | Link to this

So just to get it straight

If your white and vote for anyone other than Obama= racist(you wrote a column about it Bookman)

If you are Black and vote for Obama it is on principles=good american

That does not sound hypocritical at all no way. Seems just like it has been my whoole life.
It is official the most discriminated group in America= White Males

By Davo

October 2, 2008 9:58 AM | Link to this

You disappoint me, Jay. Why the debate over race when there’s so much else going on? I can throw some fodder on this though.

New York Times

Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending

By STEVEN A. HOLMES Published: September 30, 1999

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE7DB153EF933A0575AC0A96F958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1

This is what socialist gov’t intervention gets you…Clinton set it up the play and W ran it. All on the premise of good-intentions and wishful thinking.

By 2BFREE

October 2, 2008 9:58 AM | Link to this

I don’t know about the latest poll, but at one time the support for Obama was like this.

91% Black Men 89% Black Women 41% White Women 31% White Men

Now show me the logic that “whites vote for whites” and “women vote for women”. And keep in mine that regardless of race or gender over 50% of white men will vote Republican and about 65% black men will vote Democrat. It would have been nice if we never had seen any of the candidates and only went on their experience and what they offered to the voter.

I look at the election simple as this. One candidate wants America to become a Socialist country with ideas that look good on paper, but have never been overly successful in the countries that currently have it. Basically everyone send most of your money to Washington and they will provide for all your basic needs. BTW Socialism and Communism are not the same in case you think I’m calling one candidate a Communist.

The other candidate beleives in lesser government intervention and believes the Free Market System will succeed as it once did in this country. He believes that if people should have a choice in how to spend their money and while the government will not forget about those in need, it does expect those that can work to do so and pay their own way.

No it isn’t all this simple, but this is the basics of both main candidates and without naming the names, can you match the candidate to the policy?

By Richard

October 2, 2008 10:07 AM | Link to this

Really Jay!! It is beneath you to resort to name calling [even the innocuous ones of “silly” and “perverse”] to make a point. I am white and will be voting early for Obama but have no problem seeing the racism of one group voting overwhelmingly for a member of its own — even if it is a benign form of the disease resulting from group pride. A rose is a rose is a rose. I am also gay and have no problem being called prejudiced when I admit that I would readily vote for a gay candidate over a straight one [barring some grotesque deficiencies on the gay one’s part]. So let’s be honest and not defy logic or subvert it with name calling.

By CommunistAJC

October 2, 2008 10:07 AM | Link to this

Is Obama Hussien ready to handle all of this?

America’s Nervous Breakdown - and the World’s By Victor Davis Hanson

Ancient thinkers from Thucydides to Cicero insisted that money was the real source of military power and national influence. We’ve been reminded of that classical wisdom these last three weeks.

In a manner not seen since the Great Depression, Wall Street went into panic mode from too many bad debts. The symbolic pillars of American monetary strength for years — AIG, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Shearson-Lehman and Washington Mutual — in a matter of hours either went broke, were absorbed or were reconstituted. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapsed like the house of cards that they were.

Even though the U.S. government rushed to restore trust, hundreds of billions of dollars in paper assets simply vanished. Friends and enemies abroad were unsure whether the irregular American heartbeat was a major coronary or a mere cardiac murmur. How strong really was the world’s greatest economy? Was this panic the tab for years of borrowing abroad for out-of-control consumer spending? Had America finally gone too far enriching dictators by buying energy that it either could not or would not produce itself? Had the chickens of lavishing rewards on Wall Street and Washington speculators rather than Main Street producers finally come home to roost?

Allies trust that the United States is the ultimate guarantor of free communication and commerce — and they want immediate reassurance that their old America will still be there. In contrast, opportunistic predators — such as rogue oil-rich regimes — suddenly sniff new openings.

We’ve seen the connection between American economic crisis and world upheaval before. In the 1930s, the United States and its democratic allies, in the midst of financial collapse, disarmed and largely withdrew from foreign affairs. That isolation allowed totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia to swallow their smaller neighbors and replace the rule of law with that of the jungle. World War II followed.

During the stagflation and economic malaise of the Jimmy Carter years, the Russians invaded Afghanistan, the Iranians stormed our embassy in Tehran, the communists sought to spread influence in Central America and a holocaust raged unchecked in Cambodia.

It was no surprise that an emboldened Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again last week called for the elimination of Israel. He’s done that several times before. But rarely has he felt brazen enough to blame world financial problems on the Jews in general rather than on just Israelis. And he spouted his Hitlerian hatred in front of the United Nations General Assembly — in New York, just a few blocks away from the ground zero of the Wall Street meltdown.

Flush with petrodollar cash, a cocky Iran thinks our government will be so sidetracked borrowing money for Wall Street that disheartened taxpayers won’t care to stop Tehran from going nuclear.

At about the same time, a Russian flotilla was off Venezuela to announce new cooperation with the loud anti-American Hugo Chavez and his fellow Latin American communists. The move was a poke in the eye at the Monroe Doctrine — and a warning that from now on the oil-rich Russians will boldly support dictatorships in our hemisphere as much as we encourage democratic Georgia and Ukraine in theirs. Chavez himself called for a revolution in the United States to replace our “capitalist” Constitution.

The lunatics running North Korea predictably smelled blood as well. So it announced that it was reversing course and reprocessing fuel rods to restart its supposedly dismantled nuclear weapons program.

Meanwhile, some shell-shocked American bankers looked to our “friend” China, which holds billions in American government securities, for emergency loans. But the Chinese — basking in their successful hosting of the Olympics, their first foray into outer space, and a massive rearmament — showed no interest in sending cash to reeling Wall Street firms.

During this Wall Street arrhythmia, Islamic suicide bombers attacked the American embassy in Yemen and the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan. Suspected Islamic terrorists were caught boarding a Dutch airliner in Germany. And suicide bombers were busy again in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The natural order of the world is chaos, not calm. Like it or not, for over a half-century the United States alone restrained nuclear bullies, kept the sea lanes free from outlaws and corralled rogue nations. America alone could provide that deterrence because we produced a fourth of the world’s goods and services, and became the richest country in the history of civilization.

But the bill for years of massive borrowing for oil, for imported consumer goods and for speculation has now has finally come due on Wall Street — and for the rest of us as well.

Should that heart of American financial power in New York falter — or even appear to falter — then eventually the sinews of the American military will likewise slacken. And then things could get ugly — real fast.

By Dottie

October 2, 2008 10:08 AM | Link to this

Just_me, of course I don’t cower like a scared rabbit when i see a Black boy coming the other direction, I simply put my hand in my purse on my gun in case he makes a sudden robbery , rape, or bothering me move and I have to blow a .45 calibre hole thru him.. what scares me is when they move in the county…Clayton county, north fayette…property values tanked in conjunction with majority black demography..I know facts bother you, but thats what makes them fun

shadenfreude..it’s FANtastic

By getalife

October 2, 2008 10:30 AM | Link to this

My goodmess, the racists are unhinged. Must be the poll numbers and their candidates policies created a failed economy.

Well, the next 8 years will be fun watching their heads explode.

By T

October 2, 2008 10:43 AM | Link to this

By Dottie

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Don’t wrinkle your hood getting into your car today.

By donaldg7

October 2, 2008 10:46 AM | Link to this

I find it quite amusing that when African-Americans vote for one of their canidates then we are looked upon as lemmings headed out to sea. I can only speak for myself, but I was a Hillary Clinton supporter at the beginning. Why? Because I felt an African-American could or would never be elected in my lifetime. Iowa made me think again and the more research I did, the more I gravitated towards Barak. Folks, Hillary was NOT the best canadiate, Barak Obama is, and I feel strongly about that now, more than ever. In the Democratic primary, I went with Jim Martin because he was the better canadiate than Vernon Jones. Frankly, I would never even consider voting for trash like Herman Cain, Dylan Glenn or Alan Keyes. I find it quite funny that a lot of whites who comment on here mention Herman Cain as someone they would vote for. Last time I looked he was washing dishes at Godfather’s Pizza!!

By Our Father

October 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Link to this

Our Obama Who are in Washington Hallowed be Thy Name Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will be Done In America as it is in China Give us this day Our governmental handouts And forgive us our debts as we get more free stuff And lead us not into responsible behavior but deliver us from work For Obama is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory Forever and ever Amin Assalaam-O-Alaikum!

By Our Father

October 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Link to this

Our Obama Who are in Washington Hallowed be Thy Name Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will be Done In America as it is in China Give us this day Our governmental handouts And forgive us our debts as we get more free stuff And lead us not into responsible behavior but deliver us from work For Obama is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory Forever and ever Amin Assalaam-O-Alaikum!

By donald

October 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Link to this

BTW Communist AJC and AJC/DNC Mgmt are one in the same bottom feeder..LOL

By saywhat?

October 2, 2008 11:15 AM | Link to this

*By Reality

October 1, 2008 10:06 PM | Link to this

Unfortunately to be able to vote in the US does not require a certain IQ level or education, not being a generational government dependent, an income able to support your six kids (each by different fathers), nor any significant contribution to society….*

Apparently the same is true for republican vice presidential candidates

By Dino

October 2, 2008 11:17 AM | Link to this

I do not care about the color of a man’s skin! What I care about are his credentials/experience and what he can do for me, my family, and my country!

I am voting for McCAIN because he has:

  • EXPERIENCE
  • A PLAN TO FIX AMERICA(THAT HE DID NOT FORM IN THE LAST 3-4 WEEKS JUST TO WIN VOTES)
  • I am NOT voting for O”BLAH”MA because:

  • HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE!..NONE!..NADA! (THE MAN HAS BEEN CAMPAIGNING FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS….NOT IN THE SENATE!… SO, WHERE IS HIS EXPERIENCE?)

  • THE MAN HAS NO PLAN…OR HAS ONE NOW AFTER BORROWING FROM OTHER PLANS OF OTHER PEOPLE (DON’T BELIEVE ME?…. LOOK INTO ARTICLES FROM ANY LIBERAL MEDIA SOURCE FROM JUNE/JULY OF THIS YEAR AND YOU WILL SEE THE TRUTH… OH”BLAH”MA HAS FLIP-FLOPPED ON ALMOST EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS ISSUES!!!!)

  • I am sorry people, but some of us do believe that you must have Honor, Integrity, and Experience to be President of these United States!!!!!

    You cannot do it with on-the-job training, a photogenic face, and being a smooth-talker….like our illustrious Democratic opponent.

    Sooner or later, people are going to see through all the talk and the BS to see how unqualified he really is to be President.

    Again I will pose a question:

    If you owned your own business and two applicants applied, one with 2 years experience and one with over 20 years experience AND could get either of them for the same salary…Who would you choose?

    The prudent choice would be for experience! Unless, of course, you are lying to yourself!

    So, Keep on with your Liberal Left-Wing Drivel!!! Keep on calling your Race card (as Democrats are the only ones using it aren’t they?….That also has me asking another question:”Why are blacks drawn to the Democratic Party when it was the Democratic Party who held them down in the South before the Civil Rights Act?”)

    I still marvel at how the Democrats brainwashed them into thinking that they were the party for them after all the atrocities committed by Democrats (actually Dixiecrats) leading up to the Civil Rights Act (in Birmingham, etc.)…..Go Figure!

    Just remember the McGovern/Nixon race and the landslide for Nixon (because of some of the same issues we are facing in this election).

    Then, Do NOT come crying to me about why O”BLAH”MA lost! Americans are SMART and are going to see through his smooth-talking veneer…Mark My Words!

    By saywhat?

    October 2, 2008 11:27 AM | Link to this

    Dino wrote “?….That also has me asking another question:”Why are blacks drawn to the Democratic Party when it was the Democratic Party who held them down in the South before the Civil Rights Act?”)

    I still marvel at how the Democrats brainwashed them into thinking that they were the party for them after all the atrocities committed by Democrats (actually Dixiecrats) leading up to the Civil Rights Act (in Birmingham, etc.)…..Go Figure!” Perhaps because all those democrats switched parties and now make up the current repuiblican party in the south. duh.

    By Dino

    October 2, 2008 11:43 AM | Link to this

    Typical Democratic Left-Wing Liberal Drivel, saywhat?!

    Trying to get away from the issues about O’Blah”ma’s experience or his flip-flopping on ANY of his issues?

    I thought so!

    Go back to school and maybe you will learn about the Civil Rights Era in this country!…or maybe you just dropped out of school and are one of those who expects your country and other taxpayers to provide you with everything?

    Either way you lose…end-of-story!

    By ButtHead

    October 2, 2008 11:48 AM | Link to this

    I want to start a company to help only underprivileged white people; I want to call it 100 White men, is that racist?

    By ButtHead

    October 2, 2008 12:01 PM | Link to this

    I want to start a company to help only underprivileged white people; I want to call it 100 White men, is that racist?

    By hotlanta

    October 2, 2008 12:04 PM | Link to this

    Poor McCain/Palin. They gotta deal with 2 smart black folks tonight. McCain will have Obama on his mind during the debate and Palin gotta deal with Gwen Ifill face to face. It’s toooo much for them I tell ya. I wanna thank Obama/Gwen for showing the world that blacks folks are smart and got it going on regardless of how this country tries to hide it. I wanna thank McCain/Palin for showing the world that white folks are stupid regardless of how the country tries to hide it.

    By hotlanta

    October 2, 2008 12:04 PM | Link to this

    Poor McCain/Palin. They gotta deal with 2 smart black folks tonight. McCain will have Obama on his mind during the debate and Palin gotta deal with Gwen Ifill face to face. It’s toooo much for them I tell ya. I wanna thank Obama/Gwen for showing the world that blacks folks are smart and got it going on regardless of how this country tries to hide it. I wanna thank McCain/Palin for showing the world that white folks are stupid regardless of how the country tries to hide it.

    By Michael

    October 2, 2008 12:07 PM | Link to this

    Being a black voter, I must say please don’t sterotype most blacks as voting for Obama. I am a Christian Believer first, before my race. I strongly disagree with same sex union and abortion which Obama supports. Also let’s not forget the Nation of Israel. Sarah Palin being a strong christian is definetely PRO ISRAEL. If you get the ISRAEL thing Obama or Mccain would be the wrong choice.

    By Michael

    October 2, 2008 12:15 PM | Link to this

    (Correction from above Michael)if you get the Israel land issue wrong. Either Obama and Mccain would be the wrong choice.

    By Scott

    October 2, 2008 12:18 PM | Link to this

    Looks as though radical idiots on both sides of the political spectrum have posted on this forum. We all know that most African Americans are going to vote for Obama because of the color of his skin as well as his political affiliations. Be reminded that he comes from one of the most politically corrupt cities in this country where you have to play in that corruption just to get elected. Not that McCain doesn’t have his own shortcomings, but I have seen him reach out to Democrats much more than Obama (McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy to name a few)…Yes, we need change, but that change needs to be more from middle of the road political persuasions than from the extremes of either party & My take is that McCain fills that bill better than Obama. Too many people are going to vote in this election cycle based on skin color, political affiliation, or on limited issues. Remember, that whoever wins, they will be limited by who they choose for their Cabinet selections (& they have not been announced), as well as the make up of the the House & Senate….Too much influence of either Party spells disaster for our Country…

    By Michael

    October 2, 2008 12:22 PM | Link to this

    (Correction from above Michael)if you get the Israel land issue wrong. Either Obama and Mccain would be the wrong choice.

    By Kevin

    October 2, 2008 12:23 PM | Link to this

    Some of the commentators earlier suggested that conservatism is dead. I have to disagree. I believe the enthusiasm one is seeing for Mr. Obama is not because he is for the liberal philosophy that governemnt is the answer to all of our problems but a reaction to Mr. Bush’s incompetence and the economic times. I truly believe that we are still a center right nation not ready for Eurpoean socialism.

    I am beginning to see this election as similar to the Carter-Ford contest. Carter was narrowly elected because we as a nation were exhausted with Watergate and wanted a change. We got a change and Mr. Carter served only one term and than Mr. Reagan was elected overwhelmingly. I think Mr. Obama will serve one term because the nation will not accept his liberal agenda of assuming government is the answer to all of our issues. Hopefully, during this time in the wilderness one hopes that a conservative voice will arise that will recapture the White House with the promise of reducing government and thereby reducing our collective tax load.

    By Scott

    October 2, 2008 12:28 PM | Link to this

    Looks as though radical idiots on both sides of the political spectrum have posted on this forum. We all know that most African Americans are going to vote for Obama because of the color of his skin as well as his political affiliations. Be reminded that he comes from one of the most politically corrupt cities in this country where you have to play in that corruption just to get elected. Not that McCain doesn’t have his own shortcomings, but I have seen him reach out to Democrats much more than Obama (McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy to name a few)…Yes, we need change, but that change needs to be more from middle of the road political persuasions than from the extremes of either party & My take is that McCain fills that bill better than Obama. Too many people are going to vote in this election cycle based on skin color, political affiliation, or on limited issues. Remember, that whoever wins, they will be limited by who they choose for their Cabinet selections (& they have not been announced), as well as the make up of the the House & Senate….Too much influence of either Party spells disaster for our Country…

    By whyvote

    October 2, 2008 12:34 PM | Link to this

    Why continue writing about the election? Media and the American Idol mentality have decided the outcome. Why stand in line for hours? If Obama’s your choice, the deal is done, stay home. If McCain’s your choice, the deal is done, stay home. The lemmings have already gone over the cliff. Our fate is socialism, it’s already here. Remember Obama’s waitress that we should be “neighborly” to? We will give her our after-tax money, even though she doesn’t pay any taxes herself, so she can have what we have without having to improve her situation (it’s only fair and patriotic you know). Govt. will decide when we’ve made enough money, then take the rest for redistribution. Finally we will all be equal, no matter what our level of education and ambition might be. So why bother going to college? My granddaughter has already figured this out. Instead of going to UGA, she’ll wait tables and enjoy a fairly low-stress, party-hardy life because she will live off the largess of the fools who continue to work hard and pay taxes.

    By Peggy

    October 2, 2008 12:38 PM | Link to this

    Most of the signs and banners I have seen for OBAMA so far, especially the homemade ones, have been misspelled.

    GEE, I wonder why….

    By Common Sense

    October 2, 2008 12:39 PM | Link to this

    Amazing I cannot believe fellow Americans such hate fill words!

    Dino states Democrats are the dixiecrats that everyone already knows swithed parties!

    So Dino tells a lie and then states he wants and honest man in office. Also he can called Senator McClain by his name but cannot called Senator Obama by his name.

    Experience is what got us the bail-out. Knowledge drop DINO( YOU ARE SO STUPID YOU SHOULD NOT BE ALOUD TO BLOG)

    Your man McClain did not make a single suggestion on what to add or take-out the bail-out bill! Why because McClain does not have wisdom nor knowledge to lend to economics 101.

    McClain has stated Mrs. Palin does not want earmarks and has foreign experience I guess that is honesty.

    LOSER stay in the trailer park its good for you!

    By Regan

    October 2, 2008 12:48 PM | Link to this

    Here is a quick look into 3 former Fannie Mae executives who have brought down Wall Street.

    Franklin Raines was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie Mae . Raines was forced to retire from his position with Fannie Mae when auditing discovered severe irregulaties in Fannie Mae ‘s accounting activities. At the time of his departure The Wall Street Journal noted, ’ Raines, who long defended the company’s accounting despite mounting evidence that it wasn’t proper, issued a statement late Tuesday conceding that ‘mistakes were made’ and saying he would assume responsibility as he had earlier promised. News reports indicate the company was under growing pressure from regulators to shake up its management in the wake of findings that the company’s books ran afoul of generally accepted accounting principles for four years.’ Fannie Mae had to reduce its surplus by $9 billion.

    Raines left with a ‘golden parachute valued at $240 Million in benefits. The Government filed suit against Raines when the depth of the accounting scandal became clear. http://housingdoom.com/2006/12/18/fannie-charges/ . The Government noted, ‘The 101 charges reveal how the individuals improperly manipulated earnings to maximize their bonuses, while knowingly neglecting accounting systems and internal controls, misapplying over twenty accounting principles and misleading the regulator and the public. The Notice explains how they submitted six years of misleading and inaccurate accounting statements and inaccurate capital reports that enabled them to grow Fannie Mae in an unsafe and unsound manner.’ These charges were made in 2006. The Court ordered Raines to return $50 Million Dollars he received in bonuses based on the miss-stated Fannie Mae profits.

    Tim Howard - Was the Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae . Howard ‘was a strong internal proponent of using accounting strategies that would ensure a ‘stable pattern of earnings’ at Fannie . In everyday English - he was cooking the books. The Government Investigation determined that, ‘Chief Financial Officer, Tim Howard , failed to provide adequate oversight to key control and reporting functions within Fannie Mae ,’

    On June 16, 2006 , Rep. Richard Baker, R-La., asked the Justice Department to investigate his allegations that two former Fannie Mae executives lied to Congress in October 2004 when they denied manipulating the mortgage-finance giant’s income statement to achieve management pay bonuses. Investigations by federal regulators and the company’s board of directors since concluded that management did manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger bonuses. Raines and Howard resigned under pressure in late 2004.

    Howard’s Golden Parachute was estimated at $20 Million!

    Jim Johnson - A former executive at Lehman Brothers and who was later forced from his position as Fannie Mae CEO . A look at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s May 2006 report on mismanagement and corruption inside Fannie Mae , and you’ll see some interesting things about Johnson . Investigators found that Fannie Mae had hidden a substantial amount of Johnson ‘s 1998 compensation from the public, reporting that it was between $6 million and $7 million when it fact it was $21 million.’ Johnson is currently under investigation for taking illegal loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of Fannie Mae.

    Johnson’s Golden Parachute was estimated at $28 Million.

    WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

    FRANKLIN RAINES? Raines works for the Obama Campaign as Chief Economic Advisor

    TIM HOWARD? Howard is also a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama

    JIM JOHNSON? Johnson hired as a Senior Obama Finance Advisor and was selected to run Obama’s Vice Presidential Search Committee

    IF OBAMA PLANS ON CLEANING UP THE MESS - HIS ADVISORS HAVE THE EXPERTISE - THEY MADE THE MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. Would you trust the men who tore Wall Street down to build the New Wall Street ?

    By Scott

    October 2, 2008 12:53 PM | Link to this

    Just for the record, the root cause of the financial mess started long ago & can’t be attributed exclusively to either Party. You will hear that it’s all due to “Reaganomics”…If that’s so, why wasn’t it changed during subsequent Democratic administrations when they controlled both houses of Congress as well as well as the White House?….More than enough blame to go around on both parties…Get your facts straight & don’t believe all that you read unless you can verify it by non partisan sources (good luck finding those by the way)

    By Mavis 4 Obama

    October 2, 2008 12:54 PM | Link to this

    Dear Common Sense @ 12:39 PM,

    The AJC is an English-only newspaper.

    Please learn some of the fundamentals of that language before you again attempt to blog here and fail once more.

    Thank You.

    By Common Sense

    October 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Link to this

    Micheal what does the Nation of Israel have to do with you being a Christian?

    It’s time to stop tying the bible to Isreal! DO your research before you commit you actions about The United States and Israel.

    To Scott: Can you post something worth of reading? McClain worked so well accross party lines that the bail-out bill fail and more companies went down the drain.

    See what you McClain do not get is the REPUBLICAN PARTY DOES NOT LIKE OR WORK WITH HIM. That is why McCLAIN always has Lieberman by his side.

    What is wrong with you LOSERS?

    By the way how is the government going to take someone wages and hand it to a low wage person?

    With all the tax breaks out their you still are complaining but yet you will use all the services the government provide!

    Quit COMPLAINING ABOUT NOTHING!

    By GMAN

    October 2, 2008 1:01 PM | Link to this

    Poor Dottie. Don’t forget to pick-up that can of snuff and moonshine you like so much at the Floyd’s General Store. I know your husband/brother will enjoy that possum’ stew and hog jowels you’ve planned for vittles tonight.

    Bush/McCain - Gambling with your children’s futures!

    By mscutie78

    October 2, 2008 1:03 PM | Link to this

    I am absolutely amazed by the ignorance on this blog! Historical trends show that Black voters typically vote for the Democratic ticket and in this election there just happens to be a BIRACIAL (BLACK AND WHITE) man running for the Presidency - why is everyone (Repubs) calling it reverse racism?? He is just as much a part of the white race and he is of the black race - stop trying to make this racial. Vote based on the issues - not skin color and please don’t accuse people of voting for someone just because of it - especially when there are historical facts to support otherwise!!

    By Scott

    October 2, 2008 1:13 PM | Link to this

    Common Sense….You need a little education if you are going to post anything intelligent here. McCain can’t force his fellow party members to vote one way or the other….They voted the way they did because they want to be re-elected. The only LOSERS out there are the ones that are unwilling to see both sides of an issue & it seems to me that you fall into that bracket…

    By Common Sense

    October 2, 2008 1:19 PM | Link to this

    To Mavis 4 Obama,

    Last, I check this is for fun! Blogging on any sight should not be taken seriously!

    Their are too many far reaching comments on this site to worry about spelling or if the sentence is in the right context!

    By hotlanta

    October 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Link to this

    I was so happy that Joy used the word DUMB when she was talking about Sarah Palin. Squirrel was about to cry. She should be under the defintion of dumb in the dictionary from now on.

    By hotlanta

    October 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Link to this

    I was so happy that Joy used the word DUMB when she was talking about Sarah Palin. Squirrel was about to cry. She should be under the defintion of dumb in the dictionary from now on.

    By ButtHead

    October 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Link to this

    mscutie78, we all know that Obama is half white the problem is that he ONLY identifies with his black half. He even states that in his book.

    By hotlanta

    October 2, 2008 1:56 PM | Link to this

    I want to clear the air about Palin’s looks. She is not a bomb shell. She is just a shell that has bombed. If I read one more thing about how attractive she is, I am gonna SCREAM!!!!!!

    By hotlanta

    October 2, 2008 1:56 PM | Link to this

    I want to clear the air about Palin’s looks. She is not a bomb shell. She is just a shell that has bombed. If I read one more thing about how attractive she is, I am gonna SCREAM!!!!!!

    By 2BFREE

    October 2, 2008 2:04 PM | Link to this

    To Common Sense,

    By the way how is the government going to take someone wages and hand it to a low wage person?

    This is done now, it just will be worse if a certain individual is elected. Do you actually believe all the taxes we pay (the working class and the “rich”) goes only for things we use. Government programs like welfare assistance, rent assistance, college grants, food stamps, etc. are all paid out of our tax fund. Thus taking my wages and giving to someone else. A certain candidate wants to increase those programs to include free health care, free college, free housing, and other handouts and the only way the math will add up for this is to increase everyone’s taxes.

    By Billary

    October 2, 2008 2:08 PM | Link to this

    Once again, the only reason Barrack Obama has 94% of the black vote is because he is black! If he were white he would have never gotten the nomination! The majority of the black vote would have gone to Hillary and she would be your nomination today! That is a FACT!

    hotlanta, you may want to change your name to hotghettomess, it would be more fitting!

    By BS Aplenty

    October 2, 2008 2:16 PM | Link to this

    Yeah, Jay, it’s all those white folks who reflect all the racism. And none of them should be allowed to run for the presidency either…

    Why Barack Obama Should Not be President

    Barack Obama campaigns on a “change” platform and promises a new bi-partisanship in dealing with Congress and its often conflicting and diverse voices. Certainly, a candidate who aspires to such challenges would have a record reflecting similar accomplishments. One might even expect he has some higher philosophy that has shaped and guided such an outlook.

    But, then again, maybe Barack Obama isn’t what he appears to be.

    Apart from his speech-making on change, hope and brotherhood, the reality of Barack Obama appears to be less than “brotherly.” One who, like his mentor Wright, will say what his congregation pays to hear. His actions point to an extremist whose genuine philosophical viewpoint is reflected in one of the doctrinal texts of the Trinity United Church of Christ, James H. Cone’s A Black Theology of Liberation:

    What does sin mean for blacks? Again, we must be reminded that sin is a community concept, and this means that only blacks can talk about their sin. [White] Oppressors are not only rendered incapable of knowing their own condition, they cannot speak about or for the [black] oppressed. This means that whites are not permitted to speak about what blacks have done to contribute to their condition. They cannot call blacks Uncle Toms; only members of the black community can do that. For whites, to do so is not merely insensitivity, it is blasphemy!

    Whites cannot know us; they do not even know themselves. If we could just get “concerned” whites to recognize this fact, then we blacks could get about the business of cleaning up this society and destroying the filthy manifestations of whiteness in it. [108]

    This is the doctrine Barack Obama taught his children.

    One comes to understand that when Obama talks about a new bi-partisanship with the diverse political components of America, he does not, as Cone puts it, think them capable of representing him or the black community. Apparently, though, Obama thinks himself more than capable of representing the rest of America.

    It’s a campaign only a used-car salesman could love.

    By "Communist Organizer"

    October 2, 2008 2:24 PM | Link to this

    COMMON SENSE (1:19 pm poster) -

    I don’t blame you. If I were an inarticulate, angry simpleton like you, I would want to steer any & all emphasis away from grammar, spelling and punctuation while calling other people “stupid” in order to feel better about myself, too.

    By Common Sense

    October 2, 2008 2:28 PM | Link to this

    To 2bfree:

    First your and my taxes only account for helping someone in each of our familes!When I am taxed at $200,000 annually I am sure it will help some of your family members!

    Billary you just made the dumbest comment of the year. If Mr. Obama was white we would not even have a presidential race!

    Also, do not post negative comments about hotlanta because she is an intelligent, powerful, beautiful sister just speaking the truth!

    STOP HATING!

    By CommunistAJC

    October 2, 2008 2:35 PM | Link to this

    donald, I’m a bottom feeder? Um, let me give you some much needed advice my troglodyte friend. You see, I am an educated man who can make up my own mind. I don’t worship politicians as you do. My church is not the church of the Obama Hussein Cult. So go sell stupid somewhere else.

    By george

    October 2, 2008 4:17 PM | Link to this

    Let me get this straight…if I’m black and say I’m voting for Obama because he’s black…that’s okay. If I’m white and say I’m voting for McCain because he’s white…I’m racist. Last time I checked whites did NOT have a monopoly on racism. Everyone is obviously free to vote for the candidate of their choice, but as I get into discussions with folks and they tell me they are voting for someone strictly because of race, that scares me. I would hope that issues woulld be more important than race in 2008. Sadly, that does not seem to be the case.

    By Billary

    October 2, 2008 4:24 PM | Link to this

    Commen Sense or (lack thereof), it is a two party system, so you would still have a democratic nominee which would have been Hillary if Obama were white and took the exact same stance on the issues that he does. YOU and hotlanta and others would be supporting Hillary! That you cannot deny. Therefore, it shows your blind loyalty based solely on his color, period!

    I know this is all very difficult for you to understand. Also, if you think the taxes we pay only go to supporting our families, your ignorance of the system really comes shining through!

    By Dagny and John's Love Child

    October 2, 2008 4:31 PM | Link to this

    Why hate Obama because he is black when, if you look deeper, there are so may other reasons to hate him?

    Socialist, Marxist, tax-loving, race-baiting, class-warfare igniting, wealthy (everyone who makes a million dollars or more a year is evil except for me) bashing, idiot-coddling, let’s make sure everyone is dumbed down to the lowest common denominatoring fool that he is and all….

    Maybe if everyone who works their tales off and provides jobs for all of the Obama voters decides that they are no longer interested in paying the lions share of the way for the pathetic, fat, chicken eating, oprah watching losers that vote for an idiot like Obama, they will just take their ball and go home - How will you then slice up the pie that no longer exists to hand out bushells of nothing?

    Pathetic that he is going to win, drive the country down the drain, allow us to be attacked by china, russia, and several middle eastern countries while he tries to set up talks with Obama…. It’s over - our best years are behind us - at least he will end it all quickly - America the give me what you worked to earn because you don’t deserve it anyway - no longer America, the beautiful…

    Pathetic that you losers want this bag of manure to lead… but it is predictable -

    By Common Sense

    October 2, 2008 5:37 PM | Link to this

    It was not the issues billary dufus it was the message of change and bringing both parties together in order to make a change in America.

    You really need to understand that your $3,000 of federal taxes do not really count for much. What can someone do on $3,000 for a year.

    Mr. Obama wants everyone to acquire a good education which would lift the country economy.

    Of course you really do not want people to be educated so they will not pass you by!

    Your weak work ethic will no longer be needed in the new society!

    By Destiny

    October 2, 2008 5:39 PM | Link to this

    Unfortunately the mindless lemming drones will vote for Obama with not a clue why their voting for him other than…

    By Rove/ Bush

    October 2, 2008 5:48 PM | Link to this

    Nice post Destiny!

    We should vote for McClain even though we lied about him having and affair and fathering a minority!

    Let’s vote fore Senator McClain even though when him came back to Washington he cause the House Republicans not to vote for the bill. After he stated he was going to support the bill.

    I guess the House Republicans do not really talk with Mr.McClain I think he was trying to get back at me!

    Oh well the Senator really has bad judgement and is not the brightest guy in the room, but his does know how to pick-out those women in his life!

    By spankmonkey

    October 2, 2008 6:27 PM | Link to this

    Blacks are voting? Must be some sort of fraud by the democrats…

    Let me just get a jump on the board conservatives:

    Oh yeah…, Palin really kicked Biden’s a* in the debate. She’s really ready, I admire anybody who can stare down Russia on a daily basis… (sigh)… it reminds me of when Ronald Reagan tore down that wall…I admire her for her family’s values…

    I can hear it now, regardless of the true outcome. It’s kind of like W’s debates, where the expectations where set so low that just by showing up he was declared a winner… (sigh)… he said Ronald Reagan…

    By donald

    October 2, 2008 6:37 PM | Link to this

    Communist AJC/ DNC/AJC MGMT or whatever name you decide to call yourself today. You drinketh from the Bush Kool-Aid stupidity so you’ll rot in hell just like him. Don’t even pretend you have a mind because you don’t have one!! The posts you leave tell of a lemming headed out to sea with other mindless repukes sure to follow. Now I must admit, the Church of Obama thing was quite funny, but let’s face it, your’re from the church of the B-school sub prime mess which make MBA cretins like you one notch below pond scum.

    By beki

    October 2, 2008 6:59 PM | Link to this

    Midori: Re your 7:17 post. Most of the Southern embrace for the Republican party began with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Southern Democrats went en masse into the Republican party and helped to turn it into a more conservative party. Check your American history.

    By "Spank" the monkey

    October 2, 2008 6:59 PM | Link to this

    Hey “spankmonkey” if you are going to pose at least get the name right.

    By Randy

    October 2, 2008 7:06 PM | Link to this

    Obama will not win in Georgia, there are fortunately too many good strong Americans who will vote their morals and values vs. those Democrats who will vote for freebies, wanting a government to pay their way in life. What is really hard to understand is these people(voting for Obama) for the most part claim to be Christian, but I guess actions(voting) speak stronger than words.

    By Randy

    October 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Link to this

    Obama will not win in Georgia, there are fortunately too many good strong Americans who will vote there morals and values vs. those Democrats who will vote for freebies, wanting a government to pay their way in life. What is really hard to understand is these people(voting for Obama) for the most part claim to be Christian, but I guess actions(voting) speak stronger than words.

    By Ray Nagin

    October 2, 2008 7:33 PM | Link to this

    Life is like a box of chocolates….

    By amy

    October 4, 2008 6:24 PM | Link to this

    Randy above. Obama will win in Georgia. Georgia will be one of the first states called on election night. Once Barack Obama wins, the Presidency will be called for him. McCain cannot win the presidency without winning GA.

    Randy if you are a christian you vote Democratic. Republicans are the most evil spirited, mean, dishonest, people in this country. Republicans are thieves who stole this countires money for billions of dollars then they asked for another 700billion of our money.

    If Republicans are your kind of christians, I am not your kind of Christian. You are all doomed.

    By whokebe

    October 5, 2008 11:42 AM | Link to this

    what

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