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Yesterday, our Junior Senator, Johnny Isakson, met with Supreme Court Nominee Elana Kagan. While overall upbeat, and stating he doesn’t “ever prejudge these situations,” he proceeded to prejudge the situation.

Georgia’s junior senator said he has concerns about Kagan’s lack of judicial experience and her previous stance on military recruiting on college campuses…

Judicial Experience was not really such an issue in looking at Harriett Miers.

Sen. Isakson is up for re-election. It may be time to starting thinking whether this is a Senator who will represent all of us, or remain in lockstep with the party of “Hell No.”

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To the (few) devoted readers, a new post is sorely overdue. As Georgia is back in the news, the timing is perfect.

Apparently, There has been an incident of students dressing as Klan members at a North Georgia school, with a teacher’s permission. This has upset the local African American community and attracted national attention. A great deal of the response has been negative, showing deep racial scars still divide our state. Is this so, or is this an overreaction to something more innocuous?

The teacher was teaching AP US History and Film, and the students were making a film tracing racism through the history of cinema. An immediate example that comes to mind would be Birth of a Nation. The point is taken. Film has been used as a form of propaganda nearly since its invention. The students made their own costumes and were walked through the cafeteria by the teacher to the place where they could film. They apparently did not expect anyone to be around. The student doing the filming was dressed normally.

Unfortunately, two African American students did see and were frightened. Who can blame them? This led to a parent complaining and the teacher being put on administrative leave.

So, the question remains. Were these students doing a thought provoking project, or racist kids trying to get by with intimidation and fear right in front of everyone? Please comment with any opinions on the matter.

So, did anyone else know that yesterday was Confederate Memorial Day? It was first enacted in 1874, to commemorate the official end of the Civil War in Georgia on April 26, 1865. The legislative language states that Georgia apparently already celebrated that day as “Memorial Day,” although no one is certain what we were commemorating. This was an official state holiday until 1984, along with Robert E Lee’s Birthday, Jefferson Davis’s Birthday, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving, among others.

It is at this point that the history becomes a little strange. In 1984, the legislature recognized all holidays that had been recognized up to that point, but removed all of their names. Thus, Georgia does not celebrate New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. Instead, we celebrate January 1, the fourth Thursday in November, and December 25. We also do not, as a matter of statute, celebrate Confederate Memorial Day. We, as a state, celebrate April 26, and give all state employees the day off for it.

So, after some unsuccessful attempts to get April named Confederate History month and April 26 named Confederate history month, Georgia governors stared proclaiming April 26 Confederate Memorial Day by executive proclamation. They have to do this every year. No Governor has failed to do this since 1984. In 2009, the Georgia General Assembly finally designated April Confederate History and Heritage Month.

All of this is to say this: Why are we celebrating a traitorous rebellion against the United States? Here in the South, it is not uncommon to find that the “Love it or leave it” patriots also have confederate flags and celebrate their confederate heritage. If anyone can explain how this is not treason in and of itself, please do so. It does not seem that one can love both the United States and the Confederacy.

This post was supposed to be celebratory. After all, Georgia decided to exercise common sense, not embarrass its citizens, and not sue the federal government. Thurbert Baker declined to join the Attorneys General suit, saying “this litigation is likely to fail and will consume significant amounts of taxpayers’ hard-earned money in the process.”

So, how do Georgia Republicans respond to this sensible act? They are trying to impeach the attorney general. The charge is that the Attorney General was not upholding his oath of office. Baker, who received his JD from Emory, felt that the lawsuit was baseless and without merit. The Governor, who got his JD…wait, he isn’t an attorney. In fact, he is a veterinarian. Not to say anything against veterinarians in their field, but an attorney from Emory may know more about what is Constitutional than a lame duck Governor with a political bone to pick.

On top of that, the Governor is appointing a “special attorney general” to file the suit. So, not only is Georgia part of this mentally challenged exercise, we are expending extra resources to do it. Go team! Teachers are getting furloughed across the state, budgets are being cut past the essential services level, and Sonny Purdue wants to sue the federal government when the State’s top legal mind says its pointless. Does the Governor even have that power? So, this will cause another legal fight, more expenditures, and more stupidity.

By the way, each state has the ability to opt out by means of their legislation. Georgia put resolutions in front of both the State House and Senate. They were voted down by the democratically elected officials. The Governor is setting aside the democratically (and popularly) attorney general’s opinion to get a self-appointed “special attorney general.” Georgia Republicans are thwarting the will of the people for their narrow ideology. and embarrassing us in the process.

I will admit, I am torn. As a Progressive, I enjoy watching Republicans make fools of themselves. They are digging their own political graves. I want to encourage them in their endeavors. On the other hand, as a Georgian, I really hate that we will be, once again, on the wrong side of history. This time, the people tried to do the right thing, but a handful of Republicans on a power trip think they know better than the people. So, I want this to go away, since this is nothing but a stain on the state I love.

As much as I would (and probably will) love to watch these Republicans march off this cliff like lemmings, my love of Georgia persuades me otherwise. Please, Governor, for the love of the State you swore to defend, let this one slide.

No, this is not the next screed on how to handle your delinquent teen. This about Georgia Senate bill 304, which would not allow teenage prostitutes, under the age of sixteen, to be charged with prostitution and arrested. Instead, they would be steered into care, counseling and diversionary programs. The idea, which is not really that off base, is that these children are not making a choice to sell their young bodies. They are victims who need protecting, not criminals who need arresting.

Apparently, this laudable goal does not sit well with some. Georgia Christian Alliance, the Georgia Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, and the Georgia Baptist Convention have all come out against it. There is even a fringe group call “We are CHANGE Atlanta” who has a Youtube video attacking the image. FYI, I call this particular group fringe because they are also fighting the pressing issues of vaccination and chip implants. Go freedom fighters!

The main argument of these groups, other, I suppose, than the unspoken “I don’t care if it is statutory rape, its pre-marital sex and you need to be locked up,” one, is that, without arrest powers, the police have no alternative but to leave these children with their pimps. Of course, this bill does nothing of the kind. This actually helps children get the care they need, while maintaining statutory rape a crime. If this passes, this doesn’t give pedophiles the freedom to do what they like with these children.

Here it is, progressives! Conservative groups are using their own ignorance to hurt children! Not in my state, buddy.

By the way, the above video has been taken down by Youtube already and replaced. No one has supplied a video response, and this would appear to be an opportunity for any webcam users out there. GO GET ‘EM!

I am watching the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. As the different nations walk into the stadium, it gives one an, albeit fleeting, hope for multinational cooperation. Seeing a Greek athlete with a Canadian flag painted on her cheek brought that thought to mind.

It was very interesting to note that the flag bearer for Iran was a woman, and in fact the first woman to compete for Iran in the Winter Games. Tip of the hat to NBC for that tidbit. After that delegation came Ireland, then Israel. Iran, who has had leaders want to push Israel into the sea, will compete on the same snow as Israel.

I think the true challenge of the Olympics is not during any of the actual competitions. I understand that this will invite questions as to how many winter sports a Georgia boy like me has competed in, and the point is taken. Still I think the true challenge is for the athletes to take the spirit of multinational cooperation back home. Learning to reach broad consensus across ideological lines and go beyond narrow, regional concerns would be the true victory.

Ah hell, who am I kidding. That same sentence could apply to Congress, and it doesn’t. Still, a boy can dream can’t he?

This blog is an attempt to raise the awareness of Southern, especially Georgian, Progressives and Progressive ideas. It will also, hopefully, demonstrate the continued hypocrisy of Southern, especially Georgian, Conservatives and Conservative views. So, let’s get cracking.

There is a great amount of hay being made over Republicans who were against the stimulus before they were for it. Quite frankly, this subject deserves all the hay we can bale. So, let’s look at two examples from our beloved state of Georgia. TMP pointed out that Saxby Cambliss said, “Instead of focusing on three major issues – job creation, housing and compassion for Americans who have lost jobs through no fault of their own – to boost the economy, this bill has morphed into a bloated government giveaway.” He then turned around and said on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, “I’ve been an advocate not just of spending more money on the F-22 but on – when it comes to stimulating the economy, there’s no better way to do it than to spend it in the defense community.” Here is a Senator who voted “no” on the stimulus, who is now trying to spend it. Way to bring home the bacon while patronizing your base.

Lest we forget, we have two Senators from the great state of Georgia. Johny Isakson also voted against the stimulus, stating “This legislation is yet another example of Congress throwing money at the symptoms but not getting to the root of the problem.” Yet neither he nor Senator Chambliss felt like it was throwing money away to ask Defense Secretary Gates to channel 0 million of stimulus money allocated the the Department of Defense for a biofuel plant, Bell BioEnergy.

Now, do not take this to mean that biofuels are a waste of taxpayer dollars. Let’s face it, if teh Republican Senators want to finally help fight climate change they are welome to join th 21st century.  However, they cannot have it both ways. Have either of these men come out against ANY spending in Georgia from the stimulus? Why does stimulus spending seem to only stimulate your home state?

Now, for some housekeeping items. When this blog states things such as “our beloved state of Georgia,” or “the great state of Georgia,” These remarks are genuine, carrying no sarcasm or snark. This state is great, but we will only be able to live up to our greatness if we, as Georgians, send the right people to Washington, or Atlanta, or even your local city and county posts. That is what this blog is really about.

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