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Jason Carter- One Fell Out of The Peanut Tree

Jason Carter- One Fell Out of The Peanut Tree

Oct 21, 2014

For reasons that are beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, the race for Georgia’s governor’s seat is said to be as tight as a penny-pincher’s grip on a dollar bill. Incumbent Nathan Deal is being challenged by current state senator Jason Carter. Carter’s biggest asset appears to be that he is the grandson of the nation’s most ineffective president, former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter. As evidenced by Carter’s record as a state senator, the apple, or perhaps more appropriately the peanut, doesn’t fall very far from the tree. (Non-indigenous Southerners may be surprised to learn that peanuts grow on bushes,  not on trees. Hence the previous inference of a  “peanut tree” is a creation of poetic license.) Carter’s latest validation of his peanut tree heritage is his criticism of Deal for his 2011 appointment of then-current state senator Jim Butterworth (a former captain in the Air Guard) as leader of the state National Guard unit. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carter alleges Deal, “put politics first instead of placing people where they should be. Economically, it’s a serious issue for us and in terms of respect for the National Guard it’s a serious issue.” Serious issues –Not Worth a Vote? Carter found these issues so serious, that when legislation came before the state senate, (to change the law that enabled the appointment to be made) he FAILED to vote. He didn’t vote against the bill, he simply couldn’t be bothered to vote. Not bothering to vote, or changing his position on issues aren’t the only hallmarks of Carter’s campaign (and career).  During a debate in Perry, Georgia, Nathan Deal asked, “Senator Carter, you have been in the State Senate the entire amount of time I have been Governor of this state. You’ve never passed a bill, you’ve never been voted to a position of leadership within your DeKalb delegation, and you’ve never been elected to leadership within the Democratic Caucus of the State Senate… Why would anybody decide that you have the leadership skills to lead this state?” Carter’s response was the rhetoric of avoidance, completely devoid of substance. “I knew you were going to ask that question. … Right now, what we need...

“The Jewish Vote”- Perpetuating an Insult

“The Jewish Vote”- Perpetuating an Insult

Oct 1, 2012

Within the minds of pollsters and pundits, individuals have no identity; they are simply components of monolithic voting blocks that are typically identified by religion, ethnicity or a combination thereof. Whether analyzing election results or predicting them, the monolith theoreticians ascribe a candidate’s success or failure to “the Catholic vote”, “the Jewish vote”, “the Hispanic vote”, “the black vote”, “the evangelical vote” or any number of the other voting blocks they have identified. To accept that voters cast their ballots according to the monolith in which they are placed, is to deny that these voters are individuals, with unique priorities. Therefore, it’s unreasonable to expect that one person will have the same values and expectations as another simply because he or she shares an ethnic or religious background. On the other hand, sometimes “monolithicist” theory is eerily close to being a precise reflection of actual election results. Such was the case in the 2008 presidential election. According to some pollsters, approximately 78% of “the Jewish vote” was cast for Obama. Even if that percentage is grossly optimistic, it begs the question of why any person of the Jewish faith would vote for a candidate who is not only anti-Israel, but is also a supporter of Israel’s enemies. The easy answer is that many Jews have had a long-time affiliation with the Democratic Party. That affiliation dates back decades, to a time when Republicans were often viewed (on some occasions with a fair amount of accuracy) as being anti-Semitic. Many Jews see themselves first and foremost as members of a faith that has been persecuted for thousands of years. As such, they have an affinity for, and feel a connection with, members of other minorities who have also been victims of prejudice. The fault in that logic is the assumption that any victim of discrimination shares a bond with all other victims, irrespective of the factors upon which specific discriminatory actions are based. Prejudice, and the discrimination that arises from it, originates from fear fueled by socio-economic difference. While the discriminator many identify race or religion as the objectionable aspect of a particular individual, his or her true antagonism arises from fear– fear that a...

Fair Fight – Antonio F. Branco

Fair Fight – Antonio F. Branco

Sep 25, 2012

BS News cannot wait to see the debates. I am sure that the media will not insert their bias into their own productions. What is certain is what great cartoons will come from Antonio F. Branco as the debates get underway and the elections near to a close.

Math Class DropOuts – A.F.Branco

Math Class DropOuts – A.F.Branco

Aug 27, 2012

Antonio F. Branco is currently published weekly in the “Conservative Chronicle” a national magazine, and almost daily at www.ConservativeDailyNews.com, and now on Legal Insurrection. Somewhere between the Far Side and the right side of every issue, sits A.F. Branco at his desk, crafting Comically Incorrect cartoons.  After years of listening to the squeaky wheel of the left (or the worst wheel of the cart, as Benjamin Franklin put it) advance the cause of radicalism, he decided that he would use the power of his bully palette to advance the conservative movement. A.F.Branco is the epitome of the grassroots underground conservative minded artist.  Pulizer prize? Not yet. Branco’s Facebook page is Freedom’s Battle. Click Here Legal Insurrection’s Facebook Page. Click Here to see the original cartoon as well as many other on Legal Insurrection’s web site. ...

An Alternative to Blind Justice

An Alternative to Blind Justice

Aug 19, 2012

Justice is supposed to be blind. Unfortunately, all too often it is; the blindfold that is so essential in assuring objectivity and impartiality during a trial often blinds a judge to sentencing alternatives that will benefit defendants and society alike. Alternative courts, also called “Community Courts” allow judges to remove sentencing blindfolds and enables them to administer a different form of justice. One that offers options other than time behind bars. According to Tracey Mason Blasi, an attorney with over 20 years of experience, who is currently a candidate for Gwinnett County Superior Court, “I have served as a municipal judge, and as a professional mediator, and have also worked to settle cases outside the courtroom. When you can mediate and avoid a trial, it saves everybody time and money and often leads to settlements that would be extremely difficult or impossible to achieve in court. Mediation can be a VERY effective alternative, and that’s why I’m working to promote more Community Courts—they are very effective alternatives.” Gwinnett County already has an alternative court for drug offenders. Ms. Blasi wants to establish one for mentally ill defendants. The rationale behind her efforts is simple– alternative courts are significantly more effective than traditional courts in reducing crime. In Gwinnett County, and across the nation, jails are filled with repeat offenders; it’s not unusual for these offenders to be sentenced to jail 10 times in a 15 year period. These aren’t hardened criminals. They’re people who have fallen into a lifestyle of committing petty crimes as a result of drug abuse, drug dependency or mental health issues. The intent of alternative courts isn’t to offer soft-on-crime options, or to give criminals a free pass, but to address specific core issues that lead to criminal behavior, rather than the consequences of that behavior. And that’s the key to their success. If you can control the cause, you can eliminate the result. (Alternative courts are not an option for defendants who actively pursue crime-based lifestyle.) It’s creative approaches like this that have made Ms. Blasi the candidate of choice for Gwinnett County voters. And her extensive work defending taxpayers against overreaching government agencies, previous judicial experience and a life-long...

Where Have All the Christians Gone?

Where Have All the Christians Gone?

Jul 16, 2012

On July 31st, Gwinnett County voters will cast their ballots for the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Chairwoman as well as District 1 and District 3 commissioners. Two of the three races are quite tame; Charlotte Nashis unopposed for the Chair position and Jace Brooks and Laurie McClain are vying to represent District 1. But in District 3, the race is anything but tame. Incumbent Mike Beaudreau has three challengers– Tommy Hunter, Mike Korom and Jerry Oberholtzer. Under the best of circumstances, a four-person race is dicey, but in this contest, desperation has apparently given rise to the type of sleazy activities one would expect to find only in places like Chicago. And while all candidates claim to subscribe to strong Christian values and morals, some of the strategies being employed show that at least one candidate’s subscription has expired. The first evidence of desperation came in the form of a robo call that urged a “NO” vote for Mike Beaudreau. (Apparently the sponsor of the call was under the impression that Mr. Beaudreau had “Yes” and “No” boxes next to his name.) The recorded voice made a number of false or misleading claims and, in clear violation of election laws, failed to mention who paid for the message. A few days later, voters in Gwinnett County District 3 received a post card in the mail with similar misleading and false claims. Neither the robo call nor the post card promoted any candidate, so they could have originated from any of three campaigns, or through an independent source. However, considering the costs and potential benefit involved, and the funding source of previous smear campaigns, it seems highly unlikely that this one is being financed by someone not affiliated with at least one campaign. (Although this is purely speculation, this wouldn’t be the first time that a candidate with little hope of winning entered a race for no other reason than to force a run-off.) I’m no expert, but misstating information and making personal attacks hardly seems like Christian behavior. All of Beaudreau’s challengers are denying knowledge of the smear campaign or pointing fingers at their opponents or remaining silent. So where are the self-proclaimed Christians...