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Mohammed meets Piss Christ
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Mohammed meets Piss Christ
by Kevin_Foley
May 11, 2015 03:00 PM | 336 views | 9 9 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I’m a deist, so I don’t have a savior in this fight.

But I think things that offend someone’s religious sensibilities ought to be avoided by the rest of us out of kindness and just plain common courtesy.

If Muslims don’t want people painting images of the prophet Mohammed, why do it? If Christians don’t want a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine, why do it?

A nearby columnist explained why: free speech. Under our constitution, we are free to express our views, no matter who is offended.

So it was agent provocateur Pamela Geller recently held a Mohammed cartoon drawing contest near Dallas. Geller was evidently hoping to re-create the Charlie Hebdo bloodbath in Paris and she very nearly succeeded.

Police say two gunmen showed up ready to mow down Geller and her fellow blasphemers in the name of Islam. An alert police officer shot and killed them.

“Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative … operate by throwing our American freedoms into the faces of the enemy," wrote MDJ guest columnist Laura Armstrong. "While it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s their way of fighting back against the enablers of creeping Shariah law who can be found in communities around the country.”

In 1987, artist Andres Serrano unveiled “Piss Christ,” a hazy photograph of Jesus on the cross set inside a vessel containing the artist’s urine. It launched an international firestorm.

Serrano said his photo was an indictment of the "billion-dollar Christ-for-profit industry" and a "condemnation of those who abuse the teachings of Christ for their own ignoble ends"

“The timing is done to basically take the middle finger of the artistic community and put it right into the face of Christians,” replied Catholic League president Bill Donohue of the work.

I agree with Donohue.

Armstrong defends Geller - and presumably Serrano - thusly: “The important thing is that we ALL stand for free speech. Use it or lose it.”

Author Camille Paglia sees it differently: “Sneering at religion is juvenile, symptomatic of a stunted imagination.”

I agree with Paglia. Can't we all just get along?

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West Cobb
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May 20, 2015
I haven't said anything at all about Ann Coulter; she seems to be your obsession, not mine. I could care less what she has to say, or what you think about it.

I don't hate you; I pity you.

The idea that Americans need a government to control every facet of their lives is an arrogant and elitist ideology. It is the ideology you espouse. I reject that premise as un-American, and in direct conflict with the views of our Founding Fathers, who had fought a war to end just such a situation. American individualism is the cornerstone of our nation; when we all become faceless members of voting blocs, we cease to be a great nation.

Coultergeist columns gets scary responses
by Kevin_Foley
May 06, 2015 01:45 PM | 249 views | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

It’s always open season on progressive pundits and Democratic politicians around here, but evidently you’re never allowed to hunt right wing commentators or candidates, especially the kind who spew racial hatred.

That’s the message I received, anyway, from a lot of MDJ readers after critiquing Ann Coulter’s recent comedy act at Kennesaw State University.

Her crass performance, as I noted, was an unfunny assault on people of color not unlike her weekly screeds that appear nearby. No nuance is necessary for Ann. It’s quite literally black vs. white for her, i.e., if you aren’t white, well off and Christian, you need not apply.

I noted that Ann is a kind of modern day Harold Hill, cashing in by telling the River City rubes what they want to hear. If you’re a Coulter fan, I actually feel sorry for you because you’re being had.

Some people in Cobb County don’t want to hear this. Ann, after all, affirms their anger, confusion, and prejudices, so they’d prefer to think Coulter’s nastiness reflects the way the vast majority of Americans feel, believing she has her finger on the pulse of the realpolitik.

She doesn’t. In fact, if conservatives follow her advice, I can confidently guarantee Republicans will never win another national election.

“Was Foley distracted by Coulter sex appeal?” blared an MDJ headline over a letter from one overheated reader.

The Marietta Daily Journal

Her appearance might well have titillated the letter writer, but I was there to listen and what I heard was utterly appalling.

“Coulter ‘baloney’? Or Foley hot air?” inquired another headline over a second letter (talk about mixed metaphors).

The Marietta Daily Journal

“I had the privilege of attending the ‘Coulter Show’ at KSU on Wednesday. However, I was a little disappointed with MDJ columnist Kevin Foley’s report about it. Starting out attacking old famous folks from Chuck Norris to Pat Boone and describing those in attendance as paunchy and gray (sic).”

I did not describe those in attendance as paunchy and gray, but now that you mention it…

Anyway, like a Chuck Norris round house kick to the solar plexus, the truth hurts, I reckon.

Employing his towering intellect, Old Vet wrote: “I was surprised that Fooley (I’ve heard this since I was five) attended the Coulter presentation. He called it baloney. They use lard in baloney and that is mostly how I perceive Fooley's articles. He could have wound up in one of Anne's baloney pieces.”

Baloney pieces? I’m not sure where Vet is going with this.

“Since when is being festooned with body art and wearing jeans with holes preferable to being clean shaven and dressed nicely?” asked a lady. “I'm well under 40 and agree with most of Coulter's views. I look forward to column every Friday.

As I’ve said many times here, racists come in all sexes, colors, shapes and ages.

“Dear College Republicans of KSU, per Kevin, if you're not ‘festooned in body art and clad in frayed flannel shirts and jeans with busted out knees,’ then you are stupid and not entitled to formulate your own opinion…you ignorant, uninformed, racist, misogynist, greedy, right wing nut job bastards.”

‘Nuf said.

“I attended the Ann Coulter event,” huffed another reader. “Her wit is like a very dry martini unspoiled by an olive.”

Then why did I throw up in my mouth when she suggested undocumented immigrants are akin to “rat feces”?

Truly what we would expect from the left, a column that does nothing but trash everyone and everything about this event,” declared another reader.

That’s because the entire event was trashy. Just sayin’.

“According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 682 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the past five years in the United States,” wrote Foley hater Papermill Gal.

We all mourn the death of those officers. But the column I wrote was about Ann Coulter’s glib mockery of the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of police officers, who are supposed to protect and serve all communities, not terrorize them. What does one topic have to do with the other?

“I absolutely do not understand (Foley’s) comment ‘college Republicans are smugly settled in their beliefs, certain mom and dad know best, and that Coulter is setting them straight.’ Really?” wrote a reader.

Yes, really.

“WHAT?!?! Ann Coulter only spoke for 30 minutes at KSU?” asked the aptly named reader, Pee Wee Herman. “$20K/30 minutes = $666.666666667 per minute! Her payday comes out 666, hummmm...were (sic) have we heard about number before?

Wait…what?

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Kevin Foley
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May 09, 2015
I have yet to see any thoughtful comebacks from you or any of the other anonymous trolls.


'Political misrepresentation of education'
by Kevin_Foley
March 16, 2015 02:20 PM | 1086 views | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

'Political misrepresentation of education'

A young Advanced Placement student named Zach Cloud of Roswell read my nearby column blasting the Georgia State Senate’s assault on critical thinking. Young Zach is on to what these right wing zealots are up to by trying to dumb-down the Advanced Placement history curriculum with a bunch of chest-thumping, jingoistic nonsense.

This kid’s going places. He started a web site - https://www.change.org/p/don-t-ban-ap-classes-in-georgia - where you can sign a petition calling off Senate Resolution 80. He already has over 5,600 signatures.

Here’s why your signature is important. Conservatives are trying to turn the clock back to a time when women had no rights, black people couldn’t vote, the environment wasn’t protected, LGBT people were closeted, workers had no protections or workplace safety, little children were employed in mills and factories, old people lived in poverty, those who were sick died if they couldn't afford healthcare, we fought unjust wars to keep the military-industrial complex in business, and banks and financiers could do as they pleased even if it collapsed the economy, once in 1929 and nearly a second time in 2008.

If they can disappear the parts of American history they don't like, students like Zach will be ignorant of the progressive achievements of the last 100 years: trust busting, banking and finance regulations, the New Deal, Social Security, Medicare, 40 hour work week, workplace safety, environmental protections, public education, the Affordable Care Act, and all the rest.

Why? Follow the money. Look no further than at who is funding the campaigns of conservative politicians.

Zach goes on:

Reject Senate Resolution 80, and all others which seek to tamper with College Board educational standards.

Any society which has at its core the principles of freedom and equality must set out to preserve those ideals by protecting the rights of its members. Our constitution explicitly guarantees many individual liberties, such as equal protection under the law as well as the freedoms of speech, religion, and assembly. For a society thus established to maintain these principles, however, other rights not explicitly declared in the constitution must also be protected. First among these is the right to a thorough and impartial education, without which the preservation of a fair and free society is untenable. An education grounded in facts, critical analysis, and intellectual rigor is crucial for both the advancement of the individual and the development of society.

 

It is with this in mind that we respectfully protest the introduction of Senate Resolution 80 into the Georgia state senate. This resolution challenges the standards created by the College Board for the Advanced Placement United States History course. The resolution claims that the current course negatively misrepresents American history, thereby leading students to have a twisted view of the past. The resolution prescribes the removal of state funding from AP United States History as a solution to these complaints, and a subsequent replacement of Advanced Placement classes with state oriented equivalents.

The enactment of this resolution would have drastic implications for both individual students and for the entire educational system of Georgia. Firstly, the standards created by the College Board are designed specifically to deliver a college level education to high school students. Therefore, these standards are recognized as rigorous, thorough, and fair by the grand majority of higher educational institutions in the United States. To ignore these standards of higher learning which govern the majority of our nation is to relegate Georgia to a provincial level of educational practices and put its students at a disadvantage. A refusal to provide an AP level education is highly damaging to the students of the state, especially for those students who are limited to AP courses as their only source of advanced curriculum. Advanced Placement classes are a crucial component of education for those who wish to compete on a national level, with many advanced colleges viewing them as an essential prerequisite for admittance. Many of the highest achieving schools in the state are those that offer a multitude of AP classes. If these classes were to be regulated by state standards, then Georgia students would be left in the dust, and our highest achieving students would have fewer academic opportunities.

From an intellectual standpoint, one of the most disturbing qualities of the resolution is its aim to disguise the more disgraceful portions of United States history with a veneer of patriotism. If we fail to recognize those contemptible moments which have occurred in the history of the United States, and even more specifically those that have occurred in the state of Georgia, then it is impossible for us to gain any understanding of these events. A curriculum that glorifies Washington crossing the Delaware but ignores the horrific Trail of Tears or the racialized tyranny that was the Jim Crow South does not train better citizens, and it most certainly does not cultivate a better educational system in our state. George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If we refuse to acknowledge our failures it makes it impossible for us to truly appreciate our successes, and it inevitably leads us to further mistakes, which our generation can ill afford to make.

Learning about these dark points in our history does not make students unpatriotic. It makes them understand that our nation, like all things made by humans, is not perfect. It teaches students how citizens before us have both triumphed and failed, and focusing on those failures teaches us how to make the modern United States a better place. A partisan interpretation of history, such as the role of idealism in the settling of America (as opposed to an economic analysis), is an unsustainable pedagogy. It reflects an unneeded intervention by government in our apolitical learning environment. If students are given a polar view of history, they will independently seek out the other side, and in doing so develop disillusionment towards the education system of a nation that appears to be burying its mistakes. We as students will have more respect for our nation if its leaders have the strength to admit they were not always right.

Political misrepresentation of education not only skews students' understanding of the material, but also disadvantages Georgia students on the national level. It is for these reasons that we, as students of Georgia, oppose the passage of Senate Resolution 80, and the arguments upon which it is constructed, and so petition our elected officials to do the same.

Well said, Zach!

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More selective outrage
by Kevin_Foley
January 14, 2015 11:20 AM | 2194 views | 6 6 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When it comes to President Obama, it takes very little for the right wing's selective outrage machine to kick into high gear.

Virtually everything Obama does is wrong, as far as conservatives are concerned, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Five percent economic growth? The president gets no credit. Fifty-eight straight months of jobs growth? They're the wrong kind of jobs. His absence at the Paris anti-terrorism rally? A deliberate insult.

There is no rhyme or reason behind such baseless attacks. They're driven by blind hatred, nothing else. Obama is black and he's a Democrat. 'Nuff said.

So why did Obama skip Paris? Here's why: it was planned on less than 36 hours notice. Paris is six hours ahead of the East Coast, so make that 30 hours.

It would have placed the U.S. president in a foreign capital teeming with Muslims, some of whom, as we saw last week, are willing to die, especially if the guy leading the international war on terror shows up with inadequate security in a very public place.

It was Obama, after all, who ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden and the drone strikes on dozens of other terrorist leaders, not the French or German leaders.

Unless you can guarantee the president's security (or the security of any other senior administration official), you don't put him front and center on a Paris boulevard among one million people.

The Secret Service may not have been consulted because the White House staff - no doubt on the advice of the intelligence community - knew it would need a lot more than 30 hours to guarantee the president's security.

As it stands there was a senior official at the rally. U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley marched with the other world leaders, something the right wing media forgot to mention along with the inadequate time to plan security.

Before conservatives get their knickers in a twist over Obama's absences, they would do well to recall their president's reaction to the Katrina. George W. Bush chose to fly over New Orleans marveling at the devastation rather than get on the ground to assess the unfolding human tragedy.

Instead, Bush flew on before belatedly declaring, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

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Old Vet
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March 18, 2015
Napoleon had his Nicolas Chauvin. A boot licker, toady of the first order. Obama, in Georgia has his Foley. No matter the fault, no matter how grave, Foley will leap to the defense. An article I read recently described how some people crave attention so strongly that they will choose to be hated as long as they are noticed.

A problem for them is , after a while their behavior and positions are no longer noticed, so they must go to new extremes to get that notice again.

A Wrong Righted
by Kevin_Foley
December 11, 2014 02:10 PM | 2766 views | 11 11 comments | 206 206 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

It takes courage for any politician to stand up to public pressure, and that's especially true in a small town.

This is why people of good will in Kennesaw should be very proud of our city government. At Wednesday evening's work session, the four council members who initially voted to deny a group of Muslims a permit for a storefront worship center indicated their intention to change their votes when the council meets again on Monday for its regular session.

There were plenty of pragmatic reasons to reverse their decision, but it really doesn't matter why they decided to change their minds. It only matters that they did and each of them, Leonard Church, Tim Killingworth, Jim Sebastian and Debra Williams righted what could have been a gross injustice. They all should be commended.

Along with Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh, they stood up for the Constitution and the rule of law. The First Amendment and its guarantee to worship as you wish covers everyone in America - or it covers no one at all.

Opponents of the Muslim prayer center and their apologists can't have it both ways.

Most of the anti-Muslim commentary in the MDJ reflects a complete misunderstanding of Islam and its 1.6 billion followers around the world. Opponents have tarred the small Kennesaw Muslim community with the terrorist brush, unfairly casting our neighbors and their families as, at best, complacent with terrorism and, at worst, complicit.

A common local refrain is "I haven't seen anything from Muslims condemning terrorism" coming from people who haven't bothered to look. Search the Internet and you will find condemnation of Islamic terrorism from virtually every major and minor Muslim organization in the U.S. and around the world.

What about Israel?! screech some.

What about Israel? What does Israel have to do with a Muslim prayer center on Jiles Road? What does Israel have to do with the First Amendment rights of Muslims?

One chronic Muslim-basher absurdly opined, "We cannot really know what is in the hearts of the Muslims who want to put their mosque in a strip mall in Kennesaw." I would have loved to know what was in the heart of Eric Rudolph before he embarked on his murderous bombing rampage.

Their application was "faulty," said an MDJ opinion writer because it misstated the distance to other Muslim places of worship in Cobb County. This is a laughably specious excuse for denying the permit. There are Christian places of worship everywhere you look in Kennesaw, including a storefront Pentecostal church approved by the council 5-0 last summer.

All this nonsense doesn't matter. The Kennesaw city council did the right thing.

In the city council chamber above the dais is the city seal of Kennesaw which proudly declares "Freedom First."

Exactly. I'm proud to live in this town.

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Craig Kootsillas
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December 28, 2014
Why do you continue to hide from this question?

You are the one with the byline, not me.

I had to get out of there the other night.

Are you using onion-flavored toothpaste?

Man....

No wonder you are such a bitter, weak little man.


Ferguson "white" wash
by Kevin_Foley
November 26, 2014 11:17 AM | 2136 views | 10 10 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

It's an article of faith in legal circles that a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich.

So it was amazing Officer Darren Wilson was spared criminal charges after he pumped six bullets into the unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown last summer.

Or maybe it isn't amazing. After all, Ferguson law enforcement essentially investigated itself, presenting evidence to a grand jury made up of seven white people and three African-Americans. We will never know how that grand jury voted on the five possible charges Wilson could have faced but I'm pretty sure I know how it went down.

Watching the Oscar Pistorius trial that took place in South Africa this year, I commented to my wife how there are two systems of justice there, one for well to do, well connected whites and one for less fortunate blacks.

It's the same here, sadly, where justice is supposed to be blind.

For example, wealthy, white, 16-year old Ethan Couch was driving drunk a couple of years ago. At 70 miles-per-hour in a 40 mile-an-hour zone, Couch struck and killed four people with his pick up truck. When police arrived, they said Couch was combative. They didn't shoot him, however.

After pleading guilty, Couch wasn't sent to prison for 25 years as the prosecutor demanded. No, Couch was sentenced by a Texas judge to probation because she agreed with his expensive defense attorneys that this unfortunate child of the 1 percent had been pampered too much by his parents.

Mike Brown was less-privileged than Ethan Couch. He was a black teen behaving badly when he allegedly took some cigars from a convenience store. Brown and his buddy were confronted by the adult, Darren Wilson, who didn't see kids. He just saw black faces in a black neighborhood and his trigger finger started to itch. Wilson never got out of his car and my guess is he began the conversation with some sort of warm and friendly comment like, "Get the f--- out of the street n-------s..."

Why do I believe that? Because that's the attitude toward blacks that permeates the Ferguson P.D. It was on display last summer when snarling Ferguson cops in full battle regalia pointed their loaded automatic weapons at peaceful black protesters and journalists. So toxic and potentially deadly was that situation that Missouri state police had to take over before the out-of-control Ferguson cops killed somebody else.

Check out YouTube. Such behavior is not uncommon when white cops and black people get together and the police don't know somebody is video recording their actions.

Had Brown's face been white and this taken place in a white neighborhood, would things have turned out differently? Probably. Perhaps the officer would have pulled over to the curb, gotten out of the car with a smile on his face and engaged the kids in a polite dialogue about not behaving badly: "Hey fellas, come on over here a second, I need to talk to you..."

If he felt threatened by the white kids, maybe Wilson would have gone for his Taser instead of his gun. If he had to fire his gun, perhaps he aims at a leg, not the head.

But whatever happened - and we really only have Wilson's testimony - the black kid was summarily shot dead by the white cop who now says he did the right thing and his conscious is clear.

I don't believe Wilson. If he indeed has a conscience, I doubt a day will go by for the rest of his life when he doesn't think about Mike Brown and what he might have done differently that hot afternoon in Ferguson.

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Ben Twomey
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December 04, 2014
Sorry, Foley but you have yet to best me.

I'll save you the time of trying. You aren't intelligent enough to best my 5 year old grandson, much less me.

Give it up and find somebody else to try to best

From the Desk of Joe Ricketts
by Kevin_Foley
November 06, 2014 04:00 PM | 2541 views | 3 3 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Dear Cobb County Voters,

I want to thank you for electing my candidate David Perdue to the U.S. Senate. We thought it was gonna be close, but my advertising campaign seemed to do the trick!

Davey-boy (that's my pet name for him) came in with a lot of baggage, sending thousands of American jobs to China, Mexico and what-not, and squirreling his millions away in overseas tax havens. I almost soiled myself when he said he was "proud" of putting his workers on unemployment and food stamps, but it turns out y'all didn't care!

See I know most Cobb County folks are middle and working class white folks and that Obama's policies benefit you even if you don't know it; things like equal pay for equal work for women, healthcare, raising the minimum wage, taxing extremely wealthy people like me and so forth.

So we had to figure out a way to convince you to vote against your own best economic interests. It was as simple as black and white.

You saw that TV ad I ran, the one where we lied about Obama's record. But what put it over-the-top was the picture of the president and Michelle Nunn side-by-side. Now, just to make sure, I had my ad agency photo shop Obama's face, making it blacker than it really is and Michelle's face a lot whiter so y'all wouldn't miss the monochromatic difference between the two.

See, we figured out what really counts down in Dixie.

Now Davey-boy is in the Senate and I'm gonna make sure Mitch McConnell appoints him to the Senate Banking Committee so he can start tearing down all those pesky financial regulations the Democrats enacted to keep my bank and securities firm from ripping off people like you the way we used to back when W was in office. God, I miss those days!

So, again, thank you kindly Cobb County voters. You lived up to your reputation!

Love,

Joe

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CobbCoGuy
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November 20, 2014
Tim Scott.

Mia Love.

GOP policies hiding on ballot
by Kevin_Foley
October 27, 2014 02:00 PM | 2863 views | 2 2 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

An MDJ columnist posted last week that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were "hiding" on the November 4 ballot.

The columnist, of course, is ascribing the conservative modus operandi to progressives, as if what progressives are talking about can't be spoken of in plain English.

In fact, U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue is the one who can't really tell you what economic policies he supports because if he did, in plain English, you'd never vote for him. Know this: Perdue promised Republicans on Capitol Hill he'd be a "team player" if elected. If you depend on Social Security or Medicare, be afraid. Be very afraid.

That's why Perdue has out-of-state billionaires like the Koch brothers and Joe Ricketts backing him up with dark money spent on viscously dishonest smear ads against Michelle Nunn and gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter.

A vote for Michelle Nunn is a vote for protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare; a vote for increasing the minimum wage; a vote for equal pay for equal work; a vote for early childhood education; a vote for protecting the environment; a vote for making sure the middle class (of which I am sure that columnist is a member) shares in the economic prosperity currently being enjoyed by corporations and the wealthiest Americans; a vote for corporations and wealthy individuals to pay their fair share; a vote for protecting the reproductive rights of women.

Most important, a vote for Michelle Nunn is a vote against more government shut downs, which is why more than 50 of Georgia's most influential businesspeople support her.

The columnist got this right when she quoted Obama: “I’m not on the ballot this fall, but make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.”

She laughably suggests Harry Reid is the obstructionist, not Republicans like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and all the rest standing in the way of passing the president's agenda, the one on which he was elected twice, the one that polls show most Americans support.

Ask them if they like or dislike Obamacare and most say they dislike it. Then ask if they support the Affordable Care Act's specific provisions and the responses are resoundingly positive.

"(I)t is quite peculiar that the Obamacare rates for the upcoming year will not be available until just after the election. It is relevant to note that such rates were available Oct. 1 last year," writes the columnist.

Um, there are no "Obamacare rates." The government doesn't sell health insurance. There are insurance rates which may or may not go up or down in 2015. This has been the case for the nearly 30 years I have purchased group health insurance for my employees. Call an insurance agent, ask for a quote for health insurance and you'll get one.

"A growing number of Americans have recently become outraged at Obama’s lack of significant action on Ebola, ISIS and our dangerous border situation," she claims.

As I wrote last week, the Ebola scare is driven by hysterical right wing media and dishonest GOP candidates. Only the most ignorant, gullible people believe Ebola poses any significant health risk to Americans.

Meantime, the U.S.-led air campaign has blown ISIS off the front page. And there is no "dangerous border situation," another Fox News-pushed canard. What does that phrase even mean?

"It may be tough for some Americans to vote for anyone other than a Democrat, even while they secretly question and disapprove of the direction of this country and policies of this administration. But this administration no longer represents Grandma’s Democrat party," opines the writer.

Bull feathers. Every Democrat I know backs Obama's policies and his successes. She goes on to quote a small potatoes "liberal" radio talker named Bob Just, who nobody has ever heard of except conservatives because Just is on Fox News all the time bashing Democrats.

Then there's this: "...please do not enable (Obama's) agenda and failed policies with your vote."

Failed? Let's see here: 10 million jobs recovered from the disastrous Bush recession, record Dow Jones closings, Osama bin Laden dead, General Motors alive, 20 million Americans now have healthcare coverage, and much more, and all of it accomplished without a lick of Republican help...in fact, at every turn, Republicans deliberately tried to make sure none of this happened.

Unless you are independently wealthy, a vote for David Perdue is a vote against your own best economic interests.

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Kevin Foley
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October 29, 2014
Rhett Whatever - wow, what a thoughtful, intelligent argument. How long did it take you to write that?

Go read my description of Ho Ho under Ms. Cyr's column because that aptly described you too, son.

Home of the brave?
by Kevin_Foley
September 23, 2014 02:30 PM | 2971 views | 3 3 comments | 212 212 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Turn on the news and prepare to be terrified.

Wildfires, crime, floods, Ebola, kidnappings, beheadings, Americans are fed a steady diet of fear-invoking images every night of the week, the more lurid, the more sensational, the more threatening, the better.

It doesn't matter what network or local TV station you watch, fear sells and keeping the viewers hand off the TV remote is the name of the game.

In the golden age of television news, anchors and reporters presented just the news, bad or good. Watch Walter Cronkite announcing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 to see what I mean. I saw this 50 years ago when I was just 10 and it's still etched indelibly in my memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PXORQE5-CY 

No rapid response panel. No reporters offering their vapid personal opinions. No grizzled former Secret Service agent talking about what may or may not have happened in Dallas. Just Walter Cronkite telling Americans their beloved young president was dead and then fighting to check his personal emotions in what seemed like an eternity of silence.

That was real broadcast journalism.

In the years since, network and local television news departments have come under increasing pressure by the advertising departments who answer to Wall Street investors. Cronkite never saw one of these "Mad Men" in his office. His news division was insulated from revenue and profit pressures by television visionary, CBS Network CEO Bill Paley.

Today, advertising suits invade newsrooms all the time trying to influence what airs. They want more viewers because more viewers equal more dollars.

If you watch a lot of TV news, as I do, it's no accident you're in a perpetual state of apprehension if not outright fear. You make sure the doors are locked. You check the kids tucked in their beds one extra time. You look over your shoulder as you walk up Peachtree Street to the Fox Theater.

Fear sells. But there's a price we must pay for all that terror.

We mistrust our neighbors. We buy lots of guns and dead bolts. We over-medicate. We live in a constant state of paranoia.

Guess who's figured this out? ISIS. As Bill Maher pointed out recently using a vulgar but nonetheless amusing expression, America is doing exactly what ISIS wants.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/21/bill-maher-fear-isis-monsanto_n_5857344.html 

We're terrified so we've already begun the process of losing to ISIS.

When GIs in the Pacific listened to Tokyo Rose, they enjoyed the popular tunes she played but laughed at her dire predictions of an American defeat as they gazed out over the endless armadas heading to Japan. Remember, these were men of courage who stormed the beaches of Tarawa and Iwo Jima. Some lady on the radio wasn't going to scare them.

In England, American soldiers and their allies from the U.K., Canada, France, Poland, and Holland listened to William Joyce's (Lord Haw Haw) broadcasts from Berlin. He told them their defeat at the hands of Hitler's Aryan super race was inevitable. Shortly thereafter, The Greatest Generation blasted the Germans out of Normandy and pushed them back to Berlin. Some traitor wasn't going to stop them with talk.

By the way, Tokyo Rose ended up in prison and the British hanged Joyce.

So I wonder where the home of the brave went. When did we Americans, proud citizens of the greatest, most militarily powerful nation mankind has ever known, start quaking in our boots over some guys dressed in black pajamas who murder their helpless victims in the back of beyond?

We're better than this.

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Papermill gal
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October 13, 2014
guys in black pajamas? in the "back of beyond"????

Kevin, were you around on 9-11? In your haste to de-legitimize the Bush presidency, you've ignored the threats of Islamic supremicism for over a decade. Now you wake up and see the threat, and instead of manning up you blame Americans again, calling us cowards?

Dude, while you were playing big boy (with your camera business) there were thousands of men and women taking care of America's business in the "back of beyond." Now your president's negligence has caused all those sacrifices to be lost amidst genocidal Islamic evil, which if you haven't noticed is also now in the American heartland, much due to your party's open border policies and refusal to call the threat what it is. Connecting the dots is not possible when you are a liberal, we can see that now.

Let’s keep Satan out of public schools
by Kevin_Foley
September 17, 2014 02:30 PM | 2823 views | 1 1 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The law of unintended consequences took over in Orange County, Florida after a judge there ruled that public schools permitting the distribution of Christian literature must also allow materials of any religious or atheist organization to be disseminated too.

Overzealous Christians in Orange County never counted on that. Their idea was to give kids only Christian materials because, as they continue to insist, America is a “Christian nation,” which it isn’t, as the students learn in American history classes.

The Founders wanted religious institutions and secular government to remain separate knowing that comingling of the two often led to “mischief,” as the author of the Constitution James Madison once said. He was right. If you want to see what happens when religion and government get together, look at

Iran.

Thus, the United States of America has no “state” religion.

Of course the devil is in the details, which the Orange County Christian community failed to understand because now the Satanic Temple is in their public schools handing out “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.”

I cannot imagine what those activities might include…connect-the-dots Beelzebub?

These well-meaning Christians unwittingly opened the gates of hell. While some kids might be reciting the Lord’s Prayer in the lunch room, others could be conducting a Black Mass on the play ground.

“I am quite certain that all of the children in these Florida schools are already aware of the Christian religion and it’s Bible,” Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves told a reporter, “and this might be the first exposure these children have to the actual practice of Satanism. We think many students will be very curious to see what we offer.”

Back when I was in high school, I know I was very curious about whatever Satan was offering. In fact, I got suspended for a week after a moment of weakness.

But I repented and so should Christians in Orange County, Florida.

We have churches, synagogues and mosques for the practice of religion. Schools are for learning. Let’s keep it that way.

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Lib in Cobb
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September 18, 2014
I follow no religion, nor do I worship any diety. Call me an athiest or Secular Humanist, your choice, it doesn't matter. What does matter is my freedom from religion. If you want to pray in school,that's fine, bow your head and quietly pray until your brains fall out, but don't make me listen to it. To all the christians who knock on my door in an attempt to save me. I am not drowning.

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Kevin Foley is a 1979 graduate of the University of Connecticut and a former newspaper reporter. In 1981, he began his 30-year career in public relations, working in account management for Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum, two international PR firms. In 1986, he launched KEF Media in Chicago, a firm specializing in broadcast and Internet public relations. He moved the company to Atlanta in 1993. His career has taken him around the world and to every major city in America. Along the way he has worked with celebrities and public figures like Hank Aaron, Jane Seymour, Bob Dole, Nolan Ryan and Ryan Seacrest. Kevin went into semi-retirement in 2009 to pursue his long delayed writing career. In 2008 he published his first novel, "Where Law Ends," and has three other novels in various stages of completion. Kevin serves on the board of directors at Pinetree Country Club where enjoys golf and tennis. He and his wife Susie live in Kennesaw. The couple has two grown children.

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