If stupidity were a crime

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We'd like to suggest a new class of crime: aggravated stupid.

Those brainiacs who do something either so patently offensive or obviously dangerous that a common fifth-grader could tell you it was a bad idea would be subject to enhanced penalties -- such as being forced to watch daytime TV in their jail cells.

The first ones we'd like to see charged under the new aggravated stupid statute are the Einsteins who thought it would be a gas to hang a Barack Obama effigy last weekend in Plains, Ga.

Let's examine how stupendously brainless this little prank was.

First, it makes Georgia look like it's made zero progress since the bad old days of the civil rights backlash. That's simply not true. How sad that the nation, and indeed the world, will have the worst stereotypes of the South resuscitated by a jerk who speaks for no one whose brain isn't filled with straw.

Secondly, it has to be plainly apparent to anyone over the age of 10 that the ancient art of effigy has no business being plied here today -- when America is marking its first African-American president. Hanging has a special, horrifying, resonance within a population for whom it was most often not a joke or a prank but a form of terror and retribution.

As so often is the case, such an act says more about the perpetrator than the intended target.

And while others -- including the state in general -- will be tainted by the asinine act of an individual or small group, the truth is much different than this single act of stupidity indicates. The majority of Georgians disagree completely with Mr. Obama on matters of policy, certainly, both foreign and domestic. But we will stand united against anyone who would knowingly -- or mindlessly -- use such terror-inducing methods to show their hatred of the president.

This was an act of sheer, aggravated stupidity. The guilty should have the book thrown at them.

And they should be made to read it, if they're able to.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/05/10 - 03:38 am
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Hanging Palin in effigy was

Hanging Palin in effigy was fine. Hanging Bush in effigy was fine. Burning McCain in effigy was fine. Hanging Clinton in effigy was fine. Hanging Reagan in effigy was fine. All of these incidents were just protected political comments. BUT, hanging Obama in effigy is a racial slur. Everything about the black president of questionable origin is about race. Who knew that everything negative stated about this president would be labeled as "racial"? In fact, wasn't this EXACT scenario predicted long before his election? (yes, but only by every pundit that didn't buy Obama's dog and pony show) Now that Obama has joined the not-to-exclusive club of international politicians to be hung in effigy, it's just a racial slur. How many more times will we have to hear this whinny-boy defense of this horrible mistake during the next three years? Judging by the first year, I'd estimate hundreds.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/05/10 - 04:20 am
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johnston.cliff on Tue Jan 5,

johnston.cliff on Tue Jan 5, 2010 2:38 AM If Obama hadn't been hung in effigy it would have been racism by exclusion! The only president not hung in effigy was black so he was being discriminated against that way...

concernednative
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concernednative 01/05/10 - 04:20 am
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Pickup a history book there J

Pickup a history book there J Cliff. Who do you think was getting hung in the good ole days in Georgia for no reason at all.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 01/05/10 - 05:48 am
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Who was that

Who was that concerned?.....was it Palin? Reagan? Clinton? Carter? Tell us why it has to be racial when Obama is hanged in effigy just like EVERY OTHER president? Was it racism against Whites when the other 43 presidents were hanged in effigy? This race card is getting WAY over played.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/05/10 - 07:33 am
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concernednative, many blacks

concernednative, many blacks are easy to control with this "racist" spiel. It keeps them in place and voting Dem. Guess what? You're one of them.

nofrills
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nofrills 01/05/10 - 07:43 am
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How about taxing your

How about taxing your healthcare? Didnt our great 25% Black 25% white and 50% stupid leader say he wouldn't do it? didn't he attack McCain for suggesting it? I say run him out of office on a hot poker. Let him feel the heat my family have been made to suffer due to him giving money to everybody but small business. I say get rid of all the bums and start over. Get rid of labels and start voting for the man not the party. We all have one common thread. We the TAXPAYERS!

shivas
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shivas 01/05/10 - 07:43 am
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Actually the AC makes it seem

Actually the AC makes it seem Georgia hasn't made progress in the last 50 years. They continue to spout the right-wing agenda of intolerance.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/05/10 - 07:55 am
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shivas, reread this article.

shivas, reread this article. It's in favor of racial bias.

Martinez
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Martinez 01/05/10 - 07:56 am
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Shivas - the AC has plenty of

Shivas - the AC has plenty of help there too. RC politics especially those circus-like commission meetings scream backwards lack of progress. Not to mention many of the frequent online AC commenters.

faithson
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faithson 01/05/10 - 08:06 am
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take a chill pill boys...

take a chill pill boys... The premise of the article is how our great state will be slandered by this 'stupid' act all across America and the world.. I love our great state even if I don't agree with much of it's red state politics. thanx AC for calling a spade a spade...

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 08:14 am
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You are correct, faithson.

You are correct, faithson. Everybody should just call this an "isolated" incident like Obama does with White House security breaches, terrorist attacks and appointees with legal problems. Just blow them off, "it's just one crazy acting alone". Don't worry, be happy!

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corgimom 01/05/10 - 08:24 am
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Terror-inducing? Huh? AC,

Terror-inducing? Huh? AC, you've lost it. It's stupidity to exercise your Constitutional right of free speech?

55 F-100
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55 F-100 01/05/10 - 08:25 am
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Maybe it was not aggravated

Maybe it was not aggravated stupidity............maybe it was because whomever the person was who was responsible for this act was A) A kool-aid drinker who sobered up and regretted voting for Prezbhojangles in the first place or B) An astute voter who voted against Prezbhojangles in the first place and is sick and tired of his lies and his failings thus far or C) Someone who does not want socialized medicine and who is sending a message to the legislators to forego making the "Health Deform" act official, and to go back to the drawing board or D) Sending a message to the legislators that if the "Health Deform" act is made official, then their political future after the 2010 vote is reflected in the display in Plains, Ga.

deekster
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deekster 01/05/10 - 08:35 am
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Jimmah Carter had it done to

Jimmah Carter had it done to draw attention to Plains GA because the town is dying. Lack of interest 101. We should consider this a a "learning experience". No problem, no bad.

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 01/05/10 - 08:39 am
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I tell what is stupidity, all

I tell what is stupidity, all you people who come here everyday arguing about the same old things thinking you will somehow come to a concensus or persuade someone to change their opinion...

jg41160
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jg41160 01/05/10 - 08:45 am
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ACES - First, it makes

ACES - First, it makes Georgia look like it's made zero progress since the bad old days of the civil rights backlash - Reading the posts on here does that.

Poster formerly known as Patricia - "BUT, hanging Obama in effigy is a racial slur" - YES, it's about history. Or do you consider that a fabrication

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 08:51 am
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Here is a history lesson for

Here is a history lesson for ya, jg. "The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would

have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the

terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them." --
Thomas Sowell

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Riverman1 01/05/10 - 09:10 am
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David Carradine wouldn't have

David Carradine wouldn't have complained if you had hung him in effigy....or in.....uneffigy.

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seenitB4 01/05/10 - 09:11 am
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Hi happy posters,, esp.

Hi happy posters,, esp. Sunshine,,,Have U noticed congress has been getting powder in the mail also,,, plus hanging dummys in plains... Do U think it might be about health care bill? Think this is national not just ga..

johnsdad
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johnsdad 01/05/10 - 09:33 am
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AC, is it against the law to

AC, is it against the law to hang an effigy???? If so, just what law is that. The only thing I see stupid is your stupid editorial!

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/05/10 - 09:39 am
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Thomas sowell is not a

Thomas sowell is not a historian. If you're going to qoute a valid historian on the subject of american slavery you should look up Peter H. Wood or John W. Blassingame.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 09:51 am
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I used Mr Sowell's opinion

I used Mr Sowell's opinion because he is a black man who grew up in a single parent household and despite those challenges is now extremely well-educated and successful. I think his views on the subject should be given much credence.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 09:52 am
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Deerhunter, you are free to

Deerhunter, you are free to post their positions that African-Americans would be better off if they were still in Africa. I'd be curious to see their logic.

donkeywhisperer
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donkeywhisperer 01/05/10 - 10:04 am
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Since the start of the Civil

Since the start of the Civil Rights movement and the Great Society "moral indignation" has become an industry, resulting in the re-enslavement of millions whose lives are controlled by the receipt of a monthly check from the USA in their mailbox, as they permit their exploitation as "victims" of racism, chanted as a mantra by their multi-millionaire mouthpieces. The last thing Jesse Jackson, Obama, Al Sharpton, Wade Rathke (ACORN), liberals and the many other make believe MLK torch carriers want is for their people to be free. These "moralists" survive by keeping their people chained to the past in their anger. Stir the pot.It is the reliance of their "constituents" on the government, keeping them enslaved, that supports the liberal agenda and the "indignation" industry itself, as we careen toward socialism. Ask someone who escaped from welfare how difficult that very system made it to do so.
"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK is rolling in his grave. His very own are among the new plantation owners.

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/05/10 - 10:06 am
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Its not a historians job to

Its not a historians job to justify a horrible act against humanity by saying they are now "better off". They write of no such things. Were africans better off after British and French Commonwealth? were the indians left better off after British Commonwealth? Should Black decedents of slaves in America chant "Alleluia Alleulia", thank God for those fancy cruise ships that got us here? Should blacks celebrate a "thank god im not in africa day" just as americans celebrate MLK's birthday?

johnsdad
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johnsdad 01/05/10 - 10:09 am
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I think they should oh

I think they should oh bambihunter. or they could be celebrating sitting in their little grass hut and letting flies drink out of the corner of their mouth and eyes!

johnsdad
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johnsdad 01/05/10 - 10:10 am
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By the way Bambi, are you and

By the way Bambi, are you and all your black bretheren so stupid to believe many of our white ancestors were not slaves also? If so you are definitely a stupid race!

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/05/10 - 10:23 am
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Yes, I do know of enslavement

Yes, I do know of enslavement of whites in africa. Some estimate up to 500,000 white europeans were enslaved in africa(mainly north africa). Im not racist by the way.....

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 10:28 am
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Deer, Mr Sowell used the

Deer, Mr Sowell used the phrase "terrible fate of their ancestors". I don't believe anybody is disputing that. I certainly am not.

johnsdad
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johnsdad 01/05/10 - 10:30 am
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It is high past time blacks

It is high past time blacks get this "woe is me, my ancestors weree slaves" chip off their shoulder. Anyone can use that card, blacks just played it to perfection where other races just "moved" on!

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