published Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Adopt-A-Highway

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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The cost of a free society.

June 13, 2012 at 12:24 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

The Klan is famous for evil, but here they want to do something good and the state won't let them? Way to encourage repentance, guys.

Of course if they insist on cleaning the highway they could commit minor crimes and be sentenced to do it in orange suits, eh? Way to encourage repentance.

If they're near Atlanta, maybe they could be offered a piece of road through a mostly black neighborhood?

(Off topic: if they wanted to be useful in racist robes, they could picket Planned Parenthood with signs saying "Yes! Kill the baby [the N word plural]!" Margaret Sanger, founder of PP, wanted to cut down on undesirable races. Source: hostile bio "Killer Angel" by George Grant.)

June 13, 2012 at 4:37 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Or hold themselves a clean-in wearing robes.

June 13, 2012 at 4:39 a.m.
MTJohn said...

Andrew - I didn't realize that the Klan had repented of the evil for which you suggest they are famous.

More effective that picketing Planned Parenthood, I think the Klan should establish, fund and staff a home for pregnant, indigent, black girls and provide assistance to unwed fathers to find meaningful employment.

June 13, 2012 at 6:36 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Let them adopt a stretch. We could all throw trash and keep them busy-too busy to persecute anyone else.

June 13, 2012 at 6:37 a.m.
EaTn said...

I assume their purpose is to improve their image in the community--something the politicians my try. The real pigs are those who are too lazy and uncaring to dispose of their trash at home. A more effective roadside sign from this group might read--"We're watching---take your trash home or we'll personally deliver it to your home".

June 13, 2012 at 6:40 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Let them pick up the litter but restrict their efforts to areas along Martin Luther King Blvd in Atlanta.

I'm sure their membership is familiar with the term "community service." They just haven't heard it being used by anyone other than a sentencing judge.

June 13, 2012 at 6:52 a.m.
alprova said...

Andrew, if there was ever any evidence that you are detached from reality, your above post proves it.

I am in complete awe.

June 13, 2012 at 6:58 a.m.
alprova said...

AndrewLohr wrote: "Margaret Sanger, founder of PP, wanted to cut down on undesirable races."

That is a complete distortion and an assumed definition of the meaning of the woman's words, and what the woman stood for.

Her goal was to provide a means of birth control for poor women of all races, to lift them out of instances of forced poverty as a result of unplanned or unwanted pregnancies.

Women of little means are not able to provide the financial support needed to raise a child. I cannot tell you how many times I have sat and listened to Conservatives put down poor, "unfit" black women for giving birth to babies that they cannot afford to raise.

So let's not get holier than thou.

It's very easy to sit on the other side of the glass, looking in, and to condemn others for their decisions in life, when they are the one who will be forced to deal with the problems firsthand.

It's fine and dandy for you to sit there and to condemn a woman who decides to terminate the pregnancy of a child that she has not planned for, and to condemn the woman who provided an avenue to women who find themselves in such a position, but it is quite obvious to everyone with a brain that one who condemns others for such decisions have no intention of offering an ounce of financial support to these women.

For sure, there is taxpayer supported financial support available to any woman who winds up pregnant, but what is never considered is the implications and consequences that result from unplanned pregnancies to a single woman.

She is more likely destined to live the rest of her life in poverty, totally disrupting any and all plans to be responsible and self-supporting, or to marry a man who can provide the financial means to her. There are exceptions of course, but not many women go on to lead productive lives and overcome the life-altering issues and problems that plague an unmarried woman who bears a child.

June 13, 2012 at 7:29 a.m.
quietreader said...

Alprova you need to do a little more research into Margaret Sanger's history.

June 13, 2012 at 8:11 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Disgrace a Newspaper

Sponsered by Clay Bennett

June 13, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

quiet reader, if you have something to offer, do so, with citations. I suspect you may be reading a little too much Barton history.

June 13, 2012 at 8:35 a.m.
dude_abides said...

BigRidgePatriot said... Disgrace a Newspaper

Sponsered by Clay Bennett

("Spelling" by BRP, the 'Kloset Klansman')

June 13, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.
alprova said...

quietreader wrote: "Alprova you need to do a little more research into Margaret Sanger's history."

The web is full of the distortions of that woman's words, all thanks to the anti-abortion crowd and churches, all who are known for abject bias and dishonesty surrounding the subject.

Pass off the B.S. someplace else.

June 13, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.
Winner said...

This is Obama's fault.

June 13, 2012 at 8:54 a.m.
degage said...

Margaret Sanger in her autobiography talks about her involvement with KKK in 1926. in her own words "blacks, indigent are human weeds." quiet was right alprova needs check his facts before stating such nonsense. If nothing else read the book. She was evil.

June 13, 2012 at 9 a.m.
yddem said...

When did burp go back in the closet?

June 13, 2012 at 9:01 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Your definition of "evil" is warped if you think Sanger is evil.

June 13, 2012 at 9:14 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Reading Sanger's bio, it would be hard not to see her as racist. Of course, racism is a word used by the left only in the context of politics. For instance, if you don't want BHO reelected, you're clearly racist. The left reserves the use of the word only to promote their agenda.

June 13, 2012 at 10:06 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Margaret was human and a product of the society in which she was raised. She was not perfect, but she was concerned about the welfare of women, especially poor women. Her clinics in poor black neighborhoods were staffed by African-American doctors and nurses-surely they supported what she was trying to do.

Margaret Sanger's legacy has been quote-mined and twisted to serve the pro-life movement. This is a common ploy (it is used by both sides)- if you can demonize a person who cannot defend themselves you can demonize all that they stood for. I am sure if people stopped to think, they would appreciate the fact that Sanger made it possible to obtain birth control in this country (it was illegal). I don't think anyone would want to go back to the days when women were pregnant every year until menopause.

June 13, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.
davisss13 said...

Republicans are obviously brain-damaged. These ignorant, bs posts show it better than a psychological analysis.

June 13, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.
limric said...

The KKK is, by definition, a terrorist group. Nobody really talks about that anymore because they are just a weak echo of what they used to be.

They have learned the art of subtlety, and they know that if they don't start anything really outrageous, but perform within the restraints of the law, focus on their shenanigans is lessened. The KKK, no matter how hateful, has the right to free speech. They are not doing anything unlawful, and that's how they get by, and as such its membership today is just a retarded fraternity of sorts. Like the chicken pox virus you had as a child, they are considered a virus / terrorists - but dormant.

The KKK is to Christianity what al-Qaeda is to Islam... the violent fringe.

Letting them adopt a highway is disgusting and about as tasteful as letting neo-Nazis run jails in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods. It is a PR front, a friendly public relations side, which tries to cover for a hidden and quite evil side.

Bennett is right, it is a disgrace. Hopefully the coming lawsuit will go down...in flames.

June 13, 2012 at 11:21 a.m.
potcat said...

Ikeithlu, perfectly stated response for Margaret, she would approve.

Lohr, you are truly one scary individual, wow.

June 13, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.
alprova said...

degage wrote: "Margaret Sanger in her autobiography talks about her involvement with KKK in 1926. in her own words "blacks, indigent are human weeds." quiet was right alprova needs check his facts before stating such nonsense. If nothing else read the book. She was evil."

I don't care about propaganda written by anti-abortionists. You're spreading nothing short of vicious lies.

The woman continues to dog this crap 48 years after her death. She was never associated with the KKK, nor did she ever write the above either.

In response to her writing, "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members," which is taken to mean something totally different than what was intended, she clarified it with stating that she, "recognized that elements within the black community might mistakenly associate the Negro Project with racist sterilization campaigns in the Jim Crow South, unless clergy and other community leaders spread the word that the Project had a humanitarian aim."

She was a woman who would not tolerate bigotry among her staff, nor any refusal to work within interracial projects.

Sanger's work with minorities earned praise from Martin Luther King, Jr., in his 1966 acceptance speech for the Margaret Sanger award.

Does anyone seriously think that Martin Luther King, Jr. would praise a racist?

Anti-abortionists will stop at nothing to taint this woman's reputation. Ignorance is totally out of control on this one.

June 13, 2012 at 11:52 a.m.
degage said...

Read her book, she spoke at kkk meetings.

June 13, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Since when has the KKK or any of their redneck ilk been interested in things like litter patrol? What a joke. They couldn't care less about picking up trash - they ARE the trash. Limric is right - this is nothing but a PR front.

As for Andrew Lohr: for those of you who need more than his incoherent Bible-laced verses that he posts online to make up your mind whether he's gonzo or not, just check out some of his videos on Youtube. You will see instantly that the guy is nuckin' futs. It's pointless to waste your time trying to engage in meaningful dialogue with him. He's not only 100% devoted to his sky daddy, he's already taken up residence with him way, way, way up above the clouds.

June 13, 2012 at 12:23 p.m.
Easy123 said...

degage,

She spoke at one meeting. And it was to the women's auxiliary of the KKK. You're reaching for something that isn't there. The woman wasn't evil and you are crazy if you think she was. She was a pioneer for women's rights, the birth control movement and established Planned Parenthood. Please argue how any of that is evil. I'd love to hear it.

From Wikipedia: "In 1926, Sanger gave a lecture on birth control to the women's auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey. She described it as "one of the weirdest experiences I had in lecturing," and added that she had to use only "the most elementary terms, as though I were trying to make children understand". Sanger's talk was well-received by the group, and as a result, "a dozen invitations to similar groups were proffered."

June 13, 2012 at 12:29 p.m.
alprova said...

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/multimedia/video/2008/wallace/sanger_margaret.html

An interesting Margaret Sanger interview with Mike Wallace in 1957.

A glimpse into television back then: Take note of the cigarette commercials contained throughout the program.

June 13, 2012 at 12:34 p.m.
alprova said...

degage wrote: "her book, she spoke at kkk meetings."

Now that is partially true. In 1926, Sanger gave a lecture on birth control to the women's auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey, one time only. She described it as "one of the weirdest experiences I had in lecturing," and added that she had to use only "the most elementary terms, as though I were trying to make children understand."

Speaking to and meeting with female members of the KKK in no manner suggests that she was on board with, or agreed with them on anything.

The woman traveled the World during her lifetime, including to countries mired deep in Communism.

Does that make her a Communist too? Only if you are Joseph McCarthy.

June 13, 2012 at 12:44 p.m.
moonpie said...

Congratulations, Andrew, on your hijacking.


It will be interesting to see how the Klan reacts to Georgia officials saying "no" to this request. I'm not sure how much of a free speech issue this is.

June 13, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.
nucanuck said...

The KKK may be a disgraced entity, but way too many among us still cling to their beliefs in the darkest corners of their minds. We see the hate on this comment board on a daily basis.

June 13, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Good grief, tuqu. Grow up. Sanger and Carson aren't patron saints. Are you capable of intelligent interaction or are you just a jerk? Like anyone who brought issues to the public forefront, these two women were human, fallible like the rest of us. And no, Carson is not responsible for the death of millions. DDT, like any other insecticide, would lose its effectiveness and have to be replaced with another. Carson exaggerated the impact on birds, but since DDT's banning some have been pulled from the brink of extinction, so it was a real threat to some species. Preventing malaria cannot be done with insecticides, so your statement is bullhockey and taken from some extremist, anti environmental source.

The fact that you cannot understand the complexity of these issues, the good and the bad inherent in anything, makes me think that you are either being intentionally combative (and therefore a troll) or you are not smart enough. This is not about left or right, liberal or conservative.

June 13, 2012 at 2:48 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Poor ol' tu, what can ya do, when your melodramatics and your bats in the attic don't jive.

Not a friend to be found who can stomach the sound of your blither and partisan tripe.

A quick read of your posts is time wasted for most, and your points are either absent or overly ripe.

Please troll on through, you'll be missed by few, all we'll hear is your buzzing din like an angry bee-hive.

June 13, 2012 at 2:48 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

nucanuck: "The KKK may be a disgraced entity, but way too many among us still cling to their beliefs in the darkest corners of their minds. We see the hate on this comment board on a daily basis."

perhaps the most irresponsible post ever on here

June 13, 2012 at 2:53 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

nucanuck: "The KKK may be a disgraced entity, but way too many among us still cling to their beliefs in the darkest corners of their minds. We see the hate on this comment board on a daily basis."

We certainly do see this hate and bigotry here daily.

June 13, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

I've seen nothing on here that rises to the threshold of Klanism. You effers should be a little more responsible before throwing that scat out.

June 13, 2012 at 3:16 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Unfortunately, tuqu doesn't know a jest when she sees one. Probably because she has too little sense of humor and too much sense of self-righteousness.

June 13, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.
dao1980 said...

scat....

(jazz playing in the background)

moobley boobley beebley bop... scloop.... wiggity biggley fubity blopity wop!

scat.

June 13, 2012 at 3:19 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Oh tu knows when it's a joke.

She just feels so unfulfilled she can't laugh with everyone else.

June 13, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.
MTJohn said...

Jack_Dennis said..."I've seen nothing on here that rises to the threshold of Klanism. You effers should be a little more responsible before throwing that scat out."

Jack - I now expect you to be equally diligent in challenging every post that refers to the President as a communist/socialist/fascist.

June 13, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

No problem MT. I refute that he's a commie or fascist.

June 13, 2012 at 3:49 p.m.
Easy123 said...

And you obviously don't understand socialism if you wouldn't refute that claim either.

June 13, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Easy: I will stipulate that you know socialism better than I do.

June 13, 2012 at 4:02 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Google it. Then you might understand how ignorant your position is. Or maybe you won't. You don't come off as very intelligent or open minded.

June 13, 2012 at 4:11 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Very open-minded, pal, unlike you. But then, you're just leaning the ropes.

June 13, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

t_q, the KKK, by its very existence, promotes racial hatred. The only reason they have toned down their rhetoric (at least publicly) and scaled back on their violence is because they know they cannot get away with it today. The vast majority of Americans of all races regard the KKK with the contempt and derision they deserve. Your comment that John_Proctor is the one promoting violence and racial hatred is, like most of your comments, absurd.

June 13, 2012 at 4:20 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Jack,

Please give evidence of your open mindedness. Because you haven't shown any to date. And your lack of knowledge about the issues you present ( in this case, socialism) would lead me to believe that your statements/beliefs are not your own.

June 13, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

So before contraception was legal women typically had 25 to 30 children during their child bearing years.

Laugh all you want tuqu. Women typically had 20 or more pregnancies (not all resulting in live births) until death, menopause, being in a state of health too poor for sex or being rendered sterile by STD's .

June 13, 2012 at 4:43 p.m.
moonpie said...

I think it is intresting that most people have posted mostly today over Sanger and non-related issues like Obama, socialism etc.

I'd be really curious to see how people thought about the KKK adopting a part of the highway. Should Georgia have done it through gritted teeth, with open arms, or reject it as they did?

Andrew seems to support the Klan in this endeavor. Is he alone?

June 13, 2012 at 4:48 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Since we're talking about the communist/socialist/fascist Obozo..."- t_q

Republican Eisenhower tried to create universal health coverage for Americans before anyone even heard of Medicare; he created the Interstate Highway system funded mostly with federal funds; he taxed the rich at 90%. Republican Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency. Republican Reagan raised taxes 11 times when in office, compared to Obama's raising of taxes a grand total of...zip, zero, nada. Even Obama's desire to let the Bush tax cuts on the rich expire would not have been raising taxes so much as allowing them to return to their former sensible rates.

You idiots who keep calling Obama a socialist, commie, marxist, fascist, or all of the above are really doing nothing but exposing your lack of intelligence for all to see. Obama is so moderate he's a disappointment to most true liberals but you can't even see that. You ought to be thanking him instead of throwing stones at him. He's the next best thing you could get to a Republican in the Oval Office. Tell me one way that he has taken your freedoms from you and condemned you to a life of socialistic/fascistic oppression. It's a waste of time to even try to talk rationally with you. You're all friggin' knee-jerk reactionary nuts.

June 13, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.
jjmez said...

The Klan is a terrorist organization. There's nothing good about them or their motive on the pretense of adopting a section of a highway to only do something good.. They're still the Klan. A group historically known for its brutal, deadly, terroristic and hideous attacks on fellow Americans. There's nothing political about terrorizing and murdering fellow Americans just because you don't like the color of their skin.

June 13, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.
MickeyRat said...

Your right JJmez, as is limric.

They've been long overdue for a visit from Seal Team 6.

June 13, 2012 at 6:34 p.m.
joneses said...

The Black Panther Party's racist agenda that Attorney General Holder and Hussein Obama refused to stand to for their voter intimidation tactics and placing a bounty on an American citizen is just as bad as the Klan's racist agenda. But you will never hear a liberal holding the racist Black Panther's accountable. Another example of liberal's being hypocrites.

June 13, 2012 at 8:21 p.m.
joneses said...

Today's headline

"Study shows Obama slipping in global esteem, China now seen as top economic power"

The world sees Hussein Obama for the failure he is but the stupid liberals in America still cling to his failed term in occupying the White House. I am sure our enemies love him for destroying America.

June 13, 2012 at 8:26 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

joneses, you are full of crap as usual. However, I appreciate the brevity of your recent posts. A big improvement.

June 13, 2012 at 8:39 p.m.

And we continue to see the costs of a free society as exemplified by the postings here.

The KKK has always made some token effort to claim how they protected society. This is nothing new for them.

They are not repenting, though individual members are another story.

Kinda funny how much of the discussion has focused on the dead though. Why not some living examples, like Rick Santorum's blah people?

Why do we never hear of a conservative holding a Republican accountable for right-wing thuggery? Why no opposition to Terry Jones, Charles Worley or Bryan Fischer?

June 13, 2012 at 8:52 p.m.
patriot1 said...

Is the DNC and the 'rat party behind this? After all the KKK was the terrorist arm of the democrat party.

June 13, 2012 at 9:22 p.m.
TOES02800 said...

Again bulbs!? You ALWAYS say that! "Oh that's in the past"! The past is only relevant when it's beneficial to bulbs.

June 13, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

TOES02800, again with the pathetic attempts at scapegoating? You incessantly try to make others look bad by casting false aspersions on them.

But they also make you look bad because your version is so obviously inaccurate. See that's the thing about the past, it's easy to write your own version of history, but when it's incomplete, well, then you're exposed for what you are.

This is especially bad when you mire yourself so much in your false history that you ignore the present and the future. Well, actually, I'm sure you have a fantasy version of the present as well.

patriot1, yep, keep blaming those Democrats while ignoring the present. Sorry, but the GOP embraced the white southern racist conservatives, and trying to get us to ignore it will take a better distraction than that stale bit of theater.

But hey, tell Mitt to try that card. Give Obama even more votes.

June 14, 2012 at 1:16 a.m.
dabbscr said...

Hey demlibs, still waiting on your comments to Joneses last post. Don't see none of you ranting about the Black Panther party and their intimidation at the voting booths, the bounty that was publicly made on Zimmerman, or how the Justice Dept with Holder stated that there would be no more investigations into the Black Panther voter intimidation. How Rev. Jackson spits out racist inclinations (just keeping racist on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and other liberal based stations at the top of conversation)about how if we don't agree or like Obama, we are racist. Demlibs want comment on the truth. OH, and when newsmedia accused Tea Party of spitting on one of the congressman...video footage shows NEVER HAPPENED.

June 14, 2012 at 3:35 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I answered joneses' post on another thread, as he posted this same crap multiple times.

June 14, 2012 at 8:09 a.m.
jjmez said...

joneses said... The Black Panther Party's racist agenda that Attorney General Holder and Hussein Obama refused to stand to for their voter intimidation tactics and placing a bounty on an American citizen is just as bad as the Klan's racist agenda. But you will never hear a liberal holding the racist Black Panther's accountable. Another example of liberal's being hypocrites

  1. And how many highways has the Black Panther Party attempted to adopt?

  2. Florida just used their law enforcement to keep voters from the polls.

  3. If not for such terrorist organizations as the Klan, Nazi, Aryan groups, an unjust and often brutal law enforcement, which by the way was once notoriously and opnely known for hiring and harboring known members of the KKK, organization such as the Black Panther Party would have never formed.

    1. Placing Bounty? Yeah, the KKK is notoriously known for that too.
June 14, 2012 at 8:29 a.m.
MTJohn said...
June 14, 2012 at 6:11 p.m.
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