BoE Chairman Presberg in Silly String showdown with parent

Leonard Presberg, chairman of the Fayette County Board of EDucation. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Presberg angered at treatment of Obama marchers July 4th

When a 12-year-old boy shot some “Silly String” at the Fayette County Democratic Party’s July 4th parade entry, it touched off a brief verbal confrontation between the boy’s dad and Fayette County Board of Education Chairman Leonard Presberg, who was marching with the Democratic entry.
 
Both Presberg and the boy’s father, Gary Wax, said they never came to blows, but they accused each other of trying to start a fight.
 
In the initial email to The Citizen about the incident, Wax did not seem to know who the man was who confronted the boy (see letters on Page A4).
 
Presberg contends the child sprayed the Silly String in the face of someone carrying the Democrats’ balloon sculpture touting President Obama, and that when the boy returned to the crowd Wax gave his son a high-five.
 
That differs from Wax’s account of the event, as he said he did not see where the Silly String landed. Wax did not mention high-fiving his son afterward, but said his son had deployed the Silly String earlier in the parade as he shot friends who were riding by on floats.
 
The college student who was hit by the Silly String said the shot actually glanced onto him because the boy had shot the banner he was carrying. Shae Brooks of Peachtree City said he simply wiped off the residue and kept on walking.
 
Because his son already had sprayed other parade entries, Wax didn’t think it was a big deal until he saw Presberg making a beeline for his son. Wax said he stepped in and the two men were “nose to nose.”
 
“I could literally smell his breath, that’s how close he was to me,” Wax said. “... I kept saying, ‘Move on, move on, move on.’”
 
Presberg in an interview agreed that Wax continued to tell him to “move along” a number of times before Presberg walked away.
 
“I went over and said, ‘That was really rude,’ or something, and the dad basically got in my face and said, ‘You can’t tell my son what to do,’” Presberg said.
 
Wax estimated the entire confrontation lasted 15 or 20 seconds at most, and that he kept telling Presberg to walk away.
 
When Presberg walked away, Wax said the school board chairman told him “Man, you need to get your priorities straight.”
 
Presberg said he felt the Silly String was a physical attack and said it caught him by surprise.
 
“That was pretty disturbing to me, and the fact that the initial reaction was not ‘hey, don’t spray (stuff) in people’s faces’ but ‘hey, that was really funny, good job!’” Presberg said.
 
Wax noted that his son might have been one or two steps off the curb when he shot the gooey substance.
 
“It wasn’t like it was an attack or anything,” Wax said. “It could never have been considered to be such.”
 
By Presberg’s account, the parade marcher who was struck by the Silly String wiped it off and kept on marching.
 
Presberg said he realized it was just a joke played by a 12-year-old kid, but he didn’t think it was funny.
 
“I get it: kids do stupid stuff,” Presberg said. “But it’s how the adults around react to what a kid does. And when a kid does something like that, in my mind, it’s just clearly inappropriate. The appropriate reaction is not a big high five.”
Wax said he was concerned about not getting in a fight on July 4th in front of his children.
 
“That was the last thing you think of, getting in a situation where you’re going to have to fight somebody,” Wax said. “It was very intimidating and the more I thought about it, the more I thought ‘this is total b.s.’”
 
Presberg noted that in addition to boos and jeers from some in the parade, others threw candy at the Democrats marching in the parade.
 
“I got hit a couple of times from people throwing stuff, which just seems crazy to me, that our society has sort of degenerated into if you disagree with someone, it’s OK not to treat them as a person,” Presberg said.
 
According to Wikipedia, “Silly String (generically known as aerosol string) is a children’s toy of flexible, sometimes brightly-colored, plastic string propelled as a stream of liquid from an aerosol can. The solvent in the string quickly evaporates in mid-air, creating a continuous strand. Silly String is often used during weddings, birthday parties, carnivals and other festive occasions.” The resulting strand is nearly weightless.
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Talk about Leo's blogging

" The college student who was hit by the Silly String said the shot actually glanced onto him because the boy had shot the banner he was carrying. Shae Brooks of Peachtree City said he simply wiped off the residue and kept on walking". Hmmm . Not sprayed "shot"in the face.

'“I went over and said, ‘That was really rude,’ or something, and the dad basically got in my face and said, ‘You can’t tell my son what to do,’” Presberg said...... Talk about vague or ambiguity "or something like that"...."Ra "basically" said... Whaaaat?

Far cry from the detailed narrative of his account of the political, Vicious assault the chairman of the board portrays in his Leonardp.com blog.

What kind of lawyer is/was Present ...... Real estate That's right...
Thank goodness he is not a corporate, defense , prosecutor ,trial lawyer of "something like that"...

 

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silly string incident

Leo has a blog and, my goodness, some of his followers are "out there." I was LMAO at this comment:

Thanks, Leonard, for this article. It is all about race. Whatever code words they use, they just can’t stand it that one of the people their great grand pappy would have kept in chains now sits in the White House.

It takes all kinds to make the world go around, doesn't it?

http://leonardp.com/2012/07/05/on-civility-partisanship-and-a-parade/

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I have never cared for ANY of the campaigners at the parade...

That's my take.

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Why did the kid have silly string at all?

It's beside the point that any of this happened. Did the kid shoot the guy as a political statement or whatever? Who knows? But who lets their kid bring silly string to a parade? Typically objects come from the parade and not into the parade. Stay classy, Fayette co.

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Mr. Presberg is a childish man!

The boy was wrong but he's a child. Mr. Presberg should grow up or stop participating in political events.

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Someone Lost a 1-Touch

I'll post this where it gets the most play. There is a diabetes kit in a black case on the newspaper boxes outside Omega Bookstore by Subway & Bikes Unlimited. Black case / No ID.

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Bladderq -- 1 touch meter OWNER found

She is hoping you happened to pick it up. If so you can drop it off at City Hall, she works there. If you need more info call me here at the paper main line 770-719-1880.

Thanks for posting about it.

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Someone Lost a 1-Touch

I'll post this where it gets the most play. There is a diabetes kit in a black case on the newspaper boxes outside Omega Bookstore by Subway & Bikes Unlimited. Black case / No ID.

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Someone Lost a 1-Touch

I'll post this where it gets the most play. There is a diabetes kit in a black case on the newspaper boxes outside Omega Bookstore by Subway & Bikes Unlimited. Black case / No ID.

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To All:

I will continue to post my opinion and interact with whomever I choose. Have a great weekend!

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B.F.D.

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, I guess this passed the censor. :-)

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Can I just get this off my chest?

It is NOT the Democratic Party it is the Democrat Party.

Democratic is a form of Government... Democrat is a Political Party.

Sorry... had to get that one out.

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Lindsey world

It must be nice to have your own private world where whatever you think seems to become real.

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Definition of 'Democrat'

The term “democrat” originated as an epithet and referred to ‘one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.'

Very apropro.

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Must be the world that Obama lives in...

...JeffC! Too bad reality is interfering! ;)

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It would be a better place Jeff

then the one we currently survive in... Just saying 8-)

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Just saying too
Quote:

It is NOT the Democratic Party it is the Democrat Party.

Democratic is a form of Government... Democrat is a Political Party.

Sorry... had to get that one out.

From mediamatters.org:

In recent months, media figures, including news reporters at CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and the Associated Press echoed Republicans by employing the word "Democrat" as an adjective to describe things or people of, or relating to, the Democratic Party -- including referring to the "Democrat" Party itself, even though that is not the party's name. The ungrammatical conversion of the noun "Democrat" to an adjective was the brainchild of Republican partisans, presumably an attempt to deny the opposing party the claim to being "democratic" -- or in the words of New Yorker magazine senior editor Hendrik Hertzberg, "to deny the enemy the positive connotations of its chosen appellation." In the early 1990s, apparently due largely to the urging of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Republican pollster Frank Luntz, the use of the word "Democrat" as an adjective became near-universal among Republicans.

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yep another one

What is up with the dupes?

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Dupes... yes...

The **** software scanning the blog for ******* thoughts is bogged down when evaluating **** (although this analysis is obviously based on past thoughts expressed, not **** qualitative depth of this discussion). While ***** is *****, the server times out. The recovery software finds the blog entry in the buffer and posts it. You don't know this until you post and the page refreshes. Duplicates.

Better than being held for review. Then **** out for several days.

Be grateful **** is *** not censoring *****, so we can ****.

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"Off the curb?" Mr. Wax? Are you serious?

Your son is a lawbreaker then. The police made it very clear for everyone to stay out of the street. Even a half-step off the curb is a serious violation. You should be thankful your son didn't spray Mayor Haddix because then you would have 2 captains and 2 officers knocking on your door and you would be appearing before Judge Ott and fined several hundred dollars.

Targeting a member of the Free Thought Society is also dangerous. They are likely to be chanting your son's name while they are baying at the next full moon. Not sure exactly what that does, but your son should stay inside for a couple of weeks.

Targeting an Obama supporter is real dangerous. His top law enforcement officer is Eric Holder.

And a Jewish person? Or is he an atheist? Either way don't take chances.

And attacking the chairman of the school board? At least school isn't in session or your little boy would be yanked out of homeroom the day after.

No high fives, Mr. Wax. Just sit your son down and teach him about all the groups he offended and the laws he broke. And please keep him away from the BP station.

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Robert you are too funny!

"Targeting a member of the Free Thought Society is also dangerous. They are likely to be chanting your son's name while they are baying at the next full moon. Not sure exactly what that does, but your son should stay inside for a couple of weeks"

You hit on all points of the foolishness of this deal as well. No matter what my thoughts are on political parties, I would never high five my son for spraying silly string on someone in a parade. We don't know if the kid was aiming at someone's face or what. It would embarrass me that my 12 year old acted that way in public. Also, you are right, Fayette county as a whole is not the right place to get off the wrong side of law and order. At 12, my child and others got put on 6 months probation for running from a Tyron policemen after being run out of a neighbor hood pool to which we had a membership to by a looney woman who lived next door to it! Point being, in courts here police are always right. If his child was charged for a crime, he would have been convicted. Not smart to high five his child for misconduct. It will only teach him disrespect, which could cause him problems later.

I wasn't at the parade so I shouldn't pass judgement, but I would never put up with my kid doing that. At the least, he comes off looking like a spoiled bratt.

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Funny when I can, be serious when I need to be, sugar. WWWD?

That is the standard I use - WWWD? What Would Wilbur Do? My father. Even though it was a long time ago that I was a stupid kid and I certainly recognize how things have deteriorated with us baby boomers raising Gen-Xers who unfortunately are now raising kids of their own, I can assure you that the only high-five I would have gotten from my father would not have been directed at my raised hand, but somewhere else. No, we didn't have silly string, but if I had assaulted (yes that's what it is) a stranger with even just water, my sore butt would have been grounded for a month and I would have made a personal and written apology to that stranger and probably would have been forced to cut his grass foe a month.

Yea, I know, times have changed, we are all more liberal or progressive or permissive or whatever you all want to call that feel-good, non-competitive crap that passes for raising children nowadays. I still think the old fashioned ways were better. I must really be getting old, I sound exactly like my father.

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Samo, samo bobby

Growing up on a farm in Iowa, silly string behavior would not have lasted 2 minutes. These people need to get some respect and while they are at it - get a life. Please parents, teach your children some respect. Start by not letting them buy silly string. Or, if you bought silly string for them because you thought it might be funny ----well, get a life.

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Samo, samo bobby

Growing up on a farm in Iowa, silly string behavior would not have lasted 2 minutes. These people need to get some respect and while they are at it - get a life. Please parents, teach your children some respect. Start by not letting them buy silly string. Or, if you bought silly string for them because you thought it might be funny ----well, get a life.

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Robert you are too funny!

"Targeting a member of the Free Thought Society is also dangerous. They are likely to be chanting your son's name while they are baying at the next full moon. Not sure exactly what that does, but your son should stay inside for a couple of weeks"

You hit on all points of the foolishness of this deal as well. No matter what my thoughts are on political parties, I would never high five my son for spraying silly string on someone in a parade. We don't know if the kid was aiming at someone's face or what. It would embarrass me that my 12 year old acted that way in public. Also, you are right, Fayette county as a whole is not the right place to get off the wrong side of law and order. At 12, my child and others got put on 6 months probation for running from a Tyron policemen after being run out of a neighbor hood pool to which we had a membership to by a looney woman who lived next door to it! Point being, in courts here police are always right. If his child was charged for a crime, he would have been convicted. Not smart to high five his child for misconduct. It will only teach him disrespect, which could cause him problems later.

I wasn't at the parade so I shouldn't pass judgement, but I would never put up with my kid doing that. At the least, he comes off looking like a spoiled bratt.

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Mr. WAX last of education

So agree with you Mr Morgan.

I have been in the community for over 4 years. Have lived in many towns, but never have I been reminded by (left and right) friends how racist and republican this town is. I love PTC. It's a beautiful community, however, to have the reputation of a very racist town is not something we should be proud of. I'm hoping someday soon, leaders and community participants will begin to change our reputation.

No high fives for the marks PTC is getting for their welcoming diverse groups and looking the other way and encouraging rudeness to folks like Mrs
. Cheyne and others on the July 4th Float for Obama.

I'm sorry on behalf of those citizens who "treat others" with dignity.

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Wow the Silly String incident Turns into the Race Card

That's a huge stretch of the imagination. I know it is a reflex action for democrats to use the race card freely to push people around....but wow that was quite lame.

Please try to keep it real. Just call it what it was, rude childish behavior by both of the adults and the tween involved. Most conservative people don't like obumble's political views. That shouldn't be a surprise. I think we all agree that these people and their little float should not have been attacked. Booing is about as far as it should have gone, even that is rude.

Every time the race card is used for something other than racism it becomes harder and harder to believe stories that may actually have some merit. The race card has been used and abused so badly in the south it really has lost all credibility.

Jimmy Carter would have been booed too if he had been on that float and for the same reason. People don't like his brand of politics. The only difference is the secret service would have put the cuffs on the kid and parent if they had sprayed him with silly string.

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When and where this became about race and racism?

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Veritas

I think most saw this as an anti-Obama/ Democrat expression rather than a racist act. No matter ones ideology there are those on this blog who make racist statements regarding our President and/or the two leading political parties. Sad.

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bottom line

Presberg is in a position of public responsibility. It is incumbent of him to react with maturity and and a cool head when dealing with children and childlike adults, not jump down to the same level. He just stigmatized himself big time.

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Pressburg = Powder Kegg?

So this is how the BOE Chairman solves problems, first he goes after the kid and then the Parent. How long will it be before we read about him taking a swing at one of our Children? I'll bet that everyone entering the next BOE meeting will be frisked making sure nobodies smuggling in cans of Silly String, Oh the Horror! What a putz.

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When you don't have the love...

...and forgiveness of Jesus Christ in your heart, and are left with a shallow shell, to free-think on your secular decisions, this is what happens. It would have been better that he turned the other cheek and said a silent prayer for the child and his father.

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kcAndy & Barlow bandwagon

C'mon Andy, you don't need to ride that wagon to make your point--not your style.

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With all due respect, that's a load of crap. By your reasoning then, all the Jewish people would have stormed the sides of the road over silly string, or how about the Hindu's.

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I don't know what Hindu's would do...

...in this situation, and the Jews don't follow the teaching of Christ, but the decision of this free-thinker to decide to conduct himself in this way led to an embarrassing incident for him. There are a multitude of teachings in many religions that would have led to a better, more civil outcome than what he, of his own free will, decided to do. We can be better than this...maybe he should peruse some of those teachings.

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A principle for all mankind

'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' It's called'THE GOLDEN RULE' and is found is almost all religions - not just Christianity.

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Isn't it sad that the only one in this situation to show good

judgment and common sense was the young man who was sprayed with the silly string. His reaction? Wipe it off and keep going. In his words it was no big deal--and it wasn't until two adults who should know better acted worse than two five year olds. It is sad that two adults (one our school board chairman!) had less restraint than a teen-ager. Both of these men were wrong and neither had the good sense to avoid a scene. Wonderful lesson for all the young people around them. And, how much respect can any student now have for a school board chairman who can't control his temper and reacts in this manner? Can you imagine a situation where two students are coming before the school board for fighting on school grounds? What kind of lecture would be forthcoming from Pressberg--'Don't do as I do, do as I say '?

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Silly string? Dangerous? Bad Parenting? Seriously!

Based on my experience, the only reason people buy silly string it to spray it on or at other people. It not dangerous or threatening in any way. If someone is going to complain about being assaulted at the parade, how about all the junk thrown from the floats/golf carts? Candy, t-shirts, Frisbees, bead necklaces, and even bananas.

I am always amazed at the associations readers make in their posts. Lets try this one.... 12 year old sprays silly string and in 5 years will be breaking into the BP. Geez, LOL. Were you all never kids? Kids do stupid things. Give me a break.

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Father's parenting

After reading the posts about the fatherless BP robbers, it is interesting to compare this young boy's model. Apparently, high-fiving the young man for disrespecing a political view one doesn't like passes for effective parenting. I hope we don't read of this young man in the police blotter a few years from now; that will be no thanks to his father, however.

Sad!

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silly string.

I agree with you. BAD parenting. If I recall as I raised by kids (now 44 and 41), had they sprayed anyone with anything that was of this nature, they would have been grouned. It's teaching disrespect. Mr. Wall. No high fives should be encouraged here. As for his comment that there were "100 people" who witnessed....I've been at the 4th parade....I wouldn't be able to "count" exactly (100)....he's being disengenous. He's raising a racist kid.

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How does this make make a child racist or lead to racism?

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Throwing down the racist card is just a sign of someone with no argument just rhetoric...
It's design is to shut you up... Doesn't work as well as it used to.. You are supposed to tell us now how many black friends you have and how you grew up with.... you get the picture.

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Rude Behavior on Both Sides

"it's how the adults around react to what a kid does" Indeed!! It sounds like we had 2 tween bullies picking on each other. Sadly this behavior seems to be the norm in PTC.

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Yes, both sides are idiots

The father of the 12 year old should have told his son to be respectful of parade participants instead of encouraging disrespect by giving him a high five.

Presberg should have ignored the silly string instead of demonstrating a lack of anger management skills.

Hat's off to college student Shae Brooks who simply wiped off the silly string and kept walking. He showed some dignity and maturity, unlike the other adults.

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Libs

These bedwetting liberals have such thin skin and cannot tolerate any opposition to their messiah.

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disrespect...it's contagious

There you go again. "bedwetting liberals"...you, sir/madam, encourage disrespect of people...How Republican of you. Had that been reversed...how would you have reacted. I personally would not have been proud of any "liberal" behaving in that manner.

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disrespect...it's contagious

There you go again. "bedwetting liberals"...you, sir/madam, encourage disrespect of people...How Republican of you. Had that been reversed...how would you have reacted. I personally would not have been proud of any "liberal" behaving in that manner.

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jeanie you must not be too proud then....

Have you seen all the attacks of "Libs" on teaparty activist?

I guess the beat down delivered to a Black Man by SEIU thugs because he dared to hand out Gadsden Flags was ok?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFeUhSlHiUQ

or this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Pa3jhwnJM&feature=related

or this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivuokdXLObg&feature=related
(note the slur word "Teabaggers")

Yep Liberals with big Hearts...

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all the attacks of "Libs"

Ignorance and disrespect is not the property of either 'party' - but the manifestation of those who should know better. Let's stop glorifying bad behavior. Enough is enough.

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It's never enough DM

as long as one side is vilified and the other gets away with it...

DM you are one of the worst offenders... you come in swinging away with party one-liners and talking points then when the ponderousness of the evidence starts weighing against you then and only then do you come out with it's "both" parties... Sorry DM no quarter asked nor any shall be given...

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The 'truth' based on evidence and research beats 'talking points' every time. You insist on 'vilifying' when with just a little research, you would be able to see the 'truth' in some of the unfounded accusations made. A person expressing their interpretation of the truth is not necessarily vilifying. You seem to have great difficulty admitting that there just may be a different opinion than yours. No problem. It makes for interesting reading. . .but the constant repetition that you and I have engaged in for the past 3 or 4 years is now boring.

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DM

Go ahead and show me where I have not brought hard evidence to the argument..

This last "debate" you and I had was over you parroting the Obama campaign's lie over outsourcing... It HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE FALSE DM and yet you persist in perpetrating that lie.

So DM who is issuing talking points and who is giving arguments?

I have no problem with your opinions DM.. Isn't you that is always "offering" a different perspective on our ideas.
So why is it DM that I cannot do the same? Why do you have a problem with me offering a differing opinion then yours?

I mean is it because I am racist, because you have called me that too multiple times.

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SL

Those who read this discussion are very intelligent - and look up their own information - IF THEY ARE INTERESTED.
I have already answered you. . .and moved on.

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Well yes you have....

Those that can't back up their rhetoric usually do DM...

Understand DM it's not personal. But when you or I or anyone else makes claims/statements purely political in nature either using campaign rhetoric or as sniffy used to do just make stuff up then you must be prepared to argue for your point of view.

JeffC understands this so did Kevin.. Sniffle not so much.

DM I only ask you to, not have an open mind, but a fair mind and look at all points of view.

I expect you to challenge me it makes for a good debate.

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DM as Obama would say "A Teachable moment"

Here is the heart of your comment referencing Romney and Outsourcing...

Obama Campaign: Romney A Liar, Potential Criminal

"Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter suggested that Mitt Romney may be a criminal on a conference call with reporters this morning about a Boston Globe report that shows that Romney stayed at Bain Capital three years past when he said he'd left.
Cutter said that there were two ways to interpret the story. The first: Mitt Romney was "misrepresenting his position" at Bain to the Securities and Exchange Commission, "which is a felony.""

Ok now that would mean Romney would be responsible for outsourcing like KB Toys and others if he left in 2002 right? That is the very heart of your argument..

Now here is the real story..

Mitt Romney and his departure from Bain

(note the Washington Post NOT a Conservative think tank like Redstate or Townhall DM)

"To accept some of the claims, one would have to believe that Romney, with the advice of his lawyers, lied on government documents and committed a criminal offense. Moreover, you would have to assume he willingly gave up his share to a few years of retirement earnings — potentially worth millions of dollars — so he could say his retirement started in 1999.
UPDATE: Fortune obtained the offering documents for a Bain Capital Fund circulating in June 2000, as well as a fund in 2001. None of the documents show that Romney was listed as being among the “key investment professionals.” As Fortune put it, “the contemporaneous Bain documents show that Romney was indeed telling the truth about no longer having operational input at Bain -- which, one should note, is different from no longer having legal or financial ties to the firm.”

Now DM here is where that "Fair" mind would come in.. You would see although may not admit openly that the Obama campaign has LIED about the issue and continues even today to do so.

This is down and dirty SMEAR tactics that do seem to work for the lowest common denominator among us.

DM you can argue that "they" are wrong... you can argue that my "interpretation" is wrong... you can even argue that you just don't believe the Wapo BUT you can not argue that I have not provided "sources" DM like you claim I never do.

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Reality Lindsey/Politics?

Clothing industry- US Olympic athletes wearing Made In China uniforms? Big business in the US have outsourced for profit. Millions have lost homes, jobs, etc. because some Republican and Democrat businessmen value the color green over the colors red, white, and blue. Our businesses would rather keep the big profit than help the economy or an administration headed by Obama. Tax breaks for businesses that insource? Who is promoting that plan? Who promoted outsourcing? Will Romney give tax breaks to companies that bring jobs back home? Maybe he will. But why? IMO because he will do what ever is necessary to win the election - and then back to business as usual and it's just too bad for the middle class working man. Profits first !!! Americans second! Take away regulations? Big business ignores regulations anyway. What is this mess with Chase? If leaders (politicians) would work together, maybe big business would work for American economy during this crisis. But it's the corporation mentality that has control of some of our leaders - and they feel if they are not in the drivers seat, at least they can slow down the bus until they are back in 'control'. Economists are predicting that our economy will take another hit in 2013. That will insure a two class society if we go the austerity route that some European countries tried. There are neighborhoods that are showing more of the American cooperative spirit than our so-called elected leaders. Just sharing my opinion. No talking points or referenced biased sources. Given: you don't agree with my opinion, but it is not necessary for me to denigrate you for having a different opinion. Free speech, even tho it is necessary for modern communication tools to have automatic screening devices. I will continue to voice my opinion in this forum. I'm too thick skinned to be intimidated by those who want to silence thoughts that don't agree with theirs.

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Olympic Team Uniforms

Blv the contract was let with Ralph Lauren, who obviously would decide how to fulfill that contract. Also, the US Olympic Committee is funded by PRIVATE dollars, NOT public money. If no one has noticed, TONS of stuff we buy is made inChina, whether we like it or not. Our choice is to buy or notto buy.

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Olympic Team Uniforms

Blv the contract was let with Ralph Lauren, who obviously would decide how to fulfill that contract. Also, the US Olympic Committee is funded by PRIVATE dollars, NOT public money. If no one has noticed, TONS of stuff we buy is made inChina, whether we like it or not. Our choice is to buy or notto buy.

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OMG DM get that chip off your shoulder

NO ONE is trying to intimidate you or force you off this forum.

If however you cannot handle dissenting opinions then so be it.. Understand DM if you post something, just like if I do, it is open to discussion be prepared to defend what you post or don't that is up to you.

Yes DM Outsourcing is an issue, but LYING about your Political rivals record is not acceptable DM no matter IF THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS.

Maybe Outsourcing would be a little less of an issue if we did not have the HIGHEST tax rates for business in the WORLD and REGULATIONS forcing businesses to comply with asinine Federal one size doesn't fit all standards.

Outsourcing is being financed by Government DM.. Just look to GM, Tesla, Fiska and others. Millions of dollars and thousands of Jobs went to Finland, Denmark and China to build jobs there thanks to Obama's green initiative.

Now that's a fact DM care to argue that one?

Here DM I will give you one from one of your own sources...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/21/obama-picks-jeffrey-immel-ge-jo...

Obama Picks Jeffrey Immelt, GE CEO, To Run New Jobs-Focused Panel As GE Sends Jobs Overseas, Pays Little In Taxes

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Obama will defeat himself-

Obama in 2008: "If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from."

Typical bedwetting hypocrite. What happened to the hope and change?

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It was the "Say NO" at all cost Republicans

Since they had the majority in the House and Senate they just said NO to everything Obama wanted....what? Oh... the Republicans didn't control either for the first three years and Obama got everything passed he wanted? Oh I didn't know. I was just parroting what I read on Media Matters...sorry.

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Poor Obama, smearing an uptight Mormon not much fun

Everybody with at least a room-temperature IQ knew how the Obama campaign was going to attack and smear. Must be hard to get worked up over something as trivial as this. That's why Gingrich would have been a better choice. First of all the attack ads would have some meat on the bone and Newt's responses would be immediate and classic. Oh well, we will have to live with this watered down stuff for a few more months.

Maybe that's why Romney wants to get Condi Rice into the game early - so the Obama operatives can start in on her. Wonder what she's done wrong in their view? Not black enough probably. Uncle Tomisa. I heard somewhere that if just 5% of black voters defect from Obama it is game over for him. Condi can certainly do that.

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duhlete.

*&$#@@*&$$ double post

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Maturity, please
grizz wrote:

These bedwetting liberals have such thin skin and cannot tolerate any opposition to their messiah.

Do you want liberals to change their minds and vote Republican?

If so, your strategy of calling them bedwetters probably won't have the desired result. Plus, it isn't very mature to speak of others that way. Plus, your sarcasm isn't helping either (messiah).

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How embarrassing!

Mr. Presberg should resign. He embarrassed himself and the county when he publicly lost his cool with a 12-year-old.

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How embarrassing!

Mr. Presberg should resign. He embarrassed himself and the county when he publicly lost his cool with a 12-year-old.

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BoE Chairman is a Democrat....

I'm shocked!! ;-)

Of course, I wonder if his actions resulting form the "stringing" incident was really warranted especially with a child. Perhaps it would have been better to just move on and not make a scene.

One thing though, I wouldn't let my kids spray this stuff on the floats.

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Perhaps Mr. Presberg Should Adhere to His Own Advice

DON'T ACT LIKE A PUNK IN FRONT OF KIDS, or anyone for that matter.

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Let us remember how we got a Dem as school board chair

Smith and Smola are responsible for many things, but getting a Democrat who thinks it is a good idea to openly support President Obama to serve as the chairman of the school board has to be the dumbest thing ever.

We have the 2 housefraus, a superintendent from Maine, of all places and a Dem in charge of the board and everyone wonders why they can't cut spending and are kowtowing to the teacher's union. Again, vote early and vote often, but do your research first.

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Yes, we should do our research first.
Robert W. Morgan wrote:

Smith and Smola are responsible for many things, but getting a Democrat who thinks it is a good idea to openly support President Obama to serve as the chairman of the school board has to be the dumbest thing ever.

We have the 2 housefraus, a superintendent from Maine, of all places and a Dem in charge of the board and everyone wonders why they can't cut spending and are kowtowing to the teacher's union. Again, vote early and vote often, but do your research first.

Well, Robert, your words weren't very polite. "Housefraus" means housewives, and Maine happens to be part of this great nation of ours. What's wrong with Maine? Our superintendent's home state should not be used as a way to discriminate, just as Georgians who travel north to find work don't want someone holding their home state against them.

Plus, are you suggesting that stay-at-home mothers are somehow less capable than working women? What's wrong with being a housewife, as you call it?

And you mentioned doing research first. Had you researched first you would know that our county board of education doesn't kowtow to the teachers' union because in Georgia there is no teachers' union. Teachers have no bargaining in Georgia and cannot strike. In fact, when salaries are set, teachers are powerless in the decision. Sure, they have organizations to which they belong (PAGE being the most common), but these organizations have no bargaining power and are primarily for insuring teachers against liability on the job.

Finally, so what if the chairman openly supports President Obama? He has every right. Why they made him chairman is a mystery to me, but I wasn't there to ask them why. Perhaps it had nothing to do with politics. Maybe he's very organized, or it's possible that nobody else wanted the spot. I don't know; do you?

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Morgan & BOE Chair selection

But you have to ask yourself "Did Key & Todd sleep through the entire selection process or what?"

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