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Old Kip-a-rooney is just one in a long, dishonorable line of Republican hypocrites who want to harass the poor for the crimes of which they themselves are guilty. Rep. Kip Smith is one of the sponsors of HB 464, which would require random welfare recipients in Georgia to be drug tested. (By the way, his father is DOT Commissioner and former state lawmaker Vance Smith, so you know he made it the hard way.)

It’s comical, how predictable this was, huh? From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Republican state Rep. Kip Smith was arrested early Friday morning in Buckhead and charged with DUI, according to an Atlanta police report obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

Smith, a 29-year-old lawmaker from Columbus, was pulled over after leaving Hal’s restaurant on Old Ivy Road and allegedly running a red light while traveling southbound on Peachtree Road, the police report said.

Efforts to contact Smith were unsuccessful Friday night.

Atlanta police Officer Z.A. Kramer, who was following the lawmaker’s 1998 gold four-door Jaguar XJ8, said the traffic light had just turned red when Smith went through the intersection at Pharr Road.

Kramer said he informed Smith, who was traveling alone, why he was stopped, and the lawmaker told him he didn’t realize the light was red.

“I observed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Smith’s breath,” Kramer said in his report. “He advised me he was a state representative and gave the name ‘Kip Smith.’”

Smith, whose given name is John Andrew Smith, first told the officer he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages.

“I asked him again, and he stated he had consumed a single beer at Hal’s. I noticed also that Mr. Smith’s eyes were watery, and I asked him to exit the vehicle, which he did,” Kramer said in the report.

Smith told the officer he’d had the beer 45 minutes earlier, and the officer asked him to blow into a hand-held “intoximeter”. The officer said the lawmaker refused, stating he would prefer to go to a clinic or the hospital to get tested.

The officer told Smith that was done only after an arrest, and that Smith had not been placed under arrest, but Smith “seemed to be having a difficult time understanding what I was trying to explain to him,” the officer said in the report.

The officer said Smith finally agreed to blow into the device. The report stated that Smith blew a .091., which is above the legal limit of .08.

Dream a little dream of me

The Beautiful South:

Huntsman out, to endorse Romney

No room for science-based moderates in the Republican party, looks like. Huntsman is expected to make this official Monday morning:

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jon M. Huntsman Jr. informed his advisers on Sunday that he intends to drop out of the Republican presidential race, ending his candidacy a week before he had hoped to revive his campaign in the South Carolina primary.

Mr. Huntsman, who had struggled to live up to the soaring expectations of his candidacy, made plans to make an announcement as early as Monday. He had been set to participate in an evening debate in Myrtle Beach.

A third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary last week failed to jump start his flagging candidacy, aides said, and his campaign limped into South Carolina with little money. Mr. Huntsman has spent days pondering his future in the race, but aides said that he concluded he was unlikely to topple Mitt Romney or match the momentum of his Republican rivals in the conservative Southern primary.

Mr. Huntsman will endorse Mr. Romney’s bid for the Republican nomination this week, according to several people who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Simple twist of fate

Bob Dylan:

Boots of Spanish leather

Nanci Griffith covers Dylan:

Mitt, Bain and Clear Channel

Very, very interesting:

An interesting observation by radio analyst Tom Taylor, from his Taylor on Radio newsletter from Radio-Info.com today:

“Suddenly, Clear Channel co-owner Bain Capital is in the middle of the GOP campaign.

“Bain, the private equity firm co-founded by Mitt Romney, was also part of the private Cumulus Media Partners, until the public Cumulus Media Inc. bought out its interest.

“Nobody’s mentioned Clear Channel yet in the debate over Bain Capital’s role in the American economy. (After all, Bain’s been involved in a hundred or more deals.) But one TRI reader says “it was a little weird watching Sean Hannity defend Bain Capital in a discussion of free market capitalism – when I know that Bain has an interest in Hannity’s syndication company.” That’s Clear Channel-owned Premiere.

“It’s going to be a strange year.”

A new Vanity Fair piece spoofs the shockingly dopey editor’s column in the NYT that asked whether newspapers have a duty to report facts. A lot of VF readers apparently didn’t get VF‘s joke. More here.


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Went to an all-day family party yesterday in honor of my niece the fabulous marine biologist, who’s visiting from California. It was nice – I didn’t expect to stay for so long, but I was having a good time. (And my sister-in-law very thoughtfully made a big batch of mashed potatoes, so I had something I could eat.)

The next generation is exploding. The newest is little Mo, who’s seven weeks old. I got to hold her for a long time, which is always fun. Aren’t babies wonderful? Two of my nieces will give birth to their second kids within the next few months. “Don’t worry, having two is nowhere near as complicated as three,” I told one niece.

My brothers and I stood around and bitched about our health problems, and how the young doctors treat us like we’re old coots. “They just don’t listen,” my oldest brother said.

Ain’t that the truth. Now I understand why my mother put off going to the doctor’s all the time.

Somebody that I used to know

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over.

Walk Off The Earth:

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