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So not only is Rep. Jack "Make Poor Kids Sweep The Floor" Kingston (R. GA) an asshole, so is one of his top campaign staff people, Philip Wilheit Jr.:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

One of the finance chairs for Rep. Jack Kingston's (R-GA) Senate campaign complained on Facebook about "'men' in Atlanta" who need to "drink less cosmotinis" and stop complaining about the city's response to a recent snowstorm.

Here's the initial Facebook post:

Hey Atlanta! Quit whining about how inconvenient the last few days have been. It's called earth and weather and it does what it wants. On the west coast it make the ground shake and makes buildings and bridges fall on you. On the gulf coast the oceans swallows miles of land and blows trees homes to smithereens. In the Midwest funnels pick up cars, houses and people and rip them to pieces. In the north the snow is measured in meters and the temperatures make things like ears fall off. So stop complaining about your long commute home....at least it was still there when you finally arrived.

In the comments section of the post Wilheit also wrote:

Sick of the whining. The "men" in Atlanta need to drink less cosmotinis and forget about ever getting another pedicure. Be a man like the guy who hiked 6 miles through the snow and ice to be with his daughter. Spend more time in nature and less time bitching about it. If more people had not panicked and bolted out of the office at noon we would not have gridlocked the highways and the DOT could have treated them. I left my office in Gainesville at 7:15pm. Checked traffic reports. Found a good route home and traveled 50 miles in 1.5 hours. - TPM, 1/31/14

Here's a little more info about Wilheit Jr.:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Wilheit is vice chairman of the board of directors of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which is one of the agencies that is responsible for the state's response to snow and ice.

He comes from a prominent family in Georgia politics. His father, Phil Wilheit, Sr., chaired Gov. Nathan Deal's (R) campaign and is now on the state Board of Regents. He also owns a company called Wilheit Packaging, where his son is a partner.

Kingston is running in a crowded field of Republicans in the 2014 primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The winner of the GOP primary is expected to face Michelle Nunn, the leading contender on the Democratic side, in the general election. - Huffington Post, 1/31/14

Right, ok, here's a little more info the Atlanta snowstorm:

http://www.politico.com/...

Traffic inches along the connector of Interstate's 75 and 85 as snow blankets Metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2014 as seen from the Pryor Street overpass.  Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is preparing to declare a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice. State transportation officials said a mass of commuters leaving downtown Atlanta at once created traffic jams on interstates and surface streets. (AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)
On Tuesday, snowfall of just over 2 inches shut down metropolitan Atlanta’s roads, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Thousands of flights were cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. More than 2,000 school children were separated from their parents, and spent the night in buses, police stations, or classrooms. It seemed that the only places open were Waffle House and Home Depot, the former serving hash browns and coffee and the latter opening up its stores as makeshift shelters. People who didn’t camp out in supermarket aisles and hotel lobbies were trapped in cars for 10, 16, 20 hours as they tried to make commutes that normally take just 30 minutes.

Surely to everyone else in the world, the staggering sight of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States brought to a standstill by a few flurries seemed comical at first. Oh, those Southerners, they don’t know how to drive in the snow! Indeed, as I tried to get home from work Tuesday evening, my tires spinning uselessly in an icy patch just yards from Peachtree Street, a trio of tourists snapped camera-phone pictures and laughed. I’m sure my Honda’s enshrined on someone’s Facebook page with a witty caption. Inevitably, people began to compare the gridlocked cars heading out of downtown Atlanta to the Walking Dead poster, Southerners trapped by a “snowpocalypse” instead of the zombie variety.

But before nightfall, the situation in Atlanta had grown more tragic than comic. A baby was delivered by her father in a car on I-285, the “Perimeter” highway that circles the city. Parents en route to pick up kids dismissed from school early were stranded on highways. The Facebook group #SnowedOutAtlanta contained desperate pleas from moms trapped in frigid minivans with toddlers and adults worried about their elderly parents—stuck without medications.

What happened in Atlanta this week is not a matter of Southerners blindsided by unpredictable weather. More than any event I’ve witnessed in two decades of living in and writing about this city, this snowstorm underscores the horrible history of suburban sprawl in the United States and the bad political decisions that drive it. It tells us something not just about what’s wrong with one city in America today but what can happen when disaster strikes many places across the country. As with famines in foreign lands, it’s important to understand: It’s not an act of nature or God—this fiasco is manmade from start to finish. - Politico, 1/29/14

And here's some more details:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/...

Thousands of drivers were hopelessly stuck for a second day Wednesday, many without food and water, on paralyzed interstates around Atlanta after a winter storm appeared to take the city by surprise.

State and local authorities had no estimate for how many people were stuck, but they said jackknifed 18-wheelers were causing a problem on freeways that were still slick with ice. Some people abandoned their cars altogether and walked to warmth and shelter.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the National Guard to clear the way for school buses that were carefully delivering schoolchildren back to their homes after thousands of them were marooned overnight. All of them were "home safe and sound" by late Wednesday afternoon, Deal said.

But National Guard troops were still distributing blankets and 200 cases of military-style MREs, or meals ready to eat, to drivers along Interstate 20.

Churches, groceries and hardware superstores opened their doors to the stranded. Neighbors took in neighbors and strangers. At least one baby was born in a car, helped by a police officer. - NBC News, 1/29/14

And there's been a lot of finger-pointing about how this happened:

http://www.cnn.com/...

Both Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal put much of the blame on the fact that everyone -- government, businesses and schools -- all tried to go home at the same time, clogging highways for hours.

"I said immediately yesterday that releasing all of these folks was not the right way to go," Reed said Wednesday. "If I had my druthers, we would have staggered the closures."

But the problem highlights how Atlanta and cities like it depend almost exclusively on cars. Atlanta does have a commuter train system, but it doesn't serve the whole metro area.

While the city has a workday population of 1 million, the metro area's population is 6 million.

And when offices and schools let out Tuesday, the masses got into their cars to head to the suburbs. An expansive public transportation system would have undoubtedly alleviated some of the ensuing traffic stress.

This week's debacle is also disturbing because if another catastrophe were to hit and roads were the only path out, Atlanta would be in the same situation again.
While a recent poll shows that many in the metro Atlanta area support expanded mass transit, the city hasn't figured out a way to pay for it.

A transportation tax proposal recently failed, with some saying it would have spent too much money on roads instead of light rail. - CNN, 1/30/14

And Wilheit's dad's buddy is even manning up and taking the blame for this:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/...

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for the state's slow response to a snowstorm that left people stranded for more than 24 hours on gridlocked interstates, and his top emergency management official said flatly: "I got this one wrong."

Deal pledged to reporters that the state would be more aggressive in responding to future weather threats.

"I'm not going to look for a scapegoat," he said. "I am the governor. The buck stops with me. I accept the responsibility for it, but I also accept the responsibility of being able to make corrective actions as they come into the future."

He added: "We will take those weather warnings more seriously." - NBC News, 1/30/14

So yeah.  You have assholes working to get another asshole elected to the U.S. Senate.  Kingston is the official asshole in his primary whereas the other GOP opponents are all bat shit crazy or scumbags.  This is why this seat is one of our best pick opportunities.  If you would like to get involved with Michelle Nunn's (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign, you can do so here:
http://www.michellenunn.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 01:47 PM PST.

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  •  There are no words allowed at Daily Kos (9+ / 0-)

    which begin to describe the shittiness of this horrible man.

    Whiny little crybaby, too lazy to owrk a 5 day week.

    A fucking candy-ass.

    (Can we say that? Haven't seen a pissed-off diary complaining that one should accept candy-asses).

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 01:52:17 PM PST

  •  Governor should have known. (11+ / 0-)

    We've had people stuck on highways for eight to ten hours, and it's got nothing to do with manliness.  It has to do with the fact there's no way to back up and no way to turn off when someone skids two miles in front of you.  And people die during that sort of shit.  It's not a small deal.  The governor SHOULD have known.

    Rec ed for the sheer assholery of the co chair.

    The dossier on my DKos activities during the Bush administration will be presented on February 3, 2014.

    by Inland on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 01:59:09 PM PST

  •  Maybe someone should shove this in his face (7+ / 0-)

    http://www.ajc.com/...
    She was out pushing the family car out of the ice. Can't get much more "manly" than that.
    What a jerk.

  •  The reason Atlanta has no rail to the northern (6+ / 0-)

    suburbs is white racist fear.  The only way to get out of town to the north is by auto (usually one person per vehicle) on the interstates.

    I remember when our MARTA system (rapid rail) was being built. Cobb County and other northern counties absolutely refused to participate.  At that time I was working in an office where a racist co-worker expressed his anger that MARTA would run from downtown Atlanta as far north as Buckhead, where he lived.  

    I lived in-town in a very nice neighborhood and said to him, "Yeah my neighbors and I can't wait until MARTA runs to Buckhead.  We're all going to get on the train, come up there and steal stuff off your front porch."  He had the grace to look a bit embarrassed.

    Now that the Braves have moved to Cobb County, some Cobb residents are expressing annoyance that they were "left out" of the rapid rail line.

    The right of the women of this State to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches shall not be violated by the State legislature.

    by Mayfly on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:08:20 PM PST

    •  I've also recently read this..and another reason (3+ / 0-)
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      Mayfly, Aunt Pat, Youffraita

      for the lack of resources/expansion is that for a decade now (under Republicans) budgets have been systematically cut to the bone for both crisis management & transportation/infrastructure....

      •  So true, worldluts. When Dems are in charge of (4+ / 0-)

        the motor pool, they keep up repairs and everything more or less works. Then, when the Repubs are in charge of the motor pool, they cut off all repairs, oil changes, etc. and crow about how much money they have saved.  

        After that, when the motor pool falls apart, the Repubs blame the Democrats.

        The right of the women of this State to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches shall not be violated by the State legislature.

        by Mayfly on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 06:12:29 PM PST

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    •  Wow (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't have a good published source. But when the move was first announced, Atlanta folk on the baseball blogs were saying that Cobb County voters have rejected participation in MARTA numerous times, not just when the system was first planned.

      It came up because the Braves had claimed that public transportation access would be better in the new location. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I live in Birmingham, but I travel to Atlanta often enough for baseball games and also on business to know that Cobb County has bupkus for public transportation.

      It was also alleged that Cobb County has repeatedly voted down any other type of transit investment or expansion, e.g. bus service. I think the most recent instance cited was spring of 2013, not long at all before the November announcement about the new ballpark..

      Is this correct? Wow. For them to claim in January 2014 that  they were "left out" is just a whole new level of rewriting history.

      Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

      by susanala on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 03:21:32 AM PST

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      •  Wow (2+ / 0-)
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        For them to claim in January 2014 that  they were "left out" is just a whole new level of rewriting history.
        That is so true.
        I call bullshit on every person claiming Cobb was "left out". They were not. They just voted it down. Actually, they always vote CCT, MARTA (buses and train) down.

        I do use, but hardly, the MARTA train, but only because I have to drive at least 30 minutes to get to it. At that point, it's not worth getting on half the time, since I'm almost where I'm going anyway. I would use it more, if it were more useful to me, but most people around here still wouldn't. You'd have to take away their car. Many Georgians I've met have a very bizarre almost-phobia of mass transportation.

  •  That would require a sex-change operation. I (0+ / 0-)

    can't imagine that he'd be for that.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:14:16 PM PST

  •  I should add that when MARTA was started I heard (6+ / 0-)

    it described as Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta.  That's why we don't have a really great public transportation system.

    The right of the women of this State to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches shall not be violated by the State legislature.

    by Mayfly on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:25:02 PM PST

    •  People still call it that... (1+ / 0-)
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      and I've had several people mention that they don't want it coming to Cobb County, or further north than North Springs station, or further east than Doraville station... because "the colored folk come with it".

  •  This pisses me off-yet again: (3+ / 0-)
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    If more people had not panicked and bolted out of the office at noon we would not have gridlocked the highways and the DOT could have treated them.
    Critical thinking skills seem to not be one of his assets (or the Mayor or the Governor) when making remarks such as this.

    Schools were suddenly being closed early.  Parents were at their workplace. A great percentage of workers live outside of Atlanta city limits & commute varying distances to work. Atlanta is a major transportation hub-truckers abound.

    I cannot imagine the fear & worry that consumed those stuck while trying to get to a child.  I cannot imagine how those children that spent the night on school buses stayed warm or felt secure.

    DOT could have treated the roads prior to the exodus-they had plenty of warning via national weather service.

     Massive intra-agency & intra city coordination could/should have been in place.

    Funding for emergency management & transportation should not have been systematically cut by a repub government for the past decade.

    ALL of these players need to own their role & develop some
    empathy, critical thinking skills & f*cking awareness.

    Whining?  The situation was and continues to have a major impact on countless human beings.  

    I hope his whining comment is repeated over and over and over all the way up to voting day.

  •  That fool Kingston - is a tool. (4+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, jan4insight, Mayfly, chmood

    Good for him, he got home. My roommate didn't. Most of my 'local' friends didn't. Many of them slept in grocery stores or drug stores, or walked miles to get home. Some of them have no one available to help them get the car they had to leave behind. I just live in East Cobb and there are still huge patches of ice on my road right now. Stop being a sanctimonious prick and help someone move their car, Jack.

    It's interesting. I  remember very clearly the weather reports I saw - both the night before and the early morning of - point out that the weather would be bad here. Hothlanta bad. Plenty of time to call certain things off. Plenty of time after am rush to at least try to hit some major highway for those who couldn't call out, or had to try to travel. But, no. What did they do? "Oh, noes! We was unawares... Don't be a wuss!" The people who did say something else? Oh, they urged everyone to leave at the same frippin time.

    And, oh my stars, it's not like this doesn't happen every two years. It does. And this happens every single time. They simply cannot get their collective shit together to accomplish anything useful to the electorate. They way things work here is so sadly dysfunctional I can't even think of a word for it.

    If Deal can get our 6 trillion mayors, whatevers, and whathaveyous to actually work together the next time something like Hothlanta happens... Reed should get his butt in front of all those cameras again and publicly hand over his little 'I'm an awesome Georgian' award he was busy getting when the fit hit the shan that day.
    And he should definitely stop making stupid tweets about how - nothing is happening, and everything is awesome - when a million people are sliding all over the metro.

    I understand why people in Ellijay have huge freezers. Also... why they never seem to run out of toilet paper.

    •  Not being my first rodeo, I stayed in 'til Friday (0+ / 0-)

      ...but plenty worried about friends and neighbors who never made it home Tuesday...or Wednesday.  Plenty worried about all the people who will be crushed by the financial fallout from this.

      Sadly, I'm convinced that Deal & Reed see the storm+fiasco as just another opportunity to forcibly separate still more cash from struggling families deep in the dead zone;  despite Deal's pious squawking about financial consequences, it's ALWAYS about whose toes get crushed, 'cause protecting toes ain't in the Constitution....

      trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

      by chmood on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 07:03:33 AM PST

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