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John Lee King and Rebekah Anamay Wilson are accused of stealing a boy's wheelchair in Cleveland, Tennessee, and selling it to a scrap yard. / Photos from the Cleveland Police Department's Facebook page

I know the measures of justice have to be blind, but sweet buckets of beatdowns, John Lee King and Rebekah Anamay Wilson need to prosecuted to the highest limits of the larceny laws.

Can we flog people who steal? Pull out all their toenails every March? Push them naked down Ochs Highway and then bathe them in iodine?

Well, King and Wilson deserve that and more.

Sure they may sound like a harmless tax firm, but they admitted to stealing the wheelchair of a special needs Cleveland, Tenn., boy and selling it to a junkyard.

There's a special circle of Hell waiting for John and Rebekah.

 

Speaking of the afterlife

So Ben Hart has won $150,000 from the state of Kentucky and been allowed to have the tag plate "IM GOD."

Hart is an admitted atheist and sued to have the plate — he had the same plate in Ohio without issue — and the money is for legal fees accrued by Hart, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The decision was made even more clear considering that Kentucky has allowed tag plates with "IM4GOD" and "LUVGOD," among other religious references. The state, according to the Huffington Post, also allowed "BOOGR" and "FATA55," among others.

Hart told reporters: "I can prove I'm God. You can't prove I'm not. Now, how can I prove I'm God? Well, there are six definitions for God in the American Heritage Dictionary, and number five is a very handsome man, and my wife says I'm a very handsome man, and nobody argues with my wife."

Say hello to Jerry and Rebekah when you get down there, Ben.

 

Debate debacle

So I pulled up a chair and watched with keen interest the Democratic candidate debate on Wednesday night.

And it's downright impossible to find the words to accurately describe how bad former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman Mike Bloomberg was.

Bloomberg skipped out on the first couple of rounds of primaries and caucuses. He entered the race late.

And he got a Custer-at-Little-Big-Horn welcome from the other five candidates on the stage Wednesday night.

Granted, Bloomberg walked out with everyone's bullseye clearly focused on him, but for the first 75 minutes Bloomberg's biggest enemy was Bloomberg.

He was unlikable. He was wishy-washy. His answers on the sexual harassment charges and non-disclosure agreements with women who have sued him and settled were some of the worst in the history of presidential debates.

Unlike his commercials and propaganda, Bloomberg looked overmatched and whatever the opposite of presidential is. Sure, he got some late body blows in on Bernie Sanders about Bernie's millionaire status and his three houses. But, if this had been a boxing match, those late haymakers would never had been thrown because the fight would have been stopped long before.

 

Games on

The state of Georgia is trying to get in the sports gambling game.

Senate Bill 403 aimed at getting online sports betting approved and run by the Georgia Lottery is in the works.

That's one of the sneaky fallouts from the Tennessee gambling bill being slow-walked through the Legislature.

Not only did the state miss out on the potential revenue of football season and the Super Bowl — and maybe even March Madness — but the surrounding states now have been able to get into the gambling game.

 

Obit observations

There were a lot of options this week.

Bill Cherry was a gift to McCallie for half a century.

Stanley Lawrence delivered a lot of joy to a lot of Mocs fans before becoming an Atlanta police officer.

Those got headlines and made the rounds, and understandably so.

But we'd also be remiss if we did not mention Lula Arnold of Summerville, Georgia, who died Wednesday at the glorious age of 96.

Lula's reaches included a family that has three surviving kids, 10 grandkids, 14 great-grandkids and five great-great-grandkids.

Great, indeed.

Contact Jay Greeson at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com.

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