>Not understand why they can't adopt a pet when their current ones are unvaccinated and unaltered, and they're actively opposed to spay/neuter.
There is research that says neutering a dog before 2 years increases their chances for tearing ligaments and being injured. I would prefer to rescue a dog, but it sucks that you can't make an educated decision about the dogs health if you want to rescue. That being said, I understand why they do it. Too many dog owners are way too irresponsible.
@ Mark from Atlanta
"Call me crazy, but I really don't think the U.S. Navy would give the captain's keys for a nuclear submarine to the person you described."
As you suggested, you're crazy. Carter was no Captain - he was a Lieutenant and was in training on shore. He was in the USN nuclear program for 15 months.
From US Naval History, "When Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (then a captain) started his program to create nuclear powered submarines, Carter wanted to join the program and was interviewed by Rickover. On 1 June 1952, Carter was promoted to Lieutenant. Selected by Rickover, Carter was detached on 16 October 1952 from K-1 for duty with the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Division of Reactor Development in Schenectady, New York. From 3 November 1952 to 1 March 1953, he served on temporary duty with the Naval Reactors Branch, U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Washington, DC to assist "in the design and development of nuclear propulsion plants for naval vessels." From 1 March to 8 October, Carter was preparing to become the engineering officer for the nuclear power plant to be placed in USS Seawolf (SSN 575), one of the first submarines to operate on atomic power. He assisted in setting up training for the enlisted men who would serve on Seawolf. During this time his father became very sick and died in July 1953. After his father's death in 1953, Carter resigned from the Navy to return to Georgia to manage the family interests. Carter was honorably discharged on 9 October 1953 at Headquarters, Third Naval District in New York City. On 7 December 1961, he transferred to the retired reserve with the rank of Lieutenant at his own request."
"wringing his hands in indecision, paralyzed by over-analysis."
Call me crazy, but I really don't think the U.S. Navy would give the captain's keys for a nuclear submarine to the person you described.
But I could see why Gopers would have distain for careful analysis given their history of nominating Reagan, Bush, Palin etc.
"After four years of malaise, Reagan helped turn around the U.S. economy."
Through free trade opened the flood gates to crappy foreign cars which was the death nail to Detroit because it allowed a huge cash influx to the Japanese auto makers for advanced research while draining research monies from the Big Three.
Pushed through tax cuts for the rich that ultimately led to the tremendous wealth disparities that currently exist. Before Reagan, disparities on this scale were formerly reserved for third world countries.
Come on CL, please don't fall for the MSM's mindless Reagan worship.
If Jason Carter is wise he will keep his distance from his grandfather and his grandfather's politics.
Jimmy Carter was the most flawed, ineffectual President of the 20th century. To sum up his presidency in one image, think of him in a rocking chair in front of a dying fire in an unlit room. He is wearing a sweater and has a blanket across his lap. He is talking to himself and wringing his hands in indecision, paralyzed by over-analysis.
I think a lot of folks misunderstood President Jimmy Carter's "Malaise" speech. I don't see it as "malaise".
It was the "Telling the Brutally Honest Truth to the American People" speech.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media back then as it is now, was more interested in spinning hype, pipe-dreams, cocaine fantasies, misinformation, and outright lies...than it was in pushing America towards a better future.
It seems though, that the big money players don't like their Presidents telling us unwashed plebeians something so simple like the truth.
So we get some C-list Hollywood actor instead to continue the ongoing massive misinformation program of the American people. Weird how that works.
Our country is still heavily dependent on oil. We still haven't made a serious effort to wean ourselves off the middle east crude...and all the drama that comes with acquiring the black detritus.
Only in the U.S.A., I suppose...
I can see why Deal is already trying to smear Carter: he's 38, lives in Atlanta (meaning he'll advocate for the economic engine that differentiates Georgia from, say, Alabama instead of for the boonies), and doesn't have a history of unethical and corrupt business deals.
Apart from some news articles and editorials, I can't find a real campaign website for Jason Carter or a solid description of his platform. The Georgia at its best slogan seems a bit hokey, though. George Wilson is right: he needs to add transportation to his platform. However, he'd need to focus on more than just Atlanta to gain buy-in, e.g. the Savannah to Atlanta train that both cities have been clamoring for. Given the port expansion, it's the next natural step and would solidify a more productive, positive relationship between the two and throughout the region as a whole.
Hopefully he'll get the basics sorted out soon because if the conservatives are already paying him this much attention with only $27k in his campaign coffers, imagine where he could be...
The answer to changing minds is tolerance, respect, patience and persistence. All of which can be admittedly hard to muster when you've worked in rescue for a while. But the majority of people really want to do right by their pets, but often lack the education and resources to be able to do it. The more organizations like Lifeline can get out into the community to offer solutions and resources, the more people respond positively those efforts. Moreover, those people in the community then become ambassadors to their family, friends and neighbors. Good work has a ripple effect, although sometimes it's hard to see.
"Wow. Condescension on one end, and hyperbole on the other."
You don't know me well enough to come at me with that particular sort of judgement.
"Waterfront land grabs happen all over the country; people all over the country have dealt with questionable tax hikes (look at Scarborough, Maine, for example). People all over the country have lost family land to greed, corporate or otherwise. It is, indeed, 'dirty shit,' but in no way is this some kind of human rights issue, 'agenda,' or attempt to 'eradicate' history."
And yet this statement of yours reeks of utter dismissiveness of a people's injury.
Interesting that you chose to invoke your supposed ethnic identity before making your caustic statement. I have to wonder if you are who you say you are.
Sidebarring that…if you want to have a reasonable conversation with me, then fine, let's go at it.
But if you want to go around making hasty statements about my logic without at least giving me the benefit of a proper defense?
Then have a Merry Go Frack Yourself.
I have enough on my plate...without having to deal with being trolled by yet another http://clatl.com/ online identity. Far too many identities on here as it is, have proven adept at fulfilling such a noxious tasking.
Carter's Presidency had its problems, to be sure, but as someone who came of age during the 8 years of Reagan, I've never understood the adulation with Reagan given his failed "Trickle down economics," theory with respect to the working class, the Iran-Contra scandal, deafening silence on AIDS and last but, not least, his utter indifference to black and colored South Africans' quest for equality in their own country, when the rest of the world demanded change. He also raised taxes 11 times during his presidency. So much for paradigm that only Democrats raise taxes.
"There is unfortunately, a lot of illiteracy of the legal system in the black community..."
"Sapelo Island descendants are being terrorized, abused, descriminated against and deprived on a level none of you could even visualize, much less understand."
Wow. Condescension on one end, and hyperbole on the other. Waterfront land grabs happen all over the country; people all over the country have dealt with questionable tax hikes (look at Scarborough, Maine, for example). People all over the country have lost family land to greed, corporate or otherwise. It is, indeed, 'dirty shit,' but in no way is this some kind of human rights issue, 'agenda,' or attempt to 'eradicate' history.
As a descendant of European Jewish refugees and Cherokee, I can tell you that culture does not reside in a strip of land -- it resides within the people. But in terms of saving the ancestral homes, Voxpopuli's solution works, as does the existing Community Land Trust initiative -- http://sapeloislandga.org/aboutnew.html -- to which all are free to donate.
InAtl: I agree, why pander to one county, which bases its existence on hating us (at least politically), when we could focus on adding transit options, like light rail, to areas open to the idea, e.g. intown, north Fulton County, outer DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, and Clayton County? The last 2 would even add new tax revenue.
Jason Carter recently commented about not rushing the vote in Cobb County, maybe he can also use the highway subsidies against Nathan Deal as a way to gain some support in Cobb County. They don't seem to mind subsidies when they're for roads, but he could use the GOP scare tactic: "The government's taking your tax dollars and giving it to billionaires for their own gain!" Or just mention the idea that "those people" will now be able to get to their neighborhoods even faster.
Chillax: In all probability, the buses would operate in the HOV lanes, just like the GA Xpress buses currently do. In a county lacking the political will to build useful rail transit for its citizens, do you really think they'd remove one of the lanes? As an aside, though, eventually all interstate lanes in U.S. cities will probably be tolled, which is even being supported by libertarian groups.
Two thoughts come to mind regarding this stadium deal and Cobb County's future:
1. The first year the stadium is open, they should conduct a license plate survey to see which counties predominantly attend the games and then conduct a follow-up survey 5 years later. There won't be any other feasible transit options, so the results wouldn't be skewed. If it's anything like the hassle of attending a Gwinnett Braves game (which I've done once), I'd bet the fifth year study would show, for the most part, that Cobb County is causing its own traffic problem. It'd make things easy when the finger pointing starts. Atlanta getting an MLS team would also give intowners another option, especially since it would be in the city and accessible via the Marta.
2. It'll be interesting to see how Cobb County changes in the next 5-10 years. Although the population has been growing more diverse racially, the recent statements and actions there show that the good ole boys are still in charge, e.g. threatening Lisa Cupid, the shady insider deals with developers, comments about not offering rail to "Atlantans". The Braves' (or Liberty Media's) silence might mean that they don't care about this, they're in it for the money, etc, but not saying anything also makes them implicit and aligns them with this group. If I were living there, I wouldn't feel like my best interests were represented. My point is, it will be interesting to see whether the county changes politically and culturally or people say screw it and move elsewhere, especially given the Millennial trend of moving back into cities and the numerous condo, apartment, etc projects recently announced intown.
Completely agree with J to the G -- esp in, how do you change a mindset? There are definitely people who were absolutely horrible and callous with regard to their pets, and that is the majority of the problem, but I've also see people who genuinely thought they were doing the right thing.
A woman once told me she would never get her dogs (who often ran loose in the neighborhood) neutered because it 'shortens their lifespans and makes them susceptible to disease, and that's not fair to do that to dogs because they can't speak up for themselves.'
A coworker told me she couldn't get her cat fixed because she thought the cat might already be pregnant and she was against abortion (!!): so two months later she had six unaltered cats, instead of one (and I suspect that at least three of them ended up in some kind of animal shelter) but, as she put it, 'at least they have a chance at life and that's better than no life.'
And these were both people who appeared to be intelligent, caring, and community-minded. But I look at these kinds of attitudes and see a complete disconnect from reality. I completely support Lifeline and any animal rescue organization that tries to 'fix stupid' and hope they continue and are successful -- they're fighting the good fight, but man it's an uphill battle all the way.
All good thoughts Mr. Wilson... but you forgot:
Shady dealings in Habersham County.
If you want to drive on the most beautifully paved road in GA, take a spin up Highway 365 in Habersham along the property formerly owned by Governor Deal where his daughter owned a sporting goods store. Wonder why it's such a nice road...
This was so good Imma have to send it (by owl or something; those geezers get a little flustered by electric things) to my peeps in the (old) Georgia Mafia. A couple are still kickin' it. They do enjoy fine wordin' still, though. They especially like it when I wear my Irene Adler costume to the home when I go read stuff out loud to them. But what they like best of all is a drop, ok a tumbler full, of bourbon and a reminder that... they won. The White House. Once.
Governor Deals Legacy
Selling cheap labor, pushing pork-barrel military Keynesianism, and showering tax handouts on big corporations are the hallmarks of the Dixie political class dominated by the Republican Party in the South.
A political class that insures itself of continued domination through gerrymandering, corporate money and majority minority districts.
As an example, recently our ethically challenged Governor was in Korea meeting with top Hyundai officials, and one of his pitches was that "Georgia lacks the unionized workforce that has caused headaches at the company's Korean plants". This goes on all the time with our elected officials following the advice of ALEC, a right winged conservative group that pumps out proposed legislation for the consumption by the Republican dominated government.
The state should focus on three major objectives:
1. Building a world- class transportation system for the metro Atlanta area
2. Building a world- class educational system
3. Insuring that we have a healthy population that can be productive
Do these three things and industry will want to move to the state of Georgia without the tax breaks ,tax incentives, lax environmental and safety regulations that only leads to more corporate cronyism. Our Governor and elected representatives are failing in all of the three objectives listed above. We really do need to change this political culture that has held back the South not only in the past but now in the future.
"Why is it so bad here?"
Certainly providing resources helps, but I can answer that question fairly easily: culture and mindset.
I'm not just talking out of my ass based on stereotypes - I've done lots of rescue work in my 10 years here, including as an employee of one of metro Atlanta's largest shelters. There is a large portion of the population here that views a pet as something disposable, like a piece of cheap furniture to be gotten rid of when it's no longer nice and new, or when it just becomes inconvenient. And before I get accused of being Raycess, I would add that this attitude, while (obviously) not universal, cuts across racial and economic lines.
I have had people:
- Not understand why keeping a dog tied to a stake in their backyard, 24/7/365, for the entirety of the dogs life, is a bad thing - as in, they tried to argue with me.
- Not be capable of grasping that, no, your cat is not some wild beast who "needs" to be outside - they're fucking domesticated animals, you twit, not miniature mountain lions.
- Not understand why they can't adopt a pet when their current ones are unvaccinated and unaltered, and they're actively opposed to spay/neuter.
The thing is, I don't know how you change the mindset - one of the reasons I'm mostly no longer active with rescue work (besides time and family constraints) is that I just couldn't deal with these sorts of people anymore.
Want to learn how to hate people really quickly? Go spend some time working at a shelter and (especially) doing animal intake.
Though I know about some of the stupid politics that go on behind the scenes between rescue organizations (and LifeLine certainly isn't immune from this) I applaud LifeLine for their efforts and I hope that the outreach really works. There are far, far, far too many animals who die in Atlanta for no good reason.
"Instead, the Midtown-to-Cumberland corridor is likely to get a dedicated line of bus rapid transit — basically, a faster express bus service that rides on dedicated road lanes."
OK. So how are these"dedicated lanes" going to appear in the cluster-fuck that already is I-75? Are you going to take away the HOV lane? Take away another lane of traffic creating even worse gridlock? What a stupid fucking short-sighted comment.
"wait, i thought progressive democrats were all welfare queens?"
Interesting that the Right would have that notion, Wes. Especially since some of the biggest "welfare queens" are Exxon Mobil and the Southern Company. However, these corporations don't reproduce - they assimilate like the borg. I guess that is why it is difficult to reason with people who have been taken in by a lifetime of pro-big corporation propaganda.
Sapelo Island descendants are being terrorized, abused, descriminated against and deprived on a level none of you could even visualize, much less understand.
What you have not researched is the 50+ years of a racketeering scheme to steal our land by Federal, state, county ant local government officials in partnership with the same private develoment companies that stole the lands of many of our people on St Simon, Jejyll, Butler Island etc...
What you have not researched is the fact that cultural genocide is an effort by others to destroy this part of the American fabric and eradicate the memories of the contributions that made even the State of Georgia a better place to live.
The resolutuona lay within each of us. There is nothing wrong with a good ole ghost story, but on Sapeli what you call ghost, we call our Ancestors.
There is some real dirty shit happening to us. Shit thT is killing us. It is not because a few of our families have sold land that this is killing us, it is the developers who have been permitted by the state and county to violate public policy laws that have raised the taxes. Build a resort vacation style home next to my grandparents historic cultural home and the land value rises. Then get together in the tax offices and appraise only corporation sales and take the residents out of arms length in comparitive analysis and run us off island knowing the income of our people is not sustInable compared to the oppressors income ability.
While each of you have time to comment, take time to call me and I will give you documented proof of blatant racial descrimination and oppression just to complete the take over of all of our valuable land to become beneficiaries of all our fruits of our land. Dirty. Rotten Bastards.
Descendant of my Ancestors of Sapelo Island
Call me and let's work together to live our destroyers harder and the shame will devour our so called new neighbors.
Death and dishonor is all you can expect in the end.
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