"why are you surprised Governor Deal wants nothing to do with it?"
Because it never ceases to amaze me the depths Deal will go to suck up to the Gop's far right fringe.
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I agree with Andrew.
Considering the true costs of Obamacare, how people are being denied under it that weren't before and are now dying because of it, how most people have refused to sign up for it so the White House has had to employ silly ad campaigns to convince them, how quickly Congress asked for and received exemptions from it as soon as they found out what was in it....why are you surprised Governor Deal wants nothing to do with it?
And then Deal wonders why Obama didn't allocate money for the port of Savannah ... He's into the politics of Washington and not into the everyday people like you and me .... I hope Jason Carter wins... People need to vote especially in the Hispanic and black communities .... The younger generation needs to raise their voice instead of letting Georgia stay the backward ass state it is. #FVSUAlum
"I am not a billionaire. So I have to trust him."
Amazing how easily fools are manipulated by people like Arthur Blank to hand over hundreds of millions in exchange for the equivalent of a bag of beads. Makes you wonder just how much public money fans of either type of football would be willing to give just to ensure there is a team nearby. We already know they're willing to give up over half a billion of public money to keep around an NFL team with no loyalty to Atlanta and a non-existent soccer team that Blank has absolutely no obligation to provide once he gets his bag of gold. It's like paying $550 million for a lottery ticket that might pay off $2.
But why stop at money? If Blank wants human sacrifice, how many Falcons and soccer fans would be ok with it? Sure, someone is going to die, but at least we'll be a world class city with a football team. That's what's really important in life, right? Is there a limit to what a team owner can demand from the public to keep the circus going? Remind me again why it is the function of the government to provide billionaires with a new palace every other decade?
Odd how similar the amounts are for the deepening of the Port of Savannah and how much Arthur Blank is extorting from the public. Giving an individual the power to tax the public is a pretty nice wealth building perk. No wonder he's the billionaire. He knows how to make his priorities the government's priorities. Obviously Savannah isn't that important.
How many of us have contacted our legislators and Governor to share our opinion on this issue? We've got to get active to make a change.
We need to register more voters, too. Anyone can help people register to vote.
I believe the new stadium will have a retractable roof. It can have grass.
If we can get a good pro soccer team while losing the Braves, Atlanta wins and Cobb County loses. The baseball stadium they're building up there will be smaller than Turner Field. Soccer is rising in popularity, baseball is falling in popularity.
Soccer has a long way to go, but it's making progress. Arthur Blank wants to be part of that. While I would personally prefer that Turner Field be re-adapted for use as a soccer stadium, I am not a billionaire. So I have to trust him.
QM: It's puny relative to the $600mm or so that they need
city: Deal's additional $35 million for the Port of Savannah doesn't sound like chopped liver to me; does it to you?
If one is a moron, is it possible to get stupider?
Fuck Deal. Seriously. I don't think I've ever legitimately hated a politician as i do Deal. I hope Carter wipes the floor with this bastard.
When I first met Zac I wanna say he was hanging out with the skater punks... They were all younger kids doing there own thing. I was living on the streets in Little Five Points back then reciting poetry for spare change or your watch... He didn't know what to make of me... Only he was polite and respectful. Only a bunch of things kinda happened at once... there was also an influx of new kids. They were a lot younger, and a lot of them were slinging and some had been for awhile. Only because there were a lot younger it put a new twist in the scene because...
When you were new to Little Five Points a lot of the older kids that hung out on the streets would give you a hard time. This is kinda difficult to explain, but... new kids would get picked on in a "kinda" right of passage. I think this occurs any every neighborhood... It is kinda a test to see if you'll stand up for yourself, but also to see if you had a sense of humor, or if you had a chip on your shoulder....
Only this wasn't the kind of things you'd do to grown men. When the "BG's" or "Bubble Gum Gang", or "Bubble Gum Kids" as they would be called diminutive at first, the Old Schoolers who were sweating them, didn't understand that these kids were "grown" in the culture they came from, and so when folks tried Heckle boxing 'em. The "BGs" thought they were being dissed (disrespected) and not going through a rite of passage that they had already gone through before... early on there was some violence, guns and fist a cuffs, and all that, but...
I never had problems with the BG's. I never had any problem with Zac. I remember talking to Zac about some of this stuff at the time, and what I was seeing, and I told him that he knew what this was all about, because he was smart and polite... It was about RESPECT. He totally understood. He didn't seem to fall into the same pit falls that the other kids did, and was able to help a lot of folks navigate what could have turned into a really bad and bloody feud over a miscommunication.
We hung out a lot over the years in Little Five Points. It is reminiscent to me now of how old men used to get together in a small town store. As a kid I would watch, not understanding the subtext. I can't say I know him in the same way Capone, Nik, Lil B, or Rob knew him, but I think we all came to have a lot of crazy shared life experiences in our neighborhood. When Zac went to work at Savage he was still as much a part of the community, and when he moved on to work the door at Blind Willies, but there was a transformation... He was using his old school experiences to change his life, and I think everybody was proud of him... cause the street is a hard hard road, and no one wants to live that lifestyle their whole life...
It is funny I talk to people about the way "things were" and people can't understand a neighborhood that extends beyond social cliques, race, economic status; the way Little Five Points once did, and there are a lot of us that still maintain contact with each other, even as folks have grown up to become parents, get real jobs, and all of that. I was in Atlanta right before New Years when I last saw Zac. He was out in front of Five Points Pizza, once the ole School Felini's, on his way to work. I heard that familiar baritone, as he said, "Poetry for your Spare Change or your Watch." Heckling me a little, about a time now passed.
He looked healthy, seemed happy, and oh, so alive... Thus he remains in the heart, and in the stories we share. Love, Respect, and God Bless.
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Soccer is a better fit for Atlanta than hockey ever was. 68,000 speaks for itself.
Eric Von Haessler, formerly of the Regular Guys, has a new podcast that has been up and running for a couple weeks now (ericvonradio.com) with a new crew that does their own take on a morning show and it's been pretty funny.
btw, apparently they brought in real turf to put over the Georgia Dome Floor for the teams to play on.
It is more than likely going to be Atlanta Silverbacks though. If you noticed Georgia Dome wasnt much room at all Futeball field is bigger than Football Field so it would be a good idea to have make the new stadium to make it fit for MLS games aswell and also because of the roof no weather will mess up folks attending any NFL/MLS game which would make sure it doesnt hurt money wise when bad weather comes.
@InAtl the Silverbacks fans upset about this would not be happy about an MLS no matter what. I have gone to Silverbacks games for years, I know many casual Silverbacks fans and season ticket holders. Nearly everyone of them would pick Arthur's MLS over the Silverbacks and would go to more games.
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