hahaha... "the smyrna shitholes"...
If the facts that this kid used Molotov cocktails and a shotgun, and the growing ability to 3d print guns doesn't demonstrate the futility of gun control, I don't know what would. You can't control people and trying to creates a totalitarian society. The world you're imagining would be one ruled only by the strong and large, anyway, so maybe it's best that we all have easy access to the great equalizer.
The anti-gun nuts are just as bad as gun nuts.
Forbe's Magazine list of billionaires just came out revealing that Atlanta Falcon's majority owner (90%) Arthur Blank now has $1.7 billion in net worth. Yet he needed $200 million in taxpayer funds for a new football stadium? More if you count all the other taxpayer benefits Mayor Reed's deal heaped on him. Sadly, Blank only got $3.9 million for the sale of his Tuxedo Road home in Buckhead when he sold it in September, 2011. He had listed it for much more. Want to see photos of this mansion? Click here and savor the joys of living for the super rich, especially those, like Arthur Blank, who say they can't make it unless the taxpayers subsidize them with welfare payments in the hundreds of millions:
"The hotel/motel tax was specifically designated (by law) for the construction of a new stadium."
this sounds like a straight up lie to me, but i'm not a politician.
From the WABE article this is also significant - "Beyond service improvements, MARTA officials say there’s more reason for optimism. Earlier this year MARTA’s board authorized the agency to begin taking bids to develop the area around King Memorial station in East Atlanta. Parker says a significant announcement is coming within weeks regarding a deal similar to the one that helped build the mixed-use development surrounding the Lindberg Center station in Buckhead."
Putting more development near MARTA stations best way to increase MARTA ridership without having to spend a lot of scarce transit dollars on capital projects. As I've said instead of stretching rail out to the hinter lands in order to address the complaint that MARTA doesn't go where people need to go, lets put more places where people need to go (jobs and housing) near the existing stations.
Kudos to Keith Parker! Thank goodness the State legislators attempts to hijack the CEO appointment process from the MARTA board to pick their choice for CEO failed!
Once again the State just gets in the way - its bad enough they don't provide any significant savings but that they continue to use MARTA as political football and thus drain resources from MARTA with their insipid inquiries, requests or demands is maddening.
"Most professional athletes are union members for financial reasons. Where's your source to prove they are Leftists? My source to the contrary is this. I know and work with a lot of union electricians and there's not a Leftist in the bunch."
Ask your buddies Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity etc if union members are leftists.
Btw, why does anyone join a union? For financial reasons.
NOTE the last line in the email....
(also keep in mind well before all this the Braves specifically felt like they were being neglected relative to the Falcons. Follow the money folks)
From: Duriya Farooqui
To: Anne Torres, Melissa Mullinax, Carlos Campos
CC: Hans Utz
Time: 11:27 a.m.
Subject: Re: Braves moving to Cobb County?
I would be specific about impact of Turner field (not just stadium) on neighborhood given lack of transit. We need to protective about arguments we made for Falcons.
Someone who admits and even apologizes for their mistakes could never be mayor.
106.7 said its the first such sensor in the nation, apparently it senses the heat. The results in midtown seem impressive.
Though the bigger thing the AJC story and this missed is the fact that MARTA has a surplus this year in their budget and they are using it to open 4 of the closed Restrooms, increase frequency on some bus routes and return the the North/Red line to running from Airport to Northsprings until 9 pm instead of 7 pm. Personally I think the change of running until 9 p.m. the Red line to and from the airport (instead of Lindbergh) instead of 7 p.m. is a much needed improvement.
There is still substantial commuter traffic during these additional 2 hours and this thus doubles service between the airport and lindbergh during those 2 hours.
But hey of course the AJC doesn't want to report positive news re MARTA so they focus on the urine issue. Since that's what plays into the MARTA perception of their readership - granted its a problem and kudos to addressing it with this innovative system, but its hardly the main obstacle for most daily commuters.
The Braves are dead to me.
Hans Utz for Mayor
Okay, this is hilariously awful. Hans Utz, the Deputy COO, has now been suspended without pay for sending an email to Reed spokesman Carlos Campos containing the following haiku:
“The Braves might leave us
Becoming the Cobb Crackers
I feel bad for them”
Campos asked for a statement and that, among other more useful comments, is what Utz gave him. The haiku is perfect; I don't see what the problem is.
They should have just issued the haiku as their statement and left it at that.
Truth, I guess my answer would be to ask if fewer people would get shot in Chicago if it repealed its gun laws. My guess is no.
And, that laws are broken, in and of itself, is not grounds for getting rid of laws. Perhaps too simplistically, people speed day in and day out - getting rid of speed limits is the solution to the speeding violations but does it lead to more traffic accidents?
Dave, doesn't Chicago show that we fail miserably when we try and legislate keeping guns out of the hands of wackos?
The end of the first paragraph in my comment a few minutes ago should have continued "protecting peoples' exaggerated sense of Second Amendment rights."
I find it interesting that so-called "pro gun rights" lawmakers are in no rush to allow concealed guns in courtrooms, state capitol buildings, and Congress.
And @JF Williams is completely right, btw.
Hey Mr. Kingston,
Should we have foster children get up and feed the chickens, bring in the wood, and milk the cows to pay for their room and board before they head to school each morning ? Maybe after they are done with the floors after lunch we can line them all up and have them march around the school!
Looks like Cliff finally found a place to eat that meets his standards of gayness.
Enjoyed the great shots. Being a native Atlantan, they show the diversity of it's people, places, and events. A very different perspective from the city I grew up in during the 60's and 70's. Back then, I don't think 99% of the people would have been able to define the word "sushi", besides having ever eaten any.
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