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...
Was it just a lucky traffic stop...or was it a lucky tip?
"A former federal agent in the northeastern United States who received such tips from SOD described the process. "You'd be told only, ‘Be at a certain truck stop at a certain time and look for a certain vehicle.' And so we'd alert the state police to find an excuse to stop that vehicle, and then have a drug dog search it," the agent said.
A dozen current or former federal agents interviewed by Reuters confirmed they had used parallel construction during their careers. Most defended the practice; some said they understood why those outside law enforcement might be concerned.
"It's just like laundering money - you work it backwards to make it clean," said Finn Selander, a DEA agent from 1991 to 2008 and now a member of a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which advocates legalizing and regulating narcotics."
Rich Jenkins wrote:
"Good riddance. The city and its taxpayers are still on the hook for this economic white elephant. It was basically a c. 1960 stadium with more skyboxes, even as Baltimore, Cleveland and other cities built better designed old/new stadiums that offered something to fans."
Turner Field (originally the Olympic Stadium) was built with private money. The Braves then spent their own money to upgrade it to what they wanted it to be.
You might be thinking about Atlanta-Fulton County stadium which was payed off long ago.
I, personally, hate the fact that the Braves are leaving the Ted. I've always thought the ballpark was gorgeous and a great place to see a game.
If you believe the official narrative that he was stopped due to "having illegally tinted windows" then you must be smoking some dank.
God forbid we have experts on things, huh?
Scariest three words in the English language: "Harvard economics professor."
Damnit - the crappy weed I was referring to was in the linked story... the buds above look fairly decent...
"kind of stupid to drive a car loaded with drugs, cash and a gun when your windows are illegally tinted."
If people didn't learn by example after Nate Newton, why would they now?
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.
knockoff LV bags made from pleather, apparently.
kind of stupid to drive a car loaded with drugs, cash and a gun when your windows are illegally tinted.
as an old friend of mine used to say - break one law at a time...
Is it too much to ask that businesses pay their employees enough not to starve? Given the often terrible working conditions and customers fast food employees must deal with, $15 seems very fair. It's just enough to live on.
Wow, I bet that's some crappy weed right there. Also, WTF is a "designer plastic bag"???
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 the death of an innocent man less tragic than the death of an innocent woman or child?"
That has historically been the case that women and children, because of their relative innocence have been treated deferentially. Now there have been times when an opposition group has become so debased of common decency that they treated women and children with the same ignobility as men. Tragic examples include some of the Indian massacres and the Holocaust. If you still cannot understand why this is so morally abhorrent, I would encourage you to consult your minister, rabbi, imam or whoever who may be better able to explain it.
"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.
why is it that half of the politicians referenced in the wikipedia page for attempts to impeach president obama are from texas or oklahoma?
oh right, because texas is full of nutjobs.
i would be ok with letting texas secede tomorrow, as long as we split texas into the states of east dumbfuck and west dumbfuck after they beg to rejoin the union.
@ Mark from Atlanta
"I guess I assumed you would understand my point: The deaths of innocent women and children is more tragic."
I understand your point but I don't understand your logic. Why is the death of an innocent man less tragic than the death of an innocent woman or child?
Kasim we remember that you tried to ACTIVELY PROTECT Beverly Hall by attempting to strong arm the board into keeping Burks-Butler as the board chair.
Mr. McDaniel, we remember you were one of the ones who APPLAUDED at Beverly Hall's final BOE appearance, instead of giving her the silent rebuke she CLEARLY deserved.
Mr. McDaniel, looks like the chickens have come home to roost. You lost. ETHICS won.
"So the deaths of civilian women and children are more valuable than those of civilian men?"
I guess I assumed you would understand my point:
The deaths of innocent women and children is more tragic.
@ Mark from Atlanta
"Bush was the most incompetent President in the history of our country and it will be a long time before thinking Americans forget that he was the Gop's spawn."
Well, there we have it. Your real reason is political, not logical, and everything else thrown up as a reason is secondary.
I had hoped for better.
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