How many of you have been to a pool room lately? Or been bowling?
Not many, I'd guess. Yes, I know there are leagues and all that stuff, but the sports are shrinking because there's no money to be made in either.
Same is true for the burlesque atmosphere of the Clermont Lounge. Its time has come and gone. I hate to see it go, but it was just too Damon-Runyunesque to survive.
Did anyone really think that people who have shelled out a considerable chunk of change renovating the Clermont want to drag along with it a sleazy bar? Or try to create a faux replica of one? Patina is a very difficult thing to recreate. Virtually impossible, I'd say.
Maybe they can dress the baristas in dark vests and berets or something out of the ordinary, but it will never be the same. Those days are gone forever. I went to the Clermont back in the late 1960s and I remember that there's no smell like a honky-tonk bar. Gone, never to be recovered.
A good thing, I'd say.
After trying at least 10 times, but failing, I found a way to quit smoking. I stretched out the time between cigarettes--in effect, tapering off, all while talking to myself about why it was a good idea to do so.
From 20 minutes between cigarettes, to 30, to 45, then an hour. Then every 90 minutes, then 2 hours, then 3, then 4. It took a couple of weeks to get down to 3 a day.
By the time it stretched out to 2 a day, one morning I didn't light one up and put half a pack on the shelf, just in case of relapse. That was 10 years ago and haven't had the urge since.
New motto for Georgia: THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED.
The legal definition of a boundary is what matters. Anyone can, and has in the past, moved property corners to try to gain property. Surveyors, sent to measure the actual boundaries of a property, have noted these movements. In court, it is the legal description which rules.
It is the same thing with respect to the state boundaries between Tennessee and Georgia. The legal definition rules. Way back in the day, when surveyors used transits, compasses, and "chains" (measuring tapes), it might be possible to be as much as a mile off. It did happen.
But the real border is what the legal description says it is. If newer technology can determine the exact boundary, then the new points (representing the actual points in the border) are the actual border between the states, as defined by the US Congress.)
Georgia is in the right here. The state line between Georgia and Tennessee is where the legal description says it is.
I don't think Cassie actually means a form of genetic nepotism in the comment @7:49. What is being referred to here, I think, is that she (Michelle Nunn) has been anointed by a certain element of the media/political Establishment as the de facto candidate of the Democrat Party in Georgia. Obviously (to me, at least) Cassie was referring to her (Michelle Nunn's) father's name. There's an very old Southernism about "trading on your daddy's name" that is, or was, very ill-received. That's what I resent that some of the same people who are responsible for the biggest ripoff in state history--the new stadium--are also involved with this project. I wish we'd have some debate about how public money is spent in the State of Georgia before we select candidates for ANY office, whether it's the US Senate--or any other elective offce!
When I read the (um) "exclusive" interview with the AJC, the first thing I encountered was that she is going to run against the "deficit" and the "debt". That's Saxby Chambliss' issue, and if she isn't smarter than him, then she shouldn't even be in this race, no matter who endorses her.
In case anyone's been on Mars or some other planet for the last 4 years, this argument over the deficit and the debt has been settled in the largest experiment in monetary policy in HISTORY.
NONE of the claims that were made by the so-called "deficit hawks" ever happened.
So if she wants to chase that rabbit around the warren, then please do, but don't run for high public office if you don't know how the monetary system of the US actually works.
Well, atlanta backer, let's count the ways that this is a rape, shall we? A rape is an exercise of unmitigated power.
In the first place, the primary recipient of this governmental largesse is a billionaire. He gets $2.75 added to every $100 in hotel/motel bills, 365 days a year, for a new stadium which houses his football team. A billionaire with connections to Cox Enterprises, which owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, WSB-AM (talk radio), WSB-FM and 5 other radio stations in the Atlanta area. Arthur M. Blank is on the board of directors of Cox Enterprises, which owns all these media outlets. They help determine what the region sees, reads, and hears. A huge amount of power.(When the hangup in the deal between the churches was "leaked" who was it "leaked" to: Jim Galloway, the Political Insider at the AJC. One need not be an FBI agent to figure this out.)
Not only that, but he gets all the revenue from parking, from concessions, from ticket sales, from PSL's (personal seat licenses, for those stupid enough to buy them), from any future sports franchises, like a professional soccer league team, and to add insult to injury, he has the state pay off the debt of the Georgia Dome and then tear down the Georgia Dome so that he will have no competition.
All this came about via the actions of a very well-connected lobbiest firm, McKenna, Long & Aldrich, LLP. http://www.mckennalong.com/
Among this firm's stable is former Congressman Buddy Darden. Also former governor and US Senator Zell Miller. Both these people publicly endorsed the NSP (New Stadium Proposal). Also members of former governor Sonny Purdue's staff. They were in the Georgia Legislature twisting arms when this deal went down. In other words, the billionaire Blank bought support from people who were for sale. And that support helped shape public opinion to the point that everyone in the state thinks this is a great deal. Umm, never mind
It seems that the public has a very different mind about this. They don't see why the Georgia Dome should be torn down to begin with, and they surely don't see why the state should pay to build a new palace for a billionaire.
If Arthur Blank wants to build a new stadium, then let him and the other members of the Cox Enterprises build it. If it's such a great deal, then let them pay for it.
I am shocked! Shocked! To hear that Chip Rogers' new mantra will be that everything that his boss, who appointed him (at a very handsome salary, I might add), is well and good and that the state will live happily ever after.
This is happening now, even before "Mr. Chip" enlightens us to what a great person his boss is. (Like this has never happened before...)
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