Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Madmen across the water steal Atlanta's art

Posted by on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 3:13 PM

A Nan Goldin photograph owned by Buckhead singer Sir Elton John was taken from a Tyneside, England, gallery by British cops who believe the image violates British child pornography laws. The photo depicts two naked girls, one of whom is seated, with her legs apart. Goldin is known for her snapshot-style depictions of intimate, personal, and often grim scenes. The confiscated photo is from her Thanksgiving series.

Sir Elton John's photography collection is HQ'd in Buckhead, which is where Sir Elton lives because he's from Atlanta, just like Ryan Seacrest.

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Dear China, I luv you! Luv, GA! ;)

Posted by on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Shanghai will soon be assaulted by fanny packs and funny accents. Delta Air Lines officially announced today that our hometown airline, starting March 30, 2008, will provide nonstop flights between Atlanta and the Chinese city.

If all of the wishful thinking Gov. Perdue utters at press conferences comes true -- much like how he did this Delta deal several weeks ago when he announced the arrival of our benevolent friends Sany Heavy Industry to Peachtree City -- then look for Atlanta to get the next Chinese consulate. And after that a pretty pony. Followed by a Jet Ski. A Jet Ski that runs on wishes.

Why the nonstop flight to China? Because it takes too long to dig through the Earth! Ha! Ugh. Seriously, Georgia has been perfecting its mating dance for quite some time in hoping to attract foreign industry and establish good ties with the nation. It's paid off, too. I pass the mic to MC Press Release:

In June 2006, Chinese food processing machinery manufacturer Ningbo Lehui Food Machinery Co., Ltd. announced that it had formed a joint venture with New Jersey-based W.Y. Industries, Inc. That joint venture, Kingwasong LLC, is now building a plant in Newnan, creating 200 jobs and attracting $12 million to $15 million in new investment to the area. In May 2007, China-based General Protecht Group purchased 211 acres of land in Barnesville, Lamar County, to build an assembly and distribution facility for electrical products, wired devices, and other related products.

“We are able to attract Chinese manufacturers half a world away because we’ve got everything they need: a home base located in the heart of the nation’s fastest-growing region, a low cost of doing business and access to the world through our international airport,” said Sam A. Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, which took an active role in encouraging the project. “Now we’re working on attracting a Chinese consulate to Atlanta and a direct air route to China.”

There's that consulate goal. Go team! I raise a glass to thee, China. May we somehow learn to stop sullying our environment together, reach higher ground as civilizations and find strength in our common goals.

Plus, we can commiserate together -- their subway system looks like it might just be as bad as ours! Well, maybe not as bad.

After the jump, more press release facts about Georgia and China. So happy together ...

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So glad I spent all those years raising you

Posted by on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 12:03 PM

On Morehouse Drive, a 67-year-old man said someone stole his Social Security check for $563 from his mailbox. He suspects his son stole it. Why? Because the returned check lists his son's date of birth -- and a signature that doesn't resemble the father's signature. The son is 48 years old.

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Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mr. Predictable offers his two cents

Posted by on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 8:45 PM

Has hack AJC conservative columnist Jim Wooten ever written a sentence or expressed an opinion that went against expectations? His thrice-weekly column is like a daytime soap: No matter how much time passes between visits, you feel like you picked up right where you left off. No new thoughts. No ideological growth. No political epiphanies.

Today, the subject is the death penalty and, according to Wooten, Georgia's problem is that we ain't got enough of it:

Georgia really should repeal the life-without-parole option. It gives juries an easy out. It allows them to rationalize their way to an alternative death penalty without worrying about conscience.

Yes, Wooten is a death-penalty enthusiast — surprise — who seems to believe the only flaw in the state's legal system is that we pamper too many lifers with "free meals and medical care." In fact, he throws a barb at "liberals" who insist on "looking for discrimination in the application of the death penalty." Yawn.

I am constantly amazed at the number of people who take the time to read the guy, as evidenced by the consistently high number of comments he receives. Honestly, why bother? You already know exactly what he's going to say on any given subject. No matter whether one agrees with his positions or not, Wooten the columnist long ago became a sad and tedious self-parody.

In fact, I invite readers to submit examples of any columns Wooten has written — go as deep into the archives as you like — that seemed the product of fresh thinking or an independent viewpoint. Fire away.

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Bill O'Reilly: Not all black people are crazy

Posted by on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 8:30 PM

Last week, Fox News no-spinmeister Bill O'Reilly went to Sylvia's, a restaurant in Harlem, N.Y., with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

What did Bill discover? Not all black people are crazy.

There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, "M-Fer, I want more iced tea." You know, I mean, everybody was -- it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all.

I'm not sure what's more noteworthy: The transparent racism that inspired O'Reilly's "compliment," or the fact that an angry prick who makes his living insulting people puts such a premium on quiet civility.

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Hello, fodder

Posted by on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 7:36 PM

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NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR: David “The Bullet” Smith, entertainer and subtle reminder to children of the importance of staying in school.

(photo by Sarah Harms)

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Georgia Supreme Court hears Beltline funding arguments

Posted by on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 7:07 PM

After languishing in legal limbo for six months, the Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments today between Atlanta attorney John Woodham and lawyers representing the city, county and Atlanta Board of Schools over whether the funding mechanism implemented to fund the massive Beltline project was unconstitutional.

The funds at issue this morning were $200 million in validated bonds approved by the city of Atlanta, Fulton County Commission and the Atlanta Board of Schools.

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Michael Vick indicted on state charges

Posted by on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 6:12 PM

A grand jury in Virginia has handed up two felony indictments against Michael Vick and three others.

Vick was charged with one count of beating or killing a dog and one count of engaging in and promoting dogfighting. The charge of beating or killing a dog carries up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine per animal.

Vick and his co-defendants pleaded guilty in federal court to killing between six to eight dogs.

The arraignment is Oct. 3.

Read the AJC story here.

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Atlanta blogs today: Mourning Wooten

Posted by on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 5:14 PM

Ronald Williamson

Ronald Jones

Clarence Dexter, Jr.

— GriftDrift rebuts AJC columnist Jim Wooten's ridiculous pro-death-penalty rant with a list of 123 people whose erroneous death sentences were eventually overturned. Three of the 123 are named above.

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Feeding government in general, and a regional (read less accountable) quasi-governmental agency with more tax dollars is similar to enabling a drunk with more alcohol.

— Jason Pye is not pleased with tax-and-spend trends in Henry County.

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An Elaborate Prank on Atlanta Drivers

— Maigh at Metroblogging Atlanta offers an apt description of the 14th Street Bridge reconstruction clusterfuck.

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Mayhem on the rise!

Posted by on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Today's AJC:

Murder and mayhem are on the rise in Atlanta and the 28-county region surrounding it.

Mayhem?

What about hijinx? Are hijinx on the rise?

Shenanigans?

Tomfoolery?

Horseplay?

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