(photo by Joeff Davis)
Despite his iconic voice, a catalog of classics and the fact that he's credited with coining the word "reggae" in 1968, Frederick "Toots" Hibbert never achieved the commercial success of fellow Jamaican Bob Marley. Nevertheless, Toots still developed a great reputation in this country for rollicking live performances like the one he gave at the Variety Playhouse last Thursday.
On stage, Toots was James Brown-esque -- spinning, shimmying and pumping his fists in time with the music and lighting. Nearly every song, from "Pressure Drop" to his cover of John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads," ended up exploding into frenzy, with an age-defying Toots flickering around at the center of it all. The only time Toots slowed down was to remove fans from the stage, remove fans' undergarments from the stage, and to explain (with song) that he, not Marley, invented reggae.
And in a winking bit of late-career bluster, he responded to a song request for his early hit "54-46" by forcefully shouting, "Shut up! Shut up! I'm gonna play a song from my new CD, and you're gonna enjoy it!" He played "54-46" two songs later.
Indian software giant Wipro is expanding its operations.
Wipro, another hi-tech titan, has been on a spending spree, buying up companies in America, Finland, Portugal and Europe for hundreds of millions of dollars. Azim Premji, Wipro's chairman, raised eyebrows on Wall Street when he talked this year of setting up divisions in Idaho, Virginia and Georgia - US states he said were attractive because they were "less developed."
Less developed than India.
When the Genarlow Wilson decision came down, on that clear day of justice and rectitude, certain leaders in the Republican Party and their personal harpies in the media chose not quiet restraint but instead opted for fakery and obfuscation.
â GriftDrift gives Sen. Eric Johnson, and others like him, a piece of his mind.
I am now listening intently, and I hope that we can curb any future instances of this egregious behavior. All my loveâ¦ I miss you and hope you come out with something new for me soon.
Love you forever,
â From "dear Cardigans," Duane Moody's open love letter to the Swedish pop band the Cardigans.
Also worth checking out, Duane's paean to Guitar Hero III, which probably breaks some sort of blogging record for the most un-ironic exclamation marks typed by a grown man.
Her perceived inevitably is particularly bothersome, as is the assumption that she's the most experienced candidate (sorry Joe Biden, but a one-term senator who rode her husband's cum-stained coattails to office is clearly more qualified than you).
â ATLMalcontent on Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Is that what they mean when they call him the "Comeback Kid"?
The water crunch Georgia's facing? The Associated Press writes that it's becoming a national problem. The article provides a thorough rundown of where our fair nation stands in terms of providing a diminishing supply of water to a growing population.
In Georgia news regarding the water crisis: Bottled water sales are up, even though the people selling them are saying their water sources are secure. Alabama wants construction of a man-made lake in Cherokee County close to completion and sanctioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be halted, SnuggleScribe Jeffry Scott reports. Governors from the three states embroiled in the decades-old "Tri-State Water War" will meet Thursday in Washington. Gov. Sonny Perdue has ordered the state and permit holders to reduce their water use by 10 percent, and Alpharetta ... come on, Alpharetta.
Click here to view a Washington Post story with an accompanying aerial photo that hammers home the low levels of Lake Lanier.
Conserve, folks. This drought may last awhile, and now's a good time to evaluate just how much water you really need to get through the day.
"Atlanta is not going to be running on bottled water by Christmas like some people might think. They are not going to be going thirsty in 90 days."
â Maj. Daren Payne, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, Ala., in the Oct. 18 Tallahassee Democrat
âWe estimate about 100 days before we get to what we call bottom of conservation pool. When you reach bottom of conservation pool, there is still almost 40 percent of the water in the lake.â
â Col. Byron Jorns, commander for the Mobile District of the Corps of Engineers, in the Oct. 20 AJC
âLake Lanier has enough water to supply the needs of Atlanta for over 260 more days. We believe that Georgia has overstated the severity of the crisis in the Atlanta region.â
â Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, in an Oct. 22 letter to President Bush
"There's no question that the Corps of Engineers has a very strong bias to protect endangered species over human consumption. That is very, very clear."
â Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, at an Oct. 25 news conference
At a dollar store on Campbellton Road, a clerk said a regular customer (a man in his late 30s) grabbed some items and tried to leave without paying. When confronted, the customer reportedly said he'd been coming to this store for years and felt he shouldn't have to pay for the items. He loaded up his Pontiac and drove away, the clerk said. Police searched the area but couldn't find the suspect.
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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.
Marietta police say 21-year-old Matthew Cherry was suffocated to death with duct tape during the Oct. 21 armed robbery of the GameStop store he managed on South Cobb Parkway. Below is the responding officerâs description of the scene.
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ESPN magazine published a long feature story in January by Wright Thompson on the Genarlow Wilson case. If you want to know the history of the case, it's a good place to go.
The Atlanta Police Department is planning a Halloween "traffic safety blitz," complete with "saturation patrols" and "security checkpoints" that will start this weekend.
According to an APD press release:
More than half of all Halloween fatal accidents are alcohol related. Accordingly, Metro Atlanta law enforcement officers will be turning up the HEAT [Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic] on impaired drivers through increased patrols and safety checkpoints.
Within heartbeats of the Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision releasing Genarlow Wilson, the statements from officials began hitting the in-boxes.
Thurbert Baker, the state's lackluster attorney general, quickly whipped out this CYA missive: "I have received and reviewed the decision by the Georgia Supreme Court in this matter, and I respectfully acknowledge the Courtâs authority to grant the relief that they have crafted in this case. As the Supreme Court found, the habeas courtâs order resentencing Mr. Wilson, however well-meaning, was unauthorized under Georgia law. It was for this reason that I appealed, in order to insure a fair and consistent application of the law not just to Mr. Wilson, but to others similarly situated. I hope the Courtâs decision will also put an end to this issue as a matter of contention in the hearts and minds of concerned Georgians and others across the country who have taken such a strong interest in this case."
Interpreted, that's a big "Oh, shit!" The first bit of obfuscation basically says the Supreme Court has the authority to be the Supreme Court.
After a judge had ruled that Wilson's 10-year sentence -- recall that while undoubtedly behaving badly, this was a case of teen consensual sex -- was cruel and unusual punishment. That ruling was self-evident, but Baker, a black Democrat who does little to protect Georgians but will do anything to appease the neo-Confederate Republicans, quickly appealed the ruling. Wilson spent more time in jail.
The next news release came from Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson, one of those aforementioned Republican neo-Confederates who long for the days of white sheets and all-white juries.
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