Friday, July 30, 2010

Morning Newsdome: Obama doesn't know Snooki, but does he know WikiLeaks?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM

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  • Joeff Davis
>> The FBI will be joining the investigation into WikiLeaks' releasing of secret military documents so that they can “go wherever it needs to go." WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: be scared. (the New York Times)

>> Three US soldiers died in blasts in Afghanistan, making July the deadliest month for American forces in the nine-year-old war. WikiLeaks is to blame. (the Guardian)

>> China said today that it opposes the EU's sanctions on Iran's nuclear program. I'm sure this has nothing to do with swapping nuclear fuel/weapons/generally starting conflict with the West. (AP)

>> And finally: On "The View" yesterday, President Obama told Barbara and the girls that he didn't know who Snooki was (though he made a joke about her at the White House Correspondents' Dinner), was not aware of the Mel Gibson tapes, but did know Lindsay Lohan is in jail. As long as our president knows what's important. (NY Magazine)

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More on the Goat Farm's future plans

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

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  • Thomas Wheatley
The question I heard most while reporting this week's feature about the recent sale of the Goat Farm, the historic arts compound located on the Westside, was "what's next?" The 12-acre property is located along the Beltline and in a booming part of town — two characteristics that would make a developer drool even after this great economic hiccup we've experienced.

"For now, it is what it is," Anthony Harper, a partner with new owner Hallister Development, said via email. "Our primary focus is to grow what we have already created."

That's not to say the group doesn't have any ideas for the 121-year-old property. Harper and Melhouse envision a creative community that could preserve the farm's organic roots — and add an interesting new concept to Atlanta's development community.

In between giving prospective tenants tours of the work studios, helping set up art installations, and tending to tenant requests, Harper and his partner Chris Melhouse answered questions — and discussed the firm's history with the Goat Farm — via email. After the jump, an all-encompassing interview with the Goat Farm's new owners. What you'll read about is something unlike most of the real-estate developments that often pop up in Atlanta.

To view a gallery of snapshots Joeff Davis and I took at the Goat Farm over the last week, click away.

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Lawyer targets Preston Smith with ethics complaint about legislative staffer relationship

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Poor Alan Faircloth is a victim of big guv'ment.

The Atlanta lawyer tried to hit state Sen. Preston Smith with an ethics complaint involving the GOP attorney general candidate's relationship with a legislative aide — and inquire about alleged drinking on the upper chamber's floor — and got lost in the bureaucratic maze legislators have created for Gold Dome staffers.

Dale Russell has the details:

Smith is the self-proclaimed conservative warrior who's facing former Cobb Commission Chairman Sam Olens in an Aug. 10 runoff for the GOP AG nomination. Atlanta Unfiltered's Jim Walls reported this morning that Olens needs to step up his filing of disclosures.

(H/T to Buzz Brockway at Peach Pundit)

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Decatur Book Fest has a dumb new monster and great new authors

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:16 AM

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The Decatur Book Festival has added a new mascot to their stable of book loving beasts. My favorite of those is "Mighty Carl Jung," by the way. This new one, though, is vaguely in the shape of Puff the Magic Dragon but with three heads, including one that kind of looks like that cover drawing of Ignatius Riley from Confederacy of Dunces and another that looks like Max from - you know what? Nevermind. It's a stupid, over-complicated monster. The Bookzilla Book-Monster described him best on Facebook:

I think we should call it Confused McDragon. How about Max Van Annoyance? I'm pretty sure he violates several Decatur zoning ordinances. Who dresses up like Ignatius Reilly anyway. He's treading on sacred ground with those poorly manicured claws of his.

The AJC is hosting a contest to give this annoying thing an annoying name, so you can do that if you want.

A better use of your time would be checking out the new authors added to the festival by Eyedrum for their first ever Experimental Writers Asylum. The event will be hosted by Seen Gallery in Decatur all weekend long during the festival. The line-up includes Jessica E. Blinkhorn reading her erotic writings, a publication party for the second of volume of The Open Face Sandwich (finally!), Blake Butler, and more. You can check out the full schedule after the jump.

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Weekend Arts Agenda

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 8:25 AM

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  • Dayna Thacker

Catch up with some of the summer's best shows before they close this weekend and then head over to Gather Atlanta like you know what you're talking about. All the details after the jump.

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5 things today

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 7:54 AM

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  • Dana Tynan

1) Joan Baez performs at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
2) Atlanta Comedy Festival Vol. 2 kicks off at Apache Cafe.
3) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti plays the Earl.
4) The Atlanta Humane Society hosts a benefit at Buckhead Theatre.
5) Prince Paul performs at 595 North.

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5 things today

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 7:41 AM

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  • Dana Tynan

1) Joan Baez performs at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
2) Atlanta Comedy Festival Vol. 2 kicks off at Apache Cafe.
3) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti plays the Earl.
4) The Atlanta Humane Society hosts a benefit at Buckhead Theatre.
5) Prince Paul performs at 595 North.

See more Atlanta events.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Color photos of Depression-era America

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 3:21 PM

The Denver Post posted on its photo blog Monday 70 images by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information that were used in the 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color. The photos of of America and its citizens span from 1939-1943 and have a surreal, cinematic quality to them. It's a rare thing to see photos of this era rendered so vividly in color, as we're most familiar with Dorothea Lange's iconic black-and-white Depression-era/dustbowl imagery, and now more so with Peter Sekear, whose work is currently on view at the High.

Spooky is all I can say about my favorite of the collection on the DP's site:

Worker at carbon black plant. Sunray, Texas, 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Worker at carbon black plant John Vachon.
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  • Worker at carbon black plant. Sunray, Texas, 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Worker at carbon black plant John Vachon.

View the full gallery here.

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Culture shock inside the Georgia Dome

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Club America fans came out in droves last night
  • Alejandro A. Leal
  • Club America fans came out in droves last night

The scene inside and outside of the Georgia Dome last night was unique, to say the least.

As the more than 33,000 fans poured into the home of American football for the Aaron's International Soccer Challenge on Wednesday night, it was blatantly clear that something different was taking place inside of Atlanta's largest sporting facility.

Fans wearing wrestling masks and waving Mexican flags waited outside the Dome entrance more than two hours before kickoff between Club America—Mexico's most popular soccer squad—and English Premier League power, Manchester City.

Unfortunately, the fervor and enthusiasm stemming from the largely Hispanic crowd wasn't quite enough to counteract the overall disappointing fan turnout—which was far less than the 50,000-plus that showed up for last year's match between A.C. Milan and Club America.

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Photo of the Day: Goat love

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM

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  • THOMAS WHEATLEY

See more photos of the Goat Farm's animal and human inhabitants.

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