At Live Apartment Fire, CL gets some props from Doug Richards for the "delightfully evil" cover photo of Bob Barr that was shot by Joeff Davis. And Doug contrasts that with the shadowy photo of John McCain in the Atlantic that made Johnny Mac's crew go ballistic and forced the magazine's editor to apologize because the photographer altered the pic to make McCain look sinister.
Over at Politits, DCup has a little fun with the government's trillion-dollar bail-out of what seems like every financial company on Wall Street. Since they aren't paying their debts, then surely they don't expect her to pay what she owes them. Right?
A.man.I is concerned by speculation that white folks are having a difficult time voting for a black man. At My Urban Report, he throws in his two cents worth.
Wednesday is "Car-Free Day" in Decatur. And Decatur Metro isn't happy because it's the one day of the week that being carless isn't practical for him. Don't worry. Your's won't be the only automobile clogging Poncey on the way to downtown Atlanta and then back again on a "car free" day. But at least he'll feel guilty about it.
Dave at Rather Than Working has a new crib. Living up to his blog's name, he makes a list of all the things he was supposed to do over the weekend ... but didn't. Ah, the fine art of procrastination lives.
And, finally, at Oh The Joys, there's a poignant post where she recalls a visit to the psychiatric ward to see a suicidal friend, and taking with her a tape player cued up to her friend's favorite U2 song. More proof that music heals.
Reporter Cub writes about the Southern Baptist bookstores that pulled a gospel magazine from their shelves because OH MY GOD it had a picture of five female pasters on the cover. Such blasphemy! Bet the same folks will be voting for a female vice-president. You know, so long as they have their priorities in place.
Some of the folks who banned the gospel magazine must've been in Tifton last weekend at the Omega Pepper Festival. As Blog For Democracy notes, some Obama supporters got the boot because they were trying to register voters. The audacity!
Amy Morton over at Georgia Women Vote joins the chorus of those who are asking if Obama's race is the reason he's not 15 points ahead in the polls. When push comes to shove, will white people vote for a black man for president? Even if the alternative is a ticket with a VP candidate who thinks creationism should be taught in the public schools and conducts public business on her private yahoo email account?
Over at Decatur Metro, there's a celebrity slugfest going on: Who's Decatur's most famous resident?
At the Wren's Nest, there's going to be a fund-raiser on Sept. 27 featuring Kingsized. The problem is they're nervous that no one is going to show up because they were a little tardy in promoting the show. So here's a plug in helping them get the word out.
And, finally, with fall temperatures finally breaking through, we can actually sit outside without drowning in our own sweat. But where to go? Don't fear. The fine ladies at Pecanne Log have come up with a list of favorite outdoor patios to have a brew and drink a toast to autumn leaves.
Travis may be in Arizona shouting "Go Dawgs!" until his voice is gone, but that isn't stopping him from exercising his fingers on Lucid Idiocy. Today he wonders if John McCain is elected president, which McCain will we get? The maverick of the past or the bullshit artist of the present?
Whichever, and whomever, it is, the next president will have to deal with an economy that may be at its worst since the Great Depression. And with all that's going on with our economy, Reporter Cub is feeling a wee bit unsettled. He also wonders what we all wonder: Why is gas still over $4 a gallon in Atlanta?
But Jason Pye is even more unsettled. First, he notes that McCain has flip-flopped on the federal bail-out of AIG. And then he takes us into "deep breath" territory: the feds have spent over $800 billion in bail-outs so far. And that's on top of a $400 billion federal deficit. Isn't anyone keeping an eye on the house up there?
The candidates are finally starting to get it that people are freaked out about the economy. And now that the dust has settled, more and more folks are looking at Sarah Palin and going WTF? She could be a heartbeat away from being our president? Well, not everyone, as Drift Grift notes in an especially sour edition of his "Morning Wooten."
Speaking of the paper that used to cover Dixie like the dew, the fine ladies at Pecanne Log poke a little fun at Atlanta at the expense of the AJC and how the paper of record always seems to want to put a happy face on things.
And finally, Live Apartment Fire has the real skinny on the state of modern print journalism, courtesy of Doonesbury. Again, it's all about the economy.
The New York Times published a scathing report on Sarah Palin's tenure as governor in Alaska over the weekend, and one item really caught the eye of Amy Morton at Georgia Women Vote: a Palin aide called a blogger and tried to order them not to blog any longer. Hmmm ... sounds like someone has issues with criticism. Can we say control freak?
General David Petraeus is leaving
Iran Iraq after five years of commanding forces there to return to the United States. Our friend at the Daly Briefing was given the daunting assignment of preparing a farewell video tribute.
There hasn't been a lot of press on it yet everyone's focused on the lies being slung in the presidential race but one of the core issues to consider is the next president will be appointing folks to the U.S. Supreme Court. Decatur Guy at Atlanta Public Affairs delves into the issue and notes that seven of the last nine justices were appointed by Republican presidents.
Sometimes, the world turns upside down. On the latest "Morning Wooten," DriftGrift actually finds himself agreeing with the AJC's resident conservative ... but only to a degree.
Finally, Carla at Concrete Lace tries to explain something that has confounded modern man, or at least this one: Why are so many women these days so into eating junk food?
The clock is ticking as convicted murderer Troy Davis has a date with the death penalty. At Counterpunch, Laura Tate Kagel and Jen Marlowe make the case for clemency if there was ever someone on Death Row who's not guilty, it's likely that it's Davis.
The city gets props from B King at Terminal Station for taking on the epidemic panhandling in downtown. He says downtown can't become viable until the situation is taken care of. And how did begging for money become known as "panhandling" anyway?
At Lucid Idiocy, Travis notes a survey that shows Southern white evangelicals are more likely to support torturing people for information than the rest of the general public. Must be some kind of Old Testament inspiration.
They're also more prone to vote for McCain and Palin, even if the MO of the GOP's nominees is to not tell the truth about hardly anything. Like Palin's past. Or saying Obama supports teaching sex education to kids in kindergarten. Say what? At Politits, Dcup wants to know why the media is so afraid of using the "L" word. As in, "liar, liar, pants on fire."
At Going Through The Motions, Sara reminds us there is a big difference between spin and outright lying. Unfortunately, she got into a discussion last weekend with Republicans who didn't quite get the distinction.
And, finally, Mingaling evokes JFK to remind us of what it is we're supposed to be safeguarding.
At Georgia Women Vote, Amy Morton met North Carolina Senatorial candidate Kay Hagan and reports that the Hagan needs no lipstick. Her opponent, incumbent Elizabeth Dole, voted with Bush 92% of the time. But didn't most Republicans? And didn't many Democrats who still quiver in their boots at the thought of being considered "liberal"?
You want cynical? I've got cynical. Blog For Democracy notes that Republican operatives in Ohio and Michigan are collecting lists of foreclosed homes so they can challenge the registration of voters who used to live in them. This is what our political process has come to?
In a belated "Morning Wooten," DriftGrift gives another prime example of just how much our political discourse has broken down.
But some folks still keep things real. Arc Of Time has posted a link to last year's emotional recollection of being on a flight the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
From the Daly Briefing in Iraq: "When I got to the office, the lights werent working and I had to call someone to come down and work on them. I sat in the dark for a few minutes thinking about all the stuff I had to do. Then the young airman I work with walked in and asked me if I was going to the ceremony. How in the world could I have forgotten? How could any of us forget? Why did it take someone reminding me what today was for me to remember?"
Now that's keeping it real. But our society has short attention spans and, thus, short memories. So, finally, a YouTube clip worth remembering. In memory of ...
The presidential election approaches. With Georgia now officially off the table for Obama, JMac at Safe As Houses takes a look at the states still up for grabs.
Is Sarah Palin a bad parent because her 17-year-old daughter is preggers? Dcup at Politits isn't ready to go there. But Palin's family situation has caused her to look back at her own adventures in raising teenagers.
At Blue Heart of Dixie, Jason takes offense at the AJC's Jim Wooten declaring that Palin is "one of us." Not so fast, he writes. Exactly who is "us?" And why do people who challenge the status quo get labeled as traitors who don't love their country?
Over at Chicken Fat, Edwin waxes poetic about his family doctor growing up. Ah, the good ol' days: If your were sick, you didn't make an appointment; you just showed up to be treated.
Modernism is also stuck in the craw of Max Earnest, a local artist who has created the blog Central Branch Library to raise the question of why Fulton County would want to demolish a perfectly fine central library in downtown to build another one. In his mind, it's pimping the public to the tune of $275 million.
And, finally, WXIA-TV's Jerry Carnes, a long-time news reporter, has prostrate cancer and is devoting a blog to detailing his fight to beat it.
The Republican party is over, the elephants have left Minneapolis and Sarah Palin is the modern day Joan of Arc. What's left? The same old same old, says Amy Morton at Georgia Women Vote. She also slips in the line of the day, discussing Gov. Perdue's interest in having the power to take over a school system.
The graphic of the day comes from Travis at Lucid Idiocy, who has posted a wordle that compares the acceptance speeches of Obama and McCain. What's a wordle? It shows which words they used the most, and the result is fascinating and in stark contrast.
And the uppity idiot of the day award, of course, goes to Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, who is obviously still trying to learn every one of those 10 Commandments. Mel at Blog For Democracy goes off on Westmoreland for perpetuating all sorts of stereotypes.
DriftGrift's reaction is sadness because he thinks McCain is a good man, and that his acceptance speech will be his last hoorah.
There's more to life than politics. And A.man.I at My Urban Report has posted a video report on his road trip to Myrtle Beach to chase Hurricane Hannah, and how his wife is none too happy with the idea.
And finally, leave it to the fine ladies at Pecanne Log to keep it real. Take a ride with them on the Bulldog Bounce. Go Dawgs!
It was Sarah Palin's big night and the blogosphere is alive with reaction. First off, Travis at the aptly-named Lucid Idiocy checks in with his "jerk" reaction.
But ATLmalcontent says liberals should at least acknowledge that Palin put on a good performance for the faithful.
Decatur Guy doesn't agree. He writes at Atlanta Public Affairs that he thought Palin along with other speakers last night came across as bitter, angry and condescending about Obama's candidacy.
Of course, Hurricane Gustav almost stole the spotlight from the Republicans and at Live Apartment Fire, there's a nifty critique on how the local TV stations covered the weather event.
While the Democrats and Republicans bicker, Atlanta's still stuck in a massive traffic jam. B at Terminal Station takes a look at the state's commuter rail plan and notes that riding a train will take longer to reach Atlanta than driving. Which leads him to ask: If we're gonna spend all that money on rail, why in the world aren't we doing high-speed rail?
And, finally, the Daley Briefing puts it all into a deeper perspective with a letter from Iraq written to Audrey Marie, his newly-born niece.
Is questioning McCain's choice of Sarah Palin demeaning to women, as conservatives would like you to believe? Of course not, writes Amy Morton at Georgia Women Vote. The fact that McCain didn't fully vet Palin before selecting her is what's really demeaning.
Palin is also on the mind of Dcup at Politits. She writes that she wants to take the high road on all the Internet conjecture about Palin's teenage daughter and her pregnancy(s). But for Dcup, it's personal because it's about respecting choice and about Bible-thumping hypocrites.
But leave it to DriftGrift to put Palin's "issues" in perspective with his "Morning Wooten."
Over in Iraq, the Daly Briefing reminds me of what Mark Twain said about Americans: Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it. Our correspondent in the war zone says Iraqi leaders complain about problem after problem, but never offer any solutions.
At Lucid Idiocy, Travis takes aim at a state government that shows its appreciation to veterans by closing an assisted living center for vets because of the budget shortfall.
And, finally, Sara at Going Through The Motions picked the wrong weekend to travel to Biloxi for a poker tournament. She left the Gulf Coast Sunday morning and writes of being swept up in evacuees in the search for food and gasoline while driving 20 mph on the interstate. Gustav missed New Orleans and for that, we can be thankful.
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