Remember what it felt like in high school when you found out the quiet girl you had a huge crush on gave it up to the school douche at the skip party? Watching the ATL Twins matter-of-factly reveal to Nardwuar their sexual liaison with Cat Power is just like that.
In a 1,400-word guide, Post Standard staffer Katrina Tulloch offers some run-of-the mill travel tips to Syracusans including hotel, parking, and transit advice. She then attempts to describe the state and the city.
"Georgia isn't a whole other country, but there is definitely a different culture to embrace," writes Tulloch. "Welcome it with open arms or risk being That Rude Yankee in Atlanta. And by the way, hardly anyone actually calls the city Atlanta."
It's one thing to draw on the ATL's stereotypes as a writer from afar. But then she goes off the wall with her description of "A-Town," adding that:
As Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers reported for their first day of workouts today, team officials also laid to rest rumors about the possible return of the "screaming Indian" batting practice cap.
Controversy brewed in late December amid reports that the Braves had considered bringing back the logo, which was phased out in the late 1980s.
But today, the Braves said the "Screaming Indian" design was among five possible designs. The team added that it had not come to a final decision when ESPN's Uni Watch first revealed the offensive throwback logo.
Here's what Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said about the Braves' significantly less offensive batting-practice cap:
I like the selection we made this year. We had a variety of choices that we looked at, some more thoroughly than others. But at the end, we liked this one. The fact that one person somewhere offered his personal opinion about one of our options, that was important to him.
When we made our decisions, we tried to contemplate. We tried to be creative. We tried to carry on the theme of our organization, and we think this script A does that. It is part of the continuum of the uniform look we have. We've never had one that looks like this during Spring Training.
Despite the team's official response this morning, Uni Watch overlord Paul Lukas didn't buy the response:
Interestingly, the report on the Braves' site says the Indian head cap "was one of five proposed designs," and that the final decision "had not been made before the potential hats were leaked" by Uni Watch. In other words, the Braves are claiming that they were never committed to the Indian head cap to begin with. But that doesn't ring true. The Indian head cap has been shown for months in the official MLB Style Guide and is still shown there right now. It's also shown in the new New Era catalog. All signs indicate that the Braves fully intended to go with the Indian design until the recent controversy caused them to have second thoughts.
And there you have it - all
those PR antics that hooplah over nothing.
The dispute over Georgia's northern boundary dates back to 1818, when state surveyors inaccurately determined that the border was 1.1 miles south of where it should actually be located on the 35th Parallel. The disputed area might seem inconsequential, but many state lawmakers over the years have argued that the error has robbed Georgia of a water resource.
Similar plans, which have failed in the past, most recently in 2008, have been criticized as a quick fix to the state's water needs. Now, a bipartisan group of the lower chamber's top lawmakers - including Reps. Jan Jones, Stacey Abrams, and Edward Lindsey - are revisiting the idea and have co-sponsored House Resolution 4.
When House Majority Whip Lindsey, R-Buckhead, spoke to CL last month as part of our legislative preview, he stressed the importance of finding long-term solutions to this issue.
"The fact of the matter is we're still very much a growing region that deals with an inadequate water source," says Lindsey.
Although HR 4 resembles past plans that weren't taken seriously by Tennessean lawmakers, Lindsey says that Georgia should work toward a "win-win" agreement with its northern neighbor.
"Let's go beyond invading Tennessee for the water, the fact of the matter is for reaching out for greater water sources, we need to be thinking outside the box on that level," he says. "What Tennessee needs, which our area has, is economic development. What they have, which we need, is a water source from the Tennessee [River]. They have more than enough water than they'll ever really need."
As part of the resolution, Georgia would agree to accept the flawed boundary as the legal border, provided that:
As part of House Bill 91, violators could be charged with a misdemeanor if government statues, plaques, or other "commemorative symbols" are removed, concealed, or altered in any way. If moved to another location, the law would ensure that such items are displayed at a "site of similar prominence."
The law, which was filed by Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, defines a "monument" as:
'Monument' means a monument, plaque, statue, marker, flag, banner, structure name, display, or memorial that is dedicated to a historical entity, event or series of events, nation, or government and which honors or recounts the military service or other service of any past or present military personnel or citizen of this state, the United States of America or the several states thereof, or the Confederate States of America or the several states thereof.
Benton told Atlanta Daily World that he sponsored the measure after speaking with the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
"We're not saying they can't move them," says Benton. "We're just saying they can't just put them in a field somewhere."
If the Jeffersonian representative's name rings a bell, it's because he spoke out last September in favor of hanging the Ten Commandments in the Gold Dome. When asked by the AJC about displaying a framed copy of a religious document on the wall of taxpayer-funded facility, he replied: "I'm not concerned if anyone will take offense ... If they don't want to look at it, they don't have to look at it."
We've reached out to the Sons of Confederate Veterans regarding the timing of this particular bill. If we hear back, we'll post an update.
Well, it sounds like Congressman Paul Broun, R-Athens, is at again. The Homer Simpson doppelgänger spoke with the AJC's Daniel Malloy yesterday about his conservative stance regarding the debt ceiling and budget.
Their conversation took an interesting turn, though, leading Broun, who's been rumored to consider a run for U.S. Senate, to say that:
"I think my role is to uphold support and defend our Constitution...The Constitution I uphold and defend is the one I carry in my pocket all the time, the U.S. Constitution. I don't know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it's not this one. I think the only Constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one. He has no concept of this one, though he claimed to be a constitutional lawyer."
The New Orleans Saints received a warm welcome from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport workers yesterday. The NFL squad traveled to Atlanta last night for tonight's game against the Falcons, and according to several players, some airport employees egged the team's bus on the tarmac.
Backup quarterback Chase Daniel first tweeted about the egg bombardment:
Wow, as we're boarding buses on the Tarmac @ Atlanta airport, we start getting eggs thrown @ us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!
- Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) November 29, 2012
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and linebacker Will Herring also chimed in:
Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy! "RISE Up" smh
- Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) November 29, 2012
First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans! Tomorrow should be fun!!#WhoDatNation
- Will Herring (@wherring54) November 29, 2012
The Saints handed the Falcons their only loss of the season earlier this month. Atlanta players reportedly messed with several opposing players during that game's pregame warm-up routines, which Saints linebacker Scott Shanle called "disrespectful and classless."
We've reached out to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the New Orleans Saints for more information. If any one of them rise up with a comment on what some are referring to as EggGate, we'll post an update.
UPDATE, 12:47 p.m.: An airport representative confirmed with 11 Alive that egging happened, and said that Atlanta Police will provide additional security for the Saints' flight back to New Orleans.
It's been less than a week since the nation re-elected President Barack Obama, giving the Commander in Chief another four years in office. Unsurprisingly, the election's outcome didn't please everyone. But rather than simply deal with the results, however, thousands of Georgians have decided that they would rather secede from the United States.
Yes, you read that right. Political blog Georgia Tipsheet - run by occasional CL contributor James Richardson - pointed out this morning that over 6,000 people have signed two similar petitions. Both have asked for the Obama administration to allow the Peach State to leave the United States so that it could form its own independent government.
The first petition, which has over 4,000 signatures, says:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Peacefully grant the State of georgia to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
just like in 1860 the south secede from the union. 2012 the state of georgia would like to withdraw from the USA
And another one, with over 2,500 signatures, reads:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Peacefully grant the State of Georgia to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
"...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..."
Georgia, however, isn't the only the state trying to break away from Obama's "union." The White House's website, which added a petition section earlier this year to "to take action on a range of issues," has also received petitions from over 20 states. That includes more than 13,500 Louisianans and 18,000 Texans.
We wish these soon-to-be seceded states the best of luck, as well as the poor White House administrators who actually have to respond to any petition that nets over 25,000 signatures.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: Dexter Porter, an Atlanta mortgage broker, has started his own petition to "deny nullification and secession by any state or citizen as a way to solve the problems of the United States of America." He's only got 30 signatures as of now - feel free to join him in you feel inclined to do.
Meanwhile, the two secession petitions now have over 28,000 signatures...
Throughout the 2012 election season, social media has helped people to engage in the
compilation of Mitt Romney's female-themed Trapper Keepers™ political discourse surrounding election races more than ever before.
But there's also a downside to discussing politics through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. As a recent Jezebel post documented, an abundance of hate messages followed the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Floatingsheep, which analyzes user-generated geocoded data, yesterday took a hard look at racist election tweets. After aggregating tweets surrounding the presidential race, the site's authors examined the data on a state-by-state basis, seeing how the racist posts compared to the overall number of messages during that same period.
What did they find? They saw that Southern states had a high amount of racist tweeters.
That includes Georgia, which ranked third just behind Alabama and Mississppi.
There's just one problem: the street where the auto company plans to build the complex is named Henry Ford II Avenue, a relic from the days when a massive Ford Factory stood on the property.
Understandably, Porsche would prefer not to do business on a road named for a former executive of another car company. Coca-Cola would prefer not to welcome corporate guests to RC Cola Court. And Creative Loafing would probably not want its offices on AJC Street.
So the German car manufacturer asked the city to rechristen the thoroughfare. And legislation was introduced (PDF) to change the street's name, which will be noted with interstate signage, to Ferdinand Porsche Avenue. No other names were considered, Porsche says. The proposal was scheduled for what we're sure would've been a very heated public hearing on Oct. 9, but which now might have fewer fireworks.
Why? Well, there's no delicate way to put this, but Porsche, like many German business leaders during World War II, was involved with the Nazis — a fact that the auto company, to its credit, fully acknowledges. And because of a strict city code or an unfamiliarity with German industrialists, the city that helped birth the civil rights movement was put in the position of almost accidentally honoring one of Adolf Hitler's former allies with a street — one next to the world's busiest airport. Yeah, whoops.
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