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.
I got an email late last week from the owner of a vintage movie theater in Jacksonville, Fla. (it's called Sun-Ray Cinema — very much like our Plaza Theatre, but with beer and food). Apparently, after they put "Safety Not Guaranteed" on their marquee, a local news station came a'knockin' to talk about the "statement" he was trying to make. Here's what Sun-Ray owner Tim Massett wrote on Facebook:
Small crew was out front just now and they wanted to talk to me about my marquee. I said ... O.K.... why? Well you know the message that you have on it. What message? That we are playing 'Magic Mike' and 'Safety Not Guaranteed?' Oh .. you thought I was making some sort of comment regarding the shootings in Colorado? UM ... NOOO you Sicko. 'Safety Not Guaranteed' is the name of a new comedy we are opening today.
So goofy. I'd say, "Only in Florida," except I'm sure misunderstandings like these are happening lots of places right about now.
Good news! Travel + Leisure has published another bullshit Top 20 list based on an online survey of its readers' broad generalizations and vague notions about various U.S. cities!
Bad news! A National magazine is telling everyone that you dress like shit!
Good news! As I mentioned above, lists like these are bullshit and basically just serve as link bait for T+L! But, c'mon, let's not kid ourselves. We like complaining about them. And the people who write about them. Go to town in the comments, guys.
So, T+L readers decided that Atlanta is the seventh worst-dressed city in the country. What was this presumption based upon? Did they all visit Anchorage, Alaska — the No. 1 worst dressed city — and notice an especially egregious number of really poorly dress people? Or are they just assuming that people in Anchorage don't dress very fashionably because it's Alaska and everyone wears overalls made of animal pelts? I don't know. Neither does T + L, really. That's actually one of the most fun parts of these exercises, watching a young magazine writer just crawl inside the damp, hollow confines of her readership's collective consciousness only to end up making assumptions about its inner workings. Par exemple:
If the flashy reality-TV stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta are at all indicative of how the rest of Atlanta dresses, it's no wonder our readers ranked it as America's No. 7 least-stylish city. Hotlanta has one of the highest per capita incomes of any southern city, but as the TV show illustrates and the saying goes: money can't buy taste.
Yes. You're right. An entire city looks, dresses, and behaves exactly like the handful of women on a reality television show. Money can't buy taste. Nor can it make you a hipster. But it CAN buy you a subscription to T+L! Just a dollar a month to find out how much your city sucks dick! Thanks for the offer, guys!
A Cobb County woman has a warning after trying to protect her skin cost her an electronic book reader.
Jodi Brookfield said the chemicals in her spray sunscreen damaged her Nook e-reader.
She said she used the spray on her vacation but later realized it ate away at the device, right where she picked it up.
NOT THE NOOK. Let cancer eat away my flesh, but DEAR GOD, spare the Nook. Could this mean we have to start reading actual books and magazines at the pool? Let me just saddle up my dinosaur while I'm at it.
Seriously, though. If sunscreen can eat away the plastic on the back of an electronic device, what can it do to your skin? Tune in later to find out how unsafe you are no thanks to the things that are trying to save you ...
Watch Channel 2 Action News at 4 to find out what experts also had to say about the effects of sunscreen on skin.
Anyway, until I can figure out the radio without getting so flustrated I just burst into tears, I have to rely on my male coworkers to keep me abreast. Apparently, I missed a pretty appropriate conversation this morning on Q100's The Bert Show, during which lady co-hosts Kristin and Wendy agreed that a woman would make a piss-poor president because women are, by their very nature, emotional rather than logical. Also, women in the military shouldn't serve on the front lines alongside Kristin's brother because it would make her uncomfortable.
Waaaaait a minute. Are they going so far as to say illogical things to prove that women are illogical? And are they intentionally upsetting women to prove that women are too emotional? WELL PLAYED, because my obvious reaction to hearing Kristin and Wendy's deep thoughts: pure rage and dysphoria. Which goes to show that — fuck — I'm too emotional. Too emotional to write for a newspaper, certainly. Back to the kitchen I go. Not to cook, just to lie there and sob. And, alright, while I'm down there, I'll do the floors. Whilst listening to this. Take it away, Whitney ...
Today's headline via WSBTV: "Woman duped into buying fake iPads, laptop"
Nope. Uh uh. I'm sorry, but here's how this headline should read: "Woman gets what she deserves for being an idiot and also being OK with buying potentially stolen merchandise from criminals"
The all too familiar story:
[A] Lilburn woman, who requested anonymity, said it happened two weeks ago when she was pumping gas at a Quicktrip on Oakbrook Parkway. She said two men approached her car waving real iPads and laptops and promised a big discount. She ended up buying fake iPads from the back of their car.
Gwinnett police showed [reporter Kerry] Kavanaugh the purchases, which were wrapped in bubble tape. What she thought were iPads were pieces of glass lined with black duct tape. The fake laptop was a three-ring binder stuffed with paper.
You know when people get robbed whilst attempting to buy drugs and then they report the theft to police? Then we laugh — because, really, how stupid or drug addled does a person have to be to tip the cops off to their own criminal behavior — and the druggie goes to jail?
Now think about it: Isn't this story pretty similar?
You know why people break into homes to steal TVs, DVD players and laptops? Because there's a market for them, a market that consists of people who don't give a shit where the goods they buy on street corners and in parking lots come from or how they were acquired, as long as they're cheap. Anonymous iPad purchaser said the men told her they were Best Buy employees selling "overstock" items. And this is a thing that seemed legit to her. Translation: I really didn't care where the stuff was coming from, I just really wanted some high-dollar electronics I couldn't otherwise afford.
So, poor, poor Lilburn lady got ripped off. Good. Bet she won't buy electronics — genuine or not — from shitheads in a parking lot ever again.
These are not the actions or beliefs of an intelligent person!
But Napier's lack of smarts was most apparent when she attempted — and publicly! — to defend her ignorance. Here are the two really poorly thought out arguments she presented upon being released from jail on Wednesday ...
Defense #1: I could not say no to a child who wanted to permanently mark his young flesh because the permanent mark was meaningful.
“My son came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace.’
What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother?” Napier said. “It’s not like he was asking me, ‘Can I get Sponge Bob? Like people getting all kinds of things on them. He asked me something that’s in remembrance of his brother. How can I say no?”
Yes. Two years ago, Gaquan's older brother was killed by a teen driver in Macon. The family is grieving. Maybe mom still isn't thinking straight. But, c'maaaaaaan. "How can I say no?" You just fucking say no, lady.
Yesterday, the Georgia Department of Agriculture released a 189-page study about the ways in which immigration reform legislation has affected farm labor — a study that was actually mandated by HB 87, Georgia's controversial immigration reform legislation.
From September through December, GDA researchers — with the help of researchers from Georgia State and the USDA — surveyed and met with farmers in 138 of the state's 159 counties to figure out how the agriculture industry has been impacted by potential labor shortages and the like. Well, the study determined that immigration reform is having an impact on agriculture — "but results are inconclusive."
"As a result," the report says, "additional research should be repeated in 2012."
The researchers even mock themselves a little bit for the typically and predictably ambiguous findings:
“More research is needed.” Researchers are often criticized for including this statement in almost every study or report. The Department [of Agriculture] gathered the data in this study over the period of seven months. In order to serve the needs of decision makers, additional research is needed to understand the complexity of agriculture labor in Georgia. Research should include but not be limited to tracking employment
patterns, crop production cycles, labor needs by commodity and worker concerns.
The benefits of additional research will provide the state with a central repository of unbiased
agriculture labor data, the capability to measure impacts of labor programs, and the ability to respond
to future policy needs of the state.
Here's the "Report on Agriculture Labor: As required by House Bill 87" in its entirety.
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