"I thought tradition meant nothing to lefties. Traditional marriage doesn't deserve respect just because of tradition, for example."
You thought wrong. "Traditional" is just a signifier and should not be used as a value judgement either way. Whatever construct it signifies should be evaluated on its individual merits, particularly since what is considered traditional is so fluid. For instance, my 84 year old mother does organic gardening (mulch, no pesticides, etc). She has always done it that way since she was taught as a child in rural Georgia and it has a history going back since humankind planted its first seed. However, what she does is usually termed nontraditional!
BTW, it was not the Left that first used the term "traditional marriage" as a value judgement. Don't you remember ten years ago when the Right set up all those referendums to define marriage as between a man and a women? It was primarily an organizing tool to excite their base in elections. Now that the tide is turning and folks are rejecting homophobia in mass, your fellow Rightists are crying foul that the Left are using positive value judgements on nontraditional marriage to skewer the close-minded Gopers. The irony is so, so sweet.
I thought Plain Talk is Simple Pete not to be confused with the real Pete....what was his name again?
Anyway, I hope its sarcasm
Thanks for this, Cinque. Hope you'll turn your radar to this weekend's Atlanta Jazz Festival, which is in need of a similar critique.
Dang, I so wanted the "Jon Jones for District 2" swag, so I could re-sell it on Ebay. This guy has never attended a meeting of his local neighborhood association. He has never participated in a volunteer effort in his neighborhood. No one knows him. Is this how "direct democracy" works? If so, it sounds stupid... and frightening.
I just got back from the show. We went because he is getting a high rating on Ticket Master. We had to leave early because the show was just that bad. I expected his jokes to be crude so his crudeness was not the problem. The problem is that he has no timing. Being over the top crude is not enough to be funny (unless your audience is in Junior High). Here is some advice for you Steve O.... Get some professional help with your delivery and perhaps fine tune your jokes.
Should Jon Jones hire someone like Anne Fauver to assist him with his election paperwork? Isn't Anne the one who assisted Mary Norwood in filing too late?
@ Plain Talk: i don't know if you're trolling, but in case you're not, the new apartment buildings in midtown are filling up faster than they can build them, and at rents of $2,000 a month and up. i don't know what the hell you're talking about when you say "obamabucks", but if you're looking for a person to blame, blame ben bernanke, the chairman of the federal reserve who is the person who determines interest rates that banks can charge.
back to the historic apartment building, it was dirty what they did— they got the permits to tear down the apartment building and *then* they announced the plans for the new building. they figured they wouldn't get any flak for it, and they were right. sneaky bastards.
Life and all that is in it is a gift from the infinite mind / God;
And the only way that life can go wrong is by the limited finite mind / Man.
Good stuff. I saw this right as it launched. I also thought the Soggy Bottom Boys' "Let 'Em Drag" was hilarious. http://www.examiner.com/article/atlanta-ar…
"please Mark, define working class. You don't think network engineers work?"
Reread the last two sentences in my 4:22 pm post.
"Jamsmith is the genuine article, no way you can play a guitar like that if you had any inner turmoil."
Nero played a mean fiddle.
"A career Republican establishment politician is going to 'clean up the mess'?
That's what Kingston been doing during his time in Washington."
You do know he voted for both the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, right? In addition to taking the lives of 6,000+ Americans and 100,000+ Iraqi men, women, and children, the wars have cost us over $1,000,000,000,000. Please explain how these are the actions of someone "cleaning up the mess"? It appears that we taxpayers will be cleaning up Kington's mess for a long, long time.
This reminds me of an old joke.
How many Californians does it take to change a light bulb?
Only one, but the light bulb has to want to change.
Why waste everyone's time with an RFP?
Just ask Reed who's gonna get the contract.
No, the city of Atlanta does not have 6 million people. The city of Atlanta only has a fraction of that. You can get to 6 million people with the Atlanta MSA, but that's not the city of Atlanta.
Their unemployment rates are lower because their economies are based on industries that are relatively recession proof: insurance for Des Moines and livestock and energy for Oklahoma City.
And you can't really believe that a lot of people would move if Atlanta didn't have an NFL team. That's laughable. I can hear the conversation now:
"Pack up the kids honey, the Falcons moved so we gotta go."
"But honey, what about our jobs? The kid's school? Our friends and family?"
"Screw all that. I gotta live somewhere with pro football and a world-class stadium."
On the Forbes list of cities with the highest quality of life, only four of the top fifteen cities have an NFL franchise. By the way, Oklahoma City and Des Moines were both on that list. Travel and Leisure's list only puts 10 NFL cities in the top 20. Football is just not that important to quality of life and Atlanta wouldn't collapse without it.
Companies looking to relocate look for quality of education, transportation, low crime rates, affordability, cleanliness etc. Having a football team is probably way down the list.
An as for people wanting to see a game in person, only 70,000 people can see a game at a time. And most of them don't live in the city of Atlanta. The Falcon's market research shows that most fans come from the northern suburbs.
Major sports franchises go to major cities. Not the other way around. Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. were major long before they got sports franchises.
In fact, Los Angeles STILL doesn't have an NFL franchise.
"freak_2013" I don't know if you will see this, but thank you for sharing your story.
I do not know much about homelessness, but I do understand that Atlanta is not a hospitable or tolerant place for homeless people.
This crap in the article about "authorities telling [homeless people] to pick up their possessions and move" is like slapping a band-aid on a gaping wound. Where are these people supposed to go???
I am glad you have found life easier in Phoenix. what do you think makes it different from Atlanta? how can we make atlanta better? what within the system needs to change?
I hear people propose "solutions," but none of these people have likely lived on the streets and experienced what it's really like.
@ Leadbelly: I kind of agree but starting in central locations where the most people could pick one up is exactly the point. They are also focusing on areas that are getting new protected bike lanes and cycle tracks in the next year, so that the infrastructure will interact. This is also only the first phase, and if it's successful, the program will expand. Check out Boston: http://www.thehubway.com/stations
@ Plain Talk: LOL
Really not a lot of discussion, if you wanna play, ya gotta pay. Major cities have major sport franchises. Coincidence?
Idk, Jamsmith is the genuine article, no way you can play a guitar like that if you had any inner turmoil. The thing about hard right politics is it he leading off a cliff, the supporters are dying and going senile, there is no future. The best course of achievement oriented people is self reliance, once people realize the oppression of big data, people who practice self reliance will control the future. JS knows this.
From the conversation above, it appears ole Wes is quite the ladies' man...do you use this approach when you're out looking for chicks man?
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