29 October 2006

"You're a goddam moron!"

that was then---this is now

In the aftermath of George W Bush's re-election as president two years ago, his campaign manager, Karl Rove, amused himself and his boss with a battery-powered "Redneck Horn". At the touch of a dashboard button, the device would yell insults in a raucous Southern accent, providing automated road rage for "red state" Republicans.

The toy's abusive messages ranged from the relatively mild "Slow down, dumbass!" to "Hey, hogneck, who taught you how to drive?"; "What the hell was that manoeuvre?"; "Are you freaking blind?" and "You're a goddam moron!" How they all laughed in the White House....

fools and fanatics

bertrand russell, as quoted in a letter to today's ajc from a woman in sugar hill:

the whole trouble with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
i'll buy that--

28 October 2006

end times

what a mess we are in:

For a quarter of a century – roughly since the start of the Reagan Coma of Good Feelings through the end of the Bush Catastrophe – we have been a nation aggressively asleep.

music box

hypnotize yourself


robert turned 40 on wednesday---i took him and his sisters, doug, and his friends brooke and susan out to silk for dinner and then came back here for a big ol' nasty chocolate cake---he approved of the celebration---


hershey has had a lousy week---had some cysts removed which required at least two dozen stitches---wednesday and thursday nights were terrible, but clearly last night was better---

22 October 2006

king's mountain

king's mountain was my venue last week---best thing was the Houser house, built by germans in 1803, and what's left of the old colonial road, used by both sides during the battle of king's mountain in 1780---

what century is this?

If there really is an afterlife, I'll bet the best way to contact it is through a plastic, mass-produced board game from Milton Bradley! --Mad Magazine

21 October 2006


heading north on i-85 at gaffney, it's a peach; heading south, well, it's nuttin if it ain't a butt---

poor dog

robert continuing to torture hershey---i just can't make him stop

orion nebula

more excess

this was announced in august but i guess i missed it---the palomar hotel with condos starting on the 18th floor---on w. peachtree at abercrombie place just north of the biltmore----kim king, who redeveloped his family's king plow company site on marietta street, is doing it---i found two more proposed towers this morning but i don't think i will post anymore until they actually break ground, which might be never

19 October 2006

science fiction to reality

only a couple of weeks ago they were announcing a breakthrough in teleporting---now it's cloaking devices----the future is gonna be here before we know it

15 October 2006

another one

i can't believe another condo building is going up in this neighborhood, but they have actually broken ground on onyx at 180 tenth street next to the fire station---supposed to be a 16-story, mixed-use building----

desperate people redux

if you can't beat 'em, start another war:

USS Eisenhower and Iran

14 October 2006

boogered up

richard meier's first house (1962), on fire island -- mel brooks and anne bancroft owned it for a long time and i guess are the one's that boogered it up so bad in the 70s---found at tropolism


well, after 17 years, the lakewood flea market, or "antiques show," as it so styled itself, is closing tomorrow---it was jam-packed today---i get burnt out on all the stuff pretty quick, but it's always interesting and i wanted to see the buildings again before they get boogered up or, worse, torn down----although it seems like it has been open forever, the antiques market didn't start until 1989---but i found a lot of stuff there, including all of my old mission furniture and a big portion of the furnishings for recreating the interiors of margaret mitchell's apartment--

the city has bought out the rest of the lease on lakewood park and is trying to figure out how to redevelop the site, which is where the city's first waterworks opened in 1875 (the paper dated it 1893, but that's when the "new" waterworks was constructed off howell mill road)---the city built exhibit halls #1 and #2 and opened the first "southeastern fair" at lakewood park in 1916---fulton county built a race track around the lake about the same time, which by the 1950s was being used for stock-car racing---richard petty won his first professional race there---two other exhibit halls (the last, #3, completed in 1948) finished out the original plaza plan on top of the hill above the old lake---it was an agricultural fair, so there were all kinda cattle and poultry and canned preserves and what all---great midway, too, including a wonderful wooden rollercoaster (c. 1920) called the greyhound and a giant ferris wheel---the fair closed in the mid-1970s and the greyhound was blown up for filming of Smokey and the Bandit in 1978---the racetrack was demolished in the 1980s and the lake was long gone before that---the ampitheater opened in the 1980s, too---

anyways they say it's the biggest parcel of undeveloped land in the city now that atlantic station is built---with carver homes gone and pryor road lined with new housing, something is gonna happen---


sounds kinda like something bush would
say---but i kinda like it anyway---and
it looked like they were doing good work

13 October 2006

desperate people

they are so desperate now they are trying to drag up the ghosts of chappaquiddik and gerry studs and whoever----and this from Cliff Kincaid of "Accuracy in Media."

It's early in the probe, but we may be looking at emerging evidence of a homosexual recruitment ring that operated on Capitol Hill. It's time to get beyond partisan politics and follow the evidence wherever it leads. Our media should not be intimidated by charges of "gay bashing." They must lead the way in getting to the bottom of this terrible abuse of power.
kinda leaves you speechless, don't you know, especially considering this study's conclusion:
As many as 654,965 more Iraqis may have died since hostilities began in Iraq in March 2003 than would have been expected under pre-war conditions, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad.
that's it---i gotta go run off some more queer application forms.

08 October 2006

purdy places

cochran road in south fulton has
been one of my favorite places
since the folks took us down there
to watch the river flood in the
1950s---the county paved the
north end of the road and
somebody has just clear cut at
least 200 acres---but there
aren't many places like it less
than 20 miles from five points---
and the view north from the site
of campbellton is just the best----

dis n dat

1010 peachtree is getting underway i guess---
looks like a crane is going up---------

dog got a haircut---

turns out he doesn't need to on a
diet after all----lotta wool, fat not
so much

and fall is easing in---

04 October 2006

marriage equality

mitja blazic, right, and viki kern, left,
the first queers to get married in slovenia--
that makes netherlands, belgium, spain,
canada, massachussets, and now slovenia
supporting equality---maybe south
africa by the end of the year.

beam me up, scotty

this is the sort of thing that makes
me want to live longer-----


and this, too, found under the heading
of "adorable-ass shit"---(that's frieda

over there, enjoying her luxurious life
style in gwinnett county)

oh, and the prospect of a world
without baptists or republicans
would be purty swell, too

02 October 2006

miracle of the pervs

oh my---a full-fledged republican sex scandal, right here on the veritable eve of elections---at the very least, the republicans aren't on their own agenda as long as they have to answer for this---cnn is calling it "lurid capital scandal"---and even tony perkins of the family research council is saying it will make the rabid right which he represents less likely to go to the polls----

01 October 2006

whadda lotta noise

the "ever popular" peachtree thunder parade of motorcycles just happened---website said over 3, 000 entries---i believe it---up peachtree to buckhead or somewheres then back down peachtree to wherever they started from---benefit for the march of dimes---

i like the red boots