30 June 2010
29 June 2010
public funding to address the falcons "need" for a new stadium to replace the present one, which is apparently totally outmoded after only 18 years --- that is, let's see, about half as old as marta --- and who gets the millions from added hotel/motel taxes? marta will cut routes and schedules beginning this fall; the falcons will get a new stadium --- is this a great state or what?
Posted by tomitron at 6/29/2010 06:02:00 PM
a friend of mine is really a pervert for old houses (actually i have more than one friend that way) --- this house (c. 1840) he found in alabama is especially sad --- someone clearly has way too much property if they are letting this go (thnx andrew)
Posted by tomitron at 6/29/2010 06:40:00 AM
28 June 2010
in that 5-4 decision mode in which we are presently stuck --- let the bullets fly! i'm with roger ebert's assessment: "Supreme Court sides with squirrel hunters and drug gangs against cops and innocent bystanders.” --- between the surveillance cameras and the guns and the armed groundhogs (thnx wonkette), is anybody else feeling just a little uneasy about being out in public places anymore?
Posted by tomitron at 6/28/2010 06:26:00 PM
27 June 2010
The day that the fags, dykes, and queens of New York City finally said "Enough!" For some historical perspective, [here is] the story that the New York Daily News ran about the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We've come a long, long way in 41 years and we've still got some distance to cover, but today we should all offer up a shout, a snap, and a moment of thanks to the people who started us down this road.
Posted by tomitron at 6/27/2010 08:41:00 PM
26 June 2010
Srikanda Stpathy was both a Brahman priest and an idol maker: the twenty-third of a long hereditary line going back to the Chola bronze casters who had created some of the greatest masterpieces of Indian art at the beginning of the Middle Ages. His workshop was in Swamimalai, near Tanjore, from where the Chola dynasty once ruled the southern half of the subcontinent. There he and his two elder brothers plied their trade, making gods and goddesses in exactly the same manner as their ancestors: “The gods created man,” he explained, “but here we are so blessed that we—simple men as we are—help create the gods."it's not that they're all quitting hinduism, which is apparently an artificial construct of the west anyway
Posted by tomitron at 6/26/2010 06:28:00 PM
Not long ago I was offered work as a quality-control expert with an American company in China I’d never heard of. No experience necessary—which was good, because I had none. I’d be paid $1,000 for a week, put up in a fancy hotel, and wined and dined in Dongying, an industrial city in Shandong province I’d also never heard of. The only requirements were a fair complexion and a suit.
Posted by tomitron at 6/26/2010 04:02:00 PM
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25 June 2010
Tomorrow, more than a million people who've been out of work for six months or more will lose unemployment benefits, because Senate Republicans and theoretical Democrat Ben Nelson joined together to block an already too-small package of half-measures designed to provide some modicum of help for the nation's millions of jobless people.... "It's unpleasant to think about, and I really hope it's not true, but it may be time for a discussion about whether GOP lawmakers are trying to deliberately sabotage the economy to help their midterm election strategy."the vote to extend benefits was actually 57 in favor, 41 against ---
Posted by tomitron at 6/25/2010 08:33:00 AM
there are a great many people who do not have good sense ---
The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer acted correctly when he seized 15 cats from a woman who was driving with the animals running free inside her car. In a 3-2 decision Thursday, the justices ruled that the felines were a distraction and interfered with driver Patricia Edwards' ability to see where she was going.
Posted by tomitron at 6/25/2010 08:10:00 AM
24 June 2010
lords of finance: the bankers who broke the world --- its author, liaquat ahamed, won the pulitzer history prize this year for showing how four bankers in europe and america helped bring down the world economy in the late 1920s --- the title might overstate the case a bit, but between this book and michael lewis' the big short and his earlier liar's poker (both of which i read this spring and were about the recent past), one's faith in our entire financial system, should one have had any in the first place, is severely tested
Posted by tomitron at 6/24/2010 06:55:00 PM
23 June 2010
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22 June 2010
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21 June 2010
19 June 2010
we were sitting at the light at ponce and piedmont and i saw this guy heading into the vestibule of the church --- "don't you pee in there," not thinking he would hear me, but he did and sheepishly came back out like that wasn't what he was about to do === purty funny
Posted by tomitron at 6/19/2010 10:04:00 PM
but only if you really really really have to go somewhere --- can you imagine what the inside is like? yikes!
Posted by tomitron at 6/19/2010 09:28:00 AM
18 June 2010
ACORN's Bertha Lewis said the findings of the Government Accountability Office proves the withering criticism against ACORN that all but shuttered the group was an orchestrated right wing attack against the poor.“This was a McCarthy-era style war against the poor and minorities, nothing more."
and they got away with doing it, too ---
Posted by tomitron at 6/18/2010 04:11:00 PM
don't you just love it? as andrewsullivan points out:
Posted by tomitron at 6/18/2010 03:24:00 PM
17 June 2010
one of the best small downtowns that i've ever seen --- all burned up in 1864, but a great bunch of commercial buildings after that --- restaurants, book store, department stores, other real businesses, too, and not just antiques or something --- the university isn't as big and bloated as uga
Posted by tomitron at 6/17/2010 10:33:00 PM
founded near the site of the chickasaw capital, ackia, tupelo was at the junction of two major railroads --- big furniture industry, hdqtrs of natchez trace parkway --- a toyota plant in the works (or not) --- and elvis --- the city owns and operates his purported birthplace and has just passed a $3mil bond issue for improvements to the surrounding park --- the poor house is duded up beyond all recognition --- it's provenance has been blasphemously questioned by some
along main street is a series of metal guitars, marking locations significant in his life (where he went to grammar school, bought his first guitar, etc.) --- they're purty cool
Posted by tomitron at 6/17/2010 10:09:00 PM
16 June 2010
12 June 2010
11 June 2010
soledad o'brien's interviews with wayne williams were seriously creepy, especially when they asked all the viewers to vote on his guilt or innocence --- "we report: you decide" ==== gawd
Posted by tomitron at 6/11/2010 06:50:00 PM
in gwinnett county, white people are now in the minority --- only it's asians and the browns out there instead of the blacks we've grown to know and love here in fulton county
Posted by tomitron at 6/11/2010 06:39:00 PM
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Posted by tomitron at 6/11/2010 05:27:00 PM
According to studies published in the Journal of American Medical Association, tea lowers your risk of death from all forms of cardiovascular diseases. And, there is growing evidence that tea potentially has cancer-fighting properties, plays a role in improving beneficial intestinal microflora, wards off diabetes, and helps protect your brain from free-radical damage. Also, the amino acid L-theanine, found almost exclusively in the tea plant, actively alters the attention networks of the brain, stimulating the production of alpha waves in the brain and producing feelings of well-being. Because it crosses the blood/brain barrier, it can increase levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which benefits mood while improving learning and concentration.i have a couple of cups of coffee in the morning and then drink nothing but green tea all day long --- i can swear to its positive placebo effects if nothing else
Posted by tomitron at 6/11/2010 05:19:00 PM
10 June 2010
It seems to me that that’s an image we ought to be using with those who go to Uganda, for instance, and in the name of the Gospel preach this kind of message. And then when violence occurs, or this legislation, like the Bahati bill occurs, you know when we confront them here in this country about that, they say, “Oh my goodness! That was never our intention!” Well, when you set off that kind of sparks you should not be surprised when it turns into a wildfire . . . and burns down half of los angeles.
i wish there really were a hell for such "christians"
Posted by tomitron at 6/10/2010 07:00:00 PM
p'tree-pine apparently has some good lawyers and a sympathetic judge --- the city, cap, and everybody that's always bitchn about the place ought to be devoting their energies to doing something about the basic problem: people with no place to go and nothing to do, many/most of them half-crazy or full-on nuts
Posted by tomitron at 6/10/2010 06:44:00 PM
08 June 2010
portman's model for the hyatt
As Atlanta celebrates the career of its hometown architect John Portman, one of his earliest and most influential works is about to be demolished. The Antoine Graves Senior Housing High Rise today is a boarded-up eight-story building across from MARTA’s King Memorial Station at Decatur and Hilliard streets.
Posted by tomitron at 6/08/2010 06:45:00 AM