31 October 2010
30 October 2010
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27 October 2010
wesley chapel is no more --- if ever there were a landmark, that was it --- built in the 1890s right at the point of the intersection of the eponymous road with snapfinger road in south dekalb --- if they put a mini-mart there, . . . .
thank andrew for this depressing piece of news and for the image
Posted by tomitron at 10/27/2010 07:17:00 PM
this is a place in which i do not belong
Posted by tomitron at 10/27/2010 06:46:00 PM
Posted by tomitron at 10/27/2010 05:32:00 PM
"I have been part of this debate for years, but things do get settled and this issue is now settled for me. I do not debate any longer with members of the "Flat Earth Society" either. I do not debate with people who think we should treat epilepsy by casting demons out of the epileptic person; I do not waste time engaging those medical opinions that suggest that bleeding the patient might release the infection. I do not converse with people who think that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans as punishment for the sin of being the birthplace of Ellen DeGeneres or that the terrorists hit the United Sates on 9/11 because we tolerated homosexual people, abortions, feminism or the American Civil Liberties Union. I am tired of being embarrassed by so much of my church's participation in causes that are quite unworthy of the Christ I serve or the God whose mystery and wonder I appreciate more each day.
Indeed I feel the Christian Church should not only apologize, but do public penance for the way we have treated people of color, women, adherents of other religions and those we designated heretics, as well as gay and lesbian people. Life moves on.
As the poet James Russell Lowell once put it more than a century ago: "New occasions teach new duties, Time makes ancient good uncouth." I am ready now to claim the victory. I will from now on assume it and live into it.
I am unwilling to argue about it or to discuss it as if there are two equally valid, competing positions any longer. The day for that mentality has simply gone forever. This is my manifesto and my creed. I proclaim it today. I invite others to join me in this public declaration. I believe that such a public outpouring will help cleanse both the church and this nation of its own distorting past. It will restore integrity and honor to both church and state. It will signal that a new day has dawned and we are ready not just to embrace it, but also to rejoice in it and to celebrate it," - Bishop John Shelby Spong.
Posted by tomitron at 10/27/2010 05:10:00 PM
25 October 2010
24 October 2010
22 October 2010
Posted by tomitron at 10/22/2010 08:52:00 PM
21 October 2010
20 October 2010
after last year's embarrassment with the state's lame grant application, this is gratifying --- all the money won't keep going to cars and roads ---
The message from LaHood couldn’t have been clearer. The City of Atlanta has a vision that coincides with the vision that exists in Washington, D.C. But the same can’t be said for the state. As a result, Georgia continues to be turned down when applying for federal grants for roads and tollways as other states that have embraced transit and rail have received millions from the U.S. Department of Transportation. That point really hit home because the Atlanta Streetcar won the largest grant of any that were awarded Wednesday in this round of TIGER funds. In all, about 75 communities ended up receiving a total of nearly $600 million.
Posted by tomitron at 10/20/2010 06:15:00 PM
Posted by tomitron at 10/20/2010 06:02:00 PM
17 October 2010
Posted by tomitron at 10/17/2010 07:13:00 PM
16 October 2010
14 October 2010
12 October 2010
opening halloween, although there was a "soft" opening last friday with some sort of pride event --- some people in the neighborhood are totally pissed this is happening, I'm sure, having fought it tooth and nail for over two years --- i remain convinced that the opposition would not have been nearly so vociferous had the owner/developers and most of the expected clientele been caucasoid in appearance --- but i'm just a cynical, white, native of this town, so what do i know?
Posted by tomitron at 10/12/2010 06:23:00 PM
11 October 2010
several wetland areas, like the one in the foreground of this video, are being re-established along poor clear creek, which remains buried from here south --- like a similar but larger project at the creek's headwaters in the old fourth ward, these wetlands are part of the city's larger sewer overhaul, which included managing storm water
Posted by tomitron at 10/11/2010 05:48:00 PM
read this excellent account of the origins of columbus day and why it remains an important holiday --- it's not what you think ---
Columbus Day was first proclaimed a national holiday by President Benjamin Harrison in 1892, 400 years after Columbus’s first voyage. The idea, lost on present-day critics of the holiday, was that this would be a national holiday that would be special for recognizing both Native Americans, who were here before Columbus, and the many immigrants–including Italians–who were just then coming to this country in astounding numbers. It was to be a national holiday that was not about the Founding Fathers or the Civil War, but about the rest of American history.i especially like this observation:
One characteristic of holidays is that unless they are observed widely, which is to say by almost everyone, many of us wouldn’t take them. There are so many incremental reasons for not taking time off (to make some extra money, to impress the boss, or because we’re our own bosses and can’t stop ourselves) that a lot of us would willingly do without a day’s vacation that would have been good both for us and for society at large if we had taken it. That is why there are legal holidays.
Posted by tomitron at 10/11/2010 10:34:00 AM
10 October 2010
Posted by tomitron at 10/10/2010 09:53:00 PM