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No more excuses

Atlanta has some of the worst surface streets in the nation (along with its unsynchronized traffic lights), creating an urban clusterfuck with few peers.

If city leaders are ever going to fix them, now’s the time. Don’t hold your breath.

Under the new law, the Georgia Department of Transportation will receive at least $2 billion. The state can use the money for infrastructure maintenance, which includes roads and transit.

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Won’t someone please think about the helpless little brats?

Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, who is co-sponsoring a ban on smoking in public parks, said she was swayed to push the legislation after noticing “widespread smoking” during the Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park, among other locales.

“I’m amazed that people will smoke around children and not think twice about it.”

I’m amazed that parents would bring their children to the jazz festival and ruin it for all the adults. If you don’t want your children around smokers don’t take them to concerts or bars. Is there anywhere consenting adults can go without being subjected to a nanny state where the kids are in charge?

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A colorblind review of Tyler Perry’s ‘garbage’

Fresh Loaf notes how some white critics are reluctant to criticize Tyler Perry. That’s weak.

Crap is crap, as an old professor of mine at USC notes:

 TP makes an empire by reviving some of the same stereotypes that were once used to justify the subjugation of black people and his fans act like he invented the wheel.

The bottom line is, some people like seeing themselves represented as a bunch of buffoons. They like seeing black men wear dresses and be emasculated before the whole world. They like seeing black women portrayed as sassy, cantankerous Sapphires, who sleep with their fists balled up and who can’t wait to ‘cuss’ somebody out.

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Another disrespectful Tea Party pussy

Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh came under Democratic fire Tuesday over remarks that appeared to question whether challenger Tammy Duckworth, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot who lost her legs in combat in Iraq, was a “true hero.”

“That’s what’s so noble about our heroes,” Walsh said. “Now I’m running against a woman who, I mean, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, the men and women who served us, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about.”

I probably don’t need to tell you that Walsh never served in the military, just like Limbaugh, Cheney, et al.

On top of that the supporter of “family values” was recently $100,000 behind in child support payments.

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Missing Bob Dole

Nice article in GQ on 88-year-old Bob Dole, one of my favorites. I appreciated his biting humor — at a reunion of former presidents  Carter, Ford and Nixon,  Dole dubbed them “See no evil, hear no evil and evil” — along with his openness to compromise.

All that is anathema to today’s Tea Party Republicans, who would probably question Dole’s patriotism.

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A coming out worth noting

Usually the celebrities who emerge from the closet do so to jump start a flagging career. On Monday, a person of some substance came out and didn’t require a magazine cover to announce it .

I’m not going to equate Anderson Cooper with Edward R. Murrow, but he’s a much better role model than the gay Real Housewife mascots and Lance Bass’ of the world.

Coming out is no one’s business but your own, and Cooper had legitimate reasons to be discreet. Though, as I’m sure he’s now aware, it’s best to state the obvious.

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Onward Christian robots

The Republican Party of Texas seeks a ban on critical thinking. You can’t make this stuff up.

We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Of course, the revised Texas textbooks have done their part to make Lone Star students’ dumber.

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See ya at Strawberry Shortcake-con

Adults, regardless of gender, who attend a convention dedicated to “My Little Pony” are indeed creepy.

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Dale Fjordbotten is a proud “My Little Pony” fan, with the shiny blue body suit and yellow lightning bolt, blue wings and blue tail to prove it.

Like many “Bronies” — boys and men who like the cartoon “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”— the 25-year-old college student turned out over the weekend for “BronyCon Summer 2012″ at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, which drew 4,000 men, women, boys and girls, many in colorful wigs and costumes.

“I thought about what people would say. ‘It’s creepy. It’s weird. It’s a … show for little girls,'” said Fjordbotten, from Staten Island, N.Y. “It’s just a great show … the story line, the plot, the beautiful animation.”

Bronies say they’re a misunderstood lot who’ve gotten a bad rap from the media. They’re all about the show, friendship, love and tolerance, and they have no bad intentions, they say.

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Hey idiot, they’ve been following you for 7 years

I think it’s safe to assume Katie Holmes isn’t a very smart gal.

Katie Holmes believes Scientology now views her as a threat to the organization and has put a team on her tail … sources close to the actress tell TMZ.

Hard to have sympathy for someone who either knew she was marrying a gay cult leader or was somehow naive to the whole charade.