“Pressure under fire, done this before, I don’t want this to be his first surgery …”
Peachtree and 11th, 1971, via Atlanta Time Machine
Cobb County is full of contradictions. Its schools are among the best in the state (a low threshold, to be fair). Atlanta’s ballet and opera companies recently relocated there and both say its been good for business.
But Cobb County also has a sizable contingent of yahoos. One of its hamlets, Kennesaw, passed a law requiring every citizen to own a handgun. In the 90s, county commissioners lost the opportunity to host the volleyball competition during the Atlanta Olympics because it insisted on a resolution condemning the gay lifestyle as ”incompatible with the standards to which this community subscribes.” And it was only five years ago that a tavern just off the Marietta square sold T-shirts featuring “Obama in ’08″ inscribed over cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana.
“I’m saying out loud what everyone in this town whispers,” the bar’s owner told me.
That’s an overstatement, certainly, but not a wild one. The chairman of Cobb’s Republican Party has two conditions for supporting the stadium, one of which requires little reading between the lines.
“It is absolutely necessary the (transportation) solution is all about moving cars in and around Cobb and surrounding counties from our north and east where most Braves fans travel from, and not moving people into Cobb by rail from Atlanta.”
He also wants to hear either Christian rock or contemporary country music in between innings. Something tells me he’ll get his wish.
So we paid the IOC’s bounty for the ’96 Olympics to get a park downtown where one day the Zac Brown Band would perform? Thanks for the memories, Billy Payne.
“I never measured the success of the Olympics by the venues left behind,” said the man who conceived the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The stadium that served as the hub of those Games was reconfigured into Turner Field, a new home for the Braves, the following year.
“The most important venue and the one that most represents the spirit of the Games is Centennial Olympic Park. Beyond that, I never thought about any legacy value (in the buildings from Atlanta’s 1996 Olympics) because that’s not why I did it,” Payne said.
Lest anyone get the wrong idea where his sentiments lie, he added, “Bricks and mortar are not that important.”
Don’t forget the beautiful aluminum tower off I-20 that held the flame.
In case you need to be reminded that Sarah Palin is a dope:
This morning, Palin, while hawking her book, told Matt Lauer, “I love the commercialization of Christmas, because it spreads the Christmas cheer.”
Lauer, trying to get Palin to settle on one narrative, then said, “but you say it takes the heart out of Christmas.”
“No,” Palin responded, “what I’m saying is we need to protect the heart of Christmas and not let an angry atheist armed with an attorney, as Scrooge, tell us that we can’t celebrate traditional faith in America. We have a constitutionally protected right to celebrate faith and Christmas is a part of that.”
How else to explain his deathbed conversion on publicly financed stadiums?
“… At the end of the day, there was simply no way the [Braves were] going to stay in downtown Atlanta without city taxpayers spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make that happen,” Reed said in a statement. “Given the needs facing our city and the impact of Turner Field stadium on surrounding neighborhoods, that was something I and many others were unwilling to do.”
Jeff Schultz calls out Hizzoner’s hypocrisy regarding the Braves’ move to Cobb County:
So where was this responsible public servant months ago when he was fighting for Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s new stadium deal, giving his blessing to $200 million in public financing and committing the city to another several million dollars associated with stadium upkeep?
The Atlanta sports clown show continues. The Braves announced plans to move out of a stadium that opened in 1996. So congratulations to them. Maybe they haven’t won a postseason series since 2001 but they made the Falcons look reasoned and sensible. I mean, the Falcons are operating in a relative relic of a stadium that opened in 1992. …
Let me just state that it’s comforting to live in a city, a state and even a country where our elected officials feel so free to build sports facilities with public dollars for private businesses. It’s reassuring to know that our schools, police departments, fire departments, roads, bridges, parks and sewers are in such tremendous shape that we can afford to commit $650 million for two new stadium projects.
If the Sudan got a new soccer stadium, it would totally revitalize the area.
If Reed hadn’t been carrying Arthur Blank’s water for month, making it seem like a Falcons’ potential move to the suburbs was like the coming of apocalypse, he would deserve praise for his comments Monday. But he is being a complete phony because he took the opposite position with the Falcons.
Furthermore, he backed the wrong horse.
This shouldn’t be taken as an endorsement of the Braves’ intended move. But if anybody had a reason to gripe about their situation, it’s them and not the Falcons.
A new sports venue presents no guarantee of urban renewal. If you doubt that, look at the scarred neighborhoods surrounding the Georgia Dome and Turner Field. That’s why the contention by Reed and Blank that a new Falcons stadium will turn around the area comes off as such bunk. If the city really wanted to commit millions to develop new businesses and mixed-use development around the Georgia Dome, it could have done so without a new football stadium.
Secondly, Turner Field has been sitting in a dump of an area since being built for the Olympics. A miniature golf course on the Capitol Ave. side of the stadium was a disaster. But if you look at cities like Denver, Cincinnati, San Francisco and others, baseball stadiums are far more likely to revitalize downtown areas than football stadiums.
The reasons are obvious. Baseball seasons guarantee 81 home games; football, eight. Baseball takes place in the summer. Kids are out of school. People are on vacation. They’re more likely to spend a day dining out and walking around downtown.
It would have made far more sense for local governments to invest in the area around Turner Field (already built) than in a new football stadium with the hope that development would follow.
To recap: The Braves are leaving because of a lack of development. Reed and Blank sold you on a stadium on the promise of development.
In the end, Atlanta will get two new stadiums to replace the two that didn’t need replacing.
The investigative report they had been working on for the better part of a year, which detailed the hidden financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders, would not be published.
In the call late last month, (longtime Bloomberg News editor in chief Matthew) Winkler defended his decision, comparing it to the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany, according to Bloomberg employees familiar with the discussion.
“He said, ‘If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China,’ ” one of the employees said. Less than a week later, a second article, about the children of senior Chinese officials employed by foreign banks, was also declared dead, employees said.
If I asked a terrorist why he hated America and he responded, “It all started when I watching this movie ‘Reality Bites …’ ” I’d absolve him without malice. Everything wrong with the 90s was on display in that putrid flick, directed by the ridiculously overrated Ben Stiller, the auteur behind “Little Fockers” and the soon-to-be released “Night at the Museum 3.”
Not content with polluting the big screen, Stiller is bringing “Reality Bites” to TV as a sitcom. The good news: It’s set to air on NBC, which means no one will watch it.
Sometimes you can spot a prick just by looking at him, and, like Ted Cruz, Alabama congressional candidate Dean Young looks like a prick. This Q & A with The Guardian confirms it.
Apart from the United States, which other country do you admire?
Young: I’m not a big world traveller, so I don’t know.
Who is your political hero?
Young: Judge Roy Moore. (Moore was famous as ‘The Ten Commandments’ judge)
Who is the current Treasury secretary?
Young: It was Paulson. Is it Tim Geithner now? (not since January)
Leaving the question of gay marriage aside, do you believe homosexual people can feel the same love for one another as straight people?
Young: When you start talking about that, I don’t even know … Homosexuality is wrong, and that is just the way it is. Always has been, always will be.
Where was Barack Obama born?
Young: That is what we call the $64,000 question! I have no idea! [When pushed for an answer:] Kenya.
Despite being outspent 10-to-1 while purposely lowering the idiocy bar, Young has a small lead over his GOP primary opponent. Let that be a lesson to those who underestimate Ted Cruz’s potential to win the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
The Tea Party is now “the man.” A very dumb man, typically.
Mayor Reed Responds to Second Misleading AJC Column On Public Property Vending
ATLANTA - Mr. Wingfield, you wrote today that I “can’t handle a little criticism, or the truth.”
I can handle criticism just fine.
Except when he can’t.
Mayor Reed, for all his talents, seems to have inherited the thin skin of his predecessor.
Idiots show their support for asshole who beats up women.
The Tea Party gets apoplectic at the mere suggestion that they’re cozy with racists, so how do they explain a candidate — backed by the Club for Growth and Jim DeMint’s PAC — who openly courts secessionists?
Chris McDaniel is taking the “GOP Civil War” to a new level. Two months ago, the tea party-backed Mississippi Senate candidate addressed a neo-Confederate conference and costume ball hosted by a group that promotes the work of present-day secessionists and contends the wrong side won the “war of southern independence.” Other speakers at the event included a historian who believes Lincoln was a Marxist and Ryan Walters, a PhD candidate who worked on McDaniel’s first political campaign and wrote recently that the “controversy” over President Barack Obama’s birth certificate “hasn’t really been solved.”
McDaniel, a state senator, is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in next summer’s GOP Senate primary.