Archive for November, 2006

Atlanta’s Third Gift to the World

As part of the Metroblogging community’s sharing of the 7 Gifts to the World project, I present to you the Cable News Network (CNN).

Can you remember a time when you got your news only before work, at noon, and in the evening? CNN changed the way we receive news and information forever.

Even More on the Tragic Raid

Not from me, but Andisheh has been all over this, in anger at the city’s response, over at his blog.
See 1, 2, 3, and 4 (in chronological order) and, I’m sure, stay tuned to his site for more:

It’s a mystery to me why Atlanta has had to wait one week for the Mayor to even seem sad that an old woman was gunned down in her house by police. Was she unable to find an appropriately shaded carnation?

It’s a rare thing to hear people clamoring for a Mayor Bloomberg-like response to a situation, but Andy’s dead on with this one. And it seems like such a dropped ball by Mayor Franklin. In the past, she’s been very on top of things. This one-week delay in responding to the raid (and the lukewarm response that she gave) is very out of character of her otherwise very well managed administration.

Some comments that have been left here have suggested that it would be inappropriate for Mayor Franklin to comment before the facts are in. I’m all for reserving judgment until a clear picture has arisen but it seems to me that no matter how this is sliced there was some bad policing going on. A long speech is not needed, just an acknowledgement that something went terribly terribly wrong and that it, in all likelihood, was not the fault of the civilian.

Atlanta’s 4th Gift to the World

Atlanta’s 4th gift to the world is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly called the CDC.

First organized in Atlanta in 1946, the CDC has contributed to the health and well-being of American citizens and people around the world by researching and fighting diseases from tuberculosis and smallpox to AIDS. Interestingly, the South was once the heart of the malaria zone (think mosquitoes), and the CDC’s initial focus was on killing mosquitoes. Now, the CDC has nearly 15,000 staff members across the United States and in 45 countries around the world.

I know I’m grateful for the work the CDC does. And their Web site is a wealth of information on wellness issues from flu shots to diabetes awareness.

Thank you, CDC, for your relentless commitment to public health.

Local Landmark

If I say “you know, the big gold turd”, do you know what I’m talking about?

a real ‘dirty bird’

i am not a big (american) football fan, so i don’t as usual course pay much attention to what the falcons are up to. but apparently our wunderkind quarterback, michael vick is in a bit of hot water for giving the remaining fans at the georgia dome the finger with both hands after the falcons loss to the saints on sunday. apparently, dismayed at seeing any shot for a winning season going down the drain were booing the qb as he left the field when he flipped ’em a double bird

wsb has (unfortunately) fuzzified photo of the incident here.

atlanta’s fifth gift to the world


atlanta’s fifth gift to the world is one of it’s most prized citizens, the reverend dr. martin luther king, jr.

in his most famous words ever uttered facing the reflecting pool with the statue of the man who fought the war to end slavery behind him, the great minister and civil rights leader uttered these words on august, 28 1963 (video and complete text here) –

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

one of america’s best orators who used his skill not for profit or personal enrichment but in the cause of spreading freedom to america’s most marginalized citizens. his words still ring true today in a time when as partially realized, but with so much left to do.

dr. king ended up giving his life for those beliefs on april 4, 1968. he words should inspire anywhere where injustice based on the immutable characteristics of someone’s birth continue to flourish.

on a personal note. i am white, middle class and protestant. i am as far from understanding personally and viscerally what dr. king spoke about that day as anyone. i have issues with many of the things that dr. king’s successors in the civil rights establishment stand for today.

but i still get goosebumps when i listen to this, or see video of dr. king and john lewis and the rest of the heroes of those days walking across the bridge out of selma. and it helps me to understand both the cruelty and bravery that humanity is capable of.

atlanta’s fifth gift to the world, martin luther king jr.

More on the Tragic Raid

Well, the tragic raid that caused the death of a 92 (or 88?) year old woman gets more embarassing:

Atlanta’s 7th and 6th gifts to the world, respectively

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts (one per day of the week this week, minus Sunday because we’re slackers) wherein Metroblogging cities recount the 7 gifts their city – in our case, Atlanta – has given to the world.

Because we’re just this side of Thanksgiving, because I haven’t eaten lunch yet and because I’ve got to cram two gifts into one post.

Saturday Driving

I was amazed at the volume of traffic on I-75 this afternoon. It was a pretty slow trip from Kennesaw to the Airport. Parts of the trip were like rush hour. I suppose it’s people returning from out of town or getting some shopping in. 90% of the tags were local.

But, once at the Airport, I dropped off my friend without any real problem and he made it through security and to his gate in a reasonable time. We’ll see what Sunday brings.

Living to Love Again

I think I can speak for Bulldog fans across the city when I say that the loss to Tennessee was so painful that I almost couldn’t bear to watch the rest of the season. Unfortunately, I did watch and what unfolded was so much more horrible than any of us could have ever imagined: Losses to both Vandy and Kentucky. The horror! We proceeded to lose to Florida (no surprise at that point) and so by the time we hit Jordan-Hare, I did not have the heart to hope. At that point, I was preparing for losses to Auburn and Tech.

Then the Dawgs wowed them at Auburn.

Damn them for making me hope again. Go Dawgs! Beat Tech!

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