Who’s best of Atlanta’s 3 great mayoral candidates?

If you stick around long enough, you see some surprising things.

Forty years ago, I saw a man walk on the moon; five years ago, I watched the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years. Heck, I’ve even seen a black man elected president.

But early next month, we’ll be treated to something just as unlikely. When they go to the polls Nov. 3, Atlanta voters will see three smart, experienced, honest and hard-working candidates for mayor on the ballot. Given the dearth of leadership that has plagued the city, that’s something to be celebrated.

The city faces a lot of serious problems, and many of those problems are self-inflicted. But the fact that it can produce mayoral candidates of the quality of Mary Norwood, Kasim Reed and Lisa Borders has to bode well.

(A fourth candidate, Jesse Spikes, is a successful corporate lawyer who is also smart and honest. What he lacks is political experience, which matters more than many people think. Michael Jordan was a great athlete, perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time. But when he tried his hand at baseball, he barely hit .200 at Double A level. The skills that make you a star in one field don’t mean much in another.)

The tone of the mayoral campaign and the reception the candidates have received also suggest that Atlanta has matured. All three major candidates — a white woman, a black woman and a black man — have built impressive coalitions across boundaries of geography, race and class. As a result, the divisiveness that might mark such a campaign in many other diverse cities — and in the Atlanta of previous years — hasn’t really played out yet. If the pattern holds in the remaining days of the race, that too bodes well for the city’s future.

Choosing among the three is difficult, in part because all three agree in general terms about the major tasks facing Atlanta’s next mayor. They each stress making the city bureaucracy work better, solving its stubborn financial management issues and improving public safety. But each brings something different to the race.

Norwood is a veteran City Council member with extensive business experience. Through a lot of hard work, she has made herself familiar with every corner of the city, and every corner of the city is familiar with Norwood. Her energy and networking skills are legendary.

Norwood is also the candidate focused most intently on resolving the city’s significant financial management problems. Given the state of the city when she took office, incumbent Shirley Franklin has accomplished an awful lot in her two terms as mayor, but fiscal reform largely eluded her. Norwood pledges to give that issue the deep attention it clearly demands, and she has the tenacity to see it through.

Kasim Reed, an Atlanta attorney and veteran state senator, stresses the importance of public safety in his campaign, promising to hire 750 additional police officers by the end of his four-year term. Given the city’s financial situation, that is a hugely ambitious and probably impractical goal, but Reed says he is committed to achieving it.

Reed also highlights his record of consensus building in the state Senate, where he served as a minority urban Democrat in a chamber dominated by rural and suburban Republicans. As Reed tells it, he was able to build relationships across party lines that allowed him to buck the odds and serve effectively on behalf of his Atlanta constituents.

That ability, he says, will allow him to build support for his policies with members of an often fractious City Council. Perhaps just as important, he says, those relationships with state legislative leaders will pay dividends for the city as metro Atlanta seeks assistance and cooperation from an often antagonistic state government.

Like her opponents, Lisa Borders has an extensive record both of public service and private-sector leadership. As City Council president, she too knows the city and its problems, and she too pledges to improve the efficiency of the city bureaucracy. She evinces a deep passion for the city and the intellect and energy needed to make it a better place. Her main advantage over Norwood, with whom she serves on the City Council, may be her ability to build council support for the tough financial and personnel decisions that lie ahead.

Trying to choose among such well-qualified candidates is a welcome chore, but at this point, I’ll cast my vote for Reed. The record of legislative consensus-building that he describes is very real. Given that some of the metro region’s biggest challenges cannot be solved without the assistance of state leaders, an Atlanta mayor with such connections would be a major asset.

331 comments Add your comment

Normal

October 23rd, 2009
9:24 am

Gave up on downstairs, huh?

Normal

October 23rd, 2009
9:27 am

I’ll take Norwood…does she bite?

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

I guess there’s only so much mileage you can get from penis-eating worms …

Mrs. Godzilla

October 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

Don’t have a dog in this fight……I wish the City of Atlanta well….

Joan

October 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

I’ll go for Norwood because business sense is what is needed today–at the local, and the federal level. Heaven spare us the politicians and their crooked little cronies.

Mrs. Godzilla

October 23rd, 2009
9:32 am

Would that be MPP?

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
9:33 am

“Don’t have a dog in this fight……I wish the City of Atlanta well….”

Me either…and me too.

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
9:34 am

“Heaven spare us the politicians and their crooked little cronies.”

You seem to be saying that having “business sense” means she is free of connections to “crooked little cronie”…it don’t necessarily follow, you know.

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

““Don’t have a dog in this fight……I wish the City of Atlanta well….”

Me either…and me too.”

can we move on to traveling music???

I have a GREAT-GREAT-GREAT contribution this week !!!

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
9:36 am

“I guess there’s only so much mileage you can get from penis-eating worms …”

But it was fun while it lasted. I vote Normal for the best post!

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
9:38 am

“But it was fun while it lasted. I vote Normal for the best post!”

but-but-but … what about jt!!!???!!!

jt

October 23rd, 2009
9:41 am

Great.

Two frustrated women.

ATL Handicapper

October 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

For those interested in another forecast, the Vote-O-Meter (usually posted on Creative Loafing) sees the mayoral race clarifying in the final weeks. It forecasts that if the election were held today, the votes would be Mary Norwood 37%; Lisa Borders – 29%; Kasim Reed – 24%; Jesse Spikes – 6%, Kyle Keyser – 4%; Peter Brownlowe – 0%. Norwood’s lead continues and her strategy of trying to make no blunders is working. Borders remains a strong second, with Reed just holding on. Spikes and Keyser are keeping their small but committed followers, and Keyser is picking up some protest votes. As Election Day nears, uncertainty about who to vote for seems to be growing.

jconservative

October 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

“Well I’ve seen a horse fly
I’ve seen a dragon fly
I’ve seen a house fly”

But……………

My apologies to the cast of “Dumbo”

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

“but-but-but … what about jt!!!???!!!”

Nah, jt made me smile…but Normal had me grinning for 5 minutes. No contest!

Normal

October 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

“But it was fun while it lasted. I vote Normal for the best post!”

Nah, mine got pulled. jt wins! :D

Mrs. Godzilla

October 23rd, 2009
9:44 am

and one guy who sounds like he’s speaking from a closet…..

as the Munchkins so touchingly sang…come out come out wherever you are….

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
9:44 am

Had Reed served his constituents well, Atlanta traffic wouldn’t be so bad, right?

I’d say Norwood is odds-on favorite barring any shenanigans (sp.).

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
9:45 am

“Nah, mine got pulled”

Not the one about a figure of speech..which is the one that I vote for.

Brad Steel

October 23rd, 2009
9:46 am

With the the past low expectations and realizations, this lot of candidates, does seem too good to live up the expectations. Hell, the Sox won, but then there are the Cubs. I hope Atlantans won’t be like Cubs fans.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

October 23rd, 2009
9:46 am

At the end of the day, it’s still the City of Atlanta.

ew

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Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state on a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign that failed to fully embrace President Obama until days before the election.-Washington Post

Hardee har har, the rest of us know he will lose because Obozo, mmm, mmmm, mmmmm, has been hung around his neck.

Normal

October 23rd, 2009
9:48 am

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
9:45 am
“Nah, mine got pulled”

Not the one about a figure of speech..which is the one that I vote for.

Funny, on my screen it said I was moderated after some of y’all answered. Go figure…

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
9:48 am

ABM – did you see my reply to you downstairs?

Gale

October 23rd, 2009
9:52 am

Also not an Atlanta city resident, but I would go for Norwood and hope Borders stays on city council. I think the city will need both people.

CP Jen

October 23rd, 2009
10:00 am

Norwood for me.

Normal

October 23rd, 2009
10:03 am

UH, Jay? Looks like this one is done too…just sayin’

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
10:06 am

Paul

October 23rd, 2009
10:06 am

“Don’t have a dog in this fight……I wish the City of Atlanta well….”

Me either…and me too.”

Me three.

I was amazed at the deluge of comments on the prior thread in such a short time. Who’da’ thunk “penis eating worms” would bring together people of all political persuasions?

I just hope Axelrod and Dunn don’t think there’s a lesson here…

Truth

October 23rd, 2009
10:09 am

Atlanta is Atlanta. Luckily, I don’t live there. I do, however, think that politics is a dirty game and one person that doesn’t fit the mold of a politician and that would have been a great canidate is Clark Howard.

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
10:09 am

Doggone

About the spiders? Yeah, I can’t remember the name of the spider that does that. I’ve seen it before though. If it’s on Nat Geo or Discovery, I’m gonna watch it.

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
10:12 am

“About the spiders?”

No, not that one…the one about evolving from a single cell.

jt

October 23rd, 2009
10:13 am

ABM-

Noted and acknowledged sir.

Thank you.

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
10:13 am

Oops, missed that one. Going back to read

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
10:14 am

Me four.

Normal’s post downstairs was like :shock: – did I just read what I thought I did. And “mine got pulled” – I am so not that clever with puns.

Paul,

“Who’da’ thunk “penis eating worms” would bring together people of all political persuasions?”

We yearn for knowledge.

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
10:15 am

Doggone,

I saw that book at the B&N last night – so you are enjoying it? I might have to pick that one up after I finish my brain candy book I got last night.

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
10:15 am

“We yearn for a chance to dust off our 3rd grade-level sense of humor.”

there. fyt.

;-)

jt

October 23rd, 2009
10:19 am

And in closing-

Everyone in Georgia DOES have a dog in the Atlanta mayoral race. Bad ones cost everyone, good ones help us all.

As a rule in Georgia, for the most bang for the buck and decent leadership, go for the one who is NOT an attorney.

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
10:21 am

Doggone

Read it. I think the woman that was quoted must have skipped biology class. I think my 1 year old could have explained that to her.

ATLshirt.com

October 23rd, 2009
10:22 am

all three of the front runners currently hold a position in Government for the city or the state… I think that all three are part of the problem and not a solution…

more police = more taxes = greater strain on business = more job loss in the city = greater crime rate!!

stands for decibels

October 23rd, 2009
10:22 am

“We yearn for a chance to dust off our 3rd grade-level sense of humor.”

Dust off?

Eric

October 23rd, 2009
10:24 am

Last September during a rather disturbing rash of crime in my neighborhood I sent letters to Norwood, Borders, Franklin and other city leaders pleading for some action to help protect me and my neighbors from the outlaws that were roaming our streets. We had rapes, murders, robbings, home invasions and burglaries happening all around us. What response did I receive from our leaders? Not a single word. Nothing! Maybe they were all too busy planning their campaigns. Since Reed was the only one I didn’t contact, I guess he gets my vote by default.

Paul

October 23rd, 2009
10:26 am

Off topic

So much for mending relations with Europe.

“Disappointed Sarkozy shifts gaze from Washington”

“There is an annoyance about what the French see as naivety in the Obama administration,” said Bruno Tertrais, a senior research fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research.

Sarkozy’s frustrations spilled into the open at the United Nations last month, when he appeared to chide Obama publicly.

“I support America’s outstretched hand. But what has the international community gained from these offers of dialogue? Nothing but more enriched uranium and centrifuges,” he said…”

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-43390720091023?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
10:30 am

“I saw that book at the B&N last night – so you are enjoying it?”

Yes, I did like it…but I damn hear had to read it with a dictionary in the other hand. He’s a good scientist, but he doesn’t have Stephen Hawking’s knack for writing for “the masses”

Dan

October 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

I think being a current member of this city’s government should disqualify anyone from being a candidate.

ATLshirt.com

October 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

I just wish one of the candidates would focus thier time on bringing jobs to the city.. adding 50 police to the force is not the answer.. It helps a little, but what do police focus thier time on ?? They are not hunting down bad guys.. they are writing tickets to people for speeding, or parking illegally.. We need those police to walk the streets of high crime areas.. instead of trying to generate revenue for the city who is low on cash from the many years of corrupt politicians who have ran this city into the ground!!

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

I thought we didn’t like the French. My question to Sarcozy would be, “What have you done to stop the enriched uranium and centrifuges?”

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
10:32 am

“I think my 1 year old could have explained that to her”

No kidding!

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
10:32 am

Dan

Who would you get to run then?

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
10:34 am

Doggone

She’s probably the same person on the news who start’s off her eyewitness testimony with, “See, what had happened was…”

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 23rd, 2009
10:34 am

Well, if anybody with white skin wins that race, it will be like the KKK electing Jesse Jackson to lead them. So this Norwood will get beat like a rented mule in the runoff. All you can say right now is she must be the biggest White librul in the country.

So it’s between this Reed and Borders. The men voters will all be out chasing crack on runoff day, so lay your money on Borders to be the next mayor.

It don’t matter to me. I stay away from Atlanta like I stay away from jails. Us Conservative Republicans got no use for Atlanta. Long as those folks keep paying their taxes so we can get our roads and stuff out here where the real GA is, they can do what they want.

Like they said back when Barry Goldwater was running, in your heart you know I’m right. Have a good day everybody.

Finn McCool

October 23rd, 2009
10:35 am

Whichever one can gather up enough money to fix the pot holes.

These pot holes are getting out of hand. I lost a small child in one the other day!

Raise taxes on the Atlantans!!

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

“They are not hunting down bad guys.. they are writing tickets to people for speeding, or parking illegally.. ”

You need to check out the excellent results that New York City has had with concentrating on the “small stuff” and it’s effects on the bigger crime problem.

Paul

October 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

And for my second off-topic post per thread:

The White House war on Fox and Other Enemies isn’t going so well. Moderate Congressional Democrats aren’t happy:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28638.html

And even CNN, NBC , ABC and CBS are drawing the line and refusing to go along.

“The White House press pool is made up of CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX NEWS (which has been a member since 1997). Obama offered interviews with Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg to all major press pool members — except FOX. The entire press pool agreed that if FOX wasn’t allowed to participate, they wouldn’t either. Forced to relent, Obama allowed FOX in”

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3606785/white_house_blocks_fox_news_from_intervewing_pay_czar/

Earlier on NBC, Pres Obama was pressed about their little war. The followup statement was ‘your aides started it’ and his response began, “well, no….”

?!!?

The advance to the rear… er… shift in strategy, has begun.

ABM

Kinda ironic when the French are seen as tough and the Americans are seen as… not…. isn’t it?

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

ABM –

“I thought we didn’t like the French. My question to Sarcozy would be, “What have you done to stop the enriched uranium and centrifuges?””

ZACKLY Obama’s point when he said that the US would no longer go it alone.

Brad Steel

October 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

Based on their public comments and persona, all three appear to bring sound leadership intangibles (but so did Bill Campbell when he ran).

But Mary Norwood brings the best prospects for diluting Atlanta’s endemic cronyism and disassembling work-programs culture in Atlanta city government.

This gives Norwood the advantage and should get her elected.

Journalism is a Racket too

October 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

Well Jay, your choice of Reed means you support a State bailout of the crooked city, either directly with State tax dollars, or indirectly by allowing the crooked city to impose a commuter tax on people from Cobb and the other suburbs who are forced to work there. We will fight that to the bitter end, and if we fail and a commuter tax is imposed, we will execute a scorched earth policy within the city, moving all operations and HQ’s outside the city limits. Enough of us will move to inflict severe economic damage on the city. You will have even more empty office towers and condo’s. Why even your own Urininal Constipation has already mostly moved out of the city.

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
10:40 am

“we will execute a scorched earth policy within the city, moving all operations and HQ’s outside the city limits”

You’ll need a slogan. How about the dyslexic’s cry: “big business in Atlantat, UNTIE”

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
10:43 am

Paul

I wouldn’t necessarily call them tough. If they tried to do anything forceful, they’d still call on us to help back them up. But sometimes you gotta talk tough and I’ll give him (Sarcozy) credit for that.

mm

October 23rd, 2009
10:43 am

Paul,

“The entire press pool agreed that if FOX wasn’t allowed to participate, they wouldn’t either. Forced to relent, Obama allowed FOX in”

They should have kicked them all out.

William

October 23rd, 2009
10:44 am

I forgot! OBAMA LIED! OBAMA LIED! OBAMA LIED!

Taxpayer

October 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

“forced to work there”, “scorched earth policy”… poor thang. Now, where did I leave that nano violin.

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

Paul,

Ya’ know? It’s kind of hard to go from penis eating worms to Fox News. It’s Friday dude.

OneChris

October 23rd, 2009
10:47 am

Lisa Borders is my choice. She has a sense of the business leaders being she worked as an exec with Cousins Properties. It can also be seen as being closer than wanted so she has not said much about her business background. She is doing a good job as City Council President. She has been fair in all her views and is never quick on judging. She has show up a the Human Rights Campaign annual Atlanta meetings so she is aware of the gay community. She has a solid sense of her own self.

SOUTHERN ATL

October 23rd, 2009
10:48 am

May the best candidate win!!!

OneChris

October 23rd, 2009
10:49 am

also the media said it will be a runoff in December which many will forget to go back and vote so it is sad to know only 15,000 people will make the vote to decide the mayor

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
10:49 am

Bosch

Maybe the penis eating worm is a “plant” from Fox. Jus sayin…

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
10:50 am

ABM,

EEEKKK!! Seriously, Jay should have saved that one for around 2:00.

Turd Ferguson

October 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

Lisa Borders is kinda cute, however, Norwood will be better candidate to kull out the deadwood. Kaseemi…nah.

Normal

October 23rd, 2009
10:53 am

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
10:46 am
Paul,

Ya’ know? It’s kind of hard to go from penis eating worms to Fox News. It’s Friday dude.

Oh, I don’t know…I see the resemblance…. ;)

The Thin Guy

October 23rd, 2009
10:53 am

Are any of them capable of fixing Atlanta’s streets? Every couples of months holes are dug and then metal plates from the battleship Bismark are placed over the holes. Then they are repaved only to be dug back up a few months later. You don’t see the Egyptian pyramids and Roman aqueducts torn down and put back on every couple of months because they were built right the first time but someone who knew what the Hades they were doing. In Atlanta they keep hiring the people who caused the problem to solve the problem. Also could we have cops who stay out of strip clubs and try to apprehend armed robbers and car jackers. I don’t care which one is the best at reading a teleprompter.

Journalism is a Racket too

October 23rd, 2009
10:54 am

Dear Taxpayer: you left the nano violin where the sun doesn’t shine. Those of us in Cobb County are so very much enjoying the distress of the crooked city, and we will block any and all bailout attempts at the State level to relieve that stress. Remember, WE are your enemy, forever.

Taxpayer

October 23rd, 2009
10:55 am

You don’t see the Egyptian pyramids and Roman aqueducts torn down and put back on every couple of months because they were built right the first time but someone who knew what the Hades they were doing.

A little slave labor goes along way.

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
10:57 am

Tonto

October 23rd, 2009
10:58 am

and we will block any and all bailout attempts

What’s this “we” s–t, white man?

Brad Steel

October 23rd, 2009
10:58 am

She has a sense of the business leaders being she worked as an exec with Cousins Properties.

Not sure this can be used as a brag. CUZ has been one of the worst performing REITs in the market during Borders employment.

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
10:59 am

Normal – full of P&V today, I see … even more than usual!!

we like it!!!

:-)

Paul

October 23rd, 2009
10:59 am

ABM

Even at this stage, if it’s nothing more than a shift in attitude, it’s a start.

The other factor is not the toughness – it’s the whole ‘rebuilding alliances’ theme. Clearly, the French think Pres Obama’s performance is lacking.

mm 10:43

Then who would have interviewed the pay czar?

The administration does what it perceives to be in their best interest. They appear to have badly miscalculated on this.

Bosch

[[It’s kind of hard to go from penis eating worms to Fox News. It’s Friday dude]]

Actually, I was going from penis eating worms to Pres Obama and the White House….

(I’m trying real hard to not make a follow-up wisecrack….)

Normal – I knew I could count on you!

Peadawg

October 23rd, 2009
11:00 am

I haven’t really kept up w/ it much…but the best candidate is the one that will help the city of Atlanta the most…regardless of race, color, etc.

Shar

October 23rd, 2009
11:00 am

Lisa Borders is owned lock stock and barrel by developers. She has spent her time as City Council president trying hard not to take a stand on anything. No thanks. Mary Norwood has spend eight years getting precisely nothing accomplished on the Council. Her only response to date has been to shove blame on anyone else she can target. She is also a liar – said she’d vote on the Piedmont Park parking deck as the neighborhood wanted, and as soon as she was re-elected she ignored the 90% who didn’t want it and cast the deciding vote. We need another deeply stupid lying politician about as much as we need the developers’ voice running City Hall.

That leaves Reed. I’m not enthusiastic, but at least he’s not Borders or Norwood.

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
11:00 am

“You don’t see the Egyptian pyramids and Roman aqueducts torn down and put back on every couple of months because they were built right the first time but someone who knew what the Hades they were doing.”

yep. too bad Neil Boortz thinks that learning Algebra is a waste of time as I hear engineers are mighty handy to have around when you’re building something like Spaghetti Junction …

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

Paul,

It’s kind of hard to go from penis eating worm to President Obama and the White House.

Geez. :roll:

Ya’ know there are some things in life you never thought you’d write and for me, “penis eating worm” is one of them.

neo-Carlinist

October 23rd, 2009
11:03 am

Not sure I agree we have three qualified candidates. Maybe three carefully crafted candidates. With all due respect to the non-Atlantans posting, I can see City Hall from my home and I don’t have a dog in this fight. Mary Norwood is an opportunistic politician. She shamelessly mugged for the media and tried to make political hay out of a murdered bartender (as if crime is a “public safety” issue). Maybe the city needs a “politician” and not a puppet, but as I see it, she is Atlanta’s bizarro version of Barrack Obama (’agent of change’). Like the current Mayor, Reed is the product of the Maynard Jackson political machine. Seems to me that Atlanta politics as usual is why we have a $75 million deficit and a $9 billion water bill. Borders is running on a platform of representing “marginalized” or disenfranchised Atlantans (see: blacks). So, like Reed, if Atlanta has not had a white mayor since 1973, who is responsible for “marginalizing” these poor folks?

Taxpayer

October 23rd, 2009
11:03 am

Journalism is a Racket too

October 23rd, 2009
10:54 am
Dear Taxpayer: you left the nano violin where the sun doesn’t shine. Those of us in Cobb County are so very much enjoying the distress of the crooked city, and we will block any and all bailout attempts at the State level to relieve that stress. Remember, WE are your enemy, forever.

Ewwww. It’s probably out of tune now. I know people in Cobb County and they are not my enemy. However, I can say without any hesitation that you’re weird. Now, let’s see how that nano violin is working. I’ve got a little tune just for you, you poor thang.

Paul

October 23rd, 2009
11:03 am

TJI 11:01

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Abraham Lincoln

GOP's DOT

October 23rd, 2009
11:06 am

yep. too bad Neil Boortz thinks that learning Algebra is a waste of time as I hear engineers are mighty handy to have around when you’re building something like Spaghetti Junction …

Oops.

TnGelding

October 23rd, 2009
11:07 am

Are you unendorsing Jesse Spikes?

I resent you singling out these “major” candidates. Every candidate is major in my book and deserves rocognition.

Paul

October 23rd, 2009
11:07 am

Bosch

I know what you mean. I never thought I’d read that on a political blog, either.

But y’know…. God created that creature for a reason… it didn’t evolve… but if God didn’t specifically create it but started an evolutionary chain with it…

I think God has a whacked-out sense of humor!

Hey! Didja hear? The Vatican says disenchanted Episcopalopians can become kinda Catholics!

Just can’t become bishops or cardinals or popes or such.

pat

October 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Here’s a shock, Iran pulling back from “deal”…Told ya,

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125630502899403881.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLTopStories

/hijack

AmVet

October 23rd, 2009
11:09 am

First, Obama is not a black man.

Unless one considers his white mother sliced liver.

Second,Bo Jackson was not only arguably the greatest college football player ever, he had much success in both the NFL and MLB.

Third, Atlanta is the very crucible for the very best and very worst of black American power. And sadly has revealed that southern white men have no real monopoly on ignorance, ineptitude and immorality…

But compared to stone aged men and professional grade bigots who live in Cobb County looks magnificent in comparison…

Doggone/GA

October 23rd, 2009
11:09 am

“I know what you mean. I never thought I’d read that on a political blog, either”

Who ever said this was a POLITICAL blog? I refer you to the top of the page: “An Atlanta blog with a little bit of opinion about a lot of things”

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October 23rd, 2009
11:09 am

Thank y’all, thank you very much! I’ll be here all week… :D

USinUK

October 23rd, 2009
11:10 am

Paul –

11:07

did you see Luckovich’s cartoon about it??

http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/opinion/luckovichoct09/

(it’s the second one)

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October 23rd, 2009
11:13 am

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
11:02 am
Paul,

It’s kind of hard to go from penis eating worm to President Obama and the White House.

OH, I don’t know…again ;)

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October 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

…After all, he’s not the Fierce Advocate for nothing…

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

Paul

True, it could be posturing by the French also. Maybe trying to play both sides of the coin. Appear to frown upon the US, whole working with Iran on a solution. Then if it all works to their advantage, they make themselves look good. Then at the same time trying to goad the US into doing something to spur progress.

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What did you eat/drink for breakfast this morning? You are in rare form today.

suburbs scare me

October 23rd, 2009
11:15 am

I just don’t understand Cobb and Gwinnett county. They sit up there and vote away any sort of encroachment by the City of Atlanta including MARTA, i think one Gwinnett County quote they didn’t want the “riff raff” to get in. Well fellars i got some bad news for you i’m not racist but i’m putting this in your point of view…the riff raff is there. I love in the city but my work takes me all over the suburbs and there are placed I won’t stop my car in Cobb and Gwinnett but I can go from Buckhead to Midtown, Virginia Highlands, L5P, Briarcliff area all over ITP and it’s as nice as can be.

You want to see where the real crime and, sprawl, and illegal citizens are drive up Buford Highway from Norcross to Duluth, drive east on Indian Trail or Pleasant Hill from I-85, there are places in Lilburn I absolutley will not stop. Same goes for Smyrna nice during the week with the office population then most of us go home to Buckhead and Garden Hills and Ansley Park. Go to Cumberland Mall on a Saturday afternoon you might as well be in East L.A.

I see drug deal happening as school busses pass by in the middle of the afternoon in parking lots on Sugarloaf Parkway, can’t say i’ve seen that at my Publix in Buckhead or Ansley. People from the Suburbs run scared from the city because some bum asks them for money but where they run to is where the real danger is. Where Mexican drug cartels sell cocaine and run prostitution rings out of foreclosed homes, where i don’t know where I am in Duluth and Lawrenceville because the signs aren’t in English. Get with reality Gwinnett and Cobb you are whats holding back the city of Atlanta not the other way around.

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
11:15 am

Paul,

Yeah! I did hear. Luckovich even drew a cartoon about it yesterday. I was really laughing about that one. Disenfranchised Episcopalopianios leave the church because they are outraged, outraged I say, over a gay bishop to become Catholic: yeap, no gays in that church, fer sure!!!

“I think God has a whacked-out sense of humor!”

Totally – I mean – look at the giraffe.

Bosch

October 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

NORMAL!!!!!!!!!!!

Matilda

October 23rd, 2009
11:17 am

AmVet, Bo was also a nice young man in college, went to class, studied, was always considerate and well-mannered, and (unlike many of his teammates) decided to forego the obnoxious skirt-chasing and self-promoting antics of jocks who imagine themselves to be heroes. All class.

Angry Black Man

October 23rd, 2009
11:18 am

Bosch @ 11:02

If you insert Clinton in as President would that make it easier to go between the two?