Atlanta to secede from Georgia? Decatur and Athens going with it?
Some bad-loser Georgians have been signing a petition saying they want to secede from the United States now that Barack Obama has been re-elected. (Apparently, they don’t remember how badly the state’s earlier effort to secede went.) But some Atlantans are now offering an alternative petition. They say they want to stay in the United States and secede from Georgia if it leaves the union.
You can find the Atlanta petition here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-city-atlanta-leave-withdraw-state-georgia-and-remain-part-united-states/Dldp5hKT
The text of the petition reads like this:
The City of Atlanta continues to suffer deprivations of economic, civil, religious, and political freedoms imposed upon it by Georgians (who are hostile to Atlanta).
In the event that Georgia is successful in its effort to secede from the Union, we the people of Atlanta wish to remain in the United States. We love our country. We are dedicated to it. And we are committed to preserving its rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers.
We would also like to annex Athens, Georgia, Decatur, Georgia and the parts of Macon, Georgia made famous by the Allman Brothers.
About 150 Occupy Athens protesters marched through downtown Athens, with a spokesman saying the march was intended to show the group’s strength and give newcomers an opportunity to join the movement.
Darn it. I think some of us are still under an injunction against demonstrating in Athens. What’s the statute of limitations on such things anyway?
Atlanta has widest income gap between rich and poor of all the major U.S. cities, the U.S. Census reported on Wednesday. New Orleans ranked second, followed by the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C. …
Rounding out the list of 10 big cities with the largest gaps between high and low income are Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville, all in Florida; Athens, Ga.; New York; Dallas; and Baton Rouge, La.
Cities in the South seem to have more than their share of inequality, don’t they? Maybe, this kind of thing happens when you’re pro-business, anti-union workers?
Walking the fence, Daddy fell on the ant bed
Tim yelled out my name and I came running
We dragged Daddy away and brushed him off
When I picked him up
He put his arms around my neck and clung to me
Like a worn-out child at bedtime
Tom Poland with a timely recollection about tornadoes. It starts this way: March 31, 1973. Athens, Georgia. We had no Weather Channel. We had no Internet, no cell phones or mobile devices to warn us. We had radio, which doesn’t work too well when the power lines go down. We did, however, have one sure-fire way to see what the weather was up to. Look out the window.
That afternoon, March 31, I looked out the window of the mobile home Dad bought for me to live in and saw white, hard rain driving sideways past my window. The huge oak behind the trailer bent over beyond belief. And then, trembling, the mobile home rose ever so slightly before settling off-kilter onto its concrete block foundation.