Atlanta hasn't had a white mayor since 1969. The normal routine is that Atlanta elects a black mayor, who then gets all his cronies plum jobs, especially involving the stores and kiosks at the airport. Then the Mayor and his cronies go to jail on federal racketeering charges, usually over kickbacks from the airport. The current mayor, Kasim Reed, "the great elephant who fertilizes the earth with his dung", is adhering to this tradition and it seems he will soon be checking into Club Fed once the federals wind up their investigations down there.
So, in the election for a new mayor yesterday, there were two candidates. One was a black woman, Keisha Bottoms, who used her connections to avoid paying her water bill for years (this sounds trivial but in Atlanta that's a really big deal). She drew two city salaries at the same time, both big dollar amounts, and she is close (just what that means I wouldn't care to say) to the current Mayor.
The other was a white woman named Mary Norwood. Norwood is a kind of strange independent, neither fish nor fowl. She is, for all that, respectable and nobody has linked her with criminals or fraud, etc.
After the election, the count was Bottoms: 46,464 and Norwood 45,705, giving bottoms an alleged (and highly suspicious) margin of just over 700 votes. Although no military absentee ballots have been counted yet, Bottoms gave a victory speech and said the election is over. The Atlanta political establishment is trying to gloss over the failure to count absentee votes and other "irregularities."
The city government is black. The polling is largely conducted by individuals who are black. I wait with great interest to see how this works out. Maybe they should fly in some advisers from Rhodesia and Liberia to help make sure the election isn't rigged.
Looking at the more mundane, M is supposed to be home today. I'm going over the mountain to pick her up and bring her home this afternoon. I hope that's what happens, anyway.
Lots of rain the past couple of days, and now it's cold and foggy. I like this kind of weather, and I especially like the fact that the mountains are largely deserted now.
I found this video on Youtube . I recognize Mount Yonah and some of the other places in the film. Gives a pretty good idea of what our area is like.
The new "Off Grid" is out , at least, the digital version is. I haven't been able to find it on the news stands yet. Mykel Hawke's is the subject of the main article in this months edition. He did a few one off specials for the Discovery Channel some years ago, and a two season program called "Man, Woman, Wild" as well. He strikes me as one of those guys who are handy to have around in a tight spot but not somebody you'd want to be around much otherwise.
We found a company that transports horses, so Seamus is taken care of. It wasn't as expensive as I had anticipated, $400 to move him from Cincinnati to Nashville, or $870 to move him from Cincinnati to Jacksonville, Florida. So that's one item checked off the planning list for the kids relocation. Seamus is 22 years old, so we can't be sure, if we gave him to a petting zoo or something of that nature, that they wouldn't sell him to the "killers' i.e. the dog food people. So he'll have to live out his life in luxury and die of natural causes.
Thought for the Day:
Christmas is almost here.