Three Items From The Daily

May 14, 2013 13:00 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 10 comments

Here are couple of items from this morning’s Daily (subscribe here) that may be of interest and worthy of discussion.

Atlanta America’s Most Redneck City? Some outfit called “Movoto” says Atlanta is America’s Most Redneck City, beating out Kansas City for the honor. According to the report, “Atlanta has 81 shops that repair riding lawn mowers; 55 gun and ammo stores; 34 boot stores; 14 taxidermy shops; five Walmart locations; one country radio station in the city proper, and one NASCAR track.” If Atlanta Motor Speedway is really in Atlanta then we have more than one country radio station. Yankees. What do they know? There are 533 cities in Georgia who will be happy to dispute those findings.

We’ve Got Broadband, Right Here In River City: And that starts with “B” and that rhymes with “T” and that stands for TOTALLY AWESOME for the city of Stockbridge, which approved a deal that will provide “more Internet capacity than any other network in the Southeast.” For $15 million, we sure hope so.

Grassroots Wars.​ The Georgia Tea Party Patriots sent an email to their followers saying they will be announcing a statewide grassroots organization in cooperation with national conservative groups that will “rival Obama’s Organizing for America.” A press conference is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 PM in front of the Classic Center in Athens. On the other side, Better Georgia is hiring “community activists” via craigslist.com. You can make between $1200 and $2500 per month “having real conversations with citizens about the many issues they deal with every day and what they expect from their politics. The ultimate aim of this work is to find ways that we can include these individuals as part of a more visible and long-term grassroots movement for progressive change.”

Harry May 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm
Ed May 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

“There are 533 cities in Georgia.”

lol.

David C May 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm

and more counties then any state other than Texas! But we need more of each, right?

Ed May 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I don’t think the raw number matters per se, I was just laughing at the notion there are 532 other cities in GA.

Mike Hassinger May 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

532 other cities is probably too low. http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/citypopulationrank.htm
You need to get out more, Ed, and learn about the state you live in a little.

sockpuppet May 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

You didn’t get Ed’s point. There are only 29 municipalities with populations over 30,000 and 67 with populations over 15,000. Even better … most of those 67 are in the metropolitan Atlanta megapolis.

#601 on your list may be called “Tate City” but with a population of 16, it ain’t a city. For the most part, Georgia is (metro) Atlanta and everywhere else. Until someone gets serious about economic development in areas outside of metro Atlanta, his point is still going to be good.

xdog May 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

Farmington, like Tate City, isn’t incorporated and I can guarantee there are more than 16 people living there but they didn’t make the list.

Baker May 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

As someone who needed one for the first time in my life recently, I can tell you there ain’t no got-danged way Atlanta has 14 taxidermists. If you’re counting Canton or LaGrange as Atlanta, then okay, but that’s ridiculous, no one would ever do that. Unless you’re somebody trolling for a way to make a Top 10 list because the Interwebs go crazy for them.

Baker May 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

For the record I went to Stockbridge and enjoyed my transaction with Wayne Kelly very much.

sockpuppet May 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

“For $15 million, we sure hope so.”

This is at no cost to the taxpayer. Instead, the company will put in the Internet network now and get a share of the profits – which will add up to much more than $15 million – down the line. By the way, if Georgia would stop waiting on the free enterprise supply side fairy and instead redirect the money that we are using to bribe companies to put carpet factories and other stuff that doesn’t really add many jobs – if we were to dedicate maybe $250-300 million – we could give most of the state this type of high capacity Internet service and the economic development benefits would be tremendous, especially outside metro Atlanta.

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