No Buckhead, you’re not a special case

Through the first five months of 2021, gunfire killed more than 8,100 people in the United States, about 54 lives lost per day, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research organization. That’s 14 more deaths per day than the average toll during the same period of the previous six years.

Fear does strange things to us. It causes all kinds of responses from the instinctual “fight or flight” impulse to making rash decisions. Instead of making rash and rushed decisions, we sometimes need to take a few seconds to assess the situation facing us. That few seconds allows us to cool our jets and make rational, fact-based decisions as opposed to knee-jerk reactions. We must remember that fear can sometimes be False Energy Appearing Real.

We all watch the news and see the reports on crime increasing. However, it’s not just a wealthy neighborhood issue as some in Buckhead think. That same negative energy is felt outside of Atlanta, including my area in Henry County. So, I hate to disappoint you Buckhead residents who think you’re the target. However, you are not special. Crime is on the rise everywhere.

This isn’t something that just happened either. This is just my personal view, but the crime we’re seeing now was seeded generations ago. There are kids, even young adults now, who grew up in crime infested areas that were neglected by society. These kids have spent their entire lives living in a negative environment where nobody cared about them or what they did. Instead of tackling difficult problems when they were small, we allowed them to fester and grow into the larger, uncontainable issues that we face now.

The problem is what I refer to as a lack of “home training”. Now, “home training” isn’t just about discipline and guidance from your parents at home. That also takes into account the environment where you lived and grew up. We stopped teaching people how to effectively work through emotions and strife. Instead of being able to reason through difficult problems, the easy solution now is to fight or shoot it out instead.

This is a snapshot of the first page of the Last 72 Hours report from the Gun Violence Archive website.

There’s a list of 25 most recent incidents of gun violence in America. At 25 per page, the last 72 hour report goes on for 13 pages. When I looked a few days ago, it was 18 pages in length covering all the weekend shootings.

People want to dismiss the gun aspect of this violence, but you cannot separate the gun from gun violence. The last estimate I saw reported almost 400 million guns in circulation in America. We don’t have that many people living here even if you include every single undocumented person in the tally. Add the fact that here in Atlanta alone, Atlanta Police Department has received reports of more than 800 guns stolen from cars in Atlanta this year, and you have a recipe for gun violence.

Instead of trying to separate, wall yourself off, and pretend to make yourself safe, the residents of Buckhead, Atlanta, and America in general need to roll up their sleeves and do the work necessary to make life safer here. The first step is to admit that the NRA and gun industry has played people for fools and used F.E.A.R. to profit from gun sales. After admitting America has a gun problem, then we need to break that addiction and treat gun violence for the disease it is.

There are several steps that can be done to do this. We can remove unnecessary guns from circulation. We can teach people to respect guns for the deadly weapons they are and do more to secure them to keep them off the streets. We can and should institute mandatory safety training for gun owners to ensure people understand the great responsibility that comes with owning guns.

Away from guns, we can do more towards the healthcare aspect as well. We need to formulate a thorough mental health care system to help those who need the help but are unable to do it themselves. We need to do a better job with the “home training” aspect too. Teach kids and adults how to work through emotions and find reasonable solutions that don’t involve or use violence. I’m sure others can come up with more, as there are many things that can be done to reduce violent crime in America.

So, Buckhead, I know I’m picking on you, but it’s out of love. Running away doesn’t solve problems, it only creates more. Having your own city sounds good until you realize that you have to run your own city-wide departments yourself. Even after you create that imaginary boundary on maps, that doesn’t make crime go away. It simply adds another layer of government and taxes which you’ll eventually fuss about anyway. So, just roll up your sleeves and work with everyone else in the area to find solutions to the violence WE ARE all suffering through. You’re not as special as you think you are.

829 thoughts on “No Buckhead, you’re not a special case

  1. Sotomayor writes:

    Today’s analysis marks reporting and disclosure requirements with a bull’s-eye. Regulated entities who wish to avoid their obligations can do so by vaguely waving toward first Amendment “privacy concerns.” It does not matter if not a single individual risks experiencing a single reprisal from disclosure, or if the vast majority of those affected would happily comply. That is all irrelevant to the Court’s determination that California’s Schedule B requirement is facially unconstitutional. Neither precedent nor common sense supports such a result.

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  2. Kagan writes:

    Today, the Court undermines Section 2 [of the Voting Rights Act] and the right it provides. The majority fears that the statute Congress wrote is too “radical”—that it will invalidate too many state voting laws. So the majority writes its own set of rules, limiting Section 2 from multiple directions. Wherever it can, the majority gives a cramped reading to broad language. And then it uses that reading to uphold two election laws from Arizona that discriminate against minority voters. I could say—and will in the following pages—that this is not how the Court is supposed to interpret and apply statutes. But that ordinary critique woefully undersells the problem. What is tragic here is that the Court has (yet again) rewritten—in order to weaken—a statute that stands as a monument to America’s greatness, and protects against its basest impulses. What is tragic is that the Court has damaged a statute designed to bring about “the end of discrimination in voting.”

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    • In my humble opinion, the crux of the Conservative argument is that inconveniencing voters is no problem, and that’s just… stunning.

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    • DeSantis is also running… a younger dog with the same hateful flaws, only better hair and more competent.


  3. “White, a friend of former President Donald Trump, relocated to Atlanta from New York about three years ago.”
    This MAGA carpetbagger has only lived in Buckhead 3 years and he is leading the Buxxit charge?!!
    Ho, Sit down!

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    • Too bad you’re not gonna play stefpe ⚽️, but you’re pleased with the result against Germany 🇩🇪.

      Something like the English 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 hadn’t beaten them at home 🏡 in a knockout game since 1966.

      Hmmm… what else happened that year?

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  4. Toyota is not the only game in own . . .

    Not the best, the most important, or the only thing worth considering !

    * * * * *

    My letter to my Toyota dealer

    To whom it may concern:

    As your records will show, we bought a Toyota Prius from your dealership in 2010. We have been taking our Prius to your dealership for regular maintenance since then. We really like our Prius, it is the best car we have ever owned, and we really want to buy another one when the time comes.

    Recent news about political donations by your parent US company has lead us to conclude that we will not replace our present Prius with another Toyota car.

    According to Axios, Toyota leads in corporate giving to congressional Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election. Even more appalling is the response (as cited in Axios) from a Toyota spokesperson when asked about these donations:

    We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification. . . . Based on our thorough review, we decided against giving to some members who, through their statements and actions, undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions.

    We cannot buy products from any company that believes that a vote by a politician to overturn a free and fair election is not sufficient to stop giving to that politician. If that vote had been successful, the very foundation of our democratic government would have been destroyed.

    Until Toyota issues a retraction of this appalling position, we will not buy another Toyota. We urge you to contact your corporate office and explain how upset good customers like us are about Toyota’s disregard for fundamental democratic principles.


    With a slight modification, I’m sending a letter to

    Toyota Headquarters:
    P.O. Box 259001
    Plano, TX, 75025-9001

    I’m looking forward to a response

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  5. “The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter.”


    Remains of baby found at park off Chattahoochee River in Cobb County

    Cobb County police are investigating remains of a baby found at a park located off the Chattahoochee River.

    Channel 2′s Chris Jose confirmed with Cobb County Fire Department spokesperson that firefighters found the remains while conducting a swift water rescue training exercise.

    The baby’s age is unknown at this time. Cobb County police are handling the investigation.


  6. TLM!

    because yes, this line just randomly popped into my noggin this morning as I saying “christ it’s July already?” as one does on the first of a new month.

    (“Into my noggin” from out of my adolescent cult-follower of FZ fandom; his apostrophe lp was my gateway drug.)

    A week went by, and now it’s July
    I finally got it off
    And my girlfriend cry
    “You got stink-foot!
    Stink-foot, darlin’

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  7. There is a direct correlation between bacon weaponization (or pigs blood for some) and the hate of Muslims. Do the IIi%ers have a badge for that on their vests?
    A Las Vegas man has been arrested on charges of harassment, stalking and being a nuisance after allegedly smearing bacon on the house of a neighboring Muslim family and screaming at their security cameras.

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  8. (CNN)The Supreme Court on Thursday invalidated a California rule that requires charitable organizations to disclose the names of contributors in a case that could impact the future of “dark money” politics.

    The opinion was 6-3 along conservative-liberal lines.

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    • We are going to see a lot of 6-3 votes to uphold Republican voter suppression in the next few years. It’ll be 6-2 if Breyer doesn’t retire soon and Biden gets in a replacement.

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    • Slowly they are reinstituting Jim Crow…. oh wait, not really slowly. Conservatives are seeking white supremacy as they become a minority.

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  9. I’m back….and back at the salt mine covered in Summer Session II.

    Speaking of ‘back’…….back to Bro’s article:

    The head of the Buckhead cityhood movement, Bill White, has been making the rounds on New York-based media recently.

    In a segment with WABC radio in New York earlier this week, White claimed credit for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ decision not to seek reelection in November.

    “The mayor of Atlanta, who’s announced she’s not running for office a hundred percent because we announced we’re splitting from Atlanta,” White said. “That is the reason why she dropped out. She knew she would never have a chance.”

    White added, “They’re about to lose $1 billion a year in their piggy bank from us. They get this money and they just piss it away and we’re going to take our city back.”

    In a separate segment on Fox News Wednesday night, White dropped GOP state Sen. Clint Dixon’s name. He told Tucker Carlson that he’d just gotten off the phone with the senator, who updated him on the condition of the Atlanta police officer who was shot in Midtown Atlanta Wednesday afternoon.
    Later, White called a multi-unit zoning proposal from Bottoms, “a Marxist land grab.”

    White, a friend of former President Donald Trump, relocated to Atlanta from New York about three years ago.
    ~Today’s AJC

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  10. Only two Repubs in the HoR voted for the select committee to look into Jan 6th

    For all you Trumpers crying bias and whatever else please be mindful you never said a word against the select committee that the Rs utilized to look into Benghazi for the umpteenth time
    Not a word

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    • As I recall, at the last committee hearing, chaired by Harold Watson “Trey” Gowdy iii, Hillary was there for some 11 hours testifying under oath.
      It’s ludicrous to even suggest that Donald J. PussyGrabber would do the same.


      • And in full disclosure most Dems were against the Benghazi select committee especially after several committees in both chambers had investigated and held hearings
        Saying that it’s way past time for Dems to stop rolling over
        If the Rs don’t wish to participate so be it.
        They can be administered their own medicine whether they like it or not

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  11. “Allen Weisselberg is a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who has worked at the Trump Organization for 48 years,” a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said on Thursday. “He is now being used by the Manhattan District Attorney as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former President. The District Attorney is bringing a criminal prosecution involving employee benefits that neither the IRS nor any other District Attorney would ever think of bringing. This is not justice; this is politics.”

    Does Weisselberg’s lengthy tenure indicate he was one of Daddy Trump and the organge clown’s henchmen back in the 70s when the Trump Org was sued for racial discrimination
    Yep sued by the Feds because they wouldn’t rent to ‘the Blacks’
    And yes they settled before evidence they would have to defend was produced in a court of law

    Racial discrimination suits
    Fraudulent university … yep settled that case as well
    Fraudulent charity … not only did they settle that case but the stipulation by the judge was that there was an admission guilt relating to the misuse of funds for the settlement to be accepted
    Then of course there was the refunding of donations because Trump’s campaign and PAC had that obscure recurring monthly donation gimmick just several months ago.

    He is a con man yet we have millions of cultists who don’t care and others who are just that damn gullible

    But but HC’s emails
    Hunter Biden’s lap top with money laundering info on it
    AOC is a commie

    Business as well as political cronies – why is that Trump has so many around him who ran afoul of the law?

    Yet you cultist bought into this con man draining the swamp and making America great again

    JFC… you people might need a lobotomy
    It couldn’t hurt

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  12. Now do Ted Kennedy

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    As an important politician once observed, no man can truly be called rich if he can’t maintain his own army on his income. That was Marcus Licinius Crassus, one of the central figures in Rome’s long slide from republic to empire. Of course, he didn’t have a billionaire used-car salesman to foot the bill for him.
    The last time governors decided to use their states’ military as an argument in national politics, people wound up ducking behind things in Fort Sumter. People like Kristi Noem don’t care, but they are activating forces in this country that they don’t understand, and that they never will be able to fully control. Biden should federalize the South Dakota National Guard immediately and then order it to stay where it is.

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  14. I agree with JB that Republicans don’t want an investigation, but that’s the wrong play here. All McCarthy has to do is start yelling FAKE NEWS! and WITCH HUNT! at any microphone and dumbass foxbots will believe him over the results of any investigation.
    Oh and by the way — wasn’t I supposed to place a bet that McCarthy was gonna to be Speaker of the House now? Something something sure thing, as I recall . . . .

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    • Talking about UAPs, it’s amazing how just about all of the reports are from US Navy pilots – none from the USAF, RAF, Russkies, etc.
      Oh – and I am shocked, shocked, that the Navy wants money to study the phenomemon.


  15. The future American conservatives want. And by future I mean a bombastic bullshit fairy tale version of the past forced on the populace.

    China Celebrates Its Communist Party’s Centennial With Spectacle, Saber Rattling

    Oh and if you have any ideas of presenting something contrary?

    Anyone who dares will have their heads cracked and their blood will flow before the steel Great Wall built with the flesh and blood of 1.4 billion Chinese people,” said Xi, as he stood in front of Beijing’s imperial palace on Thursday morning.


  16. Seen on FB

    “So, It’s England v Ukraine. One is deeply divided between ultra-nationalists and people who want to join the EU, with dodgy Russian money funding its rightwing politicians.
    But Ukraine has its problems too”.

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    • The Mets wisely pulled a pitcher who was coming off a long injury stint in the bottom of the 8th and had loaded the bases without recording an out, with a backup outfielder.

      Said hero let all three runs come home and gave up three ERs of his own, but ate up the last inning to give the pen a rest. (The team continues to try to rest who they can as they finish a horrific pre-AS break schedule where they’re making up rainouts and Covid crap.)

      So here’s to you, Albert Almora Jr.
      And your awesome new 27.00 lifetime ERA.

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  17. “The first five words:






    First Amendment to the United States Constitution

    “The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prevents the government from making laws which regulate an establishment of religion, or that would prohibit the free exercise of religion, or abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the freedom of assembly, or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

    The First Amendment BROADLY protects the rights of free speech and free press.[112] Free speech means the free and public expression of OPINIONS WITHOUT CENSORSHIP, interference and restraint by the government.[113][114][115][116] The term “freedom of speech” embedded in the First Amendment encompasses the decision what to say as well as what not to say.[117] Free press means the right of individuals to express themselves through publication and dissemination of information, ideas and opinions without interference, constraint or prosecution by the government.[”


  18. Sigh……time to check your voter registration again. My friend’s Nextdoor had a post on it about how some guy’s address was changed to a previous address (at which he had never voted). Several other people popped up and reported their registrations as been messed with as well.
    Contact if this has happened to you. I found it on the website.

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