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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:37 PM
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I had dinner with Jim Hightower tonight and then heard him speak about rail transit in GA!
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 09:41 PM by CottonBear
This evening, I attended an event in Athens, GA promoting rail transit here here in Georgia. I was fortunate to sit at a table with Jack Crowley (former Dean of the UGA College of Environment and Design) and with the charming and very smart Jim Hightower! And, we ate an incredible meal of locally grown food prepared by a professional chef at the historic Foundry Park Inn Ballroom in Athens, GA.

Mr. Hightower is one of my favorite populists and political commentators. He is a super nice person! I had a great time and there was a very good turnout for his speech after the dinner. (And, even though I live in this blue island of a city in a sea of red, batshit crazy Paul Broun, Jr. is my congessman. SO depressing!) Mr. Hightower lifted my spirits with his wise and humorous speech!
:)


Jim Hightower Monday, Apr. 25 @ the Melting Point

Tired of being slapped around by the Radical Right? Mad as hell that you had to pay more taxes while GE paid none? Doubting whether its even worth getting so upset because the big bastards have enough money to control everything anyway, and whats the use? Wondering why the Tea Party is more colorful than the drab, disorganized Democrats? Depressed over being a constituent of Congressman Paul Broun, Junior?

Despair no longer. Get yo yellow-dog ass down to the Melting Point at 7 p.m. Monday, Apr. 25 for a surefire inoculation against Republican hoof and mouth disease, delivered by former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Hightower. For decades Hightower has been mixing his acerbic populism with down-home humor to skewer the privileged classes and stand up for working families, small businesses and the 80 percent of Americans who find themselves shut out of an economic and political process dominated by big money.

Hightower has the fiery populist zeal to confront the Big Lie promulgated by the right wing and financed by big bucks. He hurls truth into the teeth of power and has fun doing it. He knows government, and he knows how to highlight whats going on behind the scenes to pump up the rich and powerful at the out-of-pocket expense of everyday Americans.

Youve read his newspaper columns (in Flagpole, too, back in the day). Youve heard him on the radio, seen him on TV, read some of his seven books (Thieves in High Places: Theyve Stolen Our Country and Its Time to Take It Back). You are guaranteed to laugh a lot and have a good time and come away reinvigorated and energized by Americas Most Popular Populist.

http://flagpole.com/Weekly/CalendarPick/JimHightower-20...




Athens, GA "Rebuild Georgia Railroads -- 4/25/2011
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Foundry Park Inn Ballroom and The Melting Point 295 East Dougherty Street Athens, GA 30601

Rail Advocates Announce "Rebuild Georgia Railroad" Events in Athens, GA

Jim Hightower to Speak at 7pm inside The Melting Point
Public Forum at 6pm inside the Melting Point
Volunteer Work Session at 5pm inside the Foundry Inn Ballroom

Athens, GA- Freight and passenger rail supporters have set a series of events to push for rebuilding railroads in Northeast Georgia and across the state. Public demand for high speed rail is on the rise due to increased environmental awareness and high gas prices. Productive engagement countering the status quo of unsustainable transportation will be at the top of the agenda.

"We envision a world where our economic reality is no longer predetermined by the price on a barrel of oil.", says Carlton Segrest, chairman of TSPLOST 2012, a state political committee dedicated to regional funding of rail projects in the state of Georgia. "Delaying sustainable transportation will only drive up the cost of living while continuing to take a toll on families already battered by the current financial crisis."

Rail advocates believe a vital, policy-centered public dialogue is critical in a state stymied by traffic jams and high fuel cost.

"How much longer can GA families afford to pay $4 dollars for a gallon of gas?", says Russell Edwards, discussion leader of the public forum scheduled as part of the days events. "The time to fight for passenger rail is now."

Jim Hightower- a noted populist, consumer advocate and political humorist- will be the featured speaker at the 7pm "Hightower Hour" hosted by Tim Bryant, a radio news director and local talk show host.

Russell Edwards will lead a 6pm public forum featuring Gordon Kenna and Jack Crowley. Kenna is one of Georgia's leading high speed rail advocates. Crowley is a rail planner and professor at the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design.

Carlton Segrest will conduct a 5pm work session for volunteers inside the Foundry Inn Ballroom.

Volunteers will receive priority seating at the public forum "Hightower Hour" hosted by Tim Bryant. Foundry Inn Executive Chef Martin Smetana will prepare a meal for the volunteers made from local produce, breads, meats and cheese.

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http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7430




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luv_mykatz Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:58 PM
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1. Love Mr. Hightower.
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 10:59 PM by luv_mykatz
Glad to hear that you were lucky enough to be there. :)
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:02 PM
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2. He's been one of my favorites for years. Welcome to DU.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 12:57 PM
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4. He is a really nice guy. Very smart and personable and funny to boot!
You've got to love his jeans and cowboy hat too! :)

A funny comment that he made: "As my good friend, Willie Nelson says, the early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 06:50 AM
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3. He is just great! I provided a link to his website in my post. I'm bookmarking it!
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 06:53 AM by CottonBear
I haven't posted much in the past few years due to having a new baby and then joining the ranks of the unemployed.
Welcome to DU (I know you've been here for a while but we've not had the chance to say hello!) :hi:
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:21 PM
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5. I am so envious!
I adore Hightower.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:25 PM
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9. I was very lucky to be there and meet him and hear him speak!
Hello from a fellow TN Girl! (I grew up in Chattanooga!)
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 04:14 PM
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15. I remember that. Didn't you attend GPS?
I grew up in GA. :silly:
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 05:00 PM
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16. I did attend GPS!
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 05:02 PM by CottonBear
Here there fellow Volunteer! I was born in NC (like all of my family dating back to the mid 1700s when we emigrated from Northern Ireland and England, moved to TN as a young person and then moved to GA after high school! I've sort of triangulated in a Southeastern kind of way!
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 05:23 PM
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17. Didn't you have a young'un a year or so ago, probably longer...
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 05:24 PM by tnlefty
my father had the Irish in him, very fair, reddish-blonde hair and blue eyes. It skipped me and our oldest, but the middle child is blonde with blue eyes, and the youngest is a strawberry blonde with eyes that are sometimes green, sometimes blue, and both have to lather on sun screen.

I just moved a little bit north, jumped the GA/TN border. My recovering republican mother always admired Elizabeth Edwards and we kept trying to plan a road trip to her furniture shop, but life kept jumping up and halting our plans...we both wish we'd have made a way to make that road trip happen.

My grandparents (Mom) moved from Bradley Co. to Miami where they lived for around 30 years all the while saving money and beginning to build a 'cabin' in Crossnore, NC. Some of us southerners move around a bit, eh? :rofl:
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 05:44 PM
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18. Y'all have the blonde-red hair, blue eyes needing lots of sunscreen genes too!
I did have a little one, who is now a super-active todder. In fact, I must go and get him for dinner now! He keeps me busy!

I wish I could have met elizabeth Edwards too. I was born in Chapel Hill, nearby where she last lived. May she rest in peace.
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dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:25 PM
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6. I am so pissed off right now!
I love Jim Hightower and I could have freakin' been there instead of sitting on my butt playing video games.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:28 PM
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10. Hey you (an oringinal DUer!) I'll send you a PM if anyone else cool wanders through Athens, GA!
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 03:28 PM by CottonBear
;) I'm planning a GA DU meet up here in Athens in August. Can you attend? Let me know. I'd love to meet you!
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dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:42 PM
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13. Sounds like fun to me.
Just let me know where and when, and I'll try to make it.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:50 PM
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14. I will be in touch. Catwoman & I are making plans for the meetup in August.n/t
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:25 PM
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7. So jealous!
saw him at my local bar last week, but was too shy to say hello. I'd love to pick his brain for a few hours...
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:30 PM
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11. Oh my! You live in Austin So cool. You should've said hello! He is super cool!
Hi from Athens, GA! :hi: I can't wait to visit Austin sometime! :)
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cordelia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:28 PM
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8. Seeing him would've been great.
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 01:28 PM by cordelia
I wish rail would expand in GA. We need the Brain Train between Atlanta and Athens and other routes.

edit typo
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:34 PM
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12. There was much discussion about the brain train and why other routes should be done first and why...
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 03:39 PM by CottonBear
local communuites should go ahead and build their end of the rail system while plannong to link into the rest of the GA rail system.

Lett's meet up here in Athens, GA in August 2011! It has been too long since GA DUers got together! :hi:

Edit: If RubyDubyinGA and Ulysees read this, y'all get in touch with me!
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XanaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 06:07 PM
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19. Hi Cottonbear!
I had to move to NC after getting laid off a few months ago, but I am glad to see you here.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 06:43 AM
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20. Why Hello! So nice to hear from you! NC is a great place to live!
Sorry to hear that you got laid off. I hope that things are back on track for you. Please keep in touch!

:hi:
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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 07:54 AM
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21. G'day, Cottonbear!
:hi:

I hope that there's hope for rail transit, even though the legislature treats the Metro Atlanta system (MARTA for those familiar) like rancid garbage.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 10:59 AM
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22. Hello and G'day to you too! The legislature is awful. What short sighted fools they are.
Edited on Wed Apr-27-11 11:00 AM by CottonBear
MARTA is the only subway/urban rail system in a major US city that is not funded by the state. The GA assembly refuses to fund MARTA and then passes legislation that further hamstrings the already struggling county/city funded PUBLIC rail transit system. What ignorant fools they are.

It is alarming to think that Georgia was one of the most progressive southern states. However, we are now set on a course to return to the 1950s, complete with overwhelming poverty, segregation of education, 6th grade educations and dirt roads. One of our last remaining democratic state reps from Athens, GA (Doug McKillip), ran as a Democrat and then switched parties once re-elected. What a jerk!

Hey! Catwoman and I are planning an August meetup for GA DUers! Make plans to meet us in either East Atlanta or in Athens! :hi:
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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 12:38 PM
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23. It's been awhile
and the GA forum has slowed a lot. Maybe we could kick it back into gear.

Meetup is a great idea, it's been too long. :hi:
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 01:36 PM
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24. I will be in touch via DU PM. Take care! n/t!
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