The KKK is recruiting in Atlanta!? What year is it again!?

The Ku Klux Klan is at it again — trying to recruit new members to its cause. As if that was bad enough, the even crazier thing is that a group tied to them spent this past weekend in the middle of the city of Atlanta, practically in the shadow of Sweet Auburn and the MLK Memorial, posting fliers on telephone poles and walls.

The fliers, which feature the legend “Loyal White Knights Neighborhood Watch” and a graphic showing a hooded klansman pointing in an Uncle Sam-like pose with the caption “The KKK Wants You,” were posted to walls and telephone poles in the Cabbagetown area.

The signs were ripped down shortly after they were posted.

The signs were very similar to ones posted in several Alabama towns last month. They’ve been recruiting across other parts of the nation quite a bit lately.

I know that a lot of conservatives are not happy with President Obama. Neither am I, but this is going completely off the deep end of the gene pool.

Then again, maybe it’s best the Klan-types are doing this — so we know which idiots ought to be deported and sent over to Al Qaeda land. Deport ’em anywhere. Just get ’em out of this country and away from civilized folk.

From the “It seemed like a good idea at the time” department

Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox on July 3, 2014

During a rainy game last week, the Chicago White Sox tried to do the right thing by fans at US Cellular Field (I still want to call it Comiskey Park, no matter what!) and gave away white rain ponchos.

Rain, ponchos, sounds good, right?

It didn’t come out that way. Television images of fans at the game with the ponchos on, looked for all the world like a modern-day Ku Klux Klan rally.

I’m sure somebody in the front office was left slapping their heads and giving the Homer Simpson “D’oh!”

Costco backs down on decision to pull book

Thousands of Costco members threatened the warehouse retailer by way of their Facebook page on the heels of the wholesaler’s decision to pull copies of a recently-published book by anti-Obama author Dinesh D’Souza.

The company insisted the decision to pull “America: Imagine a World Without Her” was financial, not political. In interviews Wednesday, Costco’s CEO, Craig Jelinek said the controversy was overblown. He said the book was selling poorly. After beginning sales in 249 locations in early June, by early July, the title had only sold 3,753 copies — or less than 15 copies per store, according to The Seattle Times. Jelinek went on to say the book was being brought back to Costco’s shelves after the outcry over the removal has shot sales into orbit.

According to Newsmax.com, the book had sold some 700 copies in Costco locations over the past week.

This is not the first time that Costco’s book sales efforts have resulted in controversy. Last year, the chain mistakenly included The Bible in the fiction section at one of its warehouse locations.

In a statement, Jelinek said the uproar was “completely unwarranted,” insisting that “Costco is not a bookstore.” He says the chain cannot carry every title members want to read.

Many of Costco’s executives are open backers of Democratic candidates. Conversely, Republican darling and possible presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is a member of Costco’s board.

Even Mr. Stamper likes the Falcons

Actor Michael Kelly, best known to fans of the Netflix hit series House of Cards as Frank Underwood’s right hand man Harry Stamper, is a die-hard Atlanta Falcons fan, which many of the Falcon faithful found out with a new profile on the Falcons’ website this week.

Kelly is a Philadelphia native, but despite his birth home being “up there,” he claims Atlanta as his home. His family moved to Lawrenceville when he was a youngster, and he spent a number of his years here before moving to Houston for a brief stint. When his family returned to Atlanta in his pre-teen years, his Atlanta fandom began to grow. Though the popular actor has lived in New York for 20 years now, he spends much of his free time deep in Falcons news. More details on AtlantaFalcons.com.

Brandon Routh to join ‘Arrow’ cast as Ray Palmer

Brandon Routh

Yep. You read that right — Brandon Routh, who most fans know as Superman from the abortion that was ‘Superman Returns’ is joining the cast of the CW hit ‘Arrow’ (as in Green Arrow) to play scientist Ray Palmer, the new head of Queen Consolidated.

For most folks, that name doesn’t mean much, but for fanboys like me, Ray Palmer is The Atom — a scientist who developed a way to miniaturize himself, don a costume, and — say it with me — “He fights crime!”

According to Ain’t It Cool, Routh has been signed for 14 episodes. No word on how they will incorporate the superhero aspects into the series, but no doubt they will be in some fashion. Some fans are noting that if they actually follow through with making Palmer The Atom they will predate next year’s Marvel motion picture ‘Ant Man,’ which also features a shrinking superhero.

That film, if production ever kicks into high gear, is set to be one of the first to be filmed at Pinewood Studios Atlanta, the brand new facility built out in Fayette County.

The ‘Arrow’ season premiere is October 8.

As if America wasn’t fat enough…

Guests can choose one appetizer from a list of the the chain’s most popular starters and receive unlimited refills for only $10.    (TGI Fridays/USA Today)

TGI Friday’s is announcing that they are selling UNLIMITED appetizers. $10, and you get all the apps you can eat.

TGI Fridays, whose signature item is arguably its appetizer line, today launches a high-profile but risky “Endless Appetizers” summer promotion that offers all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person. Guests can choose one appetizer from a list of the the chain’s most popular starters — including loaded potato skins, boneless buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks — and receive unlimited refills. And while sharing is discouraged, that rule will not be enforced by servers, says Brian Gies, chief marketing officer at Fridays.

“At the end of the day, our servers aren’t policemen,” says Gies of the promo, which runs through Aug. 24. “We’re not going to slap someone’s hand if they reach over and share someone else’s mozzarella sticks.”

I guess business is running a bit light these days. Anything to get folks into the door…

You don’t leave kids in the car like a discarded jacket!

628x471[1]Additional evidence is being sought by Cobb County authorities in connection with the death of Cooper Harris, who died after he was left in his father’s car in Vinings two weeks ago. Cooper’s father, Justin Ross Harris, remains in the Cobb County Jail after last week’s probable cause hearing.


“We talked a little bit about these computers; have you guys done examinations on these computers?” asked Cobb prosecutor Chuck Boring of Detective Phil Stoddard as he sat on the witness stand in Harris probable cause hearing Thursday.

“We have,” Stoddard responded.

“Are you finished with your examination of these computers?”

“We’ve only scratched the surface,” Stoddard answered ominously.

“These experts in law enforcement have been trained in computer forensics,” said Greg Evans of Hi Tech Crime Solutions. “They have the best software in the world that will go in and go through each sector. It may not take a day. It can take a month; it can take a week; or it can take 6 months depending on how much data you have on there.”

Harris had access to at least three computers. And police say it’s clear he was covering his tracks in all of them.

 


And while this high profile case takes place in our backyard — or at least in my case, nearly in sight of my front door — another case surfaced this weekend in Florida.

Thirty-two-year-old St. Petersburg mother Natasha Graver left her 4-month-old child locked in a van with the windows rolled up for more than three hours while she attended a funeral. She claims she forgot the child was there.

Thank God the baby is going to be okay.

Graver has been charged with a single count of felony child abuse and has since bonded out of jail.