28 July 2014

Report: Industrial Employment Saw Gains in Georgia for 4th Consecutive Year

For a fourth straight year, industrial employment in Georgia posted a gain, reports the 2015 Georgia Manufacturers Register, a manufacturers database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI), based in Evanston, Illinois. According to data collected by MNI, Georgia manufacturers added 3,833 industrial jobs, a 1% increase, from May 2013 to May 2014.

Manufacturers’ News reports Georgia is now home to 9,802 manufacturers employing 486,233 workers.

“Manufacturers in Georgia are making large strides, particularly in the transportation equipment industry,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state’s low business costs and top-notch infrastructure continue to draw investment and support industrial growth.”

According to Manufacturers’ News, gains were led by the state’s transportation equipment industry, which posted a 3.3% employment increase over the year. Georgia’s transportation equipment sector has risen 17% since 2009, according to MNI, and currently ranks third in the state for industrial employment with 43,615 jobs.

Bright spots for the sector include Trinity Industries’ plans to open a railcar manufacturing plant in Cartersville; the expansion of Kia supplier Hanil E Hwa in LaGrange; the establishment of Mando’s auto parts factory in Meriweather; the opening of a Pratt & Whitney jet engine facility in Columbus; and the expansion of Gulf Stream Aerospace in Savannah.

For #MusicMonday, "Run Away" by Real McCoy

"Run Away" by Real McCoy

Georgia Congressman Blames Gerrymandering by Democrats & Republicans for Washington Gridlock

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Republicans and Democrats came together and passed a landmark piece of legislation; the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Democrats say recalcitrant Republicans are to blame for the do-nothing Congress. Republicans say daft Democrats are at fault. The truth, according to Georgia Congressman John Barrow, is that both parties are accomplices to the murder of bipartisan cooperation in our nation's capital.
289 Republican and Democrat members of the U.S. House voted to pass the Civil Rights bill in 1964.

Two Republicans and two Democrats --Everett Dirksen (R-IL), Thomas Kuchel (R-CA), Hubert Humphrey (D-MN), and Mike Mansfield (D-MT)-- helped break the southern Democrat filibuster of the Civil Rights Act in the U.S. Senate.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Democrat, signed the historic Civil Rights Act into law on 2 July 1964.

Republicans and Democrats both took credit for such an amazing accomplishment because both Republicans and Democrats earned the credit for their hard work in completing this task.

These days though, such bipartisanship is dead.

Political observers at NBC News say Congress is completely broken.

[Congress] can’t even seem to do the small, bipartisan things anymore.

Folks, we’re not talking about overhauling the nation’s health-care system, enacting comprehensive immigration reform, raising taxes, or changing entitlement programs -- all of which have sparked fierce ideological battles in the past. We’re talking about the small stuff, actions that either have near-universal support or that cost relative drops in the federal budget.

That’s why this gridlock is different.

What also is different is the current resistance to give the political opposition ANYTHING that could resemble a win -- no matter how small, no matter how seemingly uncontroversial.

Because NOW the assumption is: If a political opponent “wins,” then I lose. It’s all become a zero-sum game.

Todd, Murray, and Dann (25 July 2014). A New Kind of Gridlock: Why Congress Is More Broken Than Ever. NBC News. Retrieved on 28 July 2014.

Democrats say recalcitrant Republicans are to blame for the do-nothing Congress. Republicans say daft Democrats are at fault. The truth, according to Georgia Congressman John Barrow, is that both parties are accomplices to the murder of bipartisan cooperation in our nation's capital.
(Georgia Congressman John Barrow says nonpartisan redistricting could break the gridlock in Washington. Image courtesy U.S. House of Representatives)

In a 26 July 2014 Statesboro Herald article, Barrow says, "We have rigged the political process in such a fashion that the extreme points of view in this country are overrepresented in Congress" [Wermers (26 July 2014). John Barrow offers his take on gridlock. Statesboro Herald. Retrieved on 2014 July 28.].

Gerrymandering by Democrats and Republicans, that is the drawing of congressional district maps to give one political party an unfair advantage over the other, produced seats that are either safe Democrat or safe Republican.

Due to gerrymandering, no one expects a Republican to win an election in Georgia's extremely liberal fourth congressional district. Likewise, no one expects a Democrat to carry Georgia's extremely conservative tenth district. Both congressional seats are decided in the primaries, where only the most rabid ideologues participate.

26 July 2014

The Party President Sky Blu Comes to Atlanta, Labor Day Weekend, for the Imagine Music Festival

The President is coming to Atlanta, Labor Day Weekend.

No. Not that president. The President coming to Hotlanta, in a just a few weeks, can actually unite Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and independents using the melodies of music.

Sky Blu, one half of the popular duo LMFAO, hopes fans will check out the Imagine Music Festival when he takes the stage as his alter ego -- The Party President, 8KY 6LU.

(Sky Blu, the Party President, comes to Atlanta's Imagine Music Festival in August.)
According to the Party President's web site, he is a super entertainer multi-talented musical artist, deejay, emcee, performer, and extreme sports enthusiast. His message is simply FXCK YEAH which means to live one notch above incredible.

The Party President is here to inspire the world to have fun," 8KY 6LU jokes.

And the Party President joins an incredible line-up of artists at the Imagine Music Festival.

Imagine is scheduled for 30 August and 31 August 2014 at three venues --Historic Fourth Ward Park, Masquerade Music Park and Clear Creek Basin-- in the heart of Atlanta.

Also appearing at the Imagine Music Festival are headliners Seven Lions, Fedde Le Grand, Adventure Club, Destroid, and a diverse host of performers sure to delight music lovers of any political persuasion.

25 July 2014

Movie Review: The Expendables 3 Proves You Can't Catch Lightning in a Bottle Three Times

No one watches "The Expendables" expecting Academy Award winning acting, writing, and directing.

The shoot-em-up, blow-em-up movie series is just that; a motion picture where audiences can delight in seeing their favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s strap on their AKs and rocket launchers one more time. In that respect, "The Expendables 3" does not disappoint. There are plenty of bullets flying and massive explosions throughout the nearly two-hour feature.

Still the bullets and bombs do not save "The Expendables 3" from a weak story full of cliches that will have movie-goers glancing at their watches as they wait for the shooting and killing to start again.

Georgia Unfiltered screened an advance copy of the film, and our review is below.

Spoiler Alert!!!

23 July 2014

Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day at Your Local Hooters With $12.99 All You Can Eat Wings

(Hooters celebrates National Chicken Wing Day, 29 July 2014, with $12.99 all you can eat wings.)
Next Tuesday, 29 July 2014 is National Chicken Wing Day.

Founded in 1977 by Buffalo, New York Mayor Stan Makowski, National Chicken Wing Day is now in its 37th year, and Hooters is celebrating it in a big way.

“We encourage all eaters – young and old, amateur and professional – to dine with Hooters on National Chicken Wing Day and help us accomplish our ultimate wing-eating challenge to America of two million wings collectively in one day,” said Andrew Pudduck, vice president of marketing, Hooters of America. “Come to Hooters and prove to us you’re a champ, not a chicken!”

Hooters is offering a $12.99 all-you-can-eat wing deal on Tuesday, 29 July, at participating locations throughout the country.

Last year, America took down more than 1.5 million Hooters chicken wings during the zany wing holiday.

Hooters will provide novelty wing-tally stickers to guests who accept the challenge on National Chicken Wing Day. Wing aficionados can also share their personal wing counts digitally by posting photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #StepIntoAwesome. The best Hooters National Chicken Wing Day moments will be featured on www.stepintoawesome.com. There will also be an official wing tally updated every hour on the Hooters Facebook page.

21 July 2014

TomorrowWorld USA Welcomes TomorrowLand Brasil to the Festival Family in 2015

The TomorrowLand family of festivals is getting bigger.

Sunday night, world famous DJ David Guetta, who is among the many artists performing at TomorrowWorld in two months, announced that Brasil would host its own version of TomorrowLand. in 2015.

Held annually in Belgium, TomorrowLand is the world’s leading electronic dance music event, with this year’s tenth anniversary festival selling 360,000 tickets.

TomorrowLand Brasil is the second global expansion of the TomorrowLand brand.

TomorrowWorld, the first-ever North American version of the event, debuted in September 2013, and saw more than 120,000 visitors from 75 different countries descend upon Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

(TomorrowLand goes to Brasil in 2015.)
The inaugural TomorrowLand Brasil is scheduled for 1 May through 3 May 2015 in Itu, Brazil, a municipality of São Paolo.

In the hours since the TomorrowLand Brasil announcement, more than 176,000 pre-registration requests were received.

Pre-registration for Tomorrowland Brasil is required for all those who wish to purchase tickets. Pre-registration runs from today until 5 September 2014 and sales begin on 6 September 2014 at www.tomorrowlandbrasil.com.

Over 1.4 million fans of Tomorrowland on social media call Brasil home. The announcement of TomorrowLand Brasil was made last night during a two-way live video broadcast between the main stage at TomorrowLand in Belgium and a live audience of 10,000 in São Paolo. Tickets to the live event in São Paolo sold out in less than one hour.

The second edition of TomorrowWorld, America’s largest 21-and-over electronic music festival, will be held 26 September through 28 September 2014, and features an extensive lineup of the world’s top electronic music acts, brand-new stages, gourmet food and beverage, and all-new premium VIP experiences.

For more information on TomorrowWorld, visit TomorrowWorld.com.