Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta’
June 25, 2013
Sorry it’s taken so long for me to follow up on my Greyhound bus trip, but…..I’m having to force myself to write this post.
To update my story from last week, I survived my Greyhound bus adventure. An adventure that let me down.
Here’s a short refresher: My wife and kids were out in Oklahoma. That’s 800 long miles on the road with two kids and a weeny dog to return back home in Atlanta, Ga.
Lindsay anticipated a mental meltdown at the half way point in Memphis.
So, being the perfect husband that I am, I came up with a brilliant, cost effective idea that would save my wife’s sanity by taking a bus to meet her in Memphis and drive family back home safe and sound.
One Greyhound bus ticket- 19.95 plus tax. Wow, what a deal!
Before taking my rescue adventure I did plenty of research on bus trips. I needed to know how clean, safe, dangerous and on time the bus would be. Can I carry my concealed Glock? What I discovered is that few of the answers were positive. No guns allowed! Period. Not what I wanted to hear.
Many of the complaints I read about ranged from unsafe to just plain disgusting to ride. I’d been away from my family for 3 long weeks, just how bad could a seven hour bus ride really be?
The trip begins- I got up bright and early Sunday morning anticipating the very worse. My son drove me the six miles to the downtown Greyhound terminal on Forsyth St, an area of town you DO NOT want to visit alone at night. It’s conveniently located a block from the City Jail and easy access to those in need of a ride out of town, so to speak.
We arrived at the terminal at about 7:00am. As we drove up we first notice a dozen or so people just sorta loitering around the street and sidewalk area. Kinda like what you would see in front of a liquor store before opening time. No biggie, it’s a bus station. Pretty much what I expected. My son asks me if I really want to do this. I answer yes. He lets me out in front and tells me he’ll see me later. The tone of his voice suggested otherwise.
I crossed the street, my E-Ticket tightly in hand, and make my way through the crowd gathered on the sidewalk blocking the entrance. My first sense was that of protecting my wallet and my cell phone. iPhone snatch thieves are popular in Atlanta.
I make my way into this very old, third world looking place that seemed loosely familiar. Familiar because the last time I remember being here was back around 1958 or ’59. Not sure where we were heading, but being an Army brat who the hell knows. I remember the station being much larger, but very familiar. Probably hasn’t changed much at all.
While standing around waiting for my bus to arrive I hear a commotion outside, out front of the terminal. I’m an hour early with absolutely nothing to do with my time so of course I have nothing better to do than to go investigate.
Across the street there is a bar, The Magic something. It’s one of those sleazy joints you’d find a cheap hooker hanging around. Or in this case, a screaming cross dresser about to be tased by one of Atlanta’s finest. This creep is yelling and screaming obscenities at the officer but calms down when the cop pulls a taser and takes aim on his/her bare torso. When the creep realizes there’s a big red dot shining on his gut he quiets down. The crowd of course was hoping for a good old fashioned ass whipping courtesy of the cop but not today. The cop stands down as other officers arrive to assist. So much for my entertainment.
Time comes to board the bus and I am looking for the security people that are supposed to be checking us for restricted items, i.e guns knives etc. Nothing. Not one single second glance except to verify a valid boarding pass. The driver didn’t even check my ID against the ticket as the instructions stated. I was pissed to say the least. Here I am boarding a bus with several shady characters and I could have carried my gun concealed and not one person would have checked me. Now I’m wondering just how many of these regular riders are armed.
In a nutshell…
Two hours into the trip we made a non scheduled stop at a Walgreens store somewhere in Alabama just to let one old guy off.
I started out with an isle seat, sitting next to a guy with a backpack. No big deal except he kept a death grip on it until we arrived in Birmingham where we stopped for a 20 minute break. That’s when I moved my ass to the back of the bus and caught a window seat.
From Birmingham it was hard keeping my eyes open. Nodded off enough times to make the trip faster. It was the most boring and uneventful 8 hours of my life.
I learned that anyone with a boarding pass can ride on Greyhound. Security is non existent. I also learned when my bus made those nonscheduled stops, anyone could have boarded while the driver was off the bus doing his business inside the store. Not once was anyone asked for a ticket to get back on the bus during a stop. I had an E-Ticket which meant that I had no stub to prove that I was supposed to be on that bus. They kept it when I boarded. Again- They never asked for my ID upon boarding which meant that I could have stolen my ticket. Not the safest way to travel.
To make a very long story short, because what I thought would make a good blog has actually disappointing me. Aside from the unscheduled stops there was absolutely nothing interesting enough to waste time writing about. Perhaps an actual “writer” could have found something about my journey that would catch your interest. Sorry, not gonna happen here tonight.
The trip was long and boring. Would I do it again? Lets just say I wouldn’t rule it out for a short distance trip. Anything over seven hours just ain’t gonna happen. Plus I know now that regardless of their bogus restrictions on carrying weapons, I would not travel that way again unharmed. -JRoycroft
Here are some pics from my trip.
- Gonna Take a Ride on Greyhound, Y’all Pray For Me! (theroycroftreport.com)
That’s right. I am gonna take a ride on a Greyhound bus this coming Sunday so you folks might wanna say a prayer for me. Have you folks ever seen the class of people that hang out at the bus station? Just damn! Believe me, it isn’t a pretty site. In fact, the Atlanta Greyhound station is just a couple of blocks away from the city jail, go figure, and sits right smack in the middle of urban outdoors-man central. That’s “homeless bum” for you folks that aren’t from around here.
You ask why in the hell am I taking a Greyhound anywhere? Here’s the deal – My wonderful wife is still out in Oklahoma where she and my little girls have been for the past 3 weeks while Ive been in Huntington Beach, Ca. on business. I drove them out there to spend some quality time with her family and then flew to Ca. from Tulsa. She has the SUV so she doesn’t have to deal with rental cars and what-not. Besides, we always drive when going to Oklahoma because it’s a great family adventure and a lot cheaper than any other option.
So … while I was stuck dealing with business out in Huntington Beach, my Queen was enduring multiple tornadoes and hanging out near underground storm shelters. Being born and raised in small town Oklahoma, she loved every minute of the potential for disaster. Given the opportunity, I have absolutely no doubt that she would be first in line to ride with a storm chaser. It’s one of those Okie things I suppose. Fortunately she and all her family, including those in-laws, made it through the many warnings and twisters safe and sound. What?
In relation, here’s a heart warming story about a school teacher that lost her home during the Moore tornado, and how her students came to her rescue. My wife happened to grow up next door to this lady and also went to school in small town Wagoner, Oklahoma with her.
It’s a long haul between Ok and Atlanta for a mother, a two year old, a four year old and a weeny dog all couped up in loaded down SUV. I’m thinking that my Queen Lindsay is gonna have her hands full if she drives all the way back with whiny kids and a yappy dog. So, for a change, and some degree of adventure, I’ve decided to meet her half way. My bus ticket is gonna cost me a grand total of $21.50. That’s $19.00 for the seat and $2.50 for fees. WOW, what a deal! Of course I’ll need plenty of hand sanitizer for the ride which will be another few bucks, but hey, can’t beat that deal anywhere.
I will be boarding a Greyhound Bus early Sunday morning and should arrive sometime around 3pm in Memphis, where I will meet with Lindsay and drive my family back. You’re probably asking why the hell did I not fly them out there and back? After figuring what it would cost to fly my family, and a dog round trip, rent her a van for 3 weeks – you do the math.
I remember growing up as an Army Brat riding the bus across country with my mom. So, I’ve decided to take a trip back in time and go go Greyhound and leaving the driving to some old guy that’s seen more miles than Mick Jagger’s #%*. Yea, I know this is not going to be the fun bus adventure I had back in 1959 but at least it might make for a good blog post.
Call me crazy, but I’m a guy that misses those days when fun meant foot chasing down a crack-head and hoping like hell he fought back. This is definitely going to be something different to write about.
I’ll be taking pics and notes from start to finish on my great Greyhound adventure. Stay tuned and check back with me next week to see if I survived what is sure to be one interesting 7 hours of pure unadulterated hell. I hope to God I don’t come home with head lice. -JRoycroft
April 16, 2013 – Here are the very first photographs of the pressure cooker bomb that exploded in Boston. Photographs courtesy of FOX Five News in Atlanta, Ga.
November 1, 2012 – Here in my state of Georgia there is a Charter School Amendment on the ballot for next Tuesdays election. Because the amendment will allow the Charter Schools to operate outside the local government jurisdiction, Lowery believes somehow that this is a racist idea. He believes this because it gives parents the power of school choice over not having their children forced to attend the corrupted government schools. The corruption is especially prevalent in the Atlanta City Schools. Remember the big cheating scandal a few months ago? So by the mere fact that some parents would rather not have their children exposed to corruption and it’s stupid city teachers, this is somehow racist.
Lowery, who turned 91 on Oct. 6, founded the SCLC along with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1957 and has been a national leader and the recipient of many honors since that time. Numerous celebrities praised him at a celebration of his 90th birthday at Atlanta Symphony Hall last year.
Charter Schools are government schools which are allowed to have control over curriculum and the teachers that are assigned to them. They also have the right to get rid of teachers who do not meet the stricter guidelines found in Charter Schools. It’s a wonderful option for those who want a better choice for their child without having to pay the high cost of private schools.
Since we voted early last week, we voted YES for the amendment. My family is currently living in downtown Atlanta, and I would not even entertain the idea of our kids attending an Atlanta City school. Instead, our choices would be an extremely expensive private school or a Charter School. There happens to be a very highly recommended Charter School just 3 blocks from our home, which would definitely be on our list of choices.
Now, in response to the big Civil Rights Icon, Reverend Joseph Lowery and his bigoted comments -
If my kids are going to hell, at least they’re going to hell educated! -JRoycroft
June 26, 2012 -
Barack Obama stopped by my favorite chili dog spot in Atlanta today at the Varsity, causing a major cluster fornication for downtown motorists. I’m sad to report that he didn’t choke.
READ STORY HERE
June 3, 2012 – According to WSB radio.com: Tomorrow WSB’s syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz will announce his retirement. Neal will be passing the torch to his friend and former presidential candidate, Mr Herman Cain.
I first met Neal several years ago before he became syndicated. It was shortly after he became an attorney here in Atlanta. I was in need of a good lawyer to aid me in a contract dispute and Neal was the one guy who came to my aid and took care of business for me. He was as great an attorney as he is a talk show host. I’ve been a long time listener to his show and like many of his followers, Neal is like family to us.
One of my best memories of the Neal Boortz show was the famous “Cat Chase” event he held back when he was with WGST radio in Atlanta, who he refers to as “the ex wife.” Unless you were among the lucky ones, you missed radio broadcasting history that day. Good times with the Talk Master.
Neal’s last day hosting The Neal Boortz Show, will be January 18, 2013. He began his career with WSB in 1993 and now airs on more than 200 radio stations with over six million weekly listeners.
“It’s time for me and my wife, Donna, to hit the road and travel in ways that we have not been able to through most of our 42 years together,” said Boortz – also known as “The Talkmaster” and “The High Priest of the Church of the Painful Truth.”
“As my listeners know, we love traveling, and the restraints created by my daily radio show commitment have kept us on a rather short leash. At present, our post-show travel plans extend through most of 2013 and well into 2014 ranging from Florida to Alaska and Antarctica. We will then figure out where to go from there. Believe me, this wasn’t a decision I made lightly. I love this business and everything it has afforded me. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be doing my talk show for 42 years. I’ll certainly miss the listeners and callers; but most of all I’ll miss my radio family, executive producer Belinda Skelton and researcher Cristina Gonzalez. If, in your own travels, you pass us in the BoortzBus on some highway, be sure to wave.”
In a recent Tweet Neal told me he had purchased his 30 year dream, a Prego Millineum tour bus. It’s something he had talked about wanting over the past few years. It all makes perfect sense now. He always said he wanted to get a tour bus and just travel the country with his “Queen,” wife Donna. And now it sounds like his dream is coming true.
My wife Lindsay and I wish you and Donna the very best my friend, and thank you so much for all those wonderful years of radio. We hope you keep us all up to date on whats going on. You will be truly missed. -JRoycroft
Read more about Neal Boortz HERE
- Neal Boortz will NEVER again be asked to give a Commencement address (thebusypost.wordpress.com)
By Neal Boortz
This case is so sad. It’s from Atlanta, where the culture of violence dominates is far-to-many communities.
Bobby Tillman, a young black man, was celebrating with some friends. It was a party to recognize good grades for two classmates. Word of the party started to spread on Facebook.
Enter Emanuel Boykins, another young black male. Boykins was not invited to the party. He decided to attend anyway with some friends. Dozens of uninvited people showed up. According to the police investigation Boykins approached the scene of the party telling his friends that he was going to “pop” the next (n-word) he saw. The next person he saw was Bobby Tillman. Boykins sucker punched Tillman and knocked him to the ground. Boykins and his fellow party-crashers then proceeded to pummel, kick and stomp Tillman to death. They tore his aorta open with a stomp or a kick.
Boykins has finally accepted a plea deal. He’ll get life in prison with the possibility of parole. He’s eligible for parole in 30 years. Three of his fellow thugs have also entered pleas. A fourth is facing trial and the death penalty.
Did Boykins and his thug pals kill Emanuel Boykins because of their skin color? Is this something they did because they’re black? Hardly. This is something they did because the embraced the culture of predatory violence that permeates the black community in Atlanta.
Now you won’t hear a lot of black so-called civil rights leaders address this culture of violence. Why not? Because culture can be changed. To address the culture of violence you have to address the people participating in that culture. You have to put the pressure on them to recognize their situation and to take action to change it. Civil rights hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have no future making this their focus. They have to concentrate on incidents where blacks become victims of WHITE violence. If those situations are hard to find, no problem. They’ll find a situation where a black man is the victim of a violent action from a Hispanic male – and they’ll just decree that the Hispanic is actually a WHITE Hispanic. To keep their power Jackson and Sharpton must keep alive the image of blacks being victimized by whites. Blacks being victimized by other blacks – victims of the culture of violence in the black community – offer Sharpton and Jackson nothing to exploit.
When the black community decides to recognize and to fight this culture of violence life in urban America will become much more peaceful and safe for many black families – and the rest of us.
- Another White Victim Of The Black Culture Of Violence (theroycroftreport.com)
- 15 Year Old Hispanic Boy Beaten By 7 Black Teens (theroycroftreport.com)
- Jesse Jackson Thinks Black Americans Are Under Attack (theroycroftreport.com)
- 18 Year Old Black Thug Charged With Hate Crime (theroycroftreport.com)
- “My Thought of the Day” VIA Black Conservative Independent: The White Sheep of the Black Community (theroycroftreport.com)
January 26, 2012 - Barrack Obama has refused to abide by law and has ignored an order by an Atlanta judge to appear in court Thursday for a hearing in a case challenging his qualifications under the Constitution to be president. The Atlanta lawsuit would deny Obama the right to participate in the March 6 Georgia Democratic primary. The Associated Press reported last week that the judge had denied a motion to quash a subpoena for the president to show up for the hearing, which was scheduled for 9 am ET. To hell with our Constitution and our rule of law. The great Obama can do as he damn well pleases, and he does.
By the way things are looking, I for one will not be betting on a Republican victory in November. I believe that come January 20, 2012 Obama will be the center of the inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C. We will then see the continuation of more government command and control over virtually every aspect of our lives. The road to economic liberty and prosperity will have reached it’s end. Life as your parents, grandparents and past have known and loved will be forever changed and the American dream will be a bed time story to tell your children. What once was the greatest free country in the world will slowly become a thing of the past. America the beautiful will become America the weak led by men of no character or respect for our Republic or Constitution. Life as you know it today will be no more.
To all of you who love this country and all she stands for, it’s up to you to save her future. Our America is very ill and needs desperate help. Help save our great Republic from the cancer that is killing her and lets get her back on the road to recovery. We have but one last chance to remove that Marxist son of a bitch from office. It’s our country and it’s by God time we took her back! -JRoycroft
- Obama WILL ignore Georgia court subpoena (usamericanfreedom.com)
- Obama Ordered To Appear Before Atlanta Judge,Obama To Ignore Subpoena (truthsupport.wordpress.com)
- Obama Ordered To Appear Before Atlanta Judge (mb50.wordpress.com)
- Update on Obama Eligibility Hearing in Atlanta (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Georgia warns Obama of ‘peril’ of ignoring eligibility hearing (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
January 15, 2012 - Here is an update to my story about the Ga Tech studentstrying to get law makers and the Ga Tech president to allow them to carry concealed weapons on campus. This due to the rampant crimes being committed against the students while walking to and from campus. The NRA has now gotten behind the Ga Tech movement which should add pressure to the law makers and maybe help the president of Ga Tech to remove his head from his nether regions. – JRoycroft
This story comes from the AJC:
Ga. Tech crime sparks NRA-backed push for campus guns
9:00 am January 14, 2012, by jgalloway
Nearly five years ago, a disturbed English major at Virginia Tech killed 32 of his fellow classmates and wounded a score more.
The campus massacre occurred at the height of that year’s session of the Georgia Legislature. A bill to rewrite the state’s gun laws — and overturn bans on where firearms could and could not be carried — was stopped in its tracks.
But every yin has its yang. The recent spate of robberies and assaults on or near the Georgia Tech campus near downtown Atlanta is about to unleash an equal and opposite reaction — a furious debate over the place of guns in public spaces long declared gunpowder-free.
Including, and perhaps especially, in college dormitories and classrooms.
Representatives of the National Rifle Association were in town and stopped at the state Capitol last week. They informed lawmakers that the gun rights group would make a major lobbying effort in Atlanta over the next two months.
A laundry list of targets includes the continued state ban on permitted, concealed weapons in houses of worship. The NRA also wants to strengthen recently passed legislation that stakes out non-secured areas of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as legitimate zones for concealed-carry.
Passage of a law to permit hunters to use silencers would be welcomed as icing on a large cake. Enthusiasts say the silencers — which would still require a federal license — would be a boon to neighbors of shootists. Silencers would also allow hunters to get off more than one shot when stalking herds of deer or feral pigs.
But it is the Board of Regents’ ironclad ban on firearms in dorms and campus buildings — long thought out of reach by gun rights activists — that will be the NRA’s primary object this year.
The Georgia Tech crime spree has the state’s top leaders rethinking regent policy. But let us be clear: Crime around Atlanta colleges isn’t something new. A Spelman College sophomore was killed in 2009 by a stray bullet. But the Atlanta University complex isn’t famous for the size or activity of its college Republican clubs. Georgia Tech is.
Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston, in the opening days of the Legislature, made no commitments, but both said events require a more open-minded approach to the issue of guns on campus.
Carrying the ball in the House will be state Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, chairman of the Non-Civil Judiciary Committee. Golick said he intends to make sure something gets to the chamber floor for a vote.
“For me, the debate boils down to this — given that the university system simply cannot guarantee the safety of all students at all times, why should a 21-year-old, properly permitted student have less of a right to protect himself or herself in the event of a threat to their personal safety?” Golick said. “If a properly permitted female student has a baby and is pushing a stroller on campus, are we seriously going to deny her the ability to defend herself and her child in the event she is attacked?”
University officials might offer up different images. Perhaps one of gunplay during a drunken dormitory party. Or an army of befuddled campus cops, rushing to a Virginia Tech-like scene and trying to sort the armed bad guys from the armed good ones.
They might offer those pictures — but they don’t. The university system’s position is precarious, and so its officials prefer to wait for the legislation to show itself before they enter the public phase of argument.
Are there possible areas for compromise? Sure. Critics say that a gun ban on campuses is an advertisement that turns college students into easy prey. One suggestion heard this week would be to double or triple the penalties for crimes committed in firearm-free zones.
Another possibility would be the creation of a multitiered system of concealed weapons permits. Currently, permits are available to nearly anyone over 21 without a criminal record.
But another level of permit could require training in the handling of firearms — something more likely to be recognized by other states, which is important to those who carry across state lines.
Those with the permit requiring training might be allowed to pack on campus. Those without training might not not be.
Golick, whose House committee is likely to set the tenor for the debate, said he is maintaining an open mind when it comes to such proposals.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider
- Georgia Tech Is A Very Dangerous Place For Your Students (theroycroftreport.wordpress.com)
October 25, 2011- Mayor Kasim Reed, you sir, are a push over. It’s been over two weeks now since those deadbeat Occutards took over Woodruff Park from the good citizens of Atlanta, and you still have done nothing to take it back. You keep threatening to take action but have done nothing. Is this any way for the Mayor of Atlanta to react to a group of idiots who taunt and yell and disrespect you at your press conferences? How many more times do the citizens of Atlanta need to hear your idle threats to remove those fools? How many more times are you going to cry wolf? How about growing a couple and stop worrying about your image. It’s past time that you did the right thing by taking back Woodruff Park.
We all know that you’re primary concern here is to not look like you’re being too insensitive to the protesters. The problem here, Mr Mayor, is that now you are looking like a wimp. Those protesters are controlling you and pretty much doing whatever the hell they please. Woodruff Park has gone from a nice pleasant looking place, to an ugly, filthy looking dump. The park isn’t even fit for the homeless to sleep right now. Those filthy Occupy protesters are costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars everyday you allow them to stay there. This mess now belongs to you.
Police officers sworn to uphold the law are being forced to stand around, burning up overtime hours doing what? Those highly trained professionals are being paid to perform a baby sitting service.
Mayor Reed, your reputation as a leader is now under question. Your future as Mayor is at stake. The good folks of Atlanta are going to remember how you handled this situation, and they will remember at the voting booth. – JRoycroft
- BREAKING: Atlanta Mayor to revoke executive order allowing Occupy Atlanta to stay in Woodruff Park (ajc.com)
- Mayor to discuss Occupy Atlanta (ajc.com)
- Police patrol Woodruff Park perimeter; Mayor’s office denies Occupy Atlanta ordered to leave (ajc.com)
- Mayor’s office denies Occupy Atlanta ordered to leave Woodruff Park (ajc.com)
- Atlanta mayor to “Occupy” protesters: You’re on a “clear path to escalation” so we’re going to have to clear the park (hotair.com)