The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Bill Could Make Niqabs And Hijabs Illegal In Public
The legislation would amend a law originally created to fight the Ku Klux Klan.

“In 1951, Georgia passed an anti-masking law to keep Ku Klux Klan members from committing anonymous racist violence while wearing white hoods. Now, just a week after Donald Trump won the presidential election and amid an uptick in hate crimes, a Georgia lawmaker wants to expand this law to target Muslim women.

House Bill 3, written by state Rep. Jason Spencer ®, aims to alter the language of Georgia’s anti-masking law to include women. This would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to wear any type of hood or veil — including niqabs and hijabs — while driving and in public spaces, according to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Currently, the law reads:

A person is guilty of a misdemeanor when he wears a mask, hood, or device by which any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed or covered as the conceal the identity of the wearer and is upon any public way or public property or upon the private property of another without the written permission of the owner or occupier of the property to do so.
Spencer, who did not return a request for comment, hopes to insert the words “or she” into the above law, expanding the restriction to Muslim women, the Journal-Constitution reported.

The bill would also add this line to the current law: “For the purposes of this subsection, the phrase ‘upon any public way or property’ includes but is not limited to operating a motor vehicle upon any public street, road, or highway.” It would also forbid Muslim women from wearing veils in government ID photos.

We have a new president, but not a new Constitution. The bill is unnecessary and unconstitutional, and we intend to oppose it if it goes forward.
Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Georgia
Local Muslims are well aware of the upcoming bill, and community leaders say they won’t allow it to move through the legislature without opposition.

“The bill is a bad solution to a nonexistent problem,” Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Georgia, told The Huffington Post. “[These Muslim women] are not endangering themselves or anyone else. We have a new president, but not a new Constitution. The bill is unnecessary and unconstitutional, and we intend to oppose it if it goes forward.”

Georgia’s proposal echoes anti-Muslim legislation in places like France, where religious veils have been banned to some extent in academic institutions, public service jobs and on beaches. But more importantly, it falls in line with the widespread targeting of Muslim women fueled by increasing Islamophobia across the country.

Muslim women have been heavily affected by hate crimes in the wake of Trump’s victory. Georgia’s CAIR office said it received reports of Muslim children being viciously bullied in schools and even a Muslim teacher receiving a note that said she should hang herself with her hijab.

“We believe that outreach works better than outrage,” Mitchell said. “We intend to reach out with an open hand. We build bridges. If that fails, and our government leaders attempt to interfere with our rights, we will defend our community by any legal means necessary.”

The Huffington Post is documenting the rising wave of anti-Muslim bigotry and violence in America. Take a stand against hate.”


On May 1, 2008, Harold Wendal came home to find that his wife of twenty years, Eva Kay, had been beaten and had her throat slit and was laying in a pool of blood. Her murderer had been waiting in their home and attacked her as soon as she stepped through the front door. Nothing in the house had been stolen so it wasn’t a burglary gone wrong. The case went cold until July of the same year when a cut and paste letter arrived at the Atlanta Journal Constitution which indicated that Eva Kay had been having an affair. The police determined that the letter was genuine and was sent by whoever had murdered her. The case remains unsolved.


Georgia lawmaker: “KKK wasn’t so much a racist thing”

In casual news out of the former Confederacy, a Georgia lawmaker is spreading historically inaccurate tripe about the Ku Klux Klan in an effort to save the South from “cultural terrorism.” In an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rep. Thomas Benton (R-Jefferson) insisted Thursday the KKK “was not so much a racist thing.” He said they served other purposes.

In the million years I’ve been alive, I never thought I’d be able to add ‘Muppet taxidermy’ to my resume. I’m just over a year deep in it with a couple more ahead of me. Now that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published some images (this one included) from the Jim Henson legacy conservation project, I’m finally allowed to talk about it. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to post any pictures, however, if you wanna chat about it or want me to create sketches or perhaps perform some interpretive dance related to my experiences in the project, holla.

Weekly, I open old busted road cases to find some of the most iconic TV and film characters in entertainment history. I typically don’t have a clue what’s in the box when I get it but it’s consistently gold. Most of it is metaphoric gold, however, much is simply gold-colored airborne particles what used to be various types of foam. The stuff breaks down and that’s simply what happens. I’ve both figuratively and literally been breathing in the essence Henson’s work over the past year. Tiny floating bits of Sam and Friends, Sesame Street, Tales from Muppetland, The Muppet Show, Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, Fraggle Rock, Storyteller, Dog City, Dinosaurs, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and the list goes on for quite a while. I only hope my future lung tumors resemble Muppets.

In case you don’t recognize the critter in this pic, it’s Fizzgig (”Fizgig” according to the Henson Organization production label), pet companion to the ever-so-enchanting Kira from Henson’s The Dark Crystal. When Fizzgig 1st appeared on my workbench he was just a loose mess of patch-worked animal fur, barely held together by a loosely woven fabric. This fabric was mostly, and accidentally, adhered to the fur by tiny mummified fists of dried, brittle, cast foam latex that once made up his inner structure. That’s just the nature of foam latex. He had no mouth at all when I received him, it completely disintegrated, taking along some of the fur around the set of lips that also used to be there. It appeared seamless from someone’s previous attempt at simply pinning together the fur around the mouth. Those pins eventually rusted in place, taking a few strands of fur hostage when removed. Orange crumbles of dead foam were left behind and the nose and eyelids were well on their way out. The bulk of him was a small pile in the box he had been stored in for so many years. I sifted through the debris and found some slightly bigger chunks which ultimately proved to be a very small portion of the roof of his mouth. I also eventually came across his shriveled little tongue, only ½ the size of it’s original cast form. I performed some re-hydration/suspension voodoo of the dead foam using a “magical,” archival potion. Then I fixed the new mouth plate to the body. I restructured the nose from the inside, building up small layers from within, then filling any tiny fault lines left on the surface of the original foam nose. I removed some inconspicuous fur from his performer sleeve to surround the new set of lips, matching the original design.

After a little match-painting, voila! Certainly not perfection but I’m only allowed to do so much to be considered conservation work. I should mention that since all of Jim’s work is bound for a museum retirement, I can only use a very small library of archival-safe materials to mimic the stuff I would typically build a puppet from, that awesome toxic stuff. This has been the major crux of the entire project. Lots of trial by fire. Lots.

Though never to function again, I have to mention the mechanism in this Fizzgig fella. It is unbelievably tiny and clever. Fizzgig had side-to-side eye movement as well as eye-blinkers and a nose-twitching mech. The tiny 4 mm pulleys mounted to his fiberglass skull fed the even tinier polyester cord through 1 mm plastic tubes embedded in cast foam between the skull and fur skin. The 4 tubes (2 eyes, 2 eyelids), along with a 35mm camera whip (triggering the nose) ran to a second, remote puppeteer who controlled all the facial nuance through the mighty powers of analog action. All the tiny brass and steel mech hardware was soldered with a jeweler’s precision. It is now all seized by heavy corrosion. The mouth was simply hand puppeteered.

Concluding for the moment I want to leave you with some final insight. There is one major destructive force what is the ultimate enemy of all puppetdom in every form; it’s atmosphere + time. This mix has singularly and universally affected every last piece of the Henson collection. Soon, much of Henson’s early engineering magic will be permanently sealed away, if not destroyed by this evil sum. *sighs*  There is just sooo much mechanical genius within the entire collection which should be made publicly visible before it’s too late. I only hope the powers that be will someday allow me to share even just a few of my thousands of images with you. There is an absolute treasure trove in every piece from this collection. I can only suggest that you check in from time to time because just maybe, one day, perhaps…?

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White officer caught on dashcam video telling black driver ‘I don’t care about your people’

In footage during a November 16 traffic stop at about 2am, officer Maurice Lawson is heard making the comment to the driver, Brian Baker, 33, after issuing traffic citations.

Cobb County police Capt. J.D. Adcock said an investigation found that Lawson (pictured) violated the department’s code of conduct during the stop northwest of Atlanta, in suburban Cobb County

Baker, a middle school teacher, had been pulled over because he was allegedly speeding and failed to maintain his lane, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

In the video, Lawson says to Baker: 'Alright, I’m gonna give you two tickets. One for speeding, one for failure to maintain lane. Alright? If you don’t mind signing, that’s it.’

It appears Baker did not hear or understand the last part of what Lawson said and is heard saying 'you say I know what? You said something and I did not understand you.’

The officer then repeats the citations and clarifies that he had said 'if you don’t mind’ before Baker signs.
He then asks the officer 'can I go?’ before the officer ask him, 'can you go?’
The officer then is heard saying: 'Can you go? Leave. Go Away. Go to Fulton County. I don’t care about your people man, go.’

So, he doesn’t care. Cop doesn’t care about people! WTF??? It’s his duty to care about people! To serve and protect! Or black people are not people for him? That’s what he wanted to say? Or what?

Any way, he is another pig. He had no right to say it! And he has no right no be a cop!


There’s a sense of the rekindling of spirit in healing of wounds. I can look Stevie in the eye now, and in 1987 when I left, her eyes especially, and maybe mine, too, were kind of blurry. I can look at her now and acknowledge there’s still a love there - a love for two kids who came down from Northern California and tried to make something happen, and did make it happen. We’re still here, and that becomes very sweet.

Lindsey. Atlanta Journal and Constitution, November 1997