The Hebrew Bible speaks clearly on land grabbing.  Hebrew Prophet Micah may scream clearest.  Micah 2.1-2 (New Living Translation) reads: “How terrible it will be for you who lie awake at night thinking up evil plans.  You rise at dawn and hurry to carry out any of the wicked schemes you have power to accomplish.  When you want a piece of land you find a way to seize it.  When you want someone’s house, you take it by fraud and violence.  No one’s family or inheritance is safe with you around.

Manny’s full name now is Manny “Micah 2.1-2” Fialkow.

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
February 25, 2010

What's In A Name?

February 25, 2010

I grew up running with people who loved and sang what I call “gospel hymns.”  I used to sing “there’s a new name written down in glory, and it’s mine, Oh yes it’s mine.”  During my three years prior to graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary, I never heard or sang such.   Now I run with Episcopalians whose stomachs curdle at the thought of a new name and certainly, God forbid, any mention of glory.  So I just quietly give names, middle names, in my blogs.  Occasionally I change a middle name.  Occasionally I add a second name.  CAP’s brilliant strategist Richard “We’re in” Orr has recently earned a new name.  He boasts now, Richard “We’re in” “crap sniffer” Orr.  He earned “We’re in” when he reported cheerily to boss A. J. that AJC reporter Rhonda “The whole truth” Cook was on her way over to the CAP offices for her first coaching lesson on what to write about Peachtree Pine and the Task Force for the homeless.  Orr’ second name came from his e-mail to a city employee e-mail in the mayor’s office.  Orr used the word “crap” to describe Dr Charles Steffen’s Op-Ed piece published on a Friday in The Narrow.  That’s how I come up with names of the members of TEAM GOLIATH.

I’m struggling for a middle name for Manny Fialkow.  He and his name scare me.  And Sam Williams, the heavy hitting top dog at the Chamber.  The Chamber!  I’m taking suggestions on middle names for both these community leaders.  Since both have given back so much to the community, surely someone can come up with an approriate middle name.  Sam is new in my blogs because A.J. said so much about him in the February 23, 2010 deposition.  I’ll share that soon in another blog entitled, “Robinson On The Baker Donelson Law Firm,”

But for now, A. J.”We’re all kind of mystified” Robinson deserves a new name.  I listened to this worthy answer questions for 7 hours.  Granted they were the same questions for the most but rarely the same answers’  The masterful Steve Hall has an uncanny ability whenever he gets near the jugular.  He asked Robinson 7 times in a row if A. J. wanted to put The Task Force in defauld.  I do not believe the man can form the two words, “yes” or “no”.  Attorney Steve Hall then produced A. J.’s e-mail to the nun-run Pete Walker of Mercy Housing.  In the e-mail to Walker, Robinson asked to be put in touch with Julie at nun-run Mercy Housing in order to put the Task Force into default.  Walker’s response, “I want to know that myself.”  Guess who took Pete Walker to A. J. Robinson?  None other than award-winning Horace “Sinon” Sibley.

What we all must see is that all this talk of community and neighbor safety and NPU’s and bumbots and “chronically homeless” and drug dealers and “down on their luck people” is only a smokescreen.  A. J. Robinson thinks the Savannah Suites drug haven is a couple of blocks from Peachtree Pine.  All that is crock.  He wants the building.  His buddy Manny Fialkow wants the building.  Everybody wants the building.  Bruce Gunter wants the building.  My Aunt Hepsi wants the building.   And they want it cheap on the courthouse steps.  They don’t want to buy it; they want to steal it. 

So what is A. J.’s new name?  He is now A. J. “a piece of the pie” Robinson.

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
February 25, 2010

What’s In A Name?

February 25, 2010

I grew up running with people who loved and sang what I call “gospel hymns.”  I used to sing “there’s a new name written down in glory, and it’s mine, Oh yes it’s mine.”  During my three years prior to graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary, I never heard or sang such.   Now I run with Episcopalians whose stomachs curdle at the thought of a new name and certainly, God forbid, any mention of glory.  So I just quietly give names, middle names, in my blogs.  Occasionally I change a middle name.  Occasionally I add a second name.  CAP’s brilliant strategist Richard “We’re in” Orr has recently earned a new name.  He boasts now, Richard “We’re in” “crap sniffer” Orr.  He earned “We’re in” when he reported cheerily to boss A. J. that AJC reporter Rhonda “The whole truth” Cook was on her way over to the CAP offices for her first coaching lesson on what to write about Peachtree Pine and the Task Force for the homeless.  Orr’ second name came from his e-mail to a city employee e-mail in the mayor’s office.  Orr used the word “crap” to describe Dr Charles Steffen’s Op-Ed piece published on a Friday in The Narrow.  That’s how I come up with names of the members of TEAM GOLIATH.

I’m struggling for a middle name for Manny Fialkow.  He and his name scare me.  And Sam Williams, the heavy hitting top dog at the Chamber.  The Chamber!  I’m taking suggestions on middle names for both these community leaders.  Since both have given back so much to the community, surely someone can come up with an approriate middle name.  Sam is new in my blogs because A.J. said so much about him in the February 23, 2010 deposition.  I’ll share that soon in another blog entitled, “Robinson On The Baker Donelson Law Firm,”

But for now, A. J.”We’re all kind of mystified” Robinson deserves a new name.  I listened to this worthy answer questions for 7 hours.  Granted they were the same questions for the most but rarely the same answers’  The masterful Steve Hall has an uncanny ability whenever he gets near the jugular.  He asked Robinson 7 times in a row if A. J. wanted to put The Task Force in defauld.  I do not believe the man can form the two words, “yes” or “no”.  Attorney Steve Hall then produced A. J.’s e-mail to the nun-run Pete Walker of Mercy Housing.  In the e-mail to Walker, Robinson asked to be put in touch with Julie at nun-run Mercy Housing in order to put the Task Force into default.  Walker’s response, “I want to know that myself.”  Guess who took Pete Walker to A. J. Robinson?  None other than award-winning Horace “Sinon” Sibley.

What we all must see is that all this talk of community and neighbor safety and NPU’s and bumbots and “chronically homeless” and drug dealers and “down on their luck people” is only a smokescreen.  A. J. Robinson thinks the Savannah Suites drug haven is a couple of blocks from Peachtree Pine.  All that is crock.  He wants the building.  His buddy Manny Fialkow wants the building.  Everybody wants the building.  Bruce Gunter wants the building.  My Aunt Hepsi wants the building.   And they want it cheap on the courthouse steps.  They don’t want to buy it; they want to steal it. 

So what is A. J.’s new name?  He is now A. J. “a piece of the pie” Robinson.

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
February 25, 2010

Atlanta Real Estate Developer Manny Fialkow, afraid of being sued personally by Baker Donelson, called off the foreclosure of the Peachtree-Pine shelter for at least 30 days.  Central Atlanta Progress and its Siamese sibling, Atlanta Downtown Improvement Development (ADID), were hours away from being named as defendants in the lawsuit against the city when Fialkow agreed not to foreclose on Peachtree Pine on March 3.  His  tight relationship with Central Atlanta Progress, especially CAP’s President A. J. Robinson may be one of the reasons for Manny Fialkow’s sudden change of heart. 

In 7 hours of questioning yesterday (February 23) at Troutman Sanders, A. J. Robinson under oath said he knew Manny Fialkow and had conversed with him.  Other evidence shows that Mr. Robinson’s interest in the 94,000 square foot building at 477 Peachtree Street may be more than his zeal to protect the community from those 700 “down on their luck” ne’er do wells who live there.  Robinson just may want a taste of the pie.  The newly formed and carefully named Ichthus Community Trust and developer Manny Fialkow are one and the same ball of wax.  It remains to be seen how far into that ball of wax are the movers and shakers at the husky, muscular Central Atlantic Progress.  Perhaps Robinson’s and Orr’s to be continued depositions in the near future will shed more light on Robinson’s relationship with Manny Fialkow. 

Incidentally, A. J. Robinson and Richard Orr will be deposed a second time because Troutman Sanders’ lawyer, Steve Riddell, failed to produce all the e-mails that had been subpoenaed.  Some of those e-mails held back may just mention this newest named player in TEAM GOLIATH, Manny Fialkow.  Do you reckon?  Troutman Sanders by the way is representing Robinson and Orr and Central Atlanta Progress for free, pro bono.  I wonder why.  Does CAP’s $8,000,000 budget not cover lawsuits.  I guess not since I don’t believe they have ever before been deposed.  Perhaps Troutman Sanders may,  like Manny Zialkow, want to take a second look at CAP before proceeding pro bono.  But I suppose it’s amember of the same club thing.

Please look for fun at the closing words of my BLOG posted February 13, 2010, entitled ALMOST TOO ROTTEN TO REPORT.  I closed that blog by pointing out that much of the public gets gleeful, sometimes giddy, when they see “principalities and powers” with their drawers around their ankles.  I listed some of the names in the lineup of gruesome TEAM GOLIATH, from Little Miss Debi Mae Starnes to Milton “half a million” Little.  I added in that piece the fact that some of those worthies are standing around now with nothing but their socks on.

Yesterday was a new experience for me.  I witnessed the 7 hour deposition of A. J. Robinson.  I have never heard so many different answers to the very same question.  When one’s drawers land around one’s ankles, it is not a pretty sight,  especially not on the 53rd floor of a tower of power.   In the great scheme of the universe, sometimes the movers and shakers become the movers and the SHAKING. 

I was told by an attorney today that Troutman Sanders has 1300 lawyers.  Can that possibly be accurate?  That same person asked me if I could imagine that many lawyers in one place.  I said in Dante’s INFERNO.

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
February 24, 2010

Walter Pidgeon in the Broadway musical TAKE ME ALONG sang an encouraging song that proclaimed “I’m staying young, I’m staying young while everyone around me is growing old.”

Charles Dickens in chapter two of BARNABY RUDGE describes the delightful Gabriel Varney and how Father Time has treated him.

Dickens wrote, “He was past the prime of life, but Father Time is not always a hard parent, and though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour.  With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.”

I hope and wish for you this and all your days a heart and spirit young and in full vigor.

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
February 24, 2010

The second day of depositions of Central Atlanta Progress’s top two executives took place today in the Troutman Sanders law firm on the 53 floor of their building on Peachtree Street.  The questioning by Baker Donelson Attorney Steve Hall began at 9:30 am and ended at 5;15 p.m.  Questions ranged from would you, Mr. Robinson, ask developer, Manny Fialkow, to not foreclose on the building at Peachtree Pine on March 3?  Steve Hall also asked President Robinson if he would discontinue the Wake Up, Stay Up CAP program that awakens homeless people who sleep on business properties in and around downtown Atlanta?  Mr. Hall asked Mr. Robinson where can homeless people go who do not enter programs to help themselves by entering rehab programs?  Mr Hall asked Mr. Robinson to state the programs that exist for homeless people?

A. J. Robinson answered respectively: No, No, the streets and adequate programs exist for all homeless people in Atlanta.  Mr. Hall told Mr. Robinson that CAP is being added tomorrow as a defendant in the lawsuit against the city.  The mysterious Ichthus Community Trust is linked to Manny Fialkow, and Ichthus is also being named tomorrow in Federal Court here in Atlanta.  The plot thickens.

Day one deposition featured Richard “we’re in”  “crap sniffer” Orr who was questioned for 7 hours in the same tower.  Remember all of these events are historic, firsts, impossible.  These feathers no one ruffles. 

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
February 23, 2010

People who know downtown Atlanta — its glories, its sorrows, its corruption — cannot recall a time ever that CAP was ever subpoenaed for a deposition.  And  that is since 1941 when the organization was founded.  Today at 10:30 am on the 53rd floor of one of the towers of greed the cleanup hitter for CAP is in the batter’s box.  He will answer questions under oath in the lawsuit of The Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. v. The City of Atlanta.  There is a seven hour limit to depositions in order to protect the court reporter.

The deposition yesterday lasted 7 hours plus, and today’s will last the max.  Some of you will be interested to know that I will view the proceedings.  And I am permitted to take notes.  However, I cannot publish a word until the depositions are filed with the Federal Court.  After that I can and will sing.

I can say people at Peachtree Pine and the forty-two churches and groups all over Atlanta and the country want to know what’s going on.  I cannot imagine the AJC printing anything but foreclosure notices and and any other anti-Task Force dirt that Debi Mae shovels.  Our only daily “newspaper” has been silent on the developments of this lawsuit and will remain so as long as possible.  People tell me every day that my blog is their only source of information.  Can you imagine?  I am not nearly as nervous today as I was on the day I was deposed.

I’ll be in touch as long as I have breath.

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
February 23, 2010