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Special Report: Refugee Resettlement in Georgia

Bill Simon, November 20th, 2014

[Note: The following is a reprint from an emailed newsletter I sent back on February 20, 2014, but that article never got republished to the Political Vine website.]

“Follow the money.” — attributed to “Deep Throat,” the inside source in the Watergate scandal.

“No matter what they say it’s about, it’s always about money.” — Bill O’Neil, American Businessman


Ever heard of “refugee resettlement?” Few people have outside of a smattering of government and political entities…and even within those categories, even fewer have ever heard of the term or understands what it means…and most importantly, what it costs. What it costs the U.S., and, what it costs the local and state (“Georgia”) taxpayer.

There will be lots of people in the legislature, along with lobbyists of the NGOs that receive beaucoup money from the government(s), and representatives of NGOs who claim that the money to resettle/relocate refugees to Georgia “…comes from the Feds and is therefore free money we don’t have to come-up with.”

There is an initial chunk of money that comes from the Feds…that lasts about 90 days….AND then, where do the refugees go for financial help? Your local pocketbook, of course.

There was a very good article about refugee resettlement in Georgia published in the Marietta Daily Journal a few days ago. It was written by Joe Newton, Chairman of Citizens for Refugee Resettlement Relief in Georgia. The whole piece is good, but I found the following the most significant as it directly relates to the burden on the local and state jurisdictions:

“In 2010 the welfare cost to Georgians was $17 million, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Counties chipped in $4 million of your money — most of which came from your property taxes. The federal government pays most of the cost for 90 days, and then Georgians absorb the welfare cost in perpetuity. Estimates show that the Georgia welfare cost is now approaching $40 million annually and rising exponentially.”

And, it’s not just hard dollars that it is costing Georgians. When “refugees” are depicted in movies and documentaries, they seem to always paint the scene as though these are people seeking a new and better life and will love their new country and their “rescuers.”

But, in fact, there is likely to be a higher percentage of them who may not be the type of person you think they are…and what ends-up happening is that they add to the law enforcement and public safety resource burden as well.
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PumpkinGate: The Cover-ups – Part 2

Bill Simon, October 24th, 2014

Cover-up By Dawson County Sheriff’s Office (“DCSO”) Personnel

For nearly the past two months since August 23rd, I have been engaged in filing different Open Records Requests (“ORR”) with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

To those people who are not part of the Georgia GOP Republican establishment (who are, for the most part, good little Fascists who believe the use of police is perfectly justified in destroying people you perceive to be political threats and enemies), several odd things occurred in the arrest of Nydia Tisdale.

In no particular order of importance, the first thing to discuss is the confiscation of her video-camera. She, along with the ENTIRE “public” was invited to a “public event.” What’s the difference between someone filming anything happening in a “public event” and anyone attending the event?

Here’s the copy of the Facebook invitation to this event to make sure we don’t forget that it was an open invitation by the Deal Campaign for Governor: Facebook Event Announcement.

So, Clint Bearden kicks off the rally on August 23rd, and while looking straight at Nydia’s camera, proceeds to introduce people to the event, and where the restrooms are, etc. (you see this transpire in Tisdale’s recording of the event).

Everyone should be wondering why, exactly, Nydia Tisdale’s video camera (her privately-owned property) was confiscated by Tony Wooten, the arresting officer, and not returned for 6 days?

In one of the Dawson County newspapers, I read a blurb that Sheriff Billy Carlisle claimed that the DCSO had obtained a search warrant to “legally” search the video camera. What right did they have to confiscate the video-camera in the first place? Anyone interested in the concept of “private property” should have been concerned with that confiscation (unless you are one of those people who conclude that everyone arrested should immediately be forfeited all their rights…e.g., if your name is Jon Richards, Seth Weathers, et al. in Ga. GOP politics).

So, I filed an ORR for a copy of this “search warrant” because I want to know the legal basis the DCSO had to confiscate and “search” the video-camera, and I wanted to know which Judge signed the warrant. This is the PDF response I received.

Recall that the premise of Nydia’s ejection was that (according to Bearden) they didn’t want anyone recording the event, and Bearden’s claim is that he and Wooten talked to Nydia and “politely” (in the words of Bearden and Johnny Burt, as written in newspapers) asked her to put down the camera and stop recording.

But, as we know from several sources, there were other recordings of the event. Brian Pritchard of FetchYourNews.com was there recording the event via an audio recorder. He was not told to stop recording. No one else was either.

If Bearden had been telling the truth about “Well, we were trying to make sure no Democrat trackers were there recording,” he would have made an announcement at the beginning that “You are not allowed to record this event, everyone please turn-off your cameras.” No such statement was ever made.

Seems to me (as it will seem to most juries) that singling-out one person in a roomful of people recording will not meet the burden of one person engaged in “criminal trespass” while the others recording the event didn’t meet that burden.

This story by Jim Galloway of the AJC describes the issue and the differences between the two recordings made at the event (Brian Pritchard’s and Nydia Tisdale’s). There are six screams from Nydia Tisdale in the Pritchard recording that were mysteriously missing from Nydia Tisdale’s camera after she got it back from Sheriff Carlisle.

Six screams she uttered in the course of experiencing Deputy Captain Tony Wooten physically assault and engage in what may have been froetteurism while Tisdale is helplessly pinned and bent over the counter in the barn.

That missing footage from Tisdale’s recording points to evidence tampering by one or more persons with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

Most recently, the story leaking-out from several sources in Dawson County is that Tisdale’s video record was deliberately tampered with by DCSO personnel because they figured that District Attorney Lee Darragh could get it ruled to be inadmissable in court…thus denying Nydia Tisdale any semblance of a fair trial in Dawson County.

One wonders if this plot was dreamed-up entirely by DCSO personnel all on their own, or if Darragh suggested it to them, or if Bearden (who works for David Ralston, who is an experienced criminal defense attorney) may have suggested it, or who “dreamed” it up.

Makes one ALSO wonder how many times in the past has the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office engaged in evidence tampering to wrongly convict someone charged in the Dawson County jurisdiction?

But, evidence tampering is only part of the cover-up by the DCSO. To understand the rest, you need to understand what these three terms mean with regards to the official status of whether Tony Wooten was actually qualified to be making the arrest in the manner in which he made it:

1) On-duty
2) Off-duty
3) Extra-duty

In every single law enforcement department in this state, an employed law enforcement officer (“LEO”) is either On-Duty, Off-Duty, or on Extra-Duty (these are standard terms).

On-duty means the officer is on official duty, being paid with taxpayer dollars in his/her assigned role as an official LEO, acting on behalf of the public. That is, driving on public roads, monitoring public property, responding to emergency calls, etc., assigned by his/her supervisor.

Off-duty means exactly what you think it means.

Extra-duty, for personnel of the DCSO, is defined in one of their policy manuals, a PDF copy available here (obtained via ORR to DCSO).

Under Section E of this DCSO policy manual, Paragraph 2, is this definition of “Extra-Duty”:

“[A]ny employment that is conditioned on the actual or potential use of law enforcement powers by the off-duty employee.”

I filed an ORR to discover what the Duty Roster was for all personnel with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office on August 23rd, 2014.

This is the email verbiage I received from Amanda Martin, Open Records Act Officer, describing the detailed work the human resource people did to compile this information.

This is the Excel spreadsheet she emailed me attached to that email.

For purposes of ease of you folks examining this information, I opened the Excel file, gridded the cells, and printed a PDF version of it, available here. But, if you so choose, feel free to download the Excel file as well.

As you can plainly see, Ladies & Gentlemen, the status of Captain Tony Wooten (shown as the 7th name from the top), as per the official Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Human Resource Records for the DCSO on Saturday, August 23rd, is that he was on “Extra-Duty.”

What does that mean? Well, while I will go thru all the legal detail shortly, in summary, it means Wooten, Carlisle, and maybe one or more other people in the DCSO are in deep sh*t because the DCSO’s own written policies on making arrests were not followed for Tisdale’s arrest. Not only were written policies broken, OCGA law was broken as well.

In that aforementioned Policy Manual for Off-Duty & Extra-Duty personnel, under Section H, this section specifically stipulates the conditions and procedures to follow in the event of an incident that an Extra-Duty LEO must follow:


1. Whether employed in a regular off-duty/extra-duty position, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office sworn and certified employees shall respond to and take appropriate action when there is reasonable belief that the life or safety of another is threatened or when it is necessary to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

2. When the incident is not of a serious nature as described above, requires the employee to leave the scene of the outside employment, or when a vehicle accident occurs, the officer will request that an on-duty unit be dispatched to the scene to take charge of the incident.

3. The on-duty officer who responds to the incident scene will then be responsible for conducting a thorough investigation and will assume responsibility for completing all necessary reports.

5. All personnel engaged in off-duty employment are subject to call-out in case of emergency, and may be expected to leave his/her regular or extra-duty employment in such situations.”

Please note #1: “Whether employed in a regular off-duty/extra-duty position, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office sworn and certified employees shall respond to and take appropriate action when there is reasonable belief that the life or safety of another is threatened or when it is necessary to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

Was Nydia Tisdale, while seated and filming speakers, engaged in either a) threatening the life or safety of another, and/or b) about to commit a ‘forcible felony?’

Well, while Wooten fabricated the Offense on the Incident Report as “OBSTRUCTION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS BY THREATS OR VIOLENCE-F”, it is clear in the Tisdale video, as well as other pictures, AND witnesses who were there (those, at least, not intending to commit perjury on the witness stand), that there was no violent act, nor threat of a violent act by Tisdale.

So, since there was no threat to anyone’s safety or life at the time of Tisdale’s arrest, that means Wooten violated #1 of this Section H. In so doing, he also violated Paragraph 2, which stipulated: “2. When the incident is not of a serious nature as described above, requires the employee to leave the scene of the outside employment, or when a vehicle accident occurs, the officer will request that an on-duty unit be dispatched to the scene to take charge of the incident.”

Wooten did not call any on-duty unit before grabbing, mauling, and dragging Nydia Tisdale out of the area. He effected a physical assault all by himself, never told Tisdale she was being arrested, and never bothered to tell her his name.

So, along with violating #1 and #2 of Section H, Wooten also violated #3 because he filled-out the Incident Report, and #3 stipulates the following: “3. The on-duty officer who responds to the incident scene will then be responsible for conducting a thorough investigation and will assume responsibility for completing all necessary reports.”

Again, Wooten was NOT “on-duty” but was on Extra-Duty.

As a side note here, since Wooten falsely claimed Tisdale was involved in “threatening violence”, that falls under a violation of OCGA 16-10-20; knowingly and willfully making a false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. But, that’s not the only OCGA law Wooten violated.

Two other ORRs I made to DCSO involved the request for any documentation of an official request by Wooten that would allow him to BE at the event on Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in the capacity of being an Extra-Duty LEO on the premises. One of my many helpers in my research told me that every LE department had to have a written procedure for how LEOs could be used by private citizens for security, traffic-directing, etc., and that usually there was a requirement for a specific form to be filled-out in advance of the event to get permission.

This is the documentation of my first ORR related to me trying to get a copy of this type of document (read from the bottom email first) and the DCSO response to the first time I asked the question.

Then, when I reviewed that Policy Manual for Off/Extra Duty personnel, I discovered Section F, Application Procedures for any LEO requesting permission for engaging in an Extra-Duty assignment:

“1. GENERAL: Any employee desiring to engage in extra-duty or regular off-duty employment must submit the Off-Duty/Extra-Duty Employment Request to his/her immediate supervisor, through the chain-of-command, to the Division Commander for approval. A copy of the Off-Duty/Extra-duty Employment Request is attached to this SOP as ‘ANNEX A’.”

For his Extra-Duty status to work the Burt’s Pumpkin Farm event, Wooten, according to DCSO written policies, had to fill-out some ‘Annex A Form’ and get it approved. So, I sent another ORR specifically using the term “Annex A Form” to see if that was on record with DCSO, and this is their response again, stating that no such form that Wooten filled-out existed in the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

Now, is it just a “policy issue” regarding Wooten’s failure to get written permission to engage in Extra-Duty? No, it is not, actually. There is a specific OCGA law that applies. OCGA 16-10-3 applies to any LEO desiring to work off-duty or on extra-duty. Specifically, as it applies to this matter of Tony Wooten’s presence at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, this is the section that was not adhered to:

OCGA 16-10-3(c)(1): “From being employed by private persons, firms, or corporations during his off-duty hours when such employment is approved in writing by the chief or head, or his duly designated agent, of the law enforcement agency by which such law enforcement officer is employed;”

So, no document currently exists, nor did one get created before the August 23rd event. But, I can imagine Sheriff Carlisle, Tony Wooten and whoever else at the DCSO fabricating a “document we just found!”…then, back-date it, back-sign it, get a notary public to back-notarize it, and continue the cover-up of Wooten’s actions (you know, when you’re already caught violating written policies, fabricating charges in writing against someone in violation of Georgia criminal statutes, engaging in deliberate evidence tampering, and conspiring with other people in violation of Georgia RICO laws, what’s another fabrication to add to the cover-up, right?).

So, one might wonder how it came to be that Wooten did find himself on the property? How does one get an LEO to come and act as security for an event held on private property?

So, another ORR was filed whereby I received this response.

Please take note of the simply fascinating revelation disclosed in the last paragraph that “…the text message is part of the internal investigation and will fall under 50-18-72(a)(8). This information will be available for release after the internal investigation is closed by our office.”

Why is this so fascinating to me? Well, a) that, apparently, someone I listed in my ORR did communicate directly to Tony Wooten via text messages to get him to attend the event on August 23rd, and b) that there is still an internal investigation going on as of October 6th.

Here’s the problem I have with “b”: According to this article in the
(which has an amazing display of Carlisle’s deep-seated concern for poor Tony Wooten and whether Wooten violated any department policy or procedures), the story makes reference to the fact that the “internal investigation” was turned around in 48 hours, and Wooten was “cleared” by Major Ray Goodie.

And yet, this ORR response I received from Amanda Martin states that as of October 6th, there is still an ongoing internal investigation.

I have to wonder if Major Ray Goodie actually did, himself, complete a full investigation into whether Tony Wooten’s activities broke department policies, and “cleared Wooten” of any wrongdoing, or did Carlisle just put on an act and no investigation was actually performed on Tony Wooten’s acts?

Because if Goodie did do an investigation and “cleared Wooten,” then Goodie also has significant involvement in the cover-up of Wooten’s violations of department policies, procedures, and state law.

Again, just look at the fact that the DCSO Human Resource Department stipulated that Tony Wooten was on Extra Duty, and the existence of Section H’s directives when it comes to LEO Off-Duty/Extra-Duty Employment in their G335-D Policy Manual (signed, by the way, by Sheriff Billy Carlisle). One does not need to “interview witnesses” to determine Wooten was in violation of those policies, along with state law.

BUT, since Carlisle brought it up, one wonders who those “three or four eyewitnesses” were that Carlisle claims he spoke to as published by this DawsonAdvertiser.com article: “Three or four eyewitnesses were interviewed at separate times, according to Carlisle.”

Which esteemed members of the crowd who attended the Burt’s Pumpkin Farm event on August 23rd provided “eyewitness accounts” to Carlisle? And, why doesn’t Sheriff Carlisle know, exactly, whether it was “three” or whether it was “four” witnesses?”

Now, I know what folks like Sheriff Carlisle and Tony Wooten (and, whoever else is involved in the cover-up at DCSO, in coordination with any “eyewitnesses” dumb enough to continue lying in this endeavor) are probably going to do as a result of this publication: Come-up with explanations that neutralize my allegations.

So, in anticipation of those acts, let’s examine possible claims by Sheriff Carlisle:

Excuse #1: “My own department’s Human Resources Department is wrong. Captain Tony Wooten was officially On-Duty on that Saturday.”

Rebuttal: If so, then why was Captain Tony Wooten, who was wearing a police radio with handset, unable to summon help on his own, and directed someone on the Burt’s Pumpkin Farm to call 911?

Here is a photo clearly showing Wooten (shown as the 3rd individual you see, with Clint Bearden being first, Richard Woods is speaking in the foreground as the 2nd person you see) wearing a radio on his left-side with a cord going up and across his chest where the handset is clipped to his shirt placket:

I filed an ORR to obtain a copy of the audio-recording of the 911-call. While that was declined, upon my modifying the request, what I did obtain was a 6-page PDF that was a transcription of the 911-call made from Burt’s Pumpkin Farm. You can read that here.

Now, while what was redacted included the identification of the specific person making the call, there is enough interesting information that was not redacted to get a clue as to what the 911-caller claimed.


Yeah, umm…that “FML” who made the 911 call is a freaking liar as it is clear on Tisdale’s video that she was holding a video-camera, and not uttering one sound, much less “RAISING CAIN” before Wooten grabbed her (but, hey, you folks in Dawson County just keep on lying as often as you folks do).

I’m guessing that in Dawson County, as long as you “good Christian folks” have signs like the one noted below seen on the wall inside the Burt’s Pumpkin Farm barn, you can commit any sin you want to, right? Lie, cheat, steal, molest pumpkins, have intercourse with farm animals and bend women over a counter while assaulting them…it’s all “okay” as long as you have a sign on the wall that is a cite from the Bible, right? Like this one seen over Wooten’s right shoulder: http://www.politicalvine.com/2014/dawsoncounty/Wooten-Christ3.jpg” alt=”Wooten-Christ3.jpg

But, of course, the real issue is why couldn’t Tony Wooten handle a 120-lb woman of which he had one of her arms yanked behind her back while she was shoved against the counter by his body being pressed-up against her rear-end?

A lot of the 911-transcript is “police radio code” that I have no idea how to interpret as is. However, a friend of PV used to work in LE some years ago, and he translated it into “English” as best he could on the codes he recognized. Feel free to browse that here.

From this translation, we have this interpretation: TWO separate, on-duty DCSO officers in separate patrol cars were dispatched at break-neck speed to race to a pumpkin farm because they thought poor, wittle Tony Wooten was in serious trouble or risk of loss of life (from a 120-lb woman he had already had firm control of).

So, again, if he was “on-duty,” then there was no need for a 911-call as Wooten had a police radio attached to his hip. (BUT, I’m certain Sheriff Carlisle will come-up with something to continue the cover-up and multiple lies.)

Excuse #2: “Captain Tony Wooten was not actually on the premises acting as a security guard. He was off-duty, and happened to be driving by the farm, when his sharp hearing (insert Six Million Dollar Man sound-effect here) picked-up a statement uttered by Clint Bearden about a woman illegally filming his candidates and he wished aloud that he had a cop around to eject her. Wooten yanked his steering wheel around and raced to the area of the farm in which the trouble was occurring, bounded over the giant pumpkins in one tremendous leap (again, insert Six Million Dollar Man sound effect here), where he was quickly briefed on the problem and directed by Johnny Burt to remove her.”

Rebuttal: Okay…you got me there. Or, do you? See, there are a few of these photos that show Wooten on the premises before the rally kick-off at 3:30 PM that day. So, you know, Sheriff Carlisle, if you have a plausible explanation for why Mr. Wooten can be seen here, in these various photos, before the event, ON private property (as opposed to “public property”), then, by all means, do share with the Dawson News & Advertiser (or any other news outlet who may ask you) what that explanation is:

Wooten Photo 1:

Wooten Photo 2:

Sheriff Carlisle, if you would like to declare that Wooten was “On-Duty,” then the only way that would work, legally, is that Burt’s Pumpkin Farm would have to be considered to be “public property” for this event (after all, it was, promoted as “Open To Public”). Want to go that route? Let us know.

In Conclusion

Quite the legal conundrum here in Dawson County with regards to the unethical and illegal actions taken by Captain Tony Wooten, Sheriff Billy Carlisle, the Burts, various and sundry “eyewitnesses”, et al. in the assault and arrest of Nydia Tisdale. One wonders WHO would be qualified to investigate the DCSO?

Certainly not the Sheriff’s internal investigation staff. At best, Sheriff Billy Carlisle, after being Dawson County Sheriff for the past 15 years or so, is clueless as to his own department’s policies and the law with regard to extra-duty personnel. At worst, he is the mastermind of the entire cover-up by DCSO.

The DA of Dawson County? Nahhh…because sources say that District Attorney Lee Darragh and Captain Tony Wooten are BFFs (Best Friends Forever). Dawson County has a population of approximately 22,000. Everyone is everyone else’s mother, father, sister, brother, first cousin, etc…no one in Dawson County will do one damn thing to investigate these acts.

Judge Jason Deal of Hall County could request a GBI investigation…(okay, my gut nearly split open on that thought…).

Perhaps Attorney General Sam Olens could recognize a pretty serious breach of Georgia law, and direct the GBI to investigate. Chances are, though, that because Sheriff Carlisle’s name appeared on a list of sheriff endorsers of Olens’ reelection that he will opt to protect Carlisle rather than initiate a GBI investigation on Carlisle and his office.

So, golly…maybe U.S. Attorney Sally Yates and her FBI task force might find enough things out of whack in this Republican stronghold of Dawson County to think there might be enough smoke to uncover the fire and help rectify this situation of a slew of people, from folks in the Georgia Republican Party (as described in Part 1 of these Cover-up stories), to members of law enforcement in the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, who are ALL engaged in the deliberate denial of Nydia Tisdale’s rights to NOT be lied about, and NOT have her name smeared all over this state, and NOT be falsely accused, and NOT be falsely imprisoned, and NOT be facing “felony charges” from a bunch of liars.

Maybe…just maybe…someone with integrity will bring justice to this situation in Georgia.

PumpkinGate: The Cover-ups

Bill Simon, October 23rd, 2014


There are people involved in the Georgia Republican Party in this state who think that Nydia Tisdale (her first name rhymes with “Lydia”, but begins with the letter “N”) “deserved” the treatment she got on August 23rd, based on the story that is easiest to believe as told by some “witnesses” of the events of August 23rd.

That, and some are so callous about her treatment by GOP-connected people as to make disparaging comments about her choice of dress for that day of August 23rd…as though that bore some relevance to her getting violently assaulted by a male who refused to identify himself as to why he had her gripped in his arms.

That assault by a cop resulted in scratches to her chest and wrists, and bruises on her arms and pelvis. For over two weeks after the attack, she was unable to eat normally and she could not drink anything but water. For over two weeks after the arrest, she was unable to sleep soundly.

She is still getting over the physical assault, and trying to recover from the mental anguish of being arrested, thrown in jail, and accused of outlandish crap by self-proclaimed “Christians” who appear to enjoy lying at the drop of a hat. (I am not touching pumpkin pie or anything made from pumpkins for fear the pumpkin was grown by the Burts and their dirty, evil hands.)

Those of you who think she should “move on,” well, go talk to women who have been assaulted or raped, and ask them to “move on.” You people who claim to be believers in the “Constitution” but think Tisdale should just “move on” have NO IDEA what the Constitution is all about.

She has yet to be officially charged because, it seems, the Sheriff (Billy Carlisle) is just waiting for more witnesses to stop by his office for a chat. But, she faces charges that she does not deserve to face…in fact, no one deserves to face them for she was doing nothing deserving of these charges, as you will discover in this series of Vines.

Nydia Tisdale was not any kind of “political animal” before this event, and she isn’t now.  Her mind does not work like people who have spent years working on campaigns and such, and following politics.  She processes information by video-recording speeches, and she shares those videos with others.  That’s what she does, and, thanks to effing idiots with the Georgia GOP and the Deal Campaign, she is afraid to engage in what she used to enjoy doing for fear of meeting another psychopath cop who will assault her again at the behest of some sh*thead GOPer.

If you are onboard the train that presumes she “asked for it” or she “deserved it,” then you are a P.O.S. who deserves every misfortune you encounter in life for an eternity.

The Coverups-Part 1

There are a minimum of two (2) cover-ups that are taking place with regards to the events that happened at the Georgia GOP Rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawson County on August 23rd, 2014.

The first cover-up is the cover-up by the Georgia Republican Party in concert with personnel associated with the Deal for Governor campaign.

Sometime in the week after the August 23rd GOP rally, I was engaged in a couple of conversations (one on Facebook and one via text) with someone at the State GOP who emphatically told me “We had nothing to do with the rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm.  It wasn’t our show.”

Same story from Deal spokesperson Jen Talaber shortly after the event, as recalled in the first AJC article about the event: “Jen Talaber, a spokeswoman for the Nathan Deal campaign, kept the ejection at arms’ length. “As this incident was in no way related to Deal for Governor, I am referring you to the owner of the private property at which the event took place.”

It was TOTALLY related to Deal for Governor and the State GOP because both entities were involved in the planning of the event, as well as having significant presence on the premises for the event.

Neil Bitting is the paid Grassroots Coordinator of the Deal Campaign, and coordinated the planning of this event with input by Clint Bearden (Deal’s Dawson County Campaign Chair), a guy who claims in print that Nydia Tisdale was a Democrat tracker when, in fact, she votes Republican much more often than David Perdue ever did.

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Sam Olens & Burrell Ellis: Is there a difference?

Bill Simon, October 20th, 2014

Maybe someone can straighten this out for me because, after spending the amount of time I have spent watching and observing politics in Georgia, my usual fine sense of smell seems to be out of adjustment these days when it comes to smelling corruption.

So, is the deal with DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis the fact that he was caught “shaking-down” vendors for campaign contributions? Is the “shake-down” via phone calls and other types of communications the problem, and not the actual quid pro quo process of vendors contributing money to an elected politician at their request?

I ask this because upon researching some financial items via Open.Georgia.Gov, I’m rather fascinated with how AG Sam Olens runs the State Department of Law.

According to the Open Ga website, in Fiscal Year 2013, Olens had 285 personnel on the state’s payroll that, all total, consumed $16.542 million in legal expenses to staff the Department of Law.

In addition to those 285 people on the state employee payroll, Olens also spent a total of $30.38 million on outside, contract-vendor legal services. A total of, oddly enough, 285 vendors (lawyers and law firms).

Grand total in legal costs to the state taxpayers: Nearly $47 million total.

If Olens has 285 frigging people (lawyers upon lawyers upon lawyers) working (presumably) and getting paid $16.5 million, what the heck is all the $30 million some-odd money doing going to outside legal firms for? Someone is spending money like a drunken sailor in our state government.

And, so, just on a glance of a few of these vendor-contract law firms, I checked the Ethics.Ga.GOV website to see what kind of contributions might be flowing from these contract law firms to Sam Olens’ campaign coffers:

Greenberg Traurig: Collected $1.08 million in fees from Olens’ Law Department in FY 2013. Personnel with GT contributed a total of $30,450 since 2009 to Sam Olens’ campaign.

Arnall Golden Gregory: Collected $356,000 in fees in from Olens’ Law Department in FY 2013. Personnel contributed $4,550 since 2010 to Olens.

Kilpatrick Stockton Townsend: Collected $615,352 in fees from Olens’ Law Department in FY 2013. Personnel contributed a total of $13,850 since 2011 to Olens.

McKenna Long Aldridge: Collected $514,033 in fees from Olens’ Law Department in FY 2013. Personnel contributed a total of $21,400 from 2010 thru 2014 to Olens’ campaign.

One wonders if when Sam Olens calls these vendors (or Sam Olens’ fundraising personnel calls these vendor-contributors), does the conversation EVER cross to the side of “Well, you know, I gave you a pretty good book of business from MY Department of Law…When can I expect your check to my re-election campaign?”

And, yes, I’m certain that Burrell Ellis’s methods of raising campaign contributions goes on ALL THE TIME in this state, at ALL levels of government.

So, I kinda have to ask, what’s the big deal with Ellis doing it? If the state legislature REFUSES to enact true ethics reform (and, the majority of them do…especially the Republicans in office….they hate the prospect of becoming “honest”…duhhh, what’s that word mean?) that would prohibit bribery via campaign contributions to either obtain or maintain vendor contracts with municipalities or the county or the state et al., why is Burrell Ellis being prosecuted?

Who is Paying George Chidi to Hound Tom Owens?

Bill Simon, October 19th, 2014

I think this is a valid question to ask. Because, according to DeKalb County Superior Court records, Mr. Chidi has had a FiFa Lien filed against his home as of August 1, 2014 for non-payment of what appears to be a Capital One Bank credit card balance outstanding of $5390.81.

So, whether Mr. Chidi claims himself to be a blogger, a journalist, a reporter, or a city councilman…one should ask “WHAT are you (Mr. Chidi) doing to financially survive AND seek money to pay-off your credit-card debt?”

Did that 5-page piece Chidi so proudly posted on PeachPundit.com garner Chidi some payola? Has Charlie Harper started paying bloggers to blog on that site?

Is Mike Hassinger, who is consulting for Wendy Butler (another female in the DeKalb Commission race) paying Chidi off-book for Chidi to harangue Tom Owens?

Is Todd Rehm, the unbalanced political consultant for Nancy Jester, paying Chidi off/on-book to inviscerate Tom Owens to put him down?

Is Senator Fran Millar financing Chidi on the side? Is State Rep. Michael Jacobs financing George Chidi’s endeavors? Is State Rep. Tom Taylor paying George Chidi with campaign funds to act like an attack dog against Tom Owens?

WHY would someone in the financial dire straits that George Chidi is in spend A LOT of his time doing what he’s doing, and not get paid for it? How irresponsible would that be for a person to spend his time engaged in political crap and NOT get paid when he has a FiFa on his home, a large credit-card bill, and living expenses to deal with on an ongoing basis?

So, again, I ask, who is financing George Chidi’s activities and what is that person’s stake in the outcome of this race? Inquiring minds should start asking those questions directly of Mr. Chidi the next time he shows his face at any political event.

Nancy Jester: Endorsed by the ‘New Power PAC of Georgia’

Bill Simon, October 19th, 2014

So, according to the Website for Nancy Jester, Candidate for DeKalb County Commission District 1, she has now been endorsed by the New Power PAC of Georgia. Here is a snapshot of her front page with the NPPofGA logo near the bottom (http://www.politicalvine.com/dekalb/NJesterNPPGa.jpg)

Those words at the top of the logo of the NPP endorsement state: “Empowered & Endorsed By New Power PAC.”

Who is the New Power PAC? Well, they are a 527 PAC founded by a group of FAR Left-Wing women. Though the website claims they are non-partisan, you can peruse their website here to get a true feel of who they are (nice people, probably, but left-winged, just the same).

But, as I predict what may happen, a sudden flurry of “Website Down” or other such shenanigans may be employed to hide the fact that Nancy Jester is tight with a bunch of left-wing, liberal Democrats like:

This person, whose resume lays-out her appointments to President Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee, Governor Barnes’ Georgia Council for Arts, Governor Zell Miller’s Georgia Council for Arts.

Or, this person, who has worked with Senator Dianne Feinstein, US Rep Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), was a staff attorney with NOW (National Organization of Women), and various and sundry other left-wing organizations.

Plus…this New Power PAC has the distinction of having as one of its STAR supporters, a certain Member of Congress who believes if the Island of Guam were to have too many U.S. Marines standing on one side of it, it might tip-over: Georgia’s 4th Congressional District US Rep. Hank Johnson.

You see, this PAC is not just focused on getting “women elected” as it claims itself to be. It’s about getting liberal women elected to public office. Which is exactly what and who Nancy Jester is, as many voters in the State School Superintendent’s race knew as well, and that is why she was rejected as a viable Republican candidate for that seat.

And so, how fitting to, especially, some of Jester’s other endorsers like State Senator Fran Millar, State Rep. Michael Jacobs, State Rep Tom Taylor that Jester received this endorsement from the New Power PAC. Because they are all liberal, “let’s build government BIGGER” type of Republicans.

You folks in DeKalb’s District 1 who wish to elect Nancy Jester as your replacement for Elaine Boyer are going to go from merely bad to the absolute worst in a commissioner choice if Nancy Jester wins election.

Stalking Statute vs. First Amendment: Which should win?

Bill Simon, October 9th, 2014

I am fascinated with the degree of ignorance exhibited by so-called “professional reporters” at media outlets like the AJC. I actually thought Jim Galloway, Dan Malloy, and Greg Bluestein were smart(er) than most of the rest…at least smarter than the Huffington-Post. I’m never making that presumption again.

I have to give credit to a true, smart journalist, for the following statement she made on Facebook regarding this incident with George Chidi and him getting served a Temporary Protective Order initiated by Tom Owens: “Correlation does not mean causation.” (- Benita Dodd, who now works with Georgia Public Policy Foundation)

Meaning, that just because Chidi got served a TPO on Monday…after the time of his publication of the hit-piece on Tom Owens, that does not mean that the publication of the story caused the TPO to be obtained and issued. And, in fact, it did not. The timeline of actual, documented events proves that.

But, before I get to the timeline of events, I wish to offer proof of Tom Owens’ claim that George Chidi did NOT, in fact, identify himself as a journalist, a reporter, or a blogger.

Upon seeing Tom Owens for the first time at the September 18 event at St. Anne’s, Chidi approached Owens and said I know who you are, and I am going to destroy you…” and he said that without identifying himself to be a “reporter” or a “journalist” or a “blogger” with the infamous PeachPundit.Slime blog.

Let me show you folks something. Here is Side 1 of a business card I got from Ariel Hart, Reporter for the AJC back in 2012: http://www.politicalvine.com/dekalb/REAL-AJC-Reporter-1.jpg

Here is Side 2 of that same card: http://www.politicalvine.com/dekalb/REAL-AJC-Reporter-2.jpg

THAT card identifies someone with the media.

Do you want to know what George Chidi provided the Owens’ campaign people with for his “ID” on September 18, 2014? This card: http://www.politicalvine.com/dekalb/GeorgeChidiBC.jpg

His Pine Lake City Council business card. Show me ANY indication on this card that identifies him to BE a “journalist”, a “reporter” or a “blogger.”

Chidi ASSUMED people knew who he was because he ASSUMED he was some great dude in the political blogging world…a world that the real working people in the world ignore because they (believe it or not…I know this will be a shock) have…gasp…other things going on in their lives!

Tom Owens is about 62 years old, has served for 20 some-odd years in the Army, putting-up with ALL kinds of stuff that punk-ass bloggers and reporters for the AJC, et al. have never bothered to do (wouldn’t have the guts TO do), and he had no idea who the “Great (sic) George Chidi” was.

So, Owens had never heard of him, and all he knew of George Chidi inside of 3 minutes was a) Chidi was an asshole, and b) Chidi was a threatening asshole, and c) Chidi was a city councilman of some po-dunk city, and d) Tom Owens did not want ANYTHING to do with Chidi, and he told Chidi to leave him alone.

After telling Chidi to leave him alone, Chidi texted him multiple times, called him on the phone, and addressed him at public events…which all constituted violations of Georgia’s Stalking Statute:

OCGA 16-5-90. Stalking;
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George Chidi is Gonna Need a Bigger Shovel

Bill Simon, October 6th, 2014

Perhaps if George Chidi was not a Progressive-Communist…and, perhaps if George Chidi did not think that paling around with the likes of Milquetoast Sell-outs of the Republican Brand like State Senator Fran Millar (Common-Core Lover), State Rep. Mike Jacobs, State Rep Tom Taylor, Candidate for DeKalb Commission Nancy Jester, Political Consultant Mike Hassinger, Political Consultant Todd Rehm, and Blogger Charlie Harper of PeachPundit.Slime, et al. was such a euphoric experience, perhaps I would not be experiencing such Schadenfreude that I am currently feeling about Chidi’s situation.

BUT…make no mistake…Chidi knowingly and deliberately brought all of what I am presenting to you on himself for failing to either know or understand the concept of demonstrating respect for other people. So, with that in mind, let’s take a Magical Mystery Tour of an applicable section of O.C.G.A. as it now applies to Mr. Chidi:

OCGA 16-5-90. Stalking;

(a)(1) A person commits the offense of stalking when he or she follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person at or about a place or places without the consent of the other person for the purpose of harassing and intimidating the other person. For the purpose of this article, the terms “computer” and “computer network” shall have the same meanings as set out in Code Section 16-9-92; the term “contact” shall mean any communication including without being limited to communication in person, by telephone, by mail, by broadcast, by computer, by computer network, or by any other electronic device; and the place or places that contact by telephone, mail, broadcast, computer, computer network, or any other electronic device is deemed to occur shall be the place or places where such communication is received. For the purpose of this article, the term “place or places” shall include any public or private property occupied by the victim other than the residence of the defendant. For the purposes of this article, the term “harassing and intimidating” means a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes emotional distress by placing such person in reasonable fear for such person’s safety or the safety of a member of his or her immediate family, by establishing a pattern of harassing and intimidating behavior, and which serves no legitimate purpose. This Code section shall not be construed to require that an overt threat of death or bodily injury has been made.

Recall, if you will, in the Vine this morning that I described Chidi’s first encounter with Tom Owens and the words out of his mouth to Owens were: “I am going to destroy you.”

That fits the definition of “harassing and intimidating” Tom Owens. And, when that happened, Owens told Chidi to leave him alone. Chidi did not heed that request to leave Owens alone.

Chidi continued to make contact with Owens. In this section of a blog post George Chidi made this morning at 9:00 AM on the PeachPundit.Slime website on the 2nd page of this PDF (this has been PDF snapshotted because we’re dealing with a criminal matter now, and I’m not going to give Chidi or any PP pal of his any opportunity to change the record), Chidi admits, on the record, that he contacted Owens after that first meeting by both calling him and texting him.

But, he did not just text him once…he texted several times to Owens. Owens never answered him. All this after being told by Owens to “leave me alone” at the St. Andrews Church event on September 18th after George promised Tom Owens that he would “destroy him.”

So, though Chidi is not yet in receipt of this Notice of a Warrant Hearing to be held on October 18, 2014, that application for a Warrant Hearing occurred on Sunday, October 5, 2014 in DeKalb County Magistrate Court. This happened before Chidi made his 5-page post about Tom Owens on PeachPundit.Slime this morning at 9:00 AM. And, the Magistrate Judge advised Owens to go to the DeKalb Superior Court first thing on October 6, 2014 to get a TPO filed against Chidi.

It’s important to understand that the Date and Time of Chidi’s “big” blog hit-piece on Tom Owens is October 6 at 9:00 AM (see this page).

It is important to know and understand that because at approximately 8:00 AM on October 6, Owens was already at the DeKalb Superior Courthouse applying for a Temporary Protective Order against Chidi to prevent him from harassing and intimidating Owens until the hearing on that TPO to be held on October 22nd, 2014.

Now, Chidi is whining on his Facebook page, and his Twitter account and his own blog that, essentially, “I’m a journalist and I am being prevented from doing my job.”

In fact, he has his own blog, and on it, he stated this: “But if this is allowed to stand unchallenged, it sets a precedent that a politician receiving unfavorable press at a sensitive moment can use the power of the court to bar coverage. The word “chilling” doesn’t cover it. It’s outrageous and dangerous and almost certainly unconstitutional.”

Being a “journalist” (IF, indeed, he even IS one…blogging on PeachPundit.Slime is not “journalism”) does not give one a license to harass, intimidate and/or stalk ANYONE.

If you look at the Date-and-Time Stamp of that TPO, on the 4th Page, it says at the very top: “October 6 9:52 AM.”

This TPO had nothing to do with Chidi’s post on PeachPundit.Slime that was published at 9:00 AM on October 6th. Heck, it would take someone the better part of 30 minutes to attempt to digest his voluminous Diarrhea-of-the-Mouth hit piece against Tom Owens before thinking of anything else.

One would think that for a guy like George Chidi, whose very advertised business repertoire is one of “business intelligence,” would have bothered to take the time to truly examine all parts of the TPO before making a snap judgement that the TPO was related to his PeachPundit.Slime post this morning; it wasn’t.

SO…George Chidi can scream about “unconstitutional restraint of the press”…but, this has absolutely nothing to do with “freedom of the press.” Chidi systematically, and repeatedly, engaged in a deliberate pattern of behavior to intimidate, harass, and cow Tom Owens into submission and cause him emotional distress. THAT isn’t an enumerated right in anyone’s version of either the U.S. Constitution OR the Georgia Constitution.

Amanda Swafford

US Senate Candidate for Georgia

The strange case of George Chidi…

Bill Simon, October 6th, 2014

I’m not exactly sure how to explain who George Chidi is…so, I’ll just point to his self-written bio from the blog site PeachPundit.Slime for the “clean version” of him and I will summarize that by telling you this: He is a dyed-in-the-wool Progressive and is exceptional at hiding his true nature from most people.

My first introduction to him was via a 15-hour debate on Facebook about 12-16 months ago where he pretty much told me he thought all wealth should be shared and re-distributed to anyone who needs it, regardless of whether or not they bother to earn it.

He has an odd mind-block on this conversation we had because he continually denies that it happened. I may forget faces at times, I may forget names at times…but, I don’t forget such unique names like “George Chidi,” especially when they are attached to the Progressive/Communist mind of the true George Chidi.

In any case, this discussion is not about me and George Chidi, but about George Chidi and Tom Owens. Because, a couple of weeks back, on September 18th, there was a candidate forum in the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Tucker, Georgia. This meeting was, I believe, the first time Tom Owens had ever met George Chidi.

At this forum, in the “Meet n’ Greet” portion before the forum of the candidates started, Chidi introduced himself to Owens by telling him point-blank “I am going to destroy you.” Yeah. That’s how Chidi introduced himself to Tom Owens. By promising to “destroy him” in this race for DeKalb County Commissioner.

Now, setting aside, for a moment, Chidi’s words, my mind is focused, not on Chidi’s words, but why would a Democrat-Progressive/Communist care anything about this particular DeKalb Commission District (District #1) because it is a solid Republican district.

And, then I got to thinking further. George Chidi blogs on PeachPundit.Slime. Mike Hassinger, a political consultant, also blogs on PeachPundit.Slime. Mike Hassinger supports Wendy Butler, another DeKalb Commissioner candidate in this race.

I would guess Todd Rehm is, again, helping Nancy Jester. (I stopped reading his daily crap…is there a Jester ad in it?) At one time, Todd Rehm blogged on PP.Slime, and likely knows Chidi because, well, quite frankly, Todd Rehm’s political mind is SO ******-up, that I can actually envision those two minds melding together quite well.

So, my guess is that several “Republicans (sic)” have filled Chidi’s mind with all sorts of crap about Tom Owens, and Chidi has volunteered to be the foil against Tom Owens on behalf of his Progressive Republican pals.

Back to Chidi’s promise/threat to Tom Owens to “destroy” him. My advice to Mr. Chidi is to make sure that he digs two political graves, one for Tom, and one for himself. That, or make sure he has a nice, sharp petard to hoist himself onto…

If you are a voter in DeKalb County Commission District 1, take a look at Tom Owens’ Website to get a feel for him (see below). I like Tom a lot because he’s a straight-shooter and highly ethical. And, I am not consulting on his campaign at all…I just like to see good people get into office, and he’s been trying to get better government going in DeKalb for several years.


And…as for George Chidi? Stay tuned… :-)

Nancy Jester Campaign: The Bad, The Ugly, & The Ugliest

Bill Simon, October 6th, 2014

Last Thursday evening (October 2, 2014), there was the weekly “neighborhood get-together” at Brook Run Park in the City of Dunwoody; a public park. This get-together is comprised of several food trucks that show-up at a particular location, and people flock to the park to partake in the food and socialization.

The Nancy Jester Campaign for DeKalb County Commission District 1 showed-up as well, and they pitched a tent (one of those 4-post things, I suspect) and started politicking with the people.

Tom Owens, another candidate for DeKalb County Commission District 1, also showed-up in the vicinity and started politicking as well…in (I’m going to repeat myself a lot here for a reason) a public park. And, he started to engage with a lot of people…thus pulling people away from the Jester tent.

At some point, someone in the Jester Camp called the Dunwoody Police. Because, while Owens was standing on public property, exercising his interpretation of the First Amendment, a Dunwoody cop pulled-up and addressed him specifically (Tom Owens is a very tall, distinctive figure, and stands-out in a crowd, so it was easy for a Jester person to describe him over the phone) and asked him what he was doing. When Owens responded that he was there campaigning, Owens also asked the cop “Am I doing something wrong?”

The cop radioed into Dunwoody Police HQ to tell his boss what Owens was doing, and to ask him “Should I arrest him?” he was flatly told to leave Owens alone because he was not doing anything illegal. Cop drives off.

Now, this is a pattern with the Jester Campaign. It was a pattern during her failed bid for State School Superintendent earlier this year where, on multiple occasions, Jester-supporters (e.g., DeKalb County GOP Chair Linda Smith) would call the cops to try and get Joe Newton and Tom Owens arrested for handing-out fliers at political events regarding Jester’s true record. This is one such story documented earlier this year on the Political Vine Website:


In another, separate incident, Stan Jester, husband of Nancy Jester, was accused of chest-bumping Tom Owens, and there was a probable cause hearing in DeKalb State Court regarding that alleged chest bump. Here is that story, complete with links to audio from the hearing involving Stan Jester (Hint: Part 3, the judge’s 14-minute close, is sheer joy to listen to if you listen to nothing else.)


So, back to Brook Run Park. Cop drives off and Owens remains as does the Jester clan. At some point, someone came over to Tom Owens and told him that Stan Jester was claiming that his wife, Nancy Jester, was the person who filed the ethics complaint against Elaine Boyer.

Well, that’s a really funny thing to say…because, it was actually Tom Owens who had done that shortly after the AJC had published stories in late March of 2014 about all the P-Card abuse by Boyer and her Executive Assistant, Bob Lundsten.

Here is a link to a PDF showing that fact, with a Received Date Stamp of APR 03 2014that it was actually Tom Owens who filed the complaint with the DeKalb Ethics Board.

Now, here’s an idea: Next time ANY Jester claims such a thing, demand to see a copy of that complaint…showing the “Received” stamp from the DeKalb Ethics Board. I don’t think one exists…because, at the time of the exposure of this story earlier this year, Nancy Jester was going 100% on her race for State School Superintendent…when did she have time/energy to file ethics complaints in DeKalb County against any commissioner?

I can safely say that whoever it was in the Jester Campaign that claimed that Nancy Jester was the one who filed ethics complaints against Elaine Boyer (or, ANY DeKalb County Commissioner) is lying when they make that claim.

Now, lying about this type of thing is nothing new for the Nancy Jester campaign. Because, for well over a year, Nancy Jester has been claiming that it was due to her keen eye that exposed all the financial problems with the DeKalb County School Board.

Here’s one such example, from Jester’s campaign announcement in November 2013, where she states (in the Dunwoody Crier article, PDF snapshot here) the following: “I uncovered the malfeasance. SACS used my spreadsheets,” proclaimed Jester…”This demonstrates my commitment to telling the truth.”

Ohhhhhh…REALLY?! How much you wanna bet, Nancy? How much? $1000? $10,000? How about $500,000,000,000?

Because, according to the actual executive director of SACS, contrary to what Nancy Jester claims, she, actually, was a major part of the problem. Here’s the story from WSB-TV where the SACS guy is quoted by the news reporter.

So, contrary to her claim for the past year, she was NOT a “whistle-blower,” but “part of the problem with the DeKalb County School Board.”

Which explains why Nancy Jester, along with every other member of the DeKalb County School Board, was recommended by the Georgia State School Board to be suspended, as this document details: Governor Suspends Every Member of DeKalb School Board.

By the way, do you folks know in what place Nancy Jester came in the May 20th primary election results? She came in 5th place in a field of nine candidates. Apparently, a lot of people did not buy her lies on the campaign trail back then, and they won’t buy them now for this seat.

Nydia Tisdale: More Republican Than David Perdue

Bill Simon, September 29th, 2014

David Perdue

Since August 23rd, there have been several “claims” by several people who were at the Burt’s Pumpkin Farm event that, essentially, run something like this: “Nydia Tisdale is a plant for the liberal media and she set-up that whole scenario to get grabbed by Tony Wooten and arrested.”

Well, that’s quite fascinating for people to proclaim (e.g., Pepper Pettit), but her actual voting record in Georgia since the Year 2000 (that’s as far back as the record went that I could find) goes like this:

2000 General Election: Voted
2002 General Election: Voted
2003 Special Election: Voted
2004 General Election: Voted
2008 Republican Presidential Preference Primary: Voted
2008 General Election: Voted
2010 Republican General Primary: Voted
2010 Republican Primary Runoff: Voted
2010 General Election
2011 Special Election (of some sort): Voted
2012 Republican Presidential Preference Primary: Voted
2012 Republican General Primary: Voted
2012 General Election: Voted

These records can be found in the State of Georgia voting records.

So, Nydia Tisdale has actually voted in more General Republican Primaries than U.S. Senate Candidate David Perdue.

She has also voted in more Georgia Republican Presidential Preference Primaries than David Perdue.

She has never pulled a Democrat ballot, and has voted in at least 5 Republican Primaries. Most of members of the Georgia Republican Party wouldn’t know this because, like most dumbass Republican “party members” in this state, you cannot think for yourself…you follow a herd of morons…and you think roughing-up someone like Tisdale was treated is “okay” as long as she can fit the agenda of being a “left-wing reporter.”

Well, she’s not left-wing in any way. She just doesn’t choose to wear her political preferences on her sleeve.

Here’s a question that needs answering: Why should ANYONE vote Republican when it is clear that the Georgia Republican Party is rotten from its head on down to its tail?

GeorgiaWatchdogs.com to address RICO Hearing concerning AG Sam Olens

PV, September 20th, 2014



Sabrina Smith – 770-572-5888 | SabrinaWorks247@hotmail.com

John Hunter – 770-492-4298 | Info@GeorgiaWatchdogs.com

RICO Lawsuits Against Georgia Attorney General

WHO: Georgia Watchdogs, a diverse group committed to providing a non-partisan resource for Georgia residents who want to learn more about their public officials and government agencies.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: Monday, September 22, 2014, 8:45 AM


DeKalb County Courthouse
556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030-3306

(Decatur, GA) Georgia Watchdogs, a consortium of open government, taxpayer and education advocates, is holding a press conference prior to the hearing in Judge Daniel Coursey’s Dekalb courtroom for one of the RICO lawsuits filed against Georgia’s Attorney General and the Board of Regents. The press conference is scheduled for 8:45 AM, just prior to the hearing that starts at 9:30.

RICO lawsuits have been filed against the Attorney General and Board of Regents alleging criminal behavior. The lawsuits claim the defendants engaged in a pattern of illegal activity under the RICO statute, including acts of evidence tampering, identity theft, identity fraud, false statements to state agencies, perjury, subornation of perjury, mail fraud and wire fraud.

Here is an excerpt from one such case: Benedek-Complaint—FULTON-State-amended-AG-RICO

What was the response of the Attorney General to these criminal allegations? The Attorney General’s court filings do not dispute facts in the complaints but request that the court dismiss the complaints because public employees are immune from civil lawsuits.

The Attorney General’s office lost the Ethics Commission whistleblower lawsuit and was fined $10,000 by a Fulton County Superior Court judge for withholding key evidence in that trial. One of the RICO lawsuits alleges that an Assistant Attorney General, once again, withheld key evidence from a plaintiff’s attorney. Taxpayers are closely watching this lawsuit because of their concern that the behavior in the Ethics Commission whistleblower lawsuit that resulted in a fine to be paid by taxpayers may not be an isolated event at the Attorney General’s office. An Assistant Attorney General is accused in one of the lawsuits of telling witnesses their false statements would be protected by sovereign immunity.

Taxpayers were saddled with a $3 million bill because of retaliation against former Ethics Commission chief, Stacy Kalberman, when she attempted to investigate the finances of the Governor Deal campaign. If wrongdoing is proven in these RICO lawsuits, the taxpayers could, once again, be forced to pay the bill for misdeeds by public officials. With treble damages possible in RICO cases, taxpayers could be looking at another huge payout.

The Attorney General is constitutionally required to investigate public corruption at state agencies. In fact, it was just in March of this year that Attorney General Sam Olens spoke at a State Bar of Georgia’s constitutional symposium about his responsibilities. Unlike their federal counterpart, state attorneys general are elected, yet they must divorce themselves from politics once in office, Olens said.

“At the end of the day, we’re not an elected Republican or an elected Democrat attorney general. We’re the state’s lawyer,” Olens said. “And just as lawyers are sworn to uphold the constitution of their states and their country, we do it again when we’re sworn in as the attorney general for our state, and we spend a lot of effort literally defending the state constitution and the federal constitution.”

However, being put in office by the will of voters gives state attorneys general more independence to deal with separation of powers issues, Olens said. Additionally, the office has the unique ability to oppose its clients, he said.

“In our daily life, we often have clients who come to us, and we have to say, ‘No, really. You have to follow the law,'” Olens said. “And they go, ‘No, no, no. You’re my lawyer.’ And we go, ‘No, no, no. First, you’re going to follow the law, and then we’ll be your lawyer.'”

Olens pointed to the State Bar of Georgia’s adoption of Rule 9.5 decades ago. It states that lawyers who are public officials and represent the government are not prohibited from taking legal positions adverse to the government “when such action is authorized or required by the U.S. Constitution, the Georgia Constitution or the statutes of the United States or Georgia.”

Upholding the constitutions is more important than if the client is happy with you, Olens said.

The Attorney General has admitted he never investigated claims of fraud, collusion, or admitted falsification of budget reports; he never investigated claims of whistleblower retaliation; and he never investigated documentation of evidence tampering, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, perjury, and other criminal activity that sits in University System of Georgia files today.

Georgia Watchdogs is urging all Georgians to closely watch these RICO lawsuits. Allegations of criminal wrongdoing by our Georgia Attorney General could have serious implications for all of Georgia’s taxpayers. The fact that the Attorney General is claiming sovereign immunity for criminal acts should be a wakeup call for every law abiding citizen in the state.


Today's Deep Thought

To us, it might look like just a rag. But to the brave, embattled men of the fort, it was more than that. It was a flag of surrender. And after that, it was torn up and used for shoe-shine rags, so the men would look nice for the surrender.


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