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Meet the ‘Olens-BOR’ Crime Family

Bill Simon, Saturday, December 7th, 2013

INTRODUCTION Have you ever stopped to think why it is that in the State of Georgia, there really isn’t any headline-making mass of “organized crime” taking place? By “organized crime,” I mean the stories you hear about coming out of New York City and Chicago, et al. involving all kinds of crimes, drugs, prostitution, payoffs […]

Cobb County Braves: A Bad Deal For Commuters & Taxpayers

Bill Simon, Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

There’s an analogy that keeps popping-up in my mind with regards to the Cobb County Commission and the Atlanta Braves deal, so bear with me a moment while I appear to go off on a tangent (but trust me, there’s a purpose in this little story). I recall an episode of Seinfeld in which Cosmo […]

City of Cumming claims “We can break the law and you can’t touch us!”

Bill Simon, Monday, July 29th, 2013

Prelude I am reminded of a scene from the movie Lethal Weapon 2 where, towards the end of the movie, one of the evil guys from South Africa and the cop character that Danny Glover played are in a standoff. The evil guy is standing on a platform about 50 feet higher than Glover’s character […]

2014 US Senate Race: By POE, Phil Gingrey Is Hereby Eliminated…

Bill Simon, Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Process of Elimination Fellow Republican political travelers, do you sometimes find yourself at a point of dismay at having to make a choice among multiple candidates for a primary? I must admit, as I grow older, I look for ways to decrease the amount of information and data that I have to go through in […]

The Purpose of The Georgia Republican Party

Bill Simon, Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Since there are a lot of people who are Republican-voters in this state who appear to have very different points of view about what the “Georgia Republican Party” should be about and what it should do for the Republican “cause” in Georgia, I think it is important for everyone, whether you are an old timer, […]

Documentation of the Character of Brian Laurens

PV, Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

[Editor’s Note: the article below is a reprint extracted from a larger article published on this blog on September 8, 2011. The original, full story is available here] The Laurens Effect In this HD 43 race, there were originally 5 candidates who qualified: In alphabetical order, they are: Roy C. Barnes (not the former Governor) […]

Charter Schools and ALEC: The Facts ALEC Doesn’t Want You To Know

Bill Simon, Monday, October 15th, 2012

INTRODUCTION All over Facebook there are people employed and paid under the table to offer arguments to rebut anything anyone says in opposition to their point of view. They put on masks and costumes of just being “regular parents” or long time “conservatives” when, in fact, they are either receiving direct renumeration for their efforts, […]

Georgia Legislators Pack TIA/T-SPLOST Legislation with Dirty, Stinkin’ Rotten Eggs

PV, Friday, August 3rd, 2012

For Immediate Release Media Contact Claire Bartlett 404-384-3256 Transportation Leadership Coalition Calls for Removal of Penalty in TIA / T-SPLOST Penalty for voting “no” potentially adds hundreds of millions of dollars of expense to already cash-strapped local governments’ transportation funding. (August 3, 2012, Roswell, GA) – The voters have spoken and T-SPLOST is defeated. Unfortunately, […]

TSPLOST Myth: “Georgia loses jobs to other states like North Carolina”

PV, Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Last week there was a recorded debate on WABE regarding T-SPLOST (available for your viewing pleasure here). The three panelists were Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown (representing the Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC, an anti-TSPLOST group), Jeff Dickerson (representing the pro-TSPLOST side), and some lady from the ARC (which is also another pro-TSPLOST entity). At approximately […]

Why T-SPLOST is Bad News….

Bill Simon, Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Watch this video for a factual presentation on the true nature of what the Regional T-SPLOST is about….and what it is not about: Get More Facts at: www.TrafficTruth.net

The Law of Bribes to Influence Government Officials

Bill Simon, Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Prologue If you have not heard about the recent case of Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter getting caught trading votes for money, click that link and read up on it. I’m not interested in discussing that case. I’m going to discuss the bribery that goes on in every county commission, in every government office in […]

Memo to MAVEN

PV, Friday, May 11th, 2012

A few overdue “things” we feel the need to address with you: 1) Don’t promise things you cannot (or will not deliver): In a Facebook chat between PV Editor Bill Simon and whoever the person is handling Facebook chat, a conversation ensued around February 24 and February 28th, 2012 whereby the MAVEN-person offered to Simon […]







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