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Sandy Springs: The Barbarians Inside The Gate-Part 1

Bill Simon, July 5th, 2016


If you are a fan of Chinese food, you might be familiar with the little table game played upon reading the fortune contained in a fortune cookie. The ‘game’ is that whatever the fortune says, you add a statement at the end of it that says either “…in your own mind.” or “…in bed.”

In a parallel fashion to the myriad of crap going on in the City of Sandy Springs (“SS”), whatever problem you observe occurring in SS (e.g., if you’re stuck in traffic in SS, if you’re wondering why you are being saddled with what will likely end-up being $300 million in taxpayer debt once the bonds are all paid-off 30 years from now, or if SS government appears to be run like the Obama Administration), here is a way to mentally deal with it: State the problem, and then finish your sentence with “…Because of Mayor Rusty Paul.”

So, to practice here, let’s ask the question of “Why did SS recently have to go thru a voting process run as though it was the year 1960 in Blount County, Alabama?”

Answer: Because of the direct actions of Mayor Rusty Paul.

Another practice question: “Why did the voting process for District 3 Special Election process resemble a 55 year-old election procedure?”

Because….due to the screw-up of Rusty Paul trying to gain more power to stuff the pockets of himself and his clients with more money, he personally caused three major issues with the voting process:

1) On May 24th, voters had to visit TWO different physical locations in order to cast votes–because there was a regular statewide primary scheduled for May 24th, and a Special Election for District 3 of the Sandy Springs City Council…and due to Rusty Paul’s personal cluster*f*ck of governing, the City was unable to have the Special Election integrated within the normal Fulton County Board of Elections process. Not everyone got the message that they had to visit two different places, separated by more than 1 mile, so not everyone voted who would have normally voted in the Special Election.

2) For both the Special Election, and the Special Election Run-off, rather than have electronic accounting of who voted, the City of Sandy Springs had to employ paper tracking sheets for the list of voters. This consisted of a triplicate Voting List form being filled-out by election personnel…some of whom it is clear never learned how to print names, or forgot that skill along the way in life. This is an example of the forms used (names have been deliberately blurred-out by me, but the PDF documents exist with the City Clerk’s office): Run-Off Example.

BIG question for #2 above is how are these voters going to have their appearance at the voting booth be tracked by the Secretary of State’s office since they were written-down and not ‘checked-off’ whereby their ID would be scanned into a system (as it is done when elections are held by counties)? Thank Rusty Paul for that.

3) Rather than electronic voting machines being used, paper, fill-in-the-bubble ballots were used, and then stuffed into a ballot box. In the case of the May 24th election date, it was observed by several people that the ballot box disappeared behind a closed door with multiple City of Sandy Springs personnel with the box. After about an hour or so, the box was carried out from the room it was in, and then the paper ballots were hand-fed into a tabulation machine. What happened to the box of ballots while it was out of sight of people concerned with the honesty of an election?

Also…in the run-off, while the ballot box was at Hammond Park for early voting…what happened to it a) at night with the poll was closed?, and 2) over the weekend and the Monday before the June 21 Election Day?

NOW…as a side note to you folks in the Fulton County Republican Party who have bitched and whined about the appearance of a lack of competence in how the Fulton County Board of Elections run elections…well, after the Rusty-Paul-cluster-f*ck of this Special Election, you folks now have NO ROOM to complain since Rusty is Mr. Republican, and there is a massive shadow of incompetency and dishonesty hanging over this Special Election in Sandy Springs under his watch.

Wendell Willard: Barbarian Henchman

The City of Sandy Springs has a 19-page section of their City Code devoted to Ethics whereby every term is defined well, and what constitutes “conflicts of interests” and all that related stuff. Here is a link to the most current PDF version from the MuniCode website: http://www.politicalvine.com/sandysprings/CodeofEthics-SandySprings6-11-2016.pdf

What I found to be one of the most notable sections is that at any time any member of the city council, or any employee, or whoever might have a question concerning what is “ethical” or what isn’t, that ALL inquires get routed to the City Attorney for his/her review of the city ethics code…and if the city attorney says something is ‘ethical’, then it’s okay to engage in the activity, corrupt though it may be to anyone outside of SS.

Now, as most people know, the City’s Attorney is Wendell Willard, and he has been in that position since the city’s inception.

What a lot of people in Sandy Springs are not likely aware of is that the approximate total cost of $100,000 for the Special Election to replace former city council member Graham McDonald is all due to…Wendell Willard not having a clue as to how to read and interpret the city’s code on behalf of the City.

You see, Mayor Rusty Paul had a plan in mind when he encouraged McDonald to run against House District 52 Rep. Joe Wilkinson. He was going to use McDonald to defeat Wilkinson in the May 24th AND with initial advice from his henchman, Wendell Willard, after McDonald resigned from the city council, Mayor Paul thought he was going to be able to appoint McDonald’s replacement on the Council. (That planned appointment was Chris Burnett, the ultimate winner of the June 21st run-off.)

Silly rabbit, that Rusty Paul is, to rely on Wendell’s reading of the city code. It’s right smack dab in Sec. 2.03. – Vacancy; filling of vacancies; suspensions:

“….A vacancy in the office of mayor or city councilmember shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a special election if such vacancy occurs 12 months or more prior to the expiration of the term of that office. If such vacancy occurs within 12 months of the expiration of the term of that office, the city council or those members remaining shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term. This provision shall also apply to a temporary vacancy created by the suspension from office of the mayor or any city councilmember.”

Now, qualifying for that State House seat was back in early March of 2016…and sometime in the interim between McDonald qualifying for HD 52 and…this March 29th meeting of the City Council, someone else decided to read the City Code…and start counting months and determined “Heyyyy! Where I come from, 20 months is more than 12 months! We gotta have a Special Election to fill this seat!”

And that, Ladies & Gentlemen, is how Sandy Springs came to be spending $100,000+ on a Special Election…because City Attorney Wendell Willard cannot read and do simple math. So, how would Wendell Willard be possibly qualified to read and interpret the city’s Code of Ethics? Answer: Wendell Willard isn’t qualified. At. All. (Neither, apparently, is the assistant City Attorney, Cecil McClendon.)

If Willard was qualified…then he would easily be able to recognize why Mayor Rusty Paul has a MASSIVE conflict of interest between who he works for as a registered lobbyist, and his ‘presumed’ (cough!-cough!) role representing the best (cough!)…interests (cough!-cough!) of the voters and taxpayers of the City of Sandy Springs, rather than his clients. So, let’s introduce…

(Continued in Part 2…)

Sandy Springs: The Barbarians Inside The Gate-Part 2

Bill Simon, July 5th, 2016

Rusty Paul – Barbarian Numero Uno

As I now have to frequent Sandy Springs way more often than usual, I find myself having to be detoured all around the $220+ million money pit that is to become City Center. At the center of this pit is erected a crane. At one time, at the top of the crane, was the name of the crane’s owner/leasee: Holder Construction.

And, hearkening back to my earlier days of being involved in the construction industry in Georgia, combined with what I know about Rusty Paul and his professional representation of the wants and needs of companies like Holder Construction, I must ask a very simple question: DID the City of Sandy Springs actually get the lowest, honestly-bid RFP from Holder (and, whoever else is involved) for this project?

Because, you see, Ladies & Gentlemen, voters, and taxpayers of the City of Sandy Springs, Rusty Paul is the state registered lobbyist of the state association called Associated Builders & Contractors of Georgia (ABC-GA).

Here is Rusty’s lobbyist registration information: http://www.politicalvine.com/sandysprings/RustyPaul-Lobbyist-Info.pdf

The purpose of the entity called Associated Builders & Contractors is to help generate business opportunities for all its members. Nothing illegal or unethical about that.

Except when those “business opportunities” happen to be initiated and guided by…your very own state lobbyist…who is the Mayor of a city like Sandy Springs…well, then it has the potential appearance of resembling…a little something called racketeering. Potential things like…bid-rigging…RFP-rigging…all that comes to mind to wonder how ‘honest’ the government of SS really is when the Mayor of the City is a state lobbyist for the people whose livelihood relies on decisions facing that city?

Now, I know what you’re thinking…is there any official connection between an entity like Holder Construction and Mayor Rusty Paul? Guess it all depends on what you mean by “official” and “connection.” Because…Holder Construction has made multiple, publicly disclosed contributions to the Associated Builders & Contractors entity (here is a link to a PDF of their contributions).

But, for full disclosure, Holder is not the only business involved in the Association that contributed money to its PAC: Here is a live link to many contributors to the PAC.

AGAIN…let me be clear: The ABC-GA entity is legally allowed to participate in the electoral process. Nothing unethical about their PAC having members of its association contribute to it.

The questionable part comes-in with Mayor Rusty Paul pretending he’s just a “Good ‘ole Boy Mayor” shepherding the City of Sandy Springs through its growth phase, when, in fact, he has a direct interest in generating all the business he can generate for the members of the development, banking, and construction industries in his part of the world.

One wonders what Rusty gets paid per month for his work as “lobbyist” for ABC-GA, and how much he gets paid via his various other business entities from companies who are members of ABC-GA, and are beneficiaries of business contracts with the City of Sandy Springs? Seriously, what ELSE would explain Rusty’s welcoming attitude to allow every square inch of Sandy Springs to be developed, rezoned, and redeveloped (and to hell with the traffic people get stuck in)?

Well….by no stretch is Rusty Paul the only Barbarian engaged in Sandy Springs politics and government….there’s another one of recent note. And hereee’s….

(Continued in Part 3)

(Read Part 1)

Sandy Springs: The Barbarians Inside The Gate-Part 3

Bill Simon, July 5th, 2016

Chris Burnett – The Barbarian Banker

Chris Burnett was the top vote-getter in the $100,000 Wendell Willard Special Election held on May 24th, gathering 40% of a field of five contestants to fill the position vacated by Graham McDonald. The 2nd top vote-getter was Joe Houseman. Two of the other candidates quickly endorsed Houseman for the runoff.

Burnett is a community banker who works as the president of the Bank of Sandy Springs. Houseman is a pilot with Delta Air Lines.

So, on Burnett’s Facebook page and Website, he touts all of his “volunteer” work with Sandy Springs over the years. Folks, can we be honest here? The reason why people like Chris Burnett “volunteer” their time is to build their business….their banking business….their community banking business.

It is not for the “good” of their heart to help others. If it had been, he would not have spent 100% of his campaign time touting his “volunteer efforts.” So, any organization to which he’s a member of (e.g., chamber of commerce), that membership is likely paid for out of the bank’s marketing budget, and not his own, personal wallet.

On June 21st, Burnett won the run-off against Joe Houseman. Now, to understand why the latest addition to the city council is a Barbarian Banker, you need to understand who, exactly, Chris Burnett really is…and, who he really works for.

The Bank of Sandy Springs is part of a 3-bank holding company based in Marietta, Georgia.

Taking a line directly from the mother-website of https://www.firstlandmarkonline.com/: “First Landmark Bank is ‘A Family of Community Banks,’ including the Midtown Bank and Bank of Sandy Springs divisions, united to serve the Marietta/Cobb, Midtown Atlanta and Sandy Springs communities and throughout metro Atlanta.”

The holding company that is the umbrella entity above all 3 entities is called Landmarc Bancshares, Inc, based out of Marietta in Cobb County. Here is a link to its Board of Directors.

Note that the Chairman of the Board of LBI is John H. Moore. Moore’s legal specialty is that of real estate and rezoning law.

Now, you folks in Sandy Springs likely are not familiar with this guy. Not yet, anyway. But, chances are, either he or one of his underlings associated with the law firm of Moore Ingram Steele & Johnson, will soon be appearing before the Sandy Springs Planning & Zoning, and City Council, to argue for this or that rezoning.

With a guaranteed vote of one of the members of the SS city council in Chris Burnett for ANY project, Moore has an easy sell to any developer (Yes, John Moore, you are welcome for the free marketing mention of your skills).

And, its for damn certain a knucklehead like Wendell Willard would find no ‘conflict of interest’ for Burnett to sit on the council any time a Moore Ingram et al. rezoning is in front of it, would he?

Additionally, with people like Gabe Sterling and Rusty Paul, there are two additional ‘gimmes’ for any client of MISJ to cram a rezoning down the helpless throats of Sandy Springs’ taxpayers.


In a very odd coincidence, the mentality of Rusty Paul pretty much matches that of Cobb County’s Tim Lee. So, when you read newspaper articles about the two of them ‘negotiating’ on matters like the Braves’ game-day traffic and such…you need to keep this in mind: Neither of them are really looking out for the entities they supposedly represent. They will negotiate for, first, their own personal benefit, and then the public in Sandy Springs or Cobb County will have to be content with whatever scraps are left over.

Well, that’s a wrap of this edition of Sandy Springs: Where The Barbarians Are Already Inside The Gates, but stay tuned for future episodes.

Georgia Primary: Questions to Ponder…

PV, May 22nd, 2016

1) Does the Georgia-registered, Independent Committee called the ‘Georgia Chamber Political Affairs Council, Inc‘, whose chairman is Phillip Wilheit, file anything with the IRS that lists its detailed expenditures?

2) Why does an already established political consulting firm (i.e., The Stoneridge Group, LLC…”SRG”) start a new company in 2014 called Quick Response Communications, LLC in order to do business with the likes of Americans for Prosperity in 2014, and for the aforementioned Georgia Chamber entity mentioned in Question #1? (Why not just do business with these entities under the regular SRG umbrella?)

NOTE: For proof that Quick Response Communications LLC is a connected company to SRG, look at the name of the Organizer on the Articles of Organization on the QRC entity to be Janie Stair. Now, go to this Linked-In page of who Janie Stair is.

Oh, and that address of the QRC entity at 3535 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 520-152, Atlanta, Georgia 30326? Oh, c’mon! It’s just the UPS Store….a drop location for someone to pick-up some checks containing laundered money from somewhere.

3) Why did SRG personnel quickly take-down the online donation page to the 527-group called the Ralston Conservative Leadership Fund, as detailed in the AJC article late last week?

4) Was that RCLF donation page a source of contributions/laundered money to go someplace where…different sets of accounting books are kept, one for the IRS, and one for internal cash kitties where money goes that is not reported on any IRS submission that it was ever paid to an entity like…Quick Response Communications, LLC and/or any other LLC entity yet to be discovered?

5) The RCLF Corporation still owes this year’s Corporate Registration…are they going to renew it or let it lapse, while there is still active business going on with the fund? (Hey, the RCLF has a lawyer answering questions asked by the AJC….he will have to get paid in some way, and it will not be via a defunct corporation)

6) In 2014, a guy by the name of Coach Sam Snider challenged David Ralston in the primary for his HD-7 seat. Snider bought a website domain for that race called CoachSamSnider.com. After Snider lost that election, he let the domain renewal lapse.

The Stoneridge Group’s CEO & Founder, Jason “Jay” Williams, bought that domain right after Snider again qualified for office this year, and SRG has set-up a false website that….disparages Snider. Whether one would classify SRG as a bunch of clever lads, or douche-bags, what Jay is absolutely stupid about is putting his firm’s digital fingerprints on the hit-job….going so far as to use it, apparently, as a marketing toy.

“Stupid” because…in a recent phone conversation Jay had with someone in HD-7, when asked if he would take down the fake Snider campaign website, Jay Williams told this individual that “Hey, it’s my job, it’s what I’m being paid to do.”

Paid by whom, Jay? Because…according to this Excel file of expenditures from David Ralston’s disclosures, SRG does not appear on it as receiving money for Ralston’s 2016 race.

So…who is paying SRG for this fake Website?

7) Last week, a full-page ad was placed in an HD-7 newspaper (not sure which county organ it was) that slams Sam Snider. Weird thing about that ad is that…if you look down at the bottom of the ad, it says “PAID FOR BY CHUCK EFSTRATION FOR HOUSE.” Chuck Efstration’s district is HD-104, way down in Gwinnett County.

Chuck did not create the artwork for this ad, nor did he perform the research to create the artwork for this ad (Chuck runs a law practice in his spare time of screwing over the citizens of Georgia via his elected State House seat)…who did create this ad, and how were they compensated for that research and graphic artwork?

8) At the end of the reporting period dated March 31, 2016, Rep. Efstration reported having about $8,200 in cash on hand. Efstration has NO opponent, either in the Primary or the General.

In order to finance this ad, Efstration appears to have needed to loan his campaign $3000.00. Why would Rep. Efstration have to loan his campaign any money since he had $8200 on-hand at the end of March 31, and no opposition of any kind?

9) Or…was this $3000 he “loaned” to his campaign a laundering operation to hide someone else’s payment for the ad in HD-7?

10) In reviewing state law on the disposal of campaign contributions (OCGA-21-5-33), nowhere does it say that excess campaign contributions can be used to buy ads for candidates in OTHER RACES. Did Rep. Chuck Efstration break state law on the proper use of campaign contributions?

MORE questions to ponder in the future….

Biggest SOB In Cobb County?

Bill Simon, March 21st, 2016


Imagine the following conversation occurring in the female inmate section of the Cobb County Jail…in present time period:

Inmate 1: “So, what are you gals in for?”
Inmate 2: “I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Inmate 3: “I got caught with less than an ounce of weed.”
Inmate 4: “I got arrested for using a credit card that wasn’t mine.”
Inmate 5: “I got caught with an open beer in my car.”
Inmate 6: “I changed lanes improperly.”
Inmate 7: “I got caught shoplifting.”
Inmate 8: “I sent an email to Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee to ask if he wanted to have lunch.”

A GASP! is uttered by all the women within earshot of hearing what Inmate 8 said. “Oh, no, Girl! That’s the worse crime there is on the planet! Those men on the Cobb County Commission are nothing but girly-men…they are afraid of their own shadow!….And those men who are in the Cobb Chamber?…Lordy-lordy! All the stories I hear…yeah, they run around on their wives all the time they say they’re going to some meetin’… Girl, no wonder you got arrested. They are all nothin’ but slimy snakes…and they hate to have to deal with anyone who dares to challenge their authority!”

The Saga of Susan McCoy Continues

I doubt the Marietta Daily Journal will even cover the latest news on Susan McCoy. It could have been covered in this past Saturday’s edition….they had time to put the story together. They chose not to because…if they had, they would have exposed the fact that, at minimum, Tim Lee and Michael Paris are prissy little whining bitches masquerading as adult males. (Since Tim is running for reelection, well, the MDJ can’t upset that apple cart, can they?)

Back in late October of 2015, I issued a Political Vine regarding some things going on with Cobb County resident Susan McCoy. That story can be found here.

At the time of the writing and publication of that issue, I had no idea Susan McCoy was on the verge of being arrested and accused of sending harassing communications to several people in Cobb County. That is what happened though. She was arrested for what appears to be described in the booking reports to be “Harassing communications; venue; separate offenses; impact on free speech.”

Because she had sometimes CCed my email address in her communications to some folks in Cobb, I was aware that she was sending some people some emails. Whether those emails Susan McCoy sent constituted “harassment” in the absolute legal definition of that word, I have no idea, and that will be up to a jury to decide.

What is not fully understood is why Susan McCoy sent those emails. I believe she sent them because she was rather traumatized, mentally, by the fire SOMEONE set on her property, shortly after she made a presentation in front of the Cobb County Commission back in September of 2014 about her opposition to the Braves’ stadium.

That fire, to date, has brought no one forward as a suspect. Someone else besides Susan McCoy set that fire; that has been proven by the video cameras the McCoys installed on their home that captured the fire being started, along with at least one vehicle’s wheels and headlights.

I wonder, if the front yard of Vic Reynolds was set on fire, or Heath Garrett’s front yard set on fire…or Tim Lee’s front yard set on fire…or Chuck Clay’s yard set on fire…or, Sam Olens’ yard set on fire, would there have been a more thorough and active investigation if it were one of their homes that had an act of terror applied against them? One wonders, indeed.

So, Susan McCoy sent some emails to some folks. Any of those folks ever hear of this thing on computer keyboards called a DELETE key? Fascinating invention. Really. You don’t even have to open the email…you just hit that DEL-Key, and whoosh! Email is deleted, and you can get on with the rest of your day, not sweating what was in that email. I have found myself having to use that DEL-key at least 200 times per day to delete email I don’t care to read. (Maybe Timmy Lee and others just…really aren’t up on the new technology stuff too much, could that be?)

After she made bail last Fall and got out in November 2015, Michael Paris, one of the people she is accused of sending harassing emails to, swore-out either a restraining order or a temporary protective order (I don’t know the details of which document it is as of the moment of writing this story) against Susan McCoy to forbid her from being within a certain distance of his home.

Keep in mind that McCoy had never physically accosted or accused Michael Paris in person. All she did was send emails to him…emails that could have been handled with that DEL-key.

So, a TPO forbidding her from being a certain distance away from him is a pretty challenging trick, actually…since Susan McCoy lives with her husband and two young boys in a house on the same street as Michael Paris…7 doors down (or so I’ve been told) from where Paris lives.

The gist of what Michael Paris claimed in the TPO/RO is that…again, I have not seen the exact wording, but apparently it is close to this: “I just don’t feel comfortable driving past that house every day as I go to work and know she could be in there looking at me as I drive by.”

So, after Susan made bail, and spent 3 weeks in a local facility trying to get counseling of some quality, she was forbidden from dealing with her emotional crisis by being around people who loved her via Michael Paris being afwaid of Susan McCoy looking at him as he drove by? Yeah. Real girly-man, at minimum.

When she wanted to visit her children, they had to leave the house and walk outside, up the street to where Susan could legally drive her car and not break the something-foot boundary authorized by Michael Paris’s TPO/RO, and pick her boys up to go somewhere else. And, when she brought them back home, she, again, had to stop at whatever number of feet she had to stay away from poor Michael Paris’s house, let her kids out, and the kids had to walk by themselves home. One of her children turns 13 this week.

SO…after 2-3 months of living that kind of life with not being able to tuck your kids in at night, hugging your husband before you go to sleep, petting your dog…living your life that way…imagine what that might do to you if you’re a mother in a normal state of existence…and then compound it with having to deal with the PTSD that Susan McCoy (I have been told) has been diagnosed with…how intact would your mental faculties be in?

Susan McCoy is experiencing serious mental distress as a result of that fire set to her yard in 2014. Now, does that mental distress justify her sending a bunch of emails to people? No, but it may go a long way to explain them. A really long way. She may not consciously be aware of the repeating obsessive behavior she is engaging in, and therefore, not intentionally engaging in it. (In order to be intentionally doing something, you have to be consciously aware of what you are doing. Tiny little legal fact, but true.)

So…a few weeks ago…in her state of mind of not understanding right and wrong…not really being conscious of what she did wrong originally…and Susan being still obsessed with who was responsible for setting the fire to her yard (and who was walking around free and clear today, having friends cover-up for his/her crime)…well, she sent an email to Tim Lee, asking him to meet her for lunch.

Tim did not write her back, apparently. Don’t know if that email was sent to Tim’s county email address, or his personal email address (and, yeah, it actually might matter, in a legal sense.). Nothing happened after that email until…this past Thursday, March 17th, when Susan was called into Cobb County Magistrate Court.

She went-in, accompanied by her lawyer, and she was looking forward to talking to the judge and showing her that she had a plane ticket to Arizona that had her leaving the next day to visit an intensive mental facility that could have, perhaps, helped heal herself, and get her mind back to functioning without distress.

Chief Magistrate Judge Yvette Holmes didn’t really care about that plane ticket. Instead, she brought-up the email that Susan McCoy sent to Tim Lee a few weeks ago (and, since I was not there, I do not know the entire series of events, nor do I know who else may have been there besides Tim Lee), and sending that email constituted “aggravated stalking”, and Susan McCoy was arrested again on March 17th, with no bail allowed, and now she sits in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, still not consciously, mentally able to digest her state in life.

All because…Ladies & Gentlemen…we have, in this county, a race between Tim Lee, Michael Paris, and Sam Olens, on who can be the biggest SOB in this county. My money is on Michael Paris, but Timmy Lee is only a mule hair’s breadth behind Paris in that race.

So, Susan McCoy sits in jail, on Cobb County taxpayer dimes, when she could be out in Arizona, getting treatment for her mental condition so she could understand what she has done wrong…and instead, the Cobb County Mafia would rather light-up cigars, rub elbows with the Braves’ folks, and think that they are the coolest thing since sliced bread.

The Georgia Gestapo In Action

PV, March 16th, 2016

Georgia: Ground Zero for The Rise of The Police State

Rumors have it that if you engage in an activity of pointing out the truth about someone who is an elected member of the State Legislature, the elected politician will, if he/she is crooked enough, contact his favorite state law enforcement agency of choice…and get that agency to send actual police goons (“LEOs” = Law Enforcement Officers) to your door to threaten you with arrest if you continue to engage in such activities.

What Activity? Handing out this printed flyer in HD 116

Who is the Corrupt State Legislator? State Rep. Terry England (R-116)

What Georgia law enforcement agency was involved in political intimidation? The Georgia State Patrol (aka GeStaPo)

What the hell is going on? Good question, and this is the story: About 11:00 AM on Friday March 11, two armed officers of the Georgia State Patrol knocked on the door of the head of Refugee Resettlement Relief, based in Georgia. One identified himself to be a highway patrolman who worked for the “Colonel of the State Patrol”, and the other man identified himself to be an investigator with the GSP.

The LEOs proceeded to tell the man that (this is close to the exact quote by the LEOs): “We investigate campaign financing and handle Capitol security—part of that job is protecting elected officials. Someone is going around the district of State Rep. Terry England and handing out this flyer. Is this yours?”

To which the man with Refugee Resettlement Relief responded “Yes, that is mine and that is what I am handing out.”

The two LEOs proceeded to tell the man that his language on the flyer was…let’s get as close to the exact quote as possible here…“offensive and dangerous.”

Dangerous, according to the LEOs, because of the fact that the flyer had Terry England’s district address on it, AND the flyer invited people that if they were upset with the information on the flyer, they should go knock on his door and tell him what they thought of him as their State Rep. This is the language the two LEOs of the Georgia State Police stated were “offensive and dangerous:”

“Call Terry England and tell him to stop throwing your money away. State Capitol office 404-463-2247 Auburn office 770-867-1601. Home at 770-867-8096, or better still, go see him at 1060 Old Hog Mountain Rd. Auburn, Ga. 30011 and tell him what you think of him.”

The two LEOs told the man to either stop handing out the flyer, or to remove that last line, or they would arrest him if he continued to hand it out with that address on it.

As an aside, the address in question of England’s has a business sign outside of it advertising his company called Pete’s Enterprises, a business engaged in “Antique Farm Equipment Restoration/Consulting Services/Farming.

…so, he actually has a business of some sort where he engages with the public via the address at 1060 Old Hog Mountain Road.

NOW…let’s take a bit of a pause as we all revisit now the original language of HB 370 that passed the State House that the Vine and other grassroots activists were concerned with earlier this session. Some of you might recall this edition of the PV when we first informed you of it.

In the original version of the bill that 166 members of the House voted to pass, there was wording in there that required anyone who was communicating in an election by distributing “Printed materials that exceed 1,000 copies” had to register themselves as a campaign committee and disclose their financing.

David Ralston is on record as claiming he believes all the “dark money” should be revealed and people should not be able to engage in anonymous, free speech.

Well…this incident last Friday morning reveals the true purpose of Ralston’s intent with the original HB 370: Speaker Ralston and the 6 co-sponsors of HB 370 (Terry England, Barry Fleming, David Wilkerson, Virgil Fludd, Alan Powell, and Jay Powell)…and every House Member who voted in favor of HB 370 intend, at some point, to use that information, not to “expose dark money sources” BUT to be able to tap their pals in ANY law enforcement agency they want to to send LEOs to harass, intimidate, and potentially falsely arrest and worse.

NOW we bring-in to the discussion the contents and true intent of HB 941. The intent is clearer now than ever before. It is not, as Rich Golick flippantly claimed in the House Committee meeting back on February 18, 2016 that “We can’t worry about the unintended consequences of this bill.”

Right, Rich. You’re not going to “worry” about the “unintended consequences” of LEOs knocking on the doors of political enemies and engaging in harassment, intimidation, and potential use of deadly force while the LEO is carrying out a “campaign disclosure check” and kills some member of the Legislature’s political opponent because that is exactly what you and Pak and Atwood and Abrams intended to have happen to start with!

Terry England acted too far ahead to spill the beans on the planned combination of HB 370 and HB 941…England thought HB 370 had passed and been signed into law so he told his pal(s) at the Georgia State Patrol that they could claim they were on a “campaign disclosure check” when they knocked on the grassroots activist’s door to tell him his flyer contained “dangerous and offensive language.”

How much do you want to bet that Terry England was hoping that the LEOs would find some reason to engage in deadly force against his political enemy and just kill him, and the LEOs would then be protected by DA Danny Porter?

The intent of HB 941 is to make Georgia a total “killing field” for LEOs to kill anyone they f*cking want to OR at the behest of any Elected Official to use against their political enemies…and the LEOs will all be protected by their allies at P.A.C., as well as by the legislation in HB 941 to restrict the natural constitutional powers of the Grand Jury.

By the way, this is a basic definition of a Police State:

“Police state is a term denoting a government that exercises power arbitrarily through the power of the police force…The inhabitants of a police state may experience restrictions on their mobility, or on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state.”

Golly….how many times have we said that HB 941 is against the Georgia Constitution…and granting LEOs the privileges contained in HB 941 would, essentially, create a “secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state”?

This is no longer a hypothetical situation regarding elected officials abusing their position by employing their “secret police pals” to violate someone’s Constitutional Rights. Terry England has engaged and proven his true, authoritarian belief that HE is God and anyone who dare oppose him shall have the secret police sent after them to shut them up.

Clearly, there are laws being broken by the Georgia State Patrol to dispatch two armed officers to the home of a political activist. This cannot be adequately investigated by ANY Georgia-based agency (way too much corruption at the top). The FBI should initiate an investigation at the collusion and collaboration of Rep Terry England and whoever is involved in the chain of command at the Georgia State Patrol to approve of the sending of armed LEOs to harass and intimidate a political adversary.

OH…the status of HB 370 is unknown at the moment. The offending section dealing with disclosing a person’s expenditures if they are engaging in electioneering has been struck from the bill, and the bill was passed by the State Senate. However, because it has changed, it may have to go thru a Conference Committee on or near Sine Die.

PV’s advice to the Senators on that committee is to ensure the rat-finks in the House are not allowed to put that stupid language back in at all…or else, more of the state’s citizens will likely have more incidents of LEOs knocking on their door at the behest of stupid, crooked elected members of the Legislature like Terry England.

Payola: The Name of the Game for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

PV, February 26th, 2016

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

Rumors have it that someone (or several “someones”) in the inner circle of the Governor’s Office has received some kind of payola to get the Governor to do whatever he could to prevent the key element of HB 722 from being signed into law this year in order to give a certain company time to put financial resources together so they will be ready in the 2017-2018 timeframe to become the sole provider of medical marijuana oil via in-state cultivation in Georgia.

That “key element” is the permission for in-state cultivation of the hemp plant to allow the production of the cannabis oil that patients need now.

The emphasis on “this year” has to do with the fact that when the finances for building the infrastructure here in Georgia get in place for a certain company, this cultivation legislation will pass in 2017 or 2018 at the latestbefore Governor Deal leaves office.

PV Provides Background Info: Frankly, Folks, some things are just hidden in plain sight. Let us introduce you to a company started in Atlanta in 2014: Surterra Holdings. As per this story in November of 2014 in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, “Surterra Holdings Inc. is focused on the legalization of cannabis-based medicines and plans to help create a business infrastructure which will allow the production, distribution and sale of medical marijuana products in Georgia.”

This is the company Website: http://www.surterra.com/

This company already has a bevy of lobbyists to help make the introductions all around to the Governor and schmooze-up anyone and everyone. Their lead lobbyist is Brad Alexander of McGuire Woods Consulting, and he has established a very good relationship with the Governor via campaign contributions.

Surterra has already made a tiny offering to the Georgia House Republican Trust in the amount of $5,000 on 12/17/2015, undoubtedly to make sure House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee Chair Rich Golick got the word that a token was going to be paid for this session, but much, much more will come to the House Trust account, and likely, Golick’s own campaign coffers after the session…so its okay if he works it hard in committee to act as much of an SOB as he can do to fight against Allen Peake and his legislation in this session.

Surterra has a business plan that includes Georgia, but it is not this year. As explained in this St. Pete, Florida newspaper article, Surterra was chosen late last year to be “…one of the five organizations that can cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis. In January [2016], Surterra requested authorization from the Department of Health to begin cultivating medical marijuana.”

As mentioned in that St Pete article, Surterra “…now has 210 days to make the products available to patients.” Producing product and manufacturing is a labor and capital-intensive process, so capital to build another plant in Georgia in 2016 is not viable for Surterra. So, Surterra has to make sure Georgia does not pass cultivation legislation this session because they would miss-out on the monopoly, or near-monopoly, of being able to provide cannabis-oil based therapeutic medicine to Georgians in-state.

So, you might ask “Where is the connection to the Governor’s Office or his people?” Surterra has made only two contributions in Georgia since its formation, the $5000 to the House Republican Trust, and $500 to Senator Butch Miller.

The connection to the Governor’s people can be derived from the information relayed in this video by Dale Jackson, a political activist who has been working with many other parents to help educate people in the Gold Dome about Peake’s bill, and the importance of allowing in-state cultivation.

Jackson has a child with autism that he wants to get the cannabis medicine for. He has done several videos to let people know what’s going on in the process, but this latest one is the most powerful in what it reveals about the kind of person Governor Deal really is, and what/who must be influencing him to do what he is doing to HB 722, and what he is doing to the families who cannot get the medicine their children desperately need this year, as soon as possible.

It is a short 2 minutes, 47 seconds…but the information it delivers is mind-blowing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXnLOpikNKE&feature=youtu.be

Mind-blown fact #1: The Governor said that “next on the chopping block will be autism”…this after he already cut-out PTSD (like what our veterans experience) and intractable pain as one of the maladies that could be treated with the cannabis oil?

Apparently the Governor thinks that since children with autism are just weird and not deserving of any semblance of a normal life, he decided to send a signal to people like Dale Jackson that, as far as HE, Nathan Deal, was concerned, those autistic children don’t have a right to a better, healthier life, so…he will figuratively chop their heads off by removing autism from the list of acceptable illnesses that the cannabis oil can treat.

Soooo…the Governor has visions of laying Dale Jackson’s son out on a block of wood and chopping his son’s head off. That is the mind of one sick psychopath, and yeah, that is the kind of person this state has as Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal.

Mind-blown fact #2: The Governor has either added language (or offered to add) that will give “immunity” to any manufacturer who is outside the state (In Colorado or California, etc.) and who ships the oil into Georgia. HUH??!

Here is a link to the map of the contiguous United States of America, Governor: http://www.yellowmaps.com/maps/img/US/blank-base/usstates1c.jpg

Note that between Colorado and Georgia, there are a minimum of 4 states between them. Does Nathan Deal have the power to order any of those states to let shipping companies go thru those states unmolested while they are carrying the medicine? Does Nathan Deal have the power to tell the federal government to ignore the transportation of the cannabis medicine while it is being transported either via the roads, rails, or air traffic? No, no, no, and no.

Though the Governor is clearly a psychopath, is he also this stupid? The answer is no. He’s not stupid, but he’s coming up with stupid ways to kill the in-state cultivation AND, at the same time, he and his crew are trying to figure out how they can oppose the in-state cultivation this year, but allow it to pass in either 2017 or 2018 for the payola his inner-circle friends will receive…and make their “logic” (sic) line-up with their current stall of this legislation for this year to help Surterra Holdings in the next two years gain a prime spot for in-state cultivation.

Folks, if he gets away with it this year, but allows the in-state cultivation it within two years, he will offer the reasoning “Well, I thought about it a long time, and I decided I was wrong, and blah-blah-blah…”

Meanwhile, children like Dale Jackson’s and plenty of other sick children, who could have been helped by a quicker delivery of in-state cultivated cannabis oil, will continue to suffer longer whilst the Governor’s friends and family wait patiently for their payoff via payola in some form for the Governor delaying this.

It has absolutely nothing to do with the objections raised from the Georgia Baptist Convention…behind closed doors, a psychopath like Governor Deal laughs at the GBC and their charade because he uses the same charade of being a person of deep faith while working on making state government bigger and bigger, taxing Georgians more than any Democratic governor before him ever accomplished, and destroying individual liberties.

It also has absolutely nothing to do with the objections raised by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association or any other police organization. In fact, as a side discussion, anyone ever wonder why Georgia has become one of the top states for child-sex-trafficking?

It is because our state’s various law enforcement organizations would rather spend their limited time and resources chasing people using marijuana and eagerly seeking-out opportunities to steal private property via asset forfeiture than spend the time uncovering human and child-trafficking rings.

Busting a child-sex-trafficking ring offers no assets or cash for police departments to confiscate, so, they’d rather ignore that law breakage and focus on the “fun” police work of stealing money via asset “forfeiture.” You could draw a chart that shows the rate of increase in child-sex-trafficking incidents occurring in Georgia parallels the increase in the rates of cops spending time on other, more departmental “lucrative” operations that generate revenue for themselves and their county/city jurisdictions (i.e., ticket writing, busting people for recreational use of marijuana, meth, etc.).


If you have a child who has one of the diseases listed in HB 722 that can possibly be helped by the cannabis oil this state has already approved of, OR you know of a child who could be helped (because nothing else exists to help heal them), OR you are just fed-up with a selfish, dirty-dealing Governor who does not make ANY deals in this state unless he and/or his pals get a payoff in some way from it, it’s time to hit the phones, and not only contact the Governor’s Office and express your support of HB 722 with in-state cultivation this year (2016), but you should also call your own legislators (both senate and house) to express your disgust with them failing to stand-up for their constituents.

Crossover Day is this Monday. This is the cut-off date for legislation to be passed in either house and cross-over to the other house for consideration. It is important to make your calls today, Friday, to the Governor and your legislators to express your opinion on this bill.

This is the Governor’s Office phone contact info (be nice to the person who answers the phone) to express your demand that he put in-state cultivation back into HB 722 this year:

Phone: 404-656-1776
Fax: 404-657-7332

Here is an online link to the Georgia State House members (and their office phone numbers, along with their assistant’s name….be nice to the assistants…it’s not their fault who they work for…)

Here is an online link to the Georgia State Senate members (and their office phone numbers, along with their assistant’s name….be nice to the assistants…it’s not their fault who they work for…)

P.S. Just discovered something rather laughable about this current Governor. This is a link to the Governor’s government web page…and this is what is described at the top as to his duties: “The governor is the chief executive of the state and oversees the executive branch. He or she is the chief law enforcement officer and the commander-in-chief of the state’s military forces….The governor shall “take care that the laws are faithfully executed and shall be the conservator of the peace” in the state. This power to enforce laws is almost identical to that of the president of the United States. He or she has the power to veto legislation, although the Georgia General Assembly can override a gubernatorial veto with a two-thirds majority in each chamber.”

The Governor’s role is spelled-out in the Georgia Constitution that he is to “execute laws”, NOT make them. He has no business meddling in HB 722. What he is doing is neutering your representation via your State Rep or your State Senator…and, essentially, he is ruling as a dictator would. Don’t let him take your rights away, not this time, not ever.

Pound the Governor’s phone with your calls. Fax him your opinion. Melt his office lines. Pound your legislator’s office phones too. No primary on Tuesday is more important than what happens in this state. Spread the word.

P.S.S. If the Governor DOES fight in-state cultivation this year, but allows it in 2017 or 2018 before he leaves office…then that will help give the FBI probable cause that what PV is claiming is happening with payola and the Governor’s Office today is enough probable cause to investigate all parties in this story (in 2017-2018 timeframe), from the Governor, to Surterra, the Rich Golick to the lobbyists, to the Governor’s Chief of Staff and other inner-circle people.

Why Does Georgia Remain At The TOP For Corruption?

Bill Simon, February 9th, 2016

Is Three Times Going To Magically Be The Charm for Georgia Opponents of Free Speech?

Now we know why kids today tend to be rather disobedient of laws and established rules of an orderly society: Because Georgia’s state legislators continue to demonstrate how utterly clueless they are on the simple concepts of Free Speech (as protected by the US Constitution and subsequent SCOTUS decisions), and clueless on what our Georgia Constitution means when it says in Article I, Section I, Paragraph X that “No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, retroactive law, or laws impairing the obligation of contract or making irrevocable grant of special privileges or immunities shall be passed.”

History Lesson 101: On May 17, 2011, Governor Deal vetoes SB 163, dealing with Campaign Communications, in which the Legislature attempted to make it a requirement that anyone engaging in any kind of political free speech had to disclose who paid for the communications if they spent over $500, along with some other requirements.

History Lesson 201: In the 2015 Legislative Session, clueless legislators again write a bill numbered SB-127 attempting to regulate political free speech, as well as violate the Ga Constitution on passing a retroactive law that cancels-out previous fines and violations of state ethics laws…and that bill goes thru a few more gyrations until it died last year in a Senate conference committee on Sine Die.

Present Day Lesson: State Reps Barry Fleming, David Wilkerson, Virgil Fludd, Terry England, Alan Powell, and Jay Powell are sponsoring HB-370, a re-formulated SB-127 that has two simple sections: Section 1 that attempts to regulate political free speech (that was vetoed back in 2011 by Governor Deal), as well as violate SCOTUS decisions like the 1994 Decision on McIntyre v Ohio Elections Commission, and Section 2 that seeks to retroactively allow for political officials who, between the dates of January 1, 2010 and January 10, 2014, were accused of violating state ethics laws on campaign disclosures, as well as paid the fines in cases they agreed to pay fines, to write a letter to the state ethics commission and have their records purged, AS WELL AS have their money that they paid for fines refunded back to them at their request.

In short, HB-370 can alternatively be called the “Governor Deal Ethics’ Record Nullification and Ethics’ Fine Refund Act”. This law, if passed, would also apply to any other elected official who was remiss in following state ethics laws, and paying fines between the dates of 1/1/2010 and 1/10/2014. But, this section was clearly written to benefit only Nathan Deal to nullify his ethics issues and ethics fines he’s paid.

AND…would you like to know how I know this Section 2 is related directly to Governor Deal, and only Governor Deal? Because on Line 96 of this year’s HB-370, the following is written: “(g) This Code section shall be repealed by operation of law on January 31, 2019.”

Now, why would Section 2 expire then? Because Deal will have completed his term thru some date in January 2018 (the day his predecessor gets sworn-in), and January 31, 2019 is an end-date for when campaign disclosures thru December 31st of the previous year are due.

HB-370 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ethics Committee in Room CLOB 307 on Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00PM. Will there be a majority of state senators who are stupid and crooked enough to pass this bill out of committee…a bill that specifically violates free speech decisions, as well as the Georgia Constitution that prohibits retroactive/ex-post facto laws?

We’ll know within approximately 21 hours…

P.S. That McIntyre v Ohio Elections Commission SCOTUS decision has a fascinating feature on this website (if you go to the page and click the links in the lower-left portion of the page); it has the audio of the 7-2 majority’s decision, as well as audios of the concurring decisions by Clarence Thomas and Justice Ginsberg.

BUT…maybe UGA-educated Georgia legislators like Barry Fleming, Alan Powell, et al. are so much smarter about the case law than SCOTUS is. If so, it sure is a mystery why, in the 200 some-odd history of the UGA law school, that no UGA law school graduate has ever been nominated to sit on SCOTUSvery, very, very puzzling, indeed. Note: No, I am not saying Alan Powell is a lawyer…Barry Fleming is, though, as is David Ralston. Both are UGA-“educated” (sic) lawyers.

P.S.S. Hey, here’s a helluva idea, Barry Fleming! Will you write a law that allows people who have been given a speeding ticket and paid a fine, and/or been given a DUI ticket and paid a fine and had points assessed against their insurance record, between these same dates of 1/1/2010 and 1/10/2014, be given the chance to write a letter to the particular jurisdiction to request their record be wiped-out, and refund their fine money?

I’m sure Alan Powell will go for this as your co-sponsor, Barry…you know, he cannot write any bill on his own…I’m not even sure he can read…but I know he can talk a good bullsh*t game as he gets his talking points straight from the Governor’s Office….will someone in the State House please read this issue of Political Vine to Alan Powell?

A Jewish Boycott? Go For It!

PV, December 17th, 2015

[This article is not originally written by the PoliticalVine.com…but, if you find errors, let us know!]

Iran’s Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.

In response, a Jewish pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:

“Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.

“A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.

Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.

If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.

Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.

Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.

Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the Schick” reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.

“Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.

They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.

“Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.

Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.

“In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott.”
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Georgia GOP: Half-Assed Leadership Leads to Complete Crap

Bill Simon, December 10th, 2015

Have you SEEN the email today from Ga GOP Foundation Chair Jack Kingston? Here is a copy.

Note that Jack lists as his first bulleted accomplishment that “We’ve grown from 8 members to 78 members [emphasis added], which includes more than 30 who have given far more than the requested amount.”

Kudos to Jack Kingston for being able to con money out of poor saps to give money to the Ga GOP in order to keep paying for political consultants to piss money away.*

The Foundation likely had 500+ members when Sue Everhart left in May 2013. And, as of 4 months ago (before Kingston took over), it had been reduced to 8 members. Eight individual members.

Well, kudos, also, to the absolutely WORTHLESS job Chairman John Padgett (and his crew) have done in proactively managing the state party. What an incompetent POS of a chairman to not raise any money, and to drive down membership to 8…Foundation…members before recruiting Jack Kingston to help save his complete and utter failure of “leadership” of the State GOP.

* And what stellar political consulting there is for the State GOP. Here’s an example: This is a snapshot of the Ga GOP Website. (you could also go to GAGOP.org, but I’m concerned Stoneridge would switch it out pretty fast to cover-up their “clever design”). Notice how warm and fuzzy it is with “Choose Freedom” (that allows Padgett the freedom to screw you contributors out of your donation money to pay Stoneridge close to $100,000 for a Website design) and other dull stuff to promote Georgia elected leaders.

THEN..in comparison, go look at the Florida GOP Website (http://www.florida.gop/). Notice what they are focused on? Defeating Hillary. I’ll bet you they are generating lots of good cash donations by focusing on THAT issue, rather than the fluffy crappola that the experts at Stoneridge think is important for the Georgia GOP.

Also…notice the Florida.GOP website domain. They are promoting the GOP….they are marketers. How long has the top-level domain “.GOP” been available? About a year-and-a-half, according to this WSJ article.

How much would it have cost the Georgia GOP to get that subdomain? $39 bucks a year? How much cooler and sleeker would the Ga GOP Website be if they built a site on Georgia.GOP and forwarded the GaGOP.org site to it (so no one would have to spend a lot of money reprinting stuff with the new website name on it)?

I refer to those 70 folks who agreed to donate money at Jack Kingston’s asking “poor saps,”…NOT because they are “poor” but because they are saps. They have been conned into contributing money that will just be a pass-through to pay for half-assed leadership, half-assed party management, half-assed party-building efforts…vendor kickbacks to the GA GOP personnel…half-assed Website consulting (expensive as hell, but not even worth 5.0% of the cost John Padgett agrees to hand over to a firm that, frankly, appears to be focused on mediocre Web 2.0 work product, but charging Cadillac prices.)

BUT…yeahhhh…Alex Johnson was so unqualified...while John Padgett had 8 members at the Foundation after 26 months of his “leadership.”

If I could only remember the names of those 4-5 people who signed a letter stating that Alex Johnson was, essentially, unqualified, while John Padgett was SO MUCH MORE qualified….I just…can’t recall who those people were….mental block here…it’ll come to me soon, I’m sure…

Statement from Donald Trump’s Georgia Co-Chair State Senator Michael Williams

PV, December 9th, 2015

Statement from Donald Trump’s Georgia Co-Chair, State Senator Michael Williams on Trump’s Temporary Moratorium of Muslim Immigration

December 8, 2015 – “Donald Trump’s call for a temporary moratorium of Muslim immigration into the U.S. has caused an international stir within the media. Many of the reports paint a false narrative and ignore the problem this proposal attempts to remedy.

“Trump’s call for a temporary ban is due to serious security concerns. The recent acts of radical Islamic terrorism in Paris and now San Bernardino California make it obvious something must be done to protect our homeland from growing threats.

“Until a solution is found, a temporary ban would diminish the chance that radicalized Muslims who wish us harm enter our country. In the past week, it was revealed that Homeland Security failed to conduct a proper background check on the murderous female terrorist behind the San Bernardino attack. False entries on her application went unnoticed by government screeners. Our government is clearly unable to properly screen immigrants from these nations. This is not a call to end all future Muslim immigration. This is a call for strict immigration enforcement during a time of war to protect the people of America.

“Pew Research revealed that 7% of U.S. Muslims believe that suicide bombings are “sometimes” justified. That is nearly one out of ten adult Muslims in the United States. The study also reports that only 28% of Pakistani Muslims disapproved of ISIS. How can we possibly screen immigrants from a nation where the vast majority support terrorist groups? In Nigeria, 20% of Muslims stated that they were in-favor of ISIS. These numbers should be frightening to anyone. We cannot put our nation at further risk to appease the politically correct.

“Those who claim this unconstitutional overlook an important factor. Who does the U.S. Constitution protect? Last I checked, these rights were reserved for citizens of the United States, not foreign nations.”


M. Seth Weathers
(678) 687-8189


Refugee Resettlement: Time To Sue The Feds

Bill Simon, November 17th, 2015


At noon yesterday (Monday, November 16), State Senate District 40 Candidate Paul Maner emailed a letter (as well as mailed via the USPS a letter) to Governor Deal, expressing his concern on the resettlement of, not only Syrian refugees, but any other in the refugee resettlement process taking place in Georgia.

Coincidentally, sometime on Monday afternoon, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an Executive Order instructing all Georgia agencies to halt the processing of resettling any Syrian refugees until such time that Congress approved of the process that the Obama Administration was planning on employing to process 100,000 of them over the next two years.

It was either a coincidence of conservative minds thinking alike, or perhaps Mr. Maner’s letter did give the Governor the impetus to get on the stick to issue that EO about preventing potential Syrian terrorists from landing on Georgia soil under the auspice of being “refugees.”

Whatever the case, you can be sure of this: The people of Senate District 40 would NEVER see anything of the sort come out of the mouth of sitting State Senator Fran Millar. According to Millar, there is nothing neither he, the Legislature, nor the Georgia Governor can do except vote to keep accepting federal dollars that contribute, perhaps, only about 50% of the true dollar amount it costs to resettle refugees for the 8 months the federal law stipulates, and then they all become a burden on state, city, and county dollars.

Frankly, the mindset of idiots like Fran Millar (and others, like Senator Renee Unterman, et al., whose very livelihood is based on income derived from her employer as a result of those refugee resettlement programs) is what is costing Georgia a lot of forward progress. Long-time incumbents who would rather sit on their ass and just vote along with the rest of the liberals in our legislature, rather than consider what is best for Georgians, are a real big hindrance to excelling in anything but remaining near the bottom in education, as well as still sucking in ethics (don’t go celebrating the big ‘promotion’ to 24th in the nation because the facts make a difference in the actual results).


Just like the concept of a government taking private property without due compensation to the owner under the auspice of “eminent domain,” when it comes to the federal agencies forcing local governments to absorb demands on their infrastructure via the importation of a bunch of refugees from other countries, more money should be paid by the federal government to the states and local communities who have to take the load on the existing infrastructure.

According to this article on ThinkProgress.com, the various states MUST accept the refugees, no arguments allowed. Within this article, they point out the 1997 Scotus decision on the Brady Bill as “evidence” that the feds can direct and force state personnel to carryout laws Congress passed.

A state’s LEO (“law enforcement organization/officers”) personnel carrying-out another legal process to verify a background on a potential gun-owner is hardly the same activity as…sayyy…a population of X-number of people getting 2-10 times the net population gain they would normally get over a year, get it all in within a few months or so.

However…in any population of “X” size, there are certain fixed resources that cannot all of a sudden deploy and expand to handle the influx of a bunch of people all at once (without creating backlogs). The National Fire Protection Association has guidelines on how many fire trucks and locations of fire stations there should be for every X-number of population. You dump 1000 more people in an area within 3 months where you expected a growth of maybe 500 over a year…and all of a sudden, everyone’s property and life is in jeopardy because there isn’t enough pubic safety resources in place to handle the sudden influx of new people, and subsequent demand on resources (yes, I know…I knowstupid liberals like Fran Millar and Renee Unterman think local taxpayer resources are infinite and the laws of supply and demand don’t need to be considered in government decisions).

I would imagine that there are similar guidelines for regular LEOs as well. If the City of Brookhaven has 52,000 people, and a police department of whatever size it is currently, if more people move into the area faster than the natural growth of the city (“natural growth” being net of new people moving in who are not refugees from another country, minus people moving out, minus people dying, plus people being born), then that unnatural growth puts a sudden strain on the law enforcement demands, judicial courts, and on the public safety of all concerned.

Not just public safety, but also other resources (water, roads, sewer, cellphone towers, etc.) cannot all of a sudden be ramped-up to accommodate more folks in the blink of an eye. Safety factors only work for a little while…you keep adding to the load and whatever safety factor was designed into the system to last 20 years becomes obliterated when you place more load on the system, earlier than anticipated. Things have a tendency to collapse when too high of a load gets put on them, whether it be people or government infrastructure.

The county of DeKalb is in the same boat because as refugees come to either Clarkston (as Maner’s letter describes) or wherever in DeKalb, that county has to also increase its government investment in LE, fire safety, government workers, etc….that money to accomplish all that DOES NOT come from the federal government to be reimbursed to handle the load of new people on existing resources.

Also, the burden of these new people will have a costly impact on the state’s resources as well…and, again, that money comes out of our pocket, not the federal government’s pockets. All the feds pay for is the living expenses for 8 months of the refugees, and some other services like English-language training and other “caretaking” services the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta contracts with the Georgia Department of Human Services to offer the refugees. The money from the feds does not pay for the increased demand on the governments’ infrastructure systems.

Higher demand can lead to more breakdowns and higher cost of repairs than originally budgeted. Why should we be required to pay for the increase in supply that the new demand from Congress/the White House is forcing upon us?

It would seem to me that if something is costing us money that we (as a state or local community) are not being reimbursed for as a result of the acts of the feds directing us to take-on a financial burden, then that cost could be the basis for suing the federal government in district court. Kinda like…a federal-to-state eminent domain issue. The feds are demanding that we forfeit the capital resource lifespan of, say, a water and sewer system that was not designed and built to handle the load of people it is suddenly required to handle. A parallel case could be made for every other government-funded infrastructure resource that is required to take on an additional load it was not designed to handle at the time the demand comes on-line.

Of course, y’all could just act like a bump on a log like Fran Millar does…and just…sit and rotate in place while going through the motions of “representing” the people of your districts. The first time a terrorist attack happens in Georgia, you folks in Georgia government will rightly get the blame for choosing to do nothing…to not even try to adequately argue against the importation of people who won’t even be accepted by the countries far richer that are in their immediate area?

Today's Deep Thought

Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that, I'll be over here, looking through your stuff.


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