03 August 2020

[Ellis Millsaps] - Who is That Masked Man, Pt II.



Read Part I here.

I've now taken a two-week break since I started writing this piece.
The day after I started Marshall went on his vacation, so since you
wouldn't  be seeing this for a while I decided to wait and see how
things developed in this crazy America.

Today as  I write I find myself on my daughter's porch in New
Orleans.This is the view from my daughter's porch of the banana tree
which shades it. See that cluster of bananas up there?


This is a view from the porch of the Mississippi River Bridge which we
have to cross to get here to the Westbank which is actually east of
the city, the bank having got his name up north where it was in fact
the west bank, but in Nola the river makes a big U-turn for a while
and heads north for a bit, but the Westbank still keeps its name even
though it's East. It took me a while to figure that out.




This is my granddaughter Talulah who's just turned four.






Meanwhile back at the ranch... Since I started on this piece several
states have issued mask mandates, notably Alabama, Louisiana and
Texas. In Alabama stores have signs saying you must wear a mask to
enter. Governor Ivey put this in place just in time for my passing
through and people in convenience stores where I stopped were abiding
by it. Same here in Louisiana, but in Mississippi where there is no
such mandate very few do.


In Texas the governor has instituted a mask order, but many people
aren't honoring it. The Texas law allows three exceptions: not while
eating or drinking, (duh) not while attending church services ( which
has no basis in science or any religion to support it) and,
nonsensically, not while voting.


More encouraging news is that Walmart, Kroger, Home Depot, Target and
others have instituted their own mask requirements. This will have
teeth. We can't feasibly make rednecks wear masks on the sidewalk, but
if they can't go to Walmart without one we can change their behavior
around the rest of us. We should give these businesses our business
and as much as possible refrain from patronizing stores without mask
mandates.


In the past week the director of the CDC has said that if everyone
wore masks for four to six weeks we could turn this mess around.The
virus isn't hanging out there in the air; it lives in people who
spread it .If there are no infected people no one will get it. (Yeah I
know there's the thing about not touching stuff and we should still
wash our hands but I  little is spread that way anyway).


Nevertheless a quarter of the population will follow Trump over the
cliff maskless like lemmings to the sea. In the meanwhile the rest of
us should avoid them like, (I can’t stop myself,) the plague.

- Ellis Millsaps


                                                          Addendum


In the interest of full disclosure I should say that the position I've
taken here is on the extreme end. A few scientists I’ve heard agree
with me, but the more common cautious appraisal is” Masks are
important, but they are not the silver bullet. We also need yada yada
yada.” We’ll probably never know for sure, it being likely a moot
point. Remember the lemmings.

01 August 2020

TPC Monthly Report - July 2020

Hey, guys!



Hope it's good out there.

Well, as you may have noticed, I haven't done one of these monthly reports in...I don't know...about 3 or 4 months?

And I've got a good reason for that...

I was lazy, and, maybe a little drunk?

Actually, in addition to the aforementioned, I've also been busier than a stereo shop after a federal government stimulus package.

Bah dum duh dah

(((thank you, thank you! remember to tip your server!)))

But seriously, please know that I haven't done one of these lately, perhaps out of pure sheer shame, maybe for the lack of pageviews; however, honestly -  the numbers have been surprisingly impressive for this past month, especially based on the level of output lately...

*****

TPC's July of 2020

Believe it or not, July of 2020 saw the most page-views for TPC in over 3 months! Despite only --10 POSTS-- in the month of July, the number of views at the ole website for this past particular month was higher then either April, May or June.

How, or why, did that happen?

Good question!

I know not!

###

In the words of OutKast:

^!&&@$ in da point ain't changed

And what else can you say?


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Your Friend,

MB McCart







30 July 2020

[Perrin Lovett] - Something Pointless This Way Comes (((GET OUT)))

Tuesday, the Third of November, in the year of our COVID, 2020, will be here before you know it. With it comes the joy, the fear, the hype, the bullshit, and the utter idiocy of … THE GREAT QUADRENNIAL BLACK MASS!

That’s what I started calling Presidential Dog and Pony Shows a cycle or two back. Fortunately! And I am so happy to prognosticate this! This will be one of the final installments of this pathetic ritual. 

Perrin’s medium-to-long-term prediction(s): Orange Man takes this one, defeating the Sniffer (or whatever the DNC foists) by a margin similar to that he wrangled over the Hag back in ‘16. Old Tweets will proceed to do exactly what he has done since January of 2017, namely, nothing. That, and Tweet more. Love him or hate him, he’s your last Republican and the penultimate Chief Executive. In 2024, should we make it that far, you’ll get the final Democrat, the last “leader” of the US Empire. As of now, I’m calling her a “her,” and allotting her one short, “fun”-filled term. I am open to the possibility of her squeaking by again in 2028. Heck, I’m technically open to another shithead of some make and model in 2032, but that’s bordering on fantasy. Let’s call it: Trump, one more, and then - lights out.

The offers, as they currently stand: The Trumpster: a self-centered con artist who can’t stop talking about himself to save his country. He debt-spends like [all modern presidents], murders diplomats, bans firearm accessories, and does not build walls, drain swamps, or lock up hags. Yes, he talks a wonderful game. That alone might make him more palatable than Creepy Joe, who slurs his incoherent words, at once proving the DNC has nothing to offer and that dead robots can get dementia. Word around the nursing home has it that he too would sling bombs, defer to the Fed, and not raise the feeblest hand against the rot. That sums up your choices as usual. Pick the best cat: Lassie, or Rin Tin Tin!

Oh, I assume Boot-head Supreme still wants to give you a pony. You’ll need it if the food shortage grows.

Re-elect Trump - it doesn’t matter. Elect Biden - it doesn’t matter. Have both serve concurrently - it doesn’t matter. Sober up one of your third party hacks - doesn’t matter. Have no president - it does not matter. Neither does a single seat in the House or the Senate. At the state and local levels, you will continue to support and install degenerate scumbags who hate you. And, with very few local exceptions, even that doesn’t matter.

Congratulations, dumbasses! You have, at long, long last, slouched your way to the terminal point where there are no longer any political or legal solutions to your problems. Really, give yourselves a round of applause. Take the masks off for this one. It’s a rarity in human achievement. You are not voting your way out of this mess.

I leave it to the rest of the press to lie to you about your vote counting, Republican’ts, Demoncrats, democracy, muh constitution, and the rest of the rubbish. Odds are, you’ll believe whatever they tell you, just as sure as you step and fetch with a diaper on your face. In the off-chance that you’re not a party to the guilt of destroying all of Columbia, then later, I will offer some advice. We still have time. If that’s you, then undoubtedly you’ve already started planning. 


We will, of course, have more exciting and in-depth coverage of the absurd spectacle as the time draws nearer. JUST KIDDING! There’s literally nothing to cover! I’ll let you know if any atomic bombs go off (though, even you’d likely know about that anyway … I guess) and after the votes are counted (or manufactured) I’ll congratulate you on the big, shiny, wooden horse you’ve just pulled inside the gates. Then, I think I shall retool these affairs columns, gearing them towards East Asians, Persian Muslims, or some other group with brains, balls, and a future.  

For now, two more small things:

GET OUT! No, not you - you need to stay put and accept what you’ve helped create. This is for young, innocent Posterity Americans: my guide for evacuating the worthwhile from modern Gomorrah before the Wrath falls in full. It’s an ebook, cheaper than you’d imagine, coming soon, and looking much like this:

A Correction: Or, a modification, to be precise: Back in May, I wrote the following about the George Floyd arrest: “Officer Chauvin responded along with at least three other officers, and as you’ve likely seen in the video, killed the unarmed, handcuffed, and seemingly compliant Floyd in what might best be described as a murder.” I must admit that, for a moment there, they had even me going. Yet the hoax will always out. I’ve since corrected my mistake at my own site, now adding clarity, here: 

We now know, thanks to an autopsy and (gag order-blocked) bodycam footage and dispatch recordings, that Floyd killed himself with a triple-lethal Fentanyl overdose coupled with aggravated severe heart disease, the ingestion of other narcotics, and also potentially with self-inflicted wounds. He was anything but compliant, hence the use of restraint as the officers attempted to subdue then help him. He was a drug addict and a career felon who enjoyed holding pregnant women at gunpoint during violent home invasions. 

Okay, I’ve done my part. I expect the heathens, savages, and communists will cease and desist now. Thanks. (Okay, get those masks back on, servorum, lest Fauci’s Schutzstaffel come calling).

Fellow Terry College of Business (UGA) grad Brother Perrin Lovett is a true renaissance gentleman & scholar. A recovering attorney, he's into guns & cigars, and the US Constitution. A published authorPrepper columnist & YouTube personality, and an acclaimed blogger, TPC is very proud to have our old friend on board as the C.F. Floyd Feature Writer of National Affairs


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29 July 2020

[Marshall McCart] - Thoughts on the Republic & the Current State of Things

Thoughts on the Republic & the Current State of Things

*cross-posted at MarshallMcCart.com 

While it may seem like the "Grand Experiment" has failed here the past year or so, I distinctly disagree.




We should've known we were in trouble a few years back when they made a "hip" musical out of Alexander Hamilton, the worst of the worst of the "framers."

Of course, that musical is now currently starting to get blowback - for all the wrong reasons.

In my opinion, the woke, base mob wants nothing short of total annihilation of all things Columbia, Libertas & the Founding Fathers, and whilst many of us know that Hamilton should be discounted for many other reasons - namely his appreciation & endorsement of the concept of statist corporatism (mercantilism) for starters - some out there can't even begin to wrap their minds around that concept anyway, so it'd be a total waste of time to even try.

Life's too short.

At some point you just have to realize & appreciate that truth & accept the fact that it's not worth your time &/or energy. It does no good with some; however, these people - this vocal minority, as well as their counterparts on the hard right - actually constitute nothing more than just a few percentage points of our country's population.

Why in the hell should we let these people dictate our future?



A few thoughts from men much smarter than yours truly:

"The U.S. Constitution is the most unique & best contract ever drawn up between a people & their government in history. Though flawed from the beginning, because all men are flawed, it nevertheless has served us well & set an example for the entire world..."

Dr. Ron Paul
OB/GYN, former US Congressman & Presidential Candidate

And a question:

"Can a nation rise above the injustices of its origins and, by its moral purpose & performance, atone for them? All nations are born in war, conquest & crime, usually concealed by the obscurity of a distant past. The United States, from its earliest colonial times, won its title deeds in the full blaze of recorded history, and the stains on them are there for all to see & censure: the dispossession of an indigenous people, and the securing of self-sufficiency through the sweat & pain of an enslaved races. In the judgmental scales of history, such grievous wrongs must be balanced by the erection of a society dedicated to justice & fairness. Has the United States done this? Has it expiated its organic sins?"

Paul Johnson
Famed Historian (not the former techie head coach) & the author of "A History of the American People"

Regarding Dr. Paul's statement - Absolutely.

Regarding Mr. Johnson's question - Yes, in my thorough analysis & estimation, though, naturally, we continue to create that More Perfect Union.

Continuing on this journey, to me, is definitely the way to go, rather than devolving into some marxist anarchy where it's only power for power's sake & the tenants of fair play, plain dealing & an adherence to the Golden Rule are totally discounted.

That's the way I see it.

Very Kindly Yours,

Marshall B McCart
Editor of The Piedmont Chronicles
North Covington, GA
29 July 2020


24 July 2020

[Ellis Millsaps] - Who Is That Masked Man? Part I

As you know there's a blight of bad news out there, some getting worse daily, but I've seen two items recently that give me hope.


 A week ago today (today being July 5th) I saw a clip on TV where a reporter wanted to find out how effective facial masks are in controlling covid-19 spread. He visited a researcher and they conducted a test. Somehow the scientist set up eight disks coated  in something that could  retain water droplets and, after bacteria formed, display them on the disks.


 The reporter performed four times without a mask: talking, singing, coughing and sneezing and then repeated the experiment wearing a simple cloth mask. With the maskless test the drops ranged from a sprinkle with talking to a deluge with sneezing. To my amazement there was a zero transfer of  droplets through the mask even while sneezing.


 I was astounded.  Initially scientists told us masks didn't help. Now it appears they are near perfectly effective in preventing transfer of the virus. What that says to me is that if everyone wore masks in all social situations the spread of the virus would be stopped cold. In four weeks we could take them off and go on about our business.


 We need a federal mandate to require masks. We're not going to get that before January but some states have done this and all could.


 The problem is enforcement. We're going about this backward. We don't have the resources to expend looking for people without masks and citing them. The onus should be placed on businesses and all other places open to the public. All should post signs saying no one may enter without a mask. Law enforcement officials should make random spot checks on establishments. If there's anyone inside not wearing a mask, shut the business down for a week for the first offence.


  Some people will disregard the Walmart greeters and enter anyway. You know, those people who insist they have some spurious right to disregard  public health. ( You may not wish to vaccinate your children but you can't send them to school without doing so. Same principle) When this happens the business must call the authorities who will arrest that person.


 The second bit of hopeful news is that many large corporations are boycotting Facebook and the list is growing. Facebook can control false information, hate speech and conspiracy theories; they just have no incentive. Facebook is a major reason we now have an inept president.


 The next move is for the boycott organizers to provide a list of companies who advertise on Facebook and encourage consumers to boycott those companies. That would bring Zuckerberg to the table. No more “We know we have a problem and we’re working on it.”

Part II to follow...



Ellis "Da" Millsaps is a recovering Attorney but has worn many hats over the years: father, bus boy, stand-up comedian, novelist, wiffle ball player, rock'n'roll band manager, and at one time wrote a popular and funny column for The Covington News. A Fannin Co. mountain boy originally, Mr. Millsaps now stays at the mill village of Porterdale by way of 20 years in Mansfield. Usually funny and at times irreverent and subversive, he leans left in his political philosophy but can always be counted on for a pretty darn good write-up. The Chronicles are proud to have him involved...




http://www.thepiedmontchronicles.com/p/good-cop-bad-cop-novel-by-ellis-millsaps.html

22 July 2020

[Kayla La'Sure] - TPC's Local Food Review: The Social Goat

The Social Goat Tavern
1115 Church St Covington, GA
678-712-6321
Welcome, Welcome, it's restaurant review time for a new local tavern in town!

The Social Goat, located on the Covington Square, had their grand opening this past Thursday. I had a seat saved for me fortunately because the place was packed!

Accompanied by my good friend, Hannah Thomas, we socialized, had a drink or two & I received my food to go.

I ordered the Sesame Tacos, Lemon Pepper Wings & the Social Goat Burger & yes - I shared! Everything was absolutely delicious & was cooked to perfection.

It was so good, in fact, that I invited my date there for lunch the very next day. We enjoyed the Goat Cheese Bruschetta as the appetizer (a MUST try!), then split the Shrimp Po' Boy & the Fish & Chips. Once again, it was just perfect! 






Looks Like a Great Menu!

Splendid would be the word for The Social Goat & I am currently giving them an A! Nothing but good reviews so far & I'm hoping they keep it up.

I was also lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the new bar upstairs which will be open soon to the public & I'm super excited to socialize!

Keep up the hard work & great service, Social Goat!

Until next time...



Associate Editor  of & Creative Writer for The Piedmont Chronicles, Ms. Leasure is originally a Walton Co. gal who studied marketing & advertising & loves the beach, the woods & her dogs while keeping herself busy with multiple projects & endeavors. She has her finger on the pulse of the home county like no other & is always "keeping an eye on Covington." A beautiful lady, inside & out, it is The Chronicles' true privilege to have her talents as part of our team. 



21 July 2020

A Letter to the Editor by Jasper Norville Loblolly

The Georgia Piedmont is a lot like the highlands of northeast Mississippi, which is where I live. Our countryside is just glorious, even if some people might sneer at us or want to burn us down. In my book, Tishomingo or Chief “T,” as we called him when I was a kid, was probably the greatest man in Chickasaw history. I suppose that a young Indian boy might say the same about his daddy or grandpa, although Big T is the namesake of the county.


What? Will the BML’s and the Commifas be coming for Chief T’s monument next?


For years and years, before I retired, the only black man (and family) in the neighborhood was my friend Clark - and Clark was not his real name - who used to live down at the corner. He was a farmer and my second-best fishing buddy. Nobody beats an old Hound Dog as a fishing buddy, even if he ate half the minnows! Lord, I miss them both on a Saturday afternoon.


I’ve been thinking about all of this modern justice stuff for a while now. I’ve had the time, what with the sniffle-bug-lockout and such. Plus I am old, stiff, and retired. The problems with the black cultural ascendancy can be traced back to the Seventies when Motown went corporate and had to move out to LA. It was the same set of songs, but with a different meaning since Detroit was gone. If Jim Crow had owned a moving truck, he couldn’t have done worse. Just ask Florence Ballard (RIP). 


Time permitting, I’d say something about Mr. Brooks and his Brother closing their store. However, I see Mildred waving and I smell pie. Yum! In short, wear the mask if it makes you feel like a woman, just don’t rob my bank.


*Jasper Norville Loblolly is a retired forestry estimator and life-long Mississippi native. Nowadays, he pretty much minds his own business. He fondly recalls Mornin’ with Buddy and Kay and he subscribes to Freedom Prepper. He is astounded at the option of two PBS stations on the new digital television.