12 November 2018

[MB McCart] - Monday Morning Check-in: Sometimes it's Gotta Rain; a Primer on Pissing Off Everybody

Greetings, Fearless Readers, and we sure hope it's good out there. 

Well, apparently it's supposed to rain for like the next few weeks, or so it seems. Today, particularly, looks especially awful in & around the COV with basically 100%-likely rain all day & night with temperatures in the 40's. Yuck! 


A few things to cover today, let's go with some bullet points, shall we? 

- How 'Bout Them Dawgs! It's always great to beat our supposed "brotherly rivalry" rivals, the wareagletigerplainsmen from "Clemson Without a Lake" - the "Abuurn" farm school. While up late in the game 27-10, the Dawgs decided to fake a field goal & go for a late touchdown. Apparently the Auburn folks are a little sore about it. Good!

- So last week I was able to accomplish something pretty remarkable - I basically managed to piss off pretty much everybody. With my three political posts last week, I received negative feedback in the FB comments, the website comments, email, FB Messager & via phone & text. With the one post, Democrats were pissy about my voting for Kemp; Libertarians were upset that I was voting for Kemp; Republicans were upset that I was voting for Libertarians & Democrats down ballot. But the most specific anger was from...

- The Newton Co. Republican Party (NCRP). In another post in which I was doing a feature piece on the campaign of Spencer Arnhart, I inadvertently, with two sentences, managed to apparently, in a metaphorical way, pour sugar down their gas tank while beating up their Mom. This was not my intent whatsoever, I assure you. Again, it was a feature piece on Spencer that many folks appreciated & very much enjoyed reading.

However, by using the words - "completely abandoned" - I ended up pissing in the NCRP's Corn Flakes. Looking back, I should've parsed my words a little differently. I was going on an in-person conversation I had with Scott Jay, the Chair of the NCRP, a couple months prior that seemed to confirm the fact that most folks in the party had no interest in being involved with Arnhart's campaign due to the fact that many purportedly felt that he was a "Never Trumper." I also based it on the fact that there was exactly one Republican running in Newton Co at the county level & the NCRP Facebook page didn't post anything about the 4th District race in the 120 days leading up to the election. I have been able to confirm that the party did offer the floor to Spencer at their general meetings leading up to the campaign, as the Chair had told me. As I said in a comment on the Facebook thread for this piece, it WAS a mutual decision. Spencer, based on all the noise in the system during this time, did not attend any of the NCRP meetings during the last few months of the campaign. I should have clarified that.

Also, the line about the qualifying money was unnecessary & below the belt. I do apologize for that to my friends on the NCRP's Executive Committee & its general membership.

- So the Abrams campaign is still fighting to make sure every vote is counted while still soliciting campaign funds. I have waded through the numbers & I truly believe the Kemp campaign is correct - it's mathematically impossible for either a recount or a runoff, so I'm not sure why this is still dragging on. But, we should have closure on this thing after tomorrow afternoon.

- Congrats to local guy, Tim Fleming. The former Deputy Secretary of State is now the Chief of Staff for Governor-Elect Brian Kemp. I got a chance to personally congratulate Tim when we ran into him & his lovely bride at the UGA/AU game.

So, what's coming down the pike for TPC this week?

Look for TWO pieces from our CF Floyd Feature Writer of National Affairs, Perrin Lovett. This will be Kayla's off week, but we're hoping for a piece from Ellis Millsaps & look for the usual weekend post from superbly talented Bess Tuggle!

I'm working on a couple of write-ups that you may see at least one of this week.

Okay, friends, thanks for reading & we'll talk to you soon.

- MBM 




11 November 2018

[Bess Tuggle] - Memoirs of Surviving Children: Insomnia & Missing Kitchen Wares

Insomnia is not a fun thing.  It varies from mild and moderate to severe.  My heart goes out to all those that suffer.  I’m one of them, so I feel your pain.

Most nights I just wake up, have a snack and go back to bed.  My husband and sons’ know that –nothing- is safe in the ‘fridge at 2 o’clock in the morning.  I don’t care if you have your name on it or not.  If it’s not duct taped closed I’m gonna nibble.

Then there are those nights that the little squirrel in my brain gets out of the cage, and there’s no more sleeping after that.  Not, at least, until I manage to catch the squirrel.  I just pace and let my mind run where it will until I manage to catch the rascal.

Last night was one of those nights that the squirrel escaped and was elusive.  I paced around the kitchen, through my office, then through the living room, back around the kitchen.. and had an epiphany.   

There is actually a purpose for dust-ruffles.  You know, those things that you put over the box springs and they hang down so you can’t see under the bed.

They are a pain in the rear.  Putting them on means lifting a mattress.  No easy feat when the mattress weighs as much as you do.  Taking them off to wash is just as bad, if not worse – but they keep kids from getting in trouble.

When it was “clean your room” time my boys’ knocked it out.  There was so much “stuff” crammed under their beds that I couldn’t see because of the dust-ruffles.

Taking a dust-ruffle off, as tough as it is, -can- restock your kitchen dishes!  After going through the trash, hidden candy wrappers, stuffed animals, miscellaneous toys crammed under there, left-over food in various colors depending on its state of decomposition – you get PLATES back!  And bowls.  And glasses.  And cups.  And SILVERWARE!!!  If silverware wasn’t found in the woods, it was under one of the Things’ beds.

I did have a brief time that I had one, full set of matching silverware.  Then, I got grandkids.

Their rooms looked good, though.  I’ll spare the details of opening up closets.  

- Bess  

Quick note:  While half your kitchen may be hidden under a child’s bed, dust ruffles under yours will not, I repeat, WILL NOT keep Christmas presents hidden!  As the shopping season begins, hide their gifts accordingly. 




A jack of all trades, Ms. Tuggle has been a Covington resident since the late 70’s. She's been a K-Mart cashier, cabinet builder, vet tech, office manager for a beef cattle ranch and water well company (where she was able to hold benefits for D.A.R.E. and Scouts), a court reporter, business manager, assistant at a private investigation firm, legal assistant, convenience store clerk, landscaper and elementary school substitute teacher.  Her greatest pleasure is being a wife, mother and grandmother.  Her stories are all real, and all names will be withheld to protect the innocent, and also maybe the guilty, depending on the crime & the Statute of Limitations.  

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10 November 2018

[Fred Wheeler] - Remembering Kristallnacht

* the following is a piece by guest contributor, Fred Wheeler of Patriots' Table 

Hi,

Yesterday, at the Lunch Bunch meeting the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht came up. This was a pogrom against the German Jews, their synagogues and businesses  carried out primarily by the SA (Brownshirts) of the Nazis in November, 1938.

We need to inform ourselves about the Brownshirts (as distinguished from the SS ) because we have their equivalent here, today, in America. Antifa, who, ironically claim they are ant-fascist believe in the same things and engage in the same activities as Hitler's Brownshirts. The recent mob that intimidated Tucker Carlson's family is just one example. While they are nothing but street thugs this branch of Antifa is led by a professor from John Jay University.

They are cheered on by the likes of Maxine Waters. Presently using the tactics of intimidation (refusing service to someone wearing a MAGA hat, crowding around and yelling at people trying to eat dinner, picketing with bullhorns at their homes, publishing the home phone numbers so people can make threatening calls, etc.). It won't take long before these actions will escalate. There are cities, primarily on the west coast, where the violent acts of Antifa are not only tolerated -- they are encouraged, by the police standing down and the refusal of authorities to charge these people with a crime.

Fred


07 November 2018

[MB McCart] - TPC Real Politick: The REAL Story of GA Politics & the Kemp Victory on the Day After


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Howdy, folks.

Per the Secretary of State's election results page, we've finally hit 100% of precincts reporting & it's looking like Kemp is going to make it without a runoff with approx. 1.97 million votes & 50.4%. A little tighter than most folks were thinking.

So, what's the rub? That real story? How did Kemp avoid a runoff he may very well have lost in which we all would have suffered unmercifully.

If you're thankful, you can thank Yours Truly & about 65,000 other people.

That was the number of Libertarians, libertarians (non-dues-paying-members), GA Liberty folks, Ron-and-Rand-Paul Republicans, Independents, disaffected Democrats & Classical Liberals who voted for the Libertarians down ballot but voted for Kemp. 

Kemp avoided a runoff by approx 15,000 votes. 


The data supports this*.

So, hug a libertarian. Write a Thank You note. Send flowers. A nice Lodi Zinfandel?

One last thing. Though most folks will be too obtuse or just have their heads so far up their posteriors to realize it (God Bless the Common Man), but this is a big deal. This is a powerful voting bloc with the ability to push a pro-Freedom agenda & even act as kingmakers of sorts.

It's time for the Georgia Liberty movement to party like it's 2011 & 2012! It's time to get the band back together.

That's the way I see it.

As, always. Thanks for reading. 


- MBM 




*# of votes for David Graham, Libertarian candidate for GA PSC 3: 101,817; # of votes for Ted Metz, Libertarian candidate for Governor: 36,881

[Kayla's Corner] - Dawgs, Lost Dogs & Break-ins, Oh My!



Keeping an Eye on Covington & Beyond
Hey, everyone! Hope you've had a good week so far!

Are y'all enjoying this weather? I sure am! I told y'all Fall was right around the corner & here it is! Seems like the leaves are finally turning colors as well. What beauty & what a great time to be alive! Yass!


On another note, how 'bout them Dawgs? Some of you may not know it, but I'm a pretty big Georgia Bulldog football fan, and if you are, then you know how important a win on December 1st is! GO DAWGS!!!



Speaking of dogs, have you ever had one hop out of your fence & go on a walkabout? Or had a cat wonder off? Well, I have, and very recently! My two fur babies got out of their pen & went missing. It's the worst feeling in the world, but with fortunately with the help of some shares on Facebook, they were located not too long after getting out. 



My advice for you when you're dealing with a missing animal is to post on social media (Facebook) a picture & description of your lost pet, where they were last seen & be sure to make that post public & ask your friends to share!

Below are a couple of sites set up for helping to find your lost pets: 


Helping Lost Pets is a great site that many people have used to find their lost pets. 

HelpingLostPets.com


And there are a few local Facebook pages & groups that can be a great help as well. 


Newton County Animals Only



Friends of Newton Co. Animal Control 



Humane Society of Newton County 



Reach out to these groups & they'll help you get the word out. 

So while I'm giving out tips, I have another one for y'all.

Keep your valuables on you or at home! Like many of you probably have noticed, I've been seeing multiple reports of unlocked, and locked, cars getting broken into & valuables being stolen.

Back in 2015, I had my truck "locked" in the parking lot of Nagoya in Covington. Whilst inside dining I returned only to discover a hole underneath my driver's side door where a thief had broken into my vehicle & taken my purse & other personal belongings. Nothing worse than a thief! And what an awful feeling it is when someone has stolen from you, as some of you probably already know.

So keep those valuables put up you guys! Just a friendly reminder.


As usual, there's a ton of great music going on all over this weekend.

The usual spots: 


Amici on Fridays 

Mystic Grill

Five O'Clock both weekend nights 


River Tavern in Porterdale, Good Fellas in Social Circle, and more...

Okay, guys. Thanks for reading! 

 See you next time!Kayla 



Keeping an Eye on Covington


Author of TPC recurring piece, "Kayla's Corner," 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. 




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06 November 2018

[MB McCart] - TPC REAL Politick: Clowns to the Left & Jokers to the Right - Stuck in the Middle With Spencer Arnhart, BOC 4 Candidate

Independent-minded 4th District Commissioner Candidate & Fix-it Man Shakes Off the Fringes While Building a Centrist, Non-partisan & Organic Grassroots Consensus 

Tomorrow is as big an election as we've seen in quite some time. At least two years! So many story lines & so much drama has been on display while a polarized national electorate anxiously awaits the results of 35 Senate races & the full monty of the 435 in the House.

The high stakes & intense dynamics are also being seen at the state level. The Georgia Governor's race has been nothing short of an epic battle between two diametrically opposed - in every, single way - candidates fighting for the future, heart & soul of that glorious lady, the Great State of Georgia. And there are a few more competitive races with some of the down-ballot state races as well.

Meanwhile, in Newton Co., not much going on at all. At the county level, there is precisely ONE contested race, and that is for the 4th District of the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

In one corner, you have the longtime incumbent, JC Henderson, the Democrat. In the other, it's political newcomer & Republican challenger, Spencer Arnhart. 



Spencer Arnhart, Republican Candidate for BOC 4


On paper, this campaign by Arnhart - the Chicago-bred Fix-It Man (this guy can do just about anyting: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, you name it...) who spent 15 years on the West Coast - seems to be a Quixotic exercise in futility.

But not is all as it seems in this reality of ours, and there are some interesting things about BOC 4.

Firstly, after 20+ years, a number of the district's voters are simply tired of JC. Been there too long. Too many questions about too questionable things (forensic audit, anyone?). And I've heard from several folks over the years about this: JC won't answer a call, and he's likely not going to return a missed one.

Also, the voting demographics of this district are actually somewhat surprising. The general wisdom I had always heard is that BOC 4 had been tapped to be the dedicated "black" district of Newton, but if you actually peruse the numbers, it's not necessarily that way, or a least as it pertains to likely GOP voters vs likely Dems & true Independents.

In many ways, this has been a one-man campaign, though certainly Mr. Arnhart has had some key help from a few key people along the way, but he's the one for the last  2 months that has been out there hitting the streets of the 4th, knocking on upwards of a couple thousand doors, putting out dozens & dozens of yard signs, and - most importantly - talking with folks, the Citizenry of the 4th, either in person, on the phone or via text & email.

As one 4th resident told me a few weeks back - "there's a lot of voters publicly for JC who really like this guy [Arnhart] & are gonna vote for him." Including, the source later said, even at least a few folks who have JC Henderson signs in their yards.

Funny thing, though, a couple of months ago a quite strange - but totally predictable - thing happened. The Right & the Left (especially the fringes) both started to shun this candidate. The county GOP party completely abandoned him after a purported unholy alliance of a few Old Covington estab types & JC supporters began a whisper campaign that Arnhart was a "Never-Trumper." Of course, they took his qualifying money. No problems there!

At about that same time, allegedly, the Henderson campaign started going around to houses in black neighborhoods that had put up Arnhart's signs & removing those signs & putting up his own telling them, "He [Arnhart] with Trump, y'all! You can't support him!"

So, basically he came to be considered a "Never-Trumper/MAGA-Trumper" all rolled into one. Egad!

Through it all, though, Spencer Arnhart just kept his head down & kept his feet moving forward, to all those countless streets leading to all those aforementioned doors. At least a few times he had 1-hour+ conversations. Talking with folks. If they weren't there, he'd leave his push card & sometimes these people would call him back, and he'd talk to them.

Now, that's politics, friends...

This writer took the opportunity to accompany the candidate a couple of times the last few days. Since I was there & since I'm a supporter, I helped him a bit. It was fun. Yard signs. Canvassing. Took me back to the good old days.

Even with a strong ground game & a very solid GOTV push, Arnhart's campaign will likely come up short. There's been talk for months that 40% would be considered a win. Based on my totally informal & unscientific polling efforts, I think that's possible. In fact, I think he's going to surprise some folks.

I don't live in the 4th, but if I did - I'd sure as hell vote for him.

And so if you are in the 4th, take some friends & a few of your kin & cast your vote to "move Newton County forward together!"

As always, thanks for reading.

- MBM 




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05 November 2018

[MB McCart] - REAL Politick: MBM's GA Voting Guide

Hello, fantabulous readers & don't you all look lovely today.

Well, we're almost there. Thank God. Anybody watching just a small amount of TV the last several days has no doubt been inundated with all these political ads. Open up your mailbox - nothing but crap (and wasted trees ***LEGALIZE HEMP***). And it seems as if just about every other thread on Facebook (don't read the comments, people!) has devolved into political bickering.

But hey, it's about to be over...unless we have a runoff.

So, without further ado, here's your humble, semi-esteemed editor's thoughts on things:

GOV 


Team Red: Kemp; Team Blue: Abrams; Libertarian: Metz; 3 official write-ins 



TPC Editor MB McCart's pick for Governor: Brian Kemp
To call this one of the biggest races Georgia has ever seen would not be an understatement. A lot of dynamics in this thing. Much has been made & publicized of the insane numbers of out-of-state fundraising for Abrams. Lots have been made about Kemp's guns & his truck. The ridiculous claims of voter disenfranchisement has been beyond the pale.

This one is gonna surprise a few folks. I will not be voting for the Libertarian Ted Metz. No, I am voting for a Republican for Governor for the first time in 16 years (have voted Libertarian in the last 3 cycles). I am voting for Brian Kemp. 

Two polls that I've been waiting for (though only one has been published) has shown what - as I've heard - internal polling has shown & that Kemp probably has a 3 - 5% lead and the final GOTV push & election day voting should skew towards him. More than anything, I'm taking one for the team. Let's go ahead & tie a bow on this WITHOUT a runoff. Sound good? You bet your sweet ass it does...


 LT. GOV 


The Libertarians did not run anyone for this race, so I'm voting for the Democrat - Sarah Riggs Amico.
I sure as hell wouldn't be voting for that lying, no-account, techie sumbitch Geoff Duncan, that's for damn sure. The God-awful, unconscionable dirty muck campaign he ran against my friend David Shafer will never be forgotten or forgiven...



Secretary of State 

I'll proudly be voting for the Libertarian in this one, Smythe Duval. I've been very impressed with his intelligence & the work he's put into this campaign.

I suppose I'm still a little pissed about Raffensperger's apparent, straight-up buying of the GOP nomination for this race when both Josh McKoon & Buzz Brockway were both such better candidates.

I did think about pulling the lever for blue again for Barrow, but would rather see the LP possibly get upwards of 5% in this one.

GA Public Service Commission 3 


In Georgia, the Libertarian Party is classified as a "political body," unlike the Rs & Ds who are "political parties." More importantly, the GALP is the only political body that has met the very difficult requirements to have statewide ballot access. That means that every race in Georgia that is truly statewide (on every qualified elector's ballot in the state), that the Libertarian candidate's name is actually ON the ballot. So, things like Governor, Lt. Governor; the other state constitutional offices; U.S. Senate & Georgia Public Service Commission, the Libertarian candidate does have real estate on every, single Georgian's ballot.

However, the way the state law reads, this "political body" has to maintain that status every 2 years by garnering at least 2% of the vote in any statewide race. So, it's important for that to happen to maintain at least a semblance of a tripartisan system in our great state. Over the years I've had several die-hard Republicans who make a point to tell me that while they voted straight GOP, they'll throw a vote to at least one of the Libertarian PSC candidates. That's a good thing.

By the way, the PSC members are the ones directly responsible for Georgia having some of the highest utility rates in America. Hell, maybe we should try something different?

I think a lot of Ryan Graham, the Libertarian for PSC 3. I wholeheartedly endorse him & would be most grateful if you'd cast a vote for him.


GA PSC 5 


I'll once again, in order to ensure their status as a Georgia political body, being voting Libertarian in this PSC race for John Turpish, who seems to have really run a CINO (campaign in name only).


Other statewide races: 

Meh...

For the record, I'll be voting for at least one more Democrat - Chris Carr IS NOT LEGALLY ELIGIBLE TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF GEORGIA, much less to be reelected. WTF?!?!

Amendments & Referendums 


NO!!! On all.

Local: 

Not much going on in Newton Co. Unopposed races for BOC 2; BOE 1,3 & 5.

Though I'm not in the district, I'm a big fan of Spencer Arnhart for the 4th District BOC. A dedicated write-up on that race will hit this evening, so keep an eye out for that. 


Okay for now, til next time.

- MBM 



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