27 February 2020

The Rebellion Comes to Senior Senator's Race in Georgia - Shane Hazel Launches Campaign


*Ed. Note - I'm a big fan of Mr. Hazel & I think it's just fantastic that we'll have a true Liberty candidate advocating for our message & "fanning the Flames of Freedom, one Heart & Mind at a Time!" - MB McCart 

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Shane Hazel Is Back & He’s on Fire!
Shane Hazel Bursts Back Into Politics & He’s Running For US Senate


GEORGIA: Today, Shane Hazel officially launches his US Senate campaign. He’ll be taking on the statist democrat candidate and the current incumbent and controlled opposition, David Perdue in the general election in November.

Hazel, “My mission is to bring people together while preserving the freedom of every individual, regardless of skin color, age, faith, gender, love and every other nuance which make us unique. We must come together and remove the government/corporate cabals from the lives of peaceful people here in the US and around the world. It’s time to #EndTheWars, #EndTheFed & and long past time to #EndTheEmpire.”

Hazel says “Perdue currently has a failing, F, Constitutional voting record with a shocking 57% from the New American, Freedom Index. Worse he’s also one of the top spenders in the US Senate per spendingtracker.org. I don’t think Perdue is corrupt, I just don’t think he’s ever been exposed to the ideas of Austrian Economics, The Non-aggression principle or the writings & conditions of the Anti-Federalist in accepting the Federalist’s Constitution.”

The Libertarian Party of Georgia had this to say, “We're excited to have Shane Hazel running for U.S. Senate on a platform of peace, liberty & free markets. When a Marine tells you about the waste and horror of war, hear him. When a father warns that inflation and debt will bury the next generation, listen. When a fierce defender of the Constitution points to tyranny at home and abroad, don't look away. Donate a few dollars to help sustain Shane's efforts and spread the message. He's starting brushfires of liberty all the way to the GPB debate stage and he'll need our help.”

Shane Hazel is also the host and producer of The Rebellion Podcast which can be heard on all major podcast platforms and seen on YouTube. He and his fellow host, Banks Wise (currently Matt Gurtler’s campaign manager), analyze politics from local to global level, interview candidates, politicians, break stories and read original documents like the Anti-federalist in a long form format much like the Joe Rogan Experience with a focus on the principles of Peace, Liberty and Free Markets.

This is Hazel’s second run at US Congress. Although he didn’t win the GA7th house seat, many credit Hazel with Woodall’s demise. After staying out of the general election, Hazel called Woodall and guaranteed him that “if you’re voting record doesn’t get a whole lot more Constitutional, we won’t stay out of the next election.” Weeks later Woodall announced he would be retiring.

Hazel is poised to make this race explode nationally with his connections and draw from not only the Libertarians, but also his draw from the Republican liberty crowd, which will play a pivotal part in his campaign.

You can read Shane’s platform and donate to Shane at ShaneHazel.com
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26 February 2020

A Guest Commentary by Bobby L. Nettles: The Death Rattle of the Deep State?

*Ed. Note: I wholeheartedly concur & approve this message. - MB McCart 

Anyone that thinks this Coronavirus is a naturally occurring accident isn't paying attention.

This was done intentionally and was predicted by literally thousands of people.

This is what a worldwide globalist establishment looks like on its way down.

This is what the monsters lobbing bombs from the corner they've been chased into looks like.

China could use a few million less people now that the US has slowed their economy by forcing them into a more fair trade agreement and businesses are leaving.

The US 'permanent state' could use an economic calamity to have a shot at defeating Trump in November.

**voila**

Where do these things originate?

Who creates them?

Who controls those entities?

What has been happening in Canada with Chinese professors and 'grad students' being kicked out?

Who is the head of the CDC?

Is she related to any other Deep State goons? Who I wonder?

None of these occurrences are 'organic' - they are the desperate death rattle of a global criminal canard coming unraveled while trying to save itself.

All of these entities have been projecting a Matrix like facade that we collectively accept and live within.

The media.
The government.
The entertainment industry.
The CDC.
Centralized mega farming.
The International Monetary Fund.
Big oil.
The Military Industrial Complex.
Academia.
The Global Intelligence Apparatus.
Social Media.
The United Nations.
Big Tech.
The World Health Organization.
Central Banks.

It's all going to come crashing down soon, I just hope I live long enough to see the animals that have treated humanity like cattle brought to justice.


Strong Boy, Trivia Titan & Athenian Robert Lee "Bobby" Nettles is a Cane Corso enthusiast & Friend to Freedom who simply calls 'em like he seems 'em.  



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[Ryan Ralston] - THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE ROOM

AN ACT OF FORCE
Most incarcerated people in the US are held in state and county facilities. That is why local criminal justice reform is essential. 
2.2 million Americans are currently incarcerated, giving the US the largest prison population in the world.
Almost half a million Americans are in a county jail awaiting some type of court action to be taken on their case. 
10.6 million Americans cycle in/out of county jails throughout each year.
The current discussion about reform has deteriorated into a thoughtless response designed to address a “disturbing” statistic identified by a self-serving politician, looking to get voted into office by arousing public fear, or to minimize the accountability for those who prosecute cases on behalf the state. Both are tainted, statist views. 
Actual reform requires courage, not government induced hysteria. The electorate should advocate for criminal laws that expire or at least require redress after a designated timeframe. These laws must direct judges and prosecutors to be transparent in their sentencing and implement procedures that automatically expunge outdated records. 
The idea of giving a criminal law an expiration date is nothing new. John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson in 1789 and argued, “One generation has no right to bind another.” He asserted, “Every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right.” Jefferson responded, “A law of limited duration is much more manageable than one which needs a repeal.”
While we have experimented with laws that expire - specifically in civil matters - we have not applied this principle to criminal laws. 
Why? 
What we are experiencing with our criminal justice system, particularly in cases where there exists no victim other than the state, is not justice, but persecution.
No better mechanism exists to guarantee that our criminal laws reflect the will of the people, than to set an expiration date. The forced evaluation and debate of a law, as to the elements that constitute a crime, appropriate sentencing guidelines, and alternatives to incarceration and probation, ensure our criminal justice system is less oppressive. 
A system that takes into consideration criminal laws that have proven ineffectual (prohibition is one such example) and need to be addressed or amended, is a system that truthfully pledges equal justice for all. Each new criminal law should be dissected after an initial four-year period. From that point forward, each law would expire after eight years. These changes would protect us from a government that seeks to exploit and imprison its citizens. Our criminal laws would no longer be the product of fearmongering politicians. 

FAILURE TO LEAD, LOCALLY
There are members of our community, elected officials in Newton County within the criminal justice system, who refuse to speak the words “criminal justice reform.” With reform comes reduced government control of its citizens, and by default, less power to abuse.  
We need a representative government with the guts to do the right thing and act, not when it is politically expedient or safe to do so, but when the public requires it. Their failure to lead speaks volumes about any motive for higher office and who they choose to serve.   
The sole function of the criminal justice system should not be profit gained through systemic exploitation. 

WHAT GOT US HERE (THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM)
Since the late 1960’s, the US has spent billions of dollars funding law enforcement that focused on policing and punishment, rather than addressing the social issues that are the basis for crime. States, like Georgia, enacted criminal laws that lengthened prison sentences for many crimes. 
In Georgia, as crime rates grew throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, legislators enacted laws that, with intent, entrapped people within the criminal justice system. The declared “war on drugs” in the 1980’s was the catalyst for the militarization of law enforcement and the heavy-handed policy of “mandatory minimum sentencing.” 
By 1995, a new prison opened every 15 days in the US.  
Our elected officials in Newton County, who work within the criminal justice system, are not an exception to these rules. To date, they maintain a delayed mindset as it relates to addressing the issues of high crime rates (Newton County consistently maintains a rate 2% higher than the national average) and the need for a discussion about local criminal justice reform (the elephant in the room). 

THE TRIAL TAX
Another alarming trend – to the detriment of a constitutionally protected right - in our criminal justice system, emerged with the boom of prison building in the 1990’s: The measured withdrawal of the jury trial. 
It was replaced with the plea bargain. 
94% of criminal cases at the state level are resolved through a plea bargain. Bear in mind, local prosecutors handle 95% of all US criminal cases. 
District Attorneys and prosecutors retain the authority to make decisions about what to charge the accused with, whether to proceed with prosecution, cut deals with witnesses, negotiate pleas, and dictate sentencing guidelines. They hold leverage to extract guilty pleas from defendants and reduce the number of cases that go to trial. 
This power incentivizes them to use authority more aggressively. Prosecutors can deploy unprincipled tactics, such as threatening a defendant with filing a more serious charge against them, one that would carry an increased rate of incarceration. This form of coercion can lead a defendant to prematurely enter a guilty plea. 
While only 1 in 40 felony cases results in a trial, prosecutors often seek higher sentences against those who exercise their constitutional right to trial. This is referred to as “the trial tax.”  Bringing the maximum possible charge has persuaded many defendants to plead guilty instead of going to trial (which is their constitutional right). 
The plea bargain has become the easiest row to hoe for a prosecutor. This is our criminal justice system’s new standard of judging guilt or innocence. It has replaced proof beyond reasonable doubt. 





THE ALCOVY JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
The superior court exercises criminal and civil jurisdiction within Newton and Walton Counties. Superior court judges preside over all felony trials, have exclusive jurisdiction over divorces and may correct errors made by limited jurisdiction courts. Superior Courts are organized into 10 Judicial Districts, comprised of 49 Judicial Circuits. Each county has its own Superior Court, though a judge may serve more than one county. A chief judge handles the administrative tasks for each circuit. Superior court judges are constitutional officers who are elected to four-year terms in circuit-wide nonpartisan elections. Certain vacancies that occur in superior court are filled by appointment of the Governor. The Alcovy Judicial Circuit is part of the Tenth Judicial District. (This information was taken directly from www.alcovycircuit.com)

THE PROSECUTOR TO JUDGE PIPELINE
There exists an unofficial prosecutor to judge pipeline within the AJC. A methodology that is problematic, coupled with a dated mindset. 
 John M. Ott
The District Attorney of the AJC from 1985 - 1990. Ott was appointed to the bench by Governor Joe Frank Harris (D) in 1990. Ott is currently the Chief Judge of the circuit and is responsible for all administrative matters. 
W. Kendall “Ken” Wynne, Jr.
The Chief ADA of the AJC from 1990 - 2000 and District Attorney (R) from 2001 – 2009. Wynne was appointed to the bench by Governor Sonny Perdue (R) in 2010. 
Layla H. Zon
The Chief ADA under Wynne from 2003 – 2010. After Wynne was appointed judge, Zon was named District Attorney by Governor Sonny Perdue (R). She holds that position presently and runs as a Republican. Zon is stepping down as DA and is a candidate for superior court judge within the AJC. 
Melanie M. Bell
A former law clerk for Ott and ex-Chief ADA under Zon from 2013 – 2017. Bell (R) is the current Chief Magistrate Judge for Newton County. 

THE CASE IN CHIEF 
Why the prosecutor to judge pipeline within the AJC is problematic, coupled with a dated mindset. 
The case in chief:
7 years ago, a 20-year-old female, along with two other individuals, were arrested by deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff was Ezell Brown. As a group, they were found to be in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor, while inside a parked car in a neighborhood. Deputies located a joint inside the passenger compartment. Its value was less than $10. At the time, no one claimed ownership. All three were arrested and taken to the county jail. 
They were given citations, a court date, and bonded out a few hours later.
Jurisdiction for this case resided with the Newton County Probate Court. Newton County does not have a state court.
The standard penalty for the offense, if an individual wanted to enter a guilty plea: Pay the $600 fine outright. No probation or additional jail time is required. 
If an individual wanted to enter a guilty plea but could not pay the $600 fine in its entirety: They were placed on 12 months’ probation until the fine was paid in full. The probation company utilized was a private, for-profit company. During that time, the individual would be mandated to pay a $50 monthly probationary supervision fee and cover the $30 cost of random drug-screening. In theory, under this scenario, the total fine could increase to $1,560. No additional jail time is required, unless they violate their probation. 
The individual could request a bench trial before the probate judge.
The individual could request a jury trial in superior court. 
The female requested a jury trial. Her assertion was the marijuana was not hers. She acknowledged being in the car and smoking some of the joint, but the marijuana, according to her, was furnished by and belonged to, her co-defendants. 
Her case was tried in superior court before a jury of her peers. It lasted a few hours. She was represented by an attorney. The female was convicted and sentenced to 180 days confinement at the county jail, 6 months’ probation, and a $1000 fine. 
Present in the courtroom was her father. Upon hearing the sentence imposed, he spoke aloud, “All that for one joint.” His daughter would miss Thanksgiving and Christmas with her family. 
One of the members of the jury, while exiting the courtroom, turned to the father and said, “The state tied our hands, we had no choice but to convict.” 

IN PRINT  
The following week, The Covington News published the female’s name, address, and sentence in the Police Blotter section of the paper. 

JUSTICE SERVED 
Some have no issue with her sentence and refer to this case as justice served.  
This was persecution, not prosecution, enacted by government against a citizen, done in the name of the law, absent common sense. The involved government officials enjoy anonymity. They were not named in The Covington News. They hide behind procedure with abstruse statements like, “I took an oath to uphold the law.” They were positioned to make a difference in this young woman’s life, to intervene and demonstrate authentic leadership. Instead, they chose to do harm. 
The prosecutor was not blameworthy, they were forced to proceed with this case. It was handed to them, as a junior prosecutor, “for practice.” They were ordered to proceed by their supervisor. They were not permitted to offer pre-trial diversion, which could have averted this tragedy. The prosecutor no longer works in the criminal justice system. They work in civil law.  

THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE ROOM
The presiding judge was Wynne. He seeks reelection. 
The DA was Zon. She seeks your vote for judgeship within the AJC. Visit her website: www.laylazonforjudge.com. Nowhere will you find the words criminal justice reform (local or otherwise), nor has she spoken publicly about the need to do so. In a Covington News article dated 08/23/19, when speaking about other DA’s throughout Georgia who refuse to prosecute misdemeanor marijuana possession cases, Zon said, “She understands her colleagues across the state have different opinions on the matter.” Then added, “Cases involving marijuana, both misdemeanor and felony, unless it involves the sale, distribution or trafficking, that are handled by the DA's office are placed into a Pre-Trial Intervention Program if the individual has no criminal history. That way, first-time offenders arrested on charges of possession of marijuana are given the opportunity to have their charges dismissed and have no criminal history for employment purposes.”
The Chief ADA and prosecution supervisor was Bell. She seeks reelection. Bell has not spoken about the need for local criminal justice reform. Her office utilizes a private for-profit probation company (CSRA Probation Services, Inc.) to supervise its probationers. To include those under sentence for misdemeanor marijuana possession. 
The others in the room need to explain their actions. They seek our votes for reelection or higher office. 

180 DAYS
For 6 months the taxpayers of Newton County spent thousands of dollars housing, feeding, and providing any necessary medical care for the young woman. 
Jurors were ordered, under the threat of imprisonment, to be present that day and hear the case. If employed, they had to miss work. Lost income needed to pay bills or feed their family, be damned.  
The prosecutor was pulled from other duties for one week, in preparation for trial. Time that should have been spent investigating crimes with actual victims. 
All because one young woman momentarily held the leaves of a plant. 

THE CYCLE CONTINUES 
In 2019, the DA's Office in Newton County received over 100 cases for prosecution (requested jury trials) for misdemeanor marijuana possession. In Walton County, the DA's Office received over 110 cases.
These numbers do not include hundreds of other misdemeanor cases received by the Newton County Probate Court, Covington Municipal Court, Oxford Municipal Court, and Porterdale Municipal Court. All are limited jurisdiction courts. For example, the fine imposed by the Covington Municipal Court for possessing a misdemeanor amount of marijuana is over $1300. 
The ADA’s working for Zon in both her offices (in certain instances) still use sentencing guidelines approved by Wynne when he was DA nearly a decade ago. 

UCR  
The following data is Uniform Crime Reporting taken directly from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It was reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington PD, Oxford PD, and Porterdale PD. 
Since 2013, the year this young woman was convicted and sentenced to serve 180 days in the county jail for possessing leaves from a plant, and 2017, the year the current UCR cycle ends, in Newton County there were: 
30 murders; 66 rapes; 249 robberies; 1,651 assaults; 3,307 burglaries; 7,987 larcenies; 1,188 cars stolen. 
During that timeframe, no one died from smoking marijuana or holding its leaves. 
Yet, we are told that prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana possession cases will make our community safer and is an efficient way to spend taxpayer resources.  

THE BOTTOM LINE
We must confront our elected officials and demand better judgement. Until we do, these atrocities will continue. Wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars annually prosecuting someone for possessing a plant, when there are serious issues to be addressed, is absurd. 
The ignorance displayed by our elected officials is not a matter of procedure, but choice. 
The next time you read the local police blotter and see someone convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession, remember, there were other people in the room. 

25 February 2020

[Perrin Lovett] - M-m-m-my CORONA! Deconstructing a Viral Construct (or Two)


I may have been remiss not to mention the Novel Coronavirus 2019 on these digital pages before. As Pop Smoke would have said, “My bad!” A song to get us in the mood for a pandemic!

When you gonna sicken me, s-sicken me?
Is it just a matter of time, CORONA?
Is it q-q-quarantine, q-quarantine?
Or is it just a hack in my throat, CORONA?
♭...

*Deepest, deepest, low-grade fever apologies to Doug Fieger, Berton Averre, and The Knack.

Over at Freedom Prepper - which is slowly rebounding(!) - I have been covering the vicious little bug for a few weeks now. Check that out - pretty much any recent link or blurb. There’s a lot to this epidemic and a lot we are not being told. Let’s get this out of the way: I think it’s either about to blow over or about to blow up. Some tips, in case it’s the latter. And, if you trust “your” government, that in China, the mainstream media, the WHO, etc., then please keep track of the “official” damage. The last time I checked the math, on Friday, February 21st, 2,233 of the related (reported) deaths, out of 2,250 total, were in China. That’s 99.244%. The vast majority of cases and of recoveries are also in Asia, most being within mainland China.

Let’s get this out of the way, too: while it appears the nCoV19 can infect nearly anyone (it’s a cold virus strain, BTW), it also appears to be much more dangerous to Asians. And, from what I’m hearing, it really savages the Asian male population. But, don’t take my word for it:

A student at the University of Albany (NY) allegedly hosted a Coronavirus-themed party. You know, the Super Bowl is over and it’s not quite Saint Patrick’s Day, etc. And, if the allegations are true, that this was an attempt to mock the suffering of others, then it was in rather poor taste. Allegedly. If. Then. What does not need qualification is the reaction to the party by a certain student organization, the Asian American Alliance. In what may be the most original rhetoric I have ever read or heard, they say the alleged, if-then party was “racist.” And they’re demanding action!

Among their many Mao-like revolutionary demands, they admit the following interesting admission: “Diseases that affect non-white populations are radicalized in a way that stems from the innate xenophobia of American society. It serves to--” Hold up, right there! First, a lecture from Asians about innate xenophobia in America?! That’s like the Icelandic calling the Djiboutians innately cold-natured! AND!! What’s all this about diseases that affect non-white populations? Are we not reliably informed that race is only a social construct? Yeah, it simultaneously does not exist and is the most important thing ever - thanks, schizos! Are the Allied Asian-Americans about to get all genetic on us? All biological? Scientific? If you’re like me, then right now I’ll bet you “can’t even.” Of course, they could imply that, like the party, the virus itself is racist. It might literally be so.

No-one in authority is talking about this, but hints and rumors abound that the nCoV was genetically modified, weaponized if you will. This may be the world’s first case of a virus being turned into a WMD specifically designed to target one particular population. Yes, that is a possibility as there are enough genetic differences between the different races to accommodate doing the same. B-b-but we all share 99.99% of the same DNA! True. But it’s the tiniest fractions that make the difference. Go small enough, and you have an isolated individual. As a species, we share 99% of our DNA with apes. 84% with dogs. 60% with spiders. 50% with bananas. And, 5-10% with the nCoV itself. It’s a biological engineering construct. And, it may be that someone has tampered with it. Who? We don’t know, although there is no shortage of theory. Google about for that or those, if you like. Remember, if they can do it to afflict group X, then...

Yet and still, neither our illustrious President nor any of the 50 governors have done anything in the way of mitigating the potential fallout of the potential disaster - for Asian-Americans, American-Americans, or anyone else in this nation-shaped kind of place. The Russians are taking this seriously. As are the Italians. And the Israelis. And the Swiss. And the Chinese. Etc. Etc. Etc. No longer being a serious people, it figures that Americans sit by, nervously watching the precious GDP if anything. Okay, a federal judge in Kalifornia did block the quarantining of anyone potentially infected with Corona, but that’s worse than doing nothing.

Back at the University of Albany, we see two other kinds of virulent infections at work: busybody-syndrome and college code of conduct-itis. They have also been weaponized. Now, is there a vaccine?

*Next week, if I can find some catchy lyrics that rhyme with “discrown,” we may get into the Harry and Meghan debacle. Or not.

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24 February 2020

Kayla's Corner: Sushi at Kroger & What's That Smell?!






Hey guys, welcome back to Kayla's Corner! 

As usual your typical grocery store will occasionally rearrange aisles, make small or large improvements & bring in new attractions to help better their customers' experiences.

Well, the Kroger on Hwy 278 has added sushi as part of their ever expanding business.

I, myself, am a huge fan of sushi & sushi sorts, so when I received word about Kroger's new addition, I became very interested! At half the price of Tokyo (Tokyo is not very expensive) & much closer to my location, it seemed like a no-brainer to give this a shot (and saving money is saving money).

In hindsight, I pretty much got what I payed for...We'll get to that in a little bit.

So upon receiving the news I took my lunch break & excitedly made my way over to Newton Plaza. Once there, I found the sushi bar & was greeted by two sushi chefs & a good deal of already prepared sushi.

As I was looking it over a lady to the left of me said she thoroughly enjoyed it & that I wouldn't regret it. I hesitantly laughed as I grabbed my $6.99 pre-made Spicy Tuna Roll & then proceeded to pick up a couple of other items from the store.

What is that Smell?

I get about 6 or 7 aisles from the sushi & become overwhelmed by a dead fish smell. It completely took over half of the store, maybe coming from the seafood department. I didn't stick around long enough to find out. I honestly couldn't continue my shopping (I'm sure Kroger has a good explanation, though I've heard this complaint from others but this was my first time witnessing it). Anywho, I went straight to the U-Scan & I was out!

So I get back, sit down & eat my sushi (What follows is my OPINION which may or may not be different than yours):

Being spoiled by Carlos & Jon at Tokyo, I am accustomed to supreme sushi. For Kroger, when it comes to presentation, I give it an A. It looked excellent. For taste, a B- & due to the fact that I ended up in the restroom with an upset stomach, I give it an overall grade of a C.

I MAY give them another try, then again, I may just spend the extra time & money & just head up to Tokyo's in Conyers. 

Let me know what you guys think? Feel free to drop comments on Facebook or at the website or send a message to TPC!

On a positive note, be sure to check out the produce section at Kroger. They've really stepped their game up! Keep up the hard work, Kroger, it shows!

Keeping an Eye on Covington,

Kayla Leasure





23 February 2020

[Bess Tuggle] - IMHO, The Week in Review: Rec Commission, Main Street & a Reminder to Stan About Lunch

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Won’t you be, -won’t- you BE, WON’T you be my neighbor?”

As much as I love Mr. Rogers, this can make me gag at times when I read the paper and catch up with the news.

Just the headlines: “Economic Development voted to move into the city.”  They’ve got to be joking.  With no disrespect to the council, they can’t even keep up with anything they’re supposed to do.  I’ve one friend that complains about the state of Floyd Street.  I really don’t know what state the street is in because we avoid the area.  Between pot-holes and filming, we just don’t go there.  Ditto for the Square.  So much for economic development.  And a planned meeting between the City Council  and Board of Commissioners was cancelled because no one showed up?  Bet there’s some catering bills that us tax payers are paying for a non-meeting, and us tax payers are getting to the point that we can’t afford to live here anymore with -nothing- from our elected officials.

I really don’t know what to say about the dissolution of the Recreation Commission.  I just find it sad but justified.  Without actual, reliable accounting for expenditures…  Hope our school sport programs can keep up.  (I’ll save my gripes about the BOE for another column)

Main Street programs are coming under review, too.  Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce are ceding to the city.  Really, people?  I -so- want an accounting, an -accurate- accounting, of where our tax money is being spent.  To quote the Citizen - “City Attorney Frank Turner Jr. agreed and said Main Street  is basically a group of people and businesses who profit from the efforts of a Main Street program”  I’d prefer the Main Street programs were just shut down and I’m willing to bet he got in some deep Sh!t for that quote.

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Won’t you be, -won’t- you BE, WON’T you be my neighbor?”    

PS:  My lunch offer to District Commissioner Stan Edwards still stands.  Give me 3 days’ notice and I’ll cook the best chicken ‘n dumplins you’ve ever had.  No charge.   

- Bess Tuggle 

20 February 2020

A Thursday Check-in From MB: The Tragedy That is Floyd St.; Conspiracy & Collusion (Maybe JC Could Win?); ED

*edited 2/20/20

Howdy, friends. Hope it's all good out there for you fine folks. Things are good on my end, just hoping for a little bit more rain.

FLOYD ST

People have been talking about this for years. The question is this: why are the road conditions of the supposed "Main Street of Covington," Floyd St, flirting with Candler Rd type conditions? I mean, really, why? It makes no good sense.

I think there may be a lesson there, perhaps something about not seeing the forest for the trees? Getting caught up in the weeds & losing sight of the big picture? Hell, who knows? Maybe that's just above my pay grade.

I'll just say this: when folks are weaving in & out of their lane so as to not damage their vehicles, then, maybe, it's time to do something?

I say - "Let's Make Floyd St Great Again!"

Conspiracy & Collusion

There exists, to this day, a certain legal proceeding that's still just sort of dangling in the wind.

The word "conspiracy" has been bantered about pertaining to it.

It has to do with a certain elected official, at the time, and a certain governmental entity. It could really make for some high drama if it actually came to a head. Depositions & subpoenas - A court-mandated search for the REAL Story that could have implications on multiple Newton Co. politicians, a Newton Co. Atty-@-Law*, as well as State of Georgia elected officials & appointees.

Sounds pretty damn good to me...

Economic Development

The Chamber, apparently, has had their Charley James moment? But what of the IDA?

These stories & more are...DEVELOPING...

- MBM 


19 February 2020

From the National Affairs Desk - "Well, Of Course"

As I warned about at TPC two years ago, and as I’ve continued to warn, Mark Zuckerberg wants to control the laws of our nation. To fight “hate,” which I’m sure will be most conveniently defined.
He’s not alone. All of big tech wants to dominate the web and censor unpopular (read: true) speech.
Some of the biggest corporations in the United States are brawling over the future of the law that allows free speech and innovation to thrive online. Under the guise of getting rid of lies and protecting children, they’re working with the Trump administration and top Republicans to undermine Americans’ rights and give the government unprecedented control over online speech.
That they do, and they may well get their way, the words and acts of gentlemen like Ron Wyden notwithstanding. As gatekeepers, they must control the narrative at all costs. As idiots, the majority of the people couldn’t care less.
The day may come – be it long delayed – when this site is silenced. I won’t be. Social media does not suit me and I can’t understand how anyone tolerates it. My columns at TPC, always honest and always based on facts (even the fictional stories, most of them), sometimes stir hesitance. Some things, I am told, while true, are still off-limits or at least touchy. So be it. Things will continue even if I have to print pamphlets from typewriter to printing press.But, the truth will go on. Who’ll hear it?