16 September 2020

Ellis Millsaps: All Star Break

  *ed note: This piece was written by Ellis on September 8th.

OK there's no All Star Game this year and hence no All Star break. As a matter of fact we’re two-thirds of  the way through this sixty game season and MLB has managed to pull this off fairly well.

The  Braves are in good shape. As it stands now we would be the second seed in an eight game league tournament and play the seventh seed, a third place team in one of the divisions  

It looks as if we might have come up with a second reliable starter, young Ian Anderson. How far we can go in the playoffs likely depends on whether Cole Hamels comes off the injured list this month and reliably fills the third spot. We have the best and deepest bull pen in either league. We have six starters batting over 300, Austin Riley is on a tear, Freddy just completed an 18-game hitting streak and Albies will return soon. Oh, and we have excellent defense.

 If we're able to return to a full schedule next year, I don't want to see all the pandemic rule changes retained. I don't like the seven inning doubleheader games. Even worse is the start extra Innings with a man on second rule. It isn't fair for a reliever  to receive loss or lose a save because a runner on second base --which he didn't put there-- scores on a bunt and a sacrifice fly. I don't want to see these extended playoffs again. Keep one wild card team and make all series four out of seven.

 I don't like these rule changes because they mess with the history of the game. Baseball has been keeping records for a hundred and fifty years. fans like me rely on these like the Bible. Some of these changes don't really mess with the records. I surprised myself by finding that I have become accustomed to the designated hitter rule. The American League has had this rule  for forty-seven years. That's long enough that it's already part of the history and I confess I like to see that extra bat in the lineup. Likewise with the new rule that a pitcher coming in from the bullpen must face at least three batters. It speeds up the game and I think makes it more interesting. 

- Ellis Millsaps

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...


14 September 2020

Update on the Covington Confederate Memorial, 9/14/20: Injunction to Halt Removal Denied - "Court is Deprived of Jurisdiction"; Appeal Likely

Apparently Superior Court Judge John Ott found that his court was lacking in jurisdiction & denied injunctive relief to two parties today, Monday September 14, here in Covington, GA, ruling in favor of the Newton Co., GA, Board of Commissioners, a political body desiring to have the Confederate Memorial on the Covington Square removed. 

Originally, Newton Co. said they would take no action for at least 30 days as an appeal will most likely be filed; however, as of approx 7:30 tonight, the county has purportedly seemed to changed their tone. 

Might an attempt at a quick removal of the statue be imminent? Is it possible this could go all the way to the GA Supreme Court? 

Questions Abound! 

The Story is very much DEVELOPING... 

- MBM 

Ellis Millsaps: Junk Mail

 I'll never be lonely again. Since I gave him twenty bucks Uncle Joe
texts me at least once a day, sometimes Kamala, occasionally his wife.

Same is true of The Lincoln Project and I didn't give them any money.
I just filled out checked boxes on a questionnaire. I texted them back
but there's nobody reading them, just the algorithms and they only
read bank card numbers and the checked boxes. I texted each of them
with an idea I have for an anti -Trump ad.  I received no
acknowledgement of my texts. I've gone further and texted simply,” Is
anyone reading this?” No reply.

My idea invokes the 1994 Dionne Farris hit “I Know” ( “what you're
doing and it's not gonna work this time.”) Google the song and listen.
Imagine the song played with images of Trump coming down the escalator
in ‘16,  boarding of the plane after the Tulsa rally this year, tie
undone and orange makeup on the collar, children in cages, etc.

During the instrumental breaks in the song, a badass rock repetition
of the “Gimme Some Lovin’ riff, we could take breaks between the
verses and Trump could speak some of his greatest hits, e,g,,” rapists
and drug dealers,’’ "good people on both sides,” “inject people with
disinfectant,’’ “Two Corinthians” etc.

I've decided to go old school and send him (Maybe it will get there
before the election.) a letter. Somebody has to read his mail. I thought
handwritten or maybe with letters cut out of magazines to get their
attention, but I’ve now decided on a typed business letter. I'll send
the same one to Uncle Joe, Senator Harris and the campaign's Director
of Communications.

I'll let you know if I get a reply.

- Ellis Millsaps 


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...


09 September 2020

A Moment from MB: Folks Turning Left; The War on Traffic Signs; The Chairman in the Bubble

Greetings, GA Piedmonteers, & we sure hope it's fantabulous out there.

Folks Turning Left 

I've made it clear a few times over the years that I'd love nothing more than to have the ability to physically accost those dregs that pull into that left-turn lane there at Floyd & 278.

Also, I'm unfortunately able to report that upwards of a full half of these hapless bastards have Newton Co. tags.

And we wonder why 2020 has sucked so bad.

But, my friends, it's not just there, is it? Turning left, generally, in the home city, has become a bit of a scourge.

Turning left out of the McDonald's on 278? You better believe it! And almost always these people get over just enough to the right where us good, God fearing folk can't make that right turn. These people...I swear.

Even worse? Some people actually try to turn left heading eastbound out of the Dairy Queen.


But, that's nothing compared to the absolute worst - those awful abominations that try to turn left onto 81 out of the Quick Trip parking lot that TPC Editor Emeritus Ellis "Da" Millsaps wrote about some 15 years ago at a certain other publication here in town.

Who are these people & why are they here?

The War on Traffic Signs

In the home city, really for years now, there's seemingly been a full-on attack on traffic signs up & down Hwy 278. The sign at the front of the median (heading east to west) there in front of Newton Package & Jack's BBQ has been taken out at least 4 or 5 times (probably more like 6-8) over the last several years.

Just awhile back, the GDOT, once again, replaced it (see below). Of course they did.

I give this one a couple of months, tops.

But it's not just that one. The one in front of Dollar General has been taken out at least twice over the last couple of years (I'd bet money more); the one down the road in front of the Pure station has too, multiple times.

I wonder if it may have something to do w/ the obvious design flaws?

Hell...probably not?

Signs, Signs

Hope Springs Eternal

The Chairman in the Bubble

From a few months ago, but still...

Seriously, Marcello?

By All Accounts The Chairman was at least somewhat concerned about the 'Rona.

As always, thanks for reading.

Your semi-esteemed & somewhat emotionally invested (?) Editor ,

MB McCart 

03 September 2020

[From the TPC Music Desk] - Decatur Band The Bitteroots Drop New, Killer Track - "Time to Spare"

2020 has certainly been quite the year, and the lack of live music has been tough to deal with for many, this writer included. While music venues have largely been empty & quiet over the last several months, that seems to be changing & that's a cause for celebration for many.

While the live aspect has been limited recently, several bands, performers & artists have taken this time to work on new material.

And I'm pleased to report that one such group is one of TPC's faves - The Bitteroots.

Recently the band released a new single - Time to Spare. And folks, I've just got to tell you this - it's superb.

It's definitely a groove jam, there's no doubt about that, but it's so dynamic...it's really hard to put into words.

It almost has equal parts vibe of Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Allman Brothers & the Dead but it's definitely a sound all its own. What it is, really, is the unique essence of The Bitteroots. It hits all the spots. Laura's passionate, soulful vocals; the machine of a rhythm section of Mike Davis & Covington's own Bill Taylor;  some top-notch guitar work by PJ Poellnitz & the always key, exquisite sax sounds of Derron Nuhfer (and it's that horn that really solidifies the Bitteroots style, in my opinion).

Really, this track is the encapsulation of The Bitteroots - blues-infused, hook-laden groove & jam rock!

Obviously, as some of you know, I'm a big fan of these guys & - especially in this day & age - I'm just so damn glad they're out there doing their thing!

I give Time to Spare 5 Stars out of Five! A damn, good cut!

- MB McCart 

02 September 2020

[Perrin Lovett's CFF Feature Column] - Y’all Been Had (Again)

THE National Affairs Column

For months, from the very beginning, I’ve described the COVID-19 hype and hysteria as “a ridiculous, low-effort hoax.” I’ve caught a certain amount of flack for this declaration, mainly from people who either put faith in liars or who are unfamiliar with the definition of the word “hoax.” 

Absolutely nothing about this idiotic pandemic nonsense has added up. That goes double, triple, or a hundred-fold for the deaths. First, the scare-mongers warned of 2 - 2.5 million deaths (by about now, if memory serves). Then, they lowered the estimate to the hundreds of thousands. They ignored that most people appear to tolerate the Corona bug as well as they do any other common cold, maybe better. They shifted to the cumulative case count instead of deaths. And, as of this past weekend, they tallied 183,141 total deaths. That number, like just about everything else they’ve said, is an outrageous lie.

The real number of deaths, per the CDC(!) as of August 26, 2020, is … 9,683. That’s how many people have died FROM COVID-19 in the US in 2020. That means the scare tactic figures are off by a factor of twenty. The real numbers lurk in the (quietly reported) data sets. This is from the same government agency that, in May, reported that those stupid masks do not work. Still, the mantra is: wear the mask(!), and fear all the (fictitious) deaths.

The grossly-exaggerated death numbers are not pure fiction. Instead, they come from all those people who died WITH Corona. Most of the others had comorbid conditions. In other words, they were dying from something else anyway and just happened to also test positive for the WuFlu. Most were older people. The average age of a “Corona death” is 78, which conveniently happens to the average age of death in general. 

Here, with all the lies compounding, the CDC and their allies must be given the Devil’s due of competence. The tests are, let’s say, a little less than accurate. Motor oil has, for instance, tested positive. Some might ask if Corona even exists. Let’s assume it does and that it is next to harmless as a pathogen. 

We have, rounding up, 10,000 deaths out of 6,000,000 cases in the US. That yields a rate of death, per infection, of .00167%. Out of a rounded total population of 330,000,000, one finds a risk-of-death rate of .00003%. That is, statistically speaking, slightly more dangerous than bee stings and lightning strikes. But, in context, it’s only a quarter of the number killed by cars every year. And, it, in total, only amounts to three days worth of abortion deaths. Annualizing (up) to 20,000 deaths, the total is only one-eighth the total from falls and other accidents. It’s a third of the yearly total from accidental poisonings. 

Can any of you reading this, imagine, for even a second, ending the economy and altering all life on earth over bee stings or bathtub falls? No. Yet, it has been done and it has been pitifully accepted by the masses in what may be the largest and most stunningly successful hoax in history.

It is a lie and a deception. All of it. From the beginning and planned.

Why? How many times must I go over the motivations? At first, I assumed this was just a cover-up for the pre-existing collapse of the economy. That has happened. I sensed the coming of the civil war (what it is). That, too, is in progress. The other cause virulentis is control - of everything. 

With a plausibly, statistically insignificant illness, the usual suspects have rendered nearly the entire population into slaves and prisoners. Worse, they have conditioned the people to go along with damned-near anything. And, what’s next? Kindly take off your blinders and use your imaginations. They’re not hiding the agenda.

Take off the blinders and take off those masks! They do nothing and you don’t need them anyway. For the love of all that is good, stop bowing to people who hate you and want you dead. You have been had again. Next time might be the final time.

Perrin Lovett is a right-wing Christian nationalist writer and author in the American South. He would like to concentrate more on fiction, and he would really like to see Western Civilization survive.

CF Floyd Feature Writer for Affairs National