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Friday, February 25, 2011

Rep. Bobby Franklin would prefer you yell about his legislation over the phone, thankyouverymuch!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM

State Rep. Bobby Franklin, the Marietta Republican whose greatest achievement under the Gold Dome has been to earn Georgia negative press, has probably the most passive-aggressive autoreply we've ever seen. Courtesy of a constituent who wanted to share some opinions with the state lawmaker:

From: "Franklin, Bobby"
Date: [redacted]
To: [redacted]
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: [redacted]

Due to the unreliability of the General Assembly’s technical support team, it is unlikely that I will receive your email. Please call my office at 404-656-0152.

This really makes no sense. According to this, Franklin did receive the person's email. (In fact, it's working quite well. This is the second time someone has forwarded Franklin's autoreply to us.) If Franklin hadn't received the e-mail, how would the system even know to send the autoreply? And what does the Gold Dome's technical support team have to do with anything? Do they come to his office every day and read his messages, out loud, in the voice of one of the Founding Fathers?

Does Franklin just not like reading e-mails? Are e-mails an affront to the Lord? Do phone calls bring you closer to Christ? What does the Internet think about the gold standard, banning driver's licenses, and charging women who experience miscarriages with murder? Or e-mails for that matter? If Bobby Franklin were an emoticon, what would he be?

These are the many questions state Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, makes us ask, out loud, in the voice of one of the Founding Fathers.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Shocker: Web-controlled shotguns to kill wild hogs are illegal

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Thanks for the publicity, Augusta! Via the Augusta Chronicle:

Creepy as the concept might be, someone actually built an Internet-controlled network of Web cameras and shotguns aimed into a food plot on a Georgia Power Co. right-of-way last fall.

A utility contractor encountered the setup, snapped a few photos and reported the odd apparatus to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, which in turn notified the U.S. Office of Homeland Security.

By the time officers arrived at the south Georgia site, however, the equipment had been removed.

That equipment may or may not be at my house. Just saying.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Rep. Paul Broun ranks only #6 on TDB's "Wingnut Index"

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 8:21 PM

  • Courtesy Daily Beast
The Daily Beast has provided a helpful list of the top 25 wingnuts in Congress, ranking the Lower House's various birthers, conspiracy theorists and hate-spewing fruitcakes. It shouldn't come as a big shock that most of the pols on the list have an "R" behind their names, as the GOP has largely become co-opted by the lunatic fringe of late (although the erstwhile Cynthia McKinney did get a well-earned shout-out).

Topping the list, of course, is the dangerously wacky Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, and such states as Texas, California and New York have more than their share of Congressional nutjobs. But Georgia makes a good showing, with Rep. Paul Broun representin'. Here's a sampling of TDB's reasoning:

Broun's place in Wingnut history is secure. He was the first to compare President Obama to Hitler — and a Marxist — within one week of the election. Referring to a proposal to create a civilian reserve corps, initially proposed by the Bush administration and picked up by Obama during the campaign, Broun told the AP: "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist." "We can't be lulled into complacency," Broun added. "You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany." His office refused to issue an apology.

It always cracks me up when a public figure in the same breath attacks someone as being both a fascist and a communist — two ideologies at opposite ends of the political spectrum. It shows that the speaker either doesn't know what these words mean or doesn't care or, more likely, both.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

State Rep. John Yates: Border guards should 'shoot to kill'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM

  • Georgia House Communications
Be proud, Georgians. One of your state lawmakers recently brought the crazy.

At a recent political forum, state Rep. John Yates, R-Griffin, said the National Guard and border agents should be allowed to "shoot to kill" to stop people from crossing illegally into the United States. Fliers could be dropped in Mexico to warn people about the new change in immigration policy. (You can watch Yates deliver his comments here.)

From Fox 5:

A moderator at a candidate forum in Douglas County asked candidates what their recommendations were for addressing illegal immigration in Georgia.

State Representative John Yates focused on the border and National Guard stationed there to help secure it.

"They ought to be armed and if warned leaflets dropped all over Mexico says that we will shoot to kill if anybody crosses and be serious about this and if they do that then there won't be anybody killed," Yates said during the forum.

Yates, a World War II veteran, defended his comments in a follow-up interview. And then he invoked Godwin's Law and brought Hitler into the whole mess:

Yates likened illegal immigrants to enemies of the country.

"Stopping Hitler was worth the price," Yates said. "It's our border, they're invading us."

The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and the Anti-Defamation League have condemned Yates' comments.

“The hate speech about undocumented workers has moved from the extreme edges of the debate into the mainstream,” ADL Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut said in a statement. “The fact that an elected official of the Georgia General Assembly would feel comfortable about making such outrageous remarks proves that point.

He added: "Comparing Mexicans crossing the border illegally to Hitler’s army is grossly offensive to Jews and others who suffered the tragic consequences of the Nazi’s so-called ‘Final Solution.’”

It should be noted that Georgia lawmakers have absolutely no say whatsoever in how the United States protects its borders.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

DeKalb DA: Extremist group seized foreclosed homes, shopping center

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Best story o' the day, folks!

From the AJC:

Prosecutors say the $1 million brick home next to the Goddards’ farmhouse [in south DeKalb County] is one of at least 19 properties that have been taken over by a sect of anti-government extremists involved in criminal behavior.

They call themselves “sovereign citizens” and believe they are immune to state and federal laws. They assert, among other things, that banks can’t own land and that any home owned by a bank — including the thousands throughout Georgia — is free for the taking.

Police and prosecutors take a different view. The FBI has listed them on the domestic terrorist list, saying their crime of choice is paper terrorism and attempting to disrupt the U.S. economy.

“Let’s not paint these people to be Robin Hood because they’re not giving to the poor,” DeKalb County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They are taking.”

And we are giggling!

The paper reports the group has ties to at least 19 property thefts in metro Atlanta which include mansions and AN ENTIRE SHOPPING CENTER. Read this feelgood story here.

UPDATE: The Anti-Defamation League passes along this report on the sovereign citizen movement, which is worth a read.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Billboard comparing Obama to Hitler has links with — you guessed it! — shadowy Georgia organization

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:36 AM

  • Francis Marion
So! There's a billboard in Missouri that compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Mao Zedong. And as you'd expect, it has a Peach State connection.

Via ABC News' Jake Tapper:

This Missouri billboard provides the website address for the shadowy organization, www.francismarion.biz, an organization that lists a P.O. box at a UPS store in Cumming, Georgia, as its point of contact. No one at the group responded to an email request for more information.

Marion was a South Carolinian who fought against the British and is considered one of the founders of guerilla warfare. Mel Gibson's character in the film "The Patriot" was modeled after Marion, called "the Swamp Fox."

FrancisMarion.biz's mission statement says "We can honestly say that, we (the 'Angry Americans') are tired of the socialist abuse of our kindness. Hence, it is our mission to identify those socialist leaders, allow them to face the scrutiny and humility of America and educate our citizenship on their distructive (sic) purpose and goals."

The website is kind of a hoot. There's a posts about how one goes about impeaching the president, a photo of a Very Historic Place© and a chest-thumping quote from Samuel Adams, who, keep in mind, never resorted to billboards to spread his message. He hired skywriters. And shot girls.

The group's website has directions in case you want to take the kids and visit — or detailed instructions if you'd like its help setting up your own billboard.

This only shows the country that everyone would be better off if Georgia were swallowed by the Earth.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Undead Abe Lincoln joins Rick Barber in fight against "slavery"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Pretty much every state has one. That wacky, envelope-pushing congressperson who's willing to stick his/her neck out and say what everyone (read: everyone who is not sane) is really thinking.

Minnesota has Michele Bachmann, Georgia has Paul Broun, and in the running to assist Alabama in meeting its Crazy Congressman Quota is Tea Party Candidate and apparent "long shot" for the Republican nomination in the 2nd congressional district, Rick Barber. Barber is getting attention for his latest campaign commercial entitled "Slavery," and from what I gathered after several viewings, Barber is like this with zombie Abe Lincoln and thinks socialized medicine is kinda like the holocaust. Take a gander ...

The guy is such a caricature it's almost a joke — but the flared nostrils prove he's totally serious.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hitler comparisons not just for Tea Parties anymore

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM

We've all grown used to hearing Tea Party nutjobs name-check Hitler and Stalin when talking about Pres. Obama and throw around words like "tyranny" and "socialism" in describing administration policies. And it's become increasingly common for conservative political candidates to borrow some of this overblown rhetoric while stumping for right-wing votes.

But how about we declare a moratorium on Hitler comparisons among people who should know better, such as big-time syndicated newspaper columnists. Yesterday, conservative columnist "Uncle" Thomas Sowell — who often uses his space to offer reasons why blacks shouldn't be embarrassed to belong to the GOP — began his piece thusly:

When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.

What event was the Harvard/Columbia/University of Chicago-educated economist and former UCLA professor comparing to Der Fuhrer's pre-war power grab? That would be Obama's successful effort to force BP to establish a $20 billion fund to help victims of the Gulf oil spill.

Apparently, anyone who doesn't recognize Obama's action as the democracy-shattering corporate shake-down that it was counts as a "useful idiot" — a term Sowell credits to Lenin.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Oxendine unveils first campaign commercial, wants to give you homework

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

A bunch of reading material. Just what we don't need, sir!

John Oxendine, the GOP gubernatorial candidate who's pondered privatizing MARTA, building an interstate tunnel under historic neighborhoods, and running Planned Parenthood out of Georgia, has rolled out his first awkward TV commercial.

Note the 0:10 mark. Doesn't it look like Oxendine practiced that one line a bunch of times and had to really concentrate on saying it just right?

Eric Johnson, another GOP gubernatorial hopeful, also released an ad today. This one features the former state senator griping about federal lawmakers and drooling about those scrumptious, tasty jobs he loves so much. You can view that after the jump.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Judge dismisses charges against Georgia's favorite son Neal Horsley

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM

  • YouTube
Neal Horsley, the Carrollton resident who operated a website listing the names of abortion doctors (and who once recalled having sex with a mule as a youngster), is a free man, WSB reports.

Horsley, a former gubernatorial candidate, was arrested and charged with threatening Elton John in March for standing outside the pop star's Buckhead condo and holding a sign reading "Elton John Must Die."

Here's hoping I don't have to write any of the phrases above any more today.

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