Wednesday, February 26, 2014

No Jobs Ahead

The Best of the So Called Recovery is Behind Us by John Ransom | Feb 26, 2014

There’s a damning number regarding our economy that Obama doesn’t want to talk about. It’s a number, but for him, would be lower. And, lower, in this case would be a good thing for the economy.

“Although estimates vary,” says Joel Kurtzman, a senior fellow at the Milliken Institute, “American companies have between $4 and $5 trillion in liquid assets, a sum greater than the size of the German economy.”

How is it that companies can now have more cash than anytime in history, while unemployment remains so high, inflation in many goods so low, and national income grows so anemically?

If all that was needed to bring us a juggernaut economy was more money, we’d be in boom times boys.

But alas, while more money is the Democrat recipe for success in everything-- and generally good in the corporate sense-- in this case it’s a telltale sign that something is wrong with policies coming out of Washington.

Because those high cash balance sheets are telling us a few things.

They are telling us that hiring isn’t an investment that companies want to make right now: Too much risk and too little reward they fear to bring people on the payrolls.

They are saying that companies would rather keep cash on the balance sheet than make investments in new plants and equipment and even sales.

Again, this is a matter of balancing against risk and reward.

Many corporate types are more concerned that they have enough cash for the next downturn, versus concern with putting liquid assets to use to generate return on investment the old fashioned way, by growing their base business.

Instead companies have been doing things like buying back their own stock and passing out dividends to shareholders, which the site ZeroHedge calls balance sheet arbitrage.

ZeroHedge observed last year: “Curious why there is a sense that [there] is no real corporate growth in the US? Because companies are simply not investing in growth, and are instead all engaging in cheap balance sheet arbitrage, which makes corporate equities appear richer. The problem is that the debt remains, and once rates finally do go up...”

But this year, thing won’t be so easy says ZH.

The site says that in 2013 stock buybacks in the S&P 500 equaled about half the money that the Fed injected via quantitative easing. But now that easing is tapering, companies won’t be able to manipulate earnings upward by taking stock off the street.

Fewer shares means higher earnings per share. It looks good at earnings season, but it’s not the best way to use capital.

A better way would be for companies to buy other companies.

“The cash accumulation among five giant tech stock,” says YCharts, “Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) – continues, with their combined positions now totaling about $400 billion.”

But despite Wall Street continuing to pitch tech giants about the advisability of putting that cash to use in merger and acquisition activity, mergers are sluggish.

“By number of deals, year-to-date M&A is down 8% compared to 2012 levels,” says Thompson Reutersnof 2013, “and is the slowest year-to-date period for deal making, by number of deals, since 2005.”

In 2014 so far there have been some high profile deals: Comcast has proposed a merger with Time Warner, which faces significant regulatory hurdles; Facebook has purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion by over paying for a company that has 450 million subscribers, yet only $20 million in revenue for 2013.

Both deals cry desperation in looking for ways to put capital to work.

But even M&A activity is not the best way to put capital to work.

Or at least M&A activity is not a sign of robust economic health.

“The anticipated M&A boom could begin,” writes Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management. “Favorable signals include recession-like nominal GDP, vast cash reserves on corporate balance sheets and a growing activist investor base.”

Agitated investors, overblown cash balances and sluggish GDP growth are not signs that a recovery is under way.

In fact, they are each signs that perhaps the best of the so-called recovery is over.

The best way to put capital to work is by hiring, we can all agree.

But until the politics changes in Washington, D.C. that’s not going to happen.

And we won't get another recovery until 2017.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

States Nullify Federal Actions

*Idaho senate votes to nullify any new federal gun control measures*

*Arizona Senate Passes Bill to Authorize Gold and Silver as Legal Tender, 18-12*

*Washington State house votes to nullify federal hemp ban, 97-0*

*Bill Nullifying Agenda 21 Passes Kentucky Senate 32-5*

*West Virginia house votes to nullify federal hemp ban, 88-8*

*Wisconsin Senate Passes Anti-Drone Bill*

*Washington State house passes anti-drone bill, 83-15*

*Missouri Senate Votes to Nullify Federal Gun Control, 23-10*

*Arizona Bill to Nullify Common Core Passes Out of Committee and moves to Full Senate*

*Arizona 4th Amendment Protection Act passes committee, full senate vote next*

*Arizona senate committee votes to nullify federal gun control, full senate vote next*

*Two anti-surveillance bills pass New Hampshire house committee*

*Bill to Limit Drone Use In Hawaii Passes Out of Committee 6-0*

*Anti-NSA spying bills pass first vote in two states*

*Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act Passes Out of Committee 8-3*

Source: Tenth Amendment Center


The Georgia Legislature has Bills to limit  Obamacare and Common Core, but is addicted to federal bribes, so don’t count on much from these guys.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Nullify the EPA

S 890 Returns Your Water Rights

Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2013 - Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to redefine "navigable waters" to specify that included territorial seas are those that are: (1) navigable-in-fact; or (2) permanent, standing, or continuously flowing bodies of water that form geographical features commonly known as streams, oceans, rivers, and lakes that are connected to waters that are navigable-in-fact.

Excludes from such term: (1) waters that do not physically abut navigable waters and lack a continuous surface water connection to navigable waters; (2) man-made or natural structures or channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or that periodically provide drainage for rainfall; or (3) wetlands without a continuous surface connection to bodies of water that are waters of the United States.
Prohibits activities carried out by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Army Corps of Engineers from impinging upon states' power over land and water use.

Prohibits: (1) aggregation of such excluded wetlands or waters from being used to determine or assert federal jurisdiction, and (2) wetlands without a continuous surface connection to bodies of water that are waters of the United States from being considered to be under federal jurisdiction.
Authorizes states or individual property owners to obtain judicial review of jurisdictional determinations by the Administrator or the Secretary of the Army that would affect their ability to plan the development and use of land and water resources within 30 days after such a determination.

Considers groundwater to be state water. Prohibits groundwater from being considered in determining or asserting federal jurisdiction over isolated or other waters.
Prohibits the Administrator from using a significant nexus test to determine federal jurisdiction over navigable waters and waters of the United States.

Nullifies: (1) the Corps' rule entitled "Final Rule for Regulatory Programs of the Corps of Engineers," (2) EPA's proposed rule entitled "Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Clean Water Act Regulatory Definition of 'Waters of the United States,'" (3) the guidance document entitled "Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Following the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Rapanos v. United States & Carabell v. United States (relating to the definition of waters under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act), and (4) any subsequent regulation or guidance issued by federal agencies that defines or interprets the term "navigable waters."
Prohibits the Corps and EPA from promulgating rules or issuing guidance that expands or interprets the definition of navigable waters unless expressly authorized by Congress.

Sets forth provisions requiring federal agencies to obtain consent of private property owners prior to entering their land to collect information about navigable waters.
Requires federal agencies that issue regulations that relate to the definition of navigable waters or waters of the United States and diminish the fair market value or economic viability of a property to pay the affected property owner an amount equal to twice the value of the loss. Gives no force or effect to such regulation until landowners with such claims have been compensated.

Source: Summary: S.890 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)There is one summary for this bill. Bill summaries are authored by CRS. Introduced in Senate (05/07/2013) by Senator Rand Paul (R) KY

This Bill would restore property rights to hundreds of U.S. citizens who have been victimized by these federal agencies.  We need to take back the Senate in 2014 and move this Bill through to the House.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

A Once Free Nation

A once free nation’s descent into tyranny occurs one of two ways: either through sudden violent revolution or gradually over decades in fits and starts. America’s has occurred gradually.

Government conquers its citizens with gradualism because few understand it. Gradualism is imperceptible force.
America has evolved into a lawless state. There has been a breakdown of law and order, but only a few can see it. There are many layers of deception and those few who have become alerted see and understand at different levels.

The first trigger of alert is when a few people come to understand that government is organized crime and that government is in all-out war with its own citizens. The central purpose of Personal Liberty Digest™ is to raise the awareness of the people.
The U.S. Congress has, gradually, ceded its authority to the President and to the alphabet soup agencies of government that it created or allowed the President to create. Now the President rewrites laws on a whim, or chooses to not enforce them on a whim. This is the stuff of third-world banana republics. The imperial presidency feared by the Founding Fathers is in full operation. Yet the feckless Congress hardly whimpers about it and the people do little more than shrug their collective shoulders.

Even worse are the regulatory and quasi-military law enforcement agencies. These agencies, staffed by career bureaucrats and headed by statists with “altruistic” motives that always benefit either the cronies and well-connected or the growing government apparatus, create new standards and new regulations and new rules without regard to the Constitution and their effect on the American people.
Often the elites simply do not care how their policies will affect average Americans so long as the fascist system is rewarded or the State is made more powerful. Other times the detrimental effects are simply chalked up as unintended consequences or collateral damage.

Almost any crime can be carried out without overt force or resistance if it is done gradually. Somehow any process of gradualism escapes detection. Gradualism extends false hope and the illusion of reality.
One can poison himself and be dead immediately. On the other hand, we can be poisoned over time with fluoride in our drinking water, by vaccinations and inoculations, by toxins in our foods, and so on ad infinitum.

Gradualism does something else. It confuses cause and effect. As long as a process of currency depreciation is gradual, the people cannot discern the cause nor place the blame on the money printers.
Currency debasement has throughout history always been the method of choice of governments to steal and transfer wealth from the people to the government in subtle and secret ways so that the crowd never catches on.

This is going on now in our lifetime more than at any time in history. Yet there is no revolution. There is no blood in the streets. The propaganda still holds sway. The people still trust the system. The people remain calm.
Not only are the peasants calm, they have been deceived into believing that rising stock markets constitute a sign of prosperity. They can’t conceive that the market is a bubble of fiat currency (nominal dollars) that is in no way reflective of real dollars or real value.

This type of chicanery is a tribute to modern and very sophisticated propaganda that is hiding the destruction of the value of the currency and impoverishing all who hold U.S. dollars as savings and retirement.
There is always a secret and hidden agenda in government finance, now more than ever. The U.S. government has become such a fiat money monster that it has lost control of normal channels of finance. It cannot levy enough taxes for income nor negotiate loans.

The government can least afford to reveal that it is engaged in grand theft by printing money. So it kills the signs and symptoms by suppressing the price of gold and silver and engaging in printing money to fund a government that is essentially out of control.
Time will have its way but at this point it is vital that government mislead and deceive the public in order to continue the present system that could not survive one minute if the people really had a choice by understanding the truth here printed.

Note from the Editor: Round two of the financial meltdown is predicted to reach global proportions, already adversely affecting Greece, Spain and most of Europe. It appears less severe in the states because our banks are printing useless fiat currency. I’ve arranged for readers to get two free books—Surviving a Global financial Crisis and Currency Collapse, plus How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization—to help you prepare for the worst. Click here for your free copies.
The U.S. political system is on a theft binge of consuming the assets of Americans by whatever method it can contrive. It is financial war and the political system is winning, backed by the police power of the State. Any thinking person can clearly see that the U.S. system is collapsing. Better said, it is self destructing in many ways.

The USA Patriot Act was passed without protest because of the people’s fear following the 9/11 attacks on America. The law codified the electronic surveillance and snooping that Edward Snowden’s revelations brought into public light. But the government was already collecting data in a massive operation long before the act was passed.
Once passed, the law was twisted and abused and this abuse sanctioned by the people in all levels of government to the extent that there is no longer any private communication and any communication that is contrary to the government’s message is now considered hate speech or inappropriate speech to be regulated and or persecuted.

The State is currently pushing a homosexual agenda and has the full force of the mainstream media behind it. The message has become so radicalized and nonsensical that an NBC report on an American Olympic skier claimed the athlete lived an “alternative lifestyle” because he had a wife and child, attends church regularly, takes care of his family and goes home at night rather that going partying with friends. In other words, the lifestyle of the majority of Americans is now being cast by the propaganda machine as “alternative” whereas the perverse immoral lifestyle of homosexuality is being cast as the new normal.
The Department of Justice tapped the phone lines and scoured the phone records of reporters and their family members. The IRS stifled the free speech of Tea Party- and Christian-affiliated groups by denying them 501(c)3 status and subjecting them to extra scrutiny not required of other groups—going so far as to seek information on their family members, associations, reading habits and group affiliations.

The Department of Homeland Security has named Tea Party supporters, returning veterans, preppers, and supporters of libertarian candidates as potential terrorists. These messages have trickled down into State and local governments who are now increasingly tightening the screws on American freedoms.
One example is in Campbell, Wis., where, after people across the country began hanging signs from highway overpasses calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama in 2013, the town passed an ordinance prohibiting signs, flags banners pennants and other displays on or within 100 feet of vehicle and pedestrian overpasses.

A couple of weeks after the ordinance was passed, Gregory Luce and a few others appeared on a pedestrian overpass wearing T-shirts that collectively spelled “IMPEACH” on the front side and “OBAMA” on the back. A town police officer ordered them to leave or receive a citation. The group left. Three days later Nicholas Newman appeared on the same overpass carrying an American flag. He was issued a citation for displaying the flag in violation of the new ordinance and fined $139.
The Thomas More Law Center has sued the town on behalf of Luce and Newman. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “The Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that a bedrock principle of the First Amendment is that government cannot ban the expression of ideas just because some find it offensive.   In fact, the Supreme Court has allowed the burning of the American Flag on the grounds that it is matter of free expression.  So I’m astonished that the Town of Campbell and the police department think it can ban a citizen from displaying the American Flag.”

While nothing would please the progressive and statist elites more than to see court rulings “legitimizing” their efforts to shut off dissent, remove guns from American homes, relieve Americans of any or all of their God-given rights guaranteed under the Bill of Rights or place FCC “monitors” in newsrooms, many of these attacks are just window dressing to conceal their ultimate agenda of destroying the American system for the global elite.
Update: Yesterday I wrote about the growing number of bankers, including three from JP Morgan Chase, who have died under mysterious circumstances. Add one more to the list.

Last December, Jason Alan Salais, a 34-year-old information technology specialist with JP Morgan, was suddenly stricken with illness outside a Walgreens pharmacy in Pearland, Texas. Salais died later that evening of myocardial infarction. According to the National Center for Health Statistics and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, myocardial infarction affects one half of 1 percent of the population aged 20-39. That makes three people with ties to JP Morgan’s IT department to die in two months, and the fourth JP Morgan employee overall.
Source: Personal Liberty, February 25, 2014 by Bob Livingston

I have been in this battle since 2011. It exists at all levels of government.  It’s a federal initiative that began in 1913 with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act and the U.S. Income Tax.  It has been advanced by “Progressive” politicians incrementally empowering the federal government ever since.  It parallels the goals set by the American Communist Party since 1920. The latest push began with George H.W Bush’s approval of U.N. Agenda 21 in 1992 and Bill Clinton’s Executive Order to implement Agenda 21. Since then, NAFTA and GATT removed most U.S. manufacturing and off-shored it to other countries. It has been “down hill” ever since.

Our current dilemma includes a $17 trillion debt and over $120 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Also, 38% of our working age population are without jobs.
We can recover from our decline, but it will require the “undoing” of bad laws and bad treaties.  It will require that we replace most current elected officials.  It requires that we educate ourselves and either fun for office or recruit others who will.  It requires that we do this NOW.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

U.S. Christians Favor Lower Immigration

Poll: 8 of 10 evangelicals reject clergy's push for amnesty; 29% want border closed, by Paul Bedard, 2/23/14

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Christian ministers pushing for immigration reform, even suggesting that the Bible requires illegals to receive work permits, are out of touch with their flock of hundreds of millions, according to an extraordinary new poll that revealed the sharp division among evangelicals worshipers and their leaders.

On the eve of a major Christian convention Monday, the new NumbersUSA poll provided in advance to Secrets found that just 12 percent of 1,000 likely evangelical voters believe that the Old Testament verses on the “stranger among us” mean the government should give work permits and legal status to illegal immigrants.

In addition, 29 percent said the border should be shut to future immigration and that the government and employers should offer jobs, and even higher than minimum wage pay, first to poor Americans, especially blacks, Hispanics and younger workers.

“Evangelicals showed particular concerns for black and Hispanic Americans, younger less-educated Americans of all ethnicities and the disabled, all of whom have very high jobless rates and whom many employers say they find it difficult to recruit,” said the poll release provided to Secrets to put pastors on notice that they have strayed.

Most evangelicals, 73 percent, said that, instead of bringing in more immigrant workers, employers should be ‘required to try harder to recruit and train, Americans from those high-unemployment groups. And most evangelicals, 68 percent, said they are willing to pay higher prices if it is necessary for employers to raise wages to fill jobs with Americans instead of adding more foreign workers.”

The poll to be released at the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville Monday, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, revealed a schism in the conservative evangelical community. While they believe they should act humanely toward illegal immigrants, they don't believe the Bible requires government action.

Several evangelical leaders have applaud the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform, and also embraced a plan offered by House leaders to address individual issues. Many of the pastors have used the Bible to make their case. But the new poll suggests that those who fill their church pews don't agree.

Key findings:

-- Only 12 percent agree that the Old Testament verses in which "God commands the ancient Israelites to love the stranger as themselves" mean that "the U.S. government should offer work permits and legal status to illegal immigrants." Instead, 78 percent said it "means the U.S. government should offer humane treatment while fairly applying the law.”
-- By a 4-1 margin, evangelicals were more likely to say the government has "a lot" of moral responsibility to protect struggling Americans from having to "compete with foreign workers for jobs" than to say the responsibility is to protect the ability of "settled illegal immigrants to hold a job and support their families without fear of deportation."

-- Only 18 percent of evangelical voters were persuaded by arguments that the presence of so many illegal immigrants as active members of their churches improves the case for granting work permits and legal status. It should make no difference, said 71 percent.
-- Only 8 percent of evangelicals supported doubling legal immigration and 14 percent favored keeping it at the current 1 million a year; 64 percent said immigration should be cut at least to 500,000 a year, with half of all evangelicals supporting a limit of no more than 100,000 a year; and 29 percent said legal immigration should be reduced to zero.

-- 15 percent said that "most people should be able to migrate from country to country since all people are equal children of God."
-- 75 percent chose that "nations have a moral and sovereign right to decide which and how many immigrants can enter."

The poll was sponsored by the NumbersUSA Education & Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that educates on the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform's recommendations for lower immigration to improve the lives of the more vulnerable members of society. Half the respondents of the poll were Republicans, 25 percent were Democrats and 25 percent were Independents. The margin of sampling error was 3 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence.
Source: Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard, 2/23/14 Examiner 2544451#

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at

Most clergy are lousy at economics and history. They don’t understand that countries built on private property and free enterprise are best for religious freedom as well.  Ours was the only system that allowed the freedom people need to support themselves and be truly free.  It’s easy to see why clergy supports “help for the poor” indiscriminately but if government is the benefactor, this translates into socialism and then, Communism every time and it’s happening in the U.S. right now.

The “good Samaritan” didn’t get Roman soldiers to help the robbed and beaten man on the side of the road.  Help for the poor is an individual calling.  If government does it, I call it Communism and these regimes never bode well for religious freedom.  The socialist state always wants to replace the church.
If given a choice between church and state, I choose the church. It worked better when the people and the churches held the primary responsibility for helping the poor. Prior to the 1960s, families were the primary economic unit and took care of their own. For those without family support, churches were the primary providers of food, shelter and counseling as well as hospitals and schools.  We need to return to that model.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ralston Busted in Georgia Pundit

HB 1033: The Truth Behind Speaker David Ralston’s Ambush  by Bill Simon

In order to more fully comprehend the political circus that played-out on Friday, February 21 in the Georgia State House and the news media with HB 1033, we need to look back in time a few years…back to the legislative session of 2009-2010.

In February of 2009, State Rep. Wendell Willard, along with State Rep Edward Lindsey (both of them, by the way, lawyers, who know what legal language means), filed a bill (HB 582) that appeared to be designed solely to legalize child-prostitution. No other purpose could be interpreted from the language of that bill other than to qualify that “prostitution” could only have occurred if someone exchanged money for sex with someone aged 18 years old or older.

It had a First Reader on 2/26/2009 and a Second Reader on 3/3/2009. It got assigned to the Judiciary-Non-Civil Committee, chaired by Rich Golick.

Here’s a question: Did Wendell Willard and Ed Lindsey get publicly chastised by fellow members in the House well for that bill? Nope. Not one bit. And, THAT bill would have directly done more harm to children by allowing them to continue to work in the sex industry for pimps who were forcing them into a life of prostitution.

HB 582 died quietly in committee in 2010 after testimony from activists who recognized it for what the bill was. Let me repeat that a little more in detail so you’ll understand more about what really happened to Rep. Sam Moore over the last few days: HB 582 made it to a committee, where testimony from the chief sponsor, Wendell Willard, was presented to the committee, and there was opposing speakers to the bill heard in committee…and the bill died in Golick’s committee.

What happened with Rep. Sam Moore’s bill was completely different in all ways. But, before I get to that, it is important to understand how Moore’s bill came about. And, this is the step-by-step:

Day 1 of the process) Sam Moore went to Legislative Counsel (“LC”) and told them “I want a bill that will allow anyone in Georgia the right to remain silent when asked for identification.” As Sam explained it to me, under the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it is spelled-out in there that we’re supposed to have this right to not be required to tell a cop who’s asking us at random “Who are you? Break out some ID.”

Day 2) Moore returns to LC and is basically told “Well, we cannot really make a law that does that but, we can repeal laws that require people to do that. In order to do that, I need to research the code to find all instances of it being required to show ID.” Sam told LC “Okay, that sounds fine, proceed.”

Day 3) Moore returns to LC where he is told “The main place this occurs is in the loitering law, and any code sections that refer to loitering.” Sam told LC “Okay, if that is what we need to do, strike out everything regarding loitering.”

Now, before anyone panics here about someone daring to repeal a law, you should know what it says, and here’s a link to it. Look at what it says…“A person commits the offense of loitering or prowling when he is in a place at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant a justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity.”

Gosh, that doesn’t sound too ambiguous, does it? Except there are people up and down this state getting accosted and arrested by police for unjustifiable reasons all the time. Here’s a case of a business owner getting arrested for “loitering” on HIS OWN PROPERTY by DeKalb Police earlier this year. This is just one example out of MANY where the cops just arrest someone without probable cause. It’s bullshit, and it is a law that invites police-state psychopaths to take full advantage of it, and those police do that, whether they are in DeKalb or they operate in Sheriff Roger Garrison’s Cherokee County Office.

And, as one aside, I personally know of someone who was arrested in the City of Cumming for “loitering” in broad daylight on a Tuesday (i.e., at a place and at a time that is “usual” for law-abiding people individuals to be in) while he was sitting in his car on the phone outside of a business waiting for someone else to meet him. The case got tossed eventually by the judge…but, all these types of cases do is make good money for defense lawyers and courts, and it harms innocent people who were not guilty of doing anything wrong, and costs them and their families plenty of heartache.

Day 4) Moore returns to LC and LC shows him the written bill and in the bill it has the striking of the loitering law itself…along with the addition of two sections, both dealing with the sex-offender part of the code referring to the loitering section. Sam took a copy of the bill home and read and researched it and decided that there were other parts of state law that protected the children (OCGA 16-11-35(b) was one example) and that the loitering law was such an ill-conceived law to start with that he decided to go with it and put the bill forward.

From his understanding of the normal procedure for any house bill, it goes through a First Reader on the House floor, and then a Second Reader on the House floor, and then gets assigned to a committee to review and a presentation by the bill’s sponsor is made, opposing sides are allowed input, and then either it gets revised and comes out of committee, or it dies in committee.

So, Sam Moore was of the belief that if the bill was flawed, someone could explain it to him in the committee and it would be revised. Well…the committee never heard the bill. It was read once on the floor on Thursday, assigned to Non-Civil Judiciary…but never actually made it there.

What instead happened was that Speaker David Ralston and his minions got ahold of it, called-in the political consultants on Thursday to devise a plan to communicate their “horror” at the sex-offender part of the bill to all the useful idiots they knew they could control (i.e., those folks in the House who appeared in the well on Friday morning to express their drama-queen outrage about the bill), and then proceed to notify all the related news media folks about the “horror” of Sam Moore trying to make it possible for sex-offenders to walk on school property and rape and molest children (like, yeah, you know, laws prevent those things from happening already, right?).

SO…where’s my proof of the Ralston involvement? Oh…just Meagan Biello’s campaign disclosure for the run-off. Here is the list of state house contributors, and their dollar amounts (“money for nothing and the chicks are free…”):

State Rep. Barry Fleming – $500
Speaker David Ralston – $1,300
State Rep. John Meadows – $1,300
State Rep. Larry O’Neal – $1,300

State Rep. Terry England – $1,300
State Rep. Richard Smith – $1,300
State Rep. Matt Hatchett – $1,300
State Rep. R.M. Channell – $1,000
State Rep. Butch Parrish – $500
State Rep. Mark Hamilton – $1,300
State Rep. Jay Powell – $1,000
State Rep. Penny Houston – $1,300
State Rep. Michael Dudgeon – $500
State Rep. Amy Carter – $1,000
State Rep. Jason Shaw – $250
State Rep. Jay Roberts – $1,300

Do any of these people know Meagan Biello? Hell, no. They contribute to whom Ralston designates to be “his” boy/girl.

Now, what is more interesting is those 3 people’s names that I bolded (Ralston, O’Neal, Meadows) also took to the well to pile-on the crap on Moore, as detailed in this article from the Florida Times Union.

Note that in the article’s wording, Rules Chairman John Meadows declares that this bill will never get out of his committee to get to the floor.

Here’s a pertinent question: Did it EVER go to the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee it was supposedly assigned to? ( I’d ask Chairman Rich Golick, but I’m fairly certain he would lie to me, as well as under oath, so I won’t bother.)

Someone who has worked for 20+ years in the House told Sam Moore later in the day on Friday that he had never seen anything like what the House Leadership did to Sam Moore on his bill.

That, combined with the fact that the child-prostitution bill by Willard and Lindsey in 2009 never received the same type of treatment, tells me this was a special political ambush against Sam Moore, deliberately created by Ralston and all those other folks who donated money to Biello in the run-off against Sam Moore.

Because, when Biello lost, they lost their chosen puppet (and that is all you are to them, Meagan. A chew-toy they are DYING to slobber over and control. Make sure you teach the kids in your classes that selling your integrity and soul is always the best way to go thru life.)

Oh…and last, but not least, here’s the after-dinner apertif: In that Florida Times Union article, take special note of what Speaker Ralston says with regards to this bill: “That bill chooses to stand with sex offenders and pedophiles, and that is something I can’t fathom.”

Okay, now try to stop yourself from laughing too much at that as those words are coming straight out of the mouth of a bona-fide psychopath, and here’s why:

1) As detailed in my piece from 2013, Ralston didn’t just defend child molestors (everyone deserves a defense, even child molestors), but he actually devised of a legal theory that if an underaged girl had sex with her father, and had sex with her uncle, and didn’t complain to anyone about having sex with her uncle, then the girl could not complain about her father having sex with her, and that his then-client, the father, should be acquitted of child molestation. THAT takes someone possessing a certain degree of psychosis to be able to create that argument and go with it. (The Georgia Court of Appeals did not buy that theory.)

2) In 2011, House Speaker David Ralston led the charge to change the laws of Georgia to “…make it easier for offenders who committed felonies such as child molestation and rape to disappear from the public eye.”

In this above article, it is indicated that there was a belief that the law needed changing due to the “unconstitutionality” of it.

Well, one only need to look at the loitering law in Georgia to see there’s a law that is also unconstitutional.

But, Ralston would rather take a shot at someone elected by THEIR constituency, rather than recognize a bad law in the loitering law and seek to change that.

Methinks thou protest too much, Mr. Speaker. (Do you even know what that means, Mr. Speaker?)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vicki Pierce, August 5, 1998

After reviewing past records of Republican Attorney General candidates, mothers interested in protecting children from child abuse and sexual exploitation, have found that State Senator David Ralston has a career record of legally protecting child molesters and abusers, and has argued in the courts against legislation which protects Georgia’s children. Ralston promises to defend our values and improve our juvenile courts, yet his past actions have made him an adversary to children’s advocates trying to change child abuse judiciary laws during the 1998 Legislative session.
In Dayton v. State of Georgia, Ralston argued that a 63-year-old man convicted of 2 counts of aggravated child molestation, oral sodomy and 1 count of regular child molestation of a 13-year-old girl, his step-grandchild, should be found innocent. Ralston argued against the use of the Child Hearsay Statute and claimed that the child initiated the sex and wanted it. In Hyatt v. State, Ralston represented a father convicted of sodomizing his 7-year-old son, saying that the 7-year-old was not competent to testify. This is the precisely the reason that the Child Hearsay Statute is so necessary for the protection of children against Father’s Rights’ litigators such as Ralston — that children are not considered credible witnesses, that youngest of our society virtually have no protection from child predators due to their youth and inability to successfully verbalize under cross-examination.

In Chastain v. State, Ralston again advocated to overturn an aggravated sodomy and child molestation case against a father of an 11-year-old girl. Ralston wanted to interview the child as to what she believed to be molestation, trying to say that the child consented to it. The child had previously been caught in bed with an uncle and Ralston tried to show that she was sexual and initiated the acts.
In Schuler v. State, Ralston represented a teacher in a cruelty to children charge with 21 counts of simple battery. Schuler had told a child “to go the bathroom and beat off.” Luckily, Ralston lost this case. Then there’s Weaver v. Chester where Ralston tried to help a dead-beat dad from paying child support. He lost that one, as well. There are so many others so onerous and numerous to list in a short release.

Last fall, when Sen. Joe Burton was conducting Senate hearings on Sen. Bills 71-75 before the Senate Special Judiciary Committee, Sen. David Ralston was a virtual ghost, even though his name was on the Bills. We, the mothers testifying before this committee, got no support from him. When trying to get community leaders to testify before this committee, I was asked by many why these bills weren’t being heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee, that the Special Judiciary Committee wasn’t as strong, that there was something wrong with this situation, especially since Ralston was on the Judiciary Committee.
I never got an answer to the question or why Ralston balked at helping us; but, after looking up his legal record, I now have the answers.

Georgia’s children deserve better than this, than just another Republican hypocrite in the AG’s office, who will not protect them in the courts.
Integrity in the Attorney General’s office is essential in upholding laws designed to prosecute child abusers, and that is why the mothers of Give Us Back Our Children and the National Alliance for Family Court Justice are endorsing and voting for Kip Klein.
Source: Georgia Pundit, This entry was posted by PV, on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 at 10:50 am and is filed under Georgia Politics, Georgia Races, Georgia State House, Press Releases, WTF and Tagged: 1998 Attorney General Race, child molestor advocate, David Ralston, Kip Klein