Georgia

Georgia state trooper tells protesters in viral video: ‘I only kneel for … God’

A law enforcement officer in Georgia is going viral after he said he “has much respect” for Black Lives Matter protesters after the death of George Floyd — but he only kneels “for one person.” Georgia State Trooper O’Neal Saddler was allegedly asked to kneel during a demonstration in Hartwell while a bystander was recording. “If I didn’t have any respect, I wouldn’t [be here],” Saddler explained. “I was supposed to be out of town this weekend with my wife. I took off today, this weekend, but I’m out here to make sure y’all are safe.” He added, “Don’t go there with respect, OK? I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.” Someone in the crowd replied: “And that’s God,” which the trooper confirmed: “God.” “God Bless him!” Ryan Fournier, founder and co-chairman of Students for Trump, wrote in a tweet. Others praised him in the original post as “one of the best in the business.” The state trooper’s comments come as many police officers have been urged to take a knee in solidarity with protesters as some are pushing to “defund the police.”

Georgia State Trooper O’Neal Saddler is definitely a role model.  To see the video in question, click on the video.  Great job, Sergeant!      🙂

 

Pro-Trump Georgia Democrat reverses decision to resign after ‘overwhelming support’

Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones has changed his mind about resigning from the state legislature, announcing Thursday that he would “remain on the battlefield” despite the Democratic outcry over his endorsement of President Trump. Mr. Jones, a black Democrat, said he received “an overwhelming amount of support” from his constituents, as well as “fellow Georgians and fellow Americans from across this country,” after declaring Wednesday that he had “left the plantation” and would step down. “You know what, America?” said Mr. Jones in an online video. “I thought about it, and I talked to my family and I talked to my supporters, and because of what you did for me, I am going to remain on the battlefield. I am going to complete my term, I am going to put my country before my party.” He added, “That was emotion. That was motivation.” Mr. Jones has been decried by fellow Democrats since announcing earlier this month that he would support Mr. Trump’s 2020 reelection bid, prompting House leaders to endorse his primary foe, Rhonda Taylor, and local Democrats to seek to censure him. “Little did I know that I would receive such a barrage of attacks and name-calling by the far left of the Democratic Party,” Mr. Jones said.

Good for Mr. Jones for sticking it out!  For more on this story, click on the text above.

Black Georgia Democrat resigns after Trump endorsement backlash: ‘I have left the plantation’

Georgia Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones announced Wednesday morning he is resigning from his seat after last week endorsing President Trump’s reelection — a move that quickly earned him backlash from Georgia Democrats. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones told The Rashad Richey Morning Show, a talk show in Atlanta, that despite his resignation he would not be leaving the Democratic Party because “somebody’s got to be in there to hold them accountable — hold them accountable to how they are treating black people [and] root out the bigotry.” “Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation,” Jones said in a separate statement officially announcing his resignation, according to the Journal-Constitution. “Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020.” State Sen. Nikema Williams, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, issued a statement soon after Jones’ endorsement of Trump calling Jones an “embarrassment,” adding, he “does not stand for our values.” Jones’ Atlanta-area district includes parts of DeKalb and Rockdale counties. Democratic parties in both counties planned to censure Jones for the Trump endorsement, according to the Journal-Constitution. Jones, after his original endorsement, told the paper that “President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign.” Jones seemed to foreshadow this resignation in a Monday night tweet. “I’ve seen more Democrats attack me for my decision to endorse @realdonaldtrump than ask me why,” he said. “They’ve used and abused folks in my community for far too long, taking our votes for granted. Black Americans are waking up. An uprising is near.” After announcing his resignation, Jones fired off a handful of combative tweets touting Trump and attacking Democrats. “I don’t care what the Democrat Party does to me,” Jones said in one tweet, apparently quoting himself on The Rashad Richey Morning Show. “What are they going to do? Spank me?” He continued: “More African-Americans, prior to this pandemic, were working more than any other time in my lifetime.” In a final tweet, Jones said that “[t]he left hates me because they can’t control me. They can stay mad.” Jones also will not be seeking reelection, his spokesman told the Journal-Constitution. Jones has a long history in Georgia politics, according to the paper, including time as the DeKalb County chief executive. “I intend to help the Democrat Party get rid of its bigotry against Black people that are independent and conservative,” Jones said in the statement announcing his resignation, according to the Journal-Constitution. “I endorsed the White guy (Donald J. Trump) that let Blacks out of jail, and they endorsed the White guy (Joe Biden) that put Blacks in jail.”

Good for Mr. Jones for standing by his convictions!    🙂

Suspect Dead After Targeting Armed Georgia Gun Store Owner

An armed, Mableton, Georgia, gun store owner shot and killed one of two suspects who allegedly ordered him to the floor Monday morning during a burglary gone wrong. The incident occurred at Dixie Gun and Pawn just as the store was opening for the day. According to Action News 5, store owner Jimmy Groover said that “two men wearing masks came in with guns drawn, demanding that he get on the floor, while shouting they were going to kill him.” But Groover was wearing a handgun on his hip, and according to Fox 13 Memphis, “Police said [Groover] pulled out his gun and fired, hitting one of the gunmen.” The suspects opened fire as well, and police arrived to find shattered glass and the body of the one of the two suspects lying on the floor. The second suspect fled the scene. Groover said his store has been robbed numerous times during the 30 years that his family has owned it, but this was the first time that people allegedly tried to rob it during business hours.

Kudos to Jimmy for doing what he had to do; putting that one maggot down.  Let’s hope the word gets out to into the community, and that the police find (and arrest) the second idiot.

Gun-toting grandmother foils home invasion; 3 arrested

Two men and a woman have been arrested after grandmother with a gun thwarted an attempted burglary at her home in Coweta County, Ga., according to deputies. “I don’t know why they selected that house, but they picked the wrong one,” Colonel James Yarbrough from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said. According to a report, Elaine Stiehl, 78, was getting ready to take a nap when she heard a noise coming from inside her home on Mount Carmel Road around 3 p.m. Friday. Stiehl loaded her gun, opened her bedroom door and saw two men standing in her hallway, the report said. Officials said the men were in the process of stealing furs and tools from the home, but after seeing Stiehl’s gun, the men reportedly ran out of the residence and fled in a car. “Neighbors were able to give us a description of the vehicle we pulled it over and took the subjects into custody,” Yarbrough said. John Michael O’Neal, 32, was been charged with burglary and theft by receiving stolen property. Thomas Allen Linder, 44, is charged with burglary and weapons possession by a convicted felon. The getaway driver, identified as Ann Renee Dearman, 49, was charged with burglary.

Excellent!!   🙂

Starnes: State of Georgia demands pastor turn over sermons

A lay minister who is suing the Georgia Department of Public Health for religious discrimination has been ordered by the state’s attorney general to relinquish his sermons to the government, according to federal court documents. “Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh. Dr. Walsh said he will not comply with the request. “No government has the right to require a pastor to turn over his sermons,” Walsh said. “I cannot and will not give up my sermons unless I am forced to do so.” Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister had been hired in May 2014 as a District Health Director with the Georgia Department of Public Health. A week later, a government official asked him to submit copies of his sermons for review. He complied and two days later he was fired. His attorneys said the government was curious about sermons Dr. Walsh delivered on health, marriage, sexuality, world religions, science and creationism. He also preached on what the Bible says regarding homosexuality. He has since filed a federal lawsuit charging state officials with engaging in religious discrimination. “He was fired for something he said in a sermon,” attorney Jeremy Dys told me. “If the government is allowed to fire someone over what he said in his sermons, they can come after any of us for our beliefs on anything.” Dr. Walsh has assembled a powerhouse legal team comprised of Parks, Chesin & Walbert along with First Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s most prominent religious liberty law firms. “It’s an incredible intrusion on the sanctity of the pulpit,” Dys said. “This is probably the most invasive reach into the pulpit by the state that I’ve ever seen.” Neither the attorney general nor his communication director responded to telephone calls or email correspondence. Dys said the government’s request came as part of the process to build their case against his client. The request, he said, carries the same force of law as a subpoena. “Pastors and rabbis across the country – especially in the state of Georgia should be frightened that a state would demand all the sermon notes and transcripts of a pastor,” he said. “This is unprecedented.” It may be unprecedented, but is it illegal?

It should be illegal!  The very idea that a governmental body (in this case, the state of Georgia) would demand that a member of the clergy that they turn over their sermon notes is the kind of fascism we’d expect from a totalitarian state like N. Korea and other communist countries; NOT here in America..  Awful..

Georgia’s high court rules in favor of Ku Klux Klan in ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ case

Dismissing an appeal on a technicality, Georgia’s highest court granted a victory to a Ku Klux Klan group that has been seeking for years to participate in a highway cleanup program. The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the state’s appeal of a lower court decision that the state had violated the KKK group’s free speech rights. The Department of Transportation filed its appeal incorrectly, leaving the high court without authority to consider its merits, the opinion said. The state attorney general’s office, which represents the department, is reviewing the decision and considering its options, spokesman Nicholas Genesi said in an email. The north Georgia KKK group applied to join the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program in May 2012, hoping to pick up litter along part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. The program was started in 1989 to get volunteers to clean up sections of roads in the state. In exchange, the Department of Transportation posts a sponsorship sign along the road with the program logo and the volunteer group’s name. The state Department of Transportation, which runs the program, denied the KKK group’s application, saying its program was aimed at “civic-minded organizations in good standing” and citing what it called the KKK’s “long-rooted history of civil disturbance” and the “potential for social unrest.” The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued on behalf of the KKK group in September 2012, arguing that the state violated the group’s right to free speech. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua agreed and ruled in the group’s favor in November 2014, saying the KKK’s group’s application was treated differently than others and that “viewpoint-based discrimination” is not allowed under the Georgia Constitution. The state appealed, arguing that the KKK group’s arguments were barred by the principle of sovereign immunity, which shields the state and its agencies from being sued in their official capacity unless the General Assembly waives that protection. The Department of Transportation didn’t have an automatic right to appeal in this case and failed to file a necessary application to appeal, leaving the high court without jurisdiction and with no choice but to dismiss the appeal, the opinion says. Alan Begner, an attorney for the KKK group, said they are considering the ruling a victory, though he and his clients would have liked the Supreme Court to weigh in on the underlying issue of sovereign immunity in cases of constitutional challenges to government actions. The Department of Transportation adopted a moratorium on allowing any new participants in the highway cleanup program shortly after it denied the KKK group’s request. In her original ruling, LaGrua had dismissed the KKK group’s request to order the state to allow it to participate in the program. Begner said he needs to talk to the ACLU and his clients about possible next steps.

With respect to the liberal Associated Press (AP) which brought us that story (and boy did it pain them to bring us that story)…and “technicality” or not.. This was was the right decision.  This particular Georgia Klan group has every right to exercise it’s 1st Amendment right to free speech, just like every other group out there.  Those of us in Colorado are well aware of the LGBT group who adopted a part of I-25 South right as you come into Colorado Springs.  Their adopt a highway sign is on the right of the highway..right before the exit to the headquarters for Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian organization based in the Springs.  I defy anyone to tell me that the placement of that sign, or the group’s desire to “adopt” that little stretch was calculated; that it’s placement was a mere coincidence.  But, regardless, the group has every right to adopt a piece of highway…just like any other group.  So, again, this was the right decision.

American flags burned, vandalized, stolen across U.S.

As Americans show their love of country this Independence Day, they’re being forced to battle thieves, vandals and arsonists. Eric Irvin is resorting to increasing his home security to protect his American flag. Irvin lives in a Peachtree City, Georgia neighborhood that has been hit by a rash of flag thefts just before the 4th of July. “It frustrates me,” Irvin says of the thief who swiped flags from the houses in his neighborhood, which is filled with veterans. “I served for 20 years and it means a lot to me and my soldiers,” neighbor Bob Karpiak says of the American flag. “It kind of pisses me off,” a more blunt Phillip Griffiths tells CBS 46. “They’re either stupid out just outright disrespectful.” “I was eight years with the Army,” Georgia Pappas says. “I’m just really appalled. I don’t understand why anyone would do that. Even if it’s just a joke, someone is doing it trying to be funny, I don’t find it funny.” “I served in the United States Army for more than 16 years,” neighbor Frank Ward says, according to ABC 57. “All of us patriotic folks who live here have a problem with this. “Peachtree City is one of the best places to celebrate the Fourth of July. It makes me feel terrible. It’s just disgraceful to me to think that anybody would steal or take somebody’s flag. I think all of us patriotic folks that live here have a problem with this.” Peachtree City police have not identified any leads in the rash of flag thefts. Homeowners aren’t sitting idly by. Bob Karpiak has already replaced his. “In the grand scheme of things it was small,” he tells the news station. “I’m sure it was kids being kids. Hopefully their parents will correct them.” Meanwhile, a homeowner in Dearborn Heights, Michigan came home to find her flag ripped off her front porch and burned in her front yard. “Responding officers found the flag charred and in several small pieces when they arrived at the house,” the Press and Guide reports. It had been attached to a pole on the porch. Smyrna, Delaware residents decorated their town with 5,600 small American flags along the roadways. Shortly after, they found 42 of them had been vandalized. “We just put them up [Thursday] and they hadn’t been up 24 hours yet,” Mayor Joanne Masten tells the Delaware State News. “It looks like they took the flags and just snapped them off. I think it was obviously somebody that hadn’t been taught respect and to take pride in your community and take pride in America.” “I think it’s really sad that you try to be patriotic and somebody comes along and vandalizes,” says Cheryl Thornton, who had one of her flags stolen. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me. I guess they just don’t have anything better to do. I guess somebody was just trying to be mischievous, which is a shame.”

Indeed..  Hopefully they find, and arrest, whoever is doing this..  Awful..

Woman in burka allegedly attacks Georgia homeowner with American flag

A Georgia homeowner was attacked Tuesday by a woman dressed in a burka armed with the American flag that was in the homeowner’s yard, The Smoking Gun reported. Aisha Ibrahim, 30, allegedly pulled Old Glory out of a mailbox in Lawrenceville, which is outside Atlanta, and “in a threatening manner” swung the flag at the homeowner, the report said. A fight ensued until a neighbor was reportedly able to hold Ibrahim, whose eyes were only visible, until police arrived. Authorities told FoxNews.com that the fight appeared to be unprovoked. The alleged victim was identified as Dami Arno, who reportedly called for hate-crime charges against Ibrahim. “A Muslim women tore my flag pole down this morning and attacked me and my daughter with it. After the fight she was charged with simple battery 2 counts, nothing else. No hate crime, no destruction of property, no criminal trespassing — nothing,” Arno reportedly posted on Facebook. Capt. Tim Wallis, from the Lawerenceville Police Department, said he is going to look into a hate crime charge. The report did not indicate the alleged attacker’s religion and said she was arrested on a pair of battery counts. A third misdemeanor charge was later filed, the report said.

Of course the suspect’s religion IS relevant. She was wearing a burka, for crying out loud. We’re curious where she’s from. So many questions.. Well, hopefully she is ordered to pay restitution to the poor homeowner she attacked..and does some jail time.

Cross memorial for fallen veterans in Georgia back up after public outcry

A Memorial Day cross display honoring fallen soldiers is back up Wednesday along a state highway in Georgia, after it was taken down last week amid controversy. The 79 white, handmade crosses posted on public property along state Highway 92 in Hiram, Ga., were meant to represent the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars, according to town officials. But the crosses were abruptly taken down last Friday after someone called Hiram City Hall questioning whether the soldiers were all Christian. The move sparked public outcry — particularly on social media — and, after a city council meeting Tuesday night, the crosses were put back in place Wednesday morning. “It was never about religion — it was just to honor them,” Hiram Mayor Teresa Philyaw told FoxNews.com Tuesday. “We wanted to make sure that they weren’t forgotten. We also wanted their families to know that our hearts still bleed for them,” Philyaw said. “The cross is a ‘rest in peace’ symbol to me,” she said. But not everyone in the Georgia town with a population of 2,332 agreed with Philyaw. Hours after the crosses were posted, an unnamed resident called the office of city manager Barry Atkinson and asked whether all 79 military personnel were Christians. That phone call prompted the town, fearing a lawsuit, to remove the crosses from public land — though none of the veterans’ families had complained, according to Philyaw. The cross memorial ignited fierce debate on social media — with many people saying its removal is political correctness run amok, while others argued all faiths should be represented. At the city council meeting Tuesday night, many spoke in favor of the memorial and pushed for it to be restored. Tommy Dingler, whose son Joshua was killled in Iraq, held up a photo of the 19-year-old as he addressed the council, Fox affiliate WAGA-TV reported. “A cross has been used for fallen soldiers from the time of the Red Coats, Patriots, Yankees, Rebels — they all used it,” Dingler said. Other attendees accused the council of cowering to one complaint, while failing to honor the families who want their loved ones remembered. The city council eventually agreed, voting unanimously to put the crosses back up. “We just really would love to think this person will understand that it was never a religious thing — it was just to honor these people who died for him and for all of us,” Philyaw told the station.

This is a follow up to this story reported on earlier in the week..  We’re very glad to see the city council finally come to its senses voting unanimously to return these crosses..  We as a society cannot allow the pc police and speech Nazis to bully us.  It has gotten WAY out of control the last 5-10 years..