Patrick Swanson / July 05,2020

Citing violent crime in Atlanta, Georgia governor declares state of emergency and calls up National Guard


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated as many as 1,000 National Guard members.

Kemp, a Republican, said the executive order follows “weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta.”

The governor’s statement says more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire over the extended holiday weekend, including five people who died.

One of the five deaths was that of an 8-year-old girl who was shot while riding in a car with her mother and another person. Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday night as the car tried to enter a parking lot that had illegal barricades, police said.

The shooting was near the scene where a now-fired Atlanta police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks after he fought with officers and tried to run away with a stolen Taser.

“We’ve had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said when talking about the 8-year-old’s death on Sunday. “You can’t blame that on APD (Atlanta Police Department).”

After the death of George Floyd in late May there were protests in downtown Atlanta, several of which were followed by looting and vandalism.

“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said in a statement. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”

The governor’s statement says the National Guard will “provide support” at state buildings like the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion so state police can increase patrols.

Patrick Swanson / July 01,2020

Georgia Name Change FAQ. G eneral Summary of Name Change Laws


Georgia Name Change FAQ. G eneral Summary of Name Change Laws
G eneral Overview of Name Change Laws
The Courts tend to be prepared to accept title modifications for every genuine explanation. Nonetheless, the granting of a Petition for modification of title is discretionary using the court, while the court may deny a Petition on grounds, which will perhaps maybe not represent objection that is lawful. For the purchase of title modification become provided, the court must find conformity because of the demands of notice therefore the needs when it comes to allegations within the Petition. The court must find additionally find good and enough good reasons for the alteration as well as believe it is in keeping with the general public interest. Finally, if the modification of title is actually for a minor, the Court must discover that the alteration is within the needs associated with the small youngster.
One cannot change his/her/the minor’s name for the reason that is fraudulent modification to a title that may impact the legal rights of some other individual (such as for instance a high profile) nor switch to a title involving vulgarity.
O verview of Process in Georgia for a grownup

Patrick Swanson / June 15,2020




6.16.20 – Fox News

“Black Georgia sheriff says shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police was ‘completely justified’”

By Sam Dorman


Excerpts from this article:

Burke County, Ga. Sheriff Alfonzo Williams argued Tuesday that Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was “completely justified” in using lethal force against 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks..

Brooks was shot as he attempted to flee Rolfe and another officer, Devin Brosnan, who had attempted to arrest Brooks after he failed a sobriety test. Brooks had stolen one of the officers’ Taser and attempted to fire it in Rolfe’s direction as he ran.

…”Five seconds; 1,001, 1,002, 1,003, 1,004, 1,005. That’s five whole seconds [when] if an officer is hit with that Taser that he, all of his muscles will be locked up and he’ll have the inability to move and to respond. And yet he is still responsible for every weapon on his belt.

Patrick Swanson / June 12,2020

Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots | Voice of America


Faulty software or poorly calibrated vote-tabulation scanners used to count mailed-in ballots in this week’s chaotic Georgia primary may have prevented thousands of votes from being counted, election officials and voting integrity activists said.

The issue was identified in at least four counties, DeKalb, Morgan, Clarke and Cherokee, according to officials who discovered them, including activists who have sued the state for alleged election mismanagement.

“The fact that it is in multiple counties tells me that it’s probably systemic,” said Richard DeMillo, a Georgia Tech computer scientist who has testified for the plaintiffs, because identical scanners and software were used to count all absentee ballots across the state. DeMillo said the only way to know for sure is through audits.

A top Georgia voting official, voting implementation manager Gabriel Sterling, said Friday that he had seen no evidence yet of the issue and found it difficult to believe the reports were “an active description of what is happening on the ground.”

“These are activists who have an ax to grind,” he said.

Nearly 1.1 million Georgians voted by mail for Tuesday’s primary, which had been delayed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In-person voting Tuesday was beset by cascading failures. Voters waited up to five hours to cast ballots at some polling places due to equipment problems, poll worker unfamiliarity with a new voting system and social distancing measures taken because of the virus. Many voters also showed up to vote in person because absentee ballots they requested never arrived by mail.

People vote at voting booths in the Georgia’s primary electin at Park Tavern on June 9, 2020, in Atlanta.

Patrick Swanson / June 08,2020

Long lines, voting machine problems fuel investigations in U.S. state of Georgia


Reading Time: 3 minutesWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters encountered long lines and problems with voting machines on Tuesday during a chaotic day of in-person balloting in Georgia, the latest state to struggle to conduct elections amid the health worries of the coronavirus pandemic.
State Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the difficulties, and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said his office would investigate problems in two counties that are Democratic strongholds in an effort to resolve the issues before the November general election.
The missteps in Georgia, which had delayed its primary from March, are likely to raise alarms about how well states will handle voting if the coronavirus is still raging when Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden meet in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Many voters complained of hours-long waits and voting machines that were not operating. Raffensperger said the problems were most acute in metropolitan Atlanta’s Fulton and DeKalb counties, although the Georgia Democratic Party said it received reports of problems “in every corner of the state.”
The primary was the first use of Georgia’s new voting equipment, which added a paper ballot backup, and officials said there were reports some locations struggled to start the machines, did not receive the equipment necessary to start on time or did not train poll workers properly on handling them.
“I waited for three hours,” said Callie Orsini, 26, who stood in line with hundreds of people in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood on Tuesday. She said some people in line had requested absentee ballots but had not received them, and it took longer for poll workers to process them.

Patrick Swanson / June 08,2020

Coin As A Means Of Propaganda: Georgian And Western Experience – Analysis

Coin As A Means Of Propaganda: Georgian And Western Experience – Analysis

Georgia which pursues integration into Western political, economic and military unions has an interesting historical background of encouraging peaceful co-existence among its Christian and non-Christian subjects during the Middle Ages.

Patrick Swanson / June 06,2020

Facebook deletes ad of gun-toting congressional candidate who warns Antifa to stay out of Georgia


Facebook deleted a campaign ad from a GOP candidate in Georgia because she was brandishing a gun in the political commercial.
Marjorie Greene is running in Georgia’s 14th District, and she already grabbed attention with a campaign ad where she warns Antifa to stay out of Georgia. In the ad, Greene is standing on the porch of a local business, and she is armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
“I have a message for Antifa terrorists,” Greene says. “Stay the hell out of Northwest Georgia.”
“You won’t burn our churches, loot our businesses or destroy our homes,” Greene tells Antifa.
Greene posted the campaign ad on Tuesday, but it was deleted by Facebook on Thursday. Facebook told Greene’s campaign that the ad was pulled because it violated the company’s policies against promoting the use of firearms.
Facebook sent an email to Greene’s campaign that said ads “must not promote the sale or use of weapons, ammunition, or explosives.” Ads are also prohibited from “promoting the brandishing of firearms.”
“Facebook lets Antifa organize terrorist attacks on America and allows videos of innocent Americans being brutally attacked, but pulls my post down,” she told Fox News. “America is a country of law and order — not anarchy. Telling Antifa thugs to stay out of northwest Georgia is not a violation of Facebook.”
“Big Tech censorship of conservatives must end,” Greene said.
“We removed this ad, which advocates the use of deadly weapons against a clearly defined group of people, for violating our policies against inciting violence,” Facebook said in a statement to Fox News.

Patrick Swanson / June 04,2020

Armed New Black Panthers march to protect demonstrators as they join peaceful protests in Georgia


Armed female Black Panther leads her comrades including a white recruit on a march through Georgia

  • New Black Panthers were spotted at Black Lives Matter protests in Georgia
  • The were seen carrying guns while marching arm-in-arm with protesters
  • The New Black Panthers were seen at protests in Atlanta and Decatur this week
  • They were peaceful and talked about ‘love and respect’ during the marches 

Earlier in the week, many of the same people were spotted carrying guns at a protest in Decatur, Georgia. 

There, on June 3, they also marched arm-in-arm alongside protesters and addressed the crowd as part of their efforts to protect the rights of the demonstrators, according to Decaturish.  

The organization – founded in 1989 and distinct from the original Black Panthers – has engaged in armed protests against alleged police brutality, but its Atlanta chapter did not have a hand in organizing this particular grassroots protest, which was put together by a Georgia State University student.  

Decaturish reported that protesters at the march had expressed concern about their presence.  

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League have both categorized the New Black Panthers as a hate group. 

Armed New Black Panthers march to protect demonstrators as they join peaceful protests in Georgia


Patrick Swanson / May 25,2020

A month after reopening, Georgia coronavirus cases continue slow and steady


“The bad news is we are not seeing a reduction in transmission, but I don’t see a spike in transmission,” said Dr. Gerardo Chowell, professor of mathematical epidemiology at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. Data from the Georgia Department of Health shows that the seven-day moving average of coronavirus cases steadily declined from late April until mid-May, a reflection of the earlier stay-at-home order. The moving average of cases then flattened at just over 500 new cases per day, and the totals have risen slightly since May 12.

Last month, after weeks of stay-at-home orders, Georgia allowed businesses like gyms, hair and nail salons and restaurants to reopen with certain restrictions in an attempt to restart its economy. Georgia was the first state to move so aggressively to reopen its economy and as such has come to represent the broader reopening movement.

So far, that fear has not been borne out. The preliminary data suggests that reopening has not led to a spike in cases — but the virus has continued to steadily infect people and shows no signs of waning.

“I’m proud of what we accomplished over the last several weeks, but we cannot rest on our laurels,” Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said last week. “We need to further expand access to testing and we need to encourage Georgians to make it a priority.”

A month after reopening, Georgia coronavirus cases continue slow and steady

Patrick Swanson / May 25,2020

Florida, Georgia Would Happily Play Host to Republican National Convention If It leaves North Carolina


by Jason Schaumburg
After President Donald Trump took to Twitter to threaten pulling the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, N.C, other southeast states with Trump allies as governor have offered to host the convention.
The GOP convention is scheduled for late August in Charlotte. North Carolina entered phase two of its reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic last week under Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has been cautious in lifting restrictions.
“I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena.”

Trump’s four-tweet thread went on to say that without an immediate answer about attendance, the Republican Party will be forced to find a new location.
Enter Florida and Georgia.
A little more than four hours later Monday morning, Republican Party of Florida Chairman and state Sen. Joe Gruters responded.
“America’s #1 Governor @GovRonDeSantis and the state of Florida would welcome @realDonaldTrump and the 2020 convention with open arms,” Gruters tweeted. “Florida is open for business. @FloridaGOP”


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