Archive | 2018

FAREWELL JUSTICE HARRIS HINES

FAREWELL JUSTICE HARRIS HINES September 2013 – Courtroom - Supreme Court of Georgia. On a hot morning, a little more than five years ago, I was standing before the nine justices ready to make an oral argument in a criminal case th [...]

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WHY BRIAN KEMP SHOULD BE OUR NEXT GOVERNOR

WHY BRIAN KEMP SHOULD BE OUR NEXT GOVERNOR August 16, 1976 – Carrollton, GA. After playing outside in the heat of the summer, I went inside to ask my parents whether I could stay up to watch “Mr. Reagan.” I was three years old [...]

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HOW WILL YOU VOTE ON MARSY’S LAW?

HOW WILL YOU VOTE ON MARSY’S LAW? There are a lot of questions being asked about Amendment 4 on the ballot, known as Marsy’s Law. A student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas died a [...]

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THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO “Revenge Does More Damage to the Avenger than to the Avenged.” One of the best pieces of literary genius tells the story of betrayal, survival, faith, revenge, and God. The Count of Monte Cristo, written [...]

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WHEN DEADLY FORCE IS LEGAL

WHEN DEADLY FORCE IS LEGAL “Direct threats require decisive action.” Former two term Vice-President, Secretary of Defense, and longtime patriot, Richard Cheney. First, I want to be crystal clear that I cannot responsibly provide [...]

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HOW TO HANDLE A DUI STOP

HOW TO HANDLE A DUI STOP I mention something in every column that touches on issues related to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Georgia. Do not drink and drive; even if only one beer was consumed. No one wants to hurt someone else or them [...]

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“ME TOO MOVEMENT” DEFINES INJUSTICE

“ME TOO MOVEMENT” DEFINES INJUSTICE “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Carl Sagan – Accomplished American Scientist Before I explain why powerful people in this county are undermini [...]

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HOW A CHILD CHANGED MY WORLDVIEW

As the West Georgia Autism Foundation is gearing up for the First Annual Fundraiser in January 2019, members of the Board of Directors have been asked to tell their story about how they became involved. Here is my story; the good, bad, and t [...]

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THE CANVAS

THE CANVAS Last year, I had the opportunity to visit one the most pristine places on the planet; the salt marshes of Glynn Co. Georgia. Georgia’s barrier islands have almost been a second home for me. My parents would take me and my three [...]

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Burning Bridges

BURNING BRIDGES 49 BC – Roman Province of Gaul The Roman Senate issued an order to General Julius Caesar as he looked across the Rubicon River toward Italy. He, along with his legions of battle hardened soldiers, were to lay down [...]

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HOPE

HOPE. The Rev. Tommy Greer tells us that Satan has a shed where he keeps his tools of evil. Addiction, depression, hate, betrayal, and anger are just a few of Satan’s precious items. Although he has many, his favorite is fear. Fe [...]

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FORGING AN AUTISM WARRIOR

FORGING AN AUTISM WARRIOR "Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion." - Morihei Ueshiba For over three decades, I used the [...]

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THE MAN IN THE GREAT ARENA

If you were in a foxhole with bullets flying, which former president would you want next to you? John F. Kennedy? Jimmy Carter? George H.W. Bush? Dwight Eisenhower? While these former presidents served their country in battle, I would choose Th [...]

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WHY VOTE FOR GOVERNOR ON JULY 24 TH?

WHY VOTE FOR GOVERNOR ON JULY 24 TH ? “There are three boxes that keep us free: the ballot box, the jury box, the soap box, and the cartridge box.” – Quote describing how Americans remain free. There is an excellent chance tha [...]

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BRETT KAVANAUGH – THE NEXT SCOTUS JUSTICE

BRETT KAVANAUGH – THE NEXT SCOTUS JUSTICE I was disappointed that neither Georgian was chosen to be nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a man who should be confirmed. [...]

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RESHAPING SCOTUS

RESHAPING SCOTUS As the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) closes this term, another Reagan era appointee to the Court will no longer be serving. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has served for 30 years, is retiring on July 31, 2018. This vac [...]

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GOVERNOR DEAL’S LEGACY

GOVERNOR DEAL’S LEGACY Every governor and president will leave a legacy. When Gov. Nathan Deal (GA) was sworn in, I knew that Georgia was in safe hands with a proven conservative. But, I never thought he would be known as a huge advocate [...]

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IS IT A CRIME TO BE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT?

IS IT A CRIME TO BE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT? There should be full support for legal immigration into America. Those who toil through the often-lengthy process of arriving here legally should be commended. Illegal immigration is, well, illegal. [...]

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EXCUSES BREED FAILURE

EXCUSES BREED FAILURE Stephen Forrester was born during the “baby boom” period after the Second World War. Raised in the Mississippi Delta during the 1950’s, he grew up poor. But, the young man had a gift. He was a natural [...]

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COMMUNITY SERVICE SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHMENT

COMMUNITY SERVICE SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHMENT If you are convicted of DUI in Georgia, you must be sentenced to perform community service. Community service is also commonly ordered in other types of cases. Currently, it can also be useful in negotiat [...]

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GEORGIA’S SECOND CHANCE LAW

GEORGIA’S SECOND CHANCE LAW Today, there are many people living in Georgia who avoided a felony conviction by successfully completing their sentence under Georgia’s First Offender Act. They were given a “second chance” by t [...]

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INFORMAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

INFORMAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Hear counsel and receive instruction; that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. Proverbs 19:20 A flattering mouth worketh ruin. Proverbs 26:28 The above passages from the Bible shed light on my experience wit [...]

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INFORMAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

INFORMAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Hear counsel and receive instruction; that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. Proverbs 19:20 A flattering mouth worketh ruin. Proverbs 26:28 The above passages from the Bible shed light on my exp [...]

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BIG MISTAKE IN THE PRAIRIE STATE

BIG MISTAKE IN THE PRAIRIE STATE Any man may make a mistake; none but a fool will persist in it. Italian Proverb In the book, The Verdict Is In, I detail why the modern administration of the death penalty is clearly untenable. The fiv [...]

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DOING WHAT MUST BE DONE

DOING WHAT MUST BE DONE It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required. – Sir Winston Churchill I cannot express the level of pride I have in my home state. Georgia is the home of courageous men and w [...]

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THE GREATEST EXPERIMENT IN HISTORY

THE GREATEST EXPERIMENT IN HISTORY Since the beginning of human civilization, cultures have experimented with ways to govern the people. The vast majority of experiments have been failures because the architects of these governments have alw [...]

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TIME

TIME Over the past two months, God has put the thought of time into my head and heart. I have thought about how time is a finite resource, how to prioritize the time He has given us, and how best to manage the time that we have. Time is diff [...]

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CONFRONT SUICIDE

CONFRONT SUICIDE Brandon was a good friend. He was my high school roommate, football teammate, and co-worker at the Sir Shop in Statesboro, Ga. At Georgia Southern, after I became a KA, he became a pledge. We did all the things that many co [...]

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GET READY FOR "HANDS FREE"

GET READY FOR “HANDS FREE” At about 6:00am last Friday morning, I was riding with GBI Task Force Agent Damon Morris to go turkey hunting in Meriwether Co. As we were cruising down Highway 27, I noticed that he had a copy of HB 673 [...]

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Become An Autism Warrior

BECOME AN AUTISM WARRIOR April is Autism Awareness Month. For years, I viewed April as just another month with a “cause” attached to it. I did not care about autism and was ignorant regarding just about every aspect of it [...]

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THE 12 RULES OF CAROL'S WORLD

THE 12 RULES OF CAROL’S WORLD A lady named Carol is best described as Debbie Neal who lives in another state. The two ladies share similar character traits. They acknowledge the inherent damage in being “politically correct” [...]

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BEING ACCUSED OF A CRIME

BEING ACCUSED OF A CRIME People are accused of a crime every day. Some people are guilty. Some are innocent. Some are in a “gray area.” Many folks think that only “criminals” are accused of crimes or “it will [...]

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IGNORE THESE PRINCIPLES AT YOUR PERIL

IGNORE THESE PRINCIPLES AT YOUR PERIL “Let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” Sun Tzu – Art of War The above quote from an ancient Chinese general is just one [...]

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CAN MARK BORROW MY GUN?

CAN MARK BORROW MY GUN? I have borrowed and loaned firearms all my life. People forget their shotguns on dove hunts, their rifle jams on deer hunts, and sometimes a friend just wants to borrow a gun. So, it's common in America to let someo [...]

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JUDICIAL ACTIVISM AND RESTRAINT

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM AND RESTRAINT You may have heard phrases like, “Judge Brown is an activist judge” or “Judge Collins strictly adheres to the plain text of the Constitution.” These phrases and buzz words are typically [...]

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MY INTERVIEW WITH DISTRICT ATTORNEY HERB CRANFORD

MY INTERVIEW WITH DISTRICT ATTORNEY HERB CRANFORD On February 7th, 2018, I took my boys, Jake and Reagan, to the Capitol in Atlanta. They both wanted to see the governor again and watch him swear in the new District Attorney (DA) for the Coweta J [...]

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HUMBLE YOURSELF

HUMBLE YOURSELF Pasadena, California – January 1, 2018 Moments after Georgia defeated Oklahoma in their College Football Playoff, Bulldogs linebacker David Bellamy yelled, "Humble yourself!" to Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield as the [...]

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THE MOCKINGBIRD

THE MOCKINGBIRD If I remember correctly, I learned to read when I was six years old. I am certain at age seven, I read my first book; To Kill A Mockingbird. The book gave me my first insight into the hearts of evil men. It also sparked my int [...]

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GOD'S GRACE PIERCES THE DARKNESS

GOD’S GRACE PIERCES THE DARKNESS As a child, I struggled to understand why my grandmother would cry when the hymn “Amazing Grace” would be played in church. I have actually struggled to understand the nature or definition of gra [...]

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AN UNNECESSARY WAR

AN UNNECESSARY WAR ‘Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting’. Sun Tzu. Winning is therefore only relevant if b [...]

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