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Naples, FL

#41 Aug 28, 2013
Only my opinion, but I believe it would be better if we spent as much time and money throwing white-collar thieves that steal millions and billions in jail, as we do some guy growing a bush and smoking it.

I have no idea if the new sheriff has a strong "Economic Crimes Unit" - but I hope so.

Time for ‘Banksters’ to be prosecuted

...“Banksters,” the cover of the Economist magazine charges, depicting a gaggle of bankers dressed as extras off the “Goodfellas” lot.

The editors were reacting to Libor-gate, the collusion among traders of major banks to fix the London interbank offered lending rate, the most recent, most obscure and the most explosive revelation from what seems a bottomless pit of corruption in global banks.

Once more the big banks are exposed in systematic fraudulent activity.

When Barclays agreed to a $450 million fine for trying to rig the Libor, its CEO offered the classic excuse: Everyone does it.

Once more the question remains: Will CEOs and CFOs, as well as traders, be prosecuted?

Or will they depart with their multimillion dollar rewards intact, leaving shareholders to pay the tab for the hundreds of millions in fines?

Almost everyone is affected. Fixing the rate even a few hundreds of a percentage point could make Barclays millions on any single day — money taken out of the pockets of consumers and investors.

Once more the banks were rigging the rules; once more their customers were their mark.
Waiting

Commerce, GA

#42 Aug 28, 2013
Informed Opinion wrote:
Only my opinion, but I believe it would be better if we spent as much time and money throwing white-collar thieves that steal millions and billions in jail, as we do some guy growing a bush and smoking it.
I have no idea if the new sheriff has a strong "Economic Crimes Unit" - but I hope so.
Time for ‘Banksters’ to be prosecuted
...“Banksters,” the cover of the Economist magazine charges, depicting a gaggle of bankers dressed as extras off the “Goodfellas” lot.
The editors were reacting to Libor-gate, the collusion among traders of major banks to fix the London interbank offered lending rate, the most recent, most obscure and the most explosive revelation from what seems a bottomless pit of corruption in global banks.
Once more the big banks are exposed in systematic fraudulent activity.
When Barclays agreed to a $450 million fine for trying to rig the Libor, its CEO offered the classic excuse: Everyone does it.
Once more the question remains: Will CEOs and CFOs, as well as traders, be prosecuted?
Or will they depart with their multimillion dollar rewards intact, leaving shareholders to pay the tab for the hundreds of millions in fines?
Almost everyone is affected. Fixing the rate even a few hundreds of a percentage point could make Barclays millions on any single day — money taken out of the pockets of consumers and investors.
Once more the banks were rigging the rules; once more their customers were their mark.
If you could get rid of the Banksters in Blairsville you would eliminate 90% of the corruption. You see two of them in the middle of everything that goes on.

ACOG

Since: Dec 10

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#43 Aug 28, 2013
Informed Opinion wrote:
Only my opinion, but I believe it would be better if we spent as much time and money throwing white-collar thieves that steal millions and billions in jail, as we do some guy growing a bush and smoking it.
I have no idea if the new sheriff has a strong "Economic Crimes Unit" - but I hope so.
Time for ‘Banksters’ to be prosecuted
...“Banksters,” the cover of the Economist magazine charges, depicting a gaggle of bankers dressed as extras off the “Goodfellas” lot.
The editors were reacting to Libor-gate, the collusion among traders of major banks to fix the London interbank offered lending rate, the most recent, most obscure and the most explosive revelation from what seems a bottomless pit of corruption in global banks.
Once more the big banks are exposed in systematic fraudulent activity.
When Barclays agreed to a $450 million fine for trying to rig the Libor, its CEO offered the classic excuse: Everyone does it.
Once more the question remains: Will CEOs and CFOs, as well as traders, be prosecuted?
Or will they depart with their multimillion dollar rewards intact, leaving shareholders to pay the tab for the hundreds of millions in fines?
Almost everyone is affected. Fixing the rate even a few hundreds of a percentage point could make Barclays millions on any single day — money taken out of the pockets of consumers and investors.
Once more the banks were rigging the rules; once more their customers were their mark.
http://theacog.webs.com/ucb.htm

ACOG

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#44 Aug 28, 2013
Waiting wrote:
<quoted text>If you could get rid of the Banksters in Blairsville you would eliminate 90% of the corruption. You see two of them in the middle of everything that goes on.
theacog.webs.com

http://theacog.webs.com/ucb.htm

United Community Bank Investigation
Ooh ooh ooh I know

Conyers, GA

#45 Aug 28, 2013
ACOG wrote:
<quoted text>
theacog.webs.com
http://theacog.webs.com/ucb.htm
United Community Bank Investigation
I bet the FDIC is going through it so they can learn your honed investigative strategy and save the world.
U R NUTS

Gillsville, GA

#46 Aug 28, 2013
Reb Blairsville wrote:
I had very high hopes for Mason when he was elected and I still have those hopes. If it turns out that he isn't all he seemed to be he will still be better than the unsupervised dept. that we had. I have seen our DA at several functions and he seems to be a decent man but unfortunately a man with no balls. I think he would most likely be a very good assistant DA but we or going to have to have a man with the backbone to do what is necessary to clean up this place. I have lived in Union County more years than most people or fortunate to live anywhere. I have seen corruption all those years and we will always have some but not to the point it is today. We have crooked politicians, Crooked business men, and organizations which were suppose to help our lives to be better but have evolved into a way for the directors and management to screw over the general public. I hate to say this but what we need is an outsider with no ties to anyone in the community. He needs to be free to do what needs to be done. Course we have had DA's from other communities and they were not very ethical so maybe the man above will send us one to help us.
Reb, thanks for contributing again, always important as well as enlightening to hear your viewpoints.

I for one implore those who may be unfamiliar with your long history within our proud Mountain Heritage to appreciate your sincere love for our community, and to recognize the importance of the wisdom and knowledge you possess of this community that only others could dream of having.

Sure, there are those who would prefer their devious self-serving agendas remain concealed from the unbeknowing, but I believe we both believe truth will ultimately prevail.

That said, I find agreement with your posting. Its possible the problems within the D As office are more as they have been in the past.

And that is, to do with what I will here call, an unholy alliance of elite control that has in the past totally exercised control over most functions within our community. Many times I believe the independent personalities, whether elected or appointed, are unprepared for the impending domination, and thus inept in any attempt to oppose or deal with it, are easy prey, and succumb with very little resistance.

As we saw in the last elections, embezzlements, fraud, and other corruption came to light, and changes began to take place.

As the controlling alliance, previously mentioned above, rallied to save the Commissioner, it became necessary to abandon those in the most obvious offending positions and a New Sheriff and Tax Commissioner were elected.

If were are to continue this succession to a better and more efficient and responsive government for Blairsville/Union County, in my view, we must:

VOTE FOR NEW RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP FOR MAYOR/COUNCIL OF BLAIRSVILL in November.

DEFEAT THE NOVEMBER VOTE FOR ANOTHER SPLOST

SEEK OPPOSSITION FOR THE D. A. and JUDGES and ELECT A NEW D. A. AND JUDGES in 2014*

*Our judicial system is in dismal need of those who will seek justice in an impartial, fair, and balanced manner for ALL who come before them.
U R NUTS

Gillsville, GA

#47 Aug 28, 2013
Many of us are in agreement that the New Sheriff has done an excellent job over the past few months in all areas including, but not limited to:

Clearing up the physical, evidenceual, and documentary chaos left by the former Administration

Actively working with the D.A. to determine which pending cases from the previous Administration met legal requirement to proceed to trial.

Locating and recovering outstanding Sheriffs Department Equipment

Identifying damaged, obsolete, and no longer unusable equipment to be replaced, then auctioning those practical with utilization of any returns for assisting, repairs or replacement

Interviewing staff - purging those necessary, while hiring and training more qualified and professional Deputies

Arrest records appear to indicate a broad spectrum of activity in suppression of criminal activity including, drug related from misdemeanor to felony, crimes against persons and property, fraud, child molestation, animal abuse, and many others.

And most impressive is, there isnt a proliferation of negligible traffic charges leading, always, to other more significant charges, to include obstruction of an officer.

I guess I should make it clear, the Sheriff would not know me if you knew, and called my name. These are just a few practical observations that to me have created a new sense of trust and confidence throughout our community in what is now projected by this Sheriff as a Professional Agency that we havent seen in over 12 years. And he hasnt reached his 9th month of a 4-year term.

Im just saying he deserve to be cut some slack, the Jury IS still out. He is smarter and deserves more credit than given.

As far as the wherewithal to pursue and attack any level of crime ... no doubt he is up to it. But again he is no fool. He is seasoned, and knows how the ducks must be aligned before he takes action. No, Blairsville/Union County certainly cant afford an Economic Crimes Unit, nevertheless; I wouldnt think it wise to underestimate this Sheriff.

I pray he will prove much more than the peoples Sheriff and our simple defender, I trust he will serve us with honor. Only time will tell us if he is that man. I ask for the well-meaning people of this community to pray for and support him to be.
mith

Jefferson, GA

#48 Aug 31, 2013
Interesting comments in this thread. Many are off topic but are interesting.

Topic was about the DA NOT investigating before bringing charges.

Just going on a persons word that is mad / angry. then wasting the tax payers money to try and make a case out of something it is not. Just to save face. I recall when you asked the DA to take a case they investigated to see if there is probable cause. Tax payers cant afford this bunch of slackers. Before long the number of liable suits are going to be out the roof. What happened to that law.
I like gravy

Fayetteville, GA

#49 Aug 31, 2013
U R NUTS wrote:
Many of us are in agreement that the New Sheriff has done an excellent job over the past few months in all areas including, but not limited to:
Clearing up the physical, evidenceual, and documentary chaos left by the former Administration
Actively working with the D.A. to determine which pending cases from the previous Administration met legal requirement to proceed to trial.
Locating and recovering outstanding Sheriffs Department Equipment
Identifying damaged, obsolete, and no longer unusable equipment to be replaced, then auctioning those practical with utilization of any returns for assisting, repairs or replacement
Interviewing staff - purging those necessary, while hiring and training more qualified and professional Deputies
Arrest records appear to indicate a broad spectrum of activity in suppression of criminal activity including, drug related from misdemeanor to felony, crimes against persons and property, fraud, child molestation, animal abuse, and many others.
And most impressive is, there isnt a proliferation of negligible traffic charges leading, always, to other more significant charges, to include obstruction of an officer.
I guess I should make it clear, the Sheriff would not know me if you knew, and called my name. These are just a few practical observations that to me have created a new sense of trust and confidence throughout our community in what is now projected by this Sheriff as a Professional Agency that we havent seen in over 12 years. And he hasnt reached his 9th month of a 4-year term.
Im just saying he deserve to be cut some slack, the Jury IS still out. He is smarter and deserves more credit than given.
As far as the wherewithal to pursue and attack any level of crime ... no doubt he is up to it. But again he is no fool. He is seasoned, and knows how the ducks must be aligned before he takes action. No, Blairsville/Union County certainly cant afford an Economic Crimes Unit, nevertheless; I wouldnt think it wise to underestimate this Sheriff.
I pray he will prove much more than the peoples Sheriff and our simple defender, I trust he will serve us with honor. Only time will tell us if he is that man. I ask for the well-meaning people of this community to pray for and support him to be.
on my biscuits.
Eat more bacon

Fayetteville, GA

#50 Aug 31, 2013
Ooh ooh ooh I know wrote:
<quoted text>
I bet the FDIC is going through it so they can learn your honed investigative strategy and save the world.
Make Muslims happy.
My favorite song

Fayetteville, GA

#52 Aug 31, 2013
SPOKEN: Hello, ev'ryone, This is your Action News reporter with all the news that
is news across the nation on the scene at the supermarket. There seems to have
been some disturbance here. Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?

SPOKEN: Yeah, I did. I's standin' over there by the tomaters and here he comes-
runnin' through the pole beans, through the fruits ''n' vegetables, nekked as a
jaybird.'n' I hollered over t'Ethel, I said "DON'T LOOK, ETHEL!!" 'n' it's too late-
she'd already been INcensed.

(Here he comes)
Looka dat, looka dat
(There he goes)
Looka dat, looka dat
(And he ain't wearin' no clothes)

Whoa, yes they call him The Streak <"zipppp" kazoo sound>
(Looka dat, looka dat)
Fastest thing on two feet
Looka dat, looka dat
He's just as proud as he can be of his anatomy
He gun give us a peek
Oh, yes they call him The Streak <"zipppp" kazoo sound>
(Looka dat, looka dat)
He likes to show off his physique
(Looka dat, looka dat)
If there's an audience to be found
He'll be streakin' A-round invitin' public critique <"zipppp" kazoo sound>

SPOKEN: This is your Action News reporter once again and we're here at the gas
station. Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?

SPOKEN: Yeah, I did. I's just in here gettin' my tawres checked 'n' he just
appeared outta the back. Come streakin' around the grease rack there-didn't have
nuthin on but a smile!! I looked at her and Ethel was gettin''er a cold drink. I
hollered "DON'T LOOK, ETHEL!!" But it's too late-she'd already been MOONED!!
Flashed her right there in front of the shock absorbers!!

(He ain't crude)
(Looka dat, looka dat)
(He ain't rude)
(Looka dat, looka dat)
(He's just in the mood to run in the nude)

Whoa, yes they call him The Streak <"zipppp" kazoo sound>
(Looka dat, looka dat)
He likes to turn other cheek
(Looka dat, looka dat)
He's always makin' the news wearin' just his tennis shoes
Guess you could call him unique <"zipppp" kazoo sound>

SPOKEN: Once again, your Action News reporter in the booth at the gym covering
the disturbance at the basketball playoff. Pardon me, sir, did you see what
happened?

SPOKEN: Yeah, I did. Halftime, I's just goin' down there to get Ethel a snow cone.
Here he come, right outta the cheap seats, dribblin'. Right down the middle of the
floor. Didn't have on nothin' but his Keds! Made a hook shot and got out through
the concession stand. I hollered up at Ethel, I said "DON'T LOOK, ETHEL!!"..Too
late. She'd already gotten a free shot. Grandstand. Right there in front of the
home team.

Whoa, yes they call him The Streak <"zipppp" kazoo sound>

CLOSING: Not totally decipherable because 3 things are going on at once. Ray is
singing a verse and the backup singers are doing (Looka dat, looka dat) while Ray,
on an overlaid track is speaking "Ethel! Is that you
Ethel? < He's just as proud as he can be > What do you think
you're doin? < He gonna give us a peek> You get your clothes on !!"
Whoa, yes they call him The Streak <"zipppp" kazoo sound>
"Ethel, where you goin'? < He likes to show off his physique> Ethel, you
shameless hussy!!" invitin' public critique> Say it isn't SO, Ethel!!

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