Posted: 4:15 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Notes from a mailbox in west Cobb County 

By Jim Galloway

If there’s anyone who hates the last days before a hot election more than a homeowner on a campaign mailing list, it’s the U.S. Postal Service employee stuck with cramming them into mailbox after mailbox.

Below is a culled collection of yesterday’s delivery, minus the American Express bill and the free oil change coupon.

You’ll notice we have a hot district county commission race in west Cobb — Acworth City Councilman Bob Weatherford versus former Cobb commission chairman Bill Byrne. It’s become yet another Republican establishment versus tea party affair, and may be one reason why Bob Barr, in his 11th District congressional race, has emphasized turning out the Cobb County vote.

This attack from Weatherford tells you that the race is likely a close one:


Not mentioned in the above flyer is Byrne’s sponsorship of a private-public, recycling-sorting plant that ultimately failed. But this is Byrne’s defense on the matter:


As mentioned, Barr is involved in a come-from-behind effort against former state senator Barry Loudermilk of Bartow County in the GOP runoff for U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s seat. The northern part of the district, Bartow and Cherokee counties, has an edge in population. That’s why Barr has enlisted a healthy portion of Cobb’s political structure:


We include the mailer below for the sake of the technology it employs. Barr has accoused Loudermilk of inflating his military record — accusations on a YouTube clip. But mailers don’t show video — yet. So the Barr campaign has included a QR scan code that — if a voter has a reading app on his or her smart phone — directs the voter to the video. An interesting concept — if it works. (Pardon the ripped corner — the dog got to it.)


We’re assured by the Barr campaign that it hasn’t always been so, but in this batch of mail, Loudermilk was positive — behavior that suggests confidence in his situation:


Below was the only mailer received regarding the U.S. Senate race — a Jack Kingston attack on Republican rival David Perdue. But the post office will drop off another load later this afternoon:




Wow, one whack job after another.  Jim, you must be proud to have such great choices!


How Michelle Nunn must envy their ability to put the Republican Party label on the mailers! 

Hey, Jim: any luck yet in getting her to release her FULL tax returns like the other Senate candidates?


I am so sick of these repuppies bemoaning "our children's future," while doing everything they can to ensure there is no future. If these morons keep getting elected, the past will be their future,.a version of the 16th century, ruled by theocrats, a society where 1% control 99% of the wealth, private police and militia enforcing their laws. The soot-filled air of industrial revolution London will look like a Rocky Mountain spring day compared to the filth our progeny will breathe, rivers will be so filthy and clean water so scarce that wars will be fought over it, no regulation of the food they eat, the medicines they are given. Who in hell will invest in an automobile, even if they could muster the price, when the highways will be more pot hole than pavement, and there isn't a safe bridge in the country.

Of course some parts of the country will prosper, as Atlantic Ocean front property in Macon, Gulf front property in Little Rock, and the coastal areas around Dayton, Ohio see real estate prices soar.

Abject greed, denial of global warming, abolishing every regulatory agency in the country, castration of the central government, which is the vision of these people, can lead to nothing else. It makes reasonable people vomit every time one of these anti-government, jesus obsessed, luddites mentions "our children's future."


Still find it hard to believe that 11th district GOPers can only choose between Barr and Loudermilk.

That's akin to deciding whether to take a cyanide pill or drink tea laced with arsenic.


Yes, the QR code works. It takes you to the website listed,, after redirecting through another website,, which is a site that counts visitors, records their cell providers, IP addresses and stuff like that.

But where's the coupon for the free oil change, Jim?   :-)