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You cannot use their wifi as a guest and get on GPDO not bc of a social network or board but it says "weapons" :screwy:

So I had to use the 3G ... Weird.
 

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Really? And this helps prevent crime how? Is it really a big concern of the court to restrict people using their public WiFi system to look up weapons? It's their WiFi, they can do whatever they want, but I fail to see the twisted logic here...
 

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Wasn't there a case about porn access at the library somewhere?
 

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You can trace this one back to one person: Danny Yearwood, Chairman of the County Commission.

Yearwood was getting criticized on a local blog; so, he ordered a sweeping block of web access on all county computers.
 

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I went back on their wifi and looked up peachpundit.com. I was able to get on. However, an arty sitting next to me said he couldn't get on a ugh blog.
 

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The schools also ban GCO.

It would be a disaster if students were to learn that plain old citizens could influence lawmaking, wouldn't it?

They also ban places like Cabela's - because, you know, they sell those evil black-powder guns.
A free and open Internet - unless your in a public learning environment. Ouch.

I had heard that some of the schools wanted to block Wikipedia too. I guess, while there at it, they should go through their library and see if there are any books that need to be burned. "People who don't learn from history are dooed to repeat it." - you'd think that educational institutions would be able to figure that one out.
 

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Thats weird.. Forsyth County sheriff deputies were caught going to devil worshiping sites, porn sites, bomb making sites, ebay, and abortion sites... I guess we're transparent here in forsyth County :p :screwy:
 

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Thats weird.. Forsyth County sheriff deputies were caught going to devil worshiping sites, porn sites, bomb making sites, ebay, and abortion sites... I guess we're transparent here in forsyth County
Tippin in that article I linked, the Barrow Sheriff's Office runs it's own web site...as it should be. I'm guessing the FCSO runs it's own also.
 

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I lived in Barrow County and can confirm that Danny Yearwood is a real piece of work. Most every week, the paper is full of his shenanigans.
 

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Thats weird.. Forsyth County sheriff deputies were caught going to devil worshiping sites, porn sites, bomb making sites, ebay, and abortion sites... I guess we're transparent here in forsyth County :p :screwy:
That's "research" to better understand the criminal element. Although I say that jokingly, there certainly could be legitimate use of some sites like that for criminal investigations.
 

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Our web filter at work supposedly blocks "weapons/firearms" sites, but for whatever reason GPDO is slipping through.
I control our content filtering firewall here at work. Most of the content filtering is based on the classification of the Website vs. particular keywords (although that filtering can be added). GPDO may not be classified as a "weapons/firearms" website by the content filtering company.
 

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Cobb county courthouse has info printed directly from georgiapacking.org down where you do the GWL application.
 

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I'll try to give a rundown:

Barrow County was enjoying a revenue surge with all of the houses being built and sold in the county. The previous Board of Commissioners (BoC) spent money like there would never be a downturn. When the housing industry tanked, Barrow was hit extremely hard with foreclosures and other economic fallout.

The county voters pretty much wiped the slate clean as far as the BoC was concerned, and Yearwood was elected chairman. He is just the opposite end of the same extreme. Instead of using good management to level things out, he has used a scorched earth approach. The approach has been so blundered that the county has realized very little in savings due to the legal bills mounting from many of his and other BoC decisions.

In Barrow, the Chairman of the BoC is a full time position responsible for day to day administration of county government.

Obviously, I pay more attention to what is happening with the SO and emergency services than other areas of the government.

Here are a few examples of some of his decisions and proposals along with some other facts:

-The Sheriff took a pay cut even though he legally can't be forced to take one as his salary is set by state law according to population of the county as well as years in office. Every employee of the SO also took a pay cut. The Sheriff also slashed his budget. Understand that constitutional officers are not BoC employees with the BoC's only "control" being budget allocation.

Yearwood decided he wanted more blood from a stone, but the Sheriff said that he had gone as far as he could go; so, Yearwood targeted the spouses of SO employees that were employed directly by the BoC. To my knowledge none of these employees have yet filed suit, but his action is clearly a liberty issue resulting from freedom of association. To target employees due to who they are married to will be a big time loser in court.

-Yearwood, who is not a trained firefighter, began giving specific orders as to how to respond to fire calls such as ordering trucks to respond to calls without a sufficient crew compliment to even operate the truck. If they arrive and find an actual fire, they then call for another truck to come to the scene to get enough crew to run one truck.

The BoC forced one chief out. The next one quit after just seven months. The county then hired a chief who was arrested within a few weeks of beginning employment and has since resigned. I may be missing one somewhere along the way. The chairman then decided that there was no need for a chief and that the county would save money by not hiring a new chief. So, what happens, nobody is minding the store, and a training scandal erupts within the fire department. The state has now audited everything and ruled the FD in compliance with state guidelines. The chairman has now decided the FD does indeed need a chief.

-The chairman decided that one step to solving the budget woes would be to close a fire station. The specific station that he targeted is the station that covers the area in which a major chemical plant operates. While there might be some budget gain on paper for the county government, the ISO rating would tumble leading to a rise in insurance rates. Personally, if I am going to pay either way, I would rather pay for a firefighters than insurance.

-One commissioner voted not to pay the jail medical bill.

-One of the building projects of the previous BoC was a new jail and courthouse. The chairman explored the idea of closing the jail.

I'll stop with just those few examples. There are others from the emergency services side and even more examples from elsewhere in the county government. There is an ever growing list of lawsuits and costly investigations.

I posted the above to give a frame of reference for the blog post in question. A rough paraphrase of the posting is that someone posted that Yearwood had an emergency at his house and that nobody would be available to respond. Yearwood called in the GBI to investigate the "threat".

The GBI and the district attorney both determined that no crime had taken place.

Yearwood responded by ordering the changes in the county internet.

I do not know if the posting was traced to a county computer or if it was even traced at all.
 

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I have met the Sheriff and DA on several different occasions and both are good guys. Sorry to hear about your county commission mess. Gwinnett isnt any better.
 

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Viking said:
I have met the Sheriff and DA on several different occasions and both are good guys. Sorry to hear about your county commission mess. Gwinnett isnt any better.
I don't know the DA, but I know the Sheriff in Barrow very well. He is a good guy and a good Sheriff.
 
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