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   Saturday, April 16, 2005  
I spent part of the morning Friday at a Hospital in Atlanta. My mother-in-law's mild heart attack turned out to be an "artery spasm". She is OK. Doctor said her arteries were clear - no heart damage - and she was discharged Friday afternoon. Left my wife with her mom & dad and went to the capitol to catch-up on mail and calls until after one [When we are out of session I have to make this >200 mile round trip at least twice a month to clear off my desk. E-mails and phone calls I can handle from my district office].

I then went to a Leadership meeting in Greensboro, GA where we discussed the house rules, legislative processes, and bills that passed last session. Comments were taken for what we did right & wrong. Suggestions were made for how we could improve the process for next session. This leadership meeting (the lunch, dinner and facilities) was not funded by tax dollars but by private funds through a House Political Action Committee.
By RLF at 8:45 PM |


   Friday, April 15, 2005  
This week:
I wrote a recommendation letter for a great student for acceptance into Georgia Military college.
Directed several people to Congressman Deal's office for assistance with Social Security, passports and other matters.
Inquired about an error in a criminal record for a lady trying to get back to work.
Assist several people with insurance matters.
Spoke with licensing boards for processing licenses for constiuents.
Dealt with the Department of Community Health, Secretary of State Office, Commissioner of Revenue, FBI, GBI, Local Sheriffs.
I attended a bill signing with the Governor, a Chamber of Commerce, Association of Health Underwriters, and a Caucus Leadership meeting.

My mother-in-law has had a mild heart attack and I may not post for a few days. Please pray for her.

Have a great weekend. And you non-believers lighten up on me a little.
By RLF at 7:36 AM |


   Thursday, April 14, 2005  
[WARNING: to those that were upset by the christian humor posted yesterday. This is fact and may make you cry. If you disagree with the following, just thank God for the freedom you have in the U.S. of A. to have that opinion.]

In my opinion it appears that America's founders did not intend for there to be a separation of God FROM the state, as shown by the fact that all 50 states acknowledge God in their state constitutions:

Alabama 1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution ..

Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land ..

Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...

Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...

California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom .

Colorado 1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe .

Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy ...

Delaware 1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences .

Florida 1845, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty ... establish this Constitution...

Georgia 1777, Preamble. We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...

Hawaii 1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance . establish this Constitution

Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings ..

Illinois 1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

Indiana 1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to chose our form of government..

Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings ... establish this Constitution

Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges . establish this Constitution.

Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth of grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...

Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy ..

Maine 1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine .. acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity ... and imploring His aid and direction

Maryland 1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God or our civil and religious liberty...

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe...in the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction ...

Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom ... establish this Constitution

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings

Mississippi 1890, Preamble. We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.

Missouri 1845, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness .. establish this Constitution ..

Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ..

Nebraska 1875, Preamble. We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom .. establish this Constitution

Nevada 1864, Preamble. We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom . establish this Constitution ..

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

New Jersey 1844, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911, Preamble. We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty ..

New York 1846, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings .

North Carolina 1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those..

North Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...

Ohio 1852, Preamble. We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common..

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty ... establish this Constitution ..

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences .

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble. We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing

South Carolina, 1778, Preamble. We, the people of the State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution

South Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties . establish this Constitution ..

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...

Texas 1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God

Utah 1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution .

Vermont 1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to ... enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ...

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI ... Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator . can be directed only by Reason ... and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other...

Washington 1889, Preamble. We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution .

West Virginia 1872, Preamble. Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia .. reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God .

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble. We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility

Wyoming 1890, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties ... establish this Constitution.

"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn
By RLF at 7:34 AM |


   Wednesday, April 13, 2005  
Here is a top ten list for those intellectuals who are offended by the mention of the possibility of something greater than themselves. Remember to lighten up, it's just a little humor:

1. You assert that the crimes and failings of some Christians disproves the whole edifice of Christianity, but that the crimes and failings of some atheists should on no account be held against the philosophy of atheism.
2. You assert that there is no absolute categories of good and evil, that all morals are merely personal/social/evolutionary constructs, but then you can still describe Christians and Christianity as immoral, repugnant, and a danger to humanity and not feel even a twinge of hypocrisy at the monumental illogic of your position.
3. You think "lack of evidence is evidence of lack" is a logically robust argument.
4. You get angry when Christians tell you you're going to a place that you don't think exists.
5. You think that by definition an evolutionist is more knowledgeable than a creationist on any subject.
6. You think Christians are narrow-minded for believing in only one religion, but atheists are open-minded for believing in absolutely none.
7. You feel that Christians who go into atheist chat rooms are "shoving their beliefs down people's throats", and that atheists who go into Christian chat rooms are only trying to educate.
8. You demand that theists explain news items where bad things have happened to theists, even though no theists have claimed the idea that God is some kind of a lucky charm that wards off bad luck.
9. You think God was cruel for "killing all of those innocent babies" in the flood, and that Christians are cruel for opposing a woman's right to abort her baby.
10 You dislike how liberal theists try to interpret the Bible for themselves, while you create your own interpretations of the Bible for yourself.
By RLF at 12:55 PM |


   Sunday, April 10, 2005  
Ahh the rest and relaxing atmosphere of being on the beach in Panama City Beach FL. Sorry for the delay in response, but I enjoyed your blightful responses where you seemed to be spinning yourself to a tizzy. Intellilectually meaningful, like a masters thesis.
Point 1 - Read the law (pasted below) and not the media's version.
Point 2 - Read about Stalin and compare similarity to (a) the trend in removal of religion from public view and (b) the Hillary comment (in jest?) .
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(a) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, each elector shall present proper identification to a poll worker at or prior to completion of a voteŕs certificate at any polling place and prior to such persońs admission to the enclosed space at such polling place. Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following:

(1) A Georgia driver’s license which was properly issued by the appropriate state agency;
(2) A valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Georgia, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector;
(3) A valid United States passport;
(4) A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this state, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
(5) A valid United States military identification card;, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector; or
(6) A valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, if an elector is unable to produce any of the items of identification listed in subsection (a) of this Code section, he or she shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot pursuant to Code Section 21-2-418 upon swearing or affirming that the elector is the person identified in the electoŕs voter certificate. Such provisional ballot shall only be counted if the registrars are able to verify current and valid identification of the elector as provided in subsection (a) of this Code section within the time period for verifying provisional ballots pursuant to Code Section 21-2-419. Falsely swearing or affirming such statement under oath shall be punishable as a felony, and the penalty shall be distinctly set forth on the face of the statement.

(c) An elector who registered to vote by mail, but did not comply with subsection (c) of Code Section 21-2-220, and who votes for the first time in this state shall present to the poll workers either one of the forms of identification listed in subsection (a) of this Code section or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of such elector. If such elector does not have any of the forms of identification listed in this subsection, such elector may vote a provisional ballot pursuant to Code Section 21-2-418 upon swearing or affirming that the elector is the person identified in the electoŕs voter certificate. Such provisional ballot shall only be counted if the registrars are able to verify current and valid identification of the elector as provided in this subsection within the time period for verifying provisional ballots pursuant to Code Section 21-2-419. Falsely swearing or affirming such statement under oath shall be punishable as a felony, and the penalty shall be distinctly set forth on the face of the statement.
By RLF at 9:36 PM |


Ronald L. Forster
Georgia House District 3
RForster@legis.state.ga.us
404-656-3957
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About Me
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Charters of Freedom
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State Constituion of Georgia
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I established this BLOG site on recommendation from a concerned citizen in Georgia.
I have in the past sent out media releases (some printed/some not) to my local papers and all those that requested to be on my group mailing list.
I hope to use this BLOG to better/faster inform and encourage more citizen involvement in our Government which is run by 'the people'.
I represent House District 3; comprised of most of Catoosa and South Whitfield counties.