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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lee "Penis Nose" Garrison Wins School-Board Race, But Most PAC-Backed Candidates Struggle in T-Town

A Lee Garrison "Penis Nose" flyer was
distributed for the 2005 City Council race

Maybe those photos of Lee Garrison wearing a penis nose are being distributed by Mr. Garrison himself. If so, it seems to be a winning strategy.

An alert Legal Schnauzer reader provided us with a copy of a flyer that made the rounds before a Tuscaloosa municipal election in August 2005. The flyer included a photo of Garrison wearing a penis nose and mockingly encouraged voters to elect "the more mature candidate." The tactic hurt Garrison so badly that he won re-election to the City Council.

The same photo, cropped to eliminate an unidentified gentleman who appears to be giving Garrison an award at a 2003 Halloween party, made its way to Legal Schnauzer recently, and we reported on it last week. Our traffic from Tuscaloosa shot through the roof in recent days, so we know the photo has been seen. But did voters care? The answer must be no because they narrowly elected Garrison on Tuesday to serve as chair of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education.

Garrison headed a slate of school-board candidates who took on incumbents and drew strong support from corporate-style PACS. Most of the pro-business candidates, however, did not fare so well. Garrison and Cason Kirby (District 4) were the only ones who won. Incumbents held off PAC-backed candidates, and their substantial campaign war chests, in four other races.

An excellent summary of the Tuscaloosa elections can be found at The Franklin Stove Blog, at ttowntruthseeker.com, in a post titled "Judgment Day and The Machine." Did The Machine, the famed University of Alabama political operation, have an impact on the municipal elections. The Franklin Stove Blog provides insights:

Cason Kirby, who received over $14,000 from the ET PAC alone, was victorious in his race against School Board incumbent Kelly Horwitz, but not because of the size of his campaign chest. His win can be attributed solely to the support of The Machine. The District 4 polling place was swamped by students, many of whom were wearing tee-shirts commemorating the Greek Fest, the Sigma Nu Shipwreck Party or other fraternal milestones. They came from Tennessee, Oregon, Georgia, California and other states to vote for candidates who were running in a local school board race in Alabama.

The students more than likely were required to return to their Houses wearing the "I voted" stickers that they were given after voting. One person sympathetic to Horwitz said that she wished she could have stood outside the polling place with a roll of stickers and handed them out to students to save them the trouble of casting ballots. It was reported by one poll worker that some students were so unfamiliar with the voting process that, once they were checked off the list of registered voters, they forgot to pick up their ballots. Others left their drivers license, which many had used as an ID, on the tables where they marked their ballot. Some showed up not knowing if they were registered in Tuscaloosa or in another city. There were an unusually large number of "provisional ballots" cast due to uncertainties about voter eligibility.

Even Gawker weighed in on the election, with a report about sorority girls being offered free drinks to vote.

As for Lee Garrison, the "penis nose" photo was not the only baggage he carried into the school-board election. He and his ex wife, Jessica Medeiros Garrison, have a business relationship with a man named Erik Davis Harp, who grew up in Tuscaloosa and lists a recent address of Las Vegas. Harp was one of two kingpins indicted in the investigation of an illegal sports betting ring that was based in Panama and generated $20 million a month. The ring reportedly has ties to the Gambino and Genovese crime families.

In other words, Lee Garrison has roundabout connections to the Mafia, but do Tuscaloosa voters care? Apparently not.

On top of that, news surfaced that Jessica Garrison made nasty statements about her ex in documents from their child-custody case. Never mind that Jessica Garrison has been carrying on a long-running affair with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and probably has no grounds to make judgments about others. Here is part of what she said about Lee Garrison:

The father has repeatedly exhibited a willingness to forfeit time with his son to pursue recreational and social activities that often involve excessive drinking and late nights. He also admittedly has had a gambling problem and takes controlled medications for which he has no prescription or medical need. The father also has a bad temper and a consistent tendency to rage, often in the presence of the child. Moreover, the father and his wife are cigarette smokers and have pets, both of which contribute to the child's ongoing allergies.

Ouch! That's rough stuff, but our coverage of the Tuscaloosa municipal elections has taught us a few things about politics in west Alabama:

1. Tuscaloosa residents kind of like it when a candidate parades around with a penis nose on his face. They see it as a sign of light-heartedness, not immaturity;

2. Tuscaloosa residents kind of like it when a candidate has roundabout connections to the Mob. Perhaps they figure, "Hey, if Paul Bryant Jr. can head the University of Alabama Board of Trustees, why not vote for the Mafia-connected candidate on the school board."

3. Tuscaloosa residents don't give a rip what Jessica Garrison says, in a court document or anywhere else.

I have doubts about Lee Garrison's ability to be an effective school-board chair, especially given his corporate backing. But on item No. 3, I have to side with Tuscaloosa's zany voters.

By the way, here is the text of a letter that Lee Garrison sent to supporters yesterday, blaming campaign attacks against him on Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate. One of the more interesting developments in the campaign was the appearance of a Web site called ourleegarrison.com. Garrison apparently believes Pate was behind the site and took exception to some of its offerings. Here is Garrison's message to voters:

Dear Tuscaloosa:
 As many of you may know, Stan Pate has launched a vicious and untrue personal attack on me and my family. My response is simply this, I pray for Stan. I pray for God to help him in only the way that God can heal. My family is very upset over what he has done, but we forgive him for his actions and I pray that Tuscaloosa will do the same. We all are sinners and we all make mistakes in life. 
Please Tuscaloosa, come together today and vote for a positive direction for our children and let us all forgive someone today who has hurt us in some way so we can heal as a community!
God Bless,

Lee Garrison

Garrison might be urging "healing" in the community, but his lawyer has been sending threatening letters to Stan Pate's counsel. It seems Garrison has a peculiar way of "forgiving" Mr. Pate.

The letters were included on ourleegarrison.com, which had been taken down yesterday. But today, it seems to have risen from the ashes.


legalschnauzer said...

My apologies to everyone who commented on this post and the other one from today. While trying to moderate comments, I mistakenly deleted all of the comments that had already been published. In Blogger, once a comment is deleted, it's apparently gone forever, so I have no way of correcting the mistake. Again, my apologies, and hopefully, I won't make that goof again.

Anonymous said...

IT was not you who made the error

LS IT is beginning the practice, practice, practice

taking down ITS' own IT to satisfy IT is going to be more of the same -

IT can't be the New World Order and IT actually be LIE ved the big lie of the many puppets put into the places where IT though law could be defrauded all the time too

IT in the NWO can't compete, your comments are also very valuable "intellectual property" and IT wants every 'idea' for IT

good luck in the coming 'interruptions brought to US via IT' and the JUSTICES ARE BEGGING FOR MONEY, too, not a sign of USA prospering in the sold as though the only choice - global terror forever and ever

legalschnauzer said...

Appreciate your thoughts, @12:24, but in this instance it definitely was my error. In the Blogger format that I use, there are 2-3 ways to moderate comments. I'm quite familiar with two of them, but I decided to try a third one yesterday that was new to me, and I screwed it up. On top of that, I learned that once you mistakenly delete a comment in Blogger, it's gone forever, with no way to get it back. Anyway, this one's on me.

Anonymous said...

Have to disagree LS, sorry but electronics do not disappear.

Blogger does not have a system where that which has been recorded is disappeared, just does not happen and not since the 1960s when the system was really installed as HOGAN and COBAL for the 'banks', nothing gets disappeared that are electronically made to be magnetic resonating 'energies'.

Blogger et al are never going to tell you that every electronic frequency is on a tiny little 'cell' which does not disappear anything that is 'technology'.

But, Michael Hastings and also Barrett Brown have, as well as Snowden and of course 'Chelsea' Manning and WikiLeaks, but of course, last not least.

A woman 89 years wrote a paper about the New World Order and the NWO is hardly known by those in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and finding an 80+ who knows what is really going on is quite a miracle.

The NWO is what we have here and this has been a coup on the QT since GHW Bush in the 1990s, when he said out loud we were ready for the NWO and so, get used to asking for an electronic file that exists and belongs to you, or should at least, but it's property of the NWO, call us the electronic gulag of spinning around and around and then the time for ?

Legal Schnauzer when IBM and DOS set-up - that was that, and this is not the early 1950s.

Technology NWO is in control and whatever you think is "on you" isn't, because your property that was on your blog was not and is not yours'.

That is the biggest stumbling block for Americans - realizing the monopoly is technology owns our every 'imaginative thought' until we get how to demand the accountablility for - Siegelman is the perfect case in point in the technology is all fraud and the non transparency is a slavery system which can at the one function button decision, wipe whatever out that is decided to be gone for the purpose of non transparent 'government' secret?

You give too much power to the thought of three choices to delete and one is the statement which tells you electronic delete is forever gone. In a sentence -- question how the accidental erase disappeared forever, that which is said to be collected forever in IT for the government.

New World Order started when GHW Bush said so, 1990s early.

legalschnauzer said...

Let me clarify: According to the written user guide for Blogger, a deleted comment is gone forever--at least for the user.

I agree with you, that it's available somewhere, probably on a server somewhere in the Blogger labyrinth.

The point I meant to make is that the comments no longer are available to me. They might be available to someone who has the technological know-how to find them. But I'm not that tech savvy.

Anonymous said...

To that end, FBI terrorism experts – operating under the Homeland Security umbrella – are staging a massive emergency drill dubbed Grid Ex II [PDF] for grid take down scenarios in November that will include North America-wide agency officials, including those from Mexico and Canada.



I'm not challenging your delete, LS, the action was too many - at the time you experienced the delete experience you did, so did so many other bloggers experience exactly what you did, too.


Global Research Ca was also hit so consider yourself perhaps in the top of the top blogs - sure you did what you did and ITS' a lesson.

Speaking of lessons, sometimes the subtle is what we're about.

Just prepare for what ITS' going to be like when the disappearance really occurs, seriously LS and Murph Law Coalition get the community ready for what the global vampire squid is about.