Of sex gadgets, divorce papers and 14th century gunpowder

As often as we get hoisted by one, not a lot of people understand what a petard is.

The French word dates to the Middle Ages, when gunpowder was a new and unstable weapon in Europe. A petard was a small bomb placed at the entrance of a fortification.

Every now and then, the bomb would explode prematurely, “hoisting” its maker – and his friends — into the air and eternity.

We had at least two hoistings last week.

In 2009, state Rep. Calvin Hill, R-Canton, started a small furor with an attack on sociologists at Georgia universities who had developed sub-specialties on some racy topics – male prostitution, oral sex, and “queer theory.” Some topics were addressed in classrooms.

Hill argued, on CNN, that taxpayers shouldn’t be funding such studies. He later recorded a video that celebrated an award he received for weighing into that particular fight against sexual immorality.

“Our public colleges are not the place for our young adults and future leaders to experiment and experience these types of sexually explicit behavior,” Hill said.

Hill is the chief financial officer for Gila Distributing – Georgia, a small, family-owned mail order firm that specializes in promotional gadgets – anything you can slap a logo on. If you need a set of foam reindeer antlers for the holidays, this is the place.

Stephanie Webb is Hill’s Democratic opponent. One night, her husband/campaign manager was perusing the Gila Distributing web site and discovered more than antlers for sale:

– Foam “stress relievers” in the shape of a woman’s breast, or the male sex organ;

– “The Little Black Book of Sex Secrets,” allegedly by the author Dee Flower;

– A “safe sex” kit that includes a condom, anti-bacterial wipes, and two Lifesavers breath mints;

– And Gay Pride flag lapel pins.

Webb, a 50-year-old homemaker, has set up an Internet site displaying the products. “It wasn’t to be mean, but to show the hypocrisy,” she said.

Hill said he had no idea that such items were available through his web site – which he rents for the immediate connection it gives his firm to 3,500 manufacturers and their products.

“With 600,000 products, there is always a possibility that something slips through,” Hill said. “It’s certainly nothing we would sell knowingly.”

Hill scoffed at the charge of hypocrisy. “I see no relationship whatsoever,” he said.

House District 21 is in Republican-dominated Cherokee County, so the impact of this dust-up may not signify. But the same can’t be said in the heated 8th District congressional contest in middle Georgia.

Early this month, a Democratic activist in Macon filed a motion in Tift County Superior Court to unseal the divorce records of state Rep. Austin Scott, the Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon.

Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall, left, and Republican Austin Scott, candidates for US Congress, Georgia 8th District, appear for a televised debate, organized by the Atlanta Press Club, in Atlanta earlier this month.  AP/Rich Addicks

Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall, left, and Republican Austin Scott, candidates for US Congress, Georgia 8th District, appear for a televised debate, organized by the Atlanta Press Club, in Atlanta earlier this month. AP/Rich Addicks

Scott was divorced in 2001. The court records were sealed on July 9, 2004, during a GOP primary challenge to Scott from Michael Spinks.

We don’t know what is contained in the records. Tift County Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross set a court date of Oct. 26 to hear the matter.

Almost immediately, Scott’s friends let it be known that Cross – then a practicing attorney — had given a $1,500 donation to Marshall in 2006. Which was true enough – though in the end, irrelevant. Another judge will conduct the October hearing.

But that tidbit prompted more digging. Cross and her husband, it turns out, had also donated to Scott — $150 in 2004, during Scott’s primary fight.

A woman named Betty McCorvey gave $250 to Scott as well, on July 2, 2004. Seven days later, her husband, Tift County Superior Court Judge Gary McCorvey, would sign the order to seal the Scott divorce records.

Sam Ray, spokesman for the Scott campaign, acknowledged Friday that the McCorveys are family friends of the Scotts. “Tifton’s a small town,” Ray said. He declined to address the 2004 donation from the judge’s wife.

On Thursday, during a debate in Perry, a reporter asked Marshall whether he was behind the request to open Scott’s divorce records.

The Democratic congressman said no. “It really gripes me that people accuse me of having something to do with that,” he said.

Marshall said the idea of pursuing Scott’s divorce records originated with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s “team,” while – during a few weeks this spring, when still a candidate for governor – Scott gave some thought to mounting a primary against Cagle, a fellow Republican.

A spokesman for Cagle called Marshall’s contention “flat out false and a desperate attempt to change the subject.”

But this illustrates the problem with petards and other explosive issues. You never know when they’ll go off – or who might be hoisted by the blowback.

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67 comments Add your comment

Ralph

October 16th, 2010
5:43 pm

Maybe supermarkets will move the AJC to the checkout aisle next to the other sensational Star and National Enquirer rags.

But at least the National Enquirer reported the John Edwards mess which leftist rags tried to hide.

Albert

October 16th, 2010
5:50 pm

Calvin Hill?

deputy

October 16th, 2010
5:55 pm

Leadership can make you lazy, and republicans have led this state for years. Democrats are having to work harder to overcome this red state/red year meme. Dems are working harder this cycle…may not win, but they’re fighting like the underdogs they are.
Know why the negative Nathan Deal stories didn’t come out in the primary? Cause republicans were too lazy to research him.
Why work hard when you expect that your party is entitled to win?

Ralph

October 16th, 2010
6:03 pm

The negative campaigning against Deal was started by Barnes right after he won the primary and repeated daily by the biased AJC.

And it didn’t work.

Mae

October 16th, 2010
6:05 pm

The Dems have been working on sensational opposition research for a long time, holding it till very late in the race. When you can’t compete on the issues, I suppose this is all you got.

BrendaSue

October 16th, 2010
6:08 pm

Jim is such a tool.

Bill

October 16th, 2010
6:15 pm

Ralph: So Georgia will elect a crook like Shady Deal because he has an R after his name? I guess that’s tradition. First Yellow Dogs, now him?

Last Man Standing

October 16th, 2010
6:23 pm

When your record indicates that you were totally out of touch with the electorate, you must campaign negatively against your opposition. But then again, it is just in the nature of some people to act in this manner. I have always believed that whatever one does, for good or bad, will be returned to you – with interest!

Last Man Standing

October 16th, 2010
6:32 pm

deputy:

“Why work hard when you expect that your party is entitled to win?”

Was that the philosophy of the dems in their nearly 100 years in power in Georgia?

j

October 16th, 2010
6:36 pm

PeachPundit has corroborated the account about Casey.

No Longer Republican

October 16th, 2010
6:36 pm

The morons who complain about the AJC coverage of therepiblican crook who will be elected as governor in November, are the same morons who think Fox News is fair and balanced. When you open your eyes and really pay attention instead of listening to stupid talking heads, you will see the difference.

Conservative liberal

October 16th, 2010
7:08 pm

Casey Cagle has this utterly false commercial about how he balanced the budget but NOT on the backs of children in our state. HA! Check that budget boys, programs for children were slashed by state departmental cuts – especially those kids who have problems. It’s crazy that politicians are allowed to tell outright lies and we are crazy to believe them.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

October 16th, 2010
8:01 pm

Remember friends, a vote for JohnBama Barrow is a vote for Pelosi for Speaker.

I hear that JimBama Marshall claims he will not vote for “Stretch” Pelosi if he is re-elected. That means his office space will be in the basement and his committee assignments will be just below the rank of janitor. So, a vote for JimBama Marshall is a vote for no influence if the Repubs take the house, and for representation by a heretic who has been ex-communicated if the Dems hang on in the House.

Mr. Bear

October 16th, 2010
8:38 pm

But do the foam reindeer antlers vibrate?

Michael

October 16th, 2010
9:26 pm

Always amusing that those who HATE the AJC always read and comment. They should be hoisted.

bart

October 16th, 2010
10:39 pm

The problem with being a one party state, as Georgia is, is that the party in power, i.e. Republicans right now, can do or say anything and get by with it. That’s why hypocrisy, lies, and unethical behavior are rampant in the Republican Party. It would be the same with the Democratic Party if they knew that regardless of what they did, they would get elected. Until we wise up and put the welfare of our state and principled behavior ahead of party politics, this state will never rise to level of greatness that we could achieve as a true two party state.

Diogenes

October 16th, 2010
11:58 pm

My apologies for those that do not understand the reason why so much research is done by public universities…but why are morons like Calvin Hill making decisions about areas of academic expertise in which they have none whatsoever?

What happens when research is carried out by private institutions? Only research that benefits the institution is carried out! We owe more to the public than that.

Paddy O

October 17th, 2010
2:21 am

Ralph, you moron – deal is obviously crooked to the point of being unqualified. If you vote for him, you can not see that the emporer has no clothes. Additionally, it would appear that you yourself would be in bed with the devil if impersonated a manifestation of “conservative” values – when will you stop being so redneck stupid gullible?

Paddy O

October 17th, 2010
2:23 am

diogenes – 95% of research done by socialogists furthers society nil. If it funded by a private foundation, fine, but with limited budgets, all sociology studies should be immediately terminated for utter worthlessness.

barking frog

October 17th, 2010
2:23 am

Good ole boys, never meaning no harm…….-Dukes of Hazard theme song

DanielSchlafer

October 17th, 2010
5:55 am

News Talk Central in Macon devoted almost 1 and 1/2 hours of a 3 hour broadcast to this topic on Friday 10-15-10 . The hosts are Kenny Burgamy and Charles Richardson . The latter is the conservative . the former is the liberal . Richardson is the Opinion Editor for the Macon Telegraph . Burgamy is a PR man for B, B& T . They concluded that no investigative journalist would go after the contents of the sealed Scott divorce because of legal filings which would be brought against them .

Cherokee

October 17th, 2010
6:51 am

Yeah Ralph, and other FoxDittoHeads, I really hated the prsoperity and growth and good schools and roads that we had during the ’90’s. Republicn rule is so much better – but of course facts don’t matter – you and the majority of Geotgians will vote for ShadyDeal, and Georgia will continue to flounder.

Buzz G

October 17th, 2010
8:45 am

Schools offer degrees in sociology, women’s studies and acting so that we business school graduates will have access to good waiters and cashiers.

Scott

October 17th, 2010
9:24 am

Bill – So you would have us vote for “slip and fall” Barnes, and tell us what a crook Deal is. Give us a break!

Federal Grand Jury

October 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Is the grand jury still asking questions about Congressman Deal’s businesses? As governor, would he be immune to prosecution? Would Lt. Gov. Carol Porter automatically be promoted, or would the legislature have to select a governor?

scott

October 17th, 2010
9:38 am

HEY BART, YOU SPEAK OF A ONE PARTY STATE OF GA RUN BY REPUBLICANS. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE DEMOCRATS WERE THE ONE PARTY HERE IN THE STATE AND REFUSED CIVIL RIGHTS TO MINORITIES FOR DECADES, HAD UNELECTED DEMS BAR THEMSELVES IN THE GOVERNORS OFFICE TO TAKE OVER THE ELECTION OF ANOTHER CANDIDATE ETC. AMAZING HOW THE REPUBLICANS CHANGED ALL THAT.

JIM AND THE AJC FOLKS ARE LIKE THE SOVIET LEADERSHIP, THEY CANT SEE THE WALL CRUMBLING AND HANG KEEP HANGING ON.

Last Man Standing

October 17th, 2010
10:41 am

No Longer Republican:

I don’t believe you ever were . . .

Goobers

October 17th, 2010
10:58 am

GOOBERS GOOBERS GOOBERS…

Now listen… the world needs laughter in these difficult times. Your purpose in life is to provide the laughs.

Keep up the good work!!!

Goobers

October 17th, 2010
11:04 am

Jim, Calvin Hill’s sidekick from Churkee County, Rep. Charlice Byrd, jumped on Hill’s sex bandwagon thing with a passion, and a video on her website that had Creative Loafing sputtering and posting links. Hilarious, and totally misinformed, and plain stupid, like most of the pathetic posers posting here.

It is going to get much worse!!! Enjoy!!!!!!! WOOOO!!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Marlboro Man

October 17th, 2010
11:07 am

A vote for Scott puts Robins AFB in jerperdy when the defense spending cuts hit, pork anyone?

Goobers

October 17th, 2010
11:14 am

BTW, the Tea Potty first surfaced in form in Churkee County about 1990, when the awful white trash revolution of Emily Lemke, JJ Biello, Ilona Sanders, and various other miscreants captured Churkee County govt. Of course they fought like cats and dogs the whole time, and were all turned out or resigned for prison time. Churkee County won (and retired with) Atlanta Magazine’s Golden Goober Award with these performances.

There should be a Tea Party Shrine erected in Churkee County, maybe with Lemke, Sanders, Biello, et al, raising the Tea Party flag a la Iwo Jima.

Snowball the Goat should have a Shrine there too.

D. E. Kalb

October 17th, 2010
11:59 am

Wow, leadership in Georgia. Ain’t we grand? The quality of our politicians is equaled only by the quality of our sole newspaper in a city of 4 million.

jconservative

October 17th, 2010
12:21 pm

Politicians generally do not let the “golden rule” interfere with trying to get elected.

Last Man Standing

October 17th, 2010
12:44 pm

jconservative:

Golden Rule: He who has the gold rules!

scott

October 17th, 2010
1:36 pm

Goobers, I would rather live in Cherokee than in that bastion of democracy and ethics Atlanta / Fulton County. Space limits the ethics issues from Maynard to Shirley to, well, almost everyone.

scott

October 17th, 2010
1:37 pm

Goobers, you must have one of those granfathered in no pay Atlanta Airport billboards where you cash in all the revenue and dont pay a cent in rental to the city.

SpaceyG

October 17th, 2010
3:25 pm

Alabama Communist

October 17th, 2010
3:50 pm

Hill scoffed at the charge of hypocrisy. “I see no relationship whatsoever,” he said*Jim

However when push about the Jesus Doll having sex with the Devil Doll on his company website, Hill said ” Stuff Happens!”

Bill

October 17th, 2010
3:52 pm

scott: The people you describe became Republicans (including Shady Deal).

WOW

October 17th, 2010
4:28 pm

Jim Galloway is obviosly a typical left wing liberal. Working for the AJC & posting negative information in an attempt to hurt the Republicans and help the floundering Democrats.

Dems are in BAD shape so they continue the same approach they always use prior to elections: personal attacks & trying to create scandals whenever they can make an opponent look bad. The left wing media is pitiful and should be ashamed that they spout this nonsense. Some of the stories are exactly that……….stories as in outright lies; however, they have determined if they say the same thing over & over & over, even outright lies can have an impact on the elections. IT works because sooooo many voters are uninformed!

The Centrist

October 17th, 2010
4:42 pm

Mr. Hill, it is funny that when you type in “Sex” on the Gila website, besides getting “…Great sex: a kit for lovers, lovemaking techniques to blow your partner’s mind, you also get (a) Deluxe corporate desktop and stationary gift set and (b) Executive table top billiard set. Do not let your imagination run away with this!!!

The Centrist

October 17th, 2010
4:48 pm

Why don’t Republicans bash WSB 750 like they do the AJC? They are both owned by Cox, just like FOX-News is owned by the same folks who bring you shows like the “The Simpsons.”

Jayne M. Barker

October 17th, 2010
5:31 pm

My, my, my….”Oh the web we weave when we attempt to deceive”….
Don’t confuse the facts with your efforts at deception!!! What ever happened to Eric Johnson and KH??? True GOPers???

Last Man Standing

October 17th, 2010
6:17 pm

The Centrist:

“bash”

Now, where have I heard that word before? Ah, yes, it’s coming to me. That is the democrats “catch” word of the season. No one criticizes anything (loosely associated with democrats) any more: they “bash”! Keep your democrat “talking points” material near. You might have cause to find some other catchy word or phrase.

NODEM

October 17th, 2010
6:42 pm

Hey Deputy, where have you been? Democrats led for 150 years and Repubs for the last 8? Is that even???

The Centrist

October 17th, 2010
7:43 pm

OK LMS. As usual, the point was missed. Cox Enterprises is owned by two little old ladies who are making money off conservatives with WSB-750, and liberals with the AJC. News Corp is owned by a Brit and a Saudi who are making money off conservatives with Fox News and liberals off The Simpsons. BTW, please give me a reference where showing how four-extremely rich individuals are making a fortune by playing both sides of the fence is a democrat “talking point.”

Bill

October 17th, 2010
8:06 pm

Most of the Repubs who led here in GA for the last eight were former Democrats. The ones scott described in all CAPS are more at home in the current Republican party.

The Centrist

October 17th, 2010
8:08 pm

@NODEM. Are you really criticizing the democrat leadership over the past 150 years? Great neo-liberals like, John C. Calhoun, Strom Thurmond, Richard Russell, Al Gore, Sr., George Wallace, Ronald Reagan, Sonny Perdue, Nathan Deal? Which of the only 8-years out of 150 of Repub are you speaking of? Is it Grant’s 8-years or the string of Hayes (4), Garfield (1), Arthur (4)? OR the string of Cleveland (4) and McKinley(4) OR Teddy Roosevelt (8), OR the string of Harding (2) Coolidge (6), and Hoover? What about the 8-years of Ike, or the 8-years of Nixon/Ford? Should we include the 12-years of Reagan/Bush? Or are we suppose that NODEM is speaking of the 8-glorious years of George W. Bush?

Jayne M. Barker

October 17th, 2010
8:15 pm

I learned a long time ago, that some politicos give contributions to both sides….just in case??? Some call it two faced, some call it pragmatic, and some call it hypocritical???…

Robbie

October 17th, 2010
9:11 pm

Rumors are surfacing that Mike Keown, running against Sanford Bishop was kicked out of his first church, Calvary for using church funds to go back to school. He took his scholarship money.

LOL!