Fearful of Election Day aftermath, a Woodstock community will lock its gates

Updated at 5:15 p.m. to included comments from Calvin Moss, the Woodstock police chief.

Original: This embarrassing item just appeared on The Caucus, a New York Times blog:

In Woodstock, Ga., about 30 miles north of Atlanta, the president of a homeowners’ association sent an e-mail on Sunday informing residents that the entrance gates would be closed 24 hours a day beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, out of concern over possible civil unrest after the election.

“I feel it is better to take a position of caution to enhance controlled access to the community until we see what (if any) negative repercussions may occur because of the results of the election,” wrote Bill Stanley, the president of the homeowners’ association at the Cottages of Woodstock, a residential community for people 55 and over.

Here you thought zombies weren’t real. On the other hand, it does send an interesting message to the grandkids: “You’re on your own.”

The NYT quotes Stanley as saying that he was ordering enhanced controlled access to the community on the recommendation of the Woodstock police department.

Added: But we just fielded a call from Calvin Moss, the Woodstock police chief, who said that he has had a conversation with Stanley this afternoon — and Stanley denied getting any such information from the Woodstock police force.

“We have no reason to believe that the election and its aftermath will be anything but peaceful,” Moss said. “Certainly we would give no one that kind of information.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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349 comments Add your comment

Ralph

November 5th, 2012
2:44 pm

Tom

November 5th, 2012
2:47 pm

Note to Bill & The Cottages:

Rioters’ rule of Thumb #1: Destroy your own ‘hood….not other peoples’.

(Hey, nobody ever accused mobs of being very bright)

safe

November 5th, 2012
2:53 pm

And if something were to happen and he had not taken steps to prevent, how quick would you, Mr Galloway, be to condemn him? I am sure, with your cyrstal ball, you know exactly what will happen.

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Jussthinkin'

November 5th, 2012
2:55 pm

Perhaps you folks haven’t seen the gutter-mouthed 97-year old and her minions in an Obama internet ad that threatened violence if Obama loses the election. The old wench’s language is enough to turn one off completely but, apparently, the Obama re-election team thinks it is appropriate.
Oh, I forgot: you have to go on FOX News to see anything untoward when it comes to Obama.

brent

November 5th, 2012
2:59 pm

Will the gates be locked to keep the crazies in or out?

BW

November 5th, 2012
3:03 pm

Brent

My question exactly

kenneth smith

November 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

Will it’s only 2012 and some people think Georgia has changed. Welcome to the state that some people refuse to make and changes. Dr. M.L. King Jr. we are still working on it.

Heika

November 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

This incidentally is the prime demographic for Old Glory Insurance – in case they’re attacked by robots. Robots are strong, and they eat senior citizens’ medicine for fuel.

Mayhem

November 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

Scenario 1: You’re in line to vote, the line is 2 hours long, it’s 6:00p.m.. You’ve voted, it’s 7:15, but you can’t go home because the gates are locked?????? WTF????

Scenario 2: You work nights. you get home at 3:00 a.m. What should you do for the next 15 hours????

I would be pitching a fit if my HOA decided to LOCK the gates at 6:00. Excuse me, but I pay my HOA fees, and I damn well better be able to get home at 8:00…

This is ludicrious, not to mention stupid. Reasons number 1-10 why I will NOT live in an HOA neighborhood. These people think they have the power.

muddy waters

November 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

Spittle-on-the-chin, alarmist wingnuts running the homeowners association in a gated community in Woodstock, Georgia?!!

I’m SHOCKED!

LoganvilleGuy

November 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

I’ve worked in law enforcement for many years. I can assure you that readiness/preparedness plans were made in 2008 in case President Obama lost the election. There was plenty of street level intel to suggest there was going to be civil unrest if that scenario played out. The chiefs were particularly worried about violence from youth.

Carlton Davis

November 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

Anyone who takes the comments of people in ads seriously should be on the short bus for eternity. Watching Fox News for anything other than comedy also illustrates one’s shortcomings.

GaBlue

November 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

Attention Woodstock:

Unlike the epic concert for which you were named, nobody wants to go to your corner of Rednekistan.

Jon Lester

November 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

Pen themselves up and then tell everybody? That’s not a smart strategy.

Jimbo

November 5th, 2012
3:22 pm

Welcome back to the Stone Age. So much for the evolution of the species.

Cutty

November 5th, 2012
3:22 pm

“But every now and then, I wonder
If the gate was put up to keep crime out or
Keep our ass in”

-Goodie Mob, Cell Therapy

Jussthinkin'

November 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

OOPS! Forgot to include the URL for the disgusting ad, sponsored by (who else?) Michael Moore and MoveOn.org. These are the type people who should make Democrats proud that they are supporting Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDHUikky-q8

rex

November 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

Don’t be so quick to scoff, ladies and gentlemen.

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm3-19-15.pdf

Aquagirl

November 5th, 2012
3:28 pm

Oh, gawd, I really want to go hang outside their gates and play Soviet military marches.

The chiefs were particularly worried about violence from youth.

Unlike Juss @ 2:55 who is hiding under his bed from the legions of cussing grannies.

Chuck

November 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

So, if there is a riot there, do they really think that one gate and maybe one unarmed security guard would stop a mob from busting down the place?

Michael

November 5th, 2012
3:32 pm

This just shows the paranoi that has been rampant in letters to the editor. Bet they will have their guns and Bibles with them as well. As an Independent this just shows why I cant vote for most Repulicans any longer as they feed this kind of fear. Paul Broun comes to mind.

GaBlue is an idiot

November 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

Woodstock was incorporated in the 1800s.

Heika

November 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

@geilt I am curious about this “soialism” that the AJC allegedly promotes. Is it somehow related to soybeans? I know that vegetarians promote soy as an alternative to animal meat. Please, discuss!

LoganvilleGuy

November 5th, 2012
3:36 pm

@Aquagirl -

In the case of severe civil unrest, a gate or an armed guard isn’t going to do much of anything. I was merely pointing out that making plans and/or trying to be prepared for civil unrest is not being paranoid.

Just Thinking (and spelling)

November 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

Thanks for the link, jussthinkin’ that was hilarious and made my day, I thought I was not going to laugh more than I did at the absurdness of this article until I read some of the comments here!

Raoul

November 5th, 2012
3:39 pm

Can we lock the residents in starting at 6am? They are clearly too stupid to vote.

Tom

November 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

My advice….swat rioters with your pineapple flag.

Voto no tsplost

November 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

What an embarrassing bunch of wing nuts, geez anyone that lives in a locked gated community is waaay out of touch with reality.

PamJ

November 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

What the hell is in Woodstock -vast hordes of gold and silver. HAhha

Voto no tsplost

November 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

Great idea!!!!

Typical Redneck

November 5th, 2012
3:45 pm

Locking the gate? Wus, buy a gun.

BlueX2

November 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

@LoganvilleGuy – really? That ‘intel’ didn’t come to other police departments, at least not to those of us in the larger agencies.

Aquagirl

November 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

I was merely pointing out that making plans and/or trying to be prepared for civil unrest is not being paranoid.

I’m sure rioters will drive out to a seniors community in an exurb for their civil unrest. Thank goodness we built those HOT lanes so they don’t get stuck in traffic.

Why, I take random drives on the weekend up I-575 looking for nice little cozy places for my riots, just in case the good spots are all taken. It’s like fishing.

Tom

November 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

@Raoul – Wow, and supposedly it’s the GOP that tries to suppress votes.

josh

November 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

Wow. Just how unruly do they expect Georgia republicans to get when Obama is elected?

Truth

November 5th, 2012
3:50 pm

Ahhh… the south. Love it!

Jussthinkin'

November 5th, 2012
3:51 pm

Just Thinking…; Yep, the brain-dead Carlton Davis would probably agree with the video produced by YouTube along with the super heroes Michael Moore and MoveOn.org. The lame-Stream media won’t publish that sort of trash or let on that it exists but FOX News will. But then only the intelligent watch FOX…and yes, I’m one of the intelligent.

Committed to freedom

November 5th, 2012
3:53 pm

Unless by chance write-ins for Ron Paul or votes for Gary Johnson exceed those for Obamney/Rombama, big government/big spending is going to win the day. The status quo will keep the dependent classes well funded so civil unrest should be at a minimum. Small government is not going to win. Sound money is not going to win. Freedom and liberty are not going to win. The status quo will be maintained, the car will continue heading towards the financial cliff, and the welfare/warfare queens will continue to receive all of their checks.

Crazy Like A Fox

November 5th, 2012
3:54 pm

Hopefully, Jim Galloway will spend his election evening at West End Mall or Auburn Avenue.

Jaynie

November 5th, 2012
3:55 pm

Aquagirl, love the comment. Sarcasm at its best. Too bad a few of the right wingers will take you seriously and be on the look out for Rioters R Us on 575.

Jussthinkin'

November 5th, 2012
3:56 pm

AquaGirl – 3:28; Actually it’s all of you foul-mouthed grannies that I shy away from. I’m afraid that they still have too many female hormones left and they attack. Does that pretty well explain your behavior? Why don’t you grace us with some really vulgar and vituperative rants?

Aquagirl

November 5th, 2012
3:56 pm

But then only the intelligent watch FOX…and yes, I’m one of the intelligent.

It’s nice to know true patriots are warning us of the scourge of cursing elderly women. I was so under-informed I had no idea.

Now I barely have time to load the rocket launcher after I finish my MRE.

cc

November 5th, 2012
3:56 pm

I will be very surprised if there aren’t riots after Hussein is defeated tomorrow. Every good rioter knows that there are very few grievances that can’t be soothed with big screen TV’s, Nike tennis shoes and high-end blue jeans. Lottery tickets, cigarettes and alcohol complete the rioters shopping, or I should say “looting”, list.

WARNING: Rioters should be very careful to restrict their activities to the City of Atlanta. Other areas have a very low tolerance for such actions!

Devil's Advocate

November 5th, 2012
3:57 pm

I think the USA and the world was shocked by Obama’s victory. Sure, he had momentum going in but it was one of those things where you wouldn’t believe it until the final vote was counted. Had Obama lost in 2008, I doubt very seriously that there would have been any civil unrest larger than seen after a sports team wins a championship.

Jump to tomorrow, I wouldn’t be surprised if some knuckleheads act the fool around the country but I doubt it’ll be anything long and sustained.

hnbc

November 5th, 2012
3:58 pm

Good grief. In response to someone’s post … the gates are locked to keep the crazies in!

home&home

November 5th, 2012
3:59 pm

By chance, are there any pink flamingoes in this neighborhood? I’ve heard that means, well, something significant…

Granny

November 5th, 2012
3:59 pm

You people are so funny today, thanks for all the laughs! One think I know for sure is the HOA people do think they got powers beyond the sky, and you know what, around here they do! That’s the scary part and that’s the reason I’m trying so hard to get out of here. Whoever is elected President, I hope he can help with this real estate mess so I can sell this house.

sheepdawg

November 5th, 2012
4:00 pm

racist bigoted wing nuts, their days are numbered, even in our bright red state

southern hope

November 5th, 2012
4:04 pm

Aqua Girl, you are truly hilarious.

RGB, I don’t mean to sound harsh but your opinions are off the deep end…..do you truly believe what you’re saying? (or is something using your name & having fun with you?)

you guys need to move about in the real world a bit…it is NOTHING like what you’re imagining….