Tuesday, November 21, 2017

01/05/2014; News and Record Letter to the Editor on Nancy Hoffmann, and a Hoffmann Linkfest

"Mayor Nancy Vaughan has asked Greensboro’s City Council to adopt more transparent ethics disclosures for some very good reasons.

For example, at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting, Nancy Hoffmann nominated her business partner, Nick Piornack, to Downtown Greensboro Inc.’s board, after voting to loan Piornack’s firm $200,000 for a parking lot that created spots where patrons of her three recently purchased buildings will likely park for a fee.

Hoffmann also nominated the architect for her now-taxpayer-subsidized project at 304 S. Elm via a DGI grant, which city taxpayers funded via a Hoffmann City Council vote. The interior designer for the same property now serves on the Minimum Housing Standards Commission.

If council members place citizens who do business with them on city boards, they should disclose the connections. Members should disclose financial interests in businesses and nonprofits, as well as organizations they are involved with that may become reliant on City Council votes bequeathing everyone else’s money.

Even though participation would be voluntary, identifying and following the actions of those who choose not to provide sunlight on their financial dealings should be enlightening."

George Hartzman


By the way, it is my understanding that Robbie Perkins was the real estate broker on the purchase of the land for the parking lot.
From a thread at Greater Greensboro Politics on Nancy Hoffmann's Crony Capitalism and Self Dealing


Proposed legal theft of taxpayer money; "developers want $8 million in taxpayer money from City of Greensboro"


Zack Matheny and Nancy Hoffmann "Are NOT Prostitutes … They Are Pimps"; An Adaptation


How to purchase a Simkins PAC endorsement, by Nancy Hoffmann


From the 2010 Greensboro funded study for the Elm Street Center hotel, of which the Rhino can't seem to investigate


DGI $ and favoritism for Nancy Hoffmann's on Elm Street with DGI money she voted herself via her incoming tenents


Legal Theft, by Whoever Votes for Greensboro's City Council Agenda Item 34


City Council Agenda Item 11; Investment Grant for a hotel and parking garage for the Elm Street Center Hotel, LLC.


Nancy Hoffman's perfectly legal contributions from GPAC task force members, as confirmed by city attorney S. Mujeeb Shah-Khan


Nancy Hoffman's campaign contribution connections to Tuesday's Give Away to Greensboro's 1%


Nancy and Nancy


Eric Robert on Nancy Hoffmann


Per DGI's Jason Cannon; City Councilwoman Nancy Hoffmann signs authorization for tenant to recieve taxpayer money she voted for


How Greensboro works, Nancy Hoffman edition


Will Nancy Hoffman vote to fund DGI this evening, after her "final subission" to be DGI's landlord?


Ethical Responsibilities of the Governing Body of the City of Greensboro


What I said last night


From the owner of the Greensboro Marriott Downtown on the Impact of the Randall Kaplan and Kathy Manning's new taxpayer subsidized Downtown Hotel

"As the owner of the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, I would like to express my objections to the City of Greensboro, committing public dollars to a private development that will affect my business adversely.

Outlined below are my concerns:

* Impact to my hotel

2013 Actual

Occupancy 60% ADR $128.22 Rooms Revenue $5,555,527
* Projected Impact

10,500 room nights X $128.22 = $1,346,310 Rooms Revenue

* Consequences of Impact
* Force us to lay off a minimum of 30 employees

Did Greensboro's City Council just eliminate 30 jobs
to create what may or may not be 169?

* Curtail future renovation plans as funds will not be available
* Put the business in a tight situation as it relates to debt service

Did Greensboro's City Council
put the Downtown Marriott in jeopardy of a debt default
to benefit some of their campaign contributors?

We purchased the hotel in and with extensive capital.

I gave Greensboro a first class downtown hotel with a well-respected brand.

Over the years we have continued to upgrade the hotel, most recently putting 1.5 million
in 2013 to a lobby, lounge and restaurant renovation.

We are not against new development when it makes sense, but in a market that runs well
below the national average, does it make sense?

The city would be well served if they had and independent study that confirmed the proposed hotels projections and the impact the proposed hotel will have on its competitors.

My understanding is there was not an independent study created 
not paid for by the developers, 
that stated the Wyndham would be feasible.

We would be happy to fund this using and agreed upon consultant.

Thank you for your consideration...
My understanding is the hotel developers provided a feasibility study 
paid for and sought out by the developers
which the city supposedly saw, which the city returned
without making copies of.

Greensboro's City Council picked a local crony
who, along with friends, family and GPAC supporters
funded a great deal of 2013's election,
to unfairly compete with a relatively unconnected business owner down the street.

Greensboro's City Council picked Randall Kaplan and friends
to put the Downtown Marriott out of business, 
without bothering to find out what the impact would be before doing so.

Greensboro's City Council violated the idea of free enterprise,  
by altering what should be an even playing field to benefit a select few
who put many of them in power.


I hear congressional candidate Zack Matheny is pushing for the Downtown Hotel deal


City Council Agenda Item 25; "Investment Grant in the amount of $1,975,000 for the Elm Street Center Hotel LLC project "


On "new" jobs created by the proposed Wyndham and lack of the project meeting incentive criteria


Amanda Lehmert contradicts Sunday's News & Record Editorial on the downtown hotel deal


From the 2010 Greensboro funded study for the Elm Street Center hotel, of which the Rhino can't seem to investigate


How can a 180 room hotel create more than 3 times the economic impact of a 3,000 seat performing arts center?


On the IMPLAN analysis tool used to gauge $29.3 million economic impact of the Wyndham hotel


From a few emails I recieved late last night on the Wyndham deal etc..., and Sam Howe's LTE


Downtown Wyndham Hotel Economic Impact Math


Letter to the Editor; "Hotel decision should wait for new council"


Proposed legal theft of taxpayer money; "developers want $8 million in taxpayer money from City of Greensboro"


City Council Agenda Item 11; Investment Grant for a hotel and parking garage for the Elm Street Center Hotel, LLC.


From 2011; Downtown Hotel: Some words George Hartzman intends to deliver to Guilford County’s Commissioners on September 16, 2010


Kathy Manning, Randall Kaplan's wife, lobbying for a GPAC and their new hotel, with some Nancy Hoffmann, Dawn Chaney and Nancy Vaughan


GPAC Toleo Foundation Donation Questions


Performing Arts Center: "[Notable]...Task Force Members"


George Hartzman on the hotel deal and Crony Capitalism


2 Guilford County Commissioners Tell Randall Kaplan from Downtown Greensboro Hotel What They Think About Economic Incentive's in Future


Monday, November 20, 2017

Stuff 11/20/2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017


"Astroturf organizers are in the business of creating phony grassroots support, or rather the appearance of grassroots support, for this or that cause.

You got the money and the cause?

They’ll bring the front groups, the push-polls, the oped payola, you name it."


Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g. political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participant(s). It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations more credibility by withholding information about the source's financial connection.

The term astroturfing is a derivation of AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to look like natural grass, a play on the word "grassroots." The implication behind the use of the term is that there are no "true" or "natural" grassroots, but rather "fake" or "artificial" support, though some astroturfing operatives defend the practice...

On the Internet, astroturfers use software to mask their identity. Sometimes one individual operates over many personas to give the impression of widespread support for their client's agenda.

Some studies suggest astroturfing can alter public viewpoints and create enough doubt to inhibit action.

...Front groups is one astroturfing technique, which typically creates the appearance of being an organization that serves the public interest, while masking a corporate sponsor. Front groups may resist legislation and scientific consensus that is damaging to the sponsor's business by emphasizing minority viewpoints, instilling doubt and publishing counter-claims by corporate-sponsored experts.

Fake blogs can also be created that appear to be written by consumers, while actually being operated by a commercial or political interest.

Some political movements have provided incentives for members of the public to send a letter to the editor at their local paper, often using a copy and paste form letter that is published in dozens of newspapers verbatim.

Another technique is the use of sockpuppets, where a single person creates multiple identities online to give the appearance of grassroots support. Sockpuppets may post positive reviews about a product, attack participants that criticize the organization, or post negative reviews and comments about competitors, under fake identities.

Astroturfing businesses may pay staff based on the number of posts they make that are not flagged by moderators. Persona management software may be used so that each paid poster can manage five to seventy convincing online personas without confusing them with one another.

Pharmaceutical companies may sponsor patient support groups and simultaneously push them to help market their products.

Bloggers who receive free products, paid travel or other accommodations may also be considered astroturfing if those gifts are not disclosed to the reader.

Analysts could be considered astroturfing, since they often cover their own clients without disclosing their financial connection."


Gary Kenton On Nancy Hoffmann

I'd like to share with you an e-mail I got from candidate Gary Kenton concerning Nancy Hoffman's remarks Saturday at the Democracy Greensboro event: Click on the picture to make it bigger.

The News & Record Letter to the Editor by John Davis, Hoffmann does poorly at political gathering speaks poorly of Councilwoman Hoffmann but for an elected representative to claim that it is not the job of any level of government to protect the civil rights of individuals.... Well it just so happens that the United States Bill of Rights does not differentiate between branches of government and our nation's courts have upheld countless times that all branches of government must protect civil rights.

"The Bill of Rights – Full Text
Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

Without a doubt, Nancy Hoffmann has no regard for your rights.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Congrats to Roy Carroll and Randall Kaplan; Your names appear nowhere on $56 million in taxpayer handouts

"The Mayor is authorized to execute any necessary deeds, easements, or other closing documents to effectuate the construction of a new parking structure for the February One Downtown Development Project."

No mention of their names anywhere, which is Tony Wilkins' legacy

Most don't know who the beneficiaries are

Very few know how much Roy and Randall are going to skim off the construction costs

And Then;

"Greensboro council delays vote on parking deck

The City Council voted Tuesday to postpone until Dec. 19 public hearings and discussion about spending $56 million to reimburse developers who would build the two decks.

Vote: 9-0

Background: The two decks are planned for different sections of downtown. One would be part of a Westin hotel complex proposed for Elm Street Center between South Elm and Davie streets along February One Place. Another would be part of a building at the southwest corner of Eugene and Bellemeade streets that would also serve a new office building planned for property adjacent to the Greensboro Grasshoppers’ First National Bank Field. Under the proposal, the city would reimburse Elm Street Hotel $28 million for the deck next to a $30 million, 180-room hotel the company wants to build on the site of an older parking deck at February One and Davie. That means the city will also consider closing a section of February One beneath the deck where it meets Davie Street, but traffic will continue to flow under the deck and out to Davie.

Nowhere does Greensboro's paper of record
say anything about who the developers are,
after “crony capitalism” and “corporate welfare” were cited 
as reasons for delaying the measure

...Three people, including members of Democracy Greensboro, urged council members to reconsider using public money for the decks. Lewis Pitts, a local activist and former attorney, said the plan smacks of “crony capitalism” and “corporate welfare.”

City Council funds Roy Carroll's Rhino Times, which endorses City Council, which votes Roy a street, water and sewer and a parking deck

Greensboro council voted to increase taxes upon the City's poor to give a parking deck to Tuggle Duggins and Roy Carroll

"City Council Approves $30M Hotel Project with No Comment"

On the Rhino Times Greensboro City Council endorsements for Roy Carroll

Monday, October 30, 2017; Hoffmann exemplifies cronyism on City Council, by Gary Kenton

Today's City of Greensboro is the result of a transformation into an oligarchy"

On November 14, 2017; "Presentation of the 2017 Well Deserved Award to the City of Greensboro from United Healthcare"

"Contact 1 and Phone: Connie Hammond, Human Resources Director 336-373-4629
Contact 2 and Phone: Deborah Stephens, Benefits Supervisor 336-373-2180

PURPOSE: The City of Greensboro is being presented with the United Healthcare Well Deserved Wellness Award for 2017.

Justin Outling remains at the pleasure of his City Council peers

BACKGROUND: This award is in recognition of the progress that the City of Greensboro has made with the Health Rewards Wellness Plan and Programming offered to City Employees.

BUDGET IMPACT: There is not budget impact.


RECOMMENDATION / ACTION REQUESTED: United Healthcare will be onsite during the 11/14/2017 Council Meeting to present the Human Resources Department with the Award."

Justin Outling Took The Bribe


Rhino Times John Hammer shills for Justin Outling and the rest of Roy Carroll's minions on City Council


"Councilman Justin Outling violated conflict of interest rule", and should resign. 


Greensboro City Council succumbs to extortion by UnitedHealthcare


The Healthcare Industry is a legal racket


UnitedHealth won't sell individual ACA plans for 2017 in North Carolina


"Blue Cross projects $400M loss in NC on ACA in just 2 years"


A conversation with Joe Gaurino on Mark Walker's betrayal of our Country's future generations and links

George Hartzman; Should Donald Trump sign a bill into law that will save him $4 billion?

Joseph Guarino; The Constitution says we have a right to our property, and it cannot be taken away unless there has been due process of law and just compensation. This is a country that is supposed to have property rights. Walker is right on this one.

George Hartzman; There is no due process anymore. The constitution was written before the Federal Reserve. There are very few enforced laws anymore. There is no free market economy any more. Our society is a perversion not unlike prior empires at their peak, but th...See More

George Hartzman; Mark Walker is a pawn in the game, who has violated the teachings of his faith in exchange for power.

Joseph Guarino; George, if you want the government to forcibly take away private property, you need to amend the Constitution.

George Hartzman; The government forcibly takes away property when it promises unsustainable social benefits to keep the poor from rising up against the rich.  When the government spends more than what it takes in, and when it prints money to prop up the top at the expense of everyone else, which is what it has been doing without an eke of protest en mass since 2008.  Our elected leaders have stolen our children's future for a more pleasant present.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mark Walker betrays his base to please folks like Roy Carroll and Marty Kotis

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: "The number of Americans who pay what Republicans often call the death tax or the estate tax is very small. And estates that are inherited have to be more than $5 million per person to be taxed. By eliminating that tax, aren't you benefiting a very small number of American well-to-do families?

Like Roy and Marty, 
who support Mark Walker's fight to save their estates millions

WALKER: It is a fair point in the sense that there are some. Some of that net worth is in assets such as land. I know we have two or three here in the 6th District of North Carolina.

Land, as in Roy's apartment complexes and buildings, 
and Marty's strip malls etc...

But I think by moving it from 5 and a half million to 11 million, I believe that's probably going to be within the realm of keeping most of these guys on board or at least enough. And in fact, I'm even thinking - I'm looking upwards of maybe to 225 or 230 out of the House once we kind of maybe make a few adjustments here - small, but just a few.

Mark Walker voted to eliminate the estate tax after six years of doubling the exemption, 
lying to NPR, and NPR let him get away with it,
as most of those foundations which fund NPR involve many who would benefit
from the estate tax going away

SIEGEL: You say two or three of your constituents in your district.

If Roy is worth a billion, 
his heirs would save about $400 million, which Mark Walker voted for 

There's one estimate by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that in terms of family farms that are often invoked in this argument...

WALKER: Right.

If Marty Kotis is worth about $100 million, 
his heirs stand to gain about 35 million, which Mark Walker voted for

SIEGEL: ...There are about 50 such estates in the country that would be covered by the estate tax as it currently exists. That's pretty small.

WALKER: It's not astronomical. That's a fair point. And I believe by bumping it up to 11 million, even though from a conservative perspective there's a fundamental aspect of double taxation - is that fiscally or is it even morally right that once a person has paid on these assets over the years, should the government have a right or access to another round of taxation on those same assets?

Yes, considering how much money people like Roy and Marty 
skim off the rest of us, with the help of their minions who've voted them money over the years
at the local levels
And that's the fundamental question here.

Isn't the "fundamental question" one of how a Baptist preacher 
suddenly understands federal finance, and why said relatively financial illiterate
would betray fiscal conservatism by voting for and advocating a tax platform
which makes the rich, richer, and the children of everyone else pay for it 
with higher deficits? 


Greensboro is paying more for Water and Sewer
on top of a 300% increase in Greensboro's car tax
which Justin Outling, Sharon Hightower, Yvonne Johnson, Marikay Abuzuaiter,
Nancy Hoffmann and Nancy Vaughan didn't object to, 
betraying our poorest citizens and many of their constituents,
and Mark Walker want's to give Roy and Marty millions on top of it

Regressive Taxes by City Council; "Greensboro increased its vehicle tax from $10 to the maximum allowed"


Greensboro's City Council made our community's poor people pay more
so the wealthy pay less as a percentage of income
and they have been doing it for years

These folks don't know what shame is, 
they just roll with it as the News and Record and friends are so in on it,
they can't figure it out enough to inform the majority of Greensboro's public of the scam

Our 'liberal' City Council really isn't

Anyone who said Greensboro didn't raise taxes last year was lying very much


"Journalists and politicians have become ensnared in a symbiotic web of lies that misleads the public"


City Council is for fcuking poor people more than they already are
to pay for handouts to rental owning financial backers like Roy and Marty,
after touting "no property tax increase" 
as they shafted Greensboro's poorest after blatantly lying to our community.

They don't mind kicking 'East Greensboro' residents in the nuts a little bit more,
but that City Council's African American league is in on it is disgusting.

John Hammer on Greensboro's regressive water and sewer regressive tax increase


Garbage Journalism; Susan Ladd: "Water rate increase is reasonable and necessary" Crooked Government; Greensboro City Council

"...A 2005 Congressional Budget Office study
during the time that Republican Doug Holtz-Eakin was CBO director,
concluded that a 10 percent cut in federal income tax rates
would recoup at most 28 percent of the static revenue loss over 10 years.

Although the economy grows in response to tax reductions
(because of higher consumption in the short run and improved incentives in the long run),
it is unlikely to grow so much that lost tax revenue is completely recovered
by the higher level of economic activity.

The 2003 Economic Report of the President during Bush’s first term

The actual data show pretty convincingly
that the Bush tax cuts reduced revenue rather significantly."

Bruce Bartlett
17 Jul 2010

As a general rule, I do not believe that tax cuts pay for themselves.

Henry Paulson
Bush’s nominee to be Secretary of the Treasury, June 27, 2006

On Tax Cuts


Federal revenue is lower today than it would have been without the tax cuts.

There’s really no dispute among economists about that.

Alan Viard
Senior economist at Council of Economic Advisers during Bush’s first term
Washington Post, October 17, 2006

On Tax Cuts and Revenue


You know that the tax cuts have not fueled record revenues.

...You know that the first order effect of cutting taxes is to lower tax revenues.

...No thoughtful person believes that this possible offset
more than compensated...for these tax cuts.

Not a single one.

If I'm wrong, show me the evidence...

Andrew Samwick
Chief economist at the Council of Economic Advisers
George W. Bush’s first term, January 3, 2007

Tax Cuts


Even by the standards of political boosterism
this is extraordinary

No serious economist believes…tax cuts will pay for themselves

The Economist

"Although the economy grows in response to tax reductions
it is unlikely to grow so much that lost revenue is completely recovered
by the higher level of economic activity"

Council of Economic Advisors

There is no credible evidence
tax revenues…rise in the face of lower tax rates…

Every $1 trillion tax cut should lead to $830 billion more debt

N Gregory Mankiw
Chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, 2003-2005

"Council Admits To Raising City Taxes", and John Hammer's big lie


Duke Energy requests 16.7 percent rate hike [Tax Increase] on residential customers


Greensboro council to consider taxing the City's poor to give a parking deck to Tuggle Duggins and Roy Carroll


High Point University's Nido Qubein says building $160M in new projects with $30 million to take business from local entrepreneurs


How the News and Record rigs elections for the status quo; "Candidates for Greensboro mayor offer different visions for city"


Greensboro's News and Record misleads the public for the benefit of Greensboro's Oligharcy

The Rhino's John Hammer takes credit for breaking the Say Yes to Education story

North Carolina's Richard Burr and Thom Tillis voted to keep US prescription drug prices high for their campaign contributors


Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton condoned Bank of America's Brian Moynihan Insider Trading and Securities Fraud


Greensboro City Council passed regressive tax increase on Greensboro's poor 


How are the parents of the young also going to pay for their elders at the same time?


"The Keynesians, [Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Mitch McConnell's crowd] Stole The Jobs"


"What John Oliver learned [which Greensboro's City Council and City Staff Didn't] while setting up a 401(k) plan for his employees"


Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland recommends regressive tax increases on Greensboro's poorest citizens