Monday, October 24, 2016

Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks - SNL

Joseph Guarino on Jews

It is an unmistakable lesson of history
that when one group of people starts to see another group of people
as ‘other,’ or as ‘different,’ as ‘undeserving’ as ‘inferior’
ill treatment inevitably follows

Air Force Reserve Major David J R Frakt

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye
the more light you pour upon it the more it will contract

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

City Files Motion To Dismiss My Lawsuit

As some are aware I filed suit against the City of Greensboro for failing to comply with public information requests in a timely and accurate manner. Today I received via e-mail the linked Motion To Partially Dismiss For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction And Answer.

I've yet to the the letter in the mail which was due October 21, 2016, thirty-three days after the City of Greensboro asked for a 30 day extension to reply and the letter came with the following e-mail:

Are you getting this straight?

In their first defense they are claiming they have replied in a reasonable amount of time. When I filed the suit some of these records requests were as much as 46 weeks old. Now these requests are a year old. The City is claiming a timely reply. And in her e-mail, Rosseta Davidson, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Greensboro admits:

"Also, in light of additional documents being released after October 18, 2016, an amended Answer will be filed.  Once we have the date stamp for the amended Answer, I will forward that to you as well."

That's right, they are still not in compliance even though they are asking that the suit be dismissed.

I think it's fair to say that many of these documents and more would have never been released had this law suit not been filed.

Look, I've known all along something like this could happen but ask yourself, why don't they want the public to know what is going on downtown and why are they fighting to keep this law suit out of court when I never asked for any money?

Why not ask Mayor Nancy Barakat Vaughan and the rest of the Greensboro City Council?

Are polls released right before the Sunday television shows better than Monday's?

Just in case...

"NC Blue Cross announces rate increase of 24.3 percent for ACA marketplace plans"

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has announced it will increase premiums for Affordable Care Act plans on the individual market by an average 24.3 percent for 2017. Some consumers will pay more and some will pay less.

That is higher than the company’s original rate request filed in May for an 18.8 percent increase. The rate was approved by the state Department of Insurance

It's silly to say that the ACA is "mathematically unsustainable."

ACA is quite sustainable.

The ACA will (slightly) reduce the federal deficit
because "how we pay for it" has already been nailed down in the law.

Dr. Andrew Brod

...Blue Cross received an average 32.5 percent rate increase for 2016 – one of the highest in the country.

...According to the Blue Cross blog, the bigger rate increase was necessary because UnitedHealthcare and Aetna both are withdrawing from the state’s ACA marketplace for 2017.

The ACA as a whole, including Medicaid expansion, 
will slightly reduce the deficit during the next 10 years, 
precisely because it includes various taxes and fees. 

Expanding Medicaid might mean bigger government, 
but not a bigger deficit.

Andrew Brod
March 28, 2014

Like its competitors, Blue Cross also has reported losses on its ACA business – $405 million in 2014 and 2015.

Most Democrats are just as guilty as many Republicans 
for allowing our health care system 
to become what appears to be a Ponzi like skimming operation.

...Premiums without the subsidy will be a “significant challenge for many people” who buy plans through the ACA marketplace, Blue Cross said. “The 24.3 percent average rate increase for 2017, on top of a 32 percent rate that took effect this year, is evidence that rising costs are not sustainable for the long term.”

It's silly to say that the ACA is "mathematically unsustainable."

ACA is quite sustainable.

The ACA will (slightly) reduce the federal deficit
because "how we pay for it" has already been nailed down in the law.

Dr. Andrew Brod

Thanks Andrew Brod and Ed Cone; "Obamacare premiums are skyrocketing out of sight"

Our local and state governments get pressure and lots of money
from companies who overcharge for prescriptions in North Carolina
to let Big Pharma continue to rip off taxpayers and patients

"...the most fabulously overpriced health care system in the world delivers notably poor life expectancy outcomes"...

Both sides in North Carolina get the same campaign checks 
from health care industry lobbyists to maintain the pilfering of our citizens

Ed Cone and Andrew Brod's Legacy, part 13; Aetna out of North Carolina ACA

A good chunk of Greensboro's health care industry is comprised of thieves
supported and condoned by the 'government'

How about Ed Cone and Andrew Brod explain why North Carolina's 20.6% Obamacare premium growth

Local physicians and providers who play dumb about skyrocketing costs 
are backed by apologists like Andrew Brod and Ed Cone

Dear Ed Cone and Andrew Brod

How many families did Cone Health force into bankruptcy last year Ed?

How much did you and Andrew lie about the ACA Ed?

Ed Cone on Cone Health's success at stealing from patients and bankrupting families within our local overpriced healthcare monopoly

Our healthcare system is a legal theft racket

What Warren Buffett's outlets won't report; "Colombia Fears U.S. May Reject Peace Plan To Protect Pharma Profits", and what Ed Cone and Andrew Brod don't want to talk about

Andrew Brod's Legacy; "Blue Cross projects $400M loss in NC on ACA in just 2 years"

ACA premiums in NC to rise sharply in 2016; Thanks Andrew Brod

Thanks for letting the healthcare industry rape even more consumers
and destroy the financial lives of thousands in our community

Dear Greensboro's Andrew Brod, On the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Obamacare) and Deficit Projections, of which Dr. Brod was Incorrect

Dr. Andrew Brod, my deadline for this article is Monday morning at 10am.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


1.  Historically, America's 'news' industry has tended to be heavily dependent on advertising from industries the 'news' industry has been supposed to report on to provide actual news coverage for the general public.

History is the version of past events 
that people have decided to agree upon.


2.  Providing good news to sustain economic growth may have been good for the profitability of 'journalism' in the near term, including the parent companies that own the most profitable information dissemination properties, while the distribution of unprofitable news has been artificially diminished.

The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines 
is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust

Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

3.  Some journalists report on investment strategies that have recently reported impressive business results, inadvertently providing justifications for investors to buy high and too late rather than at a low point before or during the time that initially created the performance numbers.

Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear 
what they are not.

Elias Root Beadle

4.  Some journalists focus on fictionally exceptional economic reports to provide empirical evidence to substantiate establishment control of the means of production.

A lie told often enough becomes the truth


5. The establishment’s profitability depends on convincing most to not understand information they should.

Get your facts first, 
and then you can distort them as much as you please

Mark Twain

6.  Most informational and investigative financial multimedia news sources are owned by large publicly traded multinational corporations and large institutional shareholders with an inherent interest in rising financial markets and imposed centrally controlled stability.

7.  Some of what may be reported in the financial press may be examples of what was a good investment as opposed to what may be a good opportunity.

The secret to success is sincerity.  

Once you can fake that, 
you can accomplish anything


8. Some large institutional investors and multinational corporations have ethical conflicts of interest in the ownership of multimedia financial news outlets controlling most of the information we absorb. 

City Workers Work For Union

Here at, we heard a rumor that rank and file workers for the City of Greensboro are circulating flyers in an effort to generate more support for unionization of city workers. Like I wrote, it's a rumor but if it is true and if those persons would like to tell us more, just e-mail and we'll verify the rumor.

Do some of these presidential polls seem odd?

Susan Ladd on Greensboro City Council's "cover-up" of illegal closed session vote on Police records

Greensboro's City Council and Jim Westmoreland destroyed Charlotte Jackson's career
by illegally releasing her personnel information to the public

"Stonewalling on Cole investigation deepens mistrust"

...When made aware of the incident, the council’s reaction was outrage, and rightly so.

With the support of Westmoreland and Police Chief Wayne Scott, [City Council] voted to release police body camera footage of the incident and “all disciplinary actions and personnel actions related to GPD’s interaction with Yourse,” finding it “essential to maintain public confidence.”

William Hill, attorney for the Police Association 
said the city violated NC Personnel Privacy Act, 
committing a misdemeanor by releasing Jackson’s portion of the video.

“It’s a misdemeanor to release anything from a personnel file
 without the consent of a person. 

She did not consent. 

Without a court order or without certain finding being made. 

None of that happened, “said Hill. 
“With this being blasted all over the news, it violated her due process rights.”

...When the incident first was disclosed on Sept. 20, and when the footage was aired publicly a week later, Councilwoman Sharon Hightower asked for all the records from the investigation.

Cole tried to question Yourse about any outstanding warrants which Yourse responded, “not that I know of.”

Mr. Yourse also stated he is not afraid to go back to prison

After Yourse was in custody, 
Cole and Jackson discovered two active warrants for his arrest. 

Greensboro Police Officers Association

...Community anger and frustration spilled over at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, when Hightower revealed that her request to see the investigative files was denied by a “consensus” of the council in a closed session.

The [Greensboro Police Officers Association]
claims the context of the video was twisted by the council.


...People who had come to repeat their request for more information on the 42-day investigation stood, shouted and jeered.

Not that I blame them for doing so, but some of the folks who objected 
were/are probably agitating to cause a nationally covered event 
for the causes they represent, which could bring a good bit of chaos to Greensboro.

...why was this a matter for closed session? Council members weren’t discussing a personnel matter; they were discussing whether a council member should be allowed to see investigative records related to a personnel matter involving a former employee.

The state’s open meetings law 
prohibits the council from taking votes in private.

Margaret Moffett 

The discussion should have taken place in open session with a legitimate vote.


Consensus, by the way, means agreement.

So why not just say "vote" Susan?

Is someone trying to imply a "consensus" was legal
and a vote would have been illegal?

Did Hightower say "consensus"?

According to Mayor Nancy Vaughan, she, Hightower, Yvonne Johnson and Jamal Fox were the only council members in favor of Hightower’s request, which means that Mike Barber, Justin Outling, Nancy Hoffmann, Tony Wilkins and Marikay Abuzuaiter were not in favor.

The state’s open meetings law 
prohibits the council from taking votes in private.

Margaret Moffett

That’s a 5-4 vote, not a consensus.

Agreed, so what's the bit about "consensus"?

Did Hightower say the vote was a "consensus"
to prevent the closed session vote from being determined illegal?

Why not say the closed session vote was illegal
like Margaret?

...what was their basis for denying Hightower, or any other member of council, the opportunity to see the records?

Yourse is heard yelling several times 
that he was not resisting and at one point turned to Jackson 
and told her “you better not lie for him,” referring to Cole.


A few months ago, Wilkins asked during a public council meeting to see the personnel file of former Police Chief David Wray, and he was granted that request.

Good point, but Tony didn't leak the information to anyone, 
and it appears Sharon Hightower is informing Nelson Johnson's crowd 
of confidential information, which may have led to the resignation of Charlotte Jackson

...“That’s why I felt she should be able to see the file,” Vaughan said during a break in the meeting. “It would have been consistent to address this in the same way. I think council should have the ability to review sensitive documents because we set policy.

It was also discovered Yourse was charged
with breaking and entering into his mother’s house, 
2 Mistywood Court, twice in the past.

Mayor Nancy Vaughan expressed her disdain for the video after it was shown, 
calling it “brutal” and apologizing to Yourse.

How can we do that and arrive at the right decision if we aren’t seeing all the information?”

Agreed, but the information would probably have been leaked by Hightower.

...the community is right to question exactly how that process unfolded and whether there was any attempt by any member of the department to minimize or dismiss this matter.

As for the association’s claims that the council broke the law
in releasing Jackson’s video, 
Hightower responded “Seven of us voted for it.


...A wholesale release of names could lead to a rush to judgment of the officers involved before it’s clear whether they acted properly.

Which already happened with the illegal body camera release
which Susan doesn't address.

Pulling back on their promise to release the information — even to one of their members — and trying to hide that decision in a closed meeting inflames suspicion of a cover-up.

Greensboro's City Council and Jim Westmoreland destroyed Charlotte Jackson's career
by illegally releasing her personnel information to the public

Greensboro Police Officers Association on Greensboro's City Council, Charlotte Jackson and Travis Cole

Greensboro City Council accused of breaking the law by releasing body cam footage

Billy Jones; "What Greensboro Didn't Tell You About Dejuan Yourse

I have it on good authority that as of this afternoon, Greensboro Police Captain James Hinson called Greensboro Police Officer CN Jackson-- seen  in the video below-- demanding her immediate resignation under threat of being fired for her part in the incident in the video.

...The assault of  Dejuan Yourse by Officer Travis Cole was wrong and the City of Greensboro has already paid Mr Yourse a cash settlement despite the fact that Mr Yourse's mother had a restraining order against her son to keep him away from her home.

...Captain Hinson needs to explain himself and explain to the public why he is demanding officer Jackson leave the Greensboro Police Department."

Greensboro's City Council and Jim Westmoreland destroyed Charlotte Jackson's career
by illegally releasing her personnel information to the public

Greensboro Police Officer Charlotte Jackson in the video below:

The Greensboro City Council held a special meeting yesterday followed by a press conference and posted the meeting online in 3 parts.

Roch Smith Jr.; "Greensboro police body cam video shows officer attacking man

...Council members Tony Wilkins and Mike Barber were the only two representatives who voted against releasing the video."

Roch Smith Jr.; "Guilford County District Attorney Howard Nuemann decided charging Cole would be “inappropriate” according to a memo from Greensboro City Attorney Tom Carruthers to city council members."

Adding To Roch's Pile: Part 13