Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Latest Stuff 4/16/2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Why The Guilford County School Closings? Updated

Today we learn from PTA President at Gateway Education Center, Dania Mavor Ermentrout that Gateway Education Center in Greensboro is to be closed.

Add to that the recent report from the Rhino that Bessemer Elementary located next door is also recommended to be closed along with 9 other Guilford County Schools.

"At a three-hour Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31 meeting of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education, the consultants stated that, based on population trends, facility conditions and efficiency considerations, there are 10 schools that need to be closed.  At the meeting, the language the consultants used was that these schools should be “repurposed.” There was some confusion over that word at first, however, the definition they gave soon revealed that “repurposed” meant “closed.”  Some buildings could be used for other purposes the consultants said, but the buildings shouldn’t be used as places where students attend school and the 10 schools should not be replaced."

While Erwin located just around the corner was destroyed by the tornado and Guilford County Schools has announced no plans to rebuild despite overcrowded classrooms County wide. That's 3 schools located within 1/2 of a mile of one another.

Have the Guilford County Schools run into money problems since the hiring of Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras? Or are the money problems the result of years of chronic under investment? Is the closing and eventual selling off of school properties the solution? Really?

Bessemer and Gatewood are located on the corner of East Wendover Ave and Huffine Mill Road. The combined properties are part of a much larger piece of property that was first purchased by the county in 1859 for $1140 and have enormous values as commercial properties for shopping centers and office parks. And County owned properties are usually sold for pennies on the dollar.

Is this a plan to enrich developers at the cost of taxpayers?

And what about the 9 other schools recommended for closing county wide? Is Gateway just the first?

Update: 3:10 PM

Current and projected enrollment.

Capacity per facilities report:

No changes recommended:

Sunday, April 7, 2019

On The Electoral College

Just so you know, Civics hasn't been offered in most public schools since the late 1960s and early 1970s. I graduated in 1974 and was never offered a civics class.

As for the Electoral College: I fully understand the need but question if it works as intended. For example: How many of us actually know who our electors are?

It is said we vote for electors but I've never seen electors on any ballot. Have you?

That leads me to believe that electors represent political parties rather than actual voters. Am I wrong?

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Pill Pushers Of Big Pharma Don't Care

Recently on a facebook thread I posted a comment only to get a smart-assed reply from Mr John F Merritt, President at Select Laboratory Partners, Inc.former Strategic Account Specialist at Quest Diagnostics, and former Vice President at Roche Biomedical Laboratories. You can see them both below.

Is this typical of the attitude of those that own and run America's pharmaceutical, insurance, and medical industries? If America's poor people don't like it we can just get the hell out?

My replies to Mr Merrit:

We've seen this before when drug prices were artificially inflated and big pharma companies stood before Congress without any shame. They are not doing what they do to help people, they do what they do with the intention of bleeding us to death and anyone who complains should be pushed down and pushed out of the way.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Cone Health is a Racket;

“There’s no turning back,” Folwell said of his plan. “People are no longer going to accept not knowing what they spend 20 percent of their income on.”

A plan by State Treasurer Dale Folwell to reform the nearly insolvent State Health Plan faces legislative pushback, prodded by hospitals and large medical providers. Folwell has no plan to abandon the reforms, which actuaries say would prevent the plan from going broke within four years.

...The State Health Plan’s actuary says Folwell’s changes would avoid $486 million in extra health plan costs through fiscal year 2021-22, and an extra $1.1 billion in unfunded liabilities. The General Assembly’s actuary puts the additional claims costs at $534 million, and pegs new unfunded liabilities at $1 billion.

...Primary sponsors of H.B. 184 received notable political contributions from the N.C. Healthcare Association in 2018: Reps. Josh Dobson, R-McDowell, $5,200; Julia Howard, R-Davie, $2,000; William Brisson, D-Bladen, $3,000; and Gale Adcock, D-Wake, $6,200."


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Death Of A Newspaper

In his article, News & Record: How an aversion to innovation devolved into incompetence, Roch Smith jr leaves out one key point: Dozens of readers tried to warn them only to be scoffed at.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

It's been 8 days since Greensboro's Triad City Beat reported "A neo-Confederate who filmed herself saying the N-word is no longer employed by Koury Corp"

An internet search of "Janet Pate" and "Koury"
shows not one local 'mainstream' news outlet reporting on the story 
since the news became public on March 1, 2019

From Triad City Beat's Jordan Green;

"A neo-Confederate activist who is depicted making racial slurs in a video circulated by antiracists is no longer employed by Koury Corp., a prominent Greensboro real-estate development company.

Janet's Linkin profile is "unavailable";

Janet Spainhour Pate maintained the Facebook page for Confederate Memorial Tour, a kind of scrapbook chronicling visits by Pate and a friend to various Confederate memorials across North Carolina and Virginia.

According to BrightScope, Janet Pate was the named administrator 
of Koury's $16 million 401k plan as of 2017

...After hearing about the decision by then-UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt to remove the remnants of Silent Sam on Jan. 14, Pate showed up at the scene and live-streamed the event with a running monologue to express her disgust.

...“There you go, y’all,” Pate told her viewers. “All these years that sat there and then some n***er comes up and spreads paint all over it, and the liberals go mad.”

Remaining unknown is how long Pate worked at Koury, 
and for how long her employers where aware of her racist views,
as not one mass media news outlet chose to cover the story

...Pate told her viewers she would turn around the camera “so you can see all these little whores at UNC, queers, celebrating, taking pictures. I guess they don’t have to go to class. Like I say, it’s easy to go to class here. They can stay up all night, get drunk, screw around, have abortions.”

Later, she continued, “Just to let you know, the desecration of a memorial to the dead only proves this school’s going to turn into a ghetto, that’s all it is. It’s the ghetto. All these kids study, it’s partying, tearing up shit, raising hell. That’s what it is at UNC, y’all, making their own rules, mob rule.”

...“I’m gonna tell you, people, it’s next to a war [sic],” Pate said. “But here you go. All right everybody, that’s about all I want to hear of that bullshit. But this is what we’re up against. Gonna sit back and take it? But they think they’re being funny. You hear that? And them n***ers are able to come to school here because of Donald Trump. Yay.”

It took seven days for Greensboro's News and Record 
to print the names of our Koury supported legislators who voted for HB2,
and it has now been 8 days since our local for profit paper
hasn't done a story on the Koury/racism related issue

The campaign to shame Pate didn’t truly take off until Thursday, with the release of a third video and the unidentified antiracist activists’ disclosure that Pate worked for Greensboro-based Koury Corp. The footage was picked up by the Atlanta Black Star newspaper, which circulated it on Facebook and Twitter, resulting in upwards of 32,000 views. By the end of the day, the Confederate Memorial Tour page and Pate’s LinkedIn page identifying herself as the payroll manager at Koury Corp. had been taken down. On Friday, the company declined to confirm Pate’s position.

They brought in damage control management, 
which means she wasn't a maid at the convention center, 
but most likely close to Koury's top brass;

...Monty Hagler, a public relations specialist handling the controversy for Koury Corp. said in an email to TCB: “I can share with you that the phrase ‘taken appropriate action’ includes the fact that the employee [is] no longer employed at Koury Corporation.”
From Brightscope's 2017 Koury Corp 401k information;

Brightscope's main page now shows the Administrator as Gordon Craig,

Gordan Craig was listed as the plan's Administrator in 2016;

Citing Triad City Beat, The Raw Story ran a piece entitled "BUSTED: North Carolina real estate firm fires staffer over ugly N-word-filled Facebook rant" which stated;

"Neo-Confederate activist Janet Spainhour Pate was fired from her job after a video circulated online of her making racist comments.

Janet Spainhour Pate had to have been relatively well known to Koury Corporation executives,
as she was put in charge of their money invested in the company's retirement plan

...The video went viral online and Pate’s workplace was identified. The video reached more than 32,000 viewers. Once her job caught wind of the video and the use of her racist language she was fired."


A longer version;

On 4/6/2018, Stephen D Showfety, President of Koury Corporation, donated $500 to North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger.

On the same day, Koury Corporation's VP & CFO Gordon Craig, who appears to be Janet Pate's direct supervisor gave the same amount, along with VP Ronald Mack and EVP Mo Milani.


North Carolina Campaign Finance Records for 2018's Second Quarter for FRIENDS OF TRUDY WADE include;


On Friday, April 1, 2016, I wrote "Is Koury Corp's Stephen Showfety (Koury Convention Center and Grandover CEO) going to ask Phil Berger for his money back?", as Berger and Trudy Wade among others advocated and voted for HB2, before which Koury Executives donated money to elected officials who were advocating for discrimination.


From Yes Weekly in 2014; "Pay to get paid and the City of Greensboro; Koury Corporation"

Wednesday, March 30, 2016; "Bigots; North Carolina State Senators Trudy Wade and Phil Berger; Bigots; NC Representatives John Blust, Jon Hardister and John Faircloth"

Disgusted with Gov. Pat McCrory and our elected officials who supported House Bill 2...

Locally, that includes state Sens.Trudy Wade and Phil Berger 
and Reps.John Blust, Jon Hardister and John Faircloth.

Susan Ladd at the N&R


Wednesday, March 30, 2016; A few Trudy Wade Campaign Contributors who haven't asked for their money back as far as I know


Koury executives have knowingly, financially supported legislators 
who actively support bigotry and discriminatory legislation



Stephanie K. Craft Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Kelly K. Harrill Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Lisa K. Johnson Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Edmund W. Koury Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Ronald W. Mack Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Mo Milani Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Stephen D. Showfety Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Ashley K. Vanore Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Notable Zach Matheny 2009 Contributors:

Andrew P. Vanore Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Ashley Vanore Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Eugene Tillman Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Kelly Harrill Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Lisa Johnson Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Ronald Mack Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Stephanie Craft Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Notable Nancy Vaughan 2009 Contributors:

Stephanie Koury Craft Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Kelly Koury Harrill Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Lisa Koury Johnson Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Edmund W. Koury Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Ronald W. Mack Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Stephen D. Showfety Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
Ashley Koury Vanore Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

This Was Never Saul Alinsky's Plan

Now think about this: Everything pointed out in this
old letter to the editor has been accomplished
while the top 1% get richer, but in Saul Alinsky's socialist state there were to be no rich people, no 1%, no corporations.

And yet today corporations run everything. The government keeps the little man down while propping up the big man. That's not socialism, nothing like socialism.

Could it be the Fascist instead of the Socialist, used Saul Alinsky's model to take control?

Are we so stupid we just don't see it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

When the People Speak, Council Should

From Roch Smith Jr in his article, A better way to improve City Council’s public forums:

"Public comments at city council meetings are not tempestuous simply because speakers and supporters are rambunctious by nature. It’s not a matter of football fans showing up instead of golf fans. Tumult arises when the response of council to a public concern is inadequate and people must, literally and figuratively, raise their voices. It has been that way for years.

Public comments at these forums don’t become heated just because people want to blow off steam. People come to these forums because they perceive a need for action and, history shows, the atmosphere gets raucous when elected officials side-step concerns and remain immune to facts brought to their attention."

When the people speak, Council should act. Listening alone isn't enough. Pretending to listen is even worse, sleeping through meetings is the worst kind of insult to the people they represent. And allowing it to continue for a decade or longer says they just don't care.

The original text I posted with that photo on Facebook in 2016 was taken from a City Council business meeting in which the City of Greensboro claimed no video was taken in response to several public information requests for videos from the meeting.

"Is that a video camera behind a sleeping Councilwoman Nancy Hoffman? And why does the City of Greensboro claim there was no video of that meeting?"

No further explanation was ever given.

It all comes back to bite....

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Latest Stuff; Marty Kotis gets taxpayer subsidies for new Sheetz to steal business from the unconnected down the street

George - consider this a warning

You're going to kick the hornets nest one too many times

Marty Kotis

Resolution Amending Resolution 214-14 Authorizing a Job Creation Extension to Kotis Holdings, LLC for the Design and Construction of Off-Site Public Water & Sewer Infrastructure Improvements ...at a Site Located at 200 Willowlake Road 

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 
Greensboro's City Council re-approved a bogus 'job creation' package 
for Marty Kotis, for 8 jobs

Mayor Vaughan stated this was the time and place set for a public hearing to consider a Resolution Amending Resolution 214-14...

WHEREAS, on September 3, 2013, the City Council adopted Resolution 256-13 which previously authorized $311,911.00 for reimbursement of water and sewer infrastructure costs;

Marty Kotis is supported by Nancy Vaughan, Goldie Wells, Justin Outling, 
Marikay Abuzuaiter, Nancy Hoffmann, Yvonne Johnson and Sharon Hightower

WHEREAS, on August 19, 2014, the City Council adopted Resolution 214-14 which amended Resolution 256-13 by increasing the appropriation to $359,883.33 and extending the job creation deadline to August 20, 2017;

WHEREAS, the addition of at least 8 new full-time equivalent jobs and new retail sales are expected to generate public benefit...

Someone down the street from this deal was harmed by this political nepotism.

Someone's dinner table has less on it because of this.

8 got low paying jobs 

Marty Kotis got richer with the help of everyone else's money, 
and most on the bottom stay poor 
because of mis-allocated public money via purchased politicians.

WHEREAS, Kotis Holdings, LLC will be required to repay the City of Greensboro the entire $359,883.33 of public investment in the new water and sewer infrastructure if new development has not resulted in new retailers creating at least 8 new full-time equivalent jobs on the site and/or outparcels by July 31, 2019.

Marty Kotis serves on the UNC Board of Governers, 
and Marty supported John Blust, 
and has contributed to HB2 supporters Tony Wilkins, Trudy Wade, 
Phil Berger, Pat McCrory and many others

Moved by Councilmember Hoffmann, seconded by Councilmember Abuzuaiter, to adopt the resolution. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Ayes, Nancy Vaughan, Yvonne J. Johnson, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Mike Barber, Sharon M. Hightower, Nancy Hoffmann, Justin Outling, Goldie F. Wells and Tony Wilkins 

Greensboro City Council members
take legal bribes from the same folks who financially supported HB2


Marty Kotis re-upping his campaign bribe funded $359,883.33 gift from his City Council cronies at Tuesday's meeting for a new Sheetz


Some of the conversations between Marty Kotis and George Hartzman on his free water sewer outside Greensboro's city limits


Company seeks $2,871 each for higher paying 31 jobs, after Marty Kotis recieved $44,559 per "speculative" low paying job from City Council


Marty Kotis Propaganda from the Business Journal "Plans for east Guilford retail center could lead to more development"


Marty Kotis' Tony Wilkins contribution before Tony voted to give Marty a $3 million building for $900,000


Why should a community in stagnation subsidize Marty Kotis, who, according to Roy Carroll's Rhino Times, is worth more than $100,000,000, whose new projects take business away from the less connected?


If developers pay for water and sewer extensions, why did we just pay for Roy Carroll and Marty Kotis?


A couple interesting threads on Marty Kotis and his purchased minions


Looks like Tony Wilkins called the Greensboro Fire Department to harras a Marty Kotis competitor


Our local paper of record's lack of pointing out Marty Kotis is one of North Carolina's biggest HB2 supporters


The cowardice of Greensboro News and Record's Doug Clark and Allen Johnson on Marty Kotis


Marty Kotis, Republican buyer of City property 
for pennies on the dollar in unannounced auctions
and skimmer of tax breaks for a Sheetz next to a government funded highway,
and a sweet $600,000 to design a bike path from all the City Council members he funded

Another $112,033.00 for Marty Kotis in Tuesday's consent agenda, compliments of his purchased minions and compromised City executives on Greensboro's City Council


Joe Killian on tonight's edition of City Council's pay to play crony capitalism; "Greensboro council to consider selling [$3,054,100] property to Kotis" for $900,000


Marty Kotis' Tony Wilkins contribution before Tony voted to give Marty a $3 million building for $900,000


Is Marty Kotis buying City of Greensboro property for less than the appraised value illegal?


On Marty Kotis' land give away coming up on Tuesday


This is what selling a property to Greensboro's biggest campaign donor reads like


Marty Kotis angling for more city of Greensboro money, using taxpayer funded Zack Matheny as his lobbyist; "City might help"