Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dear David 'Brantley' Craft; "Former North Carolina Gov. Charles 'Brantley' Aycock, in his own words"

"...one of the concessions Charles 'Brantley' Aycock allowed African Americans during his reign over Jim Crow North Carolina was “an opportunity for education.”

Just not in the same building as white kids.

On the whole Aycock contributed much more
to the betterment of our state. 

His contributions to education 
far out shadow his racist inclinations. 

I say the name stays.

David Brantley Craft
Greater Greensboro Politics
January 15, 2015, at 7:12am

He used this phrase in his 1903 speech to the North Carolina Society, called “The Negro Problem,” which began with the claim that, under his tenure, the state had “solved the negro problem.”

Aycock was, among other things, an active and admitted oppressor of every single black person living in his state during his tenure

“I am inclined to give to you our solution of this problem,” he said to the room. “It is, first, as far as possible under the Fifteenth Amendment to disfranchise him.”

Billy Graham held segregated crusades in his early years. 

We forgive him for that. 

Charles [Brantley] Aycock brought education to the masses. 

He was a man of his time. 

We can forgive him for his segregationist views."

David Brantley Craft
Guarino; "The Aycock name: Time for a change"
February 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM

There’s quite a bit more:

“Let the negro learn once [and] for all that there is unending separation of the races, that the two peoples may develop side by side to the fullest but that they cannot intermingle; let the white man determine that no man shall by act or thought or speech cross this line, and the race problem will be at an end.”

David Craft 
Chairman of the Board
Craft Insurance
336-369-1721
dbcraft@craftinsurance.com

Aycock was, among other things, an active and admitted oppressor of every single black person living in his state during his tenure — 1901-05, which means, yes, he was a sitting governor when he made these remarks. They came just five years after the Wilmington Race Riot, in which armed white insurgents — from Aycock’s political party — overthrew the city’s duly elected government just a single generation removed from the Civil War.

We came through the civil rights movement 
in a much more peaceful way than most other southern states.

There were plenty of other people that abhorred the system, 
but had to complacently go along because it was so ingrained.

I'm not forgetting or forgiving anything. 

I'm balancing his contributions with his negatives. 

As others have said, 
I think it's instructive to keep a name like that out in public
and acknowledge the good and the bad of the man.

David Brantley Craft
Greater Greensboro Politics

Racial relations in NC took a precipitous decline with the advent of Jim Crow and the abrupt termination of the fusionist experiment in multiracial democracy in 1898. Aycock and his cohort were directly responsible for just about all of it.

We must disfranchise the negro. 

To do so is both desirable and necessary

Desirable because it sets the white man 
free to move along faster than he can go 
when retarded by the slower movement of the negro.

Charles Brantley Aycock
Acceptance speech for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination
April, 1900

The Guilford County School Board’s decision last week to rename Aycock Middle School ...takes a stand against those who would whitewash the man’s legacy.

The same David Brantley Craft, Board Chair, Farmer's Market, Inc,
the Non-Profit which runs Greensboro's Farmers Curb Market 
at 501 Yanceyville Sreet near Aycock Middle School, 
who has donated 'bribes' money 
to a good chunk of present and former City Council members

Aycock was more than just a peripheral player in the white supremacy movement of the 1900s; he was a leader, an integral part of the culture that established the framework for Jim Crow. His influence visited agony among a full third of his state — the black population of NC at the time. He was a villain who managed to get himself elected to office, more fittingly despised than celebrated..."

https://triad-city-beat.com/2016/08/editorial-aycock-words/
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Dear David Brantley Craft; "[C. Brantley] Aycock’s vile legacy", by the Editorial Board of the News & Record

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/05/dear-david-brantley-craft-c-brantley.html

Greensboro's David Brantley Craft appears to believe if Jews fought for the South in the Civil War, other Jews should recieve no honor for activism in the Civil Rights Movement

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/01/greensboros-david-brantly-craft-appears.html

David "Brantley" Craft on Charles "Brantley" Aycock, North Carolina governor from 1901 to 1905

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/01/david-brantley-craft-on-charles.html

David B Craft Is Screwed

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/01/david-b-craft-is-screwed.html

An Open Letter To David Craft Of Greensboro's Craft Insurance Center

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2014/05/an-open-letter-to-david-craft-of.html

Greensboro's David Craft Exhibits Cowardice and Treachery

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2013/07/greensboros-david-craft-exhibits.html

Greensboro Farmers Market Violates United States Constitution

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2013/07/greensboro-farmers-market-violates.html

The Law Of Unintended Consequences Abounds In Greensboro Government

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-law-of-unintended-consequences.html

"Voting booths have already been hacked by a political elite comprised of Republicans and Democrats who are determined to retain power at all costs."

"The outcome is a foregone conclusion: the [establishment] will win and “we the people” will lose.

...I’m not falling for the government’s scare tactics about Russian hackers.

I’m not losing a night’s sleep over the thought that this election might by any more rigged than it already is.


And I’m not holding my breath in the hopes that the winner of this year’s particular popularity contest will save us from ...graft and corruption, or any of the other evils that masquerade as official government business these days.



What I’ve come to realize is that Americans want to engage in the reassurance ritual of voting.

They want to believe that politics matter.



They want to be persuaded that there’s a difference between the Republicans and Democrats (there’s not).

...They are convinced that Hillary Clinton’s values are different from Donald Trump’s (with both of them, money talks).


Most of all, they want to buy into the fantasy that when we elect a president, we’re getting someone who truly represents “we the people” rather than the corporate state (in fact, in the oligarchy that is the America..., an elite group of wealthy donors is calling the shots).

The sad truth is that it doesn’t matter who wins the White House, because they all work for the same boss: Corporate America. Understanding this, many corporations hedge their bets on who will win the White House by splitting their donations between Democratic and Republican candidates.

Politics is a game, a joke, a hustle, a con, a distraction, a spectacle, a sport, and for many devout Americans, a religion. It is a political illusion aimed at persuading the citizenry that we are free, that our vote counts, and that we actually have some control over the government when in fact, we are prisoners of a police state.

In other words, it’s a sophisticated ruse aimed at keeping us divided and fighting over two parties whose priorities are exactly the same so that we don’t join forces and do what the Declaration of Independence suggests, which is to throw the whole lot out and start over.


It’s no secret that both parties support endless war, engage in out-of-control spending, ignore the citizenry’s basic rights, have no respect for the rule of law, are bought and paid for by Big Business, care most about their own power, and have a long record of expanding government and shrinking liberty. Most of all, both parties enjoy an intimate, incestuous history with each other and with the moneyed elite that rule this country.

Despite the jabs the candidates volley at each other for the benefit of the cameras, they’re a relatively chummy bunch away from the spotlight. Moreover, despite Congress’ so-called political gridlock, our elected officials seem to have no trouble finding common ground when it’s time to collectively kowtow to the megacorporations, lobbyists, defense contractors and other special interest groups to whom they have pledged their true allegiance.


So don’t be fooled by the smear campaigns and name-calling or drawn into their politics of hate. They’re just useful tactics that have been proven to engage voters and increase voter turnout while keeping the citizenry at each other’s throats.

...We are living in a fantasy world carefully crafted to resemble a representative democracy.

...Just consider how insidious, incestuous and beholden to the corporate elite the various “parts” of the mechanism have become.

...Congress has proven itself to be both inept and avaricious, oblivious champions of an authoritarian system that is systematically dismantling their constituents’ fundamental rights. Long before they’re elected, Congressmen are trained to dance to the tune of their wealthy benefactors, so much so that they spend two-thirds of their time in office raising money. ...lawmakers often spend more time listening to the concerns of the wealthy than anyone else.”

...The making of a popular president is an exercise in branding, marketing and creating alternate realities for the consumer—a.k.a., the citizenry—that allows them to buy into a fantasy about life in America that is utterly divorced from our increasingly grim reality. ...to be a successful president, it doesn’t matter whether you keep your campaign promises, sell access to the Lincoln Bedroom, or march in lockstep with the Corporate State as long as you keep the feel-good vibes flowing.


...Like the rest of the government, the [Supreme] Court has routinely prioritized profit, security, and convenience over the basic rights of the citizenry. Indeed, law professor Erwin Chemerinsky makes a compelling case that the Supreme Court, whose “justices have overwhelmingly come from positions of privilege,” almost unerringly throughout its history sides with the wealthy, the privileged, and the powerful.

...this triumvirate of total control would be completely ineffective without a propaganda machine provided by the world’s largest corporations. Besides shoveling drivel down our throats at every possible moment, the so-called news agencies which are supposed to act as bulwarks against government propaganda have instead become the mouthpieces of the state. The pundits which pollute our airwaves are at best court jesters and at worst propagandists for the false reality created by the American government. When you have internet and media giants such as Google, NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting, Thomson Reuters, Comcast, Time Warner, Viacom, Public Radio International and The Washington Post Company donating to the Clinton Foundation, you no longer have an independent media—what we used to refer to as the “fourth estate”—that can be trusted to hold the government accountable.

...It doesn’t matter what you call us—chattel, slaves, worker bees, drones, it’s all the same—what matters is that we are expected to march in lockstep with and submit to the will of the state in all matters, public and private. Through our complicity in matters large and small, we have allowed an out-of-control corporate-state apparatus to take over every element of American society.

We’re playing against a stacked deck.


The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. The people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the citizenry, while milking us of our money and possessions.

It really doesn’t matter what you call them—Republicans, Democrats, the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.


...our failure to remain informed about what is taking place in our government, to know and exercise our rights, to vocally protest, to demand accountability on the part of our government representatives, and at a minimum to care about the plight of our fellow Americans has been our downfall.

...When in doubt, ...George Carlin...:

The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.

They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork…. It’s a big club and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club. ...The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice…. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on…. It’s called the American Dream, 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it."

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_election_has_been_hacked_the_dismal_reality_of_having_no_real_elec


"The Swiss central bank is now the eighth largest investor in publicly traded shares of Facebook"


https://mishtalk.com/2016/08/30/swiss-central-bank-holds-129-billion-in-equities-owns-more-public-shares-of-facebook-than-zuckerberg/

The money came from nowhere, 
which means the 'actual' money invested in stocks is worth less, 
as there is about $200 billion more invested by central banks per month
 which wasn't there before, 
which means it's really just a big fantasy

"...In the last 12 months the SNB’s equity holdings have surged 41 percent to around 127 billion francs, according to Reuters calculations. Part of this is due to stocks increasing in value despite losses in recent months, as well as new purchases.

The SNB has also diversified across stock markets. The United States is its favoured location, with its holdings on Wall Street jumping to nearly $62 billion at the end of June from $38.6 billion a year earlier, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

The SNB has increased its stakes in all of its top 10 U.S. holdings this year, while many big institutional investors have been reducing much of theirs. For example the SNB’s stake in Apple increased by 1.07 million shares in the second quarter, while Invesco sold 9.53 million shares and Fidelity sold 9.23 million in the iPhone maker, according to SEC filings.

FRANCS FROM THIN AIR

The SNB does not comment on the details of its strategy, but says it does not pick stocks, investing instead in companies according to their weight in various indices.

“The SNB creates Swiss francs out of thin Alpine air,” said James Grant, publisher of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a U.S. financial markets journal."

End The Police State In Our Schools

Okay folks, just so you know, it was my mother who first forced what was then the Greensboro City Schools to hire unemployed male teachers to work as security officers in what was then the Greensboro City Schools, after I was beaten almost to death by a gang from off campus in the men's room in the South Annex at Dudley Sr High School.

On that day in 1971 my mother was substitute teaching on a long term assignment across the street at Lincoln Jr High School. She understood full well the problems the administration of the Greensboro City Schools was keeping covered up. Imagine sending your child to school then learning he had been carried to Cone Hospital while you were working just across the street.

My mother's goal was to keep students safe. Besides myself she had 3 younger sons coming up through the same schools I was in and no way to get us out. She put her job and our family's livelihood on the line when no one else would dare.

My education was lost because of that near death beating. It took me 4 decades and a lot of therapy to recover mentally. I went back to school after 3 weeks but in my head I never went back to school. But my mother's actions saved a lot of children.

But what is going on today is not what my mother intended. She wanted Greensboro's children to be safe. Instead, we have an environment where, in many instances, Police have become the aggressors and school has become a pipeline to prison.

Those of you who went to Dudley and other Greensboro high schools in the years after I did remember the coaches who taught no classes but instead patrolled the school all day. You know how much safer it was for you than for your older brothers and sisters. That was my mother's legacy, that is what we need to bring back-- people who were trained to handle children.


Oh, and for all you Conservatives out there: Hiring teachers instead of cops would save the County Schools roughly $100,000 per person per year. You do the math.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Archive search for "Frank Auman", the un-named landlord with rental issues not mentioned by the News and Record or other local news outlets

On Marsh Prause, Nancy Vaughan, Jim Westmoreland, Jeff Phillips, Marty Lawing and DGI's meeting to hire City Councilman Zack Matheny

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/05/on-marsh-prause-nancy-vaughan-jim.html

Greensboro Commercial Real Estate Market Top; "[Roy Carroll] ups stake in downtown with $42M multifamily acquisition"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/05/greensboro-commercial-real-estate.html

About Councilman Mike Barber's Favorite Charities

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2014/04/about-councilman-mike-barbers-favorite.html

GPAC Donations Thus Far And The Dirt That Comes With Them


http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2013/08/gpac-donations-thus-far-and-dirt-that.html

Why would Nancy Vaughan want to cut rental inspections and tax and borrow to build a money losing swimming pool?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/06/why-would-nancy-vaughan-want-to-cut.html

Mike Barber's First Tee of the Triad/Golf Fore Fun Math, Info and FAQ

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/04/mike-barbers-first-tee-of-triadgolf.html

15. Resolution authorizing exchange of money between Seth Coker, Frank Auman and Milton Kern with Nancy, Robbie, Jim and Zack

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/08/15-resolution-authorizing-exchange-of.html

Did Downtown Greensboro Inc. get $250,000 to fund $25,000 grants that will most likely benefit Downtown Greensboro Inc's members?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/11/did-downtown-greensboro-inc-get-250000.html

I, George Hartzman, Call on Greensboro Editorial Board Members Robin Saul, Allen Johnson and Doug Clark to Correct what is Most Likely an Intentional Misrepresentation in the Greensboro News & Record Mayorial Endorsement

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/09/i-george-hartzman-call-on-greensboro.html

Let's not forget about Zack, Roy and the Curfew: How much more could Roy and friends make, if they use the government to eliminate their downtown competition?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/03/lets-not-forget-about-zack-roy-and.html

Did some "Downtown Stakeholders" try use Greensboro's government to wage economic war against some "unwanted" businesses?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/02/did-some-downtown-stakeholders-try-use.html

Jordan Green with a taste of who gave how much campaign cash to whom, minus the final reports, which are usually revealing

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2011/11/jordan-green-with-taste-of-who-gave-how.html

On the Greensboro Partnership, DGI, the News & Record, Greensboro's City Council and conflicts of interest

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2010/03/on-greensboro-partnership-dgi-news.html

Why did Zack Matheny wait until after the 2009 pre-election report to account for his Greensboro Landlords Association PAC donation?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-did-zack-matheny-wait-until-after.html

Does Robbie Perkins intend to speak for some of his constituants at the RUCO meeting at TREBIC headquarters?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2010/07/does-robbie-perkins-intend-to-speak-for.html

Why is the Triad Apartment Association supporting the quarter cent tax increase and hundreds of millions more debt?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2010/10/why-is-triad-apartment-association.html

If both Downtown Greensboro and the Greensboro Partnership receive taxpayer dollars…

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2010/10/if-both-downtown-greensboro-and.html

"Perkins announces mayoral bid"

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2011/05/announces-mayoral-bid.html

Where is Downtown Greensboro Inc. getting $250,000 to fund $25,000 grants that will most likely benefit Downtown Greensboro Inc's members?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2011/07/where-is-downtown-greensboro-inc.html

Amanda Lehmert and John Hammer: If Robbie Perkins gutted RUCO for TREBIC in 2008, why are you giving him a pass in 2011?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2011/09/amanda-lehmert-and-john-hammer-if.html

"No answer still as to how much Susan is expecting from Say Yes"

from: G
to: Herky
cc: "Ladd, Susan" <Susan.Ladd@greensboro.com>,
Billy Jones <recyclebill@gmail.com>,
Jeff Martin
date: Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM
subject: Re: Just horrible

Lol...

Susan,  how much is your daughter and you going to get from say yes this year?

...I miss the page hit races.

And debate, which can't be had on Facebook.

I am sick of the purgatory

Lies of omission

I was sick of it then

Potemkin.  Mass delusion

Rigged

...No answer still as to how much Susan is expecting from Say Yes.

No answers to who stands to benefit from the bonds on the ballot.

Looks like a big give away, again

...Considering Susan's opposition to Say Yes covering charter school kids, doesn't it appear to be a conflict as Susan stands to get more by excluding all those kids?

Tomorrow will be two weeks since Billy filed his lawsuit against the city without a peep from the News and Record or any other for profit outfit.

Thank you for covering it Roch, but there isn't much to do about the cover up by Susan and friends
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On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 1:56 PM, Ladd, Susan <Susan.Ladd@greensboro.com> wrote:

Please remove me from this email chain.

Susan Ladd
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"If you take the promotion and raise, your income would decrease from $60,701 to $39,332"

"[Y]ou are a poor, single parent of two in Chicago, earning $12 an hour, working full time, determined to do what is best for your family.

...your employer, ...offers you training for and promotion to a new job paying $15.

Should you take the offer?

At your present $12 an hour you are eligible for refundable tax credits, food assistance, housing assistance, child care assistance, and medical assistance worth $41,465 combined. Together with your earned income after taxes of $22,121, you are now bringing home to your kids about $63,586 a year.

If you take your employer’s offer, you’ll earn $5,451 more after taxes, $27,572. You will also become eligible for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credit. But at that level of earned income all your other benefits would decrease by $8,336, more than your increase in net pay. That means the income you would bring home would decrease from $63,586 to $60,701.

You’ll earn $5,451 more after taxes, $27,572. 

At that level of earned income your other benefits would decrease by $8,336, 
more than your increase in net pay. 

That means the income you would bring home 
would decrease from $63,586 to $60,701.

...a move up the job ladder with a loss of $2885 in income? Or staying in your same job and keeping the larger income?

...let’s suppose that ...moving up the job ladder is key to doing so, so you take your employer’s offer of a raise to $15 an hour and the corresponding loss of $2,885 in annual income.

...you do well in your new job, you boost your knowledge and skills, and your employer offers you another promotion, with still more training and a raise to $18 an hour.

At $18 an hour full time you would earn gross income of $37,440, and net income (after taxes) of $33,023.

But earned income that high would reduce your refundable tax credit and ACA premium assistance, and eliminate your cash assistance, food assistance, housing assistance, and child care assistance, for a total reduction in government benefits of $26,820. So if you take the promotion and raise, your income would decrease from $60,701 to $39,332!

Should you take it?

If you take the promotion and raise, 
your income would decrease from $60,701 to $39,332

Can you afford to take it?

https://fee.org/articles/if-you-accept-this-raise-you-fall-off-the-welfare-cliff/
A case could be made that it is irresponsible for you to reduce your family’s income that way.

...the problem is not restricted to Chicago; the same kind of problem exists all across the country.

...The vast majority of poor people don’t want welfare; they don’t want handouts; they want a good job with which they can support themselves and their families comfortably.

The tragedy of the American welfare system is that it traps so many people in dependency..."

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-30/when-work-punished-again-if-you-accept-raise-you-fall-welfare-cliff

Alt Aggrigated

There used to be something here in town known as a blog aggregator. People loved it as it made local blogs really easy to find and read. What used to be our local blog aggregator still exists but it is pretty much filled with local main stream media content with a few blogs scattered here and there and quickly disappearing under the avalanche of main stream media.

Some people say Blogsboro (a name given to Greensboro by the Los Angeles Times) is dead. I simply say someone is trying to silence us. And so being that EzGreensboro has the largest online following of any blog in the Greensboro I decided to do something about it in the form of aggregated blog content right here on the front page and every page of EzGreensboro.com.

All you need to is look to the column on the left to find the latest updates from area blogs writing about anything and everything you can imagine-- even if I personally, don't happen to like the blog or its author.

As each blog updates it will automatically move to the top of the list-- most of the time. Over a decade and still RSS still don't always ping when they should. I've no idea why. And no, I've no idea how it works, I just added it to the site. Sometimes it will even display pictures.

If you're writing a local blog, no matter what the subject, and would like it added, just e-mail a link to your blog to me at RecycleBill@gmail.com About all I'll turn away is spam and outright profanity.

It's small now but it will grow. After all, there's lots of news that is never told by the main stream media and we don't want it to get lost.

"The Star-Spangled Banner"; How many times have you seen the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rant?

"O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?

People don’t realize what’s really going on in this country. 

There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. 

People aren’t being held accountable

...that’s something that needs to change. 

That’s something that this country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. 

And it’s not happening for all right now.

Colin Kaepernick

And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The two presidential candidates that we currently have 
also represent the issues that we have in this country right now.

You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators, 
you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. 

We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails
and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. 

That doesn’t make sense to me 
because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. 

So, what is this country really standing for?

Colin Kaepernick

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

[We] elected a black president 
but there are also a lot of things that haven’t changed.

Colin Kaepernick

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.

You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators, 
you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. 

We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails
and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. 

That doesn’t make sense to me 
because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. 

So, what is this country really standing for?

Colin Kaepernick

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!

You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators, 
you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. 

We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails
and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. 

That doesn’t make sense to me 
because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. 

So, what is this country really standing for?

Colin Kaepernick

Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."

http://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/pdf/ssb_lyrics.pdf

http://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2016/08/28/transcript-colin-kaepernick-addresses-sitting-during-national-anthem/

The News and Record's Allen Johnson doesn't bother mentioning the Hillary part
like most of the rest of the media;

Allen Johnson: Kaepernick's protest

http://www.greensboro.com/blogs/allen-johnson-kaepernick-s-protest/article_ea83d613-1831-5587-813e-431d4cd66f4d.html


Monday, August 29, 2016

Amanda Lehmert Written News Release: "City Offers 2016 Bond Referenda Educational Materials and Speakers"

"CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Carla Banks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-3769

City Offers 2016 Bond Referenda Educational Materials and Speakers

GREENSBORO, NC (August 29, 2016) – The City of Greensboro is offering a variety of educational materials and speakers to help residents understand the bond referenda that will be on the ballot November 8.

Greensboro voters will decide whether to let the City borrow $126 million to pay for a variety of projects and programs. They will vote “yes” or “no” on four separate measures: $38.5 million in community and economic development bonds, $34.5 million in parks and recreation bonds, $28 million in transportation bonds, and $25 million in housing bonds. Early voting begins Oct. 20.

The City website contains detailed information about the referenda, including what projects and programs will be funded if voters approve the measures. Visit www.greensboro-nc.gov/2016bonds to review the information. Printed materials will also be available at recreation centers and other City facilities as of September 1.

City leaders and staff will be available to discuss the bond referenda with community groups. To arrange for someone to speak to your organization, please contact Carla Banks in the Communications Department at 336-373-3769."

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Amanda Lehmert, Communications Specialist
Communications and Marketing
City of Greensboro
Phone: 336-373-7786
PO Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
www.greensboro-nc.gov
Facebook – Twitter

http://greensboro101.com/blog/2016/08/29/news-release-city-offers-2016-bond-referenda-educational-materials-and-speakers/
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HOUSING BONDS: $25 million

Projects may include housing or neighborhood revitalization programs or providing loans and grants to individuals, developers or other organizations.

...$3 million to repair approximately 120 homes that have been ordered to be fixed by the Minimum Housing Standards Commission.

How many of the homes are rental properties 
owned by City Council campaign contributors?

...$1.5 million in grants to provide emergency repairs for approximately 150 homes where residents have been poisoned with lead paint or there is no working heating system.

Same question as above

...$1 million for grants to homeowners or rental property owners to make handicapped accessibility improvements at approximately 80 homes.

Ballot Language; This is how this referendum will appear on your ballot:

Shall the order adopted on August 1, 2016, authorizing $25,000,000 HOUSING BONDS of the City of Greensboro, North Carolina, plus interest, for the purpose of providing funds, together with any other available funds, for acquiring, constructing, improving, rehabilitating and equipping multifamily and single family housing units in said City, principally for the benefit of persons of low and moderate income, including, without limitation, housing or neighborhood revitalization programs and the providing of loans, grants or other financial assistance to such persons and to developers and other public and private providers of housing, and providing that additional taxes may be levied in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on said bonds, be approved?

Doesn't say how much taxes would go up
by giving money away to slumlords and 'developers' 

Housing bond 1

[  ]  YES

[  ]  NO

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=5023
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"...$4.5 million to complete the South Elm Street Redevelopment Plan, including streetscape improvements and financial support for a rental complex of approximately 250 apartments.

Whose rental complex?

...$4 million to provide streetscape, water, sewer and stormwater improvements for infill redevelopment projects.

Whose infill projects?

$2 million for improvements to the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive redevelopment area, including street and stormwater improvements and financial support for approximately 250 mixed-income rental housing.

Whose project is it?

...$1 million to assist returning vacant lots in Ole Asheboro to single family homes for low and moderate income families. This project would affect approximately 20 homes."

Whose project would benefit?

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=5022