Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wells Fargo Championship Security Is Non-Existent

Dawn breaks over south Charlotte, as a pair of Killdeer chatter back and forth along the 18th fairway of Quail Hollow Country Club. They are often considered a threatened species, a ground nesting bird that due to its poor habit of laying their eggs on the cart paths of golf courses has a fairly high mortality rate.

Stupid is like that.

Entering the Well Fargo Championship Sunday you might want to think of the Killdeer.

For most patrons entering the golf tournament is much like any other sporting event, bag searches, magic wand screenings, lines of low paid workers in less than imposing shirts that say “security” and an occasional CMPD police Officer working secondary employment scan the crowd.

They do an admirable job screening the patrons looking for any obvious trouble makers. But their success is more driven towards keeping your cheap beer and John 3:16 signs off the bus.

Pretty tight security right? Hardly. The Wells Fargo Championships is as porous as the Swiss cheese at Harris Teeter.

Step off the bus at Carmel and Quail Hollow Roads, walk up Glen Eagles past the security check point where the police are far too concerned about the cars to give notice. Turn left through the pedestrian entrance and on to the course. It’s as easy as that, no security, no police, no one even checking to see that you have a ticket, nothing.

Don't feel like walking up Glen Eagles or riding the bus? Drive your car up Glen Eagles at 5:59 am before the cops show up. Park in the lot across the street from the club and again walk right in no ticket required.

In fact none of the media, players, VIP patrons, or members are screened or have their bags searched. Wear a blue blazer, pair of khakis and a tie you can walk right into the club.

Carry your back pack anywhere you like no one even looks sideways at you.

Access to the 18th Green and sky boxes is no problem it’s all unattended. The hole marshals won’t even show up until nearly 10 am.

Vendors deliver donuts, the Charlotte Observer and Coffee. A golf cart rumbles by with programs as the players won’t make it to the first hole until 7:30 and most of the time no one is around.

Taking it all in you can’t help but notice that anyone with a blind faith in Muhammad could walk in here and set device on a table and walk away.

The attractive green webbing around the bleachers could easily obscure a small back pack a mere 59 feet from the 18th green, where the bowl shaped area with live television coverage will soon hold five thousand spectators.

Even during the height of activity no more than four CMPD officer cruise the course on bikes. There is a battered CFD golf cart with two firemen/medics that every once and a while moves through the crowd. Course marshals have radios but coverage is spotty and few even know that there is an emergency channel. Most don’t understand how to work the radio other than the volume and push to talk button. And few know that the back nine marshal group is on a different channel from the front nine.

There are no bomb dogs, there are no eyes screening the crowds. There are security cameras but they are only concerned with the club house.

Mickelson and McElroy have a single police officer that walks the course with them, but security for the rest of the players is nonexistent.

The police ranks are far too thin, players too self-absorbed, fans too drunk, and vendors too consumed with their jobs at minimal pay to do be concerned about your back pack.

Friday two apparent photographers with an Asian news agency were out walking the course inside the ropes with back packs and cameras the size of stinger missiles. Of course they were media, but neither displayed the required media credentials and no one asked them to produce their photo ID Wells Fargo Championship badge.

Need a golf cart just take one, the keys are universal and most the time the keys are left in the cart. Just ask CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe about the perils of leaving your key in your golf cart with a golf course full of drunk patrons.

The lack of security is troubling in the shadows of 9/11 and Boston.

The Killdeer dart again, turn and bank low to the ground, occasionally standing defiantly in front of an oncoming Toro fairway mower.

Stupid is like that.

Johnny Harris and The PGA Tour are clearly more concerned about showing the players and the VIP sponsors and patrons a good time than concerned with security.

Stupid is like that as well.

Monday, April 20, 2015

NC Death Row Inmate Requests A Kitten For Her Last Meal

Got to love the Internet, 14,000 likes already, as if it was true.

Serial husband killer and North Carolina death row inmate, Blanche Taylor Moore, requested this weekend that her last meal be a kitten — a live kitten.


The prison administration is required to accept all last meal demands of any kind. Thus, they will obtain a kitten from a local animal shelter or pet shop.

A prison official with the North Carolina Department of Corrections said Moore used to eat kittens as a girl and wants to eat one last kitty before she is executed.

Moore will be allowed to kill the kitten herself and consume it raw; however, to prevent self-harm or harm to officers, she will not be allowed any butchering knives so she will need to kill the kitten by hand.

CMPD Officer Wes Kerrick's Attorneys File Several Motions


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With a July 20 criminal trial date rapidly approaching, CMPD Officer Wes Kerrick's attorneys filed multiple motions Friday, including a "not guilty" plea in the 2013 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell. George Laughrun and Michael Greene also filed a motion to dismiss the voluntary manslaughter charge their client faces, saying the state had no grounds to re-submit an indictment to a second grand jury after the first grand jury declined to indict the officer. 

The attorneys also cited unusually high publicity in this case as grounds for a change of venue and moving the trial out of Mecklenburg County, as well as permission to question potential jurors privately, permission to take the jury to the crime scene, prevent the state from referring to Ferrell as "victim" and sequester witnesses.    One of the most detailed documents is the eight-page motion for change of venue. It outlines what Kerrick says happened that night on September 14, including that Ferrell never told officers he needed help or had been in a car accident, disobeyed multiple orders to stop advancing and get on the ground. Kerrick says he fired the first bullet after Ferrell sprinted toward him, was within arm's reach and reached toward his own waistband. After that shot, Kerrick says he and Ferrell fell to the ground in a ditch and fought, with Ferrell on top of Kerrick.   Kerrick says Ferrell punched him in the face and grabbed his service weapon. Then, Kerrick fired his gun "several times," until he says he could get from underneath Ferrell and stop him from advancing.   Kerrick fired 12 shots that night. 10 hit Ferrell. Kerrick remains on unpaid leave with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as this case moves through the court system.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Masters Lifetime Exemption Not So Lifetime

We see The Masters as the quintessential display of Southernness, kind, genteel and compassionate. The holy grail of golf courses, Augusta National, represents everything to golf, and about golf.

But behind the scenes, things get a little snobby at the Augsta National Golf Club, as illustrated by this letter, apparently sent to 1967 Masters Champion the late Gay Brewer after a rather ugly exit during the 2001 Masters.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

When Cops Go Rogue or Is It Something More?

Not a whole lot to say about this expect that it was clearly a bad shoot. 

Hard to say what was going through this officer's mind when the perp made a run for it. Willie (Walter Scott) wasn't very fast to begin with, easy to spot (fat black guy green tshirt missing a shoe), the middle of the day, no weapons, no warrants beyond a child support bench warrant, so what was the point of shooting him?

It doesn't look like there was any rage, he just mater of factly shot the guy. Forget the racism bull shit. There is no indication that this officer was a nego hating racist. Just a guy who mad a bad choice. 

But why? 

My thought is lack of training. Major lack of training.