Sunday, October 19, 2014

Observer Bill Scam Tied To Charlotte Biz Journal

GDid you get one of these bogus bills for The Charlotte Observer last week?




Of course it is a scam, but the interesting twist is they got my name from the Business Journal!


Seems the CBJ sold this this scammer my name! 


You see my CBJ subscription has this odd little typo unique only to that once a week bit of USPS Mail! 


Which prompts me to say WTF ( well that's funny)!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On Patrick Cannon Cedar's Take:

Later this morning former Mayor Patrick Cannon will be sentenced by Federal Judge Frank Whittney. He'll get probation and here's why.




Cannon was targeted by someone in the Obama administration because it was concluded that His-honor was just the tip of the iceberg and that corruption ran deep all the way down to the cellar of the government center. 

Turns out Cannon was a big mouth talker who believed his own hubris lies, an amateur targeted by professionals.

Cannon was all talk and no action, all take and no give he had nothing to offer and apparently caused nothing to happen. 

If there is any wrong doing it is the waste of untold amounts of money to target an idiot with no connections, whose only incentive was to reduce a pile of debt he had accumulated.

Cannon was no angel but to send him to prison does nothing to remove the stain of this unproductive adventure sponsored by the Feds.

Judge Whittney will, I suspect, see this for what it was; a fishing expedition that returned to the docks with not Moby Dick but with Mr. Impotent Dick.

Five years suspended, three years probation, community service and restitution. For Charlotte to move, on this is the only answer.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Gay Marriage Why It Is Not A Win For The LGBT Community

The Supreme Court's Refusal to review the lower court's ruling and subsequent North Carolina court decision opens the door to same sex marrige in North Carolina. But this is not a win for the LGBT faction any more than proabition was a victory for the Bible Belt crowd.



North Carolina was and still is opposed to gay marriage, most of us in the metropolitan areas are just tired of hearing about it, and just as many don't really care. It's a perversion, an anomaly that effects about 10 percent of the population and so we'll just shake our heads or look the other way.

A court ruling won't change adittudes, and the next series of battles with not be as simple. Let's face it, the homosexual community is up against serious discrimation in this country, whether on not we care to admint it.

Heath Insurnace has long been impossible with a majority of insurance carriers for certian occupations, ACA has changed that somewhat but try being Gay and getting approval for disability insurance. 

The idea that one judge can turn away the will of the people because of his own agenda should be troubling to all Americans. Notice the same courts that provided shelter to gay marriage supporters, smashed the ranks of those enjoying the benifts of same day voter registration. In other words allowing the courts to overturn laws enacted by voters means your vote is meaningless.

The thinking is that the public is too stupid to have any real say in the laws of this country. This thinking seems to be pretty common lately.

American - US Airways Public Relations Fail

Wearing his dress ASU ribbon rack with at least, bronze star, army commendation medal, plus army combat infantryman badge, air assault badge, parachutist badge and unit commendations.


This First Sergeant on a six hour flight from Portland to Charlotte asked a US Airways flight attendant if he could hang his jacket so it wouldn't  get wrinkled. 




The answer was NO First Class passengers ONLY!


The story has since become a PR nightmare for the airline.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Throw Back Thursday: Gordonton, North Carolina Circa 1939



Raney Currie Baynes (1891-1942) owned this country store in Gordonton, Person County, North Carolina, and is seen standing in the doorway. Note that some claim that the store was owned by Ivey Baynes, brother of Raney Currie Baynes.


If your are new to the South you might find it odd that a scene like this is still pretty easy to find. 

Eastern North Carolina, Western South Carolina, Southern Georgia, most of Alabama and damn near all of Mississippi. 

Screen doors that slap shut, boiled peanuts, pickled eggs, pigs feet and orange soda. 

Crickets and worms for sale, tall tales to be told and next year's crops to be sold. 

It's still there, just got to drive a little farther down the road. 

The orginal photo by Dorthea Lane:



 
The Original Caption:
Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note the kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men are sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway. Gordonton, North Carolina.
Before computerized color process artists painted the scene in color.


The store as it looked in 2009


Reports are the building is still there just off highway 49. 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Novant's Presby Problem

Hard to tell what's going on at the former Presbytierian Hospital. The once five star and must for Charlotte's well heeled has apparently fallen behind since Novant took over operations nearly ten years ago.


Dozens of rooms in one wing of the hospital are abandoned and posted with the above notice. Apparently theft from the "out of service" wings of the hospital is an increasing problem. 

The eerrie stillness of finding yourself on the empty fourth floor has a hollywoodeques quality. Gleaming floors, room after darkened room of empty patientless beds are a surprising find in the once booming hospital. 

The unused hundreds of rooms is a stark reminder of how out of control our health care system is.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 5, 1993 CMPD Officers Burnette and Nobles EOW




John and Andy were the first two officers killed at one time in the history of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
The officers patrolled Boulevard Homes - a housing project that was notorious for crime.
On October 5, 1993 John and Andy were chasing a suspect who ran into a wooded area near the Boulevard Homes housing project.
The suspect shot and killed the two officers.
In the 21 years since, Charlotte has erected a memorial Uptown to honor all officers who died in the line of duty. Burnette's and Nobles' names are there.
That's not the only place.
City officials tore down Boulevard Homes and built the Renaissance Development.
Two roads in that development are now named after the officers. 

Related http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/June-2008/Crime-Time/