Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paige Spiranac Golf's Newest "It Girl"

If you follow CP's tweeter feed you may have noticed Paige has been the subject of a few, ok more than a few tweets. Yes, apparently she can indeed play golf. Need more Paige? Just click the photo below.
Even more Paige from Esquire's Q&A this month which is here.

CP Bonus: I married a golfer UNC Tarheel grad Carolina born single digit handicap that she carries to this day. So we're paired up with these two doctors from DC at the Greenbrier's Old White Course a few summers ago with 7:30 tee time.

The caddies saw her on the driving range the day before so they are wise to her game. Doctors offer to let her play the reds, but I speak up saying she'll just pick it up if she can't carry the distance.

Doctors go first, then my wife smokes it off the tee box into the mountain's morning fog. She's got 20 yards on them. I hit left just to the edge of the fairway about 50 yards behind the docs.

Caddie looks at me "You gonna pick that up right?"

Always Ask - Never Assume!

His request approved, the Newspaper Photographer quickly used
his cellphone to call the local airport to charter a flight.

He was told a single-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport. 

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane with the door open outside a hanger. 

He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, 'Let's go'.

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off. 

Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, 'Fly over
Mount Stuart and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires
on the hillside.'

'Why?' asked the pilot. 

'Because I'm a photographer for the Newspaper he responded,' and I
need to get some close up shots.' 

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, 
'So, what you're telling me, is . . ..

You're NOT my flight instructor?' 

Samuel DuBose Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Rush to judgment:

Samuel DuBose shot dead and the state says it was not justified, but that doesn't make Dubose any less dead.

On the video, Officer Tensing repeatedly asks Mr. DuBose to produce a driver’s license. Mr. Dubose says several times that he has one, before acknowledging that it is not with him. He says that he has the missing license plate with him, and explains in the glove box.

At one point, the Officer asks, “What’s that bottle on the floor?”

Mr. DuBose reaches down, picks up a bottle of gin and hands it to the Officer.

Officer Tensing starts to open the driver’s door and tells Mr. DuBose to remove his seatbelt;

Mr. DuBose is heard saying "I didn't even do nothing"

Mr. DuBose then pulls the door closed again and starts his car.

What happens next is a flurry of blurred movements: The officer steps to his left; the engine can be heard revving; the officer reaches into the car with his left hand; he yells “stop” twice; he draws his gun with his right hand and fires once; and then he appears to fall backward.

CP's Take: at this point a couple of things come to mind.

First the quality of the body camera is a big concern. Even slowed down all we see are blurred movements.

Second, Dubose has gone from a calm traffic stop to a threat in just a few 1/10ths of a second.

Finally, Officer Tensing had every right to pull his weapon when Dubose started his car.

Why he pulled the trigger one can only guess.

I'd imagine he was shocked, stunned and surprised with the rapid change of direction in the encounter. Scared and instinctively pulled the trigger. If that's the case its not murder it is poor training.

Also consider the fact. that the car drove off with Dubose apparently dead, which means Dubose had not only started the car but put it in gear. Does the threat level reach that of deadly force, maybe not but it certainly doesn't warrant a murder charge.

Yet USA Today reported the events like this:

Tensing asks DuBose where he lives. "Right around the corner," DuBose says.

"Go ahead and take your seat belt off," Tensing says.

"I didn't even do nothing," Dubose says. DuBose leans toward the passenger seat.

Without a word, Tensing fires a single shot.

DuBose slumps into the passenger seat.

The car rolls a short distance, stopping at the corner.

Tensing runs after the car.

He looks inside where DuBose is dead.

So why the disparity in reporting? USA Today makes no mention of the car starting or Tensing telling him to stop.

Why is Prosecutor Detts grand standing? Using vitriolic phrases like "asinine", "chicken shit" and saying of Tensing "he should have never been a police officer"

Clearly Tensing lied saying he was dragged. In the short term fog of just after the shooting he may not have even known his own name. That's why you never talk to investigators.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CMPD Officer Reggie Love Busted

From WCNC:

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer is now on administrative assignment following an arrest for drunk driving.

Friday morning around 3:30 a.m. the Guilford County Sheriff's Office pulled over a vehicle for driving erratically. Authorities say the driver, CMPD officer Reginald Love, was arrested for DWI and civil revocation of drivers license.

CMPD says Love has been placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.

A mug shot was not available, authorities say, as Love's charges are misdemeanors.

Cedar's Take: Nothing says career ender like a DWI arrest at least you would think. The mantra of every CMPD Officer should always be "I NEVER Drink and Drive".  CP has and continues to push for a zero tolerance DWI/DUI law, where no level of intoxication is permitted. Throughout Europe and Australia BAL is substantially less than North Carolina's .08% limit.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Welcome To The Charlotte Broadcast Hall Of Fame In The City Of The Perpetually Offended

Just to show you how fast a good idea can turn to dirt, CP offers up the Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame.

The idea has been kicked around for a few years as a way to acknowledge and honor the many great professionals in the broadcast industry. The idea and concept finally came to life this year. 
On Friday, Central Piedmont Community College released the inaugural inductees list:
Grady Cole, WBT(AM) 
Charles Crutchfield, WBT(AM/TV) 
Betty Feezor, WBT(TV)
Earle Gluck, WBT(AM) 
Rev. Billy Graham, a native of Charlotte 
Stan & Sis Kaplan, WROQ(FM) 
Charles Kuralt, WBT(AM) 
Doug Mayes, WBT(AM/TV), WSOC(TV)
Larry Sprinkle, WROQ(FM)/WCNC(TV) 
Bill Walker, WSOC(TV) 
Certainly an impressive list, having worked for the Kaplans years ago I was pleased to see both of them honored, though Stan didn't do much of anything but smoke cigars that spilled onto his black turtle neck sweaters and across his ever increasing girth.
But within hours complaints surfaced that not one African-American was named to the Hall of Fame.
“I was very shocked, surprised and dumbfounded,” said WBTV reporter and regional Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Steve Crump, who has worked in the market for more than 30 years. “Understanding what they went through so people of my generation would have a better day, for them to be left off the list or at least a level of recognition is most disappointing."
Crump wasn't alone, "In the era of Oprah Winfrey and Lester Holt, the Charlotte Broadcast Hall Of Fame has NO person of color to be inducted in their inaugural class on August 21, 2015," said Colette Forrest.
"I can not begin to imagine the indignities our Trailblazing Broadcasters of Color faced when getting 'the story'," Forest continued. "We cannot allow their legacy and contribution to be ignored!"
The Broadcast Hall of Fame organizers called the lack of African-Americans an "unintentional misstep and an error of omission," saying the committee was "deeply sorry."
A spokesman for the committee added "the selection committee and its procedures will be "examined more critically" and the number of inaugural inductees will soon be expanded to be more inclusive."
CP's Take: I would imagine that names including several African Americans were considered and voted on in a ballot format. Now the Broadcast Hall of Fame in order to submit to the P/C Police will include a "special category" African American Broadcasters.
"The indignities our Trailblazing Broadcasters of Color faced" ? Seriously? The ink isn't even dry the ceremony not yet held and some ding dong wants to make it a race issue. 
The trouble is the list of inaugural inductees was too long to begin with and adding another four names presumably African Americans further dilutes the exclusivity of the honor.
Sadly the Charlotte Broadcast Hall Of Fame idea has quickly become a joke. Membership not based on achievement or character but rather meeting a skin color quota so that no one is offended. 
And let me be clear there are many many talented individuals who should be honored. I'm surprised to see Larry Sprinkle listed and not Bob Lacey or Jay Thomas. Bea Thompson comes to mind as does Stacey Sims. But color should not be a prerequisite nor should the list be forced to include persons of color.

Condererate Flag Primer

Let's face it whatever you want to call it, "Stars and Bars" "Rebel Flag" or "Stupid Redneck Banner" it sure has created a whole lot more stink than the Nazi flag ever did.
here's a lot of crazy talk lately about the civil war, the confederate flag, the heritage vs hate argument  and now there nutbags out there saying that the veterans of the Confederate Army are not United States veterans.
We've heard the same old angry Yankee comments about those who fought for the South during the Civil War: that they were all traitors, racistists, bigots, white supremistis, terrorists, segregationists, treasonous bastards. Always followed by "you lost the war get over it".

The latest argument is that even if the flag only represents heritage it is a repugnant heritage that sound be erased and furthermore that anyone who stands with or ever stood with the confederate flag is a traitor and a racist and certainly not a United States Veteran.  

Regardless to the fact that congress recognized those who fought for the south as veterans years ago.

The fact is many of the confederate civil war veterans later went on to fight under the Stars and Stripes during the Western Indian wars.

And after that their sons carried on in the Spaish American War proudly carrying the confederate battle flags.
The St. Andrews Cross was indeed the flag of choice for CSA troops. Dozens of variations, but still the same basic elements blue St Andrews Cross on a blood red background with a number of white stars.
The argument that it wasn't the "Official" flag of the Confederacy might be true but it doesn't hold up on the battle field.
While the Army of Northern Virginia made it notable, thanks to their many victorious battles, the use was indeed wide spread, but not just with the South during the Civil War and soon thereafter.

During World War II numerous air and ground units adopted the "battle flag" as it adorned tanks rolled and B-17's that flew across the battle fields of Europe and the Pacific, in fact it was pretty much wherever southern boys went into battle. 

A Confederate battle flag was raised on Shuri Castle at Okinawa in May, 1945. The man who carried the flag was Capt. Julian Dusenbury of Clausen, SC.

Capt. Dusenbury commanded A Company, 1st Battalion., 5th Marines, of the 1st Marine Division. He also fought at Peleliu, where he was awarded the silver star and purple heart. 

The day before the flag raising on Okinawa, Capt. Dusenbury's company had been cut off from the battalion and was surrounded. Capt. Dusenbury crawled through mud, over bodies, and past Japanese sentries nine times to drag back boxes of ammunition to his men. 

He was later wounded, but his Marines found his Confederate Battle Flag in his helmet and not having anything else to fly over Shuri, they flew the star and bars. The flag was later presented to Lt. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., son of the Union Civil War general.

Korea, Vietnam Nam and even Desert Storm, the confederate battle flag has been raised not as a sign of hate but of  regional identity.


American servicemen throughout the years have gone to war carrying the rebel flag along with many other flags or symbols. Like Capt. Dusenbury, many carried it simply because they were born and raised in the South.

Southerners will tell you the flag was hijacked by the White Supremacist movement and the Ku Klux Klan. They will also tell you that it isn't a symbol of hate and that stands for racism, and slavery and so on. Frankly as long as the anarchists keep yelling about hate a lot of people will indeed only associate it with that and so be it, since that is indeed may be their experience.
But for the men who carried it into battle it is not a banner of hate but a symbol of the South, of defiant determination and lasting resolve, steadfast courage, honor, commitment and above all Southern determination.

And to claim that anyone who honors the Confederate flag is a traitor, is being nothing more than a narrow minded bigot.


States Rights or Slavery

Twenty five years ago director Ken Burns produced a mini series for PBS based on the Civil War.

The nine part mini-series aired on five nights in 1990 and received tremendous acclaim, except in the South were it was viewed as terribly one sided. That one sidedness pushed aside the notion that the Civil War was about state's rights, and promoted the concept that at least as far as Burns was concerned the war was all about freeing the slaves.

Three years later Ted Turner produced Gettysburg; an epic 4 hour 14 minute master piece filmed in part on the actual Gettysburg battlefield.

The film recounted the 3 day battle as well as many famous quotes from the war, but also included a fictional account of a Union Officer asking of a captured Rebel: "why you fightin this war?" The southerner's reply "Our Rats". The perplexed Yankee unable to understand Dixie speak asks again and the same response "I'm fighting fer my rats."

Lieutenant Chamberlain: I don't mean no disrespect to you fighting men, but sometimes I can't help but figure... why you fightin' this war?

Confederate prisoner: Why are you?

Lieutenant Chamberlain: To free the slaves, of course. And preserve the Union.

Confederate prisoner: I don't know about other folk, but I ain't fighting for no darkies one way or the other. I'm fightin' for my "rats". All of us here, that's what we're fighting for.

Lieutenant Chamberlain: Your what?

Confederate prisoner: Fer our rats. The right to live my life like I see fit. Why can't you just live the way you want to live, and let us live the way we do? Live and let live, I hear some folks say. Be lot less fuss and bother if more folks took it to heart.

Lieutenant Chamberlain: Where'd you get captured?

Confederate prisoner: From a cut just west of Gettysburg town. Wasn't a pretty sight. Many a good boy lost a young and promising life. Some wore blue and some wore gray. Seen enough of this war?

Lieutenant Chamberlain: I guess I have.

Confederate prisoner: I guess I have too. Looks like I'm gonna be sittiing out the rest of it.

Lieutenant Chamberlain: Well, I appreciate you talking to me.

Confederate prisoner: [salutes] See you in hell, Billy Yank.

Lieutenant Chamberlain: [salutes] See you in hell, Johnny Reb.

This was Turner's way of telling the story from the southern point of view. A view that Burns, who even made a cameo appearance in the film, conceded to. 

Cedar Bonus: Ken Burns' re-mastered mini series will re-air September 11th -15th of this year.  

It is important to understand that slavery was entirely legal and constitutional at the start of the Civil War and at no time did the North "fight the civil war" for the express motive of freeing slaves in the South. In fact the slavery issue was used by Lincoln in an effort to force the states in rebellion to end their hostilities

On September 22, 1862, Lincoln had issued a preliminary proclamation warning that he would order the emancipation of all slaves in any state that did not end its rebellion against the Union by January 1, 1863.

It it wasn't until after Gettysburg when Lincoln referenced slavery with "that all men are created equal" in his then little noted and now famous address that he began to formally take up the cause of the abolitionists.
To Southerners, the war was indeed about states' rights, the primary right in question being that "constitutionally acknowledged right" of keeping humans as slaves and having other states respect their legal property. 
To today's supporter of abortion, the primary question is that of the constitutionally affirmed right to privacy and to choose, the primary choice in question being the abortion of a human life.

In both issues slavery and abortion, one side sees only the moral evils, the other side sees only the rights of those involved and neither offers to concede.

Pretty hard to say your against slavery but all for abortion. Just as you can't be for personal or states' rights and be fully committed to protecting and valuing human life from a moral standpoint. 

And so the paradox continues to this day, with President Obama telling the nation "the cause for which they fought was wrong" but is he referring to "states rights" or slavery?

For 100 hundred years after the war the accepted thinking was that the war was fought over states rights and preservation the Union. The words directly above the statue of Lincoln:

Clearly in 1922 the year that the memorial was dedicated, slavery was still an after thought. 


Friday, July 17, 2015

City of Charlotte Removes Confederate Monument (Claims Only For Cleaning)

In a move the proves GovCo thinks you're stupid, a Confederate monument in uptown Charlotte, has been "relocated to a city warehouse". 
Photo Credit WCNC Dianne Gallagher
The monument, erected by the Confederate Memorial Association of Charlotte in 1977, was located next to the old city hall and on City od Charlotte property.
City spokesperson claimed the monument was being cleaned, but had no answer as to when the moumument would return or why sod was being laid by grounds crew where the granite stone honored confederate troops once stood.
Charlotte police believe the monument was spray painted between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.
NC lawmakers introduced a bill back in February that would make it harder to remove monuments like the ones vandalized. Senate Bill 22 would forbid the removal of any memorial, statue or plaque that commemorates part of North Carolina's history without state approval.
Cedars Take: Utter Bullshit! Frankly I don't care about the monument but we have a city county government that continually lies to taxpayers, whether it is re-valuation, storm water fees, water bills, tax increases, mental health care operation, travel expenses for council and the mayor, the street car, Time Warner Cable Arena, or Panthers Stadium improvements. The list is unending and troubling and proves they think you are stupid!
Monday July 20, 2015 Cedar Update: Contrary to reports in both print and digital media that Senate Bill 22 was just introduced, it was in fact presented in February and passed the NC Senate in April. As recently as July 20th democrats tried to add amendments to limit protection of confederate memorials and statues were defeated. 
The above copy has been edited to correct the bills submission date.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Petition To Remove African American Memorial In Columbia Closing In On 50,000 Signatures

An on line petition at calls for the removal on the African American memorial on the South Carolina Statehouse Lawn. 

Stating the reason for removal is that it is offensive to a greater number of South Carolinians than not. That the African American Monument depicts slave ships, mistreatment and words such as "segregation" and "Jim Crow" and that this invokes in the white community feelings of shame, humiliation and offense, serving as a constant reminder of the dark history of slavery.

Not surprisingly the main stream media doesn't see the current 35,000 signatures as news worthy.

The African American Monument on the South Carolina State House grounds was erected in 2001 as part of a bi-partisan compromise reached in 2000 to move the Confederate battle flag from the State House dome and place it at the Confederate Soldier's Monument. Given the recent outcry to remove the battle flag from the State House grounds completely, the people of South Carolina view this as a reneging of the 2000 compromise. Therefore, the people of South Carolina implore the South Carolina State Legislature to pass legislation calling for the removal of the African American Monument from the State House grounds. It has been stated that the battle flag must be removed due to it being offensive to the African American community, and invoking upon that community reminders of the dark history of slavery. To the same point, the African American Monument depicts slave ships, mistreatment and words such as "segregation" and "Jim Crow". This being the case, it is undeniable that this monument can and does serve to invoke in the white community feelings of shame, humiliation and offense, serving as a constant reminder of the dark history of slavery. Therefore, we the people of South Carolina and citizens the world over implore the Legislature of South Carolina to order the removal of this monument from State Grounds.

The online petition is here:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Jenny Horne's "I Am Descendant Of Jefferson Davis" Lie Lives On

From Sunday's News and Observer Editorial calling for Southerners to give up on the "lost cause":

Jenny Horne is a 42-year-old lawyer from Summerville, S.C., who happens to be a descendant of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. She is also a “conservative values” Republican state representative. During the debate Wednesday night over removing a Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, an issue that arose after the murders of nine people in a Charleston church last month, it appeared that House members might be about to pull away from the issue.

The fact is Ms. Horne is not a descendant of Jefferson Davis, in fact she's not even remotely related.

Her raging discourse disgraced every one of her fellow representatives by lying to each of them on the record. This was not small slip of the tongue, rather a bold faced lie to grab attention and raise herself up in the eyes of fellow republicans. 

Now she tells The State newspaper that she is considering a run for the US House of representatives.

Cedar's Take: I suppose she'll fit right in.

Read more here:

Nikki Halye's Confederate Flag Mistake

Weeks before murderer Dylann Roof killed nine people in a Charleston church, he uploaded to his Facebook page a photo of himself with a very small confederate flag. The flag's position and lack of prominence gives the sense that the flag was added as an after thought.

Since that fateful day, the flag has generated more news media coverage than the actual murders Dylann Roof is charged with, or the lives of the victims he took.

Just days after Roof's murderous assault South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the flag's removal from the South Carolina statehouse lawn.

At the moment before Haley spoke the words: "Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it is time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds," it seemed like a good idea, a thoughtful gesture and an appropriate consolation and response to the unusual and seldom encountered white on black violence.

However, the immediate reaction of raucous applause, hoots and yammering saw Haley visibly cringe, and for her the sudden realization that maybe this was not such a good idea, as the words "without ill will" were quickly forgotten.

Indeed her call to remove the flag began an unintended tidal wave of hysteria and ill will over the flag, confederate monuments, leaders, generals and heroes, alike.

Much forgotten reminders of our past, faded words carved in stone and rusty images cast in bronze, things that no one gave much notice, suddenly became visible, prominent and now suddenly offensive.  Overnight monuments forgotten by time even though passed by daily, became a target for hate and vandalism in the name of civil disobedience.

Silent Sam, a statue that has stood on the Chapel Hill Campus for more than 100 years honoring the 321 UNC Chapel Hill alumni who lost their lives in the American Civil War, was targeted last week by hate and ill will. The speech and actions directed at Sam are unquestionably hate. Vandals spray painted "Murderer, KKK, and Black Lives Matter" defacing the statue.

Huffinton Post blogger Julie Craven says "When I first laid eyes on Silent Sam, he made me uncomfortable. As I looked up at the Confederate soldier who stands watch over students in the upper quad of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I wondered if the university where I chose to spend four years of my life still secretly supported the legacy he represents." Her recent prose wanders between nonsense and the racially divisive idea that Baltimore Police are trained KKK assassins.

Nikki Haley's call to remove the confederate flag has clearly spurred a wave of vandalism and hate as well as lunacy. What Haley also did, was to validate the KKK's use of the flag, and confirm to the nation that the flag stood for slavery, segregation, racism and hate and in doing so confirm that at least up until 2015 the State of South Carolina supported this idea. She simply confirmed that the flag was raised above the statehouse dome, not to honor the 100th anniversary of the civil war and in support states rights but to oppose civil rights and further the "Southern Cause" thereby discrediting those of southern roots who claimed heritage not hate.

And in the process she pressed enough hot buttons to stir up vile hatred that branded every person not supporting the removal of the flag as a member of a murderous bed sheet covered hate group, causing nutbags like Ms Craven to suggest the UNC "secretly supports" racism, and throwing around the word treason with abandon.

During the last decade, the flag that most people recognized for either "hold my beer, watch this" stupid or belonging to civil war re-enactors suddenly became a viable symbol again to define an "US vs Them" culture that has been heating to a boil since our President decided to tell the nation that if he "had a son he'd look like Trayvon Martin".

Now a great effort to cleanse the south of itself is underway. The grey uniforms of the South Carolina Highway Patrol have been called into question, the Belk name under attack as several Belk brothers fought on the Southern side at Gettysburg.

"Dig up his grave" suggested the Richmond head of the NAACP when asked what to do about CSA President Jefferson Davis who is buried at nearby Hollywood Cemetery.

Atlanta's NAACP head proposed "sand blasting" away the images of J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis from Stone Mountain.

An effort to remove confederate memorials from Mecklenburg county property has met substantial opposition to which led  local agitator Laurel Green to promise that if the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners didn't remove that monuments "ppl would".

The National Park Service and the National Cemetery Administration of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs have both under the direction of President Obama banned the Confederate Flag.

What Dylann Roof wanted was a race war, sadly what he got was much worse. In only a few weeks he caused the hands of time to run backwards to a point where people are suspicious of each other for only the colors of their flag and not the content of their character.

So much for "Without ill will".