Time's award is now officially "Person Of The Year Not Named Edward Snowden".
The same "gridlock" that confirmed Anthony Foxx 100-0?
A non-lazy writer would have examined Watt's history of whoring for Wall Street. To wit:
"The Tom Woods congressional testimony last week Friday in favor of the 'Audit the Fed' bill had two very curious turns, he set off extremely hostile questioning from two congressmen, by the hearing's Committee Chair Barney Frank and Representative Mel Watt. Every other Congressman that questioned Woods, and Fed General Counsel Alvarez, was seemingly concerned about where the money the Fed is printing is actually going. But not Frank and Watt.
It looked like Watt was hit by a lightning bolt everytime Woods tried to answer a question that he posed. He interrupted Woods everytime, as though Woods was taking food off of his dinner table. But, maybe that's exactly how Watt's saw Woods testimony.
Most of the top industries donating to Watt are major beneficiaries of Fed money printing. His top industry donors are at #1 the commercial bankers industry, at #3 the building trade unions (All that Fed money printing benefited the building trade unions probably more so than anyone else), and at #5 the securities and investment industry. The current #1 corporate donor to Watt is Citigroup Inc."
The things you find on flickr...!
Wow, that graphic of the toy soldier and the red Christmas ball is fantastic. Thanks!
Well deserved. These guys are tops today.
If there were a “War on Christmas” it would look very different than the simple attempts at inclusiveness and challenging of privilege which right-wing pundits choose to perceive as persecution.
Every December we have to listen to Christian zealots whine that allowing anyone to celebrate any holiday other than Christmas between Thanksgiving and New Years is somehow an attack on their religious freedom.
Dear Sarah, and Fox: Religious freedom applies to ALL religions, not just yours.
"Happy holidays" means "Whatever holiday you are celebrating, have a happy one." It's easier than listing them all individually.
Nice review... Hugh and the band deserved a bigger crowd... my son and I enjoyed the hell out of it!
I really like this article but since I'm anal about the reval I've got to ask for some facts. If you have them or want to talk about it I'm available:
"2011 property revaluation was a disaster? Let's hide the facts and deny there's a problem, he said"
The 2011 reval was far more open as far as data goes than what is current. You (like me) simply have no idea what has happened with the redo because we aren't allowed to see the data. The BOCC has no idea either. The attitude is that Bill Deaton is satisfied so there's nothing left to see even though BOCC did nothing for Deaton. Look at the spreadsheet given to BOCC for neighborhood A101. It shows that Deaton's 12K house on the lake has not changed in value. Check his 2013 tax bill. It's exactly the same as what you can see for 2012 and (shock) 2011. So what happened? No one cares because the public is being hoodwinked in to thinking it's fixed and BOCC will not release the data. If you have it I'll buy you a grand dinner to share it. Otherwise the data certainly is more hidden now (Deaton actually got his value reduced under the OLD plan. In other words, the system worked for him not the changed law therefore it had no effect on his neighbors). If Deaton's property is valued at 350K less than it was when it was first looked at in 2011, why did the tax group tell BOCC it didn't change and why can't you see the change online?
"Within a year under Cotham's leadership, the commission ditched the failed revaluation overseen by Jones, and had a more accurate one produced"
What basis do you have to say that the current version is more accurate? Sorry, but I really have to call you out on this since hardly anything has been "produced". A few neighborhoods with misleading data have been released for the richest in the county but no one on the outside (including the BOCC) can judge it's success except for the lack of screaming and I bet you that will start back up. They are trickling the numbers out and won't be done until 2015 so you certainly can't judge it by the slither that is out there especially since the assessor refuses to release any raw data.
Deaton got his BIG break under the old system and yet the law changed because of his lobbying. The new law did ziltch for him and most of his neighbors saw less than a 2% change in value because they were under the NEW system and therefore didn't see the refund he is getting under the OLD.
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Some folks just like to steal...even screen names, as did the poser who posted at 9:54. I am guessing it is a he who is pretending to be a female. Perhaps his real name is Harry or maybe it is a George. Likely he has used the name CarolinaDawgone in previous postings. Oh, well, what can one do.
Thanks for the comment, carolyn. Another commenter has already corrected your assertion that Cotham didn't have anything to do with hiring a new DSS director. The "secret payments" were for a former county employee who kept receiving checks on Jones' orders. I can't find my notes on the matter right now, but it was well reported and documented at the time by the Observer. As far as "pissy" commissioners, of course I agree that Bill James can be as pissy as the best of them. This time around, though, I wasn't writing about Bill James but rather Dunlap, Ratliffe and Clarke. They got pretty pissy about not being consulted by Cotham on choosing a new county manager, that's hardly up for argument, so I don't see what the problem is with referring to them that way.
One more thing: this is a blog, not a news article. Blogs need to be factual (at least newspaper blogs do), as was my blog post in question. Blogs are generally also where a writer gets to state opinions, so your comment to "be objective" is rather beside the point.
In response to above comment, here are some facts....Former DSS Director terminated by Harry Jones week of September 4, 2012. Cotham quoted in Charlotte Observer March 14, 2012 that not having hired a replacement DSS Director was "Bizarre" and a leader was needed which resulted in Commissioner Dumont Clarke writing editorial on March 17 saying it was a good thing to not have a leader at DSS for months. Cotham continued to push for a replacement leader for DSS. Jones Terminated May 7 and new DSS director hired June 17, 2013.
Perhaps the least informed article ever to appear in Creative Loafing. Do some research Grooms. The new DSS director was hired prior to Jones being fired. Cotham had zero to do with it. "Secret payment?" Name one. "Pissy" commissioners? Read Bill James' twitter feed.
At least be objective and factual.
Does anyone really think that the failed revaluation was not the king's carefully designed method of ensuring (purchasing) his subjects' '(county workers) continued support with raises paid for largely by the residents of Riddenhour's, James' and Bentley's districts while largely sparing Dumont's, George's, and Vilma's constituents? Oh, for a Woodward and a Bernstein and a Katherine Graham.
Then here's a brilliant suggestion: Don't enter!
That's not a good enough reason for me; "just cause everyone else does". I don't get paid $5.00 every time I willingly read 1000 words.
What a weird question. Practically all writing contests worth their salt charge entry fees. You must never have tried to enter one before.
There should be a detailed reasoning for why you are charging an entrance fee.
Mark, I'm so glad you got me started!
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