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Greensboro runs amok: latest scam by Stephen poole Fp Senior Writer
Author’s note: While The Free Press is currently being distributed largely in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, and Lewisville, this analysis of the workings of Greensboro’s city government should provide valuable insight to readers seeking to understand why our municipalities’ governments so consistently run over budget while constantly underperforming. the Greensboro city council must be made up of big fans of the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. For the past decade or more, it seems to have adopted the motto “if you will build it, they will come,” but with a unique twist: “if we hand out money, someone will build it, and then they will come.” thanks to the city’s entrenched policy of corporate welfare—dishing up grants and no-interest or forgivable loans through processes that understandably invoke cries of cronyism and conflicts of interest—scores of commercial developers have been enriched with little visible effect on the city’s economic health. it’s a policy that’s also attracted a boundless string of “non-profits” willing to “partner” with private enterprise in order to grab their share of taxpayer cash from federal, state and local coffers. the latest controversy inSee SCAM page 19
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DHS insider: It’s about to get very, very ugly
by Doug Hagmann Special to tHe Fp
Washington, D.c.—Something quite unexpected happened just hours ago, in the dark of night, during a twoday layover in Washington, Dc. My son and i are scheduled to take part in a seminar outside of Raleigh, North carolina this weekend, so we combined our travels to include a side-trip to Dc for a business meeting we had previously arranged. it was during this layover that something seemingly ripped from the pages of a spy novel
Wanted: Fur-ever homes for the gentle giants by Becky Baker Special to tHe Fp
Print newspapers are dead, dead, dead See DHS page 22
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there is little doubt that print media is in trouble, if not on its deathbed throughout most of the country. However, there are pockets in america where print is still doing well, if not thriving. one of those pockets is central North carolina. enter the Free press. “the purpose of the Free press is to provide agenda-free news for the central Nc area,” says Rick Baker, the publisher who has launched the new
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paper. “i am not interested in changing anyone’s opinion, only to encourage them to
know why they believe what they believe and make sure it is accurate,” said Baker. Baker believes that most of the newspapers in central and Western North carolina have an agenda, and that their agenda is not objective or neutral. “Gone are the days when reporters just reported the news without inserting their opinion or slant. Regardless of the issue, reSee PAPER page 9
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Turn Off Your Cell Phone!
i love going to movies. While i have the 70” monster flat screen at home, Netflix just doesn’t compare to Dlp cinema splashed on a 30 by 90 foot screen with the auro 11.1 Ultra Sound System complete with overhead speakers, so when a helicopter flies overhead it really sounds like a helicopter is flying overhead. that particular sound is important if that helicopter is on its way to rescue a stranded family from the zombies that have taken over the planet. i usually attend the late night feature, 10:00 pm at the earliest. this has become my ritual. My theater of choice is the carmike Wynnsong 12 on Hanes Mall Blvd, Winston-Salem. after the movie, i always stop at Waffle House for my cheesy eggs and grits, with raisin toast and double order of bacon, cremated. it is a classic meal, plus, you just never know who (or what) you will see at a Waffle House after midnight. But i digress. i suppose one of the reasons i choose the late night feature is because i usually have most of the theater to myself. at 6’5”, most seats feel to me like they were designed by some guy who really hates people and wants to inflict suffering, so when i can have an entire row to myself, i jump at the chance. another reason is that i just don’t believe human beings need more than four hours of sleep per night. that’s all charles Spurgeon ever got and that is good enough for me. But, i digress again. So there i am, one of ten people in the entire theater, a row to myself at the late night feature, and the only person in front of me decides to start texting on his phone. it’s an iphone and the screen lights up the theater. Soon, the guy on my left starts to use his phone too. Right in the middle of the movie. i’m beginning to wonder if they’re talking to each another, sharing their thoughts on the film, maybe critiquing it as it goes along. at this point i have three choices: i can go find a theater employee, ask them to come back with me and nail the dudes with their phones. But, that means i will miss part of the movie. What if the world ends while i’m out of the theater? plus, why should i miss any of the movie because of someone else’s offense? another option is to just ignore the buffoons. Have you ever tried that? it just doesn’t work. My third option is usually the best one. i stand up and make an announcement: ‘turn off your cell phones!’ i do this with my deepest radio voice so it sounds very authoritative and will frighten the offenders. i don’t even say ‘please.’ i figure that if these people use their cell phone during the movie after just watching the promo telling them to not use their cell phone during the movie, having already walked by the large signs in the lobby telling them to not use their cell phones during the movie, they don’t deserve a ‘please’ from me. typically, my announcement works and the offenders are embarrassed enough to turn off their phones. Sometimes other patrons even applaud my announcement, which certainly helps build my low self-image. But why do these people even need to be reminded to turn off their phone in a dark movie theater? Do these same people have to be reminded to tie their shoes after they put them on their feet? i am not sure what has happened to humanity as of late. Maybe it’s this new entitlement mentality that plagues so many, but the cell phone offenders seem to be growing in numbers and boldness. What used to be an infrequent occurrence is now the norm. Not to be outdone, i find myself practicing my announcement as i am driving to the theater. a deeper voice, more projection and authority. i decided long ago that i would not let these cell-phone zombies ruin my movie-going experience because of their selfishness. it is my right to speak out and it’s yours as well. Don’t let the offenders get away with it. let’s all stand up for our movie-going rights. Work on your announcement. perfect it. You’ll feel better. i promise. Rick Baker is the publisher of the Free Press
High taxes have stifled North carolina’s economic growth for decades. the tar Heel State has the highest taxes in the Southeast and ranks 44th as the worst state in the country for business, according to the tax Foundation. in the years running up to the Great Recession, neighboring states grew two to four times as fast as North carolina. Due to higher taxes, our state has been forced to offer tax incentives in order to lure businesses here. time and time again, when the incentives run out and the companies face paying North carolina taxes, they leave or demand more tax breaks to stay. the math is simple for businesses – it costs too much to operate in our state. our current tax code was written during the Great Depression for an agricultural-based economy. over the years, the tax system became riddled with exemptions and loopholes so politicians could pick winners and losers. this type of “good ole boy” mentality benefited lobbyists and special interests, but it did so at the expense of small businesses and working families. the good news is that the North carolina Senate has offered a new plan. it moves in the opposite direction of the past by simplifying the tax code and wiping out hundreds of the special interest loopholes. the goal is to make the tax system fair to everyone. Best of all, it’s simple. the first step is the phasing out of North carolina’s personal income tax. off the top, the current maximum 7.75 percent income tax is slashed 30 percent to 5.4 percent in 2014 and then to 5.25 percent in 2015. the food tax is phased out and eliminated by 2016. the death tax is abolished. How can the state afford these tax cuts? it’s quite simple – the plan holds the line on spending increases in the future. the out-of-control growth of government must stop in order to control spending and for any tax plan to work. Further, the plan establishes and funds the key priorities of education, public safety and roads. For years, free-spending politicians blew every dime in the state treasury, borrowed all the money they could and increased taxes. this type of mentality drove North carolina to the edge of bankruptcy just three short years ago. after much hard work, the state has been put on sound financial footing, but now we must get competitive. High tax rates are killing North carolina’s ability to compete with surrounding states, attract good jobs and grow our own businesses. the new Senate plan offers a common sense, well thought-out solution. it is our best hope for a bright future for the tar Heel State. Thom Goolsby is a state senator, practicing attorney and law professor. He is a chairman of the Senate Judiciary, and Justice and Public Safety Committees. Rick: Congrats on the FP, but I miss your talk show! Thom.
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Volume 1, No 1 • June 26, 2013 “The advancement and disfusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
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What is your favorite summertime thing to do?
i direct the Salem community orchesta, a recreational and primarily a volunteer organization of about 35 musicians begun in 1983. in the summer, the orchestra plays a series of three pairs of pops concerts (on the fourth Sundays and Mondays of June, July and august), all free, as a gift to the community. i retired from the Military in 1976 and will be 80 in January. (He doesnâ€™t look a day over 60)
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My brothers and i have been singing in a gospel quartet for 58 years now and we stay rather busy in the summer. our next concert is at Harmony Grove Methodist church in lewisville on July 27. But when i have a break, my wife and i like to go to Blowing Rock. Just an hour and a half drive and we love the area and especially the quaint downtown. (and levita likes the shopping!)
For the past five years i have been going to nursing homes in the Winston-Salem area. i go at least three days a week to many in the area and try to minister to the people any way that i can. i am blessed to be able to do this and look forward to seeing my friends there each week. i know that it means so much to them, but each time i go, i am the one blessed! (thanks for your ministry Henry!)
i plan to swim every day to stay cool. eat a little sushi from my pond. Sit in my front yard and survey my domain, barking at the occasional jogger. lots and lots of playing with my big brother Hoover cause he lives for that. Digging, chasing squirrels, shedding constantly and doubling in size will round out my summer schedule. (Watch for my column in the Fp!)
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rick: The talk of Statesville has been your new weekly newspaper. We all miss your talk show here and are so glad you are back. I think a newspaper is actually better for the community than your show was. Thanks for giving us a choice of what to read and can’t wait to put my hands on it! Wendy W.
Gun CovEruP StorY
rick: From what I have read some feel that since it was only a starter pistol no harm was intended. This student for one, probably didn’t even know what type of gun it was. Secondly, it doesn’t matter if the gun was real, or a starter pistol, or even plastic. This student was making threats against other students. This is how problems begin in schools that can easily turn into other students/staff getting hurt. And yes, I feel these issues start in the home with the parents, but when a student brings any type of gun, of knives on school property they should be punished. A friend of mine child was suspended for having a plastic knife in her lunchbox that was placed there by her mother to cut her meat at lunch. Something is definitely wrong in our school system that this student was not suspended and parents not notified about the incident. Makes parents wonder what else is being kept from us. May the Lord watch over our children and keep them safe while in the care of our school system. Jennifer Ernst
rick: Unfortunately, politics wins again…I have worked in education for a decade and have never seen an elementary school student suspended for 365 days. Over the course of my years in education, I have seen discipline policies become less and less “stringent”. One of the biggest disappointments I have seen is tying the number of out of school suspensions to school performance…as Rick points out, the targeted number of suspensions per year is 10%…If you go over that you get a “demerit” so to speak. So school suspensions have gone down…but not because the # of offenses has gone down. One of the initiatives that NC is pushing is the Positive Behavioral Support System…which is the old give them a carrot and they’ll behave idea. So we are treating our students like Pavlov’s dogs…”Be a good boy and you’ll get a treat.” Remember the good ole days when kids came to school and acted like they were supposed to just because that is what was expected? We have taught kids today that if they do a good job, they should expect a reward. Many school systems have completely banned corporal punishment in the schools…and I have heard many parents, upon being called about their Page 4
child’s misbehavior, say “You have my permission to spank little Johnny/Jenny.” I reply, “I can not do that, it is against school board policy,” and they reply something to the effect of “Well whoever decided that is crazy/stupid/etc.” As one parent said to me…”You have no recourse then.” The state has mandated that a child MUST have 30 min. of physical exercise/day, so the old punishment of taking away recess is no longer an option…oh yes, they don’t have to be allowed to play with their friends…and can be made to walk during recess… but remember the days when if you didn’t get your work done because you were too busy fooling around, being disrespectful, or whatever..you had to finish it while all your friends got to play…those days are gone. School districts are terrified of lawsuits…school board attorneys are extremely cautious in their efforts… because they know how detrimental a lawsuit is to a school system. Oh yeah…and maybe I’m wrong, but I suspect that the fact that End of Grade testing began 2 days after the 2nd incident played a big part as well… state law would require the system to make arrangement for the child to take his mandated end of grade tests even if he was suspended…and if the child was identified under the exceptional children’s program as Emotionally Disabled, then the “label” (for lack of a better word) would allow him some protection…they would have to show that his bringing the gun to school wasn’t related to his disability.TS
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Mr. Baker: It was District 2 Councilman Jim Key who blew the Save-A-Lot deal by leaking the story to the press and scaring Save-A-Lot away because it upset the Save-A-Lot Franchise owner on East Cone Blvd who feared he might lose business in his crappy store. RF. Editor: It was the current District 2 councilman, Jim Key who was really pushing to have the RCG (Skip Alston) approved for the loan/space. I remember reading a statement that said ” we are terrible landlords” very interesting since the majority of the council members practice real estate development or dabble in the industry. Go figure! Its time to get these folks out. I hope the citizens turn out and vote these clowns out! Steve: Excellent article. Unfortunately this situation is most likely another example of insider trading kickbacks to another POLY TIC ian. All concerned people should file complaints with the NCEC. Tanya
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Mr. Answer Man: Why are there so many manhole covers on peacehaven Road between Hwy 421 and Robin Hood Road? Whenever i drive that stretch it must look like i am drunk, swerving to miss all those road hazards. Signed, In Need of a Front end.
Dear Front End: the answer Man strives for accuracy in all his answers, so i drove that stretch of peacehaven road just to be sure. there are 147 manhole covers on the northbound lane from Hwy. 421 to Robin Hood Road and 143 in the southbound lane from Robin Hood Road to Hwy. 421 Very few of these covers are flush with the road and after i drove over one or two, i was also swerving to miss the rest. to get to the bottom of the manhole cover mystery, the answer Man spoke with James Harris, the WinstonSalem Director of Roads and Streets. Mr. Harris tells us that there should be a manhole cover every “425 feet on that stretch of road” and that he “wasn’t sure why there were so many.” When the answerMan did his math, he discovered that at four miles long, there is 21,120 feet of road, at 5,280 feet per mile. With 147 manhole covers over the northbound lane of peacehaven Road, that would mean that there is a manhole cover ever 143.67 feet, instead of the standard 425 feet. in the end, no one knows why there are so many manhole covers, but thanks for the question! Dear Mr. Answer Man: Why aren’t the traffic lights on lewisville-clemmons Road synchronized? every morning when i exit Hwy 421 and head down to McDonalds for my coffee, i have to stop at every signal. Don’t they know it wastes gas? Signed, Wishing I had a Prius Dear Wish: if you did indeed own a pruis i doubt that you would ever go to McDonald’s for your coffee because they do not serve ‘shade-grown ethicallysourced coffee beans that benefit the environment.’ Unfortunately, the answerMan has now run out of room for this issue. look for the know-it-all answer in the July 10 issue of the Free press!
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“Hello, Would You Like Donate a Dollar to Charity?” ‘Point of Sale’ Donation Programs Hit Local Businesses, But How Much Actually Gets To Person In Need? by Rick Baker pUBliSHeR
You are ordering your lunch at the new taco Bell in clemmons when the polite and smiling server asks if you want to “give a dollar to The Foundation for Teens to help a teen graduate.” there are others in line behind you and you don’t want to feel guilty or look cheap, so you agree. later that day, you head to the movie theater and while purchasing your ticket are asked if you want to “give a dollar to the children’s Network.” again, the cheap and guilt thing, so you agree. on your way home from the movie you stop in at a cVS pharmacy for a few items. at checkout, you are asked if you want to “give a dollar to the Saint Jude children’s Research Hospital.” again, you agree. You have now given three dollars to three different good cause charites and you feel good about it.
But, have you ever wondered how much of that dollar actually gets to the child? according to Sandra Miniutti, the Vice president of charityNavigator.org, it can be difficult to know how much of your donation actually gets to the right person. “Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of transparency when it comes to these cause-related marketing efforts,” says Miniutti. “Neither the charities involved or the companies that they partner with, are required to disclose the specifics. according to Miniutti, there is simple research that one can do to determine if a charity is getting good results. “You can begin by learning about a charity’s programs, accomplishments, goals and challenges. You can do this by reviewing its website and/or talking with their staff,” said Minuitti. “While few may be able to provide extensive detail about the results of their work, they should be able to talk about
how they believe their programs lead to results, and any steps they are taking to verify their thinking by reporting on results. a useful resource for this research is Miniutti’s site at charityNavigator.org, where most of these charities are listed. i asked Miniutti about where my dollar to taco Bell’s Foundation for Teens went. “We haven’t rated that group yet (we rate 6,300 of the largest charities in america, but with one million in existence, there are many we haven’t yet rated), but i did take a look at its most recent Form 990 and i see that it spent about 83.6% on programs and services, 6.6% on admin costs and 9.8% on fundraising,” said Miniutti. She told me that anytime a charity is above 80% that it’s a good thing. “When a charity is above the 80% threshold we usually give them a strong See DOLLAR page 6
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as a kid i had one true love. it involved me lacing up my cleats, bending my glove just right and the bill of my ball cap to the perfect angle, and running out of the Josh, with his wife, Clara and daughter, kallie. dugout to feel the dirt and grass of the baseball field under my feet. through little league i spent many weeknights and Saturdays practicing, playing and watching baseball so that i could grow in my knowledge and skills of the game. once high school rolled around, baseball became a year round obsession, from Winter workouts to the Spring season, followed up with Summer and Fall ball to stay on top of my game for the next year. Baseball was arguably the number one consumer of my time from the age of 5 to 18, except for school and sleep, but they don’t really count as one is necessary for life and the other i just didn’t really like that much. You can decide which is which. What i now realize, as the dad of a 4 year old, is that it was not just my time that was consumed by baseball, but that of my family as well. My mom and dad were faithful to be in their lawn chairs or on the bleachers to watch every swing i made, every pitch i pitched and every fly ball i caught. they drove me to practices, took me for extra trips to the batting cage and spent time in the front yard playing catch. they made it a priority to set aside time to allow me to play a game i loved. participating in this team sport also helped to build meaningful life skills and lessons to help me grow as an individual. With the time consumed by baseball growing up, my parents could easily have let that be the driving force and priority in our family life. However, looking back, i see that was not the case. the ultimate priority of our family was engaging with a local church. priority on Sundays and Wednesday evenings was to be a part of a local group of christ followers who were committed to gathering together to worship God and grow with one another in their faith. although my parents saw the benefit of me being a part of organized sports, like baseball, they saw a greater benefit for me to be part of a family of faith. church provided beneficial teaching from the truth of the Bible and provided the opportunity for me to grow with others my age to impact the culture i was a part of. Seemingly today, more and more people have disengaged from the local church and are finding other activities to fill their time. perhaps they find these more beneficial for themselves as well as their families. churches today compete with travel sports, the lake house, the beach house, the golf course, the local parks and, quite frankly, just family time. our churches need to recognize that people will commit to and engage with an organization if they are providing an environment that is conducive to equipping individuals and families with practical truths that will make a difference on Monday morning. the local church has that grand opportunity and call to reach their community with the life giving good news of Jesus. it is vital that church leaders recognize opportunities and engage their communities with Biblical truth that matters from day to day, because in our culture time really does matter. Josh Hill is the Assistant Pastor for Young Adults & Assimilation at Center Grove Baptist Church, 8750 Lasater Road in Clemmons. You can reach him at (336)766-5727 or via email at JoshH@cglife.org. Go to their website for a schedule of services at centergrovelife.org.
rating.”But, according to Miniutti, there are other factors to consider when giving your dollar at a point of sale business. “You should know if you agree with the charity’s mission, method of solicitations, and their resource allocation. “Does the charity actually do those things that it tells you about in its solicitations? Following a ‘truth in advertising’ principle, look for signs that the charity dedicates both money and staff time in ways that are consistent with what their stated mission is, and with how they represent themselves when seeking donations,” said Miniutti. Most of this information can be found on Miniutti’s site. For example, it only took me a few minutes to examine the Form 990 for the children’s Miracle Network and realize that my dollar to that organization was a good donation. “a 990 will list the charity’s Statement of program Service accomplish-
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Angry parents threaten recall over gun coverup Clemmons • Lewisville • Winston Salem • Mocksville • Farmington • Yadkinville
District’s refusal to admit mistake has some talking recall by Rick Baker pUBliSHeR
What was supposed to be a meeting with a couple dozen concerned parents over a gun cover up at Friendship elementary School in thomasville, exploded tonight when close to 200 angry parents attended the meeting. Dr. Fred Mock, the education committee chairman for the Davidson county Schools, was the lone board member to face the angry crowd. He was joined by school principal Beth Goins. the special meeting was called after parents learned that on the morning of May 24 of this year, a 10-year-old Friendship elementary School student took to school with him a .22 caliber starter pistol. according to witnesses, the boy showed it to at least three other students and when they asked him if it was “real” he said, “Yes it is and if you tell anyone you will die. it’s a real loaded gun and you have to swear to not tell.” this was the Friday before Memorial Day. on tuesday morning the parent of one of the students who was threatened by the 10year old called Ms. Goins and told her about the threats to her child on the previous Friday. Ms. Goins then called the boy into her office and searched his backpack, where she found the weapon. What happened next was the topic of tonight's special open meeting. parents wanted answers and they turned out in record numbers with over 190 in attendance by my count. they wanted to know why Ms. Goins did not immediately call the School Resource officer (SRo) choosing instead to interview the students who were witnesses to the event. (it would be over three hours before Ms. Goins would call the SRo. parents wanted to know why they were never informed that a weapon was brought onto the campus and that they had to hear from their children what had happened. they wanted to know if the student was suspended because the law is clear and demands a 365 day suspension. they took their valuable time to attend this meeting expecting answers from their leaders. What they got was the runaround. the parents did not get any answers and in fact many left more angry than when they arrived. Dr. Mock began the meeting with a veiled attack on the Free press that backfired. “i want you to know that much of what has been published online about this incident is not factual,” he told the crowd. When parents asked what had been published that was not factual, he responded, “i am not at liberty to say, but it is not factual.” the crowd burst into laughter. June 26, 2013
Close to 200 parents confront Dr. Mock with the Davidison County School District over the gun coverup.
Dr. Mock was referring to the Free press story that i posted on our website on Monday evening. From tuesday morning until this afternoon, that story received over 16,000 unique hits from parents who in turn posted it to their Facebook pages. No wonder he was not happy. He then told the crowd that he had spent “many hours” in meetings with the Board attorney in preparation for tonight's meeting. What he failed to tell the crowd was that no doubt the subject of his meetings with the Board attorney was to carefully script his responses to questions that he knew would come from an angry crowd. For example, he steadfastly refused to call the starter pistol a “weapon” or a “firearm.” He maintained this position even when parent Keith Hedgecock read him the federal and state statutes that label “a starter pistol” as a weapon and a firearm. the parents were not amused. i sensed that many of them were offended that Dr. Mock would insult their intelligence as he did. everyone in attendance knew that a starter pistol is a firearm and a weapon. His statement, “i know you think it's a real gun, i know you believe it is a weapon, but it is not,” incited the crowd that almost lost it a few times during the meeting. Shortly after that, a parent stood and recalled how she had asked the SRo what he would have done if the boy had drawn and pointed the starter pistol at the officer. according to the parent, the SRo said, “i would have shot him.”(the SRo was conspicuously absent from the meeting.) the crowd roared their approval, but Dr. Mock continued to stand firm on his belief that the starter pistol was nothing more than “a cap gun. i suspect that when Dr. Mock was an elementary school student himself, he was an expert at the game of dodge ball because tonight his skills in that area were on full display for all to see.
His favorite answer to any question was, “thank you for that comment,” or, “according to the Board attorney...” it was not much different with Ms. Goins. it was clear that the strategy conceived by the Board attorney was for Dr. Mock to shield the principal as much as possible and not let her say anything that might get the District in more trouble that it's already in. However, to her credit, she provided a time line for the events on that tuesday by walking the crowd through her decision-making process once she had recovered the firearm from the boy's backpack. She made it a point to tell the crowd that she knows very little about firearms, believing at first glance that the gun was a “cap gun.” But just when it looked like the truth might be coming out, both Ms. Goins and Dr. Mock went back to playing dodge ball with the parents. a comical point was when she was attempting to explain whether or not the gun was loaded. “there was nothing in it that could be put out” was her way of telling the crowd that “the gun was not loaded.” (this is disputed however by the witnesses who say the boy said the gun was loaded and he would shoot them if they told.) “the boy didn't have anything in his backpack that could have been put in that thing.” i think she meant that there was no ammunition in the backpack that could have been chambered. She played her part well, understanding that if she ever slipped and used words like gun, bullet, blank, or chamber, she would put the District in a difficult position. about and hour into the meeting, many parents had had enough of Dr. Mock's refusal to answer questions by citing ignorance on his part. “You knew that we are angry parents and you knew that this meeting tonight would be
to provide answers, yet you stand there and tell us you don't know. Why have you not come here prepared knowing exactly why we wanted this meeting? true to form, he didn't know,” asked an angry parent. Dr. Mock was then asked why he never authorized a letter to the parents about this incident or the earlier one where the same boy brought a knife to school. “Because the starter pistol was no different than a small pocket knife,” he said drawing furious stares from the crowd, many of whom were now on the verge of losing it emotionally. these parents were intelligent people. i think Dr. Mock misjudged the way in which they would respond to his spin and game of dodge ball. Realizing this, he made a few statements that appeased the parents and showed them that he might be serious about changing the policy before school starts again in the fall. in fact, he committed to the parents to make “policy changes” without telling the parents what they would be. in the end, tonight's meeting was a roaring success even though the parents didn't get the answers they wanted. the turnout was much larger than expected and must have startled Dr. Mock. to have the television cameras of all three stations facing him with close to 200 unhappy parents should get anyone's attention. So many parents standing up and demanding changes. all board members now know that this coverup will not go away unless changes are made. either they make the changes to the policy, or the parents may opt to make changes with the board. “i have learned much tonight with you sharing,” Dr. Mock told the crowd. Now they will wait to see what exactly Dr. Mock has learned. i get the feeling though, that they will not wait for long. Many are already using the “R” word. Page 7
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into the air and rolls her eyes as if to say, “What a silly question.” i won’t venture a guess for her, but suffice it to say that there are hundreds of BWDs (Big White Dogs) in loving homes throughout this part of the country due to her caring and dedication to their cause. When pushed a little harder she replied that she probably averages 160 adoptions a year and that people have come from as far away as Wisconsin and New england to get their new family member. Martha is presently at capacity with
rosco, who was just adopted
11 more on a wait list just to get in. Here is a glimpse at some of the current residents: We have earl, a good-natured boy with a heartbreaking story and a long road to recovery ahead of him. there is luna, a beautiful 3-year old female with a gorgeous white coat. We also have Diva, a young pyr mother, and her nine adorable pyr mix puppies that take up a lot of time and resources. Rosco is a young male who took a particular liking to Rick. i didn’t think we’d get out of there without him joining us and we may still go back for him. there are many others, both male and female of differing ages and personalities so owners can find the right one for their particular situation. You can check out their website at carolinapyrrescue.com, to find the application for adoption, more information on the breed and pictures of the dogs that Martha currently has available. to assist her in the operation of such a massive undertaking, she has a dedicated and caring group of volunteers who help with everything from cleaning cages to transportation to publishing the quarterly newsletter. Most of them became part of the pack
after adopting a pyr from Martha. once you meet her and see what a great service she provides, you can’t help but be moved to offer any assistance you possibly can. all of these volunteers give of their time as their schedules allow, whether it’s every day like Susan, a dynamic advocate for the welfare of animals, or a couple of hours a week as others do. if you don’t have extra time to help socialize the dogs at the facility – or in my case fear that you’ll come home with more mouths to feed each time you do – there are lots of other opportunities available. there are social events to help with, such as the “pyrnic” last month, as well as help grooming and providing foster homes. When asked if there was one dog that stood out over all the rest, Martha didn’t even hesitate. it was charlie. Her first. He accompanied her to seven nursing
Luna, with Becky
homes five days a week for years. “He had a special talent for sensing when someone needed a furry friend to lean on and was known to stand at a closed door waiting to be let in if the person on the other side was in distress that only a dog could help alleviate,” said Martha. charlie died of cancer at 11 years of age, but not before he had brought so much joy to so many. Since charlie, Martha has only two other pyrs of her own. Bear, who followed in the footsteps of charlie, and now Scooter her 8-year old companion. We became acquainted with cGpR after meeting tony, a handsome young
Martha and Scooter. Whose couch is it?
pyr that lives down the street from my mom in Winston-Salem. tony, who just happens to have come from cGpR, and i bonded immediately when his pyrents were taking him for a walk. Rick and i had just lost our beloved Gracie, a beautiful white creature with equal parts fur and attitude, and were looking to fill the void in our family. Since we had two others to think about: George, our 7-year-old english Yellow lab, and Hoover, our 4year old english cream Golden, we decided that a young female pyr was the way to go. enter penny, a 4-month old ball of white fluff with a sweet disposition and a mind of her own. She was the perfect puppy to carry on the Gracie tradition. You’ll hear more about penny and her exploits in the future. She will have her
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wish list of supplies and services that are direly needed. She will also enlighten us on what to expect if you adopt a pyr and give us some do’s and
don’ts about their daily care. i wondered if Martha knew 21 long years ago what she knows now, would she do it all again? i didn’t ask her that question for fear of getting the hands in the air and rolling of the eyes again, but i know that she would. even with the huge sacrifice and the 24/7 schedule it involves, her love for these BWD’s is immense and her displeasure with their mistreatment is even greater. For more information about the breed, adopting, volunteering or donating, spend some time on their webpage at: carolinapyrrescue.com.
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porters and editors today subtlety push their readers in an intended direction and most of the time the reader is completely unaware,” says Baker. When asked for an example of agendareporting, Baker cites the typical associated press story. “a few years ago, the ap banned the use of the label ‘pro-life’ in any of their stories. they changed the label to ‘antiabortion,’ yet kept ‘pro-choice’ in their style book. While this may seem insignificant, it is blatant and dangerous. i am pro-life, i am for life. to be labeled ‘antiabortion’ while those who favor abortion are labeled ‘pro-choice’ makes me out to be a hater of womens rights, which is not true. i wonder how those who favor abortion would like it if they were labeled ‘anti-life’ instead of pro-choice?” Baker also cites a more recent change to the ap Style Book that he says shows bias and agenda-reporting. “Just recently, the ap banned the use of the term ‘illegal immigrant.’ if that is not an agenda, i don’t know what is. if someone is here illegally and they are an immigrant, then they are an ‘illegal immigrant.’ even a sixth grader can understand this. However, the associated press is pushing their agenda for immigration reform, rather than just reporting the news. So illegal immigrant has been replaced with ‘undocumented immigrant.’ ap has removed any stigma for entering our country illegally. “these are but two of the many examples that show the subtle agenda that ap is pushing. there are so many more. Most readers don’t get this, but they are influenced just the same. every ap story that is published in our local newspapers should be read with suspicion,” said Baker. the award-winning publisher will try to avoid controversy with the central Nc Free press but he knows this may be inevitable. “i have had many other weekly newspapers in my career so i know firsthand how this works and i have seen it all. i’ve had a powerful county sheriff instruct his deputies to intimidate my advertisers because of unfavorable coverage in one of my past newspapers and i once had a prominent businessman steal 7,000 copies of another of my weeklies because the front page story detailed his wifeabuse. and, now that i think about it, this happened again, just recently.
“i had a radio talk show on WSic aM 1400 in Statesville for a number of months last year. one of the issues i dealt with on the show was the iredell county School board and their questionable agenda. as a result, two board members approached my show advertisers and tried to intimidate them into dropping my show. it didn’t work. in the end, the truth will always set you free,” declared Baker. the Free press will publish twice a month through the summer with the goal to be weekly by fall. “producing the Fp twice a month to start is a big task by myself and certainly harder than i want to work. While i am not doing this to make money, i sure don’t want to lose money either. let’s see how it goes through the summer and then maybe i’ll go weekly. i am just trying to make a small difference in my little part of the world.” Baker says that the content for the paper will be a mix of local, state and national coverage that is not published in any of the other area newspapers. “So many people today are busy trying to run their lives, keep their families together and make a living. they don’t have the time that is necessary to research the issues that concern and impact them. that’s what i hope the Free press will do. each edition will present the unbiased facts about the issues that concern us the most. We have pages devoted to the First, Second and Fourth amendments with other sections on local and state politics. there will always be a human interest story or two and i intend on tackling the serious issues that no one in North carolina wants to address,” says Baker. With free classified ads and a free newspaper, how does Baker expect to make any money? “Display advertisers will be the only source of income and it will take a strong business-owner to advertise in the Free press. “those with an agenda will not take kindly to having the truth about any issue laid out and they generally love to threaten and harass any business that supports the truth. it is certainly ironic that the ones who demand ‘tolerance’ from those who disagree with them become the most intolerant ones when we stand against their agenda,” says Baker. the Free press is a member of the National Newspaper association and their website is located at ncfreepress.com where readers can view the current and past print issues on through a pDF reader.
Q and A with Rick Baker
FP: You say you are an “award-winning publisher.” What awards have you won?
RB: the one i am most proud of is the pinnacle award for my parenting Magazine in Jackson, tennessee back in 2005. this was awarded to the business that did the most good for the community. i have won a few other awards for investigative journalism such as coverage of the three ‘alleged’ casino robbers who killed a policeman in cortez, colorado in the 90s and then became fugitives, but the pinnacle is my favorite.
FP: You have written three books, all controversial.tell us about them.
RB: Nothing to tell, really. i am not a very successful author, though my last book has done pretty well. My first book, ‘i Never Knew You’ is about redefining the new definition of christianity. there is a passage in the Bible, Matthew 7:21-23 that has always troubled me as for its meaning, so i wrote a book about it. everyone likes to claim they are a christian, so what does that really mean? My second book, ‘the tears of a Father’ details my personal experience in FP: What other publicathe belly of a corrupt family tions have you owned in court system in this country your career? and how false charges and the anti-dad stance of famRB: a bunch to be sure. i ily court has driven millions started in this business in of fathers away from their 1991 in Durango, co., children. i was one of these. Rick with Penny, the family’s six-month old with the Durango Weekly, Great Pyrenees who already weighs over i was falsely accused by the a paper that UNM used for 60 pounds. mother of my children. a their journalism class. in terrible time in my life. i my heyday, i had a number wrote the book to encourage of newspapers simultaneously: the Four cor- other fathers to stay engaged with their kids. ners Weekly, one each in pagosa Springs and My third book, ‘No Goodbyes,’ is about a famcortez, co. i’ve had real estate guides, parent- ily of four in Southern california who mysteing magazines and even a Father’s magazine. riously vanished the night of February 4, 2010. in 2008, i published aZGolF alive magazine in Scottsdale. 100-page glossy mag with a cir- FP: You have said you moved here from San culation of 100,000. Diego, where the weather is the greatest on earth. Why? FP: tell us about your talk radio shows? RB: Haha. Well, we moved here to be closer RB: My most recent was the Rick Baker to my wife’s family. Her mom and brother are Show in WSic aM 1400 in Statesville. i re- here and we wanted to be closer to them. the placed the Sean Hannity Show and was on weather is something that i am getting used to Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00pm. i had a for sure. the humidity here is just suffocating, blast doing that show and it sure was a lot of but the people make it worthwhile. they are work. i ended my show to complete my latest so much more sincere than in the west. people book. here actually care about one another.
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Breakfast will never be the same again, courtesy of Mitzi Lewis by Rick Baker pUBliSHeR
When my wife and i first arrived in clemmons from San Diego, ca, one of our first breakfast adventures was at pete’s Family Restaurant on lewisville-clemmons Road in clemmons. i had heard about their generous portions and great food. What i hadn’t heard was how Mitzi lewis, one of the servers there, would transform our normal eating experience into a breakfast with an attitude. We met Mitzi lewis on our first try at pete’s. the restaurant was packed for breakfast and so i asked a server who was walking by, (who happened to be Mitzi) ‘Where should i sit?’ Without missing a beat nor stopping, she said, “on your butt.” that began our love affair with Mitzi lewis. Mitzi started working at pete’s about two years ago when they opened for breakfast. apparently, she only does breakfast, which is a bit unfair for the customer who is still waking up when they walk in the door. especially if you are a new customer. “i get pretty excited when i see a new customer,” says Mitzi, “because i get to initiate them.” She does this with her “mitzi-isms.” Here’s how it goes: it’s 7:00 am and a new customer is seated in Mitzi’s section. He is middle aged and still not quite awake.
envelope a bit further. “Didn’t you hear me or are you a crumb snatcher?” she asks, thoroughly confusing the customer who by now has forgotten what he wanted to order. Moving here from the west coast, i am used to sourdough bread in the morning. there is simply no better toast with peanut butter than sourdough. the first time i asked Mitzi for sourdough, she looked at me with contempt and said, “Wiat weeet or rie.” i didn’t understand her, so i asked her to repeat what i assumed to be my choices of bread. “Wiat weeet or rie.” then it hit me. She had just offered me white, wheat or rye, in whatever dialect she was speaking. But i wanted sourdough. “Bring your own loaf next time,” as she once again asked if i wanted “Wiat weeet or rye. Mitzi is the ultimate people person. i suspect she thrives on being around as many of her customers as possible, which at times is ten or so full tables. these customers seem to relish her playful abuse. they egg her on constantly and it appears to me that just as i need to start my day with a cup of coffee, they need Mitzi in the same way. one of those customers is Bo Messick. Bo is a Mitzi regular and an expert on Mitzi-isms.
The crew stands in front of a murial of the original Pete’s. Left to right: Lisa, Mitzi, Amy and Kathy.
Just as the Great Blue Heron stalks the fish in our pond, Mitzi homes in on the unsuspecting customer, approaches him and asks does he want “duck or goose eggs?” the rookie customer doesn’t know how to respond, so Mitzi smells blood and pushes the
When my wife and i were interviewing Mitzi for this article, Bo was seated at the back of pete’s and watching us carefully, so Mitzi called him over to our table. Bo said that he has a “special table in the back, my table,” he calls it.
Mitzi, showing off the Pete’s sign at the entrance to the restaurant
Mitzi rolls her eyes and Bo says, “Don’t look at me like that,” to which she responds, “i’ll look at you anyway i want.” He seems to have a special relationship with Mitzi, many days texting ahead telling her “i will be there in five minutes so have my coffee ready.” His coffee is on the table when he walks in. one of Mitzi’s biggest supporters is the owner of pete’s, George. “He is a wonderful boss man,” says Mitzi. "Sometimes when i’m with a customer he’ll walk by with this confused look on his face and the customer starts to laugh and then he knows everything is ok.” once you become a Mitzi regular you won’t have to order, because she knows what you want. in fact, it is almost offensive to her if you try to place your order. She and her coworkers all take their jobs seriously at pete’s and are rewarded for it with customers who become more than just customers. they become friends. So next time you're in the mood for some good home cooking with a side of sass, go to pete's. Whether you are waited on by Mitzi, Kathy, amy or lisa, you will get
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Mitzi with Savannah, who runs the food for the team and adds the tickets. Too bad they don’t have any fun.
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"To be, rather than to seem" The North Carolina state motto was adopted in 1893 which is rather late. In fact, North Carolina was the only state out of 13 states at that point that did not have a state motto.
North Carolina voters oppose Constitutional Jay DeLancy Amendment RaleiGH – the latest civitas poll shows more North carolina voters voting against than supporting a proposed state constitutional amendment to repeal the requirement that voters must be able to read and write a section of the U.S. constitution. 48 percent of registered voters polled opposed the amendment when given the amendment language, and 31 percent said they would vote for the amendment. among various groups, 43 percent of Democrats opposed the amendment; 67 percent of self-described liberals were against the amendment; and 54 percent of black respondents said they would vote against the amendment. the poll of 600 registered North carolina voters had a margin of error of plusminus 4 percent. actual text of questions from the civitas poll: a proposed change to the North carolina State constitution will read “constitutional amendment to repeal the requirement that persons present themselves for voter registration and read and write a section of the constitution, both of which requirements have been prohibited by federal law.”Would you vote for or against such an amendment?
31% total For 48% total against 19% Definitely For 12% probably For 10% probably against 38% Definitely against 20% Undecided/Don’t Know 1% Refused About the Poll: this poll of 600 registered voters in North carolina was conducted May 21-22, 2013 by National Research, inc. of Holmdel, NJ. all respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered general election voters in North carolina. twentyfive percent of the respondents were cell phone-only users. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two general elections (2010, 2012) or be newly registered to vote since November 7, 2012. the confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “true Values.” civitas conducts the only regular livecaller polling of North carolina voters. For more information on civitas polling, see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.
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Moises Serrano and his Criminal Abuse of our Election Laws
the Voter integrity project of Nc and the entire nationwide election integrity movement is far bigger than the single issue of illegal immigration; but once in a while, non-citizen voting becomes a factor. For example, how should the public respond when someone claiming to be an "undocumented immigrant" claims that he has registered 5,000 voters? While that may not be a big deal, he threatened to unleash his 5,000 illegal voters if the legislature doesn't hand over some taxpayer money. that's the gist of the message from a piedmont area activist named Moises Serrano, according to a recent WtVD story. Somewhat of a left-wing media darling, Mr. Serrano, led a group to Halifax Mall in Raleigh that demanded in-state tuition for illegal immigrants attending any of North carolina's 76 community colleges and universities; but his not-so-subtle threat is our main concern. While many pressure groups use similar political tactics, it takes gall for a man to spread the fear of 5,000 "undocumented immigrant" voters unless the legislature hands over the loot. For the record, few if any legislators won by 5,000 votes; so the amount is significant. So, what do we do? if our State Board of elections had one, their election Fraud investigation Unit, could jump all over Mr. Serrano's bluff by digging through the public records to determine exactly who he registered and how many of them committed a felony by voting while not a US citizen. Here are some investigative steps that such a mythical unit could take to break up Mr. Serrano's (apparent) criminal abuse of our election laws: First, they would determine if Mr. Serrano (personally) obtained the registration forms during his voter registration drives? if so, then the control numbers on those forms would help determine the exact names of every single illegal immigrant he claims to have registered. those names would populate a list called, "Suspects." 2. once the actual names of Mr. Serrano's weaponized voters are obtained, a sincere investigation would involve "data mining" or a mash up between the Suspect list and the Nc DMV records in order to answer a few more questions about his alleged "undocumented immigrant" voters. Specifically, the election Fraud Unit (that actually doesn't exist) would need to know how many suspects hold current and valid driver's licenses. Because of a 2005 law, any who have such DMV products are probably US citizens and should no longer be considered Suspects. those not having such a DMV product should remain on the list, because of a 2005 law that began requiring DMV license or iD card applicants to prove their immigration status. Now, except for the elderly and for people new to the state, any of Mr. Serrano's registered voters still living in North carolina (without a current and valid state license or iD) are probably not US citizens and should remain on the Suspect list. 3. to winnow things down, the election Fraud Unit (that Still doesn't exist) would match their remaining list of suspects against one other database. it may make us uncomfortable, but when people are suspected of committing a crime, law enforcement agencies are allowed to check their immigration status. and since the actual voters (whom Mr. Serrano implies he illegally registered) are suspected of committing election fraud, somebody needs to confirm their immigration status. 4. and finally, the last step in this imaginary investigation is to refine the list by confirming whether or not anyone on the list actually voted. those who never voted should quietly be flagged in the records in case they attempt such a crime in the future. While being illegally registered is not a big crime, anybody caught illegally voting merits referral to the State Bureau of investigation or (if one exists) to some other agency that actually cares about election fraud. Under the law, immigrants convicted of a crime know that they can never become a citizen in this great country and that they will be deported back to their home country with extreme prejudice: Such a crime will remain in their records forever. ironically, the WtVD print article closed with a quote from Mr. Serrano that went like this: "there's always some type of danger with coming out about your immigration status publicly, but it's more dangerous to stay in the shadows." if our State Board of elections actually cares about election fraud, Mr. Serrano get to test that valuation. if. . . . Jay N. DeLancy, LtCol, USAF (Ret) is the Executive Director of The Voter Integrity Project of NC. www.VoterIntegrityProject.com. You can reach him at 919.429.9039 or via email at email@example.com.
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the focus of this pilot study is to determine the general effectiveness of canine automotive restraints. Do they prevent injury of the pet? Do they prevent secondary injury to humans in an automobile accident? Because standardized testing does not exist for this class of pet product, we used a test generally referenced by some canine safety harness manufacturers, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213 for child restraint systems. Using FMVSS 213 conditions, cpS tested a control group of readily available canine automotive restraints. the testing was conducted at MGa Research corporation’s test facility located in Manassas, Virginia. MGa Research also performs testing services for the U.S. Department of transportation, National Highway traffic Safety administration (NHtSa). For the purpose of this initial study, we tested products intended for large dogs, generally 50-85 pounds. (Sample breeds in this size include poodles, German Shepherds, irish Setters, labrador Retrievers, Boxers, and Weimaraners.) the pilot study was completed using a specially designed crash test dog
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Hi Rick, We are currently focused on a new harness study (in partnership with Subaru) where we're looking at harnesses that claim testing, crash testing and crash protection. the good news for consumers is that we have a few harnesses that are indicating improved performance. We finish up crash testing this week and will be working on ease of use testing in the coming weeks. if consumers need to locate a harness before we announce the current study results they can reference the following guidance: Until we release the results of the cpS/Subaru harness study - we recommend you use the following guidelines to shop for a travel harness: 1. look for start to finish crash test video. You'll find this posted to places like the manufacturer's website or to places like Youtube. You want to see the entirety of the test. 2. ask the manufacturer what weight they used to simulate the dog. Most manufacturers only use a 30-35 lb dog simulant. Since we released our pilot Study findings - we know that manufacturers are working to test higher weights. 3. ask the manufacturer what speed Page 12
model weighing 55 lbs. We do not use live animals in our testing. Results: What We Learned alarmingly, the pilot study revealed a 100 percent failure rate. None of the harnesses were deemed safe enough to protect both the dog and the humans in the event of an accident. the slow-motion videos below provide evidence of what happens to a large, harnessed dog in a simulated collision of a car traveling 30 miles per hour. examples of problems include: extremely low likelihood of survivability for the animal. Danger to humans when the dog becomes a missile. choking and/or other bodily harm to the animal when harness materials cinch tightly upon impact. extensive damage to fixtures within the vehicle caused by the projectile animal. about the harnesses selected for the pilot study pet product safety is a concern shared by consumers and manufacturers, and we understand why people want to know the brand names tested in the pilot study conducted by cpS. However, we are not yet in a position to reveal the names of individual products the crash conditions represent. Most tests are conducted at a 30 MpH speed. We use a 30 MpH speed in our tests. if the manufacturer doesn't want to answer your questions - keep shopping until you find one that is proud of the testing they have completed and are willing to share it with you. Remember - telling you that they have tested is different than SHoWiNG you they have tested. We are also telling consumers to look for the shortest tether length possible. Gone are the days where you allow your dog freedom in the back seat. We know now that shorter tethers offer better protection to both the consumer and their pet. additionally, we suggest that consumers forego the add-on products like long extension tethers or zipline style products. While the harness you select may have been crash tested, it is unlikely that the add-on product has been crash tested so it may not offer any protection at all. consumers should take on a buyer beware attitude when shopping for safety devices for pet travel. We're working as fast as we can to provide them with the information they need, however, we need additional funding to further our work. Sincerely, lindsey a. Wolko Founder, center for pet Safety PS: Best wishes with the Free Press!
or brand names, and here’s why: our primary concern is Not to attack individual manufacturers for selling well-intentioned products. if we share brands at this early stage in our work, we shift the focus away from what is truly needed: measurable, safe standards that manufacturers can follow for the benefit of consumers. after these standards are in place, we can then work with manufacturers to
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Florist sues for violation of Americans fear government more than they do terror religious liberty By WND.com
Washington state attorney General Bob Ferguson recently sued a Richland florist, Barronelle Stutzman, for alleged violations of state law authorizing samesex “marriage,” but now he is finding himself a defendant for allegedly trying to violate the state and federal constitutions’ religious freedom provisions. “the Washington State constitution, in article 1, Section 11, absolutely protects ‘freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief, and worship’ and guarantees that ‘no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion,’” according to attorneys representing Stutzman. the countersuit asks for a declaration that Ferguson’s actions are “unlawful” and to enjoin similar future actions, reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation costs and “such other relief that the court deems just and equitable.” the countersuit was filed by alliance Defending Freedom attorneys on behalf of Stutzman, whom they already were defending from the attorney general’s complaint. Ferguson alleges that the state can force the florist to violate her christian beliefs and provide her artistic talents for the benefit of a same-sex “wedding.” Stutzman has served homosexual clientele with a wide range of floral products over many years, and also has employed those who portray themselves as homosexual, with no issue. But she decided she could not, without violating her faith, give the appearance of endorsing same-sex “marriage” by creating special services for such an event, according to legal documents in her case.
So the state attorney general sued her, claiming discrimination. She sued right back, claiming constitutional violations. “everyone knows that plenty of florists are willing to assist in same-sex ceremonies, so the state has no reason to force Barronelle to violate her deeply held beliefs,” said aDF Senior legal counsel Dale Schowengerdt. “in america, the government is supposed to protect freedom, not use its intolerance for certain viewpoints to intimidate citizens into acting contrary to their faith convictions. Family business owners are constitutionally guaranteed the freedom to live and work according to their beliefs. it is this very freedom that gives america its cherished diversity and protects citizens from state-mandated conformity.” aDF reports the Washington State constitution uniquely protects the rights of conscience and religion, and the countersuit argues that Ferguson is “constitutionally precluded from compelling Stutzman to use her artistic skill to personally craft expressive floral arrangements” for a same-sex ceremony when it violates her religious beliefs and her conscience to do so, “particularly when there are many other florists willing, ready, and able to create floral arrangements” for such ceremonies. the complaint notes that ingersoll did not make a complaint about the florist, and Ferguson threatened the florist even though ingersoll had gotten several offers from other florists to provide flower arrangements.
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the huge story these days in america is the strategy developed and adopted by the internal Revenue Service under Barrack obama to try to hush up conservative organizations by delaying their tax-status applications with personal, unneeded and likely illegal questions. But a legal case being brought against authorities in Houston, texas, suggests there’s another way to shut up a christian: arrest him. the case is being brought by the Page 14
thomas More law center on behalf of David allen. the organization explained that since May of 2011, there have been three separate incidents where allen, a christian street preacher in Houston, was arrested, searched, jailed and denied his constitutional rights to free speech and free exercise of religion. However, there never has been a conviction on any charge. erin Mersino is the thomas More law center attorney handling the project, and
according to a pair of recent polls, for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist hijackings, americans are more fearful their government will abuse constitutional liberties than fail to keep its citizens safe. even in the wake of the april 15 Boston Marathon bombing – in which a pair of islamic radicals are accused of planting explosives that took the lives of 3 and wounded over 280 – the polls suggest americans are hesitant to give up any further freedoms in exchange for increased “security.” a Fox News survey polling a random national sample of 619 registered voters the day after the bombing found despite the tragic event, those interviewed responded very differently than following 9/11. For the first time since a similar question was asked in May 2001, more americans answered “no” to the question, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?” of those surveyed on april 16, 2013, 45 percent answered no to the question, compared to 43 percent answering yes. in May 2001, before 9/11, the balance
was similar, with 40 percent answering no to 33 percent answering yes. But following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the numbers flipped dramatically, to 71 percent agreeing to sacrifice personal freedom to reduce the threat of terrorism. Subsequent polls asking the same question in 2002, 2005 and 2006 found americans consistently willing to give up freedom in exchange for security. Yet the numbers were declining from 71 percent following 9/11 to only 54 percent by May 2006. Now, it would seem, the famous quote widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin – “they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” – is holding more sway with americans than it has in over a dozen years. a similar poll sampling 588 adults, conducted on april 17 and 18 for the Washington post, also discovered the change in attitude. “Which worries you more,” the post asked, “that the government will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights, or that it will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism?”
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Facebook users unaware personal data collected Social media site ‘bug’ reveals FB keeps phone numbers, emails by Violet Blue Special to tHe Fp
last week, Facebook announced the fix of a bug it said inadvertently exposed the private information of over six million users when Facebook's previously unknown shadow profiles accidentally merged with user accounts in data history record requests. according to Reuters, the data leak spanned a year beginning in 2012. the personal information leaked by the bug is information that had not been given to Facebook by the users - it is data Facebook has been compiling on its users behind closed doors, without their consent. a growing number of Facebook users are furious and demand to know who saw private information they had expressly not given to Facebook. Facebook was accidentally combining user's shadow profiles with their Facebook profiles and spitting the merged information out in one big clump to people they 'had some connection to' who downloaded an archive of their account with Facebook's Download Your information (DYi) tool. according to the admissions in its blog, posted late Friday afternoon, Facebook appears to be obtaining users' offsite email address and phone numbers and attempting to match them to other accounts. it appears that the invisible collected information is then being stored in each user's 'shadow profile' that is somehow attached to accounts. Users were clearly unaware that offsite data about them was being collected, matched to them, and stored by Facebook. looking at comments on Facebook's blog and community websites such as Hacker News, Facebook users are extremely angry that the phone numbers and email addresses that are not-forsharing have been gathered and saved (and now accidentally shared) by Facebook. Facebook stated in its post yesterday that the bug was resolved, but Facebook users are telling a different story today in the comments. one man commented this afternoon, "i just downloaded the "extended backup" and i'm still viewing emails and phone numbers that are Not pUBlic!!!!" Facebook explained in its post that the bug shared information about a user that had been scraped from a source other
than the personal data the user had ever entered into Facebook about themselves. the action of the bug is that if a user downloaded their own Facebook history, that user would also download email addresses and phone numbers of their friends that other people had in their address books, without their friends ever knowing Facebook had gathered and stored that information. this data is being gathered by Facebook about individuals through their friends' information about them - harvested when a user grants Facebook address book or contact list access. Facebook did not specify which app or contact database tool was utilized when collecting and matching offsitesourced data about users. the social network said that it was harvesting and matching the offsitesourced data to user profiles - creating these shadow profiles - "to better create friend suggestions" for the user. Facebook users are deftly reading between the lines. one commenter on Hacker News observed wisely, the blog says the fix was made in the DYi tool. that means they would continue to maintain "shadow profiles", but would stop letting others know that FB has a shadow profile on you. Facebook's post downplays the significance of the data breach by telling users that while six million accounts were exposed, very few people saw the personal phone and email data because it could only be seen when a user downloaded their Facebook history. the social giant assured users their shadow profiles were shared only with Facebook users they were somehow connected to, if a person went to download an archive of their Facebook account through our Download Your information (DYi) tool, they may have been provided with additional email addresses or telephone numbers for their contacts or people with whom they have some connection. Facebook did not specify in its post what is meant by "somehow con-
nected to" and comment speculation is attempting to fill in the gaps. according to Reuters, who spoke with a Facebook representative, the data was being exposed in this manner for about a year. What the revelation means is that Facebook has much more information on us than we know, it may not be accurate, and despite everyone's best efforts to keep Facebook from knowing our phone numbers or work email address, the social network is getting our not-for-sharing numbers and email addresses anyway by stealing them (albeit through 'legitimate' means) from our friends. the yearlong gap of exposure as described by Reuters creates a scenario of horrifying possibilities for any woman who has begin to experience harassment, abuse or stalking by an ex within the past year. or, anyone being maliciously stalked and harassed by a tech-savvy aggressor (or a stalker's Facebook sock puppet) they may have accidentally friended over the past year. this could be remedied and harm would be greatly reduced if Facebook addressed and answered the growing demands of its users to know who has seen their non-Facebook private data. What it means for me is that even though i've been very careful not to give my phone number to Facebook or the men in my "friends," the guys i've 'friended' might have gotten my phone number anyway, regardless of my consent. i did not know they may have been able to get my phone number throughout the course of a year, and now i have no way of finding out who might have gotten my phone number. i am glad i've never used a Facebook app or allowed Facebook access to my contacts in any way whatsoever. (Yay paranoia.) the private numbers and emails of my friends and colleagues should remain exactly that: private. Facebook has officially stated that it does not know of any malicious use derived from the bug. this appears to be the first time Facebook has publicly admitted that users' shadow profiles contain more than native data (such as posts or information you deleted but are retained by Facebook) and also contain data that Facebook has harvested. Meanwhile, anger continues to rise on the Facebook post, and as of this writing there are no representatives from Facebook in the comments to quell the storm. Page 15
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Survey finds law enforcement is united against gun control
FaiRFaX, Va. – policeone.com re- ings: leased today the results of an extensive 99 percent said policies other than an survey of about 15,000 active and re- “assault weapons” ban are most importired law enforcement officers of all tant to prevent mass shootings. ranks and from departments ranging in almost 96 percent said that a ban on size from less than 25 to more than standard capacity magazines would not 1,000. reduce violent crime. these results strongly show that law More than 91 percent stated that the enforcement officers do use of a firearm in the “The American people, commission of a crime not support president obama’s gun control and particularly members should have stiff, mandaagenda. they do, how- of law enforcement, want tory sentences, and no ever, strongly support the politicians in Washington plea-bargains. Right-to-carry by law- to stop pursuing a failed More than 91 percent abiding americans. the stated they supported the political agenda...” survey respondents are Right-to-carry by law Chris Cox united in their desire for abiding americans. politicians to focus on More than 81 percent keeping firearms out of the hands of the said that “gun buy-backs” do not reduce mentally ill and to reject unconstitu- gun violence. tional gun control measures that in80 percent believe legally armed citfringe on Second amendment rights. izens can reduce casualties in incidents “the american people, and particu- of mass violence. larly the members of law enforcement, Nearly 80 percent said that a ban on want politicians in Washington to stop private transfers of firearms between pursuing a failed political agenda and law-abiding citizens would not reduce get to work fixing our broken mental violent crime. health system, improving school secuMore than 76 percent indicated that rity, and getting criminals off the legally armed citizens are important to streets,” said the executive director of reducing crime. NRa’s institute for legislative action, More than 70 percent said that a ban chris W. cox. on “assault weapons” would not reduce the following are some key find- violent crime.
Outrage: Bloomberg claims terrorist was victim Staff Reports
as part of a gun control rally this week in concord, a MaiG-sponsored "No More Names" tour bus arrived and anti-gun organizers read the names of those "killed with guns" since the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school last year. chief among the questionable list of gun violence victims was Boston Marathon terror bombing mastermind, tamerlan tsarnaev. When tsarnaev's name was read, the
crowd booed, and one of the attending progun counter-protesters – who significantly outnumbered the antis – shouted, "He's a terrorist" – a point obviously lost, at the time, by the MaiG "No More Names" group. tsarnaev was killed by police during a shootout following the april 15 "patriot Day" bombing. During the car chase and apprehension, tsarnaev threw grenades and other explosives at police and reportedly had explosive devices on his person when he died. But Bloomberg says he's a victim.
54 of Colorado’s 64 county Sheriff’s sue over law By andrew Johnson NatioNal ReVieW oNliNe
colorado passed some of the nation’s strictest gun-control measures earlier this year, and 54 of the state’s 64 country sheriffs have joined onto a lawsuit that attempts to block them. the suit, which is being led by the independence institute, challenges colorado’s ban on magazines of more than 15 rounds and the requirement for background checks on all private gun sales. “these bills do absolutely nothing to make Page 16
colorado a safer place to live, to work, to play or to raise a family,” Weld county Sheriff John cooke said at a press conference on Friday. ”instead these misguided, unconstitutional bills will have the opposite effect because they greatly restrict the right of decent, law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their families and their homes.” the sheriffs, who are elected in the state of colorado, raised concerns about how the new laws infringe on Second amendment rights, citing D.c. v. Heller, and questioned how they could be feasibly enforced. More at nationalreview.com.
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Gun Right’s activist accuses media of biased coverage on gun issues
(cNSNews.com) – Second amendment activist Dick Heller, who won a gun rights case at the U.S. Supreme court in 2008, criticized what he called biased media coverage of gun issues during a recent appearance at the National press club on Wednesday. “one of the problems is that many in government and media don’t know much about using guns for self-defense, and many aren’t particularly keen to learn,” Heller said. “it is easier to be spoon-fed quotes and false science by anti-gun lobbyists and politicians than to be a real fact-checker,” Heller said. “i can only conclude that many reporters are willfully biased, by mainly reporting stories associated with illegal or inappropriate firearms usage only, which results in a negative portrayal of both the Second amendment and any american citizens that choose to exer-
cise that right, even if in a responsible manner.” Heller singled out the Vice president Joe Biden, the administration’s point man on gun control, for his “glib, doubled-barrel shotgun philosophy of selfdefense.” as for current efforts to set “arbitrary limits” on magazine capacity, Heller noted that even the states can’t agree on how many rounds are enough or too many: “Do you really believe the N.Y. cops think they would only need seven rounds if they find themselves facing a lethal threat as second responders to a scene? the Supreme court in 2008 ruled that the Second amendment protects the right of an individual to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as selfdefense.
RaleiGH – the latest civitas institute poll shows North carolina voters oppose having Washington set gun control policies. also, a majority favors the state’s blocking gun control laws it finds unconstitutional – or other laws it legally disagrees with. only 28 percent of registered voters thought the federal government was best-suited for setting gun policies; 38 percent preferred state government control, with 21 favoring local control. in a 52-39 percent split, voters favored North carolina blocking federal
gun control laws it considers unconstitutional. By 51-to-41, they said the state should block federal laws it disagrees with legally. the poll of 600 registered North carolina voters had a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percent. actual text of questions from the civitas poll*:
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and ammunition, such sales have a marked beneficial effect on funding for state wildlife programs through the Wildlife Restoration program," the introduction of the report states. the Wildlife Restoration program, aka pittman-Robertson (p-R), uses proceeds from the federal excise tax to fund grants to states and territories for projects that will benefit wildlife resources, including hunter education programs. the p-R act was enacted in 1937 but the excise tax has been collected since 1919. Since its inception, the program has collected over $7 billion in revenues.
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About the Poll: this poll of 600 registered voters in North carolina was conducted May 2122, 2013 by National Research, inc. of Holmdel, NJ.
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How much data can police swipe Your rights: What is ‘Probable Cause?’ are pulled over can you refuse a search of your car? from your mobile phone without If you By FlexYourRights.com ble cause requirement for vehicle searches is consent. Most vehicle probable cause is the legal stan- searches don’t occur because police a warrant? (Hint: A lot) dard by which a police officer has the have probable cause. they occur beBy Zack Whittaker Special to the Fp
call logs, text messages, geo-locations and even data relating to proprietary technologies, such as apple's iMessage service: all of these can be downloaded by U.S. law enforcement when a suspect's phone is plugged in and the data harvested for intelligence purposes. Up until now, most had no idea exactly what was collected or how it could be used, though it was believed this data could be acquired. Discovered by the U.S.-based privacy group, the american civil liberties Union (aclU), we now have a much clearer image of how much data from a seized cell
the device—and therefore the suspect— may have been geographically. and because many use their cell phones and smartphones to access email on the move, it could allow authorities access to a goldmine of data—whether it's used in the investigation or otherwise. this ultimately may allow authorities to bypass the need to submit subpoenas or search warrants -- under the Stored communications act -- to apple, Google, Microsoft and others who provide email services, because the email data is already stored on the suspects' device. on to the back story, according to the aclU: U.S. immigration and customs enforcement (ice) officers seized an iphone from the bedroom of a suspect in a
right to make an arrest, conduct a personal or property search, or obtain a warrant for arrest. While many factors contribute to a police officer’s level of authority in a given situation, probable cause requires facts or evidence that would lead a reasonable person to believe that a suspect has committed a crime. common examples of probable cause include the sight or smell of contraband in plain view or plain smell, or an admission of guilt for a specific crime. the presentation of any of these facts would allow an officer to perform a search and make an arrest. Be aware that minor traffic violations (e.g. speeding, broken tail-light, or expired registration) are not considered probable cause. While there are certain situations where police need a warrant to search you or your property — during a traffic stop, police only need probable cause to legally search your vehicle. the major exception to the proba-
cause people get tricked or intimidated into consenting to search requests. consenting to a search request automatically makes the search legal in the eyes of the law. and the 4th amendment doesn’t require officers to tell you about your right to refuse. So if you’re pulled over, don’t try to figure out whether or not the officer has probable cause to legally search you. You always have the right to refuse search requests by stating, “officer, i don’t consent to any searches.” Repeat, if necessary. if you refuse consent but the officer searches you anyway and finds illegal items, your lawyer can file a motion to suppress — or throw out — the evidence in court. if the judge agrees that the officer’s search violated the 4th amendment’s probable cause requirements, she’ll grant the motion. Unless the prosecution has other evidence, your charges would be dismissed.
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A court document detailing the data collected from a seized iPhone (Credit: ACLu)
phone or smartphone the U.S. government gets when a suspect's phone is plugged into a data collection device. a court document detailing the data collected from a seized iphone (credit: aclU) a court document submitted in connection with a drugs investigation shows that even Web history, data files, wireless networks and the user's custom dictionary are downloaded when advanced forensic tools are connected to a suspect's device. also collected were the device's geo-location points, including cell towers, allowing authorities to pinpoint roughly where Page 18
drugs-related investigation. in just one data extraction session, a substantial amount of private and personally sensitive data was collected from the device, including passwords, pictures, videos and stored voicemails. in this case, ice searched the suspect's house under a search warrant and obtained another warrant based on "probable cause" before conducting a search of the device. the aclU notes that "even though ice obtained a warrant for this cell phone search, courts are divided about whether a warrant is necessary in these circumstances, and no statute requires one."
on June 4, Mark was released from jail after serving 104 days of his 141-day sentence. His crime? He handed out a jury rights flyer to passersby on the sidewalk outside the orange county courthouse in Florida. this was something he’d done openly many times before at the same courthouse. But in the summer of 2011, Schmidter was arrested for flyering outside a designated “free speech zone.” this zone was ordered by Judge Belvin perry during the casey anthony trial, which he presided over. a crafty enemy of jury rights advocacy, perry had drafted another administrative order earlier that year banning “the dissemination of leaflets and other materials containing written information tending to influence summoned jurors as they enter the courthouse.” in a scandalous display of unchecked power — mostly over-
shadowed by the casey anthony frenzy — Judge perry arrested Schmidter for violating his administrative orders. He then charged him with felony contempt of court and jury tampering. then, after denying him access to a jury trial (naturally), perry convicted and sentenced Schmidter to 141 days in jail! Schmidter’s appeal is pending with the Florida Supreme court. it will cost about $10,000 to mount a strong litigation effort. check out his Facebook page, “We are Mark Schmidter if you would like to contribute. June 26, 2013
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volves the “proposed” sale of the Renaissance center—a run-down strip mall in northeast Greensboro formerly known as the Bessemer Shopping center—to a pair of investors represented by former Guilford county commissioner Melvin “Skip” alston. the relatively late arrival of alston’s investors in the decidedly flawed—and arguably illegal—decision-making process, coupled with the generous sum of cash the group will make without offering any significant economic or social benefits over other proposals, has raised serious concerns about the transparency of the workings of both city council and city staff. to understand the reason for the outrage, though, you have to start at the beginning—and as with so many governmental blunders, it began with an unnecessary intrusion into the private sector. Back in 2008, Greensboro purchased the Bessemer center and acreage on phillips avenue for $1.25 million, using the need to replace the library housed in the strip mall with a standalone structure as an excuse for the city to become owners of a dilapidated commercial property. the shopping center had been home to a Winn-Dixie outlet, but when the store shuttered its doors in 1998 area residents were left without a major grocery store within a one-mile-plus radius. By the time 2010 rolled around, the city was flush with both stimulus money and the desire to foster economic development in northeast Greensboro. a May, 2010 cpMp annual action plan (cpMp stands for “consolidated plan Management process” and is necessary to receive HUD grants) authored by the Greensboro Department of Housing and Urban Development spelled out plans for a “Sustainable living environment” involving the Bessemer center. among the plan’s goals were “creating suitable living environments…providing decent affordable housing…creating economic opportunity…. [providing] new affordable rental units…constructed to complement/create a livable mixed use redevelopment.” But the locals weren’t as concerned about lofty notions of “sustainability” as they were about the lack of a major grocery store in the area that caused what some began dubbing a “food desert.” in october 2011, plans for a Save-alot grocery store to move into the old Winn-Dixie space fell through within a few months. around the same time, a “single-purpose entity” called New Bessemer associates (NBa) was created, consisting of Beacon Management, carolina Healthcare initiatives June 26, 2013
and the east Market Street Development corporation, which earlier had been had been given a $25,000 contract in april to be the lead agent for the shopping center’s development. in a memo from Greensboro city Manager Denise turner Roth to the mayor and city council members dated December 21, 2012, NBa is the only group specifically mentioned in plans for the redevelopment, although there is a quick reference to “community residents” formalizing “their interest in a cooperative model.” the memo also notes a December 18th, 2012 city council resolution to change the official name of Bessemer center to “Renaissance center.” For the general public, the Bessemer center issue had been on the back burner for over a year, overshadowed in no small part by the contentious debate over the creation of a performing arts center in downtown Greensboro. But in early 2013, news reports began cropping up regarding three rather than two competing plans for the renovation of the shopping center—plans that had been discussed with the principals in private city council sessions. the third party was a group of investors represented by Skip alston. interestingly, alston had resigned as a Guilford county commissioner on December 3, 2012, a move that more than likely opened the door for him to be engaged as a broker in this type of activity with the city of Greensboro. Fast forward to May 7, 2013. at that night’s Greensboro city council meeting, assistant city Manager andy Scott presented the “two” competing proposals, as well as a toss-off explanation of the community cooperative mentioned in the December 2012 memo and a rundown of how much it would cost the city to simply handle the renovation it-
the old Winn-Dixie space
self. that’s when things got very interesting—and more than a bit confusing. New Bessemer associates, which had been involved in the redevelopment talks for over a year (and had likely derived their corporate name from the shopping center’s old title), offered a “vanilla box” renovation of the shopping center—i.e., repairing everything so all spaces would be ready for tenants to move in—with the city retaining ownership of the property. total cost to the city would be $2.187 million, which included contingency fees that would be returned to the city if not needed. (NBa also offered an alternative plan that included 30 privately owned housing units for senior citizens, clearly a nod to the “suitable living environments” and “decent affordable housing” mentioned in the cpMp action plan.) alston’s group of investors—now working under the cleverly chosen name “Renaissance center of Greensboro,” or RcG, reflecting the shopping center’s official moniker—came in with a plan asking $1.66 million for the vanilla box renovation alone. Scott briefly mentioned the plan put forth by the community-based Renaissance community cooperative involving a $600,000 and $100,000 grant from the city, and finally announced that it would cost the city $2.25 million to handle the renovations and keep the property for future lease, sale, or use. Both NBa and RcG voiced commitment to the idea of accommodating a cooperative grocery, with NBa offering to pay for 200 co-op memberships ($20,000) and RcG offering the co-op a monthly rental rate $2,000 and donating $10,000 for community needs. But alston and RcG hadn’t come to the table simply to earn renovation fees: they wanted to get paid to renovate the
property and be given title to it too. that’s because the RcG plan included $4.1 million to be spent for upfitting spaces for a grocery store and an urgentcare facility, bringing the total development cost to $5.76 million—but $3.135 million of that would be coming from the city in the form of a property transfer (tax valuation: $490,000) and $2.695 in economic development loans. put simply, RcG walked into the council meeting with nothing but a bag full of promises (and an admittedly detailed, professional pDF document) and expected to leave with $1.66 million in cash, $2.695 million in zero-interest economic development loans, and the deed to Renaissance center shopping mall. as your jaw hits the floor, though, be aware that NBa’s original intentions weren’t much different and certainly weren’t any nobler. if they could have coaxed enough businesses to sign up to lease space at the shopping center, they would have received a $650,000 zerointerest loan and the deed to the land. Unable to meet those criteria, they settled for simply doing the renovations. to say that council members were a bit bewildered would be an understatement. Unclear as to the scope of the various proposals before them and the associated costs and drawbacks, a motion was made to revisit the issue at the June 4th city council meeting. at the conclusion of that meeting—a grueling seven-and-a-half hour affair, of which nearly half was spent on the Renaissance center issue—a few answers would finally be had. Unfortunately, the supposed “resolution” would spawn just as many new questions, along with a considerable amount of anger, frustration, and disbelief on what many see as a dysfunctional system of city government. Page 19
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Did i get your attention with my headline? i bet i did. Unfortunately, the rest of this article has nothing to do with the headline, so there is no chance at a million dollars for you. Newspapers are famous for using misleading headlines. they do this to get you to stop and read at least the first few lines of a given story, like i did to you here. or, they do it to further their agenda, which is usually far left of center. Most editors who employ this type of deception are betting that you will not read the story, or at least all of the story. they are hoping you just scan the headlines and leave that page believing that you know the whole story from just a short headline. Here are recent two examples of this tactic, both from USa today. First, in their May 29, edition, this national newspaper published prominently on page 3 a story with the headline, Guns in the home are proving deadly for kids. anyone who turned to page 3 on that day could not have missed this headline in large font across the page. Whoever wrote this headline was also betting that the average reader would not dive into the story and read it thoroughly as i did. the headline was deceptive and was meant to influence the reader toward their agenda, which is gun control. to the right of the article was a graphic showing ‘Unintentional Firearm Deaths’ from 1999-2010. the graphic shows that in 1999 there were 19 5-9 year olds who were killed and in 2010 there were 11. For the 10-14 year old category, 57 were killed in 1999 and 26 in 2010, less than half. the only stat that increased was 0-4 year olds, which went from 12 in 1999 to 25 in 2010. Yet, the article headline leads the reader to believe our kids are in real danger from guns in the home, much greater than in 1999. this is false and a great example of agenda-reporting. USa today is all about gun control and not likely to report accurate statistics on this issue, because it would blow holes in the theories. their headline should have been, Unintentional Firearm Deaths in the Home decrease by
half since 1999. While this headline would have been accurate, it goes against their agenda, hence, the deception. the second example for USa today was on page 2 of the May 31 edition. the headline read, Media Split on Meetings With Holder. this story was in reference to the “off the record” meeting that attorney General eric Holder held to try and calm the media after it was learned that the Justice Department had run roughshod over the constitution by subpoenaing phone records from the associated press and Fox News. You will remember that Holder had invited all major news organizations, (television, newspapers and online news sites) but most declined to attend. in fact, only two newspapers accepted Holder’s invite. Guess the name of one of them? Yep, USa today. So, what is my point here? if you had read the story and not just the headline, you would have learned that the only organizations that attended were USa today, aBc and politico. those declining the invite were the associated press, Fox News, cNN, NBc, the Huffington post, the New York times and the Mcclatchy Newspaper Group (30 newspapers) and the Washington post. once again, the headline was skewed in favor of USa today’s agenda. the headline should have read Few News Organizations Accept Invite From Holder. the blatant misuse of a headline is but just one way that newspapers attempt to manipulate you, the reader. While this second example is not as serious as the first, it still shows you how newspapers will push their agenda even if it means disregarding the facts. one of my goals with the Fp is to get the readers in our part of the world to do more than just read a headline, but read the entire story and if something doesn’t add up, then research the facts. Don’t be influenced by a biased media. in the next few issues, we will examine ways that you can help force these newspapers to report facts. We will also take a deep look at the biased wire services, such as the associated press, and how they also attempt to influence you with their agenda-reporting. Sound off! Do you agree or disagree? Go to www.ncfreepress.com
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Networks ignore ‘Audit of IRS’ Rally; minimize coverage of $70 million in IRS bonuses by Matthew Balan MeDia ReSeaRcH ceNteR
the Big three all punted on covering the capitol Hill "audit the iRS" rally on their Wednesday evening and thursday morning newscasts. cBS this Morning played a four-second soundbite of Senator ted cruz addressing the thousands of tea party activists in attendance, but cBS, along with aBc and NBc, didn't air a full report or news brief on the protest. the cBS morning show also stood out for spotlighting how the "iRS is under fire again...it's paying $70 million in employee bonuses, despite a White House order." cBS this Morning devoted 47 seconds of coverage to this latest iRS controversy, while aBc and NBc ignored the development. anchor Norah o'Donnell gave a news brief noting how Republican Senator chuck Grassley blasted the iRS bonuses, and inserted slanted language
about the sequester: "Grassley believes the bonuses are not allowed while the government deals with massive automatic spending cuts." Forty-seven minutes later, co-anchors charlie Rose and Gayle King gave a second brief on the iRS controversy. King actually pointed out how "the agency is already under fire for targeting conservative groups asking for tax-exempt status." the Big three's coverage of this earlier iRS scandal has dropped off in recent days. Since June 7, aBc, cBS, and NBc have devoted only two stories to the issue. Besides the cruz clip, cBS News also put up a minute and a half montage on its website that singled out some of the more outlandish demonstrators at the anti-iRS demonstration on capitol Hill, including a man impersonating a minuteman, and a woman who expressed her fear that obamacare's regulations might kill her. More at mrc.org.
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How’s this for chutzpah: the June 10 “today,” did a segment on the difficult process of jury selection for the George Zimmerman trial, given the highly publicized racial issues surrounding the case. NBc’s carl Quintanilla asked “today” legal expert lisa Bloom, “Has media coverage already influenced this jury?” Yes it has, and NBc has more to answer for than most. For a full week in March, 2012 NBc “Nightly News” and “today,” along with its local Miami affiliate ran audio tape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call the night he fatally shot trayvon Martin. NBc viewers learned that Zimmerman had said to the 911 dispatcher, “this guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” that was pretty damning evidence of racial profiling. it was also an entirely false representation of the 911 conversation. Someone at NBc had edited the tape to make Zimmerman appear racist. the unedited sequence of
the call went like this: Zimmerman: “this guy looks like he’s up to no good. or he’s on drugs or something. it’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” Dispatcher: “oK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?” Zimmerman: “He looks black.” When Newsbusters exposed the deceptive editing, NBc launched an “internal investigation” that resulted in an apology on april 3, 2012. NBc said “there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret.” the network apparently didn’t regret it enough to acknowledge it on air, even after it fired three people involved in the editing. Zimmerman filed a lawsuit against the network, which has yet to be heard in court. closing out that June 10 “today” segment, Quintanilla said, “and we should know George Zimmerman has sued NBc Universal, the parent company of this network, for defamation. the company has strongly denied his allegations.” that was it – no explanation. June 26, 2013
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Abandoned Blast From The Past: Time’s Beach, MO The past, considered as a whole
Entire Town of 2,000 evacuated and quarantined in 1985 by Kathy Weiser Special to tHe Fp
along Route 66 you now see one of Missouri’s newest state parks – the Route 66 State park. However, this park has an interesting past, as it was once the former site of a resort community on the Meramec River called times Beach. Founded in 1925 as a summer resort, investors sold lots for $67.50. Focusing primarily on St. louis residents, the investors touted the potential for summer homes just 17 miles away from downtown St. louis. However, it was not to be. the depression was soon upon them and gas rationing following World War ii dashed all hopes for a summer resort. the town eventually developed into a lowermiddle class city. prone to flooding, many of the town’s first buildings were built on stilts. in the early 1970s the town could not af-
original Meramec river bridge still stands.
ford to pave its many dirt road streets and was plagued with a dust problem. to solve the dilemma, the city hired waste hauler Russell Bliss to oil the roads in the town.
the City Hall building still standing.
For four years between 1972 and 1976, Bliss sprayed waste oil on the roads. Bliss had first used the technique of spraying waste oil to control dust in horse stables. When, in 1971, spraying resulted in the death of 62 horses, the stable owner automatically suspected Bliss of contaminating the stables. However, Bliss assured them that it was simple engine oil that he was spraying. What the city and the stable owners didn’t know is that Bliss had subcontracted to haul waste for the Northeastern pharmaceuJune 26, 2013
A residental street in times Beach carries a dire warning.
tons of contaminated soil and debris from times Beach and 28 other sites in eastern Missouri at a cost of $110 million dollars. an incinerator was built on the times Beach site by a company called Syntex, who was the parent company of Nepacco. after the soil was incinerated, the incinerator was dismantled and the site was turned over to the State of Missouri. the 1983 buyout of the town by the federal government was the first time such a thing had ever occurred in the history of our nation. the times Beach tragedy brought dioxin to national attention and the epa continued to locate and clean-up dozens of other toxic waste dumps throughout the nation. it also provided the push to pass new environmental laws regulating waste disposal. though dioxin has been connected to cancer, skin diseases, immune disorders, and birth defects, the long term effect on the exposed residents is still unknown.
tical conand chemical company (Nepacco) who tinue to worry about the contamination efoperated a facility in Verona, Missouri. fects on their long term health. During the Vietnam War, this facility had Furthermore, with the wide press coverbeen a producer of agent orange and the age at the time, the former times Beach reswaste clay and water removed from the idents were shunned by their new plant contained levels of dioxin some 2,000 time higher than the dioxin content in agent orange. Bliss would later claim he was unaware that the waste contained dioxin. in the meantime, he was spraying the dirt roads of times Beach, as well as area horse stables, with the lethal material. as horses continued to die at area stables, the owners contacted the center for Disease control and prevention who began an investigation in 1979. When a Nepacco employee confessed that the company handled dioxin, the government sued Nepacco in 1980. the epa began to visit times Beach in 1982, taking samples and tests that identified dangerous levels of dioxin in times Beach soil. in December, 1982, the Meramec River 1925 newspaper advertisement for the new times Beach resort. flooded, further spreading the contamination of the town and other areas. Soon, panic spread through the town and every ill- neighbors, who feared the contamination. after the site was turned over to the ness and animal death was attributed to thousands of lawsuits were filed against State of Missouri with the epa’s assurance dioxin. president Ronald Reagan formed a Bliss, Nepacco, and its subcontractors. that the land was safe, Missouri began to dioxin task force to study the effects of the though Bliss’ practices were questioned, he make plans for the site and the idea of the chemical and in early 1983; the epa an- was never implicated or convicted of a Route 66 State park began to take shape. nounced the town’s buyout for $32 million crime. the 419-acre Route 66 State park dollars. as to the lawsuits involving the chemi- opened in october, 1999. today the park intwo years later, in 1985, the entire pop- cal companies, no laws were in effect that cludes a chunk of old Route 66 including ulation of more than 2,000 residents had regulated the disposal of hazardous waste the historic bridge across the Meramec been evacuated, with the exception of one at the time of the disposal. River. elderly couple who refused to leave, and the For years after the evacuation, the site the visitor center, housed in a 1935 town was dis-insat silent behind roadhouse that was once called Steiny's inn, corporated by barricades pro- features a museum on the historic highway, executive order tecting the curi- as well as the history of times Beach and of the Missouri ous public from the environmental cleanup. Governor. the the toxic threat, the park itself provides more than seven entire site was while the Fed- miles of trails for hiking, biking and equesquarantined as eral Govern- trian use, where visitors can see a multitude residents moved ment decided of wildlife including turkey, geese, deer, on to other what to do. and more than forty species of birds. areas. But for During the picnic sites abound and a boat ramp prothe residents years of 1996 vides easy access to the Meramec River. 1935 roadhouse is now the who moved, the and 1997 the the Route 66 State park is located on i-44 visitor’s center and a museum scare was not government re- at exit 266. over, as they moved 265,000 NCFreePress.com
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took place. While i was in the middle of a perfectly good and well needed sleep in the very early hours of this morning, i received a message. i cannot disclose how i received this message, at least not now. the discerning reader will understand why, which, by the way, would make a very interesting story alone. the message was extremely clear and precise. i was to meet my high level DHS insider at a very specific location in Washington, Dc, at a time when most ‘normal’ people, except third-shift workers are still asleep. and, i was to come alone and make certain that i was not being followed, and i was to leave any cell phone or electronic device behind. Seriously? i thought, as i was still trying to make sense of it all. is all this really necessary? is this really happening? i considered waking my son to accompany me, but opted to follow the instructions to the letter. Besides, i thought, he’s not the most affable middle-of-the-night person. i left a hastily written but detailed note in my hotel room before my departure in the event something happened. i looked at the digital clock on my rental car (my personal car would never survive our long distance trip). it was 3:20 a.m.
The meeting i felt like i was part of a spy movie set in our nation’s capital. a chill rose up my spine as i waited in the dark of a misty and foggy pre-dawn morning. i was to meet with my DHS insider source at a time when most of the nation is asleep, at a place i could swear was featured in the movie all the president’s Men. No one and i mean no one knows i’m here, i thought, as i could see one of the most recognizable national landmarks in the distance. My source appeared out of nowhere, or so it seemed, and handed me a cup of coffee with the astute observation that i looked like i needed it. So tell me, i asked impatiently, why do we have to meet at this time, at this location, and under such specific circumstances? ‘Because this might be our last meeting,’ he stated. Maybe it was the lack of sleep, the time, the place, or the chill of the misty rain that caused my sense of foreboding. “explain,” i asked in an almost demanding tone. So he did, without mincing words. The details “if anyone thinks that what’s going on right now with all of this surveillance of american citizens is to fight Page 22
some sort of foreign enemy, they’re delusional. if people think that this ‘scandal’ can’t get any worse, it will, hour by hour, day by day. this has the ability to bring down our national leadership, the administration and other senior elected officials working in collusion with this administration, both Republican and Democrats. people within the NSa, the Department of Justice, and others, they know who they are, need to come forth with the documentation of ‘policy and practice’ in their possession, disclose what they know, fight what’s going on, and just do their job. “i have never seen anything like this, ever. the present administration is going after leakers, media sources, anyone and everyone who is even suspected of ‘betrayal.’ that’s what they call it, ‘betrayal.’ can you believe the size of their cahones? this administration considers anyone telling the truth about Benghazi, the iRS, hell, you name the issue, ‘betrayal,’” he said. “We know all this already,” i stated. He looked at me, giving me a look like i’ve never seen, and actually pushed his finger into my chest. “You don’t know jack,” he said, “this is bigger than you can imagine, bigger than anyone can imagine. this administration is collecting names of sources, whistle blowers and their families, names of media sources and everybody they talk to and have talked to, and they already have a huge list. if you’re not working for MSNBc or cNN, you’re probably on that list. if you are a website owner with a brisk readership and a conservative bent, you’re on that list. it’s a political dissident list, not an enemy threat list,” he stated. “What’s that exactly mean, being on that list, that is,” i asked, trying to make sense of it all. “it means that there will be censorship under the color of authority of anyone in the U.S. who is attempting to expose what’s going on in our name. it’s about controlling any damning information from reaching epidemic proportions. it’s damage control to the extreme. it’s about the upcoming censorship of the internet in the name of national security. the plans are already in place. these latest reports about ‘spying eyes’ have turned this administration and others connected to it into something very, very dangerous. they feel cornered and threatened, and i’m hearing about some plans they have to shut down the flow of information that is implicating them of wrongdoing. time is short,” he stated. “How are they going to do this? How is it even possible” i asked. “First, they intend to use the Justice Department to silence journalists like in
the Rosen case, but they won’t stop there. they will use a host of national security policies, laws, letters, whatever to take out the bigger threats,” he stated. “Next, they will use some sort of excuse, an external threat, and i believe it will be a combination of the economic collapse and a Mid-east war that will begin in Syria to throttle the information that is accessible on the internet. and you know what? people will believe it! “Based on what i’ve seen, most of which i should not have seen, the DHS is co-ordinating efforts with other federal agencies to begin to threaten american citizens with incarceration for non-compliance. You know the old talk of color coded lists? Well, this is what they will be using. people exposing the truth about Benghazi, killing the U.S. Dollar, even those questioning obama’s legal status and eligibility to be president are the current targets. and they’ve had five long years to get to this point. the ugly truth is that these policies and practices did not start under obama, but long before. this is about the killing of our constitutional Republic. the murder of our country and the stripping of our rights. While many have been preoccupied with one issue, few have seen the bigger issue. this is the ‘end game,’ for all the marbles,” he stated. More to come “please,” pleaded my source, “get this information out while you can. tell people what i’m saying, that we don’t have much time, that after the latest ex-
posure of spying, obama, Jarrett, axelrod, and others, including members of congress, have put their plans into high gear. this is about the Marxist takeover of america. this is about our country being able to survive another July 4th holiday. this is about a world war about to break out that will kill millions of people, all because of the agenda of this administration.” “they are very dangerous and will do anything and everything to stop the onslaught of negative information that’s being reported by the main stream media. But only about one quarter of the real information is being reported. the other three quarters will be the game changer. But first, tell people what i’ve said. let them know that more will follow but get this information out right now while the internet is still relatively free. Do it today.” My source provided additional information, but i am abiding by his wish to get this much out. i am writing now to let people know that we are in for seriously dangerous times ahead. Deadly times. War, and censorship under the color of authority and under the pretext of of national security. it’s about to get a lot uglier. Stay tuned.
Douglas Hagmann, founder & director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, and a multi-state licensed private investigative agency. Email Doug at: email@example.com. Rick: congrats on your Free press, we need more newspapers like yours! Stand firm my friend, it is going to get rough - Doug.
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she is being helped by texas attorneys Joseph R. Gutheinz of Friendship, texas, and Jerad Wayne Najvar of Houston. Named as defendants are the city of Houston, its police chief and several officers. the center said allen’s three arrests happened while he was preaching the Gospel message against the sins of abortion, homosexuality and adultery on public sidewalks. His preaching includes donning a wool prayer shawl called a “tallit” and sounding a ram’s horn known as a “shofar.” “this case is primarily about the right of a christian preacher, exercising his rights to free speech on the public sidewalks of Houston, to condemn what he believes are sins of our society. the Supreme court has held that public sidewalks are traditional public forums where speech cannot be restricted based on content. So, as long as Mr. allen is not violating any constitutionally valid laws, the police cannot arrest him or otherwise interfere with his right to free speech just because they don’t like his message or the way he is expressing it,” said Richard thompson, president of the tMlc. the first arrest was in May 2011 while he was praying on a public sidewalk in front of the local planned parenthood facility. He was handcuffed and imprisoned in the back of a patrol car for nearly an hour in “suffocating heat.” When he was brought out of the vehicle he collapsed and was rushed to a hospital for treatment. the second arrested was that october, and it was dismissed for lack of evidence. January 2012 saw the third arrest, when allen was jailed for most of a day before his wife was able to post bond. He was charged with failing to obey an order and having a “staff” – his shofar. police failed to appear at court so it, too, was dismissed. the case cites the repeated violations of allen’s First amendment and Fourth amendment rights. “the city and its highest ranking officials … in conjunction, agreement and cooperation with police officers and officials, worked together, acted with reckless and callous indifference to plaintiff’s constitutional rights, and in fact did jointly engage in conduct that deprived plaintiff of his fundamental constitutional rights,” said the complaint. “plaintiff seeks a declaration that defendants violated his clearly established constitutional rights as set forth … a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining the enforcement of defendants’ unconstitutional acts, policies, practices, customs and/or procedures as set forth in this complaint; and a judgment awarding nominal, compensatory, and punitive damages … for the harm caused to plaintiff by the conduct of the defendant.” June 26, 2013
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