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Open Letter to America:
Call me a monster if you wish, I am quite large after all. Funny how when no one is paying attention to how appearances can change. Anyhow, thought I would drop you a note with just a taste of what I have done, what I can do, and what I may do. Keep it on the down low, but I gotta tell ya….I am your worst nightmare.
Here is my resume..
I can go after your beliefs, and your traditions. Nothing will be sacred to me. I will make you to “see it my way” because “it’s for you own good” oh, and if you don’t, I will attack you, belittle you, shame you. You are in the way.
You can speak out about me if you want, however, be careful, because I can hear everything you say. I am everywhere. Don’t think for a moment that my true believers wont root you out. Don’t speak against me.
If you dissent, or oppose me, (do you really want to go there?) I can send out my minions to degrade you, smear you, and discredit you . You will be considered the lowest of human beings. It is in my best interest that I do this. Then, if you continue to defy me, I may keep you from having any platform for you to speak on. You will have no way of getting out any of your views. I will make sure of that. I will take away your ability to learn anything of value. I can make your life a living hell. I will silence you.
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Today, the Dorthea Dix land giveaway was revoked, saving the taxpayers untold millions:
.@ncsenatedems stood tall for ITB, but Senate passed bill protecting all NC taxpayers from the raw deal on Dix park #ncpol #ncga
— NCSenate Republicans (@MyNCSenate) March 26, 2013
My previous article, Dix Land Sale Gets Heated, noted that WRAL owner Jim Goodmon gave some lively testimony in favor of the lease and park plan which included what seemed to many to be a veiled threat to Chairman Apodaca. From the headline at WRAL this afternoon, it would seem Apodaca was right to feel threatened:
Senate OK’s tearing up Dix Park Lease
The state Senate on Tuesday approved voiding Raleigh’s lease of the former Dorothea Dix site, calling on the city to pay more for a smaller piece of the 325-acre parcel to create an urban park.
An amended version of Senate Bill 334 passed on a 29-21 vote. The measure now goes to the House.
Under the terms of a 99-year lease signed in December by Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and former Gov. Beverly Perdue, the city would pay $500,000 a year – plus annual escalators – for the Dix site, allowing officials to convert it into a “destination park.”
Republican lawmakers criticized the deal, which they said didn’t provide the state with a fair return. They also said it would end up costing taxpayers money because state Department of Health and Human Services offices at the site would have to be moved.
The legislation, along with a companion bill in the House, calls for the lease to be renegotiated at a fair-market price, with the proceeds designated for mental health programs. Also, DHHS would be allowed to maintain its offices on part of the site.
The smell of media bias is thick as it spends more than half of the article reporting the plight of the proponent’s case. The NC Senate made the same observation of the headline:
Did Jim Goodmon write this headline himself? #conflictofinterest#sourgrapes RT @wral: Senate OKs tearing up Dix park lease #ncpol#ncga
— NCSenate Republicans (@MyNCSenate) March 26, 2013
The News and Observer didn’t do much better: State Senate votes to throw out Dix lease. At least ABC 11′s kept it factual and adjective free: NC Senate passes Dix bill by a vote of 29-21.
From the ABC 11 article:
The current lease gives the state up to $68 million over the next 75 years as Raleigh city boosters turn 325 acres into a regional destination park. The bill would require a lease with a higher price, fewer acres and proceeds benefiting mental health programs. The proposal now goes to the House of Representatives.
325 acres close to downtown and Perdue’s price was $68 million over 75 years. That’s right, only around half a million a year, for a ‘destination park’ that would like cost taxpayers at least that much to maintain. That’s not even taking into account the cost to develop it, which DIX306 founder and equipment mogul, Greg Poole, no likely would have gotten a piece of the action. One has a hard time believing anyone would be pushing this deal for 7 years and not be profiting from it in some way.
No matter how loud the proponents of the park complain, when you look at those numbers you cannot tell people this was a financially responsible deal for the state to be making. Continue reading
One of the last acts former Democrat Governor, Bev Perdue, performed was a widely unpopular land give-away deal involving the Dorthea Dix Campus. Recently, North Carolina legislators have begun the process of undoing the deal. The move to rescind the land deal has had mixed reactions, the most petty reaction being that of Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin.
In a nutshell, Perdue sought to sell the land for a pittance in order to convert it to a ‘destination park’. As a resident of the area, my initial reaction was that Perdue was out of her mind. The property alone is worth far more than her bargain basement price. The Dix campus is also host to various state offices, which would have to be relocated at an additional cost. That’s just for starters.
Then, one also has to factor in the location of the property — it is not in the best of neighborhoods and is flanked by Central Prison. Yes, that screams ‘destination park’ material to me. That’s not even mentioning that just miles away is the newly renovated Pullen Park and various other properties that the tax payers are now on the line for. More via AFP:
“This is a billion-dollar giveaway of taxpayer resources to Raleigh elites for another state taxpayer funded cultural amenity. State taxpayers have already provided the residents of Raleigh hundreds of millions of dollars for the State Museums of Art, History, and Natural Sciences, the PNC Arena, the North Carolina Symphony – not to mention three state parks with lands inside of Wake County. In addition Wake County has eight parks and natural areas, while the City of Raleigh has more than 200 city parks,” said Dallas Woodhouse, director of AFP-NC. “This is a horrible deal for state taxpayers – the real owners of the property.”
The land deal has its proponents, however. Such proponents as Mayor Nancy MacFarlane:
Park boosters and city officials have labeled the project a “destination park” similar to those in Atlanta and New York that will also preserve green space and boost the quality of life in the fast-growing Triangle. They say a smaller park – perhaps 200 acres – won’t fit their plans.
“We have a contract with the state of North Carolina – a legitimately negotiated, signed, sealed, delivered contract – and they have a moral obligation to fulfill their contractual duties,” Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said. (Source: Star News Online)
MacFarlane doesn’t stand alone, beside her is a figure gaining more attention these days — Captial Broadcasting owner, Jim Goodmon. It is worth noting here that Capital broadcasting owns local media outlet, WRAL. Continue reading
In February the story broke about a Left leaning non-profit named Blueprint NC and a memo that was leaked, which called for the ‘eviscerating’ of top Republicans in the state. An attack on Governor McCory was front and center.
At the time, the story was broken both in the Charlotte Observer and at WRAL by Mark Blinker. What Blinker and WRAL blew off telling readers in the initial reports was that WRAL’s owner, Jim Goodmon, has a foundation which gave money to Blueprint NC and that former WRAL reporter, Chris Fitzsimon, is also linked to the Goodmon foundation as his own group, NC Policy Watch, is housed in the same place. Fitzsimon still regularly enjoys airtime at WRAL radio.
Mr. Blinker has a new piece up. A ‘fair and balanced’ look at think tanks and policy groups out there that are influencing our politics. It’s actually not bad and mentions groups from both sides. Of course, Art Pope – the NC Left’s version of George Soros – gets a special mention. Of note, in the article there is finally a section on Goodmon, even if it is a little vague:
The Justice Center, Action NC, Progress North Carolina, Planned Parenthood and many other left-of-center groups can trace some part of their funding back to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a Winston-Salem based philanthropy founded as a memorial to the son of a tobacco magnate.
A handful of other funders also help bankroll liberal-leaning organizations. Among them is the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, named for the man who founded WRAL-TV and the foundation. His grandson, Jim Goodmon, is both president of WRAL parent Capitol Broadcasting Company and chairman of the foundation’s board.
However, despite the influence of A.J. Fletcher Foundation and other funders, Z. Smith Reynolds appears to provide the broadest common denominator for Raleigh’s family of liberal groups.
I liked that last line. A very subtle ‘squirrel!’ moment there — A.J. Fletcher doesn’t give as much to Blueprint NC, so it’s no big deal. The Fletcher Foundation is only housed in Z. Smith Reynolds’ NC Justice Center, but please ignore that.
I also liked this bit. Trying to show the softer side and all of this memo hoopla is really unrelated to anything:
Like Z Smith Reynolds, the Pope Foundation also supports cultural and other groups with little political involvement. And neither foundation is the end all and be all of their affiliates’ fundraising.
“We raise lots of money, six figures approaching seven figures, from other people,” John Locke Foundation leader Hood said. While the Pope Foundation is an important donor, John Locke could carry on – in a more limited fashion – without its support, Hood said.
And just because they share a common donor, doesn’t mean groups in either family will be in lockstep. Civitas and John Locke, for example, have offered different visions of tax reform.
No it doesn’t mean lockstep, but we don’t have Civitas, John Locke or the Pope Foundation tied to a group who advocates stalking and ‘eviscerating’ the opposition either. They tend to stick to the actual policies and issues. The article then goes in to talk about non-profit status, leading with the Right leaning groups and throwing in a quote from Sean Kosofsky of Blueprint NC:
“We consider ourselves an infrastructure group,” said Sean Kosofsky, director of Blueprint NC. “Our funders don’t want us out in front.”
Infrastructure group? Oh, does that translate to: ‘we provide talking points’? Funders don’t want you out in front? Guess that’s a bust now. Time to disappear and rename or just hope for forgetful and softball reporting?
It’s the closing quote that was the biggest gem in the crown:
“They should view that information with the same trust or skepticism they hold for their local newspaper and TV station. Everyone should investigate for themselves the facts or information presented by any outlet,” said the Pope Foundation’s Riggs.
Sound advice. Continue reading