Sue: "[W]as the change made to make some police officers happy or was it done in accordance with what’s best to reduce and control crime in Greensboro?"
Joe: "[T]the police union wanted stable shifts so much that it was willing to trade the racial allegations against Wray to get them."
Certainly the Greensboro Police Officers Association has been vocal on the subject. After the release late last year of this memo from the GPOA Schedule Committee, President Eddy Summers wrote Chief Bellamy: "As I have stated to you in the past, if you choose to retain the 4/4 schedule and stop rotating, I will guarantee to you and the City that self-initiated activity and productivity will go up in the patrol ranks."
Mark Kleiman on the doomed-to-continue-failing "War on Drugs", and some sensible solutions: The reforms needed to achieve these ambitious goals are radical rather than incremental. But they are not simple, or all of a piece, or in any one of the directions defined by current arguments around American dinner tables, on American editorial pages or in American legislative chambers.
My take on it from 2002: "These days, it's tough to criticize Israeli policy, or to express any sympathy for the Palestinian people, without being called an anti-Semite. At least that is the case in America. Israelis freely criticize their own government and its actions, but to many in the United States, Jews and non-Jews alike, all debate over Israeli policy is defamation."
Bob Moser opens his long article on the Democrats and the variegated South in Greensboro, 1972, but definitely is not stuck in the past.
Democrats who bucked the script and offered Southerners a frank, unqualified brand of economic populism in 2006 were more successful than the Clinton clones...
...The populist resurgence of 2006 suggests a way past the false dilemma Democrats have long believed they faced: Either ditch the South, or try to compete there with a "me too" message. Rather than attempt to "neutralize" the GOP Southern strategy by mimicking it, Webb, Yarmuth and McCaskill--all strongly prochoice, antiwar and outspokenly opposed to wedge issues like anti-gay marriage initiatives and restrictions on stem-cell research--reasserted economic fairness as the central "moral" issue of politics...
...An emphasis on the "value" of economic fairness (along with other Democratic issues popular with moderate evangelicals, including environmental stewardship) could help bridge those moral and pragmatic concerns--and help Democrats forge a new progressive coalition that cuts through racial divisions.
From a City press release (full document after the jump): "The City of Greensboro has hired Circa, Inc., a Raleigh consulting firm, to update Greensboro’s survey of
historic architecture...The data collected will become part of the City’s
Geographic Information System, which is used by city planners in neighborhood
and land use planning activities...
Funded by a $12,500
matching grant from the federal Historic Preservation Fund, the new survey will
update a previous survey conducted in 1990."
NYT front-pager: "Tobacco’s Stigma Aside, Wall Street Finds a Lot to Like."
The article deals mostly with Altria, and its sale of Kraft, but it should resonate closer to home.
"For all the industry’s apparent troubles, however, the future of cigarettes appears to be brighter than ever...Cigarettes have
certain advantages over other consumer products, not the least of which
is that they are addictive. They are inexpensive to make, require
almost no innovation, there is a global market for them, and cigarette
makers can raise prices without seeing much of a drop in business.
top of all that, a recent string of court decisions has convinced
investors that the worst of the litigation against tobacco companies is
The Vice Fund, mentioned in the article, "invests in tobacco, gambling, alcohol and military contractors."
Reuters: "U.S. scientists felt pressured to tailor their writings on global warming to fit the Bush administration's skepticism, in some cases at the behest of an ex-oil industry lobbyist, a congressional committee heard on Tuesday."
Hoggard: "Such a group, having adopted ‘truth’ as not only part of their name but also lists 'truth-seeking' as their stated goal, has absolutely no business making such statements without knowing - really knowing - all of the facts in advance. They are jumping, all Nifong-like, into something that could very well come back to bite them in their pre-judgemental buttocks."
Note that this is the support group, not the TRC itself -- example number 7,482 of why the TR Project should have changed its name.
UPDATE: Also jumping the gun on the hate thing: the rabbis from Temple Emanuel. I appreciate the outreach to the Palestinians, that's important, and I like the understanding of the impact of the event on a Quaker-flavored community, but they are a little early on the "hatred" stuff. Also, as a lifelong member of Temple Emanuel, and a friend and fan of both men, I must say I'm not crazy about the presumption of speaking "On behalf of the Temple Emanuel community."
I've been wondering about the fight at Guilford, and the definition of a "hate crime."
If I beat up someone of a given ethnicity because of their ethnicity, it's a hate crime. But if, in the course of beating them for another reason, I use a slur against their ethnicity, is it just a fight?
Schaller on the supposed sellout of Cheney: "Somebody, after all, has to pay for the complete collapse of the Republican majority and the conservative agenda. And since Bush himself has never paid the price of his own failures in life, it is Cheney who will pay for them next."
Tierney vs the doomsayers: "Dr. Rees is not a knee-jerk technophobe — he expects great advances as
researchers around the world link their knowledge — but he fears that
progress will be undone by what he calls the new global village idiots..."
Fish without hemoglobin, thirty-foot waves, and dry scientist humor (I am sure he is grateful for the added experience and leadership opportunities this presents him...) as biologist Peter Bushnell writes from the research ship HMDS Vaedderen near Antarctica; his dispatches are posted at this IUSB blog.
Deadspin coverage of the letters-to-a-horse phenomenon. Sample message (from when he was still alive): "Barbaro, wanted to say hello again. I keep thinking & praying 4 U! U R my inspiration. Stay STRONG & Keep FIGHTING CHAMP!!!!"
TPM: "The Vice President of the United States refuses to divulge who works
in his office...These are people on the public payroll.
Wouldn't you say the public is entitled to know?...It's about a perverse sense of entitlement and a deep aversion to scrutiny and accountability. It is anti-democratic."
After a February article in the News & Record drew attention
to the blog, people from around the world offered both critical and
positive comments on the blog.
Brown was amazed by the response. For him, blogging was therapeutic.
The blog has changed as Brown's life has. His focus went from homelessness to being poor in the Triad.
It's still a form of therapy, but he does it less these days. He's
thinking about stopping because he can't find the time or an Internet
connection to post updates. Besides, Brown said, his main goal has been
He wanted to let others know what it was like to be homeless.
Over time, his own stereotypes have changed. "Homelessness is bad, but the homeless aren't necessarily so," he said.
NYT says the quickly-debunked double smear of Obama and Hillary "illustrates how easily dubious and politically charged information can
spread through the constant chatter of cable news commentary, talk
radio programs and political Web sites."
More: "John Moody, a senior vice president at Fox News, said its commentators
had erred by citing the Clinton-Obama report. 'The hosts violated one
of our general rules, which is know what you are talking about,' Mr.
Moody said...hosts of morning television programs and an evening commentator on the
Fox News Network nevertheless devoted extensive discussion to Insight’s
Clinton-Obama article, as did Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk radio hosts."
Following the Death Star meme, I notice an uptick in Carolina-hatred on sports blogs in the wake of yesterday's undressing of Arizona.
I Dislike Your Favorite Team refers to "easily hateable, baby eating, dirty UNC."
Deadspin says, "I hate it when UNC is this good," noting that AZ saw this as "a game where they could prove that they were still a team to be
reckoned with. And that's true, if by 'reckoned with,' you mean 'humiliated in front of a national audience.'"
Critical Sports is impressed, too, if less overtly haterific.
The hatred is a beautiful thing, because it is rooted in fear. Bwahahaha.
That, more or
less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and
confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be
maximally healthy...Once, food was all you could
eat, but today there are lots of other edible foodlike substances in
the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in
packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related
rule of thumb: if you’re concerned about your health, you should
probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a
health claim on a food product is a good indication that it’s not
really food, and food is what you want to eat.
Your tax dollars at work. Just not very hard at work.
N&O: After being paid roughly $80,000 for 20 months of work, state House
Historian Ann Lassiter produced one completed report -- a 23-page
history of the speaker's office that is filled with grammatical errors
and makes factual blunders...
...[Former Speaker Jim] Black quietly made Lassiter, 61, of Apex, the House's first historian
in May 2005 after she had gotten into trouble serving as the House page
..."If you are offered a job making $50,000 a year that happens to have
had limited responsibilities, is it your fault for accepting it?" she
Nice graphic, too, with the inset shot of the wafer-thin volume.
Listening to George W. Bush deliver his penultimate State of the Union
address on Tuesday night, I thought about Shakespeare's line that "some
have greatness thrust upon them." Just our luck to get a president who
pushed it away.
A Little Urbanity posts a letter to Bruce Nelson, Chairman and CEO of Office Depot, asking him to honor his company's stated policies of "good corporate citizenship [and] positive social impact" in Greensboro's Fisher Park and Aycock neighborhoods. There's video, too...
Update: Percy Walker suggests that the neighborhoods take a tougher tone.
WSJ: "The emergence of viable black, Hispanic and female presidential
candidates -- combined with unprecedented pressure for campaign
donations -- is drawing a new generation of female and minority donors
to the intensifying contest for cash among 2008 Democratic aspirants."