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Jul 04, 2012

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Billy Jones

But Ed, we can't have competition with downtown brick and mortar businesses-- it just isn't fair!

Fec

Before food trucks can come downtown, they must be appropriately taxed and brought under the jurisdiction of those idiots at DGI.

justcorbly

You can't have resaurants on wheels. My God, think about the restaurants who aren't clever enough to buy a truck.

Spag

I agree with Ed. See, that wasn't so hard.

10-4 Good Buddy On The 4th


July 4, 2012


AMERIKA

Wow! Has it really been 2 whole years since I last wrote? Since then much has happened. The NC Supreme denied my appeal on December 15, 2010. No surprise there. In the interest of completeness, I am attaching a copy of the order as it is not possible to locate online.
Let’s see – what I said about Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 50 (2010), turned out to be true. That decision has opened the floodgates to special interest money. No longer is corruption covert – it's overt. Corporations can now "buy" the candidate they want and it's all perfectly legal. We are not living in a corpocracy, or more like a kleptocracy with banks and politicians stealing as much as they can get away with without fear of any repercussions.
Have any big banksters gone to jail for the crimes committed to crash our economy? NOOO!! Instead the Congress critters and others grovel and fawn over the likes of Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein, who is doing "God’s work." Read about their crimes here [http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/senators-grovel-embarrass-themselves-at-dimon-hearing-20120615] here [http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/sec-taking-on-big-firms-is-tempting-but-we-prefer-whaling-on-little-guys-20120530], here [http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/blankfein-the-wrong-spokesman-for-gay-rights-20120214] and here [http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/bank-of-america-too-crooked-to-fail-20120314] just for starters. Really, read almost anything by Matt Taibbi – he is one of the few journalists who consistently stays after these crooks. Max Keiser is another – see http://maxkeiser.com/tag/keiser-report or http://rt.com/programs/keiser-report.
Speaking of gay rights – well the idiotic amendment passed in North Carolina outlawing gay marriage and civil unions and anything other form of living arrangement besides a bona fide heterosexual marriage. I don’t want to get a barrage of hate mail from well-meaning but intellectually challenged Bible-thumping Christians. Spare me – I understand your world view but suffice it to say that I do not share it. You are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine and we can agree to disagree without being disagreeable. If you don’t like it, then content yourself with the knowledge that I will be burning in hell with all the rest of the sinners.
There is a very very simple solution to all of this – take the government out of the marriage business. If two people want to get married by a church that will recognize it, then so be it. Love is rare enough in any form and if two consenting adults happen to be of the same sex and profess love for one another then it is not up to any of us to dictate how they should live their lives. While I have hopes that one day this enactment will be overturned, in the short-term that we are now living in an Art Pope-paradise and we will have to endure this discriminatory amendment.
What else has happened? Oh – Barak Obama killed Osama bin Laden and any one else he fancies, American citizen (like Anwar al-Awlaki) or not. One may argue over whether these were bad men – I am not out to defend them. However, President Obama has no right to unilaterally decide who gets to live or die and be judge, jury and executioner. Whatever happened to due process and a trial? Even a show trial?
President Obama has been a disappointment in sooo many ways. There is no "hope" and "change." In fact when I hear the ReBloodlicans (as Jesse Ventura calls them) decry him as a "Muslim" or "Socialist", I have to chuckle to myself. This is nothing more than smokescreen and distraction to keep us all chasing rabbit trails and fighting each other rather than the real enemy of those who seek to control us.
Obama has been a most pro-Republican president. In fact, he’s worse than Bush – he’s like Bush on steroids. Bush started wars and spied and tortured. But what has Obama done? He has done all that and more. Has he closed Guantanamo? Nope. Outlawed military tribunals? No again. Stopped rendition? Not that either. Ended the wars and brought the troops home? Afraid not.
Like Bush, he too has engaged in military action, even unilateral action when necessary. The raids into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden and the ouster and murder of Muammar Gaddafi and the Libyan action come to mind and he is itching to start something in Syria, Yemen and Iran. Even worse he passed the National Defense Authorization Act which allows the government to round people up and detain them indefinitely. So now we have a president who can lock people up indefinitely and decide to eliminate you if he doesn’t think you deserve to live.
And I can’t say much for his supposedly "leftist" health care reform. It reformed nothing. While people are now speaking out about "Obamacare" the truth is this was nothing more than him pandering to the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies who wrote the law. There is no meaningful health reform for the millions in this country who have to navigate the morass of our woeful healthcare system. Its woeful because it only works: (a) if you have money; or (b) have decent health insurance. If you have neither then you are f*cked. You either have to forego medical care or get it and take a chance that you will be left with a humongous bill. You can’t even shop for providers to rationally compare costs, although that may be changing for some procedures. Healthcare providers will not tell you in advance what a procedure costs. And don’t ask the doctor – they are clueless. But they will be happy to issue you a prescription for the latest thing which they also have no idea what it costs either.
Oh don’t think Willard "Mitt" Romney will be any better. This guy is the ultimate 1%’er. He has no clue how the rest of us have to live. He is reported to be installing a car elevator at one of his homes. A car elevator! While I understand that others have them and there may be reasons for it, it comes across as something only an obscenely rich person with more money than brains would do. None of my neighbors have car elevators and I would venture to say that most of yours don’t either.
And he’s a Mormon. Anyone who has studied the roots of Mormonism will learn that it is a religion started by a counterfeiter and charlatan who came up with the idea of polygamy so he could lawfully fool around with other women. And Mormonism is rooted in Freemasonry – but that is a whole ‘nuther topic. While it has evolved, they still believe in baptism of the dead, celestial marriage and magic underwear. And you want this guy to be president? Leaving that aside, he is in tight with the Wall Street crowd and is one of them. He has received the blessings of the Bilderbergers and was alleged to have attended their recent gathering.
When will the masses realize that you cannot really vote. You have no real choice; your vote means nothing. It's all controlled from above; your "choices" have been pre-selected for you. Obama has done nothing but what his handlers have told him and allowed him to do. Romney is no different. Either one, if elected, will continue to do the bidding of Wall Street and the kleptocrats. Its Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber.
Now if you want to vote and make your vote really count – choose Gary Johnson. Yes, he is running on the Libertarian ticket, but he is not the typical flaky Libertarian that one may think of. It is the only vehicle that he has so I can understand his decision. He was a former governor of New Mexico so he has executive branch experience. Since the corporate media and both wings of the establishment will work to keep him out of the news here is a link to his campaign website: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com. While the establishment will not allow him to win, he could really shake things up especially if he does well enough.
Enough about national stuff – on the purely local scene, John Edwards got off. What a colossal waste of money his show trial was. We knew what a sleazoid he was and did not need the trial for that.
I have not been following the local elections here. It’s not worth the time or trouble. Why bother? I don’t have a crystal ball, but the passage of Amendment One, the gay rights amendment, is a good barometer of what will happen in the fall. The DemoCrips, as Jesse Ventura calls them, are jumping ship or are not running or have been re-districted out of existence. I look for Obama to lose in this state and probably nationally as well, although it’s too close to predict as of right now. Governor Perdue is not running and has anybody really heard of her would be successor, Walter Dalton? He is going to lose. So look for the Republicans to take control of the governor’s seat as well as consolidate their position in the legislature and courts. Truly, it will be a Republican paradise. Or not.
This all sounds dismal. It is. The European Union is crumbling – Europe is a basket case – Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Greece are financially in bad shape. The Middle East has become even more de-stabilized than before. The Anglo-American Empire is likewise failing. We cannot sustain this perpetual warfare state that benefits only the kleptocrats and the military/prison-industrial complex.
Hope springs eternal though. All across the world people are popping up who are thumbing their nose at the establishment so to speak. No greater example of this is Wikileaks spokesperson, Julian Assange, who recently sought political asylum in Ecuador. However, there are others throughout the world. Whether they will succeed or fail, time will tell. Hopefully, someone in America will take up the challenge next.
The Occupy Wall Street movement began on Wall Street but spread across the US and became global in scope. While many of them are reminiscent of the hippies from the ‘60s, that doesn’t take away from their message. But what they are lacking is some essential ingredients: (a) a charismatic leader; (b) a concrete consumer-oriented program and (c) political organization. If they can ever surmount these obstacles, they will be another force to be reckoned with.
So do something really independent on this Independence Day. Be the independent person you are and say no the way thousands of others are saying no to the establishment. No more mindless wars for the sake of corporations and bankers’ insatiable greed. Just say no to the establishment politicians when it comes time to vote. Just say no to the corporate media – find another outlet for information and refuse to be spoon-fed drivel by the talking heads. Just say no to the pollution of the earth, like BP blowout which led to economic as well as ecological devastation. Or it can be local, like the people suing to stop the red-light cameras which do nothing but suck revenues out of the people for corporate profit. That’s right – most of the money goes to the corporations running the things and not even the communities in which the red-light robbers are located. Or find your own way to fight back. Just do something!

Rachel Lea Hunter

www.rachelforjustice.com

prell

I agree with Ed, Billy, and Fec. As for the essay above.........wow.....just.........wowwwwww.....

Billy Jones

prell,
Connie used to be a fixture here. As you can see, he's a bit windy but we love him anyway. Except when we don't.

Collards

It seems that copy and paste is not our friend.

Happy Fourth All!

Ryan

Food trucks are big business (read: revenue for the city) in NYC.

Hope all is well.

Ryan

Ian McDowell

Christine, aka the Ice Queen, is a fabulous, lovely and incredibly hardworking lady, the very model of all that's good about entrepreneurship. She's also a wonderful cook, and if she ever decided to do an actual FOOD truck (which an ice-cream truck isn't -- she's regulated by the Dept. of Agriculture, not the FDA), it would rock all our socks off.

She made me an excellent ice-cream soda today.

Fred Gregory

Okay.. But only if the food truck is powered by clean burning natural gas obtained by the safe process called fracking.

Mick

I'm in on Food Trucks!

Billy Jones

Fred, what if instead we power the food truck with the clean burning natural gas the city currently recovers from the White Street Landfill and gives away free of charge to Cone Mills? You know, being that the City of Greensboro and the State of North Carolina are already both loosing out on the current deal-- the City on gas sales and the State on Gas taxes.

Seriously though, if Greensboro were run by truck dealers and not developers and realtors, food trucks would be everywhere in every neighborhood. Shoe trucks might roam the streets and downtown residents wouldn't be crying for a downtown grocery store as grocery stores on wheels would park in front of their downtown condos daily. Downtown office supply trucks? Farmers markets on wheels? And fast food would have a whole different meaning.

And while some of my suggestions are indeed absurd, others are commonplace in so called "world-class cities" Greensboro's leaders seek to emulate. You know, the cities that have downtown performing arts centers...

By the way, I still have fantasies about shooting the PA horns off the 4 ice cream trucks that play Dixie while prowling my neighborhood and have 365 daily ice cream truck conventions less than 30' from my office window while never turning off their PA systems. I can only wish the same success for downtown.

sal leone

Well Billy good luck with the city not being run by developers or realtors. We got another one coming to dist 5 once trudy wins her seat, if she wins. This city is run by big business and thats why they are giving the food trucks a hard time, DGI. I might just run for Dist 5, I would let the food trucks do their thing. I miss a hot dog off a food truck. I like the white st gas theory, I say stop giving it away, let the food trucks roll.

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