Thursday, July 28, 2016

Michael Kerr: Another Reason I Refuse To Fly Coach On American Airlines

Not a week goes by that you don't read about air travel insanity.

Costly and always limited parking, long lines where airlines have replaced helpful counter staff with slow dimwitted computers, not to mention the TSA nightmare. Add to that baggage fees, computer outages and a coach cabin filled with, low life scum, screaming kids, breast feeding mothers and flight crew Nazis.

No wonder why private jets are no longer for just the ultra rich.

And along comes Michael Kerr:

Micheal Kerr Source: MCSO

From the Charlotte Observer - Three Jack Daniel’s on an hour-long flight to Charlotte will put Michael Kerr in federal court Wednesday, accused of striking several flight attendants before he was tackled by the pilots.

Kerr, 25, was a passenger Thursday night on an American Airlines flight from Lexington, Ky., to Charlotte.

According to an FBI affidavit, Kerr was served three whiskeys after takeoff – it’s not clear if he had been drinking before boarding.

As the plane taxied to a gate at Charlotte Douglas International, Kerr ignored flight crew orders and got out of his seat, the affidavit says.

When an attendant interceded, Kerr threatened to break her jaw. Matters deteriorated from there. Kerr, appearing intoxicated, walked quickly to the front of the plane and cursed at the flight crew.

He kicked one attendant in the leg and shoved another to the floor of the plane, the affidavit says. The pilot and co-pilot, listed only by their initials in the document, got Kerr on the ground and used a seat belt strap to restrain his legs and keep him from kicking.

When Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived, Kerr was handcuffed but kept kicking, requiring other police officers to be called to the scene before he could be removed from the plane.

Kerr faces charges of being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant.

Cedar Update: Kerr remains in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sherriff as a Federal prisoner being held without bond, this morning according to the somewhat timely MCSO website. So there might be more to this than just a probationary sentence over the horizon for the Lexington Kentucky resident.

Kerr a restaurant worker in Lexington Kentucky has a court date next week to determine if he should remain free pending his trial which could take more than a year. Kerr has been banned from using air travel although that ban may be lifted at a judges discretion.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

In Case You Missed It - The Murder of Amanda Fisher

Unless you live in Myrtle Beach or check-in with the Myrtle Beach Sun News from time to time on line you did indeed miss this.

The Charlotte Observer has been pre-occupied with Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the continuing fall out from HB2 and the transgender bathroom uproar. Observer staff cuts have made chasing down the story impossible.

Earlier this month Amanda Fisher was murdered in the parking lot of the K&W Cafeteria in Myrtle Beach on a quiet Saturday morning. Her body left in the parking lot in a pool of blood a single gun shot to her head.

Amanda "Mandy" Fisher Source MCSO
Her murder came just weeks after she was forced to appear in a Mecklenburg County courtroom to testify against her former boyfriend charged with a 2012 murder. Fisher's testimony was considered crucial, but failed to sway the jury.

Within a week two suspects Terrell Freeman and Nicholas McIver where apprehended by CMPD's VCAT unit.

Terrell Freeman Source: MCSO
Nicholas McIver Source: MCS

The connections to Charlotte, the victim and the killers are troubling. To make things interesting add the craziness of the "Moorish Nation" and a Mecklenburg County DA's Office that failed to convince a key witness to cooperate or apparently understand that by testifying her life was in danger.

As detailed below "Authorities have declined to comment on whether or not the two cases are connected". But it is clear that Fisher knew her killers, that they all have common connections to Gastonia, Charlotte and Fisher's former boyfriend Deonte Lanier.

Deonte Lanier Source: MCSO
Freeman was transferred to Myrtle Beach on Friday McIver remains in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Office (MCSO).

Emily Weaver The Sun News:

A former Mount Holly, N.C., woman was not considered to be in danger when she was called to the stand against her wishes to testify in a Charlotte, N.C., courtroom against an old boyfriend, who was facing a murder charge in April.

But less than 10 weeks after that trial ended in a hung jury, that witness — Amanda Renee Fisher — was found shot to death in a North Myrtle Beach parking lot.

Authorities have declined to comment on whether or not the two cases are related.

“They’re investigating several directions, several paths,” city of North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling said of officers, who continue to look into Fisher’s death.

“They are aware of that event,” Dowling said of the recent trial.

Neither of the two men charged in Fisher’s killing were the April trial defendant, who has remained in North Carolina’s state prison system serving time for a number of convictions since December 2012. But all three, at one point or another, have spent time in a Charlotte jail.

Twenty-year-old Nicolas McIver and 29-year-old Terrell Freeman are in custody and still awaiting extradition from Charlotte to North Myrtle Beach to face murder charges in Fisher’s death.

“Freeman was picked up for having violated parole on another matter,” Dowling said, adding that his travel from North Carolina to South Carolina was a violation of that parole agreement. “McIver was picked up for having burned the victim’s car and possessing a stolen motor vehicle.”

Freeman was convicted in 2012 in Vance County, N.C., for a 2008 manslaughter, according to offender records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 5 years and 9 months in prison, but was released on parole Jan. 28. His parole was set to expire in October.

It is unclear if Freeman or McIver have any connection to 25-year-old Deonte Montez Lanier or the case of Johnny Peay, who was shot to death in Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 2012. Lanier, Fisher’s boyfriend, was charged with first-degree murder in Peay’s death and was facing a mandatory life sentence if he was convicted.

In a pre-trial hearing in October, Lanier declared to a Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge that he was a Moorish National — a faction of the sovereign citizen movement that has declared independence from many state and federal laws. Praising Allah and describing himself as a martyr, Lanier told the judge he had no authority in his case and the charges against him carried no meaning, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Anna Greene, an assistant district attorney for Mecklenburg County, N.C., who helped prosecute Lanier’s case in April, called the act more of a pre-trial delay tactic. That tactic didn’t work with the judge.

Greene said the Moorish National rhetoric and related court filings had died down by the time the trial rolled around.

The prosecutor declined to comment on any pending investigation regarding the North Myrtle Beach shooting, but she did say Fisher “was a reluctant witness” in their case. She was reluctant, Greene said, “because she had, had a relationship with Mr. Lanier, a romantic relationship. … She did not want to see anything bad happen to him.”

Prosecutors said they had recordings of calls in which Fisher promised she would never testify against Lanier, according to The Charlotte Observer. But Fisher was called to the stand on April 12.

Fisher told the jury she didn’t want to be in the witness chair and that she had moved to Myrtle Beach after being subpoenaed to testify, according to The Charlotte Observer. The trial judge arrested and jailed Fisher to ensure she showed up in court, but her testimony on the stand conflicted with what she initially told officers.

Lanier was facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy.

Fisher’s testimony wasn’t enough to secure a murder conviction and the jury was hung on all charges except the firearm possession, which they found him guilty of, but by the time the trial ended Lanier had agreed to plead guilty to attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Greene said they dropped the murder and conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors didn’t raise any safety risk of Fisher testifying in open court.

“There was never anything said in open court to the judge in terms of safety concerns we had for her,” Greene said.

Lanier was no stranger to the criminal justice system when his trial began in April.

He was serving time on convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering vehicles, larcenies and weapons offenses for crimes committed throughout 2011 and in 2012. Prior convictions included possessing a weapon of mass destruction, felonious break-ins, larcenies, auto theft and speeding to elude arrest dating back to Sept. 27, 2006, according to offender records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Lanier is currently serving time at the Lanesboro Correctional Institution, a high-security prison facility in Polkton, N.C. A total of 23 infractions are listed with the N.C. Department of Public Safety; they range from disobeying orders and lock tampering to the unauthorized use of a phone or email and gang involvement.

Keith Acree, communications officer with the adult correction division of NCDPS, said half of the state’s inmates have no infractions. The average number of infractions for inmates is usually one to two a year, he added. Twenty-three over a span of less than four years is not the norm, but Lanier does not appear to have the most serious infractions of assaults on staff or other inmates in his record.

Lanier’s projected release date is July 27, 2022

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Passing of Tin Can Annie - Virgina Ann Jetton

Over the years, Charlotte has lost a number of iconic nut cases. (And I mean this in the most endearing way, as these looney birds color the landscape that make Charlotte, the Queen City.) Hugh McManaway Myers Park's Traffic Director, "The General" Uptown's Homeless Commander in Chief and so many others.

Sadly we must add "Tin Can Annie" to the list, her obituary (below) appeared in the Charlotte Observer yesterday.

Annie was hard to miss, wearing hy-test and day glow orange, often over dressed wearing parkas on summer days, she peddled her bicycle around the streets of Charlotte and would often be seen on along Central Avenue (as in the above photo) and over on Eastway Drive.

As CP remembers, she lived in a section 8 apartment off Central Avenue and collected tin cans to support her "habit". Not drugs mind you but records, vinyl records hundreds of them. I can't say for certain but I read somewhere she liked Jazz and Swing, like Benny Goodman. But that her favorite was Andy Williams' Moon River.

Yes, she was a hoarder of records and a lover of music all types. There's even a post on reddit where someone says he put a Antiseen bumper sticker on her bicycle. I'm not sure if that is funny or cruel, considering that Annie was "Several fries short of a Happy Meal", and needed her world to be just so. Order was everything to Annie.

Rumor was that her family was well off, old Charlotte money, and with a name like Jetton I suspect it was somewhat true.

Annie disappeared from our lives a few years ago due to her declining health. Some people had said she had died. I guess in a way not being able to ride her bike along the streets and buy records would be like death to her.

She lived out the last of her days in a nursing home in Mooresville, a few miles from Jetton Road and Jetton Park. Names that will be familiar to Lake Norman residents. I will hope she was well cared for and treated to day trips to buy records every so often.

And I can't help but think that in that record collection there is this single by Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) Circa 1970

Dreamboat Annie By Heart

Heading out this morning into the sun
Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin' one

Warm wind caress her
Her lover it seems
Oh, Annie
Dreamboat Annie my little ship of dreams

Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd
No one knows the lonely one whose head's in the clouds

Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles
Heading out to somewhere won't be back for a while

Virginia Ann Jetton

Virginia Ann Jetton, 73, passed away in Mooresville, NC on July 15, 2016. 

She was born in Mecklenburg County on July 1, 1943 to the late Sidney Lewis and Frances Alberta Jetton. She is survived by her sisters, Peggy Ayers and Jane Tallant. For decades, Ann graced the streets of Charlotte pedaling her beloved bicycle; with everyone she met a potential new friend, sporting one of her orange outfits, obviously keeping her visible and safe. 

When Ann set her mind to achieving something, there was no stopping her. Ann loved her music. With help from sister, Jane, Ann learned to play the piano with a marked degree of expertise. Ann manifested her love of music with an extensive collection of records, loving all genres from her hymns to rock-n-roll. 

Ann loved her family. Her favorite times were when she was involved in family gatherings, which included summers of grape-picking in her father's 3 acre grape vineyard with all the immediate family gathering at Grandmother's house. She loved picnics, spending time on the lake, and riding in her daddy's boat. Ann loved her writing, spending hours compiling lists of anything and everything, revising until they met her level of perfection. Extremely organized in her ways, she could have been a great clerical worker, thus following in her mother's footsteps. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius, NC. Ann's family wishes to extend extreme gratitude to the staff and fellow residents of Brian Center- Mooresville, where she resided her last many years. Thank all of you for being Ann's friend and treating her with respect all of these years. 

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CMPD Recruit Dies During PT

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Jeremy Moseley 

From WBTV: 

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department candidate died after collapsing during a training Tuesday.

CMPD says newly hired police candidates were conducting a state-mandated physical fitness training when a police candidate, 29-year-old Jeremy Moseley, collapsed. It happened around 8:30 a.m.

Charlotte Fire Department officials tended to Moseley. Medic took him to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, CMPD says.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine cause of death. CMPD hired Moseley last Monday.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

In Search Of Dan McGrew

CP has been working like crazy, spent the last ten days in the "Great North West" floating on a boat. Interesting waters and I have to admit I'm spoiled by calm pond like summer seas of coastal Carolina's and Georgia. The gin clear water of the islands and cobalt blue of the deep Atlantic beat the waters of the Puget Sound hands down but then there's Dan McGrew.

Stand by for MORE....

Monday, June 6, 2016

Ann Love Henry A Final Word

Did you ever read through the Sunday Obituaries, scan the pages of dead people, and think to yourself what did they leave out?

Ann Love was a mean spirited rude and hate filled woman who spent the last 35 years of her life spreading misery and spitefulness among all she came in contact with. She married a man named Simon Henry who had lost his wife to cancer, in hopes of cashing in on his perceived fortune. She was later surprised to learn that the cash cow was really a starving goat. When Simon Henry's health turned for the worst she dropped him off at the VA Hospital. Over the next year she would go through elaborate schemes to abandon him in a nursing homes and hospitals, often claiming he was too big of a man, too heavy to help or lift, eventually claiming she was afraid he'd fall on her. 

In the days before his death, Simon Henry begged to go home for Christmas. Ann Love refused and Simon Henry died in a stark hospital room several days later on a cold January morning.

When he died she was left with nothing, as Simon Henry gave what little he had to his grandchildren. Even his house was left to his grand daughter with the understanding that Ann Love could live there until her death, provided she paid the mortgage and took care of the place. It was a torturous 14 years.

I could spend pages detailing her psychotic episodes, bizarre behavior, sociopathic issues but there's no point, except to say that my wife watched this woman suck the life out of the man that was her father. Father and daughter seldom saw each other in his final years because of Anne Love. 

They say there's a special place in Hell for people like Ann Love, I personally hope her sole enjoys eternal pain. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Old Issue At CDIA Returns To The Spotlight - Fence Jumpers Common At Airports

For years Cedar Posts has been saying the airport perimeter fence at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CDIA) was worthless.
Now according to the Associated Press - Two people jumped the fences that protect the runways and planes at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 2015.
Airport officials revealed the incidents during an Associated Press investigation which documented at least 345 perimeter security breaches at 31 of the nation's busiest airports between 2004 and mid-February of this year. In that span, Charlotte had eight. At least that is eight that were actually discovered and reported. 
Despite some investments nationally to fortify the nation's airfields, breaches remain as frequent as ever. In recent years, they're happening about every 10 days at one of the airports AP studied.
Airport officials say outer defenses are strong and note no breach involved a known terrorist plot.
In Charlotte, a pilot saw a man walking on a taxiway in July after he had scaled a fence topped with razor wire. The other intruder jumped a fence in December.
In 2014 CP recapped the Delvonte Tisdale case in which then airport manager Jerry Orr and former CMPD Police chief Rodney Monroe stated that they could not determine how Tisdale entered the property. But based on the clear evidence it was obvious that Tisdale jumped the fence due to lax security policies and procedures.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BB&T Ballpark and Charlotte Knights Already At The Crossroads

Interesting pricing dynamics are at work inside the BB&T Ballpark, the same model that is effect at ballparks across the county, and one that should be a recipe for failure. The idea that patrons will pay absurdly high concession prices but will keep coming back is clearly a myth.

The Charlotte Knights are into year three at their new home, and a good amount of the wow factor has faded. As the season closes in on the half way mark it is important to note that this past Sunday's attendance for the 11 inning nail biter was relatively low despite the perfect weather.

Now that the "new car smell" is gone the Knights are returning the Minor League playbook for attendance gimmicks. Star Wars jersey night, fireworks and kids run the bases Sunday all come into the picture.  

But baseball has always been more about the total experience than the game itself, a process that is diametrically opposed to the NFL an enterprise that sucks millions from fan's pockets mainly on Sundays. 

Minor League Baseball Fan demographics - inside the ballpark, one thing is for certain the fans are shockingly white, as are the staff. In a region that is 34 percent African American inside the ballpark it's less than 15 percent. 

Of course $7.00 for a bottle of Miller Lite is nutty, and while $3.00 a bottle for water is reasonable $1.00 for a plastic cup full of tap water is out of line.

Is Knights Baseball a good family bargain? On ticket price alone and based on the fun per hour ratio Sunday's 11 inning fame was a steal if compared to a trip to the movies or even an all day Carowinds adventure. But fueling a family of four at the concession stand was a deal breaker. 

BB&T Ballpark concession prices are nearly 30 percent higher than Regal Cinimas are almost ouble Carolwinds on many of the standard fare. Speciality items were even higher. Even prices at the team store are nearly 20 percent higher for ball caps than at Dicks SouthPark. 

Cedars Take: It's not sustainable, the food is middle of the road and the prices are compareable only to MLB ballparks in the Northeast. 

Love Thy Neighbor - If That Fails Call The Cops

If that doesn't work well, Cedar is pretty sure a civil action filed against the City, CMPD, the Sheriff, the County, Mental Health Authorities and the neighbor should end the madness. Of course the lingering question is what in the world besides being white did you do this guy?

WARNING: The old coot has a limited vocabulary

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Wrap Up - Ruben Studdard Edition

Ruben Studdard - I'm blessed that I live a varied life of ever changing events and venues. Because of this, over the years I've meet a long list of celebrities. While I've never sought an autograph or a selfie, I have made some mental notes.

Some I've been impressed with, Stevie Nicks her ability to sing while being stoned to the bejesus, John "Cougar" Mellencamp for his ability to throw a football on a beach in Hilton Head years ago, Jimmy Buffett being just another guy on the docks. 

Some I've not been impressed with, Sylvester Stallone pushing his way to the head of a lift line that was with five year olds and a couple of ski instructors in Beaver Creek. Mariah Cary, over medicated diva stomping her feet on deck because Charleston's 4h of July fireworks didn't start when she wanted them to. Pierce Brosnan dumping a plate of food on the floor because the food was cold. 

And along comes Ruben Studdard, who gave 22 minutes performance last week in the tented parking lot of the Mayo Bird - Summit Room on East Blvd.

During the charity event the former American Idol winner belted out a few covers and a couple of gospel classics. The man has an amazing voice, but decided to cut the event short when the mostly white crowd gave him little more notice than a night club singer. 

Ten minutes later, the beast of a man lumbered through the parking lot, sweating profusely even though the temps were in the mid 70's, with his small posse trailing along. Ruben apparently wasn't one for selfies with the two young fans standing nearby nor up for idle chat only grunting in acknowledgement after an expression of gratitude was offered. 

Perhaps the half dozen people standing curbside echoed the state of race relations in this country. I'm white waiting for the young black valet to bring my Lexus SUV around the corner the lines clearly defined. The parking and valet service was free so I expect my $10 tip didn't not make up for the masses who won't tip as the night goes on.

I don't blame Studdard for being annoyed since he received little respect, no standing ovation and clearly more than half the crowd wasn't even listening. It was an embarrassing moment in an otherwise fun evening.

Just Shoot Me - Piper Glen Women's Club Flyer promoting an upcoming social event - Bill Cummings Trio - "Swing into Summer Concert" there will be dancing in the aisles, a raffle and sing a long. Tickets $40 per person 6:30-10:00.

Please someone take my gun and just shoot me if I ever get so old that I think a senior sing-a-long on a Friday night would make for an epic night.

CMPD Life In The Fast Lane - I guess police cars are exempt from the rule that requires 2+ to use the I-77 HOV lanes? 

This no doubt "take home" car, entered I-77 south bound at Huntersville promptly hit the HOV lane and never looked back. He traveled the entire length of the HOV lane before getting off at I-277 Brookshire Blvd and heading on to the Law Enforcement Center.

Funny thing traffic wasn't heavy but he did keep it under 80.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Charlotte Observer Goes Silent On A Headlining Story

An odd thing happened over the weekend, a major metropolitan newspaper went silent and nobody noticed. 

In what would have been unheard of less than five years ago, the Charlotte Observer failed to tell the community about a local strip mall style shopping center fire that killed a firefighter. 

A 3 alarm fill the box twice fire, with 3 fire departments, a dozen pieces of equipment, nearly 100 firefighters, with 3 injured firefighters and one who was killed.

Even 12 hours after the news broke, the paper remained silent.

Nothing even on their Twitter Feed.

When the paper finally reported the story online at 10:13 Sunday morning, it was just a rehashing on their "news partner" WBTV's story posted hours before.

There were no staff photographer photos, no graphics created in house, no historical reflections on fires with LODD's in a follow through. Nothing but crickets!

This is unheard of, disturbing and more than anything else it simply reflects a major change in what the Observer does at its core. They've suddenly raised the white flag of surrender, yielding to the electronic media, relegating themselves to posting time lapse vines and Instagram posts of the sun setting over Charlotte from their new office windows. How totally ironic.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Wrap Up NBA Playoff Edition

Hornets - You wouldn't know it walking around Uptown but the Charlotte Hornets are on the verge of making history when they take on The Miami Heat tonight. A win will advance the Hornets toward the NBA Championship. But Charlotte's reaction is yawnnnnnn.... and I can't really figure out why.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation - Held their Spring Luncheon yesterday bringing most of Charlotte's "Top Cops" to lunch at the Charlotte Civic Center. Media coverage of former General Martin Dempsey's speech was non-existent. WCCB was on hand for 40 minutes. But lost on local media types was North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper working the crowd of top local law enforcement officers.

Cedar's Take: Always interesting standing in the den of thieves, shaking hands talking with several friends and acquaintances who wear the hornets nest badge, mere feet from some of Charlotte's most misguided civil servants. 

Outside; no one seemed to care that a number of the CMPD Officers in attendance felt entitled to VIP parking. 

More than a dozen marked and unmarked CMPD cars lined the streets despite the numerous no parking signs. But CMPD wasn't alone with parking scofflaws, the Charlotte Fire Department showed their hubris as well.

Of course Charlotte's Fire Department would reply saying their chiefs need to park there because they might need to respond a call. If that's the case maybe they shouldn't be attending a 3 hour political luncheon? 

There's a reason the curb side spaces are marked "no parking" the parked SUV in the above photo creates a pedestrian blind spot at that intersection.  A number of spaces were removed after multiple pedestrian fatalities in recent years, a reason lost on some CFD and CMPD officers.

Inside the Charlotte Civic Center the conversation ranged from HB2 to homeless to Herion. Then guest speaker General Martin Dempsey took the stage to a standing ovation. The former Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was not surprisingly warmly recived. 

But CP was pressed for time and didn't stay around to see if the chicken and rice lunch lived up to its horrid reputation. 

Shout out to CMPD Major Bruce Bellamey: I would have stayed to shake your hand but you were glued to your cellphone for better than 30 minutes. Come'on man tell your bookie you got a community to reach out to!

Wells Fargo Championship - Kicks off next Monday and once again CP will be tweeting and posting from inside the ropes. The course looks in great shape and while the field may lack many of the marquee players from year's past (notably Mickleson and Woods), it should be a great week for golf in the Queen City. 

But on the Monday after tournament week the back hoes, and earth moving equipment take over the course. The change should be amazing. 

From the local paper's former staff sports writer Ron Green , Jr. there is this unreadable and  unfollowable description of the changes.  Not that Ron's a terrible writer, just that Johnny Harris continues to use the Augusta National playbook, never saying much. 

When the 2017 PGA Championship is played at Quail Hollow Club, the golf course will look significantly different than it will when the Wells Fargo Championship is played there in May.
Major changes are coming to the front nine at Quail Hollow as part of a master plan created a few years ago by course designer Tom Fazio. Club president Johnny Harris confirmed the changes but declined comment on the specifics. 
The changes will not affect the Wells Fargo Championship, scheduled for May 5-8, where Rory McIlroy will be the defending champion.
The front nine will get three new holes starting at No. 1, which will be converted from a relatively short par-4 into a longer par-4 for professionals (par-5 for members).
The change will eliminate the par-3 second hole to allow for the new first green which will be located near the current second green.
The par-5 fifth hole will also go away and in its place will be a par-3 and a par-4 hole.
The sixth through ninth holes will remain the same.
The par-4 11th hole may also be redesigned, moving the green to add length to the hole. A fairway bunker will likely be moved approximately 80 yards farther from the tee to bring it back into play.
The design changes are part of a plan that began with the creation of a new 16th hole in 2013.
The work is scheduled to be done this summer when the putting surfaces are being switched from Mini Verde bermuda to Champion due to issues with the current grass.
With the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in 2017, the Wells Fargo Championship will be played at Eagle Point in Wilmington next year before returning to Quail Hollow in 2018 and 2019. The club will also host the 2021 Presidents Cup.
Cedar's Note: Look for the CP folo after the tournament, when I'll post scans of Fazio's plans and the course changes. While I hear they are not the final approved plans they apparently are pretty much true to form. Yet Fazio is know to make crazy on site changes so it should be an interesting summer.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Are U-U Bathrooms The Answer To Charlotte's Tranny Potty Dust Up?

I'm thankful that I have a lot of common sense friends. Most believe that the best way to fix the Tranny 
Potty dust up is to have a law that requires public and municipal buildings to provide and make available unisex bathrooms to the transgendered crowd. 

These so called U-U (unisex and undecided) bathrooms will fix the problem they believe, and end the discrimination and bigotry concerns once and for all.

Sadly they are wrong!

You see the LGBT activists who claim transgendered and who identify as women, say they feel threatened if forced to use their gender assigned restroom, but violently object to using a single stall unisex with locking door bathroom.  

The reason is they "identify" as women and want to associate and act like women, denying them access to women's bathrooms is really what this is about. 

Let's face it is there anything more girly, more sisterhood bonding than piling into a public bathroom "together" ??? Honestly I'd don't see the attraction but hear me out.

The tranny potty dust up is about these poor freaks being able to act out their fantasy lives and have their twisted sense of reality validated by Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, the state, and the liberal politically correct crowd.

I know I'm being too harsh, so in a more compassionate tone, these individuals believe they are women and want the very real majority of the planet to accept them as women despite their size 12 shoes. 

The trouble is most sober men know they are not women, most women know they are not women and  while we can all have varying amounts of empathy for these indivials society needs to draw the line at sanctioning overtly freakish behavior. 

The amount of energy wasted on this issue is disturbing. Forget the canceled concerts and lost pay pal jobs. Jennifer Roberts decision to grab the new 3 rail of North Carolina politics will cost North Carolina countless hours in lost productivity and earned Charlotte a permanent spot on Raleigh's shit list for the next decade, pretty much guaranteeing that Roberts is a one term mayor. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Trouble With Golf Today? Apparently The Rules

Its not really news that the sport of golf is in decline. A couple of bench marks are the annual number of rounds played, net growth in number of courses and the number of American's who identify as golfers. The reasons for the decline are varied and differ regionally as well as internationally.

Photo Credit: First Tee Charlotte

But the facts are clear, "In 2006 some 30 million Americans were golfers. In 2013, 160 of the country’s 14,600 golf facilities closed, the 8th consecutive year of net closures. The number of players has fallen to around 25 million." (Source The Economist )

Often cited are cost, time, the effort it takes to be reasonably effective at the sport; oh and the rules. Again from The Economist sourced above: Golf's "200-page rulebook make(s) it a tough sell to new players". More about the rules shortly.

I'm very fortunate to live on a golf course, in fact I grew up on a golf course, worked weekends and summers in High School on a golf course. I've played some of the greatest courses in the world and some not so great dog tracks. But the truth is I am really bad at playing golf. A life time double digit handicapper who has great rounds with a game that's in sync and embarrassing rounds that make my partners cringe when its not.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Charlotte City Council Ready To Raise Property Taxes Again

From WSOC News:

A $30 million request for more firefighters and police officers in Charlotte is forcing city leaders to look at several ways to pay for it, including higher property taxes.
The request is for $11.8 million for fire to add 82 positions, including firefighters for another engine in east Charlotte, and $19 million for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to hire 125 more officers and 80 staff positions.
On Monday, a council budget committee looked over four options: cutting about 6 percent from department budgets, a freeze on pay raises for city employees, moving money set aside for capital projects and a 2.7 percent property tax increase, which translates to the owner of a median-price home worth $141,100 paying $18.62 more a year.
“We're trying to do it without raising taxes. That's another priority for us, but we want to see what it would look like," said Councilman Greg Phipps, who chairs City Council's budget committee.
City Council has not settled on which avenue it will take as the budget process continues. A budget is expected to be approved in June.

Cedar's Take: living n a "blue" city in a "red" state has its draw backs, like having a tax and spend meantality in a state that sees things from a consertitive perspective, Which means we're on our own when it comes to most revenue. 

The red state way of thinking is counter to Charlotte's budget process. Charlotte has become a bug light for low income, limited education minorities. The cycle is pretty simple social programs attract less fortunate, which brings crime which brings higher public safety costs. 

Charlotte City Council "Potted Plants" always geared up to give away tax dollars to attract outside business, but can't keep the ones that are already here.

Those elected to guide the city have such a lack of vision it is startling. Just drive along South Blvd and witness the explosion of high end apartments and condos. The over supply is stunning and the cycle of ever lower rents followed by lower quality tenants will be dramatic. The by product is crime and more requests for department funding and more boots on the ground. 

Doubt it? 20 years ago Steel Creek was the up and coming growth area of Chalotte. Grand plans that focused on higher density and apartment living. Now Steel Creek is gaining on East Charlotte in crime stats, a cluster of crime notably property crimes and murders. As the demographic quality declines, crime increases dramatically. Followed by apartment over supply and lower still rents and more economically challenged citizens.

Monday, April 11, 2016

American Airlines Tail Strike At CDIA You Didn't Know Happened

Cedar Posts recently stumbled upon this little gem from the NBST data base:

On August 15, 2015, about 1837 eastern daylight time, American Airlines flight 1851, an Airbus A321, N564UW, reportedly encountered wind shear while on final approach to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Charlotte, North Carolina. The airplane touched down short of the runway in the paved overrun area and performed a go-around before circling back and successfully landing. 

There were no injuries to the 6 crew members and 153 passengers onboard. The airplane was substantially damaged when it struck several runway end lights and experienced a tail strike during the go around. 

The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121, as a scheduled domestic passenger flight and originated from Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, Georgia.

Tail strikes in Airbus 321 models are common, so much so that Airbus and retrofitted skid plates on the tail of their 321 models. All of this is no big deal except there was very little media coverage about this accident.

But the tail strike due to wind shear is notable because of the fatal July 2,1994 USAir Flight 1016 wind shear related accident at CDIA that killed 37 of 52 passengers. The flight crew encountered wind shear just prior to crossing the airport fence and tried to aboard the landing.

The accident was the high water mark in a series of wind shear accidents during the 1990's that prompted measures to eliminate the risk via technology and pilot training. 

But apparently Charlotte and American aren't doing enough to avoid accidents attributed to wind shear. 

More about the 1994 USAir accident here

Cedar's Take:

Every pilot knows the best aviation weather is often early in the day. This has been a fact since the Wright Brothers flew at Kill Devil Hills more than 100 years ago. In the real world people who take that first flight out in the morning are considerably less likely to be delayed by bad weather even more so in the summer.

Its tough being the passenger sitting behind the closed door. I am not a nervous passenger but based on some recent data, chances are I've got far more flight time than the guy or girl sitting in the right seat. I always feel better when the left seat has a lot of gray on his head.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Boss Gives The Finger to Greensboro Fans and Venue Employees

Whenever a celebrity decides to take a stand, they run the risk of a major miscalculation.

Take Mylie Cyrus saying she'll move to Canada if Donald Trump is elected. Mylie who spends much of her time in the California sun nearly naked, didn't take into account that Canada's average annual temperature is only 48 degrees. 

On Friday Bruce Springsteen canceled a Greensboro concert citing North Carolina's law known as HB2, but he apparently didn't think it through either.

"As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law.
HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden.
To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments.
Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."
Cedar Posts isn't sure what all he took into account, had he given it some real thought he'd seen that canceling a concert was not a step in the right direction.

It's not like he decided to skip a tour stop four months out, no he canceled a concert 48 hours before he was to take the stage in Greensboro, North Carolina.

After posting the above he later added that fans won't be hurt because they can get a refund.

Well, that's little comfort to folks who planned an entire weekend around the Sunday event. Those who paid $115 dollars a seat and invited friends from across the state to come for the weekend, might just need to rethink their fan loyalty. 

Lost on the one time patron saint of the working class, is the fact that many special event staff gave up part of their "real paychecks" to work the concert. Vendors, catering cooks and servers, counter clerks, parking lot attendants and staff, Cops who pulled a double shift last night so they could work the concert as secondary employment on Sunday, all now have nothing to do. 

Someone should tell Springsteen is that beyond the 15 thousand fans and the estimated $100,000.00 the Greensboro Coliseum will forgo, are the estimated 213 contract employees who counted on this concert to help put a roof over their families heads.

Sure a refund is nice, so maybe "The Boss" will step "forward" and cover the rest of the real cost to fans, and the working class?

Fans who booked hotel reservations in town where not offered refunds, as are those who bought advance purchase airline tickets to get to Greensboro. 

Even getting a refund from Ticket Master is a hassle, something "The Boss" has apparently never had to deal with.

Then there are Limo drivers and Uber drivers who rearranged their weekend to work the concert that are now without. Dads, who gave up their every other weekend visitation so they could take in the concert, spent Sunday night pondering the prospect of the next 2 weeks without seeing their kids. Local babysitters who counted on that little extra income on Sunday night, to help get by until payday with also be hurt by "The Boss".

If Springsteen wanted to hurt North Carolina politicians he certainly missed the mark.

Flipping off your fans is one thing, but kicking America's working class in the teeth is just not what you'd expect from a one time working man's folk hero who at 66 is sadly out of touch and apparently desperate to remain relevant.

Sure hope he enjoys his ride on the politically correct band wagon. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Charlotte Observer Turns Out The Lights On 600 South Tryon

Observer Staff (including Editor Rick Thames seated front) pose for a symbolic photo and wave so long to their offices at 600 South Tryon on Friday April 8, 2016.

Photo Credit Todd Summerlin

Read Theoden James' story on the last day here.

Watching the long slow death of the Charlotte Observer over the last few years has been pretty painful.  The presses left 600 South Tryon some time ago, the newsroom had been partitioned off more than once, as the staff was reduced and then reduced again and even again. Yet the final chapter in the near fifty year history of the observer Building brings back a lot of memories.

I'll never forget the first night I stepped onto the newsroom floor with a roll of "pushed" Kodak Tri-X. (Through the glass doors, photo to the right) I had 36 photos of a massive fire at the Lake Apartments on Albemarle Road that destroyed the clubhouse and offices but earned CP a paycheck of $100.00. My first check as a stringer for the Charlotte News and Observer. I still have the contact sheet with circles and X's in red grease pencil.

Technical note: Pushing the Tri-X allowed me to shoot in seriously low light without a flash. But wasn't to the liking of Observer veteran lens men. I was told use a flash and never to push beyond 1x because the shadows dropped out and the photos lacked depth because of the push. 

I would never get full time status with the Observer instead ended up doing a short stint with John Kilgo at the Weekly Newspapers and eventually WAYS/WROQ working directly with Stan Kaplan. (I still remember the cigar, turtle neck sweaters and the ashes from the cigar that fell like snow across his ever expanding gut.) Working for Kilgo was a challenge but working for Kaplan was a nightmare.  He wasn't a bad guy, just ADHD to an extreme.

So even at WAYS, 600 South Tryon was at least for a short time, where I wanted to be. Though I'd later figure out the money was better in sales than being a shooter and still better if you sold air time vs column inches.

But for a while because my photos were always big stories, car cashes with at least one fatality, or better yet an arrest or homicide, I was always treated like a rock star.

Nothing I enjoyed more than greeting a "staff photog" rushing out the door at 600 South Tryon with a smile on my face and a roll of 35mm in my fist, saying "I got it all right here"!

In those days no "real" photographer ever left the house without a camera. I carried two, a Cannon F-1 with auto drive, and zoom lens, it was big, heavy, with a full metal body, it was noisy but super bad, and a very small wallet sized Lecia.

I chose the Cannon over Nikon because it was more durable, even so the purists at the time would say the Nikon lens was better. I had the Lecia because I could palm it and make it disappear when I needed it to. The Leica had a huge field of view and it was nearly silent. I could shoot from the hip or car window without raising the camera to eye level. Oh the joy of view finder cameras.

Yep, those were the days. 

Today everyone has a camera so the print doesn't need pay for photos.

And so it goes that newspaper journalists and "shooters" are a dying breed, yet many of those left behind still cling to an increasingly anachronistic vocabulary, including:

Spike | To reject a story. The term derives from the metal spindles which pierced unwanted submissions.

Wires | News agency reports.

Leg | A column of text.

Screamer | A sensational banner headline.

Bulldog edition | An early printing.

Jump | When a story continues on a different page.

Above the fold | A story placed at the top of a broadsheet which can, therefore, be seen even when the paper is folded.

Lede | The paper’s main story, or an article’s opening salvo. To bury the lede is to hide a story’s most interesting facts in the body of the article.

I miss the roll of the old presses, slow and purposeful at first then faster and faster til the sound was deafening. It was if they were printing money on newsprint.

So I raise a pint to those who read this, those who at one time or another knew what the word deadline meant, and those who felt the floor of 600 South Tryon vibrate, those to who the sound of presses running balls to the walls was amazing. And "Cheers" to anyone who ever felt the joy of seeing their work above the fold in color without any bleed.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

On First Glance This Looks Like A Case For Nancy Grace

The hede screams pervy old man. But do the math, the perp was 17 when he hooked up with college student online and it went to dirt really fast. But seriously what is wrong with kids? Why is a 22 year old college woman having video sex with someone she didn't really know?

Maybe the bigger question why is the FBI and Justice Department "Major Crimes" Unit even spending tax dollars chasing these types of crime?

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Cyberstalking and “Sextorting” Massachusetts College Student

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Boston for engaging in a “sextortion” campaign against a Boston-area college student.

James F. Connor V, 20, of West Chester, Penn., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to time served, three years of supervised release, the first 10 months to be served in home confinement, a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community served.  In January 2016, Connor pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking and one count of extortion.

In 2012, Connor and the victim met through social media and developed an online relationship.  In the course of that relationship, the victim sent Connor naked pictures of herself through Snapchat and engaged in sexually explicit video chats with him using FaceTime.  Connor preserved many of these images without her consent.  After the relationship ended, Connor attempted to continue communications with the victim and initiated a campaign of harassment and intimidation.  He threatened to harm her physically and harm her reputation by publicly disseminating the sexually explicit images.  Connor also repeatedly threatened to commit suicide if the victim did not take his calls, and sent her pictures of himself holding a knife to his throat with blood, which was later determined to be fake, dripping down his neck.

In September 2015, Connor escalated his campaign of harassment when he began blackmailing the victim and threatening to send the sexually explicit images to her parents and Twitter followers if she did not send additional naked pictures and engage in sexually explicit video chats with him.  As part of Connor’s cyberstalking and sextortion campaign, he sent the victim a detailed list of sexual demands, which included, among other things, that she send him five sexually explicit pictures and have five sexually explicit video chat sessions per week over a five week period.  Connor also insisted that she break up with her current boyfriend.

Connor frequently employed a telephone and text message spoofing, or anonymizing, application that allows users to easily change telephone numbers to conceal their identity.  In October 2015, Connor was arrested and charged via criminal complaint after the victim reported the threats and prior pattern of harassment to law enforcement authorities.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday's Odds and Ends Tarheel Edition

On this day April 4, 1968 the world's attention turned to Memphis. So much has changed, so much has not. It is almost as if we are in a crazy cycle of madness. Repeating the same issues again and again. Never really learning from the past.

Race relations have regressed to a point that 2016 looks a lot like 1968. Protests have become a way of life for so many. The Democratic and Republican conventions will no doubt become a hot bed of demonstrations and violence.

Yet, somethings do change. At yesterday's Drive/Chip/Putt competition final 8 kids, boys and girls 7-15 years old where declared champions at Augusta National, the home to golf's famed Masters Golf Tournament. Greenside was Condi Rice sporting her member's green jacket.

A black woman in 1968 at August National would have been known as "the help" using back entrances and doorways.

Still others remain the same, like UNC's Tarheels and March Madness. Tobacco road still dominates basketball in March.

As does the Duke-UNC never ending rivalry.