Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LaWana Mayfield Nutbird of Another Color

Say what you like about Charlotte City Council woman LaWana Mayfield, the people living in district 3 voted for her, yes the same people who elect Vilma Leake, which explains a lot.

LaWana doesn't believe the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are real. OK I get it, there are idiots among us who think the attacks where staged to change American sentiment towards Arabs.
Her Facebook post stating "I am still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane that opened the doors for US Citizens to loose (lose) all privacy rights (from the conspiracy theorist in me)"
She included photos of the World Trade Center Towers and the caption: "It's Official: European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 Was A Controlled Demolition".
I don't suppose I need to tell you which political party she belongs to do I?
Cedar's Take: I flew into Greensboro around 3 yesterday saw a tweet tease from the Washington Post something to the effect of "NC council member claims 9/11 fake" and I assumed it was some backwoods imbecile from the far reaches of eastern North Carolina or someone west of Asheville.
I should have known it was our very own LaWana Mayfield.
Just for shits and giggles LaWana maybe you should read this account of that day. By the way I watched the second plane hit the tower it was as real as you are a freaking fat monkey.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ICE Immigration Raids Quietly Grab 14 In Charlotte

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers arrested dozens across North Carolina over the weekend. While the arrests brought out protesters in Asheville and elsewhere, in Charlotte the arrests were little noted.

Local media ignored the Charlotte arrests that ICE portrayed as the routine deportation of violent criminals. More arrests are expected this week as targeted persons are still being sought. 

Cedar's Take: Interestingly enough none of those arrested on Saturday seem to have recent arrests in Mecklenburg County. Which seems to be somewhat contrary to ICE statements. 






Monday, April 16, 2018

Mecklenburg County Park and Rec - A Really Stupid Sit-Com

Spring and baseball season is upon us and with that little league and soccer collide head on in the middle of April creating a sort of Armageddon of youth sports for any unprepared county park system.

So in a city the size of Charlotte you would think Mecklenburg Park and Recreation would be staffed with well trained seasoned and prepared employees, not idiots.

Welcome to a not so funny sit-com where idiocy reins supreme called Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.

Thanks to "AJ in the QC" for filling in some of the details (@AndrewCarolinas) and giving us an idea what a mess it has become:

Parks and Rec decided a month ago to enforce a never before enforced rule of no parking on grass at Freedom Park.

That decision removed over 150 parking spaces from the ballfields at Freedom Park.

Fast forward to Friday. Parks and Rec responds to the hundreds of complaints from baseball and soccer parents, as well as Freedom Park neighborhoods who were being overrun with cars parking in front of homes and people walking to the fields.

We can now park on the grass.

So yesterday, at 2pm, I'm leaving the ballfields. My car is the only one left in the grass. The entire tennis court paved lot by New HOPE road is completely open.

But the park ranger has the sign blocking entry and is arguing with people stuck on East Blvd East Blvd was a parking lot from Bad Daddies to Kings/Queens.

I get to the front and yell to the park ranger that there's now scores of parking spaces and he can let folks in. He rudely responds no and continues arguing with a motorist who wants in the park.

Later on Saturday former candidate for Charlotte mayor Kenny Smith got into the fray:

@KennySmithCLT Apr 14 More @MeckCounty you have to figure out a parking plan for freedom Park. The back lot is 1/4 Full and you were turning people away forcing grandparents to walk a long distance in 80° weather. Frustrations mounting. @mridenhour

This prompted a reply from Mecklenburg County: We will pass your feedback along to @MeckParkRec and see if they can offer any insight into what was going on. Mecklenburg County

Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour who is a rather responsive social media sort of stand up guy replied in short order: Thanks, @MeckCounty. Also looping in @DenaDiorio, as she & I spoke about this on Fri.

Charlotte media has long lamented about budget cuts at Mecklenburg Park and Recreation.

Sunday Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio tweeted:

I am discussing with @MeckParkRec on Monday. Thanks for letting me know.

Cedar's Take: Crickets from Mecklenburg County Park and Rec office, which is no surprise since they don't come to work on Monday until well past noon. Stressful weekends you know?

But you would think, Myers Park residents pay outrageous property taxes, work hard to keep their homes and yards in top shape, and they aren't a crime burden on the city or county.

The taxpayers around Freedom Park aren't the socially needy types, and they really ask for very little in return.

So how about some respect from Park Rangers and maybe Park and Recreation can hire some common sense staffers and by doing so make youth sports and spring in Charlotte the joy it should be, maybe?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Mount Katahdin What Are You Waiting For?

As Eastcoasters, our mountains are often scoffed at by many so called "technical" climbers out west.

Admittedly Mt. Mitchell at 6,683 isn't much of a challenge since most people "summit" by driving the parking lot and walking the final 35 feet to the top.

On the other hand hiking Mt. Katahdin's Cathedral trail or trekking the 3 foot wide Knife's Edge isn't for the weak or timid. Sure its not technical, but it takes skill and endurance just the same.

First just getting there is a challenge, this is no stay at the Hilton, have a hot breakfast then scale Yosemite's half dome for lunch and meet up with friends for happy hour at 4. It takes some planning, a lot of driving and about ten hours.

But the view in the early summer or even late fall is awesome.

Yes that a bald eagle the fly fisherman is looking at over head. Photo by the author
Years back I posted a short about my first climb and it is here.

Now many seasons later I'm thinking what took me so long? So here's my advice "if you don't do it this year you'll only be another year older when you do". (Thanks Warren Miller).

Friday, April 6, 2018

Masters Tee Times For Friday April 6, 2018

Friday April 6, 2018 Tee Times 

8:30 a.m. -- Billy Horschel, Chez Reavie, Cameron Smith

8:41 a.m. -- Sandy Lyle, Si Woo Kim, Doug Ghim (a)

8:52 a.m. -- Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Patrick Cantlay

9:03 a.m. -- Angel Cabrera, Ross Fisher, Jimmy Walker

9:14 a.m. -- Fred Couples, Haotong Li, Joaquin Niemann (a)

9:25 a.m. -- Larry Mize, Russell Henley, Shubhankar Sharma

9:36 a.m. -- Bernhard Langer, Tony Finau, Yuta Ikeda

9:47 a.m. -- Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Yuxin Lin (a)

9:58 a.m. -- Kevin Kisner, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

10:09 a.m. -- Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

10:31 a.m. -- Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar

10:42 a.m. -- Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

10:53 a.m. -- Jordan Spieth, Alex Noren, Louis Oosthuizen

11:04 a.m. -- Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Rafa Cabrera Bello

11:15 a.m. -- Austin Cook, Ted Potter, Jr., Wesley Bryan

11:26 a.m. -- Ian Woosnam, Ryan Moore, Jhonattan Vegas

11:37 a.m. -- Mike Weir, Brendan Steele, Matt Parziale (a)

11:48 a.m. -- Jose Maria Olazabal, Kevin Chappell, Dylan Frittelli

11:59 a.m. -- Bryson DeChambeau, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Fitzpatrick

12:10 p.m. -- Mark O'Meara, Brian Harman, Harry Ellis (a)

12:32 p.m. -- Vijay Singh, Satoshi Kodaira, Daniel Berger

12:43 p.m. -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Pat Perez, Francesco Molinari

12:54 p.m. -- Danny Willett, Kyle Stanley, Jason Dufner

1:05 p.m. -- Hideki Matsuyama, Patton Kizzire, Paul Casey

1:16 p.m. -- Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Branden Grace

1:27 p.m. -- Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood

1:38 p.m. -- Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas, Doc Redman (a)

1:49 p.m. -- Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day

2 p.m. -- Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman, Adam Hadwin

“Dilly Dilly”

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Masters Tee Times Thursday April 5, 2018

Thursday April 5, 2018 Tee Times “Dilly Dilly”

8:30 a.m./11:15 a.m. -- Austin Cook, Ted Potter, Jr., Wesley Bryan

8:41 a.m./11:26 a.m. -- Ian Woosnam, Ryan Moore, Jhonattan Vegas

8:52 a.m./11:37 a.m. -- Mike Weir, Brendan Steele, Matt Parziale (a)

9:03 a.m./11:48 a.m. -- Jose Maria Olazabal, Kevin Chappell, Dylan Frittelli

9:14 a.m./11:59 a.m. -- Bryson DeChambeau, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Fitzpatrick

9:25 a.m./12:10 p.m. -- Mark O'Meara, Brian Harman, Harry Ellis (a)

9:36 a.m./12:32 p.m. -- Vijay Singh, Satoshi Kodaira, Daniel Berger

9:47 a.m./12:43 p.m. -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Pat Perez, Francesco Molinari

9:58 a.m./12:54 p.m. -- Danny Willett, Kyle Stanley, Jason Dufner

10:09 a.m./1:05 p.m. -- Hideki Matsuyama, Patton Kizzire, Paul Casey

10:31 a.m./1:16 p.m. -- Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Branden Grace

10:42 a.m./1:27 p.m. -- Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood

10:53 a.m./1:38 p.m. -- Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas, Doc Redman (a)

11:04 a.m./1:49 p.m. -- Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day

11:15 a.m./2 p.m. -- Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman, Adam Hadwin

11:26 a.m./8:30 a.m. -- Billy Horschel, Chez Reavie, Cameron Smith

11:37 a.m./8:41 a.m. -- Sandy Lyle, Si Woo Kim, Doug Ghim (a)

11:48 a.m./8:52 a.m. -- Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Patrick Cantlay

11:59 a.m./9:03 a.m. -- Angel Cabrera, Ross Fisher, Jimmy Walker

12:10 p.m./9:14 a.m. -- Fred Couples, Haotong Li, Joaquin Niemann (a)

12:32 p.m./9:25 a.m. -- Larry Mize, Russell Henley, Shubhankar Sharma

12:43 p.m./9:36 a.m. -- Bernhard Langer, Tony Finau, Yuta Ikeda

12:54 p.m./9:47 a.m. -- Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Yuxin Lin (a)

1:05 p.m./9:58 a.m. -- Kevin Kisner, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

1:16 p.m./10:09 a.m. -- Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

1:27 p.m./10:31 a.m. -- Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar

1:38 p.m./10:42 a.m. -- Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

1:49 p.m./10:53 a.m. -- Jordan Spieth, Alex Noren, Louis Oosthuizen

2:00 p.m./11:04 a.m. -- Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Rafa Cabrera Bello

Friday, March 30, 2018

Today Good Friday I'm offering up a strong dose of Southern Style Religion.

Originally posted back in 2007....

Once Again It Is Easter.... Please be seated.

Years back, when Charlotte was a lot smaller and the pace of life a lot slower, an Easter Sunrise Service was held at Providence High School.

As the headlights of two hundred or so cars streamed into the parking lot, the crimson and purple hues of the sun's first rays began to touch the far eastern corners of the Carolina horizon, while birds sang in wonderful orchestra we call nature.

It's not hard to see the hand of God on Easter Sunday in the Carolina's. Azaleas, Dogwoods, rainbow colors of flowers all in bloom and Carolina blue skies which might explain the large number of churches in the Carolinas. I think there are 87 on the Charleston Peninsula alone, I know there are twice that many in Charlotte and the biggest of which is Calvary.

Standing at the corner of Rea Road and Highway 51, Calvary is so big that it's pipe organ is second in size only to that of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. It is a big church, so big it has escalators to the two balconies.

The church was once painted a somewhat a dull shade of pink and, was nick named by members and non-members as "The Pink Church" or the "Mary Kay Cathedral". Calvary was founded by Dr. Ross Rhodes who at the time of this Easter sunrise service was senior pastor.

Charlotte is of course the well known home to the famous preacher Dr. Billy Graham, and a close second to Billy Graham is Dr. Rhodes. I think Ross Rhodes could make a believer out of Satan if given the chance.

My grandmother used to tell us to sit up straight in church so that God knew we were paying attention. On this Easter Sunday, the frosty cold aluminum bleachers of Providence High School Football Stadium made certain we were all sitting up straight and paying attention.

The hot coffee and warm biscuits from Bojangles that the Calvary volunteers handed out, helped ease the chill but it was so cold, that I soon began to plot an early exit back to my car.

I'm a morning person, most of the time and I love to watch the sunrise. Cold on the other hand I'm not nearly as fond of, so I thanked my sister who was kind enough to bring an extra blanket to sit on.

Before the small choir had finished the second verse of the first hymn, my biscuit was cold and my coffee gone.

In the faint half light of the early dawn Dr. Rhodes rose from his seat and walked over to the podium, for all practical purposes it was still dark.

His sermon was simple….. his first words where.....

"He Has Risen!"

And with that voices came to life through the gathered crowd as these words were repeated and rose on wisps of steam from our breath which filled the cold morning air.

Dr. Rhodes continued….

"Now if this had just happened today, on this Sunday morning, we would have proof! There would be satellite trucks, and news media everywhere. Anderson Cooper would be live with eyewitnesses to interview, and there would be full page photo spreads in USA Today, the New York Times and the Charlotte Observer. There would be a "film at eleven" on television that would show the massive stone rolled aside and for the next forty days Jesus himself would hold press conferences right up until ascension.

And he would tell the world: "Hey, I'm back for I have risen!"

"But, because this single event occurred nearly 2000 years ago we don't have a film at eleven, but we do have eyewitness accounts and interviews with the Oprah of the day whose name is Mark, and his interview is right here".

And as he spoke those words, Dr. Rhodes held up his bible the one he has carried for nearly 40 years and proclaimed.

"It says right here…" HE HAS RISEN!

With that a flock of Canada Geese flew over head no more than a dozen feet above the bleachers, winging their way no doubt to eternity and just as suddenly the sun rose above the horizon and bathed the bleachers in wonderful light and warmth that you could feel all the way through to your soul.

And I have got to tell ya ... I don't know how Ross Rhodes pulled it off but his timing was perfect. Within an instant the chill in the air was gone as a new day had begun.

Now years later Dr. Rhodes message, and that Easter sunrise service is still a very vivid memory.

Dr. Rhodes' message has always been simple… "Believe in the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved" Period!

No fancy church or nearly drowning style of baptism, pilgrimage to Mecca, or giving up a certain amount of your paycheck, no course of study, no special communion, no specific number of Sunday school sessions or bible study attendance required, just one simple thing.

"Believe in the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved" - Just Believe!

OK I'm done preaching now go color those chickens.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Idiots Among Us - Texting While Driving

Anyone who drives as much as I do, knows some simple truths about Charlotte drivers.

First: Mini Vans are the scourge of the city, known for going 10 miles an hour below the posted speed limit, making right turns with the left blinker flashing away, sudden stops and other erratic driving.

Second: Audi A6 and A8 are pretty good cars to follow if you're in a hurry on 485.

Except when the driver is a 50 something blonde driving her Audi A6 on 485 in the left lane going only 60 miles an hour and texting.

Not only is she texting but she's put on her reading glasses to do it.
I don't care if you text and drive just don't do it on 485 in the left hand lane and force car after car to pass you on the right because you are only going 60 mph.

I am not kidding the line behind her was 20 cars.

Thankfully she took her happy little butt off 485 at Providence Road

Wednesday Musical Interlude Just Because - Robin Schultz and Walmart "Sugar"

Sort of a dreary day in the Carolina's, and another Nor'easter heading towards New England so how about some West Coast fun and sun?

Walmart has high jacked the guitar riffs from Robin Shultz and Sugar (how'd you get so fly) to promote their spring 2018 clothing lines. I'm not sure if it will help Walmart's same store sales this year but it has spurred renewed interest in the song "Sugar" which peaked at 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart after the December of 2015 release. 

The music video featuring baby face Francesco Yates never made the top 20 at VH1 or MTV but its crazy fun.

Continue the fun? Why not? Here's the music video back story. Cedar's Take: I'm totally envious that people actually get to do this shit for a living.


She got cherry lips
Angel eyes
She knows exactly how to tantalize
She's out to get you, danger by design

Cold blooded vixen, she don't compromise
She's optimistic of the coded lights
So far from typical, but take my advice
Before you play with fire, do think twice
And if you get burned, don't be surprised

Got me tripping higher than the ceiling
Ooh baby it's the ultimate feeling
You got me lifted feeling so gifted

Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly

We're talking lady L
ove how you in tight
Sugar we're just a rider, man spies
Sean Penn a little bit ethic, one's desire
She's out to get you, you can't burn, you can't hide

She's optimistic of the coded lights
So far from typical, but take my advice
Before you play with fire, do think twice
And if you get burned, don't be surprised

Got me tripping higher than the ceiling
Ooh baby it's the ultimate feeling
You got me lifted feeling so gifted

Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly

But you won't get me tonight
Got me tripping higher than the ceiling
Ooh baby it's the ultimate feeling
You got me lifted feeling so gifted

Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so fly
Sugar how you get so flygar how you get so fly

Saturday, March 10, 2018

WBTV's 78 Second Sound Bite On CMPD Officer Pay

It didn't have a lot of substance, ran less than 90 seconds and didn't get a lot of traction after it aired. But WBTV's sound bite on Officer pay was at least a start.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) Raleigh Police are on their way to Charlotte for a recruiting event Friday, as CMPD officers demand better pay and benefits from Charlotte city officials Some local officers tell WBTV many are leaving for better opportunities.

I never thought I would be one to leave,” said one former CMPD officer who asked we not reveal his identity. He left his badge behind two months ago. “Good people are leaving,” he said. “I can assure you that former colleagues of mine that were excellent police officers, were an absolute asset to CMPD, left for better opportunities.

And so did he, taking his nine years’ experience to the private sector. Like many officers in Charlotte, he says the tough choice was all about pay, benefits, and ultimately - family.

“When you go to work every day and kiss your kids goodbye, not knowing full-well if you’re going to come home or not, and doing it while living paycheck to paycheck and not having the benefits that a profession that puts you in harm’s way should provide, it’s incredibly difficult,” he said. Right now, a new CMPD recruit will make just more than $43,000 to start, with the chance to eventually rise to nearly $66,000 as an officer.

But officers recently told city council – it is coming up short. “We’re leaving for places like Raleigh that’ll pay their officers more than $70,000, compared to just $60,000 here,” Daniel Redford, a current 12-year veteran of CMPD, told the Charlotte City Council.

As Raleigh prepares for a recruiting event in Charlotte on Friday, opportunities like this are causing some to have concern for the retention rate in Charlotte. “You don’t want a situation where you’re filling police academies with bodies instead of cops because that’ll have a detrimental effect for anyone who lives and works in and around Charlotte,” the former officer said.

CMPD officers are asking the council to consider a 15 percent pay increase for them in the next budget. Council members have told WBTV that they hear the officers’ message “loud and clear".

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Pfc. Donald H. Dufault USMC Killed In Action March 5, 1945

73 Years ago this week Donald H. Dufault, the son of my great aunt Alice (Duty) Dufault, the divorced mother's only child was killed in action on the island of Iwo Jima.
You might recall the massive uproar over President Trump's conversation with the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson in what would be later called the Tongo Tongo Ambush. During the seven days between the death of Sergeant Johnson and his burial many in the liberal press as well as liberal members of congress used the Marine's death to unfortunately attack the President.
In 1945 your notification wasn't a visit from an Officer and Navy Chaplin and later a consolatory phone call from the president, rather a straight forward telegram, just slightly more personal than today's email, that was hand delivered by a courier or left on your door should you not be at home.
The Western Union Telegram Delivered On March 27, 1945
Let us also note that it wasn't right away or the next day, in fact as the above telegram shows notification was nearly a month after my Great Aunt's son was killed in action.
The local paper learned of the news and published this report.
Two weeks later she received this letter from her son:
Oddly enough the letter is dated 3 days after Pfc. Dufault was killed on Iwo Jima. Perhaps in the "fog of war" the days ran together or the date he was killed was simply recorded in error.
The following letter was written by a fellow Marine 3 months later and it took nearly a month to reach Don's mother. Notice the "Naval Censor" stamp in the lower left corner of the envelope below. The letter details how Pfc. Dufault was killed by a Japanese sniper.

October 14, 1948, more than three years after his death the letter below was received along with a Presidential Unit Citation bar with two stars and the Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal. This was added to her collection of two Purple Hearts and other service medals.
The citation (below) maybe the most concise account of the five week battle (19 February – 26 March 1945) to take the volcanic island of Iwo Jima at a cost of 26,040 total casualties, in all 6,821 US Sailors and Marines were killed and 19,217 wounded.

The above description of the events is epic!
On January 31, 1949 Pfc. Donald Dufault's remains where returned to his home town of Marion Illinois, nearly 4 years after his death.

Two years later Post 980 was dedicated in his honor.

Dedication of American Legion Post #980 Chicago
Pfc. Donald H Dufault became a Marine on October 3, 1940 and served in Alaska, Aleutian Islands, before participating in two invasions of the Marshall Islands, being wounded during the taking the island of Saipan (Now part of the Mariana Islands a US Territory) in June of 1944 and finally the successful capture by US Marines of Iwo Jima.  
Cedar's take: There are times when I tire of hearing "thank you for your service" you see, saluting the national ensign and enjoying a 3 day leave nearly every weekend for 8 years ain't shit. Spending the final four years of your life chasing an enemy across the Pacific from island to island because you are a Marine that's service, that's a hero who deserves your thank you!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Hope Hicks

No big secret, my fascination with Hope Hicks. 
In the world of what is sexy, most see Kim Kardashin and Kate Upton of sex tape and Sports Illustrated fame.
Still that sort of over exposed over rated sexy is not real world sexy.
Power, influence and the ability to gracefully navigate the perils of "inside the beltway" while gently seductively presenting pure womanhood without the Jennifer Lawrence plunging neck line and slit up to the far reaches of  her thigh dress look is just so ultra sexy.

Where life takes Ms Hicks only she knows for sure, but I can't help but notice the ever so faint grin, as if she had just left behind a bomb that was about to go off.
Cedar Back Story: As you might expect there is a back story to this photo and this one time freelance shooter thinks its worth a read right here.

Throw Back Thursday "Freedoms Being Lost" 1979

The more things change the more they stay the same. Back in 1979 a speech was given to a large gathering of Charlotte business leaders during the Charlotte Rotary Club’s annual public business luncheon held “Uptown” at the then new Radisson Hotel. The subject government over reach and ”Freedoms Being Lost”. What follows are a few highlights of that speech:

American’s are losing their freedom in the name of “public interest,” do not give in.
Don’t be a part of a group that gives up its long-term freedom for a short term gain.
Freedom is a free-market, and free enterprise; free to produce, discover, invent, experiment, to succeed, to fail, to profit, and to consume all on a voluntary basis without interference by the policing powers of the state.

It is a fact, that government control does not work, and it has been bad and getting worse for all who have tried it.

Let me illustrate how we are moving in the direction of more and more government control: In 1960 the federal government had 100 programs, while today it has grown to more than 1,200.

In 1930 government spending accounted for 12 percent of the gross national product whereas today it is nearly 40 percent. By the year 2000 at the current rate of growth it will be 60 percent.
With the free enterprise system we produce 28 percent of the world's production with five percent of the world’s population. After we feed ourselves, we export 60 percent of our wheat and rice, 50 percent of our soybeans, 20 percent of our corn, despite the fact that since 1940 the number of framers and farm workers has decreased by 66 and 2/3rds percent, because during the last 40 years, our output has increased 75 percent.

Contrast this to the Soviet Union, who after 63 years of Bolshevik Achievement is still dependent of western technology for food. The obvious flaw, a lack of creative thought, no incentive to achieve more by the masses.

Contrast our free enterprise system with the so-called “best of each" Democratic - Socialism, Sweden’s “cradle-to-grave” protection that now dictates the color of a man’s house. For this guidance, the average Swedish worker pays $4,125 annually in taxes from his $11,000 per year income. The British man pays taxes of nearly 60 percent of the national income.
Today 130 million man-hours are spent each year filling out government forms at a cost of $25 billion. Government then spends another $15 billion processing its own paperwork.

Regulations that have become detrimental to the free enterprise system, include those requiring truckers operating between Cleveland Ohio and Jacksonville Florida to make return trips empty; Greyhound bus cannot have age qualifications for drivers and the company was recently ordered to pay $19 million to unknown short people because of its rule that drivers must be at least five foot, seven inches tall.

Recently the Continental Can Company paid $100,000 for ear plugs, but OSHA demanded $33 million be spent to build sound shields because some workers were too ignorant or obstinate to wear the ear plugs.

The washroom scene is so sad it’s funny. Two federal agencies are currently fighting over jurisdiction of the nation’s toilets. OSHA says women’s restrooms must have special lounge facilities, but the EEOC says; if that is so, then men must have equal couches and chairs.

Americans can combat this trend toward more and more government control by sending money to free enterprise groups such as the “Council for a Competitive Economy” and stop sending money to those colleges and universities whose faculties are hostile to capitalism, and support news media which are either pro-business or at least professionally capable of being fair and accurate in the treatment of pro-capitalist ideas.

The speaker was my father and his well-received remarks were reported in the Charlotte Observer.
Surprising that so many of the issues that concern us today were just as much a concern nearly 40 years ago.

In 1979 Charlotte’s population was just over 300,000, I-77 had recently been extended to the south of Charlotte, all the way to just past Rockhill. The Charlotte Knights were called the Orioles playing nightly during the summer in Dilworth.
Note Fred Smith’s Council for a Competitive Economy is now called the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Dad’s projection of 60 percent government spending by the year 2000 was off by a few years. Spending did in fact triple from just under $1 trillion in 1979 to $3 trillion in 1999, but it wasn’t until 2009 that spending pushed past the 40 percent level. It remains today at around 38 percent, much of it lost to bloated budgets, fraud and waste.

Monday, February 26, 2018

TrackPad a Dog Story

The following dog story is via the Twitter Feed of Angry Staff Officer 

Follow him on Twitter via his handle is @pptsapper

So I ran into a former 13F (artillery forward observer) today at a party. Naturally we started telling Army stories. So no shit, there he was, in Iraq, with 2-37 Armor (I think). The unit had picked up a local mutt, as units do, named Trackpad, because, well, armor unit.

He was the unit doggo and when guys came back from patrol they had a fuzzy friend to meet them when they rolled back in. However, this is the US Army, where fun is outlawed, so the order came down to get rid of all the dogs on bases.

So the guys took Trackpad in their vic and drove him to the other side of the city and dropped him off - they weren't gonna shoot him. They're on their way back and bam, ambush. My dude is engaging when all of a sudden he hears a bark from behind him.

He recognizes the bark immediately: it's Trackpad. He turns behind him and sees a dude hefting an RPG about to light him up. Dude opens up and takes down the insurgent, pretty much saving the convoy.

A minute later, this small shape comes running out of the building where the insurgent had been: it's Trackpad. He'd followed the convoy for about six miles, spotted the insurgents, and started barking to alert his old friends. Saved some lives for sure.

Dude obviously grabs Trackpad and puts him in his truck. They roll back to base and literally everyone on the convoy walks into the CO's office and is like, "look. This dog saved our lives. Ain't no way this dog is going anywhere."

The command caved and Trackpad got to stay on base. Dude rotated home eventually, and he found out that Trackpad was later adopted by another soldier and made it home to the good ol US.

Yeah, that happened. This is why I love trading stories.

Also, if anyone has a photo of Trackpad I'd love to see it.

Thanks for listening.

Cedars Take: I'm totally on the hunt for a photo of TrackPad, while bring fully aware that none of the above has been journalistically collaborated via at least two sources. After all this is a blog not a syndicated column.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Charlotte Fire and the Letter

Its often hard gauge fact without a base line. We are bombarded with never ending claims of racism and sexism to a point where the never ending claims become the new base line so that only the most horrific repulsive acts get our attention.

WSOC read excerpts from the above letter, CP has not seen a full copy of the letter but it seems to continue a plot from the past several years.

Wonder what you think? 

Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 Grammys Complete List of Winners

Album of the year

Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino
4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn – Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama – Lorde
24K Magic – Bruno Mars - WINNER

Record of the year

Redbone – Childish Gambino
Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber
The Story of OJ – Jay-Z
Humble. – Kendrick Lamar
24K Magic – Bruno Mars - WINNER

Song of the year

Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber
4:44 – Jay-Z
Issues – Julia Michaels
1-800-273-8255 – Logic feat Alessia Cara and Khalid
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars - WINNER

Country album

Kenny Chesney - Cosmic Hallelujah 
Lady Antebellum - Heart Break 
Little Big Town - The Breaker 
Thomas Rhett - Life Changes 
Chris Stapleton - From a Room: Volume 1 - WINNER

Best comedy album

The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas - Dave Chappelle - WINNER
Cinco - Jim Gaffigan
Jerry Before Seinfeld - Jerry Seinfeld
A Speck Of Dust - Sarah Silverman
What Now? - Kevin Hart

Best rap album

4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn – Kendrick Lamar - WINNER
Culture – Migos
Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator

Best pop solo performance

Love So Soft – Kelly Clarkson
Praying – Kesha
Million Reasons – Lady Gaga
What About Us – Pink
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran - WINNER

Best new artist

Alessia Cara - WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Best rap/sung performance

Prblms – 6lack
Crew – Goldlink feat Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy
Family Feud – Jay-Z feat Beyoncé
Loyalty. – Kendrick Lamar feat Rihanna - WINNER
Love Galore – SZA feat Travis Scott

Best dance recording

Bambro Koyo Ganda – Bonobo Featuring Innov Gnawa
Cola – Camelphat & Elderbrook
Andromeda – Gorillaz Featuring DRAM
Tonite – LCD Soundsystem - WINNER
Line Of Sight – Odesza Featuring WYNNE & Mansionair

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Migration – Bonobo
3-D The Catalogue – Kraftwerk - WINNER
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
A Moment Apart – Odesza
What Now – Sylvan Esso

Best Rock Performance

You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen - WINNER
The Promise – Chris Cornell
Run – Foo Fighters
No Good – Kaleo
Go To War – Nothing More

Best Metal Performance

Invisible Enemy – August Burns Red
Black Hoodie – Body Count
Forever – Code Orange
Sultan’s Curse – Mastodon - WINNER
Clockworks – Meshuggah

Best rock song

Metallica – Atlas, Rise!
K.Flay – Blood in the Cut
Nothing More – Go to War
Foo Fighters - Run – WINNER
Avenge Sevenfold – The Stage

Pop vocal album

Kaleidoscope EP – Coldplay
Lust for Life – Lana Del Rey
Evolve – Imagine Dragons
Rainbow – Kesha
Joanne – Lady Gaga
÷ (Divide) – Ed Sheeran - WINNER

Pop duo/group performance

Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber
Thunder – Imagine Dragons
Feel It Still – Portugal The Man - WINNER
Stay – Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best R&B performance

Get You – Daniel Caesar feat Kali Uchis
Distraction – Kehlani
High – Ledisi
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars - WINNER
The Weekend – SZA

Best R&B song

PJ Morton – First Began 
Khalid – Location 
Childish Gambino – Redbone 
SZA – Supermodel 
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like - WINNER

Best rap performance

Big Sean – Bounce Back 
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow 
Jay -Z – 4:44 
Kendrick Lamar – Humble - WINNER
Migos feat Lil Uzi Vert – Bad and Boujee

Best R&B album

Freudian – Daniel Caesar
Let Love Rule – Ledisi
24K Magic – Bruno Mars - WINNER
Gumbo – PJ Morton
Feel the Real – Musiq Soulchild

Best country solo performance

Sam Huny – Body Like a Back Road 
Alison Krauss – Losing You 
Miranda Lambert – Tin Man 
Maren Morris – I Could Use a Love Song 
Chris Stapleton – Either Way – WINNER

Best country song

Little Big Town – Better Man 
Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road
Chris Stapleton – Broken Halos - Winner 
Midland – Drinkin’ Problem 
Miranda Lambert – Tin Man

Best urban contemporary album

6lack – Free 6lack 
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! 
Khalid – American Teen 
SZA – Ctrl 
the Weeknd – Starboy – WINNER

Best music video

Up All Night – Beck
Makeba – Jain
The Story of OJ – Jay-Z
Humble – Kendrick Lamar - WINNER
1-800-273-8255 - Logic ft Alessia Cara & Khalid