Diversity at the Bristol Herald Courier

Bristol Herald Courier Corporate Propaganda Mill

by Lewis Loflin

Just published Bristol Herald Courier Sunday July 17, 2016. See Support the new BVU board? Absolutely not!

In 2011 Bristol-Tri-Cities was ranked number 5 in the 10 poorest cities in America by www.DailyFinance.com.

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When it comes to arrogance, power, and lack of accountability, journalists are probably the only people on the planet who make lawyers look good. -- Steve Brill

According to critics over 90% of journalists support Hillary Clinton, while their trust factor with the public is 6 percent.

Date October 20, 2016. With a heavy heart I've been forced to terminate my subscription to the Bristol Herald Courier. I love my newspapers, but have dropped nearly all of them for widespread bias and yellow journalism. Concentration of national media ownership has compromised journalistic ethics and objectivity. These liberal billionaire media empires are inciting racial and political violence - manufacturing and promoting lies on one end, while committing censorship on another to manipulate public opinion.

Send the Bristol Herald Courier a letter at letters@bristolnews.com. The use of the term "yellow press", etc. refers to the entire corporate press.

The Bristol Herald Courier does a good job on local news, what little they have of it, but most of their content including national, state, and opinion pages come right out other newspapers. They don't even do their own editorials and serve only as a propaganda outlet for Warren Buffett's politics. They are a window into the racial hatred and bias affluent white people have against poor and working-class whites that make up most of our community - which explains their total indifference to our problems.

I'll address these issues, which explains why we have so much poverty here, and why economic development is failing the vast majority of citizens. 50 percent of the population lives on government handouts in a culture that despises welfare. First, an example of what they do partially right.

Bristol Herald Courier Oct. 12, 2016. Just as I've noted on this blog since 2000 millions in government economic grants have been wasted and disappeared. It's been revealed that from 2008 to 2015 Bristol Virginia Utilities gave out $2 million in electric company ratepayer money to "economic development projects - many closed or bankrupt - with virtually no oversight or recording keeping." Really? This is new information after the same thing has happened with hundreds of millions of dollars in ARC, Tobacco Commission, and state grants?

This has gone on for decades! This going on now! Has anyone bothered to ask why the hell electric customers are even funding this nonsense? Hello Bristol Herald Courier! Why doesn't the press ask these questions?

In this case they "could find no applications, business plans, information about what grant money went for, any benefit to the electric utility or documentation of how many jobs were created." This was part of some agreement with TVA where they buy their electricity. Why is the Tennessee Valley Authority even involved in using public money for private gain? Hello journalists! Too busy trashing Donald Trump and calling poor and working class white people, your readers, deplorable, racist, rednecks, etc.?

Newspapers, etc. facing hard economic times have been bought out as a tool to extend the political power of their owners. They have become a weapon with paid advertising not to confront power in government, but to grow it.

And this is where the Bristol Herald Courier fails even in local reporting: they don't ask the hard questions when this nonsense is proposed, but only report on the mess. The above is part of a widespread corruption investigation by the Federal government of criminal activity at the utility that's sent at least 9 contractors or board members to prison, but local and state agencies often involved in similar activities remain silent. They are silent because the press isn't doing its job to question and expose government corruption and waste. Hello Bristol Herald Courier!

They used to do just that until they fell into the clutches of Media General, then got sold to George Soros clone Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway Media Group. Buffett owns 32 Virginia newspapers which also includes the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Roanoke Times giving him a stranglehold on Virginia news. At least in Bristol his newspaper has been a one-sided hate machine against Trump and the "deplorables" poor and working class whites that read this newspaper or did. I'm not the only one to unsubscribe.

Perhaps it isn't fair to blame the Bristol Herald Courier for not working in the public interest like the press once did, they don't even have an editorial writer. Perhaps they are scared of losing what little access they have, or perhaps protecting their advertising revenue?

National Press Abusing the 1st Amendment Press Protections

Bart Hinkle is one of the few editorial writers in the Bristol Herald Courier who isn't a racist bigot we get every other day. In "Does the First Amendment cover books and movies?" (October 12, 2016) Mr. Hinkle brought up important points that need examination.

Media is exempt from campaign finance laws and while this argument concerns Netflix, newspapers, etc. are protected because "without it newspapers, TV networks, and similar media would routinely be in violation of the law whenever they carried anything that might be construed a support for, or opposition to, a political candidate."

This exemption gives mega-money corporations such Berkshire Hathaway Media Group an open political porthole to push their radical political and social agendas and expand their personal power. Thus Mr. Beffett's newspapers at least in Bristol have become open political campaigns for Democrats, while selling advertising - the Bristol Herald Courier abuses this to the extreme in my opinion.

Yes, the Bristol Herald Courier isn't officially endorsing any candidate, but their printed content prove this to be false. From August 1st though the 18th was a virtual non-stop Trump hate fest laced with constant screeches of racism - local letters to the editor all but banned. Even here to October 20th nothing on Hillary's Wiki-leak scandals, etc. Negative Trump vs. Hillary reporting 20-30 to 1.

Several times the Bristol Herald Courier has carried this Trump is Hitler nonsense, the kind of incitement leading to the firebombing of a Republican headquarters in North Carolina. This included their resident race pimp Leonard Pitts of the rabid anti-Trump Miami Herald, and Kathleen Parker of the rabidly anti-Trump Washington Post. She claims to be a "conservative", well, so is Hillary.

A lot of this if I'd done it I'd be sued for slander, but the "press" is somehow exempt, and should be stripped of the media protections or broken up. Due to the media being controlled by so few people it's time to hold them to the same political restrictions of other corporations have including suing them for libel and false reporting. That should also include being sued for inciting violence.

Weasel words or fear?

Editor Jim Maxwell of the Bristol Herald Courier, who is white, says, "Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of this newspaper staff and management. In support of the First Amendment right of free speech...publisher reserves the right to reject any submission." Then who the heck is responsible for what goes in your newspaper? Total weasel words Mr. Maxwell.

This is the typical hypocritical nonsense that passes for journalism today. Journalists walk a fine line between towing their corporate owner's agenda or being fired. One newspaper editor in a small town in Iowa was fired from his job because the big corporation that owned the paper didn't like his Facebook comment opposing gay marriage. What pressure is being put on the employees of the Bristol Herald Courier?

The yellow press is a master at inciting racial and political violence, engaging in outright racism, then censoring the parts they don't want discussed. It's called propaganda and sometimes borders on yellow journalism. The Bristol Herald Courier as a propaganda outlet for our ruling class gives us a glimpse at the hate-filled fantasy world they live in.

Liberals Hate Working-Class and Poor Whites

With much of the media compromised by George Soros clones like Buffett they employ two weapons to crush both reason and their opponents: racial attacks to silence discourse and post-modernism to undermine Enlightenment democracy and its values.

Journalists like the vast majority of leftists are incapable of reason and it has several sources I'll touch on. At the Bristol Herald Courier they are overwhelmingly white, college educated, often from top universities. That is where the problem originates. White guilt, anti-white hate, anti-Western hate, racial identity politics, and manufactured victim classes poison their impressionable young minds. I fought this in college as an older student and being in the military, the younger students were mindless robots taught not to question and not interested in doing so.

Liberalism (which it really isn't) has taken racial identity politics to outright racism - self hating racism. Always they seem to identity with anything other than their own culture and heritage - even those that would harm them or represent everything they claim to hate. It's an irrational world, preaching openness, but the culture on campus is so oppressive we have the madness today of "safe spaces" where these adult children avoid having their feelings hurt over a Donald Trump yard sign.

So convinced are these white people they are racist even when they are not, the paranoia and fear of being stigmatized leads them to lash out at others to prove they aren't. Thus fellow whites that don't flail themselves with chains over non-existent racism and shut the hell up, will be stigmatized, something that has become a terror to many.

Shelby Steele author of "White Guilt" calls this "manipulating stigma". In "The Left Incites Racial Controversy to Secure More Power", to quote Denise C. McAllister,

It has been about stigma and the Democratic Party using it to delegitimize anyone who doesn't bend to its will...if an individual or institution in America is stigmatized as racist, then they are delegitimized. They lose all power and authority and influence. They are marginalized and ostracized. When that happens, they can be easily defeated or manipulated...these people the "new totalitarians," they're not all that new. They've been with us for decades. The difference is they have now accumulated a significant amount of power, and the Silent Majority has now become the Silenced Majority. They don't want to be stigmatized. They don't want to lose their legitimacy in society. So they remain silent and they conform. "White guilt is a powerful, powerful force..."

Ref. "Why White People Will Always Be Racists" by Denise C. McAllister, The Federalist 2016.

Republicans are terrified of this and that's why they won't fight back and constantly sell out their base to the racial golden boy Mr. Obama. That is why the Democrat racists use this as a weapon to silence needed discussion on a number of issues and the media is their tool to enforce it.

This is more than just claiming Marxist' professors. We have academics now attacking science and even reason itself as racist and as white social constructs. One academic went as far as claiming "north" was racist because it referred to white countries in Europe and N. America. I'm not kidding you. I wondered being in Germany how an advanced industrial society could fall into Nazism. I see it today with liberals. Driven by emotion Nazis, communists, etc. just couldn't be reasoned with, no amount of proof or evidence will work. It's called indoctrination.

That craziness is post-modernism which rejects science, reason, etc. and has poisoned the liberal white mind against thinking for themselves. Wrapping every issue into race, gender, etc. unfounded guilt paralyzes rational thought out of fear of being called whatever manufactured phobia they have this week. So when Hillary calls millions of people racist, homophobes, Islamophobes, etc. this is a weapon to terrorize others into silence. Donald Trump is an idiot politician, but he threatens their political correctness fascism to its core.

Several articles in the Bristol Herald Courier lament this won't be over even if Trump loses - count on it.

White liberals have developed such a level of self-hatred of their culture and race they are mentally ill. Some call this condition oikophobia - hatred of home and self, an aversion to one's culture, race, and family. It's an inversion of xenophobia turned inward. This self-hatred is taken out on poor and lower-class whites helpless to defend themselves from elitist bigotry and exclusion.

They talk racial equality, but practice none of it. Like the Bristol Herald Courier diversity in the newsroom is often just talk. They want integrated schools and housing, yet most live in segregated upscale communities and send their kids to private schools - like most of the affluent in this country. Post-modernism since WW2 has fractured their minds from reason and rational inquiry.

It's bad enough we still have snobbery and elitism, a new form of segregation has emerged according to Charles Murrey by education, education dominated by rejecting reason and self hating racism.

The college educated are mostly affluent at least in white collar professions. (This excludes recent college graduates unable to find jobs or millions of tech workers replaced by immigrants.) As Murrey notes in his book "Coming Apart" they don't marry "the boy or girl next door" but the fellow lawyer from the other law firm or fellow journalist at the newspaper. I'd also add it's likely their parents were also college graduates, thus many are far removed from any influence among working class or poor whites.

They live in a closed world. It seems we are an alien culture to them - even if they're not mentally poisoned by post-modernist irrationality and racial self-hate and fear in college, they have little reference to us in the real world anyway. So stereotyping and scapegoating is common for poor and working-class whites they because they still have an identity. They become targets of liberal rage as they try to prove a negative - that they are not racist.

Stereotyping and Racism

I'll define just what is racism before we go on because the yellow journalists distort even a clear meaning on that. Racism is treating people different, making different rules for them, or holding double standards based on race is racism. Racism doesn't extend to culture, religion, or politics. Statements backed up by empirical proof and clear evidence can't be considered racism - facts are not racism.

Claiming all blacks for example are criminals is racism and an outright lie. Claiming blacks engage in disproportionate numbers in crime and violence is true and borne out by police statistics, etc. Go read the Chicago Tribune - "Nearly 100 people shot in Chicago in less than a week." (August 11, 2016) To quote, "100 people have been shot in Chicago in less than a week, pushing the number of shooting victims so far this year to more than 2,500 — about 800 more than this time last year, according to data kept by the Tribune...The number of shooting victims in Chicago stood at 2,514 Thursday morning. At this time last year, 1,725 people had been shot. The city has not seen this level of gun violence since the 1990s, a trend the Police Department has blamed on lax gun laws and feuding gang factions."

Here we have two lies inserted to cover up politically incorrect facts. Again they scrubbed the fact this is black and Hispanic violence hidden under terms such as "feuding gang factions" and lied about "lax gun control laws" when they have among the most draconian gun control laws in the country. In another article the Tribune admitted 75% of this violence was feral blacks and much of the rest is Hispanics. This is all over the country the same story - criminality and violence is directly proportional to the population of non-Asian minorities.

This is part of the irrational post-modernist racial thinking - whites are always guilty even when blacks kill blacks, whatever manufactured victim group and their members can't be held responsible for anything. Total irrational thinking and anyone that even brings up the gun in the hand of the black thug is attacked as racist because the thug is a victim too.

That is not racism because it's factual. Yellow journalists conflate anything they are uncomfortable with or don't like as racism to silence the discussion. Because of the lie about police targeting minority criminals as racism, this hinders the police from doing their jobs - the press is either deluded or trying to incite racial discord to influence the election are themselves committing murder - the Bristol Herald Courier is just as guilty by printing this garbage.

Dana Milbank is a self-hating white male (September 25, 2016 Bristol Herald Courier) that accuses millions of people he has never met as being racists. No doubt a few are as is he, but he perpetrates yellow journalism lies then accuses anyone questioning it of being racists. "Hillary Clinton wasn't necessarily wrong that half of Trumps supporters are racists and other deplorables..." He gets this from reading social media where both sides spew endless garbage.

Calling blacks the most violent population in America is factual not racist as he claims and is borne out by any urban newspaper including the Chicago Tribune. The entire article is a raving lunatic hit piece with zero proof pushing political lies. He tries to blame Trump and the police for black criminals and rioters in Charlotte led by Black Lives Matter, a racist, far left hate group the yellow press covers for.

Milbank claims Trump campaign's "coziness with white supremacists", yet where is the damn proof Mr. Milbank? "Anti-Semitic imagery"? Let's take a look at that lie.

Hillary and a police badge.

The Anti-Semitism Lie

The above is anti-Semitic according to the Anti Defamation League a leftist not Jewish political group. They don't represent any Jews that I know. Hillary is not Jewish, that is a six-point police badge like many other police badges and referred to her corrupt money machine. There's nothing anti-Semitic about it.

I have written for years against Christian anti-Semitism on the Right and have been attacked a number of times for being a "dirty Jew" myself (I'm a classical Deist), but this distortion is simply nonsense. I'll take the "dirty Jew" slur as a compliment.

Another ADL lie is to claim "America first" is anti-Semitic. To quote, "The most noteworthy leader of the 'America First Committee' was Charles Lindbergh," the ADL said, "who sympathized with the Nazis and whose rhetoric was characterized by anti-Semitism and offensive stereotypes."

That is a damn lie. There is no proof he was Nazi or had sympathy for Nazis. My dad fought the Nazi bastards in Europe and was wounded! This is what Lindbergh said that has the ADL leftists crapping in their pants:

"I am not attacking either the Jewish or the British people. Both races, I admire. But I am saying that the leaders of both the British and the Jewish races, for reasons which are as understandable from their viewpoint as they are inadvisable from ours, for reasons which are not American, wish to involve us in the war."

"We cannot blame them for looking out for what they believe to be their own interests, but we also must look out for ours. We cannot allow the natural passions and prejudices of other peoples to lead our country to destruction."

Source: http://www.infowars.com/adl-targets-trump-saying-america-first-is-anti-semitic

American's interests come first is anti-Semitic? Total rubbish! As a supporter of Israel I still place my country first! Yet, who is running the ADL, that panders to Muslims as many of them advocate killing Jews? Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. is connected directly to Obama:

ADL's new national director will be social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt - a special assistant to US President Obama who earlier in his career co-founded the bottled water brand Ethos.

Greenblatt, 43, will succeed Abraham Foxman, who announced in February that he would be stepping down effective July 2015. Foxman, 74, has been the ADL’s national director since 1987.

At the White House, Greenblatt serves as director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council, where his portfolio includes national service, civic engagement, impact investing and social enterprise.

A veteran of the Clinton administration, Greenblatt has been a serial social entrepreneur.

Does anyone smell political hit job here? Yet the yellow press runs the lies, but doesn't fill in the details. Yet this same collection of yellow leftist' Jews during WW2 did nothing to help their fellow Jews being slaughtered. They march for every destructive leftwing cause and group out there, but never stand up for Jews as Jews, only as pitiful victims. Too many are self-hating professional victims taking it out on everyone else including fellow Jews.

Rabbi Meir Kahane

The great Rabbi Meir Kahane says,

How the Jewish leadership of our times, and Jews in general have made the Holocaust a religion unto itself, and the raison d'etre of Jewishness! Worse, how the Jews revel in attacking and condemning "the world" for its silence and apathy and refusal to act to save Jews during the Holocaust... "They" stood by and watched Jews die...

Kahane was also called a racist, etc. by the same yellow leftists attacking Trump, and I'm certain now myself. His idea that Jews should arm and defend themselves was considered extremism. Give me Kahane any day! Leftist' Jews are also racist because they ignore Latino, Muslim, and black anti-Semitism, while going to extremes with renouncing anything no matter how absurd to attack working-class and poor whites. Double standards based on race is racism.

My advice to these self-hating leftist' Jews: go join the army if you can America or Israel, learn to fight, buy and keep guns and learn to use them to defend yourselves if needed. Most important return to the Faith of your fathers, return to the Jewish faith as your true religion, not Leftism.

Quoting Dr. Stephen M. Steinlight High Noon to Midnight Does Current Immigration Policy Doom American Jewry?,

A recent ADL study found that only some 12 percent of white Christian Americans hold anti-Semitic attitudes; this represents a 50-percent drop over just the past 30 years...(Jewish) leadership is often capable of suppressing bad news, at least when it comes from politically correct quarters. Among the more significant examples of the "bad news" is that survey research has consistently shown high levels of anti-Semitism among Latinos, with percentages in the neighborhood of 47 percent holding hostile attitudes towards Jews.

Milbank like other liberal self-hating whites plays up racial discord I suppose for political gain. This brings us back to liberal mental illness - the complete inability to reason and quantify data - or they simply lie. They can never hold non-whites to the same standards they hold whites, thus are racist. Milbank's extreme tirade never once held rioters in Charlotte, etc. as the criminals they are. It was blame the police or white Trump supporters. The Bristol Herald Courier has printed this poison endless times without updates, corrections, or debate. These lies have led to violence and death.

Liberal self-hating whites ignore minority violence and even apologize for it, so have self-hating leftist' Jews like Greenblatt turned on fellow Jews and even Israel. In "The ADL turns Anti-Israel - Whitewashing BDS and ignoring anti­Semitism" May 23, 2016  Daniel Greenfield notes:

The ADL is no stranger to strange alliances with Islamist groups through its Interfaith Coalition- on Mosques which harasses local communities into acceding to the construction of Islamist institutions. But under its new leader Jonathan Greenblatt, an Obama associate, the organization has also been opening doors to anti­Israel groups across the spectrum...

The ADL is a leftist not Jewish organization that panders to non-white anti-Semitic racists and Muslims the same way the liberal whites in the yellow press panders to Black Lives Matter and La Raza racists. Leftists Jewish or non-Jewish hate working-class and poor whites and HATE believing real Jews with equal vitriol. Israel like America is often a target of hate. The yellow press has flipped Nazism to view working class and poor white people in the way Nazis once viewed Jews.

What anti-Semitism is there in this speech?

Inciting Violence

The Bristol Herald Courier regurgitated a racist hit piece from the Richmond Times Dispatch titled "Two More tragic deaths of black men at the hands of police." It also included a racist cartoon claiming whites with guns are treated differently while blacks with broken tail lights get shot. This was built on lies. This trash was published July 9, 2016 and had been in the news cycle for days pushing a false narrative, two days earlier a black male goes gunning for white people on the Volunteer Parkway.

Another similar hit piece was published July 12, by Kathleen Parker of "We're all Democrats Now", a Bush conservative and rabid Trump hater.

They asked the stupid question, "Do gun owners, - black ones in particular - have a right not to get shot for simply having a firearm in their possession." It's obvious where this is going - Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile got shot because they refused to follow police instructions with a gun in their possession.

The story on Sterling left out important details: the police were called because he was brandishing a gun; he was tasered, still fighting the two officers for several minutes and in the video I saw looked like he was going for something which was a gun. Their details on Castile were simple, he was "pulled over for a broken tail light and promptly shot...it would be nice if the back to back slayings of two black men by white officers..." and goes down the toilet from there. Then they inserted the Walter Scott shooting in N. Charleston S.C. which was a murder into the mix, etc. They cited the Washington Post that claimed black men make up 6 percent of the population, but 40% of the unarmed men shot by police. But how many is that total? Didn't say.

The Washington Post is another yellow journalism rag owned by Mr. Bezos founder of Amazon.

In other words the narrative is white police are hunting down and killing black men for fun and sport. Let's rewind back to Philandro Castile. He was not pulled over for a broken tail light, but as a possible suspect black male wanted in an armed robbery. The officer who shot him was Hispanic, not white. There's no proof he had a concealed carry permit and that is irrelevant anyway. Most important is he and his girlfriend with high on drugs with her child in the back seat. My guess is his impaired judgment led him to pick up the gun next to him and that is why he was shot - not a damn tail light.

The Scott shooting in Charleston is no remote way similar to the Sterling and Castile shootings and was used to poison the discussion. Once again the yellow press brought up "pervasive racism" in the Ferguson Police Dept. after admitting the Michael Brown "hands up" story was a myth. The narrative is innocent black men are being murdered by police because they are black. As for the racism in Ferguson, that was over too many blacks being disproportionately arrested, but ignores the massive levels of black crime relative to whites which justified those arrests.

See Crime Rates by Race in Missouri

The article plays up the racial victim card for the election, but evades important facts that directly impact these claims - the massive and pervasive violence in these communities makes policing a nightmare. Some drugged up crazy doesn't need a gun to tear ones throat out. The yellow press in this case left out vital details that paint a wholly different picture and the intent it seems is to incite violence.

That press inspired racial violence came to Bristol after days of yellow journalism in the national press. See Black Racist Lakeem Scott Targets Whites

Mexican criminals attack TrumpAccording the Yellow press opposing this behavior is racism.

Yellow Press Lies about Mexicans

Also gracing the Bristol Herald Courier the hysterical yellow press claim Trump attacked Mexicans. That was part of yellow journalist' Dana Milbank's ranting and I believe race pimp Leonard Pitts. But what did Trump really say and was it factual? Facts are not racism.

QUOTE: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

That is not an attack on Mexicans, but on the policies of the Mexican government and factually states what they are doing. This came directly based on information from news reports put out by the same yellow press attacking Trump for violating political incorrectness. He refers to crime and chaos along the border and is factual.

Mexico does send its undesirables. Mexico, like Latin America in general, is a failed culture and borders on a failed state. The culture of its masses of rural peasants, Indians, etc. leaves them the least educated and thus least productive. The problem is so bad the Mexican government has tried to pay their families to keep their kids in school - Mexican culture is antithetical to education. To quote,

Mexico's poor educational achievement is at the heart of why this nation of 100 million has remained stuck economically on the ladder of nations. Unable to compete with better-trained workforces elsewhere, Mexico has largely settled for a niche in low-skilled assembly jobs. Now it is even losing those to China, where low-skilled workers are paid less. Business leaders here are pleading for an education revolution.

A generation ago, Mexico and South Korea ranked near the bottom in academic achievement among the 30 nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said OECD official Andreas Schleicher. Today, among people age 25 to 34, Mexico ranks last in the same OECD studies, while South Korea has risen to No. 1. South Korea's highly skilled workers produce some of the world's most popular cars and electronics, but Mexico's workforce still relies largely on sweat.

Source: The Washington Post November 24, 2003; Page A01.

13 years later more of the same. Mexico has given up trying to educate these masses of backward peasants in their failed culture. They have even tried paying parents $65 a month to try to get them to keep their kids in school. (Yes Mexico has schools and yes there are smart Mexicans.) Doesn't work, so they encourage them to move north and stick us with that failure. They even print 'how-to" comic books telling them how to break into our country, avoid the border patrol, and what to do if caught:

The Mexican government drew fire from American advocates of tighter borders on Wednesday for publishing a pamphlet that instructs migrants how to safely enter the United States illegally and live there without being detected. Officials here say the small booklet, illustrated in comic­book style, is not intended to encourage illegal immigration, but to reduce the loss of life.

Source: A Mexican Manual for Illegal Migrants Upsets Some in U.S. New York Times January 6, 2005.

So it is factual that the Mexican government is taking an active part in unloading its unwanted population onto the United States. There is no doubt this tidal wave of peasants bring crime and drugs in their midst. Fact: of the worlds 50 most violent cities 43 are in Latin America and 10 of those are in Mexico. There's no way to deny the culture of crime and violence in Mexico that has left tens of thousands dead. But what about rapists among their undesirables Mexico and other Latino nations encourages to come here?

About 60 per cent of all illegal female immigrants are estimated to face some kind of sexual violence The assaults usually go unreported over fears of deportation and reprisals against family. They happen on both sides of the border and have even been at the hands of at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent...

'An estimated six out of 10 migrant women and girls experience sexual violence, allegedly prompting some people smugglers to demand that women receive contraceptive injections ahead of the journey, to avoid them falling pregnant as a result of rape,' Amnesty International reported.

'Migrants in Mexico are facing a major human rights crisis leaving them with virtually no access to justice, fearing reprisals and deportation if they complain of abuses,' according to a researcher for the human rights organization.

Source: Daily Mail April 24, 2014. Also to quote even worse statistics:

According to a stunning Fusion investigation, 80 percent of women and girls crossing into the U.S. by way of Mexico are raped during their journey. That’s up from a previous estimate of 60 percent, according to an Amnesty International report...Rape can be perpetrated by anyone along the way, including guides, fellow migrants, bandits or government officials, according to Fusion. Sometimes sex is used as a form of payment, when women and girls don't have money to pay bribes.

The assaults are so common that many women and girls take contraceptives beforehand as preventative measures. What's particularly disconcerting is that the fact that these figures may not even represent the full grim picture.

Source: 80% Of Central American Women, Girls Are Raped Crossing Into The U.S. Sep 12, 2014 www.huffingtonpost.com - hardly Trump supporters.

So Trump is 100% correct based on what he actually said, not the lies pushed by the yellow press.

Update July 2016: Here we go again another 180 layoffs May-July 2016. See the following:

Social Justice Marxism

Printed Bristol Herald Courier June 27, 2016

This is related to illegal transfer of assets from Bristol Virginia Utilities electric customers to underwrite the OptiNet telecom division. This was illegal. So far 9 people have been convicted on scores of charges and most are serving prison time.

By Lewis Loflin | Bristol, Virginia

As an early critic, I warned in 2005 about BVU being used to cross-subsidize Optinet. There was no way they could spend thousands per household, even with massive amounts of government grants, on what they were charging. Additionally, these grants were received under a false pretense of economic development.

The reason they can't figure out "Who OK'd $23.4M transfer" is closed sessions, when no records are kept. Both I and the Herald Courier tried to sit in on the BVU board meetings, only to be kicked out as they called closed session. For more than two years, I tried through the FOIA to get the minutes, ending up with pages of "closed session," meeting adjourned.

This extends to the Bristol City Council and the Washington County Board of Supervisors. Local politicians constantly appoint each other and their associates to multiple boards, all operating in secret under "closed session," making the FOIA and public accountability impossible.

What I'm shocked about is the nonsense they are being sent to jail over, when tens of millions of public dollars were squandered and wasted across this vast array of pseudo-government agencies and nonprofits.

Public dollars have no business underwriting private capitalism or shopping centers. OptiNet was built with public dollars and should remain public property. It's time to end the culture of corruption surrounding economic development projects and government grants.

Let's put citizens on these boards who are not connected to chambers of commerce or government bodies. Sever business from the government. End secrecy. Finally, force agencies, nonprofits, etc. on the government dole to do proper record keeping, including recording all meetings and making everything, including the IRS paperwork, easily available to the public. Put an end to closed sessions and force politicians to conduct public business in public.

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested William H. Austin, 30 years of age, 800 Swadley Rd Apt 200, Johnson City, TN, on a charge of aggravated robbery and possession of a controlled substance. The arrest was a result of an investigation of a reported robbery at 705 East Fairview Avenue where cash was stolen from a female victim and Austin displayed a cutting instrument. Austin was arrested and transported to the Washington County Detention Center and placed under a $51,000.00 bond. Arraignment is set for Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Washington County General Sessions Court at 1:30 pm.
On 05/24/16, the Johnson City Police Department arrested Frederick V. Canonizado (43 yrs old, 1908 Old State Route 34 Telford) and charged him with Stolen Property (Receiving or Concealing) over $10,000. A 2015 Nissan Altima was stolen from Carmike Cinemas, 1805 N Roan St, on 05/15/16. The vehicle was involved in a crash in the early morning hours of 05/24/16. Frederick Canonizado was found to be involved in the crash. The subsequent investigation showed that Mr. Canonizado was driving the vehicle when it crashed. Mr. Canonizado is being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled for Arraignment in General Sessions Court on 05/25/16 at 1:30 pm.
Wendy Langston (1209 Division St. 35 years old) and charged her with arson.

The arrest comes as a result of an investigation into a fire that occurred to an out building, at a home, in the 1300 block of Spring St. in the early morning hours of 5/17/16; wherein, it is believed Langston started the fire that heavily damaged the property.

Langston was served with this warrant at the Washington County Detention Center, where she is currently being held on separate charges. In regards to the arson, Langston is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. on 5/19/16 in Washington County General Sessions Court.
On 05-20-16, at 1:44 a.m., officers of the Johnson City Police Department responded to the RoadRunner Market, 900 Sunset Dr., in reference to a robbery. The clerk of the market reported to 911 that a white female, later identified as 37 yr old Jennifer Ledford, 1901 Knob Creek Rd, Apt 18, had just robbed the store and was still in the lot in a black 4 door coupe. In addition, the clerk later reported that Ms. Ledford had pumped gas then stole several items from the store, to include an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. Ms. Ledford was reported to be very threatening in her manner, placing the clerk in fear, as she went behind the counter in order to steal the money from the register.

Upon arrival at the scene, an officer observed the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of the RoadRunner Market, occupied by a lone female. As the officer attempted to make contact with the female, she sped away, traveling on Sunset toward N. Roan St. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle was found crashed on E. Lakeview Dr., after a resident reported to 911 that a black car was in his yard. Officers then responded to this location and found that Ms. Ledford had pushed the homeowner, breaking his phone, then ran on foot.

She was found and arrested a short distance away. Medical personnel were called to the scene to check the condition of Ms. Ledford. Ms. Ledford then spat on a member of the Johnson City Fire Department, who was attempting to care for her. She was then taken to the Johnson City Medical Center for medical clearance before being transported to the Washington County Detention Center. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was called to E. Lakeview Dr. to work the crash and will be placing additional driving charges on Ms. Ledford at a later time.

Jennifer Ledford was charged with Robbery, Felony Evading Arrest, Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, and Vandalism under $500. She is currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center under bonds totaling $62,000. An arraignment is scheduled in Washington County General Sessions Court for 05-20-16, 10:30 a.m.

Crime, vagrancy, homelessness dominate Bristol safety meeting

This was a recent headline with the Bristol Herald Courier Nov. 24, 2014 - the very thing I've warned about for years and the Cities of Bristol Virginia-Tennessee are being forced to address. Let me summarize where our tax dollars in Bristol have went to just in the last two years:

  • $100 million plus to underwrite a shopping complex for Cabela's
  • $30 million to underwrite a Bass Pro Shop
  • $2-$3 million to underwrite a new hotel called the Sessions still not built.
  • $12 million for a country music museum still receiving government grants to stay afloat.
  • $500,000 for a failed computer store.
  • $25,000 for an ice cream stand.

The other results of all of this great central planning and more like this across the region? People are being robbed in parking lots for their prescriptions and an explosion of break ins and armed robberies. And pharmacies are on alert for more potential robberies as drug addicts are tearing the place apart - there's no drug treatment available.

Local jails are bursting. In fact a television series Southern Justice features Bristol and Sullivan County.

But what is the official explanation for these problems in downtown and I kid you not, to quote,

The region's giving spirit and abundance of programs to aid the indigent 'draw' many vagrants here...The (police) chiefs urged those in attendance to be vigilant and willing to call the police if they see or suspect a problem.

Then they complained,

"The police can't be everywhere all the time. But if there is a problem, call us. We will be here as quickly as we can and, even if we don't catch the person, we've created a record that helps us allocate resources...It's not been a huge problem, but more of a nuisance. It's the way they [vagrants] approach people and it's got people concerned."

Getting robbed is a "nuisance"? They are claiming the lack of funds prevents proper policing of downtown and advocate cheap solutions such as surveillance cameras. Bristol Virginia recently raised property taxes to pay for Cabela's but has nothing left for schools or police.

Terry Kilgore and the Tobacco Commission.

Jobs-Retail Reports Nothing to Celebrate

Finally got some job growth in Tri-Cities! According the Steb Hipple at ETSU 4th Quarter 2015 a great!

Regional employment grew 2.6% during the October to December period - metro employment growth at 1.5% on a year-to-year basis. The last three quarters simply represent the best regional labor market performance since the Great Recession of 2008-09.

But: Job growth was led by retail trade, leisure & hospitality, and professional & business services. Smaller job gains were reported by government, wholesale trade, transport & utilities, and education & health services. Job declines occurred in manufacturing, information services, and other services.. Employment was unchanged in financial services, and construction.

In other words the lowest paid unstable occupations. Retail sales were up 19.4% "Lower energy prices continued to keep the overall price level barely above 2014 levels." Overall, 2015 was the best year in local retailing since the Great Recession of 2008-09.

In May 2016 some are claiming we are sliding into another recession even with low energy prices and absurdly low interest rates.

Quoting futurist Ed Barlow before the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce:

"Seniors create low-wage service jobs. They tend to withdraw from working, and they generally don't create new wealth. A retirement community strategy has long-term negative economic consequences unless there is a diverse economic base of other employees around it...A significant component of your economic future in Sullivan County is recruiting Hispanics, making sure they get highly educated and integrated into the community."

Back Taxes Sought

Bristol Virginia is so broke and hungry for public dollars to feed its corporate welfare hogs they plan to go after those that owe back taxes. $1.47 million - $850,000 in real estate taxes and $600,000 in personal property taxes. Why such a panic? To quote,

"For more than a decade, the City has regularly borrowed millions against its anticipated tax collections..."

With such massive debts and irresponsible borrowing it's easy to understand why there's such a panic.

Posted April 16, 2015:

See Growing Poverty and Job Losses in Tri-Cities VA-TN

Bristol Virginia Tri-Cities Crime 2014

Former Bristol Employer Gets $188 Million in Tennessee Corporate Welfare

The antics of Electrolux Corporation is an example of the rampant corruption of Republican Corporatism I've ever seen. They are literally paying companies to fire and downsize American workers with our tax dollars.

One critic put this deal in perspective when it closed just its Canadian operation:

So Electrolux was able to get rid of 60 workers, cut the wages of the jobs they kept by more than $4 per hour, get a more central distribution location, and a free factory courtesy of state and local governments in Tennessee.

The state also agreed NOT to sue to get the money back if Electrolux closed or failed to deliver!

Read the whole sorry story: Obscene Electrolux-Tennessee Incentive Deal Puts State at Risk by Lewis Loflin

Opportunities are available through workforce training

Ref. http://www.tricities.com/news/opinion_columns/article_424bf468-c37b-11e3-9fca-001a4bcf6878.html

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

This is a follow up to my letter of last month, when I talked about the need to offer job training in our area, something we should be doing with tax dollars rather than wasting it on unsuccessful projects and grants that duplicate services.

The Virginia Highlands Community College workforce training program is offering a welding class for only $289! For the $8,000 the Washington County Board of Supervisors wasted on the "Center of Excellence," 27 students could have taken a welding class.

By the way, I have been an instructor in electricity/electronics and have been involved in training displaced workers.

To get more information on the welding class, visit the college website: www.vhcc.edu. The program is titled MIG and Flux Arc Welding, and is offered in partnership with the Washington County Career and Technical Education Center. The non-credit class runs through May 1 on Wednesdays and Thursday.

March 2014 Bristol Herald Courier:

Update - nothing came out of this as usual - Democrats were getting in on the backroom deals.

I'm praising Gov. McAuliffe's administration for investigating the Tobacco Commission. (BHC 2/26) It's about time. I strongly condemn the Washington County BOS for approving $8000 for the so-called "Center of Excellence." They've now wasted $363,000 that will produce nothing.

(Update - they spent the money and the consultants suggested more corporate welfare and free buildings.)

An almost identical program a few years ago wasted $2 million also produced nothing. Its former director stated, "business here doesn't care about your education, skills, or experience..." One HR manager stated "we don't hire people with college."

Tobacco Commission's 9-28-2011 minutes noted of 200 deals in the previous five years over 100 were in default. They don't even have a direct way to measure if any jobs were created!

Their 2011 Blue Ribbon audit revealed 89 percent of their grants have never been accounted for. Millions wasted on a wholesale plant nursery in Gretna VA to make bio-fuels and a horse camp in Scott County are typical examples.

Abingdon's Small Business incubator is a failure. Their $8 an hour call center jumped the state line for Tennessee corporate welfare.

Don't waste another $1 million duplicating existing services. We can already train welders, etc. if we can end the resistance to properly educating vocational workers. Stop pretending blue-collar workers don't need English, science, or math.

As a vocational instructor myself I know students with a proper educational background are easy to train or retrain. Technology training is more than putting the black wire under the brass-colored screw. Studies show industrial workers need a far higher level of education. Our social apartheid culture must deal with that.

I'm encouraging my fellow citizens to contact their supervisors to halt this useless project. Deal with our dysfunctional political and education system. No more corporate welfare for businesses that "don't hire people with college" and "don't care."

Lewis Loflin

Notes: the small business incubator was paid for by ARC and Tobacco grants and often serves as discount office space for non-profit s seeking more government grants.

The dismal future of the working poor in this community is tied directly to a job structure hostile to working people. The shocking loss of retail sales in Bristol is proof that many have little disposable income.

J.C. Penney Slams the Doors in Bristol

Another retailer pulls out while we waste $100 million underwriting shopping malls.

J.C. Penney plans to close its Bristol Mall store as part of a nationwide effort to shutter "under-performing" stores, the company ... plans to close 33 stores in 20 states, including its 86,000-square-foot local store...This marks the second major Bristol Mall anchor store to announce plans to leave. Last May, officials with Belk announced plans to replace its mall locations in 2015 with a new store in The Pinnacle retail center being developed near Interstate 81's Exit 74 in Bristol, Tenn.

Mayor Odum said losing J.C. Penney and the 50 jobs it represents makes it "vitally important" to complete (the $65 million taxpayer funded) The Falls retail center currently being developed near Interstate 81's Exit 5.

The closings are expected to idle a total of about 2,000 employees and generate a savings of about $65 million.

January 15, 2014 Ref. www.tricities.com

To quote the late Bill Deel, a retired English teacher from Clintwood, Virginia, "We're becoming more and more Third World here...The best and the brightest leave."

Healthcare Meltdown

Business in the region is also on the government gravy train planning on maximizing profits at public expense - nowhere is this more true than healthcare. Now it seems to have backfired.