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

Taxpayer waste $8 million Bristol Virginia Energy Research Center another empty building producing nothing. See Green Energy Boondoggle in Bristol Virginia and Biofuel Scams Wastes Millions in Virginia.

Welcome to my website as 2017 makes this my 19th year on the web and have lived in Tri-Cities Bristol since 1984. Oddly this website was started to protest political corruption and poverty in the community, but most of the visitors prefer the religious-historical material over politics.

Update: It has been just announced a company will create 40 jobs in Lebanon, Virginia (Russell County) to manufacture belts, etc. for the mining industry. They will locate in the empty Teleflex building. Due to Donald Trump reigning in the destructive EPA-Obama war on affordable energy and blue collar jobs coal production has surged 25% from January-July 2017. These are the kinds of jobs we really need not green energy nonsense. July 27, 2017.

The 2011 Blue Ribbon Audit of the Virginia Tobacco Commission revealed 89 percent of their grants have never been accounted for. None of the recommended reforms have been implemented and nothing has changed in 2017. Their conclusion:

Grants Have Provided Benefits But Revitalization Remains Elusive;
TICR Has Made Grants With Limited Potential for Revitalization;
Well-Defined Revitalization Strategy Needed;
More Effective Governance Model Should Be Considered;
Most Awards Not Paired With Relevant Metrics.

Update July 2017: I warned about Nulife Glass and predicted it was a scam. In June they fired the few people they hired and left Bristol with between 20-30 million pounds of CRT glass - glass loaded with lead. Press reports claim Bristol is trying to sue the company but likely will get stuck with disposal. They sold a $1.3 million building for less than $200,000 and half of that was payed for by grants.

This is directly across the street from the empty Bristol Virginia Mall and on three sides are residential neighborhoods that objected to this nonsense.

The "fake news" Bristol Herald Courier attempts to paint a false narrative of a gender pay gap in Abingdon, Virginia. This is in fact a skills and occupation pay gap. See There's No Gender Pay Gap in Abingdon, Virginia

Bristol Better Than California? Yes!

For the last 20 years I have documented failed efforts at building an economy. Government largess enriched a few, not the community.

There's little to report other than the usual pork barrel garbage has dried up. A billion dollars spent on various scams is gone.

The promised "high-tech" jobs produced little. Locating a state contractor in Lebanon paid less than a local call center.

Between $100-$200 million spent on fiber optic didn't produce many good jobs. We got more call centers while other call centers closed.

We had call centers before we spent the money.

I have high-speed fiber optic at home. It is a nice utility, but not a job creator. It is a great asset to the community.

In January they announced the "creation" of over 400 jobs. The firm will locate at the defunct Ball Corporation plant.

A plant representative on local television was unsure. She questioned if the plant would even open and if they could get the workforce.

In the past these "job announcements" seldom panned out. We will have to wait. The plant will manufacture towels.

Yes manufacturing is returning to America. But automation limits the number of jobs.. That means fewer workers needed. If they are another low-wage employer they may have problems.

Not all is doom and gloom - far from it. Yes most of the jobs are low-wage service, restaurant, retail jobs. These jobs now pay $10 an hour or more.

This might be a problem for the towel manufacturer. Most locate here expecting to pay $8 an hour. They are often abusive and run crushing rotating shifts. They won't get workers with this abuse.

Those willing to work have plenty of work to do. We are not Northern Virginia or California relying on illegal aliens and immigrants. Whites do roofing and construction.

Whites and Blacks work at McDonald's. Whites do most blue-collar trades. They do this because we can afford to live here. We are not like California, Boston, or other Blue State nightmares.

Housing and energy costs are low. Thanks to President Trump putting an end to war on affordable energy and jobs. Things can only get better. Even coal jobs have expanded their workforce. A coal job is worth three burger jobs.

This region didn't suffer from the 2007 housing bubble. Most homes are owner occupied and paid off. Others are "above water".

We don't suffer California gang violence or high cost of living. Our high school graduates can read. We don't suffer the massive racial income disparity of Boston or California.

We have more guns than residents, yet our crime is a fraction of Boston or California. The region voted 75% or more for Donald Trump.

We have individual liberty and personal freedom large Blue urban areas suppress. We have most of the benefits without the high cost. I was asking why people from California are moving here. That is the answer.

Trash filled Oakland California Street

Compare to California

Identity politics has a long and ugly history under its proper name - fascism... David Horowitz

(Above) typical example of "diversity" in California. Bristol is 90% white while Oakland is 90% non-white. There's no reason in the world for this - it is not race it is culture and politics.

Summary: California is the premier welfare state. They have spent about $1 TRILLION on welfare since 1992. California the highest growth rate. It also has the HIGHEST poverty rates (24%) based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure. California has 12% of the U.S. population. 33% of American poor live in California, far more than Appalachia.

San Francisco is a good example. Median home prices in Silicon Valley range from $800,000 to $1.4 million. Even engineers can hardly afford this.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, "Between July 2015 and July 2017, the region gained 44,732 immigrants but lost 44,102 residents...The population drops have been most notable on residents between the ages of 18 and 24, and between 45 and 64."

Sick of dealing with sanctuary city criminals and massive taxes, productive people have had enough. To further quote press reports:

Carole Dabak is a retired engineer and has lived in the area for 40 years. Now, she's moving to Tennessee.

"I loved it here when I first got here. I really loved it here. But it’s just not the same," she told KPIX. "We don't like it here anymore. You know, we don't like this sanctuary state status and just the politics here."

Yes! Bristol Virginia-Tennessee is better than California as San Francisco too becomes a third-world racial-socialist cesspool.

California has declared itself a sanctuary state. The State is flooded with 3rd world peasants, where 55% of "immigrant" families are on welfare.

Fanatical environmental regulations have exploded the cost of housing and energy. This leaves thousands living in the streets. Welfare is a protected growth industry for thousands of high paid professionals.

Liberals consider rural white voters stupid. We refuse the jump on their Progressive welfare-state band wagon. We don't want California Progressive fascism. We reject Progressive racism and identity politics.

We don't want more poverty. We don't want to lose jobs. We don't want to become violent hellholes like Oakland and Richmond.

We don't want your minority gang violence. Of the 50 most violent cities in 2014, 43 are in Latin America - 10 in Mexico. We don't want that culture here.

We don't ban plastic bags like California.

We don't want California education failure. 75% of California school children can not read, write, or do math. That's why we must oppose regressive liberalism.

We also hear the false claim all of the poorest states vote Republican. Really? The Census Bureau "at the urging of the National Academy of Science and others, the Census Bureau in 2010 began calculating a Supplemental Poverty Measure as a way to create a more nuanced picture of poverty in America...the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) - that uses a wider range of factors than the official federal measure to determine poverty status." 28.2% of Hispanics and 25.4% of Blacks live in poverty. (PEW, USA Today)

What is more interesting is the states with the HIGHEST real poverty rates also have the highest racial income gaps, lowest minority achievement rates, and greatest social, racial, class segregation and many are not red. Bristol, Southwest Virginia would be similar to West Virginia at 12%. The top poverty states above 18% are:

California 23.8%
Washington DC 22.7%
Nevada 19.8%
Florida 19.5%
Arizona 18.8%
Georgia 18.2%
New York 18.1%

New Jersey the wealthiest state per capita in the nation has a Supplemental poverty rate of 15.9% higher than West Virginia, but a staggering income gap. But it gets worse. Most of the wealth over the last 30 years has come from business, finance, etc. and was drained from working people via mass immigration (costing workers $500 billion annually in wages in addition to $300 billion in welfare costs). Globalization that benefits the "coastal elite" at the expense of working people is bad policy.

We are not the wealthy "coastal elite" thus working people have a chance in Bristol.



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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."


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Bristol Herald Courier Now a Victim?

Note the cartoon above has been altered as a parody.

"Progressive views on women, race, immigration and climate change should not be treated as opinion...How do you not 'take a side' on climate change, bigotry, the dehumanization of undocumented immigrants?"

Jessica Valenti, The Guardian.

Ms. Valenti is an example what is wrong with journalism today - they spew Progressive dogma and politics and not facts or news - what we tend to call "fake news". Polls show journalists are virtually all Democrats thus follow the socialist economics and identity racism politics that dominates the party.

Of the 100 largest newspapers 57 endorsed Hillary, 4 endorsed Trump. In 2013 only 7.1% of journalists identified as Republican, I'd say zero today.1

We want facts not Progressive politics passed off as news. Facts only, please.

Enter Bristol Herald Courier, Our View, "Enough with the 'fake news' labels Trump" The press has become offended and oppressed. They've gone from reporting facts to manufacturing or republishing political narratives, then snowflake out when called on it.

The editorial cartoon on the very page of this rant proves the Bristol Herald Courier is once again racist, biased, and bigoted and has done this a number of times attacking not only Trump, but broad swaths of their declining readership and millions of us "deplorable" Americans they disagree with.

They mixed Trump in with Harvey Weinstein, the KKK, and the Las Vegas shooter. None of these four entities have any relation to each other, but the Herald Courier editorial board engaged in libel while hiding behind the claim of "press" - this kind of abuse brings calls for stripping the "press" of their legal protections.

The mother in the cartoon says, "How about a rich white man, with unchecked power?" Let's talk about a "rich white man" named Warren Buffett that owns the Bristol Herald Courier and most newspapers in Virginia that "echo-chamber" the "fake news" Washington Post owned by another "rich white man" Jeff Bezos - a total lack of diversity of ideas from rich white men with a political agenda.

The Herald Courier complains, "The proliferation of the 'fake news' label has extended far beyond social media...Accusations have even hit us locally." I'm here to call them out on that very issue.

Allcott and Gentzkow define "fake news" to be "news articles that are intentionally and verifiably false, and could mislead readers." They attempt to exclude disreputable media practices and bias from the definition. 62 percent of US adults get news on social media, while 65% distrust the mainstream media and that concerns me. Print media influence in the 2016 election was down to 8%.2

I define "fake news" as articles designed to create false, biased, narratives with partial facts filtered through a Progressive filter, censor pertinent facts by omission, block discussion through editorial censorship, that is ideologically slanted, and designed not to give facts, but stoke emotion and sway public opinion. This skirts the fringes of propaganda and yellow journalism.

I never rely on social media for news. I'm usually forced to research the article to get at most of the facts outside of the slanted narrative.

Here is an example of the "fake news" narrative. The Herald Courier, and national press ran months of hysterical and false news stories of police hunting down black men for sport and shooting them. They censored the massive levels of black violence and criminal culture that leads to disproportionate numbers of police confrontations and arrests. That's the discussion we need.

That lie led to the murders of police officers, riots, and the Lakeem Scott incident on the Volunteer Parkway - "fake news" has become lethal. The Bristol Herald Courier by "regurgitating" these lies could incite outright violence and murder in my opinion.

Yet the ruling elite and their press propaganda news outlets are in a panic to regain the narrative. Congress in crafting a censorship bill over "fake news" - Google, Facebook, and Twitter already actively suppress content under a similar guise of "fake news" that doesn't meet their ideological approval or political correctness. What is the Herald Courier' view on censorship?

The Bristol Herald Courier whines, "But even with diligent, verifiable substantiation...the problem of denial persists." The press engages in using each other as sources producing an ideological echo-chamber. They rely on approved ideological sources such as the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center, various Democrat Party special interests, political activists, etc. Again the Alt-Left-Progressive echo-chamber - spare me any more unnamed sources.

The "press" has no special right not to be criticized and fact-checked themselves - or to be trusted. You are not another in the long line of offended victims. The Bristol Herald Courier and its staff can decide to be real journalists or simply snowflakes and a mouthpiece for a "rich white man" and his minions.

Lewis Loflin, proud deplorable.

1. The Washington Times article "New York Times' Social Media Policy Only Hides Political Bias, Doesn't Eliminate It" by Bradford Richardson Oct. 17, 2017.

2. Journal of Economic Perspectives Volume 31, Number 2 Spring 2017 Pages 211-236, Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election by Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow

Sources of 2016 Election News:
Radio: 6.2%
Print: 8%
Social Media: 13.8%

Gallup polls reveal a continuing decline of "trust and confidence" in the mass media "when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly."

Trust in Mainstream media: Democrats 52%, Republicans ~18%, overall ~35%. 65% of the public doesn't trust the mainstream media. 62 percent of US adults get news on social media - that's scary.

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What is Fake News?

Allcott and Gentzkow define "fake news" to be "news articles that are intentionally and verifiably false, and could mislead readers." They attempt to exclude disreputable media practices and bias from the definition. 62 percent of US adults get news on social media, while 65% distrust the mainstream media and that concerns me. Print media influence in the 2016 election was down to 8%.

I define "fake news" as articles designed to create false, biased, narratives with partial facts filtered through a Progressive filter, censor pertinent facts by omission, block discussion through editorial censorship, that is ideologically slanted, and designed not to give facts, but stoke emotion and sway public opinion. This skirts the fringes of propaganda and yellow journalism.

Ref. Journal of Economic Perspectives Volume 31, Number 2 Spring 2017 Pages 211-236, Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election by Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow

Sources of 2016 Election News:
Radio: 6.2%
Print: 8%
Social Media: 13.8%

Gallup polls reveal a continuing decline of "trust and confidence" in the mass media "when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly."

Trust in Mainstream media: Democrats 52%, Republicans ~18%, overall ~35%. 65% of the public doesn't trust the mainstream media. 62 percent of US adults get news on social media.

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