Media Truth

New future for Bristol Virginia-Tennessee?

by Lewis Loflin

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

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


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

Rod Dreher, a senior editor at The American Conservative to quote on "mainstream journalists",

"The people who run American journalism, and who staff the newsrooms, think of themselves as sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and, culturally speaking, on the right side of history... (are) interested in every kind of diversity, except the kind that would challenge their own prejudices. Those include, bigotry against conservative religion, bigotry against rural folks and bigotry against working-class and poor white people."

Ref. Oct. 18, 2016 The Post-Trump Media by James Taranto WSJ

Quote: "A free press is bad news for corruption." Today with much of the press owned by radical oligarchs such as Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Carlos Slim, we have no free press.

Chomsky penned the idea of the "propaganda model" in 1988. The Podesta emails release proved just how the press has been compromised. To quote,

"The media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them. The representatives of these interests have important agendas and principles that they want to advance, and they are well positioned to shape and constrain media policy." -Chomsky

What is yellow journalism?

Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion. - Wiki

Propaganda - noun.

1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

2. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.

My definition: Political correctness - moralistic sounding censorship and suppression of free speech from cowards in the media and government used to control the conversation and exclude anyone that dares to question anything the elites and the press corporatist bosses perceive as a threat.

Political correctness as censorship and policy. Editor Jim Maxwell of the Bristol Herald Courier, who is also 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 (censor) any submission." Then who the heck is responsible for what goes in your newspaper? Total weasel words Mr. Maxwell.

Juan Thomas arrested.

Bristol Herald Courier is a Disgrace

The Sunday, March 5 issue is another example of assassination journalism. Half of the so-called newspaper was this unfounded, non-sourced Russia-Trump conspiracy theory. No names or the use of unsubstantiated sources is routine. There's no proof Wikileaks worked for the Russians when they unveiled the level of collusion and fraud between the Clinton campaign and the liberal press. Unnamed "intelligence" sources that hide behind secrecy are never named, while "leaks" have become daily front-page events. Let's have some specific names or proof once in a while. The liberal press pushes rumor as news.

Yes Trump's campaign had been wire-tapped, etc. which is illegal. Ref. January 20, 2017, on Page A1 of the New York Times: Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides. Even they admitted nothing was found, but loaded the article with insinuations of malfeasance - none of this was mentioned in the Bristol Herald Courier hit job. More NYT yellow journalism!

The Herald Courier carries this even further. Once again half of the opinion page was Jewish bigot Dana Milbank* suggesting Trump supporters are Nazis and attempted to link us to Jewish cemetery vandalism and other anti-Semitic garbage. Milbank attacks Trump for calling Muslim terrorists, acting in the name of Islam, as Islamic. He bitterly attacks our rights to secure borders and vetting non-citizens as Hitlerist.

What you won't find is the Black liberal ex-journalist Juan Thomas** who was arrested for these Jewish hate crimes, not white Trump supporters Milbank and the alt-left press was hoping for. I'll bet that will never be on the front page of the Herald Courier. Also, the opinion page cartoon was another Trump slur while letters and opinions not deemed politically correct are still censored.

Nowhere in the Bristol Herald Courier has there been any renouncement of liberal racist and political violence (excuse me protests) across the nation. Another liberal college campus riot (Middlebury VT) shut down a speech by Dr. Charles Murray and landed one person in the hospital. Didn't hear about that in the Herald Courier? You never will.

Now if a white Trump supporter called someone from a specially protected victim class a name, that would be a front page hate crime story for days. Wonder how many blacks got shot in Chicago over the weekend by white racist Trump supporters? Didn't see that in the Herald Courier either? Must have been criminal Black culture, which is routinely suppressed in favor of a white racism narrative.

Since the control of the Bristol Herald Courier has fallen into the clutches of Warren Buffett they have ceased any pretense of balance and objectivity. Like the Washington Post under the control of Amazon's Jeff Bezos, the Herald Courier has become another elitist propaganda mill. Calling the press yellow is an insult to Easter flowers.

*If the press wants to bring up race and ethnicity into every conversation then I'll do it too.

**There's some claims Juan Thomas was a convert to Islam and like the Florida airport shooter is something the alt-left press would like to suppress. I have no confirmation and assume the claim is unfounded at this time.

The number killed by those racist white Trump supporters in Chicago as of March 5, 2017:

Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 99
Shot & Wounded: 451
Total Shot: 550
Total Homicides: 105

As another writer says on Juan Thomas,

You'll note that the mostly buried MSM headlines and articles don't mention the fact that he's black or include a photo of him and don't mention his political persuasion allowing the 6 out of 10 Americans who only read headlines and even those 4 out of 10 who actually do read the associated article to think, "Aha, they caught that Nazi bigot Trump supporter." You can be sure the headline would have read "Trump supporter caught" if the situation had been different.

The loathing of the press is unhealthy to our democracy as is the perceived lies and bias responsible for this attitude. Presstitutes be warned.

Compromised Press

2016 has proven the mainstream press completely corrupt including the Bristol Herald Courier my local newspaper - I terminated my subscription of 24 years. They are the "fake news" more interested in propaganda than supplying facts. Wikileaks has exposed the mass collusion between Democrats and the press lap dogs. Wall Street scumbags have also been in on this as well. This is why we need alternative news sites such as this and many others. Before believing anything CHECK YOUR SOURCES! Get an education!

Update after offering a huge discount I renewed my subscription but have found the same bias and hysteria as before. So I'll spend my time exposing their bias and lack of objectivity.

Many news stories may be partially correct and often incomplete or suffer political correctness censorship and outright omissions. News reports are filled with crime reports in particular with large urban areas with high crime rates. The Chicago Tribune stated outright it censors the race of criminals after complaints on this by its readers.

They claim race has nothing to do with the story, yet as of November 2016 over 700 people have died due to violence in the City most of the victims minorities. But on the other end the media claims police racism because so many minorities are arrested, while censoring vital information proving the arrests are based on mass criminal behavior by these very "victims" of racism. Thus their reporting is not news, but propaganda designed to push a political position friendly to the left wing racists in the Democrat Party looking for votes.

Immigration and climate change are two of the most distorted and propagandized subjects out there. One will have to research multiple publications and put the information together. Subjects such as climate belong under earth science - ecology is a social science not a hard science and in particular social sciences have no relation to real science and poisons it on college campuses. It's difficult for the average person to deal with that subject without a science background.

Hatred of Political Correctness

Post election Bill Maher noted two destructive trends among fellow liberals and has warned them to repeatedly on this. "Political correctness bullshit" and refusal to deal with Islam. Even David Axelrod admitted scores of counties that went for Obama in two elections went for Trump, how could this be racism?

The press and ruling elite behind it depend not on facts or allowing open debate, but the authority of approved "experts", the same kinds of people that got all of the polls and the election totally wrong.

In Why Do Democrats Look Down on Voters? November 23, 2014 By Clive Crook, a liberal, says,

This syndrome of Democratic disdain, I think, has two main parts. First, liberals have an exaggerated respect for intellectual authority and technical expertise. Second, they have an unduly narrow conception of the values that are implicated in political choices. These things come together in the conviction that if you disagree with Democrats on universal health insurance or almost anything else, it can only be because you're stupid. Voters recognize this as insufferable arrogance and, oddly enough, they resent it.

Democrats who might be asking where they went wrong in the mid-term elections - not that many of them are - ought to give this some thought. The conviction that voters are stupid, however, isn't just bad tactics. It's also substantively wrong...having conservative values doesn't make you stupid, any more than having liberal values makes you smart...

Add in both parties in 2016. Virginia politicians of both parties have similar idiot attitudes towards economic development when it fails year after year producing nothing, then come back with millions more based on dumb academic studies only to fail again.

Bristol Virginia still screwing taxpayers for The Falls

The infamous Falls strip mall retail development has cost Bristol residents tens of millions in corporate welfare, massive debt, plus interest, are back shaking-down more public dollars. The Falls is centered on a Cabela's store. I believe Cabela's has sold out to Bass Pro Shop whose store across the state line in Bristol, Tennessee (about five miles away) may result in a shut down. Bristol Virginia politicians are in a panic. Recently they planed to pay over $650,000 for a fake waterfall.

The Pinnacle Project centered on Bass Pro Shop has spent one quarter of the amount of Bristol Virginia scammers and has been a massive success - it has emptied the Bristol Virginia Mall and has attracted around 50 businesses, while The Falls got a Lowe's that relocated from a mile away, Cabela's, a Sheetz gas station, and a restaurant or two.

Last September these Bristol Virginia idiots borrowed another $6 million, which $3 million was going for road work. Now the City scammers are trying to pilfer $1.8 million in public transportation funds to pay for interior roads, which are private property. They are trying to make the interior roads public so developers and the Bristol City scammers won't pay the cost.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has to approve the grant and if they don't, Bristol Virginia scammers will have to pay the whole $3 million plus interest. I encourage taxpayers to contact VDOT and voice our objection to this misuse of public funds for private profit.

New Specialty Crop Grants for Virginia Ten projects will waste $394,000 in USDA funding

October 21, 2016 Here is another jobs program for affluent professionals and zero for working people. To quote,

RICHMOND – Ten agriculture-related projects in Virginia have been awarded $393,999 in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)...

"As one of Virginia's largest industries, agriculture depends on quality research and data to remain competitive in the 21st century economy," said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "These USDA grants will ensure Virginia farmers continue to yield some of the best crops on the market, with 40 percent of the funding directed toward research in various aspects of food safety and quality. I congratulate these organizations and educational institutions for pursuing innovative research that will help enhance marketing opportunities and food safety for growers across the Commonwealth."

Uhh, that's what have said for numinous previous grants. Governor Terry McAuliffe when not lobbying for foreign interests and trying to restore the vote to criminals, he directs the waste and diversion of millions of state and local dollars. Here is why we have no real job creation.

Another $350,000 Wasted on Passenger Rail Study

The Bristol Train Station was a worthless project costing taxpayers $6 million and ten years to renovate. Finished in 2008 it has produced nothing of value in either jobs or economic development. They have been lobbying for years to get AMTRAK to come to Bristol, itself a massive waste of tax dollars. See $350,000 Wasted on Passenger Rail Study

73% percent of immigrant headed households from Mexico and Central America are on welfare, versus 17% for South Asia. Natives it's 30%. Source Welfare use by Origin.

76% of all immigrant households with children collect welfare. 51% of immigrant households with one worker collect welfare. Source Welfare and One Worker.

For established and new arrival immigrants welfare use is very high and drops little even after 21 years. Source Welfare Use over Time.

Even 30% of immigrant households with no children are on welfare! Source Immigrant Welfare No Children.

Why are we growing and expanding an underclass so affluent white people and businesses can get cheap domestic servants and wage serfs? We can never get a handle on poverty unless we stop importing poverty and creating more of it at home.

See For Virginia 2016 Election on Globalism and Immigration

Bristol Virginia Energy Research Center

Why There is No Equality in Fairfax County Virginia

by Lewis Loflin

In the article "Are We Equal?" by Dr. Walter E. Williams the answer is no. In today's economy beset by falling wages for marginal and unskilled workers, along with large scale family breakdown among low-achievers of all racial groups, attempts at social engineering equality is creating social chaos. See Why There is No Equality in Fairfax County Virginia

In a free society composed of unequal individuals, the drive to level the playing field is a totalitarian desire and a threat to freedom because it empowers government to confiscate the talents and earnings of some for the benefits of those it favors. The expansion of governmental power into every individual sphere whatever its justification entails a loss of freedom for all.

Since the targets of the levelers are the creators of society's wealth, an inevitable result of social justice is generalized poverty and economic decline. The desire to level the playing field is also the creator of the new racism.

People are clearly unequal in beauty, intelligence, character, upbringing, and other vital aspects of personhood that lead directly to inequalities of celebrity, power, wealth and social standing. Because these inequalities are rooted in human nature, there can never be a level playing field. Moreover, the efforts to produce one must lead (and historically have led) led to the loss of individual freedom.

This is because the field can only be made equal - and then only superficially - by governmental force as an all-powerful state takes the earned fruits of one person's labor, intelligence, and talent and distributes it to those it prefers , and does so in the name of "social justice."

Ref. Horowitz, David; Perazzo, John (2013-01-02). Black Skin Privilege and the American Dream (Kindle Locations 308-311). The David Horowitz Freedom Center. Kindle Edition.

Fake Capitalism

Most of what passes for job creation is either graft or fake capitalism. The following extract illustrates this:

Ref. Fake Capitalism by Nicole Gelinas City Journal Nov. 2016 It's not free markets that have failed us, but government distortion of them.

2016 housing subsidies of $99 billion even at artificially lower interest rates.

These subsidies have fired the growth of the housing industry. Between 1975 and 1979, the U.S. Treasury paid out $102.6 billion in mortgage­interest breaks in today's dollars.

Between 2015 and 2019, the Treasury will pay out $419.8 billion in such tax favoritism, a more than fourfold rise, nearly ten times the population increase. Interest rates in the 1970s for a mortgage was 9 percent, twice what it is today.

Taking today's lower rates into account, Washington has increased the mortgage subsidy more than eightfold. It's no surprise that mortgage debt has soared, to $9.5 trillion, from $2.6 trillion in inflation­adjusted dollars in 1981. Back then, mortgage debt constituted 31 percent of our nation's GDP. Today, it makes up nearly 53 percent.

Here 50% of the economy is government checks, at the same time a substantial number of residents own their property with no mortgages.

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

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.

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

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.

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.