Thursday, September 18, 2014


The Boone town council - THIS TIME IN OPEN SESSION - voted 4 to 1 to allow Horn In The West to continue at it's present location. TWO of the council members who voted to evict HITW in PRIVATE session changed their minds and voted to allow the pageant to return. Councilwoman Jennifer Penna was the lone vote to proceed with the eviction.

It's amazing how government in the open works and how our elected representatives seem to consider the desires of the citizens when government business is done in full view of the voting public!

Is the NCAE Being honest with it's members?

The North Carolina Association of Educators, which is this states version of the NEA, is often referred to as our "teacher's union" - For some reason this title seems to upset it's spokepeople who are quick to respond that it is NOT A UNION.

OK..Call it what you will. For today's discussion we can just consider it to be a political entity - a lobbying group  that collects dues and contributions from it's membership and spends a significant amount of that money in support of Democrat causes and Democrat candidates.

From a recent CIVITAS article:

"In 2012-2013, NEA brought in $387 million in revenue, and the great majority of that was dues revenue. How did NEA spend it? A substantial $44.8 million went to political activities and lobbying, much of which is not reported under campaign finance laws. Remember those figures do not include PAC or political party spending, which legally cannot come from dues.
Where are NEA political contributions going? Overwhelmingly to Democrats. The money-tracking web site said the NEA Advocacy Fund “is a left-leaning super PAC associated with the National Education Association. It spent money heavily against Republican candidates and in support of Democratic candidates.”[1]
Open Secrets also notes that , for the 2014 election cycle, NEA has already given just over $9 million to political candidates – with 98 percent going to Democrats or liberals. NEA ranks sixth on the list of organizations that have given to 2014 political candidates. Historically, NEA is the second-largest contributor to political campaigns among unions. "

The state union.....ah, er- I mean LOBBY seems to mirror the national HQ distribution of their contributions...[{3|gro=c-t-p

We certainly support the right of this group - or any other - to contribute to the candidates and political parties of their choice. Let's just NOT pretend that this is a non-partisan organization.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Boone Town Council to hear from Horn In The West Supporters.....IN PUBLIC!

Supporters of Horn In The West are expected to gather in force at Thursday's meeting of the Boone Town Council. There is an agenda item to "discuss SAHA request".....the SAHA (Southern Appalachian Historical Association ) had requested to opportunity to address the board regarding the town's previous decision to evict Horn in the West from town property.

The eviction decision was made in a secret session - Boone's council is noted for conducting much of the public business during so - called "closed sessions"; previous press reports have documented the high number of secret "closed session" meetings held by the Boone town council and have compared the Boone sessions to those of other similar communities.

In the case of the eviction of Horn In The West; the topic was NOT on the agenda for the council meeting - SAHA representatives apparently had NO advance notice that the topic would be addressed and thus NO chance to present their side of the various issues.

Horn In The West has been a Boone attraction for well over half a century - it is, according to Trip Advisor, one of the top 2 attractions in Boone!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Winston Churchill on Socialism

Posted by Sarkazein

New Detail

Possible self-inflicted says this morning's Charlotte Observer

Today, police are finally informing us that there is no foul play.  It is about time they let us know there was no serial killer loose in our community.  I did not like running the Charlotte Observer article, but I felt the police and the Democrat knew all along and needed to calm people's fears there was no crazed killer on the loose.

Watauga Democrat

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dems in Distress? Food Stamp Fraud charged -

City Council Member charged in FOOD STAMP FRAUD- Is he a Dem? Repub? Unaffiliated? Story doesn't say.


"Statesville City Council member Jarrod Phifer has been charged with felony food stamp fraud and misdemeanor Medicaid assistance fraud. Phifer, 28, who represents Ward 3, is in his first year on the council. He referred questions to his lawyer, who couldn’t be reached for comment Friday."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Obama Tells Enemy They Better Watch Out

George H.W. Bush announces Operation Desert Storm: “Just 2 hours ago, allied air forces began an attack on military targets in Iraq and Kuwait. These attacks continue as I speak.”

George W. Bush announces Operation Iraqi Freedom: “My fellow citizens, at this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.  On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war.”

Obama announces Operation Whatchamacallit:“So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Decision to evict Horn In The West was made in "secret session"

At least the town of Boone council of clowns is consistent. We have now learned that Boone's own "Cultural Resources Board" was not notified that Horn in the West was possibly going to be evicted. There was no public notice of the agenda item prior to the meeting nor notification to the parties affected - the town simply  didn't publish the issue on their agenda nor notify the public that the item was to be discussed. Instead, as they have done numerous times in the past, the Council met in closed session and decided - out of view of any public scrutiny - to evict the long running Boone pageant!

Boone received quite a bit of publicity last year when newspaper reports pointed out the excessive number of 'secret sessions' that the Town was holding. Our readers might recall that the town  even wanted the County Commission to meet with them out of public view to discuss distribution of sales taxes. Our County commission (or , at least the Republican majority) seems committed to governing in full view of the county citizens and refused to meet with the Town of Boone unless it was in a public forum.

 From Watauga Democrat:

"Members of Boone’s Culture Resource Advisory Board said they were less than happy to learn of one of the town council’s recent decisions through media reports and not from the town itself."

"The Boone Town Council recently voted 3-2 to revoke the Southern Appalachian Historical Association’s license for use of the town-owned Daniel Boone Park facility, where it produced the outdoor drama “Horn in The West” for 67 years
“There’s nothing we can do about that situation now,” Chairman Frank Mohler said. “We were caught off guard by this decision, because it was made in closed session.”


May God have mercy on the men and women murdered that day - and may He  bless their families.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Historical Association to Appeal BOONE'S EVICTION OF HORN IN THE WEST

From a blog post by an SAHA board member:

"SAHA will appeal to the Town Council on Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. at 1500 Blowing Rock Rd. SAHA is collaborating with the Cultural Resources Board and Town Council to form a joint committee for the creation of more efficient, positive communication and consensus. Meanwhile, we would be most encouraged by your participation and your tax-deductible contribution to SAHA, which will continue its history education programming throughout the fall and spring: P.O. Box 295, Boone, NC 28607"

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We would also call to the attention of our readers- and other supporters of the long running "HORN IN THE WEST " outdoor drama- the fact that contributions to the SAHA are tax deductible. We join with Ms Ligon in encouraging your contributions to

Southern Appalachian Historical Association
PO BOX 296
Boone, NC 28607

This outdoor drama has been in BOONE longer than ANY of the Boone  town council members who voted to evict them!

Our Naive Leader

Obama's return to Iraq reveals how wrong he has been about the world.

A Wall Street Journal editorial has a penetrating look into Obama’s sophomoric world view.
“Recall that Mr. Obama won the Presidency by arguing that the U.S. had alienated the world and Muslims by recklessly using force abroad. We had betrayed our values by interrogating terrorists too harshly and wiretapping too much. Our enemies hated us not because they hated our values or our influence but because we had provoked them with our interventions.”

The editorial continues: “If we withdrew from the Middle East, especially from Iraq; if we avoided new entanglements, such as in Syria; and if we engaged with our adversaries, such as Iran and Russia, the anti-American furies would subside and the world would be safer.”

Wall Street Journal Editorial

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Horn In The West EVICTED after 63 YEARS!

We usually don't respond to Anonymous posters....However, this post from an "anon" kicked off our latest Vent Page and we thought that it really should be the beginning of a thread of it's own.

 Anonymous said...

Thank you for the vent page. Let me begin.

The Town Council in a 3-2 vote effectively ended Boone's outdoor drama "Horn in the West" after 63 years of consecutive performance. Horn equipment must be removed (costumes, lighting, props, office, seats) by Oct 31 or will become the property of the Town of Boone. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum will loose their license agreement December 31, 2014, and all cabins and pieces must be dismantled, taken down by Feb 28, 2015, or will become property of the Town of Boone. We are talking about the Tatum Cabin (1700's), The Coffey House and other structures. The cabins were donated by families of those who lived in those cabins.

Southern Appalachian Historical Association lost their lease on the property at the end of 2013 and it was replaced by a license to use the property apparently on a seasonal basis. That license came to an end after the motion by Quint David to do such and supported by Council Members Hay and Pena. Brantz and Mason voted against the motion.

It is my understanding that the problem lies in the Council not being fully informed by Town of Boone Cultural Arts Director Pilar Fotta. Some call her a constant thorn in the flesh to SAHA and obviously has an agenda to close Horn and Hickory Ridge.

It should also be noted that the Building Inspector approved all changes made on property without seeing them, although I am not sure this is accurate information, but worth investigating.

I encourage all to speak with our Town Council to reverse the decision that has been made. I also call for the dismissal and resignation of Cultural Director Pilar Fotto for lack of or true and accurate communication with the Town Manager and Town Council.

It is time for this local boy to run for office.
September 7, 2014 at 8:54 PM


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NC Republican Party on the Hagan--Tillis Debate

Thom Tillis took on Senator Kay Hagan last week in the first debate of the North Carolina Senate race — and clearly won.
Hagan spent the debate blatantly deceiving North Carolinians.
Here are Kay Hagan’s top 4 debate deceptions that you need to know about:
1. Hagan said, “I am the most moderate Senator.”
TRUTH: Kay Hagan votes with President Obama 95 percent of the time.
2. Hagan said she found out “last fall” that North Carolinians couldn’t keep their plans due to ObamaCare and took action.
TRUTH: Years before ObamaCare launched, Hagan voted against legislation that would have struck down the part of ObamaCare that resulted in cancelled health care plans in North Carolina.
3. Hagan said, “We didn't become the state where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great by gutting public education.”
TRUTH: While Hagan served as Co-Chair of the North Carolina Senate’s Budget Committee, the committee left North Carolina in debt and caused the state to cut teachers’ pay.
4. Hagan said, “I’ve gotten direct action” for veterans in Fayetteville.
TRUTH: When campaigning in 2008, Hagan promised she would work for a “world class” veterans health care system — and she failed to deliver that promise in her time in the Senate.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Frothing Fraternity Frantic over Public Records Request!

Frothers gathering for strategy meeting
We can only assume that Nathan Miller's request for PUBLIC DOCUMENTS in the custody of a PUBLIC OFFICIAL involving her OFFICIAL DUTIES was intended to do nothing more than to secure the requested documents which, after all, are SUBJECT TO THE NC PUBLIC RECORDS laws.

That simple request was 'ducked' by the recipient who claimed that she was NOT the "custodian" of the records which were obviously in her possession and which actually included emails related to her official duties which were exchanged using her personal computer.

It is presumably understood by MOST public officials that "public records" do not become "private records" simply because the public official chooses to communicate public matters using non-official equipment or because they exchange emails using personal email accounts.

We first reported on the public records request on Tuesday morning. By Wednesday afternoon, the HCPRESS Blog had picked up the story and the Watauga Democrat and GoBlueRidge  followed shortly thereafter.(They apparently just "stumbled" on this story on their own since neither acknowledged that we had first reported on the story nor did they "link" to our posting.)

Then the wacko lefties and other Anti-Republican "frothers"  jumped into the fray!

 Reactions from the frothing fraternity were pretty much as expected. Some jumped in attacking Nathan Miller for his obvious audacity in requesting PUBLIC RECORDS! Some seem to argue that, since they were generally supportive of Ms Campbell (the public official in question) - that she somehow shouldn't be burdened with having to comply with the state laws - and others just took their usual cheap shots at Mr. Miller and/or Republicans in general,  either out of personal animosity or political partisanship . The local liberal lefty blog responded predictably by calling various Republicans derogatory names - (a SURE way to convince their  base of the legitimacy of their arguments).

We particularly like one commenter here on our very own blog who took the position that it was the job of the Democrat BOE member to "cause trouble"! ("She is doing her job if she is causing you trouble. " It's comments like this that not only help to give us insight into the liberal mind but also make our job so much fun!