The 99%

Bristol, Virginia Tri-Cities Revealed

by Lewis Loflin

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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 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.

Employment gap less than high school vs. college.

Fake News as Alternate Reality

"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read it, you're misinformed...Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you'll get good at - including BS. -- Denzel Washington"

The "Press" today doesn't represent facts or truth as such, but reality filtered through "eyes" of the elite and ruling class. The "Press" presents an unrealistic and distorted view of reality - reality as it exists in Manhattan, Malibu, and Martha's Vineyard viewed from inside gated neighborhoods. That reality is rigidly controlled in the public sphere in journalism, academia, and government.

The elite have no more contact with Red State American whites than they do with poor inner city blacks. One is held in hostility while the latter are treated as stupid little children.

That distorted reality is what we call "fake news" outside New York and San Francisco. They push politics and culture - theirs - not facts most of the time. A typical example is the New York Times I often use as a source.

On August 3, 2018 The New York Times led with the headline, "Workers Hardest Hit by Recession are Joining in Recovery." That includes this community. The poorest, least skilled Americans are "a striking symbol of a strong economy". We never saw anything like this during Mr. Bush or Mr. Obama. This is the best economy for the working class in 40 years, my focus on this website.

Today there's less than a 3% employment gap between less than high school and a bachelor's degree. This comes about because many bachelors degrees are worthless and President Trump, screwed up as he is, has put blue collar workers over open borders mass immigration globalism, China, etc.

No wonder so many college graduates are angry and rioting. To quote Dr. Walter E. Williams on the problem of education fraud,

How necessary is college anyway? One estimate is that 1 in 3 college graduates have a job historically performed by those with a high school diploma. According to Richard Vedder, distinguished emeritus professor of economics at Ohio University and the director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, in 2012 there were 115,000 janitors, 16,000 parking lot attendants, 83,000 bartenders and about 35,000 taxi drivers with a bachelor's degree.

Note "intelligence" doesn't always have much to do with a college degree today.

Many of us on the bottom see things through economics, the elite see through ideology that has replaced traditional religion - they are religious fanatics.

This economy for the first time in my adult life has helped working poor in Appalachia and even poor blacks. Yet the New York Times, etc. still promotes policies that kept poor people poor. They are completely blind to the destructive effects of mass immigration legal and illegal has on poor people. Guess their editors need maids and servants.

This blindness has also led to decades of government waste. fraud, and corruption that I document on this website. Government grants are thrown at anything some isolated college think tanks, such as the Weldon-Cooper Center in Wise, Virginia, believe might work. Who in their right mind would spend tens of thousands in subsidies and corporate welfare on a single $8 an hour call center job?

This is real issue with the race baiting elite willing to shut down entire blue collar industries in the name of climate change then flood the economy with millions of low-achieving third world peasants to take what is left. The NYT writes about technological changes have destroyed many jobs and that is true, but millions of lower paying jobs have been created and the floods of low skill peasants has knocked the bottom out of that very labor market.

Thus the "Press" is a mouthpiece for the ruling class that have nothing to do with the rest of us. Their policies have all but destroyed the black family and 30% of the white community as well. I was told by one smart ass government hack, "If you don't like the system then work to change it." Here is that effort.

"Progressives must become liberal fascists and enlightened Nazis." - Progressive socialist H.G. Wells, Oxford, 1932.

Sent to the Bristol Herald Courier 8/17/2018.

Press is not a Victim - Including the Herald Courier

Date: 8/16/2018.

Re: "We've Been Complacent". The "Press" has no right not to to be called out or questioned. Questioning the "Press" isn't un-American, but American.

Mr. Trump has not eroded public confidence in the "Press": political correctness, bias, and identity politics has.

The Bristol Herald Courier openly participated in this coordinated effort to attack Mr. Trump today. That doesn't include informal collusion we've dealt with since 2016 holding millions of "deplorable" Americans in contempt. Stop whining when called on it.

Read more: Bristol Herald Courier Still Fake News.

Chicago Racial Violence Update

Ref. Aug. 4-5 weekend 71 shot 11-12 dead. 12,601 shot since 2012. Ref. Conservative Tribune Aug. 9, 2018.

US dead in Afghanistan: 2016 - 14; 2017 - 15; 2018 - 2?

In Chicago, 1,876 people have been shot this year. That is 473 fewer than 2017. Data through Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

Since 2001, Chicago has experienced 7,916 murders (as of September 06, 2016). The number of Americans killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was 2,384 and 4,504 respectively since 2001.

Source: as of Sep. 8, 2016

Lakeem Scott and Press Incitement to Murder

If the press isn't pushing censorship and bias then the tech tyrants will. I was informed many of the below articles are somehow "Dangerous and Derogatory". Oddly the information was derived from mainstream press sources, another outright historical document.

William Raynard Newkirk Jr..

Black-on-Black Violence in Tri-Cities

Let me clear of the following: our crime rates here are very low, among the lowest in the state.

Black-on-black violence is not just Chicago. We have this in Tri-Cities too.

On Monday, August 6, 2018 a drive by shooting at Johnson Court (public housing) left bullet holes in cars, etc. 5 shell casings were found believed to have come from a handgun. Possible gang activity is believed to be involved. The shooters were reported as black. A black-on-black killing in Kingsport may have led to a women being shot in Bristol in possible retaliation.

African American armed teenager William Raynard Newkirk Jr., 16 of Bristol Virginia was arrested for the murder of Brett Rogers, 20 years old, in Kingsport. He was shot in the chest. Rogers was from Bristol and they likely knew each other before the incident.

Both are black. Newkirk was arrested at his home on Russell Ave. Bristol Virginia. Another man Tony Nguyen was also wounded. Rogers was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Some kind of altercation occurred inside the now shut down Hog Wild Saloon. The African American teenager shot up the parking lot outside the business. But that's not the only fun on a typical night for African American teenagers.

To quote,

"Bristol, Virginia police believe a shooting at the Eastridge Apartments only a couple hours later was in retaliation to the shooting at Hog Wild Saloon, though they haven't been able to figure out who pulled the trigger. A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries but is recovering well, according to police."

She should recover. The woman was shot at Eastridge Apartments housing project - Russell Street is in the middle of public housing. No description of the woman is available.

African American teenager William Newkirk was denied bond. He is charged with murder and is being held at a Johnson City juvenile detention center.

Typical black-on-black killing ignored by the press.

Another black on black killing took place in Johnson City took the life of a black Bristol basketball player, while four blacks laughed at a judge as they were being processed on gang rape charges. One black male was killed by three others over a drug deal, two more blacks were executed in a Kingsport candle shop by another gang of blacks. That was also over drug dealing.

In 2017 African American male Jamarcus Lavelle Jackson was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2nd degree murder of "DeShaun Wesley Greer, 24, 1412 E. Cedar St., Bristol, Va., and trying to kill Jamison Lewis Greer, 20, same address."

This is another typical black-on-black killing nobody wants to address.

Jackson had six previous felonies, a model citizen that if he was in jail where he belonged this wouldn't have occurred.

Greer was a basketball player with King University.

Some sources quote Jackson saying his criminal record kept him from getting a job... Read more.

Summary Virginia crime for 2015: Blacks commit over half of all the violent crime in Virginia including the majority of murders, three-fourths of the robberies, over half the assaults, and almost half the burglaries.

In Norfolk the press even tried to cover up a violent racial attack on their own reporters! The attitude of the police was appalling. Another man was nearly killed in DC for asking a black male to not litter in front of his apartment. Murder victims includes a black kid, a teenage white girl, a pizza shop worker, another man beat nearly to death by black gang. Now the same black on black killing and violence has come to Bristol as I will be reporting.

The idea is not to deride anyone but force the Press to stop hiding the facts so we can address the problem.

Chinnie Jemes Jr. and Daniel Anthony Henry

Annie Smith Murder Bristol Virginia Public Housing War Zone

86-year-old Annie Bell Smith was found strangled in her apartment at Springdale Village apartment complex, an area known for it's high crime rates and drug problems. She was found dead Sunday July 10, 2011 by her pastor when he came to pick her up for church. She "spoke" her mind and the police are still closed lipped on details.

Annie was black. She was killed during a robbery, two black males were arrested. One walked, one got 35 years. Read more: Annie Smith Murder

Update August 2018

Hobby Lobby has opened at The Falls, a $50 million taxpayer funded shopping center, at the end of August. Leaving the City of Bristol Virginia millions in debt they lost between $500,000 to $750,000 on The Falls in 2018 depends on who one asks. This comes as Bristol struggles to keep teachers and police on the payroll.

More than a dozen stores, etc. have backed out of locating at The Falls. The entire fiasco was cooked up behind closed doors with zero public input - most of those behind this scam soon left the local government.

BVU-Optinet has finally been sold after a year of bickering to Sunset Digital for $50 million. The fiber-optic system was mainly funded with public money on the promise of zillions of new high tech jobs - didn't happen.

The $50 million will pay off Optinet debt much of it to the electricity side of Bristol Virginia Utilities. I warned they were robbing the electric company to fund Optinet.

According to press reports (BHC July 28, 2018) $8 million to the Tobacco Commission. $21.9 million for the purchase of Optinet, $13.9 million to pay back the electric company, another $2.49 million to the water company.

They borrowed millions from the electric and water divisions who then went out and borrowed elsewhere to cover their infrastructure needs. This helped hide the true cost from the public. 10 officials and contractors at Bristol Virginia Utilities were sent to Federal prison for scores charges.

They got away with this massive fraud for over a decade (I kept warning about this) because the public has no access to the inner workings of public agencies of all kinds.

Bristol Compressors Fiasco - Plant Closing

While no surprise to me, the Community was rocked when on August 1st Bristol Compressors announced they will close. Their last 470 workers will be fired in the next 60 days. This comes after Bristol Compressors received between $5-$6 million in incentives, corporate welfare, and tax breaks.

This could cost overall nearly a thousand jobs if we include losses in the service industry these jobs supported. Some reports place the loss including benefits at $50 million.

This is after receiving more government grants for product development.

Read more: Bristol Compressors Fiasco - Plant Closing

103, 200, or 400 new jobs?

In 2016 Ball Corporation closed its 260,000-square-foot plant. This cost 230 high paying union jobs. Bristol government hates unions and good jobs competing with minimum wage jobs, they simply shrugged. They manufactured can lids.

Now the plant which is in great shape will get a new owner. To quote the State of Virginia:

"The Bristol plant now is owned by American Merchant, a newly formed company that is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Merchant House International Ltd. Merchant House makes home textiles, seasonal décor products and leather shoes.

American Merchant is investing $19.9 million to convert the plant for the production of embroidered hand and bath towels."

I saw this on local television where a Chinese lady seemed unsure of what her company was really going to be doing. They said 200 jobs there I think.

To further quote,

"During the site selection process, Bristol competed with sites in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Rhode Island and South Carolina. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a $300,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the city with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission also approved $590,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity funds.

American Merchant also is eligible to receive additional grants and state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program and Appalachian Regional Commission, both administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development."

In other words more corruption and waste, no public input.

So the company really didn't invest $19.9 million already being awarded almost $1 million from public coffers. What else are they hiding? Is this another Bristol Compressors scam? These are the same scammers that gave millions away to Bristol Compressors, then refused to enforce the agreements.

There is also no public oversight of this agreement. One problem I've had is their refusal to honor the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Public handouts going to private business is banned from the public view, and the awarding agencies charge insane research fees for information if they release it at all.

After being burned with The Falls fiasco, Bristol Virginia is trying to evade responsibility for a $500,000 grant from the corrupt Appalachian Regional Commission. Decades and billions of dollars later the ARC has achieved few of its goals while engaging in an orgy of political pork and corporate welfare.

The $500,000 is to be used to build a "state of the art" water treatment plant for the American Merchant facility at the old Ball plant. Makes that $1.5 million so far. This puts the other job claims in question.

The City would be responsible if AM doesn't open or hire at least 103 by a certain deadline. If this is such a great deal that will hire 400 people, then why is Bristol balking at being responsible if they don't hire 103 people? What is really going on here? Again no public access to all the closed door wheeling and dealing with public assets.

We will have to wait and see. The company is not scheduled to even install equipment until sometime this fall.

Empty Nulife Glass building Bristol Virginia

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

Immigration Victory in East Tennessee ICE Does Its Job

by Lewis Loflin

Summary: high child poverty levels have plagued this region for generations. Some job poor communities working with business to import more poverty aka cheap labor. This mafia nonsense might be coming to an end.

After years of open criminal activity aided and abetted by local governments ICE is starting to do its job.

This supposedly started when a local business was withdrawing millions in cash over the last ten years from a Morristown bank. The bank reported them. This started what open-borders advocates claim is the biggest raids in the nation. Actually it isn't and a lot more than 90 people need to be arrested.

They documented the typical labor abuse - not paid overtime, no workman's comp, etc. These people didn't bother to use fake social security numbers like the other corporate criminals in Morristown. The IRS knows exactly where the 3 million illegal aliens are working but under orders from the Obama administration refuses to disclose where the fake IDs are being used.

In Hamblen County in particular Morristown, Tennessee has been swamped by between 6000-10,000 illegal aliens and their families over the last 20 years. This occurred as a conspiracy between the defunct Garcia Labor Company and local business leaders brought in thousands of illegal aliens mostly Mexicans.

Read the full story Immigration Victory in East Tennessee ICE Does Its Job

Illegal alien criminals turned loose on I-81 in East Tennessee

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- "Two Latino men being deported from Erwin were, instead, turned loose along Interstate 81. Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris told the Johnson City Press that Gregorio Estala Rodriguez and Primitivo Estala Rodriguez had been picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Tuesday and were being taken to a federal center in New Orleans.

Harris said the agents called the jail later and said superiors had told them to release the men because the center in New Orleans was temporarily closed after Hurricane Gustav blew though the city. Harris said Gregorio Rodriguez had pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges and Primitivo Rodriguez pleaded guilty to not having a driver's license or car insurance. The newspaper reported it's efforts to obtain comment from ICE were unsuccessful." Ref. AP Sep. 5, 2008.

On the Bottom Again

Poverty is hard to define in some ways. $25,000 a year in Bristol is not the same as $25,000 a year in Northern Virginia. The high cost of heatlh care and access to doctors can be a big problem. Many poor people already get Medicaid, but few doctors in particular specialists accept Medicaid. This came about about 10 years ago when Virginia simply refused to pay them.

The list below is the bottom communities on health outcomes. The list is dominated by black inner cities and poor rural communities.

Source: County Health Rankings 2017.

100 Norfolk City (NO)
101 Cumberland (CM)
102 Smyth (SM)
103 Accomack (AC)
104 Roanoke City (RO)
105 Nottoway (NW)
106 Prince Edward (PE)
107 Mecklenburg (ME)
108 Richmond (RC)
109 Brunswick (BR)
110 Charlotte (CH)
111 Lunenburg (LN)
112 Patrick (PT)
113 Russell (RU)
114 Richmond City (RI)
115 Halifax (HL)
116 Henry (HY)
117 Northampton (NT)
118 Tazewell (TA)
119 Lee (LE)
120 Portsmouth City (PM)
121 Greensville (GV)
122 Buchanan (BU)
123 Danville City (DA)
124 Wise (WI)
125 Dickenson (DI)
126 Hopewell City (HO)
127 Franklin City (FR)
128 Bristol City (BS)
129 Covington City (CI)
130 Galax City (GA)
131 Emporia City (EM)
132 Martinsville City (MV)
133 Petersburg City (PB)

From the past to present:

Bristol Southwest Virginia Article Archive

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."

See Bristol Herald Courier Now a Victim

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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.