Saturday, November 13, 2010

John Hammer on the implementation of a "Police State" in Downtown Greensboro

The term police state
describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls
over the social, economic and political life of the population.

A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control,
and there is usually little or no distinction between the law
and the exercise of political power by the executive.

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility,
and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views,
which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement.


"...District 3 Councilmember Zack Matheny held a press conference on Wednesday morning, Nov. 10, at city hall to introduce his plans for making the downtown safe...

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity

Frank Leahy

[Rocco Scarfone's] ...changes are not going to be enough for Matheny,
...he said he wanted the city to show "zero tolerance for quality of life issues,"...

A great many people think they are thinking
when they are really rearranging their prejudices.

Edward R. Murrow

...Matheny said that he had been discussing different options
to increase citizen safety downtown for years with downtown club owners,
property owners, residents and patrons of downtown establishments.

Aparently not most club owners.

...When asked how he was going to pay for all this,
Matheny said the city always seemed to be able to come up with money...

Statements by high officials are practically always misleading,
when they are designed to bolster a falling market.

Gerald M Loeb

...Matheny...said the curfew might have to cover the entire city,
because if it just covers the downtown then the kids
would just become an issue somewhere else...

My opinions will never change
no matter what the facts are.

Steven Colbert

...There is no indication that anyone involved in the shootings was under 18,
yet one of the solutions Matheny proposed is to ban the under-18 crowd...

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley

It doesn't appear that anyone involved in either shooting was parked in the parking garage,
yet according to Matheny the fees for parking need to be raised to $5.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something
when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

Upton Sinclair

There is no indication that the bouncers at the clubs acted improperly,
but there are a whole host of proposed regulations about bouncers and security."

John Hammer

People who have what they want
are fond of telling people who haven't what they want,
that they really don't want it.

Ogden Nash


Anonymous said...

"Roy Carroll, whose Center Point project sits at the heart of downtown,
said he was pleased with what he heard Wednesday,
adding action was needed."

Ryan Seals
Greensboro News & Record

Anonymous said...

"Ed Wolverton, [Downtown Greensboro Incorportated’s] president and CEO,
said the organization will continue to partner with the city and police department
to raise the safety level at night to that of the daytime."

Dioni L. Wise

Anonymous said...

"DGI operates on a $1.1 million budget.

The money comes from three sources.

Half comes from a special 9-cent tax levied on downtown property owners;
(from taxes levied on customers, otherwise known as taxpayers)
30 percent is tax money
from the general fund of the city of Greensboro and Guilford County;
and 20 percent comes through fundraising."

Greensboro News and Record

Anonymous said...

Milton Kern...was another business leader who helped craft the proposals.

“The nightclub owners have to understand
they have to be responsible business people
and not have a 'shoot ’em up,’ wild night life,” Kern said.

“We are trying to bring back sanity to a night life that has run rampant.”

Kern said he understands concerns that some owners have about the proposals,
but safety should be the main goal.

“If (customers) want to go to High Point Road, they are free to go there,” Kern said.

“The point is we want to make sure we are safe downtown...”

Who are "we," and what does "safe" mean?

Ryan Seals