Thursday, June 9, 2011

Did the Rhino Times' John Hammer betray Greensboro's Conservatives for $6,035?

Lying by omission

One lies by omission by omitting an important fact,
deliberately leaving another person with a misconception.

Lying by omission includes failures to correct pre-existing misconceptions.

…Propaganda is an example of lying by omission.


"Our third pick in the [2007] at-large race is ...Robbie Perkins.

Was there a correlation
between Robbie Perkins' 2007 political campaign advertising spending levels,
page 29 of 34,
and John Hammer's 2007 Robbie Perkins endorsement?

...He's had two years to sit back and look at how things are being done,
and in that time Perkins has had some big disagreements with the present council
on some land use issues.

Like Robbie proposing giving more than $1.5 million to Bill Agapion
for some rundown/abused rental properties?

He is in the commercial real estate business, which makes him a developer.

Greensboro is growing.

The partisan, when engaged in a dispute,
cares nothing about the rights of the question,
but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.


If it doesn't grow it will wither up and die.

We need developers.

Over the years Perkins has provided the council with a lot of insight
on how good development works and how to prevent development that doesn't work.

Could John Hammer be indirectly responsible for the Aquatic Center fiasco?

The City Council needs that.

So much of what the council does has to do with rezoning land for development,
it makes sense to have someone on the council
who can offer a different perspective from the staff.

What council member went to bat for Mitch Johnson?

And not only see things differently,
but know enough to argue with staff on equal footing.

Isn't Robbie really on the Greensboro staff's side
of almost every issue?

City staff does this land use stuff all day
and it's hard for someone not in the business to hold their own with them.

I much prefer to have development decisions made by people
who have put their own money on the line rather than city staff members
who have nothing to gain or lose by the decisions they make or the advice they give.

Perkins also knows how to get things done.

From TREBIC pockets to Robbie's campaign chest,
to John Hammer's bottom line?

It takes five votes to do anything on the City Council
and he knows how to put five votes together.

Like for the Aquatic Center?

One of the reasons that Perkins decided to run
is because Yvonne Johnson is running for mayor
and he said he knows that she wants to get some things done and so does he.

So John knowingly endorsed Robbie,
knowing how he'd vote with the "liberal" side of the council?

Perkins has a lot of ideas, some of them are good.

But the council needs an idea man.

How about the idea of continuing to flush $5 million plus per year
sending trash to Montgomery County?

Neither Perkins nor Johnson are fans of long meetings;
if those two get elected you can expect meetings to move along
and not get bogged down like they have lately."

John Hammer
Rhino Times

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

Upton Sinclair

Does John plan on re-betraying Greensboro's conservatives
for more real estate and political advertisement money in 2011?

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