A Little Extra Effort

NC GOP candidate for governor, Fred Smith, sent us a book. Right on the top is an endorsement from Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. And he's coming to the Oriental Shrine Club in Greensboro next Tuesday. Lee Greenwood's gonna sing that song. The thirty percenters will no doubt turn out in droves.

So scumbag here takes a swipe at the rest of us in the foreword by quoting Teddy GD Roosevelt:

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Jeepers, dude. Excuse the hell out of me for standing in your way. Why don't we just acclaim you King of NC right now, you pompous pile of pig poop? I've heard of blaming the victim, but actually calling us "cold and timid souls" is so over the line. I'm certainly no Biblical scholar, but I seem to remember Jesus being awfully fond of the meek.

Fred Smith's been watching John Adams and cheering for Alexander Hamilton

If you can get through this self-righteous balderdash, then maybe you should vote for him. All the book proves is he's a blogger. Big deal.

On joining the football team in high school:

I was not physically imposing. I just worked hard enough to become a player.

There's no sense wasting your affection on Fred Smith. He's fond enough of himself for everyone. After setting the woods on fire at Wake Forest Law School, he worked for the government as a JAG lawyer and ended up in a practice in Raleigh. He went at farming in a big way on the side and got killed by high interest rates and Carter's grain embargo to Russia.

He spends several pages blaming his Wife for going crazy and causing their divorce. Even cold and timid souls know it takes two to ruin a marriage. But don't worry about old Fred. He soon enough finds another warm place to put his pecker. Or you could look at it the way he does:

God's providence was working in our lives.

Don't blame God for your narcissistic machinations. Twice now, he's accused women of "completing him." As if. Buddy, there's not even enough room for you in you.

Although the law firm was going gangbusters, they got killed by real estate in '89. You do the math. He got cozy with the Raleigh banks during the workout. He credits an improving economy for their success. What about "a little extra effort"?

Fred Smith Company builds country clubs for his neighbors and apartments for the cash flow. You know about cash flow - that's what the poor folks provide.

We have W.'s fallacious hoakum to blame for Fred Smith's entry into politics. Idiot. Mr. Smith goes to Raleigh. Uh, he's been in Raleigh for years. He got to the senate by drowning the 12th District in BBQ plates - all bad.

The mean Democrats won't amend the Constitution to support his homophobic Defense of Marriage Act. He didn't like being a County Commissioner, couldn't get anywhere as Senator and now wants to be Governor. When he becomes disenchanted with that, maybe we can make him POTUS. Whatever it takes to make you happy. It's your world, Fred; we're just paying the bills.

Oh, he's got family pictures. Of course, none of them feature his first baby machine. I guess she never actually existed.

Fred Smith is an empty suit. He's a serial land rapist, slumlord and ultimate Raleigh insider. We need look no further than his first Wife for real insight to his character.

Comments

wooo. I take it

you're not quite as fond of Fred as he is.

This was a pretty rough book review, but this line made me chuckle for the tandem load of truth behind it;

There's no sense wasting your affection on Fred Smith. He's fond enough of himself for everyone.

He does think an awful lot of himself. But he's not that bad. He also thinks an awful lot of others who make millions in land, development and real estate. And, if he knows you and likes you for some reason and you have a problem you need taken care of, he'll take care of it.

Which would be fine if the story ended there. But it doesn't.

The big problem with having Fred in a position of being a public servant is that he never has and never will spread that care out to all the people he represents. He carries a definite attitude of contempt on his shoulder for the less fortunate and those who can't pay their medical bills.

And those boots. Gawd a-mighty. I mean, I know it's petty, but what in the world? Texas is southwest, dude. Get on I-40 and take a left in Oklahoma City. Send a postcard to let us know they got there ok, will ya'?

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Agreed.

The review was rough, but I've recently been reading Kevin Phillips' American Dynasty. This country and Texas in particular has suffered enough from Texanomics or more famously, neoliberalism. The political tradition of the rich serving the rich needs to end.

Ride that goat Fred! Hew Haw! says Governor Brother Rick!

Right on the top is an endorsement from Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. And he's coming to the Oriental Shrine Club in Greensboro next Tuesday. Lee Greenwood's gonna sing that song.*Fecund Stench

Look! I don't give a flying religious leap about Rick Perry coming to Fred's secret cult meeting in Greensboro next week. The main question should be! Is Fred and Rick going to ride the goats side saddle or are they going to do the old Knight's Templar trick by buggering each other on the Goat.

Gads! I hate religious goat boys in the Temple!

Oh not the Knight's Templar!!

Max,

That's an extraordinarily unpleasant mental picture.

I never heard that goats were implicated in the Knight's Templar scandal. But ya know, they did extract those confessions the old fashioned way (one of those great traditions George Bush is trying to keep alive).

Brunette

Goats on the Republican Fred hoof?

I never heard that goats were implicated in the Knight's Templar scandal*Brunette

Yep! It was the final straw that broke the Templar horses back when the goat appear on the Templars Church Altar. Nor doubt King Phillip [France] had the best waterboard and toe nail puller in history to make the Templars fess up in the end.....below is the proof that Templars love to bugger each other while the torture trials were going up.......I wonder how many Goats Fred and Rick own?

http://www.ordotempli.org/knights_templar_collector_coin_sets.htm

Great book review.

Fred is nothing but a legend in his own mind.

His voice makes me cringe

we just turn the channel when he's on. It's not enough to ignore this ego-maniac, he has got to be stopped! There are too many yard signs in private citizen's yards in Moore county to discount him!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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His voice is one

made for silent film, that is true.

Correct me if I'm wrong but my sense is that Moore County is full of retired wealthy white men and women who play golf and own stables. I think the registered Rs in that demographic are a big part of Fred's base. And for them, this stuff

... a definite attitude of contempt ... for the less fortunate and those who can't pay their medical bills

plays shamefully well, though most are very polite people and will never admit that to be true in polite company.

What folks around here who've paid attention know, though, is that his rather large fortune was at least partially built on a specific brand of "tight fiscal management of costs" ... which included hiring rock bottom contractors ... which employed a high percentage of hard working Spanish speaking men busting their butts for 12 hours a day to pour slab, frame up, plumb, wire, sheet rock, paint, roof, clean and landscape thousands of houses and yards in the Triangle area for several years.

Now I realize that some will say that a man who's busy making millions a year doesn't have the time and shouldn't be expected to stop a minute and make sure he's not contradicting his own campaign speeches ... er ...principles while raking in the dough, but I and many others who've been paying attention do find it funny, how solidly he's lined up behind the "stop illegal immigration" elephant march, now that he's running for Gov.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Keep on going, sistah.

You're doing fine.

Except - for the first time in recent history, Democratic and Unaffiliated registrations have gone up in Moore Co. And Republican? Hm. They've gone down.

Dems and Una's have always outnumbered the R's. Between the Presidential Tidal Wave and the drunk driving charges against "my favorite personal target" ::eyeroll::, I think we'll take them.

Party at 104A McNeil St., Nov 4, 2008.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Ya know...

don't we actually "want" Smith? To get the nomination, I mean. I think McCrory might actually give Pe-...um, whomever, a run for their money (I still think the Dem wins, but it won't be as easy as usual...) Smith is just GOP Candidate X who we always beat.

We do want Smith

And he no doubt considers it a badge of courage to have us communists fightin' him.

This is o/t or whatever, but...

This makes me think of why people run for offices they have no way of winning. I mean, I can accept the reason that you want to run to talk about your issues and bring them to the forefront or to keep the other candidate honest. And if you really just want to run for an office, then, heck, why not, I suppose? It's an open democratic system.

...but does Fred Smith believe in his heart of hearts that he will be governor? And you can use this with him or any other GOP/Dem candidate. I guess I just wonder how candidates tick who do this. Obviously you can't just run for the ones you know you will win...but it's not like there aren't numbers out there for some races where it's obvious. For instance, when we have two strong Dem candidates who are not seriously connected with Black or Wright (i.e. Democratic corruption in NC), then I don't know how a GOPer argues that they should win the Governor's Mansion. McCrory I can understand b/c he can pretend being from Charlotte makes him a "different" Republican, and he has the $$ and more diverse support than the usual rural GOPer. But the state is moving forward, it's a Democratic year nationally, it's more or less a Democratic state...what's their real argument? Just don't know why a Republican would waste their time. Just move to a congressional district that's safe or run for U.S. Senate or local office. But statewide offices (non-judiciary) are mostly (not ALL, certainly) a safe bet for generic qualified Dem.

Maybe this is just late night rambling, I don't know...

The theory over here in Moore

when we get some one to run is that if we can increase our percentage each time, we're hurting them, and eventually, we'll win. But for that to happen, we have to run someone consistently. Hasn't happened yet.

But we've got Betty Mangum taking on the R who wins the NC 52 primary this fall - and she's a fireball. I think she's got a shot - the Presidential and Gubernatorial coattails will be bigger than usual, I think. What a wonderful gift that would be this November. I'm going to go dream about it now.

Democrats from Moore County and Educational Utopia.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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The small d democrat in me is offended...

whenever anyone runs unopposed (in the general). Even a Democrat. It's just offensive to the process, I think. So I agree that, even in safe red areas, we should always run SOMEONE. The fact that actual U.S. House members are unopposed in some districts makes me sick, again, even if they are Democrats. I think voters should always be offered a choice, and that elected officials must be made to make their case. ...and maybe that completely contradicts my prior post! But I'm a Libra, so what do you want...

As to my beliefs about not leaving people unchallenged and making them defend themselves...I'm still in "fantasy land" a bit, but there's a primary challenge I may be looking at making in the next even year or the one after that. Stay tuned. ;)

Thats what I keep saying

even in safe red areas, we should always run SOMEONE.

Thats what I keep saying. What is the worst case scenario for many of those races? We have a candidate who spends months going to forums and knocking on doors and saying "I am a Democrat because". How can that be anything but helpful?

Just look at Ed Ridpath. He was a 1 in a million shot in 06. Now he is still going to have a tough race, but not nearly as tough. Part of that is new demographics. Part of that is a smart guy talking to literally thousands of people at their doors and saying "Vote Democratic if you want good schools and good jobs".

Every vote is worth fighting for.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

It's the Luv of the Lord

Anybody catch the Dome's mention of Fred's preachin' a couple of Sundays ago in that great big old church in Cleveland (Johnston County)?

Don't you love it when politicians and church leaders wink wink nudge nudge each other when mixing church and state?

I am not that familiar with the numbers, so this is just a pure guess based on the way they present themselves, but it looks to me as though one of Fred's advantages is that Orr is going to take votes from McCrory in the primary.

Now, you talk about a fecund stench. Fred Smith is as backward, hypocritical, anti-intellectual, aggressively ignorant and -- judging by comments he has made in committees -- as far away from Jesus' teachings on the Sermon on the Mount as a body can be.

Smith truly embodies the worst of the stereotypes that cause so many people to look down on "red-staters." That's to no red-state resident's advantage, but then, voting against one's economic interests in favor of furthering treasured bigoted values is a time-honored tradition in North Carolina.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Based on your statements above,

would I run into you one day while walking the halls of LOB?

I hear you, momoaizo

Too many pols have ascended to office with free BBQ, a prayer before and patriotic treacle afterward. I'm reminded that Zeb Vance collected votes with corn liquor and plug tobacco. Such have been the wages among simple folk. What has been required is a defense of the quaint by the enlightened. It has never been about politics, but always the dominion of the rich over the poor.

Recommended for sheer, sharp wit.

and front-paged with acidic pleasure.

Loved it, Fecund Stench. (I still have trouble with your screen name. I feel like I'm calling someone a bad name - so please know that I'm considering your screen name a "pet name" like...poopy pants, or something.)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Thank you.

It's nice to be rewarded, especially when I've been a very bad boy.

wow.

Fred Smith is as backward, hypocritical, anti-intellectual, aggressively ignorant and -- judging by comments he has made in committees -- as far away from Jesus' teachings on the Sermon on the Mount as a body can be.

Smith truly embodies the worst of the stereotypes that cause so many people to look down on "red-staters." That's to no red-state resident's advantage, but then, voting against one's economic interests in favor of furthering treasured bigoted values is a time-honored tradition in North Carolina.

Wow squared.

Levi

You'll have to understand

That I don't "get" the word "wow," even when followed by "Wow squared."

That is, I can't tell whether it's astonishment or agreement, disapproval or disbelief.

I don't know whether it means you think, as others have suggested, that I move on to another blog and quit outraging sensibilities here, or whether it means that you just never heard anyone describe her feelings about Fred this way.

And the only reason I ask for elaboration here is that I gather "squared" means that whatever "wow" means, it's a really strong, strong feeling.

I like to think I have average powers of perception, but "Wow squared" leaves me confused. And it's not like it's 1:00 a.m. in the morning, so I'm reasonably alert.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

--wow--

sorry for my lack of clarity.
You've written a strong statement there. Do I agree? Do I disagree? I'm not sure I know enough about him to say one way or the other. I can say that part of your comment that I blocked obviously impacted me, certainly enough to look into Smith more closely.
The 'wow' factor for me, generally means that I am blown away by something.
Your writing is often stringent in nature, I enjoy it. I like 'shoot from the hip' brash. I don't mean that offensively at all. I really wish that I were more like that sometimes. I have read a few exchanges on here when you're in the hot seat. I enjoy them.
When we post blogs here or anywhere and we know there's going to be comments we can't always expect for everyone to agree with what we've written. I welcome and encourage being challenged. It forces me to check my facts more closely, write more clearly, be stronger in my statements.
Likewise, when someone writes a post like this one, and the comments are as clear as yours is, well it makes me want to learn more about the subject being discussed.
I apologize for the lack of clarity.
I love the word 'wow', and I love it even more when I can square or cube it.
Levi

Levi

no, it wasn't that

I expect(ed) to be agreed with. I'm pretty used to being in my own corner. But I really did want to know what you meant.

So thank you for your kind words. I recognize that mine about Fred Smith are pretty unkind; and in light of the scolding(s) I've received lately I wondered whether to expect another complaint from yet another offended party.

Some of us who have watched these folks up close at the General Assembly figured Smith was running for Governor when he began piping up in committees to run down people on welfare as being lazy, shiftless drains on society or other words to that effect. I'm not quoting him because I can't remember his exact wording.

Smith is not a good egg.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Can I sit with you in the corner?

This time anyway? :)

I've actually picked up Fred's "book" a few times since I wrote my little review, in an effort to make sure I had not overlooked any possibly redeeming aspects of his life story. I didn't miss anything.

This corner here?

Not the one over yonder, but this one? (I want that emoticon that Greg Flynn came up with)

Just to be clear, I didn't *think* I'd put myself in a corner by criticizing Fred, but wasn't sure how to interpret J Levi's response.

I suspect there have been more folks in my corner on other issues than are willing to say so where everyone can read it ~ and I'm used to that, too.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

I'm sure there have been

I suspect there have been more folks in my corner on other issues than are willing to say so where everyone can read it ~ and I'm used to that, too.

So are you going to slide over and let me sit down, or are you going to get up and move to another corner? :(

Plenty of room

Well you were s'posed to infer from my earlier remarks that since criticizing Fred Smith isn't a stance likely to alienate anyone on this blog -- this is not so much a corner as it is a public square.

Sorry, once again, didn't see your post. Was away from my computer all day yesterday (terrible, terrible feeling), and just now caught yours while shaking my head and clucking my tongue that Justin didn't know what a "thirty percenter" is. I'm always grateful for any instance I can find in which the younger, smarter, savvier folk who frequent this blog actually missed something I happened to catch way back in the day when the expression originated.

I keep thinking that things that happened years ago were only months in the past.

It's what happens as a brunette turns gray.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Sorry.

Thirty percenters are those folks who still believe their President about the war and ignore the typhoon of eveidence to the contrary. They are the knuckle-dragging , mouth-breathing conservatives being sold down the river and waving goodbye thankfully.