Tired of Jim Black News Yet?

Who here is tired of Jim Black news? We're getting bombarded in Charlotte and I feel the need to share with you. I'm nice that way. heh

There have been two recent articles that are worth reading. The first includes tidbits about the ongoing investigation. It was actually in Saturday's paper so I missed it. Apologies if you've seen this already.

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Something tells me there are some nervous tummies in Raleigh.

RALEIGH - Federal authorities said this week they are continuing their public corruption investigation, even after a major target, former House Speaker Jim Black, pleaded guilty Thursday.

They did not say who their next target is -- leaving a silence that is causing some discomfort among state lawmakers, lobbyists, campaign contributors and others who have a lot invested in N.C. politics.

The article doesn't speculate which names might pop up, but does offer a list of folks who were called before the federal grand jury in Raleigh to chat about their mutual friend, Jim Black.

The good news given toward the end of the article is that the purchased legislation will be reversed. I wonder if the buyers will get their money back?

The second article is in this morning's Charlotte Observer. Apparently in his state of the state speech last night, the Governor failed to mention Black's name. Not once. Hey Gov, I tried that whole "ignore the problem and it will go away" routine. Didn't work for me either.

I'll let you read it so you can see what the Governor's goals are for his final two years. However, I do have to comment on one little bitty thing.

You know how some politicians master the art of saying absolutely nothing, but making it sound like they're saying something? Witness, Robert Pittenger, Sue Myrick's special friend:

"I want to see how it can add up," said Sen. Robert Pittenger, R-Mecklenburg. "There's a lot of great opportunity to do a lot of things, but how are you going to pay for it?"

Words of Wisdom, Pitt, words of wisdom.


I'm going to pretend like I'm the Governor

and not say Jim Black's name for the rest of the day.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Hey you.

This whole black affair is just one sorry story after another. It's hard to ignore, unless you're Mr. Mike, in which case you can ignore almost anything with the blink of an eye. I tried to listen to his speech last night but found myself bummed out after about 30 seconds.

The only saving grace is that the Republican leadership in North Carolina is teen times worse than the Democratic leadership. Pittenger . . . what a tool.

Hey you, too!

The only way to ignore it is to not read the papers. I guess I could do that.

The idea of an investigation draggggging out is pretty repulsive.

Anybody else remember the Wake DA saying he'd know by the end of last May whether there would be state charges?

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


Yesterday's news.

It's so hard to find fresh news

I'll be happy when this man really is yesterday's news.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I read in our paper

Black was going to cop some plea that essentially says "I'll accept punishment as if I am guilty, but I'm not guilty." I've had a senior moment and forgotten the term applied to the plea, but a "Ted Haggard" plea comes to mind. That isn't it, however.

Black has had a long and luxurious life, much of which has been spent manipulating the lives of others through legislation that benefited no one but himself and his benefactors. I'm actually not happy about having the taxpayers pay for him for the next ten years. How about a HUGE fine and then pillorying him once a week in various towns around the state for the next two years. I'd think it great fun to head to our court house steps with a dozen rotten eggs and the prospects of using Black for pitching practice.


Stan Bozarth

Aww Stan.....I hate that when it happens

Don't remember if it was SD or Anglico ....anyway, the best thing is to write it in word and then copy and paste to your blog. Happened a couple of times to me too and that was the best advice I received.

PS, hugs to my dancing partner

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Alford plea

oooo, Stan, that's happened to me. I almost always right click/copy my work before publishing. I learned the hard way. I'm so sorry it happened to you. It's not fun.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


Thanks, SD, for saving my sanity. I'll learn to copy and all such before I try to post. OOOOooooh, was I peeved or what!

Stan Bozarth

Alford plea to two felonies

At 1.34pm Judge Donald Stephens finally accepted Jim Black's Alford plea to two felony charges. One, a class F felony, for bribery and the second a class A felony, for obstruction of justice.

You can read details in Gary Robertson's AP report which came out fast, such as this one at News14

In addition to the plea Black made a personal statement accepting personal responsibility for taking cash from chiropractors.


There will be plenty of press coverage of this. Unlike the Federal hearing the court was open to cameras.

Video of the hearing can be found at WRAL

Some good coverage can be found at:

News & Observer
Charlotte Observer


Just before the Judge entered the courtroom, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison entered and took a place standing near Black and directly facing the cameras. As the hearing progressed Harrison eventually sat down. As Black has previously been through processing there was no need for him to be escorted out of the courtroom. Harrison's presence was pure camera hogging.

Thanks, Greg

I read the sentencing will be delayed pending cooperation.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

? Cooperation?

How can he co-operate without admitting guilt? An Alford plea is basically saying, I know the evidence looks real bad, but I don't admit to doing anything illegal.

I guess it's one of those

I didn't do anything wrong, but I'll happily tell on the people who did kinda things.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.