The Global TransPark, like Herpes, is Baacckk!

Global Trans Park
BobLee
August24/ 2017

Like Herpes… Kinston’s infamous GlobalTrans Park is Baaaack!

I was among multi-thousands of Kinston/Lenoir County residents and expats that were thrilled in the early 90s about The Global TransPark (GTP).   

“Arguably, the single largest political flim flam in the history of this state…”

This gory story is looong. But worth almost every word. Trust me…

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GTP was not only going to revitalize a DuPont-less / tobacco-less Down East economy… it was gonna, by golly, do for Lenoir County and environs what RTP has done for “The Triangle”. WOW!

In 1992-93 I attended a presentation by GTP conceptor John Kasada explaining how J-I-T manufacturing/distribution was The Wave of The Future. Kasada spoke to a group of “us” Raleigh mover/shakers at The Ramada Crabtree. VERY impressive… Kasada was “passionate”. It was infectious.

As I recall – J-I-T was for “Just-In-Time” which meant a manufacturing plant located literally ON an airport runway could receive components by air when needed to complete production then ship-out the finished products using the same airport facility.

Maintaining a costly parts inventory was eliminated. The airport would be strictly for the facilities located with-in The Park… no commercial passenger traffic. Convenient truck and rail-access and a nearby seaport would also be nice.

Dozens of companies would clamor to relocate to Kinston supplying over 100,000 high-paying jobs by 2010 to an economically distressed /depressed area.  That number fell short by 99,653 give or take…

Remember those last paragraphs. It’s important later on…

I owned real estate in Kinston. The prospect it might actually have resale value was exciting.

GTP kicked off with the usual ruffles & flourishes and bi-partisan political pontifications… of course. The NCGA appropriated oodles of tax-payer $$$… assorted other federal $$$ came in. Quite a “nest egg” to  SAVE KINSTON… and THE WHOLE DOWN EAST AREA of NC… YIPPEE .

Over $300,000,000 in guvmint funds have gone into GTP… and never been seen again. Unless you count a few seaside mansions at Figure Eight and stuff like that.

Twenty-five years later there is ONE small industry at Kinston’s Stalling Airfield… ONE… that is the equivalent of there ain’t SQUAT.

What happened to all the $300,000,000 of public funding? What happened indeed…

“All that money” went into fancy leather-bound feasibility studies prepared by very well-paid feasibility studiers… and all sorts of legal and “public relations” (??) crap. A few million here a few million there… pretty soon – POOF – $300,000,000 was All Gone. Jim Hunt

All gone to GOBs (Good Old Boys) who were long time supporters and contributors to North Carolina’s infamous Governor-for-Life James Baxter Hunt, Jr. 

Hunt’s last life-term as Governor was 1993-2001… coinciding when GTP was approved for funding. Hunt’s iron-fisted hold on the Governor’s Office would be up in 2001. While the GTP “money pot” was under his control he would repay 30+ years of loyal contributors.  Do I need to mention that Jim and his GOBs were all Democrats?

Jim Hunt’s GOBs lined up at the trough and James B. Hunt Jr. ladled out the moolah. Moolah intended to “Save Kinston, Lenoir County and all of Down East”.

GOBs have healthy appetites. Before you could say “Flim Flam… Scam… Crooked Sumbitches” all the GTP funding was gone… burp.

Jim Hunt went home to Rock Ridge where the GOBs still visit to “kiss his ring” and chortle over the Greatest Political Flim Flam in North Carolina’s history.

Jim Hunt’s long time pal in Kinston – C. Felix Harvey – unloaded some depressed real estate to GTP at a fancy price and got a little-used, highway spur named in his honor.

Neither I, nor anyone I know in Kinston, benefitted from any real estate sales as a result of GTP. But, goodness knows, C. Felix  could always use a few more million. Bless his heart.

Soooo… GTP became a sad “punchline” around town / county. For the past 20 years, whenever anyone was having a problem with a relationship, job, car, sick pet, hemorrhoids, overdue library book, parking ticket… whatever… the stock response was “Don’t worry. The Global TransPark is going to solve ALL our problems. Just wait and see…” … sigh, sniff, sob.

Fast forward to This Week….

Maybe you’ve heard me mention my pal – Don “Kolchak” Carrington. Don is Executive Editor of The Carolina Journal.

A few of the Blockbusters that Don Carrington had “broken” over the years include:.

Don took the aerial photos of John Edwards’ palatial compound outside Chapel Hill.  Edward’s “Other Other America”. Those photos and “Rielle” kiboshed John’s political career… much to the regret of The News & Observer especially their ace political sleuth – RobRielleWho Christensen.

Don broke the story of the “Queen Mary” Easley Scandal at NC State. “Queen Mary’s” cozy deal with NCSU Trustee McQueen “Howdy Doody” Campbell. That one took down “a Queen”. a Chancellor, a Provost, a Howdy Doody, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

Don busted the infamous Randy Parton Theater Scam in Roanoke Rapids. I was sitting with “Kolchak” at THE Goofiest Press Conference Ever at The (toney) Umstead where Randy, Jethro, Elly Mae and Boss Hogg put on a Hoot I’ll never forget. Ya had to be there…

Don is really good at what he does.!   This week Don released his story on Return Of The GTP. Yep…. It’s BAAAAACK!

Here’s The Link …. CLICK HERE!Allen THomas

Seems a young fellow – Allen Thomas – who was most recently the Mayor of Greenville is coming to Kinston to be Mr Global TransPark. His gig in Greenville, albeit prestigious, didn’t pay well. Apparently this new gig with GTP does… pay well.

Have I mentioned that Allen’s dad – Joe Thomas – was a Jim Hunt GOB?  Here we go again.

When Ray/Roy “Chicken” Cooper whupped McCrory back in November (with those 10,000 midnight votes), Young Allen stood in the “Got anything for me, Roy?” line. Allen was thinking Head of DOT but Roy had already promised that plum to 5-6 others who outranked Joe’s boy Allen.

Ray/Roy dug around in the pile of “easy gigs with 6-figure salaries that I can give to people like Allen Thomas”. VOILA… Roy came up with Mr. GTP.

I’ve never met Allen Thomas.  I bet he’s a fine fellow.  A real Go-Getter.  He is a white male.  Lets assume he’s heterosexual.  The people that “own Roy Cooper” i.e. Rev “Bully” Barber and the LGBT Gang don’t allow Roy to appoint all that many straight white males to these crony jobs.  Be thankful there’s at least one… maybe.

I’ve reached the 1,000 word mark. Do you want me to stop? I’ll be glad to if that’s what you want? …. OK… I’ll continue.

WARNING: It gets a tad Silly now!

If Mr GTP can cajole one itty bitty company to relocate to “The GTP”. That will be a 100% improvement over the ONE that has come in the past 25 years.  You can bet that’s how The Cooper-lovin’ N&O will spin it too.

Earlier I noted, John Kasada’s model for GTP included convenient Interstate access… convenient railroad… and, ideally, a convenient seaport.

Ideally, a 500-mile circle from GTP would include many large population areas.  Draw a 500-mile circle from Kinston and 40% of it IS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN… uh oh.

Fred Smith chose centrally-located Memphis as HQ for FedEx for sound business reasons… not just the ribs at The Rendezvous.

Louisville KY would have been a terrific location for GTP… but then Jim Hunt’s GOBs woulda been SOL twenty years ago. … and Allen Thomas still waiting for Roy Cooper to come up with “something for Joe’s boy”.

What about “close proximity to a major Interstate”?  I-95 is fifty miles away … that’s 23 stop lights, six barbecue joints and eleven Dollar Stores.

Rerouting I-95 thru Downtown LaGrange might work.  Requiring a Billion dollars and ten years whichever comes first. That will piss off the folks in Smithfied and Selma but who cares…Vivian Howard

Kinston’s Celebrity Chef Vivian Howard could put on a Bake Sale to raise the Billion. OK… maybe 3-4 Bake  Sales.

Access to a major seaport to utilize That OCEAN that takes up 40% of the market area?

Dredge out a DownEast/Panama-esque Canal from Kinston to Morehead City using The Neuse River? Sure why not? … those fellas that dug up The Ram Neuse 40 years ago could probably do that. Another dozen or so Vivian Howard Bake Sales minimum.  More lemon bars Vivian!

One of my BFFs – MaryPage – could help. MaryPage is a lifelong Kinstonian, a lifelong PDEW, and a VERY VERY fine artist. She really is… all three!

PDEW = Pretty Down East Woman… for those of you who don’t follow BobLee. Is there anybody who “doesn’t follow BobLee”?

MaryPage could organize a Starving Artist Sale at Fairfield Park… in addition to her most excellent works perhaps she could find a few velvet Elvis’… and Dogs Playing Poker prints are always popular.

Vivian, MaryPage and a bunch of other locals… maybe local Bojangles Tycoon Cam McRae could kick-in a nickle for every Bo-biscuit he sells on Tuesdays. Whattaya say Cam?

By golly… GTP might work this time around… giggle, giggle.   You just know “Joe’s boy” is gonna go gangbusters… working tirelessly day and night and weekends scouring the countryside for…. at least one more business so GTP has a total of TWO.

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Not everyone “reads Reader Comments”.  If you’ve got another 20 minutes I strongly recommend you read the 90+ comments this column has received.  We want you to get a full spectrum of opinions, not just mine,

There are 100s of sad tales like this one all across America. Political hacks and $300,000,000 flim-flams are nothing new.

This expose won’t make a bit of difference. But, if through the utter futility of it all, it made you laugh… what else might you have done the past ten minutes that woulda been a better use of your time. Really?

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Doug

Where is Tractor Beam? Paging Mr Tractor Beam. Please report to the main desk.

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2 YEARS AGO
AT accomplished quite a bit in three terms in Greenville,NC When all ongoing projects are done City will be a new impressive place. best Mayor Greenville ever elected.

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[…] Dr. Joan Perry (R) of Kinston, a pediatrician and former UNC board of governors member, added her name to the list of candidates today.  As did Allen Thomas (D), the former mayor of Greenville and — until recently – the director of the corrupt, money-bleeding Global Transpark boondoggle that Raleigh just can’t seem to kill off.  […]

Globally Unaware
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Globally Unaware

I think $65 million of the cost of the Felix Harvey Parkway to Nowhere came from the stimulus package. As I recall Gov Dumplin’ and her Czars selected the parkway because it was “shovel ready.” Recent traffic counts on the Parkway are up to 8 cars per day on busy days…….those days being when Ken’s Grill is serving Barbecue.

Bob Dixon
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Bob Dixon

True story. About the same time the NCDOT was projecting 100,000 jobs by 2010 in the GTP, they were projecting traffic on the then new southern leg of the Charlotte outer belt loop (I-485). In 1996, 4 years after the opening of the first 5 mile leg, they found that segment already carried TRIPLE the amount of cars the NCDOT projected would travel on that segment in 2010. I guess Charlotte stole all the people that were supposed to move to Kinston. Go figure.

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Former96heel

Don’t even get started on 485. The new and improved Southern version has a full lane that cannot be used, because it is being held for future toll lanes. Apparently there is a reg in place that once a lane is open and free, it cannot be converted to toll use, so instead of having better traffic flow now, the state has it barreled off for a future toll lane. It is difficult to explain to people how asinine that concept is, then you realize it comes from the DOT. . Ask Gov Pat how popular that toll is. The… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Its my understanding that the Toll Road costs PatMcC more votes than did HB2.

Former96heel
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Former96heel

Holy Smokes AP, this piece just eclipsed 10x the number of readers as yesterday’s top N&O story! I keep dreaming of a world where we cut these kinds of boondoggles in half. Realistically, they will never disappear. This story will read the same as the CH-Durham light rail in 30 years, just with a different cast of characters. Where are the teachers shouting about fair pay when this stuff comes up? . FWIW, I had to look up Soul City. They didn’t teach that to us in 4th grade NC history. Wow, this really is the same broken record, isn’t… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Pretty much. “….don’t study History = doomed to repeat it.” THAT is why the current push to “revise history” is so sinister. Political scallywags existed in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
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It would be nice if we had a media that was a true “watchdog” and not blind to the shenanigans of it favored party… but we don’t. Just folks like me with out little websites.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” The quote is most likely due to George Santayana, and in its original form it read, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ I did not have a clue as to Santayana is or was….maybe a rap star. BUT, i had sent out an email about removing CARR from the DCPSS and also the Wiki on CARRboro. Seems like Mr. Carr was not a bad fellow in that he contributed a lot (Money and Facilities) to Orange County, Durham County and UNC. THAT is why… Read more »

Jan.R
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Jan.R

I’m new here. Who is “RobRielleWHO”?

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Thanks. We probably should offer refresher courses occasionally. “RobRielleWHO is Rob Christensen – crackerjack political reporter/columnist for The N&O. Excuse me… “AWARD-WINNING” crackerjack political reporter and newshound for The N&O. . RobRW gained eternal infamy during the Train Wreck known as John Edwards Prez Campaign. RobRW was “imbedded” in the Edwards Campaign. Reports that he gave John his weekly mani-pedis are unconfirmed but RobRW WAS on a first name basis with the guy that DID. Two Weeks AFTER 2,000,000,000 Chinese plus The Man In The Moon knew all the gory details about Rielle Hunter and her “special relationhip” with the… Read more »

Globally Unaware
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Globally Unaware

The latest chapter to the GTP saga included finally getting a rail spur. For years many cried out, “The Global Transpark will become successful when we get rail service.” So some $13 million later we have rail service. However, rail rates where so much higher than trucking rates that the rail spur sits unused, unloved and rusting. At first the GTP was unsuccessful because we did not have an interstate highway. So plans were made to reroute I95 through Kinston but the planner of that idea was locked away. Then came the cry that we did not have deep water… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

HAA!! If you had worked in TGU and RobRielleWHO I believe you would be holding a Full House. I applaud any use of Roman mythology. ????
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I figure Ray/Roy got tired of “Joe’s Boy” standing outside his office holding a cardboard sign – “I’ll Pretend To Work for a Pretend Job… PS: Come on Roy, you promised me Something!”.

RSV
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RSV

FYI

Mr. Harvey’s road has been extended and pushed up on the DOT’s construction list. It soon will be connecting to Hwy. 11 just north of Kinston, south of the DuPont plant. MORE wasted money.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Thanks for that info.

Doug
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Doug

The new road will come on mighty handy for the former mayor. It’ll cut 5-10 minutes off the commute time back to his Greenville home. It also make it quicker to get to the Skylight Inn in Ayden for BBQ for those Russians landing at Stallings Field every few days.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

And for Parrott Academy students in Grifton, Ayden etc… ??

Doug
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Doug

APA is a very popular alternative for Greenville families. A full size school bus meets the kids at a central collection point in G daily to and from school.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Just curious. What does APA cost/year?

Doug
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Doug

You know better than me, since you are a native son of Kinston, the perils of naming local names, especially prominent ones like Felix Harvey. Mr. Harvey seemed to prefer being in the background. His name was rarely in the KDFP, radio, TV. Pulling strings out of view. . Like many locals, I’ve heard both good and not so great things about FH. Much of the criticism, I considered the source. Usually a perpetually bitter individual but it was odd that I personally only heard one person, a former HS classmate, heap personal praise and staunchly defended FH but that… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

CFH was a very prominent local/regional mover/shaker for 60+ years and his father before him. That prominence/power brings fame and infamy, some deserved some not. CFH was “a big boy”. He could “take it”. . CFH was a prominent supporter of Jim Hunt. CFH profited from GTP, very very few did. Those are FACTS. . I LOVE THIS SUBJECT…. “Small towns and the handful of families that “own” them”. I LOVE it so much I’m going to do an entire column… maybe a series… on this topic. It is fascinating because it goes all the way back to the Feudal… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

As they say in cricket; You’re hurdling towards a century in a single innings. A column(s) on “power families” would be epic. Don’t get cocky.

Tractor Beam
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Tractor Beam

You should have reconsidered this column right after saying – “I’ve never met Allen Thomas.”
In your giggle fest, you demean a promising young North Carolinian.Check back in a year or so…..

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

My research included conversations with several prominent members of the Greenville business community. I’m sure every “Mayor” has his friends and foes. You are, I assume, a friend. I will check back as you suggest.
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The pitiful history of GTP makes laughter a healthy antidote for bitter truth.

Doug
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Doug

I’ve been checking on the former mayor for quite some time and will continue to do so. My assessment is he’s another, just average, political hack.

Tractor Beam
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Tractor Beam

AT accomplished quite a bit in three terms in Greenville,NC When all ongoing projects are done City will be a new impressive place. best Mayor Greenville ever elected.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

He is fortunate to have you as a friend, brother, sister, press agent, whatever. I described him as “a white male, Go-Getter, Democrat and son of Joe Thomas”. I assume all those are correct?
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His success w/ GTP will be easily measured. Kinston and DownEast will be forever in his debt if your predictions come true. Maybe he will even “get a statue”. Please keep me posted as he signs up those new companies. I will be glad to notify my audience.

Doug
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Doug

Agreed AP. I have zero invested in being right or wrong about AT. If he can come in and recruit and erase and make the $200, $300 million” a good investment for the region, I’d become one of his biggest supporters. I’d love for a politician/office or former office holder to surprise me that way, just once.

Down East Heel
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Down East Heel

The GTP is back? I’m confused. In order to be back, didn’t it have to be there in the first place?

A former politically connected boss referred to GTP as a modern day Soul City. He is of the same political persuasion as your buddy Mr. Kennel.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

As ridiculously corrupt political boondoggles he is correct. The concept for a TransPark is valid if the geographic requirements are in place. None were / are with Kinston… unfortnuately. Considering today’s climate, maybe Soul Cities across the fruited plain ain’t a bad idea.

Down East Heel
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Down East Heel

Just checked Mapquest. Soul City is still a dot on the map but not much else. It does show Soul City Headstart which is funded by……tax dollars.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I thought it was up around Creedmoor / Butner … north of Durham?

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

Near Warrenton

Down East Heel
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Down East Heel

Nobody knows. Apparently Soul City is a mythical entity much like a Chupacabra. Rumor has it Soul City was last sighted in Warren County.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I must say: This has been quite a busy day here, hasn’t it. Folks who could not find Kinston on a map have become ENRAGED at the sheer audacity of corrupt politicians. We are advocates of a complete “Swamp Draining” although realizing there is no guarantee a New Swamp would be any less yucky.
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We were hoping that our BFF “MaryPage” would sell beau coups of her most fine art by this time. “MaryPage” is to Kinston Art what “Vivian” is to Kinston Foodies.

Doug
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Doug

I was about to ask you if Mary Paige’s attorney has been in contact with you yet? ????

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

No, MP’s agent might demand equal time w/ Vivian. Vivian got a photo. Cam might send me a coupon for a sausage biscuit.

Doug
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Doug

Well I thought this article was going to be about a state park or an amusement park for trannies. I hate to give Ol’ Ray/Roy ideas, but that would be a great payoff for his core constituency.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

GREAT IDEA! An Amusement Park for Tranys … I’m suppose to think of clever stuff like that.
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Kinston’s current population of 19,000 or so is about 70% AfAm and 25% very nervous white folks. The remaining 5% are my old Buddies & Babes who are a combination of PDEWs and 65 y/o+ guys wearing their 32nd pair of Bass Weejuns w/ no socks.
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Not sure if Kinston /Lenoir County has a statistically relevant “gender optional” faction… YET.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Now that was funny…..especially since AP threw in the herpes teaser. Next thing, the NRA will be running an ad campaign about the Global Elistists who want the freak State of NC to give Floyd’s heirs a grant for the Global TRANS Park. They will say it will be the Burning Man of the East. I can see the tag line on the NRA ad….We’re coming for you….”
I am a lifelong NRA member. Could have used any group or person in the comparison. Love the double entendres. ????

CatherineT
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CatherineT

Do “people” like Jim Hunt have any conscience at all? How can someone do something that corrupt and live with themselves?

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

As long as “People like YOU” can ask that question YOU are OK? I know people who WORSHIP Jim Hunt and about any morally corrupt politicians you can think of on all sides of all aisles. Moral Corruption / “Situational Ethics” is the first sign of a career politician… or a powerful scumbag in any profession. . Drug Cartel guys convince themselves they are helping the poor poppy growers earn a living. Same with the porn industry who simply “supply a need in society”. Simply keep rubbing out those “Lines I will not cross” and pretty soon there no lines…… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

This is, without question, one of the GREATEST AP (BL?) columns. Funny, Sarcastic, SAD, Truthful, etc. The “REST of the STORY” comes out. It also proves more “insight” into how a “party” (probably happens on the GOOD side of the FORCE, sadly, also) can corrupt and control. Not being from DOWN EAST or in the “Inner Sanctum” of such high level and high $$ schemes, I can only relate what it was like in the 50’s and up in the Piedmont. . My dad was a motor grader operator for the NCDOT. He worked hard and was not “in” the… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Oh how I wish it were as simple as FLUSH OUT ALL THE DEMs but The Whole Damn Swamp must be drained. We are seeing how difficult that can be.

Radio_Smuggles
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Radio_Smuggles

Similar story in my family 68′. Little sister worked in the AG’s office. I announced to my parents I was uncoupling from the Democrats and becoming a Republican. Mom intervened and told me that her State job and my sister’s job would be easier to keep if I remained a registered Democrat. So I did. Mom never figured that Lacy Thornburg would, one day, change her calculus. Never voted for more than a very select handful since, mostly as a spoiler, but I’m still on their rolls to make them think I’m on their side. Just like the Robin Williams… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

The Democ strawbosses and their kneecapper enforcers never figured all that Jessecrat stuff out.

Radio_Smuggles
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Radio_Smuggles

Love sis’s description of Mike Easley. “Very lazy and not very clever.”

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

On a radio gig I once described McCrory vs Cooper as “a Charisma War that neither one can win”. The last half-way decent Governor in NC was William Tryon in 1760s.

Terri.Goldsboro
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Terri.Goldsboro

Wonderful column! So sad but so true! With all the broad in-your-face humor in this, my favorite line was “More lemon bars, Vivian”.
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It wasn’t even a joke or zinger. Just something so subtly “just right”. MORE PLEASE!

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I inserted that line a few hours ago. As you say, it seemed “just right”. Thanks for the kind words.

NCSU77
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NCSU77

I think Ms. Vivian has been far more efficient in creating jobs than the Gov for Life’s white elephant. GTP has consumed 300 million to produce 1000 private sector jobs according to Joe’s boy. That’s $300k of investment per job. I’m not counting the state jobs, I know how that BS works – they’ll count anything in a state car that drives by as a employee. . Ms. Vivian on the other hand, or her partners, may have invested 2 million in the restaurant. I’m estimating she has 35 employees. That’s about 57,000 per job. It’s all private money, it’s… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Endless variations of “Hollywood Comes To Mayberry” when Mayor Pike had his daughter meet the film crew’s bus singing “Flow Gently Sweet Afton”. Randy Parton fleecing the folks in Roanoke Rapids and that Reader Comment about “Kinston The Next Pinehurst” are eerily exactly alike… except the Kinston Elder put the quietus to that golf madness.
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That scenario of gullible local yokels getting fleeced began long before Harold Hill meet Marian The Librarian In River City.

Radio_Smuggles
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Radio_Smuggles

The first indication of trouble came at 4:45 AM when my pal Doug called and told me that BobLee had given his pal AP a magic marker and then left him alone. You might not get left alone again but good work anyway.

You, Globally Unaware, and others have done a fine job laying out the original scam. GTPII is just getting started but I do have to add another tidbit. Rumor has it the the new feller, the former mayor now running the show has several illicit romantic affairs over the past few years………with himself.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I have heard “some stuff” about “Joe’s boy”. Apparently from Greenvillians who did NOT vote for him. Wonder if he knew ECU’s Porn Star?
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As Mayor Pike of Mayberry will attest… being a town Mayor’s has its negatives for sure.

ultraviolet
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ultraviolet

Joe’s boy will help remind you of Jim Hunt in stature. I don’t think he uses the same tricks to hide it like ole Jim used to do. He would never let himself be photographed with his HP body guards as they were hulking masses that would further shrink him in people’s minds. He loved some lifts and a high podium. I remember as a young waiter at the Capital City club one day, Jim, the sitting guv, Holshouser, whom he succeeded, Bob Scott and Dan Moore were all there the same day for lunch. What a spectacle that was.… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I keep hearing about “Joe’s Boy’s” love affair with “Joe’s Boy”. Sounds kinda kinky to me but I’m “old school”.

ultraviolet
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ultraviolet

He used to be frequently heard here: http://www.pirateradio1250.com/ . We do share an affinity for ECU football. If you browse that occasionally he’ll be featured on one show or the other. He’s pretty good on the radio, as there’s no limit to the topics he’s expert on. I’m still surprised he wasn’t in the running for ECU head FB coach last time the job was open.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Any reports linking Joe’s Boy to ECU’s Porn Star? Sounds like a natural fit.

Harley Gamble
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Harley Gamble

Maybe the ghost of Floyd McKissick can take a few weeks leave from Soul City and help supervise. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

YES YES YES…. Floyd McK Sr and Soul City! Instead Soul City became Butner Prison / Insane Asylum… just another name for it. SOUL CITY will be in the Top Five AllTIME Political Flim Flams…
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Is East Derm the closest Floyd came to his dream?

Globally Unaware
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Globally Unaware

Some of the GTP history is funny. I remember during all the hype when Mayor Ritch decided that we needed a new golf course so that the 50,000 employees plus dependents would have a modern track on which to play. So a consultant was hired. This consultant stood in front of the Kinston City Council and proclaimed, “Kinston could become the next Pinehurst.” We were all giddy with excitement. . The next week in Rotary Dr. McDaniel said that rather than ponds we could use hog lagoons. Then the Mayor called a meeting of the power land owners, country club… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

No more calls WE HAVE OUR WINNER! I can picture that meeting. Right out of 76 Trombones with Prof Harold Hill lamenting the evils of P-O-O-L. … or the Andy Griffith episode when Hollywood was going to film a movie in Mayberry? . Didn’t Roy Poole’s grandson do prison time for being a stooge or “bag man” for Easley? Can’t recall his name. He was an “up and comer” in NCDems. . As I note at the end of this piece… if one can’t see the knee-slap hilarity of a SCAM of this magnitude, the only alternative is to cry.… Read more »

Radio_Smuggles
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Radio_Smuggles

Ruffin Poole. Bag man if I recall correctly.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

YES… That be him. “Easley’s bag man”.

Robedixon
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Robedixon

Anybody know if the so called Eastern NC Global Transpark Region consisting of 13 counties is still sucking that $5 extra licence plate fee from vehicle owners in those counties to help fund this boondoggle?

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Once in-place such $$$-suckers rarely if ever “go away”.

RMDownEast
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RMDownEast

Agent Pierce you are looking at this all wrong. The GOB’s did us a great favor, they re taught us geography and logic. You see now to get to da beach (the real one, EI) from Rocky Mount , you head west. I-95 to Wilson, 795 to Goldsboro, then east on the new 70 super tri-oval speedway to da beach. It makes so much sense we should have done it sooner. (Just remember to take the low groove through the 3rd turn or the Mercedes and Beemers from the triangle will pass you in Lagrange. One spun me out this… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

BobLee will always be “the wind beneath my wings”. He did send me an “AttaBoy” for this one! 🙂
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Imagine when the I-70 SuperSpeedway is completed around Kinston and Havelock/Newport. I do worry about bypassing Neuse Sports Shop on the Kinston ByPass. Where will Triangle-ites stop to pee going to “da beach”? Has anyone thought about THAT?

RMDownEast
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RMDownEast

Neuse SS will be missed but they lost a lot of charm when they closed the grill.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

But But But they added the gun range. The folks at Kings next door didn’t like the competition for hungry Triangle-ites.

RMDownEast
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RMDownEast

Maybe BobLee should acquire land adjacent to the future bypass and build a BobLee city slicker emporium. He can put a Range Rover dealership, a half dozen Starbucks and a few Ashley Christensen restaurants complete with the $9 RC Colas.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I LIKE IT! BL’s entrepeneural spirit awakens…

Radio_Smuggles
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Radio_Smuggles

If there ever is a true by-pass around Kinston, one can be assured that the land had already signed, sealed and delivered and already set aside by the select few, for the select few to be rewarded for good behavior in future scams. No wonder The Mayor wanted to be Secretary of Transportation so bad. A wise man told me a long time ago that the best possible appointment in NC was to the NCDOT Board of Transportation. Why not elect a SOT and district members like is dome with Soil & Water districts rather than appoint political hacks? Duh!… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

It was the Greenville Mayor who wanted Ray/Roy to make him SecDOT. Instead Ray/Roy made him Mr. GTP….. The Kinston Mayor is, I’m told, a good guy. I think the location of the future K-by-pass is decided so, yes, I suspect property at key intersections is already spoken for. . I mention a Bojangles Tycoon in this piece. He, Cam McRae, was on the DOT board a few years ago and SURPRISE… Bojangles’ ended up at key intersections on I-40. . Along that line, the new Goldsboro by-pass has resulted in the closing of historic WILBER’s BBQ (or so I… Read more »

Radio_Smuggles
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Radio_Smuggles

FYI, I just called Wilber’s. They’re open. You bout gave me a heart attack.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I stand corrected. I’m sure I “read it on twitter” !!! OUCH! I shoulda known. “Twitter” is as trustworthy as a Big Time College Basketball Recruiter.

Former96heel
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Former96heel

3 Thoughts:
-Thank goodness journalism prevails. Keep up the good fight Don!
-If NC was ever really serious about getting business, $300mil could have bought them one of the auto factories that every other state in the non-union South has. Don’t hold your breath on Hyundai’s being built in Lenoir County though. As you say, jobs were never the real goal.
-How long before this gets turned in Kinston’s largest green energy producer? Not old fashioned manure in the pasture or timber in the forest, but solar panels on the acreage.

EllenA
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EllenA

Is “political corruption” exclusive with Democrats?

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Absolutely NOT and thank you for asking that. Power breeds Corruption. There is flim flammery afoot on Jones Street as we speak. I am no fan of Tiny Tim Moore and his cabal of $$$-grabbing brigands. It is “A Swamp Thing”. That is why, in Congress, both sides are so afraid of Donald Trump shutting down their cozy cartel. . Democs do not have an exclusive on sexual peccadilloes either. If it involves a human vice it can infect anyone with any sort of “power”. . Global TransPark IS/WAS A Democratic Scandal – Thank you James B. Hunt Jr. –… Read more »

JackR
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JackR

Don Carrington is my hero! I never knew he had all those notches on his belt. I think he deserves A STATUE!

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Lets not talk about a statue this week! . I left out one of “Kolchak” best ones… He nailed “Queen Mary’s” hubby Mike “Sleazy” Easley for his real estate development scam outside Morehead City where Mike was given a prime waterfront lot in a quid pro quo “favor” scam. The citizens of North Carolina owe Don Carrington A LOT… “oops, not a prime waterfront LOT”, I should say “a great deal”… oops, that didn’t sound right either. Oh Hell you know what I mean. . Everyone eventually reads about Don’s various investigations in The N&O but that is always AFTER… Read more »

JackR
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JackR

Why do you call him “Kolchak”?

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

That’s a BobLee-ism. In the 80s there was a TV show called Kolchak -The Night Stalker starring Darren McGavin. He was an intrepid newspaper reporter who was always encountering vampires, werewolves, zombies et al. BobLee thought it fit Don considering all the quite scary political thugs and hooligans he deals with. As usual… BobLee NAILED IT!

Globally Unaware
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Globally Unaware

And let us not forget the $25 million dollar “LOAN” made to the Transpark. The money came from the Escheats Fund which is designed to help students in need. Somehow or another the General Assembly saw the GTP as some type of student in need and sent them the cash. And lo and behold, the GTP could not pay back the loan. Surprise, surprise. When the loan plus interest got to over $40 million the good folks in the General Assembly wiped the debt away, all sins washed and cleansed. So the poor souls who died intestate had their money… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

More GTP skeletons crawl out of the closet.

Robedixon
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Robedixon

When this GTP got started there was a big to do over just where it would be sited. In the end it came down to two or so with one being in Maxton NC. My naive self at the time looked at Kinston and Maxton and thought, this is easy, Maxton is right on I-95, right on the major NC CSX rail route with that line having a direct route to the NC major port in Wilmington, none of which Kinston could claim. Not to mention there was already infrastructure and a long runway in Maxton since it was used… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Yet there are still those among us who get a Chris Matthews-esque “thrill up their leg” at the mere mention of his name.

Globally Unaware
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Globally Unaware

Spirit Aero got an estimated $240 million to create 1,000 jobs. Of that $240 the Golden Leaf Slush Fund wrote the first check of $100 million. At the time as I recall the Executive Director of the Golden Leaf was none other that Easley’s former budget director, Danny Gerlach. Also a part of the Aero incentive was reduced water rates from the City of Kinston. Who do you reckon financed that discount? . Flying hogs to China. Flying BMW’s to Los Angeles. Flying strawberries to France. I have heard them all. . Another interesting side note: The GTP was originally… Read more »

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Thanks for those details.

Sue Frye
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Sue Frye

One of your best!!! Thanks for reminding us of the 10,000 last minute votes that put Howdy Doody in office….

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Those “midnight votes” personally delivered by none other than Goldsboro’s own Rev “Bully” Barber.

Gordon Jones
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Gordon Jones

Snark aside, there is actually a facility there now. An airport, infrastructure, roads…a nice industrial park. Many nice sites ready for development…but no one ever came. And you pointed out many of the reasons
why, but the biggest is always: location. Its a bad location.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Which was obvious from The Get-Go. Nothing about Kinston matched Kasada’s model.

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

As I recall, a fair amount of that flushed money came from the Golden LEAF Foundation, which in terms of a GOB slush fund that Hunt/Easley/Perdue (and their various Chief and Assistant Igors) splashed around, is worth more than a few diatribes on how ‘effective’ guvmint lucre can be.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Indeed GLF is notorious for large amounts of $$$$ just disappearing in paper bags and stuffed down pants.

TedD
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TedD

I don’t know who in the hell you are BUT THIS is the funniest piece I’ve read in a long time. …” I-95 is fifty miles away … that’s 23 stop lights, six barbecue joints and eleven Dollar Stores.” … Classic!
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I just moved to NC 10 years ago so not familiar with much of this, but it sounds like the same political crookery that goes on where I came from – Chicago.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Thank You. So NC is now comparable in political crookery with Illinois. Our Founding Fathers would be so proud.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Great column. Not gonna get any journalist awards, though. You might also check on upgrading your video camera security system and also putting in the laser guided, fully automatic AR-15’s with the belt fed option.
The ONLY thing that made me laugh more was a channel surf and Julius Peppers was doing a sideline interview. Case study in the Gerry Ford football technique….playing a bit TOO long without your helmet.
I must admit that I now have a MUCH better comprehension of how inept ORC is….compared to the past masters….Hunt, Easley, et. al……

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I ran out a few extra strands of concertina wire, and upped the electric charge on the perimeter fencing. Maybe I’ll spread out a few extra claymores in the AM.

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

Do not forget the toepoppers, and Bouncing Betties.

EF.in.RockyMount
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EF.in.RockyMount

$300,000,000 … POOF! … All gone and nothing to show for it! And now they want to throw more $$$ at it?

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Nothing to show for it? Don’t forget all those nice houses at Figure Eight. Probably a few around Linville too. JBH has GOBs all over the state.

J R Byrd
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J R Byrd

Couple a hundred more million is all we need….well, maybe a few. Maybe Soros and Barber can set up an Antifa distribution and rapid-response center, with taxpayer funds, of course. Maybe a bronze foundry and marble repurposing center….

Think how much bootstrapping startups could do with that capital…. I could start 20 million businesses with such. Even assuming a 99% failure rate, I’d be happy.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Uh Oh… Now you’ve given Ray/Roy several ideas.

JP
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JP

Nobody will be laughing when Roy volunteers this site for refugee housing.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Roy and the refugees will be… laughing.

JP
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JP

I personally think Plum Island, NY would make an excellent refugee housing site.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Is that where Capt. Kidd’s treasure is buried… or a nuclear waste dump?

JP
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JP

Also known as Anthrax Island, but the USDA says it’s perfectly safe, and they can’t be wrong.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

Nelson DeMille wrote a novel about it as I recall.

JP
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JP

I’ve never read anything by him. Good book?

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

I like him. Lots of his crime / thrillers are set on Long Island. Two of my NDeM favorites are The Gold Coast and The Gate House. His reoccuring character is John Corey – a rogue FBI agent in NYC.

JP
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JP

BobLee sure was heralding your work. You should be proud. On another note, you should read this:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-dams-are-old-beat-up-and-a-vital-line-of-9199908.php

The dam situation in Houston is an old one. Nobody wants to listen to the Corps because that would be expensive and interfere with kickbacks from developers. We have a similar problem locally if you dig deep enough to find it.

Agent Pierce
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Agent Pierce

BobLee is “the wind beneath my wings”! He says “GTP” is getting close in total views to “Did Carolina Marry A Stripper”…. OMG! I never imagined such…