Best TV show (and local paper) in the North Triad
Greensboro has its bloggers for local news junkies, but just to the north of us, Reidsville and Rockingham County have the hottest political TV show outside of Washington DC. Even the local establishment paper tunes in every week (sound familiar?) just so they know how to cover the next day's news.
Political Soup is the once a week video version of Rockingham County's "only" newspaper, The Neely Chronicle, produced by Richard Moore. As he proclaims in the banner line of his print version, Mr. Moore is "Bringing temperance to local governments drunk on power and taxes." ("Neely" by the way is the fictional name used in a moderately successful novel set in Reidsville and Rockingham County.)
The latest Political Soup broadcast on streaming video is a must see. It's a little folksy as they get things rolling for the evening. If you hang to the 5 minute mark you start to have some serious fun while you are getting an education in local politics and journalism. On the Malfeasance video archive page, the broadcast is titled "carnivore."
City and County government officials have become so alarmed over the information Richard Moore has been putting out on them, that he had to confess on air that he has been granted access to the FBI's "Carnivore" information gathering system.
Dishonesty in government of course knows no boundaries so it is beneficial to know what schemes are being hatched just across our Guilford county line. For example, had I not read my latest printed issue of the Neely I would not have been given a heads up for what type of planning is store for people living in the Heart of the Triad soviet. See if you can see glean something from this Neely article (copied expecting permission):
Rich Peoples Home Protection Act Passes
May 1 - Planning and Zoning Director TomWiggins (left) listens while members of the Neely County Commissioners Club hold a private conference smack in the middle of what was supposed to be a public meeting. The Commissioners called their huddle to study a map to decide how to protect residents of the Greensboro National Golf Course who fear their way of life is being threatened by a possible future mass immigration of "poor" people (anyone who cannot afford a $250,000 home) from Guilford County...
No small lots will be allowed inside the Burt Jones Buffer. "Poor" people are free to build homes anywhere in Neely County except in a 70 square mile area around the Greensboro National Golf Course. The Jones Buffer will extend five miles north from
The Burt Jones Buffer was approved on 4-1 vote. David Isley cast the lone dissenting vote. Isley wanted an 85 square mile buffer. Before the vote, neighbors Jerry Owens and Neely Chronicle Chronicle Publisher Richard Moore hammered out a side agreement to shrink the buffer to 70 square miles in order to ensure their own land was not included inside the Burt Jones Buffer. Owens and Moore know the value of all undeveloped land inside the Jones Buffer will drop like a stone after the vote.
Did I mention this whole post is a promo for Political Soup? Check out this week's show live Wednesday night at 6:00pm.
(editor's note: Yes, if Richard Moore and his wife were not publishing a newspaper, doing their own TV shows once a week and running Reidsville's only bookstore they might have time for a blog.)6:27:10 PM comment