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Crossville, TN

#1 Jun 24, 2012
Why would the IDB want to keep all their activities so secret? Is it nuclear? Is it the A bomb? It's the another A bomb isn't it?
Apples

Crossville, TN

#2 Jul 20, 2012
You know this IDB board is a bunch of crap. If they had good reasons, if they were honest, and if they had good intentions, they would be proud of what they are doing and brag about it. As it turns out, they have to be secretive so they can steal you blind. There has never been any wonderful outcomes for the general public when political figures get together behind closed doors and make decisions. It is just their own way of positioning themselves to steal more money, make themselves more powerful and help their family and friends to be in better positions.
Apples

Crossville, TN

#3 Aug 9, 2012
Found this on a the Cookeville forum, so I thought I would re-post it. This refers to the UCDD scandal, but I think some of it could apply to other areas as well.
"Those of us who live honest lives with some morals look upon this cesspool of corruption and wonder how supposedly educated and experienced community leaders can look so stupid and say the ignorant things we see on these videos. But the answer is really simple.
In this part of the country, the way you gain power and control is to follow the following steps. Some are optional but all have been done by most of these characters.
1) Grow up here. That is essential. Outsiders who've moved in have many more hurdles to jump.
2) Make friends with the movers and shakers, whether you have a pot to piss in or not.
3) Grow a huge belly. Why obesity is a prerequisite for positions of power escapes me, but being morbidly fat is a big "plus." Have you folks seen the size of many of our county commissioners and executives lately? Fatties everywhere!
4) Acquire a thick southern accent, slur your speech, and open your mouth only enough to barely get your words out. Lazy talking is essential. Kim Blaylock has mastered this better than any of them even though she skipped #3, above.
5) Once you've achieved a position of authority, wherever it may be, nepotism is not only legal here, but expected. Hire as many of your family members as possible. Wendy was the master of this technique, rivaled by no other!
Apples

Crossville, TN

#4 Aug 9, 2012
Cont. from previous post;
6) Do lots of favors for others in position of power, ignoring whether it is legal to do so or not. That's irrelevant because now you're a member of the club. Special privileges, perks such as lower tax rates, shredded traffic tickets, "lost" arrest warrants for the fellow good 'ol boy's kid who's on drugs, etc. You build up brownie points with each back you scratch, and will need to cash in those "I owe you ones" one day.
7)If the position you've acquired is an elected one, then after a year or two you treat it like you own it. Our former sheriff - of Cookeville -mastered this, as did Mr. Coomer. Just assume that no matter what you do, you'll be re-elected. After all, you deserve it. It's your office!(Side note: the voters turned their behinds out of office a few years ago when their egos got too big, so don't overdo this one for too long. Incumbency is no longer 80% of electability.)
8) After some time goes by, get used to having your way and become extremely belligerent if any peon voters happen to question your ways. Remember Mike Foster when he said to the onlookers at the UCDD meeting "we don't need any help from you." Arrogance is OK when you have reached this point.
9) Eventually, allow the power to go to your head. You are the god of your little fiefdom and you now conclude you can do anything you want. Example -- Ms. Wendy's blatant theft of her gazebo for a pittance.
10) Finally, and this is most important -- learn to assume that no matter what you say, you're the pope in charge and your underlings (us peons in the general public) will believe everything you say, no matter how incredulous or stupid it may be.
Folks, when our so-called community leaders reach this point, they are genuinely surprised when we call them out after they make their pitiful excuses and explanations for their largess. They have gotten so corrupted that they really and truly cannot understand why honest, hard-working voters would not want to leave them alone and let them have their way.
I hope this helps y'all understand what you are seeing in these videos and news reports. The corruption has seeped in so deep they cannot see out of the quicksand hole they have been sucked into.
Only a complete disinfection and housecleaning (i. e. mass replacement of these people) will offer a prayer of future accountability and us having a decent return on our investment in tax dollars."
I just want to add one other prerequisite to this list. If you get a title from a church, deacon, elder, that is a huge power play plus some. Look at Nesbitt. Look at how this group would "pray" before the meetings. If you get that title of Deacon or Elder, that's practically a carte blanche, to get the once over on any fool passing in front of you.
Regarding the IDB -
BTW even if they needed to keep the name of the company hush-hush there are plenty of other deals that pad pockets, Who's land are they gonna buy? Who's going to service the loan? Who's family members are going to get the good jobs- and who's going to be left cleaning the toilets?
If this is a huge multi-corporation, don't you think they have seen a spec building before? Oh no of course not, Warren County buildings gonna be special.
Apples

Crossville, TN

#5 Aug 9, 2012
I saw this on the Cookeville Forum and thought it should be posted here. This has been cut in two different posts and is out of order. This one should be read first.

I posted this on another thread, but wanted to put it here, too.

Those of us who live honest lives with some morals look upon this cesspool of corruption and wonder how supposedly educated and experienced community leaders can look so stupid and say the ignorant things we see on these videos. But the answer is really simple.

In this part of the country, the way you gain power and control is to follow the following steps. Some are optional but all have been done by most of these characters.

1) Grow up here. That is essential. Outsiders who've moved in have many more hurdles to jump.

2) Make friends with the movers and shakers, whether you have a pot to piss in or not.

3) Grow a huge belly. Why obesity is a prerequisite for positions of power escapes me, but being morbidly fat is a big "plus." Have you folks seen the size of many of our county commissioners and executives lately? Fatties everywhere!

4) Acquire a thick southern accent, slur your speech, and open your mouth only enough to barely get your words out. Lazy talking is essential. Kim Blaylock has mastered this better than any of them even though she skipped #3, above.

5) Once you've achieved a position of authority, wherever it may be, nepotism is not only legal here, but expected. Hire as many of your family members as possible. Wendy was the master of this technique, rivaled by no other!

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