Tuesday, February 20, 2007

News of the Weird

It's Mike Nifong Appreciation Week in Durham.
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While banks, some schools, a few businesses, the post office, and many other government agencies were closed yesterday in honor of Presidents Day, a new tribute was launched in Durham in celebration of disgraced DA Mike Nifong. At a luncheon yesterday to kick off “Prosecutorial Misconduct Week,” Defendant Nifong applauded the event's organizers, Victoria Peterson and Jackie Wagstaff, for being in touch with reality unlike his critics, who it should be noted include the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, members of the NC General Assembly and the US Congress, and other “hecklers" from coast to coast.
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The event, held in Nifong's office and apparently attended only by the luncheon's organizers, two additional citizens, and staffers of the District Attorney’s office was covered, predictably, by the Snooze Room’s John Stevenson:

“District Attorney Appreciation Week" was launched Monday for embattled Durham chief prosecutor Mike Nifong, who suggested the event's organizers are more in tune with reality than countless out-of-state hecklers who criticize his handling of the controversial Duke lacrosse sex-offense case.”

"If you rely on certain media, you might think there is universal disapproval of me," Nifong said..."But if you're closer to home, you realize that's not true."

“Two of those behind Monday's Nifong appreciation luncheon in the DA's Office in the Durham County Courthouse were Victoria Peterson, rebuked by City Council members last month for making an anti-Duke statement at a public meeting, and former school board member Jackie Wagstaff, who five years ago received a favorable plea bargain on charges that she used a nonprofit organization to falsify requests involving $1,452 of taxpayers' money.”

“Peterson, Wagstaff, Durham resident Minnie Brown and another woman were the only nonstaff Nifong supporters on hand when a Herald-Sun writer dropped by late into Monday's luncheon -- about 1:15 p.m. Peterson said other members of the public had been there and left. Roughly a dozen others still around the table at 1:15 work for Nifong.”

“No additional events are scheduled for "Appreciation Week," but Peterson said she hoped more people would participate by sending flowers, cards or any token of support to the beleaguered district attorney.”

“But as they munched barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes and corn at an "Appreciation Week" luncheon Monday, no one mentioned the fact that Nifong's law license is on the line for allegedly making unethical statements about the lacrosse incident and -- also allegedly -- withholding evidence favorable to three indicted defendants.”

The robust turnout for yesterday’s event indicates that things are looking up for Defendant Nifong as it represents quite an improvement over Ms. Peterson’s last effort on his behalf, “Rally for Justice” which attracted only Peterson, Jackie Wagstaff, and the cameras of WTVD on January 12.
(Please Note: This post is not a parody.)

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I actually was shocked that H-S reporter Stevenson would file an article that seemed to mock Nifong's "community" support.

Even Stevenson seems to wince at this ridicously lame show of (non)support for Nifong by Victoria Peterson's "community".

wayne fontes said...

Like Bill Murray, Victoria Peterson is one of those people who every time the open their mouth something hilarious comes out.

Anonymous said...

"While banks, some schools, a few businesses, the post office, and many other government agencies were closed yesterday in honor of Presidents Day, a new tribute was launched in Durham in celebration of disgraced DA Mike Nifong."

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I don't know about the rest of you, but when I think about great Americans, the first three names that come to mind are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Mike Nifong.

Anonymous said...

OMG - I'm sorry I missed the event... perhaps we should all send a card :o)

Anonymous said...

Lord have mercy - I thought this was a joke!

Reality is a fleeting thing in Durham.

Jen from a far-flung location

Anonymous said...

One of the funnier articles about the Hoax!! Victoria, Jackie and staffers were the only ones left at 1:15?? I hope they have pictures of the "crowds" of supporters who had already left posted on Mikey's website for us to see what we missed! They could have at least sent an invitation to the Liestoppers Board!!

duke2009mom

kbp said...

Thanks Liestoppers

"Victoria, Jackie and staffers were the only ones left at 1:15"

LOL!! They've been the "only ones left" for months now!

I will say I'd have went for the free dinner & live entertainment, Mikey and his Clowns.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! This is like the birthday party held for Hitler in the underground bunker with the Russian Army on the outskirts of Berlin! The end is near.

http://www.mikekemble.com/ww2/hitler.html

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine giving a party and only four people came? Even Mikey should not bear the humiliation.

Anonymous said...

Question - Was the DA's office open on Pres. Day? Were the courts open? If not, Nifong had all his staff use their holiday for his luncheon. A good boss would have never had his staff give up part of a holiday for him. Nifong takes the cake...good thing because no one was at the celebration to eat it.

HumboldtBlue said...

LS,

Pleasekeep the photo of the "not waiting to castrate" folks up where it can be seen.

Nothing speaks to the absurdity of Nifong's scandal more than that photo.

If you're looking for an indictment ... there it is, an indictment of the Gang O'88 and their ever-dwindling supporters.

Anonymous said...

actually the turn out was good and even if only 25 people showed up it was 25 more local people than showed up for the mothers support march as almost all of those people were from out of state.

Peterson and Wagstaff have a following in the black community in Durham and unfortunately it is the loud and aggressive part of the community.

Anonymous said...

4:26:

I don't know where you get the math that tells you 25 people attended. The article notes maybe 16, only 4 who didn't work there. If only 12 employees were there, it means that 25+ Nifong employees went elsewhere for lunch rather than stay for the event. I wonder how many people work in that building? None came to the sixth floor for a free lunch?

Mork said...

"If you rely on certain media, you might think there is universal disapproval of me," Nifong said..."But if you're closer to home, you realize that's not true."

Even the Orkians disapprove!

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of loons! If they weren't so sad (and dangerous), they'd be funny.

Anonymous said...

"actually the turn out was good and even if only 25 people showed up it was 25 more local people than showed up for the mothers support march as almost all of those people were from out of state."

You speak as if you know facts -- your facts are wrong about the walk -- were you at the lunch??

"Peterson and Wagstaff have a following in the black community in Durham and unfortunately it is the loud and aggressive part of the community. "

Yes, Peterson and Wagstaff are unfortunately loud and aggressive - I guess that's something to be proud of?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
actually the turn out was good and even if only 25 people showed up it was 25 more local people than showed up for the mothers support march as almost all of those people were from out of state.

Peterson and Wagstaff have a following in the black community in Durham and unfortunately it is the loud and aggressive part of the community.

4:26 PM


As a person who lives in the area, I marched with the Mothers and talked to a good number of other marchers from Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. You kid yourself if you think all were out of state.

Anonymous said...

To 4:26,

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!

You poor, pitiful thing.

Anonymous said...

I think Mike needs more chemo- to his brain this time.

Anonymous said...

7:17, you were in the minority at the march and you know it! the vast majority of those people were from out of state; i would say more than 90%, just like during the DA campaign when it was reported in the local press that 90% of money for elect Cheek came from outside durham county. the march was also 99% white with about 3 blacks in attendance. how do I know? i had a neighbor who went and she was surprised at the lack of local people and was disappointed. she also said the news exaggerated the number who came and it was about 90 people.


as to the courthouse lunch, lets just say i work at the courthouse and there were about 25 people there and the news person came after some of the people had left.


as to Wagstaff and Peterson being loud and aggressive, that is nothing to be proud of but you liestopper people who do not live in durham( the vast majority of liestoppers are NOT from here) should be aware these women are not the jokes you think they are. they have a real following and they still support nifong; that is what this appreciation is showing and it is a message not for you but for the rest of the blacks in durham. Wagstaff had a large cadre of people disrupting durham school board meetings for about 18 months; she was only stopped when black voters chose not to re-elect her and then it was still close!

Anonymous said...

To 4:37,

You mean that huge following that showed up at the "Rally for Justice", which only Peterson and Wagstaff (who also happened to be the organizers) attended?

Let's not forget Wagstaff's little troubles:

Convicted of falsifying city documents as a director of a non-profit group three years ago.

Evicted from her house/apartment twice two years ago for not paying rent.

etc.

Guy Fox said...

4:37, I really pity you. You have no facts on your side. You have a District Attorney who has disgraced his office in ways not seen in my beautiful (and dreadfully boring) state of Alabama since George Wallace was in office. You have nearly universal condemnation of this willful, malicious, and unfounded prosecution by legal experts from all backgrounds, political leanings, and levels of experience. Hell, go to a law school, ask a first-year student, and he or she will tell you how screwed up this prosecution is.

So have your little rallies and your poorly-attended parties. Say that Wagstaff and Peterson have a lot of support in their community. Express your undying faith in their honesty, integrity, and belief in justice. However, when you do so, remember that people once said the same things about "Bull" Connor, George Wallace, and Nathaniel Bedford Forrest. Those who fail to learn from history are damned to repeat it. You disgust me.

HumboldtBlue said...

Hell Guy Fox,

As if any of the names you listed are going to be recognizable to 4:37. Probably think you just named three Duke basketball players.

Anonymous said...

I am from Durham too..all 52 years. The reason I don't make any waves is the same reason most folks in Durham do not. It you complained about Nifong, the crooks will single you out and make life hard on you. And that is the truth.

Anonymous said...

bull connor was the segregationist sherriff who turned firehoses on children during the marches in the civil rights movement in Ala

george wallace was governor of alabama and famous for the statement :segregation now, segregation forever

forrest was the founder of the KKK

I am a true southernor born and bred and as such know those men and what those men stood for. And so do you: they were patron saint of white supremacy and the belief that the black man has no rights that the white man is bound to respect and that is what many of you still believe and why you do not want this to go to court and why you are persecuting Nifong. he erred according to you all for even listening to the victim's complaints in the first place and now he must pay the ultimate price;he was wrong, according to you for taking the complaint of a poor black woman seriously,and as such, he will pay the ultimate price.

i am not impressed by the fact that the white legal establishment is saying this or that about Nifong; they were unanimous in their legal upholding of states rights for segregation in the 1950's and 1960's which is why special legislation was called for and then that only happened after MLK was killed and there was civil unrest in our major cities. nor am i impresed by what the white commmunity is saying about the boys being innocent, etc. the white community is easily swayed by what is on the news, etc. the black community is not as swayed by what said by the tv as they have been lied to so many times and so they are skeptical of the defense spin efforts and they still want a trial. So you can kid yourself that because there was a low turnout on an un-advertised appreciation day that Nifong has no support left, but you would be making an error on that assumption. The ministers at some of the black durham churches have even sent up prayers for him publicly. the naaxp here had a big march and they also have gone on record supporting a trial.