You can disagree without being disagreeable…

…And yesterday’s actions by state Sen. Vincent Fort and former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman were both disagreeable and disgraceful.

We all know that saving Grady is a very important issue, but can anyone here really say that cuttin’ the fool in front of the t.v. cameras does anything to keep the doors of the financially-strapped hospital open?

Derrick Boazman was quoted as saying, “We didn


  1. jsm says:

    Having grown up in Atlanta, seeing tantrums like this has become the norm. Some choose to make a scene to get attention and appear to be the ‘knight in shining armor’ arriving to save the day. I find these people to generally be full of empty rhetoric and devoid of any understanding on the issues they trumpet. Even worse, ignorant voters keep them in office.

  2. SouthFultonGuy says:

    You got it right Andre…

    The rable rousing appeals to folks emotions.

    Their constituants do not vote based on logic but emotion, hence they pander through emotional outbursts… SFG

  3. juliobarrios says:

    Amen Andre. While the folks who are against the new board may have legitimate concerns, Vincent and Bozeman certainly are not helping their cause.

    Vincent Fort is becoming Atlanta’s own little Al Sharpton.

  4. mike volpe says:

    Why is anyone surprised? Everytime the powers that be get backed into a corner the card that gets played is the race card vis a vis Grady Hospital. The reason that Fort is doing this isn’t because he is some sort of demagague but because it works. If he throws out the race card, we may not ask such questions like: How did State Senator Charles Walker get convicted of 127 felonies and no one else even got charged? We won’t because we would be accused of being racists if we did.

    It is really a shame to watch the citizens of Georgia get taken for a ride by the obscene corruption that is going on. All of you need to wake up. This is all a farce: the Grady Task Force, the board, the relationship between Emory and Grady. All of it is done to perpetuate a scam upon the poor, the tax payers, and anyone that gets in their way.

    I have put together a dossier of what is going on. I hope everyone has a chance to read it.

  5. drjay says:

    are you meaning to imply that charles walker was not a common criminal–or that there are others out there that deserve the book thrown at them as well???

  6. mike volpe says:

    I am not implying anything. I think it is beyond any form of logic to believe that one person committed so much crime that they were convicted of 127 felonies including conspiracy, and no one else was involved. Furthermore, the star witness, Joyce Harris, accused most of the board and higher ups in open court. Thus, I don’t have to imply anything. Anyone who was at the trial had to believe that there were others involved even if they lacked skills in logic. Finally, after being convicted of 127 felonies, and flipping on no one, Charles Walker got 10 years or less than one month per felony. I am implying nothing. Res ipsa loquitor, the facts speak for themselves and the facts tell me that the fix was in.

    Here is my write up on it and notice what happened to each of the particulars…

    What is happening would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic. Vernon Jones has been accused of rape and assault six times. In my state, Jack Ryan was forced to give up his campaign because it was revealed that he tried to take his wife, his wife, to a swingers bar ONCE. Vernon Jones very likely has committed multiple rapes and no one cares.

    Robert Brown is on the Grady Task Force. He is one of the people recommending the future of Grady. He was around during Medicare fraud, Charles Walker, and when a report from the HHS came out that concluded,

    “there is an immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of the patients” at Grady Hospital.

    Does it sound like he should be giving advice on the future of Grady? He is. All of you stand by while it happens.

  7. mike volpe says:

    It is easy to be cavalier and condescending when it doesn’t affect you, however Derwin Brown is DEAD. He was killed by the same sort of corruption that affects Grady Hospital. This corruption is obscene.

    Do you know what the Grady board has recommended? They have recommended that Grady go private with public funds. In other words, your money will fund it but their records will remain private. Thus, the next time there is a big project, Robert Brown can have his architecture firm do the construction and it will be nearly impossible to trace it to him. Thus, it will be that much easier for the likes of Robert Brown to commit more corruption if they feel like it.

    I don’t know how much you know about the situation, however I have been in contact with several whistle blowers, politicians, news reporters, community activists, and staff. With all due respect, I know a lot more about this than you do, which is sad since I am in Illinois.

  8. griftdrift says:

    Fascinating that you are so connected and interested while living in Illinois.

    And as far as Derwin Brown. He was my sheriff and a good man. His death was heinous. So is your ridiculous attempt to tie it into this mess.

  9. mike volpe says:

    He was never your sheriff because he was killed before he ever took office. Vernon Jones was head of Dekalb County during his death, the Charles Waker case, and his own obscene amounts of corruption not to mention all of his own personal malfeasance. Call me what you want, I don’t care. I wrote a piece that tied it together and you can read it and judge for yourself.

  10. mike volpe says:

    I am not pimping my blog but rather stories in my blog related to this. I am being challenged here by people that with all due respect know a lot less about what is going on than I do, and each challenge can be answered by things I wrote previously.

    You know, I am so sorry that I, who lives in Illinois, care more about the obscene amounts of corruption that is happening in your state. Apparently that is less important than my constant linking to my own stories.

    I guess the fact that a sheriff elect was killed by the outgoing sheriff and a conspiracy of deputies and others in the department, and that in its aftermath nothing really happened to change the systemic corruption that lead to those events isn’t really that important. What is important is that I have linked too many stories in the comments section.

    You, the tax payers of Georgia, are about to be taken for yet another ride by the powers that be at Grady Hospital and their partners at Emory University. This time the hospital will go private so that it will be near impossible to investigate any future malfeasance. I know there has been obscene amounts of malfeasance already because a google search will prove that. Yet, the recommendation is to go private so that it is even easier to commit more.

    What is beind discussed here. It isn’t the farce of a recommendation and how to stop it, but how many stories I have linked.

    Atta boy, that’s thinking about the big picture.

  11. griftdrift says:

    It isn’t “going private” at all. Just being restructured as a non-profit, likely with state funds being provided. And given the way the laws work down here regarding following state money, I doubt it will be “impossible” to follow the money.

    Interesting that you throw around the term private since from the beginning that’s been a codeword for many of the anti task force activists down here.

    But what do I know? It’s not like I ever talk to anyone involved.

  12. mike volpe says:

    It is hard enough to follow the money now. I know because I have talked to people who have tried to follow the money and they have told me how long it takes.

    It is almost beneath me to debate with you because you know so little about what is going on. Any board that has Robert Brown, who is among the people most responsible for the problem, is a farce.

    The effect of what they are going to do is to make it even harder for anyone that cares to follow the money. Nothing is impossible however if they have already gotten away with so much now, under current rules, it will be that much easier with this new structure.

    Let me ask you this question. Why do we even need a Grady Task Force. Grady has hired four separate consulting firms in the last three years or so and paid them about eight digits to figure out what is wrong. After spending that much money, why couldn’t they figure out what was wrong already.

    Furthermore, if they have a Grady Task Force already, why has Grady agreed to now hire another consulting firm.

    See, not a link to me. Now, if Grady has the Grady Task Force why would they also need a paid consulting firm?

  13. Jmac says:

    I am being challenged here by people that with all due respect know a lot less about what is going on than I do, and each challenge can be answered by things I wrote previously.

    I won’t pretend to speak to the matters of Grady as I, quite honestly, haven’t paid as much attention to that particular matter as I probably have should have.

    But since you do know so much about Georgia politics (and, by judging by your blog, Australian politics), please feel free to come back down here and fight this corruption and tell us how to get everything right.

  14. Jmac says:

    It is almost beneath me to debate with you because you know so little about what is going on.

    Ha! Wow. If there’s ever an incomprehensible statement, there’s one.

  15. griftdrift says:

    “It is almost beneath me to debate with you because you know so little about what is going on”

    Apparently what I don’t know involves an octopus of corruption which connects the murder of Derwin Brown to the corruption of Charles Walker to the alledged sexual misconduct of Vernon Jones to corruption at Grady.

    I thought maybe we would get to Vince Foster but maybe that comes later.

    Please feel free to continue to consider me too ignorant to delve into such a devious nest. If it means going down that foul rabbit hole, I would consider ignorance to be bliss.

  16. mike volpe says:

    Again, big picture. Is the important thing to condescend to me, or to try and figure out how to beat back the systemic corruption that acts as a cancer in your state? Apparently, to you, it is to show me you are smarter. Good for you.

    The only way for the corruption to be beaten back is for the people to rise up. You have to demand from your state Reps that not one more single dime goes into Grady before full, fair, and open hearings are held in which such people as Vernon Jones, Robert Brown, Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, Ed Renford, and of course, Kent Alexander testify under oath along with whistle blowers and paid off professors of which there are also many.

  17. mike volpe says:

    Yes, it does sound unbelievable because if it were true that would make your state something of a banana republic, and that would be shameful for any resident, wouldn’t it?

    That sort of corruption would be systemic and it would involve politicians, cops and the media, and ultimately it would be with the tacit approval of the citizens, so thus making everyone in the state responsible.

  18. rugby_fan says:


    I am sure you can dig up quite some dirt on Mayor Daley and the corruption in the Windy City.

    Get to it mate.

    And your analysis of the elections in Oz is pretty bad.

  19. mike volpe says:

    Look, I have gotten extremely passionate about this issue because I have seen first hand how this corruption ruins lives. I get really tired of those that condescend to me because they frankly know a lot less than I do.

    Again, big picture, I am not the story. The story should be the right way forward on Grady. If you all allow the Grady Task Force to call the shots then the perverbial fox is guarding the hen house.

    The same people that put Grady into this mess will be in charge of it going forward and we all know where that will lead. To put Robert Brown on the Grady Task Force is like putting Tony Soprano on the task force to fight the Mafia. To follow this board’s recommendations without a fight, is to tacitly approve the same corruption that put the hospital where it is at.

  20. mike volpe says:

    You know when I first started following the story and I was told about the obscene amounts of corruption, I kept asking how it could be possible for all of this to happen. After all, wouldn’t the folks get wind and finally say enough is enough. This little back and forth has been instructive because now I understand why all of this happens. For that, I thank you.

  21. mike volpe says:

    I notice no one can explain why after four consulting firms there even needs to be a Grady Task Force, not to mention why after a Grady Task Force, there needs to be another consulting firm.

    Pity, because as tax payers, it is YOU that is ultimately paying for all of these consulting firms, eight digits and counting, wouldn’t it be a shame if your tax money went to a farce.

  22. mike volpe says:

    Walker’s daughter. In other words, you think that 127 felonies were committed by a father and daughter together and NO ONE ELSE WAS INVOLVED.

    Not to mention, that it was asserted in open court, by the key witness, Joyce Harris, that most of the board of Grady was also involved.

  23. griftdrift says:

    Oh thank the good Lord above we gots somebody smart to show us the way. Not one of us ignorant hicks have ever questioned why some many consulting firms were hired. Not one of us have questioned the mismanagement of Grady. Lord bless us all that we now have this fine man to show us the way. To lead us out of the wildereness where we are all a party to such sin.


  24. Jmac says:

    A large part of it dealt with Augusta actually, primarily his intentional inflation of the circulation numbers of his newspaper to boost his ad revenues (as well as many other things too).

  25. mike volpe says:

    Are we getting into semantics? 127 felonies speak for themselves. That is roughly what Fastow was charged with and that was so that he would flip. In that case there were several people charged and convicted. In this case it is just Walker and his daughter. Oh, and after being convicted of 127 felonies, flipping on no one, he gets ten years, or less than one month per felony. Are you really going to tell me that the Walker case was on the level.?

  26. mike volpe says:

    If you have questioned it, why are they hiring another one after the Grady Task Force gives its own recommendations? If we are on the same side, why are you spending all your time here attacking me?

  27. drjay says:

    fine lets indict lots of folks in regard to corruption at grady–i don’t care–i suppose i may be too simple too get what you are saying but i believe that that hospitals problems go much deeper and and are much more widespread than a shady deal to hire charles walker temps. so maybe we can be disagreable w/out disagreeing

  28. mike volpe says:

    because comments sections always turn into contests of who is smarter, cooler, etc. Obviously, I rubbed someone the wrong way and suddenly this turned from someone using the race card to deflect corruption again, into me. Which is frankly sad.

    I have been trying to get the story out and Peach Pundit is a powerful Georgia Blog and I know Erick from Redstate and that is why I came. Still, I would have liked for this to be about Grady, Emory and beyond not about me.

  29. Jmac says:

    Well, what I’m not telling you is that a friend of a guy told me that Walker was also the second shooter in the grassy knoll … it’s connected with Roswell and there’s a thing with the Louisiana Purchase, but I’m still sorting it all out.

  30. griftdrift says:

    Oh I don’t know, Jace. Maybe the repetitive condescension that we don’t know what’s going on. Repeatedly ignoring the fact that some have raised many of the same questions. Conspiratorially tying the Derwin Brown murder to corruption of Grady. Transitively tying any questioning of his theories into sheeplike acquiesence to being rolled by the Devil. Continually making Charles Walker’s conviction about Grady when mostly it was not. And even when us ignorant hicks refute points fall right back to saying we don’t know what we are talking about.

    It could be that unless we see through the God-given clear lens of Mike Volpe, we just don’t know what the hell we are talking about.

    Nah. It’s none of that.

    He just rubs me the wrong way.

  31. mike volpe says:

    Whatever. What I know is that Walker was convicted of 127 felonies, flipped on no one, and got ten years. He also got convicted of 127 felonies and somehow outside of his daughter no one else was convicted. Finally, he was the only one convicted despite the star witness, Joyce Harris, fingering most of the higher ups at Grady.

    Finally, regardless of where you think most of the charges originated from, the case originate from Grady, because it was Joyce Harris, a hero who just happened to lose her job as a result, was the one that alerted the authorities originally.

    Thus, I think there are plenty of unanswered questions from that case. Those questions become even more peculiar when not a year later the HHS comes out with a report that concludes the patients at Grady are

    “in extreme and immediate danger”

    Finally, those questions become alarming now that Grady is about to go under. Do you think that all of these things are tied together?

    Let me ask you this? Joyce Harris lost her job? She was the only one that went to the authorities. Do you know what happened to all the other higher ups? Ed Renford, CEO, retired and is now living on a six figure pension. Tim Jefferson and Kent Alexander continue to maintain their same positions, Chief legal counsels to Grady and Emory respectively. William Casarella, Chief Medical officer, was promoted with Emory. Robert Brown currently serves on the GRady Task Force. How is it that the only that did right lost their job and everyone else, that was probably involved, but at least stood by got promoted or kept their positions?

  32. drjay says:

    when i 1st read the guys post i thought he was trying to say that walker was somehow an innocent bystander who was set up rather than one of the most corrupt politicians in recent ga history and it got my dander up a bit having lived in augusta for several years right when all of that was happening and having had a couple of unpleasant interactions w/ both walker and his son champ while i was in dental school

  33. mike volpe says:

    His conviction was mostly about Grady. The chief witness for the prosecution was Joyce Harris, head of H.R. at Grady. She was the one that originally brought the evidence to the authorities. I agree that Charles Walker was much more corrupt than merely Grady and he used his influence to corrupt everyone he could however it was Joyce Harris, H.R. director at Grady, that was chiefly responsible for bringing him down. Thus, the Walker case is centered at Grady.

  34. mike volpe says:

    No, Walker is a bad guy, plain and simple. However, it is beyond all logic to think that he could pull off all that corruption on his own. The idea that one man gets convicted of 127 felonies and no one else is even charged is just ludicrous. It is even more ludicrous given that the prosecution’s star witness fingered most of the Grady higher ups.

    The problem with the Walker case, in my opinion, is that an opportunity was lost in uncovering all of the corruption that existed at Grady and beyond and it didn’t and no one is asking why.

  35. Jmac says:

    Is it possible that the convictions were tagged on solely to Walker because folks were out to get him? I’m not saying he didn’t do wrong – believe me, as an Augusta native, he did a lot of things wrong and deserved punishment – but he also had a lot of guys gunning for him, particularly a lot of folks in Augusta.

    Could it be that the focus was to get Walker and not to investigate Grady? And that getting Walker meant piling up the felony charges?

  36. mike volpe says:

    If they were “out to get him”, why did he get ten years for 127 felonies or less than a month per felony. Folks weren’t “out to get him”. Folks were out to keep his affair as quiet as they could.

    If the chief prosecution witness fingers everyone, then why isn’t anyone else investigated?

    If Walker committed so much crime that it lead to 127 felony convictions, and people were on the level, they would want to follow it further and see if the hospital involved had systemic corruption in and that lead to his crimes? That is, if people were on the level.

  37. Still Looking says:

    Volpe: For the sake of those of us in Ga; Get a life in Illinois. I think we can work this out down here.

  38. mike volpe says:

    Well, you have certainly been doing a good job of it so far. Ad hominem attacks are quite impressive. It is too late I am too deep into it and I have too many commitments now to give up. You can do the next easiest thing and ignore me though.

  39. drjay says:

    it may be confusing the issue to keep bringing walker up but its one of those things that are hard for me to drop as the mere mention of his name elicits a visceral reaction in me–but i do think walker himself tried to spin his prosecution as “the man trying to bring a brother down” and hank johnson has said he was going to look into walker case to make sure it was not an overzealous US attorney running amuck–star witness and grady’s involvement aside–we are talking about a man who was arguably the 2nd or 3rd most powerful politico in the state who envisioned himself running for guv in 2006 after roy barnes presumed 2nd term was up–he had enemies and conducted himself w/ such arrogance that he almost dared prosecutors to look into his business–again grady is an important issue–but even though grady and walker cross paths along their shady highway i am not sure its fair to say one is the same thing as the other…

  40. mike volpe says:

    I am not saying the two are the same. What I am saying is that his prosecution and conviction are a sham and that has never been fully investigated. Again, it is impossible for him to have committed that much criminality alone. Impossible. Furthermore, the star witness accused pretty much everyone at Grady of being in on it. Finally, he got less than one month per count.

    Then, you have a report that comes out months after his conviction that says that the patients are in

    “immediate and extreme danger”

    Now, two years after that, the hospital is about to go under.

    We know the hospital was the subject of obscene amounts of corruption because Walker’s conviction speaks for itself. Furthermore, we have an investigation that says that patients came to get healed and the treatment provided was a threat to their lives. Now, the hospital is near ruin. If you can’t connect the dots that all of it is connected, then what can I tell you.

    I don’t think Walker created the corruption at Grady, he exploited it. I know that nothing was done to weed out the corruption in its aftermath.

    I know that in the aftermath of Derwin Brown’s death nothing was done to weed out the corruption in the Dekalb Police Department.

    That is what I call a pattern.

    How can obscene amounts of corruption continue to go on and never, never, is the systemic nature of the corruption addressed?

  41. Chris says:


    Maybe a trip to gitmo and a ride down the water board.

    I’m surprised no one has said “this wouldn’t have happened if Al Gore won the Supreme Court Selection”

  42. kountryliberal says:

    The “powers that be” are were the disgraceful and disagreeable parties in this situation. What you fail to mention is that Derrick Boazman and Sen. Fort patiently waited for over an hour to enter a PUBLIC meeting. It is disheartening and despicable that the Grady Board tried to shut out opposing voices on a debate for the biggest policy change that Atlanta has probably seen in over thirty years. It is unfortunate that you have become part of the spin machine and you are only reporting half-truths and misrepresenting the facts. These men were trying to voice their opinion on this backdoor privatization and Grady shut out anyone with opposing views. This was a public meeting but the general public was not even allowed entrance.

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