A couple of years ago I was told a story about how John James was intentionally not telling the truth about Christopher Geary's black belt, by a man who at the time I had much respect for and trust in. That man has since shown that he is a hypocrite and will readily bend the truth when it serves his agenda. At the time, I had no reason to doubt his word. In hindsight, I guess his agenda lined up with supporting Prof. Geary and tarnishing John James. Now, with Prof. Geary's dispute with the KGS BBS, that man's agenda is just the opposite (as he holds high office in that group): he has a beef with Prof. Geary and is aligned with John James. So he claims that he does not remember telling me that story that led to me making this post. Mr. James has given me a plausible story as well about the same incident. In his version, he and the man who told me the story were at odds over a perceived smear on Nick Cerios reputation. The 180-degree turn in this man's alignment is obvious through his vehement attack on me for some perceived (invented) smear I supposedly made at Nick Cerio. It is impossible for me to know who to believe at this point. I know that both men want to see Prof. Geary's reputation ruined, and so I don't think I can believe either of them, really. John James also claims not to have any financial stake in the NCK school here in Omaha. I think I was not clear what I meant. I never meant he _personally_ had invested in the Omaha school, I meant that, as a leader of the NCK organization, he has a vested interest in seeing the local NCK school flourish and the CNG schools diminish. I still believe that is true, although I have no idea what the financial arrangements are between the national NCK organization and the local affiliates. So, can I prove beyond doubt that John James told these lies? No, I'm sorry, I cannot. He may be an honest man whose reputation (in my eyes) was damaged by a man who I now know for certain is not trustworthy, is a hypocrite, and a liar: That other guy, who I haven't named here, criticized me in public for posting things that were supposedly said in private (they were not). I sent him a private email about it. He then posted that email on at least 3 web sites. I've never seen a more pure definition of hypocrite.