Posmo @
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:31am

It seems that John "Duke" Wayne's family and Duke University are arguing about who has rights to the Duke name.

As part of a long-running legal tussle, the Durham university and John Wayne Enterprises have been fighting over “Duke” trademarks and whether the family of the star of countless classic westerns can brand their bourbon with the name they want.

Seems to me that both parties ought to be much more concerned about the damage being done to the "Duke" name by those other folks.

Posmo @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:08pm

or in the heat. But either way, the NC GOP wants to stop after-school child care subsidies for 12,000 kids from low-income families.

Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Republican from Cornelius, said the goal is to shift the focus to early childhood development..

Oh, well the way Jeff tells it, this must be a good thing. Unless, of course:

Child advocates say the change could put children at risk by forcing parents to choose between work and leaving their children in potentially unsafe situations.

Oh, that doesn't sound good at all. But that's just those bleeding-heart "child advocates" talking. Let's hear from an actual parent, who would need to pay more than $1,000 more per month, something she can't possibly afford.

James @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:11pm

Day Three of the Great GOP Voter Suppression Trial took place in Winston-Salem today, and you get the scoop, courtesy of Kelly Fetty at Digital Journal. Looks like it was a grueling day to be Charles Stewart III, an expert witness for the good guys.

Defense Attorney Thomas Farr cross-examined Stewart for nearly two hours. Farr attacked Stewart's characterization of voters as "sophisticated" or "unsophisticated" based on education and income.

Farr asked Stewart if Stewart regarded African American voters as "unsophisticated."

"Isn't that a racial stereotype, Dr. Stewart?" Farr asked.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 6:24pm

, Corinthian Colleges, appears to be in hot water and for Foxx, the money spigot may be drying up. According to an article in the New York Times dated July 4, 2014, Corinthian has allegedly lied to "students and investors about job placement rates for its graduates and about its financial condition." In 2013, the California Attorney General brought suit. On July 8, 2014, the New York Times editorial board wrote an opinion about the for-profit college collapse.

Posmo @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 1:40pm

After opening the budget conference as a public meeting, the NC GOP participants predictably played to the cameras.

A day of scheduled budget negotiations got off to a rocky start Wednesday morning after House leaders insisted on hearing from outside experts on education spending.

Senate negotiators responded by walking out of the meeting. They returned an hour later, but the good feelings of compromises reached last week on Medicaid funding were long gone by then.

In another display of absurdity, the NC GOP -- those would be the folks who stomped all over the less fortunate citizens of our state with their original budget -- stole lines from the Democratic party.

He said the Senate budget, which would eliminate Medicaid eligibility for thousands, would shortchange the needy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:25am

For the NC GOP, crisis = the opportunity to shield polluters even more:

The provision written into the bill says that, for polluters who violate groundwater standards, the N.C. Environmental Management Commission “shall require the permittee to undertake corrective action, without regard to the date that the system was first permitted,” to restore groundwater quality. Polluters would have to survey their contamination, then propose a plan and schedule to clean up groundwater. DENR would then have to approve this plan. A process like that could take years.

By erasing the distinction between older and newer facilities, the bill would strike the requirement that older facilities immediately clean up their pollution, Gerken said. This would apply to Duke’s ash ponds, and seemingly undermine Ridgeway’s order, he said. It would also apply to other polluters with older facilities, those who otherwise would have been required by law to immediately clean up their pollution.

And for those apologists out there, the "good intentions gone wrong" argument simply won't work. They knew exactly what they were doing with this bill, and the idea likely came from Duke Energy itself:

James @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:26am

But hey, why listen to an expert geologist when you can listen to a full-of-baloney ideologue like Andrew Brock?

Paul Thayer has a pretty good idea what the Davie shale basin holds. After all, the 6-mile wide by 4-6-mile long shale basin was the subject of his dissertation for his doctorate in geology from UNC Chapel Hill, making him the only geologist around who has studied it extensively. Asked to weigh in on a proposal for the state to pay for test drilling in the basin, Thayer delivered a blunt response: “My take is, No. 1, that would be a total waste of taxpayer money,” said Thayer, now a professor emeritus of geology at UNC Wilmington. “It’s a pie-in-the-sky thing.”

BlueNC @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 9:56am

93-year-old woman speaks against voting changes (AP) — The 93-year-old lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's new voting restrictions recounted in federal court Tuesday how she was forced to take a literacy test as a young woman registering to vote.

N.C. attorneys say removed provisions ripe for problems (Winston-Salem Journal) -- The issue of voter fraud – one of the many reasons state legislators cited in their push for North Carolina’s new voting law – was front and center Tuesday during a federal hearing on whether to block many of the provisions of that very law.

Daily dose
James @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 8:54am

It happens dozens of times every day in America, and this time it happened in Vance County, North Carolina. An 11-year-old kid killed his grandfather after the grandfather shot the kid's daddy (his own son). Isn't it great that we have this kind of freedom!

I'm hoping America's gun fetishists will eventually exterminate each other and leave the rest of us alone. Unfortunately, they seem to have a propensity for killing bystanders and kids. More misery to follow shortly.

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