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Abortion in North Carolina

With the love fest going on between our newest Supreme Court Justice and the right wing kingmaker, James Dobson, the debate about abortion in America is heating up. And it's especially heating up in states where the death penalty exists, states like North Carolina, where we routinely kill people for killing other people. Which raises this question for right-to-lifers: If all abortions were to become illegal in North Carolina, what would be the penalty for the perpetrators?

Wilson Wingers Duck Bush

Singing the praises of Abraham Lincoln and Ronnie Raygun, the GOPers in Wilson had a coming out event last night. You wouldn't know from this story that their party happens to control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Can't blame them, really. Bush and Rove are a toxic stench that pervades the entire Republican Party: no competence, no integrity, and no interest in the common good.

Often citing Ronald Reagan or Abraham Lincoln, the candidates for state legislature, the judiciary and county offices stressed their qualifications for the positions.

I wish I had been there . . . it would have been like being on the Andy Griffith show:

David Godwin, candidate for sheriff, said Sheriff Wayne Gay has been in office too long. He said after 24 years of service, it's time for some new blood. He told the crowd he would go after all levels of crime with vigor — from dog theft to murder.

Mr. Mike Does Right

The Charlotte Observer yesterday wrote a story that raised my estimation of Mike Easley a few notches. He's taking on the Feds to preserve public land for the common good. It's a smart, competent move that we should support all the way.

Easley seeks shield for roadless areas

Gov. Mike Easley petitioned federal officials Thursday to protect nearly 174,000 acres of roadless areas in the state's national forests.

Little Hoods

John Hood and I both went to the UNC School of Journalism at Chapel Hill. I look back and see the J-School as a formative experience that shaped my ability to think critically and write a decent sentence. John looks back and sees "an approximation" of college . . . a liberal bastion of political correctness worthy of disdain because faculty members don't buy his particular brand of bullshit.

I read John Hood's particular brand of bullshit often enough to say this: It's no wonder most the faculty thinks he's a nutcase. Like the king at most conservative think tanks, he's not interested in thinking at all, but rather in proving he's right about whatever he happens to believe at the time.

It's hard out here for pimp . . .

It's hard out here for a pimp, unless you happen to be part of the NCGOP, in which case pimping comes as naturally as, ummmm, lying and scamming? Go get the story directly if you have the stomach for it.

Just think, for only $150 you can get three (count 'em) three real books signed by America's most embarrassing senators! First is Liddy Dole, the con-lady who tried to extort money from Southern Dem. Then there's Bob "Viagra" Dole, pimpmeister for the foreign takeover of US ports. And last and very least, good old Jesse Helms. He almost seems like a decent guy when you compare him to the crooks running the Senate these days.

Charlotte Business Calls It Right

When right-wing power companies accuse progressive candidates of political posturing, you have to scratch your head. I guess that's why Freud came up with the idea of projection . . . seeing in others the thing you refuse to see in yourself. In any case, the saga of Roy Cooper taking Tennessee to the woodshed over its polluting ways continues, this time with the Charlotte Business Journal weighing in on the side of the common good for a change. It's a pretty good story, that gets to the crux of the issue.

To market, to market

One of the funny things about big-bidness free-market types is that they just love to lean on taxpayer support when it suits their needs. And now that the High Point Furniture Market is seeing some serious competition from Las Vegas, big cheeses in the Triad are looking for a little love -- in the form of economic incentives -- to help fund their marketing activities. This from the Winston-Salem Journal this morning. By sucking public money to help promote their annual extravaganza, High Point executives figure they'll help continue the $1.2 billion in economic impact they attribute to the show. To which I say: if the Furniture Market is so damn good for other local businesses, why don't THEY fund the marketing campaign directly? Getting taxpayers involved in paying for this kind of scheme is wrong.

Don't ask conservatives to conserve.

Whenever one of Art Pope's Puppets interviews a scientist, you can be sure it'll be a doozie. Like this interview with Robert Balling, a shill for the wingnuts who happens to be a professor at Arizona State. Balling's premise is simple: North Carolina can't affect overall climate change, so why bother doing anything at all to alter our oil gluttony. Go read the article yourself, but pay special attention to this typical winger refrain:

“And if the state begins to implement a policy that costs the taxpayer any amount of money, the taxpayers are going to demand to know: ‘What is it I get from this investment?’” Balling said. “I stand up and tell them the answer’s absolutely nothing.”

NCAE Judicial Endorsements

The NC Association of Educators just released its endorsements on the PR Newswire.

Supreme Court

Sarah Parker (Chief Justice)
Patricia Timmons-Goodson (Associate Justice, Timmons-Goodson seat)
Mark Martin (Associate Justice, Martin seat)
Robin Hudson (Associate Justice, Wainwright seat)

Court of Appeals

Robert C. "Bob" Hunter (Associate Justice, Hunter seat)
Linda Stephens (Associate Justice, Stephens seat)

I don't know much about all these folks. Does anyone have a quick read on the wisdom of these endorsements?

Why do wingers LOVE terrorism?

You can just see Rick Martinez at the sad News and Observer, gloating over the chance to have some terrorism right here in the Southern Part of Heaven.

Make no mistake about it. Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar's Friday rampage through the UNC campus "pit" with a rented SUV during a time when a bustling crowd was a guaranteed lock was an obvious act of terror. That makes Taheri-azar a terrorist.

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