GOP Rep. Edgar Starnes has more important things to do on House floor than discuss health reform


Send the assclown a letter

You can reach him here:


How interesting that you would define yourself as a "self employed investor." I guess those are the only kind of people who get paid for doing nothing, or for reading novels on the job.

Unless I'm mistaken, you are now employed by me, a North Carolina taxpayer, to do a job for the people who elected you. Somehow, I don't think I'm getting my money's worth while you sit on the floor of the General Assembly, swept away in trashy fiction.

All that said, I'm not surprised. Republicans seem to have come to Raleigh clueless, waiting on Art Pope to pass out orders for how you should vote. It's no wonder our state is becoming a laughingstock now that you all are running the show.

In The Company of Others

The title of the book he was reading is "In The Company of Others"

If it were Jesus Swept

Then he could be forgiven.

Maybe someone can pass along my copy to him

I have given away several copies as gifts but I also lent mine out and it was not returned. Whoever has my personal copy, can you please return it or pass it along to this guy?

Somehow, I don't think he'd get the point

Though he might enjoy this discussion of churchiness:

With two hundred churches inside its city limits, Jacksonville, North Carolina, gets wild on Sunday mornings. Armies of Christians in grumbling trucks clog the streets with fat tires, shiny wheels, and enough red, white and blue to start a revolution. And near the center of it all sits the New Gate of Heaven Baptist Church, the promise of certain salvation, wrapped in a thirty-foot star-spangled flag.

With their own plans still in limbo, the new Jesus figured they should check out the competition and pick up some baptizing pointers. So on this particular Sunday, here they are, lured through the New Gate by the lighted sign out front.
Jesus swept so you can come clean.

“I don’t know about this place,” says Luke. He swallows his words when a hulking man and his tight-faced wife glare from the cab of a passing Toyota Tundra covered with Confederate flag decals.

Gary waves at the gawkers like they’re old friends. “Hey ya’ll,” he sings. “Coming to church today?”

As if on cue, a waltzy rendition of The Old Rugged Cross spills from the open church doors.

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

That song has given Gary the creeps since the first time he heard it as a kid. He could never understand people going gaga over a bloody old cross, especially since his daddy burned the sacred symbol in public at least twice a year.

Gary’s first and last experience with a gathering of the Klan was a hard hour of angry white men with Bibles in one hand and guns in the other, hell-bent on driving the coloreds out of Conway. The meeting took place a mile from Gary’s high school, where a celebration was scheduled to honor their football team. Gus Gray couldn’t stomach so many darkies getting awards, so he made Gary skip the pep rally to take in the hate. In the bright light of a burning cross, the old man prayed for God to drive the football niggers back to Africa. Gary still grimaces when he sees a cross hanging from a rearview mirror. Good thing they didn’t kill that old Jesus in an electric chair.

There's no doubt

that a good novel is more interesting to one whose mind is made up and needs no confusing with the facts of an open-and-shut topic like "ObamaCare".

Thus Starnes instead sinks his literary mind into the world of Father Tim, wherein (according to Booklist) "The second in Karon’s new Father Tim series finds the beloved retired Episcopal priest and his wife, Cynthia, starting off on a long-overdue vacation in Ireland."

I could easily excuse Rep. Starnes from the unwelcome duties of listening--or voting--on key legislation for the remainder of this surely tedious legislative session.

Dan Besse

Thank you

for highlighting "my" respresentative on BlueNC! Not to rub salt in the wound, but he ran unopposed.


I hope you'll send him a note

thanking him for being a waste of time, money, energy and oxygen.