Quick Question on Who Dislikes Bush

Are these Bush's numbers in:
A) The Northeast
B) Europe
C) West Coast
D) Where they hate America, or
E) The Down and Dirty South.

The answer, unfortunately for W., is E.

The Elon University poll is here. Note that Bush may be even lower due to the port deal since the last survey was concluded a week ago. More from the results to warm our hearts:

A new Elon University Poll shows support for President George W. Bush stands at 43 percent in

NC Unemployment Falls for 7th Straight Month

North Carolina's unemployment rate saw the largest month-to-month decrease since February 1978 with the rate in January at 4.3 percent. That's down from December's rate of 5.1 percent.

North Carolina's unemployment rate also dropped below the national average, which was 4.7 percent in January.

Charlotte Business Journal: N.C. unemployment rate falls to 4.3% - 2006-03-09

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?

How Charles Taylor Stands

Charles Taylor (Republican)
Legislator Information
Party: Republican
Birthday: 01/23/1941
Marrage Status:
Spouse: Elizabeth Owen
Children: 3 children
Religion: Baptist
Employer/Occupation: Business, tree farmer
Prior Occupations:
Elected office: North Carolina Senate 1972
Other Office: 1966
Education: Wake Forest Univ. J.D.
Wake Forest Univ. B.A.
Contact Information
Web Site: http://www.house.gov/charlestaylor/
Phone: (202) 225-6401
Fax: (202) 226-6422
Email: View Site
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-0001

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.

The Struggle for Integrity in the NCGOP Continues

The NCGOP has been beset in recent years by a cadre of wealthy idealogues (incl. Pope, Cobey) who believe the state party should be characterized by rigid adherence to their ideas. The most controversial element of the crusade has been an effort to purge the party of those who don't fit the mold, including Speaker Pro Tempore Richard Morgan. In 2004, the state party spent many thousands of dollars to unseat sitting Republicans and replace them with loyalists. And they plan to do it again this year.

Now some local Republicans are fighting back, demanding that the state party respect their right to choose their own candidates. The latest group to fight back are the Moore county Republicans:


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