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:

Unfounded Racism Wins Out Over School Funding in Wake

WakeEd (a N&O blog) is reporting that Wake County Commissioner Phil Jeffreys is voting against increased school funding because he wrongly thinks that the funding is going to illegal immigrants. From WakeEd:

In response to Superintendent Bill McNeal's request for a $28 million increase in funding from county commissioners for the district's operating budget, Jeffreys said on WPTF this morning that his answer is no. His rationale is that he says that 55 percent of Wake’s new students are Hispanic and 90 percent of them must be illegal.

Odds, Ends

  • New Elon poll: Black inspires little confidence; gas tax ought to simmah down now, and:
    Nearly 79 percent of those polled agreed or strongly agreed that the minimum wage in North Carolina should be raised. Of this group, 45 percent wanted raised from $5.15 per hour to more than $6.50, while another 25 percent picked $6.50. Legislation pending in the General Assembly would raise the minimum to $6.

    AP Wire | 03/07/2006 | Poll: N.C. residents divided on whether Black should resign

Bush Buries Another One

In 2004, at the suggestion of the 9/11 Commission the Civil Liberties Oversight Board was created. It has never been funded, nor has it hired any staff. It has taken a year for its members to receive nominations and confirmation. President Bush has guaranteed the board will not be able to accomplish its stated goals. He failed to include funding for it in the most recent budget.

According to Newsweek the Office of Management and Budget doesn't seem to know what's going on, but assured the board would be completely funded.

Trust me, it gets better...read on

March 7

We are now exactly EIGHT MONTHS from election day. And while it's tempting to stand by and watch the wingers self-destruct, we can't count on their incompetence being noticed by North Carolina voters. We cannot count on our fellow citizens to acknowledge Charles Taylor's ethical shortcomings. We cannot count on Virgina Foxx's constituents to recognize that she screws them over with every vote she makes. We cannot count on the Queen City to see Sue Myrick as a tool Bush is using to destroy America's reputation abroad. The only thing we can count on is our own resolve. We must draw clear distinctions between our candidates and the gravediggers of the Republican right.

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Odds and Ends

There had been some commenting on the issue, but I would like to see it opened up into a bigger discussion. NC-11 would be a huge win, and it is well within reach. Most outlets have taken for granted the Shuler/Taylor match-up, and in all likelyhood, that will be the case come November.
Recently, though, John Armor has been more active in the GOP race, perhaps presenting a viable primary challenge to Taylor. (Shuler also has a primary challenger, but with a manslaughter conviction and his steadfast support for legalizing marijuana, Michael Morgan will not likely exert too much pressure.) Armor Seems to be setting himself up to flank Taylor from the libertarian right. If you are interested in learning about this candidate, there are a few good references on the web. For starters, he finally launched a website:

Terrorism:All in the Name

Eric at Is That Legal? posed an interesting question this morning: Was the attack on students in the Pit at UNC a terrorist attack?

For those of you that do not know about the event, a student drove through the middle of UNC's campus, where large groups of students congragate and is blocked from automobile traffic. The driver said he was upset with the treatment of Muslims around the world.

The College Republicans protested that this should be considered a terrorist attack. But Eric points out that some at Orange Politcs are calling this a mental illness and avoinding the terrorism label.

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