Internation Reaction to 1,000th Execution

I'd be interested to read more—anyone have any good links? Here's a rough (Google) translation of an Italian blog post about the execution of Kenneth Lee Boyd:

We admire and we love the United states for innnumerevoli things. But the capital punishment succeeds, to times, to make us to forget them all. ("Ammiriamo e amiamo gli Stati Uniti d’America per innnumerevoli cose. Ma la pena di morte riesce, a volte, a farcele dimenticare tutte.")

Thanks, TarGator, for all of your excellent coverage of this issue.

Judge Evelyn Hill's Greatest Hits

You may have noticed that Wake County Superior Court Judge Evelyn W. Hill is in trouble with the NC Judicial Standards Commission again ("Wake County judge faces third complaint before ethics board"). This is the Judge who inspired the now-defunct website www.eradicate-evelynhill.com. I thought I'd take a quick study break to compile Judge Hill's Greatest Hits. The emphasis is all mine.

From the National Law Journal, Volume 26, Number 13, 2003:

North Carolina's Judicial Standards Commission filed a complaint against Judge Evelyn Hill, alleging that she engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, bringing the judicial office into disrepute, in violation of canons 2A and 3A(3) of the state Code of Judicial Conduct. It recommended that Hill be censured for her conduct, which reportedly included ex parte communication with the litigant, questioning the Duke lawyer's competency and reaching for the deputy's groin while allegedly saying, "its been a while since I shoved a male's balls through his nose holes."

New Restrictions on ATVs

On Thursday, NC will begin enforcing new restrictions on all-terrain vehicles, banning kids under 8 from driving and limiting older kids to smaller models. Predictably, some Republicans are all upset because they see this as government interference with parenting. On the other hand,

The legislation -- which also includes regulations for all ATV users -- came after dozens of North Carolina children died on ATVs in recent decades. Eleven were killed last year alone.

News-Record.com - Greensboro, North Carolina: News: New ATV restrictions in effect Thursday

Because They've Been There

Intoxination asks: "We constantly hear that our troops favor the Republican position of staying the course in Iraq. If that is the case then why is it most Iraq vets running for Congress in '06 are running as Democrats?" Anglico has a pretty good answer. More from Intoxination:

Just take a look at these numbers from

Mother Jones
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Charles Taylor: Working Hard for the Citizens of... Michigan?

Why? Because some of Michigan's citizens pay better.

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff really makes things happen for his clients. Unfortunately, it looks like he does that through bribery and influence peddling. Jack knows that there are members of Congress who don't see why their positions of power and prestige shouldn't be used to line their own pockets. Jack understands that these members of Congress are easily bought and can be put to work for any group that can raise the cash. And Jack knows that he can rely on Charles Taylor, of North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.

Another NC-11 Challenger: Clyde Michael Morgan

Check out his website, which is far more blunt about difficult issues than a serious candidate's web site ought to be (as in "If you are against abortions - don't have one"). You'll also find spots left open on this page for "SOME VETERANS SITE" and "ANOTHER VETERANS SITE." Still haven't found the right veterans, Mr. Morgan? (See also "SOME ABORTION LINK" here.)

Thanks to RealValues for the heads-up. I agree with RV that this guy doesn't seem to be running a serious campaign, but I'm sure it will be an interesting one. Stay tuned.

Larry Kissell fo' Schizzle

Man, I must have been totally asleep at the switch last Friday, because I missed the announcement that Larry Kissell of Biscoe will be running for Robin Hayes's seat in Congress. Maybe I missed it because I have no idea who Larry Kissell is. In fact, I'm surprised to learn that there's a Biscoe, NC (population 1,700). But not only do I now know who Kissell is, I think I may kind of like him.

A former textile mill manager who started teaching high school social studies when his mill moved to Mexico (free trade much?), Kissell is making his first forray into politics a big one, but in a small town way. At his campaign debut, there were speeches by Kissell's former high school principal and some of Kissell's present students, and there was a goat named CAFTA (the very first campaign contribution). How can you not like this guy?

Foxx's Fealty Foreshadows Fall?

RealValues points out a Winston-Salem piece about Democratic chances of picking up some US House seats next fall. Here's what NCDP Chair Jerry Meek had to say aobut NC-5: "One thing voters don't want right now are elected officials who will toe the party line in Washington. That's what Virginia Foxx does." That's true, but there are many months before November 2006 in which that can change; with Foxx—as with Taylor and Hayes—the pressure must stay on.

More from the piece [emphasis mine]:

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., is the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It's his job to recruit candidates nationwide to run against Republican incumbents. He said he has talked with two prospective candidates to run against Foxx - including Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines.

How Do NC State Legislators Feel About Being Pushed Around?

I've posted several times now on Sue Myrick's grandstanding scheme to bully North Carolina, and pending further developments I should just let it go. But events conspire! Three NC State legislators and a high level staffer spoke to one of my classes today, and I got a chance to ask them about the situation.

Deborah Ross and Grier Martin, both Democratic members of the NC House representing parts of Wake County, sat on a panel with Republican Senator Richard Stevens (representing Cary) and Norma Mills, Chief of Staff for NC Senate President Pro Temp. Marc Basnight (D, Dare County). I asked them for their thoughts about the proposed legislation announced by Myrick, Foxx, Taylor, McHenry, and Jones that threatens to strip NC's federal highway dollars if the state doesn't change its driver's license policy. Nobody had good things to say.

Add Lying to the List

Johnny one-note here, back with more on 5 NC US House Representatives' plan to take over the role of the NC legislature and set diver's license policy for North Carolina. It turns out that in their mad rush to replace the NC State government Reps. Myrick and McHenry have been lying to the press. Links below:

The Charlotte Observer has the scoop:

Reps. Sue Myrick and Patrick McHenry made a few alarming statements last week during their news conference to promote legislation to fight illegal immigration in North Carolina.

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