Buckle Up, Even in the Back Seat

I'll admit that I don't wear a seatbelt in the back seats of cars. They're often less comfortable than the belts in the front, and I can rationalize my decision by considering how soft and cooshy the backs of the front seat look from where I sit. "If there's a wreck," I tell myself, "aim for the back of the seat; avoid the windshield."

Anyway, the NC House has passed a bill that would require all back-seaters to wear belts (kids already have to). I'm sure that's a good thing (though I'm nearly as sure that I'll be in violation should the law pass). But not everyone thinks so. Here's a quote from an opponent:

NC's Own Little Enron!

File this one away under "you don't have to be a big corporation to bilk investors." Apex-based water treatment company HydroFlo will be losing its CEO, Dennis Mast. The SEC alleges that under Mast, the company sent out a press release saying that subsidiaries were doing work in the gulf coast areas ravaged by Katrina, and another containing great news about the company from an "independent" and "unbiased" analyst (who had been paid $20,000 by HydroFlo).

Mast is settling the SEC's lawsuit for $100,000 (without admitting that he or his company did anything wrong, of course).

State of Marriage in the State

I had a disturbing day of bar prep today learning all about NC family law. It is amazing the people who we let marry in this state: 14 year olds (with judicial approval and pregnancy) and first cousins being the most egregious cases. There are even rules regarding double first cousins, who are first cousins on both sides--in other words, a brother and sister marry cousins who are also brothers and sisters the children of those nuptials cannot marry. I just wonder who was the test case that made this rule necessary.

And of course, despite allowing 14 year olds (and those who are not mature enough to not get pregnant at 14 at that) and first cousins to marry, the General Assembly caved to the Religious Right a few years ago and passed a Defense of Marriage Act to protect marriage from homosexual couples.

Rep. Hayes plays Where’s Waldo

I just can’t resist a good game of Hide and Seek. So, when I read earlier today that the Hayes camp was now claiming ‘ol Flip-Floppin’ Robin (FFR) had somehow managed to squeeze in a little face time with W. on Independence Day, I just had to find out for myself if this was true.

Uh, no.

Let me give you a bit of background. As Lance pointed out earlier today, The Charlotte Observer told us on June 30

Three N.C. House members represent the Fort Bragg area.

Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., of Concord, would seem the likeliest candidate to join the president. But with a race in November, he's planning to be part of a few holiday parades in his district on July 4.

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A few days ago, BlueNC had the misfortune to be visited by one of the right wing's most dependable stooges and lapdogs, Mr. Nathan Tabor, from right here in North Carolina. You can say all the crappy things you want about young Nate, but give him credit for being great at one thing: shameless self-promotion. Here's what he writes about himself in the cesspool he calls a website:

In 2004, Nathan ran for Congress (NC5) in an eight way primary. He raised over $750,000 and received over 7,500 votes in the most expensive primary in American history. Nathan's supporters included Dick Armey, Ed Meese, Steve Moore, Art Laffer, Pat Robertson, Bob Jones III, Congressman Robert Aderholt, Congressman Trent Franks, Congressman Jim Ryun, Beverly and Tim LaHaye, Mike Farris and many others. Dr. Jerry Falwell dubbed him the "young Jesse Helms."

Imagine what kind of ego would allow someone to brag about being associated with racists, wackos, homophobes and worse! Which brings me to the point of this blog entry. You see, among the many columnists swimming in Nathan Tabor's sewer is Ms. Ann Coulter, the frightwing's indisputable Queen of Slime, a woman so offensive that a sane person will get sick simply reading through the garbage and hate she spews. So why does little Nate, Bible-thumping Christian that he professes to be, continue to feature the devil-witch on his very own conservative site? God only knows.

Take Action on Important Public Financing Bill

House Bill 1851, providing for a Legislative Public Financing TEST Program in a LIMITED number of NC legislative districts, just passed an important House committee and is headed to a vote on the House floor in the next several days.....I hope. Especially for those of you outside of the Triangle, please call your House Rep and ask them to support this important bill to explore an alternative to the ever-escalating money chase that defines the current campaign finance system.

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