And our Leaders Say it is All OK!

I must admit, I was even Shocked to read this! I would not have thought of it.

WASHINGTON -- The number of U.S. Army soldiers who took their own lives increased last year to the highest total since 1993, despite a growing effort by the Army to detect and prevent suicides. In 2005, a total of 83 soldiers committed suicide, compared with 67 in 2004, and 60 in 2003 - the year U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq. Four other deaths in 2005 are being investigated as possible suicides but have not yet been confirmed. The totals include active duty Army soldiers and deployed National Guard and Reserve troops.

Anyone in our group ride a Bike?

On May 20,2006 American Legion Post 192 along with VFW Post 8635 will be sponsoring a ride to benifit the troops. It will be lead by a USMC Humvee and Marines. It will travel the Nationaly known "Tail of The Dragon" and back across the Cherohala Skyway.All funds will benifit the Post re-Building fund.

The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America ’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. The nearby Cherohala Skyway is quickly becoming number two with its remote 60 miles of scenic mountain highway. The area also has other roads less traveled, but just as exciting.

N.C. Roads: Brought to You by Illegal Immigration

According to this report, a large chunk of the $1 billion the NCDOT spends every year to build roads in North Carolina is paid to workers with falsified social security numbers, presumably because they are illegal.

There are so many issues with this that I have not been able to wrap my head around a coherent post. But generally, this proves the value of immigration to our society (we need roads, right), but it also shows that the immigration is artificially keeping the costs of roads down. Also, these could be high paying construction jobs, not the jobs typically thought to belong to illegals.

Actual Vote Robin Hudson Blog Entry

As we've seen the impact that the judiciary has on the way we live our lives over the past few years in our increasingly litigious society, we should be reminded how important it is to elect good judges, and insofar as the race for the Justice Wainwright's seat on the NC supreme court the best judge that we could elect would be Robin Hudson.

While I am by no means an expert on the judicial race, nor do I have a vast amount of knowledge on the entire legal careers of the candidates I do personally know Judge Robin Hudson, and I know that she is one of the most strong, intelligent, fair, and hard-working women I have ever met. Beyond the endorsements she has recieved (listed below) and what you can read about her in the media, I can assure you that she is an incredibly impressive woman and a wonderful, thoughtful person who is running for Justice because she wants to serve the state. Judge Hudson is the best candidate in this race.

At Least He Knows His Left From His Right

Over at the Locker Room, in a post about (you guessed it) how the libruhls hate the constitution, Jon Ham describes the Klan as "wackos on the right."

Now, being a lefty myself, I wouldn't have called the Klan a right wing group. I might have thought it, but I wouldn't consider it fair to describe racism and xenophobia as conservative values. Just because it has been the left in this country who has been responsible for fracturing and marginalizing this particular hate group doesn't make the group itself part of the "right" (any more than a plumber who happens to be a Democrat converts a grease clog in to a Republican).

Anyway, thanks Jon for clearing that up for me. And as to the constitutional question, the First Amendment doesn't preclude a community from considering potential legal means for enforcing community standards; it just provides a stopping point when it comes to speech. It seems that in this case, the stopping point once reached was respected. So Jon, you can probably lay off the hand-wringing.

Apple Chill Goes Sour

Chapel Hill's spring street fair took a sad turn for the worse yesterday, with a handful of people shot in the closing hours of the annual orgy. Orange Politics has the best links, as well as a good discussion thread. Ironically, a number of downtown merchants had been asking the town to rethink the festival, arguing (rightly, in my opinion) that the event had strayed from its original intent of providing good, clean family fun with local arts and crafts. The News and Observer has the story, too.

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