“Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?”

This is cross-posted from The Progress Pulse

I got to thinking about that famous quote this week as I read about the fawning reception for Rudy Giuliani at the Civitas Institute and about George Tenet’s 4 million dollar book advance. Here’s what I wonder about. Since when is it OK for a public official to preside over a disaster and then be paid millions of dollars to tell us about it? Giuliani received 8 million dollars in speaking fees in 2002 after 9/11.

More Orr

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If you're not reading the Under the Dome blog at the News and Observer, you should be. Ryan Teague Beckwith is doing a great job covering fresh stories in state politics, and the discussions are often eye-opening. Plus, John Hood, the Stage Manager at the Art Pope Puppetshow, has apparently given permission for his minions to comment on the site, so you can witness first hand what Puppets sound like when they're not writing "reports."

Another good thing about the Dome blog is the fact that it's looking at other newspapers in the state. Instead of the insular column that shows up in the N&O, it's a free-wheeling review of whatever catches Beckwith's attention. Like this blurb on a column by Doug Clark at the Greensboro paper. In the column, Clark compares Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Orr, mostly favorably, to the legendary Senator Sam Ervin, who was also a Supreme Court Justice prior to running for higher office.

NC News Roundup

Research and work on other posts is not going well, so I thought I'd take a break and see what is going on around the state.

Charlotte Observer:
VA Hospital Officials (In area hospitals) continued to get nice bonuses, while providing poor service to local service men and women.

Oyster lovers everywhere will not like reading this one. Parasite without a name threatens eastern oysters.

10 years for Jim Black?

Additional Profile Fields: IM and Home Town

There are now some additional fields on your profile page, which you can access by clicking "My account" in the navigation sidebar to your left. There is a field for your home town, and fields for instant messaging and chat service screennames. (I tried to include the most popular services, but let me know if you're using something else and I can add that too.)

You can fill in these fields by clicking the "edit" tab on the "My account" page, then clicking the "personal information" sub-heading.

Whitewashing the NC Job Outlook

I came across an interesting article in Industry Week written by North Carolina's Commerce Secretary, Jim Fain. I understand Fain's desire to make North Carolina look like it is bouncing back from the beating our textile workers have taken, but some of the article just didn't ring true.

In his opening, Fain described how the shift to a worldwide market had created a "perfect economic storm" in North Carolina. He followed with this:

Considering the magnitude of the "storm" -- a recession, 9/11 and trade policy changes that had a disproportionate impact on our industrial state -- our recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. North Carolina has seen a 29.2% decrease in the number of unemployed workers in the state over the past five years compared with 14.2% nationally.

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