When is a dump not a dump?

It's a great big hole in the ground that's going to be filled with waste materials. Lee County officials say that's a dump. State officials say it's not.

Lee commissioners’ chairman Charlie Parks says the Duke-Charah plan appears to be a safe use for ash – except for what they call it.

“We think this is a landfill like anything else,” he said. “You can call it what you want, but it’s a hole in the ground and you’re filling it up.”

AP US History debate: Dancing to an idiot's music

I can't believe they're even listening to this guy:

"These professors had an agenda. We've already alluded to it. Basically, they saw America not as an exceptional nation but one nation among many in a global society," said Larry Krieger, a former high school history teacher and opponent of the standards.

Krieger, who has authored a test preparation book on the AP exam and written critiques of the new course for conservative websites such as Breitbart.com, has become one of the leading voices calling for additions to the AP U.S. history guidelines. He also argues that the new guidelines are incomplete – failing to include study of important historical documents such as the Magna Carta.

Dude, the Magna Carta was penned eight hundred years ago across the Atlantic Ocean, long before Europeans "discovered" America, and even longer before they rose slightly above their ignorance and declared it independent of the crown. If you taught that document in your US History class, that goes a long way to explaining the "former high school history teacher" status.

Peter Principle: Decker takes a hike, Skvarla continues slopping at the public trough

Oh my. Pat McCrory is tearful, tearful I tell you, now that Sharon Decker is leaving the Department of Commerce to spend more time doing her nails. Which makes room for John Skvarla to come to the rescue of the beleaguered department, just like he did at DENR. This would be the same John Skvarla who has made a career of exploiting government funding for personal gain.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

And all the little fishies jumped into the air in celebration:

I hesitate to celebrate just yet, but it would be a challenge for McCrory to find somebody worse than Skvarla to run DENR.

Everyone is asking the same question

Who picks the winners: Party or people?

In the ideal view of American government, voters choose the leaders who will guide their states and country. But some say the way U.S. House and state legislative districts are drawn has turned that idea on its head: Every 10 years, the party in power picks which voters incumbents will face in the next election. Results of this year's general election have once again fueled concerns about North Carolina's redistricting process, one in which the state General Assembly draws lines for U.S. House and legislative districts once a decade. Exactly half of all 120 state Houses races in November featured only one candidate. In the Senate, 19 of 50 races had just the one candidate. Only 30-40 of the remaining seats in the two chambers were truly "in play," meaning either candidate had a realistic chance of winning, according to state political experts

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/12/01/picks-winners-party-people/19749891/

NC Works Online: A waste of tax dollars

As a free-market kind of guy, I'm always on alert for places where the private sector does a great job serving a public need. One of those places is the jobs marketplace, where a host of services are available at the click of a mouse. From Indeed to Monster to Craigslist to good old-fashioned job fairs, there is no shortage of options for helping connect people with jobs.

DC's newest chickenhawk: Thom Tillis

Gee, I wonder why he didn't say these things during election debates:

Sen.-elect Thom Tillis (R) of North Carolina and Sen.-elect Gary Peters (D) of Michigan called on Congress Sunday to debate a measure authorizing military strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“I think it would probably be wise so that you move forward again,” Tillis said. “The president and the Congress need to find opportunities to show some way of coming together. That would be a show of good faith from the president and I think it would give Congress more confidence they’re part of the process,” he added.

Really? You want to send more American troops to die in battle because it could grease the wheels of bipartisanship? Are you completely insane, or just terminally clueless? Here's an idea, you could work with the President to help veterans who have already pulled 2-3 tours of combat duty, and maybe cut down on their horrific suicide rate, instead of adding to their numbers senselessly.

Daily dose: To seem rather than to be

POLICY & POLITICS
Boehner Faces the First Days of New Power in Congress (New York Times) -- John A. Boehner does not want to be remembered as the Shutdown Speaker. As Congress returns from recess on Monday facing a Dec. 11 deadline for funding the government, Mr. Boehner and his fellow Republican leaders are working to persuade the rank and file — furious over President Obama’s executive action on immigration — that engaging in a spending confrontation is the wrong way to counter the White House. That would set the wrong tone, they argue, as Republicans prepare to take over Congress and fulfill promises to govern responsibly. … “Shutting down the entire government over something never did make sense to the American people, still doesn’t and won’t in the future,” said Senator Richard M. Burr, R-NC, who is part of Mr. Boehner’s inner circle. Like other Boehner insiders, he believes that the speaker, bolstered by election victories, is looking beyond the immediate fight. “There is certainly an opportunity for him to put his mark on the largest Republican House majority in a long time,” Mr. Burr said. “To me, that is a big motivating factor.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/us/politics/boehner-faces-the-first-days-of-new-power-in-congress....

NC voter suppression on steroids: GOP seeks to disqualify entire precinct

Your voting rights are negotiable:

At issue is a protest that seeks to disqualify all the ballots cast in a heavily Democratic precinct, which also happened to be the last one in on election night. The official results – recounted last week – show Zapple winning by just 186 votes over Republican challenger Derrick Hickey.

Hickey and Republican Skip Watkins, who won his race, received only a few dozen votes compared to more than 1,000 for Zapple and Democrat Patricia Spears, who came in fourth. After a contentious meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Elections upheld the outcome of the election.

Just a fair warning to the State BoE: If you even entertain the notion that this many voters could have their voices stifled, people as far away as Waziristan are going to be reading about it.

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