“There are winners and losers in every election, but just because you don’t like the results or how the results were achieved doesn’t warrant what’s going on right now,” said Jeanette Doran, the executive director of the conservative N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law. “There used to be this measure of Southern gentility. ... But when things get hardball, it sort of shocks the gentility.”
And very often that Southern gentility masked a deep undercurrent of bigotry, injustice, and undue influence being wielded by shadowy business interests that were anything but genteel. I'd rather have a public brawl, which just may reveal deeper motives, than a backroom deal that goes virtually unnoticed, any day of the week.
Interestingly, a number of the team members (including Stith) happen to be connected to another teammate, Art Pope, the businessman and former legislator who’s funded several conservative organizations and been a mentor of sorts for elected officials from the Wake County school board to the General Assembly to now a governor.
If they were realists, the editorial board would have ended it there. Art Pope has positioned his pieces all across the state government gameboard, and there will be no movement from one square to another without his approval. Which makes this observation:
These two assholes have built their careers badmouthing the business climate in North Carolina, wringing their hands during countless photo-ops about the oppressive burdens facing our states entrepreneurs and major employers. Things are terrible, they say. We need to change directions.
North Carolina's combination of work-force availability and skill sets of interest to employers, proactive business-development agencies, logistics assets and higher education infrastructure helped it reclaim Site Selection's Top Business Climate spot from rival Texas — which wrestled the title from the Tar Heel State in 2011.
Submitted by southernstudies on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 8:43pm
Koch Industries, the Kansas-based oil and chemical conglomerate whose owners Charles and David Koch have played a leading role in financing the fight against government regulation, is stepping up its investment in North Carolina politics at a critical moment for the state's energy future.
Lawmakers in North Carolina, which has a long Atlantic Ocean coastline and vast areas of low-lying land, voted on Tuesday to ignore studies predicting a rapid rise in sea level due to climate change and postpone planning for the consequences.
Today, Rob Schofield offers a brilliant parody of their likely response to coastal flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
In a follow up to its bold action last spring to ban scientists from predicting a significant sea-level rise along the North Carolina coast over the the course of the 21st Century, House and Senate leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly announced early this morning that they would take further action in the coming days to ban weather “forecasts” and news “reports” related to coastal weather events.
Many people are confused as to whether Rob's parody is real or not. That alone should give the Tillis-Berger bird reason enough to pull its pathetic head out of the shifting sand.
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 10/20/2012 - 11:29am
Learning to deceive from the masters of deception:
But what's McCrory going to do if a controversial piece of abortion legislation shows up on his desk? He said he doesn't see the need for any abortion legislation and that, from conversations with Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, he doesn't see any coming.
If anybody out there is foolish enough to equate "doesn't see" with a "no" answer, they need a crash course in critical reading. First of all, "doesn't see" is a temporal classification, leaving flexibility for new data input. Secondly (and less technical), the phrase is a classic tool of the deceiver, and is most often used when they believe it will likely come in handy down the road. Like when a bill that's been cooling its heels in Committee finally gets the right combination of a supermajority and a GOP Governor:
It appears that being a member of the Republican party these days requires selective amnesia, with a healthy dose of delusion mandated for anyone in a leadership position. A quick look at a column by Phil Berger in today's Fayetteville Observer will drive the point home.
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