Rayne Brown touts anti-government ideology

Hopefully SEANC members are paying attention this time:

"For too long, state government has been a hindrance — not a help — to North Carolina businesses," Brown said. "We are doing everything we can to take a pro-business approach, and in large part, that means getting government out of the way."

By "getting government out of the way", you mean the Republicans' usurpation of Executive powers and the slashing of departmental budgets resulting in the termination of thousands of state employees. But let's not get caught up in pesky details...

Herman Cain's chief of staff smokes & blows in online ad

The Cain campaign has a new ad out that more than likely is meant to target white, working class voters.  Cain's chief of staff, Mark Block is at his working stiff best in this close up video which shows him smoking a lit cigarette and exhaling the smoke.  It is as if he's saying, "I'm white and I'm running the show.  Don't mind the black guy smiling at the end of this ad."

Of course, all working class voters are not racists...or smokers.  I live in a very rural, fairly white county in the south and I'm a realist.

h/t Garance Franke-Ruta at The Atlantic

ConocoPhillips: Millions in Washington Lobbying Preserves Billions in Big Oil Subsidies

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ConocoPhillips Company is an American multinational energy corporation headquartered in Houston, Texas. With 2010 revenues of over $196 billion and earnings of over $19 billion, they rank #3 on the Fortune 500 list. ConocoPhillips is the fifth largest private sector energy corporation in the world, and is one of the six "supermajor" vertically integrated oil companies. It sells fuel under the Conoco, Phillips 66 and Union 76 brands in North America, and Jet in Europe.

NC's crisis pregnancy centers exposed

So much for giving women important information to guide their decisions:

For the past year, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina has been investigating the state's 122 crisis pregnancy centers. Director Carey Pope says they found that, "Staff and volunteers often use propaganda to dissuade women from abortions." Previous research has found that the centers often lie to women about abortion being linked to breast cancer, infertility, and mental illness.

Which is bad enough, but this stuff is just crazy:

Wal-Mart: Greed and the High Cost of Low Price

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With $421.8 billion in revenues and $16.4 billion in earnings last year, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (branded Walmart in 2008) tops the 2011 Fortune 500 list. Doing business under 55 different names with 8,500 locations in 15 countries, it is considered to be the world's largest private (i.e. publicly traded) corporation. And with much of its growth based on the selling (and buying) of cheap imported goods at low prices, some estimate the success of Wal-Mart (and the "savings" of its customers) has been at the expense of thousands of small business closures and millions of American jobs exported.

Help Ban Exotic Animal Sale & Ownership in NC

If you are against the sale & ownership of exotic animals, and are outraged at the recent event in Ohio, please sign my petition regarding this matter in North Carolina. North Carolina is one of the 10 states, including Ohio, that does not regulate the sale & ownership of exotic animals, allowing animals to suffer, confined and mistreated by ordinary people.

Recall Brian Bock

Disaster Politics

During his January 1985 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, and an international television audience, US President Ronald Reagan announced a new educational initiative: He would appoint a school teacher to join a shuttle crew on a flight into space.

Someone in the Reagan White House had the bright idea that the president’s 1986 State of the Union Address coincide with the successful return landing of the Challenger, with teacher Christa McAuliffe on board.
That’s when a tragic series of mistakes began to unfold.

The first glitch was when NASA scuttled the original launch date of the Challenger. The launch pad conditions did not meet the minimum safety conditions required for launch.


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