There's a story in the N&O today that, if accurate and complete, is pretty sad. Luther Hodges Jr. served on Jimmy Carter's cabinet, was chairman of NC National Bank, and CEO of the First Bank of Washington. When he came back to NC, he'd switched parties to become a Republican, and was appointed to a term of service on the Ports Authority. The N&O says that he did good work there. Now that Democrats are back in control of the state legislature, Hodges can't get his Ports Authority gig renewed. He also wanted to be considered for a spot on the UNC System board, but couldn't even get his name on the list. Hodges thinks its because he's a Republican.

Cafta Strikes Again

North Carolina continues to lose jobs because of CAFTA:

A long-time textile plant in Edenton will lay off 203 workers starting in April.

And Edenton Town Manager Anne-Marie Knighton says the recently
adopted Central American Free Trade Agreement is to blame.

Last week, Weyerhaeuser Company said it will shut down its plant
in nearby Plymouth after 57 years, which is expected to displace
another 200 workers.

Local agencies are developing ways to help families impacted by
the layoffs. CAFTA Blamed for Layoffs at Edenton Textile Plant

Merry Christmas, OK?

In case you haven't noticed, let me fill you in: there are people out there who believe in a "War on Christmas." Their logic: every time you say "happy holidays," you could be saying "Merry Christmas," so you've decided to leave Christ out of the holidays. It's called a "War" because it's orchestrated by a sinister cabal of crazed left-wing communist secularists like, oh, Target and Home Depot. The save-Christmas crowd even has its own book, written by a Fox News anchor.

Internation Reaction to 1,000th Execution

I'd be interested to read more—anyone have any good links? Here's a rough (Google) translation of an Italian blog post about the execution of Kenneth Lee Boyd:

We admire and we love the United states for innnumerevoli things. But the capital punishment succeeds, to times, to make us to forget them all. ("Ammiriamo e amiamo gli Stati Uniti d’America per innnumerevoli cose. Ma la pena di morte riesce, a volte, a farcele dimenticare tutte.")

Thanks, TarGator, for all of your excellent coverage of this issue.

Judge Evelyn Hill's Greatest Hits

You may have noticed that Wake County Superior Court Judge Evelyn W. Hill is in trouble with the NC Judicial Standards Commission again ("Wake County judge faces third complaint before ethics board"). This is the Judge who inspired the now-defunct website I thought I'd take a quick study break to compile Judge Hill's Greatest Hits. The emphasis is all mine.

From the National Law Journal, Volume 26, Number 13, 2003:

North Carolina's Judicial Standards Commission filed a complaint against Judge Evelyn Hill, alleging that she engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, bringing the judicial office into disrepute, in violation of canons 2A and 3A(3) of the state Code of Judicial Conduct. It recommended that Hill be censured for her conduct, which reportedly included ex parte communication with the litigant, questioning the Duke lawyer's competency and reaching for the deputy's groin while allegedly saying, "its been a while since I shoved a male's balls through his nose holes."

New Restrictions on ATVs

On Thursday, NC will begin enforcing new restrictions on all-terrain vehicles, banning kids under 8 from driving and limiting older kids to smaller models. Predictably, some Republicans are all upset because they see this as government interference with parenting. On the other hand,

The legislation -- which also includes regulations for all ATV users -- came after dozens of North Carolina children died on ATVs in recent decades. Eleven were killed last year alone. - Greensboro, North Carolina: News: New ATV restrictions in effect Thursday


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