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Cuba Generation Y This 30-something blogger publishes at great risk to show readers outside Cuba what everyday life is like inside the oppressive, Communist nation. Think you like Communism...read this blog and think again!
Smart Girl Politics Conservative Women bloggers, and a few men, who are here to refresh you when you are thirsty.
LadyBlog A modern take on traditional women. Classier than tea service. Like Fight Club but with better hygiene. Sightly more aggro than a cucumber sandwich.
The Political Byline One of my fellow Top Conservatives on Twitter. Check him out! He's not afraid to speak his mind. Based in the Motorcity.
Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Sister Toldjah National conservative blogger who tells it like it is. She loves North Carolina and occasionally picks up items from KCC on her blog.
Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
Dateline Obamastan Cary's John Byrnes writes about national, state, and local politics. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
As promised, here is Robert Escamilla's speech at a press conference and rally held in his honor. The Raleigh News and Observer's report is here. View the speech and judge for yourself. Due to YouTube constraints, the speech is broken down in three parts.
Liberals attending an anti-war protest in Smithfield last Saturday, are angry at the Raleigh News and Observer's apparent lack of coverage of their event.
In an email obtained by Katy's Conservative Corner, writer Christian Stalberg wrote that this "non-coverage ... establishes a pattern of McClatchy systematically ignoring events that question North Carolina's involvement in the war, kidnapping and torture."
Stalberg, posting on the Progressive Triangle Yahoo group, added that "the N&O is a disgrace to press freedom and serving the public's right to know. They appear to be a puppet of the Bush regime.
"It is tragic that McClatchy has a monopoly on newspaper readership here in North Carolina."
Over the years, many conservatives have commented that the N&O often opposes our causes, yet liberals are the folks now complaining.
Katy's Conservative Corner was on the scene on October 27th in Smithfield and is adding more videos daily to the YouTube site.
Editor's Note:Katy's Conservative Corner has gained a "fan" in Russia. This man is apparently too young to remember Communism, and he called your blogger all sorts of ugly names and couldn't seem to stick to the topic when commenting. You can read them all for yourself, by checking out the protest videos at www.youtube.com/katyscreations
Coming soon are some videos of Code Pink ladies speaking out about their cause. Keep checking the above YouTube site.
Raleigh -- Students, parents, and supporters joined together this evening to show their enthusiasm for embattled teacher, Robert Escamilla. Popularly known as "Mr. Esco", the rally on his behalf was a combination of religious testimony, support for freedom of religion, and support for freedom in public schools.
Former students, their parents, and others took the stage in support of Escamilla and "the American way of life". Many in the crowd had no affiliation to Enloe high school at all, but supported what they deemed to be "an excellent teacher who deserves better."
The event was moderated by popular public television host, Chuck Campbell. His show, "Take A Stand", is revered in conservative Christian circles.
According to supporters, Escamilla was suspended, reprimanded, and transferred to another school after inviting a Coptic Christian guest speaker to his "World Religions" class, and other classes.
Escamilla's advocates argue that the Copts are an ancient Egyptian group of Christians who have been persecuted by the Muslim majority in that country. The guest speaker reportedly told students how he had personally experienced that persecution.
The Coptic Christian guest speaker's visit resulted in complaints by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). CAIR has been linked with Islamic terrorist group, Hamas.
Supporters had difficulty understanding the turmoil, as Mr. Escamilla had invited guest speakers from other faiths, including Buddhists, Jews, and Muslims, without controversy.
Following the visit by the Coptic Christian speaker, Escamilla was suspended from teaching, and received a scathing performance review from principal Beth Cochran. It was Escamilla's only negative performance review in 18 years of teaching in the Wake County Public Schools.
There were a number of mainstream television media present, as this story has attracted national attention. However, on Tuesday's late newscasts only provided scant coverage.
Video from the press conference will be posted online Thursday. (Your blogger will attend the NCSpin Growth Forum in the morning and take her toddler trick-or-treating in the afternoon/evening.) Sorry for the delay, but family always comes first for this writer.
More video of the event will be placed on your blogger's YouTube site, http://www.youtube.com/katyscreations. Please check there Thursday or later. For your wait, you will be rewarded with more video than any other news outlet would DARE share!
After once announcing that she was not running, state Senator Kay Hagan has changed her mind. Much to the relief of her fellow Democrats, she has agreed to challenge United States Senator Elizabeth Dole.
After homosexual Jim Neal announced his candidacy and then acknowledged that he is gay, Democrats began to quake in their boots. Despite trying to appear the party of "tolerance", they are now running away from Neal.
Hagan could be a strong challenger to Dole, if nominated. More coming soon.
An e-mail obtained by Katy's Conservative Corner from "Jane", a member of Code Pink NC, shows that the Saturday protesters In Smithfield and at the Johnston County airport, feared for their safety. Yet many of these same people were expressing to your blogger their pride at having been arrested at their last protest.
Read on and judge for yourself. The full text of the email follows:
"Many thanks for coming to the Rally today. There were 13 of us from UUFR that I counted...Sally does not have e mail. For those who missed the final portion of the afternoon let me tell you.
There were probably about 100 who showed up at the top of the road which led to the gates of Aero. As we arrived we could see that the Eagles (I know they have a more complete name, but I don't know it yet) were already assembled in front of the Aero gate at the end of the road. And they were shouting insults, blowing whistles etc. .
We had a prayer from the new Social Outreach Mennonite minister connected with the Council of Churches. Roger spoke about his grandfather who spoke out in Germany and was one of the first to die in Dachau concentration camp. They asked for other volunteer speakers (readers) and after each reader a group of 8-10 proceeded down the road toward the gates carrying a photo of a person who had suf fered torture or had disappeared Jim,Sally and I were in about the fifth group to go down (the send off for each group was chanting, "we are all one") and when we got toward the end of the walk we had to squeeze through the leather jacketed , flag carrying eagles who gave way for the most part and we hung our pictures on the Aero fence. (the eagles had some parts of the fence blocked and told us we would have to deal with them before we hung our pictures there....)
So we moved a bit away and found an unguarded space to hang our portraits. There were only two State police officers present that I could see which made me a bit nervous, but on the way out I noticed at least three vans full of soldier like people who looked like they had on life jackets, and found out there were members of a SWAT team and as many more sheriff's cars.. So we were very well protected. It did cause the adrenalin to rise, but I was very glad that it was a peaceful protest as planned. Again, thank you all for takin the time to come. Love Jane"
KCC was on the scene in Johnston County, on Saturday and witnessed it all. Much of the above email is misleading.
These "portraits" were nothing more than generic outlines of faces with names on them such as "grandpa", "great-uncle", "aunt", etc.
Your blogger only noticed ONE actual photo of a person and it was so pixilated that it wasn't easy to tell if the photo was actually a real person or not.
It seems odd to this blogger that these people feared for their safety from "leather jacket wearing" conservatives. I have been in Washington DC as a worker and tourist many times, and feared for my own life, as militants have gotten in my face and yelled at me. I was simply walking up to the Capitol to go in, as its my favorite building in town.
This so-called extremism goes both ways, but luckily for all parties involved in Johnston County on Saturday, the police (except for one) and sheriff's department was professional and respectful. The police in Washington, DC see protesters daily and don't react nearly as quickly to altercations.
KCC was accosted by one senior member of the Smithfield PD who kicked our tripod. Luckily, that "mother of all tripods" is quite sturdy. No complaints here.
Many municipalities across the state are having elections or runoffs on November 6th. Please let us avoid elections, such as the Raleigh and Cary October races, where only 6-7% of eligible Republicans voted. Our hard working conservative candidates had no chance with that kind of turnout.
Now, here in Raleigh, Mayor Charles Meeker is geared up for action once the new council is sworn in. Our taxes will rise even higher as "our" mayor forces upon us publicly funded art, and more expensive, taxpayer funded goodies downtown.
My husband and I think it may be time to finally flee Raleigh. Despite his great job with Alcatel-Lucent, we won't be able to afford Raleigh anymore. Plus, we don't like being forced to pay for something we might rather help fund, privately.
Perhaps I'm preaching to the converted, but we must turn our folks out if we want to win. The opposition has been excellent in turning their people out. We can't let what happened in October, happen again.
On Saturday, Code Pink and other leftist groups gathered to protest against AERO, a Johnston County-based company that they say is "ferrying people to be tortured" to secret locations.
Many of the Code Pink protestors were willing to talk to us about why they oppose the war. Many denied that they were receiving funding from Islamist Jihadists or Communist organizations. Others were extremely kind-hearted and seemed to be completely misinformed.
The man in the bottom video admitted to being forced to wear the shirt but admitted that he was there only because he opposed the war. Notice how uncomfortable he seems when questioned by a member of Gathering of Eagles.
We shot several hours of video on Saturday and your blogger regrets she cannot post them all here. Future videos will be uploaded to this YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/katyscreations
Thanks for stopping by. Please support our troops!
Smithfield NC -- Two young patriots reacted negatively to the stage show on behalf of the Code Pink rally/protest in Smithfield today. One man, Devin of Smithfield, has enlisted in the United States Army.
Smithfield NC -- A large protest, and a larger counter-protest caused local police to be out in full-force today here. Yet, no violence occured. Harsh words were lobbied to and fro but in the end, the event ended just as it began, passion-filled and peacefully.
Katy's Conservative Corner has a number of interviews, both with the Code Pink and Victims of Torture protestors, along with counter-protestors from a Gathering of Eagles and Rolling Thunder. Up to 40 different groups were represented.
Eric M. Weaver, Sr. and your blogger covered all the action. Watch the interviews here, and look for more reporting and photos soon.
This evening, I had the pleasure of attending a terrorism conference, sponsored by the excellent Civitas Institute. Towards the end of the event, vice president Francis DeLuca approached a side microphone.
Moderator Marc Rotterman, noticing DeLuca, commented that since "you paid for this microphone..." the mic is yours.
Naturally, your blogger clapped and cheered. Regrettably, she was met with stares and silence.
Thus, in the interest of public education, here is the origination of the comment from the man himself:
Edwards, frankly, cannot afford this negative attention. Civitas reports that he is running third in his home state in the Democrat presidential race. Lucky for him that our primaries will be held so late, that North Carolina will have virtually NO SAY in who our nominees will be.
State Government Radio states the following on its website (Editor's Note: Links in story are provided by Katy's Conservative Corner):
A student journalist at UNC–Chapel Hill is claiming members of the John Edwards presidential campaign attempted to get a story she produced on the campaign pulled from broadcast.
"The news about the controversy was first reported by UNC professor Leroy Towns on the Talk Politics blog. Carla Babb's report focuses on Edwards’ campaign headquarters located in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village, described in the report as the city’s most affluent neighborhood.
The location for the headquarters interested some students who thought it conflicted with Edwards' stance on reducing poverty.
Babb, a second-year graduate student, produced the report for Carolina Week, a television news program run by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She also posted the two-and-a-half minute piece on the video website YouTube as part of an entry for an MTV Choose or Lose contest.
After her story went online, Babb says a member of the Edwards campaign called her and expressed their resentment and concern over the report. Babb referred the staffer to UNC assistant professor Dr. C.A. Tuggle, who oversees the Carolina Week program.
Tuggle says he subsequently received calls from Edwards campaign staffers, who questioned the integrity of the report as well as school staff, and threatened to cut off the school's access to the campaign...
Gosh, darn, no access to the campaign. What a shame.
Supporters of Ron Paul, the Libertarian presidential candidate who is a registered Republican, are educating themselves on the process of becoming delegates at the North Carolina Republican Convention, usually held the weekend after Memorial Day. The photo, left, shows the "Ron Paul Express" at the 2007 GOP Convention, held in Charlotte.
Their goal is to get as many committed Ron Paul delegates elected to the Republican National Convention as possible, to ensure that their candidate has a say in the nomination process. This effort in the state conventions is happening nationwide. Naturally, they prefer for Paul to be the nominee.
Katy's Conservative Corner has obtained an email, sent to Ron Paul supporters, which warns that if the Republican party finds out,"they may try to exclude you from being a delegate". Part of the message is below:
"Those who support Ron Paul must begin the process now of getting elected as a delegate to the convention. Please do not tell those involved in the decision-making process for selecting delegates that you support Ron Paul. If they figure this out, they may try to exclude you from becoming a delegate."
Clearly, Paul's supporters know that he is not universally loved among Republican loyalists. However, they are carefully crafting a plan to become a part of the process, rather than move around it.
Paul's supporters are dedicated and keep informed via the Internet and other electronic media. They organize efforts so that Paul nearly always makes a good showing in online polling, despite his dismal numbers in telephone and group polling.
The 2008 NC GOP convention is to be held in Greensboro. Details to come.
Looks like Jim Neal's days as the lone Dem in the race to challenge Elizabeth Dole are soon-to-be done.
Fellow NC political bloggers, The Soup, have got the NC meter pegged. They might not care much for Senator Dole, but they know that Chapel Hill liberal, Jim Neal, isn't the "man" the Dems want to challenge her.
Papers across the state are reporting that the North Carolina Democrat Party is back in recruitment phase after Neal's public coming out party on notorious liberal blog, BlueNC.
The Soup wrote:
"A gay investment banker who has spent most of his adult life in New York City and Los Angeles might be a dream candidate in the 27514 zip code, but somehow The Soup thinks this isn’t going to fly at Wilbur’s BBQ in Goldsboro."
The Tinky Winky character of Teletubbies fame is depicted with a purse, or is it a "man purse"? Too cute. My toddler son likes Tinky Winky. But not that much.
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We thank Representative Tim Moore’s, hard work towards making this happen. As commendatory, as we feel over getting over this hurtle, we are still at a crossroads. After the North Carolina House passed HB 933 Jessica Lunsford Act, it was forwarded to Senate Judiciary I Committee (Civil). If favorable, it would re-refer to the Appropriations/Base Budget.
Jessica’s Law Now North Carolina, had hoped that Senator Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Chairman of the [S] Judiciary I Committee would help HB 933 to move forward into becoming law.
Sadly this did not occur. Several concerned members of the North Carolina House well as the North Carolina Senate tried their best, but politics simply got in the way.
Jessica’s Law Now North Carolina is asking for your help, you can assist us by contactingthe members of the Senate Judiciary I Committee.
Request that the members use this short session to help move forward HB 933, so the Senate can vote and hopefully will pass this into law.
Below is a list of all members of the Judiciary I Committee of the NC Senate, and all contact information. Please call or write these state senators and urge them to vote for HB 933.
Media Matters says that the most popular person in cable news, Bill O'Reilly, uses his position to "serially misinform his audiences" and was awarded the "MisInformer of the Year Award" for 2004.
KCC wishes Media Matters was unworthy of mention. However, these people are meddling in our business and our personal lives by trying to dictate what we see on television and hear on radio, especially talk radio.
It's not enough that their liberal view points are unwanted and non-entertaining. AirAmerica failed and proved that liberals can't, or don't know how to compete in the marketplace.
Now they are trying the Communist approach: get the government to shut down free thought and free speech. By clicking on the Rush Limbaugh link, above, you can view their efforts to throw Rush (and others) off the air.
Special thanks go out to Don Curtis and WPTF and all North Carolina talk radio statons for standing firm against these types of attacks.
BlueNC plays dirty when it comes to politics. Senator Elizabeth Dole was depicted as a slasher today (left) for voting to not to raise spending on liberal priorities. KCC also has found that the NC Democrat party used the same photo on its home page. We had hoped their state party would be above these low-blow tactics.
Lake Junaluska -- At a Haywood County Republican Party event, on Saturday, Victor Burgess of Woodfin, announced that he would challenge Dole in the GOP primary, "because no one else would stand up".
In a long, rambling speech, Burgess stressed that he didn't know where U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole lives, that she is out-of-touch, and that she wasn't worried about the greatest threats to the United States, terrorism and communism. He cited the movie director Michael Moore ("Sicko") as what is wrong with America.
Burgess never once mentioned that Mrs. Dole has been working for GOP causes since the late 1960s, that she involved in student government at Duke University, and that she has worked at high levels of government, including holding cabinet positions, in several presidential administrations. Dole got her start during the Johnson era and is still fighting in Washington today.
Burgess told the visibly shaken audience that Mrs. Dole "tap dances" around important issues and that he waited many months to challenge her, until it became apparent that "no one else would".
Many attendees commented that Burgess ruined an otherwise "feel good evening" that the people of the Haywood County GOP worked diligently to prepare. One commented that Mr. Burgess owed organizer, Richard LaFrenz, an apology for talking for nearly twenty minutes, well beyond the alloted time of six minutes.
At the end of Burgess' diatribe, moderator and NC GOP vice chairman, David Sawyer, was forced to take the microphone from Burgess' hands.
Burgess told the crowd that he would officially announce his candidacy in Asheville on Thursday.
Editor's Note: Your blogger was in Haywood County on a campaign trip for another candidate and was video taping every speaker. All other speakers, including two for the same Congressional seat, were cordial and respectful and managed to follow the rules.