NC Political Connections By News 14 Carolina reporter Tim Boyum
(At my house, I cannot get this channel anymore, as we were forced to give up cable due to poor bandwidth issues and move to the better performing Directv. Sorry Tim.)
Fern Shubert Speaks for Us Published by admirers of former Senator Fern Shubert. Shubert served the ole' North State well, until stepping down from her office to make a run for Governor in 2004. While she is greatly missed from office, she knows where the "bodies are buried" and is still found digging up the truth.
ARRA News Service News for social, fiscal & national security conservatives who believe in God, family & country. We seek to uphold traditional family values, Republican principles & ideals, limited government, free markets to promote innovation, & individual freedom. The ARRA News Service is an outreach of the Arkansas Republican Assembly.
Crystal Clear Conservative Blogger Krystal Weeks writes about N. Virginia and DC metro area politics, as well as national issues. Check her out!
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.
Monday, May 4, 2009 10:56 p.m. Update: Please call your Senators before the Senate convenes on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. TheSchool Violence Prevention Act SB 526 was pulled from the calendar today and
rescheduled for Tuesday. We assume that SB 221 is still on the calendar for Tuesday, as well.
These Bills have been calendared to be heard on the Senate floor on TONIGHT (Monday May 4), starting at 7:00 p.m.
Please call your Senators and ask that they oppose this Legislation. Click here for that informationor call the switchboard at 919-733-4111 and ask for your Senator.
HB 88 - The so-called Healthy Youth Act (The Sex-Ed Bill) As amended by the House would require 104 school districts (of the 115 total in NC) that only teach Abstinence from Sex Until Marriage (AUM) to add a condom-based Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) track to their sex education curriculum.
SB 526 - The so-called School Violence Prevention Act (The Bullying Bill) As amended, the bill would force North Carolina's public schools to promote homosexuality and other "alternative" sexual behaviors as normal
Today, I was sitting at Forsyth Medical Center on the 9th Floor, waiting to see my father-in-law. He's a patient in Palliative care, there and he enjoys it when my son visits. While my tot and I waited, I picked up a copy of "Jet" magazine.
I was pleased to see an article that finally explained to me, once and for all, the deal with the saggy pants parade - the reason youth often wear pants that droop past you-know-where.
These young folks have pants so droopy that they must hold them up with their hands, or risk showing too much. I even witnessed this at the hospital yesterday. A young man of couldn't even get on the shuttle bus without help. He needed one hand to hold onto his pants so they wouldn't fall down.
It turns out that this "look" evolved from prison, where inmates are not allowed to have belts or shoe laces to protect themselves from being hanged or choked. Without a belt, pants don't stay up. Bottom line.
Over time, a pair of pants sagging past one's buttocks came to symbolize something else...an invitation to others to ride up one's "Hershey Highway". In other words, the "wearer" was offering you-know-what from you-know-where. (This is a family web site, after all.)
Kids today clearly don't realize this. "Jet" pointed out that, a kid wearing extra-low pants, could be seen as a target by someone just released from the joint after 30-odd years. Ouch!
Certain members of the black community have even started up a campaign to collect belts and hand them out to the offenders. A Cincy mom's group tried handing out the tacky rainbow suspenders, to no avail. Additionally, Delcambe, La.made the news for banning saggy pants. Where does it all end?
Like any trend, saggy pants will go the way of bell bottom jeans. Meanwhile, let's just hope some kid doesn't find out the hard way.
A few moments ago, my husband forwarded me Jeff Zazlow's "Moving On" column in today's Wall Street Journal online. In it, Zazlow argues that young people today are self-centered due to being told how special they were, just for being themselves. The main culprit, he agues, is the late Fred Rogers. Rogers was the star of the long-running "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" television show. It still airs and if you are curious, you can catch it on PBS, weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
I personally found Mr. Rogers to be a supreme nerd and couldn't stand the show. But, I do catch it on occasion, as my toddler seems to enjoy it. Mr. Rogers constantly tells his band of puppet misfits that they are special, no matter what anyone else tries to say.
It's a nice idea and was intended to make kids feel special, despite any disabilities or differences. But, as people often say, the road to Hades was paved with good intentions. So it almost is in this case.
Zazlow quotes a college professor who says that his students expect him to give them an 'A' just because they feel they worked hard. I understand that, but the professor could have brought this all upon himself. My husband earned an undergraduate and Masters degree in electrical engineering from a local public university. There, he told me, professors often graded "on the curve". (I received my B. A. from a private, women's college where getting graded on the curve was something none my fellow students would ever even think about. If the professor gave us a bad test, we all suffered together.)
When my son is old enough to play organized sports, we won’t allow him to play on a team where everyone gets a trophy. He doesn't need a wall full of parent-funded awards just because he was on a team.
I was an accomplished athlete and earned numerous varsity letters. I only won two trophies as I was good at many things but a master at none. I worked so hard to win that I still treasure those two trophies over twenty-five years later.
My husband excelled at math, and chess, among other things. I excelled in the liberal arts and sports. He earned trophies commenting his achievements in the mathematics and his skill at chess. I've never played a game of chess in my life, but I don't deserve acknowledgement if I do try. I know my limitations, and my husband knows his.
Who knows how our son will excel, but he will certainly not expect to be given any of life's victories. Kids should be taught to work hard to earn victories, trophies, grades, and ultimately, jobs. Nothing is handed to us in the adult world and he doesn't need to be told how great he is at something, if he isn't.