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Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
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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.
This here is Mudd Larkins of the famous One Eyed Betty and the Back Porch Boys. I just wanted to tell you about my 3rd cousin JT Duncan. He writ me this letter about how his maw and all the Duncans is going to be voting for anybody that will get this healthcare bill passed.
I know folks is wanting to stop this here bill, but JT says everything is going to be free. They aint charging for any doctorin things. On top of that my favorite itch medicin will also be free.
They was told by some city folks that they could only visit the doctor for those women's test, you know mamographs, once every five years or so. Well heck I don't think ma Duncan has ever had one of those mamographs anyway. Sounds to me like some big city insurance company trying to get more money.
Katy tell me true, is this thing really gonna be free?
Only free thing I ever got was when that church lady, Miss Botaw, left the room and we was on her couch we dug the pennies out from under the cushions. We aint very learned, but we can't seem to understand how the government can cover 30 million new folks and it aint gonna cost us anything.
Boy they must have a big couch up there in Washington. You know if they can give free doctorin to everyone I guess they could just give everyone a house, a truck, and a bunch of vittles. JT says if we vote those people back in they will get us the house and we can pick what color truck we want. JT wants a red truck, but ma says he can't have it cause that color makes the dogs sick and they will mess up the truck.
Gotta go write some new music. Betty gets mad if she don't have some new songs. She's a hoping to get a new glass eye, cause what she has got now is pre exsisting. Hope she don't want a new leg too.
Thanks so much for writing. It's been some time since I've heard from one of the famous Back Yard Boys. Let me know when your next bit o' music is out.
You make some valid points. I'm sorry to say I don't think you have a free truck coming and your cousin, JT, needs to have his head examined. It won't be any time soon, as the waits in socialist health care systems are quite slow. Give my best to One Eyed Betty. I hope she doesn't need that new leg, either...for everyone's sake!
On Saturday, your blogger posted an update from NC Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger(R-Rockingham), calling on Governor Beverly Perdue to consider drilling off the North Carolina coast for oil and gas. This letter provides more information than did the previous post:
Your comments on oil/gas exploration are appreciated. I have worked with this industry for many years. A few additional points:
1. Modern extraction of oil & gas is done mostly from the sea floor. One platform can cover an entire reservoir that would have required a dozen in years past.
2. Spills of oil are found mostly in history books. "Spills" of gas go harmlessly into the atmosphere. Most of what is now known off our coasts is gas, not oil.
3. The oil & gas industry brings many, many high-paying jobs, and not only for those working on the rigs: R&D (including funding of university research), engineering, major equipment sales/fabrication/maintenance, specialty ship-building, refineries,aviation (helicopters), etc. One only needs to visit Sugarland (oil company office complex near Houston) or Calgary to see the immense wealth the industry has generated.
Editor's Note: Kent Misegades is an activist and expert in many areas, including education. He is chairman of Thales Academy, a low-cost private school in Apex.
For some reason, our governments last year infusion of a massive stimulus into the retrenched and dying economy and later withdrawing it reminds me of the parallel in alcohol intoxication and alcohol withdrawal both of which cause delirium tremens (DTs) and are potentially fatal. Although I am not an economist, I see very little wisdom in the governments drunken behavior and wild mood swings. I wish Washington would act more thoughtfully and avoid these dangerous CT like gyrations.
Assad Meymandi, MD, PhD, DLFAPA
Editor's Note: Dr. Meymandi, born in Iran, is a Raleigh-based psychiatrist who has been published on a number of subjects. He has previously written for this blog and has been a Republican activist. His love for our country is unparalleled.
We are all aware of the love affair that exists within the mainstream media toward President Barack Obama.
An upcoming hour-long prime time special called Questions for the President: A Prescription for America illustrates that affair with perfection. The event will be televised nationally on the ABC television network during which the President will answer questions presented by members of the audience selected by ABC News.
The network has refused to accept advocacy ads during the show. In an e-mail aimed at raising $100,000 to buy air time for a counterprogram, RNC Chairman Michael Steele said that his request to add the RNC’s views to the debate during the special was "flatly rejected" by ABC News.
This is blatant bias and it’s an excellent example of the partnership that exists between the Obama Administration and the main stream media. There is an un-American agenda that is being advanced by this administration and Conservatives across this country must act now in order to stop it.
I encourage every Freedom loving American to begin buying shares of the Walt Disney Company, the parent of the ABC television network. We’re all conscious of the recession, but if every Freedom fighter in America were to buy 5, 10, 20, 50 or even a 100 shares of Walt Disney, we could send a resounding message to the liberal media and the President.
When a news organization distorts its operations as a means to influence or advance a particular agenda, it contradicts the traditions of a free and uninhibited press. The Walt Disney Company should take all appropriate steps to insure the independence and integrity of its news organization by mandating that its broadcast network consent to opposing viewpoints during the President’s appearance.
If the Walt Disney Company rejects our call for fairness, then we as stockholders of the Walt Disney Company will have a deafening roar, because our voices will unquestionably be heard once we own stock.
We’re all mad as hell and its time we do something about the growing threat of Socialism in the United States of America.
I respect your endorsement of Tom Fetzer. You and many others have gone "on the record" as you have felt led to do so.
But on the other hand, I am coming across more and more delegates who say "Bill, I really didn't know that much about you. I really like what you stand for, and find it difficult to see any area where we disagree."
As the loss of our liberty looms and freedom shivers in the shadow of socialism, we must reject this new worldview of government first, hand in our pocket liberalism that is creeping into every level of our lives and destroying the freedoms granted to us by our Constitution and bequeathed by our Creator.
America is being weakened spiritually, morally and economically. Our inalienable rights are now an indulgence of government and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping away as it is at this moment in our history.
Liberalism is the new religion of the political class in Washington and Raleigh. They continue to seize power denied by the Constitution to the detriment of our liberty and we must stop the theft of our freedom.
When we gather in Raleigh in June for the State Convention, let us rally on Halifax Mall as a means to peacefully voice our opposition concerning the seizure of our liberty and the mismanagement of the public treasury.
We must halt the invasion of this intrusive socialist government by offering voters an alternative to a Liberal Orwellian Democratic Party that seeks to strangle economic mobility, suppress freedom and surrender American sovereignty.
Something needs to be done to discredit and turn the American people against the Obama-Congressional Democratic agenda.
I believe an aggressive campaign that defines the Obama-Democratic agenda as “Not the American Way” would be an effective and succinct way to defeat their un-American plans. It would be a simple way to contrast their socialist agenda with the conservative American agenda that favors individual Americans as opposed to a bigger, more powerful government. It could help change public opinion against their agenda, their party and their candidates in 2010 and 2012. And it would provide a unified rallying cry that all conservatives could get behind and support.
1. Bailouts For Corporations Is Not The American Way.
2. Earmarks (Pork Barrel Spending) For Politicians’ Special Projects Is Not The American Way.
3. Imposing Socialist Healthcare On The American People Through The Budget, Not By The Legislative Process, Is Not The American Way.
4. Imposing Excessively High Taxes On The American People Is Not The American Way.
5. Not Protecting American Citizens Against Terrorism Is Not The American Way.
6. Making The Federal Budget A Higher Priority Than The Individual Budgets of American Citizens Is Not The American Way.
7. Obama’s firing of General Motors Chief Executive Rick Wagoner Is Not The American Way.
If you agree this campaign has merit, I hope you will use the “Not The American Way” slogan at every opportunity.
I have no proprietary claims on this slogan. My only desire is for the Obama-Democratic agenda to be defeated and to be replaced by proven conservative principles.
The only major firm locating at the TransPark is Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita. They will be building components for the new Airbus A-350 (left) now under development to compete with the new Boeing B-787.
They are receiving a huge subsidy from the state and the Golden Leaf Foundation which is nothing more than a gift to trial lawyers paid by smokers.
Spirit builds all the fuselages (bodies) for the B-737, Boeing's most successful aircraft of all time. All of Southwest Airlines aircraft are B-737s (left). Mr. (Jim) Goodnight and his wife Ann fly around the world in their own personal B-737.
Called the BBJ, or Boeing Business Jet, the plane is a plush conversion of a 132-passenger jet. I am a big supporter of corporate aircraft for business and personal travel as they are money makers for executives and there is a huge corporate aircraft manufacturing and support industry in our country and nation that depends on these planes. Many small county airfields in our country would die without the revenue they make from corporate aircraft in the form of fuel sales, landing and ramp fees, hangar rental and maintenance.
It does seem odd to me though that amidst all the media bleating over the use of corporate aircraft in recent weeks that no one has mentioned their widespread use by members of Congress and even our own General Assembly as members fly to and from DC or Raleigh each week. (Former) Governor (Mike) Easley's use of the state's aircraft as a personal taxi is famous. Nor has anyone mentioned the Goodnight's fleet of four private jets and a helicopter as a possible reason for SAS Institute's record earnings.
Kent Misegades (left) wears many hats. Among them, he is a political activist from Cary and a frequent contributor to Katy's Conservative Corner. Your blogger appreciates his insight.
As many of you have already heard, the
so-called "stimulus" contains very damaging provisions, apparently
authored by Tom Daschle, that would provide for electronic tracking and
government monitoring of healthcare so a government bureaucrat can
monitor costs and dictate patient care. This is federal health care
rationing. We would like to get the word out about this as quickly as
possible to encourage people to flood their representatives with calls
demanding that this provision be removed. Health care affects
everyone, and as the article below notes, this is likely to
disproportionately impact the elderly.
contact your House members today and urge them to have electronic
tracking and government monitoring of healthcare removed from the
stimulus bill. Even if they support the stimulus, they need to oppose
this portion of the bill. There is a reason why Canadians, Europeans
and other foreigners who have the means come to the U.S. for surgery
and other medical procedures. Our level of healthcare is the envy in
the world. Why on earth would we want to see the day when our citizens
have to be put on a government waiting list for life-saving surgery?
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I write to you today disappointed, angry, and at a loss for a direction. I consider myself to be fairly well informed on the issues surrounding our national politics. However, the results of the 2008 election in North Carolina have grieved my heart.
I grew up on the coast of North Carolina, in the Havelock and New Bern area (as did your blogger). My step-father was in the Marine Corps and that necessitated moving out of state a couple of times, but we always came back to Cherry Point MCAS. I then went to college in northwest Arkansas and met my wife. Finally, after ten years I relocated my family to North Carolina in April 2008; I returned home.
We currently live in Cary, though we are moving to Cleveland Township in Johnston County in less than two months, and I cannot believe the state of affairs.
I wasn't paying attention while growing up, but I do not recall a time when North Carolinians were so eager to wait upon the government to fulfill their needs. I knew in my heart that (John) McCain was not going to win the presidency. I did not believe in him, and I knew that America was not buying into him. However, I believed that a majority of North Carolinians would see past (Barak Hussein) Obama's "hopey, changey" platitudes and vote for the lesser of the two evils. I was ashamed to see North Carolina fall in line with the Democrat Party. I was dismayed that the highly qualified Pat McCrory lost to the incompetence of Bev Purdue.
With the election of Barack Obama and the devastation in Congress, I determined that I would at least tell them my mind when issues like Timothy Geithner or the "Spendulus" bill come before the Congress. I have sent e-mails to Senator (Richard) Burr and Senator (Kay) Hagan pleading with them to vote against both Geithner and the "Spendulus" bill.
In both cases, Senator Burr (right, photo by Getty images) has come through and voted in the right. In both cases Senator Hagan has voted against the people of North Carolina. In the case of the "Spendulus" bill, I even went so far as to contact their offices and requested that they vote against the bill, as the deficit would be passed on to my children and their children.
Senator Hagan has children, and with her vote she has consigned them to debtors prison.
In both cases, I have written e-mails thanking Senator Burr and letting my extreme dissatisfaction be known to Senator Hagan.
Yet, at the end of the day, Senator Hagan doesn't care a hill of beans about how satisfied I am. She probably figures that in six years, the majority will have forgotten.
Conservatism is armed with a mound of information and historical references to prove its worth. We have think tanks coming out of our ears, but for all of the information, there is little orchestrated action and not a single unifying voice rallying the cause.
I suppose part of the problem is that politics generally occurs during business hours, and generally, conservatives have a work ethic. On the other hand, Liberalism is armed with backwards logic and a lot of emotion. However, their cause is extremely well organized and their voices are heard on the national stage.
I apologize for the length of my e-mail. I write to you partly to vent my frustrations but also because you have obviously been involved in North Carolina's politics for some time.
I do not have money to give to politicians or think tanks or political action committees. However, I do have my hands and feet, and after God and my family, I love North Carolina. I cannot bear the thought of North Carolina going the way of Vermont and Connecticut and the rest of New England.
Is there a group in North Carolina that is seeking to stem the tide of Liberalism, a group that is doing more than just making speeches but is actually doing something to advance the cause?
I enjoy the blog. Keep up the good fight! Thank you for your time and indulgence.
-- Robert Brinson
Folks and Conservative Organizations:
Let's let Robert know about our conservative groups in North Carolina. He has just moved back to NC and isn't aware of everything we have. I did tell him about the upcoming rallies regarding "Save My Ballot" and the "Marriage Amendment" but he cannot get of work during those hours.
Please comment and tell him how he can get involved locally. There are many GOP auxiliary groups in Wake and Johnston counties (where he is moving.) But, we have many more organizations than just those. Please let him know.
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Reader and friend of your blogger, "the good" John Edwards, Republican Party chairman of Franklin County, wrote to say he had a letter printed Saturday in the Franklin Times.
Edwards is the loudest single critic of Sen. Doug Berger (D-Franklin) and frequently challenges him in public. Additionally, Edwards has made a sport of exposing Berger's fallacies on the Franklin County GOP website. In short, Edwards does not pull any punches when it comes to Doug Berger.
Your blogger refers to Doug Berger as "the bad Berger" to differentiate from "the good Berger", Republican Leader, Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham ).
In the following letter, Edwards questions Doug Berger's commitment to workplace safety:
Workplace safety should be a top priority, but disgraced left-wing Democratic state Sen. Doug Berger (left) has sponsored legislation to strip the labor commissioner from enforcing workplace safety laws.
That’s right. Sore loser Berger, who was defeated by Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry in 2000, would rather play politics with workplace safety, since he has nothing else better to do.
Of course, Berger sponsored legislation to erase criminals’ records, thus allowing them to teach in the classrooms. That went nowhere in the legislature. Hopefully, this latest Berger shenanigan on workplace safety will be defeated, too.
Doug Berger. Just another left-winger who wants to play with people’s lives, because his ego has gotten the best of him.
John Edwards, Chairman Franklin County Republican Party
I know we need all the help we can get in finding a new Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. I am here by officially offering my help and support.
I am the drummer and official booking agent for "Bearded Betty and the Back Porch Boys". Songs from the heart. We are offering our services. Betty's looking better these days, her beard has grown back, it caught on fire and looked a little scraggly, for a while but it is back now. We may need some help with crowd control, Betty does this sexual thing with her glass eye. We got her to quit selling advertising on her wooden leg, it now just looks like a tree stump. Mudd Boy Larkins has almost finished a new song and we will be doing it on the new tour. We had to drop the Truck Stop America Tour, Betty had a thing for this long haul trucker, and well that's for a later up-date. We had a sit down and all decided to dedicate our talents to helping elect the best candidate possible for the North Carolina Republican Chairman. Remember we can be bribed.
Editor's Note: Your blogger has nothing to add to this colorful note.
Although I am not an American, I loved America very much ever since I was young. Recently, I was really alarmed to see how aggressively the liberals have multiplied through America and they seemed to have more influencing power then I realized.
They are exerting their ideas in the schools, mass media, arts and politics. I am most worried that these irresponsible forces will weaken America and create the conditions for Islamist extremists, armed with their ideology of hatred to attack America.
For this, I want to thank you as well as encourage people like you to continue the work you are doing in order to protect America.