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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.
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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.
Liz Cheney, the brilliant daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney and Co-Founder of Keep America Safe, was introduced by ACU & CPAC Chairman David Keene. Unfortunately, I had to leave her midday Thursday speech prematurely.
I did get to hear her lambaste President BarackObama, though. Liz said that "experts" had predicted the death of the conservative movement after the brutal 2008 elections. They were wrong. Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts shocked and frightened Obama and the Democrats, who had misjudged America's tolerance for socialist politics.
Liz decried how Obama did not govern from the center, as many people naively thought he would. Instead he raises taxes to pay for nationalized healthcare. He does not believe in American exceptionalism. Instead he traveled the world to apologize for America's perceived "transgressions." He even incredibly wants to give foreign terrorists the same constitutional rights as US citizens.
Later, Liz surprised the audience by introducing her father. Vice-President Dick Cheney, who I wish had been our former *President*, spoke briefly to a delighted audience. The senior Cheney earned a standing ovation by predicting 2010 would be a great year for Conservatives, and that Obama would be a one-term President. He even received such an ovation just for entering the room.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob Benningfield is loving husband of your blogger. He is at CPAC helping to write stories for this blog, and seems to be having a great time. Thank you Rob for putting up with me! I love you.
Rob is an electrical engineer with both an undergraduate and graduate degree from North Carolina State University's College of Engineering.
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Repeating a situation that plagued the state’s taxpayers last year, officials with the North Carolina Department of Revenue have already announced that individuals filing their taxes can expect delays in receiving their refunds.
“Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay told The Associated Press on Friday his agency is delaying refund checks for individuals and businesses. It's all part of the state's effort to manage cash while its tax collections remain anemic.” (“State says expect delays on tax refunds,” WRAL.com, 2/12/10)
Officials at the N.C. Department of Revenue have long known about slow tax collections and the effect on state fund balances. Yet, Governor (Beverly) Perdue and Secretary Lay have not taken effective steps so that taxpayers do not face unreasonable delays in receiving tax refunds from state government. Many of the taxpayers owed refunds are small businesses struggling to meet payrolls, and the delay in paying refunds may actually cause additional job losses in the private sector.
Senate Republican LeaderPhil Berger(R-Rockingham, above left) made the following statement:
“A second consecutive year of taxpayers facing unreasonable delays in receiving their refunds demonstrates two things about the Perdue Administration. The first is a continuation of the incompetence and mismanagement all too evident in the Easley administration. For too long, Democrats, in complete control of the legislature and the Governor’s office, have not been held accountable for their lack of competence in managing the state’s fiscal affairs.
“The second is a mindset that plagues Democrats in Raleigh and in Washington - that money collected, or over-collected, as tax revenue belongs to the government and not the taxpayer. But this is the taxpayers’ money, particularly that money to be refunded, and the only reason the government has it now is because they collected more than they should have. The money should be returned to taxpayers promptly.”
For an etymology of the word Valentine, a bit of history and reflection might be appropriate. Human sacrifice, self-sacrifice and martyrdom are not new. They go back to the Iron age when Virgil in his Book IV, dramatically depicted the departure of Aeneas for the Trojan war leading to Dido's plunging a knife into her breast and sacrificing herself for the love of Aeneas.
And we know that during the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian (244-311 BC) Christians were caught and fed to the lions.
Were those professed Christians who risked their lives and became dinner for the Emperor's hungry lions on a suicide mission as are today's fanatic suicide bombers of Islam? A good question to reflect upon... The martyr sacrificed self. Today, the fanatic bombers sacrifices self and kills innocent others. That is murder... Things got better for Christians after Emperor Constantine (272-337 AD) converted to Christianity in 313 AD. The same persecuted Christians under Diocletian were now pampered and given cushiony jobs under Constantine. What a difference a mere 75 years make!
There were three Saint Valentines and the one we westerners strongly identify is the Saint Valentine of Rome who was a priest martyred in 269 AD by the orders of Diocletian. Some 200 years later Pope Gelasius I (he was the pope when Saint Augustine '345-430 AD' became the Bishop of Hippo) decided to recognize Saint Valentine's love and devotion for Christianity and established by papal order the Saint Valentine's Day. It was not until Chaucer days in the fourteenth century England when the feast of February 14 first became associated with romantic love, a pure Anglo invention.
For the past seven centuries the invention has served us well. Imagine the number of weddings that have been facilitated and children conceived by Saint Valentine. Incidentally, Valentine from Latin valentinus means valence, and the word value takes its roots from the same origin.
My wife, Emily joins me in wishing a Happy Valentine's Day to all of you and your precious families.
Love and Joy to All,
Assad Meymandi, MD, PhD, DLFAPA Raleigh Dr. Meymandi is a former GOP candidate for office and is a longtime supporter of conservative issues and of the arts in North Carolina. He is a regular contributor to Katy's Conservative Corner.
Henderson County activist Robert Danos has shared with KCC the text of his county party's first ad buy of this political season. They've chosen to go after Congressman Heath Shuler, a self-described "blue dog" Democrat who represents the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina.
(Left: Shuler, was a complete bust at your blogger favorite professional team, the Washington Redskins, after having a stellar career at the University of Tennessee, your blogger's favorite college football team. )
Shuler has run for office twice on a platform of a conservative/moderate Democrat who understands "mountain values", but it's clear to everyone in that part of the state that he's nothing more than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lapdog.
Here's the text of the ad:
Is Heath Shuler with You or the ACLU?
A strong majority of voters in WNC (Western North Carolina) know that the Obama Administration's decision to give the 9/11 terrorists a civilian trial, in the heart of New York City, is both dangerous and unnecessary.
We have used military tribunals to try enemy combatants for war crimes going back to WWII, the Civil War, and even the Revolutionary War. It would appear that the most pressing reason that this White House wants to change that precedent is to impress foreign leaders and the ACLU.
There is only one body that could block President Obama from following through on this path - the United States Congress.
The bill in Congress that has gained the most ground on the issue is HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, which would "Require the approval of the relevant State governor and legislature" before any enemy combatant could be transferred to their state. Very simply, it would give the people of any state the right to say NO to President Obama.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told the chairmen of the relevant committees to keep it bottled up. She and her leadership team know this bill would pass if it came up for a fair vote.
The only way for a bill to be heard on the House floor if it is being held hostage in committee is through a discharge petition.
The discharge petition on HR 2294 currently has the signatures of 170 House members. With 48 more members it would be forced to a vote on the House floor.
Back in December, the Republican Chairmen of the counties of WNC called on Congressman Shuler to take a stand on the right side of history by standing up to Pelosi and signing the petition.
However, as the Times-News reported on December 8th, Shuler has stayed silent: "Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, will not reveal his stand on whether the 9/11 terrorists should be tried in New York".
And when they pressed further for even a hint of a stand, they reported that: "When asked about the congressman's feelings about whether the 9/11 suspects should be tried in a civilian court in court in the U.S. or by a military tribunal, Abrahms (Shuler's spokesman) said, "It's not an issue Congress is weighing in on."
Actually, it is an issue that 170 Congressmen have very much weighed in on - Shuler just isn't one of them.
Please Call Congressman Shuler at (202) 225-6401 or (828) 252-1651.
Let him know you that YOU have a position on this issue and that you want him to stand up to Pelosi and support HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act.
Ham told the crowd that conservatives are NOT racists, astroturf angry mobs, domestic terrorists,or hate mongers.
Our group of Tea Partiers, she said, are simply a group of unsatified, patroitic Americans who are exercising free speech according to first amendment rights.
She compared our protests to the protests of the anarchists at the recent Pittsburgh G20 Summit.
In all of the Right's Tea Party protests combined, only 11 people were arrested, most of which were for minor infractions, such as pulling down signs. Only two of those were for actual assaults.
Seven of the 11 acts were commited by liberal counter-protesters.
At the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, the anarchists were in a completely different league, Ham said. They vandalized cars, smashed shop windows, threw rocks at law enforcement, and 65 were arrested.
Naturally, according to Ham, the press ignored the anarchists, and chose only to focus on the few bad apples in the conservative "mobs" at the tea parties and further tried to whip up fear and hysteria among the general public.
Ham admitted that she was tired of the "mainstream press" trying to demonize conservatives.
This North Carolina blogger apprecites the excellent work being done by Miss Ham, part of the new leadership of the conservative movement.
Thank goodness we have people like her, who are witty, sarcastic, and extremely bright. She can out debate any liberal on virtually any topic, simply by using common sense. Common sense is something we need more of, in our North Carolina state government, in Congress and in the White House.
Please enjoy the videos of the actual talk, shot by Ed Morrisey of the Hot Air blog.
Editor's Note: Thanks Ed! Sorry I didn't get the chance to chat with you at the Summit but you were constantly busy, and so was I.
Today, your blogger wondered what to write about, considering the significance of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Here is her story:
On September 11, 2001, I was working in Morrisville at a company call eMerging Information Systems and yes, they did spell that way.
About 10:30ish, I received a frantic call from my mother, in New Bern, telling me that a large aircraft, perhaps an Jetliner, had hit one of the large towers in the World Trade Center.
Since all employees at our location worked in a bullpen atmosphere, without cubicles or offices, I stood up, broke the silence of whirring keybords and loudly announced, "an airplane has hit the World Trade Center!
"My Mother is watching Fox News and says that an airplane has hit the World Trade Center and one of the buildings is on fire," I added.
Immediately, all 200 of us quit what we were doing and went to the CNN and Fox News sites to see what was happening, but what they had posted was minimal.
About 20-30 minutes later, my mother called again, with more news, about the second tower. By this time, no one could get through to any US news websites, so I went to check out what the BBC was saying.
Like with most people, I got nothing done for the rest of the day. I took a three-hour lunch at a nearby Golden Corral and watched the tragedy unfold on a tiny color TV set. Everyone there cried.
Upon returning to work, I sat at my desk in silence for the rest of the day. I put my head on my desk thinnking of the fallen victims in the worst terrorist attack on American soil. Four jetliners had crashed and over 3,000 people perished. What an awful day for our nation.
I was forced to sit at work and do nothing, as I had no vacation days built up yet. My boss wouldn't let me leave, though everyone else did. Ironically, the company folded just a short time later.
May God bless the victims, both living and dead. There is a special place in heaven for those who suffer due to that senseless, horrible tragedy, caused by people who want to force us to be part of their religion or be slaves to it.
Thank you to every member of our armed services, our veterans, and to those who will serve us in the future. Thank you for their families who support and love them.
Let us pray that we can prevent this type of tragedy from ever happening again. This day should be remembered in the same vein as is December 7, 1941.
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If you lived anywhere near eastern North Carolina or were serving in the US military in the early 1980s, you remember where you were 25 years ago today. This is the anniversary of the tragic truck bombing at Beirut, Lebanon.
I was about to turn 16 and was awakened especially early that cool October morning. My mom was shaking me and crying out, "the Marine barracks have been bombed! Many Marines have been killed! We may be going to war!"
She was right to be upset. We lived in the small suburb of Trent Woods, just outside of New Bern, and just down the road from both Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station and Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville. My brother and I went to school with kids from Marine families and we had Marine families living in our neighborhood. To us, this hit home. We worried and prayed, and prayed and worried.
We prayed for those brave Marines who had been sleeping when the truck hit their building, and who had no advance warning of the attack. The news footage that day showed the survivors running outdoors, many clad only in their underwear. At the time, it was the largest non-nuclear explosion ever recorded.
We didn't enter the war on terror until years later, and we never did attack the two nations responsible, Iran and Syria.
It was the worst tragedy for the Corps since Iwo Jima. Claudia Rodgers, of Raleigh, who was serving in the Marines at the time, told KCC "I was based in Chicago then, and I attended a lot of funerals."
We must never forget what happened. That day was our nation's wake-up call. The terrorists have been after us since, even attacking us on our own soil.
Let's use this day as the perfect chance to thank our brave Marines, and all members of the United States Military, for their service to our nation. Thank them for keeping us free and for fighting the terrorists that threaten that freedom everywhere.
For More Information: Visit the Beirut Memorial on Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville or visit their site online, here.
Rep. Sue Myrick wants America to "wake up" and stop allowing terrorism to proliferate -- and if that means revoking the passport of a former U.S. President or examining the preaching of prison chaplains, that's what she's prepared to do."
Your blogger is a huge fan of Mrs. Myrick and appreciates that she "gets it" in the war on terrorism. Myrick is putting herself at personal risk to take such stances, and the left often portrays her as being out-of-touch or paranoid.
Frankly, we need more like Mrs. Myrick in the halls of Congress and her stance is an "American issue" and not a partisan one. Your blogger wishes that members of Congress like Brad Miller, and David Price would have the courage to stand with her, as many Democrats have done.
Katy's Conservative Corner calls on all of North Carolina's Congressional delegation to stand with and support Mrs. Myrick on these important issues.
(Continue reading, below, to see her 10-point plan amd to see what a Democrat rival is saying, and read her latest letter to her supporters.)
In a electronic newsletter sent today, NC Democrat Party Chairman, JerryMeek, called on JohnMcCain to share his "plan for Iraq" with the American people.
Meek wrote, "With 94 soldiers from North Carolina already having lost their lives in Iraq, North Carolinians want to hear a plan for Iraq going forward."
Katy's Conservative Corner must ask you, Mr. Meek, have you been drinking too much pre-nuptial champagne ?
Unveiling such a plan would compromise national security and risk the lives of all our proud men and women who serve there, not to mention countless lives of freedom seeking Iraqis.
Our presidential candidates can give us a general idea, but what Meek really wants to hear is the ole' cut and run rhetoric. He and his ilk will be happy with nothing less than a complete withdrawal.
Meek and his fellow liberals have about as much patience as my two-year-old. They don't understand the meaning of the term "war". Sacrifices must be made and bringing true stabilization to the region will take years. Why are we in such a hurry? Please go back and read your history as wars are not short affairs. The terrorists have plenty of time. While they wait, they plan and plan ways to bring down the greatest nation on earth.
We assume Meek's idea of a "plan for Iraq" would go something like this:
Week 1 --Order all troops back into their bases with no one being allowed to venture out onto the streets and countryside of Iraq.
Week 2 -- Announce that we will pull all military and civilians out within the next six months and hand over all security to the Iraqi military and wish them good luck.
And so forth.
Mr. Meek, this war is one for the heart and soul of all who are free and those who yearn to be free. We cannot simply announce when and where we will do what, or the terrorists will be waiting for us. Do you want us to re-create another Vietnam-style debacle?
By the way, congratulations on your engagement. Those of us on the Right thought you were gay.
For Meek's complete article, click on the link below.