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Friday, January 3, 2014 - 8:54pm

I don't personally know diddly-squat about marijuana. Orange jump-suits and prison have never appealed enough to me to do any experimentation. However, I predict that as soon as NC politicians figure out what's happening in Colorado, they'll be making clucking noises about how they disapprove of marijuana ... while their eyes are secretly lighting up at the prospect of legalizing it here.

Think of the money to be made, the taxes, the patronage jobs to be awarded, new state-owned stores (like the ABC) and the wealthy friends and campaign benefactors they can award licenses to grow the stuff. In Colorado it's going for $40-60 for 1/8th of an ounce with taxes of up to 30% added. This is, like the state liquor business, legalized extortion.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 6:57am

Anyone paying attention to the news knows there is a great disparity in income and wealth in America. CEO's earn 300 X the salary of their average employee, the minimum wage, if it had kept pace with other factors in our economy should be slightly over $20/hr, and so on. A recent article showed the median American's net worth to be 27th among other nations. As I recall, the figure for Amerians was about $39K while in Australia (number one) the figure was @ $200K. In Canada it's over $80K.

Sometimes all those numbers get jumbled and it's hard to visualize just how bad the situation is.

Here's a link to a brief video that really oulls it all together. You should look at it...and while you're watching, remember that the new NC tax plan is designed to make things even better for the wealthy.

http://beingliberal.upworthy.com/9-out-of-10-americans-are-completely-wr...

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Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:15pm

Go read it.....
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130711/ARTICLES/130719932/1177?T...

Apparently some folks think Goolsby might not have been too smart about investing their money.

Maybe it's karma...what goes around comes around.

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Friday, February 15, 2013 - 8:24pm

I suppose everyone has heard of the new NC GOP legislation that has passed the house and awaits a senate vote. It's a bill to provide criminal penalties if a woman shows her breast/nipples in public. The first offense is punishable by up to 6 months in prison. A first offense DWI is a max of 24 hours in jail ... and a 2nd and 3rd is still more lenient than this potential punishment.

There are exceptions for breastfeeding mothers and ladies working in strip clubs. Apparently, this all came about when some women bared their breasts in political protest over some other absurdity shoveled on to women by hairy, old hypocritical GOP bigots. What could that be?

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 10:52am

Several days ago I posted a question here about why people seem to be voting against their own interests. James commented that he thought it was fear and some others weighed in with other suggestions...one of which was to read some of George Lakoff's books. Then a day or so ago someone on Kos put up a short diary stating simply a quote from Isaac Asimov::

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” ... which the diarist seemed to think is an explanation for what's happening. i.e., those other folks are ignorant.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 10:13am

There are a lot of smart people here and I'm hoping someone can tell me why so many elderly, middle class, and/or others seem to be embracing right-wing drivel and voting against their own self interests. More importantly, I'm hoping someone can suggest what message we could employ to turn this around.

I'm astounded and stupefied by it all. How can we allow the Fair Pay Act to be rejected and not be going nuts? How can we allow legislation permitting the government to use propaganda against it's own citizens, or cut taxes for the wealthy at the expense of Social Security ... and behave as if all that is just fine?

I hope someone can think of an answer we can use to communicate with those who seem so oblivious. HELP!

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:06am

What we have in common is such a high level of poverty among children that Children International operates centers in all these countries to help alleviate the nutritional, educational and health care problems stemming from extreme poverty. (Actually, there are a few more places where Children International operates: Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala and the Philippines.)

I was motivated to write this after hearing NC GOP legislator George Cleveland's recent remark that there is no such thing as "extreme poverty" in North Carolina" as the GOP pushed to further reduce funding for early childhood programs in NC.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:31am

This morning's Star-News carried an article about a drug, Makena, that has been used for some time to help prevent pre-mature birth. The drug has been available, apparently through compounding pharmacies, for about $10-20 per injection ... with an at-risk mother perhaps needing as many as 30 shots.

KV pharmaceuticals recently won "government approval" to exclusively sell this drug and raised the price to $1500 per injection.

The AP story is here: Makena Read it. The KV CEO's statement is stunning. Greed personified. I just don't get it. Do you?

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 8:46am

Last Sunday afternoon the New Hanover County League of Women Voters sponsored an opportunity for residents to meet and speak with their elected representatives. The New Hanover Government Center is situated in what used to be an indoor shopping mall and tables were set up in the open area for each representative. Representatives from Pender and Brunswick County attended, as did Johnathan Barfield, Chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners. I'd estimate there were 300+ people attending.

After very brief opening remarks by Barfield and our Congressman Mike McIntyre, people lined up to speak with whomever they wished to speak.

The following are my impressions and observations:

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