The new SBI

One of the many non-budget items added to the "budget update" during the short session was to move the State Bureau of Investigation from the Department of Justice, overseen by the elected Attorney General, to the Department of Public Safety, overseen by someone appointed by the Governor.

To be sure, this had nothing to do with the budget; it has to do with petty politics, namely, punishing the current Attorney General, Roy Cooper.

[State senator and former deputy AG Josh] Stein said the move doesn't save any money and no one at either agency asked for it. Police chiefs and sheriffs don't like it, either, he said.

This is a bad idea for lots of reasons, notably the very real potential for conflict of interest (anyone remember Watergate?) and opportunities to conveniently overlook wrongdoing in the governor's administration.

Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, said the SBI is now under the very administration it sometimes investigates.

"We have the SBI that's currently investigating the Department of Corrections, currently investigating the Highway Patrol, currently investigating the governor's former employer. There is a reason why the SBI is independent of a governor," said Stein, a former deputy attorney general.

Guvnor McHypocrite, of course, initially opposed this move of the SBI but now supports it because Art Pope told him he wasn't allowed to veto the budget. And that brings up the really hilarious part of the story. Seriously, if you have a beverage in your mouth, swallow it before reading any more or it will end up spit all over your screen.

McCrory reiterated Monday that the shift will "take the politics out of the SBI."

"With the new independence created by this move, I will assure you – by law and because of my own ethics – you will not have interference with any type of an investigation from a political official, and this law guarantees just that," he said.

Hahahahahahaha! Pat's personal ethics will keep things on the straight and narrow. Those would be the ethics that have Pat meet with fatcat donors in private at an exclusive resort while ignoring his gubernatorial duties. The ethics that had him accept campaign contributions from a racketeer. The ethics that have him "frankly" spout the same debunked lies every time someone points a camera at him. The ethics that have him sign drastic abortion restrictions after promising he'd sign "none". The ethics that have him duck out of meeting petition deliverers, saying he's busy, and then being caught playing catch out back. The ethics that give campaign supporters high-paying jobs that they're not qualified for.

Yeah, those ethics.


The new SBI

Sliding Backwards in Independence.

Sloppy Boss Investigations.

Surely a Bad Idea.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Surely a bad idea

I vote for that one.

I'd like to hear from one person

who thinks this is a good idea.


B.W. Collier II

seems to think it's a fabulous idea! Guessing perhaps he got a pay raise?

But then John Dean and Elliott Richardson probably thought they had a good gig when they first got appointed.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Trust us.

"North Carolina just needs to trust me. I've led the most honest and transparent government in history. I've given teachers the biggest pay raise in history. We've done nothing to restrict access to abortions. We can afford to pay teachers more. We're doing all of those things. Trust me on this. I'll keep the SBI in line."

Pat McCrory


"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

A friend

as imaginative as she is, doesn't think the nose equates with anything attached to Pinocchio. Maybe Anthony's Weiner?

It really is

just a bad nose. And admittedly bad photo editing (I think it makes it funnier).

Although the symbolism and deeper meaning of other possibilities is intriguing.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Whew! That was a close one!

The N&O almost uncovered McCrory's lying on his ethics disclosures before the SBI was safely in McCrory's control! Can somebody check to see if the ink on Patty's signature is dry yet?

Pat barely had time

to administer the oath of office to B. W. Collier II (raise your right hand, put your left hand on this Duke Energy annual report and repeat after me, but make sure to wink a lot: "I promise to uphold the Constitution and stuff, keeping in mind that all are equal, but some are more equal than others, so help me Pat").

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis