Weekend wound-up: Open thread


This has been a weird week ... it sort of feels like I have a hangover from all the grumblings of the Dark Side last weekend.

Plus, watching this just about made my head 'splode. It's going to be a long year.



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Hooker Odom is leaving

Under the Dome has the story:

Carmen Hooker Odom is leaving the state Department of Health and Human Services.

press release

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom today announced that she will become President of the Milbank Memorial Fund. The Fund is a New-York based foundation that conducts non-partisan analysis, study and research on significant issues in health policy.

Party Switch

Crossposted from The Stinging Nettle.

Yesterday, the N.C. House passed a bill acknowledging the horror that was the 1898 Coup d'Etat that has become known as the Wilmington Race Riot.

And the Republican Party, with one exception, voted against the bill.

And people ask me why I am a Democrat.

More below the fold.

Navy Admiral Does About Face on Possible OLF Sites

Well, I'll be damned again. Just when I think we've seen it all on the Navy and its raging desire to place an outlying landing field in North Carolina, they deliver us a surprise.

The Virginian-Pilot brings us the story.

The Navy's top admiral softened his stance on considering a Virginia site for an auxiliary fighter jet airstrip Thursday, as congressional delegations from North Carolina and Virginia continued to weigh in on the site for the proposed air strip.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chief of naval operations, told senators at a hearing that "my lens is wide open" to consider other sites, including Fort Pickett.

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“Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?”

This is cross-posted from The Progress Pulse

I got to thinking about that famous quote this week as I read about the fawning reception for Rudy Giuliani at the Civitas Institute and about George Tenet’s 4 million dollar book advance. Here’s what I wonder about. Since when is it OK for a public official to preside over a disaster and then be paid millions of dollars to tell us about it? Giuliani received 8 million dollars in speaking fees in 2002 after 9/11.

Open thread: Candidate sites

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More Orr

NC News Roundup

Research and work on other posts is not going well, so I thought I'd take a break and see what is going on around the state.

Charlotte Observer:
VA Hospital Officials (In area hospitals) continued to get nice bonuses, while providing poor service to local service men and women.

Oyster lovers everywhere will not like reading this one. Parasite without a name threatens eastern oysters.

10 years for Jim Black?

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