Open thread: Stats

We've been without site statistics for a while because of changes in hosting services, but Lance has just gotten us back up with weekly reporting. It's hard to compare apples to kumquats, so I don't have any insights about how this stacks up with the information we used to track. In any case, it is what it is for the week starting May 27th. The numbers I pay most attention to are the total absolute unique visitors (2,644) and the total page views.

You hope?

Dear Senator Rand,

Why am I having trouble believing anything you say lately? Maybe it's because most of what you're saying sounds like total bullshit? Unless, of course, your hometown paper is putting words in your mouth.

Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, a Fayetteville Democrat, said the Senate’s proposed debt doesn’t leave much room for additional debt. “Until we find a source of revenue to pay those things, we’re kind of tapped out because of the borrowing for schools and prisons,” Rand said. “Truth be told, we probably spent too much.”

Rand supports the land preservation bills and is among the Senate co-sponsors. “We’ll certainly do what we can. It’s a most worthwhile bill,” he said. “I hope we can do it.”

You hope? Excuse me, but aren't you the MAJORITY leader in the Senate? If you hadn't voted to cut income taxes on the wealthiest in North Carolina, you wouldn't be in this disgusting situation in the first place.

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In a gala event attended by Washington's political elite the newest conservative debutant Monica Goodling was rewarded for being a loyal Bush administration aparachik. With the President and Republican luminaries in attendance Ms. Goodling received the Jane Curtin Memorial Ignorant Slut Award.

Winning the Jane Curtin Memorial Ignorant Slut Award will be the highlight of Ms. Goodlings short but distinguished political career. The Ignorant Slut Award is won by completely disregarding reality in the service of a lost cause. Past winners of the Jane Curtin Memorial Ignorant Slut Award include Ann Coulter, Elizabeth Dole, Lindsay Lohan and Ariana Huffington*.

Shallow indeed

Just watched Headline Saturday and I'm sorry to say that it had one of the more in-depth segments on the real estate transfer tax debate. Sorry because it was horribly shallow.

The real estate transfer tax debate is an example of inside baseball in Raleigh having a detrimental effect on the rest of us.

Nothing but a bunch of hyperbole and scare tactics and talking points and a truly flaccid press standing on the sidelines playing on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand.

The big money people are trying to make it seem like they're standing for the little folks -- that they're the only ones keeping big government from your wallet.

Here's a couple of facts I heard unchallenged:
• 81 percent of the public is opposed to a real estate transfer tax.

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