On Creative Misdirection and Pyrrhic Victories

Our system of government is based upon majority rule, with numerous checks and balances to ensure the will of the people guides the hands and minds of those who would separate themselves from the whole to become our leaders.

Unfortunately, there are minority special interests that work vigorously behind closed doors to affect policy decisions that are not in the interests of the majority. When these elements are successful, especially when the general populace is unaware of these machinations, our system becomes...something else entirely.

After speaking briefly with Larry on this subject last night, I decided it was time to revisit the unfortunate decisions the N.C. Utilities Commission has made to address net metering, and the way these decisions can/will serve to stifle the growth of residential Solar power collection.

Sunday's creative procrastination (with uncensored rant)

Fred made the front page of the NCDP website. Isn't it sweet of Jerry to give Fred some attention? ;)  ... well deserved, I might ad.

Also, there is a good article in the N&O on family job leave to care for injured soldiers.

Warning: Uncensored rant ahead ...

I am aghast. That N&O article hurts like a bitch. These men and women sacrifice their lives and treasures to serve our country whenever they are called and wherever they're needed and this is how we treat them? Where does it end?

New Dole Staffer Knows The Ropes

RALEIGH - In a move that surprised no one, N&O political reporter Rob Christensen today officially joined Elizabeth Dole's reelection campaign. N&O editor Melanie Sill could not be reached for comment, though it appears Christensen will be allowed to stay on the newspaper's payroll.

Christensen, it must be said, wasted no time exploiting his newfound status to deliver the goods on behalf of the very senior Senator. In a sweet little column about Dole's legendary political skills, he dutifully covers all the key talking points assigned to him.

NC-based Blackwater investigated for illegal weapons shipments

The Moyock-based mercenary firm Blackwater USA has had a bad week. First, its employees shot into a crowd of Iraqis on Sunday, killing at least 11 people. A preliminary report by the Iraqi government states that "the murder of citizens in cold blood in the Nisour area by Blackwater is considered a terrorist action against civilians just like any other terrorist operations."

Now Blackwater is being investigated for shipping illegal weapons into Iraq. Today the News and Observer reported that

Two former Blackwater employees have pleaded guilty in Greenville to weapons charges and are cooperating with federal officials investigating Blackwater, based in the tiny town of Moyock in North Carolina's northeastern corner.

N&O Misses the OLF Point Again

I guess once you start drinking the military-friendly kool-aid, it's hard to break the habit. That sad situation is fully reflected in today's editorial page in the News and Observer on the OLF.

The editorial is well-constructed, as far as it goes, but it fails to even address the big issue at the center of the entire OLF controversy: the Navy has not made a legitimate case for ANY outlying landing field anywhere.

If you connect the dots in all the Navy has said, it's clear that the OLF is a want and not a need by any stretch of the imagination. And by joining the discussion over which North Carolina site is best, the N&O gives the Navy a complete pass on the question that matters most: What is the long-range strategy for fighter training on the east coast?

The Navy hasn't even begun to answer that question, and until they do, discussions about specific sites are inappropriate . . . and stupid.


Senator Dole is confused again (OLF)

Please ooo please take this and please paste it on your mirror so every morning when you wake up and get dressed you see it.

NORTH CAROLINA DOES NOT NEED TO SUPPORT THIS OLF PROCESS. NO COUNTY IN NORTH EAST NORTH CAROLINA WANTS THIS.

Repeat this as often as you wish.

Virginia Pilot. regarding the newly revealed sites in North Carolina.

It's certainly a positive step, but it's got to be a site that is comfortable ... and is approved by the people of North Carolina. I look forward to learning about the viability of these sites.

Senator Dole, I will give you credit, at least you have said something about these sites. Senator Burr, where areeeeeeeeeee yooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuu? MIA again.

Are we excited yet?

I don't know about you, but I'm getting excited about sitting around and chatting with Ambassador Joe Wilson tonight. The excitement started to build when Karen Shugart's cover story on Ambassador Wilson was published in Creative Loafing.

One of my favorite quotes from Wilson in the article is in response to the right's popular assertion that Wilson is a far left liberal.

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