Puppetmaster to NCSU: It's my money and I'll buy what I want to

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Two pieces of juicy news about the Puppetmaster and NC State:

The Pope Foundation has apparently turned down a piece-of-crap proposal submitted by four College of Humanities and Social Sciences departments at NC State. The proposal asked for $1.88 million - a small sum for which the four departments would sell their souls and become whatever Puppetmaster Pope wanted. All the details aren't in yet, but it seems that even the Pope Foundation has some standards. According to insiders, the proposal was hastily thrown together, generally sloppy, and mostly incoherent.

Secondly, the Puppetmaster has recently given a boatload of money to a new "center" at NC State which will be designed to help right-wing donors demand and get more for their money. Long frustrated by the fact that, left to their own devices, faculty lean in the direction of critical thinking, Art Pope has decided that the best way to tilt things to the right is to buy the influence he wants the old fashioned way.

And what better place to prove the concept than at NC State, where apparently even department heads will dance to whatever tune the Puppetmaster plays.

Earlier coverage of the Puppetmaster & NC State available here.

Open thread

I found this little tidbit on the Charlotte Observer website, where one of the minor Puppet bloggers weighs in on the transit debate in the Queen City.

Jeff Taylor, chief blogger at The Meck Deck, criticized the Charlotte Area Transit System's plan as too expensive and doing little to solve congestion. He said it was a "land-use plan masquerading as a transportation plan."

Only an anti-planning zealot from the Puppetshow would even begin to think that a transportation plan could be effective without concomitant land-use planning. But then again, we're talking about the kind of people who say building more roads is a way to improve the environment.

Liddy <3s the OLF

I don't give Liddy Dole much credit for being the sharpest knife in the drawer, but her recent statement on new OLF discussions shows just how out of touch she really is:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The new slate of proposed sites for a jet practice landing field in eastern North Carolina is good news. That's according to Senator Elizabeth Dole, who says it's a positive step. But she says the new list won't help unless the Navy and state officials can cooperate.

The Republican says the site needs to be comfortable and backed by the people of North Carolina.

The site needs to be comfortable? Yeah, right. That' exactly the feeling folks in northeast North Carolina will get when they sit back in their La-Z-Boy recliners and listen to bone-shattering jets screaming through the sky behind their homes.

Richard Moore and Health Care

I'm glad to see that Richard Moore has put out a Health Care Plan - but I find it lacking. His "bold step" is to insure all children. That's great and all, but it is very 2004. If you want to make a change that would have a positive effect - insure everyone. Everyone. As I read more about his stance on the issues, I can't help thinking that it there is one word I WOULD NEVER use to describe it - bold. More after the vid, after the break.

p.s What plan? I can't find any "plan".

Civitas: Greed is good.

I went to the Civitas Luncheon they do once a month to spin up their poll results.

Verna Collins (NBC-17) and Jack Hawk were the speakers.

Hawk consistently described low Bush and GOP numbers as "bad." Numbers he considered to present a political advantage to the GOP were called "good" or "encouraging." Poll results Hawk considered to be favorable to Democrats were "bad."

Similarly, he repeatedly used the terms "we" and "us" to describe the Republican party. Referring to polls he determined to be favorable to the GOP, he said, "This is good for us" and "We are improving here."

Talking the talk and walking the walk - Privette resigns

(A quick recap: Cabarrus County Commissioner and former state legislator Coy Privette pleaded guilty to 6 counts of aiding and abetting prostitution recently, yet refused to resign his Commissioner post. I decided to organize a protest at the County Commissioner meeting and started collecting emails from folks who wanted Privette to resign. I was planning on handing all those emails to Mr. Privette at the same meeting.)

As promised I showed up at the Cabarrus County governmental building this past Monday at 6 pm for my protest against Coy Privette. With me were 15 other folks. A smaller turnout than I had hoped for, but I guess it's better than nothing.

We don’t need no stinkin’ polls….

Even Stevie Wonder could see that Elizabeth Dole is woefully out of touch with voters.

Earlier this year, Senate GOP leaders listed Dole in a select group of vulnerable incumbents needing extra financial report, according to Congressional Quarterly.

Public Policy Polling consistently shows Dole’s numbers under 50 percent. Only 39 percent of respondents in Elon University’s poll said in April they approved of the way Dole is handling our business in the Senate.

Despite such evidence, a cloak of invincibility has been thrown around her shoulders.

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