The myth of putting corn in your tank.

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This past February the world community of scientists published a report on global warming under the umbrella of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). That report concluded that global warming is “unequivocal” and human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.

While the rest of the world moves on and is rapidly trying to find solutions for this global environmental crisis, a few republicans pretend nothing is going on. One of them, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), even thinks global warming is caused by farting.

So with most people being worried about global warming, except for a few republicans who also still believe that Earth is flat, folks are looking for solutions to be a little more earth and climate friendly. A lot of them seem to think that one solution for environmentally friendly fuel is corn. They couldn't be more wrong.

ROD and BOE: Night Two

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Two equally important offices, headed by two dedicated women. The ROD, or Register of Deeds (an elected position) in Moore County is Judy Martin. The Director of the Moore County Board of Elections is Glenda Clendenin. This position “is appointed by the executive secretary-director of the state board of election upon the recommendation of the local board. The staff of the county board of elections serves at the pleasure of that board and is hired by that board.”

Thursday night we met in the Register of Deeds office in the old BB&T building on Court House Square. Mrs. Martin was our first speaker. As Director of the Register of Deeds, she is the “Legal custodian of all real estate and vital records for Moore County.” Their mission statement affirms that they “protect, preserve, provide access and maintain accuracy and the integrity of all public records for which we are legally entrusted.”

Sunni Leprechauns? (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing

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Jones calls out Bush: Dole & McHenry do disappearing act

When all hell breaks loose in national politics, Liddy Dole is usually the first one rushing to the cameras to deliver mindless Republican talking points, with little Patty McHenry not far behind. So where are the two Bushbots this week as the story of White House unethical firing of eight US attorneys?

They are completely invisible. The only NC Republican who has managed to find his voice is Walter Jones.

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones is joining a growing list of Republicans who have expressed concern over the current leadership of the U.S. Department of Justice.


"While I recognize that all U.S. Attorneys serve at your pleasure, recent news reports alleging the improper political influence of partisan politics in the decision to terminate several U.S. Attorneys are most disturbing," Jones wrote.

Playing with poison

I hope this will be in the news this weekend, but in the meantime, here's the full text of a letter from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to every member of the NC Congressional Delegation. It was also sent out as a press release from Governor Easley's office:

The purpose of this letter is to notify you that the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has grave concerns about the wildlife control technique the U. S. Navy is considering as part of its plan to establish an Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in this state.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Bird-wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) plan provided in support of the Navy’s OLF effort, briefly summarizes “standard techniques” for hazing and harassing wildlife to minimize contacts at airport sites. Included in these “standard techniques” is a recommendation to employ the chemical Avitrol.


NC Good For Business

There's just too much good news about North Carolina's business climate coming out in the Triangle Business Journal. Apparently we're very competitive when it comes to attracting business. Don't tell the John Locke Foundation until Monday - let them enjoy the weekend.

Study: N.C. biz tax burden tied for lowest in U.S.

Businesses in North Carolina enjoy the lowest tax burden in the United States, according to a study prepared for the Council on State Taxation.

The report, prepared by tax experts at Ernst & Young, found that combined local and state taxes paid by North Carolina businesses amount to 3.9 percent of the gross state product. That rate tied North Carolina with four other states - Connecticut, Delaware, Oregon and Virginia - as having the lowest U.S. business tax burden.

Open thread: Weekend wound up

On the road this weekend to celebrate my father-in-law's 90th birthday in Rising Sun, Maryland. There will be more than 150 guests at a surprise party tomorrow. Not much time for blogging this weekend.

Happy birthday to Pop!

PS If anyone has spare time (yeah, right) I'd love to get some info on the financial picture at the Pope-Orr Institute for Constitutional Law. My cursory research this week came up dry, which is a bit suspicious all by itself.


Everybody serves! (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing

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Tricia Cotham Selected to replace Jim Black (Update)

The Charlotte Observer has this little blurb.

Tricia is an assistant principal at East Mecklenburg High School. More later.

Update I:

Here's a bit that will clue you in to her personality[Sorry, forgot to link to the CO for the quote]:

In their sole joint appearance, the four Charlotte Democrats vying to replace former N.C. House Speaker Jim Black agreed on most things at a Monday night forum. They would all try to revitalize east Charlotte, stop gang violence and get more state money for schools and courts.

So they sought to differentiate themselves in other ways.

"Your vote should be based on experience living in and knowing the district," said Lloyd Scher, a former Mecklenburg County commissioner. He was alluding to rival Tricia Cotham, who just got a home in the district last week.

Money on the line

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Earlier this week, I wrote about the fact that Judge Bob Orr has worked himself into a pickle when it comes to running for governor. And as is often the case in politics, this pickle is about money. Here's my take on the whole sad situation.

1. Art Pope has to give away a lot of money. His daddy's foundation has a ton of cash, and law requires that a significant percentage of that cash be distributed each year. That's one reason Pope starts so many not-for-profit organizations like the John Locke Foundation, Civitas, and the Institute for Constitutional Law. I've studied the financial filings for many of these organizations, and while they are not lavishly funded, they are certainly not scraping by. By some accounts, Pope is spending upwards of $300,000 a month on JLF alone.

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