Open thread from the coast...

One of my pet peeves is gratuitous profanity, name calling, and such. I think there are better ways....and as a point of discussion or entertainment I present some quotes that are more devastating that the "F--k off, you A--wipe" of which I have been a recipent.

Your thoughts...or a favorite insult? OPEN THREAD!

NC Republicans All Over The Map on Iraq

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"I am persuaded by all available evidence that an escalation of U.S. troop levels is not the way forward in Iraq," - Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C.

"Some Americans and, perhaps some in this body, oppose the Iraqi operation because they dislike President Bush. I, however, do not march to that drum. I am personally very high on President Bush, but on the matter of troop escalation, I am not in agreement." - Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C.

"Madam Speaker, where's your plan for victory in Iraq?" — Rep. Patrick McHenry R-N.C.

July 19, 2006:

“It’s like after Katrina, when the secretary of homeland security was saying all those people weren’t really stranded when we were all watching it on TV,” said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.). “I still hear about that. We can’t look like we won’t face reality.”

Wright Stuff

Jim Black’s predicament is due in part to State Representative Thomas Wright. If Wright had not helped orchestrate support of the Legislative Black Caucus, Jim Black might never have become Speaker of the House. Anglico wrote about the connection between Black and Wright in an earlier post Tangled Web and as I wrote in comments to that post Thomas Wright is the highest ranking Africa American in the State House because of that connection.

Thomas Wright is back in the spotlight in his own right and more so with the announcement of Jim Black’s Federal plea and, expected State pleas.

Wright has been too busy to file a response to a complaint about late reporting of campaign contributions which hid his relationship with Sims Hugo Neu

In an article in the Wilmington Star, February 2, Mark Schreiner writes

The elections board wrote Wright on Dec. 12 to tell him about the complaint and offer an opportunity to provide a response. The board's request that it be made by Jan. 17 was extended to Jan. 31 at Wright's request.

This is progress?

I think this nugget from Monday's Herald-Sun is worthy of more attention. And where better to spotlight our state's changing economy than BlueNC?

Forest products industry becomes NC's largest Manufacturer

The forest products industry has surpassed textiles as North Carolina's largest manufacturing industry, as measured by employment and wages, according to figures collected by the College of Natural Resources at N.C. State University.

The number of people working in the state logging, wood products, paper and furniture industries as of the middle of 2006 was 103,165 versus 82,110 in textile mills, textile product mills and apparel manufacturing.

The rest of the story is this...

According to Hardwood Review Weekly which keeps track of these statistics, between 2000 and 2006, 279 U.S. furniture factories closed in 29 states, totaling more than 64,000 lost jobs. Between 2000 and 2005, North Carolina lost 68 percent of its 32,000 furniture jobs.

Sandhills Area Open Thread

I'm not sure what day the Sandhills people were assigned for an open thread, but I'm putting this up today. (PS Valentine Love to all BlueNCers)

In today's Pilot Newspaper, Mat Moriarty has written another glowing article on Joe Boylan's adventures in Raleigh. Today's love letter is all about Joe's bill,

State House Rep. Joe Boylan has introduced legislation that would make Moore County its own judicial district.

The bill, one of several filed by Boylan in his first few days in office, would give the county its own District Court. Moore County is currently in a district with Montgomery and Randolph counties.

House Bill 163, Divide District Court District 19B. It has been referred to the committee on appropriations.

NC GOP: So much for the big tent

If you think the showdown between Bev Perdue and Richard Moore promises to be a rough one, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Just look at how the Puppets (Republicans for a Permanent Minority) are taking the Asphalt King to task for not being under the thumb of Art Pope.

Senator Fred Smith is just one of many of Paul Shumaker's tentacles and a pawn of his continued effort to infiltrate NCGOP and RNC politics.

Check Fred's voting history, contributors record, committee and caucus actions and comments, special interest bills; and be watching for serious legal business problems and personal legal record to become an issue with his campaign.

We don't need any more RINOs, Dem Enablers or another Morgan embarrasement (sic).


Black Thursday

A lot will be said and written today about Jim Black and our turn-of-the-century corruption scandal.

I'll start throwing links into this post as things turn up.

From the Char-O reaction story:

"It's a sad day for Mecklenburg. He has been a major contributor, but if he's guilty of a crime he's got to pay for it. I don't think his motivation was avarice or self-aggrandizement. In his view he was doing what's good for Mecklenburg. But what he did was wrong and he's got to pay for it." PAT COTHAM, Chair of Charlotte's Uptown Democratic Forum

Jerry Meek in the N&O

"It's unfortunate that this is the ending that comes to a man who has spent so much of his career serving the people of North Carolina," N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek said Tuesday night.


Open thread: Choose your delusion

The Child King has a secret plan to deal with prison overcrowding. He wants to turn the Army into a gang of thugs. On the other hand, the John Locke Puppets have a different plan: build more prisons run by private companies. They're both delusional.

The number of waivers granted to Army recruits with criminal backgrounds has grown about 65 percent in the last three years, increasing to 8,129 in 2006 from 4,918 in 2003, Department of Defense records show.

So what else is new?

John Edwards, still weak-kneed?

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

click to enlarge

NPR: Morning Edition will do OLF Story - UPDATED WITH AUDIO LINK

This is more of a breaking post, you can use it as an Open Thread if you want. Here is the link to WUNC, where you can stream the show, someone post a link to the audio afterwards if possible (I'll be out).

Go listen - it's worth the time. The Navy's position on this is insane,and you'll get a complete sense of what's really going on.

Great story.

Syndicate content