Nick Mackey Denied Surety Bond, [Update] Bond Secured

On Tuesday I was wondering if Nick Mackey would serve a day as Mecklenburg County Sheriff. Today, I'm still wondering. He was turned down by the County's insurer/bonding company of choice and according to the Observer, Nobody seems to be sure of the next step.

A bonding company has refused to issue a surety bond that Mackey needs to be sheriff, county officials told the Observer on Thursday.

Weekend Wound Up: Open thread

Well, we've made it through another week with at least one major almost accomplishment. Christianity is safe.

I will be missing-in-action for most of next week, starting Sunday. Jane and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary (whodathunkit?) and will be traveling without laptops for the first time in a very long while. I'm already having withdrawal symptoms. Thanks to all for holding down the fort.

Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Steroids, and Baseball

I gave up on baseball back when they had their first strike, I was a kid in a struggling blue-collar family and it destroyed any respect I had for the game. So, it doesn't effect me too much to see that there are 60ish baseball players "named" in the Mitchell Report on steroids in baseball. MVPs, All-Stars, Golden Glove winners.

Hampton Dellinger’s Budget Priorities Include Compensation for Victims of Forced Gov’t Sterilizations

I’m running for Lt. Governor because I believe the officeholder can be a powerful agent of progressive change in North Carolina. While this is a race about the future, so many issues that matter have been shaped by our past. I have a new video and statement posted that discuss one of the most shameful episodes in our state’s history, and what I think we need to do to start making it right.

-edited links. RP

House budget says Navy needs local support (OLF)

U.S. House axes Washington County OLF site.

"The House has taken the Washington County site off the table because it posed a danger to the community, pilots and aircraft," wrote Butterfield, a Democrat from Wilson. "This is a clear message that if the Navy wants to move forward with an OLF it must have the support of the community."

Now we have all 4 big boys saying the Navy needs to have local support before moving forward with their OLF site!

The roster of elected officials opposed to this OLF or stating local support is required:
Camden County board of commissioners
Gates County board of commissioners
Perquimans County board of commissioners
Washington County board of commissioners

Frontpaged by A . . . a much better report than what I wrote. Thanks, Parmea.

Billy Bob Fred Goes to the Mountains.

The Smoky Mountain News has a nice little summary of the three Party of Greed gubernatorial candidates who came a calling pandering a few days ago. Each promises to play geographic favorites and really help the poor left-out western part of the state. I guess you might say the honorables have their own personal versions of affirmative action, especially when it comes to sucking up for votes.

Doug Clark: Politics Trumps Morality

One could write volumes about the sad state of modern journalism. The collapse of quality and integrity are nothing short of mind-boggling. The collusion of reporters with right wing sources. The gushy pandering of small town newspapers to their hometown favorites. The wholesale swallowing of manufactured opinions by by once great newspapers.

But even against those sorry standards, Doug Clark at the Greensboro News-Record reaches a new low today in a comment he makes about the immigration issue.

Politics trumps whatever your idea of morality is on this issue, and many other issues for that matter.


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