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American Theocracy

HB 2, allowing Magistrates to opt out of marrying gay couples when they have a strong religious aversion to doing so, just passed its third reading in the House and will be sent to the Governor. Most of us were raised to have a polite aversion to discussing religion in the public realm. We have to get over that. Now.

State perks

To describe the NC GOP as “conservative” is to distort the word into oblivion, especially in the area of the environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in their rapacious stewardship of our state parks.

I am writing this post on a rainy day at the David Crockett State Park in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, one of nearly 59 magnificent state parks in Tennessee. Two days ago, we were in Fort Mountain State Park in Georgia, one of 65 in that state. The day before that, we were at Table Rock State Park in South Carolina, one of 47 state parks in that tiny state.

We had hoped to stay in North Carolina on our trip from Chapel Hill, but the pickings were very slim. Remarkably, our beautiful state has only 40 state parks, and once you get west of Asheville, there are none available for camping. This is a problem that’s going to get worse before it gets better.

To Broadband, or Not To Broadband….

When President Barack Obama spoke about his plan to maintain Net Neutrality on Wednesday, he noted Wilson, NC, as an example of great broadband operation… Wilson set up a town-operated broadband wifi system accessible to all residents. Wilson calls its system Greenlight. It provides a fiber network to each subscriber, and offers video, high speed internet, and phone (local service). Issues are resolved locally, not through a long-distance, hard to reach unidentified person. Wilson is North Carolina's Gigabit City.

Earthquakes!

Maybe if we get really lucky, we can get some earthquakes here in North Carolina too.

The authorities in Ohio ordered a halt to fracking at seven wells on March 10 after the two biggest quakes there, measured at magnitudes 2.8 and 3, were felt in Poland Township, about 10 miles south of Youngstown on the Pennsylvania border.

Poverty in NC - we promote it, have we no shame?

http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2014/11/12/helping-low-income-children-means-helping-their-families/

25% of NC children are in poverty. 40% of minority children are. Read this Policywatch article. Have we no shame? Will the GOP NCGA, bought and brought to us by Governor Art Pope take any actions to ameliorate this. And as it points out, to help the children, you have to help the parents! Like not killing unemployment insurance, like expanding Medicaid.

My view from the edge of my seat

Yesterday, while sitting amongst a room full of waiting patients and requisite drivers, I couldn't help noticing how riveted most were to the drivel offered on TV shows like "Good Morning America" and "Live with Kelly and Michael". Like the zombies depicted on "The Walking Dead", they croaked and grumbled their elation as they ignorantly gorged on the diversions du jour hyped gleefully by ratings crazed blond ladies and well dressed men on behalf of their corporate sponsors. The dreaded Colonoscopy I was waiting for, couldn't come soon enough!

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