This past week, two young beachcombers, however defined, innocently played and splashed in the ocean at Oak Island. From different walks of life and different parts of the country, life changing events occurred. To exploit anything further is irrelevant. Folks along the coast including Wilmington, Calabash, Oak Island or North Myrtle Beach might connect with this song. Others, maybe not. Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers speaks eloquently. And words are appropriate for support.
Somewhere in hospital rooms in North Carolina, there are two people forever connected to the coast. In mind, spirit, heartache, pain, and wonderment. Many people across the state, the nation, and the world, are with you.
May this song land in your laps and brighten your days ahead.
My, my. The following comment found its way to an unusual place. A place to promote an agenda through some bizarre sense of dialogue while simultaneously bleeding the bank accounts of the ideological and ignorant. North Carolina GOP’s Facebook page.
The NC GOP is a disgrace to North Carolina! You continually push for and pass unconstitutional laws that waste out tax dollars.
If evidence of the absurdity of Senate Bill 2 hasn't hit home by now, it never will. Also known as the "Bigots for Berger's Re-election Bill,” it allows county magistrates to opt-out of performing marriages that conflict with their closely held religious bigoted beliefs. And God knows North Carolina has some bigots. Fancy, salaried bigots for sure. Whether on a local, county or state level, these principled bigots enjoy their financial livelihoods at the expense of North Carolina’s taxpayers. While words like "opt-out" might sound purposefully important, “cop-out" seems more appropriate. As Taylor Batten writes in the Charlotte Observer; "I now want in on Senate Bill 2", a positive side to this absurdity might be floating to the top.
When it comes to North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), few words have been written that are more damning than these...
The need to catch up with nearly two years worth of Medicaid expenses runs counter to the state Health and Human Services department’s narrative that it has cleaned up longstanding problems in Medicaid.
In parts of the Triad, eastern North Carolina and other areas of the state, there's no such thing as being too conservative (right wing). In fact, being too conservative (right wing) remains a work in progress. The ongoing shell shock from ludicrous Republican ideas and legislation never before seen is apparent. The Cambridge Dictionary defines "outdo" as "to be, or do something, better than someone else." With North Carolina Republican politics, "outdo" is defined as "to be, or do something, more absurd or insane than anybody else." The bar for insanity is infinite. A never ending black hole.
When former Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina bought into Cannonsgate in Carteret County years ago, a developer and or real estate broker got giddy. The purchase put prestige and a big commission into someone’s pocket. Easley’s .36 acre waterfront lot according to Carteret County Assistant Tax Administrator Ralph Foster, was valued at $1,198,245.00 one year later. Easley paid $549,880.00 for a patch of sand. Assuming the standard 6% commission, $32,992.80 was a nice payday.
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, I wrote a post When North Carolina economics and Indiana discrimination collide concerning the pervasiveness of discriminatory practices sweeping yet again, our country. I singled out three people that I felt, have a duty to speak up in light of recent Indiana legislation. By now, many are aware what the law (in the name of religious freedom) purportedly says. On its face, the law also says disgusting, discriminatory bigotry.
The antics of heavy handed discrimination regarding others is by now, getting very tiresome. Whether on a state or national level, Republicans frequently interject their self-righteousness and indignation among those they were elected to serve. While this isn’t a new phenomenon, the amount of laws (by percentage) as a part of all laws either sponsored, voted on or passed; and which specifically denounces the interests and views of citizens today, is remarkable.
The water system, zoning, the airport; and now the city council. I’ve always believed that local school boards were the most important, elective bodies in North Carolina. Children are the pawns of adults; sometimes overly zealous while attempting to push their agendas forward. Parents, with their highly charged emotions, are eager to examine school board candidates and current members under the microscope. The general functions of a school board are straightforward. Funding based on enrollment and growth; curriculum, testing and achievement.
An award for renowned lawyers either in or connected to North Carolina and her politics is long overdue. There should be posthumous recipients; too numerous to list here. Three living, breathing law school graduates have now come to mind. First up is Bob Stephens, counsel to Pat McCrory. While helping the Governor complete his 2014 Statement of Economic Interest form for submission to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission, the apparent misunderstanding of how to define "date" and "time" became an issue; still is. Not too far behind Stephens is an attorney named Tom Harris. Anyone who has kept up with the State Employees Association of North Carolina along with the trials and tribulations of Dana Cope knows Mr. Harris both counsels and lurks in the shadows. As an alternative to confession at Our Lady of Lourdes, Harris, Cope and others went to the News & Observer several weeks ago seeking pats on the head in exchange for repentance. We now know how that turned out.