North Carolina

NCGOP and the Richter scale

The only thing worse than a failed "cause" are those that continue to support it. Whether it's puppets, puppeteers, the blind or voters, doom in this sense, has no emotion. And one of the greatest media channels which supports this theory are the daily tweets from the NCGOP.

Pop the cork: Timid Thom Tillis breaks his silence

If you dislike commercials and especially political advertising from right-wing, self absorbed Tillisians, it's time to head out to your nearest army-navy surplus store for defensive supplies. In my case, it will be a set of night vision goggles with the eye pieces painted over in black. Next, a wool army blanket for which I can cut up into a million pieces; for perpetual insertion into my ear canals. The muti-million dollar ad assault campaign is on. For Tillis and his group of groupies, more money down the rabbit hole. Of course if ads aren't your style, there's always online, or in print "news" from the John Locke Crock Foundation; or perhaps, a conservative think dunk tank.

Perception and politics: how a man, his businesses and altruism, changed North Carolina and beyond

People, in most instances, do not experience a transformational awakening when it comes to watching music videos. But music has its place; whether telling a story, making a political statement, or making a yet as defined, point. Yesterday, I attached a music video to the bottom of a post I wrote. And as long as there are politics …….. humor, parody and especially music and their associated videos, will follow and survive. David Robert Jones, to this day, continues to make some people blush. With his attire, hair, makeup, gaze from the stage or music itself, people still, raise their hand to cover their mouth and mutter, "Oh My."

North Carolina's executive space cadet

Suppose you won a million dollars in the lottery. As you ride a wave of giddiness, you head to the local lottery office and present yourself and the winning ticket, to lottery officials. And in exchange, they hand you back a nice, fat check. Suddenly, your eyeballs begin to rotate into the back of your head as you envision marquee lights twirling around that piece of paper. What now? As you clutch that piece of paydirt between your sweaty fingers, you're immediately confronted with important decisions. Call a lawyer, an accountant, or head to your local bank branch and make a deposit? A deposit wins out; the lawyer and accountant can wait. On Main Street in Megalopolis, North Carolina, you find your branch. As you hastily enter the bank, you yank a deposit slip from your check book and scurry to an open teller. At the counter, you are met by a middle aged and bespectacled woman. She's a no nonsense professional in appearance.

Candy corn, pimps, and Marc Basnight

Anyone who reads the newspaper on a consistent basis usually finds their niche. It might be the front page, the sports page, or the obituaries. For those that read daily, year in and year out, that niche tends to change. The frontpage takes a backseat to letters to the editor, other opinions, or editorials. We eventually become interested in what the newspaper has to say about the news; or people in particular. Like everything else in life, newspapers are not, and should not, be void of opinion; or cheap on heaping praise, especially when it is extraordinarily due. Sister newspapers owned by the same company sometimes tend to vary, both in opinion and editorial. In the case of the News & Observer and Charlotte Observer (McClatchy), that's not readily apparent. On the coast, it's a different animal.

Where's North Carolina?

In the South, or course. While patches of progressives (and progression) dot the landscape though not necessarily in this order; Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro/Winston Salem, New Bern and possibly Wilmington, large areas of the state are in ….. literally, no man's land. The western part of the state gets a healthy dose of its politics from the pew of an evangelical church. The east, from decades of murmurs regarding both Raleigh and the federal government and their decisions, whether it be lack of funding or intrusion and displacement from once inhabited sections of the Outer Banks. The ties that bind however are having, understanding and an appreciation for education. But its more than just a noun. It's the ability to think things through; sometimes sleep on decisions, understand other people through sociology and amassing some degree of knowledge that presents itself, at a moment's notice, during the course of life.

Never underestimate the ability of political fodder

Political advertising in print, on television, or by way of the internets, is usually filled with half lies, a few lies, and full blown propaganda. And almost one hundred percent of the time (with the exception of the often cursory introduction) with a margin of error equal to this space, ----- those same ads are generated towards the opposition. Clever and like minded people rarely, if ever, attempt to eat one of their own. Occasionally it happens and then, the ulterior motive theory exists; especially in regard to absence of information, or excuses for absence of information; or maybe the dog ate it.

Climate, weather? Ask Weir or Tillis

When people speak of North Carolina, the word "moderate" or "moderation" comes to mind. For those seeking to move here and are looking at specific qualities in addition to good schools, roads and the closeness of the beach and mountains, real estate agents in particular will note the "moderate climate"; a good selling point for those wishing to escape cold and harsh winters or boiling summers. Lately, I've come to associate "climate" with rube politicans; of which many reside and or represent urban areas of our state and nation. We are also blessed with bandwidth, pseudo meterologists and politicians; where either a link and or program is only one second away from the next, biblically speaking, climate revelation.

Tillis shines shoes in Washington, DC; or does he?

I once heard a guy tell me that if Naw'th Carolina didn't get "this" Medicaid problem under control, Thom Tillis would be toast. He said he was a Republican; we were sitting at a bar in Raleigh, and I bought him a beer.

I keep wondering about all of those trips Thom Tillis has been taking to Washington, DC. You know, the ones he claims and has been reported as fund raising raiding. Even minor league Republicans (those that descend from the trees at dusk) and are from rural North Carolina, despise him. He surely doesn't give a damn about them; never did, never will.

In doubling a no-bid contract to $6.8 million, the state Department of Health and Human Services has turned over the financial management of North Carolina’s $13 billion Medicaid program to a Washington-area consulting firm.


While North Carolina currently enjoys a AAA credit rating from Standard and Poor's, it potentially could come to this:

TOPEKA — News that the state’s credit rating had been downgraded put a damper on Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ Republican unity celebration Wednesday morning.

Standard & Poor’s lowered Kansas’ bond rating to AA from AA+, citing the state’s unbalanced budget caused by income tax cuts signed into law in 2012. Though the state’s bond rating is still high, the downgrade is a signal to investors that Kansas bonds are a riskier investment than they were before the tax cuts.

"The downgrades reflect our view of a structurally unbalanced budget, following state income tax cuts that have not been matched with offsetting ongoing expenditure cuts in the fiscal 2015 budget," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst David Hitchcock in a release.
S & P also downgraded the state’s appropriation-secured debt to AA- from AA.

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