Pat McCrory

Phatic Pat

Our word of the week is phatic.

Denoting or relating to language used for general purposes of social interaction, rather than to convey information or ask questions. Utterances such as hello, how are you? and nice morning, isn't it? are phatic.

It occurs to me that 99% of the communications we hear from Mayor Pat would qualify as phatic. Meaningless utterances, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Jobs? Sorry, no, we're busy with this abortion stuff

Having doubled down on his lie of the year, Guvnor Pat keeps trying to insist that he didn't break his campaign promise about abortion. The trouble is, everyone knows he's lying. And the Democrats called him out on his lies.

Democrats have wasted no time jumping on Gov. Pat McCrory’s decision to sign the abortion bill, which triples the required waiting time.

The nuts of North Carolina

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.

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.

The Scotch Bonnet dilemma

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.

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