Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 10:09am
I was going to say something about a stopped clock, but that would be ungracious:
I understand cities, towns and counties are the creation of the General Assembly. Under the state constitution, municipalities can’t wipe their noses without legislative permission. Still, the degree of local meddling that’s emerging is beginning to resemble political score-settling, not prudent governmental self-restraint the GOP says its supports.
It's about time somebody from the right stepped up to point out this contradiction between (claimed) ideology and actions. But of course, Little Ricky just can't seem to take a stand on something without taking some pot-shots at progressives:
The difference is fossil fuels. Because North Dakota is producing low-cost energy through exploration and extraction of the Bakken shelf, that state has enjoyed the largest job, income and economic growth rates in the nation during the past five years. Compare that with North Carolina during the past four years. Our state, which doesn’t produce a BTU of energy, has been forced to borrow $2.55 billion from the federal government to cover unemployment insurance costs.
No, one of the (many) differences is, North Dakota has a population of just under 700,000, roughly 1/13 of North Carolina's. And when that Bakken plays out, what's North Dakota going to do then? As far as that (embarassingly un-researched) claim about zero production, North Carolina is producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 trillion BTU's of clean, renewable energy every year. This part made me bark a laugh:
Who knows whether a pastor or parishioner might have provided the emotional and moral anchor Adam Lanza lacked? Who knows whether regular church attendance could have provided the spiritual bond and marital counseling that would have kept Lanza’s mother and father together and given him a more stable family structure where he felt secure and loved?
And who knows why the N&O continues to give column space to someone who will use whatever tool (in this case religion) to prop up flawed Conservative ideology? A balanced article would have included a warning that not all churches are positive reinforcers:
A refusal to cover artificial birth control as a matter of conscience does not deny women contraceptive services. They can pay for birth control just like they can pay for any uncovered, optional procedure or medication. If they can't afford it, Planned Parenthood proudly provides such services. Women can also select an employer whose insurance plan covers contraceptives.
Of course this jackass leaves out the fact that others like him are (somewhat successfully) trying to defund and then destroy Planned Parenthood. Par for the course with Little Ricky, though. List options that aren't really options. The core of his diatribe deals with a conflict between the military and one of its Archbishops:
The latest attempt to absolve Republican legislative leaders of any responsibility for all the pink slips flying into teachers’ mailboxes across the state comes from the News & Observer’s Rick Martinez, whose latest column reads like an only slightly rewritten press release from the office of House Speaker Thom Tillis
The N&O's continuing reliance on this fact-free tool of Art Pope is an embarrassment to its long tradition of responsible editorial leadership. Please write Steve Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org) and encourage him to Dump the Skunk.
It's been a little over a month since our policy of banning links to the N&O went into effect. Although there have been a few complaints from regulars, it has mostly been a non-event. Our own readership has been steady-to-improving, which is unusual for the summer, and we've uncovered a number of new sources of good information. For my part, every story I wanted to cover has been available elsewhere.
We'll review our policy periodically to make sure we're not cutting off someone's nose to spite our face, and we'll gladly lift the ban entirely when the newspaper dumps Rick Martinez from its roster of regular columnists.
President George W. Bush invaded only our enemies. President Barack Obama invades our allies.
Obama didn't let pesky international concepts like borders or sovereignty stand between him and a promise to kill Osama bin Laden, even if it was on Pakistani soil and even if it meant doing so without our ally's permission or knowledge.
In his defense, Martinez apparently wrote this diatribe during a nervous breakdown of some sort; a sparking robot head comes to mind. Compare this newfound love of Pakistan with what he said less than a year ago:
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