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What God do these people claim to believe in?

1 John 3:17-18

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

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So, after the deplorable acts of recklessness of this week, do "our" demonstratively heartless Governor and his rich, freedom-fried buddies in the NC House and Senate claim to be Christian? Can they do something in the interests of the people of North Carolina they are supposedly "serving?" All I've seen them do for their fellow man is to limit and deny care to the sick and the poor.

On the hazards of false equivalency

You'll be forgiven if you missed the tempest in Pat McCrory's teacup today, a swirl of non-news stirred to frothing by Mark Binker of WRAL-TV. It's a silly little story, made even sillier by the fact that it was reported at all.

As you no doubt know, Pat McCrory and his minions in the Republican Party are a secretive bunch of bullies. McCrory, in particular, has refused to disclose his work history, the sources of his income, and his lobbying activities. Based on available facts, it appears he is being paid to run for governor by a fancy law firm called Moore and Van Allen. It's hard to know for sure, because no one is talking.

Having been called out by Progress NC, among others, for his secrecy, McCrory struck back today in the finest tradition of Art Pope bullying, challenging those calling for him to disclose his business dealings.

Indy Week shows the Capitol Press Corps how it's done

For me, 2012 will be remembered as the year that American conservatives, including their leaders here in the Old North State, decided that telling lies is no longer a sin. Aided and abetted by the mainstream media, Republican politicians today can say whatever they want with impunity.

It doesn't have to be that way. At least one national mainstream publication has dared to call a spade a spade: Paul Ryan Repeats Auto Bailout, Medicare Lies.

And here in North Carolina, Bob Geary, at Indy Week, picks up the cause of truth, where BlueNC leaves off.

Pat McCrory. Man of Mystery.

Unlike Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who's been widely criticized for not revealing enough of his tax history, even though he did disclose his 2010 income tax return and a 2011 estimate, McCrory's refusal to share his personal tax returns is total and unyielding.

At the state level, if McCrory were a different candidate with a more robust record in public office or in business, the question of how much he's been paid and by whom might be dismissed as an effort to divert attention from his accomplishments. McCrory, who's worked hard to master the art of the political shuck-and-grin, is trying his best to brush it off as nothing the public should be concerned about.

WRAL Live video of House Tort Reform debate

Here's the link to watch the debate live.

Media fails to inform on missing jobless benefits

When Republicans in the Legislature tied extending jobless benefits for the unemployed with an outrageous Continuing Resolution, they knew Governor Perdue would be forced to Veto the bill. They also knew their little trick would be confusing for many, and maybe even some media folks. But we're now in week 5, and when I saw this comment over at The Pulse, I came to the realization that confusion is still the rule, and not the exception:

I think it is despicable what Governor Purdue has done, or NOT done for choice of better words.

In Other News: WRAL recruits WUNC's Laura Leslie to expand political coverage

This was reported in the N&O this morning.

Laura Leslie, who has covered state politics and government at WUNC for more than six years, is joining WRAL as a multimedia reporter. Her last day at WUNC is today, and she'll start at WRAL on Friday.

In her new role, Leslie will continue coverage of the legislature and state politics. Leslie said she'll focus mostly on expanding WRAL's online coverage, including webcasts and podcasts, as the General Assembly prepares to return to Raleigh.

Raleigh Business Owner Charged With Illegally Dropping Health Insurance for Employees

North Carolina's Insurance Commissioner, Wayne Goodwin, and the Department of Insurance are going after yet another person charged with illegally dropping health insurance for employees of a small business.

Anthropomorphizing the weather?

I know we homo sapiens think we are the center of god's universe, but can we please stop with the practice of interpreting everything around us in terms of human emotion? Especially when it comes to the weather.

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