Charlotte: In decline ????

      Today’s Charlotte Observer had a story that should make both Pat McCrory AND the Democrats planning their national convention a tad uncomfortable:  city leaders admit the Queen City is in decline.  If that’s true, it makes Charlotte the PERFECT spot for hosting Barry’s swan song in June: When new property values were released last year, Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton said he noticed an “unsustainable” trend. Due to large parts of the city dropping in value, the affluent wedge of the city south of uptown is now responsible for roughly half of the city’s tax base. Walton’s…

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Campaign 2012: The art of distraction

    When you mess up — the perfect way to delay or avoid the repercussions is to change the subject.  We are seeing that tactic playing out rather nicely in our politics on the national and state levels.  Look over there.  Pay no attention to what we’re doing — or not doing — over HERE.  HANDS DOWN, the biggest issue facing our country is the disastrous economy.  We’ve got monstrous debt, record unemployment, and anemic economic growth.  BarryO has NOTHING positive to campaign on, so he and his minions have been whipping up the controversy of the week to…

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shedding some light on cops & hoodies

The hubbub over this shooting case in Florida has created some new spin about black men being unfairly targeted because they are wearing hooded sweatshirts (AKA “hoodies.”) A friend of mine who works as a narcotics detective — and also happens to be black — said it is quite common for suspects to use hoodies to disguise their appearance and help hide their identities from police. My friend says quite a few armed robbery suspects hit convenience stores while wearing a hooded sweatshirt (with hood up). I’ve entered a number of convenience stores with signs on the door that say…

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More fracking nonsense

    Two North Carolina state House Republicans are throwing in with the fact-less, scare-tactic left on fracking.  The N&O dutifully reports on opposition research dug up by its masters at NC Democrat Party HQ. BarryO’s EPA says it sees no safety concerns with fracking.  Bev’s DENR concurs.  There are TONS of university studies showing there is next to nothing to worry about when it comes to fracking. Yet, THAT is not stopping leftist activists — with some documentary called ‘Gasland’ as their sole piece of evidence — from screaming holy hell and scaring the bejeezus out of mainstream America….

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John Locke’s Hood misrepresents Amendment One

      First it was Renee Ellmers.  Now, it’s John Locke Foundation president John Hood.  We’ve had a mini-outbreak of alleged conservative leaders throwing in with the left to help throw North Carolina’s conservative grassroots under the bus. The N&O recounted a recent column by Hood: John Hood, the president of the conservative John Locke Foundation, has weighed in against the constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages. In a recent column, Hood writes that neither the Foundation or he personally get involved in social issues, focusing on fiscal and economic matters. But he decided to make an exception after…

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Campaign 2012: Big lead for McCrory against each of top three Dems in Civitas poll

        The right-leaning, Raleigh-based Civitas Institute has released polling apparently showing Republican Pat McCrory in the driver’s seat for the 2012 race for NC governor.  (Remember, it is only March. The primary is in May.  Barry and his hordes and their cash descend on Charlotte in June.  In other words, it’s early.)  Here are some of the poll’s findings: […] 6. If the election for Governor were held today and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote if the candidates were: Pat McCrory, the Republican or Walter Dalton, the Democrat? 2/12  3/12 49%…

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Raleigh pol wants reserved spots, free electricity for tin-can smartcars

      Reserved parking spots get abused ALL the time.  I see plenty of people with handicapped parking passes looking pretty able-bodied as they stroll the short distance from their car to the store’s front door. The last time I checked, Progress Energy DOES NOT give away electricity.  You have to pay them for it. A City of Raleigh leader is seeking reserved parking for smartcar drivers like himself so they can recharge their electric cars FOR FREE while they shop: Raleigh City Councilman Bonner Gaylord is the proud owner of a new Nissan Leaf, an electric car that…

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Boom Boom’s double-standard

  Flash back to 1996.  DPI Secretary Bobby “Boom Boom” Etheridge was running for Congress against freshman Republican incumbent David Funderburk in North Carolina’s Second congressional district. We all know NOW that Funderburk was involved in a — ahem — “controversial” traffic accident.   Funderburk was accused of switching seats with his wife to avoid being cited in the accident. THAT became THE issue in the race. The Etheridge campaign and the state party and various lefty groups ran ad after ad after ad on the accident.  (You would have thought Etheridge and Funderburk were auditioning for the job of…

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NC Campaign 2012: Our stupid, biased mainstream news media

We’ve got record unemployment, an economy in the tank, underperforming public schools, crime problems, and rampant corruption in Raleigh.  The mainstream media gets all three main Democrat gubernatorial candidates together, and what do they come away with?  Commentary on a FLORIDA shooting: The Trayvon Martin case has made its way into the Democratic primary for governor. At two events Saturday in eastern North Carolina, the three major Democratic candidates were asked for their thoughts on the case. The questions caught the candidates — who were all together for one of the first times this campaign season — off guard. At…

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Boom Boom is not happy: UNDECIDED expanding lead in Dem primary for NC Gov

Boom Boom is NOT HAPPY. This guy “Undecided” is really coming on like gangbusters in the Democrat primary for North Carolina governor.   Public Policy Polling, a Democrat firm from Durham, is clearly perplexed:  their own polling shows Mr. (or Ms.) “Undecided” expanding his/her lead from 41% to 45% over Bob Etheridge, Walter Dalton, Bill Faison, et. al., IN THE LAST MONTH. Etheridge is in second place, while Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is a close third.  Faison is in a distant fourth place tied with someone named Gary Dunn. (Um, UNDECIDED, Mr. Etheridge would like to have a word with you…

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