EVERYBODY gets a show !!!

Now, where’s MINE?  Bill Lumaye, formerly of WPTF radio in Raleigh, is up and running on Facebook — of all places. Dan Forest has a TV studio.   Now comes word that Pat McCrory has a regular radio gig on WBT-AM in  Charlotte. *Finally, the big guy lands a steady paycheck.* Surely, this will fuel the speculation ol’ Pat is seeking a primary rumble with Dan Forest and a rematch with Roy Cooper in 2020.  What better way (and cheaper way) is there to keep your name out there than with a show?  (Ask the guy at 1600 Penn about that.) …

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The N&O and Dallas, sittin’ in a tree …

I have to say it’s quite unusual to see a Republican getting cuddly kid-gloves treatment from The N&O.  Richard Morgan got it — during his time as Jim Black’s co-conspirator in the NC House.  If you’re a Republican thumbing your nose at the platform and pissing off conservatives left and right, the drive-bys looooooooove you. Over Thanksgiving came this love letter to everyone’s, um, “favorite” cartoon character:                 […] A bit more than a decade ago, Woodhouse was a custodian at the fairgrounds, with a kid on the way and uncertain job prospects….

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#ncpol: Rabies tests on tap for NCPolicyWatch crew?

His buddy is moving on to bigger things. But Rob Schofield is still here, foaming at the mouth over a web site he helped put out of its misery: […] Art Pope’s Civitas Institute is out with another “you can’t make this stuff up” doozy this morning. The fun folks who gave North Carolina an anti-Semitic online hate rag known as the Carolina Plotthound are now attacking that nefarious commie plot, Giving Tuesday.[…] So, linking to an article on another site critical of an elected official, who happens to be Jewish, qualifies one as “an anti-Semitic online hate rag” ???  Well, Rob has published a…

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Government bullies and the First Amendment

When you take cash from the government at any level — even though they confiscated it from you and your friends and family initially — you should expect to be giving up SOME freedom. But two different cases here in North Carolina showcase government entities possibly overstepping their bounds. First, we have the case of the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County.  Here’s Fox News: A fire department in North Carolina stands to lose at least $19,000 because of its refusal to remove a Confederate flag from its property.  The Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department has been flying the Confederate…

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#ncga: NCFEF ratings reward crony capitalists

Words like “conservative” and “free enterprise” sure do get bandied about quite liberally.  We’ve got something here in North Carolina called The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation that claims to be the leader in promoting free enterprise in state government. Every year, NCFEF rates legislators on their business-friendliness and devotion to free enterprise.  2017’s edition has every leadership RINO  and leadership suckup in the NC House piled up at the top of the heap.  Jason Saine, who wants to regulate and tax fantasy sports leagues, got rated as the most business-friendly / free-enterprise loving in the House.  (Maybe they were…

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The Round Rev: ‘Decider’ of who IS and who AIN’T “Christian”

He’s done stuff like this before.  But our state’s really BIG bundle of, um, “joy” is exporting his socialist-stepin-fetchit act to the national stage: A disturbing pattern has emerged since the Washington Post first reported that four women accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of offenses ranging from the creepy to the criminal. People in Gadsden, Alabama, where Moore worked in the District Attorney’s office three decades ago, say it was “common knowledge” that Moore pursued teenagers when he was in his 30s. Locals told the New Yorker that they recall being told than the local mall banned Moore for…

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McClatchy celebrates Charlotte rioter’s election to city council

I was an undergrad in DC when then-mayor Marion Barry got caught smoking crack in a hotel room with a woman who was not his wife.  The whole thing was on videotape.  I thought for sure the guy was DONE politically.  I mean, who could shrug off something like that?  (Barry went to jail.  But he also got elected and reelected mayor and councilman several more times down the road.)  Well, it appears an awful lot of Charlotte voters AND many of our state’s drive by media types are shrugging off something worse in Charlotte: […] Around Charlotte’s government offices…

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WHY isn’t “Our Side” doing THIS ???

Jubilation swept The Old North State when it was announced that Blinkin’ Chris Fitzsimon was moving on.  But wait.  There was, however, MORE to the story:  […] Now, in a development that serves as a tremendous validation of Chris’s remarkable work in growing Policy Watch from a one-person shop into a formidable and unique eight-person news and commentary organization, he has been asked to help take the Policy Watch model national. Later this month, Chris will start work for The Newsroom, a new nonprofit incubator that will help establish and manage a network of similar projects in states around the country….

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#ncpol: Jones and taxes.

  When news broke that Walter Jones was one of thirteen Republicans to vote NO on the hallowed tax package pushed through the House by Paul Ryan and the boys, I just knew it would be misused to further the myth that Jones is some kind of “liberal.” I just knew that the NCGOPe boo-birds — seeking to replace Jones with one of their own by perpetuating that myth — would have a field day. Speaking of said boo-birds, here’s one NOW: (*Gee.  Somebody’s still touchy about not getting any consulting $$$$ from ” a certain elected official’s campaign.”*) You can’t…

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Stuart Smalley, ladies man.

And you know what? I deserve it! [ turns to his mirror ] Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!  — “Stuart Smalley”, former SNL character and now US senator from Minnesota ———— Isn’t interesting how all of these *sensitive, tree-hugging, Prius-driving, feminist-hugging* guys who spend so much time bashing us as “women-haters” are turning out to be no better than the raincoat-clad creeps from the bad-ol’ days of Times Square?  Here’s an LA deejay telling her Al Franken / Stuart Smalley story:  In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to…

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