Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Kay Hagan Media NCGOP Obama Republicans

Hagan: If we only took time to understand, we’d see there is a lot of GOOD about ObamaCare

US Senator Kay Hagan — affectionately known in some parts as Chuck Schumer’s Sock Puppet™ — found her way out of the sock drawer this week to meet with the slow-pitch softballers on The Fayetteville Observer’s editorial staff. The Observer article misinterprets recent polling — in The Sock Puppet’s favor, of course — and presents her 41-42 approval / disapproval rating as some kind of positive. It was amazing to…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

Campaign 2012: Picerno REALLY gets to ‘Meet The Press’

      County Commissioner Nick Picerno, as a conservative Republican officeholder, knew coming into the job that he’d be engaging in combat with the mainstream media.  I’m sure he never expected to be literally running for re-election against the media. Ellen Marcus, a former columnist with The Pilot and – until recently – a correspondent with The Fayetteville Observer, has filed to run against Picerno as a Democrat in November.  A Google…

Posted in Law & Order Media Politics

‘Government Gone Wild’ in Fayetteville

  Fayetteville businesswoman Jackie Pfendler thought she was doing something good for her community.  She bought an old abandoned building in 2009 in a troubled part of town, spent $1 million on the building and renovations, and moved her business in.   Now, The City of Fayetteville is showing their appreciation by condemning and seizing her building — all because they want to put a city-owned and operated “transit center”…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Politics

Meet the puppetmasters pulling the strings of the ‘Occupy’ movement

    The allegedly mainstream media has been trying to paint the Occupy Wall Street, Occupy DC, Occupy Raleigh, etc.  movements as spontaneous acts of taxpayer frustration.  The Fayetteville Observer may have screwed up that plan with its coverage of  THIRTY people turning out Thursday as part of ‘Occupy Fayetteville’: Al Peuster, a retired Lutheran pastor in Fayetteville, said he organized the peaceful rally in support of the movement that…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Media Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: The Village Green

  Plans to update or revamp the village’s historic downtown area have been a hot topic for the last couple of years.  Controversies have grown from village government’s consideration of the NewCore development strategy, the proposed Village Chapel expansion, and plans for revamping The Village Green. On her campaign web site, mayoral candidate Nancy Fiorillo stakes out her position on the core village: The Village Center has been the heart…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Economy NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

NCDOT board: More trouble than it’s worth

In this age of dwindling tax revenue and budgets drowning in red ink, I have a few questions for the new conservative majority in the legislature. Why are we still funding a Human Relations Commission?  There are paid full time employees on this commission who also get office space.  The commission’s official job description is to organize MLK Day celebrations in North Carolina and foster racial harmony.  Really?  Seriously? Government…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Signs, signs, everywhere signs …

    You can tell it’s campaign season throughout the Sandhills. Signs are starting to pop up on the landscape, and people are starting to complain about them. In today’s Fayetteville Observer, there is an item about The City of Fayetteville cracking down on problems associated with political campaign signs.  Of course, there are some complaints about the city’s tactics: Fayetteville is cracking down on campaign signs that are too…

Posted in Media NCGOP Politics Renee Ellmers Republicans

A drive-by sliming, courtesy of the N&O and Politico ….

It is astounding how much more press coverage and scrutiny the current occupant of the 2nd congressional district seat, Renee Ellmers (R), is getting than her predecessor, Bob (Who are you?) Etheridge (D) did. ( I am SURE it could not have anything to do with those letters in parentheses next to each of their last names. ) Check out the N&O’s latest swipe at Ellmers: Report: Ellmers at paid…

Posted in Economy Media

So, Mr. reporter, tell us simple readers about capitalists ….

        I have to admit that I nearly spit out my coffee this morning after reading this “gem” from Fayetteville Observer reporter Michael Futch: Count Billy Ray Taylor among a different breed of industrialists, a contrast to those plant managers who tower over a cowering work force with iron fists from the confines of their private offices.  (?????) Wow.  Just — wow.  

Posted in Education Media NC State Government

Public school shortcomings blamed on everyone BUT the true culprits

Reports have been all over the mainstream media lately about teachers in Atlanta public schools being caught helping their kids CHEAT on system-wide standardized tests meant to measure students’ progress: Teachers spent nights huddled in a back room, erasing wrong answers on students’ test sheets and filling in the correct bubbles. At another school, struggling students were seated next to higher-performing classmates so they could copy answers. Those and other…