Team Pope euthanizes The Plott Hound

Caving in to the hysterical demands of North Carolina politics’ very own Bert & Ernie is akin to admitting to the world that celebrity aerobics guru Richard Simmons kicked your ass. 

But that is what has happened.  The empire of alleged conservative godfather Art Pope has tucked tail and run off into the night submissively in response to over-the-top attacks from Goodmon family empire attack dogs Rob Schofield and Chris Fitzsimon.

Here’s ex-Marine Francis DeLuca, boss at The Civitas Institute, a Pope empire subsidiary, waving the white flag and presenting his sword:

We regret that an error in judgment was made when Carolina Plott Hound shared a link to a blog post that suggested North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein made certain decisions based on his ethnicity and religion. To be clear, Civitas condemns the use of identity politics and believes that assigning the motivations of individuals based upon their membership of a group violates a core conservative principle. As such, the sentiments expressed in the blog post do not reflect our values nor the values of our sponsors and supporters. Neither I nor the organization share these sentiments. We condemn all racism, anti-religious speech and ethnic slurs.

Furthermore, we have reviewed the Carolina Plott Hound website and concluded that it does not fit into the overall Civitas mission to remove government barriers to freedom so that all North Carolinians can enjoy a better life. The site will no longer be operated by Civitas.

So, they’re killing off The Plott Hound because Bert and Ernie got upset?  M-kay.  As you can imagine, I have a few thoughts about this.  Here we go:

  1.  Attention Pope Empire employees:  Neither John Hood, Francis DeLuca nor Art Pope will have your back when the excrement hits the fan.  This episode ought to make that crystal-clear.  DeLuca’s first impulse when Toilet Boy caught up with him was to throw a Civitas employee under the bus.  (The buck doesn’t stop here.  It stops OVER THERE.)
  2. Everbody you disagree with is NOT (necessarily) Hitler.  Chris and Rob (and Toilet Boy) really over-reached in trying to paint the guy at Triad Conservative as the second coming of David Duke or even Hitler.  I’ve been following his work for a while.  (Granted, I didn’t read the post in question until Rob started howling about it.) I’m sure the guy at TC would like to have a mulligan regarding this particular post.  TC is hardly Klan propaganda (like the N&O was in its early days). Taking his whole body of work into consideration, he’s written some pretty interesting and provocative stuff.  The nice thing about the Internet is that you can debate people and respond to people in real time.  You can bounce competing ideas unfiltered off of each other.  Authoritarians on the left want to stomp out any ideas that go against their platform. But conservatives and other freedom-lovers ought to be championing the free exchange of ideas.  Not cowering in fear of the howling leftist mob.  

    On this site, we welcome debate from leftists.  Our minimum expectations from them: (1) no cursing, (2) stay on topic, (3) try to be coherent and make sense, and (4) no slander.  It’s rare that we find a leftist whose contributions meet all four of those standards.

  3. The Plott Hound has been a botched, lost opportunity.  A clearinghouse for North Carolina-centric conservative info and commentary was much needed.  Our community’s presence online is dwindling.  Paul Chesser did a great job with the site in the early days.  But, John Hood — Felix Unger meets Frasier Crane — had to stick his pointy nose into the situation.  John worries way too much about getting invited to Chris Fitzsimon and Dennis Wicker’s parties.  (I’ve never been to a Raleigh cocktail party.  Don’t really want to go.  Besides, we have way more fun down here in Pinehurst.)

    Hood is like the angel of death.  He’s the skunk at the garden party.  His meddling got the ball rolling in The Plott Hound’s decline and fall.  He’s reportedly the main reason NC Spin is getting pulled off the air. He’s one of the few people I know of who has just as many people on the right who hate his guts as there are on the left who feel the same.  Want something ruined?  Call up John.

  4. You cannot cannot cannot please the howling leftist mob.   They want to taste conservative blood.  Soros has them on a tear nationwide and worldwide.  WRAL’s Goodmon clan has them worked into a lather here in the state.

    Instead of sitting back and letting them define us, we need to be making preemptive strikes against THEM. Illustrate to the not-as-political citizenry how dastardly and destructive these people truly are.  

It’s safe to say that the fall of The Plott Hound makes us the undisputed King of The Hill in the state’s conservative blogosphere.  And a ripe target for the leftist mob. I am sure the knives are being sharpened in preparation for an attack on this site.  (We already work way overtime, and at great personal expense,  combating hack attacks on the site.)  

I can promise you this:  We will not tuck tail and go away submissively like the guys at Pope, Inc. did.  If Chris, Rob, Toilet Boy, and their assorted goon accomplices try to launch on us, they will get one hell of an education on the concept of shock and awe.