March 14, 2008
An elegant solution
Posted by Hal Young at 10:54 PM
Clarice Feldman, writing for American Thinker, advises Howard Dean how to untangle the impending Democratic implosion: Let Carter re-run the primaries.
Have the process planned, overseen and supervised by the man who's given his stamp of approval to crooked elections everywhere else on earth. He was YOUR president, after all. He's good enough for East Timor and not for his own party?
As soon as he's done, the winner can get to work on the general election campaign where the Dem frontrunners have wisely set the central issue as experience on national security. How great is that?
Weather Channel to Sue Al Gore?
Posted by Hal Young at 5:28 PM
That's what John Coleman, founder of the network, said.
"Since we can't get a debate, I thought perhaps if we had a legal challenge and went into a court of law, where it was our scientists and their scientists, and all the legal proceedings with the discovery and all their documents from both sides and scientific testimony from both sides, we could finally get a good solid debate on the issue," Coleman said. "I'm confident that the advocates of 'no significant effect from carbon dioxide' would win the case."
Paul Chesser and the Southern Baptist Capitulation
Posted by Jon Sanders at 5:17 PMOur friend Paul Chesser takes the declaration by some Southern Baptists to task in this American Spectator column. Paul notes that the Southern Baptists claim "adherence to Biblical inerrancy and authority," but with this declaration they have "absolutely botched [their] interpretation about what man's responsibility over the Earth is."
Paul provides three examples of Biblical misapplication and conclude that the signers "reveal their ignorance in areas of science and economics1, and their cowardice in compromising their Biblical principles in the face of political pressure."
1. That was a key point in my Townhall article on the same subject — especially the declaration's contention that "address[ing] climate change" was prudent.
Joseph Coletti and the Little Utopian Vision that Just Can't
Posted by Jon Sanders at 4:38 PMMy colleague Joseph Coletti decides to test the Glorious Rail Alternative that is going to Save The Triangle by taking the train from his home in Cary to downtown Raleigh.
His experiences — and other lessons — can be read here.
Regulators clamp down on utility billing plan
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:29 PM
The state is shutting the door on a popular billing option for North Carolina's largest utilities.
The decision does not apply to people who've already signed up for the billing option, which evens out seasonal spikes in customers' energy bills.
Re: feminist [half-]bake[d] sales
Posted by Jon Sanders at 12:45 AMJay, a few years ago while I was a grad student at NC State, I encountered a similarly themed bake sale in the Brickyard held by (if memory serves) the NC State chapter of NOW. In good spirits, I purchased a peaty substance that I was assured was a brownie. Meantime I praised the bake sale highly to the beaming NOW members, and asked them when I could expect NOW to sell knitting.
The question confounded the pastry peddlers, for some reason, and I received no answer besides polite smiles and puzzled looks.
Libertarian's campaign strategy foiled
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 10:28 AM
At least that's the tongue-in-cheek response Mike Munger offers to the news that he'll have a chance to participate in a gubernatorial debate this fall.
With an opposition like this, who needs any allies?
Posted by Jay Schalin at 09:51 AM
In a new article that calls for more celebration of achievement and less whining during Women’s History Month, Jenna Robinson recalls a bake sale recently run by the Women’s Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, where the women were charged 75 cents for a cookie and men were charged $1.00. What they were trying to show was the supposed fact that women earn 77 cents for every dollar in wages men earn (never mind that if women get an education and never leave the workforce to raise a family, they earn roughly the same as men, or even better in some professions). But the “deep thinkers” at the Women’s Center got it backwards: if they wanted to show earning discrimination toward women, they should have charged the women more to demonstrate that it takes more of their paycheck to buy a cookie. What they did instead was hold an affirmative action bake sale demonstrating that the rules are unfair to men! For the unfamiliar, affirmative action bake sales are events held by conservative student groups on campuses that charge white males higher prices than minorities and women to demonstrate the inherent unfairness of affirmative action. Given the reaction of feminists to similar affirmative action bake sales across the country, the Women’s Center at Chapel Hill should have been protesting their own bake sale.
This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 07:55 AM
Some of you might be happy to read that North Carolina has fewer lawyers per capita than any other state, but George Leef will explain the drawbacks in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.
Roy Cordato will react to news that the Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change could consider next month a proposed greenhouse gas emissions limit for the Tar Heel State. Jon Sanders will assess North Carolina’s wasteful government-funded job training programs, while Joe Coletti will explain why jail diversion programs could cut taxpayers' Medicaid costs while boosting public safety and mental health outcomes.
Professor Kevin Gutzman will also join us to share key themes from The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution.
Today's Carolina Journal online features
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 07:54 AM
In this week's Carolina Journal Friday interview, Donna Martinez discusses with Jane Shaw the teacher instruction methods employed in UNC system schools of education.
Joe Coletti offers this week's Daily Journal guest column. Joe took the train to work recently to determine whether a commuter rail system might make sense for him and his neighbors. He was shocked (shocked!) to discover the answer was no.
Latest dispatches from the Gov. Trail
Posted by John Hood at 06:49 AM
• Richard Moore receives a key union endorsement.
• The Associated Press fact-checks Beverly Perdue's ad claiming credit for protecting NC military bases.
• During a TV interview in Asheville, Fred Smith talks taxes, schools, education, and conservatism.
• "Under the Dome" takes a look at Pat McCrory's wheels.
• On his blog, Bob Orr reacts to the firing of Debbie Crane and Gov. Easley's handling of the mental-health mess.
• Bill Graham hasn't gone back on the air with TV spots.
• The crosstabs from the latest Survey USA poll on the GOP candidates identify their respective geographic bases. (Read with caution.)
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