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June 20, 2008

A President and A Governor

Posted by Chad Adams at 7:18 PM

President Bush arrived in Raleigh today for a fund raiser for gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.  When he arrived, he didn't hide, he stepped off the plane where anyone could take his picture.  Public office is public office.


or is it?

Governor Easley flew in to the Brunswick County Airport after meeting with Barack Obama in Chicago.  But as you can see, the plane arrives somewhat out of site, let him off where he hopped into an SUV out of sight from the public view.  Pictures of the plane arriving and the SUV zipping off. The plane was on the ground for around a minute.  Now why would the Gov be hiding??



HT-PA (thanks for the picts!)

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Re: Gore and hot air

Posted by Daren Bakst at 6:39 PM

I just wanted to provide some context regarding the connection to Gore.  From the AFP web site:


A couple of days ago, a Gore spokeswoman ominously warned that they'd be working to block our [AFP's] event:

"We're making inquiries" to see whether the balloon launch violates any local ordinances, (Gore spokeswoman Kalee) Kreider said.

Sure enough, just a few hours before our event was scheduled to kick off, the Nashville Parks and Recreation Department has been in touch, claiming that the permit they approved doesn't allow us to launch our balloon from the city park where we're holding our event -- even though we told them repeatedly exactly what we planned to do.  


In Gore's defense, he may be concerned that Manbearpig could be on the loose.  For those not familiar with Manbearpig, he is "half man, half bear, half pig."

Anyone that disputes the existence of Manbearpig is a denier, a flat-earther.  The science is settled when it comes to Manbearpig.

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Gore putting brakes on Hot Air Tour?

Posted by Geoff Lawrence at 4:01 PM

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has been conducting a state-by-state Hot Air Tour over the past few months. The purpose of the tour is to call attention to the what climate change legislation means for ordinary Americans: "Lost Jobs, Higher Taxes, Less Freedom."

It is being called the "Hot Air Tour" because advocates of these policies are using the "threat" of climate change as a front to push a hidden agenda of expanding government control over the economy and individual freedom. This they do in spite of being certain that the proposed policies would have no appreciable effect on global average temperature. They would, however, lead to massive job losses.

Today, AFP was expected to launch their hot air balloon (the centerpiece of the Tour) to kick off the Nashville, TN leg of the tour. However, the Nashville Parks Department shut down the balloon launch this morning. AFP had filed the necessary permits beforehand, but the Parks Department cited a loophole. Here is what AFP Director of Policy Phil Kerpen told Paul Chesser earlier:

The Nashville Parks Department is denying us permission to launch the balloon, citing the fact that our permit says balloon rides but not specifically the word "launch." This despite the fact that we have explained to them on the phone multiple times our precise flight plan and before today there was no indication that there was a problem or any defect in our permit. Clearly, Gore is calling in favors to stop the embarrassing visual and negative coverage surrounding our event and ratcheting up the beating he is taking over his home energy use.

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You knew a Tar Heel couldn't pass this up

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 3:27 PM

Fielding an incredibly bad football team has its advantages, as Duke has learned.

This item about big-time college athletics reminds me that the lead item in the latest Carolina Journal Radio focuses on universities straying from their core missions.

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Haggling over final budget details

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:25 PM

As legislative budget writers work out details of the final state spending plan, Joe Coletti's recommendations could come in handy. 

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Re: A tale of two Woodhouses

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:20 PM


To extend the literary allusions, I wonder which of the Woodhouse brothers is more likely to say:

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done."

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Re: tale of two Woodhouses

Posted by Jon Sanders at 12:59 AM

Mitch, in another tale, a different Woodhouse works to find a suitable match for her friend Miss Smith.

Hilarity ensues.

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A tale of two Woodhouses

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 12:58 AM

While one Woodhouse brother is working to elect Sen. Barack Obama, the other is working to preserve freedom.

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A Tribute to N.C. State Trooper Blanton.

Posted by Michael Moore at 10:52 AM

This week the citizens of North Carolina lost a fine young man and a humble individual that died doing a job he loved.  David Shawn Blanton, Jr., 24, or just Shawn to those who went to school with him or #5 that played high school football with him at Smoky Mountain High in Sylva, N.C.  Seeing Shawn those of us that went to school with him just seemed to know he was going to go into public service in high school, he comes from a family that believes in helping their neighbors.  So this week has hit home for a lot of young people in western North Carolina that knew this individual.

So remember his family and friends this weekend as we bid farewell to a true North Carolina Hero!

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NC, NJ, and CA governors support high gas prices

Posted by Geoff Lawrence at 10:40 AM

North Carolina is among three states whose governors have said they support the economic slowdown caused by rising gas prices. Average gas prices are now hovering around $4.00/gallon nationally and will likely continue to increase with the rising global demand for oil.

While a switch to renewable energy sources has been touted by some as the way to control gas prices, there has been much confusion over this issue. For most applications, "renewable" sources such as wind or solar power can do nothing to replace the need for petroleum. Petroleum is a fuel - not an electricity source. It can only be replaced by other fuels. However, biofuel technologies are still significantly more expensive (and less efficient) than gasoline.

Hence, the only realistic solution to lowering gas prices is to increase the supply. This would mean opening up the United States' vast oil resources to production. (This would have the added benefit of reducing American dependence on oil imports from politically volatile regions.)

The US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management recently found that only 8 percent of onshore oil is open to drilling under normal leasing terms while 31 billion barrels of onshore oil (62 percent) are closed to drilling altogether. Meanwhile, the Minerals Management Service has estimated that there are 115.43 billion barrels of oil on the Outer Continental Shelves of the United States. A federal moratorium on offshore drilling prevents these resources from being developed. RAND further estimates that there are 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil (using current technology) in the shale of the Green River Formation in the Western United States.

There has been recent discussion among some policymakers of ending the federal moratorium on offshore drilling and allowing states to decide whether they will permit offshore drilling. However, Governors Easley (NC), Schwarzenegger (CA), and Corzine (NJ) have already voiced opposition to lower gas prices (and the ensuing increase in real wealth).

Governor Corzine cites New Jersey's need to protect its tourism industry from the view of drilling platforms which would be so far out that they would not be visible. He says, "Our $35 billion economy is driven by tourism and the use of the shore." This is from the guy who supports making New Jersey's biggest tourist destination, Atlantic City, look like this.

Governor Easley cited similar reasons saying, "It's too much squeeze for the juice when you look at real estate on the coast, recreational fishing and tourism that could be adversely affected by some problem." Yet, Governor Easley signed a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard into law last year. This law will almost certainly do that exact same thing to North Carolina's coastline.

Apparently, noisy 500-foot wind turbines that produce no useful electricity are better for tourism than drilling platforms that would be miles off of the coast. Apparently, raising electricity prices in lieu of lowering gas prices will be better for the North Carolina economy. That's what ASU's recent modeling of climate change legislation portends to be true.

In reality, however, the economic well-being of North Carolina and every other state is dependent on access to reliable and inexpensive energy sources. A move towards expensive energy will cause real people in North Carolina to lose real jobs. Expanding the supply of relatively inexpensive energy - thereby lowering its cost - would be a boon to North Carolina. I wonder where the Governor's true allegiances lie.

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Unions don't like public disclosure either

Posted by George Leef at 10:34 AM

As I noted below, labor unions don't hesitate to use the force of law to clamp down on freedom of speech for those they don't like -- such as employers who prefer not to deal with them. In states with public-sector collective bargaining (which fortunately still includes North Carolina), unions reveal their hostility to freedom in another way -- they oppose public access to information regarding collective bargaining with the state.

Here's an article by the general counsel of Evergreen Freedom Foundation, which fought for openness regarding collective bargaining in Washington state and ran into furious union opposition.

Roaches don't like it when the lights are turned on either.


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Freedom of speech dodges a bullet

Posted by George Leef at 09:03 AM

Yesterday, in a 7-2 decision written by Justice Stevens (Chamber of Commerce v. Brown), the Supreme Court struck down a California law that penalized businesses for opposing unionization, unless they could prove that no state money was spent in doing so. Given the facts that money is fungible and the government is at least tangentially involved in almost everything, this was an open invitation to unions and their allies to litigate against any firm that had the temerity to say that workers might be better off without a union.

The Wall Street Journal covers the case here.

What is notable in this is the willingness of the left to use the threat of lawsuits to stifle freedom of speech. We often hear that "liberals" are great defenders of the First Amendment, but in truth they don't like the marketplace of ideas any better than the like the marketplace for goods and services. Freedom is always an obstacle to plans for control and domination.

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Latest dispatches from the political trail

Posted by John Hood at 07:38 AM

• President Bush arrives in Raleigh today for a private fundraiser for Pat McCrory's campaign. McCrory also takes a jab at Beverly Perdue's proposal for free community-college tuition, favoring a more narrowly targeted tuition break for certain professions such as mental health care. Perdue is in New Bern for the state Democratic convention.

• As the lieutenant governor nominees head to Asheville, Walter Dalton and Robert Pittenger show some differences on legislative issues such as charter schools and taxes.

• The latest Civitas Institute poll has Elizabeth Dole leading Kay Hagan by 10 points. Dole and Richard Burr push for Senate hearings on the nomination of Robert Conrad to the federal Court of Appeals, a cause made difficult when, in a fit of pique, Vermont Sen. Pat Leahy recklessly knocked an Eveready battery off of Conrad's shoulder.

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This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:23 AM

Does the plan for the University of North Carolina’s future stray too far from the university’s key mission of educating students? Jane Shaw thinks so, and she’ll explain why in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.

We’ll also hear comments from a recent rally supporting a one-year moratorium on forced annexation in North Carolina, and Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina will preview next Wednesday’s “Take Back Our State” rally.

Terry Stoops will respond to leading legislators’ comments about school dropout prevention efforts in North Carolina. And Daren Bakst will discuss proposed reforms of tax increment financing rules in North Carolina.

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Today's Carolina Journal Online features

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:15 AM

Today's Carolina Journal Online exclusive features details of a lawsuit the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law filed in connection with the failed Randy Parton Theatre. (Watch the entire NCICL news conference connected with the lawsuit here.)

Michael Moore's guest Daily Journal focuses on the importance of liberty in helping North Carolina thrive in the future.

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