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January 28, 2010

Congrats to John Hood: He's named World's Worst Person, in Bizarro World

Posted by Jon Sanders at 11:49 PM

I.e., by that noted intellectual Keith Olbermann. Unfortunately, Hood has to share the honor with some other guys. Here's a spotty link to the video:

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Video of Ruffin Poole's appearance in federal court

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 4:56 PM

Anthony Greco's latest lead story focuses on Ruffin Poole's appearance in federal court on 51 corruption charges:

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New Carolina Journal Online exclusive

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 4:13 PM

The latest Carolina Journal Online exclusive features David Bass' report on former Easley aide Ruffin Poole's appearance today in federal court on 51 corruption charges.

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Yawning Reid

Posted by David N. Bass at 4:04 PM

My sentiments precisely, Harry.

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Fact checking Obama's SOTU

Posted by George Leef at 2:53 PM

Here's a useful Cato piece that subjects the SOTU to some fact checking.

It fares very poorly.

Note the photo with that Mussoliniesque posture!

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Another "not true" moment

Posted by Rick Henderson at 2:16 PM

From the Twitter feed by National Review's Jim Geraghty:

In Tampa right now, Obama touts "complete transparency" of stimulus funds, as if the nonexistent districts & contracts don't exist.

Readers of Carolina Journal know better. Just check out Sara Burrows' reporting on stimulus dollars sent to bogus ZIP codes in N.C., and the error-riddled Web site.

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ABC exec deems accurate polls not ready for prime time

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 2:01 PM

NC's left-leaning Public Policy Polling says the traditional news organizations are using methodology concerns to mask their distaste for results of upstarts like PPP and Rasmussen.

For those who criticize NC's right-leaning Civitas Institute and its polls, this might be a good time to point out that Civitas and PPP have similar results in their polls. If anything, PPP's results are more hopeful for conservatives than Civitas'.

Maybe if you want to know what the average American thinks, you can follow old media polls. If you want to know what the electorate thinks and how the electorate is changing, go with Rasmussen, PPP, or Civitas.

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Obama's unseemly attack on the Supreme Court

Posted by George Leef at 1:54 PM

In the SOTU, Obama went after the Supreme Court (or at least the five naughty justices) for deciding that the language "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech" means just what it says. Commenting on this outburst, law professor Bradley Smith writes that Obama's attack displays either "blithering ignorance of the law" or "demagoguery of the worst kind."

I think Obama is now like a chess player who has blundered into a bad position on the board and is under time pressure. Hoping to pull out a win, he's trying reckless, desperate moves without thinking them through. Going after the Court for protecting freedom of speech is akin to a wild "check" that is easily countered.

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Photo of Poole entering courthouse

Posted by David N. Bass at 12:43 AM

Ruffin Poole enters the federal courthouse in Raleigh around 11:45 a.m. He is flanked by federal agents.

Photo credit: Don Carrington

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Ruffin Poole enters federal courthouse handcuffed

Posted by David N. Bass at 12:37 AM

Over at CJ TV, reporter Anthony Greco has video of Ruffin Poole entering the federal courthouse in Raleigh this morning.

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Bass and Cafferty on Wasting a Ton of Taxpayer Money

Posted by Becki Gray at 11:35 AM

As if Butterfield’s trip to Copenhagen (courtesy of the taxpayer) wasn’t enough, as David reports here,  CNN’s Jack Cafferty blasts the Peolosi-lead posse as well.     


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The problem is federal spending

Posted by George Leef at 11:06 AM

In today's Wall Street Journal, professor Edward Lazear's article hits the nail on the head: the great problem we face is the explosion of federal spending, not the size of the budget deficit. Here is his conclusion:

"Let us not be confused by promises of job, coupled with fiscally responsible sounding language that masks the underlying irresponsibility of budget decisions. Proposals that increase taxes and spending, even if they do not increase the deficit, will place a substantial burden on our recovering economy and on future economic growth."

Here's the gigantic blind spot that big government advocates (of all parties) have: They fail to understand that because resources are limited, the more the government spends on the variety of things politicians like, the less is left for the private sector, where wealth is created and where innovation occurs.

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Victor Davis Hanson on the SOTU

Posted by George Leef at 10:34 AM

He tears it to shreds here.

Bill Clinton at least appeared to learn something from his defeats. Obama is too blinded by his statist ideology to acknowledge that his agenda of expanding the power of the government everywhere is not just unpopular but certain to cause terrible consequences. Either he can't or won't think through causal chains to see that policies based just on their hoped-for nice results boomerang.

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Mark Steyn on SOTU

Posted by George Leef at 10:20 AM

To put it mildly, Steyn was not impressed. Read his sharp-edged commentary here.

One point grabbed my attention particularly -- Obama's annoying chin in the air pose. When he does that (very often, alas), he reminds me of Mussolini.

Then he gets into his policies and they also remind me of Mussolini.

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Breaking windows for jobs

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 09:41 AM

A speechwriter in the Obama administration may have lost their job over this one.

When touting the benefits of last year's stimulus bill, President Obama mentioned

the window manufacturer in Philadelphia who said he used to be skeptical about the Recovery Act, until he had to add two more work shifts just because of the business it created.

Joe Henchman blogged on the similarity between this line and Frederic Bastiat's broken window fallacy.

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High-speed hijinks

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 08:01 AM

The News & Observer tells us this morning that North Carolina is slated to receive $520 million today in federal "stimulus" money for high-speed rail.

Randal O'Toole explained in a June 2009 John Locke Foundation report why these projects don't make sense:

"The average North Carolinian will take a round trip on a high-speed train only once every 27 years," said report author Randal O'Toole, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. "That's certainly not worth the cost of pursuing high-speed rail service for this state. The administration's proposed high-speed rail plan will cost $1,000 for every federal income taxpayer, yet the average American would rarely or never ride high-speed trains."

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Why President Obama should meditate on the career of Steve Jobs

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 07:58 AM

Read Rich Karlgaard's Wall Street Journal op-ed. Karlgaard, the publisher of Forbes, gets it.

We do know the following: One, Steve Jobs is a much better salesman than Barack Obama. The president should visit Cupertino and take some lessons. Two, if America is to rediscover its mojo and grow its way out of debt and deficits—and not just pin the tail on the rich, or inflate it all away—it needs to liberate the new generation of Steve Jobses. Today, that challenge seems daunting. But the 1970s, the decade of Apple's birth, offers hope that hardy seeds can take root even in bad climates.


Mr. Obama and his advisers need to grasp this essential fact: Entrepreneurs are not just a cute little subsector of the American economy. They are the whole game. They will give us tomorrow's Apples and the multiplier effect of small businesses and exciting new jobs that go with them. Entrepreneurs are necessary to keep our large multinationals on their toes. It's no coincidence that the entrepreneurial flowering of the 1970s forced a managerial revolution in large companies during the 1980s and 1990s. Without Steve Jobs, there would have been no Lou Gerstner to reinvent IBM in the '90s. Entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs make everyone better.
"Entrepreneurs are not just a cute little subsector of the American economy. They are the whole game." True dat.

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Full video from AFPNC's State of the Union program

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 07:00 AM

Click play below to see the full-length video from Wednesday's Americans for Prosperity North Carolina program focusing on the president's State Of The Union address. The entire program runs 1:03:25.

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New Carolina Journal Online features

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:50 AM

The latest Carolina Journal Online exclusive features David Bass' report on a dispute between the private bail bonds industry and advocates of government-funded pretrial release programs. 

John Hood's Daily Journal takes aim at the false claim that tax increases always pay for government's highest priorities.

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AFPNC hosts State of the Union gathering

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 00:41 AM

Dozens of people crowded the John Locke Foundation offices Wednesday night to hear President Obama's first official State of the Union address, along with commentary and reaction from Americans for Prosperity North Carolina and guests.

In the video clip below, AFPNC state director Dallas Woodhouse critiques the president's efforts to stimulate the economy.

In the next clip, JLF Fiscal Policy Analyst Joseph Coletti discusses North Carolina's continuing unemployment woes.

In the next clip, Civitas Institute Executive Director Francis De Luca discusses poll results involving the president and his health-care proposals.

We'll post the entire AFPNC program in another blog entry later this morning.

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