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NC State students support free expression

NC State’s unique campus landmark, the Free Expression Tunnel, like free expression itself, is no stranger to controversy. Nevertheless, the overblown controversy of 2010 seemed to endanger the tunnel for good.

NC State students, however, sensibly support the Free Expression Tunnel, good and bad. (Dear NC State diversityniks desirous of becoming speech police: choke on that.) Technician reports:

A majority of students who completed the survey [sent by Student Government] agreed that they were not in favor of the formation of a student group for the Tunnel.

For some students like Candy Thomson, a sophomore in animal science who completed the survey, having a group would take control of managing the tunnel out of the students’ hands.

“The tunnel is about free expression,” Thomson said, “it would be silly to have someone in charge over it.”

Gaivorlor Borbor , a junior in electrical and computer engineering, said he believes that students should take charge of the tunnel themselves.

“If students don’t like what they see,” Borbor said,  “they can paint over it or not look at it. Having a student group would be weird.” …

Student government announced they would not create a committee to paint over offensive words and images in the tunnel, but that students could. “It’s the free expression tunnel,” [freshman Adam] Cheeks said. “I’m a Christian and there’s stuff that’s offensive to me all the time, but I’m not writing over it.”

Technician’s editors wrote:

Due to the nature of the tunnel, students have always had the freedom to paint it themselves. They can use their own funds to buy paint and take their own time to make a statement, if they feel it needs to be done.

The Free Expression Tunnel is long-standing tradition that has lasted through the 40 years of changing times. Our alumni painted the tunnel in their youth and probably wrote similar things to us. Now, the Free Expression Tunnel has been quiet since the incident in November and the discussions have subsided since the Winter Break. This shows that students have control of the tunnel, whether they realize it or not. An organized group isn’t necessary to give students this power.

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Truth is Controversial

Rick Santorum speaks the truth about the millions of missing Americans and it’s deemed controversial. It’s only controversial because his words, and the numbers, expose one of  the many impacts of the abortion industry.

 

The presidential aspirant and devout social conservative told a New Hampshire radio station on Tuesday that the cash shortfalls facing the 76-year-old Social Security system could be lessened if not for the country’s “abortion culture.” He was responding to a caller who made similar comments.

“Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion,” he said. “We are depopulating this country, and we’re seeing the birth rate is below replacement rate for the first time in history.”

 

By the way, check out the latest on the lengths to which abortion providers will go to secure public money.

 

 

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Orange Commissioners Stumped By Opposition to Tax Hike

It’s no secret there’s a huge disconnect between the liberal elected officials in Orange County and many of their more rural constituents, but this Daily Tar Heel story exposes it yet again. Orange commissioners desperately want more public money — what else is new — and they’re trying to figure out how to get the 1/4 cent sales tax referendum passed in November. It failed 51 to 49 last time. Predictably, the liberal view is that anyone who doesn’t want their taxes raised simply doesn’t understand the issue and/or lacks information and/or access to media. That’s hogwash of course, but that’s the elitist view.

As the county reconsiders a potential quarter-cent sales tax increase, officials are trying to determine what went wrong in November, when the referendum failed 51 percent to 49 percent.

Some said the county failed to inform the rural community — where the referendum largely failed — about what the revenue from the increase would have funded.

“There’s not a newspaper that regularly reaches those people,” vice chairman of the county commissioners Steve Yuhasz said in November. “There’s not a radio station the equivalent ofWCHL. The Internet access is much more sketchy in the rural parts of the county.”

To correct this, Yuhasz said commissioners will focus on increasing voter awareness, especially in rural areas.

Note also that reporter seems to buy the liberal premise. Check out the wording:

As the county reconsiders a potential quarter-cent sales tax increase, officials are trying to determine what went wrong in November, when the referendum failed 51 percent to 49 percent.

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Busted

If you think there’s pressure from recipients of state funds to keep their appropriations intact, check out what Planned Parenthood is willing to say in order to preserve federal funding. Pathetic.

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Democratic and journalistic crybabies

The world is falling apart, in the view of Democrats and their fellow travelers at The News & Observer. The dismantling of their universe is not some natural disaster such as a tsunami or an earthquake. It’s losing a couple of elections that they see as proof of Armageddon.

Last year it was the victory of Republicans in the Wake County board of education race that set them atwitter. Teeth were set gnashing at Democratic headquarters and in the ivory towers of the N&O‘s news and editorial precincts. Ink-stained wretches were quickly enlisted to delegitimize the victory and the policies of the victors.

Then came last November and the historic defeat of the century-old Democratic majority in the legislature. Why, this just could not be! The world was tilted upside down! Mere anarchy has been loosed upon the world! Worse, those rascally Republicans who won have had the temerity to actually appoint Republicans to boards that have been dominated by Democrats for decades.

In today’s N&O, the reporters and headline writers worked overtime to make it sound as if the barbarians are at the gates of Raleigh and the borders of North Carolina. “Wake school board denies bias” reads one have-you-quit-beating-your-wife” headline. “House packs UNC board with GOP” reads another apocalyptic header. “Democrats sit out vote, say process was rigged” reads the subhead.

Former House Speaker Joe Hackney of Chapel Hill, trying his best to claim some of the revolutionary fervor of his Democratic counterparts in Wisconsin, led the Democrats in a mini-rebellion that surely made Hackney remember the fun days of the campus unrest of the ’60s:

Rep. Joe Hackney, a Chapel Hill Democrat, said there was no point in Democrats participating in the vote. So they didn’t. Democrats turned in blank ballots, and later voted “no” on a roll call vote on the Republican-approved list.

“They pressured people to withdraw so they wouldn’t be on the ballot and it just made the Board of Governors election a sham … it just wasn’t fair and we wanted to make that point,” Hackney said.

When you’ve finished laughing at the idea of a North Carolina Democrat whining about fairness, after more than a century of treating Republicans like whipped dogs, here’s a little dose of reality from Kings Mountain Republican Tim Moore that the Democrats in the legislature and the Democrats in the state’s newsrooms should heed:

Moore, himself a former UNC board member, pointed out that he lost re-election after one term when the legislature was controlled by Democrats.

“I didn’t cry foul and say it wasn’t fair,” he said. “That’s just the way it was.”

It’s only going to get worse. Already the race-quota-gender card is being played:

Rep. Alma Adams, a Greensboro Democrat, said the makeup of the board is problematic. The 32-member board, which oversees five historically black campuses, will have only four black members.

Expect the pundits, headline writers, editors and reporters to take that ball and run with it, just as they did when the race card was played after Republicans won a majority of the Wake County school board seats.

A responsible media would seek to give readers a view of issues that is somewhere near reality. As President Obama famously said, “Elections have consequences.” Big-boy journalists, in an historic situation such as North Carolina finds itself, should be telling readers the same thing Tim Moore told the N&O. They shouldn’t be trying to undermine legitimate elections and foment unrest and a false sense of outrage with lurid headlines and Demo-centric “news” stories.

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The Lesson for Local Officials: Your Constituents are Paying Attention

Carolina Journal’s David Bass reports on a fascinating scenario that’s developing in Bertie County, where the unemployment rate is 12.3 percent. Citizens have banded together to fight a 42 percent salary hike given to the county manager.

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Another Home-School Success Story

Cary teenager Carl Colglazier has just won $5,000 and the grand prize in a C-SPAN documentary contest. Like so many high-achieving kids these days, he’s home-schooled.

 

 

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It’s Extreme! It’s Extreme!

As the U.S. Congress heads to a showdown on budget cuts — the current continuing resolution runs out next week — expect to hear Democrats use the word “extreme” repeatedly. Why? The Washington Examiner reports Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was caught by reporters rehearsing his lines with other Democrats on a conference call. Schumer didn’t realize reporters were already listening in.

 

Schumer instructed the group, made up of Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Tom Carper of Delaware, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, to tell reporters that the GOP is refusing to negotiate.

He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as “extreme.”

“I always use extreme, Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use.”

Someone must have finally told Schumer that the media were listening and he stopped talking midsentence.

 

What I call “extreme” is a $1.6 trillion deficit and a nearly $15 trillion debt.

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Innovative Apex doc getting national attention

Readers of Carolina Journal Online already know the name of Dr. Brian Forrest. He’s the Apex doctor whose practice does not take insurance. He was interviewed by CJ Online six years ago. Now he’s been featured in a major article in The Weekly Standard for the second time:

Forrest’s approach is one of several that are gaining popularity as doctors—fed up with health care bureaucracies—search for new business models. Some, known as “concierge” practices, charge a monthly fee, typically of $100 or more, in exchange for enhanced access to physicians. Some accept insurance, others don’t.

Forrest’s patients pay for services off an à la carte list, or they can pay a $39 monthly fee for a discount off the price list. He says the economics work because he doesn’t have to hire employees dedicated to dealing with insurance companies. Patients pay him on the spot and in full.

Even insurance companies are getting interested in what Forrest is doing:

Perhaps most surprising in the last year, though, is that insurance companies—“typically our enemy”—are taking an interest in Forrest’s work. They were intrigued after Access Healthcare was named one of 33 “Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence” by the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control.

“They said, ‘Huh, you have better outcomes than most doctors have,’?” Forrest says. “We said, ‘Yeah, that’s because our focus is on patients, not insurance.’?”

Let’s hope the crony capitalists in the insurance industry don’t screw up the good thing Forrest has going.

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MSM shilling for the president

It’s not contestable that the mainstream media is doing its best to spin things in favor of the president. Gaffes that would have aired on a loop for George Bush don’t even make the news for Obama.

For a brown-nosing tour de force, though, read the tiresome Dana Milbank of The Washington Post today. Watch in wonder has he takes an Obama weakness and turns it into a brilliant asset. Watch as he takes ineptness and turns it into a Kissingeresque master stroke, while deftly getting another jab in at Sarah Palin. What a journalist!:

On the other hand, maybe the lack of a fixed doctrine isn’t such a bad thing. Being doctrinaire, after all, got the last guy into quite a bit of trouble. Everybody knew what the Bush doctrine was — at least, everybody but Sarah Palin (“in what respect, Charlie?”). Yet that crisp clarity led us into war in Iraq based on false presumptions, draining resources from the war in Afghanistan and antagonizing allies. …

As a doctrine, Obama’s is maddeningly subtle. Cost-weighting can’t compete with “smoke ‘em out” and “dead or alive.” But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

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