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Bob Hall really needs to read General Bullmoose

Last week Democracy NC’s executive director Bob Hall professed never to have heard of liberal money bags Jim Goodmon. As a public service, I link to this for his enlightenment:

He was Raleigh’s Jim Anderson – the “city father” who always “knew best”. Robert Young’s 60s TV dad personified local media mogul – Jim Goodmon of Capitol Broadcasting. THEN; first thing ya know Citizen Goodmon morphed into a snarling, finger-pointing constipated screeching left-wing media mogul meanie – A sad sordid tale of spousal dominance and limo-liberal guilt……

This Jekyll-Hyde transformation now has Goodmon stuck in Hyde-mode. Our community is the worse for it.

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Bipartisan Recommendation Gets in the Way of the Left’s Voter I.D. Rhetoric

Carolina Journal’s Karen McMahan reports here on the 2005, 21-member bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, which advocated for voter I.D.  The commission was co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker.

 

Far from seeing a photo ID requirement as a negative, the commission said it could become a path to even greater access to the ballot. 

“To prevent the ID from being a barrier to voting, we recommend that states use the registration and ID process to enfranchise more voters than ever,” the executive summary of the commission’s report states. “States should play an affirmative role in reaching out to non-drivers by providing more offices, including mobile ones, to register voters and provide photo IDs free of charge. There is likely to be less discrimination against minorities if there is a single, uniform ID, than if poll workers can apply multiple standards.”

The commission urged “procedural and institutional safeguards” to ensure that citizens’ rights are not abused and that no voters are disenfranchised. It also proposed that voters not in possession of a photo ID be allowed to cast a provisional ballot until they are verified.

 

North Carolina’s Leftists are undeterred by the bipartisan recommendations.

 

 

 

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Philly editors didn’t do their job

Here is the first paragraph of a story that appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News today, with the headline “Thugs attack cabbie, passenger”:

IN A HORRIFIC assault in Center City on Saturday night, three teenagers who were spouting racial slurs pulled a man out of a cab to beat him. And when the cabdriver intervened to stop the assault, the teens turned their rage on him, police said yesterday.

Studies have shown that most readers see the headline and read the beginning of a story and then move on. What do you think the reader would take away from this story, given the way race relations have been covered in the past 20 years of politically correct newspapering?

In the next five paragraphs the reporter discusses the sequence of events in detail, the comments of the police, and the fact that the perps had been charged with aggravated assault.

Finally, in the seventh paragraph of this short story, we get this (emphasis added):

Police said the three teens were black and the cabbie and passenger were white. Police did not immediately know whether the teens would or could face hate-crime charges.

If an editor’s job is to inform, the editors at the Daily News fell down on their job here. If you know that the reader is going to think immediately that this story is about white racists and black victims, your job is an editor is to, as quickly as possible, set the record straight and avoid this confusion.

To accomplish this, I’d have moved the seventh paragraph to the second spot in the story, where it belonged.

Now, why there would be any hesitation in calling this a hate crime is another matter altogether.

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N.C. Thwarts Health Care Competition…Again

The Triangle Business Journal reports here that North Carolina has picked four winners and a dozen losers in the delivery of health care services in Wake County. What a shame  that North Carolina continues to regulate health services via the antiquated regulation — not to mention anti-competitive — known as “certificate of need” law. Most states have wiped this type of regulation off the books. Not North Carolina. And here is the result for Wake County.

 

 

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No Federal Bailout Required

Ford — the only domestic auto manufacturer that didn’t take a federal bailout — is doing well and hiring people. Gee, how’d that happen?

 

Ford’s ability to operate profitably represents the success of its strategy started in 2006, when the company mortgaged most of its assets to borrow $23.5 billion. It used the funds to restructure the business so that it could weather the economic downturn and eventually return to a growth mode.

Ford stood out in the recession as the only domestic manufacturer not to file for bankruptcy protection and become a recipient of a federal bailout.

The upswing is translating into more jobs. Ford said earlier this year that it would hire about 5,000 workers at its U.S. factories.

Workers also will get a slice of the automaker’s profits.

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Squatter Thug Update: Police Attacked & Injured, Buildings Trashed, Flag Burned

The Squatter thugs had a busy weekend:

 

Occupy protesters objecting to economic inequality gathered outside Oakland City Hall on Saturday and marched through the streets. Some entered City Hall, a YMCA building and a vacant convention center, police said. The action in City Hall left glass cases smashed, graffiti spray-painted on walls and an American flag burn

Democratic Mayor Jean Quan inspected damage Sunday, and police said officers had been hit with bottles, metal pipes, rocks and burning flares. Three officers and a protester were injured.

 

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Ah, the ‘splinter group’ ploy again

We’re all familiar with efforts by The News & Observer‘s Mark Schultz and Katelyn Ferrall to make us believe that the group that illegally took over the old Yates Motor Co. building was a “different group,” not really part of the Occupy Chapel Hill group.

It seems the effort to try to separate Occupy radicals from members who finally do something illegal that is the natural consequence of their ideology and their rhetoric is not limited to Chapel Hill. The mayor of Oakland had this to say in reaction to Occupy Oakland’s illegal takeover of the convention center there yesterday (emphasis added):

“Occupy Oakland has got to stop using Oakland as its playground,” Mayor Jean Quan, who has come under criticism for the city’s handling of the Occupy movement, said at a late evening press conference.

“Once again, a violent splinter group of the Occupy movement is engaging in violent actions against Oakland,” she said, speaking as officers in riot gear were still lined up against demonstrators in downtown intersections.

“Splinter group”? Nice try, mayor. Sadly, in Chapel Hill it was the local media making this excuse for the Occupy protesters, not the mayor.

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Listen to Bob Hall’s befuddlement

I posted yesterday about Democracy NC’s Bob Hall acting as if he’d never heard of left-wing political-giving millionaire Jim Goodmon. You can listen to it here. I think it confirms I described it pretty accurately from memory yesterday.

Go to the 14:00 mark. That’s where the fun begins. I’ll repeat my point of yesterday: It’s hard to be a “nonpartisan” watchdog when you profess to be unfamiliar with the biggest Democratic/liberal players.

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P.J. O’Rourke on Progressive Elites: They Hate Poor People

P.J. O’Rourke is brilliant as he skewers progressive elites and their view of the poor — in this case, as it relates to banning smoking in public housing.  As usual, his writing is on target and laugh-out-loud funny. Read the whole thing. Twice.

 

Progressive elites may be confused about the existence of right and wrong when it comes to wars against genocidal fanatics, market freedom, and the death penalty for mass murderers. But not when it comes to smoking.

Smoking kills smokers, which is about what they deserve for engaging in such lowbrow, wrong-headed, retarded, vulgarian activity, except they get sick first and that drives up the cost of a single-payer national health care system, plus their second-hand smoke is worse yet because it is a, yuck, inhalation hand-me-down from uncouth people who probably haven’t flossed, and it kills progressive elites who don’t even know anyone who smokes while also releasing greenhouse gases and stinking up the cheery curtains that elites hang in public housing group activity areas to brighten the lives of the underprivileged who are confined to concrete tower blocks with six-by-eight-foot living rooms, seven-foot ceilings, plexiglass windows, and sheet-metal doors with a dozen locks on them. Smoking is wrong.

 

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Classic Example of a Law That Stifles Competition

Today’s Friday interview is my Carolina Journal Radio interview with JLF Vice President for Research Roy Cordato about North Carolina’s dinosaur of a law known as “certificate of need.” This law, which has been repealed by many states, puts the state in charge of deciding who can and can’t build or expand medical facilities and/or purchase new medical equipment. I encourage you to read the full Q&A, but here’s a sample:

 

Martinez: Why does the state of North Carolina have any interest beyond just general interest, like all of us would have, as to what medical facilities are available and operating in the state?

Cordato: Well, they claim that unless they do that, people will apparently purchase all kinds of unnecessary equipment, build all kinds of unnecessary hospital space, and drive costs up. But, of course, when you think about it, it’s really silly. We don’t do that in any other industry. Imagine if in your local community, a new Chinese restaurant wanted to open up, but before they [could] do it, they had to go to the state government, and the state government had to come in and count how many Chinese restaurants there were in the area to see if there was a “need” for an additional Chinese restaurant in the area. 

And not only that, they’d have to see the menu — even the services provided, even within a facility, are under scrutiny — and is it a buffet restaurant or is it an order-from-the-menu restaurant? And then, if the government says, “Oh, OK, well, we need another Chinese restaurant in this town,” then you can get permission from the state to open it. 

Well, first of all, what’s that going to do? It restricts competition. It should be the consumers that decide whether a new Chinese restaurant or a new MRI machine is needed, not the state. And of course, with the politics, the interest is always to protect the entrenched interests — the existing Chinese restaurants — from competition. I mean, wouldn’t we all love to be in an industry where every time a competitor wanted to compete with us, they had to go to the government and get permission to do that and someone had to come in and decide whether their service was needed or not? Well, of course, the whole idea of competition is antithesis to that. It’s really a total central planning model, and it governs our health care services in this state.

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