Oct 312004

After this election is over, would someone tell me who the party of tolerance is supposed to be — or was that another label in name only?

Yahoo! News – Colo. Teacher Sorry for Kicking Student
DURANGO, Colo. – A part-time college instructor has apologized for kicking a student because he was wearing a Republican shirt.

Fort Lewis College student Mark O’Donnell said he was showing people his College Republicans sweat shirt, which said “Work for us now … or work for us later,” when Maria Spero kicked him in the leg at an off-campus restaurant.

Spero then said “she should have kicked me harder and higher,” said O’Donnell. “To physically take that out on someone because you disagree with them, that is completely wrong.”

Oct 292004

Does it worry you that the big businesses and banks supporting Amendment One have been trying to coerce their own employees via memos and email to vote for this Constitutional Amendment? Should business to be allowed to use the leverage of their employment power to influence the voting preferences in this case — and if successful, will they stop here??

May I show you a slightly used Brooklyn bridge.

Businesses throw money, support behind Amendment One proposal

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Wachovia and Bank of America each donated $100,000 to the campaign. In total, campaign finance reports show that more than $1.6 million has flowed from businesses, industry groups and a few individuals,
more than nine times the amount a coalition fighting the amendment has on hand

Proponents “want to bypass those pesky voters because they don’t approve these things easily,” said Perri Morgan, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, a small-business group.


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Oct 272004

If you haven’t visited this site before and you have a problem with the overt media bias at CBS, then RatherBiased.com will give you more cause for irritation.

RatherBiased.com is a site documenting the partisan beliefs on different issues and people, ranging from abortion to “W,” of one of the most politicized journalists of our time.

All quotations are provided with the source and date. They’re taken from news transcripts, newspapers, magazines, books and Web sites.

Oct 272004

…business as usual in the State House till the next election…

Democrats likely to take both houses
Usually at this point in the campaign season, both Republican and Democratic legislators sound optimistic about their chances for seizing control of the N.C. General Assembly.

This year, however, the two parties seem to agree on one thing: Democrats will likely hold the majority of seats when the legislature returns to Raleigh in January.

Whether they’ll actually be able to govern is another, more murky story.

All 170 seats in the N.C. House and N.C. Senate will be up for grabs Nov.

Oct 262004

Union County needs an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) sooner than later! A short drive around the middle to western sections of the county will astound you by the amount of development construction underway. Next Tuesday, we have an opportunity to advance the cause of the APFO by electing new commissioners who will work to manage the stupendous growth we are facing. The only candidate who has voiced “unqualified” support for the AFPO is Roger Lane; the others have just danced around subject like moths around a flame. Other cities and counties nationwide have dealt with this issue, but our county staff seems bent on re-inventing the wheel, which appears pointless and slowing of the process. The link below conveys an experience that may strike you as reminiscent.

We Love the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance
Twenty years ago when I served on a town board, if a developer came to town and wanted to slap in a subdivision, and he had a purse filled with good folding money, he could have his way with us. Sure, we knew that the hundred new homes would bring in 200 more cars, and the schools would have an additional 100 new students and the police department would have to double it’s operation. We assumed the extra tax would come in and it would all be covered. It never was, because growth never paid its way. At some point in time, we as a council learned that by enacting a condition of health, safety and welfare we could, on some occasions, hold up some development because of hazardous conditions created by that subdivision

Oct 262004

Does a free press mean that Mainstream Media need not be honest? Evidentally it does to CBS, ABC and the New York Times? Can the press be excluded from campaign finance laws, anymore?
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News of missing explosives in Iraq — first reported in April 2003 — was being resurrected for a 60 MINUTES election eve broadcast designed to knock the Bush administration into a crises mode.

Jeff Fager, executive producer of the Sunday edition of 60 MINUTES, said in a statement that “our plan was to run the story on October 31.”