A poem for Governor McCrory

Dear Governor McCrory, I’m writing you today
Because – as a citizen – I have a great deal to say.

I’m incredibly proud of this wonderful state,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great
From Murphy to Manteo we are all instilled
With a North Carolina value: a desire to build
We built universities that were the envy of the nation
We built community colleges that enabled vocations
We built a K-12 system that served every single student
We cultivated a political system that stressed politics less than prudence
We passed pro-business policies, and still invested in our communities
We took it upon ourselves to strive for equal opportunity
We made sure we supported the poor and middle class
But now we have teachers leaving us en masse
And now we’ve decided that public schools aren’t a priority
And now we’re at the mercy of an ideologue majority
And now we’ve become a national joke
And now the lines are drawn to neglect most folks
And now our lands are set for short-term exploitation
And now we have tarnished our great reputation
And now the tax burden has shifted to the bottom
And now our only hope from progress comes in the Autumn
Through decades of work and sacrifice we grew
This great legacy was passed down to me and you
It is a legacy I cherished, and I was stunned
As – under your leadership – this tradition was undone
You replaced it with gamesmanship, and have clearly denoted
That you’ll support the people if you like how they voted
We must bring back this tradition for our posterity
We have to build! We cannot cut our way to prosperity
In Murphy and in Manteo and everywhere in between
The people are hurting, and we’ve got our eyes on 2014

Uriah Ward, Democratic Nominee for NC House 9

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Comments

Is that criteria written down

Is that criteria written down somewhere?

Uriah Ward
Candidate, NC House 9
PO Box 4195
Greenville, NC 27858
252.565.2038

Pat was aware of the process

and clearly lied about it.

The sections on the selection process have disappeared from the council's website, and Macon's personal website also isn't working. Macon has said the website is down for renovations.

However, the governor's news release about Macon's appointment included some of the same guidelines as those of the council: "Guidelines call for the poet to be a North Carolinian with deep connections to the cultural life of this state, literary excellence and influence on other writers and appreciation of literature in its diversity throughout the state ..."

His administration knew the process was there, because they knew to remove it after all the hubbub ensued (apparently they don't know about Internet caches). And he quoted from the process when announcing his choice for poet laureate neophyte.

(It's also interesting that Macon's website is down "for renovations", as it was reported elsewhere that she had overstated at least one of her credentials on her web site and subsequently removed that claim after she was named poet laureate neophyte. It's not hard to believe that she was told to take the web site down until the DAG's staff could go through it).

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Pat also lied about Macon's recognition

She didn't receive the awards Pat said she did.

McCrory's news release also said Macon's books — "Shelf Life" and "Sleeping Rough" — were nominated for Pushcart Prizes, which go to writings from small presses. It also said she was the Gilbert Chapel Distinguished Poet for the Eastern Region in 2010-11.

However, Pushcart Prizes go to individual works, not books. Publisher Tom Davis at Old Mountain Press said he did nominate her books, thinking that they would be republished as award winners if they got the prize.

Macon has confirmed she wasn't the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet but was mentored by a poet who had won that honor.

Ms. Macon might or might not be an accomplished poet, and might or might not be suited to be NC's Poet Laureate.

But the fact that Pat eschewed the accepted process for selecting and announcing a new poet laureate, that he won't tell what criteria he used and that he had to lie about his knowledge of the process and lie about the qualifications of the person he appointed, all demonstrate that this is another chapter in Pat's (self-published) book, How to Take Care of Cronies and Flip the Bird at Others.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Well, I guess he really means what he says (this year)!

NC Gov. Pat McCrory pledges to be more assertive policymaker

We will probably be more assertive than in our first year, which I frankly thought was extremely assertive,” McCrory says. “We had a heck of a good first year, but now I think we can take even more initiatives.

How dare they ridicule me and my "media stunts and budget gimmicks"! Unable to sustain any of my previous vetoes in the Senate...huh! Well, screw you Tillisberger, and, time honored protocol too! I'm Deputy Guvna Pat, and, I've got real phoney-baloney work to do!

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"Let's not be too rough on our own ignorance; it's what makes America great!" - Frank Zappa (6/29/1988)

Puppy mills, poets and ribbon cuttings...

...a guvna's work is never done!

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"Let's not be too rough on our own ignorance; it's what makes America great!" - Frank Zappa (6/29/1988)

Macon resigns

Amidst all the uproar, Valerie Macon did the classy thing and resigned as NC poet laureate.

We presume that Ms. Macon is an honorable person who simply didn't want all the negative attention. But we know that DAG McCrony is a dishonorable person and wouldn't be surprised if he asked her, quietly, to resign.

We can't WAIT to see how he handles the replacement appointment.

Meanwhile, it's reported that McCrory is holed up in his office, giggling over the "man from Nantucket" poem.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

McCrory

is an Irish name, right? Limericks are Irish in origin, right?

Our governor is full of gas,
He hasn't an iota of class.
He takes the prize
For telling lies.
He's a gargantuan ass.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014