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Charlotte Business Calls It Right

When right-wing power companies accuse progressive candidates of political posturing, you have to scratch your head. I guess that's why Freud came up with the idea of projection . . . seeing in others the thing you refuse to see in yourself. In any case, the saga of Roy Cooper taking Tennessee to the woodshed over its polluting ways continues, this time with the Charlotte Business Journal weighing in on the side of the common good for a change. It's a pretty good story, that gets to the crux of the issue.

To market, to market

One of the funny things about big-bidness free-market types is that they just love to lean on taxpayer support when it suits their needs. And now that the High Point Furniture Market is seeing some serious competition from Las Vegas, big cheeses in the Triad are looking for a little love -- in the form of economic incentives -- to help fund their marketing activities. This from the Winston-Salem Journal this morning. By sucking public money to help promote their annual extravaganza, High Point executives figure they'll help continue the $1.2 billion in economic impact they attribute to the show. To which I say: if the Furniture Market is so damn good for other local businesses, why don't THEY fund the marketing campaign directly? Getting taxpayers involved in paying for this kind of scheme is wrong.

Don't ask conservatives to conserve.

Whenever one of Art Pope's Puppets interviews a scientist, you can be sure it'll be a doozie. Like this interview with Robert Balling, a shill for the wingnuts who happens to be a professor at Arizona State. Balling's premise is simple: North Carolina can't affect overall climate change, so why bother doing anything at all to alter our oil gluttony. Go read the article yourself, but pay special attention to this typical winger refrain:

“And if the state begins to implement a policy that costs the taxpayer any amount of money, the taxpayers are going to demand to know: ‘What is it I get from this investment?’” Balling said. “I stand up and tell them the answer’s absolutely nothing.”

NCAE Judicial Endorsements

The NC Association of Educators just released its endorsements on the PR Newswire.

Supreme Court

Sarah Parker (Chief Justice)
Patricia Timmons-Goodson (Associate Justice, Timmons-Goodson seat)
Mark Martin (Associate Justice, Martin seat)
Robin Hudson (Associate Justice, Wainwright seat)

Court of Appeals

Robert C. "Bob" Hunter (Associate Justice, Hunter seat)
Linda Stephens (Associate Justice, Stephens seat)

I don't know much about all these folks. Does anyone have a quick read on the wisdom of these endorsements?

Why do wingers LOVE terrorism?

You can just see Rick Martinez at the sad News and Observer, gloating over the chance to have some terrorism right here in the Southern Part of Heaven.

Make no mistake about it. Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar's Friday rampage through the UNC campus "pit" with a rented SUV during a time when a bustling crowd was a guaranteed lock was an obvious act of terror. That makes Taheri-azar a terrorist.

March 7

We are now exactly EIGHT MONTHS from election day. And while it's tempting to stand by and watch the wingers self-destruct, we can't count on their incompetence being noticed by North Carolina voters. We cannot count on our fellow citizens to acknowledge Charles Taylor's ethical shortcomings. We cannot count on Virgina Foxx's constituents to recognize that she screws them over with every vote she makes. We cannot count on the Queen City to see Sue Myrick as a tool Bush is using to destroy America's reputation abroad. The only thing we can count on is our own resolve. We must draw clear distinctions between our candidates and the gravediggers of the Republican right.

ANGLICO

Someone asked me yesterday where my blog name came from. It is an acronym for Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company -- which is covered thoroughly in this Wikipedia entry. I'll spare you the trouble of linking to actual ANGLICO sites, which are filled with more rightwing bullshit than anything thinking person should ever have to endure.

2nd ANGLICO is headquartered in Camp Lejeune and is currently deployed in Iraq. When I think that these young people are dying so George Bush could play wartime president, the rage I feel is almost more than I can bear. Heaven help Dear Leader if the professional military ever turns against him.

Blue

This history of business is the history of branding – and for good reason. When properly constructed, brands offer a powerful shorthand for communicating value – and values. Effective brand strategies signal strong promises and reassure buyers that they’re making smart choices. Damaged brands have precisely the opposite effect. They destroy value, create barriers and undermine credibility.

Broken brands

I believe the Democrat brand is a broken brand. Stretched beyond the all reasonable limits, “Democrat” has come to stand for everything and nothing, creating a swirl of ambiguity that leaves many in the middle scratching their heads and wondering what the party actually stands for. This is true for the Republican party too, thanks to Dear Leader’s total abrogation of their core principles, but that’s their problem, not mine.

N&O Loves Sue

Sometimes I write letters to the editor in hopes of getting them published. But sometimes I write them to try to knock some sense into a reporter. This morning's Old Unreliable does a puff piece on Sue Myrick that's enough to turn your stomach. Which prompted my short letter to the reporter in their DC bureau who wrote this crap.

Dear Barbara,

Seriously, you ought to be getting paid by the RNC for the great job you’re doing . . . or then again, maybe you are getting paid by them. In either case, I’m sure they’re very happy with your softball non-news coverage of their darling Sue. Thank God I’m not spending my own money to read this drivel.

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