Did you know the Asphalt King grew up in an orphanage?

Bigger-than-life CEO Fred "the Asphalt King" Smith is testing the oily waters in his run for the governor's mansion, and like all good politicians, he's heralding his humble beginnings. I can see it now, poor little Fredly, growing up in an orphanage.

State Sen. Fred Smith has been to the mountains of Western North Carolina more than a dozen times in the past year and a half. The three-term Republican's frequency to the mountains is an effort to gauge a possible run for the governor's mansion in 2008. Smith toured the Boys and Girls Club here Friday ... Smith, who grew up in a Raleigh orphanage where his mother worked as the housemother and his father was a teacher and coach, said he's familiar with what organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club can do for a young child's life.

Ooops. My bad. Mr. Smith wasn't exactly an orphan even though he just loooooves to talk about growing up in an orphanage.

(Cue the violins)

Keep your eyes peeled for more puff pieces like this. Fred Smith is going to be the Republican nominee for governor, and he'll be painting his rags-to-riches story every chance he gets - about how he rose from humble beginnings to master the art of slopping at the public trough on highway contracts and golf-course development. A Greeder through and through.

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PS And why the hell is Kevin what's-his-face all smiley about his Boys Club being used as a soapbox for a right-wing politician? Hey Kevin, get your butt back to work and stop sucking up.

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Caption contest:

Write the winning caption for the photo and you get to be the Asphalt King for a Day!

Caption:

Fred: There I was, slopping at the ol' public trough, when this big honkin' bag of money comes a-washing by. I pushed my way to the front and grabbed a holt like no body's business. Soooooeeeey. You shoulda seen it, Kevie. Them tax dollars at work, pushin' me down the path to being the rich white guy that I am. Course, I did do a little bill collectin' before that to get me started. They called me da Ax.

Kevin: Geez, Mr. Smith. You are one awesome dude. I hope I can grow up to be an orphan like you.

Repub Gov Log Cabin Stories?

1. Did you know that Frivolous Bob Orr grew up in Art Pope Mansion and sue himself by mistake?

2. Did you know that Lawyer Bill Graham grew up in Billy Graham Church Ladies Choir in Johnston County and sue the Church Choir for sexual harassment?

3. Did you know that Pee Wee Herman grew up in a Porn movie theater in Florida and got busted by Fred Smith preacher James Dodson?

4.Did you know that Congressman Patty McHenry grew up in a Republican Log cabin group and they won't let him out?

5. Did you know that all of the Republican Candiates for Gov will be on American Idiots in May 08?

6. Did you know that flipper Congressman Hayes grew up in his Daddy Textile Mill that no longer exists after his last vote?

7. Did you know that Art Pope grew up in his Daddy Mansion without a silver spoon in his mouth at Chapel Hill?

8. Did you know that John Hood grew up in the lobby of the Curtis Media Group?

9. Did you know that Republican pollist Jack Hawke grew up in the lobby of the Raleigh N&O interviewing Reporters and Editorial writers on the fine art of twisting media opinions?

10. Did you know that 9 out of 10 Republicans in the state party leadership believe the earth is flat and God made it that way and you can't change it?

11.Oops....forgot this one! Did you know that Nathan Tabor grew up on his Daddy Soybean Milk which explains why retardation is the number one issue in the Republican party?

12. Did you know that Congresswomen Virgina Foxx grew up in a apartment in New York City without running water and garage pickup? How in the hell did she get to Boone and grow up in a Classroom at Appalachia State University is beyond the former Republican 109 th congress like everything else at that time?

13. Finally! Did you know that Vernon Robinson grew up with all of the above and they didn't know it since he live outside of their disticts?

I didn't know

Did you know that John Hood grew up in the lobby of the Curtis Media Group?

He probably talked Don Curtis into turning WPTF into a right-wing echo chamber.

caption contest...

"Son, I could blacktop that sweater for only $4 a square foot..."

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

Ooooh...this is pretty good too



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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My mother (and my brothers' mother)

grew up in the Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville. She really was an orphan. There's a big difference in being an actual orphan and being a child of employees of the orphanage. That really makes me angry.

Lovex7

Handouts (with notes)

Fred: So I jumped out from behind Mom's apron and said: "No, you can't have more!"

Kevin: Damn! (Thinks to self: This is one scary dude)

So we have

a not orphaned orphan and a not coal miner's daughter running for governor. Have we heard yet what Moore, Graham and Orr will trot out? (My apologies to each of them if they do not trot out an humble beginnings story.) Robin Hayes is living proof that you don't need to trot out a humble beginnings story in order to win an election among working class voters. I think you do need to be genuine, though.

And Robin Hayes is genuine. He's a genuine horse's ass.



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You go, girl!!

:-)

Lovex7

Contests....I love contests....

Fred: When no one was looking I' d take one of them by the neck and squeeze. Then I'd tell 'em, when I grow up, I'm gonna pave paradise.....

Kevin: Oh Mr. Fredly, you have the loveliest brown eyes, you know, my favorite color is brown....

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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You win

Hands down!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I agree

But she'll have to be the Asphalt Queen for a Day!

We'll present her with her

Assfault Queen for the Day certificate at our gathering next weekend. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Oh good....

no hats please ;)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions My Blog at The Pilot online

You are sick

and I can't wait to meet you!!

Lovex7

hmmmmmm

He's pretty up front about the fact that he lived in an orphanage and that his parents worked there isn't he? Is it really a problem to be proud of what his parents did with their lives?

I don't want to be a buzz kill at the bash-Fred-Smith party, but I would like to think that liberals are above this.

Also...

PS And why the hell is Kevin what's-his-face all smiley about his Boys Club being used as a soapbox for a right-wing politician? Hey Kevin, get your butt back to work and stop sucking up.

He's getting publicity for his org and reaching out to someone who could possibly be elected Governor. Probably a smart move.

"Repealing the estate tax is like choosing the 2020 Olympic team by picking the eldest sons of the gold-medal winners in the 2000 Olympics". - Warren Buffett

"Repealing the estate tax is like choosing the 2020 Olympic team by picking the eldest sons of the gold-medal winners in the 2000 Olympics". - Warren Buffett

Well if

The Bush administration is any indication of how Fred Smith would run North Carolina the Boys and Girls club should be running far away, and fast.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

I don't know about liberals, but I'm not above it.

From what I can tell, Smith is a hypocrite from the get-go. His run for the mansion is built around lots of happy talk with one main point: build more roads to save the environment. I intend to give him zero benefit of the doubt on any front.

If I were in Kevin's position having to beg for public support, I'd probably do what he did and allow myself to be used as a tool for Smith. But I'm not in his position. I'm in the position of trying to stop a dangerous government-hating hypocrite who will undermine the common good. Kevin wants to use the Asphalt King to pave a path to power, fine. I intend to criticize him for it.

Smith is a gazillionaire. Taking him out will not happen by playing nice. It will take relentless pursuit. If you want to be the good cop, that's a fair choice and I admire your restraint. I'm willing to be the bad cop - because somebody has to do it.

If he's so proud

why doesn't he lead with the parents instead of the orphanage? "My Dad was a teacher and coach, and my mother was a housemother, in an orphanage," doesn't create quite the same impression as, "I grew up in an orphanage."

my thoughts exactly

he wants the meme "Smith grew up in an orphanage" to get out.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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