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  • With five Senate contests on 'knife's edge,' GOP donors give more

    09/15/2014 6:18:58 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    southernnorthcarolina to SoFloFreeper
    The Senate majority may not be determined on the night of November 4.

    Remember Louisiana's unique "open primary," with incumbent Senator Landrieu (D) plus four other Democratic candidates, three Republican candidates, and a Libertarian candidate on the ballot. If nobody receives a majority (as seems highly likely), there will be a runoff on December 6. The consensus of polling indicates that Ms. Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy are the two strongest candidates.

    Now, ponder for a moment the possibility that on the morning of November 5, there are 50 Republican Senators and Senators-elect, 49 Democratic Senators and Senators-elect, and Louisiana yet to be determined. The Republicans need 51 seats to form a majority; 50 would suffice for Democrats, given Vice President Biden's tie-breaking vote. We could have a month-long battle in Louisiana with the Senate majority -- and every Senate leadership position, and the majority party and chairmanship for each Senate Committee, at stake.

    Laissez le bon temps rouler!

  • New York schools drop Michelle O’s lunch program

    09/03/2014 3:50:59 PM PDT · 9 of 45
    southernnorthcarolina to upchuck
    Why not go with the menu plan which is available to Michelle's daughters?

    Tomorrow's lunch menu for middle school/upper school students at the Sidwell Friends School:

    Sweet Corn Chowder
    Lentil, Beet & Orange Salad
    Blackened Portobello Salad
    All Natural Meatball Subs
    Margherita Orzo
    Farmer's Market Vegetable
    Baked Potato Wedges
    Grapes

  • Scotland's Future Hangs in Balance

    08/28/2014 7:15:01 PM PDT · 42 of 45
    southernnorthcarolina to Kaslin
    As it happens, I will be in London on the day of the independence election in Scotland, though of course the election has nothing to do with the reason for my trip. I will, nonetheless, be watching with interest.

    Independence from England worked out pretty well for us in the Colonies, but I don't think it's such a good idea for Scotland. If, on the night of September 18, I see a crowd of blue-faced, kilt-wearing, Scotch-inebriated, bagpipe-playing folks descending upon Hyde Park, I'll have a pretty good idea of how the vote went. Or maybe not -- bagpipes sound the same whether the pipers are drunk or sober.

  • Louisiana Senate: Landrieu (D) 46%, Cassidy (R) 43%

    07/12/2014 4:44:36 PM PDT · 37 of 52
    southernnorthcarolina to Clintonfatigued
    Don't forget Louisiana's bizarre election format.

    All candidates (in this case one Democrat, the incumbent, Mary Landreau, and three Republicans -- Bill Cassidy, Paul Hollis, and Rob Maness) will be on the November 4 ballot. If no candidate achieves a majority -- which seems likely -- a runoff will take place on December 6.

    Now, imagine what would happen if, after the November 4 votes were counted across thew nation, we had 50 Republicans and 49 Democrats either as Senators or Senators-elect, with Louisiana's runoff still to come. The GOP needs 51 seats for a majority; 50 would be enough for the Democrats, given Biden's tie-breaking vote.

    Just imagine the carnival atmosphere in Louisiana with one month of campaigning left (most likely Landreau vs. Cassidy, as the other two Republicans have been polling in the single digits), with control of the Senate awaiting the outcome.

  • This Chart Explains Why The US Military Is Such A Dominant Global Force

    07/12/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT · 6 of 22
    southernnorthcarolina to blam
    North Korea:

  • Pop, Soda or Coke? 11 Maps Show How Differently Americans Speak

    07/04/2014 6:59:11 AM PDT · 62 of 124
    southernnorthcarolina to NYer

    In most of the US, if several people wish to buy a ticket at a ticket window, they wait in line. But in New York, they seem to wait ON line. Is this usage found elsewhere in the US? Of course, in England, they form a queue.

    I have also noticed in New York that if I order black coffee to go (from a deli, not a fancy coffee shop), it may have sugar in it. I have to order it “black, no sugar” to get it unadulterated.

  • Landscaper Killed by Wood Chipper in South Florida

    06/23/2014 4:52:46 PM PDT · 33 of 41
    southernnorthcarolina to Oldeconomybuyer

    Mulch ado about nothing.

  • Gander international airport’s historic lounge at risk amid growing costs

    06/22/2014 6:47:46 PM PDT · 12 of 35
    southernnorthcarolina to Squawk 8888
    A refueling stop in Gander was a necessity for a transatlantic DC-3. Here's a BOAC route map dated 1946:

    Even the early jetliners had a much shorter range than those of today, so Gander remained quite active for some years after the jet age began; and more and bigger jets caused a new terminal to be needed by the 1950s. For a couple of years, Gander was the biggest commercial airport in the world in terms of runway capacity.

    It's practically on a direct path from New York to the UK. These days, we just wave as we pass over it. It still surprises me somehow that over two hours out of New York bound for London, we're still over Canada. The first third of the flight is over land.

  • Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl ring revealed

    06/21/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT · 18 of 27
    southernnorthcarolina to QT3.14
    "In your jewelry let diamonds be conspicuous by their absence. Nothing is more vulgar than a display of 'ice' on a man’s shirt front, or on his fingers." -- Emily Post, 1922

    This was correct when it was written, and it still is.

  • Perry: Record Numbers from Terror Hot Beds Illegally Crossing Texas-Mexico Border (VIDEO)

    06/17/2014 6:36:35 PM PDT · 50 of 64
    southernnorthcarolina to PoloSec
    A state's power of eminent domain should be used only in the most dire emergencies. Texas has one now.

    Texas should condemn a 500-foot-wide strip along the border; pay the private property owners at least the tax value of the land confiscated; build barbed-wire fences along both sides of the strip; and mine the land in between. Signs on both fences (in English on the signs facing the U.S., in Spanish on the sides facing Mexico) should warn that anyone breaching the fence, whether by cutting it or climbing over it, may be blown up by a land mine.

    Too harsh? I think not. We are being invaded, and it's long past time that we should react appropriately to that circumstance. The act of invasion is itself a crime, but of course the invaders generally don't stop there -- at a minimum, they'll avail themselves of social services paid for by U.S. taxpayers which should be reserved for U.S. citizens; and of course, it is frequently worse -- drug trafficking, gun running, burglary, rape, drunk driving (here in NC, far from the border, driving the wrong way on freeways, often with deadly results, is an illegal immigrant specialty), and more.

    And then, as Gov. Perry points out, there is the terrorist aspect. Muslim terrorists are not stupid; they recognize where the easiest points of entry into the U.S. are. Political correctness, specifically the urge not to offend, has proven to be fatal many times. Will we offend our neighbors to the south by securing our border? Who cares?

  • Bergdahl bumps VA from spotlight: Is America in Danger for Obama's Political Wellbeing?

    06/04/2014 5:16:42 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    southernnorthcarolina to PapaNew

    Did the Bergdahl story bump the VA story off the front page?

    Yes, but not as Obama had planned. The Bergdahl story has the potential to be much worse for him, even as the VA story simmers.

    The 2014 Senate elections are the central issue. In my judgment, the chances of a GOP takeover of a Senate majority just bounced from 40% to 60%. Yes, the Republicans still can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but things are looking brighter.

  • Idaho Hometown of Newly Freed Soldier Cancels Planned Celebration (Confirmed)

    06/04/2014 2:09:13 PM PDT · 27 of 44
    southernnorthcarolina to nickcarraway

    Barrista at the Hailey, Idaho coffee shop where Bowe Bergdahl once worked: "Birddog? Birddog? Nope, never heard go him. Say, you want a muffin with that cappuccino?"

  • Bergdahl Celebration Set for June 28 in Hailey ID

    06/04/2014 1:56:47 PM PDT · 52 of 53
    southernnorthcarolina to southernnorthcarolina
    Now that we know more -- including the terrorists we released (in violation of the Constitution); the circumstances of Bergdahl's separation from his unit (voluntary, it now seems); and the deaths of our soldiers seeking to rescue Bergdahl (who, quite probably, did not want to be rescued) -- I suspect the celebrations will be quietly scuttled.

    I hereby award myself an engraved, sterling silver FReeperPrognostication trophy.

  • Teacher slept with 2nd student after prom snub: prosecutors

    06/04/2014 1:22:19 PM PDT · 33 of 68
    southernnorthcarolina to conservative98
    A day earlier, prosecutors said the Grover Cleveland High School teacher had been carrying on a months-long affair with a student...

    Grover Cleveland also robbed the cradle, marrying a 21-year-old daughter woman in a White House ceremony. Coincidence or not?

  • Teacher slept with 2nd student after prom snub: prosecutors

    06/04/2014 1:20:38 PM PDT · 30 of 68
    southernnorthcarolina to conservative98
    A day earlier, prosecutors said the Grover Cleveland High School teacher had been carrying on a months-long affair with a student...

    Grover Cleveland also robbed the cradle, marrying a 21-year-old daughter woman in a White House ceremony. Coincidence or not?

  • This computer programmer solved gerrymandering in his spare time

    06/03/2014 1:45:12 PM PDT · 19 of 47
    southernnorthcarolina to justlurking
    If you want to get rid of gerrymandering, the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which essentially mandated the creation of "minority-majority" districts, no matter how bizarrely shaped the districts had to be to meet that objective, must be gotten rid of.

    Here's what has to be overcome:

    Supreme Court to hear Alabama redistricting challenge

    You can bet that the plaintiffs want some gerrymandering -- enough to create enough black majority districts to essentially guarantee the election of blacks in proportion of their overall percentage of a state's population. And yet, they don't want too much gerrymandering, which would make the black districts have overwhelming black majorities, thus helping Republicans in adjacent districts.

    This comes under the category of being careful what you ask for. When, after numerous court challenges, State Legislatures in states covered by the VRA (mostly Southern states) said, in effect, alright, here are your black districts. Very, very safe black districts, in fact. With, not so incidentally, adjacent districts being "bleached."

    The upcoming Supreme Court case will be interesting. I can't see them continuing to mandate racial gerrymandering, while prohibiting partisan gerrymandering. It's probably too much to hope for that the Voting Rights Act be struck down in its entirety (although it has always seemed, from my non-lawyerly perspective, unconstitutional, in that it applied only to certain jurisdictions).

    Get rid of racial gerrymandering, and go to a color-blind system. If we did that, I'd be fine with letting a computer draw the lines, with no consideration given to party registration, ethnicity, or the home towns of the incumbents.

  • Bergdahl Celebration Set for June 28 in Hailey ID

    06/02/2014 7:44:33 PM PDT · 24 of 53
    southernnorthcarolina to tellw
    I'm going to be charitable here, and suggest that this event was hastily arranged in the immediate aftermath of the announcement of Sgt. Bergdahl's release, while the understandable sentiment was joy that one of "our guys" was free.

    Now that we know more -- including the terrorists we released (in violation of the Constitution); the circumstances of Bergdahl's separation from his unit (voluntary, it now seems); and the deaths of our soldiers seeking to rescue Bergdahl (who, quite probably, did not want to be rescued) -- I suspect the celebrations will be quietly scuttled.

  • Again! The S&P 500 Hits An All-Time High

    05/27/2014 8:22:38 AM PDT · 10 of 12
    southernnorthcarolina to SeekAndFind
    I don't like quantitative easing (money printing and artificially low interest rates), but I'm certainly not going to bet against the Fed. For now, at least, they seem to want to pump up the stock market, so I go along for the ride. As stocks climb a wall of worry, I worry, too -- but I remain fully invested, about 50% U.S. equities, 30% Asian equities, 20% "other" (corporate bonds, precious metal ETFs, limited partnerships, REITs).

    Yes, we'll have a "correction," maybe a sharp one. But I'm not smart enough to know when. And if it happens this summer, we might have a strong bounce-back if Republicans look poised to take the Senate.

    I have become cautious enough to get off margin, and to move my equity holdings into more defensive positions (big, dull, boring multinationals). But I'm still "all in." It has worked well recently.

  • Primary Live Thread (AR,GA,ID,KY,OR,PA)

    05/21/2014 6:31:35 AM PDT · 381 of 467
    southernnorthcarolina to All
    McConnell will have a tough race in November, but I think he'll be reelected. Those of you who believe he'll lose based on the fact that there were more Kentuckians voting in the Democratic primary than in the Republican primary are forgetting the mechanics of the situation.

    Like most Southern states, Kentucky has considerably more registered Democrats than registered Republicans -- and yet, it has voted consistently Republican at the Presidential and Senatorial levels in recent years. The primaries were closed -- that is, registered Democrats couldn't vote in the Republican primary, nor vice versa. So it is hardly surprising that the total Democratic vote was higher than the total Republican vote.

    Consider the 2010 Senate primaries in Kentucky. Rand Paul won the 6-way GOP primary with 58.8% of the vote, and Jack Conway won the 5-way Dem primary with 44.0% of the vote. And note this well: a total of 352,275 votes were cast in the Republican primary; a total of 521,659 votes were cast in the Democratic primary. And yet, Rand Paul prevailed in the general election.

    Returning to 2014, I suppose that if I were a Kentucky resident, I'd have voted for Bevin in the primary. But McConnell having defeated him, I'd be on Team Mitch this morning. This year, there is nothing more important than achieving a Republican majority in the Senate.

    With Republican control of the Senate (I take continued Republican control of the House as a given), Obama becomes the lamest of lame ducks, a political nonentity. He'd play a lot of golf, which I'd much prefer to him signing legislation. Every Senate Committee, standing or special, would have a Republican majority. And Senate Committees are were bills are born, or more importantly, go to die. With a Republican Senate majority, the chances of running out the clock on a Supreme Court nominee by Obama, should a vacancy arise in the last two years of his term, would be quite good.

    Not every Republican will meet the conservative ideal of FReepers, of course. But the larger picture is important. Vote for the most electable conservative in your primary. And if he or she loses, support the Republican winner if you can, based on the national implications.

    Mugwumpery rarely ends well.

  • Pelosi: I'll Decide on Benghazi Panel After Boehner Meeting

    05/14/2014 5:24:11 PM PDT · 15 of 26
    southernnorthcarolina to Hotlanta Mike
    Democrats are divided on whether they should participate in the hearings, which they call a Republican witch hunt to hurt President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is expected to make a White House run in 2016.

    Well, yes. It most certainly is a witch hunt, and the witch has been identified: it's Hillary. And I am looking forward to Trey Gowdy dropping the House on her.

  • THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT STRIKES BACK

    05/14/2014 4:37:36 PM PDT · 43 of 51
    southernnorthcarolina to firebrand
    Breitbart article excerpt:

    When Thom Tillis won the U.S. Senate primary in North Carolina last week (which took millions in establishment funds to make happen), D.C. elites, along with the mainstream media, were giddy . . .

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Firebrand comment excerpt:

    But Tillis is against the federal government establishing a minimum wage, doesn't believe global warming has been proven, and has suggested getting rid of the Education Department.

    I'm not from NC and haven't the knowledge that I saw on the forum the night he won, but it does seem that he is not "center right."

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Exactly!

    I am from NC (my screen name is a clue), and I voted for Tillis. While he got tagged as being the "Establishment Republican" candidate, by virtue of the office he held (Speaker of the NC House), it is well to remember that "Establishment Republicans" in North Carolina tend to be quite conservative.

    As far as liberals were concerned (including the Charlotte Observer, the [Raleigh] News & Observer, the New York Times, the North Carolina Democratic Party, and so on), Tillis was the devil incarnate. As the first Republican Speaker in many years, he rammed through tax cuts (personal state income taxes, corporate state income taxes, and sales taxes), slashes in entitlements, a voter-ID bill, and more. But for whatever reason, while he received the condemnation of liberals (good!), many on the conservative side gave him little credit for his accomplishments.

  • VIDEO: Trey Gowdy lays the smack to stunned media on Benghazi

    05/12/2014 7:48:31 PM PDT · 27 of 90
    southernnorthcarolina to roses of sharon
    Anyone know when this presser was held?

    It's been a while. I've seen this speech posted as early as December 1, 2013 on another site, so I assume it was made in late November, or on December 1.

    Age does not diminish its relevancy. In fact, the longer the Congressman's questions go unanswered, the greater importance they assume.

  • Mortgage rates defy forecasts [Unexpected!]

    05/10/2014 6:20:02 PM PDT · 9 of 10
    southernnorthcarolina to BenLurkin
    Mortgage?

    What is this mortgage of which you speak?

    Nearly half of all home sales are all-cash deals

    Mortgage rates remain extremely low by historical standards, but qualifying for them has become tougher, and mortgage appraisals are shockingly low. So, yes, you should buy now -- or refinance -- if you can qualify; if you can accept the fact that your lender 's opinion as to the value of your house is considerably lower than yours is; and if you can put up a good slug of cash. I refinanced a year ago, and got a great rate, but only because I paid off almost half of my old mortgage. For the remainder, I got a 10-year mortgage at a fixed rate of 2⅝%.

  • WaPo: There’s a new Republican dark horse emerging for 2016

    05/08/2014 7:06:16 PM PDT · 21 of 104
    southernnorthcarolina to SeekAndFind

    Purely from a strategic view, the GOP ticket needs at least one, if not two, candidates from a Great Lakes state. Scott Walker (WI) would be my first choice. Gov. John Kasich (OH) (provided he wins reelection easily this year, as he should) would be fine, as would Mike Pence (IN).

  • WAIT! North Carolina GOP Primary still Unknown. Only 14.5% of ballots counted at 11 PM EST

    05/06/2014 8:43:06 PM PDT · 20 of 35
    southernnorthcarolina to Moseley
    But in fact, only 936,123 out of 6,516,126 ballots have been counted.

    That means the biggest precincts have not reported.

    It appears likely that the Republican establishment backed Candidate Thom Tillson will get the 40% needed to win the 7-way primary without facing a run-off in June.

    Tillson is currently bouncing around between 44% and 45.5%.

    However, it is way too early to say for sure.

    I have no idea who the "American Uncensored News Network" is. But I don't see a good future for them.

    This is easily the most idiotic thing I've ever seen posted on Free Republic, and I've been here for a while.

    If there were over six million ballots cast in the North Carolina Republican Senate Primary, then I'm the Pope.

    And you'd think, wouldn't you, that this "news" site could get the name of our Senate nominee right? It's Thom Tillis. Not Tillson, Tillis.

    He'll be a strong candidate, and if the race goes as I hope it will, a great Senator.

  • May Sixth PRIMARY DAY - Reports and etc. LIVE THREAD

    05/06/2014 7:56:41 PM PDT · 68 of 126
    southernnorthcarolina to All
    I realize that my choice won't be especially popular on this forum, but I voted for Thom Tillis, and it was an easy decision for me.

    Tillis, as Speaker of the NC House, led an absolute conservative revolution in legislation, including reduced taxes, slashing of entitlements, the passing of voter ID, and much more. He became public enemy #1 of those who found these reforms abhorrent -- Revs. Barber, Sharpton, and Jackson; the New York Times; the Charlotte Observer; the [Raleigh] News & Observer; the Moron Monday movement; and more. But, curiously, he didn't get enough credit from those who welcomed the reforms. Perhaps they think that legislation writes itself.

    Dr. Brannon seems a bright and engaging fellow with good ideas, and seemed to model himself after Dr. and now Senator Paul of Kentucky. But unlike Sen. Paul, who led a taxpayer revolt of sorts in Kentucky before he ran for the Senate, Dr. Brannon has, as far as I know, done nothing in the political arena prior to jumping into the race. He talked a good game, but what has he done? We don't need, or even want, a lifelong politician, but surely some political activism or legislative experience before jumping into a race of this importance is a good thing.

    And as far as Rev. Harris, who seems to think the Earth is 6,000 years old, is concerned, well, I'll follow my late mother's advice: if you can't say something nice, say nothing.

    In any event, the Primary is over. With 90% of the vote in, Tillis is still over 45%; Brannon is next with just over 27%. Tillis ran particularly well in the strongly Republican areas of the Piedmont -- Randolph, Davidson, Cabarrus, Stanly, Moore, Iredell, Lincoln, Wilkes, etc., and almost as well in the larger counties like Mecklenburg, Wake, and Guilford. He also did surprisingly well on the coast, a long way from his base, taking comfortable pluralities in New Hanover, Carteret, Brunswick, and Dare.

    The race against HaganObama (as she will be known by November) will receive national attention.

  • Chronic Pain Linked To Vitamin D Deficiency In Men

    05/05/2014 5:46:41 AM PDT · 57 of 69
    southernnorthcarolina to blam
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vitamin D is found naturally in only a few foods, including fish-liver oils, fatty fishes, mushrooms, egg yolks and liver. In the US, however, vitamin D is commonly added to food products, including milk.

    But one of the best ways to get vitamin D in the body is through sunlight...

    And here we have a big part of the problem. The cholesterol-phobic avoid egg yolks and liver; many don't care for fatty fish or mushrooms; many adults drink little or no milk; and many avoid sunlight (either because they fear skin cancer, or because they are vampires). Many take fish oil tablets, but note that that's nearly the concentration of vitamin D as fish-liver oil. Do parents still give their kids codfish liver oil, or is that now considered child abuse?

    Personally, I do eat "fatty" fish -- generally deep-water fish like tuna -- and egg yolks, and mushrooms, and I get plenty of sun (mostly by tooling around in my roadster, which involves no exercise, but at least I get my natural vitamin D). Even so, on my doc's advice, I take 3000 IUs a day.

  • Are the wealthy really leaving NJ? Study says yes [moving to states with lower taxes]

    04/07/2014 8:44:05 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    southernnorthcarolina to Balding_Eagle
    I don’t know if you are correct with your observations, but it’s certainly is refreshing to hear someone argue the issue from the upbeat side you have chosen.

    Well, thanks. I don't want to come across as blindly optimistic, either with regard to the nation as a whole or with regard to my state, but I just don't accept the meme that "the blue state Yankees are moving to the South, and turning our states blue, too." At least in North Carolina, voting statistics do not support that theory.

    This is not to say that everything is rosy for Republicans in NC. At least since 1988, the Republican Presidential candidate has run stronger in NC than in the nation as a whole -- by 9% in 1988, 6% in 1992, 14% in 1996, 13% in 2000, 10% in 2004, 7% in 2008, and 6% in 2012. Some attribute the recent downward drift to, as Aunt Pittypat would have said, "Yankees in North Carolina!" I do not agree. The reason for the falloff is, in predominate part, the fact that President Obama is black; as such, he elicited a huge surge in black turnout.

    The state's two largest counties, Mecklenburg and Wake, are indeed trending in the Democratic direction. Charlotte is not yet Detroit South, nor even close to it, but is becoming a blue city surrounded by red suburbs, just like dozens of metro areas nationwide. The suburban/exurban counties, in addition to the resort-heavy counties along the coast, in the Sandhills, and in the mountains, are growing rapidly, and trending strongly in the Republican direction -- all, to continue the theme, areas of "Yankee infiltration."

  • Angry students snap photos of lunches, tell Michelle Obama: ‘You call this a [expletive] lunch?’

    04/07/2014 6:01:32 PM PDT · 68 of 100
    southernnorthcarolina to Oldeconomybuyer
    Well, let's put this in context. Just for purposes of comparison, today's lunch menu at the Sidwell Friends School, which Sasha and Malia Obama attend:

    April 7, 2014

    Creamy Broccoli Soup
    Classic Macaroni Salad
    Arugula, Fennel & Parmesan Salad
    All Natural Baked Chicken Patty
    Blackeyed Pea & Fennel Ragu
    Roasted Local Zucchini
    Baked Organic French Fries
    Grapes

    A little light on the dessert, I think. No creme brûlée?

  • Are the wealthy really leaving NJ? Study says yes [moving to states with lower taxes]

    04/07/2014 3:20:08 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    southernnorthcarolina to OldPossum
    What do you say about Virginia, which once was a totally red state?

    What I would say about Virginia is that Federal Government employees, and employees of nominally private government contractors, are a whole different case from employees of truly private companies, and entrepreneurs, and retirees. My view is that the transplants to Virginia (whether from the northern U.S. or elsewhere) are not particularly representative of transplants to other southern states.

    The election numbers don't lie. In NC, the areas which are growing fastest, and seeing the biggest influx of northerners, are Republican, and becoming more so. Now, I would concede, based on observation only as opposed to election results, that the new arrivals here may have a tinge of RINOism, especially on social issues. But don't try to raise their taxes, reassign their kids to other schools in the name of racial balance, take away their guns, or stop voter-ID laws.

  • Are the wealthy really leaving NJ? Study says yes [moving to states with lower taxes]

    04/07/2014 1:41:55 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    southernnorthcarolina to grundle
    Unfortunately, as soon as they relocate to the states with lower taxes, they vote for candidates who support higher taxes

    I hear that a lot around here (Union County, NC), and on this forum. I respectfully disagree.

    It might seem logical that an influx of people from blue states would move our politics to the left, but you have to remember that we aren't getting a cross-section of the populations of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, etc. Rather, we are getting a largely self-selected group who decides to move because they can. Retirees, entrepreneurs, and corporate transfers.

    I cite as evidence the fact that the most rapidly growing counties in North Carolina, including Union (Charlotte suburbs); Johnston (Raleigh suburbs); Brunswick, Carteret, Dare (coastal resort areas); and Moore (Pinehurst/Southern Pines) have been trending Republican rather strongly. And much of the growth of these counties is fueled by transplants from "Up North."

    The election figures are pretty clear. One example: Reagan in 1980 and Romney in 2012 narrowly carried North Carolina, by almost identical margins (about 2%). But in Union County, Carter beat Reagan in 1980, 10,073 (51.2%) to 9,012 (45.8%); whereas in 2012, Romney carried the county 61,107 (64.5%) to 32,473 (34.3%). Note both the incredible increase in the total vote, and in the strong Republican trend.

    NC's central cities are trending Democratic, and black turnout in particular has surged, so the last two Presidential races have been close here. On the other hand, the Republicans (and, by and large, the conservative wing thereof) has taken firm control of the State Senate and State House. If NC is becoming a purple state, it isn't because of our transplants.

  • Reid: GOP Senators Should Wear Koch Insignias

    04/07/2014 12:48:29 PM PDT · 50 of 77
    southernnorthcarolina to Sub-Driver
    Wouldn't be great if some GOP Senators and Congressmen had some custom ties made with the Koch Industries logo on them, and wore them on the floor of the Senate and House?

    I could see a solid red or maroon silk tie, with tiny Koch logos in a pattern. Like this...

    ...but with these instead of anchors:

  • Groundbreaking new laser technology could be used to control lightning (Antichrist Alert)

    04/03/2014 7:44:03 PM PDT · 23 of 56
    southernnorthcarolina to equalator
    Meh. Nothing new here.

    Also, JimRob has that power, as well, with his Viking Kittens.

  • No, the Tea Party Should NOT Avoid Social Issues

    03/08/2014 12:47:36 PM PST · 13 of 29
    southernnorthcarolina to SeekAndFind
    I'm with Tanner on this.

    The TEA Party (remember, it's an acronym for Taxed Enough Already) has to get back to its roots. Anyone is free to be both a Christian fundamentalist and a TEA Party supporter; or a libertarian and a TEA Party supporter; or even a neo-isolationist and a TEA Party supporter.

    But the TEA Party itself should focus on fiscal and monetary policy: a lower, flatter tax structure, slashed social spending, slashed foreign aid, and reduced or eliminated government interference with the private economy.

    The TEA Party's deliberate lack of formal structure has allowed other interest groups to hijack its label. More than once, I've heard people deride the movement because they are under the impression that TEA Party supporters think the universe is only a few thousand years old.

  • "Fiddler on the Roof," returning to Broadway

    03/08/2014 12:20:03 PM PST · 38 of 45
    southernnorthcarolina to billorites
    All day long I'd diddle diddle bum.
    If I were a wealthy man!

    Snort. You don't need to be rich to do that. You just need a little privacy.

  • Lawmaker hopes upcoming daylight savings will be Tennessee's last

    03/08/2014 5:00:23 AM PST · 17 of 78
    southernnorthcarolina to don-o
    That there extry hour of sunlight makes mah crops burn up.

    But seriously, this debate has been going on in Tennessee for a half-century or so. The fact that Tennessee is in two time zones (the Eastern/Central line runs between Knoxville and Nashville) adds another complication, particularly for those who live near the line.

    In the 1960s or 70s, in Nashville, the two major newspapers, the Tennessean (the morning paper, solidly Democratic), and the Banner (the evening paper, staunchly Republican), though under separate ownership, were printed in the same building. On the front of the building was a vertical sign, bearing "Tennessean" on one side, and "Banner" on the other, with a two-faced clock underneath it. Yep, you guessed it: during daylight saving time, the two clock faces showed two different times.

    I don't know which paper had which position. But some of the anti-DST people were Christian fundamentalists, who regarded standard time as "God's time," not to be interfered with by mere mortals.

  • Kids Flee the Lunch Line

    03/06/2014 3:47:41 PM PST · 27 of 30
    southernnorthcarolina to Hojczyk
    I am not an admirer of the French, generally speaking, but I was in rural western France last year, and came across an elementary school which had posted the day's lunch menu on its gate: green salad, moules frites (steamed mussels with fried potatoes), and lemon soufflé.

    I tried to imagine a typical American 3rd-grader being served a lunch like that. I also wondered what kind of wine they served.

  • Why Hillary Will Flop

    03/05/2014 1:12:28 AM PST · 11 of 44
    southernnorthcarolina to 2ndDivisionVet
    Consider four aspects of a Hillary candidacy in the general election: (1) foreign policy, (2) domestic policy, (3) candidate appeal.

    Counting is fundamental.

  • Dow Futures way down all of a sudden

    03/02/2014 4:35:33 PM PST · 22 of 62
    southernnorthcarolina to MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

    These days, a 120-point move is nothing traumatic, especially after a weekend. Resetting to adjust to new situations which came up after the close Friday. And yes, it’s mostly about Ukraine.

    Crude oil is up almost $2 (or 2%); gold is up 16 (1.1%).

    Tokyo stocks off 2%; other Asian/Aussie stocks off 0.5 to 1.5%.

    “Risk off” seems the order of the day, but no panic at this point.

  • S&P 500 rises to record, Nasdaq climbs to 14-year high

    02/24/2014 6:59:56 PM PST · 34 of 36
    southernnorthcarolina to SeekAndFind
    Last week, one of the CNBC commentators referred to "fully invested bears," an oxymoron which describes me perfectly. I've done very well in the stock market the last few years, but I'm expecting the balloon to pop at any time.

    The Fed has encouraged stock market investing by keeping interest rates artificially low, which helps companies' balance sheets; makes fixed-income investments unattractive relative to stocks; and frees up investing capital (if your mortgage payments are reduced, you can buy more stock). This sounds great, and in a way it is, so long as the Fed can maintain control. But long-term, they can't. Sooner or later, and I believe sooner, an exogenous event will take place -- a major war, civil unrest on a large scale in a country which is a major trading partner (or in our own country), or a major national disaster. Whether said event triggers hyperinflation or a deflationary depression, I don't know (if I did know, I'd be better able to prepare, by accumulating gold in the first case, or cash in the second). But whichever, events may overwhelm the Fed's ability to control interest rates.

    In addition, companies have been improving their balance sheets not by producing better products or raising prices, but by cutting expenses -- not only taking advantage of low financing rates, but also by being slow to restore their payrolls to pre-2009 levels, and cutting research and development. This, too, is not sustainable long-term.

    But as long as the bubble is inflated, I remain long. Cautiously so, however. No margin investing, even though low margin interest rates make it tempting. And, generally speaking, more conservative investing -- large-cap, dividend-paying stocks as opposed to small-cap speculations. Some precious metal exposure (mining stocks and gold and silver ETFs), and a corporate bond fund. My portfolio is full of dull plodders, but likely survivors in the case of a severe economic dislocation.

    I admit to being baffled at the continued advance of the stock market, but I'm along for the ride. It's risky, but staying on the sideline is a risk, too.

  • Eagle Ford production increasingly targets oil-rich areas

    02/10/2014 7:47:08 AM PST · 4 of 12
    southernnorthcarolina to cizinec

    The article was fine. It’s just that I found the headline absurd.

  • Eagle Ford production increasingly targets oil-rich areas

    02/10/2014 5:59:45 AM PST · 2 of 12
    southernnorthcarolina to thackney
    Eagle Ford production increasingly targets oil-rich areas

    So, oil explorers are exploring for oil in places they think they may find oil?

    Clearly they are following the impeccable logic of Willie Sutton, who, when asked why he robbed banks, responded: "because that's where the money is."

  • ‘Kelo’ Revisited

    02/04/2014 11:51:40 AM PST · 28 of 36
    southernnorthcarolina to mgist
    One irony here is that big public or private projects are routinely delayed or canceled outright because of environmentalists' lawsuits. Want to kill a freeway project? Find an "endangered" plant in its path. Want to stop an office park from being built? Find "wetlands" (otherwise known as a marsh) on its site.

    But private property rights are not taken as seriously. The home of a mere human is not nearly as important as the home of a mouse or a frog, of course.

  • Girl scout ... has gun pulled on her ... trying to sell him cookies

    02/04/2014 11:35:29 AM PST · 18 of 49
    southernnorthcarolina to Uncle Chip

    Maybe next time you'll buy the cookies.

  • Rand Paul Is the 2016 Republican Frontrunner

    01/23/2014 5:15:15 PM PST · 21 of 166
    southernnorthcarolina to mandaladon
    The Atlantic is one "Eastern Establishment" publication which at least sometimes deigns to treat conservative positions with respect. Still, you could almost see the author of this piece cringe at the prospect of Rand Paul being the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The very first two words of the column ("Don't laugh") are a clue.

    In fact, if the author would venture out of The Atlantic's territory (Boston is its ancestral home; its readership is heavy in New York and Washington), perhaps he would not be so bemused (and, one suspects, though he doesn't really say it, horrified) by Senator Paul's appeal.

  • 19 Beautiful Reminders Why Americans March for Life Today

    01/22/2014 4:23:27 PM PST · 10 of 14
    southernnorthcarolina to Old Badger
    Brit Hume's commentary of this evening is well worth watching.

    Click here.

    Yes, it's mostly a statement of the obvious, but he says some things that need to be said more often -- including references to the abject hypocrisy of the pro-abortion movement, in calling it "choice," and in the largest abortion provider in the nation referring to itself as "Planned Parenthood."

  • Tesla Motors' Dirty Little Secret Is a Major Problem

    01/20/2014 6:50:59 PM PST · 6 of 35
    southernnorthcarolina to logi_cal869

    Tesla can’t exactly be blamed for this (though their customers might want to dial their sanctimony back a notch) — but we should not forget that these cars are ultimately powered, in large part, by coal.

  • Study: Nearly half of black men, 38 percent of white men arrested at least once in US by 23

    01/20/2014 6:38:06 PM PST · 48 of 73
    southernnorthcarolina to Innovative
    When I was 27 or so, I let my 3-month-old puppy off his leash in a public park. He dived into the lake in futile pursuit of a Canada Goose, who I'm pretty sure just laughed at him.

    But the episode was witnessed by the Park Police, and I got a citation.

    I hope this counts as having an arrest record, because I need to build up my street cred.

  • Taxpayers doling out too much dough to control deer, critics charge.

    01/19/2014 9:02:42 AM PST · 22 of 50
    southernnorthcarolina to ImJustAnotherOkie
    The population of deer around here ("here" being the town of Weddington, Union County, NC) is exploding. The situation is ideal for a continued increase in the deer population, and perhaps less ideal (depending on your opinion of deer) for humans. The natural habitat, human modifications thereto, and laws written by humans are all contributing factors.

    I'm in the exurbs of Charlotte. There are substantial areas of dense woods, providing cover for deer, where they sleep, breed, and bear and protect their young.

    But dense woods alone aren't enough, because little food grows under a forest canopy. So deer are drawn to the edges of woodlands, where young, edible growth takes place, or, better yet as far as the deer are concerned, there are crops or azaleas (yum) landed by humans. Of course, these forest edges explain why there are so many unfortunate deer-vehicle interactions: the Department of Transportation cuts a swath through the woods for the construction of a new highway, and in so doing creates more forest "edges" where food grows convenient to hiding areas.

    And then, there are creeks and ponds -- a plethora of then hereabouts. Water is necessary for them, obviously, and the creek beds become deer highways, for escaping harm, or moving on to another food source.

    On top of that, I live in an incorporated town which prohibits hunting. I am convinced that the deer have figured this out. There has been some talk of permitting bow hunting, but nothing has come of it. Weddington is a town in name only (TINO?); with the exception of one small retail center, it's a combination of large-lot (1 to 3 acres) residential, and open, as yet undeveloped, land, some of which is farmed, and some of which just sits there looking pretty.

    So, we have deer. A lot of them. It is not uncommon to see a half-dozen or more wandering through my neighborhood -- most often seen at dawn or dusk, but sometimes in broad daylight (see my home page for a pic of a doe I took from inside my house).

    I rather like having the deer around, but then I don't tend to worry about them eating my hydrangeas. I actually planted "deer mix" over my septic field, and it seems to be popular.

  • Toronto Police getting smaller crusiers

    01/18/2014 3:36:53 PM PST · 33 of 33
    southernnorthcarolina to rickmichaels
    Snort.

    The Toronto Police Department needs to step up their game. Such as a PorschePolizei Car: