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DMF curtailment of Red Drum season illustrates the absurdity of its fisheries management nonsense

And CCA would count cuckleberries to grow corn

The absurdity, and the warped politics, of North Carolina's fisheries management scam was amply illustrated one again last week. Here's how the Jacksonville Daily News reported it: Commercial fishermen will go nearly a year without a red drum season following an unusually large harvest in the fall that has prompted a closure....more >>

New jail will have a $60 million "Present value loss"

Warren Smith recently wrote to the County Commissioners and others the following letter which has, in our opinion, a startling analysis of the proposed new jail in Beaufort County....more >>

Who's going to put a stop to this madness?

During this election year we would suggest this this article should be required ready for every candidate at every level. As you read it, remember that the threshold issue here is the one that Greg Brannon has proposed that every elected official apply to such issues: "who is the sovereign here?" That is, what level of government has the legitimate constitutional authority to exercise power in this particular situation....more >>
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Bonus Deal

Top Enlisted: Slow Compensation to Protect Readiness

Top Enlisted: Slow Compensation to Protect Readiness Military leaders lead. Politicians can lead too, of course, but usually not before sticking a wet finger in the wind to learn how political winds blow. Our George Schryer and our Editorial Team suggests that the politicians are trying to cast a false choice when the reality is that our Commander-in-Chief simply is not doing his job....more >>
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D'ya think?

Disenfranchising minority voters

So good 'ol Hillary gets a shoe thrown at her. It missed. She was giving the keynote address at the Las Vegas meeting of the Institute of Scrap and Recycling Industries. Surely the erstwhile Secretary of State was not speaking to the Institute of Scrap and Recycling Industries in an effort to recycle her scrapped (2012) presidential desires back into a 2016 run for Prez....more >>
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From The Right

Déjà vu all over again?

Does anyone see a parallel today with Russia and Nazi Germany of the late 1930's? In the 1930's Germany attacked and took over Poland and told Europe he had no further interests but wanted Peace....more >>
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Duke Energy announces that the Chocowinity Industrial Park is one of five it has selected for promotion for industrial development

While the Gang of Four on the Beaufort County Commission is rushing to build a new jail on the Chocowinity Industrial Park site the County owns, Duke Energy announced April 14, 2014 that it has selected the site for promotion by Duke for industrial development, thus raising the issue of whether the proposed jail would be compatible with such industrial development....more >>
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Dueling ''conservative ratings'' for Congressman Walter Jones

Listening to the dueling ads on the airwaves, voters may wonder why some ads cite a rating claiming Walter Jones is a liberal Republican and others cite ratings that he is one of the most conservative....more >>
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Mattie Lawson get state's leading gun rights group's endorsement

On April 14th Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) released recommendations by its political action committee, GRNC-PVF (Political Victory Fund), for NC candidates running in 2014 based on their voting record and responses to a questionnaire....more >>
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Daily Haymaker nails Tillis' double speak

Brant Clifton, at the Daily Haymaker has nailed Thom Tillis for his Obamaesque double speak in his "response" to John Rhodes' election complaint. We'll let Brant's breakdown speak for itself, but we would add this: Watch how the State Board of Elections handles this....more >>
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Attorney General Roy Cooper eats crow, a little bit

Buys his way out of liable lawsuit for $75K and a measley apology--but that is just our opinion of the implications of this case

Roy Cooper is reported to have settled a decade old liable lawsuit that had been filed against him as a result of a 2000 campaign ad he ran while running for Attorney General. Cooper can still remain in office, having gone on to win the race for Attorney General....more >>
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al Qaeda thumbs its nose at Obama

Meanwhile Team Obama is obsessed with listening to Americans' phone calls and reading our emails

While Team Obama is obsessed with listening to our phone calls and reading our emails al Qaeda holds one of its largest every meetings and Obama does nothing about it....more >>
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Takeover: What it will take to save the GOP and our nation

Unaffiliated voters should know what they will be deciding on May 6. It is not so much a choice of candidates as it is a choice of the way we will allow ourselves to be governed

Richard Viguerie's recently released book Takeover should be required reading for every Republican and especially for every Republican in Beaufort County. In TAKEOVER Viguerie makes the case that the most important battle in politics today isn't between Democrats and Republicans – it is the civil war within the Republican Party between limited government constitutional conservatives and the establishment proponents of Big Government Republicanism....more >>
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Greg Brannon on Common Core

Dr. Greg Brannon, amazingly while he is trouping all over the state campaigning for the U. S. Senate, sat down and put his thoughts on the hot button issue of "Common Core" on paper. Reading this will give you useful information on the Common Core debate, but it will also provide significant insight into the mind of Greg Brannon....more >>
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Teacher's Desk

It's time for N. C. to abandon Common Core

And return to the basics

There's been a lot written lately about "Common Core." Boiled down to the essence, the debate has raged between those who oppose Common Core as a dubious intrusion of government control into the content of what is taught in our schools and those who believe that the government—in this case the Federal Government—should determine what each child knows and should be able to do after being schooled by the government bureaucracy....more >>
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'90% of life' is not 'showing up on time'; 100% of life is possessing integrity

Some of our local county commissioner candidates need to read Pete Kaliner's most recent column:
For some folks having integrity is an elusive conundrum that is never achieved....more >>
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With friends like this...

Some of our local county commissioner candidates need to read Pete Kaliner's most recent column:
Personally, one of the biggest turnoffs of political parties is the way its members tear each other apart during primaries and then pretend they're all friends for the General Election....more >>
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AgentPierceSaid

UNC-BOG Expose: Season Finale.... maybe

In what might be the exciting Season Finale of our widely-acclaimed peek into the mysterious world of the UNC Board of Governors, we muse rhetorically on how the success (or lack) of this august body is gauged....more >>
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Land ownership: A case of Might Makes Right

According to our reader logs, "cattle trespass" situation in Nevada indicates a strong interest in that issue. We thought it deserved a more thorough treatment so here are some thoughts to ponder....more >>
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New study: Parents and teachers should learn how to help kids who play violent video games

Parents/grandparents: Pay attention…to what your child is playing. CBS Detroit has a story, with a link to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics that we think is an important read for every parent and grandparent, if for no other reason than that it will give you some pointers on what to talk to your children about if they are into violent video games....more >>
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Teacher pay task force kicks the can down the road

The Republican controlled North Carolina General Assembly has done many good things since taking over from the Democrats who froze teacher pay increases for years. But unfortunately, the GOP leadership is missing the boat on the issue of teacher pay....more >>
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It's time the Governor cleaned up the mess in the UNC System

It has become obvious to us that neither the UNC-CH nor the UNC General Administration is capable of handling the mess that has become a scandal as bad as most of us have ever seen in North Carolina higher education....more >>
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The "cattle trespass" situation in Nevada is not a simple issue

Most of our readers have heard about Cliven Bundy and his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. For now the armed confrontation between Bundy supporters and Federal agents has eased, as the government pulled its Jackboots back....more >>
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Noteworthy

Incarceration

Let me see if I have my facts straight. The three Democrats and the one Rino on The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners want to build a new $23,000,000.00 jail. How nice for the inmates....more >>
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D'ya think?

Bullies

Bullies We are hearing a lot about bullying lately. Its in our schools. Its in our work places. Its on the roads. Even our government does it (which sometimes makes us wonder if it really is "our" government)....more >>
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Voters should reject the Money Game in politics

We should vote against the slick ad campaigns

If you are one of those who believes money corrupts good government then you will want to take a look at an article in the News & Observer reporting on a detailed analysis John Frank has done on the money flowing to the Thom Tillis campaign....more >>
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Colorado sheriffs get it right. "Feds can't make me enforce these gun control laws"

Our sheriff candidates should take note

At a recent candidates forum for Sheriff candidates in Beaufort County only one candidate, Donald Dixon, gave what we consider to be the right answer to a question asked of all candidates as to whether they would enforce illegal laws or orders from state and Federal agencies....more >>
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Complaint re Rep. Brian Brown's campaign reports illustrates the sham that is campaign finance reporting in North Carolina

There's an interesting political race shaping up in Pitt County for the House 9 Republican Primary. Incumbent Brian Brown is being challenged by Ashley Bleu. The district is one of those redrawn by the Republican legislature to switch it from Democrat to Republican....more >>
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Here is a clarion call for Republicans

Jonathon Moseley writing in the CanadaFreePress.com we think has hit the nail squarely on the head and Claude Pope and Establishment Republican would do well to reflect on what he says....more >>
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Frankie Waters to the BOC: Taking on more debt for a new jail now is a bad business decision

Frankie Waters, who is a candidate for County Commissioner, spoke during the Public Comment section of the March Commission meeting. His comments can be viewed in the video below....more >>
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Pay-to-play corruption case laid out against Tillis

Beaufort Observer agrees he should resign Speakership until absolved

John Rhodes, the former legislator ousted by Thom Tillis, blasted Tillis Friday and called upon him to resign. He indicated he is filing formal complaints with the State Board of Elections, the Attorney General and the legislative ethics committee....more >>
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What's behind the RINOs supporting building a new jail in Chocowinity?

Larry Britt on new jail: I'm in favor because I don't like Hood (maybe that's because he lost so badly to Hood in the last election)

If you've ever wondered why the Republican Party in Beaufort County is so divided you need look no further for a prime example than the March monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners. The RINO troops came out in support of the jail. But for two of them the rationale was more that they don't like Hood than anything else....more >>
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The American Dream

This is the third article in the series written by Greg Brannon in 2010, before he decided to run for the U. S. Senate. We are publishing the series here for two reasons: First, because we find the content informative and secondly, because we think it given insight into Brannon's ideas and values....more >>
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NC commercial fishermen: An endangered species

If you like seafood you will want to read this article and pass it along to anyone you know who loves fresh seafood

There has been for several years now, a vigorous debate about the role the State of North Carolina and the Federal Government should take in "managing" marine resources. The debate centers around two divergent schools of thought, generally divided between those who side with the "commercial" fishing industry and those who side with the "recreational" fishing industry....more >>
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In God We Trust, Do We?

Our founders most definitely prescribed to the motto, "In God We Trust". They acted upon this belief to establish our country. Yet, today, the majority of Americans only take up the spirit of this motto in times of crisis....more >>
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The militarization of law enforcement--A case of the cure being worse than the disease.

Sometimes the “cure is worse than the disease” or “the solution is worse than the problem.”  Such can often be said about what has happened in law enforcement in recent years....more >>

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