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NEWS & COMMENTARY

The week in review

The first 10 articles posted below on our Home Page on the weekend are ranked according to the most interest generated during the last week....more >>
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Sheriff Coleman announces reorganization of the Sheriff's staff

Beaufort County Sheriff Ernie Coleman announced today (1-28-15) a reorganization of the Sheriff's Office. He appears to have created a leaner, more focused organization. Here's what it looks like......more >>
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Tis better for ten guilty persons to escape than that one innocent suffer

What is the highest responsibility of all government officials?

We have often contended that the greatest abuses of our inalienable rights come not from flawed laws that are debated and passed by legislative bodies, but rather from recalcitrant little people hiding in the bowels of the bureaucracy....more >>
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Sarah Palin signals interest in running for President in 2016

In Iowa, she draws a crowd

Much of the Looney Left did not sleep good last night. The thing they fear most seems to be coming. Sarah Palin has indicated her interest in running for President in 2016. The Washington Post (and we're quite sure they did so with consternation) reports:
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is "seriously interested" in running for the White House in 2016....more >>
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Holder orders an end to one of the most corrupt law enforcement practices in our history

On Friday (1-16-15) Eric Holder did the best thing he has done while serving as U. S. Attorney General. He ordered an end to the use of federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges....more >>
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Diogenes' Lamp

Capitulation

Capitulation This was in full view of all in attendance at the Beaufort County Commissioners meeting Monday evening, January 5, 2015. The Chairman of the board of commissioners, Gary Brinn, capitulated to the Democrat faction on the board by shutting down Commissioner Richardson by making a motion to eliminate agenda items proposed by Commissioner Richardson related to the current population at the Beaufort County Jail....more >>
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Will Beaufort's "build it and they will come" dream become like Glendale's nightmare?

We frequently post article here that challenge the basic assumption of taxpayer-funded "economic development grants" and programs. Our basic contention is that they don't work. Typically, what we are treated to is snake oil salesmen, who often have ulterior motives (such as helping out political contributors and crony buddies) overselling the "return on investment" these schemes produce....more >>
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Obama's EPA rules for power plants will hurt everyone, badly

Why do we cut off our nose to spite our face when it does little good?

The impending EPA rules on electric power plants will hit you hard. They will cause our electricity to go up, and will cost thousands of jobs in the state. They will lower incomes and make everything cost more....more >>
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So who has the legitimate power to decide what to do about the jail?

There is currently a court order issued by Superior Court Judge Wayland Sermons concerning the fitness of the current county jail. This article discusses some of the political and legal issues raised by that situation....more >>
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Teen sexting can have devastating effects

A reader sent us a link to a story that ran by Channel 8 in the Triangle about a high school student who sent a picture of herself to her boyfriend, who broadcast it around school....more >>
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Rand Paul goes after civil forfeitures. Let's support him.

Last week we posted an article that reported that Attorney General Eric Holder has order an end to federal participation in civil forfeitures....more >>
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'Bear Lady' may have been killed by the animals she nutured

Catherine Kozak, writing for the Outer Banks Voice has a gruesome story of a wildlife activist who it appears was killed by wild bears she befriended.
To locals, she was known as the "Bear Lady," famous for her decades-long devotion to feeding the black bears that lived in the woods surrounding her isolated Tyrrell County home....more >>
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D'ya think?

Fair share of taxes

The Anointed One continues to preach the need for the rich to pay their fair share of taxes. And yet two of whom could surely be called his cronies (based on the number of times they have been welcomed to the White House) are reportedly arguing with the IRS over paying taxes the IRS believes they owe....more >>

Apple reports largest profits in human history

Apple reported the largest net income of any public company in history in the three months to December, as record iPhone sales of 74.5m units beat even the most bullish Wall Street forecasts....more >>

Obama to open East Coast to oil/gas drilling

The McClatchy Washington Bureau is reporting:
The Obama administration is expected to open the Atlantic Ocean to oil drilling on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the planning and a draft map viewed by McClatchy....more >>
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Juno was a dud. Ditto global warming. Now what?

Here's how New York's Time.com reported on the Storm That Wasn't:
As politicians rushed to out-serious each other, New Yorkers were whipped into a fear frenzy. Every modern event has a hashtag and this morning, as New York City takes stock of the #snowmageddon2015 that wasn't, it's turning to #snowperbole....more >>
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Conservative Republicans in the House form the Freedom Caucus

The following was posted at Personal Liberty.com by Sam Rolly: A group of nine GOP lawmakers who believe the Republican Party has lost touch with its conservative base announced Monday that they are forming a new caucus to fight for legislation aimed at limiting the size of government....more >>
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Random shots

Where will the American Gotmo be?

Where will our American Gitmo be? While Obama uses his authority to establish how long enemy combatants will be imprisoned without declaring war, he also has the authority under NDAA 2014 to indefinitely detain enemies of the United States for "the duration" or as long as he wishes....more >>
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Tinsel Town Talks

Leslie Caron dazzled Hollywood

Leslie Caron Dazzled Hollywood Only a handful of actresses danced in feature films with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. One was Leslie Caron. Although her last feature film was a decade ago, she hasn't been exactly idle since....more >>
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How can "conservative" politicians vote for economic development incentives?

The answer is, if they are honest: They can't

Word is that Governor McCrory is preparing a set of proposals for the Legislature that his team is touting as "economic development incentives." We would respectfully suggest that they are basically socialistic tools of government control of the economy....more >>
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D'ya think?

Gas tax increase

Gas Tax increase We are being told that the gas tax needs to be increased. We hear a three part justification for increasing the tax. First: The price of gas has been dropping so it's OK to add a gas tax....more >>
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Southern Reflections

David (SC) vs. Goliath (NC)

We thought it would be interesting to compare the tale of two states a little more closely. SC, with about half the population and size will be referred to as David. Their taxes are lower, they outmaneuver NC in obtaining new industry, they have a real conservative legislature and Governor and their rules and reg are simpler....more >>
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NC should take note of what Florida and Kansas are considering re. concealed carry

Seldom does a week go by that there is not some assault or attack of some kind on or near the ECU campus. We're convinced one reason for this is that the bad guys know college students are more defenseless than the ordinary citizen. They take advantage of that fact....more >>
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Random shots

The workforce of the future

North Carolina, as with many states, has been debating Common Core--at it heart, what students should know and be able to do when they finish school. Just five years from now in the year 2020 what will the workforce look like? With baby boomers phasing out and millennial's phasing in, technology will leave its mark on all facets of the market, including the professionals we choose, the way we will job hunt, our working methods, and perhaps most importantly skills we'll need for success....more >>
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From The Right

A free education is not free

In his State of The Union Address, President Obama talked about the need for a better educated worker. He proposed a $60 Billion plan to make 2-year colleges free. He is not telling the complete truth about his proposal....more >>
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Doc's Deliberations

Obama Administration to close all federal prisons and release all inmates. (Bush was wrong!)

Last Wednesday, January 14, the United States transferred five additional detainees — all of them Yemenis — from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With these transfers, which total 33 in the past year, there are now only 122 prisoners remaining at Guantánamo....more >>
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Hood: I'd rather be right

Here's what the RINO/Dem Cartel tried to keep you from knowing about

The RINO/Dem Cartel (Brinn, Belcher, Booth and Langley) blocked Hood Richardson from making his monthly "Jail Report." They did so, apparently, in order to keep the public from knowing the facts that show we do not need a new jail....more >>
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Teacher's Desk

The State is cheating our best and brightest students

Lynn Bonner, whom we think incidentally does a good job of reporting education issues for the News & Observer file this report of Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr.'s hearing on the revised standardized test scoring changes that have been made in North Carolina. But they are arguing about the wrong thing....more >>
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Rasin Cain in Raleigh apparently pays well

The Civitas Institute is reporting:
A Goldsboro-based organization headed by the Rev. William Barber this year received nearly $350,000 of your tax dollars. Yes, that William Barber the ringleader of highly partisan political protests against the General Assembly the past few years....more >>
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Giving the police the benefit of the doubt

The response to this article has been phenomenal. It went viral when it was picked up by several sites and has now gotten over 300,000 views, nearly all from linkbacks to it from other sites. Our original intent was simply to suggest that law enforcement officers should be given the benefit of the doubt in their doing an important and often thankless job. Our sense is now that there is much more to this issue, which we shall explore in future articles. ...more >>
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D'ya think?

Global warming revisited - Again...

So here we go with more global warming. An AP article appearing in the Tampa Tribune 1/15/2015 tells us that the sea level is rising faster than once thought according to a new study....more >>

Tinsel Town Talks

Theodore Bikel Still Entertaining

Growing up in Austria, young Theo Bikel dreamt of performing. He would achieve that goal, and more. "I was 19 when I first performed professionally on stage, and now I'm 90," said Bikel from Los Angeles....more >>
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D'ya think?

The economy, the Prez and the government

Economic growth The economy has been growing (in the last quarterly report) at what is a greatly improved rate. Still not really good in absolute terms, but an improvement over the last six years or so....more >>
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Short Burst

Short burst

If letting the enemy combatants out of Gitmo will reduce the terrorist attacks then letting all the convicts out of prison will reduce crime....more >>
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Tinsel Town Talks

Patricia Routledge still Keeping up Appearances

Produced from 1990-1995, the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances" quickly crossed the Atlantic, bringing smiles to viewers of American Public Television where the show was widely broadcast....more >>
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Southern Reflections

A free-market agenda for the NCGA

First comes electoral reform. Think about it, a GOP primary where the winner must acquire at least a simple majority to win. A GOP that will not participate in any media-sponsored debates without the inclusion of all "qualified" party candidates....more >>
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Teacher's Desk

New state mandated high school grading scale will lower standards

School superintendents call for a state school facilities bond referendum

You could see this one coming a mile away. In the wake of all the scandal we've seen in collegiate athletics in the UNC system, specifically at UNC-CH, you'd have thought maybe they would be trying harder to bring back some credibility to the 9-16 education system in the state....more >>
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Doc's Deliberations

Proportional response

Proportional Response Recently the President of this country spoke about taking a proportional response against North Korea. This statement was made in response to cyber warfare allegedly taken by North Korea against Sony Corporation....more >>
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Tax Talk

When is a "tax cut" a tax increase?

Many among us are going to be in for a real shocker when they file this year

Last year North Carolina passed what was called a ""Tax Cut"". Allow me to give you some detail of this cut. Under the old law the individual tax return (D-400) had three tax rates, six, seven and seven and three quarter percent....more >>
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Bonus Deal

Rules of Engagement

Source: www.freedomoutpost.com Fallen US Marine's Father returns Obama's Condolence Letter with an Incredible Rebuke Barack Hussein Obama is strutting around, boasting of his ending the war in Afghanistan....more >>
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Southern Reflections

In a New Year

So little time and so much still to do. We can reflect on our challenges and our fortunes, both good and bad or we can, looking at everything on the grander scale of the "Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ" and be truly freed of those unnecessary burdens ....more >>
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The militarization of law enforcement--A case of the cure being worse than the disease.

This article is an older post (2-18-14) that has gone viral on the internet. On 5-9-14 it was ranked 77 of 268,000 articles on the topic by Google. It has been viewed over one million times, most of which came after it rolled off our home page, indicating that the traffic was being driven by links from other websites. Most of those websites are gun related websites. Clearly this topic generates a tremendous amount of interest, both in linked-to's and in page views....more >>
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