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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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Citizens on the Stop The Jail Committee laud Keith Kidwell for his work on the jail issue

The group of Beaufort County citizens that has been working for several months examining the issues surrounding the jail in Beaufort County has issued a press release praising Keith Kidwell for his role in the STOP THE JAIL COMMITTEE. We asked Harold Smith, Chairman what it meant and here are his answers....more >>
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Did Ed Booth lie about not raising taxes, or is he just ignorant?
Read this and decide for yourself

Did Ed Booth lie at the 10-13-14 Candidate's Forum, or does he simply not know what he's doing as a County Commissioner? Either way, it's bad. Watch the video below and decide for yourself whether he is lying or simply ignorant....more >>
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Diogenes' Lamp

What is the Clerk of Court hiding?

What is the Clerk of Court Hiding? If you've been in court in Beaufort County in the last few years, as a defendant, witness or as a juror you know one simple fact: The people who get the short end of the stick of "Justice" are those who are poor (can't afford fancy, high-priced lawyers) and not as "connected" as those who get busted but never go to trial....more >>
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You should read this before you vote

You should read this before you vote. It clearly illustrates why the appellant court seats on the ballot are so important. If you're not sure who the conservative, strict constitutionalist judges are, click on the box ad on the right sidebar from the Conservative PAC to see their picks....more >>
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Daily Haymaker

There's not a dime's worth of difference in the D's and the R's

Here's but another example or two, or three, or four...you get the idea

We've been saying for months now: "There really is not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans in Washington...and not much more in Raleigh with some of them....more >>
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Candidate's Forum: Sheriff candidates

This is a continuation of the videos from the Candidates Forum held recently. In this installment we share the clips from the Sheriff candidates. We don't want to impinge on your assessment but we feel compelled to point out that if you listen very carefully to the two candidates you discover a clear difference in the training and experience each would bring to being Sheriff of Beaufort County....more >>
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Candidates' Forum video--Clerk of Court

Inside you will find the first set of videos from Monday night's (10-13-14) Candidates' Forum, sponsored by the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Daily News and the Chamber's Young Professionals program....more >>
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The TV media are doing a very poor job of informing the people of Beaufort County on corruption in county government

Complex issues just can't be covered in two-minutes

A small group of people is making decisions for the people of Beaufort County with little of no accountability because the public is deprived of the information they need to assess the decisions being made. This cover-up is caused in part by lazy reporting but in large measure because there is an orchestrated movement to hide what's going on from the public. Here is another example of that abuse of power....more >>
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Tea party activists remain wary of Thom Tillis in US Senate race

Thom Tillis is the Republican nominee for the U. S. Senate from North Carolina. But is he? In the May Primary he got 222,446 votes. But 264,390 voters who voted in the May Primary on a Republican ballot voted for someone else....more >>
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UPDATED AND COMPLETE: Video from Candidates' Forum--County Commission

Here are the video clips from Monday (10-13-14) Candidate's Forum. These are the clips from the County Commission candidates...more >>
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The Truth: Education funding has not been cut, but increased, at the state and local levels

Editor's note: We received a submission from Mattie Lawson, candidate for the NC Legislature from District 6 (northern part of Beaufort County, plus Gilead Precinct) that contained a Letter To The Editor from Speaker Pro Tem of the NC House Paul (Skip) Stam (R-Wake)....more >>
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Early voting updates

Early voting in the November 4 election begins today (10-23-14) Here is a schedule for both the main site at the Board of Elections and at the satellite polling places in Belhaven, Aurora and Chocowinity. UPDATE BELOW...more >>
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D'ya think?

America as Santa Claus

America as Santa Claus It hasn't been long ago when Hamas in the Gaza Strip was bombarding Israel mercilessly with their rockets - not terribly effectively, but mercilessly. They weren't terribly effective because Israel had the so called "Iron Dome" to ward off incoming rockets, and they had a lot of bomb shelters were the public could retreat for protection from the bombardment....more >>
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Southern Reflections

A reading child becomes a thinking adult

We are suffering from too much government. It has become an addiction that permeates every segment of society. Greed and Need have become inseparable companions. The balance of power, essential to liberty and prosperity has been broken by a combination of judicial activism, administrative usurpation and congressional malfeasance....more >>
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AgentPierceSaid

Are any Rich White Males in trouble... yet?

We just completed another of our infamous totally unscientific surveys and the results are exceedingly significant. One of the biggest scandals in the state's recent history is going virtually unseen…at least by the Old Codgers Coffee Club....more >>
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A Libertarian's Library

Political entrepreneurs are crowding out the entrepreneurs

The following appeared at Real Clear Markets--- Entrepreneurs launching "disruptive technologies" are reshaping markets across the U.S. economy, often by disintermediation and innovation....more >>

Daily Haymaker

Tillis "has no problem" with dumping higher costs for ObamaCare on NC taxpayers

"Expanding Medicaid" is simply code words for increasing taxes on NC taxpayers to pay for welfare

At a recent Candidate's Forum all of the Democrat candidates for the NC Legislature came out in favor of expanding Medicaid. All of the Republican candidates came out in opposition....more >>
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Judicial candidates stop in New Bern

Judicial candidates running for appellant court positions in this year's election made a stop in New Bern recently, giving voters who will be looking at ballots in the races a chance to learn about the candidates....more >>
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Berger to interpose state protections of those with religious objections to being forced to participate in homosexual marriage

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced today (10-21-14) that he will respond to the recent attacks on Magistrates and Registers of Deeds who oppose, on religious grounds, participating in a homosexual marriage....more >>
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Hagan scandal worse than first reported

As Rick Henderson documents, the Hagan stimulus scandal is worse that we thought. And Hagan still tries to contend that her family did not actually benefit from nearly a half million dollars in taxpayer subsidies they got for their businesses....more >>
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From The Right

Independents beware: What do Democrats have to hide until after the Election?

This " most transparent" Administration has had a common theme during the months leading up to the November election. Unfortunately it is not being transparent. Quite the opposite, being highly secretive as to their planned actions....more >>
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D'ya think?

Political Correctness

Political Correctness Have you ever wondered who is in charge of Political Correctness?? It's the PC Police. But that still doesn't answer the question. So I decided to find out just who that is so I went on a "safari" to see if I could find out....more >>
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Bonus Deal

Maybe our President should take a lesson from one of his predecessors regarding Isis/Isil.

America and the Barbary Pirates: An International Battle Against an Unconventional Foe by Gerard W. Gawalt Gerard W. Gawalt is the manuscript specialist for early American history in the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress....more >>
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Ask your Legislators: Why do we have so many licensing boards in NC?

But learn why before you ask

Most people associate lobbying with special interests trying to get special favors from our political leaders, both in the legislative and executive branches. That's why they make political contributions at election time....more >>
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Pastors and church leaders take note

This is where Political Correctness leads you

Erick Erickson, writing in his Diary at Red State.com reports:
It is one of the tenets of the current movement toward gay marriage. They get to get married, Christians are forced to provide goods and services if they demand it, but — and this is the key caveat of it all — but Christian ministers will not be forced to wed gays because of their religious concerns....more >>
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Where has all the honor gone?

Due notice: If you are an honorable person you are going to be disgusted when you read this. But let us suggest what is worse than what they people have done: It is perfectly legal. They have seen to it...more >>
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Will blacks In North Carolina stop buying the liberal line?

Star Parker, writing at christianpost.com says:
Republicans need to pick up six seats in November to gain control of the Senate. Consensus to date points to good prospects of this happening....more >>
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Lt. Gov. Dan Forest provides us with a powerful lesson in constitutional principles

This document should be taught to every student in North Carolina next week

We don't routinely publish all press releases sent to us by politicians, for obvious reasons. But on occasion we get one that we think worthy of passing along to our readers. This is one of those occasions....more >>
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From The Right

Why the Government is inept

• Fast and Furious- agent dead and no one held accountable • 4 dead in Benghazi - no one held accountable for lack of support • Obama care Website crashes after months of prep • IRS targets Conservatives- no one held accountable • Veterans die in treatment delays and falsified documents from Veterans Administration(VA) We hear story after story reporting how the Feds have made a mess of things and often made matters worse....more >>

GOP's big idea: Let's not have a wave election

GOP's big idea: Let's not have a wave election On Monday, the Washington Times reported on the Homeland Security Inspector General's finding that detention facilities for illegal border-crossers are teeming with diseases because the guests don't know how to take medicine or use toilets....more >>
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Southern Reflections

To my State Reps
To my TEA Party Comrades

The highest administrative office in the land, the President, decides which laws he will obey, which ones he won't and which ones he will issue an unconstitutional edict modifying or excusing a certain segment of society....more >>
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Daily Haymaker

Don't just CHANGE senators. CHANGE the mind-set.

The spouse of a prominent NCGOP activist — who also is a top party activist — posted a comment on our Facebook page that started off like this: "I don't ever agree with anything that appears on this site....more >>
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Bonus Deal

National suicide by political correctness

The following, by Lawrence Sellin, was posted at:  http://www....more >>

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Teacher's Desk

The single most important improvement we need to make in our schools

Bill Massey is a retired teacher and principal. He recently wrote the following in the News & Observer: Listing reasons why public schools can seem ineffective these days can be overwhelming: not enough money, too much testing, crowded classrooms, Common Core curriculum, bad teachers, uninvolved parents, overreliance on technology, distractions of social media.......more >>
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A Libertarian's Library

How they stole our liberties under the pretense of protecting us

While we have slept we have allowed our own government officials to take from us what we would never have allowed an invading army to do. Americans have become conditioned to willing relinquish our liberties and rights to those who pretend to protect us from some monster. Today it is ISIS. Before it was Al Qaeda. ...more >>
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Commentary: Can a Tourism Authority with taxing authority be justified?

Al Klemm is proposing a county tourism authority, with the power to tax. He says it is an effort to promote more tourists coming to Beaufort County and spending more money in local businesses. It will actually do just the opposite. Here's what's really behind this move....more >>
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Southern Reflections

Those other feet

Putting our best foot forward is effective, depending on what we do with the other one. If it ends up in our mouth, the damage may be irreversible. We all know activists who know better, but spend the bulk of their energies in self-mutilation and rarely need enemies....more >>
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From The Right

A Tale of Two Countries--Are we a nation of laws or of mob rule

Going back in history we remember the French Revolution and the years of 'the Reign of Terror". Then people's lives were ruined and people often beheaded via the guillotine. All it took was a "citizen" denouncing you or your actions....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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