Hat Tip: Samantha Burns
Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.
179 old white delegates gathered at West Henderson High School to hold their annual 11th district Republican Convention. Every county in the district had a section, and the empty half of the auditorium held the press, the non-delegates, and the Hooligans. Clay County didn’t bother sending anyone at all, though an imaginary source told me that they stayed away because Rove’s pheromones cause Clay county women to swoon and Clay County men to feel desperate and insecure.
The same article was cross posted at BlueNC.
But what created a stir was Shuler's breakfast appearance at a conservative conference sponsored by the Civitas Institute, a Raleigh-based political think tank that is officially nonpartisan but leans Republican.
Before the Saturday event, Shuler took some hits from the liberal blogosphere, which wondered what he was doing walking into "the lair of the Dark Side" as one blogger put it.
Another blogger on BlueNC wrote that Shuler should ask himself: "How happy are you that I'm legitimizing your rabid partisan group masquerading as a nonpartisan 501(c)3? If I say pro-life, pro-gun and Jesus enough times, will you like me?"
3. After the event, your image at there party will be
repeatedly displayed all over as proof of the
disentegration of the Democratic party.
4. Since the Republican Party is not the majority in
Congress, you have nothing to gain in that respect.
You are known for being a man of conscience. Although
fullfilling a personal goal by attending, you may be
hurting your fellow Democrats who supported you. What
Can't say these guys are biased. Here is another one I found:CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 20-24, 2007. N=1,052 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).
"The Democrats in Congress have proposed to fund the Iraq war only if the U.S. sets a timetable for troop withdrawal, too. George W. Bush has stated he will veto that proposal. If George W. Bush does veto it, what should the Democrats in Congress do next: should they try to withhold funding for the war until George W. Bush accepts a timetable for troop withdrawal, or should they allow funding for the war, even if there is no timetable?"
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April 11, 2007
Assistant County Attorney
205 College Street, Suite 200
Asheville, NC 28801
Dear Mr. Frue,
I am writing on behalf of the Canary Coalition urging that you advise the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners to rescind the contract between the County and Progress Energy for the lease of land in the vicinity of the old County landfill (hereinafter “Woodfin Property”). Major problems with the lease include the existence of an option contract which directed or influenced the County Commissioners’ decision to approve the lease of the Woodfin Property, failure by the County to use the appropriate authority for an economic development project, and failure of the County to act in the public interest. Because of the many problems with the lease, the circumstances surrounding the County’s agreement to the lease, and the subsequent failure of substantially all of the consideration received by the County in exchange for the lease of the Woodfin Property, the County should consider the lease invalid.
The existence of the Options Contract indicates either improper assertion of authority by the County Manager, or an illegal secret meeting by the Board of Commissioners. In either case, the lease is ultra vires.
The contract granting a lease to Progress Energy is invalid because it was based on an option contract which is ultra vires for multiple reasons. County manager Wanda Greene signed this option contract on March 2, 2005, which purported to be an irrevocable offer by the County to lease land to Progress Energy for greater than ten years if acted on within the subsequent two years—by March 2007. Progress apparently purchased this interest in real property for ten dollars and without any public notice or scrutiny.
The growing political salience of environmental politics has sparked a “green gold rush”, which has seen a dramatic expansion in the number of businesses offering both companies and individuals the chance to go “carbon neutral”, offsetting their own energy use by buying carbon credits that cancel out their contribution to global warming.
The burgeoning regulated market for carbon credits is expected to more than double in size to about $68.2bn by 2010, with the unregulated voluntary sector rising to $4bn in the same period.
The FT investigation found:
■ Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.
■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.
■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.
■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.
■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.
ARCADE - Southern rock fans trekking to Athens to party with homegrown Widespread Panic prompted at least one police department to spread its net.
But police took just as many locals - if not more - to jail as out-of-town music fans.
Arcade police, with the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the state Department of Corrections, set up roadblocks in advance of a three-night Widespread Panic concert stand that started Monday in nearby Athens.
"We're out here just assuring that we don't have the same problems that some of the other venues have had," Arcade police Chief Dennis Bell said.
Hat Tip: Carl M.
Registration is required to view the full article, but it is worth it to see the video and Photos.
Crow (4/19), Springfield, Tenn.: I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming. Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. One of my favorites is in the area of forest conservation which we heavily rely on for oxygen. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.