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Thursday, July 30, 2009

NC General Assembly 07-30-2009 Legislative Calender






Today is Thursday, which means it is Friday for the
North Carolina General Assembly. Here is what they have planned for today as they plan to misuse our tax dollars...


9:00 AM AND 11:00 AM
JUDICIARY I (Senate)
LEC Term Changes/Ethics Training (H104)
Sex Offender Registry/Liberties w/Student (
H209)
Establish NC Financial Literacy Council (
H817)
Public Campaign Fund Changes (
H907)
Election Administration Amendments (
H908)
Campaign Finance Amendments (
H1111)
Qui Tam/Liability for False Claims (
H1135)

1027LB
IMMED. AFTER SESSION
SELECT COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYEE HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL BENEFITS (Senate)
State Health Plan Blue Ribbon Task Force (H1274)

300-C
8:30 AM
APPROPRIATIONS/Education (House)
Modify Out-of-State Tuition Exemption. (H83)

421LOB
9:00 AM
FINANCE (House)
Amend Irrigation Contractors' Licensing Laws. (H1336)
Delegate Authority Re: Stamp Tax Overpayment. (
S269)
Dry-Cleaning Solvent Act Amends. (
S700)
Student Protection Fund/Proprietary Schools. (
S860)
Withholding on Contractors Identified by ITIN. (
S1006)

544LOB
9:30 AM
APPROPRIATIONS/Transportation (House)
Sex Offender Can't Drive Bus with Children. (H1117)

1228LB
10:00 AM
JUDICIARY II (Senate)
Rewrite Foreign Money Judgments Laws (H274)
Partition Sales/Commissioners, Sellers, Buyers (
H578)
Protect Our Kids/Cyber Bullying Misdemeanor (
H1261)
Taxpayer Optimization Act (
H1377)
Crime Stoppers Tips Are Confidential (
H1447)
Expand Access/Confidential Intermediaries (
H1463)

1124LB
10:00 AM
JUDICIARY I (House)
Strengthen Local Emergency Management. (S252)
Tort Claims Act/Local Gov. Opt-in. (
S859)
Bicycle Lights at Night. (
S955)
Disciplinary Proceedings/NC Medical Board. (
S958)

1228LB
11:00 AM
Session Convenes (House)

House Chamber
11:00 AM
Session Convenes (Senate)

Senate Chamber

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

NASA now admits that a Dalton Minimum is possible


Graphic courtesy Wikipedia Commons



What a difference two or three years make!

It appears that NASA may be pulling it's help out of the sandbox built by lefty enviro-whackos.

From David Archidbald:

The oceans are losing heat, so the Canadian wheat belt will just get colder and drier as Solar Cycle 24 progresses. As Mark Steyn recently said, anyone under the age of 29 has not experienced global warming. A Dalton Minimum repeat will mean that they will have to wait to the age of 54 odd to experience a warming trend.

Where to now? The F 10.7 flux continues to flatline. All the volatility has gone out of it. In terms of picking the month of minimum for the Solar Cycle 23/24 transition, I think the solar community will put it in the middle of the F 10.7 quiet period due to the lack of sunspots. We won’t know how long that quiet period is until solar activity ramps up again. So picking the month of minimum at the moment may just be guessing.

Dr Hathaway says that we are not in for a Maunder Minimum, and I agree with him. I have been contacted by a gentleman from the lower 48 who has a very good solar activity model. It hindcasts the 20th century almost perfectly, so I have a lot of faith in what it is predicting for the 21st century, which is a couple of very weak cycles and then back to normal as we have known it. I consider his model to be a major advance in solar science.



As I've been blogging for the past four years...the evidence is mounting and it is looking to get even cooler.

NC General Assembly 07-29-2009 Legislative Calender






The
General Assembly of North Carolina is at it again, and here is a schedule so that you might keep track of our elected scoundrels...




8:30 AM
FINANCE (House)
Additional Rockingham County Occupancy Tax. (H956)
Amend Irrigation Contractors' Licensing Laws. (
H1336)
Murfreesboro Occupancy Tax. (
S40)
Jacksonville Occupancy Tax. (
S80)
Critical Infrastructure Assm't Changes. (
S97)
Delegate Authority Re: Stamp Tax Overpayment. (
S269)
Dry-Cleaning Solvent Act Amends. (
S700)
Student Protection Fund/Proprietary Schools. (
S860)
UI/School Teacher Related Amendments. (
S894)
Withholding on Contractors Identified by ITIN. (
S1006)

544LOB
9:00 AM
SELECT COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (Senate)
Presentation by Rick Weddle, President of Research Triangle Park

1027LB
9:00 AM
APPROPRIATIONS/Education (House)
Educ. Assistance for Minimum Wage Workers. (H1140)

421LOB
10:00 AM
HOMELAND SECURITY, MILITARY, AND VETERANS AFFAIRS (House)
Protect Search and Rescue Animal. (H1098)
Statutorily Establish Division of Emerg. Mgmt. (
S253)
Public Health Technical Changes. (
S345)

1425LB
10:00 AM
LOCAL GOVERNMENT I (House)
Regulation of Golf Carts by Local Governments. (H121)
Montgomery County Debt Collection/Water. (
H991)
Incorporate Swannanoa. (
S553)

425LOB
11:00 AM
LOCAL GOVERNMENT II (House)
Winterville/Public Nuisance Ordinance. (S251)
Excuse Governing Body from Voting. (
S653)

1425LB
11:00 AM
HEALTH CARE (Senate)
Provider Credentialing/Insurers (H1297)
Cancer Patient Assistance (
H1020)

544LOB
12:00 PM
SELECT COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYEE HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL BENEFITS CANCELLED (Senate)
State Health Plan Blue Ribbon Task Force (H1274)

421LOB
1:00 PM
COMMERCE, SMALL BUSINESS, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (House)
Simplify Taxation of Certain HOA Property. (H1625)
Amend Home Inspector Licensure Laws. (
S1007)

1228LB
1:00 PM
WAYS AND MEANS/BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY (House)

415LOB
2:00 PM
ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY (House)
Amend Carrboro Charter/Conserve Energy/Water. (S475)
Ensure Accountability Re: Stimulus Funds. (
S960)

421LOB
3:00 PM
Session Convenes (House)

House Chamber
3:00 PM
Session Convenes (Senate)

Senate Chamber

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NC General Assembly 07-28-2009 Legislative Calender








This is the legislative calender for the
North Carolina General Assembly today as the elected representatives of the people of North Carolina continue to work on the budget for the coming year...






10:00 AM
JUDICIARY II (Senate)
Rewrite Foreign Money Judgments Laws (H274)
Alt. Testimony/Children and Adults with Disabilities (
H775)
Protect Our Kids/Cyber Bullying Misdemeanor (
H1261)
Taxpayer Optimization Act (
H1377)
Crime Stoppers Tips Are Confidential (
H1447)
Expand Access/Confidential Intermediaries (
H1463)

1124LB
10:00 AM
JUDICIARY I (House)
Right to Publicity. (H327)
Consumer Economic Protection Act of 2009. (
S974)

1228LB
10:00 AM
JUDICIARY III (House)
Amend House Arrest Laws/Adult/Juvenile. (S726)
Motion for Appropriate Relief/New Requirement. (
S853)
Firearms Qualify Sites/Expand Commsn. (
S978)

1425LB
10:00 AM
JUDICIARY II (House)
Establish Proportionate Sentence Lengths. (S488)
Even Out Prior Criminal Record Points. (
S489)
Asheville City Civil Service Board. (
S556)
Smoking Prohibition Exemption. (
S884)

421LOB
11:00 AM
COMMERCE (Senate)
Utilities/Carrier of Last Resort (H530)
Occupational Licensing Board Waiver Rules/Military Personnel (
H1411)
Regulation of Appraisal Management Companies (
S829)
Repeal Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections (
S849)

1027LB
12:00 PM
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Senate)
Lenoir/Johnston Taking of Foxes (H921)
Huntersville/Public Nuisance Ordinance (
H109)

1124LB
12:00 PM
HEALTH (House)
Update and Mod. Phy. Therapy Practice Act. (H1374)
Increase Alcohol Taxes. (
H1579)

544LOB
12:30 PM
RULES, CALENDAR, AND OPERATIONS OF THE HOUSE (House)
DOT Study Tolling at State Lines/Other States. (H1245)
Honor Eugene Turner. (
H1657)

421LOB
1:00 PM
FINANCE (Senate)

544LOB
2:00 PM
WATER RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE (House)
Creation of Yadkin River Trust. (S967)
Little Tennessee River Basin Advisory Comm. (
S1083)

1228LB
2:00 PM
STATE GOVERNMENT/STATE PERSONNEL (House)
Allow Unpaid Investigatory Suspensions/DHHS. (S800)

424LOB
3:00 PM
Session Convenes (House)

House Chamber
3:00 PM
Session Convenes (Senate)

Senate Chamber






Sunday, July 26, 2009

Maggie Valley to Cullowhee on a Rainy Day




I shot this video in May of 2007 on a ride from the Maggie Valley Club in Haywood County to WCU in Jackson County on a rainy day. The ride took thirty-nine minutes, but I have compressed it down to just six. Yesterday I decided it would work well with a piece of music from Batlestar Galactica.

Still looking for footage of valley fog I shot back then...sure wish I had labeled everything. D'Oh!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Asheville Citizen-Times Reporter Leslie Boyd Charged by Bloggers with Web of Ethics Violations


Screenshot taken of AC-T Website


Asheville bloggers have taken on the lefty bias of local media outlets, including the Asheville Citizen-Times and WLOS-TV in Asheville. I was alerted to this story via Twitter by @LiberT who also has a blog called Fr33 Asheville.

Previously, Freedom Works held a Health Care protest in front of Blue Dog Democrat Congress Heath Shuler's office in Asheville, and the Asheville Citizen-Times did not send a reporter to cover the event (despite giving copious amounts of coverage to lefty rallies & protests), and the WLOS story focused more attention to the opposing side, and most of the coverage they gave the protest was focused on advocating FOR Government-run health care. Witness the video below:







A new Asheville blogger [since October 2008], Jane Q Republican, has noted the activism of one of the Asheville Citizen-Times reporters, Leslie Boyd. Here is an excerpt:

For evidence of whether Ms. Boyd’s involvement has influenced the news, I refer you to last week’s rally in opposition to Nationalized Healthcare. On Friday, July 17, over 250 area citizens gathered at the Asheville office of Heath Shuler (D-NC11) in opposition to the proposed government takeover of healthcare. The Asheville Citizen-Times did not send a single reporter or photographer. To date, not a single word in Asheville’s only daily newspaper has been devoted to this event.

When Ms. Boyd became a journalist, she made the choice to be an impartial observer and reporter of the news. She promised to uphold a code of ethics which prohibits her from entering into public politics and activism. This was a career choice that she made and, judging by the name she has made for herself at the Asheville Citizen-Times, it was a good one. If she has now changed her mind and wishes to enter the political activism arena, that is indeed her prerogative. What she may not do, however, is straddle the fence between the two occupations. She may not make the news and report it too.

At least, not if she is held to the standards of her employment contract . That remains to be seen.


Source: Jane Q Republican (read the whole article, which includes email exchanges between the blogger and the newspaper)

Another blogger covering this is Tim Peck. This is a portion of what he has to contribute:

Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Leslie Boyd has violated the code of journalistic ethics by participating in partisan political events as an advocate while also covering the story for her employer. Boyd is pictured on the WNC for Change website as the keynote speaker at the recent Healthcare Reform Rally held at Pritchard Park in Asheville on June 20, 2009.

Source: Tim Peck (he goes on to provide links and photos of the Moveon Rally...which Boyd was unable to attend at the last moment).

I'll add my two cents worth to the kitty by noting what Leslie Boyd has posted herself online regarding how she sees her job and her advocacy for the nationalization of healthcare.

From her Ning Network blog (created by the Asheville Citizen-Times):

Things here have been pretty bleak. We had layoffs yesterday. Rob and I escaped, but we had friends who worked here a long time who got cut. I feel like I'm watching the demise of an entire industry.
But it's more than just an industry, and being a reporter is more than just a job. We felt like we had a higher calling: to be watchdogs of government and big business, to dig out the truth and to inform the public. We have been the children of the First Amendment.
Now most papers have too few people in the newsroom to do any investigative reporting. We can report on government meetings, but we can't dig any deeper. We can write about the new office building being put up, but not on the dealings that helped it get permits in spite of height restrictions or zoning laws.
In the end, government and big business will be able to do what they want, unfettered by the press looking over them. Actually, they pretty much do already.

Source: WNC Mom I lifted the whole post in case it gets tossed down the memory hole.

And another, on her advocacy:

WNC for Change had a health care rally in Asheville this morning and 300 people came out. That's almost twice as many as came out last fall. People are getting worried that this won't get fixed after all, and they want to tell Congress that's not acceptable.
I was the keynote speaker, telling Mike's story and noting that he was one of about 30,000 who died last year.
Rep. Heath Shuler met with about 50 of us this afternoon and assured us he wants to fix it too, but the law says it has to be defecit neutral. I can think of a few ways to raise the money, but none of them will happen because corporations are more important than people in America.
I'm not sure how we'll take it back, but I'm working on it.
If you want to see photos of the rally and of Heath Shuler, visit here:
[AC-T]

Source: WNC Mom Again, I lifted the entire post for the same reason as the last.

As Jane Q Republican and Tim Peck have pointed out, she covered the rallies for the Asheville Citizen-Times events at which she herself was a speaker and organizer.

A lefty blog had this to say about Leslie Boyd's keynote address at the rally, which the War Resister's League billed as "Asheville Calls for Health Care Revolution":

By far the most powerful speaker was local reporter and health care advocate Leslie Boyd who spoke with “righteous indignation” about her son’s death due to denial of critical health care. She founded the group Life o’ Mike to commemorate her son and to advocate for health care for all.


I have, so far, been unable to locate online video of Boyd speaking at any of these events. If you know of an example, please let me know in the comments, and if you are in possession of such video, let me know in the comments, and I will help you get it posted online.

It is time we held "journalists" accountable. And they wonder why they are held in in low regard by their fellow Americans. I would tell them that their lefty bias has turned a significant portion of their audience off. I quit buying papers from the AC-T over two years ago because I couldn't just take it anymore. Due to the recent cutbacks at the paper, as reported by AshVegas, I have not been the only one.

It would be more acceptable to me if they would come right out and admit that they are lefties instead of pretending they are unbiased.

Let this incident serve notice to the various news media outlets of western North Carolina that they can no longer serve as Gate Keepers of the news, nor can they set the agenda as they have in the past. They should come clean about their biases, as most bloggers do.

When bloggers report on events or news stories, they usually aren't afraid to come right out and tell you what side they are on, and then they proceed to tell you why they believe as they do.

**Note...I have preserved the original spellings in the posts I excerpted for use here.


**9.03am**
As an example of a lefty paper, I give you the Mountain Xpress. Everyone knows they are lefties, and they don't hide it. And the thing is, they often provide better coverage of Asheville in a weekly free paper than the Citizen-Times does with a daily paper.