I am working on the template of this blog today in order to chase down some problems that have developed with my template and widgets.

Macon County Commissioners

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.


Photos from my photoblog.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wind Advisory For Dec 1

Wind Advisory

438 PM EST THU NOV 30 2006

438 PM EST THU NOV 30 2006








Information About Bruce Elmore, Jr.

I've been poking around, trying to find out what the deal with Bruce Elmore, Jr is, and how he fits in with the Andrew Reed situation.
I found two items posted at Unknown News that reveal a little.

Item #1


The most important thing in the items is the ACLU connection. More below.

Below is an excerpt from the Asheville Global Report from Nov 2002:

Asheville, North Carolina, Nov. 19 (AGR)— Asheville Chief of Police Will Annarino presented a proposed anti-begging, sleeping outdoors ordinance at approximately 10:30pm at the Asheville City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The ordinance was passed unanimously by city council members despite requests from a vocal majority of citizens at the meeting asking the council to seek more community-oriented solutions to the area’s homelessness problem instead of resorting to legal measures.

All types of solicitation are now illegal in the central downtown area, including those of the Salvation Army, the Girl Scouts, and street musicians with open guitar cases or hats asking for tips. Although inquired about by council members Holly Jones and Jim Ellis, permits are unlikely to be a possible alternative for such groups. According to city attorneys, it is necessary to ban all forms of solicitation to avoid an unconstitutional restriction on speech content.

Bruce Elmore, representing the WNC American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at the council meeting, called the criminalization of begging or sleeping in public an infringement on First Amendment freedom of speech and assembly rights. In the judiciary, restrictions on the content of speech must survive a “strict scrutiny” review — meaning that in order to pass constitutional muster, a compelling government interest must be present. Elmore stated he felt the court would find attractiveness to tourists and the free flow of pedestrian traffic to be important but not compelling governmental interests.

Then, I found more that led me to a local blogger, who keeps the WLOSers fan club informed, just scroll down past the racy photos to the sex offender news section:

The sex offender news
Michelle Boudin, who rode the sex offender news last year hard, got back on the train again. There must be something in the WLOSer manual that says that every infotainment-cast must contain at least one sex offender story. Just look at how much mileage NBC has gotten out of their little sting operation, where they pose as a 13-year-old girl looking for sex and invite any and all pervs to meet with them. That makes for some damn good video.

Anyway, all Boudin had was news about a bill proposed in the state House that would keep convicted sex offenders from living with 1,000 feet of a school, and prevent convicted sex offenders from going with 500 feet of a school, unless there was special permission. Michelle talked to attorney Bruce Elmore, a member of the ACLU, who said the bill wasn't fair.

And, lastly, I will leave you with this post, at gopunditgo, where Bruce Elmore, Jr is again representing a sex offender aginst the town of Woodfin, NC.

A Superior Court judge Tuesday upheld a Woodfin ordinance barring sex offenders from the town’s three public parks.

David Standley, 43, a registered sex offender living in Woodfin, sued the town in August 2005. The N.C. chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union backed his case.

Standley argued in his lawsuit the ordinance was too broad, in part by including people who have never committed sex crimes against children.

He was convicted in 1987 in Florida of attempted sexual battery with a weapon against an adult and served three years and six months in jail, according to the N.C. Department of Justice sex offender registry.

“I think it’s likely that we’ll appeal,” said Bruce Elmore, Standley’s attorney. “I think he had a strong constitutional case.”

Coverage by Stop The ACLU

We need to keep the pressure on, and enact change that would result in longer sentences for those convicted of sex crimes, most especially those against children, whom the ACLU seem to have forgotten. We need to keep reminding them, over and over and over. Perhaps we need to take a page from our "progressive" friends and protest, with signs in I understand is happening as I type this. I hope WLOS gets some good shots, and finally give this story the coverage other national media will.

The Coalition To Preserve Civiliation

Get Thee Hence. Do Something. Others Are. Won't You?

Heads Up America Going Away, Again

Friday will be the last day for Heads Up America as the show will be going into hiatus for a while, perhaps to be resurrected as an interview show in February of 2007. The web presence, however, will not go away. The message forum will survive, on another URL. Stay tuned to this page for further details.

Ken and his callers are one of the reasons I got into blogging. He seems to attract a certain type of caller. One of his questions to people is, "What about solutions?" I saw early on that education was one of the solutions, and education, in my opinion, begins with awareness. Part of my mission is to raise awareness to what is going on around us by finding out what is going on, and posting links to where I find the stories, with perhaps a little commentary thrown in before I send you on your way.

Another one of his sayings is, "Seldom Is The Issue The Issue." He picked it up from a pastor in the Atlanta area and has made good use of it, taking it out of his pocket from time to time and handing it to a caller or guest, and asking them to apply the saying to the issue they are addressing. Some interesting discussions have ensued, and I have enjoyed them.

A large majority of his callers are active in their communities, and not a few have stood for election. But one thing Ken and his callers share is the ability to think, and to laugh. When a new caller joins the crowd, they are more likely than not to be a thinker as well, so I will say that I believe all his listeners are thinkers as well. I know they have had some good laughs.

Things are looking up for Ken as he has been preparing for a public speaking endeavour about which I will be posting on in the future. I believe he will go where he is Led.

I will miss the fun times listening to the show, as it kept me company in the woods on my Walkman, or on my computer on rainy days. After Friday's show, my Walkman will get some rest on weekdays between 9am and noon.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Asheville Kiddie Porn Producer Had Friends In Very High Places

Child Molester and Child Pornography Producer Andrew Reed apparently received special treatment in the selection of the judge to adjudicate the case.
Judge Robert Lewis retired in 1995, but was brought out of retirement to hear the case. North Carolina Chief Justice Sarah Parker (a Democrat also) signed off on the paperwork. There is more information on formerly retired Judge Robert Lewis, but I will wait for others to reveal, perhaps Thursday night or Friday night. Several national media figures are looking toward Buncombe County.

The Defense Attorney was Bruce Elmore, Jr.

For those of you with a strong stomach, you can read court documents associated with the case here.

I heard NC House Representative Bruce Goforth on the North Carolina News Network today say that the NC General Assembly will be passing legislation that will make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to live or be within 1,000 feet of a school, playground, or church. This is totally unenforceable hogwash---unless the state cordons off these areas and screens everyone who passes through. This is typical "feel good" legislation that accomplishes nothing, like those stupid signs some businesses have informing you that concealed weapons are not allowed on the premises. Unless you frisk everyone, you'll never know.

We don't need more laws, we just need to enforce the ones we already have!!!

The Beginning of the End?

Western civilization – life as we know it – is under attack, and
indeed has even reached a very dangerous point. Some may even think it
is a point of no return.
Not just because in recent months Muslim groups around the world
insisted that the pope apologize for merely quoting someone else. No,
not just because the prime minister of Denmark had to grovel to the
Muslim nations for a cartoon that appeared in a Danish newspaper, over
which he had no control whatsoever. No, not even just because
President Bush rushed into a Muslim mosque in Washington, D.C., after
Sept. 11, 2001, declaring that Islam is a religion of peace.

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

My Response to Right Wing Guy

We must possess the spirit portrayed by the humans as discussed in this video clip.
When we get our workarounds in place to sidestep the Legacy Media, the world will tremble at our fury.

Nonie Darwish On Heads Up America

Nonie Darwish is an American Muslim of Arab origin. A freelance writer and speaker, she runs the website Arabs For Israel.

She will be on Heads Up America this morning, after the 10am or 11am newsbreak. All times are Eastern.
You can listen to the webstream here.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Astronomers Select Hubble Top Ten Photos

This is the Cone Nebula, my favorite. It looks like there is an exhausted cartoon cat lying on its back at the very top of the cone. Anyhow, click here to see what photos made the list.

Hat Tip: Ed

An Inconvenient Review, and Preview

This is a Skeletal Review of Al Gore's Slide Show of Doom, "An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning."

As my Regular Reader knows, I posted on the gifting of the DVD last Wednesday. I watched it on my computer, and had to fight myself to keep from taking notes and jotting down responses as I watched it.

Technically, as to the editing, music and performance, I thought it was well made.

Factually, as to the evidence and conclusions, it was so wrong that the only way to address the errors is with a feature-length response. Which, by the way, I am working on, and wondering why no one else has done so. The scientific errors are gross and capable of being corrected by any high school science student.

Follow Up, as to suggestions of what you can do to help stop global warming...Stand By.

One huge, glaring error that I must needs correct right away:

Al Gore stated that there was a bipartisan effort to bring down Communism. That is such a bald-faced lie I am left speechless. Democratic attempts to prop up Communism was one of the reasons I left the Democratic Party. Who fought President Ronald Reagan, every step of the way? If you guessed Democrats, step to the head of the class.

Responding to this movie will be a fun project, and I intend to film most of it with my Photosmart M525 6.0 Megapixel Digital Camera. Unless someone wishes to donate a real video camera to the project!!!
Those who don't know me, can send a response to ThunderPigBlog AT gmail DOT com, and those who know me can use one of my usual email addresses, and my rich friends can leave donations on my doorstep. ;^)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Asheville Kiddie-Porn Case Goes World-wide

A local case I've been following on Heads Up America has finally been picked up by a news outlet that has been ignored and covered up by the local liberal "progressive" media, the case of Democratic Activist Andrew Reed as handled by Democratic District Attorney Ron Moore, and Democratic Judge Robert Lewis.

Andrew Douglas Reed

An excerpt:

His offenses involved a long list of counts that he used the Internet to collect and share graphic child pornography – mostly involving children as young as six who were filmed "engaged in sex acts with adults or other children," according to a local news report.

State investigators said Reed used an e-mail account to post 169 images and three movies containing child pornography on file-sharing networks over the last several years.

District Attorney Ron Moore


The court report noted that under the plea agreement, "That defendant will plead guilty to all 15 counts and the state agrees that they will be consolidated into four counts for sentencing."
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation had worked on a sting for more than a year to stop his operations, authorities said.
Reed, who also worked as a columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times, often wrote in support of the "gay" agenda in the region.
State records show he was brought into the prison system on Nov. 15. And when he gets out, he cannot "linger, loiter nor spend time at locations where persons under eighteen (18) years of age are likely to be present, including but not limited to: parks, playgrounds, school yards, arcades or places frequented by children(s) activities and such similar places whose purpose is the care, entertainment or education of such persons under eighteen (18) years of age."
He also won't be allowed to work as a volunteer or employee for any organization that serves children, but he will have to go through psychological treatment and go through a sexual abuse treatment program.

Read the story here.

Here is a poll about Andrew Reed's light sentence.

Maybe this case will bring more people out of the woodwork to expose this type of biased sentencing, and other shenanigans surrounding conduct in and around the Buncombe County Court System. In particular, cases concerning District Attorney Ron Moore and Clerk of Court Bob Christie. There are also some severe problems with the Department of Social Services and the Family Courts in Buncombe County, and throughout North Carolina. Stay tuned for more developments in these area, as we apply more levers to the situations. The Revolution has only begun...

Friday, November 24, 2006

The Anti-Islamofascism Movement

I have received the following email, and have posted it in it's entirety.
Those interested should respond to the email below, or further co-ordination can be achieved by contacting me at ThunderPigBlog+aim AT gmail DOT com.
That is all.

I have posted this to the Forum (thanks Bjorn for the forward) -- #6. Defense/Offense: War Strategy
I will contact Jack and Steve very soon,

TO: Conservative Leaders
FR: Jack Wheeler & Steve Baldwin
RE: The Creation of an Anti-Islamofascism Movement

Anti-Communism: The Original Conservative Movement
One cannot write the history of the Cold War without acknowledging the key role played by the American Anti-Communist Movement. It was a broad movement involving many different organizations that, for four decades, kept its focus on the defeat of the Soviet Empire. And it succeeded.

Indeed, Anti-Communism was the defining issue that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the conservative movement from the 1950s throught the 1980s. There was a sense that this movement had to be successful if not only America but Western Civilization itself were to survive.

What did this Movement Accomplish?
The Anti-Communist Movement was formed after World War II when it was revealed that Soviet spies were operating throughout our government. This movement became one of the most successful political movements in our history.

It started out slowly due to liberal propaganda during WWII which convinced many Americans that Russia was our friend since they were aligned with us during the war. By the 1950's, the Anti-Communist Movement had created a massive infrastructure which became a major educational and political force within America. This movement:
* Exposed pro-communist groups operating within our borders. The movement lobbied Congress to have hearings and even to create standing committees to carry out investigations (such as the House Un-American Activities Committee). This greatly limited the effectiveness of these pro-communist groups and educated an entire generation of Americans about the domestic subversive threat.

* Lobbied for bigger defense budgets, a bigger Navy, more nuclear missiles, SDI, and a more aggressive foreign policy to oppose the Soviet Empire.

* Generated a slew of newsletters, magazines, speaker bureaus, radio shows, etc. that educated generations of Americans as to what Communism stood for and how it endangered our freedom.

* Created a political force that affected the election of hundreds of Anti-Communist politicians and influenced how people voted for at least 2-3 generations. This movement eventually led to the election of Ronald Reagan, the person most responsible for our victory over the Soviet Empire.

The Infrastructure of Anti-Communism
This American Anti-Communist Movement also created an infrastructure by establishing smaller specialty groups that focused on individual issues. For example, the movement created groups that:
* Supported Anti-Soviet Freedom Fighter movements challenging communist regimes in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola and other Soviet colonies. Some of these groups raised funds for these resistance movements and even delivered supplies.

* Developed and promoted the concept of missile defense as a viable strategic tactic.

* Worked on intelligence issues such as making sure our intelligence agencies had the resources to counter the Soviet threat.
* Worked on geo-strategic issues such as energy and how they affected the Soviet Empire.

* Encouraged and funded East Bloc dissidents and helped dissidents escape from Iron Curtain countries. Such groups would send these dissidents on speaking tours creating a flurry of articles about the horrors of the Gulag and the inhumanity of the Soviet system.

* Smuggled in Anti-Communist literature behind the Iron Curtain; Christian mission groups would smuggle in Bibles knowing that religious belief would help undermine the Soviet Communist system.

* Lobbied corporations and government entities to disinvest funds from the East Block or to cease trade.

* Lobbied to increase funding for the Defense budget and to educate Americans about massive Soviet military spending.

* Formed Anti-Communist youth groups domestically (Young Americans for Freedom) and worldwide (World Anti-Communist League) whose main goal was to educate youth about communism.

* Formed groups that pushed for alliances with other countries who were similarly threatened, such as NATO.

Forming a Similar Infrastructure to Combat Radical Islam
We don't think anyone can dispute the fact that the forces of Islamofascism have embarked upon a World War of global conquest that may last for decades if not longer. Since Islamofascist terrorists have no boundaries, this war will be even tougher to fight than our battle was against the Soviet empire.

Already, the Islamofascists have a beachhead in Western Europe. According to demographic experts, Europe will become Islamic in a generation - and it's not the moderates who hold sway in the Islamic communities in Europe. If these numbers are translated to political power - which undoubtedly will be the case - it will have dire consequences. Eventually, radical Islamic political blocs will take power in many European nations such as Belgium, Holland, France, and Britain.

The Washington Times reports (11/21/06) that Russia is well on its way to becoming an Islamic country. Within eight years (by 2015) over half the soldiers in the Russian Army will be Moslem. By 2020, over 20% of Russia's entire population will be Moslem.

What happens when Moslems in political power have access to the nuclear arsenals of Russia, France, and Britain?

Couple this with the increased presence of Islam in Africa and Latin America, and there is a distinct possibility that America, within a generation of two, will be alone in the world. We would be encircled by enemies dedicated to our destruction. No doubt by then, there will be thousands of Jihadists within the US prepared to carry out terrorist acts on command from international Islamic powers.

We cannot allow this to happen without a fight. Western Civilization is worth fighting for. We cannot allow our grandchildren to live in Islamofascist tyranny.

But we don't seem to be prepared for this war. Unlike the movement created during the Cold War, there doesn't seem to be much of an infrastructure to combat Islamofascism.

If we truly care about our children and grandchildren, then we must create an infrastructure modeled after the Anti-Communist Movement. Here's a few areas off the top of our heads that an Anti-Islamofascism Movement could be addressing:
* Investigate radical mosques. 80% of mosques in America are Saudi-funded and promote a form of Radical Islam known as Wahhabism. There aren't any groups that monitor them or call for congressional or IRS investigations of their activities. Yet we know from literature picked up by those who have signed up for classes at these mosques that many promote jihad against the West. If a Christian church did that, they would lose their tax-exempt status within a week.

* Support Anti-Islamofascist freedom fighters. There are resistance and dissident groups within Iran and other radical Islamic countries who are willing to organize against their regimes if they had some outside assistance. Yet there are no groups set up to promote their cause or to lobby Congress to get them covert assistance.

* Thwart attempts to impose Sharia Law. The ultimate goal of Islamofascists is to impose Islamic "Sharia" religious law upon us all. Groups could monitor and block every Fabian effort (imposing Sharia in small bites) like demands for prayer rooms and allowing headscarves in schools.

* A Rapid Response media team to stand up to Islamic bullying. The US Airways story removing Moslem imams from a flight resulted in a barrage of denunciations from Moslem advocacy groups like CAIR with no one to give a "fair and balanced" rebuttal. What is needed is an "Anti-CAIR" media team that can praise the justifiable concern of airline passengers for their safety and demand that Moslems understand that concern. There must be no tolerance for Islamic bullying.

* Form an Anti-Islamofascist publishing network. There is a great need for more publications and newsletters that focus on the Islamofascist threat both here and abroad. Remember the "Pink Sheet of the Left"? It launched an explosion of Anti-Communist publications.

* Create an Anti-Islamofascist portal on the Internet. There's a need for a website "portal" coordinating efforts to monitors all the radical Muslim foundations, leaders, organizations, mosques, etc. now operating in the US who have already been tied to terrorists or are espousing radical viewpoints. Such a website would also allow private citizens to contribute intelligence to it. For example, Joe Sixpack reports picking up a flyer promoting jihad from a neighboring mosque. This intelligence would be checked for accuracy and if accurate, added to the entry on the website under the name of that mosque.

* Establish an Anti-Islamofascist Speakers Bureau. There are many experts in addition to the small number now known to the media such as Frank Gaffney and Robert Spencer, who can talk about the world-wide Islamofascist threat. But most media people don't know who they are or where to find them. There's a need for a speaker's bureau marketing Anti-Islamofascist experts in a systematic fashion to all the major media outlets.

* Monitor the billions now being spent on Homeland Security. There are already reports of large-scale waste and fraud occurring, which, of course, takes funds away from counter-terror efforts. There currently aren't any groups that monitor the effectiveness of various Homeland Security tactics or lobby to institute new tactics and strategies that may be more effective.

* Wage an ideological assault on Islamofascism. Radical Islam is a totalitarian doctrine with numerous parallels to Marxism, yet intellectually crude and medievally primitive. A scholarly assault through think-tanks, seminars, and conferences can be conducted, targeting the multitude of weaknesses and vulnerabilities of Islamofascism.

* Support the Chinese Christian Back to Jerusalem project to evangelize Moslems in Europe and the Middle East. China is on its way to becoming a majority Christian nation within 20 years, with over 100 million Christians right now. Not only can they serve as a major bulwark against the spread of Islam in Asia, but many are determined to reverse that spread throughout the world. Teams of Chinese missionaries are already preaching the Gospel in many countries abroad, with tens of thousands to follow. Their efforts could be greatly assisted by the large network of Christian philanthropists who fund mission work.

* Create a Global Anti-Islamofascist Coalition. We need to identify and work with other organizations in Europe and elsewhere who are working against the Islamofascist threat. They exist, but few know anything about them. The Anti-Islamofascist movement needs to become a world wide coalition.

* Reframe the illegal immigration issue as one of national security. This is already being done by Congressman (and 2008 presidential candidate) Duncan Hunter. There is evidence that Moslem Terrorists may have crossed our porous borders and if it hasn't happened already, it certainly will. We also know that they have exploited other immigration issues such as the student VISA program so favored by the 9/11 terrorists. And yet, there is little evidence that much has changed in this regard. We still allow people in from terrorist-harboring countries with little checking, and the Democrats are determined to block the construction of a security fence on our southern border.

* End our dependence on foreign oil that's funding the Islamofascists. Despite protests to the contrary, we know that Saudi money is being funneled to radical madressas and foundations that are the training grounds for Radical Islam. We also know that Hugo Chavez in Venezuela is using his oil billions to fund anti-American groups. It is time that we pushed our political leaders to get out of the way and allow America to become energy independent. We need to stop subsidizing our own enemies.

Most Americans are unaware that the Democrats are largely responsible for our dependence on foreign oil. The efforts by Democrats to block the drilling of existing oil and gas deposits (such as the gigantic reserves off our Atlantic and Florida Gulf coasts) and to stop the construction of oil refineries and nuclear power plants is outrageous and needs to be aggressively attacked. This movement should set as one of its goals the elimination of these obstacles so that America can be energy independent within a decade.

Where Do We Go From Here?
We are not claiming to be experts on how to launch such a movement; we're just throwing out some ideas based on lessons we learned from being veteran "Cold Warriors" in the Anti-Communist Movement. The intent of this memo is simply to get conservative leaders thinking about how we can create an Anti-Islamofascism infrastructure in this country.

This needs to be done in order to preserve both America and Western Civilization. It's about our survival. Without the Anti-Communist Movement, it's likely we would still be in the midst of the Cold War today. Wise men and women rose up to the challenge and created a movement that was very much opposed by the existing political and media establishments. But we won. Then we all went to sleep.

The Anti-Communist Movement was funded in large part by a network of philanthropies and foundations - Scaife Foundation, Smith-Richardson Foundation, Coors Foundation, and many others who provided the seed money for many of the most successful Anti-Communist groups.

Similarly, we will need many of today's conservative foundations and philanthropies to reassess their missions. They need to be encouraged to reorient their mission so as to help finance projects aimed at combating Islamofascism.

Yes, many of them are engaged in important work such a promoting civic and moral values, faith based initiatives, and improving the quality of education. But none of this work will mean much if we lose our culture to radical Islam.

And then, of course, we have lots of existing conservative groups but very few of them are focused on addressing this threat. We believe that every conservative group out there needs to reassess is mission and ask itself how it can contribute to this offensive. Perhaps new groups will need to be formed that will focus solely on combating Islamofascism.

Once this infrastructure starts to coalesce, it would be productive to have formal coalition meetings to discuss how best to further our goals.

Perhaps a meeting needs to be called to discuss all this. Your thoughts?

Please email us at: scbaldwin@adelphia. net

Yours for America and its survival,
Jack Wheeler
President, Freedom Research Foundation

Steve Baldwin
Executive Director, Council for National Policy Action, Inc.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Who Really Cares?

… conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.

Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone’s tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don’t provide them with enough money.

Such an attitude, he writes, not only shortchanges the nonprofits but also diminishes the positive fallout of giving, including personal health, wealth and happiness for the donor and overall economic growth.

All of this, he said, he backs up with statistical analysis.


Read more over at The Gates of Vienna.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

An Inconvenient Gift

A well-intentioned friend has given me an early birthday gift, a DVD entitled, "An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning
I will watch it tonight just like any other movie, then I will watch it again later with clipboard and pen, taking notes. I'll have a review up by Friday.

To judge a DVD by its cover, a whole heck of a lot easier to open than regular DVDs, so right off the bat, I give it an ergonomic A Plus, and I like the paper packaging. Here is a photo I took mere moments ago of the DVD as it sat on my desk, begging me to put it in my DVD Drive and watch it:

If you look real close, you can see me hold the camera while taking the shot.

Junior Johnson on Rick's Racing Report

Legendary NASCAR Driver Junior Johnson will be on Rick's Racing Report, which airs on WZGM-AM 1350, and streams here.
The program starts after the 9am newsbreak, and should conclude at 9.30am, although Rick could go into overtime to celebrate Jimmie Johnson winning the NASCAR Championship this past Sunday.

This is a Dawn Redwood located outside Hunter Library at Western Carolina University, which has nothing to do with the rest of my post.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Nanny State Alert

Six months after back-to-back storms Frances and Ivan brought massive flooding to WNC in 2004, lawmakers and Gov. Mike Easley agreed on $247.5 million in disaster relief. Part of the money was to be used to buy and demolish homes that were likely to be flooded again.

The buyouts started last summer. Haywood County so far has closed on about 40 homes using state money. Most were in the Clyde area.

The problem came for Haywood after it returned money to the state on four occasions this year when flood victims wanted more time before selling their houses.

That created an “accounting problem” in Raleigh because the state had trouble putting the money back into its accounts earmarked for flood relief, according to a letter dated Oct. 17 from Chris Crew, the state Hazard Mitigation Section chief.

Crew said the state has always had a policy or reimbursing counties for their costs in buying flooded homes. He said it has tried to help speed the process by providing money up front as long as the cash is spent within three days.

When Haywood was unable to do that on four occasions, he said his office revoked the courtesy.

“There is nothing that says we have to advance it to them,” he said. “If they were suddenly able to demonstrate that they could schedule these closings and then ask us for an advance, I’d be willing to discuss it with them”

Buncombe and Macon counties, which are also buying several flooded homes and businesses, have reported no problems with the state’s program.

Tony Sexton, the lawyer handling the buyouts for Haywood County, said it had to return money on those occasions to help the victims.

Sexton is hopeful that state will change its mind and again authorize spending money up front for Haywood County. He said the county cannot afford to buy more than two homes a month with its budget.

“I really think the problem is going to be resolved,” he said. “I don’t think anybody wants those flood victims to wait longer than necessary.”

Boulay’s hopeful for a solution too. For now he’ll keep on paying $700 a month for a home he can’t rent or live in.

“How long do we have to wait?” he said. “It’s been 26 months.”

Read the whole thing here.

I guess some people can't help being retards. On all sides of this issue.
I still don't think the government should be in the business of bailing anybody out of debt, buying homes that have been destroyed by natural or man-made events.

A government that can give you everything, can also take everything.
--President Gerald Ford

The quote isn't exact, it is a paraphrase that gets the point out. We are creating a government that is far too powerful, and we are giving it responsibilities it should never have.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Pentagon Crash

This is in response to all those lunatics who think a missile hit the pentagon on September, 11, 2001.
I have lost the original link to the video, good thing I saved it, huh?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

BSG Fan Video: Pain and Rescue Redux

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Breck Girl Tries To Jump The Line?

A day after former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) criticised Wal Mart, like any good lefty, a volunteer associated with his staff attempted to use his name to obtain a Sony PS3.

The above statement in undeniable. The devil, apparently, is in the details.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday that a staff member for former Sen.

John Edwards _ a vocal critic of the retailer _ asked his local Wal- Mart store for help in getting the potential 2008 presidential candidate a Sony PlayStation 3. Edwards said a volunteer did so by mistake.

Edwards told The Associated Press that the volunteer "feels terrible" about seeking the game unit at Wal-Mart a day after his boss criticized the company, saying it doesn't treat its employees fairly.

Read more here.

If what John Edwards says is true, then we have been offered a glimpse into the life of the Breck Girl and his Wife. One of them says something in front of staffers, who then work to make it so without being formally directed to do so. Crime Families work that way. I am surprised that the former Senator would allow an atmosphere like that to develpe around him. Character flaw?

If what Edwards says is untrue, my above assertion also holds. What we have here is a disqualification of Edwards for President in 2008. I hope the right people are taking notes.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Fjordman weighs in on Multi-Culti and PC...

I’ve been trying to analyze the roots of Multiculturalism and Political Correctness. The conclusion I’ve come up with so far is that it needs to be understood as a combination of forces and influences, different but not mutually exclusive.

One view is that Multiculturalism “just happened,” an accidental result of technological globalization. Although global migration pressures and modern communications definitely contributed, this thesis is, in my view, almost certainly too simplistic. There is mounting evidence that Multiculturalism was deliberately encouraged by various groups. If anything, it is an indirect result of globalization through multinational corporations and the creation of an international political elite whose mutual loyalty increasingly supersedes national interests.

Fjordman is back!

Shuler Votes For Hoyer

Congressman-elect Heath Shuler showed wisdom today and voted for Steny Hoyer (D-MD) over Jack (ABSCAM) Murtha (D-PA) for Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives today. Maybe the Blue Dogs will rule the House, after all. I think I'll wait until the middle of January to see.

The Muslim Brotherhood Project

For those who have read The Project, what is most troubling is not that Islamists have developed a plan for global dominance; it has been assumed by experts that Islamist organizations and terrorist groups have been operating off an agreed-upon set of general principles, networks and methodology. What is startling is how effectively the Islamist plan for conquest outlined in The Project has been implemented by Muslims in the West for more than two decades. Equally troubling is the ideology that lies behind the plan: inciting hatred and violence against Jewish populations around the world; the deliberate co-opting and subversion of Western public and private institutions; its recommendation of a policy of deliberate escalating confrontation by Muslims living in the West against their neighbors and fellow-citizens; the acceptance of terrorism as a legitimate option for achieving their ends and the inevitable reality of jihad against non-Muslims; and its ultimate goal of forcibly instituting the Islamic rule of the caliphate by shari'a in the West, and eventually the whole world.

Read more here.

Translation of the Project document here.

Hat Tip Shou Lung, at Hidden Dragon

Nancy Pelosi and Mikhail Gorbachev

Presidio Partners

Nancy Pelosi: One of Mikhail Gorbachev’s most useful idiots

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Investigative journalists doing their jobs should dig deep—really deep—into Nancy Pelosi’s role in the controversial, $280-million, federal-funded Hunters Point Shipyard affair--in relation to her alleged role as an investor in a real estate investment entity called PRESIDIO PARTNERS.

Look past the fact that the 936-acre site, of which about 443 acres are not polluted and that Hunter Point Shipyard is the largest tract of undeveloped land in San Francisco.

Roll Call has stated that in early 2004, John Murtha “reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the City of San Francisco” and that “Laurence Pelosi, nephew of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the time was an executive of the company which owned the rights of the land.”

But that’s only the most recent chapter of Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha and San Francisco’s largest tract of undeveloped land.

Even critics clamoring that Pelosi is reneging on her pledge to clean up corruption by endorsing Murtha’s bid for House Majority leader don’t paint the whole picture.

In her own words on March 31, 2004: “I have been working on this agreement for more than a decade, and I am proud we are near our goal. I thank Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Mayor Newsom, and former Mayor Willie Brown for their work on the Bayview Hunters Point Shipyard agreement. I also thank my good friend Congressman Jack Murtha for assisting us in this last round of negotiation.”

“Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been a point of contention since my days as a San Francisco Supervisor, with all sides fighting over the level of contamination at the base and who will pay for cleanup.” said Senator Dianne Feinstein. “This agreement is a significant breakthrough, and signals an end to the bickering that has gone on for a quarter of a century.”

But the truth is Pelosi’s alleged involvement in the Hunters Point Shipyard fiasco goes well beyond what shows on the surface. For Pelosi it’s a well trodden trail that goes all the way to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the Presidio’s most famous tenant.

“Among the unpublicized facts about Nancy Pelosi was that she was an investor in a real estate investment entity called PRESIDIO PARTNERS, which set up shortly after the Nixon Administration’s first closure of federal military bases around the US,”.

“Among the choicest real estate properties were (a) San Francisco’s Presidio Fort then the headquarters for the Sixth US Army (b) Treasure Island and Yreba Buena Island, the US Navy’s parcels in San Francisco Bay (c) The Hunter’s Point Naval Base, then biggest US Navy base between Seattle Washington Long Beach and San Diego California.”

Pelosi’s involvement in the disposal of federal military surplus land is matched only by Gorbachev, who as founder of Green Cross International (GCI) devised a mechanism for converting American military bases to civilian uses converting the bases over to “global centers for sustainability”. Gorbachev’s mission of converting American military bases to global centers for sustainability came just two years after he resigned as president of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991.

CGI built on the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and supported the implementation of the summit’s Agenda 21.

Smells like corruption, and using one's political office to enrich ones self to me, read the rest here, and spread the word on the climate of corruption.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Podcast: Brigitte Gabriel on Political Correctness

This is what she had to say on Glenn Beck's special, "Exposed: The Extremist Agenda" earlier tonight. This is also my first real podcast, the first of many to come, I hope!

You should also have Apple QuickTime to play the episode.

Britte says more in 42 seconds than I could say in 5 minutes!!!

Random Thoughts On The World Situation

I've found an interesting roundup of world events over at the Right Truth, a conservative blog I just found today, and have added to my blogroll. Oh, the joys of a rain day and a broadband connection!

Trent Lott Is Back !!!

It's gonna be okay, Senator Lott is back to clean the mess up.

Eat THAT, lefties !!!!


I never thought I'd be advising people to watch CNN. So, here goes, Tune in to CNN Headline News tonight to watch A Glenn Beck Special Event "Exposed: The Extremist Agenda." It will be on at 7pm or 9pm depending on your time zone.
Since I don't have cable (nearest hookup is 3 miles away), or a satellite receiver, I will be listening via XM Radio on channel 122.

One comment before the big show, it is quite telling that Glenn has had to be protected by a security service, probably for the rest of his life, because he is reporting on the results of an investigation into certain elements of the "Religion of Peace."

Update: Every single person to the left of center I have emailed about this show, has emailed me back indicating they weren't going to watch, or asked me to cease and desist (is that a word? Is now!). I guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. And to think I don't like Glenn because I think he is (or at least was) too much of a moderate fence-sitter. Besides, I can't listen to his show because there is a better one on at that time.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Leaving Iraq, Restoring America

Leaving Iraq with anything less than defeating the terrorists will be a profound defeat for America, and will establish (re-enforce) the precedent that America has lost the Will to see a conflict through to a logical conclusion, Victory.

The last time we left the battlefield without the final victory was Iraq in 1991. We fulfilled our UN Mandate to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait, and signed a cease fire not worth the ink the other side used to signify their agreement, and a promise of adherence to the terms.

Twelve years later, and a million dead at the hand of Saddam, we were forced to return and remove Saddam, despite the protestations of the EUroweenies and the boys in powder blue, and their World Socialist Allies. Despite all that, we have worked with the people of Iraq to build their nation into something greater than it was before.

We have returned the Marsh Arabs to their marshes that Saddam drained, water now flowing, and the ecosystem in the process of being restored.

We have brought electricity to places in Iraq that never had it before, built schools, laid the foundation for a successful Iraq. We have introduced an Espirit Des Corps never before seen in an army in that region, save Israel.

When our media elites forced us to leave Vietnam, the forces of darkness descended throughout southeast Asia and killed millions, enslaved tens of millions. They are only now emerging from that dark age. That blood is on the head of every single war protestor's hands, every single media elite, elected official who worked to get us out of Vietnam, and also on the hands of those who didn't fight back to prevent that from happening. That blood is upon us all, even those of us too young, or not yet born.

Now, look at the Middle East. It is perhaps the most important piece of Real Estate on the Entire Planet because of the fuel that lies within easy reach of the surface. We can get it closer to home, but the environmentalists have forbidden it, fearful we might cause harm to a few beasties or flowers (objects of their worship), and cause us to spill the blood of our children to protect their "Holy Pantheon."
How many people will die if we withdraw before completely defeating our enemy in Iraq? Or even being allowed to fight them in areas we have granted them immunity, just like in Vietnam, where the enemy could retire to safety. Always remembering that these enemies will pursue us to our homes and seek our blood here.

I have come to the realization that in order for us to win any future conflict, we must utterly destroy the ideology of Socialism in America as a viable (electable) choice for the American People. This will entail a massive educational program, and is a battle worthy our efforts.

We must restore America to conform to the vision of our Founding Fathers.

Monday, November 13, 2006

More Jolly News

Four months after Israel launched its onslaught against Hezbollah, the Lebanese guerrillas are back in south Lebanon stronger than ever and armed with more rockets than they had before the conflict, according to Israeli intelligence. ... “Since the ceasefire, additional rockets, weapons and military equipment have reached Hezbollah,” said an Israeli intelligence officer. “We assume they now have about 20,000 rockets of all ranges — a bit more than they had before July 12.” Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has confirmed the Israeli estimate. In a recent interview with al-Manar, the Hezbollah television station, he claimed his organisation had restocked its arsenal and now held at least 30,000 rockets, sufficient for five months of war.

Find out more at The Belmont Club in an excellently titled post, "Slouching Toward Catastrophe."

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Howard Dean: "Rhetoric"

Heard on Fox News Sunday:

Chris Wallace was interviewing DNC Chair, Howard Dean on Republican claims the Democrats would raise taxes once they were in power. Dean's response, "Rhetoric."

So, Mr. Chairman, does that mean your claim that the Republican tax cuts were tax cuts for the wealthy? Am I wealthy? My taxes were cut, and I make less than $10 an hour.
Will you then raise my taxes? Because, to follow your logic, I am wealthy, since I enjoyed a tax cut from President Bush.

Your party will be crushed in 2008, Mr Dean. But, you'll be out as chair, replaced with someone who'll grease the skids for the HildaBeast, mark my words.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

McCain The Insane in 2008

Check it out, the Senator who hates Free Speech, Loves Terrorists and Illegal Aliens wants to become President.
I hate John McCain.

This is the senator who screwed us with McCain-Feingold. He teamed up with a very "progressive" senator from Wisconsin to produce a piece of filth that violates Free Speech, and were I in a position to ignore it, violate it, I would. Hey! maybe as a symbolic gesture I should get a permit of protest, and a permit to burn a few pieces of paper, and print off a copy, and burn it! Upload a copy to You Tube, and say, "Up Yours McCain!"

This is the senator who, along with his Drinking and Swimming Buddy, Senator Ted Kennedy, produced a piece of legislation that would give amnesty to millions of Illegal Aliens in one fell swoop. And not one doggone thing for those thousands who patiently fill out paperwork, get fingerprinted, wait, fill out more paperwork, get fingerprinted again, have their background exhaustively checked, rechecked, and checked again, all the while paying thousands of dollars, and forfeiting everything should they go on welfare.

Then some guy who sneaks across the border (breaking a law), acquires a Social Security Number from some place other than the Social Security Administration ( breaking a law), gets a Drivers License (often through false pretenses), works a job using the fake SS#, does not file taxes, gets his girlfriend pregnant, they have a baby paid for by us, and she collects benefits, paid for by us.

No, Senator John McCain, you will find it very difficult to pass the Republican Primary. And should there be enough retarded Unaffiliated who vote in those Primaries, I will not vote for you on Election Day. You saw the Thumpin' Bush 43 took, you'd be spiked in the End Zone of who ever ran against you on the Democratic side. Shoot, I might even help them in the get out the vote drives just to teach you a lesson in humility, of which you are sorely lacking. (/rant)

Battlestar Galactica: Another Reason To Watch It!

At the risk of turning my blog into a BSG FanBlog, (Flog?) I will post an excerpt of the episode "Exodus, Part 2 below as an inticement to tune in on SciFi every Friday night.
Since I don't get SciFi, I have to wait until the episode is posted on iTunes before I can buy and download it. The video quality is choppy, but it serves the purpose of keeping me up to date until the episodes come out on DVD.

Now, some enterprising souls have begun posting the episodes to You Tube in segments. The video and sound quality is much better than iTunes, but I will continue to buy the episodes from them anyway to put some money back into a show I love so much.

Enough blather....S P O I L E R A L E R T ! ! ! Do not continue reading if you do not want to be spoiled on the events in episode 3x04 "Exodus, Pt 2," which includes one of the greatest stunts (now called The Adama Maneuver) pulled using a warship I have ever seen!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Israeli Police On High Alert

From Israel National News:

Three-Front Top-Level Security Alert
13:34 Nov 10, '06 / 19 Cheshvan 5767
by Hillel Fendel and Yechiel Spira

With Israel Police on its highest alert status nationwide in preparation for possible violence on at least three fronts, no major incidents have been recorded as of 1:30 PM.

Police were on the highest alert status Friday, in anticipation of expected protests by Muslim worshipers after Temple Mount prayers against this week’s Beit Hanoun artillery mishap. Police also feared possible violent protests in opposition to the gay pride event held in the Givat Ram Stadium in the capital.

On a third front, the gravest and most wide-ranging, police around the country were on high alert following open threats of a resumption of suicide attacks by Fatah and Hamas terrorist leaders.

Police Chief Moshe Karadi placed his entire department on the emergency status, with an emphasis on Green Line perimeter areas, the Jerusalem envelope area and the capital. Intelligence community officials report over 80 general terror warnings, including 20 specific warnings of planned attacks.

Some 3,000 policemen were assigned to the Givat Ram homosexual event, but were left mostly idle. The event's organizers agreed yesterday to cancel their march and replace it with a closed stadium event - and the religious protestors agreed to tone down their protests to next-to-nothing.

Isolated clashes between members of the opposing camps, including one in which several homosexuals insisted on marching in public, were easily dealt with by police. Several anti-march protestors were arrested, allegedly with weapons in their possession.

Close to 3,500 buses had been reserved to bring hundreds of thousands of religious protestors to the capital. The protest leaders asked for the release of those arrested in this week's anti-march violence, as well as a promise for no homosexual event next year. Jerusalem Police Chief Ilan Franco said that no deal had been made, and that "nothing of significance" had been promised the religious leaders.

The police were also focusing on expected Arab protests against this week's attack in northern Gaza in which 19 Gazans were killed when Israeli anti-Kassam artillery fire went awry.

The Arab High Monitoring Committee met on Thursday in Be’er Sheva, and the Israeli-Arab leadership announced a protest rally against the Beit Hanoun incident to be held Friday afternoon in Nazareth. Simultaneous protests were expected around the country, as well as over the weekend.

Police imposed restrictions on today's Temple Mount Moslem prayers, based on intelligence received of planned disturbances. Only males with Israeli identity cards and who are over age 45 were permitted to attend the services, and no Palestinian Authority females were allowed in. The move excluded all PA residents and younger males, in an effort to ward off violence and incitement. In the event, no violence was recorded.

I just wish that the United States and Israel would just tell the rest of the world to shove it.
Israel should be firmly under our nuclear umbrella, and terrorist attacks would reap tactical nukes. State-sponsored attacks would reap our 40 kt warheads from sub. We, and Israel have been acting too Namby-Pamby. This is war. We should act like it.

Beautiful Day

This photo was taken near Maggie Valley, North Carolina between 9 and 10am looking north.

Nancy Pelosi Watch #001

If you care about the disaster that is about to befall our nation, stay tuned. If you'd rather watch "Dancing with the Stars," "American Idol," or any other reality show, sod off, retard!

I found the following post on The Gates of Vienna, by Dymphna. I have excerpted some of it below to entice you to go read it for yourself.

So what’s the deal, you say? Pelosi pays off a political debt. Pols do it all the time. Right. But do they pay their debts by appointing an impeached judge, a felon, a known criminal with questionable appointments to his own staff? To the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee??

Hastings was impeached, disbarred, and tarred and feathered by the Congress:

Mr. Hastings became only the sixth judge in the history of our Republic (and only the third in the 20th Century) to be removed by Congress. He was, and is, an utter disgrace to the nation and to the legal profession. Among those voting to impeach him were Ms. Pelosi herself, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip who is likely to become the new House majority leader, and Mr. Hastings’ fellow African-American Congressman, Michigan’s John Conyers, who took pains to deny that race had anything to do with the removal of the bribe-taking jurist.

Believe it or not, even though felons can’t vote, they can run for office. And so he did. And there he sits, a metastasizing cancer — a creep with neither principles nor integrity — now being seriously considered for the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee in order to pay off a political debt.
- - - - - - - - - -
Just to give you a flavor of his “intelligence” votes, here you go:

The disgraced judge-cum-legislator’s record on national security—the most basic criterion for leading the intelligence committee at any time, much less in the midst of a war on terror—has not been reassuring. In the 109th Congress alone, Mr. Hastings voted consistently against key counterterrorism tools, including the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Resolution, and the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act. He has been an opponent of the trial by military commissions of unlawful terrorist combatants as well as border control, NSA communications intercepts, and terrorist financing tracking measures.

I think it would have been better for the democratic chances in 2008, had they lost this just past election.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Wow , Austin Bay Agrees with me, well sorta...

While my snap analysis that we would move on Iran may be wrong in particular, but not in general when it comes to our prosecution of World War IV. Check out what he says.

This is for Newt Gingrich, and others who say WW IV? What the heck?

World War III was The Cold War, which was fought from 1947 until 1989.
The Main Stream Media was in bed with the Communists, so they refused to allow it to be reported as a Global War.

Before I go, Ann Coulter has released another Pearl of Wisdom.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Rumsfeld to be thrown under the bus


Tempered only by Bob Gates, ex CIA Director, nominated to replace.

And now for a Video Musical Interlude

John Podhoretz Is Strangely Exhilirated

I hadn't quite thought of it like this, but hey, it could be a silver lining:

Grief Counseling? [John Podhoretz]
I feel strangely exhilarated by the results last night. I think we're seeing a major shift in the way things are going to work on Capitol Hill from here on out. Democrats ruled for 40 years in the House before the GOP came in. The GOP had 12 years. My guess is that Democrats may have two, or four, or six years at the most before power changes hands again — and the GOP will have the same before Dems get it. This is the healthiest possible development for our political system. Chairmen will not get too comfortable. Lobbyists won't quite know whom to suck up to. The treatment of the minority party as a political pariah with no power will begin to alter itself once House leaders in the majority begin to feel they will be back in the minority one day. It could be a new and more fluid era, and that's all to the good.
Posted at 6:43 AM

Post Mortem on Congressman Charles Taylor

The wound that did in the deceased was a botched vote on CAFTA. Whether it was accidental or self-inflicted is unknown. I wish him well in his future endeavours.

November 8,2006

US House NC-11

Incumbent Charles Taylor (R) 106032 46.3
Opponent Heath Shuler (D) 123856 53.7

NC Senate By District #

Incumbent Keith Presnell (R) 26261 48.6
Opponent JOe Sam Queen (D) 27730 51.4

Incumbent Tom Apodaca (R) 40994 100.0
Opponent None

Incumbent Martin Nesbitt (D) 36593 65.6
Opponent RL Clark (R) 19201 34.4

Incumbent John Snow (D) 35579 59.1
Opponent Ken McKim (R) 24661 40.9

NC House By District #

Incumbent Susan Fisher (D) 15915 64.2
Opponent Mike Harrison (R) 8861 35.8

Incumbent Bruce Goforth (D) 18430 67.6
Opponent Eric Gorny (R) 8832 32.4

Open Seat Charles Thomas (R) 12777 50.8
Open Seat Doug Jones (D) 12353 49.2

Incumbent Carolyn Justus (R) 16687 67.5
Opponent Gordon Hoots (D) 8026 32.5

Incumbent Ray Rapp (D) 16586 76.6
Opponent Chris Gowan (R) 5079 23.4 *withdrew weeks ago*

Incumbent Phil Haire (D) 13099 58.6
Opponent Marge Carpenter (R) 9267 41.4

Incumbent Roger West (R) 19001 100.0
Opponent None

Other Races Of Interest:

Buncombe County

Incumbent Bobby Medford (R) 31522 40.5
Opponent Van Duncan (D) 46223 59.5

Clerk Of Court
Incumbent Robert Christy (D) 49145 64.6
Opponent Don Yeltin (R) 26958 35.4

Macon County

Incumbent Robby Holland (R) 7523 57.6
Opponent CD Jenkins (D) 5539 42.4

Clerk Of Court
Open Seat Vic Perry (D) 6490 50.3
Open Seat Dawn Trammel (R) 6422 49.7

Register of Deeds

Open Seat Raby (D) 5408 42.3
Open Seat De Silva (R) 4955 38.8
Open Seat Parrish (U) 2424 19.0

I will have links to Boards of Elections and blogger coverage later, maybe tonight or tomorrow morning if I have to work...maybe I'll beg off another day due to this cold I've been nursing for a week...

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Next Stop Iran

We may be forced to take out the Iranian and/or North Korean Threat if both Houses are lost.

I'm gonna turn in.

Preliminary Regional Results

I plan on posting updates once an hour after the polls close.

US House NC-11

Incumbent Charles Taylor (R)
Opponent Heath Shuler (D) win

NC Senate By District #

Incumbent Keith Presnell (R)
Opponent JOe Sam Queen (D) win

Incumbent Tom Apodaca (R) win
Opponent None

Incumbent Martin Nesbitt (D) win
Opponent RL Clark (R)

Incumbent John Snow (D) win
Opponent Ken McKim (R)

NC House By District #

Incumbent Susan Fisher (D) win
Opponent Mike Harrison (R)

Incumbent Bruce Goforth (D) win
Opponent Eric Gorny (R)

Open Seat Charles Thomas (R) win?
Open Seat Doug Jones (D)

Incumbent Carolyn Justus (R) win
Opponent Gordon Hoots (D)

Incumbent Ray Rapp (D) win
Opponent Chris Gowan (R) *withdrew*

Incumbent Phil Haire (D) win
Opponent Marge Carpenter (R)

Incumbent Roger West (R) win
Opponent None

Other Races Of Interest:

Buncombe County

Incumbent Bobby Medford (R)
Opponent Van Duncan (D) win

Clerk Of Court
Incumbent Robert Christy (D) win
Opponent Don Yeltin (R)

Macon County

Incumbent Robby Holland (R) win
Opponent CD Jenkins (D)

Clerk Of Court
Open Seat Vic Perry (D) win?
Open Seat Dawn Trammel (R)

Computer Problems Reported in Macon County

On 96.7 WNCC, they are reporting problems with the tabulating computer.

They now report that Shuler won Macon County 67 hundred some votes to 61 hundred for Taylor.

Some of the other numbers are off, too. I'll report more as I get it.

Talyor wins Macon County By 37 Votes

Shuler 6404
Taylor 6441

Only a 37 vote difference!

Macon County With 15 of 16 Precincts

US House NC-11

Shuler 6293
Taylor 6363

NC Senate #50

Snow 6879
McKim 5243

NC House #119

Haire 1484
Carpenter 1388

NC House #120

West 6081


Jenkins 5149
Holland 7070

Clerk of Superior Court

Perry 6054
Trammel 6016

Register of Deeds

Raby 5067
De Silva 4681
Parrish 2207

Flats is the only precinct left....

Shuler v Taylor II Macon County Totals

With 15 of 16 Reporting...

Shuler 6293

Taylor 6363

I misswed the first few I can't verify the math.

Shuler v Taylor I

With 10 of 16 Macon County (with Absentee counted)

Shuler 5034
Taylor 4574

NC 11 Historical Results

YEAR Incumbent % Opponent %

1988 Jamie McClure Clarke 50.36 Charles Taylor 49.65

1990 Jamie McClure Clarke 49.34 Charles Taylor 50.66

1992 Charles Taylor 54.65 John S Stevens 45.34

1994 Charles Taylor 60.11 Maggie Lauterer 39.89

1996 Charles Taylor 58.27 James Ferguson 40.02

1998 Charles Taylor 56.62 David Young 42.25

2000 Charles Taylor 55.06 Sam Neill 42.13

2002 Charles Taylor 55.54 Sam Neill 42.85

2004 Charles Taylor 54.90 Patsy Keever 45.10

2006 Charles Taylor 46.3 Heath Shuler 53.7 preliminary figures

Last Day For The Stop Shuler Guys

I wonder what the Stop Shuler guys will do after Heath Shuler goes down in defeat tonight? Of course in the unlikely event that Heath Shuler does go to Washington, these guys may just commit suicide.
Of course, I already got my schwag!

2006 General Election I

I plan on posting updates once an hour after the polls close.

US House NC-11

Incumbent Charles Taylor (R)
Opponent Heath Shuler (D)

NC Senate By District #

Incumbent Keith Presnell (R)
Opponent JOe Sam Queen (D)

Incumbent Tom Apodaca (R)
Opponent None

Incumbent Martin Nesbitt (D)
Opponent RL Clark (R)

Incumbent John Snow (D)
Opponent Ken McKim (R)

NC House By District #

Incumbent Susan Fisher (D)
Opponent Mike Harrison (R)

Incumbent Bruce Goforth (D)
Opponent Eric Gorny (R)

Open Seat Charles Thomas (R)
Open Seat Doug Jones (D)

Incumbent Carolyn Justus (R)
Opponent Gordon Hoots (D)

Incumbent Ray Rapp (D)
Opponent Chris Gowan (R) *withdrew*

Incumbent Phil Haire (D)
Opponent Marge Carpenter (R)

Incumbent Roger West (R)
Opponent None

Other Races Of Interest:

Buncombe County

Incumbent Bobby Medford (R)
Opponent Van Duncan (D)

Clerk Of Court
Incumbent Robert Christy (D)
Opponent Don Yeltin (R)

Macon County

Incumbent Robby Holland (R)
Opponent CD Jenkins (D)

Clerk Of Court
Open Seat Vic Perry (D)
Open Seat Dawn Trammel (R)

On Exercising Sovereign Authority

A day for all citizens to do their duty
published November 7, 2006 12:15 am

Some may consider it a day to man the ramparts, and some may consider it a day to get even.

We consider it a day of duty.

It’s Election Day. In a democracy, there is no day that holds as much importance.

Today’s vote will turn on local issues, pocketbook issues and ideological issues. It will turn on sentiments regarding people who aren’t even running for office, such as President Bush and his former opponent, Sen. John Kerry. It will turn on seemingly peripheral issues such as Rev. Ted Haggard’s scandal, the verdict in the Saddam Hussein trial and the comments of the aforementioned Sen. Kerry.

It will turn riding a wave of some of the nastiest political advertising we’ve ever witnessed. (Yes, it seems we say that every election, but somehow the bar always seems to be set lower when the next election rolls around).

It won’t turn at all, however, unless people get out and vote. That’s where the duty of every American citizen lies.

Read the rest.

I respectfully disagree on many points.

Too risk being pedantic, we are not a Democracy. We are a Republic.
Most simply put, a Democracy is the rule of the majority on every issue in question. A Republic is where the Rule of Law tempers the Rule of the majority, in other words, a system of Checks and Balances are in place to prevent Unfettered Mob Rule (Democracy).

It is not the duty of every American to vote.

Some people should never be allowed to vote.

When a person casts a ballot in an election, they are exercising their Sovereign Authority, which should never be taken without careful thought and study of the issues and character of those receiving our vote of Delegated Authority. If you are not familiar with the candidates and issues in a particular race, please leave that Delegated Authority in your pocket.

Voting is a Solemn Duty, and should never be exercised lightly.

Means Testing

Since not every one will treat their Sovereign Authority with the Proper Respect it Deserves, we should employ a simple test to ensure a passing familiarity with our government, and the Document upon which it operates, The Constitution of the United States of America.

To keep it simple, there should be two questions asked of every Potential Voter in Every Election:

Question One:

Name the current members of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, and the President who appointed them.

Question Two:

Provided with an Article Number, (I, II, III, etc), the Potential Voter will provide the Poll Worker with an answer that satisfies a passing knowledge of the contents of said Article.

A wrong answer on any part disqualifies that persons' vote on that day only, they are welcome to come back the next time the polls are open.

Radical, yes.


As long as we live in a country where more people vote for the American Idol than for President, then it is necessary to ensure Competent Voters.

Monday, November 6, 2006

The Debate That Wasn't And Fall Out

This whole thing is ugly.

No matter what, lies have been told, possibly by both or three sides, or more.

As I communicated with someone via email, Both sides are of the firm opinion that if their side loses, America loses. Emotions are running high, and there is plenty of blame to go around. Perhaps no matter who wins tomorrow, they should be replaced in 2008 just for us to be free of the taint.

I am sticking by my projection of a four point margin of victory for Taylor (52-48) with a plus or minus two points. Which raises the spector of an ugly recount.

I am at the point where I do not know what to believe, I will maintain my course and direction because I believe Congressman Taylor will be better for America than Heath Shuler.

Charting The Tension

Posts that contain "midterm Elections" per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart
Get your own chart!
The Words "midterm elections"

Voter Turnout or Voter Fraud?

When someone uses the term non-partisan to describe themselves or their group, you can rest assured they are not.

Past as Prologue?

Hat Tip to Andrew who saw it at Michelle Malkin's

Charles Thomas Files Complaint Over Democratic Dirty Tricks

In regard to a mailer distributed by supporters of Doug Jones, candidate for the North Carolina House, and pursuant to NCGS 166-33, we will file a complaint with the Buncombe County Board of Elections alleging the violation of NCGS 163-274(8), a criminal act in North Carolina, in regard to the election for the North Carolina House District 116 between the hours of 11:00am and 11:30am tomorrow.

Press packets will be available at that time. In addition, legal counsel for Charles Thomas, the complainant, will be available to answer legal questions. A press release from Representative Wilma Sherrill is also expected. The candidate and complainant, Charles Thomas will also be available for questions.

I'll have photos of the mailer up before long.

Also noted is that Councilman Bryan Freeborn is both on the Airport Authority Board, and paid by the Doug Jones Campaign.

This should get interesting...the official announcement took place less than an hour ago in Asheville, NC.

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Move On To Man Phones For Shuler

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, The George Soros-funded Liberal Group will
be manning the phones to get out the vote for Heath Shuler in
his bid to oust Congressman Charles Taylor:

Activist group busy
with support for Shuler

by Tim Whitmire, THE Associated Press
published November 5, 2006 12:15 am
ASHEVILLE — From a rented downtown storefront, scores of
volunteers with the liberal activist group are
making thousands of phone calls in support of a Democratic
House candidate who opposes abortion and supports gun rights.

They may not agree with Heath Shuler, the former NFL
quarterback trying to unseat veteran GOP Rep. Charles Taylor in
Tuesday’s election. But with conditions apparently ripe for a
Democratic takeover of Congress, liberals here and throughout
the area say they would rather see Taylor out of office than
quibble over Shuler’s moderate stances.

“I think that we
would prefer that he had a different opinion, but he doesn’t
and we’re not going to change that,” said Judy Fore, head of the
“Democrats on the Move” group in Black Mountain.

spoke to Fore’s group over the summer and had a heated exchange
on abortion with one female member, Fore recalled.

“He was
just sort of early on in his whole process and I think he had
not encountered people who have very strong issues (with
abortion) like this group,” Fore said.

Shuler has long
been to the right of many Democrats. In 2001, while running a
real-estate brokerage in Knoxville, Tenn., the GOP tried to
recruit the former starting quarterback at the University of
Tennessee to run for Congress as a Republican in the Volunteer state.


It's gonna come down to the wire on this one folks, and
according to the National Weather Service, rain is on the way,
which tends to depress Democratic voting than Republican.
2.5% versus 1% according to some Talking Head on XM121. I was
busy compiling a database, so I didn't catch the name.

I can sense the possibility of a real surprise in the U.S. House
Races, not quite as much as the '94 Revolution, but I think it
may be possible for the Republicans to actually gain. (Perhaps
I am delusional in this thought)Below is part of a page I copied
and pasted from Real Clear Politics.

Take a look and follow the link. I had not realized Congressman
Taylor's numbers were that bad. If you go to the page and click
on his name, you'll get a more in-depth look (not by much) that,
despite a 9 point lead by Shuler, the race is still a toss up,
and turn out will be the deciding factor. I've heard from
various poll workers that the early voting was more republican
than democratic by significant margins. I know just about all
the senior citizens in my family have voted, and they are three-
quarter republican.

So, at this point,
the democrats are playing catchup, and in the rain, no less.

Current House (232 R, 202 D, 1 I): Democrats Need to Pick Up 15 Seats For Control
Republican Seats
Leans Dem (12)
Toss Up (14)
Leans GOP (22)

Democratic Seats
Leans GOP (0)
Toss Up (2)
Leans Dem (4)