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.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

We Are Republicans

This video was shown at a closed meeting in DC at the Google Headquarters by members of rebuild the party. 

There was no advance notice of this meeting, and I hope that it does not signal that Rebuild the Party has been captured by the elite Washington insiders.

Note: The commentary provided by me, Mohican32, does not necessarily reflect that of the owner of this blog, Thunder pig. Since he gave me the keys and said, " Go to it."

So I am. And I am asking if we will have full video and audio feeds from that meeting? 

I am very mistrustful of anything that comes out of Washington DC.

Michael Steele Acceptance Speech

I am filling in for Thunder Pig this weekend as he takes the weekend off.

I am a member of his social network Conservative Thunder

The election of Michael Steele as the new party chairman bodes well for the future of our party.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Michael Steele Selected RNC Chairman!!!

According to my twitterfeeds...Michael Steele has been selected the new Chairman of the RNC after six rounds of voting. 

In case you do not know who he is, or what he is a video of him speaking at the Civitas Leadership Conference in 2007:

I was hoping that it would be either him or
Ken Blackwell, and anybody except Mike Duncan or Katon Dawson...either of whom would have been disastrous for our party.

From Wikipedia about the RNC race...

As is typical for national US political parties after losing an election, many senior Republicans promised big changes at the RNC after losing control of the White House in 2008. Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele described the party as having lost its sense of purpose while announcing his candidacy to succeed Duncan. "I think I may have some keys to open the door, some juice to turn on the lights," he said.[1]

Besides Michael Steele, who coined the mantra "Drill baby drill" at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Michigan State Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, former Ohio secretary of state and member of the Republican Platform Committee Ken Blackwell, former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chip Saltsman, during whose tenure Al Gore lost his home state in the 2000 election,[2] GOP Chairman of South Carolina Katon Dawson,and incumbent Mike Duncan are all seeking the position of National Republican Party Chair.[3] Saltsman's candidacy was marked by controversy when he distributed, as a Christmas gift, a CD that included the song Barack the Magic Negro, a parody of Puff the Magic Dragon.[4]

Other Republicans said the RNC will focus its efforts on congressional and gubernatorial elections in the coming years rather than worrying about the next presidential election. "When I was chairman of the Republican National Committee the last time we lost the White House in 1992 we focused exclusively on 1993 and 1994. And at the end of that time, we had both houses of Congress with Republican majorities, and we’d gone from 17 Republican governors to 31. So anyone talking about 2012 today doesn’t have their eye on the ball. What we ought to worry about is rebuilding our party over the next year and particularly in 2010,” ex-RNC chair and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said at the November 2008 Republican Governors conference.[5]

Video Replay: Nikwasi Celebration

AniKituwah Warrior
I'll be out of pocket for most of the weekend, so here is a video I took this past spring at the dedication of a new marker at the Nikwasi Mound in Franklin, NC with my point and shoot video camera. It runs about 99 minutes, I think.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Watch Superbowl Ads Early This Year

Since I don't watch football, I don't see the Super Bowl commercials until the next day when they start showing up on the Internet. This year is different, because Ad Week has some of them right now. Just be aware that the player will keep right on playing through to the Super Bowl ads of yesteryear...

NCGA Project:
Senator Basnight's Address of 01-28-2009

This is a video of the remarks made by Senator Basnight in the NC Senate yesterday after he was sworn in for another term as President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate. It was a long distance collaboration between myself and two other members of Conservative Thunder, a social networking site I started last July, and has only recently started to gain some traction (thanks to several recent energetic members).

We have a group formed specifically for the purpose of monitoring the NC General Assembly, and we look forward to the challenges ahead, and welcome new participants in our quest...

NC General Assembly
Legislative Calender 01-29-2009

Our homes, businesses, property and way of life are in danger because the North Carolina General Assembly is back in session, and according to the speech given by Senator Marc Basnight, they will be looking for ways to "save us". [top audio player]

Here is the calender for today...

11:00 AMSession Convenes(House) [listen live]House Chamber
11:00 AMSession Convenes(Senate) [listen live]Senate Chamber
11:00 AMPress Conference / Rep. Blue [listen live]

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sitting in Traffic

All this because some retards in Jackson County don't want to build a road that will relieve congestion. I wish we could send them back where they came from with some rock salt in their behinds.

And of the natives who have joined them, they should be tarred and feathered and rode out of town on a rail.

Missing the Muppet Master

Jim Henson on Wikipedia

Entertainment Tonight Video

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Henson.

Civitas Institute Finds Burr, Challengers Relatively Unknown in North Carolina

Here are the take-away numbers:

“While Senator Burr enjoys a slightly higher overall favorable rating than the other two, none of the three potential candidates are widely known among the electorate,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “Congressman Shuler is a virtual unknown outside of his district in Western N.C.”

Current N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper and US Congressman Heath Shuler are among the two most publicly speculated candidates to challenge Burr.

“Despite being in office an additional three plus years, taking over the highly publicized Duke lacrosse case, and just recently spending in excess of $2.5 million on re-election, Attorney General Cooper has only marginally improved his favorability since October 2005,” said De Luca.

Civitas tested voters’ opinion of Roy Cooper back in October 2005:
Favorable: 23%
Unfavorable: 4%
Unsure: 25%
Not aware: 47%

“All three candidates have a tremendous amount of work to do to familiarize themselves with voters over the next two years. It is almost as if voters are starting off with a blank slate of candidates to choose from for their next US Senator,” De Luca concluded.

Source: Civitas Institute

Please allow me to introduce you to Congressman Heath Shuler...

And Congressman Shuler wasn't through running...a couple of days later, he ran from Richard Bernier of the URTV program "Sound Off Buncombe".

If Congressman Shuler is indeed interested in "trying out" for the U.S. Senate, he'll find that a lot more people will be interested in seeing debates, and it won't be so easy to duck with a whole state watching. I certainly hope the Main Stream Media won't be as deep in his pockets as they are out here in the west...

Guerrillas in Asheville, NC
How to Hang Posters

A cute little video I found on you tube about a two week poster hanging campaign for Grupo Fantasma by a guerrilla marketing effort called Guerrilla Street Team:

North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Calender 01-28-2009

The NC General Assembly has released the program for tomorrow's today's events in the Senate and House, and I have embedded a copy below that is downloadable for your convenience:

2009 0128 CurrentSenateCalendar

2009 0128 CurrentHouseCalendar

A Young Jedi Battles Darth Barack

This is the work of a young man who has this youtube channel and and a website called Macho Sauce Productions. Check the guy out, and show him some love!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Seldom Seen Mount Rushmore Scene

Have you ever wondered what Mount Rushmore looks like from behind? 

Doug Ross has the photo.

JPA Live Radio 01-27-2009

Josh Allem provides an entertaining look at the world from a christian conservative point of view, with some humor thrown in...

The show starts at 5pm Eastern, lasts for an hour and will be archived shortly after the end of the show so that you might listen at your convenience.

Listen in the chatroom

TCOT Radio with Tony Katz 01-27-2009

Join TCOT Radio every Tuesday at 1pm PST. Join me by calling in 646-929-1981 or tweet in via Twitter @tcotradio. We talk about everything that is happening in the world of TCOT - Top Conservatives on Twitter - and beyond. All callers and tweeters of all political persuasions are welcome.

The show begins at 4pm Eastern and will be archived for replay after the end.

Listen from the chatroom.

Alaska Volcano Observatory Places Mount Redoubt Under Orange Alert

Here is the latest:

- Status Report

Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. Seismicity at stations closest to the volcano's summit has declined somewhat starting at about 4:00 AKT this morning, but remains well above background levels.

Nothing unusual has been seen over the past 24 hours in clear to partly cloudy satellite views. AVO conducted an overflight of the volcano yesterday afternoon, and observations confirm that an eruption has not occurred. Increased steaming through previously observed sources in the snow and ice cover were seen and sulfur gas emissions were noted. There was no significant disruption of the glacial ice, nor any apparent increased water discharge down the Drift River. A gas-measurement flight to the volcano is underway today.

The current activity at Redoubt could be precursory to an eruption, perhaps within days. A further increase in seismicity is expected to accompany an eruption. Staff are currently monitoring the volcano 24 hours a day.

Beginning at 00:58 AST (9:58 UTC) yesterday morning, nearly continuous volcanic tremor was recorded at stations near Redoubt's summit, prompting AVO to raise the Aviation Color Code to ORANGE and the Alert Level to WATCH at 02:09 AST (11:09 UTC). AVO had raised the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Volcano Alert Level to ADVISORY on November 5, 2008, in response to increased emissions of volcanic gases; melting of snow and ice near the volcano’s summit; and a subtle increase in seismicity.

Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory, where you can view a live webcam of the volcano and browse through reports on other volcanoes in the state.

**01-30-2009** Due to increased webtraffic, the previous link has died. Here are a couple of alternate links KTUU-TV and Anchorage Daily News volcano section, and this article from Alaska Dispatch.[--TP] I'm guessing all the renewed Internet traffic has overwhelmed the servers in Alaska like happened when McCain picked Governor Palin to be his running mate.

Related: Google Map of Volcano
Related: Wikipedia Article

On the right is a photo from Wikipedia of the 1989-1990 eruption of Mount Redoubt.

SarahPAC is Now Live


Come on over and sign up, give a little money and help build a warchest for 2012.

**3.04pm** Speculation abounds over the symbology of the initial splash page.

Hypocrisy: Putting a known tax cheat in charge of the IRS

Roll Call Vote

We could look on the bright side...if we are caught not paying taxes, we can claim the Geithner Defense!

The Battisti asylum in Brazil: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Italy recalled its Ambassador to Brazil yesterday after Brazil granted political asylum to Cesare Battisti, a terrorist who was convicted in absentia by Italy for murders committed in the 1970s. The Lula government refused to extradite Battisti to Italy, and a Brazilian court has revised its prior decision. What does this mean for the Hemisphere? Read More>>

Show begins at 11am and will be archived for replay shortly afterward.

Listen in the chatroom.

Rush Limbaugh Fills GOP's Leadership Void;
Obama Knows It, As Do Conservatives: Let's Make It Official

Brian Maloney, of Radio Equalizer, has an interesting piece on the emerging war of words that President Obama has launched on the chief proponent of conservatism in America today, radio host, Rush Limbaugh. 

Why should President Obama single out Rush Limbaugh as Public Enemy Number One of his administration? 

Because there is no coherent leadership in the current crop of elected US Senate or US House of Representatives. Nor, sadly enough, in the RNC Leadership as currently elected. 

Rush Limbaugh also has more influence on the conservative base of the Republican party through his consistent expounding of conservative principles for three hours every weekday on the radio with his entertaining and informative show. 

President Obama has, in my opinion, made a profound error by identifying Rush Limbaugh as his chief opponent, because now conservatives have someone that they can rally around. And Rush has shown himself more than capable of picking up the mantle of philosophical leadership of the conservative movement. 

Also, we have an easy way of identifying the traitors in the midst of the conservative movement. These are the people who attempt to put forth the claim that Rush is  not a conservative, most commonly they are moderate and liberal Republicans, and lefty Ron Paul supporters who can't understand the concept of American Exceptionalism as expounded nearly daily by Rush Limbaugh from behing the EIB micrphone.

I usually listen to Rush Limbaugh on the web stream of WPGB-FM out of Pittsburgh because I cannot hear him over the air in Macon and Jackson County, and I wish to avoid the beyond annoying commercials of the closest radio station out of Asheville, NC (WWNC-AM).

Anyhow, here is the opening segment of the second hour of yesterday's show that demonstrates why Rush Limbaugh excites conservatives...and causes fits of madness in liberals in the Democrat and the Republican party:

Republican Senators Under Suspicion

Republicans senators voting for Geitner's confirmation were; Bob Corker (Tennessee), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), John Ensign (Nevada), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Judd Gregg (New Hampshire), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Richard Shelby (Alabama), Olympia Snowe (Maine), and George Voinovich (Ohio).

These are among the chief suspects when Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid wants to secure a filibuster-proof vote. I am very surprised that Senator John McCain was not in their number...

The grassroots in the Republican party have a long way to go when it comes to securing reliable conservatives in the U.S. Senate.

North Carolina Senators Vote on Geitner's confirmation:

Richard Burr (R): Nay
Kay Hagan (D): Yea

NC General Assembly
Legislative Calender 01-27-2009

This is the last day of committee meetings for the old NC General Assembly, the new one will be sworn in tomorrow at about noon. I'll try to have the podcast up by the end of the day on the Conservative Thunder network.

9:00 AM
CANCELLED - Courts Commission

9:30 AM
Revenue Laws Study Committee [Docs]
House Appt: D Hill, P Luebke (Cochair), W Wainwright;
Senate Appt: D Clodfelter, D Hoyle, F Hartsell, Jr., H Webster, J Kerr III (Cochair), W Dalton, P Brunstetter;
Clerk Appt: DeAnne Mangum (919) 733-2405;
Staff Appt: Rodney Bizzell (919) 733-4910, Cindy Avrette (919) 733-2578, David Crotts (919) 733-4910, Martha Walston (919) 733-4910, Joy Hicks (919) 733-4910, Barry Boardman (919) 733-4910, Dan Ettefagh (919) 733-6660, Trina Griffin (919) 733-2578, Judy Collier (919) 733-2578;

1228/1327 LB
10:00 AM
House Select Committee on High Speed Internet in Rural Areas [Docs] [List]
House Appt: B Faison (Chair), A Bryant, J Gulley, P Haire, J Harrell, III, T Tillis, J Tolson, T West;
Clerk Appt: Lavada Vitalis (919) 715-3019;

544 LOB
10:00 AM
CANCELLED - Global Climate Change [Docs] [List]

1:00 PM
Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Joint Legislative [Web] [Docs] [List]
House Appt: J Crawford, Jr. (Cochair), D Saunders (Cochair), L Coleman, B Goforth, H Holliman, C Justice, D Lewis, P Luebke, J Langdon;
Senate Appt: M Graham, M Nesbitt, D Clodfelter (Cochair), R Stevens, R Pittenger, C Albertson, F Hartsell, Jr. (Cochair), L Garrou, C Jenkins;
Clerk Appt: Doris Gilbert (919) 301-1402;
Staff Appt: John Turcotte (919) 301-1402;

544 LOB
2:00 PM
Information Technology, Joint Select Committee on [Docs] [List]
House Appt: R Rapp, T Tillis, G Martin, J Tolson (Cochair), M Hilton, D Clary, R Tucker, G Pierce;
Senate Appt: V Malone (Cochair), T Foriest, A Allran, J Cowell, K Hagan, K Dorsett, R Atwater, R Stevens, J Jacumin;
Staff Appt: Brenda Carter (919) 733-2578, Peter Capriglione , Phyllis Pickett (919) 733-6600;

421 LOB

Monday, January 26, 2009

JPA Live Radio 01-26-2009

All I can say about the JPA Live Radio Show is that you will be entertained and informed.

The show starts at 5pm Eastern Time and lasts for an hour. Shortly after the show, the program will be available for podcast in case you missed it live.

For even more fun, you can join in the chatroom and listen from there.

Josh also has a blog, and an entertaining youtube channel.

Perhaps Volume 14 of the Best of the JPA Live Show will serve as an example of the antics that take place on his show. (This includes the hilarious audio of some whacko eniromentalists crying over the death of some trees).

Anonymous Attack On RNC Chair Candidate Uses Fake Newspaper Cover

Photo Credit: The Plumline

“RNC Chooses Whites Only Chairman,” the headline blares.

The subheds: “White House Rejoices With GOP Selection.”

And: “GOP Leaders and Independent Voters Upset.”

The “front page” does specify that it’s a “parody.” The idea, obviously, is to hit Dawson by pointing out that electing someone who was a member of a whites only club as the new public face of the GOP won’t exactly help the party counter charges that it’s become a southern regional party that’s been hijacked by intolerants.

Source: The Plumline

I certainly hope that RNC members aren't behind this attack on Dawson. I suspect that it is more likely a Democratic PsyOps campaign to sow chaos and dissention among RNC members and to make the GOP look bad.

William Gheen in Chatham County on Tuesday Night

I urge anyone near Chatham County who can attend this meeting to do so...

Hat Tip: Ron Woodard of NC Listen


Attention all North Carolina ALIPACers!

ALIPAC's President, William Gheen is going into Chatham County on Tuesday night for an important meeting.

We need as many of you as possible to join us to learn more and show your support.

As you may have heard, Chatham County's Commission has voted to prohibit their law enforcement agencies from working closely with Immigration and Customs to deport illegal aliens arrested for other crimes.

This will make Chatham County our state's lone "Sanctuary County" and at a time when we have made a lot of progress getting many other counties into the 287(g) program.

The 287(g) program saves lives and the decision in Chatham will cost lives, if we do not act swiftly.

Concerned citizens are gathering on the ground in Chatham county and they need our attendance and support. Here are the event details, please spread the word and join us if at all possible.

Time/Date: Tuesday, January 27, 7pm EST.

Virlie's Grill - Pittsboro, NC 27312
58 Hillsboro St

Host Organization: The Chatham Conservative Voice

All concerned citizens and elected officials should join us.

Guest Speaker: William Gheen, President of the national organization ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee)

Topics: How to reverse Chatham County's refusal to work with federal immigration agencies and save lives by implementing the 287(g) program like most other counties in NC are doing.


N.C.: Chatham County not involved with ICE program

Press Release
NC Sanctuary County Policy In Chatham Challenged by ALIPAC

Asheville Stimulus Wish List
A Letter From Dr. Carl Mumpower

Dr. Carl Mumpower, ever the faithful watchdog, has issued a letter [copy available here] on the recent effort by others on the Asheville City Council to seek Federal Monies.

The list of projects will cost $122 million, according to a recent article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, include:

Projects for Asheville include:

Hendersonville Road sidewalk

McDowell Street sidewalk

Beaverdam Road sidewalk

Replacement buses

installation of bus stops

Brian and Burton Street drainage/Roadway

Old Toll Road Drainange/Roadway

Victoria Road Drainange/Roadway

Traffic Signal at Charlotte and Edwin Place

Traffic Signal Upgrade at Charlotte and Chestnut

Complete Wayfinding Project

Bike Lockers

Bike racks

North Fork High Pressure Pumping Station

Black Mountain Pumping Station

Mills River Pumping Station

Walnut Cove Pumping Station

Upgrade parks to become ADA assessible (sic)

AB -Tech Connector to Depot Street

Expansion Buses

Bike shelters and sidewalks

Patton Avenue sidewalk

Edgewood Road sidewalk

Backwash loggon at Debruhl Water Treatment Plant

Brookside Circle 12-inch water line

Monte Vista Road/Sand Hill Road 16-inch water line

Beaucatcher Road 30-inch water line

College Street 24-inch water line

Tunnel Road 8-inch water line

Swannanoa River Road 12-inch water line

Reid Creek - Phase III greenway

Building Lighting Retrofit (T8's,motion sensors, exit signs, CFL)

Parking Deck LED Retrofit

Community Center/ Public Pool/Fire Station Solar Thermal

Electric Golf Cart Solar PV

Nature Center Solar PV

Building HVAC Retrofitting

Multi Site Solar PV Project

Carnival Monday on Fausta Radio

Fausta has scheduled a show for this morning at 11am called, "Carnival Monday: Bolivian election, Mexican drug wars & other stories 15 Minutes on Latin America" and you can listen to it live (or archived) on the player below:

Or, if you prefer, listen from the chatroom.

The show starts at 11am, and should last for about 15 minutes. If you miss it live, it will be archived to play in the same player above a few minutes after the show is complete.

Fausta has a blog called Fausta's Blog, and she covers Latin American issues in addition to all things conservative...along with the occasional food show. [listen to one here]

North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Calender 01-26-2009

None of these meetings are available via the web audio feed, so there will be no podcast today:

2:00 PM
Housing, Joint Study Committee on [List]
House Appt: A Adams (Cochair), P Gibson (Cochair), D Goforth, L Hall, P McElrath, T Walker;
Senate Appt: J Queen (Cochair), A Rand (Cochair), K Dorsett, J Forrester, E Kinnaird, F McKissick;

1124/1224 LB
2:00 PM
Joint Urban Growth and Infrastructure Issues [List]

414 LOB
3:00 PM
House Select Committee on a Comprehensive Rail Service Plan for NC [Cache]
House Appt: B Stiller, R Sutton, M Dickson (Cochair), R Rapp (Cochair), C Allred, J Barnhart, B Carney, L Coates, N Cole, B Goforth, M Goodwin, M Hilton, D McComas, E Parmon, L Pate, Jr., D Ross, J Dockham, B Earle, J Farmer-Butterfield, F Steen;

1228/1327 LB
3:00 PM
Partition Sales Study Committee [List]
House Appt: A Bryant (Cochair), H Michaux, Jr., L Allen, P Stam, T Spear;
Senate Appt: C Albertson, D Weinstein, E Jones, P Berger, R Atwater (Cochair);

421 LOB

Morning Brief 01-26-2009

Here is my morning brief linkfest...

Zen Pundit has another one of his Recommended Reading posts up, and I also recommend his previous post in the hidden networks of twitter.

Ubiwar has an interesting article on the Quantum Theory of War.

The Northeast Intelligence Network is undergoing a substantial overhaul following this statement that was posted, then removed from the website:

20 January 2008: Over the last several months, the Northeast Intelligence Network has been quietly conducting a number of investigations into threats posed to the safety, security and sovereignty of our homeland. Our core network of highly trained, professional veteran investigators located in three countries on two continents have developed - and continue to develop - information that we feel is critical to the safety, security and sovereignty of the U.S., Canada and in fact, all Western countries. The United States, Canada and the West is under attack by several enemies - externally and internally - by Islamic terrorists and their supporters, and by individuals and organizations with globalist agendas. To exacerbate the threats, our media has fully succumbed to pressure exerted by special interest groups and those in positions of power. We have the evidence. The manipulation does not stop with the media, but also extends to various Internet sites once considered valuable and accurate sources of accurate and unbiased news.

In our quest for the truth, we have stepped on a lot of toes, but we have also developed a network of informational assets within various levels of the government and the corporate media. They are our allies, and they have reaffirmed their commitment to insure that the truth gets to the people. This is especially necessary at present, when even the most dismissive among us must admit that the confluence of national and global events is far from coincidental. From the purposely manipulated oil prices, to the manufactured economic crisis, the rise in geopolitical tensions and other watershed events of epic proportions, it is important not to be myopic in the scope of investigations and analysis, and to encompass all aspects of the various threats facing us, no matter where the evidence leads or how uncomfortable the results.

To provide a better method of disseminating information and publicizing the results of our investigations, we are in the process of changing our web site structure and appearance. Please be patient as we complete our integration over the next few days. We promise it will be worth it.

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

William S. Lind has noted that Israel doesn't get 4GW. I am afraid that I will have to agree. At about three weeks into Operation Cast Lead, I came to the same conclusion, which leads me to Israeli bloggers...Israel Matzav has a video on how to make a Hamas Hero, and Israelly Cool has a daily update on what is going on in Israel, as does The Muqata, who has also posted some amazing images from Operation Cast Lead.

The American Power blog has an article entitled, "The Complexity of American Ideology" that is very interesting, as well a piece on the Ugly Side of Obama's Inauguration, and what that tells us about Obama and the Left.

And, from Alaska, Syrin has this to say about the failure of the pipeline Sarah Palin said she was building in Alaska, and addressed in her latest radio show:

(1/26/09) Admit it; you've been in a theatre and you've had the strong urge to yell at the characters on the screen during the tense moments of the movie. "What are you going to do now!? You lost your gun when you broke the window...what are you going to do now!?"

For those of us who have been keeping tabs on the Palin administration's efforts to secure commitments for the construction of a natural gas pipeline, we've been yelling at the characters for almost two years.

From the first day they rolled out their AGIA fantasy in March of 2007 to August of 2008 when they awarded the AGIA license to TransCanada, we've been yelling that "AGIA is a waste of $500 million because it ignores critical legal and fiscal realities."

And yes, even when Governor Palin stood before God and country, not to mention 70 million viewers watching the Vice Presidential debate and lied by saying "we're building that $40 billion pipeline, the most expensive infrastructure project in the history of the United States," we yelled at the screen then as well; "What the hell are you talking about?"

And looking to the south, Fausta has a disquieting article regarding Mexico's Ominous Drug Wars that bears checking out.

Red Stater has a photo of a nonperson who has no rights at all (according to President Obama).

Judi McLeod, writing in the Canada Free Press, notes that President Obama is looking more like a Tin Pot Dictator than a messiah since his tussle with Rush Limbaugh. So much for Free Speech, eh? President Obama, your Lefty Totalitarianism is showing...

Common Cents has a pair of videos in the Video Vault that are worth watching (but not without Kleenex---you've been warned).

The Gates of Vienna have a very detailed and comprehensive news feed that you should check out.

Another blogger that does an excellent job of providing news coverage is the one at Peace Like A River, as does Threats Watch, who focuses on military matters.

Gateway Pundit has the utter stupidity of Democrat Nancy Pelosi essentially declaring that killing babies will save money and stimulate the economy. Boy, if she keeps saying stupid stuff like that, (and the GOP doesn't screw up) we could take the US House back in 2010.

A group effort at Watts Up With That? has reached an important milestone in the effort to survey the 1221 surface stations used to monitor temperature, the project has surveyed 819, or 67% of the stations in the USA. You can help this project by surveying a station near you. The North Carolina Survey is 90% complete, and can be viewed in this online gallery.

Carolina blogger Longstreet observes that President Obama has picked the wrong fight when he chose to attack Rush Limbaugh.

And in the Communist-Occupied city of Asheville, NC, the SDS will be staging a "teach-in" to spread propaganda a lies about how Hamas is not a terrorist organization and Israel is.

The primary force to battle the Communists in asheville is The Carolina Stompers, and they have a letter from Dr. Mumpower posted on their site...which is nearing its sceduled re-launch date.

Last, but certainly not least, AshVegas has noted a boom in the construction of liquor stores in Asheville.