Don't ask conservatives to conserve.

Whenever one of Art Pope's Puppets interviews a scientist, you can be sure it'll be a doozie. Like this interview with Robert Balling, a shill for the wingnuts who happens to be a professor at Arizona State. Balling's premise is simple: North Carolina can't affect overall climate change, so why bother doing anything at all to alter our oil gluttony. Go read the article yourself, but pay special attention to this typical winger refrain:

“And if the state begins to implement a policy that costs the taxpayer any amount of money, the taxpayers are going to demand to know: ‘What is it I get from this investment?’” Balling said. “I stand up and tell them the answer’s absolutely nothing.”

NCAE Judicial Endorsements

The NC Association of Educators just released its endorsements on the PR Newswire.

Supreme Court

Sarah Parker (Chief Justice)
Patricia Timmons-Goodson (Associate Justice, Timmons-Goodson seat)
Mark Martin (Associate Justice, Martin seat)
Robin Hudson (Associate Justice, Wainwright seat)

Court of Appeals

Robert C. "Bob" Hunter (Associate Justice, Hunter seat)
Linda Stephens (Associate Justice, Stephens seat)

I don't know much about all these folks. Does anyone have a quick read on the wisdom of these endorsements?

How Charles Taylor Stands

Charles Taylor (Republican)
Legislator Information
Party: Republican
Birthday: 01/23/1941
Marrage Status:
Spouse: Elizabeth Owen
Children: 3 children
Religion: Baptist
Employer/Occupation: Business, tree farmer
Prior Occupations:
Elected office: North Carolina Senate 1972
Other Office: 1966
Education: Wake Forest Univ. J.D.
Wake Forest Univ. B.A.
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Contact Information
Web Site: http://www.house.gov/charlestaylor/
Phone: (202) 225-6401
Fax: (202) 226-6422
Email: View Site
Address:
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-0001

Why do wingers LOVE terrorism?

You can just see Rick Martinez at the sad News and Observer, gloating over the chance to have some terrorism right here in the Southern Part of Heaven.

Make no mistake about it. Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar's Friday rampage through the UNC campus "pit" with a rented SUV during a time when a bustling crowd was a guaranteed lock was an obvious act of terror. That makes Taheri-azar a terrorist.

The Struggle for Integrity in the NCGOP Continues

The NCGOP has been beset in recent years by a cadre of wealthy idealogues (incl. Pope, Cobey) who believe the state party should be characterized by rigid adherence to their ideas. The most controversial element of the crusade has been an effort to purge the party of those who don't fit the mold, including Speaker Pro Tempore Richard Morgan. In 2004, the state party spent many thousands of dollars to unseat sitting Republicans and replace them with loyalists. And they plan to do it again this year.

Now some local Republicans are fighting back, demanding that the state party respect their right to choose their own candidates. The latest group to fight back are the Moore county Republicans:

Unfounded Racism Wins Out Over School Funding in Wake

WakeEd (a N&O blog) is reporting that Wake County Commissioner Phil Jeffreys is voting against increased school funding because he wrongly thinks that the funding is going to illegal immigrants. From WakeEd:

In response to Superintendent Bill McNeal's request for a $28 million increase in funding from county commissioners for the district's operating budget, Jeffreys said on WPTF this morning that his answer is no. His rationale is that he says that 55 percent of Wake’s new students are Hispanic and 90 percent of them must be illegal.

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