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    Filed on November 7, 2007 at 9:06 pm under by dcobranchi

    I don’t think I’m going to be too popular with the political class when this one gets published:

    “I’m disappointed, but ready to try it again,” Cumberland County Commissioner Jeannette Council said. “I think many of our citizens perhaps did not understand it.”

    Thank you, County Commissioners, for your leadership in the recent tax hike debacle. On behalf of the 9,328 citizens who voted against the sales tax hike, I apologize. We voters were just too stupid not to see the wisdom in hiking our taxes (again) just as the county is slated to save millions of dollars in the Medicaid swap.

    We were too dumb to see that this vote really wasn’t rushed through so that you could avoid the prospect of facing potentially angry voters when your jobs would also be on the line in ’08.

    We just couldn’t comprehend how hiking the sales tax, a highly regressive tax that hits the poor hardest, was to be preferred over hiking the land transfer tax that hits the well-off (and your campaign contributors).

    And we were just too plain ignorant to understand that your whole “maybe we’ll cut your property taxes if the sales tax hike passes” only just looked like a bait and switch in the making.

    I look forward to you Commissioners attempting to raise our taxes during an election year.


    Filed on at 8:44 pm under by dcobranchi

    Why doesn’t anyone ever bother to ask if we want this?

    Parents who home school their children should get a tax credit to help offset “the cost of being an at-home teacher,” [Romney] said.

    And a federal tax credit for homeschooling doesn’t even make sense. That should be an issue settled exclusively at the state level.


    Filed on at 8:18 pm under by dcobranchi

    The market cheerleaders on CNBC are sounding absolutely desperate.

    And the DJIA and S&P500 both crashed through their 200 day SMA today.


    Filed on at 6:51 am under by dcobranchi

    Someone in Fayetteville gets it:

    VA chapel can’t choose sides

    Joseph Kinney (“Please don’t take God away,” Oct. 21) believes that the Bible and crucifix should remain in the VA Medical Center chapel. He states that if a non-Christian group uses the chapel, the Christian implements could be removed and then replaced when the non-Christian event is complete. I have a better idea.

    This week, let’s allow the Christian implements to stay. Next week, let’s replace them with a Quran and prayer rugs. If Christians want to use the chapel, they can remove them and replace them when they are done. The next week, let’s outfit the chapel with statues of the Hindu deities Vishnu and Shiva. At some point, of course, Wiccan pentagrams will need to adorn the chapel.

    Mr. Kinney, I suspect that this plan wouldn’t satisfy you. Isn’t it clear that favoring Christian implements over those of other religions is tantamount to the VA (part of the government) advocating one religion over another? As you state in your opinion piece, you (as an individual) have a right to religious expression. The government (which governs everyone and not just Christians) does not. There is a very clear (and constitutionally significant) difference.

    By the way, the words “under God” don’t guarantee your religious freedom; the Constitution does. Just don’t pretend that it protects your freedom at the expense of other people’s. If you want to be free from seeing Wiccan pentagrams in the chapel, Wiccans (and everyone else) have to be free from seeing your crucifix there.

    Craig Cox


    Filed on November 6, 2007 at 9:58 pm under by dcobranchi

    The County Commissioners tried to push through an unnecessary sales tax hike. The vote is close but, so far, the good guys are winning.

    UPDATE: Woohoo!


    Filed on at 6:21 pm under by dcobranchi

    You’re number 1!


    Best use of profanity in a blog post title: Doc
    Best scam for boosting traffic: COD for “Chris O’Donnell naked”
    Lifetime achievement award for the most inane blog: Those other awards


    Filed on at 6:01 pm under by dcobranchi

    I think I’ve blown my chances for one of Doc’s awards, too.

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    Filed on at 12:49 pm under by dcobranchi

    That’s Anti-Gay Fundamentalist Christian Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Their new name, evidently. Feel free to add letters to their acronym in the comments. Maybe we can even spell out something that will get us banned from more blogging awards. 🙂

    H/T: Toni


    Filed on November 5, 2007 at 8:14 pm under by dcobranchi

    I’m ineligible, too. Curses, foiled again.


    Filed on at 1:00 pm under by dcobranchi

    And thanks for all the posts.

    Izzy’s hanging up her blogging shoes.

    She’ll be missed.


    Filed on at 7:08 am under by dcobranchi

    Life in Fayettenam:

    Racism doesn’t always mean hatred

    In response to Paul L. Burnley’s op-ed, “Racism in America has many causes” (Oct. 15), I would like to state that, according to the first definition in the dictionary, there is no hate attached to that word. That definition is belief in the superiority of a particular race. Note the “a,” i.e., not necessarily one’s own race.

    Objectively, there is no superior race. Only by applying subjective criteria is one able to make a subjective determination. One may observe the civilizations created by the various races and arrive at one’s own conclusions. Of further note here is the fact that the Good Lord gave to all humans a natural proclivity to seek the company of and procreate with those of their own kind. So, I suppose one could blame God for “racism.”

    Sadly, it is politically correct to say, “I’m black and I’m proud.” but quite politically incorrect to say, “I’m white and I’m proud.” That, in itself, is all that is needed for me to condemn political correctness.

    Frank Novotny

    I really wonder sometimes about the decision-makers at the Fayetteville Observer. They claim to hate the “Fayettenam” label but seem to do everything they can to keep it alive by publishing crap like the letter reproduced above.


    Filed on November 4, 2007 at 10:12 am under by dcobranchi

    Not that we’re getting crushed in the Weblog Awards. That was expected. It’s that we’re getting crushed by Slow Cooker Recipes. 🙂


    Filed on at 8:30 am under by dcobranchi

    I love this lede:

    WARNERVILLE, N.Y. — Shannon Hayes makes her own soap, composts her garbage and plans to home-school her unvaccinated daughters, who have grown huge and pink-cheeked on unpasteurized milk from the cow she milks herself.


    Filed on at 6:00 am under by dcobranchi

    Would the damn heathens please just STFU so we can have our nice church City Council meetings like we always have?

    Prayers are important part of U.S. life

    Jeers to Fayetteville Attorney Karen M. McDonald and County Attorney Grainger Barrett, who asked local government employees to refrain from “frequent invocation of the name of Jesus.” What happens to the freedom of speech and civil rights of the Christian local-government employees? What happens to us taxpayers who are offended by this ban? More importantly, what will happen when “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord?”

    Cheers for Fayetteville Councilman D.J. Haire, who said he will refuse to read “generically worded prayers” and that he is “a child of God first” and is “not going to manipulate the Word of God to satisfy them.”

    Councilman Haire knows the truth, which states: “Whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”

    Denise Lugo-Dutcher


    Filed on November 3, 2007 at 8:19 am under by dcobranchi

    I want some of what this guy is smoking:

    Despite long ago repenting from being a Republican and from voting for Republicans, I must confess I am momentarily backsliding: I will be voting for Ron Paul. People from all parts of the political spectrum – including many people from the so-called “third parties,” like myself – will be voting for him as well. Because of this, he has a legitimate shot at winning the presidency

    Paul’s chances are just slightly better than Stephen Colbert’s.

    Prediction– Paul doesn’t make it past the Wednesday after Super-duper Tuesday.


    Filed on at 6:11 am under by dcobranchi

    He died.


    Filed on November 2, 2007 at 8:49 am under by dcobranchi

    A $299 Acer laptop.


    Filed on at 8:17 am under by dcobranchi

    The 2007 Weblog Awards

    HE&OS has been nominated for one of the 2007 Weblog awards in the category “Best of the Top 6751 – 8750 Blogs.” That’s based on the TTLB ecosystem.

    BTW, you can vote once per day.


    Filed on at 3:28 am under by dcobranchi

    The Fayetteville Observer editorial board falls for some shaky “thinking.”

    If all of the young people who became high school freshmen in 2003 had graduated this year, North Carolina would be $11 billion better off.

    You can play around with the numbers, if you like: Could we reap $10 billion for almost all? How about $5.5 billion for half?

    What you can’t play around with is the logic. The report is fairly titled “The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools.” As long as kids who drop out earn, on average, $10,000 less per year than their peers who graduate, you don’t need precise calculations to recognize a losing proposition, to understand that both individual and public interests are being disserved.

    The Alliance tersely summarizes the obvious: Enabling all students to earn diplomas, if such a thing is possible, “increases overall earnings potential, which, in turn, benefits each state and the nation with increased purchasing power and higher tax receipts.”

    And a college degree is worth, say, another $10,000; a Master’s, another; and a Ph.D. yet another. So when the greeters at Walmart all hold a Ph.D. they’ll each make $60,000/year.


    Usually basic courses like 70-431 as well as 70-298 can be done after 70-528. However, if thinking of a 70-350, it is better covered after 70-547. Certifications i.e. 70-292 do not require any background knowledge as such.


    Filed on November 1, 2007 at 5:17 pm under by dcobranchi

    from our favorite bunch of homeschool lawyers. Hey, Darren, tell your bosses to talk to NC home educators about what the law allows. DNPE does not have the legal authority to close homeschools. Only the “school” can do that.

    § 115C?552. New school notice requirements; termination.

    (a) Any new school to which this Part relates shall send to a duly authorized representative of the State of North Carolina a notice of intent to operate, name and address of the school, and name of the school’s owner and chief administrator.
    (b) Any school to which this Part applies shall notify a duly authorized representative of the State of North Carolina upon termination of the school. (1979, c. 505; 1981, c. 423, s. 1.)

    And, FWIW, we got one of those cards last year. Needless to say, we did not respond.


    Filed on at 4:30 pm under by dcobranchi

    Heard on CNBC concerning the 360 point drop today:

    If you haven’t sold you haven’t lost anything yet.

    Utterly moronic. Your stock holdings are worth less today than they were worth yesterday. You have, indeed, lost money today.

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