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Missed Opportunity

Part of the deal with Google to locate in Lenoir involved secret negotiations between Duke Power and Google for land controlled by Duke Power and electricity to be supplied by Duke Power. These dealings were blessed with exemptions for sales tax on the purchase of that electricity. One legacy of Lenoir's declining manufacturing activity is a robust electric distribution system yet, as Duke's applications for new generating capacity demonstrate, electricity supply is constrained.

Google has released very little information about plans for the new server farm but some assumptions can be made about electricity demands. Server farms and data centers require substantially more power per square foot than a typical office building. Other than normal electric loads like lighting, the demand for electricity in server farms comes from the servers themselves and the air conditioning required to deal with the heat generated.

Yes Virginia, No Carolina

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Senator Elizabeth Dole.
"Papa says, 'If you see it on FOX NEWS it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Senator Dole?

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see in the liberal media. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little, in the mind of Karl Rove. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge, though not by intelligent design capable of grasping but a fraction of truth and knowledge.

Multiple Psychosis

I am sick and tired of people dumping on Muslim people like it's open season year round with no bag limit. The people in this picture were among many Muslims last Saturday in Research Triangle Park raising money for Multiple Sclerosis research. They weren't killing infidels, they weren't stopping to pray, they weren't waving copies of the Koran. They were walking to help find a cure for a debilitating disease. I didn't see any "crusaders" at the fundraising walk. Now if we could just find a cure for mass psychosis.

Six Percent Versus One Percent

The people who take 6% of the value of a home every time it is bought and sold are opposed to using 1% of the value of a home to pay for roads, sewers and, schools which help to maintain and increase the value of homes and our quality of life.

The virtual monopoly of Realtor®s (who have an actual monopoly on the word Realtor®) is spending thousands of dollars in a multi-media campaign opposed to a nominal land transfer tax. This is puzzling from a number of perspectives.

In North Carolina the provision of public services is largely dependent on property tax, sales tax and income tax. County and municipal governments are largely dependent on property tax and sales tax. Sales tax revenues are volatile and, in many cases, are regressive and only capture 1/3 of commercial transactions. Property tax is the beast of burden for counties and is overloaded by the costs of growth in booming areas and low property values in poor areas.

Mr Smith Goes To Raleigh

This is about the only left turn Fred Smith will take for the next year and a half. In front of a crowd of about 60 people on the steps of Raleigh's Borden Building, Fred Smith declared his candidacy for Governor of North Carolina for 2008. The crowd was predominantly white males but included about 15 white females, about a dozen newsmen, three African-American males and a few right-wing bloggers including Lorie Byrd and Dean Stephens.

The setting was part of the former Methodist Orphanage that Smith claims as his background by virtue of his mother being a house matron for 24 boys. Speaking from the white columned porch of the two story brick building with slate roof and dormer windows Smith gave a predictable speech that garnered some polite applause from the generally demure crowd.

NC Good For Business

There's just too much good news about North Carolina's business climate coming out in the Triangle Business Journal. Apparently we're very competitive when it comes to attracting business. Don't tell the John Locke Foundation until Monday - let them enjoy the weekend.

Study: N.C. biz tax burden tied for lowest in U.S.

Businesses in North Carolina enjoy the lowest tax burden in the United States, according to a study prepared for the Council on State Taxation.

The report, prepared by tax experts at Ernst & Young, found that combined local and state taxes paid by North Carolina businesses amount to 3.9 percent of the gross state product. That rate tied North Carolina with four other states - Connecticut, Delaware, Oregon and Virginia - as having the lowest U.S. business tax burden.

War and Peace on the National Mall Saturday

Peace advocates meeting on the National Mall this Saturday will be met by counter-demonstrators organized by two North Carolina men. Larry Bailey of Vets for Truth and and Ted Sampley of US Veteran Dispatch and multiple dubious pseudo-political ventures and, Rolling Thunder Motor Cycle Rally.

Ted Sampley of Kinston, the P.T. Barnum of Swiftboating, has created a bogus story that protesters will deface the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial. It has spun from Sampley's website with an "Eagles" message board into an organized counter-offensive called "Gathering of Eagles". Many have bought into the BS, and message boards hint at physical conflict. Some suggest developing "limps" to justify canes as potential weapons. There is a way to fight back - peacefully. Read on and please take action before midnight Friday.

Woe Is Me

Paul O'Connor wrote Sunday in the Winston-Salem Journal about how "Politicians work hard to control the message", in an article about

...moves made by state officials to reduce press access and manipulate coverage.

When you click in the Printer-Friendly version of his story you get this message at the footer:

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Sue Myrick Prancing With The Stars

The fossilized blog page of North Carolina’s 9th District Congresswoman Sue Myrick is becoming a little treasure trove of information and a monument to Republican hypocrisy the longer it stays up. As I wrote in Sue Myrick’s Shrine to Ann Coulter, Sue Myrick’s blog started in March 2004 with a total of six entries with the 5th entry about an Ann Coulter fundraiser in April 2005.

The last entry on Myrick’s blog was an April 17, 2005 post about another fundraiser with country music singer Sara Evans:

Sue Myrick is offering an exclusive, one-time event to meet country music star Sara Evans backstage at the Alan Jackson - Sara Evans concert May 5th
Tickets to this very special event include a VIP backstage pass to meet and have your photo taken with Sara Evans, and a great seat to watch country music legend Alan Jackson live in concert.

          The plot thickens below the fold....

Sue Myrick's Shrine to Ann Coulter

Probably not many people know that Sue Myrick has a blog, maybe because it hasn't been updated since 2005. The blog was started in March 2004 and has a total of 6 entries. It is linked directly from the website for Sue Myrick for Congress 2008

The 5th entry in February 2005, but still on the front page, reads:

Ann Coulter
Join Sue Myrick For A
Salute to Leadership

With Speical Guest Ann Coulter


Ann is without peer. Personally Sue, I love the company you keep!

reads one of the comments to the post which remains bronzed on Myrick's blog front page until now, as seen below the fold:


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