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Hood the Contortionist

It's a slow news day. More lying from the Bush White House about who knew what and when. More stupidity and deception from Dick Cheney. More cover up. More corruption. Just business as usual by I-hate-government Republicans.

So it's flat out funny as shit to watch John Hood grimace and grunt as he tries to call Bush to account for his abject failure in all things fiscal. If he keeps this up, he could get a job as a contortionists in Cirque de Soleil. In any case, here's Hood's humor of the day. He can't bring himself to criticize dear leader without taking gratuitous potshots at Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

You can't make this up . . .

How could this be? Cheating and cover-up going on at our squeaky clean lottery? The N&O covers the story.

With a bit of drama Tuesday, lottery chief Tom Shaheen whipped away a towel and revealed a new logo for the state's $1 billion-a-year lottery.

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The commission had just agreed to hire a full-service ad agency for the lottery, but Shaheen said his staff designed the logo. He liked it.

His staff said it depicted an exciting explosion of fireworks against what might be a blue sky.

But by the end of the day, the lottery had scrapped the logo, and officials wouldn't release any image of it, despite protests by lawyers for The News & Observer that it is a public record under state law.

Hood winked

Carolina Journal is in rare form today. First they lead with a story that feeds their homophobic agenda about a gay teacher being investigated for contaminating young minds. Heaven forbid kids in schools should understand anything about homosexuality.

And then this gem from Mr. Hood, whining about "theocratic tyrants." Of course, he's all in favor of our own White House Tyrant in Chief . . . it's just those brown people in the Middle East he has a problem with.

The biggest outrage of all is theocratic tyrants with much innocent blood on their hands lecturing the Danes about anything.

Not for the birds

You've no doubt heard that Navy will be flying jets at night this week over a proposed site for a practice training field in northeast North Carolina. The N&O has done a good job covering this long-running story and has an update today.

The Super Hornets will be crossing a tract in Washington and Beaufort counties to collect data on noise and waterfowl in the area. The results will be used in an environmental impact study to be completed in August.

:: snip ::

In December, some daytime flights in nearby Hyde County were canceled due to the risk of striking birds.

Taylor = Delay


Cobey thinks Taylor's seat is safe? Not if we have anything to say about it.

Check Taylor out. The guy looks like a crook, acts like a crook . . . and probably even smells like a crook . . . with a miserable record of shady dealings that everybody seems to know about except the good people of his district. Maybe this poster will help spread the word. PDF attached.

Two-faced Sue Myrick

When I see Sue Myrick talk, it's hard to know which of her two faces to listen to. On one hand, she tries to come across like a law-n-order kind of gal, as shown in this quote to the Charlotte Observer recently. As you no doubt know, Sue wants to deport aliens who are found guilty of DWI.

"For too long, illegal aliens have really just flaunted the law."

But on the other hand, here she is embracing Dear Leader, very possibly the most criminal president in the history of our republic, who most objective observers believe has gleefully flaunted the FISA law with his domestic spying scheme.

Your money

One of the Republican Party's most simple-minded memes is the idea that there's "your money" and that you can spend it better, smarter and more effectively than "they" (the government) can ever hope to do. John Hood trots that old saw out every chance he gets, including in his column today about liberal politicians and taxes.

What they want is more of your money to spend. They want it because they are convinced they will spend it better than you will. It’s as simple as that.

It may be as simple as that when you're a Pope Puppet, but if you actually stop to think about it, there's plenty of evidence that government programs can spend money far more effectively than any individual can. Unless of course you constrain those programs, as the Bush administration has done on prescription drugs, to forbid price negotiations with big pharmaceutical companies.

God I wish they'd stop

Wingnuts are wringing their hands lately because Democrats are "angry" -- as though being angry is worse than, say, total incompetence and lying.

The truth is, I am angry. And I would love to have an honest discussion about reality on many important fronts. But that's really hard to do when Pope Puppets get on their high horses with inane rhetorical questions like this gem from George Leef, standing in today for the always-amusing John Hood.

We’re pouring enormous resources into education. More citizens than ever go to college, but literacy is in decline. Will any education leaders acknowledge that there’s something wrong with this picture?

Pigs have wings

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover I have a shred of agreement with Johnny Be Hood over at the Carolina Journal. Mr. Hood apparently doesn't approve of the shady back-roominess swirling around Speaker Jim Black . . . and I personally have called on Black to resign his leadership position immediately. Just goes to show you, anything is possible.

But here's the real question for Hood: If shady dealings are cause for alarm in the North Carolina legislature, shouldn't they be cause for alarm everywhere? And shouldn't the elected officials involved be called on to step down?

Impeachment . . . the best litmus test?

In a stunning display of common ground, conservative wingers and liberal wackos alike are concluding that George Bush just might have broken the law with his domestic spying scheme. Cities all across America are calling for accountability. Because only way to get to the bottom of it is to investigate Bush's actions thoroughly and objectively.

Yet many of North Carolina's Congressional representatives don't seem bothered by the fact that the President may be breaking laws. And that bothers me tremendously.

So dear representatives . . . here is the question of the day: Do you want to find out if Bush broke the law . . . or not?

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