You know, your voting history is a matter of public record and accesible over the internet from most boards of elections (it is in Wake County).
I decided to have fun and run some “Important People” through the Board of Elections database, just to see how civic minded they were…
Governor Mike Easley Only voted in elections that he was running in…
Charles Meeker, Mayor of Raleigh Pretty good record
Senator Jesse Helms A respectable record, although you can see where his health has started to fail him.
Just thought it was interesting…
When you start to really like a guy and think that maybe you’d like to have his baby, maybe you should check his hat size before you take the plunge…
just a thought…
Here’s a a transcript of the Immigration Speech if you didn’t catch it…
I think his speech was pretty good. I’m not too wild about the idea of building barriers on the border, though, and here’s why. They are an impediment to me escaping the United States should I need to flee suddenly due to some insane despot coming to power in this country who has previously stated that she has an ax to grind with people who think like me.
Secondly, when he talked about letting the few million illegals that are already here stay but pay a stiff consequence, I am willing to accept that conditionally. I’m not interested in rounding them up and sending them back if they’re genuinely willing to assimilate and be good citizens. But here’s my condition. Every single illegal immigrant who stays (1) forfeits the right to become a citizen (i.e. the best they’ll ever be is a “permanent resident”), (2) is on probation for the next 15 years, and if they are caught breaking the law, they’re sent packing irregardless of whatever else they’ve done, and (3) they immediately have to begin shouldering the same tax and regulatory burden that all other Americans have to deal with. In other words, they have to become Americans, but because of the illegal nature of their entry here, we’re going to hold them to a much higher standard if they wish to stay.
It is also my hope that actually enforcing the border is going to have a positive affect on some of the more nasty smuggling going on across the border (a la human trafficking, drug dealers, terrorists, weapons, etc).
Of course, I have absolutely no faith that our politicans will handle the problem in any way, shape, or form that is acceptable.
I just came across this column today, and wanted to “bounce” it off of you to see what you think. I feel annoyed to an extent that I’ve never heard of Confederate Memorial Day before.
I know my philosophy and convictions about the war have changed dramatically against what I was taught in school (in Yankee country, of course).
I think that there is more at work here than just political correctness run amuck. Confederate History is actively being pushed from our culture, and I think that it’s because the ideas of the Confederacy are dangerous to the powers that be (Slavery had nothing to do with the War)
Our borders are wide open, our money is very quickly becoming worthless, and power is becoming more and more concentrated in the hands of a few individuals in the federal government. The idea that people should be free to govern themselves is a dangerous idea in the face of globalism.
The path that we are now traveling was forged in 1861, when it was decided that it was not possible for the North and South to coexist without one forcing their will upon the other. Global politics has become nothing more than a contest for who can force their will upon everybody else. I much prefer the simpler rules of we’ll leave you along as long as you leave us alone, but if you dare antagonize us, you will face our full, unified, wrath.
ok, so I’ve been lax, but I just watched the new Superman Returns trailer on iTunes…
I shall see this movie…
Welcome to Head Coach Sidney Lowe.
I feel a lot better about the future of NC State. Coach Lowe impressed me and has assuaged any doubts I had about where the program was headed.
Of course, his hiring is still subsequent to completion of his degree.
WRAL is reporting, and StateFansNation has all the links and commentary you could ever want.
This is not a done deal, though. Per WRAL:
Lowe does not have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution, as N.C. State requires of its next coach. Lowe said he is completing his studies this month at St. Paul’s College in Virginia.
There’s one potential problem right there.
But all in all, I’m hopeful that Coach Lowe will kick butt and take names. I hope they televise the first time somebody tells him that we can’t beat Duke and Carolina and that 1983 was a Divine Joke.