Monthly Archives: November 2006

Kudos to Sears…

Tonight, I went to Sears, and the first thing I saw was a sign that says “Merry Christmas”.  They scored some points with me by doing that.

Of course, selling my Arch Nemesis’ sheets is still disturbing.  And I’m still not too wild about the whole K-mart thing… but I’ll take what I can get.  I spent more than I planned to because they did a small thing that made me feel like they wanted my business.

Let the Games Begin

Well, all the stores have set out the Christmas, oh, excuse me holiday decorations already.  So, since the secularists want to sit back and pretend to be innocent, I have decided to just smack them around anyway.

Offender 2006 Number 1:  Best Buy.  Tonight, I saw a commercial for Best Buy where they were trying to convince me to buy my “holiday presents” at Best Buy.  Now, it’s no big secret that I’m a bit of a nerd, and I like to buy lots and lots of presents at Best Buy.  But, since Best Buy isn’t in the business of selling Christmas presents anymore, I’ll be taking my business elsewhere, which is my prerogative in a free society – as well as sending people who ask my advice elsewhere.

On the good list, for now, is Target.  Despite the flack that they’ve gotten for not letting the Salvation Army solicit donations at Christmastime, they aired a commercial I saw tonight that said “Merry Christmas”.  I don’t usually shop at Target, but for that, I might make a special point to.

You know…

I’m pretty sure that a slick talking politician could get a majority of the electorate to concede to lobotomies if only he said it was “for the children”…

First Spammers, now Bandwidth Thieves?

I was looking through my logs today, and what do I find, but bandwidth thieves!

People on MySpace.com are hotlinking my block S!  Oh the horror.  I mean, I don’t care if they take it, the block S is owned wholly by NC State University.  But good netiquitte indicates that you should transfer it to your own server.

And worst of all, they seem to be NCSU people.  Oh the pain.

A Note to Spammers

Dear Spammers,

While I appreciate that you find my little corner of the internet important enough to harass with your never ending tedium of solicitations, I feel I must inform you that you will never win here.   I will never allow my comments to be filled with spam.  I will close them first.  If it gets to the point where I have more comments than I can police, I will require registration (as much as I would prefer to not have to do that).

Right now, any spam that gets through Bad Behavior, Akismet, and my own personal blacklist is deleted almost immediately.  Give it up.  You can’t win here.  Go harass some livejournals or something.

Ok, now you may go back to your lives of defrauding little old ladies of their life savings.  Thank you for your time.

2006 Candidates…

I downloaded the list of candidates from the Wake County Board of Elections

Contest Name Party Name Name On Ballot



US CONGRESS 2 DEM BOB ETHERIDGE
US CONGRESS 2 REP DAN MANSELL



US CONGRESS 4 DEM DAVID PRICE
US CONGRESS 4 REP STEVE ACUFF



US CONGRESS 13 DEM BRAD MILLER
US CONGRESS 13 REP VERNON ROBINSON



NC SENATE 14 DEM VERNON MALONE
NC SENATE 14 REP RICHARD DOEFFINGER



NC SENATE 15 DEM DOROTHY (GERRY) BOWLES
NC SENATE 15 REP NEAL HUNT



NC SENATE 16 DEM JANET COWELL



NC SENATE 17 REP RICHARD STEVENS



NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 33 DEM BERNARD ALLEN



NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 34 DEM GRIER MARTIN
NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 34 REP J. H. ROSS



NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 35 DEM JENNIFER WEISS






NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 36 DEM GREER BEATY
NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 36 REP NELSON DOLLAR



NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 37 DEM ED RIDPATH
NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 37 REP PAUL STAM



NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 38 DEM DEBORAH K. ROSS



NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 39 DEM LINDA COLEMAN
NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 39 REP JOHN W. BLACKWELL



NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 40 REP MARILYN AVILA



NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 41 DEM TY HARRELL
NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 41 REP J. RUSSELL CAPPS



DISTRICT ATTORNEY DISTRICT 10 DEM C. COLON WILLOUGHBY, Jr.



SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE NON RUSTY DUKE
SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE NON SARAH PARKER



SUPREME CT ASSOC JUSTICE (MARTIN) NON RACHEL LEA HUNTER
SUPREME CT ASSOC JUSTICE (MARTIN) NON MARK MARTIN



SUPREME CT ASSOC JUSTICE (TIMMONS-GOODSON) NON ERIC LEVINSON
SUPREME CT ASSOC JUSTICE (TIMMONS-GOODSON) NON PATRICIA TIMMONS-GOODSON



SUPREME COURT ASSOC JUSTICE (WAINWRIGHT) NON ROBIN HUDSON
SUPREME COURT ASSOC JUSTICE (WAINWRIGHT) NON ANN MARIE CALABRIA



COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE NON ROBERT C. (BOB) HUNTER
COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE NON KRIS BAILEY



COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE NON LINDA STEPHENS
COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE NON DONNA STROUD

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10B NON RIPLEY RAND
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10B NON PAUL C. RIDGEWAY



SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10C NON DANIEL GARNER
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10C NON PAUL G. GESSNER



DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10 (CROOM) NON CRAIG CROOM



DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10 (FULLWOOD) NON JAMES R. FULLWOOD



DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10 (HAMILTON) NON JOYCE HAMILTON



DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10 (ROZIER) NON AIDA DOSS HAVEL
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10 (ROZIER) NON VINCE ROZIER



DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10 (RUTH) NON KRISTIN RUTH



DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 10 (SALISBURY) NON ANNE B. SALISBURY



WAKE COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT DEM NANCY (LORRIN) FREEMAN
WAKE COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT REP JANET PUESCHEL



WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER 1 DEM DONALD MIAL
WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER 1 REP JOE BRYAN



WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER 2 DEM LINDY BROWN
WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER 2 REP PHIL JEFFREYS



WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER 3 DEM MARTHA BROCK
WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER 3 REP TONY GURLEY



WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER 7 DEM RODGER KOOPMAN
WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER 7 REP PAUL Y. COBLE



WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF DEM JOHN H. BAKER, JR.
WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF REP DONNIE HARRISON



WAKE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR NON F. CARLYLE TEAGUE
WAKE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR NON THOMAS WAYNE ALLEN
WAKE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR NON GUY P MEILLEUR
WAKE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR NON LEWIS E. WELLS
WAKE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR NON DONNIE L. WOODLIEF
WAKE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR NON JOE E. TEAGUE, JR.
WAKE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR NON JOY ELLIOTT
WAKE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR NON DARYL BAKER

Here are Democrat Endorsements:

US Congress District 2: Bob Etheridge
US Congress District 4: David Price
US Congress District 13: Brad Miller

Senate District 14: Vernon Malone
Senate District 15: Dorothy (Gerry) Bowles
Senate District 16: Janet Cowell

House District 33: Bernard Allen
House District 34: Grier Martin
House District 35: Jennifer Weiss
House District 36: Greer Beaty
House District 37: Ed Ridpath
House District 38: Deborah K. Ross
House District 39: Linda Coleman
House District 41: Ty Harrell

Wake County Sheriff: John H. Baker, Jr.

Vote for all four County Commissioners regardless of what district you live in.

County Commissioner District 1: Donald Mial
County Commissioner District 2: Lindy Brown
County Commissioner District 3: Martha Brock
County Commissioner District 7: Rodger Koopman

Clerk of Superior Court: Nancy (Lorrin) Freeman

District Attorney: C. Colon Willoughby, Jr.

Judicial Races

Even if you vote a straight Democratic ticket, you must vote for these candidates separately!

Supreme Court Chief Justice: Sarah Parker
Supreme Court Justice: Patricia Timmons-Goodson
Supreme Court Justice: Robin Hudson
Court of Appeals: Robert C. (Bob) Hunter
Court of Appeals: Linda Stephens
Superior Court Judge District 10B: (vote for one)
Ripley Rand* or Paul C. Ridgeway
Superior Court Judge District 10C: Paul G. Gessner
District Court Judge: Craig Croom
District Court Judge: James R. Fullwood
District Court Judge: Joyce Hamilton
District Court Judge: (vote for one)
Aida Doss Havel or Vince Rozier*
District Court Judge: Kristin Ruth
District Court Judge: Anne B. Salisbury

Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor: (vote for two) F. Carlyle Teague and Donnie Woodlief

* Incumbent

Here are Republican endorsements:

2006 Federal Wake County Republican Candidates
Office Name Address Telephone
US Congress:
District 2 Dan Mansell 7845 NC HWY 42 East
Selma NC 27576
919-359-2700
District 4 Steve Acuff 6108 Branblewood Dr.
Raleigh NC 27612
919-844-6152
District 13 Vernon Robinson PO Box 272
Winston Salem NC 27102
336-768-3567
2006 North Carolina Republican Candidates (non-partisan)
Office Name Address Telephone
Judicial:
Supreme Court
Chief Justice
Rusty Duke 425 W. Longmeadow Rd.
Greenville, NC 27858
919-923-6691
Supreme Court
Associate Justice
(Martin Seat)
Mark D. Martin PO Box 25912
Raleigh, NC 27611
919-821-8309
Supreme Court
Associate Justice
(Timmons-Goodson Seat)
Eric Levinson 1412-B East Blvd.
PMB 160
Charlotte, NC 28203
704-369-2560
Supreme Court
Associate Justice
(Wainwright Seat)
Ann Marie Calabria 1197 Crabtree Crossing Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-467-5541
Court of Appeals
(Hunter Seat)
Kris Bailey 215 Rosenberry Hills Dr.
Cary, NC 27513
919-271-1333
Court of Appeals
(Stephens Seat)
Donna Stroud 10724 Hunt Run Cir.
Zebulon, NC 27597
919-269-2234
Superior Court Judge
District 10C
Daniel Garner 5345 Mill Dam Rd.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
919-562-0618
2006 North Carolina Wake County Republican Candidates
Office Name Address Telephone
N.C. Senate:
District 14 Richard Doeffinger 3319 Marshlane Way
Raleigh NC 27610
919-329-0501
District 15 Neal Hunt 2608 Sherborne Pl
Raleigh NC 27612
919-781-3464
District 17 Richard Stevens 132 Lochwood West Dr.
Cary NC 27511
Office Name Address Telephone
N.C. House:
District 34 J. H. Ross 6001 North Hills Dr.
Raleigh NC 27609
919-787-5010
District 36 Nelson Dollar PO Box 1369
Cary NC 27512
District 37 Paul Stam PO Box 1600
Apex NC 27502
District 39 John W. Blackwell 5029 Curvature Ln.
Raleigh NC 27616
919-266-5583
District 40 Marilyn Avila 11312 Derby Ln.
Raleigh NC 27613
919-848-3995
District 41 J. Russell Capps 7204 Halstead Ln.
Raleigh NC 27613
2006 Wake County Republican Candidates
Office Name Address Telephone
County
Commissioner 1
Joe Bryan 206 Maplewood Dr
Knightdale NC 27545
919-266-3903
County
Commissioner 2
Phil Jeffreys 2701 Brookwood Dr
Raleigh NC 27603
919-856-5576
County
Commissioner 3
Tony Gurley 10037 Sycamore Rd
Raleigh NC 27613
919-866-0965
County
Commissioner 7
Paul Y. Coble 2412 Tyson St
Raleigh NC 27612
919-510-9185
County Sheriff Donnie Harrison PO Box 624
Garner NC 27529
919-772-2431
County Clerk of Superior Court Janet Pueschel 8901 Pleasant Meadow Dr
Raleigh NC 27615
919-835-3100

Such as it is, I tend to have a pretty heavy tilt towards the Republicans, however, I have been most displeased with them over the past 2 years. I also find it very interesting that the Democrats have endorsed candidates for Soil and Water District Conservation Supervisor and the Republicans haven’t. I tend to think that this is important, because the government has become quite onerous telling me what I can or cannot do based on soil and water…

John Kerry’s foot in mouth disease

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

-U.S. Senator John Kerry

You don’t do well in school and you wind up President of the United States?  That’s not usually the message we try to send the youth of the country, although that’s what Senator Kerry says that he meant.

Having apologized, it is pretty much a moot point at this time.  Everybody has botched a joke at one point in time or another, I’m not sure that Kerry meant to slander the troops, if for no other reason that the political fallout the comment made (unless he really is that stupid).  Of course, there’s that great irony that he says he was slandering the President’s intelligence and he has come out looking like a moron (of course, slandering the intelligence of the man who beat you in the last election is probably not the best way to go if you want to be taken seriously.)

I think that this demonstrates 2 things.  First, John Kerry is not fit to lead the United States.  He’s just not Presidential material.  And 2)  If the Democrats were really interested in beating George W. Bush for the Presidency in 2004, why on earth did they nominate the only man in the country more prone to misspeaking than W?  I mean, with George W. Bush, all we get is nucular and the like.

Politics are nothing more than a farce these days anyway.