Monthly Archives: December 2013

More Toll Road Fun!

And so the State of North Carolina continues to dig their hole.  In addition to having a very nice, very expensive stretch of road that nobody drives on, and now they’re raising the rates.  Which will further discourage anybody from driving on the blasted thing.  When the tolls they’re collecting don’t even cover the cost of running the turnpike authority itself, never mind paying down toll debt.

WRAL tells of of the story of a man who simply forgot to pay a $0.45 cent bill for driving on The Monument to Fiscal Irresponsibility. 

The fine consisting of pocket change turned into a $37.45 bill, thanks to monthly fees and civil penalties

$37.00 worth of fines.  Fines that can…

The agency has set deadlines between Jan. 31 and March 31 (depending on how much is owed) for residents to pay.

Not doing so will result in their bill being sent to collections, which could affect their credit scores. Their tax refunds will also be garnished starting April 1. In addition, North Carolina drivers will have their vehicle registrations placed on hold until payment is made.

And they’re raising the rates.

The NC-540 Toll Road Experiment has thus far been a complete failure.  I see no reason to believe it will not continue to be a complete failure.  It’s time to suck it up, end the turnpike authority, and start managing the states resources in a responsible way.

Supporting Phil Robertson

It’s funny how a guy who is famous for making duck calls can stir up such a spectacle simply by providing a Biblical answer to the question of what he considers to be sin.

I’m not a big Duck Dynasty fan, I prefer flannel to camouflage.  But this has turned into a major skirmish in the “culture war”.  I think that Mark Steyn has pretty well summed it up (he would know, the Canadians tried to throw him in jail for not toeing the politically correct line in an ill fated anti-free speech crusade).

I’m well aware of that, thank you. In the early days of my free-speech battles in Canada, my friend Ezra Levant used a particular word to me: “de-normalize”. Our enemies didn’t particularly care whether they won in court. Whatever the verdict, they’d succeed in “de-normalizing” us — that’s to say, putting us beyond the pale of polite society and mainstream culture. “De-normalizing” is the business GLAAD and the other enforcers are in. You’ll recall Paula Deen’s accuser eventually lost in court — but the verdict came too late for Ms Deen’s book deal, and TV show, and endorsement contracts.

Up north, Ezra and I decided that, if they were going to “de-normalize” us, we’d “de-normalize” them. So we pushed back, and got the entire racket discredited and, eventually, the law repealed. It’s rough stuff, and exhausting, but the alternative is to let the control-freaks shrivel the bounds of public discourse remorselessly so that soon enough you lack even the words to mount an opposing argument. As this commenter to Mr Steorts noted, the point about unearthing two “derogatory” “puerile” yet weirdly prescient gags is that, pace Marx, these days comedy repeats as tragedy.

Marriage is a divinely ordained institution between a man and a woman.  The Bible is very explicit regarding homosexuality.  It is not an issue that Christians have any room to compromise on.