Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

PETA and The Cow Memorial

PETA is pushing for a memorial to cows who were killed in two recent truck accidents in Illinois. According to the article: Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Josh Kauffman says the request will likely be denied because the state’s Roadside Memorial Act specifies that only relatives who lost loved ones in highway crashes may requestContinue Reading

New at CJO: Early-morning veto override vote raises legal questions

David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about the legal questions raised by this morning’s vote to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of a bill involving the N.C. Association of Educators’ dues checkoff.

Watch Out for Rick Santorum in SC ….

… the state that has picked the eventual GOP nominee 100 percent of the time in contests over the last three decades. I interviewed a state GOP higher-up today and the party, which typically stays neutral in these things, is holding its only candidate specific sponsored event the weekend of the debate for … Santorum. The buzz hereContinue Reading

Governor Bill Faison?

Even though he has yet to make an official announcement, it looks like Rep. Bill Faison (D-Orange, Caswell) wants to be governor of North Carolina,   Honestly, I give Faison (hereinafter “The Stache”) credit for taking on the Democratic establishment, but I have some concerns. 1. The Stache recently loaned his campaign $500,000.  That loan suggestsContinue Reading

Symbolic or Real Damage?

Last month, doing seasonal labor, I viewed many photographs. I saw one of children in a dog cage. I reported it to my superior, as I had been told caging children was somehow correlated to child abuse. My manager said she used to like to sit in a dog cage when she was a kid,Continue Reading

Makes Sense

Appalachian State University closed its Broyhill Inn December 31. Doing so, the university should save $700,000 a year in labor and utilities. The building will be converted into student housing.

Beware Get Rich Quick Schemes

Leadership of Bryson City, Dillsboro, and Swain and Jackson counties is still under the impression that hauling a steam engine to the area from Maine, for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, could be a boon to the economy. The matter was discussed at a special joint work session of the Dillsboro Alderpeople and Jackson CountyContinue Reading

Freedom to Worship or Garner Media Attention

Recently, a Weaverville child made news for bringing home a Bible left by the Gideon Society at his school. His mother claims he did it under duress, pressured by peers. Today, his mother is back in the news complaining that the school will not allow her to donate “books affirming her pagan beliefs.” The schoolContinue Reading