North Carolina election info

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I’ve focused a lot of attention on national races, but wanted to take a moment to alert North Carolina readers to a few NC sites of interest you should find useful in learning more about Republican candidates running for the NC House and Senate, as well as those seeking a seat on the NC Court of Appeals and the NC Supreme Court. You’ll find the info on the judges especially useful, considering that North Carolina no longer puts the party affiliation of judges on the ballot.

Here’s a complete listing of Republican NC House, Senate, and judicial candidates. Beside each one you’ll see the little computer icon, which will take you to their webpage so you can learn more about them.

This is a separate page devoted specifically to Republican candidates for the NC Court of Appeals and NC Supreme Court. Their individual websites are listed under their names.

If you live in Mecklenburg County, as I do, here’s more info on candidates for county seats.

Another way to support our troops

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As the America Supports You site shows, there are many, many ways out there we can show support our troops. Here’s another, via AP:

NEW YORK – A group of Marines and ex-Marines who fought in Iraq — including two wounded there — is featured in a beefcake calendar being sold to help wounded veterans.

“It’s a stopgap effort to help people where government programs leave off,” said Rudy Reyes, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan and is on the calendar’s cover. “This is a way for citizens to help citizens.”

The “America’s Heroes” calendar is being sold by Freedom is Not Free, a San Diego-based nonprofit group that helps injured service members and their families with such expenses as travel, mortgage and utility bills and special beds for burn victims.

Reyes and the other men who appear in the glossy 2007 lineup served in Iraq in Marine reconnaissance units. Sgt. James Wright, 31, who lost his hands and part of his leg, appears on the back cover in full uniform, saluting with what’s left of his right arm.

Several members of the group, promoting the calendar on a cross-country tour, said Thursday they have medical conditions, ranging from combat stress-related symptoms to injuries to their feet, knees, hips and backs from carrying combat loads of more than 200 pounds.

When service members come back, “many don’t have the financial or emotional support to get back to daily life,” said former Sgt. Michael Saucier, 24, of Prior Lake, Minn., who served two Iraq tours and is now a carpenter’s apprentice in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Here’s former Marine Corps Sgt. Rudy Reyes, of Kansas City, Missouri (who was quoted in the AP article):


Caption: This undated photo released by Freedom Is Not Free shows former Marine Corps Sgt. Rudy Reyes, of Kansas City, Mo. The photo appears on the cover of the 2007 calendar ‘Americas’s Heroes: Reconnaissance Marines,’ with proceeds to benefit veterans. (AP Photo/Freedom Is Not Free, Tim Mantoani)

More photos of the calendar can be seen here.

I certainly couldn’t see the harm in purchasing a 2007 calendar full of pix of Marines, can you? :x

Seriously, it’s a very worthy cause, one of many out there for our very deserving troops and their families, both of whom sacrifice so much for our freedom. They may look fantastic, but it’s their noble deeds that stand out even more. Last but certainly not least, please also remember to pray for our men and women in uniform, many of whom will be away from their families and serving overseas during the holidays.

Here’s the Freedom Is Not Free website if you’d like to purchase a calendar. The direct link for purchasing one is here.

It’s happened: Scare America files for bankruptcy

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Via AP:

NEW YORK (AP) — Air America Radio, a liberal talk and news radio network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a network official told the AP.

The network had denied rumors just a month ago that it would file for bankruptcy, but on Friday Air America said negotiations with a creditor from the company’s early days had broken down.

The network will stay on the air while it resolves issues with its creditors, spokeswoman Jaime Horn told the Associated Press.

A formal announcement was expected to be made later Friday.

For ages I’ve watched as liberals have claimed how ‘successful’ Air America is. Heck, Think Progress, the lefty blog who posted the original rumor (which Air America initially denied) tried to spin AAR as a success. Gonna be kinda impossible to do that now, eh?

I, and so many other conservatives, have said for so long that there simply was not a market for liberal talk radio. Considering they dominate all the cable news channels and news programs (with the lone exception of Fox) they, for all intents and purposes, already had their liberal outlets: the MSM. I think, perhaps, this announcement confirms that belief.

(Thanks to ST reader Sev for the tip.)

Read more via Malkin and Radio Equalizer.

Peggy Noonan on the left’s peculiar version of ‘the right to dissent’

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Continuing on the free speech theme from my prior post, I wanted to link up to former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan’s excellent column in today’s Wall Street Journal that recaps some recent (as in the last ten days) instances (like this one) of the left attempting to stifle disagreement, while pointing out the left’s hypocrisy on freedom of speech concerns. She writes:

There’s a pattern here, isn’t there?

It is not only about rage and resentment, and how some have come to see them as virtues, as an emblem of rightness. I feel so much, therefore my views are correct and must prevail. It is about something so obvious it is almost embarrassing to state. Free speech means hearing things you like and agree with, and it means allowing others to speak whose views you do not like or agree with. This–listening to the other person with respect and forbearance, and with an acceptance of human diversity–is the price we pay for living in a great democracy. And it is a really low price for such a great thing.

We all know this, at least in the abstract. Why are so many forgetting it in the particular?

Let us be more pointed. Students, stars, media movers, academics: They are always saying they want debate, but they don’t. They want their vision imposed. They want to win. And if the win doesn’t come quickly, they’ll rush the stage, curse you out, attempt to intimidate.

And they don’t always recognize themselves to be bullying. So full of their righteousness are they that they have lost the ability to judge themselves and their manner.

Indeed. Like Grist magazine writer and global warming fanatic David Roberts, who recently called for Nuremberg-style trials for global warming skeptics. Like the violent anti-military protestors at UC Santa Cruz who tried to storm a job fair to let the military recruiters there know exactly what they thought of the military and their recruiting practices, and not in a way that would be conducive to healthy debate, if you catch my meaning. The group’s ‘official’ name is Students Against War, or SAW. In April 2005, according to this piece, the Department of Defense surveillance program listed the group as a threat (presumably to the President). The predictable cries of outrage ensued, with claims that the government was trying to ‘silence dissent.’ How ironic those claims were/are, considering that the group itself is all about silencing (by any means necessary, apparently) the military’s right to speak about the benefits of a military career.

Let’s also not forget the leftie blogosphere’s vicious witch hunt against former Red State blogger Ben Domenech, once he was hired for the Washington Post’s now-defunct Red America blog back in March of this year. What sent lefties on that little hunt was not the fact that they wanted to make sure that the WaPo had an honest righty blogger, but the fact that they had one at all. This post I wrote in response to Domenech’s resignation explains that chilling brouhaha in detail.

And how about Bill Clinton’s lawyers trying to intimidate ABC into not merely ‘correcting’ but pulling ABC’s docudrama Path to 9/11 because ABC didn’t follow the liberal apologist line of “Clinton fought hard against the terrorists, and was obsessed with OBL”? Or the Demofascists in the Senate who issued a veiled threat against ABC to pull their broadcast license if they didn’t pull Path to 9-11?

There are plenty more examples where that came from.

This is not to say that the right is perfect on the issue. They’re not, but as Noonan notes, these instances are far more prevalent on the left than right – especially these days – and they stem not just from Bush hatred but also from this inherent belief liberals have that they are smarter, better educated, and therefore “know better” than you do – so you must accept their view, otherwise they’ll intimidate you via ridicule, verbal bullying, and in some cases violence, in order to get you and others to sign on to the prevailing viewpoint (which is usually, unfortunately, theirs). Thomas Sowell wrote about this in his aptly titled book The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy. If you get a chance to read that book, please do, because he explains in great detail how the Anointed (aka the left) have gotten away with this tactic for decades.

I always chuckle when I hear or read a member of the left talk about how they are such “champions” of freedom of speech, while the right supposedly wants to “quash any dissenting views!!!!!!” because I know, from the examples Noonan cited, and those I noted here (and there are plenty more) that the rhetoric of the far left doesn’t match reality – not that telling the truth is high on their priority list, anyway.

Read more via: Tigerhawk, Dr. Sanity, Tim Graham at Newsbusters

UK: Schoolgirl arrested for alleged ‘racism’

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Scary:

A teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students because some of them did not speak English.

Codie Stott’s family claim she was forced to spend three-and-a-half hours in a police cell after she was reported by her teachers.

The 14-year-old – who was released without charge – said it had been a simple matter of commonsense and accused the school and police of an over-the-top reaction.

The incident happened in the same local education authority where a ten-year-old boy was prosecuted earlier this year for calling a schoolfriend racist names in the playground, a move branded by a judge “political correctness gone mad.”

Codie was attending a GCSE science class at Harrop Fold High School in Worsley, Greater Manchester, when the incident happened.

The teenager had not been in school the day before due to a hospital appointment and had missed the start of a project, so the teacher allocated her a group to sit with.

“She said I had to sit there with five Asian pupils,” said Codie yesterday.

“Only one could speak English, so she had to tell that one what to do so she could explain in their language. Then she sat me with them and said ‘Discuss’.”

According to Codie, the five – four boys and a girl – then began talking in a language she didn’t understand, thought to be Urdu, so she went to speak to the teacher.

“I said ‘I’m not being funny, but can I change groups because I can’t understand them?’ But she started shouting and screaming, saying ‘It’s racist, you’re going to get done by the police’.”

Codie said she went outside to calm down where another teacher found her and, after speaking to her class teacher, put her in isolation for the rest of the day.

A complaint was made to a police officer based full-time at the school, and more than a week after the incident on September 26 she was taken to Swinton police station and placed under arrest.

“They told me to take my laces out of my shoes and remove my jewellery, and I had my fingerprints and photograph taken,” said Codie. “It was awful.”

After questioning on suspicion of committing a section five racial public order offence, her mother Nicola says she was placed in a bare cell for three-and-a-half hours then released without charge.

Doesn’t sound like the girl was being racist, does it? But even if she was being racist, the idea that you can get arrested in the UK for having such an attitude is appalling. As the saying goes around here, I may not like what you have to say, but I support your right to say it. For example, I think Charlie Rangel is one of the biggest racists out there, but that doesn’t mean he should be arrested for it.

As BCB says, this is political correctness gone mad, not to mention a waste of valuable administrative time for school and law enforcement with the arrest, and now an investigation on the part of the school in order to determine what, if any other, punishment Codie must face. An investigation?

Furthermore, why doesn’t every student in that class know English? Probably for the same reason some students here in America don’t know either: they’re not obligated to assimilate, so why bother? We’ll make it easier on them by making it tougher on ourselves.

This guy gets it right:

Last night Robert Whelan, deputy director of the Civitas think-tank, said: “It’s obviously common sense that pupils who don’t speak English cause problems for other pupils and for teachers.”

“I’m sure this sort of thing happens all the time, but it’s a sad reflection on the school if they can’t deal with it without involving the police.”

“A lot of these arrests don’t result in prosecutions – they aim is to frighten us into self-censorship until we watch everything we say.”

Bingo. Of course, the only thing different between what happens there and here is that students don’t actually get arrested for saying or doing something that is not politically correct to say or do. They’re just made to feel so guilty and ashamed about it that they start exercising self-censorship themselves so they don’t have to worry about getting in trouble for ‘offending’ anyone.

Hat tip: LGF

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