Now Playing: Helpless, by Neil Young “Blue, blue windows behind the stars, Yellow moon on the rise, Big birds flying across the sky, Throwing shadows on our eyes.” What does this have with today’s entry. Nothing.
This one started out with the headline I Was Wrong. But I’ve already used that. Hence the addition.
South Carolina doesn’t have all dumb politicians. Even though it seemed that way during a Republican gubernatorial campaign during which the winning candidate was accused of having two affairs. With people associated with a rival’s campaign. And she was also called a “Raghead” by a lawmaker who also has used the term for President Obama. And then said it was all in fun. And she was endorsed by Sarah Palin. Yeesh.
Not that North Carolina has any reason to crow. Not with a former sportscaster running for a congressional seat against a former teacher and current dimwit Democrat incumbent. And a former governor just this side of prison. And a former state House speaker still on the other side of prison. And a GOP congressional candidate who ought to be investigated for conspiring with BP to cause the oil spill. And an incumbent congressman who assaulted two punks to create a YouTube extravaganza.
But all is not lost in the Palmetto State. There is at least one font of – and I’m not being sarcastic – wisdom there. From a Republican, of all places. Rep. Bob Inglis told the AP that the GOP is making a mistake by letting demagogues such as Palin and Glenn Beck set its agenda. He mentioned Palin’s claims that the health-care reform bill included “death panels” that would decide whether elderly people got care. Wasn’t so, Inglis says, and never was. Inglis also challenged voters during the campaign who questioned Obama’s citizenship and patriotism. And stood up against racism on many occasions.
On the other hand, guess what? He lost. And didn’t even get 30% of the vote in his primary.
So I was wrong. Not all South Carolina politicians are dumb. Just the voters.
Now for the … and other stuff (and sticking with a political theme).
****The N.C. General Assembly is moving toward allowing law-enforcement agencies to collect DNA from suspects – people who have been charged but not convicted – so that it can clear out cold cases. This is an outrage, part of the Roy Cooper for Governor campaign. Coop’s a UNC Chapel Hill man and has been a pretty good AG, I think, but I can’t see how this can be constitutional. Which will mean anyone convicted by it will have his or conviction thrown out in court.
And if it is found constitutional (and who knows what the damn Supreme Court is going to do these days), I can see an expansion of this law. Why not gather DNA samples from everyone at birth. Then you’ll have a massive database to solve crimes. Who’d object, except for the guilty or someday-to-be guilty? I would, for one. And do.
****Charlotte has received a $25 million grant to build the first section of a streetcar system. The first section will cost $37 million in all. And run 1.5 miles. And duplicate a bus route. And run in traffic. Meaning it will stop at lights and be tangled in congestion. What the hell is going on here? Am I missing something? Why not use this money to help expand commuter train service instead?
****North Carolina troopers now have to sign a two-page “Code of Conduct” to keep their jobs. Which means they promise not to sleep with one another’s wives, drive drunk, torture their dogs, etc. Meanwhile, they will continue to be commanded by the governor’s old friend. A trooper who once was transferred for, you guessed it, an extramarital affair. If you say so.
****U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, told residents of Buncombe and Madison counties that there’s no truth to the rumors running rampant there that the federal government is considering dumping waste there. Or at least he says there’s no “plan” to do so. Which means residents of Buncombe and Madison counties better be worried.
‘Cause he could be “throwing shadows on our eyes.” So I was wrong. Again.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” _ Albert Einstein
“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” _ Winston Churchill