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Readers here knew there would be an RC Soles update at some point in time. We’ll have to update the Ola Lewis file soon as well, but for now, let’s stick with RC.
(WWAY) Earlier this week a judge gave B.J. Wright a nearly $4 million bond. On his way out of the courtroom Wright reportedly told a bailiff, “I’ll be home by Christmas.” But today he found out he won’t be going home any time soon.
After years of gaining notoriety for his run-ins with the law, Wright is on the fast track to prison. Thursday, he pleaded guilty to crimes including cocaine possession, running from police, harassment of a juror and obstruction of justice. District Attorney Jon David says Wright was sentenced to between 12.5 and more than 17 years behind bars.
BJ was one of the small group of young men with close ties to former Senator RC Soles. While Soles claims to have had mentoring relationships with many of these folks, the preponderance of them ended up being involved in drugs, property crimes, assaults and a number of other tragic life decisions. The former senator was not present at the sentencing and was unable to influence this outcome. One has to wonder if BJ will ever want to talk in greater detail about Soles.
Additional stories on Allen Strickland, Kyle Blackburne, and Stacey Scott will appear at some point in the future.Read full article » No Comments »
This isn’t a post about how horrid solar power is mainly because it isn’t horrible or bad. It’s interesting, but still VERY expensive and worth noting how badly public policy misses that point.
America spent $72 billion on alternative energy in the last four years, a 14,000% increase, and all we got to show for it was bankruptcies and new tariffs on China – and China was the only part of the solar equation that made economic sense, so why Energy Secretary Stephen Chu declared we were in a ‘race’ with them over cheap solar panels is a mystery.
Rather than spend money making older buildings more energy efficient, which has a guaranteed benefit in both emissions and money, California has instead given rebates and subsidies for businesses and homeowners and the state forces utilities to buy the electricity at full price.
Christopher Martin and Mark Chediak at the San Francisco Chronicle note that San Diego Gas&Electric will be shifting about $200 million in annual costs to customers without panels. Solar customers “avoid charges, not just for energy, but also the costs of the transmission and distribution system. That’s why we say it is not sustainable,” Dan Skopec, vice president of regulatory affairs for San Diego’s Sempra Energy, the utility’s owner, told them.
Martin and Chediak say Pacific Gas & Electric will pass on about $700 million in annual costs to people without solar systems while Southern California Edison will hit people with about $400 million annually – $1.3 billion from just three utilities.
SOooo. . the cost of solar is really hurting people who can least afford it. But it just feels good to say you support it and feeling good is apparently better than actually being good.Read full article » No Comments »
The town of Leland has decided against allowing a developer to build apartments within walking distance of a supermarket after residents (whose neighborhoods could also have been protested prior to development) protested:
About 100 residents of Magnolia Greens and Waterford packed Leland’s Town Hall to oppose the amendment, which could have led to an apartment development near the Harris Teeter and Goodwill store on Olde Regent Way.
Did the developer meet city planning and zoning regulations? Yes! Did they spend lots of invested resources getting to that point? Yes! Were the folks who invested their time and energy and money into this project told it was could be rejected just due to opionins? Maybe
Leland‘s Town Council unanimously rejected a controversial text amendment Monday evening that would have created a mutlifamily exceptional design district and let an apartment complex be built near Waterford.
“Exceptional design district” and they met the criteria to be there, but won’t be allowed to. The price of regulations in an uncertain market are already high, but the price of biased opinion is worse. Leland has a golden opportunity (along with Belville, Navassa and Sandy Creek) to become an economic powerhouse that would rival and might surpass Wilmington over the next two decades, but decisions like this make it unlikely. Instead of learning from Wilmington’s mistakes, they seem to be interested in simply repeating them.Read full article » 1 Comment »
Mike McIntyre loves being in office, but doesn’t particularly like answering questions about being in office. No doubt there are big issues looming and when asked repeatedly to do radio interviews, his office simply refuses or ignores the request. When asked by PortCityDaily.com to comment on the looming financial issues of the nation, Mike offered platitudes and has yet to suggest a single idea. Here’s what he told reporter Ben Brown when asked:
. . . he joined a number of colleagues recently in signing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and other leaders in the chamber “to urge them (to) include a long-term, comprehensive deficit reduction plan that also protects Medicare and social security, and to emphasize that savings from various areas of the national budget and real reform of our tax system will be necessary to stabilize our debt and assure America’s fiscal and economic well-being.
“Ensuring that each and every federal dollar is invested wisely should be at the core of these discussions,” McIntyre said.
In other words, he said nothing, continues to say nothing and is offering no leadership on the issue. Additional media haven’t even asked him sadly.
When the StarNews asked McIntyre to comment on the horrendous shooting in Newtown, McIntyre’s continued dodging has become embarrassing:
(The Starnews) emailed U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s chief of staff Dean Mitchell Monday morning to try to get the congressman on the phone for thoughts about the shootings in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, as well as his opinions on whether debates about gun control and violence in U.S. culture should happen as a result.
Mitchell’s response: “Pat, he has some commitments today so he is not available.”
He subsequently added in a second email: “When I have the opportunity to talk to him, I will make sure he gets your message.”
Is this really the way a congressman should act in times of crisis? Is it acceptable to just not be heard from or ignore citizen concerns? Or is this simply a bit of cowardice?
It only took Mike McIntyre almost four days to finally issue a statement, still no interview though:
. . . the country needs to have a “national dialogue to discuss the culture of violence that has become so prevalent in our society and whether we are doing all we can to protect our citizens while also protecting our 2nd Amendment rights.”“However, now is the time for reflection, remembrance and recognition of the lives that were lost and the Newtown community that is grieving,” McIntyre said in the statement. “Let us join together in prayer for that this holiday season.”
Humility, compassion, always. . . but substance continually lacking from the Congressman. Where’s the leadership? If he wants to be a pastor, then he should be one. He’s on all sides of an issue without ever saying anything of substance. What does he stand for???????Read full article » No Comments »
Here’s an idea. . just pay me to stop speeding!
(StarNews) – A Myrtle Beach woman was arrested late Monday night after leading Brunswick County police on a high-speed chase in Supply, and calling 911 to demand $300,000 to stop her car. Jeniffer Melisa Herring, 37, of Misty Pine Drive in Myrtle Beach, is charged with driving while impaired, felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving, and driving left of center.
Yeah. . . we’re doing just fine in this country! No word on how much she wanted to not drive while impaired, drive with a license or avoid a felony.
But wait. . . she ended up on a dead end road. . . oh, I can’t stop laughing!Read full article » No Comments »
Hey StarNews, ever heard of Ethanol?
The StarNews, on the heels of running a horribly biased story on an anti-Titan economic study without telling the audience that it was an anti-Titan group that did the study, now has a story about massive new grain imports coming through the state port. The problem is, they made the story fit their bias on climate rather than including anything relevant to grain issues other than climate.
“. . . due to drought conditions here in the (Midwestern) states, customers have been importing more grain to the region, primarily to support local livestock needs.” said CSX Communications Director Carla Groleau.
Hmm. . . but there’s more!
Jay Boyette, commodity director for the N.C. Farm Bureau, said, “The single biggest thing you can point to is the severe drought this past summer in the corn-growing regions in the Midwest states. This is an event that is specific to this year’s crop.”
WOW! It’s all about the drought? To be sure, the drought affected grain prices, yields were down, prices went up, but the StarNews completely omitted another key fact that little more than a modicum of common sense would have required.
(Wikipedia) – The U.S. produced 13.9 billion U.S. liquid gallons(52.6 billion liters) of ethanol fuel in 2011, an increase from 13.2 billion U.S. liquid gallons (49.2 billion liters) in 2010, and up from 1.63 billion gallons in 2000.
Or this from the governor’s biofuel coaltion: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said ethanol production in 2012 should reach 15.2 billion gallons, an increase of about 1.25 billion gallons from this year.
To think that ANY increase in grain imports wasn’t affected at least by the fuel that probably runs through every reporter and editor’s car is just irresponsible reporting. We should expect better!
The U.S. produced 13.9 billion U.S. liquid gallons(52.6 billion liters) of ethanol fuel in 2011, an increase from 13.2 billion U.S. liquid gallons (49.2 billion liters) in 2010, and up from 1.63 billion gallons in 2000Read full article » No Comments »