"Didn't cross the sex line." That's how Mark Sanford describes his physical relationships with women other than his wife and his mistress. Reminds me of sorority girls who were said to be doing "everything but."
"Walker Sanders, president of the Community Foundation of Greater
Greensboro, confirmed Tuesday his group is organizing a trip to
Washington to meet with every local delegate’s office about the
foundation’s plans to redevelop the South Elm Street area of downtown."
Hmm. The N&R says the report was "confirmed," but it doesn't say where it came from in the first place. Seems like a statement from the mayor to another media outlet is worth acknowledging.
Greensboro Mayor Yvonne Johnson called to express her concern for Geoff Marshall, who had his gear stolen during a stopover in our town. She asked if she and others could make a small financial contribution to his cause, and I told her about this effort to help him out.
Mayor Yvonne Johnson, along with Guilford County Commission chair Skip Alston, Community Foundation president Walker Sanders, and a representative from the school board, will fly to Washington this week to lobby elected officials for federal money for an education-based redevelopment project at the corner of South Elm and Lee.
The request for $15 million will be made to Senators Burr and Hagan, and to Reps. Coble and Watt.
The group will be flown to DC at no tax-payer expense by developer Roy Carroll, says Johnson.
Public option options. "94 percent of the country's insurance markets are defined as 'highly
concentrated,' according to Justice Department guidelines. Predictably,
that's led to skyrocketing costs for patients, and monster profits for
the big health insurers. Premiums have gone up over the past six years
by more than 87 percent, on average, while profits at ten of the
largest publicly traded health insurance companies rose 428 percent
from 2000 to 2007."
My first newspaper column on the subject of blogging ran in 2002, back when we still had to stop to explain what a blog was. Found it while thinking about my upcoming column. We've come a long way, baby.
At the last minute, after considerable coaxing, [Hagan] walked across the
street and met with over 200 North Carolinians for a few minutes. She
made an informal speech, which was mostly "happy talk" and studiously
avoided endorsing a public option, even when asked about it directly.
Many of us are worried Sen. Hagan is more concerned about the corporate
health care giants than she is about the health care of average North
Selma and Mike Taylor of Greensboro went Washington to meet with our elected officials. Full story after the jump.
I hadn't heard about the rally in DC, but, hey, did you know Michael Jackson died?
Geoff Marshall stopped in Greensboro last night on his Underground USA tour. He awoke to a smashed window in his car.
"They took my main kick-arse video editing PC. My prosumer Sony DV video
camera. My Nikon D200 stills camera. About $6000 of technology, taken,
stolen, gone. And without it, I don’t know if I can carry on."
You've got to hand it to the folks behind the "liberal media" meme. They've said it so long and so often that people just accept it as the truth, no matter how much evidence there is that corporate media work for the establishment.
If anyone's got an account at the Chronicle of Higher Education, I'd love to read the article cited in this piece by Lorraine Ahearn about the financial woes at Greensboro College.
UPDATE: Thnx to alert reader mc for the login info. What struck me about the CHE article, aside from the criticism of GC's emergency measures, was the apparent surprise with which faculty met the news of the college's financial troubles. Rumors of GC's financial stress have been all over town for years, but somehow the campus seems to have remained in a bubble.
Ian McDowell says the fight scenes in Dogs of Chinatown are "really impressive, with long takes, no cheating edits, and lots
of real contact." The locally-produced film plays for the next several days at 7:30 PM at the Carousel on Battleground.
I am sorry to inform you that Michael Jackson is still dead. Expect major media outlets to cover this story, although obviously the ongoing deadness of a pop star, no matter how famous, will be kept in proportion by serious news organizations.
In 1978 Playboy magazine called Ms. Fawcett "the first mass visual
symbol of post-neurotic fresh-air sexuality." She herself put it more
plainly: "When the show got to be No. 3, I figured it was our acting.
When it got to be No. 1, I decided it could only be because none of us
wears a bra."Obit.
Grading the NBA draft. Danny Green and Ty Lawson seem to be in good situations. Not sure about Hansbrough, and who knows what Ellington will find in Minnesota once the trade-dust has settled. Hard to be excited about GS for Curry. Henderson may be part of something fun to watch in Charlotte.
The stimulus package seems to be stimulating the economy.
We know how the banking plan is supposed to work: Uncle Sam stops the arterial bleeding with big wads of money, and we all clap until Tinkerbell starts to believe the doctored numbers mean she's real, and the known huge problems to come are not compounded by fresh and surprising shocks to the system, and eventually we grow our way back to actual health.
Now we see a consumer spending boost, and that's another positive step, albeit one that cannot be sustained indefinitely by tax money, and one that has not yet begun to reverse the terrible employment situation. And of course in the longer term we need bigger fixes than just allowing people to return to their borrow-and-spend ways.
Pete Tannenbaum and I saw "Ben" at the old Center Theater on S. Elm Street. Yes, I am old enough to remember a working movie theater in downtown Greensboro. This has to be one of the top five love songs to a rodent ever recorded:
UPDATE: Shell posts some answers at his site. Pretty thin gruel -- he admits he didn't really research the topic, or talk to library staff about it. He defines "porn" as "nudity," which I guess means the link below to Botticelli's Birth of Venus (and any site that includes the image) might be blocked. But give him credit for saying the idea can "evolve," with the goal of dealing with the problem of porn-surfing at the library...
...although that raises another question for Shell: How much of a problem is this? You've cited some anecdotal evidence -- what research have you done on this topic?
City Council candidate Ryan Shell says the Greensboro Public Library should filter porn on its computers.
Here are my questions for Ryan Shell:
What research have you done on this issue? (Please be specific)
How well do porn filters work, both at filtering porn and at not filtering other stuff?
What is your definition of porn? That is to say, what exactly should be filtered? (See question 2). Any nudity? Extreme violence? Who decides?
What did the library staff say when you discussed this with them before publishing your suggestion?
Time for USA Today to update its list, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Mark Sanford" (they can correct the misuse of "alumni" while they're at it.) I didn't know Sanford had worked at Goldman Sachs; maybe that explains why he thought he could just bail out.
Found the USAT list at a site called DraftSanford2012. No mention there of the recent unpleasantness, even under the "News" or "What Others Are Saying" tabs.
A fellow SC Republican says this is a moment for the GOP to "lose the stinking rot of self-righteousness." But that would undercut the attitude of perpetual entitlement and victimhood.
Speaking of self-righteousness, the larger issue is not that another schmuck snuck off for a little strange, it's that he abandoned the people of South Carolina for several days and lied about it. I kind of admired Mark Sanford, even though I disagreed with him on a lot of stuff, but now I'd say he's unfit to serve as Governor.
Kudos to reader Roger Greene, who made this prescient comment on the Sanford story well before this afternoon's confessional: "When his
staffers said he was hiking the Appalachian trail, he actually said he
was looking for some Argentinian tail. Pretty easy to confuse the two."
"We are looking for restaurants that serve fresh, made from scratch, homemade interesting food. It is always helpful if the restaurant is family owned and has been around for a while and has some character."
I responded with Carniceria El Mercadito, Stameys, Beef Burger, United House of Prayer, and Smith Street Diner.
Sanford told The State he was alone on the trip to Argentina. He
declined to give any additional details about what he did other than to
say he drove along the coastline.
Trying to make such a
drive could frustrate a weekend visitor to Argentina. In Buenos Aires,
the Avenida Costanera is the only coastal road, and it's less than two
miles long. Reaching coastal resorts to the south requires a drive of
nearly four hours on an inland highway with views of endless cattle
ranches. To the north is a river delta of islands reached only by boat.
Here in North Carolina, we know how our Governors roll. All too well.
Pitney asked his arranged question. Reporters looked at one another in
amazement at the stagecraft they were witnessing. White House Chief of
Staff Rahm Emanuel grinned at the surprised TV correspondents in the
The use of planted questioners is a no-no at presidential news conferences, because it sends a message to the world -- Iran included
-- that the American press isn't as free as advertised. But yesterday
wasn't so much a news conference as it was a taping of a new daytime
drama, "The Obama Show."
Heard today about a house in NW GSO that sold recently for something north of $800K, which was about 50% of the original asking price. Other horror stories from the high-end market abound; layoffs at UGC won't help.
I was so busy with pagan rituals around the solstice that I forgot to wish Luna a happy 7th birthday. She is healthy and strong, but dogs don't last forever; I promised her a long time ago that I will love her to the end.
Nate Silver breaks down polling data on a public option for health insurance: "Overall, polling points toward the public option
being at least mildly popular and indeed perhaps quite popular. But
more polling is required on this question, particularly by the news
organizations and other unaffiliated groups."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to spend $100 million to oppose Obama's agenda, including healthcare reform. The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce is listed in the U.S Chamber directory; I don't know what that means in terms of funding the political operations of the national group, so let's find that out. [UPDATE:
Almost all of the dues paid by the Greensboro Chamber to the U.S.
Chamber go to the national group's professional development program;
the Greensboro Chamber does not financially support or necessarily
agree with the political operations of the U.S. Chamber. One area where
the two organizations do agree is on opposition to Card Check
legislation.] (Thnx to Cecil Bothwell, a candidate for Asheville City Council, for raising the local-membership meme over at Scrutiny Hooligans).
Michael Steinhardt gives $5 million to the American Hebrew Academy. The late Chico Sabbah's strategy of bringing in national figures to support the school seems to be paying off; his family also contributed $1 million. Previously: Sabbah'sstory.