Friday Open Thread


It’s Friday. The NC General Assembly has gone home, and the majority party with the help of a few Dems has left a wicked wake of laws and budgetary missteps that will hurt our state for years to come.

Local races are heating up. The Presidential election spectacle is already reaching fevered silliness as cable news channels turn the process into another season of The Bachelor.

Speaking of elections, did y’all catch the blistering attack ad against Mark Meadows? I heard it on 570am. It alleges marital infidelity and is sponsored by a group with a name that infers it’s from Asheville citizens in favor of marriage equality. Exceedingly strange and Tonya Hardingesque.

There’s a runoff election day on July 17. There are several races, including a Democratic runoff for Secretary Commissioner of Labor.

If you have any trouble at your polling place this year, feel free to blame the majority party for refusing to receive $4,000,000 in federal grant money to guarantee election integrity.

In other worlds, the Raelians are coming; Tom Cruise is cruising; and we lost Andy Griffith. A Higgs-Boson-like particle was discovered using the most sophisticated machine ever produced by humankind.

From another elaborate contraption we’ve put together comes this – Time lapse video from the International Space Station.

Happy Friday, y’all. This thread is open.


  1. Ben says:

    Spoke with a Virginian pal and sounds similar: consensus that GOP keeps getting elected by just blaming the Bush hangover economy on Dems —not by talking about their own plans or ideas. Most conversation and polls show that GOP losing major ground on ideology…people don’t buy their ideology anymore, and they spend as much as anyone – so now that in office, they are pushing through as much social conservatism as possible (ie Marriage Equality bans placed as “referendum” votes on primary ballots when there is expectation of low turnout and very little Dem turnout with an unopposed Presidential ticket). When will they be held accountable? Vote em out and like Spike Lee says ‘do the right thing”!

  2. Mark Newman says:

    The office is called Commissioner of Labor.

  3. Gordon Smith says:

    Corrected! Thanks, Mark.

  4. Romney always does the right thing…for himself.


  5. Tom Sullivan says:

    Republican Horrified to Discover that Christianity is Not the Only Religion

    Conservatives in Louisiana are all excited about passing Governor Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program and making America “a sort of Christian Saudi Arabia,” according to Jezebell. But then State Rep. Valarie Hodges had second thoughts, because “she had no idea that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s overhaul of the state’s educational system might mean taxpayer support of Muslim schools.”

    Louisiana’s Kenneth the Page governor had pushed pretty hard for the vouchers program, fast tracking it through the legislature early in the state’s legislative session. But, according to the Livingston Parish News, as the measure was brought up for a vote before the full house, a Muslim school applied for the voucher program.

    Whoa! Record scratch sound! Dishes breaking! Islam is a religion protected by the constitution, too? No one told Valarie Hodges anything about religions being equal under the law! She can’t support any sort of anything that could learn to families using taxpayer money to educate their kids in Islamic schools.

    The Act 2 bill passed, and Jindal signed it into law.

    “Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion,” Hodges said. “We need to insure that it does not open the door to fund radical Islam schools. There are a thousand Muslim schools that have sprung up recently. I do not support using public funds for teaching Islam anywhere here in Louisiana.”

  6. TJ says:

    Well, Tom, that is no surprise to me.

    I had an interesting experience last night, where I went to a place and had (in the not too distant past) asked questions about the faith they pursue without question. For various reasons, I was asked to leave and not come back. Kicked out by God’s people, basically. So, if I can’t go to a Christian group, I wonder if they would suggest I go to the Muslim group?

    I was reminded of a quote by Gandhi:

    “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

    I find it curious that someone like Gandhi can acknowledge a respect for Christ, yet, those of the faith would have NO tolerance for him. At least that has been my experience. ::::ugh::::

  7. TJ says:

    “Going to Florida?”

    No, but, what about the Floridians coming here as tourists?

  8. TJ says:

    Speaking of viruses…

    Did you hear about the hackers? Seems they invaded servers and have been caught, yet, the gov’t is shutting down some servers this week, places many folks computers at risk of losing EVERYTHING. The virus could re-route you to some unwelcome site, without you even realizing it. They recommend shutting off systems and steering clear.

    I think it’s a conspiracy to shut everyone on ScruHoo up 😉

  9. Keith Thomson says:

    Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone this week:

    “It’s being called one of the most important meetings that will take place in the state of North Carolina this year.”

    “The Appalachian Energy Summit, which started Monday morning, will bring together representatives from every school in the UNC system in an effort to find ways to save money spent on energy. With 221,000 students on 17 campuses, the UNC system is the largest user of electricity in North Carolina, but many believe that millions of dollars can be saved.”

    “If we’re able to reduce the energy spend by a billion dollars over the next 20 years that is money that’s available for other needs that our state has,” said ASU Sustainability Director Dr. Ged Moody.”

    “According to the North Carolina Energy Office, the UNC system spends $226 million per year on energy, or approximately $1000 per student. The office predicts that with increased demand and higher energy prices, the total amount spent on power could rise dramatically. The purpose of the summit is to discover new ways to cut those costs while still meeting the energy demands of the university system.”


  10. Tom Sullivan says:

    Sounds like a great program. Thanks, Keith.