Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, January 30, 2015 7:22 pm

Odds and ends for Jan. 30

You know, I’ve thought about taking these odds and ends and doing something with them on And then I think, “That’s what you have a blog for.” Duh.

There probably aren’t five people reading this blog who care about this, but it tickles me, so bear with me here. The new owner of The New Republic brought in someone to do basically a truth-and-reconciliation-commission-type take on that magazine’s attitudes toward race during the past couple of decades (under the previous owners, in other words). Those attitudes, under the guise of D.C.  “contrariness,” actually were pretty damned smarmy, and the guy who wrote the report puts welts on Marty Peretz and Andrew Sullivan that will show for the rest of their lives.

My friend Susan Ladd continues making local bigots’ heads asplode. Good on her, and good on the News & Record for giving her a platform. Somebody needs to stand up to this shit.

You call yourself a voyeur? Amateur.


  1. Ladd column making heads expolde.? Not very much. Some crumbling to be expected. The only heads exploding are attached to liberals, phony Rino’s and yellow dog Democrats because the GOP is totally in control of the General Assembly and the Guv’s mansion for the first tim in 140 years. Elections have consequences ( said BHO ) and is bringing sanity back to state government.

    “Somebody needs to stand up to this shit.” Yeah like the rabbel led by Rev ” Bully ” Barber and their Moral Monday street theater ,. Sheesh

    My advice to them:: Take the lithium that was prescribed and call your shrink in the AM

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Sunday, February 1, 2015 6:44 pm @ 6:44 pm

    • So you favor gutting the UNC system and oppose the equal-protection clause of the 14th Amendment? Good to know.

      Comment by Lex — Monday, February 2, 2015 8:19 am @ 8:19 am

  2. There you go again ! Putting words in my mouth with over the top hyperbole and outrageous accusations…

    Why you can’t argue with a liberal

    Let me explain something that you must understand, for I see it frustrating my conservative, libertarians and capitalist friends;

    It is pointless to argue with liberals and leftists.

    Go read the whole thing.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, February 2, 2015 12:09 pm @ 12:09 pm

  3. Well, Fred, UNC is going to be gutted if the current leadership has its way, so what the hell else am I supposed to assume? And if we’re not going to require public employees to serve everyone equally, then we’re in violation of the 14th Amendment. Those are the natural, actual consequences of the positions you espouse, so either change your positions or own them, but you don’t get to complain that I’m merely putting words in your mouth.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, February 2, 2015 12:52 pm @ 12:52 pm

  4. Like I said

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, February 2, 2015 2:06 pm @ 2:06 pm

  5. Lex said “So ( Fred ) you favor gutting the UNC system and oppose the equal-protection clause of the 14th Amendment? Good to know.”

    Good riddance to UNC Pverty Center

    Effectively fighting poverty in North Carolina
    By Jon Sanders

    In a draft report released this week, the working group of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors has completed its review of the 240 research centers scattered among the system campuses. It recommends further review of only 13 and closure of just three.

    One of the three that didn’t pass muster is the UNC-Chapel Hill Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity. Supporters of the center and its outspoken leader, Gene Nichol, are outraged.

    They are doing a disservice to fighting poverty in North Carolina by acting as if the center is the state’s leading effort in the fight — or that its existence is the only acceptable sign North Carolinians care about the poorest among us. The reality is that the actual, effective fight against poverty is and continues to be

    waged by job creators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and private charities on the ground in communities.

    The poverty center is, if anything, an object of distraction from that fight. Its leaders have unfailingly promoted empirically unsound public policies, demagoguery, and most of all, themselves.

    It didn’t have to be this way, of course, although from its founding the center was geared to be little more than a resume enhancer.

    A political vehicle from the start

    The Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity was hatched shortly after the 2004 presidential election. Former U.S. Senator John Edwards had just lost that election as former Sen. John Kerry’s running mate. Nichol, then dean of the UNC-CH Law School, told the Durham Herald-Sun on December 3, 2004, that he had “started discussions with Edwards several weeks ago” over “the possibility of Edwards teaching in some capacity at the law school.”

    From the outset, it was clear that the “Edwards center” was a vehicle to keep him politically viable till the 2008 presidential campaign. The center’s formation was announced with copious denials, of course, that Edwards had any political motivations behind it. Then-UNC chancellor James Moeser assured everyone that “We’ve tried to keep this on an academic footing, and he will have his own political life off the campus.”

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Saturday, February 21, 2015 12:19 pm @ 12:19 pm

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