How Not to Conduct a Traffic Stop - This Huntersville Police Department Officer needs some rudimentary basic training. Look closely, he is hanging on the passenger side window with both arms and his head stuck inside the car. Felon? Friend? Threat? No Threat? Regardless EVER EVER DO THIS! If you let your guard down the next thing you know is your name is on a memorial plaque. Nuff Said.
Photo Credit The General
Newt Gingrich - Was asked to elaborate on his opinion of the Occupy Wall Street Protester so he quoted Thomas Jefferson and John Smith, the latter particularly telling settlers they could not eat if they did not work, which, to Gingrich, embedded a “deep sense of responsibility” in the American psyche.
In contrast, Gingrich argued that Occupy movement was grounded in entitlement– “all the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything.” With that in mind, Gingrich explained that their point was to “self-righteously explain that they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything,” which was indicative of “how the left has collapsed as a moral system.” Gingrich concluded with a flourish that the group needs to “go get a job after you take a bath” to raucous applause, and the praise of federal candidate Herman Cain.
Is Charlotte Ready for DNC 2012? - I can't imagine why any city would want a convention Democrat or Republican.
Panthers - D'Oh!
Andy Dulin - Cedar Posts rarely agrees with Andy Dulin. But as he tells the Charlotte Observer, Duke Energy is taking the city for a ride when it comes to our street lights. I have to agree far too many of our street lights are not working. The contract the city has with Duke Energy offers no incentive whatsoever to insure burned out or broken street lights are fixed in a reasonable amount to time. Duke is paid even if a street light doesn't work.
The Observer story is here.
Cedar's Counter Point: However, I think Andy Dulin is missing one fact. Duke owns the light which means the $10.00 per month is not just for the juice to power the light, it also covers the cost of the bulb, the wires, the pole, the fixture mounted on the pole and the cost of some guy to replace the bulb.
Just a guess, but I'd say the cost to "power" the lamp is about $1.50 per month maybe less. So if you use the high end of CDOT 3% outage number you get 2100 lights out at any given time, times the $1.50 "real" value number you get $3,150.00 per month. Still money but not big enough to get in a rage about.
Speaking of Republicans with Cooksey and Dulin the only republicans on City Council taxpayers need to brace themselves by this time next year the city will be on the skids and they will look to your wallet to fix the problem.
The First Lady Gets Booed at NASCAR Race - Yes that's rude but it is NASCAR! What were they thinking?
Patsy Kinsey Says Charlotte City Council Has The Votes For Domestic Partner Benefits, - and other protections long sought by community advocates
Matt Comer over at QNotes is reporting that City Council member Patsy Kinsey said on Sunday that the council will have the votes to pass a benefits plan for same-sex partners of city employees.
The District 1 council member’s announcement came during an LGBT community memorial service for transgender hate-crime victims.
“We’re almost close enough now that the city council will have the votes to pass domestic partner benefits,” Kinsey told an audience of about 75 gathered at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. The rest of Matt's posting is here.
Cedar's Take: I'm in that small percentage of "don't ask - don't tell" people who could care less if you are gay or straight. I don't want you to tell me and I don't need to ask. If we are going to provide "domestic partner benefits" to LGBT partners then I'm going to say that's fine as long as it doesn't cost the taxpayers a penny and long as this applies to unmarried heterosexual partners as well.
With the rate increase the CMPD officers are going to pay for family coverage I don't know how they are going to make ends meet. The last thing we should be doing is giving coverage to an at rick group like LGBT. You know the increase will be on the backs of young officers with families.
A Personal Note - I'm not a prude or a bible waving Christian, but I've grown tired of OMG and even more so of OMFG!
I don't care about your freedom of speech nor do I care that you have personally decided that 3rd of the ten commandments doesn't apply to you. But at the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney I have no idea why kids these days think it is OK to text or tweet Oh My God! It is not and doing so, shows you have a very limited vocabulary.