Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid?

I thought that the porn pay-per-view titles that I find on my cable system digital guide just after the regular movie channel listings were amusing enough.  Then I ran across this one today on SYFY.  I had to take a screen shot of it.  "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid"?  Really?  People watch this stuff?  No wonder SYFY ratings have been down.


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

THIS is why we passed a voter ID law in NC.

THIS is why we passed a voter ID law in NC and why Eric Holder is opposing it so harshly.  Unfortunately, the requirement for ID to vote does not take effect until 2016. It should have been immediately upon the law's passage...period.

My voting t-shirt

This is the t-shirt I wore to the polling place today, knowing the demographic and political leaning of many of our local poll workers.

Voting irregularity found today in Selma, NC

I shared this on Facebook earlier.  Yeah, I know that I have not been blogging like I should be, but I actually do share a whole lot of stuff on Facebook, instead.  It is a lot easier to just share there.
VOTING IRREGULARITY: I was voter #73 in my precinct this morning. My wife voted about an hour or 90 minutes before I did. She said that the person in front of her to place their ballot in the voting machine had their ballot show an error upon scanning. The same happened to her when she put her ballot in the machine. When I got to vote and went to put my ballot in the machine it was rejected not once but twice. I was told that they would have to hand count the ballot after two rejections and my ballot had to be put in a separate bin. If we have at least three different errors out of 73 as of the time I voted, something is definitely amiss.
ADDENDUM:
Here are some comments that were left on my Facebook post.  I have blurred out the names and some of the profile pictures since I don't have permission to share that info.

FURTHER ADDENDUM:
I watched the election results come in last night.  My wife and I checked both the local county races and some more state wide races.  We were on the county web site and sites from some local media outlets watching the results trickle in.  I finally saw our local precinct results post.  It is possible that my ballot was indeed counted.  
YET ANOTHER ADDENDUM:
Someone I know was a precinct official and was present when I tried to cast my ballot.  He was the one that registered me in the system in order to vote upon arrival.  He is also a friend on Facebook, saw my post, and commented the following:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

To the "class act" who ran into me this evening


To the coward who backed into my vehicle at the traffic light in front of Lowe's and Applebee's in Smithfield but refused to talk except to protest my trying to get you to converse and then complete the latter half of "hit and run": I am willing to forgive you if you at least "man up" instead of running like a coward when nicely confronted. You refused to get out of your car until you saw me looking at my car's front end and looking at yours, then taking a cell phone picture of your license plate when you wouldn't even acknowledge you ran into me. How could you NOT know? I laid on the horn quite a bit to get you to stop backing up. Instead of sneering and jumping back into your car, then taking off, you could have at least apologized and checked to make sure that you didn't do any damage before getting angry at me for checking out my own car and waiting on you to get out of yours. Then, when you hopped into your car and started to drive off, I rather calmly reminded you that your actions resembled that of a walking anal sphincter muscle and you protested that? Really?? To top it off, you thought I was following you home...because I was...we live in the same neighborhood, apparently. You showed real class by driving by my house and giving me the middle finger as if I was the one who started that whole affray. The last I knew, hit and run was still a crime. It would have been one thing if you had spoken to me, found out whether or not there was damage done to my vehicle, and we agreed that all was well. I hope that you were about to crap a brick when I followed you to your (our) neighborhood. My children especially enjoyed having someone flip them off. By the way, my son knows where you live and even identified your car when he took the dog for a walk. Yeah, you live just two doors down the street, you see me all the time, and yet you refused to even talk to me...just as you have refused to even say hello whenever you have seen any of us on the sidewalk. You're a real class act, alright. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cub Scout Service Project

In our Cub Scout pack, we have been discussing getting a service project going, and in actuality, we have been working on it personally for a while now.  When I went to a leadership and planning meeting in our council for an upcoming Cub Weekend Campout, it was brought up about wanting a simple service project for the Scouts that weekend in which to participate.  A few ideas were tossed about but we were a bit more pragmatic and prepared with the concept since we were already planning it.

The idea we had for a service project is simple.  A lot of people travel, stay at hotels, get free samples in the mail, etc. of toiletry items.  Nursing homes, homeless shelters, women's shelters, halfway houses, etc. have need of these basic items.  I personally have collected an entire box full of these items.  Items such as toothpaste, razors, toothbrushes, small bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, and the like are often needed and are easy to obtain.  Whenever I stay in hotels, I get more of these than I personally ever use.  My dentist gives me a small toothpaste sample and toothbrush every six months that I rarely use, since I have an abundance of these items in the house.  Homeless shelters and women's shelters in particular have said that they prefer the travel size items since most people who stay are short term.

Well, the idea struck a chord with the council director and it looks like the entire Tuscarora Council will be having boys participate in this project.  October 18-21 is our camping weekend, and so is our target for the large collection day.  In our pack, we had planned on this being an ongoing project.

If you would like to help out with this project, feel free to pass along any travel items, samples you get in the mail, hotel provided toiletries, etc. on to John Dolan, Sharon, or myself.  We already have established contacts with a few organizations and they have expressed the need and willingness to receive donations.  Of course, anything you may pick up besides travel items would also be appreciated and welcomed.

Below is a picture of just some of the items I have collected over the past few years that have filled a Moist and Meaty dog food box.  Anything you can help out with would be appreciated.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Obama accomplishments as President

I saw this and thought it was worth sharing.  There are actually a good amount of accomplishments we can enumerate for President Barack Obama.


Quit trashing Obama's accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. He has an impressive list of accomplishments:

First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

First President to have a social security number from a state in which he has never lived.

First President to preside over a cut to the credit rating of the United States .

First President to violate the War Powers Act.

First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .

First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

First President to spend a trillion dollars on "shovel-ready" jobs when there was no such thing as "shovel-ready" jobs.

First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.

First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S. , including those with criminal convictions.

First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.

First President to terminate America's ability to put a man in space.

First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.

First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.

First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.

First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.

First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).

First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.

First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 102 to date. (Many more by the time of this blog entry).

First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.

First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

First President to go on multiple "global apology tours" and concurrent "insult our friends" tours.

First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers. (even more by the time of this blog entry)

First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.

First President to repeat the Holy Quran & tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.

First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they "volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences."  Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states ( Mexico vs Arizona ).

Monday, September 02, 2013

It's Cub Scout Popcorn sales time again!

Here is the video we made as a Cub Scout Pack to promote popcorn sales amongst the boys and to have some fun at the same time.



To order your popcorn online, go to this link.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cub Scout popcorn sales

Even with recent national council Boy Scouts of America abominable decisions, I decided that I am going to work with my son in his final year of Cub Scouts. It's time for their annual popcorn sales fundraiser. Here is the link to help support my son, John. http://trails-end.com/?scout=b2c8ee200b1109a

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I ordered a new copy of my wedding photo book

Shutterfly had a good deal on custom books, so I ordered another one.  They have made nice gifts for both of our mothers and we have one copy somewhere around here.  I figured at this price, another one was worth it.  It's a keepsake of one of the happiest days of my life.  I can think of three such days, this being one of them.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

I was interviewed by a documentary film maker today

A documentary film student from Wake Forest University interviewed me today about NC Stop Torture Now, Aero-Contractors, and the protests that have been centered here in Johnston County.  I look forward to seeing the finished product.

Here is the audio of my podcast that I did five years ago on the big protest that was here in NC.  Some of the audio may make it into the documentary.


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Friday, February 01, 2013

You can't correct someone who is correct

I was out of town for about a week on business, so I haven't done much blogging lately.

After getting home this afternoon, I saw this story on TV.  Speciale is correct.  The NAACP and William Barber are nothing but race pimps who keep racism alive for their own personal benefit. Barber can not 'correct' someone who is already correct.  Speciale should not apologize or retract his statements.

NAACP chief seeks to 'correct' House freshman's racism claim

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber held a news conference Friday and responded to a Republican House freshman who accused Barber of "racist diatribes" and having a "race-baiting attitude."
"I don’t take stuff like that personally," Barber told reporters as supporters stood behind him. "He can have his opinion. We believe in freedom of speech. We have a responsibility to correct him."
Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, along with all other state lawmakers, received an emailed version of a statement last week by Barber on proposed voter ID legislation.
In the statement, Barber calls voter ID initiatives "national propaganda efforts by the far-right to justify the obvious tactic to suppress the votes of minorities, youth, disabled and the elderly," and urges Republican legislative leaders to abandon their push for such a law in North Carolina.
WRAL News obtained the email Speciale sent in response, in which he accused Barber of tarnishing the "proud history" of the NAACP.
"You do minorities and the elderly a disservice when you assume that they are incapable or incompetent to the point that they cannot provide a photo ID to vote," Speciale wrote. "Your comments, both today and in the past are racist and inappropriate, therefore, I request that you remove me from your email list."
Speciale did not respond to calls and emails for comment or clarification.
"It’s like he picked up a book from the '50s or '60s and regurgitated the same answers from that day, instead of listening to what we’re saying," Barber said Friday. "He sent that as a way to try to divide and conquer, and it won’t work."


Speciale isn't the first eastern North Carolina Republican to call Barber and his group racists. In 2011, former Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, did the same thing.
Barber and NAACP Vice President Curtis Gatewood turned the tables on lawmakers during their news conference, charging that the General Assembly is racist.
"If a policy is going to have a disparate impact upon blacks (and) minorities, we're going to call it what it is," Barber said. "That is why we call it systemic racism."
House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes said the reasons for voter ID legislation are getting lost amid the charges and counter-charges.
"I call on all members of the legislature and of groups with an interest in this issue to focus on policy rather than on emotion. Issues as important as this often generate emotional reactions," Starnes said.
Separately, remarks by NAACP attorney Al McSurely during the news conference regarding the origin of Speciale's email caused another dust-up.
"I don’t really think he wrote this letter. I think he gave it to one of his Civitas people and said, ‘Let’s go after Rev. Barber,'" McSurely said.
Civitas and Dallas Woodhouse, state director of Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina, whom McSurely also mentioned, both released statements Friday, calling on McSurely to retract his statement.
“It is appalling that McSurely, an attorney and therefore an officer of the court, would make such an utterly false claim,” Civitas President Francis De Luca said in a statement. “He has no basis for making that charge: He made it up out of whole cloth. He should retract this lie immediately.”
"I had nothing to do with this email, nor did Americans for Prosperity. To infer that I am responsible for the content of this email is a lie and Mr. McSurely knows it," Woodhouse said in a separate statement. "I intend to hold Mr. McSurely responsible in front of the State North Carolina Bar for his unethical conduct."

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Thoughts on a John Adams quote

I was reading a quote by our 2nd President, John Adams.  In writing to his son, Thomas, he said "Public business, my son, must always be done by somebody. It will be done by somebody or other. If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not."

Sadly, this is where we find ourselves.  Others have not.  This is why I ran for public office twice in my community.  I have long wanted to serve because I did not want the unwise or dishonest to do so in my stead.  I was once accused by a jackass of a man who also happened to be the local NRA representative, of running for office and being concerned about the way the NRA handled local elections, of it all being about me.  Nothing was further from the truth.  If it was all about me, I would never have expended the effort or money, nor would I have opened myself to scorn, criticism, and ridicule.

I just found that quote to be dead on accurate.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

My son John won Pinewood Derby again this year

For the second year in a row, my son, John, has won the Pack 95 (Smithfield, NC) Cub Scout Pinewood Derby.  Last year he made a New England Patriots car.  This year he made a skateboard out of his block of wood.  Not only did he win first place in the races, he won the award for Most Original Design.  John is the one in the middle.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

AR-15 NOT used in the Newtown, CT shooting

Here is one report (finally found some video of a report) that the shooter in Newtown, CT did not use the AR-15 in the shooting, but that has not stopped idiots like CNN's Piers Morgan from demonizing the black rifle.  I read reports like this some time ago.  Finally the mainstream media is covering it.  Obviously it is advantageous to gun haters to perpetuate a lie to further their evil agenda.

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Gun control does not save lives

John Stossel gets it right.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My TV rant on JCATS

I have written about the local county transportation system before in this blog post.  This is the TV rant on that topic that aired this evening.


Monday, January 21, 2013

An open invitation to my local school system and government


Sadly, this is how government looks at your rights

I see Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison on this video.  He acted more like Barney Fife, unfortunately.  I found it interesting that one Sheriff cited constitutional law and then turned around and cited Marbury vs. Madison, which was a usurpation of the US Constitution, but it did have an ill conceived precedent in the NC cast of Bayard vs. Singleton.  The people in that meeting attempt to bring to the forefront a valid point about unalienable rights.  As stated in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  The very definition of unalienable is "Not to be separated, given away, or taken away".  To cite a usurpation as a precedent to exercise usurpation is hardly unalienable.


The Guns of Obamerica

The Guns of Obamerica 
This is a good read.  It is a bit long, but worth taking the time to read it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

This was sad to hear on the radio this afternoon

From WTSB Radio's web site:

County Commissioner Wade Stewart Dies

Johnston County Commissioner Wade Stewart passed away suddenly Monday morning at his home near Four Oaks.  Stewart was hospitalized last week after suffering a heart attack, family members said.  He returned home from the hospital just a few days ago.

Stewart was sworn in as a Commissioner in December 1998, representing District 3. He won reelection to his fourth term in 2010, which was scheduled to have expired in 2014.

Stewart was President of Keener Lumber Company. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Campbell University in 1966.

He was very active in public service, with a passion for serving citizens, emergency workers, veterans, and building schools for the children of Johnston County. He loved his family, helping people, and the game of baseball.


In a statement from Jeff Carver, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners he said, “Our entire Board and staff are mourning the loss along with his wife and family.”
“Commissioner Stewart was a bronze-star recipient in Vietnam who never shied away from a fight.  During the financial crisis, he was the Chairman that led with great foresight and was not afraid to make tough decisions.  Mr. Stewart had a significant impact on Johnston County and a genuine love for the citizens.  “
“He loved his family and spoke of them often…they should be proud of his dedication and service to the citizens of Johnston County,” he said.
“During his continuous service to the County people respected his opinion, including myself.  He was not only a fellow commissioner, but my personal friend and confidant and I will never forget him,” Chairman Carver said.

“Wade had great passion for the County and he was one of the hardest working Commissioners I have ever known,” Commissioner Tony Braswell told WTSB. “He was special to me. He was a mentor to me. We bonded because of that and our Vietnam experience.” Both Stewart and Braswell were Vietnam Veterans.

"Sometimes he expressed things only the way Wade could do,” Braswell said. “He will go down as one of the greater commissioners. His legacy will be remembered in the school building era for a long long time.”

"He was a strong advocate for Veterans. He started the Family Veterans Advisory Committee when he was Board Chairman. He felt like the County should do all we could for Veterans,” Braswell added.

Stewart was currently serving on the Juvenile Crimes Prevention Council, Nursing Home/Adult Care Advisory Board, Tobacco Farm Life Museum, and Veterans Service Advisory Board. 

Stewart was Chairman of the Board of Commissioners from 2008 to 2010.  He served as Vice Chairman from 2004 to 2008.  He had previously served on the Criminal Justice Partnership Advisory Board, Social Services Board, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, and Local Emergency Planning Commission.

"Wade Stewart was a fine man. I learned so much from him," Johnston County Manager Rick Hester said Monday. "He enjoyed being a county commissioner, because he loved helping people. I will miss him greatly."

"Johnston County has lost a great Commissioner who was truly dedicated to serving others," Commissioner Cookie Pope said Monday. "Like John Wayne, he was a giant of a man whose love for "country store" politics made him a champion of the ordinary man.  Doing for others was one of his greatest joys and no request was too small."

"Wade Stewart loved nothing more than a challenge so he could prepare for the battle that he fully intended to win," Pope said. "No man ever loved his family, friends and County more. What a legacy!"
Funeral services will be held at 3:00pm on Thursday, January 17 at First Baptist Church in Four Oaks. Burial will follow in the Four Oaks City Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 16 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Four Oaks.

Here is the N&O article. 
The Smithfield Herald article.
The WRAL story
Though News 14 has the story on their broadcast, it isn't online. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Dealing with LIBTARDS

This was my TV show for this evening.


Johnston County School Board bans distribution of literature such as the Gideons New Testament and other stuff

I had already commented on this once.  I just hope that they do it CONSISTENTLY across the board.  I am tired of circus ticket coupons and restaurant fliers coming home with my son's school notebook but somehow a Gideon's New Testament is objectionable.  The ACLU SUCKS.  Seldom do I agree with them.

From WTSB:
School Board Approves Controversial Policy
Johnston County school board members on Tuesday deliberated for over an hour before voting 5 to 2 to approve a controversial policy, which limits non-school related materials on school grounds.

School Board Chairman Larry Strickland and Board Member Donna White voted against it.

Superintendent Ed Croom (pictured right) said, for years, Johnston County Schools has allowed organizations like Gideons International to visit campuses and distribute New Testaments and other religious literature.

But Croom said that last year a couple of groups approached him with material, which he deemed inappropriate for students.

"It was stuff I didn't want my son to see, to have the opportunity to see," Croom said.

Croom said an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union told him that if the school system allows one group, such as the Gideons on its campuses, then it must allow all groups.

"I know this doesn't bode well in the Bible Belt and Johnston County," Croom said. "But we can't differentiate any one group over another."

School Board Attorney Jimmy Lawrence (pictured left) agreed. He and Deputy Superintendent Ross Renfrow fielded questions from school board members.

In May, Lawrence said the school board received a letter co-signed by representatives of the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

"We had the ACLU wanting to know where we were regarding this policy," Lawrence said.

School Board member Keith Branch said that, in making this decision, they had Johnston County students' best interest at heart.

"If we knowingly open ourselves up to litigation, we're not acting in the best interests of Johnston County Schools," Branch said.

School Board Member Butler Hall said this issue had been very disturbing to him because of his religious beliefs.
"I've spent a great of time struggling with this policy," Hall said. But he said school officials had received requests to distribute literature, which he described as "blasphemous."

White differed with her colleagues. She said, "Johnston County is a faith-based community and we need to take risks for what's right.”

"This policy will have a domino effect on our schools," White said. "Whatever the outcome of this vote, I won't be part of this domino effect."

School Board Member Peggy Smith said she and her colleagues took an oath to defend the Constitution.

"We can't promote religion. We have a Christian society but its’ churches and parents who have the responsibility to carry on the fight," Smith said.

Will Johnston County Make Exceptions?
Before Johnston County school board members adopted a policy limiting the display of non-school related materials, they briefly discussed regulations, which allow annual after school events in which different community groups, including religious groups, can distribute literature on high school campuses.

School Board Attorney Jimmy Lawrence said Buncombe County has adopted a similar regulation.

The Buncombe County regulation allows high schools to sponsor "community information events" to provide organizations an opportunity to share informational material about the services they provide.

Buncombe County prohibits groups from distributing “vulgar, indecent or obscene” material, materials that contain personal attacks, encourage students to commit illegal acts “or acts that violate school rules,” or promote “unhealthy or illegal activities by children, such as tobacco or alcohol use."

Your tax dollars hard at work

I read an article within the past few weeks on the Johnston County Area Transportation System (JCATS). I lamented the possible expansion of tax dollars to further subsidize the poor.  I asked the question, "When is enough, enough?"  I made it into a TV show for "LaPlante's Rants".



Yesterday I saw a news story from WTSB Radio about JCATS getting a matching grant.  More subsidies for the poor at the expense of the producers.  We can't afford this!

County Approves JCATS Grant Match
Area transit system receives $74,556 in local funds

Johnston County Commissioners approved a $74,556 matching grant for the Johnston County Area Transit System.

JCATS Transportation Director Lynn Lamberth requested the funds at Monday's commission meeting.

The total grant from the state Department of Transportation is $598,556. It's the major administrative and capital grant with which JCATS operates.

JCATS' transportation services include medical trips in county and to destinations out of county, workplace and job training, senior centers, child care centers, social services, public hearings and dental care.

Lamberth told commissioners that JCATS provided 110,000 rides last year and that their vehicles traveled over 1 million miles.

She said JCATS provides quite a bit of transportation for Johnston Community College and would love to contract with JCC for additional services.

The truth about Piers Morgan's gun control and violence claims

FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

An ignorant fool or media whore?

So, the mayor of Morrisville, NC wants their new Gander Mountain store (which I love) to stop selling semi-automatic rifles.  This is pursuant to the recent shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  I guess she missed the story that said that the Bushmaster .223 AR15 rifle was in the trunk of the car and was never actually used in the shooting.

It's no secret that I am a gun enthusiast and a fan of Gander Mountain, for the most part.  I have bought camping supplies and ammunition from them and the new store in Morrisville has a 9mm pistol I have been eyeballing at a decent price.

Sadly, people like Jackie Holcombe are well intentioned but are extremely ignorant about what constitutes an assault weapon, about firearms in general, and fail to acknowledge that it is PEOPLE who do violence, not the tool itself.  If this is not the case, perhaps the mayor is simply looking for some public attention.  My AR15 has never shot anything that I have not aimed at and pulled the trigger.

Here is the story.

Does this sound familiar?

With all the cries for gun control by the government and by ignorant citizens, it is excellent to look to the past to find that this is nothing new.  Take this quote from George Mason, for instance. 

"When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man [Sir William Keith], who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia."

– George Mason, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 14, 1788

Monday, January 07, 2013

Nice project, still not sure I am on board with their message

I can disagree with a group of people and still be on friendly terms with them.  I try to keep a good relationship with some of the people at NC Stop Torture Now, though I have absolutely zero problem with putting old Abdul on a waterboard if it will save American lives.  Also, I am not so sure of the allegations against Aero Contractors out of our local airport.  Furthermore, I doubt seriously that picketing or petitioning the local County Board of Commissioners will do any good.

As a result of maintaining good will with some of their folks, a film maker in the state has asked me for an interview for a documentary on the whole Aero Contractors thing.  We have talked via email but not set a date yet for an interview.

I was invited via Facebook the morning of the clean up by Stop Torture Now, but was not available to help.  Quite honestly, I wouldn't have gone anyway, considering I am not really interested in furthering their cause.  I did find it hilarious that they managed to adopt the highway near the airport, though.  Well played, Stop Torture Now.  I liked that.

From WTSB:

NC Stop Torture Now Continues Protest
A group called NC Stop Torture Now has adopted a two mile stretch of Swift Creek Road, in front of the Johnston County Airport, for the NC Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program.  The signs went up just before Christmas. The NC Stop Torture Now organization held their first roadside cleanup of litter on Saturday and used the occasion to draw attention to Aero Contractors. 

Organizers of the event held up signs for motorists to see. The group claims Aero Contractors is a CIA-affiliated aviation company that helps secretly transport detainees to overseas prisons where interrogation through the use of torture is not illegal. 

Allyson Caison, a resident of Selma, is a leader of NC Stop Torture Now. “The CIA and other government agencies can’t hide that they’ve used Johnston County for a global program of enforced disappearance and torture."

“Torture has stained Johnston County and North Carolina,” Caison said.  “It’s been well documented, and other countries are taking responsibility.  Why can’t we?”

About two dozen people turned out Saturday for the event. Participants say they will return in a few months to continue to bring attention to the company.  Aero Contractors has never publicly commented on the group's allegations.  Photo by Carter Rabil