Saturday, January 4, 2014

Best NC News (So Far)

Welcome to 2014. One hundred years ago this year World War I started. That was in late August I believe, or early September. Before that them folks were living in a more or less 100-year peace and having a terrific time. Who knows how this year will turn out. Just sayin'. But I was happy to see the following news story yesterday over at, which is the Raleigh TV station of record, and the birth place of Jesse Helms, Senator.

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

On Thursday, David Waddell used the Klingon language to write his letter of resignation from the Indian Trail Town Council in North Carolina.

Waddell says he opted to use Klingon, the language of a warrior race on the "Star Trek" TV shows and movies, as an inside joke. Mayor Michael Alvarez is calling the letter unprofessional.

Waddell says he is resigning at the end of this month. His four-year term expires in December 2015.

Waddell says he also needs to devote time to mounting a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party's platform against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

Indian Trail, by the way, is a suburb of Charlotte and is located on US-74, which at that point is known as "Andrew Jackson Highway." Andrew Jackson was an American genocidist who marched the Cherokee people off to Oklahoma, causing some ten thousand of them to perish en route, an event known as the Trail of Tears. He was President of the most exceptional United States, and graces our $20 bill. His hair is obviously arranged to masque his Spock ears.

Senator Hagan, while hardly perfect, has been a far better representative of North Carolina than either Jesse Helms or Andy Jackson. I'd expect she is some delighted by the prospects of tilting against the Right Honorable David Waddell, part-term Town Councilman. Mr. Waddell, on the other hand, might expect a note from Mr. Art Pope concerning his, erm, "unseriousness."


I'd be remiss if I didn't award honorable mention to David Brooks' column on reefer (as we hipsters called it back in the day). The column itself you can find any number of places, and it's caused such consternation that even Chris Hayes devoted an excellent segment on its pathetic qualities last evening. The best response I've seen is the following:

Next, week 2.14, wherein the NC temperatures are going to plummet to single digits, and maison Hicks may be due for some emergency plumbing assistance if all doesn't go as hoped. Once I lived in a house with no plumbing, just a well and a bucket. Sometimes it was a hassle, to be sure, and when Libby and Anna (age 3) came to live here, it wasn't long before we achieved the modernity of pipes, bathtubs, hot water heaters, and all that fancy dancy stuff of the past century. But one thing's for sure, there are no frozen pipes in that lost world, and the water doesn't freeze 30 feet down.

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