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Re: “Indictments in Wake Register of Deeds Scandal Charge Laura Riddick with Embezzling $926,615

From the WRAL story:…
"John Stephenson, the county's internal auditor, said an average of $1,100 to $1,900 a day was taken from the office's cash receipts for vital records since at least 2008.
"The county filed an insurance claim in August, stating a loss of $2,333,591.30 from the Register of Deeds Office over nine years because of "employee dishonesty or employee theft." Freeman said Tuesday that number included mistakes made and waived fees as well as possible criminal cases which authorities don't have enough evidence to pursue."

The INDY article isn't exactly wrong, just badly worded.

Posted by Mojo on 12/14/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

Um... ct? If you look again, you'll see that's actually one of those rubber mats they put in a urinal. I did a double-take too, but look at the shape of it.

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Posted by Mojo on 09/14/2016 at 9:12 AM

Re: “The McCrory Administration Says You Needn’t Worry About That Coal Ash in Your Water

This reminds me of the old techie joke "How many Microsoft executives does it take to change a light bulb? None. They just redefine "Dark" as the industry standard."

Don't like having groundwater below standard? Change the standard so you don't have to report it. Don't like the unemployment numbers? Kick a bunch of people off unemployment so you don't have to count them. Don't like the science that cautions against coastal development? Make the science illegal so development continues apace (though that one is eventually gonna bite you... one look at the northern end of Topsail Island right at the New River Inlet will tell you all you need to know).

Did you really expect anything different from this administration aided and abetted by this legislature?

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Posted by Mojo on 03/23/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “What Bernie Sanders Won by Losing the Democratic Primary

I agree with (almost) everything you said, right up until the end. If you look at Sanders' positions on virtually any issue, and compare it to polling of mainstream America, you'll find that his ideas are not nearly as "radical" as the media and the political establishment would have us believe. The only "reality" he's challenging has been completely fabricated by pundits and politicians who presume to "speak for most people", when in fact they speak for a minority who have appropriated the conversation for their own purposes -- noble and otherwise. And this is not a "recent shift" in polling. Gallup has been asking people if they think the rich and corporate America get off easy on their taxes (the cornerstone of the Sanders campaign is predicated on this question) for a quarter of a century, and the percentage that think that is true has never in all that time dropped below 55%. It currently stands at about 2/3. The majority of programs and policies Sanders has relentlessly preached in his campaign are already working in every other industrialized nation on earth (and some emerging powers as well). In short the Sanders platform is only "overly idealistic" because those who control the political narrative in America say it is. And the reason his message is resonating so strongly is that a growing number of people are waking up to the fact that it's long past time that we stopped doing things differently and started doing different things.

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Posted by Mojo on 03/23/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Moral Monday pots & pans protest kicks off General Assembly short session

Job creation and educational freedom? Do these people actually believe their own BS, or do they just assume we're stupid?

If you're not angry, you're not paying attention.

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Posted by Mojo on 05/21/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “N.C. lawmakers must release voting law emails; McCrory failing at transparency

McCrony failing at transparency? I'm SHOCKED. Utterly and bitterly shocked.

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Posted by Mojo on 05/21/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “N.C.'s Senate Commerce Committee fast-tracks fracking, tries to prevent recording of meeting

And according to other reports, even Tom Apodaca couldn't come up with a rule that prohibits recording in an open meeting. Gunn dodged the question, deferring to the sergeant-at-arms who ALSO said there wasn't such a rule. Apparently, there have been sightings of recorders all over the place in meeting rooms where there were closed-door meetings.

Transparency in action I tell ya.

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Posted by Mojo on 05/21/2014 at 9:56 AM

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