Trying to get back in the swing of things here — thanks again to all of you who have emailed, called and sent me Facebook messages. I appreciate every one of you more than you will ever know.
I also want to send my thoughts and prayers out to the family of the Wilson County Sheriff’s deputy who lost his life while serving a warrant last week in Kinston. It was a senseless tragedy — and I hope the people who killed this hero are swiftly dealt with … and to the limit of the law.
Now … on to the show. It’s been a few days since I’ve done one of these, so some of this won’t be “news,” per se, but I’d love to see your thoughts:
N.C. HOUSE OVERRIDES BEV’S VETO
In a midnight vote early this a.m., the N.C. House voted 73-46 to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the GOP-penned budget. The Senate is expected to vote to override her veto later today or tomorrow.
My take: I wasn’t really surprised the veto was shot down. What shocks me is the disgust displayed by the left side of the aisle — after decades of bad budgetary decisions by the Democratic-led North Carolina government, the Dems are upset because the GOP is trying to balance the budget? If the Dems had not gotten us to this point these tough decisions would not have had to come to pass.
So Democrats … get over yourselves. If you had done a better job, we wouldn’t be here right now.
One of the particular sticks in the craw of the Dems is the loss of teacher assistants in elementary and middle schools. Here’s the rub — if teachers and school administrators were given the right to properly discipline students, there’d be no need for teacher assistants!
All my brethren and sisteren (yes, I know I made up that word) who are 35 and older — we didn’t have teachers assistants in our classes … and except for Heelsfan and Jon Dawson, we all turned out pretty well!
Do I hate some teachers assistants are going to lose their jobs? Heck yeah. But it’s a societal and sociological problem that needs to be corrected — and thank God there are some common sense politicians in Raleigh trying to do the right thing instead of continuing to spend our way into a worse deficit.
Don’t get it twisted — the GOP makes a ton of mistakes, too, and I’m not particularly a fan. But you have to applaud them for trying to get things back in order.
MAVS WIN NBA TITLE — AND LEBRON IS AN ASS
The Dallas Mavericks proved nearly all their doubters wrong by defeating the Miami Heat four games to two, thanks to the MVP effort of Dirk Nowitzki and the lack of heart by LeBron James.
The self-proclaimed “King” James also ruffled some feathers when he callously said that, despite losing, he was going back to his life of luxury while those who belittle him were going back to their worlds of squalor.
My take: OK, so I took some poetic license with his comment … but you get the gist. He’s an ass. He thinks he’s better than you. And he doesn’t give a damn what you think of him.
Congrats to the Dirk and the Mavericks — and go to hell, Queen James. Guess what? I have EXACTLY as many NBA titles as you have.
And yes, I feel horrible for the Miami Herald ad folks who made this mistake in Monday’s edition of their fine paper:
Yikes. I’ve had some mistakes run in our paper but … wow. And click on the photo for a better view.
HAS FACEBOOK JUMPED THE SHARK?
Facebook — the social network many of us can’t live without — lost 6 million users last month.
My take: We noted the slow death of MySpace two years ago (almost to the day!) … is it now Facebook’s turn?
I’ll say this, though: I love Facebook. It’s lasted a bit longer than I thought it would, but I wonder what’ll be next in the area of social media.
The iPod shuffle (a 10-pack since it’s been a few days)
Look Away — Chicago
Breathe In Breathe Out — Kanye West featuring Ludacris
The Show — Doug E. Fresh
Mama Said Knock You Out — LL Cool J
As Long As You Love Me — Backstreet Boys
Everybody Rise Again — Busta Rhymes
Who’s Crying Now — Journey
Ridaz — Eminem
When You’re Gone — Avril Lavigne
Lay Low — Snoop Dogg featuring Master P, Nate Dogg, Butch Cassidy & the Eastsidaz
P.S.: Hope you had a chance to check out my Sunday column†with my advice for the Class of 2011, along with some props for some of my favorite kids (Blake Herring, Charlie Casey, Wiley Jackson and Brandon Sutton).
I had a nice email from Kris Wittenberg, the founder of “be good to people” (you can visit her site here and her Facebook page, which has 10,000 followers, here); she used a quote from my Sunday column (We all know people who have stepped on others to get to the top. Donít be that person) as her quote of the day on her site today. Quotes of the day for the past few days have come from Trace Adkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher and the Dalai Lama. Wow. Thanks, Kris!
P.P.S.S.: Check out FOB Flagan’s guest column in today’s Free Press. Another great job, dude!