The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the decision overturning Virginia's ban on Same sex marriage:
"We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws. Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life. It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance." [more inside]
At her "Visionary Folk Art Garden & Doll Village"
in Holden Beach, North Carolina, Mary Paulsen has built a "bottle house"
, multiple houses for more than 6,000 dolls, and a standalone gallery
to showcase the relentlessly colorful paintings she makes on discarded window glass. No surface goes unembellished. [more inside]
The old Country store on dirt road
, on 75 Wheelers Church Rd
Hurdle Mills, NC 27541.
Here is what it looked like on Sunday afternoon in July 1939
, (A 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.)
Models from the American Adventure attraction in Epcot
at Disney World (scroll ½ way down).
In possibly the largest Southern progressive protest
since Selma in 1965, 75,000 to 100,000 people marched on Raleigh, North Carolina this Sunday in protest against the recently elected conservative government’s radical agenda.
Once a comparatively moderate Southern state, the government North Carolina elected in 2010 has begun a systematic campaign
[previously] to remove 50 years of progressive legislation from the state. Weekly Moral Mondays protests
[previously], beginning in April 2013, have been ongoing, but this march represents the biggest gathering so far in protest of the NC government. [more inside]
2003 American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.
Aiken is a long-time political activist
, and his campaign seems serious and sincere, as shown by the heartfelt five-minute video
announcing his campaign. But the odds are against him
in a district which voted for Romney by a twelve-point margin, and being a gay father
is a possible liability in a state which recently voted to ban gay marriage.
(But of course, electing entertainers to political office is an American tradition.
What's inside this mystery house in North Carolina?
It looks like an average 1970's home with "a landscaped yard, white columns, and green shutters." But look closer and you'll notice there's no driveway, no walkway leading up to the front door, and no mailbox. The truth behind this mysterious building in Raleigh, NC might surprise you
Madison Kimrey is a rather exceptional 12-year-old girl whose speech protesting North Carolina's removal of a voting preregistration program for 16-and-17-year-olds
has been making the rounds lately, thanks to Kimrey's intelligence and astonishing eloquence. Her blog, Functional Human Being
, is similarly an engaging read, whether she's writing about Miley Cyrus
, Daisy Coleman
, or supporting the saner elements of the Republican party
In 1957, Grover Robbins opened the "Tweetsie Railroad"
, a Wild West themed park centered around a segment of the old East Tennessee & Western North Carolina gauge railway
. Then from 1965 to 1968, Robbins purchased or leased land on Beech Mountain in North Carolina
(Google maps) with the idea of a year-round theme park in an area already popular for skiing. The result was The Land of Oz
, which included props bought from MGM through an auction. The park was only open from 1970 to 1980, closing due in part to a fire and the death of Grover Robbins. The park was partially restored in 1990, then opened one weekend in 1993 for an employee reunion
. That was the first of an annual event, Autumn in Oz
, happening this weekend
How often does a great story dominate the headlines, only to be dropped from the news cycle? How often do journalists tell us of a looming danger or important discovery – only to move quickly to the next new thing? What really happened? How did these events change us? And what are the lingering consequences that may affect our society to this day? These are the questions we are answering at Retro Report, an innovative documentary news organization launched in 2013 as a timely online counterweight to today’s 24/7 news cycle. Combining documentary techniques with shoe-leather reporting, we peel back the layers of some of the most perplexing news stories of our past with the goal of encouraging the public to think more critically about current events and the media
in ~10 minute segments. [more inside]
The North Carolina Board of Elections
has unanimously overturned a decision Pasquotank County Board of Elections barring barring an Elizabeth City State University senior Montravias King
from running for local office. The County Board had ruled
that King's on-campus address couldn't be used to establish local residency. [more inside]
While L. Frank Baum never specifically mentioned where Dorothy lived in Kansas, he did leave some vague and/or misleading hints
. They don't quite point anywhere, but two home inspectors did some digging and claim Dorothy's house was near Troy, Kansas
, but they're not the first to claim a home for Dorothy. That credit goes to Max Zimmerman, an insurance agent from Liberal, Kansas, who thought of capitalizing on this lack of location
. Oliver Brown, another resident of Liberal, knew of a house that resembled Dorothy's
, and this was the start of Dorothy's House Museum & Land of Oz
. But over 300 miles away
, Wamego, Kansas has its own little land of Oz
, where you can attend the annual OZtoberfest
, or check out the Oz Museum
, with its collection of Oz memorabilia
on permanent loan from Friar Johnpaul Cafiero
. And then there's the abandoned Land of Oz theme park
in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina
, about a thousand miles from Wamega.
Fashion blog Ivy-Style.com
posted an article
today hypothesizing that four-term Republican North Carolina State Representative Bryan R. Holloway
is the anonymous blogger, known as Richard, responsible for the much criticized
WASP 101 fashion blog, widely
for its frequent racist, sexist, and classist overtones (and for having bad fashion sense, too). [more inside]
While national media coverage of state politics has focused on hot-button topics like gun control
and gay rights,
a storm has been quietly brewing in Raleigh, NC, where the NAACP
has organized protests calling attention to the regressive agenda
of the Republican governor and NC General Assembly. Known as "Moral Mondays,"
these protests have resulted in nearly 160 arrests
-- and they're getting bigger
each week. With the GA taking a break for Memorial Day, the next showdown is set for June 3.
"They come in and, they may bring their instruments in, lay it in the back room, come out and eat some peanuts, talk with us, get some coffee, trade knives, tell a few jokes, settle the world's problems, and eventually, play music if and when they want to."
The Barber Shop, Drexel NC
The first thing we learned about war re-enactment is that it's fucking terrifying having guns fired at you, even ones loaded with blanks. The second thing we learned is a common re-enactor's dilemma called "The G.I. Effect", which is basically that people playing Americans don't like to die. So sometimes they just don't.It's Like Vietnam All Over Again, pt 1
. Part 2
How Polling Firm PPP Won The Election With Its Hilarious And Infuriating Questions
: "Public Policy Polling, the firm that correctly predicted all 50 states in the presidential election, is known for asking some weird, quirky and, sometimes, controversial questions in its polls... Here are some of the firm's best questions of the election cycle." [more inside]
These photos are about Taylor, who lost most of his limbs in Afghanistan, and his girlfriend Danielle. It is a love story, told only in 22 pictures.
Background story via Taylor's friend, photographer Tim Dodd
You may have seen Replacements, Ltd.'s
print ads in the back of PARADE magazine (of Howard Huge
fame). Replacements, both a seller and a resource
for china and glassware owners, was one of the few North Carolina businesses to publicly take a stand
[NYT] against the state's vote to ban gay marriage.
As an employer, Replacements is one of only nine companies in the country to receive a perfect score
for ten years straight in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. But the company is also known for another surprisingly liberal policy: encouraging its 450 employees to bring their pets to work amidst millions of pieces of china and glassware. How many? A whole lot. [more inside]
A preacher rebukes North Carolina media over asking the wrong questions about marriage.
North Carolina votes today on Amendment 1
, which states that, "Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."
Here are some of the people who would be affected
Corrosion of Conformity: An oral history of 30 years
of the legendary hardcore/thrash metal/sludge metal outfit from Raleigh, NC. [more inside]
African-American fiddler Joe Thompson
, probably the last living link to the black string band tradition of the 19th century, has died at the grand old age of 93
. Hear Joe and his cousin, banjoist Odell (who passed on back in 1994) offer some reminiscences on the origins of their music, and a spirited rendition of Cindy Gal
. Here's the short but sweet and deliciously ragged Old Corn Liquor
. Hear Joe and Odell in concert in 1988, part one
and part two
, and this little ditty from a living room
in 1987. And there's... [more inside]
"Muslim-American Terrorism in the Decade Since 9/11" (PDF)
is a report by Professor Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina, published by the Triangle Center for Terrorism and Homeland Security
. The TCFTHS is a collection of experts in the "Research Triangle" of North Carolina, associated with Duke, UNC and NC State and RTI, the independent research institute dedicated to aggregating and marketing the research resources of these three institutions. [more inside]
Driving through Time
features roughly 2700 photographs and 76 interactive maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The website allows students, researchers, and digital tourists to uncover hidden stories, hear forgotten voices, and understand the often wrenching choices that the construction and preservation of a scenic parkway in a populated region have necessarily entailed. [more inside]
In the mountains of North Carolina an old tradition lives on: Breakin Up Christmas
. [more inside]
, directed by Jay Buim
, is a beautiful music video about two hitchhikers trying to get to the beach. The music comes from the latest album by NC/MD band Future Islands
: On The Water
. [more inside]
The Invisible Fastball. "Six decades ago, a minor league pitcher accomplished something we'll never see again."
(Single page version
Why A Heterosexual, Married, North Carolinian Father Of Three Cares About LGBT Equality
. Married father of three boys writes eloquently about the reasons why he opposes the proposed constitutional amendment banning any legal relationship recognition for same-sex couples. The amendment goes before voters in May primary election
, when heavy Republican turnout is expected. Meanwhile Senator Goolsby
says that it is all about "empowering voters" "so no activist judge is able to decide on his or her own what marriage is." [original
A Terrible Legacy
More than 60,000 Americans were sterilised, many against their will, as part of a eugenics movement that finished in 1979, aimed at keeping the poor and mentally ill from having children. Now, decades on, one state is considering compensation.
Sleazefest: The Movie
] is a documentary of the first Sleazefest, a two day festival of bands, barbecue, b-movies and beer that took place in August of 1994 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC. The festival was extended to three days and became an annual event for the next decade
. [more inside]
Its previous owner named it the Old Kentucky Home.
For Thomas Wolfe
, it was the home of his youth, a boarding house
run by his mother, Julia Wolfe. Now it's known as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, located in
Altamont Asheville, North Carolina
, and its website offers fair overview of Wolfe, and even his legendary editor, Maxwell Perkins
. Wolfe, the author of Look Homeward, Angel
), Of Time and the River
), and You Can't Go Home Again
), among other works. Text file copies courtesy of Project Gutenberg Australia.
The Carolina Photojournalism Workshop was founded in 2004. Each year a small group of UNC multimedia students travel to a different part of the state to produce a web documentary. 2008
: Cape Fear to Down Here, 2007
: Smoky Mountain Stories, 2006
: Stories from the Crystal Coast, 2005
: Highlands, NC, 2004
: Changing Wetlands Changing Ways.
Music in the Digital Library of Appalachia
provides an unprecedented resource for study of repertoire, technique, lore, and the musical interchanges among the region's traditional musicians. Once you know what you like, it's easy to find the music live with Blue Ridge Music Trails
. Meet musicians who have grown up with that music, visit settings in which Blue Ridge folk music thrives, see traditional dancing, and in many cases, take part in the festivities. The Crooked Road
, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, winds through the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Along the trail, the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Traditional Country music is as beautiful and rugged as the landscape itself. [previous 1, 2]
The New Road
. A photo essay by Rob Amberg on the building of I-26 through Madison County in the mountains of North Carolina. via
The Sling Shot Man
is Rufus Hussey, a man who's awesome with a beanshooter. This is a segment from 1985 of Down Home with the Carolina Camera
which is a long-running part of Charlotte's WBTV's Top o' the Day
variety show. There are a total of 22 videos
on the YouTube channel which all feature interesting but non-famous Carolinians. Here are some other stories I liked: The Dulcimer School
, Alligator Catchers
, The Checker Players
, The Gourdman of Angier
and Backwards Man
The Saluda Grade
is the steepest standard-gauge mainline railway grade in the United States. Built by the Southern Railway, the Saluda Grade consists of a three-mile section of track that rises over 600 feet in elevation with a grade of 4.7% between the towns of Melrose and Saluda, North Carolina
. Take a virtual flyover
of the terrain with Google Earth, then ride along on the adjacent Hwy 176 in an Audi A3
. When you get to the top, don't miss Coon Dog Day
Newsfilter: The State Attorney General of North Carolina, who took over the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case and conducted his own investigation after Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong withdrew from the case when the North Carolina State bar filed ethics charges against him
, has dismissed the remaining charges
against the three players originally accused of first degree forcible rape, first degree sexual offense, and kidnapping
. [previously discussed
The Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State University
has a great collection of folk arts
. The strongest section is in ceramics
, with stupendous representation from the NC wood-fired, salt and alkaline glazed traditions. There's this 1868 Hartsoe Alkaline glazed jug
, this 19th cent. jug with kild-drip
, this Hancock Half-Gallon jug
, this Randolph Cty salt-glazed jug with ashy shoulder
, and then the moderns: Burlon Craig
, Vernon Owen
, Mark Hewitt
. There are also great photographs
, weird furniture
, outsider critters
, and more
. There isn't a good browse function, so you need some idea of what you want to search for.
Abu Gharib? Feh. The newest Dark Side: telemarketing abuse.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a $2.1 million campaign calling individuals, including those on the Federal Do-Not-Call Registry, with automated telephone messages scripted to sound as if they are coming from the Democratic candidate up for election, in the hopes of driving away support come Tuesday's elections. "Hello. I'm calling with information about [Democratic candidate]
," the recording begins, and then pauses for the traditional hang-up. If the recipient does indeed hang up, they then receive repeated phone calls back. This manner of scripting violates 47 CFR 64.1200(b)(1)
, which requires that "the identity of the business, individual, or other entity that is responsible for initiating the call" be "state[d] clearly" "at the beginning of the message." The New Hampshire Attorney General got them to stop calling those on the Do-Not-Call Registry, at least
. (In their best interests, perhaps, due to the $5,000 fine per call
potentially racking up hefty fines.) This is going on at the very least in the Pennsylvania 6th
, the Connecticut 4th, the North Carolina 11th,, the New Hampshire 2nd, and nationwide.
A judge has thrown out
a 201-year-old North Carolina law making it illegal for unmarried couples to live together. The case was previously discussed here
Touch-screen errors led to loss of 4,400 ballots in North Carolina election.
, a relatively progressive southern city
, is not without it’s own skeletons.
“On Nov. 3, 1979, Klansmen and Nazis pulled rifles and pistols from the trunks of their cars and opened fire on a group of anti-Ku Klux Klan marchers in the Morningside Homes neighborhood of Greensboro, N.C. Five of the demonstrators were killed by the bullets and several others were injured. The victims had close ties with the local Communist Worker’s Party..”
The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Project
, the first of it’s kind in the United States, using the concept of restorative justice
, “seeks to heal relations between opposing sides by uncovering all pertinent facts, distinguishing truth from lies, and allowing for acknowledgement, appropriate public mourning, forgiveness and healing.” ( a little more inside)
A possible murder suspect's google-trail
of dark and bloody tales?
A contributing writer for 'Deviant Minds'
webzine (scroll down a few clicks to Donn Gash) may be linked
to the gruesome murder
of his father. His mother has already been charged
Seven free mp3's from a very exciting hip hop group out of North Carolina. ?uestlove from The Roots says he's jealous of just how good they sound. I know that some of you will appreciate this.