Archive for September, 2014

"Firearm records are kept in cabinets in the Durham County Courthouse. Carolyn Van Houten for The Wall Street Journal"

“Firearm records are kept in cabinets in the Durham County Courthouse. Carolyn Van Houten for The Wall Street Journal”


GRNC Press Release 9-23-2014

Grass Roots North Carolina / Forum For Firearms Education
Post Office Box 10665, Raleigh, NC 27605
877.282.0939 (Phone) 919.573.0354 (Fax) http://www.GRNC.org


Press Contact: 704.907.9206
E-mail: President@GRNC.org
Release date: September 23, 2014


GRNC Demands Durham Comply With Gun Law

Letter to Durham County Clerk of Superior Court demands destruction of registration records

GRNC President Paul Valone and Director of Legal Affairs Ed Green today sent a certified letter to Durham County Clerk of Superior Court Archie Smith advising him that retaining registration records under Durham’s now-repealed gun registration law is a clear violation of N.C.G.S. 14-409.40, which forbids local governments from regulating firearms. Quoting the relevant statute, the letter says:

“(a) It is declared by the General Assembly that the regulation of firearms is properly an issue of general, statewide concern, and that the entire field of regulation of firearms is preempted from regulation by local governments except as provided by this section.

“(b) Unless otherwise permitted by statute, no county or municipality, by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, shall regulate in any manner the possession, ownership, storage, transfer, sale, purchase, licensing, or registration of firearms, firearms ammunition, components of firearms, dealers in firearms, or dealers in handgun components or parts.”

Since the repeal of the Jim Crow era gun registration law in June, Durham has stopped taking new registrations but has dragged its feet on destroying existing records by claiming they might have “historical value.” Under pressure from GRNC, however, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources punted back to Durham when it began telling people, “The State Archivist of North Carolina has determined that the Durham Gun Registry Records do not have archival value.” But when a GRNC representative attempted to collect her own registration record from the Durham County Clerk of Superior Court, the clerk’s office denied her request, claiming the records were the property of their office.

GRNC raises possibility of litigation

Noting that GRNC and its sister organization, Rights Watch International, have successfully sued North Carolina over its state of emergency gun ban and Winston-Salem over its illegal parks ban, and that GRNC has recruited plaintiffs with standing in the case, the letter finishes by saying:

“Given that state experts have already determined that the handgun registrations have no historic or archival value; given that no agent of Durham County or the City of Durham can legally utilize the registrations for any reason; given that, absent a statute authorizing their retention, the registrations are a violation of the privacy of Durham County residents; and given the liability to Durham County of the Clerk’s Office continuing to regulate the registrations in clear violation of state law – there is no reasonable course of action but to destroy these registrations. To remove any possible barrier to this end, GRNC will pay the fee of a commercial service provider to remove the illegal registrations from the Clerk of Court’s office, shred them onsite, and recycle the remains. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to arrange a mutually acceptable time for this action.”

The full letter is available at:


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Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Fifth Day of September in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen.

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The fox represents the Democratic Party of today.

The fox represents the Democratic Party of today.


I happened to stumble across this Disney Cartoon from 1943. Funny how History repeats itself.


“It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” Pelosi told Maher. “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”





Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Second Day of September in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen.

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I’ve been slack…. I haven’t linked to Intellectual Froglegs in a while.

Let me correct that issue RIGHT NOW!


The September 7th Episode

The September 21st Episode

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty First Day of September in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen.

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We all know that the journalism industry, the Main Stream Media, is nothing more than a ‘Propaganda Machine’ for the democratic party.  And while most of you are focused on the NFL Scandal, or standing in line to get the new iPhone, you pay no attention to the ‘IMPORTANT ITEMS’.

With that said, I’d like to take few moments to point out some facts on a recent “Education Story” that was published on WTVD ABC 11 here in North Carolina.


In 2008-2009, North Carolina spent $67.15 on school textbooks per K-12 student.

The funding fell to $14.86 in the 2014-2015 school year, a 7 percent reduction.

“That doesn’t even buy one text book sometimes,” said McDonald.

Dr. Robin McCoy is in charge of K-12 curriculum in North Carolina. She came up through the ranks and remembers exactly when the hammer first fell after the recession in 2010. Textbook funding was cut to $1.69 per student.

From reading this story, one would automatically think that those EVIL Republicans have slashed our Education budget. After all, that IS what Rev. Barber and the Moron Monday crowd have been chanting. And the McClatchy Group, Capital Broadcasting & WRAL, WTVD, the Herald Sun and other liberal media take it and run with it. No need to verify or look any further than a sound bite.

Refer to the above QUOTE once again, and in particular, the last line — “textbook funding was cut to $1.69 per student.”

So, shouldn’t the quote from the above story read;


“The textbook funding  increased by 879% from the 2010 level of $1.69 per pupil, to the 2014 level of $14.86 per pupil.


Let’s do our own homework now —- shall we;

Raleigh News & Observer, 12/22/2010 (McClatchy Paper)

The HEADLINE –  “Perdue orders deeper budget cuts; Hiring, raises put on hold”

WRAL, 4/28/2009

The HEADLINE – “Governor cuts pay, calls for furloughs for state employees”

WRAL, 5/6/2009

The HEADLINE – “State School Board sets teacher furlough policy.”


The chart below shows the total amount spent on each K-12 education budget starting in 2008 through 2014. These figures come from the state budget which is available online:

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Click to view a larger image.

Now, let us delve into the NC State Board of Education. Here’s a handy dandy screen grab from their ‘STAFF PAGE’. They are the ones who make BUDGETS and decide how much goes to what area. (Note: the RED UNDERLINED names indicate that they are registered democrats… according to public info via the NC State BoE site)

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Click for a larger image.

Then there is this little gem from the John Locke Foundation;

Are three associate superintendents enough? Not for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education!

Tracy Weeks, former executive director of the N.C. Virtual Public School, is the state’s newest associate superintendent, joining fellow associate superintendents Rebecca Garland, Martez Hill, and Philip Price. Last month, Weeks received an $11,000 raise to bring her annual salary to $121,000.

Rebecca Garland ($153,824) and Philip Price ($143,483) are the two highest paid employees at DPI, while Martez Hill ($118,126) is the low associate superintendent on the totem pole, so to speak.

Governor McCrory’s annual salary is $141,265. Lt. Governor Forest receives $124,676 a year.

Liberal democrat politicians are the ones who have cut the education budgets — Period!

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twentieth Day of September in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen.

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