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Dome: Petition calls for dumping sci-fi writer from UNC-TV board

rchristensen@newsobserver.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Progress NC Action, a liberal advocacy group, delivered 15,000 petition signatures to the office of Senate leader Phil Berger on Monday, asking him to withdraw the appointment of science fiction writer Orson Scott Card to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.

Card, whose best-known novel is “Ender’s Game,” created controversy earlier this year with an online article in which he posits a future in which Obama rules as a “Hitler- or Stalin-style dictator” with his own national police force composed of “young out-of-work urban men.”

He also suggested that Obama would set up first lady Michelle Obama as a puppet president after his own term is up, and that the two might amend the Constitution to allow presidents to run forever. He added: “That’s how it works in Nigeria and Zimbabwe; that’s how it worked in Hitler’s Germany.”

Card called the piece “an experiment in fictional thinking,” and adds, “Will these things happen? Of course not.” He then adds, “But it sure sounds plausible, doesn’t it?”

Joining Progress NC Action was someone dressed in a Big Bird of Sesame Street costume, although the Big Bird figure was denied entry at the Legislative Building

“Thank goodness Phil Berger decided not to run for the U.S. Senate today,” said Gerrick Brenner of Progress NC Action. “Berger’s appointee to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees is an embarrassment, and it begs the question, ‘Does Phil Berger agree with comparisons of the president to Hitler?’”

Ann McCrory promotes family

First lady Ann McCrory made a rare public appearance Monday to celebrate Family Day with more than 70 students and parents at lunch at Elm City Elementary School in Wilson.

Family Day is an initiative to promote parental involvement to prevent substance abuse in children and teenagers.

“I am honored to join 28 other First Spouses from across the country by serving as an honorary chair of Family Day,” McCrory said. “I encourage families across North Carolina to make a commitment to spend more time together. Everyday activities, such as eating dinner, hosting a game night or tucking your children into bed, can make a huge impact and help prevent substance abuse.”

McCrory-Foxx hug makes list

Gov. Pat McCrory made Buzzfeed’s list of the “23 Most Awkward Moments in Hugging History.”

McCrory’s hug of Anthony Foxx, his successor as the Charlotte Mayor, was labeled the “shaky embrace” and came in at No. 16.

The original image came from Charlotte Magazine and was taken when McCrory was in Charlotte earlier this year for the MetLife jobs announcement. Read more about it here.

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