EX-GOP congressional candidate Pantano gets NC vets job

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Submitted: Fri, 08/30/2013 - 3:36am
Updated: Fri, 08/30/2013 - 12:15pm

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A former US Marine lieutenant who twice ran as a Republican for Congress will serve as the new director of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs.

Ilario Pantano of Wilmington will start his new job Sept. 5. He will be paid an annual state salary of $90,000.

Pantano was charged with two counts of premeditated murder in 2004 after he shot two unarmed Iraqis and then hung a taunting sign near their bullet-riddled bodies. A Marine general later dropped the charges, ruling there was insufficient evidence to proceed to court martial. Pantano resigned in 2005.

Pantano campaigned unsuccessfully for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District seat in 2010 and 2012. He was also vice chairman of Veterans for McCrory, a group affiliated with the campaign of now Gov. Pat McCrory.

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39 Comments on "EX-GOP congressional candidate Pantano gets NC vets job"

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t care two cents about Pantano, but there were a couple of articles I found that stated that there was an NCIS investigator who cleared Pantano of any wrongdoing.

2015 years 8 months ago

The fact that Pantano has never held a serious administrative position in a large organization, or that the position was crass political patronage by McCrory is something you can live with … but … God forbid he should come from somewhere else; that’s the big deal?

“Damn yankee”, “carpetbagger”, “send him packing back North” … That’s all your little mind can process? Really?

Just a little update … The South wasn’t successful in seceding from the Union (that was over 150 years ago by the way) and we’re all one big homogenous country where in today’s modern world people move from place to place all the time. This might come as a shock to someone as provincial as you, but folks, even from here, move to other areas of the country as well, just like others do.

People like you seem to go out of their way to portray yourselves as narrow minded, provincial xenophobes. I fail to see the point in doing that.

It would be nice to see one of you “Southern supremacists” actually provide a logical, comprehensive explanation for this continuing stupidity.

2015 years 8 months ago

Actually, we don’t see it as stupidity.
The logical , comprehensive explanation is that the majority of “Yankees” that move into LLI(Little Long Island) places like Brunswick Forest, Waterford, etc., are for the most part condescending, arrogant clones of people like you who for some reason think you have some sort of intellectual superiority over Southern people.
Let me assure you this is not the truth.
Maybe if you tried to assimilate yourself into southern culture instead of isolating yourselves in small enclaves of like minded people (ghettoes, if you will) then you would not be thought of in this way.
Anyway, I can tell from your post that you have not tried, so don’t expect anything from your southern hosts.

2015 years 8 months ago

What is stupid is for yankees to come to the south and do everything they can do be offensive. Instead of accepting us for who we are they deride us about our way of life. They complain about how things are different. They overrun our neighborhoods and do everything within their power to diminish our rights as property owners.

I have heard yankees complain about our laid back way of doing things. And how we don’t get in a hurry to do things. When it counts, we get things done. Otherwise, what is the hurry. There is no harm in taking it easy and enjoying life as it comes instead of rushing it.

I really hate it when yankees complain about our southern drawl and our manner of speech. There is an line from an Alabama song that addresses this perfectly, “I’ll speak my southern English as natural as I please.” If you don’t like that, you can go back up north.

When I worked in retail, I heard numerous complaints about the products we didn’t carry. Well, my husband went to school in Michigan and when he went to the grocery store, he only had one option for grits. Did he go and complain to customer service? Did he demand that they care a larger variety of grits? No. He accepted that people in Michigan don’t eat grits much and he made do with what was available.

I had a lady from Connecticut complain about us not having a lot of greenery around here. I don’t reckon you can get much more green than the Green Swamp.

You don’t need to look any further than the rules and regulations of POA’s in the predominantly yankee neighborhoods, to know that yankees, in general, cannot mind their own business and let people live in the quiet enjoyment of their own homes. Who does it hurt for a man to have a window air conditioner in an upstairs room? I lived in a small neighborhood that outlawed flag poles because a man near the entrance of the neighborhood liked to fly various flags including the Jolly Roger and the Confederate Battle Flag. It wasn’t hurting anyone either. They just didn’t agree with his politics.

Please tell us how you would feel if your people had suffered through an invasion, had war crimes committed against them, and got robbed blind during the reconstruction era following the war. How would you feel if we came up north and complained about what you don’t have, tried to tell you what to do with your land, and constantly called you stupid for the way you talk? I don’t think you would like it very much, but then again, maybe you would.

And we were never meant to be one big homogeneous country. We were intended to be a group of independent, sovereign states, who pooled our resources, for a limited number of things, for the good of all the states. We were never meant to be run by a central government.

2015 years 8 months ago

Waited around long enough and sucked up to the right people to finally get a job. Our new Gov is a friggin jerk ! WHAT qualifies him for this job? Besides sucking.