Was it something we said, Bernie, that makes you want to leave us?

And I thought we were getting along so well.

Like most of you, I'm a chauvinistic cheerleader for North Carolina, especially for the Triangle, and it is, frankly, a blow to the old ego to learn that Bernie Madoff is trying to leave.

Madoff, the Ponzi schemer extraordinaire, has asked the president to reduce his sentence so he can leave our beautiful state. For the past decade, home for Bernie has been the Federal Correctional Complex at Butner, and every time I drive past I give him a shout out from my moving car.

"What it is, B?" or something like that.