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RealValues Reads the North Carolina Conservative So You Don't Have To

Check it out: When a long-time incumbent is challenged in a primary by a political newcomer, one side's bumbling ineptitude usually ends up playing right into the hands of the other. Of course, it's usually the outsider making the mistakes. Charles Taylor's press secretary is doing her part to provide us with an example of tables turned.

The occasion: an email to challenger John Armor's pal, which simultaneously calls Armor a left-winger (?) and accuses the North Carolina Conservative of being a front for Democrats. Seriously. Who hires a press secretary who doesn't know not to put stupid and embarassing charges in an email?

Careless Kitty Captured, Crated Back to Carolina

It's my spring break, and I'm disinclined to blog on weighty matters. Which is why it's good that there are stories like this one about a cat from North Carolina who got lost in Phoenix. The cat is fine, though its encounter with a fan belt left it with some injuries. The family can't believe that it happend to Ashley (the cat), and not Bubbles (the other, more adventurous cat). Ashley is flying in on Friday, in case you want to go be a part of the reunion in Raleigh.

Be an Inaugurator!

Sometimes being a liberal means rising up in a beaten down world; sometimes it means having a beer. There are ups and downs. If you live near Chapel Hill, the very special opportunity presented to you tomorrow evening (Thursday, 3/16) is to midwife a brand stinking new chapter of Drinking Liberally.

WHAT: "An informal, inclusive progressive drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.

Bars are democratic spaces - you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space - build democracy one drink at a time."

Thanks NC Senator John Snow

I would just like to use this space to honor a NC Senator,a friend and fellow vet. Sen. John Snow from the 50th District Representing the Counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania in the exact same effenecent manner he did while serving on the bench as a District Court Judge.

He recently came to the aid of our 2 local Veterans Post's when we needed flags for both. He & I along with another Veteran spent well over a hour & a half on the issues of the Veterans of the 50th District. On how he could best represent us in Raleigh. He communicates with us often to keep updated on Veterans issues.He sits on the following Committies, Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Member Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety Vice-Chairman Appropriations/Base Budget Member Education/Higher Education Member Judiciary II Member Mental Health & Youth Services Member Opportunities and Needs for Economic Growth in North Carolina (One NC) Member Select Committee on Homeland Security, Emergency Management & Military Affairs Member Transportation Member.

Does This Happen In N.C. also? YEPPER, IT Does!

What's the Bush ,Taylor,Doyle,Burr Administration done for you lately? If you are a Veteran, then you owe it to yourself to join NC Vets Caucus @ http://ncvets.org/
It is time for all Democratic Veterans to come together, as one strong unified voice for the common good!! If you are not a Vet, then pay a sneak visit to your local VA sometime.

Story here... http://www.recordonline.com/archive/2006/03/11/news-vwvet1-03-11.html
Story below:
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Vietnam vets face struggle to survive
Some are living in woods, cars By Victor WhitmanTimes Herald-Recordvwhitman@th-record.com
Monticello - Vietnam vet John Venticinque once dodged bullets for his country. Now he's dodging cockroaches in a flea-bag motel in Monticello, stuck living for months in Room 103 because he can't find a place to stay in Sullivan County.

Our Veterans Deserve Better!

WASHINGTON - Dozens of veterans from southcentral Pennsylvania donned their caps and headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby their congressmen for more ample health care and retirement benefits.

Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, was one of the four representatives and two senators who met with the supportive crowd to discuss the Veterans of Foreign Wars defense and legislative goals for 2006.

For Lonnie Frampton, of VFW Post 477 in Carlisle, and many of his fellow vets, the central issue is convincing the government to pick up more of their health care tab.

Frampton, 69, wants to end federal deductions of veterans' retirement benefits to pay for VA medical treatment.

Dems Demand More!

Dems Demand More!

Lawmakers demand more wartime funds for vets’ health careBy Rick MazeTimes staff writerOn the eve of a House committee’s passage of a $72.4 billion wartime supplemental funding bill, about 90 members of Congress are demanding that money be included to cover veterans’ health care costs.In a March 6 letter organized by Reps. John T. Salazar, D-Colo., and Lane Evans, D-Ill., lawmakers ask for a minimum of $630 million to be added to the supplemental for veterans programs, including $250 million for mental health services, $200 million for direct medical care, $110 million for prosthetics, $15 million for vocational rehabilitation and $55 million to increase the number of people processing disability claims.

Clyde Michael Morgans Vets Group!

You ask & ye shall Receive!! The Veterans Group Clyde Michael Morgan Associates with is Vets for Peace. Now, I dont know how old you are but these people are the very same rejects from the 60's & 70's who went to Canada, Sweeden & other countries and were associated with Jane Fonda and her F.T.A. Movement! Our troops in the feild do not need to be seeing & hearing this kinda crap and any veteran would know so. If you need to protest ,protest something else like Bush! I even respect anybodys right to burn my American Flag as long as they do it proper! 1st, Wrap themself up in it, 2. Soak in gas &3. Flick their bic while wearing it! Here is their agenda. Just like the 60's again and if you have a relative overseas you gonna let them spit on em?

We're Official!

Drinking Liberally Chapel Hill lives! We're on the web here, but more importantly, you can sign up for the low-volume high-quality mailing list here. There's also a discussion forum here.

What does this mean? For those of us around Chapel Hill, it means that there are two nights a month when you can go out and have a beer with the best kind of folks. We'll be kicking off on Thursday the 16th at Tyler's Taproom in Carrboro (map).

Be ye advised: Drinking Liberally is its own thing, and not affiliated with or presented by BlueNC.

Now go join that mailing list!


NC Unemployment Falls for 7th Straight Month

North Carolina's unemployment rate saw the largest month-to-month decrease since February 1978 with the rate in January at 4.3 percent. That's down from December's rate of 5.1 percent.

North Carolina's unemployment rate also dropped below the national average, which was 4.7 percent in January.

Charlotte Business Journal: N.C. unemployment rate falls to 4.3% - 2006-03-09

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