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God, Guns, and Cannibal Dictators

The 2010 election season is shaping up to be a surreal journey into the nightmare world of the Twilight Zone, where nothing is what it seems to be and evil lurks right around the corner. The aura of Socialism! hasn't been so ever-present in our political debate since the days of McCarthyism, and the sheer number of citizens who are prone to this fear-mongering is much more frightening than that which they fear.

A Perfect Storm

Being motivated by the discussion on this thread, as well as some recent radio commentary I've heard, I decided to talk about something I'm not really qualified to talk about, that being the recent collapse of our economy thanks to the financial industry and its Congressional collaborators. I understand that health care reform is on the minds of many, but there are some equally important issues our government has chose to shelve until some later date, which I believe is placing our economic recovery at great risk, and could undermine the success of whatever other reforms our government attempts.

Ethical Problems on NC's Supreme Court

A few weeks ago, Connie posted some information here at BlueNC that sent me off on a digging expedition, and I subsequently posted my meager findings on an NC Policy Watch diary that dealt with the same subject matter. Being that I'm not a lawyer and don't even play one on TV, I decided to wait and see if anyone smarter than me (big crowd) would take the ball and run with it. But since I haven't seen any movement yet, plus the fact that I have the patience of a toddler, I decided to blog about what I see as a major issue with our State's highest court.

The Anatomy Of Corporate Propaganda

Before I begin, I must admit to being a little frustrated with our lack of critical thinking and our readiness to accept information and analysis if it's packaged in a way that pleases us. This character flaw is not limited to one political party or the other, and I believe it's partially an artifact of decades of consumerism and self-indulgence. There are simply not enough people asking the hard questions these days, and that is one of the heralds of a civilization in decline.

North Carolina's Precious Wetlands At Risk

You may have already seen this piece over at The Dome regarding efforts by Camden and Currituck counties to block the Navy's construction of an Outlying Landing Field (OLF) on the basis of distressed and endangered species that inhabit the local wetlands. While I have my fingers crossed that this approach will work, I've seen much evidence that protecting our North Carolina wetlands and the myriad species that inhabit them is of little concern to those we have granted the authority to decide these things.

Mercury Primer For Moms

Yes, I'm going to (once again) talk about Mercury, and even though this diary is dedicated to mothers, the rest of you are not excused, so don't even think about skipping this one. For you moms, the pressure of following sound prenatal behaviors is intense, and the list of things you shouldn't do or eat seems to outpace the list of things you can. If Mercury isn't already on your list of shouldn'ts, it should be, and I'm going to try to explain a) where it comes from, b) how it makes its way into your system, and c) what it does when it gets there.

Feeding The U.S. Health Care Beast

In the midst of our current health care debate, I see occasional opinions about the why's and where's of the skyrocketing costs of health care, and what we might do to bring them down. But this (to me) seems to have become of secondary concern, and one which will somehow fix itself with a little bit of regulation, or maybe some competition in areas where that dynamic has been absent. While some of those costs will contract a percent or two here and there, a strong dose of reality is just what the doctor ordered.

On Releasing The Imprisoned Environmentalists

No, this diary is not about a small group of activists that were thrown in jail somewhere, it's about exploring different methods for growing the numbers of people who turn their concern for our environment into action. One reason I chose that specific title is to demonstrate how the overuse of boldness and "raising an alarm" can be counterproductive, and may at least partially explain why environmentalism, as a movement, seems to be less effective than it should be.

Did I Do This?

First of all, let me state upfront that, yes, I have a very high opinion of myself. The fact that I have no credentials or accomplishments or anything else of any substance to back up that opinion is pretty much lost on me. I say this because I don't want anybody wasting their time explaining it to me, because that would be pointless. That said, follow me past the fold so you can get another glimpse into the Steve-centric Universe I live in. In which I live. Whatever.

Kay, What Were You Thinking?

As I've mentioned before, I am not a foe of the 2nd Amendment, and I've probably fired more rounds than most people reading this, even the ones who cuddle their little semi-automatic friends in bed at night as they dream of gunning down the bad guys in defense of Sweet Polly Purebred. But a handgun is not a cell phone, an IPOD, or a fancy belt buckle, and the idea of Congress making it easier for a citizen to "accessorize" with a deadly weapon has me rubbing my temples while shaking my head. And when I saw that Democrat(?) Kay Hagan actually voted for this, I started looking for a suitably hard surface to bang my head on.

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