About BlueNC

Lifted from a comment by Robert P.

Unlike Under The Dome, Talking about Politics, or even Daily Kos - no one here is paid to be involved with politics, it is a labor of love. In fact, almost all of us here have many other commitments that are much more important than either blogging or politics. When something is not discussed or talked about it is probably because James is in a meeting, Betsy is running voters to the polls, and the rest of us "front pagers" are at work. There has never, in all my recollections, EVER, been even a single email between us about an issue and whether or not we should talk about it. This blog just doesn't work that way.

Folks, please write your own posts, we love it. Why? Because it means we don't have to do all the lifting. This is supposed to be a community and it will thrive best when everyone is providing input. A community becomes stale when it is the same four or five people writing all the posts and a lot of the comments.

So, to all of you who think we're ignoring or hiding from an issue, please write about the issue. You might be surprised to see us jump in with a comment in support of your post, and you might be surprised to learn that we were out of town or taking care of sick babies or making costumes for school plays or signing up new voters or recruiting election day Observers, Greeters, Runners, and Hospitality for our local precinct. You might be surprised to learn that we just don't have the free time to write about everything and we rely on you to contribute when we don't.

Thanks.

Comments

Thanks for writing this.

I personally have been in the chiropractor's office with a strained neck (too much keyboarding) five times in the past couple of weeks. Not to mention two business trips to DC, one to New York, and a guest lecture at the J-School. And from what I've heard, Betsy is knee-deep - make that neck deep - volunteering as a GOTV leader for several campaigns.

It has always been my hope that good souls would step forward and take the reins of BlueNC, making it into a truly diverse statewide community filled with lively, productive debate. That hope has been partially fulfilled, but there is a long way to go.

I also want to reiterate your point about the lack of behind-the-scenes coordination among front-pagers. I've probably talked to Betsy fewer than five times this year - and most of them were to plan the BlueNC Blogger Bash. This is as transparent a community as you'll ever find: what you see is all there is.

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Doubts about Dole?

Shine the light on the Rat Bastards!

This is as transparent a community as you'll ever find: what you see is all there is.*James

Blue NC keeps pouring it on with it's brilliant posters and great information. After the election, if I am still alive, I am going to give some type of medal to the troops here and their great efforts to show true transparency in politics in this state.........No mainstream media or any Blog even comes close to this site.

Everything shows a massive sweep for the Democrat party in North Carolina and of course the Obama campaign cleaning the pockets of evil of the Republicans.

Max!

You're back ... and feisty as ever! Be sure to give us a full report on your healthcare extravaganza!
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Doubts about Dole?

ha! Here we both are posting open threads!

I knew as I kept looking for and turning down pictures to post in my open thread that someone else would have one up by the time I found one I liked. ; )

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

What BlueNC is NOT about

There was nothing in my post that was meant to imply or suggest or hint that any sort of agreement, tacit or otherwise, among participants or hosts went into what was or wasn't discussed on this blog.

It never occured to me that you or James or Betsy or anyone else would be exchanging emails saying, "play this up" or "play this down." Whether you get this or not, I respect all three of you much more than to think that that is your style, but even if I didn't, I doubt you'd have the time and energy to invest in that kind of mickey mouse b.s.

What I did and do suggest is that there is a bit of a tendency on this blog to treat negative news for the Democrats as something to be brushed aside or dismissed as irrelevant. Even when someone like yours truly brings it up (and then has to duck the usual accusations of bad faith) there is some resistance to discussing it much beyond denigrating the media.

I raised this issue a long time aqo in the context of a discussion about whether progressives do or do not believe that to support progressive ideals means to support the Democratic Party.

I don't think there's a clear answer there for each of us as individuals, though I do think most of us would agree that we have a better chance with the Democrats than we do the GOP.

But how many of you would say today that you would rather Jim Black hold the speaker's chair than a Republican, had the choice come to that? I am not entirely sure how I'd answer that myself.

I like to think that I would keep perspective about what public service is and should be to the extent that I would NOT prefer corrupt Democrat to remain in place for the sake of a given agenda item, but it's very easy to get caught up in the sense of being embattled and to rationalize that all is fair . . .

Anyway, I think a lot of people share my concern that an issue that gains ground under corrupt circumstances is going to suffer set backs if that corruption is discovered -- regardless of the merits of the issue. An example is the bill that Black pushed through for the chiropractors. Good bill, bad process. It was repealed before the prison bars were shut on Jim Black's cell.

I claim ignorance

Seriously! See I might think, "how nice Jim Black wants children to get their eyes checked." I honestly think the best of most people until the worst is proven true.

When this doesn't hold true is on the internet b/c I don't "know" the person behind the pseudonym. I have an easier time suspecting the worst of people I don't really know. (Probably true of a lot of people.)



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Understandable

But I didn't know Jim Black, either. I knew he was involved in some awfully dicey shenanigans, though, and I think his indictment and the evidence at trial were, unfortunately, pretty solid.

Like the chiropractors' bill, the eye-check bill was also a "good thing." However, that's the point. If we want people in there pushing for good things, for actions and initiatives we support, we have to hope like hell that they're people who aren't going to get thrown out for being corrupt, which will result in their actions going out like the baby with the bathwater.

I did know Thomas Wright, and thought very, very highly of him. That was a really bad blow, but, again, the evidence wasn't flimsy stuff and it was utterly uncontroverted.

I agree that it is easier to suspect the worst of those we don't know --and admit that I have very little hesitation to suspect the worst of some just based on association. For example, REPUBLICANS!

Right there with you on the Republicans

at least most of them.

Our difference is I knew Jim Black, so held out hope there. Also, I don't pay the closest attention to Raleigh politics. I like campaigns and national stuff and am very weak on state issues. (At least I admit it.)



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It's been a long campaign season.

If you were to go back before the campaign started, like two years ago, you would find me ripping and tearing into my State Senator, the most "Progressive" Senator for his spineless voting in the Senate. When it comes to Black, I probably said much what I hope I say about all scandals - let's find out what he actually did. It soon became apparent he was scum and I seem to recall I was very much in favor of kicking him out. Ask Jerry Meek what he thought about my comments regarding the "balcony" seating of poor folks at the big dinner recently. I can honestly say I've gotten more emails from candidates and officials (never Jerry, just to clarify) about BAD things I've said than any of good things. Heck, ask Wayne Goodwin. I think Wayne is a great candidate and I JUST voted for him. But, I still didn't like the last minute resignation of Jim Long and him stepping in as the anointed successor.

That said, the focus for most of us has been getting all the Democrats elected. Frankly, there hasn't been much bad news for Democrats. I'm reminded of this clip from FOX News. The woman goes on to talk about how the media is very positive about Obama campaign, most stories are positive, but that they are more negative about the McCain campaign. Well, duh! The McCain campaign has been one farce after another. For instance, I'm sure they counted all the stories about his "suspension" as negative. Whose fault is that? Anyways, what I am saying is that the focus is on getting Democrats elected right now, but hopefully starting on or about November 5th it will be about forcing them to govern well.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Great Video

I love that video. The Fox anchor is trying to be so tough. My favorite part: "You attack, I'll defend!"

What, No Secret Handshake?

I know a few of the folks that post here and it amazes me - given their outside commitments - that as much content is generated as there is... After the election I fully expect they'll be back to monitoring our elected folks and call them out when they stray off the path.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class