One hour

I spent one hour yesterday talking with Jim Neal in his home. We mostly talked about life. And here's what I learned.

On family. Jim Neal raised his two sons as a single parent for 15 or so years. I met one of his sons, who is a bright and warm young man. It was clear that both father and son adore each other. As a person who myself was a single parent for many years, I know what it takes to do what he's done. That should tell you all you need to know about Jim Neal's family values.

On North Carolina. Jim was born in Greensboro. He has also lived in South Carolina, California and probably elsewhere. But he is a Tar Heel through and through. Not a carpet-bagger. Not an occasional visitor. Not a fair-weather friend. He is one of us, and it shows.

On money. Jim Neal knows how to do fundraising. He has done the work of meeting and greeting many of the Big Cheeses, and I feel certain he will be able to raise the $12+ million necessary to run an effective campaign.

On politics. Jim first got involved in politics back when LBJ was running for president. He has been something of a political junkie ever since, though he has not run for office until now. That said, he has been chomping at the bit and his children are now old enough - they have given him their blessing to run.

On campaigning. Jim wakes up every morning with one mission: defeat Liddy Dole. Like many of us, he knows from people all across the state that she is extremely vulnerable. Because despite her efforts to try to distance herself from the Decider, there is one fundamental truth in this campaign. Liddy Dole = George Bush. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

On soft drinks. Mr. Neal favors Diet Coke.

On a primary. Will anyone else enter the race and create a primary contest? Jim says it doesn't really matter to him. A primary would create some visibility, but it would also siphon off resources. In any case, he's very clear that the person he's running against Elizabeth Dole.

On personality. Jim Neal is a nice guy with a razor sharp edge. You can tell within two seconds of meeting him that he is totally driven. He shares our outrage about what Republicans have done to our nation and he is committed to setting things right. He is soft-spoken and articulate, and very, very clear about what's important to him. He asks good questions and he listens to the answers. He seems like a person who does what he says he will do, which is my number one measure of integrity.

Beyond that, I can't offer anything of substance on issues, strategy or anything else. We didn't talk about those things.

It's good to be back.

Comments

Substance on the issues is important, but....

I sure hope the average person in NC feels as I do, that the substance of the person is even more important.

Why?.... Because we need to believe in that person. We need to trust that person. We need to put our faith and confidence in that person. We need to know that person will keep the oath of office and his, or her word of honor.

Anglico; actually, the substance you gatherd is really the first information a person should seek out.

A Politician looks to the next election. A Statesman looks to the next generation.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Absolutely

Which is why the betrayal of North Carolina values by Liddy Dole is so maddening. She's been a big part of so many problems, I can't even keep track of them: OLF, mercenary armies, abandonment of children, fiscal insanity. You name it . . . she's done it wrong.

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Welcome back A

we missed you!

Jim Neal sounds like a Democrat that many can get behind. Just the fact that an admitted Republican't came on posting about how he would scare the Jessecrats makes me support him even more. Chapel Hill Liberal....perhaps, but IMHO, we need MORE people like him.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Chapel Hill businessman

I have no idea if Jim Neal is liberal or not. But I do know he's a successful businessman who is extremely competent. That's exactly why the Replicants won't like him. They abhor competence as a matter of principle. Which explains the moron in the White House and the do-nothing marionette we have for a senior senator.

More Good News

Dole raised 1.1 Million plus in the 3rd quarter and spent more than half a million. Meaning that she has only 2.3 million Cash on Hand. According to her fundraising letters she wanted to have 9 million in total receipts by this point in the year. She has raised no where close to that, only having raised 2 million dollars in the last SIX months.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Thanks for this.

Fund raised for Clark, supports JRE, and drinks Diet Coke....I think that this is my guy...

the Diet Coke sealed the deal :-)

CM

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The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

I guess I'll keep looking for my candidate

I'm a Pepsi kinda girl. :)

Oh well....if I have to support him..... :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Caffeine Primary

Sundrop
Mountain Dew
Pepsi
Coke

In that order. I can cover the state fueled with Sundrop and Hot Peanuts. (Outside the state access to Sundrop is limited, Mt Dew is a close second)

Come down my way

and I'll treat you to a Sundrop and deep fried peanuts up at Roughedge. (don't ask)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Nope Rough Edge

It's the crossroads we "belong" to. There's a gas station that deep fries chicken and taters and it's called Roughedge. Trust me...we're big time out here. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Give me sweet tea

since you can't find good ol' Royal Crown any more...

Lots of Royal Crown (RCC)

At the convenience store in Vass. It's on old Route 1.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

RC cola

Now we're talkin!

Stop by anytime.

We'll hook you up good. Just don't tell persondem. :)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

RC or CR?

You just reminded me I needed to stop by the ABC store to get more Crown Royal.

Whatever works for you, my friend.

One of these days, I'm gonna figure out who you are, and buy you a drink at O'Donnell's. Or on the patio at the Jeff.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

On that day, I hope I'm invited!

although it's Black Seal and Diet coke for me (don't tell persondem).

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I think understand your answer ... the cafe/restaurant scene

where Sally fakes it, right? No, sorry, that would be "Oh, ...... oo, yeah, oh, ..... oh, ...ume, oh ...Oh, .. Oh, OH, OH, YES! .. YES!".

And the woman at the next table says to her waiter "I'll have what she's having."

The quote in the subject line of my previous post is pretty exact. Say it quickly. And there is an 'h' at the end of the ooooo's

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I thought it was Horshack on Welcome

Back Kotter. I see where you mind is A!

(nice mindset)!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Honey -

My "vegan" aunt lives in Ireland, and tells me that the only thing that keeps her going these days, besides the International version of the Daily Show, is a pint of Guinness in the afternoon, and a bit of the Bushmill's in the evenin'. (She's 81. Who wants to go visit her with me?)

I figure the distilled stuff is better for you than the chemical crap.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

We're Italian and Irish.

So we know how to eat, drink, fight, and swear in several languages. :-D

We give great weddings and funerals, I might add.

Don't you love the melting pot? We get it all.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Oooh no,

my children would be drinking right along with me. Although my son now has a taste for Sake (he says it's suppose to be prounounced Sakay).

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I like plum wine.

I'm going to bed.

Good night!


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Just jumping in here ...

I really don't get how otherwise (mostly) sane people can drink any kind of the semi-toxic chemical-laden bubble water stuff. The fake super sugars play with your nervous system ( brain), and the junk corrodes your plumbing.
And just so you do not misunderstand ...

It's BAD for you. VERY bad.

Diet is the first medicine - Chinese proverb.

(Yes it's off topic, but the opportunity presented itself)

To be on topic, I'd be more impressed with Neal if he didn't drink soft drinks and imbibed oh, something like ginger tea (decaf).

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You are absolutely right.

It's vile and quite possibly poisonous. I will quit drinking it.

Tomorrow.

Seriously - I've had to give up a lot of stuff because of other conditions. I don't do processed sugar, and aside from the diet soda, I don't do artificial sweeteners. Leave me this one vice, or I'll have to find something else. Great Gods - who knows what that might be!!!


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

(wink) Oh come on now, there are vices that are much

more fun than soda ... like dark chocolate, or dark chocolate and red wine, or dark chocolate, red wine and ________ ..... we'll just leave that to the collective imaginations of the good readers of BlueNC.

Or how about a steamy chunk of lobster dipped in warm melted butter .....

Or a shot of tequila (Monte Alban?) done right (with salt and lemon).
(note: Cuervo is too smooth. MA lets you know you're alive when it goes down.)

I could go on.

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Chocolate, unfortunately is out

processed sugar, dontcha know. It's also a migraine trigger. Ditto the red wine. But you make it sound so sexy it might be worth it.

Lobster...hm. don't do sea food.

Tequila? Now you're talking! I could waste my life finding the best tequila. and I don't need steenkin' salt or lemon, either. My sister in law and I enjoyed a family picnic one evening with a bottle of ...some kind of wonderfully smoky tasting tequila I'd never had before. None of the other wusses in our family would do the shots. Heh. They kept saying something about having to drive home or something.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Nobody brought up Cheerwine?

Heresy!

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Oh

I think I threw up a little in my mouth.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Packaging

The front of the box looks pretty good. I think I'll wait till I can read the side of the box. Who knows, the store may not have released all its products yet.

Seriously, on a national level, my weight factors are:

First, the restoration of civil liberty is the most critical priority facing us because it is the essence of the idea of the USA.

I believe economic liberty to be the second most critical priority ("necessitous men are not free men"). Reject corporatism.

Abandonment of neo-con imperialism. (This goes way beyond Iraq and Iran)

Institution of universal health care.

Responsible stewardship on environment/energy.

Return to the age of reason.

Where you are on these things and the relative importance you put on them is critical for me.

I think I might copy off of your paper from now on

Very well put.

And good points for Mr. Neal to address. Perhaps he can visit here periodically to do just that.

And if it ain't Diet Pepsi Max, it's just water.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

You have unlimited license.

although my one hit pales with what you routinely bring to this forum.

Ran across this from Glen Greenwald today on telecom co-conspiracy in warrantless invasion of privacy.
He is interviewing Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

FISA designed to prevent telecoms from doing what telegraph cos were doing in 70s:

We brought the case only against AT&T because AT&T has an independent duty to you, its customers, to protect your privacy. This is a very old duty, and if you know the history of the FISA law, you'll know that it was adopted as a result of some very deep work done by the Church Committee in Congress, that revealed that Western Union and the telegraph companies were making a copy of all telegraphs going into and outside the U.S. and delivering them to the Government.

AT&Ts secret room:

Yes. . . . in that regard we already have AT&T internal documents that lay out the schematics of how this is happening and AT&T has authenticated these documents. They filed a motion with Judge Walker saying that those documents are their trade secrets and to say that, they had to say they were true. . . . The evidence we already presented and the fact that AT&T authenticated takes us, if not all the way there, pretty darn close.

They are toast and so is Bushco without congressional immunity.

my thoughts on Mr. Neal

I get the feeling that he is a private person, doing things behind the scenes which is different from the slash-and-burn of politics. In any other race, I would expect the vultures to sniff around why he is divorced, why he came back to North Carolina, etc. but with Miss Absentee Resident with husband registered to vote in another state, I say, "just try it."

The issues are very critical to me, but right now I just want a tee shirt - my Republican neighbor keeps coming to the school bus stop every morning in an old Dole for Senate shirt. I need to represent!

Looking forward to learning more.