Bush's Snow Job vs. Clinton's..., Well, You Know

We've got an uphill battle on our hands here, folks. Public Policy Polling came out with the results of a poll conducted Tuesday about Bush's wiretap program. By a significant margin, North Carolinians feel that Clinton's offense—lying under oath about fun with Monica—was more impeachable than circumventing FISA to wiretap Americans. (50% felt this way; 33% said the wiretapping was worse; 17% wasn't sure.)

So yeah, that's upsetting. Jimmy Carter, who signed FISA into law, says Bush's actions are illegal. Shoot, checking government's search and siezure power made the first Congress's top-ten list of things to add to the Constitution. I imagine that most readers of this blog agree with me that Bush is so in flagrante delicto that a zombie Johnny Cochran couldn't save him.

North Carolina's Miserable Air Quality

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation has released its list of worst places to live with asthma (coming soon here). The worst 100 places to live includes three North Carolina cities: Greensboro (7), Charlotte (23), and Raleigh-Durham (53). (Article here). Hopefully, these type of studies can convince people that the pollution of North Carolinians has a serious impact on our health and persuade the legislature not to

Pigs have wings

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover I have a shred of agreement with Johnny Be Hood over at the Carolina Journal. Mr. Hood apparently doesn't approve of the shady back-roominess swirling around Speaker Jim Black . . . and I personally have called on Black to resign his leadership position immediately. Just goes to show you, anything is possible.

But here's the real question for Hood: If shady dealings are cause for alarm in the North Carolina legislature, shouldn't they be cause for alarm everywhere? And shouldn't the elected officials involved be called on to step down?

Put Your Money on North Carolina

The Koufax Awards are an annual affair that recognizes the best in several categories of blogging. This year's new category is State and Local Blogs. Right now there are eighty-two nominees, which might mean one or two blogs from each state.

But that's not what it means. There are eleven blogs that I recognize as North Carolina blogs. Not too shabby, NC. (BlueNC is among them, by the way.)

Impeachment . . . the best litmus test?

In a stunning display of common ground, conservative wingers and liberal wackos alike are concluding that George Bush just might have broken the law with his domestic spying scheme. Cities all across America are calling for accountability. Because only way to get to the bottom of it is to investigate Bush's actions thoroughly and objectively.

Yet many of North Carolina's Congressional representatives don't seem bothered by the fact that the President may be breaking laws. And that bothers me tremendously.

So dear representatives . . . here is the question of the day: Do you want to find out if Bush broke the law . . . or not?

Myrick Grandstanding? Or an Astounding Display of Incompetence?

Either Sue Myrick's doctor told her she'd better release some of that hot air, or she has zero understanding of her role in government. (I'm open to persuasion either way.) Myrick is calling for the federalization of some Charlotte police to do federal immigration duties.

The problem for Myrick is that in 1997, the Supreme Court, in an opinion by Justice Scalia, declared that a federal power can not accomplish a federal mandate by commandeering state police officers. (521 U.S. 898) I'd love to hear why Sue believes this to be Constitutional.

Raleighing

As I was lamenting the *?!& game, I thought I would share a great nonpolitical blog that focuses on the goings on in Raleigh. It is www.raleighing.com. The site has updates on various building projects and generally anything being added to Raleigh. It is a great way to find out about the community that (many of) us live in.

Mark and John

I've had two big days. Last night I was at a meeting where John Edwards spoke. Tonight I enjoyed the company of Mark Warner. I have gotten a glimpse of the new face of the Democratic Party . . . and I like it a lot. These guys are focused on competence and integrity, results and resolve. Grounded in an honest understanding of real people's lives, they are working hard to build the common ground that unites us.

That's what BlueNC is about too.

As we countdown to November 7 - exactly nine months from today - I am more inspired and excited than I've been in years. It is a privilege to be on this journey with all of you.

Jim Black's Dealings to Be Exposed

The Democratic Speaker of the North Carolina House, Jim Black, is about to have his dirty laundry aired for all to see. For a while, BlueNC has been calling for Black to come clean on his many scandals and possibly resign. Tomorrow the Democrat controlled State Board of Elections will be holding public hearings to determine the existence or extent of possible corruption. There is a great article on the matter in the Greensboro News-Record. From the article:

For months, the details of alleged wrongdoing tied to House Speaker Jim Black have festered mostly in private.

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