Charles Taylor Forgot to Tell us Again! He has to suffer from "CRS"!

VA ACCUSED OF FOOT-DRAGGING IN NOTIFYING "TEST VETS" -- VETERANS
EXPOSED TO CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL AGENTS ARE STILL WAITING FOR
NOTIFICATION FROM THE VA -- WHY IS THIS? -- ONE VET SAYS: "THEY
REALLY DON'T WANT TO DO IT...IF YOU WAIT LONG ENOUGH,
WE'LL ALL BE DEAD."
It's time for the VA to get off the dime and resolve this issue.
There is no reason for "Test Vets" to die while waiting.
Unless...that reason is money!
Story here... http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_3666200
Story below:
VA: Foot-dragging seen
By Lisa Friedman, From our Washington bureau

WASHINGTON — Thousands of former servicemen who volunteered for chemical and biological tests in the 1960s and 70s might have been exposed to highly toxic substances that could jeopardize their health, and the U.S. government is scrambling to locate them.

Oh, ho, ho.

Hotline On Call invited submissions of the funniest pictures on congressional websites, and two of our own made the list. The full list is here. I got a kick out of the photo of Tom Delay in a flight suit and the multiple (proud?) images of congresscritters being manhandled by the Prez.

Busy Weekend, Great Posts

I was busy enjoying the sun all weekend and was disconnected except for some peaking in on the local news and checking of my google alerts in my e-mail. But when I got to check BlueNC this morning, I felt instantly caught up. Great work over the weekend, and I enjoy the voices we are getting. Lets keep it up.

Spend spend spend spend

I love it when wingers are always against more gummint spending, except when said spending would bring home some bacon to prove they're not just sitting on their butts in DC all week. So it's not surprising that the possibility of a new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility has garnered the attention of born-again Tax and Spend Republicans like Dick Burr and Liddy Dole.

There's more . . .

The Man Behind the Curtain

When you're a Puppetmaster, it's good to be rich . . . as reported today by the News and Observer's Rob Christensen, who has a ring side seat at the Puppetshow.

An independent committee, financed by Raleigh retail executive Art Pope's company, has sent mailings into the districts of five House Republicans criticizing their record.

Repug Chameleon slimes into 41st NC house Dem primary

Cross posted from dailykos:

A classic battle is in the making here for NC house 41st district currently held by (R) Russell Capps.

Ex Republican Men's Club President Chris Mintz is running as a Democrat for NC House district 41. Why is that? Incumbent Republican Russell Capps unexpectedly decided to run for another term, so life-long Republican Chris "The Chameleon" Mintz switched parties to run in the May 2nd Democratic primary as a Democrat. Even though in the weeks leading up to his controversial defection he was still touting his strong conservative credentials. Now he is forcing a primary against a true lifelong dedicated progressive Democrat and DFA
endorsed
candidate Ty Harrell.

Cumberland Democrat Calls for Caucus on Black

Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, told party members in his home county this weekend that he has asked for a caucus of House Democrats to discuss whether Black should step down amid an investigation into his campaign fundraising.

You will find the rest of the story here.

Republicans Hating On Republicans and A Broader Point

It may be that stories of NCGOP infighting are all starting to run together for you. They're funny, but even Seinfeld got old after a while. Here's a chunk from a story over at the NCDP website, but below the fold I want to suggest that there is more than entertainment value to these stories.

A sworn affidavit forwarded to the state Board of Elections claims that state Republican Party chairman Ferrell Blount tried to pressure Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, into donating $500 to the primary opponent of Rep. Richard Morgan, R-Moore. When LaRoque refused during a Feb. 17 meeting, Blount turned to the man who ultimately filed to run against him in the May primary, Willie Ray Starling, and stated, "Willie Ray, go file."

Republican Representative Accuses NCGOP Chair of “Extortion,” Calls for His Resignation | North Carolina Democratic Party

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