Odds, Ends

  • New Elon poll: Black inspires little confidence; gas tax ought to simmah down now, and:
    Nearly 79 percent of those polled agreed or strongly agreed that the minimum wage in North Carolina should be raised. Of this group, 45 percent wanted raised from $5.15 per hour to more than $6.50, while another 25 percent picked $6.50. Legislation pending in the General Assembly would raise the minimum to $6.

    AP Wire | 03/07/2006 | Poll: N.C. residents divided on whether Black should resign

Bush Buries Another One

In 2004, at the suggestion of the 9/11 Commission the Civil Liberties Oversight Board was created. It has never been funded, nor has it hired any staff. It has taken a year for its members to receive nominations and confirmation. President Bush has guaranteed the board will not be able to accomplish its stated goals. He failed to include funding for it in the most recent budget.

According to Newsweek the Office of Management and Budget doesn't seem to know what's going on, but assured the board would be completely funded.

Trust me, it gets better...read on

March 7

We are now exactly EIGHT MONTHS from election day. And while it's tempting to stand by and watch the wingers self-destruct, we can't count on their incompetence being noticed by North Carolina voters. We cannot count on our fellow citizens to acknowledge Charles Taylor's ethical shortcomings. We cannot count on Virgina Foxx's constituents to recognize that she screws them over with every vote she makes. We cannot count on the Queen City to see Sue Myrick as a tool Bush is using to destroy America's reputation abroad. The only thing we can count on is our own resolve. We must draw clear distinctions between our candidates and the gravediggers of the Republican right.

New Feature - Take Action!

There's a new link on your left sidebar in the "Quick Links" section: "take action!" It points to a page that contains all the links you'll need to send email to our elected representatives at the state and federal levels, and to quickly and easily send letters to the editor to a number of papers without ever leaving BlueNC. Try it out!

More info for bloggers below the fold.

Odds and Ends

There had been some commenting on the issue, but I would like to see it opened up into a bigger discussion. NC-11 would be a huge win, and it is well within reach. Most outlets have taken for granted the Shuler/Taylor match-up, and in all likelyhood, that will be the case come November.
Recently, though, John Armor has been more active in the GOP race, perhaps presenting a viable primary challenge to Taylor. (Shuler also has a primary challenger, but with a manslaughter conviction and his steadfast support for legalizing marijuana, Michael Morgan will not likely exert too much pressure.) Armor Seems to be setting himself up to flank Taylor from the libertarian right. If you are interested in learning about this candidate, there are a few good references on the web. For starters, he finally launched a website:

Terrorism:All in the Name

Eric at Is That Legal? posed an interesting question this morning: Was the attack on students in the Pit at UNC a terrorist attack?

For those of you that do not know about the event, a student drove through the middle of UNC's campus, where large groups of students congragate and is blocked from automobile traffic. The driver said he was upset with the treatment of Muslims around the world.

The College Republicans protested that this should be considered a terrorist attack. But Eric points out that some at Orange Politcs are calling this a mental illness and avoinding the terrorism label.

NRSC Fundraising Scheme Has Potential to Intimidate Elderly

Earlier today I went out to my mailbox to get our mail. I saw a very official looking envelope that had printed "Return Enclosed" at the bottom as if it were a tax return. While it was addressed to my husband, we commonly open each other's mail if it has to do with taxes. It wasn't until I pulled out the contents of the envelope that I realized it was a fundraiser. My blood started to boil.

Elizabeth Dole sent out an NRSC fundraiser intentionally disguised as a "Return" and sent to "U.S. Individual Resident". Upon a quick second look I did see that the return address had the American Eagle and Elizabeth Dole's name at the top of the envelope. Someone else might honestly think that this was an official notification from the government. Especially, an elderly person or a new registrant who hasn't been politically active in the past.

Links to documents below the fold....

Republican Hall of Shame!

Well, We all know Charles Taylor hasnt served or at least he hasnt produced a DD-214 to prove he did. Lets Just see what else turns up!
Prominent Republicans
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - avoided the draft, did not serve.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey - avoided the draft, did not serve.
House Majority Leader Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve (1). "So many minority youths had volunteered ... that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt - did not serve
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - did not serve. (An impressive medical resume, but not such a friend to cats in Boston.)

Just Who Served?? Dem's In the Military!

Representative Jack Murtha (D-PA) - distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990. (1)
Representative Richard Gephardt, former House Minority Leader - Missouri Air National Guard, 1965-71. (1, 2)
Representative David Bonior - Staff Sgt., United States Air Force 1968-72 (1, 2)
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle - 1st Lt., U.S. Air Force SAC 1969-72 (1, 2)
Former Vice President Al Gore - enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast of Saigon. More facts about Gore's Service

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