Gso Prop 8 Protest (Photo's Added)

I made it to the protest today in Greensboro, which was smaller than I expected. Hopefully lots of Triad folks attended the Raleigh event instead.

There were no frenzied groups of rabid wingnuts in sight.

I remarked on this to a fellow protester. "There wasn't enough time for them to organize," he said; holding a sign referencing Britney Spears' 55-hour marriage.

"Yeah, I guess most of the publicity was on the internet," I replied. "And they don't have internet."

"They probably communicate by carrier pigeon," he laughed.

No doubt some of the fine citizens passing by headed straight to their local Church of God and returned with a pickup load of angry Palin wackos. But by then, I had left.

New BlackWater Dogcrap Scandal?

A federal grand jury in North Carolina is investigating allegations the controversial private security firm Blackwater illegally shipped assault weapons and silencers to Iraq, hidden in large sacks of dog food, has learned.

Despite four separate federal grand jury investigations of its operations, Blackwater's contract to...
Despite four separate federal grand jury investigations of its operations, Blackwater's contract to provide security services for the US State Department was renewed earlier this year. The contract pays Blackwater $250 million a year and runs for five years
Under State Department rules, Blackwater is prohibited from using certain assault weapons and silencers in Iraq because they are considered "offensive" weapons inappropriate for Blackwater's role as a private security firm protecting US diplomatic missions.

"The only reason you need a silencer is if you want to assassinate someone," said former CIA intelligence officer John Kiriakou, an ABC News consultant.

Six Blackwater employees are under investigation by another federal grand jury, in Washington, D.C., in connection with the shooting deaths of at least 17 civilians in September, 2007 at a Baghdad traffic circle. Prosecutors are expected to return indictments in the next few weeks, according to people familiar with the case.

Richard Moore: Right on Wachovia

As many know, Treasure Richard Moore has taken a very public stand calling for Wachovia to remain an independent bank. At first, the free-market side of brain couldn't see the value of government interference in a deal between Wells Fargo and Wachovia. But after reading Moore's column in today's O-No! - and after studying the chain of events that led to this shady deal, I'm convinced Richard Moore is right. The deal should not go forward.

Retrospective: Dear Governor-Elect Perdue

I dipped into the BlueNC archives today. What a difference five years makes.

Dear Governor Perdue.

We haven't always seen eye-to-eye on issues and campaign strategies. But I have heard you talk at least a half-dozen times over the past year, and you made some pretty big promises. I'm writing today to ask that you keep them.

During your campaign for governor, you jumped on the Obama change bandwagon and assured voters that your administration would not be business as usual. You promised a new level of transparency in government and a commitment to representing all the people of North Carolina, not just those who helped you get elected by raising lots of money.

As you move forward to fill critical jobs in your administration and key board positions, we're all out here expecting you to do what you promised. Rumors are swirling on every front, and I'm hoping most of them are wrong.


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