Martinez Goes Indy

I try not to give too much attention to libertarian types like Rick Martinez at the News and Observer. They're always full of advice about how government should operate, but the truth is, they HATE government and they suck at it as well. But today Martinez puts himself in the spotlight to declare that he's renouncing his membership in the Republican party.

Before the day is done, I'll make my way down to the Orange County Board of Elections and become an unaffiliated voter. That will bring to a close my 34 years as a Republican. Like Ronald Reagan when he left the Democratic Party, I'm not abandoning the Republican ideals of self-reliance, fiscal responsibility and limited government. It's the party has abandoned those principles and waved goodbye to me.

NC House Committee Recommends Healthcare Fixes

North Carolina's House Select Committee on Health Care has come up with some recommendations for the full House to consider when they reconvene. (In a short session like 2006, the legislature can only consider certain types of bills; one of these includes bills that come as recommendations from a committee.) What follows is dreived from reporting by the Winston-Salem Journal. I'm working on getting a copy of the recommendations themselves.

Making a Molehill out of a Mountain?

There's a a primary a'brewing in NC House district 98 (Mecklenburg County). It has been a hot topic of discussion here at BlueNC, and has been profiled as a showdown between the new guard and old guard Republicans in the South. Sounds spicy, right? But according to Joseph Coletti over at the Locker Room, the race isn't about much more than cafeteria food. Are these guys paying attention?

Give A Few Dollars Today for Maximum Effect

Today is the last day of the first fundraising period, Rory Blake (6th district candidate, Democrat) is looking to be able to show the world that he's a serious contender. One way to do that is to show that he's raised a lot of money. Another way, perhaps more important, is to be able to show that he has a lot of donors, regardless of donation size. This is where you come in.

Break out the credit card and make a contribution today, even if it's just few bucks. I'm going to.

Lottery Scam

This is the lottery scam that I just got in my inbox:

FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT LAWRENCE WEST (URBAN PROMOTIONS INTERNATIONAL)PRIZE AWARD DEPT REF NO: 15/0018/IPD
BATCH NO: EGS/ 22504002/04
ATTN: WINNER.

RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE.

We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our RECENT LOTTERY DRAWS HELD on the 3rd of December 2005.Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number:085-12876077-09 with serial number:51390-0 drew lucky numbers:03-05-12-14-38 which consequently won in the 5th category.you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of (ONE MILLION US DOLLARS ONLY) in cash credited to file with REF: º.EGS/3662367114/13.Note that

Drinking Liberally: Iran Amok


Sabers are rattling from Washington D.C. to Tehran. Iran reports they have enriched uranium. Sy Hersh reports U.S. military strategists are drawing up plans for a nuclear first strike. Saudi Arabia is asking the Russians to intervene. Our troops are amassed in the neighboring morass of Iraq. The news media is unflappably blase about the possible use of nukes. The Republican Noise Machine is gearing up for 2006 Congressional elections. We've got a President in Iran who hates Jews and believes the world will end in the next 2 or 3 years and a President in the United States who loves Jesusy freedom at the barrel of a gun and believes that the world will end whenever he's damn good and ready.

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