First Romanian Killed in Iraq

The first Romanian to die in combat in Iraq was killed in an attack last night:

The Romanian Defense Ministry identified the soldier as corporal Bogdan Hancu, a 28-year-old military policeman from the eastern city of Iasi. He is Romania's first combat casualty in Iraq.

The country has 860 troops in Iraq as part of the multinational force.

Romania has its own history of enduring a brutal dictator, but this poverty stricken nation's decision to enter this war was also affected by the millions in aid that they received from America:

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Vandals sprayed anti-war graffiti and profanity Wednesday on buildings used by military reservists at two North Carolina universities.

Winston-Salem Journal | Anti-war graffiti sprayed on UNC-CH and N.C. State buildings. Dear celestialbeing: our Republic is quite a ways from the point where the only avenue open for dissent is vandalism.

Wake County Commissioner Candidate Goes Off the Deep End

Local politics is so much fun. None of the scripted plays of the national level. Take this gem dug up by WakePol for example...

Republican County Commission candidate, Micheal Luther, has asked to debate the School Board. Luther apparently does not feel like debating his primary opponent and incumbent, Tony Gurley, since they are "friends". The School Board was needless to say shocked:

[School Board Member Carol Parker]I'm surprised at your request to debate the school board — generally when you run for office you debate your opponent. Each of us have been through campaigning and were elected by the voters.

NC-08: I'm Larry Kissell and You CAN Make a Difference!

I'm Larry Kissell, and I'm running for Congress.

It may be corny, but I really do believe that one person can make a difference -- and that is why I'm running. I couldn't sit back anymore and just complain about the state of my country. Whether you are religious or not, I hope you can understand the feeling of being called to something and realizing that whatever the obstacles, you have to see it through. It hasn't been easy, especially as a regular working American, and far from a wealthy one after 27 years in textiles. I've had to spend a great deal of time away from my family. I have used credit cards to loan my campaign more than $35,000. And I have pledged to take a leave of absence from teaching this fall.

Taylor reads the tea leaves

We've all been following Chuck Taylor's latest screw-up, having refused for two years to put $10 million in federal funding toward a national memorial to the flight. It looks like the old weasel is changing his mind.

Family members met with Taylor's staff Wednesday. In a rare national television interview, Taylor explained that he wants to make sure private funding commitments will be met so that the federal government won't be left on the hook. And three Pennsylvania lawmakers pledged that the federal funding will come through this year.


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