Here come da sludge

This little story about the impact of judges retiring in North Carolina scares the shit out of me. Especially this quote:

It's unclear when President Bush might name replacements for the two judges, which the US Senate would have to confirm. North Carolina Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr could recommend nominees, though none have been publicly identified.

Dick Burr and Wighead Dole would have their ultimate revenge on civil society, no doubt recommending theocon nutjobs to further Bush's goal of creating Armageddon before his term expires.

My better half

is a serious rock star in the world of adolescents sexual health and media use. Her most recent study came out in the Journal of Pediatrics this week, and today she has been on CNN and Good Morning America, and been interviewed by scores of newspapers. The results of the study are spreading fast and furious in the MSM, and those of you with younger siblings or teen children won't be happy when you read all about it. This article from the Kansas City Star does a pretty good job telling the whole sad story.

Lottery Spending: The General Assembly is the Catch

Closing in on the first week of lottery sales, I figured I would add a little reminder on the fact that lottery sales do not really help education. From WFMY:

But critics are already howling about Easley's plan to use some funds for existing education programs instead of new ones.

Not only that. The funds may not even always going to go to education:

Some other lottery states have passed laws to protect the money. But in North Carolina, the Legislature can decide, with a simple majority vote, to spend the money on something other than schools.

Is this what it's all come down to? A product of Bush/Taylorism?

A man hanged himself outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars post early Wednesday, just hours after he apparently burned American and POW-MIA flags in the same place, authorities said.
A passer-by found the man around 1 a.m. Wednesday. He was dressed in civilian clothes and found hanging by the flagpole rope, Detective James Hall said.

He has been identified at Bobby Neal Hall Jr., 35, of Lancaster, who worked for a Winchester construction company, according to Detective James Hall.

Police also released Bobby Hall's photograph, and are asking anyone who knows his whereabouts after 10 p.m. Tuesday to contact police.

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.

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