Tubes on fire

A funny thing happened on Facebook today. I followed a link to where The Legion of Dome was commenting about the slowness of the news day and inviting press releases. So in the spur of the moment, I sent him one. And look what happened.

Up until today, I've had only rave reviews, including a couple of fan letters and a fan "call" too. But now that the news has spread to the Dome, I've heard from a person there named Tangoz, who wrote:

This book of fiction is just another way for him to unleash his fury against people who disagree with him.

North Carolina. It is our home, and it is growing.

It is growing to be many people's homes. Our North Carolina, with its sirens call of mountains, rich farmland, coastal brilliance, beach bum laid back days and Charlotte Uptown nightlife; NC is now the recepient of more new occupants of any state east of the Mississipi.

Sure. We who live here know why. Obviously, we are NOT keeping it a secret. ;-)

From the Atlanta Constitution-Journal

North Carolina has edged ahead of Georgia as the growth leader east of the Mississippi, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“For the past two years, and especially the past year, North Carolina has grown faster,” said Greg Harper, a demographer with the Census Bureau.

No Room In The Inn: A Christmas Call for Equal Access to Higher Education

As he did last year, Rev. Dr. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP gave his Christmas Message on the steps of the North Carolina Community College System. Rev. Barber reflected on Luke 2:7, in which Joseph and Mary are told there is no room in the inn. He called on the leaders of our state to have the courage to "open up these doors and let our children come in."

Don't you think that innkeeper might look back and wish that he had let Jesus into his his inn? Do we want to make the same mistake?

Mr. Mike's parting shots

This is one for the record books, courtesy of Mark Binker, who did an exit interview with Governor Easley.

I tried to keep my side of the window clean, he said, throwing dirt at the other side of the window.

This conversation with the outgoing governor is not to be missed. No love lost for the print media, especially O-No!


If you need any more evidence that our elected leaders are fiddling while North Carolina burns, consider this story from the Dome.

The plan, which covers teachers and state employees across North Carolina, needs an immediate $300 million cash infusion. Directors of the plan have started operating under emergency measures, delaying $45 million in payments to key vendors until after the legislature convenes in January. But that patch will keep the plan in the black only until March or April.

Big shoes

Rob Christensen has a good story on Richard Moore this morning. You should read it. Mr. Moore says he's giving up politics for now, which is too bad. Our national and state government could well benefit from someone as knowledgeable as he is when it comes to financial matters.

Happy Holidays and a reminder about how important our time on Earth truly is

As I prepare to go to Congress and celebrate the holidays with my family I want each of you to know how much I appreciate each of you for the interest you have shown not only in winning back North Carolina's Eighth District, but for the active interest you take in our Democracy each and every day of the year. I hope you all realize the importance of your actions and the huge contribution you make as you spend your precious time campaigning and keeping the important issues of the day on the forefront.

Open thread: Christmas eve



'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.

Are they lying?


Lately I've been wondering how groups of people on different sides of issues can come to such dramatically different conclusions about the direction of public policy. In many cases, those differences appear to be grounded in honest disagreements. That's how I see the abortion issue, for example, where personal beliefs dominate the political landscape like so many hair-trigger land mines.

In other areas, the differences seem more rooted in deep philosophical divisions where honesty gets caught in the cross fire. That's what's happening in the continuing debate about global climate change, where free-market fundamentalists looking for free-market solutions are cooking the scientific books in pursuit of an ideological agenda. We need look no farther than the Journal of the John Locke Puppetshow to see the phenomenon in action. Today's edition features an ad for another seedy little free-market tank called the Heartland Institute.


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