This threat shall not stand

Our friend and patriot Marshall Adame received the following letter today from Jim Edwards, the chief staff officer of the Carolinas Independent Automobile Dealers Association. Like his ally at the mercenary company itself, Mr. Edwards apparently has more time on his hands than he has sense.

Mr. Adame:

I am NOT a contractor for Blackwater, I do not deploy to places where others fear to tread and yet I'm very familiar with Blackwater, their personnel, and more importantly their high-level, ethical business practices.

Open thread: Hilarious edition

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You must go read this fabulous post about the Asphalt King, now up at Progressive Pulse.

Ever wonder what political candidates do with all that cash they raise and/or donate to themselves? One of the more interesting expenditures comes from the recent campaign report of state Senator Fred Smith. AP and The Insider are reporting that the GOP gubernatorial wannabe paid a cool $100,000 to country/pop singer Lee Greenwood for a campaign song.

Duke Energy Awarded Permit for Cliffside Plant

Earlier today, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality awarded Duke Energy its final air quality permit needed to expand its Cliffside coal-fired plant. This strongly contested permit allows Duke Energy to install a new 800 megawatt boiler. The energy company is, however, required to do several things:

(1) Shut down Units 1-4 at the Cliffside location.

(2) By 2018, it must shut down an additional 800 megawatts of older coal-fired units in North Carolina.

(3) It must make the project carbon neutral by 2018 (mainly by using carbon offsets).

This in an unfortunate result but the local community and environmental organizations are to be commended for fighting a good fight. I am sure this is not the last we will hear of this.

The N.C. Division of Air Quality's press release can be found here.

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Conservative my @$$

Freedom Fries Jones sent me an email today bragging on how he's signed on to a conservative economic stimulus plan that screws regular people who do real work - again - while rewarding fat-cat investors. I wonder how long the constituents in the 3rd district will stand by and let this fool trample their interests.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Third District Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) has joined Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and other conservative colleagues in sponsoring H.R. 5109, the Economic Growth Act of 2008. The bill is an economic stimulus package which promotes job preservation and creation, long-term economic growth and a lower tax burden.

Vote Now! Democracy for America Deadline Extended without Notice Given to NC Candidate

Democracy For America extended their voting deadline in the first round of their Grassroots All-Star challenge. At the original deadline, both Roy Carter and Larry Kissell were in the top three. North Carolinians stopped voting, but it seemed other people were continuing to move up in ranks. Votes were still coming in after the original deadline. It made ya go hmmmmmmm.

Now, I'm not saying anything hinky was going on, but DFA failed to notify at least one candidate in North Carolina that they had extended the deadline.

Live Blog The BlueNC Barbecue Bash

We need help planning the first ever BlueNC "dinner" ... tentatively called The BlueNC Bloggers Barbecue Bash.

This topic came up in the Vance-Aycock Dinner renaming discussion, and I jumped on it. This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time. A real-life political get-together of the extended BlueNC community: bloggers, lurkers, guests, media, friends, family, you name it.


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