It's Your Government. Get Involved!

Moore County in many ways exemplifies America. To the north is Robbins, a struggling ex-mill town, where both a Senator and an astronaut rose above their environs and into the public light. To the south is Pinehurst, "Golf Capital of the World". Here there are two Americas.

When it comes to politics though, both northern and southern Moore County votes predominately Republican. Years ago, the north leaned more democratic, but more along the lines of Dixiecratic, eventually morphing to Republican. Time and again, the poor farmer or out-of-work mill worker will continue to vote Republican because their father did. The Republican Party message of oppression and less government still speaks to them.

West End Precinct is in the middle, both geographically and politically and of the 1683 registered voters, 635 are registered Dems, 689 Reps and 359 Una. Our problem here and county wide is representation; Republicans hold almost all elected offices. Changing this is our mission.

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Women and science fiction

As long as I can remember, I've had books to read. Usually they'd be books my grandma had picked up on sale or at the used book shop, but I'd read just about anything I could get my hands on. This is how I discovered science fiction.

BlueNC Women on Wednesdays (WoW) Open Thread

I had so many story ideas running through my head to introduce today's writers. I've had a sneak preview at four of the articles and they speak for themselves. There is nothing I need to add. I will have a post for tonight. You can use this open thread while you wait for our first post at 10:00am.

Thought you might enjoy these:

Do you think this woman was heckled or jeered? Of course, why do you think there was a crowd of men around her? Do you think they were the welcoming committee?

In this petty little place deep in my heart I'm hoping their dinners were cold when they got home to them.


Getting down to the wire

Well folks, the Navy has been carrying forward with its OLF plans like it's in the cat bird seat. And why not? Dole and Burr are all but silent on the issue, and all the other Republican's in North Carolina are too worried about their stock portfolios to give a shit about regular people and family farmers.

So what's in going to take? Any ideas for pushing this over the goal line?

The only thing I know that's in the works is the fact that there will be a resolution in the NC House calling on Congress to stop the Site C OLF. I don't know when that will happen, but when it does, it should pass with flying colors. Sooner would be better than later.


Economics 101 - Dubya Style

Has anyone seen this article yet? If you can't take bad financial news, you might not want to read it.

Basically, here's what we're dealing with:

  • The stock market plunged more than 500 points before recovering slightly.
  • The economy may be decelerating more than anticipated.
  • Orders for durable goods dropped in January by the largest amount in three months.
  • Housing market slump isn't temporary - it's far from over.
  • Fourth Quarter GDP growth expected to be revised down to 2.3% from 3.5% tomorrow.
  • And we thought the Republicans and their annointed king couldn't fuck up our country any more than they already have. This goes way beyond cyclical for anyone who wants to whip out that argument.

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    Open thread: None of your bees wax

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    Want something else to be really worried about? Try this.

    Give them an inch

    Among all the hypocrisies of the libertarian wing of the North Carolina Party of Greed, their hypocrisy around protecting young people from being monetized by commercial interests or proselytized by religious interests is most damning. Carrying the banner of free-market fundamentalism, they believe businesses should be free to exploit children with no restrictions - and that it's just fine to reallocate tax dollars into "faith-based" initiatives like religious charter schools. "What's the problem?" they ask. The marketplace will eventually work things out and the best ideas will win in the end.

    For my part, the line between church and state is both broad and bright. Though I am personally a regular church-goer and student of all things religious, I strongly object to any instance in which government sanctions, embraces or endorses any aspect of religious practice. Institutional prayer in public meetings, schools, courts, and other government-funded activities should be strictly forbidden - as Jesus specifically recommended.

    Fifth District Blog

    After a long and hard campaign season, several activists within and throughout this congressional district are working towards victory for the 2008 election. This last election taught us that while big money donors are important, a strong party infrastructure is of utmost importance. Because of this, these activists are developing strategies to organize and mobilize our district for victory.

    Part of this strategy will entail a district-wide blog to help centralize communication among willing participants. The 10th district started their blog, Pat Go Bye-Bye, and Darren Staley (crowbar317) and I are committed to a similar endeavour. Basically, we hope to do in this district what you all have done for the state!

    The High Risk Pool

    I see that tomorrow the House will be considering the High Risk Pool, or doing something with the high-risk pool, I'm kind of new to deciphering the NCGA calendar. As I'm going through this bill, I am disliking it more and more. The bill works like this:

    1. Risk pool is established.

    2. Risk pool is operated under the supervision and control of the "Board".
    3. Board consists of 11 members, who shall be:

    4. One member who represents an insurer, as appointed by the Governor.
    5. One insurer who sells individual health insurance policies.
    6. One who represents the insurance industry, as recommended by the insurer who covers the largest number of persons in the State.
    7. One who is licensed to sell health insurance in this State.

    Growing the Base of Online Activism

    BlueNC has grown tremendously over the past year. Each month brings more new registered users and unique visitors than the month before. Yesterday's polls show that we are missing out on important voices from minorities and women. It's time to actively do something to change this.

    A couple of times I've mentioned that I don't think simply inviting people here is the entire solution. Obviously, it's polite to invite folks to join in the conversation, but why don't we visit their communities too? I have to admit, I've found some excellent blogs. Not all are in North Carolina, but I haven't finished looking yet.

    We're all busy and some of us barely find time to keep up with BlueNC. I make the rounds of the standards - DKos, MyDD, Firedoglake, Scrutiny Hooligans, TalkingPointsMemo and that's about all I usually find time for. That's going to end today. There are some seriously excellent bloggers out there.

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