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What's next for BlueNC?

Ten years is like forever on the Internet, a place where fashion and function drive disruption a thousand times a day all around the world. Ten years. That's how long BlueNC has in the business of creating community, with our own special blend of information, opinion, outrage and commentary.

Ten years is also an opportune time to stop and reflect on where we've been and where to go from here. In the spirit of transparency and collaboration, I want to open that conversation to anyone who wants to join.

160,340

One hundred sixty thousand, three hundred and forty-nine.
That's how many comments have been made at BlueNC
over the past decade.
Not bad?

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BlueNC is a "liberal anti-business organization"

Who says so?

Why, state senator Jeff Tarte does, in his pathetic attempt to raise funds.

Hey, Jeff, if your seat is targeted, you should look in the mirror and try to figure out why, rather than try to blame the messenger.

Bill Moyers is talking about you, Art Pope

A clear and present danger.

Ten years ago the Economist magazine -- no friend of Marxism -- warned: “The United States risks calcifying into a European-style class-based society.” And as a recent headline in the Columbia Journalism Review put it: “The line between democracy and a darker social order is thinner than you think.”

We are this close - this close! - to losing our democracy to the mercenary class. So close it’s as if we’re leaning way over the rim of the Grand Canyon waiting for a swift kick in the pants.

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Thoughts on celebrity

The spectacle of crowd behavior is a terrible thing to watch, especially when the rich and famous are involved. The passion of a few ignites a firestorm, with each successive person claiming an oddly personal connection to the legends of our time.

Where were you when you heard the news? That's the question most often asked of people in my generation about the murder of John Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago. Compelled by instinct to recall the experience or fit in with a growing chorus of mourners, we search our memory banks as though the thing that matters most is where we were or weren't. I might have been in eighth grade shop class. I might have been at the dentist. Whatever.

Come on, Kay.

The US Senate race in 2014 is all but set. A Tea Party Republican will run against Kay Hagan, most likely Thom Tillis. Which means Senator Hagan will be tacking hard to the right, as she did yesterday with this stunt, calling for a probe into the sketchy roll-out of the ACA.

I don't get it. This move won't buy her friends on the right, it aggravates the left, and most important, it gets in the way of people doing actual work to get the website improved.

There's no need for Hagan to try to appease Tea Party obstructionists on this or any other issue.

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After dark: Administrivia

Hi all.

This morning I accidentally blocked a whole bunch of BlueNC members by accident, including myself. That led to a major fire drill on my part, which then led to many folks receiving emails about their accounts being activated. Bottom line is, I screwed up. Fortunately, there's nothing you need to do or worry about. All is well.

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Three Americas

If you follow the news at all, it's hard to escape the sense that we are three nations, under God, completely divisible, with liberty and justice for some. These three America's aren't like the two Americas that John Edwards used to talk about. Those two Americas are so well established that they have morphed into one depraved country in which the ruling elite so dominate everyone else that it hardly bears notice.

No, I'm talking about three different Americas, defined by attitudes and behaviors, not class and status.

The coming era of lawlessness

You can feel it in your bones, a new era of lawlessness sweeping across the land. It is American exceptionalism at its violent worst. You're not the boss of me, and I'll kill you if you try.

For most of the past hundred years, our instinct toward bare knuckled political warfare was held in check by the threat of mutually assured destruction. Neither side was willing to push beyond the point of reasonableness for fear of existential blowback that would take the whole system out. But now all bets are off. Republican leaders yesterday stormed the gates of the World War II monument in DC, protesting their own extreme choice to shutter the government. Ted Cruz openly violated the law he is sworn to uphold. "It's okay if you're a Republican" has never been more vividly on display. The genie is out of the bottle.

Major announcement

I am pleased to announce nothing.
You can quote me on that.

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