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Lottery Scam

This is the lottery scam that I just got in my inbox:

FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT LAWRENCE WEST (URBAN PROMOTIONS INTERNATIONAL)PRIZE AWARD DEPT REF NO: 15/0018/IPD
BATCH NO: EGS/ 22504002/04
ATTN: WINNER.

RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE.

We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our RECENT LOTTERY DRAWS HELD on the 3rd of December 2005.Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number:085-12876077-09 with serial number:51390-0 drew lucky numbers:03-05-12-14-38 which consequently won in the 5th category.you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of (ONE MILLION US DOLLARS ONLY) in cash credited to file with REF: º.EGS/3662367114/13.Note that

Drinking Liberally: Iran Amok


Sabers are rattling from Washington D.C. to Tehran. Iran reports they have enriched uranium. Sy Hersh reports U.S. military strategists are drawing up plans for a nuclear first strike. Saudi Arabia is asking the Russians to intervene. Our troops are amassed in the neighboring morass of Iraq. The news media is unflappably blase about the possible use of nukes. The Republican Noise Machine is gearing up for 2006 Congressional elections. We've got a President in Iran who hates Jews and believes the world will end in the next 2 or 3 years and a President in the United States who loves Jesusy freedom at the barrel of a gun and believes that the world will end whenever he's damn good and ready.

When Major Generals make sense! I think.

I had no idea who General Chong is or the source of these thoughts... so when I received them, I almost deleted them - as well-written as they are. But then I did a "Google search" on the General and found him to be a retired Air Force Surgeon of all things and past Commander of Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. So he is real, is connected to Veterans affairs, and these are his thoughts. They are worth reading and thinking about!! (the same Google search will direct you to some of his other thought-provoking writings.)
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The hits just keep on comin'

Which is better? That Charles Taylor got caught in incriminating emails that the Associated Press "obtained" yesterday? Or that the Chippewa tribe that benefited from his ill-doings is showing him up (as well as Abramoff et al) by giving back the money!!!

But their suggestions on how to reallocate the funds are even classier than returning it (which, to be fair was to build a school, can you believe it? What they have to do to get money for a friggin' school!)

Everybody Is Invited! So now you can't say you didn't know!

Please pass this along to others! Your Presence is requested on Friday April 14th at 10pm and the American-Legion- VFW Post on Lower Main Street,Robbinsville,NC for the Official Opening of the Graham County Veterans Service Office! In Attendance will be Heath Shuler,Canadate for Congress and State Senator John Snow & others! A special Iraq Veteran Guest of Honor will be in Attendance and Refereshments served! Danny Siler-Joint Veterans Service Officer/PAO American Legion Post 192 / VFW Post 8635 Robbinsville, NC

Govo. Easley Says Drilling off Virginia Coast Could Hurt N.C.

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)

Don't always agree with Governor Easley. Not always impressed with him. But he has been kicking ass on the environment, first with his opposition to the sale of the National Forests. Now this.

There is an offshore drilling moratorium for the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts that isn't set to expire until 2012. However, there are some special interests in Virginia that want to see that overturned much sooner. Like...now.

More Art Pope Hypocrisy

There's a story below that shows how one of Art Pope's Puppets protests the practice of economic development while he votes for hundreds of thousands in incentives as a Lee County Commissioner. While doing that research, I also came across this small notice on the John Locke Foundation website.

The John Locke Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan think tank supported entirely from voluntary, tax-deductible contributions. Since opening in 1990, JLF has worked hard to become the broadest-supported think tank in North Carolina.

The Devil's Tramping Ground

Warning: this post has absolutely nothing to do with North Carolina Politics. But it is about North Carolina. And the Devil.

This was news to me: in the woods near Siler City, there is a circle on the ground, more than ten meters across, where nothing will grow. For sure, nothing has grown there for a century. According to folklore, the streak is more like 400 years long. There are strange noises at night, and items left in the circle overnight are gone by morning.

One explanation is that a great Indian Chief, Croatan, is buried there. Another explanation is that Druids visited the spot a thousand years ago and did something... druidy... there. Of course, UFOs are a possibility. But the most widely accepted explanation is that the Devil, out pacing and thinking at night, wears the spot down and makes it sterile. Yeah, that makes the most sense. Devil's Tramping Ground links are below the fold, along with a question for you.

Willie Brown Execution May Be on Hold

I have no extra knowledge of this case, but WRAL has a great story on the possible stopping of the execution of Willie Brown. The gist of which is:

A federal judge said he will stop an execution scheduled for later this month unless state officials tell him by Wednesday how they will ensure the inmate is unconscious as he is being put to death.

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