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We honor Civil Rights martyrs by continuing the struggle in our time.

This weekend, as we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the fatal bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, we are tasked to look at our own times and our own role in the struggle to preserve the constitutionally guaranteed Civil Rights of all Americans.

On Sept. 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church, killing Addie Mae Collins, 14, Denise McNair, 11, Carole Robertson, 14, and Cynthia Wesley, 14. The tragic bombing was part of systematic campaign of domestic terrorism carried out by The Klan and other hate groups against black citizens and Civil Rights activists in an attempt to slow the progress being made on behalf of justice and equality.

NC Quick Pass

One day I was driving on the freeway and got lost. I ended up on the toll road. I must have been on it for 3 minutes because I took the first exit. I don't believe in toll roads.
Well I got a bill for $0.45. I forgot it and the bill came in and it was now $6.00 which I was willing to pay. I forgot to pay it and today I got a bill for $37.00. I'll pay the $6.00 but not the $37.00. If they take my car registration then I'm moving out of here. They can go to hell. This has to be illegal.

I would like to find a bunch of people and take this issue to court !!!! This is worst than dealing with a loan shark. They hold your car registration hostage !!!!

First they brought the Lottery here (obviously a Yankee idea) and now toll roads. It's getting time to move out of North Carolina even though I love living here.
BTW, I moved here in 1985 and I'm a Yankee myself.

Will a real pro-peace progressive finally step up to primary Rep. David Price??

After calling Rep. Price's office to find out how my Congressman is going to vote on the authorization to attack Syria, the staffer directed me to his House page for his official statement:

Sadly, our establishment-sellout-of-a-Congressman is yet again showing his true colors in supporting a military strike against a nation that hasn't attacked us and doesn't threaten us. With all the good, smart progressives in the 4th, when will someone finally step up and challenge this Military-Industrial Complex Democrat in the Democrat primary? Please!

Frustrated in the Fourth

Why is Sen. Jeff Tarte trolling Campbell University?

Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Charlotte-area Republican, has been trolling Campbell University (~140 miles away from his district) over their new medical school and the way it graduates doctors.

"Politely, Campbell University's new 'medical school' as structured will NEVER graduate a single MD. #ncga #cltpol" he tweeted on Aug. 6, correctly in the most technical of terms, but completely missing the point since it's been made clear several times that the school will graduate DOs, or doctors of osteopathic medicine.

DOs are licensed the same as MDs in North Carolina and every other state. Something like 1/5 of the doctors in the nation are DOs. It's pretty common.

One Percenter Erin Burnett: OutFront Corporate Fascist and Iran War Drumbeater

Ten years ago, most Americans believed Saddam Hussein had WMDs. Today, most Americans believe Iran has nuclear weapons. And once again, Big Lie propagandists like Erin Burnett are (mis)leading us into war.


Various versions have been circulating for weeks, but if there's anyone left in America who hasn't seen the video of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Persian posse strolling around in those white lab coats that our perpetual war profiteers want us to believe are clear indications of their diabolical nuclear capabilities, they can view it here:

Outlawing the Occupy Movement: H.R. 347 Makes Free Speech A Felony

Once signed, HR 347 will empower federal agents to arrest and bring felony criminal charges against citizens engaged in political protests anywhere in the USA.


The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Rowan Christianmissioners sp’ilin’ fer a fight

Sometimes you feel it in your bones. Evangelicals in Rowan County have been sp’ilin’ fer a fight ever since they lost prayer in the schools. It just rankles them. Then came further persecution of their religion when WalMart, surely the right arm of the devil, decided to wish people the abomination of “Happy Holidays.”

In 2007, the County Commissioners reveled in placing the words “In God We Trust” on the front of the County building where they hold their meetings. And inside they opened their meetings with prayer.

But those prayers, protestant Christian prayers, were threatened recently when Godly and Christian Forsyth County lost a court case over a similar practice. If WalMart had been the devils’ right arm, the ACLU was the devil incarnate, and he was banging on the door.

Stanly County has a complete Democratic slate

I've just received an email that Stanly County has a complete slate of Democratic candidates for the May primary. That incudes two Democratic challengers and two Republican challengers to the two incumbent Republican Commissoners. This could be interesting! (No, James, Alcoa is not behind it.)

They're promoting their facebook page:!/pages/Stanly-County-Democratic-Party/345610325471070

I like the Inside Stanly blog: This is the best example I've ever seen of a blog that posts everything, without bias. If you want to know what's going on, they've got it.

Updated list of candidates:

The Trip down the Yadkin from Hell

"Adventurous Voyagers", or, as I like to call it, "The Trip down the Yadkin from Hell"

Excerpts from an 1880’s newspaper article

Capt. W. H. Bixby and Lieut. Taylor, of the U. S. Engineers, Mr. Frank Brown of Salisbury, with a colored boatman. The boat, a flat-bottomed skiff, with two oars. This stage of the journey begins in what is today Tuckertown reservoir.


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