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.


Hadn't noticed

Hadn't noticed anything with the site, but I've been on the road all day to, among other things, participate in an ECU march to the polls:

Since it's an open thread, here's another thing I thought worth sharing. The protests against the treatment of LGBT folks in Russia continues as the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics continues:

The USOC event marked 100 days until the first competition in Sochi, where Russia's anti-gay law has drawn ire from gay rights groups.

"It's a violation of human rights,' said Duncan Osbourne, a member of Queer Nation NY which organized the protest. The demonstration was " thrown together" when the group learned about the USOC event two days ago.

The banner in the photo from the group's facebook account says Don't Buy Putin's Lies.

Elsewhere in the United States, NJ recently joined the growing ranks of states allowing the freedom to marry, Hawaii has passed such a bill in a legislative committee which could go to a full vote in the coming weeks, and Illinois is starting to make some noise too. 2013 has already been the best year ever in terms of marriage equality progress, but we might be on the cusp on another wave.


Good thing you included yourself in the accidental block or we might have thought you just flipped out. :-D

And as for Dick & W: Cheney has no business going on TV and commentating. He should STFU and crawl in a spider hole and stay there. Rumsfeld too. W has mostly occupied himself by painting himself in the bathtub rather than treating us to his stupid comments, which is welcome.

But none of them have any business commenting on our current government. They took this country to bad places it had never been before and never should have gone.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014


After months of bad mouthing President Obama for, among other things, short-selling all of us who voted for him the first time because he said, "healthcare is a right," and then taking single-payer off the table from the word go, I find myself now in the ironic position of defending "his law" to others across the state and the country who are outraged that 1) their premiums are going up, and 2) they do not qualify for subsidies.

We in my house haven't made it all the way through the gauntlet that is the federal exchange just yet, but we're working on it, and from what we can tell so far, it looks like we'll have coverage we can afford by early next year. We haven't had insurance in nearly a decade and we have plenty of pre-existing conditions in need of maintenance and regular check-ups in this household, so for us the positives outweigh the negatives thus far

Am I happy with the ACA? Not compared to what I think most Americans wanted. Can I live with it while we work toward something better? I hope so.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

So it wasn't just me :)

When got that e-mail this morning, I thought "Oh, shit! James finally realized what an idiot I am!"

Of course, now that I've typed that he'll probably figure it out anyway...

I'm so confused! :O

Is James a Secret Crossdressing Repub?

" All is Well!" *James

BS..Let's face it, it was a vast right wing conspiracy by you to cover up the media reports that former Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr show up at the Federal Butner Correction Detention Center here in North Carolina today and started a 3 year prison stay with former GOP congressman Duke Cunnignham as his Wife..

Both claim they only stole from themselves and had mental issues with OPS [Other People's Stuff.]..

Division & hope

MILLENNIALS – Millennials, another group on which Fusion will focus coverage, customarily are described as Americans born from 1982 to 2004; for adults, that’s age 18 to 31. They’re not much different from other age groups on most of the attitudes measured in this survey, with two exceptions. As noted, along with under-40s more broadly, they’re more apt to favor legal status for undocumented immigrants. And they’re 12 points less apt than their elders to say politicians should base policy positions on their religious beliefs, a result that fits with customarily lower levels of religiosity among young adults.

I see a lot of division in this recent poll, but also hope for immigration reform as my generation, the Millennials, gains influence in the political process. It's also a demographic that is one of the most support of LGBT equality.