How are we doing?

Every now and then I get the urge to bail out of blogging and head for the hills. Faced with existential angst about what we're doing here and why, it's hard to know how to press forward. What difference are we making? What roles can we fill? Should we pull the plug? Should we double down? Dial up? Dial back? You know. Angst.

Would welcome your thoughts.


Double down.

Doing something is not just the only option any person of conscience can do, but it is in fact effective. It may seem like an exercise in frustration, but it is in fact making a difference.

Fast tracking of fracking would be a done deal without the (mostly lady) observers who have attended and asked questions at each and every Mining Committee hearing. One, a retired investigative reporter, Diane Hales, has been especially effective, and she was by no means alone.

The ruckus made by 900+ arrests and attendant speeches and marches, known forever as Moral Mondays, raised this state's citizen awareness of the nightmarish laws being perpetrated on Jones Street. It was slow at first getting people to care about those losing unemployment and Medicaid, but it created a window of awareness which widened. Then voting rights were added.

When the GOP went after the abortion clinics on the sneak, and then the teachers' pay, tenure and working conditions, Rev Barber welcomed them with a place they could go to express their outrage, and outrage was indeed expressed, by 10,000 marchers.

This outrage is the start of the 2014 campaign for the Democrats. We must keep it in the front of peoples' minds and on the front pages of the news.

Double down, never give up. Onward together, not one step back, Mr. Protzman.

I agree, if anything double down

BlueNC is making a difference. When I first discovered this site, several years ago now, I was completely and utterly clueless about state issues and politics, and I have BlueNC, especially James and Steve, but also many others here, to thank for the fact that I am now NOT totally ignorant of the goings on of my state government. Where there's one you can see, there are many you cannot. Don't change a thing. It's a thankless job most of the time, but each stone dropped in the pool makes ripples that spread far and wide. You never know which ripple will be the one to form a wave.


"...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


It is (for the most part) thankless, and it's downright impossible to quantify the effectiveness of our efforts. You almost have to take it on faith, which is something I have a lot of trouble doing. ;)

And take more breaks

It helps maintain the proper level of insanity required to pursue such endeavors.


"...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

Double down. Dial up.

BlueNC is the best progressive political participatory (how's that for alliteration?) blog site in the state. There are many good ones, all of which fill important roles. The "participatory" part is key here. Lots of voices, all contributing important ideas, all making a little difference, together making a big difference.

Like Thurman, I am so glad I found BlueNC.

Like Rip, I check in most every day -- after all, it's where NC goes to think!

"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

OMG please keep going

I know I comment infrequently, and post even more infrequently, but I check in a lot. This blog MATTERS. I'm so grateful to you for starting and maintaining it. And given the number of views on posts, it looks like there are plenty of lurkers who will never comment but check in all the time as well.

You are doing an important public service. Know that.

Mega Moral Monday

As someone who attended 10 Moral Mondays, I remember how, relatively speaking, small the earlier ones were. Then as I went around to some NAACP tour stops to talk it up around the state, the word was abuzz that the upcoming one would be the Mega Moral Monday according to social media, even the NAACP folks were using that framing, not just us bloggers any more. After that, Moral Mondays were never the same.

Head For The Hills Armed to the Teeth? Or dig in like a Ala Tick

Should we pull the plug? Should we double down?* WTF James

1. Be positive first. Then get piss! And then get a Tage along with running lights for your M-1 Abrams Battle Tank.

2. Claim you belong to the State of the City of Asheville and the State of North Carolina has no higher authority over you

3.. Sell your season tickets to the Carolina Panthers games along with your Wrestling tickets to "Smackdown"to some dumb redneck Repub at inflated rates claiming that the Government shutdown has reduce the Dollar to nothing.

4. Contact the Russia Space Program and asked what the rates are for a one way trip to the Dark Side of the Moon where the Alien Lizards are waiting to seize power on Earth and will eat all Republicans as Soybean delight food..

5.. Forget it all and blame it on a bad dream from a Hot Dog from a UNC-Chapel Hill losing football team

How are you doing? Just listen to the boss

His comments and the song itself....

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?


You said it...good! You probably feel better, now get back to work James. We need you and this site to keep up the good fight against the bullshit and tomfoolery emanating from Raleigh.

"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed." Herman Melville

Rick V