Puppet Master


Can you name the Puppet Master . . . the man pulling the strings behind these wonderful fellows? John Hood. George Leef. Some white guy. Shannon Blosser. Just four of the voices singing the praises all things reactionary.

More Fun with Filings: the BlueNC Index

You know what's more fun than Harper's Index? Not much. Not this post, certainly. But even though it will lack some of the poetry of the original, this homage still contains some interesting data. Without further ado, let me present:

THE
BLUENC INDEX




The North Carolina House
of Representatives:

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style="font-family: Georgia, Garamond, serif;">Percent of districts that will
hold primaries: 26.7

Number of Democratic
primaries: 12


Number of Republican
primaries: 22


Number of Democrats
challenging Democratic incumbents: 7

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Number of Republicans
challenging Republican incumbents: 15

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Number of races in
which the primary winner will be unopposed in the general election: 13

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Percent of those races
in which the winner will be a Democrat: 38

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Cooper Kicks Last of the Payday Lenders to the Curb

One area where North Carolina has been a progressive leader is in stopping predatory lending. One of the blemishes in the State's record has been their inability to get rid of a number of payday lenders who have been claiming to be exempt of the 2001 law banning their practices. This story chronicles the settlement that the lenders entered into with Attorney General Roy Cooper to stop their practices:

The three payday lending chains still operating in North Carolina have signed agreements with state regulators to stop making loans by March 11, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Wednesday.

Vermont county initiates impeachment. Now it's our turn.

News yesterday from Vermont suggests the possibility of driving impeachment forward from the county and local level. Here's the Daily Kos diary covering the issue. The resolution below has the key paragraph bolded. Perhaps our local elected officials would like to take a similar action and push it to our dear representatives in Raleigh.

Middle v. Upper Class

Today during the speech by John Edwards that I went to today someone asked the question, why should the middle class have to pay for the poor people....?

My friend said something to me about people in the middle class tending to align themselves with the most upper-class in society, as opposed to aligning themselves with the lower class. It's like everyone has this psychological bent to see themselves as richer than they are. So when Democrats talk about raising taxes for the richest part of society, people are feeling personally attacked. They feel like they are the richest part, and they already are squeezed by the taxes as they are.

Military Madness 3/1/06

I learned today that the United States Marine Corps is blocking internet sites with content critical of Bush's War in Iraq. If you're a reporter interested in freedom of the press or just an individual citizen dedicated to an honest, professional military, this should scare the shit out of you. As we watch support for BushCo among men and women on active duty plummet, this reaction is perfectly predictable from our KGB government. What better way to keep up morale than allowing warfighters to hear nothing but the party line from the Bushbots running the Department of Defense.

Any person on active duty in North Carolina should be outraged about this kind of censorship. And if you're not, well, you'll get what you deserve. Because Bush is going to keep playing wartime president, sending you and your buddies into conflict, not giving a shit if you die or lose your arms or lose your mind. You, dear soldier, are totally fucked. It's times like that that I'm embarrassed that I ever wore a uniform with pride.

John Edwards Spoke on UNC's Campus Today

John Edwards came to UNC Chapel Hill this morning and spoke to an intro economics class of about 300 students from 9:15-9:55. I just wanted to write and let everyone know what he said.

First off Edwards was 15 minutes late getting there, once he arrived he said he just wanted to talk for a few minutes about Income and Asset Gaps and ways to alleviate them.

Edwards spoke of a growing inequality in our nation's distribution of income and wealth, that had become stablized into our economy. He said that these inequalities eroded democracy by the gradual disappearance of the middle class. Edwards segued into his policies by talking about the lack of ability of poor people to save.

Dear women

Republished from 2006.

When March was declared Women's History Month by Congress in 1987, our nation created an opportunity to celebrate women's past accomplishments and, perhaps more important, inspire their future. Because if there's any hope for grace in this world, it will surely come through the leadership of women.

Men have made messes of so many things -- that is what men do. And this particular man has had enough. So on this first day of Woman's History Month, I have a request for women everywhere.

Will you please take over?

I don't deny that some men are good at some things, but peace and harmony are not our strong suit. The big stories of life in this century are the stories of male violence, of men smiling and shaking hands with one another while civilization collapses into rubble around them.

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