I absolutely heart Harry Taylor

He's my man.

And this blog entry has absolutely nothing to do with my need for an opportunity to practice the html to embed a photo, oops, I mean "image."

Not that I want to digress from the lovin' I'm feelin'. Heck, I'm so full of the pash I'll even spread the gooey stuff over the AP's Tim Whitmire, Washington Post's Peter Baker and the New York Times' (Jim Rutenberg the "Charlotte Observer's" Carrie Levine and anyone else who mentioned either Harry's question, the protests outside, OR the fact that they couldn't get takers on the 1000 tickets to attend the event.

Where was Charles Taylor???????

Well, I thought Charles Taylor was a really Big Veterans advocate. Funny thing he didnt co-sponsor or sponsor any of these bill which now are before committie. I found G.K.Butterfield, Walter B. Jones on a lot and even Robin Haynes on 1. But NO CHARLIE BOY! NOT ON EVEN 1 !
To provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201(b) of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2006. (Introduced in House)[H.R.4297.IH]
2 . Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 (Reported in House)[H.R.4297.RH]
Taylor votes Nay
H.CON.RES.62 : Expressing support for the designation and goals of "Hire a Veteran Week

Jesus to Judas: You're the man

Theocrats all across North Carolina will be crying in their watery wine tonight. The startling new discovery of the 1700 year old Gospel of Judas - authenticated by some of the most prestigious Biblical scholars - reports that the other gospel writers got the story all wrong.

The Gospel of Judas portrays Judas Iscariot not as a betrayer of Jesus, but as his most favored disciple and willing collaborator.

I wonder what the Bible-as-a-school-textbook crowd over in Greensboro will say now that another pillar of the good book has been toppled. Actually, I don't wonder at all. They'll say the Bible that they know and love . . . the one personally approved by their personal God . . . is the only real Bible, and that all those other stories written at the same time as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are nothing but the work of the devil.

Hundreds Protest Bush in Charlotte

Apparently, the free speech zone in Charlotte was close enough for protestors to be heard. They shouted, "Do your job," at the motorcade as it passed. There were 300-400 people in the middle of a work day standing on Elizabeth Avenue in front of the community college where Bush was to speak. "Worst President Ever," was shouted by many in the group. The Charlotte Observer has this story.

As a contrast, there were 1000 tickets available and organizers were calling local dignataries multiple times trying to give away the tickets.

Duke Equestrian Team Involved in Own Scandal

I don't know what to say, so I'll just quote:

"We've done nothing wrong, veterinarians will find no evidence—DNA or otherwise—showing that horses have been assaulted, and of course no charges have been filed," said senior Nat Hennerty, captain of Duke's equestrian squad and a two-time Most Valuable Rider, in a prepared statement to the press Tuesday. "I urge the media, the alumni, and the people of the community to remember that we at Duke are an elite university and disregard any obvious hearsay."

Read on.

Richard Moore and the NYSE Regulatory Board

Our own Richard Moore is going to sit on the New York Stock Exchange Regulation board. According to the Triangle Business Journal, "[t]he board is charged with regulating the activities of NYSE-listed companies, investment bankers and other NYSE member organizations by enforcing marketplace rules and federal securities laws." Sounds good, right? We'll have to see whether Moore will be able to make a dent in the notoriously intractable problems of corporate governance. This isn't a day job, and there's no reason that his spot on the board should be anything but good for his 2008 run for Governor.

True Heros for Sure! But We, Are Makeing History!

Man!, How time flys! I am trying to write this so it dosent sound screwy. There is fixing to be a major void in my daily routine. See, I have a friend ,who has for years reported for a major newspaper. I had invited him to come here for the 4th of July and then I got his e-mail that he was hanging his day job up and would not be able to make it because he was moveing back to Texas. He has kept our history alive for many years.

I guess that is why I enjoy being here with you folks so much. I consider each of you a friend and consider your writeing great work. I really appericate you putting up with my work even though it is sometimes mispelled. I want to make a challenge to those of you writers younger than me. Damn Lance, I stuck my foot in my mouth! OK, anyone younger than say, oh, 49. Keep on bloggin, Keep on writeing! Do everything you can to keep the stories & our history ,Political & other alive for years to come. Dont let people ever forget what we did in 2006 & 08! Im damn proud of the work of each of ya and of this blog. So keep it up!

In Case the Lottery Itself Was Not a Scam/Afternoon Open Thread

Roy Cooper warns North Carolinians to avoid lottery related scams:

“Lottery crooks are betting that North Carolinians will fall for their tricks,” Cooper said. “Don’t let these scammers get rich off of you.”

What is on your mind?

Duke lacrosse story deserves comment

I know Anglico said it was a slow news day when he posted the castration story but, still, I have to say it seems like fun and games in comparison to this horrible Duke lacrosse team debacle. At least there, the survivors were willing.

Maybe I missed the discussion of this topic. Or maybe we're all too repulsed to comment? I sure am. I just hope the sentence for rape in North Carolina is appropriate to these alleged crimes.

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