Democracy on the Rise in America

Now what, pray tell, could be funny about the above headline? I know most of you don't do odd things like listen to the Connecticut state convention streaming over your computer. I do. I have been following the Ned Lamont v. Joe Leiberman primary challenge.

Lamont is the candidate supported by the netroots and Lieberman is the Bush Republican clothed as a Democrat. Lieberman has never faced a primary challenger and if you know the process in Connecticut you'll understand why. A challenger has to receive at least 15% of the ballots at the convention or gather 1500 (give or take a few) signatures to qualify for the primary.

There is a funny below the fold...

When Taylor flip-flopped on Flight 93, OK folks screwed

North Carolina Congressman Charles Taylor (R-11) held up a White House request for funding for Flight 93 memorial for two years. Taylor only relented in May, 2006 when publicity from a related movie brought on massive media attention. Taylor cited an undisclosed agreement as the reason for his change of heart. According to Oklahoma Congressman Ernest Istook, Jr, there was a similar signed agreement to fund the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. And Taylor has since reneged, denying the Oklahoma memorial their promised $2 million.

NCDP Chair Calls For Investigation Into Taylor/Abramoff

AP: "In an election-year letter to House ethics panel chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., state party chair Jerry Meek demanded scrutiny of Taylor's ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has admitted giving gifts to lawmakers in return for legislative favors.

I really Cant Beleive What I'm Seeing in Graham County!!

NO! I havent gone blind! Im not drinking and quite sober as I just finished up 2 hours of grueling Color Guard Drill Team work! I admit, I am tired but I dont think that accounts for it!

I wish I had of had a digi camera to photo it but I will have some pixs tommorow! I have never seen the little town of Robbinsville like this! We love the biker traffic & sports car rallies we get during the summer months because it really adds to the ecomony! But Wow!

Tonight, on the eve of the 1st Annual "Ride for our Troops'' & Armed Forces Day celebertion, You could re-name
this town "STURGIS JR" or "Little Sturgis". The motels and campgrounds are full. Everywhere you look you see Motorcycles! And not a bad apple in the bunch, Most all are Some of the most respectfull folks Ive ever met!

Old school v. new's latest chapter

David Sirota blogged today on MyDD something I desperately needed to hear:

Beltway operatives, consultants and other professional election losers, desperate to hang onto their little fiefdoms, label the populist revolt within the party as supposedly coming only from the "left" - but as Hostile Takeover details, extensive public opinion polling data shows that those of us fighting the takeover represent the true "vital center" of the vast majority of America - and the status quo apologists are the ones wholly out of step with the country.

Around the House

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)

A little legislative roundup from the House of Representatives...

HR 4200, the "salvage logging" bill, which we covered here and here has unfortunately passed by a vote of 243-182. The two most vulnerable incumbents in North Carolina, Robin Hayes and Charles Taylor, both voted for its passage. Virginia Foxx, unsuprisingly (and despite a visit to her office) supported the bill. Click here to see how your representative voted.

Robin Hayes, NC-08: Bought and Paid For

Well, I'll be damned. Robin Hayes sure is making it easy on me. I do enjoy research and I had planned to take a look at his time in Congress and line up his votes and compare them to the influx of contributions surrounding his votes, but I didn't think I would find something so damning in the first couple of minutes of research.

On Wednesday I wrote about the stunt Hayes pulled at the gas station when he announced he would introduce legislation that would provide tax breaks to those companies who install facilities to provide E85.

It gets better below the fold...

Boone, Buncombe Take Steps To Curtail Building on Steep Slopes

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)
The Steep Slope Task Force in Boone, NC has approved an extension of a steep slope building moratorium. To be enacted, the measure has only to pass the Boone Town Council, which I suppose it will.

The task force recommended adoption of a 120-day moratorium on multi-family development on steep slopes of 20 percent or more grade.

The War on Sex

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Much has been written about American theocrats and their growing threat to personal freedoms and liberty. Nowhere is their passion more pronounced than in their desire to control women's bodies. We all know they've launched a full-frontal assault on abortion rights, but did you also know they want to control sex in general? Here's some food for thought, and an excerpt.


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