Tim Funk Gets it Right

Tim Funk of The Charlotte Observer has a piece in the paper this morning about political candidates using blogs and other internet driven vehicles to spread their messages. Some, are still using 20th century tools like email, but others have confidently entered the 21st century and are embracing the blogosphere.

Funk gives mention to Brad Miller of Raleigh who blogs here and frequently has popular diaries at DailyKos. Quite a bit of space is given to Larry Kissell, who has advertised on blogs since the early days of his campaign and has recently started blogging himself. His first two blogs easily made the "Recommended" list at DailyKos and people all over the country have stepped up with words of encouragement and campaign contributions.

See me praise Tim some more on the flip side...

Why is the UNC Board of Trustees acting like a bunch of Duke lacrosse players?

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Check out Orange Politics for a complete run down in the latest chapter in relations between UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill. At issue is planning for a mega campus that UNC wants to build right in the middle of town over the next 50 years. The town rightfully wants to have a say in the project, but UNC would rather not have to worry about the impacts of its development decisions on the people who live here. Of special note in the current dust-up is UNC's perennial nukular option, thrown on the table this time by Trustee Rusty Carter.

Larry Kissell, NC-08: The Proof is in the Polls Redux

Last week BlueNC broke the exciting new poll numbers for Larry Kissell in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District. These numbers weren't released to traditional print media until the day after we had them and had printed our story. The cross-posted diaries on DKos and MyDD were noticed by national media sources and now Larry is building on that momentum.

The diaries at MyDD, DailyKos and The Southern Dem had some improvements, so I'm going to reprint that diary on the flip side. As Larry mentioned in his Thank You to us posted below, the National Journal's Hotline Blog mentioned the MyDD diary in their Blogometer posting for that day. As Lance noted in his live blog of Larry's appearance on NPR's Young Turks radio show, the interviewer mentioned seeing the diary at DailyKos.

Please join me below the fold...

Decoration day

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My father was big into Memorial Day. After 25 years in the US Navy, he retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He received a Purple Heart for combat wounds in Korea. When I graduated from the Naval Academy, he saluted me, but it went downhill from there. Vietnam turned me from a 'yes sir' kind of guy into a radicalized young officer. My father didn't like my attitude. I didn't like the fact that my friends were dying in Southeast Asia.

From Wikipedia: Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May . It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Nowadays most Americans use the date as merely marking the unofficial start of the summer vacationing season as many government parks and beaches start their summer schedule on the Friday before. Many outdoor community swimming pools also open on this day.

On this particular Memorial Day, you'll find lots of waxing poetic about the deaths of military men and women. In my case, the verse is dark, colored by outrage at our president and his handlers. They are cowards of the highest order, cowards who send others to die for no good reason.

For my BlueNC friends,FYI: I will be scarce & out of pocket for a few days.

I am a bit shook up right now so I ask forgiveness if i make any type-os.
He is keeping this low key but all of you are my friends and I felt you also had a right to know about this.

My Adoptive Dad beat node & skin cancer that almost killed him back in the 60's. Well, Mom decided to finally tell me tonight, He has been diagnosed with cancer again! I just got thru getting word to Heath Shuler & Hayden Rogers at that campain as Dad thinks the absolute world of them.

I think dad knows every pass & touchdown Heath ever made! Not bad for the starting offensive tackle on the first football team Robbinsville had. That was back when they wore them funny little leather helments. To be honest with you, stickin to the facts.

N&O's Rick Martinez Shills for Puppetmaster. Again.

You'd think the N&O could find an independent columnist who didn't dance to the tune of Art Pope, But alas, the strings that control Rick Martinez are completely visible for all to see. His recent column is nothing more than a rewrite of the latest John Locke Foundation "report" on smart growth, which, itself, is a bad rehashing of propaganda put out by the right wing American Dream Coalition of builders, contractors and slum lords. Here's an excerpt:

The problem with Smart Growth is that it's nostalgia-based. It harkens back to a time when people could work, shop, live and worship in the same neighborhood. That model worked well 100 years ago, before the emergence of the car, but it's ill-suited to a society where personal space often trumps community.

Nostalgia based? Ya mean like 99% of the crap that spews from his newspaper column? This is typical of the hypocrisy of Pope's Puppets as they march toward recreating North Carolina to fit their own free-market fantasies. The fact is, these people hate planning and they hate government and they'll do anything they can to stack the deck in favor of business, no matter how much damage it does to the environment and the common good.

I'm Off

For the weekend. I canned a post for later this morning -- let's see whether that publishes as planned. I'll try to check in once in a while, so NO PARTIES!

Vernon and the FEC

Jay Ovittore has discovered some very interesting information about Vernon Robinson's campaign contributions. It seems that 10 contributors to Vernon's campaign gave more than the legal limit. Jay has filed a complaint with the FEC and if you visit his site you can see the letter the FEC sent in response.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Jay! My favorite line from his blog:

My whole point of this and my other attacks on Robinson for Congress is, why would you vote for someone who wants to go to Washington and make laws, yet in the campaign stage can not follow the existing laws themselves?

VA's Notification Leter to Veterans on Stolen Data

I still cannot figure out just how exactly the VA knows just who will be affected by this! Mabie they have hired every psychic & Tarot Card reader in the nation!

From; http://www.legion.org/

VA’s Notification to Veterans

Dear Veteran:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently learned that an employee took home electronic data from VA, which he was not authorized to do and was in violation of established policies. The employee’s home was burglarized and this data was stolen. The data contained identifying information including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth for up to 26.5 million veterans and some spouses, as well as some disability ratings. As a result of this incident, information identifiable with you was potentially exposed to others. It is important to note that the affected data did not include any of VA’s electronic health records or any financial information.

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