Reason 25: Why You Shouldn't Vote Republican

The first reason you shouldn't vote Republican is that they don't have the best interests of North Carolinians at heart. The other 24 reasons are the Republicans moronic enough to pay $5000 each to have their picture made with Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani was in town recently to raise money for the NCGOP. About 300 people attended a luncheon. A couple dozen paid for pictures. Howard Dean came to Charlotte where 300 people attended a dinner and 450 attended a rally. He walked the streets ringing on doorbells. In the precincts he walked, voter turnout doubled on primary election day. Pictures with Howard Dean were free.

Remember the Effing Fish

President Bush was lobbed a softball recently while in Germany. All he had to do was come up with a highlight of the past five and a half years. All he needed was one, single, solitary heart-warming story about his presidency. He could have talked about the resolve of our country after the attacks of 9/11. He could have mentioned the spirit of those rebuilding after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. He could have spoken of meeting a brave soldier, marine, airman or sailor recovering from injuries at Walter Reed Hospital. George Bush, the President of the United States ignored all of these possibilities and chose as the highlight of his presidency catching a 7.5 pound Perch from his lake in Texas.

Humor and heartbreak below the fold...

Crashing Raleigh

Cheap plastic chairs, good wine and even better company greeted us Friday night when we attended the Raleigh stop of the Crashing the Gate book tour.

It was a cool night in North Carolina with a full moon rising.  Markos and Jerome arrived early at Quail Ridge Booksfor the event, with lots of great local Dems and representatives from assorted progressive causes there for the meet & greet.  

The crowd seemed a good match for the book's basic message of "people powered politics."  The theme of starting locally to build and support good progressive candidates so that our next generation is in place and strong when the party dinosaurs start to drop back was well illustrated by the whole atmosphere   The chairs were rickety white plastic and the microphone squealed with feedback all too frequently, but the energy and optimism in the room was refreshing.

Men of god, no women allowed

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In my various excursions out onto the internets today, I came across a story in the N&O headlined 'Petticoats' in the pulpit. It goes on about women in the Methodist church moving into full-fledged preaching jobs. And includes this paragraph along the way.

Among many Protestant denominations in the South, notably the Southern Baptist Convention, women are still barred from becoming pastors. In 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention approved a revised statement of faith saying that the position of church pastor is limited to men.

What's the Big Damned Deal?

I know we will have to wait for details of President Bush's proposal tonight, but authorization for the use of our military at the nation's borders is not new. As a matter of fact, it's proposed and approved almost every year as a matter of standard procedure. At least, that's the way it seems.

In 1999 it was called the Traficant Amendment to H.R. 1401, in 2000 it was the Traficant Amendment to H.R. 4205 and in 2005 it was called the House Amendment 206 to H.R. 1816. As a matter of fact, almost identical authorization amendments have passed in the House since 1999. So, Bushie, what's the big damned deal?

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Duke wants the states to bail out Taylor

In a Duke News oped, author Anne Mitchell Whisnant doesn't seem to know that the reason the Blue Ridge Parkway is underfunded is that NC's own Charles Taylor (R-11), chair of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, doesn't bring home the bacon he's constantly bragging about.

In fact, she doesn't even mention that the problems with underfunding the parkway has anything to do with him:

Patrick McHenry: Republican Hypocrite, Class Clown or Fresh Meat?

This is just too rich . . . charges of hypocrisy coming from none other than the Karl Rovian Bushbot Congresscritter named Patrick McHenry. Kind of sad, really. From the Charlotte Observer's Tim Funk.

Rep. Patrick McHenry is becoming a thorn in the side of Democrats in Washington. The latest example: Last week, the Cherryville Republican turned the tables on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has been charging that congressional Republicans preside over a "culture of corruption."

There Is Truth In Numbers!

How much do our elected Officials feel about us?

Front-paged because, once again, I think the Veteran vote should be a Democratic Vote - Robert

Disabled American Veterans

Year: 2005
Issue: Veterans Issues
Disabled American Veterans
807 Maine Avenue, Southwest
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-554-3501

"Formed in 1920 and chartered by Congress in 1932, the million-member DAV is the official voice of America's service-connected disabled veterans -- a strong, insistent voice that represents all of America's 2.1 million disabled veterans, their families and survivors."

The following ratings indicate the degree that each elected official supported the interests of the organization in that year.

Wrenn gets it wrong

It's always fun to stop by The Boy Pundit's website to see what Carter Wrenn (right wing) and Gary Pearce (left wing) have to say about the sad state of North Carolina politics. It's fun because they're always messing with each other, and also because they've both long had their hands in stirring the sorry soup. My subject tonight is Wrenn's latest blog post:

Few would argue with the proposition that Jim Black, after a year of ‘pay to play’ scandals, is now the most unpopular man in North Carolina. A series of hearings, investigations, and exposes has left the heretofore sure-footed House Leader battered and bruised. But don’t despair. The wiley Democrats have a solution: Art Pope. The Democrats are going to make Pope the most unpopular man in North Carolina – on the theory that when they do voters are going to forget all about Jim Black.


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