Roundup of National Forest Sale Coverage

More below, but the most colorful quote award goes to an editorial in the Roanoke Times ("Give Bush an acre and he'll take a forest"): "It's not unlike a college student thinking about selling his printer to buy paper." This picture of NC's Croatan National Forest is by (and used by permission of) Christina Dulude of Durham. Her Flickr account is full of great pictures of wild North Carolina.
 

Charles Taylor and the Road to Nowhere

The first I heard about the Road to Nowhere in Western North Carolina was in a piece on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon. It seems that the National Parks Service made a promise 60 years ago to build a road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so that people could visit the graves of loved ones buried in the park. Construction began, but was never finished. Now there's just a stub of a road jutting into the park.

Charles Taylor, along with families with relatives buried in the park, is pushing to have the road completed. I can see why this would seem like a good idea to Taylor. Call it pork or constituent services, this is exactly the kind of bacon that representatives can bring home from Washington to improve their districts and ensure their reelection.

Some Thoughts on Heath

It seems clear to most of the folks paying attention realize that 8 and 11 are the two races to watch closely. I myself have been paying a lot more attention to Shuler's bid in the 11th, (it's my district) but lately Kissell has really caught my attention. If I may, I'd like to point out some of the different ways that Kissell is, so far, running a better campaign.

First of all, while his website is not that pretty, Larry's is full of information. He has a dozen or so policy-type papers, merchandice, and- my favorite part- the Featured Volunteers page. This is great stuff. Heath's site, on the other had, has a nice look, but hardly any substance. He does not offer one concrete idea, nor does he mention his party affiliation.

Hood the Contortionist

It's a slow news day. More lying from the Bush White House about who knew what and when. More stupidity and deception from Dick Cheney. More cover up. More corruption. Just business as usual by I-hate-government Republicans.

So it's flat out funny as shit to watch John Hood grimace and grunt as he tries to call Bush to account for his abject failure in all things fiscal. If he keeps this up, he could get a job as a contortionists in Cirque de Soleil. In any case, here's Hood's humor of the day. He can't bring himself to criticize dear leader without taking gratuitous potshots at Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Cherokee Nat. Forest On the Chopping Block

More on Bush's plan to sell National Forests to fund education (would this even be necessary if he'd planned to provide schools with the funds for NCLB?): 3,000 acres of Cherokee National Forest, just over the border in Tennessee, are on the "Every Acre Must Go!" list. NC's national forests are on the potential sale list, but they haven't been made part of a particular proposal yet. Our National Forest closest to Cherokee is Nantahala.

Have you contacted your representative yet? The message is "Not For Sale!" The photo of a Occoee River sunrise below is used with the permission of the photographer, Jessica (and you can click the picture to see it on Flickr and leave a comment for the photographer).

Hood winked

Carolina Journal is in rare form today. First they lead with a story that feeds their homophobic agenda about a gay teacher being investigated for contaminating young minds. Heaven forbid kids in schools should understand anything about homosexuality.

And then this gem from Mr. Hood, whining about "theocratic tyrants." Of course, he's all in favor of our own White House Tyrant in Chief . . . it's just those brown people in the Middle East he has a problem with.

The biggest outrage of all is theocratic tyrants with much innocent blood on their hands lecturing the Danes about anything.

Local Sheriff Race and Republican Infighting

Watuaga Watch has it all here:

There's no more popular Republican office-holder in Watauga County than Sheriff Mark Shook. He's received nationwide attention for cleaning up an epidemic of meth labs. He's young and graced with all the benefits and some of the problems of youth.

So naturally the local Republican Party power-structure wants to destroy him. Led by ex-Sheriff Red Lyons, the party has recruited Joe Moody to bring down Shook in a primary. In a profile article in today's

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