O-No! weighs in on Russia

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I appreciate the N&O's effort to "try" to take a stand on US's role in the Russian-Georgian conflict, but I'm afraid it falls far short of the mark. For example, the subhead on today's lead editorial belies the reality of America's rapidly diminishing stature in the world.

Short of war, America should try to ensure that Georgia's clash with Russia ends with Georgia's independence intact

Try? As our old friend Yoda says, "Do, or do not. There is no try." And in the case of US influence on Russia, there is clearly "do not." Putin could care less about what George W. Bush says or wants.

Edward Chapman in Details Magazine

North Carolina death row exoneree Glen Edward Chapman is profiled in this month's Details magazine. The article is amazing; I have nothing to add, I just wanted everyone at BlueNC to have the chance to read it. Also, there are stunning photographs which do not appear in the online version of the article, so I encourage people to pick up a print copy at their local newsstand.

McCrory's First Negative Ad Hits the Air

The NC governor's race was fairly tight until recently with as little as one point between current Lt. Gov Beverly Perdue and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. Now Perdue has pulled out a nearly 10 point lead against McCrory and there's one thing Republicans know what to do when the going get's tough...play dirty straight from the Republican Handbook.

Vatican money

Rumor has it that the knight of the right, Art Pope, is gearing up his electioneering machine to target a small handful of NC House districts. Reliable sources say he intends to fund a big city consultant who would work on defeating three candidates for state House: Rep. Alice Bordsen, Rep. Graham Underhill, and Rep. Dickson.

We saw Pope crank his machine into action two years ago to unseat arch-rival Richard Morgan, so it's a safe bet that's what's happening again.

Creationism and the North Carolina Family Policy Council

I'm guessing The Family Fraudsters here in North Carolina are all atwitter today over a landmark ruling in California on the "science" of creationism.

Rejecting claims of religious discrimination and stifling of free expression, U.S. District Judge James Otero of Los Angeles said UC's review committees cited legitimate reasons for rejecting the texts - not because they contained religious viewpoints, but because they omitted important topics in science and history and failed to teach critical thinking.

Preventing STDs using cheeseburgers


Everyone loves cheeseburgers, well, okay not everyone. For instance, I don't really love cheeseburgers. But, the point remains that most kids love cheeseburgers and if you keep them thinking about cheeseburgers then they won't have sex. If they eat cheeseburgers, then they won't have sex. If they don't have sex they won't catch STDs.

Simple.

So simple that it is the hypothesis upon which $1.5 BILLION in abstinence-only sexual education is based. Unlike the cheeseburger hypothesis, which would actually take into account how kids think, abstinence-only is a complete failure.

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