The short answer is "I'm not sure." I mean, I'm sure that the site was crippled due to a database problem, and I'm sure that it was down throughout the night. But at this point I'm not sure whether the problem was a freak glitch or the work of a malicious operator. I'm working with our host to pull SQL and access logs to determine what happened.
Carolyn Terry runs a sewing machine at a small apparel factory in the heart of town. She's had her workweek cut to three days. She's seen friends laid off from her company and others in this Montgomery County town of 1,400.
"There are so many jobs that have left our county," says Terry, 59. "There are a lot of people just hurting."
For voters such as Terry, the economy is a top concern heading into November's election.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Thu, 10/05/2006 - 9:55am
Robin Hayes climbs in bed with Vernon Robinson to learn a thing or two about getting down and dirty. You'll know what I mean if you've seen Robin Hayes' new attack ad claiming that Larry Kissell is against Medicare Part D.
Hayes has been taking responsibility for Medicare Part D up to this point. He brags about his part in passing legislation that forces our government to pay top dollar for prescription medicines instead of being able to bargain for the best price. He's proud of his plan that forces many seniors to choose between their life-saving medications and food.
The photoshopped ad distorts Larry's features and attempts to ridicule his use of the word boondoggle to describe the mess that is Medicare Part D. Robin Hayes lies to senior citizens saying that Larry thinks Medicare is a waste.
I had heard from a prominent Democrat that things would change when Congress let out for October. The conversation would go from Iran to Iraq, voters would think less about terrorism and more about the war, and ultimately things would sway in the Democrats' favor. I think luck may have outdone forsight this go around, but my Democratic buddy could not have been more on the money in terms of who would have the upper hand.
Before Foleygate, or Pagegate, or Pedophiliagate - or whatever you want to call it - the Rs had been on a roll. Terrorism and Iran had been front and center, Bush had seen a slight bounce, and GOP strategists starting talking about staying in control of the House after Nov. 7. Things were looking up for our conservative colleagues, and who knows, maybe they'd be able to throw in the capture of Osama as the icing on the cake.
One of our old friends, Drama Queen, brought up a question today that deserves a good answer. How do entries get to the front page of BlueNC?
There are basically two ways things get front-paged around here. First, they can be recommended to the front page by people visiting the site, and second, they can be promoted to the front page by "front-pagers."
The first path is community-driven. When a few people click the "Recommend to front page" box at the bottom of the entry, presto! The entry will automatically show up on the front page in chronological order. This is similar to the system at Daily Kos, on a much smaller scale.
The second path is a bit more arbitrary. We currently have five active front-pagers (like me) who write stuff specifically for the front page and regularly promote entries from others. In my case, I promote entries based on the writing, the content, the timing, the quality of the outrage, the swearing, the graphics, and whatever other considerations seem to make sense. As I said, it's somewhat arbitrary, and we all have our own unique approaches.
I encourage you to keep the "recommended" box in mind when you're reading new entries, and use your vote to push stories to the front-page when you feel that's warranted.
Submitted by working for change on Wed, 10/04/2006 - 3:13pm
In the Information Age, we’ve gotten so used to the slick media blitz, online activism and 24 hour news cycles that it is easy to overlook the most simple, old fashioned and effective of all campaign efforts: The Door Knock. Good thing Larry Kissell hasn’t.
While our 8th district incumbent is writing fat campaign checks to produce high priced, glossy television spots, Democratic Challenger Larry Kissell is out knocking on doors all across the district, meeting his future constituents and talking about the issues that matter most to their families.
If I had the time, I'd talk to every person in this district, Republican and Democrat,” Kissell said in a recent interview. “In this age of expensive media campaigns and wholesale politics, average working people have lost their voice. No one listens to them anymore, and my campaign is all about changing that.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Wed, 10/04/2006 - 10:46am
I figured it would happen at some point. Robin Hayes has finally found dirty money he can do without. He is donating the $4500 that he has received from various Mark Foley accounts to different charities that benefit children. Isn't that nice?
So, we can conclude from this lesson that Robin Hayes does not approve of pedophilia. On the other hand, the fact that he is keeping all of the dirty money outlined in yesterday's post tells us that he approves of adultery, money laundering, accepting bribes and fraud. How outrageous and bizarre! For a refresher:
American Prosperity PAC - Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-California)
2002 - $5,000 Currently serving prison term
Americans for a Republican Majority - Tom DeLay (R-Texas) 2002 - $10,000
2004 - $10,000
2006 - $10,000 Indicted for money laundering
Congressional Majority Cmte - Bill Thomas, (R-Cal)
2002 - $6,000
2004 - $10,000
Bill Thomas Congressional Cmte
2004 - $1,000 Admitted adulterer - had affair with Phrma lobbyist
Conservative Victory Fund - Steve Symms, (R-Idaho) 2002 - $2,901
2004 - $824
2006 - $883 Confirmed adulterer (by his wife in court documents)
Doing Our Nation's Service PAC - Donald L. Sherwood, (R-Pa) 2004 - $1,000
2006 - $1,000 Admitted adulterer
Friends of Bob Livingston PAC - Bob Livingston (R-LA) - Retired
2002 - $500 Admitted adulterer
Future Leaders PAC - Jerry Lewis (R-Calif) 2002 - $5,000
2004 - $5,000
2006 - $5,000 Lewis for Congress
2002 - $2,000
2004 - $1,000 Under investigation for defense lobbyist problems
Hoosier PAC - Dan Burton (R - Ind) 2006 - $1,000 Admitted adulterer
Peace Through Strength PAC - Duncan Hunter (R - Calif) 2006 - $5,000
Duncan Hunter for Congress
2002 - $1,300
2004 - $2,000
2006 - $1,000 Under investigation in connection with Duke Cunningham bribery case
Superior California Fed Leadership Fund - John T. Doolittle (R-Ca) 2006 - $5,000 Doolittle for Congress (or Friends for John T. Doolittle)
2004 - $1,000 Under investigation in the Jack Abramoff corruption case(s)
My favorite AP hack, Tim Whitmire, claims that only one candidate is politicizing this immoral behavior. Not Heath Shuler! Not Brad Miller! Must be Larry Kissell. Wow, Tim. Larry is politicizing immoral behavior of politician "A" and politician "B's" ties to politician "A". Say it ain't so, Timmeh, say it ain't so!
How dare the Kissell camp politicize the ties that bind one immoral politician to another. Because we all know.....
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