Sunday fun

As some of you know, I'm on a global mission to promote the wisdom of Do good, be nice, have fun. Just in time for the new Obama administration. So I was more than delighted when a friend of a friend put together this funny little video. Even Smitty liked it! Shocking!

Schofield on Berry

Who knows how we can recall the incompetent ideologue recently elected as Commissioner of Labor? Either that, or rename her Commissioner of Management.

Since that time, Commissioner Cherie Berry has pursued what might be most charitably described as a "minimalist" approach to her job. Though paying official lip service to the notion that workplace safety is her top priority, Berry has done virtually nothing in eight years to advance that cause in a new or affirmative way. For the most part, she has pursued an approach in which she purports to work with employers in a cooperative rather than and adversarial manner. In reality, it has been an approach in which she mostly does what she can to minimize fines and other tough enforcement actions.

A Dream Of Peace (NC Congressman Works To Ease Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza)

In response to the recent Gaza War, a fundraising page was set up on in order to contribute to elected officials who have been supportive of the peoples of Israel and Palestine. The page is called A Dream of Peace: Justice and Equality for The People of Israel and Palestine, and can be found here.

The mission of the page states "All of the people of the Holy Land need to live in peace and security. We need to support and elect candidates that are willing to stand up for the rights of the citizens of Israel and Palestine. These candidates support measures to stop violence, increase economic and humanitarian aid, actively engage in negotiation, and promote co-existence among these two Peoples."

To Be Young, Gifted, and Democratic

With the State Executive Committee occurring tomorrow and the election of our new party officers, recent events have made me reflect about the barriers that are in place against young Democrats being elected to party and other elected offices. And I think it's even more of a struggle for young Democratic women.

For those who think about running for any kind of office, a balance must always be maintained (however precarious) among family, professional life, and politics. However, this balance is even more difficult for those just starting out in their careers, especially those with young children. Or else they may be in school or, if they are out of school, having to battle loan payments and other debt. There is certainly an advantage for those who are retired, wealthy, have a dependable second income from a spouse (or family money), or have a job that allows them flexible hours. To be sure, so-called Young Democrats are not alone in these issues...Democrats in their 30s, 40s, and 50s face similar concerns.

Inquiring Domes want to know

It's always a good thing to see journalists engaging with the pesky people who buy their wares. So I was pleased to see this open call for questions from the Dome. This is your chance to ask whatever you want and get a whole newsroom scrambling to find an answer! Well, maybe not that. But why not give it a try?

Open thread


Best comment of the week by Greg Flynn, on why voters reject the current incarnation of North Carolina's Republican leadership. Would you trust a babysitter who hates your child?


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