Flipper Hayes: Full of Cr@p. Again.

In today's N&O

I support SCHIP but ...
Boosting cigarette tax to fund it would devastate N.C. economy

This time, Flipper didn't even wait until the wee-hours of the night to show his many faces . . . he simply laid it all out in one fell swoop. In a breathtaking display of both ignorance and callousness, he pretty much had this to say: I'm for children's health, but not if it comes at the expense of killing people.

Blackwater protest

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I don't know about you, but the fact that Blackwater USA still operates inside the borders of our state reflects a breakdown of decency and honor among every elected official - federal, state and local - in our state and in our nation. And they aren't even paying their damn taxes.

Here's a video of a protest this past weekend where folks from Durham and Norfolk were arrested for calling out the scummy mercenaries.

Conspicuous Consumption vs Environmental Stewardship

Rain. Blessed rain. There's nothing like a serious drought to make one appreciate the bounty that falls from the sky. I actually stood out in the rain today when it was coming down fairly hard, reveling in the cool wetness of it. Granted, I really don't have enough sense to not do that, but that's beside the point. ;)

I've been planning on posting this (or something like it) for some time now, but I wanted to wait until we had a good rain so I could drive home a few points. Points which are just as important during "wet" times as they are when we are bone dry.

The Slasher!

Votes against Key Domestic Priorities for North Carolinians

Last night North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole voted to slash billions for vital domestic priorities in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill. Dole voted for a motion that would have cut $9 billion from the appropriations bill that funds research on cancer, diabetes, and heart disease as well as programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“Elizabeth Dole is willing to give George Bush a blank check to spend billions of dollars in Iraq, but refuses to meet our commitments to provide quality healthcare and education here at home,” DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller said. “With this vote, Dole proved once again that her misplaced priorities are out of step with North Carolinians.”

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Running On Empty

When your gas tank hits empty it usually means you have about 8% of your tank capacity left, enough to get you to a gas station allowing for a few diversions. If you kept your tank at "empty" all the time you couldn't get very far without totally running out of fuel and couldn't take care of much business. It would be imprudent. Even cash strapped drivers put an extra $5 or $10 worth of gas in the tank to make sure there's a cushion to get to work, take care of the kids and,run errands.

The John Locke Foundation wants North Carolina counties to run on empty.


NC Dems and Mountaintop Removal

Update: Still no word from McIntyre or Etheridge. Please call them and see if we can get them to take a position on the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 2169.) Thanks!

The Clean Water Protection Act (HR 2169) would reverse the Bush Administration’s 2002 decision that the toxic “waste” created by mountaintop removal could be defined as “fill material,” and recklessly dumped into our water ways. This practice has already destroyed over 1200 miles of American headwater streams, and eliminated access to safe, clean potable water for many communities. The CWPA (HR 2169) currently has 107 co-sponsors, and a lot of momentum. But we need more to get out of committee and onto the floor.

We have 5 of 7 Democrats from NC onboard, and we need to know if Bob Etheridge and Mike McIntyre are “wit’ us” or “ginst us” on HR 2169. Please ask.

If you have a moment, please see if your Congressman is a co-sponsor, and take a moment to call Etheridge (202-225-2731) and McIntyre (202-225-2731), politely but forcefully asking that they co-sponsor the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 2169), and take a stand against mountaintop removal.

A quick report on our NC Dems and mountaintop removal below…


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