Nice Elizabeth article today

in the San Francisco Chronicle. I mean 'nice' here in the sense that the writer took the time to listen to some critics,

"You have to look out for other people in this life,'' Guy Smith, a Chronicle reader from Alameda, told me. "If I were in his shoes, I would abandon the campaign and spend time with the woman I love.''

and then he took the time to go further, to look into the deeper dynamics of a life with chronic illness.

That was a lovely thought with all the right intentions. But according to the cancer survivors, counselors and therapists I spoke to, it has just one problem -- it is dead wrong.

Karl Rove WILL answer the subpoena!

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing


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Open Thread: Sluggish

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U.S. Attorney Scandal Revives Taylor Speculation

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Disgraced former Congressman Charles Taylor just can't keep his scandals out of the news. Sure, he's been out of office for months now, but his 16 year record of deceit and criminality continues to pursue him. Recent revelations about the political manipulations of U.S. Attorneys led one enterprising reporter to take another look at one infamous instance of politics trumping justice:

McClatchy: "As Washington swirls with allegations that the Justice Department and White House intervened in federal prosecutions across the country, a review shows that U.S. attorneys in North Carolina have gone after a lot of Democrats - and a few Republicans, too - during the Bush administration.

AT the Edwards Press Conference

Dear Friends,
I am currently sitting at the Carolina Inn, located just about two blocks from where I work. Soon, we will have a press conference by Elizabeth and John Edwards. The back-story is, of course, that Senator Edwards recently had to cancel campaign appearances to be with his wife for a follow-up exam. Originally, it was nothing, the type of follow-up that had happened before and that preferred to be present at. But, now the follow-up exam is over and we're told to expect an announcement. Campaign staff are tight-lipped, although there is a "buzz" that the campaign is not over. We can only hope that means that whatever is happening is not too bad. I think we will have to assume it is something, but hopefully it is not everything. Updates after the break.

Survey Sez Senators Suck

Thislittle tidbit from Under the Dome today.

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A new ranking from Congress.org has Sen. Richard Burr leapfrogging his senior colleague, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, in the power game in Washington. Still, both Republicans are ranked near the bottom of the Senate.

Burr, elected in 2002, ranked 86th of the 100 senators, according to Congress.org's power rankings for the current Congress. The group listed Dole, who was elected in 2000, as 95th. Both senators' scores tumbled from last year, when the GOP was in power.

The rankings are conducted a few times a year by Knowlegis, a consulting firm that follows Congress. The company measures lawmakers' power by tallying their position, legislative successes and general influence among colleagues. It takes into account committee assignments, political party and fundraising prowess.

Perquimans County NO OLF public hearing

was held 21 March. We packed the high school auditorium and the cafiteria. I dont know the exact numbers of people, but alot of people where making verbal comments as well as a ton of written comments.

Many of the speakers talked about how this OLF is being built as a dumping ground for the people of VA. We had one farmer talk about the responsiblity of taking care of his cows, and how its the responsibility of the owning farmer to keep the cow on his own lands and its not the responsibility of his neighbor to accept the cow shit from his neighbors cow. That got a roar of applauses.

The Navy officer who was moderating this took some heat also from one of the speakers and this was commented on by alot of folks. This JAG Captain would call you to the mic, and then basically not look at you while you where speaking, and then when u where done, say "thank you for your comment, next speaker is xxx". that too, got a rise.

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Proportionality Review

Common sense isn't sexy. It's hard to get all worked up over something that seems perfectly reasonable. Maybe that's why so little attention has been paid to House Bill 341. That, and explaining the death penalty appeals process in a soundbite is about as easy as carrying a rhinocerous in your purse.

Protecting those who protect us

NC has the 3rd highest population of military personnel in the country. These folks disproportionately fall prey to consumer scams. Servicemembers tend to be young, often 18 or 19 years old. In many cases, their move to NC's bases is their first time away from home. Also, servicemembers move around often. This means that every 2-3 years they are in a new and unfamiliar location. These and other factors make our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines targets for a variety of scams. Bait and switch automobile sales, pay day lending, predatory insurance sales from groups masquerading as government agencies, identity theft, and a host of other scams all have caused harm.

I'm proud to say that we're taking action in NC.

Pat McHenry makes us proud

Today we have reason to be pleased and proud that we in North Carolina's 10th Congressional district overwhelmingly voted to send Pat McHenry to Washington.

Only his world-class sanctimonosity would have inspired this wonderful speech by Pennsylvania Congressman Jack Murtha:

When I hear someone stand here sanctimoniously saying: "We're gonna fight this out . . . " We're not fighting at all. It's the troops who are doing the fighting. The families are doing the sacrificing. A very small proportion of the families in this country are doing the sacrificing. That's why I get so upset when they stand here sanctimoniously saying "we're fighting this thing." It's the troops who are doing the fighting, not the members of Congress.

Click here for the video. You'll have to listen to Pat's initial comments like:

I am proud that the majority of this house will stand to fight and win this war.

But it's well worth the slog through a minute or so of debate-school hand gesturing to get to Murtha's response. Good job, Pat! Thank you.

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