Don't Count on DCCC to help Larry Kissell

A few days ago, Larry Kissell wrote a diary on DailyKos titled No Confidence in Politics as Usual. Tucked away in that diary was this little morsel:

The Washington folks seemed shocked that we recently polled and it showed my opponent is in big trouble and the district agrees with me that we've had enough.

That's right. There's a poll. Unfortunately, I can't get my hands on it, but what I've heard so far is that Robin Hayes is in more trouble than he's ever been in and Larry Kissell hasn't lost momentum. From what I hear - and I promise to produce the poll if it is ever released - on the uninformed poll question, the two candidates (Kissell v. Hayes) are neck and neck.

Heath Shuler's Civitas Speech

You'll remember the way many felt about Heath Shuler attending the Civitas Institute's Conservative Leadership Conference - that Shuler would be legitimizing a Republican party apparatus masquerading as a non-profit group, that he was giving cover to some of the most rabid conservative partisans in the nation.

While there are plenty of parts of Shuler's speech I take issue with, on the whole Rep. Shuler sounded like a man who was taking a risk and doing his best to reach out. If you have to go consorting with with hard right political organizations, this isn't the worst way to do it.

County Library System - Moore County

Momoaizo probably won't be able to join us until this evening. She is working hard at a new job and sent this contribution for WoW. Thanks, Mo. We miss seeing you around.

The Moore County Library has five facilities pretty well spread out around the county. The largest one is in the county seat, Carthage. There's also one in the upper part of the county, in Robbins, one in the eastern portion, Vass and two in the southern part, Aberdeen and Pinebluff. The Page Memorial Library, Aberdeen Branch is the second oldest public library in North Carolina

Good news out of catastrophe

The Sudan presents such a bleak perspective on the cruelty of humanity, that it is nice when a story like this appears. It seems that the civil war has resulted in a surge of wildlife, including many species thought extinct or endangered. This is still a great big world that we live in, with unexplored places. I won't even bring up the bird/dinosaur fossil that was recently found in China. Oops, I guess I just did.

Jousting with the Propaganda Windmill

We've all gotten them ... the conservative propaganda emails on various subjects. For me, they're like small windows into an unmerciful, ungracious, ugly place that I would never voluntary choose to enter.

However, when my face is forced to this window and I can't help but look at the ugliness, my reaction is primal and visceral. I have to close my eyes and turn away before the scene makes me puke.

I got an especially disturbing anti-immigrant email recently.

After I read it, "I did NOT want to see that," was the brightest thought that ran through my mind. Next was, "But now that I have see it, what do I do, what do I say, what do I write? This cannot go unanswered."

Morgan Street

In a Nation book review John Powers writes about "All Governments Lie!": The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone, by veteran reporter Myra MacPherson. Powers writes about "I.F. Stone's Weekly" the paper Stone started in 1953:

"boasting such early subscribers as Bertrand Russell, Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. (J. Edgar Hoover read it compulsively, in order to be outraged--he downed Stone's words like Red Bull.)"

I often wonder if the Pope political empire is located along Morgan Street so that the name Morgan can act "like Red Bull" to the many Pope operatives, a constant reminder to eschew bi-partisanship and to persist in divisiveness with renewed vigor.


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