Free-market fantasies

Every now and then, Rob Schofield gets motivated to truly rip apart the free-market extremist baloney we hear day-in and day-out. Today's column is a doozie.

Every faltering regime, institution or ideology always seems to have a few die hard believers who remain committed to the lost cause - sometimes even after their erstwhile leaders have seen the writing on the wall and started to move on. Fortunately, in most instances, there is little that these naysayers can do to stop the march of history. Let's hope that scientific and political reality make similarly quick work of those who cling desperately to a fossil fuel economy - even as it has already begun to kill them and us.

91 Days: Nearly 500 Doors Knocked During 92 Days to Kay Canvass

Last night, supporters of Kay Hagan knocked on nearly 500 doors during the 92 Days to Kay Canvass. Supporters canvassed communities across the state, from Asheville to Greenville -- and even in Elizabeth Dole's very own Salisbury.

Today marks 91 days until Election Day and our second day profiling another reason for why Dole is wrong for NC:


While Kay has unrolled her plan to make trade work first and foremost for North Carolina, Elizabeth Dole has voted with President Bush 92% of the time, supporting his failed trade policies which have left North Carolina’s textile and furniture industry struggling to stay competitive. Elizabeth Dole and President Bush pushed to expand the NAFTA model to Central America, with Dole voting for CAFTA twice, saying it would bring jobs to North Carolina. Really? In 2005, Bush visited a Belmont, North Carolina textile plant operated by R.L. Stowe Mills in order to urge the House of Representatives to pass CAFTA. In 2007, that plant closed permanently. Today, Kay is scheduled to tour a Taylorsville factory where she’ll discuss her plan to keep good jobs here in North Carolina.

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 91 days.

Thank you BlueNC 1,791 times over!

Thanks to you, our UNPRECEDENTED army of 1,791 volunteers, WE WON!

Chairman Chris Van Hollen today announced that Larry Kissell (NC-08) won the 2008 Mobilize for Change: A National Day of Action. Democratic Candidate Gary Peters (MI-09) won an honorable mention on the day when candidates across America bolstered their volunteer base to kicking off the last 100 days of their campaigns. Kissell has won a fundraising email that will be sent on his behalf to our list of three million supporters and activists.

Congratulations to Gary Peters, and all the Democratic challengers who mobilized volunteers last week to contact over a quarter million voters in just one day!


Cross posted from The Progressive Pulse

Just so we're clear on this, I hope everybody understands that the current debate on off shore drilling is nothing more than exploitation of fears by the Republicans and the right wing market fundamentalists. They are using the fear and pain of high gas prices to ram their agenda down your throat. How do I know this? Because they did the same thing in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. As outlined by author Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine p. 410:


Speaking of card-carrying liberals, I was recently pondering the idea of having a t-shirt made up that combined a bullseye with an identification of the wearer as a liberal. I don't have the creative skills to come up with and illustrate the design (though I know that plenty of YOU guys do) but I do have the stones to wear it.

Quoting with permission from Pamela Troy's personal blog -

How could it have happened?

"Liberalism is, in essence, the HIV virus, and it weakens the defense cells of a nation." -- Michael Savage 7/11/2006

"We need to execute people like John Walker [Lindh] in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors." — Ann Coulter, speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, January 2002

"We do detest you, we despise you and we hold you in complete and utter contempt…The day will come, the day will come when unpleasant things are going to happen to a bunch of stupid liberals, it’s going to be amusing to watch, very amusing to watch." -- Lee Rodgers, on liberals, KSFO radio, 6/30/06

"If guns are outlawed, how can we shoot the liberals?" -- State Sen. Mike Gunn (R-MS), quoted in the Atlanta Journal -Constitution, 12/31/96

Can any of you imagine the reaction had so-called "liberal" commentators made cute jokes like these?

N.C. Family Policy Council Does not think that some children should be bullied

Immediately after the news came out that the bullying bill was facing complications, I jumped on BlueNC to encourage everyone to contact their state legislators. I was pretty angry, as were many here, and in my rush to get folks activated I got careless and said some things that apparently aren't true.

According to a woman from the NC Family Policy Council, the organization has never endorsed bullying of children and instead supports legislation to protect all children and teachers. She also said the NCFPC believes that no child should be bullied at any time.


All the discussion this week about peak oil, energy subsidies, Exxon profits and more has drawn me to one of my favorite meta-theories. Revenge effects. The concept, which is brilliantly articulated in Edward Tenner's Why Things Bite Back, underscores my conviction that human beings are not nearly smart enough to anticipate the mid- and long-term consequences of their actions.

Dole and Hayes need to Show Up - Phillip Gilfus Nails it in the FayO

I woke up this morning to read one of the best editorials I've read in a long time. It is well-reasoned and well-written with the author taking a friendly tone and style. The author is our friend and co-hort, Phillip Gilfus.

I'll give you some morsels, but go give the piece a read at the FayO and think of all those conservatives in Cumberland County waking up on a Sunday morning reading the truth about the Republicans they have helped send to Washington.

So what do you think? Do ElectriCities need to continue to pay these lobbyist?

So what do you think? Do ElectriCities need to continue to pay these lobbyist?

ElectriCities, the nonprofit group that provides guidance to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, has five full-time staff positions that focus on lobbying the legislature when it is in session. When session is out, the employees embark upon "grassroots interaction" with city officials. ElectriCities also pays lobbyists $190,000 a year to lobby the N.C. General Assembly on behalf of the power company and $80,000 a year for a federal lobbyist.

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