50 State Blog Roundup 11/23/07

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday everyone. This roundup is a bit shorter than usual, but we will be back to full speed next week. There is some great blogging going on in the states, so take a look and jump in where you can.

New Mexico
   The greatest YouTube video you will ever see, featuring Republican candidate for House in NM-01, Darren White. He's telling us to just say no. Impossible not to watch more than once.

Liddy Dole fishing for New OLF Sites?

Apparently nothing brings Liddy Dole to North Carolina faster than an opportunity to suck up to the state of Virginia. One of her most recent visits was to Jones County where she met with the head of the county commission.

Uh huh. She's almost never seen in the state she represents, but when it comes time to screw over the residents of one of the poorest counties in North Carolina Dole can't get here fast enough.

Two of the county's five commissioners attempted a preemptive strike to prevent the county from being considered as a location for an outlying landing field. Dole's new tool, County Commission Chair Joe Wiggins, cast the deciding vote against the resolution.

22 Things I'm Grateful For.....oh...and Kos is too

Over at DKos, Markos posted a list of 22 things he's grateful for and I have adopted his list. Good riddance to these retiring Republicans.

In the Senate:

Wayne Allard, CO
Larry Craig, ID (maybe)
Pete Domenici, NM
Chuck Hagel, NE
John Warner, VA

In the House:

Barbara Cubin, WY
Terry Everett, AL
Mike Ferguson, NJ
Dennis Hastert, IL
Dave Hobson, OH
Duncan Hunter, CA
Ray Lahood, IL
Steve Pearce, NM
Chip Pickering, MS
Deborah Pryce, OH
Jim Ramstad, MN
Ralph Regula, OH
Rick Renzi, AZ
Jim Saxton, NJ
Tom Tancredo, CO
Jerry Weller, IL
Heather Wilson, NM

Each time a retirement announcement is made I get this warm fuzzy feeling and I smile. Open seats are so much easier to take.

There are certainly more announcements to come and I'm waiting eagerly to hear them, but forget the popcorn.....I have champagne on ice.

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all.

Buy Blue NC

The Holiday season has arrived and most of us will be shopping for at least a few gifts. If you're like me you will spend a bit of time trying to figure out just the perfect something. There is a way to make that easier.

Buy Blue.

If you followed the link, you can see that the original BuyBlue.org has gone offline. Though they plan a return, we've decided to pick up where they left off....and with a bit of a twist.

Introducing....Bue Blue NC.

Here at BlueNC we're going to start compiling a list of businesses and organizations that promote progressive ideals and candidates. When you support these businesses chances are you'll not only find just the right gift, but your money will find its way to a good cause.

UPDATE: Rove coming to town

I just got the following information (below). I wonder if he should receive some kind of "warm" BlueNC welcome....

Cheers,

Hamlett
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This is just to advise you that Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President Bush will be speaking at Duke on Dec. 3 from 6 - 7 PM in the Page auditorium on the Duke University campus. Further details will be sent out following the Thanksgiving weekend.

UPDATE: This is an open thread for protest poster ideas. Actual protest details to follow.

Greatest. Holiday. Episode. Ever.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from DrFrankLives. We may all disagree with each other from time to time, but all of us here at BlueNC share a common goal of making next year more Thanksgiving worthy than this.

The good Lord has blessed us with an unbelievable bounty here in North Carolina. And as angry as we may get at ourselves and our fellow man for wasting that bounty, we should never forget just how blessed we are.

One of things we are blessed with is YouTube, which reminds us how blessed we WERE to have WKRP in Cincinnati. To remind you of that bounty, I post below the GREATEST HOLIDAY EPISODE IN TV HISTORY.

Happy Thanksgiving.

"Oh, the humanity...."

I Went WAY Beyond Disgusted Looong Ago

fped, and I'm deleting my duplicate diary. - RP

The citizens of this Country, All Of Us, had really better wake up to the Total Incompetence we have as a Federal Government, All Branches and Almost All of the Agencies, But Most Of All the Department of Defense especially at a time of not one but two major Theaters of Combat Actions Raging!!

We've gone through this All before and this Country just Shrugs and Ho-Hums and moves along!

Below you'll find a Video I just put together of Two Reports out of KDKA TV in Pittsburgh

The first was reported yesterday the second part of the video is one they just reported tonight.

Military Wants 'Bonus' Monies Back - When Wounded!!

Drought

If the fall weather has you thinking the drought in North Carolina has run its course, think again. Here in the Triangle, we are now officially approaching what any sane person would call "dire straits." The NC Conservation Network has a good report out today:

North Carolina is in the midst of a serious drought with over 56.6% of the state classified as exceptional drought—the worst level there is. Making small changes in your daily water consumption can help but there are other things our state can be doing to better prepare for water shortages. We are urging state leaders to:

1. Set statewide water use efficiency standards,
2. Require local governments to consider water availability before approving new development; and
3. Replace our outdated water rules with a comprehensive law that meets the state’s current needs.


Photo from N&O story.

Blackwater Stench Spreading

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From TPM Muckraker, via Ed Cone. Originally from The Washington Post:

The Washington grand jury has issued subpoenas to several private security firms, including Blackwater, a legal source briefed on the probe said yesterday. Authorities are seeking company "after-action" reports and other documents that may shed light on specific incidents, he said.

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, declined to say which incidents have been targeted, but he said the investigation ranges well beyond Blackwater. Private security companies in Iraq "have been shooting a lot of people," he said.

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