There's a hot "debate" over at Ed Cone's Place today about why Brad Miller didn't see fit to meet the Vermin on the 101.1 morning show today. You know 101.1. It's the "only station that covers the entire 13th Congressional District" according to some person from the station named Brad or Bruce or whatever.
Apparently, one of the show's hosts is all upset because the good Congressman had better things to do than get ambushed by shock jocks this morning. Can you imagine?
There's much discussion out there on the Internets about the suspicious rise and fall of gas prices this year. In fact, a recent Gallup poll shows that 42% of Americans think George Bush and Republicans are deliberately manipulating prices to influence the November elections. Imagine that! Four out of every ten people in America think George Bush is a lying cheat.
As a person with only a smattering of economic training, I confess to being puzzled myself by the wild fluctuations in the oil markets. Could it possibly be that the conspiracy theorists are correct? Could nefarious manipulation be taking place right under our noses?
White House spokesman Tony Snow addressed the issue Monday, telling reporters that “the one thing I have been amused by is the attempt by some people to say that the president has been rigging gas prices, which would give him the kind of magisterial clout unknown to any other human being.”
“It also raises the question, if we’re dropping gas prices now, why on earth did we raise them to $3.50 before?” Snow said.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Tue, 09/26/2006 - 9:17am
First of a three-part series
Disclaimer - To my knowledge, no person mentioned in this article has committed a crime, pleaded guilty to or been convicted of any crime associated with events listed here.
Every small town seems to have its hometown character - a person who annoys as many people as he or she charms. Some are more endearing than others, some more despicable. Then there are those who move beyond the city's borders to either delight or enrage a larger audience. Ted Sampley of Kinston, North Carolina appears to do all of the above.
If you haven't heard of the man, you're probably familiar with some of his work. He was instrumental in providing information that resulted in the identification of the remains of the Vietnam soldier interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. He was part of a group that developed a large clearinghouse for information on the POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam War. He has also initiated a couple of projects that might one day help boost tourism in Kinston. Along with the good, though, has come quite a bit of nastiness and years of questionable business practices. Sampley has gained some notoriety for his attacks against John McCain that have spanned well over ten years. He also attacked John Kerry during the Senate hearings on MIAs and POWs in 1992 and during the presidential elections in 2004.
With Sampley's fixation on McCain and Kerry and with both expected to run for the nomination of their respective parties in the 2008 presidential elections, it is easy to imagine that Ted Sampley is busy preparing fresh attacks on them. Sampley's attacks are vicious and rarely appear to be based on the truth. McCain referred to Sampley as "despicable" and said that Sampley has a nose for publicity and a knack for making money from invented controversies.
Follow below the fold for the beginning of the story...
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/25/2006 - 10:35pm
Every Since the beginning of time man has experienced war. However, in these days in which we have all grown up in, if a Democrat did start one, a Republican would promise to end it to get elected and then escalate the heck outta it! For those who don't understand, War is big Business for Republicans.
I became a Veterans Advocate because of that and 3 other reasons. First, I saw the need to help Brother & Sister Veterans. Second & Third is because Heath Shuler, his Campaign Mgr. Hayden Rogers, and Sen. John Snow inspired in me the need of doing something positive. I have been able to assist 108 veterans from as far away as Asheville & Charlotte since Heath was here on 14 April. So if you give anyone any Thanks please give it to Heath & Sen. Snow on election day.
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Mon, 09/25/2006 - 9:32pm
The 9/11 Commission Report contained a series of recommendations for improving our nation's security. When Democrats tried again this week to have the recommendations instated, Republicans voted to block the bill from coming to the floor. The Democrats' bill included propositions to "add 750 immigration agents, detention officers and U.S. marshals and 25,000 beds for holding illegal aliens."
One of the indispensable tools at bloggers' disposal is fair use of copyrighted material. If we couldn't blockquote, we'd be boned. As we use other people's stuff, we ought to respect the work and creativity that went in to producing it. There's a simple way to do that:
Provide a link back to the page where you got the text or image; and
say whose work it is.
These are moral guidelines, not legal, that most of us here get right most of the time. I haven't always followed them, but I always should have. Try to keep in mind how you would want others to use your work.
I started my new fall exercise program tonight by walking the neighborhood for an hour and canvassing for the Democratic party. It is the end of my cycling season and I usually take a few weeks off of the bike before starting up again. So instead of doing some mindless running ,(Yuk), I decided to make my training more interesting by turning out the vote. If anyone wants to join me for some light cardio work in Albemarle #7 Precinct part of the NC-8 District, sign up on my PartyBuilder site.
Why would a person who's job is to be THE judge in a death penalty hearing want to limit the kind of evidence that can be presented? I thought judges were supposed to be interested in the truth. Apparently not.
A judge ruled Monday that results of a DNA test for convicted murderer and rapist Jerry Wayne Conner won't help him stay out of the death chamber, and defense lawyers said they would appeal the ruling. Gates County Superior Court Judge Richard Parker ruled that results of the new test on a semen sample were unfavorable to Conner. The decision came after an hour-long hearing, during which the judge said he would hear only evidence related to DNA.
Scientific American has a succinct column this month that should put an end to the debate about intelligent design, assuming the creationists would actually read. The piece, by Skeptic-in-Chief Michael Shermer, starts with some statistics worth remembering:
According to a 2005 Pew Research Center poll, 70 percent of evangelical Christians believe that living beings have always existed in their present form, compared with 32 percent of Protestants and 31 percent of Catholics. Politically, 60 percent of Republicans are creationists, whereas only 11 percent accept evolution, compared with 29 percent of Democrats who are creationists and 44 percent who accept evolution. A 2005 Harris Poll found that 63 percent of liberals but only 37 percent of conservatives believe that humans and apes have a common ancestry. What these figures confirm for us is that there are religious and political reasons for rejecting evolution. Can one be a conservative Christian and a Darwinian?
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