Delusional Dole

Liddy Dole is losing it, pure and simple. After years inside the Big Bad Bush Bubble, her grasp of reality on the ground here in North Carolina is tenuous, and her understanding of what matters most to we the people is non-existent. Holed up in her Watergate ivory tower, she seems to think North Carolinians are a stupid bunch of yahoos who care as much about 'celebrity' as she does.

The record is clear: Elizabeth Dole is a serial failure just like George Bush.

Open Thread: How Big's Yer Tent?

I opined over at ScruHoo on the recent wingnutty behavior of our Heath. Unlike the Republicans, our Democratic Party runs an ideological gamut from anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-science to wholly reality-based to New Age vegan peacemongers with statuesque, foriegn wives.

Is the Democratic Party what's left over when you remove all the authoritarian, locksteppers? In Jerimee's post the other day, he called for help doing some branding for the Democrats, and it can be difficult to find brands that encompass the entire field. What's your take? How big's our tent? Where do we push for party and where do we oppose our party to push for our progressive values?

Washington & Beaufort OLF Blocked in New Defense Bill

The little storm that started in Washington County and spread out through the rest of the state, the storm that blew west to California, has found its way to Washington.

According to the Associated Press:

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Language added to a federal defense bill Wednesday could block the Navy from building a jet practice landing field in Washington and Beaufort counties.

Mr. Smith Owns A Newspaper?


It's understandable that a small-town newspaper might have a certain pride when a local boy does good, but the Dunn Daily Record takes pride to dizzying heights with today's puff piece on Fred Smith, The Asphalt King. Join me while I pick it apart?

First off, the headline itself is an embarrassment that any newsroom intern would be fired for at an honest paper:

Smith Ready To Take On Governor's Seat

Now that I think about it, maybe Fred Smith IS ready to take on the Governor's seat. It's more the Governor's JOB we should all be worried about.

Rural Poverty & Ecomomic Disparity w/Video of Mudcat Saunders

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the South Carolina Presidential Candidate “Debate” as a credentialed blogger and had the opportunity to talk for a minute with Mudcat Saunders, after the debate.

Mudcat Saunders got involved in political campaigns when he helped Mark Warner win over 51% of the rural vote, in his 2001 race for governor in Virginia:

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Strategist Mudcat Draws National Attention

"I went out for an egg sandwich one morning and ended up in the middle of a presidential campaign," Saunders told members of the Democratic National Committee's Southern Caucus last summer. "I still don't know how I got here."

Department of Aging

Terri Protts, the Director of the Department, gave us the presentation. She made it entertaining and made sure we paid attention by giving us a sheet of words in a Bingo format. Throughout her talk if we heard these words, we were to cross them off the sheet calling out “Bingo” when they were crossed off in a row.

This department has been serving adults over 60 in Moore County since 1984. To date, they have 19 Full Time, 4 Part Time employees and 160 volunteers. Their motto is “To Provide services that promote the well-being of older adults.” They have an annual budget of $1.3 million plus grants and funding through a number of sources including contributions from the community.

Their In-Home Aide Program provides three levels of care, Home Management, Bathing Assistance and Respite for Caregivers. These services include simple laundering, light housekeeping, running errands and meal preparation in the Home Management level. In the next two levels, they help with bathing, dressing, feeding, ambulation and toileting along with relieving the caregivers whenever the nursing assessment believes it is needed.

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