Super Tuesday Open Thread.

Yikes, I guess many of us have jumped off the "excitement" bandwagon. The first results are in on the Red side.

Mike Huckabee is the projected winner of the West Virginia GOP caucus. CNN and MSNBC called it first ...

Mitt Romney was second; John McCain, a distant third ... The final count per the WVA GOP:

Huckabee 567 VOTES (51%)
Romney 521 VOTES (47%)
McCain 12 VOTES (1%)

“Congratulations to Mike Huckabee who is the winner of 18 of West Virginia’s 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention,” said Bob Fish, CEO of the convention.

Maybe a bad sign for McCain, who needs a good showing in Georgia to solidify his conservative base credentials?

Picture via Makeshift Utopia.

Open thread: Get out of jail free

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Courtesy of the Dome, here are some legal tips for bloggers. An example:

Conflicts of interest, such as personal, political, or financial relationships with subjects of news coverage, can cause legal trouble for citizen journalists. Legal risk aside, a real or apparent conflict of interest raises ethical concerns and can erode a journalist and news organization’s credibility. Here are some examples of conflicts of interest for citizen journalists:

Puppetshow Takes to the Airwaves

Last fall, WPTF-AM (in Raleigh) signed up Rick Martinez as Director of News Programming. In case you don't have the misfortune of listening to WPTF, it's the dull diamond in the Curtis Media Crown, 24 hours a day of non-stop, right-wing hate. The story was originally reported here. Initial response was muted, even as some listeners lamented Rickie's newest venture:

IMHO not a good choice. Rick seems to be too wishy washy.... never taking a stand. Most News/talk PDs I have worked with have a back bone.

Tune In To WUNC Noon Today

I just received this E-mail in my inbox:

Debate on Cliffside & Climate, Tuesday 5th

Tuesday at noon, NC WARN’s Jim Warren and a Duke Energy official will be Frank Stascio’s guests on WUNC Radio’s State of Things. (91.5 FM. You can also hear it live or later at

It is also broadcast through WRQM, 90.9 FM Rocky Mount and WUND, 88.9 FM Manteo/Columbia.


If there ever was an example of the insanity that passes for commentary at the John Locke Foundation it is this entry by "Dr" Michael Sanera at the Lockerroom: The taxpayers pay for this nonsense about an article at Townhall by UNCW Professor Mike Adams on a "new scholarly journal", The Journal of Genetic Rationalization

What Sanera fails to acknowledge is that this is a satirical article, as can be realized from the opening sentence:

The University of North Carolina - Wishful Thinking (UNCW) has announced the establishment of a new journal called The Journal of Genetic Rationalization.

Orange Crush or Orange Zinger?

Orange County residents have been on the receiving end of dubious push poll telephone calls recently, described by one recipient as:

...what may very well be the most egregious violation of research ethics I have ever experienced.

Why all the fuss? Tuesday evening, February 5th, at 7.30pm, the Orange County Board of Commissioners, at its regular meeting, will a public hearing regarding a Local Revenue Options Referendum. The purpose of the hearing is "to solicit opinion from voters regarding which, or both, of two local revenue options should be placed on a May 2008 referendum for voter consideration." In other words, they are trying to decide between a 1/4% sales tax or a 0.4% transfer tax increase, to pay for growth.

North Carolina Blue Bloggers Barbecue

Sign up for the steering committee? Volunteer to be the steering wheel?

Jerimee has offered to get business cards printed. If you want some, send me whatever name (real or otherwise) you want on your cards. (The only other copy will be and maybe "the people's think tank.)

The cards won't cost you nuttin.'

Nagging question: Should we shoot to have a Famous Person here? I'd like to meet Barack Obama. Think we could get him to come for dessert?

Trust them?

This story courtesy of Progressive Pulse and Adam Searing.

Yesterday my wife and I got a letter only for “select Duke Energy customers” letting us know the exciting news that we were now eligible to enroll in their convenient “Fixed Payment Plan.”

If you weren’t selected for this honor too, here’s the pitch: You can pay a fixed amount every month for your electric bill based on the average of your energy use. Presumably, when you crank the AC in August you don’t see a $150 bill.

Let's Chat - Common Good

Greetings and Happy Monday to all!
Congratulations to the New York Giants for showing that nothing is inevitable. Note to Democrats, don't get cocky. I thought I would put this discussion thread out here, then I have to get the kids to school, so feel free to start-up without me. In the Sunday Open Thread yesterday morning I posted this question:

I'm thinking our community post this week could be on:

1. healthcare
2. education
3. community/military relations in NC
4. poverty
5. literacy
6. ?

Afterwards, I got to thinking that most of these topics are all related to one thing - a belief in the common good. So, what are you thoughts on the common good? How far do we go to help out others? What about morality in politics, should it even be there? Is the free-market moral?


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