It's always dangerous when the Party of Greed has too much time on its hands. Because when they're out of power, looking wistfully at the mean old liberals working for progress, they always turn their attention to our bedrooms. The radical right knows that sex sells, and there's nothing like a Salem witch hunt into the secret desires of the flesh to turn out the wingers in full force. It's the original sin, the First Wedge Issue, it's guaranteed to mobilizing the base, pun intended.
It has really been quite remarkable how so many Republican perverts and adulterers have successfully ridden the 'sex sucks' bandwagon to fame and fortune. With luminaries like Jim Baker, Ted Haggard, Mark Foley, and more, the trail of hypocrisy runs full circle through the organized religion with a hard stop at the feet of the Frat Boy in Chief who currently despoils the White House. With all his phobias about sexual intercourse, it's too bad King George didn't practice abstinence-only when he planted the seeds for these unfortunate creatures.
In any case, the weirdness about sex got even stranger this fall when Eric Keroack was named deputy assistant secretary of population affairs by the Bush administration. Carole Joffe of the Longview Institute, has an excellent analysis that's well worth reading.
So I drive by the statue of the three "North Carolina" presidents in front of the North Carolina Capitol about every week or so now. I like the statue, but it is always a difficult conversation to have with guests about why North Carolina would spend money to honor three people who were living in Tennessee when they were elected.
Which just makes me wonder when we hear that a person born in South Carolina but raised here will throw himself into the ranks of the already growing presidential primary field.
Submitted by veterandem on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 6:28pm
Every year at this time I look forward to the inevitable glut of goodies that pour forth from my mom's kitchen, such delicacies as butterscotch pies, five-day cake, stack cake, black walnut cake and the only variety or fruit cake I've ever been able to eat (it's an old mountain recipe). As with most working folks, I don't get a lot of time off, so I have to eat as much as I can in a compressed amount of time. The first time my in-laws tasted some of these delicacies, I ended up with nada to tide me over the new year, but I was glad someone got to try what is a dying art. My mother got her butterscotch pie recipe from my paternal grandmother (it's encased in cellophane and in her own handwriting. The five day cake (which I can only have very little of because I'm allergic to coconut) she got from her sister (who passed away 8 years ago).
Submitted by Robert P. on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 1:04pm
The JLF posts their misguided take on the Health Affairs study that I previously mentioned. Their bias against the uninsured is palpatible and remember... The uninsured? We used to call them the working class.
The Health Affairs article found that...
We found that 24.7 percent of the uninsured are eligible for public health insurance programs, 55.7 percent are in the “need (financial) assistance” category, and 19.6 percent are likely to be able to afford coverage on their own. There is much variation in this distribution across population groups, with 74 percent of uninsured children being eligible for existing public programs and 57 percent and 69 percent of uninsured parents and childless adults, respectively, being in the “need assistance” category. Consequently, absent a universal coverage solution, a range of policies will be needed to address the problem of uninsurance.
Only a conservative would read those numbers and think that the private system is working well.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 11:03am
I'm going to bring your attention to two articles that have posted recently concerning the FEC. The first was posted on November 27 in the Charlotte Observer and the second is found on MSNBC. Both are Associated Press articles and are worth a quick read.
I won't spend too much time picking them apart, but it's safe to say that I will be spending a lot of time delving into FEC records over the next several weeks and I wanted to give you a basis for why I am spending my holidays checking out GOP donors.
In the first article I linked to, Newt Gingrich endorses eliminating McCain-Feingold campaign finance reforms, saying they infringe on First Amendment rights. Now, I want to protect our First Amendment rights as much as the next person, and making a campaign contribution does make a statement and is a type of expression, but, hell, so is leaving someone's gray matter oozing from their eye sockets after you've blown their brains out. I wonder if Newt thinks we should protect murderer's rights to express themselves, or pedophiles, or thieves and will we continue to put limits on exactly how they can express themselves?
Submitted by Robert P. on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 10:45am
I am so disgusted.
The speaker's race offers enough plot lines for a political potboiler. Will Black, arguably the most powerful House speaker in North Carolina history, be re-elected or indicted?
Stories in the N&O and the C.O. both say that Jim Black has a solid lead in his run for re-election as House Speaker. If Jim Black gets elected speaker, the Democratic Party might as well buy some ear plugs, because they are going to hear a lot of ranting and raving from the party faithful. Does that not occur to any of them? Does it not occur to any of them that WE are the freaking GOTV volunteers they rely on for reelection? Does it not occur to any of them at WE are their damn donor base TOO. Sure, we're not CEOs (well, most of us), or Big This or Big That, but our donations make a difference.
Submitted by LiberalNC on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 10:32am
Has anyone seen this yet? Apparently Comedy Central is really going to broadcast this new hilarious series. I can't believe they had the balls to make it. The creator is also a writer for "The Simpsons".
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