UPDATED: New map to Puppetshow!


Veteran BlueNC readers know the Art Pope Puppetshow, but some of our more recent visitors have emailed me, wondering what the heck it's about. Well, I'm happy to provide this latest map to Show, as well as a few choice links to give you a flavor for how it works.

Just think, if your daddy had left you a fortune, you could have your own Puppetshow, too. You could get yourself a hold of some state legislators, a newspaper or two, a S'preme Court judge, and maybe even a candidate for governor! All for the small price of only $300,000 a month. To my knowledge.

Thank you, Rob Schofield

One of my favorite political writers in North Carolina is Rob Schofield, who is a big cheese at one of my favorite think tanks in North Carolina, NC Policy Watch. Yesterday, Rob wrote a piece that should be required reading for anyone concerned about public education in general, and sex education in particular.

The catalyst for Rob's excellent work was a recent column by the N&O's resident Puppet, Rick Martinez. As I've written on many occasions, Martinez is a class-clown the newspaper apparently keeps around for cheap amusement. His wife is a staffer at the John Locke Foundation, and most of his stories trickle out in full alignment with "reports" issued by other minions at the Puppetshow.

What are you complaining about?

It seems on a day-to-day basis we get to hear Reagan Republicans complain about North Carolina. What is a Reagan Republican? It is a Republican that ignores the party of Lincoln and equality, it is a Republican that ignores the wisdom of Teddy Roosevelt on conservation, it is a Republican that forgets the lessons that Eisenhower taught with the Interstate system and his warning about the Military Industrial Complex. These types of Republicans care about one thing - business. Their goal is simple, to make the United States as friendly as possible to those who own or invest in businesses. This is the mindset of those Pope Puppets here in our own North Carolina. Go read the site, how many articles do you find on guns, gods, and gays compared to articles bashing higher taxes, universal health care, and praising all things "market-based".

To these people I have but one question......

Shuler Notes: Iraq, Small Business, Immigration

I'm confused.

When Freshman Congressman Heath Shuler voted for the Iraq Supplemental providing for funding the troops, ensuring their readiness, and establishing a timeline for withdrawal, I thought he meant that he'd like to see our troops out of Iraq's civil war. He said this,

"The time has come for a new direction in Iraq. Tonight I joined with a majority of the House of Representatives to once again to change our course, while demanding accountability and fiscal responsibility over the war in Iraq. This Congress will not grant President Bush a blank check to continue this war indefinitely."

Rep. Shuler, however, then voted against the McGovern Amendment (HR2237), which would "provide for the redeployment of United States Armed Forces and defense contractors from Iraq."

House passes budget

Tonight, in order to meet the constitutional requirement that the budget be voted on in two separate days, the state House is staying past midnight. One standout on the bill — a sustantial increase to the rainy day fund.

The budget just passed on second reading 68 to 51.

Third reading is a little more than an hour away.

Bill and the PCS on the NCGA home page

AP on the debate.

Also right after midnight: Gerry Cohen's birthday.

There May Be No 2008 Christmas For You Virginia

Yesterday, Virginia Foxx of the NC 5th Congressional District sent me her newsletter with this piece titled “Honoring our soldiers’ sacrifice” with the subtitle of “This month, remember the cost of freedom”.

The soldiers who take their places in the ranks of today’s military face challenges unlike those of any other era. The enemies of freedom are less easily defined and the battles to preserve liberty are not demarcated with the distinct contrasts of the past. In the face of these new challenges our troops continue to excel.

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Yes Virginia, the enemies of freedom ARE less easily defined, let’s look at your voting history and see how you define yourself:

H.Res. 274: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1538) to amend title 10, United States Code, to improve the management of medical care, personnel actions, and quality of life issues for members of the Armed Forces who are receiving medical care in an outpatient status, and for other purposes. (On Agreeing to the Resolution) This bill was submitted on March 28th of this year, and you, Ms. Foxx voted NAY!

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