Yesterday I commented on a couple of N&O editorials that seemed almost grounded in reality, for which I expressed sincere appreciation. But based on what the writers came up with today, it looks like they may have had a rough night partying:
It is long since time that the president rose above partisanship and reached out even to those who have been his most vehement critics. And yes, it's time those critics did not slap back his hand because of their eagerness to claim a congressional majority in November.
Submitted by stormbear on Tue, 09/26/2006 - 9:12pm
In 2004, I bitched plenty about our sorry choice for a Democratic US Congressman for the 5th District here in North Carolina.
Here in North Carolina’s 5th US Congressional District, the Democrats lost the 2004 race because the race was between Republican Virginia Foxx and a Republican running as a Democrat, Jim Harrell.
Here was Harrell’s platform…
Christian Evangelical and will vote based on those principals
Supported tort reform
Against stem cell research (he is a MD)
Member of the National Rifle Association
Did not support firearm registration
The sad thing, these were the exact same credentials (minus the NRA membership) that Foxx had going into the race.
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."
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