My daughter and I spent the day dragging our holiday decorations from the old Christmas closet and spreading them around the house and yard. She's got a great eye for design and we always have much fun. I figure if we're going to go to all the trouble, we might as well have the place gussied up for a good long while.
I love looking at decorated Christmas trees. Tomorrow we put up the lights outside. Always a big adventure.
Some days the miasma of North Carolina politics makes me want to blow shit up. Today is one of those days, and what I want to blow up is the whole god-damned system. And I mean god-damned in the most literal sense of the word. Because if there is a god, she is most certainly pissed off at how We the People and our elected officials here in North Carolina are behaving.
Today's deep depression got started by this editorial in the News and Observer.
Tucked into this year's ethics law changes was language transferring that approval power to the speaker of the House, currently Democrat Jim Black of Matthews, and the president pro tem of the Senate, who for several years has been Dare County's Marc Basnight, also a Democrat. That arrangement holds the potential for a glaring conflict of interest regardless of who holds the post.
Submitted by Robert P. on Sat, 12/02/2006 - 10:24am
From the Charlotte Observer, it seems that state Republicans have flipped Dole and Burr the bird. What a farce that these two US Senators, one a former Congressmen for NC, try to flex their muscle and are SMACKED down by the state Republicans.
I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin.
I see bad times today.
I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.
You have to love the meltdown going on in the Party of Greed these days. The N&O's Under the Dome brings us the latest installment, courtesy of theocrat Coy Privette.
Former state Rep. Coy Privette, a veteran of GOP politics, started a Web site Thursday, questioning the conservative credentials of Salisbury lawyer Bill Graham, a likely candidate for governor in 2008. Privette said he has known Graham for 30 years and never viewed him as a conservative.
"I've been watching all these TV ads," Privette said. "Bill Graham is trying to sell himself as a conservative. To Republicans in North Carolina living up here in this neck of the woods, I know he is not a conservative."
Submitted by gregflynn on Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:39pm
It's nice for people whose world is so well ordered that the significance of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ can be reduced to compiling lists of stores that are are naughty and those that are nice. If you don't say Merry Christmas expect a lump of coal from Raleigh's Called2Action and, the American Family Association:
...it has now become politically incorrect for Jesus to be seen in public on His birthday.
Some Christians ask, "What's the big deal? Why make such a fuss?" We must all wake up to the fact that there are Americans today who, like King Herod, are troubled at even the mention of Jesus' name; and they are doing everything in their power to publicly eradicate His memory. If they can do that, they can have the Gospel condemned as so-called "hate speech".
This is a significant battle in a much larger war... let's all do our part by helping to Keep Christ in Christmas!
The 2006 Do's and Don'ts of Christmas:
We will be compiling a list of which stores do include Merry Christmas, and which stores don't.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:10am
We yelled, screamed, commented on their posts, emailed, wrote our own blog posts, called, flailed our arms about, then yelled and screamed some more. We still failed to get their attention until the very last minute.
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post gives his first look at the top ten most vulnerable House races for 2008. We might need to go leave comments on his blog post at WaPo, but it won't be to yell or scream.
According to Cillizza in his typical Friday "The Line" post:
North Carolina's 8th District (R): For several cycles, Democrats spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to unseat Rep. Robin Hayes (R). Who would have thought that Larry Kissell (D), who was almost entirely ignored by national Democrats, would come within 329 votes of ousting the incumbent? Kissell conceded the race to Hayes earlier this week but immediately announced that he will run again in 2008. While Kissell will surely have more money this time around (he raised $450,000 for the 2006 race), Hayes will also be paying much closer attention. The central North Carolina district has a Republican lean; Bush won here by nine points in 2004.
While I've posted his entire commentary on the race we will all be working to win, he has 9 others listed. Please go visit, read and leave him some love in the comments. I don't always agree with Cillizza, but he needs to know when he gets it right.
A few minutes ago I finished writing a long entry about the junior Puppet named Chad Adams who is holding down the fort this Friday at the John Locke Puppetshow. Adams has written a silly little piece of nothing about how great South Carolina is because it has a 6% tax rate, while mean old North Carolina has a whopping 7% tax rate to do the "same job." Yeah right.
I had even assembled a boatload of US Census data to underscore the lunacy of Adams' claim. For example, NC is 22nd in teacher pay, while SC is 27th. And the NC high school graduation rate is 67% while the SC rate is 53%. I even had data for infant mortality, physicians per capita, violent crime rates (SC is highest in the nation) and more.
And then the site somehow logged me out and I lost everything. So sad. But I did manage to salvage my closing paragraph:
I'm glad the Puppets continue spewing forth this kind of nonsense. Because with every lame "report" and every instance of intellectual dishonesty, they solidify their reputation as ideologues, leftovers from the heyday of the Party of Greed. Keep it coming, Puppets. You're ever-so-surely working your way toward irrelevance.
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