Dear Average Hard Working American,

You've cut back on groceries, you don't go to movies or out to eat any more, you don't drive on weekends if you can help it anymore, your expendable income is nil, you KNOW you're getting screwed six ways from Sunday because Big Oil is raking in record breaking windfall profits year after year, quarter after quarter, and laughing all the way to the bank -- and how do Senate Republicans feel about that?

Well, they obviously feel that all is finally right with the world!!!

Frontpaged by James

Some good news

Jay Price of The News and Observer has a well-written story today about the return of a North Carolina National Guard unit from Iraq yesterday. In a world where so many things are going so wrong on so many fronts, the dedication and commitment of our National Guard is a bright and inspiring light.

If grief and numbness could be squeezed out of a soldier, the homecoming that the 1132nd Military Police Company got Tuesday would have erased its 10 months in Iraq.
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Everywhere, people were bawling and hugging harder than they had ever hugged. Wives, husbands, moms, dads, kids and then soldiers started embracing each other.

Photo from the N&O. Click to find other great images of the homecoming.

Who to believe?


If you're like me, you'll have a mighty struggle trying to make sense of the Big Debate between dueling experts on air quality in North Carolina's mountains. On one hand, you have the conclusions of expert witnesses working for Attorney General Roy Cooper. On the other other hand, you have a "scholars" hired to carry water for the free-market extremists in the JLF Puppetshow.

Kay Hagan Receives the Unanimous Endorsement of NC's (D) Congressional Team

Congressman David Price was joined by the entire Democratic congressional delegation from North Carolina in endorsing Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate. While this might provide some of us with a, "Well, Duh" moment, we have to keep in mind that our congressmen aren't all from the same mold, so this is quite an accomplishment.

Obama Kicks off General Election Campaign in North Carolina

Barack Obama kicked off his general election campaign in Raleigh, NC on Monday, an indication that North Carolina will be a targeted state in the fall. Obama delivered a major speech on the economy at the NC Fairgrounds, marking the beginning of a two-week tour through the state, focusing on Economic Policy.

During his speech, Obama went into full general election mode, launching a direct hit on McCain’s Economic policy, calling it a “full throated endorsement of Bush’s Policies.”

Obama Slams McCain's Economic Policy

Another awesome woman

UPDATED: Harrison's bill would focus on banning coal obtained from mountaintop removal from being burned in North Carolina, not on banning mountaintop removal itself in North Carolina. There are not significant coal deposits in North Carolina's mountains. My mistake.

I've heard good stuff about Pricey Harrison for years. Everyone has always said she's one of the most reliable progressive voices in the General Assembly, and I've pretty much taken that praise at face value. Until today when I met Pricey in person. Now I can sing my own praises of Representative Harrison from first hand experience.

We talked only briefly, about two topics. First, mountaintop removal and second, out-of-state athletes getting subsidized by North Carolina taxpayer dollars.

As you may have heard, Pricey is leading the charge in the General Assembly to ban use of coal obtained using the obscene practice of mountaintop removal in North Carolina.

Hagan Supporters Greet NCGOP Convention Attendees upon their Arrival

Mike Huckabee's life-saving maneuver isn't the only excitement to come out of the NCGOP convention this past weekend. A group of supporters for State Senator Kay Hagan greeted attendees with signs and great big smiles. What a warm North Carolina welcome for visitors and tourists like Elizabeth Dole. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Yes, that's Dorothy you see there waving to Liddy.

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