It's a Big Blogging World

It's been a several days since I left the comfy confines of our little community here in search of fresh opinions from bloggers outside our little circle. Before I introduce the new (to me) bloggers I've found out on the web, let me give you African American Political Pundit's new web address. He deleted his old site after transferring his archives. His new home is here.

Through AAPPundit I found Anderson@Large. Faye Anderson is a citizen journalist and freelance writer with considerable credits. Her background bio can be found here. She has mastered the art of saying a lot in a small amount of space. I need to study her technique. :) I didn't get to spend more than ten minutes on her site, but I will visit often. She is an active writer. My favortie post on her front page is titled, "Race Matters". She starts:

The recently released American Community Survey Report shows that black folks are moving on up. African Americans are closing the racial gap in educational attainment, household income and homeownership.

blocking Medicaid access, death at the doorstep

Oh that tricky Bush administration. They say clean air when they mean more pollution. They say No Child Left Behind when they mean No Upperclass Child Left Behind. They call it a Patriot Act, when it is in fact the KGB Surveillance for Dummies Act.

Now, they've gone and done it again. They've said they wanted to reform Medicaid so that those sneaky /brown/ people would quit "stealing" YOUR health care. They're the enemy you know, those /brown/ people, with their jobs and their families and their kids and their churches. But, what they really meant to say was that those sneaky /poor/ people were stealing THEIR tax breaks by using Medicaid.

That just won't do in the modern Republican Aristocracy. So, off with their benefits!!!

crossposted at Kos.

The Rocky Rhodes Show

In a self-congratulatory display worthy of kids on an elementary school playground, the do-nothing Republican Party spent the weekend giving atta-boys to John Rhodes and Fern Shubert, two early and persistent critics of Jim Black.

I'll grant that these two members of the NCPOG were instrumental in starting the Black ball rolling, but don't the Greeders have anything better to do than celebrate a guy like Rhodes, who apparently can't walk and chew gum at the same time?

Rhodes lost his seat in last year's GOP primary to a challenger who said his dustups at the Legislature had prevented him from getting work done for his northern Mecklenburg County district. A nonpartisan research firm ranked Rhodes as the least effective House member in 2005.

Open thread: One more time

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I'm sorry, but I just can't get over this amazing quote from North Carolina's junior Senator. One more round for old times' sake.

Burr said he doesn't think "it's a member of Congress' role to tell the Navy where or where not to place something."


On Why We Blog, Or, America's 244 Greatest Words

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

--the nicolay draft of the gettysburg address; courtesy library of congress

Government by the People, for the People, and of the People.

The kind of government where you grab it with your own two hands and run the darn thing.

Middle East Oil vs Nebraskan Corn (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing

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ACC Finals Open Thread


It. Is. On.

Thanks to Robert for the great graphics!


Gasp....a mainstream outlet GETS John Edwards.

Folks, color me shocked. The Washington Post has a story about John Edwards that actually gets HIM. Starting with...

His demeanor is more serious and his elbows far sharper than four years ago.

and ending with....

When asked about those two candidates, Edwards offers a stock response: "I'm just honestly keeping my head down and doing my work." But at the end of a long day, he also added, "I've never worked harder in my life."

this article GETS Edwards in every way. That last sentence, by the way, should scare the crap out of the competition. This is the John Edwards that won every courtcase by OUTWORKING the competition, who said the key to being a great lawyer wasn't being the smartest or the best orator, but being the one who is willing to still be up at 10pm on Saturday working on closing arguments.

And, THIS is the hardest he's ever worked. I think everyone is in for a surprise when the fundraising numbers come through, because I imagine John Edwards working like no candidate has before to raise money from all sorts of donors, big, small, and micro.
More after the break.


The Do Nothing Crew

Our non-representative elected officials do nothing again.

You can read it here.

Elizabeth Dole says: "At this point, it's a matter of the process," Dole said. "We still need to get answers to the questions."

I ask: 'What questions are you not getting answers for, Ms. Dole?'

The state of North Carolina is overwhelmingly opposed to this OLF, what more do you need to know? Do you not represent us in Washington? Then pray tell, who is it that you're representing up there?

Inquiring minds demand to know.

Senator Burr says: Said Burr, "I don't think it's a member of Congress' role to tell the Navy where or where not to place something."

I would ask him: 'Then what exactly is your role? What do you think you were elected to do up there in Washington if not represent the people of North Carolina?'

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