When bankers whine

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As should be expected from Republican corporatists, those who profit most from screwing poor people through predatory lending are whining like banshees now that Congress is finally taking on their abusive practices. Their big new worry comes in the form of legislation being proposed by Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Financial Services panel.

According to The Hill, Frank's bill builds on some excellent work done last session by two of North Carolina's most effective Congressmen, Brad Miller and Mel Watt.

New Year's Resolutions

This week marks the beginning of a New (school) Year, so I think it is time for me to make some resolutions and to stick with them. As you are all aware (most of you), we've had a new addition to the P. crew.
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At the same time, my wife is continuing to take her graduate courses in Public Health, and the two older kids are in preschool/kindergarten. Add to that the fact that this is my "busy" season and what you get is an overwhelmed blogger. So, my resolutions.

YDNC USO Day and Canvass

YDNC is proud to announce our first state-wide USO Day, which will take place on September 8, 2007 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at four different locations across NC. This event is open to everyone who supports our troops and the Democratic Party. The purpose of this day is two-fold. First, we wish to honor our military men and women and their families through contributions to the USO. Second, we want to use this day to go door to door across NC to help turn it blue. We want to kickoff our 2007 Campaign Season with a day of service to the community and a day of service to the Democratic Party.

YDNC and the NC Federation of College Democrats have established five locations across the state that will have simultaneous presentations to USO representatives beginning at 10:00 am. After the presentation, we will switch into rally mode, where we will hear from various members of YDNC and from elected Democrats and those running in the upcoming municipal elections. After the short rally and lunch (which will be provided for all participants), we will have a Get Out the Vote training followed by a door to door canvass of between 2,000 and 3,000 homes.

Medical bills: Ever tried to understand one?

It seems the dialogue has begun and the ground swell is well underway to insert some sanity -- forcefully if necessary -- into the American Health care system. Whether or not they have the spine to speaking out in favor of Universal Health Care, there aren't many people around anymore who will claim the system is fine and we don't need to touch it.


A glaring case in point came across my googly reader today.

McHenry's office confirms tie to shooter Drake

Down With Tyranny's Howie Klein reports that Pat McHenry's office confirmed North Carolina Conservative's off-the-record story that connects the Congressman to the shooter in last month's Florida murder/suicide involving three Republican dirty-tricks operatives.

But, in another bizarre twist, someone using the name of the blogger who has repeatedly reported that shooter's motivation was tied to a gay porn murder case in Pennsylvania commented on my post that he made it up "draw more viewers" to his blog.

What can I say but read on, follow the links, and decide for yourself.

NC-11 Republican Train Wreck Continues

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAshvegas caught the final post at the Henderson County GOP website.  Dennis Justice, who says he's run the site for seven years, has had it with disgraced former Congressman Charles Taylor's coy antics, and he's quitting.

"Effective immediately, I am resigning as webmaster of the Henderson County Republican Website."

NC-11 Republicans, so long held together by Charles Taylor's lumpy glue, have spun apart in recent months. With the prospect of facing a popular one-term incumbent, the Republicans have fractured into Stompers, Takeoverers, Taylor acolytes, and anti-Taylor rank-and-file. There's so much sniping going on in public and private that it can be hard to keep up. Thankfully, Mr. Justice gives us an insider's look into their self-inflicted suffering:

I will, under zero circumstances, vote for Charles Taylor if he is the Republican nominee for Congress in 2008. His insulting non-answer to the party when expressly asked whether he would run or not against Congressman Heath Shuler is not acceptable. Congressman Shuler had entered the race in July 2005, and certainly we should know by now if Taylor would run. Several possible candidates with gravitas are considering running and are held hostage out of respect that is honestly not deserved, much like Brett Favre holds the Green Bay Packers hostage the last four years hinting he might retire, but never actually committing.

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