When the moon is in the 7th house

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Even the astrologers are getting in on the presidential prognostication act.

Transiting Pluto opposed Edwards's Sun back in 2003 and 2004 as he sought the Presidency and blocked (opposition) his reach for power (Sun/Pluto). Pluto is just beginning another cycle, this time opposing his Mars. Over the next year Edwards will face challenges to his ambitions as Pluto blocks his drive and ambition (Mars). However, other planetary influences are favorable for him, and perhaps this could be a time when he is able to achieve enough balance in his life to stabilize him and give him the persistence he will need to face another presidential campaign.

Rep. Brad Miller on PoliticsTV

Rep. Brad Miller talks about the focus of the 110th Congress.

I think what this Democratic Congress needs to do, is to be on the side of working and middle class Americans.


Shuler staff says Taylor left no files

Heath Shuler's being sworn in today, and it looks like he's already got his hands full. Taylor's folks wiped out the information on the office's computers.

"They've been just as difficult as they can be," Shuler's chief of staff, Hayden Rogers, told the Citizen-Times.

Rogers said it's not just a question of his Democratic boss being inconvenienced by the outgoing eight-term Republican's staff. He said constituents who had asked their congressman for help will now have to start all over.

"We have no case files. We don't even have knowledge that casework was being done for individuals," he said. "To clean off the operating systems,

Morning Ex

(Via the Ex Files)

Meet the new boss—definitely not the same as the old boss.
• WaPo: Click ticking on the One Hundred Hours.
• TPM on the GOP's irony deafness.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch;
• What a feeling: Toyota coming to NC?
• Ag-Mart slips out of big fines
Soft landing predicted for NC economy

Toyota coming to NC?

Talk this morning about Toyota adding a new Southern plant to its North American factories, with a mention of a site in NC.
From the WSJ:

Toyota Motor Corp., coming off fresh market-share gains and a steep drop in sales by its Detroit competitors last month, is poised to turn up the heat further on the Big Three by naming a site in the Southern U.S. for its eighth North American assembly plant as early as this month, people familiar with the matter said.

Toyota has narrowed the site search for its eighth plant to three to five locations and could announce its choice as soon as this month, the people familiar with the matter said. Among the five locations are Chattanooga, Tenn., and Marion, Ark., they said. Others mentioned by people familiar with the matter included a location near Alamo, Tenn., and a site in North Carolina.

Perdue Dissed by Basnight

Here's a fact, the office of Lieutenant Governor is that one office on the council of state that combines an impressive title with virtually no responsibility and even less power.

Evidently Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, in advancing her inevitable candidacy to be governor, hoped to demonstrate that she has some mojo with the legislature. After all, it would be nice to show everyone that the entrenched leadership in the general assembly would be inclined to follow her initiative if she should be elected governor.

Therefore, Perdue wrote the script for a play to be performed in public that would have her make a high minded proposal, of little practical significance, and the legislative leadership would pay her idea the honor of a salute. They could say that her idea was, "interesting" or "had merit," before totally ignoring it and returning to the business of legislative sausage making.

Perdue's "proposal for positive press" was to create a commission made up of civic leaders who would offer ten government efficiency recommendations at the start of each new session of the legislature. Of course, the general assembly would have to approve these pearls of wisdom, and the governor - presumably Bev Purdue - would appoint the menagerie of civic leaders.

Best Indy Issue Ever.

Oh my Lord. You absolutely, positively, MUST go read every story in this week's Independent Weekly. If you are not from the triangle, then you might not be familiar with this local publication. A cross between the standard "Who's Playing", "Where to eat", The Hill, and Mother Jones - the Indy has outdone themselves this week. This week's issue offers all the standard who and what and where's, but it is the political coverage that simply blew me away. Perhaps the best issue ever, certainly the best issue since they covered the "Two Americas" in Pinehurst when the PGA was coming to town. A few tidbits with links below the fold.

On this auspicious day . . .

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. . . when the first ever Madame Speaker picks up the gavel in Congress, my 90-year-old Libertarian father-in-law emails this punniness, which will put even Greg Flynn to the test:

Butch the rooster

John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called "pullets" and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to fertilize the eggs. The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced. That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.


Meet David Young, Democrat for Senate?

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBlueNC has been expending a lot of speculative energy trying to figure out who'll run against Elizabeth Dole in 2008. Now a report from mountain cultural and political superhero, Ashvegas, gives us a possible candidate.

Ashvegas: "David Young for U.S. Senate. Sources tell us that Young is considering launching a statewide bid for Senate. There's nothing anywhere near official yet, and Young's not talking. But he's said to be mulling it over.


Yeah. We know. Who is David Young, you ask? A few basics:

Young is a 47-old who has long been on the scene of mountain Democratic politics. He's serving his fourth four-year term as a county commissioner. Young is a businessman. He co-owns an Asheville travel agency with his wife. He's a family man. Leigh Young is his better half, and the couple has three daughters.

He is a Democrat. Young's molded himself a bit on the conservative side, especially with his interest in boosting business in general, and in economic development. But he's no Heath Shuler.

Puppetmaster Goes for Broke

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If you're not familiar with Guidestar, you should be. Among other things, it's a free and easy-to-use resource for tracking who gives money to which non-profit organizations. For example, organizations such as the John Locke Puppetshow can be examined to see where their money is coming from - and how it's being spent.

In 2004, Art "the Puppetmaster" Pope contributed $1,696,142 to keep his think tank thinking. In 2005, he upped the ante by nearly a cool million, coming in at $2,625,807. That amount is more than 80% of the entire $3.15 million operating budget of the Puppetshow.

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