Open Thread - Patriot Edition

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Richard Moore Kickoff

I promised I'd give an update on the two Moore for Governor events this week, and after Thursday's vote in Congress, I'd rather write about something that won't make us angrier. Unfortunately, both of my digital cameras broke, so I don't have any photos from the surprisingly well-attended Charlotte event, but luckily the campaign has a flickr account with photos from Tuesday's kickoff event, and I've got the story (If you want more on the Treasurer's message, try my earlier blog post).

See Bob Spin

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All three Republican gubernatorial candidates are darlings of small-minded newspapers in North Carolina, but it's hard so say which of them is the smarmiest overall: A.K.* Smith, Bill Graham, or Bob Orr. This week, though, Mr. Bob takes the cake in a wistful puff-piece interview with the so-called editor of the Roxboro Courier.

The 2008 campaign for governor of North Carolina came to Person County this week in the personage of former N. C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr. Orr, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the GOP gubernatorial primary next May, technically was in town Monday for an ostensibly non-political talk to the Roxboro Kiwanis Club. But taking the two-birds-with-one-stone approach, Orr stopped by The Courier-Times to talk about his bid to ride his 18-year career as an appellate jurist to the state’s highest office.

Pyle on war

No journalist has ever captured the reality of war like Ernest Taylor Pyle, who lived — and died — among the soldiers he covered.
From his column Brave Men:

Even after a winter of living with wholesale death and vile destruction, it is only spasmodically that I seem capable of realizing how real and how awful this war is. My emotions seem dead and crusty when presented with the tangibles of war. I find I can look on rows of fresh graves without a lump in my throat. Somehow I can look on mutilated bodies without flinching or feeling deeply.

It is only when I sit alone away from it all, or lie at night in my bedroll recreating with closed eyes what I have seen, thinking and thinking and thinking, that at last the enormity of all these newly dead strikes like a living nightmare.

Giving up corporate pork

This week's column is about my recent decision to give up corporate pork.

After I wrote the column, I had the pleasure of attending quite an event and hearing Carlo Petrini speak. There's audio of his remarks and photos at The Carrboro Citizen's new site dedicated to our area's rich agriculture and food traditions. Please take a look at Land & Table and tell me what you think.

Here's the column:

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