Today I received an email from one of my US Naval Academy classmates (Class of 72). Usually I just dump such messages unopened, but for some reason I clicked on this one. I was not surprised to find it filled with typical neocon bullsh*t about librul faggots and Monica Lewinsky. Just think, your tax dollars are hard at work helping to educate Neanderthals like this, a dimwitted Bushbot who made it all the way to Commander in the US Navy before he retired.
I won't waste my time to respond to his hate-filled message, but the whole exchange reminded me of an important framing lesson I learned last year.
It is no longer about liberals and conservatives. It is about progressives and reactionaries. Progressives strive for progress toward better conditions, as in society or government. Reactionaries are opponents of progress.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Mon, 09/18/2006 - 2:08pm
I don't know what these McClatchy boys think they are doing, but they sure do seem to be hell-bent on butchering the English language. Maybe they think the word "gimmick" has gotten a bum rap all these years by being associated in the thesaurus with words like deceit, cheat, counterfeit, dodge, fake and trick. Maybe, they're trying to elevate the tertiary definition of the word "gimmick" by associating it with something positive like Larry Kissell's gas promotion. Maybe they just don't know a good thing when they see one.
So, what is it now? Why do I have my knickers in a twist today? It seems that a certain reporter I had held in somewhat high esteem has fallen the way of the lowly hack. Once again, one of the McClatchy boys - this time Rob Christensen - has used the word gimmick to describe Larry Kissell's $1.22 gas event. Ya'll have to remember how it set me off when Tim Funk tried the same little bit of deceit.
The new Rasmussen polls now have their Senate prediction looking like this:
9/18 41(D) 7(Lean D) 3 (Toss-up) 1(Lean R) 48(R)
That makes a total of:
48 - D
49 - R
3 - Toss-up.
The good news after the break.
Airports, Dams and Roads were given grades of D or lower, Bridges, Drinking Water, Schools, Stormwater and Wastewater got C or lower and only Rail scored over C with a B-. While the State's overall grade of C- is better that the national grade of D the study shows that North Carolina's infrastructure can not support its increasing population at current funding levels.
Good Monday morning — Don't Forget to Vote! I'm referring, of course, to the fact that today is the first day that you can request an absentee ballot for November by mail. (Contact your County Board to make a request or get more information.) I'm also referring to BlueNC's moderation feature. More on that and information on some improvements around here below the fold!
Just in case your Monday isn't off to a good start, I found some happy talk this morning from Stagemanager John Hood over at the Art Pope Puppetshow. What's the subject of Mr. Hood's latest column? Why it's health care! Now that's something we can all laugh about!
I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play on TV. But my teenage nickname was “Doc,” one of my online-superhero alter egos is name after another famous “Doc,” and I have just successfully bandaged my son’s foot. So I’m taking the liberty today of prescribing a course of treatment for those suffering from Health Issues Confusion Courting Unwise Policy Syndrome (HICCUPS).
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Sun, 09/17/2006 - 10:25pm
Attention all BlueNCers!
From the Press Release:
"Western North Carolina News Network (WNCNN), created by local political organizer, Gordon D. Smith, is political satire presented as a cable news program in the vein of Steven Colbert's The Colbert Report and Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. WNCNN will air weekly on Mondays on numerous internet sites including YouTube.com beginning on September 18, 2006. The series intends to highlight the shortcomings of Republican incumbent Congressman Charles H. Taylor through the use of satire, sarcasm, and visual humor.
I remember the November, 2004, like a deep, dull toothache. After months of hard work and more fundraising events than I ever thought possible, I made the mistake of getting my hopes up. I couldn't believe the American people could be so stupid as to fall for George Bullsh*t's lies again - and I actually had optimism about our collective future. That's a mistake I'm never going to make again.
Which is why I'm getting nervous with so many prognosticators writing about how vulnerable the Goopers are. Even when their logic is impeccable and completely well-reasoned, I'm not buying it. No matter who's painting the rosy picture.
Submitted by Robert P. on Sun, 09/17/2006 - 9:11am
It's that time again folks. Go to the Frappr map and easily and quickly add yourself. This is more than a curiosity, someday I hope to use this to identify folks who are in key areas. If I'm interested in NC-10 Senate race, I'll know who to talk reach. I'm amazed that the upper Northeast quadrant has NO ONE. C'mon, let's find some kossacks or mydders who live in that area and get their take on North Carolina politics.
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