Two women from Salisbury

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When the City of Salisbury comes to mind, lots of people think of our Senior Senator, who claims to be from that quaint little town, just as she claims to be from North Carolina. Milking our state for all it's worth, Elizabeth Dole has parlayed the illusion of residency for a career of personal gain and power. One of the ultimate insiders in the DC establishment, Dole seems to care little about her hometown, and even less about her home state.

But today readers all around the world are getting another view of Salisbury, through the eyes of a different woman, courtesy of the New York Times.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Vicki H. Readling vividly remembers the start of 2006.“Everybody was saying, ‘Happy new year,’ ” Ms. Readling recalled. “But I remember going straight to bed and lying down scared to death because I knew that at that very minute, after midnight, I was without insurance. I was kissing away a bad year of cancer. But I was getting ready to open up to a door of hell.” Ms. Readling, a 50-year-old real estate agent, is one of nearly 47 million people in America with no health insurance.

Opposition To Woodfin Diesel Power Plant Grows

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingConservation and open democracy proved to be universal values at Mountain Voices Alliance Clean Energy Task Force, held in Woodfin this past Saturday from 10-1 and again from 1-4. The two sessions drew about a hundred residents hungry for information and options regarding the despised proposal for a diesel-fired power plant in Woodfin. Asheville City Councilman Brownie Newman attended the morning session, and NC Representative Charles Thomas opened the afternoon session.

A half-dozen organizations, including MVA and Rising Tide, spread information regarding a proposed Democratic Party resolution against the diesel plant, the legislative path of the power plant's approval, and initiatives to fight the plant. The groups have come together under the banner of creating a healthy energy future for Buncombe County.

ACC March Madness - Open Thread

I'll be damned if State didn't beat Duke. I know Kirk says we really shouldn't mix politics and religion, but here's an open thread for all things round ball......and politics.

Lady Tarheels are up by two and last I checked the men from NCU were losing to Maryland.

What game are you watching? ....er....which C-span channel are you watching?

Power Struggle Grips State

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Rumors or reality? NC State is all a-twitter either way.

Toby Parcel, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State, has apparently been pressuring department heads to come up with proposals to submit to the Pope Foundation. One department discussed this possibility at its February 14, 2007, faculty meeting.

Several faculty members noted that the values and agenda of the Pope Foundation are incompatible with the values and mission of a public university. In view of this conflict, department faculty decided that they did not want to seek Pope Foundation funding or have anything to do with the Foundation.

Red Tape and the Madhi Army (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing


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Stand Up to this Garbage

I think it's great that Ann Coulter and the conservatives at this weekend's CPAC convention in Washington want to slur John Edwards with homophobic slurs and laugh about it. The HUGE irony here is that many at the convention are fretting over the slate of Republican presidential candidates lacking true Christian values.

I think it's great because it shows these people for what they really are----power-obsessed jerks who will summon up all measure of bile and hate just to win an election. A far cry from Jesus Christ's sermon on the mount, don't you think?

To Edwards's credit, his campaign has responded by using Coulter's slur to raise money. This morning on his website, they are trying to raise a little "Coulter Cash" to help end the culture of bigotry that folks like Coulter, Karl Rove and the men they serve----that's you, George W Bush---have created in this country.

Kick-Ass Women and their Kick-Ass Blogs

This past week I promised a discussion of and links to women bloggers. There's this little thing called time that keeps slipping on by and I'm just getting around to it. I'm sorry if you've been waiting by your computer, refreshing every few seconds to see what SD has to say about women and blogging. (He he he ha ha ha - I really do have a firm grasp on reality!)

I tried to set myself a time limit after spending over six hours lost in reading blogs written by African Americans and American Indians. My time limit didn't work. I realize I won't be able to do this every day, but there are some amazing blogs written by extraordinary, ordinary people - all skin colors, genders, ethnicities.

For today's collection, I skipped going to Blogher and headed straight for our own NC Blog Index. Shame on you if you haven't been checking out our own blogroll. The great thing about the NC Blog Index is people can add their own blog to the list. They don't need an invitation, just the desire to register for the site and add their name to the list.

Saturday Morning Coffee with Elizabeth Edwards

No, not in person, sadly -- just in a post. Don't hate me for getting your hopes up. :)

The Democratic Women in these parts started a fund-raiser last year we call "Lunch in a Bag." It consists of amazing chili and brunswick stew (with other stuff like bread and cookies, etc.) and its sold and prepared by pre-order especially for folks to have on the first weekend of March Madness.

Well, the chili is now in the final phase. Flavors are melding and the consistency is approaching perfect. My work is nearly done, so I'm sitting here with my French press coffee and not much else to do. I'd write a new post, but this morning I'm not sure I could figure out what 2+2 is, much less make any sense in a written composition. Since we have a whole lot of new registrants and traffic here at blueNC and Saturday is usually a relaxed day, I thought I would finally cross post something I put up at dKos back in December. Its about Elizabeth Edwards.

Oh. right. You probably figured that out by the post Title. See? Not too sharp this morning.

Why don't we just skip right to the post? ;)

BlueNC: High Impact Community

Have you ever wondered just how much impact a diary on BlueNC makes? If you're like me, there are days you wonder why you even bother. I write a masterpiece and get two or three comments. Some days blogging is frustrating.

After our BlueNC Women on Wednesday session this week, I wanted to see just how much of an impact our first effort made, if any. How many new accounts registered? (We rock - 2nd biggest day for new registrations in past two months!) How was traffic different for this Wednesday over other Wednesdays? Does it really matter as long as we had fun?

That question can be asked of blogging in general. Does it matter if you have a large audience? To some, it does. Many folks who blog, though do it simply because they have something to say and they dont' care who is listening. Others do it because they want to make an impact. If this type of blogger doesn't see the impact of his work he will get frustrated and quit. How many dead blogs have you run across out there? I find them all the time.

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