Live-Blog Tonight with Adam Shephard, Author of Scratch Beginnings

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we have the pleasure of hosting Adam Shephard, the author of Scratch Beginnings for the first (and possibly only) live-blog of his national book tour. Adam is a recent college graduate and resident of Raleigh who gave up everything he owned and knew to prove that the American Dream is still available for those who work hard. My daughers and I read his book and thoroughly enjoyed his adventures. It's the first book in a long time that I didn't want to put down until I had finished reading it. Emily has now read it five times.

News & Observer Endorses Obama

The Raleigh News and Observer joined the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Greenville Daily Reflector and the Wilmington Star News in endorsing Barack Obama for president. In their words:

In fact, the junior U.S. senator from Illinois -- the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, the product of humble beginnings and a raising by his extended family, the kid with big dreams, the young man with much ambition, the hard worker who made the most of his education and his opportunities and then went to Chicago to help others do likewise -- could not be more of an example of all that America is and all that it can be. Barack Obama has weathered the rigors of a long and difficult fight for his party's presidential nomination and now seeks to make true the biggest dream of all, to become the president of the United States.

Today, a little more than two weeks from this critically important Election Day, The News & Observer, with pride and hope, in the belief that Obama is exactly what the nation needs at a time when the hills are steep and the winds against us are stiff, enthusiastically endorses him for president. His time has come. And these times have come to him.

It's a beautifully written endorsement.

Local Republican Bloggers Show True Colors

I'm sure most of you are (by now) aware of what happened to Joe Killian at the Palin Rally the other day, where he was kicked to the ground by an irate Palin supporter. Not only was this an attack on the 1st Amendment, it was an attack on a fellow blogger. You would think this would generate some sympathy, solidarity and possibly a modicum of outrage from all local bloggers (imagine how we would react if this happened to Justin or BJ or Ray), but unfortunately that's not the case. Some Greensboro bloggers have chosen the very low road on this, and I hope this stink follows them for a long time.

Does Robin Hayes Endorse Hate?

How about Elizabeth Dole? We probably should ask Virginia Foxx whether she endorses the hatred shown by McCain/Palin supporters while we're at it. We can also check with Paul Stam.

The words being shouted by these people go beyond poor taste. This is sheer unadulterated hatred. Do North Carolina Republicans feel comfortable with this level of hate?

Obviously they not only feel comfortable, but they participate as was witnessed in Elon when a reporter was attacked simply because he chuckled. That reporter was white. What would have happened if he had been black?

Which North Carolina Republican candidate will be the first to come out and repudiate the hatred shown by their fellow Republicans at the McCain/Palin rallies?

Freep this Poll! Send Dole Packing

Here's an interesting Poll at The Business Journal (Triad) web site. Top left has a link to the poll. What's so interesting about this poll is that it gives options or combinations for voting.

So far, McCain/Palin/Dole are winning in this poll and we need to change that. Head on over and vote for Obama/Biden/Hagan. When you get the poll results after your vote you will notice something else interesting. Twice the number of people plan to vote McCain/Palin/Hagan as plan to vote Obama/Biden/Dole.

Go freep that poll, people!

The McCain/McCrory Health Care Plan

This commercial is from Barack Obama and is about John McCain's health care plan. But, North Carolinians need to keep in mind that Pat McCrory supports the same kind of free-market bunk on health care that John McCain does. You can't get something for nothing, and under the two Macs what you'll get is nothing and what the insurance companies will get is a little something-something.

Buncombe County Voter Guide

I hope all of you BlueNCers will take the time to create voter guides for your counties. While most folks know how they'll vote for President, Senate, House, and Governor, the down-ticket races can remain a mystery. School Boards, Judges, Commissioners, and other positions have enormous bearing on people's lives.

Here's the Scrutiny Hooligans Voter Guide for Buncombe County

Joe Killian Assaulted At Palin Rally

Hat tip to Mark Binker over at Capital Beat for pointing me to Joe's blog:

“Oh, you think that’s funny?!” the large bearded man said. His face was turning red. “Yeah, that’s real funny…” he said.

And then he kicked the back of leg, buckling my right knee and sending me sprawling onto the ground.

McCain Lies To The American People About Nuclear Power

The vehemence displayed by John McCain in last night's debate in his promotion of nuclear power was both astonishing and frightening. Not only did he blatantly lie to the American people about the safety of nuclear power, he literally made a joke about Barack Obama's desire to improve the way we store spent fuel. Regardless of the outcome of this election, the misinformation spouted by a respected Senator and candidate for the U.S. Presidency was brought to the ears of millions in this country and abroad, which may have served the industry better than an actual McCain victory.

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