OLF back in the news

Why is it that Virginia has Senators who actually do something, while North Carolina has Senators who choose to treat we the people like mushrooms (i.e., keep us in the dark and feed us manure)? The same applies to North Carolina newspapers. I had to go all the way to Virginia to find this story:

Virginia officials will announce next week a list of sites they're recommending the Navy consider for a practice jet landing field. "We've tried to broadly identify tracts of land that are within the flight range that the Navy is looking for," Robert P. Crouch Jr., assistant to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for commonwealth preparedness, said Friday. "It's painted with a very broad brush."

The outlying landing field would take pressure off Fentress Auxiliary Landing Field in Chesapeake, where Navy pilots practice "touch and go" maneuvers. Friday's announcement was the latest development in a long-delayed effort to reduce noise generated by jets at Oceana Naval Air Station while preserving the base's future.

NC Democrats to Hold Regional Town Meetings to Discuss and Debate Resolutions, Policies

Wayne Goodwin, former member of the N.C. House of Representatives and the 2004 Democratic nominee for NC Labor Commissioner, has released the schedule of Statewide regional town meetings he will conduct on behalf of the NCDP Resolutions Committee. Plan now to attend one near you!

Weekend Open Thread: Youtube Bonanza

What's your favorite Youtube? I have one here from July 4, 2007 of the Harrisburg celebration featuring Larry Kissell and Robin Hayes. Great press except the twit young reporter claimed that Democrats were attacking Hayes' support of the troops, when what we're actually doing is questioning his support of the troops given his votes against them in congress.

What have you found lately on Youtube? It doesn't have to deal with politics. Come on now, share people!

Privatization Proven to be a Failure

Bush Republicans will read this story and rejoice, a child molester dying in his own squalor, what could be better.

BOISE, Idaho - After months alone in his cell, Scot Noble Payne finished 20 pages of letters, describing to loved ones the decrepit conditions of the prison where he was serving time for molesting a child.

Then Payne used a razor blade to slice two 3-inch gashes in his throat. Guards found his body in the cell’s shower, with the water still running.

“Try to comfort my mum too and try to get her to see that I am truly happy again,” he wrote his uncle. “I tell you, it sure beats having water on the floor 24/7, a smelly pillow case, sheets with blood stains on them and a stinky towel that hasn’t been changed since they caught me.”

However, what they want to ignore in this story, what they want you not to pay attention to, is how privatization has FAILED.

Court nixes suit against spying program

I'm editing this to add blockquotes and to say the following. Elections matter, those who vote for Republicans vote to have their phones tapped, their bedrooms invaded, and "privacy" become a joke. - RP

CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President Bush's domestic spying program, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to sue.

What is a "Lincoln Republican'?


I've traded emails with Bob Orr, who is a Republican candidate for governor. And the truth is, I'm having a tough time figuring the guy out. He seems to be a reasonable and smart person, which is why his membership in the North Carolina Republican party is so baffling.

Mr. Orr says he's a "Lincoln Republican," which got me to wondering - what the heck is that? So I jumped onto the interTubes and found this enlightening reference:




Dead Heat

It's going to be a barn burner.

Political Wire: A new Public Policy Polling survey shows a three way tie in the North Carolina Democratic primary, with Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama at 27% and John Edwards at 26% in his home state.

Key finding for Edwards: "Democratic Party demographics are against him. Women and African-Americans make up a significant majority of Democratic primary voters. Yet Edwards performs best among men and whites."

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