Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign is accusing his opponent's campaign of hacking a protected area of their website to obtain and publish a sound clip of Arnold saying "They are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it." (The Governator was talking about Puerto Rican and Cuban women.)
I don't know of any hacking allegations having been raised by North Carolina candidates, but it bears saying: it's bad; don't do it.
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Tue, 09/12/2006 - 9:44pm
Heath Shuler's fundraising for his race against Charles Taylor has been nothing short of stupendous. Outraising Taylor and spending less left Shuler with nearly three times as much cash on hand as the disreputable incumbent.
In what has become a perennial campaign habit, Charles Taylor took out two loans for his campaign totaling $850,000. That is, he's borrowing money from an unnamed bank to run against Shuler. Any candidate who gives more than $350,000 of his own money invokes the so-called Millionaire Rule.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Tue, 09/12/2006 - 8:11pm
Not long ago I posted about a song that had been put together by The Squirrel Nut Zippers and Rickie Lee Jones called "Have You Had Enough?" It was inspired by our very own Larry Kissell's Blue America session at FireDogLake.
This past Saturday Howie Klein highlighted another great North Carolina Democrat, Roger Sharpe, in another Blue America session. The song has been turned into a little video and they've been putting these together for the Blue America candidates.
Not only were they impressed enough with Roger Sharpe to turn this around immediately, but Tommy Yum...aka Tom Maxwell of the Squirrel Nut Zippers has offered to do a concert for Roger Sharpe. Details of that are still in the works.
A couple of weeks ago, BlueNC blogger Thomas Brock correctly observed that two of our illustrious Congress critters had signed Newt Gingrich's Contract With America. Sue Myrick and Walter Jones both declared in front of god and the American people that they believed no one should be in Congress forever. In fact, they said six terms were enough.
Yet here they are today, running again for the jobs they promised to walk away from in their Contract With America.
Just in case you think it's impossible for someone in power to actually do what they promise, witness Charles Sanders today, who has resigned as chair of the NC Lottery Commission. He told Mike Easley last summer that he would serve for one year - and that year is up. He is an honorable man. He is keeping his word.
Submitted by gregflynn on Tue, 09/12/2006 - 9:50am
The anatomy of a John Locke Foundation report is at once complex and simple. Complex in its obfuscation of the truth, simple in its structure. A key to unlocking the code lies in the footnotes, the Achilles heel of every John Locke report. The secret lies not in the footnotes themselves but in the source from which they are cited, invariably out of context, frequently inaccessible for verification or, fabricated by the author (1).
It'll be a big day down in Kinston tomorrow when Pope Puppet Willie Ray Starling goes head-to-head with wingnut Steven LaRoque in a rematch that will be the first test of the Puppetmaster's imperial staying power. As you may know, a "do-over" was ordered by the SBOE after voting irregularities threw the integrity of the election into doubt. (This particular do-over has nothing to do with Art Pope's alleged electioneering, except for the fact that Willie Ray would have been burnt, crumbly toast if the Puppetmaster hadn't been pulling his strings.)
I'm not going to try to make a comparison between the National Journal and The Charlotte Observer. There is none. However, I do believe that a professional journalist should have a better command of the English language than your average third grader. Tim Funk apparently does not.
The primary definition of the word "gimmick" in every source I checked runs along the line of, "trick, or deceptive tactic". Selling gas for $1.22 to over 500 people in an area where many are out of work, and stretching the event out more than two hours beyond the time given so that every person in line could be served is not a gimmick.
You know it's a sad day in Puppetland when John Hood has nothing better to do than whine about the mean old News and Observer and the bullies at BlueNC. But whining he is, and it's one of the funniest things I've read in a long, long time.
Let's take it apart.
RALEIGH – I’d like to be able to claim credit for a colossal, unprecedented feat of public-relations hocus pocus. That would be quite a rush. Unfortunately, the facts would not bear out such a claim.
Not that facts are an impediment to some. Which brings me to Jim Protzman and his allegation that the Raleigh News & Observer has become a mouthpiece for conservatism in general and the John Locke Foundation in particular. Protzman, a former member of the Chapel Hill Town Council and strategic director for the Raleigh public-relations firm CapStrat, is the main founder of a blog site, BlueNC, for progressive Democrats. While the site itself is worth an occasional glance, for those wanting a sense of what some North Carolina Democratic activists are thinking about and working on, Protzman’s contributions (under the nom de plume “Anglico”) border on self-parody.
Submitted by Just some guy on Mon, 09/11/2006 - 7:51am
Bullies are in control with total disregard for our civil rights. We have to re-take our "integrity" in this world, which has been abused and convoluted by Bush and his Administration and a Confused Congress, which Walter Jones, Jr. advances and helps sustain.
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