Submitted by Larry Kissell on Mon, 09/11/2006 - 6:13am
Thanks to everyone that kicked off our massive volunteer push both in-district and at HelpLarry.com in a big, big way this weekend. We're off to a phenomenal start, and with this momentum will definitely be the talk of the nation come November 8th, all thanks to you.
I'd also like to thank everyone that came out for some good bar-be-que, good Gospel music and good fellowship Friday night with Congressman Hefner too. He is such a straight shooter, and it was so refreshing to hear him tell the crowd how he regretted his vote for the NAFTA experiment. Quite a stark contrast to my opponent that recently told Fox News he hasn't made a mistake in 8 years.
The 450-seat Thomas Auditorium on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC was at least 3/4 full. White people from all over came to hear white people talk about how to have fewer brown people in our country. The two-hour "Immigration Town Hall Meeting" was paid for with your tax dollars, and I didn't hear a voice of dissent all night long. The Taylor for Congress team was there shooting footage for advertisements both during and after the event - call it government subsidized campaigning.
Press Secretary Deborah Potter came up to me, and though we'd never met, said, "Screwy, how are you. You lambasted me...". Ms. Potter was very nice, some might say flirtatious. She couldn't keep her eyes off of me for the first half-hour of the show, and she later told me, "behave yourself" after giggling at the famed Hooligan wit. See this dramatized video capture of Ms. Potter striding into the meeting.
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Sun, 09/10/2006 - 12:58pm
Happy Sunday afternoon, everyone. The site looks so spiffy, I can barely take my eyes off of it. I've got a big writeup of yesterday's Immigration Town Hall Meeting to do, but there's also the competing pull of family, friends, festivals, chores, and football. How do you all balance your political activities with your other priorities? This weekend I gave up a number of opportunities to be with family in order to soak in venom from the sacs of the Republicans and to lampoon them in another, soon to be revealed, project.
Submitted by Robert P. on Sun, 09/10/2006 - 12:28pm
I was recently surfing around blogspot, which I never do, and came across an incredible interview with a Labour MP concerning the Afghanistan War that I will be heavily excerpting here. The original interview can be found here and it ends up the blogger performed the interview himself.
Lance has already given a brief mention to the Public Editor's column in today's News and Observer, but there's a story inside the story that may be worth your while.
First, though, kudos to Ted Vaden for actually looking into this question. I've written him about a handful of bias issues and I fully expected him to blow this one off too. So I was surprised to learn last week that he was actually looking into the story - and I appreciate his effort.
Is the N&O a shill for the right wing? That criticism would surprise a lot of our readers, but it's one being made lately by some folks who see excessive attention to the conservative John Locke Foundation in the pages of The News & Observer.
That from Ted Vaden, public editor at the N&O, referring to criticism leveled by our own Anglico. The short piece is thoughtful (and I'm not saying that just because I generally agree with its conclusion), and it's worth a read.
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Sat, 09/09/2006 - 8:22pm
There's a full report of today's Immigration Town Hall Meeting on the way, but here's a wee snippet to whet your political whistles. Thanks to syntax and Photoshop Guru for their fraternity as we entered the acidic belly of the Republican beast.
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