Open Thread: McCain's Mansions

Robert Greenwald has released a new viral video about the many mansions of John McCain. It's disgusting.

However, I've also been doing some thinking (in the aftermath of the Edwards whizzbang) about how wealthy candidates are able to inflate their own bubbles, float safely within them above the machinery of party and populi, and thus avoid so much of what makes financially scrappy politicians more accountable.

Local boy makes good!

Phillip Gilfus hit the N&O with a splash yesterday in this story by Rob Christensen. Sorry I missed this, but I do tend to gloss over Christensen's byline. All the same, it's a good article.

Gilfus has long been a Democrat, interning with two Democratic state senators in the legislature when he was younger. An Episcopalian, Gilfus said his religious beliefs influenced his political choices.

"That is why I am a Democrat," Gilfus said. "The Gospel does teach us about caring for our fellow man."

Round up

O-No! says pull the plug on Duke Energy's plans to expand its wholesale operations. Good call.

The NC Budget and Tax Center says it's time to rethink taxes noting that next year ain't gonna be pretty.

The Puppetshow criticizes drought planning because the mean old government might be trampling on the rights of property owners to use as much damn water as they want.

A bunch of men (yours truly included) debating abortion at Ed's place. I don't know how women stand us.

Mike Munger is still listed on the Board of Advisers to one of the rings in Art Pope's Circus. Ah well. I've been checking him out more closely to see if I could actually bring myself to vote for him. Sorry, Mike. No can do.

The Misinformation Age: or, Where's My Grain of Salt?

Most people consider themselves fairly well-informed, and are not likely to admit that they (personally) are vulnerable to manipulation. Those other people are, of course, but not me. And while we might think we carefully "choose" the sources of our information, our brains often store and edit things according to a different set of often less "enlightened" rules. Whatever. It's part of our psychological makeup, and not likely to change any time soon.

These women......and the guys too

As democrats take a long hard look at these women [and the men] we have running as our candidates. They are quality people, one and all, and we should be proud to have them carrying the banner of our party.

As a county party chair I have had a chance to work with almost all of them over the last year.They are to a person great folks that care about the people of this state and their lot in life. They are kind and concerned about this state, and are willing to take the time and efford to move this state forward.

I have had the honor of hosting many of these candidates at events in my county and surrounding counties in Eastern North Carolina. They are, to the man or woman, people of substance. They are people that are willing to work for the good of the state and her people.

Broad coalition to take action at the Utilities Commission

ACORN, Clean Water for North Carolina, NCPIRG, and NCWARN joined by AARP and others to announce and support an energy and money saving alternative.

What: As families struggle to pay escalating energy bills, they need real ways to save energy and save money. Utility-led proposals are leaving them with few options. Join us as we present an update on the Duke Energy Save-a-Watt hearing, point out who is getting left behind and why it matters, and announce a new action taken at the Utilities Commission.

When: Monday, August 18, 12:15 p.m.

Where: In front of the Archdale Building trellis, off 512 Salisbury Street, facing Halifax Mall and the General Assembly

Dear Bev

Updated with email message from a friend: Keep telling her the the "LG has no clothes" - she needs the reminder now and then, but she is the best hope for what is important to people like us. That Bozo from Charlotte will see us out to the highest bidder. This is exactly how I see it.

Back to original post . . .

I'm sure you and your staff agonized about whether to sell out poor brown people for political advantage, but agony or not, you came down on the wrong side of an important moral issue. Which makes your campaign irrelevant to me. Don't bother calling. Don't bother writing. Don't bother me at all. You don't need progressives, and progressives don't need you. I'm heading for Mike Munger.

RALEIGH - Leaders of the state's community colleges voted today to close their doors to illegal immigrants until they complete a study and come up with a permanent policy. The decision today by the State Board of Community Colleges marks a reversal from Thursday, when officials indicated they were inclined to admit illegal immigrants pending the outcome of the study.

Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, the Democratic candidate for governor, made the motion to ban illegal immigrants from community colleges while the study is ongoing.


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