Submitted by Gordon Smith on Fri, 09/08/2006 - 10:00am
ABC, whose parent company is Disney, plans to run a two-part "docudrama" about the events that led to the 9/11 attacks. The program claims to be culled from the 9/11 Commission Report though there's been an admission from ABC that facts have been dramatized and events compressed.
Advance copies of the program were sent to 900 people - right-wing bloggers, right-wing radio, and right-wing television folks for them to review. President Clinton, who is featured prominently and inaccurately in the film, was denied a copy. Scholastic, that educational supplies stalwart, planned to distribute study companions for "Path to 9/11" in our public schools.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Fri, 09/08/2006 - 9:39am
Larry Kissell has been drawing crowds of volunteers. We are literally coming out of the woodwork, but it will take many, many more of us on the phones, hitting the neighborhoods, putting out signs, attending events and fundraisers, stuffing envelopes and just about every other activity it takes to run a campaign. Those of us living in and around North Carolina's 8th CD will take care of much of that work, but we need your help backing us up on the phones. Give Larry 10 and he'll give you Congress.
This one is just too, too rich for satire. The story is in today's News and Observer.
After years of controversy over a proposed donation to the study of Western cultures, the John William Pope Foundation of Raleigh will give UNC-Chapel Hill $2.3 million, most of which will go to the football program.
The university announced the gift Thursday. It includes $2 million for an investment fund that will generate $100,000 a year to supplement the salaries of assistant football coaches.
Poor Puppetmaster. The mean old faculty at UNC didn't like the fact that he had too many strings on his original gift to study the glories of white old rich men. So instead of supporting intellectual integrity and furthering the highest ideals of public education, the Puppetmaster takes his money and punts!
Imagine you're the Puppetmaster, sitting high up on your throne, watching the Little People scurring around, doing your bidding, carrying your water, licking your boots.
You raise your pinkie and presto, 4999 hate-filled mailings fly into Kinston, magically "educating" voters about the evils of compromise and common ground. You raise an eyebrow and POW, your pack of hungry lawyers slaps a lawsuit on some little guy who dared to question your infinite wisdom and awesome power.
You sit back and smile, your beady little eyes shifting in search of more rabble-rousers. You are on a mission to purify the planet, to restore the aristocracy, to celebrate the joys of having more money than sense. Life is good. You close your eyes. You rest.
With Labor Day behind us and the crush of fall politics cranking up, this is a good time to update BlueNC readers on recent developments – and introduce two of our newest frontpagers, gregflynn and Screwy Hoolie. If you’ve been around for awhile, you’re already familiar with both of these hard-working souls, so I’ll be brief.
Screwy, whose name is Gordon in real life, says blogging is a form of participation in our democracy. “I'm not an online activist or citizen journalist,” he says. "I'm a participant. I busily dog Charles Taylor because he's a specimen of Corruptus Incompetus in our Congress, and it's my responsibility as a participating member of this democracy to work towards a more perfect union."
The Pope Center for Higher Education, part of the tangled web that is the Art Pope Puppetshow, has relased a new "paper" that has one idea worth considering. I know that's a big surprise, but bear with me.
The paper, "The Overselling of Higher Education," was written by Executive Director George Leef and focuses on many of the common themes that dominates higher-education policy. Among the topics addressed in the paper is the common belief that the nation has entered a “knowledge economy,” where it’s important for nearly everyone to go to college. Leef contends that this idea is mistaken, but because it is so widely believed, colleges have been flooded with students who would have been better off if they had chosen to do something else.
According to Bubba and Damn Yankee, netizens of the always reliable Internets in Kinston, Art Pope, Puppetmaster-in-Chief of All Things Conservative, is filing charges against fellow Republican Steven LaRoque for defamation of character.
As you may recall, Mr. LaRoque had the gumption to critcize the Puppetmaster for bankrolling a direct mail campaign that helped Willie Ray Starling win the Republican primary for the House seat representing Kinston. Mr. Starling, a frequent lurker at BlueNC, appears to be an honest, god-fearing Theocrat who believes the good lord (or maybe the Puppetmaster) should call all the shots when it comes to North Carolina politics.
Submitted by Robert P. on Thu, 09/07/2006 - 9:48am
As Jon Stewart would say "X-tree, X-tree, read all about it, Iraq takes control of the military in Iraq, X-tree, X-tree!"
Today, first on NPR and then in the New York Times I was greeted with this news.
Iraq Takes Military Reins From Coalition
Wow, I thought for about 1/10th of a second, then I realized, because I've been paying attention, that this must be an election-time scam. So, I dug, which most listeners and readers won't and which most right-wing organizations will not give their sheeple the opportunity to do.
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Thu, 09/07/2006 - 12:16am
There's so much news on our race in NC-11 that it's hard to keep up. The Heath Shuler campaign, the Charles Taylor campaign, the DCCC, the ATLA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have all run television ads already. As the money and media buys roll in, so does the coverage.
The right-wing blogosphere has discovered the race, and they're shouting into the ether with posts like this one from "The American Thinker": "Shuler has been going negative against Taylor on TV for a while now, which might be effecting poll numbers, but that’s nothing new. They’ve gone negative on Taylor many times before, so much so that a local right wing paper notes you can tell it is an election year when the area’s left wing “alternative” press, our local equivalent to the Chicago Reporter, finds some new charge to bring against Taylor."
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