My advice to John Edwards

Tell the N&O and the cesspool pundits to go eat worms.

Instead some Democrats say convention organizers will try to avoid the lingering questions if Edwards himself doesn't talk.

"He absolutely does have to [resolve it]. If it's not true, he has to issue a stronger denial," said Gary Pearce, the Democratic strategist who ran Edwards' 1998 Senate race. "It's a very damaging thing."

In the good old days, the N&O was a reputable and professional newspaper. Watching its steady decline into mediocrity has been like watching a slow-motion train wreck, leading to everything from whiny columns by John Drescher to the "some Democrats" foil in today's hit piece on John Edwards.

Free-market fantasies

Every now and then, Rob Schofield gets motivated to truly rip apart the free-market extremist baloney we hear day-in and day-out. Today's column is a doozie.

Every faltering regime, institution or ideology always seems to have a few die hard believers who remain committed to the lost cause - sometimes even after their erstwhile leaders have seen the writing on the wall and started to move on. Fortunately, in most instances, there is little that these naysayers can do to stop the march of history. Let's hope that scientific and political reality make similarly quick work of those who cling desperately to a fossil fuel economy - even as it has already begun to kill them and us.

91 Days: Nearly 500 Doors Knocked During 92 Days to Kay Canvass

Last night, supporters of Kay Hagan knocked on nearly 500 doors during the 92 Days to Kay Canvass. Supporters canvassed communities across the state, from Asheville to Greenville -- and even in Elizabeth Dole's very own Salisbury.

Today marks 91 days until Election Day and our second day profiling another reason for why Dole is wrong for NC:


While Kay has unrolled her plan to make trade work first and foremost for North Carolina, Elizabeth Dole has voted with President Bush 92% of the time, supporting his failed trade policies which have left North Carolina’s textile and furniture industry struggling to stay competitive. Elizabeth Dole and President Bush pushed to expand the NAFTA model to Central America, with Dole voting for CAFTA twice, saying it would bring jobs to North Carolina. Really? In 2005, Bush visited a Belmont, North Carolina textile plant operated by R.L. Stowe Mills in order to urge the House of Representatives to pass CAFTA. In 2007, that plant closed permanently. Today, Kay is scheduled to tour a Taylorsville factory where she’ll discuss her plan to keep good jobs here in North Carolina.

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 91 days.

Thank you BlueNC 1,791 times over!

Thanks to you, our UNPRECEDENTED army of 1,791 volunteers, WE WON!

Chairman Chris Van Hollen today announced that Larry Kissell (NC-08) won the 2008 Mobilize for Change: A National Day of Action. Democratic Candidate Gary Peters (MI-09) won an honorable mention on the day when candidates across America bolstered their volunteer base to kicking off the last 100 days of their campaigns. Kissell has won a fundraising email that will be sent on his behalf to our list of three million supporters and activists.

Congratulations to Gary Peters, and all the Democratic challengers who mobilized volunteers last week to contact over a quarter million voters in just one day!


Cross posted from The Progressive Pulse

Just so we're clear on this, I hope everybody understands that the current debate on off shore drilling is nothing more than exploitation of fears by the Republicans and the right wing market fundamentalists. They are using the fear and pain of high gas prices to ram their agenda down your throat. How do I know this? Because they did the same thing in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. As outlined by author Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine p. 410:


Speaking of card-carrying liberals, I was recently pondering the idea of having a t-shirt made up that combined a bullseye with an identification of the wearer as a liberal. I don't have the creative skills to come up with and illustrate the design (though I know that plenty of YOU guys do) but I do have the stones to wear it.

Quoting with permission from Pamela Troy's personal blog -

How could it have happened?

"Liberalism is, in essence, the HIV virus, and it weakens the defense cells of a nation." -- Michael Savage 7/11/2006

"We need to execute people like John Walker [Lindh] in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors." — Ann Coulter, speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, January 2002

"We do detest you, we despise you and we hold you in complete and utter contempt…The day will come, the day will come when unpleasant things are going to happen to a bunch of stupid liberals, it’s going to be amusing to watch, very amusing to watch." -- Lee Rodgers, on liberals, KSFO radio, 6/30/06

"If guns are outlawed, how can we shoot the liberals?" -- State Sen. Mike Gunn (R-MS), quoted in the Atlanta Journal -Constitution, 12/31/96

Can any of you imagine the reaction had so-called "liberal" commentators made cute jokes like these?


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