Why I fear Huckabee, more than any other Republican.

He is willing to say that conservatism has lost its grounding. He says all the right things to conservatives, that they care about all life, not just that in the womb. That they are supposed to be fiscally conservative, not running up big budgets.

Watch out, this is the wave of the future for Republicans. I wouldn't be surprised to see our state candidates using this approach as well. It is very alluring to those who would have been called conservative Democrats once upon a time, or Reagan Democrats since then. More videos after the break.

Bonus Round

Some people may wonder about my apparent obsession with NC Realtors. It's really very simple. Political corruption is rooted in the large amounts of money injected into the political process. NC Realtors have injected the largest amounts of money. They've also targeted an issue I care about, sustainable growth and, the local government funding options required to provide for it. Roll a few pet peeves into one and you have Stop The NC Home Ticks.

The North Carolina real estate industry has a little secret that may get a little sunshine, or not. The Bonus Round

Flipper Hayes: Full of Cr@p. Again.

In today's N&O

I support SCHIP but ...
Boosting cigarette tax to fund it would devastate N.C. economy

This time, Flipper didn't even wait until the wee-hours of the night to show his many faces . . . he simply laid it all out in one fell swoop. In a breathtaking display of both ignorance and callousness, he pretty much had this to say: I'm for children's health, but not if it comes at the expense of killing people.

Blackwater protest

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I don't know about you, but the fact that Blackwater USA still operates inside the borders of our state reflects a breakdown of decency and honor among every elected official - federal, state and local - in our state and in our nation. And they aren't even paying their damn taxes.

Here's a video of a protest this past weekend where folks from Durham and Norfolk were arrested for calling out the scummy mercenaries.

Conspicuous Consumption vs Environmental Stewardship

Rain. Blessed rain. There's nothing like a serious drought to make one appreciate the bounty that falls from the sky. I actually stood out in the rain today when it was coming down fairly hard, reveling in the cool wetness of it. Granted, I really don't have enough sense to not do that, but that's beside the point. ;)

I've been planning on posting this (or something like it) for some time now, but I wanted to wait until we had a good rain so I could drive home a few points. Points which are just as important during "wet" times as they are when we are bone dry.

The Slasher!

Votes against Key Domestic Priorities for North Carolinians

Last night North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole voted to slash billions for vital domestic priorities in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill. Dole voted for a motion that would have cut $9 billion from the appropriations bill that funds research on cancer, diabetes, and heart disease as well as programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“Elizabeth Dole is willing to give George Bush a blank check to spend billions of dollars in Iraq, but refuses to meet our commitments to provide quality healthcare and education here at home,” DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller said. “With this vote, Dole proved once again that her misplaced priorities are out of step with North Carolinians.”

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