Show some respect

Of all the people I have trouble understanding, Walter Jones is near the top of the list. One day he says his only allegiance is to his Lord, which is a strange thing for a sworn-in Congressman to say in my book. And now he's clamoring for kids in schools to be able to wear flags, as long as they're worn in a respectful manner. I just got another email from him on this burning (no pun intended) issue:


Rumors continue to fly that the two likely challengers to Liddy Dole - Grier Martin and Kay Hagan - are carefully weighing their options and close to making a decision. Both have made the rounds in Washington, sizing up the Party leadership, and being sized up by those controlling the campaign coffers for Senate candidates.

The Soup this morning cites "DC sources" in arguing that the two possible candidates are eager to avoid a primary. I don't know who those DC sources are, but their information doesn't match what I've heard. Maybe the all-knowing DSCC doesn't want a primary, but I'd be thrilled to have one. It would be a fair and clean contest, and the winner would be battle-hardened and even more prepared to take on Dole.

For all the political calculations The Fly (at the Soup) and its DC connections have to offer, they somehow manage to gloss over the single point that matters most. The US Senate election in North Carolina next November will be about one thing and one thing only: Bush's war in Iraq.

Excuse me, but WHAT THE _________???!!!

A lot of y'all are about to be pissed all the heck at me. I'm really sorry about that, but sometimes you gotta call bullshit even on your friends. I do not know why and today I am sick, but still have to go to work and I do not have the patience nor fortitude to find out, "Why". If someone else does, please help me understand this ...  without reminding me of party affiliation.

(OLF) Retired Oceana Boss says Fentress can do the job

Former Oceana CO: Fentress may satisfy OLF needs
September 25th, 2007

Captain Skip Zobel says he understands the Navy's desire to construct a new outlying field somewhere, but until that day comes, if ever, Zobel says Fentress could certainly do the job.

According to the video news video, the Navy would have to move some training flights to a different field and fix the flight path altitudes at Fentress and the problem is solved.

Capt Zobel was in charge at some time of Oceana and knows the requirements of Oceana, Fentress and the fleet. His statements hold water and are smart.

What he is saying is for the Navy to use the assets at their disposal now. Fix the problems that is causing the Navy's desire to explore an OLF elsewhere.

Double quagmire

It's bad enough that Bush's war in Iraq is, by any standard, a quintessential quagmire. But it's even more maddening that our own US Congress is itself mired down in glacial nothingness. I has to be frustrating for all involved, even as they struggle to find a path forward.

The Hill today outlines the House's latest plan of attack, and I use the word "plan" in its most generous sense.


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