Worst Conservative EVER! (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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Morgan vs. Pope: Round 9

Some stories, like the decline and fall of Jim Black, refuse to die. Which is exactly the case in the blood feud between Art Pope and Richard Morgan, two luminaries in the North Carolina Party of Greed.

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As you may remember, Art Pope (fondly known around these parts as the Puppetmaster) dumped half a million dollars of his family's corporate money into the 2006 Republican primaries. He focused particularly on stomping out Richard Morgan, who had the audacity to work with Democrats over the years in the General Assembly. In hopes of purifying the party and remaking it in his own arrogant image, the Puppetmaster bankrolled a campaign to support Joe "the Hairdresser" Boylan against Morgan in Moore County. Morgan challenged his spending as electioneering, but was rebuffed by the idiots at the State Board of Elections.

Democracy took a sucker punch this week when the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted to allow the sale of legislative seats to fat-cat corporations. In an embarrassing display of incompetence, board chairman Larry Leake and his hapless colleagues went through the motions of hearing Richard Morgan's complaint with barely a nod in the direction of decorum or seriousness. Loony Larry even had this to say to a reporter from the Southern Pines Pilot:

Asked if the board could not really have ruled just the same way in about 20 minutes - without all the testimony and argument - Leake just smiled.

Navy (f)Lies Again

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The US Navy's Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will be coming out soon, but there's no mystery about what it will say. Against all reason, the Navy will be continuing its misguided scheme to put pilots at risk, destroy family farms, and wreck one of the most treasured wildlife refuges on earth.

How do we know this is still their plan? The Washington Daily News has the story.

A $10 million U.S. Department of Defense request identifies Washington County as the Navy’s outlying landing field site before the release of the court-ordered Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that examines the effects of choosing that spot.

Tagged “NOLF Washington County,” the line item indicates $10,060,000 would be used for outlying-landing-field facilities and land acquisition. The appropriation request is part of the Department of Defense’s proposed budget for the coming federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The proposed budget was sent to Congress earlier this month.

“This removes any pretense that the Navy’s supplemental environmental analysis will be the objective evaluation of alternative sites the law requires,” said Derb Carter, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “We now know the Navy’s long-awaited study will be nothing more than an attempted justification for a decision already made,” Carter said in a statement.


ACTION: So much for that idea.....

From Verla Insko's office:

I called our computer support and they advised that now when you send an email to the entire house it goes into a folder that each member can access but does not go to the legislator's individual computer. If you want an email to go to an individual legislator's computer, you have to use the legislator's individual email.

So much for that idea. I would ask any of you who sent an email to the general list to go HERE, find your Rep. and write an email to you individual Rep. (the text from the blog post is copied below).

Feel free to BCC me again.

Corruption and Power - Open Thread

The increasingly disturbing news forecasting an imminent confrontation or war with Iran is of great concern to me...and I'm sure to all of you. From all appearances, George Bush is prepared to plunge us further into catastrophe while he and the rest of the craven cowards in his administration talk about diplomacy as a ruse to disguise their true intent while they prepare to drench the world in blood.

George Bush and Dick Cheney have been corrupted by the power they wield. They need to be removed from office...now! Below the fold are comments on such corruption by one of the most learned people of the 19th century.

Mental Health on My Mind

Today seems to be a day to talk about Mental Health and mental health parity. Part of what I've written below started out as a comment over at Veterandem's excellent post on The Lane Evan Act. Then, I was reading the Daily Tar Heel and found two stories about mental health, lastly, I've been emailing back and forth with people at NAMI NC about mental health parity and the role of Health Care for All.

The underlying theme is this: mental health still has a stigma attached to it, which hurts each and every one of us in some way.

Nationwide, we find that our soldiers returning home from Iraq are not having their mental health issues addressed, but someone wants to change that.

Over at the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America website there is information on a bill introduced by Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Barack Obama (D-IL) which will establish manadatory mental health screenings for veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan.

War, it’s for the troops. (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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Legislators connect the dots, ask for hold on new coal power plant

10 legislators have sent a letter to the NC Utilities Commission asking them to hold off on approving Duke's request to build two new coal-fired units at their Cliffside station. Sounds like they are starting to connect the dots. From the N&O:

Durham Democrat Paul Luebke, Wake County Democrat Jennifer Weiss and others said Tuesday that Duke's coal plant proposal should be put on hold while the General Assembly considers legislation that would require the state's public utilities to derive at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar or animal waste. Bills were recently introduced in the state House and Senate. If the state adopts such an energy policy, building a major power plant might be unnecessary, the lawmakers said.

Overnight Thread

For those late-nighters who just can't get enough politics.

Rural poor foot war's human costs

[Cross posted at Scru Hoo]

No surprise here. According to the Associated Press, the poorest, most rural parts of America are footing an unfair share of the war's human costs.

Many of the hometowns of the war dead aren't just small, they're poor. The AP analysis found that nearly three quarters of those killed in Iraq came from towns where the per capita income was below the national average. More than half came from towns where the percentage of people living in poverty topped the national average.

If you want to see how it affects Cleveland County, NC, go below the fold to watch the one-minute clip of 18-year-old Chris Nalley. He was videotaped last month (for his support of Senator John Edwards.) He has no relatives overseas, yet he understands the price his schoolmates are paying.

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