News and Observer: Greed over common sense

A box of cereal? Toothpaste? Does a box of cereal or a tube of toothpaste encourage me to look with hatred and suspicion on my law abiding neighbors who have a different religion than mine? Does cereal and toothpaste lead to pogroms, religious harassment, fear and intimidation? The trailer for this video is about hate, pure and simple, and shows the video has only one goal - to instill fear and hatred of neighbor against neighbor. If I receive this DVD in my paper, that day, after 22 years of receiving the N&O, will be the last day of my subscription.

Vote vets

One organization that is working hard to represent the real interests of military families is Vote Vets. Today I made a contribution to them in hopes that they'll be able step up their efforts in North Carolina. You can help too. If military families in North Carolina knew the truth about Elizabeth Dole's voting record, not a one of them would vote for her. We need a commercial like this focused on Senator Dole.

Kudos to the N&O for calling out Dole

From their lead editorial today:

... in conjunction with the Republican State Executive Committee, Dole has unleashed a singularly odd claim.

This ad says that because Hagan (with her husband) owns "multiple oil and gas wells," the Democratic candidate is a "hypocrite of the highest order" for speaking against offshore drilling. The ad's premise: Hagan fears that offshore drilling will lower oil prices, and thus her profits. (It also says Hagan's oil interests are a "deeply held secret" -- yet cites her official disclosure form as the source of the investment information.)

NC-Gov: Elitism, vouchers, and new math

On Tuesday, September 9, the major candidates in the North Carolina governor’s race met for a debate on WRAL. Around one-fifth of this debate focused on education. Both candidates avoided specific details of their own ideas for public education, but they spent plenty of time attacking each other, specifically on vouchers. The Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, botched the explanation of her opposition to vouchers and left herself open to criticism on the issue with a misleading advertisement. The Republican candidate, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, stated that striving for a higher education is “elitist”, and outline certain categories of students that should be eligible for vouchers as a relief from public schools. Let’s look at the facts.

After dark

Let's make a deal. For the next 20 years, no federal legislation may exist restricting the right to bear arms in any way shape or form. Go for it. Buy your freakin' bazooka. Take your gun on an airplane. And for the next 20 years, no federal legislation may exist restricting the right to be gay in any way shape or form. Go for it. Get married. Do whatever you want.

These agreements could be overturned only by the action of 75 Senators or 75% in the House. In 20 years the agreement would end with extreme prejudice. It could not be extended without the same 75% support. Wouldn't that be fun?

Where is Elizabeth Dole and why isn't the media asking the same question?

The other day an obvious question popped into my head.

Where's Elizabeth Dole?

Yes, I know she has lived outside North Carolina for the last half-century, but where are her visits?

Yes, I know she almost never visited the state over the last six years, instead sending staff members to "her" events.

But, this is an election year. Ole' Liddy Dole has to be out there shaking hands, kissing babies, chatting up farmers, rallying the base. Right?

The answer appears to be, No.

What does September 11th, 2008 mean to you?

To me, there are two emotions tied into this day. The first, is the sad remembrance of what happened. The feeling of shock and dismay, or outright horror at watching what was happening. My wife was driven into early labor by what happened that day and much of our next week was spent in the NICU. So, I missed much of the aftermath of what had happened. We came out of the hospital and eventually awoke to a much different world.

My second feeling is more immediate, it is one of anger. Osama bin Laden, the Assassin responsible for 3,000 dead on American soil, still walks free. We have had seven long years to bring him to justice - and we have not.


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