UPDATE: Rove coming to town

I just got the following information (below). I wonder if he should receive some kind of "warm" BlueNC welcome....


This is just to advise you that Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President Bush will be speaking at Duke on Dec. 3 from 6 - 7 PM in the Page auditorium on the Duke University campus. Further details will be sent out following the Thanksgiving weekend.

UPDATE: This is an open thread for protest poster ideas. Actual protest details to follow.

Greatest. Holiday. Episode. Ever.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from DrFrankLives. We may all disagree with each other from time to time, but all of us here at BlueNC share a common goal of making next year more Thanksgiving worthy than this.

The good Lord has blessed us with an unbelievable bounty here in North Carolina. And as angry as we may get at ourselves and our fellow man for wasting that bounty, we should never forget just how blessed we are.

One of things we are blessed with is YouTube, which reminds us how blessed we WERE to have WKRP in Cincinnati. To remind you of that bounty, I post below the GREATEST HOLIDAY EPISODE IN TV HISTORY.

Happy Thanksgiving.

"Oh, the humanity...."

I Went WAY Beyond Disgusted Looong Ago

fped, and I'm deleting my duplicate diary. - RP

The citizens of this Country, All Of Us, had really better wake up to the Total Incompetence we have as a Federal Government, All Branches and Almost All of the Agencies, But Most Of All the Department of Defense especially at a time of not one but two major Theaters of Combat Actions Raging!!

We've gone through this All before and this Country just Shrugs and Ho-Hums and moves along!

Below you'll find a Video I just put together of Two Reports out of KDKA TV in Pittsburgh

The first was reported yesterday the second part of the video is one they just reported tonight.

Military Wants 'Bonus' Monies Back - When Wounded!!


If the fall weather has you thinking the drought in North Carolina has run its course, think again. Here in the Triangle, we are now officially approaching what any sane person would call "dire straits." The NC Conservation Network has a good report out today:

North Carolina is in the midst of a serious drought with over 56.6% of the state classified as exceptional drought—the worst level there is. Making small changes in your daily water consumption can help but there are other things our state can be doing to better prepare for water shortages. We are urging state leaders to:

1. Set statewide water use efficiency standards,
2. Require local governments to consider water availability before approving new development; and
3. Replace our outdated water rules with a comprehensive law that meets the state’s current needs.

Photo from N&O story.

Blackwater Stench Spreading

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From TPM Muckraker, via Ed Cone. Originally from The Washington Post:

The Washington grand jury has issued subpoenas to several private security firms, including Blackwater, a legal source briefed on the probe said yesterday. Authorities are seeking company "after-action" reports and other documents that may shed light on specific incidents, he said.

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, declined to say which incidents have been targeted, but he said the investigation ranges well beyond Blackwater. Private security companies in Iraq "have been shooting a lot of people," he said.

Dueling fact-checks

The Perdue campaign today launched Know Moore, which is intended to keep the record straight on Richard Moore's claims and counter-claims. Moore previously launched his own fact-checking site called Fact check Perdue.

It'll be interesting to see how the two sites play into the overall campaigns. I suspect that specialized sites are here to stay - and will be increasingly used when campaigns want to isolate their criticisms of opponents from their policy positions. That said, it seems a bit of an overstatement for Moore's site to declare that:

FactCheckPerdue is a public service paid for and authorized by the Richard Moore Committee in an effort to promote accountability among North Carolina's elected officials.

Jerry Conner Video Released

In the summer of 1990, Minh and Linda Rogers were shot to death while working at their family-owned grocery in rural Gates County, North Carolina. Some money was taken. Sixteen year-old Linda was raped. The next year, Jerry Wayne Conner was tried and sentenced to death for the murders. His sentence was overturned on appeal, but after a re-sentencing hearing in 1995, Mr. Conner was again sentenced to die. In May of 2006, Conner came within 36 hours of execution before the North Carolina Supreme Court intervened. The Court didn't want Jerry Conner to be killed until he had the chance to apply modern DNA technology to the semen found on Linda Rogers' body. Unfortunately, the semen sample was too degraded to produce conclusive results.

Meta thoughts on the InterTubes and other arts

[I've brought this over from kos, and decided not to edit it, so my apologies for the kos references. I find the need a hundred times a week to thank each and every one of you, my BlueNC family, for writing, for reading, for commenting ... for caring ... whether I agree with you or not. You FP'ers are my touchstone to reality. When life pulls me away, you pull me back. Each of you makes a difference in my life. So this is "Thanks."]

This is a mini-memoir, I guess. For some reason this personal theory from long ago feels more relevant to our here and now than it has ever felt.

Frontpaged. A.

The Joy of Learning and of Thanksgiving

The Joy of Learning and of Thanksgiving

In the spirit of the holiday, let me give thanks to lcloud for sharing a link (http://www.hd08.com/kids) to the children's story I wrote about Thanksgiving. I hope everyone enjoys it and, more importantly, I hope it will help draw attention to the need to redouble our efforts to improve literacy in North Carolina.

There is another story just out that I hope will be widely read as well: the Blue Ribbon Commission on Testing and Accountability’s draft report criticizing the state’s testing regime.


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