BREAKING: Edwards campaign evacuates due to Mysterious White Powder

This just in, there isn't much else I can add at this point:


Chapel Hill, North Carolina - John Edwards for President Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince released the following statement today about the evacuation of the campaign’s headquarters.

"We received a letter this afternoon at our Chapel Hill headquarters which was opened by a member of our staff and contained a white powder. The health and safety of our staff and volunteers is obviously our paramount concern, so we contacted the authorities. The authorities have asked us to evacuate while they run tests on the substance, and we have done so.

"Our staff continues to be connected and working from home and the campaign continues to operate at full speed. We will pass along more information when we receive it."


I too will pass more along when I hear about it.

Bring Back the Rock: Sandhills Open Thread

The history of racing in the south is pretty interesting. The most popular and purely American of theses stories is of Moonshine Runners who souped up their cars to be able to out-run the law. Before I was even a twinkle in my parent's eyes, they were both racing on the beaches in Daytona.

Rockingham Speedway, "The Rock" is a paper clip shaped track on US 1 in Richmond County between Hoffman and the town of Rockingham. This large structure, a monument to all things racing, stands all alone surrounded by fields that twice a year were filled with cars, trucks, campers and motor homes. One small mom and pop gas station is close by, all other businesses require at least a 15-minute drive. This county, like many of its neighboring counties, had earlier been dealt quite a blow as the textile jobs were shipped to Mexico courtesy of NAFTA and CAFTA

County Government 101: First Night

Last night was our first of 14 classes, the Interim County Manager, Gary McSwain, gave us an overview
of the course.
Only 8 showed up for this free course, but these are 8 people very interested in their County Government.

Everyone attending was asked to introduce themselves and explain their reason for coming. Again and again the answer was that they wanted to know more about how their government works. To say the very least, we weren't disappointed.

Mr. McSwain started with an abridged lesson on North Carolina Counties and gave us a 17 page handout, (chapter 3 of Local Government in North Carolina - 2nd Edition by Gordon P. Whitaker.

Counties were a key part of colonial government in North Carolina. As British control and European settlement extended westward from the coast, the British authorities set up new counties to provide government for the colonists. The governor appointed justices of the peace in each county. The justices served as both the court and the administrators for the county. The justices of the peace appointed constables to enforce the law. They appointed a sheriff to collect taxes, and they appointed wardens to care for the poor. The justices also appointed a surveyor to mark land boundaries and a register of deeds to keep property records. Establishing land boundaries and maintaining records of property were very important to the farmers and planters who settled the colony...

Faith, morality and a message to General Pace

Faith in America, a North Carolina-based organization formed to end legal and spiritual discrimination against LGBT people in America by providing information about religion-based bigotry and its historic expressions, takes exception with General Pace's remarks about the immorality of gays, since he used his beliefs to justify public policy that discriminates against gays and lesbians who wish to serve their country.

A message from Jimmy Creech, executive director of Faith In America, is after the jump.

Nancy Fish credits inclusion for Haywood's big win

Two years ago Nancy Fish was elected Haywood County Democratic Party chair at a county convention that was split almost evenly.

In the 2004 election Democrats lost the congressional race 55% to 45%. Hometown state Senator Joe Sam Queen lost his election (NC Senate district 47, which includes several other counties). He won in Haywood by 18 points, not enough to overcome the rest of the counties in his district.

Election day, 2006, in Haywood County the Democratic Party had swept the ticket.

Congressman Heath Shuler defeated Charles Taylor in Haywood by by 56 to 44. And NC Senator Joe Sam beat incumbent Republican Keith Presnell by a whopping 30 points to go on and take back the senate seat he'd lost two years before.

Please follow below the fold for more......


Marines too weak for Gays? (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing

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BlueNC Women on Wednesdays - Open Thread

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Shuler Surrenders Oversight To Bush, Votes For Endless Deployment in Iraq

Heath Shuler and the Blue Dog Democrats had this to say last month:

"[The] Democratic Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter today urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership to support the Coalition’s resolution calling for increased fiscal accountability in funding the Iraq war."

Shuler blogged about it at his AC-T site:

"Think about that, four years into this conflict with billions of taxpayer dollars spent, we have troops in Humvees without the protection they need to protect American lives."

Oh, what a difference a month makes:

"In addition to supporting the White House line on Iran, the Blue Dogs want to give Bush a waiver to keep US troops in Iraq indefinitely."

Pace's Problem: Army of None

By now you've heard the solemn words of the Theocrat currently serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,” he said. “I do not believe the United States is well-served by a policy that says it is O.K. to be immoral in any way.”

The general told The Tribune that he would not want acceptance of gay behavior “to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else’s wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior.”

As an ex-Navy officer who spent three years in the company of Marines at Camp Lejeune, I can tell you with certainty that General Pace would soon find himself with an Army of NONE if he aggressively prosecuted so-called immoral behavior. The Bible doesn't approve of any sex outside of marriage. Which means anybody who has ever gotten laid without the benefits of god's blessing in marriage should be discharged immediately from military service.

Durham pastor may have violated campaign finance law

Also mentioned at DKos

Most of you know that when I was at Carolina, I was suckered into joining a hypercharismatic church that was once part of Maranatha Campus Ministries, a notorious campus cult from the 1980s. This church, King's Park International Church in Durham, is now one of the leading churches in Every Nation, which by all indications is a lineal descendant, if not an outright revival, of Maranatha. KPIC's founding pastor, Ron Lewis, is also the pastor of Morning Star New York, a church plant in Manhattan.

Well, a few days ago, one of my fellow EN refuseniks came upon a financial disclosure statement for Sam Brownback's PAC, Restore America. It seems that a mere nine days after Sam Brownback travelled to Manhattan, Lewis and two of his Every Nation colleagues donated a total of $2,200 to this PAC. At the very least, you have a presidential candiate taking donations from a guy with DOCUMENTED ties to a recognized cult. At most, it's potentially a violation of campaign finance laws.

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