Morgan Street

In a Nation book review John Powers writes about "All Governments Lie!": The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone, by veteran reporter Myra MacPherson. Powers writes about "I.F. Stone's Weekly" the paper Stone started in 1953:

"boasting such early subscribers as Bertrand Russell, Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. (J. Edgar Hoover read it compulsively, in order to be outraged--he downed Stone's words like Red Bull.)"

I often wonder if the Pope political empire is located along Morgan Street so that the name Morgan can act "like Red Bull" to the many Pope operatives, a constant reminder to eschew bi-partisanship and to persist in divisiveness with renewed vigor.

Where's Liddy?

Big news in Cherokee.

Dole representative visits county

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole today announced that a representative from her Western office will hold traveling office hours in Cherokee County on Thursday, June 14th, 2007. Constituents can use the office hours to hold individual meetings to discuss their concerns with federal agencies, case work, or issues pending before Congress. Appointments are not necessary, but can be scheduled by calling 828-698- 3747.

I know a couple of folks who have been to these "traveling office hours." Dole's mouthpiece isn't allowed to answer any questions about anything, which is exactly what you'd expect from someone representing Liddy Dole, who also never answers any questions about anything. But it's perfectly understandable that Liddy wouldn't show up herself. I doubt she could find Cherokee if her life depended on it.

The high cost of cheap food

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The honorables in Raleigh are hard at work this week, sweating like field workers to do the people's business. In what some might call a legislative breakthrough, they are pulling out the stops to give migrant laborers all the comforts of home as they work to pick the food you and I eat every day.

A bill making its way through the legislature would begin to change some of the state's farmworker housing standards. The bill, which has the support of farm groups and advocates for workers, would add new housing inspectors and force more checks at problem farms, while requiring fewer checks at farms that consistently exceed standards.

The only change in what farmers must provide: every worker would be the guarantee of a mattress.

John Locke would be crying

John Hood, Stage Manager at the Art Pope Puppetshow, today reports on a poll conducted by Harris (a reputable organization) for the Tax Foundation (a close-cousin to the Puppetshow) which underscores how ignorant Americans are when it comes to understanding the nature of taxes and the cost of government. Naturally, Hood is all over the conclusions, arguing that the conventional wisdom of the "common man" should prevail in establishing fiscal policy.

I wonder if Hood also agrees that the wisdom of the "common man" should prevail in the teaching of science and related public policy? A Gallup Poll released today shows that 7 out of 10 Republicans do not "believe" in evolution, with fully 66% of all Americans saying that god created humans in their current form in one fell swoop less than 10,000 years ago.

Dole fully confident in Gonzales

Revealing her partisan allegiances, Elizabeth Dole today voted against a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales even though Gonzales is directly responsible for the mismanagement and politicization of the Justice Department.

Over the past few months, an increasing number of bipartisan calls have been made for Gonzales to resign because of his incompetent leadership as the nation’s Attorney General.


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