If you tell a lie often enough, does it become the truth?

That must be what the Puppets at Americans for Prosperity think, after sending out this claptrap email:

The free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina (AFP-NC) will launch a $150,000 statewide radio ad blitz on Monday thanking Senator Elizabeth Dole for her proposal to reduce energy costs by increasing domestic energy supplies through expanded offshore and shale oil exploration.

If you believe they put a man on the moon...

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the seemingly impossible goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960's.

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

Just eight years later, Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon ultimately fulfilling President Kennedy's challenge. America and the world continue to reap the benefits of President Kennedy's inspiration and dedication to this day.

Just imagine America today had we enjoyed such leadership on energy independence the past eight years, rather than the failed energy policies of Bush, Cheney and my opponent Robin Hayes, the oil industry's #1 Representative in Congress.

The anatomy of capitulation




Over the past decade or so, the editorial pages of O-No! have raised wishy-washy to an art form. Today's caving compromise is emblematic.

With Americans clamoring for action to bring gasoline prices down, the notion of opening up further areas off the coast to oil drilling has become all the rage among some politicians. That would mean lifting a federal moratorium that has prevented drilling off North Carolina.

Here's a condition that should be attached to any such new arrangement: States should have the authority to designate areas along their coasts where drilling for oil and/or natural gas still would not be allowed. In North Carolina's case that certainly would mean the Outer Banks, at the very least.

Why the Libertarian Party is Not Compelling

This started out as a comment, but as my comments are wont to do, it turned into something of a mini-essay.

A newcomer to BlueNC, savvysooner, showed up in my old My Dinner with Munger post with an impassioned, if qualified, defense of the Libertarian Party.

This offered me an opportunity to explain where I think the Libertarian Party is failing to meet the political and philosophical needs of people who, like them, are not content with the two-party system.

Damn It, John. What were you thinking?

"So no, I don't care what you were thinking when you allowed someone who was close to you to get too close. I am not judging your morality. That isn't for me to judge. Or anyone else, for that matter. I am, however, stunned at your timing. I am judging your common sense. At a time you had the hopes of a good portion of America on your shoulders, you shirked it."

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When I first wrote about the mind-meld happening between the Charlotte Observer (O) and the News and Observer (No), I couldn't have imagined things would slide down hill so fast. Not so much on the political front, where the addition of Charlotte writers may have even lifted the overall quality of reporting, but just in general.

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