Just say 'No' to the Olympics in China

Unless you've been asleep for a year, you probably know already that the People's Republic of China is engaging in the systematic destruction of the Tibetan culture. In response, friends of freedom and liberty are protesting China's use of the Olympics to burnish is repressive actions.


Here in the US, the Chinese government is carrying bus loads of pro-China students to counter then anti-China protesters who are calling for US athletes to boycott the Olympics.

Virginia Foxx does something right?

Does the phrase "stopped clock" come to mind? This just in from the Dome.

The Banner Elk Republican is one of 34 cosponsors of the Blogger Protection Act, a bill that would protect bloggers from Federal Election Commission regulations.

I'm not knowledgeable enough to know if this legislation is really necessary or well-crafted, but on its face it seems like a good idea. I wonder why no other NC Congressmen have signed on to this?

Democratic Senatorial Debate Podcast

The debate between the five Democratic candidates running to take on Elizabeth Dole in the general election is available as a podcast from Public Radio East. Those participating were Duskin Lassiter of Lexington, Marcus Williams of Lumberton, Jim Neal of Chapel Hill, Howard Staley of Moncure and Kay Hagan of Greensboro. Megen George, News Director for PRE moderated the debate. A very generous grant from Chestnut, Clemmons & Peacock, P.A. made the live broadcast possible.

The Wright Sentence?

Much has been written about the Thomas Wright controversy around these parts. Many, including me, called on him early to resign. Most (not including me) were pleased with the legislature's swift and certain action to expel him. I argued, perhaps wrongly, that the undertone of racism tainted the entire process.

So now let's move to sentencing, where Radio Girl does her typically excellent job on the analysis.

An open letter to the people "represented" by Pat McHenry

I confess, I'm at a loss about what to say when it comes to the extraordinary incompetence of Pat McHenry. So I thought I'd invite BlueNC readers to help me write a letter to the people he's supposedly representing.

My first instinct was a letter filled with condolences. But then I remembered that these folks actually voted for the clown, so I figured a harder edge might be better. And then I remembered many of his supporters are extremist Republicans, and I considered a pictograph. Then I thought that most of them are probably really nice people, though somewhat misguided, so I decided I needed help.

Please join in with your thoughts, prayers, wishes, worries and whatever in this open letter to the people of the 10th District. When the thread is full, I'll send this to every newspaper in the district, as well as to Pat himself.


McHenry Violates Green Zone Military Security

A summation of the whole bragging, pandering, lameass debacle.

Use this (and thoreau's post) to write a letter to the editor to at least one newspaper serving NC's 10th District. Unless you're on-line (and many in the 10th are not), you probably have no idea what Pat's been up to lately. We can write and link and blog and comment, but unless we get into the local press, Republicans who might bge quite happy with Daniel Johnson won't even know McHenry needs to be replaced. Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to most 10th District newspapers that have websites.

Stepping up in America NC-03 (A commentary, an appeal)

I got a call from my son today. Billy is the son who was wounded in battle in Iraq just outside of Baghdad in 2006. He has shrapnel in his neck and shoulder, still. He has had surgery on his leg and it is well again. He is suffering from, and has been diagnosed with, Traumatic Brain injury (TBI). Consequently he now has a type of Tourette Syndrome and suffers from "tics", sort of involuntary jerks or sudden movements. I am happy I still have my son.

Anyway Billy called to tell me that he has been informed, by the Army Medical Board, that he is being retired with a 50% disability. My son understood the risks of being a career Army soldier. He had seen me serving in the Marines almost his whole live as a young man. It seemed a natural transition for him when he decided to make the Military his home. He also had the understanding that the Army too understood and accepted their responsibilities to him. That part hasn’t worked out that well. Our President must not have factored in the cost of wounded soldiers when he let us borrow the money from China to wage war in Iraq.

Four Republican Gubernatorial Clowns + One Libertarian

Via email from Americans for Prosperity:

RALEIGH – With tax bills on the minds of millions of North Carolina taxpayers, five of North Carolina’s gubernatorial candidates have signed a pledge to support spending restraint, the grassroots free-market group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) announced today. Candidates Bill Graham, Pat McCrory, Michael Munger, Bob Orr, and Fred Smith have pledged to support a constitutional limit on state spending known as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).

Events Posting Open to All Registered Users - Tuesday Open Thread

All the trees and twiglets in our woods are showing off their new duds. Here are a few pictures from the land we're taking care of while we live on this earth. I have more, but I need to get back out there and don't have time to edit their size.

Does everybody have their tickets to see Michelle Obama?

ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION II: Wrath of the SuperDelegates

Over the next month, North Carolina is the epicenter of US politics. And, amid the primary party, Traction, the state’s premier social network for progressive activism, is proud to present ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION II: Wrath of the SuperDelegates, Friday and Saturday, April 11—12, at The Trotter Building (410 W. Geer St.), across from Manbites Dog Theater, in Durham, NC. Doors open at 7 PM. Tickets are available for a suggested minimum donation of $10 at www.getTraction.org.

Very cool. Frontpaged by James.


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