Choosing Death

Unlike most of us, Allen Holman knew in advance when he was going to die: Friday, March 9th, 2007, shortly after two o'clock in the morning. Almost ten years ago, Holman shot and killed his wife Linda in the parking lot of a convenience store. Ironically, Linda was a nurse at the prison where Allen Holman was scheduled to be executed, and the question of whether medical professionals should participate in lethal injections is what has put his execution on hold.

Allen Holman is a volunteer - someone who has willingly abandoned his appeals in order to expedite execution. Between 1977 and 2003, ninety-seven other death row inmates volunteered for execution. One study (John Blume, Killing the Willing: Volunteers, Suicide, and Competency, 103 Mich. L. Rev. 939 (2005)) found that 88% of those volunteers suffered from mental illness and/or substance abuse problems which may have contributed to their decision to die. Holman, 47, has a history of mental illness stretching back to his teen years, including at least five suicide attempts. This time, he had hoped to let the State do the job for him.

Weekend Wound Up: Stalker Edition

Thought I'd share some fan mail I got today from a new registered user, Superman. Two separate communications:

1. people call this guy tarzan because he swings from everybodys nuts! consider yourself stalked! run BOY run i am closer than you think and my resources are plenty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. here i come! watch closely! blood runs deep and true never get personal with those i love. play nice and look for me everywhere you are!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks like someone left the gate unlocked at the Party of Greed nut house. Is there any way to track this moron down? I'm ready to press charges.

NCDP v. McCain

The North Carolina Democratic Party has this post calling out John McCain for his trip to Charlotte to raise the money that he claims to be against:

As the Washington Post recently reported, McCain, the presidential candidate is hypocritically employing the very same fundraising tactics he spent years criticizing and trying to change.

While I do think that John McCain is a power-hungry gumby-like politician who twists his views depending on whatever suits him, I do not think that this is a fair criticism and also have doubts about whether the state party should be getting into this.

First, the criticism is unfair because John McCain should not have to run for president with a hand tied behind his back just because he is closer to the sane, rational position of limitting campaign contributions than other Republicans.

Tarheelified ACC Tournament Open Thread

I see that SD cant be bothered to start one of these unless her team is playing.

How bout that red BLUE suit?
Three games so far, three upsets


Bill Graham: Not Ready for Prime Time

Of all the people flushing money down the toilet in the NCPOG gubernatorial primary, Mr. Bill Graham is the most fun to watch. There's nothing quite like a rich guy pouring boatloads of cash into a race he has no chance of winning. The Wilson newspaper, has the propaganda story.

Thursday night Bill Graham brought his message to the annual Wilson County Republican Convention. Two weeks ago, Graham formed an exploratory committee to test the waters for a gubernatorial run in 2008. Graham, a Salisbury lawyer, said Raleigh is ripe for Republicans to take back the state government. Rattling off names like Meg Scott Phipps, Jim Black, Frank Ballance and Meredith Norris, Graham said recent history has shown the corruption of the Democratic leadership.

This looks like a job for......

Congressmen Brad Miller!

Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee Chair Brad Miller (D-NC) may very well have had the Goose, the Golden Egg, and the Platter all handed to him. It's all fine and good to investigate NASA, health, or safety issues; but, if you are going to take down the Bush administration, then there is nothing like a cute, fuzzy, predator to help you along the way.

I bring you said cute and fuzzy picture (large) and the reason behind it after the break.


Live Up Open Threadation

It's rare in our partisan political lives that we can choose to act spontaneously, with abandon. Everything measured, everything controlled.

Not tonight.

As I sit with Drama Queen and the Ashevillein plotting and scheming, it's vital that we turn loose the hounds of our political imaginations. What have you created but not enacted? What strategic tumescence have you fantasized about but never erected?

Here's your chance. Let it rip.


Diminishing Economic Prospects for Rural North Carolina

The numbers are in and the story they tell isn't pretty for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have traditionally served as the backbone for North Carolina's workforce.

According to a recent assessment from the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development the demand for "middle" jobs, those jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage without rquiring a formal education, has seen a serious reduction and job growth is concentrated in urban areas. The "State of the North Carolina Workforce" report does not assign blame, but does confirm what many of us already knew. It isn't a pretty picture for rural workers and the future isn't looking much brighter.

Please follow below the fold....

Turning a Blind Eye and Keeping Their Mouths Shut

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe proposed Diesel Power Plant in Woodfin has created a groundswell of opposition from conservationists, health officials, entrepreneurs, and advocates of transparent democracy. The Canary Coalition, an air quality advocacy organization, is undertaking legal proceedings to get the Commissioners' secretive backroom dealings out in the open. They're either being stonewalled or they've learned that the Commissioners handed our future over to Progress Energy without any relevant data.

"For two years, beginning in 2004, the Buncombe County government negotiated in secret with representatives of Progress Energy..."

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