The Rocky Rhodes Show

In a self-congratulatory display worthy of kids on an elementary school playground, the do-nothing Republican Party spent the weekend giving atta-boys to John Rhodes and Fern Shubert, two early and persistent critics of Jim Black.

I'll grant that these two members of the NCPOG were instrumental in starting the Black ball rolling, but don't the Greeders have anything better to do than celebrate a guy like Rhodes, who apparently can't walk and chew gum at the same time?

Rhodes lost his seat in last year's GOP primary to a challenger who said his dustups at the Legislature had prevented him from getting work done for his northern Mecklenburg County district. A nonpartisan research firm ranked Rhodes as the least effective House member in 2005.

Open thread: One more time

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I'm sorry, but I just can't get over this amazing quote from North Carolina's junior Senator. One more round for old times' sake.

Burr said he doesn't think "it's a member of Congress' role to tell the Navy where or where not to place something."


On Why We Blog, Or, America's 244 Greatest Words

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

--the nicolay draft of the gettysburg address; courtesy library of congress

Government by the People, for the People, and of the People.

The kind of government where you grab it with your own two hands and run the darn thing.

Middle East Oil vs Nebraskan Corn (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing

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ACC Finals Open Thread


It. Is. On.

Thanks to Robert for the great graphics!


Gasp....a mainstream outlet GETS John Edwards.

Folks, color me shocked. The Washington Post has a story about John Edwards that actually gets HIM. Starting with...

His demeanor is more serious and his elbows far sharper than four years ago.

and ending with....

When asked about those two candidates, Edwards offers a stock response: "I'm just honestly keeping my head down and doing my work." But at the end of a long day, he also added, "I've never worked harder in my life."

this article GETS Edwards in every way. That last sentence, by the way, should scare the crap out of the competition. This is the John Edwards that won every courtcase by OUTWORKING the competition, who said the key to being a great lawyer wasn't being the smartest or the best orator, but being the one who is willing to still be up at 10pm on Saturday working on closing arguments.

And, THIS is the hardest he's ever worked. I think everyone is in for a surprise when the fundraising numbers come through, because I imagine John Edwards working like no candidate has before to raise money from all sorts of donors, big, small, and micro.
More after the break.


The Do Nothing Crew

Our non-representative elected officials do nothing again.

You can read it here.

Elizabeth Dole says: "At this point, it's a matter of the process," Dole said. "We still need to get answers to the questions."

I ask: 'What questions are you not getting answers for, Ms. Dole?'

The state of North Carolina is overwhelmingly opposed to this OLF, what more do you need to know? Do you not represent us in Washington? Then pray tell, who is it that you're representing up there?

Inquiring minds demand to know.

Senator Burr says: Said Burr, "I don't think it's a member of Congress' role to tell the Navy where or where not to place something."

I would ask him: 'Then what exactly is your role? What do you think you were elected to do up there in Washington if not represent the people of North Carolina?'

Sue Myrick's Shrine to Ann Coulter

Probably not many people know that Sue Myrick has a blog, maybe because it hasn't been updated since 2005. The blog was started in March 2004 and has a total of 6 entries. It is linked directly from the website for Sue Myrick for Congress 2008

The 5th entry in February 2005, but still on the front page, reads:

Ann Coulter
Join Sue Myrick For A
Salute to Leadership

With Speical Guest Ann Coulter


Ann is without peer. Personally Sue, I love the company you keep!

reads one of the comments to the post which remains bronzed on Myrick's blog front page until now, as seen below the fold:

Perdue and Moore's camps could cut down on the negativity

Cross posted with other weekly columns here

As printed in the Chapel Hill Herald on Saturday, March 10th:

During the past two months Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue and state Treasurer Richard Moore, both seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor, have been sniping at each other like the election is tomorrow. Problem being that it’s not for another 14 months.

Last month the Moore campaign tried to attack Perdue by dredging up 10-year-old statements she made about the death penalty and criticizing campaign donations she received while still a state senator. Perdue’s camp behaved in an equally petty matter, with her finance chair e-mailing supporters an article in Forbes Magazine that questioned Moore’s campaign contributions.

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