Open thread: Woe is me.

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A few minutes ago I finished writing a long entry about the junior Puppet named Chad Adams who is holding down the fort this Friday at the John Locke Puppetshow. Adams has written a silly little piece of nothing about how great South Carolina is because it has a 6% tax rate, while mean old North Carolina has a whopping 7% tax rate to do the "same job." Yeah right.

I had even assembled a boatload of US Census data to underscore the lunacy of Adams' claim. For example, NC is 22nd in teacher pay, while SC is 27th. And the NC high school graduation rate is 67% while the SC rate is 53%. I even had data for infant mortality, physicians per capita, violent crime rates (SC is highest in the nation) and more.

And then the site somehow logged me out and I lost everything. So sad. But I did manage to salvage my closing paragraph:

I'm glad the Puppets continue spewing forth this kind of nonsense. Because with every lame "report" and every instance of intellectual dishonesty, they solidify their reputation as ideologues, leftovers from the heyday of the Party of Greed. Keep it coming, Puppets. You're ever-so-surely working your way toward irrelevance.

It's just lazy people that are uninsured.

Of course, it's just those lazy welfare mom's that don't have health insurance. It's good for nothing slouches that don't have work, don't look for work. THEY are the people you want to cover with your expensive Universal Health Care, with my taxes.

Bzzzzt. The welfare mom myth. The lazy drag on the economy myth. I've said it before, I'll say it again.

The uninsured? We used to call them the Working Class.

The Southern Strategy and The Permanent Republican Majority

Remember the new conservative coalition that was to provide a "permanent Republican majority?" Today that pipe dream is mostly associated with Karl Rove, but originally it was envisioned by Richard Nixon as the fruit of his Southern Strategy. This strategy was supposed to retain the party's traditional Northeastern and Midwestern conservative base while reaching out to Southerners disaffected by civil rights and the role of Democrats in the demise of Jim Crow. It was designed to meld the Puritan tradition of small government and individual responsibility with the historical sense of loss and grievance that infected the South.

Two stories, one conclusion

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This morning our own Southern Dem dissected the Party of Greed meltdown over who will replace the inept Ferrell Blount. The source of her information was this story in the Charlotte Observer which was written by Mark Johnson.

The Raleigh News and Observer's Under the Dome section this morning also covers the story, this one written by Rob Christensen and Andrew Curliss.

I must admit that I fully expected the two stories to be identical. The coziness of the papers, which are now owned by the same corporate parent, is unnerving. And it would have been easy for management to settle for running the same story in both papers. But they didn't. There's good and different information in both.

NCGOP No Likey Dole and Burr

This story in The Charlotte Observer is too funny for words....but I'll give it my best shot. It seems that Republican Senators Dole and Burr have tried to delay the vote on Ferrell Blount's replacement because they don't like the list of nominees.

Guess what, Liddy and Dick, we don't either.

Pile on below the fold...

Buy a Sticker (or Twelve) and Help Larry Out

I have a little-used CafePress store. (It's called "BlueNC," but the checks come to me.) I'm offering the bumper-sticker shown below in an effort to help Larry retire his '06 debt and build a war chest for '08. All profit that I get from the sale of these stickers will be passed directly through to Larry — I don't want your pocket change, I want a new Congressman for NC-08!

Click here (or on the sticker below) to go to the store. Stickers are $3.99.

My name is Larry Kissell and I'm running for Congress

Of course, all my dear friends at BlueNC know who I am already. Your tireless efforts and support helped make this amazing campaign.

I'm going to be brief with this post, since I have a lot of work to do tonight and I hope you all already know what you mean to me. You're truly good people, and I thank you for that on behalf of all the hard working families in the 8th District.

I just released this statement I wanted to share with you.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"The fight for the future of this District is too important to postpone another day. That's why I'm running for Congress in 2008 starting right now.

After today's recounts, I offer Congressman Hayes a belated congratulation for his victory now that the votes have been counted.

The Next Recount Begins

Today is the day that the initial eye-hand recount of 3% of precincts in the 8th District will be started. The recount of 13 precincts chosen at random from the 10 counties is expected to last only two days.

As was discussed in the comments on this thread written by Sam Spencer, each county will have at least one precinct counted by hand with Cumberland, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counting two precincts.

Each precinct will be chosen at random by elections officials in each county according to an article in The Charlotte Observer. Of the 10 counties that make up the 8th District, Larry Kissell won six. Hayes carried Cumberland, Union and Cabarrus and Stanly counties.

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