Submitted by Gordon Smith on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 9:08pm
CNN's Candy Crowley, in her hour-long "Broken Government" special tonight featuring the NC-11 Congressional race, faithfully recited every Republican talking point and then made Democrats argue first why the talking points were correct then argue why they were wrong. Crowley's narrative was based on the fiction of a strong Republican party. Using RNC language and playing Charles Taylor's advertisements, Crowley painted the Democrats as weak on national security and as utterly out-of-touch with rural America. When Crowley wasn't wondering about Democrats' weaknesses with rural voters, she was wondering about whether liberal, urban voters will be turned off by Shuler's rural values. Even when showing Shuler's grassroots, door-to-door campaigning, Crowley trumpeted the greatness of Republican party efforts to do the same.
WUNC-FM here in Chapel Hill is a pretty good public radio station, as they go, but today it dropped the ball on an important and growing story. The program was The State of Things and the subject was the mess going on in Greensboro regarding a leaked report on police chief David Wray.
I'm not going to get into the substance of the Greensboro saga, but rather I'm focused on the interview between WUNC's Frank Stasio and blogger Ed Cone.
To be honest, I was really hoping the interview would help illuminate distinctions between blogs and the mainstream media involved in this story. Instead, listeners got a series of naïve questions about blogger "accountability" that were embarrassing to me as a regular contributor to the station.
Many of my friends couldn't understand why I got so upset when the incompetent State Board of Elections let Art Pope and his personal 527 electioneering machine off the hook this year. "What's the big deal?" they said. "Who cares if Art Pope spends all his money trying to influence elections? This is America. Free speech rules. Right?"
Free indeed, especially if you happen to be a member of the monied elite. In fact, the State Board of Elections has swung the door wide open for rich-guy electioneering on a scale that will soon make democracy a quaint memory in a world gone mad with corporate money. Following in the Puppetmaster's bloody footsteps, a new 527 euphemistically called the North Carolina Homeowner's Alliance has been pouring money into two legislative races to the tune of $71,000.
And who are the people doing this dirty work? NO. ONE. KNOWS. That's because the clowns at the State Board of Elections have allowed corporate money to contaminate our electoral process with not even a hint of oversight. The organization's Form 8872 Report of Contributions and Expenditures shows NO CONTRIBUTORS WHATSOEVER. A filing error? Maybe. But you can bet your sweet ass the IRS and the SBOE are not going to do anything about it in the next two weeks.
Submitted by Blue South on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 11:03am
Inspired by Larry Kissell’s ad about “Taking Our Country Back” I bring you a friendly reminder.
The fight for our nation’s future (I love MSNBC’s sensational words) does not end Nov 7th. Oh sure we can go to sleep once we know who wins, and maybe even take a few days off to recover. But this is just the beginning. No matter what happens the White House will still be occupied by the same party. But, we have a choice.
Submitted by stormbear on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 8:47am
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The Drug War, anyone remember that one? Allegedly, it is "vital to the nation's security" which is why, I guess, Bush laid off 9700 border patrol agents last year and why he has done so much to curtail border security with Mexico.
On Monday, October 23, 2006, voters in Moore County - NC House district 52, were given another opportunity to hear the views of the candidates in that unusual three-way race. The forum was held at Sandhills Community College, sponsored by the Pilot, and Muirfield Broadcasting. It will be shown on our local cable channel many times over the next two weeks. I urge all of you in the viewing area who can pick up "Channel 3" from Southern Pines to watch this one.
Among the high points of the evening - Republican Joe Boylan announced that if elected to the NC House of Representatives in November, he would move quickly to solve the biggest social problem facing Moore County today - gay marriage. Read more about it!
As you drive around Moore County, you see them – sporadically, because he’s never taken us very seriously – but they’re there all the same. The signs: Our Congressman: Howard Coble. But whose Congressman is he?
When gas prices rose to the point where many of us had to choose between putting gas in the car or paying other bills, Rep. Coble voted against cracking down on the oil and gas industries prices gouging. (HR 3402, Vote #500, 9/28/2005)
Rep. Coble voted for the GOP energy bill that gave billions to oil, gas and nuclear industries. (HR6, vote #445 7/28/2005)
Over his career, Rep. Coble has accepted $62,400 from big oil and gas industries.
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Mon, 10/23/2006 - 11:13pm
Dr. James Dobson, having playing one-eyed Mullah Omar to the Bush administration, is riding his pale horse into the election here in NC-11. In today's latest glossy mailing, Dr. Dobson writes, "Two years ago, I strongly endorsed Congressman Charles H. Taylor for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. I am doing so again this year, and I hope you will join me in supporting him."
"I heard a minister the other day talking about the great injustice and evil of the men in white robes, the Ku Klux Klan, that roamed the country in the South, and they did great wrong to civil rights and to morality. And now we have black-robed men, and that's what you're talking about."
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