N.C. Family Policy Council Does not think that some children should be bullied

Immediately after the news came out that the bullying bill was facing complications, I jumped on BlueNC to encourage everyone to contact their state legislators. I was pretty angry, as were many here, and in my rush to get folks activated I got careless and said some things that apparently aren't true.

According to a woman from the NC Family Policy Council, the organization has never endorsed bullying of children and instead supports legislation to protect all children and teachers. She also said the NCFPC believes that no child should be bullied at any time.


All the discussion this week about peak oil, energy subsidies, Exxon profits and more has drawn me to one of my favorite meta-theories. Revenge effects. The concept, which is brilliantly articulated in Edward Tenner's Why Things Bite Back, underscores my conviction that human beings are not nearly smart enough to anticipate the mid- and long-term consequences of their actions.

Dole and Hayes need to Show Up - Phillip Gilfus Nails it in the FayO

I woke up this morning to read one of the best editorials I've read in a long time. It is well-reasoned and well-written with the author taking a friendly tone and style. The author is our friend and co-hort, Phillip Gilfus.

I'll give you some morsels, but go give the piece a read at the FayO and think of all those conservatives in Cumberland County waking up on a Sunday morning reading the truth about the Republicans they have helped send to Washington.

So what do you think? Do ElectriCities need to continue to pay these lobbyist?

So what do you think? Do ElectriCities need to continue to pay these lobbyist?

ElectriCities, the nonprofit group that provides guidance to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, has five full-time staff positions that focus on lobbying the legislature when it is in session. When session is out, the employees embark upon "grassroots interaction" with city officials. ElectriCities also pays lobbyists $190,000 a year to lobby the N.C. General Assembly on behalf of the power company and $80,000 a year for a federal lobbyist.

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On Peak Oil and Gas Prices: Parsing the Rhetoric

This will come as no surprise to those of you reading this, unless you're three years old and playing around with mommy and/or daddy's computer, in which case you need to a) stop leaning on the keyboard because it's expensive, b) get down from the chair before it rolls back and you bang your head on something, and c) move out smartly because you're about to get caught doing something you know you're not supposed to.

Back to the big people reading this: we are smack in the middle of an Energy Crisis, but most of us don't really understand why. We think we do, because we've been conditioned over the years to respond to rhetoric, but that needs to change.

'Black Republican PAC' fronts for direct mail wingnut welfare

Originally published on Pam's House Blend. This has a North Carolina tie because it involves Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC), who has received contributions from the "Black Republican PAC."

I recently received a direct mail piece from a Blender that is unbelievable. It is from an entity called the "Black Republican PAC," headed up by Edward Cousar. Here is a taste of what's in the mailing:

"Because what we conservatives need right now more than anything else is someone and some group who can speak the truth about Obama without being intimidated by the "racist" label.

I am that man and Black Republican PAC is that group.

I'm dedicated to exposing Barack Obama's liberalism before it's too late for America.

It goes on for four pages of garbage. I decided to surf around and see who Cousar was and what this organization was about. What I found was revealing; a strategy that not only uses black Republicans as a cover for the above, but is at its base a group white GOP operatives using funds raised by this and other web of PACs to line their incestuous direct mail companies' coffers.

Elizabeth Dole Sucks Face with Ted Stevens

This officially lands in the "gross me out" category.

First, Ted Stevens gives Elizabeth Dole $10,000 for her campaign. Second, Ted Stevens gets indicted. Third, Kay Hagan calls on Elizabeth Dole to return the tainted money she received from Ted Stevens. Fourth, Elizabeth Dole returned part of the money she received from Ted Stevens....and then......

What happened next should not be viewed by those with frail digestive systems. However, it's hard for most humans to turn away from a train wreck.....soooo...here ya go.


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