I'd say that about 2-3% of the comments here at BlueNC are abusive or mean-spirited. And that those abusive or mean-spirited comments make up about 30-40% of our anonymous (non-registered user) comments. Based on these very unscientific guesses and the community sentiments expressed in this thread, anonymous commenting at BlueNC is no longer possible.
Does this mean that BlueNC is populated by narrow-minded tools who can't stand to hear what they don't agree with? It might, if registering for a site account weren't automated, free, and easy. The only people excluded by this change are those without the imagination required to think up a pseudonym.
If you're using Firefox, there's probably a search box on your toolbars. If you're like me, it's usually set to Yahoogle, but every now and then it's handy to search BlueNC. And the search function here is, howyousay, less than robust.
Submitted by Jerry Meek on Thu, 08/10/2006 - 2:18pm
Blue NC readers:
You saw it in Connecticut on Tuesday—Democrats are energized. The November election will be a referendum on Bush's failed policies and Republicans clearly see the writing on the wall. Incumbents who appear to be too close to President Bush, or are seen as out of touch, have a higher risk of being swept up in the anti-incumbent wave.
In 89 days, we will send that message loud and clear. And I need your help.
It's North Carolina's blogging and new media convention, and the form for apparently-free registration is here. I went to a local blogger convention last year at UNC Chapel Hill, and it was a fun afternoon. ConvergeSouth looks to be a couple of days of discussion and ideas, and they've set up a damn sexy website. The dates are October 13 and 14.
Submitted by Robert P. on Thu, 08/10/2006 - 8:59am
As a true-believer in the Democratic Party, I hate it when I am let down by the party. One of the things that I believe will make us a greater country is universal healthcare. When Americans are healthier they are better workers, better parents, and better citizens. Just as with education, healthcare is a right that all North Carolinians have inherent to their being – it is not a privilege bestowed upon those with the most money. Yet, in our society we too often kill off our poorer citizens by denying them healthcare. Make no mistake, the inability to have preventive care leads to lethal illnesses that could be stopped earlier in the disease progression. Look no farther than curable childhood diseases, which under a universal healthcare plan could be screened for in every newborn. Instead, many of our children suffer through their whole lives with physical and mental retardation all for the lack of a blood test at birth.
So, what have we as Democrats in North Carolina done for better healthcare? Well, not much. Certainly not as much as the Republican governor of Massachusetts. More below the fold.
With a 15-year-old daughter - and a spouse who's one of the country's leading experts in adolescent sexuality - I spend a lot of time talking and thinking about how gender and culture and public policy all intersect. Today I came across a fascinating article about feminist author Louann Brizendine (click the pic on the left for her bio), which has plenty of food for thought. Here's the intro:
Louann Brizendine's feminist ideals were forged in the 1970s, so the UCSF neuropsychiatrist is aware that some parts of her new book, "The Female Brain," sound politically incorrect. Such as the part about how a financially independent woman may talk about finding a soul mate, but when she meets a prospective mate her brain is subconsciously sizing up his portfolio. Or the part describing the withdrawal pains moms feel when they return to work and can no longer cop a hormonal high from breast-feeding their babies.
John Moye is a friend and fellow UNC Law alum, and he'll be blogging for the next couple of weeks at Chapel Hill Councilwoman Sally Greene's blog. The latest post points to some interesting analysis of the Lieberman/Lamont face-off. Stop by and drop him a comment (and tell him to stop by BlueNC!).
Submitted by Just some guy on Wed, 08/09/2006 - 7:57pm
Here's my letter, submitted to the Jacksonville Daily News.
On August 8th, Jacksonville was visited by a representative from Senator Dole’s Eastern North Carolina office. The press release and a small, one day blurb in the Daily News noted that “Constituents can use the office hours to hold individual meetings to discuss their concerns with federal agencies, case work or issues pending before Congress.”
I thought, wrongly, that meant the representative would be able to answer questions. However, the representative, Ms. Janet Bradbury, who was quite polite, was not able to answer any questions. In fact, she didn’t even read my questions (being the entrepreneurial fellow I am, I printed off two copies). For the record, my questions were basic questions on the Senator’s positions on many of the political topics of the day.
In this new era, partisanship is a virtue. The conservatives rise to power, and their utter failure to govern responsibly or effectively, requires a new progressive politics of confrontation, not accommodation. This new politics may be uncomfortable to those used to an America governed by Democrats and progressive values, but for our politics and values to triumph progressives must and are learning how to resist “cutting deals,” working to “get things done” on terms set by an irresponsible governing majority.
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