Privatization Proven to be a Failure

Bush Republicans will read this story and rejoice, a child molester dying in his own squalor, what could be better.

BOISE, Idaho - After months alone in his cell, Scot Noble Payne finished 20 pages of letters, describing to loved ones the decrepit conditions of the prison where he was serving time for molesting a child.

Then Payne used a razor blade to slice two 3-inch gashes in his throat. Guards found his body in the cell’s shower, with the water still running.

“Try to comfort my mum too and try to get her to see that I am truly happy again,” he wrote his uncle. “I tell you, it sure beats having water on the floor 24/7, a smelly pillow case, sheets with blood stains on them and a stinky towel that hasn’t been changed since they caught me.”

However, what they want to ignore in this story, what they want you not to pay attention to, is how privatization has FAILED.

Court nixes suit against spying program

I'm editing this to add blockquotes and to say the following. Elections matter, those who vote for Republicans vote to have their phones tapped, their bedrooms invaded, and "privacy" become a joke. - RP

CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President Bush's domestic spying program, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to sue.

What is a "Lincoln Republican'?

I've traded emails with Bob Orr, who is a Republican candidate for governor. And the truth is, I'm having a tough time figuring the guy out. He seems to be a reasonable and smart person, which is why his membership in the North Carolina Republican party is so baffling.

Mr. Orr says he's a "Lincoln Republican," which got me to wondering - what the heck is that? So I jumped onto the interTubes and found this enlightening reference:

Dead Heat

It's going to be a barn burner.

Political Wire: A new Public Policy Polling survey shows a three way tie in the North Carolina Democratic primary, with Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama at 27% and John Edwards at 26% in his home state.

Key finding for Edwards: "Democratic Party demographics are against him. Women and African-Americans make up a significant majority of Democratic primary voters. Yet Edwards performs best among men and whites."

John Birch Society Slams Richard Burr

It seems some of Richard Burr's strongest supporters are unhappy with him about his recent attempt to extend the debate in the Senate on illegal immigration. Jim Capo of The John Birch Society opened his piece by calling Burr's vote for cloture "traitorous" and followed with a detailed description of activity surrounding a vigil outside Burr's main North Carolina office.


I don't know if the N&O thinks the legislative session is nearing and end or not, but today they burned some trees on the kind of wrap-up story usually reserved for post-mortems. But it's a good piece about our most excellent Speaker of the House.

Senate leader Marc Basnight is a fan of his counterpart in the House, Speaker Joe Hackney. But Basnight doesn't relish negotiating a $20 billion budget with him. Basnight, and, for that matter, Gov. Mike Easley, have ideas about how to get the budget impasse resolved. Hackney, in his first term as speaker, listens carefully. He's polite, plain-spoken and open to their ideas. But then he respectfully declines to cut a deal.


The Washington Post wrote Tuesday about Beverly Sills, the legendary soprano who passed away Monday:

She was the telegenic "diva next door," a friendly redhead from Brooklyn whose friends called her Bubbles; she was an aggressive Manhattan snob who never let it be forgotten that she did hold grudges. She was the warmest and most brilliant American coloratura soprano of her time; she was a high-culture power broker and adept political infighter. Those who knew her slightly liked her enormously; those who knew her better were sometimes a little afraid of her.

Sound familiar? Mark Binker thinks there’s a story about aggressive power brokers holding grudges but the screenplay is not ready for HBO. Laura Leslie is working on another version of the Soprano script


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