Another war

The N&O editorial page is not known for its elegance. But today's lead editorial about the disastrous consequences of Bush's War in Iraq and Republican "leadership" on veteran's affairs over the past six years is a moving call for action.

Some veterans of the Vietnam War still express surprise at the unfriendly receptions they received when they returned to the United States from that combat zone. But they could have predicted that many of them would end up on the streets within a few years of arriving back home. Chronic homelessness has been a cruel reality for veterans since at least the Civil War, when former fighters who hit hard times took the nickname "tramps," after the sound they made when they had marched into battle years earlier.

Coy McCrory Courting other Offers

As early as November 2006, some of us here at BlueNC speculated about Sue Myrick's reasons for spending so much money to run against a virtually unknown candidate, Bill Glass in 2006. At the end of the last election cycle she had only $150,000 COH. This led to speculation that she might be planning a run for the Senate in Liddy Dole's place. We further speculated that Pat McCrory, the popular mayor of Charlotte, might run for Myrick's seat.

More Hypocrisy on Universal Health Care

Another informative email list that I belong to is the "Quote of the Day" from the Physicians for a National Health Plan, of which Health Care for All NC is the North Carolina chapter. I'm going to post the highlights of today's Quote of the Day, which shows the full hypocrisy of the health care industry in action.

The Quote of the Day for October 31, 2007 was from a Modern Healthcare article, "Universal healthcare crosses the partisan divide," which mentioned that many attendees at the meeting of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association seemed to believe that, "Like it or not, within the next few years the U.S. is going to have a nationwide, single-payer system." Following is a response to that article, and two responses to the response.

Ticks lose bid to silence home inspectors

Just when I thought the Realtor Ticks couldn't stoop any lower, I find this story about how they've been pressuring the NC Home Inspector Licensure Board to prevent inspectors from recommending safety improvements to prospective buyers.

Complaints, protests and a stern letter from Gov. Mike Easley were enough to table a proposal backed by real estate agents to alter home inspection reports. The opposition prompted members of the state board that licenses home inspectors to scrap, for now, a rule that would prevent home inspectors from recommending in the summary section of reports any upgrades meant to improve the function, efficiency or safety of a home.

North Carolina one of 21 states set to run out of S-CHIP funds

From the New York Times, via the RWJF Health Insurance Coverage, we find that the Congressional Research Service has finished a study that says 21 states will run out of money to fund their Children's Health Insurance Program during the coming year if Congress continues spending at current levels.

The result?

States, unsure of federal money, are drafting contingency plans in case it runs short.

Officials in charge of the child health program in California said Tuesday that they were adopting rules to allow the state to create a waiting list and to remove some of the 1.1 million children already on the rolls.

“The stalemate in Washington is having a real impact on children here,” said Lesley S. Cummings, executive director of the agency that runs the child health program in California. “Given continued uncertainty, we will have to start dropping children from the program — 64,000 a month, starting in January — to save money. This is getting less and less hypothetical.”

Photo from the original NYTs article after the break, showing the 21 states who will run out of funds including our own North Carolina.

Be here at 7! Sunday live-blogging with Ed Ridpath

Many of you already know Ed Ridpath already. He's a frequent visitor, a BlueNC advertiser, and a solid citizen. And he's running for the NC House in District 37.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to challenge a deep-seated, special interest Republican, you can find out tonight at 7, in a conversation with Ed right here at BlueNC.

Bumped and stickied by Betsy. See you all here tonight at 7pm to chat with Ed Ridpath and at Pam's House Blend for the Jim Neal live blog at 8pm.

Save the last bullet for yourself

When I was in Vietnam so many years ago (artillery) I sometimes wondered what I would do if I thought I was going to be captured. Stories of torture and atrocity were common place and I wondered whether or not I could withstand such things. It never came to that, but there were times I was pretty scared.

I've read the accounts of many who were captured and tortured. While I know the hope of returning to their loved ones and home sustained those brave soldiers, I also know somewhere in their minds they were also comforted and rebelliously sustained knowing they held the high moral ground and that their captors would someday be punished for their crimes.

50 State Blog Roundup 11/9

Robert P. and I had the pleasure of putting together this week's 50 State Blog Roundup. The really heavy lifting was performed by the excellent bloggers you'll find at each state site.


   Texas Kaos reports that rogue Judge Sharon Keller got a rebuke from another quarter this week when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals changed its rules to allow email appeals.


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