On Why We Blog, Or, America's 244 Greatest Words

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

--the nicolay draft of the gettysburg address; courtesy library of congress

Government by the People, for the People, and of the People.

The kind of government where you grab it with your own two hands and run the darn thing.

Gasp....a mainstream outlet GETS John Edwards.

Folks, color me shocked. The Washington Post has a story about John Edwards that actually gets HIM. Starting with...

His demeanor is more serious and his elbows far sharper than four years ago.

and ending with....

When asked about those two candidates, Edwards offers a stock response: "I'm just honestly keeping my head down and doing my work." But at the end of a long day, he also added, "I've never worked harder in my life."

this article GETS Edwards in every way. That last sentence, by the way, should scare the crap out of the competition. This is the John Edwards that won every courtcase by OUTWORKING the competition, who said the key to being a great lawyer wasn't being the smartest or the best orator, but being the one who is willing to still be up at 10pm on Saturday working on closing arguments.

And, THIS is the hardest he's ever worked. I think everyone is in for a surprise when the fundraising numbers come through, because I imagine John Edwards working like no candidate has before to raise money from all sorts of donors, big, small, and micro.
More after the break.

The Do Nothing Crew

Our non-representative elected officials do nothing again.

You can read it here.

Elizabeth Dole says: "At this point, it's a matter of the process," Dole said. "We still need to get answers to the questions."

I ask: 'What questions are you not getting answers for, Ms. Dole?'

The state of North Carolina is overwhelmingly opposed to this OLF, what more do you need to know? Do you not represent us in Washington? Then pray tell, who is it that you're representing up there?

Inquiring minds demand to know.

Senator Burr says: Said Burr, "I don't think it's a member of Congress' role to tell the Navy where or where not to place something."

I would ask him: 'Then what exactly is your role? What do you think you were elected to do up there in Washington if not represent the people of North Carolina?'

Sue Myrick's Shrine to Ann Coulter

Probably not many people know that Sue Myrick has a blog, maybe because it hasn't been updated since 2005. The blog was started in March 2004 and has a total of 6 entries. It is linked directly from the website for Sue Myrick for Congress 2008

The 5th entry in February 2005, but still on the front page, reads:

Ann Coulter
Join Sue Myrick For A
Salute to Leadership

With Speical Guest Ann Coulter


Ann is without peer. Personally Sue, I love the company you keep!

reads one of the comments to the post which remains bronzed on Myrick's blog front page until now, as seen below the fold:

Perdue and Moore's camps could cut down on the negativity

Cross posted with other weekly columns here

As printed in the Chapel Hill Herald on Saturday, March 10th:

During the past two months Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue and state Treasurer Richard Moore, both seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor, have been sniping at each other like the election is tomorrow. Problem being that it’s not for another 14 months.

Last month the Moore campaign tried to attack Perdue by dredging up 10-year-old statements she made about the death penalty and criticizing campaign donations she received while still a state senator. Perdue’s camp behaved in an equally petty matter, with her finance chair e-mailing supporters an article in Forbes Magazine that questioned Moore’s campaign contributions.

Rick Martinez Plays the Fool. Again.

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There are a few people in the world who relish being dumped on by the vast majority around them. The Child King in the White House appears to be one of them. And so is the N&O's Rick Martinez. You can almost hear the glee in his voice as he crows about the fact that he's one of six people on the planet who support the Navy's Washington County OLF proposal.

About the only people in North Carolina who say they support the Navy's desire to build an outlying landing field (OLF) on 30,000 acres in Washington and Beaufort counties are five Havelock city commissioners and me.

I learned years ago that when most people around me think I'm wrong about something, they're probably right. I also learned to have the grace to rethink my judgments in the light of their informed opinions, and adjust my positions accordingly. It looks like Mr. Martinez has managed to skate through life without the benefit of that lesson.

More to the point, Martinez slaps on his blinders with an absurdly naive statement that reveals his moral relativism for all to see.

Choosing Death

Unlike most of us, Allen Holman knew in advance when he was going to die: Friday, March 9th, 2007, shortly after two o'clock in the morning. Almost ten years ago, Holman shot and killed his wife Linda in the parking lot of a convenience store. Ironically, Linda was a nurse at the prison where Allen Holman was scheduled to be executed, and the question of whether medical professionals should participate in lethal injections is what has put his execution on hold.

Allen Holman is a volunteer - someone who has willingly abandoned his appeals in order to expedite execution. Between 1977 and 2003, ninety-seven other death row inmates volunteered for execution. One study (John Blume, Killing the Willing: Volunteers, Suicide, and Competency, 103 Mich. L. Rev. 939 (2005)) found that 88% of those volunteers suffered from mental illness and/or substance abuse problems which may have contributed to their decision to die. Holman, 47, has a history of mental illness stretching back to his teen years, including at least five suicide attempts. This time, he had hoped to let the State do the job for him.

Weekend Wound Up: Stalker Edition

Thought I'd share some fan mail I got today from a new registered user, Superman. Two separate communications:

1. people call this guy tarzan because he swings from everybodys nuts! consider yourself stalked! run BOY run i am closer than you think and my resources are plenty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. here i come! watch closely! blood runs deep and true never get personal with those i love. play nice and look for me everywhere you are!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks like someone left the gate unlocked at the Party of Greed nut house. Is there any way to track this moron down? I'm ready to press charges.


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