Veterans and active duty roll-call

In a veterans roll-call of BlueNC readers a couple of years ago, nearly two-thirds of regular visitors had served in the military. Let's see where things stand now. If you are a veteran, a member of a military family, or a person on active duty, please share your story with the BlueNC community. This is a great time for lurkers to come out for a brief moment in the spotlight, though real names aren't required, of course.

McCain and the March of the Emperor Neocons

Inspired by tomorrow's inclusion of a hate propaganda DVD in the Raleigh News & Observer's Saturday Edition, I decided to (once again) try to bring focus to the most important factor in the upcoming national election: whether or not we will allow the empire-builders to continue taking our country down their delusional path to world dominance. And I chose the title (and picture) for a reason: unless their progress is arrested, they will slowly and methodically continue until they reach their objective.

News and Observer: Greed over common sense

A box of cereal? Toothpaste? Does a box of cereal or a tube of toothpaste encourage me to look with hatred and suspicion on my law abiding neighbors who have a different religion than mine? Does cereal and toothpaste lead to pogroms, religious harassment, fear and intimidation? The trailer for this video is about hate, pure and simple, and shows the video has only one goal - to instill fear and hatred of neighbor against neighbor. If I receive this DVD in my paper, that day, after 22 years of receiving the N&O, will be the last day of my subscription.

Vote vets

One organization that is working hard to represent the real interests of military families is Vote Vets. Today I made a contribution to them in hopes that they'll be able step up their efforts in North Carolina. You can help too. If military families in North Carolina knew the truth about Elizabeth Dole's voting record, not a one of them would vote for her. We need a commercial like this focused on Senator Dole.

Kudos to the N&O for calling out Dole

From their lead editorial today:

... in conjunction with the Republican State Executive Committee, Dole has unleashed a singularly odd claim.

This ad says that because Hagan (with her husband) owns "multiple oil and gas wells," the Democratic candidate is a "hypocrite of the highest order" for speaking against offshore drilling. The ad's premise: Hagan fears that offshore drilling will lower oil prices, and thus her profits. (It also says Hagan's oil interests are a "deeply held secret" -- yet cites her official disclosure form as the source of the investment information.)

NC-Gov: Elitism, vouchers, and new math

On Tuesday, September 9, the major candidates in the North Carolina governor’s race met for a debate on WRAL. Around one-fifth of this debate focused on education. Both candidates avoided specific details of their own ideas for public education, but they spent plenty of time attacking each other, specifically on vouchers. The Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, botched the explanation of her opposition to vouchers and left herself open to criticism on the issue with a misleading advertisement. The Republican candidate, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, stated that striving for a higher education is “elitist”, and outline certain categories of students that should be eligible for vouchers as a relief from public schools. Let’s look at the facts.

After dark

Let's make a deal. For the next 20 years, no federal legislation may exist restricting the right to bear arms in any way shape or form. Go for it. Buy your freakin' bazooka. Take your gun on an airplane. And for the next 20 years, no federal legislation may exist restricting the right to be gay in any way shape or form. Go for it. Get married. Do whatever you want.

These agreements could be overturned only by the action of 75 Senators or 75% in the House. In 20 years the agreement would end with extreme prejudice. It could not be extended without the same 75% support. Wouldn't that be fun?


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