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With Labor Day behind us and the crush of fall politics cranking up, this is a good time to update BlueNC readers on recent developments – and introduce two of our newest frontpagers, gregflynn and Screwy Hoolie. If you’ve been around for awhile, you’re already familiar with both of these hard-working souls, so I’ll be brief.

Screwy, whose name is Gordon in real life, says blogging is a form of participation in our democracy. “I'm not an online activist or citizen journalist,” he says. "I'm a participant. I busily dog Charles Taylor because he's a specimen of Corruptus Incompetus in our Congress, and it's my responsibility as a participating member of this democracy to work towards a more perfect union."


Screwy lives in Asheville, and is involved in myriad projects related to the November elections. His home blog is Scrutiny Hooligans. He also writes for BlogAsheville.

While Screwy has been a BlueNC frontpager for a month or so, Greg Flynn is brand new to the job. He agreed last week to join the team and we’re excited to have his strong voice and excellent research in the mix. Greg writes from Raleigh and has lived in Dublin, London and New York before settling in the Triangle. He’s an architect by trade, specializing in sustainable design, and a former member of the Raleigh Appearance Commission. In his spare time, he does metal sculpture and has even dabbled in acting. Greg and his wife adopted a little girl from India last year. She's two-and-a-half.

"I’m interested in the various manifestations of democracy and the multiple means of perverting it,” says Greg. "I like research and I’ve even been accused of reading phone books for pleasure.”

Screwy and Greg bring the number of BlueNC frontpagers to seven. The others are Lance, Targator, The Southern Dem, Robert P., and me. As frontpagers, we mostly work to keep fresh content flowing on the site. In addition, we help with minor technical issues, such as cleaning up tags in the entries of others. On rare occasion (twice in the past year) we’ve deleted entries that we judged obscene or offensive. It takes a lot to push us over that edge.

Lance and Targator are both starting new jobs this month. That’s one of reason we’ve supplemented the frontpager ranks. But the main reason is that Greg and Screwy are both passionate bloggers who are taking the time to make a difference.

Other news

Lance has threatened to implement a major site upgrade, possibly as early as this weekend. There could be some unexpected outages, so be sure save early and often.



It is a real privilege to be part of this community with you all. You are amazing and completely inspiring. Thank you so much for joining in the conversation and the action.

James Protzman
aka Anglico

Comments

Nice to meetcha James

I am truly honored to be accepted on this blog and really, really, really, REALLY glad I found you!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Thank you, A

I am learning from the Best!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

One of the things I love about blogging

especially group blogs like this . . . is that everybody who joins in is completely free to do it his or her own way. Particpate, report, investigate, ruminate, rant, ridicule, rave, or even read phone books! It takes a village, so to speak.

:)

Congrats Greg and Screwy

So glad you're here.


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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Yep, you are changing the face

of politics! Keepin' them straight and in the sunlight.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I really enjoy

reading all of your blogs. I'm so glad I found you because you think correctly (not right) and I love to read what smart people think. It makes my day.

Lovex7

Thanks y'all

Thanks for the opportunity to contribute. It's amazing how much material is just lying around that the MSM doesn't cover. In celebration "the bumper stickers are on me"!.

Anyone who dares send me a name and address by private message will get a free JimBlackMustGo.com bumper sticker in the mail. (Privacy respected etc, etc)

Hooray!!

Screwy and greg. Most excellent. Smart AND funny!!

Screwy -- I'd know next to nothing about what's happening with the Shuler race if it weren't for you. You've made me a believer.

greg -- your research is amazing and your sharp wit is killing my keyboard, but probably adding years to my life.

Even though there are days when I can muster not much more than lurker status, just let me say to ALL of you here, frontpagers and future frontpagers and commenters and all ... Y'all make my world so much brighter than it would be otherwise. You have no idea how good it feels to leave the redlands and come in here everyday and bask in the sweet sweet blueness of this place. :) Thanks a billion to you all.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

This is great news.

I've been reading you guys for awhile now and when James mentioned your names my immediate response was not "yes", it was "Hell, yes."

I have a meeting tomorrow morning with a legislator, anyone have any questions you want asked? : )

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Probably too late:

Why in the hell haven't you called for Jim Black's resignation?

I'm not asking out of frustration . . . I really want to know what kind of perverted thinking is going on.

Aw Shucks

Over the course of two years' blogging, it's been important for me to continue growing community and do as much as possible to make a difference. At the risk of taking this comment thread from sweet to schmaltz - I'll say that this group of people has created possibilities where there were none before.

Wait'll you see the "myriad projects".

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

I am waiting as patiently as I know how....

...and I'm not good at waiting! I'm really excited to see what you have in store.


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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

More from Doonesbury, you really should visit...

"Fuck Saddam. We're taking him out."
-- George W. Bush, a year before the invasion of Iraq

"I intend to kick his sorry motherfucking ass all over the Mideast."
-- George W. Bush, 10 months before the invasion

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me