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I'm trying something new

This is coming in from my blackberry. I won't be using it for deep thouhts, but for quick hits it is plenty good.

----insert witty remark here----coming soon----

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

Very cool, Robert.

I have yet to join the blackberry crowd. I'm afraid I would play too much with it.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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I'm enjoying the all-in-one-ness of it.

So, for instance, my Google Calendar is synced to be my Blackberry Calendar. Because it is web-based, I can add things on my desktop, my laptop, my home desktop, or any computer I might be working on - which is then synced with my phone calendar. PLUS, using Twitter, I use RememberTheMilk.com to send direct messages, which are interpreted and added as events to my Google Calendar, which is then synced with my phone.

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

10 minutes

Most interesting comment I heard this weekend. We were talking about UNC characters including the new chancellor, Holden Thorp (and who might have shared a class with him), Bill Friday, Erskine Bowles, Molly Broad and, Dean Smith. A retired UNC dental professor, himself a grandparent, shared that his 90 year old mother remarked that if someone told her she had 10 minutes to live she would want Dean Smith to manage them.

I'm wishing that everyone

involved in Democratic politics, from the precinct to the DNC, and especially my most progressive and liberal friends, would read Profiles in Courage before the convention, if they haven't read it in a while.

In times like these -- when progress feels like two steps forward, one back -- being reminded that a longer view reveals solid and more significant progress over years of "two steps forward, one back" movement ... well, it really helps to calm one's impatience.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"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."

Great idea.

I think I'm going to purchase several copies for friends. Thanks, Leslie!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Yeah, yeah, but who wants AT&T service?

Plus, the cost differential, plus, who wants AT&T service? If they have left it open and I could use it with Verizon or Sprint I would be there. My next phone will be the hottest Nokia, whatever it might be at that time.

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

I was going to say basically the same thing.

There is only one carrier that doesn't drop calls in all the areas that I go to, and it isn't AT&T.

And listen to us talking about which cool phones to get when on other threads, we're talking about consumerism, free markets and how basically horrible greed is.

Maybe I don't need a cool phone after all. My paper organizer works pretty well, and it's easier to ignore when I want to. :-D

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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I used to use paper.

But, the idea that I can be anywhere and pull up my calendar, or that I can add an event at any time, it's too enticing. Also, Google Calendar sends me emails at a time I determine to let me know that an event is coming up. For instance, I have added a note to call about CSAs in November with an email alert, so I won't miss out next year.

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

My texting is extremely brief,

usually limited to just the letter "k". That's so much easier than the answer that's in my head: "Eighty five dollars! What the f**k! Have you tried to find a used one? What's the difference between the sixteenth and seventeenth editions? You need an English book too? You mean you need 2-3 English books, right? See, that's how they get you. When you were a baby I never realized just how expensive you would turn out to be."

phhhhhhhhhhhhhhht!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ha! My wife has had to buy some books for her graduate shcool, geez, her cheapest book is twice as expensive as any book I ever bought for college.

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

It's crazy these days

Both my daughter and older son are moving up from community colleges into the UNC system in the fall, and I might be joining them. Thinking about those damn books is giving me a facial tic. ;/

audio of my State of Things appearance is up

Last Friday I was a guest on NPR's The State of Things (WUNC), to discuss the impact of the California Supreme Court ruling and its impact on the NC amendment effort.

The segment, "Same-Sex Marriage and NC," also featured Wake Forest University Professor of political science John Dinan, and Steven Petrow, the past president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, as well as California couple Bob Claunch and Jack Reavley, who plan to wed -- they've been together 55 years. They were featured in the documentary Bob & Jack's 52-Year Adventure.

My original post on it is here.

The audio (I haven't listened to it; can't stand my voice):

Also, I will be on NPR's "News and Notes" blogger segment tomorrow at 1PM ET to discuss the blogger credentialing issue at the Democratic National Convention. Also on the show are Richard Graves of DJ Black Adam's Blog and Debra Dickerson. I don't know when or if WUNC carries it, but you can listen to it at NPR's site.

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Pam Spaulding
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Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

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Darn Pam

I listen to NPR - WUNC all day long in my office and when we visit our daughter on the weekends. We went out of town for Memorial Weekend and left early Friday morning or I would have been Wooting in my office for 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.

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The Obama Effect

From the Washington Post's The Fix:

Asked to cite specific districts where Obama's presence would help his candidates, Van Hollen mentioned Illinois's 10th district, where Dan Seals, an African American candidate, is pursuing a rematch against Rep. Mark Kirk (R) in the affluent northern Chicago suburbs. Van Hollen also ticked off a series of seats with substantial black populations, including North Carolina's 8th, Ohio's 1st and Virginia's 2nd.

Nice.

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Oh, sweet!

:-D

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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DUDE.

I'm so ready to fucking clobber Robin Hayes in the 8th this year. I wish it was November.

Oh, yeah.

It's time for Hayes, Coble, McHenry, and all their (R) cohorts to go. Way past time.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Preparations

- Bought my tickets to Denver last week (wasn't too bad...United, which is the OFFICIAL airline of the DNCC, heh, gave a good group rate).

- Reserved my hotel room at the Sheraton in New Bern for the state convention

- Bought my Sanford-Hunt ticket (I want more campaign songs again, this year!!)

Man, being a Democrat is enough to send you to the poorhouse!!

...also wish I could go to DC on Fri-Sat for the Rules and Bylaws Meeting at the DNC. My kingdom for a place to stay and transportation!

Pricey Harrison intoduces new bill to save our mountains

Yesterday in North Carolina, State Representative Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) and Appalachian Voices announced the introduction of the Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act (herald-dispatch.com) a bill that would make North Carolina the first state in the nation to ban the use of coal obtained from mountaintop removal mining.

This is big news for our movement -- and bad news for Big Coal.

Nationwide, North Carolina is second only to Georgia in its use of mountaintop removal coal. And the effort of consumers and state representatives to ban the use of mountaintop removal coal represents a new front in the fight to save the mountains we all love.

Imagine if elected officials across the nation started introducing bills to ban the use of mountaintiop removal coal. If we continue to grow the iLoveMountains network, we can make that happen. Invite your friends and family to join you at
iLovemountains.org today:
www.ilovemountains.org

You played a key role in helping to introduce the bill in North Carolina.

Because of your efforts to spread the word through iLoveMountains.org, thousands of North Carolinians and representatives like Pricey Harrison have seen the true cost
of mountaintop removal coal mining. And now they're standing up to say that the price is too high - too high in the number of devastated communities and poisoned water supplies, and too high in the destruction of our nation's natural heritage.

That's why Big Coal is spending millions of dollars in a national advertising campaign -- because your efforts to spread the truth about the cost of coal has them
worried.

Big Coal is on the defensive, not just in Washington, DC and in state capitols like Raleigh, but in the media and the realm of public opinion.

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

The New Dole Immigration Ad

I've been doing a lot of thinking about the wisdom and efficacy of early runs for political TV ads. And then this today:

Just the thing to stanch the early flow of voters to Hagan, right? And it's not even summer yet.

Is the Hagan campaign prepared to counter these ads in what I see as the only effective way? By running matching ads for the next six months?

Good God help us...

Damn

Now she can prove she's actually been to all those cities ... which is exactly why she got her pitcher taken by the welcome signs.

Good thing for all those sheriffs they're not in the military. Every one would have been breaking the law for appearing in political commercials in uniform.

OPEN WITH UNFLATTERING PICTURE OF DOLE PANDERING TO SHERIFFS

HAGAN: Liddy Dole is finally getting out of Washington to meet with people here in North Carolina. Why? Because after years of being part of the George Bush crowd, she's worried about getting re-elected.

She should be.

North Carolina deserves a Senator who works year in and year out to help our state, not just in the six months before an election.

I'm Kay Hagan, and I approve this ad.

Good copy.

And let me tell you, I saw Libby on c-span yesterday at the HUD confirmation hearing. Up close like.

Tammy Fay Baker called, she wants her wig and makeup back.

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

Beyond that, she just looks very unhealthy.

Look at that very short shot at 27 seconds. She seems very hunched over.

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

Republican Sheriffs, probably

I know Terry Johnson (Alamance) is. How about the others?

Hey wait a minute, I thought she had already

talked with the sheriffs. I just saw this today:

Dole to Talk Immigration with N.C. Sheriffs
Last Edited: Thursday, 29 May 2008, 12:14 PM EDT
Created: Thursday, 29 May 2008, 12:14 PM EDT
Dole Meets With Local Sheriffs

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The candidates for U.S. Senate continue to court sheriffs and talk immigration.

Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole plans to meet with a half-dozen North Carolina sheriffs in Graham on Thursday afternoon. Dole will talk with the sheriffs about a partnership with federal immigration officials that can help deputies identify illegals in their jails.

The meeting comes two days after Dole's Democratic rival, Kay Hagan, held a gathering of her own with a half-dozen sheriffs to discuss the same issue.

Dole has been a leading advocate of the county-federal partnerships, and she released her first television ad Wednesday to tout that work. Hagan says the program forces states and counties to foot the bill for a federal problem.

She's just now planning to meet with them, after Kay did. But I guess she's conquered time travel since her current ad claims she went all over NC already.

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

The absentee Landlady argument is one thing...

But what's the answering ad to your standard xenophobic Immigration argument?

My fear is that appealing to North Carolina voters "better angels" isn't punchy enough, tough enough, or TV effective.

Every Democrat in every race in every district is dealing with this...and will lose their races on TV if we can't get a foothold early on. Dammit, this is why she's opening the general election campaign with this TV ad! The starkness of the inherent bigotry in this Issue is MADE FOR TV.

Bear with me; I'm thinking through this one. No solutions yet.

How about this?

"I'm Kay Hagan. Now that she's afraid of losing her job, Elizabeth Dole has been running around North Carolina, running those ads, telling you to be afraid of Mexicans.

Here's the deal. Washington hasn't done the job to stop illegal immigration. Elizabeth Dole should know that. She's been in Washington so long, she LIVES in the WATERGATE.

Here's what we should do. Comprehensive immigration reform. Hold employers accountable when they hire illegal immigrants. Fully fund the border patrol. Enforce the law.

Elizabeth Dole should be ashamed of her ads. She should know that she's the one in the Senate, and she hasn't done her job.

Elizabeth, I'm glad you've been visiting North Carolina lately, but it's too late. It's time for you to go.

I'm Kay Hagan, and I approved this ad, because being a good Senator is about more than showing up for parades. It's about working hard for North Carolina.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Love it

Now we just have to convince Frank to produce something!

Hope Hagan is listening Frank

she does need to jump on this right from the start. Here's something interesting:

1990 - Immigration Act (IMMACT) — Modified and expanded the 1965 act; it significantly increased the total level of immigration to 700,000, increasing available visas 40 percent. The act retained family reunification as the major entry path, while more than doubling employment-related immigration. The law also provided for the admission of immigrants from "underrepresented" countries to increase the diversity of the immigrant flow.....Sen. Robert Dole (R-KS), Then a congressman, Sen. Dole voted for the bill.

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

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EXCELLENT, DFL

I think you just blew my mind.

Thank you.

I've been telling you I knew what I was doing...

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire