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Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas. Take your next trip in kilometers.

- George Carlin


Ties in nicely

with the "must speak and understand" English thingie, dudnit. Onward, to boldly split infinitives as no one has done before...

"The most unamerican thing you can say is 'You can't say that'" - G. Keillor

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Bruce Goforth?

Bruce Goforth?

I think so

but I have Glaziers name in my head, so I cant remember and dont want to misspeak if I can avoid it.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

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Yes, please

jeepers... up until then he had my complete approval. I wonder if he actually read the bill... I'm still waiting on some sort of acknowledgment on consumer-level co-generation. "Hm, I'm thinking about it", "I've got a staffer looking into it" or even "No" would suffice. "No", I can work on. And work on ;-)

The most unamerican thing you can say is 'You can't say that'" - G. Keillor

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Jon Corzine

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

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

Very effective

Now...if he would just address the 90+ mph thing..........

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

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

The Republicans

continue to amaze me

They keep bringing up the "no one has lobbied for this" line as if they cant solve a problem unless someone calls them specifically saying how they should vote. No wonder the Reps in Washington had such corrupt ties to K Street. They think K Street is more important than solving problems. And our reps here are no less committed to lobbyists.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Great news everyone

turns out Mike Easley is still alive. I know his silence on, well, almost everything lately had some people worried. But, I just saw him on TV with the click it or ticket program.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

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Mr. Mike is alive and well clicking.

I think it's time to address the Dole issue.

Where is she, has anyone seen her on the news? She has missed votes, she missed her OLF hearing, all these other things. There are rumors she is ill, her constituents have a right to know.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

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

Here's another wonderful bit of news about Brad Miller

(bet you can't guess who sent it to me :-))

Subcommittee Investigates Destruction of Video Records

by Senior NASA Officials During IG Probe
(Washington, DC) - Members of the House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today questioned senior staff at NASA about physically destroying records of a controversial meeting between NASA's Administrator Michael Griffin and Office of the Inspector General staff.

"It is impossible not to assume the worst about what the destroyed DVD showed," said Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. "NASA officials knew perfectly well in advance that the meeting could further compromise the independence of the inspector general's office, people who attended the meeting report that's exactly what happened and NASA officials admit that they destroyed the DVD to keep it from becoming public."

Despite an assurance of independence, Mr. Griffin called an "all hands" meeting of the NASA IG staff on April 10, 2007. The purpose of the meeting was to dispute the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency's (PCIE) findings that Robert Cobb, the Inspector General for NASA, had abused his authority. On April 2, 2007 Chairman Miller and Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) and their Senate counterparts called for the removal of Inspector Cobb based on its investigation of misconduct allegations.

At the staff meeting, Administrator Griffin told the OIG staff, which was the source of most of the allegations against Mr. Cobb, he didn't believe Mr. Cobb had abused his office, lacked integrity or committed any "improprieties." Mr. Griffin outlined his plan for management training for Mr. Cobb.

At issue in today's hearing is the conduct of senior NASA officials' handling of the Cobb case during and after the meeting.

Michael Wholley, the NASA General Counsel, intentionally destroyed with his own hands DVDs showing his boss, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, in a compromising meeting with the staff of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). He didn't check with anyone before he did it. He told Committee staff that he did it to prevent the DVDs from being obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

"Mr. Wholley is the general counsel for a major federal agency, and has a tremendous responsibility to represent the public interest," said Rep. Miller. "One of his jobs is to tell people what they don't want to hear, certainly not to participate in the destruction of records he knows are relevant to a congressional investigation."

This is the only known instance of the general counsel for a federal agency admitting to personally destroying agency documents to avoid their disclosure.

Click here for supplemental hearing documents and witness testimony.

(strong emphasis, mine )

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

Progressive Discussions


As promised, the eight who voted against the measure:

Blackwood, Cleveland, Faison, Gibson, Langdon, McElraft, Pierce and Sutton.

Not voting: Hackney, Barnhart and Bell

Hackney will only vote as a tie break. That is SOP.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

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Joe Hackney on the Budget

Via this week's Citizen:

Just months before the start of this decade, Hurricane Floyd slowly pushed through eastern North Carolina. The storm pulled heavy rains along with it, but at first appeared to be nothing more than another relatively anonymous hurricane.

The truth proved to be far different. In the coming days, rivers spilled over their banks. Widespread flooding destroyed homes, businesses, communities and ways of life. About that same time, recession hit North Carolina and the nation. As we spent millions of dollars in savings to help hurricane victims, our thriving economy stalled, leaving us at times with more than a billion-dollar deficit.

Eight years later, this state thrives again. The sound policies of the governor and the General Assembly have returned vigor to our economy. Just since 2004, we have added 280,000 jobs in this state. At the end of this fiscal year we will have $915 million in reserves and we remain one of just a handful of states with a Triple A bond rating from all three rating agencies. That allows us to borrow money at cheaper interest rates than we would be able to otherwise. Our fiscal conservatism saves us millions of dollars.

We spent decades in North Carolina building this tradition of financial integrity, and those of us elected to do the people’s business are stewards of this responsibility.

We preserved this tradition in the House budget approved last week. And we did it without sacrificing investment in those programs that matter most. And we did it without adding or raising taxes.

Without question, education remains the top priority of House Democrats. We propose spending $11.1 billion – more than half the total $20.3-billion budget – on education. House Democrats take particular care in this plan to ensure we provide resources in public schools to those who need it most – the poor and those at risk of dropping out of high school. We expand need-based financial aid by $27 million and appropriate $75 million for the governor’s EARN Scholars initiative. We increase spending on community colleges by $34 million. Under our proposal, cost should no longer be a barrier for talented students who could otherwise not afford college. The return on this investment will be incalculable.

The House also proposes spending $100 million for Medicaid relief. Half of the money will be targeted to counties with Medicaid populations of 20 percent or more.

Those counties are typically among the poorest in the state and have been the most weighed down by increasing medical costs. Our relief would reduce Medicaid costs in some counties by more than half.

Our proposal also offers nearly $290 million in a broad tax-relief package. It would give breaks to working people, small businesses, emerging industries, those planning for retirement, environmentally friendly industries and farmers. The centerpiece of the package is an earned-income tax credit expected to benefit 825,000 taxpayers in North Carolina who earn about $40,000 or less. The estimated tax savings for these workers would be $69 million in 2008-09.

These tax credits balance the needs of workers and the needs of business. It helps those who need relief from taxation and those who drive our economy. It protects the poor and rewards those who create jobs.

This plan represents the ideals of the House Democrats and, we believe, the people of North Carolina.

Such a proposal would have been difficult to craft in 2000, but with resolve and financial discipline this state remains a fiscal model for the nation. We carry one of the lowest tax burdens in the country. We foster an economy friendly to business, workers and the military. We use our collective wealth to care for the people who need it most. We invest in education. We save for the future.

We do these things in large part because we believe they reflect the values of our constituents. There’s always some quibbling around the edges, but we take our guiding principles from you.

You have guided us well over many years. You have brought us through hurricanes and hard times, and we continue to prosper.

And as our investments in education and economic development pay off in years to come, our children will gladly, proudly, inherit a legacy that balances the future with the needs of the moment and the cost of action versus inaction. They will grow up knowing that storms blow over but that the resolve of people in North Carolina remains bound to an ageless dedication to equality and responsibility.

A few things you haven't heard from the madding crowd

1) Another outrageous power grab by magazine (yes, he does still have a finger on the button)

2) Greg Palast says he has Rove's missing emails:

Figuring out Rove’s intent requires crawling inside his head. That’s scary and difficult — unless you have his office’s “missing” emails. I have 500 of them. How I got them is another story. The key thing, as I was discussing with my fellow alum of the AG’s office, is to explain to a jury the perps’ mindset. And these emails show the mad fixation of Griffin and the Rove crew with eliminating voters of the wrong hue.

Greg Palast An Army of Rove-bots

Just read that Brrrrr

voted against the occupation . . . must have been because of all the pork in the bill.

Either that or he pulled a Chuck Taylor and got "confuzzled" about which button to push.

Dick Burr. What a name.

ill bet

it had something do with the min wage stuff

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

He voted against it?

BWAHAHAHA!!!!! We should all write him big thank you letters and welcome him to Progressive Land!!! BWAHAHAHA!!!! Can you make him a membership card, A?

Great Caesar's Ghost, this made my night. hee.

The Den
It's your democracy; use it.


at my kos diary indicated it was because the September date was too much of a requirement.

But hey, might as well send a few emails saying thanks for trying to end the war ;D

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"