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LOL.

It's refreshing to hear such clarity ...

He's lying.

Go get 'im, Joe.

"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."

Sparely odd thoughts ...

My boy is in Germany. He's having a blast and is so excited about the medieval history classes he'll get to take. I miss him. Got to talk to him Sunday. :-D (Skype rocks)

My girl is visiting a college this weekend and will visit another next weekend. She is having a blast and is so excited about getting to play soccer in college. I miss her. She should be home soon.

Ack!! My nest is emptying so fast my head is spinning. help.

"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."

I just told Katie to pack her bags

She's going to live with Auntie Leslie. :)

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



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Yay!!

Hope she likes cats!! :)

"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."

Been there

When my boy went, it was bad but I still had my girl at home. When she left I really thought I was going to die. I know. I'm a really big help.

Lovex7

LOL ...

You are SO much help, Love. ... such comfort ... such cheer! ;)
Ok, then ... I'm gonna go cry my eyeballs out now. Thanks. :-p

"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."

Presidential candidate + issues matrix

A friend does some web design for MSNBC.com, and he's just finished a presidential candidate + issue matrix, which allows you to see where each candidate stands on particular issues, candidate videos, and articles about those issues. I've included his (better) explanation and the link because I think it's a pretty cool idea.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21116732

Explanation:
You're presented with a matrix of candidates and issues, and you can
zoom in to watch a video of each candidate talking about each issue,
read a summary of the candidate's stance on the issue and use the
links we provide to articles and videos elsewhere that pertain to that
candidate on that particular issue.

Additionally, you can rate your level of agreement with each candidate
on each issue. By doing so, you fill in the matrix with colors that,
when you zoom back out, give you a quick visual guide as to where your
preferences are.

Finally, you can submit your matrix ratings and add to our "All user
ratings" data. Up at the top on the right, you can click a tab that
allows you to see how everyone else has rated the candidates on the
issues. At the zoomed out level, it's a simple color chart that
indicates the average rating for each box. However, when you zoom in
you get to see how all of the votes break down by percentages and raw
numbers.

Call Robin Hayes about SCHIP

Hayes is listed as a top target for the SCHIP veto override. Please call him and pressure him hard to switch. It wouldn't be the first time he flipped, you know.

http://www.vetooverride.com/

SCHIP

I'm getting robo calls linking Mike McIntyre and Bush asking everyone to call McIntyre to change his vote. Last month the county commissioners in Robeson County the home of McIntyre had a vote on banning smoking in the County buildings where smoking had been allowed. Roger Oxendine, one of the largest tobacco producers in the state and a county commissioner voted to ban smoking. He stated that it was against his interest to ban smoking and he personnally did not like the ban, the public interest was best served by the ban. Let's hope McIntrye gets out of the back pocket of tobacco and sees the greater good.

Wow...cheers to Roger Oxendine



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My question...

though at this point it may be moot:

Why does a private intelligence firm know more about Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden than our government? What's up with that?


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

Intentional?

The gubmint shet the firm down so they couldn't show up the gubmint n'more.

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



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CIGO and Vance Aycock

There are a lot of private citizens who have decided to perform civilian intelligence gathering operations that our government can't, or won't, do due to real, or imagined, legal constraints.

There are no bureaucrats to deal with, so commonsense tends to rule.

Some of this information is passed along when deemed appropriate. All too often, the feds, or the politicos, screw it up as per the example of the SITE Institute.

BTW...the Vance Aycock Dinner will be on URTV this Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. Since I was the cameraman, I might be able to get a DVD from Richard and mail it to you if no one in Buncombe can record it for you.

It's those legal contstraints

"real or imagined" that concern me. I am gravely concerned about private armies (Bilgewater) and private intelligence gathering firms that do what I consider should be my government's job. I honestly don't know if SITE violated any citizen's civil rights to gather the information they gathered, so I won't make that accusation. But it seems like it would be simple for an administration that relies on private mercenaries to protect their own officials to rely on private intelligence agencies to gather info for them. These agencies, though bound by US law, give the US government a certain amount of deniabilty - so that when GWB states, as he so often does "We don't torture", he could be telling the truth. It could be the private, unregulated agencies that do.

I would prefer that Congress have oversight on all operations affecting national security. That's why I work to send honest men and women there.


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

Does anyone know

Where I can see a map of the NC Leg districts? In particular NC 115?

Thanks.

CM

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

Here ya go

see if this works.

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



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Thanks!

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

You are most certainly welcome

there is a link on the lege web site....look for redistricting maps

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



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