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Jane and I have been having the same conversation

and the DCSS just provided the last nudge I needed.

I'd still shoot myself before I voted for any Republicans I know (with the possible exception of Bob Orr), but with regard to being "affiliated" or a "member" of the Democratic Party, I think I'll pass.

Beyond that, I'm not sure what this means. The prospect of working toward a third party is daunting - just ask Mike Munger, who's having a hell of a time even getting on the ballot as a Libertarian - though it may be my only option at this point.

But it definitely means I'll be writing a lot fewer checks. Giving money to an organization that uses that money to screw you over is just plain stupid. And while I may be many things, stupid isn't one of them.

Excuse me?

I just became a Democrat this year, people. I don't want to find myself standing all alone (and shivering), yelling, "Hellooooo! Where did everybody goooo?" :o

It's okay to be disgusted with some of the aspects of the party and its behavior, but the Progressive movement needs to grow from within the Democratic Party, not without. Affecting change is never easy, no matter where you work from.

Unless you want me to spew more self-righteous bullshit, cease this treasonous talk. :)

: )

I haven't mailed my form in. Just trying on the idea.

I'm not sure the progressive movement CAN grow within the Democratic Party in North Carolina. And more to the point, I'm not sure actually being a Democrat makes much difference anyway. I can still work for the few progressive Democrats that do manage to show up - and I will.

Much to think about.

I almost never give money directly to the party

unless it's the local party. I don't have enough disposable funds for donations, so I choose to donate directly to candidates I support.

If the Dem gubernatorial contenders don't wash their faces pretty soon, I'm going to be sending donations to Mike Munger, in a grand, and probably futile gesture.

As for my husband and me, we've worked our fingers to the bone for 2 years, doing everything from cleaning the headquarters (mousedroppings, cockroach carcasses, etc.) to designing a website and donating server space on the server we own. We've served as committee members, committee chairs, precinct officers, and county officers, and all we hear about are the things that are not done.

And we sit at exec. committee meetings and hear how useless blogging is, how John Edwards gets $400 haircuts (this coming from people who live in 1/2 million dollar homes in Pinehurst. Hypocrites.

Kind of sick of it.

edited for scharrison Please understand - I'm venting. I'm pissed off and I'm venting about the people I have to deal with and the seeming lack of action at the 6th district level. But if they're as dysfunctional as we are at the county level, it's no wonder. So no, I'm a Democrat, and I will always be, especially when there are people like you who basically shake me and say "WTF?" :)


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

One thing to watch out for

Sometimes the money we give to individual candidates is redirected to other campaigns. For example, I believe Congressman Price raises significant amounts of money, some of which is provided to the national organization, which then redistributes dollars to targeted races (like Larry Kissell's campaign).

I don't give stastically significant amounts.

The most I've even donated at one shot is $100. And I donate to candidates who aren't in the position to donate to others, if you get my drift.


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

You are kind of drifty . . .


"If boiling people alive best served the interests of the American people, then it would neither be moral or immoral." Max Borders, Civitas Institute

It's the drugs.

they make me drifty.


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

Please Dont

The only leverage that you, or anyone here, has with the party is your membership. Because at the end of the day you have the ability to prove to them that you are invaluable. How do you do that? By staying a member of the party, and focusing efforts on people like Larry Kissell and Ed Ridpath, and ignoring the established wisdom. If you leave the party why should the party be more progressive and more populist?

And LCloud, anyone sitting in a room talking about how useless blogging is and about haircuts is probably not getting off their butts and doing something to get Democrats elected, so who cares what they think?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

They're officers in the local party.

It's frustrating as hell, and driving the good dems away from the meetings. I don't care what they think, I care what they say, and when they say it.


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

Then run

I did. I served on the Wake County Board as 2d vice Chair. It was lots of fun, but there is ALWAYS some nutter who is convinced you don't have any idea what you're doing, and that they can do a better job. Of course, that person never actually runs, and loves sitting in the back of the room and expressing his digust with you, and generally poisons every meeting or fundraiser they go to.

Much more enjoyable are the people who engage and run and work to better the party. I get the sense you are one of those.

"85% of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

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

Good question, Blue.

If you leave the party why should the party be more progressive and more populist?

Because they want my independent vote?

You're raising an important issue. Can one be more effective in pushing for a progressive agenda as a member of a party or as a member of an outside faction?

Neither seems very promising in North Carolina.

Sometimes I feel I can be freer to throw rocks from the outside.

I don't, as a rule, like groups. I like to point out the flaws in groups. I guess you have more credibility when you are throwing rocks from the inside.

I hope you know what I mean by throwing rocks.


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

I like throwing rocks from the inside

Lots more fun. :)

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



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It's elements within the Party,

not the Party itself.

Before I left to go represent Friday night, I read through the NCDP Platform like three times, in case there was some kind of pop quiz or something. :)

Here's the thing, and I really wish someone would post a linkie: our Platform would be considered progressive in almost any circles, and not just in the Southern realm. I was both surprised and pleased at the ideals presented, and it made me feel like I'm not totally crazy, you know?

What we need to do (as activist bloggers) is approach the analysis of a candidate in light of how their views fit with this Platform. Not personal likes or dislikes (which often cloud judgment), but how well they represent the goals of the NCDP.

If a candidate goes against the Platform, that needs to be exposed. If the party supports a candidate that doesn't support the Platform, that needs to be exposed. In this way, we can (try to) keep people focused on what's important and help facilitate change.

Good advice, Steve.

New name for Harrison: The voice of reason.

That's what I keep telling

the doctors, nurses and orderlies in this place, but they just smile and put more happy pills in the little paper cup thingie. ;(

"Hear me well, my friends, because I have great news! Our time as come, and...Owww! Stop that!"

Uhmmmmm happy pillls....aaaarrrrghghghsh

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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

Perfect.

We can take that one - one plank of the platform at a time. I like the idea a lot. Now we're getting somewhere.


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

In recent years the platform has been shaped

through the leadership of Jerry Meek as made tangible by the work of Wayne Goodwin. Jerry allowed and encouraged grass roots input while Wayne took that input, sorted it and applied the worthwhile parts to the NCDP Platform. Kudos to both.

To A. - One of the reasons I am a democrat is that I get to influence policy twice, once as a democrat from inside the party and once as a citizen who votes, writes and otherwise makes his views known, while encouraging other citizens to do the same.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Worth reading

Some excellent reality-based information about immigration issues and economics in North Carolina.

Here's hoping the mainstream stenographers ask Bill Graham to share his take on some of these facts.

Please all of you good Democrats, before you jump ship,

and I know well how much I want to sometimes, come to the NC Progressive Democrats Convention Dec. 7& 8 and be the tour de force we need to get that ship turned around.

There's still no official notice but I'm told it will be in Chapel Hill. I promise to loudly announce the news when it is known for sure.

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Good advice

My change of affiliation form is filled out, but not mailed. Maybe this meeting in December will give me some confidence that there's a future for progressives in the Democratic Party in North Carolina.

I'll hold off. for now.

Image lifted shamelessly from Pam's House Blend.

Wow, what an expression.

Yeah, the slogan too.

Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name

Yes but...

...will you be unaffliated or unaffiliated? [see above]

I'm too dense to know what you're talking about

Though I did find this nice video at Swing State Project for your evening enjoyment:

It's a typo

Check the spelling in the image with the check boxes.

Damn you're good

This is why no one EVER counts on me for proofreading.

I love it.

Are you talking about the Progressive Democrats meeting?

I hope it meets expectations.


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

I am talking about the Progressive Democrats meeting

and it will be whatever we make it. It's our chance to take the state and shape it's future.

We can be the force that pushes the great political pendulum on its swing back to sensible growth, stewardship of the environment, innovation in science, social justice and peace.

Damn thing's been stuck all the way to the right for too long.

Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name

Amen. ... WAY too long

swing that pendulum, grrls

"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."

You started my day off just right, Leslie.

Just right.

I don't think I've had a bigger smile on my face this early in the morning in a long, long time. Thanks.

see in the world. --Gandhi

Me too, that's one for my Ipod.

n/t

Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name

Howard Coble commented on my blog

well at least the poster called himself Howard Coble. Please, please, please (can you tell I'm begging) come over and leave a better comment than I did....pretty please.

Why Care About S-Chip?

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

Please folks -

go help out over at Momo's blog. I don't think he's really Howard Coble, but if he is, we've now got proof the old fella is losing it.


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

Thanks guys

my blog seems to be picking up traffic, just wish the Pilot would support me a little more...

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

Keep on linkin'


"If boiling people alive best served the interests of the American people, then it would neither be moral or immoral." Max Borders, Civitas Institute

Going to Weaverville for our annual Halloween party

would just love it if Screwy came too (and all BlueNCers).

This is from last year....


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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

Not going to change my affiliation

If I'm going to tell Chuck Shumer to go fuck himself.....I'm going to do it as a Democrat.

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



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This is why I adore you

You always cut to the chase. Me? I'm a grand equivocator.

:)

Yes, but you can take a lot of money with you....me...I have only my mouth.

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.

Ted Sorensen

"…Disappointment is not grounds for public denunciation or abandonment. My party affiliation is on history more than personalities, on long-term principles more than pending proposals, and I am not willing to change that affiliation with every shift in the party’s prospects, popularity or leadership."

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracts. 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

Blackwater - An invitation for you to attend.

There is a diary up at the great orange satan that I found interesting and thought you might also. I asked the author to crosspost here, and he registered but ran out of gas prior to posting. Have a look if you will. It seems we have been invited to attend a little gathering December 4th and 5th in DC to meet and greet our favorite Blackwater mercenaries and their wingnutty buddies! I'm not sure they expect us, and we might not get to walk the red carpet, but it does seem an open invitation to show up and show our lack of support for them.

I hear they will have trading cards that we can collect and trade! Erik the Prince's card is already up to $0.39 on the Topps Mercenary Top 100 Merc's! (j/k)

I'll leave the details to the link below.

Link

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Join friends for a Peace rally in Smithfield at 12:30

More info here.

And read the week's snail mail. Then write about the adventure.

Got my second glossy colored 8.5x11 mailer from the Home Ticks Johnston County Property Owners Against Transfer Taxes. Says here,

"Johnston County doesn't have a revenue problem -- it has a spending problem."

I scoffed.

Then Friday, I got my county/city tax bill.

Right there under "How your Johnston Property Tax Dollar is Spent" I actually looked to see if I could find where our Johnston County "spending problem" might be. Guess what? I found it!!!

Debt Service: 28,812,307 17.12%

I would submit that the Johnston County Property Owners Against Transfer Taxes is wrong. Again.

I would submit that Johnston County doesn't have a spending problem. We build schools extremely efficiently. In fact, we build them so inexpensively that we're a model for the state ... according to Conservative groups.

I would submit that Johnston County has a borrowing problem.

Too many words for a comment. I feel a diary coming on. Duck.

"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."

Good idea!!

I'll take a first stab at this without the tax data and add it to a "TT sequel" later. I have all that revenue data here on my desk somewhere in one of these paper piles ... :)~

I think it will end up showing that the TT will at first only slow down our continual need for bonds and later begin to help pay off the debt earlier. We already know the TT won't slow growth so we don't need to make any adjustments to projected revenue growth from continued house building and business building. A 1% TT has not slowed growth anywhere it's been put in place, so it's crazy to think a 0.4% TT would.

Thanks for the tip!!

"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."

Laugh a little.

According to an Associated Press Poll, there are more Americans (34%) believe in ghosts than there are who think President Bush is doing a good job. (31%)

To put the roughly one-third who believe in ghosts and UFOs in perspective, it's about the same as, in recent AP-Ipsos polls, the 36 percent who said they are baseball fans; the 37 percent who said the U.S. made the right decision to invade Iraq; and the 31 percent who approve of the job President Bush is doing.

Actually, given the margin of error, it could be about the same. I just thought it was amusing.

The poll, conducted Oct. 16-18, involved telephone interviews with 1,013 adults and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

For the record, I do believe in ghosts (or at least paranormal activity), but don't believe in George Bush....er, I don't approve of the job he's doing.


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

Other fun weekend events.

Raleigh Zombie Walk.

"Saturday, October 27th, join us at sunset (6:26 pm) in downtown Raleigh (location TBA shortly) for the first Raleigh Zombie Walk. For the uninitiated, it's a simple concept -- you dress up in zombie gear, lurch your way through downtown with the other zombies, and stay in character, grunting and slurring, on the hunt for fresh brains and flesh. Just don't break any laws and don't screw with innocent bystanders. If we've got volunteers to be "attacked," more power to 'em. Otherwise, just freak out the ladies and gents out on the town with your zombie-like antics. A good time will be had by all. The Walk itself is a family-friendly event; possible bar crawl to follow for those over 21. "

Several of my friends are planning to be zombies - I believe I will be filming. I do enough grunting and lurching in my real life to have to pretend. :-D


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

A lil' love from Moore County

A letter in Sunday's Pilot throws some love to BlueNC and "Stop the NC Home Ticks". All is not lost in Moore County.

After receiving a phone call and a large card in the mail asking me to vote against the Land Transfer Tax, I was curious about the identity of the Moore County Coalition for Good Government that was paying for them.
A visit to the Web site http://bluenc.com convinced me that the coalition was one of many local committees formed by the N.C. Association of Realtors...

The Pilot can even get BlueNC's name right too!!!

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