Nothing to fear

Start your Sunday reading the blog entry of the wonderful woman, Jean Rohe, who spoke truth to power (that is, John McCain) at the New School graduation:

We have nothing to fear from anyone on this living planet. Fear is the greatest impediment to the achievement of peace. We have nothing to fear from people who are different from us, from people who live in other countries, even from the people who run our government - and this we should have learned from our educations here. We can speak truth to power, we can allow our humanity always to come before our nationality, we can refuse to let fear invade our lives and to goad us on to destroy the lives of others.

A 21st Century New Deal Idea

When becoming President in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood the importance of re-building America's infrastructure so that economic growth would be made possible. The programs made sense, people needed work, and America needed new buildings, bridges, etc. This overhaul of America's infrastructure paved the way for the economic expansion America saw after World War II and allowed the United States to become the leader of the industiralized world.

In 1933, a major infrastrucure improvement was to deliver electric power to rural areas of our country. President Roosevelt made this goal a major part of his New Deal package of reforms and created the Rural Electric Authority. This agency was responsible for bringing electric power to farms and small cities across America, allowing these areas to grow economically as well.

Power rankings: NC Delegation Sucks

A little gem from Under the Dome at the News and Observer.

North Carolina's congressional delegation ranked 44th in the nation in the "Power Rankings" released this week. And though a few individual members of the state's delegation hold some authority in Congress, for the most part our representatives float near the bottom. Given the party in power, it helps to be Republican of course.

The rankings are based on a formula that takes into account a member's committee assignments, any leadership positions, proven influence and legislative authority, demonstrated by how effective he or she is at pushing through bills.

Scraping the bottom of the Puppetshow barrel

For those not familiar with the John Locke Foundation, it's North Carolina's own wingnut think tank. More than 95% of its funding comes from businessman Art Pope, a rich white guy with a big inferiority complex. Around these parts, we call Mr. Pope the Puppetmaster - and his sprawling reactionary empire is known as the Puppetshow. And last but not least, there's John Hood, the Stage Manager, who's responsible for grinding out the propaganda through a right wing rag called the Carolina Journal.

Democracy on the Rise in America

Now what, pray tell, could be funny about the above headline? I know most of you don't do odd things like listen to the Connecticut state convention streaming over your computer. I do. I have been following the Ned Lamont v. Joe Leiberman primary challenge.

Lamont is the candidate supported by the netroots and Lieberman is the Bush Republican clothed as a Democrat. Lieberman has never faced a primary challenger and if you know the process in Connecticut you'll understand why. A challenger has to receive at least 15% of the ballots at the convention or gather 1500 (give or take a few) signatures to qualify for the primary.

There is a funny below the fold...

When Taylor flip-flopped on Flight 93, OK folks screwed

North Carolina Congressman Charles Taylor (R-11) held up a White House request for funding for Flight 93 memorial for two years. Taylor only relented in May, 2006 when publicity from a related movie brought on massive media attention. Taylor cited an undisclosed agreement as the reason for his change of heart. According to Oklahoma Congressman Ernest Istook, Jr, there was a similar signed agreement to fund the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. And Taylor has since reneged, denying the Oklahoma memorial their promised $2 million.

NCDP Chair Calls For Investigation Into Taylor/Abramoff

AP: "In an election-year letter to House ethics panel chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., state party chair Jerry Meek demanded scrutiny of Taylor's ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has admitted giving gifts to lawmakers in return for legislative favors.


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