Action Plan: Ask Your Republican If They Ever Want This War to End

If you, like me, have a Republican Representative in the US House, they owe you an answer. And Senators Dole and Burr owe us all. You can find links to their web contact forms on the BlueNC Take Action page. Here's the question you deserve an answer to:

Given the facts:

Do our Republican representatives still plan to go along with an open-ended occupation of Iraq? Whose interest are they representing, anyway?

Some things we CAN do for Larry Kissell

I was just reading this blog over at DailyKos about how the Republicans handled CA-50, and it occurred to me that there are a few things WE could learn from this and do for Kissell.

I know there is a push here in Orange County to develop sister precincts and do something besides raise money (two days until Kissell/Anglico houseparty). Perhaps one thing we could do is man the polling stations and come up with names of people who haven't yet voted, then the locals can do the face-to-faces or phone calls.

He's baaaaaaaaaack

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John Hood of the Carolina Journal has been away for a few days, and from the smarmy quality of today's column, he's probably been out groveling at the knee of Art "the Puppetmaster" Pope. Why else would he devote 600 words to the issue of fair and honest elections, without once mentioning how the Puppetmaster is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy the North Carolina Legislature? It's Dishonest John at his best and worst - misdirecting and double-talking all the way home. First off, of course, Hood hits us with a red herring about the issue of public financing for elections . . .

For one thing, voters and taxpayers are not synonymous. Many taxpayers don’t vote. Some voters have essentially no net tax liability, when you compare what they pay to what they receive in government transfer payments. Unless the proposal is to charge people for the privilege of voting, and use the proceeds to finance campaigns, it is improperly named (and, of course, such a policy would be unconstitutional and absurd).

Turning our backs on the People of the State

Cross-post from UNCG Campus Watch

Seal of The University of North Carolina SystemThe Constitution of the State of North Carolina guarantees the General Assembly will provide that "the benefits of The University of North Carolina... as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense" (Article IX, Sec 9). With the counting of out-of-state athletes as in-state students, the General Assembly is starting to turn its back on the very people for whom the University was originally established in 1789.

Some of Taylors Voteing Record

Part of Taylors Voteing Record

Bill: H RES 323 Vote description: Supporting the Efforts to Increase Childhood Cancer Awareness, Treatment, and Research-Talor Did not Vote
Bill: H CON RES 275 Vote description: Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding the Education Curriculum in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Taylor Was Present but did not vote.
Bill: H R 2863 Vote description: Making Appropriations for the Department of Defense for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2006, and for Other Purposes - Taylor Voted Against

Target & the French

On a personal note, Did we not re-build France after both World Wars? And they were in Nam before us!
Wasn't it last Christmas that Target refused to let the Salvation Army
ring their bells in front of their stores?

Dick Forrey of the Vietnam Veterans Association wrote.

"Recently we asked the local TARGET store to be a proud sponsor of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event.

We received the following reply
from the local TARGET management: "Veterans do not meet our area of
giving We only donate to the arts, social action groups, gay & lesbian


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