Another Sorry Duke Story

I know you were expecting some more scintillating discussion about the Decline and Fall of Duke University, but tonight's news is about another Duke Disaster in the making . . . and it's equally disturbing. Tonight's news is about a rightwing wacko named Rusty Duke who intends to buy his way into power as the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. If you are a person who values integrity, competence and the common good, this particular piece of news should scare the hell out of you. But don't take my word for it, just read his own website:

Judge Rusty Duke is a conservative Republican.

NC Wingers Hold Pity Party

I'm surprised I didn't smell this one, because the convening of our state's most ardent conservatives was apparently quite the to-do this weekend. I guess the wind must have been in my favor when Virginia Foxx headlined the NCGOP Annual Whining Session in the Triangle. Rob Christensen wrote the story, a pretty good one for the News and Observer.

Across the South, there has been a rising GOP tide. But even though North Carolina votes Republican for president and the U.S. Senate, nearly a generation has elapsed since a Republican was elected governor -- Jim Martin in 1988. Full control of the legislature has eluded the GOP for a century. In no other Southern state have Democrats so dominated state politics.

"It is a travesty that North Carolina is controlled by the Democrats," said U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican from Banner Elk, at a breakfast Saturday at the N.C. Conservative Leadership Conference.

XMLRPC and the MetaWeblog API

EDIT: I just spent a little time figuring out how to post to the blog from my cameraphone via Flickr. I can help with this if anyone needs it—you never know when 'net activism means getting a picture up fast. The same principles will apply to using blogging clients like ecto to compose your posts before sending them to BlueNC. Let me know if it's something I can help with.

Graham County Dem Convention

Well, We seemed to enjoy a pretty good Convention and Meal last night.
Sheriff Bob Debruhl brought up several good points concerning the building of a new Jail and challenged DA Mike Bonfoey if he would place a full time Asst. Da in Graham County if the Office Space was provided.

State Senator John Snow(NC-50) was in attendance and offered his help in obtaining help with the DA Problem & Jail issue when asked. Senator Snow has truly made progress for this little county in the field of Jobs and also introduced the Meth Bill which has put a major hurt on it. He is also responsible along with Heath Shuler and the county Commissioners in the creation of our new Veterans Service Office.

How do you feel! Is it another Iraq?

I found the following at http://stopwaroniran.org/petition.shtml . When ya read it it does seem to make sense. I will be following this situation closely so I will try to keep you up to date. Be advised ,If you sign this petition it has a page of exactly who you what it to go to . Charles Taylor, Liz Dole & Richard Burr are listed to click on. Also it is in a format that you can add to.

President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Rice, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, U.N. Secretary-General Annan, Congressional Leaders and media representatives:

It is with grave concern that I observe the growing threat of a new U.S. war--this time against the people of Iran.

Lies! Lies! & More Lies! And then there Was Iran!

Lies, Lies, Lies
Bush, Iraq, and Iran
The Bush Administration, members of
Congress from both parties, and the corporate
media are engaged in a campaign of demonization
against the people of Iran.
The media is filled with reports of an alleged
nuclear threat posed by Iran and the assumed
need for the U.S. to take military action. These
reports recall the "Weapons of Mass
Destruction" stories issued in the months
leading up to the war on Iraq.
In order to put the Administration’s statements
about Iran in context, it is helpful to review its
claims about Iraq:
“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam

See Jane Kick Ass

I truly wish I were smart and talented enough to have written this. If you do nothing else today, please read the essay below. It is as complete and brilliant an indictment of the Republican right as anything I've ever seen. (Already posted as a comment elsewhere.)

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