"I always thought if they didn't like the prayer, they could step outside."

Apparently Jesus is the sixth Chatham County Commissioner. He wasn't democratically elected, but if you have a problem with that, you can just stop participating in your local political process, no biggie. Here's a simple form you can use if you should care to communicate with Chatham County's Commissioners.

Taylor wields congressional influence to reap profits in Russia

While sworn to represent the interests of his constituents and those of the United States, Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) agressively pursued his own financial interest, purchasing a Russian bank with a former KGB operative, former General Boris Bolshakov.

The only American to own a Russian bank, Bank of Ivanovo, Taylor also owns an investment company, Columbus, that does business exclusively in Russia. In addition, Taylor profits from many and varied business interests in and around Ivanovo, a former manufacturing city 200 miles east of Moscow.

In 2000, he sponsored legislation that would have channeled money to banks like Bolshakov's former bank, SBS-Agro, and the Bank of Ivanovo (which Taylor purchased in 2003). When Taylor sponsored the home mortgage legislation, he had been doing business with Bolshakov for years.

gastonia-charlotte toll road

Here is a letter I wrote to the editor of the clt observer, but it was not published, so I figured I'd post it here

The NCDOT website says that there are only two policies being
considered on the topic of traffic between Charlotte and Gastonia. The
first option is leaving I-85 corridor as it is. The second studied
option is by building a new road connecting Gastonia to Charlotte's
loop highway (I485) with a projected cost of $600,000,000. The DOT
ignores a third option of building a commuter rail line that would
connect Gastonia to Charlotte.
The state could build a commuter rail line that would connect

NCDP Chair Jerry Meek on MyDD

Hey, y'all. As President Bush and the Republican Party continue to nose dive in the polls, the prospects for retaking the U.S. House keep looking better and better. Here in North Carolina, we're doing our part. I want to tell you about two races where we think we'll be able to help usher in a new congressional majority for Democrats.

Check it out, and be sure to recommend it!

News From Swain County

This was in the Asheville Citizen Times. Looks to me like Heath Shuler is the only one who cares about the situation as Charles Taylor is never around.


Written by Clyde Cable, April 17
The North Shore Road is not a “cash settlement” issue. This ongoing controversy involves a deep-seated, broken promise made by government officials in the early 1940s to hundreds of broken-hearted families who were forced to leave their homes, their lands, their roots, their heritage, burial sites of their loved ones, etc. Their only ray of hope was to someday travel a new replacement road up and down the north side of Fontana Lake which would permit them to visit their treasured past and the graves of loved ones left behind. Interestingly enough, none of these folks had the resources to employ legal expertise for negotiating adequate renumeration or for creating a binding contract for the replacement road. And too, most were led to believe that the lesser settlement amounts would help to defray the cost of a new road.

I should quit, but I just love these things

What Disease Are You?

You Are Ebola!

Also known as Hemorrhagic Fever, you are a risk-taker. You love to travel and experience the world. You are not afraid to walk on the wild side, while still being a funny, yet sarcastic person. Being so open-minded, you have been known to shock people, which is a symptom that occurs within one week of being infected. What happens next? A quick and excrutiating death...technicalities.
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