Just in case there's any confusion

about what we're up against, I had the opportunity this morning to review last year's John Locke Foundation IRS filing, two pages of which are included as attachments below.

Income from seminars and luncheons - $56,760

Income from the Puppetmaster - $1,696,142

All other contributions - $199,999

Which means the Puppetmaster personally contributes around 90% of the money to fund his right wing crusade.

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PS If any of you are banking with BB&T, now would be a very good time to write to them and let you know how much you appreciate them spending $30,000 of the profits they make on their hard-working customers to support the Puppetmaster. You can use this form to let them know you're closing your account.

Puppetshow Reruns

For those of you who don't know, Little Ricky Martinez, the conservative columnist at the N&O, is married to Donna Martinez, who works at the John Locke Foundation. He shills for the Puppetmaster for free, while she gets paid to do it as a full-fledged member of the Puppetshow itself. If it all sounds like part of the vast right-wing conspiracy funded by Art Pope -- the millionaire who uses his 527 organization to illegally buy elections -- it is.

Today's interview by Ms. Martinez with NC State professor Andrew Taylor, however, reveals the Puppetshow for what it really is: irrelevant. Go take a look (I'm linking today to make a point) at the dazzling discussion about the North Carolina congressional races. Here's some of what you'll find . . .

The Military Passdown From Joe Galloway

I thought I would share Joe's most recent column from Military .com  with ya! Dan

WASHINGTON --Three retired senior military men have spoken up in defense of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld after half a dozen went public with criticism of his conduct of the Iraq war and other mistakes. President Bush has declared that Rummy has done a heckuva job and he is keeping him on the job.

Biodiesel and Burgers

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)

From the Fayetville Online

Its first nickname was “R2D2” after the “Star Wars” robot, butnow they just call it “the dog” when it’s time to drain the grease at Burgerville USA.

“The dog” is a small, stainless steel tank and pump combination on wheels that the Northwest restaurant chain has pioneered to channel used cooking oil to a biodiesel producer.

Larry Kissell Will Take the NC-8 Seat from the GOP

Larry Kissell is a strong progressive candidate and he is on track to take North Carolina's 8th Congressional District away from Republican Robin Hayes. Larry has tailored his issues to the voters in the district and his stance on each reflects true progressive ideals.

A couple of weeks ago I had an opportunity to meet Larry. I hadn't realized he would be at the Democratic convention in our county. I had been interested in this race from the beginning as I live on the border of his district, but not in it. I had initially thought Tim Dunn was the candidate to beat Hayes, but long before Dunn bowed out I had started to gravitate to Kissell. I wanted to meet him to see if all those qualities I felt he had - humility, integrity, compassion - were real.

Grab a cuppa and read the rest...

Know your enemies

Today's installment of Know Your Enemies focuses on a creepy little extension of the Puppetshow called The John William Pope Civitas Institute, Inc. The cast of characters is a veritable Who's Who in North Carolina Wackoland, and the boss man is non other than Jack Hawke, Art Pope's poor twin and occasional water-carrier.

There's more . . .

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