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No more weenie mac. Give me the toughest better Democrats.

I heard that Senator Obama asked a question of former Senator John Edwards recently. It went something like this;

"Senator Edwards, who is a good guy, he's been talking a lot about 'I'm going to fight the lobbyists and the special interests in Washington.' Well, the question you have to ask is: Were you fighting for (citizens) when you were in the Senate?" [h/t cosbo]

Ellinorianne at daily kos gave a pretty thorough response to that question.

- I've bumped this, not because it was a candidate diary, but because it is such a great story of overcoming adversity.

Muddy Water Watch ... Pencil it in.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, Orientation/Training:

Dean Naujoks, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, will be conducting [the second] information orientation on the Muddy Water Watch Citizen Monitoring Project on December 18, 2007 from 6:45-9:00 pm.

If you're a sportsman/woman, a birder, a paddler, a lover of seafood, or a busy regular working citizen who likes clean drinking water, this is the action group for you. It's totally non-partisan, totally bi-partisan, totally poly-partisan and totally cool. :)

Sediment carried by stormwater runoff from construction sites in North Carolina has been documented as the leading source of pollution to rivers and lakes throughout our state. ...

How can you have any Freedom without any Responsibility?

I am so glad Rep. Miller is in Washington working to uncover the corruption and end the abuse of this Administration. Still, I so wish we could all get our families and neighbors to care more. I believe The corruption and abuse will stop on the day that the American people wake up and say, "Stop."

This post is my reaction to this article posted by the incredible Betsy Muse.

Fp'd by Betsy because a rant can be a beautiful thing....and well, she called me incredible. :)

First day of my Season of justice, kindness and humility.

Here's hoping everyone enjoyed time with family, friends, loved ones, your hobbies, the homeless, the less fortunate and those in need of grace, mercy and hope.

To me, it feels as though we enter a meditative season of collective reflection and celebration on the day after Thanksgiving. Christians, Jews, Muslims all over the world do their best to aid less fortunate neighbors in their communities in this season. We are so alike in that way.

Throughout this season I hear this verse in my head ... over and over and over again ... like a meditation;
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[I've brought this over from kos, and decided not to edit it, so my apologies for the kos references. I find the need a hundred times a week to thank each and every one of you, my BlueNC family, for writing, for reading, for commenting ... for caring ... whether I agree with you or not. You FP'ers are my touchstone to reality. When life pulls me away, you pull me back. Each of you makes a difference in my life. So this is "Thanks."]

This is a mini-memoir, I guess. For some reason this personal theory from long ago feels more relevant to our here and now than it has ever felt.

Frontpaged. A.

The Town Council: Simple solutions to big problems.

Over recent months most of my non-work attention has been redirected from purely political issues to more local Town oriented work.

Local involvement was an total accident for me. I didn't plan it. Back last winter things started to happen with our growing County's land use plans and I did not particularly like what I was seeing. Being a resident of a small town in the part of my county that's been experiencing massive growth over the last ten years, I tried to get appointed to a county wide committee as a representative of our Town.

Naive? Absolutely.

Needless to say, that didn't work out, but it opened other doors.

A great and inspirational story. Frontpaged. A.

Dear Senator Clinton:

Dear Senator Clinton: (0 / 0)

Hi.

My name is Leslie Hubbard.

I live in NC, near the Research Triangle park. I lost my telecom job in 2002 because of NAFTA. So did all my coworkers. It's almost 2008. I still don't make what I made in 2002. With all due respect, Senator, I can't for the life of me figure out what you find so funny about that ... numbers, charts and Ross Perot be damned.

Which came first; the revenue problem or the spending problem?

This weekend I recounted for the readers of this fine establishment my shocking discovery that the Johnston County Commissioners might actually have, as the astroturf group JCPOATT asserts, a spending problem.

In my diary I railed against bonds and the $29 million in interest charges JoCo Tax payers are paying as a result of our addiction to them. :) It's not that I hate bonds. I like them just fine. They are very useful, yes, even beneficial, when they're used judiciously.

What I don't like is the over use of bonds.

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