Dear me

This is your open thread.

:)

Comments

Yay! Open thread! :)

Now I can talk about everything that's on my mind...so I'll start with...I got nothin'. ;(

Well....I stink at that game

I hit the ground three times in a row.....

My oldest is outside with her boyfriend. I'm having to keep an ear open. We just came back from the high school football game. We lost. Again. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I stink at it too.

And speaking of stink . . . I found this paragraph in a New York Times article about the impending recession and today's terrible employment news:

The Bush administration, on the defensive, rushed out with a message of calm reassurance, as a phalanx of top officials insisted that the economy remained poised for growth despite a government report that seemed to show that the broader economy is suffering from the mortgage meltdown.

Is there actually a person left on the planet to believes anything the Bush administration says about anything? The George Bush ship of state is a ship of fools in every sense of the words.

Didn't unemployment go up in NC last month?

I can't remember. I wanted to research that today, but got carried away with something else. I had MSNBC on this morning and the unemployment numbers were big news. It's not looking good for places like NC's 8th District.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Not sure about NC

But this bonddad diary is a chilling analysis of Republican economic incompetence.

And you're right. Districts like the 8th are getting hit harder than most - while people like Robin Hayes get richer and richer and richer. Any working person who votes for Hayes in 2008 is a bloody fool.

Yes. I read that bonddad diary.

Chilling is right and the wastefulness is infuriating. The last three paragraphs that begin like this,

At this point we get into a discussion about the underlying policy about the appropriate use of government debt: when to use it, how much to use when we use it and when to pay it down.

were the most useful for me.

And a Doonesbury cartoon from the comments says it all.

Then there's this running tab from the same comments. Wow. No wonder we have this sort of Alice in Wonderland feeling watching Republican "fiscal responsibility" lead us all down the path to ruin. [Apologies for the length.]

1945 ........ -47,553 117.5
1950 ........ -3,119 93.9
1955 ........ -2,993 69.4
1960 ........ 301 56.1
1965 ........ -1,411 46.9
1970 ....... . -2,842 37.8
1975 ........ -53,242 34.9 1981 ........ -78,976 32.6 1982 ........ -127,989 35.4
1983 ........ -207,818 40.1
1984 ........ -185,388 41.0
1985 ........ -212,334 44.3
1986 ........ -221,245 48.5
1987 ........ -149,769 50.9
1988 ........ -155,187 52.5
1989 ........ -152,481 53.6
1990 ........ -221,194 56.4
1991 ........ -269,359 61.4
1992 ........ -290,402 65.1 1993 ........ -255,013 67.2 1994 ........ -203,104 67.8
1995 ........ -163,899 68.4
1996 ........ -107,450 68.6
1997 ........ -21,940 67.2 1998 ........ 69,246 63.2
1999 ........ 124,600 61.4
2000 ........ 236,400 58.0
2001 ........ 127.300 57.4
2002 ........ -157.800 59.7 2003 ........ -377.200 62.8
2004 ........ -412.100 63.7
2005 ........ -318.600 64.3
2006 ........ -423.200 66.1

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

MTV is looking for "Citizen Vloggers"

MTV is looking for "Citizen journalists, Visionaries, and Vloggers" - one
from every state - to help them cover the 2008 election. Some of you BlueNC'ers
might be interested The application deadline is September 21. click here for the details.

Requirements:

* You must be at least 18 years old by December, 2007.
* You must reside in the state you are covering from January to November, 2008.
* You must have the time and ability to travel within your state and file at least one video, written or photographic story per week.

Dang. DQ would be great

but she's moved to DC. But heck, Liddy says she's from NC and she lives in DC too, so maybe what's good enough for our Senior Senator is good enough for MTV?

GO DQ > > > GO MISS MATTIE!

They want people whose

fingers are

on the pulse of issues that are important to young people

I haven't a clue!

but thanks for the promotion. I think they might want someone with better access to Raleigh or Charlotte. If you recall, I pretty much went for WNC issues. Don't you think someone from NC state or Greensboro or Chapel Hill would be up their alley? Of course, Will is gone to NH and who else could do it?

As to Maryland. I did video a Donna Edwards event but my video software ate it and I haven't gone back to redo it. She's amazing. Thanks to Jerimee for recommending that I get in touch with her. But the only other videos I've done here were at the Capitol.
 
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Yes, you do!

on the pulse of issues that are important to young people

I haven't a clue!

I'm a young people and so are you! I'm not gonna be old til I'm dead. Then it won't matter.

If any adult thinks that what is important to young people is any different than it ever was - you must not remember being young.

#1 Will my planet still exist when I get grown?
#2 Will I be able to find a job that's worth a shit when I get grown?
#3 Will I be able to find someone decent to marry when I get grown (or will they be blown apart or broken minded in war?)
#4 Should I bring children into this foul brew?

Huh - you don't think they care about those things? You oughta ask 'em. I'll bet they do.

NC Blues

I wasn't around at all yesterday afternoon or evening because we loaded up a rented gas eater and headed up to Durham for the 20th Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival.

It was held at the old Durham Athletic Park, which was a thrill for hubby who is an aficionado of old baseball stadiums, minor league ball, etc. The weather was hot - and so was the music. Blues and Zydeco (which my teenage son, niece, and nephew all decided was badass) started things off. The crowd just started moving.

When this woman came out, folks were on their feet. Janiva Magness kicked some serious musical ass.

Then, I had the rare privilege of dancing with my husband while Percy Sledge sang "When A Man Loves A Woman" -live. It had that once in a lifetime feeling to it. Mr. Sledge is not a young man, and it shows in his voice, but the man can still blow, I can testify to that.

But it still wasn't over - the best was coming. We knew it - it's why we were there. Buddy Guy took the stage at 10:45. If Durham didn't have a music curfew, I think we'd still be dancing there in the field, sharing Buddy's music with him.

I'm lucky enough to have seen most of my favorite musicians play live. This show, in an historic old ball park in Durham, has got to be among the best I've ever seen.

Just - watch and listen. Damn.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Alright!!!! :)

Dang ... Magness ... now I'm on MY feet. That's some sweet powerful stuff. Never seen Buddy Guy either. wow. just WOW.

Saw the Blues Fest ad on a table in the breakroom yesterday afternoon and now my envy is directly pointed towards you and the family lcloud. :) Awesome vids!!! Thanks for that. And might I say ... Zydeco is indeed badass. They were at Millstock (an annual rite right here in funky downtown Clayton) this year. ;)

Glad you got to dance with hubby. :-D

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Leslie - I actually thought about you at one point.

I know how much you like live music, and wondered if you were there.

Buddy Guy is incredible.
He left the stage and wandered through the crowd, and my brother and I actually got to see him face to face while he was playing. Just unreal. He was beaming - you could tell how much fun he was having. The energy pouring from the crowd to him and being fed back to us was palpable. I have never, ever experienced anything like that.

And I've got Best of the Silvertone Years cranked right now. Damn.

Magness is in Hillsborough on Thursday night. We're contemplating seeing if we can find the club, the time, and the money for another evening out before payday.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Awww ... that's very sweet. :)

I would have loved to have been there but I was picking up my car last night at 7:30. I put this out on the listserve I admin ... :)

Happiness is ...

Got my car back!!! w00T! ... two days and four months of child support later. :) How the heck is that happy news?

Well ... She's paid for. She didn't need a timing chain (even with 190k miles on her). She gets ~37 mi to the gallon. And we don't sound like the dang Jed Clampett jalopy rolling down Main street anymore. :) She purrs like sweetness now.

I am a very-very simple woman and these things make me very-very happy. I was singing this song all the way home last night ...

What makes YOU happy?

It's a beautiful day. I can drive my car anywhere I want now and not be in constant prayer over the engine. lol.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Happiness is having my toilet fixed

within 12 hours of calling the landlord . . . even after I found out that the bucket of water was working like a charm.

Off to meet micandacam at Union Station .. . two NC girls out on the town. Mr. DQ (or Drama King, as Gordon calls him) is in Colorado or New Mexico or maybe Alaska.
 
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Toilets are very

under appreciated miracles of modern living, imho. Cheers to working toilets!! :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Now Thats entertainment!!!!!

Wow............................................wow...I liked it.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03