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What's up, that is ...

We had a great time at the Democratic Open House in Clayton.
Great information, wonderful speakers, even unexpected guests.

Wish you could have been there ...


Dean Naujoks from the Neuse

Dean Naujoks from the Neuse Riverkeepers came and told us about ... the river. A little bit about the legislation (or the lack thereof) that is going through the GA.

Amie Newsome from the Johnston Co. Extension office came and told us how the average citizen can reduce his impact on the river ...

Of course you know how we all impact the rivers, right? Too much fertilizer, too many pesticides, water thirsty landscaping ... (and what kind of grass?!)

Wanna raise some bees? Some chickens? Or maybe even a goat (at least for a while) well, we found out how we can do that, too.

And what happens when Raleigh's population doubles (as it's expected to do) and the water flowing down stream is reduced and Johnston keeps building ... and pretty soon ... is there any water left for the people down stream?

Good question, eh?


My friend Blair gives presentations about waste and water to schools all the time. The question he always asks is this:

Where do you thing stuff goes when you throw it away?

Catch 22

As NW Johnston fills out I think it will be looking to Raleigh's water system for supply. Wendell already gets water/sewer from Raleigh. It's only a matter of time before it crosses the border.

Stop the NC Association of Realtors
Polluting our State Legislature with money.

Raleigh's Water?

Does the Neuse belong to Raleigh then?

I didn't think so.

Does it "belong" to anyone?

No, didn't think so.

We just get to use the resources while we're here. We hold them in trust, and we'd better take damn good care of them, too.

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

Check that

One of the most enlightening classes I had at UNC was Geology 10 "Rocks for Jocks". I learned a lot about rights of way and water rights. Southern California has pretty much no water resources, but through water rights acquisitions (or something like that) they basically steal all the water from Arizona(colorado river, I think) and pipe it over to LA and San Diego. For all intents and purposes, that many people should not be able to survive there, but the whole water rights/theft things allows millions to live in unsustainable situations.

Rocks for Jocks, eh?

Sounds like a good time. You're talking about laws imposed by man upon men; I'm talking about something a bit more ethereal or ephemeral.

The arrogance that we have in subverting nature to our will boggles my mind tonight. I include myself in that, because I am sitting in a comfortable, climate controlled environment, with light well after the sun has gone down, etc. The water I use comes right out of the ground beneath my house, but that does not make me any less arrogant that the people who figured that they could turn the desert green.

My personal belief is - we don't own this stuff, we just get to avail ourselves of the bounty while we're here, and as I stated above - we'd better make sure that we take good care of it. Personally, I'm not sure who the accounting will be made to, but I think there's a lot for which we've got to answer.

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

Raleigh's water system

I was careful to say Raleigh's water system and not Raleigh's water. And, it's not just the Upper Neuse as there's a new water plant being constructed by Raleigh at Lake Benson south of Garner drawing from the Swift Creek Watershed.

Raleigh is the sole entity that is permitted to use Falls Lake water for drinking water.


provides water and sanitary sewer service to over 167,000 metered customers and a service population of approximately 410,000 people in Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon areas.

We have regional issues that cross political boundaries but the regional solutions often seem to be ad hoc. Nobody put Raleigh in charge of all that water and even though it manages so much it is dependant on upstream users like Butner to use the water wisely. The Neuse belongs to everybody but people downstream from Raleigh will be looking to Raleigh's water system for water

That's Because -

at the rate they're going -

people downstream from Raleigh will be looking to Raleigh's water system for water

- there won't be any water downstream for them to have.

At times, 50% of the flow of the Neuse is now discharge from Raleigh's water treatment plants.

Isn't that a yummy thought?

Durham pulls its water from the Neuse too

We just do it before it reaches Falls Lake - and before it's called the Neuse. That's another 250,000 people served. And then we inter-basin transfer half the wastewater to Jordan Lake watershed (Cape Fear basin) - Cary's water supply. The rest of the wastewater goes back into the Falls Lake watershed.

Yum yum! Hope you folks in Wake County are enjoying our "recycled" water...

We saw the movie last night.

It was very, very funny. I had a private funny moment - and know that all of you would appreciate it, when the entire town of Springfield was put Under the Dome.

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

Fox News

"Fox news: suckling on the teet of misinformation". You gotta love that one....

Left on 49

Comedic Genius

I laughed through the entire movie.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"


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

online Poll on Coy Privette

Our Local newspaper The independent Tribune (or as I call it the Republican Tribune), has a poll on their website that asks the following question: "Do you think Cabarrus County Commissioner Coy Privette should step down in light of his arrest and the charges against him?"
Please go vote!
You will find the poll on their front page, on the bottom of the left black column.

Left on 49

Coy Poll

Should Coy resign?

73% Yes
22% No


Bush and Children's Health Care.

Great Analysis on from Christopher Brauchli. Check it out.

Here's one of the "money quotes"

In 1997 Texas was allotted $561 million that it was required to spend (on the Children's Health Insurance Project) in full by 2000. According to the Dallas Morning News, mid-way through 2000 Texas had only spent $112 million leaving $449 million unspent. By June 2000, 123,000 Texas families had applied for assistance but only 27,000 children had been enrolled. According to the Children’s Defense Fund Report, Texas ranked 45th among the states enrolling children in CHIP. Texas was one of only 8 states where the number of children with any form of health insurance declined from 1997 to 1999.

In case you don't remember, that's when Bush was Governor of Texas.

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

Iraqi parliament adjourns for August

Iraqi parliament adjourns for August

By KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 54 minutes ago
BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament adjourned Monday for an August recess without receiving from the government a series of U.S.-backed draft laws designed to promote national unity and stem support for the Sunni-led insurgency.
Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani closed the three-hour session without a quorum present and declared it would not resume work until Sept. 4.

While our men and women are fighting and dieing and our US Treasury is being looted by President Bush, the Iraqi Government Officials need a break!???

I am just a little tee'd about this.

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

I think that's just more evidence

that the people who really honor our troops need to get them home. NOW.

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

Why should the Iraqis do anything

as long as our troops are there to cover their butts? We need to pull our boys & girls out and send them to Afghanistan - where the enemy has been all along.

I guess ya'll know about the Iraq soccer captain?

“I want America to go out,” he said. “Today, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, but out. I wish the American people didn’t invade Iraq and, hopefully, it will be over soon.”

Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name

I dont blame him one bit....

Although unintentional...(Due to NO leadership, NO planning, Contractor need for money and the Presidents political agenda) in Iraq is a living some great degreee because we came there.......AND STAYED.....
I know first hand after having lived there for three years.

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