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The first topic of the week (last week) was god. That worked pretty well. What should we go with this week?

The floor is open for nominations.

The topic of the week

has nominated itself I believe...

What do we rename the Vance-Aycock and Jefferson-Jackson dinners?

The topic has already been flying around in through email. Maybe there will be no need for a committee decision if we can build consensus. Then we can just adopt it formally in June.

Women for Obama

I am finding several candidates that hold up the "Women for me" sign. I saw the "Women for Obama" sign at his victory speech. Even locally, Jack Nichols has a Women for Jack Nichols area on his website. I have to admit that I am clueless to this. Does it mean that the candidate is supported by just women, once in office he will only deal with women's issues or are "Men for Obama, Nichols, etc" just considered a given?

I'll tell you what this reminds me of....

At the post-south carolina speeches: Did anyone notice the "backdrop" of people behind Obama? He had 10 white men behind him and about 5 white women. Only a few African-Americans.

How about Clinton? She had two rafters of black men and women (mostly women) behind her.

The way I remember John Edwards he had several black men and women and several older southern men. Don't remember much else.

This staging really makes me want to puke. I remember when I went to the Hardball taping at UNC and they moved around all the kids that would be sitting behind Matthews, it was so staged that I hated it.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

must have been watching something else...

10 white men, 5 white women and "only a few African-Americans"?
Maybe you can watch this video again. You'll see there's hundreds of people behind Obama, including dozens of African-Americans. Even in a "tight shot" I count at least a dozen African-Americans.
Maybe you were watching footage on another station, they don't all use the same camera you know.

On a side note, I can't even believe we're debating how many folks of what race are standing behind a candidate, seems of little importance to me.

Left on 49

If you look closely you'll see a little bald head

over Nan's lrft Yes, we were there. As to the question of staging or who was on the stage at these speeches, all I can say is that at John's speech it was just a room full of Edwards supporters... many of whom moved on stage when the time came. No hokey plan...just folks who admire John.

Stan Bozarth

I looked for you, Stan.

I even ran the dvr back a couple of times to see if I could find you. But the only time I've met you, you had a hat on! I didn't know to look for a bald head.

For what it's worth, I didn't think Edwards speech in SC was staged/hokey. I do remember the rally in Chapel Hill as being quite the opposite, though. Still inspiring, just - theatrical.

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

It's the theater of politics.

We all know it's there, and we're supposed to pretend we don't know it exists. Makes me think the folks who set them up think we're idiots. Either that, or they really are idiots.

The staging is part of politics. Back in Dec 06 when so many of us were in Chapel Hill for the Edwards rally after he first announced, the stage behind him was strategically filled with a diverse crowd - it was much more diverse than the crowd we were standing in.

As for Hardball, are you sure you're not just ticked because you didn't get to sit behind Matthews? You're a white middle class man, you're not supposed to count to politicians or pundits. Even though ::cough:: the majority of them are what? White middle class men.

Don't waste the energy letting it make you sick. Just laugh at it, and start looking for people you know. Because as I said - the Queen of Nanistan was right there in the background while Edwards was talking.

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


Nichols is running in Wake County. You claim to be from High Point. What do you mean by "even locally"?

I think , at least with Obama,

it's an answer to the "women will vote for Hillary" meme we've been hearing from the mainstream media since she entered the race. That goes along with the African-Americans will vote for Obama meme, and even the evangelicals will vote for Huckabee meme.

The MSM likes to put us all in little boxes and make it nice and neat so they can give us sound bites and 30 second analysis of the truly complex issue of why people vote the way they do.

Because I'm a white woman over the age of 40, supposedly I should be voting for Clinton. I won't be voting for her in the primary. I've resented being told how I was going to vote since last January (when HRC entered the race.) However, if HRC were really smart, she'd start appearing with "Men for Clinton" groups around her.

From your picture, you appear to be African American (am I being politically correct enough? ::smile::). That puts you in a different box.

I also think it has to do with the fact that it's still been less than 100 years since women have been able to vote, and to be perfectly blunt, I think the bastards are scared of us. They (meaning MSM and pop culture) joke that women do things in groups - we go to the bathroom together, we shop together, we gossip, etc. It's yet another way of attempting to control that which cannot be controlled. I think they assume if we see a sign that says "women for x", then we will all immediately troop to "x" as the candidate.

And I'm not touching the Jack Nichols thing. Y'all have at it.

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

Good Job

The NAACP hosted a forum open to all candidates for Governor. It looks like Bob Orr is going to go the way of Mike Huckabee, because he showed up. 3 Democrats (who is this guy Nielsen???) and Bob Orr, with 3 empty chairs for the Republicans.

Good for the judge, and boo to all the other Republicans. How can you represent every resident of this state if you dont want the votes of such a big chunk of them?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Dialing for Dalton

People ask me why I'm not a fan of Walter Dalton. This helps explain things.

He also raised $1,895 from donors who gave less than $50 and $$88,750 from political action committees, including the Bank of America PAC, Blue Cross Blue Shield's PAC, Progress Energy's PAC and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, according to a campaign finance report filed with the State Board of Elections last eek.

Are Bank of America and the Blues covering their bets and contributing to other LG candidates, or is Dalton the only guy they want in Raleigh to represent their interests?

Couple typos?

Is this a typo?

He also raised $1,895 from donors who gave less than $50

If not, he has NO grassroots support except among people with lots of money.

Is this a typo?

and $$88,750 from political action committees

is that supposed to be $88,750 or $488,750?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I thought that was weird too

given the Dome's record of getting stuff right, it's any body's guess.

Lower number of pac donations.

I did a quick count, less than $100K for sure, so must be lower number.

It is interesting to note all the BCBS $4000 donations. No wonder he supports their pillaging of the North Carolina health care system.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


Sorry, that was a typo. It's $88,750. I have fixed it now.

For future reference, I linked to the actual report in the post. If you click on Detailed Summary, it will take you to that page directly.

Thanks for reading!

-- RTB

Thanks Ryan.

You're doing great, which is why we feel free to give you crap. Otherwise I would be cruel instead of just obnoxious.

Note to state boe

Would be nice if these financial reports named the recipient. When I go there from a link, I have no idea if I'm being had. And no way to backtrack. Even the URL is meaningless letters and numbers.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,