Open thread: Dog days




Sure has gotten kind of warm around here.

(Say "Hi" to Jack, our very sweet little long-haired dachshund.)





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An inspiring video from Jim Neal

I'm not sure who did this, but it cuts to the heart of an issue in 30 quick seconds.

Beautiful

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"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."

Hi Jack,

bye sweet little doggie. I have to run.

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



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aaaawwwwwww...

hey there Jack, you schweet li'l cutie patootie you.

"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."

Jack's adorable

He was so well behaved on Sunday. Mine would have been out of control with that many people around.

Jack's adorableness cannot be overstated

I guess I'm a little dog crazy. I was also amazed by how well he comported himself on Sunday, given all those people. Very self-possessed, he was.

At one point he consented to let me stroke under his chest and then actually began to wave his arms and got almost puppy-ish. I was completely smitten.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Thanks, Lee!

It was so nice to meet you and Brunette on Sunday. What a treat!

We are lucky that Jack has been acclimated to crowds at our house. I think he sees them mostly as opportunities to scavenge dropped food. I once saw him sneak under a chair in the yard and abscond with a hot dog on a bun! One of those rare times when I really wished I'd had a camera.

Thanks,

It was really nice to meet you and all the other BlueNC folks.

A calendar shot for sure ...

I once saw him sneak under a chair in the yard and abscond with a hot dog on a bun! One of those rare times when I really wished I'd had a camera.

A dachshund with a hot dog ... seems rather appropriate.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Love the vid

Hey, everyone, please pray for Burke County deputy Martin Lawing who was shot in the neck this morning and in critical condition. He was trying to lob a telephone in the house of a woman during a standoff. They were serving commitment papers. Every cop's nightmare, I'm sure. Wonder if the Hooker-Odom's funding decisions precipitated the crisis . . .

I don't know if I ever met this particular deputy but Burke's Sheriff John McDevitt is a class act. And I can't help but despise the majority Republican County Commission who has underfunded the Burke Co. Sheriff's Department ridiculously for years (their salaries are pathetic, their vehicles don't work right . . . it's insane.) The whole situation is a SHAME. The minute Dems get a majority they're going to have to raise taxes or be party to criminal neglect. So, then they get accused of being spendthrifts. But I guess better equipment can't protect your neck . . .
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Done

Thanks for posting the text. My so-called smartphone isn't smart enough to play the video.

I love to hear Jim talk about his kids. He's going to cause a lot of people to rethink their position on family values.

Roll Call: SEC Meeting

Who will be there?

We've heard that varying topics will be discussed, including a possible name change for Vance-Aycock.

Should be interesting. We are having a reception in honor of Former Rep. Wayne Goodwin immediately following the SEC Meeting at the Historic Train Depot. Stay tuned for more details.

I'll be there

a little late though, we (Meck Soil and Water) have our annual tree seedling sale that day.

$1 hardwood seedlings and 10 pines for $5

We will also have rain barrels for sale at cost.

www.mecklenburgconservation.com

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

the bad samaritan party

I posted this over on dailykos - they see someone beaten on the road, take their money to give the rich, take them to a hospital and leave them outside to figure out how to pay, tell the innkeeper to put them up in the shed and make them work for slave wages, while going on tv to denounce how "they" are taking our jobs, and then figure out how to blame someone for the original attack in order to go to war against them.

Oh, that is definitely the cutest little dog, anglico!

Comment of the year



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



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Bush Vetoes Heath Insurance for Children (again)

Jennifer Loven, Associated Press

President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children, his second slap-down of a bipartisan effort in Congress to dramatically increase funding for the popular program.

It was Bush's seventh veto in seven years - all but one coming since Democrats took control of Congress in January. Wednesday was the deadline for Bush to act or let the bill become law. The president also vetoed an earlier, similar bill expanding the health insurance program.

Bush vetoed the bill in private.

In a statement notifying Congress of his decision, Bush said the bill was unacceptable because - like the first one - it allows adults into the program, would cover people in families with incomes above the U.S. median and raises taxes.

''This bill does not put poor children first, and it moves our country's health care system in the wrong direction,'' Bush's statement said. ''Ultimately, our nation's goal should be to move children who have no health insurance to private coverage, not to move children who already have private health insurance to government coverage.''

Bush urged Congress to extend the program at its current funding level before lawmakers leave Washington for their holiday break.

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Thomas Jefferson said you always get the rulers you deserve.

More Trouble For Duke and Cliffside

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/826583.html

so the story is that the EPA and the National Park Service are arguing that North Carolina is using the wrong standards for air pollution on this Cliffside Coal Fired Plant.

The Division of Air Quality is pressured to consider that if their suit --the EPA's lawsuit is settled in favor of the EPA, then the permit for Cliffside would be problemmatic.

it would change the rules on air pollution.

So there is yet another strike against the Coal.
And for those who believe that dirty coal plants are a big step backward in our response to global warming, this is a real chance to change Duke Energy's mind.

TurnNCBlue

Fight Hunger - with words!

OK - I found this when I was surfing pointlesssites.com, but this is far from pointless. The next time you need a break from whatever you're doing or working on, cruise on over to Free Rice. You play a word matching game, and each correct answer earns rice for hungry people through the United Nations.

Is it for real? Yes! According to Snopes:

FreeRice.com is the creation of 49-year-old American Computer programmer John Breen, and is the sister site of Poverty.com, launched in January 2007 with a counter showing one person dying of hunger every 3.5 seconds. Breen is no stranger to such programs, having created The Hunger Site in June 1999.

The rice is paid for by advertisers, of course. Between the site's launch on Oct. 7, 2007 and November 17, 2007, 2,457,120,420 grains of rice were given away through the United Nation's World Food Program.

Not a bad way to waste time when you're bored, eh?


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