Sunday morning open thread

Drilling for oil off the North Carolina coast would be like selling your home so you can afford a heart transplant even though you have brain cancer and will die in less than a year.


Or something like that

Happy end of the long weekend. We watched John Adams on HBO last night and got a good taste of how this whole shootin' match got started.

Our nation has taken many turns over all these many years. I'd say we got more of them right than wrong - but only by a razor thin margin.

I like your analogy.

Except I don't think we have any thing as fatal as needing a heart transplant or having brain cancer.

We know what we need to do - we have the technology for alternative energy sources now. Instead of spending billions of dollars building oil rigs to fill the pockets of men who pockets are already bulging, we need to look to the new technologies and spend those billions making them affordable for everyone.

It just seems like common sense, and I am amazed that others don't see it - aren't you?

Can we, instead, start talking about "for the good of North Carolina?" --Leslie H.
Pointing at Naked Emperors

I am amazed

but not surprised. The free-market mentality is nothing if not short-sighted. They imagine there will always be a magic answer just around the corner and that the shortest path to that corner is to make more money now.

Great analogy!

Drilling offshore is not a viable solution, just another way for big oil to make money (at our expense).

I certainly hope the majority of North Carolinians will oppose giving their coasts away to Multinational Big Oil Corporations.

NCDem Amy on YouTube

Random thoughts

1) Does everyone lived in an organized precinct? If not...what can we do to help make it organized? (Only takes five!)

2) It's (past) time to do some fundraising for our Denver delegates (if only I knew one...) who may not be in the best position to afford that travel and those daily Denver hotel rates. If you know of any delegates in your area, take time to organize a rally/party builder/fundraising event and help send them off to a historic convention!

3) In a year of change and a struggle to establish a new kind of politics, what can we do to put this rhetoric into action? Keep holding everyone's feet to the fire, BlueNC, and let's keep supporting good candidates...and creating some of our own!

4) County party websites are just one small dimension in party building. In y'all's opinion, what content does it take to make a "great" county party website? An up-to-date calendar? Contact info for local officials? Precinct info? Blogs from party leaders? Just interested...

5) Communications. How many people hear from their elected officials via e-mail or snail mail on a semi-regular basis? It hurts me to admit, but Rep. Hayes (R) actually sends me the most correspondence (e-mail) than any other of my federal, state, or local officials. Basic communication means so much...whether you are an elected official or party leader.

And, I can never restrain myself from singing on an open thread:


Make this a whole post and I'll front-page it for you. Good questions.

James, done and... off to homework!


Homework. Those were the days.

What a great weekend

Steven, Nicole and I went to the Fun Fourth thingie in downtown Greensboro Friday afternoon. It was a lot of fun, but it was take-your-breath-away hot. I realize it's July and all that, but you know. Damn.

So I had in mind to cool off a little at the Fountain. Just a little moist coating of spray, as it were, to keep me from bursting into flames. This was on my mind. So I waited until the fountainmasters were distracted (I thought), and strolled through the Gauntlet. Here's a warning: they know what you're planning to do, and that "being distracted" is just an act. They got me good. ;/

After I dried off sufficiently to get in the car, we drove to Chapel Hill and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon at the Protzman's (thanks, pal), with live music and all:

I spent Saturday at Belew's Lake with family. It was supposed to be ugly, but the storm never hit. After paddling about three nautical miles in the kayak, things got a little busy so I chilled out at the dock and watched the crazies for a while:

That was actually a relatively calm moment. At times it resembled an aquatic version of the Durham Freeway at 5:00.

And then this guy got fed up and said, "Alright, that's it! Better get out of my way, 'cause I ain't stoppin' for nobody or nuttin'!"

Robin Hayes hates comma's

I spent the 4th (and the 3rd for that matter) in a little blue tent at the Harrisburg 4th of July celebration. The Cabarrus County Democratic Party had rented some space and we were handing out Obama stickers and buttons, yellow Kissell balloons and registering voters.
Larry himself showed up with a camera team and a Wallstreet Journal journalist, by then almost every kid was walking around with a Kissell balloon.

They also hoisted Robin Hayes onto the stage to say the pledge of allegiance and he reminded everyone that:

"there is no comma in between one nation and under God."

He then said the pledge and kinda yelled out "one nation under God" in one breath.

I wonder if this will be one of his campaign issues.
new slogan: Robin Hayes will protect you from those evil comma's

his thoughts on ampersand?

I wonder what his thoughts on ampersands are? And hyphens are probably out of the question.

Wake Forest won't play us anymore
Michigan last year
LSU - you are next

I thought they were going for Natural Gas

Not oil.

Am I wrong?

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Seems to me...

it was, as you say, primarily gas exploration, but the idea was to find whatever was there, and that oil was a possibility. Either way, the potential infrastructure onshore is what bothers me most. That and the futility of trying to drill our way out of a problem instead of solving the problem with new and sustainable energy sources we should have been developing post haste for more than 30 years.


Hit the nail right on the head, bradford

We shouldn't be drilling, or wasting time, money and energy setting up for drilling. We should be investing that money into making alterative, renewable energy sources affordable and accessible.

Can we, instead, start talking about "for the good of North Carolina?" --Leslie H.
Pointing at Naked Emperors

We spent the morning of the 4th in the parade in Carthage

Grace drove the a convertible lent to us by a friendly Ford dealership, and two of us rode holding signs for Obama and "Save, children, health care, etc.". We were encouraged by all the cheers we received when folks saw Obama's picture. There were the predictable "boos", and one guy who wanted to engage us in a debate - but you can't do that at a parade, sadly. (You have no idea how badly I wanted to hop out of the car and say "oh yeah!", or whip a piece of hard candy at his head.)

We spent the 3rd putting together signs - filling in colors with markers, stapling, and spraymounting. Primary candidates who did not win will be glad to know we found a great way to recycle their signs. They became the core of our poster-signs. We sandwiched them between two pieces of poster board, and that made the poster board sturdy enough to not bend in the wind. So, thank you to Jim Neal, Pat Smathers, Dan Besse, and Jay Ovitorre. I think we've finally used up all of your extra signs.

Moore Co. Dems had two parades to be in, and they were held at the same time - and we managed to pull it off with panache and style. What a blast!

Can we, instead, start talking about "for the good of North Carolina?" --Leslie H.
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Person County for Obama had good representation

in our local 4th parade. We had two cars with walkers in between, young and old, Black and White. We had signs both hand made and yard signs and threw candy with a mini-flyer attached with Obama's website. Onlookers were rather subdued with both their support and in their disapproval.
In Person Co. politics would still seem to be something that "polite" people don't talk about or otherwise deal with in the light of day.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?