Sunday Morning Post

Via Ex Really getting harder to think happy thoughts.

NYT: Rebuit Iraq projects found crumbling.

At the airport, crucially important for the functioning of the country, inspectors found that while $11.8 million had been spent on new electrical generators, $8.6 million worth were no longer functioning.

At the maternity hospital, a rehabilitation project in the northern city of Erbil, an expensive incinerator for medical waste was padlocked — Iraqis at the hospital could not find the key when inspectors asked to see the equipment — and partly as a result, medical waste including syringes, used bandages and empty drug vials were clogging the sewage system and probably contaminating the water system.

The newly built water purification system was not functioning either.


WSJ: Hellfire & Damnation — Rally against Yadkin commish meeting prayer rules
Star News: Vets say they're not getting help from VA
Char-O: Pay for Praise for homebuilder
Screwy meets Karl.
• Two steps back — New UNC report on health care coverage is just stunning


I hate these people

Most Katrina Aid From Overseas Went Unclaimed

Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

See...this is what is going to get Clinton a lot of votes

Marguerite Willis, married to the mayor of Florence, provided one of the convention's most photographed exhibits: a white wooden doorway with the numbers "1600" on a step and, on the door, a sign that said "Madame President."

"It never occurred to me I could be president," said Willis, 57. "Now, Hillary Clinton is about my age and she's going to be president. It's my moment in history, too. I don't see why I can't be part of that.

That really is something to celebrate. (Still not sure I could support her.)

The Den
My darling girl, when will you understand that 'normal' isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

some progress

Mr. Sunshine here.
I guess the point is that we’re still doing the screwing up and aren’t even close to getting to the fixin’. And yet, there are signs of progress.

Glad to see you back and contributing

to the People's Think Tank Mr. Sunshine!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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and what a peeptank it is.

From Today's N&O

Why is no one's talking about Rob Christensen's column today, "So much for the middle," about Heath Shuler's stop at the Civitas Institute conference?

Here are some highlights:

Before the Saturday event, Shuler took some hits from the liberal blogosphere, which wondered what he was doing walking into "the lair of the Dark Side" as one blogger put it.

Another blogger on BlueNC wrote that Shuler should ask himself: "How happy are you that I'm legitimizing your rabid partisan group masquerading as a nonpartisan 501(c)3? If I say pro-life, pro-gun and Jesus enough times, will you like me?"

And, my favorite:

And he [Jack Hawke, the conference organizer] appreciated that Shuler came to the conference despite being "savaged" by contributors to the BlueNC blog (or as Hawke called them, "a bunch of left-wing Democrats who have nothing better to do than to sit around and write these little messages to one another").

NY Times Article: A Team Community Gains Strength From Its Weakened Coach

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy