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What are you sick of these days? So many options, so little time.

Happy weakend, folks.

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No worries

Sorry. I'm just feeling whiny today.

I love you and all you do. Thank you more than you know.

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The NC Family Policy Council doesn't speak for my family

Some of you may have noticed

some new graphics on the left sidebar. If we get load times that are too long I"ll have to come up with something else, but the idea is to have a rotating graphic block with our Dem challengers, a rotating graphic block with the Republicans we are targeting and a rotating graphic with BlueNC related graphics (special events, calendar, action center, lte center, etc.) I need to get high resolution photos of other candidates to make the other graphics.

I don't mean to discriminate against any of our challengers, but if nobody is actively writing about them or they aren't participating here more than once a week, then I don't see a reason to include a graphic of them in the rotation.

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Robin Hayes lied, Robin Hayes cried and thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Dem convention so far

Monday, August 25 – One Nation

Headline prime-time speaker: Michelle Obama
Featured speakers: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senator Claire McCaskill, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Craig Robinson
Tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy
Mayor John Hickenlooper and a video segment introducing delegates and other Convention attendees to the natural beauty and strong voices of leadership in the Mountain West

Tuesday, August 26 – Renewing America’s Promise

Headline prime-time speaker: Senator Hillary Clinton
Keynote Address: Mark Warner, former Governor of Virginia
Featured speakers: Governors Napolitano, Patrick, Rendell, Schweitzer, Sebelius and Strickland; Senator Bob Casey, Jr. and Federico Peña

Wednesday, August 27 – Securing America’s Future

Headline prime-time speaker: Barack Obama’s Vice Presidential Nominee.
Featured speakers: Former President Bill Clinton; Governor Bill Richardson; Senators Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Jay Rockefeller and Ken Salazar; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,;House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn; Representative Patrick Murphy (D-PA) and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth.

Thursday, August 28 – Change You Can Believe In

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech: On Thursday night, the DNCC will throw open the doors of the Convention and move to INVESCO Field at Mile High so that more Americans can be a part of the fourth night of the Convention as Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination.

Any special requests?

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See ya there

I am heading out to Denver on Saturday, going to the Red/Rockies game Saturday night with a friend I have not seen since my wedding in 1994.

I can not wait until Thursday night. I found out yesterday I was one of the few people in NC to score a community credential to the event at the stadium. History will be made that night and I am going to be right in the middle of it.

Have you ever heard of a liberal shooting up a church?

Sick of torture

http://blog.lawsonforcongress.com/2008/08/15/campaign-against-torture/


Physicians for Human Rights has launched a campaign Broken Laws, Broken Lives to document medical evidence of torture, and raise awareness of torture experienced by detainees in American custody. The Preface to their report is written by Major General Antonio Taguba (USA, Ret), who led the US Army’s official investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal and testified before Congress on his findings in May, 2004. From his Preface:

This report tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individuals’ lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.

The profiles of these eleven former detainees, none of whom were ever charged with a crime or told why they were detained, are tragic and brutal rebuttals to those who claim that torture is ever justified. Through the experiences of these men in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, we can see the full scope of the damage this illegal and unsound policy has inflicted—both on America’s institutions and our nation’s founding values, which the military, intelligence services, and our justice system are duty-bound to defend.

The full report is deeply troubling, and recommended reading. How can we, as Americans, reach a point of desperation such that we accept, rationalize, and even encourage subhuman behavior? Is there any evidence that information obtained through torture is accurate, or valuable? How is American security enhanced by our abandoning respect for basic human rights?

How have Americans handled the need for intelligence gathering in the past? Is there precedent for interrogations conducted by men and women who respect human rights, and understand the importance of setting a principled example both globally and individually?

Fortunately, yes. As a contrast to horrendous torture tactics that we must reject, an article last October provided an opportunity for the veterans of P.O. Box 1142, a top-secret World War II installation, to speak out about their experiences interrogating Nazi prisoners:

For six decades, they held their silence.

The group of World War II veterans kept a military code and the decorum of their generation, telling virtually no one of their top-secret work interrogating Nazi prisoners of war at Fort Hunt.

When about two dozen veterans got together yesterday for the first time since the 1940s, many of the proud men lamented the chasm between the way they conducted interrogations during the war and the harsh measures used today in questioning terrorism suspects.

Back then, they and their commanders wrestled with the morality of bugging prisoners' cells with listening devices. They felt bad about censoring letters. They took prisoners out for steak dinners to soften them up. They played games with them.

"We got more information out of a German general with a game of chess or Ping-Pong than they do today, with their torture," said Henry Kolm, 90, an MIT physicist who had been assigned to play chess in Germany with Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess.

The interrogators had standards that remain a source of pride and honor.

"During the many interrogations, I never laid hands on anyone," said George Frenkel, 87, of Kensington. "We extracted information in a battle of the wits. I'm proud to say I never compromised my humanity."

Interesting concept -- a battle of wits. Interesting ideals -- never compromising one's humanity.

I believe we need more physicians in Congress. Politicians and bureaucrats are far too eager to engage in linguistic gymnastics to "define" torture. For physicians who honor their Hippocratic oath, definitions are unnecessary. Physicians seek to cure illness, and ease suffering. While there is no question that self-defense is a fundamental human right, imposing suffering on those in custody is un-American, and inhuman.

William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District

William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District

The main thing now

is to get rid of the Torturer in Chief. When the Bush administration disappears in the rear view mirror, the country can get its soul back. I don't believe that McCain endorses torture or did he flip-flop on that one too?

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

Flip Flop

The Senate voted to ban water-boarding and other "extreme interrogation techniques" last February. John McCain voted against the ban, even though he had previously spoken out against torture.

Honestly, I don't understand it - as a victim of torture himself, you'd think he'd be one of the leading voices against it. This vote alone shows me he can't be trusted.

Here's a link to the NYT story about it.

Gotta give a shout out and AMEN

to this one. Thanks, B.J. This is a big one.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"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."

Thanks for posting this.

It could have been its own post, I think. This is probably the most fundamental thing facing us, even though we all think it's the environment and the economy, and oh yeah, the war(s).

How we treat people is the most important indicator of what kind of a society we are. I don't know that we necessarily need more physicians in Congress -- Bill Frist didn't do Terry Schiavo any favors -- but we definitely need more members of congress willing to stand up and say, with conviction, the United States of America does not torture.

Your welcome, Linda

It actually was a post on my campaign blog that I wrote last night, and James' thread was perfectly timed.

There's a lot that goes into advancing Good Government. While doctors don't have a monopoly on character, we absolutely need change in Washington -- we need principled representation who is willing to listen, learn, and legislate based upon principles of our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and respect for human rights.

William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District

William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District

I think we can agree

that we need more people of good will in government. I am not in your district, and I have to admit, I probably would not vote for you if I were - both because of the (R) next to your name, and because I do, for the most part, admire the career and the standing of David Price. However, I do think you are a person of good will. Shame you're not a little further south, yo. We could use a dynamic race in Moore Co.

I'm sick of being in a state

I'm sick of being in a state senate district with Moore Co. which makes it impossible for a democrat to win. Harris Blake does nothing for us and will just be replaced with another mean ole Moore Co. right winger when he finally gets to old to run anymore.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Work hard for Dr. Oudeh.

He's an awesome candidate. He ran last time, and I really liked him.

Here's the conventional wisdom from Moore Co. on Harris Blake - he's losing it. If Oudeh could get a debate with him and get it publicized, he'd win.

And yeah, I'm sick of being in a state senate district with Moore Co., and I live in Moore Co.

I keep hearing that Blake is

I keep hearing that Blake is becoming more and more mentally slow, ie age is catching up to him but then we never see him here in Harnett so it's hard to know. Dr. Oudeh is a good man though he carries some baggage (undeserved) which will make it difficult for him. He has done a lot to help the party here, making available office space and things like that. Harnett's best hope for victory in the GA is the David Lewis house seat. Joe Tart is making a real run at the seat, with money coming in and an active group of volunteers. Hackney is even coming to Pope's Barn near Coats for a fundraiser in a couple of weeks, so it appears others believe he has a chance. But Lewis sits on an unbelievable war chest.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Where to start ...

I'm sick of personal character assaults on my spirit.

I'm sick to death of being told that my very existence is offensive.

I'm sick of being told by people who cannot rightly manage their own progeny that I cannot be a good parent or even a moral person when I am quite satisfied and happy to be a gay woman.

I'm sick of knowing that I'll be fighting this battle for the rest of my life.

I'm sick of watching people I care for fall victim to the trickery and deceit.

I'm sick of knowing that my children's generation will fight this battle.

I'm sick of the arrogant self-righteous purveyors of lies and promoters of exclusion and derision who pass themselves off as "guardians of morality".

I'm sick of trying to figured out how a man can behave in abominably un-Christ-like ways towards "certain" people and still arrogantly bow his head to pray for my deliverance from evil.

I think he is very confused about who needs deliverance.

And I am sick of forgiving him.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"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."

::hug::

And I am sick of forgiving him.

Forgive him once, and let it go. Just let it go. Take some advice from a paganish sister - God is big enough to do the rest of the forgiving.

And it's okay to express righteous anger to those who understand. Truly.

;) Thank you.

aaaahhhhh... I feel better. :) You're the bestest paganish sister a girl could ever have.

I just wish there weren't so many "hims" to shake my head at ... steam a little bit at ... and forgive.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"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."

Homeless vets coming to Greensboro for an event

if enough funds can be collected over at dailykos.com

You see, Archie, who works at the local unemployment office in addition to his duties at the VFW Hall, knows firsthand through two facets of his life just how hard our failing economy is hitting the men and women who took years out of their lives to serve this country. The event that he's helping organize is a yearly reach-out between three major cities in North Carolina: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. They rent a sizeable bus, gather up homeless vets in all three cities, and bring them in for services that are desperately needed: dental and health care; mental health and addictions counseing; bathing and barber services; good, hot food; a clean and fresh, well-fitting set of clothes.

This is expensive, he explained. The bus alone costs almost $1000. They rely on donations from local businesses as well as the public to make events like this happen, and the donations (unfortunately) are just not coming in. To make matters worse, a typical event like this would call together approximately 140 veterans from the Triad area.

This year, Archie expects to see almost 250 homeless veterans in need of their care.

Yes, that's almost a 100% increase in the number of our soldiers that this administration is failing.

This Diary Should Never Be Written because it should never need to be written. Our veterans should not be forgotten casualties of rich men's wars.

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

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