Weekend wound up


yeah, as much as many TV personalities hate to admit.

We're doing well. Not well enough yet, but we're getting there. If you listen to Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe you would think this thing is tied up with McCain closing strong.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

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

CNN is carrying that bucket of water too

I've read that they do this to keep their ratings high. You don't think it has anything to do with keeping it close enough in the minds of LIV's so when/if they steal the election (again) they can say the exit polls just weren't accurate and it's that "Bradley effect" thing?

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

Progressive Discussions

Bushco leaving another slimey trail

on his way out. Lucky for us this may mean the end of the bush dynasty.

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

Progressive Discussions

Actually it probably doesn't mean an end to the Bush era.

After a fashion.

The most recent edition of Mother Jones highlight the practice of political appointees "burrowing" into the "regular" governmental beauracracy by getting in house job transfers. This happens rather frequently towards the end of a presidential administration. I haven't read the whole article, but apparently the bushies are burrowing like the visionless critters they so often resemble.

We just might have to make sure that Obama gets a second term to make sure the various departments get a throrough cleansing.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Sarisha Palin?

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

Progressive Discussions

It is time

for Liddy to go back to that Godless District of Columbia as a citizen, not a Senator.

It is time for America to add the word Freedom back to the dictionary.

It is time.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Friday follies

A good one from our friend Chris Fitzsimon.

It wouldn't be Friday Follies without some input from George Leef with the Pope Center for Higher Education, venting his paranoid spleen on the Locke Foundation as he so often does. The election has Leef more than upset. He can apparently read the polls. Here is part of his take in the massive crowds turning out to see Barack Obama around the county, including in Raleigh this week.

"It's great political theater, but reality lurks just over the electoral horizon. All that Obama and his Democratic partisans will presumably have is one thing: coercion."

The grand irony, of course, is the Puppetshow's delusion about the nature of force in the "free market" arena. Leef somehow imagines that workers can be infinitely and indefinitely exploited by capitalist masters at no cost other than the slave wages they pay. It seems that's been tried before, always with the same result: violent overthrow of the ruling elite. Mr. Leef should be thankful for the Democratic Party, which serves as a valve that relieves pressure that would otherwise turn very, very ugly.

I'm not sure what Leef is taliking about

when he says "coercion". Does he think that Obama pays his supporters to do his bidding like the Florida Rebublican party pays McCain mercenaries supporters to go out and coerce old voters to fill out absentee ballots and then hand deliver the confused vote to McCain?

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

He means taxes

The whole Puppetshow likes to go on and on about government coercion as the root of all evil. Speed limits. Environmental laws. Zoning. Minimum wages. And especially taxes. The majority imposing its will (coercion) on personal liberty.

Oh, well why doesn't he just say that?

We don't all know Puppetspeak.

And I'm really sick of conservatives griping about paying taxes. Why don't they all just band together and quit paying them? Make a real statement instead of just whining all the time. The government can't through them all in the clink.

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

Socialist Nonsense

Yes, Leef has the gall to believe that individuals will engage in non-coercive, voluntary, and mutually beneficial relationships so long as they are permitted to do. It's no surprise that this is shocking to you, just as you might be shocked at real, principled socialists who would never dream of voting for a Democrat.

Slave wages? That makes more sense in reference to government entitlement systems than it does to voluntary, contractual relationships - if it isn't an oxymoron entirely. You know all of those evil corporations you hate so much own the Democrat party, and the government from the top down? That's what makes your "solution" of giving more and more authority to centralized government at the expense of individuals and local communities so laughable.

Your assertion that "capitalist" systems result in violent overthrow of the ruling elite by the "exploited workers" is equally hilarious. Name a single one. Do you even know who bankrolled Lenin and the bolsheviks? Mao? Most revolutions, even against truly oppressive regimes, are brought about by competing hierarchies of power - not the peasants. What we need in this country, is for the middle class to realize how the elites are squeezing us out of existence - for it is only the middle class that has the means and the numbers to stand up to the state and its ideological apparatuses.

You are right about one thing. The Democrat party is designed to prevent a true overthrow of the ruling class (which all true paleo-conservatives, libertarians, and progressives desire) by pretending to be an alternative to the policies of the Republicans while, in reality, operating as just another head on of a two-headed party that continually pushes for policies that diminish individual autonomy and push power into the hands of the few.

Attention Chapel Hill citizens

As you may know, the Town Council will soon be naming a new member to fill a vacant seat. I encourage you to weigh in on the matter - and specifically to support the candidacy of Will Raymond. Here is the letter I sent to the Town Council and Mayor today.

Dear friends,

I am writing to offer my strongest possible endorsement for Will Raymond for the vacant seat on the Town Council. As you review the candidates under consideration, I ask you to look into your hearts for evidence of competence, commitment. and courage.

Will Raymond understands the complexity of Town issues as deeply as any council member, past or present. He has made it his business to look hard into Town policies and budgets for many years. As someone who has argued with him about many of those policies, I can attest to the depth of his knowledge and the integrity of his views.

Though I am no longer active in Town politics, I am a close and careful observer. In my view, the Town Council has done a good job on most matters under the leadership of Mayor Foy. If there is one risk, however, it is the risk of too little debate about critical issues. That risk is not a function of race or age or gender or geography. It is a function of not enough members having the time or the will to delve deeply into the questions behind the questions that affect us all.

You each know in your heart that Will Raymond is one of the few people who has the drive and determination to ask the hardest of questions. And though you may not agree with his conclusions, the people of Chapel Hill would be best served by that healthy debate.

Please name Will Raymond to the Chapel Hill Town Council. It is the fair thing to do. It is the right thing to do.

James Protzman

Will is a community member here at BlueNC - and he is one of the smartest guys I know when it comes to Chapel Hill town government. If you have the chance, please write the Council and Mayor and share your thoughts.


You can find out more about Will here.

Junior Johnson?

Is it really you?

NOTE: BlueNC has a new registered user this morning named "Junior Johnson." How cool would that be!