Weekend wound-up

Time sure seems to be flying these days. December already. Jane and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this month.

Would someone please pass a law to defend our marriage? I don't know how we'll survive otherwise.




How to make a request: by Dan Besse

Just got this by email:

Dear Senator Dalton:

I'm writing to encourage you to accept the N.C. Federation of College Democrats invitation to a series of debates between the Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor. I'm writing immediately with this encouragement between I just saw your campaign's equivocal initial response, as reported by the News & Observer's Under the Dome blog.

I urge that you accept the invitation first, and then we can all certainly come to agreement on the logistical details. I am confident that the College Democrats will provide a fair mediation of any differences, and a level playing field for our conversations.

Having followed your service in the N.C. Senate, I know that you are a person of your convictions. Having heard you speak on multiple occasions, I know that you articulate those convictions with force, clarity and skill. I respect your service and appreciate the courtesy you have consistently shown during this campaign.

I am sure that there are those among your advisers recommending that you follow a front-runner's strategy of reducing the opportunities for direct comparisons with other candidates. Some may even be expressing concern that some of your positions will prove less well-received among the rank and file of Democratic primary voters. That's not the counsel of democracy at work.

This is your opportunity to join directly with your fellow candidates in a focused discussion of our respective ideas, experience, and priorities for the office of Lieutenant Governor and the state of North Carolina. A series of forums with all the candidates will provide the critical opportunity for voters to make a truly informed choice in our contest. I am confident that you will articulate your perspectives with skill and tenacity.

Don't let the inherent timidity of some political advisers slow you down.

I look forward to an open and cordial exchange of ideas during the College Democrats' debate series. Thank you for your consideration.


Very nicely said. Dan is reminding us that we are all Democrats.

Respect can take one quite the distance. You are a gentleman Dan.

A Politician thinks to the next election. A Statesman thinks of the next generation.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Leadership in action (I swear he's not paying me...)

I'll stop what are slowly becoming my Besse sycophantic posts, but ladies and gentlemen, this is how you lead and get things done. Not through name calling, not through chest-thumping, not through gotcha ... but with direct persuasion built on consensus and vision.

Besse: Proven Leadership. Progressive Vision. Getting Results.

Dan, Pat and Hampton. The only bad thing

I think is that I can't vote for one of 'em for Gov. this year. :)

Catching up the last day or two of reading has me thinking that the past week here at blueNC has certainly proven one thing -- NC is definitely not short of good, committed, stand up Democratic leaders. I am really looking forward to what these gentlemen and others out there like them will be doing to move NC forward in the coming decades.

"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."

Congratulations, James and Jane :)

My 6th anniversary is this month, as well.

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

Vote Republicorpse

This stuff should have been down for Halloween, but my beloved doesn't work on deadlines.

The first in a series of UnDead Republicans.

Oh - and besides Rove making the rounds in NC, Giuliani will be in town on Monday. When I say in town, I mean he'll be in my town. Fortunately for me, I won't be. :)

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

Oh my Lordy that's hilarious

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

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Automotive review columnist Dan Neil tells it like it is

and it ain't pretty.

This came in my Smart Growth America newsletter yesterday. Neil slaps the entire auto industry really hard for their "baby steps" b.s. and says incremental change simply won't do enough quickly enough.

"In a time of surpassing urgency — whether your pet issue is global warming, oil security or economic disruption — we are accepting, even rewarding relatively modest and incremental changes in efficiency that require no sacrifice, no change in consumer behavior at all. This isn't going to get it done, people. The notion that American drivers can sally on as before, driving the miles and tonnage they do, and only the technology under the hood has to change, is complete bollocks. We will incrementalize ourselves to the crack of doom."

-Dan Neil
Automobile Critic for the LA Times

There's more in my email and a link to the article in the LA Times...

Car review turns into surprising critique of car culture

The quote of the week above came from Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive columnist Dan Neil in his recent review of the latest Mercedes hybrid SUV for the Los Angeles Times. On the way to issuing a verdict on this new vehicle, he took a detour into territory rarely visited by most who cover the auto and transportation industries for a living — questioning whether or not we should be praising any large SUV's in light of the coming energy and climate crises.

Your jaw may have joined ours on the floor last week when Green Car Journal announced their Green Car of the Year: The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, which averages a paltry 21 miles per gallon in fuel efficiency. While their move may have had some political motivations — recognizing the progress of a company that originally laughed at the movement towards fuel efficiency — it's plain to see that the benchmark for success has shifted from "absolute efficiency" to "performing better than something else, or better than expected," as it was referred to on the Rebuilding Space blog.

Neil eventually gets back to his review of the Mercedes, but is unable to offer a verdict without pointing out what should be obvious to all of us:

"So, is it green? If you tow a boat, pull a horse trailer, or bound through the woods on the way to your cabin, sure, the GL320 CDI is a major improvement over your other options (which include a Chevy Tahoe, by the way). But, sadly, except in highly unusual cases where needs and vehicle match up precisely, these big diesels offer only a variety of complacency, coaching people to keep their oversized vehicles while assuaging whatever guilt they might feel. I know there are many people out there waiting patiently for the thriftier high-tech diesels. I'm sorry. It's just methadone for gasoline addiction.

The fact is, the bitter truth is, the green car of the year is anything but an SUV."

"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."

Oh that is too good ....

The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is a "green" vehicle??. I would't be surprised to hear that the working name for this behemouth was the Chevy Oxymoron.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?


Im not gonna lie. Knocking on doors when the wind chill makes it zero degrees. Its not fun.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

A polytick free giggle ...

Go the news from a friend today ...

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, whichwent almost unnoticed last week.

Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokie Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.

Shut up. You know it's funny.

"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."


Funny indeed!