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Kent Kanoy: On the record


“The purpose of my campaign is to give a voice to those who believe that the Bush administration has committed high crimes and misdemeanors which threaten our privacy, our liberties, and the very Constitution itself.”

—Kent Kanoy, 4th District Congressional Candidate



Kent Kanoy is challenging Congressman David Price in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District. He was kind enough to allow BlueNC to interview him about the journey he's undertaking.

Military madness 3/19/06

The disastrous consequences of George Bush's War on Iraq span virtually every aspect of modern life. A trillion dollar price tag. The destruction of America's moral standing in the world. And a professional military that is divided, demoralized and disgusted. While it is difficult to get good data about the opinions of active duty men and women - they are forbidden by law and discouraged in practice to criticize US policy - it is easy to see that there is growing disaffection among the ranks.

The cost of war

Nothing conceptual here. Just another disastrous economic fact to report. Dear Leader's war on terror is now costing $9.8 billion per month. That's right. Nearly $10 billion a month.

Best current predictions for the total cost? One fucking trillion dollars.

Scott Wallsten, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, put the direct cost to the United States at $212 billion as of last September and estimates a "global cost" of $500 billion to date with another $500 billion possible, with most of the total borne by the United States.

Groaners

Sorry. Someone had to do it.

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The Stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."

2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says "Dam!"

3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron." The other says "Are you sure?" The first replies "Yes, I'm positive."

Dear women ricochets

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this, which also ran as a column in a local paper, which was also read on a local radio station, which also got accepted for the virtual exhibit here, which also got posted on the intranet at a women-friendly consulting company. Seems there's pretty good interest in women taking over. Good women, of course. I even caught the attention of a snarky dominatrix. There is hope.

My name is Anglico and I am an addict

My particular vice is blogging . . . but the negative impacts of that pale in comparison to gambling addiction. I've written about this before, but this column in the Rocky Mount paper underscores the absurdity far better than I could.

North Carolina legislators have eagerly touted the lottery's future economic windfall — all in the name of education. But they are wagering the well-being of adults with addictive tendencies who may be lured into a new vice.

While the state has committed money to curb an expected increase in people with gambling problems, it hasn't budgeted enough.

Now boys and girls

There's no end to the hypocrisy running rampant among Pope Puppets this St. Patricks Day. Consider this story about a Carrboro teacher who decided to experiment with separating boys and girls in middle School. It's perfectly predictable.

God: Okay to whip kids with plastic pipes

As a back-sliding Baptist, I am fully authorized (by god and my mama) to comment on all things insane from the evangelical right. What you are about to read from the Raleigh News and Observer fits the bill.

A few years ago, Lynn Paddock sought Christian advice on how to discipline her growing brood of adopted children.

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Paddock ordered Michael and Debi Pearl's books and started spanking her adopted children as suggested. After Sean, the youngest of Paddock's six adopted children, died last month, his older sister and brother told investigators about Paddock's spankings. Sean's 9-year-old brother was beaten so badly he limped, a prosecutor said. Bruises marred Sean's backside, too, doctors found.

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