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Military Madness 3/1/06

I learned today that the United States Marine Corps is blocking internet sites with content critical of Bush's War in Iraq. If you're a reporter interested in freedom of the press or just an individual citizen dedicated to an honest, professional military, this should scare the shit out of you. As we watch support for BushCo among men and women on active duty plummet, this reaction is perfectly predictable from our KGB government. What better way to keep up morale than allowing warfighters to hear nothing but the party line from the Bushbots running the Department of Defense.

Any person on active duty in North Carolina should be outraged about this kind of censorship. And if you're not, well, you'll get what you deserve. Because Bush is going to keep playing wartime president, sending you and your buddies into conflict, not giving a shit if you die or lose your arms or lose your mind. You, dear soldier, are totally fucked. It's times like that that I'm embarrassed that I ever wore a uniform with pride.

Dear women

Republished from 2006.

When March was declared Women's History Month by Congress in 1987, our nation created an opportunity to celebrate women's past accomplishments and, perhaps more important, inspire their future. Because if there's any hope for grace in this world, it will surely come through the leadership of women.

Men have made messes of so many things -- that is what men do. And this particular man has had enough. So on this first day of Woman's History Month, I have a request for women everywhere.

Will you please take over?

I don't deny that some men are good at some things, but peace and harmony are not our strong suit. The big stories of life in this century are the stories of male violence, of men smiling and shaking hands with one another while civilization collapses into rubble around them.

Free market discussion

For those who are interested in following the free-market vs. government regulation debate at a conceptual level, this Kos diary is an excellent refutation of what the Pope Puppets have to say. Enjoy.

Foxx foes

The Winston Salem Journal does a snarky round-up on the four Democrats challenging Foxx in the 5th district. The article gives the four lots of credit for running against Ol' Red, but not much else. They're going to get "slaughtered" is the bottom line of the story.

I'm thrilled to see Dems taking on the Queen Wingnut on her own turf. She's not going to live forever, and god knows she doesn't actually represent the people of her district.

Military Madness 2/28/06

We live in a state that is widely known as the most military friendly in the US. Our veteran population in the 2000 census was nearly a million -- a number that has surely been surpassed by now. The number of active duty men and women in North Carolina will only grow.

It was our job to convince these good people that the Democratic party is their best choice for sane and effective policy that represents their interests and the interests of our country. And it looks like George Bush is laying the groundwork for us. A new poll to be released today (no links yet) suggests that support for BushCo among military men and women has declined precipitously. I'll post more when I get it . . . but here's an excerpt from a Kos diary.

Talk about homophobic!

Pope Puppet Paul Chesser over at the Carolina Journal sure has the hots for all things homosexual. Everytime I turn around he's digging into details about the Governor's School dastardly program about the New Gay Teenager.

According to Chesser,

The New Gay Teenager” seminar was based on a book with the same name, written by homosexual Cornell University Professor Ritch Savin-Williams. The book and the Governor’s School seminar discussed whether homosexual teenagers benefit, or are harmed, by embracing labels based on their sexual orientation. The co-leaders of the seminar — 19-year-old Wesley Nemenz, a University of North Carolina at Greensboro student, and Susan Wiseman, a teacher at East Forsyth High School — identified themselves as gay. (my emphasis)

Pope Puppets for Higher Education

I've notices a bunch of coverage recently of the Pope Center for Higher Education. They've weighed in on the Larry Summers debacle at Harvard . . . naturally opining that the ham-handed president was run out of town on a rail unfairly.

And just what IS the Pope Center for Higher Education? Well, it's just another chorus of the illustrious Art Pope Puppet Brigade, focused on driving higher education into alignment with Art's twisted, little view of the world.

And just look at some of the board of directors!

Who's our most conservative House member?

Virginia 'Red' Foxx is more conservative than 91 percent of her House colleagues. Her wingnut fan club will probably consider this a badge of courage, even as her votes undercut their economic self interest and personal freedoms. Go figure. Patrtick McHenry is right behind her, doing almost equal damage to the common good and the rights of citizens.

Check out the whole story -- including insights into the records of Sorry Sue Myrick Wighead Dole -- in the Charlotte Observer here. You'll find a few surprises. And just to tantalize you, here are stats for some other noteworthy nutjobs:

Women take over?

It's been a grim morning's worth of news from around the state and around the world. A fine mess we've gotten ourselves into. And by "we" I mean specifically the male of our species. So would it be too much to ask for women to take over for awhile? They may not be any better at running things, but they sure as hell can't be worse.

Carolina News 14 has this report today.

Women are playing a more prominent role in state politics too. Thirty-nine members of North Carolina's 170-member General Assembly are women. Four out of the nine state council positions are held by women, including lieutenant governor.

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