Monday Open Thread

The lesson of Katrina that matters the most is that the promise of federal assistance that will likely never materialize can be as destructive as the initial disaster...

What residents need in this maw of confusion is certainty. They need to know which roads will be rebuilt, and when the power and water will come back online. They need to know that the rule of law will be enforced. In short, they need to know what economists call the "rules of the game" for rebuilding.

From Des Moines Register.

Imagine if you were placed in this situation of uncertainty for say, five years.

Thursday, June 19th.
Meanwhile, on the streets of Baghdad, people's thoughts are preoccupied with security and basic services, such as electricity and water.

Many wonder if Iraq's national wealth will ever improve life for them.


Yeah, I wonder who the third one will be.

"They always come in threes" thing. The Tim Russert outpouring has been incredible. I loved George Carlin and I also LOVED that he did this:

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

Stan Winston, creator of Holloywood machines and creatures

died on June 15.

I ♥ NC General Statute § 163‑211.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Cyd Charisse died 6-17-2008

She danced with Astaire and Kelly. She had the best legs in Hollywood. RIP.

Info here if anyone is interested.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

McCain: Amazing

It's not just the Internet anymore ...

His response: "You don't need to use a computer to know how it shapes the country."

LINK to send to any of your friends in the computer industry.

I ♥ NC General Statute § 163‑211.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Go Team!

I just want to put a spotlight on and thank all the Young Democrats and all the other not-so-young Democrats who made this weekend in New Bern something to remember. From the two "non-preferred" candidates winning delegate spots to a great woman winning as presidential elector to ... some guy ... winning a spot on the DNC. I think a shot rang out from New Bern about "change" and it'll be heard across the state sooner than we think.

As cheesy as it may sound, to anyone, young or old, who thinks they can't win an election or become a party leader or have a say so in the future of their party on the local, county, district, state, and/or national level, I'm here to tell you (as living proof) that "yes, you can." If someone told me before Sunday that I would win an election against a 19-year incumbent of the DNC, I would have told them it was time for them to leave the Sheraton #301 Hospitality Suite (thanks, June Mabry!!). But it happened, along with the other election "upsets."

But it's not just about winning, it's about doing. And that's what I'm looking forward to the most...

As my hero/mentor/role model-for-life says, "Make it so!"


Action! Change. Getting off your butt and doing something about it!

Don't let it go to your head! but glad new blood is in there.

With new blood comes new ideas, new hopes, new dreams, new people willing to try new things.

Status quo is upset. People will now relook at mission statements, direction objectives.

The old guard will have to bring you into the fold or hurt the party overall. And if you stand your ground and not be a rubber stamp, WOOT! change!

GRATS and do us proud!

Guess who I'll be voting for?

I just wanted to share with My BlueNC family that I received an invitation in the mail today from the USCIS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, to appear at their office in Charlotte on August 20th for My citizenship test.
Looks like I'll be voting in November! :-)

By the way, You can always take your own citizenship test and see if you need to be deported by surfing to


Good Luck. I have my fingers crossed for you. That could be a great "330" story.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

This is so cool!

Back in 2000, we finally talked my mother in law into taking her citizenship test after living here for 36 years. You know what finally did it? She was so scared of a Bush presidency.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

If the other side had done thisss

IF this had happened in the Obama camp, would have already been out the door. This is just an incredibly stupid statement, even taken in context. Deb Designer

Deb Designer


Send Barack your Baby!

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Is it just me?

Or does RTB and Company over at the Dome have something out for Hagan? She sure does seem to get a lot more attention than her opponent. Granted, I'm not much of a Hagan fan myself, but how's about some equal insight here? Six of the fourteen items currently on the front page are all Hagan pieces.


Well See

There is an important difference. Hagan is actually effective, and has an impact on public policy in the state of North Carolina. On the other hand Elizabeth Dole hasnt done anything in the US Senate, so the Dome has nothing to really look into.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

They post what they find

as well as what they're fed. I have a sense that it balances out over the long haul, but on any given day it can seem bizarre.

you're telling me you've been there on a day

You're telling me you've been there before and haven't felt like it tilted right? Let me know the next time you have a good example of that; I certainly have never had that experience.

I'm not saying it's Fox News, but I wouldn't call it fair.

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

the Dome could research Dole's extremely tenuous claim

The Dome could research Dole's extremely tenuous claim to North Carolina citizenship. Of course, I think they are more interested in doing sweetener pieces to stay on the good side of the Dole campaign.

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

You go Tracy Russo!

She totally takes down John McCain's puppets.

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

Great Post by Rep Miller

Brad Miller has a diary up at OpenLeft about John McCain and the future of foreign policy in our country.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"