NCGOP Convention Photos Leaked!

When the NCGOP decided to hold their state convention in secret, they apparently forgot all about a little device known as the "camera phone." That's right, folks: the low-res fuzzy pictures are starting to leak, and we've got a few right here at BlueNC. I've labeled the pictures the best I can, given their low quality. What they reveal is... disturbing.

When You Are Too Ashamed to Show Your Face

The NCGOP convention was held this past weekend. What? You did not hear about it? Apparently that is because they were so scared of reporters reporting what was going on that they barred them from the event. The NC Democratic Party takes the GOP to the woodshed over this issue in this blog post:

“The North Carolina Republican Party is worried and it showed with their closed convention,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jerry Meek. “Their Party is in disarray from the Bush administration on down. For fear of their activists and delegates admitting that they are frustrated and dispirited, the NCGOP banned access and transparency. When the North Carolina Democratic Party meets on June 24th in High Point for our State Convention, all convention business will be open to the press. Not only is that more democratic, it’s the right thing to do.”

The Marine Massacre @ Haditha Iraq

The Marine Massacre at Haditha, Iraq. How will history judge this event in the annals of time?

The Military, especially the US Army has within its War College something called,”Lesions Learned”.

These are to teach the young officer, and sometimes the NCOs about the mistakes of the past and to insure that history does not repeat itself! Well, at this point in history, it would seem that the purpose of lesions learned have done nothing short of fail!

Within the Army Times we begin to see this story unfold. You will see that the timeline for this event extends back some 38 years ago. This is a story which must be reported, a story that must be told truthfully and honestly. Yes, This is a story that I wish someone else was doing but the torch was passed to me and I alone must bear the responsibility for reporting it correctly from the view of a mere by-stander! I will attempt to do my best. I owe you that!

How Legislators Voted on Minimum Wage-From Asheville C-T

promoted and slightly edited - RP

This was posted @ The on line site for the Asheville Citizen - Times today.

RALEIGH — The state House last week approved legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage to $6.15 an hour, an increase of $1. The state Senate previously approved an increase as part of that chamber’s budget proposal. Here’s how House representatives from WNC voted:

Yes

• Rep. Bob England, D-Rutherford

• Rep Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe

• Rep. Bruce Goforth, D-Buncombe

• Rep. Phil Haire, D-Jackson

• Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Madison

When Liars Lie

Yesterday, I provided an overview of the sleaze swirling around Art "The Puppetmaster" Pope and his electioneering activities. You may want to go back and review all the details, but if you don't, here's the essence of the story so far:

Art Pope is contaminating North Carolina politics with corruption of corporate money, just as is the national Republican Party. He seeks to polarize the legislature and the electorate, destroy common ground, punish those who reach across the aisle, and subvert the will of the people. In other words:

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