I may be Adopted, But this is a Tribute to my Brother Anglico!

I may be adopted ,and not know nothing of my real family from the Winston - Salem /Grensboro Area. But in the past 48 hours, I have found a given, a for sure something in this world.Something I have been looking for and needing for a long while to feel complete. I have found a brother,2 in fact, although not actually related, I have found me 2 Brothers in Lance & Anglico. So it is to these 2 new brothers I dedicate this tribute. Just forget you saw the airport sign in it, No way to remove it. But Ang, Lance, this is for you! Dan da Viper

You have seen many of these photos before ... turn up the sound.

What's On Your iPod?

The light-weight blogging continues, this time as an interactive post. Here's what to do: break out whatever you use to listen to music on (mp3 player, computer, whatever) and look at the last ten tracks you played. (Anglico, we'll excuse you if you need a few minutes to see which of your phonogrammohpone discs you used last.) Then post the last ten tracks in the comments. Feel free to eliminate multiple tracks by the same artists, if you want.

The wrong man. The wrong party. The wrong time.

In case you haven't noticed, the world is going to hell in a handbasket right now. World War III is brewing in the Middle East. Climate change is accelerating toward a dangerous tipping point. And the global economy has been weakened beyond relief by US deficit spending.

The tragedy of war will be Bush's doing, pure and simple. He started the terrible ball rolling with his preemptive invasion in Iraq - and he is apparently too stupid or too stubborn to reconsider his error in judgment. Even worse, the Republicans from North Carolina, who are supposed to represent our interests in Congress, have become mindless lapdogs, Bushbots in the most dangerous sense, unwilling and unable to put common good ahead of partisanship.

Jesus is a Swing Voter

Sticking with the theme of unexpected allies, evangelical Christians may turn out to be one of the strongest political forces to pressure the Bush administration to get serious about climate change. A recent survey of evangelicals showed that almost 75% support causes to reduce global warming and 70% believe global warming will pose a serious threat to future generations. 50% even said that steps to curb climate change need to be taken today even if there is a high economic cost. Evangelicals felt strongly that God has commanded humanity to take care of the earth and that government and business care too much about money.

Calling President Clinton


The last three mornings I have woke and viewed the further escolation of the crisis gripping the Middle East. Each side has dug in and is prepared to take the next step that may lead to an all out war in this modern day powderkeg. War in the Middle East would put United States soldiers in Iraq in the middle of a crisis which has no clear cut end. This situation is so dangerous that we may be witnessing the dawning of World War III.

Throughout the week, I have watched as the Bush Administration, and its incompetent Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice, fumbled the ball on dealing with the situation. The administration appears to be at a loss for plans on how to end this crisis peacefully. It is because of the administration's lack of a foreign policy strategy that I write this blog in hope that someone influential will read it and give my suggestion to the President.

Today's the big day for federal candidates

Today is the day when federal candidates have to submit their reports to the FEC. It's also close of second quarter, often considered a make or break day for challengers depending upon how much they have raised over the last quarter. The DCCC will have a keen eye on Shuler and Kissell, while I'm sure the Miller camp will be waiting for Robinson to file. Here's what I think we will see:

Shuler - Ole Heath reported over $500,000 on his last report, with over $300,000 raised through the quarter. I haven't been digging to determine if this is new (district) or institutional (DC) money, but it doesn't matter. The DCCC considers this a pickup and will throw everything and the kitchen sink at Charles Taylor. I expect the Shuler Warhorse to continue with this past quarter. My guess: $750,000+ cash on hand.

Chainsaw Pope

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With the State Board of Elections hearings scheduled for the end of August, the next six weeks will be a busy time for Art Pope and his defenders (such as our own troll Sock Rats). There will be lots of technical discussions about what the laws really say, what the laws really mean, and whether the Puppetmaster broke said laws by 'electioneering' in five key NC House of Representative races.

As you may recall, the Puppetmaster owns a 527 organization called Republican Legislative Majority. In the run up to the May primaries, RLM reports spending $188,205 to drop 300,000 direct mail pieces focused on these races:


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