Go Canes!

Nothing transcends politics like game 7's. And this one has the added benefit of keeping me from thinking about anything else today. Since the image of a poster that I tried to insert here is not working, I will leave you with a link to the Raleighing post on the game.

P.S. the Canes' victory tonight would be the first (major league) professional championship in state history.

Outrages of the Week

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AR: Free Plane Ride from Major Government Contractor Not a Conflict According to Gov
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took a free ride on a plane owned by Lord's Ranch, faith-based youth home. Lord's Ranch currently has a state contract worth $8.5 million, funded by federal Medicaid dollars. When asked about a conflict-of-interest, Huckabee merely said that he is "very careful." Good, we'd hate it if he was being sloppy with his conflicts. [Arkansas News Bureau, 6/16/06]

Nominate Larry Kissell NOW!

Screwy Hoolie was alert enough to notice that MyDD had re-opened nominations for netroots endorsements and posted yesterday encouraging us to head on over. Currently, Larry Kissell leads in the comment section. That doesn't guarantee an endorsement, but it certainly shows that the excitment around his campaign is growing.

Go Now and let's give the Republicans more to worry about. Larry with netroots fundraising will send them shaking to hide back under their rocks. If you haven't left your Kissell nomination at MyDD, please do so now and send your friends too! It really will make a difference.

Shocking news

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A new-and-improved 'report' by the John Locke Foundation Puppetshow calls for tax relief in North Carolina. With a smarmy name that might have come out of the bowels of the Bush White House, the JLF Freedom Budget 2006 is mostly the same recycled talking points we’ve come to expect from ideologues who hate government more than they care about the common good.

RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators should close the books on two "temporary" taxes now that the taxes have helped generate a $2.4 billion state budget surplus. That’s a key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. The report also recommends that lawmakers limit spending increases and eliminate local Medicaid bills for the state’s 100 counties.

Illegal Immigration: Hot Topic?

I usually stay away from immigration as a topic simply because I find a bit of merit in so many different points of view. I also stay away from it because I haven't researched it and can't speak to the facts, or even link to them for that matter. I'm so ignorant and conflicted on this point I should probably just quit right now, but I think this may be an important issue for the fall elections and probably one we shouldn't just drop.

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Filner says VA F---up! Why the Hell isnt Taylor demanding awnsers?

Bob Filner says VA is F------- up! What else is new? But, Why the hell isnt Charles Taylor demanding Awnsers??

A top House Democrat on Tuesday called on the government to assist up to 26.5 million military personnel whose personal information was stolen, uttering obscenities to say Veterans Affairs officials weren't doing enough.

Rep. Bob Filner, the acting top Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, appeared at a news briefing outside the VA building to criticize the agency's three-week delay in publicizing the May 3 burglary at a VA data analyst's home.

Two VA officials - Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary Lisette Mondello and spokesman Matt Burns - also appeared and called the briefing a "publicity stunt," leading to Filner's blunt commentary.

Fuzzy Math and False Logic in the News-Record on the Landfill Proposals

When I first posted about the possible bills to tackle the growing waste management problems in North Carolina, their was little reaction from our major newspapers about the proposals. Now the Greensboro News-Record has come out against the proposed bills, which would put a moratorium on new landfills until the state can determine whether we really want to import trash from the entire eastern seaboard and to increase the fee the state charges for dumping a ton of trash to $2 (around the fee other states charge from insanely low $0 fee now).


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