Larry Kissell, NC-08: The Proof is in the Polls Redux

Last week BlueNC broke the exciting new poll numbers for Larry Kissell in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District. These numbers weren't released to traditional print media until the day after we had them and had printed our story. The cross-posted diaries on DKos and MyDD were noticed by national media sources and now Larry is building on that momentum.

The diaries at MyDD, DailyKos and The Southern Dem had some improvements, so I'm going to reprint that diary on the flip side. As Larry mentioned in his Thank You to us posted below, the National Journal's Hotline Blog mentioned the MyDD diary in their Blogometer posting for that day. As Lance noted in his live blog of Larry's appearance on NPR's Young Turks radio show, the interviewer mentioned seeing the diary at DailyKos.

Please join me below the fold...

Decoration day

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My father was big into Memorial Day. After 25 years in the US Navy, he retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He received a Purple Heart for combat wounds in Korea. When I graduated from the Naval Academy, he saluted me, but it went downhill from there. Vietnam turned me from a 'yes sir' kind of guy into a radicalized young officer. My father didn't like my attitude. I didn't like the fact that my friends were dying in Southeast Asia.

From Wikipedia: Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May . It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Nowadays most Americans use the date as merely marking the unofficial start of the summer vacationing season as many government parks and beaches start their summer schedule on the Friday before. Many outdoor community swimming pools also open on this day.

On this particular Memorial Day, you'll find lots of waxing poetic about the deaths of military men and women. In my case, the verse is dark, colored by outrage at our president and his handlers. They are cowards of the highest order, cowards who send others to die for no good reason.

For my BlueNC friends,FYI: I will be scarce & out of pocket for a few days.

I am a bit shook up right now so I ask forgiveness if i make any type-os.
He is keeping this low key but all of you are my friends and I felt you also had a right to know about this.

My Adoptive Dad beat node & skin cancer that almost killed him back in the 60's. Well, Mom decided to finally tell me tonight, He has been diagnosed with cancer again! I just got thru getting word to Heath Shuler & Hayden Rogers at that campain as Dad thinks the absolute world of them.

I think dad knows every pass & touchdown Heath ever made! Not bad for the starting offensive tackle on the first football team Robbinsville had. That was back when they wore them funny little leather helments. To be honest with you, stickin to the facts.

N&O's Rick Martinez Shills for Puppetmaster. Again.

You'd think the N&O could find an independent columnist who didn't dance to the tune of Art Pope, But alas, the strings that control Rick Martinez are completely visible for all to see. His recent column is nothing more than a rewrite of the latest John Locke Foundation "report" on smart growth, which, itself, is a bad rehashing of propaganda put out by the right wing American Dream Coalition of builders, contractors and slum lords. Here's an excerpt:

The problem with Smart Growth is that it's nostalgia-based. It harkens back to a time when people could work, shop, live and worship in the same neighborhood. That model worked well 100 years ago, before the emergence of the car, but it's ill-suited to a society where personal space often trumps community.

Nostalgia based? Ya mean like 99% of the crap that spews from his newspaper column? This is typical of the hypocrisy of Pope's Puppets as they march toward recreating North Carolina to fit their own free-market fantasies. The fact is, these people hate planning and they hate government and they'll do anything they can to stack the deck in favor of business, no matter how much damage it does to the environment and the common good.

I'm Off

For the weekend. I canned a post for later this morning -- let's see whether that publishes as planned. I'll try to check in once in a while, so NO PARTIES!

Vernon and the FEC

Jay Ovittore has discovered some very interesting information about Vernon Robinson's campaign contributions. It seems that 10 contributors to Vernon's campaign gave more than the legal limit. Jay has filed a complaint with the FEC and if you visit his site you can see the letter the FEC sent in response.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Jay! My favorite line from his blog:

My whole point of this and my other attacks on Robinson for Congress is, why would you vote for someone who wants to go to Washington and make laws, yet in the campaign stage can not follow the existing laws themselves?


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