VA's Notification Leter to Veterans on Stolen Data

I still cannot figure out just how exactly the VA knows just who will be affected by this! Mabie they have hired every psychic & Tarot Card reader in the nation!

From; http://www.legion.org/

VA’s Notification to Veterans

Dear Veteran:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently learned that an employee took home electronic data from VA, which he was not authorized to do and was in violation of established policies. The employee’s home was burglarized and this data was stolen. The data contained identifying information including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth for up to 26.5 million veterans and some spouses, as well as some disability ratings. As a result of this incident, information identifiable with you was potentially exposed to others. It is important to note that the affected data did not include any of VA’s electronic health records or any financial information.

Thank You BlueNC!

Greetings again to all my friends in the NC blogosphere. I just wanted to take a minute this afternoon to wrap up a very exciting week for the campaign and thank all of you that have blessed my run with your attention, support and tireless efforts.

What a week! BlueNC breaking our incredible poll numbers was just the beginning.

Thanks in no small part to the indomitable spirit and savvy of one Southern Dem, the national attention on our too-long overlooked, about-to-turn-blue chunk of North Carolina is exploding.

Holy Mother of Pearl, NC Gets Respect

It has finally happened! I've been complaining for a while that The Washington Post gives no respect to North Carolina races. This new-found respect comes from Chris Cillizza, who writes "The Fix" and lists the top House races in a piece called "The Friday Line."

I don't check every Friday, but with polls out for both Shuler and Kissell, I decided to give it a peek. Much to my surprise listed at number 17 is NC-11. It had no ranking before and Cillizza now has it in the top 20 races to watch in the country.

How 'bout them apples?

You Belong in [the North Carolina] Zoo

It appears that funds for the Zoo in Asheboro that were included in Gov. Easley's budget are not in the Senate version. The NC Zoo has a bad rap for some reason. It isn't the greatest in the world, but it's not too bad (though I wish they'd redo the fishtank-style Gorilla enclosure). I don't have much to add, besides the polar bear photo below the fold.

A distinction with a difference

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The North Carolina Republican Party is between a rock and a hard place these days, caught in a conundrum between its conservative roots and the free-market (aka Libertarian) extremists, who are staging a full-fledged takeover. Under the guiding hands of Art "The Puppetmaster" Pope, the party is sliding over the edge of sanity into the abyss of personal greed and social irresponsibility.

Nowhere is the train wreck between responsible conservatism and free-market mania more clear than in the broad area of planning. Two "reports" featured in Art Pope's privately owned Libertarian think tank tell the sad story for all to see. The first is a shallow piece of short-sighted drivel with a name only Pope's puppets could embrace. Planning Penalties in North Carolina is an ideological free market diatribe against nothing less than than the wisdom of zoning.

Slow News / No News Friday

Don't let the title fool you. There's plenty of serious news going on. I'm just not in the mood to write about it today. I thought you might enjoy a few links to interesting articles from around the state. If you've found an interesting article that's worth linking to add it in the comments.

In Charlotte there was a huge fire Wednesday night at a uniform company. Two firefighters were hurt. In today's Charlotte Observer there's a very nice piece about the firefighter who was injured the worst. He's going to be fine and is ready to get back to work in spirit. The piece isn't really about him as much as it is about the fire.

Meet me on the flip side for articles from around the state....

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