Fighting School Teachers

What do you do if you're not a Fighting Dem? What do you do if you're just a hard-working public school teacher who's sweating blood to unseat a Republican sleaze bag in a race that Hotline says:

"Without [this seat], it's hard to imagine where (Democrat) pickups 14 and 15, etc., come from."
        House Race Hotline on NC-08, March 2006

Appropriate Activism

For most of us, "judicial activism" only becomes a problem when the a judge is doing something we don't like. I'll admit that I'm a lot less likely to consider the proper role of the courts when I hear about a decision that seems just and right to me. But Judge Manning's "sound basic education" rulings force even the most supportive observer to consider the question of judicial overreaching.

The News-Record has an editorial up today that concludes:

If [Manning is] overstepping his authority, it's because the appropriate officials haven't stepped up. Now they have to, or else defy a judge who's fed up with failing schools. - Greensboro, North Carolina: Opinion - Editorials: The education judge

Observer Piles on the Heap, Calls for Black's Resignation

I can honestly say that I don't always agree with The Charlotte Observer. When it comes to asking for Jim Black's resignation, I think it's the right thing to do. I understand that Black hasn't been indicted for a crime, but his carelessness and lack of good judgment have harmed his office and if left to fester could taint other Democrats in November's elections.

The rest is below the fold...

What Bloggers Can Learn From Fringe Nutters (About How To Not Be One)

When I'm bored or looking for a short break from work, I scan the web for conspiracy theories, sites on crypto-zoology, and tales of the paranormal. I'm not a believer, really I'm not. I categorically do not believe in ghosts, space aliens, bigfoot, or a New World Order 9/11 plot. But something in my constitution is drawn to those who do. Thank God for the internet (and Foucault's Pendulum). (This is going somewhere, I promise.)

We Are Free! Let's Celebrate!

We remain unfettered by the chains of government regulation, the shackles that would limit our free discourse and gag our brilliant and articulate rhetoric. Oh, OK, I'll cut through the mess. Friday night the Federal Election Commission agreed that bloggers and online activists will not be regulated in their political activities.

According to an article in The Washington Post, the only regulation agreed on at this point is that candidates for federal office must pay for internet ads with money regulated by federal campaign law. The biggest surprise is that the Republicans and Democrats were in agreement.

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