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December 15, 2013

thanks to my son i just learned something interesting.

you can't run for office here unless you profess the belief in "Almighty God"

NC is one of 7 states with such a ridiculous and unprovable requirement. it just amazed me.

November 21, 2013

i'm going home for Thanksgiving!

home, home, California, home...my son called me today and said, "i just wondered if you could help me sign us up for health insurance while you're here?" note: 3 kids, 6 to 17 years old, wife, husband, no insurance for at least a year or two now. he's self-employed.
hell YES i will. my 30-year-old son, too - i told him i'd pay for his insurance as long as he gets on obamacare. they get to use the state portal right? so it won't be painful at all for us to do this.
i'm so excited.

October 17, 2013

suddenly popups

something comes up from the left "related searches" and a video shows up on bottom right...is this DU, or is my machine infected with some ad crap?
thank you.

October 17, 2013

am i crazy

i sense this air of celebration - but i can't do it until the house votes. did something happen i'm unaware of? is it just a formality or what?
and are those bastards waiting for midnight or what?! i had a brutal day at work and now this.

October 8, 2013

election day

i have been too busy to pay a whole lot of attention but wakedems.org has a list of endorsed candidates so that's how i'll vote.
do i have to produce my ID already? i know i should know! but i'm really not sure. the thing is if i don't have to and they ask for it i plan to refuse.


August 25, 2013

threatened with arrest for feeding the poor and homeless in Raleigh

this story is all over my facebook

they're asking people to show up at Moore Square at 4pm in solidarity.

the first hand story of what happened yesterday is at lovewins.info, but the page is apparently overwhelmed. i did access it yesterday. these people have been doing this every saturday and sunday for about 6 years, and yesterday the RPD told them if they tried, they would be placed under arrest.

to get a permit it's $800 - every day. the police also told them that the permit would probably be denied.

big money doesn't want raleigh to look as if people are going hungry, maybe?

the lovewins link: http://lovewins.info/2013/08/feeding-homeless-apparently-illegal-in-raleigh-nc/

July 31, 2013

Predicting NC's Future


Via our boy Dr. Jim Booth: BuzzFeed last week presented “11 Things The North Carolina Legislature Gave Us This Session.” The list isn’t pretty. It includes:

Moral Mondays
Harsh abortion restrictions hidden in a motorcycle bill
The most restrictive Voter ID laws in the country
The decimation of public education as North Carolinians know it
The assumption that all those on government assistance are drug addicts
The expansion of where you can carry your concealed weapon
The repeal of the Racial Justice Act
The end of federal unemployment benefits
A ban on Sharia Law (because if there’s anything that plagues The Old North State these days, it’s Sharia Law running amok)

And of course,

Turning the state into a national laughingstock

I don’t know how exactly to describe my feelings about what’s happened to my native state. Heartbreak at the neo-feudal paradise a once-vibrant place is becoming. Terror at what this means for my family and friends who are still there. Transcendent white-hot rage at the corrupt oligarchs who financed the coup. All that and then some.

i know i want out. anyone else?

i don't know how to use the link button, the link ends up invisible?

July 22, 2013

Today's Moral Monday: VOTING RIGHTS

i may manage to get out there today. for DUers who already have, how long does it go on? i have to get there from Chapel Hill following work.

July 5, 2013

email from planned parenthood

Dear Supporters,

HB695, also known as the worst bill we've seen this legislative session for women's health, could reach the NC House of Representatives as soon as Tuesday, July 9. Together we can show legislators that we refuse to stand by as this corrosive bill becomes law. Thank you for speaking out and showing your support for Planned Parenthood.

Here's how you can take action (Share with friends!):

-Join the Planned Parenthood Action Network (PPAN) to receive our most current political updates and actions here.
-Donate to our Public Affairs efforts here.
-RSVP for Moral Monday Rally, July 8th at 4:45 pm. Remember to wear pink/purple.
-Urge Speaker Tillis and Gov. McCrory to reject HB695. Calls are very effective. If you get their voicemail, leave a message. If you don't get through, try until you do.

Call the Governor. Politely and succinctly ask the staff member who answers to tell the Governor to uphold his campaign promise not to support the passage of new abortion restrictions, including HB695. 919-814-2000.
Call Speaker Tillis. Politely and succinctly tell the staff member that you oppose HB695. This bill will now go back to the House for consideration. The more calls the Speaker gets, the less inclined will they be to take up the bill in its current form. 919-733-3451.
Email Gov. McCrory and Speaker Tillis here.

Thank you and keep fighting the good fight!

Amanda Fuquay Starkey
Development Associate
Planned Parenthood Health Systems

i plan to make some calls. i'll be out of town on monday but in Raleigh in spirit. i think i can get away with wearing purple that day!
July 4, 2013

some activists are singing

what do you think, NC DUers? is this state sunk for the foreseeable future, or is there any reason to hope this crazy republican train can be derailed?

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