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Monday, April 20, 2009

Boycott CVS Pharmacys

One of the stupidest things I have ever seen happened to me the other day. I had a friend send me $50 through Moneygram, which can be retrieved at many different locations. I chose CVS Pharmacy in Statesville, NC.After receiving the moneygram money order, I discover that CVS will not cash it even though they just issued it to me and know it's good. If it wasn't good, the terminal wouldn't have told them to issue it to me, right? Walmart wouldn't take it because they didn't issue it, but would have cashed it if they had. I called CVS Corporate offices and spoke to a girl who assured me that it has always been company policy NOT to cash money orders of any kind, even if it is from one of their offered services like Moneygram and they just finished issuing the money order to you. I begged to differ, because other CVS Pharmacy locations in other states HAVE cashed such money orders before, when I had to have spending money sent to me on my job I had out of Chicago.

The girl tried to tell me they didn't have a license to cash them. I asked to be transfered to someone in corporate, and the next person I talked to said it's always been policy not to cash them, but disputed the first girl's claim that it has something to do with a license. Walmart said they don't have a license, nor do they need one.

Here is the rub! CVS doesn't care if you now have to spend gas and time to take that money order to your own bank or a check cashing place. They just want the Moneygram fees. It is just another example of corporate greed.

If CVS didn't do Western Union and I came in with a Western Union money order to be cashed, I could fully understand them not wanting to cash it; but when it's one they just issued through a service they're licensed to offer, it just boggles the mind that they would not cash it right there, or give you cash instead of a money order.

Until CVS decides to reverse course and start talking better care of their customers, I see no more need to shop there, nor encourage anyone else to as well.

With that in mind, I am promoting a boycott of CVS.

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Attitudes Threaten Southside Progress

[q url="http://www2.statesville.com/content/2009/apr/19/attitudes-threaten-southside-progress/news-opinion/"]
By Gary West88

Published: April 19, 2009

For almost 20 years, I have spent a major portion of my life in the area of our city known as the Southside. I have seen days of celebration, days of despair and everything in between. I have been a part of meetings and marches, discussions and evaluations related to the betterment of that community. I have known both encouragement and criticism.

Over the past few years some good things have happened. New housing has developed under the auspices of the Statesville Housing Authority. Old abandoned dwellings have been demolished. Efforts at cleaning up have been scheduled. Programs are in place to give guidance and support. A new shelter facility now stands on Fifth Street.

While I find these new realities to be most uplifting, there are still occasions that cause me frustration and anger. On Sunday, April 5, an incident occurred that fueled those emotions, especially the anger.

My wife was leaving the shelter after carrying out an assignment. Our granddaughter was riding with her in the back seat of the car. As Patti drove down Fifth Street, she noticed a group of young men, numbering a dozen or so, standing in the middle of the street. Over the years this has become a common feature, especially on weekends, in the evenings and during the warmer times of the year.

Those who stand in the street, adult and youth alike, will make no haste to move. As one drives through, they will most likely be subjected to cursing and perhaps even the hitting of one's automobile.

On this particular day, however, the situation escalated. A young man jumped up on the front of the car. Others began to kick and hit the vehicle. A successful attempt was made to open the doors, and the doors were swung back and forth.

Both my wife and granddaughter heard someone in the group call my wife by name.

She was finally able to pass through the crowd and speed away.

In my more terribly cynical moments, when I think of the effort on the part of so many to revitalize Southside, I sometimes feel like asking, "Why add new sidewalks? A relatively fair number of folks do not walk on the sidewalks already there. They walk down the middle of the streets. Slowly. Defiantly."
My cynicism finally pushes me to say ENOUGH.

There are a lot of folks, both on the Southside and throughout the city, who have labored hard to make a difference in that area, and they seem to be willing to continue. But something else needs to happen. What is needed is not going to occur until some of the residents of that area take responsibility, stand up and speak out.

It may mean telling the young people to get out of the streets and onto the sidewalks. It may mean rolling over on the drug deals and drug houses that are down the street or right next door. The police do what they can, but they need the help of the neighborhood. It may mean taking a stand against increasing gang activity. It may mean that the neighborhoods take responsibility for clean-up instead of acquiescing to other groups coming in and doing the work for them. It may mean the elders, faith communities and any other willing souls must somehow find a way to teach that in order to be respected, an individual must show respect.

I realize that these words may be to the chagrin of some. I am quite willing to say that perhaps I need more understanding. I am willing to listen to anyone who could offer me the needed correction and edification. I only place one condition to such an encounter. First, allow your spouse and child or grandchild to drive through a neighborhood and be attacked violently by a group standing in the middle of the street and be frightened beyond belief.

Then come talk to me.

Gary West is executive director of Fifth Street Shelter.[/q]

This is what happens when you have 19 years experience and tick off a lot of people by throwing people out of a homeless shelter who feel they were wrongly thrown out. You develop enemies. He says he's willing to listen to anyone who wants to correct him or edify him, but to place such a condition on it is not right. Perhaps the scuttlebut on the street is correct and that if he changed one thing, he might not make so many enemies. That one thing is to stop basing your opinion on someone on the first "bad" thing you hear about that person. There are always 2 sides to a story, not just the one you hear first!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pilot Screams in Horror

(CNN) -- A pilot who parachuted from his disabled Marine Corps jet last year said he was horrified to see it smash into a <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />California home, newly released documents say.

Marine Corps Lt. Dan Neubauer's statements, describing the December crash that killed four family members in a San Diego home, were released Tuesday by military officials.

The four-page document details in technical terms several attempts Neubauer made to keep his crippled F/A-18D from crashing. When it became apparent that the plane was going down, Neubauer parachuted out.

"I looked down to see where my plane had crashed and saw that it had gone right into a house. I screamed in horror when I realized what had just happened," Neubauer said in the document.

Neubauer landed in the backyard of another home and was not injured. The pilot had been trying to reach the nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar when he started having problems with his fighter jet.

The jet crashed into Dong Yun Yoon's house, killing his wife, his two young children and his mother-in-law. An unoccupied house was also destroyed.

Days after the incident, Yoon said he did not blame the pilot.

"Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident," Yoon said. "I don't blame him. I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could."

Could you be this charitable after a military jet crashes into your home and kills your whole family? With cutbacks on everything these days, it makes you wonder how much more will be cut back on when it comes to safety. The Military will probably never tell us exactly what brought the plane down, but you can bet that in part, it was due to cutbacks in maintenance. We are seeing cutbacks in all things, including commercial airline safety. I don't see how it helps us to be any safer in the skies to recruit air traffic controllers right out of high school.

So what can be done these days to be safe in any aspect of life when we're plagued with budget cuts, shoddy foreign workmanship on products, living in a nation of disposable products and little oversight in making sure they're made right? PRAY! Pray you don't get injured or killed by inferior products. It's all you can do at this point.


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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Preacher gunned down at his pulpit

Pastor gunned down in Illinois church Posted: 02:38 PM ET

(CNN) — The pastor of a Maryville, Illinois, church was shot to death during a service Sunday in front of horrified parishoners who then tackled the gunman, state police said.

Fred Winters, the pastor of the First Baptist Church, was shot and killed during the 8 a.m. service, while his attacker and two parishoners suffered knife wounds, Illinois state police spokesman Ralph Timmins said.

The gunman walked in during the service and walked up to the pulpit, opening fire when he was met by Winters, Timmins said. The man’s .45-caliber pistol jammed after he shot Winters, and he pulled out a knife and turned it on himself before being tackled by some of the roughly 150 worshippers attending the church,
Timmins said.

Two of those who went after the attacker suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the suspect’s injuries are “very serious,” Timmins said.

Thankfully in my Baptist Church we have 2 police officers who wear their guns under their suit coats during services. My heart goes out to the congregation and families at that church in Maryville IL

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Four arrested in mall assault facing upgraded charges

Tammy Moulder, 35, and Phillip Greene were arrested around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for common law robbery, assault inflicting serious injury and obtaining propery by false pretense. The two were apprehended at a convenience store on Salisbury Road after police received a tip that they were there.

Jeremy Melton, 26, and Melissa Link, 23, were apprehended at Fifth Street Shelter Wednesday night.

Statesville Police Department Chief Tom Anderson said the four are now facing felony assault charges as well as conspiracy after investigators learned the noticed the elderly woman at a pharmacy and followed her to the mall.

The four are facing charges after two men grabbed the purse of a 90-year-old woman as she got out of her vehicle in front of Belk's Tuesday, and she was knocked or fell to the ground, breaking her jaw and causing other injuries. She is being treated at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Statesville Police rolled in 8 deep to The Fifth Street Shelter like they were looking for Osama Bin Laden. The Shelter is where I currently reside. I watched as Melton and Link were led off in cuffs. Nice eh?

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Gimme Shelter

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It's dark and dank. It smells terrible. It's full of black mold and cocroaches. It's filled with felons. It has unsanitary bathrooms and showers. The bathroom stalls are so small that you can't close the door, drop your pants and sit down. You have to leave the door open, drop your drawers and sit down and THEN close the stall door. The breakfasts are usually just cereal and pastries and coffee. The floors are old and wooden and creek when you walk. Sleeping is tough. It's cold and drafty.


This is the shelter in Statesville, North Carolina.


Yet, through it all, this is home, at least on a temporary basis. It's full of people who talk to themselves, and full of people who wouldn't know personal hygiene if it walked up and called them daddy. Yet there are some good people there. There are people there who will watch your back as well as watch your belongings so no one else steals your stuff. The good people are the ones who are in much the same boat as me, foreclosed on, or laid off from work and lost their homes or apartments. There are those too who have been addicted to one substance or the other and now have their life clean of those things but have yet to get back the basics they lost when they were practicing their addiction. And then too, there are those in the shelter who are just trying to get over on the system and have a free place to stay regardless of the conditions.


Aside from shooing away cocroaches at your meals, most of the lunches and dinners are filling if not tasty too. Of course with any kind of institutional cooking, it has to be somewhat bland instead of spicey and if anyone wants to add salt and pepper they can. With all the roaches though, it makes one wonder how much got in the food. We'll try not to think about that one too much though, since it's kinda depressing.


The good news though is that sometime in December of this year, we're supposed to move next door into a 6 million dollar facility and the one we're in, which is an old elementary school, will be torn down. From what I hear, the school building is over 60 years old and falling apart.


The staff is all resident staff, and 2 nurses and one bookkeeper and then of course the owner who comes during the day. The nurses don't live on site either. Interenet usage is limited to 15 minutes a day, which is hardly time to do anything at all, especially look for work. The neighborhood is so bad that they actually tell you which streets to NOT walk down or you'll be in an area of crack houses and armed robberies. Why they would spend 6 large, putting a new building in that kind of area is beyond me, but hey, it's not my money either so, I'm not going to question it.


My bed is in the back of the school gym, and also in the back is someone who quite frankly stinks to high heavens. The sad thing though is that he's a very nice guy, but he's too huge to properly take care of himself.


Before I ended up in the Statesville shelter I worked for a bit on the Obama campaign. In North Carolina we have early voting and I was up at the Mooresville Public Library working handing out flyers as people went in to vote. I guess I was doing too good a job at convincing the undecided to vote for Obama, because the precinct workers succeeded in getting me banned from the table. So I ended up at Obama headquarters in Mooresville, making calls on behalf of Obama. After I got sent to Statesville, I worked at the campaign headquarters there too till election day. Our county went mostly Republican, but we turned the state of North Carolina blue for the first time in decades. I was very proud of our work and that we came out a winner. Now it's up to Obama to show his stuff and not let us down. We put our faith in God, and nothing else matters, but it'll be nice to see a mere mortal do good things for this country. It can't be any worse than Bush's job of leading our country into 2 wars and a disasterous economic hardship that he put us in with his unwillingness to regulate certain factions of corporate America. At least we won't have to worry about Palin for 4 yrs.

Gimme Shelter


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick just got sentenced to 120 days county jail and 5 yrs probation.

No credit for time servered, no special programs, no getting out of the full 120 days.


Monday, October 27, 2008

Stevens says, 'I am innocent' after corruption conviction

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens vowed to fight his Monday conviction on federal corruption charges, a verdict he attributed to "repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct."

Sen. Ted Stevens leaves federal court Monday as the jury deliberated in his corruption trial.

Sen. Ted Stevens leaves federal court Monday as the jury deliberated in his corruption trial.

"I will fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have," the 84-year-old Stevens, the Senate's longest-serving Republican, said in a written statement after the jury came back Monday afternoon. "I am innocent."

Stevens was convicted of seven counts of making false statements on Senate ethics forms to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and work on his Alaska home from an oilfield contractor at the center of a corruption investigation in the state.

The verdict came days before he is to face voters in a neck-and-neck re-election bid. He vowed to get the trial's results overturned and added, "I remain a candidate for the United States Senate."

How can he still expect to win the election when he's convicted and the pitbull with lip gloss has all but asked him to resign?
It must be really cold in Alaska, since they have the cajones they do there.

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2 dead in Arkansas campus shooting; one suspect in custody

(CNN) -- Two students were killed and another person was wounded in a shooting at the University of Central Arkansas on Sunday evening, according to a hospital spokesman.

The shooting, which happened outside a dorm, prompted a campus lockdown and the cancellation of Monday classes.

One person was detained for questioning but has not been arrested, according to Lt. Rhonda Swindle, a spokesman for the campus police.

"At this time we do have some pretty good leads," Swindle said.

One student died on the scene, and a second died at Conway Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

The hospital spokesman said the person who died there was an 18-year-old male, but he did not have any additional information.

A third person, a 19-year-old male, was released from the hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg, a hospital spokesman said.

The shots were fired near Arkansas Hall and the Snow Fine Arts Center at 9:22 p.m. (10:22 p.m. ET), Swindle said.

Freshman Sam Hausen was about 50 feet away from the shooters when the gunfire began.

"I heard about five or 10 shots and, at first, I thought it was just firecrackers, because everybody always clowns around out there, but I just realized that it wasn't firecrackers," Hausen said.

As he began running away, he saw one of the wounded students hit the ground and another stumbled into the dorm, he said.

"I saw a couple cars speed off," Hausen said. "I don't know if they were the shooters or not."

Student Lauren Knight was walking to the library when it happened. She said chaos erupted, with students scurrying for safety.

When the campus lockdown was ordered, Knight was stuck with other students for several hours inside the library.

Classes were canceled for Monday at the university which serves about 12,500 full-time students in Conway, Arkansas.

Why this is happening more and more is a sign of bad times, as I feel we are slipping into total chaos. The decline in moral values that can lead one to do this kind of thing is very disheartening.

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Some voters 'purged' from voter rolls

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.

"Vote suppression is real. It does sometimes happen," said Daniel P. Tokaji, a law professor at Ohio State University.

"Vote suppression is real. It does sometimes happen," said Daniel P. Tokaji, a law professor at Ohio State University.

But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.

"This office has received notification from the state of Georgia indicating that you are not a citizen of the United States and therefore, not eligible to vote," a letter from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections said.

But Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a passport and a birth certificate to prove it. Video Watch some of the concerns of voting experts »

The letter, which was dated October 2, gave her a week from the time it was dated to prove her citizenship. There was a problem, though -- the letter was postmarked October 9.

"It was the most bizarre thing. I immediately called my mother and asked her to send me my birth certificate, and then I was like, 'It's too late, apparently,' " Berry said.

Berry is one of more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters who have been "flagged" because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people are having their citizenship questioned and the burden is on them to prove eligibility to vote.

Experts say lists of people with mismatches are often systematically cut, or "purged," from voter rolls.

It's a scenario that's being repeated all across the country, with cases like Berry's raising fears of potential vote suppression in crucial swing states.

This is of course another trick to win an election, just like Ohio in 04 and Florida in 2000. If they can't win outright and proper, they put in "the fix" I have so often mentioned. It's high time we have our elections monitored like they do in 3rd world countries, because if we can't get something as basic and principled as an election done right and fairly, we HAVE BECOME a 3rd world country.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

McCain brushes off polls, says 'we're doing fine'

(CNN) -- Despite his sagging poll numbers, Sen. John McCain said Sunday that he is "very happy with where we are" and very proud of his campaign.

Sen. John McCain says his campaign is "very competitive" in key states.

Sen. John McCain says his campaign is "very competitive" in key states.

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"We're doing fine," the Arizona senator said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We are very competitive in many of the battleground states."

Perhaps 2 of those states are Denial and Senility?

McCain brushed off polls that show him trailing Sen. Barack Obama, saying those numbers are "all over the map."

"Those polls have consistently shown me much further behind than we actually are. It all depends on the voter turnout ... we're doing fine. We have closed in the last week." he said.

Obama leads McCain by 8 percentage points (50-42 percent), according to CNN's latest average of national polls.

McCain also spoke out against recent criticism of his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggests that Americans have an increasingly negative view of the Alaska governor.

According to that poll, 46 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Palin, compared with 59 percent at the time of the Republican National Convention. The poll showed an increase in the number of people who have an unfavorable view of her -- 51 percent compared with 29 percent in early September.

Of course they're going to show her in disfavor with all her negative comments.

The poll, conducted October 20-23, has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

McCain said Palin "needs no defense."

"I don't defend her. I praise her," McCain said. "She has more executive experience than Sen. [Joe] Biden and Sen. Obama together."

McCain acknowledged that he and Palin disagree on some issues, but said it was "because we are both mavericks."

OH ok, I get it now, they've changed from pigs with lipstick to horse's asses. And the one horse has left the reservation while the other can't limp fast enough to keep up.


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Saturday, October 25, 2008

McCain aide: Palin's 'going rogue'

(CNN) -- With 10 days to go until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain have become so intense they are spilling out in public, sources say.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is "going rogue" according to a McCain campaign source.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is "going rogue" according to a McCain campaign source.

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin "going rogue." A Palin associate, however, said the candidate is simply trying to "bust free" of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.

McCain sources say Palin has gone off message several times, and they privately wonder if the incidents were deliberate. They cited that she labeled robocalls -- recorded messages often used to attack a candidate's opponent -- "irritating" even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source tells CNN she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," said this McCain adviser. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

"Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."

A Palin associate defended her by saying she is "not good at process questions" and that her comments on Michigan and the robocalls were answers to process questions.

But this Palin source acknowledged that Palin is trying to take more control of her message, pointing to last week's impromptu press conference on a Colorado tarmac.

Tracey Schmitt, Palin's press secretary, was urgently called over after Palin wandered over to the press and started talking. Schmitt unsuccessfully tried several times to end the unscheduled session.

Now even her and McCain's people are starting to rethink their decision to put her on the ticket. She's dangerous to say the least.

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Just in case

I want to write this to document in case there is any personal injury or death to me, that 4 thugs walked into the house here and threatened to beat me up or kill me if I didn't leave this house immediately and not come back.

The police showed up because I managed to slip a call in to them and the thugs left before the police arrived.

please leave this posted in case anything happens to me

Jim Martin aka master_jim2008


Friday, October 24, 2008

What not to wear to the polls on Election Day

ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) -- Campaign paraphernalia is everywhere nowadays. People are sporting T-shirts, hats and pins touting their candidate of choice. But wearing your political allegiances can cause a problem at the polls.

Wearing a T-shirt like this one may cause you a problem at the polls in November.

Wearing a T-shirt like this one may cause you a problem at the polls in November.

In some states, what you wear to the voting booth could determine whether you are allowed to vote or be sent home to change.

Virginia's State Board of Elections has banned campaign clothing and other paraphernalia from inside all polling places on Election Day. In the past, it had been done only sporadically.

"We want to take this important step to make sure that the rules are applied uniformly throughout Virginia," said the board's James Alcorn.

In a two-to-one vote, the board said it was seeking to strike a balance between free speech and zones free of distractions and harassment.

The ruling prompted calls to CNN's Voter Hot Line.

"You can't wear [Barack] Obama shirts or hats or anything that pertains to the voter, you know, the nominee, and I want to know why," asked a caller from Norfolk, Virginia.

"If that's not a violation of the First Amendment rights, I don't know what is," another caller said.

That's like telling a Cardinal he can't wear his robes while going in to vote for a new Pope, right? Why don't we just tell a Chicago Cub he can't wear his jersey to the Ray's game? Lets tell a fan wearing a Rolling Stones T-shirt he can't attend an AC/DC concert.
The Republicans get more and more insane by the minute.

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North Carolina race will be a tight one

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (CNN) -- It is a methodical routine: House by house, Mary Boyd walks to the door and carefully affixes an election guide to the doorknob.

College students from Tennessee are helping the Obama campaign's canvassing efforts.

College students from Tennessee are helping the Obama campaign's canvassing efforts.

Boyd is a foot soldier of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, charged with finding -- and helping deliver -- every available GOP vote.

"And the best way to do that is to take a list of registered Republican households and take a piece of literature and leave it right on their door so that they have easy access to the information," Boyd cheerfully said during her rounds in a Charlotte neighborhood this week.

It is Boyd's third presidential campaign as precinct captain; twice before, she has walked these streets for a ticket led by George W. Bush.

This year is very different.

"Well, it is extremely close," she said matter-of-factly in describing the biggest difference. "I think John McCain is going to win North Carolina. I hope by a lot. But we will take it any way we can get it."

Extremely close in North Carolina is extremely rare in a presidential race. "Unprecedented" is the word local Republicans use to describe one of the reasons it is so close: For the first time in memory, they are outnumbered when it comes to troops deployed in the state for the ground war of contacting and turning out voters.

Sen. Barack Obama has 45 offices in the state, to 30 for McCain, and a paid staff that dwarfs the GOP payroll in the state. Helping the Obama effort are busloads of volunteers, including African-American college students from Tennessee who went door to door canvassing for Obama this week.

Ashley Taylor was among them, with a set routine once the door cracked open.

"Hello, I am Ashley Taylor, and I am with the Barack Obama campaign, so we are just going around to see if the neighbors here have registered to vote and if they have gone out to do early voting."

Couple this with Republican underhanded tactics of stealing signs, whispering to people in line that Obama is an Arab and sends money to terrorists and openly calling Obama things like The leader of the American Fascist Party and we have a fight on our hands. From a party that is supposed to be the protector of the morals of the country, they sure do some despicable and immoral things to try to get elected. It just slays me how they think that's the right thing to do. It's like back when Roe vs Wade was being tested and the Republican right wing was going out and shooting abortion doctors and bombing abortion clinics. They say it's wrong for the mother to get an abortion and take a human life (things I have also heard from Republicans this year) but it's ok for them to kill abortion doctors. Yeah right, whatever you say pal. Just like a woman who gets an abortion, HER fight is now with God, not the Republicans. If there is a penalty to pay for a girl getting an abortion, God will make her pay it, not us piddly humans. That is why no laws should be made that force a particular religious view down our throats or take away our right to choose. Just because one is pro-choice it does NOT mean that person is pro-abortion. To me, it means a woman can go ahead and get one if she insists, but now she has to answer to God, not to me.

Early voting runs through November 1 in North Carolina and is the urgent focus of the vast Obama field operation at the moment. From its perspective, so far, so good: Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two to one in early voting tallies in the state.

As far as the McCain people in Mooresville go, they chose in my opinion to just give up. They had no representitive in front of the library during early voting, and they were more than welcome to, not that it would have done them any good. CNN is predicting that this will be a very tight race, but this year, I'm not so sure, even though I know that this state is VERY republican based. If the Democrats could happen to actually take the state by perhaps as much as a double digit lead, it would sure set most of the people here back on their heels. After all, this IS part of the bible belt, NASCAR and all.
OH LOOK, they're making another left turn!! I've gotten some very dirty Republican looks for that comment, but oh well, deal with it.

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Woman admits making up McCain sticker attack, police say

(CNN) -- A Republican campaign worker who told police she was assaulted by a man angered by a John McCain sticker on her car admitted she made up the report, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, assistant police chief said Friday.

Police say Ashley Todd, 20, admitted making up the report she was attacked because of a McCain sticker.

Police say Ashley Todd, 20, admitted making up the report she was attacked because of a McCain sticker.

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Ashley Todd, 20, of College Park, Texas, will be charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, and may face more charges, said police spokeswoman Diane Richard at a news conference.

"This has wasted so much time. ... It's just a lot of wasted man hours," Assistant Police Chief Maurita Bryant said at the same briefing.

The woman told investigators a man approached her Wednesday night at an ATM in Pittsburgh's East End, put a blade to her neck and demanded money, Richard said.

Police said they found "several inconsistencies" in Todd's statement and she was not seen in surveillance videos taken at the ATM. She was asked to take a polygraph test Friday morning, Richard said. The results were not made public.

Later, Todd came to the police station to help work on a composite sketch of the alleged attacker. When she arrived, Todd "told them she just wanted to tell the truth" -- that she was not robbed, and there was no attacker, Bryant said.

Todd originally told police a man "punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, and he continued to punch and kick her while threatening to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter," according to a police statement.

The woman also told police her attacker "called her a lot of names and stated that 'You are going to be a Barack supporter,' at which time she states he sat on her chest, pinning both her hands down with his knees, and scratched into her face a backward letter 'B' on the right side of her face using what she believed to be a very dull knife."

Bryant described Todd as "very cordial, polite, cooperating," and said the woman was surprised by all the media attention. Asked whether the false report was politically motivated, Bryant replied, "It's difficult to say."

"She is stating that she was in her vehicle driving around, and she came up with this idea," she said. "She said she has prior mental problems and doesn't know how the backward letter 'B' got on her face."

However, Todd was the only one in the vehicle, and "when she saw the 'B' she thought she must have been the one who did it," Bryant said.

"We're talking with the district attorney's office and conferring on just how we're going to handle it," she said. "It's been different stories through the night and this morning."

She said there was no indication that anyone else was involved.

Richard said the woman had described her alleged attacker as an African-American, 6 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build and short dark hair, wearing dark clothing and shiny shoes.

Before the revelation that the report was false, McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said that McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin "spoke to the victim and her family after learning about the incident."

The Obama campaign also had issued a statement wishing the woman a "speedy recovery."

This story really gets me, because as you've seen from the press, Democrats don't do this kind of thing to Republicans but Republicans do all kinds of things to Democrats and Obama, including the whispering to the one girl I mentioned in my piece yesterday about voting her conscience. Republicans are supposed to be the moral leaders of the country, yet McCain and Palin take the gutter road in comments, Republicans steal Obama signs and commit other acts like getting people thrown off Library property for being too good at their campaign work. Honestly I hope that scar on her face lasts awhile. Yeah Yeah I know, she's got mental problems. I'd say you can probably blame that on her Republican upbringing.

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