N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L Spelling Bee
"At least the drama was compelling. Katharine and runner-up Finola Mei Hwa Hackett, a 14-year-old Canadian, were the last two standing for seven rounds, both confidently spelling words such as "maieutic," "poiesis" and "tmesis."
Finally, Finola, from Edmonton, Alberta, stumbled on the intriguing word "weltschmerz," which essentially means a kind of sentimental pessimism."
And it is surprising that Canada, Mexico and the United States are being merged before our eyes into the North American version of the EU?
The White House - March 30, 2006 (pdf): "Smart, Secure Borders - Leaders agreed to complete the following activities, to contribute to smart and secure borders, over the next twenty-four months:
• Collaborate to establish risk-based screening standards for goods and people that rely on technology, information sharing and biometrics..."10:23:02 PM comment 
John Blust on Video Poker
(another thread gem via the LPNC newsgroup)
Don't be so fast to congratulate Blust on voting against the vid poker ban.
NC Now, a UNC TV series, reported that the only reason he did so was because it didn't IMMEDIATELY ban ALL the machines.
On 6/2/06, Susan Hogarth <SusanHogarth@colliething.com> wrote:
Your Chance to actually Change NC Politics
(via Susan Hogarth LPNC political activist)
"With no third parties certified in North Carolina, more than half of all state legislative races will have only one candidate on the ballot in November, 2006. This may be one of the reasons why less than half of eligible adults in North Carolina vote."
editor's note: If we let it get much worse than this we can start calling our state the New Carolina Soviet: "Any candidate you want as long as it's the one provided on the ballot." Fortunately there is now relief on the horizon that you can help bring about...
H88 - The Electoral Fairness Act
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