What's your line?

Over the past few days I've read things written by people here that surprise me. Not like 'oh my goodness' surprise. More like 'wow, I didn't know that' surprise. Which makes me wonder who you all are. Especially now that the NCGOP chair says you're nothing but hate-mongering extremists.

Care to explain yourself?


I'll start.

My name is James. I'm a husband, a father, a Navy veteran, a writer, and a blogger. I just turned 57.

I've lived in Chapel Hill since I got out of the Navy thirty years ago. I was stationed at Jacksonville with an airborne unit called 2nd Anglico.

My wife Jane is a professor at UNC. We have a son who is a social worker, and a daughter who is a senior in high school. She wants to be a teacher and a musician.

Fresh out of the Navy in 1977, I went to graduate school at UNC in Journaism. When my GI bill benefits expired, I dropped out of school and got a job at UNC-TV. After that, I started a marketing and research company. Now I'm out on my own. I'm also working on two novels. They are satire, of course.

Linda Daves of the NCGOP, put out a press releasing today saying people like me are hate-mongering liberal extremists.

Guess that explains everything.


My name is Linda. I'm 47, sometimes I feel like I'm 90, and often act like I'm 19. I live in Lakeview. I've lived in the Sandhills since 1997, when my son and I moved here to be near my parents after a really ugly divorce. I have a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I haven't taught in a classroom since 1983. I managed bookstores for about 14 years, and then found my way in the the non-profit world. I am currently the Executive Director of a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency that serves multiple counties. In my spare time, I write journals, communicate online, make jewelry, and read voraciously.

While I love NC, but I'm a Jersey girl. What does that mean? A friend pointed this out to me today - on People.com of all places. Ali Larter, of Heroes, said:

"I'll always be a Jersey girl," she says. "I don't always get my way, but you'll know exactly how I feel about it."

It fits.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi


I just found out who you are! Holy cow. This is so cool.

I thought you knew!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Not at all

I'm really oblivious out here on the interTubes. I don't even know who I am half the time, let alone who everyone else is. But I do love it. And I'm so very glad to know you.


Jewelry is about the only thing that relaxes me.

It started with beadwork, and now I've graduated to wireworking as well. My dream is to learn silversmithing and stonesetting. Then I can have my own bookstore (another dream), and sell my own jewelry. On the side of a mountain. Where liberal politics reign supreme.

Do you know of such a place?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Sounds good to me.

I love Asheville.

I left out that I have a son who turns officially 18 at 11:54 pm tonight, who got his driver's license today. I am remarried to a the most wonderful person in the world, who helped me realize that it's OK to be an opinionated Jersey girl, it's just that some people can't handle that, but that's their problem. I am lucky that my 2 brothers are my best friends, and they both live in the area, and if I could just get paid for doing the things I like to do instead of the things I have to do, life would be sweet. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

texas-born citizen of the world

Sounds a bit grandiose, doesn't it?
I'm Katherine, 55, married 23 years to a demographer who mostly works in Africa. We have an 8 year old son, adopted as a baby from China. He is spooky-smart, hates Bush and loves to cook, and has told me that when he grew up he wanted to be a doctor and go to China to help the babies in his old orphanage.(His school nurse says, "He is a 30 year old in a little boy's body.") I am a stay-at-home mom who quilts,reads, and studies Chinese. I studied nursing in college but was too independent to practice it and went off to live in Europe instead for some years. Came back to the US and settled in New England for a decade or so, and landed in North Carolina in 96.

Right now I am in the middle of my home being renovated, with solar panels covering the roof in a few months. We will have a nice big meeting room and I hope to invite all my on-line buddies over. I attended Yearly Kos 06 and 07, and the highlights were meeting so many quality people, shaking hands with John Dean, and trying to figure out how Screwy Hoolie and I know each other! (Still haven't figured it out, but I have been around a lot of places. It might take awhile!)

Oh, yeah. I wrote a book a few years ago - a small biography of my Texas sheriff grandfather. His line, and now mine, is; "You can burn me for a fool, but you won't get no ashes." Funny how often I use that in the Bush years!

I just read this.

"You can burn me for a fool, but you won't get no ashes."

I love it.

I'm hoping by bumping this up the tracking chain, this will get noticed and more folks will chime in. If you're not comfortable giving all your details, don't. Just let us know a little more about you.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Hi, my name is Linda Cockman

Born in Miami, Fl in February of 1953. Lived most of my young life in Florida; Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Melbourne and Eau Gallie. When my Dad was invited to leave the state of Florida, we moved to Orland, Maine. A few years later, my parents divorced, (I was 13) and we moved back to Florida and lived with my Nan.

I joined the Air Force straight out of high school in 1971 hoping to see the world and was stationed at Patrick AFB in Cocoa Beach Florida. I thought the Gods were playing with me but that's where I met my husband of 34 years, David. Our first child, Valencia was born in Melbourne hospital and then the military assigned David to a remote tour in Utapo, Thailand in 1975.

After serving a year there his next set of orders took us to Pope in Fayetteville, so Valencia and I moved to North Carolina and waited for him to come home.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to be, with the GI Bill I could become anything. At first I thought I wanted to be an interior decorator, so I took Architectual Drafting and Interior Design at Randolph Tech in Ashboro. After about a year, I had to get a job so quit school and started working in a cotton mill in Randolph county instead.

Over the years I've taken business and accounting courses but never seemed to complete anything until I started working at Riddle Equipment Co (the John Deere dealership) in Carthage. I got hired on there right after I had our second child, David, Jr. They worked with the VA at Riddle and I worked for a certificate of completion in Office Management.

When Bush was elected then started the war in Iraq I became outraged. I worked to get Kerry/Edwards and any Dem elected in 2004, but didn't feel that my friends and family were as upset about the situation as I was.

I went looking online for a new thing I had heard about, blogging. First I found the DNC blog, but wanted to do more than just bitch so I went looking for a place in North Carolina that was fighting the good fight right here at home. That's when I found BlueNC.

The people here wrote with such passion that I was inspired. I love coming here to just read. Almost every diary and the comments that follow are so well written and thought provoking that I stuck. I have learned much from all of you and continue to learn.

My life seems to be constantly evolving which is exactly the way I like it, but I am always drawn back here.

(Eventually I hope to be able to tell my story in two paragraphs, back to reading)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

Momo is the one that brought me here.

She said "You'll love it!" She was right. Don't miss her blog at our local newspaper, The Pilot. I'm told she has the highest readership of all the blogs there - and that includes those of the Editor and several regular columnists and reporters. I don't know why she doesn't have a regular column in the paper. Hmm. Maybe I'll have to drop a hint or four at the Editor's Blog.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Thanks for the plug Linda

been meaning to ask....would you go to this poll and vote. It's starting to turn to a vote FOR staying in Iraq, it shouldn't. I put it up on my blog a few days ago, at first all the votes were for leaving, I think a Republicant got their friends to vote in it and ya'll are all I have left to vote the right way.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

I voted, and the percentages went down :(

But I swear when I first looked at it, it said that 32 people had voted, and now it says 29. In any case, it's not really that far off. Right now, 15 people say stay, 12 people say go, 1 says they don't know (inexplicable), and 1 says they don't care (inexcusable.)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

My name is Dennis.

I was also a US Navy vet(1960-66), 65 yrs old, retiree from Verizon,(NY) by way of Florida for 13+yrs. I spend much time on these sites, because I feel I come from a time of different perspectives. I grew up in working class neighborhoods, mostly union, when we were the envy of the world. The majority of my neighborhood buddies joined one of the armed services as volunteers. We still believed the government was on our side, and not being manipulated as Eisenhower warned in his departure speech, by the military industrial complex. I can compare that to now, when there is so much of a 'video-game' perspective about life. Where we send other people's kids to wars for the benefit of a few. And where the rest of the world wonders why we're so willing to sacrifice ourselves in conflicts with no end in sight. Anyway, since I found this site recently, I try to be here daily to read about NC news and perspectives, as like anywhere else, the newspapers have very little depth to stories and events. And being a life CWA member, I'm quite comfortable with this Democratic slanted website.

Hi Dennis!

Thanks for introducing yourself. We have more than a few Navy vets around here.

Which part of the state are you living in?


Thanks for stopping by.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

living in Mt Airy vicinity

Hi Anglico--I moved here a little more than three years ago from Florida. Lived in SW Florida, a big Repub area. So now it seems I'm in another one.

You are indeed.

Though it's a bit colored by all the Mayberry bunting!

Welcome again. Good to have you here.

I'm Stan...

I grew up in Oklahoma...worked my way thru University of Oklahoma (washing pots and pans for 4+ years) where I earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an ROTC commission, 2nd LT, ARTY. Shortly after graduation I was assigned to the ADA school at Fort Bliss in El Paso...and a few months later was on my way to Vietnam. I was employed by IBM for almost 30 years. I was the Systems Engineering Manager for a 10 state area and worked on some really exciting things like the Space Shuttle. B1 Bomber, Redstone Arsenal ICBMs and some (then) secret communications projects for the Navy at TRW and Rockwell Int'l. Then became National Sales and Mktg Mgr for one of IBM's Business Units.

Married 20 years to Nan, the most wonderful woman in the world (tolerates me) and we raised my/our two kids...one now an MD (Radiation Oncologist) the other a PhD in Psych. Nan was a surgical nurse before we both retired. We are each other's second.

I stumbled onto BlueNC some time ago and have enjoyed reading all the fine work done by all of you denizens of the political world.

Stan Bozarth

Darren Staley

Born and raised in Wilkes County, NC.

Been married for seven years (both my wife and I had one previous, with kids from both- 3 her, one me).

Worked at Golden Needles Knitting factory from 1993 until it relocated to Mexico in 2001.

Went to Wilkes Community College, took some "time off" for medical reasons, and eventually transferred to St. John's (NY) where I will be a senior next month via their Distance Learning program.

I have been volunteering (at various levels) on political campaigns since 2004 or so, and am working on (again, at various levels) three this cycle.

I am currently shopping around for work where I can tele- or e-commute. Just missed one opportunity last month but am in the running at another company right now.

Other than that, I like to read, especially blogs and the major local and national newspapers, dabble in writing music reviews semi-professionally from time to time, and probably watch way too much TV.

That's me in a nutshell, I suppose. Glad to be here and to meet everyone!!

Update: A few things I forgot: I'm 33. We are fostering one dog and own one cat. My major at SJU is Criminal Justice (leaning on pre-law) and minor is Government and Politics.

Hi Darren!

Thanks for letting us know who you are.

I'm a full-time telecommuter (freelance writer) and I love it. My clients could care less where I am, which makes work a thousand percent more tolerable.

My name is Hazel Rex

But I prefer my middle name, Lee. I’m a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. I grew up in Jackson County and enlisted in 1977. I met my husband in 1991 when we were both stationed in Washington. He retired in 1998 and I retired in 2000. We were stationed in England at the time and had no idea where we wanted to live. We did some research online and picked Greensboro without either of us ever having been here before.

I discovered BlueNC about a year ago and now I’m addicted. I don’t comment often but I stop by several times a day

Hi you!

No wonder I want to snap to attention when I see you!

(Just kidding . . . thanks for the background!)


Amazing how many of us hate-mongering liberal extremists are ex-military, isn't it?

Papa Doc, Baby Doc, Bully Doc

I'm Frank Eaton, and until I was kidnapped by a gang from Cite Soliel in Port Au Prince on December 28, 2005, I was going to be the most prolific music video director in Haiti...

Why was I there in the first place? I was (at the time) a bit commitment-phobic. I wasn't so sure I wanted to throw myself wholeheartedly into the business I'd started the year before, so I decided to take a few weeks at the end of the year and go someplace dangerous and have a life-altering experience. Three weeks later: Voila! Kidnapped. Life altered. Commitment to the Bully Documentary Co. and my beautiful home state of North Carolina reaffirmed.

I spend my time making short documentaries for plaintiffs in wrongful death and injury lawsuits, so I work with brave and inspiring characters who teach me new things about being human every single day. I love this work beyond what I ever imagined to be possible.

For thrills I volunteer my time helping Dan Besse become our next Lt Governor. I've got a seven year old son and I live in a steadily evolving downtown Winston-Salem co-op.

The video is for a Haitian musician named Belo who was named Radio France Internationale's new artist of the year in 2006. Half of it was shot in December 2005 before the kidnapping, the rest the following March...


Wow. I wanted to talk to you before. Now I really want to.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Have you written about this experience?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


It's like Graham Greene squeezed through Terry Southern's shorts...

Hi, Rip.

Thanks for sharing about yourself. I used to be both a Conservative Democrat AND a Southern Baptist, but have back-slid beyond belief.

That said, I echo one thing you said in spades.

I'm ready for a big change in this country and hope to see it and be a part of it in my lifetime.

Amen, brother.

Hiya Rip

I'd never call myself conservative, but we agree on this:

hate to see trees cut down. I don't like to see people, especially children, in need of basic essentials in this land of plenty we live in.

I don't particularly care about the guns. Not high on my priority list. :) I'm glad you're here.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Lived in Winston-Salem for 15 years

Now a UNC student and former college dems president there. Until UNC, I lived in a quiet inner suburban neighborhood in W-S. I got into politics in college because I got sick of the environment getting ruined, fellow human beings getting demonized for being hispanic or gay, and the government going crazy with its spending priorities.

I'm supporting John Edwards for president and Dan Besse for LG (though I'd be fine with Smathers or Dellinger.)

The political things I think about most right now are getting people with some spine in the Democratic leadership in the US house and senate, and getting the communities I care about to start planning and developing keeping emissions and the end of the oil age in mind. It blows my mind that Winston-Salem is still pushing car-dependent growth.

I'm majoring in math and geology and am a total nerd about both. I went on my first backpacking trip a few days ago but have always enjoyed and spent a lot of time outdoors. I spend way too much time reading blogs, and have lurked and occasionally posted at Blue NC for a little more than a year.

Nothing frustrates me more than seeing tools like John Dingell and William Jefferson screwing up the party and the nation. I believe that people who put narrow or personal interests over the politics and policy we need do not belong in any elected capacity. I love this country and party, and I believe that means fighting to hold them to their promise against the few bad apples in high places.

I'm really glad this thread got bumped!

Glad to meet all of you! Can't wait for the eventual face to faces. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Troublemaker from the edge of the mill village...

is as good a way to start as any. I was born in Hickory and will be 53 in five days. Graduated Hickory High '73 and went to UNC on scholarship.

Dad was a Marine in Korea when I was born and his earliest job that I remember was foreman on second shift at the GE transformer plant. Mom's first job that I remember was switchboard at the furniture plant. They both later put themselves through school, and ended up as an interviewer at Employment Security and a teacher/principal, respectively.

Kay and I married in '77 and we're still together. She spent most of her career as a legal aid attorney and local program director before she retired early for health reasons.

I spent a decade as a legal aid attorney in rural counties down east, plus more years with citizen environmental groups and Planned Parenthood. Served on state environmental commissions for 20 years and have been on Winston-Salem city council since 2001.

I enjoy running, reading, and politics. And nothing beats a nice sunset over the mountains.

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Besse

How many of those insane long races have you run?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

What counts as insane?

At the risk of confirming the diagnosis of lunacy, 21 marathons and 52 ultramarathons. The ultras have mostly been 50k's and 50 milers. Just two hundred milers. I confess that I haven't run anything longer than 50k since I hurt my knee training for the Chicago Marathon in 1999. And 50k is only about 31 miles, essentially just a long marathon.

The secret is, once you've finished a couple you know you can keep going even when you feel bad, and it takes the mental pressure off. After that, they're an oddly relaxing experience. It's the release of total concentration on a physical challenge. It takes your mind off other worries, and acts as a confidence-builder for everyday activities.

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Besse

Happy Birthday December Babies!

My sister was a December baby. When it became obvious that her birthday was being overlooked, my parents started having "half-birthday" celebrations for her in June. It worked out wonderfully - and it's something I would suggest for any parents out there who have December or early January children now. It's not really about the gifts as much as the celebration and recognition - at least in her memory, it was. Think about half-birthdays. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Not always

but I tended to get socks and shirts for birthday presents. S'ok--good prep for these post-40 years when you don't WANT birthdays to be a big deal...

and a Happy New Year!

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Besse

hello all

Hello all - We moved to NC when I was 2 (1967), grew up in Charlotte and lived here until going away to college up in the hills (ASU). After finishing there, moved back to Charlotte to get an engineering degree. I also have grad degrees in public administration and historic preservation.

I first ran for office while going to ASU. Ran for Watauga County Commission and got 33% of the vote in a non student district. After my experience with dealing with the Watagua Dem. party, I left the Dems for 19 years.

I ended up with the Greens, eventially becoming a national co-chair of the party. I came back to the Dems in 2005.

I am an elected official here in Mecklenburg. I was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 to the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation Board. We are not very high profile but we are doing some good things here.

I am about as left as you can get but many people are surprised I also teach Sunday School and am an Eagle Scout.

I serve on the board of Democracy North Carolina and am also on the Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commision. I was on the board of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg League of Women Voters. I serve on national and state boards that work with community conservation and will soon be a member of the School of the Americas Watch national board.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

It's Steven Charles, if you've wondered

what the sc stands for.

I was born in Titusville, Florida (my dad worked at the Cape), lived for two years on a tiny little island in the Pacific called Kwajalein during the waning years of the Vietnam war, then moved to N.C. in 1973.

After getting married and having our first child, I enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Ft. Bragg (two more children) for 5 1/2 years before being transferred to Chicago for recruiting duty. At the end of my second hitch I returned home to be near my kids, and have been employed in factory management since.

As far as politics is concerned, I was born into a Republican family and stayed that way until life experiences and commie pinko college professors :) caused the scales to fall off my eyes. I've been voting (mostly) Democratic for almost two decades but didn't actually change parties until earlier this year.

p.s. BlueNC is an unbelievably invigorating experience, allowing me to get involved with important issues and meet some fantastic people. Thanks for that. :)


"Who are you?" is always a great line.

- Only Child of a Single Mother
- Born in Kansas, lived in Alabama, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maryland, but I tell everyone I am from North Carolina, because home is where the heart is.
- I am Jewish.
- I have had two types of jobs in my life. In high school I was a sunday school teacher and bar/bat mitzvah tutor. Since then every job I have had has been in politics.
- My dad's family is full of working class Republicans. My mom's family is full of middle class Democrats.
- My dad's family has been in what we now call America (at least in part) for 300 plus years. My mom's familly hasnt been here 100 yet.
- I spent two years studying philosophy, the classics, etc at St Johns in Maryland before transferring to NC State.

Politically, I believe in standing up for others. I am not gay, but I support gay marriage. I am not poor, but I believe ending poverty should be our greatest goal. I work 90 hour weeks, but I do so because I believe that if you work a 40 hour week you should be able to succeed.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

And when you run for office yourself, BlueSouth

I'm going to vote for you.

Because this is what makes a capital "D" Democrat.

Politically, I believe in standing up for others. I am not gay, but I support gay marriage. I am not poor, but I believe ending poverty should be our greatest goal. I work 90 hour weeks, but I do so because I believe that if you work a 40 hour week you should be able to succeed.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

fellow Kansan

Born in the Ft. Riley Army Hospital, Dad was stationed there.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

more than you know

We were born in the same place.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Big Red One

Dad was at Ft. Riley before they shipped him out to Vietnam in '65.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

my dad too

ft. riley, vietnam, 1965.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Big Red 1

fought its first battle in Vietnam just north of Bien Hoa in about July of 65. I placed our battery near the site of that battle. The area was still unsecured, but better than before.

Stan Bozarth

Heart in Durham, soul in the mountains

I'm Michael Bacon. My parents came to NC in 1972, I think, to work in RTP and later go to grad school at UNC, Dad in public health, Mom in special education. I was born in 1976, and lived in Durham until 1982, when we moved to Asheville because Dad got a better job. I can't say I really enjoyed growing up there, but stomping all over the mountains with my dad was probably one of the most important experiences growing up.

I ended up coming back here to go to NCSSM, oddly enough in the converted hospital where I was born, and headed off to Carleton College in Minnesota. I'd lived in NC my whole life, and wanted to see another part of the country. I saw it. It was cold. And flat. After graduating with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science, I came back.

By that point, the parents had moved back to Durham. I was utterly sick of suburbia, I was tired of the constant, stupid tension between my friends from the rural south and my liberal friends from northern cities, all because of Pat Buchanan's damned culture war. I was also sick of the de facto racial divide that seemed to exist everywhere. I wanted somewhere that I could walk a lot of places, where people were more interested in getting along than picking fights. I found that in Durham, and set about trying to become part of the community and at the same time trying to improve it. I found an apartment I liked in a familiar place -- three blocks from NCSSM nee Watts Hospital. I also bought a cheap fiddle off an online auction and tried to teach myself to play it, and eventually got a job running the e-mail system at Duke. Most of all, I fell deeply in love with Durham.

In '04, burnt out on sysadmin stuff, I bought a house in the same neighborhood (Old West Durham in the house!) and went to grad school in geography at UNC. I left with a masters, worked in GIS for a year, before finally deciding I liked the sysadmin world a little better, so now I'm back to doing the same thing I was before, but at UNC instead. I'm involved in about 15 different community groups in town, play old time music with friends when I get the chance, and write a local blog. I'm a member of First Presbyterian Church, and have started getting involved in the local IAF council, Durham CAN.

I'm leaning heavily towards Obama for President, because I like his vision of the party refocusing on community organizing. I distrust Clinton's technocratic impulses, and Edwards simply drove me to blind rage with dumb or missed votes too many times when he was in the Senate for me to support him in the primary.

If I could change three things about NC governance, it would be to get out of our "Right to (be screwed out of) Work" status, improve investment in our rail infrastructure, and adequately fund our local courts while reforming our prison system. (Okay, that's kind of four.)