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Cuba Generation Y This 30-something blogger publishes at great risk to show readers outside Cuba what everyday life is like inside the oppressive, Communist nation. Think you like Communism...read this blog and think again!
Smart Girl Politics Conservative Women bloggers, and a few men, who are here to refresh you when you are thirsty.
LadyBlog A modern take on traditional women. Classier than tea service. Like Fight Club but with better hygiene. Sightly more aggro than a cucumber sandwich.
The Political Byline One of my fellow Top Conservatives on Twitter. Check him out! He's not afraid to speak his mind. Based in the Motorcity.
Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Sister Toldjah National conservative blogger who tells it like it is. She loves North Carolina and occasionally picks up items from KCC on her blog.
Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
Dateline Obamastan Cary's John Byrnes writes about national, state, and local politics. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
Your blogger gave away her CPAC tickets as she couldn't take the time away to go this year, so she's going to do the next best thing...stream it.
You'll be able to watch it live, here on Katy's Conservative Corner. Watch for the posting and keep coming back, all three days!
This should be one of the more interesting conferences, as conservatives look to re-take control of the Republican party.
Your blogger is amazed that people today do not know the difference between a conservative and a moderate. The moderates have been in control of the state GOP for years and it's time to move towards a truly conservative party, both locally and statewide, and nationally.
Your blogger will also be streaming this event live on Katy's Conservative Corner.
Regarding the recent RNC elections, reader Kent Misegades submitted the following:
That's what I love about our party. Lots of candidates and a real battle. Democrats would never have tolerated such an election, using a rubber stamp instead.
I have watched Michael Steele fairly closely the past couple of years. He has been a courageous Conservative in a very liberal state of MD.
He has withstood jeers from blacks and been pelted by Oreo cookies. I'd like to see most white GOP members stand as tough when under fire. Steele is a Black catholic, very rare, which says something about his conservative convictions. He also believes the GOP needs to use more electronic means to reach voters in the future
I have encouraged a number of GOP leaders to go on the offensive regarding race relations in February, Black history month. Attached is something I put together. It underscores the long history of African-American Republicanism in our country, which includes one well-known member, Martin Luther King, Jr. We need to get this message out and stop being afraid to carry the timeless, good news of Conservatism into the poorest communities and liberal strongholds.
Download Black_Americans in Word format. This is an excellent resource and well worth the read! Please feel free to distribute.
Editor's Note: Kent Misegades, of Cary, is a frequent contributor to Katy's Conservative Corner. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Thales Academy - Apex
Business was booming Tuesday afternoon and evening, at the GOP booth (left) at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. As reported yesterday by reader and contributor, Kent Misegades, people were lined up six to eight deep to get stickers and t-shirts of GOP candidates.
Todd Batchelor, member relations director of the North Carolina Republican Party, told your blogger that they had sold more than 650 McCain-Palin t-shirts in six hours, as fast as they could sell them. "We hope to get more on order tomorrow to meet the demand," he added.
Michelle Weaver (left), wife of House challenger, Eric Weaver, worked the booth, along with daughter Anna. It was clear that neither had had the chance to sit down all day.
Meanwhile, over at the North Carolina Democratic Party booth (photos, at end of post) crowds were trickling in, with booth workers asking, "are you registered to vote" to everyone who asked for a sticker or handout.
The booth run by a Ronnie Ansley worker had zero traffic, and your blogger had to feel a little sorry for the gentleman working it. He seemed so lonely. Ansley is challenging Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler for his seat on the Council of State.
The fair seemed to be extremely well-run, though ride tickets seemed high at three dollars per person, for most rides. Your blogger isn't much on rides, but since this was her son's first year to really enjoy the fair, she and her husband rode many of the kiddie rides with him.
The animal exhibits were great and it helped that we all were wearing NC State University clothing. The vet students showed some love to KCC's little boy and let him pet the cow he was begging to touch. Kids dressed in other school clothing didn't get the same treatment.
KCC ran into arch-conservative, and tax-cutting hero, former State Rep. Russell Capps (R-Wake). He was one of the lucky few to sport one of the much sought after McCain-Palin T-shirts, and and his wife looked snazzy with her McCain-Palin sticker.
All North Carolinians owe Capps a huge debt of gratitude after serving us so well in the North Carolina State House. Sadly, he lost his seat to an Obama wanna-be, Rep. Ty Harrell (D-Wake), in the last election, but Capps continues to lead the Wake County Taxpayers Association.
Harrell, like all Democrats in the General Assembly, takes his orders from liberal Speaker Joe Hackney and votes how he is told. That's why we must elect a new legislature, a conservative General Assembly!
Go see the fair, be a kid again, and wear your GOP gear. If you don't, you'll feel out of place. While you're there, be sure to thank every man and woman in uniform (military, law enforcement, EMS, Fire, etc) for his or her service. Like the Airman in the photo at left, they don't get thanked enough.
Kudos to Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry for making sure the rides are safe and to Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler for running a ship-shape state fair!
9-11. Praise is due for the President, our intelligence agencies, our military and a host of others who have helped make the seven years since 9-11 safe years for most Americans. Still, by the estimates of those closest to the fight, luck has played a strong part in our success. There has been simply too much information to process and too many gaps in our safety screen for us to assume seamless protection from those who wish us harm.
Vulnerabilities remain on our southern border. Any barrier that can be crossed by hundreds of people a day and that serves as a conduit to billions in illicit drugs is not authentic.
As a country, we continue to struggle with the importance of protecting our liberties as surely as our physical safety. The equation of success that upholds both responsibilities is illusive and deserving of the vigilance of all who value the heart and soul of America.
Terror comes in many guises. A life can be ended as surely by a dealer with a beckoning crack pipe as a trained terrorist with a bomb. Hunger, poverty, cold, and despair can come as certainly from an undermined economy as a war. Voices that press us to ignore the Constitution, our historical values, and the American Success Equation of liberty, opportunity, and responsibility hold more power to destroy our future than any army on earth.
There is value in ceremony. Yet perhaps we most honestly honor 9-11 by realizing that we are still in a fight for America, and that each of us has a part in the battle. It may be as a public safety officer standing between those you protect and potential harms. It might be as a soldier denying a place of rest for those behind 9-11. Most often it will be as an everyday person resisting wrongs, struggling to remain spiritually grounded in a fallen world, or simply finding the courage to write a letter to the editor defending truth.
A note of thanks is due to every American who takes the time today to remember 9-11. An even brighter star is reserved for those whose actions make the strongest statement, "We remember - we carry on for you - we will not surrender - to anything or anyone who would dim America's light."
Katy's Conservative Corner received this submission and is please to reproduce it for you here:
I was never old enough to vote for Senator Helms and I met him only once in my life. That was after he had retired from the Senate. I met him at a speech the president was delivering in
at the Meymandi Concert Hall. I remember they wheeled him down the aisle in his wheelchair.
I shook his hand and he asked me what I did for a living. I told him I wanted to get into politics. He told me something that will always stick with me. He said “Remember son, never ever change what you believe. If you know in your heart that what you believe is right, you stand up for it with all your might.” This quote has stayed with me.
After that I returned to my seat. The President started his remarks, he looked down and saw Senator Helms and said “I'm also pleased that a person who set an example of what it means to be a person who sticks to his principles and is a fine United States Senator has joined us, Senator Jesse Helms. Thank you for coming. Proud you're here. It sounds like to me they still remember you.”
Too many times today we have politicians who don’t vote the way they believe. They flip flop back and forth. That is wrong. You should vote the way you believe. Do not try and hide things from the people who elected you and sent you there. If you believe something that strongly go home and sell it to your people. Listen to their opinions and gather information. If you still believe its right than you should do what you believe is right.
There are some additional things I learned from this great public servant. Number One, your constituents ALWAYS come first. If you wrote a letter to Senator Helms you had a response in 48 hours. You may not agree with it but you had one. The most fundamental thing an elected official can do is keep his or her constituents happy.
Number two, never stray away from a fight. If you have a political fight on your hands, you should face it head on. Do not shy away from these things. Senator Helms never backed down from a political fight if he new he was right.
Senator Jesse Helms is the greatest Senator the state of
has ever had. My condolences go out to Mrs. Dot Helms and all of Senator Helms’ family. God Bless you and god speed Senator No.
For two days, WRAL-TV of Raleigh touted it's special on Jesse Helms. It's promises exciting the hopes of this blogger. KCC expected an in-depth report on each of his six storied campaigns, along with details about his political career.
Instead, the channel brushed over his campaigns lightly and barely mentioned the infamous (Gov. Jim) Hunt-Helms race of 1984, that became the most expensive Senate race in history. For example, there was no mention of the infamous "Where do you stand, Jim" ads that this blogger was dying to see.
Instead, Channel 5, chose to interview notables, such as former Senate Majority Leader, Bob Dole (above), and discuss Helms' negatives, The station even showed an interview with an ever bitter Harvey Gantt, whom Helms defeated twice.
Despite what the liberal media (and Democrats) would like to think, Helms beat Gantt on the issues, not on the low blow charges of race-baiting, which has been so often charged.
Even the photo they used of Helms was disrespectful. WRAL founder, A.J. Fletcher, a mentor of Helms, would have turned over in his grave at how his station was depicting the late Senator. Instead of a strong Helms, they choose a photo of him in his declining years, when he was barely able to manage a smile.
The station made a slight attempt to be fair. The brief interview with former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer was interesting, but it didn't go into depth like we would have liked. Fetzer cut his political teeth working at the Helms-Founded National Congressional Club, while KCC was in college. Even affable Democrat Rufus Edmiston had plenty of nice things to say about Helms.
Before we knew it, the "special" was over. It lasted 30 minutes, or about 22 minutes not counting the commercials. Nothing significant was added and Helms was not properly remembered. Shame on WRAL. Helms deserved better, whether their editorial writers liked him or not.
Editor's Note: Another former Helms' employer, the Raleigh News and Observer, put together a wonderful tribute. Rob Christensen wrote several in-depth pieces and seemed to proved the most fair coverage.
Today's funeral of long-serving United States Senator Jesse Helms has attracted big time attention. With the expected arrival of such notables as Vice President Dick Cheney, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Elizabeth Dole, former Secretary of State MadelineAlbright, and many others, security is especially tight.
Insiders report that currently, there are three rows of police motorcycles, ten deep. In addition to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the FBI and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) are on the scene to keep the site secure.
Helms' church, Hayes Barton Baptist, is located in the middle of Raleigh's Five Points, with busy roads coming in all directions.
The Helms family is already at the church in anticipation of the 2:00 funeral. WRAL reports that many liberal Senators and former Senators are expected. Former foe,
WRAL will have live coverage, locally, beginning at 2:00 today. Full "episode" and episode recaps will be available later in the day at CBS.com.
On Monday, your blogger became part of the news, when she joined those paying final respects to the late US Senator Jesse Helms.
At the door, two members of the North Carolina Highway Patrol stood guard, in their dress uniforms. Inside, on either side of the American flag-draped casket, two more Troopers stood by. They were careful not to look directly at any mourner, so each of us could be lost in our private thoughts and prayers.
KCC was lucky to have come of age during the greatest period conservatism has ever known in the United States. She was nine years old during the elections of 1976, when Helms helped Reagan stay in the race that ultimately paved the way to his election in 1980. Watching the Kansas City convention on TV that year, KCC was sure that she was a Republican!
Helms taught this blogger about the evils of communism -- evils that still lurk today behind the bamboo curtain. Those evils affect her own family that are not allowed to leave restrictive communist governments in Southeast Asian nations. And those evils nearly brought our nation to war with the Soviet Union.
It wasn't popular to say you supported Helms, especially to the downtown Raleigh set. KCC lived downtown for 13 years, and had gay friends that stopped speaking once a Helms sticker appeared on her car, during his last race in 1996. But, Helms taught us to never back away from our beliefs and to never compromise them.
Much was said about Helms supposed "hatred" of blacks and gays, yet he hired many of both on his staff.
God bless America for giving us Jesse Helms. He was truly one of a kind.
If you live in the Triangle area of North Carolina, and are a conservative, you will want to catch the WRAL (Channel 5) special, "Jesse Helms - A Conservative Icon". It airs this evening at 7:00 p.m.
If you live elsewhere, check their website. KCC hopes that after it airs locally, WRAL will make it available for viewing online.
Coming up later today, KCC will visit with the crowd that came to see Senator Helms lying in state, and we'll catch you up with the John McCain rally at 3:45 at the Velvet Cloak Inn, on Hillsborough Street, in Raleigh.
Meanwhile, your blogger is filled with glee that Barack Hussein Obama will not appear in Charlotte today, as was previously scheduled!
Thanks to the corrupt, Democrat, state legislature that North Carolina's citizens keep re-electing, we have enough problems in our state. We don't need another slimy Democrat coming for a visit.
North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby gave a brillant talk a recently at his church, Christ Baptist in Raleigh. KCC is please to offer it you here. (A new page will open. Click on the tiny, green "play" button at the upper left corner.)
Nothing says "Happy Independence Day!" like the crackle and bang of a pyrotechnics display. Dazzle your barbecue guests with this fireworks trivia.
Fireworks first appeared around 1000 A.D., in Chinese religious ceremonies.
Various metal salts are used to create the colored explosions. Barium makes green, copper makes blue, and aluminum is responsible for the sparkle.
Smiley faces, words, and logos: Fireworks have expanded far beyond the classic palm tree. To make different shapes, a chemical mixture is glued to the wax paper in the form that it will take when it explodes. Next, the paper is put inside a spherical shell made of cardboard or some other paper. Several are fired off at the same time to give the appearance of three dimensions, says John Steinburg, a vice president of Pyrotechnics Guild International.
The United States imported around $217 million worth of fireworks in 2007, with $207 million of that coming from China, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Editor's Note: The above appears in the July 2008 issue of Real Simple magazine, and was written by Kristin Appenbrink.
Former Senator Jesse A. Helms died this morning in Raleigh. He was 86 years old. The News and Observer has an excellent write-up here.
God bless America. Thank you for giving us Jesse Helms. He stood up for this country when it wasn't fashionable and when no one else would.
This blogger first heard of Helms from her father, a conservative Democrat who spoke lovingly of Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms over the dinner table.
Though your blogger became a Republican in 1976 at the tender age of nine, it wasn't until 1984 that she became active in the North Carolina Republican Party. That year, Helms and Democrat Governor Jim Hunt ran the most expensive race ever for the United States Senate, which Helms won.
Always a staunch anti-communist, Helms was like a ray of light for this blogger. She still feels that most people are not aware of the threat that nations like Red China, North Korea, Vietnam, and others pose. Helms opposed any aid to the Soviet Union and this blogger agreed, feeling that nation would have fallen much sooner, had we not aided that communist government.
Insiders say, of his whole life, Helms regretted the racial practices he used in campaign tactics, most of all. He had many detractors and was seen as anti-gay by many, though he employed many minorities and gays on his staff.
He assumed the nickname "Senator No", since he often was a lonely "no" vote in the Senate. He was sharp and knew the Senate rules like no other, often becoming a pain in the side to liberals, such as the currently ailing Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Taxachusetts).
We appreciate you, Senator Helms, and Godspeed to you. It is appropriate that you pass on the birthday of our great nation.
May God bless your family, our state and the United States of America. Helms joins fellow patriots John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe by passing away on this great holiday.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx released the following statement today on the death of former five-term Senator Jesse Helms. Senator Helms passed away this morning at age 86.
"Senator Helms was the truest of patriots," Rep Foxx said. "His passion for conservative principles and the vigor with which he pursued them was second to none.
"I consider Senator Helms to be a mentor and dear friend. He dedicated his life to ensuring that the America he knew and loved would remain a strong beacon of freedom in a tumultuous world. Senator Helms leaves behind a strong legacy of fighting for the freedoms that make America great, even in the face of the strongest of foes.
"Today my thoughts and prayers go out to those Senator Helms left behind. I pray that God's comfort might be with all of his loved ones during this difficult time."
In this first clip, Bob Dole mentions how he tried to get out of politics but it kept pulling him back in. (Reference for you "Godfather" fans.) He also salutes World War II veterans.
These are only the first three clips. Others will be posted later today. Don't miss Dole's Cameo with the now-disgraced Brittany Spears in a Pepsi commercial at the end of this post.
In the 2nd clip, Dole recounts how a group he is involved with that brings World War II veterans to Washington DC to the WWII memorial. Further, he mentions the service of Frank Buckles, the last surviving World War I veteran. (Your blogger's Great-grandfather, J.R. Weatherly, Sr. was such a vet, but he passed away in 1984 when she was in high school. )
In the third clip, Dole talks of filming the Pepsi commercial with Brittany Spears.
The following clip is the infamous Pepsi commercial, mentioned above. Bob Dole's cameo is at the very end.
It's Memorial Day Weekend, so please joining me in saying a prayer to thank our fallen heros. These proud men and women gave their lives so that you and I can live in a nation where we are free to speak our thoughts.
Linda Daves and the NC GOP have hit another one out of the park! The North Carolina Republican Party has produced an ad (below) linking Barack Hussein Obama's extreme preacher to the Democrats running for NC Governor.
This blogger says "forget it gang". The RNC may be correct on some issues, but this is about North Carolina, and we don't play politically correct games down here.
Both Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore have stuck their fingers in the wind and "endorsed" the America-hating Presidential candidate.
Now, Linda Daves is making them pay. Watch the ad and see for yourself.
If you are a liberal and want to post comments complaining of the age-old claim of "racism", don't even bother. Obama is multi-racial (as is your blogger's husband) and that old junk doesn't work anymore. Martin Luther King, Jr lead us past this more than forty years ago. You folks need to get past it too. Shame on the RNC for kowtowing to these antiquated clowns!
There is nothing wrong with Daves calling it as she sees it and she should not have to be defending these actions from her supposed allies.
The phone is ringing off the hook at NC GOP headquarters and the money is said to be rolling in, but it's not enough. Our party needs more and they need YOUR contribution to get this ad off the Internet and ON THE AIR. Contribute online, here.
The state party is apparently receiving threats, as the Raleigh Police Department has been guarding NC GOP headquarters all day. The doors to the Hillsborough Street building are locked. After the firebombing of the same structure by anarchists a few years back, they've learned to expect the unexpected.
This is making national news and Katy's Conservative Corner has never been more proud to be a North Carolina Republican than today.
UPDATE: Katy's Conservative Corner has obtained an email written by NC Rep. David Lewis, the recently elected national committeeman to the RNC, who told his followers that the ad has been pulled. Your blogger verified this as untrue:
From: David Lewis(political) To: (name removed to protect the guilty) Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 11:16 AM Subject: extreme ad
Thanks for the email.
I had no idea the ad even existed until the news this morning.
I called the Party’s Chief of Staff Chris McClure and the ad has been pulled.
I guess we will just have to judge the fallout over the next few days.
Update Update- This From state Rep. David Lewis, North Carolina National Committeeman-
I made a mistake this morning in responding to a concerned Republican. In fact, I responded before I even saw the ad. I had seen some news coverage of the ad on WRAL but hadn’t seen the whole thing.
I contacted Chris McClure at State Party Headquarters and misunderstood what he told me about the ad. I did not, as I should have, check with Chairman Daves.
I tried too quickly to respond to an email without looking into all the facts.
Chairman Daves has made me aware that the Party will continue running the ad.
I am deeply sorry to have put out incorrect information.
The truth is I have been working on a fund raising event with Vice President Cheney and have not been actively involved with this particular media effort.
I want to do a good job in responding quickly to emails and phone calls and sometimes I am a little too quick.
This miscommunication is absolutely my fault and was not intentional.
I sincerely apologize to everyone who has been inconvenienced by my foul up and am going to try to put out a press release later today to clarify my mistake and that I was not authorized to speak for the Party.
North Carolina's number one Leader on terrorism, Rep. Sue Myrick, is hosting a "family friendly" picnic on Saturday, May 3rd.
Normally your blogger wouldn't announce picnics and other fundraisers, but KCC feels it is vital to re-elect Mrs. Myrick and overfill her war chest, so that she can potentially help others running for Congress who are as strong on terrorism as she is.
Your blogger had the good fortune to see Mrs. Myrick and terrorism expert Steve Emerson speak at a forum sponsored by the Civitas Institute last Fall. KCC learned so much about what we have facing us and why we must continue to fight terrorism, both foreign and domestic.
Mrs. Myrick also voted against the 2009 budget, as she says it contains "no fiscal discipline." Congrats to Mrs. Myrick for standing up for North Carolina values. Your blogger only wishes others in our party were as strong and as fearless as she is.
Twenty-eight years ago this week, a group of rag-tag college kids defeated the Soviet machine in the 1980 US Olympic Hockey semi-finals. Two days later, they went on to defeat Finland in the Gold medal game.
At the time, professionals were not officially allowed to participate in the Olympic games, but this Soviet team had spent years training and competing together, as did many teams from the Soviet bloc. The American kids were basically an all-star team of Northeastern college hockey teams that came together just months before the 1980 Olympics began.
The win provided an uplift for Americans during the cold war. It was a terrible defeat for the professional Soviet team and was yet another example that we Americans can do anything, if we dedicate ourselves to it.
The popular chant "U - S - A, U - S - A" was coined and is now heard where ever the US national teams compete.
That year, Ronald Reagan campaigned that it was "morning in America" and that our greatest days were yet to come. He went on to win the Presidential election that November. 1980 was a great year for this blogger.
(Your blogger was 13 years old and was already a hockey fan, thanks to the new cable network, ESPN. In those early days, the fledging cable network had little else to show, so she would watch hockey games from the Northeast, the Midwest, and Canada while babysitting, after the kids went to bed.
Their premise is so preposterous, that we have included their announcement flier in this post. The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, is mostly composed of a "minister", Fred Phelps, and his family. They believe that God hates homosexuals and because America has "allowed" homosexuals to exist, then America is evil.
Once again, they are picking on our proud Marines by planning a protest at Camp Lejune, near Jacksonville, in Onslow County. Somehow, the "church" ties their protest to the recently discovered murder of a pregnant Camp Lejune Marine. Perhaps the reader can figure this one out!
According to McDowell, these people "have hijacked" the Christian faith and are causing a ruckus at the funerals of our American Heroes.
McDowell invites people to visit his website to learn more of these vile characters and join his group of proud Americans this Saturday. As always, bring your American flags. Details forthcoming.
Read the WBC Flier (You Must Have Adobe's Free Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view this file):
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Tuesday, January 15, at 9 PM, UNC-TV premieres Senator No: Jesse Helms, a 90-minute biographical documentary from independent filmmaker JohnWilson. The film chronicles Helms' life from his humble childhood in Monroe, to his two decades as an outspoken print and television editorialist, to his five contentious terms in the U.S. Senate and the fierce political battles that landed him there.
Your blogger hopes that Wilson and Public TV treat the ailing Helms with the respect he earned the hard way. It would be a shame to see his often controversial name dragged through the mud, possibly upsetting the Helms' family in the process. Helms, is an American Icon and deserves reverential treatment even by those with whom he did not agree.
From the 1950 Willis Smith/Frank Porter-Graham Senate primary to until his retirement, Helms always let folks know where he stood, no matter how "unpopular". That is a freshness missing in politics today, where most candidates and political parties seem to test their ideas in the wind before going forth.
Helms knew right from wrong, and stood up for his beliefs. Though your blogger didn't agree with every single stance he held, she admires him for being forthright.
This writer even lost "friends" after she placed Helms stickers on her cars during each election cycle in which he was involved. People would cut her off in traffic, complete with the middle-finger salute. Her homosexual friends stopped speaking to her, etc. Actually Helms employed several homosexuals on his staff over the years, based on your bloggers personal interactions with his staffers. He was a fair and open man.
Your blogger will be watching with anticipation to see how Helms is depicted. She hopes to learn more about North Carolina's interesting political history in the process. Often ridiculed for his strong stands against communism, Helms taught your blogger that living in America was an experience in which to be thankful.
Helms was instrumental in helping Ronald Reagan stay in the 1976 GOP Presidential primary, working to secure a win in North Carolina. Reagan later went on to become the greatest President in history, being elected in 1980, when this blogger was 14 years old.