Within a 24-hour stretch, three veteran House Republicans, including the former Speaker of the House, decided they would call it quits. So far five House Republicans are retiring. Everyone expects that number to go up. No one expects that these empty seats will be automatically filled in 2008 by the party of the neo-cons.
A 26-year-old male student at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest was taken to jail yesterday, convicted of two counts of statutory sex offense, four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, for having turned his volunteer Bible study group for teenaged boys at Providence Baptist Church into a sexual predator's private hunting ground.
More police abuse of free speech in Asheville, this time by the city cops (thanks, Craig).