Hooray for Pedro: Deportation flight grounded, for now

With a little help from Alma Adams:

Salmeron, 18, has a pending asylum application, but he was being prepped for imminent deportation Wednesday after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided he could no longer stay. His deportation to El Salvador was stopped Friday, however, due to new, more sophisticated tactics being used by local immigrant advocacy groups in taking on federal agencies.

Among those approached were Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who has called for an end to deportations of Central America youths such as Salmeron, and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., who says she called ICE and the Department of Homeland Security within hours.

Unfortunately, he has been and still is incarcerated, which is a shocking way to treat somebody (especially so young) with an asylum application pending. But taking a look at some of the comments on this article, it's no surprise we behave much like the blood-thirsty gangs in El Salvador:

November's Gubernatorial vote is about election boards, too

As if you needed another reason to get rid of McCrory:

The Pender elections board was able to get the state board to reduce the number of hours to about 400 during the 2014 elections when the Pender board members unanimously agreed that 577 hours was unnecessary. Since a new Democrat was appointed to the board last year, we have been unable to agree...The Republicans also agreed to increase the number of hours, but the Democrat on the board refused to compromise by insisting that Sunday voting be allowed.

I think many people forget that less than two decades ago, everyone voted on the same day. As a reporter for this newspaper at that time, I remember the long lines and long hours. We certainly don’t want to return to those days. But reason and not politics should enter into this decision.

Bolding mine. After going on a (public) tirade about how the lone Democrat on your board didn't agree with your efforts to limit voting, for you to cap it off with a comment about keeping politics out of the discussion is mind-numbingly ironic. As far as Sunday voting, that may be the *ideal* day for many of those elderly folks about which you claim to be concerned. They may be home-bound for most of the week, but it's a good bet many of them catch a ride to church. When services are over, drop by the voting booth, and then go home. Because making voting easier is what County boards are supposed to be doing, and not parsing statistics to justify the opposite.

Monday News: Schroeder's HB2 cat


JUDGE MULLING LGBT LAW HAS GOP AND BIG-BUSINESS PEDIGREE (AP) -- The fate of the North Carolina law governing transgender restroom access rests in the hands of a judge appointed by President George W. Bush who recently sided with the state's Republican leaders by upholding a voter ID law — but just had that decision overturned by a federal appeals court.

Stan Riggs is our canary in the coal mine

His voluntary retirement should shake everybody up:

At stake in the state’s policy decisions are the millions of people who live, work and visit the coast, as well as sensitive marine habitats already jeopardized by development. For example, thousands of coastal lowland buildings have been removed from designated flood zones; other buildings have been placed in a reduced hazard zone. In total, these policies can give property owners a false sense of security.

“The legislature, the CRC and the agencies in state government have the attitude that they don’t want to scare anyone away,” Riggs said. “It’s not fair to the people who live and work” on the coast, “and it’s not fair to the taxpayers. I want people to realize people and ecosystem are in danger out there.”

I hate to see him go, because of the sheer loss of scientific input to the CRC. But when that science is casually ignored and replaced by fossil fuel-funded pseudoscience, there comes a point where his continued association with the Commission gives it a mere mask of professionalism:

Sunday News: Battleground, NC


ELECTORAL MAP GIVES TRUMP FEW PLACES TO GO (New York Times) –Donald J. Trump, confronting a daunting electoral map and a significant financial disadvantage, is preparing to fall back from an expansive national campaign and concentrate on just three or four states that his campaign believes he must sweep in order to win the presidency. Trump allies have grown concerned about North Carolina, a Republican-leaning state that has large communities of black voters and college-educated whites — two audiences with which Mr. Trump is deeply unpopular.

Sign my petition today and share: Help me protect NC senior citizens!

For the past 30 years, North Carolina's Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) has been helping hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians save over $75 million on their health care. Now, some of the politicians in Washington are threatening to cut the SHIIP system that saves money for both taxpayers and beneficiaries.

We need to incorporate, not dismiss Bernie supporters

They're not entirely wrong:

Virtuecrat – (noun): A sanctimonious person, usu. of the political left. The Harvard Dictionary of Political Eccentricities. Welcome, friends, to the world of the virtuecrats. You may find their school of politics familiar. In 1948 they broke with the Democrats and marched under the “Progressive” banner of FDR’s former vice president, Henry A. Wallace...

You may have detected the same note of righteous indignation in Philadelphia among some noisy followers of Bernie Sanders. They taunted moderates and told television reporters that it “doesn’t matter” who wins the election, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Some walked out. They rely on the fiction that Hillary Clinton’s nomination was “rigged.”

Calling them "Virtuecrats" is fairly accurate. Their sometimes vicious moral superiority can be tedious, to say the least. It has the effect of casting all others as either naive or a willing participant in the destruction of our democracy. Or whatever they think is happening. All that said, when you sweep away the anger and frustration and look at the issues in question, there *is* substance to their movement:

Saturday News: The two faces of the NC GOP

N.C. LAWMAKERS TIPTOE AROUND NATO CONCERNS (McClatchy Newspapers) -- NATO will soon play a crucial role in stamping out the overseas threat posed by the Islamic State. North Carolina lawmakers have been cautious not to rail against an anti-alliance message by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump while highlighting the importance and value of the multinational relationship. Maintaining a careful balance between public support and quiet opposition has become an art form in the 2016 presidential election.

4th Circuit slaps down Republican voter suppression law

The intent to disenfranchise people of color is obvious:

We appreciate and commend the court on its thoroughness. The record evidence provides substantial support for many of its findings; indeed, many rest on uncontested facts. But, for some of its findings, we must conclude that the district court fundamentally erred. In holding that the legislature did not enact the challenged provisions with discriminatory intent, the court seems to have missed the forest in carefully surveying the many trees. This failure of perspective led the court to ignore critical facts bearing on legislative intent, including the inextricable link between race and politics in North Carolina.

Boom. Or is it Bam? One of those two things.

Friday News: The Doctor has a cure

REV. BARBER JUST DIAGNOSED WHAT AILS THIS NATION (Esquire) -- Here on the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention, the Reverend Dr. William Barber II broke through. Or, more accurately, he rose above, past the partisan food fights and the insults and the vindictiveness. His soaring speech was a call to action, and a declaration that it was inaction on a range of issues—gun violence, the deteriorating relationships between police and communities of color, the climate—that had led to a kind of national cardiac arrest. We are not all equally to blame, he said.


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