Confederacy of dunces coming to Chapel Hill


Don't worry, there is no mastermind behind this event

“It’s nothing racist,” Williamson said. “It’s standing up namely for the school itself, which a lot of people don’t understand, and the folks who went to Chapel Hill, the student body who fought for the cause of Northern oppression. That’s what the Civil War was about.” Southerners who fought in the Civil War were standing up for their rights by opposing “overbearing government, taxes” and the taking of their land, he said.

“We’re not just standing up for one particular thing,” Williamson said. “We’re standing up for the state of North Carolina and the good parts that need to be remembered, not the bad stuff. The bad stuff, we had no part in, and that’s not why we fought the war.”

Taxes? There were no Federal income taxes levied on North Carolinians prior to the early 20th Century. There were tariffs, but those only tangentially affected most citizens. The State, however, did decide to avoid property taxes, which would hurt their slave plantation-owning friends, and instead taxed the crap out of the middle class. And just like it is these days, half of the population refused to recognize the tyranny in their own back yard.

Thursday News: McCrory bullies his way into Kinston

Kinston City Council candidate ejected, arrested, at McCrory event (Kinston Free Press) -- Tharol Branch, a candidate for Kinston City Council, was arrested after being removed from an “invitation-only” event where Gov. Pat McCrory was seeking to bring public attention to his signing of borrowing legislation. Branch said he came to the Lenoir Community College to see McCrory speak after his own event was cancelled to accommodate the governor. David Bell of Kinston, was also asked to leave, as was a man claiming to be with a news outlet.

Wednesday News: Bus driver in trouble edition


Ethics group targets Carolina Rising (WRAL-TV) -- A national watchdog groups has asked the IRS to sanction Carolina Rising, a nonprofit group that played a key role in North Carolina's 2014 U.S. Senate election, The Center for Public Integrity reported. The IRS complaint filed by CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, says that, while Carolina Rising insisted it was airing issue ads, it was really providing a conduit for wealthy donors to back then-Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis in his campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Tillis won that race.

Coal Ash Wednesday: The EPA's lukewarm regulations finally arrive


Leaving environmental orgs to foot the legal bills:

While the EPA’s coal ash regulation seems like a major step forward in protecting America’s environmental health and drinking water, the truth is that it’s more of a preferred practice than a law. That’s because it is ultimately up to citizen lawsuits, usually via environmental organizations, to make states enforce the law.

Nearly half a million people commented during the agency’s eight city public meeting tour in 2010, though it took another four and a half years and dilution from the White House before the regulation was finalized, and an additional four months before it was published in the Federal Register. It’s taken yet another six months to get us to this point.

And after the years of delay and diluting, mostly the result of fossil fuel industry lobbying and astro-turf economic scare tactics, Republicans still try to portray the EPA as a hateful oppressing arm of the government. The reality is, these spoiled rich polluters got nearly everything they wanted, but still aren't satisfied. And our waters continue to be contaminated on multiple fronts.

Political nonprofit spent nearly 100 percent of funds to elect Tillis in ’14

A social welfare group called Carolina Rising spent 97 percent of the money it raised in the 2014 midterm elections — nearly $5 million — running ads that helped Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) defeat the incumbent Democrat that cycle.

Legislative idiocy: Using a 35 year-old video game analogy

Taking oversimplification to a whole new level:

For many of the Republicans who control the state legislature, the reason for the change is simple: budget predictability.

"For years and years and years, Medicaid has been considered the budget Pac-Man that eats up all the dollars that people in this chamber would like to see spent on many, many other things," Rep. Bert Jones said during the North Carolina House's debate of the bill last month. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the overhaul into law on Sept. 23.

*sigh* What's even worse, this article was in the Kitsap Sun, a Washington (state) newspaper that gets dropped on my sister's driveway every day. I'm thinking about calling her, just to get the inevitable embarrassing yet accurate jokes out of the way.

Tuesday News: It's the air we breathe, stupid

Environmental Groups Urge Veto Of 'Sweeping Changes' (WFAE-FM) -- Environmental groups are urging Gov. Pat McCrory to veto a bill they've nicknamed the Polluter Protection Act. Officials in McCrory's own environmental department have also said they oppose parts of the bill. What started as a one-page bill on transporting gravel morphed into 61-page bill that overhauls a variety of state regulations. The final version emerged with only a few days left in the legislative session, and it passed with mostly Republican support.


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