Head gun-nut tries racial fear-mongering in State Fair debate

Reminiscent of 1960's pro-segregation scare tactics:

How about this headline: “ ‘Beat Whitey Night’ at Iowa State Fair”? – “Police are investigating whether a series of assaults at the Iowa State Fair were racially motivated since the attackers reportedly announced it was ‘ Beat Whitey Night.’ ”

The Christian Science Monitor reports: “Wisconsin State Fair mob attack: Police seek hate crime charges” – “Police in West Allis, Wis., say some attacks by black teenagers on white people outside the gates of the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 4 were racially motivated and should be prosecuted as hate crimes.” At a previous Wisconsin fair, the mayor of Milwaukee was beaten with a metal pipe.

Not surprisingly, these comments could have been taken directly from a White Supremacist website. It is surprising to see them in the pages of the state's flagship newspaper though, and the News & Observer's editorial staff needs to do some serious soul-searching on whether they are trying to give both sides of a debate some column space, or help fan the flames of racial strife for controversy's sake.

Daily dose: Freedom to marry edition

‘We do (Greensboro News & Record) -- The grooms stood in front of a minister in a corner of the Guilford County Register of Deeds office shortly before 7 p.m. and affirmed during their vows that there was no legal reason they couldn’t be wed — hours after a judge struck down North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages. And just like that, history was made.

Gay Marriages Allowed to Proceed in Idaho (New York Times) -- In two terse sentences, the court denied Idaho officials’ request to block the Ninth Circuit’s decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage. … Those ripples reached Colorado and West Virginia this week, where same-sex marriages have already started, and North Carolina, where a federal judge on Friday struck down the state’s ban based on one of the appeals court decisions that the Supreme Court had let stand on Monday.

The arrogance of (Duke) power

As a 35-year customer of Duke Energy, I expect to be able to navigate their maze of “customer service” barriers with relative ease. I’ve started, stopped, and transferred service dozens of times with only minor injuries. This week, however, I met my match. I ran into the grotesque monstrosity known as Duke Protection. It is a bureaucracy so impenetrable and imperious, it would stop Indiana Jones dead in his tracks.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of dealing with Duke Protection, you must count yourself lucky. They are the gestapo of the Duke Energy monopoly machine, and they operate without regard to reason.

The story of my frustration is simple one. Through a billing mix-up that is impossible to track down, the electric service to my daughter’s apartment in Chapel Hill was cut off without warning last week. When she called to get service restarted, she was directed to Duke Protection, where Melody, a mindless cog in the monopoly machine, determined that she must show an actual Social Security Card to affirm that she is indeed who she says she is.

If you live in Chapel Hill and don’t have a car, you are shit out of luck in the Social Security Card department. The closest office is in Durham, which may as well be the moon to a person living ten miles away without transportation. Even for those with transportation, the ordeal is arduous. Just the sort of thing Republican's love, as evidenced by their Voter ID fetish.

Love won, hate zero

Affordable Care Act: Myths, Facts, & Benefits

Myth: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is socialistic.


  • The only socialized medicine in the US is Veteran’s Health & the Indian Health Service.
  • The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is modeled after the successful Massachusetts’ Healthcare Plan (“Romneycare”), a Republican program, conceived by the conservative Heritage Foundation. Both Obamacare and Romneycare depend completely on private insurance providers and expand private health-insurance coverage to people who previously did not have it.

Energy Summit draws industry reps and protestors

The happy talk express gets derailed:

Three protesters disrupted proceedings inside, shouting at speakers Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, and N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, who responded to their calls against offshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” Continuing, McCrory added, referring to the protester: “And for that individual and other individuals who will now get in their car and fill up with gas or turn on their air conditioner or heater, they’re using energy from the same sources that they’re protesting against.”

That prompted another protester to call out at McCrory before being escorted out. Rob Kaiser, publisher of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, who emceed the event and interviewed McCrory, spoke over the outburst to ask the governor how such environmental concerns are balanced with business interests.

And he just became part of the story instead of reporting it. This forum may not have been set up to allow questions/comments from the audience, but a journalist who drowns out somebody else's voice, even if he's trying to "smooth things over" and get some kind of answer the reporter thinks may address the protestor's concerns, is no journalist at all. He's a pundit, and we have more than enough of those. As to the Governor himself, his illogical mouth runneth over:

Daily dose: Today's the final day for voter registration

Time to call it: NC voting law a dishonest, unjust and racist attack on rights (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- The Supreme Court's disappointing ruling against reinstating same-day registration and counting out-of-precinct votes serves as a stark reminder that it is time for everyone outraged by the ongoing war against voting in North Carolina to call this coordinated attack for what it is:

Time For North Carolinians To Stand Up!

The time is drawing near, and the hour is late. This Mid-Term election is not like any other in the history of this country and North Carolina will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the nation.

In North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District, voters have a real opportunity to both shock and shape the future of this country. The democratic candidate, Marshall Adame is, by far, the best hope that the 3rd District has had in over 20 years. Marshall Adame is highly qualified, brings a wealth of international diplomatic experience, served on Congressional Commissions, and has served his country in war. This man is a reliable member of the community that has only one purpose....to serve the people of the 3rd District, stand with his neighbors when legislature is passed by the state that hurts the people of his community and his district, and to bring an active interest in improving the economic state of the 3rd District. It's time the 3rd District has a Congressman that is ready to roll up his sleeves and get things done for the people of the district and the people of this country. Marshall has and will always put the people first.

SCOTUS: Weird with a beard

We're going to discuss photo IDs and vote suppression in just a minute.

But first, God and beards were before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the case of Holt v. Hobbs. At issue: Whether a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas should be allowed to wear a beard in accordance with his religious faith. Per federal statute, prisons should allow such accomodation. As a compromise, the plaintiff, Holt, had agreed that a half-inch beard would satisfy his obligation to God.

University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock testified for the plaintiff.


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