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Trumpoholics Anonymous

In this second year of Donald Trump's reign, a dangerously large number of American voters have become addicts, gobbling up his lies like crack cocaine. An intervention is in order.

The suggestions listed below are adapted from a number of classic 12-step programs. Though most such programs are religious in nature, I've chosen a secular approach. Please share with anyone you think might be trapped by this addiction.

Trumpoholics Anonymous

Step 1. Admit you are powerless to resist Trumpism.

Trump will wreck NC's economy

China's retaliation against Trump's misguided trade sanctions will hit North Carolina especially hard, with targets that include pork and aircraft parts, along with 126 other products. Our state’s top export is aircraft equipment, with a total value of $1.5 billion last year. Our third largest export is animals and meat, mostly pork, valued at $553.5 million. China is North Carolina’s third largest international customer behind Mexico and Canada.

Facebook open thread

Jane and I have been having ongoing discussions about Facebook and what it means to be participating there. I wrote down some of my ideas this morning. Would love to hear what others are thinking.

ICYMI: Duke Energy poisoning NC families

Duke Energy: Nothing to see here. No big deal.

Me: But we're talking about arsenic in ground water that's 15 times the acceptable level.

Duke Energy: A few people die. So what? Besides, our customers are to blame. If YOU didn't want electricity, we wouldn't have coal ash dumps. That's why we're making YOU pay to clean up our messes. Sounds fair, right?

Tillis's broken clock: UPDATE

After a career of doing absolutely nothing good for America, Senator Tillis may finally be at the point of doing something that matters. I say "may" because drafting legislation is easy. Now he has to get it past the rest of Congress and Trump. I'd be surprised if he puts himself on the line to make this happen.

Can you say machine gun?

Thomas Mills recently cautioned Democrats to avoid campaigning against the NRA. I tend to agree with him. The NRA is a distraction. I'd also caution candidates against running on "gun control" or "gun safety." The former is too broad and squishy. And though the latter is admirable, almost any sane person is already in favor of it. I'm not sure "gun safety" buys us anything.

Will GOP leaders push for a constitutional amendment to shrink the size of the NC Supreme Court?

Faced with the likelihood that Anita Earls will crush opponents in her run for the North Carolina Supreme Court, Phil Berger and Tim Moore, leaders of the NC Senate and NC House respectively, may be hatching new plots to take over the judiciary. They can't win playing by the rules, so they'll do what they always do: Rig the system to suppress democracy.

Two faced Tillis

Listen to Senator Tillis getting all sanctimonious over the insider trading involving Equifax. Then answer me this. Where the hell is Mr. Tillis when it comes to Carl Icahn's insider trading related to Cheeto's steel tariffs? Icahn made millions dumping stocks that would be affected by the tariffs right after meeting with Trump ... and only days before Trump's tariff announcement.

What's up with that Senator Tillis? What does Trump have on you and your family? Videos of golden showers? Memos from Russian prostitutes? What are you afraid of, Senator?

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