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Mourning

I'm not around much these days, too busy doing nothing of significance, contemplating the world as I see it devolving. I'm just a guy scratching his head and wondering what the hell has happened to our state and our country. It's pretty damn ugly.

My key takeaways aren't earth-shattering, they're the things I think most days. That the human race is over-rated. That whatever trust We the People put in our institutions has been misplaced. That democracy doesn't necessarily win. That reason doesn't often prevail. That people in a position to do something important rarely do.

Cooper wins first court skirmish

The GOP in North Carolina lost its first court battle today, when a judge ordered an injunction to stop the dissolution of the board of elections. Here's hoping it's the first of many actions by the courts to restore North Carolina's democracy.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/312250-judge-halts-north-carolina-law-stripping-incoming-dem-govern...

Projecting Berger

If you're looking for the truth, all you need to do is to look at whatever Phil Berger says in the mirror. Here's a great example of Berger projection: "They’re brass-knuckled politicians who want to wage a nasty culture war with divisive issues so they can keep filling their campaign coffers with cash from fringe liberal activists.”

Reinstate the Charlotte ordinance, and expand it to 20 other cities

The willingness of progressives to play by the rules against ruthless adversaries has to stop. We keep hoping those adversaries will find morality, but they will not. Their only morality is Machiavellian: winning at any cost.

Just another page?

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster for me, going down, down, down with only the hint of "up" here in North Carolina. Cooper's win is huge, there's no debating how important it is. So is Josh Stein's victory. And then there's the NC Supreme Court. I expect Rs to go dirty and expand the court by two seats, one last insult from McCrory. In any case, the overall downward dive of politics is relentlessly discouraging.

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