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By the time Ed got his first vaccine it was already too late. This virus is not a joke, and it's definitely not something people should use to score political points, like this:

Keith Kidwell files fetal heartbeat (anti-abortion) bill HB31

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Speaking of Vetoes and Democratic solidarity:

§ 14-45.1. When abortion not unlawful. (a) Notwithstanding any of the provisions of G.S.14-44 and 14-45, it shall not be unlawful, during the first 20 weeks of a woman's pregnancy, prior to a determination by a qualified physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina that the unborn child has a detectable human heartbeat, to advise, procure, or cause a miscarriage or abortion when the procedure is performed by a qualified physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina in a hospital or clinic certified by the Department of Health and Human Services to be a suitable facility for the performance of abortions.

Just so you know, some sort of rhythmic pulse can be detected as early as 5 1/2 weeks, before many women are even aware they are pregnant. Here's some history on this type of bill:

In search of Person Three: NC man facilitated Capitol insurrection

And he has a lot to answer for:

Caldwell, who prosecutors say served in an unspecified leadership role within the Oath Keepers, suggested on Nov. 23 things would get violent no matter who becomes president. “I believe we will have to get violent to stop this, especially the antifa maggots who are sure to come out en masse even if we get the Prez for 4 more years,” he texted Watkins, per prosecutors.

In December, Crowl attended a “training camp” in North Carolina while Caldwell arranged hotel stays in Washington D.C. Watkins worked on seeing if “NC boys” are coming, according to prosecutors. Caldwell later said at least 40 people from North Carolina, maybe more from Mississippi were coming.

Right now these Ohio Militia people are the main focus, but only three have been indicted. That may be the bulk of this group, as you can see from the photo. The NC group is another story entirely, and Person Three in particular needs to be identified. Read the indictments, because this guy brought a truckload (I'm assuming it was a pickup truck) of weapons so the other 40(?) wouldn't have to bring them on the commercial bus:

Tim Kaine is pushing "Censure" instead of Impeachment trial

Thankfully it's not getting much traction:

Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, told Capitol Hill reporters on Wednesday that he views censure as a possible “alternative” to Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. But the idea didn’t appear to gain much traction with Senate Democratic leaders.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), said Wednesday, as Kaine’s effort became public, that “there will be a trial, and the evidence against the former president will be presented, in living color, for the nation and every one of us to see.”

Let this be just one more example of why expecting radical legislation out of our 50/50+1 Senate majority is more than a little naive. I shouldn't have to remind you (but I probably do), Tim Kaine was Hillary's running mate, and had a front row seat when Trump told her she was going to jail, and stalked up behind her during a debate. He should be the last Democratic Senator to fold on Impeachment, but here we are:

Coal Ash Wednesday: A costly victory over Duke Energy

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There are 2.9 Billion reasons this settlement falls short:

It finally seems to be reaching an end of sorts — though the actual cleanup is not expected to be completed until 2029. But with a recently reached settlement, we at least know now who is going to pay for the cleanup. We are. On Monday, Stein and Duke Energy announced a settlement under which customers are expected to bear about 75% of the projected $4 billion clean-up costs through 2030.

"This settlement settles this dispute for the next 10 years that is fair to customers,” Stein said. “It is a win for every single Duke Energy customer." But it also seems like a win for Duke Energy, which will not have to sacrifice much in the way of profits or payments to shareholders.

I knew there had to be some sort of compromise, although it is tempting to stamp one's foot and demand that Duke pay for all of it. It is their mess, and if you took your family to a restaurant, but the manager said you had to go back in the kitchen and scrub the pots and pans at the end of the meal, you would laugh at him. It's no different. They sold us that power, and made enough of a profit to give shareholders a hefty dividend every quarter. A 50/50 cost share would have been hard to swallow, but making us pay 3/4 of the cost? That's a choker.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

The timing of the FBI's decision to drop the months-long investigation tells us quite a bit. Shortly before Biden was sworn in, but after the House voted to Impeach. Was there a quid pro quo between Trump and Burr dealing with his Impeachment vote in the upcoming Senate trial? The fact the Senate Ethics panel did not outright absolve Burr of any wrongdoing is also very telling, but it looks like Burr will not face any consequences for his second bank run.

Madison Cawthorn tries (and fails) to justify seditious rhetoric

Pretty sure he flunked out of homeschool:

You know, this is exactly what happened in the Revolutionary War. You know, we just felt like we didn't have any representation so people wanted to go and fight because of that.

It was *nothing* like what happened in the Revolutionary War, you twit. In the 1760's the British Parliament passed numerous restrictive acts on the Colonies, which included several forms of taxation (without representation). But it wasn't just the money being squeezed out of colonists, the Quartering Act required the colonists to house and feed the very Crown soldiers who were oppressing them. Those troops literally booted families out of their homes and moved in, with zero compensation. 80 million Americans voted Trump out of office, but you chose to ignore the will of the people. Just like George III did. Maddy is not much for critical thinking, either:

QAnon suffers a possibly fatal blow with Inauguration

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The threads of this crazy quilt are coming apart:

For years, legions of QAnon conspiracy theory adherents encouraged one another to “trust the plan" as they waited for the day when President Donald Trump would orchestrate mass arrests, military tribunals and executions of his Satan-worshipping, child-sacrificing enemies.

Keeping the faith wasn’t easy when Inauguration Day didn’t usher in “The Storm,” the apocalyptic reckoning that they have believed was coming for prominent Democrats and Trump’s “deep state” foes. QAnon followers grappled with anger, confusion and disappointment Wednesday as President Joe Biden was sworn into office.

Of course you can't get rid of crazy that easily, but you can cause it to chase its tail for a while. The fact they put so much emphasis on Trump as the hero of their fantasy has doomed this particular cult to an embarrassing ending, as their hero slinks down to Mar-A-Lago to lick his wounds and try to figure out how to avoid the monstrous karma wheel that's about to crush him. And his apparent "weakness" has driven the Proud Boys and other right-wing groups to turn on Trump like rabid dogs:

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