Tuesday Twitter roundup

Inducted into the hall of shame:

I seem to recall several folks telling me we shouldn't engage in opposition research during that campaign, that we should just present positives of our candidate because voters were tired of negative ads. Apparently they weren't tired enough...

Shorter and less emotional version: Nathan West had a bench warrant issued for failure to appear at child support hearing. Now, if you want to get a relevant quote, how about one from his ex-wife? She might have something to say about that "been there for him" comment, since West has apparently been behind on child support for half that 20 year-old's life.

Not to mention dragging us back to segregation.

Oh, Charlotte. I hope you're not planning to spend too much to attract the GOP Clown Car...

Big surprise, the lucrative land deal Tim Moore profited from by bending DEQ to his wishes is now causing environmental problems for neighbors. Time for a full-on SBI investigation into that stinky scheme.

Yeah, she's one of the worst of the worst. But if anybody is expecting Republican voters to do the right thing in the Primary, they really haven't been paying attention for the last few years.

I simply can't stress enough how important this work is:

Each participant was asked to participate for two weeks at a time. Twice a day they would sit outside on their porches for 10 minutes at a time. Using journals we designed, they would document whether there was an odor, and if so, how strong it was. When the 10 minutes was up, they would take their blood pressure, print it out, and tape it to the journal page for that day. We also tested their lung capacity and used saliva samples to test their immune system. The results proved what people were saying was happening to them.

We used machines to measure the amount of hydrosulfide in the air and wind direction. We were capturing the flying particles in the air that you can't see, which we thought were getting trapped in people's lungs and causing asthma and respiratory problems. We were able to report back to the communities what the documentation showed. We were able to show the maps of where the pollution was located so they could understand why they were being impacted.

One of the reasons we performed the research is because when we talked to the policymakers — our legislators and local government — they told us that people were making this stuff up. So we had to help people prove what they were saying.

That last paragraph is both saddening and infuriating. All it would take is one short visit to a few of these homes, and those lawmakers would have all the proof they couldn't stomach. But no, their plausible deniability is precious to them.

Okay, there is a fine line between aggressively pursuing a story and ambushing people and chasing them around like the fricking paparazzi. If somebody does not want to give you a statement at that particular time, it doesn't automatically equate to a massive cover-up. Schedule an interview, and at least give them some bullet points on what you want to find out, so they can have some data handy to answer said questions. If that fails, and they refuse to sit down with you on camera, they're not likely to have a change of heart just because you magically appear and chase them down some stairs. It might seem like good drama, but that's all it is, drama.

He actually did the Democratic Party a favor:

In North Carolina, the strategy led to the 1972 election of Jesse Helms and his pandering to white resentment, a precursor of the Trump strategy today. Helms became the first Republican Senator from the state in the 20th century. He consummated a deal with the devil between the business Republicans in Charlotte, the anti-war (Civil War) Republicans and the populists, often masquerading as evangelical Christians, who made up with white supremacist wing of the Democratic Party.

These races in Alabama and Mississippi help explain why Republicans in North Carolina don’t want primaries for judicial contests this year. The base that they coddled and pandered to, but kept at bay, has taken over the party. In GOP primaries this Blue Moon election cycle, the only people voting might be the white resentment crowd and they could very well nominate unelectable candidates similar to Moore or McDaniel.

After 50 years, the Southern Strategy is finally coming back to bite Republicans. The GOP establishment invited the racist wing of the Democratic Party from the one-party South into their fold with the misguided belief that they would never have control. Now, they’re the dominant faction, especially in the South. Republicans who voted for the likes of Donald Trump on the rationale that he’s better than Hillary have to look in the mirror and convince themselves that a Roy Moore or Chris McDaniel is better than any Democrat. It’s a hard sell—especially if they want to sleep that night.

And I'm forced to say it again: There are many in the NCDP who want us to aggressively court some of those angry white voters who pulled the lever for Trump November 2016. I have no problem with exploring economic issues in rural areas, because I genuinely believe Democrats are better equipped to help those folks. But that's it, that's where I draw the line. I don't want to hear any anti-abortion crap, any homophobic nonsense, or any "crack down on illegal aliens" hateful rhetoric.

On that preachy note, here's your Onion:

If you've got it, flaunt it. Wow, I just realized how asinine and materialistic that old saying is...



Don't want to turn into a Russophobe,

but they sure seem to be turning up everywhere these days when some criminal or shady business operation is exposed.

And the right-wing nutters, who always seem to be trying to connect Democrats with Communism, just completely ignore the huge Moscow elephant in the room.

The company Tillis keeps

America's Most Wanted Dirtbags

Some questions that need answering by Tillis and the NC GOP

I don't want to sound paranoid, but ... I'd like to remind everyone of a post I made way back in 2014 when Tillis was pushing NC to join the Kris Kobach's creepy "Voter Crosscheck" program by drumming up nonsense about nonexistent voter fraud here in NC.


I brought up several potential problems with sharing NC's voter data and how it could be abused including direct election marketing to voters, targeting of particular polling places for closure or nefarious activity and identity theft.

I'm still suspicious that Kobach may have shared the data collected with the Crosscheck program with Cambridge Analytica with what we've seen play out over the past few years. It could have been used in "fine tuning" the more general demographic and interest data they could glean from Facebook. And it could have been used by the Russians or GOP operatives to target specific polling places for hacking or closure.

Kobach, if you'll recall, was rewarded by Trump with a national level commission that was going to try to take Crosscheck nation-wide. That commission fell apart and now Kobach himself has had a strong rebuke in court to all of his voter-fraud scaremongering and lies.

Was the NC GOP using Cambridge Analytica - and perhaps NC voter data filtered through Interstate Crosscheck - as a trial run for the dirty tricks we saw play out nationally in 2016?

Speaking of paranoid ...

About the time Tillis was itching to get NC voter data into Interstate Crosscheck and Tillis and the NC GOP were hiring Cambridge Analytica, the company was meeting with representatives of a Kremlin controlled oil company for a briefing on how CA was manipulating US voters.

Let that sink in for just a minute.

"So, Lukoil is a private company but has been deployed as an instrument of the Kremlin, and they are sanctioned by U.S. law because of it.

One of the things that the Cambridge Analytica's former research director, Christopher Wylie, is saying and providing documentation of now is that he says in 2014 and 2015, Cambridge Analytica met with executives from Lukoil specifically to give them detailed briefings on how data was used to target American voters."