— Rob Schofield (@Rob_Schofield) December 24, 2013
Just a few friendly reminders as you're stacking the gifts under the tree:
Hunger is a commonplace problem all over the state where one in six people experienced hunger in 2012, slightly above the national average, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released this fall.
One in four North Carolinian children doesn’t have assured access to food, and North Carolina also has the undesirable distinction of having, along with Louisiana, the highest rates of children facing food shortages, according to the N.C. Association of Feeding American Food Banks.
Food banks and food pantries in the state have also seen steady increases this year, influxes attributed to a variety of factors but including the state’s July 1 rejection of federal unemployment aid for long-term jobless workers and a bungled launch of the N.C. FAST benefits system that prevented thousands from signing up or accessing their federally-funded food stamps.
It was not my intent to sap any of your holiday spirit, but merely to plant a seed that may germinate later. We spend a crazy amount of money on Christmas gifts to a relatively (that was a pun) small group of people. We'll go into debt, or further into debt, to make sure one of our seemingly dwindling happy occasions is as happy as is fiscally possible. But when it comes to giving to those who are truly in need, people we don't know, people we can't "identify with", people we're not likely to encounter in the normal course of our day, we're not willing to go into debt for that. If they get anything, it's a tiny fraction of what we can truly spare. That's not how things change, it's how they stay the same. Okay, sermon over.
— di kele (@Pudingtane) December 24, 2013
First of all, weasels aren't "evil", they're pragmatic and goal-oriented. Secondly (and all joking aside), if it wasn't for Holder's vehement opposition to the disenfranchisement of certain classes of voters, the very fabric of our representative form of government would be at greater risk. If it's evil to defend Democracy, then I guess he is. And so am I.
Calif. man crashes car into Fayetteville AutoZone http://t.co/ZJT0b1TLbC
— WRAL NEWS in NC (@wral) December 23, 2013
Apparently they have a lot of drive-through auto parts stores in California...
— WRAL Gov't Coverage (@NCCapitol) December 23, 2013
We're waiting on pins and needles to hear whatever gibberish DAG McCrory has to say about this. Probably along these lines:
— gregflynn (@gregflynn) December 23, 2013
— Gary Robertson (@garydrobertson) December 23, 2013
Or between the bible thumpers and the Constitution thumpers. Whatever the case, it's going to be a meme-fest of monumental proportions.
— Houston Barnes (@HoustonBarnes) December 23, 2013
What he said. Ellmers is a bonafide idiot, but it's still going to take a massive effort to upend her seat. Maybe we can get Houston to come by and do a live blog or something...
— betseyross2014 (@betseyrossTGDN) December 24, 2013
One of the least logical arguments from the RWNJ fringe: those who refuse to tolerate intolerance are the real intolerants. Something about a speck in someone else's eye versus a beam in your own comes to mind, but I dasn't start quoting scripture lest I cast off my fine garments and don a ragged cloak and sandals and start roaming the lands. Way too cold for that right now.
— David R Lewis (@RepDavidRLewis) December 24, 2013
I rarely throw away bad Christmas gifts, because there's always the off-chance the giver could stop by at some later date and ask how much I've enjoyed the pasta maker. But this one is going into the trash unread.
— Ron Garcia Fogarty (@Nicamericano) December 24, 2013
Voting By Mail: Despite the rhetoric about preventing fraud, H-589 increases access to what
experts across the political spectrum say is the preferred method of cheating in elections: mail-in
absentee voting. Republicans cast more mail-in ballots than Democrats in NC, and Americans
for Prosperity pushed to loosen the rules. Under the new law, candidates, parties, and advocacy
groups will be able to send pre-populated absentee ballot request applications to their preferred
voters. (“You can fight [Obamacare][the Tea Party] from the comfort of your home.”) It’s
unclear how this will unfold, but our state is clearly entering a new world of mail-in balloting.
Of course "True The Vote" has ignored the most dangerous potential voting fraud, because they're only in it to help Republicans win elections.
On that disgusting note, it's time for the newest holiday snack, the Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 23, 2013
Ehhh. That's just spooky. Here's another:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 21, 2013
:) I needed that. It was almost a belly laugh, but it's been so long since I've had one I can't remember what it was like...