Not sure I really want to look back, but here we go:
— Jonathan Kappler (@jonathankappler) December 31, 2013
Should have been #1:
3. “House committee OK’s new version of abortion bill”
In a high-drama legislative session, a bill to tighten standards on abortion clinics took the show. Hours after the governor threatened to veto one version, House lawmakers debuted a revamped abortion bill without any advance notice in July as the session neared an end.
The abortion language was attached to a motorcycle safety measure, the juxtaposition of which became a rallying cry for critics. The legislation made national news when the House voted later the same day to approve it and send it to the Senate, which just days before had approved its own version in a bill tacked on to another dealing with Islamic law.
Not only did this legislation strike a blow against women's rights, they passed it in such an overtly deceptive fashion it was plain they knew it couldn't survive the full due diligence such a controversial law deserves. The frightening nature of such an assault on Democracy should have garnered more clicks than other stories, regardless of your views on abortion.
Another depressing look back:
— Elizabeth Adams (@lizadams44) December 30, 2013
And it's not a good report card, either:
The most common metric for tracking changes in Arctic sea ice over time is sea ice extent. Extent approximates the sea ice you would see from a bird's-eye view, and it has been declining at a rate of more than 14 percent per decade since satellite measurements began in 1979. If you were to descend below the sea surface, your fish's-eye view would provide an equally dramatic decline: sea ice is not only shrinking across the ocean surface, it's also thinning.
With little to offset the ice loss through the Fram Strait, multi-year, thick ice has declined. The oldest sea ice left in the Arctic generally clings to the Canadian Archipelago, but it is a thin ribbon of ice compared to the much larger amounts in the 1980s and 1990s. In March 1988, thick multiyear ice (4+ years) comprised 26 percent of the Arctic's ice pack. In 2005, that number dropped to 19 percent. In 2013, it dropped to 7 percent.
The loss of old, thick ice amplifies the impact of Arctic warming and sea ice melt. When sea ice survives multiple melt seasons, it generally thickens, which makes it more resistant to melting during hot summers. Today, a blanket of ice still forms over the Arctic each winter, but it's a thin blanket, dominated by young ice, which melts far more quickly when summer arrives.
The only way to stop/reverse this process is embodied in a number: 350. Its not impossible, but we don't seem to be interested in even halting the climb of atmospheric C02, which has passed 400 parts per million point. Future generations will not be happy with us, for good reason.
I (D) have considered and accepted the immense obligation of running for North Carolina Senate District 31. pic.twitter.com/ApQwjptTxo
— David W Moore (@MOORE_Carolina) December 30, 2013
Yeah, that's just...great. So, um...is there a Primary opponent yet? Because, you know. Sometimes Primaries can be really important...
— Equality NC (@equalitync) December 30, 2013
I know everybody and their excited spokesbots have been trolling for money lately, but I'm putting my stamp of approval on these folks. I...don't actually have an approval stamp, that's just one of those things that you say. ;)
Like a cat with 9 lives, Bob Etheridge has landed another govt job -- as NC director of fed Farm Service Agency. http://t.co/07Axjx9Vut
— WRAL Gov't Coverage (@NCCapitol) December 30, 2013
Is that "cat" analogy really necessary? You've been spending way too much time reading blogs...
— Sam Spencer (@choosesam) December 30, 2013
She's a keeper, Sam. Don't f* it up.
— ACLU-North Carolina (@ACLU_NC) December 30, 2013
Not sure the article will totally destroy said meme, but it definitely takes some of the punch out of it:
It's a question loaded with import as we begin what promises to be yet another year of voter suppression in America. For it's a question that Republican officials and other supporters of voting restrictions have been asking all over the country over the past few years, in countless iterations, as they relentlessly push ahead with measures that purport to ensure "fairness" and "accuracy" in voting but that are designed instead to disenfranchise the poor and the elderly, the ill and the young, and, most of all, people of color.
You know who had a good answer for this variety of question? Richard Nixon. In 1957, after the Senate passed an amendment that watered down that year's already-diluted civil rights legislation, Eisenhower's vice president said, "This is one of the saddest days in the history of the Senate. It was a vote against the right to vote." And so are votes today for these new ID laws. They are votes against the ability of fellow citizens to cast a ballot or to have that ballot counted. They are votes that are hostile to the least powerful, the most vulnerable, among us.
In my opinion, the biggest challenge in dealing with this voter id issue is the self-centeredness of people in general. The vast majority of people in our society already have a photo id, one that they obtained during the normal course of their lives, so their reality becomes everybody else's. They have cars, and credit cards, and bank accounts, and all the other trappings of being an active capitalist spinning around on the consumer-driven dance floor. They simply can't imagine that hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens were not invited to that dance, or simply choose not to step out. And you can throw all the statistics in the world at them, but it won't stop them from projecting their own lives onto that of others.
The key to shaking them loose from this self-inflicted delusion is real people. It may be anecdotal, but nobody ever said anecdotes aren't effective. They may not be scientifically useful in determining the depth of a problem but, as we've seen countless times in recent years, science is more often than not ignored anyway. So we need some video interviews of folks who don't have an id, but who also want to vote. Or articles with photographs, whatever. Something to break the trance of the navel-gazing public, if that's even possible.
Leftist utopia: Shut down all of Mr. Pope's businesses, & put scores of people out of work so they can become government-dependent. #ncpol
— Mark Shiver (@markshiver) December 30, 2013
Dependent on what? The way things are going, your hero Art Pope is going to hack away the remaining tatters of the safety net. I don't want utopia, I just want to be able to sleep at night without worrying about 1 in 5 of NC's children going hungry. And I can't simply block it out like you right-wingers can.
— Trayvon Martin (@dierdrelewis) December 30, 2013
Well, at least we're not West Virginia. Jesus. Is their Legislature nothing more than a fax machine now?
— Phil Berger, Jr. (@philbergerjr) December 31, 2013
Okay, I'll freely admit I won't be doing any modeling for Dolce & Gabbana anytime soon, but Junior Berger needs to avoid the camera whenever possible. Looks like something Saruman pulled out of a hole in the ground and marked with a white hand...
And then there's the father:
— Dr. Michael Bitzer (@CatawbaPolitics) December 31, 2013
Phil Berger: North Carolina is the mirror image of Minnesota — a state where Republicans took control and governed with little regard for compromise. And while Pat McCrory may be North Carolina’s governor, Berger, the state Senate president, is the undisputed driving force behind policies on election law, tax cuts and social issues the legislature passed this year. To make clear just who ran the show, the legislature overrode McCrory’s only two vetoes without breaking sweat.
But if there are political consequences to Berger’s agenda, they could reverberate in 2014. The elections bill in particular is galvanizing Democrats, who, if they turn lemons into lemonade, could register and organize thousands of new voters. State House Speaker Thom Tillis, who frequently found himself in the middle of the McCrory-Berger feud, could bear the burden of the legislature’s actions as he runs against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D) next year.
Feud? Yeah, right. More like bad kabuki theatre.
That's all the looking back I can stand. Time for some Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 30, 2013