Everybody's a critic:
— ModernSouth (@TheModernSouth) February 16, 2014
If by "elevating the dialogue" you mean ignoring all but the worst examples of prejudicial human behaviors, and/or trying to carry on an intelligent conversation with somebody who would conceal their bigotry by spinning a convoluted argument that employs slippery-slopes that don't exist and red herrings marrying bluefin tuna (or is it tunas?), then no. We won't be elevating the dialogue anytime soon.
p.s. I realize this is going to
Speaking of nightmares:
— Josh Roberts WBTV (@JoshRobertsWBTV) February 18, 2014
Before you start laughing, don't forget we elected Bush the Younger. Twice. So apparently being dumber than a box of rocks isn't necessarily a detriment if you have Presidential aspirations.
— John Frank (@ByJohnFrank) February 17, 2014
Which, in any sane world, would signal the end of a political career. But right-wing nut-jobs don't live in a sane world, they live in a world where gathering piles of money around you, however that is accomplished, is something to be admired. And the investors who lost money due to Brannon's activities? They're just losers who should have been smart enough to avoid getting ripped off.
— R.Saddler (@Politics_PR) February 16, 2014
Until it is.
— Lex Alexander (@lexalexander) February 17, 2014
This is a few days old, but words like these don't have a "use by" date:
The bottom line: The notion advanced by many concerned folks that Pope has effectively “bought” North Carolina’s state government in recent years may be a bit of an understatement. A more accurate characterization might be that he has simply merged it into his own private political/corporate empire.
And for those who would say, "The average voter doesn't know who Art Pope is", I would say, "Then we need to keep talking about it, because the average voter should know who Art Pope is."
— NC House Republicans (@NCHouseGOP) February 17, 2014
What's not visible in this image is the empty teacher's desk.
— Jon Evans (@JonEvansWECT) February 18, 2014
Okay, the jury's still out on handkerchiefs, although they all agree the connotation is somewhat nasty. But lapel pins? Lapel pins are out. You can't trust a man with a lapel pin, because it's plain he's trying to distract you. Don't even get me started on cufflinks...
— Sochi 2014 (@Sochi2014) February 18, 2014
Yeah, he is kinda cute. But word has it he's an informer for the FSB, so you might want to keep the casual conversation Olympic-related, and don't laugh at any shirtless Putin pictures on your smart phone.
And a bonus Sochi Tweet, in celebration of those who scoff at gravity:
— The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) February 18, 2014
Yes, you're right. People do some crazy stuff.
— Trayvon Martin (@dierdrelewis) February 18, 2014
See if any of these sound familiar:
Taking charter school authorization away from local school boards in favor of a statewide advisory committee, that a governor can pack with pro-voucher people.
Promoting climate change denial in education.
Certifying individuals with no education background as teachers, a move that would weaken the quality of education, that fails to recognize there is more to teaching than knowledge of a subject, and that would undermine the role and competitiveness of professional teachers.
Eliminating tenure for teachers in favor of "performance," allowing districts to fire older teachers in favor of lower-cost young teachers.
I consider it a massive failure on the part of reporters who hang out in the Legislature that ALEC bills aren't pinpointed, analyzed and discussed. The origins of other bills are pursued, why not these? The people deserve to know where their laws are coming from, and that their elected officials are having their term papers written for them.
On that frustrating note, here's your Onion:
In Local News: Inspired Man Bolts Out Of Bed At 3 A.M. To Jot Down Great New Worry http://t.co/OpQp2GJgB8
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 17, 2014
My God. I have become an Onion joke...
Here's another one, to take my mind off that one:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 14, 2014