Saturday News: Like a bad penny

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TRUMP AND HIS FANS PUT ON ANOTHER SAD DISPLAY IN CHARLOTTE: “The media’s constant unfair coverage, deep hostility and negative attacks only serve to drive people apart and to undermine healthy debate,” he said. The rally was to campaign for Republican candidates Mark Harris and Rep. Ted Budd. Trump said he needs their help in Washington to what he called getting the job done, from tax cuts to border security and affordable healthcare. Following this rally, supporters seemed to be energized by what they heard. Angela Leson said she and her sister love Trump. “We support him 100 percent,” she said. Jerel Miller, wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, said he enjoyed the rally. Although many of Trump’s comments are “repeated over and over again,” Rick Horton said, “it’s not a lot of new stuff, but it’s good stuff.”
https://www.wral.com/trump-to-rally-in-charlotte-for-nc-congressional-candidate/17948876/

Word of Faith cult adds unemployment fraud to list of crimes

These are actually RICO violations:

Prosecutors say Covington and McKinny decided to lay off employees at one of Covington's businesses so they could collect unemployment benefits in 2008 when the company was struggling financially. But the employees continued to work at the company, Diverse Corporate Technologies. They later put the scheme into place at Covington's other business, Integrity Marble & Granite. Covington then implemented a variation of the scheme at Sky Catcher Communications Inc., a company he managed, prosecutors say.

After starting the scheme at Diverse Corporate Technologies, Covington, McKinny, Whaley and others "promoted variations of the scheme to other businesses," the court filing said. "These conspirators promoted the scheme as a way for (the church) community businesses to weather the financial downturn," the document said.

Seriously, this is straight out of a Soprano's episode. The only thing missing are the dead bodies of those who either betrayed the family, or were so crazy they jeopardized the smooth operations of the scam. But I have no doubt that once this religious house of cards collapses, bodies will be found somewhere on the premises. This is actually election-related, too, because Ralph Hise has been providing cover at the state level for this criminal cult, and David Wheeler has been dogging his and the cult's footsteps for months now:

Friday News: She's not here

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MARGARET SPELLINGS ON THE WAY OUT AT UNC SYSTEM: North Carolina's public university board is holding an emergency session amid news reports that Margaret Spellings is leaving as president of the state's 17-campus system. In a statement, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors said it would hold an emergency session Friday morning to "consider an executive personnel matter." Spellings is halfway through the five-year contract she started in March 2016. The former member of President George W. Bush's cabinet was selected after the Republican-majority North Carolina university board forced out her predecessor, who got the job under Democratic control. Some power brokers in the Republican-dominated state legislature saw her national reputation as giving her too much independence.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article220659910.html

Tarheel Conspiracy Theorists: Ronald Rabin

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Talk about falling off the fringe:

"The current threatened invasion of our Southern border is not spontaneous. It is funded by internationalists like Soros and Never Trump special interests and engineered by liberals who have high-jacked the Democrat Party. Have you not noticed these are well fed, well clad people? Do you think they are walking 2,300 miles? Walking at 60 miles a day (5 mph for 12 hrs) it would take about 38 days. Do not be recieved (sic). This is an organized event designed to influence voting during mid-term elections. A Nation without borders is not a sovereign nation. Get the military to the border, now."

Filed under: "That boy ain't right." Unfortunately, he's not the exception to the rule amongst General Assembly Republicans, a supermajority of the supermajority are delusional. I don't care if they "get help" or not, as long as they're no longer traveling to Raleigh to pass their unconstitutional laws...

Thursday News: Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

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BLACK REPUBLICAN THREATENED BY WHITE SUPREMACISTS AT CHARLOTTE POLLING PLACE: In an interview with the (Raleigh) News & Observer Wednesday night, Partee said he arrived at the polling place around 2:30 p.m. when a fellow volunteer pointed out the three people in the parking lot who had been taking photos that day and previously. Partee, who is a retired homicide detective from New York, said he decided to take down the license plate number of their car — but before he could, the man with the apparent gun jumped out of the car and confronted him. “He said something about being a Republican, I said I am a Republican, he said ‘Motherf***** you ain’t s***,’” Partee said. “They didn’t care whether I was a Democrat or a Republican, they just cared that I was black.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article220574455.html

Students come together to oppose gun violence

When the most responsible adults in the room are also the youngest:

“The sad and terrifying reality is that another school shooting like Parkland will happen if we don’t take action now," said Sawyer Taylor-Arnold. “I hope that one day students won’t have to fear going to school because of gun violence. I hope that school becomes once again a place for education and promise instead of a terrifying gamble of safety. I hope that students in the future won’t know the pain and trauma that accompanies gun violence because we will have the regulation our country desperately needs.”

Taylor-Arnold is a junior at Asheville High School. She said she wanted to attend the Summit to learn more about gun violence and hear first-hand accounts of how it affected so many young people.

I am proud of these students, but also kind of angry. I'm angry that our lack of action on this issue made them feel the need to push for change. Angry that nothing of any substance has been done to limit the insanely easy access to deadly firearms, and that every (single) common-sense approach is viciously opposed by gun fetishists and the businesses that profit from them. Here are some of their ideas:

Wednesday News: Welcome to Absurdistan

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DAN FOREST MAKES A "HOW TO" VIDEO ON VOTER FRAUD: Forest, a Republican, is not up for election this fall – his second term runs through 2020. However, he has been a strong proponent of requiring voters to show a photo identification at the polls, and a proposal that would write voter ID into the state constitution is on the ballot. The video, titled Voter Fraud 101, was promoted on Facebook and paid for by the NC Republican Council of State Committee, a political action committee chaired by Forest and largely funded by Greg Lindberg, a major political donor currently under federal investigation. Although Facebook doesn't release targeting information in its online ad archive, data from ProPublica’s Facebook Political Ad Collector shows that some of those targets included North Carolinians interested in President Donald Trump.
https://www.wral.com/want-to-commit-voter-fraud-nc-s-top-republican-tells-you-how-/17940245/

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