Race for DNC Chair heats up

And brings out the inner stupid in some people:

“His being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him,” Tolliver wrote. “Muslims discriminate against gays. Islamic law is clear on the subject, and being gay is a direct violation of it. In some Muslim countries, being gay is a crime punishable by death.”

“Clearly, Mr. Ellison is not the person to lead the DNC or any other organization committed to not discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation,” Tolliver continued. “I'm shocked [the Human Rights Campaign] has been silent on the issue. A vote for Representative Ellison by any member of the DNC would be divisive and unconscionable, not to mention counterproductive to the immediate and necessary steps of rebuilding the Democratic Party.”

And before you ask, Mr. Tolliver is no longer on the list of approved candidates for DNC Chair, and rightly so. Do I need to list all of the reasons attacking someone's religious affiliation is wrong and inherently un-American? Or that it is a quintessential ad hominem attack, not worthy of even being debated? I didn't think so. But this idiocy is bleeding into NC political circles, so be very careful which groups you associate with and/or encourage friends to associate with:

Thursday News: HB2 repeal bill filed by Dems

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SENATE DEMOCRATS FILE HB2 REPEAL BILL (WRAL-TV) -- Senate Democrats have filed a bill to repeal the controversial measure dealing with LGBT rights, but it faces a difficult road. Although Jackson did his best to exude optimism after filing the bill, in reality, it faces an uphill battle in the General Assembly. A December effort to repeal the measure ultimately collapsed amid accusations and counter accusations, and top Republican leaders say that any repeal effort this year would likely involve a compromise of some sort.
http://www.wral.com/senate-democrats-file-hb2-repeal-bill/16492704/

Koch Brothers' astroturf "veterans" org all-in for Gorsuch

Put on your hip-waders, the shit is getting deep:

As with many of these shadowy groups, their goals are almost the exact opposite of what they claim:

Wednesday News: Go, Josh

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AG STEIN SAYS IF NEEDED HE WILL SUE TRUMP OVER IMMIGRATION ORDER (TWCN-TV) -- State Attorney General Josh Stein says he'll sue President Donald Trump over his executive Oorder on immigration if he needs to. Tuesday afternoon, Stein said protecting North Carolinians is his top concern, even if that means taking on President trump and his recent executive order clamping down on immigration and refugees practices. "I can sue to protect North Carolinians so that if there are North Carolinians who are suffering because of this travel ban, and it's very ham handed way in which it was written and being administered. Then I could come in on behalf of the people of North Carolina,” said Stein.
http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2017/01/31/nc-ag-stein-says-he-will-sue-president-...

Marking the 57th Anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-In

Civil rights were not a gift, they had to be secured:

It’s a testament to what they achieved, in a way, that so many today have no knowledge of the Sit In Movement. It’s what happens when you achieve something so good, so transformative, that in a couple of generations the young people can’t comprehend a time when it was vastly different.

That four young men decided that they would walk in to the Woolworth’s on Elm Street in Greensboro on Feb. 1, 1960 and simply ask to be served at the lunch counter did, in fact, change America. Similar protests spread within days across the state, and across the Deep South within a week. Though the department store owners held firm that winter and into the spring, by late summer they realized that arc of history was bending toward justice.

When I think of what these four brave men endured at the hands of their white oppressors, it makes me feel ashamed of my race. But that's good, it makes us learn. We will never again just stand by while bigots attack, we will stand between them and speak truth to evil intent.

Burr speaks out on the Supreme Court

During the campaign, Senator Richard Burr said this: "If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that four years from now we've still got an opening on the Supreme Court."

Every Democratic US Senator should apply the same rationale to Trump's right-wing radical nominee.

NASCAR Drives Progress On and Off the Track

By Richard Childress

Over the course of my long career in motorsports, I have seen the sport revolutionized across all aspects – from safety devices to the paint schemes. This year, I have been honored by my colleagues and inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This humbling moment led me to reflect on the tremendous strides we have made as a sport and the positive impact we have made off the track.

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