Is Donald Trump trying to start a race war?

If he thought it would help him win, he most certainly would:

He told the crowd to get a group of friends together on Election Day, vote and then go to “certain areas” and “watch” the voters there. "I hear too many bad stories, and we can't lose an election because of you know what I'm talking about,” Trump said. “So, go and vote and then go check out areas because a lot of bad things happen, and we don't want to lose for that reason.”

My natural aversion to being sucked into Godwin's Law is eroding fast. Trump is becoming more Hitler than Hitler ever dreamed of being...

McCrory gains an ally in his crusade against national media

Deflecting about CNN ignoring his attempt to deflect:

On Sept. 23, as Gov. Pat McCrory was trying to tell the world just how bad the flooding in northeastern North Carolina was, CNN cut its powerful cameras away. Then its talking heads groused that the flooding wasn’t as serious as the Charlotte police shooting and the rioting that followed.

Bullcrap. On that I suspect McCrory and I agree. “Windsor, northeastern North Carolina, did not suit the ratings game,” he told me Wednesday. “And there are people suffering down there.”

I don't mean to come off as unsympathetic, and CNN does seem to be operating like a twelve-year-old with an attitude is running things. But (unless I missed it) nobody was injured in the flooding of Windsor, and only 65 of the meager 3,600 residents had to be evacuated. Putting CNN's priorities aside for a moment, this is just one more example of McCrory getting pissy because mainstream media did not do what he wanted them to do. I feel for the people of Windsor, because this is the third time they've been flooded in the last couple of decades. The most important thing this angry editorialist can do is follow up and see if McCrory actually does something to help instead of talking and shaking hands:

Sunday News: Arrested development

WILL CHARLOTTE COURTS HAVE MERCY ON ARRESTED PROTESTERS? (Charlotte Observer) - More than 100 court cases are pending and dozens of arrest warrants are unserved from protests last week over a police-shooting death in Charlotte. Police arrested 82 people in a week’s time, as thousands of protesters flooded parks, streets and even highways around the city. Their charges range from curfew violations and burglary to assaults on police and the murder of a 26-year-old protester.

The GOP's dangerously bent refusal to acknowledge Climate Change

They will keep their heads in the sand until the tide washes them away:

This summer, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives tacked onto a military funding bill a provision that prohibits the use of federal funds by the military to study global climate change or even to plan how to respond to it.U.S. Rep. Ken Buck from Colorado called the military concern with global climate change a radical climate change agenda.

Actually, Buck doesn't have his head in the sand, it's in the clouds. Greeley, Colorado is 4,659 feet above sea level. Let that sink in, and while you're contemplating how inappropriate it is for somebody living there to screw around with the military's long-term mission to deal with sea-level rise, contemplate why his Republican colleagues would let him do it. Short answer? Because his constituents are a lot less likely to punish him for such an idiotic policy move, as would the constituents of a Representative from Florida. Or North Carolina.

Saturday News: The blind leading the senseless


BURR: TRUMP HAS TO BE 'SHARP ON HIS MESSAGE' (Winston-Salem Journal) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., spoke Friday on a number of hot-button issues, including this week’s presidential debate as well as a recent report highlighting his ties to energy companies and criticism from GOP circles in Washington about the apparent timing of his re-election campaign launch. Burr, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Democratic opponent Deborah Ross are nearly tied in recent polls.

Republican calls for deregulation should be ignored

Corporations are already out of control:

“You have regulations on top of regulations, and new companies cannot form and old companies are going out of business. And you (Hillary Clinton) want to increase the regulations and make them even worse. I’m going to cut regulations.” Even as Donald Trump’s words were echoing in the Hofstra University auditorium Monday night, outraged members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans -- had been grilling pharmaceutical and banking executives over bilking American consumers.

Friday News: Untrustworthy leadership

BAIT & SWITCH CONFESSION: MOORE SAYS HB2 ‘DEAL’ WASN’T FULL REPEAL (AP) -- The North Carolina House leader says a state law restricting LGBT anti-discrimination rules may not have been fully repealed even if Charlotte leaders had agreed this month to pull back their city ordinance that led to House Bill 2. Moore's comments raise questions about how realistic a proposed compromise was to end the months-long fallout over the law.

Will NC Republicans have to pay the piper in November?

Thomas Mills reads the tea leaves:

The business wing of the GOP keeps touting the modest economic gains North Carolina has seen while desperately trying to turn the conversation away from the damage the GOP has done to our national reputation. It’s not working so far. People aren’t feeling that much better about their economic circumstances, but they are aware that the rest of the country thinks something is wrong with our state—and that perception has been caused by Pat McCrory and the Republicans.

Yep, and no matter how vehemently Republican leaders try to blame Democrats (or the Liberal media, or activist corporations, or sports franchises), the responsibility inevitably is placed on those in charge. That's how politics works: When bad shit happens, incumbents better update their resumes.


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