Permitting illegal pollution: Duke Energy's hypocrisy on coal ash

If it's too expensive to fix, then subvert the system:

The permits, which are renewed every five years, would allow Duke Energy to identify 23 previously illegal coal ash leaks at three area power plants — Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake, Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman and Allen Steam Station on Lake Wylie — and include them in discharge permits instead of stopping the seeps.

As is usual in cases where Duke Energy finds itself on the wrong side of safety and health laws and regulations, reality is what you say it is. What was once illegal is now legal, thanks to a few squiggles jotted on a piece of paper by someone who isn't a lawmaker. Isn't that handy?

Daily dose: Chicken hawk makes some noise version

Tillis: After 14 years, U.S. 2017 withdrawal from Afghanistan too soon (AP) — North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis says his visit to Afghanistan makes clear to him the U.S. military must keep a presence beyond President Barack Obama's projected troop withdrawal in early 2017.
http://www.news-record.com/news/government/tillis-u-s-planned-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-too-soon/a...

After Afghanistan trip, Tillis worried about withdrawal (AP) — The U.S. military must remain in Afghanistan beyond President Barack Obama's projected troop withdrawal in early 2017 to discourage prospects for the Islamic State militants to get a toehold here, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said Friday following a visit there.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/after-afghanistan-trip-tillis-worried-about-withdrawal-2836901

Daily dose: "Good" Friday? edition

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McCrory: Left and right have manufactured religious freedom controversy (Fayetteville Observer) - Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on WFNC radio in Fayetteville Thursday morning and reiterated his effort to prevent North Carolina from being swept into the political maelstrom that engulfed Indiana and Arkansas over religious freedom and gay rights. "Let me criticize both the left and the right: I think it's a manufactured controversy on both sides," McCrory, a Republican, told host Jeff "Goldy" Goldberg on the Good Morning Fayetteville talk show. They are using it for their fundraising efforts, he said.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/mccrory-left-and-right-have-manufactured-religious-freedom-con...

NC GOP's new anti-abortion tactic: Get women to write anti-women bills

Divide and conquer, on steroids:

North Carolina Republican state Rep. Pat McElraft explains why she filed an extreme anti-choice bill yesterday despite the fact that her party’s leadership has said they want to focus on jobs and the economy. The bill would triple the state’s waiting period from 24 to 72 hours, require only OB-GYNs to provide abortions, and prohibit faculty at the East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical schools from performing or supervising an abortion.

As a Planned Parenthood spokesperson explains, that means it would “prohibit two of the finest medical schools in the the country from providing doctors with the training necessary to provide safe abortion care.”

It does no good trying to sift through the nonsense in search of even a tiny grain of logic; the goal of the GOP is to get rid of abortion entirely. No matter what bad outcomes result from their arbitrary and patently unhealthy dictates, it's all gravy for this crowd. And even a comment as stupid as this one:

We're sorry

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan

I know. It's the lefties. Tree hugging, tie dyed wearing and useless. In Indiana, we created the problem. Yes, we did. Equality concerning sexual orientation is a sideshow and we raised the tent.

Constitutional Convention supporter warns of "armed rebellion."

The NC General Assembly has deteriorated into a streetcorner doomsayer society:

The other proposal, House Bill 321, would explicitly put the state on the list of those calling for a constitutional convention. That measure is sponsored by Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham. Rep. Dennis Riddell, R-Alamance, said a convention is needed "to curb the excesses of Washington, D.C."

Gary Kennedy from Youngsville also spoke in support of the convention call, telling the committee that the country's "enemy is within."..."I can see no other peaceful solution to the problems we face. I don’t want to see armed rebellion," he said.

Yeah, and I don't want to see my state government entertaining advice from some nut-job who is delusional enough to actually say the words "armed rebellion" in a House panel hearing. The "enemy is within" alright, and that enemy is ignorance and fear. And money, great scads of money, which is used to place people who can't think for themselves into positions of power and influence. Call a convention about that and I will be glad to attend.

Daily dose: Superstition wins over science edition

NC lawmakers say vaccination requirement changes dead (AP) — Three lawmakers say their proposal to update North Carolina's childhood vaccination regimen and eliminate an immunization exemption on religious grounds is dead less than two weeks after their bill was filed.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/nc-lawmakers-say-vaccination-requirement-changes-d...

NC vaccine bill dead (WRAL-TV) -- Senate sponsors of a controversial proposal to remove the religious exemption from immunization requirements say they're dropping the bill.
http://www.wral.com/nc-vaccine-bill-dead/14554219/

Duke's Coach "K"oward finally speaks

Appalling might not be the right word. At least, not the word I would use here. This morning I heard Mike Krzyzewski on CNN (replayed video.) While answering questions about the upcoming NCAA Final Four, a question was asked in regard to the recent controversy surrounding discrimination. Krzyzewski had the green light to lead and move forward. Instead, it was all about him and his basketball team legacy. Make no mistake. Using the word "my" means "me."

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