The tea party nutjobs who have taken over the GOP always claim to be about freedom and the Constitution, but they always seem to be quite selective about which parts of the Constitution matter and which people actually get to enjoy the freedoms.
A North Carolina Ku Klux Klan (KKK) group says that it made a mistake when it accidentally targeted a predominately black Florida neighborhood in an attempt to recruit more members.
“You say this was a recruiting effort; however, your group targeted a predominately black neighborhood,” WFTV’s Ryan Hughes told KKK leader Robert Jones in a telephone interview.
“Well, we don’t have no way of judging where we’re putting the fliers at,” Jones explained.
Normally I would accuse the speaker of using a double-negative in an attempt to conceal the fact that he does have a way of judging where they're putting the fliers (at), but this guy is plainly an idiot. Not only was his mama eating a steady diet of mercury-contaminated fish while she was carrying him, she was also biting the ends off thermometers and sucking the juicy mercury out to chase down the fish.
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The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) on the State Policy Network is out with a report this week that deserves the attention of anyone interested in progressive and ethical government.
The idea is simple - Art Pope, the Koch Brothers, the Walmart Walton family and others are illegally using "think tanks", like Pope's Civitas and Pope Foundation, as direct lobbying organizations. Officially classified as non-profit educational groups, it's illegal for these groups to engage in lobbying activities.
Think about it for a minute. How many times have "reports" and "studies" by these groups been taken up as gospel by legislators in NC to justify particular laws? How many legislators have been involved in meetings, retreats or presentations for and by these groups?
I want a C-suite executive, someone who knows how to manage an operation, particularly someone who has done a startup or turnaround. Because a startup is what it is. Secondly, someone who’s passionate about North Carolina.
I’ve looked at some candidates from outside of the state, but in this initial assignment, it needs to be someone who understands the culture and some of the change we’re going through. I also want someone who has not been engaged in the political process.
Bolding mine, but it may not be as bold a statement as it seems. Here's a question that should tickle your conspiracy theorist bone if you have one: if we're not allowed to know the identity of the donors to McCrory's Renew North Carolina Foundation shadow businessmen association, which has been running hundreds of thousands in television commercials supporting the Governor, how are we to know if Decker's eventual choice for CEO isn't one of these men? The answer: we won't. More promises:
According to emails provided by the museum, director Emlyn Koster wrote that “we want to engage the public, marshal the progress of our unique learning-rich setting and take advantage of our collaborative network, rather than focusing on an hour-long film in a theater.” He added that the museum needs to “ensure an objective science-centered approach.”
My translation: "I don't know about you," said Mr. Koster, "but I want to keep my job. If that means sucking up to the climate-change deniers in the General Assembly, so be it. They passed a law making sea level rise illegal, and by god, it's going to stay illegal."
Something I'm learning, albeit slowly: in order to be an effective advocate for the things in which you believe, you must take time to appreciate life's simple pleasures. Family, friends, pets, the myriad of beautiful green growing things, music, art, food, sex (if you can get it), and whatever else makes you smile.
PS. Just because the Earth is swinging around and isn't exposing the North American continent to quite as many solar rays as it gets at other times, it doesn't mean you don't need these sunglasses. Besides, they're cool.
But many of those who will attend bought a year-long membership in the foundation – at a cost between $25,000 and $50,000, depending on the level or perks offered. The nonprofit is not required to disclose its donors and has refused requests to do so. Organizers said “several dozen” people are expected to attend but would not provide additional details.
Among those expected to attend, according to organizers: State Budget Director Art Pope, economic adviser Tony Almeida, Department of Revenue Chief Operating Officer Jeff Epstein and Assistant Secretary of Employment Security Dale Folwell.
The fact that these donors get access while remaining anonymous is a blatant attempt to dodge North Carolina's lobbying laws, and should be investigated vigorously, and not just by media outlets. Either the Ethics Commission or the State Auditor, if not the Department of Justice itself. The longer this group operates in the shadows, the more our government is suborned in ways we cannot fathom.
For more than 80 years, North Carolina State University has maintained Hofmann Forest -- at 80,000 acres (that's EIGHTY THOUSAND acres), one of the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed forest in the state -- as a pristine teaching tool for the College of Natural Resources.
But there's money to be made, dammit, so the college's Dean Mary Watzin, supported by Chancellor Randy Woodson, decided they would sell off the forest. Dean Watzin deemed the forest "primarily a financial asset". In our view, such a ridiculous statement indicates that Dean Watzin is not qualified to be Dean of the College of Natural Resources at NCSU.
I don’t know too much about insurance but I know enough to read and think for myself. Since my existing plan is with BCBS NC, I called BCBS NC to check out my options and waited 1 hour to have my call answered. BCBS NC told me I would lose my existing grandfathered plan permanently if I chose a plan from the exchange. They didn’t tell me I would be shocked at the opportunities to get a better plan with BCBS NC for less if I went through the exchange.
So, I tried to enroll today with ACA, no problems, and took 40 minutes. Compared to BCBS NC plan I had at $1216.00 per month I now have better plan by going through the ACA exchange for $704.00 per month. Deductible went from $2500 to $1000. Copay dropped to $10.00. This new plan is with BCBS NC!
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