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Monday News: Conservative mating ritual

GEN'RAL TATER IS BACK, IN FULL-ON TRUMP MODE: Former North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata appeared on Fox and Friends with a message of support for sending U.S. troops to the border with Mexico, and his comments drew the tweeting approval of President Donald Trump. “President Trump is a man of his word, he said he was going to be tough on the border and he is tough on the border,” Tata said during the Sunday interview. Sunday afternoon, the President took to his Twitter account to thank Tata, who responded in a tweet of his own. In the five minute interview, Tata was asked about the effectiveness of mobilizing troops as an immigration tactic and the “consternation it has caused on the left.” “The left has an immediate visceral reaction in the opposite direction to anything that President Trump does for a lot of different reasons,” Tata said. Among those: “He’s fighting the globalists tooth and nail by espousing patriotism and nationalism, as he should, as we should all do within this great country.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article222168500.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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GOVERNOR COOPER WANTS NC TO LEAD CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY: Cooper’s order directs the state Commerce Department to expand its efforts to support new and expanding clean energy businesses. According to the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, the clean energy economy provides more than 34,000 jobs in the state. That’s more than Duke Energy has working in all six it operates in. Legislative leaders have been tepid, at best, in their embrace of sustainable and renewable energy efforts. But among the rank-and-file it has broad and bipartisan support. The leadership would be wise to embrace Cooper’s plans. They are practical and achievable. Supporting them will both grow North Carolina’s economy and prepare it better to meet the challenges climate change is already forcing the state to confront.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-cooper-wants-n-c-to-lead-the-clean-energy-economy/18011013/

Saturday News: Gestapo tactics

ICE GRABS DURHAM IMMIGRANT AFTER TRICKING HIM INTO CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW: Samuel Oliver-Bruno sought to defer his deportation to Mexico after living in the United States for more than 22 years. Oliver-Bruno arrived at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Morrisville on Friday morning for an appointment, joined by his 19-year-old son, Daniel Oliver-Perez; a pastor at CityWell United Methodist Church, Cleve May; and other members of the clergy. May said once Oliver-Bruno completed paperwork, he and Oliver-Perez went to a line to be processed while May and clergy members stayed in a waiting room. “The next thing we know, several men jumped him, and Daniel clung to his father, and they were choking Daniel and trying to pull him off,” May said. Oliver-Perez, who is a citizen born in the U.S., was arrested and charged with assaulting a government employee; law enforcement officials said he assaulted an ICE officer.
https://www.wral.com/dozens-arrested-after-undocumented-man-living-in-durham-church-for-11-months-de...

Friday News: Sinophobia

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NC STATE UNIVERSITY ABRUPTLY CLOSES CHINA-FUNDED CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE: NCSU Provost Warwick Arden said the primary reason for the closure was to better align the university’s China and Asia programs with the rest of the university’s global strategy. But he added, “we’re certainly aware of the concerns that are circulating around Confucius Institutes.” The shuttering comes at a time of more intense scrutiny of the more than 100 Confucius Institutes on U.S. college campuses, and pressure from U.S. political leaders who say the centers pose a danger. In February, FBI director Christopher Wray told the Senate intelligence committee that the FBI was “watching warily” Confucius Institutes, according to a report by McClatchy. He warned of Chinese operatives infiltrating college campuses and “a level of naiveté” by academics in the U.S., according to the report. “They’re exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have, which we all revere,” Wray said, according to the McClatchy story. “But they’re taking advantage of it.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article221985800.html

The real Thanksgiving story: The Pequot Massacre

Would you like a little genocide with that turkey and stuffing?

In 1637, the Pequot tribe of Connecticut gathered for the annual Green Corn Dance ceremony. Mercenaries of the English and Dutch attacked and surrounded the village; burning down everything and shooting whomever try to escape.

The next day, Newell notes, the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony declared: “A day of Thanksgiving, thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children.” It was signed into law that, “This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.” Most Americans believe Thanksgiving was this wonderful dinner and harvest celebration. The truth is the “Thanksgiving dinner” was invented both to instill a false pride in Americans and to cover up the massacre.

Sixteen years before this massacre, there was (supposedly) a three day feast in which Puritans and Wampanoag Native Americans took part. There is virtually no corroborating evidence of this idyllic gathering, but oral history of the tribe seems to support the story. But even if it did happen, it is far more important to remember what happened to the Pequots after coming into contact with these particular illegal immigrants:

Thursday News: You can't fix stupid...

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TALK RADIO HACK PAT MCCRORY CLAIMS NC COLLEGE STUDENTS VOTED ILLEGALLY: “In my particular election we had a lot of college students, who were out-of-state college students, vote,” McCrory said. “And they could do it because there was no voter ID which would’ve showed New Jersey license plates, Pennsylvania license plates, you name it. .... And I couldn’t do a thing about it.” “College students may register and vote in the county where they are attending college,” says the website of the North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. Pat Gannon, the elections board spokesman, clarified that the rule applies to students who move within North Carolina for college, as well as to students who moved here from another state. “Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there that unnecessarily erodes confidence in our election system,” Gannon said in an email. “We encourage everyone to understand the law and election policies and procedures before spreading inaccurate information.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article222039845.html

Wednesday News: Bait and switch?

NC GOP FLOATS REASONABLY SANE PROPOSAL FOR VOTER ID: It allows for free IDs and a wide range of photo IDs that would be accepted at the polls, including University of North Carolina system IDs. These college IDs weren't allowed under previous voter ID rules that were found unconstitutional by the federal courts. A joint House-Senate committee on elections plans to meet the day before to go over the bill. The following types of ID would be accepted under the legislation, which is still in draft form and may change: An NC drivers license. DMV identification cards for non-drivers. U.S. passports. A new NC voter ID card, as created by this legislation. A tribal enrollment card issued by a federally or state-recognized tribe. A student ID card from a University of North Carolina school. A drivers license or ID card issued by another state, if the voter's registration came within 90 days of the election.
https://www.wral.com/republicans-roll-out-voter-id-bill/18010240/

Tuesday News: Bringing justice to the justice system

BAIL BOND REFORM MAY BE ON THE HORIZON IN NC: Members of the North Carolina Courts Commission are gathering information about the need for changes to the state's pretrial release laws. The state is one of several weighing reforms of the cash bail system. "Those folks can often spend more time incarcerated pre-trial than they could ever get if they were convicted," Smith said. Advocates from several criminal justice reform groups attended the meeting, including Southerners on New Ground. Kyla Hartsfield, an organizer with that group, said they recently bailed out nine people, including single mothers and family breadwinners, who were in jail solely because they couldn't afford to make bail. Hartsfield said the consequences of pre-trial incarceration can be disastrous, regardless of the accused's innocent or guilt. "Lose your job, possibly lose your kids, lose your home," Hartsfield said. "What could I lose in a month? I could lose everything I have."
https://www.wral.com/state-weighs-changes-to-bail-system-to-reduce-burden-on-the-poor/18007860/

Monday News: Arrested development

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RALEIGH'S PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL AT ODDS OVER GRANNY FLATS: Some members of the city’s planning board say the Raleigh City Council is ramming through rules for backyard cottages and granny flats that are so “overly complex” few people will ever build them. Several Planning Commission members feel their hands were tied after the council instructed them not to consider alternatives to proposed rules for accessory dwelling units, also known as backyard cottages and granny flats. The advisory commission debated the proposed rules last week before deciding to send them to a committee for more discussion. At least one planning commissioner was prepared to vote for the recommendations though he acknowledged he might be the only one. “I think a site-specific rezoning would be preferable, but we’re not at the beginning [of the discussion],” Planning Commissioner Bob Geary said, noting the more than five years the city has already spent on the issue. “We are well along, and the proposal sent to us by City Council is the one they intend to adopt. I think.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article221645025.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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RED STATES ARE EXPANDING MEDICAID, WHY NOT NC?: North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders have some explaining to do regarding Medicaid expansion. They keep saying the state can’t afford it, but others states keep deciding they can. In the midterm elections, voters in three more states — three red states that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump — approved ballot initiatives committing their states to expanding the government health insurance program for low-income people. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Johnathan Schleifer, executive director of the Fairness Project, a group that backed the initiatives, said, “Medicare expansion ballots represent a tectonic shift in health care across the county. The Republican Party has staked its political future on bashing the ACA for the better part of a decade and voters in some of the reddest states rejected that.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article221744320.html

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