Open thread: one more week

Tuesday Twitter roundup

A story that is definitely not ready to die yet:

JamesProtzman 4:28pm via Facebook
NBC-17 Investigates: Documents shed light on what McCrory knew before controversial vote

If Myers Park Pat wants to blame somebody for why this incident is coming back to haunt him, he need only look in the mirror. He's gone out of his way to conceal so many aspects of his career (whatever that is), any information that surfaces is valuable. And when that information reveals base and unethical behavior in a candidate for Governor, the value to the voters of this state becomes incalculable.

Early voting open thread

Something to talk about while waiting in line:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start out with some meme-busting:

NCPoliticalBeat 9:52am via [Off the Record] Intolerance at Elon #NCPol

This should be a no-brainer, but: fighting against intolerance is not intolerance, at least not in the illogical "false equivalency" approach the right is trying to sell. Especially in the post-Citizens United era when companies like Chick-Fil-A can spend unlimited monies from their general funds (retail profits) to warp our public policy, we must hold them accountable when they (with malice and aforethought) target a subset of our population with an eye towards dehumanizing them. That's not intolerance, it's called standing up for each other. It doesn't get more American than that.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start with something that's definitely not a head-scratcher:

NCCapTonight 7:04pm via web
Romney: Have to scratch your head and wonder why Obama is talking about saving Big Bird. #ncprez #ncpol

Because you idiot, aside from the fact that PBS is the greatest source of educational programming around, the funding it receives is a tiny fraction of the overall Federal budget. By setting them up as a strawman to strike down, you've proven how incompetent you'd be as a President.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

See if you can spot the irony in this Tweet:

RickyDiazNC 1:32pm via Twitter for iPhone
Crafted with pride in USA towering over Carolina comeback rally at Copland Industries in Burlington. #ncpol #ncgov

The biggest threats to U.S. manufacturing are free trade policies and the ability of mega-corporations to offshore American jobs with no consequences, and the GOP fully supports both of these job-killing activities. But don't take my word for it, here's James Copland (of Copland Industries) himself:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start out with the meme of the week:

Jerry Tillman‏@jerrytillman Free stuff or Freedom. Pick one. You can’t have both. #ncpol

Says the man who's pulling in a retirement check as a former school administrator, and has pulled in close to a half-mil in campaign contributions from his other public job. But that's different...

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start off with an eye-opener:

Rob_Schofield 11:24am via Tweet Button
NC congressman needs to apologize immediately for appearance on "white nationalist" radio show #ncga #ncpol #bluenc

Hat-tip to my man Rob for linking to this article:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start with something that should represent the final chapter, but probably doesn't:

wral 5:03pm via WRAL Feed
ALERT: Company formerly known as Blackwater to pay $7.5M fine for illegal weapons exports

Strangely enough, I don't blame Blackwater/Xe/Academi for fomenting violence worldwide, I blame our government. And that includes you and me. We made the horrible mistake of employing mercenaries to do the jobs that DoD and the State Department should have done for themselves, and, in the process, we created a monster.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start with a shout-out to some people who deserve a lot more than just our recognition:

triciacotham 10:11pm via Twitter for iPhone
Big thank you to all the teachers who will spend their $ to set up their classrooms and prepare kids ready to learn. You are our heroes! Thx

I second that emotion, and I also want to thank you for a few other things you don't get paid for. Like taking a big pile of work home, and waiting 'til your own kids go to bed before working on it, so you don't have to sacrifice our kids for your kids, or vice-versa. And for putting extra effort trying to help a troubled child, only to catch a bunch of crap from his or her parent(s) because of their inflated egos. And for the hundreds of other things you do that some of our short-sighted politicians haven't a clue about. Thank you.

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