Republican idiocy

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All eyes are on Judge Shroeder:

Editor's note: We're going to give you a break from the right-wing nutters this week, and post only Tweets from allies or neutral messengers. Back to the courtroom:

Ready, fire, aim: Bumbling NC GOP attacks Tim Kaine for lapel pin

And of course they get it horribly wrong:

“[Tim Kaine] wears a Honduras flag pin on his jacket but no American flag,” the state party tweeted as he was speaking. “Shameful.”

There was one problem: Kaine’s pin, which had a single blue star on a white background bordered with red, wasn’t the flag of Honduras, where he spent a year as a missionary decades ago. It was the symbol for Blue Star Families, or those with members serving in the military.

Which is symbolic of most of the criticism leveled at the Democratic Convention by Republicans: Picking out some tiny little detail and then constructing a fictional narrative to "evil" it up. But frankly, I don't blame them for grabbing at straws. After their freak show of a convention, with so much hateful and un-American posturing, they are desperate to save face. Ain't gonna happen.

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Apparently charlatanism is a communicable disease:

In all fairness, there's no way in hell she could have written the speech, or possess the skills to Google excerpts to make sure it wasn't plagiarized...

Yes, it *is* easier to get a gun than cast a vote in NC

She's talking about this quote from Reverend (Dr.) Barber: "It is easier to get a gun in America than a voting card." When looking at the "ease" of which something can be done, the amount of time involved is a primary factor. If you want to purchase a shotgun or rifle (which includes semi-automatic AK-47/AR-15) on November 8th, just go on that day and walk out with it. If you want to buy a handgun on that day, you'll need a sheriff's permit before you go, which usually takes just 3-5 days. If you want to vote on November 8th however, you have to get your authorization almost a month before that date:

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Governor "Transparency" buries video evidence:

All things considered, Pat would make a fine Trump VP pick. In a joint press conference, you'd be hard-pressed to keep an accurate score of all the lies.

The archetype of bad McCrory hires: Todd Chasteen for state Board of Education

Protégé of Franklin Graham is the last person who should be nominated:

“We should reject Governor McCrory’s recent nomination of Wataugan J. Todd Chasteen to the North Carolina Board of Education,” said Appalachian State University English professor Craig Fischer at a public forum at the university earlier this week, objecting to Chasteen’s lack of experience in public education.

“Chasteen sided with would-be censors during last year’s battle over keeping Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits in the sophomore English Honors curriculum at Watauga High,” Fischer added. “He spoke on behalf of banning the book at a February 10, 2014 school board local forum about the controversy, claiming–inaccurately–that Allende’s book is full of ‘deviancy’ and child pornography.”

I'm not sure how deeply the (state) Board of Education is involved in setting curricula or reading materials for schools state-wide, but this guy has no business making any of those choices. What little experience he has is steeped in religious doctrine:

And this week's Buffoon Award goes to Jimmy Dixon

Because protecting children from lead poisoning is such a laughing matter:

Schools and child care centers would be required to test their drinking water for lead under a bill moving forward in the N.C. House. House Majority Leader Mike Hager, a Rutherfordton Republican, sponsored the bill that could be on the House floor for a vote sometime this week.

Rep. Jimmy Dixon, a Duplin County Republican, cautioned against “sensationalizing” the issue of lead in water, and he said anyone who did so “needs a real good spanking and be sent to time out.”

Yeah, somebody needs to check Jimmy Dixon's drinking water, because plainly his little gray cells have shriveled up and died. Sheesh.

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