Republican idiocy

DAG McCrory: public enemy #1 is ugly buildings

There's always one in every neighborhood:

Gov. Pat McCrory offered a critique of state government architecture on Wednesday morning, complaining that many of the state buildings and parking decks in downtown Raleigh are “frankly as ugly as the dickens.” The remarks came during a question-and-answer session at a meeting of the Midtown Raleigh Alliance, a chamber of commerce-type group representing the North Hills area. McCrory said he’s dismayed to look out from the governor’s mansion and see windowless buildings constructed in the 1960s and ’70s.

“It’s almost as though we built our government buildings as if they were bunkers in World War II,” he told the gathering of about 100 business leaders. “They look like they were built at Dunkirk, or on D-Day in Normandy.”

While some of those structures may seem "Dickensian" in appearance, it's the policies and unchecked Capitalism favored by McCrory and his pals that will really affect people, and not in a good way. But it's not just "form over substance" that inspired this vicious attack on windowless buildings. McCrory has finally found an opponent he can criticize that won't have the audacity (like a 12 year-old girl) to argue back. Of course, he's not smart enough to figure out that arguing with inanimate objects makes him look like he needs to have his meds reevaluated. Maybe the Wos can hook him up. Or not.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Worth remembering:

Worth forgetting:

Clueless Republicans look to cut already starved court system

So much for the law & order GOP:

A new committee of legislators that is looking for ways to save money by making the courts more efficient recently heard just how difficult a task that will be. Lawmakers on the House Judicial Efficiency and Effective Administration of Justice committee, meeting for the first time in November, were given an overview of a statewide judicial system struggling to keep up with caseloads amid budget cuts.

"Do you have any answers?" asked Rep. Allen McNeill, a first-term Republican House member from Asheboro and retired law enforcement officer.

"More funding," Smith replied.

You can provide them with all the statistical data and dour warnings you like but, at the end of the day, all these single-minded GOP lawmakers are going to do is make the occasional inappropriate or non-pertinent comment and then move forward with more budget cuts. In their minds, money is never the answer, it all has to do with "work ethic" or some other phraseology that shifts the blame.

Massive annual fish-kill connected to leaking coal ash ponds

The toxic legacy of coal-burning power plants lives on even after they're shut down:

The pollution is likely responsible for a 50% reduction in largemouth bass in the lake, says Dennis Lemly, an associate professor of biology at Wake Forest who written a new study of the lake's fish population. He says he has direct evidence that selenium poisoning is killing an estimated 900,000 bluegill in the lake every year.

He put the value of the fish killed at between $4.5 million and $7 million per year. And he said selenium leaching from the ponds is leaving thousands more fish deformed.

Of course Duke Energy disputes this study, even though they've known for years that the Sutton coal ash situation has been deteriorating steadily. And it's not just the fish that are being adversely impacted, Sutton leaks are ruining the water table in the area, as well:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

A few snippets from yesterday's NC DHHS Twitter town hall disappointment:

Said it much better than I did:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start with some sobering findings:

What are we going to do when it gets to the point there aren't enough qualified people willing to put up with all the crap associated with being a teacher?

Walter Jones goes after wind energy tax credits

Pretty sure the word "mature" doesn't mean what he thinks it does:

“It is long past time for the federal government to stop forcing American taxpayers to spend billions of dollars to prop up a now-mature energy source,” said Congressman Jones. “Combined with my concerns about the effects of wind turbines on the military installations and residents of Eastern North Carolina, I fully support the expiration of the PTC at the end of this year.”

Yeah right, this doesn't have a damn thing to do with Cherry Point, it's simply another push by the Koch Brothers to snuff out alternative energy sources, and Walter Jones is scrambling to please them before they Primary his ass into oblivion. Not to mention the rest of the usual suspects:

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