Republican idiocy

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Peacock blames McCrory's anti-Midas touch for his loss

Just when you thought it was safe, the pesky Pat question:

Peacock said McCrory, the Republican governor and former Charlotte mayor, often came up when he talked to voters – and usually, not in a positive way.

“What they would ask me is, ‘Are you going to be another Pat McCrory?’” Peacock said. “I do think it was a contributory factor. This was the anti- McCrory, anti-legislature sentiment.”

Comes with the territory, pal. If you don't like the direction in which your Party's heading, do something about it. If you stand up for people, they're more likely to stand up for you when they step into the voting booth. Your opposition to Amendment One was laudable, but that's just one of many outrages perpetrated by the NC GOP. And your silence is tacit approval.

Greg Brannon plagiarizes Rand Paul's campaign website

Apparently the free market doesn't concern itself with intellectual property:

For more than a week Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has been fending off criticism for using the writings of others, unattributed, in his own speeches, in an opinion article and in one of his books.

But now it appears that Mr. Paul has also been the possible victim of literary larceny himself; he has apparently had his own material lifted without credit.

Wow. He didn't just take some ideas, he Xeroxed 'em.

Coble out, NASCAR in?

Makes sense. In some weird alternate reality, that is...

Tata's DOT sends out alert on "women drivers" and "Obamacare"

The McCrory administration's inept hiring practices continue:

"Women drivers, rain and Obama care" were causing problems on the beltline Wednesday afternoon, according to a traffic alert from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. "Stay home," the alert advised.

"The individual violated procedures by failing to turn off the external feed while testing and for the inappropriate test message content. The contractor was let go immediately for this action," DOT officials said in a statement.

It was a stupid mistake, but what's even more stupid is the idea of making emergency messages like this automated in the first place. Road conditions change continually, and an incorrect message can cause more problems (and danger) than no message at all. A labor-saving system isn't "efficient" if it can't do the job properly.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

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DAG McCrory gets his "Three E's" mixed up

The word "Efficiency" is apparently too complex for immediate memory recall:

The event at Blandwood drew about 100 guests to hear McCrory and Martin, the honorary Morehead Forum chairman, say they hope the conference series that debuts next year helps bring the state as many good things as Gov. Morehead did with his focus on railroad construction, other forms of transportation and public education.

“Whether Republican or Democrat, education, economic development and energy, these are the things we have to have in this state,” said McCrory, who grew up in Jamestown after his family relocated from Columbus, Ohio.

I'm not sure "focus" is one of our current Governor's strong suits. And no offense to Taft Wireback, but this is not a direct quote. I just watched (News14) McCrory make his statement, and he rattled off the education and economic development just fine, but then did a squirrel-in-the-middle-of-the-road thing with his head before blurting out "Energy!" And if he hadn't been a former(?) Duke Energy employee, the missing "E" might just as easily have been "Eggs!" or "Elephants!" For God's sake, there's only three of them. Even a pre-k student can keep up with that many important words.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

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