Tuesday Twitter roundup

They don't want to know, and they don't want you to know, either:

If ever there was someone in dire need of an avatar, it's this guy:

Dude, even when I was so young puberty was still a lifetime away, I often found myself attracted to girls for reasons other than appearance. I fell madly in love with this girl named Susan one time because she had a cast on her arm. Actually, I don't think the "L" button clicked until I asked her what happened, and then she drew a picture of a little stick-girl falling out of a tree. And yes, it was even funnier than it sounds, and I was still laughing when I was standing out in the hall waiting to hear the principle jingling his keys as he made his rounds.

The point is, if you believe personal appearance of your spokesbots is somehow a vindication of your ideological stance, aside from being a fucking idiot, you need to go back to the 2nd Grade and start over, because you missed something important along the way.

Unfortunately, communication requires both a sender and a receiver. But in the absence of lawmakers paying attention to the concerns of the people, we can always send the message to those who put said lawmakers in place:

As to that "outside agitators" meme:

Opponents have called them outsiders and hippies, but warrants show 98 percent of the protesters arrested last week were from North Carolina.

During the demonstration, several surveyors dressed in orange shirts strolled through the crowd to compile data. They asked protesters who they were and where they were from.

“I have talked to 45 people, and only one is from out of state,” surveyor Bill Westermeyer said.

I doubt any of those Tea Party rallies could claim that 98% homegrown statistic, especially the ones ginned up by Freedomworks. Speaking of big-money outside agitators:

A toddler could follow this money trail:

What an image. The speaker of the state House of North Carolina, Thom Tillis, is welcomed to a Raleigh office by McGuireWoods Consulting, the lobbying arm of a large law firm, McGuireWoods. The speaker meets with various clients of the firm, including apparently one from the sweepstakes industry, which is outlawed in North Carolina but has been battling to maintain its business.

A McGuireWoods lobbyist told The News & Observer that the idea was for the clients to talk to Tillis about issues, and that they also could make campaign contributions.

It seems they were happy to do so. Tillis, a likely candidate for the U.S. Senate next year, received not long after the May 10, 2012 meeting, on May 16, in fact, more than $60,000 from 19 individuals.

Prosecutors state-wide are gearing up to start bringing charges against sweepstakes parlor operators, yet we haven't heard a peep from the new Board of Elections on investigations into campaign finance irregularities associated with the flood of money from the gambling overlords to law-n-order Republicans. It's quite possible RICO stands for Republicans In Charge it's Okay.

A friend asked me about this the other day, and when I told him Republicans unnecessarily triggered this consequence by cutting back on the duration of benefits, he said, "Well, they are going to fix it, right?" He just couldn't wrap his mind around why they would do such a thing. I have a feeling the vast majority of the people out there, regardless of party affiliation, would have the same problem.

The GOP sure is marching us toward several different cliffs right now, aren't they? Human sacrifice on a massive scale, all to appease a free-market god that doesn't exist.

On that unsettling note, we'll munch on some Onion in contemplation:

:)

I have a soft spot for jokes that are triggered by the very last word in the sentence.