Does this come with the big-ass gavel, or do you have to buy your own?
— Jonathan Kappler (@jonathankappler) July 30, 2013
Honestly, I've never understood the legality of elected officials giving each other thousands in campaign cash, especially in a non-election year. What the hell, you know? It's one reason I rarely give to candidates anymore. You throw fifty bucks into a candidate's coffer, and then see them hand off $4,000 to somebody else. It's kind of a slap in the face, if you catch my drift.
— Pete Kaliner (@petekaliner) July 30, 2013
Unless that vitriol is hiding behind something and occasionally stealing glances, the word is "peaking." Idiot.
— Kristin Rawls (@kristinrawls) July 30, 2013
Future Tea-Party Republican:
— MovingNCForward (@MovingNCForward) July 30, 2013
And he'll probably be carrying a little firepower tucked into the back of his jeans...
— Brent Woodcox (@BrentWoodcox) July 30, 2013
Save this one for prosperity, folks. That's about as bright as lighting a fuse and then saying, "See? I told you dynamite is no big deal!"
If you want to know the truth about the bill, just ask one of the supporters:
— Right to Life (@nrlc) July 29, 2013
The anti-abortion zealots are simply giddy with the Tarheel Taliban, and their giddiness reveals the true nature of the GOP's push to take away a woman's right to choose:
A multi-pronged pro-life bill that meets all of the objectives for this legislative session of North Carolina Right to Life is on its way to Gov. Pat McCrory.
The Senate vote followed an Action Alert sent out by North Carolina Right to Life.
SB 353 contains multiple pro-life provisions that would save the lives of unborn children from abortion by banning sex selection abortions, opts out of abortion coverage in the federal health exchanges and in city and county employee health plans, and requires physicians to be physically present when administering abortion-inducing chemicals thereby preventing abortions being performed via web-cams.
And this quip from Goolsby reveals one (of many) logical flaws in their argument:
“What is wrong with reasonable standards?” said Sen. Thom Goolsby, according to the Charlotte Observer. “In light of the multiple abortion clinics closed in our state and in Philadelphia – what’s the matter with a little bit of reason?”
The fact that they were closed proves that reasonable standards were already in place. What you want are unreasonable standards, that will substantially limit the number of abortions performed. But since you (and others) know such an admission would have a profoundly negative impact on public opinion and your chances for re-election, you have to cook up a whole meal of fabricated reasons for your actions. In other words, you're lying.
— Tazra Mitchell (@TazraMitchell) July 29, 2013
I can't help but speculate that this information would have been much more useful a few weeks ago. But I guess it takes some time for a puppet to chew through all its strings and run off on his own:
"But the legislature’s reliance on huge tax cuts is a major gamble for the state." Michael Walden, an economist with N.C. State University, said that while everyone likes to pay less tax, there’s little evidence that lower taxes will actually have much of an effect on the state’s economic growth.
"The preponderance of evidence that has been published by economists in peer review journals is that state taxes have at most a modest – modest – impact on economic growth," Walden said. "The reason is that states have to operate under a balanced budget. When they cut taxes they usually have to cut services. Businesses benefit from state services. They benefit from an educated work force. They benefit from the transportation system."
"So will the cut in state taxes set off an economic boom in North Carolina? I would say based on the literature that I have looked at, which is extensive, no." There is some evidence, Walden said, that a reduction in corporate income taxes can have a modest impact on growth. But he said assertions that the tax cuts will pay for themselves – or even produce more tax revenue, as Republican leaders suggest – have been debunked in numerous independent studies.
— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) July 30, 2013
You want to talk about fraud, Sister? You know, the real fraud that robs money from innocents to line the pockets of lying politicians? How about the Internet gambling king Chase Burns ripping off veterans in Florida and then giving hundreds of thousands to your NC GOP leaders? Have you said one single word on your blog about that? I didn't think so.
At least we here at BlueNC will take elected Democrats to task when they wander into unethical or illegal behavior. But you and most of your associates ignore such behavior from your own party, when you're not defending the indefensible, that is. Making you nothing more than a hack.
— Citizen Thymes (@citizenthymes) July 30, 2013
Ms. Meyers teaches second grade at Issac Dickson Elementary School and works as a cashier at the McDonald’s on Smokey Park Highway. Meyers was hoping to get the opportunity to scale back her hours at McDonald’s, but with the North Carolina General Assembly’s current budget proposal regarding education, Meyers sees the phrase, “would you like fries with that” to continue to be in her future.
“Am I disappointed in the way NCGA treats education in North Carolina? Sure,” said Meyers.
“But I feel so fortunate to be an example to my students. I hope I’m showing my students if you study hard, stay in school and try to give back through teaching, they too can be blessed with a job at McDonald’s.”
You know, I'm not sure if this is a real story or an Onion-ish parody. Either way, it's depressing as hell. Let's give the real Onion a try:
This Week's Top Video: People Who Paint Selves Silver And Pretend To Be Statues Make Average Of $10 Million Per Year http://t.co/s130hFX5gg
— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 27, 2013
Not sure why, but it made me laugh. That's all that matters.