From the file labeled "dwindling opportunities":
— NC Policy Watch (@NCPolicyWatch) October 15, 2013
Some wise words by Alexandra Sirota:
Efforts at the federal and state level to reduce the reach and effectiveness of these programs can only be explained by policymakers’ commitment to an outdated argument about poverty. Unfortunately, such an approach will put North Carolina on a dangerous path. We are competing with the poorest states in our nation for top billing, with the 10th highest poverty rate and child poverty rate in the U.S.
North Carolina won’t be competitive nor will its economy be healthy unless it addresses economic hardship. And let’s be clear: this hardship is real. It’s driving parents to make tough decisions between buying food and keeping the lights on, putting gas in the car to get to work or paying rent. Our economy can’t thrive if we aren’t creating greater pathways into the middle class for these North Carolinians.
So, don’t believe the claims that come with the “blame the poor” pattern. We can win the war on poverty. It simply takes investing in what we know works and recognizing that the fates of all Americans and North Carolinians are closely intertwined.
And from the file labeled "logically disconnected":
— Kevin J. Rogers (@kevinjohnrogers) October 15, 2013
And he's a homeschooler:
Collett, who is married and has 10 children, says the kids are covered by Medicaid, the joint state-federal health insurance plan for people with low income and children who are not covered.
But it’s “absolutely not okay,” that they are, Collett says quickly. “There are a lot of people out there that’ll cry foul.”
But wait! Collett has a justification for this!
Collett, whose children are home-schooled, likens taking Medicaid to sending children to public school. He also does not approve of government-funded public schools. “The government is taking your money. They are spending it on things they shouldn’t be,” he says. “Trying to get whatever you can back — I have nothing against that. You have to at some point try and get your tax dollars back.”
Of the ten children, eight are adopted. So it looks like this Tea Partier is using the tried-and-true method of over-populating your house with kids so you can qualify for government assistance. I wonder if he or his wife drive a Cadillac?
Still fighting the "War of the Northern Aggression", I see... pic.twitter.com/p1rO9zRTCD
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) October 13, 2013
Just a little reminder for our shit-kicking friend here: if you secede from the Union, you won't have any Congressional representation with which to impeach Obama. Just sayin'.
People who often say "I" are less self-confident than those who say the word infrequently, study finds. http://t.co/vEsmUQejAX
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) October 13, 2013
I...am fairly certain that's not true. ;/
— Amanda Sparklewood (@underwoodchamp) October 13, 2013
It's even crazier than it seems:
Despite the defense’s evidence that Scott had no proof the young man was an “imminent threat,” Scott’s attorney — who, oddly enough, is state Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-SC) — argued that if Scott hadn’t shot Niles, he would have had to go back to his home and “hope that the cavalry (police) are going to come.”
“All that matters is that Mr. Scott felt his life was in jeopardy,” Rutherford said.
On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Maite Murphy accepted those arguments and ruled that Scott believed he was aiming for the group that had threatened his daughter, and therefore was protected under South Carolina’s 2006 Stand Your Ground law.
All that matters is what a crazy person believes. Gotcha. The fact this makes perfect sense to a majority of the lawmakers in not only South Carolina but North Carolina as well freaks me the hell out.
ICYMI: The GOP used to be the "daddy party"; now it's the abusive ex-husband with a substance abuse problem party. http://t.co/fLN3mtkEVY
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) October 14, 2013
That's actually a pretty good analogy. Abusers often use whatever power is at hand, most often economic power, to force their will upon the victims of their abuse. Facing the aura of living on the streets, victims will acquiesce completely or, at best, postpone their hopes of regaining their freedom and dignity.
In many ways, it's more vile than physical violence, because it erodes the victim's self-esteem to the point where they no longer believe they deserve the civil rights that the rest of us take for granted. Turning the American dream into a nightmare.
— Equality NC (@equalitync) October 14, 2013
Another "sleeping giant" that Republicans should have left alone. But they're like an untrained puppy: they just can't stop themselves from gnawing on our Democracy.
TODAY is the LAST day to drop classes and the LAST day to pass/fail you classes. See your advisors for more information! #doitNOW
— UNC Executive Branch (@unc_execbranch) October 14, 2013
I think you mean "your" classes. I realize you have a fairly heavy load, and making mistakes like this is only human. That said, I'm going to give you a failing grade on this Tweet. When you get over the disappointment, I think you'll rise above this and achieve great things. My door is always open. Except for right now, of course, as I have another appointment waiting.
— Bloomsbury Press (@BloomsburyPress) October 14, 2013
This could be huge:
It turns out that the motorcycle cop whose radio was transmitting was not where the investigators believed him to be when they did their tests. He was actually more than two miles away in a place where his radio could not have picked up the sound of gunshots.
“In fact, there are no less than twelve similar impulses in a period spanning just over a three-minute segment of the open microphone audio,” Sabato writes, guessing that they are probably “of a mechanical origin associated with the motorcycle.”
Sabato concludes that “a conspiracy of some sort … cannot be dismissed out of hand.” But he said there is no doubt that Oswald was “at least one of” Kennedy’s assassins. Just because the tape could not prove a conspiracy, he explains, does not mean there was not someone on the grassy knoll.
“The search for the truth of JFK’s assassination is like the quest for El Dorado, the mythical city of gold that tantalized European explorers in the 16th century,” he writes. “Inspired by vague clues and Amerindian legends, these explorers spent years in the wilderness hoping to strike it rich, but often died of disease and starvation instead.”
Then again, this could be just one more in a long line of...wait a minute. El Dorado? What the fuck does El Dorado have to do with anything? See, this is why you won't catch me within 300 feet of a Top-Ten Best-Selling non-fiction block-buster, because I like my fiction well-done, and not garnished with a sprig of truth.
Note to readers: I'm really not one of those guys. You know, a critic's critic. Although I am a stickler for historic authenticity. Even fictional future history, like the Star Trek universe. A universe where James Kirk did not take over the Enterprise and save the galaxy before graduating from Star Fleet Academy. That's...well, it's like something a Republican would write, frankly.
— Travis Fain (@TravisFain) October 14, 2013
Travis, you are a genius. Although I would move the Elm street terminus a few blocks down to the Green Bean and Natty's. But that's just me.
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— HootSuite (@hootsuite) October 14, 2013
Ehhh. Dude, I'm fast approaching sensory overload as it is. If I follow any more people I'm liable to go over the cliff like those lemmings did. Or was that an old wives cautionary tale? Whatever the case, since owls are nocturnal and you're probably seeing mainly half-drunk bar-hopping Tweets, let me clue you in: some of these people Tweet more than a hungry baby bird. Like this one:
— betseyross (@betseyross) October 14, 2013
Thanks to you and your certifiably insane friends, they're probably going to lose either way.
That's enough slumming for now. It's Onion time, baby:
In Focus: Son-Of-A-Bitch Mouse Solves Maze Researchers Spent Months Building http://t.co/aS8KU5isyt
— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 15, 2013
:) Go get 'em, little fella.