Racist fox in charge of minority hen house

Putting the "ass" in class warfare:

The chairman of the Rowan County Housing Authority is under investigation for racially tinged online comments. As first reported by the Salisbury Post, Malcolm “Mac” Butner has been accused of writing Facebook posts that were derogatory toward African Americans, illegal immigrants, and protesters who are part of the Moral Monday Movement.

Those posts have proved a complaint to the Greensboro Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Rowan County Board of Commissioners have also launched an investigation.

Racists like Butner don't just magically appear, they're generally outspoken about their twisted views since before they were old enough to drive a tractor (that's 8 years old, for you city folk). As such, it's a good bet at least one of the County Commissioners knew good old Mac was a throwback, and since his term ends just a few months from now, it's doubtful their "investigation" will amount to more than a few shaking heads. An apology? Hah! Don't hold your breath.

This is something I've been waiting for

If you've followed gerrymandering cases at all, you come face to face with a very weird reality. Our laws generally say it's just fine to discriminate against voters based on any other criteria besides race. So all the convoluted districts designed to achieve political goals by discriminating against members of another political party, for example, have been considered to be just fine. Until now.

Here's the headline from the LA Times: Florida redistricting illegally favors Republicans.

A Florida judge ruled the state's congressional district map invalid Thursday night, saying it violates constitutional provisions that require fair districts and instead favors Republicans.

Daily Dose

New coal ash ad targets Tillis (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A new barrage of TV ads criticizing state lawmakers over environmental issues will begin airing this week, this one singling out House Speaker Thom Tillis. This ad is the opening salvo from the N.C. League of Conservation Voters, and is part of what the organization says is a $1 million drive to hold polluters accountable and win greater protections against future spills like the coal ash pollution of the Dan River this year. Earlier this year, several state environmental advocacy groups and the national Natural Resources Defense Council kicked off a series of TV ads targeting specific Republican state legislators. The NRDC said more than $1 million would be spent. The League of Conservation Voters coal ash campaign, separate from the state and national coalition’s campaign, begins with an ad buy of $845,000 airing from Friday to July 24 in the Triangle, Charlotte, Triad and Asheville, the League says.

Breathtaking hypocrisy

I usually ignore hypocrisy. It's become so commonplace that it hardly deserves notice anymore.

But sometimes the disconnect between what a person says and what he actually does is so stunning, so extreme, and so callous, that it simply cannot be glossed over. That's the case with Nelson Dollar, an austerity Republican from Wake County. To hear him talk, you'd think he was a bleeding-heart liberal from Chapel Hill.

The NC Senate: the only place you can walk out on your job without worrying about being fired

Apparently the term "at will" means something different to Republicans:

McCrory heaped praise on House Speaker Thom Tillis for calling teachers and superintendents to testify to the budget conference committee that is working out differences between the House and Senate, while lambasting senators for walking out of the room.

"I am disappointed that the Senate walked out on superintendents and teachers," McCrory said after meeting with his Education Cabinet at Shaw. "We need to listen to them, not walk out on them."

That's what you get when you've got a collection of playground bullies running the show in the Legislature. Declaring victory is more important than arriving at any kind of consensus, and the only sure thing you can count on is someone's going to get a wedgie.

Daily dose

What do you do with 100 tons of coal ash? (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Dump trucks – each loaded with 20 tons of coal ash – make some 200 trips a day from Duke Energy's Lake Julian power plant to the Asheville Regional Airport, where the toxic material is used as fill to create flat, usable land. The disposal method is considered a cost-effective and environmentally sound reuse of the material. About 4 million tons will have been removed from the plant's two ash ponds by the time the project ends next year. But, as state lawmakers struggle with legislation to better manage coal ash in the wake of the Feb. 2 spill into the Dan River, there are concerns about what to do with amounts of the byproduct far larger than what's being reused in Asheville. Duke estimates there are 102 million tons of coal ash in 33 ponds across the state.

Put up your Dukes

It seems that John "Duke" Wayne's family and Duke University are arguing about who has rights to the Duke name.

As part of a long-running legal tussle, the Durham university and John Wayne Enterprises have been fighting over “Duke” trademarks and whether the family of the star of countless classic westerns can brand their bourbon with the name they want.

Seems to me that both parties ought to be much more concerned about the damage being done to the "Duke" name by those other folks.

Tillisberger to throw 12,000 kids out in the cold

or in the heat. But either way, the NC GOP wants to stop after-school child care subsidies for 12,000 kids from low-income families.

Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Republican from Cornelius, said the goal is to shift the focus to early childhood development..

Oh, well the way Jeff tells it, this must be a good thing. Unless, of course:

Child advocates say the change could put children at risk by forcing parents to choose between work and leaving their children in potentially unsafe situations.

Oh, that doesn't sound good at all. But that's just those bleeding-heart "child advocates" talking. Let's hear from an actual parent, who would need to pay more than $1,000 more per month, something she can't possibly afford.


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