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Uncle Joe is pissed about GOP voter suppression efforts

McConnell may have just lost his filibuster barricade:

President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.”

“This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle,” Biden said, referring to laws that enforced racial segregation in the South. “This is gigantic, what they’re trying to do, and it cannot be sustained.” Biden said he would “do everything in my power” to prevent those changes from going into effect.

Strained analogies aside (wouldn't an eagle be more dangerous?), I'm glad to see the President is not only angry about this, but angry for the right reasons. This is not just political maneuvering on the part of Republicans, it is an age-old effort to suppress the rights of African-Americans and other people of color, using disingenuous points of attack. Here's more from a real President:

Charges dropped for 4 Graham protesters

A step in the right direction:

A visiting judge dismissed charges on Wednesday against a local NAACP president and three others who defied a protest ban in Graham, a small city in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina, last summer.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Barrett Brown, president of the Alamance County NAACP, after he picked up a "Black Lives Matter" sign during a July 25 press conference and walked across the street to hold it while standing next to a divisive Confederate monument in front of the Historic Courthouse. Three others, including a Democratic member of the county board of elections, walked over to join Brown and were also arrested.

They should have never been arrested in the first place. Barrett and Trina are friends of mine, both dedicated to seeking justice for those who have been marginalized in our County (Alamance). Here's more on the ongoing saga of suppressing peaceful protests:

NC GOP hypocrisy on Eminent Domain

When government does it it's bad, but private corporations? That's "beneficial.":

The measure would place a constitutional amendment on the 2022 general election ballot for North Carolina voters to change the language to prohibit the taking of private property by eminent domain "except for a public use." It still would allow utility and other service companies to acquire property to connect services for customers.

"We found through the explicit experience of other people, some here in North Carolina, that for benefit can mean a lot of things in the courtroom," Riddell said.

The absolute last person who should be promoting this is Dennis Riddell. Literally dozens of his own constituents are battling with Mountain Valley Pipeline (Southgate) to keep from having their property stolen from them. It's not local government that's threatening them, it's a private, for-profit company. And of course Pope's Puppets are fully on-board with this:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

He doesn't want to find inequity, because that would knock the legs out of his fictional platform.

Mark Meadows is neck-deep in Georgia criminal probe

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Subtlety was never one of his stronger suits:

In late December, as then-U.S. President Donald Trump falsely alleged that rampant voter fraud caused his Georgia election loss, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows made an unexpected visit to an Atlanta suburb, hoping to observe an audit of thousands of voter signatures.

The Georgia secretary of state’s office said it had just 45 minutes notice of Meadows’ arrival in Cobb County, and it barred him from the room where state investigators were examining the absentee ballot signatures.

The term "hubris" comes to mind, but it's more than just that. Meadows spent a great deal of his time in Congress strong-arming fellow Representatives into doing his bidding, outside of normal leadership channels, eventually leading him to try a failed coup of John Boehner. Who has since described Meadows as an "Idiot and anarchist." And it's looking more and more like the hard-press of Georgia's Secretary of State was instigated by Meadows himself, as opposed to just doing what Trump wanted:

Gun Culture Club: Do you really want to shoot me?

This seems to be happening much more frequently these days:

A young boy managed to get hold of a gun Thursday afternoon and shot his mother in the face as they both rode in a work truck on Interstate 95, Johnston County authorities said.

Authorities were investigating how the boy got his hands on the gun.

It can't be that big a mystery. The gun was either in the glove compartment or under the seat. Or maybe in her purse. But whatever the case, it was also loaded. And if it was an automatic, a round had probably already been chambered. Which would make the "idiot" checklist complete. Here's another one, this time taking the life of a 10 year-old girl:

Duke Energy's climate hypocrisy and greenwashing efforts

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Saying all the right words, but doing all the wrong things:

Both Southern and Duke say that their pro-climate positions are aligned with the pro-climate positions of two of their two largest trade associations, the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association, citing boilerplate language from each.

EEI says that “global climate change presents one of the biggest energy and environmental policy challenges this country has ever faced.” AGA says that it is “committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through smart innovation, new and modernized infrastructure, and advanced technologies.”

Just a quick reminder, the AGA is behind a new NC bill that forces cities to allow natural gas connections for buildings, even though the carbon footprint from said buildings is massive. The Edison Electric Institute has been a climate change denier since Jesus was in middle school, and they have particularly attacked renewable energy programs:

Cuomo must go: Sexual harassment in the workplace is no joke

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Lindsey Boylan in her own words:

As he began to approach me, I excused myself from coworkers and moved upstairs to a more distant area of the party. Minutes later, I received a call from an unlisted number. It was the Governor’s body person. He told me to come to the Capitol because the Governor wanted to see me.

I made my way through the underground connection that linked the Plaza to the Capitol. As the black wrought-iron elevator took me to the second floor, I called my husband. I told him I was afraid of what might happen. That was unlike me. I was never afraid.

I chose that particular passage to highlight the psychological effects that sexual harassment produces, because we too often focus on evidence; specific words or physical contact of the harasser. And in the process, the humanity of the victim is sometimes sidelined. Sexual predators are persistent in their unwanted advances, and that persistence piles up on the target of their desires. So much so that it can adversely affect the victim's job performance, giving the predator one more tool to use against them. More from Lindsey:

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