Tuesday Twitter roundup

Because hungry children should always be at the top of our list:

And Ralph Hise has the gall to try and justify this:

Officials at the state Department of Health and Human Services estimate the change would cut food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to 133,000 people – 55,000 of them under 18. In 2010, during the depths of the recession, North Carolina expanded its eligibility as permitted under federal law. The state extended coverage to households earning between 133 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level that were also receiving some other public assistance, such as disability payments.

"You talk to anyone who’s seen the tremendous growth that we’ve seen in our food stamp program over the last eight years despite our recovering economy," he said, adding that the state's current SNAP program is much more generous than programs in other states.

So maybe that "tremendous growth" of which you speak isn't actually happening, or isn't lifting up as many people as you assume it is. Whatever the case, somebody who pockets money from donors is the last person who should be in a position to decide who eats and who doesn't.

Okay, the leaders of NC's Americans For the Prosperous have never been the sharpest edges around, but the idiocy of this gloating Tweet ranks up near the top. Right-wingers have been clutching the false narrative that Solar is still way too expensive, but this story clearly undermines that. Prices are continuing to drop, which is why this large manufacturer is in financial trouble. Duh.

And again, the idiot brigade makes what they think are clever arguments, but only expose the devious nature of their Part's leaders. The "3 times on separate days" was initially intended to force leadership to give lawmakers time to assess the budget, and that "after midnight is a new day" thing is a fricking loophole to work around that requirement. It's definitely not something of which to be proud.

Yeah, I mean, no. Somebody at the Carolina Journal had a flash of rare insight, and removed whatever dumbass cheerleading article had been posted. As for Marc Rotterman, WUNC-TV loses twenty cool points every time that idiot gets air time. Just don't.

This kind of reminds me of that Star Trek episode on the Nazi planet where the great leader was drugged in a chair and they faked his news briefings. Only in this case, Robin Hayes is probably still trying to put together a 50 piece puzzle they gave him to keep busy with...

You don't know because you're a f**king idiot. The Governor wields zero influence over the US Supreme Court, dingus.

And again, not a transgender man or woman. Sheesh, give it up.

Once again, North State Journal exposes its painfully obvious conservative bias. But as you can tell, this is not Ray Nothstine, because Ray Nothstine never misses a chance to mention Ray Nothstine.

We can do better. Much better.

Did not see that coming, but more power to them.

More selective legislating to either punish Democratic strongholds or give special privileges to Republican ones. You really can't make this stuff up. Definitely related:

Don't hold your breath...

They don't seem capable of taking "no" for an answer, which is another trait they share with 2 year-olds.

Okay, I'm going to scramble these paragraphs a little bit, to (maybe) give you a cause & effect:

The white working class seems to be giving up on the kinds of institutions that have traditionally provided a measure of stability and economic opportunity to American life, particularly colleges and universities. Among white Americans with college degrees, 63 percent said getting a degree was "a smart investment in the future," but among the white working class, that figure was just 44 percent. In this group, a majority (54 percent) described it as a risky decision "that may not pay off in the end."

The white working class is less involved in their communities outside of religion as well. Thirty-six percent said they never participated in secular organizations such as book clubs, sports teams, neighborhood associations or parent-teacher associations.

Roughly a third of white working-class Americans said that they have cut back on food or meals in the past year to save money. A similar share it would be difficult — if not impossible — for them to cover an emergency expense of $400. And among those who live in the same town where they grew up, only 17 percent say the quality of life there has improved.

As many of these voters felt they had little to lose, they were undeterred by the President's failure to spell out — with any degree of detail — how he would deliver on promises that experts repeatedly cautioned were unrealistic, said PRRI's Dan Cox, one of the authors of the report.

"Many folks — they can’t wait for a white paper, or a 12-point plan. They need help immediately," Cox said. There was, he said, "a recognition that there was some danger with it too, but that it was, sort of, worth the risk."

I don't want to put too fine a point on this, but some things are just obvious. When you view education as a "risk" that may not pay off in the long run, and refuse to engage in activities that might expose you to new things and people, your ability to make sound judgments on public policy and/or politicians is seriously limited. And I'm sure that is frustrating and depressing, I'm just not sure who is more to blame, the system or the people who refuse to engage with the system. One thing I do know: We can't craft policy based on unsound judgment, or the desires of those who shun personal improvement. We just can't do it.

On that depressing note, here's your Onion:

Sorry, still channeling my inner white trash. Here's another:




Bonus Onion:

Yeah, I have trouble understanding how people get excited doing this. If they weren't showing a movie I've already watched 13 times, then maybe. But it's always something that is guaranteed to be popular, which also guarantees I will soon be...zzzzzz