Tuesday Twitter roundup

For every action, there's a reaction:

And of course, the RW Nutters are having a hissy-fit:

Dude, you can stick that "equivalency" crap where the sun don't shine. Those Nazis rammed a car into pedestrians, killing one of them, and a group of them beat a black man to a bloody pulp with a bunch of clubs. These people killed an inanimate object. No comparison.

Lol! Not enough conservative militant activism? Armed dudes marching in the streets of Ferguson and others taking over a Federal installation not enough for ya'? Just plain silly.

Which is exactly what the Governor should say, but (of course) he's catching flak from both sides for it:

What would you have him say? Seriously. Should he have told people to go ahead and march on their town/city and pull down all the confederate statues? Governors might call a state of emergency, but they generally don't call a state of anarchy. And expect to get re-elected, anyway.

I'm afraid the GOP's reassurances on this aren't very reassuring. And this crap from Burr and Millis makes me want to punch a Nazi:

Burr and Millis released a joint statement shortly after noon on Monday, arguing that their bill shouldn’t be cast as an attempt to protect drivers like the 20-year-old charged with second-degree murder.

“It is intellectually dishonest and a gross mischaracterization to portray North Carolina House Bill 330 as a protection measure for the act of violence that occurred in Charlottesville this past weekend,” the statement says.

“We denounce the violence, racism, and acts displayed in Charlottesville that run antithetical to American ideals of peaceful demonstration and the right to free speech. Our thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured, their families, and our nation as we grieve the tragic events perpetuated by those that wish to divide us.”

"Those that wish to divide us"??? Millis was a co-sponsor of HB2, among his many other transgressions, and he preaches about people "dividing" others? Shut the fuck up Chris, you're out of your element...

No, what's incredible is the genetic disability of right-wing nutters to get their own house in order without deflecting attention towards the left. One of your guys ran over a bunch of pedestrians on purpose. You know, just like the ISIS guys do? Deal with it, and lose the "But what about..." bullshit.

And of course, that goes for elected officials, too:

Dan Bishop is another felony-level oxygen thief...

Good job, buddy. Shaming Nazis should be the goal of every American.

Let's move on to the unethical business of the Legislature:

Once again tying the hands of environmental regulators:

For a classic example of such legislation, consider a dreadful proposal that could be enacted next week on the subject of state government regulations. It turns out that during the closing days of the legislative “long session” in June, conservative lawmakers concocted a bill (House Bill 162) that would do some remarkable and destructive things when it comes to government regulations designed to protect the public.

As Policy Watch environmental reporter Lisa Sorg explained in a post earlier this month:

“In essence, [the Department of Environmental Quality] could not make permanent rules that would be more stringent than the federal government’s, aka, the EPA’s —- even in the case of ‘serious and unforeseen threats.’ While existing legislation already suffocates DEQ’s rule-making powers, this measure would up the ante.

If you need an example of such a threat, look no further than the GenX drinking water crisis. It’s serious. It’s unforeseen. And there are no federal rules governing maximum allowable amounts in drinking water. So ostensibly, DEQ could make a temporary rule setting maximum limits of GenX, but the agency would be prohibited from making those rules permanent. And given the recalcitrance of the EPA to strengthen any regulations, it could be years before the feds issue rules regarding emerging contaminants like GenX.

On that distasteful and potentially toxic note, here's your Onion:

I don't do that, but I do turn my head to the side and slowly glance over at the screen...



The statue in Durham should have been moved

to a museum. Vandalism in any form regardless of the reason never gets anyone anywhere. And this video was taken at the location of the Confederate monument vandalism (let's call it what it is) in Durham, NC.

Note that the protester is bitching about the police just like the right wing protesters who were in Charlottesville are now (about the police.)

Part of me agrees with this

But another part acknowledges the lack of will and determination on the part of local government to bring about these needed changes. Hell, Orange County can't even make a decision to keep white students from wearing Confederate flag t-shirts to school, even though it's a horrible slap in the face to African-American students.

I just saw a graph showing the two spikes in confederate monument building, and the first began shortly after the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling upholding Jim Crow laws, and the second happened to coincide with the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, which brought about de-segregation. There's no doubt the motives behind these memorials was (mostly) based in racism and white dominance, but nobody wants to talk about that history.

I've been surprised about Orange county but ...

I 've continually taken exception to history changing whether it be a monument or name on a building. My wife is from Georgia close to Jonesboro (extensive Civil War history there.) We had a long conversation about monument removal around 5am this morning. I also asked her what she thought her ancestors would have thought about an opposing army marching through their state while burning everything in sight, stealing food and livestock and in some historically reported instances, assaulting females.

Psychological warfare in some regard can be much worse than a bullet between the eyes. Sherman was masterful in his accomplishment. That being said, genealogy and heritage remain (to this day) a big deal among many Americans especially in the South. And today, a Democratic politician is running for office in Georgia on the "let's remove all of the Confederate faces off of Stone Mountain" carpet ride.

The short is this (at least in my opinion.) Monuments, names on buildings and roadside markers (especially in NC) serve a purpose. History serves no purpose if certain aspects are blotted out. If bad history is not continually aligned with good history, we'll soon have no true history. And no history to reflect on (good or bad) will most certainly turn many Americans into one-sided self-serving robots void of intelligence or decision making based on past history.

My ancestors had slaves, fought in the war

Actually, my family used to have a farm like 3/4 of a mile from what is now downtown Chapel Hill. Dirt poor, but owned (if I remember correctly) three slaves. Then they moved to Rome, Georgia, but only took two slaves with them. It's possible they sold one to help finance their relocation. It was after that the father (my GGGG) and his son both joined the Confederate Army, the elder in the Georgia Militia and his son was in the Cavalry (we think) assigned to the Arkansas area. Which is where my (maternal) family ended up settling.

Trust me when I say, it's very sobering to peruse Census rolls and see hard evidence you came from slave holders. I believe it has made me a better man, because I feel I have a personal debt to pay, to actively try to right the wrongs done in my family's name. And recognizing the pain African-Americans feel when confronted with examples of white supremacy is just one of those things. I don't expect everyone to understand why I feel that way, I'm not sure I understand it myself. But I know the way we have chosen to remember history in our state is terribly flawed, and serves all the wrong purposes.

Good post.

I just think that "history changing" is an unraveling thread in a very thick blanket with no apparent end in sight. I also continue to be appalled at the behavior of certain whites when their chest thumping ignorance and inability to think clearly or thoroughly takes over.

I stand corrected.

Or...sit corrected...anyway, the Orange County School Board did ban the Confederate flag on t-shirts:

Orange County Schools on Monday banned all clothing that depicts the Confederate flag, swastikas or any KKK related symbols or language. Parents and students have been asking the district for several months to change their dress code to ban the Confederate Flag.

In June, the district decided not to place a ban the flags, but instead reworded the dress code to say “Clothing and accessories are not to substantially disrupt the education process. Students are not to wear clothing, buttons, patches, jewelry or any other items with words, phrases, symbols, pictures or signs that are indecent, profane or racially intimidating."

Superintendent Todd Wirt said in a statement Monday night that, following bi-monthly meetings with the board of education, the district made the decision to outright prohibit the flags.

The new dress code reads as follows:

"Clothing and accessories are not to substantially disrupt the education process. Students are not to wear clothing, buttons, patches, jewelry, make-up, face/body paint or any other items with words phrases, symbols, pictures or signs that are indecent, profane, or substantially disruptive, including items that are reasonably expected to intimidate other students on the basis of race (for example KKK, swastika, and the Confederate Flag), color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or religious affiliation."

Good job.


Gee, I wonder if Szoka discussed the last-minute insertion of the Wind Farm moratorium into the bill? How many "stakeholders" were involved in that decision? That was a rhetorical question of course, because most (if not all) of those stakeholders were monumentally pissed about that. But let's not disrupt his false narrative about the process...