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  • Reply to: Monday Numbers: NC's CAFO nightmare is getting worse   14 hours 27 min ago

    I forgot I need to periodically explain that acronym, which I'm pretty sure was created by a PR dude to make it sound somewhat humanitarian...

  • Reply to: Monday Numbers: NC's CAFO nightmare is getting worse   14 hours 52 min ago

    for compiling these numbers, and her tireless work on environmental issues.

  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   1 day 14 hours ago

    This week's loser is Cal Thomas, for various bigoted nonsense:

    It is a truism that a blackmailer is rarely satisfied. Once the payoffs start, there often is no end to them. The Chick-fil-A fast-food chain is about to learn this hard lesson, far too late, as many victims of blackmail and extortion generally do.

    Just a quick reminder for BlueNC readers: We've had a few high-profile Libertarian candidates come here to make their cases, which very often entailed long-winded diatribes about the burdens of government regulation, and how the "Free Market" will eventually correct bad behavior by companies when people stop buying their products. This Chick-Fil-A thing is exactly that, a consumer boycott. If you want a good example of blackmail or extortion, see Donald Trump's Ukraine behavior.

    For conservatives and evangelical Christians, Chick-fil-A has been a model company that has consistently stood against the “anything goes” spirit of the age. It’s founder, the late S. Truett Cathy, ordered that his restaurants be closed on Sundays to allow employees to attend church and spend time with their families.

    When LGBT activists learned the company donated to charities that support the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman and declared a boycott of the restaurants, others demonstrated their support by strongly patronizing them.

    Okay, right there you admitted that the company has profited from ideology, dating back to its origins. That instead of just being an eating establishment, it had set itself apart from other restaurants as a Christian institution, primed and ready to discriminate against employees and others. So this conclusion is likely missing something:

    Without any noticeable new pressure, Chick-fil-A announced it would no longer be donating to Christian charities like the Salvation Army, an organization not known for political activism. A company spokesman said future donations would go to charities in support of education, the homeless and ending hunger.

    Referencing back to that "Free Market" commentary above, support for LGBTQ causes is growing every year, while Christo-Fascist bigots are dying off in droves. It was only a matter of time before Chick-Fil-A management shifted away from supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, and the fact that it happened in the absence of a huge bruhaha is further evidence that it was not blackmail, but business evolution that drove it.

    If this weren’t enough, the restaurant chain also announced it is sending a $2,500 donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing organization that lists some Christian ministries as “hate groups.” Among them is the Family Research Council, which describes itself as a “pro-marriage and pro-life” lobbying organization based in Washington.

    As reported by The Washington Times, “In 2012, gunman Floyd Lee Corkins shot building manager Leo Johnson after storming the FRC building in Washington, D.C., carrying 50 rounds of ammunition and a backpack of Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The shooter later told the FBI that he found FRC on the SPLC’s list of ‘anti-gay groups.'”

    Okay, first of all, Leo Johnson wasn't the "building manager," he was a security guard. An unarmed security guard who stopped this guy just a few steps inside the building. Cal might want to refrain from reading (and especially referencing) the Washington Times in the future, because calling it a rag is a compliment.

    Second thing, SPLC goes through a rather vigorous exercise before classifying hate groups. They look at public statements, policies promoted, the tone and substance of campaign materials, etc. The Family Research Council is directly responsible for gay-bashing incidents, abortion clinic harassment, and many state-level laws that discriminate against women and LGBTQ citizens. They earned their spot on that list.

    Third: You want to talk about gun violence? Okay. On June 12 2016, a man shot and killed 49 patrons at the Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando. He also wounded 53 others. Whether it was a ISIS-related act of terrorism or not, his choice of the Pulse was not a coincidence. There is credible evidence that he was at least confused about his sexuality, and the social stigma that is promoted by groups like FRC may have been the driving force that tipped him over.

    LGBTQ folks live with a certain amount of fear every day. Fear of violence, fear of career loss, fear of not being able to do the simplest things (sit down in a restaurant), and the Family Research Council views that as a victory. And as long as people give them money, they will continue to stigmatize those folks.

  • Reply to: Saturday News: Lipstick on a pig   2 days 15 hours ago

    A couple hundred million miles away, but still:

    It wandered in the deep freeze of interstellar space for 100 million years or so, a locked vault of cosmo-chemical history. In Spring 2019 this ice cube began falling into our own solar system. Feeble heat from the sun, still distant, loosened carbon monoxide from its surface into a faint, glowing fog; the orphan ice cube became a new comet.

    Six months later, Gennady Borisov, a Crimean astronomer, saw it drifting in front of the constellation Cancer and sounded the alarm.

    Borisov looked like a comet from the start, enveloped in a cloud of gas, which is what enabled Mr. Borisov to recognize it so quickly. And everything the visitor has done since then has suggested that at least some comets out there are more or less like our neighborhood comets.

    Mr. Borisov’s comet underwent an astronomical rite of passage of sorts in October, when the Hubble Space Telescope got a good look at it: a white knuckle at the head of a bluish fan of light.

    Subsequent observations by telescopes on Earth have confirmed the presence of alien water and carbon monoxide as well as a growing list chemicals from another part of the universe. As of Nov. 24, the comet’s tail had grown to 100,000 miles long. The comet’s nucleus is only a mile across.

    It boggles the mind. Our own Oort cloud contains millions of these ice-balls, but most of them are in a relatively stable orbit WTF out there. Theoretically, this dude could be from another galaxy, swinging by to warm its hands on Sol.

  • Reply to: Friday News: A sign of progress   3 days 3 hours ago

    ... the right wingers are down on Tillis for being a "sell out" and not conservative enough. That tells you everything you need to know about Walker.