• Reply to: Tuesday News: Guilty   9 hours 23 min ago

    Wake County is more than just Raleigh. I do understand the need for affordable housing in and around the City, but preserving green spaces is not just an issue for metropolitan areas, it's needed in exurban areas, too. Check the area in question out on Google maps, and try to imagine that area being parceled out for new home development via the private sector. Or maybe worse, continuing to deteriorate the way it already is.

  • Reply to: Tuesday Twitter roundup   10 hours 31 min ago

    Man, the Onion is just bashing the hell out of Facebook. I mean, every now and then it's funny, but this is way into the obsession category...

  • Reply to: NC Judicial Candidate filing period begins today   1 day 8 hours ago

    And in my usual sneaky-snoopy way, I tossed a few seemingly off-hand comments into the discussion to get some kind of reaction, to see what was perking up there. Not that I'm even remotely qualified to assess a seasoned attorney running for the Court of Appeals, but that's never stopped me before.

    He's not just a good candidate, he will make a fantastic CoA judge. Just thought you should know that.

    As for Anita, Allegra, and John, such probing is not necessary. They're all top-notch, and I applaud the NCDP for recognizing that.

  • Reply to: Constitution Party fields small group of right-wing extremists for 2018   1 day 9 hours ago

    If they can pull votes away from Republicans in these races, it can only help the Blue Wave. And that anti-toll woman running against Jeff Tarte should make that a very interesting race. But I still feel like I need to take another shower after that dive...

  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   2 days 9 hours ago

    When it comes to twisting events into religious narratives, Charles Davenport is a master:

    Two weeks ago, in the Masterpiece Bakeshop case, the U.S. Supreme Court took a stand against the bigotry and intolerance that thrives among progressives. Justice Kennedy, in his majority opinion, schooled the sanctimonious leftists who comprise Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission.

    When most right-wing idiots have realized their hypocritical use of the word "intolerance" has been exposed as the rhetorical snake-oil it is, leave it to Davenport to try to keep the sham going. But that lie is not enough; he blasts out of the land of reason by casting those who were discriminated against, and their supporters, as the bigots in this tale and not the baker who refused to serve them because they were gay.

    But that's not enough for Davenport, either. Oh no. He uses this as a platform to launch an effort to get biblical teachings back in (secular) public schools:

    Those who bother to examine the writings of Fisher Ames will discover overwhelming and empirical evidence that the author of the First Amendment was not only an advocate for the free exercise of religion but also an unapologetic champion of religion and morality in the public square.

    Even more telling are the multiple passages Ames wrote in which he endorsed the Bible as an instructional tool, if not the instructional tool, in schools: “We are spending less time in the classroom on the Bible,” Ames wrote, “which should be the principle text in our schools.”

    It's amazing (and frightening) how quickly these evangelical stiff-shirts can jump past the "establishment of religion" restriction, which was added thankfully to Ames' original wording, to try and get their particular religious beliefs taught to *all* children. And a big reason bible-thumpers are constantly chirping about this is due to poorly though-out diatribes like Davenport's.

    Unfortunately, ignorance of the First Amendment is not confined to left-wing zealots in Colorado. Legislators here in North Carolina have proposed a bill that, among other things, would require public schools to conspicuously display our national motto, “In God We Trust.” The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bert Jones, a Republican from Rockingham County.

    What’s the problem? According to Democratic Rep. Cecil Brockman of Guilford County, the displays might be a violation of “our First Amendment right to not have religion in our public sector.”

    Of course, no such “right” is expressed anywhere in any of our founding documents. The fact that an elected representative believes such nonsense demonstrates how far we have strayed from the blueprint established by our Founding Fathers.

    Again: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." See, this is what happens when idiots are allowed access to a keyboard. Davenport pulls an early 1st Amendment draft, not the one that was finally ratified, and in his mind that early version has replaced the real one. It's better than the real one, because it fits his ideology.

    Does that remind you of anyone? I thought so. Why be held back by reality, by established law, or even by the truth, when you can just make shit up however you like?