Tuesday Twitter roundup

Possibly the most interesting political development from yesterday:

And just to allay any potential concerns you might have: Yes, Thomas is a seasoned political consultant, but there's also a solid policy wonk just under the surface of that campaign veteran. Dude is smart and realistic, which is critical when it comes to crafting legislation that has more than a ghost of a chance of making it all the way to the President's desk.

In the future, Walter, if you want to look like a badass by swinging a sword around, you might want to ditch the respirator. I'm just saying, being obviously afraid to inhale a tiny paper fragment sorta throws the whole "fearless" image off...

What a stinking mess. I'm not going to post any quoted excerpts from the above, but I did learn something I didn't already know: The Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court (Republican) gets to appoint the 3-judge panel that will hear this case. A case that could directly affect members of the Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice. Welcome to Absurdistan.

Yeah, good luck with that. When he ran against Tillis in 2014, Brannon only pulled 27% of Republican Primary voters, and he had all sorts of national right-wing nutters endorsing him. But please do have a vicious little fight.

Er, who the frack is Mark Otto? You know what, I don't want to know. If he pulls a magic wand out of his butt and beats Rouzer, I'll read up on him. I only have the stomach for so many idiots at a time.

This one's a must-read, folks:

The great spawning runs of fish across North America are by and large a thing of the past now remembered only in accounts from a time before markets got a hold of them. The one notable exception, of course, is salmon, and only in British Columbia and Alaska due to some of the most austere commercial fishing regulations on the continent. Whether we are speaking of American shad runs on the Roanoke River or Yellowstone cutthroat trout on the Snake River, the scenario was quite similar to the picture we have today of salmon in coastal Alaska with both man and beasts lining the riverbanks to reap the harvest of one of nature’s most extraordinary bounties.

In North Carolina, the American shad was the lifeblood of the land, driving both ecosystems and settlement patterns of natives and colonists alike. A hundred miles from the coast, the density of these shad runs meant that little more than a basket was needed for scooping fish from the rivers and packing barrels with a year’s supply of protein. This was a subsistence way of life that stretched all the way to the foot of that Appalachian Mountains where shad were once harvested as far west as Wilkesboro – a run of 450 miles upriver from the coast.

All of this changed when shad become a commodity, a marketable resource. More shad meant more money and in short order commercial fisherman began stretching seine nets across entire river mouths effectively cutting off entire shad runs to all points west. Whole ecosystems struggled to function. Upriver, poor farmers and wealthy plantation owners alike banded together to declare that shad was the “common rights of mankind” for which they were being deprived of by the greed of the few.

Remember this the next time you hear somebody whining about Federal Fish & Wildlife regulations and interventions in commercial fishing off our coast. If left to their own devices, overfishing and by-catching would do the same damage to other species as what happened to the shad.

On that depressing note, here's your Onion:

Okay, that may be more accurate than we think, but it's still depressing as hell, so here's another:

:) Tee-hee...

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Yes, you are :)

But I coulda sworn I had posted one of your tweets before...Then again, that could be deja vu, which I'm becoming more prone to in my mid-fifties. :o