Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today's top story is radioactive:

Van der Vaart's obsession with nuclear energy could cost us dearly in true renewable energy generation:

Van der Vaart’s proposal was presented to the January meeting of the Renewable Energy and Long-term Planning Committee of the NC Energy Policy Council (EPC). (This advisory council makes recommendations to the governor and legislature. It is chaired by the NC Lieutenant Governor and operates under the purview of the Secretary of DEQ—in this case, van der Vaart himself—who is also a member.)

Given the role and structure of the EPC, such a proposal from the DEQ Secretary must be viewed as the first public step in an orchestrated process to bring an anti-REPS proposal to the legislature with the official blessing of the governor. In this latest version of the recurring attack on renewables, van der Vaart explained his proposal as an attempt to incentivize new nuclear construction (by allowing it to take the place of additional renewable energy in REPS). Observers projected that this will be the line van der Vaart repeats throughout his effort to get the EPC to endorse his proposal by the end of January. The full EPC meets on January 27.

Typical poorly thought-out plan, from a man who's proving to be a master of such. Here's a question BlueNC readers from back in the day should be able to answer: Why was the publicly-owned Electricities so expensive for the folks caught up in that fiasco? Because when they took over formerly privately-held utilities, they also took on the massive debt still owed on at least one 30 year-old nuclear power plant. They exacerbated the problem with refinancing issues, but the original debt was the main culprit. And van der Vaart wants more nuke plants. If he succeeds, you can expect that less-than-a-dollar renewable energy "rider" on your power bill to ride off the page.

Thank you. It gets tiring keeping up with all the attempts to rewrite history by Republicans.

I'd love to see the look on Pat's face if she said, "That water you're drinking came from my well. I hope you like hexavalent Chromium."

Both Pats (McCrory and Gleason) are idiots for bringing this up, because the state that GE moved to has an 8% corporate tax rate. Republicans like these two parrots have been telling us NC's 6.9% is a job-killer and it needs to be slashed down to 5%, but apparently a monster company like GE is fine with a considerably higher rate. Open mouth, insert hand-made Italian shoe.

I need more, please:

Catfish Cole had been trying to intimidate Indians by bringing caravans of cars through the county. There would be seven or eight of them, cruising through Maxton, Saint Pauls, and Red Springs right after dark on a Saturday. Lillie McKoy, who was mayor of Maxton later, said: “They wanted you to see them. They wanted you to be afraid of them.” And most people were.

The Sheriff, Malcolm McLeod, had bothered to go to South Carolina to warn Cole not to come to Robeson County with his rally. McLeod knew from a quarter of a century of experience that it was a big mistake to push an Indian into a corner. Chances are one of you would be hurt or killed, and chances are it would not be the Indian.

Cole was foolish enough to ride around the Indian communities in Maxton, Red Springs, Elrod, and other places announcing the rally over a loudspeaker.

When they got to the pond on Saturday night, there were 50 Klansmen there. But Sim had gotten 500 Indians there. They were armed with rifles, shotguns, axes, pitchforks, and hoes. When Cole got up to start the rally, one of the Indians, Sanford Locklear, shot out the light bulb over the stand. The Klan broke and ran. Sanford had his picture in the paper the next day, holding the rifle he used to shoot out the light.

Cole left his wife sitting there in a ditch in their car. The Indians let out war hoops as they chased the Klan members down the little road. Those boys were scared. One or two of them ran their cars into ditches and had to be pulled out. They went running back to South Carolina and have not been back since.

:) That's quite possibly the greatest thing ever.

Patrick McHenry is one of the most useless empty suits we've ever sent to Washington. I care about his thoughts about as much as I care what's on the mind of a mosquito trying to drink my blood.

Just when I was beginning to think John Hood was a reasonable man:

I’ll bet you know at least one person who has chosen not to engage in paid work for a time, perhaps because he or she is caring for a young child, a sick relative, or an elderly parent.

Now think about cases in which people don’t leave jobs or the labor market entirely, but instead take jobs that pay less than they could make. Some do it because of hours or working conditions. Others do it because they expect to derive greater pleasure or satisfaction from the lower-paying job than they would from a higher-paying one.

Which conveniently leaves out the vast majority of workers in this category, who have had their hours drastically cut or were laid off, and the *only* work they can find is a lower-paying job, if that. Hood is trying to sell a screenplay, in which everybody "chose" economic hardship and could "choose" to be more successful again, if they wanted to. I know he studies employment data constantly, which means he didn't arrive at this position out of ignorance. He "chose" to be misleading, to direct sympathy away from those who are suffering, and that is, in a word, detestable.

On that stomach-churning note, here's your Onion:

:) Okay, that was a little too abstruse. Here's another:

I don't know why, but I can't stop laughing...