Tuesday Twitter roundup

In the "put your money where your mouth is" category:

When you try to do something good and some idiot sticks his leg out to trip you:

Six proposed amendments would have increased state support for public education, expanded access to opportunity for rural NC and provided a modest boost to the fixed incomes of state retirees. However, these six amendments were met with six quick funerals. A majority of House members voted against four of the amendments, and two were tabled and never got a vote on the House floor.

It's all about maintaining the fantasy. If Republicans allow even one positive change to their budget, they think it sends a message that they "missed" something and there may be other problems. And they would be right, their budget misses a lot of somethings.

This oughta be good:

"I got tired of yelling at the television," Wade Latham says of his decision to become involved in local politics.

"Instead of just sitting here getting mad and watching my blood pressure rise, why don't you get involved," Latham said he told himself. "You can do that."

Because yelling at an appliance is a sure sign you're capable of so much more...

One of these days, I'm going to do a Twitter post with nothing but editorial cartoons. But not today...

Yeah, and by "clean up" he means stopping all the leaks that show him to be both incompetent and guilty of various crimes and ethical lapses. And since every time Trump gets in trouble it's somebody else's fault, that damn staff is just rolling in mistakes.

What Justice Martin didn't say but should have: "And these dumbass Republican lawmakers want to cut that down to 12, just because they won't get to choose replacements." :(

Peckerwood is deep in his most comfortable element when attacking young professional females. Dude, she didn't block you because of your conservative views, it's much more likely she blocked you because you're a creepy bastard who makes her skin crawl.

That's right, these right-wing idiots see absolutely nothing wrong with the power-mad GOP in the Legislature, who every other day take away authority from municipalities and their duly-elected government officials, but when Roy Cooper calls for them to fix their mistakes, he's Grand Moff Tarkin. Talk about hypocrisy...

Of course he did. Like many Christianistas, he's sold out the bulk of New Testament values in favor of bigotry and bullying, with a dash of corruption in there to finance new carpets.

This is bad, really bad:

There is nowhere in this country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Thursday documenting the gap between wages and the cost of rental housing.

Downsizing to a one-bedroom will only get you so far on minimum wage. Such housing is affordable in only 12 counties located in Arizona, Oregon and Washington states, according to the report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Many of the occupations projected to add the most jobs by 2024 pay too little to cover rent. These are customer service representatives, personal care aides, nursing assistants, home health aides, retail salespeople, home health and food service workers who make, on average, between $10 and $16 an hour.

Those whose earnings put them below the federal poverty level cannot even afford the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in any state. The national average rent is $892 a month for a modest one-bedroom apartment and $1,103 for a two-bedroom.

As a result, more than 11.2 million families end up spending more than half their paychecks on housing, the report said -- a trade-off with other basic needs like food, transportation and medical care.

And that is why every single community needs to institute a program to provide for affordable housing, not just cities like Durham and Greensboro. Everything is relative, and a town with 5,000 people has about 1,000 living under the poverty level. And the same goes for homeless shelters and drug treatment programs. When those are only available in large urban centers, people are drawn into the very environments they need to stay away from, and the cycle continues. Those who fight the creation of such, or the location of such, are adding to the ills of society, not curing them.

On that sobering note, here's your Onion:

Okay, this is really funny to me because I was on the wrestling team in high school, but you should at least get a chuckle out of it.



Bonus Onion:

I think there's a new category in the DSM-5 titled "Grillophilia," and the current treatment regimen calls for everybody eating to complain about how dry the meat is. Sometimes it works.