Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start out with some healthy exercise:

I'm sure before the day is over the RWNJ Twits will be out in force attacking teachers for bravely standing up for themselves and their students (that's right, it's for them, too). I doubt this will end well for said teachers, but it has to be done.

So the state party leader is not supporting the Speaker of the House's bid? Hmmm.

It's worse than you think:

A law is currently being drafted by influential North Carolina politicians that will exclude any and all persons accepting government assistance from voting in local elections. There doesn’t seem to be anything they can do about preventing them from casting a vote on the federal level. At least for the time being. Welfare recipients will still be able to vote in the presidential elections but they will no longer be welcome to cast their ballot for their senate leaders, mayors and governors.

I was able to speak with one lawmaker who wished to remain anonymous until the bill was finalized. He was able to share the following:

“Far too often the misinformed dregs of society have tipped the scales of an election in their favor, which is to say: Straight into the gutter.The poor vote with their greed not their brain. These people, they’re poor for a reason… Living on welfare and collecting cans for their drug money.

I've read this article three times including the comments, and I can't find anything pointing to this as a parody ala the Onion. Other than the insanity of the subject material, that is. Film at eleven.

Update: it's probably a parody. Here's another article from the same author:

The US Government recently finished renovations on the Black Hills National Forest American citizen internment camp in South Dakota. This refurbished World War II prison location near Rapid City, SD is built on several acres of lush forestry, allowing for a picturesque view of the countryside.

The Obama administration is expected to start filling the camp’s vacancy status by the end of November. Individuals who are found to oppose particular Government regulations. Peace activists. Tea Party members. Suspects with potential links to terrorism. They will all find a new home behind the barbwire gates of Camp Black Hill.


Hey! Right-Wing Nut-Job idiot! I've covered this before, but apparently I need to do it again: The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy is a student organization with deep ties to the Federalist Society. In other words, it's not "Liberal Harvard University", it's just one more in a long line of Conservative astro-turf organizations that try to pass themselves off as mainstream legitimate researchers. You are either a) too stupid to comprehend that, or b) already aware and use the tainted information anyway.

How about "spin" from a normally reliable conservative source of voodoo economics:

Michael Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State University, said he puts more stock in the employer survey.

“What most are displeased about is the slow pace of job growth, and that the job growth is at the two ends of the pay spectrum — high-paying jobs and low-paying jobs,” Walden said. “There are few jobs being added in the middle.”

And just to whet your curiosity on Liberal spin: if it weren't for some really idiotic moves by NC Republicans in turning down Federal dollars for various programs and cutting off proven economic stimulators like unemployment benefits and food stamp funds, our job growth picture would probably be much better than it is right now. But let's not get too caught up in common sense...

Speaking of common sense:

The indisputable reality:

Clearly, education is the best tool a state has to promote widespread prosperity. Over the past 30 years, workers in many industries have seen their wages stagnate or fall despite the fact that they work harder and longer and produce more than ever before. But better educated, highly trained workers have bucked this trend.

That’s why the recently enacted tax cuts are so bad for North Carolina’s future. They will drain even more resources from our schools, leaving the next generation of workers ill-equipped to compete for better jobs and higher wages. Many employers will look outside North Carolina for the workers they need. We will have squandered what for years was a big advantage over neighboring states.

And just to add some artistic flair to that:

You know, whenever I see Chris and John sitting that close to each other, I expect to see some sort of static discharge jumping between them, if not an all-out matter/anti-matter Universe-shaking explosion. Must be some sort of magic keeping that at bay. Celtic? Or maybe a root doctor? Is there a powerful Houngon with an office in downtown Raleigh? If not, there should be.

Cannon fodder in the Right's holy war against the government.

Speaking of:

Tea Party nut-jobs don't care what the average citizen thinks. That's why they viciously attack moderates in the GOP, because they expect their fringe minority beliefs to someday become majority beliefs. And they'll attack anybody who dares to question their religious fervor.

There's no better cure for Tea Party nausea than the Onion:

I tried that once, just to see what would happen. Nothing happened.


More than you wanted to see:

Yeah, right. That's the image Republican men have of themselves. Or their fantasy of a loyal yet sexually confused intern...anyway, this is the reality:

Sorry, I realize that may actually cause injury to some readers' eyes, but the truth must be told.

Here they go:

I expected something like this from the world's most unattractive cheerleader. But I an somewhat surprised to see our resident education "expert" chiming in:

Yeah, that's just hilarious. Your next step of course is to find one of these teachers who signed a MoveOn.org petition back in 2007, or whose 2nd cousin used to be married to a guy who used to be a member of the United Auto Workers union back in 1982, so you can blame this walkout on outside agitators with Communist sympathies. Or something along those lines.

Follow your State Reps


"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

There is a greater chance

There is a greater chance that I win the Mega Millions jackpot AND get bitten by a Great White Shark, than NC teachers strike on November 4th.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

What's your plan?

Would love to hear how you're thinking about this.

Longing for the fringe:

The irony of this complaint is, Doug Clark is both Conservative and intelligent, which means he's not prone to idolize demagogues who use their elected positions to put on a show for Tea Party mouth-breathers. And the reason the Rhino Times won't be coming back anytime soon is because the Hammers learned the hard way that propaganda only makes you money if you work for somebody else.