Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start out with some nasty business:

A simple recounting of the story's details, which generates this:

The only thing that pisses me off more than a misogynistic bastard is a misogynistic bastard who also tries to shut people up by using thinly-veiled threats of costly legal action. And Peck is too dense to grasp the circular nature of his behavior: he's threatening someone so they'll stop talking about another previous threat.

Normally I would find something like this humorous, but the arrogance and hubris of Moffitt and his Peck has shifted from disturbing into the realm of frightening. Frightening because we've allowed individuals with borderline personality disorders into our law-making government, where their threats can become reality.

And in case you're inclined to write this off as a hastily dashed-off Tweet that I might be misconstruing, here he is levying the same threat to Thomas in a blog comment:

Tim Peck

March 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

And what is it you are engaged in, Mr. Mills? I think there’s a technical legal word for it.

I just took a shower like twenty minutes ago, and I already feel dirty. Need to focus on something less disgusting:

Ahhh. That's a relief.


Coal Ash was sprayed on the baseball field at South Brunswick Middle School in the 90s, but the current administration had no idea it was there and can't find any record of exactly how it got there.

The coal ash was discovered when the baseball field was renovated last spring. What was leftover was stock piled to be used on a soccer field until members of the community started questioning the materials in the pile.

The field was closed in October as a precaution, and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources was notified. Tests showed evidence of heavy metals, but were below the threshold for unrestricted use.

According to Miley, the EPA does not have any thresholds on the concentration of these metals, because they are naturally occurring and coal ash can be put to good use.

Oh yeah, the stuff is great, and it's really good as a topping for ice cream! Jesus...

Typical Putin mismanagement, break up a good team. Without Natasha to correct him, Boris will screw things up royally.

I can find nothing wrong with that statement. And this is what's at stake:

Speaking of dangerous extremists:

Er, stop the IRS from doing what? Investigating shadow groups who claim "tax-exempt" status while serving as a conduit for millions of dollars dedicated to subverting the country's political structure? I don't think the word "accountable" means what you think it does...

Speaking of needing to hold government accountable:

Following the threads of influence:

Documents and interviews collected by The Associated Press show how Duke's lobbyists prodded Republican legislators to tuck a 330-word provision in a regulatory reform bill running nearly 60 single-spaced pages. Though the bill never once mentions coal ash, the change allowed Duke to avoid any costly cleanup of contaminated groundwater leaching from its unlined dumps toward rivers, lakes and the drinking wells of nearby homeowners.

Passed overwhelmingly by the GOP-controlled legislature, the bill was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, a pro-business Republican who worked at Duke for 28 years.

"For decades, Democrats have stifled small businesses and job creators with undue bureaucratic burden and red tape," McCrory said at the time. "This common-sense legislation cuts government red tape, axes overly burdensome regulations, and puts job creation first here in North Carolina."

There's your next NRDC ad.

Okay, let's see if there's any beef:

There’s more to this story, though, and it might be news to you, although it’s not news to those who’ve turned to alternative information sources in their pursuit of truth. Reliable blog posts and Internet talk radio shows have proven they give a broader perspective on the happenings of Brannon’s civil case.

Pete Kaliner, a North Carolina radio talk show host, spent an hour with...

Sorry Jodi, gonna have to cut you off right there. There isn't/wasn't any conspiracy to "get" Greg Brannon, just as there wasn't any conspiracy to smear your husband over his police record. Brannon used whatever venue and reason to reel in investors, and they got stung. Hard. And as will usually (eventually) happen, Brannon got stung back.

That's a big-ass back yard, AJ. I hope you pay somebody to mow it, because you'll never be able to get anything else done (like lawmaking) if you don't.

p.s. That whole #DaoudCrowd thing is a little on the spooky side. I'm just saying, it has a "cult of personality" flavor to it, like your own personal flash mob. It's not a good idea.

Okay, I'm getting a little silly. Here's your Onion:



Duke University pseudo-scientific porn

Yeah, this guy has been entertaining the Obama-haters in the General Assembly today:

Slouching toward socialism

Christopher J. Conover

September 12, 2011

While we cannot be certain who the winners and losers might be in the battle ahead for finding Medicare and Medicaid savings, one thing for certain is that politics rather than market forces will increasingly determine how much providers are paid in the years ahead...

No one is served well by the sort of rent-seeking behavior that inevitably arises when government elects to displace market forces with political decisions...

Christopher J. Conover is a research scholar at Duke University’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research and an adjunct scholar at AEI. The charts shown are from his new book American Health Economy Illustrated, to be released in January 2012 by AEI Press.

I sure as hell hope Duke University doesn't consider a book published by the American Enterprise Institute to be worthy of inclusion in one of their Professor's CV.

And the GOP nut jobs

lapped up everything that Crackpot Conover spoon-fed them and then they regurgitated it all over Twitter. He told them what they wanted to hear.

Sadly, it wasn't the truth.

One economist interviewed said that the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Paul Van de Water, described [Conover's] calculation as one of the stupidest things he’s read in a long time

"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