Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start out with a healthy dose of election year madness:

Can I just go ahead and throw up right now? Thank you. Speaking of throwing up:

For just one second during his excitement, the demon Azazel partially emerged from the mouth of the possessed man and drank in the adoration of the crowd.

Oooh! I can help! First, he needs to change his name from Timothy Peck to pretty much anything else. Second, he needs to learn how to interact with other human beings in ways that aren't common to schoolyard playgrounds. If those two things fail, he should cut his tongue out, get a rescue dog, get a t-shirt that says, "This is my rescue dog," and then walk said rescue dog in every park he can find. It's still a long-shot, but it just might work.

Honestly, 99% of North Carolina's problems would go away if we could boost women's participation in NC politics by 50%.

Okay, normally I try to avoid even thinking about personal appearance in politics, much less offering advice. But that hair has to go. I don't mean "go away" completely, but it should be subject to gravity.

Yeah, pretty sure putting campaign signs in the median of a highway is illegal. It's definitely not safe, for the sign placer and the soon-to-be-distracted drivers. But frankly, anyone who would support Thom Tillis is already lacking in the wisdom category.

Good questions. But for most NC Legislators, the answer is "C". They're either independently wealthy, or they work in a profession that gives them freedom to earn whenever they feel like it (senior lawyer, realtor, doctor, etc.) Serving in the Legislature may reduce their annual earning potential, but that's not the same thing as somebody struggling to put food on the table and pay rent/mortgage.

The truth is, only a small percentage of us could do the job. Not because we're not smart enough, but because you have to already be rich to survive on poverty-level wages.

Remember back a few decades ago when the height above sea level (ASL) was only an interesting topic for airline pilots and geography geeks? Yeah, me too.

Yes, boys and girls, it's time once again for your quarterly demonstration in Seven Degrees of Sarah Scaife:

The Obama administration’s push of its green agenda has caused coal to become a dirty word, thus, Duke has been transitioning away from this non-renewable source of power.

In a recent conference on regulation policy sponsored by Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity (author disclosure: Watchdog Wire is a project of FC), Phil Kerpen, policy analyst and author of Democracy Denied, said the Obama administration’s intent with regard to coal plants is to shut them down through hyper-regulation.

The administration proposed tool kits for state legislators allowing for “local control.” They suggested carbon taxes and cap and trade; an increase in the cost of electricity would necessarily follow. Kerpen added, the government says to the states, “You choose, you vote, you legislate, but if you don’t, we’ll come in with regulations to shut down your plants.”

In addition to being f&*king stupid, the Franklin Center is also neck-deep in fossil fuel money and our local faux-Libertarians:

The Franklin Center was launched by the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance (SAM) in 2009,[19][20] a 501(c)(3) devoted to pushing free-market ideals. In a 2010 interview, Franklin Center Executive Director Jason Stverak told Gene Gibbons that "the Sam Adams Alliance gave his organization a start‐up grant83 but otherwise was not willing to specify where the Franklin Center gets its funds."[9] However, according to an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Franklin Center also receives funding from the Wisconsin-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation,[21] a conservative grant-making organization.[22]

Franklin Center troika is at least loosely associated with more than a dozen other conservative groups funding news websites in various states. These include the John Locke Foundation, which funds the monthly North Carolina newspaper Carolina Journal and a companion website, www.carolinajournal.com; the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia, which funds the news website West Virginia Watchdog; the Commonwealth Foundation, which supports the Pennsylvania Independent (www.paindependent.com); and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which funds Michigan Capitol Confidential (www.michigancapitolconfidential.com)."[9]

In 2011 DonorsTrust provided $6.3 million in funding for the Franklin Center. [38] One of the major contributors to Donors Trust is the Knowledge and Progress Fund founded and run by Charles Koch.

One of these days I'll come across a right-wing talking-point that wasn't created in a vat of petrochemical byproducts. When I do, you'll be the first to know. Or the second to know, since I'll be the first...whatever, we'll all know.

So, will there be zombies in attendance? Other than Howard, I mean.

The hubris and contempt coming out of Duke Energy's mouth is breathtaking:

The newly-released documents also show tension between state regulators, their supervisors, and representatives of Duke Energy, the News & Observer reports.

In the same July 2011 email, Everett chided the regulators for wanting to check for the presence of silver in stormwater runoff, saying if that was worthwhile, then “maybe in retirement I can become a prospector and hang around old coal sites looking for nuggets.”

In a subsequent email, a DENR staffer replied: “He can take that up with the researchers who identified this metal as a contaminant in coal combustion waste."

While silver residue has (so far) only been traced to permanent discolorations of the skin in people who have been exposed to it, the jury is still out on whatever long-term health effects may result from that. Considering how unpredictable known skin cancers are, joking about silver contamination is probably not wise.

On that depressing and infuriating note, here's your Onion:

Well, where did you think your jeans came from? Some sort of weaving machine? Come on.





SEANC just lost all of my support.

All of it.

For the foreseeable future.

Used to root for them.

No more.

Endorsing Rucho is stupid, evil, wrong, disgusting, anti-worker, anti-government, sickening and deplorable.

Sorry if that's ambiguous.

Twist in the wind, SEANC. We'll just watch (and take video).

"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