Wednesday News: Rampant ignorance


NC VACCINATIONS HAVE DROPPED BY HALF IN THE LAST MONTH: In the week of April 5, over 680,000 people in North Carolina received a dose of the vaccine, with over 336,000 of those being first doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, both of which require two doses to be effective against the virus. This past week, administered doses were under 337,500, with just 92,000 of those being first doses, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. To get to two-thirds of the adult population with at least one dose, 1.3 million more adults in the state would have to get the first dose, a figure the state could reach in a month if vaccine numbers return to the early April level and stay there. “It’s really up to North Carolina about when we reach that,” Cohen said. “I’m hoping we can reach it as soon into the summer as possible, but it may take longer than that.”

Tuesday News: Too many times


REV AL SHARPTON SPEAKS AT FUNERAL FOR ANDREW BROWN: Friends and family gathered Monday to lay to rest the body of Andrew Brown Jr., but civil rights leaders said the work must go on to get justice for the Black man fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies last month. Brown’s death has sparked controversy and loud but peaceful protests in this northeast North Carolina town. In his eulogy, the Rev. Al Sharpton told those gathered in Elizabeth City’s Fountain of Life Church not to confuse this celebration of Brown’s life with the determination to get justice in this “disgraceful and shameful” matter. “Too often we come to funerals of people that are unjustly brought to death and act like this is a natural occurrence,” Sharpton said. “We are going to celebrate him, but we are not going to excuse the fact that we shouldn’t have to be here to do this.”

Tuesday Twitter roundup

This is SOP for the GOP: Take credit for stuff that is good, even if they actively worked against it. It's a never-ending spin-cycle that will make you dizzy just watching.

H 333 would revoke scholarships for student protesters

George Orwell would be impressed:

Any student enrolled at the constituent institution who, while present on the property of the constituent institution during a protest or demonstration, is found to have engaged in activity in violation of G.S.14-127or G.S.14-132(a)(2) shall have revoked and withdrawn from his or her benefit all State-supported scholarships or any State funds granted to him or her for educational assistance as required by G.S.116-300(7).

The Committee on Free Expression shall report to the public, the Board of Governors, the Governor, and the General Assembly by September 1 of every year.

Bolding mine, because I somehow forgot about this patently absurd Orwellian concoction from four years ago. Under the guise of "protecting" the free speech of conservatives on campus, this was created to keep other students from freely speaking against them. Republicans wouldn't know genuine freedom if it crawled into their lap and gave them a big wet kiss.

Monday News: Twelve thousand, six hundred fifty one


OVER 40% OF NORTH CAROLINIANS ARE FULLY VACCINATED: At least 969,752 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 12,651 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,231 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from 1,985 reported the day before. At least 1,101 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, down from 1,137 reported on Thursday. As of Wednesday, the latest day for which data is available, 4.8% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Nearly half of adults in North Carolina, or 49.2%, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. At least 40.5% are now fully vaccinated.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


POLICE BODY-CAM AND DASHBOARD VIDEOS SHOULD BE PUBLIC RECORD: Backers of the current law contend it might only need a tweak or that, as original law sponsor John Faircloth, R-Guilford County,, said it “only needs to be applied properly.” This law was faulty at its conception — regardless of how many legislators voted for it or how much “bipartisan” support it had. The public’s business should be public. If there’s a reason to keep it secret, law enforcement can go to court to keep it under wraps. But the initial assumption should always be, that when the government collects information, it is public and up to the government to show why citizens don’t need to have access. The too tense situation in Elizabeth City more than amply demonstrates the 2016 law was misguided. Laws should promote domestic tranquility and this needs to be fixed before it contributes to even more unnecessary tensions.

Saturday News: Terminally biased


JUDGE WHO BLOCKED RELEASE OF VIDEO IS TRUMPER WHO HATES MEDIA: Foster, an East Carolina University alum who graduated from Campbell University law school, was elected in 2016, running unopposed for his seat. He was first appointed to the seat earlier that year by then-Gov. Pat McCrory. In April 2020, Foster posted a meme with a photo of media members asking probing questions about Pearl Harbor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The meme is captioned: “If FDR had to deal with a press corp like President Trump’s.” Foster wrote: “I’m just gonna leave this here.” In 2010, he wrote: “I’m constantly amazed at how moronic the press is,” referring to a headline about Mexico’s president complaining about an Arizona law to President Barack Obama. The feed also includes some anti-mask rhetoric, including a meme with re-imagined Queen lyrics about not wearing a mask. “The anti-maskers getting creative. I love this,” Foster wrote. Early in the coronavirus pandemic, Foster wrote in an exchange with someone on his page that “every year the flu kills more people than have died from Covid 19.”


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