White-splaining or Man-splaining? Yes.

Sometimes the biggest decision you make is whether or not to hit "Send":

Former state Sen. Erica Smith, a Democrat who is running for the U.S. Senate, sent an email to supporters Tuesday after the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, a Black man. “I’m thinking about the literal millions of Black men and women who’ve been murdered, who were lynched and slaughtered with disregard, and never had their day in court, let alone a just ruling,” Smith wrote.

“Exaggeration doesn’t help. Gross exaggeration is worse. It makes you look bad,” wrote Schaul, who is one of more than 800 members on the committee, including 66 from Wake County.

Honestly, I hate getting involved in these things, but I'm also a precinct officer who struggles every year to get people to step up and help organize. Diversity is our superpower, and condescending stuff like this is our Kryptonite. If he had left it with the above, it would have been bad enough. But he didn't:

Friday News: Demagogue


MARK ROBINSON STINKS UP CONGRESS DURING HEARING: Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson dominated a congressional hearing Thursday morning as he testified that he is tired of his race being used as a means to push a liberal agenda when it comes to voting rights. “It’s time that we modernize our election system in this country and stop playing all these silly games based on race, and please stop using me as a Black man as your pawn, and yes, I said it,” Robinson said. "Push your agenda. I’m sick of it.” Unlike Robinson, Barber chastised North Carolina lawmakers for what he said was suppression of minority votes through gerrymandering, trying to eliminate same-day registration and pre-registration of 16-and 17-year-olds and demanding residents show ID to vote.

Thursday News: They learned nothing


PASQUOTANK DEPUTY KILLS ANDREW BROWN WHILE SERVING WARRANT: Tensions were high in a small North Carolina city on Wednesday after a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a Black man. Deputies were executing a search warrant Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City when Andrew Brown Jr. was shot, the Pasquotank County sheriff said. The sheriff, Tommy Wooten, offered few other details about what happened and said the State Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead. Brown was 42 years old, online records show. He was a father of 10, WAVY reported. Brown’s son, Khalil Ferebee, said his father didn’t own guns, according to the The Virginian-Pilot. “He wasn’t a violent person,” Daniel Bowser, who said he and Brown were friends for nearly 30 years, told The News & Observer. “He didn’t mess with guns, he didn’t tote no guns.

Coal Ash Wednesday: Pandemic recovery is boosting coal burning


2021 is shaping up to be a really bad year for global emissions:

The pandemic abruptly slowed the global march of coal. But demand for the world’s dirtiest fuel is forecast to soar this year, gravely undermining the chances of staving off the worst effects of global warming.

Burning coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, and, after a pandemic-year retreat, demand for coal is set to rise by 4.5 percent this year, mainly to meet soaring electricity demand, according to data published Tuesday by the International Energy Agency, just two days before a White House-hosted virtual summit aimed at rallying global climate action.

Any time you have an economic setback, the "easy way forward" is the first to get chosen. Coal deposits are still abundant, even after a few centuries of sustained mining, and they are relatively easy to access. In other words, it will take a continued (global) effort to promote alternatives, or the human race will always revert to that "easy" approach when economic pressure comes to bear. We have made much progress in the right direction:

Wednesday News: Petty tyrant


TIM MOORE STRIPS JULIA HOWARD OF CHAIRMANSHIP AFTER ETHICS TUSSLE: The move comes after Howard, one of the longest-serving members of North Carolina’s General Assembly, publicly opposed a bill that was backed by Moore and would benefit some North Carolina lawmakers who received federal coronavirus relief money from the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill, if signed into law, would give tax breaks to businesses that received those loans, including dozens of lawmakers’ businesses. By revoking Howard’s chairmanship, Moore acted swiftly to punish a challenge to his control. With the legislature sharply divided along party lines, infighting in the speaker’s party presents a challenge to his ability to advance his, and his party’s, agenda.

Tuesday News: Scam artists


MADISON CAWTHORN JOINS GOP COLLEAGUES IN "RECURRING DONATIONS" TRICK: Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, an Asheville Republican in the 11th district, is using two pages for his campaign with the boxes automatically checked for monthly recurring donations. One follows his push two weeks ago for turning Trump’s border wall into a national monument, which Cawthorn has dubbed the “Donument.” Cawthorn’s communications director, Micah Bock, referred questions to campaign staff. He only provided an email address for contact. No one responded. He then suggested contacting WinRed, a for-profit company that processes donations for many Republicans. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Concord Republican in the 8th district, has a fundraising page with the opt-in box pre-checked for a monthly contribution. Rep. Dan Bishop, a Charlotte Republican, is raising money off of a webpage set up by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s campaign that has the box checked for monthly contributions, and a second pre-checked box that would draw another donation at the end of this month.


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