Monday News: Seventeen thousand, four hundred fifty six

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NC'S VACCINATION RATE SEEMS STUCK AT 70%, MANDATES ARE NEEDED: At least 1,446,881 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 17,456 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 3,182 new COVID-19 cases, down from 3,761 on Thursday. At least 2,074 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 564 adult patients who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 6.1% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the “No Patient Left Alone Act” into law on Friday, which ensures patients are allowed visitors in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care and adult care homes.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article255043567.html#storylink=mainstage_lead

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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THEY ARE OUR CHILDREN, SIBLINGS, FRIENDS. THEY ARE NOT "FILTH": They are our sisters, our brothers, our parents, our children and our neighbors. But to North Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, they are “filth.” Like other bullies called to account for their actions, he dodges, deflects and doesn’t, as he promised, take responsibility. He doesn’t explain why he said those people are filth. He does exploit the controversy and hate he ignited with a video that includes sexually explicit images on his campaign Facebook website. He used it to send an email fundraising appeal. At best, it is a cynical ploy to find a way to profit, at least politically, from his divisive rhetoric. Is this the kind of behavior that should be coming from a member of the State Board of Education and state Community College Board? Does not fitting Mark Robinson’s criteria for appropriate or correct necessarily make them “filth?” No, it merely makes them different from him. That is no justification for ridicule. Robinson is the quintessential demagogue; the end product of a Christofascist movement that strikingly resembles the Taliban more than any other entity. Whether that will continue to thrive here or not is a true test of our moral resolve.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-they-are-our-children-siblings-friends-they-are-not-filth/19920875/

Saturday News: The tip of the proliferation iceberg

FELON SHOWING OFF AR-15 SHOOTS INTO NEIGHBOR'S HOME IN ASHEVILLE: The neighbor, Christopher Allen Ducker, told police he “was showing off an AR-15 to his friends and accidentally fired the gun,” police said. “The round went through his wall, through a privacy fence, and then ultimately ended up in his neighbor’s wall,” officials said. Police seized a 5.56 Ruger AR-15 and a .308 Remington bolt-action rifle at Ducker’s home, officials said. Ducker was charged with discharge of a firearm in the city, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a weapon into occupied property, police said. What's missing from this story is how he acquired this assault rifle, arguably the most important detail. He most likely had a friend buy it for him, or he bought it in a private sale, two major loopholes in our permitting system.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article255036877.html#storylink=mainstage_card

Friday News: Take your damn shot

SOME RALEIGH EMPLOYEES ARE ACTING LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN: More than 100 Raleigh police officers, firefighters and other city employees are threatening legal action over vaccine requirements they say are discriminatory. City of Raleigh Freedom to Choose, a coalition of 53 Raleigh police officers, 48 firefighters and 17 other city employees, has hired attorney James Lawrence to fight the city’s policies, according to a letter sent by Lawrence to Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin on Monday. In the letter, Lawrence cited the weekly testing requirement for non-vaccinated employees, cash bonus and paid leave incentives and a policy limiting promotions to those who are fully vaccinated as examples of a “discriminatory COVID-19 mandate.” Lawrence said the group is not “anti-vax,” and “supports the right of city employees to make their own informed medical treatment choices,” including whether to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Frankly, if their own "informed" opinion tells them not to, they shouldn't be on the payroll, much less toting a firearm in public.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article254997277.html#storylink=mainstage

Thursday News: Love wins, in the long run

RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON LGBTQ+ NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE: The Raleigh City Council will vote next week on expanding the city’s ordinances to ban discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity. Tuesday, the City Council discussed joining Wake County’s non-discrimination ordinance with all members agreeing to vote on a resolution Oct. 19. The resolution is not meant to create a new ordinance for the city, but to adopt the county’s ordinance presented Oct. 11. “This is the right thing to do,” said Jonathan Melton, an at-large city council member who is gay. “It is long overdue.” The ordinance would expand the city’s existing non-discrimination rules established in 1969, said Raleigh city attorney Robin Tatum. But under the county’s ordinance, these rules would now apply to private employers and public accommodations, like restaurants and retail stores. Bolding mine, because that rocks.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article254956527.html#storylink=mainstage_card

Wednesday News: Indefensible

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ROBINSON GETS A TONGUE-LASHING FROM RELIGIOUS LEADERS: On Monday night, some liberal religious leaders from around the Triangle gathered outside Robinson’s office to give three demands: They said he needed to apologize, make himself available to the faith and community leaders for a conversation, and, if he didn’t meet the first two requirements, that he needed to resign. “Any person who chooses to be a leader of humankind, by seeking election to public office, knows that their words and their actions have the power to make life better or worse for the people they serve,” said Rev. Vance Haywood, pastor of St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh. “Those words and those actions can even put the lives of people at risk.” Rep. Cynthia Ball, a Raleigh Democrat, said she has asked several fellow N.C. House members in the Republican Party if they’d be willing to talk about Robinson’s comments, but none responded. “For them, I think it’s some kind of party politics,” Dahle said. It always is.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254944382.html#storylink=mainstage_card

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HRC was spot on with her "Deplorables" comment, even if it hurt their wittle feewings...

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