Gun-nuts to raffle a "Hillary Clinton Special" AR-15

The Secret Service needs to be all over this:

We all know that if Hillary Clinton is elected President on November 8, panic buying will ensure that by November 9, there won’t be a gun (or ammunition) available for love nor money. That’s why the GRNC Political Victory Fund – GRNC’s federally registered political action committee – is giving you what might be among the last chances to get…

A Palmetto State Armory M4-configured AR-15;
1,000 rounds of high quality ammunition, and (wait for it);
A FREE PORTRAIT OF HILLARY CLINTON! (Of course, we won’t tell you what to do with the photo, but when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range.)

These guys have been out of control for a long time, bullying legislators, local government officials, and even privately-owned businesses who choose to ban weapons on their premises. And they don't even have the common sense to understand their aggressive behavior seriously undermines their own argument, that people have "nothing to fear" from gun-toting fellow citizens. And they're also hypocrites, of the white supremacy species: Trump has been talking about "stop and frisk" lately, which includes gun confiscation when they are found:

Falling into the HB2 "false equivalency" trap

Starting over from scratch merely promotes discrimination:

Both sides are posturing for the voters instead of doing what's right for the state. And it's getting tiresome. The N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association has tried to broker a deal, and so has the Charlotte Chamber. Even conservative businessman Art Pope, a powerful Republican financier, has gotten into the act, urging the repeal of both the state law and the city ordinance.

Pope is right: It's time to go back to the starting line and get this thing right. This state should reject discrimination in all of its forms, including on the basis of sexual orientation. But it should find a way to do it that is acceptable to a broad coalition of interests, not just the extremes of the left or right.

Pope is not right, and no amount of wishful thinking on the part of the editorial board can make this idea work. Every effort to get sexual orientation included in state law dealing with discrimination has failed. Heck, the General Assembly even amended the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage. To postulate that we could go back to the starting point and expect Republicans to do something they have flat-out refused to even consider in the past is beyond naive, it's delusional. And even if the NCGA did squeak something like this out, McCrory would very likely Veto the Legislation anyway, because he has been fighting against this idea since 1992:

Monday News: Not even one percent


DRUG TESTS DISPEL A MYTH ABOUT N.C.’S POOR (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- The drug-test requirement for those receiving government assistance illustrates a peculiar world view found among many conservatives. They think the poor are often poor because they don’t want to work. Instead, they enjoy a comfortable life on the couch, taking drugs and watching a big-screen TV, thanks to the benefits of subsidized housing, food stamps and welfare. Call it life in the lap of poverty. But the drug-test results told a different story. After more than a year of delays, the state began in August to screen applicants to the state’s Work First program, a program that provides cash benefits, job training and help finding work. About 7,600 Work First applicants were screened, and the positive tests are only 0.3 percent of those screened.

The Voter Fraud lie: Are we really this gullible?

The death of reason:

How does a lie come to be widely taken as the truth? The answer is disturbingly simple: Repeat it over and over again. When faced with facts that contradict the lie, repeat it louder.

Last week, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that nearly half of registered American voters believe that voter fraud occurs "somewhat" or "very" often. That astonishing number includes two-thirds of people who say they're voting for Donald Trump and a little more than one-quarter of Hillary Clinton supporters. The Republican Party standard-bearer has elevated the lie about voting fraud and "rigged elections" to a centerpiece of his campaign. Another 26 percent of American voters said that fraud "rarely" occurs, but even that characterization is off the mark. Just 1 percent of respondents gave the answer that comes closest to reflecting reality: "Never."

Let those numbers sink in for a moment, and the next time you ask yourself, "How can people keep denying climate change" or "Why aren't people more upset about sexual assault" or any number of other issues our society refuses to deal with, you might already have the answer: We are idiots who have lost the ability to discern between truth and fiction.

Sunday News: Of course he has


BURR HAS BACKED REINING IN WATCHDOG AGENCY BEHIND WELLS FARGO FINE (Winston-Salem Journal) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has supported a sustained Republican effort to control the purse strings of the federal consumer watchdog agency that recently fined Wells Fargo $100 million, an effort that law experts say would allow Congress to weaken the agency. The watchdog agency, known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, was formed primarily on Democratic support under the sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in response to the real-estate and financial-sector meltdowns of 2008.

NC throwback: Voting under a Confederate flag

Fighting a war that was lost 150 years ago:

"I said 'I don't care what they do every other day of the year, but when we vote, that shouldn’t be there'," Hudson said. "I find it to be very intimidating. To me, it’s saying we really don't want you coming in here. It is a form of intimidation, any way you look at it. And you know in a sense – it kind of intimidated me."

Meanwhile, since the June primary, local election officials asked the volunteer firefighter organization to take down the flag for the election this fall. They refused. So the county pursued a second polling location at the Uwharrie Community Building. That didn’t work out either.

Among many other troubling aspects, this issue exposes the hazards of performing a government-sanctioned function (voting) on private property. Not unlike having voting precincts in churches, there can be an element of intimidation, a feeling of "I don't belong here" from those of a different denomination (or religion) being forced to cross the threshold to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. And in the case of this fire station, it may be privately-owned, but a lot of taxpayer dollars have flowed into it:

Saturday News: Because "off sides" and homicides are the same thing


MCCRORY COMPARES FOOTBALL REPLAYS TO KEITH SCOTT SHOOTING VIDEOS (Global News) – Gov. Pat McCrory likened the multiple videos showing the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte to watching football replays on TV. Scott was shot dead by police Tuesday, sparking protests for three days straight. “I hope you don’t take this in the wrong vein, but I watched a football game last week on TV and watched four different replays and each showed something different."


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