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Grand Poo-Bah of Pelham Klan where he belongs, in jail

Following a stabbing incident in his home:

The victim told deputies that he was stabbed multiple times during a Klan meeting at Barker’s home in Yanceyville. Deputies executed a search warrant at the home and the two suspects were arrested.

Hagen was charged with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Barker was charged with one count of felony aiding and abetting assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Ah, couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of fellas. Those of you who don't remember the Flintstones (or Gilbert & Sullivan) might not get the Grand Poo-Bah reference, but it really is funny. When I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, some jerkweasel approached me about the Klan, and I asked him who the Grand Poo-Bah was. He got a little huffy, and said, "You mean the Imperial Wizard." When I told him that was even funnier, he stalked off. Anyway, here he is:

Is Teach For America promoting "separate but equal" schools?

Charlotte's problems with diversity and integration may have a new apologist:

While the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board talks about breaking up racial and economic isolation, Teach For America Charlotte is holding a forum on making “hypersegregated” schools successful.

On Dec. 15, two national speakers will discuss ways they’ve seen schools thrive without significant numbers of white or middle-class students. The free forum is part of its “New Reality Speaker Series,” focusing on poverty and academic success in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The first, on CMS history, was held in October.

Of course efforts have to be made to improve education in ways that don't rely on re-integration as a cornerstone. But that work needs to continue, as well. It not only benefits the students in their achievement, it also helps the community become less polarized around race. And as obvious as that may seem to those reading, there are many in the field of education who still fall for the arguments put forward by anti-integration elements of the 60's & 70's:

Sunday News: McCrory's losing chess game

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MCCRORY ‘ASKS’ HIS SBI TO LOOK INTO BLADEN VOTING COMPLAINT (Fayetteville Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory has asked the State Bureau of Investigation, which his administration oversees, to look into voting irregularities in Bladen County, according to a release from the governor's office issued Saturday. The request follows the unanimous vote by the State Board of Elections to refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. It also follows, by about 60 minutes, a vote by the Board of Elections to dismiss a protest from that county.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/sbi-asked-to-look-into-bladen-voting-complaint/article_d5e61ed...

KKK No Shows at Rally

Reports are that the KKK was a no show at today's announced rally in Pelham, NC, a town in western Caswell County.

Who did show Up?

About 150 or so counter protestors,
a couple of dozen members of the media,
a dozen police officers.

But no one from the Klan. At least, no one dressed in a Klan costume showed up.

It should be noted that NC GOP Chair, Robin Hayes, has joined Democrats in condemning Klan activities, saying:

Wilmington professor censured by his fellow faculty members

His right-wing online rants are out of control:

On Sep. 15, 2016, the Daily Wire published an article by Adams – “Queer Muslim Jihad?” – that publicly named and lampooned a student, Nada Merghani. Students and graduates of UNCW have since called for his removal and have circulated a petition to that end.

Referencing these events, Friday’s statement from Adams’ colleagues stated, “We value freedom of speech and neither endorse nor support recent public statements or actions that have resulted in the harassment and discriminatory treatment of students.” The statement goes on to affirm the professors’ ethical obligation to respectful and dignified treatment of students without regard to how those students identify themselves.

It's plain as the nose on your face that UNC-Wilmington is unwilling or unable to exert any control over this dude. And now he's endangering the lives of students, just to feed his infamous reputation. But where are NC's faux-Libertarian pundits, who engaged in a campaign to destroy the career of Gene Nichol for writing OpEds in the News & Observer and other publications? Crickets. As for his use of anti-LGBT rhetoric, his disingenuous excuse is, "They use the word, why can't I?"

Saturday News: GOP voter suppression brings national shame

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KAFKA IN THE BULL CITY (The Atlantic) -- Democrats argued that the fact that Durham County calculated the votes late didn’t amount to an “irregularity” in any formal or legal sense, and that therefore there wasn’t any grounds for granting the recount. Republicans, including Stark, conceded that they had no evidence of malfeasance, but said that a recount couldn’t hurt and would only help to instill faith in the cleanliness of elections. (There’s a cynical irony to this argument, which is that Republicans in the state have spent the last three years arguing, also without evidence, that elections are tainted by widespread fraud.) The board voted along party lines, 3-2, to order that Durham conduct a recount, but decided that could be done via machine rather than by hand, a time-saving measure.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/durham-county-recount/509423/

NC Supreme Court's mystery "rule" needs more scrutiny

And the timing is very suspect:

Some legal experts find the change curious in its timing and mysterious in its intent. Certainly it prompts questions: Will this allow Chief Justice Mark Martin, who is now to be in the conservative minority, to pick retired justices to break ties who agree philosophically with him? Is the change even legal under the state constitution?

And, the rule was instituted outside the traditional procedure for such a rule. The state Bar Association typically advises the court on such changes, and that wasn’t done in this case. There were no public comments sought. Mystery leads to suspicion, particularly when a government body is involved.

One possible reason for this rule change can be glimpsed in this scenario: Attorneys seeking a conservative decision could mount a challenge to one of the Democrats (who will be in the majority) to recuse him- or her-self from the case, producing the 3-3 deadlock. Whether there is (solid) grounds for such a challenge may not be as important as the Justice in question wanting to avoid any aura of impropriety, so a voluntary recusal (however unnecessary) might be easier to achieve than the average person would assume. Followed by Justice Martin calling in a reliably conservative replacement. And of course, if the GOP *does* stack the Court in the next few weeks, if one of the five conservatives has a conflict that demands recusal, Martin can still have his majority with a quick telephone call. All that speculation aside, there is no Judicial need for this rule. Split decisions in the NC Supreme Court are rare, and are almost always political in nature. A 3-3 deadlock simply means the lower court ruling will stand, taking the politics out of the Supreme Court's hands.

Friday News: The HB2 effect in action

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N.C. RECRUITER NOTES HB2 AS FACTOR IN LOSS OF COSTAR (Charlotte Business Journal) – Some state officials said House Bill 2 played no role when Charlotte lost 732 jobs and a $24 million investment by real estate firm CoStar this fall. But a senior recruiter at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina cited the law as part of the reason the company instead chose Richmond. Garrett Wyckoff, senior business recruitment manager at the public-private Economic Development Partnership, wrote in an email on Oct. 25 about the failed bid to land CoStar that the cause was “local issues.” Below that, Wyckoff wrote, “Further Explanation for Closed Project: Spring 2016 Legislation.”
http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2016/12/01/nc-recruiter-refers-to-hb2-as-factor-in-loss-of...

The headline should say "Mental Health CEO Tries To Defend His Salary at Legislature"

Mental Health CEO Defends His Salary at Legislature.

Take a look at this great story by Rosemary Hoban. Another fine example of Republicans plundering public funds.

Will the General Assembly put a stop to it? Not likely. Somebody's scratching somebody else's back, the public be damned.

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