Speaking about discrimination

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, I wrote a post When North Carolina economics and Indiana discrimination collide concerning the pervasiveness of discriminatory practices sweeping yet again, our country. I singled out three people that I felt, have a duty to speak up in light of recent Indiana legislation. By now, many are aware what the law (in the name of religious freedom) purportedly says. On its face, the law also says disgusting, discriminatory bigotry.

That was then, and this is now

Putting a tired old meme to sleep:

Interestingly and rather comically, some on the Right have attempted to delude themselves and others in recent years about this undeniable historical pattern. According to this particular bit of revisionism, because of the long ago identities of the “Democratic” and “Republican” parties, modern progressives must bear the baggage of the racist and reactionary Democrats of years gone by while modern conservatives are somehow entitled to bask in the glow of their attenuated connections to the party of Lincoln.

This is, of course, ridiculous and about as logical as arguing that being personally pleasant to people of color inoculates a Governor from allegations about the real world impacts of his policies.

While the right-wing Twit brigade could never be accused of being "overburdened" by logic, this particular argument is not only specious, it actually causes one to contemplate the directions in which both parties have evolved. One has vastly improved, while the other has deteriorated into subjective exclusivity, which will eventually spell its demise. Fear is also a major player in this switching of roles. Back in the day, Aycock and other misguided Democrats used fear frequently in their battles against Republicans, a tactic the GOP has now adopted as their own. Constantly flogging their base with fears of the government, fears of brown-skinned invading hordes, and even fears of rejection by God for abandoning Biblical teachings. The list goes on, and the physiological costs of living in fear are devastating:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Proud to be a pariah:

Seriously, Sister? You think it's funny that your lawmakers are about to make NC even more notorious than it already is? Not to mention that some of our citizens will suffer discrimination at the hands of other citizens, based on something they read or were told from a collection of short stories written a few thousand years ago. Don't quit your day job.

Daily dose: How do you like them apples?


Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous (Washington Post column) -- There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. … On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.

Constitutional deformation coming soon!

Senator Ralph Hise, ( District 47 -Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey) has introduced Joint Resolution 507:

... under the authority of Article V of the Constitution of the United States,
the North Carolina General Assembly has applied to the United States Congress to call a
convention of the states to amend the United States Constitution and adopt a countermand
amendment to authorize the states, upon a vote of three-fifths of the state legislatures, to nullify
and repeal a federal statute, executive order, judicial decision, regulatory decision by a federal
government agency, or government mandate imposed on the states by law that adversely affects
the interests of the states, in order to properly exercise the states' constitutional authority to
check federal power, preserve state sovereignty, and protect the rights of the states and the

Richard Burr waves the nonsensical Iran-bashing banner

Playing to the ignorant crowds:

During the discussion with Bob Schieffer, Burr said he thinks the U.S. is rushing a nuclear deal with Iran. He also said Iranian-backed rebels can't be allowed to gain a foothold in Yemen, where a coalition of countries are mounting attacks to stop them. "Well, clearly, we're on the verge of a civil war," he said. "I had a long conversation with the ambassador last week. Ten countries have come together, primarily because they can't allow Iran to take a foothold in Yemen."

Here at BlueNC we generally focus on state issues, because there are so many important things happening in NC, trying to take a broader look at national and international issues is bound to eclipse problems we can't allow ourselves to ignore. But the misunderstanding and misinformation surrounding the Iranian talks has reached a deafening level, and we have a responsibility to make sure OUR representatives in Congress don't push us into another costly and counterproductive war by spoon-feeding us false information.

Not unlike what is transpiring in Iraq, the Iranian-backed Houthis are waging war against not only Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has engineered terrorist attacks all over the region, but also a new splinter of the Islamic State, which has materialized there in a totally predictable opportunistic fashion in order to take advantage of political confusion:

Daily dose: GOP's war on women continues

NC Values Coalition Supports SB 604 (N.C. Political News) – The N.C. Values Coalition applauded Sens. Randleman, Krawiec, and Daniel for their introduction of The Women and Children’s Protection Act (SB 604). According to the release, SB 604 “corrects deficiencies in DHHS’ proposed abortion clinic rules by implementing mandatory annual inspections, requiring that those who work in abortion clinics be at least 18 years of age, requiring abortion clinics to have a written transfer agreement with a hospital, requiring abortionists to document the gestational age of the baby, and requiring abortionists to document the reasons for performing late-term abortions.”

Religious Freedom or Religious Dictatorship?

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho and Indiana.

What do these states have in common? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, legalizing discrimination.

The American religious theocracy is on the march. When will those who value freedom of religion stand up together and say, No!

The hazards of being a Latino construction worker

Making it home for dinner each day is a victory in itself:

As it has for decades, the industry also is relying ever more on Latino workers, and labor advocates say these men and women don’t always get the training and safety equipment they need on the job, which could explain why Latinos suffer a higher fatality rate in construction than non-Latinos even as the industry as a whole is becoming less deadly.

All four workers in Tuesday’s collapse at the Charter Square building on Fayetteville Street were Hispanic men. Anderson Antones de Almeida, 33, and Jose Erasmo Hernandez, 41, both of Durham, died in the accident, as did Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez, 33, of Clinton. Elmer Guevara, 53, of Durham was severely injured.

When the first reports of this horrific accident were mentioned on TWC News, the thought went through my mind, "I bet some of those guys were Hispanic." Sometimes I hate being right. Not that I would prefer white workers had died in their place, but you have to ask yourself if that would have made any difference in whether or not new and better safety measures would have resulted. While you're pondering that, consider why the Elevator Queen and her Department only get a passing mention in this article, and it's not a positive note:


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