Tuesday News: Ready for Roy


COOPER SET TO TAKE HELM OF STATE (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- Nash County native Roy Cooper has been declared the winner in the governor's race nearly four weeks after Election Day. “I’m proud to have received the support from so many who believe that we can come together to make a North Carolina that works for everyone,” Cooper said. “It will be the honor of my life to serve this great state. I’d like to thank all of the hard-working families in North Carolina, and I look forward to serving the greatest state in the country as your governor.”

Virginia Foxx is a blight on humanity

Going after labor unions and overtime pay:

Organized labor has “sort of lost its reason for being” because of the many laws in place to protect workers, said Representative Virginia Foxx, a 73-year-old Republican from North Carolina who will become chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce in January, in a telephone interview with Reuters .

At the top of her agenda is the U.S. Labor Department rule that would extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers. A federal judge in Texas blocked the rule last month before it took effect, but the Labor Department has challenged that ruling in a federal appeals court.

And right there she disproves her own theory, by promising to roll back pro-labor initiatives. We need unions now more than ever.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

And the parade of bad Trump picks marches on:

Not only is Carson not qualified for the position, but both he and Mnuchin (FED Secretary) are proponents of privatizing Fannie and Freddie. Which will probably bring about another sub-prime meltdown and bump a lot of lower middle class families out of the home-buying game. Make America rent again.

McCrory's dream slowly fades as Durham recount finishes

Cooper's lead actually increases by a handful of votes:

As of Sunday night, 53,000 votes had been recounted and the report said that Democrat Roy Cooper has picked up three votes while McCrory has lost one vote while the overall vote tally dropped by two. The task is to recount about 94,000 votes and Bill Brian, chairman of the Durham Board of Elections, said everybody is on the same page in wanting to get the work done.

“Democrats, Republicans, white, black, old, young; it’s been very much a community experience,” Brian said. “We’ve closed out three of the five one-stop sites. Then we had a very long day today, but we’re feeling good about ourselves.”

In a sane world, McCrory would have already conceded this race, but we don't live there. My biggest fear with this Durham recount was the possibility of the vote margin dipping below 10,000, giving McCrory his state-wide recount. That didn't happen, but they tell me he could still do that if he was willing to pay for it. Considering he's never had any trouble attracting millions of dollars from potential puppet-masters, that would come as no surprise. But the only way to overcome that 10,000+ deficit would be fraud, on a grand scale. We're almost there, folks.

Monday News: NC exports terrorism, again

N.C. MAN GOES TO D.C. PIZZARIA WITH ASSAULT RIFLE TO ‘SELF-INVESTIGATE” ELECTION-RELATED FAKE CONSPIRACY (Washington Post) -- A Salisbury, N.C. man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” a false election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

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


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.

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?"


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