Saturday News: Can't believe this is still going on

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KKK ANNOUNCES CROSS BURNING, RALLY IN N.C. TOWN (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Details on a KKK rally in Asheboro, N.C., are scarce, but a website says the event will feature speeches, dinner and a cross burning at dark. The event was scheduled by The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which is based in Pelham – an unincorporated community about 45 minutes north of Burlington, near the Virginia line. Two Klan leaders, who organized a “White Lives Matter” rally that turned violent in Anaheim, Calif., in 2016, were arrested in North Carolina in December in connection with a stabbing before a Klan parade, according to a New York Times story. The Times said the men — William Hagen, grand dragon of the Loyal White Knights, and Chris Baker — were accused of stabbing a third Klan member.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article137706138.html

Filed under "Also not a Transgender offender"

Under the sub-category "The dangers of opposite-sex attraction"

Robert William Woodard III, 28, was charged Thursday with 8 counts of felony indecent liberties with a student, 7 counts of felony first-degree sexual offense of a child 15 years of age or younger and 18 counts of felony sex acts with a student, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

An investigation by school officials, along with a tip from a parent, revealed potential violations of law, which the school district reported to the Sheriff’s Office. Members of the Sheriff’s Office are investigating allegations that Woodard was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female student at Chatham Central High School.

Bolding mine, because a) Damn, and b) The girl doesn't have a driver's license, so she couldn't have become involved with this guy off school grounds unless somebody shuttled her around. I suppose she could have walked, but the school is kind of out in the boonies. It's like 4 miles from Goldston, which isn't what I would classify as a metropolitan hub, if you catch my drift. Yeah, I know. It happens, and they caught the guy. But when I think of the misplaced fear of LGBT folks, and the discrimination they suffer due to that fear, stuff like this takes on a different meaning, doesn't it? Real predators thrive in an environment where people are afraid of imaginary monsters.

Friday News: Fake news, Berger style

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ALTERED NEWS? SENATE GOP LEADER BERGER CHANGES HEADLINES ABOUT COOPER (AP) -- The news was real, but the headlines weren't. The office of Republican N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger altered headlines from state news outlets on the senator's official Facebook page. On Jan. 30, The Charlotte Observer published a headline on its website reading, "Carolinas political leaders react to Trump's executive order." On Berger's page, the headline was changed to say, "Cooper flip flops on refugees." In addition to changing the headline, the Facebook post also removed an image of Sen. Thom Tillis from the Observer story and replaced it with a photo of Cooper laughing.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article137556263.html

The benefits and dangers of revamping NC's renewable energy policies

Big changes could be on the horizon:

Word that the work of a large stakeholder group of industry and environmental advocates convened in early 2015 to tackle a number of energy issues would likely yield new legislation this session came in a keynote speech Friday by Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, at the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment’s Clean Tech Summit in Chapel Hill.

“When that draft bill was shown to the groups who had been part of the collaborative process, everyone got their shorts in a wad,” McGrady said in his remarks. “Surprisingly though, in a very short period of time, the outline of an energy bill is emerging.”

Instead of taking up space on the front page with my usual long-winded rant, follow me below the fold if you're interested:

Thursday News: Blowing the dust off the Veto stamp

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TRIAL COURT ELECTIONS PARTISAN AGAIN LOOKS RIPE FOR VETO (AP) -- The Republican-controlled General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to legislation officially making all local trial court elections in North Carolina partisan affairs again, a decision that appears ripe for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to issue his first veto. "I have real concerns about throwing judicial elections back to the partisan arena," Cooper said Tuesday. "I think it's important that they stay out of that as much as possible. I don't like it." But the bill cleared both the House and Senate in final votes by veto-proof margins, meaning the chance a veto would be overridden is high. Wednesday's 74-43 vote was largely along party lines.
http://www.wral.com/panel-considering-shifting-n-carolina-judicial-appointments/16572429/

Diagnosing Trump: Mental health professionals are speaking out

And it's not looking good for the Liar in Chief:

These behaviors include but are not limited to: condescension, gross exaggeration (lying), bullying, jealousy, fragile self-esteem, lack of compassion, and viewing the world as Us versus Them. Having observed the school-yard bully tactics Trump employed during a series of public debates as well as his boasting presentation during interviews, we felt it would be important to raise awareness about some of his behaviors.

So in January 2016, we published Bullies: An Exploration Into Different Types of Bullies. Note: Our intention was to use a picture of Trump to make our point but were dissuaded due to the possibility of offending some of our Psychology Today readers, who are also his supporters, and so opted for a generic-looking meanie as our bully poster boy.

If you could have offended enough of those readers back in early 2016 with the truth of his personality disorder, we might not be in the situation we're in. But better late than never:

CCRC and Dogwood Alliance speak out on wood pellet plant

And Richmond County's draconian public comment rules:

The group had come to last month’s meeting to voice concerns about the Enviva plant, but were denied because of the county’s public comment policy, which states that speakers must sign up with the the board’s clerk the Friday prior to the monthly meeting.

Kim McCall, secretary of the group, said she and Debra David attempted to do so this month, but were again denied because Enviva was on the agenda. The public comment policy — which county officials said has been in place since 1997 — also does not allow for comment for an item on the agenda. McCall calls not being allowed to speak an “injustice.”

These County Commissioners might think they're being clever, but they're about to get a hell of a lot more exposure than they imagined, and not the good kind, either. Here's a few words from Emily Zucchino, fighting the good fight for the Dogwood Alliance:

Translating Trump: "They have their place"

Here's a dose of reality, you fuckwit: It's not 1920, and women serve *all* the same "roles" that men do in our society. They don't just fill a niche here and there; they are lawmakers, surgeons, engineers, soldiers, law enforcement officers, and even real estate moguls. And one of them got almost 3 million more votes for President than you did, which pissed you off so badly it led you to claim 3+ million votes in the election were "fraudulent." So you can stick your pseudo-compliments for their achievements where the sun don't shine, and follow it with that not-so-smart phone of yours.

Wednesday News: The cost of incompetence

GOP HEALTH BILL FACES REVOLT FROM CONSERVATIVE FORCES (New York Times) – After seven years of waiting longingly to annul President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, Republican leaders on Tuesday faced a sudden revolt from the right that threatened their proposal to remake the American health care system. The much-anticipated House plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act also drew skepticism from some of the party’s more moderate members, whose constituents have benefited from expanded coverage in recent years. … Rep. Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, said Vice President Mike Pence had portrayed the bill as a work in progress that would no doubt be amended, perhaps significantly. “The bill that was introduced last night is still open for negotiation and certainly for modification,” Mr. Meadows said. “And we took that as very encouraging news.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/affordable-care-act-obama-care-health.html

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