Please listen to this and then ask yourself: Is this really the best North Carolina can do? A puppet spouting platitudes about living in a democracy?
I wish we did live in a democracy, but we don't. We live in a state where the government in power has rigged elections to get majorities that don't reflect the principle of one-person-one-vote. If American observers were to witness this situation in a third-world country, they'd declare the process corrupt and insist on new elections.
It really is that bad, and no amount of happy talk from Aldona Wos changes things one damn bit.
Submitted by NC Harm Reducti... on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:18pm
Joe Donovan knows a thing or two about hard living. A few years ago the Raleigh-based veteran was diagnosed with a rare adrenal disorder, Addison’s Disease, which can cause fainting spells that require an emergency injection. Since his diagnosis in 2004, Donovan has been required to carry emergency medication and a syringe on him at all times, as well as to wear a bracelet explaining the disorder and how to administer the injections.
Not long after his diagnosis and the discovery of a tumor on his pituitary gland, Donovan lost his job. Soon after, with pending surgery and medical bills piling up, he became homeless. Over the next five years he was homeless twice, for as long as two years at a time. Living in homeless shelters with nothing but a backpack and some clothes, Donovan had many things to worry about, but among his concerns were the syringes he kept in his backpack along with the emergency medication. As a veteran, he obtained the syringes from the VA for his disorder and had every right to carry them, but because he was and subject to the same stereotypes about drug use that plague many homeless people, he often worried about run-ins with the police. Would they believe his story that the syringes were for a medical condition?
“In reference to your roundabout way of commenting about Medicaid expansion … in North Carolina, based on our constitution, the issue of Medicaid expansion or not, actually, was the commissioner of insurance’s,” Wos said. “Just so that you all know that and are aware of that.”
Secretary Wos lied and got caught. Instead of apologizing, she's offered nothing but a bunch of double-talk. She should resign.
Just a quick note to let you know that thousands of people are making plans to descend on Raleigh to protest our illegitimate Republican government, of which you are the self-described leader. You might want to be out of town on June 3.
Your friends at BlueNC
PS To everyone else, stay tuned for details but please go ahead and mark your calendars. A powerful train for fairness and freedom is building steam. It's time to get on board.
About 1,200 state government workers, elected officials and political appointees failed to file their required financial disclosure form by the April 15 deadline – three times as many as last year, the State Ethics Commission learned Friday. Many of those who haven’t filed aren’t happy that they must disclose their financial interests.
“There are a lot of upset people this year,” said Teresa Pell, a commission attorney. “We’ve been cussed out and on the other end thanked profusely for our assistance.” In one case, Pell said an official flat refused to file his disclosure, saying he’d pay the fine. All those who didn’t file on time are subject to a $250 fine, with the amount escalating if they continue to avoid compliance.
We're going to use this story for an exercise in extrapolation; an attempt to discover deeper truths utilizing a logical analysis of a limited amount of information. Professional journalists rarely engage in this, because the proper verification may take weeks or months, if it's even possible. That's where we come in:
Happy Mother's Day to all the great mom's of North Carolina. Enjoy a well-deserved celebration, and then come back tomorrow ready to raise holy heck. The illegitimate government in Raleigh is chipping away at your hard-earned rights. Take a moment to put a note in your calendar: Get arrested on June 3.
Phillips declined to say how much money AFP, which isn’t required to disclose its contributions and spending, spent in the state. “It was significant,” Phillips said. “There will be more old conservative policy changes in North Carolina than in any other state this year,” said Dallas Woodhouse, AFP’s state director. “We have a lot of ground to make up. We have the right mix of state leaders and governor to pass some earth-shattering reform.”
Yeah, that's just what you need when you're trying to struggle your way out of a recession; "Earth-shattering". And just for those Republican lawmakers who happen to be reading this (I know some of them do), I want you to pay special attention to not-the-bus-driver's wording: "We have". That's possessive, meaning Dallas and his paymasters believe you are now a possession. And possessions do as they're told. You don't agree? Prove it.
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