Let them eat ... wedding cake!

gay wedding cake

I am so happy for my friends who want to marry and will soon be able to in NC. I am happy for friends who traveled to other states to marry, who will soon not have to worry about whether their marriage is acknowledged in NC. I am happy for those who will have an easier time filing taxes, adding loved ones to benefits plans, adopting children, visiting partners in the hospital, and all the other things the rest of us take for granted. Love is winning.

Prominent Cabarrus County Republican shoots his own son

Being Cabarrus County, this is probably not front page material:

“There appears to have been an altercation between Mr. Cowherd and his son,” said Cabarrus County Chief Deputy Paul Hunt. “A gunshot went, off striking the son.”

The younger man, whose name was not immediately available, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Phil Cowherd III was interviewed at his home but was not taken into custody Sunday, Hunt said. Deputies have collected the gun used in the shooting as evidence.

When he was finally tracked down for a comment, Cowherd replied, "Ahh, he'll be alright, I just winged him. Besides, how I discipline my children is nobody's damn business but my own." You're right, I just made that up. It happens. ;)

Daily dose: Tillis has no base edition

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Tillis struggles for conservative support in N.C. (Washington Times) -- North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan was supposed to be one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats this year but she has managed to consistently lead in the polls, as Republican challenger Thom Tillis struggles to muster the support of tea party voters he needs to win in November. Mrs. Hagan meanwhile is energizing her base by accusing Mr. Tillis, speaker of North Carolina’s House, of being a right-wing extremist who she characterizes as anti-woman and anti-education. … From his career in corporate America to his support of toll roads to his comment that legal gay marriage is likely inevitable, Mr. Tillis has alienated much of the state’s conservative base, said Thomas Mills, a Democratic political analyst in North Carolina. “If you’re living in a town of 2,000 people in rural North Carolina that’s the base,” he said. “He culturally can’t connect with those people. He’s not a tea party guy and they never accepted that he is.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/5/thom-tillis-struggles-for-conservative-support-in-/

AFP fights public education funding, even at the local level

Bound and determined to destroy our public school system:

Last week’s sales-tax forum brought out several arguments against raising more money for Guilford County Schools: Taxes are high enough. Commissioner Jeff Phillips, state Rep. Jon Hardister and Donald Bryson of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina stated opposition to the extra levy at the forum sponsored by the News & Record and PNC Bank.

Taxes may be high enough already for most North Carolinians, but state funding for schools is lagging behind what it should be because of large tax cuts at the state level, particularly for corporations. Will these tax cuts promote economic development, which in turn will generate more tax revenue for schools? We can hope, but there’s no sign of it yet.

Donald Bryson should have been laughed (or booed) right out of this forum. Not only did he champion giving tax breaks to the wealthy, which has precipitated the state budgetary fiasco, he's also behind the push for private school vouchers, which will drain even more resources from public schools:

Daily dose: Mid-Term woes and Nuns on the Bus

Parties Target Voters Who Skip Midterms (Wall Street Journal) -- With polls showing a low regard for Washington and weak interest in the midterm election, both parties say victory, more than ever, may go to whoever does the better job nudging tentative voters to the polls.
http://online.wsj.com/articles/both-parties-target-voters-who-skip-midterm-elections-1412367022

Nuns on the Bus to support voting rights in NC (AP) — A group of nuns who tour the country talking about various social justice issues is coming to Raleigh in support of voting rights.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/nuns-on-the-bus-to-support-voting-rights-in-nc/art...

Republicans buy diversity from iStock Photos

fake black Republican

It's no secret that the Republican Party has a problem with diversity, and a recent ad campaign brought that into focus in a hilarious way. The major fail of the "Republicans are people too," campaign was first noticed when the hashtag #IAmARepublican was hijacked on Twitter by meanie libruls.

Are 'Women's Issues' Necessary?

What is it that sets women and their 'issues' aside?

Civitas writer, Becki Gray thinks that “Women’s ‘Advocates’ are holding women back.” She has written about this in NC SPIN, October 4, 2014. Ms. Gray seems to think misogyny is over just as the Supreme Court thinks racism is over. Both are mistaken.

Making women’s rights an article of law is not ‘nanny care,’ it is a fitting and proper act of government, whose duty it is to protect all citizens. Women’s rights are just like everyone else’s rights, but not every person wants to admit that, let alone support it and live by it. If even she admits she had to ‘work hard to be seen and treated as an equal,’ than something is wrong with our society’s outlook on women. It wasn’t ‘women’s advocates’ she needed to persuade of her equality.

While coal ash ponds leak, Duke Energy patches holes in its image

One more example of the utility's misplaced priorities:

One of the worst accidents in Duke Energy's history turned out to be a big opportunity for a fledgling creative agency and video production shop in the shadows of the utility company's headquarters.

In two weeks during the spring, Wheelhouse worked with Duke to develop a concept, write scripts, shoot and edit video, complete post-production and launch the "It's Important" ad campaign. The series of 30-second spots played on TV, radio and online. "They needed a quick response and there wasn't time to go through a traditional agency," Williams says.

No, they needed a quick response to locate large deposits of the coal ash they spilled, so those concentrations could be removed from the riverbed ecosystem. Instead, they picked a spot where everybody could see them working, and ended up leaving 95% of the coal ash in the river. And now they've spent God knows how much money on radio and television ads since the spill, which we'll probably end up paying for via rate increases, and those other ash ponds are still in the same (bad) condition they've always been.

Daily dose: OMG! ISIS! edition

Senate candidates wage foreign policy battles (WRAL-TV) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis have attacked one another on foreign policy in the two weeks leading up to their second debate. But dealing with ISIS and other threats abroad aren't issues that lead themselves to quick sound-bites and easy answers.
http://www.wral.com/senate-candidates-wage-foreign-policy-battles/14041003/

Tillis runs 2nd Islamic State ad in NC Senate race (AP) -- Thom Tillis' Senate campaign released another ad Friday criticizing Sen. Kay Hagan's national security record, this time featuring a North Carolina veteran whose son is a Marine. In the ad, Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Anderson of Union County reinforces the Republican House speaker's recent condemnation of the Democrat's efforts to monitor the threat of Islamic State militants from her Senate seat. It's Tillis' second TV ad on the topic.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/tillis-runs-2nd-islamic-state-ad-nc-senate-race-2671083

DRNC calls on McCrory to add staff to protect prisoners

I am sure most of you are now aware that a prisoner at the prison in Taylorsville died. The cause of death could not be exact according to the medical examiner. The prisoner had a mental illness and his actions in the prison had resulted in several punitive measures including cutting off the water to his cell. He died of dehydration, and the US Dept. of Justice is now investigating his death.

Here is story from Michael Biesecker of the AP yesterday:

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