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:

KKK No Shows at Rally

Reports are that the KKK was a no show at today's announced rally in Pelham, NC, a town in western Caswell County.

Who did show Up?

About 150 or so counter protestors,
a couple of dozen members of the media,
a dozen police officers.

But no one from the Klan. At least, no one dressed in a Klan costume showed up.

It should be noted that NC GOP Chair, Robin Hayes, has joined Democrats in condemning Klan activities, saying:

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?"

NC Supreme Court's mystery "rule" needs more scrutiny

And the timing is very suspect:

Some legal experts find the change curious in its timing and mysterious in its intent. Certainly it prompts questions: Will this allow Chief Justice Mark Martin, who is now to be in the conservative minority, to pick retired justices to break ties who agree philosophically with him? Is the change even legal under the state constitution?

McCrory's legacy reduced to "sore loser" status

As a wise (country music-singing) man once said: "You gotta know when to fold 'em."

“With each day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud,” said Russell Peck, McCrory’s campaign manager in a statement Nov. 17. Um, no. The State Board of Elections issued an order Monday dismissing such protests. But while the State Board was mining grassroots details, a couple bigger questions from 10,000 feet up have gone unanswered.

If voter fraud is/was as widespread as Gov. Sore Loser has claimed, how is it that he is the only big-name Republican to lose a statewide race? Was the fraudulent conspiracy so surgical that it only took out McCrory?

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when fist-clenching Pat reads this editorial. Of course, he won't get the message and reassess his efforts to undermine the will of the voters, it will simply be more proof of the widespread conspiracy to derail the Carolina Comeback and unfairly blemish his resume'. So the fight will go on, and North Carolina will continue to be the subject of ridicule on the national stage, as people from other states gawk at us in disbelief. Thanks, McCrory.

Junior Berger gives thumbs-up to pollution of Blount's Creek

I'm sure daddy is very proud:

68. Petitioners argued that DWR underestimated or understated the effects the proposed discharge will likely have on the Blounts Creek aquatic ecosystem, including effects on flow, pH, salinity, benthos, fish, and the existing biological community of Blounts Creek.

69. DWR’s findings and inferences regarding the predicted effects of the proposed discharge fall within “specialized knowledge of the agency.” As such, the undersigned is required to give such facts and inferences “due regard” pursuant to the APA. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-34(a).

The above excerpts are mild in comparison with a lot of other language in this order. Usually, you'll find deference to opposing views/positions in these point-by-point decisions, but Berger went out of his way to toss in "not convincing" and "failed to prove" wherever he could. I also find the timing of this order questionable. Had he made this decision before the Election, it might have kept him from winning a seat on the NC Court of Appeals, if enough anger and outrage could have made it into print. Grrr.

Van der Vaart playing his Trump cards with a vengeance

"Hey! Look at me! Look at what I'm doing over here!"

North Carolina Environmental Department Secretary Donald van der Vaart sent a letter Monday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging an immediate halt to so-called midnight regulations finalized in the waning days of an administration. “EPA should avoid the inevitable court challenges against new environmental rules and allow the president-elect and his designees to consider their impact,” the letter says. “Please do not force states such as North Carolina to once again join coalitions to overturn hastily prepared and adopted rules.”

I would give you more, but apparently Politico has decided to require payment for much of their content, giving you a one paragraph "teaser" with an embedded link to "Politico Pro." Apparently they have me confused with somebody who a) has money and b) is inclined to spend it on Politico. Anyway, it looks like van der Vaart needs to squeak a lot louder, because the top EPA jobs may already be taken:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Finally, some very good news:

It's not over yet, because there's still a frivolous Civitas lawsuit to be dealt with, but this order makes it pretty clear the state Board of Elections isn't going to play along with McCrory's multi-county gambit. And even if sniffling Pat keeps whining, it looks like the NC GOP is also over it:


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