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Good leadership means recognizing an opportunity for what it is:

And not what national political campaign advisors tell you that it is. Expanding Medicaid is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do as well.

Tarte and his merry band of vigilantes

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges:

“Politely, I take offense to that,” said Tarte, 58, a hunter who said he has gotten three concealed-carry permits in his lifetime. “That’s not the intent in any way shape or form. It’s not people going out looking to enforce law.”

Rather, Tarte said, it would be for people who find themselves in emergencies that law enforcement officers have yet to respond to. “We’ve got so much nonsense going on,” Tarte said. “We’ve got evil people. There’s no possible way police can respond to everything.”

You're right about the nonsense going on...

Constitutional Convention supporter warns of "armed rebellion."

The NC General Assembly has deteriorated into a streetcorner doomsayer society:

The other proposal, House Bill 321, would explicitly put the state on the list of those calling for a constitutional convention. That measure is sponsored by Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham. Rep. Dennis Riddell, R-Alamance, said a convention is needed "to curb the excesses of Washington, D.C."

Gary Kennedy from Youngsville also spoke in support of the convention call, telling the committee that the country's "enemy is within."..."I can see no other peaceful solution to the problems we face. I don’t want to see armed rebellion," he said.

Yeah, and I don't want to see my state government entertaining advice from some nut-job who is delusional enough to actually say the words "armed rebellion" in a House panel hearing. The "enemy is within" alright, and that enemy is ignorance and fear. And money, great scads of money, which is used to place people who can't think for themselves into positions of power and influence. Call a convention about that and I will be glad to attend.

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Proud to be a pariah:

Seriously, Sister? You think it's funny that your lawmakers are about to make NC even more notorious than it already is? Not to mention that some of our citizens will suffer discrimination at the hands of other citizens, based on something they read or were told from a collection of short stories written a few thousand years ago. Don't quit your day job.

Richard Burr waves the nonsensical Iran-bashing banner

Playing to the ignorant crowds:

During the discussion with Bob Schieffer, Burr said he thinks the U.S. is rushing a nuclear deal with Iran. He also said Iranian-backed rebels can't be allowed to gain a foothold in Yemen, where a coalition of countries are mounting attacks to stop them. "Well, clearly, we're on the verge of a civil war," he said. "I had a long conversation with the ambassador last week. Ten countries have come together, primarily because they can't allow Iran to take a foothold in Yemen."

Here at BlueNC we generally focus on state issues, because there are so many important things happening in NC, trying to take a broader look at national and international issues is bound to eclipse problems we can't allow ourselves to ignore. But the misunderstanding and misinformation surrounding the Iranian talks has reached a deafening level, and we have a responsibility to make sure OUR representatives in Congress don't push us into another costly and counterproductive war by spoon-feeding us false information.

Not unlike what is transpiring in Iraq, the Iranian-backed Houthis are waging war against not only Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has engineered terrorist attacks all over the region, but also a new splinter of the Islamic State, which has materialized there in a totally predictable opportunistic fashion in order to take advantage of political confusion:

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Why worry about substance when empty rhetoric is so readily available?

The Affordable Care Act already does those things, and does them so well people like you are forced to talk about some nebulous other program that will supposedly eclipse it. It's time to find a new monster to fear, because Americans have outgrown this scary bedtime story.

GOP jobs plan: Take your "Sleepy Hollow" somewhere else

Wilmywood fading into film industry obscurity:

Fox Television Group chairman Dana Walden had previously told the StarNews that if the show was renewed for a third season, it would move production to the Atlanta area in the wake of North Carolina’s new grant program that caps the amount of money projects can earn at $5 million.
Industry members say $5 million is considerably less than the 25 percent rebate of total spending the show got for each of its first two seasons.

According to several local crew members, people who worked on the show in Wilmington may have opportunities to apply for jobs whenever and wherever it resumes production. As of now, however, nothing is confirmed.

Cue the right-wing Twit brigade to proclaim: "Nobody is losing their jobs! They can keep them if they want to!" If they want to move to Atlanta, that is, where there are tens of thousands of unemployed and underemployed workers that will be scrambling to take those jobs away from the NC folks who do go there. Gee thanks.

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McCrory's victory dance will be short-lived:

Er, the Bergermeister hates losing, Pat. I'd lay heavy odds this will be appealed to the Supreme Court, and since the Legislature is in charge of funding the court system, methinks this ruling will be reversed...

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Burning down your house because you don't like the wallpaper:

The last time somebody pulled a treasonous stunt like this, a whole lot of American soldiers died because of it:

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