We'll start with some sobering findings:
— NLC North Carolina (@NLC_NC) November 26, 2013
What are we going to do when it gets to the point there aren't enough qualified people willing to put up with all the crap associated with being a teacher?
In a preliminary review, the survey responses tend to reflect low morale and a desire to move away from teaching as a career. About 75 percent of respondents said they'd be less likely to work as a teacher in North Carolina because of the changes, and more than half said they'd continue to work as a teacher but in another state.
Almost all of the respondents said the removal of supplements for master's degrees and the elimination of tenure would have a negative impact on education in the state. Teachers who receive a master's degree after June 2014 will no longer receive a 10 percent salary bump. By 2018, all teachers will be on one-, two- or four-year contracts instead of receiving tenure. This year, districts will select the top 25 percent of their teachers to receive a bonus and move to a contract early.
You can look forward to Republican Legislators passing bills in the upcoming session to do away with the need for teacher certification in public schools. Not because that's part of the plan, but because there simply won't be enough certified teachers left.
— Sue (@spirit_sue) November 24, 2013
Ah, the mating rituals of RWNJ Twits in the wild is something to behold. They usually present with bold red, white and blue coloring, or occasionally a coiled serpent on a yellow background. These relationships usually end in bitterness and aggressive posturing though, because it's so hard to keep up with convoluted plots. But this serves to keep their populations down, so anthropologists consider this a good thing.
— di kele (@Pudingtane) November 24, 2013
Yes, and she was born three years after a U.S.-backed coup d'état replaced a democracy with a monarchy, setting the stage for a future Islamic revolution, which happened long after she left. If we topple the current Iranian regime and replace it with another Pahlavi, then you can bring this "gotcha" point up again. Until then, please loosen your tinfoil hat, as it's apparently restricting blood flow to your little walnut-sized brain.
— Senator Andrew Brock (@andrewbrock) November 24, 2013
What John Hood fails to realize, or is simply trying to distract other Republicans from realizing, is that the NC GOP has gone so far overboard on social and ideological issues ranging from attacking women & minorities to bullying local governments, that it's impossible for people to focus on the few things (Hood thinks) they've done well.
It's not their fault for not paying attention, it's the fault of the arrogant hubris-encrusted Republican leaders who are drunk on the power NC voters mistakenly granted them. And that arrogance will follow them all the way to the voting booths.
— Phil Berger, Jr. (@philbergerjr) November 24, 2013
Translated: "Please find this man a job somewhere else! Every family in town has a loved one being held hostage by the criminal justice system, and Mister Berger says he's not going to set them free until we build him a statue made out of one solid chunk of amethyst, but there ain't no such rock to be found! Help!"
— The Daily Haymaker (@DailyHMblog) November 25, 2013
There's sometimes a fine line between journalistic vigor and stalking:
Just to say it, I could not pull even one term in Congress. Not without going to jail for ramming a camcorder up somebody's butt, anyway. I can usually keep Evil Steve under wraps, but I'm pretty sure he would make a showing during something like that.
— Budget & Tax Center (@ncbudgetandtax) November 22, 2013
They are the true victims of gerrymandering. As active Democrats we feel outrage about having our Congressional rug jerked out from under us, but we'll bounce back. Might take a few years, but we'll take back the House. The problem is, in the meantime, Republicans are going to continue to punish those on the bottom of the economic ladder. And we let it happen.
I understand 2010 was a Republican "wave" on a national level. But with North Carolina's (registered) Democratic majority, that wave should have bypassed us. But it didn't, and a big reason why is because our Party was (and still is) riddled with people whose vision is so veiled by personal concerns and ideological confusion they can't see more than a few feet in front of them. They've compromised so many times they wouldn't know a principled stand if it crawled into their lap and gave them a big wet kiss. And you know what? The voters were well aware of these shortcomings, and most of them aren't "dedicated" political animals who are prepared to excuse any kind of behavior as long as we win.
If we want to take back the NCGA, we have to (first) take back our integrity.
— Robert Broome (@PoliticalRobert) November 26, 2013
A few extracts:
For the last 30 years, the income gains have been increasingly concentrated among the top 1 percent of the country, while the shrinking middle class has been pushed downward and the ranks of the working poor have expanded. As President Obama noted in a July speech, the average CEO’s pay has risen by almost 40 percent since 2009, while “the average American earns less than he or she did in 1999.”
Increased globalization, technological innovations that eliminated lower and mid-level jobs and the drop in unionized workers from 23.3 percent in 1983 to 12.5 percent last year all contributed to these higher levels of unemployment and underemployment. The recession exacerbated all of these problems, putting even more pressure on most American workers.
I'm sure many who read this article will think they're reading something explosive, but it's really just a rehashing of some previously very well-covered stuff along with some naïve speculation, like this:
More and more we are beginning to see populists from the left and the right band together to fight a broken system that fails to address the concerns of the American people. Senators like Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul share the same point of view on many of the issues that have surfaced. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them working together on issues in the future.
Really? Rand Paul is a fucking idiot, proof positive that his father should have embraced the idea of abortion, at least the once. He doesn't have the capacity to recognize the intelligence of someone like Elizabeth Warren, much less "share" in those thoughts.
Note to self: the next time somebody says, "Stop what you're doing and go read/taste/drink/etc.", don't do it.
— NCLCV.org (@nclcv) November 25, 2013
And a few wise words from Debra:
We all have a role in educating our elected officials. Voting for and communicating with the leaders who respect our environmental values are two of the most important things we can do to protect the environment. Please take the time to review the NCLCV’s scorecard to see where your representatives stand on environmental issues. Then call, write letters, and stop by your legislators’ offices to share your thoughts on their actions. Whether you are pleased or disappointed by your local officials, they need to hear your voice so that future votes will be made with conservation issues in mind.
On that encouraging note, it's Onion time, baby:
Frustrated Iranian Scientist Forced To Shut Down Project He Spent 12 Goddamn Years Of His Life On http://t.co/gj4u5dq2V9
— The Onion (@TheOnion) November 26, 2013
:) Okay, that is hilarious, but it's sort of dark, too. Let's try again:
In This Week's Local News: Siblings Gather Around PowerPoint To Hash Out Off-Limits Topics For Thanksgiving http://t.co/9IUzLjAxi8
— The Onion (@TheOnion) November 23, 2013
:) That's...really not a bad idea...