Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start with a fine example of ineffective government:

Here's at least part of the problem:

Tillman said money that could have been used for teacher raises last year was used instead to bolster the state retirement system and health plan, both of which will benefit teachers in the long run. Raises this year and next, he says, will depend on tax revenue. "If the money's not there, you can't spend money you don't have."

NCAE Vice President Mark Jewell said there's a reason the money's not there.

"They chose not to give educators in North Carolina a pay raise by giving billionaires and corporations huge tax breaks," Jewell said after the meeting, referring to the 2013 tax reform package. "Rolling back that 2 percent tax break for the wealthiest people would fund for every educator a significant salary increase."

IMO, it was a mistake to put one of the Budget writers on this task force, much less make him a co-chair. Their thinking always starts with the money and then works backwards. It clouds the vision, and being a Republican makes him doubly blind.

And now for a well-deserved honor:

Oh! Kevin should do a cartoon of himself receiving the Pulitzer. That would be awesome. :)

You guessed it, there are no additional health risks for those who don't have health insurance. The longer Duke University keeps this conservative stink-tanker on its staff, the less valuable a degree from Duke will become.

The key to success is recognizing an opportunity when it walks in:

"Hey, did you see that? There's a black guy over there! Quick, take his picture before he comes to his senses! And then see if we can Photoshop him into this picture."

It may just be me seeing through the lens of gained knowledge (see what I did there?), but it seems like these folks would be more comfortable carrying torches and pitchforks. Or AR-15 knockoffs.

What should bring out the torches and pitchforks:

Coming to an argument near you soon:

Every public school teacher and child is measured and sorted against Florida’s harsh high-stakes A-F rubric. But legislators give religious voucher schools a full pass. Zero accountability means no curriculum guidelines, no proof the children are learning, no requirement that every child be taught by a “highly effective” certified teacher, no transparency and, ironically, no data-driven evidence of a return on investment.

If that doesn’t give Floridians pause, Workman and Galvano have based this year’s entire voucher expansion scheme on a dubious “waiting list of students” that no one has seen, despite repeated requests. Florida taxpayers should not be expected to pay for this foolishness.

Honestly, I don't even care if there are "long waiting lists" for private schools and/or vouchers to pay for attendance at such. I rate the importance of that factor somewhere near what I rate parents fighting over popular Christmas gifts after standing in line since 2 a.m. on Black Friday. Except children may actually learn something valuable by watching their parents devolve into madness.

Yeah well, your ranchers are on "our" property, not theirs, and they refuse to even pay the grazing fees they freely admit they owe. They are squatters, plain and simple, and they defend their squatting with automatic weapons. If that's okay with you Jeff Hyde, then you won't mind if Raleigh just takes the Dorothea Dix property, right? Crickets.

Yeah, that's just what you need in a Christian minister, somebody who wants his "flock" going around heavily armed. Jim Jones and David Koresh much? Manna for thought:

Jesus said, "You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: 'You must not kill; and anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court.' But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court." Mt. 5.21-22

Jesus said, "You have learnt how it was said: 'Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.' But I say to you, Offer the wicked man no resistance. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; if a man takes you to law and would have your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him." Mt. 5.38-41

Yes, pacifism is an extremely difficult path. It takes a real man to even try.

I shudder to think what I'm about to do, but: the candidate that I am endorsing is not even mentioned in this article, Zack Matheny. I've watched him for years on Greensboro's City Council, and the dude is solid. The right-wing nutters hate him of course, because he tarnishes the Republican brand by actually using his brain sometimes. If the District was a little closer to 50/50, I'd be looking at the Democrats. But with Junior Berger and other crazies in the GOP fold salivating at the idea of joining the circus in the US House, Zack looks pretty damned good in comparison. There, I said it. Now I can go cry in the shower.

And the use of the possessive "your" instead of the contraction "you're" (you are) indicates there may actually be a need for Common Core after all. How many people looked at this before putting it out there?

Okay, I'm burning out here. Time for your Onion snack:

Meh. That's a little too close to reality. Here's another:



Glad it's night and the Supremes

Try and wrap your mind around this Chief Justice hopeful's argument:

Well before the November election, the race for Supreme Court chief justice is becoming openly hostile, as Republicans Mark Martin and Ola Mae Lewis trade verbal accusations about who is more fit for the job.

Martin, senior associate justice with 15 years on the Supreme Court, countered by saying every chief justice in history had served on the court first.

“What we have to ask ourselves is this: In the first time in history, we do not have a Democratic candidate for chief justice, why do we even have an election?” he said. “And I think people will have to make that assessment. I think the overriding issue in this race is trust.”

Cheese, so much for the idea of having non-partisan judicial races. I've got a question for you Mark: how would you feel if two Democrats challenged you, creating the opportunity for a Primary clusterfuck and you losing your seat in April instead of November? That would suck, wouldn't it?

Do you think this video makes Martin look like a whiner?


I'm thinking I may have to vote FOR Lewis despite her R. I may regret it but I think I will regret it less than a vote for Martin or not voting in that race.

Definitely. As to this:

"The office of chief justice is not a starter position," Mark Martin said in an interview. "There is a steep learning curve for members of the court."

He should tell that to Chief Justice Roberts, who (by the way) voters had no voice in approving.

Let's see if we've got this right

The GOP says it is perfectly legitimate for Doran to enter a Supreme Court race because, hey, it's an open seat and anyone can run and Hudson is just a whiner.

The same GOP says that Lewis should have butted out because the chief justice seat was reserved for Martin and how dare she cause a primary.

We think there's a word for that. Hypo-something.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis