Tuesday Twitter roundup

This one deserves rescuing:

His history of race-based prejudicial behavior makes him one of the worst possible nominees for the job:

Historically, the commission has been composed of three pro-worker commissioners and three pro-business commissioners. Allen—an anti-worker, anti-minimum wage hardline conservative—will upset that balance. "He's being appointed in a position that should be an advocate of employees," said state Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham. "It damages the institution. It destroys people's confidence in whether they can get a fair hearing."

In 2012, Allen ran for state representative in the District 95 Republican primary and lost to C. Robert Brawley by nearly 20 percentage points. In his CIVITAS candidate questionnaire, Allen stated his anti-labor views: He doesn't believe public workers should have collective bargaining rights. He doesn't believe that companies should be required to provide benefits like paid sick leave and lunch breaks. He described the minimum wage as "an unfair intrusion into the labor market."

Neither McCrory nor Allen was reachable for comment.

As an industrial commissioner, Allen would make final decisions on which victims—many of them African-American and Native American—receive payouts from the state's $10 million eugenics compensation fund.

I'd like to take this time to encourage any person of color who gets rejected by this commission to go ahead and file a lawsuit. Allen's racist past deserves its own day in court.

Okay Owly, since I like your new look, I'll give you some column space:

Would you believe the common reason people post on social media is simply to share interesting things? This is the most popular motivator for 61% of people according to a recent report from Ipsos. The second and third most common reasons for sharing are “to share important things” and “to share funny things” at 43% each.

Ehhh. And people call me "Captain Obvious"? I'll give you another chance:

We also know that emotion drives sharing. Look at brands who excel at content marketing, from WestJet to Adidas. See how they play on our feelings: sadness, joy, love, passion, excitement. Do everything you can to tell stories that evoke these same feelings, and you’ll dramatically increase the likelihood of your content being shared.

You had me until Adidas. Here's some feeling-evoking for you:

Riiight. Show me a Republican prepared to stand up for LGBT citizens and then you can make that claim. For now, it's just idiotic word salad.

Here's an excerpt:

I sense fear on your part: maybe a pragmatic fear about your political future when there are fewer and fewer "traditional North Carolinians" around to trumpet your agenda. This must be an even greater concern now that you’re running for the U.S. Senate.

But let's call a spade a spade: It also smacks of blatant racism that you, as one of our state's highest-ranking officials, are just now getting on the "outreach-to-communities-of-color" boat. And let's throw in a bit of xenophobia and fear-mongering because you know that, for some of your constituents, our state's changing complexion and growing immigrant population is the Big Bad.

Let’s just be clear, Thom: I’m not interested in your brand of tradition; I’m interested in the best, most humane traditions of our state. And I think you need a history lesson: Our North Carolina was a state that opened some of the nation’s first public health departments and publicly funded libraries—signs that at least some people in government cared about public health and education.

Fear, and fear-mongering. Standard operating procedure for the GOP.

Speaking of fear-mongering:

No big surprise there. They are masters at deception and misdirection:

Civitas, the conservative policy group funded largely with donations from McCrory budget director Art Pope’s family foundation, ran an article earlier this month claiming that the Moral Monday demands would cost $10 billion.

Sirota, the BTC director, found both the $7 billion and $10 billion figures were inflated and included massive expansions of programs that went far beyond what the Moral Monday protesters want.

She went on to calculate the actual costs of the Moral Monday agenda, and found that the changes to restore cuts would break even (and have a $106 million surplus) with what the state lost in revenue when it passed last year’s tax reform package.

We'll see if these reality-based estimates make it into mainstream news reporting.


You know, if those jackasses had demonstrated even the slightest desire in listening to people, I might be a little concerned about them having trouble hearing. But they haven't, and I'm not.

Keep on repeating it, all the way to November.

I can see the red herrings are struggling up the slippery slope again at the Legislature. Somebody should call a timeout.

Speaking of a timeout, here's your Onion:

Dear God that's funny. :)


A good round-up

So many fish, such a big barrel. Thanks for slogging through it.

Thanks. I'm struck with the same

problem Betsy mentioned the other day, the feeling that I've missed some important things. But if it spurs people to consider things they had previously overlooked or taken at face value, it's good enough.