Tuesday Twitter roundup

The NCGA laser-focused on jobs and the economy:

Um, what? Seriously, what? So, if you're in a 55 mph zone, and the car in in front of you is going 30, you're stuck there. *sigh*

NC Democrats should rejoice by coming under fire from the national Republican propaganda machine:

The Washington Free Beacon is a privately owned, for-profit online newspaper that began publication on February 7, 2012. Dedicated to uncovering the stories that the powers that be hope will never see the light of day, the Free Beacon produces in-depth investigative reporting on a wide range of issues, including public policy, government affairs, international security, and media. Whether it’s exposing cronyism, finding out just who is shaping our domestic and foreign policy and why, or highlighting the threats to American security and peace in a dangerous world, the Free Beacon is committed to serving the public interest by reporting news and information that is not being fully covered by other news organizations.

The Beacon’s chairman is Michael Goldfarb. Its editor in chief is Matthew Continetti. Sonny Bunch is the managing editor. Bill Gertz is senior editor.

The Neocon monster that wouldn't die:

A member of an up-and-coming generation of Republican activists who have eschewed traditional avenues to prominence, Goldfarb's career was "spawned," according to the New York Times, "in the conservative confines of the Weekly Standard and allied organizations, namely the Project for the New American Century, which is well known for promoting the war in Iraq. He has since gone on to thrive in the influential world of outside ideological groups."[1]

Goldfarb has served as vice president of Orion Strategies—a lobbying firm headed by former John McCain adviser Randy Scheunemann—and was a research associate for the now-defunct Project for the New American Century, a letterhead group founded by Robert Kagan and William Kristol that helped spearhead efforts to push for the invasion of Iraq after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Described in a February 2013 New York Times profile as an "all-around anti-liberal provocateur," Goldfarb has proven adept at funneling anonymous Republican donations into high-profile advocacy efforts. According to the newspaper, "Goldfarb has been in the middle of nearly every major partisan dispute of [Barack] Obama's presidency," including "Iran, Israel, terrorism policy," and the battle over Chuck Hagel's nomination to head the Pentagon.[3]

In a February 2013 post, the blog ran a story under the headline "Hughes Drops Jews," which suggested that the president of The New Republic magazine was "signal[ing] the publication's continued drift away from a staunchly pro-Israel standpoint" by dropping "at least five prominent Jewish writers from its masthead." Critics pointed out that the publication's editor was Jewish and that half of the writers dropped were not. Goldfarb told the Times that story was meant to be a joke. "We're true believers, but we're also troublemakers," he said, "We get up every day and say, how do we cause trouble?"[5]

Goldfarb and the rest of the GOP machine know that North Carolina is a critical battleground state in the 2016 Presidential Election, and they also understand a unified Democratic Party in this state is the biggest threat to their goal of taking over the White House and preserving their majorities in Congress. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, and then write a check to the NCDP.

We could devote an entire web site to the things Skip Stam doesn't understand. And they want to make him a judge? :o

"Doesn't" seem to believe, Einstein. If your sentence had been written, "Members of NCAE...", then "don't" would have worked. But as it is, NCAE is a singular unit, requiring "doesn't." As in, "Tim Peck doesn't realize he's even less relevant than he used to be."

Don't make the mistake of assuming Republicans are smart enough to understand the results of their own assessment programs. They will undoubtedly do the exact opposite of what logic would tell them to do.

You have no idea what you're talking about, do you?

Yes, that would be a good thing. But what would be even more important is to expose the sickness that permeates prosecutorial behavior even today, where getting a conviction is more important than making sure the right person is being tried. Exculpatory evidence should never be concealed from anybody, and especially not from a jury who is responsible for determining guilt or innocence. And doing so should be a crime, not a "tactic" with implied legitimacy.

Um, no. I'm not going to be there. And knowing Carly Fiorina's going to be there might actually inspire me to get in my car and drive even farther away...

Okay, you slashed the benefits for the unemployed using debt as an excuse for such inhuman behavior, but now you want to go into debt because inanimate objects are suffering from neglect? That's so f****d up I don't even know where to start...

I thought we should be getting close about now. Not enough schools, not enough hospitals, not enough food in the food banks, and a bunch of free-market fantasy enthusiasts running the show. We're in trouble.

We need more of this, stat:

That's pretty fancy. Might encourage me to go out and get an eyebrow waxing...

Right, because doing that back when gas was at $3.75 a gallon would have been crazy.

On that inscrutable and illogical note, here's your Onion:

The damn government will probably step in and regulate that, too.




The idiots are out in full force.

NCleg.net down--you won't believe the reason

N&O reporting those in charge let Domain expire.

Just called to see if email also effected, and I was told "somewhat," by a legislative assistant.

Martha Brock


It's worth noting the HB60 language doesn't actually prohibit passing where allowed already. It relaxes the law in no passing zones to allow passing where passing is not normally allowed.

Note this still has little to nothing to do with jobs or the economy, but I've seen worse bills. (And I used to be an editor for the Insider.)

J. Denton Adams