Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start with a breakthrough in citizen oversight of law enforcement:

Yes, this is a good thing. Bad behavior cannot survive under public scrutiny.

From the desk of the paranoid-in-chief himself:

What went wrong with HB 100? This bill started out to help concerned patriots identify non-US citizens on NC’s voter rolls…

And that in itself is enough to earn this bill a quick trip to file 13. Neither you nor your "patriot" followers have any business fucking around with voter rolls, tracking down excused or disqualified jurors, standing guard at voting precincts, or any other activities than even slightly infringe on the rights of others. You're not heroes, you're just bigots with chips on your shoulders, and you deserve nothing more than contempt from the rest of us.

It may already be too late by the time this diary is published, but he just kept looking at me with those eyes, so....

Not sure if this will show up properly; Facebook embeds have been troublesome lately. This showed up on my (personal) newsfeed the other day:


Post by Christian Action League of NC.

Here's an excerpt from this idiot:

I once knew a pastor who has since passed away, who was always concerned his parishioners understood and appreciated the privileges of religious liberty. One Sunday, during the celebration of a July 4th weekend, he totally surprised his congregation with a living illustration.

During his sermon, two Sheriff’s Deputies suddenly appeared at the door of the foyer, walked down the middle isle of the sanctuary, and preceded to the front of the church. Interrupting the pastor’s sermon, they stepped up on the platform and stood next to him at the pulpit. One deputy called the pastor’s name and told him he was under arrest. They cuffed him and then read his Miranda Rights, saying, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?” The pastor then timidly responded, “No, not until I speak with my lawyer.”

The people of the church were in total shock. There was a rumbling of muffled voices throughout. Some of the ladies had tears. Other congregants were confused. Tempers were starting to show on some of the men. One of the men shouted in protest, “What’s the charge?!!!! We didn’t hear the charge!!!” The deputy stoically replied, “Proclamation of the Bible.”

At that point, people started to catch on to what was really happening. The pastor showed them what life could be like for Christians if it were not for the blessings of religious freedom. I was told it was a dramatic lesson that congregation could never forget.

Which very neatly describes the misplaced fear people like Mark Creech use to suppress the rights of LGBT citizens. An entirely staged "dramatic lesson" was the best way this pastor could think of to suitably scare his congregation. Because there simply was/is no evidence the threat actually exists. There's a word for people like that: "Charlatan."

What the heck does that mean? They're going to "screen" film industry projects to decide which ones to support? Pravda much?

I...don't know. She did blow Liddy Dole completely out of the water, and it would (sort of) negate Burr's incumbency advantage. And she's still relatively young compared to some of those cretaceous...Okay, I'm not going to start with the pluses and minuses just yet. Early days yet.


The reason for the decline of Central's homecoming parade is no secret. In 2000, another federal judge released Tuscaloosa City Schools from the court-ordered desegregation mandate that had governed it for a single generation. Central had successfully achieved integration, the district had argued—it could be trusted to manage that success going forward.

Freed from court oversight, Tuscaloosa's schools have seemed to move backwards in time. The citywide integrated high school is gone, replaced by three smaller schools. Central retains the name of the old powerhouse, but nothing more. A struggling school serving the city's poorest part of town, it is 99 percent black. D'Leisha, an honors student since middle school, has only marginal college prospects. Predominantly white neighborhoods adjacent to Central have been gerrymandered into the attendance zones of other, whiter schools.

Soon to be coming to a school district near you.

Yeah, and I'll bet the worst criminal charge that will come out of this is manslaughter, and half of these jackasses will get their guns handed back to them. SMFH.

I really wish I could read Steve Troxler's mind at this specific time. Pretty sure the words "dumbass" and "idiot" are perking in there somewhere...

Well, it's not like he came from a totally different genetic stock than Dubya. The only real surprise is that neither of them have fallen into an abandoned mine or accidentally chugged a tall glass of Drano. Just surviving with that little walnut-sized brain is a huge accomplishment.

Bring your own bottled water...

Dude, there are 97,308 public school teachers in North Carolina. Are you honestly trying to float the idea that "one" meth-cooking teacher means those other 97,307 are prone to crank up their own meth operation, while charter and private school teachers aren't? Or are you just yapping like a fenced-in Pekingese?

Oh, this ought to be interesting. If the nut-jobs from GRNC can keep from spewing threats of political assassination or implied violence, I'll be surprised.

"So, is your mother really disabled or is she just too fat or lazy to work? We may have to divide and conquer her."

Will wonders never cease. It still has to pass the main floor vote, and be adopted by the Senate. Prognosis negative...

And when he and Markeece Young spot each other amidst the flood of white faces, I'm sure they'll both feel very special.

On that exasperating note, here's your Onion:

Ehh, that's a little too close to home for me. Here's another:

But they're both still there, which is something.

p.s. I don't know why these horse race jokes are so funny, but they surely are.



Knowing some people in the Wilmywood

Knowing some folks in the Wilmywood film industry it's been sad to see so much of that shutting down for good. Even with new incentives, and even if they were as strong as before which I don't see any indication that they will be, it would still take time to rebuild after so many have shipped out and after developing a reputation for instability.

Yeah, it's one of the stupider

things the GOP has done, and that's saying a lot.

Even if they restored film tax credits where they used to be, production companies would have to be concerned about the next budget, or the next after that. There are consequences to clumsy and misguided policy steps, and breaking something is a hell of a lot easier than building it back up.