Tuesday Twitter roundup

Topping the list is pay-to-play politics, McCrory style:

Hypocrisy is McCrory's middle name:

In 2008, two fundraisers were forced to quit the transportation board, one of them on the day he had planned to host a campaign dinner for Bev Perdue, then the Democratic candidate for governor. Responding then to these abuses, then-Republican gubernatorial candidate McCrory called for the elimination of “any fundraising for those currently on Department of Transportation boards, university boards and ABC boards.”

He illuminated the issue at a campaign ethics forum on Sept. 16, 2008. “We should not give the appearance that someone gets an appointment because they’ve raised thousands upon thousands of dollars for a particular candidate,” McCrory said. “And there’s no doubt that that’s been the norm in state government for decades.”

Election records show that Hutchens and his wife gave McCrory about $18,000 of their own money during his 2008 and 2012 races, including $6,000 in in-kind donations – which can represent expenses related to a fundraising dinner or similar event.

Did he raise funds for McCrory? Hutchens did not respond to the Road Worrier’s requests for comment. McCrory’s spokesman did not respond, either.

If you're expecting any sort of disclosure that rises above the "bare minimum" from the McCrory administration, don't hold your breath.

I'm probably missing something blatantly obvious, but I don't get it. I mean, there's a dog, there's a cup of coffee, and apparently the house is on fire. But it looks like the dog hasn't drank any of the coffee yet, so maybe he's not awake enough yet to realize what's happening. But his eyes are bugging out like he's had too many cups already? *sigh* Now I want a cup of coffee...

Pretty much sums it up.

Kudos to Kirk Ross for this new gig. Al Jazeera (both versions) has emerged as a very reliable source for in-depth reporting on important issues of today, and Kirk will fit right in there. Here's a small taste:

In this year’s session of the legislature, few coastal issues were discussed without at least one jab at climate science. In April alone, the topic came up in an agriculture committee during a discussion of new soil science, in a meeting on insurance law changes and in hearings on dredging and port improvements. At all three, it was clear that some legislators remain skeptical.

The controversy over the sea level rise provisions in 2012 failed to chasten climate change skeptics in the legislature. New federal regulations on carbon emissions are also drawing fire among state legislators, since they run afoul of a push by the legislature and the McCrory administration to open up the state to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas exploration in the center of the state and to oil and gas exploration offshore. He still has not taken a direct stand on climate change science. During a news conference after an oil and gas exploration conference last year, he mentioned the need to improve coastal infrastructure because of “changing weather patterns” in response to a question about how to spend royalties from offshore drilling.

The Sierra Club’s state director, Molly Diggins, said the governor is ducking the issue when he should be leading. “We need to be planning for and adapting to an accelerated rate of sea level rise,” she said. “Instead of leadership on the issue, this administration has buried it. We seem to be intent on not being ready for what’s already happening.”

The challenges associated with climate change are daunting, and it's going to take real leadership just to salvage parts of our Eastern seaboard. To say that McCrory is not up to the task is to say the Atlantic Ocean is merely a pond. 2016 is critical. Tick-tock...

Right, because human biology is such a frivolous thing to study. Idiots.

Yeesh. I really need to move to another county, but I've got several years before I have to decide which. ;)

I'm assuming you meant to use the contraction "you're" instead of the clashing possessives "your my." I'm also assuming you don't really know anything about Tillis, and that pride you feel is about the same as when you see your favorite NASCAR driver cause another driver to spin off the track.

If you want to know what happens in the middle of the road, ask a possum. But you'll have to do so in a séance...

The beginning of the 2nd Half looked more like a rugby match than a basketball game...

You guys are really clueless when it comes to inadvertent symbolism, aren't you? It's not a hammer and a sickle, but it's close enough...

All right, it's time to wind this thing up. Or is it down? Whatever, here's your Onion:

Okay, that's just wrong. Funny, but wrong. Here's another:

"I told you everybody would like them." "Um, I'm pretty sure I'm the one who said everybody would like them." "No, you said, 'grapes? Sure, why not'." "Are you recording our conversations again?"




And sad. That hammer & sickle image is too, too much.