Ode to Dandy:
@DanForestNC is #NC’s first Lt. Gov that has made me realize our system for Lt. Gov just doesn’t work. An elected official, who in a time of crisis, shamelessly lobs political grenades at other elected officials that are making tough decisions and trying to save lives. #NCPol
— Pisgah_Hayseed (@PisgahH) May 19, 2020
It's all demagogues know how to do.
— still&barrel (@stillnbarrel) May 18, 2020
As usual, this article is littered with deregulation nonsense, implying (rather transparently) that U.S. meat shortages can be blamed on the government. But what you won't see anywhere in this faux-Libertarian nonsense is the fact that pork producers are exporting to China like crazy:
But now, as the United States is on the brink of its own meat crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, American pork supplies are being shipped off to China at a breakneck pace, creating the perfect recipe for additional U.S.-China tensions.
For some American consumers, the optics of this situation might be poor given how the virus originated in China late last year. But record U.S. meat exports to China have been the plan all along, to satisfy both China’s needs and to lift U.S. business.
Sales of U.S. pork and beef to China were especially elevated in April, but several U.S. slaughterhouses began to close last month due to outbreaks among employees of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. Animal slaughter has sharply declined, and fresh meat appears on its way to joining toilet paper on the “endangered” list at U.S. grocery stores.
The U.S. meat shortage and the Phase 1 goals of increasing exports to China seem to be opposing forces, raising the question of whether sales and shipments will or should be limited. Some restrictions would not be surprising given U.S. President Donald Trump’s more combative tone in his recent comments on trade with China.
Why would the Carolina Journal completely leave that critical factor out of their "assessment" of meat shortages? Because Free Market. If pork producers want to starve Americans so they can make a profit, oh well. Best let them do what they want.
The SECOND time he's RTed this vid of a *local* cameraman getting harassed for doing his job
The POTUS inciting hatred of American citizens doing their job
Now he's attacked the same American TWICE
That would be disgusting for anyone to do, much less the president#ncpol #KAG pic.twitter.com/Io4lEFQcr4
— Sean (@RavenRavinoff) May 18, 2020
Yeah, I watched the video, kinda wish I hadn't. Willful ignorance on parade, and in view of numerous children. Disgusting.
Why can't I request a vote-by-mail ballot online in North Carolina? I was excited to learn that you can request one (no reason needed) but turns out you have to print & mail a form. Who has a printer? I have one at work but my office has been closed for months.#ncpol
— Jake - Progressives produce progress (@JakePoysti) May 18, 2020
Yeah, that is pure stupidity. I actually have a printer (it's my fifth one), but it wore out just like its predecessors. I can still scan images (photos, etc.), which is why I haven't pulled an Office Space and taken a sledge hammer to it. But it can't even print two sentences on a piece of paper, with brand-new ink cartridges put in.
p.s. I wasn't aware I was still so angry at that particular piece of...electronics. Serenity Now, dude. And that just reminded me Jerry Stiller is dead. F**k!
"For businesses to be able to show that they can operate safely and have a fighting chance is a conversation we need to move forward with in NC. It has been delayed for far too long and jeopardized a lot of businesses as a result." – @Brooke_Medina_ #ncpolhttps://t.co/Oy14dHVHDS
— Civitas Institute (@NCCivitas) May 18, 2020
I'd rather watch the entire Twilight Saga, and I hate that mess...
Rise ‘n Shine Cafe is open this morning to dine-in customers, and some patrons are sitting and eating. The restaurant is defying Buncombe County rules that require restaurants to remain closed for dine-in to help prevent coronavirus spread. #avlnews #avleat
— Jason Sandford (@Ashevegas) May 18, 2020
Rise n Shine just long enough to stumble and fall over. Sheesh.
A substantial COVID-19 relief funding gap exists between Forsyth and Guilford counties because the federal government is limiting direct aid to only counties with at least 500,000 residents. https://t.co/UJ5b0NfCq8
— Richard Craver (@rcraverWSJ) May 18, 2020
That makes absolutely no sense. The needs of lesser-populated counties are also less expensive, but those needs exist, nonetheless. This is pure crazy:
That decision means that while Forsyth currently will receive $6.4 million from the $4.07 billion CARES package allotment to North Carolina, Guilford gains $93.7 million.
Guilford had 537,174 residents as of 2019, while Forsyth had 382,295 as the state’s fourth largest county. Wake County is receiving $194 million in direct CARES aid, while Mecklenburg County is getting $193.8 million.
The offices of Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, and Mark Walker, R-6th, could not be reached for comment on whether they planned to make such a request. Foxx is the current U.S. House representative for Forsyth.
Taylor Theodossiou, press secretary for Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, said Sunday it’s not likely Winston-Salem would get federal funding outside the state allotment from the CARES Act.
“Any entity of local government below that population threshold must apply for funds through their state government,” Theodossiou said. “In this case, the state of North Carolina decided that Forsyth County would get $6 million.”
McHenry voted against the $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed by the Democrat-controlled U.S. House on Friday. The package is unlikely to pass the U.S. Senate, according to political analysts.
Welp, there you go Republican voters. Your Representatives in Congress are less than useless.
NC substitute teachers aren’t getting paid, but they can get federal jobless benefits. CARES Act included funding for people not normally eligible for state unemployment benefits, including substitute teachers. #nced #ncpol #coronavirus https://t.co/YJAvLdjWmG
— Keung Hui (@nckhui) May 18, 2020
That's actually a pretty big deal. Spread the word.
https://t.co/uEuIcXPPYt It is far more efficient to alleviate traffic congestion — and carbon-dioxide emissions! — by telecommuting than by running half-empty trains and buses at the taxpayers’ expense, @JohnHoodNC writes in today’s Daily Journal. #ncpol
— Carolina Journal (@CarolinaJournal) May 18, 2020
The vast majority of the people who ride those buses for work are employed in jobs where telecommuting is impossible. But of course you already know that, so this is blatant misinformation.
STOP voting for politicians who interfere with the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which lends help to economically disadvantaged NCians to escape failing schools.
It's time to stop being loyal to teacher unions and put students first.#ncga #ncpol #nced
— NC School Choice (@NC4SchoolChoice) May 18, 2020
Yeah, y'all can stop with the charade now. Ralph Hise is on record filing a bill to give voucher money to rich kids.
Best question of the day: What will the federal government do? @SenatorBerger says what we need is not necessarily more dollars but flexibility to spend the dollars we're getting. @KariLynnTravis @CarolinaJournal #ncga #ncpol #COVID19NC
— Becki Gray (@beckigray) May 18, 2020
Yeah, and he's also talking about cutting the education budget. I don't trust Berger or the Carolina Journal.
Great piece from Sienna Zuco @NCPolicyWatch on the underreported problem of poultry waste in North Carolina.
Over 900 million birds producing 5m TONS of waste...*and the government has no idea where they are.* (Feat. @SoundRiversNC @LowerNeuseRK) #ncpol https://t.co/vzKN6yDmf8
— Brian Powell (@briandpowell) May 18, 2020
That is a lot of chicken shit right there...
The accused don’t have a right to testify at grand juries. But federal prosecutors just let Chemours do that, then dropped their case
Company officials have admitted to secretly dumping potentially toxic chemicals into NC drinking water for decades #ncpol https://t.co/xR1vSSOJrl
— Will Doran (@will_doran) May 19, 2020
The Trump administration strikes again. This is the same Eastern District office that ignored absentee ballot fraud in 2016, and then later prosecuted a bunch of immigrants for voting. Hopefully it will be broom-time come January.
On that infuriating note, here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 18, 2020
This is a real thing...