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Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


"GUT & REPLACE" TACTIC HIDES LEGISLATORS' ACCOUNTABILITY TO VOTERS: House Bill 128 started as legislation to increase access to sporting venues in schools when it passed the state House on a 77-42 vote. In the Senate last month it was transformed into legislation to dealing with how much compensation unemployed workers could receive. Is that what the 119 representatives were voting on back on March 3? Not even close. House Bill 334 was clarifying tax relief to North Carolina businesses receiving pandemic PPP funds under the federal Cares Act. It was transformed in the Senate to legislation that cuts the corporate income tax rate to zero by 2028. Did House member know they were voting to eliminate business income taxes when they voted to approve the bill 111-2 on April 15? Absolutely not. This tactic makes things -- the good or bad of the legislation, what needs it meets or misses, who it benefits or hurts – irrelevant. It renders critical votes moving it along in the legislative process meaningless. I second that emotion.

Saturday News: Because women are chattel?

WAKE GOP KEEPS USING PEEPING TOM'S VENUE FOR EVENTS: The Wake County Republican Party is holding a concert fundraiser Saturday at a local farm whose owner faces a felony charge for allegedly hiding a camera in the women’s bathroom there. The party also held its Flag Day celebration there last month, raising questions about why it keeps choosing to hold events at Lin Honeycutt’s Fieldstream Farm near Garner. Honeycutt was arrested in January and charged with one count of secret peeping, a felony. Alan Swain, chair of the Wake County GOP, told The News & Observer on Friday that he knows about the charge but believes Honeycutt deserves his day in court before anyone passes judgment. If they had any respect for women at all that place would be off-limits at least until charges are resolved.

Friday News: Proud of what?


PROUD BOY NABBED WHILE VISITING HIS NORTH CAROLINA BUDDIES: A man charged with joining alleged members of the Proud Boys in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was arrested in Fayetteville last Thursday. Edward George Jr., 33, of Clearwater, Fla., was visiting North Carolina last week when he was taken into custody, Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, told The News & Observer Tuesday. George was named in a nine-count indictment dated July 7, alongside four other defendants: Kevin A. Tuck, Nathaniel Tuck, Arthur Jackman and Paul Rae. Jackman and Rae were originally charged in late March, and identified themselves as members of the Proud Boys, according to court records.

Thursday News: Puerile Parenting


ANTI-MASKERS DISRUPT WAKE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: Seven of 10 speakers urged Wake school board members to make masks optional when students return, and at least a dozen more cheered them from a nearby room as they watched the meeting via a live feed, chanting, “No more masks!” “Little children can’t see smiles,” said Chanel Marshall, a mental health therapist, her voice breaking. “Little children are dying. They are having suicidal thoughts. I deal with these students every single day. Children need to have these masks removed. It’s not OK.” But the bulk of Tuesday night’s speakers opposed them outright, and some on the anti-mask side yelled from the audience as school board member Jim Martin read statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services. This drew two warnings from board Chairman Keith Sutton, and one audience member was led from the room before the meeting ended. In case you weren't aware, school board meetings in NC are the new target for Trumpbots. Kick 'em all out if they can't behave like adults.

Wednesday News: In a word, crazy


ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS BELIEVE COVID VACCINES HAVE MICROCHIPS: Around 20% of Americans believe the government uses COVID vaccines to microchip people, according to a recent poll. An Economist/YouGov survey conducted July 10-13 based on a sample size of 1,500 adults found that 15% of respondents said it was “probably true” that vaccines contain microchips while 5% said it was “definitely true.” The poll found that believers of the conspiracy theory tend to be white men without a college degree. Twenty percent of white men without a college degree said the theory was “probably true” compared to 17% of white women without a college degree, and 16% of all Black and Hispanic respondents. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said in a Friday briefing that more than 97% of people who are getting hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated, CNN reported.

Monday News: Not just UNC...


LENOIR-RHYNE GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYERS SUE UNIVERSITY OVER CENSORSHIP: One player, Laney Fox, released an audio recording of a Zoom meeting in March during which Smith said he did not want her back. Fox, who is white, later posted an angry four-page letter on Facebook accusing university President Fred Whitt of “failing Black students and athletes on this campus.” Now, the divisions within the Lutheran-affiliated university have surfaced 60 miles away in the Mecklenburg County courts as a $26 million lawsuit pitting the departing student-athletes against their former coach and school. In their complaint, the players — including Butler High graduate Michaela Dixon of Matthews — say they were either thrown off the team or pressured to quit in retaliation for their stands against racism and police violence and in support of social justice. Five of the plaintiffs are white; four are black. Fox’s dismissal, the president said at the time, resulted from “a legitimate coaching decision, and suggestions to the contrary are simply false.”

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


RACISM DOES EXIST, AND THE PUSH TO BAN DISCUSSING IT IS PROOF: The message state Senate leader Phil Berger sent on Wednesday was clear. It was NOT about accurately and completely teaching American history to North Carolina’s school children. It was about perpetuating the white supremacist myth that racism doesn’t exist in today’s America. Even more, anyone who entertains a discussion about it – not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing – is anti-American and in violation of teaching standards that he seeks to impose. Perhaps most astonishing is that Berger and fellow legislative leaders have perpetuated policies that have been defined by federal courts as racist. The federal Court of Appeals in 2016, said provisions in the legislature’s voter ID law “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” That is intent. That is a clear definition of racism.

Saturday News: The Big Lie continues

KEITH KIDWELL WANTS TO TEAR OPEN VOTING MACHINES FOR NO GOOD REASON: Caucus members want to look for illegal, internet-connected modems that may have been inserted into the machines to let someone remotely change vote counts. But they also admit they have no evidence that any such modems exist. “I’m very hopeful and very confident that there’ll be nothing,” Kidwell said. But now that the elections board won’t let them open the machines, Kidwell and the Freedom Caucus have begun questioning whether state elections director Karen Brinson Bell or others are trying to hide something. So on Thursday morning, they called a press conference. “Mrs. Brinson Bell has decided to put up a wall,” Kidwell said. “And we plan to go through that wall.” Says the idiot who got re-elected.

Thursday News: Oxygen thieves


BERGERMOORE DODGE QUESTIONS ABOUT UNC CHANCELLOR REPLACEMENT: “I have questions about the many decisions that have been made at the Chapel Hill campus. It is something that is up to someone else to make decisions as to what needs to be done about that,” Berger said. Asked again if he had confidence, Berger said: “I am not charged with the responsibility of the day to day management of any individual campus in the system, so whether I have confidence or not really has very little to do with the whole situation,” he said. Later that day, asked if Guskiewicz should stay at UNC, Moore repeated that he likes him, but stopped short of saying yes or no. Um, no. It wasn't Guskiewicz who gave confederate fetishists $2.5 million dollars to squirrel away Silent Sam, it was Republicans appointed by BergerMoore. Look in a mirror.

Thursday News: That's also racism, Phil


ANGRY ABOUT NOTHING, BERGER MOVES TO OUTLAW AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: “Children must learn about our state’s racial past and all of its ugliness, including the cruelty of slavery to the 1898 Wilmington massacre to Jim Crow,” Berger, a Rockingham County Republican, said at a news conference Wednesday. “But students must not be forced to adopt an ideology that is blah blah blah." In addition to the bill, Berger filed legislation on Wednesday to put on the ballot a state constitutional amendment saying, “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”


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