Ignorance is the "new" North Carolina

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Parrish Clodfelter, a 79-year-old retiree who lives on a central North Carolina farm, professes opinions about transgender people that might get him fired if he worked for a multinational corporation, though for many here, they constitute simple country wisdom.

“A man wants to change to a woman, he’s got a mental problem,” Mr. Clodfelter said on Wednesday over lunch at Spiro’s Family Restaurant, where posters by the door advertised classes on carrying concealed weapons and a “Hillbilly Sunday” Pentecostal church service.

But Mr. Clodfelter has a different kind of problem. As a longtime Republican, he wants to support Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s Republican governor, in his re-election bid. At the same time, Mr. Clodfelter is worried about the boycotts and lost jobs resulting from the law the governor signed in March that limits transgender bathroom access and eliminates antidiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people.

If the backlash continues, Mr. Clodfelter said, he will consider voting for Mr. McCrory’s Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper, who supports the law’s repeal.

“I’m afraid if they don’t change it,” he said, “it’ll hurt the state.”

Mr. Clodfelter, "it'll" has already sailed. The damage done is in many ways, permanent. The notion that North Carolina is a progressive state even with political differences has now become a myth. Closed-minded nothingness. The new state of North Carolina.



"Do they hand out free bags of dumbfuck at red lights in N.C.?"

Henry Rollins: North Carolina, I Love You, But Your Governor Is an Asshole

When North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law, I wonder if he was thinking long-range about what the result might be. I can’t see him and his staff wondering out loud if their thick-skulled, cracker logic might result in Bruce Springsteen not only canceling his upcoming show in Greensboro, depriving the state of revenue and its residents of a Springsteen concert, but inspiring Mr. Boss to issue a press release that more people have read than will ever peruse House Bill 2.

"Cracker logic"

That's so funny it's not couch-safe. As in, I almost fell off the couch laughing at it. :)

I reeeeally needed that laugh. Thank you.

Laugh often

and laugh hard. It's euphoric! :)

Shallow end of the gene pool

This from Sen. Buck Newton, GOP candidate for state attorney general and master at the dumbing down of political discourse, from a pro-HB2 rally on Monday ...

"Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight."

Seems obvious why the GOP is so intent on gutting public education ... the more uninformed and stupid the electorate the greater their chances of being elected.