Tuesday Twitter roundup

Rising seas often leave many boats sinking:

Like many work-related issues, paid holidays should be a law, not a "benefit" that only some enjoy.

Okay, I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop on this, where (in theory) Thom Tillis would try to use this eugenics compensation thing to attack the founders of Planned Parenthood, but that shoe has yet to drop. So I'm going ahead and saying, "Apparently Thom Tillis does have a soul, and some previously well-hidden empathy for people receiving government assistance, as well.":

While these much-needed laws assist eugenics victims, an inadvertent consequence has arisen as victims begin to receive their compensation payments. Presently, the federal government counts the payments against one’s eligibility for federal benefits such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. Instead of helping the victims and their families make ends meet, the payments could actually result in the denial of the federal benefits they are entitled to.

To help close this unintended loophole, I recently introduced legislation in the Senate along with Senators Tom Carper, D-Del., Richard Burr, R-N.C., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., to exclude payments from state eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining the eligibility and amount of federal benefits.

Which (of course) doesn't mean Thommy Boy *won't* try to take away the social safety net from poor folks who aren't also eugenics victims, or use one good thing to blackmail people into accepting some bad things, in true Congressional Republican style. But he's on the side of the angels on this issue.

Yanno. It's hard enough to stomach NPR broadcasting from the American Tobacco Historic District, but to be confronted with the logo like that makes me wonder how many people came home from the doctor with the bad news they've hit the unLuckiest Strike you could ever imagine. And you know what? I'm a smoker, and even I find that structure and its associated hoopla to be just wildly inappropriate.

That's an insane amount of money from the remaining donor. Pretty sure Art Pope couldn't write that check, so it's gotta be some out-of-state ne'er-do-wells fixing to bombard our television screens with vicious attack ads.

Point taken, John. I'll try to cut McCrory and Moore a little more slack.

Dude, even you deserve better than zero. Not much better, but at least enough to keep you in pork rinds, fatback, and anything else that will clog your arteries enough to put you out of my misery. Did I just say that outloud? I really need to muffle Evil Steve better in the future...

I was going to say something along the lines of, "If their faith is strong enough, it shouldn't require tax credits to make it happen." But that sounds like something that jackass Peck would say, so I'm not going to say it. Besides, I love Solar, and I can (barely) tolerate churches. So there's that, too. Man, I am just digging this hole deeper and deeper...

And being the idiot you are, you just admitted that Republican voting laws were put in place to help them win elections, not to "strengthen voting integrity" or any other bullshit excuses.

No big surprise. Cherie Berry probably thinks the most important aspect of Labor Day is to know when to shift all the whites in her closet over to the side where the folding door gets stuck when you try to use it.


In 2013, I wrote about the shortsightedness of revoking the sales tax exemptions for the state’s nonprofits. Less than two years later, charitable nonprofits are being targeted again. By proposing to lower the sales tax refund cap from $45 million to $1 million and include charitable giving in a cap on all itemized deductions that nearly eliminates any state tax incentive for charitable giving, the Senate has taken aim at the state’s nonprofits — including nonprofit colleges and universities and hospitals.

Previously, the General Assembly has reformed the tax code to make the state more appealing to businesses in order to stimulate economic growth. But shouldn’t North Carolina’s nonprofits be given the same consideration? This spring the North Carolina Community College System, UNC and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), which includes Wake Forest University and Salem College locally, released an economic impact study. In 2012-2013, the 36 NCICU schools contributed a combined $14.2 billion created by NCICU’s campuses, which is equal to approximately 3.2 percent of the total Gross State Product of North Carolina. This is also equivalent to creating 219,590 new jobs. Wake Forest University created $3.3 billion of added economic value and Salem College created $59.4 million — this includes student spending at local businesses, visitor spending and accumulated local alumni contributions. If the goal of these tax-reform efforts is to stimulate the economy and create jobs, then the state should support universities whose nonprofit status requires them to reinvest in their communities, and whose very existence drives proven economic growth within the state.

That's a little too complex for the neanderthals currently running the General Assembly to understand. All they see is a way to fill the big, gaping hole they caused in the Budget by giving tax breaks to their 1% benefactors. Sound economic policy just can't compete with that conundrum.

Speaking of stupid economic moves:

It hurts me to post this as much as it hurts you to read it, but we have to learn from our mistakes, so:

With the help of an inventive tax credit, the state's TV and film industry has boomed. Since the tax credit went into effect in 2008, the industry's economic impact has jumped from $260 million to an estimated $6 billion this year, Georgia estimates. The state now ranks third in production, behind California and New York, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Business shows no signs of slowing, but the rapid growth has brought on some pretty stiff labor pains.

"What we've experienced is, we don't have enough crew to support all of the features and television series that are coming in," said Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office.

Grrrr. On that infuriating note, here's your Onion:

Ahhh, that's just depressing. Let's try again:

I don't know if that's a dig at those who oppose gentrification or those who support it, but it's damn funny anyway. :)




It's not SEANC, it's SEAC (Southeast Asian Coalition), which is exactly what it sounds like, a group of students and older folk who have relocated here from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and they're showing their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement since they too are subject to discrimination and other unfair treatment from government officials and ignorant citizens alike. That last part was an intentional dig at the above Twit, who is always ready to run with whatever wild-ass meme gets cooked up by Brietbart or any other source, regardless of its integrity or lack thereof.