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Apple in the Triangle and Social Justice - The same as it ever was

I’m a big Apple fan. I’ve bought into the company’s “walled garden” of devices, computers, and online services for several years. Sure, they’re a little more expensive, but they just work and are reliable. I’d rather spend my time work and using my computers and devices, rather than troubleshooting some weird little problem.

And, as a gay man, I applaud Apple for its long-standing workplace policies prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination.

You might think I’m excited about the big announcement that Apple is setting up shop and bringing 3,000 jobs to the Triangle.

I’m underwhelmed.

Virginia Foxx, Matthew Shepard, and "fake news"

Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the brutal kidnapping and murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard's father wrote a piece for CNN, reflecting on his son's death and the demonizing of LGBTs and the left and how it turns into violence.

We must not forget that, in 2009, Virginia Foxx called Shepard's kidnapping and murder a "hoax".

Civility and the evil that men do

Recently, we’ve seen the President of the United States call the press our "biggest enemy”. We’ve seen right-wing extremists call for the assassination of journalists and liberals. A Black Democratic woman who is a member of Congress has had to call off public appearances because of death threats after she called for non-violent protest against the members of our hideously corrupt and immoral administration that is kidnapping children and holding them in concentration camps.

Welcome to the world I lived in during the 1980s and 1990s.

The NC GOP's hypocrisy on lottery funds abuse

And of course the irony is lost on them:

State Sen. Phil Berger, a Rockingham County Republican, led lottery opponents as minority leader in 2005. He derided the lottery as “a diversion from other educational problems that Democratic leaders have failed to address,” in the far-right Carolina Journal in August 2005. He also told the Journal he doubted the money would end up where advocates said it would go. ‘The money for education is not going to increase.”

Now they are addicted to its cash. Worse, they are the ones fulfilling their own dire prediction – using the cash to pay for basic education needs. Today much of the money goes to “non-instructional support staff” that provide for on-going school operations while Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore and others shower their political patrons, particularly the businesses that control the N.C. Chamber of Commerce, with tax breaks and credits.

This K-3 class size (unfunded) mandate is about to crush schools statewide, and the friction between school boards and county commissions is going to boil over long before Spring Break rolls around. But instead of rolling up their sleeves and preparing to fix it, BergerMoore is too busy crafting propaganda in an effort to shirk the responsibility for this crisis. The next few months are going to get ugly.

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