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Robinson, Sears, and the Hate-Mongering Elephant in the Room

One curious aspect of the Virginia Race was the election of Winsome Sears in the Lt Governor race in the state. Sears seems to be a doppleganger of NC's Mark Robinson.

While Sears previously served in Virginia's House of Delegates and is a military vet, while Robinson came from nowhere with only a YouTube channel to his credit, they both share some common qualities besides being both states's first Black Lieutenant Governors.

In The Lancet: North Carolina HB2 is bigotry's counterattack on LGBT rights

Founded in 1823, The Lancet is a well-respected, peer-reviewed British medical journal. Not a hotbed of politically correct ideologues. Though if all you read were the McCrory et al federal court filing in defense of HB2, you might be granted temporary forgiveness for thinking so. When in fact, The Lancet's works stand squarely on the scientific evidence.

KKK tries to "recruit" Fayetteville police chief

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And he was not amused, to say the least:

In a word, Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock is angry. He says the KKK left a racist flyer on his front lawn and he told ABC11 he believes he was target. Now, he has a message for the white supremacist group.

"When you start trying to intimidate people I take it seriously. When you try to intimidate me I take it seriously," said Medlock. "If they have a problem with me, I'll be happy to meet them anytime anywhere and well will discuss their issues with me."

Don't hold your breath. If they had any castanets they wouldn't slink around wearing their pointy white hoods.

Black churches are burning in the South

And the perpetrators simply can't be found:

As African Americans in Texas and North Carolina contemplate rebuilding three more churches destroyed by fire, a phalanx of federal investigators moves across the South, searching for evidence linking the latest attacks to the burning of 29 other black churches in the last 18 months. So far, investigators have yet to uncover evidence of a "national conspiracy." The bulk of the attacks appear to be "random" acts of vandalism, the work of "teenagers" and "copycats" rather than hardened conspirators.

It is worth observing that the absence of any organized conspiracy may make the phenomenon of church burning more, rather than less, disturbing. Far easier to abide the idea of a tight-knit group of racist fanatics than to accept the alternative that we live in a time when a substantial number of individuals, unconnected with one another or with organized white supremacist groups, regard burning black churches as a plausible act, worthy of emulation.

That article was written nineteen years ago, and this was written only yesterday:

Franklin Graham: God's gonna get ya

It didn't take long for the bigots to get up on their soapboxes. In the lead, of course, was Franklin Graham:

North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham was among the first conservative Christian leaders to react to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

It's no surprise that Graham blasted the Supreme Court, and warned about what they've wrought.

Profiles in idiocy: Asians want to integrate, blacks don't

Making it to the Final Four of stupid bigoted online comments of 2015:

Hough identified himself as a Duke University professor in the comments and went on to praise Asians. “Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration,” said the comment. “Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration. The amount of Asian-white dating is enormous and so surely will be the intermarriage. Black-white dating is almost non-existent because of the ostracism by blacks of anyone who dates a white.”

Considering it costs about $63,530 (per year) to attend this renowned school, you would think they could find somebody smarter than your crazy Tea Party uncle to lecture in their poli-sci department. And before any of you Duke fans come to his assistance with the, "What he believes and what he says in class are two different things" argument, if he's willing to sign off on that comment in the New York Fricking Times, I doubt he has the judgment to keep it out of the classroom.

NC Bigotry Coalition's legal malpractice

The shysters so-called attorneys at the NC "Values" Coalition (you remember them, they're the rabid anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-sanity lunatic fringe group) are telling NC Registers of Deeds that they don't need to issue marriage licenses to people if they don't want to. Of course, being bigots, the people they have in mind are gay people.

One of the groups that fought to pass an amendment to the state constitution that had the effect of banning same-sex marriages has circulated a legal memo saying that registers of deeds and their staffs cannot be forced to issue marriage licenses that conflict with their religion.

"There are statutory and constitutional protections available for any Register of Deeds or staff member whose strongly held religious beliefs would make them refrain from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples," Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, wrote in an email Friday. "They can claim their First Amendment right not to violate their religious beliefs."

Ummm...yeah. As usual, Tami got it completely wrong, as in the direct opposite of the truth.

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