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Monday News: Free-fire zone

TWO IDIOTS GET INTO A SHOOTOUT, YOUNG DAUGHTER GETS SHOT: A young girl was among three people injured by gunfire during a road rage incident that erupted into shooting between two motorists. WRAL-TV reported that both drivers have claimed self-defense. The gun violence occurred Saturday in Granville County. Both cars were driven by men. They had girlfriends and daughters as passengers. According to the Raleigh station, the men exchanged heated words before opening fire on each other. The exact nature of the dispute is unclear. The report says one driver was shot in the neck and his young daughter sustained a wound to a leg. The other motorist was shot in the hand. The medical status of the youngster and the two men was not immediately clear. Investigators are reviewing video from security cameras at a grocery store's parking lot where some kind of dispute apparently escalated. Grocery shopping is dangerous business, apparently.
https://www.wral.com/report-young-child-among-3-shot-in-road-rage-shooting/19804113/

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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COPS POINT TO TRUMP'S RESPONSIBILITY IN JAN 6 CAPITOL MOB ATTACK: Politicians who claim to support the “thin blue line” of law enforcement officers, decry those who chant “defund the police” cannot then ignore or deny the abuses and violence of the Jan. 6 mob. Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges put it directly: “To my perpetual confusion, I saw the thin blue line flag, a symbol of support for law enforcement more than once being carried by the terrorists as they ignored our commands and continued to assault us.” The rioters smashed his head. “One latched onto my face and got his thumb in my right eye, attempting to gouge it out. I cried out in pain and managed to shake him off before any permanent damage was done.” He later added, “It’s a pathetic excuse for something that he (President Trump) helped create… this monstrosity. I’m still recovering from those hugs and kisses he claims the rioters were giving us that day.”
https://www.wral.com/editorial-cops-point-to-trump-s-responsibility-for-jan-6-capitol-mob-attack/197...

Saturday News: You can't fix stupid

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CAWTHORN GOT CAUGHT TRYING TO CARRY A GUN ON ASHEVILLE FLIGHT: U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a first-term lawmaker from far-western North Carolina, attempted to bring a handgun through security at the Asheville airport in February. His congressional spokesman said it was done in error. A Glock 9mm handgun was taken from Cawthorn’s bag as he attempted to go through security on Feb. 13, 2021, according to audio first obtained and posted online Thursday by a group trying to oust the congressman from office. Officers from the airport’s Department of Public Safety first wanted Cawthorn to bring the weapon to his car, but elected to hold onto the gun because Cawthorn’s flight was leaving in “seven minutes,” according to the audio. Done in error my ass. He did it on purpose because he knew it would get in the paper and impress his gun-nut base. I f you or I did that. we'd be locked up pronto.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253145168.html

Friday News: Dr. Phil? Not even close...

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BERGER'S FUNDRAISING E-MAIL SAYS TO IGNORE CDC MASK GUIDELINES: Senate Leader Phil Berger called the CDC’s guidance on wearing masks as something similar to that of eating raw cookie dough: “guidance to ignore.” A fundraising email sent Wednesday morning said the latest CDC guidelines aren’t based on science but a method by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the media and liberals to control the American people. When asked if Berger had any concerns that his email could cause a distrust of the CDC among North Carolinians, Watts responded, “The CDC is doing a perfectly capable job of that itself.” The News & Observer emailed NCDHHS for comment on Berger’s email but did not immediately get a response. 28 people died between yesterday and today, so take your cookie dough and shove it.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253086373.html

Thursday News: Here we go again...

BLACK TRUMP-LOVER WANTS TO BE DURHAM'S NEXT MAYOR: Lane hosts the online series “Mind of Jamal,” which he describes as a “news reporting platform.” Since 2016, he has amassed over 300,000 followers on Facebook and almost 35,000 subscribers on YouTube. On his videos he has expressed support for former President Donald Trump; outrage over COVID-19 mask mandates; and disdain for the Black Lives Matter movement, efforts to defund the police and the media. In an interview with The N&O, Lane, who is Black, said his top priorities if elected would be crime and gun violence. “I believe that Durham crime is out of control because too many people are compassionate toward the criminals instead of putting the compassion towards the victims,” he said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article253078383.html

Wednesday News: The company you keep

HILLSBOROUGH BAR (AND CHAMBER) HAVE A PROUD BOY PROBLEM: Hot Tin Roof patron, Colin Dodd, sparked the controversy with a series of posts about a Hillsborough resident and known Proud Boy who had been frequenting the bar and occasionally bringing some of his friends with him. Kim Tesoro, a co-owner of the bar Hot Tin Roof, was hired as CEO of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce in 2017. The issues surrounding the Proud Boys patronizing the bar “are in the hands of the ownership of Hot Tin Roof and their legal counsel,” the board said. Tesoro has referred questions to the bar’s attorney, Lynne Holtkamp, who issued a statement on July 7 but has not returned The N&O’s phone calls. I don't give AF about "diverse" opinions, Proud Boys are dangerous. They've attacked people in public several times, and took part in attempted coup of our elected government. They don't get a seat at the table, or the bar.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article252958883.html

Monday News: Thirteen thousand, five hundred seventy

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DELTA VARIANT PUSHES NC'S COVID NUMBERS BACK UP: At least 1,031,929 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 13,570 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,998 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from 1,800 on Thursday. At least 817 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, up from 751 the day before. As of Wednesday, the latest day available, 6.7% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 60% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 57% have been fully vaccinated. State health officials round vaccination numbers to the nearest whole number. I'm glad to see those vax numbers rising again.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article252989868.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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"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.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-gut-replace-tactic-hides-legislators-accountability-to-voters/19785325/

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.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article252980833.html

Friday News: Proud of what?

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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.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article252902618.html

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