The NC Summary

So, since it’s an NC-themed day, here’s a summary of proposed bills from the NC legislature posted on FB:

Summary of bills being worked on by the NC legislature in 2013:

-Nullification of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (in order to establish a state religion)
-Nullifying of lease for Dorothea Dix Park
-Voter photo ID requirement
-Reduction of unemployment benefits
-Prison time for women exposing their breasts
-Effective removal of the right of college students to vote where they go to school
-Taking of Charlotte Douglas International from city to state control
-Taking of Asheville’s water system (without compensation)
-Prohibition of the ability of cities to establish development standards (nullifying Raleigh’s new Unified Development Ordinance)
-Nullification of co-ed roommates policy established at UNC, designed to help GLTB students who are harassed or bullied in traditional housing
-Nullification of the state’s requirement that utilities produce a small portion of their power from renewable sources
-Removal of tenure for teachers
-Rejection of federal dollars to expand Medicaid
-Elimination of earned income tax credit
-Elimination of straight-party ticket voting

Let me know if I’ve missed anything.


Just wow.  Still waiting to see if any sensible/reasonable NC Republicans will stand up to all this absurdity.  Not holding my breath.

Just plain evil

Sure, the lunatics among the NC Republican cacucus are good for a laugh with their repeated attempts to invalidate the US Constitution, etc., but fortunately that’s not actually going anywhere.  Unfortunately, not all of them are evil dumb, some of them are evil smart.  As has been well-documented here and elsewhere, these days young people overwhelmingly prefer Democrats.  So, what to do if you are an evil smart Republican?  Simply put all the barriers you can in front of young people voting.  I just got this information via email from NC Common Cause:

Voting is a fundamental right.

But maybe not for college students in North Carolina if the latest anti-voting bill filed by lawmakers is adopted.

Senate bill 666 proposes to eliminate the child dependency tax deduction ($2,500) for parents if their college student votes in the town or city where they attend school.

Specifically lawmakers only want students registering and voting where their parents live not where they attend college.

So, voter drives, march to the polls- anything that compels a young person to exercise their constitutional right in their college town, will carry a hefty tax penalty for their parents.

This is too much.

We should want every 18 year old to register, vote and become a lifelong participant in democracy.

We should want that, but apparently not if they are statistically more likely to vote for Democrats.  Definitely going to have to ask my Republican students what they think of this.

UPDATE: Here’s the WRAL story.

Photo of the day

From a “Shoreline” theme at Big Picture.  Damn, I love big waves (at least looking at them):

Garrett McNamara rides a wave off Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal on January 28, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught this wave reported to be around 100ft. (To Mane/Nazare Qualifica/Associated Press)

How in the world does this guy still have a job?!

This is just unreal:

Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice is under review by the school’s athletic director after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs.

The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” prompted scores of outraged social media comments, as well as sharp criticism from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and NBA star LeBron James.

“I think now that [the videotape] is out there — we knew it was going to get out there,” Tim Pernetti said during a radio interview with WFAN in New York. “The reaction — we knew what it was going to be. I need to sit here and think about what gives us the ability to be effective going forward in men’s basketball, and more importantly, what protects the university.

“There’s a lot of things on my mind right now that I’m thinking through and trying to make sure that whatever decisions I make on a going-forward basis, that we try to make the right one.”

On what planet do you watch this and not immediately fire the guy?  Honestly, I think Pernetti is just horribly embarrassed and loathe to admit his atrocious mistake in hiring this assclown.  I’m guessing there’s roughly 150-200 D1 assistant coaches sitting on benches who would do better than this guy, pathetic behavior aside.  The idea that someone with the temperament of an angry toddler should be anywhere around college students, much less trying to mold them into a basketball team and young men is just disgusting.


The NC hits just keep on coming

My God, it is truly, utterly, amazing.  Now that the Republicans have control of the governor’s mansion they seem to have completely let the inmates run the asylum (which, in all honesty, is not at all fair to the hospitalized mentally ill).  These should all be Onion headlines.


A bill filed by Republican lawmakers would allow the state to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies in North Carolina.

And the N&O:

More news from the sovereign country of North Carolina.

A gun bill filed Tuesday resurrects an attempt by former Rep. Glen Bradley that went nowhere last session. It would exempt from all federal regulations any firearm, accessory or ammunition made and kept in North Carolina.

A gun like that would have to be stamped with “Made in North Carolina.”

There’s a new twist in this year’s version, however: It says that any federal agent who tries to enforce federal firearm laws would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

And the AP:

RALEIGH — A group of state senators wants to invalidate a policy allowing students of the opposite gender to share suites and apartments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill starting this fall.

The group filed a bill Tuesday prohibiting the practice unless the students are siblings or hold a valid marriage license. UNC’s Board of Trustees adopted optional “gender-neutral” housing last year in part to help gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students who experience harassment or bullying.

Sen. David Curtis of Lincoln County argues the policy detracts from academics. He serves as primary sponsor of the bill along with Democratic Sen. Ben Clark of Raeford and Republican Sen. Chad Barefoot of Wake Forest.

Because that’s what the legislature should be worried about.  Are they even this embarrassingly stupid in Mississippi and Alabama?  Seriously.  What next, a bill against liberal professors in the university system who blog on university computers?  (I probably better not give them any ideas!)

Anybody in North Carolina who voted for these moron should simply be ashamed.  And I’m looking at you otherwise intelligent Republicans.  Is this really the party you want?

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