Monday News: Lights in the dark

CANDLELIGHT VIGILS MOURN VICTIMS OF HATRED AND BIGOTRY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE: A candlelight vigil is planned for Monday night in Raleigh to remember the people who were injured and killed during a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Raleigh vigil comes a day after other towns, such as Durham and Cary, held similar gatherings. In Cary, local churches organized a vigil at Good Shephard United Church of Christ. Organizers said they want to show unity in the face of hateful actions in Charlottesville where 32-year-old Heather Heyer died after being hit by a car that was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters. Several hundred people gathered in Durham, too, to take a stand against hatred, organizers said. The Raleigh vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens.
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Motivational Monday – One Day or Day One

One Day or Day One, Day One, Motivational MondayCan you use a little extra motivation on Mondays? Most of us can. We thought it might be nice to do the occasional Motivational Monday here on the blog. Today’s Motivational Monday quote reminds us “One Day or Day One.” The choice is yours.

Is there something you’ve been putting off? Something you’ve been procrastinating taking care of? We can relate, and seriously, who can’t? But consider this, a year from now you’ll wish you started today. Take the plunge. Go for it, make it happen and get it done. Once you do, you’ll feel so much better!


“One Day or Day One.” The choice is yours.
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Have a wonderful week and feel free to share what it is you’ve been thinking about starting and if you’ve decided today will be day one.


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Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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IDEOLOGICAL FEUD IGNORES STUDENTS NEEDS, DAMAGES UNC: It is an ideological feud run amok. The roots are in the clichéd notion that North Carolina’s public universities are incubators of socialist, environmentalist, gender-liberating, non-Christian politics. Ideologues who claim a religious, conformist, free-market mantel are on a crusade to cleanse the halls of academia. And so now the clash has devolved into an on-going battle between out-spoken University of North Carolina Board of Governors member Steve Long and equally outspoken UNC Law School professor Gene Nichol, who advocates on behalf of the financially disadvantaged and for civil rights. As has been too often the case lately, the priorities of the privileged, well-financed special interests are of greater concern than the interest of citizens and the institutions that our legislators in general, and our UNC Board of Governors in particular, are supposed to promote.
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Berger tweaks legislation so fellow Republican can draw two salaries

Can you say Patronage? I knew you could:

A one-sentence change tacked into broader legislation earlier this month helps a single state employee, tweaking state law so he can again get paid to serve on a state commission while on vacation from his full-time state job. Under Gov. Pat McCrory, Peaslee drew his regular state salary and was also paid the daily wage tax commission members get to sit for several days each month hearing appeals from around the state. When Gov. Roy Cooper took office, a new regime at the state Department of Revenue looked at state laws against employees double-dipping on salary and questioned whether Peaslee should draw both paychecks.

Peaslee, a former general counsel for the North Carolina Republican Party, brought the issue before Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and other state legislators. He’d been taking vacation time from his $115,494-a-year job at the Industrial Commission to make $450 to $500 a day at the tax commission. His tax commission pay last year totaled $24,500.

If you’re thinking something about this story sounds familiar, it’s because NC Republicans are making a habit of using the Industrial Commission to line the pockets of their friends. During one of the grossly unconstitutional Special Sessions of late 2016, Republicans gave authority to McCrory (after he had lost the Election) to appoint his Chief of Staff’s wife to a NINE YEAR TERM on the Commission, a million-dollar pat on the back:



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Saturday News: Global chicken hawk

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TRUMP THREATENS MILITARY ACTION IN VENEZUELA OVER CHANGES TO CONSTITUTION: President Donald Trump threatened to take “military action” against Venezuela Friday, a comment that is sure to roil the divided South American nation and alarm its neighbors. Trump made the statement during a press conference on the growing concerns of military action in North Korea, immediately raising the specter of United States intervening in two conflicts simultaneously, including one in our own hemisphere. “Venezuela is a mess,” Trump said, adding. “This is our neighbor. We’re all over the world and we have troops all over the world that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering. And they’re dying.”
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Weekend Open Thread: Wornout

Somewhere between the childish shenanigans of NC Republicans, and the ever-growing prospect of war between two nuclear powers, both led by grossly immature low-functioning sociopaths, my mind seems to have decided no more data will be accepted at this time. I’m reading the words, but no light bulbs are coming on. It’s like the breaker keeps tripping every time I try to run the vacuum cleaner (that’s a metaphor for sucking up dirty details, so apparently I still have some use of my faculties, although I usually wouldn’t use the word “faculties” in this context). Maybe I should just sit here and look out the window for awhile…



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Friday News: Inherently corrupt

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NC REPUBLICANS ADOPT REDISTRICTING RULES AIMED AT POLITICAL ADVANTAGE: North Carolina’s legislative leaders adopted rules Thursday that they will use when drawing new election district lines, after 28 districts were ruled unconstitutional last year. The current lines were drawn in a way to unfairly disenfranchise black voters, federal courts found. While racial gerrymandering is illegal, the U.S. Supreme Court has so far allowed political gerrymandering, and one of the new rules is that legislators may consider past election results when drawing the new lines. Rep. David Lewis told a joint meeting of the House and Senate redistricting committees that the process “will be an inherently political thing.”
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