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"Defend ALL free speech" Challenge to the GOP. Not just that which fits your world view.-Tina Dupuy

As the dust settles over A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson’s interview in GQ, I’d like to offer a challenge to all who defended his right to wax nostalgic about how happy black people were before the civil rights era (also stating that Shintoism is basically Nazism and homosexuality is basically bestiality). To all those who rushed to Robertson’s defense—invoking the First Amendment of the Constitution, specifically free speech in an effort to immunize against any repercussions—I’d like to dare you folks to defend controversial speech that doesn’t fit your worldview.
If you really believe in free speech, if you really think it’s in danger of being abridged, if you really believe it’s an absolute right of living in a free country—then stand up for liberals who say dumb things too.
Rally for Alec Baldwin. How about the governor of Louisiana spend an afternoon tweeting support for Martin Bashir’s alleged right to a basic cable show. Get some Change.org petitions going. Get these people back on TV!

In 2010, Sarah Palin called for President Obama’s then chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, to be fired because he privately used the word “retarded.” Palin was so offended by the word “retard” she equated it to the “N-word” (then later passionately defended the use of the “N-word” when Dr. Laura was the one slinging it across the airwaves). Palin cited her child with Down Syndrome as the reason Rahm should lose his job for his potty mouth. She wrote on Facebook: “I would ask the president to show decency in this process by eliminating one member of that inner circle, Mr. Rahm Emanuel, and not allow Rahm’s continued indecent tactics to cloud efforts.”

much more here:


Recently had my eyes checked. I'm grateful none of this was said to me! :) ('toon)

My head hurts to watch the evidence. Ignorant and unthinking doofus who has no uterus.


Lets learn to get dressed more quickly in 2014 (Bill Day cartoon, about current reality)

I realize the cartoon and the quote are not exactly related, but they still made the point to me that we have to be vigilant and call them on the destruction quickly as we see it. And persevere. We are making headway.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Winston Churchill

My new hero: Michael Davis. Father of Claire the dead 17 year old shooting victim

This is a memorial to his daughter, to love, to humanity and to forgiveness. How was this man capable of pulling to the forefront so much of the good in us humans in a sea of hate and ignorance.
I don't easily lose it any more because I am almost immune to disaster and fatigued, in a slow decline that started in about the year 2000. But this touches my heart in a very deep and compassionate and grateful way.


From silence to savagery, pain for the poor intensifies in NC

By Gene Nichol

December 28, 2013 

Stacy Sanders, 39, a specialist with the Fayettteville police, checks on people living in tents underneath the Person Street Bridge spanning the Cape Fear River. Fayetteville’s homeless population is one of the largest in North Carolina.
This is the last in a yearlong series
 by UNC Professor Gene Nichol examining the faces and issues behind the rising poverty numbers in North Carolina. Read the other installments at newsobserver.com/ncpoverty

 41 The percentage of children of color living in poverty in North Carolina
5,000 The number of children reported homeless by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District
9,000 The number of homeless veterans in North Carolina
5 Where North Carolina ranks in the country in number of hungry residents
11 Where North Carolina ranks in the number of residents living in poverty


We face many challenges in North Carolina, but none approaches the scourge of wrenching poverty amid plenty. In one of the most vibrant and accomplished states, in the richest nation on earth, over 18 percent of us, some 1.7 million, are officially poor. And the standard is a daunting one. A family of four living in Charlotte, for example, on an annual income of $24,000 is not classified as impoverished – though one guesses that’s little consolation as they scratch to survive.
It’s worse still. Over 1 in 4 of our children is poor – 41 percent of our children of color. Think on that. Over 4 in 10 of our babies, our middle-schoolers, our teenagers of color are constrained by the intense challenges of poverty. And if you are born poor here rather than in another state, you’re more apt to stay that way.
North Carolina has one of the country’s fastest rising poverty rates. A decade ago, we were 26th – a little better than average. Now we’re 11th, speeding past the competition. We’ve also seen, over the same period, one of the steepest increases in the ranks of the uninsured.

Two million of us are classified by the federal government as hungry – over 20 percent, the nation’s fifth-highest rate. Nearly 622,000 of our kids don’t get enough to eat. Greensboro is the country’s second-hungriest city; Asheville is ninth. Feeding America reports that, for children under 5, we have the country’s second-highest food insecurity rate, just behind Louisiana. A 2011 study deemed Winston-Salem America’s worst city for childhood food hardship.

A national report last month named Roanoke Rapids and Lumberton two of the three poorest cities in the nation. Robeson County has America’s third-highest food stamp participation rate. The number of homeless K-12 students in North Carolina rose dramatically between 2010 and 2012. We have, statewide, over 9,000 homeless veterans.

As this series has documented, hundreds of those vets live under bridges and along wood lines in Fayetteville, often fresh from battlefields. Some 250 wounded souls occupy tents and cardboard dwellings in otherwise bucolic forests, outside Hickory, unable to find relief in over-pressed shelters. Hundreds line up, before 6 each morning, at Crisis Ministries in Charlotte, trying to avoid the ravages of homelessness.

Over a thousand Tar Heels recently stood on line outside the civic center in Fayetteville – many for over 30 hours – hoping to get generously proffered dental services. No small number had to be turned away. This year, due to inadequate support, sponsors were forced to cancel most of the previously scheduled clinics.

As economic engines rev across parts of Charlotte and Durham, isolated neighborhoods experience mushrooming, and terrifying, child poverty rates – sometimes exceeding 80 percent. And families scramble to exist, almost unseen even to their neighbors, without access to electricity, sewer and clean water.

That’s an earful. A fusillade. More than even a patient reader can be expected to endure. I understand that. What I don’t understand – and I have tried – is the reaction of our political leaders to it.

there is more but I have to abbreviate

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Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the UNC School of Law and director of the school’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. He doesn’t speak for UNC.

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New York Gun Law Is Largely Upheld by a Federal Judge

Source: NYTimes

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York’s expanded ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was constitutional, but struck down a provision forbidding gun owners from loading their firearms with more than seven rounds.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers passed the new legislation, among the most restrictive in the country, in January in response to the mass shooting last December at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The judge, William M. Skretny of Federal District Court in Buffalo, called the seven-round limit “an arbitrary restriction” that violated the Second Amendment.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/01/nyregion/federal-judge-upholds-majority-of-new-york-gun-law.html?emc=edit_na_20131231

A few shots of what I saw driving around a few areas of my state (NC)

The first four are in Asheville, about a half mile from where President Obama buys ribs when he's in town.
The abandoned house is near Statesville.

A little NC Hinterland, the back side of Asheville, during Christmas

I sneaked away from the family just before dinner and went over the river and through the woods. I was back home 25 minutes later, after saying hello to a few North Carolina cows on Christmas day.

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