Notes from Scandanavia

I’m back from Sweden. It was a great trip. I learned quite a bit and look forward to going back to learn more.  The first lesson I learned is that magnesium gel caps explode under pressure. They cover everything in a white pasty substance that’s hard to get out...
The Republican disinformation dystopia

The Republican disinformation dystopia

On Sunday, I wrote a piece that got a bit of attention. I blamed the GOP for NC State’s dismissal from the College World Series. I got a lot of blowback. Instead, of changing my mind, though, the comments just validated my point.  Half of the NC State players were...

Republicans cost NC State a shot at a championship

Republicans cost NC State a shot at a championship

NC State’s baseball team had a heartbreaking end to its season. It looked like the team was going to give fans another Cinderella story, beating the odds and the best teams in college baseball to go to the College World Series. Instead, the team was eliminated because...

Business climate is more than just taxes

Business climate is more than just taxes

The state senate’s budget is chock full of tax cuts while continuing to underfund our schools and universities. But tax cuts are what really matter to the GOP. Activists and legislators perpetually tout the Tax Foundation’s business climate ranking as evidence that...

Reflections

Reflections

Every morning for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been awakened by a cardinal attacking the window in my bedroom. When I scare him off, he goes to another window. Every day, all day, he attacks his reflection. It’s endless. I Googled it. Apparently, cardinals are very...

Pat McCrory’s stupid dog whistle

Pat McCrory’s stupid dog whistle

I can’t wait to watch Pat McCrory lose again. McCrory is on twitter making asinine statements and parroting childish right-wing talking points. While he might not be as smart as Thom Tillis, he has just as little substance. I don’t know what’s wrong with Charlotte...

Senate update

Senate update

North Carolina’s US Senate election in 2022 promises to be one of the most watched races in the country. A map I saw yesterday had the state as one of only two in the nation that is considered a toss-up, the other being Pennsylvania. Democrats need the state if they...

Villains, not heroes

Villains, not heroes

When I was in about third grade, I read the same three books over and over. One was a biography of Babe Ruth. One was a biography Jim Thorpe. And one was biography of Robert E. Lee. These books were not nuanced pictures of these men. They were designed to reach eight...

A tale of two recoveries

A tale of two recoveries

We’re about to learn a lot about economic recoveries. Back in 2009, Barack Obama, with a hefty Democratic majority in Congress, tried to pull us out of the Great Recession with a tepid relief program designed to attract Republican support. It led to a slow recovery,...

State of transitions

State of transitions

This weekend, a Republican asked why I believed pro-segregationist Democrats became Republicans in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement. Well, because it’s true. I’m not just a student of history, I’m a product of a rural North Carolina county that is half-Black and...

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