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...
Do the right thing

Do the right thing

The UNC Board of Trustees is meeting this morning to consider tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones. They have a chance to get it right this time. Let’s hope they do.  Hannah-Jones was initially not considered for tenure for political reasons. Republicans hate her 1619...

Our State Is Plagued By A War On Truth

Our State Is Plagued By A War On Truth

Reading the comments on Thomas's Sunday post put me in a bad mood. It is hardly a secret that North Carolina contains a significant population of fringe right-wingers, which explains the rich history of shameful demagoguery in the state, but seeing so many of our...

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...

Punch-drunk McCrory Rampages against NCAA

Punch-drunk McCrory Rampages against NCAA

If you've ever wondered why Pat McCrory is not taken seriously by the North Carolina political establishment, consider his relationship to the sports industry. It is long and tortured. As mayor of Charlotte, he bulldozed fiscal conservatives to lavish a sum of...

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...

Fortress Liberalism: The Problem of Elitism

Fortress Liberalism: The Problem of Elitism

The charge of liberal elitism has undoubtedly been exaggerated and weaponized to exploit natural human insecurities for a cause that serves working people poorly. On an individual level, many upscale progressives hold no enmity toward downscale cultural conservatives...

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...

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