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"Look, at some point, the media is going to have to admit complicity in the creation of this extremely unscientific, pathological, unwarranted, and deeply destructive disease panic. They created it, starting with the now-discredited Donald McNeil’s February 27, 2020, recommendation that we 'go medieval' with the coronavirus. This whole paradigm amounts to a rejection of public health, which is always not just about one pathogen but all threats to human health and not just for the short term but the long term. The defining mark of 20th century public health as distinguished from the Middle Ages is that we recognized that pathogens are all around us and need to be managed rationally. Oh also the paradigm rejects human rights and freedom."
"When the group was poised to endorse Tillis, I warned them that we might be stuck with Tillis in the Senate for upwards of 30 years." Well golly gee whiz! You must be referring to a certain group (along with a certain recent loser in the NC-6 House race) who conspired to undercut their own endorsement committee by magically expanding said committee for the express purpose of giving the group's senate race endorsement to Thom Tillis. And Republicans wonder why so many North Carolina UNA conservative voters don't want to have anything to do with the Republican Party!
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2020 on Election Post-Mortem at Triad Conservative
"The gap between how they are presented to us and the actual reality is quite extraordinary." Who needs reality when there's an opportunity to weaponize news for the cause? The Left has made that sort of thing an art form. But the readers are not as stupid as the Left needs them to be, so the nonsense gets more outrageous by the day. We have the recent Kavanaugh confirmation dog and pony show from the Left as the most current example of such.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2018 on Example of the Local Left at Triad Conservative
Ah, but it gets worse! Closely tied to the concept of Medicare For All is the dystopian fantasy of Universal Basic Income. They will insist on making those two destructive programs a package deal.
There's no big deal here. It's just Brod still being his arrogant, self-privileged, over-the-top self, a tendency we've seen from him for many years now. He's one of those folks who are reliably wrong, but never in doubt, when it comes to expressing this typically unfounded opinion.
Robert Barnes ‏ @Barnes_Law: "Trump's winning caused a problem for Comey & Comey's firing caused a problem for Rosenstein. Both Comey & Rosenstein signed off on the bogus affidavits to the FISA court to continue spying on Trump team members post-election and post-inauguration. They needed Mueller to cover up."
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2018 on Rosenstein Needs to Go at Triad Conservative
"Is this not something we have a right to know? Should it be covered up to protect those at the FBI who may have engaged in something like this?" "Rights" don't mean a thing when the witch hunt agenda is in play, Fred. As well we know, those who are the main operators of the Deep State have special privileges that allow them to do things above and beyond the law.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2018 on Rosenstein Needs to Go at Triad Conservative
"There you have it. The city has too much debt to pursue the cheaper bonds, and the voters likely would not approve them anyway. This is a fairly stunning admission that they are proceeding in spite of lacking consent from the governed. I think it is fair to label their actions as contemptuous of the governed." Just business as usual. Time to increase taxes again.
Not very many soloists can do justice to that particular piece of music. This fellow is one that can.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2017 on O Holy Night at Triad Conservative
"Economic impact studies, based on an econometric study, which are funded by the same author of the project (parking deck in this example), are the quintessential home of confirmation bias." And that's the way "business as usual" is always practiced in Greensboro, Our Fair City.
When the deputy attempted to stop a vehicle that had been reported as stolen, the driver of that vehicle fled at high speed. It is EXTREMELY likely that the driver would have CONTINUED at high speed southbound on Battleground Avenue REGARDLESS of what the deputy did in response. What would the self-appointed "expert" critics have a law enforcement officer do under these circumstances?
Joe, to your knowledge, has C4GC EVER declined to support a typical non-Conservative Republican nominee in a general election?
C4GC is too far right? Are we talking about the same group that had to stack the deck during the endorsement process to make sure that Thom Tillis, non-conservative and a miserable excuse for a candidate (but the Republican Party nominee), got their seal of approval? Why, yes.....yes, we are. I think I'm just going tO leave it at that. There's no sense discussing the ongoing irrelevancies that both the Rhino and C4GC represent.
To be generous, the News and Record's news and editorial functions over the past two plus decades are best described as being unprofessional and absurd. Perhaps the new editor will be able to correct that, but knowing how things function in Our Fair City, I don't give that outcome much chance. Unless the new guy is willing to perform a complete sweep of the detritus, it's quite possible their hack journalism traditions are too far embedded to be changed.
More: "Liberal elites have successfully kept attention focused exclusively on phantom police and criminal-justice racism while squelching even the most nascent discussion of the crime-breeding chaos of inner-city underclass culture. We are playing with fire, writes Heather Mac Donald in the Autumn issue of City Journal."
The problem of low turnout ought to be remedied. I think municipal elections ought to be moved to even-numbered years when there is no presidential election. In addition, they should take place every four years. For instance, municipal elections ought to be held 2018, 2022, 2026, etc. for-municipal-elections. That makes too much sense, and it poses a threat, however slight, to the beloved status quo. For those reasons, it will never happen.
The facade of North Carolina Republican Party conservatism has self destructed.
And yet Republican cheerleaders insist conservatives are "disloyal to the cause" if we vote against political cowards and sell-outs like these two. Their cause is not our cause.
Why is the smell of a setup for a lawsuit all over this story?
Context on Trump's candidacy: "t’s easy to conclude that Donald Trump isn’t going to help the GOP’s image with Hispanics and many swing voters, but it’s also impossible to know how much Trump will actually injure the Republican brand in this cycle. How long will he stick around? If Trump drops out before the voting begins in early 2016, or even midway through the primary season, voters will have many months to forget and move on. Yet Trump could stick it out, get his slice of votes all the way to June, and deliver a raucous, memorable address to a huge TV audience at the national convention. In the short term, Trump takes up a huge amount of media oxygen. There’s only so much coverage to go around, and if television segments and news stories continue to focus on Trump, that’s airtime that candidates with less name recognition — like Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, John Kasich, and many others — are not getting. In the worst nightmare for the eventual Republican nominee, Trump might run as an independent in November once the primary process has concluded. “Sore-loser” laws that exist in 44 states do not generally apply to presidential candidates, and even in the few cases where they do, a court challenge by Trump might well be successful. In part, this is because the “candidates” on the ballot in a general election for president are the electors, not the politicians to whom the electors are pledged. "In the fall Trump could squeeze the GOP in two ways. Most of the votes he would drain would almost certainly come from the Republican-leaning pool. And Trump would make immigration a headline issue day after day. The eventual GOP nominee is unlikely to have an immigration package as appealing to Hispanics as the Democrats will have, so Republican hopes of changing the subject to win more Latino votes by means of cultural or economic issues would be more difficult. Unless and until Donald Trump changes course, Republicans ought to stock up on Excedrin. Make that migraine-strength Excedrin." Trump is no conservative. He is a narcissistic side show that hurts the chances for conservative candidates.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on Mitchell on Trump at Triad Conservative
More from Justice Scalia's dissent from today's SCOTUS intervention: "...The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me. The law can recognize as marriage whatever sexual attachments and living arrangements it wishes, and can accord them favorable civil consequences, from tax treatment to rights of inheritance. Those civil consequences—and the public approval that conferring the name of marriage evidences—can perhaps have adverse social effects, but no more adverse than the effects of many other controversial laws. So it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact— and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create 'liberties' that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves. Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. Individuals on both sides of the issue passionately, but respectfully, attempted to persuade their fellow citizens to accept their views. Americans considered the arguments and put the question to a vote. The electorates of 11 States, either directly or through their representatives, chose to expand the traditional definition of marriage. Many more decided not to. Win or lose, advocates for both sides continued pressing their cases, secure in the knowledge that an electoral loss can be negated by a later electoral win. That is exactly how our system of government is supposed to work. [...]"
Jeff says: "Having the Republican Primary 'Closed' to registered Rs would actually give us more candidates that believe in the tenants of the Party Platform" Doesn't matter, Jeff. A party that closes its primary is telling UNAs like me that I'm not wanted, nor do they need my vote or my financial support. I will act accordingly. And I don't think I'm alone in feeling this way. the belief that I sh
"And conservatives need to be sure to unite behind a single acceptable candidate during primary season. Given the intentionally treacherous terrain that is the North Carolina GOP primary process, that is much easier said than done. The rules were intentionally devised to elect moderates when statewide elections are held." Hence, the drive by state GOP collaborationist functionaries and statists to limit the Republican primary participation to registered Republicans only, thereby eliminating the possibility that independent conservatives have ANY influence in the process.
Let's remember that these are the same people who clamored for a referendum over Trudy Wade's city council reform bill, but ignored those calling for a referendum on the PAC future white elephant.