Saturday News: You've been served


HOUSE PANEL ISSUES SUBPOENA FOR MARK MEADOWS IN JAN 6 INSURRECTION PROBE: “You were the president's chief of staff and have critical information regarding many elements of our inquiry,” Thompson wrote. “It appears you were with or in the vicinity of President Trump on January 6, had communication with the president and others on January 6 regarding events at the Capitol and are a witness regarding the activities of the day.” Thompson wrote Meadows that the panel has “credible evidence” of his' involvement in events within the scope of the committee’s investigation. That also includes involvement in the “planning and preparation of efforts to contest the presidential election and delay the counting of electoral votes.” Hopefully this will include the threatening phone call to Georgia's Secretary of State.

LOCKE FOUNDATION TRIES TO RATIONALIZE BILLBOARD ATTACK OF NCAE: A right-leaning think tank stepped up its war of words with the state's largest teacher's group over the last few weeks, putting up billboards suggesting teachers leave the organization. "Want a $500 raise?" ask the billboards, funded by the John Locke Foundation. The billboards went up in late August and early September. There's one along Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, and others are in Mecklenburg, Guilford and Johnston counties, Kokai said. “No one here is concerned about the NCAE being involved in public debates, arguing on behalf of teachers," John Locke spokesman and senior policy analyst Mitch Kokai said Friday. "The reason for having this billboard campaign is that the NCAE seems to have gone beyond that and basically has just become a wing of the Democratic Party." Boy, that's the pot calling the kettle black. Pope's various entities have propped up Republican rule in this state for over a decade, using political ads, bent editorials, and even legal action in courts. This is just one more unethical move to be added to a long list.

UNION COUNTY'S RACISM PROBLEM IS OBVIOUS WITH "WHITE" WATER FOUNTAIN INCIDENT: An image circulating on social media has gotten so much attention that a local middle school principal has had to address it. The photo showing a sign labeled “white” hung above a drinking fountain was shared on Snapchat with students at Piedmont High School in Union County. “I was really upset, especially knowing that I graduated there too a couple of years ago,” said one former student. Her younger brother currently attends Piedmont High School and was upset by what he saw. “I can only imagine how many people saw it because all of these kids are so interconnected on social media, especially on Snapchat in that age group, so everybody in the school knows about what’s going on,” she said. The school district said it did not know how far the picture was shared but the concern was high enough that the principal sent out a message to parents, telling them he had investigated the matter. “During practice, a cheer sign was left just outside the gym on the floor, and it was picked up and placed on a water fountain,” the principal said. “We have investigated this matter and concluded that the placement was not intentional.” Nice try, but that's a load. If it had been on the floor, the "last" place you would put it is where students drink supposedly clean water.

RALEIGH NEIGHBORHOOD PONDERS REMOVING SLAVE-OWNER'S NAME: "I voted to change the name," said resident Bill Dannelly. "I voted no," countered Myrick Howard, another resident of Cameron Park. Dannelly and Howard have both lived in Cameron Park for more than 40 years, and both feel differently about changing their neighborhood's name. "I think the renaming is a gesture and a gesture only," said Howard. "It doesn't do anything." Howard said he majored in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now teaches history there. He said he understands why people want the name change because of the Cameron family's history as slave owners. "The neighborhood was not named for the family. It was named for the land having been owned by the Camerons much earlier," said Howard. Howard said that the neighborhood was dubbed Cameron Park in the 1910s, nearly 60 years after the Cameron family become well-known as one of North Carolina's largest land and slave holders. As a history professor you should also be aware the 1910's were prime Jim Crow, and when most of the Confederate statues were erected. You know, like Silent Sam. It was 1913 when it was installed, and Julian Carr bragged about whipping a black woman in the street until her skirt was in tatters. Most of the people reading this are not history professors at NC's flagship University, and they are aware of this fact. Why aren't you?

ARIZONA RECOUNT A BIG FLOP FOR ADHERENTS OF THE BIG LIE: A Republican-commissioned review of nearly 2.1 million ballots cast last year in Arizona confirmed the accuracy of the official results and President Biden’s win in Maricopa County, according to a final report released Friday, striking a blow to former president Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine confidence in the 2020 election. The report, which was prepared by private contractors and submitted to Republican leaders of the state Senate, went even further than an earlier draft that confirmed Biden’s victory. In a letter describing the findings, Senate President Karen Fann (R) — who commissioned the process — stressed the importance of the ballot count showing Biden’s winning margin and noted that it “matches Maricopa County’s official machine count.” “The paper ballots are the best evidence of voter intent and there is no reliable evidence that the paper ballots were altered to any material degree,” the report stated. Still, the conclusion of the recount, which was commissioned earlier this year, is unlikely to quiet Trump’s false claims that the election was rigged and his attempts to pressure Republicans across the country to pursue their own 2020 recounts. The former president reacted with fury to coverage of the Arizona report’s findings, asserting without evidence Friday that the ballot review uncovered “a major criminal event” and calling for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) to investigate. He fired off a series of false statements about the Arizona recount throughout Friday evening, including one demanding that the state “immediately decertify their 2020 Presidential Election Results.” Apparently he didn't get his nap out, and should probably just be ignored until something shiny grabs his attention.



The reason that Kokai can claim the NCAE...

has essentially become a wing of the Democratic party is that it has had to act that way to do its job. Simply put, if the NCAE wants to advocate for NC teachers and public education (its actual mission) then it has had to support the Democrats who are the only ones proposing policies that agree with that mission. The very education policies that the Locke Foundation itself supports are entirely antithetical to the NCAE's mission and the interests of teachers, public schools, students, and parents. That these are also the policies of the NC GOP means that they will continue to be opposed by the NCAE for as long as they continue to hold and advance these policies. So really, Kokai and Locke are, indeed, upset at the NCAE advocating for teachers, because that advocacy is in direct opposition to the privatizing, anti-public school agenda they espouse.

This is true...

There's really no comparison between the two parties, especially when public education is being discussed. They claim public schools are "failing," and then make sure funding decisions drive said failure.

He's such a dick

Back in the day, Kokai was a second-rate AM radio guy in Chapel Hill. He Peter-principled his way to the bottom (how else can one describe any career at the Puppetshow?) and emerged as a spokesbot in the mold of every other Trump liar on earth.