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Sunshine, surfing and sucking the Trump teat along the Carolina coast

A good financial planner worth his or her salt will tell you two things. Always have a financial reserve equal to six, eight or even twelve months in case of an unforeseen emergency. Unforeseen emergencies can include but are not limited to the sudden death of an income producing family member, a sudden change in employment ie. lost job or even the results of a natural disaster. That same planner will also tell you to always be careful when it comes to biting off more than you can financially (debt) chew. When self sufficiency is out of the question, there's always option 2.

With the heat of a thousand suns

Never before in my life have I hated, loathed, and wanted to punish an individual and a group of people as much as I do now. By any measure, thousands of Americans are being murdered...murdered...every day by Trump and his GOP sycophants. Their insatiable greed for more money, more power, and oblivion to anyone but themselves, coupled with negligence and cruelty has gotten us to where we are. I'm tired of asking...begging...for people to be treated decently and humanely and with justice and equity regardless of their color, gender, national origin, etc.

Dear Charlotte ...

... still think it's a great idea to host the GOP National Convention?

Trump Says 'No Way' He Will Cancel the RNC in Charlotte, Despite Coronavirus

The gun-humping and associations with every racist and violent neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate group in the country wasn't enough for you to turn away business from the RNC. COVID-19 isn't going away anytime soon, based on the estimates I'm seeing.

Will a deadly disease make you change your mind about hosting this hot mess?

Wagging the rabid dog

Anyone who claims special knowledge or insight about last night's criminal action by Trump is full of it. There's no insight to be had ... just an opportunistic madman bringing America to a new kind of ugliness. Among many in the world, we already deserved pariah status. Trump's bombing will cement that reputation for generations.

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January 2

I sat down to write tonight about a number of stories I had saved over the course of the day, and opened the laptop seven minutes after news broke that the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds force, Qassem Soleimani, along with the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, had been assassinated in Iraq. At the time it was not clear who had done it, but the US government claimed responsibility minutes later.

Virginia Foxx, Matthew Shepard, and "fake news"

Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the brutal kidnapping and murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard's father wrote a piece for CNN, reflecting on his son's death and the demonizing of LGBTs and the left and how it turns into violence.

We must not forget that, in 2009, Virginia Foxx called Shepard's kidnapping and murder a "hoax".

Civility and the evil that men do

Recently, we’ve seen the President of the United States call the press our "biggest enemy”. We’ve seen right-wing extremists call for the assassination of journalists and liberals. A Black Democratic woman who is a member of Congress has had to call off public appearances because of death threats after she called for non-violent protest against the members of our hideously corrupt and immoral administration that is kidnapping children and holding them in concentration camps.

Welcome to the world I lived in during the 1980s and 1990s.

National disgrace

We focus on North Carolina state news, but sometimes a national issue demands our attention. The mass incarceration of more than a thousand child migrants is one of those issues. The Liar in Chief and every Republican who supports him are responsible for this outrage.

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