At a prep school in Charlotte, North Carolina, two idiot teens posted a picture to the photo sharing app Instagram that said “(School name) gon have a school shooter one day.” Other than that, there was really nothing threatening about the picture. It was just two kids standing there in what appears to be a parking lot. Neither kid looked all that threatening.
Of course since personal responsibility died some time ago, some of the parents of the suspended students are up in arms.
“None of us are happy with the decision,” said the parent. “We feel like this is going to follow our kids.”
She claims the school said that the suspension for endorsing the threat will stay on her daughters’ record until she graduates.
“Twenty plus students could’ve learned a lesson today, not necessarily been sent out of school for three days”.
There’s another lesson that could have been taught from this incident, the lesson that actions have consequences, even on trivial social media posts. Your kid probably wasn’t getting into Harvard anyway.
Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, Christopher James Barker, 41, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, are accused of stockpiling guns and ammunition, as well as attempting to manufacture pipe bombs and live grenades from military surplus “dummy” grenades, according unsealed criminal complaints released Monday.
The three men all hail from Tex…wait, not Texas? They’re from North Carolina? Gastonia of all places? For those of you who don’t live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, like yours truly, Gastonia is a redneck suburb of Charlotte. North Carolina was not even on the Jade Helm 15 map so for these rocket surgeons to start stockpiling arms in response to it just shows how far crazy can reach.
As I am wont to say, if you look for a conspiracy in everything then everything is a conspiracy.
That’s pronounced like Liquor-Sickles in the local vernacular.
This is something that’s been sticking in my craw for a long time now.
In North Carolina you can own a motorized scooter that is under 50cc and not need any kind of license, insurance or registration. You’re also not supposed to take these scooters out on the open road yet a day doesn’t go by that I don’t see one of these road hazards on major thoroughfares either holding up traffic or just being a general nuisance. These scooters are very popular among people who have had their driver’s license taken away for one reason or another, usually DUI hence the nickname. The thing is I never see police pulling over one of these illegal vehicles on the road.
Meanwhile my car can’t pass inspection because of a smashed in front end. It’s mechanically sound but the headlights are out of alignment and right now I can’t afford to get it fixed. Since it won’t pass inspection and I can’t get it registered. Since I can’t get it registered I have an expired registration sticker. Because my registration sticker is expired I got a $200 ticket. Meanwhile if I was driving one of these scooters like I was the lead car in a very angry funeral procession I could just go about my business.
I’ve been promising Mrs. Trench that I would post this one for a while. She’s a huge horror fan. I’ve moved away from the horror genre after it became mostly torture porn like Saw and Hostel. However I do have a bone to pick with this map. Pumpkinhead for North Carolina? Really?
If Georgia gets Deliverance as a ‘horror’ movie then there is only one movie for the Tarheel State and that’s Cape Fear.
I received the following e-mail from my vape store, MadVapes.
NC URGENT ALERT: BIG TOBACCO IS TRYING TO TAX E-CIGS!
As a customer of ours, we try to not overfill your email inbox with messages. However, we knew you would be interested in knowing about a bill that legislators in Raleigh are trying to ram through the State Legislature that would impose a needless sin tax of 5 cents per ml of liquid on the sale of all electronic cigarette products containing nicotine.
This bill is the direct result of large campaign contributions made to members of the North Carolina General Assembly and Senate by RJ Reynolds (Camel Cigarettes) and Lorillard (Newport Cigarettes, blu) over the last several years. On Tuesday, RJ Reynolds Vice President David Powers stood before a committee in the NC General Assembly and asked that the bill be passed. Lorillard has sent a spokesperson out to the media to endorse the bill.
RJ Reynolds is out pushing for an e-cigarette tax and yet they don’t even sell e-cigarettes in North Carolina. Does that smell fishy to you?
There might be yet another reason for this tax. The lawyers are still studying this bill, but enactment could ban most online sales by making it a crime for an e-cigarette business outside of North Carolina to ship to you or other North Carolina citizens unless the buyer holds a tobacco wholesalers license! What better way for Big Tobacco to shut down its competition than by making it more difficult for you to buy the best-priced and best-quality electronic cigarettes available.
Supports of this tax proposal are claiming that imposing a “small” tax on vapor products will act as a shield and help stop larger tax proposals. This is a silly argument. Once we agree to a “sin tax” in any amount, we’re going to be fighting efforts to increase that tax each and every year, as evidenced by this statement: NC State Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham), called the proposed 5 cent tax a “good place to start,” but he added that lawmakers may need to consider raising it in coming years as the state budget begins to lose revenue from people making the switch from traditional to electronic cigarettes.
Additionally, by requiring tobacco licenses to sell, distribute, and import electronic cigarette products, this bill could needlessly add costs to our products. We are a small business and are fearful we may have to retain a lawyer and/or just accountant just to determine our responsibilities in terms of licensing, reporting, and possibly posting bond with the North Carolina government. We are similarly concerned about other companies operating in North Carolina.
PLEASE ACT NOW!
HB 1050 has been placed on the NC General Assembly Calendar for May 20th, where it will be considered by the full General Assembly. If passed, it will then be heard in the Senate. Even if you receive this e-mail after May 20th, please continue to act. We need a huge showing of opposition and we hope you can help.
One thing to keep in mind: This is an election year. If there is any time that a big influx of e-mails and phone calls from vapers is going to make a difference, it is right now. Make it known that you will remember how your General Assembly and Senate representatives voted come election time.
WHAT YOU CAN DO . . .
The e-cigarette advocacy group CASAA has invested in CQ Roll Call, a program which helps connect our members easily and in a targeted fashion with their state and federal legislators on specifically crafted campaigns we design. Please see the North Carolina Call to Action for information on how you can help . . . and it’ll only take five minutes of your time.
Let me just add two things. It’s even better to actually mail a letter to your representatives in the state Congress. Also if you’re doing any of the above to contact them always be polite and professional. It doesn’t help anyone to send an expletive laden e-mail.
Ok, first I need to get some prefaces out of the way. The first is the usual about I have 20+ years of working in the healthcare administration field. The other is that the article I linked to came out before the October 1st health exchange deadline. I haven’t yet checked to see if North Carolina’s is running yet.
Anyway in North Carolina, and probably a lot of other states, the plans that are being offered from ONE insurance company. They claim that they will offer 20+ different type of plans but only having them offered by one insurer is not really choice. I believe that’s called single-payer and a virtual monopoly. To the surprise of actually no one in North Carolina the big winner was Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
So you can only have BC/BS if you live in North Carolina and are forced to get your own coverage. UNLESS, you live in one of the magic 39 counties that will have a second payer. NC has 100 counties in case you were wondering. Of course it includes major cities like Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro but for the majority of the state it’s BC/BS or pay your government forced healthcare ‘tax’. However even if you live in one of the magic counties, which I do, I seriously have some doubts about what the other payer will have available. I’m sure they will be over inflated premiums with little to no coverage where the BC/BS conglomerate will look like the only option.
This is exactly the problem that healthcare already had, not enough insurers in the states. As I’ve been saying for years now in most states only one or two insurance companies keep a stranglehold on the healthcare benefits of employees in their respective states. This lack of choice is just making the insurance companies monopolies government approved. And in the magic counties if you do choose the second payer I can only imagine the bureaucratic nightmare a patient would have to go through to get treatment since you’re not using the state’s hand-picked golden child.
The Affordable care act is definitely not affordable but it is just all an act.
First I want to thank local Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC for sharing this story with me on my Google+ page. WCNC’s can be found here.
62-year-old Joseph “Shabaka” Brown was 15 hours from being executed in Florida during 1983. Brown had been convicted of raping and murdering the wife of a prominent Florida attorney. His conviction was overturned when a witness retracted his statement and forensic evidence was hidden by prosecutors.
After all that a lot of Brown’s friends are shocked to learn that he’s been arrested in the murder of his 71-year-old wife Mamie Caldwell Brown. Mrs. Brown was murdered Thursday night and Brown was captured in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday. The victim was said to have been beaten with a blunt object and stabbed during a fight.
This brings up a point that I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while but haven’t had the inclination until now. Whenever someone like Brown is released from death row the popular impression is that they were an outstanding citizen who were railroaded. I would say that in the overwhelming majority of these cases the convicted are usually just as criminal and violent as the crimes they’ve been accused of. Also in most of these cases where convictions are overturned it usually turns out that the evidence wasn’t strong enough to convict someone, not that they’re completely innocent.
So while Brown may or may have not killed the woman in Florida no one should be surprised that he allegedly killed his wife.
Yesterday Amendment One was passed by the voters of North Carolina. Essentially that means that same-sex marriages are scheduled to be officially banned by the state constitution. Because of that a lot of venom has been spewed at my state calling us inbred hicks, bigots, Bible beaters, etc. Once again being the grim spectre of truth that I am I’m going to tell you how it really is.
First off let me preface this by saying that I wholeheartedly support gay marriage and I’ll tell you why. It’s no secret that I’m an adoptee. I feel very strong about adoption. I would rather see a child adopted by a loving gay couple than end up in either a sketchy foster home or worse, as remains in a medical waste bag.
Now getting back to North Carolina. When the voters of California passed Prop 8 some years ago nobody called them inbred hicks.
Let me tell you some things about our ‘inbred’ state. The city of Charlotte is only 2nd to New York when it comes to financial business. Raleigh is only 2nd to Silicon Valley when it comes to the tech field. We have two of the best higher learning institutions in the country in Duke and UNC. We have an NHL team that has won the Stanley Cup. Not to mention that City of Asheville is probably the 2nd most gay friendly city in the country. And like I always say I saw more instance of bias crime living in New Jersey than I ever have in North Carolina.
What really got the amendment passed was not necessarily hate but logistics and apathy. Think about it for a minute. Do you what else was being voted on yesterday? It was the North Carolina Republican primary. So right there you know that the majority of voters are going to be from a party that have a history of not supporting same-sex rights.
There are a little more than 9 million people in North Carolina. From what I understand only 2 million people voted in yesterday. That’s only 22% of the populace and most of them were Republicans. Trying to get people to pry themselves away from their work and home lives in order to vote in a primary in this day and age would be a miracle. If the amendment was going to be voted on in November it would have had a much different outcome.
You know what they say about forgetting the past right? In California Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional. So will Amendment One.
As I have mentioned many times before it is illegal in the state of North Carolina for registered sex offenders to be on any social networking site. I’ve called these offenders that ignore the law dumbfish because it’s basically like a fish jumping into the boat.
Today we have such another dumbfish by the name of Victor Gaston. Gaston, 36, is from Reidsville, NC and spent a mere 2 years in jail for taking indecent liberties with a child. The law apparently did not stop Gaston from allegedly trying to friend his victim from that crime on Facebook. For his troubles Gaston was sent back to state prison for roughly 7 1/2 years.
I wish he had gotten more time for his crimes. Imagine the horror that the victim must have gone through again after receiving his friend request.
But as long as these sex offenders are going to be idiots like this NC is going to keep sending them to prison. Not for long enough though if you ask me.
How’s this for gall? Elisa Baker, aka the Sheen-Cow, who pleaded guilty in the murder of her step-daughter Zahra Baker, is now saying from jail that she didn’t do it. She’s basically saying that she pleaded guilty because she felt that the prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her. Then why the hell didn’t she make a no-contest plea instead?
Some more lies from Bakers is that she claims that Zahra was ‘the light of her eyes’. She claims that Zahra died from a stomach virus and that Adam Baker was the one who dismembered his own daughter’s body. That’s a load of crap. If Zahra died of natural causes they could have just called 911 and an autopsy would have cleared them of any wrong doing. But what do you expect from a pathological liar and cheat?
She also allegedly said that the “man makes the decisions and you don’t argue.” Does anyone believe anything that vomits forth from her gaping maw? The hell she was some timid kept woman following the iron clad directions of her man.
In my opinion Elisa Baker is a liar, a grifter and a master manipulator and now she’s trying to manipulate the media into making her a sympathetic victim. The problem is that no one is buying it.