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US: North Carolina (News/Activism)

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  • You Can Get Charged With Murder For Defensive Gun Use -- Even In A 'Stand Your Ground' State

    05/21/2017 10:46:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 70 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 21, 2017 | George Leef
    Since American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms (not just law enforcement officials, as gun control advocates maintain), it would seem to follow that they’re entitled to use their weapons when they are threatened. More than a century ago, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that in Beard v. United States, where the first Justice Harlan wrote that the defendant, who had been convicted of manslaughter for killing a man in a violent dispute, was not obliged to retreat, not to consider whether he could safely retreat, but was entitled to stand his ground, and meet any attack...
  • At 3 a.m., NC Senate GOP strips education funding from Democrats’ districts

    05/13/2017 8:25:08 PM PDT · by blueyon · 30 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | 5/13/17 | By Colin Campbell
    N.C. Senate Republicans were visibly upset with Democrats for prolonging the budget debate with amendments during an after-midnight session Friday morning. As the clock approached 1 a.m., Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue was summoned to the front of the chamber to talk privately with Senate leader Phil Berger. The Senate had rejected five amendments from Democrats to fund their spending priorities, but each time one proposal was shot down, another one was filed. Senate Rules Chairman Bill Rabon abruptly called for a recess, stopping the proceedings for nearly two hours. GOP leaders headed to a conference room with legislative budget...
  • See Ya: Aetna To Completely Withdraw From Obamacare Markets Next Year

    05/11/2017 6:46:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/10/2017 | Matt Vespa
    Guy has written extensively on the death spiral of Obamacare. From rising premiums, loss of insurance, and health care companies feeling the financial squeeze, President Obama’s health care overhaul is crumbling. In North Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield, which is the state’s largest insurer that offers Obamacare plans to all of its 100 counties, says the financial losses have been immense. CEO Brad Wilson told The News and Observer in February of 2016: “In year one [2014], five percent of our ACA customers consumed $830 million in health care costs. That’s how much money went out of our door to...
  • Duke Professor is Reprimanded and Resigns After Criticizing ‘Racial Equity Training’

    05/10/2017 10:23:17 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 37 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | 5/9/2017 | Ian Miles Cheong
    A Duke University theology professor resigned this week following disciplinary action taken against him by the school. This, after the professor had excoriated diversity training sessions suggested by the university as “intellectually flaccid.”
  • 'Resistance' Researcher Gets $43,576 From NIH

    05/10/2017 7:55:40 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 10, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health on the "health status of gender minorities" is costing taxpayers over $40,000. . . . The study will use data from a behavioral health survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014. Specific aims of the study include comparing the health status of different transgender subpopulations. . . . Ethan Cicero, a post-doctoral student at Duke University, received the grant. Cicero describes his employer as "The Resistance" on his now-private Facebook account. Cicero's cover photo on the social media platform reads "Resist 45," in reference to...
  • Bond denied for Charlotte teen held by immigration agents

    05/07/2017 4:22:28 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 31 replies
    WCNC.com ^ | 11:34 PM. EST March 11, 2017 | Rad Berky , WCNC
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte high school student will continue to be held behind bars while he awaits a federal deportation hearing. Gus Zamudio who is a senior at Charlotte's Northwest School of the Arts was denied bond by an immigration judge at a hearing at the Stewart Detention Center where he is being held in Lumpkin, Georgia. The 18-year old Zamudio, who came to this country from Mexico illegally with his parents, was picked up by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged him with stealing $2,900 dollars from a Harris Teeter store where he...
  • NC House Just Passed HB 330 – Allowing Drivers To Legally Hit Protesters Who Block Roads

    05/04/2017 8:42:22 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 103 replies
    A new bill has just passed the NC House that would allow North Carolina drivers to legally hit protesters who are blocking the road without being sued, as long as they “exercise due care.” North Carolina House Bill 330 was passed by a 67-48 vote. It was introduced by Republican Justin Burr and “provides that a person driving an automobile while exercising due care is immune for civil liability for any injury to another if the injured person was participating in a demonstration or protest and blocking traffic.” “As we’ve seen, time and time again, as folks run out in...
  • Group Ordains North Carolina's 2nd Woman Priest

    05/01/2017 10:05:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    AP ^ | May 1, 2017 | Staff
    A rebel Catholic group has ordained its second woman priest in North Carolina, the first in the 46 counties that constitute the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. News outlets report that the Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priests ordained 64-year-old Abigail Eltzroth on Sunday at Asheville's Jubilee, a nondenominational faith community. The group is opposed to the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests.
  • Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q Staff All Sing (bleep) The Police’ As Uniformed Officers Try To Eat.

    04/30/2017 7:15:25 AM PDT · by blueyon · 42 replies
    Bluelivesmatter ^ | 4/29/17 | Cowgirl
    <p>Garner, NC – Raleigh police officers got more than they expected when they decided to eat at Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q in Garner, when the restaurant employees and manager serenaded them with “F— The Police” as they tried to eat. The song was sung in the 1980s by NWA.</p>
  • Weekly Update: Grand Jury Investigated Hillary Clinton

    04/29/2017 11:17:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 28, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Hundreds Vote Illegally in North Carolina after Court Bans Election Integrity Law FBI Court Filing Reveals Grand Jury Targeted Hillary Clinton JW Goes To Federal Court Monday on Another Obama Administration Email Scandal Hundreds Vote Illegally in North Carolina after Court Bans Election Integrity Law Obama Justice Department holdovers must be pleased with their work. In July 2016, they were successful in undoing North Carolina’s voter integrity laws in order to allow all manner of illegal voters the ability to cast ballots. Our Corruption Chronicles blog tells the story . Less than a year after a federal appellate court...
  • N.C. House Votes to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters

    04/28/2017 12:00:54 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 20 replies
    U.S. News ^ | April 28, 2017
    The North Carolina House of Representatives approved legislation in a lopsided 67-48 vote Thursday that would shield drivers from civil liability if they collide with protesters. Opponents say the legislation is unnecessary and may give drivers the false impression they can maliciously run over activists. One Democrat warned it would make the state the butt of jokes about being full of “dumb rednecks.” But Republican proponents, who sent the measure to the state Senate by a veto-proof margin, say recent encounters between activists and drivers makes the reform both sensible and necessary.
  • Army vet tied dog to tree, shot it 5 times at close range

    04/26/2017 4:39:30 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 191 replies
    New York Post ^ | 26 April 2017 | Chris Perez
    An Army veteran was thrown behind bars Tuesday for allegedly tying her PTSD therapy dog to a tree and shooting him five times at close range — killing the poor pup for no apparent reason while a soldier filmed it. ... Court documents obtained by the Fayetteville Observer describe how she teamed up with her boyfriend, Jarren Heng, 25, for the seemingly random killing earlier this month. The couple allegedly led the white and gray pit bull to a wooded area before tying him to a tree and taking his life. ... ultimately was shot five times with a rifle...
  • Police video shows officer press gun to unarmed man's head, threaten to kill him

    04/25/2017 11:36:29 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 20 replies
    WBTV ^ | April 25th 2017 | Nick Ochsner
    The incident took place on March 26, 2016. It started when officers stopped a car they said was wanted in connection with a string of larcenies. James Yarborough, a passenger in the car, ran from police. Eventually, officers caught up with Yarborough after a foot chase. Once on the ground, officers struggled with Yarborough for roughly four minutes before putting him in handcuffs. It’s what happened during the four-minute-long struggle that Yarborough said should be considered excessive force.
  • Six Public Enemies of Free Speech

    04/25/2017 4:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2017 | Mike Adams
    Six anti-free speech Democrats have done the unthinkable in the State of North Carolina. They have voted to prevent HB 527 from passing through the higher education committee and onto the house floor for a full vote. Dubbed as a bill to “Restore and Preserve Campus Free Speech,” it is difficult to understand how anyone could be opposed, regardless of his political persuasion. (For more details on HB 527, click here). The need for HB 527 is clear given that only one UNC campus, UNC-Chapel Hill, has been rated by the non-partisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as...
  • Gangland executions were ordered from jail to silence this couple. Now, a reckoning.

    04/24/2017 12:54:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 24, 2017 | Michael Gordon
    A former government prosecutor says the gang murders of Doug and Debbie London showed an unprecedented level of “contempt” in Charlotte for the rule of law. This week, the law strikes back. On Tuesday, the two Charlotte gang members who planned and carried out the Oct. 23, 2014 killings will be sentenced to life in federal prison without parole. The punishments for Jamell “Murda Mel” Cureton and Malcolm “Bloody Silent” Hartley were preordained in September when the pair pleaded guilty in the case to avoid a death-penalty trial.
  • Report: 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in North Carolina

    04/22/2017 10:03:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2017 5:55 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    North Carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election — but not enough to change the outcome of any race, according to an audit released Friday. The State Board of Elections report said the 508 cases — the vast majority active felons — represented a small fraction of the 4.8 million ballots cast. The report didn’t include any evidence of coordinated fraud, and many of the voters claimed to be confused about their eligibility. The audit’s findings contradict Republican claims that voter fraud runs rampant in North Carolina. […] The audit comes...
  • Will Texas Cave like North Carolina?

    04/17/2017 1:49:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2017 | Katie Kieffer
    Let’s talk toilets—specifically, transgender-designated toilets in Texas. Democrats are messing with Texas, pushing hard against SB 6, the Texas Privacy Act, which makes an individual’s biological sex the determining factor for accessing bathrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms in the Lone Star State.“Essentially what they’re arguing about is, Should trans people be allowed to exist?” 18-year-old Rowan says of politicians looking to pass legislation like SB 6. Rowan seems to be conflating legalized abortion (the only U.S. law condoning murder) with metal placards denoting “male” or “female” outside of bathroom stalls. Clarifying bathroom rules is a pragmatic, loving, and ethical...
  • North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Calls Abraham Lincoln a 'Tyrant' Like Adolf Hitler

    04/13/2017 6:58:51 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 420 replies
    Time ^ | 4-12-2017 | Alana Abramson
    Pittman replied, "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional." Pittman did not respond to request for comment from TIME to clarify his remarks.
  • NC House Bill: U.S. Supreme Court Exceeded Authority of 'Almighty God' in Creating Gay Marriage

    04/12/2017 9:07:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 12, 2017 | 4:24 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    Members of the North Carolina General Assembly introduced a bill on Tuesday, citing the 10th Amendment, which affirms that the U.S. Supreme Court exceeded its authority under the Constitution and in relation to the “decree of Almighty God” by legalizing same-sex marriage, and contends that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision “is null and void” in North Carolina and that the Tar Heel state shall only recognize marriages between one man and one woman. The legislation explains that North Carolina seeks to follow the 2012 law that was established in Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution, which...
  • ‘Bathroom bill’ gone, but California keeping ban on travel to North Carolina

    04/12/2017 8:22:40 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 12, 2017 | Adam Ashton
    Attorney General Xavier Becerra won’t lift a ban on publicly funded travel to North Carolina even though the Southern state repealed the law that California Democrats condemned as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. North Carolina’s repeal of its House Bill 2, the so-called “bathroom bill,” late last month persuaded the NCAA to lift its own ban on sponsoring championship collegiate sporting events there. Becerra found the repeal inadequate, noting that North Carolina’s new law bans local governments and universities from passing their own anti-discrimination laws. A number of civil rights organizations, such as Equality California, denounced North Carolina’s repeal...