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UNC funds life support for Silent Sam

Imagine you're part of the white nationalist movement that wants to perpetuate the glory of the Great War Between the States. You have lots of pals on the UNC Board of Governors, plus access to a rinky-dink non-profit called the Sons of Confederate Veterans. You cook up a scheme to (1) resurrect the controversial statue of Silent Sam and (2) transfer $2.5 million from UNC's biggest slush fund to the non-profit to keep the dream alive.

That's exactly what happened.

Tillis Twitter round-up

If you're not paying close attention to politics, you might miss some of the things that happen on the periphery. For example, you might have missed the emergence of Senator Thom Tillis as a radical Trump extremist. You might also have missed this: If you don't agree with the good Senator, you are part of a liberal mob who is out to destroy the Trump name. Here's a sampling of what Tillis is saying when few people are watching.

Sunday thinking

A Twitter post I saw this morning gave me a glimmer of hope. It argued that there's no way the US House will send the case to the Senate before the work is done. That means having i's dotted and t's crossed. For better or worse, that can't happen as long as subpoenas are ignored and litigation is ongoing. It could take until March or longer for the charges to be resolved.

NOTE: If any of you are in touch with Democratic leaders, please pass along this suggestion to them:

Tillis Turkey

The clown is all over Twitter bragging about how he and Donald Freaking Trump are making America great again, seemingly oblivious to the fact that his family and his name will be forever associated with treason and corruption. Let him know what you think.

Social media muddle

I'm one of those retirees who spends a significant amount of time online, and not just here at BlueNC. I read a number of national and other newspapers and I visit both Facebook and Twitter several times every day. In the past week, I've also tried out WeMe and WT.social. I've been looking for a place to call home, but I'm kind of at the end of my rope. Here's where things stand.

The Trump House Elf

From what I can tell about impeachment, the Congress has wide latitude in determining what constitutes an impeachable offense. There's no point getting into the quagmire of legal obfuscation: An impeachable offense is whatever Congress says it is. Which puts the spotlight squarely on the US Senate, and especially Thom Tillis.

A turning point for Dan Forest?

Not every politician was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but Dan Forest was. And for most of his life, his wealth was inconsequential. He kept to himself and did relatively little damage. Even as lieutenant governor, his impact on anything important has been negligible, though teachers might say it's been negative.

But now that Mr. Forest is pressing himself forward to be North Carolina's next governor, his ideas and beliefs matter, as does his character. I don't know him at all. I just know what he says through publicity and on social media. Here's my impression:

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