Friday News: Hang on, OBX

EYE OF HURRICANE DORIAN PERILOUSLY CLOSE TO HATTERAS: “Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected to continue along portions of the North Carolina coast, portions of southeast Virginia and the southern Chesapeake Bay,” the National Hurricane Center wrote Friday morning. “Flash flooding is occurring, and will continue to become more widespread across the eastern Carolinas and far southeast Virginia this morning.” As of 8 a.m. Eastern time, the center of Hurricane Dorian was located 10 miles west-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C., as the storm’s eyewall battered the state’s Outer Banks. The eye of the storm itself was passing very close to Cape Hatteras. The storm was barreling northeast at 14 mph, a marked increase in speed compared to the past five days. Dorian’s hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/09/06/dorian-lash-eastern-north-carolina-southeast-virgi...

Taliban Dan: Forest taking part in religious extremist conference

The company you keep says a lot about you:

Next month, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will be the special guest at The American Renewal Project’s “North Carolina Renewal Project” event in Charlotte. The roster of speakers for the private conservative Christian event includes:

A pastor who calls the notion of a separation between church and state “cowardice” and those in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality “militant homofascists” bent on turning the U.S. into Sodom. An author who has railed against Muslims as would-be conquerors and rapists and LGBTQ rights as a first step to America living under Sharia law. A pastor and Republican politician who has asserted anyone not committed to the U.S. as an explicitly Judeo-Christian nation should leave.

Apparently the only way to avoid Shariah Law is to form a Christo-Fascist state? You know what, don't try and understand it, because that way lies madness:

Thursday News: Hurricanes have consequences

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EARLY VOTING CANCELED IN PARTS OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: Fifteen counties in the 3rd Congressional District — covering much of northeastern North Carolina — are shutting down early voting for Friday. Ten will close for all or part of Thursday as well. In the 9th Congressional District, which stretches along North Carolina’s southern border from Bladen County to Mecklenburg County, four counties are limiting early voting. Bladen County’s early voting sites are closed Thursday and Friday. Robeson and Scotland won’t offer early voting on Thursday, and Cumberland County will only have one early voting site open at the county Board of Elections from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday. The county board will decide on Friday morning if sites should be open that day.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/weather-news/article234728472.html

Breaking the chains: Trump's trade war will have lasting and devastating effects

And it's become obvious the President doesn't understand that:

President Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese manufacturing would “crumble” if the country did not agree to the United States’ trade terms, as newly released data showed his trade war was washing back to American shores and hurting the factories that the president has aimed to protect.

The president has continued to insist that pain from the trade war is falling primarily on China, not the United States. On Friday, he said American companies were leaving China in response to his tariffs, a development that put the United States in an “incredible negotiating position.” And he said any business that complained about financial pain from the tariffs was suffering from bad management, not the trade war.

"Blaming the victim" has become so common with this bumbling fool that we hardly even notice it anymore. But we should, because it exposes his inability to recognize a mistake when he's made one, a character flaw that puts our country at risk on almost a daily basis. In order to understand what his reckless trade war is causing, follow me below the fold for an ecological analogy:

Wednesday News: Game-changer

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PHIL BERGER SAYS GOP WILL NOT APPEAL GERRYMANDERING DECISION: “We disagree with the court’s ruling as it contradicts the Constitution and binding legal precedent, but we intend to respect the court’s decision and finally put this divisive battle behind us,” Berger said in a statement. “Nearly a decade of relentless litigation has strained the legitimacy of this state’s institutions, and the relationship between its leaders, to the breaking point. It’s time to move on.” The ruling follows a two-week trial earlier this summer. Democrats and anti-gerrymandering activists including Common Cause accused Republican politicians in Raleigh of intentionally drawing political districts to take power away from Democratic voters and give inordinate power to Republican voters. Wayne Goodwin, chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, said in a news release that Democrats hope to take back control of the General Assembly in the 2020 elections.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article234668747.html

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