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The Death of Democracy in North Carolina

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I’ve written before about the disgusting tactics and lack of shame seen among North Carolina Republicans. I’ve covered the fact that it’s gotten so bad, they’re alienating their own members. I really would’ve thought I couldn’t be surprised by anything they did.

And yet, here we are. We’re in a place where North Carolina Republicans decided that September 11th didn’t have enough tragedy associated with it, so they spent it trying to kill democracy. To that end, the North Carolina House of Representatives held a surprise vote to override a veto by the state’s Democratic governor.

After GOP legislators told their Democratic counterparts that there would be no votes that day, and while many Democrats attended a 9/11 commemorative event, they decided to have a vote anyway. Republican Jason Saine even had the unmitigated gall to frame this as a patriotic act, and feign his own outrage:

GOP Rep. Jason Saine, who called the motion for the vote, declared that he was “appalled that anyone in our country would stop going about their normal business on this day. When we stop being a beacon of freedom, hope and democracy, then the terrorists win.”

Our nation doesn’t need to stop all business every September 11th, but it’s right for our lawmakers to take time to remember. It’s also right to stand by one’s word. Instead, Republicans used 9/11 to undermine democracy in the Tar Heel State. That’s literally what “the terrorists” wanted to accomplish in 2001.

Link: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/north-carolina-republicans-chaz-beasley-interview.html

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toddmichaelryan
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The *Jeopardy!* Master is Making a Better Trivia Game

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Ken Jennings is teaming up with the creator of *Magic* to launch *Half-Truth*, a game that will "make you feel smart when you play."
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toddmichaelryan
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I’d watch this
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Warmth, But Not Comfort

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Politicizing public art that’s dedicated to a children’s book is generally something which should be avoided. However, separating immigrant children from their families and putting them in cages is something which should never, ever be permitted. Using Boston’s “Make Way for Ducklings” statue, artist Karyn Alzayer recently made that point

The installation didn’t stay up for long, but it provided a powerful image nonetheless.

Link: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/08/02/local-artist-cages-make-way-for-ducklings-statue-to-protest-child-detention-centers

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toddmichaelryan
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I read this story to my kids fairly regularly. But I must have missed the pages where Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack, and Quack get put into a detention center.

But the story does have a 1950’s take on fatherhood when the Dad just takes off for a couple days to “explore other parts of the river” while Momma Duck raises eight ducklings on her own. He was probably off partying with some Ducks from Wellesley.
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Finally, my friends. Finally, Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa support is real: a...

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Finally, my friends. Finally, Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa support is real: amzn.to/2Sgjfot

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Bat Dogs Continue to Be Great

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This site has previously covered bat dogs, and their charm has not worn off. In fact, the phenomenon is spreading to more and more minor league ball clubs. This week saw a hilarious bit of confusion when a player incorrectly thought he’d drawn a walk and dropped his bat on the ground:

Yes, bat dog Lou Lou Gehrig came out to retrieve that bat, which was still needed by Greensville Grasshopper Jhonny Santos. A bit of tug-of-war ensued. Be sure to watch the video, and don’t miss the second attempt.1

Some might be tempted to question Lou Lou’s training, but I have to instead call out Santos for his poor eye, and for failing to adhere to an obvious rule in stadiums both with and without bat dogs: Don’t put your bat down unless you’re sure you’re done with it.


Footnotes:

  1. Said video is archived here.↩︎

Link: https://www.mlb.com/cut4/a-bat-dog-tried-to-grab-a-bat-during-an-at-bat/c-292310078

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toddmichaelryan
408 days ago
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Amazing
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mareino
404 days ago
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I can't read the damn scoreboard, Santos.
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MotherHydra
408 days ago
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Dogs!
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Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston

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My pal Peter Bromka is an elite amateur runner, who’s run multiple sub-2:30 marathons. In honor of today’s Boston Marathon, here’s a link to his recent piece in Runner’s World on what the race has meant to him.

Link: https://www.runnersworld.com/races-places/a19711892/tips-for-running-boston-marathon/

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