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Attention NC Democrats

North Carolina House Republicans made the national news with their sneak vote to override the budget veto of Governor Cooper. Republicans in control of the House told democrats they would not hold any votes on Thursday, September 11. Therefore, democrats attended a 9/11 memorial service. The Republican leadership changed its mind, and the House voted to override the Governor’s veto because not enough democrats were there to vote.

The main question is, “When did Republican leaders change their mind?” The history of the Republican takeover of the state legislature tells us that they “changed their mind” long before September 11. NC Republicans are known for their strategies aimed at gaining political power–voter fraud, extreme gerrymandering (which they brag about), and voter suppression laws–to name a few.

Now it goes to the Senate. To complete the override Republicans need one Senate Democrat to vote with them. I plead with Democrats to take the following strategy:

  1. identify three Democratic Senators to convince Republican leadership they will vote to override the veto.
  2. Then, when the vote is taken, every one of them can say, “I thought I was going to vote to override, but I changed my mind.”

Republicans do whatever gets them what they want because their highest value is self-interest. How do you like your democracy, now?


Trump discovered that Andrew McCabe was not loyal to him, so he fired McCabe two days before his fiftieth birthday. According to various news accounts, McCabe lost early-retirement benefits that he would have been eligible for at age 50. But that is not the point, here.

The point is that you gotta love McCabe’s payback. The Threat is a tell-all book based on contemporaneous notes of conversations with the first orange-colored president. It is the perfect payback to the man who failed to see the obvious–you don’t fire a federal employee two days before he is eligible for benefits earned during more than twenty years of service. Nobody does that, except someone who cares only about himself and who is a threat to all that is good in our country.

Time to model civilization

I was watching Anna Cabrera’s show on CNN last night (2/17/2019). A Republican panelist presented his talking points, and then interrupted the next speaker. I told my wife to change the channel because Cabrera did not shut down the interrupter.

As children we all learned it is impolite to interrupt. It is time for media personalities to model and teach what it means to be civil, civilized, part of civilization. The next time somebody interrupts on television, everybody should change the channel.

You don’t have to read it

Here is the headline:

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs

Here is the link:


After 6 paragraphs describing research findings on the negative impact of “toxic” people, paragraph 8 starts with why you need to know this list:

“You can’t hope to distance yourself from toxic people until you first know who they are.”

Really? I already know who to stay away from. I distance myself from people I don’t like all the time. I don’t need a single list to tell me who to avoid. And I don’t know anybody who does. I don’t know them because I distance myself from people who hang out with people they don’t like.

So, what is the purpose of this article? Oh yes — I forgot. This is the internet. The purpose is to get me to click on the link. Nothing more, nothing less. Mission accomplished.



Headline: Trump shocks GOP by praising top Democratic leader

AOL Online ( November 21, 2016)

Really AOL? Politicians were shocked by what Trump said?

My Headline: Everyone will be shocked if Trump drains the swamp, jails Hillary, deports illegal immigrants, punishes women who have an abortion, builds a wall, etc.

Until then, nobody is shocked by anything he says.

Headline: Flash poll: Donald Trump won the final presidential debate

AOL online (October 20, 2016)

The article’s first sentence says this is a “flash” poll. The second sentence says it is an “unscientific survey that ran on AOL.com during the debate” (italics added). AOL assumes you don’t understand what it means to be an “unscientific” survey?

My headline: AOL poll tells nothing about who won final debate, but — ooh — it was a “flash” poll!

Headline: The type of car you own says a lot about your personality

AOL online (10/19/2016)

In order to get you to click on the story, the headline screams about a wrong-way correlation.

My headline: Your personality and pocketbook determine the type of car you buy (but you already knew that).

Wrong-way correlations are everywhere. I wrote about them here.


Headline: Data that Helps Educational Leaders Improve Schools

ASCD Newsletter (10/19/2016)

This is nonsense because the six virtues, not data, help a school leader improve a school.

My headline: If you need data to improve your school, you’re not a school leader.



Headline: What Does the Research Say About Personalized Learning?

EdWeek Update (10/19/2016)

My headline: Research says: All other things being equal, students will learn better with more personalized lessons (but you already knew that).

Headline: If Coaching Is So Powerful, Why Aren’t Principals Being Coached?

Finding Common Ground blog (10/19/2016)

Good question.

My headline: If coaching is so powerful, why aren’t principals, superintendents, central office staff, and school board members being coached?