Hey Dude, What’s In Your Wallet? Anti-Slavery, Broadway Star Hamilton–Or Genocidal Slaver Jackson?

 

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A story that bubbles up every few months is back.  Who gets fired from their place on US currency?  Who gets tossed off the Paper Money Island of Immortality?  It is kind of a cool thing to be on cash.  Remember that this whole thing started when a little girl named Sofia wrote to President Obama in 2014, asking him why there were no girls on our money.  Trump’s right…. we can’t do anything anymore, and Sofia’s now 11 and fed up with the diddledaddling.  More here: Girl Who Asked Obama to Put Women on Banknotes Opposes Delay

Alexander Hamilton first looked like the most-likely to lose his place… on the $10.  The reason given was that the $10 supposedly was at the front of the line for a makeover, like your nasty, old bathroom.  Tonight at 9:00 on CNBC…. The Currency Brothers, annoying twins who show up and in 26 minutes redo your paper money, at no cost to you.  In the succeeding two years since

Screen shot 2016-04-18 at 11.02.38 AMSofia started this trouble, Alexander broke through on Broadway as a Big Hit.  I randomly checked and found that even a few months out it would cost you way more than 50 current Alexander Hamiltons to buy one of the worst seats at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

It was suggested that Andrew Jackson get tossed from the $20, what with his slave and Trail of Tears pedigree along with this rampant political correctness crap going around.  But since we’re now in an election year, the whole thing gets more controversial as the days wear on.  Better to let the next Treasury Secretary handle this hot potato, as the current one, Jack Lew, appears to be punting on the issue.  Somewhere, somebody will find someone on C-SPAN in 1989 invoking the paper money equivalent of the fake, not-really-a-rule Biden Rule that said no Supreme Court nominations shall be made or acted upon in a president’s 4th or 8th year.

My totally reliable sources sent me this in association with the story:

When asked about the changes in the faces on the $10 and $20, the presidential candidates reacted quickly. Ted Cruz predictably said Ronald Reagan should be on all denominations, Trump said, “Trump,” and Kasich said, “everybody calm down, make it a woman like my wonderful mother… oh, say Betty Crocker.” Bernie Sanders said “Fidel should be on the $20, and my favorite Marx Brother, Karl, should get the $10.” Did I mention we have a corrupt campaign finance system?” Hillary said, “leave Hamilton alone on the $10, find a suitable LGBT person for the $20, and let’s kick Philanderer Franklin off the $100 and put that Goldman Sachs guy on there. And no, I can’t tell you why.”

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15 Years After 9/11, We Can All Go Back To Hating New York Again

The Big Apple had its decade-and-a-half honeymoon. It officially ends Tuesday when Republicans in the Empire State join the enabling masses with an unforgivable, resounding victory for Donald Trump in the New York primary. He’ll falsely, shamelessly, and more obnoxiously than ever declare his gigantic, yuge home-state margin evidence of his overwhelming Screen shot 2016-04-15 at 9.57.32 PMpopularity with all of America.  A margin courtesy of Republicans in a party he says (use 4-year-old voice in back of minivan when sister is touching him) ISN’T FAIR. We’ll have to wait until the general to see him whipped in New York, probably by a girl.  I imagine he makes those insufferable phone calls in the morning to the shows in his pj’s in a Hugh Hefner-like pose but probably looking more like those late-in-the-Screen shot 2016-04-15 at 10.55.33 PMgame hermit shots of Howard Hughes before getting gussied up for the day.

Neanderthal, Originalist Scalia-type thinking does not do justice to the simplistic slop that is Make America Great Again.  Trump and the other two guys and all Republicans running for any office invoke Ronald Reagan and cherrypick his era in office (1981-’89) as the Last Golden Age of America.  Now three decades back, peoples’ memories are quite susceptible to the rote repetition that the 1980’s were FAN-tastic:  we all got along, we all loved Reagan, he beat the Ruskies and made ’em tear down that wall. He cut those mean taxes and the benevolent one-percenters (job creators) created jobs and the prosperity trickled down like soft rain over a happy, burgeoning Melting Pot Middle Class America while no bad terrorist guys would dream of attacking our homeland because the Mighty Reagan scared them so much.  He’d roll over and crush Nancy if he knew a would-be successor’s number one issue is a slightly different take on the wall bit.

It doesn’t appear likely that even though Trump has the best education of anyone ever with his undergraduate degree from Penn that included a few Wharton classes, which he has inflated to make you think he’s a real Wharton business grad— in spite of that pedigree he probably doesn’t realize the basis for his whining that Republican Party rules are designed to screw him adhere perfectly to the founders’ warnings against both parties and mob rule through “pure democracy.”

John Adams: There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

James Madison:  All civilized societies would be divided into different sects, factions, and interests, …of rich and poor, debtors and creditors, … the inhabitants of this district or that district, the followers of this political leader or that political leader, the disciples of this religious sect or that religious sect. In all cases where a majority are united by a common interest or passion, the rights of the minority are in danger.

George Washington: In his farewell speech, he predicted the rise of a Donald Trump, a scourge we have avoided for almost 230 years:

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.

As always, Trump seemingly has a point but plays to the worst, base instincts of the followers.  Bellowing the unfairness of it all, that the guy who gets the most primary votes should automatically be the nominee, previous rules be damned, he sets up what I saw back in June on Day One. It was The Descension Down Screen shot 2016-04-15 at 11.45.14 PMthe Stairs of Trump Tower past the Trump Bar, the Trump Grill, the Trump Cafe and Trump’s Ice Cream Parlor, beside the glass encasements selling Donald Trump neckwear.    That day, the first cards he put on the table were The Mexicans Are Criminals And Rapists, I’m Really Really Rich, I never lose and I will not under any circumstances accept anything less than full capitulation by everyone, everywhere at all times on my way to and while serving as your president.  It’s all about me.

Imagine a year 2000 scenario, where Al Gore won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College to George W. Bush (details notwithstanding). In the end Gore took the highest road and graciously conceded.  He didn’t have to.  It could have been quite ugly in the streets.  Trump is promising to not accept the outcome of the convention if he doesn’t win and threatens violence. Three other times in US history the guy with the most votes didn’t get elected.  The Electoral College Speedbump was put there by the founding fathers on purpose, imperfect as it is.  Political parties long ago decided to erect the barrier of the delegate system, imperfect as it is…. what it is…. a painful cliche that truly applies and could turn out to be America’s last defense against exactly the kind of rich, egomaniacal caudillo-in-waiting like Donald Trump.  But his setup of demanding a popular vote-only criteria for nomination is about to cause the final implosion of the Republican Party and take us where the founders feared most.

Ted Cruz And The Hurtful Soup

There are a great many things that trouble me about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Alberta TX). His opposition to my constitutional right to self pleasure is but one example of his belief system that gives me pause. I have a measure of admiration for the fact that he’s been able to stay (apparently) happily married for 15 years to a successful, talented, lovely woman. I figured that a guy who could do that had to have something going for him

I’m hereby withdrawing my admiration

The Cruzes talked to Anderson Cooper on Tuesday and revealed a shocking story from early in their marriage

When I married Ted, we got back from our honeymoon, and he went off to the store and came home by himself. And I was completely shocked to see that he arrived back at our apartment with literally 100 cans of Campbell’s Chunky soup. I never bought 100 of anything.

This was shocking to me, so we had a tough conversation about it. I said, “You don’t buy 100 of anything, much less canned soup. We can’t do this. I’ll be making things.” He said, “No, I know you. you won’t be making things.”

The early part of a marriage is a fun time. It’s full of cuddling and celebration. Really, it’s magical. Raphael Ted was just stewing and plotting during the honeymoon

When we get back to the apartment, I got to get a s–tload of Chunky, ’cause this bitch is gonna starve me

Come on, man! In the first few precious days of marriage, women always call out men for not thinking of “we” and, instead, thinking of “we”. How the hell are you gonna be thinking about your new life together with this amazing person and still be thinking

I ain’t even gonna tell ole girl. I’m just gonna get down to the store and buy all the damn Chunky they got. I’ll do that s–t while she’s still asleep

Quick! Somebody call Jimmy Webb for a quick re-write of “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”

By the time I get to Wal-Mart

She’ll be snorin’

I’ll be stackin’ all those cans

In my cart

And you know the argument had to be heated and personal

HEIDI: What are you going to do? Just sit over there and eat your soup every night while I watch?

TED: No. You can have some. Just don’t take all the sirloin

HEIDI: TED! THAT’S NOT THE POINT!

See, I’ve always hated the reception ritual where the couple smears cake on each other’s face. That’s a very serious ritual and it literally symbolizes that the couple will feed each other when they need nourishment. It’s like a promise. But, not in Ted’s world. In Ted’s world, “I do” means “I gotta head down to Mega Mart to make sure I don’t starve”

I also love that he chases his initial insult with “I know you. You won’t make anything”. DAMN! If I was Heidi, I’d be googling “annulment”

So the next morning, it was a weekend morning, I loaded up our car before he woke up and returned every single can. And when I got home, I called my mother just to make sure I’d done the right thing as a newlywed. And she emphatically disagreed with me. And so when Ted opened the pantry, I had to quickly tell him that I would go back and buy those cans again

First of all, thanks mom, for all the support. Heidi Cruz had the one mother in all of America who would not have cussed out the son-in-law. I think it would have been pretty funny if she would have hidden the cans of soup all over the house. Like, Ted would have found some of them in his sock drawer and a couple in the Christmas decoration box from time-to-time

I may be overreacting. There have been worse husbands than Ted Cruz. O.J. Simpson, for example. But something tells me that even O.J. wouldn’t have said “Bitch, I know you ain’t gonna feed me”

It makes me sad to think of Heidi Cruz going to that store and returning those cans

Ma’am, do you have a receipt?

No, just a terrible husband (cries)

So, here’s to the great disappearing institution of marriage. As fragile as it is, it can take some hits early on and keep on truckin’. And here’s to Heidi Cruz. God, that woman is a saint

 

Joe Paterno Endorses Donald Trump

On Thursday’s Brad & Britt Podcast we chatted with former Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Paterno’s name was in the news because Donald Trump held a rally in Pittsburgh Wednesday and seemed unaware that Mr. Paterno has been dead for four years

Paterno chatted with Brad and Britt and informed them that things are great in heaven and that he fully supports Trump’s presidential bid. Paterno also revealed that he lunches regularly with other legendary coaches like Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant. Paterno goes on the congratulate North Carolina for passing their controversial “bathroom bill” and says that Governor “Scotty McCreery” is doing a fine job running The Old North State

JoePa is asked about Johnny Manziel a/k/a “Johnny Football” and what he would do about the unruly first round pick from Texas A&M. The legendary coach said, in no uncertain terms, that Manziel could greatly benefit from the “tough love” that he and the other coaches in heaven (like Bryant or Michigan legend Bo Schembechler) could provide

As for the social situation in heaven, Mr. Paterno informed us that once you get beyond the pearly gates, it’s not required that you be faithful to the person you married on earth. Mr. Paterno feels this is a great selling point that is being overlooked and he’s encouraged the management of heaven to really emphasize this great benefit, as it would motivate many people to seek The Kingdom of Heaven

Finally, Mr. Paterno is asked about the late actress Natalie Wood, in light of Wood’s husband, Robert Wagner, finally talking about her death after 35 years. Paterno says that he sees Ms. Wood on a regular basis and she evens puts on shows for everyone in heaven and she, apparently, looks amazing. Paterno leaves us with a hearty “Go Penn State!”

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Interview: NC Senator Dan Blue (D) On NC’s HB2

Brad and Britt spoke with NC state Senator Dan Blue (D) about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, the so-called “Bathroom Bill”. Blue detailed the special session of the General Assembly that took place in March and how Democrats were completely shut out of any discussion about HB2

Blue went on to detail the economic damage done to the state, including the cancellation of a PayPal operations center in Charlotte, which would have provided about 400 jobs. Deutsche Bank, Red Hat, and many others have decided against planned expansions in North Carolina. Additionally, Charlotte and Raleigh have both reported several conventions or gatherings that have either cancelled or said they will not consider coming to the state, costing North Carolinians millions in hotel tax revenues, restaurant revenue, and related revenues

Blue stated that it was his hope that Governor McCrory and Republican leaders will see the light and repeal HB2 so that North Carolina’s image can recover nationally. Brad and Britt bring up the fact that tourism season in the state is just beginning and many NC families rely on tourism to put bread on the table. A tourism boycott could severely hurt North Carolina families. Additionally, North Carolina agriculture is a $70 billion a year industry that could suffer from a boycott

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Summer Winds Blow Cold in North Carolina

Every schoolboy knows the story of the Roman Emperor Nero, who famously fiddled (allegedly) while Rome burned. Turns out, it was a fire that Nero started himself, historians say, to clear land for a palatial expansion. In modern day North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory has carried on Nero’s tradition, watching as an economic brush fire he started by signing HB2 into law continues to sweep across the state. Quick! Someone mail him a violin

The announcement that PayPal would cancel its plans to build an operations center in Charlotte is only the beginning. The Washington Post compares HB2’s passage to The Religious Freedom Restoration Act that became law in Indiana last year and finds that North Carolina has much more to lose

The business community is largely on PayPal’s side on this, and it could be just the first of several major companies decide it’s not worth it to be involved with North Carolina anymore

Red Ventures has already said it’s reconsidering plans for expansion. But, let’s consider a “worst case” scenario: What is the maximum damage that HB2 reactions could do to the North Carolina economy? Truth is, the sky is the limit

Take, for example, the tourism industry. Domestic tourists spent more than $20 billion in North Carolina in 2013 and the most recent data says that nearly 200,000 jobs are supported by tourism dollars. While no one expects people to cancel beach or mountain trips en masse many of these businesses are “mom-and-pops” that can suffer great damage from a boycott that results in a loss of even five or ten percent of their revenue. For many tourism-related businesses in North Carolina, ten percent can mean the difference between paying the bills or heading to the bank to borrow money to cover those bills (and even worse if borrowing isn’t an option). Many of these businesses already have exposure to inherent risks (hurricanes, for example) and don’t need anything else taking money out of their pockets (potentially). Finally, many of these business owners are reliable Republican voters, so they’re likely to see damage inflicted on their bottom line by people they put in office

And what about North Carolina’s leading industry, agriculture? More than eight million acres of the state are dedicated to agriculture and many of these are family farms. North Carolina agriculture is a $70 billion a year business (greater than the entire GDP of The Dominican Republic). What would a boycott of North Carolina agriculture do? Again, many of these family farms are already dealing with razor-thin margins and a loss of even a few percentage points of revenue can mean the difference between keeping the farm or selling the farm. And, once again, many of these farm families have voted Republican for decades

So, there are a lot of families in North Carolina who are looking at the summer months with trepidation. The game changed for them on March 23rd due to no fault of their own. Most of these families don’t have the luxury of a PayPal or a Labcorp, to look down the line at long-term projections. They can’t look beyond the upcoming tourism season or harvest. All of that is in jeopardy

History tells us that old Nero eventually offed himself, becoming the first Roman emperor to take his own life. It remains to be seen if Pat McCrory committed political suicide when he signed HB2 into law. It also remains to be seen if the people who put him in office in 2012 will hand him the knife in 2016

 

America Held Hostage (Again), Trump Edition-Day 295. It Never Stops.

 

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The Man Who Promises To Be Presidential If America Just Elects Him but will Curse America With A Depression If America Doesn’t Elect Him continues to throw raw meat to the masses.  Ironic in that Donald Screen shot 2016-04-05 at 10.46.21 AMlikes his non-existent Trump Steaks cooked well-done.  Yuk.

A continuous theme of Somewhere Over the Election Rainbow is Greatness:

October 1-“Your answer to policy questions is, ‘I’m Trump, I’m good, I’m the best, I will get it done,'” said CNBC’s John Harwood. “Well, there’s a little truth to that,” Trump replied. “In fact, a lot of truth to that.” “But we don’t have Superman presidents,” said Harwood, to which Trump replied: “We will if you have Trump. You watch.” That’s swaying me.

January 3, Face the Nation- Donald Trump said he would be “a much different person” as president of the United States compared to his persona as a Republican presidential candidate. “I would be very enthusiastic, like I am right now, toward the country. We need spirit. We need a cheerleader.” Meanwhile, the US sucks, loses at everything, nothing functions correctly, and only I have the secret sauce of success.

February 21- “I think I’ll be very presidential at the appropriate time. Right now, I’m fighting for my life,” he told Fox News, adding that he can, “act as presidential as anybody that’s ever been president other than the great Abraham Lincoln”.  That’s the kind of humility I’m heartened to see in him. “A man’s GOT to know his limitations.”- Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force.

Since a recession is when your neighbor is out of a job, but a depression is when you are out of a job, maybe it’s time we realize just how Trump has busted through at the gut level to so many, but hardly a majority– of Americans, with populist, insane, never-politically correct “solutions.”  Yahoo Finance’s Rick Newman explains it, but I make the necessary word substitutions:

Economists were quick to point out the obvious: There’s no sign of the “very massive recession depression” Donald Trump predicted in a recent interview with the Washington Post, either now or any time soon. In fact, overall job growth is strong, suggesting a modest economic expansion is likely to continue.  But Trump wasn’t speaking to economists. He was speaking to millions of angry Americans who feel Trump is exactly right about economic collapse. For many of them, a kind of unacknowledged recession  depression has been chipping away at their living standards for a decade and a half, with no end in sight.

Since everything for Trump is a negotiation laid over a poker game of bluffing and playing chicken… it’s quite instructive as to the technique he says will work like magic to get Mexico to pay for the pointless wall he says will be built.  The Atlantic reports:

Trump, in a memo to The Washington Post released this week, stated that blocking remittances would be his preferred method of compelling Mexico to pay for the wall. As president, he would propose refashioning counterterrorism regulations to require that money-transfer companies like Western Union ask immigrants to present their legal documents before wiring money outside the United States. Mexican officials will immediately protest, Trump predicts, but they’ll probably capitulate and “make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion” to prevent the regulation from going into effect. Remittances serve “as de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico,” Trump explains. “There is no significant social safety net provided by the state in Mexico.” In short: The Mexican government will have to choose between forsaking its poorest citizens or building Trump’s wall. It will be “an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump claims.

Think of the ways money moves around these days by the click of a mouse… via alternate “cryptocurrencies” such as Bitcoin… through offshore accounts, through actual cash and now, as we now know from The Panama Papers, The Rich and Famous and Notorious hide and move their Screen shot 2016-04-05 at 11.18.33 AMmoney just like we thought they did.  I’m sure this has the drug cartels shaking in their pointy boots.  Are you telling me that through the will of Donald Trump, his wall will not only be non-porous for people but for money, too?  Want to know more about what a genius idea Trump has?  Read this:

Trump to Promote Bitcoin in US by Blocking Remittances to Mexico?

Financemagnates.com concludes that “Mainly poor immigrants that are employed in agriculture and other seasonal work are not privy to offshore bank accounts in Panama or Switzerland but cryptocurrency wallets are much easier to come by. And not just bitcoin wallets, there are so many new simplified money transfer startups now that work on the bitcoin network or another blockchain behind the scenes without even mentioning it to their clients. Such new tools are beyond the American authorities’s ability to stop and this might be the trigger than leads their usage to explode.”

 

NC Governor’s Partisan Rancor Destroys Joy of UNC in NCAA Finals

 

 

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Raleigh, North Carolina (AP) North Carolina governor Patrick Lloyd (Pat) McCrory expressed his disappointment in the matchup Monday night for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. McCrory, already stung in his home state with shame, embarrassment, and economic boycotts from A-Z (Apple to Zaxby’s) due to fallout from the notorious “bathroom bill, was furious over Villanova’s advancement to play “his” Tar Heels. Governor McCrory released this statement:Screen shot 2016-04-03 at 3.56.48 PM

“It was bad enough that we had to tolerate those jerks from Syracuse, which in case you didn’t realize, is in New York State. Their Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo, has joined the cross-dressing, gender-confused, probably bisexual parade of hypocrites who don’t realize we have expanded protections against discrimination for all of our citizens, not just the weirdos. Cuomo had told his state workers not to do business in North Carolina. As a result, no zany bet between governors occurred before the semi-finals. Sadly, Villanova is in Pennsylvania, a state governed by yet another tax and spend liberal governor, Tom Wolf. I have no intention, nor will I buckle to outside pressure groups or the liberal media, to make a bet with Governor Wolf. Unfortunately for our citizens, they are once more deprived of another piece of Americana… what made our once great country great. Had those Sooners beaten Villanova, a bet would have occurred between the wonderful Oklahoma Republican Governor Mary Fallin and me. We had it all lined up and now my plans are in ruin. I am a victim of the lack of bipartisan spirit by the Democrat leaders of New York and Pennsylvania and will never give in. Unless they tell me to.”

 

 

No доверяй, No но проверяй Is Sorta, Kinda The Russian Term For Enforcement of Fabulous NC LGBT Law

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Thank you for asking that question, Wayne.  Just so we know what we’re talking about, let’s turn it over to Yahoo’s Katie Couric:

On Feb. 22, Charlotte passed an ordinance expanding North Carolina’s antidiscrimination laws so that LGBT people would also be granted protection in places of “public accommodation” — which, among other things, would allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of the gender they identify as. This ordinance was to go in effect on April 1.

But in response, at a special session on March 23, North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed and passed the House Bill 2 (HB2) — or the “bathroom bill” — and Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law that same night.

The new law did more than repeal the Charlotte ordinance. It made the state’s law on antidiscrimination — which covers race, religion, national origin, color, age, biological sex and handicaps — the final word. Meaning cities and local governments can’t expand “employment” or “public accommodations” protections to others, such as on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Back to letter-writer Wayne Stanko of Asheville.  His question is so good, so important, and so relevant to the discussion that it seems to have been lost on everyone on all sides.  Let me try to help.    Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 10.19.01 AM

The law in North Carolina will demand that everyone use…. and this is a new, copyrighted term…. their “birth identity bathroom.”  This is determined the first few seconds after you’re born and a confirmed, visual inspection by those present ascertains your sex as male or female.   This is entered on your birth certificate and correspondently which public restrooms and locker rooms you shall be permitted to access for the rest of your natural life.  That decision is not subject to appeal, change, alteration, surgery, emotions, internal struggles, or those so-called gender “identity” issues later in life.  Case closed.  Good day, madam… or sir.

What good is any law if there is no way to enforce it fairly?  NC HB2 is not like speeding, where the cops have and use discretion all the time when you’re over the speed limit, often actually seeing you whiz by. While no one demands all speed laws be repealed because all violators can’t be observed, let alone charged and punished…  we agree they serve a societal purpose in giving us reasonable guidelines on how fast we can safely drive under most conditions.

There surely are tens of thousands of public bathrooms in North Carolina, none of which are or will be patrolled by controlling legal authorities. That a transgender person who feels more comfortable not using his or her “birth identity bathroom” is violating the law will not be the question. Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 11.16.02 AMThat person is a lawbreaker.  Without resorting to bathroom police jokes, letter-writer Wayne Stanko single-handedly destroys the very idea of the law. Will there be a guard outside every restroom in the state checking peoples’ sex organs?  Will there be any guards outside (or inside) of any restroom in North Carolina.  Of course not.

When speaking of relations with the Soviet Union, most notably on nuclear arms control, Ronald Reagan put the Russian proverb, Доверяй но Проверяй, pronounced Doveryai no Proveryai, which means trust, but verify, into common usage.  The North Carolina legislature and its Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 10.47.10 AMgovernor, Pat McCrory, included nothing at all about actual enforcement of this law.  A law that was so important that it needed to be codified practically overnight with no input from anyone in opposition. A slap-dash, instant paste-together job, there was nothing in the law about actual enforcement.  There couldn’t be.  Putting faith in the very transgender and fake transgender men who the law is supposed to stop from using the lady’s room to molest your daughter, sister, or mom, it’s a 100% honor system law.  With more expansion of “if you see something, say something” than you ever thought possible, HB2 turns around the standard conservative line that liberals like to pass meaningless, unenforcible laws that make them feel good.  That’s the umbrella criticism of all attempts at gun control.  The bad guys will never Screen shot 2016-04-02 at 11.18.12 AMgive up their guns and you’re unarmed.  If there are transgender people or fake transgender people hellbent on using public bathroom access to molest and assault, why do the proponents of this law think they will obey it?  No trust, no verify.

Of course, it’s all happening in North Carolina, home of mythical Mayberry, where regular, normal citizens were more than happy to step up and help the cops.  Maybe it can happen again. Barney made that u-turn and BAM, Gomer on the case!