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[contextly_sidebar id="JesHNTAUJt8cVZ3Km71hbJIIRp5fMLPn"]We have good news and bad news. Let's start with the bad news. (Shut up, that's how we do.) The super craptastic bill for which the North Carolina legislature held a special session, at an additional cost to taxpayers of $42,000 A DAY, to consider on Wednesday? The one intended to overturn Charlotte's local ordinance that says people can make poops in whatever public restroom they want and it ain't nunya bidness what kinda gear they're packing in their panties? Yeah, the state House and Senate passed that mofo, and super craptastic Gov. Pat McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte so he's got a personal interest in screwing the city over apparently, signed it into law Wednesday night.


Senate Democrats put up a fight, by walking out in disgusted protest.

“We witnessed an affront to democracy,” said Democratic Sen. Dan Blue of Raleigh, the minority leader. “We will not be silent.”

Senate Republicans gave zero fucks about the protest and unanimously passed the bill. But the super extra funtimes part of the new law is that Republicans (and 11 Democrats in the House who can eat a bag of skunk balls) decided to multitask while they were there and added some additional "up yours, homos" language.

The full bill wasn’t made public until Wednesday morning. Until then, it was unclear whether the legislators would target only the bathroom provision, or whether they would go further and strike down the rest of the ordinance. [...]

The bill prohibits any such bathroom flexibility.

But it also will keep Charlotte and any other municipality from adding new protections for gays, lesbians or transgender individuals.

In North Carolina today, there are no legal protections for gays and lesbians. That means a private business in Charlotte or anywhere else in the state can refuse to serve someone who is gay, and a bakery could refuse to make a cake for a wedding of a gay couple.

[contextly_sidebar id="FkCX1pBziZkjjCgFXdVOXNUTKEu9TtRO"]North Carolina now has the distinguished honor of being biggest a-hole state in the whole Us of A. (Don't worry, we're sure other leading contenders like Texas are fixin' to reclaim the title.) Even South Dakota's Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a similar bill earlier this month because he is a secret trans-loving libtard. No, wait, that's not it. It's because he is a slightly better human being type person than all the jizz rockets in North Carolina who have a perverted interest in what ya got down there in your pants and what ya do with it.

Is this kind of law to protect bigots' right to discriminate a massive steaming pile of stupid and immoral cow dung? Obviously:

McCrory’s Democratic opponent, Attorney General Roy Cooper, called the law discriminatory.

“Discrimination is wrong, period,” he said. “That North Carolina is making discrimination part of the law is shameful. It will not only cause real harm to families, but to our economy as well.”

Oh right the economic thing Republicans are supposedly so good at doing, except for how they are actually terrible at it. Some minor businesses you've probably never heard of before, like Dow Chemical and the NCAA, have clearly stated opposition to this legislation, and it's definitely a good idea to piss off businesses that just might wanna take their business moneys somewhere else. Maybe South Dakota!

We said there was good news, didn't we? Yeah, we totally lied about that. This story sucks a thousandteen ways to Sunday, sorry.

[Charlotte Observer / Human Rights Campaign]

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I'd mentioned this week that there's definitely probably a tape out there of Donald Trump referring to a black person as a "nigger," because Trump is a racist and that's sort of what they do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't even affirmatively deny such a tape exists, and she's from the "two plus two equals five" school of communications management. I also speculated that once the tape was released, Republican supporters of the president would flock to defend his vile words: "Hey, if you rearrange the letters in "nigger," you get "ginger" and who doesn't like redheads and the occasional Dark 'n' Stormy?"

The shameful display has already started and the supposed recording isn't even available for pre-order on iTunes. George State Senator Michael Williams stated in appearance on CNN's "New Day Saturday" that if Trump -- who's the president, by the way -- did say "nigger," it would certainly concern him as an "individual" but "not necessarily as a person that is running our country." So, uh, what the hell is that? This has been a standard argument from Republicans ever since Trump crawled his way out of the sewers of birtherism and onto a major political stage: "We think Trump is a terrible human being -- seriously, we have to shower immediately after meeting with him -- but we still think he's a suitable steward of the most powerful nation on the planet."

Normally, you'd think this would work the other way. You know, your brother-in-law is a nice enough guy. Your sister certainly could've done worse. You don't mind the slightly rambling sports-ball discussions with him at family gatherings. He's good for looking after the kids (as long as your sister is present or reachable by cell), but you'd never invest your hard-earned money into whatever half-assed business venture he's trying to get off the ground nor would you back his run for any serious political office.

I've long had issues with the "brilliant asshole" archetype in TV and movies. It's almost always a white male (because women and minorities must be perfect) whose emotional immaturity and overall jerkass behavior we're told to overlook because they're so goshdarned awesome. Do you want some PC "cuck" or do you want Dr. House to figure out that the MS symptoms you're suffering are really just because you ate a stale doughnut? Sherlock Holmes doesn't have time for your feelings or social niceties -- not while he's solving mysteries and being dreamy.

Trump, however, isn't "brilliant." He's just a guy who says "nigger." They're hardly a scarcity in the market. You don't even have to venture out to a klan rally to find one. You can order online -- same day social media delivery.

Williams argues that Trump didn't use the word "nigger" when he was in the "office of the president." It was just some youthful indiscretion when he was almost 60. I don't even know where he's going with this. Does he think Trump has changed? He routinely insults and belittles black people. He also calls black NFL players who peacefully protest "sons of bitches." Was that his way of weaning off calling us "niggers"? Has he been wearing a "nigger" patch on his arm to control his cravings for the racial epithet?

"He used the word in his personal life," Williams said. (It was actually in a workplace context -- SER) "Now if he were president and were to go on TV and use the n-word, I'd have a major problem with that."

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It's heartening repulsive to see that Williams draws the line at Trump holding an official "nigger" press conference. I think once we reach that point, Trump will probably also reveal that his buddies on the Supreme Court discovered a typo in the Thirteenth Amendment and black folks' work-life balance will start to really suffer.

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Blackwell, who is black, had to sit there and listen to this crap from a white elected official who is just 45 years old. You know, the word "nigger" doesn't even appear in the Dred Scott decision, for example, but that's not necessary for reasonable people to understand that it was racist as hell. We all know Trump is racist, but now Republicans can't even repudiate the worst demonstrations of his racial animus. The first black president hasn't even been out of office for two full years and already "nigger" is being redefined. What would once end a campaign in its tracks when Blackwell and I were growing up is now just an "oops, my bad."

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Conservatives want to be oppressed. Or, rather, for everyone to think they are being oppressed and to then give them what they see as the impunity and moral upper hand that comes along with being an oppressed group of people. They want it very, very badly and think it is very unfair that all the people they have oppressed have this privilege and they do not. This morning, Trump took to Twitter to vow to protect them from the worst kind of oppression of all -- imaginary social media censorship!

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