Here we go again: Bo Hines plans to challenge Virginia Foxx

Another Madison Cawthorn but without the wheelchair:

Hines said football has helped prepare him for a possible future in Congress. Hines describes himself as a traditional pro-life, pro-Second Amendment conservative but said he has some differences with Foxx he plans to hammer.

"My constituents are worried about tech censorship," Hines said. "That's something I don't think Congresswoman Foxx has hit on much. ... We have a very America First agenda. We’re going to press that hard. I think the American people understand capitalism is the best way to grow the economy ... but also want fair trade."

I will leave that football comment alone so close after the Tom Brady Bowl, other than to say: It also prepared Gerald Ford for Congress, but apparently not for stair-climbing or snow-skiing. That "tech censorship" thing is either a whine about Trump being booted from Twitter, or Bo's buddies being forced to go to Parler for racist insurrectionist talk. Not home-schooled like Cawthorn, but he did graduate from a Christian high school. *sigh*

Monday News: Nine thousand, nine hundred eighty three


HOSPITALIZATIONS FOR COVID 19 IN NC HAVE DROPPED LAST 13 DAYS: At least 796,195 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 9,983 have died since March, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 4,674 new COVID-19 cases, up from 4,172 reported the day before. At least 2,378 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Sunday, down 90 from the day before. The number has steadily dropped over the past 13 days. As of Friday, the latest day for which data are available, 7.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


BURR, TILLIS VOTES SAY TRUMP IS ABOVE THE LAW, CONSTITUTION SAYS OPPOSITE: North Carolina’s two senators have concluded that Donald Trump is above the law. That’s a dangerous conclusion and not merely as a partisan matter. The convenience of playing to partisan fealty to Trump, who like Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, is a Republican, sets a precedent for every president to follow – Republican or Democrat. Are they absent moral and ethical principles? The practical implication of what they’ve said and done, in objecting to the impeachment trial of Trump now pending before the Senate, is that presidents are untouchable, not accountable for their actions – particularly anything they might do near the close of their term in office. As Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote last summer in a 7-2 decision that determined a president can be investigated, indicted and subject to trial in state courts: “As (Chief Justice John) Marshall explained, a king is born to power and can ‘do no wrong.’ … The President, by contrast, is ‘of the people’ and subject to the law.”

Saturday News: Persistent delusion


2/3 OF REPUBLICANS STILL BELIEVE TRUMP'S NUTTY ELECTION FRAUD CLAIMS: About two-thirds of Republicans say Joe Biden was not legitimately elected president, according to a new poll conducted barely two weeks after he was inaugurated. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows 33% of Republicans say Biden was legitimately elected as the 46th president of the United States, while 65% say he was not. Overall, roughly two-thirds of Americans say Biden was legitimately elected; nearly all Democrats say so. Former President Donald Trump and his allies disputed the outcome of the 2020 election for months, arguing without evidence that it was stolen and that there was fraudulent voting in pivotal states. Courts dismissed those allegations in lawsuits. State and local election officials verified — and, in some cases, reverified — that voting was fair and secure. Trump's own attorney general said there was no evidence of widespread fraud.

Detox: The missing bridge to opioid recovery

Becoming clean and staying clean are two separate issues:

Nationally, more than 81,000 Americans died from drug overdoses between May 2019 and May 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC noted that this was the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a one-year period.

On Thursday, NC Attorney General Josh Stein announced a $573 million multi-state settlement with consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, as a result of the group’s alleged role in advising opioid manufacturers on how to promote their drugs. North Carolina will receive $19 million from that settlement, which Stein said will be used to address the consequences of opioid addiction in communities across the state.

Whether an addict ends up in the emergency room due to an overdose, or because of a mental health crisis associated with addiction (including withdrawal symptoms), that person is in critical need of detox. If going to the hospital is the first step, this is the second, and possibly the most critical one. Follow me down for a deeper look:


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