Tuesday Twitter roundup

By the time Ed got his first vaccine it was already too late. This virus is not a joke, and it's definitely not something people should use to score political points, like this:

Keith Kidwell files fetal heartbeat (anti-abortion) bill HB31

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Speaking of Vetoes and Democratic solidarity:

§ 14-45.1. When abortion not unlawful. (a) Notwithstanding any of the provisions of G.S.14-44 and 14-45, it shall not be unlawful, during the first 20 weeks of a woman's pregnancy, prior to a determination by a qualified physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina that the unborn child has a detectable human heartbeat, to advise, procure, or cause a miscarriage or abortion when the procedure is performed by a qualified physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina in a hospital or clinic certified by the Department of Health and Human Services to be a suitable facility for the performance of abortions.

Just so you know, some sort of rhythmic pulse can be detected as early as 5 1/2 weeks, before many women are even aware they are pregnant. Here's some history on this type of bill:

Monday News: Nine thousand, three hundred thirty five

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NORTH CAROLINA'S CORONAVIRUS CASE COUNT TOPS 3/4 OF A MILLION: At least 757,526 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 9,335 have died since March, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 4,899 new COVID-19 cases, down from 6,168 reported the day before. At least 2,782 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Sunday, down from 2,833 reported on Saturday. As of Friday, the latest day for which data are available, 8.5% of coronavirus tests were positive. A mass vaccination event was held over the weekend at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. It was expected to vaccinate 19,000 people.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article248910359.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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BIDEN WON. IT'S TIME FOR THE DENIERS TO DECLARE IT, TOO: It is time, well past time really, that our members of Congress – particularly those representing North Carolina who have been arguing otherwise – declare that Joe Biden got the most legally cast popular votes and got the most properly assigned Electoral College votes. He is the constitutionally elected president of the United States. No one is asking anyone that they must be happy with the results. No one is asking anyone that they must agree with all the duly elected president stands for or says. Just state simply that Biden won the election fair and square. The theft that is going on – and needs to stop – is how Murphy, Rouzer (along with other fellow Republicans the North Carolina delegation Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Virginia Foxx and Richard Hudson) are stealing the nation’s faith in democracy and the integrity of our elections – the cleanest, most transparent and fairest in the world.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-biden-won-time-for-the-deniers-to-declare-it-too/19493525/

Saturday News: It's a river in Egypt

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NC OATH KEEPERS DENY INVOLVEMENT IN CAPITOL ATTACK: “I can promise you that no North Carolina Oath Keepers were involved with what happened at the Capitol building that day," Doug Smith told the Columbus County News this month. "North Carolina Oath Keepers were in Washington to hear President Trump after he put out the invitation to his supporters." The news site describes Smith as a Whiteville resident who leads the state group now formerly known as the N.C. Oath Keepers. Smith told the site that his contingent went to Washington by bus and headed home by 4 p.m. “The men of North Carolina believe that the National leadership (of Oath Keepers) could have stopped this and did nothing," Smith said of the Capitol riot. "The men and myself included can no longer be affiliated with Oath Keepers after this sad event in our nation’s history." According to the FBI, the Oath Keepers are a paramilitary organization that targets military and law enforcement veterans for membership.
https://www.wral.com/indictment-in-us-capitol-attack-teases-nc-connections-training-ground/19499600/

In search of Person Three: NC man facilitated Capitol insurrection

And he has a lot to answer for:

Caldwell, who prosecutors say served in an unspecified leadership role within the Oath Keepers, suggested on Nov. 23 things would get violent no matter who becomes president. “I believe we will have to get violent to stop this, especially the antifa maggots who are sure to come out en masse even if we get the Prez for 4 more years,” he texted Watkins, per prosecutors.

In December, Crowl attended a “training camp” in North Carolina while Caldwell arranged hotel stays in Washington D.C. Watkins worked on seeing if “NC boys” are coming, according to prosecutors. Caldwell later said at least 40 people from North Carolina, maybe more from Mississippi were coming.

Right now these Ohio Militia people are the main focus, but only three have been indicted. That may be the bulk of this group, as you can see from the photo. The NC group is another story entirely, and Person Three in particular needs to be identified. Read the indictments, because this guy brought a truckload (I'm assuming it was a pickup truck) of weapons so the other 40(?) wouldn't have to bring them on the commercial bus:

Friday News: Left behind

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RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL REFUSES TO EXPAND NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE: The city of Raleigh will wait to expand protections for LGBTQ people, Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said, despite other governments expanding their non-discrimination ordinances now that a state ban has ended. “If we are going to pass something that can’t be enforced and isn’t legal, then we are not really accomplishing anything,” Baldwin said. “We are just contributing to the noise." Raleigh City Attorney Robin Tatum said she couldn’t comment on the city’s authority to expand its non-discrimination order based on gender identity, sexuality and military status, citing attorney-client privilege. The School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill can’t provide a “clear answer” on the legality of the local ordinances, said Rebecca Badgett, a local government legal educator.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article248800005.html

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