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McCrory blames Moral Monday on outsiders, Goolsby calls it "Moron Monday''

GOP Pat McCrory placed part of the blame on Moral Monday on outside groups when he spoke to the Republican convention in Charlotte over the weekend.

“Outsiders are coming in and they're going to try to do to us what they did to Scott Walker in Wisconsin,” McCrory said according to AP.

There were mass protests in Madison, when Walker, the GOP governor, moved to strip state workers of their right to collective bargaining. North Carolina state workers have no collective bargaining rights.

“They are going to come in try to change the subject,” McCrory said. “And I'm not going to let them. I'm going to concentrate on the economy, education and government efficiency.''

The governor's comments were muted compared to Sen. Thom Goolsby, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a recently published column he called the event “Moron Monday.

“The circus came to the State Capitol this week, complete with clowns, a carnival barker and a sideshow,” Goolsby started off. “The 'Revend' Barber was decked out like prelate of the Church of Tome(no insult is meant to Catholics) complete with stole and cassock. All he was missing was a miter and the ensemble would have been complete.''

He described the crowd as “mostly white, angry, aged former hippies'' and asked why they had not protested when when state government under the Democrats “were bankrupting the state.”


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

A great political tactic

Call it what you will but this is the Democratic Party's best campaign in many years. If the Democrats had seized on this earlier then the Republicans would have not won the Governor's mansion. These protests are a low cost campaign ploy that is getting the liberal media fired up into a feeding frenzy.


If by people from outside Raleigh, he's absolutely correct. Funny how these outsiders I see pictures of getting arrested are all people I know.... never knew they didn't live here.

Gov. McCrory: Can you identify a single "outsider"?

It is an old and tired tactic to label and thereby dismiss those who exercise their First Amendment rights as "outsiders." Labels are the last resort of those who cannot advance their position on its own merits. I challenge the Governor to identify a single person from among the 360 arrested to date on Moral Mondays who does not, in fact, reside in North Carolina. But even if he should find one, it is the action of a coward to dismiss all the others by pinning an undeserved label on them, rather than engaging in an honest discussion of the issues they come to address. (And, by the way, even “outsiders” – those who live outside North Carolina – should be concerned about the direction in which the Governor is taking our State. After all, “an injustice to one is an injustice to all.”)


Come to the mall on Monday. See for yourself the diversity of NC citizens protesting the legislature's decisions that are unjust and unfair to the state's most vulnerable people.

Outside Agitators?

It would be a mistake to confuse the protesters here with the union effort in Michigan. The N.C. protestors aren't representing national unions and they do not for the most part protest for/against decisions that affect them personally. I don't know whether it will make a difference to legislators or the general public, but the N.C. protestors are taking a moral stand against policies that may actually benefit them (or at least don't hurt them) because they believe those policies are unjust or unfair to the state's most vulnerable citizens.

Unfortunately Sen. Goolsby

Unfortunately Sen. Goolsby didn't stop there and continued to attack constituents on his Facebook page.

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