TGIF lunch links

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TGIF indeed. Well, it’s been another fun week in the North Carolina policy world. And as usual, one of the best end-of-the-week wrap-ups can be found in Friday Follies. Today, Chris Fitzsimon has the latest on the conclusion to Gov. McCrory’s terrible, no good, very bad month and, from the looks of things, what promises to be a lousy start to September as well.

Meanwhile, all the hubbub and protests of the last few weeks over the General Assembly’s disastrous 2013 legislative session appear to be stirring at least the beginnings of a smidgen of regret and remorse. Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer reports that two GOP state reps from Mecklenburg are making noises about at least softening the impact of the absurd decision to do away with the pay bump that teachers have long received for obtaining a master’s degree. There’s no indication, however, that conservative lawmakers have any interest in reversing their decision as they should.

And speaking of people admitting errors, Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog has a rare sighting to report: a direct and sincere apology from Fox Noise blowhard Bill O’Reilly. Bill-o went on the air to admit he was in wrong to lambaste the organizers of the 50th anniversary event for the “I have a dream speech” for supposedly only inviting liberal Democrats. It turns out that claim was W-R-O-N-G. The organizers did indeed invite some Repubs – they just didn’t show.

And speaking of “no shows” yesterday’s national strike by fast food industry workers has sparked a lot of important (and needed) attention and discussion. In case you missed it, an essay by Willieta Dukes – a North Carolina fast food worker – was featured prominently on the national website Common Dreams, yesterday.  It’s entitled “Why I’m on Strike Today: I Can’t Support Myself on $7.85 at Burger King.”

Finally, speaking of American industry and the future of our “haves” v. “have nots” economy, check out today’s edition of The Onion for a headline and story that hit awfully close to the mark:  “CEO Has Special Knack For Recognizing Great Ideas And Ruining Them.”

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