There are two items in the news this morning that have long been on the horizon and are now, predictably, coming into sharper focus.
#1 is Tim White’s essay (reprinted in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer after having first appeared in the Fayetteville Observer yesterday) in which he calls for Gov. McCrory to immediately sack his embattled DENR Secretary John Skvarla. Here’s White mincing no words:
“If Gov. Pat McCrory wants to preserve even a shred of credibility with North Carolina voters, he’s got to fire John Skvarla.
Not tomorrow or the day after. Now.
And he’s got to install a Department of Environment and Natural Resources who’s more serious about protecting the environment than about going easy on Big Business.
Romancing industry is Sharon Decker’s job, and she’s pretty good at it. The DENR boss is there to protect our water and air. On that count, Secretary Skvarla flunks.”
It’s hard to imagine that White’s essay won’t be the first of many.
Utterly foreseeable item #2 is the latest inanity from one of the North Carolina’s most visible theocrats, the thoroughly execrable Franklin Graham. This is from this morning’s News & Observer:
“Evangelist Franklin Graham is praising Russian President Putin for his aggressive crackdown on homosexuality, saying his record on protecting children from gay “propaganda” is better than President Barack Obama’s ‘shameful’ embrace of gay rights.
Graham, who now heads the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started by his famous father, praised Putin in the March issue of the group’s Decision magazine for signing a bill that imposes fines for adults who promote ‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.’”
Let’s hope this latest claptrap from the boneheaded boob from Boone is just another step in the process of his gradual and inevitable relegation to the irrelevancy in modern discourse that he so richly deserves.