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ACC to Relocate Championship Games from North Carolina

Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated has reported that the “ACC will relocate all neutral-site championships for 2016-17 from North Carolina, due to HB2 law,” including this statement:

Not really much to say here.  After several decades of television, movies, music videos, and atheists running educational institutions, what else can be expected?  On the one hand, you have fools that believe that a man should be able to dress like a woman and go into the womens bathroom.  On the other hand, you have fools who want to force that same man out of the womens bathroom where their daughters are and into the mens room where their sons are.  And here comes the ACC to pick a side of fools.

 

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6 thoughts on “ACC to Relocate Championship Games from North Carolina

  1. Patrick O'Brien on said:

    I do not agree with this decision based on bathroom assignments. I have not read NC HB2 totally and so I cannot comment on any other part. The constitution does not guarantee that you or I will never be offended. So please get a life and stop being so PC!

  2. “I have not read NC HB2 totally and so I cannot comment on any other part.”

    Translation: “I have not read any parts of HB2”.

    Seriously, HB2 is about 4.5 pages long; I’ve read longer articles about speculative Big XII expansion plans here and at Frank the Tank.

    Interestingly, if you do read all five pages of the bill in its entirety, you’ll note that arguably the most important parts of the bill are not the absurdly portions pertaining to public bathrooms, but instead are designed to further benefit the wealthy while hurting the working class and creating discriminatory employment laws.

    First, HB2 codified that the State of North Carolina supersedes minimum wage laws such that employees do not have to pay a minimum wage greater than the $7.25/hr established by the state (with the exception of government employees or if specified by the federal government- particularly through block grants).

    This is important because a city could legally to raise their minimum wage and per HB2, employers have the legal right not to comply.

    Think about this: let’s say you are an employee in Charlotte making minimum wage and you vote for a local ordinance raising your wage to $10/hr (from $7.25). The law passes with overwhelming support, and you think you just got a big raise thanks to democracy in action. Instead, you find out that despite the local law, your employer continues to pay you $7.25/hr. Further, you have no legal recourse per HB2.

    Where is the justice in that? Where is the democracy?

    Further more, per HB2, state law supersedes County and Local law with respect to discriminatory hiring practices; and in this case, HB2 effectively permits employers to discriminate against employees not currently protected under Federal anti-discrimination laws. The Federal Government protects people based on their race, color, religion, national origin, or sex; so most people are covered. However, the LGB community is not protected. Further, NC changed the definition to “biological sex” therefore Transgender persons are not protected either. Like the Minimum Wage section, if a county or municipality enacted sweeping anti-discriminatory laws, the State has the right to say, “These laws do not need to be followed” and therefore the will of the local populace is overturned.

    This extends far beyond the regulation of where someone takes a leak, and instead further gives employers the right to discriminate against certain people.

    I’m a firm believer that our Governments should not pass laws designed to intentionally discriminate against or hurt other people. This bill was clearly designed to do just that, while simultaneously trying to keep the working class from being paid a fair, living wage.

    I DO agree that the NBA/NCAA/ACC are wrong to remove high-profile events from the state, but not because it’s “PC”. Where I digress from the NBA/NCAA/ACC is that I believe their actions will cause more pain and suffering among the working class by not providing the much needed tourism dollars that these communities need. These events result in millions of dollars from the outside to be circulated into the local communities. Not having these events means that there will be fewer hotels books, fewer people going to restaurants, fewer people renting cars or taking taxis, fewer people visiting local stores, etc… and that has a real negative impact on the local economies – and specifically the working class that will inevitably suffer from fewer hours worked, fewer sales, less money earned in commissions or tips, etc..

    However, if the voters of North Carolina realize the consequences of having bad elected officials, then hopefully they’ll elect better representatives the next time. I do wish there was a more expedient and less painful way for everyone to come to that conclusion.

    http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015E2/Bills/House/PDF/H2v4.pdf

  3. #1, If you are protected by the federal government, then what requires any state to separately provide a civil cause of action for its state courts? That is why the federal government enacted the statutory scheme at the federal level–to ensure compliance without regard to whatever any state does. Alternatively, if a state law is contrary to the Constitution, the proper remedy is to seek redress in federal court.

    #2 , Minimum wage laws are debatable in terms of effectiveness, so why can’t a state decide to try something new? If Charlotte raises the minimum wage to $10.00, that may very well lead to an erosion of jobs in that city–to the detriment of the entire state, which now has jobs moved away from a population center, causing increased state-dependence by an already suffering urban economy. So, unless the goal is to increase state-dependence, which may be the belief set of the socialist movement, then you may want to let the free market have a greater role in setting salaries. Unfortunately, some people make horrible choices… and cannot extricate themselves from that immediately. If you are good at your job, you will get a promotion and raise… or you will switch jobs and take on more responsibility. If you don’t want responsibility, then don’t complain about your salary. Finally, some states prefer something closer to a free market than that which is preferred by others. Only a foolish U.S.A. would interfere with state ingenuity. Certainly not what was intended by our founding fathers. Then again, they were not indoctrinated by atheists and the media.

    #3, The bathroom part of the bill is absurd. And it is more absurd that such a provision is even necessary. Only a wicked country led by wicked, evil rulers could possibly think it is prudent for boys and girls to share bathrooms and locker rooms. And a wicked country always meets its demise–almost always at the hand of an invader. And I dare say that the Islamic take over of America will be far worse for the LGBTQ community than anything North Carolina had tried to do.

    • #1, If you are protected by the federal government, then what requires any state to separately provide a civil cause of action for its state courts? That is why the federal government enacted the statutory scheme at the federal level–to ensure compliance without regard to whatever any state does. Alternatively, if a state law is contrary to the Constitution, the proper remedy is to seek redress in federal court.

      Unfortunately, sexual preference (or sexual orientation) is not federally protected, therefore the state of North Carolina effectively codified discrimination and hate; making it legal to hate against the LGBT community.

      #2 , Minimum wage laws are debatable in terms of effectiveness, so why can’t a state decide to try something new? If Charlotte raises the minimum wage to $10.00, that may very well lead to an erosion of jobs in that city–to the detriment of the entire state, which now has jobs moved away from a population center, causing increased state-dependence by an already suffering urban economy. So, unless the goal is to increase state-dependence, which may be the belief set of the socialist movement, then you may want to let the free market have a greater role in setting salaries. Unfortunately, some people make horrible choices… and cannot extricate themselves from that immediately. If you are good at your job, you will get a promotion and raise… or you will switch jobs and take on more responsibility. If you don’t want responsibility, then don’t complain about your salary. Finally, some states prefer something closer to a free market than that which is preferred by others. Only a foolish U.S.A. would interfere with state ingenuity. Certainly not what was intended by our founding fathers. Then again, they were not indoctrinated by atheists and the media.

      First of all, let’s face facts. States that regularly vote for Republicans (“red states”) largely have a greater dependency on Federal Government aid compared with the taxes that they contribute than states that routinely vote for democrats (“blue states”). So if you want to really argue the “socialist movement’, I would point to Exhibit A that the “Red States” are far more reliant on the Government – they are the “takers” not that “makers” of our country. Kudos for communities that want to empower their citizens and separate from the teat of Government dependency.

      Even the large employers like Walmart and McDonalds have figured out that they can justify paying their employees sub-living wages, or avoid providing health insurance, by steering their employees toward Federal programs like Medicaid. Meanwhile, these corporations take advantage of every possible tax cut and loophole to ensure that their shareholders maximize their profits. In the end, it’s the taxpayers that have to shoulder this burden, meanwhile the rich get richer, and the poor struggle to get by.

      Secondly, there is no definitive evidence that higher minimum wages lead to higher unemployment. For every Forbes article that you point to, I will show a Bloomberg proving the contrary. Just as the Constitution allows for states to be “policy laboratories” we should also respect that local communities can be mini-labs as well. The idea that a State can supersede the wishes of a local electorate is pure disenfranchisement. If a local community votes to lift-up their local populace by voting for a higher minimum wage laws, then the State should not counter-act those laws by providing legal loopholes for employers to escape. Ultimately what you have is the will of the wealthy minority overturning the will of the impoverished minority.

      Years ago you stated (and which I completely agree) that divided government is the worst thing that can happen because we have a lack of accountability. Instead, let’s allow one political party to take control and let the voters make decisions based on results. If that is the case, then let the local government pass their laws, raise their minimum wages, and see what happens. If it’s a failure, then the state is there to protect them; and if that State mocking bird does cry, then the Federal Gov’t will dry those eyes…

      #3, The bathroom part of the bill is absurd. And it is more absurd that such a provision is even necessary. Only a wicked country led by wicked, evil rulers could possibly think it is prudent for boys and girls to share bathrooms and locker rooms. And a wicked country always meets its demise–almost always at the hand of an invader. And I dare say that the Islamic take over of America will be far worse for the LGBTQ community than anything North Carolina had tried to do.

      You do realize that the anti-American Islam is also anti-LBGTQ, right? It is not an accident that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all share certain principles and ideas. They are three monotheistic religions, born of the same region, catering toward attracting the same persons. Each one trying to prove that the other two are wrong. These are NOT the teachings of Jesus who taught his followers to love thy neighbors and render unto Caesar that which is Caesars. Instead, these religions have been contorted and obfuscated to push very specific agendas, meanwhile the true meaning of Christianity is lost because of selfish pride. I no longer attend a church, but I vividly recall my Pastor warning us of people that cherry pick the Bible to serve their own twisted needs. Instead, we were taught to follow the Gospel of Jesus.

      Secondly, while everyone deserves the right to safely enter a bathroom (or any public place for that matter) without fear of being hurt, assaulted, or shot, discriminating against the LGBT community – who bravely embrace their selves – does not result in a safer community. Look no further than “God fearing” Christians such as Larry Craig (arrested for gay sex in a bathroom), Mark Foley (arrested for gay sex with teen pages), or Dennis Hastert (former Speaker of the House, arrested for molesting teenage boys on the wrestling team). While every group may have some bad apples, should we create new laws to discriminate against entire groups because there may be some folks out there that may have ill intent? Should we convict every single Muslim because of the actions of a few? Should we prosecute every single gun owner because of a handful of the mentally deranged? If your answer to any of these is “yes”, then should we categorize every single Christian as criminal because of the actions of a few?

      I believe that Bible was written by men to further perpetuate the elite. However, deep inside (especially the Gospels) there are principles that every person should abide: respect your parents, be kind to your neighbors, don’t steal, don’t murder, don’t judge (unless you want to be judged), live a life dedicated to helping others in anyway that you can, regardless of who the others are. These are the basics; the fundamentals. If you cannot accept these building blocks of what a society ought to be, then you have to ask yourself, what “god” are you truly serving?

  4. The God I serve is the God of the Bible. Not the God that is filtered through the Simpsons, Family Guy, or South Park. Not filtered through television or some atheistic public school. I belonged to a Church that cherry-picked… that dismissed plain scripture as ignorable because it did not fit its agenda. I read the entire Bible anyway, something I was never encouraged to do. As I keep reading it, it becomes clear that I had been led astray by many different sources. At first, I thought I could just be a cafeteria Christian, but then I was inspired to realize otherwise. If you think Jesus was just a hippie with good ideas on how to live like a socialist, you can be 100% certain that you have never read the Bible.

    Here is one example. People think that the Old Testament ended with Jesus. Unless you read his words: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5;18. Jesus did not come to end the Old Testament, but he did confirm it and explain it. What he said was found elsewhere in the Bible. Jesus said: “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:39. The Old Testament, at Leviticus 19:18 said: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.”

    Give unto Caesar. Lol. You think that his means that we should give everything to Caesar? “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.” Mark 12:17. He was challenged by the know-it-alls of the day, trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, and he easily defeated them. He did not offend anyone in responding. And then they had to decide what was from Caesar and what was from God. And a true Christian or Jew would know that everything is from God. People who treasure their cash will have an impossible time honoring God. Elsewhere in the Bible there is ample support for obeying your government–but only where it is consistent with God’s law. But I digress.

    The Gospel of Jesus. Does your Pastor even know what the Gospel of Jesus is? It starts with this: Jesus came to die for our sins, so that anyone who would believe in Him doing so would have eternal life. Not works. Not avoiding sin. Not being baptized. Just believing in the fact that he came to die for our sins–proof of God’s love for all of us.

    Jesus did not come to condemn, but to convince everyone that they can do all the works that they want (and they should)… they can try to avoid sin all they want (and they should)… but that they will always fall short. Recognizing that is step one. But Jesus never said “do not judge,” he said first remove the same sin from yourself before judging. And then you will be able to effectively judge. His problem with the leaders of that day was not that they did not know the law, but that they were too busy telling others how to live a law without living it themselves. And relying on doctrines of men, rather than God.

    The first Commandment is to love God. And most people will fail at that… often because they love themselves too much ( don’t need to follow any book) or hate themselves too much (even if I wanted to, I would fall short). Jesus explained that following the first commandment, which also includes believing in Him, is all that is necessary for salvation. He continuously stressed that you can either love God or love your own life. Choose whatever you want, but you reap what you sow. If you choose your life, you have chosen. If you read the entire Bible multiple times, your eyes will be opened. This “book by man” was penned by the hands of several dozen men over a span of thousands of years, but comes together completely as if written by the one true author: God.

    Finally, as for whether the Bible was written to codify the masses and inspire peace, wrong. Look at Jesus’s own words:

    But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. I came not to send peace, but a sword.And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Matthew 10:33-36.

    Wow… such “peace.” It’s not about peace, it is about obedience to God. Something that it rapidly disappearing from the United States and will cause its ultimate destruction. As it did for Israel and all the great empires of the past, who served Satan (in various forms). You can have you bathroom laws and let the wicked be happy in their perversion, it will end one way or another–either by people waking up or by an invader coming in and changing the laws completely.

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