Pete's Prep: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Buncombe Sheriff candidate says he's gotten death threats

After making a joke about prying guns from cold, dead hands to a gun control group, R. Daryl Fisher says he's been threatened - mostly by anonymous people online.

"It's been pretty difficult," Fisher said. "People are  posting my home address, my home phone number, my personal cell number  on the internet."

Fisher's phone has been buzzing  ever since, he said, explaining that he's still receiving notifications  every few seconds from people attacking him on the web. Much of the  online harassment has consisted of threats.

Members  of Fisher's campaign staff have been harassed, he said. People have  called Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to complain about  Fisher, who has worked at the school as a law enforcement training  director since he retired from the Asheville Police Department after 23  years, he said. 

Some  people have even roped Fisher's daughter — who died in December after a  lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis — into the mudslinging.   

"There're  folks who've left me voicemails saying it's sad my daughter was  sacrificed for my sins," he said. "People have made death threats  against me. They've made threats against my family, but that's the worst  of it."

This is awful and completely disgusting. If you want to know how to lose the high ground in a debate, this is a perfect illustration.

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Today's word of the day: fungible

"Funds are fungible," goes the saying. And for a reason.

According to, fungible means "able to replace or be replaced by another identical item; mutually interchangeable." If provides this example: "money is fungible—money that is raised for one purpose can easily be used for another."

And that's the problem with the NRA's explanation of what it did with money it received from foreign nationals.

The National Rifle Association has told a leading Senate Democrat that the gun rights group has accepted foreign donations but said that the funds were not used for election-related activities.

 The acknowledgment came last week in a newly-disclosed, carefully-worded letter responding to questions from Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, about the organization’s meetings with Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.

 NRA General Counsel John C. Frazer told the senator that while his  organization did accept money from foreign donors, those funds were not  used in election activities. Frazer also noted that the NRA did, at  times, transfer money from non-election-related accounts to those used  for campaign activity.

 “Transfers between accounts are made as permitted by law,” he wrote.

In other words - the money is fungible.

GOP leader says it's high time for hemp decriminalization

I remember being a young, naive, bloodshot-eyed college kid arguing for the decriminalization of hemp. Fast forward 25 years and -BOOM!- here we are...

The push to make hemp, a non-psychoactive relative of marijuana, a  legal cash crop in the United States got a fresh boost Monday from  the country’s most powerful senator.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch  McConnell (R-Ky.) said he will introduce a bill removing hemp from the  federal government’s schedule of controlled substances, renewing an  effort that has gotten some bipartisan support in recent years —  including from McConnell, though never quite so enthusiastically.

“Hemp  has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agricultural heritage, and  I believe that it can be an important part of our future,” McConnell  said in a statement  released by his office. He announced the imminent filing of the bill in  Frankfort, the state capital, alongside Kentucky Agriculture  Commissioner Ryan Quarles.

Industrial hemp is a type of cannabis  that looks similar to marijuana but contains negligible amounts of the  intoxicating component THC. Hemp fibers can be used to make rope, cloth  and paper, while hemp oil can be used in cosmetics, food, paper and  other products.

I think I still have my old hemp hat that reads: Warning! Do not smoke this hat!

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