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 Dictionary.com, 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 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!