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(The Atlantic Wire)   North Carolina lawmaker presses wrong button, accidentally legalizes fracking   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 262
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2012-07-03 01:16:05 PM
I'm not from NC, but it seems to me like there should be a difference between "changing your vote" (i.e actually changing your mind,) vs. "pressed the wrong button." Her intended vote didn't change...it was literally a mistake.
 
2012-07-03 02:27:09 PM
So say we all...
 
2012-07-03 02:35:33 PM
For fark's sake.
 
2012-07-03 03:16:41 PM
You've got to be farking kidding me.
 
2012-07-03 03:19:50 PM
Welcome to North Carolina, where at least some of our politicians are not indicted (yet).

This is similar to a couple of years ago when they used a legislator's absence to sneak a gambling bill through the legislature.

John Edwards is a product of this environment.
 
2012-07-03 03:28:55 PM
I love poisoned drinking water if it gets someone rich.
 
2012-07-03 03:41:31 PM
I posted my dislike of this on Facebook, and a "friend" of mine went off on a rant about Obamacare, SS, and the minimum wage, among other things, being horrible decisions. He also for the record thought that if the water does get poisoned i can tell him I told you so.

Hey, asshole, this isn't about saying I told you so.

But seriously state of NC, go fark yourself.
 
2012-07-03 03:44:58 PM
but only for the purposes of procreation I am sure
 
2012-07-03 03:45:33 PM
Was this poltician's same SodOff Baldrick?
media.tumblr.com
 
2012-07-03 03:45:52 PM
When someone in politics changes to a liberal mindset, Like Chief Justice Roberts, then that is "enlightened."

When some democrat casts a so-called "accidental" vote in favor of so-called conservative cause, then that is "evil."

Got it.
 
2012-07-03 03:46:04 PM
Does that smell like bullshiat to anyone else?
 
2012-07-03 03:46:48 PM
"Uh, okay. My bad. Do over?"
 
2012-07-03 03:46:53 PM
Alright, alright.

Explain to me how companies that do fracking can claim the fracking solution is an "industry secret."

They're pumping that stuff into our water.
 
2012-07-03 03:47:32 PM

ambassador_ahab: I'm not from NC, but it seems to me like there should be a difference between "changing your vote" (i.e actually changing your mind,) vs. "pressed the wrong button." Her intended vote didn't change...it was literally a mistake.


She should have paid attention the first time.
 
2012-07-03 03:47:50 PM
elections have consequences. In this case, people in NC elected a dummy and it had some serious consequences.
 
2012-07-03 03:48:00 PM

Headso: Does that smell like bullshiat to anyone else?


Kind of my thought.
 
2012-07-03 03:48:08 PM

Dafatone: Alright, alright.

Explain to me how companies that do fracking can claim the fracking solution is an "industry secret."

They're pumping that stuff into our water.


If we knew what was in it, we wouldn't let them pump it. Duh.
 
2012-07-03 03:48:19 PM
I'm envisioning a large room where a bunch of people sit at desks with two buttons. If you wanted to be particularly nefarious, you could just cross-wire the two buttons on all the minority party-members' desks so they both vote yes.
 
2012-07-03 03:48:53 PM

Bitterrooter: Welcome to North Carolina, where at least some of our politicians are not indicted (yet).

This is similar to a couple of years ago when they used a legislator's absence to sneak a gambling bill through the legislature.

John Edwards is a product of this environment.


That's an old, old, old parliamentary trick.
 
2012-07-03 03:48:56 PM

Dafatone: Alright, alright.

Explain to me how companies that do fracking can claim the fracking solution is an "industry secret."

They're pumping that stuff into our water.


Been saying this all along. If it's safe, I want big oil execs to come down and drink a glass of water from a fracking zone in front of some cameras.
 
2012-07-03 03:49:03 PM

GORDON: When someone in politics changes to a liberal mindset, Like Chief Justice Roberts, then that is "enlightened."

When some democrat casts a so-called "accidental" vote in favor of so-called conservative cause, then that is "evil."

Got it.


Wat?
 
2012-07-03 03:49:35 PM
how do you hit the wrong button?
 
2012-07-03 03:50:05 PM

ambassador_ahab: I'm not from NC, but it seems to me like there should be a difference between "changing your vote" (i.e actually changing your mind,) vs. "pressed the wrong button." Her intended vote didn't change...it was literally a mistake.


This morning's news (in Raleigh) ran a clip of her being interviewed right after last night's vote. She said she was the legislator who lobbied hard to get the votes to keep the veto in place, but when it came her time to vote she hit the big green Yes button instead of the big red No button. She immediately realized she made a mistake and tried to get the attention of the Speaker, who ignored her and announced the veto was overturned. Since the vote was held near midnight, it wouldn't surprise me if she was just plain exhausted and made a stupid mental mistake.

They then interviewed the Speaker, who said "rules are rules; votes aren't allowed to be changed if they alter the outcome of a bill", which in this case it would. The whole time he had a big shiat eating grin on his face, too, as if he was thinking "this was just too good to be true, no way in hell will I let this get changed!".

/the state will now be fracked
//already fracked up enough thanks to these fracking Republicans
 
2012-07-03 03:50:15 PM
application.denofgeek.com

This was their plan all along!
 
2012-07-03 03:50:18 PM
She should fall on her sword for making such a mistake.
 
2012-07-03 03:50:26 PM

Dafatone: Alright, alright.

Explain to me how companies that do fracking can claim the fracking solution is an "industry secret."

They're pumping that stuff into our water.


They bribe people like this woman who "accidentally" pressed the wrong button?
 
2012-07-03 03:50:32 PM

vernonFL: You've got to be fracking kidding me.



FTFY, peeve
 
2012-07-03 03:50:38 PM
Check from the drillers is in the mail!!!
 
2012-07-03 03:51:03 PM
This wouldn't have happened if she had just voted "present".
 
2012-07-03 03:51:11 PM
That's fracking retarded.

/Sorry, too easy.
 
2012-07-03 03:51:13 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Headso: Does that smell like bullshiat to anyone else?

Kind of my thought.


Considering she immediately said, "oh no! I pushed green!", and previously voted no on the original bill that was subsequently vetoed, no it doesn't sound like BS to me.
 
2012-07-03 03:52:41 PM
I bet she accidentally the whole thing.
 
2012-07-03 03:53:19 PM

skullkrusher: elections have consequences. In this case, people in NC elected a dummy and it had some serious consequences.


"If you want Calculon to race to the laser gun battle in his hover-Ferarri, press 1. If you want Calculon to double-check his paperwork, press 2. Enter now. You have pressed 2."
"No, I didn't!"
"I'm almost positive you did."
 
2012-07-03 03:53:24 PM

rebelyell2006: She should fall on her sword for making such a mistake.


Let's not let one republican victory become two.
 
2012-07-03 03:53:36 PM

Dafatone: Alright, alright.

Explain to me how companies that do fracking can claim the fracking solution is an "industry secret."

They're pumping that stuff into our water.


Hey if you can't trust an energy extraction company to care for the environment, who can you trust?
 
2012-07-03 03:54:32 PM
How the hell do you manage that? Literal monkeys could be trained to hit the right button. Monkeys. In top hats and soon-to-be-poop-laden suits.
 
2012-07-03 03:54:44 PM

Dafatone: Alright, alright.

Explain to me how companies that do fracking can claim the fracking solution is an "industry secret."

They're pumping that stuff into our water.


Simple answer: $
More complex answer: political donations amounting to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
 
2012-07-03 03:55:04 PM
That is the most ridiculous thing I've heard all week, but then again it's still early.

/I can't believe there is no confirm button. Even in tests you take online for college classes have a confirm button. They're deciding on what happens to an entire state with not fail safe? I'm surprised this hasn't happened before.
 
2012-07-03 03:55:39 PM
Well, she's a Democrat. What were you expecting? Intelligence? Silly wabbit, intelligence aint for Democrats.
 
2012-07-03 03:56:07 PM
We know how all life ends, Mr. Pilgrim. A Tralfalmadorian test pilot pushes the wrong button. He always does and we always let him.

Hopefully, a media outlet will investigate political contributions to Becky Carney's campaign. Did the fracking lobby make sizable donations?
 
2012-07-03 03:56:19 PM
Meh. Fracking for oil in NC sounds like a money losing plan. Fracking for gas just about everywhere is a money losing plan. There's too much supply in storage, too much capacity, and the costs of fracking production are way too high. Don't worry about it.
 
2012-07-03 03:56:48 PM
www.ladyofthecake.com
"Thank you for pressing the self destruct button. "
 
2012-07-03 03:56:49 PM

What_Would_Jimi_Do: how do you hit the wrong button?


You don't. being dumb is better than being an evil side switching lord.
Really old trick
 
2012-07-03 03:56:51 PM
Add North Carolina to the list of states we need to flood off the map with Texas and Florida.
 
2012-07-03 03:57:17 PM

LordJiro: Dafatone: Alright, alright.

Explain to me how companies that do fracking can claim the fracking solution is an "industry secret."

They're pumping that stuff into our water.

If we knew what was in it, we wouldn't let them pump it. Duh.


If Christ all-mighty came down from on high to tell the proles what was in the water and that it was bad for the earth and its inhabitants, all the republicans would have to do is call him a "liberal" and say his ideas were "job killing" and the mouth-breathers would fall all over themselves to string him up again.

Republicans do not care about anything or anyone other than their side "winning." Facts and costs be damned.
 
2012-07-03 03:57:26 PM
I hope you like flaming water because that's what you're getting
 
2012-07-03 03:58:22 PM

Rapmaster2000: Meh. Fracking for oil in NC sounds like a money losing plan. Fracking for gas just about everywhere is a money losing plan. There's too much supply in storage, too much capacity, and the costs of fracking production are way too high. Don't worry about it.


Until, you know...they actually do it anyway, and your drinking water can suddenly be used to strip paint.
 
2012-07-03 03:58:37 PM
How farking bad is it when "a show of hands" is a more accurate system of voting?
 
2012-07-03 03:58:41 PM
"Even more bizarrely, ..."

You adverbed that? Is that really professional?
 
2012-07-03 03:58:42 PM
A State Representative in North Carolina accidentally cast the deciding vote on a key fracking bill, handing her opponents a victory because she pushed the wrong button.

Obligatory

www.funtoosh.com

(also obligatory Link)
 
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