Black GOP volunteer says he was threatened at North Carolina polling station

A black Republican volunteer at a polling station in North Carolina on Wednesday said he was threatened by three white people — including one who showed a gun — and said he was called him a racial epithet, The News & Observer reported. Derek Partee, a retired homicide detective from New York, told the paper the trio approached him at the Steel Creek polling station in Mecklenburg County. “[J]ust threatened by two white males (and) a white female who called me a N*****, Black piece of s*** and he exposed his weapon,” Partee wrote in a Facebook post. “I had to back off and call (Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department), folks are getting bold and forward in the time.” Partee told The News & Observer that a fellow volunteer had pointed out three people in the parking lot who had been taking pictures Tuesday and Wednesday. Partee said he was taking down the license plate numbers of their car when he was confronted by the trio. Partee told Charlotte’s FOX 46 he took pictures of the two men and the woman before calling the police. Partee said the people approached him asking about his party, but “they didn’t care whether I was a Democrat or Republican, they just cared that I was black.” Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the state Republican Party, said county offices have been under heightened security since a Republican headquarters in Orange County was firebombed in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election. CMPD released a statement stating it had identified the trio and had one person in custody. The suspect had reportedly been carrying a BB gun. He was formally charged at the Magistrate’s office, according to the news release. His identity was not released. The two others were not charged after police determined they did not violate any laws. The incident prompted authorities to conduct scheduled zone checks at polling stations through the midterm elections, FOX 46 reported.

Glad they identified these punks and arrested one of them..  While I’m sure this guy thinks it was just a racial thing, it was obviously a political thing.  And, the idea of a black man supporting the local Republican party is something that just can’t happen.  Derek is a retired NYPD homicide detective, and did exactly the right thing; used his smartphone to take pics of the suspects, and their cars’ license plates, and reported it immediately to the local police there in North Carolina.  That’s a great lesson for all of us.  Have your local police non-emergency phone number handy in your smartphone at all times.  For more, click on the text above..

Diners confront Mitch McConnell at restaurant, get told to ‘leave him alone’ by others

A small group of angry diners confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a restaurant Friday night, but were met with calls from other customers to leave the Kentucky Republican alone. Video obtained by TMZ shows at least one diner berating McConnell on issues such as Social Security at a restaurant in Louisville. The video starts with him yelling at McConnell and arguing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — to whom McConnell is married. The outlet reported that four men first confronted McConnell. “Oh yeh, why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave our entire country,” the protester tells the couple. As Chao argues with the protester, McConnell appears unperturbed and sips on a drink. But other diners begin yelling at the protester, telling him to “leave him alone” and making shoo-ing gestures. “They’re going to come for Social Security,” he told the other diners, before appearing to be approached by staff. According to TMZ, the woman who recorded the incident said the protester slammed his fists on McConnell’s table and threw food out of the restaurant after accusing McConnell of killing people with his views. McConnell reportedly later thanked some of the supporters and shook their hands. “The Leader and Sec. Chao enjoyed their meal in Louisville last night and they appreciate those who spoke up against incivility,” McConnell spokesman David Popp said in a statement. “They hope other patrons weren’t too inconvenienced by left-wing tantrums. As the Leader often says, the Senate will not be intimidated by the antics of far-left protestors.” The incident marks the latest hounding of a Republican or Trump administration official from a restaurant. Last month Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was forced out of a restaurant by protesters angry at his support of the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. McConnell and Chao were confronted by protesters earlier in the year as they left an event at Georgetown University. Chao stood up to the protesters and told them to “leave my husband alone.” In July, McConnell was confronted by more protesters as he left a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Protesters reportedly yelled “abolish ICE” and “no justice, no peace.” “I see what they did here. They waited until Elaine wasn’t around,” McConnell subsequently tweeted.

Kudos to Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who takes this nonsense in stride.  While I’ve certainly had my differences with the man during his time in the Senate, ya gotta respect this southern gentleman who is a polio survivor for his principled leadership.  I’m just wondering when the Dems will get off their collective asses and condemn this sorta crap…instead of encouraging it.

Survey: School bullying problem recedes; whites more likely targets than minorities

Fewer students say they are being bullied at school. Those who are bullied are more likely to be girls than boys and more likely to be white than minority students. The Education Department announced survey results Friday that found 22 percent of students age 12 to 18 said they were bullied in 2013. The figure, down 6 percentage points from 2011, is the lowest level since the National Center for Education Statistics began surveying students on bullying in 2005. Bullying has spread from school hallways and bathrooms to social media, raising awareness in recent years of what was once largely an underground issue. The focus has resulted in an aggressive effort to tackle it from local school officials on up to the federal government.

Some interesting takeaways..