Yet another reason to become a vegetarian- to save beautiful forests and wildlife habitat from being bulldozed to feed suffering animals living in misery, which are fed to humans in bbq joints making them sick, overweight and unhappy . It is time to wake up people, and stop the madness. This old way of life, the good ol' boy network of "BBQ bigots", that want to sell or buy Hofmann Forest, is so yesterday.
As someone who studies works from the Enlightenment period, I must point out that the letter writer's assertion that the 18th century is not part of the Enlightenment is incorrect. I do not know any historian or philosopher who would give that statement any credit. While the movement began in the later 1600s it is, in fact, associated mostly with the 18th century.
I cannot speak to the assertions about Madison or Jefferson but the clear misstatement that the letter begins with makes me doubt the rest of it.
Great Hofmann letter Sarah!
If people want to help stop the sale of Hofmann Forest to the Illinois corn farmer, here's what you can do:
1. attend our protest Friday, Dec 6, NCSU campus "Brickyard" plaza, 12pm-2pm. Parking should be available at the Dan Allen Visitor's lot on Dan Allen Dr, or nearby off Hillsborough St.
2. like us on Facebook: Save Hofmann Forest
3. like the protest event, and share it with your own friends
4. sign the online petition - google Hofmann Forest ipetition
5. write every NCSU official you can think of and ask them to stop the sale
Re: Voter ID
Excellent facts... points well made.
When a CCW permit holder risks his own life to save another, this is usually a back page story. When the bad guys have no idea if persons around them may have a concealed weapon, the crime rate goes down. Unfortunately schools should be the safest place to be, since guns are banned, but are safer for a killer since he or she knows there will be no hidden guns being carried around. The massacre at Virginia Tech, where the shooter shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others, may have ended sooner had a teacher, administrator, school maintenance worker, etc, been allowed to be a CCW permit holder.
Pilots on airlines are required to jump through many hoops to carry a gun into the cockpit, while their job by definition puts the lives of hundreds of passengers in their hands. Would you trust your pilot to carry a gun?
Some situations end with no shots fired, just the presence of an equally deadly force may end an attack.
I did learn from the comments to this article that I need to contact my favorite restaurants, like the one mentioned above, and give them my vote on whether they should ban weapons. Either decision means that they lost a customer and kept a customer, so the choice should be logical and not emotional.
Sarah, The writer clearly is safety conscious. Why restrict his rights to carry?
The writer is entitled to his opinion, but he gets one thing wrong. Concealed Carry is not a Constitutional Right, in NC or nationally. This is a safety issue, not a Second Amendment issue.
Well I have first hand experience with something that could keep me out of downtown Raleigh, and it is not people legally concealed carrying, it is getting a $30 dollar parking ticket after having a nice dinner and getting back to the car 4 minutes after 9:00 PM!!
Just amazing how some folks ideology allows them to ignore history and facts. VA has allowed open carrying an drinking in that state for years. The only thing that happened was violence and shootings decreased in those places. The hoplophobes have been screaming blood in the streets for 20 years, everytime some place allows people to exercise rights taken in 1968. To date, no blood in the streets. Only less blood. But try to explain that to an anti gun control nut.
Walt, that's true in theory. I mean, we could all be breaking the law in the privacy of our home and nobody would know it. But it's a fallacy to say that it's not wrong just because we don't get caught.
I can't speak for everyone else, but I entirely support the right of private property owners to control who (and what) comes through their door. I may disagree with their choices (and in the free market, I'm free to take my commerce elsewhere), but that's part-and-parcel with property rights.
I don't conceal carry in a place that forbids it. Breaking the law is not something I'm comfortable with, even if I think it's a stupid and unjust law.
From a practicality standpoint: I'd rather not have to defend myself in a place that forbids me from carrying the tools with which I'd defend myself. If I draw my weapon in self-defense, in a restaurant that forbids the carrying of weapons, then I've already given the DA ammo against me. Any claim that I make about legitimate self-defense is going to be tainted by the fact that I was breaking the law.
Being a responsible gun owner means thinking these sorts of things through. I have, and my choice is simple: I will not patronize establishments that forbid me from lawfully carrying my concealed handgun.
I really need someone to explain to me what possible difference it makes if a restaurant puts a sign in the window prohibiting guns. Unless they have a metal detector it's not going to make any difference to someone carrying a concealed weapon who wants to enter. That's the whole idea of a concealed weapon. You don't know the person is carrying it. I think this issue is a complete waste of time. People who want to enter a bar or restaurant with a concealed weapon are going to do it and no one can do anything about it. Am I wrong?
I would suggest that Paul Schwenke not step outside of his home if he's that afraid of the possibility of someone carrying a firearm. Concealed carry permittees are upstanding members of any community, and the risks that he perceives by sharing space with a holstered firearm are irrational and unfounded.
There are therapists and medications that can help treat this phobia.
In the words of the late great Caroll O'Connor in his role as Archie Bunker, "You are a meathead." Promotion/relegation is completely and totally unworkable in the MLB/MiLB model for a number of reasons. Let's look at a few. First, several MLB teams outright own their minor league affiliates. So while an independently owned team like the Bulls MIGHT be able to compete in this system, a team like the Gwinnett Braves or Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Railriders which are owned by the Braves and Yankees, respectively, would, of course, be stripped of any and all talent if the big club faced a remote threat of relegation. Further, there's no guarantee that there'd be suitable local ownership in a market, so a team faces greater potential for relocation.
Second, let's realize minor league ball encompasses six distinct levels of baseball - rookie, short season A, low A, advanced A, AA, and AAA. Taking your logic to its natural extent, why should only AA and AAA clubs be part of a promotion/relegation scheme. Do you honestly think a city like Danville, VA; Bluefield, WV; Missoula, MT; or Hickory, NC could support an MLB team? If so, take a visit to those parks. Then put down your bong. The size of those parks ARE. NOT. TENABLE. IN. MLB. Just to be financially competitive, seats would have to be limited to corporate and group sales. I rather like having my Bulls miniplan being an affordable budget item. If you, however, want to be elbowed out by corporate suits, then go right ahead.
Last, there's the issue that promotion/relegation does nothing for the teams on the bubble. While MLB has gotten flack (and justly so) for a haves and have not system, look at the successes that teams like the Rangers, A's, Pirates, and Rays have managed to have in the last few years. Meanwhile, in the English Premiere Leagu, only 5 different teams have won the League Championship (Man U, Blackburn, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City) while only 8 different teams have even contended for the Championship (add Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Newcastle United to the list). In the same period of time that the the Premier League has been around MLB has had 11 different World Series winners (Toronto, Atlanta, New York Yankees, Florida, Arizona, Anaheim, Boston, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and San Francisco) and 20 different teams in the World Series (add Cleveland, San Diego, New York Mets, Houston, Detroit, Colorado, Tampa Bay, and Texas to the above list). So which is the superior system - the one that sees the same old same old year in and year out, or the one in which 2/3rds of the League have participated in its championship?
And besides, if you really want to have your little promotion/relegation fantasy, just think about it on a personal level. Every player on the Bulls is hoping for a promotion to MLB and hoping like hell they don't get relegated to a lower classed team in the farm system. When you consider the number of MLBers who have passed through the DAP and DBAP, this promotion and relegation system has been remarkably successful, much more so than one that involves the manufactured drama of a promotion/relegation series.
The U.S. government, financed by the Oil industry, has been at war with Assad, covertly, ever since he nixed their oil pipeline plan (http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-geopolitics-of-gas-and-the-syrian-crisis-syrian-opposition-armed-to-thwart-construction-of-iran-iraq-syria-gas-pipeline/5337452). Covert war is still war. But instead of ending it, the President, who pretends to be a progressive, just obtained authorization to arm terrorist in Syria (http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/09/17/obama-waives-ban-on-arming-terrorists-so-he-can-aid-syrian-rebels/). He sounds like he wants peace, and therefore appears to be moral; but his actions speak otherwise. Your sentiments are right on moral and practical; but, we need to undo this covert war; and expose the greed motivating it. Follow the links.
I can't figure out why some progressives are supporting war in Syria? Two sides that are both mostly vicious thugs and killers are killing each other in a civil war. One side is the nasty dictator that's been killing his own people for years, but keeps the peace and protects people of non-Muslim faith. The other side is made up of a large number of Muslim radicals closely allied with and behaving like the people who attacked us on 9/11/01 and have attacked the western nations many times, and routinely kills Christians and other non-Muslims in brutal fashion.
They killed 100k+ with bullets and bombs, and
Sending in missiles just kills people while projecting an image of weakness. Giving money and food allows the thugs on either side to focus more on killing each other.
Why, oh why, should America get involved?
I agree with Wally Myers about Syria. We should not go to war in Syria. We should not kill Syrians with bullets and bombs to punish Syrians for killing other Syrians with chemical weapons. If we want to pick a side and aid that side in Syria's civil war we should give economic aid, not go to war.
Mangum is evil. She lied and made a mess of the lives of innocent people. Maybe, as is now suggested, she is mentally ill, but she is still evil. Nifong is evil. What he was doing was so obvious when he did it that my only hope was that he wouldn't get away with it. He didn't, against my expectations. Harr is different. He has a checkered past, but doesn't seem to be evil. The sad thing is that he would take sides with evil people in an attempt to make the world better. Why not go work in a children's hospital to try to save people who truly deserve saving.
1. The autopsy report is not fraudulent. Indeed, the defense obtained an expert at state expense. That expert agreed with the findings of the autopsy.
2. Duke University is not responsible for Daye's death. He would never have been there had Crystal Gail Mangum not stabbed him. That makes her responsible.
3. The larceny in chose of action charge is supported by probable cause and it does not require an eye witness.
4. There is no vendetta against Mangum. She's the one who stabbed Daye. Anyone who stabs and kills is going to find themselves facing criminal charges.
I remember going to a couple Hobex shows with you April. Those were some really good times, and really good music.
Mike in NC is right. This guy clearly has issues. Get a life, please.
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