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Re: “The Peanut Man Goes Home

I was once a Marine!! In 1970 I was stationed at Cherry Point, NC just outside of Havelock. As a PFC just out of avionics school, I and my friends had little money, no car, and not much to do on weekends except to play spades in the barracks. One night we went to the enlisted club and there are two things that cause them to be memorable. First, we started with beer, graduated to whiskey and took our post grad in tequila. When we realized we could no longer handle post grad work we went back to whiskey and finally back to the old standby, beer.

Well, it just so happened that Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts were performing at the E-club. I had no idea who he was. I have sang some of his ditties and found that not many people know who he was. I sing Nuts, hot nuts, get 'em from the peanut man and no one knows it! The other one I liked was the thing about working in Chicago in a department store. A lady came in, wanted a cake one day, I asked what kind she preferred. She said layer so I did, I don't work there any more. There were several verses to the Chicago Dept. store song.

So, to Doug Clark and the Hots nuts for entertaining me with an unforgettable act and the United States Marine Corps! for paying for it, a big THANK YOU!

Semper Fi to all my Marine buddies!

Posted by Lanny Cotton on 07/07/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “There’s Going to Be an Anti-HB 2 Party Inside the Governor’s House

This law makes straight me LESS safe. We got along fine when only people who looked like women used the Women's restroom. Now, according to the law, people who look like men (and they are NOT mentally ill - read up on the scientific reasons that a person may have more than one sex in their bodies even though it is not the usual) should also use the restroom. So now anyone can come in. How does that make me safer????

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Posted by Denise Holmes Shungu on 07/07/2016 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Guitar Center Is Leaving Durham. Here’s What That Means for Indie Music Stores

Music Loft and Harry's have the soul and selection I prefer to support. We'll be just fine over here in Orange County without Guitar Center.

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Posted by Bill Whitmore on 07/07/2016 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Guitar Center Is Leaving Durham. Here’s What That Means for Indie Music Stores

Guitars Center made it possible to go into a store and play whatever instrument you want without some cigar chewing asshole saying "if you aren't going to buy that,then don't touch it". It created a positive atmosphere for young and old musicians

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Posted by seventhplace on 07/07/2016 at 9:04 PM

Re: “The Durham-Orange County Light Rail Line Is on the Ropes Again. That Might Be a Good Thing.

Right, go to your safe place and get a tissue.

When you come back, what do we do about moving transit forward?

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Posted by where's the beef? on 07/07/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “The Durham-Orange County Light Rail Line Is on the Ropes Again. That Might Be a Good Thing.

Regardless of how you feel about LRT, the money just isn;t there. So what's Plan B?

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 07/07/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Which Triangle Zip Codes Are Seeing Housing Prices Rise the Most?

unrelated, I don't really understand why people are disliking my comments asking for data and context. Nothing qualitative posted.

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Posted by Gladdek on 07/07/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “The Durham-Orange County Light Rail Line Is on the Ropes Again. That Might Be a Good Thing.

Let me add the conclusion of the BullCityRising piece here for folks who don't want to take the time to read how it completely dismantles this IndyWeek article . . . just let me add that it backs up every point in this conclusion: "In closing, a lot of the mistakes in this article could be chocked up to a new guy in town not doing his homework. But for a paper that proclaims to fight for social justice, and given that most people riding transit today in Durham and Chapel Hill have incomes well below the median income, (slide 10) INDY Week needs to take a harder look in the mirror and ask itself why it couldn’t be bothered to talk to low-income residents or people of color who ride transit in Durham and Chapel Hill about how they travel instead of letting several older, wealthier white residents with a clear agenda speak for them."

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Posted by chuckde424 on 07/07/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “The Durham-Orange County Light Rail Line Is on the Ropes Again. That Might Be a Good Thing.

I am reposting this note because anyone who took the time to read the IndyWeeks shoddy work needs to look at bullcityrising to understand just how poor the journalism was by the Indy. -- I'd just like to refer folks to http://www.bullcityrising.com for a very good debunking of the above IndyWeek piece which characterizes it as " a poorly researched opinion piece that does a tremendous disservice to INDY Week readers, residents of Durham and Chapel Hill, and—most importantly—current public transit riders in Durham and Orange counties who stand to benefit greatly from a significantly enhanced bus and rail transit network with DOLRT at its core." That's his point and if you read the piece you'll see why.

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Posted by chuckde424 on 07/07/2016 at 1:14 PM

Re: “There’s Going to Be an Anti-HB 2 Party Inside the Governor’s House

I would like to know how to attend this party if it is RSVP? Will it be spilling out onto the lawn?

Posted by Connie Mullins on 07/07/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “There’s Going to Be an Anti-HB 2 Party Inside the Governor’s House

Dude doesn't understand that pushing one's silly religion on others is not religious freedom.

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Posted by Catherine Yvonne on 07/07/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Cooking Demos, Farm Tours, Pie Cook-Offs, and More Can’t-Miss Food Events This Week

Thanks for including our Pie & Loco Pop-Up this Saturday! Here's the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/897628530363556/?ti=icl

Funny Girl Farm is at the corner of Erwin Rd and Mt Moriah Rd in Durham. For navigation, use 504 Erwin Road, Durham. Our farmstand & farm are just off the traffic circle on Mount Moriah. See y'all for a family-friendly farm day on Saturday!

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Posted by funnygirlfarm on 07/07/2016 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Which Triangle Zip Codes Are Seeing Housing Prices Rise the Most?

@vtcaconc digging in to the data a bit more:

zip 27517 only had a 19% increase, but those homes are now worth $386,815 on average!

zip 27514 had a 20% increase, but those homes are now worth $411,013 on average!

The percent increase is only part of the story.

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Posted by Gladdek on 07/07/2016 at 1:58 AM

Re: “Which Triangle Zip Codes Are Seeing Housing Prices Rise the Most?

@vtcaconc of course no zips changed value like my example showed, I was merely trying to demonstrate that an infinitesimally small % increase wouldn't show the fact that that zip was wildly expensive to live in. Whereas following the link to the WP shows that 22701 with a 63% increase has brought the avg home price to $252,882. The US median home price is $229,737 (according to Zillow) so that 63% increase doesn't seem so outrageous.

Context matters.

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Posted by Gladdek on 07/07/2016 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Half of Chatham County Has No Zoning Restrictions. That Could Soon Change.

There was basically already a referendum on zoning in Chatham County in the last election. The Democratic commissioners who were for zoning won the election. It is a minority who are against zoning.

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Posted by SB on 07/07/2016 at 12:33 AM

Re: “There’s Going to Be an Anti-HB 2 Party Inside the Governor’s House

Please include in this very special issue a list of all the local businesses that have come out against HB2 and who are against religious freedom because they think the bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers of churches, mosques, temples, and religious schools should be forced to allow mentally ill men who think they are women and mentally ill women who think they are men into those facilities. We already know of a few but if you could do a big spread that would be great so we know who in the Triangle we should boycott.

You're not afraid to do it, are you?

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Posted by Dude on 07/06/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “We Went to the Trump Rally and Boy, Was It Terrible

Saddam Hussein was a human rights violator, anti-democratic dictator, and ruled with a strong fist. But the argument that he kept terrorists out is factually sound and one many on the left (including myself) have used for years in explaining why George W Bush was such an idiot. He would stomp out anything that was a threat to his power and that included radical groups. It also included a lot of innocent people. We didn't go in to free them though. We went in because of a huge intelligence failure regarding WMDs. But there would be no Al Qaeda in Iraq, ISIS, or other such groups if it hadn't been for the invasion opening the door for them to rise from the ranks of Saddam's former army that wanted to still resist, the local oppressed Sunni minority that the US backed Shia government (which is now Iranian allied) stomped on which turned increasingly radical/skeptical of any peace, and the Sunnis from other parts of the world coming in to help.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. It's impossible to say how much longer Saddam could've held power without the American invasion (he wasn't good to his people and we saw elsewhere that the discontent festered during Arab Spring) but the fact is we removed him and a large mess took his place.

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Posted by Roy B. on 07/06/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Wake’s Early Voting Debate Illustrates Why It’s Time to Rethink Partisan Elections Boards

poster "amias" is a classic "concern troll"

Posted by gercohen1 on 07/06/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Which Triangle Zip Codes Are Seeing Housing Prices Rise the Most?

》》 The Washington Post found, the recovery has "exacerbated inequality, leaving behind many Americans of moderate means.

If I'm reading this correctly, this seems counter to the gentrification hysteria narrative.

Indeed, if some Durham zipcodes are half the national rate it stands to reason these places are *more* affordable than they were a decade ago. Right?

What am I missing.

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Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 07/06/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Five Terrible Things the Legislature Did During the Short Session

Pat McCrory and the Republican-heavy legislature shows they don't give a hoot about the rights and needs of regular people. They want total control of every aspect of the lives of citizens and taxpayers for the benefit of the wealthy. McCrory morphed quickly into a guardian of privilege.
Let's hope in November that the people revolt, sending the power grubbers to the political graveyard.

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Posted by cityfox on 07/06/2016 at 3:27 PM

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