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Re: “How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina

By the way they will never repeal the 2nd ammendment so if that's what you want France is your best bet, by the way Mexico is a gun free country yet it's one of the most violent countrya in the world maby we should turn in our kitchen knives and household products that can be used as explosives which by the way is allot

Posted by Emily Davis on 12/09/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina

Jek to no on one hand your against killing and weapons on the other you wish death on gun owners simply because you disagree ignorant

Posted by Emily Davis on 12/09/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina

I hunt with an ar 15 so I know from experience that it definitely does not ruin the meat it does less damage then my 240 so don't talk about things that you have know idea 5.56 is a very affective hunting weapon

Posted by Emily Davis on 12/09/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “That Big Ku Klux Klan Rally Didn’t Amount to Much

here's evidence of the startling changes that we've experienced over that last 50 years, and perhaps a hopeful vista for any curious sexual minorities in your readership:…

Posted by theseatree on 12/09/2016 at 5:09 AM

Re: “McDougald Terrace Residents Say the Cop Who Killed Frank Clark Has Terrorized Them for Years

What's the point of submitting complaints about bad cops and bad policies?

People in and near "Target Areas" like McDougald Terrace & Rochelle Manor
[where a Latino teenager from Riverside High-School was subjected to a public ANAL
strip-"search" by cops because he was dating a Black girl]
have complained for years about police harassment in general, and specific cops
in particular, and complaints about the complaint process
and policies
"fall on deaf ears".

Complaints about sewer-mouth cops (calling women "b!tch" for example) are not new
[I've complained about cops calling women "ugly" "fat-ass" "b!tch" and "porch monkeys", etc]
and shortly before La-La-La-I-don't-want-to-hear-about-it-Lopez was forced out,
WNCN investigates…
reported that the Durham Police Department is worse than any department in the area in
failing to document use of force, including use of weapons.

In August, I asked Chief Davis about some cops jerking their guns out so often
other cops call them "jerk-offs," and that the Durham Police Department does not
document use of force like other departments do, especially against pedestrians,
but that if the DPD required its cops to document it when they
pull a weapon and they do not do so, they can be fired BEFORE
they shoot someone. She said cops aren't gonna tell on themselves, and that
it is the responsibility of civilians to report police force use of force,
and that they can't know what their cops are doing unless we report them;
when I said desk officers don't document complaints taken to them,
she said we should take our complaints to the Civilian Police Review Board;
they're useless, will not take complaints about police misconduct, &
Durham One Call [560-1200] will not take complaints about police misconduct.
She said she wanted to talk to me after the meeting, but then
when I said I've been stopped hundreds of times and searched at gunpoint,
she said: "I wonder why?" and turned her back and walked away.
The next day, at McDougald Terrace [Nat'l "Night Out"], I told her
I wanted to answer her [snarky] question: I said I used to live across the street,
in Lincoln Apartments, worked there and at Durham Tech & NCCU, tutoring kids,
including kids from McDougald Terrace,
and that no one should have trouble with cops because of where they live.
She said: "It's a target area" and turned her back and walked away again,
to smile at children for a 'photo op.

"It's a target area." - That's why 'jerk-off' cops [Like Barkley?] can jerk their guns out
"all the time" like they say in McDougald: people in DPD target areas are targets,
as indicated by the photo of Frank Clark with a bullet hole in the back of his head
in the print version of this article.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 12/08/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Duke Energy’s Natural Gas Plant on Duke University’s Campus Is On Hold

As always, that holdover from the "China Syndrome" anti nuke days NC WARN screams the sky is falling and they of course wrong once again, and they will be ignored, thank heavens.

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Posted by John Trololo on 12/07/2016 at 7:05 PM

Re: “That Big Ku Klux Klan Rally Didn’t Amount to Much

LOL - confirming what we know: a) they're cowards, b) they can't organize their way out of a paper bag, and c) they shouldn't be allowed to carry guns or, apparently, knives. What a bunch of idiots.
Surprised they didn't call it off because they forgot to pick up their hoods from the dry cleaners.

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Posted by canesfan on 12/07/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “It’s Time to Stop Laughing Off Poor White Men’s Malignancy—And Their Humanity

In this article I read that "[w]hite men are a huge problem." This is blatantly racist and sexist. It holds an entire group of people responsible for what only some of them have done. It tells me, a white man who supported Clinton and abhors Trump, that I am somehow responsible for the behavior of other people who share superficial characteristics with me. The essence of racism and sexism is to not see individuals.

Yes, yes. I know that for decades the idea has been put about that racism and sexism are not about any and all negative racial and gender generalizations. They have to be, according to these redefinitions, generalizations made by someone from a dominant group. But I have never accepted these redefinitions of the terms "racism" and "sexism" and no one has ever provided a good reason why I should. I think it is just a way to cut off discussion by ruling out some concerns by rigged definition.

If the shock of the Trump election is a wake-up call for liberal intellectuals, that has to go way beyond articles like this one. We liberals, as I have said for those many decades, must stop this delusion that it somehow combats prejudiced judgments about African Americans and women to make prejudiced judgments about white people and men. Racism against whites and sexism against men simply increases the racism and sexism in the world. Please consider, along these lines, the following. Peace out.

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Posted by James Coley on 12/07/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “A Desperate Pat McCrory Makes His Last Stand

They are doing this for the exact same reason P.E. Trump is tweeting disparaging comments about the votes cast in the election he won- to discredit the electoral process, and usher in draconian voter suppression legislation.

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Posted by Sogno on 12/02/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “A Desperate Pat McCrory Makes His Last Stand

My grandmother would have me to cut a switch and give it to her when I misbehaved. I believe it is time for me to introduce Pat McCrory and the NCGOP to my granny.

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Posted by cityfox on 12/01/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

I will never, ever live in another neighborhood that has an HOA. It's not even up for debate.
I already have to live under the thumb of the federal government, the state government, the county government and the municipal government. The idea of also having to live under a little collective of neighbors that see fit to tell me what flowers I can plant, and whether or not I can work on my car in my driveway is insulting.
I was the president of our HOA for two years, and out of the dozen issues that came to the board, only one even came close to rising to the need of some sort of intervention ... and even then, all it took was a meeting with the two neighbors to work things out. After that my policy became straightforward: "don't talk to us until you've talked to your neighbors." Or, when I was feeling less charitable: "act like adults."
HOA's give the neighborhood busybodies far too much latitude to cause the rest of the residents grief. If there's something that needs to be codified in law, then take it up with the city council ... otherwise, stop with this foolishness.
Oh, and our property is fastidiously maintained, so I'm not complaining from the vantage point of being on the receiving end of "violation" letters.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 12/01/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

I would not buy or invest in a development that did not have an HOA. That after having made the mistake of buying in one that did chose to eliminate theirs, there is NO protection, NO control of people neglecting the homes and property. We suffered a 30% property value decline, in an era of rising home prices within 3 years of the HOA being disbanded.
When you buy a home you receive and sign for the covenants, it's no suprise what the rules are.

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Posted by 669283 on 11/30/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Will Donald Trump’s Collapse Drag Down These Five N.C. Republicans?

I know it's a little late, but to note the Indy's crystal-ball gazers and analyzers of Tar Heel state politics weren't only fooled (as were 99% of pollsters) re: 2016 national election results after prematurely handing the U.S. presidency to the Wicked Witch of the North, but they similarly were of touch with ordinary, middle-class America in this state. Thus Mssr. Blest's can take comfort in knowing his analysis of NC races was not singular inaccurate (the lesson, I suppose, is to not give credence to cocktail party jokes among fellow travelers as gospel). Unfortunately for a lot of people, the devil's still in the details.

To wit:

(1) Blest correctly predicted 1 of 5 races above, the Cynthia Ball (D) N.C. Senate victory over incumbent Gary Pendleton in District 49. Even in the world of baseball, a Mendoza line (.200) hitter stands to be released soon, unless he has power, speed and an outstanding arm.


(2) Repubs Tamara Barringer and Chad Barefoot won in Districts 17 and 18, respectively, as did Chris Malone (R) in the D35 House race;

(3) Incumbent Richard Burr (R) rolled over Deborah Ross (D) in the U.S. Senate competition, regardless of her ads detailing Burr's $$ deals. When Ross couldn't deny Burr's ads charging she had been an ACLU lawyer who fought mandatory sentences for rapists, promoted gun control and defended flag-burners, she was swept off the cliff. (A parochial observation: flag-burning may be protected by the Supreme Court as political expression, but it's like spitting in the face of families who have grieved for sons and daughters who gave their lives to protect freedom and stand against dictatorships around the world. No candidate can bring that kind of rubber knife to a gun fight and expect to survive).

Some more interesting post-election facts:

(1) If Pat McCrory wins a recount, NC will be one of 23 tri-fecta states in the US (governor, senate, house controlled by Republican Party).
(2) If McCrory wins, the Dems will have 6 trifecta states.
(3) If McCrory loses, the Repubs will have 22 trifecta states.
(4) In the NC House, the count is 74 Repubs and 45 Dems. The Dems picked up 1 seat in the House while the Repubs remained at 74.
(5) Dems had 31 election races in the NC House in 2016 with 0 (zero) opponents. Repubs had 29 such races.
(6) Republican newcomers in the NC House -- Mike Clampett (D119) and Cody Hensen (113) defeated incumbents Joe Queen (D119) and Maureen Copelo (113). Democrat Mary Belk (D88) and Cynthia Ball (D 49) defeated Repub incumbents Rob Bryan (D88) and Gary Pendleton (D49).
(7) House newcomer Larry Strickland (R, D28) def. newcomer Pat Oliver (D).
(8) In the NC Senate, Danny Earl Britt (R) def. incumbent Jane Smith (D). Smith was the only NC Senate incumbent to lose in November.
(9) In the NC Senate, the count is 34 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

In the face of another overwhelming state election defeat -- with the exception of the unsettled NC governor's outcome -- Dems had to do SOMETHING. So they have turned, once again, to their only friendly bulwark -- the federal courts, specially the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit where three liberal judges -- Judge Diana Motz, a Bill Clinton appointee; Judge James A. Wynn Jr., a Barack Obama appointee; and Judge Henry F. Floyd, an Obama appointee -- ruled in 2016 the redrawn (mandated by NC law as a General Assembly duty) electoral districts were declared unconstitutional and the voter I.D. requirement of the legislature violated civil rights of minority groups. This was announced three weeks after the Nov. election results in which Dems declare no voter fraud occurred -- which should be a puzzlement to them and other liberals.

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Posted by Rataplan on 11/30/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Posted by Sahana Sofi on 11/30/2016 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Where Do We Go from Here?

What ever Trump has plans for is not looking good for those of us who work for a living...Trump already said he thinks we are paid to much and work to little...This coming from a man who has never known hard work...He surrounds himself with idiots and industry zealots ...And they all have some real screwed up conservative agendas..

Now if your rich these agendas wont concern you in fact it will be your utopia... you will sing the GOP praise whistling zippidy do da and dancing a jig.....BUT...If you are just your average light middle to lower income worker paying rent and all that entails plus kids woooweee...And that's millions and millions of people..Then his policies are going to be your drudge and misery...

Things the GOP and Trump hate...minimum wage..UN-employment insurance..workmen comp...OHSA...SSN..Medicare..Medicaid...Social Services..employer health care.....Or to be able to sue your boss for any thing...Republicans want you to totally be on your own with no help, no hope, no prospects, their only resolve is to tell you to get a job. They don't care if jobs are scarce that's no excuse..In fact they don't even want you to vote because they know you wouldn't vote for them because your misery will taint your vote ...Only an idiot who works for a living would vote republican.

...The republicans expect you to pull yourself up by them bootstraps and get on with it republicans expect you to sacrifice and suck it up...They want you to do something that they themselves have never had to do and if they did they would have to call daddy to bail them out...They lay awake at night thinking about some poor kid eating a good slice of beef and a coke and candy bar on their dime...But think nothing of corporate criminals stealing billions of dollars and not seeing a day in jail and then get big tax breaks and subsidies on tax payer dime or to spend millions of dollars in tax payer money trying to find something which to burn a democrat candidate who is running for president, when the very one they support is one of the biggest con men to ever sell a car...and a crook of all crooks....In fact all republican lawmakers are just your basic garden variety crooks and cons who don't represent you.

Now y'all can praise him all you want, so be it....But in doing so, I can call you out as being stupid beyond belief.....In four years, if life has been good to you, I am sure you will give him another four years I doubt it......

.When you get disabled at no fault to you and no ssn what will you do?....or no unemployment insurance or medicare for when your old and cant work and don't have ssn....Bleak picture for millions in the next few years and maybe beyond....SPOILER ALERT....Thats why these programs exist, they are for you, not corporations or opinionated stupid, dumber, n dogshit republican, politicians....These are working mans perks, just like the rich mans perks, only ours are much smaller...Why do they get perks and then they call ours as being moochers or entitlements....Well I know who the real moochers are..Thats every republican politician who gets a government check..He and or her is one big old mooching assbag..

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Posted by Tony Dockery on 11/25/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Based on some of the comments here, I'm to understand that Mr. Mozingo is a worthless piece of trash because he's white. because he supported Trump, and because he has a criminal record. Check. There are even inferences made about his level of education and whether or not he's ever been in a library.

Out of curiosity ... would people be saying this if he had darker skin? Or are we simply at a point where it's OK to trash Caucasians, but to do the same to an African American man in similar circumstances would evoke cries of "BIGOT!" and "RACIST!"?

By the way, I don't condone either. Yes, it appears that Mr. Mozingo has made some bad choices in life, as many people do. Yes, he has political opinions that many of us don't share. But if we're truly going to act like the enlightened people we fancy ourselves to be, then wouldn't it make sense to offer a little more compassion and respect than the vitriol being spewed here?

Oh, and if there was only a way to ensure that convicted felons and the like aren't participating in elections. If there was only a way to make sure that at the person showing up at the polls is who he/she claims to be. If only there was a way ...

(Caveat: I was born and raised in a Commonwealth country that has long been known as a torch-bearer of fair democracy. For as long as I've been alive people have been required there to show ID when voting. In fact, I never knew that there were first world countries that didn't require voter ID until I lawfully immigrated to the United States where, as a citizen and active voter, I still instinctively produce my ID when I go to vote.)

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 11/25/2016 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Organize or Die: The Left Needs Its Own Tea Party

Back in the 20th century we used to have wonderful strong democrats who would never allow any bullies, either extreme religious right wing gun nuts who wish to destroy women's rights or slash public education, affordable housing, decent working conditions and necessary government regulations for the good of all people to kick them around! FDR, LBJ, Harry Truman, Hubert Humphrey and Adlai Stevenson, just to name a few! Those real democrats really represented ALL working class and middle income people in this country! They all tried to create real democratic LIBERTY and Fair And equal justice for all!

But ever since REAGAN, unions that protected the working class Americans and regulations that prevented American manufacturing jobs from being shipped to third world countries, especially in ASIA were destroyed and the Anerican workers who used to have the manufacturing jobs were kicked to the curb, into slums and HOMELESSNESS!

The democrats under REAGAN caved in to most of his demands. He was the first republican to change the party from a reasonable centrist right wing party to a CRUEL FASCIST PARTY

Bush 41 made things worse and the democrats once again FAILED to fight back until the economy crashed and big companies (especially insurance companies) who used to value all of their older experienced employees and treat them well and encourage them to stay with the company up to retirement age were now TRASHING their older workers and kicking them to the curb at ages 40-60, an age when they are TOO YOUNG to get Social Security or job pensions and at the same time too OLD to easily find new jobs! A VICIOUS HORRIBLE THING TO Do to Older Working Class Americans!

Finally in 1992 Clinton got elected because if the way REAGAN and BUSH destroyed the economy and the economy got better

But the republicans still PREVENTED the democrats from bringing manufacturing jobs back because the big companies did not have to pay American taxes if the plants and jobs were in China or India and they could pay the third world people cheaper wages than they paid the American workers, and they were DETERMINED to keep their gravy train that REAGAN and BUSH 41 gave them!

The democrats once again failed to FIGHT BACK and rally the people against corporate greed that destroyed American jobs.

Clinton was ruined also be the Lewinsky scandal because ever since REAGAN
The playing field between Democrats and Republicans is not fair and equal.
Republicans can get away with all kinds of scandals and horrible crimes. But all it takes to cause a democrat to be ruined is an extra-marital affair!

Again the democrats failed to fight back which they should have done, exposing republican corruption and holding REAGAN accountable for giving arms to IRAN in exchange for the hostages and DESTROYING the lives of millions of Anerican workers by allowing CEO's to ship Anerican jobs overseas and lay off older workers at an age where they are TOO OLD to find new jobs and TOO YOUNG for retirement benefits!

Then BUSH 43 stole the election by refusing to allow a re-count of Florida's bored!

GOTEvabd the whole democrat party turned COWARDLY instead of fighting for the right to get a fair recount!

Then the 9-11 attacks occurred and the Whole GOP EXPLOITED the tragedy leading us into an unjust and costly war with IRAQ! The congressional democrats CAVED IN!

In 2004 the democrat candidate JOHN KERRYbwas ruined by the fear mongering propaganda SWIFTBOAT attacks!

The whole democrat party TURNED COWARDLY instead of fighting back! The bastard BUSH 43 got a Second term

Those who don't fight back NEVER win. You cannot pick up a rattle snake and expect to tame it and make it a pet!

When Obama got elected he thought he could get the republican (now fill blown FASCIST) party to settle down and work with him! He was unfortunately WRONG!

In August of 2009 the damn GOP unleashed a vicious army of hateful RASCIST TEA PARTY foot soldiers to run wild all over America, MALICIOUSLY SMASHING UP AND MALICIOUSLY DESTROYING every single town hall meeting that President Obama set up all over the land to explain his healthcare reform program to the public.

When that happened I sent emails to Organizing for America and The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. BEGGING them to FIGHT BACK against the vicious attacking Tea Partiers! I told them that failure to fight back against GOP attacks would DESTROY all of our efforts to TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK from the corporate Greedy Republicans who did so much damage with REAGAN and BOTH BUSHES!

All I ever got from them was a stupid INSULTING Email telling me that the TEA PARTY was nothing more than a nasty little bunch of crackpots who would surely go away if we good democrats just IGNIRED THEM! WRONG!

Bullies only get more vicious when their victims do not fight back

And just as I feared President Obama LOST his democrat majorities in BOTH houses of congress and most state governor seats because progressive voters HATE COWARDS who let republican bullies kick them around! The refusal of the progressive Cortes to turn out in good numbers on Election Day is all the damn Reiubkucan FASCISTS need to win!

And thanks to the COWARDLY "Democrats" who lost the congress, MITCH MC CONNELL who is just as horrible as Donald Trump has DESTROYED President Obama's constitutional right to have his nominated Man, a DECENT FAIR Minded judge named MERRICK Garland given a fair hearing and nomination to the Supreme Court! TRUMP will add to the court a horrible religious fanatic just like SCALIA who WILL send women back to the days of COAT HANGER BACK ALLEY ABORTIONS!

Because the democrats have turned COWARDLY, instead if fighting back, just like the Weimar Republic democrats of 1833 Gernany!

Evil flourishes when good people do NOTHING instead of fighting back!

That is why TRUMP and all the other republicans WILL turn America into the same nightmare that Germany was in 1933-1945

Posted by Mr.Peabody on 11/25/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “A Desperate Pat McCrory Makes His Last Stand

Promoting and supporting poor policy, like voter suppression, HB2, and extremely poor coal ash regulation, is despicable but human. Attempting to change the results of an election you have obviously lost is possibly criminal and most definitely puerile. Cooper's lead grows with every inane, baseless, and desperate challenge. Grow a pair McCrory. Show a little class on your way out the door.

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Posted by DR B on 11/23/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “How Did Mike Morgan Win?

Really though, this bolding thing is annoying.

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Posted by kevan on 11/23/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “A Desperate Pat McCrory Makes His Last Stand

Have you always done this bolding thing? Can you stop?

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Posted by Alex Dunham on 11/23/2016 at 9:19 AM

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