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Posted by CALISTO on 12/06/2016 at 5:22 AM

Re: “Shopping Is Hard: A Fashion-Challenged INDY Editor Gets a Style Assist

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Posted by Sameer Sharma on 12/06/2016 at 5:08 AM

Re: “Breaking: Pat McCrory Concedes Governor's Race

I'm honestly surprised. I had expected that he would only accept if the vote flipped.

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Posted by AgentDani on 12/05/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Smug Revisionism

Please, Mr. Keen, inform us on what kind of person Hilary Clinton is. But please leave out the innuendo, unsupported and false information. I would certainly appreciate becoming more informed and less ignorant (as you put it), especially from a person who claims to know so much about Clinton that we are all apparently missing.

Posted by GorSun on 12/05/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Durham Councilwoman: Why Are Cops Involved in Frank Clark Shooting Still on Force?

Thank you Councilwoman Jillian Johnson for your powerful courage to speak out the truth for us all who do not have a voice and cannot force those in power to listen to us. That's also why you received overwhelming support to win your position. Continue speaking out in truth for us all!

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Posted by Mariam Whitelle on 12/05/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: Profiles in Courage

Energy Transfer Partners said this changes nothing and they're going to drill anyway -- http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/12/live…

That General Assembly Special Session could be where McCrory might be planning on packing the N.C. Supreme Court with two extra seats, shifting it from 4/3 pro-Democrat (which would help soon-to-be Gov. Roy Cooper slightly to counterbalance the Republican supermajority in both the NC House of Representatives and the NC Senate) to 5/4 pro-Republican.

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Posted by Jon Howell on 12/05/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Wake County Judge Michael Denning: 'China Wouldn't Be So Bad If It Weren't for All the Chinese'

Impeach Judge Michael Denning. Does anyone find it very odd that Judge Michael Denning has not been impeached as a Judge yet?? He stated during a court hearing "China wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for all the Chinese." Yet, Judge Michael Denning continues to be a Judge. Is there a shortage of Judges in the United States?? It is disgusting that the Wake County Courts allow Judge Michael Denning to continue to be a Judge when he clearly made a discriminatory comment during a court hearing. His friend and colleague, Judge Christine Walczyk knows about the comment and ignores it. Judge Christine Walczyk is too busy committing perjury and violating the rules of the court to care about her friend and colleague making a discriminatory comment. I personally witnessed Judge Christine Walcyzk lie about what one of the witnesses stated during a court hearing. It is despicable how corrupt Judges, Judge Michael Denning and Judge Christine Walczyk continue to be Judges in the Wake County Court and in the family court. These two individuals have no business being family court judges. Judge Michael Denning stayed on a case where according to the Judicial Code of Conduct he was required to recuse himself. Did he do that?? Nope. Denning just stayed on the case even though he previously worked for people greatly involved in the case, Denning's brother is personal friends with people in the case, he works with people in the case and both he and his brother are very close personal friends with them and Denning's brother used to live with a person in the case. Someone should write a book about this, I think it would become a NY Times bestseller because the corruption of Judge Michael Denning and Judge Christine Walczyk is overwhelming!! Let's not forget about the third corrupt person in this, Judge Robert Rader, whom is the Chief District Court Judge, he has known about Judge Michael Denning making the discriminatory comment and what did he do about it?? Here comes the suspenseful answer, He IGNORED it. Oh and his wife contributed large sums of money to Judge Christine Walczyk's campaign so Rader would never reassign her off of a case no matter what she does and I mean no matter what. Walczyk has already violated a multitude of rules of the Court, committed perjury, she acts like she is out of control at court hearings (there are at least 5 audio recordings to prove this that are made from the Wake County court) and still Rader ignores everything. I am not the Plaintiff or the Defendant in the case but it is horrible sitting in the Court watching Judge Christine Walczyk in action. She is truly a corrupt Judge and stands against what America stands for and supports, which is a fair and impartial court system. I have faith that when all of the facts come out, both Judge Michael Denning and Judge Christine Walczyk will be impeached as Judges.

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Posted by Justice in the Courts on 12/02/2016 at 8:03 PM

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: “State Board of Elections Throws McCrory a Lifejacket

Of course there was no evidence. We're in a post-fact world, doncha know? And one person saying there could be a problem means that there totally was a problem. If this is to be anything but what it appears to be, they would call for a recount of the entire state. I wonder why they picked just Durham? I can't for the life of me imagine why that county was selected. Hmmm...have to think on that one.
Funny that the GOP is screaming about a recount in WI, MI and PA, but seems to think it's a good idea here.
Oh, while we're at it, let's have a recount of the whole state for the Presidential ballots as well. I can't imagine what will be found.

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Posted by canesfan on 12/02/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

JCD: Duke Performances dedicated a significant portion of our 2015 summer season to celebrating Music Maker's 20th anniversary. We featured artists including Cool John Ferguson, Sam Frazier Jr., Boo Hanks, John Dee Holeman, Ironing Board Sam, Williette Hinton, The Branchettes, Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen & Big Ron Hunter. Over the past decade, we've also had the good fortune of presenting Music Maker artists Joe Thompson, Dom Flemons & Bishop Dready Manning. Keep an eye on our offerings, I'm sure that we'll have opportunity to showcase more of the elders as time goes by. Finally, I'd be careful w/ the term 'original musicians', none of the folks living today were making music alongside Rev. Gary Davis, Etta Baker & Blind Boy Fuller during the 'heyday' of the Piedmont blues in the 1920s, 30s & 40s.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 12/02/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

caab's suggestion sounds exciting. It's a shame that the original musicians didn't fit into this particular performance, but I'd pay good money to see Duke Performances showcase them for a different event. I hope we can see that happen soon.

Posted by jcd on 12/02/2016 at 6:12 AM

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.

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

Re: “Local Lawyer: Officer Who Fired Fatal Shot Has a History ...

Plenty of news about all of the wrong in the DPD, some of which is probably true. When will we get to read about how this community plans to deal with its deep systemic problems, including its tacit support of a convicted felon being in possession of illegal substances and a stolen firearm?
Not that many years ago I took some classes at Durham Tech, and I always did my best never to any further west along East Lawson than I had to. I can only wonder how much crime this neighborhood exports out to the rest of the area.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 12/01/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Local Lawyer: Officer Who Fired Fatal Shot Has a History ...

"We're targeted."
"It scares me. I become afraid immediately.
They're coming to do something. They comin' to bring harm.
I'm gonna turn around. I'm gonna run. I'm gonna get away from the situation.
It scares the hell out of me."

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.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 11/30/2016 at 5:34 PM

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: “Residents: Meeting on DPD Shooting Accomplished Nothing

This comment is relevant to "Meeting on DPD Shooting Accomplished Nothing".
Were targeted.
It scares me. I become afraid immediately.
Theyre coming to do something. They comin to bring harm.
Im gonna turn around. Im gonna run. Im gonna get away from the situation.
It scares the hell out of me.
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 tuned 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.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 11/30/2016 at 12:58 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.

Otherwise,

(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: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

Gerald & the team on 'Piedmont Blues' spent a great deal of time with living, though elderly, Piedmont blues musicians. Duke Performances, working with Music Makers, has presented many of these artists over the past decade. After considerable conversation & consideration it was our conclusion that none of those musicians was nimble enough to effectively participate in this project. To be clear, Clayton's 'Piedmont Blues' is a synthetic project that attempts to honor the elders while making a presentation that bristles with a contemporary energy; only the audience will be able to determine whether this approach works.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 11/30/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

I would be curious to know why living Piedmont Blues legends are not involved in the actual performance when they are still alive and extremely capable at their craft, why this is not a performance collaboration.

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Posted by caab on 11/30/2016 at 9:26 AM

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