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Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

@theFeline. Your statement on Gov. Johnson is patently false, and indicative of the kind of lies Democratic hack media have spread with the goal of scaring millennials back in line. Its disgraceful. Gov. Johnson believes "climate change IS mostly likely happening" and "it IS most likely human driven", both positions that emphatically break from conservative orthodoxy. All it takes is a Google search and enough attention span to read beyond the bullshit CNN, Mother Jones clickbait headlines. It is this kind of lie spreading that are encumbering Democratic reputation these days, particularly among independents and young people.

@ Jim McClarin, I agree: small factions with outside-the-norm-views often get their positions shoehorned into the monopoly party platform through the backdoor. Gov Johnson was the highest ranking politician to come out in favor of drug legalization, 10-15 years before anyone else, at the same time the Clinton's were lobbying for locking more people (of color, effectively) up via their 1994 Crime Bill. Those of us who see the damage of the Drug War's escalation recognize Gov. Johnson's principled leadership, and appreciate the change it has brought us (with more on the ballot Nov 8). We acknowledge elected leaders who envisioned a future where 1/3rd of black men don't have a permanent record just because all the other establishment Democrats and Republicans support this Drug War. While elected governor, Mr. Johnson consistently objected to it, loudly and publicly. He believes the marijuana issue is all but settled, by Christmas is will be legal for more Americans than not. That is the first major win for the people against the states visceral, racist, and elitist Drug War. It is clear which side Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Clinton side with here. And it is clear where they both stood, historically.

Progressives who care more about control than about people, will never discuss Gov. Johnson's leadership. Its why many other "Progressives" are not voting for the Democratic candidate. And why many others now look elsewhere for their "news".

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Posted by tkraw23 on 11/04/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

But should he really accept this Swedish prize ? After all Alfred Nobel was a major Swedish weapons manufacturer (Bofors Cannons) and inventor of projectiles, smokefree gunpowder and, of course dynamite. Still today the Nobel Prize Group is sponsored by the weapons industry in direct connection to Alfred Nobes own war industry: http://saab.com/region/singapore/about-saab/stories/saab-singapore-stories/2015/saab-supports-the-nobel-prize-series-in-singapore/

Listen to Masters of War !

BTW this devastating Nobel project must be stopped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpigW2zkZKA

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Posted by Bo Lagerqvist on 11/04/2016 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Listen to Our Hotline to Hell

She was saved in 1974. So was I, but it didn't stick.

In 1976-1977, Michael Jordan was in my homeroom at Trask Middle School. He had a sense of humor back then. I presume he still does. Hidden away, perhaps, but still there.

Your caller may have a sharper pivot, though. It's close.

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Posted by MichaelEdits on 11/03/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Wake County Offices and the Sales Tax Referendum

"....[The State legislators] do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would have to be created & approved by the General Assembly, which seems unlikely (to say the least)."
And this is another good reason to vote for a change to our State Legislators, so our cities and Counties can have more flexibility to create solutions that fit the needs of their constituents, to make government more responsive. HB2 had the added suck of barring local cities from making their own legislation regarding discrimination- and maybe more.
Time to get them out of there.

Posted by 2Lionsrock on 11/03/2016 at 12:15 AM

Re: “RIP Paul Luebke, a Progressive Icon

Missed Dr. LUEBKE today at UNC. I know he would have introduced the President of the United States as they together campaigned for the people of NC. He taught me a lot about NC politics and most importantly how to think like a sociologist about the economy and politics. I did not have a lot of time with him, we missed meeting before '86 and I didn't really meet him until I began a second MA in Sociology. Then I only had 5 weeks in seminar with him, but we read his book. So happy to hear Theo is carrying on in his father's footsteps, so to speak. May all his family and loved ones know his legacy will be remembered and his contribution to the public won't be forgotten.
Beth LaLonde

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Posted by bethlalonde@yahoo.com on 11/02/2016 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Previous commenters forget to consider Johnson's views on the environment. This is a man who would eliminate the EPA and who does not believe that Climate Change is happening.

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Posted by theFelineAdmiralty on 11/02/2016 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results Albert Einstein.

Since WHEN did it become okay for the LEADER of the FREE world to ELECT someone who is under FBI investigation for criminal activity, accusations of sexual abuse, possible mental/physical health issues, pay for play corruption, or someone whose rhetoric equates childish behavior?

Has America lost its way? America USED to be looked up to by the rest of the world. This year it has turned into the laughing stock of world elections! America are YOU tired of it yet? Have YOU had ENOUGH? There IS ONE CANDIDATE that is on the ballot in ALL 50 STATES that is free from ANY SCANDAL. Better yet, a candidate that has a PROVEN record of leadership that you can be PROUD of, instead of embarrassed by.


Gary Johnson started a one man business that he grew into one of the largest in New Mexico, eventually employing over one thousand people. As governor in New Mexico, he quickly became a Governor of the people by establishing his Open Door After 4 policy where on the 3rd Thursday of the month, he would meet with anyone in 5 minute increments until 10pm. After his two very successful terms, he left the state with new roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and a BILLION dollar surplus - all without raising taxes one single cent. As a matter of fact, he actually CUT TAXES 14 times! It should be noted that he was re-elected in a landslide as a Republican Governor in a HEAVILY Democratic state. To this day he is still so revered that he is favored to win New Mexico.

His running mate Bill Weld, a former federal prosecutor for seven years that won convictions in 110 out of 111 public corruption cases also quickly became known as a Governor of the people. As Governor, he led 16 trade missions to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, cut taxes 21 times, and managed to drop the unemployment rate in Massachusetts from the highest among the 11 industrialized states to the lowest. He was re-elected in 1994 with a record breaking 71% of the vote, a record that still stands today.

A wasted vote is voting for someone that you DON'T believe in, or simply not voting at all. This election YOU have the opportunity to make HISTORY. Don't let FEAR or manipulation choose who YOU vote FOR. This election, dont REWARD someone with YOUR vote who has not EARNED it.

This election you are NOT STUCK with having to choose the lesser of two evils.This election YOU CAN choose NO EVIL on your ballot. This election, instead of voting AGAINST someone you despise or find repulsive, vote FOR someone you can be PROUD of.

Your vote should be about what's BEST for, and who REPRESENTS you, your ideals, and your interests BEST. America, you HAVE a BETTER choice! Dont WASTE the opportunity that has been given YOU and let YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. You CAN make a difference.

Proven Leadership, A Problem Solver, Painfully Honesty, and Full of Integrity. A president you can be proud of. This election, I am PROUDLY voting for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.

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Posted by Edna Margarita Perez-Cardona on 11/02/2016 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Something to think about. Parents spend a lifetime educating between right and wrong, and instilling moral values in their children. When children misbehave or do the wrong thing, parents correct and sometimes punish their children. They certainly don't REWARD them for their bad behavior. This misbehavior is not condoned by parents, it's certainly not expected in adults, but yet in 2016 it is tolerated by some in presidential candidates.

If you don't condone it, then why in the world would you vote FOR it? You are sending a CLEAR message that you REWARD criminality, corruption, deception, lies, and vulgarity. Is that what you represent? Is that the kind of leader you want REPRESENTING YOU, your FAMILY, or your COUNTRY? Look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is the kind of example you want to set for your children. The world is watching.

Is this really the BEST that WE as a country can do? Is this really the BEST WE can offer our children's future? Or have we, based on polls and media manipulation, simply turned the presidency into nothing more than a horse race by simply trying to pick who we think will win? If that is the case, stop and think of what it is you are actually "winning". More wars, bigger government, higher taxes, larger debt, or simply put, more of the same.

Imagine instead of being stuck with having to choose for the lesser of two evils, of actually having the option of choosing NO EVIL instead. Don't let FEAR or manipulation choose who you vote for. This election, instead of voting AGAINST someone you despise or find repulsive, vote FOR someone you can be proud of. A wasted vote is voting for someone that you DON'T believe in, or simply not voting at all. Your vote should be about what's best for, and who represents you, your ideals, and your interests best.

Gary Johnson served as governor in New Mexico, which at the time, was in a state of fiscal ruin and decay. After his two very successful terms, he left the state with new roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and a BILLION dollar surplus - all without raising taxes one single cent. As a matter of fact, he actually CUT TAXES 14 times! He was a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, who was re-elected in a landslide.

Proven Leadership, A Problem Solver, Painfully Honesty, and Full of Integrity. A president you can be proud of. This election, I am PROUDLY voting for Gary Johnson.

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Posted by Edna Margarita Perez-Cardona on 11/02/2016 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Let's just imagine that some Millenials actually agree with Gary Johnson's smaller-government, pro-individual liberty, non-interventionist views. Then the argument boils down to the wasted-vote theory so let me respond to that:

During the first half of the 1900's Socialist Party presidential candidate Normas Thomas ran multiple times and never came close to winning. However, he accomplished huge changes in government policy by demonstrating a measure of solid support each election for his radical ideas, so both the Democrats and Republicans adopted several of his more popular platform planks, prominently among them Social Security and a progressive income tax. His ideas would have been ignored if only a few people voted for him but he attracted enough of the vote to be coveted by the other two parties. Thus voters for a candidate who would never come close to winning turned out to have a very powerful vote indeed, a vote that, in terms of policy change, would have been completely wasted had they given it to the Democrat or Republican candidate.

My argument is not to condone Thomas or his ideas, which most Americans favor today, but to say that third party candidates can have an impact far beyond winning and losing in electoral politics. Do you really think for a moment that if Johnson wins 10% of the vote that the Republican and Democratic nominee of 2020 will ignore that block of voters as unreachable? The Hell they will! They will angle for those voters by trying to appeal to the values they expressed in voting for Gary Johnson.

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Posted by Jim McClarin on 11/02/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Restaurant Merry-Go-Round at 403 West Rosemary Comes to a Strong Stop at Northside District

What are your credentials? Are you a chef? A sommelier? How are you qualified to review anything?
Is the Indy so poor and desperate that it hires anyone who likes to eat off the street as a food "expert"?

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Posted by aaaaaaa on 11/02/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “RIP Paul Luebke, a Progressive Icon

Wonderful article about a wonderful man.

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Posted by dianesowo on 11/02/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Wake County Offices and the Sales Tax Referendum

I am not an expert & this is difficult to research--I'm not certain whether the additional half-cent would apply to grocery items. I am fairly sure, however, that the General Assembly does not allow local governments to levy taxes on luxury items.

My understanding is that the restrictions created by the current majority allow a raise in the local sales tax across the board (which, again, might or might not apply to grocery items) within very strict parameters, & do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would have to be created & approved by the General Assembly, which seems unlikely (to say the least).

Posted by khoragos on 11/02/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

This looks like an article showing why people should vote for Johnson despite the feeble attempt to link him to HB2 and McCrory. We could use a healthy skepticism of an over-reaching Federal Govt. Johnson/Weld would institute a multi-party administration (Dems, Reps, and Independents) which might, for once make some progress on key issues, certainly more than we have seen. The Ds and Rs just want to fight. It's time to start fixing.

Johnson is the only one advocating Term Limits for Congress to start reducing the influence of special interest lobbyists. Johnson is the only one committed to balancing the budget and begin addressing the Federal Debt. These are key issues to anyone in their 20s, 30s or even 40s. People with these concerns could never bring themselves to vote for Clinton, and certainly not for Trump.

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Posted by djberryann on 11/02/2016 at 11:49 AM

Re: “RIP Paul Luebke, a Progressive Icon

Thanks for this great article about Paul.

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Posted by Carol Teal on 11/02/2016 at 11:17 AM

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

I've never lived in a house built more recently than 1976, so I have no personal experience with HOAs. I do know, however, that several of my neighbors told me they chose to buy a home in our neighborhood specifically because it does not have an HOA, so I guess they have had bad experiences of them.

Posted by David 1 on 11/02/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

"No" would have been more accurate and succinct.

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Posted by raleighispcool on 11/02/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Millennials:

1) Are tired of an interventionist foreign policy
2) Believe the Drug War is idiotic and unwinnable, and that locking up mass numbers of people of color for non-violent crimes is a TERRIBLE idea that has been long championed by your Democratic nominee.
3) Remember that the Democratic party was explicitly homophobic just 20 year ago. Look at DOMA voting records in Congress. Look at the president who signed it into law.

Some Remember this track record of establishment Democrats. That is why so many young people have fled to Mr. Johnson. In various polls of millennials he has been tied with Hillary, which is why the H-> machine has spent so much effort discrediting him with the goal of getting millennials back in line. The thing about millennials, they don't like to be told what to do. This is a real problem for the Democrats.

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Posted by tkraw23 on 11/02/2016 at 8:41 AM

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

Why any home buyer would voluntarily want another layer of bureaucratic control upon them, by buying into an HOA....just say NO to HOA's....

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Posted by Michael Gary on 11/01/2016 at 8:24 PM

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

Chris Malone tweeted his support of Judge Michael Denning. This is the same Chris Malone who voted for HB2 and defended the horrible bill. Judge Michael Denning is a huge supporter of HB2 and Judge Denning is a big supporter of McCrory. Vote for Becky Holt for Superior Court Judge District 10C. Judge Michael Denning should not be a Judge. He is corrupt. His campaign was also fined for Prohibited Campaign forfeiture.

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Posted by Voting4Change on 11/01/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Dan Blue III

Where are the rest of his answers? This is the shortest questionairre I have seen on Indy and much shorter than his opponent, Folwell.

Posted by Emily Sink Moody on 11/01/2016 at 2:36 PM

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