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Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

Would have much rather read a celebration of the positive qualities of an incredibly talented musician and friend. But, that's just me I guess.

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Posted by Jeff JD Dennis on 03/19/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “ComedyWorx celebrates 25 years of nurturing local improv

I will not use the comments section to mention my longform group, Sock Monkey Murder Farm, is playing at Comedyworx this Friday at 10:00.

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Posted by Philip Kruh on 03/19/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

Molotov would help restore the foundation which the subversives have long tried to destroy.

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Posted by Robby Castillo on 03/19/2014 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

LOL at citing the Southern Poverty Law Center, an extremist organization dedicated to propaganda.

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Posted by Matthew Aaron Smith on 03/19/2014 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Film review: Veronica Mars

Was it a limited release on March 14? Anyone know, cuz it's not playing around here . . .

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Posted by Kevin Worley on 03/19/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

Just something to keep in mind, Jason "Molotov" Mitchell is profiled as an extremist on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website:…

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Posted by sanchedm on 03/19/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

Molotov is a very grounded and 'real' candidate. He offers a breath of fresh air to the 'politics as usual' mentality. We want transparency in politics. We are sick of the manipulation and lies shoved down our throats by the last few years of leadership. I am also sick of people living off of the working class. Unemployment, as it is now, doesn't offer any reason to work hard and become something more for yourself.

As for his name, Molotov, (this one is for you Mick); lets not judge a book by it's cover, or a man by his name. Otherwise, I would call you racist and attack you for using a derogatory Irish word as your namesake. You better think that one through a little more before insulting someone by their name.

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Posted by Alden Galvanek on 03/19/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Re: Kay Hagan and Obamacare

I can't respond to Mr. Fine's assertion without more to go on about his income. To Mr. Ferraro, I would note that, according to the Census Bureau, median family income in N.C. 2008-12 was $46,450 (for the U.S., it was $53,046). For two-person families under the Affordable Care Act, subsidies cut off at $62,400 -- which, it's true, is less than what Mr. Ferraro and his wife report as gross income, but well above the median household income level.

I gather from his note that Mr. Ferraro is below age 65 and thus not eligible for Medicare. He is collecting Social Security. To qualify for (substantial) subsidy under the ACA, he and his wife would need to reduce their gross income of $85,000 to a MAGI -- Modified Adjusted Gross Income -- of some $23,000 less. There may be ways for them to defer income or fund retirement savings accounts that would achieve this, and I believe that any health insurance premiums they do pay are deducted in determining the MAGI. I'm not a tax advisor.

I wouldn't call $85,000 a year high-income, but it is well above the state average -- and collecting Social Security before age 65 is, of course, optional. So, while I don't dismiss Mr. Ferraro's comment, I do stand by what I wrote about the ACA, which was:

"For well-off folks, these policies may cost more. For most, including middle-class purchasers, they'll cost less—after the subsidies—for better coverage."

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 03/19/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The REAL ID Act's costly implications for North Carolina Latino communities

"In fact, as a new report to the General Assembly from the N.C. Department of Public Safety makes clear, entire industries in North Carolina—agriculture, food processing, construction—depend on undocumented immigrants. Otherwise, the report says, these industries would face 'a lack of citizens who will take these jobs at the offered wages.'"

In other words, we need people to be illegally in the state so that "entire industries" won't have to pay a fair wage.

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Posted by Orlando on 03/19/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

I neglected to mention in my previous comment that I applaud Aaron Lake Smith for his balanced and fair interview. It is quite clear that you did your research, and the questions you selected to post were straightforward and did not come across as antagonistic. It seems today that many journalists, no matter what end of the political spectrum they reside in, feel it necessary to badger, bully, and manipulate people who disagree with them. It is refreshing to find someone who can still express journalistic integrity. Thank you, sir.

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Posted by Michael G Hof on 03/19/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

This is a Candidate I could not only vote for but be lead by. Onward LEAD THE WAY!

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Posted by Rand Cottrell on 03/19/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

@Mick - Can you point out where in the interview Mitchell said the unemployed are lazy? I'm having trouble finding it. I did see where he thought it wasn't a good idea to incentivize people to remain unemployed.

Can you also explain why you felt it necessary to link his name change to Nazism?

Can you tell me when he said the homeless weren't poor? Because what I understood him to be saying is that the American (or at least North Carolinan) definition of poverty is vastly different from the poverty he observed in third world countries. When I read his statements, the conclusion I drew was that he wanted to make sure people didn't equate the two.

Would you also be kind enough to show where he discussed "trickle down" economics? All I saw was his stance that loosening the restrictive regulations on business by the government will enable businesses to hire more employees.

I would like to point out that giving people more choices, such as the choice to apply for and obtain a concealed carry permit, is by definition "expanding freedoms". It is simply your opinion that that is one freedom that should not be expanded on. I personally believe the right to murder an unborn child is a freedom that should not be expanded on.

I am a proud supporter of Mr. Mitchell. I have been a fan of his for several years now. While I do not agree with all of his opinions, I greatly respect his boldness to share them, the fact that he is resolute and does not change his character simply to fit in with whatever crowd he is addressing, and I believe he will make an outstanding contribution to the political arena.

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Posted by Michael G Hof on 03/19/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

A few points here: #1 Indy Week did not provide the link to the campaign website: Please visit the campaign website to find out more about Molotov Mitchell and the Liberation of District 16.
Do not hesitate to click the donate button and make a generous contribution to Molotov and his campaign.
Secondly, one poster here has his/her bias showing. Immediately resorts to name calling and exposing their own extreme view of the world. I'd wager that the person would be OK with the NEA funding Piss Christ, but is somehow concerned about a film maker eating a 'cookie.' Also, the Molotov cocktail was invented by Russian peasants who had had their weapons confiscated by the Communists. The name was given because it was a real irritant to the editor of Pravda, but methinks the poster has his/her own agenda and is not interested in any actual factual information, especially if it runs counter to his/her worldview. It is standard stuff for those who wish to lull the population into believing that their far left extreme position is anywhere near center of the bell curve. (Which they may not believe in either.) BTW, see the video at!

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Posted by dvberwyn on 03/19/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

Yes, Mick; I suspect many of the non-producers will wonder where their free ride has gone. I also suspect the majority of NC citizens that are hard working producers will have no problem ignoring their whiney complaints.

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Posted by Matthew Aaron Smith on 03/19/2014 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

Wish we could go beyond cloning this fool, and "teleport" him physically (a la the old StarTrek process) to PA. You can have him. He won't have much to do anyway, as he isn't coming close to beating his Dem opponent come fall.

In about 7-10 years, I suspect we all here in NC--including what's left of the torn-apart GOP--will look back on candidates/representatives like Mitchell, McCrory, Brannon, Rucho, Rabon, Harris, Rouzer, Ford, and Warren and say "What the hell was the party thinking?"

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 03/19/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

So Mick, in your year of living voluntarily homeless, you found the poverty to be analagous to the poverty you observed in 3rd world countries. Interesting, I am sure Molotov would love to compare notes.

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Posted by Matthew Aaron Smith on 03/19/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

I would pay Molotov Mitchell to move to Pennsylvania and run in my district. We are helplessly Democrat in Erie County and rusting where there used to be gold! I see Molotov as a younger (by 25-30 years) version of myself with a platform from which to speak and perform bringing relief from over-governing to the people of North Carolina. Clone this man...send him everywhere!

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Posted by Tom Heinrich on 03/19/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

Spent a few days in one of Mr. Mitchell's classes. I found him to be very grounded in common sense and someone who does not play politics. What you see is what you get, he will not take a position this week only to change it next week when speaking to a different group. While I don't agree with everything he has to say or has ever done, I honestly think he has the moral fortitude and character to put the individuals in District 16 above any other concerns. The problem with government is us. We avoid the moral person then are offended when the person we do elect flip flops and caves to special interest and money. The impression I got of Mr. Mitchell is that his character defines his actions where as most candidates actions determine their character.

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Posted by HillbillyTaylor on 03/19/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

Warped/throwback as in legally taking the name "Molotov" (a incendiary device named after the Russian who made a pact with the Nazis).

Warped/throwback as in not believing there are homeless poor in NC.

Warped/throwback as in eating the cookie image of a figure deem a prophet and savior by a huge segment of the word's population.

Warped/throwback as in judging those who would receive unemployment as only lazy.

Warped/throwback as in believing huge tax cuts to, and total deregulation of, corporations and business "trinkles down" to help the middle/lower economic classes; in believing that the NC GOP was the agent that "slashed" unemployment in NC; in believing that making it legal to carry concealed guns in restaurants and bars is "expanding a freedom" and "fantastic stuff."

But that's just my opinion, Matthew. You go right ahead and support this cretin.......

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 03/19/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Molotov Mitchell's plan to move the state senate (farther) right

What views do you feel are "warped" or "throwbacks?" Certainly no more warped or "throwback" than tax and spend and other socialist policies (see Europe for decades-old history of continual failure).

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Posted by Matthew Aaron Smith on 03/19/2014 at 11:02 AM

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