Ditto on all 4 comments. Tillis is so disgusting, it turns my stomach.And what's even sadder is there are people out there who actually agree with this monster. They voted for him. I sure hope the sensible people will wake up and smell the coffee and get to the polls and send him packing the next time around.
Perhaps Thom Tillis should be tried for first degree murder for the many mass shootings that have occurred because of the inaction of leaders like him. As the top money-grubber of the NRA, he clearly has blood on his hands.
They made their goal. That said, it's not the job of rich white ladies in Raleigh to fund black separatists especially when Pierce Freelon comes from an incredibly wealthy family and could fund the whole thing without a Kickstarter. In the end someone (mommy and daddy?) dropped $6K to fund it.
Also, there's that anti-white hostility and black separatist thing he's going:
THE INDY: When we think about “spaces” in terms of physical rooms in downtown Durham where black folks feel at home and in tune with the city’s revitalization, could an unapologetic project like Blackspace come off as alienating?
PIERCE FREELON: I’m not worried about it. My obligation is not to the people who find it objectionable. My obligation is to my people—black people and black liberation. If that means that I’ve alienated a few people who might have given money, then good. I don’t want their money anyway. I’d rather raise the money from the people who I intend to liberate myself with.
Sounds like if you're white and you object to racist behavior on the part of blacks, he doesn't want your money.
But like I said, pops came through with 6K.
The NRA gave him so much money he would probably put a gun in his own mouth, if they asked.
It makes me sad to see the class disparity in the triangle written out so clearly. The Kickstarter for Blackspace was less than 25 grand. I know for a fact that there are rich white women in Raleigh who spend 30 grand on flower gardening for their homes.
This is such an inexpensive piece of culture, and will give so much more back. If it doesn't hit the funding mark, this area needs to have a serious conversation with itself.
Perhaps Tillis needs to be reminded that the U.S. Constitution says that members of congress are "privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses."
Thom would like to get to work on stuff like defunding agencies that protect consumers and making sure financial advisors can get back to selling their clients products against their interests, no time for these grandstanders trying to save lives.
This is not a protest against the second amendment, as one commenter said. We can ban weapons for private use that allow a single person to shoot over 130 people, without doing away with the right to bear arms.
The SBC has sinned. Though shall not bear false witness. The SBC should repent.
When the new place opened up it went from fun local gay friendly hangout (with beer) to yuppie/hipster cocktail bar (with no beer and overpriced sandwiches), which had zero appeal. It wasn't a loyalty thing (as the new owner suggests), it just wasn't the same, or anywhere close to being the same. Seriously, did they really think after changing everything about the bar/restaurant that they would automatically keep all of the patrons based on the location? If you closed down a steakhouse and replaced it with a vegetarian restaurant, would you expect the same clientele?
I'm surprised they didn't just tweak the first concept more and listen to customer feedback. Also, we all knew that the regular staff of the Borough were interested and then not contacted to work there. Which was lame. This is kind of a bummer. But maybe it will have a happier ending.
They spelled lease wrong in the listing.
The shills of the NRA only parrot the talking points of their handlers ... The levels of corruption and the lack of intellectual honesty has affected the GOP field of wannabe Mussolini clones.
Fascism is alive and well within the GOP.... and it is time that the corporate whores in Congress be sent to the dung heap of history in the next election cycle and replaced with compassionate common sense citizens to hold those respected offices in Washington.
For being as heavily armed and brave as they are, a substantial subset of soldiers and cops have awfully thin skins when criticized (even in the most diplomatic of terms.)
Jillian has nothing to apologize for. Good for her for standing her ground.
I do not see the coorelation between civil rights protests and people protesting against the 2nd Amendment, mainly because they didn't win the debate on it and get their way.
Mark Walker (R, 6th district) whitesplaining sit-ins to civil rights hero John Lewis. Mark should have his head examined, preferably with the business end of a nightstick.
Courage in the face of ignorance, then as now.
Mark Walker is a moron and a complete embarrassment to the state of NC. John Lewis is a bona fide American hero. Walker isn't qualified to carry Mr. Lewis' briefcase.
I have to agree with nematome above. I am very disappointed to see Hadley's fail, but there were major problems that alienated the regular Borough crowd from day one. First, if it is not broken then don't fix it. The conversion to Hadley's was too much of a change - all beer taps taken out, no hot side dishes, no basic light beer option even in a can or bottle, sandwiches were more expensive than the Borough, etc. Second, Hadley's announced that they would be retaining some of the Borough staff, but us regulars knew that many of them interviewed to work there but none of the wait staff was hired. These people had become close friends to the regulars, and this put many of us off from day one. Still, most of the regular crowd gave it a chance. When they changed concept again to a martini bar, that was even less attractive. Without food, there is nothing to differentiate them from the bar next door. It always felt like they were trying concepts that appealed to themselves without taking into account any feedback from the Borough regulars. I talked to the owners each of the times I went to Hadley's. They were friendly and nice. It is not that we hated them or their establishment, but their changes were too drastic and drove the regular crowd away. At the end of the day, the Borough never had the best food, but it was always a place where I could go where I would see friends. It was, for many of us, our local "Cheers" experience. Hadley's drastic changes drove that regular crowd away. We miss our regular watering hole, and hope that the next owner can take input from the old Borough regulars. You will have a gold mine on your hands if you take it back to something that is closer to the Borough concept.
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