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

Judge Michael Denning should be impeached as a Judge! He made a discriminatory comment during a court hearing! He stated "China wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for all the Chinese." Judge Michael Denning should not even be running for Superior Court Judge! He is a disgrace of what it means to be a Judge. He should be removed/impeached as a Family Court Judge because he made a discriminatory comment!! The people of NC do not accept discriminatory comments made by a Judge!! Judge Michael Denning made a discriminatory comment during a court hearing!! Do the right thing, Judge Michael Denning, remove yourself as a Judge!! He has the audacity to think he should be a Superior Court Judge; he should not be a Judge at all.

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Posted by Discrimination is Wrong on 09/01/2016 at 7:40 PM

Re: “In a Statement, The Durham Hotel Apologizes to Michael Cho, Says It Does Not Tolerate Discrimination

were appropriate hurt feelings reports filed?

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Posted by terryboo on 09/01/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: New Republican Leadership, a Big Tropical Storm, and Creepy Clowns Lurking in the Woods

I recall a story from 2014 about people dressed as clowns who terrorized residents of San Joaquin Valley, California.… So, it could be copycats.

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Posted by cityfox on 08/31/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: New Republican Leadership, a Big Tropical Storm, and Creepy Clowns Lurking in the Woods

For clowns in the Carolinas check the legislatures!

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Posted by urbanus on 08/31/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: New Republican Leadership, a Big Tropical Storm, and Creepy Clowns Lurking in the Woods

Possibly disturbed clowns lurking in the woods? Sounds like we need a insane clown posse!

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Posted by cjn on 08/31/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “The Durham Hotel Ejects an Asian Man from Its Rooftop Bar, Is Accused of Racism, Blames “Mistaken Identity”

The hotel says their policy is to ask all parties in such a situatioin to leave. The news report says they only asked one person to leave??? What am I missing??

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Posted by MJKopechne on 08/30/2016 at 10:43 PM

Re: “The Durham Hotel Ejects an Asian Man from Its Rooftop Bar, Is Accused of Racism, Blames “Mistaken Identity”

Lets recap the last 24 hours...

An entitled millennial who holds a position of socioeconomic privilege (Duke tuition+room+board: $65K/yr) equates being kicked out of a bougie bar with what black people went through in the 1960s. This special snowflake literally feels that not being able to order his Rob Roy from a rooftop is equivalent to your ancestors being stolen from their homeland, enslaved for 200 years, and then systematically oppressed for another 150. Oh, and his "embarrassment" is apparently now a pressing concern for a City of Durham council member. Drop everything and call Al Sharpton!

There are no words.

And now the predictable cohort of social justice white knight hashtag activists have joined the froth. From as far away as San Francisco! Can you believe it? Durham is on the map people! Kudos to the complaintant for their social media game. Kids these days and their smartphones and snaptagrams. Ya know?

Oh but we're not finished... Local Alt-Paper Weekly decides to play the race card with a click-bait buzzfeed headline including carefully placed "scare quotes". Because Ad Revenue. Or journalism? Or something...

Do better Durham. Like, seriously. Do better. Please.

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Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 08/30/2016 at 10:17 PM

Re: “The Durham Hotel Ejects an Asian Man from Its Rooftop Bar, Is Accused of Racism, Blames “Mistaken Identity”

Gary 1 you are CLEARLY a classic member of the Durham white elite. It is sad that you've immediately taken a radical stance devoted entirely to the discrimination against Asian American citizens, regardless of their education level or sexual orientation.

I'm just kidding Gary 1. You're my (nay, OUR) hero. Please continue fighting the good fight against those who jump to radical conclusions without evidence, clear-headedness, or regard for those whom their irrationality affects directly.

To try to destroy a small business staple of the town of Durham without evidence or rational debate is a silly, uneducated thing to do and the public should react with more tact and reason before throwing stones.

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Posted by Bill Page Smith O'Reilly on 08/30/2016 at 9:03 PM

Re: “The Durham Hotel Ejects an Asian Man from Its Rooftop Bar, Is Accused of Racism, Blames “Mistaken Identity”

Until real evidence shows otherwise, I have no reason not to believe the rooftop bar's story -- that they received an actual complaint (though maybe was a hoax) and acted on it according to a policy that they develop according to how other businesses act and how law enforcement advises. So, under that assumption, I say this:

Michael Cho should hope that nobody ever has such success in spreading shame far and wide over a simple mistake that *he* will one day make as a radiologist, jeopardizing the career he worked so hard for and risked so much to achieve -- it seems he would be happy if business all but dried up at the rooftop bar and it had to close down, even if he believed it was actually a case of mistaken identity. The Durham Hotel's rooftop bar is being obliterated from far and wide by non-first-person negative comments, reviews, and sentiments. Let the witch hunt begin!

When somebody describes an Asian person (and maybe also his/her clothes, gender, etc.) as being the source of a safety issue, and no doubt provides some story about something that happened, and the bar manager has a responsibility to address it and goes to look for an Asian person that fits that description, that is not an act of racism. It is an act of searching for a person who looks like the person who was described to you. I believe Michael Cho described in his FB post that he was the only Asian person on the rooftop ... what do we really expect the bar manager to do? You'll say "talk to Michael! Find out what's going on and realize it's nonsense!" I get that sentiment to some extent. But, although this false positive hurt Michael Cho emotionally, what happens when the bar manager doesn't kick somebody out and a false *negative* ID occurs -- then physical harm or violence happens. Which of these do you expect a business to favor?

Maybe more facts will come out, but until they do, I think the witch hunt that has already been set off is a sad consequence, and again Michael Cho should hope and pray nobody ever treats a radiological mistake of his as he has treated the rooftop bar. If he thinks Durham has it out for Asian people, he must not be much of a "resident" at Duke after all.

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Posted by Gary 1 on 08/30/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: To Help African-Americans Learn to Love Trump, a Surrogate Depicts Hillary in Blackface

Democrats with federal, state and local policy have narrowed the focus of economic development in black neighborhoods to business incentives, undermining any prospect of raising the standard of living for black families.

Municipal budgets of inner-cities across the nation are tight and with new demands on revenue, diverting tax revenue to business incentives reduces investment in education, job training and other essential public services.

In short, “up-front” workforce development subsidies must be replaced with annual subsidies contingent upon goal attainment. Current democratic policy has encouraged the “take the money and run” behavior that has victimized black neighborhoods for decades. Commitment to black neighborhoods require replacing the current programs with “forgivable” loan means that each year the loan payment is due it is converted to a “grant” to the extent that project goals are met that year. Tax abatements and credits should be structured the same way.

The PLAN is to have businesses rewarded for staying in black communities, not just showing up. This proposal is more effective because it puts the burden on workforce development projects to prove goals have been attained.

These projects will now be subjected to the same annual budget scrutiny as any other program that competes for the public dollar. There will be strong mechanisms to prevent corruption and conflicts of interest. No longer will there be “overbidding” for high profile companies.

Program effectiveness will be measured by how much the standard of living for black families improved (job quality). There will be a “sunset.” Any project that is “very expensive for very little documented gain” will expire.

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Posted by ToddElliott Koger on 08/30/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Durham Is Getting a New Dog Park

The Northgate park gets so much constant use. I would love to see it get the love it deserves from the city -- as opposed to handing $25k to some other organization to build something tiny, why not invest $25k in the much-used and much-ignored existing park?

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Posted by Amanda Connell on 08/30/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Durham Is Getting a New Dog Park

...I don't think 'gook' is the word you want to use there.

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Posted by vtcaconc on 08/30/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Remembering Quail Ridge Books Founder Nancy Olson, a Reader's Best Friend

Hi Zack,

I'm reading this again after seeing it almost 5 months ago. Our new Quail Ridge Books is open at North Hills. It is large, eclectic, and colorful. The children's section is magical and there is an upstairs that includes books, magazines, a reading nook, and a great view of the first floor. I never would have imagined 5 years ago that I would own a bookshop, especially one that was opened and lovingly kept by a rockstar like Nancy. Now I have put my stamp on it, under hers.

There are nuances of the former store there: the fireplace and comfy chairs, book club meetings, the "paperback boat," special sections that include Southern writers and NC writers, and the framed author photos in the bathrooms. Of course we have a beautiful picture of Nancy prominently placed, as she should be.

It's a different store with a different vibe. But the booksellers are the same genuinely kind people you always knew. The same great literature is shelved. We continue to present wonderful authors, poets, and town hall guests.

If you haven't already, I hope you will come in to see us. Bring your coffee in and have a seat, for as long as you like.


Lisa Poole

Posted by Lisa Robie Poole on 08/28/2016 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Fast-track trade for the TPP: David Price says — No. (With an *) Plus, an afternoon update …

Trying to make some sense of the TPP. All you need to know it´s that while we are busy with Trump, Hillary and the election; they are moving forward with this Pacific Trade Treaty that is going to move more jobs to Southeast Asia. And I do not have anything against those countries, but everybody understands what more unemployment would mean for the US. Plus, it would make US laws powerless against big corporations... Yep, the fine print of TPP is not fun.

Posted by jsanchez on 08/28/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

DJ17 McCory has never been right on anything....He has his head so far up duke powers ass and he cant see for all the BS...Every time he opens his mouth he tells another lie.......2016 will be good riddance to that useless taint.

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Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

McCory=One term asshole.....see ya bye bye....

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Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 11:14 AM
Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 11:11 AM

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

I'm no staunch conservative and have no strong opinion of the judge but I don't think that statement means what the author is implying it means.

Was it the best way to put that sentinent? I'd say probably not. But I think it makes much more sense that the nuances of an unfamiliar culture can be difficult to adapt to make more sense when talking about parenting and custody than a blatantly racist or culturally insensitive statement.

What I do know from someone who has worked in his office is that he is fair, fastidious (some might say takes a long time to make decisions but they're well thought out when he does), and can smell crazy. The things I think you want in a Family Court judge.

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Posted by Frankie 1 on 08/26/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “'Transgenderism' Is a 'Feeling,' Explains Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

Just another case of a religious idiot who thinks his Bible trumps science.

Vote them ALL out this November!

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Posted by Tori Browning on 08/26/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

No scientific proof that transgenders are trapped in the wrong body.., climate change, no ransom paid, no confidential email on the servers, didn't know it was not approved, Does anyone notice a common theme to those statements from the leadership in D.C. ? Lies / half truths. All to keep the Democrats in power. America, wake up. Take back your country. Vote Trump 2016. Any other vote is just a continuation of the present crash course.

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Posted by Martin Weigand on 08/26/2016 at 12:38 AM

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