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Re: “"We care about the human race": An interview with Black Pussy

You say you're not "stupid," Mr. Hill. Maybe, maybe not. But you're certainly INSENSITIVE, and you need to change the name. Perhaps if your band was all female and all black, you could pull this off (like the Russian band, "Pussy Riot.") Do you not care how much pain you're inflicting on black women with this?

Not cool.

Posted by Eric Mills on 03/27/2015 at 3:17 AM

Re: “Gospel singer and pastor Shirley Caesar reflects on her life

I love shirley

Posted by HealinghandsRea Reaiya on 03/26/2015 at 9:31 PM

Re: “North Carolina cities' police-oversight boards are mostly toothless. Some state lawmakers want to change that

For the City Manager to say the Board lacks expertise is insulting. We are trusted to read complex cases and debate them and yet are not deemed intelligent enough to be more involved in the investigations? We must attend the Civilian Police Academy and 16 hours of ride-along with officers to view first hand how events unfold and yet we are not qualified to delve deeper into the bottom line issues?

Perhaps the City Manager should attend at least one session of the Board to observe and understand to wipe away his ignorance in this area. Then, let him decide. After all, the members are interviewed and selected by him so how does that reflect on his abilities? No, it is the police who fear true oversight and they also report to the City Manager. Perhaps a conflict of interest or a bias of one paid group over the other unpaid.

Posted by papasmurf on 03/26/2015 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Bandleader, head chef and restaurateur Cheetie Kumar rarely sees sunlight, but at least she sees results

RobbieR, That might be the most hilarious comment I've ever read - well it would be funny if it wasn't so sad that people might read what you said. I don't think I've ever heard as much praise for a new restaurant as Garland has had. And it is completely warranted -- "barely edible", HA - I don't even know what to say! So maybe your mad about something involving Kings? Which doesn't make any sense because Kings (and Neptunes) have electronic and bass music A LOT - Garland being open doesn't seem to have deterred that at all. The guy that books there seems to be more involved with that world than the rock world. Maybe you didn't get booked there or something? There is some misplaced aggression going on or something. Anyway, here's to Cheetie ! Also, it's not easy to find someone who doesn't think that Birds of Avalon are a great band.

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Posted by robotic75 on 03/26/2015 at 5:30 PM

Re: “"We care about the human race": An interview with Black Pussy

Dustin Hill sounds like a very immature person who is empty inside. His music I'm sure only speaks to other empty and shallow people. When will people get that freedom goes hand in hand with responsible. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Black pussy needs to get that the name is the pentacle setback for their success.

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Posted by Liz Crews on 03/26/2015 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Bandleader, head chef and restaurateur Cheetie Kumar rarely sees sunlight, but at least she sees results

Pick one thing and do it well the saying goes... The barely edible food truck inspired fare from Garland is much like her band's boring music, only tolerable at 2am when you're wasted out of your mind. Why would they disparage DJs from playing at their own venue? Yes, Bass is big part of Electronic music, which enjoys a global following unlike rehashed 90s indie rock. She does have a cool clear guitar though. Let's hope she decides to follow ONE dream rather than jumping haphazardly from project to project, with none of them actually being worth the price of admission. As my East Indian friend Amit would say, "Chill Out".

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Posted by RobbieR on 03/26/2015 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The Loop is a badlands. We should get rid of it.

I prefer the Durham DMZ, you know where not to wander out of and get shot

The main reason you see no development is the building owners would rather levy huge lease payments on crappy spaces that continue to lay dormant for the past 30 years. City Gov is only open 9-5, remember the 90s when the inner loop was a ghost town, you'd see dudes with axes and machetes wandering around.

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Posted by RobbieR on 03/26/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Durham launches living wage campaign

@Dude If you are a regular reader, then you know that I often write stories that advocate for the poor, not the other way around. The plight of people who were booted out of Lincoln Apartments, my stories about affordable housing, etc. all demonstrate that.
For the record, I cannot regularly afford pricier options (I often eat at home), and my disdain for McDonald's, in particular, is due to its exploitation of its workers and its role in the industrial food system. It is not disdain for people who eat at McDonald's or Subway. I have not written anything disparaging their customers.

People who are in poverty are often there because of situations outside of their control: medical bills, for example. To blame their poverty on a "series of unwise choices," is ridiculous. I know no one who has chosen to get cancer, for example.

And if you think my current job has no mental stresses, well, the fact that I'm engaging in a conversation with you indicates that indeed it does.

Posted by Lisa Sorg on 03/26/2015 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Durham launches living wage campaign

I spent a year as a line server in a buffet restaurant in high school and another year waiting tables in college so I know the service industry very well. Coming from this background is one reason why I do tip at places where workers make minimum wage or below.

Not sure why a liberal drone like Sorgie thinks I should tip additional when I'm already charged higher prices that go toward paying the higher wage these businesses choose to pay their employees. Practically speaking we've already tipped, and now we're being asked to tip again on top of it.

It was my early experiences doing restaurant work that motivated me to get an education and additional skills so I wasn't stuck doing these sort of jobs for life. Anyone in such positions should realize they aren't meant to be a career, merely a stepping stone on the way to something better. And with the constant influx of immigrants willing to do these jobs cheaper and technological developments that will lead to automation (robots), wages aren't going to increase anytime soon.

Based on the disdain for the poor that Lisa has repeatedly shown in past articles ( for instance, her trashing those who choose to eat at Subway or McDonalds, instead of pricer options she can easily afford) and her obvious privilege (must be nice to be able to write not have to work a job that involves physical labor, danger, or mental stresses) , it's clear that she has little understanding of what it takes to get out of poverty and what contributes to it. She would rather blame institutions, confiscate and redistribute resources from those who are productive, responsible, and hard-working, as well as "otherize" and condemn those who don't fall in line with her policy prescriptions, rather than acknowledge that a series of unwise personal choices made over time is what put people in poverty or keep them stuck in it, and that individual attitude and behavioral changes are what is most required.

What would be an interesting story, one which these businesses and Sorgie would likely avoid, is how much profit is being made by the owners. It's one thing to say you're paying employees more, but the fact is we all know these additional labor costs get passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.
Have the owners of Monuts, Rise, Fullsteam, or Cocoa Cinnamon taken a hit from their profits? How much profits do they in fact have and are they unreasonable? Monuts just moved to a bigger location and Cocoa Cinnamon is opening a new store. Fullsteam is always packed and I see their bottles sold all over town. My guess is they're doing pretty well and engaging in a some moral grandstanding while passing the costs on to the consumer. If they put their money where there mouth is they would keep the "living wage" while lowering prices.

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Posted by Dude on 03/26/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Live: At The Ritz, ego and a lack of safety combine for a Farruko failure

The photo accompanying this article is priceless. It could just be a trick of perception, but it appears that the photographer was probably only about 4-5 rows back from the stage, yet you can count 6 cell phones blocking the view to the stage. One of these days venues are going to start outlawing this.

Posted by TVGbullcity on 03/26/2015 at 12:19 PM

Re: “How to break Duke Energy's stranglehold on North Carolina's power industry— and maybe save our coasts in the process

This is huge, for me. I was very close to putting solar on my roof this past year through solarize chatham, but to do so i would've needed to also buy a new roof, first. And with many other expenses of life weighing me down, i simply couldn't afford the solar panels even with all the discounts and rebates, etc. I was really bummed, but I just couldn't justify doing it. This law would change that immediately for me.

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Posted by mdub on 03/26/2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “The Loop is a badlands. We should get rid of it.

What's always amazed me about the loop is how the downtown fire station is situated right on the second* most insanely engineered (I use the term loosely) confluence of streets in the city.

It'd be lovely to see City Hall Plaza made pedestrian-only, the weird stubs of Liberty ground up, and that (current) dead zone between Roxboro and City Hall turned into a downtown park that people could actually get to and use.

I'm not convinced the traffic implications of ditching the loop are worth worrying about (not that this will stop anyone). Downtown is going to grow, and there is no downtown in the world worth being in that doesn't have shitty traffic. Even when the light rail comes, people will be driving downtown. There's no getting around it. (So to speak.)

Unless we replace the loop with a moat, which would be kind of fun, if a bit impractical.


*The tangle of Markham/Mangum/Roxboro is worse.

Posted by BullCityBrian on 03/26/2015 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Sorghum resurgence leads distiller to create No'Lasses spirit

Wow. Two years in the making. Local spirits are coming along...

Posted by Lyle Estill on 03/26/2015 at 12:58 AM

Re: “For six decades, folklorist Bill Ferris has broken some of the country's biggest racial barriers. Now, he's sharing the South's story with the world

Henry Louis Gates did not meet Ferris when both were "both young teachers" at Yale. Ferris was a professor. Gates was awarded his B.A. In 1973 at the same commencement ceremony at which B.B. King was awarded the honorary degree for which Ferris, an associate professor, nominated him.

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Posted by Ray Zircon on 03/25/2015 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Sorghum resurgence leads distiller to create No'Lasses spirit

I tasted the sorgum 'rum' at their private opening the other night. I'm impressed. Hope it makes it to the ABC store soon.

Posted by Carol Hewitt on 03/25/2015 at 11:06 PM

Re: “How to break Duke Energy's stranglehold on North Carolina's power industry— and maybe save our coasts in the process

Solar is sluggish in N.C.??

N.C. is 4th in the nation for solar power and 2nd in the nation last year for new solar. Duke Energy is spending $500 million on new solar in the state.

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Posted by Randy Wheeless on 03/25/2015 at 7:48 PM

Re: “DOJ: North Carolina among leaders in prisoners with HIV or AIDS

I have been HIV positive for 6 years and long for the day to be free of this disease. I would love to be part of any trial that helped find the cure, i have an undetectable viral load and CD4 count of around 1100.
I have tried almost everything but I couldn't find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend a lot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i came across a great post of !Michelle! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of this great powerful healing spell doctor ,I wonder why he is called the great Dr, ADUWAWA, i never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so I quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and so i did all the things he asked me to do,He ask me to buy some herbs and which I did for my cure,only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and i becomes very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so i went to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HIV negative, i am very amazed and happy about the healing doctor ADUWAWA gave to me from the ancient part of Africa, you can email him now for your own healing too on his email: ( aduwawaspiritualtemple01 @ yahoo . com ) or call him on +2348131195952,................... I thank Dr, ADUWAWA.

Posted by Isabella Williams on 03/25/2015 at 6:45 PM

Re: “DOJ: North Carolina among leaders in prisoners with HIV or AIDS

I have been HIV positive for 6 years and long for the day to be free of this disease. I would love to be part of any trial that helped find the cure, i have an undetectable viral load and CD4 count of around 1100.
I have tried almost everything but I couldn't find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend a lot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i came across a great post of !Michelle! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of this great powerful healing spell doctor ,I wonder why he is called the great Dr, ADUWAWA, i never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so I quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and so i did all the things he asked me to do,He ask me to buy some herbs and which I did for my cure,only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and i becomes very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so i went to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HIV negative, i am very amazed and happy about the healing doctor ADUWAWA gave to me from the ancient part of Africa, you can email him now for your own healing too on his email: ( aduwawaspiritualtemple01@yahoo.com ) or call him on +2348131195952,................... I thank Dr, ADUWAWA.

Posted by Isabella Williams on 03/25/2015 at 6:44 PM

Re: “War and NASCAR: America-F&#$-Yeah

with oliver north on the board of the NRA this amounts to oliver north giving an award to oliver north.
Nascar has no shame LMFAO
IM a big nascar fan but this shite takes the cake, exposing nascar as the "show" not sport, that it is.

Posted by biggbee on 03/25/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “N.C. Reps. file discriminatory "religious freedom" act

Bill needs an amendment, like one introduced in Oklahoma, requiring every business that intends to discriminate to post that intent pubicly, including on web pages.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/oklahoma-dem-amendment-christian-businesses-must-post-notice-of-anti-gay-discrimination/

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Posted by akrewson on 03/25/2015 at 12:27 PM

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