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Re: “Can Progressives Turn the Moral March’s Energy into Political Action?

I was there and have never tried to count a crowd, and in spite of all my enthusiasm for the cause, I really question the 80,000 head count. Does anybody have a really scientific count to cite? I'm very curious about this. And please, I mean serious, carefully done count, not an exaggeration either way. Editors, do you have any data yourselves?

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Posted by calnordt on 02/15/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Donald Trump Promised Big Bucks for Infrastructure. Could That Save Light Rail?

Donald Trump made many grandiose promises. Some, like Mexico paying for the wall, were blatantly hollow from the start. Lying for him is involuntary. It occurs without requiring thought or effort. And sadly he is apparently incapable of keeping up with his own lies as evidenced by his staunch insistence he didn't say something that he has been recorded on tape saying. And he obviously has no concept of infrastructure. Look at the chaos in his own inner circle. They are falling over themselves in their haste to improve their economic status, shove their draconian tenets down our throats, and poke everyone in the eye who is of no monetary value to them. It is sick, sad, pathetic, and unfortunately, our reality.

If you are looking to Donald as a savior for light rail you are barking up the wrong tree. The only thing he can be counted on to do is to privatize Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare (and any other program with an accessible bank account) and then suck every red cent out of the accounts. That way there is no moral aspect to it. They can say it wasn't personal, it was simply business. The court appointed presidency of Bush siphoned our bank accounts and now Trump has his sights on our retirement accounts. But don't take my word for it. Just sit back and watch.

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Posted by DR B on 02/15/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Plate Expectations

If the headline had been: "Is Scott Crawford Better Off Without Standard Food"? The answer would have been a resounding "YES!" I dined often at Standard when Crawford was there because the food was the best in Raleigh and the service and staff were spot on! I've dined once at Standard since it reopened sans Crawford. Once was enough. The food was good but not memorable. However, what was memorable was the bar service. It was deplorable. Last night, I dined for the 4th time at Crawford and Son. As usual, the food was excellent and, as usual, the service was spot on.

Posted by Sue Mixson on 02/15/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Welcome to the Resistance: Trump Is President, But Trumpism Can Never Prevail

Before the election, the progressives all said that everyone else should "unite" and come on board after Hillary would win the election. When she lost, the progressives became the most divisive and hateful group our country has seen in a long time. They said Trump should not question the results when Hillary would win, yet the progressives all have questioned the election results, threatened the President and non-progressives, and liberals now are harassing and threatening even moderates and progressives (like me) who support Trump. White people are being mugged by minority groups and then accused of racism. What a bunch of hypocrites in the "new liberal" movement.

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Posted by Rational 1 on 02/14/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Meet the Triangle Refugees Who Donald Trump Believes Pose a Threat to the United States

Stop lying, if you want to be a journalist. Trump is not banning refugees, and this kind of exaggeration is why liberals have lost power. The "ban" is a 90-day time period to improve the vetting of people from seven known terrorist countries. It does not affect green card holders, and there are many exceptions. Europe has almost daily attacks from "refugees" and it's a known fact that ISIS and other jihadi groups are hiding their people among the refugees. Liberals and Progressives are the ones splitting the country apart with their lies and false news like this article.

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Posted by Rational 1 on 02/14/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Cooper Offers HB 2 Compromise. It's a Bad Deal.

The choice is either to accomplish something or accomplish nothing. Evidently, the Indy chooses nothing, so it can hang on to its self-righteousness.

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Posted by chappa hillian on 02/14/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Dueling college a cappella groups in Pitch Perfect

Just saw Pitch Perfect 3 trailer. Looks like its going to be another year of fun ride. Incredibly excited to see the Bella ladies returning on screen. Wish there was something going on between Beca and Chloe in this one. Give something for use queer ladies too, will you Trish ;)
To know about Pitch Perfect 3 Rumors just take a look http://pitchperfect3film.com/pitch-perfect-3-rumors/">Pitch Perfect 3 Rumors and you get all the information you need.

Posted by Andrew190 on 02/14/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Democracy in Crisis: Trump’s Tough-on-Crime Week

I think my favorite part of this is the bit about Trumps executive orders amounting to you guys should fight all the crimes more better.

Posted by Jon Howell on 02/13/2017 at 11:06 PM

Re: “27 Reasons We Love the Triangle Right Now

Ditto on #10. Eric signed with Minnesota last off season. Jordan came here in 2012. Maybe if the Canes can pull off a miracle and make the playoffs one of these years, people will have names like Skinner, Aho, Rask, Faulk, and Staal (Jordan, not Eric) on the tips of their tongues!

Posted by Louisthedog on 02/13/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “NAACP Estimates More Than 80K Turned Out to Protest Trump at the Moral March on Raleigh

Warm Greetings: actually, it is vital to honoring all people there, and the fusion movement itself, to say that the 11th annual HKonJ / Moral March was about much MORE than being "against Trump"! See HKonJ.com for stated principles of the Moral March; ask the speakers and leaders and conveners from all 100 counties in NC--importantly, the Moral March goes much deeper.

The major purpose this year was to "Resist Threats to Life-Saving Health Care and the Roll Back of Civil Rights Protections", and under this umbrella the focus was on the long term policies put through in NC to this end--refusal to expand Medicaid under ACA, costing a mean # of 6500 lives in NC 2013-17; voter suppression laws and gerrymandering of voting districts in NC to give NCGA disproportionate super-majorities; HB2 and its anti-family, anti-worker and anti-LGBTQ effects; anti-immigrant and anti-poor and anti-education and anti-environmental health/toxic clean-up policies; and so on. These are now mirrored efforts nationwide under Trump, but are not new to us in NC--so we hope to provide a light to the nation on how this unethical stuff happens in the first place, and then how to build fusion political coalitions and intentionally diverse people's movements to create cultural and policy change!

Ultimately, the Moral March is FOR pursuing the interconnected points on the people's agenda, and seeking justice in ways that are beyond-partisan. Isn't that amazing? No elected officials came up to speak, except for GK Butterfield to read a letter for marchers from Rep. John Lewis on the topic of historic movements for civil rights. Isn't this amazing? The speakers were ALL people who are most affected by--or who are actively representing their fellow community members affected by--a regressive web of policies that harm their equal protection under the law, and in some cases literally threaten their health and lives, via our absurd power grabs and corruption in the NC General Assembly.

*Note: the NCGA policies of the last several years are SO extreme that they have brought into the fold of the Forward Together Moral Movement multiple life-long Republican leaders in the state, including Republican Mayors like Adam O'Neal of Belhaven, NC--as the economic life-blood and life-saving hospital in his rural town was suddenly set to be demolished due to NCGA (and our FORMER Governor McCrory's) spiteful blockades of Medicaid expansion in the state under ACA.

Of course Trumpism was mentioned--including in the INCREDIBLE allusions made in Rev. Barber's speech, that was ultimately about connecting this moment to a longterm, historical build, manifest in NC politics especially the last four years with no checks and balances, and across the nation more explicitly now in 2017. Rev. Dr. Barber also spent the majority of his time connecting the larger issues' interrelation, and historicizing the many fusion movements that have come together in the last 160+ years to fight and win on behalf of people put most at risk--and thus the larger society's well being--in the face of tyrannical legal harms, slavery, the KKK, Anti-Woman, and Jim Crow surges of our past.

The major highlight of all these folks joining is to visualize and connect that this is "a movement, not a moment." The idea and analysis this amazing Moral March event provides to the public--beyond those who attended--is that the logic of Trumpism is not new, it is just the extreme revelation of anti-people policies and threats to democracy itself occurring in our midst. The analysis it provides us--if represented in its fullness in the media and in the stories we each share--is that diverse coalitions of multiracial, multifaith, multigender, multi-class, intergenerational fusion movements have won on behalf of human dignity and against seemingly great odds before--by "Not Standing Down."

So, the title "80,000 March Against Trump", while understandable for a new attendee in this wild time, is a strange reduction of all we pursued together, right?? The appalling rise of Trumpism is just one facet in a larger weaving of oppressions we all joined to not only resist, but to specifically upend and show as interconnected. We joined for the sake of stopping regressive policies by NCGA in our home state, now repeated in parallel across the US. We joined to uplift the dignity of all our state's people!

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Posted by Marie G on 02/13/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Tuskha, the new project of Bowerbirds' Phil Moore, releases new video for "The Program"

Also the "correction" (UPDATE) above is incorrect. The original anticipated release date of the new Bowerbirds album was September 2014. We didn't even get our money from the Kickstarter until January 2013.

Posted by Beth Tacular on 02/13/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “After an Incident at Rolesville High, Activists Wonder if Schools Need Cops

When, in the name of god and all that is holy, WHEN is the time when you are supposed to see this in high school [from the story above]:
a young African-American girl in a pink shirt rises above her classmates before she's thrown like a rag doll to the floor
Was she killing someone? Did she have an AR-15 rifle, or sawing off a head with a tree saw? Because if she wasn't, that is the most onerous over-reaction I have ever witnessed.
First show children love and respect. After they are 18, start in on America's institutionalized racist "justice system" where 1 in 3 African American males will go to prison, 1 in 20 whites.
Should we start this injustice in Kindergarten? Lock those little black babies up when they misbehave!
God help us. This is insanity. I wish they'd let me help out at these schools with these bad kids, but since I WAS a bad kid, I would never be allowed, just like the only people who know what it means to be sentenced to prison--a convicted convict--is never allowed to serve on a jury, after I answer the mandatory "have you ever been convicted of a felony?" question, I'm usually 100% so far, out of the running to help any children. Even though it's been 25 years since I've committed a crime, I've since helped to raise a wonderful PhD daughter, and gotten my master's degree, and lived a good taxpayer's life. I was scared straight, but I'm not allowed to show anyone with whom i am not related by blood the lessons I have learned. Don't lock up children. #1

Posted by Shawn1960 on 02/12/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “The Five Dumbest Things Pat McCrory Said on Meet the Press

I disagree with Trump's refugee ban, and with former governor McCrory, if he likes banning refugees and says they were not properly vetted, prior to Trump.
I do not believe that President Trump knows anything about National Security, or about vetting immigrants, or that he knows "more about ISIS than the generals". I believe he knows how to cheat on his taxes. Beyond that, I believe he's an idiot, in every way.
Prior to his ban on refugees, immigrants to America were vetted more than any other populations entering any other countries. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-syrian-refugee-crisis/

Posted by Shawn1960 on 02/12/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “NAACP Estimates More Than 80K Turned Out to Protest Trump at the Moral March on Raleigh

First Moral March was 4 years ago. This was the 11th year for the HKonJ.

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Posted by Bree Kalb on 02/12/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “No More Free Rides, Kids: Parking Meters Coming to Downtown Durham

People going to DPAC events Monday-Friday who have been parking for free on streets to avoid the garages... beware.

Posted by ct on 02/11/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Despite Protests, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane Says the City Never Planned to Put a Police Station on the Shaw University Campus

The President's name is Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy. Not Natasha.

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Posted by Nicole Freespirited Bowman on 02/11/2017 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

Hooray for a bold and righteous Durham! Fairness and humanity trump the flow of economic benefits, in my book, and there's no reason to see them as mutually exclusive.

I'm so proud of and grateful for elected officials like Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reese and Don Moffitt for keeping their eyes on the prize. Thanks, too, to Mike Woodard for representing Durham so well in the General Assembly. So glad you're still there, Mike!

History will remember how these leaders moved Durham and North Carolina on the path to fairness for all.

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Posted by lanyashapiro on 02/10/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

Indy staff: I think you left out an important word in the paragraph on the bill just introduced at the legislature. "... as well as CREATE a statewide nondiscrimination ordinance."

Posted by lanyashapiro on 02/10/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

"Woodard, along with two other senators, filed a bill today that would fully repeal HB 2 as well as a statewide nondiscrimination ordinance. "

Perhaps this sentence could be rewritten to explain that the statewide nondiscrimination ordinance would be enacted under this bill, not repealed?

Posted by barry on 02/10/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “How the Religious Right Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Libertine Adulterer Donald Trump

. . .Countless churches should lose their tax-exempt status and / or be prohibited from federal programs because their church pastors and leaders (intentionally or not) refuse to provide economic opportunities to some of the very people who are being used as commodity for federal dollars. Also, (via BOGUS NONPROFITS) too many church leaders and pastors are involved in: deceptive trade practices / undisclosed identity-of-interest relationships, transactions, and collusion / federal contract procurement non-compliance / illegal nepotism / catching the poor (Psalms 10:9) / and unlawfully refusing to extend jobs to people in need instead of creating careers for their families and friends. Hocus-Pocus Religion, Politicized Churches and Federally-Funded Oppression @ http://www.lawgrace.org/2016/11/28/hocus-pocus-religion-politicized-churches-and-federally-funded-oppression/

*Also: CHURCHES AND HOMELAND SECURITY https://shar.es/19sZbP

. . . federal programs and grants awarded to churches for addressing social poverty, and other maladies are not intended for accomplishing sealed and rigged bidding, and non-competitive businesses and careers for pastors families. Reiteratively, federal programs and funding are not to be transformed into private, family-owned church companies. Federal procurement statutes require government funding recipients to take affirmative steps to give economic opportunities to individual and small businesses.
*ENTIRE article at: http://newsblaze.com/usnews/national/churches-and-homeland-security-unite-to-re-victimize-katrina-victims_71439/

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Posted by Barbara Ann Jackson on 02/09/2017 at 9:35 PM

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