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Re: “Pope responds

Surprised? Pope is a pompous ass who whines like a silver-spooned brat whenever he feels his Grand-Poobah-of-the-Old-North-State delusion is under threat. Whether it's the Indy, New Yorker Magazine, or, any other venue that crawls under his razor thin skin, for that matter.

Through the fortune he was lucky enough to be born into, and, the wealth he continues to amass off of the backs of the unwitting poor and low-income demographic targeted by his business plan, Pope has been adept at bankrolling the systematic subversion of our state institutions for at least the past decade.

While cleverly exploiting the inequities of our tax laws to fuel his ideological ambitions through his so-called think tanks and other dark money investments, Pope must be completely liberated from reality if he thinks his legalese shrouded rebuttals fool anyone but himself.

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Posted by slevit on 12/27/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “N.C. activists call for full accountability at CIA, Aero Contractors, Johnston County Airport

Yeah! The Islamic Terrorists are torturing and killing innocent people today! They are horrible.
America is BETTER than that. We are going to torture and kill innocent people YESTERDAY!
We have to learn from history and stop doing things that worked in the past, like the Marshall plan.

Remember America is land of the FREE and home of the BRAVE!
Unlike those whiney left-wingers, us BRAVE Americans feel our safety is threatened by a lot of people, and we should take away their freedom, lock them up and torture them just in case!

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Posted by ProudlyUninitiated on 12/27/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “The game of life in 2014

Yeah! Regressives win!

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Posted by ProudlyUninitiated on 12/27/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “N.C. activists call for full accountability at CIA, Aero Contractors, Johnston County Airport

Why are they calling on McCrory to investigate this? If someone has evidence that NC laws have been broken, then take that evidence to the Attorney General's office and let them handle it.

No one has the time or inclination to go on a generic fishing expedition to make a few people feel less indignant today.

Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 12/27/2014 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Ghosts of Pat McCrory's past, present and future

Kinda funny. But I wonder when IndyWeek will stop indignating to the choir and make a serious case for a real alternative. Surely, that alternative is not Dem leadership that looks like the past such as Black, Easley, Perdue, or even Cooper. Where is the alternative to the current Repub dominance and what does it look like?

Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 12/27/2014 at 12:02 AM

Re: “The game of life in 2014

If you are progressive, go back to square one.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 12/26/2014 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Pope responds

What surprises me about this is that Pope even bothered to read the IndyWeek hit piece. That he replied to it is astonishing.

Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 12/26/2014 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Pope responds

Let's see, the Civitas Institute -- a 501(c)(3) founded by Pope -- is primarily funded by the Pope Foundation -- a private, family funded 501(c)(3). According to the Pope Foundation website, it gave Civitas $1.38 million during fiscal 2011-2012. That represents 25% of the its total grants to NC public policy organizations alone -- 15% of its total contributions for the year. So, as long as Pope can cleverly play the tax code game of the 1%, I guess he feels privileged enough to deceive us with his rhetoric. Vincent 'Chin' Gigante swore he never directed the day-to-day operations either.

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Posted by slevit on 12/24/2014 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Movie review: Birdman soars despite some turbulence

I can never understand for the life of me why movie reviewers are attacked personally for their reviews. Really, he's considered a "troll" for pointing out flaws he found with the film, that are clearly in his opinion? Sheesh, get a grip. I am a big fan of this director and found some of his previous films - Babel, 21 grams - compelling and moving. Having said that, I agree with much of this review. Birdman is an inventive wild ride, with some wonderful moments. But it the end, it felt disappointingly unsatisfying.

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Posted by catinvan on 12/24/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Peter Holsapple on Big Star producer John Fry, 1944–2014

Bravo, Peter Holsapple, for a wonderful tribute, although there's something personal I wish to add. When friends and I first read Rob Jovanovic's Big Star biography upon publication, the person in the story we were most impressed with wasn't even in the band: John Fry. Never mind the incredible musical sounds derived from his engineering skills. We were simply astonished by his generosity, apparently leaving the keys to the studio (and ultimately, the kingdom) under the Welcome mat for whenever those young Big Star kids wanted to record. But such thoughtfulness extended to levels that, in retrospect, seemed insane: What other studio owner would endure Alex C. leaving blood on his console, while then, several years later, permitting him to conduct further sessions that truly were best described as like flies on s**t. Alex's arrogance and sense of entitlement could be very unappealing, so my friends and I often wondered if our December Boy ever knew how unjustifiably well Mr. Fry had treated him. I'm sure when Stamey & Co. perform Third, they are very aware that JF completed the album they are saluting, not LX.

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Posted by John Riley on 12/22/2014 at 8:25 PM

Re: “A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps

Phil Berger's front yard should be ten feet deep in his precious mineral, coal ash.

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Posted by Doug Roach on 12/22/2014 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Raleigh's Planning Department to be reorganized

Hundreds (if not thousands) of people across Raleigh helped craft the city's 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which spells out a vision that promotes development with appropriate neighborhood protections. Numerous stakeholders participated in the plan, including developers and other commercial interests. Over the course of 2014, we've had the planning department, and Mr. Bowers specifically, propose changes to the plan that gut its intent with regard to protecting existing neighborhoods. It seems to me ultimately the city will decide if the Comprehensive Plan and Raleigh residents got it right, or if we should toss out the plan and cede Raleigh's future growth to Mr. Bowers and his developer friends.

Posted by George Farthing on 12/22/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Fuquay man claims he shot neighborhood bully in self-defense

Looks like justice has already been served in this case. Dismiss the charges because within a few weeks one of these two will be dead.

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Posted by Uwe Mueller on 12/22/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “N.C. activists call for full accountability at CIA, Aero Contractors, Johnston County Airport

N.C. Stop Torture Now members are calling on Gov. Pat McCrory to investigate whether crimes involving torture took place in North Carolina, including by Aero Contractors or others (Blackwater, e.g.) linked to the CIA. About 25 STN members attended a rally on Friday across Blount Street from the Governor's Mansion. "Enough with the silence," said Chuck Fager, an STN leader and former director of Quaker House in Fayetteville. "The question now is how those responsible will be held accountable." He was joined by the Rev. George Reed, executive director of the N.C. Council of Churches, who said STN has waited almost 10 years for any North Carolina leader to acknowledge that crimes were likely committed on state soil. "It is time for the waiting to end," Reed said.

Deborah Weissman, a professor at UNC School of Law, said that if Aero or others were involved in torture elsewhere in the world, they could be charged with conspiracy to commit those crimes by a prosecutor in North Carolina.

McCrory has no prosecutorial powers. But as the state's highest elected official, he does have the authority to gather information and, if it warrants prosecution, provide it to a U.S. attorney or a local district attorney. The same is true of state Attorney General Roy Cooper, whose authority in criminal cases is limited. Neither Cooper nor McCrory has shown any interest in getting to the bottom of whether torture-related crimes were committed here. For that matter, neither did McCrory's predecessors, Govs. Mike Easley and Bev Perdue.

In a related development, The New York Times editorial board today called on President Obama to launch a "full and independent investigation" into the CIA's torture practices. The Times noted that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch are asking that Attorney General Eric Holder name a special prosecutor to investigate "what appears increasingly to be 'a vast criminal conspiracy, under color of law, to commit torture and other serious crimes.'"

See -- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/22/opinion/…

Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 12/22/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Talking with The Wusses about the best and the wimpiest soft rock

Until I saw The Wusses for the first time, I had no idea how many of my favorite songs they'd written. All of those other bands made hits and headlines by capitalizing on their genius! It's one of the most heinous musical crimes of the 20th century.

Posted by ohsabrina on 12/22/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Alamance sheriff accused of racial profiling honored by Gov. McCrory

What the heck. Johnson delights in his taxpayer funded fight with DOJ ($500K and continuing). And yes, he does profile. And he has ridden the drug issue way beyond anything rational. Hope he quits. No such luck, he will also likely fun again and be voted in by a largely cracker Teabilly constituency. And his campaign is conducted by DOJ and all these folks hating "gummint".

Posted by wafranklin on 12/21/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Fuquay man claims he shot neighborhood bully in self-defense

Black Lives Matter!

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 12/21/2014 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Foraging for wild edible mushrooms in North Carolina

One of the few places I have found morels was in rolesville
I think they like the rock ,or moisture from having rock so close under the surface,they weren't big ,but were tasty

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Posted by Mark Weathers on 12/21/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “N.C. activists call for full accountability at CIA, Aero Contractors, Johnston County Airport

I was there when they went to the Governor's Mansion, but I was just holding a sign. Chuck Fager has been working on this for as long as I have known him. They have passion.
Nancy Miller Martin

Posted by MartinNHM on 12/21/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “NC NAACP, Bladenboro community members call for "full investigation" into hanging death of black teen

Our government is shit. I'm ashamed to live in the United shit States where murder is reported as a fucking suicide. This CLEARLY is not a suicide stupid ass police are fucking WHITE. Police who allow things like this to pass as a so called "suicide" should be lynched. Not innocent people who are disliked because of their race.

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Posted by Anon amous on 12/20/2014 at 10:53 PM

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