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Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

I love how Ms. Dickey states as a fact that pit bulls were "everywhere" from 1890 to 1930, specifically giving the example of "shampoo ads." Shampoo wasn't invented until 1927, in Germany.

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Posted by Carolyn Lathrop on 07/20/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Duke Energy Had a Very, Very Good Week

How did I know that a good week for Duke Energy, as the headline announced, would mean a bad week for the citizens of North Carolina? The same way I know the sun rises in the East and water is wet. It's funny how conservatives care little about conservation.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by canesfan on 07/20/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Great interview. Bronwen has done such a great job with this book that as a pit bull advocate I refer to the book as the 'pit bull encyclopedia'. The research she did and the sources she references are a great tool for advocates IF they chose to use it properly.

As for the anti-pit bull campaigners, as I call them, there's nothing in the book factual enough or well enough researched to give them a different view of these dogs and the people who have them (and yes it isn't just about the dogs to those who hate and fear pit bull type dogs but the people who have them are considered as dangerous and are as vilified as the dogs themselves). They haven't read it, the book, and the boilerplate response to the question of whether or not they've read the book they are so harshly criticizing is that they don't need to read it; it's just more pit bull lobbyist propaganda they say.

At any rate this book has changed how I now approach advocating for these dogs and the people who chose to have them and I am forever in Ms. Dickeys debt. I hope that other advocates and those who rescue these dogs will read this book and will rethink how they go about educating the public on these dogs, on breed discriminatory legislation and will focus their efforts more on responsible dog ownership than trying to make these dogs appear to be different than other dogs or special. Dogs are dogs and how we humans treat and handle them is the foremost determining factor in their behavior and in how safe or dangerous they are to be around.

As a pit bull advocate my biggest hope is that when enough people understand which specie is responsible for incidents where people and other animals have been harmed or sadly killed we will address the issue intelligently enough so that advocating for pit bulls and for those who have them won't be necessary.

29 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Cheryl Huerta on 07/20/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

@Bavian - Thanks for the tip. We checked into DPS records and according to those, Barker isn't an active probationer right now. We'll update if we find anything else out.

@Bernard - Don't take it from us - take it from KKK members themselves. David Duke (who I quoted in this article) and other white supremacists have championed Trump's campaign. And this, from an AP article on the Klan's 150 year anniversary:

"The current hot-button issue for Klan members — fighting immigration and closing U.S. borders — is one of the most talked-about topics in the presidential election. Klan leaders say Donald Trump's immigration position and his ascendancy in the GOP are signs things are going their way.

'You know, we began 40 years ago saying we need to build a wall,' Arkansas-based Klan leader Thomas Robb said." (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a8ed212468c…)

You're right that these groups have been around for years before Trump, but it's undeniable that Trump's brand of white nationalism has brought some people out of the woodwork who were on the political fringe not too long ago.

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Posted by pblest on 07/20/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

This is useful information that I have not seen reported elsewhere. However, I'd rather see the Indy engaging in journalism or legitimate editorial commentary rather than blatant propaganda. Trump's behavior is reprehensible in any number of ways but it's quite a stretch to blame him for the specific terrorist activities of avowed racists. White supremacist groups were doing these things and worse well before Trump showed up.

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Posted by Bernard Baruch on 07/20/2016 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Destination Dix is Poised to Give Raleigh the Urban Park It Finally Deserves

To the comment above ... Yes, and transit and biking! I see Dix as an awesome opportunity to connect DT with the Farmer's Market, etc, by bike. Our family can't wait for Destination Dix! Thank you, City of Raleigh, for your vision and commitment to this park. Can't wait to see it unfold over time.

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Posted by Mary 1 on 07/20/2016 at 10:32 AM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

the phone number belongs to Barker's wife, Amanda Barker. according to a VICE profile last year, engaging in Klan activity is a violation of Chris Barker's parole. would be interesting to see if anyone caught enough of a flyer distributor on video to confirm it was Chris. would love to see him back in jail where he belongs.

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Posted by Bavian on 07/20/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Psst … Guess What? Your Brunch Waiter Hates You.

Where the hell do you work? Just so I know to avoid you at all costs.
I tip the shit out of wait staff but I have a sneaky feeling i'd break my own rules for you.

29 likes, 38 dislikes
Posted by John Hite on 07/20/2016 at 9:33 AM
Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 07/20/2016 at 9:03 AM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

i can answer it in far fewer words. demolish the crap that is there now, gentrify the hell out of it.

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Posted by JeffG on 07/20/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Psst … Guess What? Your Brunch Waiter Hates You.

feel free to get a job you like more, but with that attitude, not sure who would hire you

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Posted by JeffG on 07/20/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Destination Dix is Poised to Give Raleigh the Urban Park It Finally Deserves

"Hopefully, it will be a place with parking," he says."

Please just establish pedestrian access to downtown. Problem solved.

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Posted by Sogno on 07/20/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day Two: “Hillary Is a Foreign Agent of the Communist Chinese!”

The republican convention is nothing but an excercise in redundancy..... REPEAT REPEAT....REPEAT.....NO new ideas only the tried and failed ones.

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Posted by Tony D on 07/20/2016 at 8:31 AM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day One: “There Will Be an End to the Earth”

The republicans know only one thing to say and that is whatever the corporations have paid them and told them to say....They are parrots for corporate.....That is their whole platform...profits....The republicans like to fight facts with fiction.

Posted by Tony D on 07/20/2016 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Duke Energy Had a Very, Very Good Week

Get rid of McCory and Duke Power will be powerless.......

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Posted by Tony D on 07/20/2016 at 8:19 AM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day One: “There Will Be an End to the Earth”

Lets unpack some of this:

"I don’t think (no kidding) the climate change theory (it is not a theory) is accurate at all. God (who doesn't exist) created (no he didn't) the heavens (define your terms, please) and the earth, and God told us (really? directly?.. bullshit, people wrote down those books and sold you a lie) to have dominion and subdue it (theeeeere we are, this is justification for your bad behavior, now your lunacy makes sense)."

We're all going to roast or drown because of this kind of selfish idiocy. I just hope we manage to stamp it out in those of us who live to wander the postindustrial wasteland.

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Posted by Norf Cackalackie on 07/20/2016 at 12:32 AM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day One: “There Will Be an End to the Earth”

I'm taking in every word of this. Barry, be safe and well.

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Posted by Aprilheart on 07/18/2016 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Inspiring: This Man Became a U.S. Senator Without Reading the Constitution

Tillis is a strange person. He's concentrated on the military, knows very little about the duties of a U.S. Senator but would prefer that only white property owners vote. I suppose this week he is cheering on Trump.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Walter Smirth on 07/18/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day One: “There Will Be an End to the Earth”

This post offers great background information and current perspective on many Republicans approach to the environment. They, like everyone, want clean air and clean water, but they have OD'd on all the threats that have been revealed over the decades since the passage of the Clean Air and Water Acts. They fail to see the connections. Or they believe that God is in control of larger forces like climate. I don't know how you argue with that other than to say, "just wait."

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Posted by John Manuel on 07/18/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Calli Ryan

Best show I've seen in awhile

Posted by K Jones on 07/18/2016 at 11:19 AM

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