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Re: “Charlotte Is Losing the All-Star Game

Forest says "We will never value a dollar over a woman's or child's safety and security." Based on that statement alone, HB2 should be repealed in an immediate emergency session. We have reached agreement.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has already asked for the repeal of HB2 because it is hurtful to children. Also, HB2 puts some Tennessee native women in danger. Tennessee will not change a birth certificate even after gender reassignment surgery, so some women are legally forced to share a bathroom with the likes of McCrory, Berger, Forest and, oh yeah, that ol' ballooner Speaker Moore. This isn't a bathroom horror hypothetical. This is Tennesseeans in the wrong bathroom against their will, in an atmosphere of suddenly intense potty time in NC, also due to HB2 -- the letter of the law and the misleading rhetoric supporting the law.

Forest doesn't get to define womanhood or childhood. And he shouldn't continue to fail to acknowledge that all women, regardless of their medical history, have human rights. It keeps leaving him in strange contradictions.

Posted by Michael Thomas on 07/22/2016 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Pat McCrory Has Lost It

I'd vote for ralph wiggum before I vote for McCory. In fact, I'd take any character in Springfield over the idiot hate monger we have. And that includes senile Grandpa Simpson, evil businessman Monty Burns or Hans Moleman.

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Posted by David 2 on 07/22/2016 at 9:43 PM

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

On page 178, Dickey describes a fatal pit bull attack that Delise refuses to label as a fatal pit bull attack. In 2010, Ethel Horton was killed when the pit bull she was dog sitting attacked her. In the middle of the attack, Horton had a heart attack. Dickey describes the “bites” as “in no way fatal.” But the pit bull kept attacking after Horton died from the heart attack, doing great damage to Horton's body. And Delise believes that since Horton had a heart attack in the middle of her dog attack, the dog attack was in no way responsible for her death. Among the many strange assumptions Delise is making is that the attack did not precipitate the heart attack AND that the pit bull would have stopped attacking had Horton not had a heart attack.
On page 172, Dickey explains that Delise uses the CDC custom of only counting dog bite related fatalities (DBRF) “in which the medical examiner had listed the mechanical trauma of a dog bite injury - lacerations (cuts), avulsions (removal of skin), crushed bones, or exsanguination - as the primary cause of death.”
OK, so Delise doesn’t count attacks, no matter the severity, if the victim happens to have a heart attack in the middle of it.
Got it.
On the very next page, 173, Dickey explains that Delise found many many fatal dog attacks that the CDC researcher missed and that 44 different breeds were involved in fatal dog attacks including a West Highland white terrier. Considering what she just said one page earlier, that Delise only counts DBRFs that result in the mechanical damage a dog can do, that little Westie must have really torn that victim up, right?
It turns out that the only known recorded fatal Westie attack was a bite on a calf that led an elderly woman, 75 year old Rose Kazarian, to have a series of three heart attacks which led to her death the next day. So, now Delise DOES count heart attacks precipiated by a dog bite in the list of fatal dog attacks.
Karen Delise has different rules for including attacks by pit bulls and attacks by little dogs in her list of fatal dog attacks, and Dickey doesn’t say one word about it. Seems a bit biased, doesn’t it.

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Posted by Lucy Muir on 07/22/2016 at 7:18 PM

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

Bronwen Dickey says of DBO: "Dogsbite.org contradicts everything put forth by the groups most qualified to speak about animal science, animals behavior and dog bite epidemiology.... (p. 186) 100% wrong, Ms Dickey!
" Most of the information on dogsbite.org comes from one self-published paper..." That is an absolute and egregious lie, (p. 187) Ms Dickey!
http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-bibliographies.…

DOGSBITE.ORG CONSISTS OF OVER 2200 WEB PAGES
MS. DICKEY, HOW MANY OF THESE 2,200 PAGES DID YOU READ?
http://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/07/dogsbite-org-consists-of-over-2200-web-pages.html

"The site is also littered with childish ad hominems...." (p. 187) ANOTHER LIE, MS. DICKEY
You can literally read 100 DBO site pages a day for 2 weeks straight and not come across any of the ad hominems you mentioned.

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Posted by Lucy Muir on 07/22/2016 at 7:12 PM

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

https://www.facebook.com/james.jennings.9/videos/1040878029328341/

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Posted by Mark Adrian on 07/22/2016 at 6:26 PM

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

@Gladdek

I'll look over your link, but for now I believe that it looks like tax breaks, a community interest-earning co-op account that encourages and is boosted by increased black middle class home ownership, an engaged network of similar homeowners, increased NCCU and DPD policing, a partnership with NCCU, and agreement to not let crime invade the community, a commitment to improve the schools in the area, and a better relationship with the library (if it's still open). Otherwise you'll get the flippers and that would only perpetuate the decline.

Posted by Eric Tullis on 07/22/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Dan Forest Says We "Misunderstand" HB 2

Bless his heart.

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 07/22/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Pat McCrory Has Lost It

I've always thought of Pat as more of a Smithers to Art Pope's Mr. Burns.

Though he looks like Milhouse.

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 07/22/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Pat McCrory Has Lost It

My governor's breath smells like cat food.

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Posted by Sogno on 07/22/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Pat McCrory Has Lost It

Interesting comparison "Ralph Wiggum is a recurring character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright.[1] The son of Police Chief Wiggum and a classmate of Lisa Simpson, Ralph is best known as the show's resident oddball, and is noted for his non sequiturs and erratic behavior. His lines range from nonsensical, or bizarre interpretations of a current event, to surprisingly profound statements that go over people's heads; and his behavior varies between blissfully unaware, to dim-witted, to awkwardly spontaneous, even occasionally straightforward". -Wikipedia

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Posted by Kristin Lione on 07/22/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Pat McCrory Has Lost It

Is that a typo in the 2nd to last paragraph where NC's Governor is named as "Ralph Wiggum"?

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Posted by ScottV on 07/22/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Charlotte Is Losing the All-Star Game

Still no explanation on how HB2 protects male children from male pedophiles, so one can only conclude it is really about oppressing trans* people. Also, no word on how stripping non-discrimination protections from LGBT people protects women and children in restrooms. It is almost as if the "protection" excuse was thought up after the fact....

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Posted by Nathaniel 1 on 07/22/2016 at 1:08 PM

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

One of the most interesting parts of Dickey's book is the information (in Chapter 3) about breeds and genetics and the difficulty of identifying what breeds are present in a dog. Genetically, I was surprised to learn, 'pit bull' pretty much isn't a definable breed at all.

For example, the Mars Veterinary company, which administers a popular DNA test for finding out what breeds are in your dog, does not have a DNA profile for the American Pit Bull Terrier, saying that the genetic diversity of dogs labeled 'pit bulls' is too great to support creation of a meaningful profile.

Basically, a 'pit bull' is a dog someone thinks looks like a pit bull. And Dickey goes on to cite data showing that even dog experts do extremely poorly at correctly identifying breeds present in a dog visually.

This article reports on a study showing similar findings with regard particularly to pit bulls:

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20160217/u…

What does it mean? A few things:

1. Media reports of attacks by 'pit bulls' are very unreliable with regard to identification of the dog breed involved. Therefore:

2. Anti-pit web sites that aggregate media reports in order to paint a picture of 'pit bulls' as uniquely dangerous are not using reliable evidence.

3. Breed-specific legislation is not based on reliable data or evidence about dog attacks.

Of course, none of this will change the minds of zealots, who aren't even going to look at anything that contradicts their prior conceptions.

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Posted by lxxxvc on 07/22/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Two Brothers Funnel Their Nostalgia for Eighties-Era Durham Summers Into New Netflix Series Stranger Things

So Awesome and great Job Duffy Brothers. Series had me captivated and so sad now that it is over cause it was so great. The characters were well developed and everyone of the actors did an amazing job. Please keep it up cause you won me over as a new fan. I was born and Raised in The Bull city and us Durhmites never say die like the Goonies. That mentality bleed through the characters and now that I know Durham had an effect into the mind frame of the writers as they created this show. As a fellow Durhmite artist, it makes me proud to see other Durhmites and their Art flourishing, and doing a great job at it.

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Posted by Watts Mangum II on 07/22/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Charlotte Is Losing the All-Star Game

You don't really hear much from Dan Forest, I assume he sits on his hands in that weird phallic house around the corner waiting for McCrory senpai to notice him. You forget how stupid the man actually is.

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Posted by raleighispcool on 07/22/2016 at 8:53 AM

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

Carolyn Lathrop - You are such a bigoted Moron that you aren't even worth responding to though I find I must. What a piece of chicken crap you are. It'd actually be laughable if it weren't so biased and untrue. Geez, what a pitiful piece of work you come off as.

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Posted by Roslin on 07/22/2016 at 5:39 AM

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

@Eric Tullis - I think that's a great idea, I wonder what that incentive could look like. Right now the city has the second mortgage program for the Southside Development (https://durhamnc.gov/449/Buying-a-Home) but I'm not sure how many people are taking advantage of that program.

What do you think that incentive would have to look like?

Posted by Gladdek on 07/21/2016 at 11:18 PM

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

I see that as usual a few of the 'regulars' from the anti-pit bull camp are posting here and in their usual obnoxious, accusatory and hateful manner. One of the things that I have Ms. Dickey to thank for, besides her very thoroughly researched well executed book, is how she helped me see that engaging these people, the anti-pit bull campaigners , in any effort to impart factual inforation to them is an exercise in futility.

These people have no interest in anything that doesn't support their beliefs and there's nothing any of us can do about it. However the energy that we might waste on engaging them in a war of words no one wins can much better be spent in more productive ways.

First all we who have dogs that might even remotely be taken for being a pit bull type dog must at all costs and put every effort into helping our dogs be ambassadors for all pit bull type dogs everywhere AND then get out into the public so as many people as possible can see what wonderful, safe and well behaved dogs we have BECAUSE we choose to be responsible dog owners. Secondly we most promote responsible dog ownership to all dog owners that have all kinds of dogs; and if nothing else lead by example. Third we need to lobby our local city councils and animal control agencies to create and enforce comprehensive non-breed specific dangerous dog ordinances that hold dog owners responsible for their dogs behavior. Fourth we should encourage and support our local animal welfare related agencies to educate the public on the importance of responsible dog ownership to include easily affordable or free programs to spay/neuter and training/behavioral assistance in order foster a safer community in relation to dog related injuries. Fifth but not last by any means begin or support public service programs in schools helping children learn how to interact with dogs in a way that is safe for humans and humane for dogs.

In the end it must be up to those of us who are more interested in fixing the problem of dog aggression and the result of it than we are in blaming a certain kind of dog for the behavior it is allowed by humans to engage in to remedy this issue. It is NOT an impossible task and daylight is burning while we waste our energy on people who are purposefully ignorant of the real reason why dogs harm other living things.

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Posted by Cheryl Huerta on 07/21/2016 at 9:49 PM

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

See how Democrat sheep just spout the line they're told, as if it's Gospel!
Were they to actually read up on the subject they would know the Senate is under no obligation to even hear the list of nominees, much less approve of them. Dems did this many times in the last months of a Repub President; no nominees were even considered.

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Posted by SoakupSun on 07/21/2016 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Charlotte Is Losing the All-Star Game

Pretty sure that's not actually Pat McCrory in the lead picture.

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Posted by barry on 07/21/2016 at 8:41 PM

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