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Re: “Evangelicals in the Age of Trump (Or, Why I Was Called a ‘Jew-Boy’ at a Franklin Graham Rally)

A new label comes to mind: CHINO (Christian in Name Only). Most Christian sects instruct adherents to not surrender to the impulse to hate. However, as also occurs with Judaism and Islam, such admonishment does not deter some people on the fringe from inventing versions of their religion's teachings that justify their personal prejudices, even to the point of condoning murder.

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Posted by Bernard Baruch on 10/26/2016 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Red Wolf Advocates Accuse the Feds of Lying to Justify Their ‘Cowardly New Plan’

the Population Viability Analysis (PVA) report indicated that in a worst-case scenario, the captive red wolf population of 200 animals had a 0.5% chance of extinction over the next 125 years. Compare that to the FWS assertions that the captive population was at serious risk...hard to conclude anything other than they were lying...

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Posted by Ron Sutherland on 10/26/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Another Solis Apartment Complex Planned for Brightleaf ... About a Mile Away From Current Complex

So theyre building this new apartment complex on the grounds of the citys oldest funeral home? Yeah, that doesnt sound creepy at all

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Posted by Jon Howell on 10/26/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “The INDY's Voting Guide

In Wake County you endorsed Marty Miller over Anna Worley for district court. Have you looked at Marty Miller's Facebook page? Post after post from Allen West, "Christians for Trump", etc.

His ads are saying he supports "Traditional family values". What does that mean? Well, he attended Regent School of Law, the religious law school founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. What does Pat think traditional family values means?

Anna Worley has served 8 years and is one of very few state certified family law specialists serving on the District Court bench. She has my vote.

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Posted by Raleighperson on 10/25/2016 at 11:49 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

I just looked at Marty Miller's Facebook page. Look at it yourself:

It's full of anti Hillary posts, pro Donald Trump posts, and re-posts from Allen West. Miller self describes as supporting "traditional family values."

What does that mean, Indy? "Traditional family values" usually means anti-gay marriage in code speak in this day and age. And this is the person you trust to make decisions in same sex marriage custody issues?

From a legal perspective, he's posting articles saying there should be no Supreme Court nominations approved until AFTER the presidential election.

Did you even look at his social media, Indy?

The alleged "group" that is against Anna Worley appears from research to simply be one very disgruntled parent who lost custody and has an internet connection. Good judges make hard decisions, even when they know it will alienate litigants (who are voters) and even lawyers (who vote in bar polls).

We don't need Wake County judges who are touting a "traditional family values" agenda.

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Posted by Raleighperson on 10/25/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Wake County Offices and the Sales Tax Referendum

about the Wake Transit referendum- will there be a possibility to amend the half cent sales tax hike to something like a few bucks for luxury items sales tax?
Also, this article mentions that raising taxes for the wealthy is "thanks to state law, that's not an option". Are we talking about income based tax levied at County level being against State Law?
If so, there could still be sales taxes on luxury items.
granted, a half cent does not seem like a hardship per item- but for a number of Wake residents it adds up. I am imagining this is an across the board sales tax. So Groceries will be taxed? Items one buys at the Cvs/rite aid type stores? feminine products? Many of these things are necessities, and over a years time can add up.
What I am wondering is, if this referendum is passed- and if we have an actual representative serving county commission, will there be a possibility to revisit how the sales tax is implemented?

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Posted by 2Lionsrock on 10/25/2016 at 3:10 AM

Re: “Wake County Commissioner To Wake GOP Official: Show Me Proof Voter Fraud Exists

For the record, I never received a response from the Wake GOP or Mr. Hellwig.

Posted by JohnNC on 10/24/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Poll: McCrory Sees Approval Rating Boost After Hurricane, Democrats Up Big in Early Voting

McCrory LIED about his agenda when he first ran for governor. After he was elected people realized he wasn't the moderate that he claimed to be. Instead he has instituted policies that harm people and the economy of the state. Time to kick him out of office.

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Posted by Molly Brown on 10/24/2016 at 7:44 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

Sorry, faux endorsement of Mike W's GOP opponent is more like it. Mike represents one of the most unbeatable districts for a D. Very safe to endorse an GOP with zero expectation they can win. No blood on Indy's hands.

What better situation for the Indy to appear thinking outside the box. I am not impressed.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 10/24/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Poll: McCrory Sees Approval Rating Boost After Hurricane, Democrats Up Big in Early Voting

I suppose "like sharpens like." Pat McCrory has been a disaster for NC. His policies and corrupt government has caused damage that will take a long time to recover from.

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Posted by Robert Black-Strong on 10/24/2016 at 2:12 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

George Greene. Can you tell me in specifics your own personal experience as a parent in Judge Worley's court? Because this statement "The objections to Judge Worley's alleged "temperament" are subjective, not substantiated" is garbage until she's placed YOUR child in the care of a drug addict who was busted for doing drugs with your child in his presence as he was being arrested and her commenting "Well, drug abuse doesn't mean you're a bad parent?" Have you ever met a college graduate who doesn't know the difference between net pay and gross pay? Have you ever had a judge take the word of someone who could not present them with evidence of their claim but still take their word for it and also fine you for the lie they told her that she chose to believe? Do you trust a judge who's own peers (NC Bar Assoc.) ranked her as the least competent judge on the family law bench? Finally, as a Democrat, what does being a Republican have to do with not caring about children and automatically makes them the bad guy by claiming that if he cared about kids, he'd not be a Republican? Everything in your brief statement is EXACTLY why the Indy chose not to endorse her this time. She was, apparently, terrible in 2012 and I can attest from personal experience, she is just as bad, if not worse, in 2016. I never imagined voting for a Republican in my life but in this particular instance, I totally am. She's ruined too many lives with her lack of knowledge about the complexities of family units, children, parental alienation, financial and emotional abuse and even basic math skills. She is grossly unqualified to be making decisions that affect the lives of children and it has nothing to do with the fact that she has no children nor ever been married. She simply has no idea what she's doing and that's irresponsibly dangerous to anyone whose case is assigned to her. She's probably a decent person but she is NOT qualified for this job. Period!

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/24/2016 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Durham police excessive force case goes to Court of Appeals

I'm in taking finishing up on my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, I would love to know more details on this article, as well as hear some feedback from the officer. Was officer Schneiders a newbie to the force? Why was he in the back seat? It seems to me he acted out of protocol. He felt like he had a point to prove and wanted to feel like he was doing something. It to also, seem like it was three cops in the car, therefore my next question is why the backseat trainee during all the action??? I'm itching to know more, thanks in advance!!!

Posted by Sheriqueenma Rodgers on 10/23/2016 at 9:36 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

If anyone has had a bad or good experience with a judge, you need to post it! Nagle is an embarrassment to the bar association in my opinion. I have only seen 5 cases of his and he was a judge in my case. In all of the cases I saw.... he made no changes and made bias statements against women getting divorced. He made no changes to my case even though there was evidence that financial mistakes were made in my case. He didn't listen and made NO changes. Vote Walter Rand! He has a better record with the N.C. Bar Association. In fact, someone apologized to me from the bar association for Nagle's behavior.

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Posted by Angeline Oas-Carter on 10/23/2016 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Durham police excessive force case goes to Court of Appeals

I honestly, think the officer should be locked up too. Although, Mr. Ledbetter was in the wrong with the drugs, he did cooperate and surrender with his hands up, as he should had, according to the two witnesses that was standing 30 feet away from him. In my opinion, I feel like this man was profiled, they thought he was someone else, which was Joesph Ledbetter, who had a history of running from the police. This officer needs to be charged. I wanna know whether or not if he read this man his rights before or after he beat him up badly. In my opinion to sounds like Slim was maybe a snitch helping the DDP out. Why didn't he run when he saw the DDP when he was transferring the drugs to Give this man his justice. There are too many dirty cops out here, the people can never feel totally protective by officers, you never know if you are being protected or setup. God Bless America!!!!!

Posted by Sheriqueenma Rodgers on 10/23/2016 at 7:38 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

A Republican over Mike Woodard? I guess this means I can't use Indy's voting guide anymore. For others in my position, the Durham People's Alliance has an excellent voting guide.

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Posted by Nathaniel Bakker on 10/23/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Dear Orange County GOP HQ Firebombers: You’re Not Helping

There is certainly an intuitive appeal to the idea that the arsonists of the Orange Co. GOP headquarters aren't helping, and it may even be true that such actions aid or embolden Trump supporters, as the author suggests. Such conclusions may well be sustained in a longer analysis, but most of this item is background; only a single underwhelming sentence ties the facts together to support the central claim: This incident gives Trump die-hards license to say that both sides do it . When held up to the light, this remark raises more questions than it attempts to answer.
1. Do they not already have that license?
It would seem this is a sunk cost at this point. All manner of rowdy behavior has already transpired from opponents of the Trump and/or Hillary campaigns, including an Indiana GOP HQ torched the week before the North Carolina one, flags burnt outside the DNC and RNC, miscellaneous randos punching randos during a California campaign stop, and attacks on anti-Trump protesters in Greensboro. Each time, there has been much moaning and groaning about the negative impacts on the Democrats' campaign and the cause in general, but there has been little evidence of any significant impact, let alone a game-changing one, and each time the short term memory of the news cycle has shuffled on to other things. This isn't unique to this election; the same process takes place whenever action is taken beyond the permitted, well-marshaled street march. If anything, this incident is interesting in that many of the usual criticisms the direct endangerment of other activists without their consent, the choice of politically tangential or irrelevant targets don't apply.

2. Why would a lack of license stop them? When has it?
The bizarre beliefs and violent behavior of many Trump supporters, especially 'die-hards', have been widely reported; is there any reason to believe that, in the absence of such an incident in consensus reality, they wouldn't latch upon one or more of the exotic zoo of conspiracy theories which could be similarly used? For that matter, would anyone who employed such a flimsy pretext to assassinate a politician, need any pretext at all? What license did they have or need early in the campaign when they repeatedly and violently assaulted peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters?

3. Who is this this Trump supporter speaking to?
A third party voter? A Democrat who supported Hillary in the 2008 and 2016 primaries, and will for the foreseeable future? Another Trump supporter? Themselves, as they try to fall asleep at night? The author himself presumably does not accept such an argument, so why does he expect the hypothetical audience to do so?

4. What are the consequences of this speech?
What would happen if someone accepted this rationale? We've already questioned its relationship with interpersonal violence, such as assassination or poll-booth vigilantism (1 & 2). But there is also often an anxiety that some audacious act of direct action, mentioned as a rhetorical weapon by one's opponents, will turn people's minds and behaviors against some cause. What evidence exists to suggest this concern is at all justified? During a simple exchange in the public square, whose mind will be swayed by such a remark? On Facebook and or on the bus, how often do you hear people say I was going to vote for Hillary, but then I heard about (aggressive direct action instance) and now I'm not so sure? Many people seem to believe that *someone other than them will do this, but how often does it actually happen?

5. What is 'it'?
The hypothetical Trumpling draws one, maybe two shaky equivalences in gathering different acts under a single umbrella called violence:
a) property damage is equated with personal injury: melted campaign signs are put on the same footing as a bullet in the head.
b) the violence of the oppressed is equated with the violence of the oppressor: assault perpetrated by a marginalized person against enablers of persecution and deportation (as in San Jose this summer) is put on the same footing as racial profiling by self-appointed poll booth monitors.
Maybe such equivalences hold in this case, but in letting the point slide without a fight, the author is doing the Trump supporters work for him. Doing so makes the author and the rest of us vulnerable to sporadic false flags and antics of bored teenagers, both par for the political and social course.

To be sure, I don't encourage people to just wander around setting fire to things. I don't spend my time that way, certainly. But it's far from clear that any damage done to progressive causes is nonnegligible, or even exists. On the other hand, the $13k donation of which the author writes approvingly quite plausibly made things worse.

From a results-oriented, strategic standpoint, the first-order material consequences of the donation drive seem obvious. This was not a residence, a dance hall, or a hospital that was damaged; its purpose was not to grow tomatoes like a greenhouse, house children like an orphanage, or display art like a museum. It was the headquarters of a regressive political party. Their presidential candidate threatens literal fascism and their local representatives have their own headache-inducing resume. NC Republicans brought us House Bill Two and Amendment One; they are willing to twist data science to overtly racist ends when it helps them keep minorities from voting but they try to outlaw climatology when it comes to sea level rise. Their offices have one function, and that is to produce and enact such social engineering. When their infrastructure suffers damage, their ability to disenfranchise black voters declines, however minutely. If yard signs didnt bring in votes, politicians wouldnt employ them; when such signs are destroyed and must be replaced, the vote efficiency per dollar spent goes down, however infinitesimally. When files are destroyed, informational and organizational havoc is wrought. Maybe this doesnt justify arson. But when the cost of repairs is covered, the sad fact is, theyre left with more resources on hand to slander transwomen.
There are plenty of things such a perspective might be called: callous, cynical, the justification of means or lack thereof by their ends. Yet many of the prominent donors themselves have gone on record, saying that now is no time for anything but! Several have written at length, echoing popular arguments against third party voting (Clay Shirkley is a high-profile example). And yet every charge they levy against the act of voting for Jill Stein or Monica Moorehead, describes the donation drive at least as well.
*It's a waste of resources (even before the devastation of Hurricane Matthew there were oodles of cash-starved organizations in NC doing good work, and buying booze for winos would frankly have been a more worthy cause)
*The donors are acting out of a position of privilege (I wish I was affluent enough to throw in $100 for a pity party benefiting people who hate my guts!)
*it is emotionalistic, performative and self-righteous (this is half the credit the author gives to the donation drive: it made us feel a little bit better about the world, whoever us is)
*it is hopelessly idealistic and lacking in realism (by acting magnanimous, they expect to coax decency out of people who clearly have no interest in it).
Material support for a bass-ackwards political organization is at least as bad as failure to support its most viable competitor! Moreover, if we take seriously the idea that perceived hypocrisy changes minds for the worse (if property damage by 'liberal animals' somehow rationalized violence in the word or thought of Trump's brownshirt wannabes, in the authors example), how does such selective pragmatism look to someone who was previously sold against voting idealistically? With the disingenuity of arguments against doing so laid bare, how many people will reconsider a vote for a third party instead of Clinton? The author concedes that the donation was only useful as PR, but it's far from obvious whether it accomplished even that, and could well have made things worse!

In the course of appealing to centrists and conservatives, Clinton has sought and often gained the endorsement of establishment conservatives, from former president and Iran Contra alum George Herbert Walker Bush, to conspiracy peddler Glenn Beck, to think tanker Roger Kagan. In the process, their role in bringing our current electoral crisis to pass has gotten glossed over. The strategic utility of this move isn't obvious: its a waste of a unique opportunity to render radioactive the vehicle of US conservativism for election cycles to come. DNC staffers themselves have expressed concern that by casting Trump's horrorshow as an aberration of the Republican party rather than its natural conclusion, they were distancing down-ballot Republicans from their unpopular presidential candidate and undercutting their Democratic competitors. It is this atmosphere which has brought us a popular logo of a rainbow flag hugging a confederate flag, and a popular photo of Michelle Obama hugging George W. Bush. Clearly, liberals will forgive anyone except for Ralph Nader. But if one really must give sympathy to the devil, why not send something less fungible and less liquid than money? What about a greeting card, or maybe the ever-popular thoughts and prayers ?

You can forgive Darth Vader for blowing up Alderaan, without chipping in to build him a new Death Star!


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Posted by TheCarrboroProvocateur on 10/23/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Durham native "Bud" Barbee's sensational career tells the story of segregated baseball in the Triangle

Thank you Arthur.. Walter is my grandfather and Bud is my uncle.. It's a lot of confusion about the both of them! I have so many pics that I can share ...

Posted by barbee on 10/22/2016 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Dear Orange County GOP HQ Firebombers: You’re Not Helping

The question to ask is "Who gains from this?". And the answer is surely not Orange County Democrats, who were likely to win big before this happened.

Posted by Nate on 10/22/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “First Day of Early Voting: "The Bluest Areas in N.C. Are on GOTV Steroids"

The lower turnout statewide might also have to do with the ridiculous rules many county Boards of Elections have instituted this year. Guilford County, for instance, the third largest city in the state and reliably blue, has all of *ONE* early voting site open right now. The rest don't open for another week.

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Posted by Nate on 10/22/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “The Greenbox Project Brings Reusable To-Go Boxes to Durham Restaurants

Excellent! I hope they get everybody on board.

Posted by MichaelEdits on 10/22/2016 at 6:11 AM

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