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Posted by whilljr on 09/15/2014 at 8:45 PM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

Having had been in Jim Hills court and have him decide in matters pertaining to my child - his cavalier back woods demeanor is not unique to this case. He comes across like a frustrated high school teacher who lost of the art of listening and hands out detentions because he's all out of ideas. He most definitely abused his power as a NC Judicial Official and took advantage of a vulnerable parent - and if you have never experienced the traumatic experience of going to family court, hush - its a horrible horrible experience. The judgements, and even racial epitaphs in some of these comments are embarrassing.

Jim Hill is very much indeed liked by attorneys. God forbid you enter his court without one - you're toast - no, wait, your child is toast. What attorney wouldnt like that. Jim Hill has had a very negative impact on my child (he deliberated on) as well her siblings and the rest of my family. He did not act in my child's best interest but rather my Ex's Attorney's interest.

Based on this article we know literally nothing about circumstances beyond whats mentioned in this article. I ask Judge Hill and everyone else looking at this - how is having any child's parent, especially a primary care giver, thrown in jail for 30 days for uh, talking back? Thats absurd and Jim Hill she be reviewed by the NC Bar Assoc. for such unprofessionalism.

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Posted by patrickm07 on 09/15/2014 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Staffers, parents concerned over kids' safety at Spence's Farm

For nine months now, my staff and I have weathered the effects of the Indy article of 1/8/2014. With their help I consented to keep going and undertake a cycle of renewal at Spence's Farm. It was a great summer, all in all, with lots of positive feedback from families and past customers. We have some exciting prospects ahead, including autumn mini-camps and a Father-Son Retreat this November 7-9, following our annual Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 25.
Here are a few facts to balance the story posted by RAC on 8/27/2014. In 25 years of leading Summer Camps at Spence's Farm, we have never had a lost child. In this first case, the boy was separated from his group for only a few minutes and he was never distressed. He missed a turn on a short trail that was being re-routed and was discovered within minutes by a kind man who phoned me at the same instant that we were starting our normal head count back at the van. I wasn't sure if this man was a park ranger and only later learned he was a parent with some training in outdoor adventures. The counselor in charge of the last group on the trail had gotten confused with the changes on the trail and lost sight for a few moments of this boy who had filled his pockets with rocks from Rainbow Mountain and kept stopping to pull up his shorts.
My staff and I quickly retrieved the boy and he happily completed Friday afternoon at our camp. It was never a 911 event. Because he was not distressed and had been quickly reunited with our group, I thought we had time to properly debrief this occurrence and communicate appropriately with his mother that evening after a very full week. I had to leave town for a previous commitment and spoke with the mother by phone as I traveled, seeking to accept responsibility for the event and the delayed communication. Of course she was upset. My program director and I both apologized to her and sought to assure her that we would thoroughly debrief the puzzle pieces of this event, learn any lessons from it and establish any new protocols needed.
In the next few days, I met with the Superintendent of Occoneechee Mountain State Park to discuss this event. I also met with the staff involved to debrief and document what occurred. I formally apologize again for this unfortunate occurrence. My staff and I will continue to take steps so this does not happen again.
I know that many children and teenage Junior Mentors blossomed at Spence's Farm this summer and their parents have confirmed this. We are not perfect at Spence's Farm, but we are dedicated, having served over 10,000 youth now. I remain committed to empowering young people by helping them overcome their fears and feel the confidence of being successful. We continue to refine our programs for the diverse families in the Triangle area. I extend my gratitude for their tremendous support through this challenging year.
If anyone needs more dirt now, come on out and work in our organic garden. The okra is plentiful this year and the scuppernong grapes are ready to pick. It seemed we had lost our ancient fig bush this year but it came back from its roots.

Spence Dickinson, Founder and Director of Spence's Farm

Posted by Spence Dickinson on 09/15/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Neighbors complain to Raleigh City Council about outdoor music

@Jonathan, several neighbors complained at the City Council hearing two weeks ago. As stated in the story, twenty-six people signed a petition asking the Council to deny Heyens the permit she was asking for.

Posted by Jane Porter on 09/15/2014 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Hagan speaks to state AFL-CIO, avoids talking about labor

Lessor of two evils....Tillis is just a plain old turd.

Posted by Tony Dockery on 09/15/2014 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Hundreds of N.C. voters disenfranchised in 2014 Primary

The only way to beet these GOP crooks is to beet them at their own game by going out and getting everything required to get qualified...Get off yer butts and get them dam IDs......get the community organizers out in droves and get legal....Don't throw up your hands and complain that's what they want you to do..they own the state government ...Make the effort and get the IDs and then the GOP can once again tremble...To much time fighting a law that cant be overturned on this election cycle....We got to beet these criminals before they destroy this state by selling it out to their corporate sponsors. NC will become a dumping ground for polluters of all kinds so they can supply them and us with low wage jobs....

Posted by Tony Dockery on 09/15/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

I believe Massachusetts has a better system for providing for the children in these cases. That's why MA is always among the top 3 states for SAT scores. 1) The mother can't be forced to go to work until the child reaches 7 years of age -- allowing the primary care giver (usu. the mother) to raise her own child the best way she can; 2) child support enforcement offices are aggressive and get the money for the kids - one bounced or late check and wage garnishment is automatic -- common sense the mother spends it in the child's best interest and is going to be scrutinized via government surveillance; 3) both parents should've been referred for EXTRA parental counseling, not jail; 4) the judge baited the mother, the mother reacted badly, but the child does need time with his father. The psychological impact on the child from all 3 (mother, father, judge) remains to be seen, but is probably not going to be good. How can a judge put a child in even temporary custody of a parent he has not seen in months? The mother's almost ALWAYS right, let her do her job, don't question what she feels is necessary for her child.

Posted by Cheryl Hill on 09/15/2014 at 3:34 PM

Re: “The People's Climate March gears up to be the tipping point for climate change

More on the German shift to clean renewables and "nervous" electric utility executives, from the NYT on Sunday:…

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 09/15/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Neighbors complain to Raleigh City Council about outdoor music

Is there more than one neighbor complaining? I only see the singular person named, but the use of the plural "neighbors" being used repeatedly. Fairness would seem to dictate the use of the term "a single neighbor" otherwise.

Posted by Jonathan Greschler on 09/15/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Clay Aiken pledges to stand with workers

Steve, what with your, shall we say, idiosyncratic style of punctuation, one would have thought you'd have a bit more tolerance for "typo's."

Posted by David Klein on 09/14/2014 at 7:11 PM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

wow that judge was out of his mind!! bed an breakfast come on . how could he call her an idiot even if it is his court room man sad sad sad ! he don't need to be a judge talking unprofessional !

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Posted by Fam Man on 09/14/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

This is not that hard to figure play and watch the mom of the year in action. All of these folks claim to know them but no one lived in their home. There's his side and her side. Looks like the truth unfolded for 6 mins in the video.

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Posted by Jerry Staton on 09/14/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

That's awful. So because he didn't want to be with her due to her anger issues, we are to believe that he beat her? And cheated on her? Stop it! I work in the courts and trust me, women and men make up lies everyday once the relationship sours. That judge was there to hear ALL of the testimony. There's NO WAY a guy would get custody of his child if he were so bad. The tape is clear! She's got some serious issues. The mother is bitter and has no respect for the courtroom. I would never put myself in a place to be in jail and away from my child if I was "that great of a mom"! Wake up people...THERE IS VIDEO EVIDENCE HERE!!!! People just want to side with the mom because she is a female. Shameful.

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Posted by Jacob Hauser on 09/14/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

it is amazing how much of the negative comments are from men and the first thing they say is she needs to keep her mouth shut. No one really commented on her being body slammed, or the fact that the father started cheating june 2013, beat up his wife, put his son and wife out the house, now his mistress is in the home with her teenage son, didn't pay child support for his son for nine months and had to be taken to court to get him to do anything that he just should had done on his own. no one cares how the child was supported during this time and whose money was being spent---It wasn't the father's. No, tell that dumb mother who takes care of her child and is pursuing her masters degree to better herself and contribute to what was her family life to sit down and keep her mouth shut and if deputies slam her around for taking the father to court then- she deserved it because when you don't let some men do what they want to do that what you get! Thanks to all the wonderful dads who take care of their kids and even if they are not with the mother of their kids they don't wish to see them hurt or dead. You know it is hard to beat nonsense into a person-even a woman! Judge Hill belittled everyone in the courtroom including the lawyers during the 3 days of trial which was only suppose to last one day. There was a death last year due to child custody with this judge -who has to be next?

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Posted by Gina1 on 09/14/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “The People's Climate March gears up to be the tipping point for climate change

Re: the previous comment, "Climate of Disbelief" is by Stuart Sanders of Chapel Hill. It's about a friend of his who considers global warming a hoax -- and who is immune to any and all evidence to the contrary.…

An excerpt, with Sanders' permission:

"I was dumbstruck. Again. Where I see clarity, rationality and obvious connection, this man, whose IQ I know to be significantly higher than average, (not only is he great at business, he’s a tough out in Words with Friends) sees only a left-wing conspiracy. My only hope is his revulsion at hypocrisy. I’m sure I could point out instances of hypocrisy on his side of the argument but, realistically, he’ll just tout the glacier in Norway that’s gotten bigger or the ninety-five-year-old smoker who didn’t get cancer. There’s an anecdote for everything!

Life is too short. When I perceive a “man of science” to have blind faith in the gospel according to Palin and Trump, I’m afraid he is irretrievable. The famous motto of the United Negro College Fund seems apt: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” I lack the energy to continue fighting this battle; maybe I’ll look for a good cartoon to send him, or a kitten video.

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 09/14/2014 at 11:49 AM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

Good for the judge! She acted like an animal and so did her family. I hope the father or the state gets custody.

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Posted by Rachel Snooks Moore on 09/14/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

I think the dad knew he wasn't doing right and tried to blame it on the mother. He wasn't coming around to see the child nor was he paying any child support. He tried to come up with that lie about her keeping the child away. In the end he has the child while she is locked up. Maybe now he will see the importance of being in his child's life. Let him wear the shoes she's been wearing trying to raise their child alone. He is nothing but a deadbeat.

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Posted by Robin Adams on 09/14/2014 at 2:27 AM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

Kudos to both Sara(s) and Kelly. It is obvious that your comments are a failed attempt to slander the mother and distract attention away from the bigger issues here. It would be wise to switch your screenname while pretending to be different people. Your sister worked with RiShawna,yet her employment was "inconsistent", $500 total in 9 months including bounced checks (per court records) is hardly substantial for supporting a child, a marital home in foreclosure and 6 payments in 2.5 years (per court records) shame on him. I'm certain that the father is aware of the video; as he is present in the courtroom. The mere mention of the word ratchet followed by "professional" speaks volumes to the post and author. You seem surprised that your "wife's family" (same sex we assume) can be black and professional at the same time. As a lawyer you should have little difficulty finding the mother's record to be clean (per public record) despite the many charges you allege. The mother's address is listed in all court documents. You should have access to those as well. It makes sense to offer your services pro bono. I'm certain no one would hire you.

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Posted by SarahMsister on 09/14/2014 at 12:05 AM

Re: “The People's Climate March gears up to be the tipping point for climate change

If man-made global warming was real and there was world-wide consensus on an imminent threat, the engineers would already be working over time to deal with it. Instead, there is now a full-blown scientific controversy with the most important aspect of it being that, 10 years ago, the global warming models predicted a warming of a factor of about 3 higher than actually observed. This is a major disconnect in predictive ability.

What this means is that the predictive global warming models are wrong. There is no other conclusion. This is not debatable. This is not a matter of opinion. Even the IPCC, with egg all over its face, is backpedaling here with weasel words.

Scientists are looking for reasons why the predictive models were wrong, coming up with over 4 dozen reasons why this might be so. No one knows yet. This means, maybe, they come up with new, possibly more accurate models. This is yet to be demonstrated. There is no consensus no matter what Al Gore, Barack Obama or John Kerry repeatedly say.

Drink as much kool-aid as you want, be as indignant as you can stand, but the facts are the facts. And so far, with a very low increase (some say zero increase) in average global temperature in the last 10 years, we are in no danger. This has happened in spite of measured increases of CO2 in the atmosphere. (P.S. the politicians will be the last to figure this out, they are the slowest of the bunch. Especially now that the US CO2 emission has been dropping because of fracking to increase natural gas production and use, resulting in less coal being burned.)

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 09/13/2014 at 10:40 PM

Re: “A judge says people are acting like "idiots" and a melee erupts in Durham family court

I don't know. Both Sara's have a valid point. This makes the guy look like good person. She went too far. Actions have consequences.

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Posted by Kelly Sears on 09/13/2014 at 8:55 PM

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