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Re: “Sheryl Monks

The date and time for this event is wrong. Sheryl Monks will be reading at The Regulator on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6PM. Please see the calendar on The Regulator's website.

Posted by Sheryl Monks on 11/06/2016 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Mr. Blest's article is just another in a long line of logically strained, contradictory, and ultimately failed attempts I've heard over the years to argue against and discredit libertarians and the libertarian philosophy. One of the great ironies of our current political environment is that for all of their differences the Left and the Right can come together on one thing ; their fear and loathing of libertarians. They have good reason to be afraid. Be very afraid. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but eventually millennials and the younger generations after them, are going to tire of this business as usual that the author (and other "progressives" and conservatives) implicitly support in his article.

As a previous poster pointed out, the author's attempt to link Johnson to HB2 and Pat McCrory are indeed feeble and unconvincing. Blest mentions Johnson's support of LGBTQ rights, marijuana legalization, his pro-choice and pro gay marriage positions, his criticism of HB2, and then turns around and state that Johnson "is effectively the same brand of conservative as the governor of North Carolina."

Huh?!

Blest then attempts to support this non sequitur with a statement of pure speculation that assumes mind reading abilities by saying "it's hard to see how a law sold as relieving a burden on businesses wouldn't have met with his approval" . Well, clearly we KNOW that the law did not meet with his approval because (drum roll) that's what he ACTUALLY SAID ! Regardless of weather he may have approved of some other portions of the law, he voiced opposition to it based on moral and civil libertarian grounds, which makes the gulf between him and McCrory pretty wide actually. The simple fact of the matter is that for decades the political establishment as represented by the Left and the Right have been in control and have arrogantly strutted the American political and social landscape like Negan in The Walking Dead with its baseball bat composed of equal parts expanding government power, regulation and soul crushing "social safety net" and other "social programs", and failing government schools, of the type that Mr. Blest apparently thinks are so sacrosanct that they should never be criticized, reformed, or, parish the thought, done away with. Additionally, fear and class warfare mongering and race baiting make up important components of their weapon. Through in an expanding surveillance state and a foreign policy that under the past two administrations has indeed been reckless and costly (a truth regardless of whether any of us knows off the top of our head where Aleppo is. That's what an atlas or Google is for.)

To paraphrase Mr. Blest, if that's your thing sure vote for Hillary, or Trump. But if you, do it's hard to see why you would consider yourself a thinking, or moral person that actually cares about yourself, others, or your country.

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Posted by Montag on 11/06/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Red for Cure: A Forum on Black Women & HIV Cure

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the world, no matter the distance and continent a real spell caster will
cast a spell effectively without you seeing it or the spell caster getting
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itself.. STRAIGHT: no excuses for failure, if money was needed in the first
place for courier he should have say so, so one can know how prepared he
is..i did rather pay $2000 at once to get my result rather than paying $200
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result might be an excuse THREAT: if you get fed up of sending money after
money, they begin to threaten one with death and madness.. NIGERIA; about
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the fake are more than the real.. i fell a victim of scam twice to a
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realized almost $4700 was gone until i came across Dr. OVON who told me
how to know a fake spell caster, he helped me CURE my HIV infection without
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Posted by John Pritzker on 11/05/2016 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

yes! if but for just 'idiot wind'

Posted by lizzy on 11/04/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Vox: The real Clinton email scandal is that a bull---- story has dominated the campaign
(If you agree with her on policy, vote with a clear conscience about the server)

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/201…

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Posted by Chris Sites on 11/04/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The Restaurant Merry-Go-Round at 403 West Rosemary Comes to a Strong Stop at Northside District

^ this guy seems like a blast to have around ^

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 11/04/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Republican T. Greg Doucette Holds Views Indistinguishable from Those of a Black Lives Matter Protester

Supports Shameika Rhinehart - must be a smart guy!

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 11/04/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Anna Elena Worley

I will not vote for Worely based on the info I have found on this site an others AND from her own words that she "represent asylees fleeing oppression and seeking refuge on our shores"
I'm NOT against LEGAL IMMIGRATION, I'm NOT against assisting GENUINE "refugees" in THEIR OWN shores. But I AM AGAINST opening our arms and our country to unvetted refugees from HOSTILE countries especially to those who have NO interest in becoming Americans and embracing our way of life.
I look to what's happening to those areas of the country who are already having a problem with rising rape and murder statistics and to Europe where the landscape has drastically changed, where there is fear on the streets and the police do next to nothing to help and most can't because any action is considered "racial profiling" Those who commit these types of crimes are given a pass because that's their "culture". Frankly speaking let them keep their culture in countries who accept that way of life and let us keep our way of life safe and protected.
I have no intention to support or vote for anyone who feels she has time to devote to "asylees". I have a feeling she should have enough to do representing our own people who are struggling with oppression here in our own shores.

Posted by Susie Anne O'such on 11/04/2016 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Republican T. Greg Doucette Holds Views Indistinguishable from Those of a Black Lives Matter Protester

As the Co-Chair of the Durham/Orange County Libertarian Party - the (all men) comment is factually incorrect as I am certain that the Director of Volunteers - Amy Lamont was in attendance at our meeting that T. Greg Doucette spoke at as well as Pam Adams - Sean Haugh's wife, but, don't let that change whatever narrative you are attempting to set up about the Libertarian Party.

T. Greg Doucette would be a breath of fresh air for the State of North Carolina - he's seen the racket that our court system has turned into with the War on Drugs and how racially charged the enforcement of prohibition has been to our citizens of color.

Thank you for this article - no retraction is necessary.

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Posted by clememp on 11/04/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

@theFeline. Your statement on Gov. Johnson is patently false, and indicative of the kind of lies Democratic hack media have spread with the goal of scaring millennials back in line. Its disgraceful. Gov. Johnson believes "climate change IS mostly likely happening" and "it IS most likely human driven", both positions that emphatically break from conservative orthodoxy. All it takes is a Google search and enough attention span to read beyond the bullshit CNN, Mother Jones clickbait headlines. It is this kind of lie spreading that are encumbering Democratic reputation these days, particularly among independents and young people.

@ Jim McClarin, I agree: small factions with outside-the-norm-views often get their positions shoehorned into the monopoly party platform through the backdoor. Gov Johnson was the highest ranking politician to come out in favor of drug legalization, 10-15 years before anyone else, at the same time the Clinton's were lobbying for locking more people (of color, effectively) up via their 1994 Crime Bill. Those of us who see the damage of the Drug War's escalation recognize Gov. Johnson's principled leadership, and appreciate the change it has brought us (with more on the ballot Nov 8). We acknowledge elected leaders who envisioned a future where 1/3rd of black men don't have a permanent record just because all the other establishment Democrats and Republicans support this Drug War. While elected governor, Mr. Johnson consistently objected to it, loudly and publicly. He believes the marijuana issue is all but settled, by Christmas is will be legal for more Americans than not. That is the first major win for the people against the states visceral, racist, and elitist Drug War. It is clear which side Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Clinton side with here. And it is clear where they both stood, historically.

Progressives who care more about control than about people, will never discuss Gov. Johnson's leadership. Its why many other "Progressives" are not voting for the Democratic candidate. And why many others now look elsewhere for their "news".

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Posted by tkraw23 on 11/04/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

But should he really accept this Swedish prize ? After all Alfred Nobel was a major Swedish weapons manufacturer (Bofors Cannons) and inventor of projectiles, smokefree gunpowder and, of course dynamite. Still today the Nobel Prize Group is sponsored by the weapons industry in direct connection to Alfred Nobes own war industry: http://saab.com/region/singapore/about-saab/stories/saab-singapore-stories/2015/saab-supports-the-nobel-prize-series-in-singapore/

Listen to Masters of War !

BTW this devastating Nobel project must be stopped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpigW2zkZKA

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Posted by Bo Lagerqvist on 11/04/2016 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Listen to Our Hotline to Hell

She was saved in 1974. So was I, but it didn't stick.

In 1976-1977, Michael Jordan was in my homeroom at Trask Middle School. He had a sense of humor back then. I presume he still does. Hidden away, perhaps, but still there.

Your caller may have a sharper pivot, though. It's close.

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Posted by MichaelEdits on 11/03/2016 at 1:18 PM

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

"....[The State legislators] do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would have to be created & approved by the General Assembly, which seems unlikely (to say the least)."
And this is another good reason to vote for a change to our State Legislators, so our cities and Counties can have more flexibility to create solutions that fit the needs of their constituents, to make government more responsive. HB2 had the added suck of barring local cities from making their own legislation regarding discrimination- and maybe more.
Time to get them out of there.

Posted by 2Lionsrock on 11/03/2016 at 12:15 AM

Re: “RIP Paul Luebke, a Progressive Icon

Missed Dr. LUEBKE today at UNC. I know he would have introduced the President of the United States as they together campaigned for the people of NC. He taught me a lot about NC politics and most importantly how to think like a sociologist about the economy and politics. I did not have a lot of time with him, we missed meeting before '86 and I didn't really meet him until I began a second MA in Sociology. Then I only had 5 weeks in seminar with him, but we read his book. So happy to hear Theo is carrying on in his father's footsteps, so to speak. May all his family and loved ones know his legacy will be remembered and his contribution to the public won't be forgotten.
Beth LaLonde

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Posted by bethlalonde@yahoo.com on 11/02/2016 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Previous commenters forget to consider Johnson's views on the environment. This is a man who would eliminate the EPA and who does not believe that Climate Change is happening.

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Posted by theFelineAdmiralty on 11/02/2016 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results Albert Einstein.

Since WHEN did it become okay for the LEADER of the FREE world to ELECT someone who is under FBI investigation for criminal activity, accusations of sexual abuse, possible mental/physical health issues, pay for play corruption, or someone whose rhetoric equates childish behavior?

Has America lost its way? America USED to be looked up to by the rest of the world. This year it has turned into the laughing stock of world elections! America are YOU tired of it yet? Have YOU had ENOUGH? There IS ONE CANDIDATE that is on the ballot in ALL 50 STATES that is free from ANY SCANDAL. Better yet, a candidate that has a PROVEN record of leadership that you can be PROUD of, instead of embarrassed by.


Gary Johnson started a one man business that he grew into one of the largest in New Mexico, eventually employing over one thousand people. As governor in New Mexico, he quickly became a Governor of the people by establishing his Open Door After 4 policy where on the 3rd Thursday of the month, he would meet with anyone in 5 minute increments until 10pm. After his two very successful terms, he left the state with new roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and a BILLION dollar surplus - all without raising taxes one single cent. As a matter of fact, he actually CUT TAXES 14 times! It should be noted that he was re-elected in a landslide as a Republican Governor in a HEAVILY Democratic state. To this day he is still so revered that he is favored to win New Mexico.

His running mate Bill Weld, a former federal prosecutor for seven years that won convictions in 110 out of 111 public corruption cases also quickly became known as a Governor of the people. As Governor, he led 16 trade missions to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, cut taxes 21 times, and managed to drop the unemployment rate in Massachusetts from the highest among the 11 industrialized states to the lowest. He was re-elected in 1994 with a record breaking 71% of the vote, a record that still stands today.

A wasted vote is voting for someone that you DON'T believe in, or simply not voting at all. This election YOU have the opportunity to make HISTORY. Don't let FEAR or manipulation choose who YOU vote FOR. This election, dont REWARD someone with YOUR vote who has not EARNED it.

This election you are NOT STUCK with having to choose the lesser of two evils.This election YOU CAN choose NO EVIL on your ballot. This election, instead of voting AGAINST someone you despise or find repulsive, vote FOR someone you can be PROUD of.

Your vote should be about what's BEST for, and who REPRESENTS you, your ideals, and your interests BEST. America, you HAVE a BETTER choice! Dont WASTE the opportunity that has been given YOU and let YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. You CAN make a difference.

Proven Leadership, A Problem Solver, Painfully Honesty, and Full of Integrity. A president you can be proud of. This election, I am PROUDLY voting for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.

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Posted by Edna Margarita Perez-Cardona on 11/02/2016 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Something to think about. Parents spend a lifetime educating between right and wrong, and instilling moral values in their children. When children misbehave or do the wrong thing, parents correct and sometimes punish their children. They certainly don't REWARD them for their bad behavior. This misbehavior is not condoned by parents, it's certainly not expected in adults, but yet in 2016 it is tolerated by some in presidential candidates.

If you don't condone it, then why in the world would you vote FOR it? You are sending a CLEAR message that you REWARD criminality, corruption, deception, lies, and vulgarity. Is that what you represent? Is that the kind of leader you want REPRESENTING YOU, your FAMILY, or your COUNTRY? Look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is the kind of example you want to set for your children. The world is watching.

Is this really the BEST that WE as a country can do? Is this really the BEST WE can offer our children's future? Or have we, based on polls and media manipulation, simply turned the presidency into nothing more than a horse race by simply trying to pick who we think will win? If that is the case, stop and think of what it is you are actually "winning". More wars, bigger government, higher taxes, larger debt, or simply put, more of the same.

Imagine instead of being stuck with having to choose for the lesser of two evils, of actually having the option of choosing NO EVIL instead. Don't let FEAR or manipulation choose who you vote for. This election, instead of voting AGAINST someone you despise or find repulsive, vote FOR someone you can be proud of. A wasted vote is voting for someone that you DON'T believe in, or simply not voting at all. Your vote should be about what's best for, and who represents you, your ideals, and your interests best.

Gary Johnson served as governor in New Mexico, which at the time, was in a state of fiscal ruin and decay. After his two very successful terms, he left the state with new roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and a BILLION dollar surplus - all without raising taxes one single cent. As a matter of fact, he actually CUT TAXES 14 times! He was a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, who was re-elected in a landslide.

Proven Leadership, A Problem Solver, Painfully Honesty, and Full of Integrity. A president you can be proud of. This election, I am PROUDLY voting for Gary Johnson.

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Posted by Edna Margarita Perez-Cardona on 11/02/2016 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Let's just imagine that some Millenials actually agree with Gary Johnson's smaller-government, pro-individual liberty, non-interventionist views. Then the argument boils down to the wasted-vote theory so let me respond to that:

During the first half of the 1900's Socialist Party presidential candidate Normas Thomas ran multiple times and never came close to winning. However, he accomplished huge changes in government policy by demonstrating a measure of solid support each election for his radical ideas, so both the Democrats and Republicans adopted several of his more popular platform planks, prominently among them Social Security and a progressive income tax. His ideas would have been ignored if only a few people voted for him but he attracted enough of the vote to be coveted by the other two parties. Thus voters for a candidate who would never come close to winning turned out to have a very powerful vote indeed, a vote that, in terms of policy change, would have been completely wasted had they given it to the Democrat or Republican candidate.

My argument is not to condone Thomas or his ideas, which most Americans favor today, but to say that third party candidates can have an impact far beyond winning and losing in electoral politics. Do you really think for a moment that if Johnson wins 10% of the vote that the Republican and Democratic nominee of 2020 will ignore that block of voters as unreachable? The Hell they will! They will angle for those voters by trying to appeal to the values they expressed in voting for Gary Johnson.

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Posted by Jim McClarin on 11/02/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Restaurant Merry-Go-Round at 403 West Rosemary Comes to a Strong Stop at Northside District

What are your credentials? Are you a chef? A sommelier? How are you qualified to review anything?
Is the Indy so poor and desperate that it hires anyone who likes to eat off the street as a food "expert"?

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Posted by aaaaaaa on 11/02/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “RIP Paul Luebke, a Progressive Icon

Wonderful article about a wonderful man.

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Posted by dianesowo on 11/02/2016 at 12:13 PM

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