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

@pblest - Despite the AP story, I'm not convinced of a material resurgence of the KKK. Such groups remain on the fringe of society. "Klan members still gather by the dozens under starry Southern skies …". If they begin gathering by the hundreds, we ought to worry. I am a Jew and history teaches me not to offhandedly dismiss the presence of such people. For the same reason, while I am wholly in favor of reporting incidents of racist intimidation, I am loath to provide white supremicists with gratuitous publicity.

With respect to Trump, the only arrow in his quiver is demagoguery but he's proven to be adept nonetheless. He knows that "The Wall" cannot be built, that 11+ million people cannot be rounded up and deported and that "Make America Great Again" is a catchphrase reminiscent of "In your heart you know he's right" (Goldwater 1964). Instead of wringing your hands over the oversimplified notion of "Trump's brand of white nationalism", perhaps you ought to examine the true reasons for Trump finding his footing.

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Posted by Bernard Baruch on 07/20/2016 at 1:59 PM

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

Anyone who says Trump is not stoking the fire of hatred is in need of psychological help or a thesaurus. The GOPs nominee has renewed the 35 year old "Southern Strategy," promoted by Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and others. No need to worry about ISIS. The Republican Party has adopted a racist credo. The GOP is destroying America, the greatest country, through terrorist tactics and fear-mongering.
We are better than this. We must reject the fabrications, the lies, the animus.

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Posted by cityfox on 07/20/2016 at 1:56 PM

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

Carolyn Lathrop did you even read the book? If not then please stop.

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Posted by h0tdamn on 07/20/2016 at 1:54 PM

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

Carolyn Lathrop having 5 of the first 7 comments on this article demonstrates Bronwen's point pretty well...

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Posted by bullcity on 07/20/2016 at 1:46 PM

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

Hey, folks. Unlike Ms Dickey, I DO read the comments, because I want to hear opposing points of view. But if you really can't answer my questions or dispute my facts (and so far,nobody has tried) it really isn't that persuasive to just hit "dislike." We all KNOW you dislike having the facts about the pit bull crisis shared. That is actually a huge part of the problem.

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Posted by Carolyn Lathrop on 07/20/2016 at 1:10 PM

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

The word shampoo dates to 1762. It is of Hindi origin.

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Posted by David Klein on 07/20/2016 at 1:04 PM

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

Wow, its rare to find someone who is not afraid to speak their mind like this honestly. If I am dining out, the most important quality for my waiter to is honesty, not a phony attitude. Spicy remoulaude my opinion most people will see this article in a cynical way, but I find this persons courage to tell the truth extremely refreshing. Thank you, sir, a working class hero is something to be. If only the rest of us had the same commitment to being honest with one another, just maybe this world would be a better place for everyone.

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Posted by Nathaniel on 07/20/2016 at 12:53 PM

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

And nobody who is against the breed specific legislation necessary to stop irresponsible pit bull breeders (that would be mandatory spay / neuter of all pit bulls and pit bull mixes, including American bulldogs, except for akc and ukc-pr registered show dogs ) can claim to be an "advocate" for pit bulls. They offer NO solution to the horrific carnage caused by the irresponsible overbreeding of pit bulls, by the pit bull community. 80% of dogs dying in shelters are pit bulls. That is a million dead pit bulls per year that these self-identified "advocates" couldn't care less about. They love to brag about how they "rescued" one or two (carefully chosen, we hope) pit bulls but they hate it when anybody asks them about the hundreds of others that fill shelter freezers and landfills.

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Posted by Carolyn Lathrop on 07/20/2016 at 12:49 PM

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

Cheryl Huerta,

I am trying to imagine a belgian malinois advocate or a border collie advocate or, indeed, a true advocate of any breed of dog denying the huge influence of genetics and saying (as you do) that "dogs are dogs" and it is all in how you raise them. No dog advocate says that. Only pit pushers.

But no pit pusher has ever won a sheepdog trial with a pit bull. Why is that, if dogs are dogs? And why does every dog fighter in this country breed pit bulls, not labradors?

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Posted by Carolyn Lathrop on 07/20/2016 at 12:40 PM

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

I'm so glad that you write stories like this! People have no clue how annoying they really are when you are the waiter or waitress! It's not the fact that you hate the job or even the people. It's all about circumstance! Love it!

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Posted by Taran1284 on 07/20/2016 at 12:40 PM

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

So Ms. Dickey thinks it is a virtue to not read the comments? Why? It does make it easier to not respond to questions to which she offers no answers, and to pretend that there is no pit bull crisis. This is very popular with pit pushers, who desperately want to allow pit bull breeders to continue to profit off the irresponsible breeding of pit bulls.

Let's see: Two people dead from pit bull attacks this week. And a thousand dead pit bulls a day in shelters alone.

Pit pushers? Anybody care to tell us your solutions to the crisis?

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Posted by Carolyn Lathrop on 07/20/2016 at 12:32 PM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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