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Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

Did this douche seriously say "my radical self-truth" to talk about why he should get to tell jokes about raping his wife?! I also like how he said that he's always dealt with these issues in the past... and then also said he's really bad at dealing with these issues. Classic. Not sure that building is worth saving at this point. Does anyone know who owns it? Should probably turn it into a Planned Parenthood or a women's shelter or something.

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Posted by yesandnothanks on 11/29/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

Ooooh, I've already gotten two dislikes! Yay misogyny!

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Posted by Again Again on 11/29/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

The comedy world is notoriously misogynistic. I'm curious to know why Goodnights isn't booking women comics anymore. I haven't seen a woman booked to perform there in over a year, not since Nikki Glaser performed there in Oct 2016, other than the occasional minor player here and there for one night only. It's not for lack of talent, women like Maria Bamford and Jen Kirkman are playing other venues in the Triangle, and there are countless other new and exciting women comics I'd love to see performing here. So why does Goodnights keep booking the same old tired, washed-up men instead?

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Posted by karinmaries on 11/29/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

"The next day, the PIT terminated Harlow's contract negotiations, accusing Harlow of not acting in good faith."

What contract negotiations? Was Harlow intending to work with/for/at the PIT?

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Posted by Cash Cheque on 11/29/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

The Pit was already unnecessary: In the wake of the collapse of DSI, wonderful shows (and educational programs) are being selflessly produced at the Varsity, by Mettlesome (who just celebrated their one-year anniversary), at ComedyWorx, upstairs at Goodnights, and by number of other independent presenters. It's actually a bit of a DIY golden age for comedy and improv in the Triangle. The PIT has a fine performance space, but this glaring blind spot -- especially in the wake of Ward's transgressions -- is difficult to forgive, especially with so many other quality opportunities right now.

For now, I'm very suspicious of anyone choosing to partner with the PIT or to perform there -- which, thankfully, isn't that many (and includes NONE of the Triangle's best improvisers and comics). Maybe in six months the theater's staff will make good on their promises to make it a more respectful and responsive environment, and we can all reassess...but they have something to prove to our community, and so far their efforts have been disappointing.

40 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Again Again on 11/29/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “The Immigrants Packing Your Butterball Turkey Are under Threat

Sad to see the lie repeated that U.S. citizens won't do the work. Yes they will if the employer pays them enough. What's happened is that the racist employers in Duplin County figured out that they could replace cheap black labor (formerly slave labor, literally) with even cheaper foreign labor, as long as the rest of us subsidize their labor force with social services and support.

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Posted by citizenshame on 11/29/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Can you patent a hairdo?

Mine is crazy lol. M they say hair has memory my mom did something when I was 7 with my hair she told me it was trained this way at a certain length want say what she did then my head was shaved an was unable to get my hair back that length 35 years later my hair is back long an funny thing is doing what my mom told me I brush my hair an feels like its moving like snakes n my head was told I'll need a hair dresser not a barber old school something was done to prove hair has memory but had to do over time cause can't c results n a short time so 9 sister's put designs n 9 kids I am the only only that has come through an able to grow it back put in full form I need some help to figure out what my aunts did to my head an hair I'll b with a 50ty hair do that should b for women an it's on a man a matter of time plz help

Posted by Chris Diguilio on 11/28/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

"Some simply know in their gut, he [Pavlovitz] says, that a religion of in-groups and out-groups isn't what Jesus was preaching." Funny. Since when did "knowing in their gut" replace reading the actual text? As a teacher I find this hilarious. Mrs. Britt, we just know in our gut that the 2+2=17.3. It just "feels" right to us. And whatever we feel has to be the truth. We understand that the answer is clearly written in the textbook but we prefer to ignore the author's own words that are clearly stated and copied in countless texts available in millions of places. Knowing in our gut what the author might have/have not said is much more convenient than actually READING what he really said. Matt. 10:34-36 Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household." Matt 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." These are the words of Jesus. There are many more written on the pages of scripture for anyone to read. These words don't fit a particular political party and never have. To think that one political party represents the Jesus of the Bible is naive at best and self-serving at worst. Read him for yourself. Believe him or reject him but please don't misrepresent him.

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Posted by Angela Britt on 11/28/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “The quiet chemistry of Carrboro's Mandolin Orange

Funny how you're using Gram Parsons brass buttons to describe his look, I was thinking the same exact thing before I read this article! I was thinking in terms of the harmonies some of that remind me of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. And before I read your article I was even searching around trying to hear which song it was but the one that stuck out in my mind was brass buttons! I didn't even play I just thought it. So...right on! They're so fabulous, such a beautiful sound

Posted by Laurel Benner on 11/28/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Newly Reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane Grapples with the Fact That Large Swaths of Raleigh Feel Left Behind

I'm would say I'm pretty informed. I live in SE Raleigh and have been involved in politics for a while now. You just keep skirting some of the issues I'm pointing out. That's fine, I don't expect to change your mind. But I also do not consider your long-winded, pseudo intellectual diatribe as being informed. You are only looking at one side of the issue.

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Posted by JerrryG on 11/27/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “The Immigrants Packing Your Butterball Turkey Are under Threat

In a state where minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, there is always a waiting list for jobs at Butterball. Also, "inhumane" conditions? It's hard to believe that anyone would actually assume that a company finishing poultry products wouldn't be kept at a refrigerated climate to avoid, oh I don't know, BACTERIA, which is harmful, if not deadly, to the workers and to the consumer. I understand the article is positioned to expose the plight of immigrant factory workers, but criticizing the industry where the immigrants have found secure employment while living in the US makes your article intolerable from the first paragraph.

Posted by easternnc on 11/27/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Last Week, Raleigh Unveiled a New Logo. This Week, It’s Durham’s Turn.

What do the seven stars stand for in the Durham logo?

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Posted by Marcy M on 11/26/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “The Tonally Incoherent Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Hasn't a Clue How to Manage Its Weighty Themes and Discordant Plot

Who said the themes are wrath, cataclysm and redemption? Three Billboards may not be the brilliant film some think, but it is hardly aimless. I don't think that Mildred or Jason are meant to be redeemed. They are off to kill someone. The theme isn't meant to be found in the movie's ending. It's right there in the dead middle, her talk to the deer. It's whether there is any certainty or real morality in a world where everyone is fallen. It's -- we are all sinners, dude. I know in this country, where people are so far removed from any real understanding of actual Christian theology, that is a difficult theme to understand. I would guess that is not the case for the British filmmaker. And it hardly fits with the typical and superficial morality tales of most Hollywood crap.

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Posted by Scott Mooneyham on 11/26/2017 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Black Feminist Bookmobile Coming to Durham

Couldn't happen at a better time. Looking for books to help me understand the "trans liberation trumps everything else" trend I'm noticing in white led organizations on the left. Any recommendations? When will you be in Durham. Much love, respect and solidarity, Theresa El-Amin, 919-824-0659

Posted by Theresa El-Amin on 11/26/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

John is definitely not what the church needs! He will say he doesn't believe the Bible to be fully true. He's more secular than he let's on. That's why he gets fired from churches. His response to being rejected is saying what people want to hear...the best way to cover up hurts is to do all u can to be popular. It's all lip service.

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Posted by Bob24 on 11/25/2017 at 9:58 PM

Re: “The Immigrants Packing Your Butterball Turkey Are under Threat

This article is so far out in left field it's not even funny! I know of a couple of those Haitians driving a corvette and a new mustang! Not as bad as you make it out.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by PMozingo on 11/25/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

Happy to read the article.

But John Pavlovitz just blocked me on Twitter! I am sure many would assume I earned it, but I am not quite sure how??? I replied to two of his tweets I guess he wasnt happy with that.

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Posted by PJAAI4 on 11/25/2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “The Immigrants Packing Your Butterball Turkey Are under Threat

This article is full of false lies. I know because I work there!

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Posted by Terry Evans on 11/25/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

John takes on systematic issues that drive a wedge through all of our lives. Politics, the Church, the LGBTQ Community, social issues, racial inequality and the injustices we face daily are all topics that John takes head on in his writings. His words spread hope, inspiration, compassion, strength, encouragement, love, and the promise that we can all work together to make this world a better place.

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Posted by Lee Bolick Burkett on 11/23/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Newly Reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane Grapples with the Fact That Large Swaths of Raleigh Feel Left Behind

Post the election where the elites if Raleigh simply consolidated their influence via control of the media, the situation for 42% of Raleigh remains the same. The is no politically patriarchal or matriarchal benefactor looking out for the interests of minorities in this city. The problem is that any attempt to do this for themselves is met with suspicion and animosity rooted in a culturally obsolete racial mentality. One that supposes that it has the best interests of minorities at heart when it ignores and attempts to depreciate their participation in the political process.

This editorial presents the mayor as acknowledging of what she is worked as defining as 'disengagement.' The term implies intent to refuse to participate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The JerryGs of Raleigh as so misinformed that they might as well be Russians chiming in from Moscow. It's as though they aren't aware of the persistent and continual attempts of various groups to influence and contribute to the city's government. Perhaps, it's the lack of MSM coverage by local newspapers and television stations. It could also be a matter of apathy on the part of a city council with only one racial minority representative at the table.

One person on the council is responsible for cityeide leadership. The mayor.

The two at-large councils are there to address conflicts of interests among the districts, but one can't offload the responsibility of the mayor to be both the voice and the torch bearer of the City. This is where the ideals of impartiality and opportunity are personified or denied.

The majority of the opposition to Mayor McFarlane was generated by a lack of attention to complaint and grievances voiced via the approved channels setup by the city. That isn't disengagement. It's a lack of execution of duty to a specific constituency. The term for that is highly disparaging but the effect of such extreme apathy is indisputably damaging to the least affluent in the City.

For sure, there are many like Charles Francis who have engaged the system and carved out a place for themselves and their families. The whole idea that that could be done while at the same instance addressing the political challenges of the known obstacles to political participation to Americans of African descent is a confirmation of ignorance.

The point can be made by the Indy Week's focus on the Muslim community via the Boloch campaign. Per Jerry's criteria for prior contribution to the city's welfare, their attempt to engage via the campaign was unqualified by any prior contributions. As you can see, the logic of the idea that she could get her education and make a contribution? Could the South Asian Community claim that it has benefited the African American community by opening stores in their neighborhoods that do not contribute to the political benefit of their patrons?

The Asians took your example and they show the same disregard for the community. Now, their children want to participate and engage in the political process, Is that a sign of collusion or evidence of a desire to be independent?

Enough! The whole idea of this nation is inclusion.

IF you want democracy to work you can't pretend that people are disengaging because the complain about be ing segregated and dismissed.

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Posted by MickeyNotMouse on 11/23/2017 at 11:10 AM

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