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Re: “After Being Detained at RDU Under Suspicion of Being a Predator, a Local Gay Dad Is Fighting Back

Although I appreciate that Flight Attendants are so observant, this flight staff pilot included did nothing to alleviate the misconception. A simple look at the flight manifest would have rendered the question of parenthood moot. A simple question from the flight attendant, Is this your son? Hes very well behaved, etc might have opened the conversation and belayed any concerns. But, instead, the flight crew *assumed* the worst and acted inappropriately and with prejudice. The airline should be sued.

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by NCSilverBear on 05/31/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Trump’s New USDA Pick Is Making It Harder for N.C. Farmers to Survive

While I hate to see local/small farmers get hurt, the problem that could eliminate it would be to stop the grants for housing, internet, businesses, etc. Appears, once again, the government has used $$ to overreach into areas that are not directly related to the original goal. Mis-appropriation of government grants (taxpayers' $$) is usually the culprit. Redirecting funds back to the farmers would probably keep this from happening.

Posted by Barbara 2 on 05/31/2017 at 3:24 PM
Posted by Barbara 2 on 05/31/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Trump Makes Up Word, Raleigh Shop Immortalizes the Gaffe

Here's my impression, Jon. I'll say this having done no research: I think the @POTUS account is government owned, therefore making the @realDonaldTrump account his own...? That's my guess.

Posted by Sam McFarlane on 05/31/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Trump Makes Up Word, Raleigh Shop Immortalizes the Gaffe

Trump deleted his tweet? I thought that was illegal (not that its stopped him), since his tweets are now official Presidential records, and thus become owned & controlled by the the U.S. National Archives.

Posted by Jon Howell on 05/31/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Orange County Schools May Finally Ban the Confederate Flag from School Property

Chris, this sort of disingenuousness is tiresome. Of course they are not the same. However, symbols and language work tightly together to effect behavior. Ever heard of the advertising industry? Why do you think that they spend the $$ on symbols and language to affect consumer behavior? My question to you is, what motivates you to deny the connection? It's curious.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by raro on 05/31/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina

The founding fathers intended that all adults 18-40 be armed with the weapons of a light infantry soldier. The purpose is the protect citizens from tyranny. Like Switzerland and Israel every adult should be armed as light infantry.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Vernon Robinson on 05/31/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Orange County Schools May Finally Ban the Confederate Flag from School Property

I have no idea why progressives equate symbols or language with violence...
They are not the same.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Chris Weaver on 05/31/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Inside the Guess and Latta Road Rezoning Fight That Has Set a North Durham Neighborhood on Edge

Correction: The North Durham Quality Development Association website www.ndqda.com was online and running long before the North River Village website went up.
https://whois.net/
ndqda.com Creation Date: 31-aug-2015
northrivervillagenc.com Creation Date: 04-nov-2015

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Ren Kay on 05/31/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

What kind of country have we become? Horrible.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Robert Larson on 05/30/2017 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

Well Dems. have tried to tell us Russia is the most important issue to people who have to worry about their lights being turned off. Can't say I'm surprised.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by John Curtis Smith on 05/30/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

I disagree about primary turnout. I work every election as an official, and the turnout on
the past two presidential primary days was higher than on the actual election day.
Generally I tell my friends that it makes more sense to register as an independent
because all the NC parties allow registered independent voters to participate.
Also if you register as a partisan you get pestered for donations all the time!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by mattmckrell on 05/30/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

When I moved to NC from NY in the early 90s, independents (unaffiliateds) amounted to 8% of the electorate...today its 30% and they are about to pass Republicans statewide. Independents already far outnumber Republicans in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties.

The compounded annual growth rates of the three recognized parties plus independents in terms of registered voters since 1993:

Democrats = 1.21%
Independents = 9.00%
Libertarians = 15.41%
Republicans = 2.72%

Overall CAGR for registered voters since 1993 = 3.02%...so both establishment parties are failing to hold their own with respect to the growth in population, but as the article states, the Democrats are failing much worse than the Republicans. And the growth in independent voters is impressive; wish my IRA had posted a +9% performance for each of the last 23 years! Libertarians are growing even faster, but off a much smaller base...and still amount to less than 0.5% of all registered voters.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brad Hessel on 05/29/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

Dear Wendy Miranda Fernandez, now you can marry Robert Paulino and make you lives together in El Salvador. We wish you the very best.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by jrs on 05/28/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

Really glad to see the Democrats and Republicans losing a generation of new voters. More unaffiliated voters bodes well for third parties like the Libertarians and the Greens. The current system has failed for too long and we would all be well served by having more parties and greater choice instead of a choice between really bad and simply unacceptable.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by David Ulmer on 05/28/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

182% of the new 26-40 voters registered as unaffiliated? That's 182 out of every 100? And 106% of the new Republican voters are 66+?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Linda Watson on 05/27/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “A Forgotten The Handmaid’s Tale Movie Filmed in Durham Is the Missing Link Between Classic Novel and Hulu Hit

I was an undergrad at Duke when The Handmaid's Tale was filmed. I remained on campus during spring break and vividly remember the gallows in place in front of Duke Chapel. It's possible a wedding in Duke Chapel was ruined with the gallows in place, but I can't confirm that memory. I do remember a screening of the film on campus and the howls of laughter at the role our Duke Card readers played as ID verification in the film. I also remember the fleet of ugly, matte black-painted cars used in the film as "cars of the near future".

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by PeterH on 05/27/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “A brief history of pimento cheese

Fun story but not quite accurate.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/history-southern-food-pimento-cheese.html

Posted by Lane McColl on 05/27/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

Actually, she is a criminal. She came to our country illegally - she broke federal law. That makes her a criminal. Period.

Do you know what happens if you go to any country on the planet and bypass their federal immigration laws? You get arrested and deported.

Do you know their are people around the world that want our US citizens dead? Oh wait, i forgot: people like you want to "hug it out."

13 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by Conservative and Sane on 05/27/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

Just because unaffiliated voters can vote in either primary, it doesn't mean they do. Judging by voter turnout in NC, in general, no one votes. We had about 35% turnout during 2016 election and the midterms are closer to 15%.

I stand by my comment. Democrats must do more to recruit voters. They have to show a clear difference between themselves and the Republicans AND the national Party. Republicans have been successful locally because Democrats aren't very active outside the large urban areas. Judging by comments from the folks "back home" in rural NC, the Democratic Party doesn't appeal to them because they're anti-gun, pro-abortion, etc... Local Dems have done very little to earn these labels, this comes from the national politics trickling down. All this plus the 2010 gerrymander has created the super majority in Raleigh.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Charles Bowden on 05/26/2017 at 12:26 AM

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