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Re: “Conceal-carry permit holders can now bring guns into restaurants and bars. What could go wrong?

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Posted by Muhammad Bilal Khan on 12/16/2017 at 2:05 AM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

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Posted by Austin calnor on 12/15/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “This Week Could Mark the End of the Web as We Know It

Maybe ex Commissioner Wheeler could explain why he was against net-neutrality until President Obama told him at the last minute to do the reverse.

There is not food-neutrality for grocery stores but we are able to eat each day.

Net Neutrality is all about GOVERNMENT control of the internet which is far, far worse than anything a private company might do.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/15/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Durham’s Public Housing Is Aging and Deteriorating. Is Partnering with Private Investors the Answer?

Affordable Housing was always thought of as low income housing until gentrification became a 'thing' and cities started reinvesting around the city core. Now affordable housing has literally been hijacked from low income families leaving them with little to nothing as far as funding goes! Perfect conditions to create generational poverty on steroids.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 12/15/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

"Since late November, Henderson County in Western North Carolina has seen 20 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, and has identified another 1,000 people who had close contact with one of the patients. The outbreak of the potentially fatal respiratory illness started in the schools, the county said, and most of those who have fallen ill had been immunized, demonstrating that vaccines are not 100 percent effective. Health officials say that without the vaccine, those who get the illness might be sicker longer." Yes, MOST of those who have fallen ill had been "immunized." We really need to stop using that word when it comes to vaccinations. You want to take away a parent's right to choose what is injected into his or her child for "protection" that isn't even fifty/fifty? The numbers of parents claiming religious exemptions for their kindergartener more than doubled, but where are the outbreaks that followed in those kindergarteners?

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Posted by Liza Coutu on 12/15/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Record Review: Raleigh's Naked Naps Explore Urgency on Year of the Chump

Remember that time the "journalist" took to the comments section to fire off a snarky response when called out on the fact that Clearly their homework hadn't been done before they published an article. Naked Naps is a major fixture in this scene and has been for a while. It seems reasonable you would have seen them or perhaps checked out their details at least tangentially in the more than a year period that they've had a new drummer or noticed Meier's several new projects he left NN to start, especially before publishing a review. Indy Week, I mean what happened to the Grayson days? Come on.

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Posted by JayDubz on 12/14/2017 at 9:26 PM

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

The PIT is indeed suffering from a toxic atmosphere, but not the kind described in the article by Katie Fernelius in Indyweek On November 29th. The PIT is suffering from the toxicity of a witch hunt, in which mud-slingers are given free reign and not held to any standards of rational thinking. Just as Stalins atrocities and abuses of power and didnt justify McCarthyism, Harvey Weinsteins horrible abuses dont justify the pillorying of Ali Farahnakian. For some reason, he wont defend himself against these bullies maybe because they remind him too much of the mob-mentality bullies he had to deal with growing up as a first-generation Iranian in a small Southern town during the Iran-Hostage Crisis (the hardship during which his sense of humor was originally forged). But Id like to address the matter on his behalf.

In 2010, Ali made a joke during an improv class : Sometimes when my wife and I have sex, she seems so reluctant that I feel kind of rapey (Thats right, he employed the very phrase that his accuser has now co-opted for her jokey description of the PIT)
In other words, he did his job. I dont know if such a joke would be appropriate in other work environments, but at an improv school, if you cant make a joke without being compared six years later to a man like the previous owner of DSI (who has been accused of actual sexual abuse), that would constitute a toxic environment a censorious environment in which comedy cant possibly flourish.

Regarding the PIT bartenders complaint that a manager tried to kiss her (and immediately stopped trying to kiss her as soon as it was clear she wasnt interested): when Ali found out about this, he did the responsible thing he asked her to tell him who the perpetrator was. Without being specific as to whom she was accusing, all the men at the theater were living under the cloud of her vague accusation. Her complaint that she felt uncomfortable during this meeting at which Ali and the other administrators were asking her to name names speaks to a potentially concerning backlash in the new, post-Weinstein era: that a new supremacy of victimhood will erase any chance of due process or reasonable conversation, and whoever complains the loudest must be right. The victims of such irresponsible mud-slinging are not just the unfairly accused, like Ali, but also the people who have suffered actual abuse at the hands of people like Harvey Weinstein or DSIs owner.

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Posted by fritzbw on 12/14/2017 at 4:12 PM

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

The PIT is indeed suffering from a toxic atmosphere, but not the kind described in the article by Katie Fernelius in Indyweek On November 29th. The PIT is suffering from the toxicity of a witch hunt, in which mud-slingers are given free reign and not held to any standards of rational thinking. Just as Stalins atrocities and abuses of power didnt justify McCarthyism, Harvey Weinsteins horrible abuses dont justify the pillorying of Ali Farahnakian. For some reason, he wont defend himself against these bullies (maybe because they remind him too much of the mob-mentality bullies he had to deal with growing up as an Iranian immigrant in a small Southern town during the Iran-Hostage Crisis, the hardship during which his sense of humor was originally forged). But Id like to address the matter on his behalf.

In 2010, Ali made a joke during an improv class : Sometimes when my wife and I have sex, she seems so reluctant that I feel kind of rapey. (Thats right, he employed the very phrase that his accuser has now co-opted for her jokey description of the PIT)
In other words, he did his job. I dont know if such a joke would be appropriate in other work environments, but at an improv school, if you cant make a joke without being compared six years later to a man like the owner of DSI (who has been accused of actual sexual abuse), that would constitute a toxic environment: a censorious environment in which comedy cant possibly flourish.

Regarding the PIT bartenders complaint that a manager tried to kiss her (and immediately stopped trying to kiss her as soon as it was clear she wasnt interested): when Ali found out about this, he did the responsible thing. He asked her to tell him who the perpetrator was. Without being specific as to whom she was accusing, all the men at the theater were living under the cloud of her vague accusation. Her complaint that she felt uncomfortable during this meeting at which Ali and the other administrators were asking her to name names speaks to a potentially concerning backlash in the new, post-Weinstein era: that a new supremacy of victimhood will erase any chance of due process or reasonable conversation, and whoever complains the loudest must be right. The victims of such irresponsible mud-slinging are not just the unfairly accused, like Ali, but also the people who have suffered actual abuse at the hands of the likes of Harvey Weinstein or DSIs owner.

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Posted by fritzbw on 12/14/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Durham Church Offers Immigrant Sanctuary from Deportation

What part of illegal don't they understand. Congress is considering the DACAs plus all other illegal aliens in a bill in Congress.
The illegal aliens DACAs were minors smuggled in by their illegal alien parents in violation of immigration laws. The DACAs are now 20-36 years old. The DACAs demand a "clean" act to pass Congress. The "clean" act includes citizenship for their family, chain migration where the illegal aliens bring in relatives from other countries and basically the end to immigration laws. Current US law gives the illegal aliens/DACA children (the anchor babies) born in the US instant citizenship, so in many cases the anchor babies have dual citizenship from their mothers' homeland and US citizenship. The adult DACAs are now having children that get instant citizenship. One estimate is that the DACAs have had over 300,000 anchor babies.
The DACA program is only a small portion of the number of illegal aliens that will become the majority of voters in the US. Congressional officials didn't discuss the future ramifications on jobs, environmental effects, etc. on that many more people in the US. Ask the taxpayers what they think another 40 million illegal aliens that become citizens will do to the economy and their children and grandchildren's future employment in competition with the 20-36 year old DACAs and other illegal aliens. Only 32,000 out of 800,000 DACAs have a four year college degree. From federal information - 160,000 DACAs dropped out of school. Another 160,000 have a high school diploma or a GED but no plans to go to college.
Enforce the immigration laws.

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Posted by john1050 on 12/14/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Indictments in Wake Register of Deeds Scandal Charge Laura Riddick with Embezzling $926,615

From the WRAL story:
http://www.wral.com/former-wake-register-o…
"John Stephenson, the county's internal auditor, said an average of $1,100 to $1,900 a day was taken from the office's cash receipts for vital records since at least 2008.
...
"The county filed an insurance claim in August, stating a loss of $2,333,591.30 from the Register of Deeds Office over nine years because of "employee dishonesty or employee theft." Freeman said Tuesday that number included mistakes made and waived fees as well as possible criminal cases which authorities don't have enough evidence to pursue."

The INDY article isn't exactly wrong, just badly worded.

Posted by Mojo on 12/14/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

The comparison to the 2009 Wake County Commissioners vote could hardly be more off base, to the point of calling into question Indy's objectivity and credibility. Knowing what occurred at city council last week, let's then revisit the commission controversy, some of which is included in this story. See WTVD and WRAL stories at http://abc11.com/archive/7158748/ and http://www.wral.com/wake-commissioner-decr…

Any objective review of these two matters will find they are not at all similar.

In the commission matter, as noted Democrat Harold Webb could not attend because he was in the hospital recovering from a stroke. We see from the original stories linked above that the meeting lasted 12 hours(!). The six attending commissioners held multiple votes for the chair and all were 3-3. The Republican commissioners would not adjourn the meeting without a decisive vote, which finally occurred when Dem commissioner Betty Lou Ward had to excuse herself for a restroom break and the Republicans wouldn't formally excuse her. When she couldn't wait any longer, the decisive vote was held and the Republican Tony Gurley was elected.

Now reviewing the Raleigh City Council issue, from public statements in the N&O and Indy, it's clear that every council member knew how things stood, as well as the math. It's a disservice to Indy readers to assert this is anything like what was done to Betty Lou Ward (and commissioners Webb and Norwalk). The question is, what was the motivation then to do just that?

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Posted by George Farthing on 12/14/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Indictments in Wake Register of Deeds Scandal Charge Laura Riddick with Embezzling $926,615

Hopefully Indyweek will remember all this the next time they endorse a Republican (over and over again).

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Posted by Robert Larson on 12/14/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

okay, I need help understanding this. So, the mayor makes appointment to certain committees each term and the rest of council votes on it? What's the point of voting on it if you can't contest the assignments? Why not just remove the requirement to vote and let the mayor make the appointments uncontested if people expect council to go along with whatever the sitting mayor designates?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 12/14/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “A Durham Crowdfunding Campaign Still Needs $50,000 to Pay Down Student Lunch Debt

This is what community is FOR! Many thanks to Ms. Miel.

Posted by Anne Havisham on 12/14/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Record Review: Raleigh's Naked Naps Explore Urgency on Year of the Chump

Pretty sure that if the press release we received had mentioned Chris Grubbs, the article would have reflected that crucial fact. Since it only stated that Naked Naps is "an upbeat indie rock duo," it seemed reasonable to assume that the lineup hadn't changed. Hey thanks,"JayDubz." Keep fighting the good fight.

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Posted by David Klein on 12/13/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Senator Cory Booker Asks for the Release of a Department of Justice Memo on Thomas Farr’s Involvement in a Voter-Intimidation Scheme

Sessions has already strip mined the Civil Rights Division of the DoJ. Thankfully U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-New Jersey is actively cognizant of his own oath to uphold the constitution and is not shy about putting other people's feet in the fire if they fail to do the same. Thank you for the article, Mr. Goldsmith.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by growlybear on 12/13/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Record Review: Raleigh's Naked Naps Explore Urgency on Year of the Chump

Pretty sure John Meier hasn't been in this band for quite some time and Chris Grubbs wrote and recorded this record, "music writer".

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Posted by JayDubz on 12/13/2017 at 7:51 PM

Re: “For Years, Raleigh’s Zoning Inspectors Have Been Tasked with Duties They’re Not Equipped to Do

About time. Regulations without enforcement aren't real. The UDO was the product of a massive policymaking process that involved all interested parties; every developer should know the code.

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Posted by Outofstater on 12/13/2017 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Indictments in Wake Register of Deeds Scandal Charge Laura Riddick with Embezzling $926,615

> Eventually, a claim to the county insurance company showed that $2.333,591.30 in cash had disappeared, almost daily, for nearly ten years

What is that number? That's not correct in any currency, afaik.

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Posted by xdu on 12/13/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

I really don't understand the purpose of this article except to cause dissent. Assumptions and interpretations were made that were unfounded and divisive. The parallels drawn between the City Council's behavior and that of the County Commissioners and the Board of Education in the past are unfair and counterproductive. Let's allow the members of the City Council adjust and settle in before negative judgments are made. Rather, let's set a tone for optimism and give the new City Council a chance.

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Posted by Terry Snyder on 12/13/2017 at 2:07 PM

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