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Re: “Bobbitt Hole Adventure

There is no better place to spend a weekend camping, horseback riding and skinny dipping than the Bobbitt Hole. Invite a bunch of your best friends and have the time of your life at The Bobbitt Hole. I highly reccommend it.

3663 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Fred on 03/10/2012 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Eno River State Park

The Bobbitt Hole is great. No better place to spend a weekend, or better yet a week with good friends camping, horseback riding & skinny dipping.

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Posted by Fred on 07/19/2011 at 6:38 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

I'm seriously puzzled at people who feel oppressed and abused because they can't exercise their racism, homophobia, and socioeconomic sense of superiority over others. You're not victims, you create victims. No one's forcing you to convert to a different religion, nationality, sexual preference or economic status. We just don't want to be like you. Your rage comes from not being able to force your dogma on everyone. We never voted to ban your religious schools, we just don't want to go to yours, nor do we want to have your dogma imposed on others, in a non-religious school. And please don't give me the old "But Obama/HRC were evil!" blather. Look up "Tu quoque fallacy", that's you.

You felt cornered because instead of evolving, or just keeping your medieval mindset to yourselves, you chose to be brainwashed by a deluge of fallacious, Neo-Nazi blogs and tabloids that turned you into a rabid, pro-dictator imbecile. Those who worship the Orange idiot because he, unlike Obama and HRC, promised to give you jobs. Really? Were you not so brainwashed by con artists who validated your ignorance, you'd have found, in another 5 minutes of basic internet research, that Trump, who could easily have afforded to bring thousands of jobs to America, at every level, by building two or three manufacturing plants, chose to spend decades, using an extensive chain pf global suppliers, Trump Las Vegas is made of cheap Chinese steel, Chinese sweatshops, as are his and Ivanka's clothing and home lines. The Hill, a conservative media source is saying, openly, that Trump is pressuring the Dept. of
Labor to let their VA Trump Winery operation to bring foreign workers here.
They're dismissing park rangers, silencing NASA, USDA, dismantling the EPA, allowing unrestricted killing of wildlife, no more protection from the endangered species list, so they can clear the land, and make money off it, and you get nothing. So lay off the self-righteousness, your popular vote loser is a sleazy con man, manipulated by a Breitbart Nazi, and a Kremlin dictator, and you think you have the right to stand up and proclaim these clowns are saving America and we should bend over or leave? Sorry. No. You go back to Munich 1933, or the 12th Century, or the Stalinist Gulag.

Dissent is what kept America from remaining as just another British Colony. Independent thinking, with respect for differences in race and creed, is at the foundation of this nation. You are not entitled to impose an Aryan pride, fascist, redneck regime on the rest of your fellow Americans. You make me ashamed of being human, White and American. Then I remembered the Bill of rights was written for everyone, even those who hate each other, but know better than to let an unhinged TV personality and his lying lackeys and puppet masters destroy what took centuries to build. Rant over. Love, from one of the 65,844,954 people who have more regard for what America truly means, than 62,979,879 of you, and will not rest until a real president is in charge. Republican, Democrat, Independent, whoever's not a massive embarrassment, like the clowns we have now. We'll demand inquiries, investigations, open dossiers, tax records, and we won't be alone, because most of the free world find Trump, Bannon, Miller, Ryan, McConnel, etc. just as repulsive as we do.

625 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by EveM on 02/19/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

S. Miller is not only an embarrassment to Duke, he is an embarrassment to planet Earth. It's a shame he couldn't take advantage of the likeminded individuals who preceded him in 1939. I guess he was just born too late. Our misfortune.

375 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by Brian StAugust on 02/18/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

I cant tell you how much this letter means to me. I am 66 white female. S Miller frightens me as does Bannon. How do ppl get like that cold devoid of humanity mean I lost America the recent day that Miller spoke. Thank you for every word you said

374 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Cindy Carpenter on 02/18/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

Let's be clear. The employees were using Spotify. They didn't "pick" the song, it came on. As someone who has worked in cafes, you aren't always aware of the music, especially when it's busy. It's just background noise. The character or "judgment" of the employees should not be up for debate just because the song was not immediately "offensive" during the afternoon rush. As soon as someone brought it to their attention and expressed concern, the employee turned it off immediately and extended the gesture to comp Moneta's pastry. That is exceptional customer's service, not a firable offence.

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Posted by Sarah Miranda Mercedes Lewis on 05/08/2018 at 11:18 PM

Re: “A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

Here's how this should've happened:

Brown: "Good morning! What can I get you, Mr. Moneta?"
Moneta: "You know, that song's really over-the-top and offensive to me. I'm in here nearly every day, and that's just not what I want to hear in this place."
Brown: "Yes, of course, I understand." [Shuts off music, offers muffin.] "I'm so sorry; here's your usual. It's on the house this morning."
Moneta: "Oh, but that's not necessary. Here's my card."
Brown: "No, I insist. You're a loyal customer, and we care what you think. Please - on the house."
Moneta: "Thank you so much; that's very kind of you. I appreciate you taking my feedback into account. Have a great day and see you tomorrow."
[End of successful customer-establishment exchange]

See? It's not that hard to be civil.

We don't have to like everything we hear, and we don't have to stay silent and bottled-up with our opinions on such matters. But it does seem more - I dunno... human? - not to be a vindictive and hyper-self-righteous crusader. Coffee shops can be "edgy" sometimes. Employees get busy and tune out the music. You hear an overly salty song? Politely complain and ask them to skip it. Boom. Done.

Brown and Simmons were simply doing their jobs (and well), while VP Moneta swept in, took out his indignant bad-day frustrations on Brown, and then Duke opted a careless, scorched-earth approach as a balm for his injury. Duke then bullied Joe Van Gogh into a tough call, their contract and the positions of employees beyond Brown and Simmons at risk.

Moneta and Duke handled this abysmally. Joe Van Gogh should re-hire (at minimum) Brown and Simmons into positions at other locations.

303 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by robfulcher on 05/09/2018 at 10:53 AM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

I grew up in Mount Olive, NC and I am neither surprised nor disturbed by the comments made by the people interviewed in this article. This area has and will always be full of racists who believe that they are better than minorities merely because of the color of their skin. The more outspoken racists seem to be those who are uneducated, but don't let that fool you. Many of them exchange their KKK hoods for doctor's coats and librarian buns every single day. Trump didn't make my hometown this way. He only gave their hatred more purpose, affording them the ability to make their secret behavior the "new normal".

290 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Imari Jackee Olliver on 11/16/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Superb letter - says everything it needs to say! Perhaps it will start him thinking. What's happening in DC, in the White House and in the Republican Senate and Congress is appalling, frightening and sickening. They are so evil, so determined to destroy us, to starve hungry children, to take away our insurance, to make the old suffer even more than they are suffering already and to kill millions of us.

Again, superb letter! So impressive, compassionate and decent.

277 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Pamela J on 02/19/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Hi Kayt. I agree with this letter, but I disagree with others in that it seems to me that you are a good person and I have no wish to bash you. In terms of our values, we disagree on a few things that in the grand scheme of things are pretty small, but we agree about important ones: equal rights for everyone, religious freedom, widely available health care, and the safety and healthy growth of our grandchildren. In my experience the labeling of bathrooms is not a big deal and I'm willing to let people decide for themselves which ones to use. My health care options and decisions have been far more constrained and negatively impacted by insurance companies than by the government. I had a friend who decided he didn't need insurance, who developed cancer. He died after a year and $1 million of treatment that the county residents had to pay for through their taxes. My Muslim friends have waited for over a year for the current visa vetting process, so I don't feel threatened by the current vetting system. But I understand that your experiences may be different than mine and you feel different about these issues. That's okay with me and I hope it is with you. What does bother me is that our president uses untruths to mislead the public and get his way. He talks about record high crime when statistics show that crime in most places are at 50-yr lows. He talks of terrorists pouring easily across our borders when all immigrants already go through an extensive vetting process. He talks about a terrible economy and rampant unemployment when economic indicators show the opposite. He talks about respecting women when he cheats on his wives and brags of grabbing women by their privates with impunity. He continues to brag about his "landslide" electoral victory when it was far below the median of all presidential elections. When this man continues to try to get us to believe his falsehoods and tries to discredit the press when they challenge those falsehoods, I find it a very scary situation. Truth and reality are what we must base our judgments and actions on, not fabrications. And I find it equally as scary when others don't appear to care about all this fabrication. It's a dangerous game to let your leader make up reality as he goes... even if he promises jobs and tax cuts. You'll notice that there were very few protesters during the Bush administrations. The protests today are not at all about Republicans winning the white house. They're about a particular man getting elected and behaving in a blatantly dishonest and subversive way.

264 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Rich 1 on 02/20/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Kayt, Fortunatly you are in the minority, there are more of us, millions more, than there are of you. Most of us celebrate diversity and the reasons that people come from all over the globe to join us in our freedom.

Through a fluke, #45 won the election by about 80,000 votes. He lost it by more than 3,000,000. If we are allowed to have free elections on 2018 we will squash the Conservative social policies your ilk are trying to enact and begin the process of putting fairness and equality back into our everyday lives. If we are still allowed to have free elections in 2020 we will elect a powerful (hopefully female) President to help us show ourselves and the world that we are not a unhinged country of racist, homophobic bigots that is intent on beconimg the next Third Reich.

You are not in any way a victim of freedom, you crave it to be squashed fir all other than yourselves while we crave it for all.

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Posted by human being on 02/19/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Kayt, I think you intended to cite the 1st, not the 2nd Amendment, as it pertains to free speech. Unfortunately, many good hearted people were bamboozled by the Con Man now in charge. It is too bad that elitism has become a derogatory term, where academic achievement and intellectual rigor are now suspect. The US needs to be governed by honorable, honest people with depth and breadth of talent and experience, and the humility to be guided by the constitution, historic precedence, thoughtful inquiry and consensus. Sadly, Trump has neither the emotional or intellectual capacity required. Trump and his cronies stole this election and are in cahoots with Putin and other enemies of our nation. By the time his supporters wake up we will be lucky if we have any freedoms left to defend, any clean water or public lands or wildlife.

259 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Margaret B. Hoffmann on 02/20/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

@KAYT - here's a response from another American woman who works 8-5, pays taxes, helps family and gives back to my community. We appear to have some common ground, except your main goal appears to be the well being of yourself and your offspring. I also care about myself and my family, but I have reserved some space (it's really not hard, because caring/empathy is unlimited) for others who are less fortunate than myself. I don't care what color their skin is, or which country they're from or who they want to marry. From what you wrote, it seems that your main goal in electing Trump was to show "experts" and the "elite" that they don't know what's best for you... and you're tired of them taking away your rights. But what rights have been taken away from you? The right to discriminate? The right NOT to help others? I mean, seriously, you appear to be a white woman like me -- what rights were taken away from you by the experts and the elites? From where I stand the only thing that changed over the last eight years is the general ability to be a bigot and get away with it/not get called out. If you think that's taking away your rights - GOOD. Whoop it up over the next four years (lots of other bigots are, check out hate crime stats since 11/8/16). Enjoy it while it lasts, because you are outnumbered in this country by at least 2:1. Oh, and by the way, you must have been out sick the day your SCHOOL OF COMMON SENSE taught you about the Bill of Rights because the 2nd Amendment is gun rights, not free speech.

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Posted by Average White Woman on 02/20/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Kayt......let me quote you. "...the reason that Donald Trump was elected is that America is tired of you-we are tired of you advocating the taking away of our rights and freedoms -the very foundations that our country was founded on-under the guise of tolerance and diversity. We are tired of politicians, the press, the wealthy-the "intellectually elite" thinking they know what is best for us and skewing news, polls, and studies to make sure that they are proven to be correct. Average American's are not nearly as stupid as you think we are. It appears that all of you may wish to enroll in a new institute of higher learning-the school of COMMON SENSE. It seems that it is seriously lacking in our current educational and political system."

You just described EVERYTHING #45 is guilty of and is attempting to do. What reality are you living in that makes you think he is fighting against such things? Do you not watch the news, read the paper, use your God given common sense? He is one of the greedy wealthy and uses more human beings for his selfish gain than most. Are you that blind and naive? Your ignorance of reality in his intentions are absolutely astounding!!!! Seriously!!! As for Americans not being as stupid as we think they are.....why yes and you are proof of that.

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Posted by S. Shay Corona on 02/20/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

i would have found that song highly disturbing, but
he complained and she turned it off
at the MOST you call corporate and suggest they establish a POLICY about music... (they didnt have one, so the employees cant violate policy)

firing "everyone on duty in the shop" even after the one employee immediately turned off the music is a clear cut case of power going to someone's heads.

251 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Kirsten Houseknecht on 05/08/2018 at 10:20 PM

Re: “A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

Not gonna lie, all I wanna do follow Moneta around blasting that song for the foreseeable future.

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Posted by dixieoffice on 05/08/2018 at 8:53 PM

Re: “A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

Betsy, I think you're being naive and also blaming the victims. Duke and Joe Van Gogh hold all the cards here. The institutions and corporations don't need our sympathy or efforts to make excuses for their heavy-handed actions. A Duke administrator walks into a coffee shop, doesn't like the music and gets two employees fired from their jobs. End of story. Larry Moneta didn't care about where their next meal comes from; whether they have families to feed; rent to pay; bills to pay. Moneta just didn't like the music. Life in America without a union and with no power.

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Posted by Carly Marx on 05/08/2018 at 7:33 PM

Re: “A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

Everyone that's mad about the lyrics is missing the point. I am a Duke grad and this is entirely problematic. Moneta used his power to get a young woman of color fired for music she didn't have control over. Yes the song is terrible, so is the artist, but that isn't the point. Having the song turned off or changed is the answer and talking to management about sensoring music choices. Having the person lowest on the todempole fired is sad and disgusting. And I'm even more saddened that they also fired the white barista, which they weren't going to do at first, purely for optics. Moneta owes the Duke community an apology and both baristas should be reinstated at once.

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Posted by William Durrah on 05/09/2018 at 10:02 AM

Re: “City Council Calls on Durham to “Resist Bigotry,” Recommit to Inclusive Values Ahead of Jordan Peterson's DPAC Show

Sarah, fingers crossed that your readers dont do any research on Jordan. 2 minutes online is all it takes to expose how manipulative and misleading you are.

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Posted by Rory McCormack on 07/07/2018 at 11:29 PM

Re: “A Duke University VP Walked Into the Campus Joe Van Gogh, Heard a Rap Song, Demanded That the Employees Be Fired

Duke University has invested vast sums of capital and organizational resources over recent years in developing a positive and constructive relationship with the Durham community. That effort has yielded remarkable advances for Duke and for the larger community. Mr. Moneta's actions related to this incident are a throw-back to the plantation view of Duke in Durham that has long passed out of style and practicality. It's time for Mr. Moneta - and others who insist on preserving that mentality - to move on to a different community that's willing to support that kind of behavior. It doesn't work here.

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Posted by LM-Indy on 05/08/2018 at 7:46 PM

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