Sorry Leo but no person who whores his/herself out to Wackenhut is a "librul" in the classic anti-war pro-civil-liberty sense.
That is the entire point of my first post: that
Oh, please, like you have EVER cared about what's in the statistics you love throwing out. As always, you just want to "stick it" to a CL writer and/or them "damn libruls," pure and simple. Why pretend otherwise?
Yeah so sad that people lost their jobs when Germany stopped building concentration camps. A moment of silence for the girlfriends of unemployed SS guards and gas chamber designers.
I guess the folks raped, beaten, wiretapped, sabotaged and burglarized by Wackenhut aren't "actual people".
The "stupid and heartless" ones here are YOU and the psychopaths at Wackenhut.
And yes I'm a Libertarian because I believe that covert war, drone-bombing, warrantless wiretapping, and brutalizing are wrong whether committed by Hitler, Bush, Obama or someone's boyfriend.
And once again Garth Brooks Vader reveals himself to to be the biggest dickhead commenting on this site. While most people who read this understand that's it a heartfelt piece about actual people dealing with real hardships, this jerk refuses to let that sink in, preferring instead to masturbate over his own ability to dig up statistics like some emotionless computer and completely missing the point of the story. Would it have killed you to preface your long-winded post with something on the order of "Sorry about your troubles"? Actually, it probably would, because in none of your hundreds of tiresome posts have you displayed any compassion or understanding toward anyone or anything. You constantly state you're not a Republican, so you have to be a Libertarian; they're the only ones as stupid and heartless as GOPers.
P.S. Good piece, Kimberly!
Fun facts about your boyfriend's employer:
* George C. Zoley, Chair & CEO of Wackenhut Corrections Corp., was a Bush Pioneer having raised at least $100,000 for Bush in the 2004 presidential election.
* Wackenhut Corp gave $21,600 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee - 0% to Democrats and 100% to Republicans.
* Wackenhut is a leader in the private-prison industry.
* Wackenhut guards have repeatedly been accused of raping inmates in Texas, Arkansas and Florida jails
* They have been sued for their treatment of inmates at juvenile facilities in the south, including the horrid beating of a seventeen-year-old wearing a colostomy bag.
* Wackenhut's surveillance services were fined in 1999 by a federal district court in Alabama for illegal wire tapping, theft of business documents and corporate sabotage.
* Wackenhut was involved in illegal US operations in Central America in the 1980s.
* According to former CIA Analyst William Corbett, "For years, Wackenhut has been involved with the CIA and other intelligence organizations, including the Drug Enforcement Agency. Wackenhut would allow the CIA to occupy positions within the company [in order to carry out] clandistine operations."
* "By 1966, Wackenhut could confidently state that it had secret files on 4 million Americans" (SPY Magazine, Sept. 1992)
Mark, I hadn't seen this until today. I really enjoyed your work on CL. I wish you and Tarrah the absolute best. I know CL remains in good hands with terrific people like Ana and Matt Brunson on staff. Again, all the best to you, my friend.
- Arthur Murray
Congrats on the new gig, Kim! Could not have happened to a nicer, more talented person :-)
Can't wait to see what Creative Loafing has to offer next! When I moved here it was the first resource I used to learn where the nightlife was happening, the hottest places to eat and catch up on local news. I've always enjoyed articles and reviews written by Kim Lawson and other CL staff. I can already see the efforts to expand the growth of the Loaf in recent weeks! I couldn't be more excited to see what develops in the future!
I've tried to like the Avett Brothers; really, I have. They seem to be all the rage...like pop country from Nashville. Sure, some of the lyrics are good, it's just too bad you have to wade through all of the whiny, over stressed vocals and music that sounds like someone trying to remember what a MTV reality show soundtrack would be with a banjo.
I hear your concerns, Shane, and we are completely willing — in fact, we would be more than happy — to meet with members of the LGBT community, and we will schedule something as soon as we can arrange a time to do so. Right now there's much going on at Creative Loafing — but take note: We WILL be meeting with you and we WANT to hear your feedback and suggestions.
As for us covering only fancy dinners, nightclubs and drag shows: how many other local non-LGBT publications published not one, but two cover stories — two COVER stories in a row! — on the Amendment One issue? CL has consistently supported the LGBT community and LGBT issues. No, I am not personally a part of the LGBT community and neither is our news editor — and yes, I think we always could use more out-gay reporters and more reporters of other diverse backgrounds. And in fact, we HAVE a new out-gay writer, Charles Easley, whose "Class is in Session" column will be appearing regularly in the paper — most recently, he wrote a piece on one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights movement, Bayard Rustin. You should give it a read. It is excellent.
Could we do more stories on LGBT issues? Absolutely. We could do more stories on many issues. I wish we still had the number of pages we did several years ago to more thoroughly cover every important issue and every minority group as they SHOULD be covered. Could we assign more stories to out-gay reporters? Yes. And we'd love to. We'd like to hear from any out-gay reporters interested in writing for Creative Loafing. Can we do better? Yes, we all can always do better. But to suggest that all CL does in terms of LGBT issues is cover the parties and drag shows is quite simply disingenuous.
With all respect, Kemp: How many out LGBT writers and, or staff do you have at Creative Loafing? It's hard to be informed about a community from the outside, looking in. Spataro demonstrated this in her article. She does not know our community and failed to understand what she was reporting. Your article dealt with something we discussed 4 years ago and she merely rehashed it in a disingenuous, sensational way. The basis of news is that it is "new" information. Nothing in her article was new.
Take the criticism Kemp and let it sink in. If you have been consistently and strongly supportive of the LGBT community, then listen to our LGBT leaders. Ask yourself what it means to be a paper that reflects the diversity of the community you serve and do you really have that diversity present in your leadership, your writers, etc. You heard some very harsh criticism about Spataro from some of our most involved, notable community leaders -- and I think you should show some concern, rather than be dismissive.
Lastly don't miss my point: Its 2013 -- time to diversify your staff and your reporting on our LGBT community. We are more than fancy dinners, nightclubs, drag shows -- where is CL at other LGBT non-social events, community forums, actual news? I invited Spataro to a young adult leader panel in early February where QNotes showed up -- and so did about 20 of our LGBT community organizations (about 50 people in total). LGBTQ young adults shared about being in Charlotte and what it is like -- sometimes feeling silenced/invisible. Where was Creative Loafing? You know the answer: CL is largely absent in our LGBT community unless its a party, a club or nightlife.
So stand by your story, but until you diversity your staff and where you show up in our LGBT community, you don't "stand for us."
The huge fiscal hole in which we find our country was created by the Republican Party with several unfunded tax cuts for wealthy people and multiple unfunded wars. The long term commitments made during the Bush Administration cannot be just cut. They are bills that must be paid. The current budget deficit is LESS than the deficit that was left by President Bush as he left office. The rich pay less in tax because of the massive tax cuts and the middle class pay less in tax because the Republican economy cost them their good paying jobs.
If you want to lower the deficit with minimal effect on the jobs of Americans why not close a few hundred of the military bases we have in foreign countries?
The FACT that we are facing a "Fiscal Cliff" is proof that Obama should have been fired. 3.5 yrs of his economic leadership has taken us to the edge of this cliff.
Here's the dirty little secret: Obama will be in heaven if he can raise taxes on all of us and blame it on the Republicans. You can also be sure he will spend $4 for every additional $1 in "revenue".
Re-electing Obama was not a reasonable choice. Not voting at all is reasonable and it's the right thing to do. Both candidates work for corporate America and the elite behind them. They both support slaughtering foreign countries and looting their land. There are no lesser of two evils. Evil is evil. Obama is just the more effective evil. He's more palatable because he speaks like a preacher with authority and seems like a fair guy who values family. He's really just an actor. All politicians are actors, just like the ones in the movies and on TV. They pretend that they have actual power but their advisors get the orders from the elite. Then we pretend the president did it. He didn't. None of them have any power. They're yesmen. If they don't do what they're told then a scandal ruins their presidency or they are assassinated. The presidents are hand selected by the elite years, maybe even decades, ahead of the phony elections. Americans don't elect anything. The whole system is a farce but Americans believe wholeheartedly in the lie, despite all the evidence to the contrary. They even call is patriotism. That is what destroyed America. Few understand the psychopathy of the elite behind the scenes that practice dark occultism to keep us all in control. In fact Americans just call it all conspiracy, regardless of how many facts are presented. That delusion destroyed America. Evil is real and it wants to kill you and your family if it cannot enslave you.
if you want to recognize the music scene here check out the AMCS BODEGA. I havent been to a more engaging hip hop event from charlotte since the last bodega.
It shocks me that KiDD Saturday who is out there in Charlotte doing at least one show every month, hasn't gotten any recognition.
Hey "I Have a Brain...": You also live in La-La Land.
Bailouts - Obamney for, Johnson against
Drones - Obamney for, Johnson against
TSA groping - Obamney for, Johnson against
Endless $1,000,000,000,000.00 deficits - Obamney for, Johnson against
PATRIOT, NDAA, warrantless wiretapping, Kill List, targeted assassinations, indefinite detentions - Obamney for, Johnson against
All of the above: Mark Kemp for, Gary Johnson against
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