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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs & Podcasts: The CLog

Re: “Today's Top 5: Friday

I wonder sometimes what's going to be the ultimate demise of humanity.
I mean we humans are clearly on a path of self destruction. Any news
broadcast will prove this statement.
Common sense is one part of life that is essential to quality, standard of
living, social harmony, and just an all around feeling of a life worth living. I
say that our demise will in large part take place because common sense is
being thrown away at a spectacularly rapid rate. It has been said that
"common sense is wisdom with it's work clothes on". In the Bible, 234 times,
in 222 verses, wisdom is mentioned. I guess GOD thinks this is something
important for mankind to have. I agree, especially when it comes to how
smooth our society functions.
Case in point, here in Charlotte the grocery chain Publix sees potential
and has opened a new store in the section called the South End. A once
screwed up part of town that is now booming due to the addition of a cool
light rail system. With any growth in a city, adjustments have to be made so
that we folks can get the most out of the new experience, and sometimes
justify the change that was made. Common sense plays a major role in
these adjustments. Publix motto is "where shopping, is a pleasure". And it
was for me until I started home.
The store is on South Blvd., a main drag that is traveled so much that
someone thought it was a good idea to run a city bus on it. Now maybe
before the store was built there was no need for a bus stop at that location
but now there is and one should be placed there. (the nearest stop is over
two blocks away.) I called the Charlotte Area Transit call center with what I
thought was a good idea and that's when I found out that common sense is
at an all time low. When I hung up the phone I knew humanity was in deep
The take away for me was that circumstances there didn't warrant a bus
stop and "that" I was told was "reality". There's a stop across the street
that was there before the store was built sooooooo. But I wasn't going north
I was going south so I guess I was s.o.l. Here's the kicker, a bus did come,
turned on flashers as if to stop, pulled closer to the curb, the driver looked
me straight in the eye..... and kept right on going. I'm glad it wasn't raining.
Will I go back to Publix? What would common sense have you do?

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Posted by mral on 04/23/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Today's Top 5: Friday

I have question for the Governor, if a person was arrested but the arrest didn’t lead to anything, (dismissed, suspended, fulfillment of court obligations) why are the arrest left for public viewing disrupting peoples lives? I understand over 80,000,000 people have arrest records and I’m sure that a significant portion of these people can't get decent housing, find a job, go to school, or get any kind of respect. Why is the system set up so that some lawyer gets $250.00 to remove something that is none existent? The court system looks at these records and predetermines punishment. A very unfair and in my opinion sinister tactic of suppression.
Homeless and low income persons are often low hanging fruit for law enforcement and quotas are made regularly. But a lot of these charges are thrown out and leave an individual with a bleak future. My proposal is simple, if a Judge disposes a case, that should cancel out an arrest, when that person leaves the courtroom, that arrest in the system disappears as well. I believe one push of a button should do the trick.
Like Ferguson MO., municipalities all over our country need significant overhauls to prevent the shutting down of human progress. It makes no sense for me to believe that I have equality in an idea but not on paper. If Rush and his crowd really wanted certain people to go to work and get off the dole, then this should be a no brain-er.
I’m sure there are those who will find this to be a stupid idea if only for the fact that minorities will benefit the most. But think about it, if there were ever an olive branch that could demonstrate that all lives matter, this would be it.

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Posted by mral on 04/23/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “First Drip (4/22/15): Wells near coal ash ponds contaminated, Earth Day, more

"Wells near coal ash ponds contaminated"

Gosh, who could have predicted that?

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Posted by DLP on 04/22/2015 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Why do people hate Dave Matthews?

Only women and women in mens bodies like dmb.
Garbage music. I hope dave loses his voice soon!

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Posted by the dominator on 04/22/2015 at 4:29 PM

Re: “City Council approves NoDa rezoning

I hate that the Chop Shop isn't being preserved or worked creatively into the new development...hopefully they find a new home nearby (because Neighborhood Theater damn sure isn't pulling its weight in terms of bookings lately). However if this was inevitable, which it sounds like it was, at least its being done by the only developer who currently seems to give a crap about quality design around here. The neighborhood needs to put pressure on them, but scare them off and you'll probably get something worse like the value-engineered POS that Mercury turned into (the apartments wrapping NT).

Posted by rumbrave on 04/22/2015 at 2:32 PM

Re: “City Council approves NoDa rezoning

I have seen music venues come and go in Charlotte... for every one that gets torn down, another is built somewhere in its place. We want new and improved infastructure so we don't look like a out of shape/run down city with empty buildings and ghettos everywhere you turn.

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Posted by Scott Carder on 04/22/2015 at 10:03 AM

Re: “City Council approves NoDa rezoning

Welcome to Charlotte where there are lots of places to live and nothing left to do. Yuppies are nothing more than cultural locusts. They take everything over, price everyone out, and then act miffed when all of the "culture" is gone. Since no one stood up for these 2 businesses for fucks sake people at least fight to save Tommy's Pub on Central from the same fate!

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Posted by Carter_Jons on 04/22/2015 at 12:15 AM

Re: “Obama visits Queen City with women in mind

Actually, it is a Republican war on the middle class and poor people, including women. If you don't believe it is true, you haven't been paying attention.

Ask a few of the hard core Republicans who cheered as the new "tax cut for everyone" was passed by their Republican heroes who have just computed their own taxes under that new law.

The statistics for White House staff members reflect the fact that women fill more lower-level positions than men. But women and men in the same positions at the White House are paid the same, and that many of the women hold senior positions.

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Posted by DLP on 04/19/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “First Drip (4/8/15): South Carolina police officer charged with murder, more

Yea, Cubbybear. You hear all the time about the police pulling over a car driven by a person of color for no reason and shooting them dead as they sit in their car with their hands on the wheel...

Perhaps if people chose to resist with the legal system instead of picking a fight with a guy with a gun, there would be fewer police shootings. Have you noticed that the same outcome occurs when two young men of color get in fights with each other and one or both are armed?

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Posted by DLP on 04/19/2015 at 8:41 AM

Re: “First Drip (4/17/15): Kerrick to enter plea, two school janitors finalists for big award, more

Yet another example of why religion must be kept separate from government.

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Posted by DLP on 04/17/2015 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Obama visits Queen City with women in mind

Obama and the Democrats seemed to have settled on the "Republican War on Women" as their theme in next year's elections.

Yet he still pays his female staff less than his male staff.


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Posted by The Ugly Truth on 04/17/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “First Drip (4/17/15): Kerrick to enter plea, two school janitors finalists for big award, more

Ms. Lawson,

I'm curious as to your opinion of the law firms that are refusing to represent opponents to gay marriage in various Supreme Court cases.

In case you need background here is a relevant New York Times article that tells the story, and also recounts some famous attorneys who gladly represented "un-progressive" causes. For example, the 1924 Democratic nominee for President was the losing lawyer in Brown vs. Board of Education:…

So if you believe "customers can pick businesses, but businesses can't pick customers", are you going to side with GLBTQ in Indiana, but the lawyers who refuse to take on Obergefell v. Hodges?

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Posted by Garth Vader on 04/17/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “First Drip (4/8/15): South Carolina police officer charged with murder, more

the story goes like this: a scared guy gets pulled over by a murderer...

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Posted by Cubbiebear on 04/16/2015 at 3:56 PM

Re: “First Drip (4/8/15): South Carolina police officer charged with murder, more

The story begins like this:

A stupid guy gets pulled over by an idiot cop...

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Posted by The Thoughtful Traveler on 04/12/2015 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Question the Queen City: How did a train end up in Freedom Park?

The beautiful old Seaboard steam locomotive from the 1920's that is sitting in Freedom Park should be given to the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer,NC. There it can "FINALLY" be carefully restored and cared for like it deserves to be. It is rusting away and deteriorating rapidly. Nothing has been done to care for it in years. At the Transportation Museum it would be placed in a sheltered roundhouse with other saved steam and diesel locomotives.It would be cleaned up,new metal plates to replace the rotted ones that are corroded and repainted. It may never ever run again because the controls had been stripped from it and the money involved would be too high. not to mention the difficulty in finding enough skilled and trained labor. But it would not be wasting away in the elements anymore. And people could see it in it's proper setting. I know .Everyone will "scream and cry" about their childhood being taken away. That it was "always there" and to "let it alone". Well I say if they TRULY had any love,care and respect for it, they would allow it to be saved before it is too late for anything to be done at all. It would have a chance to survive and live on for generations to come to see and love. Charlotte as you know, is infamous for destroying almost all it's historic past. They would just as soon let it collapse in a heap of twisted metal before they spend one dime on it.The park doesn't have the funds to do it . The city barely gives them enough to do the bare minimum it does now. Speaking of.when has the pond ever been drained to clean it? It's gross. It smells. Let the Transportation Museum pay to move it. Then Charlotte can't complain it would cost too much. This is something that should have been done years ago.

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Posted by Jeffrey Sealey on 04/11/2015 at 10:02 AM

Re: “First Drip (3/31/15): Toll lanes on Independence?, McCrory calls out GOP bills, more

"Toll lanes are like Herpes.

They never go away.."

...and like the contagious Herpes they spread easily.

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Posted by Ferris on 04/03/2015 at 8:26 AM

Re: “First Drip (3/31/15): Toll lanes on Independence?, McCrory calls out GOP bills, more

Toll lanes are like Herpes.

They never go away.

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Posted by Last Man Standing on 04/02/2015 at 10:28 AM

Re: “First Drip (3/31/15): Toll lanes on Independence?, McCrory calls out GOP bills, more

I don't know why they waste time and money on these hearings. Everyone knows that their mind is made up and nothing anyone says at one of these hearings will matter a bit.

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Posted by DLP on 04/01/2015 at 5:10 AM

Re: “Why do people hate Dave Matthews?

Dave is a genius. He also I think can be quite mad at times. Dave is about as human as human gets....except he's a whole lot smarter than the majority...if you hate DMB, you just have not taken the time. Quit being so stuck up. You suck.

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Posted by Misty on 03/27/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “White supremacists show up to Queens University talk on diversity

Race is a xenophobic construct. Dividing people by the color of their skin is idiotic regardless of the color of the divider. People whose skin is very dark are that way because many generations of their ancestors lived near the equator. It is a protection from the sun. Perhaps you have noticed that when YOU spend a lot of time in the sun YOUR skin gets darker to protect you from burning.

People who "advocate" for a particular group of people are insinuating that that group is superior to others and needs its purity protected. As such, that person is a racist supremacist.

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Posted by DLP on 03/27/2015 at 5:41 PM

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