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Re: “WTF?! McCrory leads off annual MLK Jr. prayer breakfast

Scott Carder, before you talk about what Martin Luther King stood for, perhaps you should find out what he actually believed.

Martin Luther King espoused the "far left liberal agenda" that you deride. He was proud of his association with the left wing of the U.S. Labor movement, and he advocated for economic equality.

Some quotes from Dr. King: “I am more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic.” "There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”

For King, capitalism was “a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.” He was also staunchly anti-imperialist, and a vocal critic of the war in Viet Nam:

"Our irrational, obsessive anti-communism has led us into too many quagmires to be retained as if it were a mode of scientific thinking.”

Why do you think the FBI had him under surveillance?
King was a great man, and he was proudly, staunchly liberal.

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Posted by patmoran on 01/27/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “The flip-side of feminism

You need to be more careful with your cherry-picking Anon. That Politifact link you cite rates the 77 cents-to-the-dollar "myth" as "Mostly True".

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Posted by patmoran on 01/17/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Live review: Dave Rawlings Machine, Neighborhood Theatre (11/25/2013)

Thanks Pete.

Mark, I'm so glad you got me started!

Posted by patmoran on 11/29/2013 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

I stand corrected. The 2002 Monash University shooting left two dead and five injured.

It still pales in camparison to the death toll in the US due to mass shootings since 1996. The 2007 Blacksburg VA shooting alone left 32 dead and 15 wounded. While hardly comprehensive, this list shows over 30 mass shootings in the US from 1999 to 2011:

http://www.newsmax.com/us/mass-shootings-u…

It still stands that since Australia enacted the 1996 gun regulations that firearm homicide rate has fallen by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate has fallen by 65 percent.

Posted by patmoran on 11/25/2013 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

It's true that gun homicides in Australia increased in 1997. But why stop in 1997? Maybe because since enacting gun control laws, Australia's firearm homicide rate has fallen by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate has fallen by 65 percent.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkbl…

Since 1996 Australia has had no mass shootings. The US had had more than 50.

http://iansa.org/system/files/School%20sho…

Turns out that it's not a people problem, it's a people-who-oppose-gun-regulation problem.

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Posted by patmoran on 11/21/2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Locked out with Robyn Hitchcock

Peter, you've probably heard this a million times, but you should write a book.

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Posted by patmoran on 10/09/2013 at 9:47 AM

Re: “BREAKING: Charlotte fast-food workers participate in nationwide strike Thursday

These workers are up against powerful players. $15 an hour is obviously a bargaining chip. Anyone would have to be willfully obtuse not to see this.

With the exception of DLP, Erin Tracy-Blackwood and few others, the comments on this story read like Orwell's ten minute hate. Isabella Wright advocates a return to NC's dark and shameful experiments with eugenics.

The thing is, there are issues on which people across the political spectrum can agree. A lot of people agree that criminal and unethical Wall Street bankers crashed the world economy, and that they should face consequences for their actions. Right wingers who believe that social and public programs are breaking the bank in NC should be appalled by Governer McCrory's profligate spending on cronies and plutocrats.

Solutions are hard. Hate is easy.

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Posted by patmoran on 08/31/2013 at 12:12 PM

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