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Re: “Why do people hate Dave Matthews?

I think its funny to hear people judge a band based on race, politics, or social view. I am a huge fan been to over 100 shows starting in 1997. Over 240 concerts in my lifetime. I am from the Bay Area, NOT white, NOT a hippie, NOT a prius owner, and have zero love for hippie lifestyle. The shows between 1997-2007 were some of the most fun parties I have ever been to.

It all started in college in the 90s DMB came to fame. We loved the music, lyrics and of course the live shows. Recently, I believe in 2016 at Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, Ca I left the show mid way. The venue was not sold out, which was a first to me. I felt that the band was playing with zero emotion, like it was all fake.

I can see how people today in 2018 find the band to be boring, not real or whatever else one would liek to say.

But I will say this to defend the band. If you really READ the lyrics of his songs from the early years you will find a great musician, great talent and frankly a great human being. He wraps love, hate, sex, nature, lust, and eveything human beings feel into his songs.

I dont like bands and dont listen to them. I dont go on websites to beat them down. I will always love DMB and I see the future to be Dave and Tim sitting on a stool blasting acoustics in years to come.

Lookig forward to this years shows. Lets hope us old fans show up and not the drunken kids.

Posted by southpaw on 05/19/2018 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Was That a Topless Woman in Center City Today?

Good for her! Circuses teach kids that its acceptable to keep animals in highly unnatural environments and make them to do tricks for our amusement Whips, electric prods, and bullhooks should serve as reminders that the animals arent there because they want to be, but because theyre scared not to be. Animals dont choose to stand on their heads or prance around on their hind legs in silly costumes. Circus trainers use these weapons to force animals to perform frightening, dangerous, and demeaning tricks that they cannot comprehend.

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Posted by HMOORE123 on 05/10/2018 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Was That a Topless Woman in Center City Today?

Bravo, Samantha! It's baffling: UniverSoul Circus has fabulous human performers ... it could easily axe the cruel animal acts.

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Posted by Jennofur OConnor on 05/10/2018 at 4:54 AM

Re: “Was That a Topless Woman in Center City Today?

UniverSoul needs to wake up: People know that animals don't perform tricks because they want to, they do it because they know they'll be beaten if they don't. It's time to leave animals in peace, and let talented humans who want to perform (and get paid to do it!) have the spotlight.

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Posted by Lucy Post on 05/09/2018 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Was That a Topless Woman in Center City Today?

Props to this protester for raising awareness about how vicious UniverSoul is to animals. I only buy tickets to attractions with WILLING human performers because I am completely against cruelty to animals. And yes, I am vegan and do not wear wool, leather, down, silk, or fur.

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Posted by Kim Marie on 05/09/2018 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Was That a Topless Woman in Center City Today?

UniverSoul is a prison for animals. They are forced to perform day after day and are treated terribly when they're "off-duty." It's time all circuses freed their animals to sanctuaries and used only human acts from here on out. No one wants to see animals abused; I know I certainly won't be buying a ticket.

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Posted by alliemdono on 05/09/2018 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Was That a Topless Woman in Center City Today?

It was, and I hope people were paying attention. UniverSoul has been using and abusing animals for 25 years. Until it gets with the times and features only willing human performers, people who care about animals will keep their distance.

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Posted by Craig Shapiro on 05/09/2018 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Billy Graham's Other Legacy

Thank you Matt! This side of the story needs to be told. It is amazing what you can get away with and how fondly people will remember you in this country if you can only get 'Pastor' or 'Reverend' attached to your name.

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Posted by Jim P. on 02/22/2018 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Billy Graham's Other Legacy

Just like Jimmy Carter.

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Posted by Rep Keith Ellison on 02/22/2018 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Billy Graham's Other Legacy

If you want to be balanced in reporting then you should include that Rabbi A. James Rudin, the AJCs senior interreligious adviser, wrote in a statement Wednesday that Graham regretted his remarks about Jews and Judaism. Unlike your statement above, its been widely reported that he regretted the remarks to Nixon. As reported by the Jewish Telegraph, Graham publicly apologized for them and asked for forgiveness during his 2002 Crusade in New York City, Rudin wrote. I had a private conversation with him at that time, where he expressed deep personal remorse and asked me to convey his sincere apologies to the entire Jewish community. Graham on many occasions declared himself an imperfect man who was only worthy of Heaven because of Jesus Christ. He often said during his events that his viewpoint and stance on many issues were according to what God said in the Bible. He often challenged his listeners by saying it is up to each of us you to agree or disagree.

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Posted by Jim Quick on 02/22/2018 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Billy Graham's Other Legacy

As we say in the Catholic Church, our saints were former sinners. Show me a perfect man, and I'll show you a liar. Graham may have been an antisemite, I don't know. One can truthfully say that our American media quakes in fear of being called antisemitic. Perhaps that's why Israeli human rights abuses are a taboo topic. The Israel lobby AIPAC is arguably the most powerful and influential lobby in America, and even Congresspersons cross them at their political peril.

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Posted by Peter Beck on 02/21/2018 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Hip new conservative cuss word: 'brown shirt'

Wow, reading this I see that you are not biased at all. "because they have a differing opinion. Or, perhaps they're "different" people (meaning non-Caucasian, liberal or because they speak with an accent) " Did not take you long to twist conservatives calling people Nazi with racism. Strange, in your section of this piece where you point out what a Nazi is, you failed to even recognize that the Nazi is German for National Socialist workers party. (I know, I know, including this would be an embarrassment especially when the Democratic Party damn near ran an admitted socialist as their candidate as president). You gleaned over that as you tried to paint them only as monsters (which the German high command was) instead of painting them as they really were: People that had dealt with many years of economic collapse and turmoil and fell for the rhetoric spoken by a charismatic young politician that brought new ideas and energy. Rhetoric that Government would solve all of the problems with social programs for housing, social programs to provide every German with a new Car (research the history of Volkswagen), schooling and jobs. Promises that Government would solve all of your problems. Sound like anyone? And this Government control by the National Socialist party led to where far reaching Government control always leads, to the slaughter of innocents.

Posted by Jeremy Dial on 02/01/2018 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Blogger Will Folks on alleged Haley affair: 'Nikki climbed on top of me, rubbing her crotch back and forth'

Nikki Haley is currently banging Donald

Guess she likes fat ugly men... lmao

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Posted by User on 02/01/2018 at 12:51 AM

Re: “Blogger Will Folks on alleged Haley affair: 'Nikki climbed on top of me, rubbing her crotch back and forth'

He's ugly and fat, and she's stupid and looks like @#$

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Posted by User on 02/01/2018 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Pissed Off Panthers Fans Want to Fly Mike Shula Out of Town

Well, was that airplane banner "Fire Mike Shula" ever flown?

Posted by Michael Kelly on 01/19/2018 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Why do people hate Dave Matthews?

I don't "hate" DMB, but I almost do. They make me a bad person (I'll explain shortly). I had a friend who introduced me to them, telling me how deep and amazing they are. We sat in his truck and listened to a few tracks. It did absolutely nothing for me. I found it pretentious and sterile. Now, understand, I don't doubt that (1) these guys are great musicians, and (2) that they sound great live, or (3) they have some sort of meaningful self-imposed loyalty to some artistic standard that is attractive to people. We could all just part ways by agreeing that this music is just not to my taste, and I don't have to offend anyone by saying they suck, and peace is maintained. We ALMOST could.

But here is why I ALMOST hate DMB. They aren't bad, and they don't even seem like a bad group of guys, but in my trying to find the magic in this band, I've grown to dislike them. And there is really no need for me to dislike them. If I meet 100 people in a day, there might be 1 that I just don't like. But, out of 10,000 people, sometimes I find a person I dislike FOR NO REASON other than their face or their voice or some other not-good reason to dislike someone. Dave Matthews Band is like that. I hear their music, and it sounds like people saying "I can play Jazz! Listen to me mix Jazz with Latin music and be amazed!" Except I'm NOT amazed. I see the bumper stickers and the T-Shirts and love people who swear this is the greatest band in the world, yet all I can picture in my mind when I hear this music is suburban hippies jumping around in the forest to music with as many multi-ethnic instruments and styles they can cram into one song.

Now these aren't people I HATE. But, they are people I don't LIKE, and it makes me feel like a bad person for not having the ability to NOT be irritated by this music and the middle class happy hippies doodling around in the green, federally protected habitat spouting vacuous poetry and being too impressed with technical proficiency on the umba umba (an african flute-fiddle which has traditional uses among the noble natives or "people of the waterfall" or some other crap I made up, since I made all that up). It's all up it's own ass.

But really, I shouldn't feel that way. I have granola eating hippie friends, and they're all right. They aren't being malicious towards me. But when they put that music brings a rumble to the surface, and I just want to yell at them: THIS MUSIC IS CRAP MAN! THIS GUY IS NO HENDRIX! TEAR THAT BUMPER STICKER OFF YOUR FUEL EFFICIENT COMPACT CAR YOU SELF-IMPORTANT EMASCULATED BEARD WEARING PANSY! And I don't like to feel that way. SO, I blame the band for all that. Their music is the only thing that really brings this out...because my friends think I'm intelligent, so surely I will be amazed by this deep music. But, alas, the only complexity I can find here is that DMB manages to make music that is popular both as college music and the adult contemporary genre.

To make matters worse, my mother likes them. College boys with well-groomed beards, my mom, and pretentious commie hippies seem to love this stuff. I watch them when they listen, and they are hearing something I am not. It's like when I tried to get my wife to understand why GZA is one of the greatest rappers of all time. But at least she had some foul language to be offended over. Me....well, I just don't like these guys. I'm sorry, but I don't think they're deep and I don't hear any real soul in their music. Give me Muddy Waters, or Hendrix, or Zepplin, or even the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Keep your Dave. Keep Dave right up your ass.

So, when I'm hanging with my mom, if DMB comes up, I try as hard as I can to get us to some Bruce Hornsby, CSNY or James Taylor if I can. Because I just can't do the dancing flute guy in the forrest with every bit of lyrical depth you'd expect from an extremely Caucasian middle class coffee house guitarist. I'll beg her for the Bee Gees just to keep our relationship healthy and not feel this nagging irritation over the bumper stickers and all the crap about diverse influences. The music freaking sucks! But mostly because of the consequences of the music...the music itself is It tries to hard to be everything and ends up sounding like nothing to me.

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Posted by ODT on 01/15/2018 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Interested in Bitcoin?

I wonder if anyone got in on Bitcoin because of this article. I told dozens of people about it, but I feel like no one listened. Now, everyone is listening. Record high this week at over $11K.

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Posted by EV on 12/03/2017 at 3:33 AM

Re: “Question the Queen City: What became of the old Charlotte airport?

I can tell you I was in the basement of the old terminal this week and it is haunted, lights turning on and off by themselves and cold spots down there, made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, one maintenance employee told me they would have to fire him before he would go down there again.

Posted by Jdbac02 on 11/30/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Question the Queen City: The quirky royalty of Charlotte's past

Remember Kays Gary? I loved being part of his Fancy Pants Platoon in the Carousel Parade!

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Posted by Donna Allen on 11/20/2017 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Why do people hate Dave Matthews?

I wouldn't say I hate him, but didn't he originally want to name his band "The Lazy Eights", but then found out it was taken by a band way better than his

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Posted by George Matthew on 11/18/2017 at 1:50 PM

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