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Jackie, Oh!

By: Matt Brunson The primary poster for The Foreigner (two and a half stars) shows Jackie Chan standing alone in a scene of carnage, with the tagline intoning that one should “Never Push A Good Man Too Far.” Such a promotional angle suggests that Chan will employ his considerable martial arts skills to take down various evildoers a la Taken or Death Wish. This is accurate — to a point. But look at the poster more closely and it becomes ...
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After Vegas, 59 More Notches for Congress

By: Jim Longworth Jr. I suppose somewhere in the sick mind of Stephen Paddock, he fancied himself a western gunslinger. But a gunslinger of the Old West had to cock the hammer on his six-shooter before he could fire a single round. Paddock, on the other hand, was able to fire off 600 rounds per minute with one pull of the trigger. That’s because he used a bump stock on several of his semi-automatic rifles, which effectively turned them into ...
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Alienation of affection law must go

In her new book “What Happened”, Hillary Clinton blames a variety of people for her loss to Donald Trump.  She blames Trump, saying he is sexist. She blames James Comey and the FBI.  She blames Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden and of course, she blames the Russians. OK, so what would happen if next week, Hillary filed suit against the aforementioned culprits, as well as 60 million other people who didn’t vote for her? What if her lawsuit claimed that ...
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Local Solar & Batteries can Quickly Replace Fossil Fuels, Save ...

by Jim Warren With countless challenges buffeting our society, I regret to report that the global climate crisis is storming ahead as if it were the only demand for our wisdom and collective action.  Fortunately, two practical opportunities are available, and North Carolina has a pressing duty to start making good decisions. The recent super-storms striking the U.S. are but the latest signal of our challenge. Similar-scaled disasters have become virtually commonplace around the world, including the soaring heat, drought ...
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Old enough to serve

By: Jim Longworth I never knew Richard Dobbs Spaight personally, but I bet he resented George Mason. In 1787, Spaight, a native of New Bern, was one of North Carolina’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and one of only four delegates under the age of 30 who signed off on our great document. Mason signed too, but he was also responsible for setting age limits on candidates for federal office. Mason made sure that no one under 25 ...
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“The Facts on Racial Gerrymandering”

The U. S. Supreme Court recently declared district lines drawn by North Carolina’s legislature to be unconstitutional gerrymanders. It was determined by the Court that race was a primary factor in the creation of those district lines.   By definition, facts do not lie and facts are not partisan. As a digital native in this digital age, I’ve seen first-hand how the influx of information we receive can create a culture of misinformation. It allows politicians to perpetuate unconstitutional acts ...
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Learn to recognize phonies

There is something that took me a while to notice and even longer to believe. There are a lot of people in positions of influence and power who do not know what they are doing. Whether they are in over their heads or are trying to put something over on people, they are faking. In other words, there is a lot of bullshit in this world masquerading as competence and authority. The better you can distinguish between phonies and competent ...
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Let ’em ride: Celebrating Bike Month in Greensboro

Imagine driving up to an intersection where you want to turn left. Imagine, as is often the case in Greensboro, the left turn signal is activated by pressure sensors in the pavement. Now imagine that the turn signal refuses to recognize your car. It stays red until another vehicle comes up behind you and activates the turn signal. Would you be frustrated and angry? Well guess what? If you are riding a bicycle the above is the way it is. ...
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Murky public-private partnerships inspire skepticism

The recent news regarding several of Greensboro’s public-private partnerships has been disheartening. Greensboro’s Tanger Center for Performing Arts has been delayed by years and is currently $18 million over budget even before ground breaking. Private money supposedly spent on the Downtown Greensboro Greenway is explained in murky terms. A regional initiative called Tri-Gig secretly allocates Greensboro’s publicly owned Internet infrastructure to a private company without public input or City Council approval. Say Yes to Education’s executive director resigns as the ...
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PLAYING WITH FIRE

There is a reptilian alien species that has sent individuals to Earth. They have taken on human bodies, making them indistinguishable from real humans. Their intent is to take over the Earth; the clues are there for those who know where to look. Oh, Donald Trump is one of them. I use the above as an example of a story that some people might believe, though there is no concrete evidence. Thing is though, you can’t really disprove it. It ...