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Marijuana - Wilmington, NC

We would actually be making a profit from its legalization as opposed to imprisoning 2 bit dealers and casual users (sometimes up to life) and attempting to enforce antiquated laws that initially arose for long forgotten political reasons in the first place. As someone who has never smoked weed, I would prefer folks DIDN'T engage in drug use of any kind - that includes prescription pills, cigarettes and alcohol - but we where we are: people enjoy feeling good. They do so through abusing food EVERYDAY. We as a society are far past the point of needing to come to terms with our outdated puritanical, selective approach to marijuana. Nancy and Ronnie said it best: http://youtu.be/Ay QUm0A5QGg  (Feb 23, 2012 | post #36)

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Occupy Wall St - Wilmington, NC

Demonizing the messenger is what most folks do when disagreeing with specific protest groups. I find it particularly strange that the Tea Party showed ZERO public support for the Occupy movement in that there are so many core views held by both. Income Inequality due to abuse of government influence would seem to be a Tea Party rallying point as it represents the evil of big government run amok... Cronyism amongst career lobbyists and our elected representatives benefits LESS then %1 of our population. American has been a plutocracy on the verge of kleptocracy for a very long time.  (Feb 23, 2012 | post #3)

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Drinking Age - Wilmington, NC

Even non active duty 18yos serve their country by voting and paying taxes.  (Feb 23, 2012 | post #4)

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Opiates

You can't make this kind of thread up because: A. People ARE incredibly stupid. Incredibly. -Turn on the TV, any channel will do. -The richest wind tunnel in the country is given air time each afternoon on 980am. B. People on drugs are even more stupid. C. Wilmington's rats ARE usually trannys.  (Feb 23, 2012 | post #28)

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JESSICA who works at CVS

If that was truly the case, her woes would be better served by contacting a protective service provided free by the city government - bemoaning her relationship issues to customers, while a cheap substitute for a shrink, doesn't help the issue if it indeed IS an issue. Remember, folks have all sorts of strange, anti-social means of bring attention to themselves that their lack of personality/social skills couldn't.  (Feb 23, 2012 | post #4)

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Obama-Economy - Wilmington, NC

Agreed. Bush put a few things on the table as he was exiting his second term, but the very distinct "deer in the headlights" look commonly found on his puss seemed notably more intense as the economy was nose diving around the end of 2008. It was as if he fore saw catching the flack for the near depression era conditions he left the country with would account for a large part of his legacy... which he absolutely should be remembered for. We were tanking. Obama didn't dilly dally. He displayed the kind of leadership that was needed at that precise moment in our history, and while I am not 100 happy with his job, the idea that the same folks who backed Bush are now saying how much of a "disaster " Obama has been come off INCREDIBLY disingenuous. To those who say the turn around has been too slow, I'd remind them that the last depression took YEARS to climb out of, and that was really only after we entered WWII and started pumping billions into our war effort. We're not going back to Clinton era prosperity in a matter of months. Heck, we may never see a projected surplus again thanks to W and his selective approach to revenue generation.  (Feb 21, 2012 | post #2)

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Drug dealers sentenced to more than a decade in prison

Until the demand is eliminated, arresting drug dealers is as far as we'll get in the War on Drugs.  (Feb 21, 2012 | post #2)

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Gay Marriage - Wilmington, NC

Claiming to know what is "natural " is a very sticky argument. Men who base their views on how "icky" homosexual activity between two males is are often surprising vocal about how acceptable the same activity is if carried out by "hot chicks" for the viewing pleasure of the hetero male. How does this even attempt to make any congruent sense? It doesn't. Hetero males are historically borderline terrified by their sexuality to the point that "fag bashing" became a socially acceptable means for straight male to reinforce their identity as "real men". This is also behind their quickness to treat women like absolute dirt. We men still have a long ways to go as a gender... Affection, love and dedication are genderless qualities found in humans. Two men are fully able to share as beautiful of a life long commitment to each other as a hetero couple can.  (Feb 21, 2012 | post #62)

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why are black people so racist

Blacks can be racist for the same reason anyone in any situation can be affected by others, because WE ARE ALL PRODUCTS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. Minorities though out history have ALWAYS gotten a bad rap. They represent the unfamiliar, the strange, the unknown - and as such people in the majority attempt to "understand " the unknowns of the minority by often projecting their own short comings and weaknesses onto them (a common defense mechanism psychologists call "projecting "- which kind of leads one to rethink why whites in the Reconstruction era were so adamant about the danger black men posed to white women, when in truth the tangible danger white men posed to black women was more of a reality).  (Feb 21, 2012 | post #188)

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im black and im proud

Group identity within a minority compared to group identity within a majority are two entirely different animals. Minority groups tend to exhibit an inner pride that binds them with other members of their group as a coping method, while pride expressed by a majority member is often meant to imply exclusion - which seems logically backwards since they ARE the majority after all. For example: if nine out of ten people equal the majority, what is the point feeling "pride" in being the norm if you are the majority? It should be noted that a poster with a rebel flag in their profile pic made a comment about pride. No matter how one dresses it up, in US history the rebel flag is no different from the Union Jack in that it is a vanquished symbol of defeated ideals whose day has long past. The fact of the matter is we are all the same - take away the pigment in our skin and we all look the same. We've all come from the same distant relatives, we all require the same basic necessities to survive. We all love our children.  (Feb 21, 2012 | post #6)

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Thoughts on 1898 "Race Riot"

Having familiarized myself with the history of the unfortunate events surrounding the saddest chapter in Wilmington's history, I cant help but wonder if the final injustice wrought from that period has been its name; to this day it is still listed, locally, as a "race riot". The Cape Fear Museum and history markers refer to it as such - which is an out right shame. Internet research on the events correctly lists it as the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, or, Wilmington Massacre of 1898, both of which more accurately reflect the realities of the situation. When one considers the violence brought to the blacks of the area by the very individuals whose family names (and descendents) can be found in every corner of our present day city, it comes as no surprise that the term "race riot" would be used, as it has a more neutral/tourist friendly ring to it - it is also a phrase that implies involvement by two sides, when the fact of the matter remains that the thousands of lives either shattered or ended that day belonged to blacks, alone. None of the whites instigators or perpetrators were harmed, much less killed. How the city has handled this matter clearly reflects the tarnished image it has left the region, and its best known "old-money " families, with. My hope is we as a city will someday be able to owe up to what really happened, and own our past mistakes. The unprovoked, one sided massacre of innocent unarmed citizens in the streets of their home town ISN'T a riot, and sticking to that historically falsehood shows that we have a long ways to go to be honest with ourselves and our heritage. Thank you for your time.  (Feb 21, 2012 | post #1)