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  • 'Silent Sam' is down: Protesters topple Confederate statue on UNC campus

    08/20/2018 10:21:24 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 23 replies
    WRAL ^ | 08/20/18
    Chapel Hill, N.C. — Protesters on Monday night toppled the controversial "Silent Sam" statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More than 300 protesters first gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7 p.m., before marching to the base of the statue, calling for its removal. By 9:30 p.m., the statue was on the ground and the crowd erupted in cheers. "Silent Sam" had been standing on the UNC campus since 1913. Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement Monday night, saying that he "understands that many people are frustrated by the pace...
  • Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus

    08/20/2018 7:35:19 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/20/18 | Brett Samuels
    Protesters on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus on Monday night brought down a controversial monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers, according to media reports. The Daily Tar Heel posted a series of photos and videos that showed protesters surrounding the monument and shrouding it in banners around 8 p.m. The monument was covered in a canvas that read “For a World Without White Supremacy.” By about 9:30 p.m., protesters had toppled the monument, and began burying its head in dirt. Police appeared to form a boundary around the statue and its empty pedestal a short time later, The Daily...
  • This Day in History: Virginia Dare is Born

    08/18/2018 9:34:58 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 26 replies
    North Carolina History ^ | 8/18/18 | Anon
    Virginia Dare was born on August 18, 1587 at Roanoke Island in colonial Virginia (present-day North Carolina). Virginia Dare was the first English-born child in the Americas. She was the daughter of Ananias Dare and Eleanor Dare and the granddaughter of Governor John White. Ananias Dare served on the twelve-member board of directors for the Roanoke Colony. Virginia’s mother Eleanor was the daughter of Governor John White. The name Virginia was chosen to signify that she was the first English child born in Virginia. She was baptized into the Church of England on August 24, 1587 and was the first...
  • AP Interview: Top Republican says Russia probe difficult

    08/18/2018 9:16:36 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 08 18 2018 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    <p>For much of the last two years, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has been the Russia investigator who is seen but rarely heard on Capitol Hill.</p> <p>In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, the North Carolina Republican opened up about the investigation that has now consumed 19 months of his life. He says it has been “frustrating as hell” and much more difficult than he originally envisioned. But he says the integrity of the investigation — and its importance to the institution of the Senate — is something he has labored to protect.</p>
  • Senate Republicans defend Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's security clearance

    08/17/2018 3:05:30 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | 16 August 2018 | Ali Rogin
    Senators’ reactions to President Donald Trump revoking former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance mostly broke down along party lines, with Democrats condemning and Republicans defending him. In a statement, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., cited a New York Times op-ed published Thursday, after Brennan’s security was revoked, in which Brennan wrote that Trump’s claims of no collusion were "hogwash," saying the only remaining questions were whether the collusion amounted to a criminal conspiracy and whether the Trump team obstructed justice in order to cover up the collusion Brennan alleged. Burr said that if in fact Brennan had...
  • 2 ferry workers suspended for week for pro-Trump flag

    08/11/2018 11:01:28 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 14 replies
    WRAL ^ | 8/11/18 | AP
    <p>HATTERAS, N.C. — Officials with North Carolina's ferry system have suspended a boat captain and crew member for a week after they hoisted a flag supporting President Donald Trump's re-election on a state-owned ship.</p> <p>A passenger on the MV Frisco ferry took a picture of the "Trump 2020" flag flying below the U.S. flag and even with the North Carolina flag last month and posted it to social media.</p>
  • Think Confederate monuments are racist? Consider pioneer monuments

    08/09/2018 6:58:38 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 13 replies
    In San Francisco, there is an an 800-ton monument that retells California history, from the Spanish missions to American settlement. Several bronze sculptures and relief plaques depict American Indians, white miners, missionaries and settlers. A female figure symbolizing white culture stands atop a massive stone pillar. The design of the “pioneer monument” was celebrated in newspapers across the country when it was erected in 1894. Today, however, apctivists argue that the monument – particularly its depiction of a Spanish missionary and Mexican “vaquero,” or cowboy, towering over an American Indian – is demeaning to American Indians. Should the city take...
  • More Alamance 12 plead out in illegal voting cases

    08/07/2018 10:12:56 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Two more of the so-called Alamance 12 pleaded guilty to misdemeanors this week. Ebonie Octavia Oliver, 24, of 185 Doll Branch Road, Milton, and Jason Charles McLamb, 42, both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice, and were sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service. Two of the other 12 people charged with voting by a felon pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges last month. According to prosecutors, Oliver and McLamb voted in the 2016 election while still on probation. McLamb was convicted in 2009 of felony fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle, and...
  • Woman drowns in Emerald Isle, adding to string of rip current deaths on NC coast

    08/06/2018 2:04:15 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 22 replies
    wral.com ^ | 8/6/18 | Jessica Patrick
    Emerald Isle, N.C. — A woman from Kentucky drowned Sunday while on vacation in Emerald Isle, according to officials. In a Facebook post, the Town of Emerald Isle stated that Donna Sue Miller, 49, became caught in a rip current with her friend and her friend's 9-year-old daughter. According to the post, the three were swimming near The Islander Hotel around 7 p.m. when the drowning occured. Officials say Miller was found facedown in the water and was carried to the shore by onlookers. The others made it safely to shore.
  • Twitter is run by Democratic donors and activists (follow the money)

    08/05/2018 9:11:54 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 4, 2018 | 8:21am | Paul Sperry
    After Twitter was caught last month “shadow-banning” Republicans, while giving Democrats unrestricted voice, the social-media giant insisted it has no political agenda. But records of its political contributions show board members, top executives and major shareholders have all given overwhelmingly to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, while snubbing Republicans and Donald Trump. Federal records reveal 80 percent of Twitter’s corporate PAC contributions in the 2018 election cycle have gone to Democratic candidates, none of whom are moderates. Liberal Democrats also got top dollar in the 2016 race. The lobbying records I reviewed, moreover, show Twitter has sought to...
  • Cool Atlantic could mean a weaker hurricane season

    08/02/2018 11:33:22 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 36 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 08/02/2018 | Josh Soloman
    Can you tell the difference between one degree Celsius? Hurricanes can. At least that’s what Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach is banking on. His team released its last hurricane forecast of the 2018 season on Thursday, and Klotzbach offered encouraging news for those who live in the path of Atlantic storms: HURRICANE GUIDE: Everything you need to be prepared for the 2018 hurricane season. He predicted the season will bring a slightly below-average number of storms. Klotzbach anticipates the rest of the Atlantic storm season will see nine named storms, including three hurricanes and one major hurricane — a...
  • Turkey demands removal of sanctions over pastor Andrew Brunson

    08/02/2018 5:39:22 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Aug 2, 2018 | by Alastair Jamieson
    The White House said the North Carolina native is "a victim of unfair and unjust attention" and should be released. LONDON — Turkey demanded an immediate reversal from the U.S. after its NATO ally imposed sanctions over the treatment of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the Trump administration’s decision was “incompatible with the most simple diplomatic courtesy and mutual respect" and risked regional instability. Relations between the countries have plummeted after Brunson, 50, was arrested in 2016 on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and espionage. He...
  • North Carolina newspaper blames Trump for killing the Sunday comics

    08/01/2018 7:29:19 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2018 | Jonathan Drew
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Residents in a North Carolina town hoping to read “Rex Morgan M.D.” with Sunday coffee are in for a rude awakening. And a newspaper says it’s all President Donald Trump’s fault. The Robesonian in Lumberton announced it’s dropping an eight-page color comics section from Sunday editions. A newspaper editorial last week said it made the “not-so-funny” decision to cut the comics because of rising costs spurred by Trump administration tariffs on Canadian newsprint. “This newspaper has made the difficult decision to drop the Sunday comics, a decision that we really believe was made at the White House,”...
  • GOP Senate Intel Chair: There Were “Sound Reasons” Why Judges Issued FISA Warrants on Carter Page

    07/24/2018 4:01:19 PM PDT · by detective · 76 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | July 24, 2018
    Chairman of the Senate Intel Committee Richard Burr (R-NC) said on Tuesday there were “sound reasons” why the judges issued FISA warrants on Carter Page. The newly released Carter Page FISA docs, although heavily redacted, reveal the FBI and DOJ relied on Hillary’s phony dossier and liberal media reports as ‘evidence’ presented to the court in order to wiretap Page. The FBI omitted the fact that the dossier was paid for by Hillary and the DNC.
  • NC coastal town's police force on leave after chief and lieutenant arrested

    07/30/2018 6:52:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    WECT ^ | Jul 27, 2018
    SOUTHPORT, N.C. - All police operations in Southport have been suspended and the entire force placed on paid administrative leave after the city's police chief and a lieutenant were arrested Thursday and charged with double-dipping at a second job while on the clock at the police department. Chief Gary Smith, 46, and Lt. Michael Christian Simmons, 48, were both charged with conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, willful failure to discharge duties, and obstruction of justice. ... State investigators said Smith and Simmons were driving overnight shifts for an unnamed local trucking company during the same hours they had...
  • Betrayal of America! House Committee Passes Open Borders Asylum Rule

    07/29/2018 9:56:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | July 29, 2018 | S. Noble
    By S.Noble - July 29, 20181 FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestEmailRedditShare The House Appropriations Committee voted on Wednesday to allow victims of gang violence and domestic abuse to enter the United States under new asylum rules. There is no way to verify their status as victims and any foreigner could make this claim, especially those coming from the hellholes of the world. Asylum rules are not meant to take in everyone or they’re not rules. In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a decision to stop granting asylum for such claimants. “The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes...
  • Mike Pence Spoke With Pastor Andrew Brunson, Threatens Turkey With Sanctions If Not Released

    07/29/2018 12:34:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/28/2018 | Samuel Smith
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that he has spoken with jailed pastor Andrew Brunson and warned Turkish leaders that if they don't release the church leader the country will face "significant sanctions," a promise President Donald Trump has seconded. Pence, who first tweeted the ultimatum to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Thursday morning, doubled down on his threat when he gave a keynote speech at the State Department's first-ever three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. Before foreign delegations from over 80 countries, Pence publicly reprimanded the NATO ally, who has held the North Carolina pastor since October...
  • Trump vows investigation into Twitter for 'shadow banning' Republicans....

    07/26/2018 7:32:01 AM PDT · by caww · 26 replies
    .washingtonexaminer ^ | 7/26/2018 | Katelyn Caralle
    President Trump said Thursday, “Twitter 'SHADOW BANNING' prominent Republicans. Not good," Trump tweeted. "We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.” Shadow banning, also known as ghost banning, is when a user and their content visibility is limited from the online viewers in a way that does not make it clear to the user that they have been banned. For example, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel all failed to appear on Twitter’s autofill search box when users typed in their names, Vice News reported...
  • Another drowning on the N.C. coast

    07/26/2018 7:17:18 AM PDT · by Ikeon · 9 replies
    WITN News ^ | 7/25/2018 | WITN news
    A 41 year old man drowned at Emerald Isle beach (N.C.)Wednesday 7/25/2018. Despite red warning flags, people still went too far into the water. Dozens of beach goers formed a human chain to pull several others from the rough surf.
  • Raleigh CEO apologizes for ISIS execution burger tweet

    07/26/2018 5:16:56 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 23 replies
    CBS 17 ^ | 7/26/18 | staff
    RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - The CEO of a Raleigh marketing firm is apologizing for an ad posted on Twitter that depicted an ISIS execution - and a burger. Valor Media created the campaign for a Washington, D.C., chain called Z-Burger. Over the weekend, a tweet was sent out that showed a photo of American journalist James Foley moments before he was executed by ISIS in 2014 - along with the image of a hamburger. Z-Burger had the tweet removed within an hour. Michael Valor, whose business created the tweet, says he takes full responsibility and posted a video on Twitter...