Congrats to Pam's House Blend

Congrats to Pam for making the WRAL site here:

The story was in the N&O a little while back. I don't know what the comments were like on the N&O version of the story, but brace yourselves for a flood of racism and homophobia coming from the GOLO folks at WRAL. I made a New Year's resolution to not post there anymore, and for the past few months that resolution has kept my blood pressure down.

I mean, seriously. The first comment on the story last night about how the dude who assaulted a black female Wake County school bus driver has gotten his job back was "Maybe she deserved to be assaulted." I wish I were kidding:

*blood pressure spiking*

OK, stopping now. Just wanted to warn y'all before you waded into the comments all unawares.


Congratulations Pam!

I see there are no hateful comments posted, but glad to have the warning. I quit reading the comments at the CharO for the same reason. We all say stupid things at one time or another, but these people seem to be cultivating "stupid".

Great article. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I don't post there anymore

So I forgot that they've implemented a new comment moderation policy, whereby people can only comment on stories from 7am to 7pm Monday-Friday. I suspect that the timing of the article's posting is the only thing that's saved it from the hate-mongers. And I checked the other story; it originally had 11 comments, the first of which was the one saying the bus driver maybe should have been assaulted. I'm glad to see someone took that comment down; it was entirely undeserved.

There weren't any racial comments

on the dome, but I posted this in a follow-up story about Easley's office looking into the rehiring:

Re: Easley's office looking into DOT rehiring
Submitted by scharrison on July 12, 2008 - 12:19pm.

"The driver testified that Schmidt cursed at her, uttered a racial slur and bumped her with his car."

Oh, yeah. That's what we need in the Department of Transportation: an engineer who believes using your car to bump somebody is an acceptable argument method. ;/

I bet he drives a Dodge Ram...