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Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Lease ended December 7th 2014 at midnight. The landlord has been forced to file eviction paperwork due to the current tenant refusing to vacate the property. The lease they signed was for ten years. The previous tenant was Randy Talbot. The property has not been sold. The new owner they speak of is the son of the original owner, the property was built as a skating rink and has been Hot Wheels Skate center since the beginning. If the City Paper had bothered to do some fact checking, they would have known these things. The building, skates, equipment and fixtures were in place long before Sheryl Benton rented the building.

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Posted by John Digweed on December 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

Senator Udall (D-CO) had an insightful response to Brennan:

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/11/torture_re…

"Udall called it a smoking gun. Here’s what he said:

The Panetta Review found that the CIA repeatedly provided inaccurate information to the Congress, the president, and the public on the efficacy of its coercive techniques. The Brennan Response, in contrast, continues to insist that the CIA’s interrogations produced unique intelligence that saved lives. Yet the Panetta Review identifies dozens of documents that include inaccurate information used to justify the use of torture – and indicates that the inaccuracies it identifies do not represent an exhaustive list.

The Panetta Review further describes how detainees provided intelligence prior to the use of torture against them. It describes how the CIA – contrary to its own representations – often tortured detainees before trying any other approach. It describes how the CIA tortured detainees even when less coercive methods were yielding intelligence. The Panetta Review further identifies cases in which the CIA used coercive techniques when it had no basis for determining whether a detainee had critical intelligence at all. In other words, CIA personnel tortured detainees to confirm they didn’t have intelligence – not because they thought they did."

Coming soon to a sheriffs office near you!

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Posted by Fish Pimp on December 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Boooo!!!

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Posted by Charles A Gilbert on December 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Wow! I take my class there every year for an end of the year party! So sad!

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Posted by Carol Rogers on December 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

"Ultimately, though, he concluded that the CIA's own review "indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom [enhanced interrogation techniques] were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives."

We should definitely trust an internal review from an agency whose whole existence and purpose is based on lies and deceit.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on December 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

ooops.
John Brennan, President Obama's head of the CIA...
"John Brennan is a dedicated professional who has dedicated his time in public service to protecting the United States of America. That makes him a patriot and it makes him someone who has the full confidence of the president of the United States," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday.

The CIA issued its own lengthy rebuttal of some of the report's points, a redacted version of its 2013 response to the Democrats' report. In a statement released with the CIA's report, Brennan acknowledged that the detention and interrogation program, "had shortcomings and that the Agency made mistakes." Ultimately, though, he concluded that the CIA's own review "indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom [enhanced interrogation techniques] were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives. The intelligence gained from the program was critical to our understanding of al-Qa'ida and continues to inform our counterterrorism efforts to this day."

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Posted by artrogue on December 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

For those of you who keep correcting how many years hit wheels has been open, please read the article again..... It stated that the Halter family has been running it for 20 years.... Someone else ran it before then.....

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Posted by pitviper0404 on December 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

If we aren't shoving hummus up a detainee's rectum, the terrorists win.

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Posted by Asa Ingram on December 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Save Hot Wheels!! I ask the owner of the property to read some of these comments, to come to Hot Wheels and watch what happens there, and to reconsider. This is not like closing a McDonalds. This place is the shag-carpet-walled, disco-music pumping, rocking, rolling, and beating heart of JI.

Hot Wheels is an oasis of everything that is sorely lacking in communities across the country: A local business with genuine character, not a trendy and soulless corporate franchise. It encourages physical activity, fitness, and wholesome fun. It's as family-oriented as a place can get. Where else can I take my kids, teach them an active and valuable skill and enjoy it with them at the same time? Where else can kids go and be with their parents and still be independent in a safe place, doing a positive activity with their friends? Where else can adults let go and be goofy?

The roots of thousands of families have been nourished by Hot Wheels, and continue to be nourished by it. Closing Hot Wheels hacks at the roots of those families, and robs countless more of the good times together they could have had.

If every community in America had a place like Hot Wheels, America's communities would still feel like communities. This place is a treasure and a blessing. We need Hot Wheels. Don't close it.

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Posted by Matt Whisnant on December 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

I know I'm old and befuddled, but I agree with Mr. Oh Snap, and I also can't, for the life of me, understand how when the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, the Egyptians or whoever holds a prisoner without charges for 5 years that's an egregious Human Rights Violation, but it's OK for us to have held these people in Gitmo for over a decade.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on December 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Im 50, and I used to Attempt to Skate, and Hang Out There!, That Place has Been Around Forever!!....I guess..Like They Say.." All Good Things Must Come to An End!" Sad..For The Upcoming Generations!

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Posted by Lisa Marchisillo Kaempf on December 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Awww this is really sad to hear Hot Wheels is closing this was my hang out spot much years ago and was now for my kids it's gonna hurt their poor little hearts we will miss y'all

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Posted by Prettyblac4sho on December 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Always sad to see small businesses shutter its doors. Author “The Art of Debt Guerrilla Warfare, how to beat debt collectors when your back is against the wall.”

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Posted by Thomas McFreeman on December 11, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Weather computer failure triggers record-hijinks at ABC News 4

Hoakest news channels in the nation!

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Posted by Jojojo on December 11, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

Does something that the Senate did have political implications and thus is it likely politically motivated? Yes. It doesn't matter what it is; they're politicians and they care about perceptions and how to best exploit things for voter approval.

However, the implication of Senator Graham's statement is that there is no good time to admit what we've been up to. We should never come clean because it isn't convenient to come clean. Never mind that the folks that we tortured, especially the ones turned in by angry neighbors looking for an easy bounty with nothing to do with militancy, have already spilled the beans about all of this years ago, without any pro-US spin or polish put on it.

Yeah, the bad guys torture, the bad guys beat our POWs, the bad guys behead our POWs. So should we do the same? Fine: what makes them the "bad guys," then? What makes us the "good guys?" These words don't make us bad guys; our actions determine that. Now it is on the table, and we can decide to start being the good guys on the moral high ground if we want to.

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Posted by factoryconnection on December 11, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

I had great times at hot wheels!!! Growing up every Friday and Saturday that was the place to be... Had some fun still was going there 2 take my nieces... Gone miss Mrs Sheryl and her water gun lol....

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Posted by tyronnialyas on December 11, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

more than likely a High Density apartment to be constructed ala Mt Pleasant. What are these greedy self serving developers gonna do when all the dry land is gone.

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Posted by Glyncowden.com on December 11, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

This makes me so sad:(

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Posted by Crystal Rooskens on December 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

This was my teen hangout from the late 80's to early 90's. I don't think I really missed a Friday night skate. Jim and Terry worked there and I had no clue they were still running the place. Its sad that another kid fun center will be closing.....it definitely kept me off the streets! I will have to male it next Thursday to see them :(

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Posted by Robin Lee Hatch on December 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

So sad! Long live Hot Wheels!!!

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Posted by Rachel Arendt on December 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM
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