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Re: “Men accused of sexual misconduct are incapable of owning their actions

Thank you! Many years ago (early 90's) I called into a radio station (might have been Bubba's station) to complain about comments they had made about seeing a woman's genital area without her consent (I think it involved some sort of amusement ride). I was treated with frank hostility & ridicule. I never listened to that station again. And I have other stories. We all do. #MeToo

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Posted by JRZGRL1 on November 22, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Resistance movement must fight hypocrisy to survive

Lynnar, of course not all who voted for Trump are racist. Some are not. Some voted for Trump because of issues like abortion and Obamacare and putting ultraconservatives on the Supreme Court and other courts. So only some voted for Trump because they are racist. But Trump is a racist. A biography of him quotes him on one page as saying blacks are lazy. He actually praised that biography book. He described the Mexican immigrants coming to the US as rapists, bringing drugs, etc. He married 3 women and all 3 were white, even though two of them were immigrants, and most immigrants coming nowadays are non-white. He called an American born judge biased just because he had Mexican ancestry. Even the Republican Speaker of the House called that comment racist. Trump said Puerto Ricans are not doing anything to help themselves after the hurricane, he said it probably because most Puerto Ricans are non-white. He hired Bannon who led Breitbarb, a website that publishes racist alt-right views. He said some of those in that alt-right demonstration in Charlottsville are good people. He said the racist Confederate monuments celebrating Confederacy should not be taken down. So of course he is a racist.

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Posted by Tom Martin on November 22, 2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

Clever, well-written.

I've sold three properties here, all "FSBO." Real estate agent friends react like "wow, you REALLY dodged some bullets there, don't try it again without using an agent, your luck will run out and..." something really bad will happen though they never mention what.

Posted by Cid95 on November 22, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Resistance movement must fight hypocrisy to survive

I'm sympathetic to the Jewish history which is your birthright. Our very dear friend who was Jewish and an attorney in Manhattan told us a story about his father, a car mechanic in the Bronx. Walking down the street holding his father's hand, he was told- "See all these people on the street, son? The only real difference is their skin color. You can fit in here in America because you're white but the brown and black people can never fit in. Don't forget that and have compassion for all people!" He didn't forget that teaching and was one of the truly kindest people I ever met.
So I believe this is your blind spot, Ms.Lynnar, it is a very simple test to look in the mirror and see what color you are. Happy Thanksgiving...

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Posted by badpenny61 on November 22, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Resistance movement must fight hypocrisy to survive

What happened to common sense and just being in the center? Forget being on the Left or the Right. I have never in my life encountered anything like this decisiveness in my life. Alt Left or Alt Right. Enough. And Im sick of hearing Trump being a racist, or anyone who voted for him being a racist. I feel there is reverse racism going on. As a Jew, I have experienced anti semitism all my life. Did I let that get in the way of my life? My parents were victims of Nazi Germany. My father survived Auschwitz and Dachau. He lost his entire family. My parents lost everything and had to start all over when they came to this country and experienced discrimination. Did it stop them? No. I grew up in a tiny little apartment. Did my parents want a house? Of course. But they couldnt afford it. I was embarrassed that my mother had to work. Where I was growing up most mothers didnt. I was a latch key kid. My parents pushed education on me. I went to a junior high school in nyc where they bused black kids . I went home to an empty apartment just like they did. So those kids had the same opportunities as me. No excuses.

Im really tired of all the blame that I get because Im white and minorities have been treated so badly in this country. Why do we never hear about the minoritys who made it? The doctors, lawyers, politicians. Forget all the athletes. And the entertainers. And its not my fault that a black person doesnt own a sports team. I think Jay Z has enough money to buy one. And lets not forget America voted in a black president. A black AG.

Why is it that every inner city is run by a black mayor and black city Council. All democrats. And still are poor, high crime and drug infested. That is my fault? Are you kidding me? Where are my taxes going. We spend the highest amount of money per child on education, and we rank one of the lowest in the world. And then you wonder why Americans are angry.

How about taking some accountability. How about staying in school. How about girls not getting pregnant in their teens and collecting welfare. How about the boys staying out of gangs. Its always excuses. White Supremacy. Keep telling yourself that. Keep blaming Trump. It got worse under Obama, so I dont know how you can blame Trump. I think its time for all of you to wake up and do some self reflection.

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Posted by lynnar on November 22, 2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Resistance movement must fight hypocrisy to survive

Resist what, democracy?

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Posted by Randall Floyd on November 22, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Men accused of sexual misconduct are incapable of owning their actions

Excellent!!

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Posted by Gail Emerson Marshall on November 22, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Resistance movement must fight hypocrisy to survive

Thank you, Mr. Akhyari,for putting into eloquent language my feelings exactly. As a person who is pretty opinionated and passionate about loving "the other" even while retaining the prerogative to despise individuals in any group, I found amazing disparity among the fellow protestors at the Citadel rally. The church people in the group were disparaging the more militant faction and the anarchists were much more tolerant of the church people. Since I am a member of neither, I went around hugging without reserve but wondering if any progress against Trump's evil agenda could be realized when we, as protestors, can't love one another. We are playing right into the alt-rights' hands, and they are correct in pointing out our biases. Only love for one another can save the day!!!

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Posted by badpenny61 on November 22, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Resistance movement must fight hypocrisy to survive

Dissent is good when it is the Left against the Right and bad when it is the Right against the Left.

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Posted by Neil Carter 1 on November 22, 2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

Who is Joe Coker? Great history lesson on Charleston, but he has no idea of what a true professional Realtor goes through to make an honest living in the real estate world. Two years and a day; that's what separates the wannabe agents and the true professionals. Most agents drop out after the first year, and the second year is even worse. For a Realtor with over 30 years in the business, I take offense to Joey mocking an industry ("seedy underground"....really?) in which over 95% of all residential real estate transactions in this country are handled by the pros. With commercial real estate, it's even higher.

I've paid many mortgages, real estate taxes, the cost of raising a family (including college tuition) and have been afforded a comfortable lifestyle both on Long Island NY and now here in Charleston. Realtors are an easy target, but for those who have used the services of a true professional, they understand and know first hand how "their agent" had their back, protected them and most importantly, helped them make one of biggest purchases they'll ever make in their lifetime.

So Joey....I challenge you to sit through 90 hours of classroom education, pass the test AND then take the State test. Once this is done, get all dressed up and sit your sorry a__ in an office and try making a living in real estate. I've been told that Realtors ......"make something out of nothing." No guarantees, just hard work and endless hours "working" the business.

Anyone can research the "Factual History" of Charleston and pen some cheesy editorial......let's see Joey get his license and etch out a comfortable living selling real estate.

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Posted by Marty Sorrentino on November 21, 2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

I'm a real Realtor and this is hysterical. The "selling & closing" part of the business is the bonus, the rest is lead generating. Not so glamorous and yet so rewarding.

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Posted by Denise Swift Holtz on November 18, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

And if they're not in real estate, they're opening a restaurant...

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Posted by Connection Maven on November 18, 2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

Nice work. I am not even familiar with the Charleston real estate market and could still pick up on the pointed sarcasm.

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Posted by jerome bigglesworth on November 17, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

Historical facts get a pass on potty-mouth censorship.

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Posted by factoryconnection on November 17, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

I didnt think they would let you put fukboi in an article.

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Posted by NerdHerd78 on November 16, 2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

The thing is, every realtor down here (and I know a bunch of them) is the same. They talk of mimosas in the mornings, of some "big development project" they're working on, how they're thinking of opening a restaurant/brewery/yoga store. They live in a pretty nice place, have a suspiciously nice car and go out every single night. You'll ask them how they're able to afford it and it's always the same answer: "oh, investments. And I saved a lot in college.. oh, and my dad - he's a cardiologist in Tennessee and is sort of helping me while I find myself..."

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Posted by wiser on November 16, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

Someone very near and dear to me has been struggling with real estate for a long time. But once you have the first sale, it's just hard to stop. It's hard seeing someone so near and dear running down such a dark path, with even the best of them wasting away in a 4BR/2.5 Bath in a lonely open house, crying near a plate of cheese cubes with frilly toothpick. My loved one was able to overcome, but eventually relapsed and now is into something much harder, the tiny house market. Thank you for bringing awareness and God bless.

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Posted by rlfirster on November 16, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

Great Article, So true and funny

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Posted by Bradley O'Mara on November 16, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

David, I'm happy to pretend to be a realtor any time

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Posted by Joseph Coker on November 15, 2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Everyone you ever loved or cared about is now in real estate

I always tease that when you move to Charleston and change your drivers license instead of asking if you want to be an organ donor they ask if you want to include a real estate license. My friend Karen used to act like she was a Realtor when we went out just to fit in at parties (don't tell anyone but she actually sells ads in industrial publications).

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Posted by David Wertan on November 15, 2017 at 5:27 PM
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