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3rd Shift… Journalism, Desperation, & Dividing Our City… Selling Out the City Again

By Chad Nance “They’re selling postcards of the hanging They’re painting the passports brown The beauty parlor is filled with sailors The circus is in town Here comes the blind commissioner They’ve got him in a trance One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker The other is in his […]

by · December 17, 2015 · 0 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns
3rd Shift… Steps Toward Peace- A Living Vigil… #Prayers4Paris

3rd Shift… Steps Toward Peace- A Living Vigil… #Prayers4Paris

By Chad Nance “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance […]


3rd Shift… The Pigs are Marching… A Racist Grifter Comes After Camel City… Fear & Loathing in the Local Newsroom

By Chad Nance “I want a little bit I want a piece of it I think he’s losing it I want to watch it come down don’t like the look of it don’t like the taste of it don’t like the smell of it I want to watch it come […]

by · November 12, 2015 · 0 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Downtown
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3rd Shift… Killing Generation X… Alienation’s for the Rich… American Music Rides Again

By Chad Nance “Do you have the time to listen to me whine About nothing and everything all at once I am one of those Melodramatic fools Neurotic to the bone No doubt about it Sometimes I give myself the creeps Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me It all […]

by · November 4, 2015 · 0 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Health

3rd Shift… Behind the Curtain Part 2… Breaking the Rules Because You Can

  By Chad Nance “The more you can escape from how horrible things really are, the less it’s going to bother you…and then, the worse things get.” ― Frank Zappa “He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” ― George Bernard Shaw […]

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3rd Shift… Behind the Curtain Part 1… Woodhouse, Raleigh’s Schoolyard Bully

By Chad Nance We think that democracy can change a lot of things, but we’re being fooled, because democracy is not the election. We’ve been taught that democracy is having elections. And it isn’t. Elections are the most horrendous aspect of democracy. It’s the most mundane, trivial, disappointing, dirty aspect. […]


3rd Shift… Suffer the Little Children… Busting the Budget in this Age of Swine

By Chad Nance “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” – Matthew 7:6, KJV “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and […]


3rd Shift… Rockin’ in the Free World… Free Time with Bernie Sanders

By Chad Nance Photos by Alexander Nance “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been […]

by · September 15, 2015 · 0 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, News, Politics/Government
3rd Shift… Summer of the Gun… Violence Against Women and Why We Allow It

3rd Shift… Summer of the Gun… Violence Against Women and Why We Allow It

By Chad Nance “Singing, holy Toledo I can’t see the light anymore (Hank Williams said that) All those horizons that I used to guide me are gone (I’m damn sure Van Morrison said that …) And the darkness is driving me farther away from the shore (I said that.) Throw […]

by · August 26, 2015 · 2 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, News
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Afternoon Special 3rd Shift… Students and Teachers Return to School While Legislators Still Can’t Get the Job Done

By Chad Nance “If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.” -Barry Goldwater Their poll numbers are hovering at historical lows (somewhere between advanced trigonometry and scabies) yet the North Carolina legislature soldiers on, wreaking […]