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G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/17/2017 at 9:54 pm:
Gas is $225/gallon in Bladenboro at the intersection of Hwys 242&410. Compare that with $241 per gallon in E-town. Anyway that is sliced it is a 16 cent per gallon savings, let's keep our gas dollars in Bladen county. It is $229 per gallon in Dublin. These prices were as of 10/17/17.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/16/2017 at 12:00 am:
By the way, the 60 Minutes report on the opioid crisis in America proved unequivocally that Republican Congressman and lobbyists purposefully passed legislation to deregulate DEA control over opioids distribution for their own financial profit.

So please stop your endless false stereotyping of bad Democrats, good Republicans. It is a false narrative that I don't think you are stupid enough to believe yourself, but like Trump, you are playing his base. And there is at least one or two examples of the base here that are stupid enough to fall for it.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/15/2017 at 11:52 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

As a liberal, I do not want to control our society, but I don't want you, or people like you, to control it either.

It might surprise you to know how conservative I am in my personal life. I have been married once, for 41 years to the same man. I don't smoke, use drugs, or gamble, and rarely drink alcohol. I don't use profanity, have a strong faith in God, and am a gun owner.

The main difference is that I don't believe anyone should be forced to live by the principles I choose for myself.

Conservative believe that they should be able to legally control women's reproduction, people's sexual behaviors, and their religious practices.

So which side is actually trying to control and dominate the other? I believe it is yours.

Barack Obama is not our God as you claim. He is our chosen president, as Trump is yours.

Yes indeed, Trump is "embattled", just as Barack Obama was during his presidency. And, ironically enough, by many of the same Republicans.

You can continue to disrespect Obama and insult him, me, and everyone else as you choose. I can continue to respond in kind and play this game as long as you like. I can see nothing positive from this interaction as long as your focus remains repeating the same false rhetoric. How is your hatred of all liberals helping your case or our society that you claim you want to rebuild?

I would enjoy a sincere discussion about specifics issues of the day, not this crap. But you have the lead, and this is the direction you continue to choose.

But be careful, I think you might be on the verge of being called an "educated elite". You know how those Trump supporters hate the big words they can't understand.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/15/2017 at 11:23 pm:
Well, who knew that I was using words that no one was familiar with!

Hey, look—I’m an old, transplanted Yankee, and from where I come from ‘schlock’ is a good Yiddish word. If you don’t know the meaning of it, look it up. It’s probably in an old dictionary somewhere. As for ‘pillory’, that’s a good, oft-used word in literature. Anyone who is well-read will recognize it easily. As for Ms Sheppard’s use of the word ‘elucidate’—similarly excellent word, and similarly to be found in good literature, too.

Now, despite Mr. Jerry’s sometimes heated rhetoric, I think he well understands my fundamental point:

Despite the many (and there ARE many) flaws of President Donald Trump, at his core he represented a return to fundamentally conservative values which represents the belief systems and core values of mainstream America.

The liberal/progressive socialist paradigm, as represented by (former) President Barack Obama, and twice-failed presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, clearly do not. Mainstream America rejected their agenda, rejected their social, economic, and political philosophies, and—without pretense or smug sophistication—rejected them, considering them criminally corrupt, and deeply and personally flawed.

Yeahhhh…Trump is embattled, even from within his own administration. Quite clearly to right-thinking people, it is because his administration—the congress, the various cabinet-level posts, the administrative bureaucracy that infest the DC Beltway and beyond—ALL of it is riven with progressives and corrupt liberals who do not think the way mainstream Americans do, and who consider themselves elitists, in the absolute worst sense of the word!

I cannot continue to go tit for tat over every single misstep, misquote, or fake ‘News of The Day’ peccadillo that so galvanizes the Left. Bottom line: like him or not, Trump represents the strongest, most aggressive counter to radical, extremist Leftists that we have seen in decades, and there ARE pathologically delusional Leftists ‘out there’ who will literally stop at nothing to destroy the man whom THEY see as the single biggest obstacle to their vision for a socialist, utopian vision for America.

Barack Obama was their God, their ‘Chosen One’, and Hillary Clinton represented His expected, acolyte successor. The fact that Obama’s legacy is being defamed and extinguished enrages them, and the fact that Hillary is proven to be a psychologically disturbed harridan infuriates them. This is not the way it was supposed to be! The oh-so-wise and tolerant Left has been unmasked, and we see them for who and what they really are—as ignorant, angry, intolerant, vicious, hateful, deluded and delusional people, and incapable of acknowledging that there is a greater vision for America—one that is over 240 years old, and which—from its very inception—sees America as a country with exceptional promise and opportunity.

But that opportunity, that promise, that vision for greatness, does not lie within the strength of its vaunted, elitist ‘leaders’. No, it lies within the strength of its people—that us—you and me—and it lies within the promise that each of us carries within us as a free and independent people.

Liberals, progressives, Democrats, socialists—all of those on the Left—hate that. They hate a society which they cannot control, and a people to whom they cannot dictate. It is anathema to them, and they almost literally froth at the mouth and salivate over the prospects of removing Donald Trump from office and destroying him. MY prediction--??? If Trump runs again, he will win. We have seen the Left for whom and what it is, and we will no longer be fooled. Rough-hewn and rough-talking as he is, Trump will win again.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/15/2017 at 8:53 pm:
WHAT: fall revival services
WHERE: Oak Grove Original
Free Will Baptist
Church, Bladenboro
WHEN: October 16-20
TIME: 7:30 pm
Conners, pastor
Emerson OFWB
Church Tabor
City, NC
Pastor Rev. James Howard Nobles and congregation warmly invite everyone to attend.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/15/2017 at 7:31 pm:
“They will hate you if you are beautiful. They will hate you if you are successful. They will hate you if you are right. They will hate you if you are popular. They will hate you when you get attention. They will hate you when people in their life like you. They will hate you if you worship a different version of their God. They will hate you if you are spiritual. They will hate you if you have courage. They will hate you if you have an opinion. They will hate you when people support you. They will hate you when they see you happy. Heck, they will hate you while they post prayers and religious quotes on Pinterest and Facebook. They just hate. However, remember this: They hate you because you represent something they feel they don’t have. It really isn’t about you. It is about the hatred they have for themselves. So smile today because there is something you are doing right that has a lot of people thinking about you.”
― Shannon L. Alder
Jerry Jerry from North Carolina wrote on 10/15/2017 at 7:03 pm:
Dear Reader:

First, please allow me to say a word or two about the situation out in Hollyweird. Isn't it about time for that cesspool of evil get their just rewards? What I'm referring to is that man who had his way with wanna-be actresses, Harvey Weinstein. No sex for me, no help from me and others in my position.
NBC, the "A" list actors and anybody else in the business out there knew about Weinstein. If any one of them stands up before a microphone and tells people that they didn't know about what was going on, they're telling you a bald-face LIE. One actress back in 2007, stated, while standing on the so-called "red carpet," and to paraphrase, "if any woman gets an invite to Weinstein's office, don't go.
When the dreadful shooting took place out in Las Vegas, the "dems" including Queen Hillary and every ones favorite president, obama took to the airways and immediately started condemning guns. However, when the story about Weinstein first broke, it took them at least five days to come out and to condemn the man for what he's done to all those women. How very sad. As it relates to the hundreds of thousands of dollars of political contributions, some politicians have either returned his contributions to their campaigns or have sent the funds to a charity. But not so with Queen Hillary, she says that there's no one to send the funds to. What she'll do with them is anybody's guess.
It saddens us the people to the core to learn that no one out there did absolutely nothing to stop this man and others like him. It's not over so keep your eyes peeled. The hypocrites out in Hollyweird accepted it as the "way of doing business" and many of them actually "kissed" up to the man.
Aren't liberals great people to worship as many of their "puppets" seem to do? They kind of remind me of the MAFIA as they really watch each others backs, so to speak, and never talk about their
Next up on the "dems" failure list is the IT scandal dealing with D Wasserman Shultz's IT aide who turned out to be a serious security risk for our country. What does she do, you may ask? She defends him, as you would expect her to do because to do otherwise would make her look worse than she already does.
Next up, we have the worlds most honest news center, CNN talking about the use of a commercial aircraft by our Treasury Secretary flying from Washington, DC to NY City, but completely ignores or downplays Clintons actions during the killing of our ambassador and other Americans in Iraq during the Benghazi scandal.
Last on my list of "Democratic Party" failures is on the subject of "LIES." The daughter of Satan who continues to spread lies about our president fails to talk about the LIES spread and being spread by the "dems." When they talk about President Trump being the "liar
in chief," she fails to mention the many lies from the now defunct, ex president. Surely everybody remembers one of his biggest lies he ever told-"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." Time and space doesn't permit me to list lie for lie supposedly made by President Trump as they compare to those made by obama.
Lastly, I have to make a comment about the way certain people choose to write their post here on this site. The way I was trained to construct my letters, memo's and other writings was to write the way you speak. Keep it simple stupid.
Why in heavens name should people use words like "elucidate," "schlock," or "pillory" in our postings? Who are you trying to impress, each other? Simply put and I have talked to many people on every level of education you care to mention, I've never heard one soul talk like that unless it was at one of the many professional conferences I've attended. In other words, why should I or anyone use for that matter use the word "cephalgia" just to let people know that I have a headache. Write the way you talk people so the general audience can understand what you're trying to say. Believe me, we're not impressed with your mostly unused and unneeded words.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/13/2017 at 8:35 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

Perhaps you could elucidate exactly what Trump's agenda is for America. It seems to change from moment to moment.

You have repeatedly stated that Trump wants to make America "exceptional", and given the definition of that word, I would agree.

He has done quite a few things that make us an exception already. We are one of only three countries in the world who are NOT in the Paris Climate Accord, and we are the ONLY country to have over 3,000,000 citizens of our closest ally sign a petition asking their government to BAN the president of the US from their country.

As a nationalist, I would think you see those things as positive. You no doubt are thrilled with the Muslim ban and the "wall".

But what exactly are Trump's policies going to do to make America the "shining city on the hill" for all the world to admire that Ronald Reagen envisioned us to be? How are Trump's actions and behaviors going to make us the leader of the free world and the most influential democracy of all time?

I see no chance of any of that happening while being led by a man who has the temperament of a spoiled toddler, the self-control and judgement of a teenager, and the intellectual ability of (to borrow your phrase) "a box of rocks".

Trump cannot lead his own staff, cannot unite his own party, and certainly cannot heal the divide in our country while at the same time dividing it further.

An effective leader does not have to be universally beloved or even liked, but he must be respected and trusted to be effective. Trump is not liked, respected, or trusted by a majority of Americans, and that is not going to change.

He can continue to disrupt the political process and to create chaos by attacking members of his own staff and party. But how does that improve the economy, make our country safer, or improve our standing around the world?
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 10/13/2017 at 10:51 am:
Mr. Schaeffer:

From your many postings here on guestbook, I think I'm correct in saying that you're an intelligent man who's been around the block a few times. Having said that, I can't understand for the life of me why you keep entertaining that poor creature from Tar Heel. Take a step back and reread your postings to her and hers to you. Can't you see the pure evil that she is trying to spread? Every time you try to say something intelligent to her she can't help but insult you, the elderly, those who don't seem to match her own perceived intelligence and every other thing, program, person, or recommendation ever made by anyone other than herself.
Since my "shunning" post concerning that creature you're the only person that still post their thoughts and ideas to her asking for an intelligent response in return. Understand this Mr. Schaeffer - you can't hammer a nail into a piece of cold hard steel.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/13/2017 at 10:08 am:
Ms Sheppard – trust me on this one—no one, including conservatives, buys all the schlock and bluster that Trump puts out. But we DO believe that his agenda for America is more constitutionally consistent with our original Founding charter than what Obama or Clinton would have supported.

So, no—I don’t think we’re all loony toons and stupid. We DID have to make a critical choice between two candidates, neither of whom demonstrated the full range of competence and gravitas that we would have preferred.

So…we’re stuck with Trump as the standard bearer for Republican conservatism for awhile.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/13/2017 at 12:15 am:
Mr. Schaeffer,

Do you really think you speak for all conservatives? I will concede that you apparently speak for Trump's uneducated and uninformed base, but that is certainly NOT the traditional conservative Republican Party.

Republicans like Ben Sasse, Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, John McCain, John Kasich, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Evan McMullin, Lamar Alexander and millions of others are appalled by Trump. Spineless politicians like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell might think they can use Trump to achieve their agenda, but they have no respect for him nor confidence in him.

When did the word "conservative" come to describe people who have no value for truth, morality, education, and intelligence? Oh yes, when Trump promised to Make America White Again.

Yes, I have no doubt that you will continue your attacks on President Obama, and in fact I expect them to increase as Trump's insane ramblings and actions do.

After all, that is what Trump does, and it makes sense that those who support him would choose to emulate him.

I guess if I had been stupid enough to vote for a loon like Trump I might try to deflect attention from myself as well.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/12/2017 at 11:52 pm:
Ms Sheppard – I will reiterate a point from my last post: ‘America DOES need to be rebuilt. This country has declined in many, many ways over the last 30 years, both thru Democrat AND Republican Presidents. But, in particular, this LAST President represents (and IS, in the opinion of conservatives everywhere) the single-most divisive and politically dangerous man to have ever occupied the Oval Office.’

You just go right ahead and continue to pillory and vilify President Donald Trump, and I will continue to re-direct the focal points of our readers back on to former Prez Barack Obama. Trump is clearly the favorite whipping boy, and neither the Democrats, the liberal/progressive base in this country, nor any media or news outlet will ever be able to comprehend him. Conservatives aren’t fooled; they see him for who and what he is, and—despite the many flaws—he possesses many strong character traits which his predecessor was sorely lacking, and which were, and are, very necessary for a man to be the Leader of The Free Word.

Barack Obama was not that leader. He was, he is, and he will always remain, a defective fraud, as well as the consummate imposter. He remains a strong and virulent enemy of the republic, and must be continually exposed as such. He represents a clear and present danger to our constitutional form of government.

Obama’s malfeasance, incompetence, and mis-performance in office gave us Donald Trump. You will have another opportunity in 2020 to vote him away, if at all possible. But if Trump pulls off his agenda for making America great again, you’ll have a tough time.

Meantime, I’d keep my eyes on Barry. He’s the racist and the anarchist behind the scenes—when he’s not otherwise on a vacation, or playing golf—which is pretty much all he did for eight years in the White House. I’m just glad he’s gone....for awhile.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/12/2017 at 10:48 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

It is hard to believe that anyone of even average intelligence could believe that Donald Trump is in any way capable of improving the "cultural, political, and economic exceptionalism of America".

Unless by "cultural" you actually mean 'white race', by "political" you mean 'destroy the Republican Party', and by "economic" you mean 'make the rich richer". You may choose to think "that conservatives everywhere will accede to that." But the only way you can actually believe that is to put blinders on OR watch FOX 24/7. (Which is basically the same thing.)

Trump is no conservative, he is an anarchist like his "advisor" Steve Bannon. More precisely, he is EXACTLY what Rex Tillerson called him.

As to your false claims that Barack Obama being responsible for the diviseness in our country today, the division in our country is caused by hate and racism. Barack Obama's election put him in a position of political superiority to millions of racists. His intelligence and popularity put him in a position of intellectual and social superiority over millions of racists. And they did not take kindly to the "uppity black man in the White House". No racist likes to be reminded that he is not as powerful, not as smart, and not as popular as a black man.

That is why Trump supporters love his crude boorish behavior and his plain simple talk that is just like them. He doesn't use any big words that they can't understand and that makes them feel dumb. In fact, nearly everybody can believe they are just as smart as Trump. I literally heard a Trump supporter say, "He is just like us. If he didn't have all that money he might even live in the same trailer park we do."

Your comments are not designed to make people think, they are designed to make people think just like you do. And sadly enough there are plenty of people who do. Fortunately most of them are older white people who have a limited number of years left to spread their hateful ignorance.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/12/2017 at 9:31 pm:
Ms Sheppard – regarding your last post…I get the impression that, for the most part, President Trump is a guy who (1) doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and (2) has a verrrry short fuse temperament. Given those two character traits, it comes as no surprise that he finds the instant communications tool of Twitter to be a useful way to ‘vent’ his frustration, pique, and discontent with individuals who cross him, and with media outlets that, quite frankly, don’t seem too concerned with the entire accuracy of what they print or broadcast about him or not.

Regardless, the comparison between Trump and Obama is startling. Obama—whether you like him or not, and whether you agreed with his agenda and policy decisions or not—was, and is, a smooth, persuasive politician—a polished and articulate orator (especially when he had a teleprompter to read from!), and a guy who clearly had a respectable command of the English language.

Trump…??? Not so much. Trump doesn’t command the gift of articulation and oratory at all, and it clearly hurts him. It hurts his ability to ‘sell’ his agenda for America, and it hurts his ability to fight back against his critics and detractors. So, no surprise, then, that he turns to the one ‘tool’ that he has which he has discovered offers him an instant means of communicating, and which offers him a global forum for expressing his agenda, or his opinion on something, or which can be used (most often) simply to express his discontent over some person or issue.

No argument whatsoever with you that THAT sort of behaviour and approach does NOT reflect well on the soberness and the gravitas which we have come to expect from a sitting U.S. President. And that’s not to say that I wholly agree, nor do I wholly disagree (of course) with all of Trump’s programs, approaches, and agenda for rebuilding America.

But I WILL offer this—America DOES need to be rebuilt. This country has declined in many, many ways over the last 30 years, both thru Democrat AND Republican Presidents. But, in particular, this LAST President represents (and IS, in the opinion of conservatives everywhere) the single-most divisive and politically dangerous man to have ever occupied the Oval Office.

I don’t buy all of the schlock and hyperbole that Trump puts out, but I AM persuaded that he is on track to restore the cultural, political, and economic exceptionalism of America. I believe that conservatives everywhere will accede to that. All of my prior comments, attacks, and observations about Obama have been designed to make readers think—very hard, and very closely—about the cultural ethic and the political paradigm which characterized Obama’s America over the prior eight years. I believe it is Obama who set the stage for the divisive culture which we see ruining our country, and I don’t believe it was by accident. I believe it was deliberate, and I think Obama represents a man whose paradigm, vision, and agenda for America represents a clear and present danger to the well-being and the health of our democratic, constitutional republic. I believe that, goofy as he is, Trump recognized that, capitalized on it, and used it as a fulcrum to put himself into the White House. If Trump succeeds, he will get re-elected.
Jerry Jerry from Elizabethtown wrote on 10/12/2017 at 5:36 pm:
To Whom It May Concern:

I wish to forward this to as many people as possible by way of Guestbook:

An Open Letter to the NFL Players:

You graduated high school in 2011. Your teenage years were a struggle and you grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate. Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 pounds and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football. Your best friend was just like you, except he didn't play football. Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage. You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best. They laid out the red carpet for you while your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D's. College was not an option for him. On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter. You went to summer workouts and he went to basic training. You spend the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans. Tutors attended to your every academic need. You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard. You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country. Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice. He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did. He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.
You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts, You hired an agent and waited for draft day. You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million dollars although you had never played a single down of professional football. Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.
You drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach. Your best friend will be riding in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers. You will sleep in the Ritz, He will did a hole in the ground and try to sleep. You will "make it rain" in the club and he will be praying for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.
On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name. For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week. There are no adoring fans. There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and "go to the rear" for some much needed rest. He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on armed forces TV. When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television. While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.
To the players of the NFL: We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys. We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to BOYCOTT you. We have tolerated your drug use and DUI's, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right. But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the great American dream, yet you disparage our great country. I am done with NFL football and encourage all like minded Americans to boycott the NFL as well.

NATIONAL BOYCOTT of the NFL for Sunday November 12th, Veterans Day Weekend.

Boycott all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending games, let them play to empty stadiums. Please pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor our military. some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/12/2017 at 10:55 am:
Well, there is only so much news coverage to go around, and Barack Obama is sadly no longer president.

And when you have the current president threatening to withdraw aid from Puerto Rico because officials there criticize him, threatening to strip away NBC's license to broadcast because they criticize him, calling the Republican Chair of the Foreign Realtiin Committee "Liddle" because he criticizes him, challenging his own Secretary of State to an I.Q. Test because the Tillerson called Trump a "f****** moron", threatening North Korea with nuclear war, bragging about a cat fight between his first wife and his third wife, whining about comedians making fun of him and demanding "equal time", lying an average of five times a day, and giving 'speeches' in which he sounds like a 5th grader giving an oral book report about a book he has not read, etc., etc. etc., there is not much time left for other news.

So really, with every stupid thing Trump does constantly, you are complaining because the media doesn't criticize the former president as much as you want them to, so you are trying to fill that void by posting repetitive nonsense on Bladen Online?

By the way, former president George W. Bush campaigned for the Republican candidate in Virginia last week. But I am sure that meets with your approval, given your overt double standard.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/12/2017 at 10:32 am:
Here’s another interesting news item about the former Prez. This one is from today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch:

‘Former President Barack Obama will return to the campaign trail next Thursday to stump for Democrat gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam at a rally in Richmond.’

Said Northam: “President Barack Obama said that ‘I want to tell you how important Virginia is to me. It means the world to me. It means our legacy, for me and Michelle. I’m going to do everything that I can to come to Virginia and campaign for you,” Northam said.’

So, you see--with Obama, it’s all about his ‘legacy’—it’s all about ‘him’, and how great he is. And liberal Democrats accuse TRUMP of being a narcissistic egocentric? Obama wrote the book, folks.

Keep an eye on Obama, cuz he is only just beginning his attacks on dismantling America. He is only just beginning his attempts to undermine and usurp the presidency of Donald Trump. Keep an eye on his radical Leftist organization, Organizing for Action. They are the ones who appear to be orchestrating the Antifa riots, looting, pillaging, burning, and wanton destruction. You haven’t hear a word from Obama criticizing them, have you?? Of course not.

Trump’s behaviour and comments most certainly invites criticism, but I find it obnoxiously irritating that the mainstream press cannot find the intestinal fortitude to similarly criticize Obama. They are determined to keep him on his pedestal, when, in fact, the man spent eight years doing everything that he could do to diminish the exceptionalism of America, and to introduce socialism into our political discourse.

Just my opinion, of course….
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/11/2017 at 7:45 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

Yes, I think everyone who visits this site knows your feelings about your favorite topic.

And I could do the same thing you do. After all, there are millions of people who absolutely believe that Donald Trump did rape the 13 year old girl who filed a lawsuit against him. A lawsuit that he settled the same day he settled the Trump University fraud suit.

So I could peruse the numerous antiTrump sites and posts all the allegations of his sexual assaults, harassment charges, civil rights violations, allegations that he is a money launderer for the Russian Mafia, rehash his numerous bankruptcies and enumerate all of the contractors he cheated, his multiple adulterous affairs, etc.

Or I could post a daily update of the numerous documented lies he tells as POTUS (1,243 in 263 days).

But none of it would make one bit of difference to Trump supporters, because they do not care how dishonest or low class or incompetent he is.

All it would do is make people who dislike him already dislike him more.

Which is all your antiObama deflection does. It stirs up people like yourself.

I never listen to anybody that I know is going to lie to me. So naturally I never listen to anything Trump says. But I do always read the FactCheck analysis of his 'speeches'. I doubt this one will be any different.

Republicans will probably pass something they call "tax reform", and they will claim a great victory. At this point they will be happy to pass anything for their base to celebrate. No matter how bad it is.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/11/2017 at 6:50 pm:
Ms Sheppard – no doubt about it: Obama remains my favorite villain! Of course, Madam Hillary runs a close second. Scoundrels abound in Washington, DC.

On a side note: Trump just held a rally in Harrisburg, PA. Did you get a chance to view it, because he discussed (in his usual rambling way) a few things about his tax plan.

….none of which stands a chance of passing without bi-partisan support. If he can’t sell his program to Democrats (let alone the Republicans who actually oppose him anyway), then he’ll never enact a legitimate tax reform program, and it’ll wind up in the dumpster, same as his healthcare reform effort.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/11/2017 at 1:25 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

Yes, you have for MANY years listed (and resisted) your accusations against Barack Obama. None of which have any proof nor any merit in my opinion.

My question was why do you keep doing this? What relevance does it have to what was the current discussion?

I realize that you, and people like you, choose to believe every negative thing you can fabricate about our former president. To use the conservative mantra "Get over it". He won, he served two terms, he is admired by millions of people, you can't change that, so let it go.

You seem to think that millions of people have been duped by Barack Obama. That is not true, but believe what you choose.

Even if everything you choose to believe about him was true, he would still be a million times superior to the oaf we have now. Which is apparently what is causing you so much anguish.

You think Obama did not show his true self. But what is worse is that Trump openly showed how despicable he is, and people like you still support him.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/11/2017 at 11:46 am:
Ms Sheppard – in a series of posts I submitted about a year or two ago, I carefully tried to lay out some of the questionable aspects regarding Barack Obama’s background, including his residences, his name, when and where he was born, and the questions (never answered anywhere) about his education, and how he paid for it.

Those are legitimate questions, and no other President has EVER been so reclusive and disinclined to answer these simple, straightforward questions.

I’m not ‘picking on’ the guy; Obama was—and is---seen by many, many Americans as an imposter—a guy whose background history and nativity is not fully known. He was the leader of the free world for eight years, and during those eight years he basically ruled by decree, not by constitutional authority. I believe it is not only legitimate, it is wholly necessary to continue to question the veracity and the integrity of this man who, single-handedly, had so much influence on American life.

Obama will most assuredly find his place in history, but I don’t believe history will be kind to him. Nor should it be.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/11/2017 at 11:37 am:
Thought the general reading public might find this interesting. This is an update from Puerto Rico, posted by a woman named Judy Sidor, from Charity Munoz in Puerto Rico (via a retired military contact):

‘I got online for the first time in days and one of the very first things I saw was an out and out lie about the Government's response to the crisis I am in the middle of. I don't care if you hate or love Trump, using the crisis in Puerto Rico to spread political lies is disgusting! I am literally across the street from the airport, and the hotel I am in is where many of the first responders are staying, so here is what is going on from someone who is actually here seeing it.

The government is here and has been here! Every single day plane after plane full of FEMA, FBI, Homeland Security, Army, Air Force, Marines, and extra police officers from all over the country shows up. Cargo plane after cargo plane and ship after ship full of supplies shows up. There is a hospital ship off the coast that I can see from the beach. The response was quick and it keeps coming! They are out every day from sun up until sun down. This isn't a political issue, it is a humanitarian one. The lies being spread about the response aren't helping the people here, it is just fueling hate based on lies! If you want to help Puerto Rico, donate money or supplies, and pray. If you want to play politics, find something else to argue about!

Roads have been completely destroyed in many areas, especially the remote ones. The military and FEMA are going out to these places on foot with 100 lbs + packs on their backs. It is requiring them to cut their way through flooded areas to get there. It will take time to reach everyone when conditions are as bad as they are. President Trump dispatched 140 helicopters, 28 ships, 6 Army field hospitals, 3 Navy Seabee Battalions, 5 US Army Combat Engineer Battalions, 3 Civil Affairs battalions, 2 Nuclear Submarines capable of generating 2.8 Gigawatts of Power, and released 300,000 tons of food, medical supplies, and water from military stocks to Puerto Rico...

Please stop touting the party line of bashing the President when his actions have been excellent for the island! There's been a string of 4 horrendous Hurricanes, it's going take some time. But comments devoid of any facts don't help a single person on the island. No President has had to face this level of domestic disasters and done a better job.’
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Herl, NC wrote on 10/11/2017 at 9:32 am:
Mr. Schaeffer,

Interestingly enough, not one other single presidential library includes a birth certificate or college transcripts of a former president. So why should Barack Obama's?

Barack Obama is a US citizen because his mother was, just like Ted Cruz is a US citizen because his mother was.

Why on earth are you still beating this dead horse? Is it because this is what you do every single time Trump starts acting like more of a "moron" than usual?

Honestly, every time a conversation on this site turns in a direction you don't like you shut it down by bringing up this Birther nonsense that even the liar-in-chief aka TRUMP admitted was false.

If you don't want to talk about the Republicans making a mess of health care, tax reform, the national debt, foreign policy, etc., just say so and stop using attacks on someone who is no longer president as a deflection for all the idiots stupid enough to believe this nonsense. Trump himself does enough of that.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/11/2017 at 12:20 am:
Any bets on whether the Obama Presidential Library will include any info about Obama’s college records or transcripts, his original birth certificate (not his Certification of Live Birth, which is what he presented at a news conference in April of 2011), his passport records, his parents’ marriage certificate and/or their divorce record, or any record of how he financed his two-week trip to Pakistan in ’81, despite (purportedly) being a broke college kid?? Who paid for all this stuff???

What were his grades in college? How did this broke kid finance his way thru Columbia University, Occidental University, and Harvard Law School, despite being the kid of a single parent mom, and with a dad who went back to Kenya and subsequently died drunk and broke? What about his step-father---you know, the one who gave him the name ‘Barry Soetoro’, and enrolled him in school in Indonesia as an Indonesian citizen…?? Yeah, that guy. How did Obama register as a college student?? As a foreign student, or as an American citizen?? Who paid for all this stuff???

You can pooh-pooh all these questions all that you want, but these are questions which neither Obama, nor any of his admirers, has ever answered. The liberal mainstream media utterly and completely ignored these questions, and strongly and vigorously attacked ANY one who ever dared to raise them!

Guess we won’t see the answers to any of these questions in the Obama Presidential Library, now, will we??? But we can sure play in the play park, and picnic outside, ehhhwot???

Obama scammed us. Breitbart may prove to be a useful digital tabloid, if it manages to encourage a new look into the background and the past of Barack Obama.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/10/2017 at 11:49 pm:
As controversial as the NFL kneeling demonstrations are, there's something much more insidious going on behind the scenes that no one is discussing, and this is waaaay more important than any of those demonstrations.

I’ve posted about this before. There is a MUCH bigger picture to this whole thing that most people aren't understanding about the kneeling issue. The goal of globalist elitists is the dismantling of our American heritage, and, therefore, the destruction of our identity as a nation. Removing historical statues is the beginning. Removing the flag and the anthem is next. Ultimately, the goal is to remove the constitution. If strong constitutional conservatives keep giving in, and continue to accept the dismantling of our culture and the removal of our heritage, then we become what the globalists want... A 3rd World country, prime for socialist/communist control. This tactic isn't new, and I submit to you that Barack Obama was—and IS—its poster child. It has been their game plan for a long time. We are seeing it unfold before our very eyes, and I believe it is MUCH deeper than what you see on the surface.

No matter how tired you are of listening to the back and forth arguments and nonsense about the flag and our anthem, constitutional conservatives must NOT grow weary. Do NOT allow yourself to get to the point where you say, 'OH, Just stop playing the anthem at sporting events,' so we can get back to playing football! NOT FIGHTING THE LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT UPFRONT is why we're here in the first place!

Progressive Democrats thought this country was all set to go socialist—and then then Trump won! Nevertheless, Democrats in DC and around the nation aggressively (and angrily!) continue their agenda. Does some of this sound familiar, because the following seems to be some of the most popular Progressive talking points:

1) Healthcare – Control the healthcare—make it single payer--and you control the people.

2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible; after all, poor people are easier to control, and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. Plus, they are more reliably Democrat!

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will certainly produce more poverty. Barack Obama, all by himself, increased our national debt more than ALL of the other Presidents combined! So far, Trump isn’t reducing it, either.

4) Gun control – Remove people’s ability to defend themselves from the government. That way you are able to create a police state. How many examples would you like for me to cite??? Germany, Venezuela, Sweden….there are more.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of people’s lives (food, housing, and income). Keep them dependent on government largesse! ALSO a good way to keep them reliably Democrat.

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to; take control of what children learn in school. Don’t educate them; propagandize them! The government is doing a great job on THIS one.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the government and schools. AND—mock, scorn, ridicule, and marginalize religious beliefs at every opportunity. Make it all look like hateful, superstitious stuff.

8) Class warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. (this always works!) This will cause more social chaos and discontent, and it will be easier to take from the wealthy with the support of the poor. And, while you’re at it, create gender and identity divisions, too. This will work extremely well in developing biases, prejudices, and fostering racial and social anger—very useful when mobilizing the masses! As proof, I offer BLM, the Occupy movement, Antifa, and all the extremist movements on both political sides.

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States? Saul Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin’s original scheme for world conquest by Communism under Russian rule. Alinsky codified his ‘Rules For Radicals’ into a workable, functioning gameplan, and so far, it is working.

Democrats—liberals AND progressives--are simply becoming what Stalin described as “useful idiots.” Bladen County is FULL of these sorts of deluded believers. Conservative Republicans’ utter failure to aggressively fight for strong, principled, common sense constitutional conservatism is allowing this to happen—right before our very eyes! We can NOT allow this to happen, or we will lose our democratic republic! Just my opinion, folks…
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/10/2017 at 10:51 pm:
From the Chicago Tribune on May 4, 2017:

"Barack and Michelle Obama on Wednesday, May 3rd offered the first look at the design of the planned Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park — a campus of three buildings highlighted by an eye-catching museum, whose height and splaying walls would make a bold architectural statement.

"It's not just a building. It's not just a park. Hopefully it's a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side," he told an audience of about 300 political and community leaders at the South Shore Cultural Center. It will also become, the Obama Foundation said, the first completely digital presidential library, with no paper records stored on site.

The museum, housing exhibition space as well as education and meeting rooms, will be the tallest of the three structures, reaching as high as 180 feet. It will be clad in a light-colored stone and will serve as a "lantern" for the complex.

To its south will be the forum building, which will house an auditorium, restaurant and public garden, and the library building. The building could also contain a branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The library, though, will not contain Obama's paper records. Instead, it will be the first presidential library to fully digitize a president's unclassified records. The paper documents will be housed at separate facilities maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, which has control over Obama's records, the foundation said."
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/10/2017 at 10:32 pm:
Do you sincerely consider Breithbart a credible source?

Why is it that "news has leaked" is okay with conservatives but "unnamed sources" are "fake news"?

Isn't that a double standard?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/10/2017 at 5:25 pm:
Here’s an interesting sidenote for all you ‘progressive’ Bladen County Democrats ‘out there’, courtesy of Breitbart:

‘As Chicago gears up for the opening of President Barack Obama’s new presidential library, news has leaked that Obama doesn’t intend to move all his records, manuscripts and papers there. The announcement has sparked questions of just how useful a presidential library is if there isn’t anything for scholars to research?

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Obama library seems more like a play land, than a presidential archive. The facility will house, “a children’s play garden, sledding hill, green spaces for picnics and outdoor gatherings, basketball courts and even a recording studio,” the paper reported. Other presidential libraries hold the full archives of its subject’s papers. It is where scholars go to do the deep dive research that can help shed light on a president’s days in office and life before the White House.
But, without those archives, what use will Obama’s library be for Chicago?

Lee White, President of the National Coalition for History, told the paper that online archives are a far better idea.

“In some ways, this is easier for historians because they won’t have to travel to Chicago,” White said. “This will be a model going forward. Now not just academics will use the records: There will be high school students and teachers who want to pull Obama’s statement on immigration. Journalists who want to look.”

Still, some in Chicago may feel that Obama’s library was a bait and switch that will cost upwards to $500 million but won’t serve as a center for scholarship after all. One problem archivists are dealing with is how they will make the records available online, but some indications seem to show that the Obamas planned it like this from the beginning.’

In other words, what the Obamas have done is a perfect continuation of what they did in the White House: used taxpayers' money for their own amusement and/or personal enrichment, while abusing history, propriety, and posterity.

True to form, they remain low-class, disrespectful, opportunistic scoundrels. And Chicago…?? They got scammed to the tune of $500 million bucks for what amounts to an ObamaLand Play & Picnic Center. Without books, records, and archive research material, how does that classify as a ‘Presidential Library’?

Just thought I’d ask.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from TR Heel, NC wrote on 10/09/2017 at 9:33 am:
Mr. Schaeffer,

Some variation of that idea would benefit millions of people tremendously. After years of working in what is consistently one of the poorest counties in the US (Robeson County), I can tell you that there is a a ritual among low wage earners that I never grew accustomed to seeing among my students. Most of them had very simple celebrations for the Christmas holidays that revolved around church and a celebratory dinner, but no gifts. In February, after tax refunds, kids would come to school with new shoes and clothes, saying those were their Christmas gifts. The simple things teachers would give them (candy, pencils, etc.) were so much appreciated, and these were the teenagers! So I know that money could make a real difference throughout the year.

It has never made sense to me to collect the taxes and then return them. I often hear various numbers quoted (often critically) as to how many Americans pay no federal taxes. Last year the number was reportedly 44%. But that includes the very people you are discussing, as well as people who normally do pay taxes but might have a year with some kind of catastrophic loss, a farmer like my brother for example. But it also includes many high income earners who have tax shelters, etc.

There is no doubt need for tax reform in the US, but unfortunately the current proposed plan is do heavy with tax cuts (mainly for the very wealthy) that there is little doubt it will increase the deficit tremendously in its first year, and add to the national debt yearly without large economic growth that seems impossible given our current low employment rate as well as stricter immigration enforcement. It takes workers to drive real economic growth, and the 2007 recession showed what happens when it is artificially driven.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/08/2017 at 8:50 pm:
Ms Sheppard – Earlier this summer I spoke with a gentleman named Arthur Rich. He has an interesting tax reform idea, and I think it is worth revisiting. In essence, his idea suggests creating a unique tax break for minimum wage earners. A breakdown of his idea is as follows: (this is from his own website…)

(His idea for tax reform) ‘focused on the cost of living in America, and how inflation has been affecting people's jobs and consumer prices such as gas, groceries, and housing. Inflation was also found to have a significant impact on worker's living situations and work habits, and even their health via the increasing cost of health care. (Rich) concluded that the solution is a tax break for the lowest earning workers. (This is) a bottom-up and not a top-down solution for America.’

Rich adds:

‘I ran for US Congress in North Carolina's 1st District in 2014 with a platform that promoted my Minimum Wage Tax-Free program. Voters responded powerfully, with over 56,000 supporting my proposal to use the tax system to increase wages across the board. I know that small businesses and corporations alike will respond to a simple minimum wage hike with lay-offs and less benefits such as insurance and paid time-off. Shifting the burden of maintaining living wages to the tax code will save jobs and create more disposable income, which in turn will stimulate job growth. My tax proposal is the solution that America has been looking for to carry us into the 21st century.’

‘Recent minimum wage proposals increase wages anywhere from $10.10 to $15.00 per hour. The data suggests that these proposals will raise 900,000 workers above the poverty level but also cost 500,000 jobs. I suggest that we approach this problem from a positive standpoint with better tax reform. Let's reduce those working while impoverished, without the job losses.

Why deduct taxes when a worker needs the funds now? If an individual gets a refund after filing taxes annually, this would allow them to keep their funds throughout the year with every paycheck they receive. It's the right thing to do! Let every worker make $15,080 per year, completely tax free, and keep growing our local and national economies.’

‘The first step is to do an analysis of the real cost of living for individuals or family. This will include the most basic necessities needed to survive, such as food, shelter, and health care. This information could be maintained by each state, and once the sum per individual is determined, a worker should be able to earn that amount tax-free. While inflation means the net wage increase will still be lagging behind as far as disposable income is concerned, making minimum wage earnings tax-free for all workers would give them more disposable income without causing job loss. It would benefit employers by not increasing labor costs for producing their services or products.
Increased cost of living is keeping many of our workers at the poverty level. At year end, workers who exceed the cost of living wage would receive a W2 form showing amount just as they currently do, except they would only be taxed on the income exceeding cost of living wage. Otherwise no additional filing would be necessary by the employer and employee. If minimum wage earnings were tax-free for all workers, minimum wage workers would be exempt from filing tax returns.’

In any discussion about tax reform, I think this is an idea worth looking at. I have already heard that Trump is suggesting raising the minimum wage to $11/hr. This proposal might just be a better idea!
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/06/2017 at 9:03 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

I agree that tax reform should be a bipartisan effort which would require compromise (and trade offs). It is not at this point.

There was immediate opposition to the removal of the home mortgage interest deduction from several large lobbying groups representing builders, mortgage brokers, etc. I read a report yesterday that these groups agreed to drop their opposition in exchange for a reinstatement of the Obama administration's tax credit for purchasing a new home that was implemented in his first term to help kickstart the economy.

There is also strong opposition from some senators of both parties to removing the deduction for state and local taxes paid.

Sen. Corker of Tennessee has said that he would not support any plan that increased the national debt and that some other Senators agree with him.

I personally would oppose any plan that grows the national debt or the deficit. I am also very leery of any tax plan that relies on sustained long term growth of even 4% (much less 5%) to be successful. If you remember the Regan tax reform plan, it relied on economic growth for several years, and when that did not happen, President George Bush had to eat crow for his "read my lips, no new taxes" promise.

One correction to my earlier comments- the child care tax credit will be altered, but not removed completely. The proposal is to increase it by $500 for lower income families.

I have read some far-ranging analyses of the possible effects of the proposed plan, but I feel certain it will be greatly changed before it comes up for a vote.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/06/2017 at 5:34 pm:
Ms Sheppard – I re-read your posts of 10/4 regarding Trump’s tax plan, and I cruised around on-line for some more specifics.

Frankly, I find it hard to believe that ANY tax proposal which would affect the home mortgage deduction would ‘fly’.

Isn’t the Prez pursuing his tax reform proposals as a bi-partisan effort…?? Because if he isn’t, he’ll never sell it. When it comes to tax reforms, there are smart people on both sides of the aisle. And, let’s face it: neither political party will get everything that they wish for. My fear, however, is that in all of the back-and-forth discussion between the Prezident and the congress, the benefits to the average wage owner will be ignored.

Just my opinion. Your thoughts.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/06/2017 at 11:49 am:
Although now that I think about it, being shunned (persistently avoided and ignored, treated as if nonexistent) by some of the posters here would be great!

Then I could just write whatever I want without having to deal with responses from people who disagree with me.

The more I think about it, the more I like the whole idea.

So go right ahead, Jerry. Please be the first to SHUN me!
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/06/2017 at 11:19 am:
Well, a "daughter of satin" is a lot more luxurious than a daughter of Satan, so it must be some kind of weird compliment.

Don't drag Mr. Schaeffer into your nonsense. He has made plain to you that he wants no part of it.

You are whining about the fact that I can't answer tough questions, but you won't answer simple ones.

Did you talk to GC Bryan about me at church?

Did you use fake names to make posts in Bladen Online?

So do you talk this way at your church?

Is this the kind of Christianity that is taught there?
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 10/06/2017 at 10:54 am:
Note to all visitors and regulars-

A week or so back, I was asked to post our church's upcoming revival on guestbook so that all interested parties could come and enjoy the services. We had a number of people to take us up on the invite one of which was Mr. GC Bryan. Having never met the man personally, I stayed for awhile after the services to take with the man and made note of that fact on guestbook. That was all well and good until the "daughter of satin" felt it necessary to make something bad of that event. But who in their right mind would expect anything different from her. If you get anything at all from this posting, let it be this-the Queen of Tar Heel is the personification of evil, pure and simple.

She has consistently put everybody she disagrees with down by her incessant rude comments, her personal insults, her cruel innuendo's and by any other means necessary. If you haven't noticed, she's unable to answer a direct question because she doesn't have the answers and besides, that would go against the "party platform." She's notorious for accusing Ms. Pate of making statements she didn't make and other cruel things to her. She has consistently cut down Mr. Bryan for being a "Christian" and for everything else her little mind could conjure up. She makes every attempt to have a rational conversation with Mr. Schaeffer, but take note, she can't answer the tough questions he poses to her. So what does she do instead, she deflects. She lies. She twist things around. She plays dumb (and I use that word 'plays' very lightly) by saying that she can't answer for the democratic party platform. (More on the party platform later) All you have to do is compare this woman with the other 'pundits' they send out to the talk shows to try and fool the general public. They're all the same and they all say the same thing just like a puppet. What truly needs to be done is for you to SHUN this woman. By continuing to converse with her, you're just giving her the entertainment she so craves. You can take away her platform by ignoring her, do not respond to anything she scribbles down, SHUN her.

Now for the democratic platform as I see it:

-Deflect from all tough questions

-Lie about everything

-Twist the truth and make the party look good

-Make conservatives look bad

-Disagree with conservatives no matter what

-Refuse to vote on important matters

-Send our 'soldiers' out to disrupt meetings, burn and loot and block public roads

-Stifle free speech by any means necessary

-Accuse conservatives of everything bad

-Break the law when it benefits the party

-Hide criminals in our sanctuary cities

-Make 'illegals' the next group we can enslave by offering them every thing for free.

I'm sure that I've left off a number of things that can serve as their platform, so why not add to the list.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/05/2017 at 11:16 pm:
You are right that I do not deserve your communications. If only you could control yourself and stop.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 10/05/2017 at 10:52 pm:

Have a good day-you're not worthy and I refuse to communicate any further with a daughter of the devil. It might help if you pray for your mortal soul.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/05/2017 at 9:03 pm:
So do you talk this way at your church? Is this the kind of Christianity that is taught there?
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 10/05/2017 at 8:59 pm:

Since the first day you slithered your way into the pages of "guestbook", I knew right away that you were an evil woman and as an evil woman, there is nothing that you can do or say that shocks me. That's just the way snakes and demons work and I accept that. But now with just a few words, you've dug yourself even deeper into the muck in which you live by cutting down a church of all things. It's clear to me that you're doing the work of your father "the devil" and since he has full control over your brain, you obviously can't help yourself. I don't even think an exorcism could help rid you of your demons. You poor thing.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/05/2017 at 8:05 pm:
So I am NOT "one of our most favorite liberal Democrats"?

Surprising, given all the time you spend posting about me, creating false identities to communicate with me, etc.

I do hate to think you treat other people the same way though, as there might be someone who would be bothered by your lunacy.

That must be some strange kind of church if this is the kind of language and behavior they teach and encourage. Do you talk this way when you are there too?
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 10/05/2017 at 5:35 pm:

Your vanity is showing again, talk about SAD. Just what makes you think we were talking about you. Believe me "it", I have better things to do than talking about someone with diarrhea of the mouth.
Talk about "fake", lady you lead the pack.
Listen, I chose to come on "guestbook" to say something good that happened and as usual, you chose to show people your colors once again. You're so far down in the pits of "hell", I choose not to respond to your ridiculous comments any further. Talk about losers, you're their QUEEN.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/05/2017 at 9:11 am:

You took the first shot with your idiotic "interesting conversation" comment. As your buddy GC told me, if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen.

If your comments are a reflection of what you learn at that church, you might consider making a change.

As I told you some time ago, I am more than happy to end all conversation with you. You keep choosing to keep it alive, even by using fake identities to troll me. Sad.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/04/2017 at 10:12 pm:
I forgot to mention that a key component of the tax plan is the major elimination of deductions for things such as interest on a home mortgage, deduction for state and local taxes, child care credits, etc. Given that those are most beneficial to middle-class earners, many people in that category will actually pay more in taxes. The changes in deductions for wealthy incomes that Mr. Cohn discussed did not make much sense to me since that is definitely not in my area of experience!
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/04/2017 at 10:07 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

I would be glad to give you a summary of what Mr. Cohn said, but I encourage you to verify it for yourself, as .I listened/read his comments but did not take notes.

He discussed this as a ten year plan. There will be small tax cut for lower middle-class earners and below, but they will expire after the first few years. Average middle-class earners might receive no cuts at all. Upper middle-class earners and above will receive a cut which will increase as earnings increase. These cuts, unlike for low earners, will not expire. The example Mr. Cohn gave was an income of $100,000 per year (which he called the "typical income") would receive a break of $1000 per year. He said that these families would use that $1000 to "buy a new car or renovate their kitchen" which would provide enough economic growth to offset the nearly $2 trillion per year in lost tax revenue for the cuts.

He said that there would be an increase to the national debt of about $1.5 trillion per year until the economy grew enough to offset the lost tax income.

Their projections seemed to indicate that the figures were based on the belief that economic growth would reach 5% in about three years, and that with that sustained growth over the next seven years the national debt would return to its present level.

In other words, trickle-down economics like the Reagan plan and the Bush-Cheney plan. I guess they think the third time is the charm.

Do Republicans have a secret place where you can buy a new car or new kitchen for $1000?

As far as I know there is no written list, but Ben Snyder could definitely talk you one! If you want to know my personal opinion or belief on an issue, feel free to ask. You can even use your bullet list if it will make you happy.

I realize that you are a man of a certain generation and that perhaps you honestly do not realize how demeaning some of your comments sound. But I doubt that you would write them to a man.

Still, I accept your explanation and ask only that you consider being more mindful, as will I.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 10/04/2017 at 10:06 pm:

Don't you dare drag me back into your cesspool of stupidity, ignorance, idiocy, condescending, arrogant, egotistical, and I'm better than you on any given day behavior. For once in your pitiful life, take YOUR OWN advice and stay out of something for which you know nothing about. By the way, your paranoia is running rampant and who are these people you referred to lady? And while I have your attention, keep up the good work, your party needs you and may God have mercy on your pitiful soul. It'll be a sad, sad day when you die and no one shows up to mourn you. Yea, keep doing what you're doing 'cause you're making loads of friends.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/04/2017 at 9:34 pm:
Ms Sheppard – regarding this guy Cohn, Trump’s tax plan, and his analysis or opinion of it – by all means, give me your ‘take’ on it. I haven’t really dug into it in any detail, and before I start looking into the news sites opinions (Oy!), I’d definitely welcome your opinion, from your viewpoint. Frankly, I’m of the opinion that that would be an informed and useful starting point for me, and I’d appreciate it.

I know you don’t speak in any official sort of way for the Democrat Party, any more than I speak for the Republican Party. Those bullet points that I posted some time back represents the opinions and/or the viewpoints of local GOP members, including myself (since I had a hand in crafting those points) I was simply wondering if Bladen County’s Democrat Party organization had a similar list of bullet points, so that we could evaluate them against each other. Might make for some interesting debate!

Regarding some of those terms that I used (‘gentle reader’s’, ‘ball’s in your court’, ‘methinks’), I use them to represent a relaxed tone in my writing, not to in any way suggest that I am denigrating your intellect. I only used them to infer that I was enjoying the back and forth repartee, not to insult.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/04/2017 at 6:24 pm:
And at church too. What a shame.

What name did you use when you introduced yourself? David? Rachel? Myra? Or maybe your favorite, Patrick?
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 10/04/2017 at 6:11 pm:
To all that continue to peruse this site- greetings:
Last night at the revival services for our church, I acknowledged the arrival of a gentleman minutes before the services were to begin. As the services began, our preacher greeted the visitor and mentioned his name as G C Bryan. That name being very familiar, I enjoyed the services and then waited for Mr. Bryan to pass by me so that I could introduce myself. The name was familiar as I've communicated with him a few times by way of Guestbook. It was a pleasure to finally meet one of my Christian friends and we had an interesting conversation out on the front steps about one of our most favorite liberal Democrats. It was real good to finally put a face with his words.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/04/2017 at 5:50 pm:
Over the last several weeks various churches here in Bladen have through the two mediums available to us, invited the citizenry of the county to their REVIVAL services this week. It has been my distinct blessing to attend those churches on Monday and Tuesday nights. It is amazing how friendly the folks are in these two churches in meeting and greeting one another and the visitors. Praise God a young man gave his life to the Lord Monday night and will be baptized in the near future. Good things happening among God's people and His churches.

Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/04/2017 at 9:56 am:
Gary Cohn is TRUMP'S Economic Director. He, along with Steven Mnuchin and Mick Mulveny, are the primary author's of Trump's tax plan.

You might remember Cohn as the guy standing to behind Trump with John Kelley while Trump made this remarks about the Charlottesville violence.

In my opinion, he was pretty honest about what the tax plan does, which is not what Tump claims it does (no surprise there).

Maybe we can discuss it after you learn more about it. I wouldn't want to appear to be trying to "educate you", as I know first hand how condescending and arrogant that can be.

For some reason remarks like "gentle readers" and "the ball's in your court" and "methinks" have the same effect as your offers to educate me do.

I have already told you that I don't speak for the Democratic Party, but our chairman, Ben Snyder, would certainly be willing to answer any questions you have about the local party. His phone number is listed, and he can often be located at the Methodist Church in Elizabethtown or Bladen Crisis Center.

One thing I can say about the Democratic Party, locally, statewide, and nationally, is that we are so diverse in our opinions that it would be difficult to find any one person to give you the exact summary you demand. Ben would probably describe me as the most liberal person he knows in Bladen County, but I am not really that far left. My husband, a former Republican, is perhaps more supportive of conservative economic policies than I am, but he is at least as socially liberal.

I can tell you in broad terms what I believe as a member of the Democratic Party, but I think you are demanding some kind of official statement, which should appropriately come from the leader of our local party. As I said, Ben is always willing to talk about that.

Don't think I am trying to dodge the question. I don't mind telling you what I think and believe, I just don't speak for the more conservative and moderate members of our party.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/04/2017 at 12:09 am:
Ms Sheppard – No, I did not hear Gary Cohn’s discussion about the Trump tax-reform plan. I don’t know who Gary Cohn is, and I don’t know where to find his discussion. So, fill me (all of us) in on what he said. I’m sure his analysis will most likely poke a lot of holes in Trump’s plan, but…if Trump’s tax plan is truly a dysfunctional effort at tax reform, it will most likely never pass anyway, and I wouldn’t WANT it to pass. For all of his talk and blather, if Trump can’t ‘sell’ his plan for comprehensive tax reform on its merits, then maybe it wasn’t/isn’t such a good plan after all, ehhhwot??

While we’re on the subject of Trump’s predecessor (Obama), as well as on Trump’s contender for the throne (Madame Hillary)—and given how much I thoroughly dislike their fraudulent, criminally repugnant souls--allow me to repeat a question that I posed some time ago:

Articulate for all of us gentle readers of this forum exactly whatever it is which comprises the tenets or the positions of the Democrat Party? You will recall that I offered exactly that, when I posted a list of what I believe that the GOP of Bladen County stands for, and believes in as a political party.

I don’t want to have to go to a Democrat Party website for this; I want YOU to articulate whatever it is that YOU believe the Democrat Party of Bladen County stands for, and believes in. Perhaps then all of us conservative posters will have a much better grasp on your party’s orientation, politically, ethically, morally, and culturally. I think it’s about time that Bladen County hears from a strong Democrat voice—reasoned, legitimate, and informed.

Ball’s in your court….
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/03/2017 at 9:39 pm:
Thanks for the blessing.

So what is your goal?

Venting? Done in abundance.

Convincing people who admire Barack Obama not to like or respect him? That won't happen.

Rallying the Obama haters? Already done.

Deflecting attention from the current Oval Office occupant? Not enough diversion in the world for that.

I am just so curious about your obsessive hate for our former president. I mean I think Trump is a vile, disgusting, narcissistic moron who has American on a path to disaster, but I don't obsess about him. And as soon as he leaves the Oval Office for good I will be thrilled to never hear or speak his name again.

On another topic, I heard Economic Director Gary Cohn talk about the Trump "tax reform plan". Did you hear his analysis?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/03/2017 at 9:12 pm:
Bless your heart...
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/03/2017 at 6:05 pm:
Which begs the question, Mr. Schaeffer. What IS the goal of your constant vilification of our past president? You have recycled your numerous examples of his imprecations, flaws, and mistakes NUMEROUS times.

Yet he is no longer president, you have your "winning", and the Democrats are out of power.

Yet you are as bitter and critically hateful as you were every day of the Obama presidency.

Shouldn't you and your fellow conservatives be celebrating all this "winning" and MAGA instead of dwelling on the past?
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/03/2017 at 5:50 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

Personally, I understand why many people admire Ronald Reagan and both Bush presidents even though I disagreed, sometimes vehemently, with their political policies and philosophies. But I respected all of them. They were loyal to their wives and children, they were dignified representatives to our nation, and they usually looked beyond political labels and were respectful to others. I cannot imagine any one of them engaging in idiotic twitter wars, using profanity in public speeches, or bragging about the size of their genitals in a presidential debate.

If you cannot understand why a man who lies, engages in childish name-calling and public feuds, uses profanity, makes degrading comments about women, is crude and obnoxious, uses the vocabulary of a teenager, and brags about himself all the time instead of focusing on bettering our country is criticized as a narcisstic, immoral, disgrace of a president there isn't much more enlightenment I can offer.

And if you can't understand why many people admire Barack Obama for his intelligence, compassion, grace, and dignity, there is very little anyone could say that would enlighten you in that area either, because you are blinded by your political prejudices.

I wonder if anything in all the volumes of critical rhetoric you have written on this forum has done one thing to help heal our divided nation. Although that is obviously not your goal at all.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/03/2017 at 4:39 pm:
No, people who talk about laws to regulate gun sales talk about background checks, waiting periods, registration, limiting magazine sizes, regulating gun show sales, and banning fully automatic weapons and weapons that can be modified to make them fully automatic.

Nobody wants to take hunter's rifles or little old ladie's handguns away from them unless they are mentally unstable or a threat to themselves or someone else.

It is not an all or nothing issue. There are already gun laws in place that prohibit felons, domestic abusers, and people who have had orders of protection issued against them.

By all means keep your gun until you are no longer capable of responsible ownership. I own one too. But that doesn't mean that everyone should have access to as many and of whatever type they want.

And if I agreed with you about ANYTHING, it was a mistake on my part that I hope to never make again.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/03/2017 at 4:33 pm:
Ms Sheppard – I don’t recall that I EVER referred to certain individuals as “idiots with diseased brains”. That must’ve been another one of our ‘free-speecher’s’ on this forum. I have a suspicion as to whom.

I DID, however, refer to the lock-step, slavishly devoted disciples of former Prez Barry Obama as ‘drooling, sycophantic followers…’, mostly because their blind adoration of him borders on delusional hero-worship, with a devotion that is utterly incapable of recognizing any blemish or falsehood about him whatsoever.

I have to point out, however, that such is not the case with Prez Donald Trump! Nossir---no one can deny that the man doesn’t have some serious character flaws—I’ll even admit to that myself! And, of course, the media, the press, journalists, Hollywood, politicians everywhere—they ALL gleefully and vigorously ‘dump’ on Trump every chance they get! Some of it, to be sure, is often deserved. The man has an abnormal fixation with this ‘tweeting’ nonsense, and it denigrates and cheapens the Office of The President, in my opinion. It most certainly lowers the calibre of gravitas which we have come to expect from a sitting President of the United States.

However, even with all of that being said and acknowledged, it is a testament to the man’s character that, in the wake of catastrophic events such as the recent hurricanes, and the most recent terrible event in Las Vegas—Trump (AND his wife!) has made immediate trips to these devastated areas, and has made SURE that the agencies and departments responsible for aid and assistance were functioning rapidly and efficiently. It is ALSO worth noting that Trump, himself, personally donated $1 million dollars of his own money towards hurricane relief efforts.

It is worth noting that, in August of 2016, when Louisiana experienced a devastating series of rainstorms that killed 13 people and destroyed about 40,000 homes, President Barack Obama observed all of it – from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

The day after American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS terrorists, Obama was observed heading to the links in Martha’s Vineyard with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning. Nothing stops a good golf game, ehhwot???

Shortly after Ukrainian separatists shot down the commercial airplane Malaysian Flight 17, which resulted in the death of 298 people, including one American, President Obama gave a brief speech before leaving the White House to eat lunch at a barbeque restaurant in Delaware, and attend two fundraisers in New York.

I bring these examples up (there ARE more!) to show you that this sort of behavior was part of a pattern with the former President. At times of crisis thru-out his presidency, Obama quite often left the White House – to go golfing, vacationing, or fundraising.

And yet, Obama remains lauded, hero-worshipped as though he could do no wrong, and held up as a sterling example of statesmanship. But Donald Trump – despite putting his ‘feet on the ground’ to get to disaster areas and see them first-hand – AND despite Trump’s obvious abilities to organize and motivate agencies and departments to work efficiently and rapidly – AND despite contributing a large sum of his OWN money into disaster relief funding – TRUMP gets pilloried by everyone. Obama gets plaudits and adulation.

I don’t get it.
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 10/03/2017 at 4:28 pm:
Mrs. Sheppard,
You tell me to "calm down"? That's just plain weird. I have no idea where you got the mistaken idea that I'm frantic. You're wrong. I'm actually very calm. At the moment I'm laughing out loud because you just posted agreeing with me. You called for more gun control and I posted that it wouldn't have stopped the Vegas tragedy because #1 his automatic was illegal and #2 criminals don't follow the laws anyway. You stated, " No, he bought the weapons legally, including an AK-47 that he modified to make fully automatic which is illegal to do, but is obviously of no concern to someone planning a mass murder". The exact 2 points I just made! Now that's funny.
I'm glad (and surprised) to hear that you are not interested in disarming American citizens but your claim that . "Nobody wants to pry your guns away from you" couldn't be further from the truth. That's exactly what most liberals who are pushing for more gun control want. It's hard to miss them all over the mainstream media using this latest tragedy to push their agenda even though we've both agreed that more laws couldn't have prevented this latest act of terrorism.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/03/2017 at 3:17 pm:
I get that idea from your constant, endless, hate-filled crucial rhetoric.

So you don't hate us "idiots with diseased brains" and "drooling, sycophantic disciples of Barack Obama"?

Gee, at do you say about people you DO hate?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/03/2017 at 1:10 pm:
Where does Ms Sheppard get the idea that I ‘hate’ people because of their different political viewpoints? Where does she get the idea that I am somehow ‘enraged’ because someone, somewhere, exercises their right to free speech…??

Sounds like a lot of over-the-top hyperbole and exaggeration, to me. I neither ‘hate’, nor am I ‘enraged’, because of the points you mentioned in your post. I suspect that your exaggeration stems from the not-unexpected sort of response which characterizes the liberal mainstream media’s reactions, too. They typically use every sort of incident or chaotic social event to their advantage, suitably (and predictably) twisting it, so that it can be used as a tool to attack Trump, conservatives, gun-owners, Bible-thumpers, country music fans, Republicans in general, the President’s family, and anything else which they can use to create a guilt-by-association meme.

I believe it was Rahm Immanuel, current Mayor of Chicago and one-time sycophant to Barack Obama, who said that ‘you never let a good crisis go to waste…’. Clearly, this horrific incident in Las Vegas provides the liberal/progressives all the ammo they need in order to pillory and criticize conservatives and Republicans, especially if they are firearms owners. According to Democrats, we need more gun laws. Trouble is, we already HAVE enough appropriate gun laws on the books. They aren’t being enforced correctly, and there doesn’t seem to be a significant enough of a push to look into the mental health aspects of these nutjobs who commit these crimes.

Enough with the ‘more gun laws’ nonsense—let’s examine the licensing aspects, and let’s examine the mental health issues which clearly are a major factor in these incidents.

Go ahead; use your right to free speech, and tell me what you all think! I promise I won’t get mad or enraged, and I won’t hate you…promise! I may not know EV’rything, but…I’m not exactly uninformed, either.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/03/2017 at 9:19 am:
No, he bought the weapons legally, including an AK-47 that he modified to make fully automatic.

Which is illegal to do, but is obviously of no concern to someone planning a mass murder.

I'm tired of uninformed people spouting off too, but there's that a First Amendment thing again.

I didn't say anything about disarming you. Nobody wants to pry your guns away from you, so just calm down.
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 10/03/2017 at 6:12 am:
No time to deal with gun laws? Please tell me what kind of gun law could have stopped the shooter in Vegas? He used ILLEGAL automatic weapons that are ALREADY BANNED! Of course murder has always been illegal. As usual, the criminals don't follow the laws. I'm tired of the liberal agenda to disarm law abiding American citizens who have a constitutional right to defend ourselves. This latest tragedy doesn't help their agenda at all. I guess Dianne Feinstein was proved wrong once again when she said, "When the gunman realizes that nobody else is armed, he will lay down his weapons and turn himself in…. that's just human nature.”
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/02/2017 at 11:13 pm:
What a miserable world you live in. Hating a majority of Americans because of their different political views, enraged because people actually exercise their First Amendment rights in ways of which you don't approve, and surrounded by kids who are "dumber than a box of rocks".

Plus a world where the 20th mass shooting in less than two years killed 59 people and injured over 500 others.

But of course, no time to deal with gun laws now. Except for those that Congress is about to pass to legalize silencers and the sale of armor penetrating ammunition.

At least the NRA's political investments are paying off.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/02/2017 at 9:12 pm:
Mr. Butler – the Public school education system which we have today is based on the philosophical concepts of a guy named John Dewey. He is described as a ‘progressive’ in the field of education. Progressivism in education is nothing new, and it embodies the concepts in education as it was envisioned by John Dewey almost a hundred years ago. Dewey sparked the modern progressive education movement with his calls to jettison rigid authoritarianism and rote memorization in classrooms. He hoped to free students from the deadening hand of hidebound educational tradition, such as classroom recitation, rote memorization, and standardized testing. Dewey seemed to feel that student learning was enhanced more by classroom activity than by pedagogical teaching.

Dewey was partly right, but the application of his philosophy has, especially over the last 50 to 60 years, been applied entirely wrong. Parents nowadays are discovering that public school systems have an ‘agenda’, and it is less about teaching or providing students with accurate, useful information, than it is with teaching and encouraging secularism, shoddy morals, and encouraging students to embrace a socialist paradigm largely based on liberal Leftist propaganda. Some of those ‘man-on-the-street’ interviews that we see on TV, where the questioner asks some random person a political or historical question, are deadly accurate, and wholly indicative of a generally stupid population that should know better. That they do not is entirely the result of the failure of the public school system to actually TEACH, instead of force-feeding the student’s politically-corrected nonsense out of textbooks which have been revised to reflect the current, trendy, liberal point of view. As examples, I cite the nonsense which now only depicts Christopher Columbus as a colonizer, conqueror, and enslaver, rather than as the Discoverer of the New World. Or, more recently, how about the nonsense over Civil War-era statues, without putting the figures of that era into perspective?? Historical revisionism run rampant!

Every dollar spent away from the public school system—perhaps into charter schools, private schools, or church schools—is most often because parents are sick and tired of not having a more direct voice in the education of their youngsters, and they are fed up with the claptrap and misinformation which is being passed off as ‘learning’, when, in fact, these same kids come out of high school and have to take remedial courses in math or English in order to get into college!! What the heck were they doing thru all the previous 12 years??? They don’t know legitimate and accurate history, they don’t know much about the sciences or math, they can’t speak proper English, they don’t read (other than a cell phone), they lack fundamental social skills, they can’t write a respectable paper or essay, and they know almost nothing of substance about the world that is going on around them, other than who is the latest singer or pop-Rock singing star.

Teachers no longer have the authority to teach, they don’t have legitimate and proven texts from which to teach, and the students don’t want to learn. Worse, all too many parents could care less, and only view the school as a warehouse which spits their kid out at the end of 12 years, and hopefully they learned something. Without parents really caring or being involved, the entire construct fails. And if the system is broke, trust me—so are the kids! Maybe if we started teaching really useful stuff—like old-fashioned math and sciences, instead of ‘gender studies’ and ‘minorities and women’s empowerment studies’, we might have kids that aren’t dumber than a box of rocks.
Billy Butler Billy Butler from Bladenboro/Charlotte wrote on 10/01/2017 at 10:08 pm:
In response to the last one who responded to me:
Our Public Schools are our last bastion to educate our Children in a non biased, un-segregated and non ideological manner. Have faith in our Youth because they have Parents and their Churches to lead them .

Every single dollar spent away from our Public School System is a brick taken away from our very foundation.

Given current Republican laws don't be surprised when your tax dollars go to build a Muslim, Arian or whatever Schools near you...

Our Public Schools have been the anchors of Our Communities since Our Great Grand Parents built them.

Every brick that goes toward a Charter School comes from the very Foundation of the very Public Schools that Our Forefathers laid for us.

The Republicans have been in charge for a mere 8 years and have been chipping away at our Public School foundations from their first day .
They have been cowards! Instead of doing anything to improve our Schools they have like Trump toward the ACA only criticized them instead of having the Balls to build on what works. They Prefer to tell you how bad our current system is no matter what it is rather than seek to improve what is there .

Good businessmen leverage their assets and so should our Legislators.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/01/2017 at 9:33 pm:
Bless your heart.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/01/2017 at 9:14 pm:
Ms Sheppard – the Democrat Party’s aura of moral superiority is a bit tarnished, especially when it comes to elevating Democrat liberal Leftist ideology at the expense of bashing President Trump. Let’s look at some of the racist background of the Democrat Party, shall we???

"I'll have those N****ers voting Democrat for the next 100 years!" –President Lyndon B. Johnson, Democrat. (quote from Robert MacMillan, an Air Force One steward who said LBJ uttered this comment to two Governors during a conversation on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.)

It was the GOP that got the 1965 Civil Rights bill passed. More Republicans voted for that bill than Dems (in both the Senate AND the House). People like Al Gore, Sr, Robert Byrd, J. William Fulbright (Bill Clinton's hero)—they ALL fought against the civil rights bill!

Remember George Wallace and Bull Conner, who refused to integrate schools, and who terrorized and sic’d dogs on blacks back then??? Yep-- proud Democrats!

In the year Emmitt Till was killed (1955), there wasn't a single Republican holding office in the state of Mississippi.

It took a Republican (Eisenhower) to integrate the Armed Forces after Woodrow Wilson (a Democrat) segregated them. Wilson also screened "Birth of a Nation" in the White House, and was rumored to be a member of the KKK.

It took a Republican to write and enact the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing blacks held in slavery in states fighting against the Union of the Northern States.

It took a Republican President and Congress to pass the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, granting blacks their freedom and other rights enjoyed by whites.

The KKK was started by Southern Democrats following the Civil War. The NRA armed free blacks in the South, and radical Republicans threatened bigoted Democrats who wouldn't allow blacks to vote.

On June 23, 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago, effectively making him the first black candidate to have his name placed in nomination for U.S. President. (The nomination went to Benjamin Harrison.)

Al Gore and Bill Clinton used the Confederate flag in campaign material during the 1992 Presidential Election. HMMmmmm….!

Robert Byrd (whom I mentioned above) was an actual member of the KKK and served in Congress until his death in 2010. In December 1944, Byrd wrote to segregationist Mississippi Senator, Theodore G. Bilbo: "I shall never fight in the Armed Forces with a negro by my side ... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

This is the truth of the Democrat Party. Leftists can call the GOP racist all they want, and I'm sure they can even find one or two that fits the mold. However, the GOP doesn't even come CLOSE to the Democrats when it comes to holding back blacks in this country. It’s in their political DNA. And, as I ALSO previously pointed out—the protest antics by NFL players is a public display of rank ignorance. They don’t even know their own history, whether it is Black History or American History. What a sorry display of anti-Americanism! Conservatives would rather fight FOR the country, than to engage in destructive anarchy in an attempt to destroy it! Liberals and progressives are waging a cultural war on America, in an attempt to diminish the traditions and cultural values upon which this country was founded. Those political predecessors to whom I oh-so-frequently refer are simply the most prominent activist icons of that demented ideology.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/01/2017 at 8:39 pm:
I understand that you have a negative fixation on Barack Obama, a hatred for Hilkary Clinton, and a negative obsession with liberals.

What I don't understand is your endless nattering about those three topics.

Obama is no longer president.

Clinton lost the election.

Conservatives are in control of the House, Senate, Oval Office, and SCOTUS.

Liberals have no power to impede your chosen agenda.

Yet you cannot stop blaming them for everything on earth.

It is kind of like Trump's inability to accept that he lost the popular vote even though he won the election.

This is not normal.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/01/2017 at 8:26 pm:
President Reagan had it right when he said:
“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

In an article written in April for The Oxford Eagle, journalist Joe Rogers pondered: ‘If, as liberals believe, progressive policies are better for America, why, then, do Republicans hold the presidency, both houses of Congress and a majority of governorships and state legislatures?’ He put the question out on social media to a host of his more liberal friends, and the answers he got were rather eye-opening! For example:

• Progressives/Liberals come across as the people who pooh-pooh religious beliefs.

• Democrats are prone to open-mindedness, compromise and introspection — all noble but politically weak traits.

• We liberals are too soft, too long-winded and naively committed to changing hearts and minds. On policy, we are in line with majority public opinion. We are tactically weak.

• The majority of Americans are conservative-leaning. Liberals devote too little effort to making inroads even with relatively moderate conservatives.

• Liberals have allowed themselves to become perceived as concerned too much with taking care of those who don’t work, instead of those who do.

• Liberals need to acknowledge the fact that more government is not always the answer. They should make the case instead for limited, but efficient and effective government.

And my favorite: “Liberals can be insufferably smug and elitist. Browbeating conservative-leaning people as heartless, fascist, racist, ignorant, stupid, gullible, etc. is not going to win any of them over to your side.”

So, what does this have to do with the NFL antics, or with the points you note in your earlier posts? Simply this: liberal Leftists are not evil or stupid. The majority are simply uninterested in hearing opinions that don’t align with THEIR beliefs, and therein lies the problem.

It’s impossible not to notice that liberals are always playing the victim card. Indeed, is there a liberal who ISN’T currently being victimized by SOMEthing? Whether it’s race, gender, wages, weapons, or anything in between, liberals glorify those who are oppressed – regardless of whether or not the oppression is legitimate, or is simply a figment of their imagination. (witness the riots and destruction on university campuses, or the deeply felt, but ultimately faux outrage of the NFL players holding their fists in the air in a Black Power solidarity salute)

This habit of always being the victim of something is pervasive in the liberal Leftist community, and it speaks to a much broader issue: the fact that, because the victim feels ‘oppressed’ and unfairly victimized, then their behavior is not their responsibility—the onus, the cause for their protest, their riots, their destruction, their looting—it’s always someone ELSE’S fault. Somebody else MADE THEM do it—and, of course, that ‘someone’ is always Donald Trump.

I am not suggesting that there is not SOME legitimacy to their right to protest. I am saying that (1) it is becoming tiresome, and (2) the football field is not the right place for it. I will also note this: Donald Trump is probably the worst spokesperson who ever inhabited the Oval Office, with the possible exception of Lyndon Johnson, whose use of profanity was legendary. Trump does himself and his supporting base no favors by calling these NFL players SOB’s. That didn’t help the conversation at all.

But….Trump claimed he was going to ‘drain the swamp’, and in his own inimitable way, that’s what he seems to be doing. I believe Trump has a better overall agenda for America than what the conservative-bashing, liberal Leftist media would have you to believe, and that includes his vision for a better healthcare system, a better tax system, and a better immigration system. The news media and the newspapers are not reporting it all accurately. Frankly, if you don’t read or listen to the news, you are uninformed. But, if you DO read or listen to the news, you are (very often) misinformed!
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/01/2017 at 6:30 pm:
Disagree all you want, rant on as endlessly as you choose. Your anger will not invalidate the First Amendment.

Like most protests, this one will end as soon as it stops getting attention. That will happen as soon as Trump throws another misdirection to his fawning supporters.

You are the one carrying on about disrespecting the flag. I pointed out the numerous ways it is disrespected that YOU could do something about other than just whining about NFL players. The only one in my neighborhood Is that right wing preacher, and I voiced my displeasure about that quite clearly.

Yeah, you are behind a keyboard, griping and complaining and maligning our past President every chance you can create.

Why don't you do what you yourself suggested recently? Talk about the issues instead of just rehashing the latest Hannity/Limbaugh/Jones gripefest.

Tell all your loyal readers about the fine points of the proposed tax reform, or how opening up national parks and monuments to logging and drilling for oil is going to save the economy, or how gutting environmental protection rules is just "common sense", or how climate change is just a big hoax, or how genius Trump has figured out how to "completely destroy" North Korea with taking South Korea with it, or how Trump is entitled to be as crude and ignorant as he wants because he is a Republican.

Anything but your incessant liberal bashing rhetorical nonsense. Don't all your followers hear that verbatim during their many hours of FOX watching!
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/01/2017 at 5:39 pm:
Ms Sheppard – I heartily disagree. These athletes can stand as quietly as they want. Their behaviour is childish, disrespectful, lacking in common sense, and displays a fundamental ignorance. I sincerely doubt that many of the fans who pay big bucks to go see an NFL game are the least bit interested in what the political leanings are of the athletes on the field. They go to see a football game. And, yes---those NFL ‘twits’ ARE entitled to express their opinion, yada yada yada. But that is NOT what they are being PAID to do, and a football game is NOT the forum for doing that. A football game is not a political rally, and yes—their behavior IS insulting and it IS anti-American. I don’t ‘respect’ them for doing what they are doing, and I don’t consider them ‘high and noble’, as though they are being brave and courageous by disrespecting our flag and the National Anthem. They’re just behaving like entitled, overpaid little brats. Play football, and leave your political grandstanding at home.

Given the many instances of how you have noticed the American flag is not being displayed properly, or is somehow being disrespectfully treated, it makes me wonder why YOU aren’t confronting those people, and suggesting to them that there is a right and a proper way to display the flag?? What the heck—they all seem to be in YOUR neighbourhood!

By the way--ain’t nobody here ‘hiding behind a keyboard’. I’m just reading your posts, and I am amused (for example) by your reference to ‘Trump’s whistle’. Must be the same ‘dog whistle’ that the noted and stunningly brilliant House Rep, Maxine Waters, has occasionally referred to with regard to how she believes conservatives respond to Trump’s rhetoric. Of course, Maxine Waters is an over-the-top, delusional loony tune who has been calling for Trump’s impeachment…since BEFORE he was even inaugurated! So I don’t attach too much importance to references about ‘whistles’.

If any segment of the American populace has been ‘played’, it is the drooling, sycophantic disciples of Barack Obama. That the man continues to be hero-worshipped, when all he has ever been is a smooth-talking, snake-oil con man being manipulated from behind by his ‘advisor’, Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, mystifies me. Obama was nothing but a fraud, albeit the most successful one in American history. He is also manifestly a Marxist/socialist, and after eight years of his unconstitutional regime, the American public finally saw him for what he is, and by voting against Hillary Clinton, they voted against Obama’s tawdry, corrupt legacy. So, yes—you’re right—I DO have a ‘fixation’ when it comes to Obama and Hillary Clinton. Both of them represent the very pinnacle of political fraud and corruption, and it absolutely astonishes me that Leftists gleefully vilify Trump at every turn, but genuflect and grovel at the mere mention of Obama or Clinton.

Trump got elected in large part because of a pendulum movement in American politics. Obama was seen as a far-Left radical, and Trump was elected as the antidote to his anti-Americanism. What we see happening on the NFL sidelines is nothing but a reflection of unacceptable, far-Left Americanism, and mainstream America isn’t buying it. We’ve seen this play out before—thru Obama’s unconstitutional edicts over the course of eight years, and thru the orchestrated chaos in the streets created by the Black Lives Matters movement, the Occupiers, the racist nationalist and supremacist groups, and even the KKK. Americans are tired of this crap.

Play football, and save your disrespectful ‘protests’ for a more appropriate forum.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/01/2017 at 1:54 pm:
I don't think kneeling quietly during a song is "in-your-face" nor "anti-American". Nor do I think that anyone needs to justify their right to exercise their First Amendment rights.

The NFL management has made clear that they respect the player's rights to kneel. If you don't like it, don't watch.

These "overpaid twits" are taking a public stance over an issue they believe is wrong, want to see changed, and are willing to take personal risk to call attention too.

In my opinion that makes them far more of a 'man, than someone who hides behind a keyboard to sling racist insults and spread hateful discord.

What is popular with the "political left" is equality in all its forms for everyone and not just the people who think and act the way we want them to.

"This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened." John F. Kennedy

If you are so concerned about disrespect to the flag, come on over to my neighborhood and confront the ignorant right-wing preacher who is flying it below his Christian flag, or go around the county and teach people not to leave it out all the time without proper lighting, not to fly a tattered flag, and not to use it to sell stuff. Or go to any event where the anthem is played and stop people from yakking on their cell phones, eating popcorn, or walking around like they are lost while the anthem is sung.

People kneeling quietly on the field is far more respectful to the flag than the nonsense that goes on in the bleachers.

This right-wing anger over a silent protest is just people like you answering Trump's whistle. He is once again playing you for the easy mark by distracting you with minutiae while he screws up America. But it's okay with you all, because at least he isn't Barack Obama and that is really all it takes to satisfy Trump's base.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 10/01/2017 at 1:02 pm:
Ms Sheppard – so, let me get this straight; to YOUR way of thinking, all of these incidents (unfortunate tho they are) and all of these instances of police wrong-doing STILL somehow warrants that the NFL football players—who are contract employees whose on-field behavior is subject to management approval—have the legitimate ‘right’ to stage an ‘in-your-face’ anti-American incident of their own? Do I have that correct??

An NFL rookie’s minimum salary is somewhere around $465,000 a year. A disproportionate majority of NFL players usually wind up bankrupt a few years after their retirement, because they irresponsibly blew through most of their money! (you see them shilling on TV infomercials all the time) Dozens of NFL players are arrested every year on charges ranging from murder to rape to animal abuse, along with the usual drunk driving and disorderly conduct arrests, and let’s not forget the multiple instances of assault and battery, drug use, and domestic violence!

Yeahhhh…these are really sterling examples of manhood to be out in front of the general public staging a protest.

It’s no wonder that all the overpaid twits in the NFL are so eager to line up with Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the American justice system by disrespecting our national flag, and our National Anthem. It’s because they’re all criminals! No surprise, then, that the team owners and managers go along with their tantrums—after all, If a team owner or manager can shrug off their drug use, or their abuse of women, then what’s a little petulant, anti-American temper tantrum by a prize investment that makes them millions of dollars? Of course they’re going to support the guy!

I’ve said it before: stuff like anthem bashing and disrespecting our national flag is very popular with the political Left. It’s also VERY popular with the social justice bloggers and journalists who increasingly seem to dominate sports journalism, and not just on ESPN, either. Hating America scores points with the political Leftists, and it comports with their on-going agenda to diminish, dismantle, and destroy our constitutional republic. The fact that you don’t see this sort of strategy and behavior for what it is, is disturbing.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/01/2017 at 10:59 am:
I don't know if you are really acquainted with any black people, but if you are ask them about their experiences and how they prepare their sons to interact with police. Every black person I know can share an incident about themselves or someone they know and love feeling threatened and afraid. Whether or not you or any other white personal wants to admit it, black people are treated differently by the majority of white people in this country. Ask them if you don't believe me.

In 2016, US police officers killed at least 258 black people. Thirty nine of them were unarmed and nine were in police custody. 232 of them were shot to death.

Among those who were considered armed was a motorist pulled over for a minor traffic offense. He had a concealed carry permit and, as required by law told the officer he had it and there was a weapon in the car. Within fifteen seconds the officer shot him five times. His girlfriend and five year old daughter watched him die.

Another was a 17 year old boy who was walking down a street with a small knife, although he never threatened anyone. He was surrounded by police officers trying to convince him to surrender when another officer drove up, stepped out of his car and without a word shot the boy nine times within 30 seconds of arriving on the scene.

Police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day, according to a 2016 national study. The most common crimes were simple assault, drunken driving and aggravated assault, and significant numbers of sex crimes were also found. About 72 percent of officers charged in cases with known outcomes are convicted, more than 40 percent of the crimes are committed on duty, and nearly 95 percent of the officers charged are men.

In just one week in June, 2016, two New York City police commanders were arrested on corruption allegations, an officer in Killeen, Tex., was accused of sexually assaulting a female driver, a Philadelphia police officer was charged with extortion of a drug dealer, and an officer in Hono­lulu was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.

Of course most police officers do not take these kinds of criminal or reckless actions, but some do and that generates fear and uncertainty. Even the best officers sometimes make mistakes, but in their circumstance a mistake can lead to a death. Stereotyping all police officers as racists or killers is just as bad as stereotyping all black men as criminals or dangerous.

But fear of police officers by black people and other vulnerable people is not unwarranted. Because of a frightening situation I experienced as a young woman, I have certainly cautioned my own daughter about what to do if she is pulled over by a male police officer.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 09/30/2017 at 11:56 pm:
Have you wondered why the NFL has an issue with cops and the American Flag? NFL players have been arrested 855 times since 2000. That includes 215 DUI charges, 99 drug charges, 96 domestic violence cases and 71 assaults. It even includes two murders. But the mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about that. No—the media has a wholly different agenda, so—don’t expect to hear truth from the mainstream media. (ESPECIALLY fake news outlets like CNN and MSNBC!)

Here are some more fun facts about the hypocrites over at the NFL, courtesy of some internet research:

In 2012, the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray. They also had an issue with Tebow wearing ‘John 3:16’ as part of his blackout to avoid glare and made him take it off.

In 2013, the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.

In 2014, Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said "Know Jesus Know Peace" but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.

In 2015, DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing "Find the Cure" eye black for breast cancer awareness.

In 2015, William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem... )

In 2016, the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.

In 2016, the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Liberals and progressives want you to think that the NFL protests are all about raising awareness of police brutality, and of the systemic oppression of black men in society….and on, and on, and on… (yawn). No it’s not. It’s all nothing but a ploy by Leftists to continue (yet again) to diminish, tarnish, and grind into the dirt everything which represents the beauty and the notable exceptionalism which is America. They hate America—hate everything it stands for (even as they enjoy the very benefits OF it!). Wake up, people—this is not what the mainstream media is telling you it is.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 09/30/2017 at 11:41 pm:
No hyperbole, Trump's "tax reform" would save just himself $787 million dollars in taxes in ten years while adding $7 trillion dollars to the national debt. The small tax breaks for the poor and middle classes will phase out while the cuts for the rich will hold steady. Trumpcare would lead to the loss of health insurance and Medicaid coverage to as many as 22 million people during the same ten year period. The number of millionaires in Trump's cabinet, staff, and advorary boards is the highest in history. Perhaps the Republican establishment does not want Trump's disasterous agenda to succeed. Neither do I, nor would any decent person in my opinion.

I have no problem with Trump's family spending their own money. But their private security and bodyguards have been replaced with Secret Service protection that will cost nearly as much in one year as you claim the Obamas spent in eight years. Trump's $3,000,000 (at taxpayer expense) golf weekend's don't indicate that he cares about "excess at public expense". As to Price, Trump publicly stated at the Boy Scout Jamboree that if the ACA reseal failed Price's job was on the line. It did, and it was.

You don't "begrudge" Trump's "success", but you certainly do "begrudge" Barack Obama's. You constantly need to bring him up for some reason. Classic deflection, as you once told me when I asked about the Trump Foundation.

Apparently you have not bothered to learn much about those you have labeled as "unschooled morons". But you do tend to stereotype endlessly in your rhetoric, if it is indeed yours this time.

You can live in denial of the truth as you choose, and you clearly do. Trump doesn't give a rip about disrespecting the flag, the anthem, the military, or much of anything else. He proved that as he chatted during the moment of silence at the Pentagon during the memorial service for 9/11 and had to be reminded by Melania how to behave during the anthem.

This is just a ruse to throw some red meat to those rally supporters who stroke his fragile ego.

As Jared Kusher told a newspaper editor who raised concerns about Trump's birther lies (which you also fell for", “He doesn’t really believe it, Elizabeth. He just knows Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it.”

They are, and they do.

Really, after all of your posts about Clinton's private email use, you have nothing to say about six White House staffers and Mike Pence doing the same thing? No "lock them up"?

But then, "Leftists" are always held to a much higher standard in the realm of conservative hypocrisy.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 09/30/2017 at 10:30 pm:
Ms Sheppard – just to address some of your points:
1. Your entire first paragraph is hyperbole; however, it must be pointed out that Trump is battling an entrenched Republican establishment. They represent the ‘swamp’ that Trump is threatening to clear out, and they hate him for it. Trump’s suggestions for tax reform and health care reform make sense. It is the GOP ‘swamp’ that is battling him over those issues, because—heaven forbid—should Trump’s plans should actually SUCCEED, the GOP ‘swamp’ will be seen for what they actually are—corrupt, establishment stooges. The GOP in DC does not want Trump to succeed.

2. Don’t tell me about Trump’s family living ‘the high life’. They have the money from their own earlier successful business lives, and I don’t begrudge them their prior success. If you want to complain about someone living ‘the high life’ at taxpayer expense, let’s talk about the $100 million dollars that the Obama’s spent on lavish, extended vacations around the world. And trust me on this one—Obama isn’t exactly scraping the bottom of the barrel for money, now that he is ‘retired’. (he isn’t really retired; he’s running Organizing For America, a radical, extremist group whose intent is to marginalize our constitutional republic, and replace it with Obama’s Marxist ideals. It’s mostly just a DNC front group) In addition to all this, Trump just fired his HHS Secretary (he ‘resigned’, of course), because he was spending too much money on plane travel. Unlike his predecessor, Barry Obama, President Trump doesn’t appear to tolerate excess at the public expense.

3. If I referred to NFL athletes as ‘unschooled morons’, it’s because they apparently are. They appear to know nothing whatsoever about the National Anthem, nothing whatsoever about common courtesy and public protocol when the Anthem is played, and their childish display of pique over the protests has morphed from taking a knee against black "oppression" and ‘police brutality’ (neither of which has anything to do with the American flag or the National Anthem) to a political statement in opposition to President Trump's "get that son of a b---- off the field" comments. The Packers-Bears game on Thursday night saw both teams standing for the anthem and linking arms while the crowd chanted loudly, "USA! USA!" My observation is apparently not ‘baseless’, since NFL ticket sales are demonstrably down, and crowd reactions to the NFL players’ disrespect is manifestly obvious.

4. Let’s clear the air over the Charlottesville incident: Trump REPEATEDLY made it clear that he did NOT support or endorse the racist actions of the participants of that rally. Apparently CNN and MSNBC were functionally incapable of noting that fact, and it was only heard on FoxNews, One America News, and a few alternative news sites. What Trump DID note was that the original protestors---a white nationalist group—DID have a legitimate permit to march, and their original intent WAS peaceful. They were NOT the ones who started the riots, despite THEM being an odious group unto themselves. It was outside groups—paid anarchists—who, when they learned of the planned protest by the white nationalists—made direct efforts to create a riot. They were PAID to do this. Again, CNN and MSNBC would not divulge or report on this, because it was contrary to their agenda! Trump’s comments quite clearly (to the average person possessed of common sense) were intended to note the originally peaceful intention of the protest—not to endorse, support, or express any sort of affinity for the groups involved. Your observation about Trump and his comments is just more of your erroneous hyperbole, but—like anyone else who is protected under the First Amendment right to free speech, you’re entitled to YOUR opinion as well—wrong though it may be. Trump’s use of a descriptive invective was on the mark—these NFL characters (be they black, white, brown, or green) are ungrateful SOB’s who should know better. People don’t pay good money to go to a football game to watch these entitled brats act like fools. They pay to see professional athletes (aka ‘entertainers’) play football.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/30/2017 at 10:18 am:
For those who may not know; Mr. Delbert Kinlaw, formerly of the Sandy Grove community here in Bladen County has passed away and his family will receive friends at McNeils funeral home on main street in St Pauls this evening from 6 to 8 pm. He was a good man from a good family.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 09/30/2017 at 10:15 am:
Yes, "the progressive Leftists" do indeed have an agenda, and it is not to give tax breaks to the rich like the fake "tax reform" of the regressive Republicans nor to take access to health care always from millions of Americans, nor to allow Trump's millionaire "advisors" to turn America into an oligarchy.

Considering that millions of Americans in Puerto Rico are struggling to survive, Trump's family and cabinet members are living the high life at taxpayer expense, both North Korea's president and America's current president are threatening to annialate each other with nuclear weapons, and every other country in the world including Russia thinks we are a laughingstock, it is hard to believe that your biggest concern is some athletes exercising their First Amendment right to protest the killing of unarmed black men.

Calling Americans whom you disagree with names like "unschooled morons" seems to be about all Republicans have to offer in way of defense of their failures these days. Deflection and name-calling are the tools of those who try to defend the indefensible.

You can make all the baseless accusations you want, but it seems to me that those who want to limit the freedoms that the US Constitution created to make our country uniquely free are the people who are diminishing "the greatness of America".

That would be people like Trump, who called white supremacists and Nazis "fine people" who have the right to protest and speak freely under the First Amendment, but called kneeling black men "Sons of bitches" who should be fired.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 09/29/2017 at 11:18 pm:
Recently, I came across an article that discussed the current (and obnoxious) habit of NFL football players kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem, rather than standing respectfully at attention while it is being played. The article notes that, in many other countries, when their national anthem is played before a game, the players always stand and sing together with the fans, sometimes passionately, and occasionally even with tears in their eyes!

It is as though the athletes, as well as the entire stadium of fans, are part of an extended family, and—as one—they enjoy the opportunity to show their love of family, and of their country, by joining together in a sometimes raucous rendition of their country’s anthem. Perhaps our OWN athletes could learn a lesson in this.

Frankly, it would be a good penance for the poor taste shown by NFL teams, and—like their athletic counterparts overseas—perhaps they could link arms and belt out their loyalty and their love of their extended family and for our common home by joining together in singing the Star Spangled Banner. Heck, the owners and the coaches should be down on the field and join in too!

But, somehow, I find it difficult to imagine such a response from the NFL. We've been taught for half a century that American history is something to be ashamed of, that the historical record of America is ONLY one of exploitation and subjugation, and is so stained that it can never be cleansed. The progressives in education tell us that we must carry our ancestors' guilt from generation to generation.

Most Millennials have likely never even been given a concept of "patriotism" – that you love your country, not because it is perfect or lacks warts, but because it is your own—just like your family, with all the relatives--the good, the bad, and the indifferent.

The NFL has probably not considered a move into that sort of territory. That would be entirely too alien for those overpaid and entitled brats. Given our P.C.-obsessed culture, I don't know that it ever can, either. It would be too big a leap for the progressives in the NFL to make. After all, the progressive Leftists have an agenda, and using the unschooled morons in the NFL to further their mantra and their cause is simply another tool in their bag of tricks to diminish the greatness of America.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/24/2017 at 3:00 pm:
Check that date on the JOHN & BERRY HESTER families reunion. It should be OCTOBER 7, 2017. That is the first Saturday of October at 1 PM.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/23/2017 at 9:49 pm:
What: Family Reunion
When: Today two weeks October 1
Where: Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Bladenboro, NC.
Time: 1 PM

The families of John Hester and Asbury Hester will celebrate their REUNION on the above date. Since these two men passed away in the early 1900's and their may not be familiar to many of their descendants; a listing of their children follows. If any of these individuals are your parents, grandparents, great or great-great please get your family together and meet with your relatives on the above date. THE MEAL WILL BE FURNISHED.


G Quince/spouse,ANNIE EDWARDS
IRA/spouse ?
ANNIE FLORENCE/never married

If there have been any births or deaths in your family, please get up a list of those individuals and share it with your relatives. There is always a lot of excitement generated by the reunion and we look forward to seeing as many of our relatives as can possibly make it. See you there. Once again, if you are a child of one of the folks listed above or might know one of their descendants; please let them know about the reunion.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 09/22/2017 at 9:16 am:
I am thankful that Governor Roy Cooper and N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael S. Regan are taking the GenX issue seriously and have made it a priority. It appears that both our legislative leaders and local officials are more concerned with protecting DuPont's assets than the health and welfare of area residents.

Phil Berger and Tim Moore have actually proposed having taxpayers pay for the cost of dealing with the contamination and the chairman of the county commissioners says he thinks the county should sue the state to stop them from regulating DuPont's contamination.

So the very people drinking their poison should pay to clean it up and litigate on DuPont's behalf?

That is what happens when you elect people who carry more about money than people and the environment in which we all live.
P. Shepard P. Shepard from Tobermory/Wilmington wrote on 09/21/2017 at 8:50 pm:
Mr. Butler:
A few days ago you posted a statement that was half true and half false and that statement concerned the subject of our American Education System. It's true that education is extremely important to the future of our country but you were very wrong when you implied that it was Conservative Republicans who were trying to destroy it. I can't really blame you for that ridiculous statement because we all know that most followers of the Democratic Party always repeat what the leaders tell them.
Once again, I must ask you to start thinking for yourself for a change and quit being a puppet to the party. The following is not my words but came from an article found on the internet.
"Democrats recognize education as the most pressing economic issue in America's future, and we cannot allow our country to fall behind in a global economy. We must prepare the next generation for success in college and the workforce."
Another source tells us that teachers teach and students learn by academic goals. What I'm talking about is the Common Core State Standards. By teaching student's to pass a test based on Common Core, they are being denied other things that most of us grew up with. Something as simple as writing your own name for instance is being denied todays youth by academia which is occupied predominantly by Liberal Democrats. On top of that, since todays youth can't seem to learn what they're being taught, some genius decided to "dumb down America" once more by lowering the passing score on a test to 60 instead of the 70 that you and I had to make. Yea. That's real progress, hue?You can thank the State Board of Education for making that possible.
In April of 2013, Rutgers University fired its basketball coach after he was videotaped shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice & using gay slurs, according to ESPN. On the same day, ESPN reported that Kathy Boudin, a professor at Columbia University was named Sheinberg Scholar- in- Residence. Ms. Boudin, as I've previously stated was a convicted murderer responsible for the deaths of three individuals. She was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Kick a student on the basketball court and you'll lose your university job. Spend twenty years in prison on radical murder rap and you'll get one.
Education has always been the gateway for the smart and ambitious to get into the middle class. The aim of people like Bill Ayers was to destroy that opportunity, especially in the "urban schools," which is what the University of Illinois at Chicago, where Ayers taught, specializes in.
And lastly, this was taken from a piece written by Catherine Rampel. "In a recent survey, a fifth of undergrads now say it's acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes "offensive and hateful statements." When students were asked if the First Amendment protects "hate speech," 4 in 10 said NO." The Liberal Professors have literally brainwashed the young people entering college and only give them one side of life. Opposing views are not allowed and are dealt with by any means necessary. In total, the youth wanting a college education are only getting half of what their parents are paying for. Are you okay with that?
That should be enough. If you're not convinced by now that it's the left who are responsible for destroying our educational system, then there's no hope for you.
Alan Alan from Elizabethtown wrote on 09/21/2017 at 11:51 am:
I just read Mrs. Sheppard's letter in the Bladen Journal and would like to say Thank You. I may not agree with all of her positions, but on this one I sure do. Keep up the good work. Clean water can not be replaced.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 09/21/2017 at 9:12 am:
DuPont/Chemours is providing bottled water to anyone whose well is found to be contaminated. We are hoping and praying that the county water system will prove to be safe and that county water will be extended to everyone who lives in the affected area.

But there are farmers who use well water to irrigate their crops and gardens and water their animals. It is not fair for them to have to pay the massive expense of a county water bill because our wells were contaminated by a multimillion dollar chemical company.

Some of my family members have county water to their homes, as do I, but my son does not and relies on well water. All of our farm operations rely on well water, as do all of our neighbors to the south and west.

The official who took the tests on our farm said that they think that at the very least every well between Smithfield and DuPont might be contaminated.
Singapore Interior Designers Singapore Interior Designers from sg wrote on 09/21/2017 at 2:21 am:
Good job! Thanks for the work and keep it up!
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 09/21/2017 at 12:43 am:
In a conversation that I recently had with town and county officials who are familiar with the water contamination issue, I am told that discussions with Dupont/Chemours are focusing on extent of contamination to wells, livestock, crops, prospective clean-up and filtering options, and depth and degree of contamination to local aquifers and rivers. No mention at this time of compensation, nor any funds being set up, to assist locals with their own efforts at clean-up (and I’m not even sure that is possible).

Ms Patsy Sheppard’s recent Letter to The Editor of the Journal puts the questions into an excellent perspective, and puts the Chemours folks ‘on notice’ that the local citizenry will not be quieted by politically correct pabulum.
P Shepard P Shepard from Tobermory/Wilmington wrote on 09/20/2017 at 10:40 pm:

So sorry to hear about your water problems with Dupont and the medical problems resulting from the contamination.

Maybe it's time for you or someone who has been damaged by the contamination to contact the law firm that Erin Brockovich works with.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Herl, NC wrote on 09/20/2017 at 10:20 pm:

Yes, many of us feel that way. One of my closest neighbors got the results of his well testing today, and it is contaminated with DuPont's cancer causing chemicals. He relies completely on well water and has lived on his farm all his life. The neighbor next door to him has young children who have always relied on well water. We haven't heard about his tests yet. One of the officials doing the testing thinks all the wells in our area are at serious risk of being contaminated. We know the river water is, so obviously any fish are too. What about the food from our gardens watered with this water and the animals raised drinking this water? How about all the meat processed at Smithfield with ground water and river water? One of the wells for the county water system is in our area too. Who knows how far this will go?

Yet apparently the only thing our county officials are really concerned about is DuPont's profits and the jobs that are created by contaminating our drinking water.

But since nearly all of our elected officials live many miles away they think they are safe and will not be affected.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 09/20/2017 at 8:56 pm:
Ms Sheppard (et al) – to answer your questions as to the objectivity of my opinion regarding cultural equivalency, the answer is yes…AND no. So… (having cleared that up!) allow me to explain, and allow me to present a most obvious example. (Part 1)

In today’s world, the most obvious opposite of our Western cultural milieu is that of Islam. Islam (as we have all now learned) is not merely a religion. It is also an entire ideology which embraces its own worldview, and it incorporates its own system of law, ethics, and morality. Thus, while my opinion about the superiority of Western culture and civilization is, in many ways, subjective, I am also basing that subjective opinion on clearly observable, clearly objective evidence. Specifically:

Politicians, and the media, make desperate attempts to disconnect all the atrocities committed by Islamic adherents from their religion, invariably claiming that the perpetrators were ‘extremists’. I submit to you that that is not the case. In fact, in the specific case of Islam, it is the norm, not the exception. Why is that, you ask?? Because such acts, such atrocities, are intrinsic to the ideology, the practice, the religion, the history, the culture, and the legal system which functions under the banner of Islam.

But you might say, “No, no—you’re being hateful!” No, I am not, and here’s why. Let’s learn something about this defective, deficient, malevolent culture. Here are five awkward facts about Islam that deceitful politicians and the media would rather you didn’t know:

There are many unpleasant, violent stories about the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, and most unbelievers are completely unaware of them. Brainwashed by the “Islam is peace” mantra, they naively believe he was a holy prophet like Moses and Jesus; a man of peace dedicated to serving God. In fact, Muhammad was a mass-murdering warlord who waged brutal wars against unbelievers. He also tortured criminals and enslaved women. In Islam, Muhammad is regarded as “the ideal man, the perfect example” and every Muslim reveres him.

So let’s ask: If Islam is a peaceful faith, why does it have such a violent prophet? Also, how can any Muslim who reveres his violent “perfect example” be regarded as moderate? Could I be described as moderate if I revere the examples of socialist mass murderers Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong? Islam the peaceful faith with a violent, murdering prophet makes as much sense as Christianity the violent religion with a peaceful, loving messiah.

2. War Zone - Islam divides the world into two houses: The first is Dar al Islam, the house of Islam, the lands where Islam is dominant. The second is Dar al Harb, the lands of the infidels, the House of War. It is the duty of every Muslim to strive to make Islam dominant in the world by conquering the lands of Dar al Harb into Dar al Islam. This is commanded by Allah in Surah 8, ayat 39, of the Quran, a verse so
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important Muhammad recited it on his death bed. Such a division is clearly not a sign of peace and amounts to a declaration of war on all non-Islamic faiths.

So how do Muslims obey Allah's command? By waging…

3. Holy War - Islamic jihad has several forms involving the struggle of the individual to become more spiritual. But it also involves the fight to conquer Dar al Harb into Dar al Islam, until all religious worship belongs solely to Allah. Islam calls this fight: "Jihad al kuffar wal munafiqeen," the fight against the unbelievers and the hypocrites. History shows that Muslims have waged this holy war against unbelievers from all faiths almost non-stop since 622 AD.

This holy war of conquest involves more than terror and violence and includes building a mosque, attending the mosque to give worship, wearing the burka, establishing Islamic customs such as halal food, sharia banking, prayer rooms, washing facilities, observing Ramadan, and celebrating Eid.

Any action that enables Islam to flourish and become dominant in Dar al Harb is jihad. Additionally, jihad is obligatory - fardh - on all Muslims, you simply can't be a Muslim and not be a jihadist. This leads to a little-known core aspect of jihad you will never, EVER see or hear in the mainstream media...

4. God Be Praised - When people in the West think of worship, they believe it involves visiting a church or temple, kneeling to pray, singing hymns and performing rituals such as vigils and Holy Communion. Worship in Islam involves much more. Any act that furthers Islam is considered as giving worship - ibadah – to Allah. All of the actions mentioned previously are considered ibadah.

But here's the crucial difference: Muslims who gang rape infidels, who beat up and steal from unbelievers, who lie to infidels about the nature of Islam—are ALSO giving worship to Allah. Devout Muslims waging war in the way of Allah - jihad fisabilillah - who kill unbelievers by beheading them, bombing them, stabbing them, shooting them, mowing them down in cars and trucks--are giving worship to Allah! Furthermore, they also believe Allah is acting THRU them. Meaning, it’s actually Allah who is doing the killing, they are merely his willing instruments.

5. It’s The Law - Let's imagine for the sake of argument that holy war is not a core tenet of Islam. No suicide bombings, no mass murders, no rape and enslavement of infidel women, no lone wolf jihad attacks. Could Islam then be described as peaceful? Unfortunately not, because Islam comes with its own legal system, the Sharia.
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This legal code is based on how Muhammad practiced his faith, and it controls all aspects of a Muslim's life. Under Sharia, the punishment for apostates and homosexuals is death. Adulterers face being thrashed within an inch of their lives or even stoned to death. Female rape victims unable to provide four male witnesses to their violation are criminalized, and thieves will have their limbs amputated.

Which raises the question: Why are Western governments importing millions of Muslims, enabling Islam to flourish in the West, and yet, deceiving their own people about its true nature? In doing so, they're endangering their own people!

As you can see, even without the horrors of Islamic terrorism, it still wouldn’t be possible to describe Islam as peaceful. Thus, by extrapolation, Islam MUST be evaluated as a wholly defective, intrinsically substandard religion, ideology, culture, and system of morality and law. Its proponents and its adherents have not progressed beyond the barbarism of its 7th century warlord, and none of it has any place within the sphere of the 21st century world. That’s not being mean-spirited; it’s being factual, and it is a necessary evaluation for the health and the future of Western civilization. We have the right—indeed, we have the imperative—to make such judgement calls, or as a civilization, WE will perish.

(info about Islam provided from a blog by Christopher J. Green, who can be found at: Christopher J, plus, you can follow him on twitter @defiantlionuk, and also from a compilation of my own previous posts and opinions.)
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 09/20/2017 at 8:03 pm:
To all who peruse this forum, greetings:

My preacher asked me tonight to post this notice on Guestbook in the hopes that you will come to see us on 1 - 4 October 2017 :

Shady Grove Baptist Church, 10937 Twisted Hickory Road, will observe "homecoming" on 1 October 2017 at 11:00 am. You are invited to come and share in this event with us. Dinner will be served on the grounds following the morning worship. Our "revival" will begin at 7:00 pm on 2 October through 4 October.

Come and experience a time with God and enjoy his fellowship. The speaker for all events will be the Rev. Charles Hester. Please come.
Leslee Leslee from Elizabethtown wrote on 09/20/2017 at 2:54 pm:
Does anyone feel as though our well being and the lives of our family and loved ones are being pushed aside by those that were elected to stand up for our rights?
Dupont is poisoning our water. Cut and dry. No "buts" or "no, that's not the way it is". This is what is happening and our commissioners are fighting to keep these chemicals pouring into the Cape Fear River.
Am I the only person who sees a problem here?
How many people reading this have a child or loved one fighting a disease they could have caught by eating fish out of the Cape Fear for over 50 years. This is not a problem that will be fixed in my life time. How long and how many people could it continue to pose problems for....?
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 09/19/2017 at 9:06 pm:
Yes, we are all children of God. Equal in his sight, if we believe his word.

Though I have been judged less so many times on this forum by some of those who claim to know him.
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 09/19/2017 at 8:30 pm:
I don't think that PEOPLE are superior to other people as we are all created equal by God. I do believe that my BELIEFS are superior, (in come cases only slightly). That's why I chose them. Actually, that's what I believe in general but it's not 100% true in all cases. I believe some people are inferior due to their choices. Take Douglass Edwards for example. I believe he is inferior to many people due to him raping that 6 year old girl. He committed the same offense at least once that we know of. He never should have been released from prison. Now an innocent little girl will have issues for the rest of her life no matter how much therapy she gets. There is no cure for pedophilia except death.
On the other hand, some of the groups that I feel are inferior (muslim extremists, FLDS, polygamists such as Kingston Clan, scientologists, North Koreans) believe that they are superior and anyone who doesn't follow their cult or regime is inferior and if they associate with outsiders they will go to hell. So once again, it's opinion that varies or what one is forced to believe. I have one question though. If you honestly believe that your beliefs are equal to my beliefs (and those of other conservatives on this forum) then why do you keep trying to convince us to change our beliefs? Please note I said the beliefs are equal, not the people. I've said many times that people have the right to their own opinions and that doesn't make any person better or more entitled to their opinion. I fully embrace the freedom we have in our wonderful country and do not expect everyone to agree with me.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 09/19/2017 at 7:37 pm:
From what I have read I think conservatism is better for you as well, because it aligns with your beliefs and opinions.

You might not understand this, but I don't think liberals are superior to conservatives (or vice versa) just as I don't think Christians are superior to nonChristians. I thinks these are all personal choices, and that we make them based on what we believe is right for us.

Some people need to feel superior to others, and to do so they insist on proclaiming others as inferior. Being different does not mean inferior.
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 09/19/2017 at 6:36 pm:
Mrs. Sheppard, I don't know Mr. Schaeffer so I can not speak for him. I'm not even sure that I've read all of his posts. Sometimes I get busy and don't follow this forum. However, I can say that from what I've read, whenever he states an opinion, he doesn't speak for anyone but himself. I do tend to agree with most of what he says. You may not understand what I'm about to say, but I do believe that my conservative opinions are better than liberal opinions. That's why I chose them! I believe in the constitution, putting American interests first, personal responsibility, and equal opportunity but not equal outcome. It doesn't make any logical sense that I would use my freedom to chose the inferior values as my own, now does it? That being said, I can accept that you believe your liberal views are superior. We are different, but we both have an equal right to our beliefs. We can never prove one of us has a superior set of values. It's all opinion based. We can always present facts on both sides of an issue, but which facts are more important is a matter of each person's individual beliefs. Therefore the whole idea of what beliefs or culture is superior is a matter of opinion and will vary depending on who you ask. Why in the would would anyone pick a belief system as their own that they believe is inferior, unless they are being forced to like with some of the cultures I mentioned? If you've chosen it, you must believe it's at least slightly superior.
As I've said before, nobody can tell anyone else what they believe with any accuracy. I've gotten very upset with you when you told me incorrectly what I believed. Therefore, my assumption is that when Mr. Schaeffer (or anyone else) makes an opinion statement they are speaking only for themselves. If you really want to know you'll have to ask him. I just spoke for myself only and clearly stated what my beliefs are.
P Shepard P Shepard from Tobermory/Wilmington wrote on 09/19/2017 at 6:06 pm:
Mr. Butler:
I may have failed to make myself clear when I spoke of a small number of ex-presidents the other day. Since leaving office Jimmy Carter has been an exceptional human being. He's to be commended for the many things he and his wife have accomplished since leaving office. My comments were aimed at his presidency and not his life before or after leaving office.
While in office, interest rates soared, he gave away the Panama Canal, he cut the defense budget by 6 billion and also ordered the removal of nuclear weapons from South Korea and also announced his intent to cut back the number of U S troops.
In polls of historians and political scientists, Carter is usually ranked as a below average president. These are facts sir and not my opinion. As for the others I mentioned, I stand by my comments and wish to add one other person to my list of losers. That person is none other than Hillary - the crook - Clinton. Thank God she didn't make it to the top. She's bad enough as a civilian, can you imagine what she would have done as our president. The end.
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