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G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/13/2017 at 8:46 pm:
Speaking of the joy of CHRIST mas; EXTRA, read all about it.


Where: Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church, 1423 Oak Grove Church Road, Bladenboro, NC.

When: December 20, 2017

Time: Starts at 6:00 pm last until 9:00 pm.

You may be concerned that 3 hours is a little too long for a CHRISTMAS PROGRAM.

That would be true if it were not for this:

1. There will be refreshments to follow in the fellowship Hall.

2. Then the church food pantry will be opened for any families that will be in need of food for the CHRISTMAS holiday.

3. The church CLOTHING BANK will be open for any families that need clothing going into the winter season.

4. If there is anything we could give you for CHRISTMAS, it would be for you to be wrapped in arms of love from Calvary.

If your children would love to be a part of the Story of Jesus, no practice necessary; just show up for the program. God bless you and have a MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS.

The Oak Grove Church Family
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/13/2017 at 8:00 pm:
Now GC, why would Mr. Butler be penalized for being a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/13/2017 at 11:09 am:
While we are discussing the joy of the Christmas season, let us not forget that this particular holiday season ushers in more than the holiday of one particular faith. On the 13th of this month (today), some of us observe Chanukah…which IS a ‘holiday’, per se, but it is much, much more, and given the significance of the American President recently recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, it is of particular significance.

Most people, Protestants in particular, are dimly aware of ‘that other holiday’—you know, the Jewish one--and they are aware that, like Christmas, it most often involves gift-giving, and celebrations, and lots of gift cards, dreidel games, and good food. And that's fine, as long as no one asks the more serious question, "Well, what's it all about, and why do you observe this particular day? And what’s with that candelabra with the 9 candles on it??” With a nod to author Daniel Greenfield, let me offer the following:

For most Americans, altho Chanukah appears to overlap with Christmas, there is no similarity between the two. The more accurate description of Chanukah would be as a celebration of divine aid in a military campaign against tyrannical oppression. It is the story of a priestly family, and of the people of Israel, who rose up against the brutal occupation of the Syrian emperor Antiochus and defeated him, thus liberating Jerusalem and rededicating the Temple for worship. Thus, what Chanukah celebrates is the physical and moral resistance to the subversion of Jewish traditions and beliefs. It remembers both the armed resistance of the people, and the moral awakening that liberated Jerusalem, and which connected the Jewish people once again with their God.

Night by night, the lighting of each candle of the menorah notes the story of the time when the forces of the priestly Maccabeean family entered Jerusalem, drove out the occupying enemy armies, and reclaimed their people's culture and religion. The light of the flame was a powerful message sent across time, that even in the darkest hour, hope was not lost, and Divine Providence would not abandon the Jewish people. However, time did pass, and eventually the rule of the Maccabeeans fell. Jerusalem was re-occupied and ethnically cleansed, over and over again. And yet--the menorah burned on, even as it does to this day. During that fateful time, however, there was only enough oil to keep the lamp in the Temple burning for one day, but miraculously, it lasted for eight—enough time for the people to replace it, and rededicate its use in holy worship to the Almighty God.

But there is more to this story than just the dust of an old military victory. The Maccabees did not merely rise up against physical oppression. Israel had, and would, face that challenge over and over again. They rose up against a government effort aimed at subverting and eradicating their religious, cultural and historical identity. Chanukah, in fact, is a holiday of resistance. It remains a stark reminder, even to this day, to never give up, not in the face of overwhelming physical odds, or against an arrogant, liberal moral order that sneers at us with contempt for being who we are as Americans.

You may see a menorah or two around town, and I hope that you do. The light of the menorah on Chanukah is a signal that has been kept lit for thousands of years. It is not only the story of a people known as the Maccabees, standing up to the tyranny of Antiochus, and fighting for the right of the Jewish people to live in their own land, under their own rule, and on their own terms. Chanukah is a reminder, that no matter what the imposed moral order of the day might suggest--our culture, our values, and our religion are worth fighting for. We would ALL do well to learn this lesson from the story of Chanukah.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/13/2017 at 10:55 am:
We're in a hockey game and Billy has been placed in "the penalty box" at the behest of another poster.
Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith from Elizabethtown wrote on 12/13/2017 at 9:17 am:
There will be a live Nativity on Saturday, December 16th on the Bladen County Courthouse front lawn in Elizabethtown from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. hosted by W.E.W. Ministry.
Billy Butler Billy Butler from Bladenboro/Charlotte wrote on 12/12/2017 at 11:50 pm:
Sweet Home Alabama ! 💛
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/08/2017 at 5:49 pm:
Ms. Smith,

I have been a member for a long time of a site that bans political discussions between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. Anyone who violates the rule is put into "the penalty box" until the holidays are over.

Just a thought.
Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith from Elizabethtown wrote on 12/08/2017 at 5:14 pm:
Thank you all for posting to our Guestbook page. I myself am not one for a lot of rules and regulations. We will be making changes to in the near future. We were hoping to do so already, but life happens and the to-do lists just grow. Until changes are made, please let us all mind our manners no matter how hard it may be to do so. We have already deleted some posts for content and we will continue to do so. Thank you all again for your readership and contribution. Remember the Golden Rule. Peace and Love to all!
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/08/2017 at 3:47 pm:
The part about Trump being president for seven more years actually was kind of funny.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/08/2017 at 1:17 pm:
Thank God we have seven more years for President Trump to be the leader of the free world and Commander in chief of our armed forces. Soon as we get the rocket man under control and all these senators quit resigning, maybe things will level off and those elected can get down to the business of governing. The latest rumor from inside the beltway, is that Al Franken will seek the nomination for President on the democratic ticket and will overwhelmingly gain that parties nomination only to be soundly defeated by our sitting President Donald J Trump. After his lose in the Presidential race, he will move to Bladen County and become the chairman of the democratic party. Stay tuned, it is getting weird in the world of fake news. By the way, does anyone know if 7-4=3? Oh, it must because I was allowed to post this in honor of Bill's call for humor, albeit a little "dry".
Billy Butler Billy Butler from Bladenboro/Charlotte wrote on 12/08/2017 at 5:53 am:
Dear Charlotte,

Reading some responses here from the disdain of many for a few. I think it only befitting that encouragement should be made by those who are dusgusted by the disgusting in the form of humor. Bladen County has some of the sharpest humerous minds than anywhere I've ever visited. Who knows someone can become famous by their keystrokes...
Becky Becky from Elizabethtown wrote on 12/07/2017 at 3:55 pm:
Sorry, the name should not have been Mr. Jackson. the statement was for 'Jerry D' from the United States.
Becky Becky from Elizabethtown wrote on 12/07/2017 at 3:54 pm:
If anyone ever wondered how children become bullies, read the examples below. And, Mr. Jackson, the term "you people" is considered offensive by many
Herb McIntyre Herb McIntyre from Cypress Creek wrote on 12/07/2017 at 1:47 pm:
I would imagine that the “Censor” is a female must really “Grind the Gears” of the man with many names and many residences. 🙂
Josh R. Josh R. from Elizabethtown wrote on 12/07/2017 at 10:16 am:
Things to keep in mind:

Almost everything online is privately owned, which means that they do not have to let you speak freely.

The first amendment protects your right to free speech against an oppressive government.
Billy Butler Billy Butler from Bladenboro/Charlotte wrote on 12/07/2017 at 3:09 am:
Dear Charlotte,

I have proposed resolution for your popular guestbook concerning people like me ! Lol

Simply have a secondary page that you guys can divert people to that are intent on confrontations. It meets all requirements if the first ammendment and allows everyone a free forum to get whatever off their chest while sparing the many the pain of the few !
Billy Butler Billy Butler from Bladenboro/Charlotte wrote on 12/07/2017 at 2:53 am:
Why antagonize another. Speak your thought and put a period on it.

Charlotte should not have to run a daycare here.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/06/2017 at 9:55 pm:
I doubt that "billions of people" wanted Barack Obama impeached, because there are only about 360 million people in the United States.

But don't let facts get in the way of your rhetoric. They never have before.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/06/2017 at 6:04 pm:
Speaking of CHRIST mas trees, anyone know why Smithfield has not put up their tree on top of the building. It has been there for years around CHRIST mas time.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/06/2017 at 5:29 pm:
Nothing new in your last posting. We understand that millions of you Liberal democrats want President Trump impeached, we get it. So what's new about that, because billions of people wanted that imposter Obama impeached. But wanting something and getting it are two different things. We also understand that you people are going to spend the next seven years trying to find something that you can actually hang your hat on. Good lick with that. If you ever do find something understand this, if it satisfies the requirement of a "high crime or misdemeanor," and it's proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, then I'm sure many conservatives will join with you in getting the guilty party impeached. Unlike the democrats, if a person, including Republicans are found to be guilty of a crime, they need to be punished. As soon as democrats can not only say that but also act on it, then we as a people are well on our way to a good recovery.
The next time you want to talk about an incompetent person, you must start with OBAMA. Being a community organizer barely qualified him to be a "dog catcher." And look at what the people gave him, the key to the White House." That man was so incompetent, he would violate the constitution and then sit back and wait for a supreme court decision. That man was so incompetent, he had to have a handler by the name of Valerie Jarrett to tell him what he was supposed to do. I could go on and on but surely you understand what I'm saying. When you talk about incompetence look at Obama, Pelosi, Reed and many others before you jump on President Trump.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/06/2017 at 12:47 pm:
I repeatedly wrote that I read and heard that the choices were murder in the 1st or 2nd degree or not guilty.

There is a similar case unfolding in Robeson County where a teenager was shot and killed by a 17 year old and was only charged with mas slaughter.

Millions of people want Trump impeached, but don't worry about it because it won't happen. Republicans are in complete control and they don't care how dishonest or incompetent Trump is and will continue to prop him up until they don't need him anymore.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/06/2017 at 12:40 pm:
As I was doing a little reading and research last night, I saw this piece about an extreme left-wing Liberal democrat by the name of Al Green from Texas. This man, and I won't honor him by calling him a gentleman, said that he was going to try and force a vote in the House of Representatives today to impeach President Trump. Will this madness ever end? These same people allowed Barock Hussein Obama to run amok in this country for eight long years doing everything he could to divide us as a people, to stir up racial hatred, to ignore the constitution, to destroy every thing this country stands for, and he wants to impeach President Trump? What is wrong with you people?
Let us come together as one. Let us do what is good for all American's and not just for the whites or the blacks-all American's. This hatred for an individual or for the different races is not what we're about. Wake up America. Wake up and try to see the good that's still out there. Don't fall for the hatred that certain people try to stir up on both sides. Call for unity. Call for one America again. Do this and we might have a chance to survive what's coming down the road. Remember this-"We're not responsible for the sins of our fathers."
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/06/2017 at 12:19 pm:
Ms. Sheppard:

As you said, "I am not trying to belabor the point," but what I have presented to you and others about the Steinle case comes from the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, ABC, NBC and other news sources and they all say the very same thing. Once more and for the last time I will present what they printed word for word. For some reason you're not accepting facts as facts and that is your prerogative. Having said that, here's what they printed for their readers:
"However, Judge James Feng on Wednesday agreed to a request by Garcia to instruct the jury in first-degree murder as well as second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter."

"The jury will be instructed on multiple theories of homicide," District Attorney's Office spokesman Alex Bastian said, declining to comment further.

From the San Francisco Chronical dated 1 DEC 2017:
"Garcia Zarate was charged with murder from the beginning, and prosecutors gave jurors three options.
They could convict on first-degree or premeditated murder. They could opt for second-degree murder, requiring a finding that Garcia Zarate either intended to kill Steinle or intentionally committed a dangerous act with conscious disregard for human life. Or they could choose involuntary manslaughter, which would require a finding that Garcia Zarate caused Steinle’s death with an unlawful, negligent act."

"To prove murder, Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia needed to convince jurors that the round that killed Steinle had been fired intentionally. But this was a difficult task as the bullet first struck the pier’s concrete 12 to 15 feet from Garcia Zarate, then bounced and traveled 78 more feet to strike Steinle in the back as she strolled with her father.
It’s unclear whether the prosecution’s trial strategy backfired. Garcia spent most of the trial laying the groundwork for a second-degree murder charge, but in her closing remarks, she introduced a possible motive in a bid for first-degree murder, saying Garcia Zarate had been “playing his own secret version of Russian roulette” when he brought a loaded firearm to a “target-rich environment.”

"Gascón denied Tuesday that his office had overcharged, saying Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia presented arguments for first-degree and second-degree murder as well as manslaughter."

“The theory of our case was always an implied malice case, which leads to a second-degree murder,” Gascón said. “As the trial progressed, and there was additional evidence that was presented, the court agreed there was sufficient evidence to provide jury instructions on first-degree murder, and we agreed to do so.”
So there you go. That's what in the news and that's in their own words. I found absolutely nothing about the judge telling the jury to decide if it was First Degree murder only or NOT GUILTY. Repeat-nothing. I don't where you found your information but it directly conflicts with the printed word as listed above.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/05/2017 at 9:21 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

I think your summation is exactly right. Justice certainly was not served in this case. My heart aches for the Steinle family, especially as my daughter is about the same age as Katie was when she died. I can only imagine the pain of their loss.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/05/2017 at 9:15 pm:
It is rather ironic that on the same day that the "first" alcohol was sold in Dublin, that we are told that an organization here in Bladen that is helping recovering "alcoholics" and drug addicts needs funds for Christmas.

On a side note, there is still a food store in Bladen that DOES NOT sell alcohol; the IGA Fresh Foods over in Bladenboro. Try it, you'll like it.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/05/2017 at 6:10 pm:
Ms Sheppard -- you are correct on that point. I heard the same legal analyst say that same thing.

Bottom line: justice was rendered, but justice was not served. The set-up was flawed from the beginning.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/05/2017 at 2:20 pm:
I am not trying to belabor the point. The three newspapers I read and the CBS News report I heard all said that the jury was told to deliberate murder (1st or 2nd) degree, and that he was found not guilty of murder. A legal analyst who was interviewed after the trial ended said that the DA erred by insisting on the charge of murder instead of manslaughter.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/05/2017 at 10:03 am:
Ms. Sheppard:

I will say it one more time and I truly can't understand why you say you can't find anything concerning the instructions given to the Steinle trial.
I simply punched in my question and came up with three different news sites that said the same thing. I will enclose the exact quote at the end of this posting one more time. It's really not that hard in only you ask the right question. The news agencies I checked included the Bay City News, the ABC local channel 7 and the local NBC affiliate out of San Francisco. Here's the quote I found:
"However, Judge Feng on Wednesday agreed to a request by Garcia to instruct the jury in first-degree murder AS WELL AS second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter."
"The jury will be instructed on multiple theories of homicide," District Attorney's Office spokesman Alex Bastian said, declining to comment further.
These were the choices because both sides knew that charges of First Degree Murder could not be proven in court. The evidence just wouldn't support it so why would the judge instruct them to consider First Degree Murder only? That doesn't make any sense whatsoever. It's obvious to me that your source of news in this case is obviously very mistaken.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/04/2017 at 11:41 pm:

The current board has been in place for nearly a year. I recently went to a Commissioner's meeting for the first time since the 2016 election.

Let's just say that I am not impressed.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/04/2017 at 11:33 pm:
I have looked for the CNN report you referenced, but I did not see it. The closest thing I could find from them said that Zarate could have been charged with with a crime less than murder, and that the jury COULD have been instructed to consider murder or manslaughter, but it did not say they were.

I also read the transcript of the CBS report I saw, and it said that the jury was told only to find him guilty of murder or not guilty.

If the jury was given the option of finding him guilty of manslaughter, then I cannot understand why they did not do that. But I don't know all the evidence that was presented either.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/04/2017 at 10:51 pm:

To repeat what a reporter from CNN posted-he or she wrote that when the Steinle case went to the jury, they were told by the judge to render a verdict of either First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder or of Manslaughter. That's was NOT made up by me or anyone else unless it was their reporter. The jury failed to find him guilty of any of the three crimes but did convict him of being in possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Does anyone out there honestly believe that a jury of conservatives would come to the same conclusion? No, but Liberals would if it meant embarrassing President Trump.
Ms. Sheppard-in your posting of 6:26 pm today, it appears that you're asking me whether or not the jury should have found Zerate guilty of murder even if the evidence showed that he was not. Wow. How in heavens name can you misinterpret the statement I made which was, "it's as clear as day that Zarate, at a minimum, should have been charged with at least manslaughter." A simple statement, yes? Does that in any way say that he should have been charged with murder as you implied? The answer is NO and once again you're being totally unfair in your statements towards me. I ask again, are you reverting back to your old ways?
I don't know which way you're going from one posting to another. Case in point, as I've said on several occasions, at a minimum, Zerate should have been found guilty of Manslaughter which is exactly what you've repeated in your 9:19 pm posting tonight. On this "rare" occasion, you and I finally agree on something. Unlike White Lake, the water is crystal clear so please don't try to muddy it up.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/04/2017 at 9:19 pm:
The verdict has nothing to do with "liberalism". The charge was chosen by the DA and the burden of proof was on the prosecution and murder was not proved. He should have been charged with and convicted of, manslaughter.

Again, people can discuss facts without the need to assign political labels and blame to every singe thing that happens in the world. If they choose to be reasonable and open minded, that is.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/04/2017 at 9:04 pm:
The more you look at this case, the more you realize how difficult it was always going to be to get a jury to render a verdict of premeditated murder beyond a reasonable doubt. The big hole in the case is that Steinle was killed by a ricochet as the bullet bounced off the pavement near her. This could mean Zarate was aiming at her but was a bad shot, but it could also mean that he wasn’t aiming at her at all and struck her by accident.

The shooter himself has told several different versions of the event, but the version his lawyers stuck to is that he found the gun on the ground wrapped in cloth, and when he picked it up, it discharged accidentally. Clearly, Americans across the country find that implausible, but plausibility is not the standard here.

This looked to me like a better case for manslaughter—the act of causing someone else’s death through recklessness or negligence. An overambitious prosecutor was reaching too hard for a first-degree murder conviction (that the public wanted!) but ended up having to be satisfied to reducing the chances of conviction on a lesser charge. The jury was not given the option to choose, of course.

So… Zarate (by whatever other names he is known by) was convicted on a weapons charge only. That’ll get him a couple of years under state law, though there may be a federal charge that could put him away for longer. Still, this is not what a lot of people were led to expect. In other words, the American public was not listening closely enough to what charges the jury was actually allowed to consider, and the prosecutor was overreaching for something he couldn’t get.

To a large degree, yes--I blame the liberal/progressive atmosphere and politics in California which drives their politics, their approach to law and order, their illegal sanctioning of sanctuary cities, their stubborn refusal to follow Federal immigration laws--all of these things came to the fore with this trial, and the entire trial has been a debacle from the beginning, demonstrating how utterly and atrociously defective the State of California truly is. As Steinle’s brother pointed out, justice was rendered, but justice was not served, and the jurors in this case were not even given the option to consider otherwise. Sadly, of course, no one realistically expected anything less. This verdict is a sad, sad commentary on what is truly defective and wrong about liberalism when carried to an extreme.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/04/2017 at 6:26 pm:
I am not sure we are disagreeing. If the reports I saw are correct, the jury was told that their choice was to find him guilty of murder as he was charged, or to find him not guilty. The evidence presented showed that the bullet that killed Katie Steinle richocheted before it hit her and that she was not intentionally targeted. The defense attorney argued that Zarate was not guilty of intentionally killing her so was not guilty of murder. The jury obviously agreed.

There was no dispute that he discharged the gun, and that the bullet killed Steinle. Obviously he is guilty of manslaughter, but that is not what he was charged with.

Are you saying that the jury should have found him guilty of murder anyway, even though the evidence showed it was not? Because that is the way I understood your statements blaming liberals for the not guilty verdict.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/03/2017 at 11:22 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer:

I thought that's what I just said. Just kidding. Actually, it is, but as always you said it much better than I could. As I've stated before, I'm just a simple guy just trying to make it through this world age and I tend to say things on a different level, and that's okay.
This case is a perfect example of what's wrong with our country today. Based on the facts of what took place out there, it's as clear as day that Zarate, at a minimum, should have been charged with at least manslaughter. Unless I missed it, I don't believe that involuntary manslaughter was one of the choices given to the jury. Anyway, the problem is that the liberals on both ends of this country will never accept it that way as they must be living in a different world than the rest of us.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/03/2017 at 11:02 pm:
In 2015, Kate Steinle was shot and killed while visiting a San Francisco tourist attraction. Illegal alien Juan Francisco López Sánchez Jose Inez Garcia Zarate (AKA Jose Inez Garcia Zarate ) admitted to shooting Kate, claiming that it was an ‘accident’. Jurors did not find him guilty of murder – not even involuntary manslaughter. The only count he was guilty of was being in possession of a firearm. Although Kate's family lost her forever, Sanchez will serve a sentence from sixteen months to three years.

San Francisco deputy district attorney Diana Garcia said during the trial that she didn't know why López fired the weapon, but he created a risk of death by bringing the firearm to the pier and twirling it around on a chair for at least twenty minutes before he fired.

Kate's brother, Brad Steinle, is quoted as saying, "I'm stunned that they couldn't even get him on using the weapon. ...I own a handgun. I know that guns don't just go off." It seems that the jury played right into the liberal narrative of gun control. It is never the person's fault, but the weapon. Just ignore the fact that Sánchez had to pick up the gun and pull the trigger.

What this case shows is a complete disregard for victims and their families. This illegal alien was ALREADY guilty of multiple instances of violating deportation orders. But, it appears that the judge and the jury were looking for ANY excuse to allow the perpetrator to be given a lesser sentence…but not to take responsibility. Kate's father, Jim Steinle, summed it up this way: "We're just shocked – saddened and shocked. ...That's about it. ...There's no other way you can coin it. Justice was rendered, but it was not served."

If Obama, his Dep’t of Justice, and the sanctuary city which allowed this travesty to happen would have followed already-existing Federal Immigration Law and turned this criminal over to ICE when asked to do so (instead of deliberately shielding him from our laws!), Kate Steinle would be spending Christmas with her family, instead of being visited by them in a graveyard. And that is a fact.

Let’s face it: this illegal alien piece of crap’s lawyers don’t care that they prevented their client from going to prison; they only care that they get to say that they SAVED an illegal immigrant from going to prison, so that they could shove it into President Trump’s face! Anyone who believes this case was strictly about rule of law, and was not tainted by political grandstanding is a fool. I predict that this case will have a serious backlash against liberal Democrats.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/03/2017 at 9:25 pm:
Are you back to your old ways? Why would you even insinuate that I or any conservative would not do the right thing and find a murderer guilty of murder? Why would you say such a thing is beyond me or any sense of decency.
When the evidence convicts a person, you find them guilty of the crime the judge tells you to consider and they were told to consider First Degree murder, Second Degree Murder or Manslaughter. The fact is just as I pointed out, the San Francisco Liberal jury failed to do their job simply to teach President Trump a lesson. Period. You can agree with that or not, it's your choice.
On the one hand you agree with what I was saying but on the other, you had to throw a dart just to get a response. Very typical and very strange.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/03/2017 at 10:19 am:
So would conservatives vote to convict someone of a crime like murder even if the evidence showed they did not commit that crime?

I don't think any person of good conscience would do that, conservative or not.

I think Zarate is guilty of the same crime of which that Massachusetts hunter is guilty. They both fired guns recklessly and killed an innocent woman. But neither of them meant to commit murder. They should both have been charged with and convicted of the same crime.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/02/2017 at 11:11 pm:
Educated guess. One: The governor of California is a devoted card carrying liberal democrat as is the Mayor of San Francisco. Two: Conservatives are greatly outnumbered in the city of weird people and I'm convinced that the attorney's involved with the trial would have weeded out any conservative that happened to be in the jury pool. Three: Therefore, since all or most liberal democrats hate our president and love all illegal immigrants and considering the fact that he was found not guilty of any of the major crimes of First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder or even Manslaughter, it's very logical to conclude that the jury selected and who collectively made the decision to set him free had to be "ineffective liberal democrats." And finally, I would like to think that Conservatives would vote to punish any person who commits a crime.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Herl, NC wrote on 12/02/2017 at 5:36 pm:
How do you know those 12 people were an "ineffective liberal jury"? How did you learn of their political beliefs?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/02/2017 at 5:07 pm:
Had the opportunity to go to the Bladenboro CHRIST mas parade today with one of my grandsons and must say it was an enjoyable experience. Particularly liked the fact that they still throw out candy to the children.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Herl, NC wrote on 12/02/2017 at 4:54 pm:
I have not seen a CNN report about the case. I got my info from a CBS News report, which reported that the DA argued that Zarate deliberately fired the gun at Ms. Steinle and was guilty of deliberate premeditated murder. The report said that during jury instructions the judge told the jury that their choices were to find him guilty of murder (Ist or 2nd degree) or not guilty. They also had to rule on other charges related to his possession of the gun, and for which he as found guilty.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/02/2017 at 4:27 pm:
Back on the Kate Steinle trial.

What has been said here concerning the charges against the man who killed Ms. Steinle are inaccurate to say the least. The things I read here on guestbook just didn't make sense so I decided to look the case up and I finally ran across an article written by a reporter for CNN. That's the Libs favorite channel by the way and I knew if I found something that was presented by FOX news, it would never be believed. Anyway, CNN reported on 20 Nov that the illegal immigrant whos last name is Zarate, was charged with Second-degree murder but the jury was also allowed to consider First-degree murder as well as manslaughter. Since that information came from CNN, it has to be true, right?
So, we're back to the ineffective liberal jury who refused to convict a criminal, an illegal one at that.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/02/2017 at 11:13 am:
I would also like to say that I adamantly disagree that one cannot discuss the news without politicizing it. If you determine that you will rely on the facts of the subject without interjecting your own bias and using unnecessary labels such as "snowflake" and "liberal" and repetively stating the same slanted opinions, reasonable people can discuss events without interjecting political views.

Most items dominating the news are topics that have no reason to be politicized. If we cannot all agree that sexual harassment and abuse are always wrong and never excusable, that people in positions of leadership should be held to a high ethical and moral standard, and that cutting taxes for the 1% while raising them for the poor and middle class and increasing the national debt by 10% is wrong, then the US has a much bigger problem than incivility.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/02/2017 at 10:46 am:
Yes, he is guilty of many crimes for which he should be held responsible. But he is not guilty of the crime he was charged with in this case, first degree murder.

If the DA in this case had not falsely accused him of deliberate premeditated murder and given the jury only two choices (guilty of 1st degree murder or not guilty) the results would have been different. The jurors were not allowed to consider the other crimes he had committed in determining the facts of this case, as is the law.

You could also say that if the gun used had not been left in an unsecured vehicle from which it was stolen, Katie Steinle might still be alive. There are a lot of "what ifs" in this case, but none of them change the fact that a young woman tragically lost her life for no reason.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/02/2017 at 10:03 am:
Anytime a person is holding a gun in their hand and that gun goes off sending a bullet into the air, the person holding and firing that gun is responsible for whatever happens. If it fells a deer, no problem. If it gets lodged in a tree, no problem. But if that bullet injures or even kills a human being, that person is and should be accountable for the injury or death of an innocent person. Period.
What happened in San Francisco happened because the liberals out there put more value on the life of an illegal immigrant than they did for an American citizen. Period.
Except for South Carolina, if, while driving your car/truck, you have an accident resulting in the death of an individual, then as a minimum, you're usually convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The same should be true as it relates to guns.
San Francisco is partially responsible for Kate Steinle's death. I can't believe that certain people actually think that a gun will fire a bullet all by itself. That has never happened and will never happen unless the gun is cocked and is dropped to the floor and the jarring causes it to fire. That illegal immigrant in San Francisco was holding the gun and he pulled the trigger resulting in a death, therefore, he is guilty.
Kate Steinle's last hope is in the Federal governments attempt to take this man back to court under Federal charges and to hold another trial. Maybe then he'll spend the rest of his miserable life behind bars.
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 12/02/2017 at 8:39 am:
I think Mrs. Sheppard's comments show what I've been saying, that most news stories are political in nature. It's impossible to discuss the news without making political comments. The only way to avoid making comments on politics on this forum is to avoid commenting on the news and keep the guestbook strictly for community announcements. It's up to the owner of this guestbook to decide whether the news is a fair topic or not.
That being said, I agree with Mrs. Sheppard that the DA messed up and should have gone with a lesser charge than murder. However. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had was here illegally, had been deported 5 times, and was supposed to be deported a 6th time, but San Francisco is a sanctuary city, with local law enforcement officials barred from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Therefore he was not deported a 6th time. If he would have been deported then Kate Steinle would still be alive today. There is no avoiding that simple fact. I don't understand how cities can legally decide not to follow state and federal laws. When people decide not to follow laws, there are consequences; they go to jail. Jones Ines Garcia Zarate was also a convicted felon and was not allowed to possess a firearm. They are charging him with that. As a felon, he should have been at the top of the deportation list.
Don Don from Bladenboro wrote on 12/02/2017 at 7:34 am:
As a daily viewer of Bladen, I decided to take another look at its Guestbook and was pleasantly surprised that the content appears to have significantly changed. Opinions are much more to the point and informative and don’t read with such an angry tone. Charlotte, Erin and the rest of the BOL team do a really great job with this site and I for one, appreciate those that post here regularly appear to have acknowledged her request to bring this site back to some reasonable level of courtesy and civility when making a point or providing an opinion. As a reader and sometime poster, I personally appreciate this adjustment.
We have so much “anger and loudness” in our country today coming from both sides of the aisle and it seems more and more folks (including myself) have learned that we can just simply hide behind a Tweet, Facebook post or some other social media platform and just come out blasting away. I do believe in free speech and think it is important to try and learn from others and share thoughts and opinions. Having said that, I think most of us would agree that we become less interested and will simply just discontinue even considering a person’s opinion or ideas who must always feel they are the only one in the room, has little or no capacity for accepting other’s viewpoint or must always feel they have the last word in every discussion.
Just something to maybe think about.
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith from Dublin wrote on 12/01/2017 at 8:21 pm:
Jerry , I sincerely appreciate all advice , from anyone, especially those who try to help...and I feel that is your intentions. I wish I could take credit for all growth in Dublin, I cannot, most growth here and in the past has happened organically . I am in a position to try to create an environment for growth, and beer and wine is just one of those things I have endorsed over the years. The next puzzle piece that I feel may soon become reality is our "zoning" . When zoning was created in Dublin the "forefathers" if you will created 3 commercial zones . A town the size of Dublin should only have one. With some special use permits for things such as storage buildings ,salvage yards and things like that which should have stringent location requirements. As an example the beautiful lot across the street from the town hall is zoned industrial and not general or central business the other two unnecessary zones in the town . So for instance a factory can be put their , but not a McDonalds. with existing zoning. Potential investors and entrepreneurs in the past that have inquired about various uses for certain locations in the town when they learn it will take two months to get something rezoned to do what they want to do, they leave. This is absurd in my opinion...zoning has a purpose but it needs to be redone in our town...the folks I feel are now in place to make our town be business friendly and create the environment that will make that happen. I know their are those that want it to stay exactly the way it is forever and ever ...I am just not one of them

Jeff Smith
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/01/2017 at 2:22 pm:
Ms. Steinle, not Steinbeck. Autocorrect is not always correct.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 12/01/2017 at 2:21 pm:
Kate Steinle's death is such a tragedy, and certainly the man who fired the gun should be held responsible for it, just as the Massachusetts man who killed an innocent woman should be.

It seems the District Attorney is to blame in the Steinbeck case, as she insisted on charging the shooter with 1st degree murder and refused to let the jury consider any other option for conviction. The evidence proved that the gunman fired the gun accidental and did not intend to shoot anyone. Ms. Steinbeck was killed by a bullet that ricocheted after the gun accidentally discharged.

If the jury had been allowed to convict the shooter of a lesser charge (manslaugher for example) they most certainly would have, as he admitted to discharging the gun.
Jerry D Jerry D from United States wrote on 12/01/2017 at 9:50 am:
To: Jeff Smith

A quick response to you and then some general comments that may be of interest to some.
No back and forth here Mr. Smith, just an informed statement-"Build your house on a firm foundation" and it should stand the test of time.
I like a good glass of wine as much as the next guy but to try and build your town around alcohol is NOT a sound idea. And yes Mr. Smith, hypocrites talk against the subject of alcohol and then they go to their homes to enjoy a glass of wine, a cold beer or even a sip of whiskey. That's all I have to say about that.
Now this. I drove up to Sanford the other day to see a dying friend, possibly for the last time. How sad. Anyway, while driving up highway 87, I took note of the various prices people up that way are paying for gasoline and would you believe they range from $2.18 up to $2.38 per gallon, most were in the $2.21 area. Not so here in this part of Bladen County as we are still paying $2.41 with one exception and that is from an out of town dealer. Go figure.
If you and your family want to take a night drive to see all the beautiful CHRISTMAS lights, you can skip Elizabethtown again this year. The snowflakes have once again put up their own symbol of CHRISTMAS which just happens to be the
"snowflake." If you really want to see the beauty of CHRISTMAS in light form, go up to Meadow in Johnston County. Now that's a beautiful thing to behold. Otherwise, if you want to stay local, take a brief ride through Clarkton, Garland or Dublin if you want to see a few CHRISTMAS lights as they are sticking with tradition.
I keep hearing about a CHRISTMAS tree shortage here in North Carolina. If you're thinking about buying or replacing your artificial CHRISTMAS tree, don't go to Sam's Club because they only sell "Fir Trees" or "Holiday Trees" again this year. There's not a single CHRISTMAS tree in the store.
Why is that a deer hunter in New York gets charged with manslaughter for accidentally killing a woman but out in San (the Sanctuary City) Francisco, an illegal alien kills or accidentally kills Kate Steinle and gets charged with possession of a handgun by a felon. That says a lot about the Liberal Democrats in charge of the local and state governments in that area of our country. Stay away fro San Francisco-they don't deserve your money.
RUFUS DUCKWORTH RUFUS DUCKWORTH from Bladenboro wrote on 11/30/2017 at 9:23 am:
How could it get any better than it will over the next few days right here in downtown Bladenboro.
Friday night at 6:30, Bladenboro will have their Christmas Tree Lighting with singing and free hot chocolate and cookies followed by on Saturday morning at 10:30, the 44th Annual Christmas Parade, the longest on going parade in Bladen County.
Isn't it wonderful to see Christmas being celebrated this way? Please plan on coming to Bladenboro both Friday night and Saturday morning and bring all the little ones with you and enjoy Christmas the way it should be enjoyed.
Merry Christmas and looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/30/2017 at 9:12 am:
I absolutely agree with you about Hakeem Brown. He is a wonderful young man, and he and his wife are great assets to Bladen County. It is wonderful to see young people return to Bladen County after college instead of moving to more urban areas. And great to see young people want to get involved in leadership positions as well.
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith from Dublin wrote on 11/29/2017 at 11:46 pm:
Ms Sheppard,

Yes that is the hopes that folks from the Tarheel Area will chhose to do business in Bladen coubty versus Robeson or Cumberland, we should not forget the county receives sales tax revenue as well, hopefully Bladenites will keep the money local .
I would like to also point out that White Lake is retaining more $$ as well, and although I have not seen the numbers I am sure their town has many uses for what it has received . I am not aware of any increase in alcohol related issues involving Police in their town as a result of local business offering the sale. Also would like to make note of the Debra Johnson Post earlier. This man is worth getting to know ...we look to hear more
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/29/2017 at 11:15 pm:
Mr. Smith,

Yes you did, and I appreciate it. I had not thought about Dollar General, and I could not think of any place where alcohol might be served.

And Clarkton does have beer sales, and I have not heard of any big problems there from it, so I doubt Dublin will have any either.

People from Tar Heel can just go to Dublin instead of Gray's Creek or St. Pauls or Lumberton or Elizabethtown.
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith from Dublin wrote on 11/29/2017 at 9:29 pm:
Hello Ms . Sheppard

Thanks for the inquiry , I will try my best to answer. I know for sure that the iga and the new c-store will do off premise , I suspect the dollar general will follow suit as they did in Clarkton , their will be one possibly two on-premise and their is some communication with land owners that may result in more .. I don't see the off-premise creating much of a need for law enforcement , in fact I think people in your direction will be served much better and possibly save lives reducing travel for those who will drive any distance to get what they will drive a longer distance to purchase . I am not aware of any big issues with on-premise police requirements with restaurants in neighboring Elizabethtown , However I assure you thier will be very accountable business owners in Dublin . Their are no straight "bars " that I am aware of and problems from my perspective will not be tolerated , if not handled promptly .Town revenue will increase and I would not rule out a police force in future budgets ..if the need becomes clear and the revenue is their . I will point out that the town of Clarkton had dissolved its police force and although they may have police needs I do not think alcohol sales is the driving force . Again appreciate your question ..and hop I have answered it .

Jeff Smith
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/29/2017 at 6:00 pm:
Mr. Smith,

How many businesses in Dublin do you think will sell beer and wine, and will there be restaurants that serve alcohol?

Has the town board discussed a possible need for a police department again for Dublin in the future?
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith from Dublin wrote on 11/29/2017 at 8:24 am:
Thanks Jerry for sharing ..I concur this is one of the best quotes I have heard of late.
"On Thanksgiving Day, I heard one of the best quote's in quite some time. That being-"Don't start nothing and there won't be nothing." Isn't that great?
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith from Dublin wrote on 11/28/2017 at 9:44 pm:

Not try to start some sort of back and forth here , as I respect everyone's right to an opinion ,but I find your comments quite troubling , and obviously skewed by " one " of the residents of Dublin. Inmans IGA , one of the longest running business's in Dublin, made the request to have this on the ballot. Initiatives for on and off premises were options, all passed with a better than 2-1 ratio . Their are many citizens who spearheaded the desire to have this pass in Dublin, and they voted this way. The opposition was their and I think the signage promoting " vote no" caused record turnout and awareness that the referendum may have not got otherwise. In fact I am of the belief that the "Vote No " signs brought so much awareness to it that the Yes Voters turned out overwhelmingly . I supported it and it is no secret as well as many many others. Don't let those who are worried sick about a new business coming to Dublin, a business owner creating jobs making a living ( God Forbid), or their desire to make sure Dublin stays unchanged fro the next 100 years taint your point of view. My goal is promote Dublin, do what I can to make it grow and I put my money where my mouth is to that point. I also am not so naive to think that I can please 100% of the people 100% of time . I just do what I can to grow and support the town... I noticed you post from Elizabethtown, which itself is showing growth I am pleased to see. Perhaps your viewpoint on 1-2 miles from a church or school should be brought to their town boards attention and see how fast you get laughed out of the room by their board. Great places to eat such as Georgios and San Jose, and the Cape Fear Winery thrive every Sunday by patrons who drive just a block or two from their place of worship to patronize them .....I dare not use the word hypo-crypt for those that share that viewpoint . Don't let the other crabs keep you from exiting the pot ...set goals and do your best to hit them ..mine is to see Dublin grow and I am not about to let the crabs pull me in . I never met the new convenient store owners until yesterday, but I am thrilled they are coming, hope they make a million, and invest more. I hope the owners of IGA doubles their business and they make millions more and I patronize them all I can .An interesting note is that after my conversation with Mike, ( happy mart owner ) he thanked me for welcoming him to Dublin, and then stated with a smile on his face that if any body or organization in the Dublin area needed a donation to come see him he would be happy to help ..I walked away with tears in my eyes thats what it is all about Jerry, businesses helping communities and communities supporting businesses . Don't be a hater.....
Jeff Smith
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from United States wrote on 11/28/2017 at 5:24 pm:
To the citizens of Dublin:

I've been told by a resident of Dublin that money goes a long way up your way. Especially when its used to buy votes and favors. Always remember this one things folks, you get what you pay for. Keep your eyes on the people who will benefit from the sale of beer and wine and that will tell you who probably spearheaded the whole movement. Maybe if you vote to keep sales of alcohol about 1 to 2 miles from a school or church things will be better. Think about it.
Debra Johnson Debra Johnson from East Arcadia wrote on 11/28/2017 at 11:37 am:
Did u see we have a new candidate for 2018 Sheriff? Mr. Brown was in the Christmas parade.
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith from Dublin wrote on 11/27/2017 at 8:33 pm:
I am VERY VERY excited to Announce the Town of Dublin is getting its first convenience store since 2001. The Happy Mart folks from Elizabethtown have acquired the old building previous occupied by the Scotchman, and according to the renovators I spoke with today they will be doing a complete overhaul of the location . Thanks to the overwhelming passage of beer and wine at the recent election the Town of Dublin is poised and ready for growth . I have also recently confirmed other land owners have been approached by developers, and entrepreneurs looking to come to Dublin. I would like to invite everyone in the Dublin area to support your local business, together we can make a difference .

Jeff Smith
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 11/27/2017 at 7:32 pm:
To all guestbook readers:
On Thanksgiving Day, I heard one of the best quote's in quite some time. That being-"Don't start nothing and there won't be nothing." Isn't that great? It kind of goes along with what I've been preaching for a while now but no body would listen and the feud continued until now as it seems.
As for me, I've never seen a set of rules telling me what I could or could not comment about here on guestbook and always thought it was a place to ask questions or have your say about a given topic. The so called feud was started by Ms. Sheppard and it continued because she refused to let it go. I had a feeling it would never stop if it was left up to her and I'm glad to see the person or persons who control this site to put a stop to it. Thanks for doing that.
Having said that, if I see evidence of those same owners trying to control what can or can't be said here on guestbook, then I want no part of it as I'm a firm believer in "Free Speech."
I'm sure this will make Ms. Sheppard very happy but if that does indeed take place, then I too will join the ranks of people who will no longer read or post my thoughts on guestbook.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 11/27/2017 at 7:30 pm:
What a blessing to live through the Thanksgiving holiday season. Items of note:
#1. Two precious souls born into the
kingdom of God.
#2. Seven precious souls born into
the kingdom of God.
#3. All seven baptized and on with
their walk with God.
#4. A Macy's Thanksgiving
Day Parade without
#5. The opportunity to visit a
retired school teacher who is
experiencing some
medical difficulties. Thank
God she is doing much
#6. The pure delight to witness
young children begin
practice for a CHRIST mas
play at the local church.
#7. Charlotte Smith's post
about the future of BOL
guestbook. What great

To one and all have a blessed evening and welcome to the beginning of the CHRIST mas season. It really is all about Him.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/27/2017 at 9:37 am:
I hope Ms. Smith will return the guestbook to its original purpose, which I believe was for announcements and discussion of community events, as well as for visitors (guests) to ask questions or comment about items of interest.

As I have suggested several times, this is not an appropriate forum for the kinds of discussions and comments that have dominated this site for quite some time. It was allowed to continue for far too long.

I have certainly participated in that wrongdoing, and would be glad to never do so again if Ms. Smith is serious about finally putting an end to the politicizing of the guestbook by enforcing the user rules equally for everyone.
Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith from Elizabethtown wrote on 11/27/2017 at 6:08 am:
Good Monday to everyone.

I'm glad to see Mr. G.C. Bryan is back reading and contributing to Guestbook.

It is disheartening to see Don White and others say they are going to stop reading our Guestbook page.

Johnny Anderson, I will send an invitation out to the political commentators on our Guestbook page for a debate event. I will keep everyone posted about the event.

We tell our children don't be a bully! However, a lot of adults can't have disagreeing points of views without trying to tear each other down. It's shameful.

Guestbook will not be used as a tool for destruction. If a contributor starts making personal degrotory comments on this page from this point on, the user will be deleted and blocked from our Guestbook page.

We value everyone's opinion but will no longer tolerate critical personal attacks on any person. Make your words count for what you care about, then people may listen.

I hope everyone has a great week! Thank you for your readership.

Charlotte Smith
910-879-1029 Office
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 11/27/2017 at 5:42 am:
I would like to see the owners post on the purpose of a guestbook vs. a forum because I honestly don't know the difference. I thought they were both used to reflect on current events, and like it or not, politics are a big part of the news today. There is already an events page to post local happenings and an opinion page for formal editorials, so what could be the intended purpose of a guestbook on a news site?
Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Blademboro, NC wrote on 11/27/2017 at 3:48 am:
I agree with Don wholeheartedly, and as was posted recently "what makes this such a valuable public forum" well this is not a forum it's a guestbook. I ask Charlotte to see about setting up a political forum so y'all can debate this Democrat and Republican who's right and who's wrong till you're blue in the face! As for me I'm an American we need to do whats right for the American people!
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 11/23/2017 at 4:53 pm:
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I love the quote by Roosevelt. I hope everyone will take a moment to be grateful because in America when we are having a tough time we still have it much better than most people in the world. Research has proven that happy people are grateful people. Ungrateful people are unhappy and angry. So please, take a few minutes to be thankful for everything you have and spend time with loved ones!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 11/23/2017 at 2:25 pm:
Thank you to Charlotte Smith for helping me get BOL back on my computer. It was quite remarkable considering being wrapped up in the events going on over in Dublin. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/23/2017 at 12:17 pm:
“For the preservation of our way of life from the threat of destruction; for the unity of spirit which has kept our Nation strong; for our abiding faith in freedom; and for the promise of an enduring peace, we should lift up our hearts in thanksgiving.”

-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Thanksgiving Day, 1944
Jerry D Jerry D from Leland wrote on 11/22/2017 at 9:42 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer and all interested parties:

Thank you for your calming remarks at it relates to THE FEUD between me and that woman. A feud that she started and one that only she can affectively stop. I'd like to think that I've put forth the effort to stop the madness but every time I do she always comes back with some stupid comment that's meant only to hurt, to belittle, or to insult me specifically but other people in general.
Having said that, I promise to give it one more try but at the same time, if I post a comment or a point of view here on guestbook and receive one of her usual comments, then all bets are off. Thanks again for the intervention and I wish you and your family the best Thanksgiving day ever.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/22/2017 at 9:04 pm:

As do I. I hope you will agree that we can disagree and debate in a far more respectful manner than has been exemplified on this forum in recent weeks.

I certainly accept the responsibility for the part I have played in that, but I hope your wise advice will put an end to the insults and name-calling. I promise you that I will do my best to end it.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 11/22/2017 at 8:28 pm:
Ms Sheppard -- thanks for that post articulating the various platforms and positions of the Democrat Party for 2017 and beyond. It all appears to be very good stuff--on the surface.

As always, the devil is in the details. While reading thru the list, I couldn’t help but shake my head a bit as I pondered the Democrat specifics behind all of those talking points and positions. I’m sure that we WILL have MUCH to debate and disagree over regarding those specifics!

And THAT, I submit to you, is what makes this such a valuable public forum. We are living in the most information-saturated age in history, and there is no reason for ANY citizen to be uninformed or misinformed about ANY issue, be it local, national, or international. To be a responsible voter, you have to be a knowledgeable voter.

I am looking forward to continuing these dialogues….
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/22/2017 at 7:50 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

I will refer you again to the Democratic Platform 2017 Overview as to Democratic priorities and goals for the nation:

1. Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class
2. Create Good-Paying Jobs
3. Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality
4. Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Inequality
5. Protect Voting Rights, Fix our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy
6. Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice
7. Provide Quality and Affordable Education
8. Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans
9. Support our Troops and Keep Faith with Our Veterans
10. Confront Global Threats
11. Protect Our Values
12. Be a Leader in the World

On a state level, a statement of our North Carolina priorities for 2018 has recently been released in draft form, and has four main areas of focus:

1. More jobs with better paychecks. The goal is for everyone able to work to have a job with at least a living wage. We believe everyone able to work should have a full-time job that allows them to fully support their family.

2. A better system of public education. We believe that a quality education is the key to a better job, economic freedom, and more opportunities for success. The goal is for every student in NC to have equal access to
a good quality public education, including accessible job training and affordable post secondary education.

3. An end partisan and racial gerrymandering. The goal is to eliminate any partisanship in drawing voting districts and make voting districts as concise as possible to allow better access to representatives by their constituents. Voters should select the representative instead of the office holder choosing their voters.

4. Improved access to affordable health care. We believe health care is a human right and that every North Carolinian should be able to access affordable health care no matter their income or location. We support national health care and expanding Medicaid to make sure everyone in our state can see a doctor when they need to.

Again, this is a draft and Democrats across the state will be providing input to determine the finished statement.

The goals of the local Democratic Party for 2018 have not been finalized, but obviously relate to the 2018 elections for the most part. The fact that so many lawsuits have resulted from the actions of the NCGA to change election laws make it somewhat difficult to finalize our goals until things like voting district lines are determined
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 11/22/2017 at 7:14 pm:
Jerry D -- with respect to your on-going feud with Ms Sheppard, allow me to offer the following quote from Judge Antonin Scalia (partial quote): “I attack ideas. I don't attack people. And some very good people have some very bad ideas. “

Point being, while you may heartily and gustily disagree with Ms Sheppard’s unapologetically liberal stance on most things, it is past time to stop vilifying her with puerile name-calling. I am asking you--as a personal favour--to restrain the heated rhetoric. Edit whatever it is you intend to write, remove the bombastic ad hominem attacks, and proceed to dismantle her liberal/progressive position, whatever it might happen to be.

Shouldn’t be too hard, given that the Democrat Party of today has STILL not been able to articulate what it stands for, nor has it installed a visible, public, and official ‘voice’ for itself. And I am still waiting for Ms Sheppard to articulate what she believes are the core principles and beliefs of the Democrat Party. Because whatever those core beliefs might be, the Democrat Party sure has strayed from them!
Don Don from Bladenboro wrote on 11/22/2017 at 7:11 pm:
I completely support freedom of speech and one's right to say or post anything they like, but this constant back and forth that goes on between 3 or 4 contributors (no matter the subject matter) is almost comical. I personally go to guest book to see if there are any particular announcements, etc, but this site is so monopolized by a very few it makes it a waste to even click on the link. Before you say it, yes, I know I can simply stop clicking on the link, which is exactly what I will now do.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/22/2017 at 7:01 pm:
Jerry Jackson,

You did not answer the question.

You continue to say that I am the one being uncivil. Are you being "civil" when you call me "the daughter of Satan", "the wicked witch of the west", "a moron", "a liar","a fool", etc?

When you stop calling me names and making hateful remarks about me in your posts, then we will have no need to communicate further. Just as I told you months ago.

You ignore me, and I will ignore you.
Jerry D Jerry D from Tar Heel wrote on 11/22/2017 at 6:24 pm:
To all readers of guestbook:

Over the last few days I've written down all the gas prices of the local gas stations here in Elizabethtown and no, I wasn't surprised at what I found. But I was surprised to find a little competition going on, seriously.
Take note of the following: Sunoco-$2.41, Go Gas-$2.41, the BP station-$2.41, Community Mart-$2.41 and here comes the competition, at the local Carolina Petrol you'll find a savings of $.01 as there gas is being sold for a whopping $2.40. Wow! I can't imagine what I'd do with all of the money I could be saving.
But then again, I don't buy my gas in town because we can save about $.20 per gallon in Fayetteville, Lumberton, Whiteville, Wilmington and Clinton. Elizabethtown = greed.
Jerry D Jerry D from Tar Heel wrote on 11/22/2017 at 6:09 pm:
To all who have been paying attention:

It doesn't matter who it is or how many times you've asked for civility in the many postings here on guestbook. If I've told you once I've told you many times that you're barking up the wrong tree, because that woman from TAR HEEL has NO desire to be civil and when anyone even brings it up, you always get the kind of crap she wrote just below this posting. She professes to be a retired professional but I'm telling you this, I've never seen a professional act as stupid, vile, ridiculous, vicious, hateful, foolish, vindictive and idiotic as this woman does.
Is there any wonder why she is described as "the wicked witch of the west," "the daughter of Satan," "a moron," "a liar," and "a fool?" People try to be nice and civil and the only thing intelligent she can come up with is the kind of trash you see in her most recent posting.
No! There won't be any truce or civility coming from her because that hateful, that very hateful woman doesn't know the meaning of the word. God forgive her.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from TarHeel, NC wrote on 11/22/2017 at 9:29 am:
Jerry Jackson,

So you are being "civil" when you call me "the daughter of Satan", "the wicked witch of the west", "a moron", "a liar","a fool", etc?

You think that is "civil" behavior?
Jerry D Jerry D from Elizabethtown wrote on 11/22/2017 at 8:45 am:
To: Charlotte Smith

Well said Ms. Smith, well said. For way to long some people have called for the destruction of our police forces while building up the criminals as hero's.
Ms. Mitzi Perdue of the Perdue Chicken Co., said very nicely this morning on FOX NEWS that its about time for us as a people, to start talking about what "unites us as a country instead of what is tearing us apart." She's ever so right and then I see your posting in which you give praise to our local law enforcement. Way to go Ms. Smith and I wish the best for you and your family during this Thanksgiving season.
Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith from Elizabethtown wrote on 11/22/2017 at 8:30 am:
Our Emergency responders in Bladen County need a big pat on the back! Yesterday a young man was in a standoff with law enforcement. Our Law Enforcement Officers with the Bladen County Sheriff's Office and our Emergency Responders handled the situation with grace, mercy and teamwork. We also need to give a loud shout out to the NC Highway Patrol Officers and Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and SWAT team for all their help. At this time of Thanksgiving, take the time to say thank you to those men and women serving our communities when disaster and tragedy hit.
Jerry D Jerry D from Whiteville wrote on 11/21/2017 at 10:56 pm:

They sure were and we all got that, what's your point?
Listen up. If I'm not mistaken, the point he was making is that people should kiss and make up and to keep our comments civil. I also think that everybody agrees with what he's suggesting with one exception and that is the woman from in or around Tar Heel. She attacks every body that disagrees with her and most have decided not to respond to her in kind. I, on the other hand, refuse to let her insults go unanswered. That's just the way it is. NOW, if she will agree to STOP attacking us, I can guarantee that we, or should I say I, will also lay off her. It's that simple folks. She started this crap and only she can stop it. The ball is in her court. Make a wise decision kemo sabe.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/21/2017 at 8:13 pm:
I believe Confused's remarks were addressed to all four of the regular posters here.
Jerry D Jerry D from Raleigh wrote on 11/21/2017 at 6:27 pm:
To Mr./Ms. Confused:

I wholeheartedly agree with the point you made in your post and the Lord knows that I've tried. I've tried a few times to calm that woman down. I've tried to tell her to back off since she started this ongoing feud but as you can see, she refused. The woman is lost in a small place in her own mind and no one can reach her. I welcome you to try though, you never know. But, you must know up front that it's going to be a very difficult task and I wish you the best of luck. As you can see from her response to you, she is basically telling you to get lost or get hip and that's what some of us have to put up with.
If you've been paying attention, surely you've noticed that no one can ask her a question and receive an intelligent answer. What she is good at though is hating people that oppose her and telling them exactly what she thinks about them.
Again, good luck.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel,NC wrote on 11/21/2017 at 3:00 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

The class action suit against DuPont in West Virginia because of C8 contamination took 20 years to settle, and individual suits are still ongoing. The settlement was for $672 million, but of course much of that went to lawyers!

Many of us wonder if a lawsuit would be settled in our lifetimes, and I wonder if sometimes that isn't the purpose of stalling these kinds of suits.

Dear Confused,

I am a retired teacher. I understand your point about us having other options besides posting here.

Don't you too have that option, as well as the option to ignore what you don't want to read?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 11/21/2017 at 1:36 pm:
Ms Sheppard -- your last two paragraphs are ‘spot on’, and absolutely correct. I believe that the county, and/or all of the affected citizens, should consider coordinating a class action lawsuit. It will take forever, probably cost a ton of money, but if the county itself get behind this, there may be a way to limit or offset the personal expense to the home and business owners. But, as usual, such an action would drag on and on, and everyone will be gray-haired or dead and gone by the time some sort of decision is made. Best solution--in my mind--is construction of a pipeline that can bring in water from another source. That would cost a fortune, too, but….Dupont has deep pockets.
Confused A'boutit Confused A'boutit from Elizabethtown wrote on 11/21/2017 at 12:47 pm:
It completely baffles me when I go on B.O.L. Guestbook and the same people day after day sling mud at one another. If I felt as strongly as some of you do about the issues you patronize each other over I would want to do more about it than smear it in another ones face. Do each of us not think that those individuals who look to bring harm to us a nation feed off of us doing this to one another. We are supposed to stand together so that the REPUBLICANS or DEMOCRATS do not take control from us as a nation. Citizens out number elected officials by night and day. How is our government supposed to listen to us when individuals hate on each other as they do here DAILY on this Guestbook. It would seem as though, those of you with constant disputes over each others thoughts and beliefs should possibly sit down face to face over some coffee or chamomile tea. The thing about that though is, that is what is supposed to make this nation great, is the fact that we can all like different things and have different ideas about all aspects of life without persecution. whether it be from the government or our next door neighbor. Are all of the squabbling individuals retired...? Just asking, because some of you write novels about what is bugging you....???
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/21/2017 at 10:58 am:
Mr. Schaeffer,

I doubt that Melania Trump would do much about any Trump sexual misbehavior given that they both appeared on Howard Stern's show and discussed having sex with other people spiced up their marriage. She has been very honest in interviews that she married him for his money, so I doubt she cares very much what he does, other than how it affects their prenuptial agreement, reportedly $35 million.

There was a very lengthy presentation by the NC Department of Envirinmental Quality at last night's County Commissioner meeting about the GenX contamination.

Levels of GenX are rising in the county water system, and more and more residential wells are being found to contain GenX, over 300 so far with 83 at very high levels. The contamination is in the surface water of rivers, lakes, and streams. It is in ground water wells and aquifers, and it is in the air.

One thing was made abundantly clear at the meeting- our Commissioners are not capable of even understanding the magnitude of this problem and have no idea what to do.

Vice Chairman Ray Britt repeatedly said he was "concerned". Ashley Trivette asked a few questions, all of which had answers that had been already widely reported in the news if she had bothered to ever read a newspaper. Ophelia Mann-Goins brought forth some uestiins on behalf of some citizens who had contacted her for help. Mike Cogdell asked questions about other chemical contaminants from DuPont and about DuPont's own domestic water supply.

Our own District 3 Representative Russell Priest sat there and said nothing. But I am sure he will soon be asking for our votes again. He has already made a couple of half-hearted appearances in the area.

The commissioners did discuss how they might find loans or grants to deal with the costs to move the county well from our area to a "safer" location and provide county water to more people in the area.

In my opinion they should be looking for a good environmental lawyer to protect Bladen County and its citizens from DuPont/Chemours. But at least Charles Ray Peterson wasn't there vowing to sue DEQ for interfering with DuPont/Chemours profits.
Jerry D Jerry D from Wilmington wrote on 11/21/2017 at 10:34 am:
To the readers of guestbook-all:

I'd like to throw my two cents worth in as it concerns that sick, ungrateful, opportunistic father, LaVar Ball. He's the father of the young man who, as privileged as he is, saw a need to steal a product while visiting China. The father told us and the world that stealing is no big deal, meaning that his son and the other two young men shouldn't have been stopped in the first place. What a father to have as a role model, hue? A father that allows his son to steal without any form of punishment, every kids dream, right?
What really needs to happen is that all colleges and universities should bar the three young men from ever playing basketball while enrolled in their institution. Since his father never taught him the difference between right and wrong, maybe that would. But sadly that's not going to happen. It's not going to happen because the young man involved has a valuable commodity to sell. That commodity is his ability to play basketball and that ability would make him and his mooching father a lot of money. That's in addition to the money he could make for UCLA and the owner of a future professional basketball team.
Don't root for these thieves and please don't ever buy anything that his father tries to sell.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 11/21/2017 at 10:22 am:
Ms Sheppard -- when I used the word ‘fun’ in describing comparisons of bad behaviour of politicians, I was using it sarcastically. I thoroughly agree with your 0958 post: ‘Our leaders should be held to high standards, and if they cannot or will not abide by those standards they do not deserve to be in leadership positions.’ Now--thus far--the President has behaved himself comparatively well, I believe. But--if he ‘falls off the wagon’, and engages in conduct unbecoming our Senior Executive, he fully deserves to be challenged. Frankly, I think if Trump misbehaved, his wife would beat the snot out of him.

As for all of the other political wonks, media celebrities, and other assorted species that cannot keep their hands to themselves, yes---I DO find it entertaining (in a sordid way), because it only reaffirms what we’ve already known about them. They’re largely pompous, self-righteous twits who delusionally believe that their misbehaviour will never catch up to them, all the while castigating someone like Trump for being crude. You know what they say about Karma, right?

On another note, Ms Sheppard’s Letter To The Editor in today’s edition of the Journal is noted, and reiterates some of the same talking points which we have discussed about contaminated ground water in previous posts here. The lack of accountability and of taking responsibility for its failures does not serve Chemours well, and they should rightly be held to a standard by the DEQ which demands full disclosure and accountability. The lives, and the livelihood, of all of the residents surrounding the Chemours plant is being held hostage by the failure of the plant to regulate its waste water discharge.

I’ve said it before: it may be time for all of the affected area residents to file a class action lawsuit against Chemours. It may ALSO be time for affected county residents to petition the DEQ at the state level, and to file formal petitions to all of our state House and Senate leaders for relief, so that it becomes an issue for the Federal government as well. There HAS to be ways by which a squeaky wheel can get noticed, and thus far, I feel like the county residents affected by these faulty waste water discharges are being ignored, and dismissed. Providing them with bottled water and no good explanations, or game plan for the future, does not cut it.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/20/2017 at 9:58 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer,

Interesting that you find it "fun" to compare the immoral behavior of politicians. I find it discouraging that there is so much to compare about these people, usually men, that are supposed to be leaders in our country.

Do you not think that sexual misconduct is disqualifying for an elected office?

Have you seen the report of the Ohio state legislator who resigned last week? He ran his campaign on a family values, traditional marriage, and anti-gay platform.

Turns out this married, conservative Christian Republican got caught having sex in his legislative office with another man.

During his campaign he sexually assaulted the teenaged son of a large conservative Christian donor, and the Ohio Republican Party returned the donor's money and covered up the crime, calling their candidate the "rising star" of the state Republican Party.

Yes, there are plenty of these kinds of actions from both parties. But the fact that both sides do it does not change the fact that it should not be happening. Our leaders should be held to high standards, and if they cannot or will not abide by those standards they do not deserve to be in leadership positions.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/20/2017 at 9:32 pm:
According to Mr. Schaeffer,"There is a principle in law which says that if a witness is caught lying about the littlest thing, then all of that witness’ testimony can be discarded."

It follows to reason that if a person lies about his identity, then anything else he posts can and should be discarded.

Discarded and rejected.
Jerry D Jerry D from North America wrote on 11/20/2017 at 8:24 pm:
To the Sheppard woman:

So, of all the points I made in my last posting and as hard as she tried, the woman couldn't come up with an intelligent response. Okay. I get that. When this Liberal Democrat is presented with one or more points of interest to consider and she finds them too difficult to answer, she always resorts to attacking another poster. Pity.
What's the big deal with a person's location? Aren't we all Americans? Aren't we all North Carolinians and aren't most of us from this part of the state and county? What's the big deal anyway? It does drive her crazy, doesn't it?
I would never call you or anyone else for that matter, a liar, if you or anyone else DIDN'T tell so many LIES. If what you have to discuss is truthful and has merit, why do you have to lie and put false words into the mouths of other people? You don't, so grow up.
By the way Patricia Ann Sheppard, I'm pretty sure that the usual readers of guestbook know my full name by now. After all, you've listed on guestbook a number of times. You still remind me of a little girl who to whoever will listen: "na-na-na-na-na, I know who you are." Take your pill lady and every thing will be alright by morning.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 11/20/2017 at 6:09 pm:
I will concede that Republicans don’t hold the high moral ground when it comes to matters of ethical behaviour or conduct. Like their Democrat counterparts, they are every bit as scurrilous, and every bit as likely to ‘sugar-coat’ their misdeeds, if only to retain some modicum of dignity to their otherwise tawdry reputation, and to (they hope) retain their position of power and authority. It has nothing to do with owning up to their bad behaviour--it has EV’rything to do with keeping their office, and (of course) keeping the money rolling in.

Of course, the Democrats are every bit the same. What Jerry D is pointing out (I think) is that the media reaction is most often very different, and usually heavily slanted toward crucifying the Republican on the cross of public shame, while (all too often) summarily dismissing the Democrats misbehaviour as a one-off incident---“Nothing to see here, move on.”

Of course, SOMEtimes it becomes such an egregious, in-your-face sort of abuse that even the liberal-loving mainstream media can’t ignore the sheer tawdriness of the offense, and they actually report on it!

It’s just a matter of to what degree, and to what extent. The incident many years ago of Ted Kennedy deliberately allowing a young woman in his car to drown at Chappaquiddick comes to mind. The second-term Senator waited nearly 10 HOURS to report the accident, and offered virtually no explanation for leaving Mary Jo Kopechne in the car to drown other than that he "panicked." Kennedy later went on to enjoy a substantial and rewarding career in the Senate, and to be lauded by the press as ‘the Lion of The Senate’. What he REALLY was, was a drunken, out-of-control frat boy and a coward. At the time of the incident Kennedy’s wife was at home, 7 months pregnant, and Mary Jo Kopechne was clearly NOT a mere friend hitching a ride.

The press duly reported the whole thing, but, as I’ve just noted, Kennedy moved on. This seems to be the pattern with the press regarding Democrat peccadillos, and has most certainly been true regarding Bad Boy Billy Clinton. But, those darn ol’ Republicans keep bringing all that Oval Office sex stuff back up!

It’s fun to make comparisons between the indiscretions of both sides of the aisle. It’s especially interesting to note how the indiscretions from the Left seem to quite often result in untimely deaths, as opposed to the Republican indiscretions, which seems to (lately) result in activist attorney Gloria Allred oozing out of the woodwork to present yet-another tearful story from a woman whose story SHOULD have been heard 30 years ago, and not right before a certain, critical election! Like Herb said, where there is smoke, there’s likely to be fire, but the timing of this publicity surrounding Roy Moore is suspicious, to say the least.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/20/2017 at 4:43 pm:
I can not possibly be the only person to see the irony in someone who uses false identities accusing me of being a liar.

Hypocrite, thy name is Jerry David Jackson of Elizabethtown.

No matter what you claim otherwise.
Jerry D Jerry D from Fayetteville wrote on 11/20/2017 at 3:48 pm:
Hello guestbook readers:

Be thankful, for we are truly blessed. That woman Ms. Sheppard has once again crammed words down my throat by saying that I "choose not to believe the accusers of judge Moore and President Trump because I do not want their accusations to be true." That's just another "bald faced" lie in a long string of "bald faced" lies being told by Ms. Sheppard. At this time of the year, please forgive her and pray that she will find a way to tell the truth to get her point across and not half to tell one lie after another.
As for the many accusers of Dems and Republicans alike, I wouldn't believe any of them until sufficient proof is presented to convict them. There is no District Attorney in this country that will take a case to trial without sufficient proof to convict. So, you're a teacher and a student comes forward and accuses you of demanding sex from them or their grades will suffer. Will you resign or demand your accuser to present the evidence? If all it took was an accusation, one person after another, male and female, would be losing their jobs and respectability on a daily basis. Is that the way you want this country to be run? Get real people, if someone did something bad to you, talk to somebody about it. If the proof is there, I know that something will be done about it. Unless your last name is Clinton that is.
Patricia Sheppard Patricia Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 11/20/2017 at 2:01 pm:
I am not INSINUATING that some conservatives are hypocritical about sexual misconduct, I am STATING that they are hypocritical when they call women who accuse Roy Moore and Donald Trump LIARS, but choose to believe women who accuse Bill Clinton and other Democrats of the same wrongdoing.

To say that conservative Republicans are holding Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly, etc. to the same standard they hold Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, etc. is absolutely false.

Not once on this site has a conservative asked for any Clinton or Weinstein accuser to provide proof or evidence, nor has any conservative stated that they doubt those accusers or made excuses for Clinton or Weinstein. You have for Moore and Trump.

You choose not to believe Moore and Trump accusers because you do not want their accusations to be true.

From Republican blogger Jennifer Rubin:

"Republicans will tell your they support Moore and Trump as vehicles to policy goals. That assumes (falsely) that their policy goals are noble when they are actually unrealistic, unpopular, inconsistent and unconservative. Run up the debt, say the fiscal hawks. Take away health-care coverage, say the GOP “reformers.” Ban Muslims, round up Dreamers and slash legal immigration say the “Constitutional conservatives” and “market capitalists.” Worst of all: Vote for “values,” say the charlatans who backed Trump.

In truth, the goals these Republicans care about, if they ever did, have long ago been sublimated (they certainly changed them entirely) to the goal of holding power, of winning. When that is the highest calling they’ll vote for alleged child predators, racists and just about anyone else with an “R” next to his or her name. The result is moral chaos, political malfeasance and gross incompetence. And a President Trump."
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