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William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/23/2021 at 2:59 pm
Brad, I'm about as Liberal as anyone and I agree 100% on the term limits. The best thing we can do is to end "Citizens United". It opened the flood gates of money that is now flooding our political system. It was a Republican Law ok'd by Conservative Supreme Court Justices. Barry O even called out the Justices who passed it during a State of the Union address. Samuel Alito especially, who knew he was mentioned without his name being uttered. I'm also in favor of a flat tax. One for Businesses and one for Citizens paid when you purchase anything.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/23/2021 at 8:37 am
Brad,
I agree with everything you just said it is time to drain the swamp on parties.The bottom line is it is GREED and control a bunch rich getting richer at the expense of the working man.I bet you don't hear from the Liberals on your comment if you do I will be surprised.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/22/2021 at 11:10 pm
Everything is done now along party lines and has very little to do with the best interest of our communities, state, and country. We need to vote out some of these lawyers, business owners, and lifetime politicians. They need to be replaced with construction workers, farmers, teachers, homemakers, and your everyday people. We need term limits on every level of government so that we can limit people using positions of government to enhance their wealth and power. Politics should be something that not many want to do, but have to do as a service to their communities and country.

You want to balance the budget in short order. Put a person in office that has experience living on a fixed income from paycheck to paycheck. We really need to work on infrastructure. We need a project manager in the construction industry to head that up. Too often people are elected to office and they assign their friends to jobs they have no business doing and don't know how to do it.

So why can't we get more everyday people in politics? First off, they spend too much time trying to bring in a check to get into politics. Secondly, the political parties control everything from the national to local elections. They choose the candidates that they want and it is going to be someone who walks the party line. Gone are the days where you have a Republican who sides 50% of the time with Democrats or a Democrat who sides 50% of the time with a Republican. However, that is where I believe most people really reside politically.

Something has to change with our political system for us to get the country back under control. I would love to do away with the power of political parties by adding more to the mix, but that is far fetched. The only path I can see is placing term limits on every seat. Two terms is plenty for someone in Congress and Senate. If your terms are up in Congress, go try the Senate or Presidency. If you served as a County Commissioner for two terms, go for NC Congress or NC Senate. How does a person who has been in the same position for 30 years have new ideas?
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/22/2021 at 9:08 am
Billy, good to see you back involved with the bantering. North Carolina is still what it has been, THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. We are doing quite well considering the Congress is wanting a private citizen to sit before them and tell them the truth so they can denigrate him for standing by his friends. Thank God the nine; they may turn out to be as famous as the "seven", I believe it was, down in one of sea coast towns from years gone by. Thank God the Congress has no power to impeach him, although I'm sure yours and "pops" party is trying to find a way. By the way, how do you like that democrat judge who ruled that hippos are people? Just what we democrats need, some REALLY BIG kin folks. Rumor has it that "pops' will nominate her for a Supreme Court position. Our only hope is that a position will not come open.
William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/21/2021 at 10:52 pm
Only 9 Republicans voted to have Steve Bannon prosecuted for thumbing his nose to Congress. NO Congressman or Congresswoman from North Carolina voted to have this man punished.

What has North Carolina become?😥
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/21/2021 at 9:28 pm
Just read, this school principal month. God bless the memory of Bladenboro High School Principal J W Black and his wife from back in the 1950's and 60's. And thank God for the Principal of Pinecrest High School in Pine hurst NC, our daughter Stefanie Phillips.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/21/2021 at 8:59 pm
Brad, appreciate the article about the "hippo" judge. Got my curiosity up but wanted to make sure. She is a democrat. Sure hope President Biden doesn't find out about this. If there is an opening on the Supreme Court he might just put the "hippo" judge's name in nomination.

This just another incident on the abortion trail since Roe v Wade got on the books. I found the expression, "will help the hippos in their lawsuit not to die--that's the immediate impact of it." Maybe that is the reason that Roe v Wade has not been overturned; the unborn babies have not brought suit. If a "community of hippos" can bring a lawsuit then surely the "community of unborn humans" can bring suit to live. Hopefully, the lawyers that have been involved in the Roe v Wade situation will help the "unborn humans" bring suit so they can live. Surely a human being is worth more than a "hippo", even if as the Christmas song does say "all I want for Christmas is a hippo". God have mercy on this untoward generation.

Speaking of this current generation, the PRAYER MEETING over in Bladenboro is still going on. Great crowd of bothers and some sisters in Christ out there tonight. Great devotion, great praying, and great fellowship. Will continue each night, except Oct 29 & 30 until Nov. 5 when the revival will start. Pray bothers and sister pray, on the square in Bladenboro if possible. If raining, bring an umbrella. When was the last time you prayed under an umbrella? If it rains, maybe the Dover Brothers Quartet could drop by and sing "Didn't It Rain, Rain, Rain". Beautiful moon out there tonight and a beautiful Spirit was out there too. Believe it was the Precious Holy Spirit of God. Everyone on both sides of the river have a good restful nights sleep.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/21/2021 at 7:23 pm
Please see the information below from an article on Yahoo.com. It is in other publications, but I chose this one. It basically says that a Federal Judge in Ohio ruled that hippos are people in an effort to save their lives. Just imagine if a judge would rule that a fetus in a human being was an actual person. Maybe we could save them from being killed as well. Too bad we must save a few hippos instead. What a crazy world we live in.

"At a federal court in Ohio, magistrate Judge Karen Litkovitz last week granted the request of the plaintiffs, the "Community of Hippopotamuses Living in the Magdalena River."

The ruling was based on a US law that allows an "interested person" in foreign litigation to request US depositions to help their case.

"In granting the application...the court recognized the hippos as legal persons with respect to that statute," ALDF said in a statement.

Christopher Berry, ALDF's managing attorney, told AFP on Thursday the district court order "will help the hippos in their lawsuit not to die -- that's the immediate impact of it."
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/21/2021 at 1:05 pm
Herb, it has been entertaining. Hope you bagged up all your marbles; maybe you and Jack can find some level ground, draw a circle on it and shoot a game or two. The game of marbles is not "boring" provide you use the right "shooter". Sort of rough on the knees. Hate to see you say "bye" just when things were getting "interesting" not "boring". Take care of yourself over there on the other side of the river and let us on this side of the river know if a revival "breaks out" over there.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/21/2021 at 12:31 pm
Herb,
Thanks I feel the same.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/21/2021 at 9:22 am
Mitchell Brisson, The Truth is: You have become boring! I can not handle boring! Bye!
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/21/2021 at 9:11 am
GC.... check out Article VI of the Constitution.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 9:28 pm
Brad, thanks for pointing out the FACT that the means is already in place for people to get voter ID's. Judges overturning the votes of North Carolina voters is the great example of voter suppression that has occurred in the last 100 years and the democrats own it.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/20/2021 at 9:16 pm
Hi Herb,
What about the fact that voter ID was put on a ballot and the voters of NC approved it? As far as crimes go I highlighted a few in many posts back. One in Mexico, one in France, and one in Great Britain. Just because a crime doesn't happen in our state that doesn't mean we shouldn't put things in place to prevent it. We know the potential is there.

There are a lot of people that work polls in small communities that know people. But this is not just Bladen County. I can guarantee you that when I voted in Union County not one person knew me.

As far as expenses go there are 115 drivers license offices in NC. I believe there is at least one in each county. They have the equipment on hand to make government issued IDs. I am all for cleaning up the voter registration database as well. Anything that lets your vote and my vote count the same as everyone else's we should do it. It wouldn't take much computer code to automate the database to purge automatically for certain reasons. We have cars that can drive themselves, but government can't manage a database application. Now we are making the case for less government. 😄
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 5:45 pm
I have never in my life seen such a disgrace to America tune in to Fox News and see Joey give his life history.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 3:53 pm
Herb,
What you say about me is nothing but guilt on your part you can't handle the truth so move on.Read you past post I seen some misspelled words but I want call you out on it Mr. Perfect.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 3:34 pm
Herb,
Well from what I read Herb you need all the scripture you can get but apparently it is doing you no good.And for your comment we are all sinners saved by grace.I pray everyday if I said or done anything not pleasing to him to forgive me.I wonder how you liberals think or ask God for his mercy and grace on a daily bases I doughty it.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/20/2021 at 2:33 pm
Mitchell Brisson, You really are incapable of writing a paragraph without being critical, derisive, or casting aspersions towards some group of people. Your comment that “Common-sense and Education” are some how mutually exclusive beggars the imagination and is really stupid!

You really should learn about simple punctuation. It will not affect your common sense.

Better still, read the writings of your friend Brad Dowless. He actually knows how to put forward an idea and provide evidence without the discussion degenerating into a name-calling fit.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 12:41 pm
Herb,
It amazes me you say I have mangled up sentences but you always come back with a comment. They must not be mangled you are a typical Duke grad think you know everything. I would rather have common sense anyday than so called book sense.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/20/2021 at 12:36 pm
Brad Dowless, if I could see a few crimes committed then I would likely be on your side. But the truth is I do not see any. Perhaps a very few attempts that were caught and corrected.

This bill is both complex and expensive. Supplying each county with photo-ID equipment and personnel will not be inexpensive, And given this sstate’s history of racial voter manipulation (Surgical Precision), every court is going to be suspicious.

Would it not be better to start out with something more simple? Say just a drivers license and if that is not available use a power bill, water bill, or personal attestation by the Chief Judge (My wife, a long time poll worker, says she has never seen anyone vote that she did not know)

But the truth is, if you feel it is essential to increase voter security, then invest these funds into cleaning up the Voter Registration Database. It will have far more impact than a law for crimes that do not appear to exist.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 12:35 pm
Brad,
As long as we have the liberal left in charge they will always holler suppression on the black community. It is all political propaganda they have been doing it for years.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 12:29 pm
Mitchell, When you aren't challenged you show forth Christian virtue and when you are challenged you show forth Christian virtue. Sounds like you show forth Christian virtue regardless of the circumstances life brings to you. What an honor. Keep up the great work brother.

As for Herb, remember the Pharisees were fair -you-see because they believed in the resurrection from the dead. The other group, Sadducees were sad-you-see because they did not believe in the resurrection from the dead. One thing they did agree on was tempting the Son of God(look just past the middle of the book of Matthew). Interesting thing here is that the Pharisees and the Sadducees caused the disciples to begin to get confused but the "Word", Jesus, helped them to get their thoughts corrected. It will do that if a man will let it.

Thank you Herb for "allowing" me to come along and mention scripture to help you stay corrected. By the way, I have heard of "mini" Cooper cars but does a "MINI-Herbie" look like? Oh, I forgot, the little VW in the movie, The Love Bug. You are getting almost as good as Billy Butler as he alludes to his favorite football star Dick Butkus. That prayer meeting is for people across the river also. The ministers of the gospel here in Mother Bladen are getting serious about getting our beloved county prayed up and revived up. Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day on both sides of the river. Sounds almost heavenly doesn't it?
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/20/2021 at 11:32 am
Mitchell Brisson, whenever you feel challenged, you revert to “Christian Virtue Signaling”. You remind me of the old Pharisees who stood in the street regaling the crowd with their sinless life. On second thought you may just be morphing into a GC Mini-Me. Either way, GC will be along in a minute to quote some more scripture.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/20/2021 at 9:04 am
I am still trying to figure out why S.B.824 is not fair for all races. You had a Democrat Governor who vetoed it and 2 Democrat Judges who struck it down. They wrote “because it was adopted with a discriminatory purpose.” “North Carolina’s Voter ID law, was enacted with the unconstitutional intent to discriminate against African American voters,”

Have you guys actually read the bill and what is accepted? Can you guys who say these are not fair point out the one below that is discriminatory? The bill even has exemption to voter ID for Religious Objection (Certain Amish groups), for reasonable impediment , and natural disasters.

Reasonable impediments:
- Inability to obtain photo ID due to lack of transportation, disability or illness, lack of birth certificate or underlying documents required, work schedule, or family responsibilities.
- Lost or stolen photo ID.
- Photo ID applied for but not yet received by the voter voting in person.
- Other reasonable impediment, which would require a brief written statement of the reasonable impediment by the voter

This is all a load of crap politics and the citizens are the ones caught in the middle. The citizens voted for voter ID and 2 judges are suppressing our vote. We have 35% of this country who do not believe our elections are fair. Please, just explain to me why a person of color does not meet the requirements to vote under this law. Did I miss the section in the bill that said people of color must have different ID requirements? The list is below, but don't forget the exemptions. This fight is about politics and people seeking reelections. It is not about common sense and protecting our right for a free and fair election.

Any of the following that contains a photograph of the voter and is valid and unexpired, or has been expired for one year or less:
- NC drivers license.
- NC special identification card or other form of non-temporary ID issued by the DMV.
- US passport.
- NC voter photo identification card.
- Tribal enrollment card issued by a state or federal recognized tribe.
- Student identification card issued by a constituent institution of The University of
North Carolina, a community college, or eligible private postsecondary institutions, if
approved by the State Board.
- Employee identification card issued by a state or local government entity, including a
charter school, if approved by the State Board.
- Drivers license or special identification card issued by another state, D.C., or a territory or commonwealth of the US, only if the voter's voter registration was within 90 days of the election.
Any of the following that contain a photograph of the voter, regardless of whether the card contains an expiration or issuance date:
- US military identification card.
- Veterans Identification Card issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs for use
at Veterans Administration medical facilities.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 8:58 am
Mitchell, You are correct about that one man, Jesus Christ. Always take courage in this battle for the soul of our nation; remember, if they crucified Jesus what do we expect for ourselves. In fact, Jesus said that if they hate you it is because they hated me first.

Herb, you say that you can get a pretty good clue as to a persons politics by the way they write and form sentences, but yet someone else can't make the same inference from the way you write and form sentences. To paraphrase an old saying, what you write speaks so loud I can't understand a single thought you are trying to get across. And that is not a good sign for a Duke graduate. Each of us has a God given and American right to state our case; you yours, Mitchell his, myself mine, and every person theirs. It is called freedom of speech and the last time I checked, everyone still has that right unless they are screaming "Fire" in a jam packed building when their is no fire.

By the way everyone in Mother Bladen, there is a PRAYER MEETING being held over in Bladenboro each evening at 7 pm right there in the middle of town where the new concert stage has been built. Short devotion and then prayer. My understanding is it will be held each evening except the October 29 & 30 and then a 3 night revival will be held starting Nov. 5th at the same location. Everyone invited. A good time was had by all last night under the canopy of an almost full moon.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2021 at 8:29 am
Herb,
There was only one perfect man and I have never claimed to be one.He died on a old rugged cross for all mankind.This world is not going to get better unless everyone gets back on there knees and ask God to heal them of there sins and follow him.We need to be praying for the leaders of this great nation before they completely destroy it from within sad but true.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/19/2021 at 6:05 pm
Mitchell Brisson, you do not know me and you have no idea what my politics are. One look at your mangled sentence structure and I get a pretty good clue as to yours.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/19/2021 at 5:17 pm
Herb
I can't understand you and the lady in Duart called me a bitter little man..that's your and her opinion. And it appears to me that some people on her call people out and you do the same thing.It is beyond my belief how you liberals always twist and distort things to fit your narrative.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/19/2021 at 4:56 pm
GC… What is wrong is that you and Colonel Jessup seem unable to distinguish between a fair Photo-ID law and the one proposed by the NC Legislature. Have you ever wondered why other states can have their Photo-ID laws passed through the courts and the NC proposals are tossed out?
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/19/2021 at 12:20 pm
Mirchell Brisson, Are you capable of making a statement without mocking, or being derisive of some one else? I do not know you, but recently a poster on here referred to you as a “Bitter Little Man”. I am beginning to understand why she spoke so strongly. Just because a person does not agree with some portion of your political philosophy does not mean that they are shallow minded! (I am sure GC will be on shortly to point out that you did not say that….)
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/19/2021 at 12:18 pm
Herb, what is wrong? you having rough time believing that the BOE member would actually state, "I have no problem with a voter ID law that is fair...." believe there was a man in the Bible who stated "what I have written I have written". the BOE member wrote it so one has to take the BOE member at the BOE member's word. I too found it hard to believe, but it is on this site in black and white.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/19/2021 at 8:53 am
GC… if you will read the rest of the post of 9/27 you will see where the poster explains why she feels the NC Photo-ID is not fair, nondiscriminatory, or constitutional. Let me make it simpler. I know of no lady on the BOE who is in favor of the NC Photo-ID law.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/18/2021 at 11:37 pm
How can anyone say voter suppression when people can do what they want for 364 days a year but on election day they are suppressed .All political propaganda from the left. If you keep telling lies over and over people will start believing it.But I am so glad I'm not that shallow minded.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/18/2021 at 10:56 pm
Herb, you need to keep up. One of the three ladies on the BOE in fact has stated on this site, "I have no problem with a voter ID law that is fair, nondiscriminatory, and constitutional".....9/27/2021.

Don't imagine Jack Nicholson plays marbles. Which brings up another interesting idea; is there an adult marble tournament held anywhere in the world? If Jack has picked up his marbles he might enter the tournament and put his marbles to good use.

Again the only reference I have seen about garbage has come from your post and the "idea" of being against the voter ID law. That is what needs to be kept off the BOE. BOE members should be neutral on that issue as long as they serve on that Board. Thanks for reminding us about "A Few Good Men". One of my grandson's is currently serving in the marine corp and I believe I have heard him say it is one of his favorite movies. Thinks about it quite often especially when he is standing at attention for the pledge and playing of the national anthem and corp hymn. Night all.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/18/2021 at 6:16 pm
GC… Looks like old Jack Nicholson has picked up his marbles and gone home.

So are you telling me that the three ladies on the BOE are in favor ot Photo-ID? I really do not think so. And if they are not, doesn’t that make them “Garbage” according to the old marine?
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/18/2021 at 5:27 pm
Herb
I'm done with this conversation you need to stop your insanity.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/18/2021 at 4:17 pm
It seems there is a difference of opinion on what Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 09/25/2021 at 3:05 pm; so I decided to bring it forward for the current discussion. To the best of my fingers and mind's ability , the following is what I found "For all of you who cannot handle voter ID I have not seen or heard anything that leads to voter suppression; it is all propaganda driven by the liberal failed administration. For someone who believes that garbage should not be on the BOE they are a disgrace to our county and State".

Don't know what movies Mitchell Brisson likes,one of them may be a few good men; for myself I prefer "The Passion of the Christ" myself. "pieces of garbage" does not appear on BOL nor as best as I can remember does it appear in either of the movies I have listed

Everyone have a good "proofreading" day!!!!!!!
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/18/2021 at 12:45 pm
Mitchell Brisson… you must really like that “A Few Good Men” movie!!

If it truly upsets you, then simply go back to your 9/25 post and tell me what words I changed. I do not want to hear what you meant…. Just what words are different. Perhaps it is you who cannot handle the truth?
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/18/2021 at 9:32 am
Herb you might need to read it again if you copied and pasted you changed the wording to fit your narrative. I can't believe how narrow minded some people can be on here.I know what I said but like I said you liberals can't handle the truth. It is beyond your beliefs.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/18/2021 at 8:21 am
Gee Mitchell…. How could I have lied? I literally quoted your text word for word! I am pretty sure I just copied and pasted it.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/18/2021 at 8:21 am
......."Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth , so are my ways higher than yours ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts....."

God, as relayed to humanity by Isaiah his prophet. Have a nice beautiful fall day. It's fall y'all.

Mitchell, well said in your last post. We got to keep aft.er them
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/17/2021 at 10:40 pm
Herb and Bill
You two need to read and comprehend I thought you two were smart men.But it appears to me you are two typical liberals twist and say things you want people to believe.But both of you have lied on what I said and I don't appreciate it one bit.But I know what I said is far from what you two said.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/17/2021 at 4:42 pm
Herb, you are too intelligent a man to be mixing up the Brisson's in Bladen County. All the while I thought we were discussing Mitchell Brisson, which ever one it is. Now it has switched over to W. Brisson!!!! Guess we all have trouble with our finders from time to time. Read Mitchell Brisson's post again, seems to me he does a pretty good of expressing his view points without anyone's help. Now you have went and IDed the Brisson in question; are you getting William Brisson into this little discussion now. I thought he was our State Representative for this area. It is Mitchell Brisson we are trying to help here. You finally made of this little discussion what it is; let each one "make of it what you want. I'm sure we will all survive this little chat and hopefully come out of it better individuals. Anyway, this election should be fairly simple since it is the year for municipal elections; hopefully no voter who lives outside of a town limit will not be able to vote. Now 2024 will be a horse of a different color; we may even get a chance to vote for "William Brisson".
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/17/2021 at 10:28 am
GC… I suppose the next thing you will tell me is that W. Brisson was actually trying to complement the ladies on the BOE? Well… let the man speak for himself! He has a tongue… or at least fingers.

“that garbage should not be on the BOE they are a disgrace to our county and State.+ - William Brisson

Make of it what you want.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/16/2021 at 7:25 pm
Herb, appreciate the date for the "pieces of garbage" quote but it is not there. Go back and read very carefully Mitchell Brisson's post and you will see that you need to apologize to Mr. Brisson. His post was about voter ID. Surely you are not one of those who believe that voter ID is not a good thing. I will not take the time to go through the long long list of things that one must show an ID to enjoy. And as Billy states, to be able to vote is our most cherished possession. Maybe privilege but bot possession. It will not take but just a moment or two to post an apology to Mr. Brisson. Have a good night and blessed Lord's Day.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/16/2021 at 12:00 pm
GC…. Check around 9/25, there you will find the “pieces of garbage” statement.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/15/2021 at 9:38 pm
Just for Billy, today I filled my car up with gas and it took $48.00 to do so. Back in Jan and Feb of this year, it was taking $26 to $32 to fill it up. How you liking those "pops" gas prices Billy.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/15/2021 at 9:30 pm
Herb, good to see you are still doing well, hope things are good for you and your family across the river. Must be getting close to an election with you, Billy, and the Board of Elections coming into play on BOL.

Would asked you to give some clarity on the statement you attribute to Mitchell Brisson about "pieces of trash". Have went back over previous post and can not find where anyone but you have used that expression in the current br-ha-ha about the Election Board. It is understandable that you being a highly educated man would take the education professions side in this matter. Why Billy is so involved that he thinks Mr. Ray Britt is still the Chairman of the county Board of Commissioners and he certainly doesn't believe in helping a friend when he is in need. Evidently he is still tied up with the period of time when the Whigs and Tories, in fact, were having it out. Why is that liberal minded folks always in the course of a discussion think that conservatives are "harrassing"; it is called freedom of speech. After all, Mitchell hasn't hollered "fire" in a crowded theater, at least not as I know of. Of course, Billy, probably thinks Sally Salter was just out collecting or selling eggs. Then you get over to telling another poster on here that he "should be, not just careful, but very careful what ..he says.
After all, being a highly educated man,I'm sure you understand he has has as much right to his opinion as you or I have to ours.

Isn't unusual that you and Billy Butler both mention "harass" or harassment" in consecutive post. Wonder why that is? And the superlatives continue to fly "good, kind, patriotic citizens" from you and "strong ladies, most educated citizens". Sounds almost like you and Billy have hooked up by phone to see which one was going to take which superlatives. Then Billy starts playing the race card by going into the race of two of the female members of the Election Board. Of course, Billy goes off the deep end from time to time. Do either of you men think the pro football player who started the mess about kneeling for the playing of the national anthem is really a "patriotic" citizen. Believe it or not, I don't even remember his name. So much for him.

Finally, it would be a huge injustice to even consider any of these three ladies for the "Order of the Long Leaf Pine". Maybe the Dick Butkus award, Billy! None of them are taking part in what the Governor said should be done before any government meeting. Lighten up on Mitchell, after all, no board of election member should be putting down a voter of Mother Bladen; and after all, there is more than one Mitchell Brisson in Bladen County and I would be surprised if either one of those I know is not a registered voter.

Tomorrow is the Jewish Sabbath and of course the next day is the Lord's Day. Let us all worship, sing praises, give, and pray to the God of heaven and praise Him for his precious Word. After all, "you know when you come down to the end of life's way you gotta be born again" so said Bro. Strickland over in Fayettevile before passing on into heaven.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/15/2021 at 11:42 am
Mitchell Brisson, When you refer to the three ladies on the Board of Elections as “Pieces of Garbage”, it makes one think that you are attempting to harass them. Mitchell, I know them all and I can assure you that they are all good, kind, patriotic citizens. You should be very careful, Mitchell, about what you say, they are not powerless little women.
William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/15/2021 at 8:34 am
Parden me Mitch, it sure looks like unnecessary harassment of 3 strong Ladies who were appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to guard our most precious asset, Our right to Vote. The fact that the 3 appointees have spent their lives educating our children is proof that the Governor chose the most educated citizens among us. Two of these distinguish ladies are African American examples of success and have shown immense fortitude against the wind of bigotry. They deserve the "Order of the Longleaf Pine" Our State's highest honor. You that oppose them oppose me!👊
William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/15/2021 at 8:06 am
People must understand that This Britt guy is still on the Bladen County Commission and on the Board of Bladen's Bloomin. Time for some clarity on how Bladen County Residents taxes are spent.
William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/15/2021 at 7:58 am
Mitch, yes you are harassing our Board Members and the Elected Bladen County politicians don't have the intestinal fortitude to put an end to these attacks. That'll be their last chance of showing they aren't Racists, masagonists and Seditionists.
Do a YouTube search of Ray Britt the current Chairman of the Bladen County qon Bladenonline explaining why he traveled to Raliegh's Central Prison to bail out a guy who's accused of Election Fraud. People who attack My Country must be prepared to meet me and Uncle Sam.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/15/2021 at 6:22 am
I am not harassing anyone Mr.Butler the liberal party can't handle the truth.Because the truth is not in them.If I was a liberal i sure would not let anyone know I would be to ashamed of it.
William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/15/2021 at 6:16 am
Thank you Charlotte Smith for allowing everyone to speak their mind.

Bladenonline is precious to a whole lot of people. You have my compliments...
William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/14/2021 at 11:34 pm
Bladen County Towns with water towers, please put a new coat of paint on them. With the Tories harassing Bladen's Board of Elections again don't be surprised to see your watertowers on the World News. They need to cease and decist . Bladen County Citizens are tired of being embarrassed. The Tories have attached the US Capitol and our Boards of Elections. 😠
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/14/2021 at 7:32 pm
G.C,
I totally agree the Board of Elections officials who can't go by what the governor says about the pledge .Should resign ASAP this is a disgrace to BLADEN COUNTY, THE STATE & AMERICIA. This is what happens when self ideas come in you lose touch with respect and diginity.I would hate to know I was teaching others to be disrespectful for what others bleed and died for.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/14/2021 at 4:15 pm
Nice try Billy, but if President Trump runs in 2024 he will win, so based on your last post the democrats will elect him. Your post is just another incidence of "they will believe a lie rather than the truth.

Mitchell, what is going on with the Board of Elections is nothing new. Four years ago one of the democrats on the board even refused to enter the meeting room until after the Pledge was said. Looks like that one has won over the other two democrats since none of the democrat members are standing for the Pledge. Bother Ronnie Brisson over in Bladenboro pastors a church there on main street beside Birdger Memorial Library; he often has a sign in front of the church which states, "stand for the flag, kneel at the cross". The democrats have it backwards while their leader in Raleigh says all government meetings should start with the Pledge. In fact he said all Council of State meetings start with the Pledge. Your post was great.

Some professional football player started the mess about not standing in respect of the flag. It is amazing, I don't even remember his name and it is not because I have memory lose like the National leader of the democrat party; the man Billy Butler as "pops".

There is a gospel song being played these days about America being sick entitled Somebody go get Jesus. Hope you have heard it. God bless you and keep up the good fight.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/14/2021 at 8:51 am
Nice try Billy, you got to watch President Trump; how can he get re-elected in 2024 if no Republicans vote. Oh, I get it; all the democrats will vote for him because they are getting sick and tired of slow Joe "pops" Biden. Gases prices and Afghanistan pull out. President Biden has lost contact with reality as to how America works. But I still pray for him daily because I have looked in the wings and see who would take over if he resigns or is taken out of office. You need to get yourself a copy of the little paper back book, "Big Lies" and read it to get your eyes opened.

Which leads me to the local scene of politics. Where do you stand Billy and all democrats on the issue of pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States of America? Where do you stand on abortion? Where do you stand on socialism? And the list goes on and on. The Governor who is supposedly the top dog democrat in North Carolina had emphatically stated that the pledge of allegiance should be recited before all government meetings and in fact he says all Council of State meetings begin with the pledge. Could be wrong but I don't believe one will find the Governor sitting when the pledge is said at those meetings. Yet the three members of his party that he appointed as members of the Board of Elections here in Bladen County refuse to take part in the pledge. They got real smart when this issue came up when Roy Cooper was first elected and move the pledge to "before" the monthly meetings are called to order. In fact, one of the democrat members of the board refused to even come in the meeting room until after the pledge was said. "Smart move". But it came after the Roy Cooper said to the whole board that the pledge of allegiance should be recited before "all" government meetings. The Governor needs to look behind him and see if he has any followers. And the interesting thing about this situation is that all three of the democrat members of the Bladen County Board of Elections are on the government till; they are either retired or current school teachers. Should give us some idea of what direction education has went in the last 20 or 30 years.

Killing those little innocent babies even up to and after they are born. That is the democrat party way.

As far as socialism is concerned, every American should get a copy of David Jeremiah's book, "where do we go from here". America is in peril of going under as the leader of the free world unless we wake up. The people of our nation have been trying to tell the government to listen to them and address the things that are going wrong in America. Why Billy, you even address this issue from times to time with the warped sense of the Whigs and Tories.

Mitchell, there is hope for America. It is in Jesus Christ spiritually. It is in the Repeulican Party politically. Vote Republican from the courthouse to the White House. That also takes into account the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh. He controls all 101 election boards in North Carolina.
William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/14/2021 at 7:48 am
Great News !
Trump announced yesterday that if the Republican office holders don't overturn the 2020 election results no Republicans will vote in the 2022 and 2024 elections. Dorothy, America will be safe from Fascism. 😉
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/13/2021 at 9:29 pm
For the people who don't stand the FLAG and disrespect it shame on you.If you don't like America just leave you will not be missed.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/12/2021 at 2:24 pm
Billy, unfortunately in President Biden's case; "ignorance" nor "stupidity" can be fixed. Don't see many democrats bragging about the President's gasoline prices nor the withdrawal from Afghanistan. So far, got to be the worst President in our history.

On to more important things, thought it ironic that on the day after Mr. Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team because of a comment he made 10 OR SO YEARS AGO that Mr. Robert had on his "Thoughts While Shaving " section today, "Never be controlled by three things. YOUR PAST...money and people". How many people can even remember anything they said 10 years ago. "Guilty, I stand before Him guilty, but God's love and compassion set me free" as sung by Jerry Goff years ago. All of us are guilty, and remember one of the apostle's brother when brought to Jesus, was told by the Lord, "I saw you under a certain kind of tree". He has seen us, He still sees us and He will see us. Bank on it or "Bible on it".
William A Butler jr. William A Butler jr. from Charlotte wrote on 10/12/2021 at 1:20 pm
I find it wholly hypocritical for the Republicans to criticize President Biden for low employment numbers while they are the ones perpuating the Covid Pandemic by refusing to wear masks and not getting vaccinated. Ignorance can be fixed stupidity can't. 🤔
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/08/2021 at 10:55 am
There are two problems going on. One is that the systems created by Roosevelt during the 30's were to ensure that people who couldn't find work would not starve to death. Those systems have been expanded since then such that people not only survive but thrive on those systems.

The other is the push on students by educators to continue education through college. This was beat into my head as a kid and it still is from what I understand. People need to realize that success comes from hard work and not a college degree. If you work hard and have a college degree your odds of success increase greatly. However, if you have a 4 year degree in Sociology, Psychology, or Art for example, your earning potential may be more limited than someone without a degree. People need to do a cost/benefit analysis prior to going to college to determine if it is right for them. Saying no to a 4 year college for a technical 2 year degree or a start in a trade is a tough decision when you are being taught that success only follows a 4 year degree.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/07/2021 at 8:42 pm
Jesus Christ RECEIVE AND BELIEVE.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/07/2021 at 5:51 pm
Brad the problem in America today is we have a lot of Lazy people and that is because as long as the government keeps giving hand outs the problem will never go away.They have created this issue and they cannot figure out how to stop it.But they don't want to fix it it would cost them votes sad but true.The Bible says if a man don't work he don't eat. I have been working since I was a teen I used to crop tobacco for your Dad.I now work for a chemical plant in Cedar Creek my Dad always said hard work has never killed anybody. I appericate them days on the farm it made me it made me strive to do my best at anything i set my mind to do.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/07/2021 at 7:45 am
I read two articles this morning that I found interesting. One was of a woman in Colorado Springs, CO who received a letter stating that if she did not receive her Covid shot within 30 days, she was going to be removed from a life-saving kidney donor list. The other was an article on 3 Moderna executives who cracked the top 400 richest people list. Saban and Salk who helped the world move on from polio decided to not patent their work forfeiting billions for the sake of people's health. Moderna fought against the release of the patents that they had and now 3 executives are multibillionaires.

The worst part is the US government helped fund the research to develop and distribute the drugs quickly. It seems the patent fights are over after the WTO kept them in place for both Pfizer and Moderna. As of early August, Pfizer had increased their cost of the drug by 25% per dose from $18 to $22. Moderna was at $25.50 per dose. Rich people funded and paid by the US Government (taxpayers) with free advertisement by the US Government (taxpayers). The US Government also pressures businesses to require these shots or people lose their jobs. It seems as though we are living in communist Cuba?
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/06/2021 at 8:24 pm
Is immigration the answer to the labor shortage and to our Social Security and Medicare shortfalls? There is a lot of things happening on the immigration front lately. I am all for immigration, but it has to be done in a better way than any of the previous Presidents are doing it.

First, we need to expand legal immigration, but we need to do it the right way. We do not have enough immigrants coming legally to this country on a yearly basis. People wanting to become American citizens should apply in their home countries. This application process should be free. Take the money that we are giving to other countries to fund it and to fund starting the immigrants off on the right foot. We should look at skills first and foremost. If you have no money, but can be a skilled trades laborer come on in. The government should help them acquire employment prior to arrival so that they are ready to work shortly after arrival. Most of these people come from countries that don't provide handouts so they are accustomed to working. Put them to work where they can pay taxes, pay healthcare, and retirement. Once working put them on a 24 month probation period where they are not allowed to use government assistance other than what they received to get settled in on arrival. Their families can come to under the same rules with exception to public education. However, the kids would go to a special class for immigrants for a period of time where they learn English and American culture. The adults would need to take classes also. Once they pass through there the children can enter the normal classes. This prevents strain on our teachers.

All illegal immigration entry at any border would then need to be stopped with exception to asylums seekers from Mexico and Canada. Anyone else seeking asylum or immigration would need to do so in their country or a neighboring country. If they choose to camp in Mexico just across the border that is a Mexico problem.

Currently, to become a US immigrant/citizen it requires paying thousands of dollars to lawyers. That needs to stop also. Simply fill out the form, and the US does a check on the person. If they are clear of any crimes then come in and go to work. If they have a criminal record, they simply cannot come here. If they commit a crime for a period of 5 maybe 10 years then they are to be deported. If you are an American that has a DUI, you will not be allowed entry into Canada. I know guys that had that issue. We don't need to immigrate crime, just workers.

We need to limit people with job skills based on the available need. Currently, we need manufacturing workers. That would be the desired skill of the majority of immigrants. When the economy is growing and the job market is hot, the immigration faucet is wide open. As the economy struggles and the jobs are not there, immigration flow is slowed. There are many other immigration problems that these items won't fix, but we can figure it out if we put politics aside and worked together.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/05/2021 at 9:00 pm
Brad,

My son is doing well, although so busy I see little of him these days. I will pass along your regards the next time I do.

I normally avoid Bladen Online like the plague, and visited only because a friend told me I had been referred to as “suspect” in what passes as a news report on this site.

So I doubt we will interact again, but wish you the best and pray for the continued safety of you and your family during the pandemic.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/05/2021 at 4:24 pm
I agree to disagree and that it ok. I hope you can bring your opinion to my future posts and I will not try to twist words.

Please tell your son that I said hello. We were friends in high school and he is a good guy and really good artist. Since I don't have Facebook anymore I don't know how others are doing, but I hope he is doing well.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/05/2021 at 9:39 am
Obviously that last post was from me. That must have happened when I pasted my response into the teeny little box.

My apologies.
Brad, Brad, from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/05/2021 at 9:35 am
Brad,

Just a few final thoughts, as It seems we have reached a good ending place to this conversation.

Research is only valid if the sources used are valid and the entire breadth of sources are included. I could cherry pick a source that has vastly different numbers than those you supplied. Most people choose and tout only sources that prove their point.

The Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal under the US Constitution. A general guide of the court has always been that if it is not explicitly banned under the tenets of the Constitution, it is legal, and if it is explicitly allowed under those tenets it cannot be banned. Some of the justices reportedly personally opposed abortion, but knew it to be legal and followed their oath. The question of when life begins is a complicated one. Some people believe, as you seem to, that it begins at conception. Some believe it begins with the quickening, or at the moment of birth. Ancient Jewish law said it begins 3 months after birth.

Since you tout the unborn as “innocent children” it seems logical that you oppose abortion at any stage of pregnancy and for any reason. So again, I urge you to please follow your conscience the next time you have a pregnancy.

I admit I did not read much past your “I believe”, but I did not say anything about you being “incapable” of anything. I have not read many of your posts, but in those I have I have noticed a pattern of twisting other’s words to suit your own narrative.

Again, I respect your right to believe anything you want to believe. I do not respect your right to think you should be able to force women and girls into pregnancy or childbirth against their will because of your personal opinion.

It is good to try to converse with people who have different opinions if it can be done respectfully, but when it becomes clear that the conversation is not accomplishing anything it is good to end it before it devolves even further. I hope you agree.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/05/2021 at 8:36 am
Patsy,
I would never punish women for having an abortion. However, I would punish the so-called doctors and nurses that perform the procedures.

According to a study in 2004 by the Guttmacher Institute, <0.5% of women surveyed had an abortion due to rape, 3% fetal health problems, and 4% due to physical health problems. In 2018, in Florida, 0.01% was due to incest, 0.14% the woman was raped, 0.27% the woman's life was endangered, and 1% was a serious fetal anomaly.

One of the best things about ObamaCare (ACA) is that you can keep your kids on your health insurance until age 25. We use it for our kids who are starting out. However, according to an article that I found, "the results were true largely only for non-Hispanic white women. Women of color tended to see fewer benefits. That's likely because these effects only occur for women who are able to access health insurance through their parents' plans." My health insurance premiums are getting close to $30,000 per year in 2021 compared to $1,800 in 2005. I am afraid that expansion of ACA will result in my family depending on the ACA which was the original intent. Anyway, different discussion.

I believe that women who engage in the practice of creating a human life and then using an abortion as a means to end that life is incapable of making good reproductive decisions. My wife agrees the same as me and there are countless women who believe the same. You try to deflect from the discussion by saying that I am a male and that I don't understand, however my opinions are always based on subject research. The funny thing is that it was the opinions of 7 men versus 2 men that legalized abortion in this country. I am quite sure you value their opinion. I guess my opinions on immigration, gay rights, the African American community, the military, etc. are also invalid to you since I am none of these things. Your argument that I am a man and therefore incapable of sympathizing with women shows ignorance, especially from someone with such progressive ideals.

My philosophy when voting is as follows:
I choose candidates that I think will win so why waste my vote on a Presidential independent. I then choose #1 who is against killing innocent children. Then the other factors list out after that. In the 2016 Presidential election, my choices were corrupt politicians or corrupt businessman. In 2020, I had one choice only.

You are the one that responded to my original post. People that identify as Christians can have many different beliefs. My belief is that I can't be a Christian if I don't stand up for innocent life, and if I create a pathway for that life to be taken away. A politician's actions are far greater than their words. Biden started out fighting against abortion through legislation. Now his legislation makes it easier to have an abortion. He is such a pro-choice guy that he mandates people to be injected with a drug or lose their job. He is not pro-choice. He is pro-abortion and there is a difference.

My goal is not to change your mind as I knew when you responded to my post that would be impossible. I could care less and I think this forum is a better place if you do not try to justify why you vote a certain way.
However, if one child is saved because of my words it is so worth it to banter back and forth with you.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/04/2021 at 5:32 pm
Brad,

I do not need to justify the way I vote to you or anybody else. I can explain the fact that I vote for candidates who are pro-choice because I am pro-choice.

Many Christians are pro-choice. I know lots of Christians that personally oppose abortion and say they would not have one under any circumstance, but are pro-choice because they believe women have the right to make a different choice for themselves.

That is President Biden’s personal stance on the issue. As a devout Catholic, he personally opposes both abortion and divorce, but does not think his personal beliefs should be imposed on others.

I do understand your question though. I have had the same difficulty grasping why people who seem fo be decent, moral, and claim to be Christian would vote for a person who is so indecent, immoral, and routinely breaks nearly all of God’s law and brags about it.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Herl, NC wrote on 10/04/2021 at 5:09 pm
Brad,

Isn’t the goal of criminalizing abortion to stop them from occurring? It did not stop them before 1975, and it will not stop them in the future.

So the only thing that can happen from making abortion illegal is to punish women and girls who have them.

I do not know your experience with abortion, and it is none of my business. But I do know you have not been impregnated by rape or incest, had your life endangered by pregnancy, or been told that you were carrying a fetus that was was so badly damaged that it had no chance of developing normally and surviving long term. I also know that you have not given birth to a child, or lost one through miscarriage in your own body.

So no, your opinion does not carry the same weight to me as the opinion of someone who has had any of those experiences.

If we can agree that we share the goal of ending the need for abortion, which would make abortions obsolete, I think our conversation could be more constructive.

The number of abortions in the US dropped dramatically when the ACA made birth control widely available to women and girls at little or no cost. If something is proven to reduce the number of abortions, is to that something that should be expanded?

You made a comment recently that Democrats seem to think that minorities are incapable of obtaining an ID to vote. It seems to me that males like you think women are incapable of making their own reproductive decisions.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/04/2021 at 1:36 pm
Hi Patsy,
What did you mean by this part of your statement if you didn't mean to imply that? "Making abortions illegal does not stop them"
This is why face to face conversations are better.

You saying that my opinion doesn't matter because I am a male is typical for this discussion. You have no idea of my personal experience with this issue, but you just assume my opinion doesn't matter because I am a male. Does it not take a biological male and female to create a baby? Should a males opinion not matter if the woman decides to keep the child? Am I free of obligations until the baby comes out and all of a sudden I am now tasked with being a father. If a man's opinion doesn't matter if a woman keeps the baby or has an abortion why would a man be forced to provide support if she chooses to keep it? The support of that child is because both the male and female created the child. Even if the male doesn't want to be a part of the decision to keep the child. Once the pair decide to engage in acts that result in a child a "real" man should be and will want to be involved in all aspects of the child. Our society would be a better place if we encouraged that type of behavior.

Go back to my original question on the discussion. "The only thing that I don't understand is if you are a Christian, how do you justify voting in a person who believes in abortion?" This is not a moral issue for me. Also, criminal behavior is the decision of the Supreme Court. Abortion was criminal behavior and then it wasn't. That changes nothing for me.

My original question stemmed from 7 out of 10 Americans identifying as Christian, and over 51% of the population voting for someone who has made it easier to have an abortion.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/04/2021 at 12:57 pm
Brad, please excuse those typos. I probably should stop trying to post from my phone as my eyesight gets worse and my fingers seem to get bigger.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/04/2021 at 12:26 pm
Hi G.C..
I am glad that you want to promote the Covid shots. Currently, the Covid shots are the best way to prevent death due to the Covid-19 virus. There is no doubt about that. However, the Covid shots have been proven not to eliminate the infection and the spread of the Covid-19 virus. I have witnessed this first hand and there is a strong potential that I was infected with Covid-19 by a person who had two Covid shots. By saying if we all get shots it will go away is just incorrect and why politicians, media, and some doctors keep pushing this I don't understand.

The key to fighting Covid-19 should be a multifaceted approach utilizing Covid Shots, antibody therapies, and medications that are being tested currently. I saw that the US Government has had a $1.2B deal with Merck since June. That is $400M less than they agreed to send to Israel for self-defense. It seems pretty backwards to me. Why isn't the media offering this as a potential solution for those who do not want to or are advised not to take the Covid shots?

What do you say to the families who lose a loved one shortly after the Covid shots? The FDA admits that myocarditis and pericarditis are potentials. I have seen reports of blood clot issues. I currently take a low dosage aspirin to try to prevent issues from my Covid-19 infection. The efficacy of the Covid shots are not at question, but the longest running safety study prior to the FDA approval was just 6 months. I hope that you can understand the hesitancy of younger, healthier individuals.

After having Covid-19, my question is how are these shots providing a better immune response than my natural immunities? I could only find one study out of several that said the Covid shots are more effective than natural immunity. That study was done by the CDC. A study by the Cleveland Clinic said natural immunity is 6.7 x greater.

Instead of fighting over the Covid shots and limiting people's movements we should be working together to treat and prevent the disease. I have heard that some doctors don't want to treat Covid patients. I had one person tell me that they better kick a Covid patient from the hospital to provide a bed for her if she had a heart attack. So my response to that is why is a lifetime of unhealthy eating choices acceptable, but refusing two shots is not? Would these doctors also not treat someone who smokes, drinks excessively, uses drugs, drives a car over the speed limit, etc.? We all take risks in life, but some see certain risks while ignoring others. Type II diabetes is a disease that is caused by eating too much sugar. A venue, restaurant, and even a hospital will limit your access because you didn't take a Covid shot, but will sell you a sugary drink for profit. I guess it matters if they kill you slowly rather than you getting a virus and dying quickly.

We should all take a deep breath, if you are not within 6 feet of others of course, and realize what we are doing to people by mandating these shots.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/04/2021 at 12:21 pm
Brad,

You are incorrect in your interpretation of my statement. I never said nor did I imply that laws should be suspended because people break them.

I do not think laws should be enacted strictly based on the moral beliefs of one segment of the population. If they were, then birth control and divorce would be illegal.

I have moral beliefs that govern my own moral behavior and choices. For example, I personally believe in only one husband and only one wife, so have committed to never divorce (which has not always been easy). However, I do not think my belief should affect your marital choice. I do not want your belief to affect mine either.

There is a difference between moral behavior and criminal behavior. Adultery is immoral, but it is not criminal.

I follow a moral code that is based on my own personal beliefs, but I do not expect you or anybody else to follow my personal moral code.

I will also say that, while I respect your right to have an OPINION about abortion, I know that it is not a choice you would personally have to make for yourself so I do not have the same regard for the validity of your opinion versus that of somebody who has actually been pregnant or could become pregnant.

There are laws governing late term abortions that I agree with, but I do not think that criminalizing abortion is the right thing to do. Just as I do not think, divorce, adultery, birth control, tattoos, a woman cutting her hair, etc., etc., etc., should be criminalized.

As far as your argument about females regretting the choice to have an abortion, that is definitely a possible consequence and is all a part of personal responsibility. But ifs possible regret a reason to criminalize the choice? I know a lot of people who regret the spouse they chose, but I do not think getting married should be illegal.

And yet, I realize that example is not a true equivalency, but it is no more ridiculous than to suggest abortion should be illegal because some women have regrets later.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/04/2021 at 8:29 am
Mr. Butler,

LOL

So I keep hearing😉
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/04/2021 at 3:24 am
Patsy, don't you know that the Earth is flat?
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/03/2021 at 8:49 pm
COVID 19 UPDATE. Time to go hunting. Most folks in this area are familiar with hunting terminology. Gun, weapon, rifle, shotgun, bullets, shells. Obviously, there are other words. The word I would like to concentrate on is SHOT, after talking with a medical doctor today who believes in the vaccine and has both of his "shots", my belief in the vaccine was reinforced.

As with shots for hunting game just a couple of the names is Federal, Remington, etc. To take a shot at covid 19 the names change to Johnson and Johnson, Phizer, "?" etc. The point to this analogy is that every person who can, join in the "hunt" and take the shot take the "shot" for this pandemic to end. The only way to wipe it off the face of the earth is for people to take the shot. If you haven't taken the shot I pray that you will seriously think about it and then make up your mind to take it.

It is obvious that covid 19 is a killer, but we as a society can killed it. The only way to do this is to become a hunter and TAKE THE SHOT.

There are at least TWO distinct advantages to the shot.

#1. It can SAVE a person's life.

#2. It will allow a person who has taken both "shots" to be able to visit their loved in the hospital in case they get sick.

Don't know about you but, I for one am totally in favor of living AND for sure if one of my loved ones or friends is hospitalized for whatever reason; I want to be able to visit them and I can because I took my shot.

For those who talk about the government forcing people to take the shot and use the excuse that they don't want the government telling them to do anything. My question is simple; do you drive a vehicle? If your answer is yes; then there are several things the government has required you to do and continue to do to drive that vehicle. You do remember having to get a license to drive, a license plate to put it on the roadways of America, the inspection sticker every year, insurance every year. Have you stop driving because the government forces you to do these things to drive? Did not think so. Save your life and maintain the right to continue to visit sick loved ones and friends when they are hospitalized. My prayer is that no one will find their self hospitalized with. Let's begin to wipe it off the face of the earth by getting that shot.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/03/2021 at 7:16 pm
If women and men would not be commenting SIN in most cases there would be no need for abortion.The Bible is plain about Sin but in today's society anything goes..But I'm not there judge. All we can do is pray and show love one for another. From now on I will try to be kind on here. WWJD
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/03/2021 at 9:56 am
You were the one who said, “You can’t fix stupid.” I just suggested a way you could at least try to make it a little less obvious.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/03/2021 at 8:08 am
Patsy,
It is obvious that we agree on some points and disagree on others. I also believe it is wrong to force any female into pregnancy. We have laws to punish those who do those things. I think those punishments should be more severe than they are. As for forcing a pregnant woman into childbirth, that is just the way God made pregnant women so I can't say anyone really forces that.
By definition I also do not agree that it is murder, however by definition I do believe it to be homicide. Homicide is the killing of one person by another, regardless of intention or legality. The way I interpret the Bible versus that you mentioned, it is more about faith that God will put a curse on the woman if she was unfaithful. If you want to take the dirt from the church floor and mix it with holy water and let God determine if a miscarriage should happen instead of the way we currently do abortions, I will go for that.
I long for the day we people don't commit homicide at all. We have laws and they don't stop that either. Should we disband those laws because people are going to do it and people have been doing it since Cain and Abel. That's your argument, correct?
Unplanned pregnancies are kind of like fire ants in Eastern NC. Can they ever really go away? Married people have them every day as well as single people. I don't know how things are where you live, but where I live access to birth control is pretty widespread. I will bet that it can be acquired in 3 locations in Tar Heel. If you can get a product in 3 different locations in Tar Heel, that is pretty widespread. Once again, I agree in harsh penalties to end sexual violence against women and girls. I have a wife and young daughter so I am all for their protection.
I agree with you about sin, and who am I to say that one sin is greater than another. We are all sinners, but at the same time isn't it our job as Christians to try to live a life without sin even though that is impossible? I don't say, well I am already a sinner so I will just commit this sin or that sin. No, we shouldn't be that way. I try to refuse voting for people that do wrong, but it is impossible to do that with politicians. However, I would vote for a woman who has had an abortion and was going to try to put laws into place that eliminate abortion over a woman who had never had an abortion and wanted to keep abortion clinics operational.
The one thing that people don't talk about with abortion is the emotional stress and lifetime guilt that it places on many if not most women. When you are young you may look at it as the only option, but as you get older you realize that there are so many more options that you just didn't know about. My goal would be to elect someone who eliminates the practice of abortion, puts in harsher punishment for sexual violence, and helps promote alternative options to what can be done if you do get pregnant.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/03/2021 at 1:44 am
It sure is fun to me when someone calls you out for being stupid and don"t use correct grammar...But you read there comment and the grammar nazi made a mistake to. THERE WAS ONLY ONE PERFECT MAN AND HE HUNG ON A CROSS FOR ALL MANKIND. Everyone get up and go to the house of worship in the morning.That is the least we can do honor him he is worthy.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/02/2021 at 10:36 pm
Again, if you believe abortion is wrong, do not have one you if you get pregnant.

The Bible does not say that it is murder, and the US Supreme Court ruled that it is not murder.

If you think abortion is murder, why do you think it is okay to commit murder in circumstances that you approve of, but a woman who can actually get pregnant does not have that right for herself?
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/02/2021 at 9:06 pm
ABORTION IS MURDER...Anyone who claims to be a CHRISTIAN and thinks it"s alright God will let you know in the END. The only way for this act TO BE JUSTIFIED RAPE ,INCEST,OR LIFE OF THE MOTHER.The Bible also says judge a tree by the fruit it bares.These so called scholars on here will get a rude awaking one day.I pray GOD has mercy on them.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Herl, NC wrote on 10/02/2021 at 10:03 am
Brad,

It is obviously your belief that abortion is wrong, and I respect your right to believe that. I would advise you to not have an abortion if you think that way.

I believe it is wrong to force a woman or girl into pregnancy and childbirth against her will, and that every female has a right to control her own body and everything within it.

I do not believe abortion is murder. In fact, if you read the Bible you will find in Numbers 5 that the priests actually practiced abortion. As far as I have been able to find that is the only reference to abortion in the Bible.

However, I long for the day when abortions become obsolete, but no law against it going to cause that to happen. Abortions have been documented at least as far back as ancient Egyptian times, long before the Bible was written. Making abortions illegal does not stop them, it just moves them to dangerous unsanitary places for poor women and girls, and to other states and countries for rich ones.

What will end abortion is putting an end to unplanned pregnancies, and that can only be done by making birth control widely available and ending sexual violence against women and girls.

If abortion is a sin as you believe, then God will judge that at his appointed time. The same is true for adultery, divorce, bearing false witness, getting a tattoo, and the many other wrongs the Bible enumerates. Do you refuse to vote for someone who does those things as well?
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/02/2021 at 8:22 am
Let's don't talk about grammar. I am terrible and always have been. That is just who I am even though I have an advanced degree.

I see the bible verses going back and forth and you are correct only one will and should judge. I tend to lean more Republican politically, but I don't hate you guys for being Liberal leaning. A lack of hatred for other's opinions keeps this country free. The only thing that I don't understand is if you are a Christian, how do you justify voting in a person who believes in abortion? I get there are different levels to what abortion is from contraceptives to just before birth. However, some Liberals are saying just before birth it is ok. At what point is a human life not alive? Some can interpret it as the breath of life or when the baby first takes a breath. However, isn't there a heartbeat long before then and isn't the mother passing oxygen to the child so the cells are multiplying. Organs are also forming and thus there is life. Millions of dollars are spent researching life on other planets and in inhospitable environments. We find single cell organisms that we term as living. This is the science. So how would people who believe in Christianity and/or in science not believe that a growing child in the womb is alive? How can a single cell organism be determined as life, but not billions of cells in the process of building human organs, a skeletal system, nerves, a brain, and with a beating heart. I am so tired of the term follow the science, but how can you refute that abortion is not the elimination of life. After it is performed those cells die and that beating heart stops. Abortion is the taking of life, and since it is of human origins and if left alone will create a human that would be the taking of a human life.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/01/2021 at 10:20 pm
You cannot fix somebody else’s stupid when they want to keep being stupid.

But even stupid people can learn how to spell and use correct grammar.

Especially before they call somebody else stupid, among other names. As they invoke the holy name of God to spread their hate.

I had an interesting conversation with a very fine preacher just last week. He was explaining to me that most people think the Commandment about using God’s holy in name in vain refers to using profanity, but it actually also means to invoke God’s name while doing the devil’s work like judging others, name-calling, hypocrisy, etc. and committing these sins claiming them to be for God.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/01/2021 at 9:45 pm
Someone recently mentioned healthcare. Let me help you if you get sick or one of your loved ones get sick and are admitted to the hospital by way of the emergency room. Let it be noted this may not apply to all hospitals so it would behoove you to check out the procedures at the hospital you or a loved one would be admitted to in case of sickness.
#1. After admittance through the ER, it may be the last time you will be allowed to see your loved ( unless they have cognitive impairment).

#2. Be prepared to stay in the ER bed for 12 hours or more.

#3. After getting a room assigned irregardless of how long it takes, you will not be able to have visitors unless they have had both covid vaccines, are eighteen years of age or older, and are not running a temperature. Don't plan on spending over night because the doors are locked at 6 pm.

#4. Only one visitor at a time.

God knows I am thankful for medical people but there has to be a limit to what sick members of society can take. And all the while we are told by those in the know that sick people with family tend to get better in shorter period of time if family members can be with them in the hospital.

Be prepared if you or a member of your family get sick.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/01/2021 at 8:05 pm
Even satan knows the KJV but his heart is far from the TRUTH.IT amazes me how the liberals think they know everything but there policies are against most everything the Bible calls SIN and most people who claim to be a Christian should no this. But the beam in there eyes have them blinded from the TRUTH.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 10/01/2021 at 7:14 pm
Sometime if you just set back and look and listen people will show there true colors.LIKE THE OLD SAYING YOU JUST CAN'T FIX STUPID.That"t my thought for today. Everyone have a Blessed weekend and pray one for another like Christ ask us to do.If we can't love one another we will miss out in the end.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Herl, NC wrote on 10/01/2021 at 6:28 pm
Careful Mr. McIntyre, soon you will be getting called “vile”, “disgusting”, “a piece of garbage”, “a disgrace”, and a “lost soul” by this self appointed judge for God.

I know you are quite a scholar, so I know that being called “a liberal” will not offend you at all, just as it does not me, given what the Bible says about being a liberal-

From “The Literal Words of the KJV Bible”

“The Bible in Isaiah 32:5-8 praises liberals and sets apart the liberal from a vile person or churl. The King James definition of liberal is, therefore, a generous person and the opposite of a churl. In modern English parlance, a person who is the opposite of a liberal is called a conservative, literally one whose heart is hardened to others.”

“The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful. For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. The instruments also of the churl [are] evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.”
— KJV Isaiah 32:5-8

I doubt you care about this guy’s opinion any more than I do, but don’t get the crazy pointed in your direction on my account. Over the past few years I have gotten used to the crazy, although the sheer magnitude of it still surprises me sometimes.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/01/2021 at 5:06 pm
Chip, labor shortages, and the supply chain is playing havoc on the electronics market. In my business I deal with a lot of steel and electronics. What I am seeing right now is massive increases on goods due to a few things. Today, I saw a price increase of 36% on a product over night. I called the seller about it and the issues are interesting. One is that they can't get them and the other is that their price went up 30% two weeks ago.
There is a big problem in getting overseas products, especially electronics. This particular situation is that they have almost 2100 of these units on a container ship in the Gulf of Mexico waiting to get into port. This is par for the course as the ports of LA and Long Beach are backed up about 3 weeks. The port of New Orleans was recently shut down due to Hurricane Ida. These delays are also causing container and ship shortages as everything just piles up along our shores. and the shores of other countries
Chip manufacturers were already feeling the pain before Covid hit. Once Covid hit some orders were cancelled or reduced, such as automotive because of sales forecasts. Those forecasts were totally wrong and automotive has been scrambling to catch up since. One chip plant was damaged in a fire and the rest have seen sporadic starts and stops due to Covid. The result is that chip buyers are receiving partial orders which limits the quantities of items that they can produce.
The lack of labor to produce items is also an issue. We see the "now hiring" signs and job fairs in Bladen County. We are not alone as almost 70% of manufacturers from around the globe are struggling to find workers. Where do we find the labor to fill manufacturing jobs?
This is a big problem for people that like cheap goods. Have we finally hit a point where our thirst for the coolest gadgets is too much for the supply chain? Time will tell, but economists and manufacturers don't see a let up until 2022/2023.
This will have ramifications for people looking to buy goods between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This will have ramifications for people who struggle to pay bills. Severe inflation can only be around the corner for so long before it hits the consumer. Companies can't and simply won't continue to take 30% increases or even 100% increases if you deal with steel without passing the costs on to consumers. We have seen some inflation this year to the tune of 4% - 5%. My fear is that those numbers may double or even triple as we get past the new year. Many economists think that supply will catch up to demand and the economy will only take a slight stumble. I hope they are right, and I hope the inflation of the 1970's is not coming back.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 10/01/2021 at 4:18 pm
Mitchell Brisson,

Still do not give a darn about you or your opinion. Worry about your own soul. Mine is between God and me.

And of course you did not call out my name (although I am the only BOE member who posted). Cowardly keyboard warriors don’t have the guts to do that.
Herb P McIntyre Herb P McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/01/2021 at 3:04 pm
Mitchell Brisson…. It appears that you are now saying that Patsy Sheppard is not one of the “Pieces of Garbage” that you say are on the Board of Elections, but merely a “Lost Soul”? I am not sure that is an improvement.
Mitchell Brisson Mitchell Brisson from Bladenboro wrote on 09/30/2021 at 9:12 pm
Patsy Sheppard, I am far from a bitter soul you are the one with who calls people out I did'nt call your name out if you can"t handle the truth then you should keep your vile comments to yourself...And as far as I know me and your brother are still friends.Me and him don"t discuss politics.YOU LIBERALS are nothing but lost souls.
Patsy Sheppard Patsy Sheppard from Tar Heel, NC wrote on 09/27/2021 at 9:48 pm
I have no problem with a voter ID law that is fair, nondiscriminatory, and constitutional, and I do not know anybody else who does either. And it is possible to create such a law in NC, our legislators have just so far refused to do so, despite spending millions of tax dollars on research designed to create laws that favor those in power and millions more tax dollars to defend their unconstitutional versions of a voter ID law.

As long time political analyst Tom Campbell wrote in today’s Fayetteville Observer:

“A three-judge panel of Superior Court judges once again struck down North Carolina’s Voter ID law. They ruled that the legislature’s Republican majority “‘target[ed] voters who, based on race, were unlikely to vote for the majority party. Even if done for partisan ends, that constitute[s] racial discrimination.” In 2018 North Carolinians approved an amendment to our Constitution for voters to identify themselves at the polls. Thirty-five other states have the requirement, so we know it can be done, but our lawmakers have repeatedly attempted to stay in power by passing laws that discriminate against minority voters. Their laws have been struck down by state and federal courts and the chickens have come home to roost. We’ve lost confidence legislators can pass an impartial voter ID law. These repeated lawsuits are costing taxpayers millions of dollars and we still don’t have voter ID. It‘s time lawmakers call together all affected parties and negotiate a fair law that won’t be challenged in court.”

I personally think many people have a false sense of the amount of security showing an ID provides. When I was in college 45 years ago nearly everybody had a fake ID, and they are even more easily available online today. I think in a county like ours the best security is having local citizens working at polling places. In 2020 a retired teacher from Tar Heel worked at the Tar Heel voting site, and everybody was amazed that she knew nearly every single person by name who came to vote.

I am of the opinion that a person determined to cheat will probably find a way. But I do not think the payoff of stealing a single vote is worth the effort or the risk. All the evidence shows that individual voter fraud is rare. In 2016 there were less than 500 illegal votes in NC out of about 7,000,000, and nearly all of that 500 were votes cast by convicted felons who did not realize their right to vote had not been restored. They did not give false names or knowingly vote illegally. They were wrongly allowed to vote, and many of them have been prosecuted for that. If I recall correctly there were four cases of people trying to vote using another person’s name, and they were all caught and referred for prosecution.

In the 2020 election in Bladen County there were 3 illegal votes cast out of about 20,000 votes. One was a vote by a convicted felon, and two were double votes by elderly people who had no intent to steal votes. Our audits caught all three and they did not count.

I believe the fact that 12 people have been indicted and are awaiting trial for Election fraud (not voter fraud) in Bladen County shows that the real threat to free and fair elections is not from individuals trying to steal a vote, but from well funded criminal organizations and dishonest election officials who either intentionally abet the criminals or simply fail to do their due diligence and allow it to happen.

The audit process for voting is multilayered and repetitive. Every absentee ballot is examined by staff and all five board members. Every day of early voting is audited. Election Day is thoroughly audited. A final audit is done of the entire vote, and the final canvas is rechecked multiple times. Every single ballot that is printed has to be accounted for. Provisional ballots require a strict research protocol for every vote cast. It is an exhausting process that begins five weeks before Election Day and ends 10 days after Election Day.

After seeing the process up close through several election cycles, I know that our elections are secure now in Bladen County. So even when the results are not what I might have wanted them to be, I can accept that those results are exactly the way the votes were cast.
G.C. Bryan G.C. Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/27/2021 at 4:53 pm
Yesterday a Bladen County lady was laid to rest. That happens all too often in the time we are living. This ladies's passing was different, because she had a reputation of helping other families and other individuals as they faced their final days. She was a servant of Bladen County EMS and earlier Bladenboro EMS. She was a respected member of the Oak Grove Community and did many EMS calls not only in Oak Grove Community but all communities of Mother Bladen. First Responders have always been known to have a sense of family among its members far and wide. It was evident yesterday from the funeral home service to the service at the grave side over in the Tar Heel Community. I for one as a Bladen County resident would like to say THANK you to all the EMS units from far and wide that made another call yesterday on behalf of Donna Cagle, her family, and the citizens of Bladen County. God bless you for the love shown. Also, thank you for the County Government department heads; Sheriff Jim McVicker and his deputies, County Manager Greg Martin, and County Commission Chairman Charles Ray Peterson. God bless one and all, especially Donna's family and the EMS units of Bladen County.

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