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  • Sep 20th, 2011 @ 1:33pm

    Re: Yep!

    That's why we call em' PIGS!

  • Sep 20th, 2011 @ 1:29pm


    Dun & Brad Street are the same way. Pay em', they will believe anything you tell em', without checking!

  • Jun 8th, 2011 @ 1:42pm


    Yes, we live in a police state! Whats' new?

  • Mar 11th, 2011 @ 1:21pm

    (untitled comment)

    Didnt the US Supreme Court just recently give Corporations the same First Amendment Rights as (persons) Citizens?

  • Feb 19th, 2011 @ 3:29am

    Come on American Citizens lets fix our Government!

    Come on American Citizens lets fix our Government!
    Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    Think about This:
    The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8

    days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before

    computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

    Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

    I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their

    address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

    In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    1. Term Limits.

    12 years only, one of the possible options below..

    A. Two Six-year Senate terms
    B. Six Two-year House terms
    C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

    2. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

    4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three

    days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

  • Dec 29th, 2010 @ 5:38pm


    If everybody did it your way it would break the system. The rich live on their capital, earnings paid by your interest. After 30 years you get back what you paid for your house minus 66%. The rich money holders get three times what you get. So you worked for them rich people for thirty years to get your house. So what do you'al think of inflation now?

  • Dec 23rd, 2010 @ 2:58pm

    (untitled comment)

    If you can't pay for your rights, you most likely don't have any?

  • Oct 5th, 2010 @ 4:25am

    For got Reference

  • Oct 5th, 2010 @ 4:08am


    Under North Carolina law, the elements for a cause of action under defamation are (1) defendant made false, defamatory statements about the plaintiff; (2) those statements were published to a third person; and (3) the statements caused injury to plaintiff's reputation. Tyson v. L'Eggs Products, Inc., 84 N.C.App. 1, 351 S.E.2d 834 (1987). The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that "... so long as they do not impose liability without fault, the States may define for themselves the appropriate standard of liability for a publisher or broadcaster of defamatory falsehood injurious to a private individual." Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323 (1974). Under N.C. law, in considering whether an action is defamation, we look to the N.C. state constitution, to chapter 99 of the N.C. General Statutes, to Restatement (2d) of Torts because it is cited as authority in many N.C. appellate cases, and to the common law. State Constitution Article I, § 14, of the N.C. state constitution reads, "Freedom of speech and of the press are two of the great bulwarks of liberty and therefore shall never be restrained, but every person shall be held responsible for their abuse." North Carolina General Statues (N.C.G.S.) N.C. Gen. Stat. § 99 (1989) deals with defamation. Restatement (2d) of Torts (1976) Restatement (2d) at § 558 lists the elements of a cause of action for defamation: "(a) a false and defamatory statement concerning another; (b) an unprivileged publication to a third party; (c) fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher; and (d) either actionability of the statement irrespective of special harm or the existence of special harm caused by the publication." N.C.'s Court of Appeals cited § 558 of Restatement (2d) in Renwick v. News and Observer Pub. Co., 63 N.C.App. 200, 304 S.E.2d 593 (1983). Common Law According to N.C.G.S., "All such parts of the common law as were heretofore in force and use within this State, ... not destructive of, or repugnant to, or inconsistent with ... the form of government therein established, ... are hereby declared to be in full force within this State." N.C. Gen. Stat. § 4-1 (1989). Therefore, N.C. courts rely on common law in defamation actions. According to N.C. case law, defamation is either libel or slander. "In general, libel is written while slander is oral." Phillips v. Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co. Bd. of Educ., 117 N.C.App. 274, 450 S.E.2d 753, 756 (1994