User Profile: Eric-n-OTown

Eric-n-OTown

Member Since: August 31, 2010

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  • July 31, 2014 at 10:56am

    I used to work in retail, and though I don’t remember the number of digits necessary, I do know how to avoid being scammed in the future: The sales clerk should ALWAYS be the one making the phone call to the bank. That’s how I was trained to do it, and it should be standard procedure. Never take the customer’s word for it that the transaction is OK; speak to the bank rep. yourself and get the digits from them. We had authorization telephone numbers for all of the CC companies we worked with, and those were the only numbers we called when we needed authorization. Training, training, training…

  • [17] July 10, 2014 at 11:09am

    You may have to wait in line. I’d think her father would be the first in line for the honor.

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  • [88] July 10, 2014 at 11:06am

    Being that she’s only 18, the chances that any nude pictures that may exist of her are limited to being taken in the past year (or less) is highly unlikely. If they did exist it is more likely that they are of her as a minor, therefore the pedophile inference. Worse, due to her age, if they did exist, there would be no way to guarantee that they were taken of her as an adult, making it even more likely that he is engaging in encouraging pedophilia and the sharing of child pornography. While I’m sure he is not intending to endorse pedophilia in his hateful tweet, due to her age, he certainly left that possibility open.

  • [119] June 26, 2014 at 5:03pm

    This insanity has got to stop. If police dogs are protected by laws against harm by criminal acts, than so must our pets (and to many of us, members of our families) be protected against excessive force. It is common for citizens to have dogs for protection of property, and unless you have a warrant to enter the premises, it should be just as much a violation to harm our animals as it is for us to harm theirs.

    I get it, there was a missing child, but that does not give law enforcement carte blanche to go anywhere and everywhere in violation of our rights. To those who are defending this officer’s actions: if he believed his search required breaking into your home because you didn’t answer the door, and your teenage son/daughter was home alone and didn’t hear the knock at the door, how would you feel? How would you feel if your son/daughter was shot and killed when startling the officer coming around the corner to investigate? Would there be outrage then? Yes, I know, we’re talking about the difference between a human and an animal, but there’s a connection with the animal, and to those of us with animals (especially with no kids), it would be a devastating and senseless loss. Did the officer not have pepper spray? All the LEOs where I live do… Why was a lethal response the first response when looking for a lost (not kidnapped) child? This was just wrong, plain-and-simple… I’ll climb down off of my soapbox now.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 2:16pm

    There is no Constitutional authority for the Federal government to run a highway system. You can skew Article 1, Section 8 “To establish Post Offices, and Post Roads” to justify this to an extent, but it should be at best limited to the needs of the Postal Service. And there’s no need for a four lane highway to haul mail.

    A proper application of the clause, in conjunction with regulating “Commerce…among the several states”, would be setting a Federal standard as to what constitutes a road: minimum width of a lane, minimum load capacities, etc., so that vehicles used for carrying the mail and commerce between the states could be designed to a Federal standard, allowing vehicles to freely travel state to state without worrying about whether they can safely travel across state lines. By the way, we already have this…

    This would lead the management and funding of the Federal highways to the states. This puts the spending at the local level, where the local populace can (ideally) effectively manage how the money is managed and spent. I bet if we did an honest audit of our current Federal Highway Department, you’d see a lot of money going to the bureaucracy instead of to actual highway spending. At the state level there’s a better chance that the residents would demand better management.

    Again, this if for “Federal highways”, as we already have state & county roads. Reduce the size of the Federal government and put more control in the hands of the states and

  • May 23, 2014 at 10:20am

    This concept of “no winners or losers” is an extrapolation of from each according to their ability, to each according to their need. It is meant to equalize the playing field and remove individuality; your individuality does not matter, it is the collective enjoyment of being together that matters, nothing else. By encouraging children not to excel, they settle into mediocrity, and lose ambition, and without ambition, you’ll more easily conform to how the government wants you to be. This generation that is being raised up in this ideology are going to be ill-equipped to compete in the world, and will find themselves being subservient to government throughout their lives.

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  • February 27, 2014 at 5:50pm

    Actually, yes, yes it is, for the individual. It is not, however, OK for the State to do it. It sucks, yes, but if I am not free to associate with those whom I choose, and disassociate from others, than am I really free? A man must labor to put food on the table and a roof over his head, but to make him labor for those he does not wish to labor for makes him a slave. And THAT is unconstitutional.

  • February 27, 2014 at 5:37pm

    Jesus loved the whore, and saved her from unjust punishment by an angry mob. But when he did, he didn’t send her back to the brothel, he forgave her for her sins, and told her to sin no more. Conversely, how well, exactly, did he love the money changers in the temple? I don’t recall that being a loving, accepting conversation…
    If you cannot understand what a moral objection is, than there is no point in having a conversation. Does not an Innkeeper have the right to refuse to sell a room to a couple if he knows that the man and woman are married, but not to each other? Where is their civil right to engage in their behavior as they see fit? They don’t have one, because their sexual behavior is not a civil right. At least not to a point to force a business owner to do business with them against his moral teachings.
    Maybe things will change with time, but the activists aren’t willing to wait. They want it all, and they want it now. Let’s just ignore the MILLENNIA of objection to homosexuality and demand that society change its views on a dime and just all get along. If only everyone could evolve to your level of humanity overnight. Wouldn’t the world just be a wonderful place?

  • February 27, 2014 at 5:20pm

    First and foremost, a person’s sexual proclivity is not in any way, shape, or form the same as their gender, race, or any other genetic trait to which they cannot hide from the public. What you do behind closed doors is your business, but when you bring it into the public square, the public has every right to react to it.
    As far as a business refusing service to a gay wedding, let me try and make what I consider an equal comparison: a guy goes to his regular florist, and orders flowers with a racy note attached for a woman the florist knows is not his wife. The florist has moral objections to this behavior and refuses to provide the flowers, telling the man he will have to go elsewhere for it. Does he not have this right? And this conversation should be just as simple. Like it or not, a large number of people still have both moral and natural objections to homosexuality, and by ‘natural’, I mean that it goes against nature, as procreation is not possible between two men, or two women. That’s not meant to be insulting, it’s just fact.

    We live in a free society, or at least we used to. To quote Andrew Wilkow: “your freedom to be you includes my freedom to be free from you.” Bigotry will always exist, because we will never as a society agree on everything. I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard the bigoted term ‘*********’ referring to those that believe in our Constitution and limited government. But I’m sure many of you have never condoned that kind of

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  • January 17, 2014 at 1:40pm

    There is no “right” to vote. Go ahead, show me where in the Constitution that it outlines that ALL citizens have a right to vote? Voting is a privilege, and all you have to do is look at the state of affairs of our nation today to understand why. Equal protection under the law does not mean that we are all equal, just that we be treated equally. Requiring, for example, that you must be a net-positive tax payer (you paid in more than you got back at the end of the last year) in order to vote provides equal protection. So long as you are a productive member of society, contributing to the tax base, you get to vote. This eliminates “zero liability” voters from the rolls; people who do not face any consequences for their vote (voting for costly programs that they’re never going to contribute to paying for) will never concern themselves with what it costs. Admittedly, this will be near impossible to pass, as the atmosphere of our current politics lends itself to pandering to the zero liability voter to ensure that one gets into and stays in office. As far as requiring ID goes, though, I would love for someone to articulate to me how even 1% of the population wouldn’t have ID, when it’s required to do pretty much everything BUT vote right now. Bank account, flying, driving, credit, GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE, all these things require ID. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The argument against requiring ID to vote is ludicrous, when one considers how necessary an ID is in th

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:34pm

    The driver was from Florida, according to the local paper: http://tbo.com/list/columns-tjackson/jackson-gun-owner-unarmed-unwelcome-in-maryland-20140112/, specifically the statement that “Florida may have codified his Second Amendment rights”… I live in FL, and our CCWs are issued by the state dept. of fish & wildlife, not directly by law enforcement. That said, it’s a great question to ask how did this LEO know that he was a gun owner?! I suspect that it may be the FBI that is providing the information, as our background checks go through them. No matter, the fact that this information is being shared without our knowledge, and then being used to TARGET AND HARASS us is a gross violation of our rights. This needs to be addressed, and I have already been in touch with my State Representative to get answers. I would suggest that others do the same, this should be a warning shot across the bow to all of us just how far gone our rights really are.

  • January 10, 2014 at 11:38am

    Checked with my dad (another of Elvis’ first cousins), and he said that he would say that is him. Can’t think of a better source to go to than that. I’ve seen lots of family pictures, though (and in a few myself), so I don’t see what the big deal is here, other than that it’s a new picture. Cool, just don’t see why it’s such a news story.

  • September 5, 2013 at 10:19am

    Very impressive! It can be done, I have lost nearly 75 pounds since the beginning of the year doing nothing more than eating the proper amount of calories for my weight and lifestyle. Like this young lady, I did no exercise, in fact, I work in front of a computer 8+ hours a day and spend most nights relaxing at home. Mowing the yard is about all the exercise I get on a regular basis. It’s amazing how little food we really need on a daily basis depending on our activity level. I feel great, don’t tire as easily, and am more alert, definitely worth the effort, I just wish I would have taken a photographic record like this young lady did!

  • August 23, 2013 at 4:06pm

    It’s called freedom of association, and it is a right. This has been the problem with discrimination laws that reach beyond the government (in other words, only the government is prohibited from discriminating); it took nearly fifty years, but discrimination laws are finally showing their true nature: to deny you your freedom of who you choose to associate with. State imposed discrimination should ALWAYS be illegal, you cannot avoid your government, as the force of government (laws/guns) puts the individual at an unfair advantage and denies the individual their freedom.

    And yes, again, freedom of association is a RIGHT. It ranks up there with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (that list was representative, not all-inclusive, hence the precursor of “that among these are…”). Absent of government, an individual has the freedom to choose who he associates with and conduct trade. If he doesn’t like his neighbor because he’s German, he can go to his Italian neighbor for what he needs. It is his individual right to do so, and you may abhor it, but the same holds true if his neighbor was a female, another race, homosexual, old, handicapped, etc., you get the point. Society will hold that individual responsible for their actions by their choice to engage with that individual in commerce. That’s how things work in a free society, it’s not always pretty, but it’s better than being forced to violate your conscience in the name of political correctness.

  • August 9, 2013 at 12:54pm

    The process of creating the baby is natural, yet we do it in private. Both men and women evacuate waste from their bodies, it is natural, yet we have a proper place and means of doing so. It is not out of the realm of decency and consideration to others to ask a mother to cover herself and her nursing child in public. We’re not animals, and it is not unreasonable to ask a woman to be discreet when feeding her child. “Reasonable accommodation” works both ways…

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  • August 7, 2013 at 9:27am

    Like it or not, it is a private business and if one truly believes in limited government, they have every right to make this policy. Now, what could be argued is their imposed deadline; the complex entered into a contract with their tenants for a specified period of time (usually an annual contract), with the provisions governing the terms under which both parties agree. If the contract allows for the complex to change the rules mid-way through the term of the contract, then the tenant has little-to-no recourse. I doubt, though, that this is the case.

    The tenants may have a legal argument that the complex is breaking the contract and they may be due damages as a result. Hard to say, I’m not an attorney, but as far as the complex’s right to make these rules, that’s their business. As other posters have stated, they’ll pay the price when crime goes up and the value of the property goes down. In the meantime, current residents should start looking for another place to live, I don’t think they have a legal ground to stand on for the long-term…

  • August 5, 2013 at 5:09pm

    The simple truth here is that we’ve created an environment where intervention in near-impossible for fear of the litigious consequences. First and foremost, when the school system offers to provide transportation for your child they assume responsibility for the health and well-being of that child; there’s a reason why there’s a rear and roof exit on school buses. This instance of violence is just one example of what our PC society has done to civilization. The bus driver had every right to intervene under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, and he should have. The problem becomes what tools did he have at his disposal to ensure that he would be able to handle the conflict? At 67 he probably felt there was little he could do to protect himself should the attackers turn on him, as the district undoubtedly prohibits bus drivers from carrying any kind of personal protection. This does not have to necessarily be a firearm, a taser would have done the job, but it goes beyond that. These boys had no fear in attacking the other student. None. They knew the bus driver wasn’t going to intervene, and their fellow students certainly weren’t; there will probably be no response at home, and the legal system will more-than-likely spit them back out with minimal impact unless the public makes a big enough stink for a proper prosecution. There is a lack of discipline and respect with the majority of this generation. I don’t know if we can recover it any time soon, but we have to star

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  • August 5, 2013 at 9:22am

    Why is this even news?

  • August 2, 2013 at 10:31am

    An armed society is a polite society…

  • July 25, 2013 at 12:39pm

    The truth hurts. It’s time to route out the Progressives from the Republican party. We don’t need, want, or have any use for them. Let THEM start a new party, why should we?

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