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LisaS (or anyone else) go to pipl.com and type your name in. It shows all of your addresses including your current one. Anyone who wishes can find your home. Are you ok with that? Do you really think it's anonymity that's the most dangerous?
The CNN and Fox News websites each have thousands of subscribers from across the country and around the globe. And do you really think they give them their real names? Please. A bright college student like yourself knows better than that. How many subscribers do you think the Pilot has in this small town (that actually participate)? 25-30? Once you have someone's full name, getting their phone number, address, and entire background info takes about 30 minutes and 20 bucks. All it would take would be one actionable threat, one assault, or worse, before The Pilot is sued for everything they have and everything they would ever make.
Just Google some of the many million dollar lawsuits Facebook and MySpace deal with all the time because of suicides, bullying and harassment. The legal fees for one case alone are probably more than the entire annual revenue The Pilot brings in each year, much less the settlements.
What would be your advice to people (mainly some of the women who post) who would be at risk of retaliation from dissenting readers? "Just don't say anything that's upsetting to people"? IMPOSSIBLE! Nowadays, even saying, "Merry Christmas" makes people mad.
What is your motivation for this?
Come on Toda, I know you're not that naive.
There is nothing that guarantees we are free to speak without reprisal from other citizens. The First Amendment says:
"Congress (keyword) shall make no law [. . .] abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . ."
You can't stand in front of your workplace with a megaphone and scream about how awful the business is and expect not to be fired; you just can't be arrested for it.
With all do respect--and I mean that--some of us are much younger than you, and don't prefer to tatoo every single political or social view on our foreheads for the rest of our lives. It does stay with you forever. You are free to do that all you want.
I'm not sure if you have a job or not, but in the example of MooreCountyTeacher (above), do you really think it wise that he/she's name is attached to everything he/she says? Would parents of his/her students like that? Or boss and colleagues? Probably not. Maybe you will be considered for a job next year, and the employer sees some of the things you've said (Howard "the walking dead" Coble, John "Boner", just to name two). Are you doing so well financially that you can afford to only chose to work for an employer who is also a liberal who enjoys "witty" comments like that? Most people aren't.
If real names are attached to each comment, then they will be Google-able (as these screen names currently are). As divided as the US currently is, I wouldn't be comfortable with that. Say five years from now you are being considered for a job, and, as with any company, they will do a Google search of your name, and perhaps the prospective employer disagrees with your views on the "(whatever) Bill". It will matter. Just a thought.
Besides, I don't know what the push to do is. It's generally the same six people or so arguing about the same issue on about every article, with a zero percent success rate at changing the other's mind.
Looks like NC's restrictive concealed carry laws at work. At 2:30 am, someone walking around is clearly coming from a bar. And since NC doesn't allow you to conceal in a bar, the criminals can be sure that the law abiding citizens will be unarmed.
Criminals pretty much have a guarantee that their targets will be easy and unarmed as long as they just rob people inside or coming outside of: bars, hospitals, educational property, assemblies, public gatherings, any event where a fee is charged, parades, funerals, picket lines, public demonstrations, areas of emergency or riots, on state property, legislative buildings, banks, Ft. Bragg, etc.
. . . but other than that, you're free to protect yourself.
Best service in the area? Easy. Valenti's in Vass. Great food as well. Ask for Ms. Georgia's tables.
If he had a joint I guarantee it would be at least double that.
Roger that! I love Texas Roadhouse.
So a 19 year-old ADULT contributes to the delinquency of a 14 year-old (gets her drunk maybe?), has sex with her (rape), and gets released "by scout's honor"? Good thing he didn't have some marijuana on him or bail would've been set at $100,000 and he would've had about eight other charges. Seems odd.
Two Arrested Selling Marijuana in Aberdeen Parking Lot
Undercover Investigation Leads to Two Arrests
Three Face Felony Drug Charges
Two Charged With Selling Marijuana
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