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Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

To those think it is addictive and a problem are the ones sounds like had the problems and not winning. No one makes you run from city to city or cafe to cafe to play the games. As a convenience store clerk I have seen customers spend just as much on lottery tickets and scratch offs and then say "oh well guess I ride over to VA and try my luck there" explain to me what is the dang difference. I liked the cafes and I was not always a winner it did not take me away from my family, I did not spend all my earnings there and I did know when to walk away. I even help my winnings on my account and would go cash in when I needed gas or something. As consumers we spend all our money chasing sales, black Fridays etc no one is "protecting" the poor from that....these shopping gimmicks hits the poor community sometimes even greater. It is mind over matter and no one can control ones mind you have to have the will to say no or go. Everyone looking for someone to blame just be responsible and accountable for YOUR OWN ACTIONS!

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Posted by nickie on 08/17/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

You those who dislike the gaming rooms..whether you have played in one or is your chose to play or not...if you have complaints find something else to not knock those who have an understanding that sometimes you win and yes sometimes you lose..that is the way it would they make money if everyone won every time..make sense don't you think...and for the people who are trying to shut out anything they cannot control...what is the difference in gaming all are based on in my opinion you are a bunch of hypocrites...

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Posted by ThisWorld on 12/16/2015 at 10:49 PM

Re: “In Raleigh: Hitler used ovens, Obama will use hospice to kill people like me.

Of course you can't give airtime to fringe conspiracy theorists, flat earthers, etc! People who can take a voluntary blessing like hospice care and turn it into something nefarious are obviously nut jobs.

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Posted by Michael Czeiszperger on 11/08/2015 at 12:32 PM

Re: “In Raleigh: Hitler used ovens, Obama will use hospice to kill people like me.

My grandfather is currently in hospice, we have had a wonderful experience with them. They are helpful in any way possible and so caring. They make sure we have all we need for him and a nurse stops by three times a week to give him a full bath. It's a blessing really. I'm sure there are bad nurses out there who do some of these things but you can't label everyone in a certain profession because of some people you delt with. He does have a lot of meds but they actually cut down on what he had to take to help his appetite. We do have strong pain meds but they are included in a comfort kit. I'm not sure about this getting over dosed we do all my grandfathers medicines and give to him as needed. The nurses never touch it.

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Posted by ck5711 on 11/07/2015 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

This is stupid. They crack down on internet cafe sweepstakes and say its illegal but yet they have state lottery and scratch off tickets. Isn't it about the same damn thing??? We got other people complaining about it but if it isnt your money and its someone else why are you worrying about what they spend it on. NC crack down on the internet cafe but STILL cant even crack down the drugs that are on the streets??? Oh, how about these synthetic drugs that they are selling in corner stores?

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Posted by thorn87 on 11/03/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “All-in? Money is speech, the Supreme Court says, and politics is a no-limit game. So, place your bets.

Hey analysis . I was fascinated by the facts , Does someone know where my company might get ahold of a sample 2015 NY DTF IT-2663 form to edit ?

Posted by Florida on 09/24/2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “McFarlane fundraiser kicks off 2015 Raleigh election year

One can see that most politicians get all the money they need. If you want to actually help fellow Durham citizens you might want to help send a couple students to university.

My name is Otto Ladensack. I am a devoted father and husband. My daughters were born in 1999 and 2001. I used to play with my girls every day. We played outside daily and I was proud that I made my girls smile all the time. They relied on me. They were used to dad pulling them in their wagon, building snowm.en, riding bikes, and taking pictures they could cherish in later years.

Then in 2004 I developed ulcerative colitis. It was an aggressive case. We tried steroids throughout the first year but every time I was taken off them I went back to being too sick to get out of bed. My doctor reached the conclusion that if I did not remove my entire colon, I was likely to develop cancer.

I survived but ended up disabled. I had my colon removed and had to wear an ileostomy bag for half a year. After my insides healed there was another surgery to restore my internal “plumbing”. This would be the beginning of a long road of gradual improvement. I was on as many as 16 medications. We had decent insurance but the copays alone were bankrupting us.

I lost a lot and at just 36 years of age. I had become disabled and was bedridden for a year.

What bothers me most though is looking at old pictures of my daughters. We were so joyful and they relied on me because they knew they could. Then the pictures stopped; our outdoor fun had to be shelved for a later time; and my girls, Em and Nikki saw me deteriorate in so many ways.

My daughters’ classmates knew about our situation and my children talked about my extended hospital stays. Unfortunately my little girls were told by their classmates that I was dying and that they weren’t being told the truth. My oldest was 6 years old and was terrified.

My wife tried to get them in to visit me, so they could be reassured that I was okay, but was often told by staff that children weren’t allowed. Now Nikki is 16 and she is still affected by my poor health. She learned that I might not always be there, at too young an age.

Em, my younger daughter, ended up staying back a year and still has some learning difficulties. This is largely because I wasn’t able to help Emily with her work and often couldn’t care for her as attentively as I should have.

All I can do now is make their futures better where I can. We’ve managed to climb out of the huge debt my disease created but were forced to use up their college fund.

I hope to fix that. I can’t undo the past but I can try to provide them with a successful and happy future. My girls work hard in school. They take pride in making the honor roll on a continual basis.

My girls are 14 and 16 now and I hope to raise at least enough money to cover each of my daughter’s first year's tuition. I conservatively estimate this will cost us $20,000.

It is sad that their lives were turned upside down at such a vulnerable age. I can’t change that but am willing to humble myself to improve their lives now and in the future.

Any funds that go beyond our goal will be donated to the Durham Rescue Mission. Thank you.

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Posted by Otto Ladensack on 09/10/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Dix Park: The Deal is Done

This could be great, we'l have to see! I found a great article at ! has a great post about it.

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Posted by Kevin Ramirez Nieto on 08/23/2015 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Art Pope and the future of education in North Carolina

Great article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank north carolina 4 form to fill out?

Posted by Elie Lim on 08/02/2015 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

well if anyone is in need of new legal software to reopen contact Shayne at GamesRx.

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Posted by gamesrx on 07/21/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

N C is a slow state on just about everything. It was a battle to get the State Lottery. Bingo never caused an argument because when it's played in Church nothing is wrong with it. You know the government don't want you to have any money close to what they may have. Anything under their control it will get changed. So just keep your money in the Bank go to the Fast Food restaurant stay at home look at Television. Something may come up that we might enjoy but act as though you don't like having fun and it might just get to stay.
It's my Money I spent how I like

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Posted by Igamble on 07/13/2015 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

Get rid of the lottery!! It's illegal too!! Oh wait a minute....its leagal for politicians to rip off and steal from the lottery, right Mr. Thomas Walker?!! What an idiot!! We don't need the lottery, the only ones who wins are ones that are already rich anyway!! No one here in high point,NC ever wins big!! You want the sweepstakes gone yet you continue to screw us over with the lottery!! Discuss that issue, Thomas Walker!!

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Posted by albundy41 on 07/10/2015 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

The lottery needs to go as well.....oh I forgot, Thomas Walker and the rest of these politicians continues to rip off the lottery!! That's why the lottery isn't being taken away because they control the lottery!! Calling gaming systems illegal, yet they steal all our money through the lottery, making sure we don't win any serious money here in North Carolina, especially here in high point!! Get rid of the lottery here in North Carolina!! It's illegal too!!

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Posted by albundy41 on 07/10/2015 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

you know the sweepstakes in no more more than playing the lottery or buying scratch off tickets. so someone show me the difference its our money and we can spend it how ever we see fit. you people in the higher position just make me sick. if some barks you go after them

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Posted by Jessie Lynn Clifton on 07/06/2015 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?


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Posted by Linda Scholl on 07/05/2015 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

my buddy got me playing at because they pay out better and don't have to worry about some sherrif deputy knocking on their door telling them they cant do business

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Posted by deerhunter316 on 07/05/2015 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

These people complaining about losing all their money or someone they know lost everything, just stop and think who is to blame for that. No one made them enter the Sweepstakes place to play. And maybe it becomes an addiction - but that can't be addressed by the Sweepstake owners. It's up to the individual to get help for ANY addiction. My husband and I are retired and on fixed income, but we were having fun playing the different games and we made more than we spent. And someone please explain to me how the state can sell scratch off tickets and lottery tickets and it's not gambling! We spend more per week on those than we did in the sweepstake cafes and it isn't against the law. The Sweepstake cafes employed people, building owners received rent, we met some good people in them and had fun whether we won or lost. You never gamble without expecting to lose! Instead of raising our taxes on gas and personal property, why couldn't they just go to a state where it is legal and find out how they tax the Sweepstake cafes and get money that way. It all seems two-faced to me by politicians! Imagine that. It's just the LOCAL BIG BROTHER trying to control our lives based on their beliefs. Who gave them that right?????

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Posted by Sue Heath on 06/30/2015 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

I am so glad they are shutting these places down!!!!!!!!!!!! I have seen so many friends and family members loose everthing they had! These places might have been put here to employ many but it harmed thousands when it came to gambling. These places were rigged for the owners to become rich over poor people chasing the hundreds they have spent. My mom was so addicted that she thought she knew how the machine would pay out and she lost everything she had. She spent many nights in there trying to win back her two week salary that she lost in 1 hour. The more you loose the more eager you are to win and you end up spending all you have. After loosing it all, you borrow from others to make it and its a chain reaction that repeats it self. You loose everything you have and still dont come to realization that you are an addict. You dont only loose money in these places you loose family and negelect your love ones. My mother felt this was a place to relax but Im sorry loosing all you have is no relaxation to me. She lied about going and went from city to city chasing the all mighty dollar. Yes at times she might have won $1000 but she spent $3000 to win that. My mother was very dependable independent and always was very responsible after she became an addict to this shit she became a person that I dont know..... So Im glad its over so maybe I will finally have the mother back that I once knew..... I lost her for 5 years to this crap......

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Posted by Yolanda LeMay on 06/30/2015 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

I am so glad these Casinos are being closed down. I am a 71 year old female who lives in the state of Virginia and travels 50 + miles one way to get to these hell holes and dens just to find myself sticking $100 bills through the window so many times without taking out one brown penny. Yes, this hell is addictive. I've seen many crooked-illegal endeavors in these places that no one can do anything about, only the "law". I hope the owners of these cafes realize one day how they have hurt the poor and be placed in a financial position to feel the same pain as we do as we have lost so much. I can safely say that I have lost over $60,000 in one years' time going from hell-hole to hell-hole. I've lost my home and 2 new automobiles, messed up my credit for life as I can not recover myself because of the addiction. Everyone calls it electronic CRACK. When you win over $500 you have to go back each day until you get all your money in $500 increments. The reason they say, is to avoid filling out tax forms, which is tax evasion. The owners know that people will end up playing the money back because they have the machines rigged against your ID number and you can only lose. Good people, we need to find another hobby that we can pacify ourselves with while keeping money in our bank accounts and in our pockets rather than supporting these mega-rich CROOKS.

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Posted by HURTING! on 06/14/2015 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Fast-track trade for the TPP: David Price says — No. (With an *) Plus, an afternoon update …

TPP, TTIP, CETA & Global Treaties/'Arrangements’;
Should Congressmen & Parliamentarians Have to Sully Their ‘Beliefs’ & Sales Pitches with ‘Sordid’ Facts that Come from Actually Reading & Understanding Global Treaties/’Arrangements’? Should They be able to ‘Sully’ Others, or, Should They Only be able to Give Us the Facts so ‘We’ The People can Draw our Own Conclusions?
2 Republican Senators Admit that They Have read the TPP.
No Canadian Admissions.
Congress; Deluded, or, Deluding; 'IGNORAMUS et IGNORABIMUS' (I do not know & I will Not Know)?

There is just TOO much money involved with Canada’s, et al, health care system & pharmaceuticals for Corporate America to stay away from. Exacerbate with long waits for & more designer government interference, et al, & HMOs look better & better. But, how many ‘Preferred’ Shares are being Offered to You for a Privately Insured & Sue Only Hospital, Long Term, et al, Care? Just a ‘Promise’ to Keep your Taxes Down by Charging Huge User Fees?

Are TPP & Global Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements more about Tort ‘Abolishment’ than Tort ‘Reform’?

Is the secrecy surrounding the TPP & the flurry of Global Treaties/'Arrangements' greater, or, less than the secrecy at the time of The Residential Schools abuses & ‘Cultural Genocide’; Corporate Canada & The Canadian Establishment Still Resolute & Without any Remorse? As Pres. G.H. Bush said in the Aftermath of the NAFTA ‘dispute resolution’; ‘Well, you should have known…’

Corporations Cut Costs & Dramatically Increase flat Profits by Not Suing each Other & by Suing the Little Guy (via ‘your’ Gov’t.) who’s ‘Guilty’ even Prior to Tribunals & All of the Time.

Teaching the Gordon Gekkos’ of Wall St., Congress, et al, some Humility & Integrity via Quantifying?
‘Obama’s’ (Corporate America’s) Self-Exploding SECRECY.

If Not 'Treason', then, there are very compelling arguments for concluding that the corporations, whether they be, foreign, domestic, &/or, a blend, that do not respect the 'lesser' jurisdictions, ie. individual provinces, territories, &/or, states, or, municipalities, are not good corporate citizens of the host countries & thus, can be treated as 'persona non grata'.

Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ with their Secret ‘Death-Star-Chamber’ Tribunals that The Global (non BRICS) Corporate Economy is in the Process of Secretly Passing will Finally Legitimize its Ability to secretly move money around, ie. ‘launder’ without Fear of Legal/government Regulation. It’s their Own Jurisdiction & they Insist that you Pay for & Not them.

Will TPP be Okay if ‘US’ corporations can Prove that they Won't Benefit from Partnerships that Try to Disguise that Corporate USA is Circumventing Other ‘Lesser’ Jurisdictions (State/Municipal)?
ie. Corporations Need Proof of Non Circumvention of 'Lesser' Jurisdictions, or else, 'Non Good Corporate Citizens', &/or, 'Persona Non Grata'

What is Governors’ Rationale for not Defending Taxpayers; States Colluding with Feds?

Corporate America’s Last Chance to Legitimize their Fleecing the Little Guy (95% - 99% of U.S.) Before Tanking the Global (non BRICS) Economy? Exploitable ‘Vulnerabilities’, Holes & Back Doors to Close.
2 Republican Senators Admit that They Have read the TPP.
Should Congressmen & Parliamentarians Have to Sully Their ‘Beliefs’ & Sales Pitches with
‘Sordid’ Facts that Come from Actually Reading & Understanding Global Treaties/’Arrangements’?
Congress; Deluded, or, Deluding; 'IGNORAMUS et IGNORABIMUS' (I do not know & I will Not Know)?

Can ‘your’ Federal Representatives Willingly Answer ‘your’ Questions below If They haven’t Read the TPP & other Global Treaties? All You have to do is Ask them ‘For Your Record’ & then Share Their Inability with Others.
Don’t Forget to Demand Your Money Back for ‘Supplementing’ Fed Rep’s Wages & Future Considerations at Incompetency Tribunals.
How many ‘Preferred’ Shares are You Selling Your Right to Sue The Global Corporate Economy for?

Global Treaties;
Corp.’ U.S.’ Need to Fast Track TPP & Global Treaties.
TPP & Global Treaties part of corp. US's attempt to Increase $17+ Trillion
Debt 'Earning$' & to Legitimize Hidden Earning$ in Untouchable Foreign Banks.
Time to REPATRIATE 'Earnings'; NO FOREIGN Accountants, Banks, Services, etc.
NO Trickle Down from Hiding ‘Earnings’ in Secret Off-Shore Accounts.

Global Treaties Not about How Much Trade, but, How to & Who to Trade with to 'Undermine' AIIB.
Shifting Costs to harmless Non Shareholders to Inflate ‘Profits & Dividends’.
Is it Time to Cool off the 'Stockbrokers' again; Buy Gold?
'Schadenfreude' & the Public; Too 'Unenlightened' to Figure out 'The Global Sleight of Mind' Illusion.
- David 'Copper' Smith

Will Individual States Jump at Opportunity to: Refuse, or, 'Over Charge' Business Licenses, Raise Targeting State Taxes, 'Road' Taxes, etc. to Recoup Global Treaties' Suits (plus Earn Lucrative 'Punitive Damages') from Non Good Corporate Citizens (non-Compliant of State laws), Associated/Support Corps., Securities Exchanges, et al?

But, Do YOU know the various different ways to Make the leaders of TPP, Shareholders, et al, 'Persona non Grata'; Shareholders' Meetings I.D. Toxic Neighbors, In-laws, et al?

Corporate Canada’s, via PM Harper, Perilous Deprivation of TPP, C-CIT, CETA, et al, Signatories of Due Diligence Info (The WAD Accord/Compensation), May Hurt Corp.Can & Shareholders More than the Rest (95% - 99%) of citizens of Canada, US, EU, Trans Pacific nations, or, may not…

But, If Not PUTIN; 'The WHITE KNIGHT', then Who Do YOU Want to Bankroll the Saving of the harmless NON shareholders of the World from Fast Tracking TPP's, CETA's (TTIP) Secret 'Death-Star-Chamber' Tribunal Penalties?
Will Iran, China, the Muslim World, et al, Support Putin in Suits?
How about Warren Buffett, &/or, the 'coveted' Hong Kong investor, et al?
FULL Articles, see;
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Posted by DavidEHSmith on 06/13/2015 at 2:55 AM

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