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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Final co-defendant in fmr. sheriff's drug conspiracy case pleads - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Final co-defendant in fmr. sheriff's drug conspiracy case pleads - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The final co-defendant in the federal drug conspiracy case against former two-term Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin pleaded guilty to his charges Wednesday. Prosecutors arrested Melvin's barber last month and charged him with a supporting role in a four-year state and federal drug investigation.

Chris Peeples, the 14th person arrested in the case, pleaded guilty to a lesser conspiracy charge for a chance at a reduced sentence. Peeples has a prior drug conviction, which would have sent him to federal prison with a mandatory minimum of 20 years to a maximum of life if convicted. His testimony and full cooperation with prosecutors would likely reduce his sentence."

Federal Bureau of Investigation - The Columbia Division: Department of Justice Press Release

Federal Bureau of Investigation - The Columbia Division: Department of Justice Press Release: "Bishopville Man Pleads Guilty in Drug Conspiracy

COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney William N. Nettles stated that Anthony Christopher Peeples (39), from Bishopville, pled guilty in federal court today in Columbia, South Carolina.

Anthony Christopher Peeples pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of powder cocaine and five grams or more of crack cocaine, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. As a result of his plea on this charge and his one prior felony drug conviction, Peeples is facing a mandatory minimum term of 10 years to a maximum term of life imprisonment, no probation, no parole, a fine of $4,000,000, a term of supervised release of at least eight years, plus a special assessment of $100."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Police: Pizza Hut Employee Kills Robbery Suspects - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Police: Pizza Hut Employee Kills Robbery Suspects - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville: "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte police said Tuesday that a pizza restaurant worker who pulled a gun and shot and killed two robbers will not be charged.
Police are searching for a third man who they say got away from an east Charlotte Pizza Hut restaurant.
Investigators said the robbers burst through the restaurant's front door late Monday as two workers were cleaning up in the back.
Police said the suspects ordered the two employees into a walk-in cooler, then started beating one of the men. The other employee pulled a handgun and opened fire, police said.
Police say they found two handguns near the dead suspects. Their names have not been released."

Former president Carter hospitalized in Ohio - Nation - TheState.com

Former president Carter hospitalized in Ohio - Nation - TheState.com: "CNN is reporting that former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized in Cleveland for an unknown health issue.
The cable news company said a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport reported that Carter, who was coming to the city for a book signing, fell ill on the flight and was taken to a local hospital.
Carter is scheduled to sign copies of his book, 'White House Diary,' at the Books-A-Million at the Village at Sandhill on Thursday. It was unclear if that event will take place."

Obama in Command: The Rolling Stone Interview | Rolling Stone Politics

Obama in Command: The Rolling Stone Interview | Rolling Stone Politics: "I still remember going over to the Republican caucus to meet with them and present our ideas, and to solicit ideas from them before we presented the final package. And on the way over, the caucus essentially released a statement that said, 'We're going to all vote 'No' as a caucus.' And this was before we'd even had the conversation. At that point, we realized that we weren't going to get the kind of cooperation we'd anticipated. The strategy the Republicans were going to pursue was one of sitting on the sidelines, trying to gum up the works, based on the assumption that given the scope and size of the recovery, the economy probably wouldn't be very good, even in 2010, and that they were better off being able to assign the blame to us than work with us to try to solve the problem."

Do as I Say, Not as I Do!


Editorial: 


Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Become the change you wish to see in the world." 


It is abundantly clear that Nikki Haley doesn't adhere to Gandhi's sage advice but she wants others to believe she does. 


Is she a hypocrite? 


Haley says she wants good ethical government but her personal record shows that she is inclined to take ethical liberties when they are advantageous to her or to her agenda. 


The Republican gubernatorial candidate is counting on the voters not recognizing that she isn't walking her talk. 


You have to hand it to the woman; she has gall, but Nikki Haley is just plain wrong for South Carolina.  


News from the Post and Courier:

"...In 2006, Nikki Haley's finances were a mess.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate reported a family income of $40,269 on her 2006 tax returns, including her husband's money-losing business. Half that income went to pay interest on the family's $289,000 mortgage alone.
Then, the foundation arm of Lexington Medical Center, which Haley had supported in its fight to open a heart surgery center, came to the state representative's financial rescue.
By 2009, Haley was pulling down more than $100,000 at a fundraising job for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.
That job was created expressly for Haley, the hospital says, despite a resume that included only accounting positions with a Charlotte firm, her parents' clothing company and her legislative position. Campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said Haley had fundraising experience, but did not provide specifics, and had served on the hospital board before she was elected to the Legislature or took the foundation job.
Haley's hiring was approved only by Lexington Medical's chief executive officer, not the foundation's board.
And she was paid 63 percent more than fundraisers at similarly sized charities, according to records obtained by The State and an industry group that studies nonprofit salaries.
Those records also show that in paying Haley, Lexington Medical Center Foundation spent seven times more in salaries and overhead than the much-larger foundation at Palmetto Health Richland. Of every $10 the Lexington foundation raised, more than $2 went to pay Haley's salary.
While Haley was at the foundation, it raised thousands of dollars from a pair of payday lending firms that Haley once oversaw on a House business subcommittee. In that legislative role, one fellow Republican once ripped Haley, saying she single-handedly had blocked efforts to regulate the payday lenders that later became large contributors to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.
Haley has campaigned for governor, in part, by saying that voters have a right to know how their elected officials make their living.
Too often, she has said, S.C. politicians have used their public political offices to line their private bank accounts. Haley has singled out Vincent Sheheen, the Camden attorney and state senator who is her Democratic opponent, saying he should not have taken part in a lawsuit against payday lenders or represented clients before the state Workers' Compensation Commission.
But Haley's stumping for good, ethical government also has drawn criticism as hypocritical..." 



Raiders Hall of Fame QB George Blanda dies at 83 - NFL- NBC Sports

Raiders Hall of Fame QB George Blanda dies at 83 - NFL- NBC Sports: "ALAMEDA, Calif. - George Blanda, the seemingly ageless Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker whose 26-year career was best remembered for a remarkable run of late-game theatrics with the Oakland Raiders, has died. He was 83.

The Raiders confirmed the death Monday and issued a statement saying 'we are deeply saddened by the passing of the great George Blanda. George was a brave Raider and a close personal friend of Raiders owner Al Davis.'

Blanda retired a month shy of his 49th birthday before the 1976 season, playing longer than anyone else in pro football history. He spent 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears, part of one with the Baltimore Colts, seven with the Houston Oilers and his final nine with the Raiders."

U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: "Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.

On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers. Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively. Protestants as a whole average 16 correct answers; Catholics as a whole, 14.7. Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons perform better than other groups on the survey even after controlling for differing levels of education."

God In America - Coming October 11, 12, & 13, 2010 | PBS

God In America - Coming October 11, 12, & 13, 2010 | PBS

Monday, September 27, 2010

Federal Prosecutors in the E.J. Melvin Case Investigating Lee County Victim Advocate Funds

Twelve Year Affair With Sheriff's Dept. Victim Advocate Revealed by Fed Investigation
Attorney Vacationing with 30 Days Remaining before E. J. Melvin's Trial 


Editorial: Everything is conjecture at this point but it is beginning to look like federal prosecutors are putting the squeeze on the enterprising former Lee County Sheriff by purposefully and methodically piling on the charges. If so, what are they after? Media sources are reporting that federal interviewers state in a FBI arrest report released Friday, that the former sheriff's involvement in a drug conspiracy ring stretched beyond Lee County. According to a media source, on the same day Melvin was arrested at a home in Sumter County in May, he was subsequently interviewed and a discussion was had concerning former Sumter County Sheriff's Deputy, Sergeant Alex Dukes along with Sheriff Anthony Dennis. The source reports that it remains unclear if the interviewers or Melvin mentioned the names first or why the two men were even discussed. Also media reports say the FBI arrest report indicated that Melvin was familiar with rumors of 'suspicious activity' on the part of Dennis and 'criminal activity' on the part of Dukes, but that Melvin indicated to his interviewers he had no 'first hand knowledge' of the alleged activity by either men. 


Melvin's trial is scheduled for October 26 and if there are others out there with criminal connections to this case they have reason to be sweating bullets.


News Sources: 
http://www.theitem.com/news/article_a37f782c-5061-5ad1-8af2-94c30698539c.html
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13221987
http://www2.scnow.com/news/2010/sep/22/former-lee-county-sheriff-named-rico-indictment-ar-864456/


From WIS-TV: "...Federal prosecutors are looking into where more than $12,000 in Lee County Victims Advocate funds went between 2008 and 2010, according to the latest filings in the drug conspiracy case against former Sheriff EJ Melvin.


The investigation led FBI agents to the former sheriff's Victim Advocate's office.


Federal investigators interviewed the department's victims advocate, Angela Ruth, on July 15 while FBI agents were in the process of tracking down Melvin's finances. Ruth, who federal prosecutors identified as 'Witness X', worked as the office's victims advocate.


Sheriff Daniel Simon said Ruth resigned Sept. 20 for 'personal reasons.'" 

Catawbas fire chief after questions about funds : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Catawbas fire chief after questions about funds : News : MidlandsConnect.com:

"
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- The Catawba Indian Nation's general council has voted to remove Chief Donald Rogers after questions were raised about the spending of tribal funds.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported the council voted 72-32 to remove Rogers after a petition was signed by 180 members of the Catawba Nation.

The petition accuses Rodgers of at least six infractions, including receiving pay raises and using tribal funds to pay for health benefits to him and his family totaling more than $8,000 a year without getting council approval.

Rodgers says he has documents to defend himself against the allegations, which he says are a personal vendetta. Rodgers says he has made a number of improvements for the tribe in the past three years.

He says the general council's vote to remove him violates the tribe's constitution."

Catawbas fire chief after questions about funds : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Catawbas fire chief after questions about funds : News : MidlandsConnect.com:

"
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- The Catawba Indian Nation's general council has voted to remove Chief Donald Rogers after questions were raised about the spending of tribal funds.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported the council voted 72-32 to remove Rogers after a petition was signed by 180 members of the Catawba Nation.

The petition accuses Rodgers of at least six infractions, including receiving pay raises and using tribal funds to pay for health benefits to him and his family totaling more than $8,000 a year without getting council approval.

Rodgers says he has documents to defend himself against the allegations, which he says are a personal vendetta. Rodgers says he has made a number of improvements for the tribe in the past three years.

He says the general council's vote to remove him violates the tribe's constitution."

Poll: Many think health law should do more - Health - Health care - msnbc.com

Poll: Many think health law should do more - Health - Health care - msnbc.com:

"WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture's not that clear cut.
A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1."

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Spurrier Yanks Proven QB in Favor of Rookie in Final Minutes

Recipe for failure

Editorial: Recipe for failure. Face it folks, you just don't call a battle hardened General from the battle field in favor of a recent West Point graduate. When the chips are down you count on experience to pull you through the battle, but don't tell that to the Head Ball Coach. 

Trying to reason why Steve Spurrier pulled his starter in favor of a rookie is giving this writer tons of material in addition to causing dyed-in-the-wool Gamecock fans major migraine headaches.

Spurrier is the head coach and despite how the faithful may feel about his latest coaching decision, this much is known; Spurrier along with thousands of disappointed Gamecock fans will have to live with his game-time decisions, right or wrong, win or lose. That Gracia fumbled the ball twice wasn't because of lack of effort on his part; on the contrary, it was the Gracia led offensive efforts that kept the Gamecocks in the ballgame. 

Did the Head Ball Coach make a mistake benching the only hope Carolina had for pulling off a last minute win. Probably, but we will never know. It was an offensive game. The defense along with Spurrier's game-time coaching are two areas that need improvement.  

The Gamecock nation have almost two weeks to mull over this loss, giving the ball players time to mend as we all wait for news of who will be the starting QB at Williams Brice Stadium, October 9th against the number one ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama. 

Game prediction: Count on seeing the headset tossed in frustration by the Head Ball Coach a record number of times during the Gamecocks loss to the Tide. I have Alabama by 17. 

Food for thought:

  1. Clemson lost to the Auburn Tigers by a score of 27 to 24.. a 3 point spread. The scores put on the board by both teams totaled 51 points. 
  2. Carolina lost the the Auburn Tigers by a score of 35-27... an 8 point spread. The score put on the board by both teams totaled 62 points. 
  3. Carolina came into the the game ranked number 12 in the AP poll. After the game they dropped 7 spots to number 19*. 

Based entirely on the total scores and the point spread it is obvious in this reporters mind that Clemson should be ranked somewhere between the two teams... probably around 15th or 16th. 

* Update: Corrected AP poll now has the Gamecock ranked 20th in the nation. 

From WIS-TV "...Michigan moved up a spot South Carolina moved down a spot Sunday night after it was learned that a mistake had been made in the balloting while tabulating The Associated Press college football.
Originally USC was ranked No. 19, but the team is now No. 20 in the nation because an out of date ballot was used in tabulating the poll.
No other rankings changed when the correct ballot was entered..."
News sampling: 
From MidlandsConnect.com: "...South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says it's too soon to know which quarterback the Gamecocks will start against No. 1 Alabama in two weeks.

Spurrier said Sunday he would not hold a quarterback competition between starter Stephen Garcia and backup Connor Shaw during the team's bye week.

Garcia fumbled twice in the second half of South Carolina's 35-27 loss to 10th-ranked Auburn on Saturday night.

Spurrier brought in freshman Connor Shaw in the fourth quarter. Shaw threw two interceptions to end Gamecocks drives.

Spurrier says he knows the attributes of both Garcia and Shaw and would decide based on that.

South Carolina dropped seven spots to No. 19 in the rankings...

Newton's 5 TDs push Auburn past SC, 35-27 - College Football - Rivals.com

Newton's 5 TDs push Auburn past SC, 35-27 - College Football - Rivals.com: "The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) overcame a double-digit halftime deficit for the second straight week against a team from the Palmetto State, this time falling behind 20-7. Both of Newton’s scoring passes came in the fourth quarter after fumbles by South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia.

South Carolina (3-1, 1-1) twice drove into Auburn territory in the final minutes behind freshman backup Connor Shaw, but he was intercepted each time. Demond Washington picked off a pass that deflected off the hands of receiver Alshon Jeffery in the end zone with 33 seconds left to seal the win."

Gamecocks Go Bust :: FITSNews

Gamecocks Go Bust :: FITSNews: "With the game on the line, Spurrier chose to bench Garcia in favor of true freshman Connor Shaw. And while the young signal-caller showed off his arm strength on two drives in the game’s waning moments, he also ended both drives with interceptions – one right into the arms of Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes.
Shaw finished 4 of 8 for 70 yards – with the two picks.
The lone bright spot for USC? Sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The All-America candidate caught 8 passes for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns.
South Carolina had a rough week. On Monday, the team learned that former Gamecock wide receiver Kenny McKinley – a second-year player with the Denver Broncos – had died of an apparent suicide in his suburban Colorado home. A day before McKinley’s death, the brother of USC defensive back C.C. Whitlock was fatally shot.
USC will have next Saturday off before welcoming top-ranked Alabama to Columbia, S.C. on October 9."

Closer to the vintage Spurrier | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Closer to the vintage Spurrier | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment: "AUBURN, Ala. -- Clemson football fans should be taking South Carolina fans to brunch today all over the Palmetto State. Sweet tea and empathy.

Or maybe Gamecock supporters ought to pay.

Both teams went through the same torture at Jordan-Hare Stadium: Seize momentum, watch mammoth quarterback Cam Newton rally Auburn into a frenzy, get the game back under control. Only to lose a heartbreaker.

'We had our chances to win,' South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia understated Saturday night after the No. 12 Gamecocks suffered a 35-27 loss to No. 17 Auburn.

A bunch of Clemson players and coaches said the same thing outside the same locker room a week earlier following a 27-24 overtime loss."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ballgame Film Until Now Was Thought to be Missing

"...(Bing Crosby) The silver-tongued crooner, whose recording of "White Christmas" has sold millions of copies worldwide, was part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team from 1946 until his death in 1977..."

"...It was thought that one of the greatest games ever played had survived only through radio broadcasts, grainy photographs and the written word. Then in December, while Robert Bader was combing through tapes and reels of Crosby's old TV specials, the vice president of Bing Crosby Entertainment stumbled across two gray canisters in a pile stretching to the ceiling.


They were labeled '1960 World Series' and looked as though they hadn't been touched in years. An hour of searching revealed three more reels.


Bader screened the 16-millimeter film and realized it was the complete broadcast of Game 7, with the Yankees' Mel Allen and Pirates' Bob Prince calling the action. The conditions of the wine cellar -- cool and dry -- meant that the film had survived in pristine condition.


'I had to be the only person to have seen it in 50 years,' Bader said. 'It was pure luck...'" Read entire article

The Body was Present, the Man was Absent


"...I slid out the door to get a break. On the street, I saw Bert Sugar, the famous old boxing writer. He wore a seersucker jacket and smoked a thick cigar. He looked at the new gym, and at the Wachovia bank next door, where the original stood until they knocked it down.

I asked Sugar if it made him sad to see Ali.

'No,' he says.

He said seeing Ali makes him think about him how fast the world moves. Everyone from that time is old or gone. Nothing reminds him more of his vanished youth than seeing Ali struggle. When they were kings, indeed.

'We were young with Ali,' he says.

Once, Ali could knock out George Foreman. Now? Every morning, Dundee's right-hand man Mark Grismer told me, he has to make a decision. His Parkinson's medicine controls the shakes and allows him to be in public, but he can't talk when he takes it. So he has to choose: shake or talk?..." see article

UPDATE! Judge Refuses to Hear Lohan's Attorney Sentences the Starlet to Jail

Mean Girls star denied bail, ordered to jail immediately. Lohan's next court appearance is scheduled for October 22, 2010.

Lohan due back in court after failed drug test - Entertainment - Celebrities - TODAYshow.com: "BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.�— Lindsay Lohan is due back in court Friday to face a new judge but a likely familiar result — jail, rehab or judgment postponed.
The troubled starlet has publicly acknowledged failing a court-mandated drug test, which could trigger a 30-day jail sentence. But as with most things involving Lohan's three-year-old court case, the script isn't set."

Donations and Cotton Festival Profits Bouy Lee County's Chamber of Commerce

Bishopville, SC
September 24, 2010


"...The Lee County Chamber of Commerce is on the road to financial recovery, according to its director.
Thanks to donations from the community and a successful cotton festival, more than half of a financial shortfall of $12,000 has been erased in 30 days, Pam Kelley said.
"We are going to survive," she said.
Big crowds at the Lee County Cotton Festival on Friday and Saturday helped to generate much needed revenue, she said.
"After we pay the bills, we should have a profit of about $4,000 just on the festival," Kelley said.
Chamber President Troy Santoscoy, who is the CEO at South Atlantic Canners, said the chamber has received several significant donations from individuals and groups.
The display of community support came in response to an August meeting which detailed the chamber's financial problems, and the decision to cancel a planned high-cost, high-reward raffle.
The chamber's executive committee canceled the raffle when officials learned it was not legal in South Carolina to hold such a raffle, Santoscoy said.
As an alternative, chamber officials increased membership dues to generate immediate revenue.
"When the statements were sent out earlier this month, membership dues were increased by 60 percent," Santoscoy said.
Kelley said response from chamber members has been "very good..." See full article in The Item

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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North Dakota lake swallows land and buildings - U.S. news - Life - msnbc.com

North Dakota lake swallows land and buildings - U.S. news - Life - msnbc.com: "In the tiny town of Minnewaukan, the lake was once 8 miles away. Today it is lapping at the community from three sides, and residents are begging for help.
'This is tearing people apart,' said Minnewaukan Mayor Trish McQuoid, fighting back tears. Proposals include moving the entire town to higher ground.
On Monday, the lake stood at just over 1,451 feet above sea level. If it climbs above 1,458 feet, its water will spill into the Sheyenne River, which flows through southeastern North Dakota before it joins the north-flowing Red River and heads into Canada."

Beetle-tainted baby formula recalled - Health - Kids and parenting - msnbc.com

Beetle-tainted baby formula recalled - Health - Kids and parenting - msnbc.com: "NEW YORK�— Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bowyer's car fails inspection; he loses 150 points - Auto Racing - Wire - TheSunNews.com

Bowyer's car fails inspection; he loses 150 points - Auto Racing - Wire - TheSunNews.com: "'We feel certain that the cause of the car being out of tolerance by sixty thousandths of an inch, less than 1/16 of an inch, happened as a result of the wrecker hitting the rear bumper when it pushed the car into winner's circle,' Childress said.
'The rear bumper was also hit on the cool down lap by other drivers congratulating Clint on his victory. That's the only logical way that the left-rear of the car was found to be high at the tech center. We will appeal NASCAR's ruling and take it all the way to the NASCAR commissioner for a final ruling, if need be.'"

YouTube - Clemson Football Report Shriner's Visit

YouTube - Clemson Football Report Shriner's Visit: "ClemsonAthletics | September 21, 2010
2010 Clemson Football team visits the Shriner's hospital in Greenville, SC."

Melvin's Personal Barber Accepts Plea Deal From Feds

Final defendant in Lee County sheriff drug ring offered plea - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "...(Christopher Anthony) Peeples was Melvin's barber and worked out of a shop that sits only feet away from the sheriff's office in Bishopville. It's a building that federal agents said they will prove Peeples sold drugs from throughout the four-year investigation inside Lee County.

US Marshals arrested Peeples August 3, several weeks after agents initially questioned Peeples about conversations he had with Melvin over the former sheriff's cell phone. The conversations were recorded on FBI wire taps, which were placed on Melvin's phone from March 26 through April 24. The wire taps are the first ever placed on an elected official's phone in South Carolina..." Read full article

Opportunistic: A Term that Defines Christine O'Donnell

Editorial
By John Reames

Recently I received an e-mail in which I was asked a question concerning a Tea Party's candidate, Christine O'Donnell. O'Donnell is seeking the former seat of long time Delaware U.S. Senator Joe Biden, who vacated it when elected Vice President. The seat was appointed to Biden's staffer, Ted Kaufman. O'Donnell, just this month defeated Congressman and former Delaware Governor Mike Castle, despite rumors of an O'Donnell whisper campaign that painted Castle as being gay.

The writer of the e-mail challenged :

"... without looking them up, (presumably he didn't want me to be soiled by the garbage I might find) focus on the issues and tell me given her (Christine O'Donnell) positions, which ones do you not agree with?..." 

First of all, and this is based on stuff I learned prior to his challenge, Christine's number one position, by her own admission, while in college was as a drunk on her back, legs spread, taking on all comers. She claimed that this 'unprincipled' period in her life led her to become interested in politics and religion. She says she became a born again Christian.

On the political side we know that O'Donnell worked at it until she became a born again politician, having failed in her previous attempts to gain the coveted and elusive Delaware Senatorial seat. Seems the adage 'three times the charm' might be working in her favor this time around.

What was it about politics and religion that changed this previously self-admitted unprincipled social whore's principles? Could it be money and power? Is she an opportunist cut from the same cloth as Sara Palin?

At least Palin had some governmental experience before being thrown under the campaign bus. But look at Palin now! Talk about being opportunistic!

O'Donnell can list no government leadership experience, which might be a good thing considering the leadership we have experienced for the past ten years or more (more being the more realistic number).

Her 'political' positions include: her promise to vote to repeal the health care package of 2010; her promise to raise the age of persons receiving Social Security; her promise to never vote for a tax increase; her opposition to earmarks (poor Delaware, tossed to the curb); her opposition to 'cap and trade'; her belief that the tax code needs to be simplified; her opposition to monkey cloning (she has said that fully functioning human brains have been implanted in monkeys); her opposition to abortion even in cases of rape or incest; her opposition to stem cell research and human cloning (guess the role of the monkey has something to do with the human cloning belief)


I am a long time benefactor of the Social Security Club and recently started reclaiming my money. Yes, it is my money! I don't think that Congress has the constitutional right to rob me and I don't agree with O'Donnell's position on the age issue.  I don't agree that the health care package of 2010 should be tossed. Realistically, her promise never to raise taxes is like urinating upstream in an hurricane. I do agree with her on 'earmarks' as the term may apply to someone seeking a certain amount of taxpayer capital directed to a pet project or organization in that someone's district or state(Amounts to a form of state welfare in my opinion). I believe in Fair Tax which, defined as a consumption tax, would eliminate the need for a Internal Revenue Tax Code, therefore I oppose her view of simply simplifying the tax code. I agree with her stated position when it comes to opposing 'cap and trade'. I think 'cap and trade' is a example of the government stepping into the private sector by creating a sham bazaar in which polluters pay for reduced pollution to another polluter.  I disagree with her position on abortion for I believe there to be individual life threatening circumstances that warrant aborting and those choices should be made by the individual not government. I am still in school on the issue of cloning for I can see both the good and the bad, and have not formed a overriding opinion. 


Now for a woman's opinion concerning Christine O'Donnell I offer article for your reading pleasure or displeasure, depending on your political wherewithal. 



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

Yes, Christine O’Donnell, I am calling you stupid

By Mary MacElveen
September 22, 2010



"...Cute sound-bites and activism within the sexual realm does not a senator make. One must have the fortitude of knowledge in order to be elected senator. Yes, Christine O’Donnell, I am calling you stupid.

As we live in a global society, I often wonder what our global citizens think of this upcoming election with a “Tea Party” insurgency within the Republican ranks. Either they are terrified of what is to come or they are shaking their heads thinking that America is stupid to elect anyone of these candidates.

As a former Republican, I do think that this new Republican Party is stupid to follow this “Tea Party” movement. While stupid, I do find they are opportunistic. They just want the votes and power. Let us NOT give it to them!..." Read the full article

Source: Mary_MacElveen

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 1989 - Hugo Passed Through in the Night - 110 mph Wind Gusts in the Area

Hurricane History: "...Hugo made landfall just north of Charleston, South Carolina on 22 September. Strengthening in the last twelve hours before landfall made Hugo a Category 4 hurricane at the coast. After landfall, the storm gradually recurved northeastward, becoming extratropical over southeastern Canada on September 23. 


The Naval Air Station at Roosevelt Roads, PR reported sustained winds of 104 mph with gusts to 120 mph, which were the highest winds reported from the Caribbean. A ship moored in the Sampit River in South Carolina measured sustained winds of 120 mph. High winds associated with Hugo extended far inland, with Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina reporting 67 mph sustained winds with gusts to 110 mph and Charlotte, North Carolina reporting 69 mph sustained winds and gusts to 99 mph.


Storm surge from Hugo inundated the South Carolina Coast from Charleston to Myrtle Beach, with maximum storm tides of 20 ft observed in the Cape Romain-Bulls Bay area.


Hugo was responsible for 21 deaths in the mainland United States, five more in Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands, and 24 more elsewhere in the Caribbean. Damage estimates are $7 billion in the mainland United States and $1 billion in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands." Full article

Paris Hilton Out Lindsay Lohan In - Two Failed Drug Tests

"...Lindsay Lohan has been ordered to appear in court on Friday, where Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox will consider whether the troubled actress should be sentenced to more jail time as a result of two failed drug tests, just weeks after being dismissed from rehab.

And according to Robin Sax, a former California state prosecutor, not only is there a good chance Lohan will have to spend more time in jail, she may very well have to start serving out her sentence immediately after Friday’s hearing..." Full Story

Monday, September 20, 2010

District Attorney Agrees to 'Pamper' Heiress by Suspending Sentence

Spanked by District Attorney
Media sources report Clark County, Nevada prosecutor David Roger and a person associated with  naughty girl Paris Hilton's defense team who wished to remain anonymous, have arrived at an agreement that keeps the heiress out of jail.

It seems District Attorney Roger wanted to be sure he had control of the spunky socialite who is widely reported on by the press for her use of mind altering drugs; arranging for her sentence of 'two six-month jail terms' to be suspended. Keeping the naughty girl on a leash, the district attorney is also requiring that she serves one year probation with the stipulation should she misbehave she will have to serve one year in lockup.

It is entirely possible the District Attorney is not aware of Hilton's long history of misbehaving... Another possibility is that the defense team has done one whale of a job pulling the wool over his eyes. A third possibility are the facts that Hilton is rich, famous..... and sexy. Did I mention she is rich?

Paris's latest case is not another example of 'pampering' by the courts... I mean, look what they did to Lindsay Lohan!

Anyway... it is expected that Paris will plead guilty to the charges today. Read full story

Shaggers take to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach today - Breaking News - TheSunNews.com

Shaggers take to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach today - Breaking News - TheSunNews.com: "Shaggers will strut their stuff today in North Myrtle Beach during Fun Monday, one of the big events in the SOS Fall Migration.
There will be live entertainment and shag dancing from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Main Street from OD to Hillside, as part of the annual Society of Stranders' event.
More than 15,000 shaggers are expected to attend the events that began Friday and continue through Sept. 26."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

MURDER !

Police Chief's Daughter Murdered

From The Charlotte Observer:



"The body of Valerie Hamilton, the 23-year-old daughter of Concord's police chief, was found Saturday night in a storage unit on Monroe Road in southeast Charlotte, police say.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have issued a murder warrant for 34-year-old Michael Neal Harvey, a registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal record..."


"...Police confirm that Harvey's home in northern Mecklenburg County was searched sometime Saturday, but the suspect was not there.



Police say auto theft warrants also have been issued for Harvey, although he is not driving Hamilton's car. That vehicle was found parked near the Thomas Street Tavern.


Instead, police say Harvey was last seen in a white 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, with N.C. tags ZXE-1756.


Anyone who spots that vehicle or knows the whereabouts of Harvey is asked to call 911, or contact detectives at 704-336-VCAT. Information also can be left with Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.


According to court records, Harvey was convicted of first-degree sex offense in New York. He has been in North Carolina at least five years, based on his arrest record. The N.C. Department of Corrections says Harvey was convicted in Iredell County of felony breaking-and-entering but apparently was put on probation..." 


Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/09/19/1704091/missing-womans-body-found-murder.html#ixzz0zyteypnT

Crab meat products recalled after potentially dangerous bacteria found - CNN.com

Crab meat products recalled after potentially dangerous bacteria found - CNN.com: "(CNN) -- An Oregon seafood company is recalling packaged crab meat products after testing revealed some products contained bacteria that could cause serious or fatal infections.
Hallmark Fisheries, based in Charleston, Oregon, is recalling crab meat sold under brand names Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International and Yaquina Bay.
Recalled products come in 5-pound cans, 1-pound vacuum packs, 1-pound plastic tubs and 8-ounce plastic tubs, according to a company press release.
The meat was distributed in California, Nevada and Oregon, mainly to food service companies."

Gamecocks Win! 38-19 wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Gamecocks Win! 38-19 wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Auburn-Clemson to open 2012 in Georgia Dome - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Auburn-Clemson to open 2012 in Georgia Dome - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Clemson and Auburn will meet in Atlanta's Georgia Dome to start the 2012 season.

The two teams will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game as part of a doubleheader with North Carolina State and Tennessee. The announcement was made Saturday before the first regular season Clemson-Auburn game since 1971.

They'll play again next season at Clemson.

No dates or kickoff times were announced. The game is expected to be televised on either ESPN or ABC.

Tickets to the neutral-site game will be split evenly."

Larger Palmetto Landfill pitched | GoUpstate.com

Larger Palmetto Landfill pitched | GoUpstate.com: "Larger Palmetto Landfill pitched
Expansion plan proposed as way to supply BMW more methane


By Jason Spencer
jason.spencer@shj.com

Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 1:48 a.m.
Spartanburg County officials and others with their eye on the Palmetto Landfill say its owner, Waste Management, has suggested expanding the capacity of that landfill and extending its life in order to produce and provide more methane to BMW Manufacturing Co.


Not all of the puzzle pieces have been revealed."

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Need Photos

We know everyone is having a blast at the Lee County Cotton Festival over in Bishopville, SC and Natives of Lee County South Carolina would like to post your personal photos. Attach them to an email and address to johnreames@sc.rr.com. Be sure to include names of those in the pictures along with any other information. Don't be bashful, share your fun with the Natives.

Thanks

John Reames
Editor

Prediction: Tigers Win!

Clemson vs. Auburn Series

"Auburn has a 33-11-2 lead in the series with Clemson. The War Eagles have beaten Clemson 13 consecutive games, as the Clemson Tigers have not gained a victory over Auburn since 1951, a 34-0 win at Clemson. That win gave Clemson five wins in six meetings against Auburn between 1946-51. Clemson defeated Auburn in 1947 by a score of 34-18 as Bobby Gage threw four touchdown passes and gained 374 yards of total offense, both single game records at the time.

Auburn and Clemson first met in 1899 and Auburn came away with a 34-0 win at Auburn. That was just the 14th game in Clemson history. John Heisman coached Auburn in that game. Clemson won three of the next four, including a 16-0 win at Auburn in 1902. Clemson's coach in that game was the legendary John Heisman. So Heisman gained wins for both teams in this series and both games were played at Auburn..." Full story

Friday, September 17, 2010

Clemson Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele has Cam Newton in His Sights

The Tigers (Clemson) can expect a lot of zone read from the Tigers (Auburn) so place your bets on a Tiger win Saturday Night! 

From: GoUpstate.com:  "CLEMSON -- Dabo Swinney isn't a defensive coordinator, but he has a little advice for his players encountering Cameron Newton in the flat Saturday night.

“Get a piece of flesh and hang on,” Clemson's head coach said. “And hope someone gets there in a hurry.”

Sound advice. At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Auburn's monstrous quarterback will give the Tigers' defense major matchup issues when Clemson visits No. 16 Auburn at 7 p.m. Saturday. The key to leaving the Plains with a 3-0 record might not be stopping Newton, but merely limiting the damage he causes.

Through two games, he averages 120.5 yards rushing per game while passing for 161 yards per game, with five passing scores against one interception and two rushing touchdowns..."

Auburn coach Gene Chizik“...We have some designed runs that we feel really good about, but the thing you can't account for are the runs that aren't designed,” Chizik said. “He has gotten a lot of mileage out of some plays that weren't necessarily there. I think that's what he brings to the table with his athleticism. But when we go back and look at him, we're looking more at, is he protecting the football, is he not putting our team in danger, is he making good decisions in terms of first downs, field position, time left on the clock, those kind of things. Up to this point, we've been pleased...”

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Does Buckle Buddies Program Save Young Lives While Putting Others at Risk?

This is a good idea but does it promote talking on the phone while driving? 

From WLTX:  "'...I challenged the citizen's of this state to pick the phone up and report any child that has not been restrained,' said Highway patrol officer Kenny Lancaster.

The Buckle Buddies program allows anyone to anonymously call a toll free number and report a child not properly buckled in a car seat.

'Actually they will get a letter from my office explaining when they were seen, what they are receiving this letter for because they didn't properly restrain their child and some educational information in there,' said Lancaster..."

U.S. House Approves Energy Saving Legislation wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Now This is Interesting

U.S. House Approves Energy Saving Legislation wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |: "Columbia, SC (AP) -- An idea from South Carolina utility leaders to make rural homes more energy efficient through low-cost loans from the federal government has passed the U.S. House.

Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina President Mike Couick said Thursday up to 1.5 million people in the state could take advantage of the Rural Star program, which the Senate must approve.

Customers take out loans to pay for new heat pumps, insulation and other energy saving measures. They get up to 10 years to pay back the loan through charges on their utility bills.

In most cases, officials say the energy savings should pay for the loan.

U.S. Reps. John Spratt and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina introduced the legislation. They say the bill could create jobs for people to do energy audits and install energy efficient products."

DeMint talks Alvin Greene, tea party on Today Show - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

DeMint talks Alvin Greene, tea party on Today Show - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter sat down with Greene earlier this summer. 'I just wanted to meet the guy to see if he was indeed as he came across,' she said.

Looking back, she says she was pleasantly surprised. 'People seem to think that because you can articulate in front of a camera you are able to govern,' said Cobb-Hunter. 'I would suggest that shouldn't be the only barometer.'

Cobb-Hunter says she was impressed with Greene's knowledge of politics and current events, attributes she says have been overshadowed by an awkward first impression."

Former officer survives "hit", takes story to Washington - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Former officer survives "hit", takes story to Washington - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Lee County Correctional Officer survived being shot six times after an attack at his home.

The State Law Enforcement Division says the officer was the target of a hit called in by an inmate inside a Lee County prison cell.

Now, he wants Congress to change the law, and prevent prison cell calls from going through.

Corrections Capt. Robert Johnson nearly lost his life after a gunman busted through his door and put six bullets in him.

'I was in my other bedroom getting ready for work and he kicked the door in. He yelled, 'Police!' And I came out to meet him and I was wondering what was going on and we met in the hallway,' said Johnson."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sentencing set for sheriff in scandalized Upstate county : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Sentencing set for sheriff in scandalized Upstate county : News : MidlandsConnect.com: "SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Sentencing has been scheduled for a former sheriff in a South Carolina county reeling from scandal.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Wednesday a Sept. 21 sentencing hearing has been scheduled in Spartanburg for former Union County Sheriff Howard Wells.

Wells pleaded guilty in January to lying to agents about money he loaned in exchange for interest he didn't report as taxable income. He faces up to five years in prison.

Wells was propelled into the national spotlight in 1994 when Susan Smith confessed to him she had strapped her young sons into their car seats and let the car roll into a lake. Smith originally told investigators the boys were taken in a carjacking.

Several other Union County officials are also scheduled to be sentenced at the"

Cyber crooks hide behind company logos in emails - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Are You Being Dunned by a Cyber-Crook?

From WISTV:  "CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Cyber crooks are banking on consumers not being able to tell the difference between and email from a legitimate company versus an email designed to steal information and money.

A three month study by Panda Security found that 57,000 'phishing' websites are created each week. More than 75% of the sites are designed to trick people into handing over their personal information via email.

The study found hundreds of big-name company brands were being sued for fraud including eBay, Visa, Amazon, PayPal, the Internal Revenue Service and Bank of America. The computer thieves are sending emails to unsuspecting people with a company logo attached, usually from a popular bank or online retail business, giving it the appearance that the message is legit..."

Editors note: These types of e-mail have become personal for me... I receive one to two a week, each containing official looking company logo's which are placed in a prominent location. First it was e-mails from a cyber-crook using the Time Warner Cable logo and just a couple of days ago I received one containing the logo of Pay Pal. Legit companies don't ask for personal information online. Not sure about an e-mail; pick up the phone and call the company... but don't use the phone number from the suspect e-mail!!!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

10 of the 81 Missing Persons in South Carolina Are From Sumter County


Everyday someone enters information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Systems in hopes of solving their case. Ordinary citizens like you or I can search the systems data base to help solve these cases.


Presently, there are 81 cases from South Carolina entered into the system; of those ten (10) are from Sumter County, South Carolina. 


Clicking on the photos will take you to the case file for that individual. Information on who to contact is available on each case. 


The ten are:


NamUs MP Case Number: 5595Maxwell Grahm
Sumter County, South Carolina 
28 Year Old White Male




NamUs MP Case Number: 5600Harrison Butler Sr
Sumter County, South Carolina 
76 Year Old Black/African American Male






NamUs MP Case Number: 5601Richard Gary Jr.
Sumter County, South Carolina 
58 Year Old Black/African American Male






NamUs MP Case Number: 5602Teresa Shannon
Sumter County, South Carolina 
49 Year Old White Female






NamUs MP Case Number: 5603Richard McCray
Sumter County, South Carolina 
40 Year Old Black/African American Male






NamUs MP Case Number: 5604Inez Miller
Sumter County, South Carolina 
95 Year Old Black/African American Female




    NamUs MP Case Number: 6256Lavonne Kelly
Sumter County, South Carolina 
12 Year Old Black/African American Femal
e






NamUs MP Case Number: 5596James Harley
Sumter County, South Carolina 
39 Year Old Black/African American Male







NamUs MP Case Number: 5610Matthew McCaskey
Sumter County, South Carolina 
22 Year Old White Male






NamUs MP Case Number: 7818Stacy Lester
Sumter County, South Carolina 
24 Year Old White Female





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