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Sheri Few Challenges Atwater on Common Core Silence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Widow of Late Lee Atwater Enters Race for Superintendent of Education

Sally Atwater, widow of the late political consultant and former RNC Chairman Lee Atwater, has entered the race for South Carolina Superintendent of Education.

Sheri Few, the leading conservative in the race immediately challenged Atwater and asked why she won’t reveal her position on Common Core.

Speaking from the 25th Education Policy Conference in St. Louis where Common Core was the number one topic, Few welcomed Atwater to the race and asked why her campaign announcement highlighted her political consultants but not her view on “the number one issue facing education today.

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Korean War Memorial Addition PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

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The Korean War Veterans Foothills Chapter of SC #301 dedicated their new Korean War Veterans Memorial (pictured above) on June 1, 2013, in Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Rd., Greenville. Enhancing the memorial is an Honors Walkway of engraved brick pavers with the names of veterans of all branches of service from 3 other wars and from 5 different states. To compliment their senior members and guests the memorial committee has installed an alphabetical directory to show where each brick is located. The Honors Walkway is open to anyone who wishes to Honor an active duty member of the military, a veteran, family member or friend. The cost of a single engraved brick with 3 lines is $50.00 or $75.00 for a double brick with 6 lines. Brick forms are available from any Foothills Chapter member or by mail or email from committee Chairman Lew Perry, 864-574-5569.

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Promote Justice by Electing Judges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

There is mounting evidence that South Carolina’s legal system falls short of being a legitimate system of justice. The South Carolina Legislature just voted to give South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal another ten-year term in that powerful position.  Justice Costa Pleicones, a judge who sits on her court, challenged Toal. Chief Justice Toal has not been a model citizen during her tenure as South Carolina’s C Chief Judge. She allegedly has had at least three traffic violations, including drunk driving, speeding and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Common Core Tests to Cost S.C. Taxpayers Millions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rick Brundrett from "The Nerve"   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Belonging to the 22-state consortium that is developing the Common Core math and English language arts assessment tests for K-12 students will soon no longer be a cheap date for S.C. taxpayers.

Contacted last week by The Nerve, Jacqueline King, director of “higher education collaboration” for the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium,” based in Washington state, said after a four-year $175 million federal grant that supports the consortium ends in September, member states, including South Carolina, will have to pay membership fees to continue in the group.

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Local Drugstores to Lose Most TRICARE For Life (TFL) Prescriptions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Requires TRICARE for Life (TFL) Beneficiaries to use the Government Home Delivery (mail-order) Pharmacy System Effective February 14, 2014.

Mail order prescription refills are a requirement for military retirees and dependents effective February 14, 2014. Beginning on that date, individuals who are beneficiaries of TRICARE For Life (TFL) will no longer be permitted to order maintenance prescriptions from local drugstores by making a co-payment.

The mandate, which is a part of the 2013 Defense Authorization Act, applies to maintenance medications.  Initial prescriptions can continue to be filled at a retail drug store, and beneficiaries will be allowed to fill up to two 30-day refills at a retail store during the transition period.

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School Choice Unites and Empowers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ellen Weaver   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

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Liberal Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz.  Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton.  What agenda could possibly unite these political odd couples?

Support for the rapidly expanding world of education options.

As we just celebrated during National School Choice Week, each of these leaders is part of a bi-partisan groundswell of advocates for evidence-based school choice programs, both public and private.  Far more than “vouchers,” school choice in its truest form includes as many options as the needs of children are unique: high-quality traditional schools; public charters, magnet or virtual schools; open enrollment between traditional school districts; private school scholarship and tax credit programs; Education Savings Accounts; home schooling and more.

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Prager, Scott to Headline Presidential Leadership Series at Bob Jones University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

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Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, announced today that nationally syndicated talk show host and author Dennis Prager and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will headline the Presidential Leadership Series at BJU this spring.

“We are delighted to host speakers at BJU who can inform and challenge our students,” said Dr. Stephen Jones. “Both of these leaders are compelling speakers and I look forward to having our students and members of the Greenville community join us for these events.”

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Frank Tooley, Korean Prisoner of War - Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Moore   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Frank-Tooley---Part-2Frank Tooley, a young man who was on the verge of turning 20 years old was stuck in the middle of a warzone looking down the barrel of a gun of his enemies. With artillery and bullets zipping overhead Tooley and two other soldiers were questioned about where the rest of the men were. There was a sense of calm that Tooley really couldn’t understand. He never thought that when he was in combat he wouldn’t be scared. He often wonders if the government put something in the food that would allow soldiers to not mentally tear down and be overcome with fear.

That day, on the mountain, all of the men in his company were either captured or killed except one man. After all of the men were captured the marching started. During the day time they would hide and at night they would march.

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SCGOP Chairman Brings Olive Branch to Greenville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Healing Will not be  Instant, Since Many of Those Present Experienced Rude Treatment of Greenville Delegation at State Convention of Which the Current Chairman Matt Moore Was a Part

SCGOP-Chairman-Matt-MooreSouth Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore attended the Greenville County Executive Committee meeting Monday night carrying a symbolic olive branch in an attempt to mend fences and heal wounds inflicted on delegates from Greenville by state party officials during last year’s State Convention.

County Chairman Chad Groover introduced Moore as someone who “will be a good friend to Greenville, an we will be able to work together in the future for Republican candidates and Republican causes.”

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None so Blind as Those who are Deceived PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

C-Span televised a recorded portion of the recent South Carolina Tea Party convention last Saturday night. I was surprised that they had speakers on both sides of the illegal alien issue. One of the several speakers with a heavy Hispanic accent was an American born in Cuba and imprisoned by the Castro regime. He had a startling warning for complacent Americans based on his first hand experiences in Cuba and what he is observing currently in this country. The first big deception was that the American people fell for the lie that Communism was dead and finished when the Soviet Union collapsed.

I believe that those who believe a lie or lies for a long period of time reach a point where they cannot distinguish fact from fiction. Many Americans are proving that point.

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Administration Continues Dangerous Downgrade of Military PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Serious Concerns Regarding Downgrade of Force Structure Prompts Congressional Action

South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, has announced that “serious concerns have been brought to light regarding proposed changes to Army force structure, especially the proposed Army Aviation restructuring plan.”

In order to attempt to head off a major national defense shortcoming, Wilson and a group of 16 bipartisan co-sponsors have introduced H. R. 3930, the National Commission on the Structure of the Army Act of 2014. The commission would recommend necessary force structures to meet future military force structure needs of the nation.

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January Meeting of Joseph Evan Davis Chapter 907, Children of the Confederacy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Evans   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

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Joseph Evan Davis Chapter 907, Children of the Confederacy, met on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Pastor Mark Evans, Chaplain-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Camp Chaplain of the 16th Regiment, Camp 36, Greenville SCV, was the speaker for the meeting. He presented a program on the Christian character of General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. Miss Allison Bolt, Vice President, presided in the absence of our President Andrew Myers. A membership certificate was presented to Mr. William Bolt, the youngest chapter member, who became an official member as a "birth baby" when he was only five minutes old!!

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ACG Holds New Year's Banquet, Announces April 25 U.S. Senate Debate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josiah Magnuson   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00
Thomas-Kendall---ACG-NYearsGREER - Americans for Constitutional Government (ACG), a non-partisan educational and civic group active in Upstate South Carolina since 1962, held their annual New Year's Banquet on Saturday, January 25, at the Sugar Creek Clubhouse.  Speakers included Lee Benedict, author of "Freedom Heist," State Representative Dan Hamilton, Candidate for Superintendent of Education Sheri Few, and local doctor and current President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Tom Kendall.

Lee Benedict, a veteran of the Iraq War and a professional special education instructor, presented how the Communist Manifesto has been implemented in the United States over the last few decades.  He encouraged the audience to distribute his new book, which presents a needed insight into the true nature of the challenges to our nation's liberty.

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Frank Tooley, Korean Prisoner of War PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Moore   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00
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For a 19 year old barefoot cotton farm worker turned curb hopper from the farm country of Greenville County, the North Korean invasion of South Korea meant only one thing; a trip abroad was inevitable. Frank Tooley, who had already been drafted, knew that it was only a matter of time before Uncle Sam came and asked for his service in the American military intervention. Knowing that if he was drafted the Army would send him where he was needed, Tooley felt that it would be best if he joined on his own free will. Curious about whether he would pass the physical or not, Tooley joined his brother and some friends as they went to visit the doctor.

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State of State Ignores Common Core Standards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Governor Pledges Millions More in Education Spending, Ignores Most Urgent Parental Concerns

In her State of the State address, Governor Nikki Haley ignored the despised and destructive federal Common Core Standards and school choice and instead pledged $160 million of new spending primarily on poor and under-performing districts and schools.

During a recent address to Republican Women in Greenville she pledged to oppose Common Core being implemented in the Palmetto State.

The Governor’s education plan divides the additional spending between 5 areas.

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The AGC Ensuring Quality Military Chaplains PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Moore   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

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As America progresses into tomorrow there is a call for all lifestyles to be accepted. As lifestyles are to be accepted, Christian beliefs come under more scrutiny. For Chaplains working in a military that is becoming a melting pot of all that is America, pressure for them to not be offensive is increasing in strength.

Since the repeal of the ban on homosexuals in the military and the Supreme Court striking down the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, things have become more difficult for Christian Chaplains in the military. While their duties have become more difficult, nothing has change in regards to the law of religious freedoms.

The Associated Gospel Churches (AGC) is an organization which recruits and stands by Chaplains when they find themselves in situations of discrimination or pressures to conform.

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Oklahoma Republican Dr. Tom Coburn Resigning from Senate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Dr-Tom-CoburnSenator Tom Coburn, the longest serving real fiscal conservative in the United States Senate, is resigning later this year, two years before his term ends.

Dr. Coburn, the OB/gyn who is a former Family Research Council (FRC) board member, has served Oklahoma in the Senate for ten years and in the House before that.

He is a former cancer survivor and the disease is now back. FRC released a statement saying, “Now that the disease is back, he felt it best to spend as much time with his family as possible. For conservatives, who’ve admired his tough-as-nails approach on spending (including his ‘Wastebooks’ his office is famous for), his voice will be missed. FRC will be praying for a speedy recovery for one of the Senate’s most reliable leaders. We continue to be grateful for all Tom has done in the cause of faith, family and freedom.”

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The Age of Insanity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

For American veterans who fought for freedom in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and are still living, the current question burning in their heart and mind is: “What has happened to our country, and the people thousands fought, bled and died to defend?” It has happened gradually, but suddenly there is a realization that at least half of the people in our land are acting as if they were not of sound mind. They lack a desire to seek truth, defend their God-given freedom or have concern for future generations.  Only an insane people would allow their freedom to be taken away and their exceptional way of life destroyed before their very eyes without taking some preventive action.

I find it difficult if not impossible to accept the fact that many well-meaning Americans, including thousands of professed Christians are so misinformed, misguided and deceived that they are willing to participate in the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

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Is Governor Haley REALLY Against Common Core Standards? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnnelle Raines - Upstate Regional Leader SCPIE   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Last night I watched intently Governor Haley’s State of the State address…no mention of getting rid of Common Core Standards (CCS)! When asked recently at events she clearly will state she is against our present Common Core Standards. But no mention of that in her Education Plan or her State of the State address?

I am a huge fan of country singer Toby Keith. His song, “A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action” comes to mind when I hear Governor Haley “say” she is against CCS. Last night would have been the perfect opportunity to make sure all the Legislators and citizens of SC know she is against these standards…but what did we hear from her on these child abusive standards? ... crickets…

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Tax the Rich and Raise the Minimum Wage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Hall - Greenville, SC   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

As I write this, several politicians are advocating that we raise the tax rate on the rich, so our government will have more money to pay our debts, and they want to raise the minimum wage to “help” the poorest of the poor. Several other politicians and many private citizens, including me, strongly believe both of these measures would be tragic mistakes. They ignore and run counter to the realities of street level economics. Let us look at a ridiculously simple hypothetical case to see what I am talking about:

Mr. John Doe owns a factory employing 200 workers that manufacture Supergismos at the rate of 1,000,000 per year which he sells for $10 each, generating a gross income of $10,000,000. His total production costs run $9 per unit. His net profit before taxes is $1,000,000. His present tax rate is 90%, so the government takes $900,000 and he gets to keep $100,000 per year, which he regards as a somewhat disappointing, barely adequate income for someone who works so hard and risks so much as he does.

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Bone Health PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joe Carrano   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

The textbooks tell us that the body needs vitamin D for calcium utilization, and vitamin A for both calcium and protein assimilation. Protein given as a powder lacks these fat-soluble co-factors that the body can use to build and maintain healthy bones.

Synthetic vitamin D, on the other hand, can cause hypercalcemia, a disturbance of calcium equilibrium leading to excessive blood calcium and calcification of soft tissues. Synthetic vitamin D added to commercial milk does not have the same beneficial effect as vitamin D3 from cod liver oil in preventing rickets and strengthening the bones.

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