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Major U.S. Mistakes in the Vietnam War PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

Thirteen Political Formulas for Endangering America’s Future  - Part 1

On June 23, 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte, still today considered one of the greatest generals and military tacticians in history, made one of the greatest strategic military mistakes in history. Napoleon gathered his Grande Armee of 685,000 men (300,000 French and 385,000 Austrian, Prussian and Polish allies), perhaps the greatest military force ever gathered at the time, and invaded Russia. Despite fierce Russian resistance at Borodino on September 7, and their scorched earth retreat leaving nothing behind them to sustain the Grande Armee, Napoleon occupied Moscow on September 14. However, the Russians burned much of the city and refused to surrender or engage Napoleon in pitched battle. The Grande Armee had already been substantially reduced by casualties and sickness (including typhus) and was in precarious logistical straits.  On October 13, it began to snow. A few days later, Napoleon realized that the Grande Armee’s Russian campaign could not be sustained.  In snow and bitter cold, with low food rations, starving horses, no winter uniforms, and sick and exhausted troops, Napoleon began his retreat out of Russia. On December 6, temperatures on his route of retreat into Lithuania dropped to 36 F. degrees below zero, so cold that men falling asleep by a campfire never woke up.  By the time his Grande Armee crossed into Lithuania, it had less than 27,000 fit troops. Nearly 400,000 had died, 100,000 had been captured, and the rest scattered, deserted, or missing.

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Travelers Rest Hosts Annual Christmas Parade PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

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A Chief Executive Aide of Greenville’s Hejaz Shrine Unit participates in the Travelers Rest Annual Christmas Parade Saturday morning, December 10th, 2016.

 
   
Christmas Stories and Songs at Confederate Museum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

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Terry Grissop provides stories and songs for Children’s Storytime in the Annex of the Museum and Library of Confederate History where Christmas in Dixie is being celebrated on December Friday nights.

 
   
GHS Children’s Hospital Receives Subway Cares for Kids Day Contribution PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

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Local SUBWAY® owner Jill McGee, left, presented a check for $6,717.34 to Burgess Scott of the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System on behalf of SUBWAY® restaurants in the Upstate. The contribution represents proceeds from “SUBWAY® Cares for Kids Day” held on Nov. 17 and will help fill the Dream Gap, an array of services for patients and families. Participating SUBWAY® restaurants in the Carolinas and Georgia collectively contributed $30,134.73 from the one-day campaign to six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® that serve sick and injured children in their local communities.

 
   
Jeff Duncan Releases Statement on Passing of John Glenn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan responded to the news of the passing of John Glenn today in a statement:

John Glenn is a giant in American history and truly is one of those rare authentic heroes we all revere. It is with a heavy heart to hear the news of his passing. He was a trailblazer for America’s space program during the Cold War as he became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and, 36 years later, became the oldest man in space in 1998 at the age of 77. He also found the time to serve his country in the United States Senate, thereby capping a remarkable career of service to his nation. I was fortunate to have met the man in November 2011—he was larger than life. I pray for him and his family, but as America works to navigate the rough seas of the future, I also pray that our nation is graced with more men and women like John Glenn.

 
   
Christmas in Dixie PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

If you have a free Friday evening during the Month of December and would like to go alone or take the entire family to an event that is interesting, entertaining and suitable for the family, there is such an event available in Greenville, South Carolina.  It is convenient and you can determine the time you want to spend there from a few minutes to three hours.  There is no cost or parking fee. There is entertainment for children, live music and refreshments for all and interesting historical displays from Southern History.

The annual event is called Christmas in Dixie and is sponsored by the Museum and Library of Confederate History located at 15 Boyce Avenue in the Pettigru Historic District of Greenville.

The Museum and Library of Confederate History is owned and operated by the 16th Regiment, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Members of the organization are descendents of men who served in the armed services of the Confederacy. The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization was founded by the aging confederate veterans who charged the “Sons” with the task of “preserving the “true history of the South for future generations.”

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Gary Varvel Cartoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

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Harry Reid’s Gift to Trump PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Thompson   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

Sen. Harry Reid is retiring effective this January. So along with the celebration that Barack Obama’s term as POTUS is over, we can be thankful that the grandson of a horse thief is also gone from public life.

Harry Reid was a pauper when elected to Congress and retires as a multi-millionaire. His financial improvement was not due to his sparkling personality, even in Washington, Harry Reid had a well-deserved reputation as being prickly. But he was a formidable foe, and both his financial upgrade and his power in DC was owing to his ability to be obstinate. Harry Reid usually got his way, and that tells you at least as much about the other Senators as it does him. Suffice it to say, SC’s Lindsey Graham did not have the backbone to defy Harry Reid.

The rules of the Senate are what governs their procedures; they don’t conduct business under Mason’s Rules of Order. The Senate of the US has its own rules, and that is what most folks do not understand. We hear how the Senate blocked some measure by the filibuster, which always required 60 votes to overcome. It is rare when the Senate can get 60 members to agree on something, so that was a high bar, and Harry Reid used it to obstruct all manner of policy. Their hidebound ways were often criticized as counter-productive, few measures cleared the Senate. But there was always an ace in the hole, so draconian they called it the “nuclear option.” The fact is nobody from either party was willing to invoke a change in the rules to make it easier to approve a bill.

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Gary Varvel Cartoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

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Nathan Ellenwood Named PlanFIRST Player of the Game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

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Nathan Ellenwood was named the PlanFIRST Player of the Game for the Bob Jones University Bruins men’s basketball team on Friday, Dec. 9.

Ellenwood is a freshman business administration major from Greenville. Ellenwood had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists as the Bruins fell to Piedmont College 95-91.

PlanFIRST is an asset management and financial services company located in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Problems with REAL ID in New Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

By Bob Dill
The Department of Homeland Security has declared that five states are not following the requirements of the REAL ID Act: South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maine, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

That means that South Carolina Driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted at secure federal buildings or military bases starting on January 20, 2017, and on January 22, 2018 the Transportation Security Administration will no longer accept South Carolina licenses at airports.

Congressman Mark Sanford, who fought the original bill when he was Governor of South Carolina is working with other impacted states to get a delay in implementation until a legislative solution is found.

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241st Anniversary of the Battle of the Great Cane Break PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Williamson   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

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SIMPSONVILLE — Members of the South Carolina Societies of the SAR and DAR met Dec. 3 at Historic Hopkins Farm to commemorate the 241st anniversary of the Battle of the Great Cane Brake. The annual event is sponsored by the Col. Robert Anderson Chapter.

Chapter President Bill Kivett began with welcome remarks and an introduction about the battle. The SAR Color Guard posted the colors.

Pledges were led by Jacob Williamson, Monte Hart II and Monte A. Hart. Chapter Historian Glenn Farrow provided a detailed history about the battle, which was part of what would become known as the Snow Campaign. Several SAR and DAR chapters presented wreaths.

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Maestro Discusses 1991 USSR Defection With GC Republican Women’s Club PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

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Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, Director of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra was the guest speaker at the December luncheon of the Greenville County Republican  Women’s Club. He discussed his defection from the Soviet Union and his love for America.

He first visited Greenville in 1991 while serving as the associate Director of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife  defected to the United States at the end of the concert tour.

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Pastor Paul B. Chandler, Jr. Is Honored for 75 Years in the Gospel Ministry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Evans   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

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On December 7, 1941, seventeen-year old Paul B. Chandler, Jr. was on his way to Pinellas Park Presbyterian Church to preach his very first sermon at a youth rally for young people from all over Pinellas County, Florida. He had felt called to preach under the ministry of Pastor William R. Newell and had recently surrendered his life to this call to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. As the winds of war were beginning to blow, Pastor E.R. Barnard, his pastor at Central Presbyterian Church, had been discussing a county-wide youth rally with his friend who was the pastor of Pinellas Park Presbyterian Church, and, upon learning of young Paul Chandler’s desire to preach, they decided to “cut him loose,” and invited him to preach at the youth rally. He was happy for this opportunity to preach for the first time. As he turned on the radio in his car, while driving to the service, he heard the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor! With the realization heavy on his heart that the country would soon be entering into WWII and many young people would be answering the call to serve their country in the U.S. Armed Forces, he was burdened about the opportunity immediately before him as he would be preaching to those young people in those uncertain times.  He had chosen as his sermon’s text, Romans 12:1&2:  “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Present at that service was his future wife, Esther Lillian Allen (Chandler). She was the one who, years later, reminded him that there were 18 young people who had surrendered their hearts to the Lord at that service. She said she was able to remember that number because he was turning 18 the week after he preached his first sermon!

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I Am Not Qualified ... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

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American Legion SC Dept. and Post 214 Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stuart McClure   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

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I Fixed Your Carrier ... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

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Trump Picks Winners To Head Defense, Justice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

President-elect Donald Trump has picked no-nonsense professionals to head the Departments of Justice, of Defense and the National Security Advisor. These are important operations that have been badly and tragically mismanaged by Obama political appointees.

If confirmed by the Senate, General James Mattis will become Secretary of Defense. General Mattis has 41 years of military service and was described by the Marine Corps Times as “the most revered Marine in a generation.” He is known by his troops as “Mad Dog Mattis.” Donald Trump said he is the closest thing to General George Patton that we have currently.

Mattis was commander of the United States Central Command since 2010, and led the First Marine Division into Iraq in 2003. President Barack Obama forced the Marine legend to retire because he allegedly rubbed Obama’s political appointees the wrong way and “forced them to answer tough questions regarding Iran.”

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Gary Varvel Cartoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

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Growing Old Gracefully PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Thompson   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

In my experience, one usually hears advice when its application would be least appreciated and mostly useless. Thus we come to know the truth in the saying that, “Nothing goes so unheeded as unsolicited advice,” and yet here I go.

My Mother was not just wise; she was given to me as an Angel from God. Please accept that I am not being flippant or a smart aleck at the moment; fact is, Mom’s analytical skills relative to her children were so astonishingly accurate it was, well, scary. Like when she told me at age 10 that my penchant for being reckless was going to hinder my life if not reformed. Her words have come back to haunt me many times since.

One can certainly make a case that wanting to join the Marines at age 19 because they said they needed “A few good men,” was motivated by all the right stuff. Then again, my sisters would tell you even today that such a decision during the Vietnam War falls into the reckless x 10 category. Who knew my sisters would also get the analytical gene…nah, just kidding, those two knuckleheads don’t know anything.

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Philip Porter Revolutionary War Patriot Honored on Veterans Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helga Rogers   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:00

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American Legion Post 214 at Porter Chapel honoring Philip Porter Revolutionary War Patriot on Veterans Day. Philip is Charlie Porter’s 3rd Great Grandfather born in 1775. Left to right: Pete Bellinger, Charlie Porter, Peter Butchart, Post 214 Adjutant Carroll Kelley, Trumpteer Jamie Richards, JD Norris from the Andrews Pickens Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in Greenville and Donny Carson from the Gen. Daniel Morgan SAR in Spartanburg.

 
   

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