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Banning Flag Sales Hurts More Than Just Flag-Sellers PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Heather Sheen   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

By Heather Sheen

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The law of unintended consequences tells us that people’s actions always create not only planned, but unplanned results. I encountered the law this week when Etsy joined the list of major online retailers banning the sale of the Confederate battle flag.

Etsy is a digital marketplace that offers ready-made, customizable, online shop space to small businesses. My Etsy-hosted store, Creative Cockades, is now in its 5th year. I just broke the “800 sales” mark. I do not sell the Confederate flag – or any flag. But my Etsy store is going to run off of Etsy shortly. Why? The law of unintended consequences.

I’m sure Etsy was only intending to put out of business the people selling Confederate flags. And after all, I’m sure they reasoned, those are just bigoted, racist people anyway so nobody will miss them.

Unfortunately, Etsy reckoned without their customers. Etsy buyers are apparently not the spineless sheep that Etsy management is. Some of them stand on principle rather than following the latest media-induced fad. So Etsy customers who know their history (read that, 75% of my customers) are now boycotting Etsy because of the flag-selling ban.

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Citizens Group Wants Berea School To Become Community Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

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The old Berea High School built by the WPA in the 1930s is for sale. The facility is located on a large lot of choice property in the center of the Berea business district. The well-constructed brick building will be expensive to demolish, which will figure into the cost of any buyer with plans for development.

It is understood that a Florida company has an option to buy the facility. Their plan would be to demolish the current building to make way for a retail outlet. Attempts to obtain specific   information on the deal from the School District of Greenville County proved unsuccessful on Monday. If the deal does not work out between the prospective purchaser and the school district, it is estimated that the property could become available for another buyer between September 2015 and January 2016. The Berea community leaders are researching options for buying the building and using it for a community center should it become available for them to arrange a purchase.

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Haley, Obama Link Murders to Flag and Southern Heritage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

(Analysis of a Continuing Tragedy)

GovHaley1It was not unexpected to hear President Obama blame the murders of nine Charleston church goers on guns and Southerners because of their history of slavery and “Jim Crow.”

It was surprising and extremely disappointing, however, to see South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley rush out on Monday and link the murders and the deranged murderer with the Confederate battle flag and the Palmetto State’s Southern Heritage.

Governor Haley can be forgiven for her ignorance of factual history, however it was below the dignity of her office to use  this vicious tragedy to justify tramping on the memory of Southern patriots and  scoring political points on the backs of native South Carolineans.

It appears that Governor Haley has created a steamroller effect and, therefore, there will be little or no opposition from the lawmakers. Southern Heritage groups have been blindsided and will have little opportunity to organize opposition.

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The Face of Evil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

A small group of Christians saw the face of evil while gathered at a Charleston Church for Bible Study last Wednesday night.   The evil came in the form of a very confused and troubled young man filled with hate. To the best of our knowledge, they never met him before. Although he may have met the Pastor who was a State Senator and well-known in Columbia, near where the alleged killer spent much of his life. He must have felt confident sitting in a room in a gun-free zone with a group of mostly elderly black women. His only motive must have been to shed innocent blood.  Nothing else makes any sense.

Logically, his irrational behavior would indicate some sort of satanic influence and possibly manipulation by another individual. No rational sane individual, no matter how mean or full of hate would casually murder a group of mostly elderly women with nothing to be gained and no reason to dislike his victims. After all, his closest friends were black people with whom he had shared his vague plans of mass murder at other locations with different victims.

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Republicans Split Over Obamatrade Fast Track PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Voters Angry and Threatening Reprisals for those Who Vote for Fast Track Authority for Obama

An odd combination of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans handed President Obama and the Republican leadership a stunning defeat when they defeated TAA, the Trade Adjustment Assistance by an overwhelming vote of 302 to 126. The House narrowly passed TPA, the Trade Promotion Authority by a vote of 219 to 211. House Speaker Bayner promised to attempt to get enough Democrat and Republican votes to pass the TAA by Tuesday, June 16.

The Obama Administration is employing the same tactics they used to pass Obamacare through the Congress. There is no time to read the proposed legislation. In fact much of it is secret and out of sight of members of Congress. The big difference is that Obamacare was passed by a Lame Duck Democrat Congress. This Obamatrade legislation has pulled in the Republican Congressional leadership.

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Paul Howell Speaks to URW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas C. Hanson   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

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Paul Howell, director of Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina, speaks during the Americanism program for the Upstate Republican Women, Monday at the Poinsett Club.

 

 
   
Real Immigration Reform PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Losing Ground to Big Money and Low Information

The first big mistake in U.S. immigration policy was the 1965 “Immigration Reform” Act, which broadened family reunification preference policy from nuclear family (spouses and minor children) to extended family. The extended family policy, which included an endless chain of siblings, parents, and in-laws, resulted in Chain Migration. Chain Migration changed the character of U.S. immigration from limited and selective to an out-of-control immigration tsunami that made immigration an increasing fiscal and social burden on the nation.

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Five GCS Seniors Graduate with 12 Years of Perfect Attendance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

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GCS-Seniors2Five seniors have completed 12 years of school without missing a single day. Students are allowed by State law to miss up to 10 days of school per year, but these Greenville County Schools seniors completed 2,160 days without missing a day, either excused or unexcused. Seniors with 12 years of perfect school attendance are recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education. They each received a special certificate and congratulatory letter from State Superintendent of Education Molly M. Spearman.

 
   
Republican Party Needs a Leader PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

The Republican Party has an elaborate national organization and a well-paid Chairman of the Republican National Committee, but who knows what they stand for and what they are doing to defeat Hillary Clinton or whoever the Democrat candidate for President will be?

Hillary, a former United States Senator, First Lady and Secretary of State for Barack Obama, is portraying herself as a patriotic American. She has assumed leadership of the Democrats and, while ignoring her alleged criminal past, is doing a great job of consolidating her party base and listing specifically what she will do for each constituency group.

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Solomon’s 2015 Sermon for the USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Hall - Greenville, SC   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Can you believe, thousands of years ago King Solomon experienced many of the frustrations Americans are struggling with in 2015? Do you want to hear what he did about them?

First, he dedicated himself to finding out for himself (not taking other people’s words) exactly what constitutes the good life, the life he could recommend for all of his subjects. He tried mirth, folly, and pleasures. It was all vanity, empty frivolity. (Eccl 2:1) Then he turned to great works. He built houses, planted vineyards and orchards, dammed creeks and rivers to make pools of water, raised cattle of all kinds in great abundance, provided employment for many men and girls, and collected great wealth in silver and gold. He collected musical instruments of every kind and surrounded himself with men and women who sang and played the instruments.

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Hillary’s Plans to Stuff the Ballot Box in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phyllis Schlafly   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Hillary Clinton has laid out her game plan for winning back the White House for herself and her husband next year. Let’s hope Republicans were paying attention.

She apparently decided it won’t be enough to rely on the 66 million people who voted twice for Barack Obama, many of whom are disillusioned by the failure of “hope and change.” Obama promised an end to wars in the Middle East, a more prosperous economy for the average American, and more harmonious race relations, but all three problems have only gotten worse.

Since Hillary won’t have the youthful exuberance that propelled Obama to his unlikely double victory, she plans to build a whole new electorate out of people who didn’t vote for Obama. That’s the gist of her speech in Houston last week, which her friends at MSNBC called a “far-reaching vision for expanding access to the ballot box.”

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To the Winner Goes the Mandate PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Thompson   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

It always seems so lame, the whine that goes up from the loser that the other guy barely won. Or that the beauty contest had all ugly contestants and so nobody wanted anything to do with the result. Remember this: every contest has to have a winner… and the winner gets the prize.

The majority of the country now realize what a foolish mistake it was to elect and, even worse, re-elect Barack Obama; but spin those results any which way and the bottom line remains the same. And yes, he gets the mandate that goes with winning. Fortunately that works both ways, so after the 2014 elections Congress should again have a say as well. But that assumes the weasels that got elected were going to be serious about their oath to uphold the Constitution.

Part of the reason the country now realizes it made a prodigious error voting Obama-the-fox into the chicken coop is that he has some real strange ideas that he is inflicting on America and the world. For example, he apparently is OK with radical Islam…wow.

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Upstate Republican Women’s Club Americanism Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas C. Hanson   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00
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Christie Would-Be Advocate of Compromise, Means Test Government Benefits PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Christie would rebuild National Defense, enhance intelligence services and strongly support the Patriot Act

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie strolled into Timmy’s Country Ham House last Wednesday talking and more than an hour later strolled out talking.

Governor Christie is a tough talker with a charming personalty. He moved around in a small circle in the midst of a friendly crowd of more than 200 people giving his standard campaign speech and answering questions. The somewhat controversial governor thinks quickly on his feet and is skillful at modifying  questions to his liking.

He began by talking about the necessity to deal with entitlements, a topic he said the other Presidential candidates will not touch. He proposed means testing Social Security and reducing benefits for individuals earning in excess of $200,000 annually.

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Paxton Challenged Council on “Secret” Building Plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

EdwardPaxton-1Citizen Ed Paxton, who gives Greenville County Council carefully worded advice at almost every meeting, set his aim on the two-year budget to be approved at the June 16 meeting with little public knowledge of what is involved.

Paxton has accused Council members of allowing the County Administrator to make decisions on large expenditures without the elected representatives of the people and their constituents being fully informed.

According to Paxton, the budget under consideration contains $20 million for construction of a building the Council has not publicly approved.

The County Administrator and certain members of Council are apparently working toward building a high-rise office building for county offices. It has been alleged that mayor Knox White and insider developers want the site of the current County offices for development, making it necessary for the County to move.

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SC Pastors Back Personhood Constitutional Amendment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Cash   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

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The South Carolina Pastors Alliance (SCPA) was the featured guest at a June 2nd press conference held by Sen. Lee Bright to promote a bill (S719, H4093), that if passed, will put a personhood constitutional amendment question on the November, 2016, general election ballot. The press conference was held in the second floor lobby of the Statehouse, between the Senate and House chambers, and was well-attended. After welcoming a group of legislators and pastors to the press conference, Sen. Bright turned it over to SCPA president, Dr. Kevin Baird of Charleston.

Dr. Baird founded the SCPA to help pastors engage the culture with Biblical values, and it was clear that he was very well versed in the fight to protect preborn life beginning at conception. Pastor Baird began with some general comments about life and abortion, stating that, “Every generation has a justice issue and ours is the place and the rights of the preborn. . . Abortion has been the national sore on this nation for 42 years. And the time has come to move courageously and expeditiously to right a wrong that we have allowed to exist for far too long.” He then zeroed in on the crucial issue by explaining, “In 1973 the majority opinion of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision left an open door to define in the future when a preborn baby could be considered legally a person. . . Today, biology, technology, ethics, and theology all agree that the preborn baby is a person from its earliest moments, even conception.”

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75th Palmetto Boys’ State Program Held on Anderson University Campus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

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The American Legion Department of S.C. takes pride in presenting “Palmetto Boys’ State” 2015.

This annual program is being held on the Anderson University Campus, Anderson, SC. As of Sunday, there were 1,042 boys registered. This is a record enrollment for the Palmetto Boys’ State Program. These young men are sponsored by American Legion Posts from across South Carolina. One of the requirements is that all boys must have completed the 11th grade of high school. These young men either attended public or private schools.

The “citizens” of Palmetto Boys’ State arrived Sunday afternoon, and graduation will be held Saturday morning.

Sunday afternoon the Boys’ State Citizens were divided into two political parties, the “Nationalist” and the “Federalists.” Some of the boys have decided to run for political office, and they have to convince the other boys in their “Party” to vote for them.

Palmetto Boys’ State is composed of seven “counties.” Each county has a “population” of approximately 125-175 citizens. There are three cities in four counties, and four cities in three counties.

The governmental organization of Palmetto Boys’ State consists of one state, seven judicial circuits, seven counties, twenty-four cities, and twenty-four election precincts.

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JB Kershaw Members attend Appomattox 150th PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Sawyer   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

The Long Road Home

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Several members of the Joseph Brevard Kershaw Chapter #205 in Laurens attended the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox this past April, 2015.  The group of four, Jennifer Sawyer, Registrar; Martha Gilchrest, Historian; Kim Lambert, Recording Secretary; and Elaine Thorp, Newsletter Editor, went to an event which they all said they would never forget as long as they lived.  It was truly one of the most moving historical events of their lifetime, perhaps only equaled by the Hunley funeral some years back.  They were escorted by Thomas B. Sawyer, 1st Lieutenant Commander of the Brigadier General Samuel McGowan Camp #40.

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Two Military Veterans Enter Race PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

The first military veterans entered the Republican Primary race for President last week. South Carolina’s Senior Senator Lindsey Graham and former Texas Governor Rick Perry have tossed their hats in the ring.  Both served in the United States Air Force, but the similarity ends there. Graham was a JAG Reservist, while Perry was an active duty pilot.

Graham has served his state and nation in both the House and United States Senate. Perry has served as Texas’ longest serving Governor. Perry could be described as a no-compromise conservative, while Graham appears eager, along with his friend John McCain, to compromise with liberal Democrats on the appointment of judges, amnesty for illegal aliens, and some other issues.

Democrats and RINO Republicans will make certain voters do not forget that Perry was on painkiller medication for a back problem. Forgot the third agency he promised to close down in the last presidential primary. He also has a pending legal matter with a democrat in Texas that could create a negative impression on voters who do not know all the facts.

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Jeb Bush Visits Spartanburg Refugee Resettlement Pastor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00

Former Florida Governor and potential Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, an outspoken advocate of increased levels of immigration, visited Christian pastors in Spartanburg, South Carolina on May 2nd.

One of the pastors meeting with Bush was Jason Lee, director of the Spartanburg office of World Relief, a major player in the refugee resettlement business. World Relief plans to bring some 60 refugees from Syria and Africa to Spartanburg over the next year. The announcement that Muslim refugees were coming to Spartanburg created a controversy among local Christians.

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Rise of Islam in US Does Not Concern Santorum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00

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Former Senator Rick Santorum, an announced candidate for the Republican Presidential Primary, made two stops in Greenville County Sunday, May 31. In response to a question from a citizen concerned about the influence of the influx of Muslims into the country, Santorum said he was “not concerned about the rise of Islam in the United States.”

He is concerned about the numerous regulations being imposed by the Obama Administration on businesses, especially the one regulating ozone.  He said he would start rolling back regulations on the first day of his administration if elected. 

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