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Mike Scruggs Leads GCRWC Americanism Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

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Vietnam War Veteran and Historian Mike Scruggs headed the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club Americanism Program, June 26th with a discussion of his book Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You.

Scruggs is a regular columnist for The Times Examiner and the author of three books. The Vietnam War book includes the story of his near death experience as an Intelligence Officer and navigator on a twin prop A-26 attack bomber as part of an Air Commando operation interdicting supply lines at night on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.

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The Republican Civil War PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

The GOP Establishment vs. Grassroots Conservatives

On Saturday, June 21, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told approximately a thousand evangelical leaders at the annual convention of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S with people ready for “a hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital. Jindal hit hardest on President Obama and other Democrats, accusing them of waging a war against religious liberty and education. However, there is also a war within the Republican Party that is becoming more visible and fiercely fought in Republican Congressional primaries. 

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Civil Liberties in Jeopardy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Dear Readers, Our civil liberties are in danger. Lawmakers, Judges and the President are routinely violating their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. There is no justice emanating from the Justice Department. We have moved from the “rule of law” to the “rule of man.” This is intentional. It is part of a plan to “fundamentally change” the constitutional republic to a socialistic dictatorship. We have already begun the journey down this road. The farther we go the harder it will be to turn back. In fact we may have already passed the point of no return.

We ignore these facts at our own peril. On this Independence Day it would be wise for us to pause for a moment and think about the price our ancestors paid for the freedom we are in danger of losing due to our collective ignorance, procrastination and inaction.

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Extremism is Bad? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Hall - Greenville, SC   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Democrats often try to disparage Tea Party candidates by calling them “extremists.” To me this is both idiotic and despicable. Here’s why I say that:

John believes 6 + 8 = 14. Henry believes 6 + 8 = 68. Henry is very eloquent and is able to convince the majority of people that he is right and John is not only wrong, but he is an extremist because his ideas are so remote from the “main stream.” It is NOT a good idea, to force John to compromise with Henry and agree that 6 + 8 = 41 (halfway between 14 and 68).

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TB, Swine Flu Assaulting Border Agents: Rest of Us Next? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Border Patrol agents have long been at risk for violence from drug cartels and criminals. Just last week Tucson sector agents were fired upon by Mexican aircraft inside the US border. There is a new, insidious threat to BP agents, families, and communities from the crush of illegal immigrants at our southern border that has now become a gateway for disease entry.

BP agents have tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), H1N1 (“swine”) flu, and chicken pox. Other diseases like dengue and Ebola virus may be in this wave of illegals, since people are coming from Central and South America, the Middle East and West Africa. Dengue fever, including the hemorrhagic form, is already raging in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever is seriously out of control in several West African countries.

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As We See Things PDF Print E-mail
Written by Don Lowry   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

“For you are still carnal. For where [there are] envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like [mere] men?” (1Cor. 3:3 NKJV)

A fellow minister and friend Dr. J. Gordon Henry, who conducts Prayer Seminars for churches and ministries nationally and internationally, laments that most churches fail to have vital prayer ministries because their members are largely “carnal.”

(www.jgordonhenryministries.org)

While I understand what Dr. Henry is saying and lament the same possibility, I think that many, who profess Christianity as their personal Faith, may actually be “carnal,” which means fleshly, in a different sense than it is commonly understood.

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Targeting Systemic Corruption in South Carolina Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

“We are not going to Talk about Ethics Reform Any More. We are going to Talk about Ending Systemic Corruption in this State.” - Ashley Landess, President, SC Policy Council

AshleyLandess_Page-01-6-25-14“We are not going to talk about ethics reform any more. We are going to talk about ending systemic corruption in this state,” Ashley Landess told attendees at the Greenville based RINO Hunt meeting last Friday night.

Landess was speaking after the Legislature failed to pass an ethics reform bill that critics said had nothing to do with ethics.

“It would have decriminalized the ethics code and forced citizens who want to participate in legislative hearings to register as lobbyists.”

The bill that passed both Houses of the Legislature but did not get out of the Conference Committee contained one important reform, according to the Policy Council Education Foundation newsletter.

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Wade Hampton AFJROTC Holds Awards Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00
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Environmental Education Association Honors Two Greenville County Residents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Majors   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

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Two Greenville County residents were honored last weekend by the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina at their 2014 Annual Conference held at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center at Seabrook Island, S.C. Greenville County Councilman Joe Dill was named Legislative Official of the year.

Joe Dill, Greenville County Council member, is a leader in conservation efforts in Greenville County. He has worked tirelessly, both within the Council by passing legislation, and by serving on environmental boards in the Upstate. His passion for the environment is most notably shown in his work to keep our water resources clean. He recognizes the worth of clean water as a natural resource for public health as well as aesthetic reasons. Mr. Dill served as a member of the Reedy River Steering Committee and the Saluda-Reedy Watershed Consortium Advisory Council.

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Let Freedom Ring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Let Freedom Ring,
Oh, Great God our King,
Let Freedom Ring!

The lines above are the last three lines of My Country Tis of Thee, which for 100 years was one of three unofficial national anthems of the United States,  until the Star-Spangled Banner was made the official national anthem in 1932. The other was Hail Columbia, written by Philip Phile in 1789 for the inauguration of George Washington. Hail Columbia has since become the Vice-President’s official march. My Country ‘Tis of Thee uses the music of the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, but the American words were composed in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1831 by Samuel Francis Smith. It was first sung on July 4, 1831, at an Independence Day celebration for children on Park Street in Boston.

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A VETERAN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Author Unknown   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.


Of a war that he once fought in and the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one.

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Wade Hampton AFJROTC Awards Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00
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Education is the Answer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Education is the answer. We are not advocating more funds for government schools. We are discussing the need to overcome willful ignorance among South Carolina voters that have given us exceptionally bad government and a legal system that reeks with favoritism.

People are asking how Lindsey Graham won the Republican Primary? Could we find ourselves choosing between two Liberal Democrats for Superintendent of Education?

Older South Carolinians trust politicians who do not deserve trust. Younger adults don’t read and because they don’t know history or understand government and human nature, they tend to base their decisions on popular opinion or emotions.

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Our Greatest Emergency PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Hall - Greenville, SC   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

In the 15th chapter of Jeremiah, God informs the prophet that He is dividing the Old Testament nation of Judah into four categories: those for death (presumably sickness and disease); some to the sword (presumably to be killed in battles); some for birds of prey and wild beasts to devour; and some to be taken as slaves to all the kingdoms of the earth, Do you not wonder why such devastation should  be meted out to an entire nation by a just and holy God? Verses four and six explain, it is “... because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah King of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.” Why was that so terrible? (verse 6) “Thou hast forsaken me...” and “Thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee;”

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Deadly Diseases Crossing Border With Illegal Immigrants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

A flood of illegals has massively surged at our southwestern borders. The economic impact of medical care, education, and incarceration for illegals forced on taxpayers is bankrupting Arizona.

Why are such swarms entering the U.S. illegally NOW, particularly children? Newspapers in Mexico and Central and South America are actually describing U.S. “open borders,” encouraging people to come with promises of food stamps or “amnesty.” It is textbook Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm and collapse the economic and social systems, in order to replace them with a “new socialist order” under federal control.

Carried by this tsunami of illegals are the invisible “travelers” our politicians don’t like to mention: diseases the U.S. had controlled or virtually eradicated: tuberculosis (TB), Chagas disease, dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, measles, plus more. I have been working on medical projects in Central and South America since 2009, so I am aware of problems these countries face from such diseases.

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Progressivism is Poison PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Thompson   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Let’s not kid ourselves; America has a wide range of problems all hiding in plain sight under the rubric of Progressivism. And let’s be clear about this as well, progressivism is detrimental to the well-being of America. It should also be noted that millions of Americans regardless of the facts have drunk the Kool-Aid…some 40%, for example, still believe that Barack Obama is doing a good job as President. Wow, the “the land of the free and the home of the brave” becomes lala land.

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Johnny Mann PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Crowe   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

johnny-mann_Page-11I wrote about this artist a few  years ago and last week he left this world for a far better one, so I thought it would be good to take a look back at a friend and fellow artist.

His name is Johnny Mann. Johnny was born in Maryland and spent his childhood there. His mother raised him and his siblings on money received from teaching music, so one would have to believe that Johnny would at some point follow the path of music set by his mother, and follow he did. He learned music as a child and carried that over to his military days by playing in the Air Force Band. This was not just any band but was commissioned to play at special events around the country.

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60th Anniversary! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Hollys-Parents_Page-16Dale and Shirley Roberts, grandparents of The Time Examiner columnists Heather and Raquelle Sheen, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Dale is a native of Texas and Shirley hails from Oklahoma, but they were married in Lewiston, Idaho--the first wedding held in the very-new Orchards Baptist Church. In fact, the church 'building' was still simply a large tent.

With five children and their families scattered literally from coast-to-coast, a family celebration and reunion was held at a beautiful lodge in Mineola, Texas. This was the first time in years that the entire family had all been together. Everyone made it! 

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Lawmakers Promise Improved Health Care for Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

Lawmakers Receive Warm Welcome from Veterans at War Museum

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Senator Lindsey Graham, smiling from his recent primary win, thanked veterans for their support and promised relief from the problems in the VA health care system. He was accompanied by Fourth District Congressman Trey Gowdy.

“The South Carolina veterans community has had my back for many years,” Sen. Graham told a group of veterans in Greenville, Monday. “I’ve tried to have your back all of these years, because I know that without you, there is no election.”

Graham noted that “only one percent of Americans serve in uniform and the 99 percent  depend on the one percent.”

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First Foundations Celebrates Classic Marriage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Montgomery Married 77 years

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First Foundations, Inc. held a contest to find the Upstate couple that had been married longest. Three finalist couples were the honored guests at a banquet held at the Greenville Hilton on Saturday, June 14.

The finalists were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Larson and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Montgomery.

The winners were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Montgomery, who had married in 1937. They had been married 77 years. The other finalists had been married more than70 years.

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Ravenel Threatening to Challenge Graham, Hutto for Senate Seat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

Unintended consequence of Petition Candidate Could Help Democrat

Thomas-Ravenel---6-18-14State Senator Brad Hutto won the Democrat primary for United States Senate with 76 percent of the vote. U. S. Senator Lindsey Graham won the Republican primary with only 56 percent of the vote, however his vote total doubled that of Hutto. The apparent crossover Democrat votes for Graham do not bode well for Hutto in the General Election.

Charleston real estate developer turned actor, Thomas Ravenel, is threatening to enter the race challenging Graham as an independent petition candidate. The former Republican statewide office holder who resigned due to drug charges has support in the Upstate, although his base of operations is in Charleston.

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