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  • Trial in Chester hunting death points to one clear culprit: The gun(SC)(barf alert)

    07/25/2012 7:56:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    heraldonline.com ^ | 25 July, 2012 | Andrew Dys
    CHESTER — The pale fluorescent lights of the historic old Chester County Courthouse gleamed off the black barrel. The darkness of that barrel stood out, even in a courtroom packed with more than 90 people there to see what happens when guns with long black barrels are fired. What happened on this hunting trip is somebody died. This somebody, in October 2008, was a Hmong refugee from Rock Hill who worked in a warehouse. His name was Touna Xiong. Pronounced, simply, as “Tuna Song.” The song, clearly Tuesday in that courtroom for everybody involved, was a lament. The father of...
  • 89-year-old woman scares away burglars with pistol(SC)

    07/24/2012 4:47:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    carolinalive.com ^ | 23 July, 2012 | Tonya Brown
    When burglars invaded the home of Ruby Hodge, 89, they got a lot more than they bargained for. Hodge was in her bedroom just after 8 a.m. Monday morning, when she heard a knock at her back door. "I did not answer the knock then.They waited a few minutes and they knocked again and I got up out of bed," said Hodge. Before she could get to the door, the burglars had forced their way inside. "Then I heard a loud noise and I said it was somebody broken in my door," she continued. The great-grandmother came face to face...
  • GOP must prevent a lame-duck looting session

    07/18/2012 11:28:56 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2012 | Sens. Jim DeMint and Ron Johnson and Lindsey Graham
    If Republicans want to win big in November, we must do more than show voters how we plan to govern in 2013. We must also demonstrate how we're working right now to stop the last-minute spending spree the Democrats have planned for December. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants to force a postelection lame-duck session of Congress, in which defeated politicians will no longer be accountable to voters. In that context, he will have more leverage to raise taxes and increase spending against the threat of yet another government shutdown, leaving taxpayers on the hook for more borrowing, debts...
  • USMC Silent Drill Platoon (video)

    07/17/2012 8:47:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | July 16, 2012 | CptSpaulding
    This is the USMC Silent Drill Platoon when they visited the US Marine Air Station in Beaufort, SC. The exhibition was scheduled to be held on the parade field. However, it was moved inside a jet fighter hanger due to rain.
  • UPDATED: 34 Senators Oppose Law of the Sea Treaty [LOST to lose; America to win]

    07/16/2012 11:47:36 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 53 replies
    Senator Jim DeMint website ^ | UPDATED 7/16/12 | staff
    UPDATED 7/16/12: 4 additional senators have joined in opposition to LOST, including Mike Johanns (R-NE), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). With 34 senators against the misguided treaty, LOST will not be ratified by the Senate this year. Strong opposition is rising in the U.S. Senate to the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) that would subjugate American sovereignty to the whims of an international tribunal. To date, 30 Republican senators have signed onto a letter opposing LOST. It takes 67 votes to approve treaties in the Senate, so only 34 votes are needed to...
  • South Carolina deputation leaves [Episcopal] General Convention

    07/12/2012 12:34:55 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    .anglicansunited.com ^ | 12 July AD 2012 | Cherie Wetzel
    South Carolina deputation leaves General Convention [Ed. Note: South Carolina has shown constant grown in parishes and average Sunday attendance figures for years. In the discussion, House of Bishops on July 9 prior to the vote on A049 gay blessing liturgy, Bp. Mark Lawrence said the following, "40 years ago, I was backpacking in the High Sierras and we were above the timberline. There was no trail and as the sun set, we realized that we had to make camp and settle in for the night. We could not see and did not know where we were. In the morning,...
  • Gowdy challenger closes Twitter account, saying it was hacked

    07/11/2012 1:30:38 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 7 replies
    Rep. Trey Gowdy's Democratic challenger, Deb Morrow, closed her Twitter account after someone with access to it used it to call Gowdy a homosexual. Morrow quickly denied responsibility for two tweets calling the Republican congressman from Spartanburg a “homo.” She closed her “@Morrow4Congress” Twitter account and said that it had been hacked. The tweets made it to the media after Sean Bertran, a Washington, D.C.-based social media consultant with ties to South Carolina Republican groups, saw the tweets and passed them along to South Carolina news organizations.
  • Deputies: Girl killed during Anderson Co. home invasion

    07/10/2012 5:30:57 AM PDT · by John 3_19-21 · 83 replies
    Fox21 Greenville, South Carolina ^ | July 09/2012 | Casey Vaugn, Aaron Barker, Jade Hindman
    Anderson County deputies said that a girl who was shot and killed during a home invasion Sunday night was participating in the crime when she was shot. The shooting happened at 11:05 p.m. at 506 Burris St. When deputies arrived at the home, they said they found the victim sitting near a gun and a woman lying on the ground with a bullet wound to the stomach. The man told deputies that the three people forced him and his girlfriend onto the floor. He said that he was hit in the head with a gun after the group forced their...
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an Examiner.com analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • A South Carolina man of deeds

    07/09/2012 5:27:11 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/9/2012 | Kathleen Parker
    South Carolina politics never fails to amuse — and bemuse. A recent ethics imbroglio between Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and GOP activist John Rainey is a case in point. The squabble would be of passing provincial interest if Haley weren’t a rising star often mentioned on lists of potential vice-presidential candidates. And had she not called Rainey, a nationally recognized philanthropist and community bridge-builder, a “racist, sexist bigot.” Such charges deserve clarification and context. Haley made the remarks during a state House Ethics Committee hearing prompted by a complaint that Rainey filed, alleging that Haley had lobbied illegally while she...
  • Bipartisan Insanity: More bailouts, spending, taxes & mandates

    06/27/2012 2:16:52 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 27, 2012 | Jim DeMint
    A few weeks ago, Politico lavishly praised bipartisanship in Washington saying “Don’t look now, but the Senate’s actually working.” The story could have been subtitled “Taxpayers, grab your wallets,” because bipartisanship in Washington usually leads to bigger government. Today, we are learning about the latest example of bipartisan insanity as we hurry toward the fiscal cliff. As most Americans are rightly focused on the impending Obamacare court decision, Democrat and Republican leaders are quietly planning to combine a new highway bailout with a student loan bailout. All of this is to be paid for by raising new taxes and raiding...
  • Mom given bill to clean street after son killed by illegal immigrant driving drunk

    06/25/2012 10:25:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | June 25, 2012
    GREENVILLE, SC – A grieving mother told a South Carolina court she was slapped with several bills, including one to clean the street after her son was killed by a drunken driver last year. Loretta Robinson spoke on June 19 of the emotional and financial toll her son Justin Walker's death had on her as the driver Anna Gonzales, who is an illegal immigrant, pleaded guilty in the case.
  • Heads Up: Freeper LS doing film, booksigning in Greenville SC Wed nite!

    06/25/2012 5:48:34 AM PDT · by LS · 16 replies
    I will be in Greenville, SC Wednesday night as part of the "Nashville Connection/Heroes Salute" activities showing "Rockin' the Wall," our film about how music helped bring down the Iron Curtain. There will be a booksigning on both sides of the film, which starts at 7:00. Also, I'll be showing in a public setting for the first time the incredible trailer of our multipart TV series, "A Patriot's History of the United States." Hope to see you all there. Further details are on the "Nashville Connection" website: http://www.thenashvilleconnection.com/
  • After [illegal alien] drunken driver kills son, mother billed for cleanup

    06/21/2012 10:22:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 39 replies
    WISTV (Greenville, SC) ^ | June 21, 2012 | news
    GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) - A drunken driver killed an Upstate women's son last year, and if the grief wasn't enough, she's had to deal with bills associated with the wreck, even for the cost of cleaning up her son's blood. A coroner called Loretta Robinson last June and told her that her oldest son, Justin Walker, died when his car was struck by a drunken driver on White Horse Road. "I never would have imagined getting that call," she said. "Never in one million years expected that." Robinson looked Anna Gonzalez, the accused driver, in the eye in court Tuesday...
  • Deputies: Woman Shoots Ex-Husband In Self Defense (SC)

    06/19/2012 4:43:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    wspa.com ^ | 18 June, 2012 | Kristy Charles
    LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -- Laurens County deputies say a woman who admitted to shooting her ex-husband will not be charged in the shooting because they believe she acted in self defense. According to the incident report, deputies were called out to a home on Vern Cora Road in Laurens Monday morning. Tammy Duvall told deputies she had a friend over at her house and was about to go outside when she heard a car door shut. Duvall told deputies she grabbed a gun and shot several times when she noticed her ex-husband, Roderick Woodruff, charging towards her. Deputies later found...
  • SC Democrat with criminal past runs for Congress

    06/16/2012 4:30:24 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies
    WIS TV ^ | June 16, 2012 | By MEG KINNARD and MICHAEL BIESECKER
    South Carolina Democratic leaders are trying to decide whether to support a convicted felon running for Congress as a Democrat. Bryan Lamont "Ryan B" Doyle of Aiken won this week's Democratic primary the state's 3rd Congressional district, which stretches along the state's western edge. Federal court records show the 37-year-old Doyle was convicted in 2003 on six felony counts related to Medicare fraud and making false statements, resulting in a 30-month prison sentence. Doyle claims he was framed after his signature was forged. South Carolina law prohibits convicted felons from serving in state office. But there is no law barring...
  • Police: Taser Used On Nude 80-Year-Old Woman Attempting Hit Officers With Cane

    06/15/2012 4:48:18 PM PDT · by null and void · 72 replies
    CBS Charlotte ^ | June 15, 2012 10:04 AM
    Police in Dorchester County, S.C., used a Taser on a nude 80-year-old woman after she allegedly attempted to attack police with her walking stick. WCSC reports that when police answered a complaint of someone making loud noises in the area, they were met by an elderly woman wearing no clothes on her porch, reportedly hitting the steps of her porch with her cane. According to police, the woman, who spoke “confusingly,” began to swing her cane at the officers when police tried to take it away from the nude woman. As police continued to talk the woman out of swinging...
  • Conservationists' lawsuit targets Conway's Grainger Steam Plant

    06/15/2012 12:35:54 PM PDT · by Coffee... Black... No Sugar · 3 replies
    The Horry Independent ^ | June 14, 2012 | Kathy Ropp
    Conservationists' lawsuit targets Conway's Grainger Steam Plant By KATHY ROPP Editor Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force Santee Cooper to move two ash coal impoundments away from Conway’s Grainger Steam Plant and to clean up the contamination along the Waccamaw River that they claim the ash coal has caused. In the lawsuit, filed this week in Horry County court, the Conservation Groups claim that the impoundments are unlined, so contaminants, including arsenic, a known carcinogen, have been leeching into the Waccamaw River. According to the lawsuit, tests of wells near the Grainger Plant have...
  • Two shot Thursday in Florence attempted robbery(SC)

    06/15/2012 4:23:37 AM PDT · by marktwain
    scnow.com ^ | 14 June, 2012 | Traci Bridges
    FLORENCE, S.C. -- Two people were shot Thursday afternoon during what appears to be an attempted robbery inside a residence at Mt. Zion Apartments on Church Street. The incident began about 2 p.m. soon after three men arrived at the apartment to visit a man who was already there. “The man was expecting one visitor, who brought two other guys along with him,” Maj. Carlos Raines, Florence Police Department, said. “Soon after they got there, they pulled out guns and went to rob him. There was a struggle, and in the process, one of the suspects was shot.” At some...
  • Thirty GOP senators to raise cash for Ohio's Josh Mandel

    06/13/2012 4:43:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2012 | Josh Lederman
    More than 30 Republican senators — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) — will host a fundraiser in Washington on Monday for Josh Mandel, Ohio's state treasurer and the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Ohio's other senator, Republican Rob Portman, will headline the reception, which is being held at the headquarters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) is also expected to attend, as are Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Mike Lee (Utah). Tickets to attend start at $500 and go up to...
  • Former [homosexual] coach pleads guilty to 22 child sex charges

    06/13/2012 2:30:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    WACH FOX (SC) ^ | June 13, 2012 | Bruce Smith
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A former South Carolina teacher and coach has pleaded guilty to nearly two dozen child sex charges.< . . ReVille worked at various schools, camps, churches and recreation programs in the area during the past decade and was arrested in October. His alleged victims have also brought several civil lawsuits against The Citadel, where ReVille worked as a summer camp counselor, and a private school in Dorchester County where he once taught. In court Wednesday, one of ReVille's alleged victims told the court he ended up on drugs after the abuse and thought about killing...
  • A 7th District Democratic runoff may be in the works

    06/13/2012 1:00:05 PM PDT · by Coffee... Black... No Sugar · 7 replies
    The Sun News (Mytle Beach, SC) ^ | June 13, 2012 | Steve Jones
    Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012 Modified Wed, Jun 13, 2012 03:19 PM A 7th District Democratic runoff may be in the works By Steve Jones - sjones@thesunnews.com If S.C. Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian is right, Republicans won’t be the only ones going back to the polls June 26. Harpootlian alleged that the S.C. State Ethics Commission miscounted the votes in the 7th District Democratic primary and a proper accounting would require a runoff between candidates Gloria Tinubu of Georgetown and Preston Brittain of Myrtle Beach. Harpootlian said in a Wednesday morning news release that the Election Commission didn’t include the...
  • SC Dems (ie, Trial Lawyers) May Sue To Keep African-American Female From Winning The SC-7 District

    06/13/2012 12:07:30 PM PDT · by The Anti-Democrat · 5 replies
    The State ^ | 6-13-12
    If the tally stands, Harpootlian expects someone either file a lawsuit asking to put the result on hold or file a complaint with the S.C. Democratic party where the executive committee could vote to repeat the election without Vick’s name on the ballot.
  • Bauer, Rice advance to runoff in 7th District

    06/12/2012 7:05:41 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    The Columbia State ^ | June 12, 2012
    Former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Horry County Council Chairman Tim Rice will face each other in a runoff for the Republican nomination in South Carolina new 7th Congressional District. Bauer led a field of nine Republicans, getting about 32 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. Because he did not get a majority of the vote, he will face the second-place candidate, Rice, in a runoff June 26. Rice got about 27 percent of the vote, attorney Jay Jordan was third with about 22 percent.
  • 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS (South Carolina)

    06/12/2012 5:32:03 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    WIS TV ^ | June 12, 2012 | N/A
    Calhoun County Council District 2 0% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING Pamela Claxton 0 0% James Westbury, Jr. 0 0% Fairfield County Sheriff 0% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING Will Montgomery 0 0% Eddie White 0 0% Herman Young (Inc.) 0 0% Fairfield County Clerk of Court 0% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING Betty Jo Beckham (Inc.) 0 0% Dorothy Boyd Belton 0 0% Lee County Coroner 0% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING John Dellinger 0 0% Larry Logan 0 0% Lee County Clerk of Court 0% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING James Davis (Inc.) 0 0% Windi King 0 0% Lexington County Treasurer 0% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING Bill Banning...
  • SC Voter Fraud...where is the national media on this???

    06/12/2012 9:04:02 AM PDT · by 4everontheRight · 13 replies
    OperationLostvote ^ | 06/12/2012 | 4everontheright
    This is a state and a national disgrace! Both parties are to blame here, both democrats and republicans. One Rino incumbent hires a couple of guys to challenge new people on the ballet.... people who filed their paperwork as they were told by their part leaders. Only to find out that apparently almost 200 of these folks did not complete the paperwork correctly. So the issue goes before the state supreme court...the court that is appointed by the politicians they protect! The court rules that, from the two laws on the books, the older law takes precedent over the new...
  • Republican 'fringe' candidates still have hope in 7th District

    06/10/2012 6:55:55 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 6 replies
    SCnow.com (South Carolina) ^ | June 09, 2012 | John Sweeney
    It hasn't been an easy road for several GOP 7th Congressional candidates, but some remain upbeat and even hopeful about their chances in Tuesday's primary. Three of the five "fringe" Republican candidates – Randal Wallace, Jim Mader and Katherine Jenerette – were among those who spoke at the Elephant Stampede, held Saturday at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center and hosted by the Myrtle Beach Republican Women's group. While the event featured several of the "big four" GOP contenders (Andre Bauer, Tom Rice, Jay Jordan and Chad Prosser), Wallace, Mader and Jenerette had a chance to speak, too, unlike some events...
  • Holder: DOJ Will ‘Vigorously Use’ Voting Rights Act Against States

    06/07/2012 10:58:22 AM PDT · by CNSNews.com · 58 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 7, 2012 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee Thursday that the Justice Department will “vigorously use” anti-Jim Crow provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to prevent some southern states from purging ineligible voters from their rolls and enacting voter-I.D. laws. "It is the position of this Department of Justice and certainly this Attorney General that we will vigorously defend and vigorously use Section 5. The need for it is still there." Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires several southern states and counties in states such as California and Florida to get federal “pre-clearance”...
  • Remembering Jefferson Davis: American Patriot & Southern Hero

    06/04/2012 6:00:58 AM PDT · by BigReb555 · 103 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 3, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Do you and your family know what is considered by some folks the largest monument to an American?
  • Fewer Than 1,000 People Show Up for Bill Clinton-Tom Barrett Rally in Milwaukee

    06/02/2012 3:16:03 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 2,2012 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Milwaukee Just four days out from the Wisconsin's historic gubernatorial recall election, former president Bill Clinton and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett could only draw a small crowd to a rally Friday on Barrett's home turf. As the Associated Press notes, the crowd numbered only in the "hundreds," a sign of the enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans that has appeared in some polls. Overcast weather and the short notice of the event (it was announced just yesterday) may have depressed turnout. Clinton said that although he doesn't normally support recall elections, "sometimes it is the only way to avoid a...
  • Former Secret Service Agent Charged in Kidnapping Plot

    05/31/2012 4:34:03 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    ABC ^ | May 31, 2012 | RANDY KREIDER |
    A former U.S. Secret Service agent campaigning to be a sheriff in South Carolina is facing charges for allegedly plotting to kidnap a retired judge. James Bartee, a 54-year-old running for sheriff in Oconee County, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with solicitation to commit a felony after authorities said he tried to pay someone to abduct former judge James Williams Jr., who is trying to get Bartee removed from the ballot for sheriff. Bartee was released on $10,000 bond today but will lose his passport as he is considered a flight risk, according to local media reports. After his...
  • Extremists break into, take over $2.5 millon foreclosed home

    05/30/2012 5:10:12 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 19 replies
    An Upstate man is in custody, accused by the FBI and local law enforcement as being part of a “domestic terrorist group” that broke into and took over a foreclosed home, according to a release by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The home is listed as being valued at $2,599,000. A realtor checking on the home found a notice, apparently posted by the extremists, saying that they were taking possession of the home. The Sheriff's Office release said, “On April 24, a deputy responded to a report of a burglary at 112 White Violet Way in Sunset. A lock on...
  • Haley's legal team suing political blogger

    05/29/2012 4:31:00 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    WIS TV ^ | May 29, 2012 | By Jody Barr
    Gov. Nikki Haley's legal team is taking aim at a Columbia-based political blogger as her private attorneys are representing the Sikh Temple in a lawsuit claiming the blog printed lies about the church and the governor. The suit centers around rumors of IRS indictments the blog claimed were coming down against Haley. Haley went public last Friday to answer questions about her ethics investigation and the IRS indictment rumor that started 2 months ago. "But, I'm sorry. For all those people that are hoping to find something, it's like the IRS indictment, it's not there. If it was there I...
  • Man stopped robbery attempt in Myrtle Beach, surprised suspects with his gun(SC)

    05/29/2012 4:28:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    myrtlebeachonline.com ^ | 28 May, 2012 | Tonya Root
    A 46-year-old man told Myrtle Beach police he surprised two would-be robbers with his gun and forced the suspect to drop his gun, according to authorities. Police were called about 2 a.m. Monday to a room at 505 28th Ave. N., for men with guns. Officers learned the 46-year-old man was inside his room with the door open when he saw some men enter the property and come up the stairs, according to the report. The victim told police he put his handgun in his pocket because “it didn’t look right.” The victim said when he turned around two men,...
  • Laser reportedly hits incoming plane in Myrtle Beach; no landing problems reported

    05/27/2012 8:34:01 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 40 replies
    Sun News ^ | Sunday, May. 27, 2012 | Lorena Anderson
    An inbound airplane’s windshield was hit with a laser beam fired from east of the runway at Myrtle Beach International Airport about 10 p.m. Sunday, but no landing problems were reported. Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Doug Furlong said the laser strike was reported, but investigations found nothing to follow up on. “I’m sure it did happen, though,” he said.
  • Columbia cops arrest state representative for DUI, weapons possession

    05/25/2012 5:04:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    thestate.com ^ | 25 May 2012 | Noelle Phillips
    Columbia police officers arrested a state representative Thursday for driving under the influence of alcohol and the unlawful carrying of a pistol after he was stopped for speeding. S.C. Rep. Ted Vick, D-Chesterfield, was released from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on personal recognizance bonds for the charges. He also was given a ticket for speeding. Vick, 39, is one of several candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for South Carolina’s new 7th congressional seat. That primary is scheduled for June 12. Vick was stopped at 1:12 a.m. Thursday on Devine Street by a Columbia police officer who had pulled...
  • SC union leader attacks pinata with Gov. Nikki Haley’s likeness

    05/22/2012 5:36:00 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 22, 2012 | Pueng Vongs
    An online video of a South Carolina union leader pummeling a pinata featuring a likeness of her state's Republican governor is eliciting strong reactions from across the political spectrum. The video shows Donna Dewitt, the outgoing president of the state AFL-CIO, taking a bat to a pinata which bears a photo of Gov. Nikki Haley. The pinata also features a printout of a quote from Haley: "Unions are not needed, wanted or welcome in South Carolina." In the video, posted to YouTube, Dewitt is encouraged by others at the gathering, with calls of "Hit her again" and "Give her another...
  • South Carolina: Outgoing Union Leader Smashes Nikki Haley Pińata with Bat

    05/22/2012 1:53:28 PM PDT · by upchuck · 27 replies
    Free Times, Columbia, SC ^ | May 22, 2012 | Corey Hutchins
    A video posted online that shows a former union leader in South Carolina smashing a pińata effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley has riled the national office of the AFL-CIO, which wants it taken down. “Do you think we can get this video pulled,” asked a national AFL-CIO official in an email to Palmetto State union sources. The author of the email also worried the video might get “picked up by tea partiers, maybe even Haley herself, to attack labor again.” The video in question features former AFL-CIO of South Carolina president Donna DeWitt smacking a Haley pińata with a baseball...
  • Tropical Storm Alberto: Early Start to Atlantic Hurricane Season

    05/21/2012 8:29:53 AM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    ALBERTO CONTINUES TO GENERATE SOME DEEP CONVECTION...BUT THE CLOUD PATTERN OF THE STORM IS BEGINNING TO BECOME ELONGATED EAST- NORTHEASTWARD...WHICH IS INDICATIVE OF INCREASING SHEAR. THE CURRENT INTENSITY IS HELD AT 35 KT FOR THIS ADVISORY...ALTHOUGH DVORAK ESTIMATES SUGGEST A SLIGHTLY LOWER VALUE. AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT SHOULD PROVIDE A BETTER ESTIMATE OF THE STRENGTH OF ALBERTO. GLOBAL MODEL PREDICTIONS SHOW A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN SHEAR OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND THIS...ALONG WITH DRY AIR SEEN IN WATER VAPOR IMAGERY...SHOULD LEAD TO WEAKENING AND DISSIPATION IN 2-3 DAYS. THE OFFICIAL WIND SPEED FORECAST IS SIMILAR TO...
  • Pipeline Flip Turns U.S. Oil World 'Upside Down'

    05/19/2012 1:51:53 PM PDT · by Theoria · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | 18 May 2012 | Jeff Brady
    The U.S. oil boom has created a glut of crude in Cushing, Okla., a major oil storage hub. This sign dubs the city the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World." For years, Cushing, Okla., has been on the receiving end of a 500-mile pipeline funneling oil from the Gulf of Mexico to the American heartland.Starting this weekend, that pipeline will start moving crude in the other direction. That flow reversal could soon have implications at gas pumps around the country."For 40 years, crude oil flowed north," says Philip Verleger, a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "Today, oil...
  • Iran sanctions bill blocked in U.S. Senate

    05/19/2012 9:46:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2012 | Joby Warrick
    A Senate bill intended to tighten economic sanctions against Iran was blocked Thursday by Senate Republicans who said they were holding out for an even tougher measure that included an explicit threat of a U.S. military strike if Iran refuses to curb its nuclear ambitions. The surprise opposition to the sanctions bill -- which was endorsed by a Senate committee two months ago with bipartisan support -- left in doubt the fate of Democrat-backed legislation that sought to close loopholes and crack down on international banks that help Iran sell its oil to overseas customers... Republican resistance to the measure...
  • NASCAR - Saturday Night - Darlington and the Bojangles' Southern 500 on FOX, 5/12/12, 630pm ET

    05/09/2012 2:00:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 106 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 5/9/12
    Some pretty good stories have come out of this track about those who raced there with fierce abandon and paid the price.. Saddle up and ride along as we see who The Lady in Black kisses this time. Who's gonna get a stripe or two this race? Cinch it up real tight for Saturday Night!!
  • South Carolina Senator Tom Davis endorses Ron Paul

    01/16/2012 8:37:37 AM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 19 replies
    The State Column ^ | Monday, January 16, 2012
    Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul picked up an endorsement from popular South Carolina State Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) Sunday. Mr. Davis is a popular Tea Party Republican in South Carolina, and he has been critical of front running Republican candidate Mitt Romney also, so his vote could sway some last minute undecided voters towards Mr. Paul in the upcoming South Carolina Republican primary election. According to the Public Polling Policy poll of South Carolina voters released Friday shows 30 percent of the voters identify themselves as members of the Tea Party. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich did the best among...
  • 'Tea party' pols sell out the tea party - Names who endorsed Romney after taking cash from his PACs

    05/02/2012 10:24:58 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Steve Baldwin
    In March of 2011, former Rep. John Leboutiller predicted in a News Max article that, “the tea party will select the 2012 GOP nominee.” At the time, it was a safe prediction given the strength of the tea-party movement in the 2010 elections and the influence it was expected to have on the GOP presidential primaries just over a year later. But something went terribly wrong in the meantime. Many politicians heavily supported by the tea-party movement seem to have switched sides, pursuing their own agenda at the expense of the conservative movement and the tea party. Take Christine O’Donnell,...
  • Hundreds of candidates removed from [South Carolina] ballots after court ruling

    05/04/2012 4:27:44 PM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    wsoctv news ^ | May 4, 2012 | Greg Suskin
    Bob Cook is one of hundreds of political candidates in South Carolina wondering what to do next. The Lancaster Democrat was running for his first-ever political office, a state house district. "I thought about it for a couple of weeks, and in January I decided to officially announce I was running," Cook said. Since then, it's been a seven-day-a-week job for Cook. Talking to voters, raising awareness of issues and hitting the campaign trail daily. "You lay in bed at night, twelve or one in the morning and think to yourself, ‘What more could I do today?’" This week, the...
  • John Edwards Mistress Wanted to Say She Was 'Abducted By Aliens'

    05/03/2012 8:30:32 AM PDT · by bkopto · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 3, 2012 | James Hill
    When the National Enquirer broke a story that presidential candidate John Edwards was having an affair, Edwards' campaign was worried by mistress Rielle Hunter's initial reluctance to issue a denial. Instead, she wanted to put out a flip statement that she was "abducted by aliens." The Enquirer's story triggered an emotional meltdown by Edwards' wife Elizabeth, who was coping with terminal cancer at the time of the revelation in October 2007. She confronted her husband in an airport parking lot, collapsing a heap, then tearing off her shirt and bra. That testimony sent daughter Cate Edwards out of the courtroom...
  • Fired Female Drill Sgt. Boss Fights Removal [Race Card?]

    05/02/2012 9:35:38 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 35 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | Suzanne M. Schafer
    The first woman to command the Army's drill sergeant training took legal action Monday to reclaim her job, alleging she was improperly suspended last year because of sexism and racism and demanding that two of her superiors be investigated for abuse of their authority.
  • (South Carolina) Fire Pit Dated To Over 50,000 Years Old (More)

    11/19/2004 8:07:26 AM PST · by blam · 63 replies · 3,788+ views
    AP ^ | 11-18-2004 | Amy Geier Edgar
    Fire Pit Dated to Be Over 50,000 Years Old Thu Nov 18,10:10 AM ET Top Stories - AP By AMY GEIER EDGAR, Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. - In the growing debate about when people first appeared on this continent, a leading archaeologist said Wednesday he has discovered what could be sooty evidence of human occupation in North America tens of thousands of years earlier than is commonly believed.University of South Carolina archaeologist Al Goodyear said he has uncovered a layer of charcoal from a possible hearth or fire pit at a site near the Savannah River. Samples from the...
  • 'First Americans' May Be Johnnies-Come-Lately (Topper Site)

    08/22/2004 8:17:24 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 2,036+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 8-20-2004 | Mike Toner
    'First Americans' may be Johnnies-come-lately By MIKE TONER The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 08/20/04 Human history is being written —and rewritten — a shovelful at a time on a shaded hillside along the Savannah River. Each summer Al Goodyear's team of archaeologists digs deeper into the riverbank in South Carolina's Allendale County. Each summer the story of the first Americans, the primitive hunters who first populated the continent, grows longer. And more complex. And more controversial. David Tulis/AJC (ENLARGE) Archaeologist Al Goodyear holds a hand-made 'microblade,' one of the hundreds of artifacts unearthed during his team's seven years of excavations...
  • High court's stance could spur immigration laws

    04/28/2012 9:30:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/28/12 | DAVID CRARY
    Emboldened by signals that the U.S. Supreme Court may uphold parts of Arizona's immigration law, legislators and activists across the country say they are gearing up to push for similar get-tough measures in their states. "We're getting our national network ready to run with the ball, and saturate state legislatures with versions of the law," said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration. "We believe we can pass it in most states." That goal may be a stretch, but lawmakers in about a dozen states told The Associated Press they were interested in proposing Arizona-style laws if its key...