Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Maybe naive is not the word that best describes the actions of these council members... cavalier is probably the better suited term for the arrogant manner in which they have handled themselves. I'm sure this will raise a few eyebrows in this low country county.
"BEAUFORT -- Beaufort County Council members say a lavish dinner paid for by an engineering firm had nothing to do with that company winning a $1 million contract from the county. The Beaufort Gazette reports that Councilwoman Laura Von Harten acknowledged that she and three other council members had an 'intimate and expensive' dinner with representatives from Thomas & Hutton Engineering. The dinner took place during an August conference on Hilton Head Island. The council voted in October to award the company a contract for work on the Bluffton Parkway. That's on hold after complaints from Dennis Corp., the original contractor on the project." Link
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
When it comes to deep frying a turkey a little mistake could cost you.
"There's approximately 2,000 fires a year at this time across the country," said Myrtle Beach Fire Captain Bruce Arnell.
"Before you start, make sure your equipment is in proper order, you want to have oven mits handy, and you want to have the proper utensils to put the turkey in once you've taken it out of the hot oil," he said.
Your deep fryer should be placed outside on the grass, or on a concrete surface away from any wood or flammable materials. They should be at least 10 feet away from any buildings, and should never be used indoors.
But the biggest fire hazard is dealing with the cooking oil.
One way to make sure you have the right amount is to first test using water. The water should come roughly 2 inches above the turkey to ensure it will not overflow.
The recommended temperature is about 375 degrees.
"Once the temperature gets right, you'll place the turkey in the oil very carefully, again with oven mits," he said.
You should closely monitor your bird while it fries, never leaving it unattended.
Last but not least, he says to take your time because accidents happen when you start to rush.
"Every one of these units come with instructions, read the instructions and do it safely."
Attention Pet Owners: This letter is in response to Ms. Jan Wilson’s recent letter regarding her valiant effort to save a little dog who was the victim of a hit and run driver, and a non-existent, after office hours, veterinarian emergency service in Florence. Ms. Wilson, your compassion for someone’s injured pet is commendable. Although, you were not successful in obtaining the medical help, which should have been available and which may have saved the life of this innocent animal, you have succeeded in calling to the public’s attention the inhumane practice of our local veterinarians, who refuse to give medical aid to animals suffering a medical crisis, after office hours.
I am certain there are many pet owners in our community, who, like me, are shocked to learn that the veterinarians we regularly patronize in our town have made no provision for our pets, in case of an after office hours emergency, other than to offer a number to call in Columbia. To confirm this incredible truth, just call your veterinarian, as I did. A representative in our veterinarian’s office told me that no one in that office would see our pet, if he had a medical emergency, after office hours. Their procedure is to give us a number to call -- in Columbia! In other words, pet owners, if our pets become ill after office hours -- or worse yet, like the little dog Ms. Wilson tried to save, are hit by a car -- we have to drive all the way to Columbia for help. Can you imagine traveling that distance, over an hour, with your injured pet, watching him suffer in excruciating pain, with nothing to relieve his suffering? Most likely, he will not survive the trip, having bled to death or having gone into shock. And all because of the failure of the Florence veterinarians to provide what other, more compassionate veterinarians have in place for their communities, an after-office hours emergency service.
Needless to say, these veterinarians in our town, do not have our pet’s best interest at heart. The little, helpless creature’s lives are at risk with this present system. They depend on us to keep them safe. Come to think of it, these local veterinarians depend on us too, for their livelihood. This should give us some bargaining power. If other areas can offer after-office hours emergency service, what’s wrong with Florence? Competent veterinarians should consider this a priority. Responsible pet owners should demand that they do! Shame on a society, tolerating anything less! What do you say, SPCA? Source
Sunday, November 21, 2010
"NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin's forthcoming book 'America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag' from its blog. The injunction prohibits Gawker from 'continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages from the book' pending a hearing on Nov. 30. HarperCollins Publishers had sued Gawker after it published images on Nov. 17 from Palin's book before its release next week. In response, Palin tweeted, 'Isn't that illegal?'" Link
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sumter child killed after running in front of car on Hwy 378 - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |
Monday, November 15, 2010
- The annual lighting ceremony for Sumter County’s community Christmas Tree at the Sumter County Courthouse, followed by “A Walk with St. Nick” (December 3);
- “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Columbia City Ballet (Patriot Hall, December 4);
- Breakfast with Santa at the Sumter County Recreation Department (December 4);
- The Holiday House Tour, hosted by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs (various locations, December 4);
- The Evening Optimist Club’s annual Christmas Parade (Main Street, December 5);
- Sumter Community Concert Band (Sumter Opera House, December 5);
- “A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas” Presented by the Columbia Children’s Theatre (Sumter Opera House, December 12).
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Susan H. Wild
- Recreational Areas: Fees Waived for Veterans and Members of U.S. Armed Forces
- Statistics about Veterans
- Veterans' Salutes during National Anthem
- President's 2009 Veterans Day Proclamation
- Veterans Information for Rural Citizens
- U.S. Census Buerau Facts for Features: Veterans Day 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
"Olbermann was suspended without pay Friday by his bosses at MSNBC, a suspension they announced two days later would be lifted. He's due to return to work Tuesday. The left-leaning cable network's most popular personality acknowledged donating $2,400 apiece to the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. NBC News prohibits its employees from making political donations unless an exception is granted in advance by the network news president. Olbermann's bosses said they didn't know about the donations until being told about them by a reporter. 'Certainly this mistake merited a form of public acknowledgement and/or internal warning,' Olbermann said in a statement, 'and an on-air discussion about the merits of limitations on such campaign contributions by all employees of news organizations.' Instead, he was suspended 'without a hearing,' he said."Read Source Information Here:
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The last couple of paragraphs says people who control big money are buying campaigns, not just to help the candidate get elected but to ensure that the candidate that gets elected will do their bidding...
Hey Maude! I think I found the light switch!
"...The effort by rich business interests to buy campaigns would also be considerably less effective if the media reported on what was taking place. For example, BP, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs may consider big contributions to a candidate to be a much worse investment if they knew that their contributions would lead to a major article that explained that BP, Citigroup or Goldman was giving money to candidate Smith because they know that Smith will let them wreck the Gulf without paying compensation and will take everyone's money and give it to the Wall Street banks.
Unfortunately, we don't get much real news. We get stories about witchcraft and Aqua Buddha. Until we get better media, we will not get better politics..."Read Entire Story
Friday, November 5, 2010
What about you; third row on the left, fourth seat back... do you have an opinion? Of course I not going to pay you because it's an opinion for Pete's sake! What makes yours anymore valuable than that of Senatorial Candidate Alvin Greene?
Personally, I think we should go back to the barter system... you know... trade something valuable for something equally valuable.
Words just don't seem to mean what they once did and as a result their worth has dropped to new all time lows. You can see evidence of the decline in the value of the word on every utility pole, billboard or street corner in the United States.
There was a time when the almighty word struck fear into the hearts of men... now they are just so many words.
"The University of South Carolina has asked former First Lady Jenny Sanford to consider donating back to the school part or all of the $15,000 speaking fee it recently paid her. Sanford spoke to students last week about her recent book, “Staying True,” which is about her marriage to Gov. Mark Sanford, his admitted affair and how she dealt with it all. A lot of students are upset about the speaking fee, which was paid from mandatory student activity fees. “I don’t feel too happy about it, especially since it’s coming out of our pockets,” USC junior Robert Breedlove said. Sophomore Jamie Rosemann said, “I think it was a huge mistake. I think that $15,000 is a huge amount of money to spend on having someone come speak.”" Entire Article