Summer in Sumter SC

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Saudi King Overturns Verdict Against Woman Driver - NYTimes.com

Editors Note: Does the restriction include backseat driving as well???
Saudi King Overturns Verdict Against Woman Driver - NYTimes.com: "There are no written laws that restrict women from driving. Rather, the ban is rooted in conservative traditions and religious views that hold giving freedom of movement to women would make them vulnerable to sins." 'via Blog this'

SC fire department no longer praying at meetings - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor's View: The Devil is alive and can be found dancing in the halls of Hilton Head Town Government.
SC fire department no longer praying at meetings - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (AP) - The senior staff of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division has been told they may no longer start their monthly meetings with a prayer. The Island Pac" 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

'Toe Suck Fairy' arrested on new charges (Reuters)


'Toe Suck Fairy' arrested on new charges (Reuters): "Earlier in the month an 83-year-old woman told police she was sitting in a chair in front of her apartment when a man approached her. He took off one of her shoes and began sucking her toes, police said." 'via Blog this'

Thieves Make Off With $2.8 Million In Jewelry From Georgia Store, Police Say | Fox News

Editor's warning: That black car in the mall parking lot with a crowd of people standing around the open trunk.... could be just a group of people helping the owner of the vehicle change a flat tire... or....maybe he is just selling his piglets... it doesn't have to be a jewel thief!


Thieves Make Off With $2.8 Million In Jewelry From Georgia Store, Police Say | Fox News: "Police say it must have taken hours for the suspects to get into the store, then into its safe. The crime was discovered Monday morning. Forsyth County sheriff's Capt. Tim House tells WSB-TV that it's one of the largest such crimes he's seen in his 25 years of experience. Store owner Ibrahim Ehicam said the thieves emptied all the display cases and even stole the cash register." 'via Blog this'

Andy Rooney leaving '60 Minutes' - CNN.com

Editor's View: If there was anybody out there with whom the average person could connect it was Andy Rooney... I'll miss his commentaries.
Andy Rooney leaving '60 Minutes' - CNN.com: ""There's nobody like Andy, and there never will be. He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original," CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said." 'via Blog this'

Facebook rumors: Fact vs. fiction - CNN.com

Editor's note: Really... some of the nuts out there need to be charged to be on Facebook...
Facebook rumors: Fact vs. fiction - CNN.com: "1. Facebook is going to start charging you Do we actually have to address this one? Apparently, yes. Every once in a while, this rumor starts cropping up in status updates -- often in all caps. Some people can't seem to get their brains around the fact that a useful service like Facebook is going to remain free. So people begin copying and pasting messages announcing the date the site is going to a pay model." 'via Blog this'

Senators defend pension perks - S.C. Politics - TheState.com

Editor's opinion: Read this and then take another look at your elected representative... do you still believe your 'best' interests are being served?
Senators defend pension perks - S.C. Politics - TheState.com: "Lawmakers either take their salary or, if they qualify, the retirement pay. State Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, who receives retirement pay, Monday defended the practice. Courson said lawmakers work hard for the money. While the General Assembly only meets six months each year, lawmakers are busy year-round meeting with voters in their districts, attending meetings and serving on boards." 'via Blog this'

Monday, September 26, 2011

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NCAA investigation: Spurrier remains optimistic - Football - GoGamecocks.com

NCAA investigation: Spurrier remains optimistic - Football - GoGamecocks.com: "“I hope we’re not in serious trouble,” the No. 12 Gamecocks’ coach said. “I don’t think we’re going to be. You work these things out and do what they say. That’s what our university is doing. Hopefully, things will work out.” South Carolina received a Notice of Allegati" 'via Blog this'

Former Ukrainian Nazi, 90, loses deportation appeal in Michigan - CNN.com

Editors Opinion: No place on earth is a safe haven for the Nazi Butchers. We will not rest until the last of them have been found.
Former Ukrainian Nazi, 90, loses deportation appeal in Michigan - CNN.com: "Although authorities believe only a small number of former Nazis -- mostly in their 90s -- remain alive in the United States, the government is determined to keep up the hunt and deport those they find. Rosenbaum said the program "reflects the government's continuing commitment to pursuing justice on behalf of the victims of the Holocaust and other human rights crimes."" 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

From the desk of Susan Wild


In brief - Sports - ReviewJournal.com

In brief - Sports - ReviewJournal.com: "COLLEGE FOOTBALL NCAA: South Carolina broke number of rules The NCAA has accused South Carolina athletes of receiving $55,000 worth of impermissible benefits and recruiting inducements for getting reduced hotel rates and for their involvement with a Delaware-based mentoring organization. The NCAA sent university president Harris Pastides the letter of allegations Monday and requested the school's response by Dec. 14. Football coach Steve Spurrier was among those asked to meet with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions in Los Angeles on Feb. 17 and 18. Track coach Curtis Frye was also asked to attend." 'via Blog this'

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails : NPR

Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails : NPR: ""They'll attach to the side of the house and eat the stucco off the side of the house," Gaskalla says. The snails are also attracted to garbage and pet food that's been left out. Giant African Land Snails are restricted in the US. Gaskalla says people often smuggle them into the country in their pockets, because they make popular novelty pets." 'via Blog this'

A worker displays two giant African land snails.  For the third time since 1966, the snails are invading the US.

Deputies avoid flying televisions during Lexington chase | GoUpstate.com

Deputies avoid flying televisions during Lexington chase | GoUpstate.com: "Authorities say 36-year-old Edward Spellman III took four 40-inch flat-screen TVs from the Walmart in Red Bank around 1:45 a.m. Friday. A Walmart employee flagged down a deputy, who saw Spellman's SUV nearby and tried to stop him. Investigators say Spellman sped away, and two of the televisions he had placed on the roof of the SUV flew off as deputies chased him. They caught Spellman at his home in Gaston." 'via Blog this'

Gamecocks pick up win over Navy with score of 24-21 - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Gamecocks pick up win over Navy with score of 24-21 - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "If you look back to 1984, the Gamecocks were riding high. They were undefeated and ranked number two nationally at 9-0. But it all came crashing down one afternoon at Annapolis. USC was upset by the Naval Academy, denying the team a chance to play for the National Championship." 'via Blog this'

Clemson Tops Auburn 38-24 | wltx.com

Clemson Tops Auburn 38-24 | wltx.com: ""It's been a long time since we lost," Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal said. "I guess it's a new feeling for us all." And a new one for Clemson, which hadn't opened 3-0 since 2007." 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Man concerned about neighbor's pit bulls after 2 attacks - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Man concerned about neighbor's pit bulls after 2 attacks - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Just two weeks earlier, the same pit bulls cornered Cox's Chihuahua inside his garage leaving puddles of blood on the floor. That attack sent Cox's dog to the vet and left him with a $780 vet bill. He also spent another $600 dollars on a fence. Cox said he worked out a deal with his neighbor, Eric Melton, to cover the vet bill and to keep his dogs restrained. Melton told WIS he agreed to pay the bill but that changed when the second attack happened. "I tried to address this neighbor-to-neighbor and all that resulted in was be me being attacked a second time," said Cox. "So I feel like at this point it's serious enough and dangerous enough where I need to address the matter through law enforcement."" 'via Blog this'

Woman dies in car wreck after taking kids to school - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Woman dies in car wreck after taking kids to school - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "In 43 years of living in her Bishopville home, Smith can't count the number of wrecks that have happened right outside her property line. "I wouldn't know how many to say. It's been too many." She heard another one Tuesday morning. "I knew it was out there at the crossroads, and it scared me," said Smith. "I tried to see what was going on, but it was too foggy."" 'via Blog this'

Friday, September 9, 2011

Public Invitation to Attend

10th Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack on America 

Hundred's of Masonic Lodge's of Ancient Free Masons across 
South Carolina are holding public prayer gatherings in observation of the tragic event 
10 years ago in New York City that changed our world. 

Claremont and Sumter Masonic Lodge's are doing the same and 
request the honor of your attendance as we gather inside our Masonic Temple in 
prayer, reflection, refreshments and fellowship in observance of this tragic event in our history. 

Date and time: Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

Location: Sumter Masonic Temple, 215 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 

Little Known Facts


Forty-one years ago today two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon.   But what happened before Buzz Aldrin (pictured in the LM, left) and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it.
I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon.  Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.  And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself.  (See photo below.)   I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote about in my bookEverything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).
The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life, and knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and he asked his pastor to help him.  And so the pastor consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine.  And Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth’s orbit and on to the surface of the moon.
He and Armstrong had only been on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:  “This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.”  He then ended radio communication and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,000 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he took communion.  Here is his own account of what happened:
“In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit.  Apart from me you can do nothing.’  I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute [they] had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas.  I agreed reluctantly.   …I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”
And of course, it’s interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon — and Who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the “Love that moves the Sun and other stars.”
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COMMUNION IN SPACE
By Buzz Aldrin
Guideposts, October 1970

An Astronaut Tells of a little-known but Significant Event on the Moon
For several weeks prior to the scheduled lift-off of Apollo 11 back in July, 1969, the pastor of our church, Dean Woodruff, and I had been struggling to find the right symbol for the first lunar landing.  We wanted to express our feeling that what man was doing in this mission transcended electronics and computers and rockets.
Dean often speaks at our church, Webster Presbyterian, just outside of Houston, about the many meanings of the communion service.
“One of the principal symbols,” Dean says, “is that God reveals Himself in the common elements of everyday life.”  Traditionally, these elements are bread and wine—common foods in Bible days and typical products of man’s labor.
One day while I was at Cape Kennedy working with the sophisticated tools of the space effort, it occurred to me that these tools were the typical elements of life today.  I wondered if it might be possible to take communion on the moon, symbolizing the thought that God was revealing Himself there too, as man reached out into the universe.  For there are many of us in the NASA program who do trust that what we are doing is part of God’s eternal plan for man.
I spoke with Dean about the idea as soon as I returned home, and he was enthusiastic.
“I could carry the bread in a plastic packet, the way regular inflight food is wrapped.  And the wine also—there will be just enough gravity on the moon for liquid to pour.  I’ll be able to drink normally from a cup.  Dean, I wonder if you could look around for a little chalice that I could take with me as coming from the church?”
The next week Dean showed me a graceful silver cup.  I hefted it and was pleased to find that it was light enough to take along.  Each astronaut is allowed a few personal items on a flight; the wine chalice would be in my personal-preference kit.
Dean made special plans for two special communion services at Webster Presbyterian Church.  One would be held just prior to my leaving Houston for Cape Kennedy, when I would join the other members in a dedication service.  The second would take place two weeks later, Sunday, July 20, when Neil Armstrong and I were scheduled to be on the surface of the moon.  On that Sunday the church back home would gather for communion, while I joined them as close as possible to the same hour, taking communion inside the lunar module, all of us meaning to represent in this small way not only our local church but the Church as a whole.
Right away question came up.  Was it theologically correct for a layman to serve himself communion under these circumstances?  Dean thought so, but to make sure he decided to write the stated clerk of the Presbyterian church’s General Assembly and got back a quick reply that this was permissible.
And how much should we talk about our plans?  I am naturally rather reticent, but on the other hand I was becoming increasingly convinced that having religious convictions carried with it the responsibility of witnessing to them.  Finally we decided we would say nothing about the communion service until after the moonshot.
I had a question about which scriptural passage to use.  Which reading would best capture what this enterprise meant to us?  I thought long about this and came up at last with John 15:5.  It seemed to fit perfectly.  I wrote the passage on a slip of paper to be carried aboard Eagle along with the communion elements.  Dean would read the same passage at the full congregation service held back home that same day.
So at last we were set.  And then trouble appeared.  It was Saturday, just prior to the first of the two communion services.  The next day, Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and I were to depart Houston for Cape Kennedy.  We were scheduled for a pre-mission press conference when the flight physician arrived and set up elaborate precautions against crew contamination.  We had to wear sterile masks and to talk to the reporters from within a special partition.  The doctor was taking no chances.  A cold germ, a flu virus, and the whole shot might have to be aborted.  I felt I had to tell him about the big church service scheduled for the next morning.  When I did, he wasn’t at all happy.
I called Dean with the news late Saturday night.  “It doesn’t look real good, Dean.”
“What about a private service?  Without the whole congregation?”
It was a possibility.  I called the doctor about the smaller service and he agreed, provided there were only a handful of people present.  So the next day, Sunday, shortly after the end of the 11 o’clock service my wife, Joan and our oldest boy Mike (the only one of our three children who is as yet a communicant), went to the church.  There we met Dean, his wife, Floy, and our close family friend Tom Manison, elder of the church and his wife.  The seven of us went in to the now-empty sanctuary.  On the communion table were two loaves of bread, one for now, the other for two weeks from now.  Beside the two loaves were two chalices, one of them the small cup the church was giving me for the service on the moon.
We took communion.  At the end of the service Dean tore off a corner of the second loaf of bread and handed it to me along with the tiny chalice.  Within a few hours I was on my way to Cape Kennedy.
What happened there, of course, the whole world knows.  The Saturn 5 rocket gave us a rough ride at first, but the rest of the trip was smooth.  On the day of the moon landing, we awoke at 5:30 a.m., Houston time.  Neil and I separated from Mike Collins in the command module.  Our powered descent was right on schedule, and perfect except for one unforeseeable difficulty.  The automatic guidance system would have taken Eagle to an area with huge boulders.  Neil had to steer Eagle to a more suitable terrain.  With only seconds worth of fuel left, we touched down at 3:30 p.m.
Now Neil and I were sitting inside Eagle, while Mike circled in lunar orbit unseen in the black sky above us.  In a little while after our scheduled meal period, Neil would give the signal to step down the ladder onto the powdery surface of the moon.  Now was the moment for communion.
So I unstowed the elements in their flight packets.  I put them and the scripture reading on the little table in front of the abort guidance system computer.
Then I called back to Houston.
“Houston, this is Eagle.  This is the LM Pilot speaking.  I would like to request a few moments of silence.  I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to invite each person listening, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way.”
On World Communion Sunday, October 4, 1970, many Christians through the world will unite in spirit as they—each in his own church, according to his own tradition—participate in celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
For me this meant taking communion.  In the radio blackout I opened the little plastic packages which contained bread and wine.
I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me.  In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup.  It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.
And so, just before I partook of the elements, I read the words, which I had chosen to indicate our trust that as man probes into space we are in fact acting in Christ.
I sensed especially strongly my unity with our church back home, and with the Church everywhere.
I read: “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me” (John 15:5).
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