Summer in Sumter SC

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Apple (AAPL) Offers Largest Nonfinancial Debt Deal Ever - ABC News

Apple (AAPL) Offers Largest Nonfinancial Debt Deal Ever - ABC News: "Apple is taking advantage of record-low rates, in other words, borrowing cheaply to raise money while it keeps its giant cash hoard. The company's cash balance at the end of its second quarter is $145 billion, said Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer last week."

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COLUMBIA, S.C.: Extramarital dating billboard features Mark Sanford | State | The State

COLUMBIA, S.C.: Extramarital dating billboard features Mark Sanford | State | The State: "Meanwhile, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt gave Sanford his endorsement on Tuesday, calling him "the sex pioneer of our time" and contributing the maximum, $2,600, to his campaign."

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Friday, April 26, 2013

This Day in History — History.com — What Happened Today in History

This Day in History — History.com — What Happened Today in History: "On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada and Finland participated in the trials, which used for the first time the now-standard double-blind method, whereby neither the patient nor attending doctor knew if the inoculation was the vaccine or a placebo."

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Live 5 investigates: Woman accused of using ambulance for taxi - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Live 5 investigates: Woman accused of using ambulance for taxi - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports: "According to the incident report, Ferguson said she didn't have a car and this was the only way she had to get around and Medicaid paid for it anyway. It was part of her benefits.

And all of those ambulance trips taken by Ferguson?

Each one costs 425 dollars, plus mileage."

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA: S.C. Senate passes bill to allow permit holders to carry guns in bars and restaurants | Politics | The State

COLUMBIA: S.C. Senate passes bill to allow permit holders to carry guns in bars and restaurants | Politics | The State: "Senate Republicans have been pushing the proposal as a way to expand gun rights for permit holders -- the “responsible good guys” who have undergone background checks and completed courses on state firearms laws and on how to handle firearms, said Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield and a co-sponsor of the bill."

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COLUMBIA, SC: Lawmakers hope tax incentive bill will woo TV show to film in Charleston | Politics | The State

Editor: Is this a good deal for South Carolina? 

COLUMBIA, SC: Lawmakers hope tax incentive bill will woo TV show to film in Charleston | Politics | The State: "South Carolina already pays production companies a rebate of 15 percent of whatever they spend on wages and supplies purchased in South Carolina. The bill would increase those rebates to 30 percent for supplies and 20 percent for wages. Production companies could get a 25 percent rebate on wages if they hire people who live in South Carolina.

Production companies would only get the money on two conditions: they spend at least $1 million in South Carolina, and South Carolina has enough money to pay them. Last year, lawmakers set aside $10 million for movie and TV show rebates and spent $6 million, according to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism."

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AP News: APNewsBreak: Developer Kahn files for bankruptcy

AP News: APNewsBreak: Developer Kahn files for bankruptcy: "Since 1968, the Columbia businessman has served as president of the Kahn Development Company, according to the firm's website. He is also chairman of M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc., which says online it is the 106th largest U.S. building firm that specializes in industrial, commercial and institutional construction.

Kahn said the financial problems were caused by a drop in property values in recent years. The construction business is still strong and the decision to file bankruptcy was made to make sure all creditors were treated fairly, he said in a statement."

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Transcript of secret meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Editor: This read will consume a bunch of your time... but you will come away with a better understanding of who the good guys are and why the bad guys will do anything to prevent their exposure. 

Transcript of secret meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt: "This is a continuous striving that people have done for a long time. Of course, there is many individual battles that we win, but it is the nature of human beings that human beings lie and cheat and deceive and organized groups of people who do not lie and cheat and deceive find each other and get together... and because they have that temperament, are more efficient. Because they are not lying and cheating and deceiving each other. "

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Apple Borrows Money To Avoid US Taxes

Editor: For large U. S. corporations, parking money offshore is very, very lucrative... and they spend the big bucks to see that no one changes the tax laws. The average Joe has no idea that this legalized practice takes money out of his pocket book. 

Apple Borrows Money To Avoid US Taxes: "The real reason Apple is borrowing money is because more than two-thirds of its $145 billion cash pile resides overseas, and bringing it back to the U.S., known as "repatriating," would subject the company to a huge tax hit. According to U.S. tax law, income companies earn from operations overseas aren't subject to taxes provided they remain overseas.
"Seventy percent of Apple's cash is overseas, and would be taxed if they brought it home to buyback stock," said BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk."

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Friday, April 19, 2013

His Eye IS On The Sparrow


A female bluebird was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road, and the condition was soon fatal.

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Her male mate brought her food and attended her with love and compassion.

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He brought her food again, but was shocked to find her dead.

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He tried to move her - a rarely seen effort.

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Aware his mate was dead and would never come back to him 
again, he cried out with adoring love 
. . . and stood beside her with sadness and sorrow.

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You have just witnessed love and sorrow felt by God's creatures.
The Bible says that God knows when a sparrow falls.
Imagine how much He cares for us! 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SC Supreme Court tosses out suit against treasurer - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

SC Supreme Court tosses out suit against treasurer - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |: "The South Carolina Supreme Court has tossed out a lawsuit against Treasurer Curtis Loftis filed by the board that oversees state pension funds for public workers."

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Senate rejects conceal, carry gun reciprocity amendment - The Hill's Floor Action

Senate rejects conceal, carry gun reciprocity amendment - The Hill's Floor Action: "Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced an amendment that would have reconciled state conceal and carry laws. His amendment failed on a 57-43 vote — 60 votes were needed for passage.

Cornyn said his amendment would have allowed citizens issued conceal and carry licenses in their home states to have their firearm legally in other states. He said it would “treat conceal and carry licenses like a drivers license.”"

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Bogus IRS Email Scams


Examples of email scams

Email Example #1

Date12 april 2012
Our Ref.C/18355/12
Your Ref.15B/615/12

NOTICE OF TAX RETURN FOR YEAR 2012

Dear,

I am sending this email to announce: After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax return of:

$197.44
To receive your return, you need to register for an IRS Online account:
Click here to register


The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential and as applicable, copyright in these is
reserved to Inland Revenue. Unless expressly authorised by United States Government, any further
dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is prohibited.

*******************************************************************

Email Example #2

Notification of refund
We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $369.20 under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

In order to recieve the excess payment, you need to create an e-Refund acocunt.

Please click "Register" below to create an e-Refund acocunt:

Register




David Morgan
Director, Tax Refunds Department

Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicted. Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press: "But as Martin rolled to the floor, reached into the nightstand drawer and drew out his 9 mm pistol, the 46-year-old executive's mind raced with calculation: Would this man harm Martin's fiancee or her son? Was an accomplice outside waiting? What if he pulled the trigger and hit the sleeping 8-year-old across the hall?"

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Google lets users plan their digital afterlife - Computerworld

Google lets users plan their digital afterlife - Computerworld: "Today, we might store personal financial information, system backups or important work documents on Drive, which enables users to store Google Docs, photos and documents.

We might even have posted meaningful thoughts or photos on Google+ that we'd want a loved one to have access to. Or maybe there are pictures or videos uploaded that you'd rather your parents didn't see.

Google is giving you a way to figure out now what you want to happen to all of this information."



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$200M Still Available To Struggling S.C. Homeowners - WSPA-TV

$200M Still Available To Struggling S.C. Homeowners - WSPA-TV: "You may think you don't qualify, that it's only for low income homeowners. But you'd be surprised.

- There is no household income limit

- The mortgage amount can be up to $729,750.

- And you do not need to be delinquent on a payment

The only requirement is one of the following hardships in the last 12 months

- job loss, or salary reduction

- divorce

- or costly health issues"

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COLUMBIA, SC: Recovery brings new retailers to Columbia | Shop Around | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: Recovery brings new retailers to Columbia | Shop Around | The State: "Retail is returning in force as the Midlands region recovers from the worst economic downturn in a lifetime with some retailers new to the S.C. market opening stores and some old favorites expanding."

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Sumter is safe because of our professionals - The Item: Columnists

Editor: Osteen says Sumter is safe.... does he read his own paper? 

2011 Sled Report link
The heads of our Law Enforcement crying foul after they released their department's figures to SLED is not an excuse and should not be tolerated.  Errors in reporting are not the fault of the collecting agency. Someone needs to be held accountable if erroneous information is being officially reported. People and businesses stay away from high crime areas and rightly so. These so-called reporting errors could add up to millions of lost dollars to the local economy. 

Since 1975, South Carolina's murder is the highest in the nation, exceeding the national rate every year except 1995.
Sumter Law Enforcement agencies reported 17 murders and now claim an error was made. 


Rapes in South Carolina has exceeded the National rate since 1982. Sumter Law Enforcement agencies reported 19 rapes. 

Good news is that according to the reporting data South Carolina has experienced fewer robberies than the national level for the last three years of the report. Sumter Law Enforcement agencies reported 99 robberies. 

Read SLED's report yourself: 2011 Sled Report link

Sumter is safe because of our professionals - The Item: Columnists: "The biggest irony is that Sumter is much less dangerous than most places because law enforcement and our first responders here do such a good job dealing with people who break the law, and in protecting the safety of the public.
There's more news for The Item to report because they're doing such a good job arresting people and putting out fires."

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Clash over hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay

Clash over hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay: "When guards arrived in the communal to move the men, the prisoners fought back with makeshift weapons, prompting troops to fire four "less-than-lethal rounds" to quell the disturbance, according to a statement issued by Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, which oversees the prison. There were no major injuries, military officials said."

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Why Augusta National needs to disqualify Tiger Woods from this year’s Masters | Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo! Sports

Why Augusta National needs to disqualify Tiger Woods from this year’s Masters | Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo! Sports: "Put simply, Woods appeared to take an improper drop following a shot on 15 Friday which found the water. (See here for a clearer explanation.) There's gray area - about the only gray you'll find anywhere near Augusta National - but there's enough blood in the water to suggest the appearance of impropriety.
And since, for Augusta National and the game of golf in general, appearance is all, the club has no option: Tiger Woods must be disqualified from this year's tournament."

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Masters reviews Tiger Woods' drop on 15; was it legal?

Masters reviews Tiger Woods' drop on 15; was it legal?: "AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods' status for the third round of the Masters was in question early Saturday.2013-4-13 tiger drop

His drop on the 15th hole from Friday might have violated the rules.

If Woods was deemed to have dropped incorrectly, he could be disqualified."

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COLUMBIA, SC: Columbia gas prices the lowest in the nation, could drop more | Business | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: Columbia gas prices the lowest in the nation, could drop more | Business | The State: "Prices will be “much easier on the wallet than last summer,” said Patrick DeHaan, a Chicago-based oil analyst with gasbuddy.com, as supply peaks and demand wanes. “You may see a few stations drop under $3 (per gallon),” he said, but the average likely will stay above that psychological barrier."



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Friday, April 12, 2013

Suspicious package sent to ‘Toughest sheriff in America’ Joe Arpaio – The Post and Courier

Editor: It seems there is a concerted attack underway, targeting our country's law enforcement leaders.

Suspicious package sent to ‘Toughest sheriff in America’ Joe Arpaio – The Post and Courier: "U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Keith Moore says a courier brought it into the main Post Office in Flagstaff, and authorities used a water cannon to neutralize the package.

Moore says laboratory testing will determine whether the contents of the package actually would have exploded."

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Two Men Found Shot to Death in Sumter Home | wltx.com

Two Men Found Shot to Death in Sumter Home | wltx.com: "Once inside, officers discovered the bodies of two men in the hallway of the home and signs of what appeared to be a struggle.

According to an incident report, officers say they also saw a large quantity marijuana and spent rounds of ammunition on the floor.

Police say they haven't determined what caused the incident or if other people are involved."

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sumter police find 3-year-old dead from gunshot wound - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Sumter police find 3-year-old dead from gunshot wound - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports: "Police found a 3-year-old boy dead from a gunshot wound.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the incident happened, but have not ruled out the possibility the wound was self-inflicted."

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Parents hope photo of fatal text serves as warning - Yahoo! News

<p> This April 3, 2013 photo provided by the Greeley Police shows the text message University of Northern Colorado student Alexander Heit was typing to an unidentified person when police say he lost control of his car and ran off the road. He was taken to North Colorado Medical Center where he later died. Now his parents are hoping to convince others not to text and drive. The name of the message's recipient was redacted by the Greeley Police to protect the recipient's identity. (AP Photo/Greeley Police)Editor: Please don't text while operating a moving vehicle. 

Parents hope photo of fatal text serves as warning - Yahoo! News: "In a statement released through police, Heit's mother said she doesn't want anyone else to lose someone to texting while driving.
"In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you," Sharon Heit said."

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

McConnell campaign calls in FBI over secret recordings – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs


Okay... who is in charge of keeping an eye on Scott Prouty? 
Scott Prouty
McConnell campaign calls in FBI over secret recordings – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs: ""Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell's campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished will presumably be the subject of a criminal investigation," Benton said in a statement."

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Five myths about the minimum wage - The Washington Post

Five myths about the minimum wage - The Washington Post: "A babysitter or the kid who mows your lawn isn’t covered as long as he or she doesn’t work more than eight hours per week or get paid more than $1,700 per year by one employer. Some employers, such as small farms, aren’t required to pay minimum wage. There are minimum-wage exceptions for full-time students and the disabled. Those younger than 20 can be paid a sub-minimum wage of $4.25 for up to 90 days while these inexperienced workers learn the ropes. And workers who receive more than $30 per month in tips are required to be paid only $2.13 per hour..." "...a perfectly competitive labor market requires that neither workers nor firms have bargaining power; that everyone has all the necessary information; that workers are a commodity, rather than different people with different skills and a need to be motivated; and that there are no frictions preventing supply from matching demand..."

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Piercing the secrecy of offshore tax havens - The Washington Post

Editor: Reading this article confirmed my opinion of how enterprising some people can be. 

Piercing the secrecy of offshore tax havens - The Washington Post: "Overseas havens vaulted into public consciousness last year with stories about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s accounts in the Cayman Islands. Recent coverage of the Cyprus banking crisis has thrust the issue back into the spotlight..."

"...Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) has been holding hearings and conducting investigations into the offshore world for nearly three decades. In 2010, Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act requiring that U.S. taxpayers report foreign assets to the government and foreign institutions alert the IRS when Americans open accounts.
In February, Levin introduced legislation that would permit the Treasury Department to penalize offshore financial institutions that “significantly” impede U.S. tax enforcement and put an end to accounting practices that enable corporations to evade billions in taxes..."

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Friday, April 5, 2013

DORN VA warns patients of possible security breach - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: Personally, this is very unsettling.... 

DORN VA warns patients of possible security breach - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |: "The Department of Veterans Affairs sent letters to patients after a laptop computer was stolen from the Dorn Respiratory Therapy department in February.  The letter states the personal information of more than 7000 veterans who received testing on the device the computer was connected to were stored in the laptop."

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North Korea Warns Embassies to Evacuate before April 10 - ABC News

Editor: Years of empty threats from North Korea could affect us negatively.... let's pray we don't let our guard down.


North Korea Warns Embassies to Evacuate before April 10 - ABC News: "North Korea advised the Russian and British embassies in Pyongyang today evacuate their staff, saying their safety could be at risk "in the event of conflict from April 10.""

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Report: Auburn paid players, altered grades under Gene Chizik

Editor: More Cheating..... it's everywhere!!!!

Report: Auburn paid players, altered grades under Gene Chizik: "Auburn coaches offered cash payments to players, for reasons varying from a potential early entry into the NFL draft to simply having "a bad day at practice," Roberts reports. Former wide receiver Darvin Adams alleged that coaches offered cash to lure him away from entering the draft; while Adams wouldn't disclose the sum, both Blanc and another former teammate, Mike McNeil, put the total at "several thousand dollars.""

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Educating South Carolina: Educators in Sumter: What does "Sweet 16" mean to you?

Editor: Another interesting 'blog' concerning recent news of the cheating scandal in Atlanta. 

Educating South Carolina: Educators in Sumter: What does "Sweet 16" mean to you?: "However, in June 2005, before that issue was resolved, that principal was appointed "Area Assistant Superintendent in the Cobb County School District, the second largest district in Georgia with over 106,000 students in 113 schools." In this new position, the former principal would oversee "17 schools, over 19,000 students, 1,500 staff members, and a $120 million budget."

The contentious former principal and powerful new Area Assistant Superintendent's name was Randolph Bynum. "

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Chaplin Speaks: A Slice of Life: Sumter's Problem Could Be Charleston's Problem

Editor: Stumbled across this opinionated blog while researching the cheating scandal in Atlanta... this is very interesting... 

Chaplin Speaks: A Slice of Life: Sumter's Problem Could Be Charleston's Problem: "Last year, Sumter School District hired a new Superintendent named Randolph Bynum.  He came from the Atlanta school system, and actually left the Atlanta area right before the big cheating scandal broke in the news.  To my knowledge, Bynum has not yet been accused of any involvement in the illegal activity.  "

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FairTest Press Release: Standardized Exam Cheating In 37 States And D.C.; New Report Shows Widespread Test Score Corruption | FairTest

Editor: And we wonder why our country lags behind other countries in the quality of education our kids are receiving. This probably is just the tip of the iceberg... as this latest scandal heats up more will be revealed. Cheating ensures one of knowledge never gained. 

FairTest Press Release: Standardized Exam Cheating In 37 States And D.C.; New Report Shows Widespread Test Score Corruption | FairTest: "As an Atlanta grand jury considers indictments against former top school officials in a test cheating scandal and the annual wave of high-stakes standardized exams begins across the nation, a new survey reports confirmed cases of test score manipulation in at least 37 states and Washington, D.C. in the past four academic years."



Education Olympics The Education Olympics [Infographic]

Via Certification Map: Masters in Education and USC Rossier Online
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

N.Y. politicians arrested in alleged mayoral race plot

Editor: What is causing perfectly good people to become corrupt. I can tell you that it is not the water. 



 Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, speaks in the Senate on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
NY State Senator Malcolm Smith
Photo: Mike Groll/Associated Press
N.Y. politicians arrested in alleged mayoral race plot: "A New York state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday along with several other politicians in an alleged plot to bribe his way into the race for mayor of New York City.

Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith tried to pay off some of New York City's Republican party bosses to get himself on the ballot as a GOP candidate, federal prosecutors said."

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