Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Item: News - Geddings' fraud conviction vacated

The Item: News - Geddings' fraud conviction vacated: "For the first time in years, Kevin Geddings feels like a free man. For the first time in years, he actually is. Geddings, a Sumter native and the former chief of staff for South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, had his 2006 felony fraud conviction vacated by a federal judge Friday, thus exonerating the former North Carolina lottery commissioner. 'It doesn't feel great, but it feels better than it used to feel,' he said."

New GoGamecocks.com site launches today - Breaking News - TheState.com

New GoGamecocks.com site launches today - Breaking News - TheState.com: "Welcome to the new and improved GoGamecocks.com. You told us you wanted more Gamecock coverage -- more recruiting news, photos, videos and insider information."

Rainbow flags fly in the Capital City : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Rainbow flags fly in the Capital City : News : MidlandsConnect.com: "President Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council, a faith-based educational foundation, agrees Columbia is progressive.� However, Smith doesn't like the message he believes is being encouraged by the city. “I think the mistake the city has made is being knee deep in agenda for a specific organization promoting a specific kind of lifestyle,” said Smith. As in previous years, both the City of Columbia and Richland County are sponsors of the SC Pride Parade and Festival."

Mother of children found living in "disgusting" conditions charged - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Mother of children found living in "disgusting" conditions charged - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SUMTER, SC (WIS) - The mother of three Sumter County children found living in dismal, dank, and disgusting conditions last week has been charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, according to deputies. Law enforcement responded to 31-year-old Alison Alsbrooks Scurry's house on August 24 after receiving an anonymous complaint of possible child neglect due to unsuitable living conditions. Upon entry, deputies discovered approximately 10-12 inches of household garbage including rotting food, clothes, toys and assorted household items thrown. Scurry and her three children -- ages eight, nine and 10 -- were living among the garbage."

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Look What UPS Brought! Images of Bishopville

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Look What UPS Brought! Images of Bishopville:
"Fans of Rachael and Billy can also pre-order the book through this site. Takes only a few minutes to order and the process is totally safe. Amazon.com has been doing this for years and have all the safeguards in place. Look under my Twitter tweets on the right side of the page and you will see a direct link to Amazon.com. Just type in the name of the book or Rachael's name and Amazon.com will do the rest. September 27th seems like forever..."

Monday, August 30, 2010

If you are only a reflector of information, are you really there?

"The End of Human Specialness" 

"...For the 10th-anniversary issue of The Chronicle Review, we asked scholars and illustrators to answer this question: What will be the defining idea of the coming decade, and why?

The defining idea of the coming era is actually the loss of an idea we never had to worry about losing before. It is the decay of belief in the specialness of being human. As an example of what that would mean, consider the common practice of students blogging, networking, or tweeting while listening to a speaker.

At a recent lecture, I said: 'The most important reason to stop multitasking so much isn't to make me feel respected, but to make you exist. If you listen first, and write later, then whatever you write will have had time to filter through your brain, and you'll be in what you say. This is what makes you exist. If you are only a reflector of information, are you really there?...'"

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YouTube - MsPolleyVision's Channel

YouTube - MsPolleyVision's Channel: "April 27, 2010 �| 224,479 views B-25J 'Pacific Princess' and crew participates in the largest gathering of B-25's since WWII for the 68th Doolittle Raiders Reunion held April 17th & 18th, 2010 at USAF Museum, Wright Field Dayton OH. 17 B-25's formed up for a fly-over the Doolittle Memorial ceremony. 8 Doolittle Raiders of the original 79 remain, 4 were able to attend the 2010 event. Air to Air shots filmed from the tailgunner seat of 'Pacific Princess', ship # 2 in the 17 ship formation by VictoryGirl.com"

Battle of the Bulge reunion comes to Columbia - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Battle of the Bulge reunion comes to Columbia - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "A group of World War II veterans is coming to Columbia this week. They are veterans who fought in one of the war's most recognized and notorious fights - the Battle of the Bulge. Between December 1944 and January 1945, more than 80,000 troops lost their lives in the major defensive to fight off German soldiers in Belgium. Here's a list of the events going on this weekend to honor the veterans:"

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Government Charge Clemens with Obstruction of Congress and Lying

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Government Charge Clemens with Obstruction of Congress and Lying: "''...I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress,' Clemens said via his Twitter account August 19, the day a federal grand jury indicted him. 'I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.'"

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: They lived together 61 years, died hours apart - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: They lived together 61 years, died hours apart - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "I said, 'Bert, you know Miriam had been struggling to breathe. She just took her last breath.'' Bert, too weak to speak, tried to talk but could not. The words would not come. 'Then, he closed his eyes, and a little tear came out of the corner of his eye, and it rolled down his cheek,' said Setzler. The next morning, Thursday, just hours after his wife of 61 years - the woman who had given all she had to him until there was nothing left to give - had died, Bert died, too.'"

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Miss Spartanburg USA and Former PETA Vegetarian Girl Next-Door Contest Finalist Released on $25,000 Bond

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Miss Spartanburg USA and Former PETA Vegetarian Girl Next-Door Contest Finalist Released on $25,000 Bond: "Heather M. Williams, 25, of 302 N. Sweetwater Hills Drive, Moore,(SC), was released from the Spartanburg County jail on a $25,000 bond before 4 a.m. Saturday. The state Highway Patrol has charged her with leaving the scene of an accident involving death. She’s accused of striking Dewayne Keith Tweedell, 56, at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 29 in Greer. She was arrested Friday after the Highway Patrol received a tip through CrimeStoppers...' '...Tweedell was carrying his Chihuahua, Scooter, in his arms when he was hit. The dog also died."

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Air Force hires housing developer for 2 SC bases - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Air Force hires housing developer for 2 SC bases - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Rob Miller for Congress | New Leadership for South Carolina

I'm not asking you to vote for Rob Miller... no, my purpose is to draw your attention to the bottom of the webpage...
However, I'm beginning to like this man and his message... perhaps you too can see the need for new blood in Washington.
Rob Miller for Congress | New Leadership for South Carolina

Are Patients and Employees Safe at Tuomey Healthcare System?

What is going on at Tuomey Healthcare System?

An Opinion
by John Reames

August 28, 2010

In an article posted to its website Thursday, August 26, 2010 by The Item reporter Joe Perry, a disturbing picture emerges about the seemingly lackadaisical attitude Tuomey Healthcare's operating staff has concerning the safety of its employees and staff. 

Perry reports that Dr. Thomas Edward Hawkey, age 48, of 2730 Mohican Drive in Sumter was charged in an arrest warrant served on him June 18th, with violations related to drug distribution of prescribed medication. 

According to Perry's report, back on June 11, of 2004 Hawkey was arrested, this time for "pointing and presenting a firearm" after an argument with his then partner, Dr. Julian Abbott at Sumter Diagnostics. Perry's report goes on to say that the "Police said Hawkey pulled a handgun out of his pants pocket...".

Hawkey, according to the report, pled guilty on January 12, 2007 to simple assault charges and received a sentence of 30 days or a $500 fine. Perry's report did not say whether Hawkey served the 30 days or paid the $500 fine. My guess is he paid the fine.

Based on Perry's report, it is my opinion that Dr. Hawkey's criminal history points towards a propensity for violence. Tuomey Healthcare's President and CEO Jay Cox along with the Board of Trustees don't seem to share my opinion... Dr. Hawkey continues to have hospital privileges according to Perry's report and backed up by Tuomey Healthcare System's website

This should prove to be an interesting story to follow. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

When I Can't Nap I Tune in to Fox's Glenn Beck - Works Every Time

Glenn Beck Says Rally Not Political 
 Sarah Palin's Attendance Will Change That

"...If there were one piece of mail I would handle only with barbecue tongs and a plastic evidence bag, it would be an invitation to Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' rally in Washington D.C.

Yet Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols -- men who have shown no other outward signs of mental imbalance -- have accepted their invites. 

Going out of one's way to align themselves with Glenn Beck surely is a mystery ... especially for La Russa and Pujols, who don't seem like Fox News types. But I could be wrong. 

Oh, this just in: Featured speaker at the rally ... Sarah Palin. 

In case you're not aware, Beck's rally is described by him as a way to 'celebrate America by honoring our heroes, our heritage and our future." But it's being held on Aug. 28 -- the same date as the Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 -- and in the same location, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 

This has caused great wailing and gnashing of teeth among some civil rights leaders..." Read full story by Rick Chandler

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Imprisoned American Headed Home

"...It is refreshing to know that our former Presidents are continuing to serve their nation in humanitarian ways. In 2009 former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea and won the release of two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee who were arrested and sentenced to 12 years hard labor..."

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Light vs. Darkness - Church vs. Strip Club

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Light vs. Darkness - Church vs. Strip Club: "These ladies dressed in bikinis and other skimpy and provocative attire and parade about, displaying more than their bare skin as they hold signs and voice opinions that show their displeasure with the church's actions. The club's owner has offered to call off his girls and end three months of counter-picketing if the pastor of the church will do the same with his congregation. Of course the pastor has refused and steadfastly says, 'Light and darkness cannot exist together, so The Fox Hole has got to go.'�"

Children ages 8, 9 and 10 Living in Deplorable Conditions

Sumter Mom Faces 
Unlawful Conduct Toward Children Charges

Sumter, SC
August 27, 2010

Local and State Media sources are reporting that the Sumter County Sheriff's office responded to a mobile home in the 3400 block of 3400 block of Nazarene Church Road in reference to an anonymous 911 call. Once there they discovered children in the home, ages 8, 9 and 10 who were living in deplorable conditions. The sources are reporting that Sumter Deputies said that two of the children were sleeping in a bed and another on a mattress that was piled on top of garbage and that the home had piles of dirty dishes and garbage strewn about. The media sources report two of the youngest children have been placed in foster care and the 10 year old was placed into the custody of his aunt by the Department of Social Services. The mother is being investigated for unlawful conduct toward children.

The Item

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Democratic Candidate for Governor Vincent Sheheen Endorsed by Mayor Group

"...(Democrat Vincent) Sheheen and Republican NIkki Haley are the two major party candidates on the November ballot. The pair spoke to the Upstate Alliance Wednesday afternoon about their plan to improve South Carolina's economy if elected governor.

Greenville's Mayor (Knox) White said he did not want to divulge who he planned to vote for in the race, just yet. .."

But he did say, "'...To me, the real test for anybody running for governor is whether that person can be the kind of person who walks into a corporate headquarters or an organization anywhere in the world and sell South Carolina...'" Read article 

Studebaker's Closes

"...Studebaker's was part of the Myrtle Beach entertainment scene and had been home to most of the annual National Shag Dance Championships..."

Read article

Website: Studebaker's

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today We Know a Good Deal More About Former Sumter County Investigator Wayne DuBose - What We Don't Know is Why He Resigned

 Investigator is the Third Deputy to Leave 
The Sheriff's Office Under Unknown Circumstances
In Four Months

"...A 39-year-old senior investigator with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit, Dubose resigned abruptly on Aug. 11- the third deputy to leave the office under unknown circumstances in four months. Attempts to reach Dubose by phone on Friday were unsuccesful. Sheriff Anthony Dennis said Friday afternoon that an Internal Affairs investigation regarding DuBose's resignation should be completed this week. A review of DuBose's employment file, made available to The Item following a Freedom of Information Act request, doesn't shed much light on the reason he left. According to information in the file, the Sumter native started his law enforcement career in May 1995 as a reserve officer..." Read full story

Alvin Greene Campaign Worker Tries to Stop Coverage of Event wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Alvin Greene Campaign Worker Tries to Stop Coverage of Event wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |: "Manning, SC (WLTX) - WLTX's cameras were asked to leave an Alvin Greene public event Wednesday, even though we were invited to be there. We were there to cover Greene at a campaign event at a Manning adult daycare. However, we were asked to leave by a woman with Greene, due to a misunderstanding about coverage we gave to another incident involving the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate. Tuesday we told you that Alvin Greene and a woman with him were asked to leave an Oconee county Democratic Party event over the weekend. Previous Coverage: Cops Ask Alvin Greene To Leave Restaurant Meeting"

Bowden: "...I was pushed out, no doubt about it..."

Will past success save his job? Tune in tomorrow...
No Room at Florida State for Bobby Bowden
"I was pushed out, no doubt about it."
Bowden Sets Record Straight - I was Pushed Out

"NEW YORK (AP) - Bobby Bowden did not want to retire. 'Fired might be a little too strong,' the former Florida State coach said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. 'Pushed out ain't bad. I was pushed out, no doubt about it. I didn't want but one more year. Gosh, I'm 80.' Bowden retired - at least technically - after Florida State went 7-6 last season, the third time in the last five seasons the Seminoles barely broke .500. The coach doesn't act bitter, but he wants to make sure the record is straight. 'I didn't want them to spread the story that I voluntarily, happily resigned,' said Bowden, who was in New York to begin a promotional tour for his new book, 'Called to Coach...'"

The Item: News - Tuomey files to delay trial for False Claims Act

Jay Cox President and CEO Tuomey Healthcare System
Related Story Link
Are Tuomey's Lawyers 
Increasing Patient Costs 
By Not Settling Suit? 

The Item: News
"In mid-July, the government asked Perry for a late September or early October trial date, while lawyers for the hospital asked for the retrial to begin in early 2011. Perry essentially split the difference and indicated he was leaning toward an early November time frame. Tuomey's Monday filing asks Perry to certify two questions underlying his order to grant a new trial on the False Claims Act: Did the financial relationships between the part-time employed physicians and one of Tuomey's subsidiaries fall under Stark Law regulations?; and did Perry properly exclude the publication of the deposition of Gregg Martin, Tuomey's chief operating officer, during the trial in March, and was the substance of that deposition's testimony 'double hearsay' as it involved statements by a second person regarding what a third person said?"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

South Carolina SC: Alvin Greene kicked out of a Seneca restaurant

South Carolina SC: Alvin Greene kicked out of a Seneca restaurant: "Alvin Greene kicked out of a Seneca restaurant U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was kicked out of a South Carolina restaurant after police say a woman accompanying him got into a fight with county Democratic Party members holding a meeting there, police said Tuesday. On Tuesday, Seneca Police Chief John Covington said that Greene showed up at the meeting anyway and a woman with him got into an argument with people at the restaurant. Oconee County Democratic Party officials asked Greene, 32, to speak at their monthly meeting Saturday at Jimmy's Restaurant in Seneca. But that invitation was rescinded after the unemployed military veteran was indicted Aug. 13 on a felony charge of showing pornography to a college student. No charges were filed, and police say no tickets were issued."

Monday, August 23, 2010

Group wants SC bear hunters to call off their dogs - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

"COLUMBIA, SC (AP/WIS) - Animal rights groups hope new undercover video of dogs running and jumping at a chained-up bear will prod South Carolina lawmakers into banning the practice known as 'bear baying.' Humane Society of the United States animal fighting expert John Goodwin said at a news conference in Columbia on Monday that the practice is psychologically damaging to the bears and dangerous for the dogs. The Humane Society's John Goodwin says the group opened its own investigation into South Carolina bear baying operations nearly two years ago. He says his investigators watched these baying events go down in the Upstate. Rules don't allow hunting dogs to touch the bear. 'Even without contact, the bear is terrified just to sit there for four hours, no breaks, having dogs come at her,' said Goodwin..."

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Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple - Sumter Little Theatre

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple - Sumter Little Theatre: "Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Oscar Madison is a slob. Felix Ungar is a fastidious hypochondriac. When his wife of 12 years throws him out, Felix has nowhere to go. He turns to his old friend Oscar, whose wife divorced him 4 years earlier. As the action unfolds, the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results, and the “odd couple” is born. Neil Simon’s classic buddy comedy is as funny today as it was when it premiered on Broadway in 1965.This play will be performed on the SLT stage . Thursday – Saturday performances are at 8:00pm and Sunday performances are matinees at 3:00pm. Box office will open August 16th. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for student/senior/military rate."

YouTube - I Fought For You By The Sound Tank

I Salute You!
YouTube - I Fought For You By The Sound Tank

The Item: Obituaries - Obituary: Monday, 23, 2010

A life long friend has passed away!
The Item: Obituaries - Obituary: Monday, 23, 2010: "JOHN WHITWORTH SHAW III Dr. John Whitworth Shaw, III, 67, husband of Brenda Outlaw Shaw, died Saturday, August 21, 2010 at the Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter, he was the son of Mary Frances Bass Shaw and the late John Whitworth Shaw, Jr. Dr. Shaw was a graduate of Edmunds High School, Clemson College, and the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine. He also served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. He was the owner of the Palmetto Veterinary Clinic, and was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, where he served as a past chairman, the South Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of First Families of South Carolina, the First Families of Virginia, Rotary International, and First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a past Deacon."

Brad Keselowski: Will NASCAR Fans Ever Forgive Him? | Bleacher Report

What a sorry weekend of racing... or was it!!!!!
"Look at the picture, Brad had a shot and did not take it! Yes, the headline is a bit over the top, but I know there had to be many disappointed fans who wanted to see Big K “punt” Kyle Busch Saturday night. Don’t you agree?"

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Juvenile offender therapy praised - Charleston SC - The Post and Courier - postandcourier.com

Juvenile offender therapy praised - Charleston SC - The Post and Courier - postandcourier.com

"...Supporters of Multisystemic Therapy, who include high-ranking officials in the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, the state Department of Mental Health and the U.S. Surgeon General, said the treatment has been scientifically proven to reduce the rates of recidivism among youthful offenders.

They said other programs available in South Carolina for repeat juvenile offenders, including wilderness camps or group homes, have no data proving they are effective, and may even compound children's problems.

Marshall Swenson, vice president of MST Services in Mount Pleasant, a private firm that receives government contracts to train therapists, said delinquents are vulnerable to gangs and become more criminally savvy during long-term stays at camps and group homes..."

"...The therapy is different from existing alternative programs because it keeps children in their own homes and their own schools -- the very places that are likely contributing to their misbehavior. Trained therapists require caregivers to confront their own problems and to become more involved in their children's lives. Therapists, who see one family up to five times a week, accompany parents to school meetings and teach them how to discipline. 'Families are usually skeptical,' Swenson said. 'Sometimes they would rather get rid of the problem child and have someone else try to fix them at camp. But what happens when camp's over? We're usually the last best chance for setting their kid straight.' Dale Carter, who has helped implement the treatment in North Carolina, said that state started closing group homes in July 2009 because officials there 'saw evidence they did more harm than good....'" Read the full article

Greene Speaks Out About Indictment wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Greene Speaks Out About Indictment wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |: "Chesnee, S.C. (WLTX/WSPA) - Alvin Greene has avoided interviews with the media lately, but on Saturday the surprise candidate for U-S Senate in South Carolina spoke out. The democrat made the comments at a voter registration drive in Chesnee, where he wanted to speak about his main goal of ending the recession. Greene was indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge earlier this month. When asked about the indictment, Greene replied, 'They are just using it to just to smear my campaign and I'm not gonna let them do that. I am going to focus on the issues and not negative distractions. My lawyer is dealing with that and we just have to be patient.'"

Alvin Greene Campaigns In Upstate - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Alvin Greene Campaigns In Upstate - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville: "CHESNEE, S.C. -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene campaigned in Chesnee Saturday afternoon. It was his first campaign appearance in the upstate since being indicted on felony charges that he showed pornography to a University of South Carolina student. He greeted people at a nonpartisan 'Voice Your Vote' rally and answered some questions about his indictment. 'That should have already been dealt with by now, and they're just using that now to just to smear my campaign,' Greene said. He did not say exactly what happened on the day authoriteis said he showed pornographic pictures to a female USC student in a computer lab. 'There is a process that we'll have to be patient with, and it's the part that goes back to my issues: jobs, education and justice. And we need justice in the judicial system,' he said. He said improving the justice system would involve making pretrial interventions an option for all first time nonviolent offenders in the state, a change that would apply in his own case."

Greene campaigns in Chesnee | GoUpstate.com

Greene campaigns in Chesnee | GoUpstate.com: "CHESNEE — “How’d I do?” Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene asked a lone campaign volunteer after struggling through a speech that didn’t quite reach the 5-minute mark. “You were too nervous! You were too nervous!” replied the volunteer, who would identify herself only as Dottie. Greene smiled, undeterred. Someone in the small crowd asked to have her picture snapped with him, and he agreed. The scene was a dose of reality, compared with the sometimes sensational coverage the national media has devoted to the candidacy of an unemployed veteran who lives with his father and pulled off a primary victory against a one-time state legislator backed by state Democratic Party leadership."

Friday, August 20, 2010

Alvin Greene Takes Up Offer to Play Golf wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

"MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) -- Longshot South Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene doesn't golf, but says he's willing to try.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Friday the Democratic candidate plans to golfSunday with a group of Myrtle Beach residents who invited him to play. Group member Gerry Shea said he thought it would be a good chance for Greene to meet people in the area. The 32-year-old Greene defeated a better-known candidate in June to win the Senate nomination and will face Sen. Jim DeMint in November..."

Haley releases e-mails months after being asked - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Nikki Haley for S.C. Governor
Media Gets Example of Haley's Promised Transparency and Accountability

(Read full story) "COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Republican gubernatorial nominee is looking to bolster her key issue of government transparency by releasing her legislative e-mails.

State Rep. Nikki Haley's campaign allowed media to see thousands of pages' of legislative correspondence Friday afternoon — three months after they were requested.

The campaign required reporters view the documents at her office and make no copies.

 Haley has made government accountability and transparency a main issue.

Democratic opponent Vincent Sheheen has criticized her for her reluctance to release her documents..."

The Item: News - Home sales fall in region, S.C.

The Item: News - Home sales fall in region, S.C.: "By COREY DAVIS cdavis@theitem.com Despite record-low mortgage interest rates, fewer homes were sold in the tri-county region and in South Carolina last month compared to a year earlier, according to a report from South Carolina Realtors. Darlene Hebert, executive director of Sumter Board of Realtors, said the home sales statistics for July included Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. In the tri-county area, the number of homes sold dipped by about 28 percent, from 133 in July 2009 to 95 in July 2010. The state average showed a 16 percent drop last month from a year ago. More populated areas, such as Charleston and Greenville, also showed declines in homes sold from last July, according to S.C. Realtors. 'Small towns' statistics are not indicative of the larger areas, such as Charleston and Greenville,' Hebert said. 'We are on such a smaller scale in Sumter. Also, in a military town especially, real estate sales are cyclical. All personnel do not ship in or out monthly, so it makes statistics different each month.'"

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jim DeMint Tea Party Darling Hopes to Defeat Indicted Alvin Greene

COLUMBIA, S.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is campaigning to help a state senator in his bid to oust South Carolina's longest-serving congressman.

DeMint is joining state Sen. Mick Mulvaney of Lancaster on four stops on Thursday in the 5th congressional district. 

The first-term GOP state senator is trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. John Spratt. 

The House Budget Committee chairman was first elected to Congress in 1982.

Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/08/19/1424510/scs-demint-joins-mulvaney-on-campaign.html#RSS=breaking#ixzz0x3Xw0lzn

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Spratt: Keeping our promises - Opinion Extra - TheState.com

John Spratt
Spratt on Promises

"...Three years ago, the agency charged with caring for America’s veterans was strained to the breaking point. America was fighting two wars, and the Department of Veterans Affairs was unprepared for the surge in demand for health care. The Bush administration responded by proposing higher user fees and co-pays, and by underfunding research into care for veterans suffering from injuries such as post-traumatic stress syndrome, which we do not know enough about. The House Budget Committee, which I chair, helped chart a new course by supporting each year a substantial increase in VA medical care funding. Going a step further, Congress secured “advance appropriations” for veterans’ health care. This means, for the first time, Congress wrote and approved two budgets: the first for fiscal year 2010 and the second for fiscal year 2011. As a result, veterans’ health care is no longer subject to legislative delay, and our VA hospitals can rely on a steady source of funding..." Full Story

What Mazda Doesn't Want You To Know

This Company has a huge problem with transmissions as noted in Consumer Affairs and again in Associated Content and the customer is hit with the bill. 

"Mazda's 2.5 L V6 engine (enlarged from the 1.8 L V6 on the 1992 MX-3) debuted to rave reviews. Though the manual transmission was highly regarded, 4-cylinder 626s from 1994 onwards used Ford's CD4E automatic transmission, which quickly became known for its extremely high failure rate. All 626 automatic transmissions, meanwhile, continued the previous generation 626's habits of ill-timed shifts and indecisive kickdowns." Link

This problem cropped up in the 626 models in early 2000 and Mazda has spared no expense to fight the law suits that have resulted. Hundreds of thousands unassuming purchasers of the 626 in the early years of the model bought a car that Mazda knew had an undersized automatic transmission. Because the transmission was overworking each time the car was put on the road the result was failing transmission months and even years later.  These unsuspecting consumers were forced to spend thousands of dollars to have these transmissions replaced because Mazda has not acknowledged the undersized transmissions. Ask their own mechanics and they will tell you the problem is an undersized transmission. Replacements have been had but with the consumer taking on more than their share of the expense. Repairs have been made with Mazda replacing failed transmission with the same undersized transmission... so the moral to this story is that not all car system failures are not recalled. The consumer loses, the manufacturer profits. Until the federal government decides it must step in the company is free to continue to rip off consumers. 

This editor knows first hand of the Mazda transmission problem... his wife owns one bought brand new in 2000... it now sits in the carport while I do battle with Mazda. 

The latest! 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bolton Tells Israel - Strike Now!

August 17, 2010
From FOX- News

Does the fact that Israel has done this twice before bolster Bolton's argument? 

Israel and the U.S. have avoided comment on press reports about a nuclear facility.
Syrian Reactor Bombing
September 2007
"...(John R.) Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador during the Bush administration, expressed doubt that Israel was planning a military strike but suggested it's an open question. 'If they were going to do anything, they certainly wouldn't be talking about it,' he said. 

June, 1981
Iraqi Osirak Nuclear Reactor
He noted that the reactor gives Iran something that both Iraq and Syria were never able to achieve because their facilities were destroyed. 

'Iran will have achieved something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States really in the Middle East has, and that is a functioning nuclear reactor,' he said on Fox Business Network..."
Bolton and Bush August 2005 
In August of 2005, George W. Bush used a recess appointment to fill the then vacant U.S. seat at the United Nations with Bolton who was a  protégé of Vice President Dick Cheney. Bolton, at the time and since has faced accusations that he had manipulated intelligence and bullied his subordinates in an attempt to get them to conform to his hawkish ideology. 

Bolton is widely known for being combative and outspoken and from all indications, remains that way today. 

full story

Monday, August 16, 2010

Alvin Greene howls and wails at reporter - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Investigative Reporter
Rad Berky WCNC
Howling and Wailing

Were the words reporter Rad Berky from NBC affiliate WCNC used in describing Alvin Greene's response to his interview attempt. Green ordered Berky off the property but the reporter persisted.

"MANNING, SC (NBC) - In a bizarre interview at his home in Manning, South Carolina, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Alvin Green said he is not quitting the race even after his indictment on a felony charge of obscenity. Greene, who surprised everyone by winning the Democratic primary then ordered reporter Rad Berky from NBC affiliate WCNC off of his property. When Berky stopped briefly to talk with Greene's brother Jimmy, Alvin Greene began howling and wailing the words, 'no' and 'go.' Greene continued to wail loudly as Jimmy Greene said that his brother had never talked to him about what happened in the library of the University of South Carolina last fall." full story

Parole Date Set for SC Dogfighting Kingpin wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

David Ray Tant

Hated by Animal Lovers - Loved Only by David Ray Tant Fans 

Pit Bull Breeder May Get Early Parole

Animal Rights advocates around the world are watching as the man once known as the No. 2 Breeder of Fighting Pit Bull Dogs prepares for Parole. Tant has a lot of supporters on his side who claim the full story was never told. The animals Tant raised and abused have their supporters. The parole board must decide Tant's fate. 

S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and prosecutors Jennifer Evans and William Frick with evidence presented against Tant. Included are treadmills, cattle prods and a �rape box,� designed to restrain dogs that are too aggressive for natural breeding.
"COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -- A South Carolina man once described as a the nation's No. 2 breeder of fighting pit bulls is getting another chance at parole. Probation, Parole and Pardon Services spokesman Pete O'Boyle says 63-year-old David Ray Tant will have a hearing before the agency's full seven-member board Sept. 8. Last week, a three-member panel voted 2-1 to parole Tant. But the split vote means the full board must decide if Tant is released early." full story

You can weigh in on this case by writing to:

Samuel B. Glover, Director, 
SC Department of Probation, 
Parole and Pardon Services, 
PO Box 50666, Columbia SC 29250 

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Without Referring to the Bush Administration Petraeus Blamed the Bush Administration

Gen. David Petraeus:
18 or so Months Ago We Began To Get It Right

"In his first interview since taking over as head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus told NBC’s David Gregory that when “a lot of us came out of Iraq in late 2008 and started looking intently at Afghanistan, we realized that we did not have the organizations that are required for the conduct and the comprehensive civil/military counterinsurgency campaign.”

bush-war.jpgIn the interview, which was conducted last week in Kabul and aired Sunday, Petraeus did not specifically criticize former President George W. Bush, who promoted him to head of U.S. Central Command in April 2008. But the timetable he described left little doubt that he believed the Bush administration inadequately laid the groundwork for integrating Afghan leaders into the allied military structure.

“Over the last 18 months or so” — Bush left the White House 18 months ago — “what we’ve sought to do in Afghanistan is to get the inputs right for the first time,” Petraeus said. “We needed to refine the concepts — to build, in some cases, concepts that didn’t exist” seven years after the Afghan war began in October 2001." full story

You never leave the table without chewing the Real Bread

You never leave the table without chewing the Real Bread

"Words are always dessert. I was sixteen when I first I ate dinner at his house and when the plates were cleaned, forks laid down, when it'd seem commonplace to nod thanks to the cook and push back the chairs, his family bowed their heads and his Father opened a Bible. It was thick and tattered, had a multitude of bookmarks sticking out from all the pages, and he read from that Scripture in an even thicker Dutch accent. Chapter finished, he'd close the book, look around the table, choose one of the sons to close the meal the way it began, in a word of prayer. And then, only then, would the chairs would push away, the souls fed." full article

Medical Breakthrough

A toothpaste-like gel that can heal wounds six times faster than normal
Nexagon Applies in Gel Form
"A gene therapy in the form of a thick gel is about to revolutionize wound treatment. The gel is called Nexagon, and when you apply it to a wound, it reprograms the cells to heal more quickly and efficiently.

Unlike an antibiotic cream, which promotes healing by preventing infection, Nexagon is actually speeding up your body's healing process. Or, in the case of ulcers, it's jumpstarting a healing process that's failed to start.

Doctors have been testing Nexagon on people with chronic ulcers on their legs, which are wounds that essentially never heal or take at least six months to do so. After just four weeks, some patients reported they were completely healed up."

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lost and Stray Hunting Dogs a Real Problem in Rural Areas

Deer season begins August 15 and runs through January 1, 2010 on private land in South Carolina Game Zone 5. This zone includes land inside Sumter, Lee, Darlington, Clarendon, Williamsburg and Georgetown counties. 

Preliminary News
The Sumter County Council meeting Tuesday produced some complaints concerning Sumter County's owned and operated Animal Control facility. Captain Terrance Colclough, who is in charge of the facility indicated that his department can manage the stray animal problem adequately. 

No mention was made during the meeting about the up-coming problem of lost deer dogs now that deer hunting season is upon us. 

Crux of the matter
To the uninitiated non-hunter in South Carolina deer dogs who wander about aimlessly are a nuisance. While these animals primarily search for deer they can be a real problem when they aren't doing what they were breed to do. That's when the complaints come rolling in.

These dogs get lost; their owners can't find them and they are left to fend for themselves, sometimes for long periods of time. This can be disastrous to the dogs. When lost these dogs will refocus their talents to searching for their master, their kennel companions, food, water, a place to sleep; in short they will do anything to survive. Many are become victims of traffic or they get shot by an angry landowner and a good many even starve to death. 

In rural counties where deer dog running is popular, stray hounds can be a real problem to the residents. They eat their pets food, drink their pets water, sleep in their pets favorite spots, chase their livestock, chickens, children, and even on occasion kill pets and livestock. 

What can be done you ask... 

Well, South Carolina does have a law on the books, but don't expect the leash law to apply. 

 Under SECTION 50-11-780  of the Code of Laws
of South Carolina: "Dogs engaged in hunting not required to be constrained by leash.

No dog is required to be constrained by a leash while it is actually engaged in hunting game and under supervision. As used in this section "supervision" means that the owner of the dog or his designee is either in the vicinity of the dog or in the process of trying to retrieve the dog." A hunter can 'try' to retrieve his dog for weeks and months. In the meantime... well....????

Rescue Law-a-Biding Property Owners From 
The Stray Dog Problem

Besides that one piece of legislation on this subject; I can't find anything anywhere that addresses stray hunting dogs. Nor can I find anything that says state or county officials are prohibited from rescuing non-hunting law-a-biding property owners from this problem.

However, pick up the phone and call a DNR agent and tell him that you have a stray hunting dog that you would like to have removed from your property... do the same with your county animal control official... you will soon learn that none of the governments to which you pay your tax dollars will want to address this problem.  They will tell you all sorts of things; offer up a few suggestions, maybe even sympathize with you but few will want to become involved in your dilemma.

If you know something different about this then by all means let me know so I can alert others. In the meantime, don't... and I'm stressing the don't... don't take the law into your own hands and dispose of the animal in an unlawful manner. You would see your yard full of law enforcement personnel in a heartbeat. Just be persistent and maybe you can have some satisfaction.

Alvin Greene's accuser speaks out on new indictment - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

McCoy Says She's Not Worried About the Porn Charges Greene Faces, More Concerned With His Possible Election to U.S. Senate

University of South Carolina student Camille McCoy
University of South Carolina student Camille McCoyAlvin Greene's accuser, in an interview aired on WIS News 10 Friday, August 13, 2010, says "...Greene faces severe charges and a $10,000 fine. If he is convicted, Greene faces up to three years in prison for the misdemeanor or five years for the felony charge. Camille says she is not too concerned about that, and is more worried about how you will vote on election night. "If he doesn't go to jail or if he doesn't get fined that's okay," she said. "I really wish that he would, but I really, really don't want him to represent my state.""

Worth repeating

"...Greene faces severe charges and a $10,000 fine. If he is convicted, Greene faces up to three years in prison for the misdemeanor or five years for the felony charge. Camille says she is not too concerned about that, and is more worried about how you will vote on election night. 'If he doesn't go to jail or if he doesn't get fined that's okay,' she said. 'I really wish that he would, but I really, really don't want him to represent my state.'" full story


Camille's mother, Susan McCoy, learned from the Associated Press who had contacted the McCoy's for comment on the porn case, that Greene was running for office. It wasn't long before Camille's mother "...visited the South Carolina Democratic Party headquarters and spoke with Vic Rawl, the former state legislator who lost to Greene in Tuesday’s primary. She also contacted the office of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), whose seat Greene is challenging..."
"...Susan McCoy is now making a public push to underscore allegations against Greene, not only to attack his campaign but also to change the laws concerning felons running for national political office. The U.S. Constitution allows a convicted felon to become a member of Congress, though the House or Senate can vote to expel a member deemed unfit to serve. "People like this should not even be allowed to run for office," said McCoy. "That’s why we’re concerned—why we’re willing to come forward…there should be an amendment to the Constitution."
In the meantime, Susan McCoy says, she doesn’t plan to let up in her crusade against Greene while he’s still running for office: "I’ll be his worst nightmare."" full story

The Item: News - Another mistrial in alleged 2008 pizza delivery rape

Derrick Vaughn Nielsen

Second Set of Jurors 
Can Not Decide 
Derrick Vaughn Nielsen's 
Guilt or Innocence 

"On Friday morning, with Judge Howard P. King residing, jurors heard closing arguments from Assistant Solicitor Catherine Fant and defense attorney Chip McMillan following a week's worth of testimony before they began deliberations about 11:30 a.m. 

McMillan told jurors his client had consensual sex with the victim. He also said the victim got upset when she saw a picture in Nielsen's wallet showing him and his ex-girlfriend. The victim's IDs were found by law enforcement in plain view in Nielsen's house, he said, and noted the fact that Nielsen allegedly gave the victim a slip of paper with his name and phone number on it, along with a $50 bill. 

Fant told jurors that Nielsen was quick to lie, having lied about his employment record, and having stumbled with his answers when Fant cross-examined him; unlike his direct exam, which she said was rehearsed.

Fant questioned why an 18-year-old virgin would have sex for the first time on the floor with a man to whom she had just delivered a pizza and didn't know. 

Fant also made note of the victim's extensive injuries to her vagina as well as bruises to her neck and thigh and the many marks on her back, as well as the fact that she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder." Full story

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Item: News - Lee arts auction: Jeans and ‘a touch of bling’

The Lee County Arts Council's biggest fundraiser and social event is so big that members have to skip a year to get ready for the next one. Council President Robin Brunson said the 2010 Auction, scheduled to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Bishopville Opera House, will be bigger than ever. There will be a preview at 6 p.m. for those who wish to get a close look of the items before the bidding begins. 'It's our most important fundraiser,' Brunson said. 'The money we raise will make it possible for the arts council to continue having plays, concerts, art exhibits, art classes, special events and cultural programs for the next two years.'" full story

The Associated Press: Longshot US Senate candidate from SC indicted

Reclusive  U.S. Senate Candidate Indicted
Image from Greene's first Campaign Appearance
"COLUMBIA, S.C. — Longshot U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted Friday on two charges, including a felony charge of showing pornography to a South Carolina college student. A Richland County grand jury indicted Green for disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity — a felony — as well as a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent. Greene, who surprised the Democratic party establishment with his primary victory, was arrested in November after authorities said he approached a student in a University of South Carolina computer lab, showed her obscene photos online, then talked about going to her dorm room. Greene declined comment at his home. He has also refused to talk about the charge in interviews." Full article

Asking Pakistan for Help is Like Asking Danielle Staub to Bury the Hatchet...

It ain't going to happen!
Associated PressPakistani paramilitary troops leave camp for patrol last month in
Wana, South Waziristan, where they are fighting Pakistani Taliban.

"U.S. officials say they have concluded that making more demands, public or private, on Islamabad to start a military offensive against the Haqqani network will only strain U.S.-Pakistani relations. The Haqqani network has decades-long ties with al Qaeda leaders that date back to their days of fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan prior to al Qaeda's formation. The network now is believed to provide al Qaeda with protection, shelter and support in North Waziristan. The group's historic base is in Afghanistan's Khost province and it remains the most potent insurgent force in the eastern part of the country and is closely aligned with the Taliban. The number of al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan is thought to be very small, under 100; Haqqani network fighters number in the thousands." Read the WSJ Story

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wayne Dubose Sumter County Sheriff Investigator Resigns - Internal Affairs Investigating

Wayne Dubose Sumter County Sheriff Investigator Resigns

Sheriff Anthony Dennis
Thursday, August 12, 2010

"An investigator with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit has resigned amid a cloud of uncertainty. Sheriff Anthony Dennis would only say Thursday morning that Internal Affairs is looking into a complaint against Wayne Dubose, but Dennis would not elaborate as to the content of the complaint. 'Well, it's a personnel matter that we can't go into now,' Dennis said. 'We're conducting an investigation and I really don't know the validity of it. It's nothing criminal.'" See full article

Thursday, October 25, 2007

In October, 2007 Dubose was involved in an accidental self-inflected gunshot wound to his foot. Media reports at that time say Dubose was returning to his vehicle after escorting a prisoner inside the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center off Winkles Road in Sumter County. 

Jail policy dictates that all weapons be removed and secured prior to entering the facility. According to the article it was when Dubose was putting the gun and holster back on that his service weapon accidentally fired with the bullet striking him in the foot. That incident was also investigated by the Sheriff's Internal Affairs section. Wayne recovered and returned to work. See Media Article