Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Elderly Mayesville woman apparently beaten to death

An elderly Mayesville woman was found dead in her home after she was apparently beaten to death, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said. Sheriff's deputies responded to the home on Congress Street in Mayesville at about 8:45 p.m., Dennis said. if(typeof oTNCMS_Ad.setRelative == 'function'){ oTNCMS_Ad.setRelative(); } oTNCMS_Ad.show(); Authorties think a baseball bat was used in the attack. Dennis said a person of interest -- the woman's 55-year-old son who has a history of mental illness -- has been taken into custody. No further information was available late Monday.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Developers Lavish Dinner Didn't Sway Beaufort's Naive Council Members

Naive Beaufort County Council members accept 'intimate and expensive' dinner from engineering firm; later awarding the firm a $1 million county contract for the Bluffton Parkway work.

Maybe naive is not the word that best describes the actions of these council members... cavalier is probably the better suited term for the arrogant manner in which they have handled themselves. I'm sure this will raise a few eyebrows in this low country county.

"BEAUFORT -- Beaufort County Council members say a lavish dinner paid for by an engineering firm had nothing to do with that company winning a $1 million contract from the county. The Beaufort Gazette reports that Councilwoman Laura Von Harten acknowledged that she and three other council members had an 'intimate and expensive' dinner with representatives from Thomas & Hutton Engineering. The dinner took place during an August conference on Hilton Head Island. The council voted in October to award the company a contract for work on the Bluffton Parkway. That's on hold after complaints from Dennis Corp., the original contractor on the project." Link

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fire officials urge caution when using deep fryers | SCNOW

Deep fried turkey. It's a southern Thanksgivingtradition, but it's also one of the reasons the number of cooking-related fires nearly doubles on Thanksgiving day every year.

When it comes to deep frying a turkey a little mistake could cost you.

"There's approximately 2,000 fires a year at this time across the country," said Myrtle Beach Fire Captain Bruce Arnell.

The Fire Captain says there are a few things every fried turkey chef needs to know in order to stay safe.

"Before you start, make sure your equipment is in proper order, you want to have oven mits handy, and you want to have the proper utensils to put the turkey in once you've taken it out of the hot oil," he said.

Your deep fryer should be placed outside on the grass, or on a concrete surface away from any wood or flammable materials. They should be at least 10 feet away from any buildings, and should never be used indoors.

But the biggest fire hazard is dealing with the cooking oil.

"If you put too much oil in the pot, when you put the turkey in the oil, the oil is going to overflow and then theoil will come in contact with the flame," he said.

One way to make sure you have the right amount is to first test using water. The water should come roughly 2 inches above the turkey to ensure it will not overflow.

Once the oil is in, Arnell says it's crucial to monitor the temperature.

"You'll notice on [this] thermometer it's color coded, so you want to get it into the green zone and maintain that oil temperature," said Arnell.

The recommended temperature is about 375 degrees.

"Once the temperature gets right, you'll place the turkey in the oil very carefully, again with oven mits," he said.

Arnell warns about the danger of trying to fry a frozen turkey. He says the oil and water don't mix and create a fire hazard.

You should closely monitor your bird while it fries, never leaving it unattended.

Last but not least, he says to take your time because accidents happen when you start to rush.

"Every one of these units come with instructions, read the instructions and do it safely."

All in Fun Clemson Carolina Joke

The difference between Steve Spurrier and a litter of puppies is that the puppies will stop whining after 8 weeks.

Does Your Veterinarian Have Your Pet's Best Interest at Heart?

Emergency Service for Our Pets
Attention Pet Owners: This letter is in response to Ms. Jan Wilson’s recent letter regarding her valiant effort to save a little dog who was the victim of a hit and run driver, and a non-existent, after office hours, veterinarian emergency service in Florence. Ms. Wilson, your compassion for someone’s injured pet is commendable. Although, you were not successful in obtaining the medical help, which should have been available and which may have saved the life of this innocent animal, you have succeeded in calling to the public’s attention the inhumane practice of our local veterinarians, who refuse to give medical aid to animals suffering a medical crisis, after office hours.
I am certain there are many pet owners in our community, who, like me, are shocked to learn that the veterinarians we regularly patronize in our town have made no provision for our pets, in case of an after office hours emergency, other than to offer a number to call in Columbia. To confirm this incredible truth, just call your veterinarian, as I did. A representative in our veterinarian’s office told me that no one in that office would see our pet, if he had a medical emergency, after office hours. Their procedure is to give us a number to call -- in Columbia! In other words, pet owners, if our pets become ill after office hours -- or worse yet, like the little dog Ms. Wilson tried to save, are hit by a car -- we have to drive all the way to Columbia for help. Can you imagine traveling that distance, over an hour, with your injured pet, watching him suffer in excruciating pain, with nothing to relieve his suffering? Most likely, he will not survive the trip, having bled to death or having gone into shock. And all because of the failure of the Florence veterinarians to provide what other, more compassionate veterinarians have in place for their communities, an after-office hours emergency service.
Needless to say, these veterinarians in our town, do not have our pet’s best interest at heart. The little, helpless creature’s lives are at risk with this present system. They depend on us to keep them safe. Come to think of it, these local veterinarians depend on us too, for their livelihood. This should give us some bargaining power. If other areas can offer after-office hours emergency service, what’s wrong with Florence? Competent veterinarians should consider this a priority. Responsible pet owners should demand that they do! Shame on a society, tolerating anything less! What do you say, SPCA? Source

The letter above should never have had to be written. Florence is no different than any other community. Pets live where people live. If our veterinarians have our pet's best interest at heart then they need to offer after-hours emergency care.  

Call your Veterinarian Today and ask if they provide AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE! Let us know the respond and we will post their AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY NEXT TO THEIR NAME BELOW. 

Palmetto Veterinary Clinic
463 North Guignard DriveSumter
(803) 773-5506
Guignard Animal Clinic: Hooper Frank A DVM
1216 South Guignard DriveSumter
(803) 775-9152

Animal Medical Clinic
21 Pinewood RoadSumter
(803) 773-1616
Guignard Animal Clinic
1216 South Guignard DriveSumter
(803) 775-9152

Advanced Veterinary Hospital
1230 Wilson Hall RoadSumter
(803) 469-6077          

Peach Orchard Veterinary
1266 Peach Orchard RoadSumter
(803) 494-8387

Bishopville Animal Clinic
428 N Main St # A, Bishopville
(803) 484-6994

Morris Animal Clinic
2093 Alex Harvin Hwy, Manning
(803) 435-8001          

Wateree Animal Hospital
500 York StreetCamden
(803) 432-9084

Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
196 Highway 601, Lugoff
(803) 438-1223

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Clemson - Carolina Jokes

For Clemson Fans

A Gamecock fan walks into a bar with a dachshund under his arm. The dog is wearing a Gamecock jersey and helmet, and is festooned with Gamecock pom-poms. 

The bartender says, “Hey! No pets are allowed in here! You’ll have to leave!” 

The Gamecock fan begs him: “Look, I’m desperate. We’re both big fans, the TV is broken, and this is the only place around where we can watch the football game!” 

After securing a promise that the dog will behave, the bartender relents and allows them to stay in the bar to watch the game. 

The big game begins with the Gamecock’s receiving the kickoff. They march down field, get stopped at the 30, and kick a field goal. With that the dog jumps up on the bar and begins walking up and down giving high-fives to everyone. 

The bartender says, “Wow that is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen! What does that dog do if Carolina scores a touchdown?” 

The owner replies, “I don’t know, I’ve only had him for 3 years.”

For Gamecock Fans

A young ventriloquist is touring the University campus in Clemson, SC and stops to entertain at a nearby bar.

He’s doing his usual stupid Redneck jokes when a Clemson Linebacker in the audience stands up and says “I’ve heard just about enough of your better than me redneck jokes; we ain’t all stupid here in Clemson.”

Flustered, the ventriloquist begins to apologize, when the Clemson linebacker pipes up shouting: “You stay out of this mister... I’m talking to that little fella with the potty mouth sitting on your knee!”

The Item: Sports - TSA wins 1st state title

The Item: Sports - TSA wins 1st state title: "COLUMBIA - As he left the field Saturday at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, Thomas Sumter Academy senior Michael Fitzgerald had trouble walking, favoring his right leg. He had no problems smiling - and didn't think he'd have trouble carrying a shiny new SCISA 2A state championship trophy back to Dalzell, either. Fitzgerald's 46-yard touchdown run with 4:27 left gave TSA a lead, and Jordan Tindal's fourth-down interception minutes later proved the difference as Thomas Sumter, in typical late-game-comeback fashion, pulled out a 31-27 victory over Hilton Head Christian for the first football state title in school history."

Law Suits and Dancing - Palin's Demand Front Page

Soooo, some blogger leaked excerpts from Sarah Palin's latest book that hasn't been released to the public but has been released privately to members of the media and quite possibly others. Now Sarah is tweeting about it and asking 'Isn't that illegal?' Her publisher is suing the blogger and a judge has ordered the leaked pages pulled. Good or bad, with daughter Bristol poised to win this years controversial Dancing with the Stars competition the Palin's are getting front page coverage. 

"NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin's forthcoming book 'America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag' from its blog. The injunction prohibits Gawker from 'continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages from the book' pending a hearing on Nov. 30. HarperCollins Publishers had sued Gawker after it published images on Nov. 17 from Palin's book before its release next week. In response, Palin tweeted, 'Isn't that illegal?'" Link

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Item: News - Sumter residents worry about moratorium's effects

The Item: News - Sumter residents worry about moratorium's effects: "The moratorium placed on the Patriot Park Sportsplex by Sumter County Council blocks out-of-town sports teams from holding tournaments at the facility, but Sumter residents are starting to voice their concerns about how a long-term lockout could affect them. The moratorium, enacted Nov. 9, came about because county council determined the county could not afford to operate the facility and host sporting tournaments for out-of-county teams without assistance from the Sumter City Council. County council has asked for $150,000 from the city's hospitality and accommodations taxes to help. City officials have contended they had more pertinent issues to deal with before finalizing a funding agreement and were shocked that the county imposed the moratorium without warning."

The Item: News - 'Operation Fowl Play' leads to 15 arrests

The Item: News - 'Operation Fowl Play' leads to 15 arrests

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sumter child killed after running in front of car on Hwy 378 - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Sumter child killed after running in front of car on Hwy 378 - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SUMTER, SC (WIS) - A nine-year-old was killed after running in front of a car on a Sumter highway Monday evening, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Lance Corporal Josef Robinson said the accident happened just after 6:00pm on Highway 378 near South Pike West and Dillon Park. The child was hit while running across the highway after leaving the Young's Food Store, according to Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock. Bullock did not release the name of the child Monday night, but we're told he lived at Spring Creek Apartments next to the highway. The speed limit is 55mph on the four-lane highway, though investigators haven't said how fast the driver was actually going. The driver's name has also not been released. So far it's not known whether any charges will be filed. Look for more updates to this story as it develops."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sumter Poinsettia Festival Celebrates the Holiday Season

As it grows cooler outside, thoughts are turning to the upcoming holiday season as the time approaches for Sumter’s annual Poinsettia Festival.  December 1-18 celebrates the season with a variety of holiday-themed events throughout the community. 

The festivities begin with the opening ceremony of the Fantasy of Lights on December 1, hosted by the City of Sumter and the Pilot Club at 6pm.  For the entire month of December, the gardens come alive nightly with a display of twinkling holiday imagery created by more than one million lights.  Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in grand style on December 3, and on Fridays and Saturdays through December 18, visitors will have a chance to enjoy refreshments and live entertainment at Santa’s Village from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Many other exciting holiday programs will take place throughout the Sumter community, with some of the highlights including:
  • The annual lighting ceremony for Sumter County’s community Christmas Tree at the Sumter County Courthouse, followed by “A Walk with St. Nick” (December 3);
  • “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Columbia City Ballet (Patriot Hall, December 4);
  • Breakfast with Santa at the Sumter County Recreation Department (December 4);
  • The Holiday House Tour, hosted by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs (various locations, December 4);
  • The Evening Optimist Club’s annual Christmas Parade (Main Street, December 5);
  • Sumter Community Concert Band (Sumter Opera House, December 5);
  • “A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas” Presented by the Columbia Children’s Theatre (Sumter Opera House, December 12).

And the events just keep on coming!  December also features A Contemporary Tale of The Nutcracker featuring
The Columbia City Jazz Dance Co. presented at the Sumter Opera House (December 7).  Area churches and colleges will also celebrate the holidays with themed plays and live nativities, and the Sumter County Museum will host their annual “Carolina Backcountry Christmas” on December 11.

The Poinsettia Festival is named in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Ambassador to Mexico and an avid botanist who is interred at the historic Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg. 

A printable brochure featuring a detailed listing of events is available online at www.sumtersc.gov.  For more information, please call the Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640 or 800-688-4748.

Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter
P O Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: 803-436-2500

Thousands welcome SEC East champs home - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Thousands welcome SEC East champs home - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Despite bitter cold temperatures and the team's return being in the wee hours of the morning, thousands of fans welcomed their beloved Gamecocks back to Columbia Sunday. Fans started filing into Williams-Brice Stadium around 1:00 a.m. after watching USC put a whipping on Florida Saturday night to win the SEC East crown. Around 2:00 a.m., the team bus pulled up to the stadium. As they entered the stadium, players and coaches high-fived fans as fans cheered while the scoreboard at Williams-Brice read: Gamecocks 36, Florida 14. "

Friday, November 12, 2010

South Carolina's largest dairy will be at prison - Financial & Business - Wire - TheState.com

South Carolina's largest dairy will be at prison - Financial & Business - Wire - TheState.com: "REMBERT, S.C. — A state prison will soon be home to South Carolina's largest dairy under one roof, as a $7 million expansion quadruples the herd at a prison farm and allows the state to sell millions of gallons of excess milk. South Carolina's three prison farms save taxpayers more than $600,000 annually, as inmates work to produce all of the milk, eggs and grits - and some vegetables - served to 24,000 prisoners statewide. The new dairy at Wateree River Correctional Institution, set to open in January, could eventually more than double that savings, according to the state Corrections Department."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

2010 Rising Stars at the Palmetto Tennis Center- November 13th- Free Admission

2010 Rising Stars at the Palmetto Tennis Center
 Phone: 803-774-3969
When: November 13th

Where: Palmetto Tennis Center, 400 Theatre Drive, Sumter, SC

Cost: FREE admission for Spectators!

Information: STA to host Rising Stars SC Level 5 Tournament for beginning tennis players, ages 8-16

The Sumter Tennis Association (STA) at Palmetto Tennis Center (PTC) in Sumter, South Carolina will host the 2010 Rising Stars Tournament on November 13th, 2010. The Rising Stars events are designed as introductory events to competitive tennis for those players who are new to tennis or are looking to gain experience in a tournament atmosphere. These one-day events are round-robin format with emphasis being placed on fun, match play, and education of parents and players. Eligibility requirements for this circuit include a USTA membership, the player must not have accumulated more than 200 points from any state in the current standings of any division, and players should be able to serve and keep score.

All entrants will receive a tournament gift. Water & Gatorade will be provided, with some light snacks. Sumter Tennis Association will provide PIZZA for lunch under the picnic shelter, starting by 12:00 pm. Come out and support local youth in this round robin formatted tournament!

Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter
P O Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: 803-436-2500

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner - Sumter's House of Classic Movies

Sumter’s House of Classic Movies
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

What: Sumter Civic Theater & Sumter County Library present Sumter’s House of Classic Movies
This month:  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

When: November 12 at 7:30 pm.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. Sumter’s House of Classic Movies is the second Friday of each month.

Where:  Sumter Opera House, 21 North Main Street, in the heart of beautiful downtown Sumter, South Carolina.

Cost:  $2.50 per person at the door on the day of the show.

Information:  The Sumter Civic Theatre and the Sumter County Library present Sumter’s House of Classic Movies.

This November, get ready for the forced togetherness and uncomfortable situations of Thanksgiving with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.  A progressive newspaper publish Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Christina (Katharine Hepburn) are in for a big surprise when their daughter (Katharine Houghton) brings home her new fiancĂ©, African-American physician John Prentice (Sidney Poitier).  Drayton is unwilling to give his consent to his daughter’s decision, creating the tension that drives the story forward.

Upon its release in 1967, interracial marriage was an extremely touchy subject and had only recently been legalized throughout most of the South.  A film of social significance, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is also a well-acted and entertaining film.  It marks the ninth and final on-screen pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn; Tracy passed away six months before the film’s release.

Additional Information:  
 Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter
P O Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: 803-436-2500

Look around you.... can you recognize a Veteran?

Veterans Day
Veterans Day is an American federal holiday honoring military veterans. It is also celebrated in many countries around the world every November 11, where it is known as Armistice or Remembrance Day. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
November 11 was declared "Armistice Day" in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to honor the soldiers of World War I, and was changed to "Veterans Day" in 1954. Today Veterans Day is intended to thank veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. The Veterans Day National Ceremony, like most ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself. However, when Veterans Day falls on a weekday, many communities choose to hold Veterans Day parades or other celebrations on the weekend before or after November 11 so that more people can participate.
For more information on Veterans Day, please visit the Library of Congress's section on "Today in History: November 11."
The Veterans Pride Initiative encourages America's veterans to wear their medals or miniature replicas on civilian attire on patriotic national holidays.
The Library of Congress (LOC) maintains the Veterans History Project (VHP). The VHP collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. These stories are made available to researchers and the general public.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More on Olbermann

Olbermann is an left wing commentator; an Political Infotainer for Pete's sake... Right wing commentator's are no different. They rank right up there with Political Comedian's like Jon Stewart and Bill Maher or Dennis Miller when it comes to getting a message across for their deep pocket bosses. Political Infotainer's tend to do what their employers expect of them... boost network ratings. 

Olbermann deserves a raise... this has certainly boosted his network's ratings. Genius!

Only the 'hypnotized' tune in year in and year out... they hear this stuff so often that they come away as believer's. Are Infotainer's contributing to a better America? Well, other than the entertainment value the jury is still out on that one isn't it? Personally, I don't give a darn. Oh, he is the shortstop. <<< Click here!

"Olbermann was suspended without pay Friday by his bosses at MSNBC, a suspension they announced two days later would be lifted. He's due to return to work Tuesday. The left-leaning cable network's most popular personality acknowledged donating $2,400 apiece to the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. NBC News prohibits its employees from making political donations unless an exception is granted in advance by the network news president. Olbermann's bosses said they didn't know about the donations until being told about them by a reporter. 'Certainly this mistake merited a form of public acknowledgement and/or internal warning,' Olbermann said in a statement, 'and an on-air discussion about the merits of limitations on such campaign contributions by all employees of news organizations.' Instead, he was suspended 'without a hearing,' he said."
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Facebook (1) | Sumter South Carolina

Facebook (1) | Sumter South Carolina: "Sumter South CarolinaSSCCA presents USAF Band Airmen of Note at Patriot Hall Performing Arts Center on November 11th at 7:30pm. This is a FREE concert but you must have a ticket in order to attend. For more information call (803) 469-2114 or (803) 469-0508. Great way to celebrate Veterans Day!"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

We Pay Double and Don't get to Live as Long as Europeans. Ship Our Healthcare Overseas - I'll Buy!

The last couple of paragraphs says people who control big money are buying campaigns, not just to help the candidate get elected but to ensure that the candidate that gets elected will do their bidding...

Hey Maude! I think I found the light switch!
"...The effort by rich business interests to buy campaigns would also be considerably less effective if the media reported on what was taking place. For example, BP, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs may consider big contributions to a candidate to be a much worse investment if they knew that their contributions would lead to a major article that explained that BP, Citigroup or Goldman was giving money to candidate Smith because they know that Smith will let them wreck the Gulf without paying compensation and will take everyone's money and give it to the Wall Street banks.
Unfortunately, we don't get much real news. We get stories about witchcraft and Aqua Buddha. Until we get better media, we will not get better politics..."
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Paid in Eggs Honored Speaker is Asked to Return Her Fee.... Rotten Eggs?

Is that a raised eyebrow I see over in the corner.... you think these people have lost their minds? Paying someone to give their opinion about something they experienced.

What about you; third row on the left, fourth seat back... do you have an opinion? Of course I not going to pay you because it's an opinion for Pete's sake! What makes yours anymore valuable than that of Senatorial Candidate Alvin Greene?

Personally, I think we should go back to the barter system... you know... trade something valuable for something equally valuable.

Words just don't seem to mean what they once did and as a result their worth has dropped to new all time lows. You can see evidence of the decline in the value of the word on every utility pole, billboard or street corner in the United States.

There was a time when the almighty word struck fear into the hearts of men... now they are just so many words.

"The University of South Carolina has asked former First Lady Jenny Sanford to consider donating back to the school part or all of the $15,000 speaking fee it recently paid her. Sanford spoke to students last week about her recent book, “Staying True,” which is about her marriage to Gov. Mark Sanford, his admitted affair and how she dealt with it all. A lot of students are upset about the speaking fee, which was paid from mandatory student activity fees. “I don’t feel too happy about it, especially since it’s coming out of our pockets,” USC junior Robert Breedlove said. Sophomore Jamie Rosemann said, “I think it was a huge mistake. I think that $15,000 is a huge amount of money to spend on having someone come speak.”" Entire Article

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Google Reader (237)

Google Reader (237): "As of Wednesday, write-in votes had 41 percent; GOP nominee Miller had 34 percent; and Democrat Scott McAdams had 24 percent. The margin between write-ins and Miller was about 13,500 votes. At question now is how many of the voters who cast ballots for a write-in candidate did so for Murkowski, and just as important, penned in her name in a legally valid way. The eventual outcome will be significant not only for Murkowski and Miller but also for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who emerged in the waning days of the campaign to rally support for Miller. A loss by Miller in Palin's home state could be seen as evidence of her having marginal impact on voters here amid the spotty record of the dozens of candidates she backed nationwide on Election Day."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Shadow birds on yay!everyday


Shadow birds

Randy Moss Reportedly Officially Waived by Vikings -- NFL FanHouse

His on-the-field athletic performances have trilled football connoisseur's for years while his off-the-field presentation has given many more a sour taste. It is undeniable that Randy Moss is a free spirit. Today, the unofficial word is that he is about to become a truly free spirit and player... all indications are that Vikings will waive their controversial wide receiver. Read more