Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Situation Update - Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC - - Gmail

Situation Update - Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC
01/29/2014 12:34 PM EST

WJB Dorn VA Medical Center


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dorn VAMC Columbia Main Campus Status:

All Emergency Department and Inpatient services will remain fully open.

All clinics at the main Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC, will open for services at noon on Wednesday, 1/29/2014.

Community-Based Outpatient Clinic Status:

VA clinics in the Upstate (Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Rock Hill) will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 1/29/2014. Staff should report for their normal tour of duty but arrive no earlier than 8 a.m.

VA clinics in Florence, Orangeburg, and Sumter will open at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 1/29/2014. Staff should report at noon."

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S.C. Supreme Court Justice Releases Financial Records | The Nerve

Did you know

South Carolina and Virginia 

are the only states

in the entire Union


legislatures are the

 primary deciders 

in electing judges.

Monday, January 27, 2014

You May Want to Winterize Your Car

Climate changes don't affect just you―they also affect your car. In regions that don't enjoy mild winters, you wouldn't dream of heading outside without a heavy coat if the wind chill brought the temperature below freezing. Don't expect your car to function properly without some attention to its winter needs, too.

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Engine Oil in the Winter

The oil in your engine changes depending on how hot or cold the engine is running. Because the outside temperatures will influence the internal temperature of your engine, you need to make sure you're using the proper oil for the conditions.

During the winter months, if you live where temperatures get below freezing, you'll want to switch over to thinner―less viscous―oil. If you run a 10W-30 in the summer, for example, try moving to a 5W-30 when changing your oil in the fall or winter. If you are in doubt, refer to your manual or the manufacturer.
Engine Coolant

You car's coolant system is not intended only to keep your engine from overheating. It is also responsible for protecting your valuable engine against corrosion. Before the weather gets too cold, make sure you are using coolant with ethylene glycol to help protect your engine.

Every vehicle requires a certain ratio of coolant to water, and your owner's manual or repair technician can explain what your engine needs. For most vehicles, a winter ratio is 60% coolant to 40% water. Adjusting this ratio is an important step in winterizing your car, so if you need help, ask someone who is experienced and knowledgeable.
Cold Weather and Battery Capacity

It isn't only your engine that doesn't like to start in the winter. Your battery capacity is reduced by the cold weather, too. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals, and fluid will help you make sure your car is ready for the winter.

Check over the battery cables for cracks and breaks. The terminals should fit snugly with no loose connections. You can check your battery fluid by uncovering the refill hole (or sometimes holes). If the level is below the bottom of the cap, refill with distilled water.

To read the level of charge in your battery, you will need to turn the engine off. Some batteries have a built-in hydrometer eye that tells you the amount of voltage remaining in the battery. If you prefer, a handheld hydrometer can be used to collect the same information.

So, is your battery fresh enough to endure the winter weather? Compare its voltage with these figures:
12.6V to 12.8V: full charge
12.2V to 12.4V: half charge
11.8V to 12.0V: discharged

While you're inspecting your battery, look around for the manufacture date. Knowing how old your battery is can clue you in to when it will begin to lose charge. Shopping for a new battery? Never buy one with a six-month-old manufacture date.
Snow Tires

When it comes to really dealing with winter weather, your tires are out there mixing with the snow, sleet, and ice. Driving in snow can be very difficult and sometimes dangerous; still, the reality is you need to get to work.

Mounting the right tires on your car or truck can give you a huge advantage when trekking through snow. Many car makers and tire manufacturers recommend changing all four tires to snow tires in the winter. If you don't swap all four, the difference between snow and summer tires can cause other problems for your vehicle.

If you live off the beaten path, you can even buy snow tires with studs to help you get where you're going all winter long. When spring comes, though, you'll be glad to get out of the heavy winter tires because your fuel efficiency and handling will improve with a less aggressive tire.

Another option is all-season tires that you drive year-round―winter and summer. The advantage of all-season tires is that you don't change the tires before winter or need to keep two sets of rims. Of course, the disadvantage is that you don't get all the great features of a specialized seasonal tire.
Windshield Treatment

An easily overlooked part of your winterizing program is your windshield. If you have ever driven behind another vehicle kicking up wet, dirty road snow, then you already have a true appreciation for windshield washer fluid.

For best results in clearing off cold, heavy grime, select a washer fluid with an antifreeze solution. But beware―some washer fluids can be harsh and damage your car's paint.
Frozen Out

Door locks can freeze in cold weather and break your key if you try to force them open. The old fashion cure was warm water, but what if you're not at home and don't have any warm water nearby? Discount stores, auto parts stores, and even hardware stores sell glycerine you can use for de-icing. Think about where you keep it, however, because if the de-icer is in the glove box of your frozen-shut car, then it won't help you any.

Stock a tube at home in the garage and also in your desk at work. That way whenever your locks freeze up, you'll be able to solve the problem.
Emergency Kit

If you don't already have an emergency kit in your car, consider putting together a few basics and stowing them in the trunk. Naturally, you'll want to be sure your spare tire is in good shape with all the tools to change it out. But you might also want a few other emergency items in case you slide off the road and get stuck in a snow bank:
Engine oil
Washer fluid

When you take the time to winterize your car, you become more comfortable driving in cold, snowy climates. A short commute quickly becomes difficult when your vehicle isn't equipped to handle snow and ice. By planning ahead, you can make winterizing your vehicle an annual ritual in the name of safety and vehicle reliability.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Judicial Income Disclosure Largely Hidden from Public | The Nerve

Photos of Supreme CourtNot knowing the sources of earned and investment income for judges and their spouses prevents the public from monitoring potential conflicts of interest. Contacted last week by The Nerve, S.C. Supreme Court Justice Costa Pleicones said he would support efforts to make bring more transparency to the state court system.
“I don’t think anyone would balk at that,” said Pleicones, who has been on the high court since 2000.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

J.C. Penney closing 33 stores, laying off 2,000

"...Ken Nisch, chairman of JGA retail consultants, says many chains are eliminating stores in sparsely visited malls. Penney's closings represent 3% of its 1,100 locations. The layoffs will affect 1.7% of the chain's 116,000 employees.

"If (the company's performance) was really bad, they would be closing 100 stores," Nisch says..."

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

SUMTER, S.C.: Lawyers: SC hospital could be forced to close | State News |

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Editor: It irks me to see the real perps get away with this crime against the citizens of Sumter. The greedy board members, many of whom are doctors and who knowingly conspired against our Government with other doctors to pad their bank accounts, should be the ones who suffer a healthy monetary and liberty crisis.

Lawyers are needed... Doctors are needed... but we need them to have morals not based on legalities or some greedy custom.

I asked myself: "Why isn't our State Attorney General on top of this? Why isn't our State Labor and Licensing Commission raining down sanctions?"

Well....they are on top of this and they just may impose 'healthy' legal sanctions.... "...LINK...." : "...“It is Tuomey’s own management and board who are responsible for permitting the damages and penalties to amount to the level ultimately found by the jury,” the federal government wrote in June. “Tuomey’s executives and management decided to throw caution to the wind and refused to terminate the contracts until the first jury declared them illegal.”

More recently, an opinion from the South Carolina Attorney General’s office says the board members and officers of Tuomey Healthcare System cannot be protected by the hospital from possible fines and penalties should these people be found liable in a future lawsuit..."

Read: SUMTER, S.C.: Lawyers: SC hospital could be forced to close | State News |

"...The federal government is seeking more than $237 million in damages, an amount Tuomey says is unconstitutional..."

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014