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Trump Refuses to Back off Criticism of McCain as His Poll Numbers Rise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

All Republican Candidates Except Ted Cruz pile on Trump for Criticism of McCain “Hero” Status

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The Republican National Committee, the dominant media and all Republican Presidential candidates except for Ted Cruz have been criticizing Republican candidate Donald Trump since he began talking about the absolute necessity to close the Southern Border and deal with illegal alien criminals. The Republican Party backed by the Chamber of commerce that wants cheap labor wants to ignore the alien problem until after the election, hoping that they can out-promise Democrats and get Hispanic votes. Trump refuses to be silenced and forced to follow the party line.

Trump’s detractors thought he had made a fatal mistake and began predicting his demise after he deliberately attacked Senator John McCain during a question and answer session with Family  Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday afternoon.

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T.P. Wood Store Becomes NGU “Tigerville General Store” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

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The T. P. Wood Store, a historic landmark for a century is now part of North Greenville University and next month is scheduled to reopen as Tigerville General Store.

The ancient country store once housed the Tigerville Post Office, and the Tyger Masonic Lodge. The property was in the Wood Family until it became property of the university recently. Several decades ago it was the scene of a horrific crime when bandits murdered the postmistress in the post office part of the building.

As late as the 1970s and 1980s The Wood store was a gathering place for residents of the community who got together to relive memories of days gone bye.  During the winter men of the community gathered around the “pot-belly stove” in the retail area. On cool summer evenings a bench out front was a favorite gathering place. Sometimes there would even be a game of checkers.

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Attempts to Banish Symbols of Southern History Fuel Sales at Dixie Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

DixieRepublic_Page-03Governor Haley and national retailers are banning flags and other southern products and driving customers to Dixie Republic.

Furman University graduate and former North Greenville University art professor Scott Goldsmith has a family heritage deep in Southern history. He also had a vision. Honoring his ancestors is not a hobby or game for Goldsmith. It is a very serious matter and the center of his being.

A few years ago he began an adventure that no other had knowingly undertaken. He purchased a plot of land on Highway 25 north of Travelers Rest and built a small log store. He stocked and sold only “Southern merchandise,” that ranged from Bluegrass CD’s to wood carvings and a collection of flags that had been flown by Southern States before, during and after the War Between the States.

Soon his business outgrew the log building and he purchased a larger tract of land further up the highway and constructed a larger facility. It seemed he was constantly enlarging and expanding the sales space to make room for more products.

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How all Lawmakers Voted on the Flag Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

The Times Examiner has had numerous requests for a complete listing of lawmakers and how they voted on removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Confederate Soldier Memorial. Following is a listing of Senate and House members, those who voted for and against, and those who did not vote.

There is a great deal of residual anger among constituents regarding the vote. It is not so much about the removal of the flag, but the callus and disrespectful manner in which it was done.

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Disgraceful Betrayal of the US Military PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

The most-angry citizens in the United States today are the active duty military and surviving veterans. This is disgraceful and should never be. Our nation is at war, our soldiers are being killed and out government refuses to acknowledge who the enemy is or allow out troops to destroy them or even protect themselves from attack.

Unless the American people wake up and take a history lesson and accept some responsibility, the veterans may have to save the republic because no one else cares. No one cares about the active duty military or vets beyond their immediate families. The republic will not survive under these circumstances.

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Historical Ignorance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Walter Williams   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war of 1861 and panic over the Confederate flag. To create better understanding, we have to start a bit before the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the war between the colonies and Great Britain. Its first article declared the 13 colonies "to be free, sovereign and independent states." These 13 sovereign nations came together in 1787 as principals and created the federal government as their agent. Principals have always held the right to fire agents. In other words, states held a right to withdraw from the pact -- secede.

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Charles (Charlie) Waller PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Crowe   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

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Left to right: Charles (Charlie) Waller and Hovie Lister.

When I began to write “The Gospel Music Corner” I said that not only would the feature be about groups and artists but also about folks who had made an impact on the gospel music industry.

This week’s feature is without question about one person who has impacted the gospel music industry nationwide, as well as the upstate, as much if not more than any other person. This person is Charles (Charlie) Waller, “The Grand Ole Gospel Man.” Charlie is one of the more colorful people in Southern Gospel Music. He loves traditional Southern Gospel Music and works tirelessly to promote and preserve it Charlie was born in 1948 (a very good year) in Waynesboro, Mississippi.

The twenty-eighth Grand Ole Gospel Reunion will be in Greenville this year. The date for this year’s reunion is August 13th through the 15st.  Charlie’s background is well-rounded in the gospel music field. He began as a DJ in New Orleans and while there promoted his first concert in 1971. He formed the Southern Gospel Music Association of Georgia in the late 70’s.

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Lawmakers Commended for Stand on Flag PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

Eight Members of Greenville County Legislative Delegation Opposed Moving Flag from Soldier's Memorial

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Speaking on behalf of the Commander, South Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Rollis Smith commended eight members of the Greenville County Legislative Delegation for opposing the stampede to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Soldier’s Memorial on the State House grounds.

A former United States Marine and resident of Greenville County,  Smith said that as the Lt. Commander, Second Brigade, South Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, he was acting on authority of the South Carolina Division Commander, “by unanimous vote of our Executive Council last Saturday.

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Poinsett Project Raising Havoc with Local Businesses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

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Billy and Debi Bush pleaded with the Greenville County Legislative Delegation Monday night to help them continue to have a successful business on Poinsett Highway.

The current plans for beautification of the Poinsett Highway would construct an 8 foot sidewalk within 2 feet of the entrance of their business. Their customers, many of whom are elderly, would have to walk as much as 100 yards from parking to their florist business.

The project is a partnership between the State and Greenville County and also involves a federal grant. Debi Bush said many meetings have been held, and every time they meet changes are made.

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Celebrating 60th Wedding Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry M. Thacker   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

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Several dozen friends and family members helped Ed and Jackye Weaver, long-time subscribers to The Times Examiner, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this past Saturday at Freedom Baptist Church in Berea.

 
   
Reconstruction Continues PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

After 150 years of reeducation since destruction by a 5-year war on military, civilians and private property, followed by 11 years of brutal military occupation and corrupt Carpetbag government, intended to “reconstruct” and change the culture of the South, a segment of the original southern blood-line remains unreconstructed.

These unreconstructed southerners, and others who have educated themselves on the true history of the South, are the segment remaining in the republic who continue to cling to their Bibles, guns, property rights and Constitutional guarantees of personal liberty granted by almighty God. They continue to oppose tyranny in all forms, especially from a federal government the states formed and the Constitution gives very limited power.

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If You Tell the Truth About Minorities, You are a Racist PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Aldridge - Anderson, SC   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

After serving as a Marine Sgt. in S-2 in the Korea war, I started back to Southern Illinois University as a freshman in March of l954 as a student of History.  I soon learned that a quote, "Man's History reads like a soap opera gone amok" is a truism.  I also learned that political correctness is nothing more than a lack of moral courage, and you will be labeled a racist if you tell the truth about minorities.

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Don’t Give Obama More Power Over Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phyllis Schlafly   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

After spending most of June giving President Obama new authority to negotiate trade deals with low-wage countries in Asia, Congressional Republicans are now poised to spend July giving Obama new authority over education in America’s public schools. This is a big disappointment for those of us who worked hard to elect a Republican Congress last November. We expected the new Congress to take power back from the president, not give him more.

For the past fifty years, the engine of federal control over local schools has been Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. It was the first in a series of socialist laws that President Lyndon Johnson promised would lead to a “Great Society” after we won his declared “war on poverty.”

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Muslim Dinner at White House PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Al Snyder   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

President Barack Obama, who has canceled several Christian events usually celebrated annually at the White House, hosted a special dinner recently there to celebrate the Muslim Ramadan holiday. The supposedly holy month of Ramadan was being celebrated around the world by millions of Muslims who worship Allah.

Obama seems to be quite familiar with the Muslim holidays. The Jewish and Christian holidays he doesn't care much about, but these Muslim ones ... well, he seems to love them. So much that he invited a crowd of Muslims to the White House, gave them his valuable time and attention, plus giving them a formal tax-payer funded dinner.

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Senators Vote to Remove Flag From Memorial PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

Lawmakers Voted as Leftists Moveon.org Announced Plans to Lobby on the North Steps of the Capitol on Tuesday to Take Down What they Labeled the “Antiquated Symbol of Rebellion and Racism”

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The South Carolina Senate voted 37 to 3  on Monday  afternoon to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Confederate Soldier Memorial to the Confederate Relic Room. This gesture is virtually meaningless since the flag flown on the Capitol Dome was stored in the Relic Room 15 years ago and this flag is only a replica of that banner.

The three Senators voting in opposition to the proposal were Lee Bright, Danny Verdin and Harvey Peeler.

The vote was on second reading of the bill with a third and final  reading set for Tuesday morning. The proposal will then move to the House for debate and a vote expected before weeks end.

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Will Taking Down Confederate Flags Promote Social Peace? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

Of Course Not

Will taking down Confederate flags promote social peace or racial healing? How long would a peace based on suppression of a people’s cherished heritage last?  How long would a peace built upon suppressing the memory, valor, and virtue of the revered forebears of a great number of the Southern people last?  What could possibly be a surer cause of immense strife, bitterness, and economic and political turmoil?  Does anyone outside of a madhouse believe that peace and prosperity can be achieved by discarding the heritage of a numerous people to gain the political favor of another?  It is more likely to shatter all hope of peace.  Can a society set itself against tolerance and mutual respect and have peace? No fair-minded person can accept such corrupt reasoning.

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Samuel Blumenfeld, Advocate of Phonics, Dead at 89 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Williams F. Jasper   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

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Millions of people who can read today owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Samuel L. Blumenfeld, America’s foremost apostle of phonics over the past half century. Blumenfeld died on June 1, one day after his 89th birthday. I was privileged to know him as a friend and colleague for more than 30 years.

I first became acquainted with Sam Blumenfeld’s writings in the early 1970s. I was a college student at the time and had switched my course of study from pre-veterinary medicine to psychology and education. The “reading controversy” that had been launched in 1955 with the publication of Dr. Rudolph Flesch’s bestseller Why Johnny Can’t Read and What You Can Do About It was back in full swing, following a period of relative quiescence. Sam’s book The New Illiterates (1973) rekindled the debate, exposing the ludicrous basis of the destructive look-say methodology that was mentally crippling millions of children, and forcefully putting forward the case for restoring intensive phonics in the reading programs of our nation’s schools.

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Down the Slippery Slope PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sanuel L. Blumenfeld   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

NOTE FROM EDITOR:

This article was published August 8th, 1994. It demostrates the ability of Dr. Blumenfeld to predict where progressive educators were taking the American people – down the road to a dumb, ignorant electrate.

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The story of how American education has become the awful mess it is today is a long one, with many important characters implementing crucial changes in pedagogical theory, ideologies, and worldviews. But if one wanted to reduce the story to a simple summation, one could say that the history of American education is really the history of a war between those who believe in traditional biblically based values, and those who don’t.

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Ignorance Destroying the Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

The ignorance and poor judgment of some South Carolina Republican lawmakers is embarrassing to all who have a factual knowledge of South Carolina history and an honest assessment of recent events. Their opportunistic, politically motivated behavior will likely be damaging to an already fragmented South Carolina Republican Party in both the short and long term.

In fairness to Governor Haley, I’m sure she is sincere in her belief. Unfortunately she is a product of South Carolina Schools that have been dumbed-down and made politically correct by the federal government. The Governor has no southern heritage.  It is not her fault, her heritage is from the Indian cast system, much different from the United States.

Do you find it interesting that the battle flag became a national target immediately after the murders, as if it were a planned response like the national anti-gun uprisings and riots after each incident that can be used to advance a cause? 

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Defeating ISIS and Restoring America's Greatness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

A Presentation by John Warren to Republican Women and their Guests

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Lima One Capital CEO John Warren, who served as a United States Marine Corps officer in Iraq, was the featured speaker at the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club Annual Americanism program at the Poinsett Club.

Warren discussed how the United States could defeat ISIS and restore our nation’s greatness.

Since the economy is the engine that fuels our national defense, Warren said we must first “control federal spending, reform the tax code and entitlements and repeal damaging regulations.”

He discussed the importance of small business in the economy. He said the 26 million businesses with 500 employees or less employ half of the working Americans.

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Record Crowd at SCV Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

Lawmakers Invited Guests Asked to Report on Flag Issue

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The Sixteenth Regiment, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Greenville, honors a unit by that designation composed mostly of men from Greenville and Furman University.  The camp had a record turnout at their regular June meeting last Thursday night at the Phoenix Inn. Camp 36 has some 200 active members, however several members of other Upstate camps and non-members were also in attendance.

The scheduled speaker was canceled and the meeting was devoted to discussion of attacks on the Confederate battle flag charged with political expediency.  The program change was made with short notice and several Upstate lawmakers were invited. 

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