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Hunley Chapter Celebrates First Anniversary! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holly Sheen   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00

Hunley---everyone
On August 15, Hunley Chapter #2667, South Carolina Division, UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy), celebrated its first anniversary! Despite a number of members being out of town, those members and guests still in town observed the occasion with a dinner at quaint, family-owned Rechaud’s restaurant in Greer. The chapter reserved the entire restaurant and enjoyed wonderful food and the attentive service of Rechaud’s friendly staff.  A Powerpoint photo show ran continuously on a screen in the background which highlighted the many activities that chapter members were involved in during the last UDC year.

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Congress Cheating Military Widows PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00

A  Scandalous “Widow Tax” on The Wives of Those who gave Their Lives for Our Country

There are about 54,000 widows who receive about $1,150 a month in Dependency and Indemnity (DIC) Compensation from the Veterans Administration.

Military personnel purchase a  Survivors Benefit Plan (SBP) that provides income for a surviving spouse when the veteran dies. If the veteran dies from service related causes, the $1,150 DIC is subtracted from the widow’s SBP payments that were paid for by her sponsor.

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The Death Book for Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00

When you think you have heard the worst regarding the regime running the U. S. government in Washington, D. C., something else even worse surfaces. The latest is the Death Book for Veterans.

Public exposure of the book came just a few days after President Obama assured a large veteran’s group that he will never cut benefits to veterans. Then on Wednesday, August 19th, the Wall Street Journal published a story by Jim Towey, titled Death Book for Veterans. The story exposed the fact that the Department of Veterans Affairs has published a 51 page end-of-life counseling book titled, Your Life, Your Choices.

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Whose Medical Decisions? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Sowell   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00

There was a time when rushing a thousand-page bill through Congress so fast that no one has time to read it would have provoked public outrage. But now, this has been attempted twice in the first 6 months of a new administration.

The fact that they got away with it before, with the "stimulus" bill, may have led them to believe that they could get away with it again.

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The Pay Czar's Power Grab PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michelle Malkin   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00

Pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's official government title is "Special Master for Compensation." You'll be happy to know that he's really getting into the confiscatory spirit of his role. Asked by Reuters whether his powers include reaching back and revoking bonuses awarded to financial industry executives before his office was created earlier this year, Feinberg asserted broad and binding authorities -- including the ability to "claw back" money already paid out.

Regulations governing his office explicitly limit his jurisdiction over contracts signed before Feb. 11, 2009. But the fine print is no obstacle to Obama's czars. "The statute provides these guideposts, but the statute ultimately says I have discretion to decide what it is that these people should make and that my determination will be final," Feinberg claims. "Anything is possible under the law."

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The Sotomayor Scare PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chuck Baldwin   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00

Note: My son, Timothy Baldwin, writes today's column. He is an attorney who received his Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a former prosecutor for the Florida State Attorney's Office and now owns his own private law practice. He is author of a new book, published soon by Agrapha Publishing, entitled FREEDOM FOR A CHANGE.

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Yes, yes, we have all heard the remarks from those who would call themselves conservative, libertarian or the like concerning the nomination and now swearing-in of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court, which took place on August 8, 2009. Yes, yes, books have been written by those conservative and libertarian editorialists and authors who have explained to us that the United States Supreme Court (US S CT) is "out of control" and how we must elect "conservative" Presidents to appoint "conservative" judges. Ironically, this infatuation with the federal government, and specifically with the judicial branch of the federal government, has actually (at least in part) created the growing enslavement of the people of these States United.

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On ‘Agents Provocateurs’: Lessons From the Hal Turner Saga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Yates   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00

I’ve been writing from a politically incorrect point of view about such topics as affirmative action, radical feminism, etc., for over 15 years now. My context is that of a political philosophy which (I hope) promotes freedom and responsibility for all individuals of whatever race/ethnicity, liberty in society, and discourages readers from trusting concentrations of power. Affirmative action programs, I often argued, are of questionable benefit to the majority of blacks, tend to trigger racial resentments that wouldn’t have been there otherwise, and concentrate power over the hiring process in the hands of faceless bureaucrats.

At first it annoyed me when some left-liberal would read such things and accuse me of being a closet racist, or worse. But by the time I’d moved to Greenville (2005), it only amused me.

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Blackwood Brothers with Ken Turner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Crowe   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00

Blackwood Brothers with Ken Turner.  Ken is on front row right side.This week’s article features one of this year’s inductees to the South Carolina Gospel Music Association’s hall of fame, Ken Turner.  As many of you probably know, Ken grew-up in Greer, more specifically in the Apalache Community. In an interview several years ago he shared how his father gave him a guitar and how he learned to play some cords. He said that he sat on the porch at night playing and singing.

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Another Man on a Mission PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill   
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00

Farron Hancox after with wife Lily and son.Farron Hancox: A Living Example of Transformed Lives Through “Wisdom In Living Life”

A few years ago, The Times Examiner published the miraculous story of Winn Freeman, Founder and President of Wisdom in Living Life Ministry. The title of the article was “Man on a Mission.” For almost two decades, Freeman has been showing others the way to real freedom from addiction. Farron Hancox is one of many who sought and found real freedom from addiction with the help of Winn Freeman and Wisdom in Living Life Ministry.

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Governor’s Race, Reapportionment Critical in 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

State Lawmakers Look into Future

Sen. Phil Shoopman and Rep. Tommy Stringer addressed a group of northern Greenville County precinct leaders Saturday, August 15 at Rock’s Country Store Restaurant. Following brief presentations on the past legislative session in Columbia and a look to the future, they answered questions posed by members of their audience.

Sen. Shoopman represents Senate District 5 in northern Greenville County. The district reaches from Gowansville in the east beyond Travelers Rest and Marietta in the west.

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Parent Seeks Help PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Reporter   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

Mrs. Cynthia ZergaThe following letter to the Editor was received from Mrs. Cynthia Zerga on or about July 30, 2009. Mrs. Zerga delivered essentially  the same message to Greenville County Council in person during the August 4 meeting. Words and phrases unacceptable for a family newspaper have been omitted from the original letter.

My name is Cindy, and I am a resident of Greenville, South Carolina. I want to tell you about an incident that occurred in my neighborhood on July 17 , and also to share my feelings about why it may have happened and what can be done about it.

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Kelly Nalley Selected 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

“Teacher of the Year,” Kelly Nalley, chats with Greenville County Schools Communications Coordinator Susan Clarke after the awards program.On Friday, August 14, Greenville County Schools held their 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year Awards program at the Carolina First Center. There were 100 teacher candidates chosen from the different schools in the school district. From these candidates, ten were selected as teacher of the year candidates. There were three runner-up candidates chosen and then the teacher of the year.

Kelly H. Nalley, a Spanish teacher at Fork Shoals School, was chosen Greenville County Schools, 2009-2010 “Teacher of the Year.” She teaches Spanish to 2nd thru 5th grade students.

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Grand Ole Gospel Reunion Returned to Greenville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

Event at Hyatt “One of Best”

Southern Gospel Music Corner author Keith Crowe, above center, joined members of his favorite quartet following their performance Saturday night at the Hyatt. Keith features The Trav’lers and an important announcement in this week’s column.Charlie Waller brought the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion back to Greenville this past week after moving to Knoxville for a few years following a long stretch of reunions in Greenville held at Memorial Auditorium until it was torn down. The reunion then moved to the Peace Center for a couple of years and finally to Furman’s Auditorium for the last two years before moving out of the state.

The Grand Ole Gospel Reunion brings hundreds of people from all over the nation to Greenville for almost a week. The influx of Southern Gospel Music fans and performers provides a significant boost to the local economy, especially hotels and restaurants.

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Travel With Terry Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller, USMC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Thacker   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller, USMCAfter awaking the next morning I left the motel and drove to the nearby Shoney’s (Yes, Shoney’s is still in business, just not in the Greenville area.) where I enjoyed the breakfast bar.

After breakfast I headed east along Virginia 10, crossed the James River on I-295 (a magnificent view of the James and surrounding environs) and then hit I-64. When I drove on to the entrance ramp I noticed a curious sight for an Interstate – a closure arm. Yes, it was in the open position, but, if for some reason the authorities wished to close the Interstate to traffic, they could do so. Perhaps its purpose is to close I-64 to eastbound traffic in case a hurricane were to necessitate the use of all four lanes for westbound traffic.

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Americans Must Reject Every Aspect of Socialized Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

If Americans are to remain free people, we must reject every aspect of socialized medicine. By their actions, the Obama administration and the national Democratic Party have demonstrated that they misrepresent facts, use threats and intimidation and reinterpret existing law in order to ensure their base of power and control is strengthened and expanded and that their goals are achieved, if not totally, at least in part.

The federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in the healthcare of American Citizens. When faced with truth and strong opposition, they change tactics and try to achieve the same goals using other methods and approaches.

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"Brown Shirts" vs. Purple Shirts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michelle Malkin   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

Who are the real thugs? Democrats attack congressional town hall protesters as "Brown Shirts" -- likening taxpayer activists across the country to Hitler's storm troopers. But it's the Big Labor hoodlums clad in identical purple shirts -- the uniform of Service Employees International Union members -- who own the mob label.

Margarida Jorge, a former SEIU organizing director who now serves as national field director for the deep-pocketed, left-wing coalition Health Care for America Now, sent out a memo to her foot soldiers last week on how to counter Obamacare opponents. "You must bring enough people to drown them out and to cover all our bases so as to marginalize their disruptive tactics," she exhorted.

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Is Racial Profiling Racist? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Walter Williams   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

Harvard Professor Henry Gates' arrest has given new life to the issue of racial profiling. We can think of profiling in general as a practice where people use an observable or known physical attribute as a proxy or estimator of some other unobservable or unknown attribute. Race or sex profiling is simply the use of race or sex as that estimator. Profiling represents mankind's attempt to cope with information cost. God would not have to profile since God is all knowing.

People differ by race and sex. Let's look at a few profiling examples to see which ones you'd like outlawed. According to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime risk of men getting breast cancer is about 1/10th of 1 percent, or 1 in 1,000; and 440 men will die of breast cancer this year. For women, the risk of developing breast cancer is about 12 percent, or 1 in 8, and 40,610 will die from it this year. Should doctors and medical insurance companies be prosecuted for the discriminatory practice of routine breast cancer screening for women but not for men?

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Why Are Internment Camps Being Built? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chuck Baldwin   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

The Internet is abuzz with news about the construction of internment camps all across America. Of course, "mainstream" media outlets refuse to touch the subject; or if they do, they pooh-pooh the story; they do what Glenn Beck recently did: try to debunk the story as fallacious and impugn people who speak of it as "conspiracy nuts." The fact that the Becks, Hannitys, Limbaughs, and O'Reillys of the media circus refuse to deal with the construction of large numbers of internment camps does not make them disappear, however.

For starters, all anyone need do to begin a serious investigation of the subject of internment camps is Google the phrase "FEMA Camps." There is more than enough evidence in that search engine alone to keep one busy with some in-depth private investigation of the subject for quite a while.

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Noon Tea Parties Held at Hometown Congressional Offices PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00

Emphasis on Taxes, Gun Control, Health Care, Judicial Appointment, Tyranny and Socialism

Noon Tea Party photos at offices of  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham in Greenville. ~ Photo by Bob Dill
A disorganized and mostly spontaneous Tea Party was held at congressional offices across the country on Friday, July 17th at Noon. The dominant media has mostly ignored the events, although TV cameras and reporters were on hand to record the events.

Almost 200 people of all ages gathered in front of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s offices in downtown Greenville. Many carried hand-made signs with messages

mostly targeting the Obama administration’s socialist agenda and tyrannical methods. Members of Congress were urged to oppose legislation implementing the socialistic agenda and tyrannical practices.

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From the Mill to the Moon Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Scales   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00

NASA Astronaut Dr. Piers Sellers stands beside the NASA prototype spacesuit. ~ Photo by Gilbert Scales
Dr. Piers Sellers, born in Crowborough, Sussex, United Kingdom, graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1976, and received Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecological Science, and later he received a Doctorate in Biometeorology, from Leeds University in 1981.

Dr. Sellers and his wife left the UK in 1982, moving to the U.S. He began his NASA career as a Research Meteorologist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. In 1984 he began to apply annually to become an astronaut. Since he was not a U.S. citizen, he was not accepted in the Astronaut Program. He became a nationalized U.S. citizen in 1991 and was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996. He reported to the NASA Johnson Space Center in August. He completed two years of training and evaluation and was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch followed by training in the Astronaut Office Space Station Branch.

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Understanding ‘Obamaism’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00

Strategy for Destroying Free Enterprise through Orchestrated Crisis (Part II)

In Part I of this series, we discussed the fact that the Obama Administration is following a well-prepared published plan to manipulate the American People and achieve their unannounced goal of destroying the American free enterprise system and creating a socialist dictatorship before intelligent Americans who are not equipped with factual information catch on to the scheme.

President Obama obviously reads the polls and the reports that indicate an increasing number of people have serious concerns about government run health care.

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