A Tale Of Two Generals (With apologies to Charles Dickens)
- By Tony Beam
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity....” The opening lines of Charles Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities, serve as a reminder of the social parallels that existed between France and London in the years leading up to the French Revolution. Dickens original work was not published as a complete novel but was revealed through weekly installments in the Dickens’ literary periodical All the Year Round. Readers who were hooked by the story line had to patiently wait as the drama of Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton unfolded from week to week.
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The Booth Brothers
- By Keith Crowe
This week’s article is about a group of young men from Brandon, Florida, called The Booth Brothers. As I said these men are young but the story goes back a lot further than these young men do. It all started with their dad Ron Booth and he was a long way from Florida when he got his start in gospel music. Ron was born in West Virginia and moved to Detroit when he was thirteen years old and this is where the singing began. Ron had a brother named Charles and they began singing together. Soon after these two began to sing three other brothers joined the group and this was the beginning of the Booth Brothers. All this happened along about 1957.
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Some Businesses Concerned About Closure of I-385 North
- By Bob Dill
Thomas Fears Impact on Economy, Kirven Suspects Political Posturing
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has announced that a section of about 20 miles of the northbound lane of I-385 will be closed from I-26 to the Gray Court exit for 7-1/2 months beginning January 4, 2010.
Traffic going to Fountain Inn, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Greenville and points west and north of Greenville will be routed farther north on I-26 to Spartanburg and west on I-85 back to Greenville. The detour is about 15 miles further according to the SCDOT.
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Cal Thomas Speaks On BJU Campus
- By Terry M. Thacker
“Good evening, religious fanatics,” said Cal Thomas to laughter as he began his remarks at last Tuesday evening’s convocation on the campus of Bob Jones University.
His theme for the evening, however, was much more serious. The conservative syndicated columnist, whose column appears in over 550 newspapers worldwide, addressed the growing menace of Islam and how that ideology is taking over the West. He described it as the “greatest challenge the country has ever faced.”
Europe is fast becoming Muslim, Thomas said as he reeled off statistic after statistic to prove his point. As late as the mid-20th century, according to Thomas, there were practically no Muslim immigrants in Europe. In some countries today, however, such as the Netherlands, the Muslim birthrate is 50%.
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High School Enrollment Drops in Greenville Schools
- By Bob Dill
Annual Overall Increase Less than Half of Projection Due to Recession, Home and Charter Schools
Growth in the student population of Greenville County Schools is down drastically from only three years ago and less than half of the projection for the current school year.
The Greenville County School District experienced an annual growth of up to 2,000 three years ago that included large increases in K-4 and K-5 Kindergarten at the elementary level. Since that time, growth in the student population has dipped to 250 for the current school year. The current enrollment excluding charter schools that are under the jurisdiction of the Greenville County School Board is 69,477.
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Greenville Schools Get 2 Loans from Federal Stimulus
- By Bob Dill
The Greenville County School Board voted Tuesday night to select an architect to design a new 1,000 student elementary school for the Southeast Area of Greenville County to relieve crowding at Bell’s Crossing, Bethel, Oakview, and Woodland Elementary schools.
The Board also approved a resolution to sell $15 million in low or no interest bonds as part of a two-year $30 million government stimulus program for Greenville County Schools authorized by the American Recovery Reinvestment Act. The money will come from commercial sources but must be paid back by Greenville County property owners in a lump sum in 12 to 16 years, according to a District statement. Some of the funds may be used to build additional Kindergarten classrooms on existing schools.
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Two SC Republicans Declined to Support Wilson
- By Bob Dill
House Resolution of Disapproval Passed 240 to 179
The U. S. House passed a resolution of disapproval of S. C. Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting an accusation of lying at President Barack Obama during a nationally televised joint session of Congress.
The outburst came when Obama stated that his health care plan would not provide free medical care for illegal aliens.
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Life of Julius Gulden: A Love Story
- By Subscriber Written
On Thursday morning, August 31, 2009, the portals of heaven opened when yet another soldier of the Lord entered God’s army. Julius and Virginia Gulden had been planning for this event - even so, it always comes unexpectedly. His life is a love story: love of his Lord, his lifelong sweetheart and his nation. Julius was a courageous, quiet yet strong, unsung hero. It is always amazing to hear an account like his; he played such a grandiose role in the history of our nation. From the beginning of his life in Pittsburgh, PA on January 8, 1921, he seemed destined for a remarkable venture. He had never been outside Pittsburgh except to attend a Boy Scout camp before joining the Army. The decision to serve his country would affect his life forever.
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Bold Signs of Encouragement
- By Bob Dill, Publisher
“All that is needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”
After a long season of lethargy, disinterest and tolerance, the American people are beginning to pay attention, communicate and take action. The question for which we have no answer remains: “Is it too late?”
There are signs of encouragement and indications that the American people may once again be willing to take whatever action is necessary to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States in order to preserve the constitutional republic that has been the bastion of freedom in the world for more than 200 years.
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- By Walter Williams
Michael Moore's new film, "Capitalism: A Love Story" will be released next month. I've neither seen nor read reviews of the film, except for a short piece in the London Telegraph (9/6/09) titled "Michael Moore film calls capitalism evil." Aware of Michael Moore's previous films, I know that it will be at best a misleading story about capitalism. So let's do some defensive mental preparation, not about the film but what is and what is not capitalism.
Capitalism is an economic system characterized by private ownership and control over the means of production. The distribution of goods and services and their prices are mainly determined by competition in a free market. Under such a system the primary job of government is to protect private property, enforce contracts and ensure rule of law.
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ACORN Watch: A "Sting"-ing Indictment of Media Hypocrisy
- By Michelle Malkin
Undercover journalism is only acceptable when it fits a liberal agenda. That is the message from "professional" reporters and left-wing activists outraged about three successful video stings targeting President Obama's old friends at the left-wing tax-subsidized outfit ACORN.
Conservative documentarian James O'Keefe and writer Hannah Giles, working for the BigGovernment.com website, posed as a pimp and prostitute during visits to ACORN offices in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn. ACORN housing officials and tax advisers offered them brazen suggestions on how to lie on their applications, disguise their income, obscure their child sex-ring business and hide cash from abusive johns. ("When you buy the house with the backyard, you get a tin," an ACORN counselor in New York told Giles, "and you bury it down in there, cover it and put the grass over it.")
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To Lose a War
- By Pat Buchanan
While America was consumed this summer with quarrels over town-hall radicals, "death panels," the "public option" and racism's role in the plunging polls of Barack, what happens to health care is not going to change the history of the world.
What happens in Afghanistan might.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal has done his duty. He has bluntly told his commander in chief what he must have in added combat troops and warned that if he does not get them, America faces "mission failure."
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Obama's Plan to Spread the Wealth
- By Phyllis Schlafly
When Barack Obama told Joe the Plumber he planned to "spread the wealth around," many people didn't realize he was not talking about spreading the wealth only of the super-rich. Now that Obama is elected, he is moving rapidly to expand welfare handouts for non-taxpayers, running up a tremendous national debt that will inevitably lead to higher taxes on the Middle Class.
The enormity of this transfer of money away from working, taxpaying Americans to non-taxpayers (who voted overwhelmingly for Obama for President in 2008) has just been detailed in a sensational 53-page report by Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe the colossal amounts of money involved in the Obama Administration's shocking cash transfers.
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The Fall Feasts Season
- By Dr. Al Snyder
Three special feasts, all ordained by God Himself, are celebrated at this time of year by the Jewish people of Israel. It is a very special time of the year.
The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the three. It comes on New Year's Day on the modern Jewish calendar, and in Hebrew it is called, Rosh HaShanah. God instructed Moses: "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month ye shall have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation." (Leviticus 23:24)
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Dean Allen Campaign Hosts “Machine Gun Social”
- By Jeff West
Dean Allen, candidate for S.C. Adjutant General, held a Machine Gun Social at Allen Arms Indoor Range at 1210 Poinsett Hwy on Saturday. Twenty-five dollars bought supporters a BBQ meal and a full ammo clip to shoot through the automatic weapon of their choice. The event was packed with about 200 people, many of whom were anxious to shoot a machine gun for their first time. Despite the overflow crowd, range owner Frank Allen and his staff handled the proceedings professionally and safely. Ron’s Hog Pen BBQ of Spartanburg supplied an excellent meal, and a drawing was held for a free AK-47 at the conclusion of the event.
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See You At The Pole at Greenville Classical Academy
- By Press Release
Students and faculty of Greenville Classical Academy in Simpsonville came together on Wednesday, September 23rd for "See You at the Pole," an annual event held every September. A short program next to a newly-erected flagpole consisted of raising the American flag, readings by various students, a time of prayer, and everyone joining together to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
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