Greenville Slaps Youth Curfew on Downtown Area
- By Bob Dill
Emergency Ordinance Prompted by Gang Activity, Large Numbers of Unruly Teens
On Monday, August 31, Greenville City Council unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance that restricts the hours that minors under the age of 18 can be in downtown Greenville’s Central Business District.
Following a report by Police Chief Terri Wilfong, regarding the out-of-control situation that existed the previous weekend, City Council decided there was a compelling need to take immediate action to ensure that a similar situation did not occur during the Labor Day weekend.
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Christ Church – Times Two
- By Terry Thacker
Chesty Puller, about whom I wrote last week, shares a final resting place with some of the earliest inhabitants of colonial Virginia. The graveyard at Christ Church in Saluda, Virginia, contains graves not only on the outside grounds surrounding the building, but also underneath the center aisle of the church as well.
As I mentioned in my previous article, Christ Church is one of the oldest continually operating churches in America. As I was traveling through Virginia on my way to Maryland to celebrate my mother’s birthday, I happened upon an historical marker directing me to the grave of the famous Korean War general, which in turn led me to a fascinating church with a fascinating story, which was provided to me by the rector of the church.
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Constitution Week: September 17-23
- By Bob Dill, Publisher
The founders of our republic secured the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence by establishing a government that derives its power from the consent of the American People. The government established by the Constitution formed a remarkably resilient structure, balanced necessary authority with inherent freedoms, national unity with individual rights, and Federal interests with State powers and sovereignty. A constitutional amendment process was built into the system that has proven to be an important mechan-ism.
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Listening to a Liar
- By Thomas Sowell
The most important thing about what anyone says are not the words themselves but the credibility of the person who says them.
The words of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff were apparently quite convincing to many people who were regarded as knowledgeable and sophisticated. If you go by words, you can be led into anything.
No doubt millions of people will be listening to the words of President Barack Obama Wednesday night when he makes a televised address to a joint session of Congress on his medical care plans. But, if they think that the words he says are what matters, they can be led into something much worse than being swindled out of their money.
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Why Parents Don't Trust the Educator-in-Chief and His Comrades
- By Michelle Malkin
They think we're crazy. "They" are the sneering defenders of Barack Obama who can't fathom the backlash against the president's nationwide speech to schoolchildren next Tuesday. "We" are parents with eyes wide open to the potential for politicized abuse in America's classrooms.
Ask moms and dads in Farmington, Utah, who discovered this week that their children sat through a Hollywood propaganda video promoting the cult of Obama. In the clip, a parade of entertainers vow to flush their toilets less, buy hybrid vehicles, end poverty and world hunger, and commit to "service" for "change." Actress Demi Moore leads the glitterati in a collective promise "to be a servant to our president." Musician Anthony Kiedis pledges "to be of service to Barack Obama."
The campaign commercial crescendos with the stars and starlets asking their audience: "What's your pledge?"
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The Marbury v. Madison Mantra
- By Chuck Baldwin
[Note: My son, Tim, writes today's column. He is an attorney who received his Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a former felony prosecutor for the Florida State Attorney's Office and now owns his own private law practice. He is author of a soon-to-be-published new book, entitled FREEDOM FOR A CHANGE. Tim is also one of America's foremost defenders of State sovereignty.]
The arguments against the power of the states to arrest federal tyranny are as predictable as the sun coming up in the morning, and they are as philosophical in nature as the Declaration of Independence. One of the most commonly used arguments against such a State power is the United States Supreme Court (US S CT) dicta opinion in Marbury v. Madison in 1803, written by Chief Justice John Marshall. Before getting into the misunderstandings and misapplications of that infamous decision, we must first recognize the source and character of Marshall's opinion. As Marshall himself admitted that the US is to be a country of "laws, not men," we must establish that Marshall's opinion does not equate to the "supreme law of the land" which the states and individuals are bound to obey. If our submission only requires that the US S CT speak, then we do not live as freemen, but as slaves.
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Un-American and Unlawful White House Projects
- By Phyllis Schlafly
The Obama Administration brags that Cash for Clunkers was a success because it revived the suffering auto industry. But who really benefited from this $3 billion program?
The majority of cars bought with taxpayer-paid incentives of $3,500 to $4,500 each were foreign cars. Toyota and Honda were the big winners.
For years, Americans have been pursuing the goal of self-sufficiency in oil, a natural resource essential to our standard of living. But the effort to get our government to revoke its ban on drilling for oil in American waters off of our shores has been consistently checkmated by the liberals and radical environmentalists.
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Jerusalem Rally Denounces Obama; Rabbi Calls Obama a Racist
- By Dr. Al Snyder
An estimated 1,500 people crowded a Jerusalem square last week for an anti-Obama rally, protesting against unrelenting Amerrican pressure on the Israeli government.
Not coincidentally, four top United States officials were in Israel at the time, including Obama's special envoy, George Mitchell. They were there to pound the message to Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop building in the Jewish so-called "settlement" towns in Judea and Samaria and in East Jerusalem.
The major slogan of the protest rally was, "Yes to Israeli independence: No to American dictates."
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An Open Letter To Every Member Of The US Congress
- By Ray Simmons
I would like to use the salutation "Honorable Senator" or "Honorable Congressman/woman" but I cannot because I do not believe that salutation fits most of you. Honorable men and women would not vote on legislation they have never read. Only "yes" men and women, or those who have been bought and paid for could do such things.
Honorable men and women do not vow to uphold our Constitution and then go about doing everything they can to destroy it, by aiding and abetting one whose goal is obviously the destruction of our Republic. One who has been allowed to create dozens of administrative positions never before dreamed of and which shifts the power from a triune structure to a dictatorial one. There is no Constitutional provision for Czars in our Free Republic, Czars who are exercising federal power over issues that are constitutional issues left to the States or the people.
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How Could So Many People Have Missed It?
- By Walter McSherry
We’ve gt a deep recession, a credit crunch, job losses, and business failures, all started by a mortgage loan crisis. We are paying for that mortgage loan crisis, and it appears that nobody saw it coming.
How could so many knowledgeable people have missed it? When Jimmy Carter signed the Community Redevelopment Act of 1977, requiring financial institutions to make loans to people in low-income areas, it should have been clear that a lot of these loans weren’t going to be repaid. But they all said, we’ve got to stop redlining, the federal government is going to insure the loans anyway, and the government’s sending monitors to make sure we make these loans, so we’ll go ahead and make them although we’re pretty sure they won’t be repaid.
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Democrats' Despicable Duplicity
- By Henry Lamb
Democrats insisted on changing the law in Massachusetts to require an election to fill the office of Sen. John Kerry, should he be elected president in 2004. They argued that the people, not the governor, should choose the senator's replacement. Of course, the governor at the time was a Republican, Mitt Romney. Now that the governor is a Democrat, the people should not choose Ted Kennedy's successor; the governor should make the appointment. The duplicity here is despicable.
Democrats went berserk over what they called President Bush's "power grab," but are silent in the face of President Obama's massive consolidation of power. The duplicity here is despicable.
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National Taxpayers Protest Set for 9-12 in DC
- By Bob Dill
Obama Forces Plan Counterattack for 9-13
Thousands of patriotic Americans from across the country who are fed-up with the antics of the Obama administration, especially the overspending and health care plan, are heading for Washington, D. C., Saturday, September 12 for a National Taxpayers Protest and march on the U. S. Capitol.
Several hundred individuals will travel to the nation’s capitol from Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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Organizers Satisfied with Flag Rally Turnout
- By Bob Dill
Almost two hundred men, women and children braved the scorching heat and high humidity Saturday afternoon to make a statement in support of Southern Heritage and in opposition to the outrageous alleged NAACP and ACC baseball boycotts of South Carolina.
Leaders of the rally encouraged everyone to join the effort to protest the ACC’s intolerance, anti-Southern regional prejudice, and lack of respect for our history and heritage.
A single NAACP demonstrator showed up to ensure equal time in front of the television cameras. A second individual joined him later.
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Gowdy Responds Vigorously to Inglis “Dig”
- By Bob Dill
Congressman and Solicitor Addressed GOP Women’s Club
Fourth District Congressman Bob Inglis drew the first “blood” when he opined that Seventh District Solicitor Trey Gowdy is the “most curious” of his challengers before a packed house of more than two hundred members and guests of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club at the Poinsett Club last Thursday.
Inglis informed the audience that Gowdy told him in February that he was considering a run for Attorney General in South Carolina and implied his support of Inglis for another term in Congress. Inglis said he was “shocked” to face Gowdy as one of his four opponents a few months later. Inglis concluded with a dig at his formidable opponent’s reliability saying: “Voters need a candidate with credibility.”
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Remove ICLEI - Restore the Republic!
- By Tom DeWeese
Many Americans ask how dangerous international policies can suddenly turn up in state and local government, all seemingly
uniform to those in communities across the nation and around the globe.
The answer - meet ICLEI, a non-profit, private foundation, dedicated to helping your mayor implement all of his promises. Originally known as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), today the group simply calls itself "ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.”
In 1992, ICLEI was one of the groups instrumental in creating Agenda 21. The group's mission is to push local communities to regulate the environment - and it's having tremendous success.
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Greenville County Dedicates Bridge in Memory of Troy Brown
- By Bob Dill
During the 1960s Troy Brown had a road cut through his farm off Highway 101, North of Greer. A bridge was built over a stream that drained a swamp. The road was eventually named Forest Court and maintained by Greenville County.
On Saturday, August 29, a new concrete and steel bridge crossing the stream was named the Troy D. Brown Bridge and dedicated to honor the late Troy D. Brown, the man who provided the land and funds to build a public road through his Greenville County farm.
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