Joe Arpaio served in the U.S Army from 1950 to 1953.   Then Arpaio was employed as a police officer in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Nevada for almost five years.  He also was a federal narcotics agent and he infiltrated drug rings in Turkey, the Middle East, Mexico, Central, and South America.  Arpaio worked to stop drug operations in U.S. cities.  He was the top federal law enforcement officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Texas and Arizona which included the border between Mexico and these two states.

In 1992 Arpaio campaigned and was elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  Since that first election he has been elected five other times due to the fine service that he has provided for the people of Maricopa County.  Arpaio has about 10,000 inmates in his jail system.  In August of 1993, he started the controversial “Tent City” for convicted inmates.  About two thousand men and women serve their sentences in this tent compound.  Also Arpaio puts the inmates to work through chain gangs that clean streets, cut grass, pick up litter, and dig graves to bury people in at the county cemetery.

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Recently, a bill was introduced in the South Carolina legislature that would have severely curtailed homeschooling. I was pleased to see the rapid response of homeschoolers to this threat to our freedoms. Based upon some of the questions and concerns that we fielded during this time, I thought it would be helpful to review how to respond to those who attack homeschooling.

Over the years, I have found that people who oppose homeschooling, or who want to severely regulate it, fall into one of three categories. There are those who oppose based upon ideological principles. There are those who oppose based upon ignorance of homeschooling. And there are those who oppose because of insecurity about their own educational decisions. Our response to each of these three groups should be different.

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The Negligible Distinction between Two Really Bad Plans

In late January, the “Gang-of-Eight” (Four radical Democrats and pro-amnesty Republican Senators McCain, Graham, Flake, and Rubio) launched Senate legislation to grant legal status (amnesty) and immediate work permits to millions of illegal immigrants now in the U.S.

Since the 1965 Immigration Act, U.S. immigration policy has been good for illegal immigrants, employers who use cheap foreign labor in preference to American labor, and the Democrat Party. It has been bad for American workers, law-abiding employers, taxpayers, their families, and the rule of law.

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ADHD is a controversial subject in America today.  Is it just a discipline problem?  Is it just a gender issue blown out of proportion?  Does it really exist at all?  Part of the misunderstanding lies in the definition of ADHD itself.  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not really a single disease with a set course of treatment, but rather a collection of symptoms that may point to different underlying problems.  One of the advantages of a home school setting for students with ADHD is that it offers flexibility for parents to explore the underlying issues that may be contributing to the out-of-control behavior they observe.  Drugging ADHD students in school to make them compliant is like putting a band-aid on a compound fracture.  It may keep the outward symptoms covered up during the school day, but it fails to cure the underlying issues.

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GOP Offered the Poisoned Chalice

A Bipartisan Gang of Eight in the U.S. Senate has teamed up to offer a Poisoned Chalice to nervous Republicans in the form of immigration “reform.” The four Republican senators are perennial immigration amnesty advocates John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC); Jeff Flake (AZ) whose career voting record on immigration issues is comparable to Graham’s; and hoped-to-be-conservative Marco Rubio, whose career voting record on immigration issues is only slightly less liberal than McCain’s. Many Republicans are taking this new amnesty proposal seriously because the Hispanic vote rose to over 10 percent of the electorate in the 2012 election and was even more Democratic than the usual two-to-one advantage over Republicans. The Hispanic share of the electoral vote is also likely to grow as a direct result of past amnesties and Federal Government failure to enforce immigration policies. The sales pitch to Republicans is that voting for this new amnesty will gain them more Hispanic votes. As with all the other amnesties (six) from 1987 to the Obama Administration, this one promises to be the last one necessary. 

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Charlie-Hovie---2013

This week I am featuring certainly one of the true legends in Southern Gospel Music and although he passed away several years ago his accomplishments continue to affect our music. He is none other than Hovie Lister, a native of Greenville.

I learned last week that retired Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown, Senator Tom Corbin and Councilman Joe Dill have been able to have a bridge named after Hovie to serve as a memorial to a native of the up-country. The location of this bridge is on highway 25 where the Highway 25 by-pass splits with Highway 25. This dedication is scheduled for Sunday, 17 Feb. at 2 p.m. at Reedy River Baptist Church with Charles Waller Master of Ceremonies.

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America has become a nation of violence. More gun control laws are not the answer to stop more tragic events like the one that recently took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The spiritual decay of our nation is the number one cause of the great increase in violence that Americans have witnessed and suffered from. Prayer and Bible reading were removed from the public school systems decades ago. Discipline in the form of corporal punishment in the schools is not allowed anymore. Hollywood has saturated the minds of the youth of America with bloody violent scenes that have desensitized them about the value of human life. Over fifty-five million unborn babies have been slaughtered in their mothers womb since 1973. Cold-blooded murders are commonplace throughout America.

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