Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Craigslist Crackdown: Take the prostitutes, but leave "adult gigs"

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM

3b1b/1241536452-mcmaster_resized.jpgS.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster has given Craigslist 10 days to remove posts on the classified ad site that offer/solicit sex.

We went on Craigslist to see what the fuss is about. The "erotic services" section was pretty lame, but the "adult gigs" section was hilarious!

For example:

1. Apparently, there is a private topless car wash at a local warehouse in some three weeks. They've already got more than 70 reservations, according to the post.

2. Two "very flirtatious" women are needed for a bachelor party golf outing.

3. And somebody wants to pay $100 to take pictures of pretty feet.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

The Round-Out: Legislature, Detainees, Immigrants

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM

The Round-Out is the new name for our irregular look at news about the Lowcountry from outside of the region.

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• The deadline for bills in the Statehouse to move from one house to the other with less than 2/3 approval has passed.

And don't expect to see any surprise amendments on other bills. The state Supreme Court ruled today that bills with unrelated amendments are unconstitutional, striking down tax breaks on energy efficient appliances and guns because of an added amendment related to ethanol.

Maybe more importantly the court clarified its position on the recent practice of excising the one bad part of a bill and preserving the rest. The court said in this decision that will no longer be the practice, because it should be left for the legislature to decide.

• The Miami Herald sent a reporter up to Goose Creek to talk to locals about the potential for detainees to be held at the local Navy Brig. Many folks weren't happy, but Mayor Michael Heitzler said you do what you got to do.

"(Y)ou don't win wars by pushing responsibility down the road. If it's our time to serve, it's our time to serve."

• And there was more action from Florida. The St. Petersburg Times looked at immigrants and their exit from construction and a return to field work. One of the main people they talk to in the story was an immigrant working in construction in Charleston, but he left when work dried up and is now working in strawberry fields in Florida.

"I was very sad leaving the house that day," Lopez said. "I was as sad as the day I left Mexico."

Photo by flickr user jimbowen0306

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

DeMint Assaults Big Business … After Taking Their Money

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

3738/1241014453-_080326.demint-large_resized.jpgSen. Jim DeMint does not like big business. The picture he paints in today's Washington Times would make you think that the feeling is mutual, but no sir. Nearly $275,000 in first quarter campaign donations from big business political action committees suggest that DeMint has more friends than he's willing to admit.

The column in the Times is in response to the national Chamber of Commerce, which gave DeMint and others low marks for opposing the federal stimulus. DeMint calls the chamber members the "corporate elite" and says that he's not their stooge.


The road back to Republican success is not to reinforce our weakened coalition of corporate interests, but to drop it altogether. Republicans shouldn't be the party of business any more than they should be the party of labor - we're supposed to be the party of freedom.


That's a costly proposition, particularly for DeMint. Tons of big businesses have donated to his reelection campaign, particularly in this first quarter of the year. There were $1,000 contributions from political action committees at AFLAC, Allstate, Bayer, Coke, Chevron, G.E., and McDonald's. Larger contributions included PAC money from Sprint Nextel ($1,500), Campbell Soup ($2,000), R.J. Reynolds ($2,500), and Cisco Systems ($3,000).

DeMint notes in the column that "the Republican Party has been portrayed by liberals (and the media) as a political country club." That same "media" donated some $6,000 to DeMint's reelection campaign in the first quarter, including money from PACs at CBS, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Motion Picture Association, and Time Warner.

And then there's this part of the column:


We should get out of the business of picking winners and losers in the marketplace. We should not care who wins in fair fights between Microsoft and Apple, between CitiGroup and community banks, or between Home Depot and mom-and-pop hardware stores. All we should demand is a fair fight.

Of course DeMint doesn't want to get in the fight between CitiGroup and community banks — he got $1,000 from the Bank of America PAC. And, as for the fight between Home Depot and mom-and-pop hardware stores, well one of those two brawlers put $2,000 in DeMint's campaign coffers and it wasn't mom and pop.

DeMint has always been an interesting study in corporate contribution contradictions. Last year, anti-earmark Demint got more than $200,000 from companies that benefited from Defense Department earmarks in the latest authorization bill. By comparison, fellow anti-earmarker John McCain got $18,000 from the same companies.

While DeMint made more from corporate PACs in the first quarter than liberals like Barbara Boxer, Evan Bayh, and Patrick Leahy, we don't want to make it sound like DeMint gets more money from corporate interests than anyone in the Senate — there are much deeper pockets on both sides of the aisle.

But this urging from DeMint that the GOP shuck the chains of big business rings a little hollow when you look at his balance sheet.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

There Goes the Neighborhood: Luxury Promenade Could Become Rail Site

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 3:22 PM

a51e/1240600901-newsblips_resized.jpgThe Charleston Regional Business Journal is reporting that the developers of the Promenade project in the neck area of the peninsula are considering shifting the residential plans for the site to provide a rail site as one possible solution to the debate over improved rail access to the new Charleston port site.

Last year, the developers made a pitch during community input meetings for a mixed development of residential and commercial uses. Development of the site is complicated by the fact that it is on top of two former landfills. Oh, and the housing market has tanked.

The rail proposal doesn't sound doable, but it may signal a hint of desperation from the developer.

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