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Re: “The Agenda: Another S.C. bathroom bill filed; Electors choose Trump; CofC being sued by alleged rape victim

Rep. Mulvaney will be an excellent pick for Budget Director. Haley, I'm not so sure about, but I'll give her the benefit of the doubt.

This "Story" about Mulvaney is a non-story, as Congressmen speak to the John Birch Society about the Federal Reserve on a regular basis. Ron Paul was a staple at national JBS gatherings, and aside from ending the illegal wars, Ending the Fed was one of his main causes. He was re-elected like 20 times and finally retired out. The SC legislature is absolutely filled with JBS members, lol.

The irony of the anti-Putin conspiracy theorists at MoJo who claim Trump is puppet of a vast Moscow conspiracy calling JBS conspiracy-minded is incredibly rich.

Contrary to the factually incorrect claims made by the MJ article, basically JBS has been proven correct and is now the dominant strain of conservatism in America because of it. Even left-wing nut jobs at TNR and Salon and Slate and HuffPo recognize this.

Buckley, a member of the globalist Council on Foreign Relations and the same secret society as Kerry and Bush (Skull and Bones), has been proven wrong. His effort to destroy the JBS backfired just as bad as National Review's effort to destroy Trump. Even the biggest conservative heavyweights like Phyllis Schlafly sided with JBS and denounced Buckley. (Shclafly, RIP, even cancelled her subscription to National Review and asked that the money be sent to Welch! lol)

If it's true that this congressman spoke to JBS about the evils of the Federal Reserve, that only increases my respect and support for him and Trump. #MAGA

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Posted by Charles Thompson on December 20, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “State and federal gun laws make it easy to give and receive firearms as gifts

I fully support a person's Constitutional right to be scared of everything around them and use the threat of violence to deal with their own insecurities. It's just a shame so many children and other innocent people have to die to prove a point. But what can ya do?

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Posted by Ron Liberte on December 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Statewide 'porno filter'?; Mulvaney for OMB; McMaster's grows real estate holdings

Porno filter? I don't even have to look to know this bill was introduced by small government Republicans who think the free market should not be regulated.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on December 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM
Posted by Randall Floyd on December 19, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “What the Slager mistrial says about our criminal justice system

Thanks Badpenny61! I appreciate it... The Struggle is LONG from Over.

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Posted by Dr Wright on December 18, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “What the Slager mistrial says about our criminal justice system

Hmmm...isn't it interesting how only white males are apologists for Slager's cowardly actions? Could it be a tribal thing? And such vitriol on top of it - wow! Dr. Wright, you are my new hero. I would recommend several books for the undereducated in race matters. The "Underground Railroad", "The Known World" and "The Invisible Man". Also, anything by Toni Morrison. Peace...

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Posted by badpenny61 on December 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Rep. Jim Merrill indicted on ethics violations and misconduct

At least he has hired fellow a fellow legislator to represent him keeping it all in the club.

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Posted by RASPUTIY on December 16, 2016 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Donald Trump wants to throw flag-burners in jail, but technically South Carolina has an old law that would do just that

Just like HRC had a different public and private stance on some issues, trump has a different public and privates stance on every issue. He is blatant about how he "played up" the voters before the election and just casually says, "I don't care anymore. I've won the election." Everybody's going to get fucked now. The link showing this on video cannot possibly be refuted. Oh yeah, trumpsters will somehow find a way.
http://www.cc.com/video-clips/i9tog6/the-d…

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Posted by tupper29406 on December 16, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Prosecutors paint a troubling picture of accused church shooter

He was found guilty? What a shock
/sarcasm off

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Posted by Jshicke on December 16, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Re: “The Agenda: More corruption indictments coming?; CARTA getting money for shelters, buses; I-526 still alive

"Why does no one on the face of the earth remember that the tax-payers APPROVED the extension and funds way-back?"

Probably because it didn't happen. Perhaps you are referring to the 2004 sales tax hike - here is the actual ordinance: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/Ordinances… .

Posted by johnpauljah on December 16, 2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Rep. Jim Merrill indicted on ethics violations and misconduct

I'm not a betting man, but this is how I see this playing out:
1. He pleads not guilty, his lawyer does a lot of hand-waving and makes some ridiculous and wildly distracting claims about how unfair the ethics statutes are.
2. Rep. Merrill works among his fellow Good Ol' Boys in the state to hand-pick his replacement, grease a few wheels for his companies legislatively and perhaps calling in a few favors on the ethics committee and prosecutor's office.
3. Once his follow-on career and political legacy are secured, he pleads to a minor infraction, pays a minor penalty, and resigns "for the good of the state and my constituents in Daniel Island."
4. His company is thrown a regular series of state-contracting bones from the GOB network in upcoming years to make amends for all the hubbub about ethics.

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Posted by factoryconnection on December 16, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Rep. Jim Merrill indicted on ethics violations and misconduct

Why prosecute Merrill given that our pres-elect intends to do the same thing? It is now ok to be corrupt and profit from public office. Just ask any trumpster, because that is what they want, apparently - unbridled corruption. Fake news convinced the nation that HRC was corrupt, but you haven't seen anything yet. They must want trump to be friends with rogue countries that will make him richer and he will shun "ally" countries that shun him, personally. That's what happens when you install a 12 year old spoiled brat to run things. Vengence is mine, sayeth trump.

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Posted by tupper29406 on December 16, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The Agenda: More corruption indictments coming?; CARTA getting money for shelters, buses; I-526 still alive

The vocal minority has had a huge impact on 526 extension, not to mention poor memory. I remember when I lived in Charleston County I voted for, as well as a vast majority of Charleston County residents, the approval of the extension and added a sales tax increase to set aside the funds. Why does no one on the face of the earth remember that the tax-payers APPROVED the extension and funds way-back?

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Posted by tupper29406 on December 16, 2016 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Being non-racist is not good enough

I remember Freddie Grey. I remember the black officers who participated in that event. I remember the pure BS of "hands up don't shoot", the "white hispanic" George Zimmerman, the "fake news" surrounding BOs beer summit, etc., etc. One person hung this jury. One. Not every white person in the south as you infer. And while I held my nose and voted for Trump, I did so because I abhor abortion on demand, the excessive taxes I pay, the lack of jobs across the country, the pathetic foreign policy decisions made by BO and HRC, etc., etc. So based on your comments within the article aimed at a group of people you don't know, I can easily make the case you're a racist bigot.

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Posted by Billy Burnett on December 15, 2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “What the Slager mistrial says about our criminal justice system

Two letters: O. J. The OJ trial was the first time I had heard the term, "jury nullification." The black community had no problem with the concept or outcome of such an act then. While I personally thought Slager was guilty from the video, everyone should learn a lesson of being careful what you ask for.

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Posted by Billy Burnett on December 15, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “The Agenda: More corruption indictments coming?; CARTA getting money for shelters, buses; I-526 still alive

The SIB needs to pay for the increasing cost overruns, they are responsible for delaying the release of the money for 526.

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Posted by Paul Luman on December 15, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Best of Charleston 2017 nominations are now open!

How about best Photographer?

Posted by pbisceg on December 15, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “What the Slager mistrial says about our criminal justice system

You are wrong Tupper. The jury foreman went on national TV and said so. That was a lie made up by the media. Watch it for yourself: https://youtu.be/w41dAULfT6Y?t=1m38s

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Posted by David Kyle on December 15, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “What the Slager mistrial says about our criminal justice system

An officer shooting a fleeing suspect, is not, by itself, a crime. The circumstances leading up to that shooting determine if that shooting is justified or not, and unfortunately a large part of that evidence is not on the video. I would have expected an attorney to know that. Might I suggest you read the case of Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S.

If the officer was deemed unjustified by the jury, then so be it. This is not the first case to be declared a mistrial nor will it be the last. Simply because a case was not deemed clear cut enough to reach a unanimous verdict by all jurors while you feel a single piece of evidence should have been enough to convict, is not enough to condemn the entire legal system.

"By shooting Scott, he was doing what he was trained to do as a police officer. Ponder that for a moment." Okay, an officer has the right to defend himself. Your statement ignores the fact that an officer has a duty to defend the public as well. Mr. Scott was willing to engage an officer, potentially using the officers own taser in an attempt to escape. Now, what else would this man have been willing to do had he encountered another person while attempting to flee?

"why were so many gunshots necessary to stop the threat? Would it not have been possible to disable or incapacitate a retreating assailant without the use of lethal force? By any measure, eight shots seems excessive unless the shooter was trying to kill the victim." The officer DID try to incapacitate the victim, twice. Both attempts failed. Why were 8 shots fired? Because the suspect continues to run. Notice that the last shot is fired when the suspect stops and falls. That is called firing to remove the threat. Officers are not trained to fire one shot and then wait to see the result of that shot before firing another. He did not empty his magazine as the Glock .45 carries 10 rounds, not 8.

"There have been two recent cases, also caught on video, where unarmed black males have been shot by police when sitting in a car or remaining stationary with their hands up" Your point here is pure conjecture. Had he been shot in his car it would be on the dash cam video and determining guilt would likely be less difficult. Had the officer shot Mr. Scott while lying on the ground it would be less difficult. However, Mr. Scott DID run and he was shot WHILE running. That is the case being discussed and what he may or may not have felt at the time he chose to run is indeterminable.

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Posted by Jshicke on December 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Re: “De facto segregation is painfully present in Charleston

Teammom, have you ever lived with white people? Have you ever partied with white people? Studied with any? gone to our weddings or funerals or baptisms? How well do you really know us?

From high school on, I shared classrooms & friendships with Black people. My Black roommate introduced me to the mysteries & delights of the afternoon soap operas. She also introduced me to the delights of an all-Black dorm-room party, where I was the only white person in the room.

My friends & I have shared each others' joys & sorrows, counted each others' babies toes & fingers, & buried each others' children.

I've taught US History, all of it, to both Black and white HS students. I didn't any of edit it, or glorify any of it. I taught them why they should be proud of our country and our state. I also taught them both sides of Reconstruction - how everyone in the defeated states was taken advantage of and helped. (My mama was a historian and a writer. She taught me well.)

Yes, it's time to move on. It's time to quit grousing about a past we cannot change. It's time to, instead, learn from that past and build our future together.

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Posted by newbattleaxe on December 15, 2016 at 9:17 AM

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