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Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Lease ended December 7th 2014 at midnight. The landlord has been forced to file eviction paperwork due to the current tenant refusing to vacate the property. The lease they signed was for ten years. The previous tenant was Randy Talbot. The property has not been sold. The new owner they speak of is the son of the original owner, the property was built as a skating rink and has been Hot Wheels Skate center since the beginning. If the City Paper had bothered to do some fact checking, they would have known these things. The building, skates, equipment and fixtures were in place long before Sheryl Benton rented the building.

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Posted by John Digweed on December 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

Senator Udall (D-CO) had an insightful response to Brennan:

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/11/torture_re…

"Udall called it a smoking gun. Here’s what he said:

The Panetta Review found that the CIA repeatedly provided inaccurate information to the Congress, the president, and the public on the efficacy of its coercive techniques. The Brennan Response, in contrast, continues to insist that the CIA’s interrogations produced unique intelligence that saved lives. Yet the Panetta Review identifies dozens of documents that include inaccurate information used to justify the use of torture – and indicates that the inaccuracies it identifies do not represent an exhaustive list.

The Panetta Review further describes how detainees provided intelligence prior to the use of torture against them. It describes how the CIA – contrary to its own representations – often tortured detainees before trying any other approach. It describes how the CIA tortured detainees even when less coercive methods were yielding intelligence. The Panetta Review further identifies cases in which the CIA used coercive techniques when it had no basis for determining whether a detainee had critical intelligence at all. In other words, CIA personnel tortured detainees to confirm they didn’t have intelligence – not because they thought they did."

Coming soon to a sheriffs office near you!

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Posted by Fish Pimp on December 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Boooo!!!

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Posted by Charles A Gilbert on December 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Wow! I take my class there every year for an end of the year party! So sad!

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Posted by Carol Rogers on December 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

"Ultimately, though, he concluded that the CIA's own review "indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom [enhanced interrogation techniques] were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives."

We should definitely trust an internal review from an agency whose whole existence and purpose is based on lies and deceit.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on December 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Charleston Swedes lay out a smörgåsbord for Saint Lucia

This year the Lucia will be held at Gage Hall, part of the Unitarian Church, on Archdale Street at 3pm

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Posted by Diana Kotlikoff on December 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

ooops.
John Brennan, President Obama's head of the CIA...
"John Brennan is a dedicated professional who has dedicated his time in public service to protecting the United States of America. That makes him a patriot and it makes him someone who has the full confidence of the president of the United States," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday.

The CIA issued its own lengthy rebuttal of some of the report's points, a redacted version of its 2013 response to the Democrats' report. In a statement released with the CIA's report, Brennan acknowledged that the detention and interrogation program, "had shortcomings and that the Agency made mistakes." Ultimately, though, he concluded that the CIA's own review "indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom [enhanced interrogation techniques] were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives. The intelligence gained from the program was critical to our understanding of al-Qa'ida and continues to inform our counterterrorism efforts to this day."

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Posted by artrogue on December 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

For those of you who keep correcting how many years hit wheels has been open, please read the article again..... It stated that the Halter family has been running it for 20 years.... Someone else ran it before then.....

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Posted by pitviper0404 on December 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

If we aren't shoving hummus up a detainee's rectum, the terrorists win.

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Posted by Asa Ingram on December 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Save Hot Wheels!! I ask the owner of the property to read some of these comments, to come to Hot Wheels and watch what happens there, and to reconsider. This is not like closing a McDonalds. This place is the shag-carpet-walled, disco-music pumping, rocking, rolling, and beating heart of JI.

Hot Wheels is an oasis of everything that is sorely lacking in communities across the country: A local business with genuine character, not a trendy and soulless corporate franchise. It encourages physical activity, fitness, and wholesome fun. It's as family-oriented as a place can get. Where else can I take my kids, teach them an active and valuable skill and enjoy it with them at the same time? Where else can kids go and be with their parents and still be independent in a safe place, doing a positive activity with their friends? Where else can adults let go and be goofy?

The roots of thousands of families have been nourished by Hot Wheels, and continue to be nourished by it. Closing Hot Wheels hacks at the roots of those families, and robs countless more of the good times together they could have had.

If every community in America had a place like Hot Wheels, America's communities would still feel like communities. This place is a treasure and a blessing. We need Hot Wheels. Don't close it.

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Posted by Matt Whisnant on December 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Want to keep violent criminals off the street — adding more solicitors isn't the answer

Mr. Pimp, We have some awfully strange gun laws in SC. Private firearms transfers (i.e., transfers by non-firearms dealers) are not subject to a background check requirement in South Carolina. in SC, you can buy or sell a gun privately WITHOUT any need to fill out any paperwork whatsoever informing at least SLED that your firearm is now in the possession of someone else. However, always draw up a bill of sale to protect your own ass and make sure that the lunatic you are selling the gun to signs it, even if he signs Elmer Fudd. This will excuse you in court from getting into much trouble after Elmer goes out on a mass wabbit killing rampage.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on December 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham angry about timing of CIA torture report

I know I'm old and befuddled, but I agree with Mr. Oh Snap, and I also can't, for the life of me, understand how when the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, the Egyptians or whoever holds a prisoner without charges for 5 years that's an egregious Human Rights Violation, but it's OK for us to have held these people in Gitmo for over a decade.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on December 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Want to keep violent criminals off the street — adding more solicitors isn't the answer

"It's illegal to sell guns to "mentally deficient" (as the Federal Form 4473 calls them) individuals"

If it was truly illegal to sell guns to mentally deficient individuals, no one would legally own guns.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on December 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Summerville's Yuri Kojima hosts YouTube's Japanese Cooking Lovers

Yuri is an amazing and very creative cook and her passion is to (along with healthy eating) teach people about real Japanese cuisine, which is not always what one gets in our "Japanese" restaurants. She puts her heart and soul into letting people know about the real tastes of her native dishes, not to mention some pretty nice tips about cooking in general.

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Posted by Jerry Klinow on December 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Want to keep violent criminals off the street — adding more solicitors isn't the answer

I don't understand what the word retail is supposed to mean. Is there a law in SC that requires me, a private citizen, to conduct an FBI background check on you, a private citizen, before I can legally sell you my handgun?

Or are you misleading people again?

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Posted by Fish Pimp on December 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Im 50, and I used to Attempt to Skate, and Hang Out There!, That Place has Been Around Forever!!....I guess..Like They Say.." All Good Things Must Come to An End!" Sad..For The Upcoming Generations!

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Posted by Lisa Marchisillo Kaempf on December 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Tim Scott's inspirational story is far from inspirational

Don't be stupid, Charleston Tourist. Some SOUTHERN Democrats were opposed to the Civil Rights amendment. They were racists. They were conservatives. They opposed social programs for minorities, btw. Today they are Republicans, mainly the Tea Bag element in the GOP.
Your contention is that progressive liberals were racists? So, the sheriffs who lynched or fire-hosed black citizens were progressive liberals who in their spare time hugged trees and wore flowers in their hair and campaigned for workers' rights, and social programs for minorities? You really believe that? That's some tortuous logic.
You're hung up on name brands and team logos. Lincoln was a progressive liberal, and also in the Republican party. Conservatives are conservative. You cannot be racist w/out being small "c" conservative.

So... what was your point? Oh, that social programs are evil, and the best way to help is to ignore societal/economic imbalances.

Posted by landsnark on December 11, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Tim Scott's inspirational story is far from inspirational

Dear FishPimp,

You are incorrect. The Democrats were OPPOSED to the Civil Rights Amendment, filibustered against in the longest filibuster in history. This is in keeping with their long-standing history including OPPOSITION to the abolishment of slavery. Democrats "seem" to be in favor of civil rights to advance their long-standing and consistent agenda of suppression of racial minorities through government control, dependency on entitlement programs, keeping minorities out of the work place, population control of minorities through state-funded abortions, and restricting minority access to the 2nd Amendment. http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/politics/civil-rights-act-interesting-facts/

Posted by CharlestonTourist on December 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Charleston Cart Club races the streets of the Holy City

I know math skills aren't usually required for a writing profession, but check those time calculations you did. If a cart averages 19-20mph, it will take about 3 minutes to complete a one mile loop.

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Posted by Golden Ratio on December 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Awww this is really sad to hear Hot Wheels is closing this was my hang out spot much years ago and was now for my kids it's gonna hurt their poor little hearts we will miss y'all

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Posted by Prettyblac4sho on December 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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