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

"This is misleading. It's illegal to sell guns to "mentally deficient" (as the Federal Form 4473 calls them) individuals, and has been for decades."

Makes zero difference what is in the database if background checks are not required. Talk about misleading...

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Posted by Fish Pimp on December 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Why is this man so angry?

They need to make a movie like the guys from Jackass did! It would be a hit! A lotta us would go to the movie theater FOR A GODDAMN CHANGE!

Posted by Peter West on December 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

So sad! Long live Hot Wheels!!!

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Posted by Rachel Arendt on December 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Re: “David Letterman's end date of The Late Show announced

I still say Colbert's show will struggle, if not crash and burn, once people realize he isn't going to do the character from the Report anymore.

Posted by mat catastrophe on December 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Re: “David Letterman's end date of The Late Show announced

good research, Melissa. Leno followed Carson, not Letterman

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Posted by Ima Oldman on December 10, 2014 at 10:12 PM

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

Not my cup of tea, but they're following the law and not hurting anyone and paying for it themselves. Have at it, fellas.

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Posted by Cid95 on December 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Taxes from legalized marijuana would help fund our failing schools

From your article it seems like the US invests less tax money on education than other OECD countries:

And it's not as though all spending on education is public, the OECD report found. Public spending accounts for just 70 cents of every education dollar in the United States. Parents picked up another 25 cents and private sources paid for the remainder in 2010.

A decade earlier, the public's share of education spending was 72 cents on every dollar.

The average OECD nation spent 84 cents of every education dollar, down from 88 cents a decade earlier.

For post-high school programs, the United States is far outspent in public dollars. U.S. taxpayers picked up 36 cents of every dollar spent on college and vocational training programs. Families and private sources picked up the balance.

In other OECD nations, it was roughly reversed: The public picked up 68 cents of every dollar in advanced training and private sources picked up the other 32 cents.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on December 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

Try over 30 years. Went there many times as a pre teen.

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Posted by mrbeichner on December 10, 2014 at 9:32 PM

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

"...what have we become?"

That which we set out to destroy.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on December 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

So sad to see this happening. Hot Wheels has been so good to Loving and Learning. We always felt safe having our kids go there every week during our summer camps. The kids loved it and we will miss it. We hope you re open somewhere and we will be first in line to come back .

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Posted by Susan Daughtrey on December 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Taxes from legalized marijuana would help fund our failing schools

In addition, the best SC schools are as good as the best schools in the rest of the USA. Our worst, though, are really at the bottom.

Comparing SC to CT or VT will show that we have a much larger % of the nation's lowest socio-economic status citizens whereas CT and VT are affluent states. Crime, obesity, education, unwed births - all these would track the same way on such state vs state comparisons.

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Posted by Cid95 on December 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Taxes from legalized marijuana would help fund our failing schools

The US spends more than any other nation on education already: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/o…

So, obviously, the solution is that we need to throw more money at the problem, right. Because doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of clever. The same is true of healthcare, BTW, but who's counting?

Increasing state revenue through legalization of marijuana is a good idea. It would also free up criminal justice system resources to focus on more serious matters (in particular, violent criminals).

I wonder if Chris would agree with artroque also blame our education problems on society as a whole (as he did for violent crime)?

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Posted by Cid95 on December 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

I'm saddened to learn that Hot Wheels will be no more. I grew up going there and now my 11 year old goes every Friday. What are the kids gonna have now. What a heartless owner this person is to take this away from kids. I'm truly heartbroken.

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Posted by Paula Richardson Chavis on December 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

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

"Here in Charleston, last year's attempted shooting at Ashley Hall led to a bill to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Current legislation is looking at keeping guns out of the hands of those convicted of domestic violence."

This is misleading. It's illegal to sell guns to "mentally deficient" (as the Federal Form 4473 calls them) individuals, and has been for decades. The law passed referred to just made SC do a better job of reporting mental deficients into the Federal database for background checks. Also, anyone convicted of serious domestic violence is a felon, and thus already prohibited from buying or possessing firearms.

Anyway, about the topic, let me summarize:

"There are a bunch of violent crimes happening at present and many of the offenders are repeatedly released to re-offend. The root cause is our entire society, so we should fix that which may or may not be possible and, if it is, will take many years and deliver uncertain results. So, let's do that and not worry about the present situation."

Maybe we can do both? When violent offenders are arrested more than once and still out on bond or parole and still committing additional violent offenses (CTL has conclusively documented this), that needs a solution NOW.

Legalization of marijuana seems like a useful step, it will create revenue and free up criminal justice system resources for violent offenders. Our prosecutors and judges need to get their shit together too, though.

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Posted by Cid95 on December 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Avondale just got a little sweeter with the opening of Gala Desserts

Gala is a great spot to have dessert and a night cap. A wonderful sweet after dinner treat!!!

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Posted by Jenny Ruddy on December 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

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

Once we find it acceptable to torture the enemy and detain them indefinitely without trial, we will soon find it acceptable to torture and detain Americans indefinitely. The ticking timebomb scenario does not apply only to foreigners. If torture is justified in law enforcement, then what's to stop the local cops from pulling fingernails during routine investigations here in America? Conservatives are fond of the 'slippery slope' argument when it concerns programs like healthcare but not when the very foundation of the American experiment is undermined. Why?

Secret courts, domestic spying, warrentless wiretapping, torture, kidnapping and rendition, indefinite detention....what have we become?

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Posted by Fish Pimp on December 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Hot Wheels Skating Center closing Dec. 31

I went there when I was 10 or 11....it's been more like 35+ years Hot Wheels has been around. What a shame.

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Posted by Gail Lanter on December 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

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

As of this time..none.
He has a sworn confession to the list i gave.
On December 8, 2008, Mohammed and four co-defendants sent a note to the military judge expressing their desire to confess and plead guilty

August 22, 2012, the government said that the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators will not be televised and may not begin for another four years.

Posted by artrogue on December 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

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

How many of those charges have been proven in court?

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Posted by Fish Pimp on December 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Wesley Donehue raised money for Todd Akin and led the Stone Bill charge — now he's moving to the Holy City

Seems like an interesting guy. At least he's open about what he's doing.

Our problems are systemic, he's just playing the game as it exists for both the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum parties.

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Posted by Cid95 on December 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM
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