Friday, February 26, 2016

You can't unsee this video of Hillary Clinton getting down at the Music Farm

Campaign Jam

Posted by Chris Haire on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 1:59 PM

As you know, the big South Carolina Democratic primary is tomorrow, and we'll finally see just how bad former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will trounce white-VT's Bernie Sanders.

Unlike Sanders — who has admitted that the Palmetto State will be something of a wash — Clinton has been hitting the campaign trail hard in this reddest of red states.

Last night, Hillary stopped by the Music Farm for an event with Grammy nominee and former Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson for a campaign jam. Although Hillary can claim that she was the wife of the first "black" president, it's clear that she got none of Bubba's soul. Watch this video and see for yourself.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Trump: Vatican 'ISIS' ultimate target,' Pope being used as a pawn by unnamed other

Pointing the finger at the pontiff

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Leave it to Pope Francis to tell it like it is.

When asked recently about Donald Trump's promise to build a wall separating the U.S. and Mexico using Mexican money, Francis, a noted champion of the poor, said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian." 

The ever-thinned skinned Trump wasn't about to let the pope's statement go unchallenged. And so we now have this blistering rebuttal to the pontiff. Enjoy.

If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.

The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story - he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.

For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.

P.S. It's worth noting that Trump initially made these statements just minutes ago at a Kiawah Island campaign stop. During his Kiawah speech — it was still going on when I began writing this — the Trump campaign sent out the above press release. While Trump generally speaks off-the-cuff, there is some indication the above remarks may have been prepared and read at Kiawah. I don't know which is more frightening — that Trump's pope trash-talking got the better of him or that he and his team signed off on all of this ridiculous statement.

P.S.P.S. As for who this mysterious group who controls the pope is, I'm not certain. But now, more than ever, I am convinced that this is proof that Donald Trump is not a member of the Illuminati, but he could, in fact, be the living embodiment of a "fnord."

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The dirty truth about dirty tricks in South Carolina politics

The McCain Blame

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 4:51 PM

John McCain campaigns at College of Charleston on Feb. 18, 2000, a day before the state's Republican primary. - C-SPAN
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  • John McCain campaigns at College of Charleston on Feb. 18, 2000, a day before the state's Republican primary.

It's a tale that has been often told. In the days leading up to the 2000 Republican Party primary in South Carolina, a sinister smear crawled from the foulest pits of campaign hell. This horrible rumor crept through phone lines, emerged from fax lines, and oozed from the xeroxed flyers left on parked cars at the Piggly Wiggly. People heard it, people read it, people believed it. And so on Primary Day 2000, scores of previous John McCain supporters cast their ballots in favor of the race's clear frontrunner, George W. Bush. 

So what pray tell was so shocking that would-be McCainiacs walked away from the celebrated POW and Arizona senator? Only the worst possible thing you would ever say about a politician in South Carolina: John McCain fathered a black child. Surely, no one in this state would ever cast a vote for a man who was rumored to have done such a horrendous thing. By Strom Thurmond's tuft of burnt orange hair, never. 

Today, the 2000 smear is a thing of legend, and every four years when the men and women of South Carolina vote in the GOP presidential primary, it's trotted out onto the midway stage in all its deformed and devilish glory, a beast as backroads fearsome as the Lizard Man and as inarticulate and howling mad as Sarah Palin at a Donald Trump rally. Right now, just a little more than a week away from the 2016 South Carolina Republican primary, all the pundits and reporters and day-trade tweeters can talk about is how the Palmetto State is a viper's den of dirty politics.

Too bad it's all bullshit.

Yes, there's plenty of bad behavior around here, but a flyer on a car or a push poll, well, those dirty tricks pale in comparison to out and out voter fraud and other misdeeds. Believe you me, I know what happened with Illinois state's attorney candidate Alicia Florrick. I know she planted votes. I know all about the Chicago way. That my friends is real corruption.

Wait. What's that you say? That happened on a TV show. 

Of course, it did, and it has just as much relevance to the present narrative as stories about McCain's illegitimate black daughter. 

See, what those who love to tell the tale of the McCain smear usually fail to mention is that the Arizona senator never had a chance in South Carolina. Bush held a commanding 50-point lead over McCain in the weeks leading up to the primary, and although that lead was slipping as Primary Day approached, McCain had two big strikes against him. One, the evangelicals didn't like him but adored Dubya, an ex-alkie, Promise Keeper. Two, McCain called the Confederate flag a symbol of racism. In Year 2000 South Carolina GOP politics that was enough to doom a man, and John McCain was most assuredly doomed. 

But the legend persists, and as more people hear it, the more it takes hold. After all, it's in our political blood. Or at least that's what they say.

The most notorious dirty campaigner of all time, Lee Atwater, was born here, and if the actions of the man that created the infamous Willie Horton ad can't define our state as a whole, by golly, I don't know what else can?
U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond introduces Lee Atwater as the new chairman of the Republican National Committee on Nov. 18, 1988. - C-SPAN
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  • U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond introduces Lee Atwater as the new chairman of the Republican National Committee on Nov. 18, 1988.
Then there's the alleged push poll that deep-sixed former Greenville Mayor Max Heller's campaign for governor, a push poll that dared to tell voters that the Jewish Heller didn't believe in Jesus. Evidently, this came as a shock to voters who were unaware that the Jewish faith more or less views the New Testament as an unauthorized sequel.

And who could forget Alvin Greene, the mystery man of Manning, S.C. If you're to believe the conspiracy theorists, ballot boxes were tampered with, snatching victory away from Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl, the Democratic Party's establishment candidate. It didn't matter that Rawl had barely campaigned or that few, if any, campaign signs were ever put up for him. I know I never saw one.

Most recently, there was that unpleasant business between Will Folks and our own governor Nikki Haley. In the cloak-and-dagger world of Palmetto State politics, Folks' confession that he had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley either was designed to destroy her campaign — it was surging after an endorsement from Palin — or it was responsible for Nikki's victory — voters flocked to her because they weren't going to stand for dirty politics. Either way, it's a win for the dirty politics myth. 

Here's the problem: This stupid myth asks you to believe that voters will hear or see a damning rumor for the first time and change their vote based solely on that unsubstantiated piece of information, despite all that they know already about that candidate. South Carolina voters may not trust the liberal media, but they'll trust an anonymous man on the phone or a dot-matrix flyer that just showed up in their mailbox. Are you kidding?

Now, I'm not saying there aren't morons out there. There are. But by and large, those people don't vote. I mean, just look at the low voter turnouts. Do you honestly think that the 20 percent of South Carolinians who actually turn out on Primary Day are so disinvested in the political process they can't recognize a lame trick? It's the other 80 percent I worry about. Keep those dunces from the polls.

This isn't to say that there aren't dirty tricks in South Carolina politics. There are, but they're probably no worse than anywhere else. The big difference is that behind-the-scenes folks in South Carolina politics, the operatives and consultants and party boys, have a reputation to uphold, and so they perpetuate the lie and the pundits and reporters regurgitate all that blowhard BS. The point is this: these Palmetto State politicos don't want the dirty truth to get out there. No matter how much we repeat the lie, their celebrated skullduggery does not and will never sway a large-scale election, at least not in South Carolina.

In Chicago though, that shit's for real. Just ask Alicia Florrick.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Super Bowl is being destroyed by girls shaking their butts

Saving the Game

Posted by Chris Haire on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:56 AM

I can't remember the last time we ran a letter to the editor from outside the Charleston area, especially one about a subject that doesn't have an immediate impact here in town. But when I got this email today, I just felt the need to pass it along in all its unedited glory. Enjoy.


What an insult to football players who came to play football and decide which team is the world champ and they got put on hold while a crowd of girls spent an hour shaking their buts on a big stage that would have to be removed from the football field. further delaying the game.

Too many money hustlers have crept into and the behind the SUPER BOWL scenes and have destroyed the true meaning and spirit of a SUPER BOWL football must procedure. How?

The football player psyche is conditioned to one game a week when playing starts. When the final four teams play-off and the two teams going to the SUPER BOWL is set, the SUPER BOWL HAS to be the NEXT WEEK!.

The two-week layoff with annoying mikes stuck in the faces for two weeks with the carnival like pitches going on, causes a let down in their mental and physical game set and they start getting harassed, tired. and bored from being away from home too long.

Look at the Panthers’ fighting spirit and high mental confidence at the last game they played to get into the SUPER BOWL.
The two-week layoff showed at the opening kickoff. All seemed to be tired. The players who had been there before handled the extended times best, but the playoffs were more astounding than any plays made in the SUPER BOWL.

If the NFL and team owners don’t put a stop to the football SUPER BOWL procedure of two week layoffs and the show-and-tell girly massive time extensions, the SUPER BOWL will lose a lot of followers, players who do not want to go to the SUPER BOWL and lose fans who go to see a great game, not a strip club presentation.

You want to see mind set shorted out? Recall the 2013 Super bowl XLVII. First half Ravens ran over every thing. Could be the highest scoring game ever. Wild bets made on high score records on million to one odds. Second half opens and ravens-returned kickoff for a touchdown. Mob bosses may have bit the end of their cigar off and gave the kill it order. Alec Tricition does the simple short-it move and the Stadium lights go off. Ravens tucked their heads under their wings and slept and 49ers slept too and got enough sleep to come roaring back and also most won the game, which is an excellent example of mind set changes.

So let us get the SUPER BOWL saved and set to the week after the final playoff, half time show limited to 10 minutes showing films of prior SUPER BOWLS, and the half time kickoff on time at the end of the fifteen minutes. Glory-Be belongs to the players.

Fred R. Benton, EdS., PhD.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Wanna truly save Shem Creek? Here's what you do.

Shem Happens

Posted by Chris Haire on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 2:51 PM

I don't know about you, but when I'm looking for a new TV, I shop around. I look at the flyers in the paper. I check out Amazon. I swing by Target. I want to make sure that I'm getting the best deal in my price range.

This isn't something I do on any sort of regular basis. Nope. I just do it whenever the time comes to buy a new TV, whether the damn thing just Cam Newtoned and Clemsoned the bed or I happened to reenact my favorite scene from John Carpenter's 1979 biopic Elvis — psst ... it's the one where the King of Rock 'n' Roll shoots the TV. Of course, it's worth noting that in my case I'm more likely to silence the television with something closer at hand, like say a My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Pinkie Pie figurine that I just sat on or a bourbon-filled tumbler, which isn't really a tumbler at all, but a plastic Doc McStuffin's cup I bought from Walmart for a buck and which gives every sip the taste of slave labor and inescapable industrial smog.

The point is, I'm not going to waste any time looking at the prices of TVs unless I damn well plan on buying one. 

Which brings us to the curious events that have seemingly shaken Mt. Pleasant to the core, namely that several town council members want town staff to find out the value of several properties along Shem Creek, some of which are right on the water. The reason: They are interested in creating a new park along the creek and these properties are ... well, the pro-pricers just aren't clear on that part. And so, last Friday Mt. Pleasant Town Council voted in favor of an ordinance to find out how much it would cost to buy these properties.

Now, the owners of these properties aren't interested in selling, and they're pretty pissed about the whole thing. In fact, things nearly got ugly between several properties owners and Town Council members Joe Bustos, Jim Owens, and Will Haynie, who, for reasons that perhaps only a hog-tied sub would understand, decided to hold a presser in the parking lot adjacent to two of the targeted properties, Red's Ice House and Tavern and Table. Fortunately, no one was injured, with a riding crop or otherwise, although according to reports at least one council member remained gagged.

What's particularly infuriating here is the fact that Bustos and the gang are collectively insisting that last Friday's vote had nothing to the do with the prospect of seizing any of these “currently operating businesses” — their words, not mine — by eminent domain to build a creekside park. But any sensible person knows that like with TVs, you don't go pricing properties unless you plan to buy them, either by striking a deal with the owner or by exercising the legal power of eminent domain. We can all agree on this, right?

Then again, perhaps Bustos, Owens, Haynie, and the combined Facebook forces of the Save Shem Creek crowd are onto something. Shem Creek certainly needs saving, anyone can see that. It's a lovely Lowcountry treasure and it must be protected. Heck, even the area called the Old Village needs saving for that matter — what with its luscious live oaks and marsh-side views. But the thing is, if the Save Shem Creeker truly wants to return the area back to its natural roots, some silly park with a shrimp boat fountain spurting out butter and cocktail sauce simply doesn't go far enough.

In order to truly save Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant Town Council will have to buy the whole damn thing and bulldoze any building that detracts from the beauty of this majestic piece of coastland — Red's, RB's, Vickery's, the Shem Creek Inn, Tavern and Table, and all the houses in the immediate, and not so immediate area — and, yes, that means a huge chunk of the Old Village.

If the Save Shem Creek crowd is truly interested into turning the creek into some sort of nature preserve that all the citizens of Mt. Pleasant can enjoy, then that's the only way to go. Otherwise, they're only interested in creating a park for the well-to-do homeowners that live nearby. 

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