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Re: “Charleston could be the next coastal city and the largest in S.C. to ban plastic bags

Meanwhile, DemoKKKrats will pile a mountain of trash beside the street each week.

As usual, Do-Gooder DemoKrats who want to pretend that they care more about the environment than CONSERVATIVES who conserve resources and taxpayer dollars and who efficiently and productively use resources versus the unproductive people DemoKrats try to redistribute stolen income and wealth to, are grossly MISINFORMED and IGNORANT of real science.

This study by UKEA found that your stupid totes are more harmful to the environment than plastic bags.

"In 2008, the UK Environment Agency (UKEA) published a study of resource expenditures for various bags: paper, plastic, canvas, and recycled-polypropylene tote bags. Surprisingly, the authors found that in typical patterns of use and disposal, consumers seeking to minimize pollution and carbon emissions should use plastic grocery bags and then reuse those bags at least onceas trash-can liners or for other secondary tasks. Conventional plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE, the plastic sacks found at grocery stores) had the smallest per-use environmental impact of all those tested. Cotton tote bags, by contrast, exhibited the highest and most severe global-warming potential by far since they require more resources to produce and distribute...[Plastic bags], even though they dont easily degrade, require very few resources to manufacture and transport. They produce less carbon, waste, and byproducts than cotton or paper bags. They're recyclable. They're cheap. For all those reasons, they're ubiquitous. And they remain, long after their usefulness is exhausted." https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/arc… Study here: https://www2.mst.dk/Udgiv/publications/201…

Paper bags require far more fossil fuel and energy to produce.

"Proponents of plastic grocery bags suggest that traditional petroleum-based plastics may not be as environmentally friendly as organic paper, but manufacturers can produce many more plastic bags for the same amount of expended energy. When factories are able to work more efficiently, the environment benefits as well. It takes fewer natural resources such as coal and gas to produce plastic bags in bulk, compared to the more labor-intensive manufacturing required to produce paper bags." https://www.wisegeek.com/are-paper-or-plas…

Instead of banning plastic straws and bags, how about not using plastic straws and sip from your come like a grown man who doesn't like to suck on things? And how about re-using plastic bags enough times that the carbon footprint is significantly lower than canvas totes or paper bags we had to sacrifice trees for?

I'm all for saving the environment. Here are some more meaningful ways you can address waste in Charleston:

The Charleston County landfill hauls hundreds of thousands of tons of trash all the way to Horry County each year. Do you have any idea how much money that costs to transport that much trash and how much fossil fuel is burned? How come none of you has done an FOIA request or looked into why Charleston screwed up the landfill and has to haul trash to counties far away?

What about the magical recycling facility Charleston was supposed to build? Whatever happened to that? You obviously haven't been paying attention to local politics. Your politicians screwed it up. Go do an FOIA request for the original plans for that recycling facility then go take a field trip to the site and come back to me and report to me what you see. Come on. Where's the investigative journalism!!!??? You dorks are busy banning straws like little schoolboys and schoolgirls and millions of dollars is being wasted. Your local politicians royally screwed up in site selection for the landfill. What's the matter? Post and Courier didn't report it? Why would they screw up? Geez, it wouldn't be because Council members are real estate developers on the side? Nahhh No corruption or private interests or reasons they'd make such poor choices....nahhhhhh not your good DemoKrat local politicians! Ban straws instead!

Why the many years of delays and budget overruns on the recycling facility that still isn't built because of......[fill in the blanks] ? I'll leave it to an ambitious journalist to try to figure out.

You do realize that Charleston doesn't even recycle the plastic bags you put in your blue bin? Why not? If they did, plastic bags would be the most environmentally safe option out of all grocery carrier options (even friendlier than totes and paper bags). It's far safer to the environement to produce and transport plastic bags. The problem is their bio-biodegradability. The real solution would be to make Charleston recycle these things! But you dorks would rather just ban what would be the most economically friendly option because you are misinformed, lazy, and ignorant and haven't done a mere fraction of the research I have.

"single-use plastic bags" - Every one of these bags I take home gets re-used unless raw meat has contaminated it. So for you to assume that they are all "single-use" is ridiculous. And even if they were single-use, they are still the most environmentally safe option if they are recycled or reused according to multiple studies.

The same politicians who claim they are going to save the environment are some of the same politicians who have had hands in screwing up the landfill site selection and screwing up the plans and progress for the Recycling Facility which has been in the works for years and years. You ban a plastic straw but pay for hundreds and thousands of gallons of diesel to haul your trash to Horry County in huge, inefficient, heavy dump trucks spewing exhaust and burning rubber and oil and clogging up roadways. And you expect to be taken seriously? CLOWNS!!!

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Posted by Sense A on November 21, 2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Charleston Coast Guard cutter unloads 37,000 pounds of cocaine in South Florida

"Charleston Coast Guard cutter unloads 37,000 pounds of cocaine in South Florida" ... because Thomas Ravenel is home in Charleston for the holidays.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on November 20, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Re: “New bill aims to ban Confederate flags on public property statewide

This is a public message to Benjamin Tugendrajch, kippah-wearing Jewish Confederate Battle Flag supporter who appears at the Battery to support white supremacists.

Benjamin, you are supporting the same hateful bigotry that caused your family members to perish in the holocaust. The Confederate Battle Flag represents the heritage of hatred that the Confederacy was founded upon. The Confederacy was a government rooted in the belief of the superiority of white men and the inferiority of black men and the war fought on behalf of the Confederacy was fought solely to maintain the racist institution of the continued enslavement of black people. This is outlined in the Declarations of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union, which can be read here: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/cs…

It's also outlined in Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens', famous "Cornerstone Speech," that was given in Savannah, Georgia. In this speech, Stephens made the goals and ideology of the Confederacy very clear when he stated:

"The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the storm came and the wind blew.

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.

This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago. Those at the North, who still cling to these errors, with a zeal above knowledge, we justly denominate fanatics. All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity. One of the most striking characteristics of insanity, in many instances, is forming correct conclusions from fancied or erroneous premises; so with the anti-slavery fanatics. Their conclusions are right if their premises were. They assume that the negro is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails. I recollect once of having heard a gentleman from one of the northern States, of great power and ability, announce in the House of Representatives, with imposing effect, that we of the South would be compelled, ultimately, to yield upon this subject of slavery, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics, as it was in physics or mechanics. That the principle would ultimately prevail. That we, in maintaining slavery as it exists with us, were warring against a principle, a principle founded in nature, the principle of the equality of men. The reply I made to him was, that upon his own grounds, we should, ultimately, succeed, and that he and his associates, in this crusade against our institutions, would ultimately fail. The truth announced, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics as it was in physics and mechanics, I admitted; but told him that it was he, and those acting with him, who were warring against a principle. They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal."

Your presence at the Battery to support these ideals that comprise the hateful heritage of the Confederacy is an affront to every Jew still living, and you are spitting on the graves of every Jew who perished in the Holocaust. Take your racist, kapo ass back up to Pennsylvania. You are an embarrassment to every Jewish South Carolinian.

Posted by Debbie Hall on November 18, 2018 at 8:48 PM

Re: “S.C. GOP chair shuns Mark Sanford, setting the stage for another SC-1 race to embrace Trump in 2020

Sanford was cool. Everyone needs someone to blame for their own failures it seems

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Posted by sdog on November 18, 2018 at 7:33 AM

Re: “S.C. GOP chair shuns Mark Sanford, setting the stage for another SC-1 race to embrace Trump in 2020

I dont think Trump has anything to do with Arlington. Arrington has home grown Columbia SC written all over her. I'm not a fan of the pro war hawk politicians from Columbia either. They are worse than the politicians in DC

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Posted by sdog on November 18, 2018 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Manager who called the cops on anti-violence demonstrators "will not be returning" to North Charleston store

I feel like I'm reading the YouTube comments section

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Posted by Alex Perry on November 16, 2018 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Manager who called the cops on anti-violence demonstrators "will not be returning" to North Charleston store

Old man can't handle the truth as usual. How did you make it out of the home unsupervised is my question. Your mashed potatoes and gravy are probably cold by now

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Posted by Brad 1 on November 15, 2018 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Manager who called the cops on anti-violence demonstrators "will not be returning" to North Charleston store

Now my question is, SenseA, were you home-schooled in racism, or did it just develop as you aged?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on November 15, 2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Manager who called the cops on anti-violence demonstrators "will not be returning" to North Charleston store

Send a group of 30-40 individuals to Barack Obama's property and see what happens. Push buttons such as his doorbell and loiter and ask to use the bathroom facilities on his property. See how you are treated by the Great Messiah and his secret service.

Even better, send your mob to the Charleston City Paper. Let them hang out there, push buttons, and use the bathroom facilities. Pull fire alarms to signal emergency alarms. They'll be tolerant. Won't you guys? I mean...You wouldn't be hypocrites? Nahhhhhh

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Posted by Sense A on November 15, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Joe Cunningham heads to D.C.; Charleston considering increasing minimum wage to $12

The cost of living is already very high. If you increase the minimum wage, watch the cost of staying at hotels or eating at restaurants go even higher. I can assure you that the housekeepers and dishwashers are not getting $11.50 per hour. All the costs will be passed down to you, the customer. Charleston will become a place you can no longer afford to shop in or go out to eat. You'll get more companies from outside Charleston commuting to Charleston because their employment costs will be lower. Traffic will get even worse. Businesses will have the incentive to move their offices out of Charleston. The real minimum wage is zero dollars. An increase in minimum wage will pressure employers to cut hours or automate jobs. This is easy to do especially with mobile orders now easy to implement.

The desire to raise minimum wage is a natural consequence of a belief in the fantasy of demand-side economics.

Charleston is already a very competitive job market. An increase in the minimum wage is unnecessary. What you will see are very low skilled workers lose their jobs. The cashier at a breakfast cafe I go to is mentally challenged. He has trouble counting and is very slow thinking about what he is doing. They employ him because he's a sweet young man who tries very hard and is very polite. Customers are patient with him because of that. I'm afraid that the cafe won't be able to pay him a higher minimum wage because he's just not really that productive. It is better for a person like him to have a job than be forced out of the workforce by an artificially high minimum wage.

As usual, DemoKrats never consider the unintended consequences of their Do-Gooder policies. Raising the minimum wage is a lousy gimmick used by unintelligent politicians who must have never studied economics.

An education at The Citadel is worth the cost in my opinion. You get a valuable, no non-sense education and the standards are high and they have very good professors. Most Citadel graduates I've encountered went on to be successful. Unfortunately, College of Charleston just doesn't turn out high quality students in most of their programs. Higher learning is not its core agenda. It is more-so a social club for parents to vacate their basements. Since there are no basements in Charleston, I'll substitute the ROTG. Most CofC graduates I've met went on to be baristas or pedicab operators. There are, of course, exceptions. Hopefully the next president of CofC is more concerned with a regimen of intellectualism, critical debate, and the hard sciences rather than "social justice" (which is actually injustice to those it targets) and the fragile, emotional feelings of delicate college students who need safe spaces. There are many people in college who absolutely do not belong there. The college is so worried about maximizing revenue to pay its ridiculous high salaries and pensions that they are willing to lower the bar for entry. Heck, they are more worried what color every student is rather than how smart they actually are. They want their students to look different but all think alike. College of Charleston - a campus full of NPC's.

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Posted by Sense A on November 14, 2018 at 12:03 PM

Re: “After Columbia, is it time for Charleston to consider a new city flag?

Have it designed by a skateboard company or street artist.

Posted by Prospero Lavey on November 13, 2018 at 8:13 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Joe Cunningham heads to D.C.; Charleston considering increasing minimum wage to $12

Minimum wage is currently 7.25/hour not 11.50

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Posted by Rog on November 13, 2018 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Charleston could be the next coastal city and the largest in S.C. to ban plastic bags

Ban the damn things NOW!

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Posted by pugnax on November 13, 2018 at 5:03 PM

Re: “PHOTOS: Charleston protesters speak out against Sessions firing, "No one is above the law"

It's like McCain and Comey and Romney. If they appear to be troublesome to Trump, they are heroes (even though the left also previous hated them) because leftists have one and only one agenda: FUCK TRUMP

If Sarah Palin criticized Trump they would laud her.

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Posted by Cid95 on November 13, 2018 at 10:14 AM

Re: “PHOTOS: Charleston protesters speak out against Sessions firing, "No one is above the law"

I did not realize Jeff Sessions had so many admirers on the left or that so many Americans don't understand how presidential appointments work.

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Posted by Mark Miller on November 10, 2018 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Charleston protesters will stand against firing of Jeff Sessions in Marion Square on Thursday at 5 p.m.

The left has become the 1930's brown shirts of the Nazi Party. When will these unhinged loonies try their own Night of the Long Knives? It's funny because this garbage is pumped up by places like the CCCP, the national media, TV, movies, anywhere you look basically. But, if you look at the entire world, their is a direct movement by all countries to the more conservative right. Western Europe is beginning to reap the rewards of leftist policies, and it is being revoked. The US is at the peak of this movement or very close, soon you will see a downturn in this nonsense. More moderate Democrats are being elected and hopefully the extreme left Progressives in politics will be eaten by their own. Extreme religious conservatives during the Bush Presidency was not a good thing, that's not true conservatism. And the extreme left is not a good thing for Demorats, it is not true liberalism. Guys like Cunningham seem like a good start, but these crazies gotta go.

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Posted by Brad 1 on November 9, 2018 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Cutty's hosting gathering Friday to remember Mel Garrett, who was struck while riding his bike this week

This man was a legend and will be forever in our hearts. A tragedy. Much love to his family.

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Posted by Niki Szidat-Barton on November 9, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Charleston protesters will stand against firing of Jeff Sessions in Marion Square on Thursday at 5 p.m.

wow didnt know there were so many ignorant and misinformed people .....the president has the right to appoint and fire anyone in the executive branch ....read the constitution....oh i forget you want to get rid of that piece of paperwork...you are communist ....plan and simple

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Posted by cmc3rd on November 9, 2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Complete list of Charleston-area 2018 election results

I wonder if he actually thinks that people read these protracted comments. I know it's a trollish comment, but I really do wonder.

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Posted by Kickapoodude on November 9, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Clyburn says he'll run for majority whip; BMW shifting some X3 production to China after tariffs

This report dating back to 2010, before Trump, explains how China was ripping off American manufacturers and exporters long before Trump ever showed up on the scene. Trump is in negotiations to fix this because Obama never had the fortitude or negotiating capability to do so.

China's multiple barriers to American products http://www.idealtaxes.com/post3097.shtml (Published in 2010)

"China still maintains high duties on some products that compete with sensitive domestic industries. For example, the tariff on large motorcycles is 30 percent. Likewise, most video, digital video, and audio recorders and players still face duties of approximately 30 percent. Raisins face duties of 35 percent."

"The report briefly mentions China's most recent escalation, its November requirement that American corporations move their R&D and patents to China"

Under Hussein Obama, American companies are required to forfeit their research development, and intellectual property rights and patents to China. Obama was letting the Chinese government practice mercantilism, the strategy of maximizing exports and minimizing imports.

Six years before Trump began politics, economists were calling for the U.S. government to impose equal tariffs on China to set in motion a renegotiation of trade terms:

"It's time to impose a tariff on Chinese goods proportional to our trade deficit with China. Such a tariff, permitted by a special WTO rule for trade-deficit countries, would finally force the Chinese government be take down its many, many barriers to American goods and services." -Howard Richman, 4/1/2010

President Trump is doing the job DemoKrats should have done back in 2010 when they had the White House and majorities in both the Senate and House. But DemoKrats were too busy increasing the healthcare insurance costs for over 100 million Americans so that they could give free healthcare insurance to just a few million, most of whom were already eligible for medicaid beforehand.

Clyburn is responsible for laundering millions of dollars which were misused at South Carolina State University. That money was never recovered. Instead, the University hired a corrupt DemoKrat from Chicago (Thomas Elzey) who was almost as corrupt as Clyburn himself, further hurt the South Carolina State University's finances and left the University begging Governor Nikki Haley for a bailout from the taxpayers. DemoKrats like bailouts. DemoKrats bailed out the DemoKrat city of Detroit with $300 million in tax subsidized aid in 2013.

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Posted by Sense A on November 9, 2018 at 10:51 AM
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