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Re: “Secessionists paint Confederate flags over 'Hope Equality Love' message on Folly Boat, but not for long

Awesome message, Chrys and Michelle! Love wins every time.

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Posted by Elizabeth W. on June 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Trump won by a landslide in this state because many South Carolinian's at least found SOMETHING he said that they could identify with. Further they (and I) distrusted Hillary. When faced between choosing a pile of puke and a pile of feces, I picked the mess that would be easier to clean up if it started to smell so bad we just could not stand it anymore. Despite rhetoric, I feel the country IS doing better. I suggest that those who strongly disagree get their friends to join them at the polls next time. Republican participation in the primary was at record levels while Democratic votes fell drastically.

However, none of this has anything to do with the AME tragedy. Charleston has never been as divided as many think we are. We have pockets, true, but the vast majority rub shoulders with those of other races and creeds daily, and think nothing of it.

Kimpson's idea failed for several reasons. The three-day "Charleston Loophole" that allows some S.C. gun purchasers to buy and take home a gun before a background check has been completed, would have made some firearm sales take MONTHS to complete.

Further, it was not the default proceed after 3 days has passed rule that allowed the AME shooter to keep that firearm. The FBI has 90 days to make a determination. If they had ultimately decided to deny the sale, they could have issued an order to ATF to confiscate the firearm. Dylan Roof purchased the firearm on April 16, the shooting was committed on June 17, over TWO MONTHS from the time he had made the purchase. If at ANY TIME the FBI had cause to deny the sale, and they did, they could have ordered the ATF to confiscate that firearm. They did not do it and they still cannot fully explain why. The system is broken, but making a lawful resident wait months for the FBI to make a determination is a violation of their civil rights to self defense (Yes, gun ownership is a civil right, not simply a privilege, like your drivers license), and does nothing to light a fire under the FBI's behinds to move to get such a firearm recovered when improperly sold.

Gentrification? Wage Gaps? The AME shooting showed that many whites do not believe in the AME shooters ideology of white supremacy, it has nothing to do with embracing socialism, and spreading the wealth to the perceived down trodden masses. The shooter was not Robin Hood and his ideology had nothing to do with racial wage disparity.

In the aftermath of the AME shooting, the world held its breath in anticipation of Charleston becoming the next Ferguson; with rioting, shooting, and burning. We came together and showed that these tragedies do not have to tear us apart on racial lines, and I am very proud of my fellow Charlestonians for that. You say we did not make any lasting change? I think we did. We showed the country that the racial divide is not deeper in the south like they thought it was/ That rioting, burning, and looting is not how you respond to tragedy, and that those who would seek to divide us further should go elsewhere to find easier targets for their racist hate to be fertilized. I personally think that was a great thing.

Knee jerk politicking in the wake of a tragedy is not the way we should be making law in this state, or in this country. So what did we do in the face of all this racial brotherly love and support? We bowed to external pressure and took down a flag, which was probably more of an undoing of racial tolerance in this state than the shooting was.

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Posted by Jshicke on June 15, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Folly Beach shark bite strikes environmental chord

Duh..sharks started getting "saved" directly after JAWS 40 years hence the slaughter on the Humans ever since. Sharks first Humans last.

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Posted by glen folkard on June 15, 2017 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Very insightful article, and well articulated truths.

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Posted by Terri Owens on June 14, 2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Translation of Neil's comment: I'm clearly a racist prick who either didn't reason through what I just typed or somehow fails to understand that the terrorist attack on Emanuel AME is completely the fault of a white man entrenched in the culture of white supremacy. So yeah, this one is all on "whitey."

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Posted by Grease Kelly on June 14, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Tim Scott outlines his four-step process for connecting with others

Seriously?!?!?! Did you attend his town halls?!?!?! Not only did he pick and choose from a bowl of written questions, he laughed, yes he LAUGHED, at the concerns voiced by constituents. He is a rude, arrogant ass.

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Posted by jhark on June 14, 2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Translation: "It all be whitey's fault."

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Posted by Neil Carter 1 on June 14, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Excellent read.

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Posted by wolverine on June 14, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Excellent article. I agree with you 100%.

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Posted by ssmith8562 on June 14, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Donald Trump definitely just accidentally burned every single Clemson grad

Really? This burned your breakfast, Tiger fans? Most people in the country probably couldn't tell you where Clemson is and their only familiarity with the school is because of sports. Our snake-oil salesman president may make everything seem ridiculous with his delivery, but... take a deep breath... he praised Clemson as a great school.

The president praised Clemson grads' alma mater as a great school. HORRORS.

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Posted by factoryconnection on June 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Charleston can lead the country by getting its story straight

Damn Orlando, why all the hate?
Has your Hispanic Priviledge written a check you can't cash?
You grandstand as if every Southerner had a mess of slaves, not true at all.

Less than 2% of property owners had slaves and the vast majority owned less than 4. Usually a family unit.
A slave was expensive, in today's money, equal to about $30,000. They were not routinely beaten and abused.
Was it wrong? Of course it was, but how did they become slaves?
In America it lasted about 200 years, in Africa, several thousand years.
WHO captured the people who would become slaves? Other blacks who after one or two levels of wholesaling would Take them to the coast and sell them to Dutch traders who in turn, brought them to America.
Their first customer was a black land owner. The largest slave owners in both MS and LA were black land owners.
Ifcyoure going to tell stories and fiegn righteous indignation, the least you could do is tell the whole story.

Posted by Michael Shortt on June 14, 2017 at 12:40 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

The amount of black owned businesses in Charleston has declined greatly along with the black resident population of Charleston for several decades now.

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Posted by RASPUTIY on June 14, 2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Tim Scott outlines his four-step process for connecting with others

That's totally bogus. He does nothing of the sort. He even bagged out if his own town hall and refuses to engage in any meaningful dialogue that opposes Trump and the Republican agreement to obstruct, destroy and deny. He has sold out all of his constituents. He will NOT be reelected! I thought the City Paper was better than this. When is your next PR piece for Scott to appear?

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Posted by Karen Turpin Morgan on June 13, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Donald Trump definitely just accidentally burned every single Clemson grad

You know what? F*** Donald Trump for saying whatever it was he said about Clemson! For that matter, F*** Donald Trump for saying anything, ever!

If Donald Trump said that grass is green or skies are blue I would say F*** Donald Trump for saying the sky is blue or the grass is green!

On the other hand, who knew Clemson was a great academic school? Not me!

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Posted by CityDweller29403 on June 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Donald Trump definitely just accidentally burned every single Clemson grad

That was the "burn" of every Clemson grad? The president saying many don't know Clemson is a great academic school? That was the subject of an entire article? Seriously?

The fact is most do not know it's a great academic school. Most recognize the university because if its iconic athletic logo, the tiger paw. But yes it is also a great academic institution. It's the highest rated public academic university in our state.

But I don't understand why pointing out that fact is supposed to be an insult to those of us who graduated from Clemson. I guess the author was just looking for a reason, any reason to bash Clemson and/or the president. I'll take the "burn" of the president calling my alma mater a great academic school over the author's pride of claiming this silly little journalistic jewel as one of his own.

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Posted by Michael Morrow on June 13, 2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Donald Trump definitely just accidentally burned every single Clemson grad

Trump can be mindless at times with a serious case of speak (or tweet) before you think syndrome, which is not helpful. I guess this mindlessness leads some of his supporters to become persecuted snowflakes here of late. After 8 years of bashing, racial epithets and cartoons against President Obama's ethnicity, I would think they'd have tougher skins, but alas, no. Trumple-thin-skins, to be sure, need to get their "tiny" hands dirty and calloused. And Clemson, while a team to be proud of, kowtows to the most disrespectful entity to walk the earth - I'm surprised that trump's knuckles don't drag the ground.

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Posted by tupper29406 on June 13, 2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Donald Trump definitely just accidentally burned every single Clemson grad

Just curious, if he didn't say that then what else would you have written against him? You obviously have to try to tear down the POTUS like a true Lefty, so if it wasn't this statement, what was the next thing? Something else he said? The way he tied his tie? Buttoned his jacket? Walked to the podium? Smiled or didn't smile? Shook hands? What? Couldn't just leave it as the honor to the team that it was? Unbelievable.

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Posted by John Irving on June 13, 2017 at 6:08 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Police seizure laws scrutinized; Mixson apartments to reopen; S.C. falls off Fortune 500 list

If the VC Sumner plant is not completed, that's over $8 billion gone with nothing to show for it. Also, increasing population means increased electrical base load, which will mean more natural gas plants will have to be built at additional cost.
No matter how much solar or wind power is added to our system, we will still need base load plants for when the sun isn't shining, which happens every night; and when the wind isn't blowing.
Personally, I would prefer that these nukes be finished rather than adding more fossil fuel plants, even though they would be natural gas rather than coal. (sorry Donald)

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Posted by navyvet on June 12, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Sanford doesn't buy 'He's new' defense of Trump; Revisiting Townville; SCE&G solar program

Dorrie, Under trump, your tax rate (somehow I doubt 40% after filing) will stay the same or increase, while the corporate elitists that trump looks out for, himself included, will become exponentially richer. Watching FNC all the time, makes one ignorant to reality.

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Posted by tupper29406 on June 12, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Restoration effort reveals new look inside the Hunley, but mysteries still remain

Joseph, I agree with you that drowning is unlikely. But I also agree that it is unlikely that asphyxiation caused the sinking. I suggest another possibility. I believe the crewmembers, and especially Dixon, were incapacitated by the effects of the explosion. This resulted in an out of control backward descent and impact with the bottom in about 10 minutes. The extreme noise produced by the explosion might alone have been enough to disorient or debilitate the crew until hypercapnia or hypoxia took hold. Eventually, the crew did die from lack of breathable air, but that is not what led to the sinking of the Hunley. And I am aware that the U S Navy's Carderock Division does not totally support my position, but they fail to provide a convincing alternative.

Kimble Johnson

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Posted by Patti Johnson on June 11, 2017 at 6:25 PM
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