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INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE VOICE OF THE PALMETTO STATE
Martins Headline Piedmont Women’s
Center 25th Anniversary Banquet
PHOTO COURTESY OF PWC
The Dove Award winning Martins (Judy, Jonathan
and Joyce) provided Christian music for the PWC
Anniversary Banquet. The Martins were part of
Bill Gaither’s Concert Tours and Videos.
DAR Commemorated 50th
Anniversary of Vietnam War
AMERICAN LEGION POST 3 PHOTO BY GILBERT SCALES
Nathanael L. Greene Chapter DAR members
visited American Legion Post 3 with a proclamation
from Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell recognizing
Vietnam War Veterans.
Road Medical Facility
Vet Center Program
for Vietnam Veterans
By Bob Dill
The 2016 Piedmont Women’s
Center Pregnancy Medical Clinic 2016 Banquet For Life featured music by the Dove Award
winning Martins. The popular
family group has appeared on
most of the Bill Gaither videos
produced in recent years.
The food was exceptionally good for an event requiring
food service for more than1,100
The guests were treated with
ultrasound images of live unborn babies in various stages of
development on a giant screen,
with narration by the medical
An excellent video was
shown depicting the 25 year
journey of the Piedmont Women’s Center from it’s beginning
to the present.
The highlight of the banquet was live testimony of two
women who had abortions and
had life changing experiences
through the PWC abortion recovery programs.
Lieutenant Governor Henry
PHOTO BY GILBERT SCALES
Craig Barnett, US Army (Ret.), Vietnam
War Veteran was guest speaker at the
50th Anniversary commemorating the
Vietnam War (November 1, 1955 to
May 15, 1975).
Funeral of South
Lt.Yen V Vo
See PWC, Page 2
Will Freedom Survive?
Have Super-PACs and Dark Money Stolen our Birthright?
n January 21, 2010, the
Supreme Court of the
United States decided a case,
Citizens United versus the
Federal Election Commission,
which has dramatically changed
the relative inﬂuence of Ameri-
can voters on government policy for the worse. The average
voter is scarcely aware or as yet
much concerned that his relative
inﬂuence and voice have been
reduced to a whisper beside
giant Political Action Commit-
tees (super-PACs) that spend
unlimited millions on political and media propaganda
campaigns. Moreover, legal
arrangements can now hide
See SCRUGGS, Page 12
PHOTO COURTESY OF RONALD HALL
Presenting the Vietnamese Heritage
Flag to family of 2nd Lt. Yen V Vo.
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future construction of a new
free limited OB ultrasounds.
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modern medical facility to re-
Their Abortion Recovery As-
McMaster presented CEO Lenna Smith with a commendation
from the Lieutenant Governor’s Oﬃce recognizing the
life-saving accomplishments of
the PWC during the past twenty-ﬁve years.
Lenna Smith made what she
called an “earth moving” announcement that involved the
place the decaying building on
sistance program helps women
Grove Road. Additional space
and men who have experienced
in the new facility will permit
an abortion ﬁnd God’s path of
the doubling of ultrasound ser-
healing and restoration.
vices provided at that location.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
During 2015, the Piedmont
Piedmont Women’s Center
Women’s Center administered
serves families by oﬀering con-
1,786 pregnancy tests, provided
ﬁdential counseling, free lab-
606 ultrasounds and saved 303
grade pregnancy testing, and
babies from abortion.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PWC
More than 1,100 guests attended the Piedmont Women’s
Center 25th Anniversary Banquet.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PWC
PWC CEO Lenna Fox Smith welcomes guests to the
Piedmont Women’s Center 25th Anniversary Banquet.
Annual Spring Plant Sale
PHOTO BY BOB DILL
SC Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster made presentation to PWC CEO
Lenna Fox Smith during 25th Anniversary Banquet.
Funeral of South
Vietnamese 2nd Lt.Yen V Vo
WASHINGTON CENTER PHOTO
Students and staﬀ at Washington Center display a
sample of ßowers available for purchase during the
school’s annual Spring Plant Sale.
Washington Center ’s
annual Spring Plant Sale
begins Wednesday, April
6th and is open to the public. The greenhouse is full
of brightly colored ﬂowers
such as impatiens, petunias, lantana, geraniums and
hanging baskets. Vegetables include tomatoes, bell
peppers, cucumbers, squash
and zucchini. The students
have worked very hard along
with their teacher Cathy Bush.
Classes have participated in every part of the process. They
have ﬁlled containers with soil
and planted seeds or plugs. Students have also helped to care
for plants in the greenhouse as
they grow. Monies raised will
provide funding to continue the
gardening program which
is an important part of our
curriculum. For more information, call 355-0250
or come visit Washington
Center at 2 Betty Spencer
Drive. The students and
staﬀ say a big Thank You to
the community for your
Pat Ramsey and
Ron Hall salute
SV 2nd Lt. Yen
Vo one last time
as a traditional
goodbye to their
PHOTO COURTESY OF RONALD HALL
I am addicted to the
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Free Pickens County
A free Pickens County community meeting will be held
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 7pm till 8pm to provide information for concerned citizens over the recent School Board
decision to close two of our rural schools.
This meeting will provide updates on the three plans in
place to ﬁght back against this decision which was clearly
against the WILL OF THE PEOPLE OF PICKENS COUNTY. The three plans are #1 Law Suit #2 Charter School #3
Refusing the Spring high stakes tests.
Grassroots activists will be our speakers and hopefully we
will try our best to answer your questions about the plans.
Donations will be accepted to pay for the retainer fee of the
lawyer we have retained.
Meeting will take place at the Pickens Senior Center located at 129 Schoolhouse Street, Pickens, SC. Park in the back
and enter through back entrance. Turn left down hallway and
meeting will be held in multi-purpose room.
For more information contact: Johnnelle Raines, cell #
704-860-0648 email: [email protected]
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Helen Kinion Presents “Confederate Bingo,” to Greenville 51 UDC
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROL LEAKE
Ladies of Oliver Thompson 1850
UDC, young ladies from Caroline
S. Coleman 537 CofC, and some of
their friends from the community
are pictured at the “Somewhere in
Thyme” Tea on March 26, 2016.
settings, and hours of their time
in preparation and clean-up.
Their eﬀorts are greatly appreciated by their CofC chapter!
The event was attended by ladies from Greenville 51 UDC,
Hunley Chapter 2667 UDC,
Oliver Thompson 1850 UDC,
Beulah Meredith 2327 UDC,
Ann White 123 UDC, Lancaster 462 UDC, Caroline S.
Coleman 537, CofC, and other
guests from the community. The
chapter members were honored
to have in attendance the SC
Division UDC President, Ann
Shugart, SC Division Registrar
Judy McCardle (who was also
the Division Director for the
CofC when she served as SC
Division Third Vice President
from 2012-2014), Honorary SC
Division President Helen Kinion, and President of Lancaster
462 UDC Donna Sowell. Oliver Thompson 1850 Chaplain
Ann Vaughan brought a devotional, incorporating a variety
of herbs into her message. She
provided two lovely baskets and
an assortment of books for a si-
Oliver Thompson 1850, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its chapter meeting on
Wednesday, March 16, 2016,
at the Fountain Inn History
Museum. Following the UDC
Ritual and business session,
the chapter members enjoyed
the program of “Confederate
Bingo,” presented by Helen
Kinion, member of Greenville
51 UDC. Mrs. Kinion is the
Honorary President of the SC
Division UDC. The game was
very educational, teaching some
interesting facts about the War
Between the States, and testing
the knowledge of those in attendance! The chapter was honored
to also have Darlene Dowdy,
SC Division Treasurer, in attendance at the meeting, and Georgia Grey Chumley (SC Division Recording Secretary of the
Children of the Confederacy)
and her sister Charlotte Chum-
ver Thompson chapter ladies
donated items to the benevolent
projects of Caroline S. Coleman
537. They also contributed to
the SCSCAR President’s Project of Will Flint, who is a member of Caroline S. Coleman 537,
CofC. Will’s project is called,
“Helping our Heroes,” uniting
“Canine Angels” service dogs
with Wounded Warriors and
First Responders suﬀering from
PTSD. At the end of the meeting, the ladies posed for a picture across from the Caroline S.
Coleman exhibit at the Fountain
Inn History Museum.
The ladies of Oliver Thompson generously supported and
contributed to the “Somewhere
in Thyme” Fundraiser Tea
of Caroline S. Coleman 537,
which was held on Saturday,
March 26, 2016, at the “Old
Manse” of Fairview Presbyterian Church, Fountain Inn, SC.
Chapter members provided
lent auction which she donated
to the chapter fundraiser. The
children of Caroline S. Coleman 537, many of whom were
attired in their “old-timey” outﬁts enthusiastically greeted and
welcomed all the guests. They
helped to set the tables, served
the courses of food and cleared
plates. The tea was served in
three courses. The ﬁrst course
consisted of scones with cream
and jam and an assortment of
fresh fruit. The second course
was an assortment of savories and sandwiches, including
chicken salad sandwiches, egg
salad sandwiches, cucumber
sandwiches, pimento cheese
sandwiches, vegetables and dip,
veggie pizza squares, cheese
biscuits, and mini quiche. The
third course showcased a variety of mini desserts, including banana blueberry bread,
brownies, thumbprint cookies,
peppermint chocolate chip forget-me-nots, chocolate orange
truﬄes, assorted cream puﬀs
ley, both of whom are charter
members of Oliver Thompson’s
auxiliary CofC Chapter, Caroline S. Coleman 537. The Oli-
food, table cloths and napkins,
ﬂoral arrangements, gift baskets
for a silent auction, china and
crystal and silverware for table
and eclairs, wedding balls,
heart-shaped lavender sugar cookies, and cheesecake
squares. Pots of tea were served
By Carol Leake
throughout the entire Tea. To incorporate the theme, herbs were
used in some of the recipes for
the party food and were tucked
into the ribbons surrounding
the napkins at each place setting, and pots of herbs were
used in the table centerpieces.
Each guest received a tea cup
shaped magnet with a miniature
2016 calendar attached for their
party favor. Chapter members
enjoyed a delightful time of fellowship with their friends, and
they were grateful for the good
support and attendance for this
For more information about
Oliver Thompson 1850 UDC,
please contact Chapter President
Carol Leake at 864-414-5092.
For more information about Caroline S. Coleman 537, CofC,
please contact Chapter Director
Pam Evans at 832-867-9224.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROL LEAKE
Caroline S. Coleman 537 Chapter members are pictured with
Ann Shugart, SC Division UDC President, Judy McCardle,
SC Division Registrar UDC and past SC Division Third Vice
President UDC (2012-1014), and Carol Leake, President
of Oliver Thompson 1850 UDC and past SC Division Third
Vice President UDC (2010-2012) on the front porch of the
“Old Manse” of the Fairview Presbyterian Church, site of the
“Somewhere in Thyme” Fundraiser Tea.
“Kids Day at the Agricultural
Museum: Earth & Ecology”
On Saturday, April 23rd, the
Agricultural Museum of South
Carolina will host “Kids Day at
the Ag Museum: Earth & Ecology.” The event runs from 10
AM – 1 PM, and is designed for
children in grades 3-6. Admission is $5.00 and reservations
are required since class size is
limited. To make reservations,
parents should contact Nikki
Saylors at [email protected]
com or call 864-646-7271.
Through games and hands-on
activities, attendees will learn
about Earth and Ecology by
understanding diﬀerent ecosystems and how we interact and
aﬀect them every day. Some of
the activities students will participate in are learning about
rain barrels and decorating one
for the museum, identifying
trees by their leaves while learning about the carbon cycle, and
making their own thermometer
to take home with them. Attendees will also participate in
an ecology scavenger hunt.
First time attendees will have
an opportunity to earn their
Farm Hand badge, an educational program oﬀered by the
museum. Agricultural Museum
of South Carolina backpacks
will also be given to students
attending their ﬁrst Kids Day of
the 2016 season.
The Agricultural Museum of
South Carolina is located at 120
History Lane, Pendleton, SC.,
across Hwy. 76 from Tri-County Technical College’s Pendleton Campus. The museum is
open to the public Thursday and
Friday from 12 noon until 5 PM,
and Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM.
Admission is free, but donations
are appreciated. Group tours
and school ﬁeld trips may be
scheduled by emailing [email protected]
pendletondistrict.org or calling
Local Residents Inducted into The
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROL LEAKE
Oliver Thompson 1850 held its chapter meeting on Wednesday,
March 16, 2016, at the Fountain Inn History Museum.
Pictured L-R: Carol Leake, Jan Kendall, Ann Vaughan, Elinor
Mowbray, Loretta Woods, Helen Kinion, Margaret Thomas,
Georgia Grey Chumley, Tammy Chumley, Charlotte Chumley,
Pam Evans, Darlene Dowdy and Brenda Meyer.
BATON ROUGE, LA –
The following local residents
recently were initiated into
The Honor Society of Phi
Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all
Ashlee Stephens of Greenville (29607) initiated at
Nicholas Brown of Greenville (29607) initiated at College of Charleston
Gabriela Samour of Greenville (29607) initiated at
Joey Bonitati of Greenville
(29601) initiated at Clemson
Joseph Barnett of Greenville (29617) initiated at College of Charleston
Lauren Lees of Greenville
(29615) initiated at College of
Samuel McCauley of Greenville (29607) initiated at College of Charleston
Shanna Scott of Greenville
(29617) initiated at Clemson
These residents are among
approximately 30,000 students,
faculty, professional staﬀ and
alumni to be initiated into Phi
Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval
by a chapter. Only the top 10
percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least
72 semester hours, are eligible
for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of
the number of candidates for
graduate degrees may also
qualify, as do faculty, professional staﬀ, and alumni who
have achieved scholarly distinction.
Founded in 1897 at the
University of Maine and
headquartered in Baton
Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is
the nation’s oldest and most
selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has
chapters on more than 300
college and university campuses in North America and
the Philippines. Its mission
is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in
all ﬁelds of higher education
and to engage the community of scholars in service to
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Mark Clark Appointed
to Greenville Airport
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
CA. N0.: 2015-CP-23-03543
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF GREENVILLE
(Jury Trial Demanded)
Cheryl Lark and David Lark,
Blackwell & Company Realty, Inc.,
Lewis C. Barker, Charles Sims,
And Comdaque Painting Services, LLC,
TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT:
You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a
copy of which is attached hereto and herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy
of your answer to same upon the subscribed at 178 West Main Street, Post OfÞce
Box 3547, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304, within thirty (30) days after the service
of same, exclusive of the day of such service. If you fail to answer same within thirty
(30) day period, the Plaintiff will apply to the Court for the relief demanded therein and
judgment will be taken against you be default.
-------------------------Pursuant to Rule i5(a), SCRCP, and the Order of the Honorable Judge Robin B.
Stilwell dated January 7, 2016, the Plaintiffs above named, complaining of Defendants herein do submit this their Amended Complaint as following:
1. The parties hereto, the subject matter hereof, and all matters and things herein
after alleged are within the jurisdiction of this honorable court.
2. Plaintiffs are and were all times herein after mentioned residents of Greenville
County, State of South Carolina.
3. Defendant Blackwell & Company Realty, Inc., (Defendant Blackwell) is upon
information and belief a corporation existing under the laws of the State of South
Caroline and doing business in Greenville County, South Carolina.
4. Defendant Lewis C. Barker, (Defendant Barker) upon information and belief,
is a citizen and resident of Greenville County, South Carolina and a co-owner of
real property located at 333 Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greenville, South Carolina.
5. Defendant Charles Sims, (Defendant Sims) upon information and belief, is a citizen and resident of Greenville County, South Carolina and a co-owner of real property
located at 333 Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greenviile, South Carolina.
6. Defendant Comdaque Painting Services, LLC (“Comdaque”) was, upon information and belief, a limited liability company organized and existing under the laws of
the State of South Carolina and doing business in Greenville County, South Carolina.
7. Defendant Comdaque was upon information and belief, hired by one or more of
the Defendants named above to perform painting services at the 333 Wade Hampton
Boulevard location in Greenville, South Carolina
8. Upon information and belief, at the time of the incident complained herein, Defendant Blackwell was the leasee of the property owned by Defendant Sims and
9. Upon information and belief Plaintiff Cheryl Lark was a contract real estate
agent for Defendant Blackwell, working primarily from the leased ofÞce located at 333
Wade Hampton Boulevard.
10. Upon information and belief, Defendants Sims and Barker owed to their tenant
and those lawfully upon the premises a duty to ensure that the premises were in
reasonably safe and proper condition for their business purposes.
11. Upon information and belief; Defendants Sims and Barker had a duty to ensure
that any workmen they employed to work on the premises would he qualiÞed and
trained to do their work in a reasonably careful and professional manner and to do
nothing to create a dangerous condition upon the premises and to supervise any
workmen so employed.
12. On or about February 25, 2013, Plaintiff Cheryl Lark, in the course and scope
of her professional duties, was walking through the ofÞce of Defendant Blackwell
located at 333 Wade Hampton Boulevard. As Plaintiff walked through the said ofÞce,
she tripped over a desk mat left lying in a dangerous position on the ßoor.
13. Upon information and belief; Defendant Comdaque, by and through its authorized agent and servant, had recently moved this mat while working on the premises
at the direction of Defendants Barker and Sims and had not replaced said mat in a
safe and proper manner.
14. Defendant Blackwell failed to discover, warn, or remedy the hazard caused by
the mat prior to the Plaintiff’s fall.
15. As a result of the fall, Plaintiffs suffered injuries and damages as set forth
PLAINTIFF’S FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION AS TO ALL
15. Plaintiff incorporates herein by reference each and every allegation as set forth
hereinabove as if repeated verbatim.
16. Defendants, by and through their employees, agents, and servants were negligent, grossly negligent, careless, and reckless in the following particulars, to wit:
a) In failing to exercise due care to keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition;
b) In failing to remedy the hazard created by the mat on the ßoor;
c) In failing to warn Plaintiff of the condition either verbally or by way of signage,
cone placement, or other reasonably acceptable manner;
d) In failing to act as a reasonable and prudent business of like kind would have
acted under the circumstances then and there existing.
e) In failing to require inspection of the area when Defendants knew or by the
exercise of ordinary care should have known that the area had created an opportunity
for someone to fall and be injured.
17. As a direct and proximate result of the aforementioned acts of negligence on
behalf of Defendants, Plaintiff suffered injuries to her person that required extensive
and expensive medical care and treatment.
18. As a further and direct proximate result of the aforementioned acts of negligence on behalf of Defendants, Plaintiff suffered permanent physical impairment,
disability, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income, and physical pain and suffering.
FOR A SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION AS TO DEFENDANT BLACKWELL
(BREACH OF CONTRACT)
19. Plaintiff incorporates herein by reference each and every allegation as set forth
hereinabove as if repeated verbatim.
20. Upon information and belief, Plaintiff and Defendant Blackwell entered into a
Contract on or about January 22, 2013 whereby Defendant Blackwell agreed to maintain an ofÞce, “properly equipped with furnishings and other equipment necessary
and incidental to the proper operation of said business, and staffed with employees,
suitable to serving the public as a real estate broker. . .”
21. Defendant Blackwell breached its contract with Plaintiff by failing to provide
properly equipped and staffed ofÞce space for Plaintiff.
22. As a direct and proximate result of the aforementioned breach of contract on
behalf of Defendant Blackwell, Plaintiff suffered injuries to her person that required
extensive and expensive medical care and treatment.
23. As a further and direct proximate result of the aforementioned breach of
contract on behalf of Defendant Blackwell, Plaintiff suffered permanent physical impairment, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income, and physical pain and
FOR A SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION AS TO DEFENDANT’S BARKER, SIMS, AND
COMDADQUE AND A THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION AS TO DEFENDANT BLACKWELL (LOSS OF CONSORTIUM)
24. The foregoing allegations of the Complaint are incorporated by reference herein as if fully restated verbatim.
25. Plaintiff David Lark is now, and was at all times pertinent herein, a citizen
and resident of Greenville County, South Carolina and the loving spouse of Plaintiff
26. That as a. result of injuries to Plaintiff Cheryl Lark, Plaintiff David Lark was
deprived and continues to be deprived of society, companionship, consortium, and
services of his wife, Plaintiff Cheryl Lark.
27. Accordingly, Plaintiff David Lark has been damaged and believes that he is
entitled to judgment against the Defendants for compensatory damages in regards to
his loss of consortium claim in such amount as determined appropriate by the court
at the trial of this case.
28. Plaintiffs hereby demand a jury trial on all causes of action herein as a matter
of right pursuant to Rule 38, SCRCP.
WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs pray for judgment against Defendants for actual damages in an appropriate amount, for the cost of this action, and for such other and further
relief as the Court deems just and proper as to the Plaintiff Cheryl Lark, and for actual
damages in an appropriate amount, for the costs of this action, and for such other
relief as the Court may deem just and proper as to Plaintiff David Lark.
Donald C. Coggins, Jr.
SC Bar No. 1307
Ryan F. McCarty
SC Bar No. 74198
P. O. Box 3547
I78 West Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Telephone: (864) 585-5100
Fax: (864) 542-2993
Attorneys for Plaintiffs
January 15, 2016
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Groover to Address
BJU’s Pre Law Forum
PHOTO COURTESY OF LARA KAUFMANN
Mark Clark has been appointed to the Greenville Airport
Commission (GAC) by Greenville City Council to serve a
three-year term. The GAC is
the owner and operator of the
Greenville Downtown Airport
(GMU). GMU is the busiest
general aviation airport in South
Carolina and is a self-suﬃcient
entity with ﬁnancial strength
that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is
home to Greenville Jet Center,
the largest Fixed Base Operator
(FBO) in S.C., as well as more
than 25 other aviation-related
businesses creating 453 jobs
that annually contribute more
than $35.2 million to the Upstate
economy. For more information
about GMU, please visit http://
www.greenvilledowntownairport.com or contact Joe Frasher
at [email protected] or 864-242-4777.
The Radio Pulpit.org
PHOTO COURTESY OF RANDY PAGE
Chairman of the Greenville County
Republican Party Chad Groover.
Greenville attorney Chad
Groover will address Bob Jones
University’s Pre Law Forum
Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in
Levinson Hall on the BJU campus. Groover will speak about
his preparation for law school
and his experience in serving as
counsel in the U.S. Senate, as a
federal prosecutor and a private
Groover, a 1994 graduate of
BJU, earned his JD in 1998 from
the Walter F. George School
of Law at Mercer University. He served as counsel to the
United States Senate Judiciary
Committee’s Subcommittee on
Crime where he advised Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on
constitutional and anti-terror-
ism policy. Following his time
on the Judiciary Committee,
Groover served as a Special
Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of
Iowa, where he prosecuted narcotics and ﬁrearms violations.
Groover currently serves as
managing partner of Upstate
Elder Law and Chairman of the
Greenville County Republican
The forum is free and open
to the public. Levinson Hall is
located in the University’s Welcome Center, near BJU’s Wade
Hampton Boulevard entrance.
Parking is available on campus
streets and in the parking garage
behind Rodeheaver Auditorium.
From God’s Word
by Pastor Ken Rainey
with a message of
Hope for the World
Awarded $250 Soil
Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District awarded a
$250 grant to GTCHS student Roann Abdeladl to study biochar in
regards to crop yield.
Biochar is highly fertile soil discovered in the Amazon Basin. Ms.
Abdeladl proposed to create samples of the soil that is composed of
charcoal and organic matter and create a test garden in Greenville.
Other GTCHS students will assist in planting crops and measuring yield. After data collection and analysis, Ms. Abdeladl will
write a formal research paper.
Greenville Tech Charter High School is a Public Charter High
School located on the Barton Campus of Greenville Technical College.
For additional information about GTCHS go to http://www.gtchs.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
252 Fallen Law Enforcement OfÞcers Greenville County Sheriff
to be Honored During 28th Annual
Candidates Appear At County GOP
Candlelight Vigil on May 13
Executive Committee Meeting
National Law Enforcement Oﬃcers Memorial
Fund releases list of names of oﬃcers being
added to the national monument this year
Washington, DC—Today the
National Law Enforcement Ofﬁcers Memorial Fund released
the roll call of names of 252
U.S. law enforcement oﬃcers
who have died in the line of
duty. These names will be engraved next month and formally dedicated at the 28th annual
Candlelight Vigil held on the
National Mall (between 4th and
7th streets) on Friday, May 13th
at 8:00 pm.
Included in this list are the
names of 123 oﬃcers who
were killed in the line of duty
in 2015 and 129 oﬃcers who
were killed in prior years but
had been forgotten by time until
the Memorial Fund’s research
staﬀ and a team of dedicated
volunteers found record of their
law enforcement service. When
the addition of these 252 names
is completed in late April, the
National Law Enforcement Ofﬁcers Memorial will bear the
names of 20,789 oﬃcers representing all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, U.S. territories,
federal law enforcement, and
military police agencies—all
who have made the ultimate
sacriﬁce in our nation’s history.
The engraving process begins
with a lengthy stencil and proofing procedure conducted before
the line of names is cut into the
stone on each panel. Next, the
ﬁrst application of Silin stain is
applied to the freshly-cut stone
to give each letter the necessary color uniformity. Next, the
panel is covered and will cure
for 24-36 hours, weather dependent. The concluding step
includes application of a ﬁnal
coat of Silin stain that is applied
to the names. The panel is again
covered and cured for 24-36
hours before ﬁnal inspection
by engravers. Once the inspection is ﬁnished, the covers are
removed, and the panel is completed. Names will be engraved
on 48 of the Memorial’s 128
panels encompassing the east
and west walls.
Each May 13, an estimated
20,000 people assemble for the
Study Finds Large
Shortage of Primary
Care Physicians in SC
Report Also Shows that a Prescription
Requirement for Certain Cold Medicines
Would Further Strain the Primary Care
Shortage Creating Over 17,000 New
Doctor Visits Per Year in South Carolina
South Carolina – March 31,
2016 – Today, Avalere Health
released a national study that
analyzed a number of states
facing a primary care physician
shortage as well as the costs that
consumers would face if the
state enacted a new prescription
requirement for existing overthe-counter (OTC) medicines
(PSE). The study found that 57
million Americans live in regions that lack adequate access
to primary healthcare due to a
shortage of physicians in their
communities and that the U.S.
health system will have a deﬁcit
of 52,000 doctors by 2025, but
an increasing population in need
of primary care.
In South Carolina speciﬁcal-
ly, the study found that the state
has 93 primary care physician
shortage areas, with 26 percent
of South Carolinians already
living in an area without enough
doctors. Additionally, the study
found that placing a new prescription requirement for current OTC medicines containing
PSE would create an additional
17,646 new doctor visits in the
state of South Carolina, creating an unnecessary additional
workload burden on a physician
community that is already facing a shortage, costing $300,000
in new Medicaid spending on
unnecessary doctor visits and
prescriptions, and resulting in
$1,000,000 in lost sales tax revenue for South Carolina in the
ﬁrst year alone.
Conservatives of the
Upstate Will Have
Two Pickens County
Candidates as Guests
Conservatives of the Upstate will have two guest speakers
for its April meeting. Tim Morgan, candidate for Pickens
County Sheriﬀ, and Allan Quinn, candidate for the SC Senate
District 2 seat, will explain their positions to the group and
anyone who cares to attend the meeting. Mr. Morgan served
as Assistant Sheriﬀ under former Sheriﬀ David Stone. Mr.
Quinn is a local business man in the Easley area. Both men
are running for their respective oﬃces in the upcoming Republican primary on June 14, 2016.
The public is invited to attend the meeting and encouraged
to ask the candidates questions. The meeting will be held
on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM. The location is
Blue Ridge Bible Church, 769 Belle Shoals Rd, Pickens, SC
29671. For more information go to http://www.conservativesoftheupstate.com.
annual Candlelight Vigil, a signature event of National Police
Week when the names of these
fallen oﬃcers are formally dedicated. Thanks to a partnership
with Oﬃcer.com, the Vigil is
streamed live over the Internet
so that people across the country
can witness this annual tribute to
America’s law enforcement oﬃcers. Individuals interested in the
free webcast can register online
“The process of meticulously engraving names—252 this
year—on the Memorial each
spring is big undertaking,” said
Craig W. Floyd, CEO of the
National Law Enforcement Ofﬁcers Memorial Fund. “These
oﬃcers gave their all protecting
our communities and we owe
them and their surviving family
and friends a huge debt of gratitude.”
The names of the 252 oﬃcers
added to the National Memorial
this year can be found at www.
LawMemorial.org/2016RollCall. For a complete schedule
of National Police Week events
in Washington, DC, visit www.
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PHOTO BY GILBERT SCALES
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Campaign to REFUSE the
HIGH STAKES TESTING
Here in Pickens County
Pickens, SC - United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE)
along with local chapter South Carolina Parents Involved in Education
(SCPIE) is encouraging parents across the state to boycott South Carolina’s Common Core-aligned standardized testing beginning April 19,
In order to gain the attention of the School District of Pickens County Schools Board of Trustees for their decision to close two proven
eﬀective schools, and to rein in the negative impact of high stakes
testing on children, their families, teachers, and society as a whole,
USPIE and SCPIE encourages parents to ﬁll out the TEST REFUSAL
form which can be found at scpie.org.
All over the country, parents are fed up with being ignored by the
government education system and parents are being driven to civil
disobedience, or as some claim their civil duty to take a stand for the
children and future of the United States.
Furthermore, USPIE and SCPIE call upon the School District of
Pickens County to accept parental decisions to refuse the standardized
tests, and ask the school district to provide educationally appropriate,
non-punitive responses, including alternative settings and activities
for the child whose parents have refused the test. Just recently SC
Representative Rita Allison, Chairlady of the SC House Education and
Public Works Committee stated, “Right now, if a parent chooses for
their child not to take an assessment there are no ramiﬁcations.”
The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents “possess the
fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children, and that the child is not the mere creature of the State; those who
nurture him and direct his destiny have the right coupled with the high
duty to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.”
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PHOTO BY BOB DILL
BJU Intercollegiate Athletics Move to NCCAA DII
Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced
Wednesday evening that BJU’s
intercollegiate athletic programs will transition to DII of
the National Christian College
Athletic Association (NCCAA),
eﬀective July 1. With the exception of the women’s soccer program which transitioned to DII
in 2013, the Bruins have competed at the NCCAA DI level
since 2012. The decision was
made upon recommendation of
the Bruins Athletic department.
“As we continue to grow
and expand our intercollegiate
sports programs, I’m thankful
for the leadership of our athletic
department and the incredible
testimony of our student athletes in and out of competition,”
said Steve Pettit. “This move
will enhance the overall experience of our student athletes.”
In compliance with existing
NCCAA regulations in place at
the time BJU began intercollegiate athletics in 2012, we competed at the DI level. At this level, student athletes typically are
awarded athletic scholarships.
The Bruins are one of the only
DI programs in the country to
not oﬀer athletic scholarships,
and a move to DII is in the best
interest of our student athletes.
In 2015, the NCCAA announced changes in division
structure, including the realignment of regions across the country into four regions. This consolidation allowed the existing
NCCAA DII south region to expand and presented a good ﬁt for
the Bruins. BJU will now compete in the postseason against
opponents such as Pensacola
Christian College, Toccoa Falls
College, Piedmont International
University and other non-scholarship DII schools. However,
each program remains committed to regular season schedules
that include NCAA, NAIA and
NCCAA DI and DII opponents.
“We have been praying and
considering this move for a
while,” Bruins athletic director
Neal Ring said. “I am pleased to
follow the president’s vision in
helping our student athletes use
their God-given athletic talent
as a platform for ministry.”
With the addition of women’s
volleyball, distance track and
shooting sports, BJU will oﬀer
13 varsity sports this fall. All
programs will begin competition at the DII level in the fall
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50th Anniversary of
his year marks the oﬃcial 50th anniversary of the Vietnam
War. Most Americans will never know and others have no factual knowledge of the war that cost thousands of American lives
over a period spanning more than a decade.
Any truthful historical assessment of the Vietnam War including
that of Communist leaders has concluded that the war was won by
the United States military with assistance of allies. They also concluded that the victory was forfeited and lost by the United States
Congress and the liberal media. Politicians were inﬂuenced by the
Communist sympathizers operating on college campuses and Communist sympathizers inside the government as well as inﬂuential
voices in the media.
The aging Vietnam Veterans who spent decades trying to forget
their unpleasant experiences will never forget their service, the sacriﬁce of their families, the ultimate sacriﬁces of their comrades in
arms and the ungrateful nation that failed to welcome them home.
Most suﬀered in silence, not acknowledging what is now known as
Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms. The wounded were patched up,
discharged from active service and sent home to mostly fend for
In those days there was no “Wounded Warriors” organization or
urgency to improve the Veterans Administration (VA). Unless there
was a strong family bond, the Vietnam Veteran became a lonely
individual indeed and many were classiﬁed as “homeless.”
Returning Vietnam Veterans who sought fellowship with other
veterans by joining the American Legion or other similar organizations soon found that the leaders in some of them openly discriminated against Vietnam Veterans and did not consider them to have
fought in a “real” war.
The Communist sympathizers and terrorists of the 1960s who assaulted soldiers, burned federal buildings, destroyed private property and undermined the war eﬀort went mostly unpunished. They
are now members of congress, presidential appointees in top-level
positions in the Obama Administration, top executives in media and
industry and tenured professors in universities. Bill Ayers and Jane
Fonda are two of the more notorious terrorists and Communist sympathizers living among the privileged and continuing to undermine
the Constitution of the United States and encourage mischief.
After ﬁve decades, the fact that a high percentage of the 22 veterans that commit suicide each day are Vietnam veterans goes unnoticed by most of their fellow Americans.
On a personal note, my mother who lived to be 93 never understood why I would not discuss my military service after I retired
and I never explained why. Only Vietnam Vets would understand.
In early 1969 a battalion commander I knew was killed in a helicopter accident. The previous commander of the unit, Lt. Col. Don
Wilkerson, an oﬃcer I served with in Bremerhaven, Germany and
Vietnam was on the same aircraft and witnessed the tragic accident.
Don volunteered to escort the body of his friend back to Pennsylvania. When he returned to Vietnam, he emotionally conﬁded in me
that, “I will never do that again.”
The family and friends of his deceased friend were very opposed
to the Vietnam War and were very hostile and unfriendly to Don. He
said that except for his duty requirement and loyalty to his friend,
he would have walked away as soon as he was met with hostility.
His experience was far too typical.
Vietnam Veterans in Greenville County are fortunate. There is an
active chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) that they
may join. In addition, the newly formed American Legion Post 214
named for Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., hero of the Cuban Missile
Crises, welcomes all veterans, including those who served in Vietnam.
The VVA is erecting memorials and reminders across the nation
of the role of Americans in attempting to preserve the freedom of
the Vietnamese people as promised by our government. Timing is
of importance, because the vets are aging and when the last one
dies, the organization will exist no more.
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Letters to the Editor ...
Poor old Donald Trump
Donald Trump is the only
candidate who has spent all of
his life in the real nasty world
— the rest: honest Hillary, crazy Bernie, humble Kaseck, and
Cruz in Starbright Park.
Let’s solicit our memories
back to America’s worst disgrace — Yaﬂa — orchestrated
by Franklin Roosevelt where he
charmed Stalin into putting the
three Baltic countries, Poland,
Czechoslovakia, and the Balk-
ins and Hungary behind the Iron
Curtain and a living hell (my
wife and I visited Eastern Europe during that time).
But suppose Trump was doing our negotiating during that
time. Stalin would have been
lucky to keep Moscow!
Can you imagine Hillary playing in the big leagues with China and Putin? Our Hillary, who
has been the architect of failure
in everything she has touched.
Can you imagine Hillary, who
is aﬄicted with an acute case
of narcissism, handling a serious war situation? Perhaps she
would turn to her draft dodging
husband for advice.
There appears to be in the
power” the high button shoes
thinking: the Lindsay Graham
mentality - to win, we must
bend and be like “them.” These
midwives of disaster have been
weaving a tapestry of defeatism
with the likes of Dole, McCain,
and Romney. The establishment
complicity in defeatism has ﬁnally been unmasked by Donald
Thank God we have one candidate who has the guts to call a
spade a spade. The only omission on his resume is he has
been a neighborhood organizer.
Dana Sullivan - Greenville, SC
Presidential Elections vs. Popularity Contests
As some of my readers al-
day on the hydraulic system. Af-
with a pretty girl. She and her
me of when the crowd wanted
ready know, halfway through
ter supper that night Ralph got
boyfriend both told him to back
Barabbas released and Jesus
World War II the Army decid-
stinking drunk, and spent about
oﬀ. He didn’t. He just got bolder
ed they had over-recruited men
an hour running around outside
and more oﬀensive. Finally the
In 1993 I attempted to or-
who wanted to be pilots. Instead
in two inches of snow, barefoot
16-year-old boyfriend knocked
ganize a reunion of our cadet
of further pilot training they sent
and half naked. The next day
Harry’s teeth out. Nineteen-
class. Bob was the only one
my cadet class to B-17 Tech
Ralph ﬂunked his test and was
year-old Harry retaliated and
who showed up (besides my-
School. Unwilling to give up on
washed out of tech school. Be-
beat the tar out of the kid. Bob
self). Bob had spent his life as
becoming pilots, my friend Bob
fore shipping out he came by
laughed, put his hand on Har-
a radio announcer. Harold had
and I went to the local civilian
the barracks to tell us all good-
ry’s shoulder and said, “You’re
stayed in the Army, became a
airport when oﬀ duty. Bob did
bye. Bob laughed, patted him on
okay, Harry. You’re okay.” Har-
Squadron Maintenance Oﬃcer,
some spectacular things in a 75
the back and said, “You’re okay,
old took him aside and said,
later a Squadron Commander,
H.P. Piper J-5, similar to what I
Ralph, you’re okay.” Harold
“Harry, don’t you think it would
and ﬁnally a Wing Command-
did in a 65 H.P. Piper J-3. Back
took him aside and said, “Ralph,
have been smarter if you had
er in the newly formed US Air
at the barracks I was surprised at
don’t you think it was pretty sil-
backed oﬀ when they told you
Force. Now I fully understood.
how our barracks mates praised
ly to get drunk the night before
to?” My understanding grew.
And it helps me to understand
Bob’s ﬂying skills, exaggerated
a big test?” I was beginning to
his accomplishments, but most-
One beautiful summer day
why Donald Trump gets more
I suggested to Bob that we in-
votes than Ted Cruz, and why
ly ignored mine. I began paying
In his oﬀ-duty hours Harry
vite Harold to go ﬂying with
Trump calls Ted “Lyin Cruz”
closer attention. I soon realized
liked to go roller skating. One
us. Bob quickly nixed that idea,
and Marco Rubio “Little Mar-
that Bob was the most popular
morning we noticed Harry’s
and called Harold some rather
co” and belittles Dr. Carson,
guy in our barracks. By con-
hands were skinned and bruised
insulting names. It reminded me
John McCain, and so many oth-
trast, Harold was the least popu-
and his two front teeth were
of when the Pharisees said Jesus
ers. Donald Trump has made
lar. I wondered why.
missing. Aﬁer much prodding
cast out demons by the power
this Presidential Election into a
One day we were told that we
we learned the story. At the
of Beelzebub. It also reminded
would be given a test the next
skating rink Harry had ﬂirted
Frank Hall - Greenville, SC
The Depression of 2016
It was said of my Father’s
parents that they were so poor,
when asked about the Depression they answered, “What
Depression?” That pretty well
sums up the Depression of 2016.
Depressions are something that
you go through, you don’t just
If we look around us, we can
observe the following:
1. The average American is
living from paycheck to paycheck.
2. The typical American
household is carrying a grand
total of $203,163.00 of debt.
3. 43% of American households spend more money per
month than they bring in.
4. For the past six years more
businesses have closed their
doors than have opened.
5. 49% of all Americans receive money from the government each month.
6. 47 million Americans are
living in poverty right now.
7. 46 million Americans use
Food Banks each year.
8. The middle class, for the
ﬁrst time, make up a minority of
9. 62% of all Americans have
less than $1,000.00 in savings.
10. Today, one out of every ﬁve children receive Food
All these ﬁgures can be veriﬁed at: theeconomiccollapseblog.com. Folks, it will continue.
May I suggest the following
to prepare yourselves:
1. Put your faith in God.
2. Reduce your expenses and
get out of debt.
3. Buy a weapon to protect
your family and yourself.
4. Learn a trade and learn to
5. Network with friends in
6. Find a purpose for living.
7. Last, abolish the Federal
Reserve. It is neither Federal
nor Reserve. They are privately
owned Banks that create money
out of thin air and charge interest on it. It will keep the American people perpetually in debt.
Friends, it is later than you
Glenda Windham - Greenville, SC
The Times Examiner
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
he American Council of
Trustees and Alumni publishes occasional reports on
what college students know.
Nearly 10 percent of the college
graduates surveyed thought
Judith Sheindlin, TV’s “Judge
Judy,” is a member of the U.S.
Supreme Court. Less than 20
percent of the college graduates
knew the eﬀect of the Emancipation Proclamation. More than
a quarter of the college graduates did not know Franklin D.
Roosevelt was president during
World War II; one-third did not
know he was the president who
spearheaded the New Deal. But
it is little mystery why so many
college students are illiterate,
innumerate and resistant to understanding. Let’s look at it.
Student activists at Brown
University complained of emotional stress and poor grades
after they spent months of protesting for various causes. They
blamed the university for insisting that they complete their
coursework. One of the objects
of their protest was an op-ed in
The Brown Daily Herald, the
university newspaper, that was
deemed racist because it defended the celebration of Columbus
Day. Brown University’s faculty recently took care of that and
renamed Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s Day.”
Professor Salvador Vidal-Ortiz of American University told
his students that capitalism dehumanizes brown people and
black people. If his students had
one iota of brains, they might
ask him why it is that brown and
black people all over the world
are seeking to ﬂee to countries
toward the capitalist end of the
economic spectrum rather than
the communist end. Campus
Reform reports that Vidal-Ortiz, during the Q&A of a book
talk at the University of Virginia, said he tells his students
that though he is light-skinned,
he refuses to be called white. “I
will not be labeled as something
that I know is violent,” he said.
College administrators are
short on guts and backbone. But
there is a glimmer of hope every now and then. Young Americans for Liberty at Rutgers
University invited Breitbart
News’ technology editor, Milo
Yiannopoulos, who is a homosexual, to give a lecture. Yiannopoulos describes his lecture
tour as “The Most Dangerous
Faggot Tour.” His lecture was
titled “How the Progressive Left
Is Destroying American Education.” There were about 400 students who attended his lecture,
plus there were protesters who
smeared themselves with fake
blood. Despite student opposition, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi called on his
university to stand up for free
speech, saying, “That freedom
is fundamental to our university, our society, and our nation.”
That was also Yiannopoulos’
message, namely: “The purpose
of university is to interrogate
new ideas, discover ourselves,
meet new people and explore
the world. What it ought to be
is a free space without trigger
warnings. In my view, anyone
who asks for a trigger warning should be expelled. What
they’ve demonstrated is that
they are incapable of being exposed to new ideas.”
Then there is Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, who bravely
told his students, “This is not a
day care. It’s a university.”
Stanford University’s board
of trustees is to be congratulated
for not caving in to the diversity
crowd in its selection of highly distinguished scientist Marc
Tessier-Lavigne as university
president. Students furiously
denounced the choice because
Tessier-Lavigne is a white man.
The student-run Stanford Political Journal wrote: “We believe
the Search Committee intended
to select the best possible candidate, and, of course, white men
should not have automatically
been precluded from the search.
However ... it would have been
ﬁtting for Stanford to select a
president that deviates from the
traditional white, straight, male
The University of Missouri System’s board of curators
is also to be congratulated for
ﬁring professor Melissa Click,
who was videotaped intimidating a student reporter during
demonstrations that led to the
cowardly resignations of the
system’s president, Timothy M.
Wolfe, and chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin. Her ﬁring was not a
result of administrator and faculty decency. Private donations
had plummeted, and Missouri
lawmakers were proposing an
$8 million cut in the system’s
budget. That proves what I have
always held: Nothing opens the
closed minds of administrators
better than the sounds of pocketbooks snapping shut.
-------------------------------------Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To Þnd out more
about Walter E. Williams and
read features by other Creators
Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate
Web page at www.creators.com.
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Dangerous Donald Trump
onald Trump’s victories in
the Republican primaries
may make him seem like a sure
winner. But those victories have
been achieved by receiving either somewhat less than 40 percent of the votes or somewhat
more than 40 percent, but never
The fragmenting of the Republican vote among many candidates in the primaries made
this possible. But victory in the
general election for President of
the United States in November
is going to require a lot more
than 40 percent of the votes.
And polls consistently show Mr.
Trump to be the most negatively regarded of any of the candidates in either party.
In some Republican winnertake-all states, 40 percent of the
votes can be enough to get 100
percent of the delegates. This
leverage might enable Trump to
gain a majority of the delegates
needed to become the party’s
But Trump and his supporters want more. They are now
talking as if winning a plurality of the delegates ought to be
enough to gain him the nomination, despite his failing to
get a majority, as required by
There is a reason why the
rules require a candidate for the
nomination to receive a majority of the delegates. If you cannot
even get a majority of the delegates in your own party, how
can you expect to win the November election for President?
Delegates get their ﬁrst opportunity to choose a candidate
by voting according to the way
their respective primary voters
voted. But, if that process fails
to produce a winner, then dele-
Nuclear Jihad: The Threats Are
Inside Our Tent
t’s not over. It’s never over.
After last week’s deadly airport and subway bombings in
Brussels, the Belgian government remains on high alert for
jihad attacks and espionage at
its nuclear facilities.
One Belgian nuke plant security guard was murdered recently and his ID is missing. Two of
the Brussels bombers reportedly
spied on the home of a top senior scientist in the country’s
nuclear program. ISIS has been
implicated in an alleged insider plot to obtain radioisotopes
from one of Belgium’s nuclear
plants for a dirty bomb. Two
former Belgian nuke plant
workers left their jobs to ﬁght
for ISIS in Syria.
This is all according to plan.
The al-Qaida house organ, Inspire magazine, has urged its
followers to conduct attacks
using “specialized expertise and
those who work in sensitive locations that would oﬀer them
unique opportunities” to wreak
Could Islamic terrorists and
other criminal menaces now
exploit homeland security vulnerabilities at our own nuclear
power plants and other utilities
here in the U.S.?
Answer: They already have.
In 2011, a little-remembered
Department of Homeland Security intelligence report warned
of the ongoing enterprise of jihadi inﬁltration at nuclear, utility and other infrastructure facilities. The memo, titled “Insider
Threat to Utilities,” warned that
“violent extremists have, in fact,
obtained insider positions.”
Moreover, “outsiders have attempted to solicit utility-sector
employees” for damaging physical and cyber attacks.
“Based on the reliable reporting of previous incidents,
we have high conﬁdence in
our judgment that insiders and
their actions pose a signiﬁcant
threat to the infrastructure and
information systems of U.S.
facilities,” the bulletin detailed.
“[I]nsider information on sites,
infrastructure, networks, and
personnel is valuable to our adversaries and may increase the
impact of any attack on the utilities infrastructure.”
No kidding, Captain Obvious
and First Lieutenant Duh!
Since the 9/11 attacks, the
U.S. nuclear industry has spent
more than $2 billion upgrading
security -- including more than
doubling the number of armed
guards at entrances and checkpoints surrounding the plants.
But when the threats are coming from (SET ITAL) inside
(END ITAL) the tent, all those
armed forces outside the perimeters are for show.
South Jersey jihadist and
al-Qaida-linked radical Sharif
Mobley held positions at several nuclear power plants in
Salem County, New Jersey, beSee MALKIN, Page 12
gates can vote again, this time
on the basis of their own best
judgments, for as many rounds
of voting as it may take before
someone gets a majority.
None of this is new. Yet some
Trump supporters are talking as
if a failure to change the rules
for the beneﬁt of “the Donald” -by letting a plurality, rather than
a majority, choose the winner
-- would mean that Trump had
been cheated out of the nomination. But what of the voters who
voted AGAINST Trump during
the primaries? Despite the fog
of political rhetoric, we should
not lose sight of the fact that
those who voted against Trump
in the primaries were far more
numerous than those who voted
This might all be just an internal problem of the Republican Party, and of no concern
for those of us who are not Republicans, except for one thing.
This country is at a dangerous
We got here by electing a
president on the basis of glib
words and boastful promises.
We cannot aﬀord to repeat that
In addition to internal polarizations, we are threatened by
countries that openly declare
their hatred of America, and
are developing intercontinental
missiles that can carry nuclear
bombs. In addition, there are
international terrorist organizations killing people in Europe
and in the United States.
In order to deal with these
threats, and especially secretive
international terrorist organizations, we are going to need the
cooperation of many other nations around the world. These
nations, knowing that cooperating with the United States will
make them targets for terrorists,
must ﬁrst have conﬁdence in the
words and deeds of whoever is
President of the United States.
They cannot have that conﬁdence in someone who is con-
stantly spouting oﬀ with irresponsible rhetoric -- some of
which has to be walked back
by his apologists -- or someone
whose snap judgments about
complex and weighty issues betray a superﬁcial knowledge, if
not sheer ignorance.
If ever there was a time when
we needed a serious, mature
President of the United States,
with a depth of knowledge and
a foundation of personal character -- a grownup in the White
House -- this is that time. But
seldom a week goes by without
Donald Trump demonstrating,
yet again, that he is painfully
lacking in all these prerequisites.
Instead of oﬀering coherent
plans for dealing with the nation’s problems, Trump skips
that and boasts of the great
things he will achieve. Those
who dare to question are answered with cheap putdowns,
often at a gutter level.
A man in his 60s, who is still
acting like a spoiled adolescent,
is not going to grow up in the
next four years. And, as President, he would have the lives of
us all, and our loved ones, in his
hands, as well as the fate of this
great nation at a fateful time.
There are signs that some
people are belatedly waking
up to the dangers that Donald
Trump represents. We can only
hope that the voters in Wisconsin are among them -- and that
voters in New York, California
and elsewhere wake up before it
is too late.
-------------------------------------Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution,
Stanford University, Stanford,
CA 94305. His website is www.
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Lock Out the Establishment
he Wisconsin primary
could be an axle-breaking
speed bump on Donald Trump’s
road to the nomination.
Ted Cruz, now the last hope
to derail Trump of a desperate
Beltway elite that lately loathed
him, has taken the lead in the
Millions in attack ads are
being dumped on the Donald’s
head by super PACs of GOP
candidates, past and present.
Gov. Scott Walker has endorsed
Cruz. Conservative talk radio is
piling on Trump.
And the Donald just had the
worst two weeks of his campaign.
There was that unseemly exchange with Cruz about their
wives. Then came the pulling
of the woman reporter’s arm by
campaign chief Corey Lewandowski, an atrocity being liken
by the media to the burning of
Joan of Arc.
Then there was Trump’s suggestion, instantly withdrawn,
that if abortion is outlawed, then
women who undergo abortions
may face some punishment.
This gaﬀe told us nothing we
did not know. New to elective
politics, Trump is less familiar with the ideological and issues terrain than those who live
there. But the outrage of the
elites is all fakery.
Democrats do not care a
hoot about the right to life of
unborn babies, even unto the
ninth month of pregnancy. And
the Republican establishment
is grabbing any stick to beat
Trump, not because he threatens
the rights of women, but because he threatens them.
The establishment’s problem
is that Trump refuses to take the
saddle. Again and again, he has
deﬁed the dictates of political
correctness that they designed
to stiﬂe debate and demonize
Trump has gotten away with
his insubordination and shown,
with his crowds, votes, and victories, that millions of alienated
Americans detest the Washington establishment and relish his
Trump has denounced the
trade treaties, from NAFTA to
GATT to the WTO and MFN
for China, that have de-industrialized America, imperil our
sovereignty and independence,
and cost millions of good jobs.
And who is responsible for the
trade deals that sold out Middle
America? “Free-trade” Republicans who signed on to “fasttrack,” surrendered Congress’
rights to amend trade treaties,
and buckle to every demand of
the Business Roundtable.
The unstated premise of the
See BUCHANAN, Page 12
The Times Examiner
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Brussels and the Border
he bombs that killed 35
and injured 300 in Brussels, Belgium, shutting down
the capital city of the European
Union, followed a familiar pattern. Young Muslim men born
to immigrant parents were inspired by radicals overseas to
wage holy war against Western
President Obama, attending a
baseball game in Cuba when the
bombs went oﬀ, did not change
his plans to go on to Argentina
where he performed a tango
with a professional dancer. In a
previously recorded interview
published in the latest issue of
The Atlantic magazine, Obama
said Americans have an inordinate fear of terrorism because
we’re more likely to die from
falling in the bathtub.
Ohio Governor John Kasich
said on Fox News, “We cannot
aﬀord to alienate all the Muslims in the world who, by the
way, are condemning this act of
murder in overwhelming numbers.” Kasich seemed to be saying that when Muslims engage
in jihad, it’s our fault for doing
something to “alienate” them.
That’s such a perfect example of political correctness, it’s
no wonder Kasich has lost 30
out of 31 Republican primaries
and caucuses to Donald Trump.
And, by the way, there’s no evidence to support Kasich’s claim
that Muslims around the world
are condemning terrorism in
Even the New York Times, in
its news report from Belgium,
attributed terrorism to “poorly
integrated Muslim immigrants.”
We, too, have millions of “poorly integrated” immigrants,
mostly from Mexico and Central America. Consider these
crimes by immigrants in recent
In Kansas City, Kansas, Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino is
accused of shooting four men
inside a house there. He then
crossed the state line to New
Florence, Missouri, where he
killed a ﬁfth man in front of the
After he was apprehended, we
learned that Pablo was an illegal alien from Mexico who had
been stopped last September for
a traﬃc violation in Overland
Park, Kansas. Despite records
showing that he had been previously deported in 2004, ICE
sent the detainer to the wrong
county, and he was released.
In Framingham, Massachusetts, brothers Elmer, Ariel, and
Adan Diaz and their friend Marlon Josue Jarquin-Felipe are accused of seizing a young woman oﬀ the street, gang-raping
her, and beating her boyfriend
who tried to rescue her. All four
thugs were illegal aliens from
Guatemala, Central America;
two had previously been deported after convictions for drunk
In South Omaha, Nebraska,
Eswin Mejia is accused of street
racing while drunk, causing
a crash that killed a 21-yearold Iowa woman, Sarah Root.
Despite being an illegal alien
from Honduras, Central America, Mejia was released on bond
with no ICE detainer because
the Obama administration has
“de-prioritized” the deportation
of illegal aliens with no previous felony convictions.
Murder, rape, and mayhem by
motor vehicle are not the only
consequences of immigration
from south of the border. We’re
also ﬁghting diseases brought
in by immigrants, including the
frightening new Zika virus as
well as old diseases such as tuberculosis which we thought we
The Centers for Disease Control just reported that the number
of TB cases rose last year for the
ﬁrst time in 23 years. Contrary
to liberals who say the disease
doesn’t discriminate, most TB
cases occur in immigrants from
Mexico, China, India, Vietnam
and the Philippines and their
When Hillary Clinton was
campaigning in Arizona on the
eve of that state’s Democratic primary, she bragged that “I
voted to secure the border when
I was in the Senate” and “I think
we’ve done a really good job
securing the border.” Like so
many of Hillary’s statements,
nothing could be further from
Within a week of Hillary’s statement, authorities
discovered a Mexican-built
drug-smuggling tunnel the
length of four football ﬁelds
running from a restaurant in
Mexicali, Mexico to a house in
Calexico, California. At the other end of the border in Hidalgo,
Texas, frightened residents invited the local TV news to ﬁlm
dozens of men crossing through
their back yards every night
The president of the National Border Patrol Council told a
House subcommittee that the
number of people arrested at the
border from Afghanistan, PakiSee SCHLAFLY, Page 12
Why Trump Loves Lewandowski
n a year of ﬂoors falling away
under one’s feet (such as
the assumption that nearly all
Americans demand a minimal
level of civility in public life),
the Corey Lewandowski story
represents one more gob smack.
That Donald Trump stands by
the belligerent Lewandowski
tells us more of what we already
knew about Trump, and also
hints at the coward beneath the
First, the battery. The campaign manager -- not a volunteer, not even a hired security
guard, but the honest-to-goodness campaign manager -- nearly shoved reporter Michelle
Fields to the ground and inﬂicted bruises on her arm. When she
protested, there was no apology.
Instead, the campaign at ﬁrst
suggested that there was a mistake: Lewandowski mistook
Fields (who worked at the time
for the pro-Trump Breitbart.
com) for a member of the mainstream media. Oh, so that makes
shoving OK? But the campaign
quickly reverted to outright lies.
Hope Hicks, a Trump campaign
spokesman, said that Fields’ account was “entirely false . ... I
did not witness any encounter ...
not a single camera or reporter
of more than 100 in attendance
captured the alleged incident.”
Trump himself oﬀered that
“maybe she made it up.”
Except there was an eyewitness, Ben Terris, of The Washington Post, who conﬁrmed
Fields’ account that very day.
And the following day there
was an audio recording of the
Terris/Field conversation immediately after the incident, which
further conﬁrmed her account.
And then there were videos, one
of which was enough to con-
vince the police to bring battery
Never mind. In the morality-free Trump zone, facts are
optional. “You are totally delusional,” Lewandowski said of
Fields. “I never touched you.
As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.” Trumpkins
disdain eyewitnesses, audio
recordings and videotape. You
have your truth, as our friends
on the left would say, and I have
mine. Not even Bill Clinton was
So the battery is an established fact shamelessly denied.
And then there is the character
assassination. Trump has suggested that Fields was an attention seeker, and sneered that
she’s “not a baby, OK?” This is
classic Trump -- attacking those
he has already wronged. Asked
in an early debate about the people left holding the bag after his
four bankruptcies, he dismissed
See CHAREN, Page 13
USC Warehoused Bottled Water it
Bought for Flooding
Guest Column by Ron Aiken, The Nerve
ne of the University of
South Carolina’s biggest
embarrassments of recent years
is currently hiding another.
On the empty concrete ﬂoor
inside the former USC biomass plant – a $19.6 million,
“green-energy” ﬂop that vendor
Johnson Controls never could
make work without setting oﬀ
periodical “potentially lethal
explosions” – sits pallet after
pallet ﬁlled with cases of bottled water the school bought at
a discount during the ﬂoods of
October 2015 but never opened,
never distributed, and only acknowledged after a media request by The Nerve.
The vacant biomass building
at the corner of Whaley and
Sumter streets, which closed
in March 2011, sits locked,
with a big red sign taped to
the door reading “BUILDING
CLOSED No Admittance.” It
is maintained by the school’s
facilities department and has
no other discernible purpose
now besides the storage of row
after row of unopened pallets
from the 300,000 bottles worth
$41,000 that the school bought
for $31,000 thanks to a $10,000
discount from Grainger due
to the emergency nature of the
USC spokesman Wes Hickman said since the city of Columbia returned potable water
service within days of the ﬂooding, the university’s needs were
not what they could have been.
He said while some of the water has been used, with plans
“to distribute it at events in the
With many events having already happened at the school
and city over the past six
months, why so much water
hasn’t been used or wasn’t donated to a community in crisis
remains a question.
“Numerous options were
considered,” Hickman said. “Including distribution to our own
oﬀ-campus students, faculty
and staﬀ for home use.”
Giving the water away to the
community was not a consideration, Hickman said. “[S]ince
the water was purchased with
state funds, we are limited in its
use and distribution.
“Therefore, it was determined
the best method of distribution
would be at on-campus events,
like commencement and others
with large numbers of attendees.”
South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis said he was not aware
of any such speciﬁc prohibition
on donating items, especially
items that were purchased for
the purpose of donation.
“I’m not aware of that (prohibition),” Loftis said. “That
was the point, to give it away to
people in need. That’s what they
bought it and got a discount. I
would say that they give it away
if they wanted to.
“Even if they didn’t want to
donate it, I’m sure the students
could use it.”
On the school’s oﬃcial website a page remains dedicated to
instructing students and faculty on what they can do to help
ﬂood victims since “our campus
is safe and dry.”
“Donate Needed Items: Concerned members of the Carolina
family – both within and outside the local community – may
choose to donate much needed
items to families who have experienced devastating losses.
Items can range from bottled
water, gloves and masks to personal items such as toiletries,
diapers and clothing.”
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Email him at [email protected]
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Trump Transparent Pricing - Part 2
n a previous editorial (http://
w w w. d e t ro i t n e w s . c o m /
trumps-healthcare-fixnorm/82194350/), I commended candidate Trump’s proposal
of price transparency for hospitals and doctors. It is astounding
that this has not been an element
of the GOP formula for healthcare reform until now and that
an outsider had to bring it up.
It is so obviously part of a free
market that only in an overly
regulated healthcare market
could it be overlooked. However, there is another element
of price transparency that the
Trump campaign (along with
the rest of the GOP hopefuls)
missed. What about insurance
industry price transparency?
a cardiologist $500 to do an
Insurance premiums and de-
$5,000 for the same procedure.
ductibles are advertised by the
Which insurance company do
insurance industry, but patients
you think most cardiologists
do not know what they are re-
will want to sign with? Most
ally getting for their money. Pa-
would obviously not want to
tients have no idea how much
accept the Cheapo Insurance
the insurance company will pay
because they might actually
the hospital or the doctor for
lose money every time they
any of the services rendered.
did an angioplasty. Yes, doctors
And most doctors and hospitals
can lose money when they are
don’t know how much they will
paid too little. If the doctor’s
be paid by the insurance compa-
overhead is $600 per hour and
it takes him an hour to do the
angioplasty and the Luxor Insurance Co. pays a cardiologist
Some may think this is unim-
angioplasty, he just lost $100
portant. But these same people
on the patient with Cheapo In-
may also wonder why their in-
surance. Many doctors, who are
surance is not accepted by most
focused on doing a good job, are
of the doctors or hospitals in
not even aware of this until it’s
For example, imagine that
the Cheapo Insurance Co. pays
See GIANOLI, Page 11
The Times Examiner
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
As We View Things
he apostle John sounded
the warning: “Do not love
the world or the things in the
world” (1John 2:15 NKJV).
Among John’s reasons for such
an admonishment was “the
world is passing away, and the
lust of it; but he who does the
will of God abides forever” (1
John 2:17 NKJV). John further
warned, “Little children, keep
yourselves from idols” (1 John
John further revealed in his
Revelation that idolatry was a
societal menace and religious
perversion that would be easily
eradicated. Even after the visiting of six angels, which brought
plagues of judgment upon the
whole world, John wrote, “But
the rest of mankind, who were
not killed by these plagues, did
not repent of the works of their
hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold,
silver, brass, stone, and wood,
which can neither see nor hear
nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their
sorceries (the word here can be
translated “drugs”) or their sexual immorality or their thefts”
(Rev. 9:20-21 NKJV).
Witchcraft is represented
not just by some ancient tribes
dancing incantations to spirits
around a ﬁre or some distant
natives of the jungles of South
America or Africa bowing to
some image of stone.
Recently, I came across some
writing of A. W. Tozer, which
provided understanding of three
erroneous entities involved in
witchcraft. All of them certainly have manifestations in our
The ﬁrst error is the belief
that natural substances possess
moral and spiritual qualities.
How often has the environmental movement gone way beyond
simple stewardship of the created planet to espouse spiritual
qualities in the environment?
The second error is that
witchcraft presents the nature of
God as capricious (changeable)
so that His laws are whimsical
and easily circumvented. We
won’t have to go too deep in
our thinking processes to discover that the doctrines of the
gay-rights movement and the
pro-choice movement represent
not “rights” or “choice” but are
represented by whimsical and
circumvented change to the divinely inspired Law of God and
the moral foundations of civilized societies.
The third error is the one often associated in our minds with
witchcraft but unfortunately
often not in modern context.
It express as fact that there are
invisible beings that can be
summoned and persuaded to
aid men or injure them through
incantations using secret words,
numbers, or by objects worn, or
charms placed in places where
life is conducted.
Witness of this means of
witchcraft can be recognized in
the popularity of the New Age
Movement, the popularity of
the meditative exercises of eastern religions, and the mystical
practices applied to facets of
worship even in some professed
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21
That’s the way we view
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A Pagan System?
was talking with friends recently and made reference
to our nation’s “pagan indoctrination system,” meaning the
public schools. Several friends
immediately got indignant,
wanting to know why I was
calling public school teachers “pagan.” After all, many of
those teachers are hard-working, child-loving people who
sacriﬁce tremendously for the
kids in their classes.
I quickly clariﬁed that “pagan
system” does not mean “pagan
teachers.” But I didn’t back
down on my original claim –
our public schools are a pagan
system. Christian teachers are
ﬁghting an uphill battle to provide good education in a godless
system that ﬁghts back against
them. Here’s why I say this.
When God created the universe, He put certain laws into
place. The law of gravity is a
good example. You can disagree
with it, you can defy it, you can
try to work around it, but it’s
still there and it still governs
the outcome of all our physical
actions. Another law God put in
place concerning human behav-
ior is that a person who is unfriendly usually winds up with
few friends. This God-ordained
law is so self-evident that even
non-Christians agree it exists.
But there are many other laws
of human nature that people try
to ignore. Just as there would
be chaos and pain from everyone ignoring the law of gravity,
we see the chaos and pain in
our society from ignoring those
God-given laws. One of them
concerns raising children.
This law of human nature is
that God created the perfect
education system in the beginning: Families. When society
as a whole operates as a support to parents training their
children, that society tends to
ﬂourish. When society ignores
and usurps the role of parents in
their children’s education, that
society will likewise see chaos
and pain in the outcome.
Nowhere in the Bible do we
see God giving authority for
children’s education to the government, the community, or the
church. But He gives it repeatedly and clearly to parents.
This doesn’t mean that parents don’t need help, encouragement and training in this
task. But that’s the key – help
parents do the job. Don’t take
their job away.
Parents naturally have the
most vested interest in loving
and helping their children to
succeed. Parents know their
children better than anyone else
on earth, including “child education experts.” Parents have
the ability to spend one-on-one
tutorship time with their children.
Parents are uniquely positioned by God to be a child’s
Unless, of course, you mess
up God’s system.
T)' P*+*, S%$&'(
Home education, properly
supported and encouraged by
the state and the civil community, is the best, least expensive,
and most eﬃcient way for children to be educated and integrated into the adult world. So
there is only one reason why
the state would want to interfere
and get involved: Power.
He who controls the education process controls the eventual makeup of society. People
who want to control society,
therefore, have a vested interest
in ﬁrst controlling the education
system. It’s interesting to note
that every totalitarian dictator
in modern history has quickly
moved to take over his nation’s
It’s easy to see the outcome
of 100+ years of enforced government schooling in our country. We now have a nation that
ranks below many other nations in basic academic skills.
We have a society that, by and
The Art of the Deal
onald Trump is a bull in
the political china shop.
That characteristic is his greatest strength and the reason he
has attracted a solid core of fanatical supporters. Many people
believe the establishment has
failed us badly, and the politicians in both parties have lied
to us repeatedly and so the thirst
for a new regime is palpable.
Trump is seen as the antidote
to the beltway fever that infects
the nation’s capital…turn the
bull loose in the DC china shop.
Donald Trump wrote a book
called, The Art of the Deal,
which is still selling briskly
long after its 1987 publication.
And Trump has suggested that
we should vote for him as the
next POTUS because he will
make great deals on behalf of
America, “believe me.” It is
easy to convince people that he
would never have made the Iran
deal, for example, because most
people know that Obama’s deal
with Iran was a disaster that will
haunt the world forever.
But even if we accept the assertion that Trump would be adept at making deals, is that what
needs to be done in DC? Americans may not yet understand
how corrupt DC has become,
the nation’s capital is completely under the inﬂuence of money and making deals is not the
remedy for what ails government. The solution to the corruption in government is term
limits. Remove the possibility
of reelection and the power of
the lobbyists and their money
is neutered. Making deals plays
right into the hands of the lob-
byists, it would make a bad situation worst.
Ted Cruz has demonstrated
his ability to resist playing the
game, the go along to get along
game. Ted Cruz had the nerve
to call Mitch McConnell, the
Majority Leader, a “liar” on the
ﬂoor of the Senate. That act was
the antithesis of making a deal
that served notice that his principals are more important than
making a deal. Frankly, the last
thing Washington needs is a POTUS who thinks the art of making a deal is a skill set we need
more of in DC.
Trump is what DC calls a
“chickenhawk,” a guy who
avoided military service and
who pretends he is a tough guy.
Barack Obama imperils this
nation because he clearly has
no idea how to use our military
strength as a bargaining tool
with enemies. Donald Trump
would jeopardize America because he would use the military
recklessly in a hopeless eﬀort to
prove his toughness.
Trump recently said that the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was outdated
and we should not continue
to ﬁnance it at current levels.
NATO was formed in 1949 at
the advent of the Cold War. Its
purpose was to form an alliance
to curtail Russia’s adventures
in the Balkan states. One of the
articles in the NATO charter is
#5 which says an attack against
one member would be considered an attack against all. Think
of Crimea and Ukraine. It is true
that NATO members are not
fulﬁlling membership commitments to fund it with a percentage of their GDP. But Trump is
trying to be a tough guy with
our allies…hmm, if that reminds you of Barack Obama
you would not be mistaken.
Does Trump aspire to replicate
Obama’s dismal record as Commander-in-Chief?
A good bit of Trump’s support
comes from folks who agree
with his position on a pause
with immigration, on Muslim
people. His promise to build a
wall and ﬁnally close our southern border also generates a good
bit of enthusiasm. But again,
these positions don’t make him
a tough guy who will “make
America great again.”
Trump being taken seriously as a candidate for POTUS
would not have been possible
had not the GOP so badly disappointed its supporters. People were suﬃciently outraged
by Obama’s feckless leadership and his overt campaign to
diminish America that in two
election cycle’s both the House
and the Senate majority were
given to the GOP. But even in
the majority the GOP continued
to give Obama everything he
wanted, a clear failure to fulﬁll
campaign promises. And into
this quagmire jumped Donald
Trump, painting himself as the
ultimate outsider who only has
the best interests of America at
So here we are faced with the
possibility that Donald Trump
will be the Republican candidate for POTUS. The question
is: can he close the deal? Polls
say that Trump will lose big
to Hillary Clinton in a general election…and that is not the
deal we have in mind.
large, believes “diversity” is
more important than excellence,
so people are hired by race and
gender quotas instead of skill
level. Our nation is becoming a
place where sexual deviancy is
not only allowed by law, but encouraged and promoted in every
level of society. Our culture believes that parents are outdated
and authority is something to be
ﬂaunted. And of course, it goes
without saying that the Bible is
unwelcomed and even banished
Further, we now have a society that has no problem with
murdering millions of unborn
children. We have a culture that
regularly produces teenagers
and young adults who go on
shooting rampages and commit
suicide. We have a country that
is narcissistic and materialistic,
empty and shallow. Children
grow up into adults who have
no idea what functioning marriages and families even look
like. Family units are disintegrating all around us.
This is the fruit of leaving our
education system to be designed
by government. This design is
not God’s way – it’s the pagan
way. And we’re getting pagan
results: pain and chaos.
-------------------------------------David W. Thompson worked
in government, education and
the non-proÞt sector for more
than forty years. A graduate of
Westminster College and Harvard University, he resides in
Easley, SC. You can follow him
on his blog, Smokealarms2015.
R'&-., &! G!"’$ S%$&'(
When communities and nations practice education using
God’s system, blessings follow.
It’s simply a law of nature that
God put into place when he created the universe.
See SHEEN, Page 13
The Times Examiner
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
She Was Only A Dog – Our Dog
hose of you who have read
this very special weekly
newspaper for any length of time
probably remember that up until
about a year ago we ran an occasional column titled, “Boomer’s Tale,” which was written
(actually narrated in “dog” and
“translated” and written down
by me) by my great friend and
four-legged companion, Boomer Lamb. You’ll recall, perhaps,
that he was quite “opinionated”
(he despised cats, liberal politicians, big birds, most other
dogs, airplanes, motorcycles,
etc.) and didn’t mind writing
about it in “his” columns over
the past few years. Sadly, Boo
passed away from cancer about
a year ago, but he was l2 years
old, loved, and had lived what I
hope was a pretty good life until
just near his end. I assure you
that he was almost pain free until just two or three days before
he “crossed over” his “Rainbow
People who have lost beloved
pets (especially dogs, which are
so much like US), know how
traumatic it is when we must
say goodbye to them. They live
such abysmally short lives compared to ours, that every minute,
every day, every week, every
month, and every year that we
spend together is time that is
treasured forever. At least it is
if we have established a truly
loving relationship with that
unique four-legged creature.
But we knew several days before Boo said goodbye to us that
he would soon be gone, and we
were able to prepare ourselves
for the inevitable, as hard as that
After a couple of dogless
weeks, it became apparent to
my daughter that her parents
needed another four-legged
“grand child” in their lives; and
at the Greenville Humane Society, to which I was reluctantly
“dragged” by my daughter, we
met a little almost “mirror image” of Boomer. In a cage with
her sister was a little creature
whose name was SELENA, and
as I put my hand into the cage
to pet her, she licked me and
claimed me as her human. In-
deed, I was, for the next day we
adopted her (or more accurately
she adopted us). We brought her
home, a little black Labrador
retriever/Pit Bull mix (just like
Boomer) with a big tongue and
a long tail and a wondrous “look
at me—I’m special” personality—a 3 1/2 month old puppy
who would both challenge and
delight us for what we knew
would be a long time. Would
that it had been so.
Two days after we brought
her home, she came down with
severe kennel cough. I spent
one entire sleepless night sitting in my recliner, comforting
her over my shoulder as she
coughed, patting her back to
loosen the phlegm, and telling
her that her grampa was going
to make her all better. At the
vet the next day she was given antibiotic pills, and in a few
days she was all better. But the
next week she came down with
a bad rash under her front legs.
Back at the vet she was diagnosed as having a bad case of
Staph infection, and she was
on an antibiotic for almost two
months before it cleared up.
But it did, and for the next 11
months we watched in delight
as she learned what pleased her,
what she could and could not do
without upsetting her grampa
and gramma, and developed a
wonderful personality. She became a “mini” Boomer, smaller and sleeker, but every bit as
much of a “character” as her
“Uncle Boo” had been, but just
not as “opinionated.”
Selena soon leamed how to
“control” her humans, and settled into a semi-routine “routine” at our house. Whenever
her Aunt Cindy and Uncle Jack
would come visiting, she would
greet them at the door with paroxysms of joy, as though she
hadn’t seen them for years. But
Selena’s world changed in early February of this year, when I
had to have lumbar fusion surgery and neither my wife nor I
would be able to care for her for
a time. She was “re-homed” to
my daughter’s house a day before I went for the surgery, and
she spent the next l.5 months
chasing my daughter’s four
cats and wrapping her and her
husband around her paws. She
was in doggy heaven, or so it
On Sunday, March 6, Selena
stopped eating. She began to
drink lots of water, and have
“accidents” around my daughter’s house. The following
Wednesday we took her to our
vet hospital; they suspected that
she had swallowed something
that was causing an intestinal
blockage, and they arranged to
do x-rays and blood tests, which
they did that afternoon. Before
they took her away from us,
there in the hospital where she
was to stay ovemight for observation, she tried twice to climb
onto my lap, but settled for a
big “grampa” hug from me, and
a face lick from her, each time.
Then we said “goodbye~we’ll
see you tomorrow.” Perhaps
Selena “sensed,” then, that
she’d never see us again. I don’t
know, because she didn’t ever
see us again.
Our vet told us that our beloved little Selena awoke from
the sedative that they gave her
before the x-rays, and was sitting in her cage, seemingly ok.
But sometime overnight she
succumbed to kidney failure at
age 14 months. Our vet believed
it was caused by her ingesting
some kind of poison, like antifreeze, which shut down her
kidneys slowly. There was no
antifreeze or any other open
containers of poisonous substances at my daughter’s home.
Each time they walked her they
were careful to not let her lick or
eat anything on the street. Our
vet said that it was a possibility
that Selena had a congenital kidney weakness that ﬁnally manifested itself on March 10, when
she crossed over her “Rainbow
Bridge.” We’ll probably never
know for certain.
My wife and I promised Selena a “forever” home, and I hope
we delivered on our promise.
We never realized that her “forever” would be only 14 months,
but it was. She was a wonderful and loving young dog who
loved life, and us. She loved
sleeping in bed with us and with
her Aunt & Uncle at their house.
She delighted in “intimidating”
her Aunt Cindy’s cats; she loved
to ride in our car with her head
out the window, the wind ﬂapping her ears as she barked at
other dogs. She loved to listen
to classical music with me and
take naps with me. She loved
short walks with me, and long
walks with her other family
members. We LOVED spoiling
her rotten, and I hope we did so.
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Being Built in Colorado
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A proposed drawing of a model of Jerusalem.
COLORADO SPRINGS –
Christian Newswire – Plans
to buy 700 acres and build the
ﬁrst ever full size replica of the
ancient city of Jerusalem are
underway by a man in Colorado. He believes that the United
States deserves a holy site for
people to visit, and what better
than to replicate the holiest site
ever built. The project would
like to break ground over the
summer and have the ﬁrst structure ready to tour by the following spring.
Most people travel to Colorado to look at mountains and ski.
This project will bring people
to Colorado for an entirely different reason. The project is expecting the total cost to exceed
$100 million once complete and
is looking for companies, organizations, and wealthy individuals to help. They must raise the
capital for this project privately
because no banks will loan on it
and the State of Colorado won’t
invest in their own future.
This project is going to end
up being one of the largest construction projects to ever be
completed in Colorado. It will
raise millions of dollars in tax
revenue. Located on the site
will also be a shelter able to
house and feed up to 2,400 poor
and homeless citizens.
The site chosen for the replica
is on a small hill 45 miles east
of the Rocky Mountains, but
views of Pikes Peak and the
front range are visible from the
site. The plan is to build Herod’s
Temple, Antonia’s Fortress,
Herod’s Palace, City of David,
Jesus’ cruciﬁxion site, the High
Priests Palace and all the small
shacks and buildings that were
scattered across the old city.
This isn’t being built for
proﬁt. This isn’t being built for
anything other than the developer wants to build something
for the people of America and
the people of the world that is
built so well that it will require
little maintenance and still stand
2,000 years from now.
As terrorists in Europe and
the Middle East try and get rid
of the Jewish and Christian people across the planet, we must
all stand strong and proclaim
that we aren’t going to take it.
This project will tell Extreme
Islamic Terrorists across the
globe that America stands tall
with our religious beliefs and
we stand strong with our friends
Questions or Concerns:
I’d like to believe that Selena
loved us as much as we surely loved her. We’ll all miss her
terribly, as I do right now, with
tears in my eyes.
Sad stories sometimes have
happy endings, or happy “beginnings” as the case may be. A
few days after Selena’s passing,
we went to the Greenville Animal Care Shelter and adopted a
new, 8 month old puppy named
HAYLEY. She’s a black lab/pit
bull mix and is virtually a TWIN
of Selena. Very interestingly,
on the EXACT day that Selena
died, a kind citizen found Hayley wondering the streets of a
Greenville suburb, and took her
to that shelter, where we found
her on their web site the next
day. My wife and I adopted her
that day. Her photo, with me, is
below. Does God move in mys-
terious ways, His wonders to
perform? What do you think?
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W. H. LAMB
Hayley, with her Grampa
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“Terrorist attacks can shake
the foundations of our
biggest buildings, but they
cannot touch the foundation
of America. These acts
shatter steel, but they cannot
dent the steel of American
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fore moving to Yemen. He had
passed several federal background checks as recently as
2008. In December, Mobley was
sentenced to 10 years in prison
after shooting a guard during an
attempted escape from detention on terrorism charges.
How many radicalized Muslims -- homegrown converts,
foreign business visa holders and foreign students -- are
working inside America’s sensitive infrastructure? Thanks to
our suicidal refusal to proﬁle international visitors and workers
from jihadist breeding grounds,
Politically correct politicians
and terror-coddling grievance
groups condemn monitoring
and tracking of Muslim refugees
and Muslims enclaves (such as
those in Minneapolis and Maine
where tens of thousands of Somalis have resettled). They cried
“Islamophobia” when homeland security oﬃcials wanted to
interview Muslim visa holders
from terror-sponsoring nations
after the 9/11 attacks.
And consider this: There are
now more than 100,000 Muslim students accepted into U.S.
college and universities every
year from the Middle East and
North Africa. Nuclear engineering is one of the ﬁelds of study
for which F-1 foreign student
visa holders can obtain work
and extended residency through
the Optional Training Program.
None are screened for jihadist
loyalties and sympathies.
How many legal visa holders (let alone illegal visa overstayers) who entered through
these pipelines have gained access to sensitive facilities? Nobody knows!
Earlier this year, DHS admitted it doesn’t investigate 99 percent of illegal visa overstayers
who entered here on business or
tourism -- 500,000-plus in 2015
alone, including thousands from
Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya,
Pakistan, Syria and Yemen. The
feds still haven’t compiled up-
to-date visa overstay data for
those who came in as foreign
students and guest workers (including high-tech foreigners
working in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics).
Then there are the security
breaches involving who knows
how many illegal border-crossers, fake document users and
deportation violators. Dozens
of illegal immigrants using fake
Social Security numbers were
swept up in immediate post9/11 raids at nuclear sub bases,
power plants and Navy aircraft
carriers. But it didn’t take long
for the feds to hit the snooze
In 2011, Maricopa County
Sheriﬀ Joe Arpaio arrested Cruz
Loya Alvares, who was working
at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station despite being a
Mexican illegal immigrant who
had been deported in 2000. He
paid human smugglers to bring
him back, secured work in construction, and somehow escaped
re-deportation despite being
cited by Mesa County Police
for driving with a suspended license.
In 2012, another Mexican
illegal immigrant, Nestor Martinez-Ochoa, who worked in
construction, was arrested after
trying to enter the same Palo
Verde nuclear power plant with
a fake ID -- not by federal authorities, but again by Arpaio’s
These arrests are exceptions,
not the rule. Worksite enforcement under President Obama is
The specter of nuclear jihad is
terrifying, but the chilling fact
is that homeland security has
already been in meltdown for
years. We’re doing ourselves in.
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stan and China is up dramatically from last year. Brandon Judd
also testiﬁed that oﬃcial statistics are low-balling the number of “got-aways,” deﬁned as
people seen crossing the border
without being detained by U.S.
Back home from his tango in
Argentina, Obama said on his
weekly radio address that the
massacres would not change
“our openness to refugees” (he
still plans to import another
100,000 Muslim refugees) and
he vowed to “reject any attempt
to stigmatize Muslim-Americans, and their enormous contributions to our way of life”
because we are “a nation built
around the idea of religious
Earlier that same week,
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Obama’s lawyer asked the Supreme Court to punish the Little
Sisters of the Poor for exercising its religious freedom not to
cover abortion and contraception in its employee health plan.
Obama is eager to accommodate the religious freedom of
Muslims who want to move to
our country from the Middle
East, so why won’t he recognize
the “enormous contribution to
our way of life” by Catholic
nuns who operate thousands of
America’s schools, hospitals
and homes for the aged?
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the identity of donors in what
are called “dark money” PACs.
This has probably already resulted in laundering foreign or
criminal money and inﬂuence
into U.S. election campaigns.
How much Muslim Brotherhood money from Saudi Arabia
and Qatar enters our political
arena or directly inﬂuences our
political leaders? How much
Sharia Finance inﬂuence buys
or defeats bills before the North
Carolina and South Carolina
legislatures? Furthermore, there
seems to be little accountability
for truth in the PAC advertising
I have seen in 2016 Presidential
Campaign ﬁnance money
has always been important to
winning political campaigns.
Communication is all-important
to the persuasion of voters, and
unless candidates have a genius
for generating free, favorable
media exposure, the costs of
buying competitive media exposure in print, mail, telephone,
television, radio, and internet
are tremendous, especially for
federal or state executive and
legislative oﬃces. Door to door
campaigning is quite eﬀective
but time and energy generally
limit it to a small fraction of
Campaign ﬁnancing is crucial
to both major parties and even
more to third parties and third
party candidates that do not
have high name recognition and
issue identity. It is much more
important to Republicans, because most of the communication and education media favor
liberal and therefore Democratic
Party agendas. In addition, the
Democrats usually have considerable automatic income and
manpower advantages because
of their close identity with labor
unions. Furthermore, due to a
historical consensus that huge
donors should not dominate
ﬁscal support for candidates
and thereby dominate elections,
campaign donations by individuals and organizations have traditionally been limited by ceilings of several thousand dollars.
This, however, had the eﬀect of
making it even harder for Republicans to compete against
liberal media dominance and
labor union dues and manpower. This also tended to suppress
free speech for those who had
the money to inﬂuence elections and public opinion, often
defensively, but were severely
limited by the Federal Election
Commission in doing so.
The Citizens United decision
by the Supreme Court was at
ﬁrst celebrated as a victory for
conservatives, but its supposedly unforeseen consequences
now threaten to place overwhelming political power in
the hands of giant international
corporations, business associations, compliant banks and
Super-PACs had an enormous
impact on the 2014 Congressional elections, and that is why
The Republican victories were
predominantly Republican establishment victories rather than
Whether the public noticed it
or not, in 2014, the Republican
establishment was campaigning
hard and deceptively for more
foreign cheap labor, the exact
opposite of what their grassroots conservative constituents
wanted. A PAC headed by establishment GOP RINO, Senator John McCain, even spent
$1,000,000 trying to defeat NC
Third District Conservative Republican Congressman Walter
Jones. The liberal pro amnesty
GOP establishment is lining up
again to try to defeat Jones in
2016. May God forbid!
According to the Institute of
Southern Studies in Durham,
independent PACs not associated directly with a candidate, but
supporting that candidate and
attacking their opponents, have
spent $270 million so far in the
Presidential primaries. More
than $87 million spent supporting Bush and $60 million
supporting Rubio were spectacular failures. As with the Congressional primaries in 2014,
the lion’s share of independent
PAC spending has gone to candidates supporting amnesty and
increased legal cheap foreign
But in North Carolina state
legislative primaries, the $1.4
million independent PAC spending reported to date helped elect
77 percent of their candidates.
More than $350,000 was spent
by the North Carolina Chamber
of Commerce. The NC Chamber spends most heavily on
candidates that support amnesty and increased cheap foreign
labor. Thus they often oppose
In the 48th NC Senate District
Chuck Edwards received outside PAC support of $47,800:
tenth highest in the state. Lisa
Baldwin received none. Only
$13,000 of this PAC support
shows up on his Disclosure Report to the NC Board of Elections (NCBE) as of his March 7
ﬁling. $3,500 of it comes from
ﬁve typically pro amnesty, pro
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Trump campaign is that some
among the Fortune 500 companies are engaged in economic
treason against America.
No wonder they hate him.
As for Trump’s call for an
“America First” foreign policy,
it threatens the rice bowls of
those for whom imperial interventions are the reason for their
If the primary goals of U.S.
foreign policy become the
avoidance of confrontations
with great nuclear powers and
staying out of unnecessary
wars, who needs neocons?
Should Trump lose Wisconsin, he can recoup in New York
on April 19, and the following
week in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland.
Yet, a loss in Wisconsin
would make Trump’s climb to a
ﬁrst-ballot nomination steeper.
Still, if Trump goes to Cleveland, having won the most votes,
the most states and the most delegates, stealing the nomination
from him would split the party
worse than in 1964.
The GOP could be looking at
a 1912, when ex-President Theodore Roosevelt, who won the
most contested primaries, was
rejected in favor of President
Taft. Teddy walked out, ran on
the “Bull Moose” ticket, beat
Taft in the popular vote, and
Woodrow Wilson was elected.
Cruz says the nomination of
Trump would mean an “absolute trainwreck” in November.
But, Cruz, 45, with a future in
the party, would be foolish to
walk out as a sore loser, as Nelson Rockefeller and George
Romney did in 1964.
A Cruz rejection of a nominee
Trump would mean the end of
Cruz. The elites would hypocritically applaud Ted’s heroism, publicly bewail his passing, then happily bury and be
rid of him.
Cruz, no fool, has to know
cheap foreign labor PACs. This
includes the four PACs generally associated with the heaviest amnesty and cheap labor
support—The North Carolina
Chamber of Commerce, the NC
Farm Bureau, The Home Builders, and the Restaurant and
Lodging PAC. But the $1,000
from the Restaurant and Lodging PAC was not surprising or
signiﬁcant, since Edwards is a
McDonald’s owner and would
probably receive their support
whatever his position on immigration issues. These four organizations actually wrote key
parts of NCHB 786 in 2013,
which called for driver permits
to be given to illegal immigrant
workers and for weakening
North Carolina’s E-Verify system to prevent hiring of illegal
immigrant workers. The driver
license provision, however, was
struck from the 2013 bill because of public protest. In 2015,
they also presumably wrote a
substantial part of NCHB 328,
which had the same provision
giving driver permits to illegal
immigrants. This would have
passed the General Assembly, but it was not given a ﬁnal
vote because of growing public outrage on illegal immigration. According to the NCBE,
Edwards’ campaign received
If the nomination is taken
from Trump, who will be 70
in June, he has nothing to lose.
And as “Julius Caesar” reminds
us, “such men are dangerous.”
Trump and Cruz, though bitter enemies, are both despised
by the establishment. Yet both
have a mutual interest: insuring
that one of them, and only one
of them, wins the nomination.
No one else.
And if they set aside grievances, and act together, they can
block any establishment favorite from being imposed on the
party, as was one-worlder Wendell Willkie, “the barefoot boy
of Wall Street,” in 1940.
All Trump and Cruz need do
is instruct their delegates to vote
to retain Rule 40 from the 2012
convention. Rule 40 declares
that no candidate can be placed
in nomination who has failed to
win a majority of the delegates
in eight states.
Trump has already hit that
mark. Cruz almost surely will.
But no establishment favorite
has a chance of reaching it.
With Cruz and Trump delegates voting to retain Rule 40,
they can guarantee no Beltway
favorite walks out of Cleveland
as the nominee -- and that Ted
Cruz or Donald Trump does.
No matter who wins in Cleveland, the establishment must
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just over $26,900 from individuals. He also ﬁnanced campaign expenditures with money
borrowed from himself, a very
common practice. As of March
7, his campaign had spent just
over $92,000. As yet unreported are the four high quality mail
brochures printed and mailed by
the NC Chamber, costing perhaps tens of thousands more.
Note that $34,800 in PAC support had not yet been reported
as of March 7.
Edwards won his campaign
handily with 56 percent of the
vote against 34 percent for Lisa
Baldwin and 10 percent for
Dennis Justice. As of March 7,
Edwards’ NCBE Report showed
spending of over $5.52 per vote,
not counting the expensive
looking mail brochures printed
and mailed by the NC Chamber.
Lisa Baldwin spent $4,500 on
her total campaign or slightly
over $0.45 per vote.
Although Edwards was elected as a special interest candidate
probably willing to support liberal positions on immigration,
he now has the opportunity to
prove he will serve the people
rather than cheap labor interests.
What needs to happen is for the
voters to take a keen interest
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One of the most bright and
shining times in our nation’s
history occurred when home
education was widely practiced.
The Declaration of Independence (the ﬁrst document of its
kind ever produced in history)
and the Constitution (which
has become a model for nations
around the world ever since)
were produced by a society that
was largely home educated.
Missionaries who brought the
gospel for the ﬁrst time to dark
places around the world had
their start in our home-educated
society. The ﬁnancial foundation of the United States, which
has become the wealthiest nation on earth, was formed on
principles laid down by largely home educated Americans.
Some of the brightest minds, the
freest society, and the greatest
rags-to-riches stories came from
the ﬁrst 100 years of America’s history – when society was
largely home educated.
Using God’s system appears
to have worked pretty well in
If families were supported in
their role of educating their own
children, so much of what people complain about today would
1. The quality of education
would be far higher - after all,
parents have a much higher
vested interest in their children’s
education, plus they have ability to work one-on-one with each
child at the child’s own pace.
Studies have shown that even
poorly educated parents who do
very little “educating” still wind
up with their kids outperforming institutionalized kids.
2. Diversity and cultural heritage would be preserved. All
those cultural traditions that
should be passed down through
generations will have a much
better chance of surviving intact
- from religious beliefs to family stories to language to respect
3. Social responsibility would
be much higher. You value what
you pay for. When education is
“free” you don’t value it nearly
as much as when you have to
put something into it.
4. Herd mentality or peer
pressure or following the crowd
- whatever you want to call it
- is cut way back when a child
is raised among loving family
members rather than bullying,
critical, immature peers. This
has also been demonstrated by
5. Many of today’s health
problems would be signiﬁcantly lessened by children
being raised in a calm, loving,
sup-portive home. The fast food
diets of many American children stem from constantly being on the run with the schools’
schedules. Parents who prepare
all three meals for their children are far likelier to create a
healthy menu than school cafeterias. Stress from long schedules, school bullies, and peer
pressure would cease to push
young people into behavioral
problems like ADD and depression.
These are just some of the
beneﬁts our nation would gain
from going back to God’s model
You can have good people in
a bad system. There are many
American teachers who genuinely love children and want
to give them a good education.
But good people in a bad system
doesn’t make the system good.
The system intrinsically works
against families and against
God’s design for education.
The government, the community and the church were
designated by God to provide
supporting roles for parents to
do their job. They were not given a mandate by God to usurp
the parents’ job altogether. Our
nation is going to continue experiencing chaos and pain until
parents take charge of their own
children’s education instead of
letting the state control it.
Home educating parents can
tell you already of the blessings
on a small scale that God has
given their families when they
followed God’s design. We need
to pray for those blessings on a
large scale for our nation, and
work to support and encourage
parents to take back their role in
their children’s education.
-------------------------------------Heather Sheen is a homeschool
graduate who has never had a
TV or video games and would
love to have more free time. She
currently teaches harp lessons
and operates Creative Cockades, a historical research and
reproduction company. If you’d
like to read more articles by the
Sheen family, check out www.
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them, saying they were “big
boys and girls.” Actually, many
were electricians, carpenters
and other working people who
couldn’t aﬀord his fancy lawyers.
Any number of Trump-enabling commentators have advised Michelle Fields to get
over it, put on her “big-boy
pants,” and otherwise to suck it
Really? What about the big
boy who’s running for president? Why is he so scared? Per-
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in how immigration issues impact their community, state, and
country. That will take some
independent study on their part.
They should keep in mind that
illegal immigrant households
receive over $14,000 per year
more in beneﬁts and services
than they pay in all kinds of taxes. According to the Federation
of Americans for Immigration
Reform, this costs North Carolina taxpayers $2.0 billion per
year, at least $1.75 billion net
after tax collections. Who beneﬁts and who loses from this?
Another thing to consider is that
excess labor supply, whether
legal or illegal, costs American
haps Trump’s fondness for Lewandowski is not in spite of his
henchman’s willingness to get
physical but because of it.
Trump seems more than usually frightened of protesters. To
be sure, every candidate gets
serious threats, and doubtless
Trump has received some. But
his threshold for feeling vulnerable seems unusually low.
Before a rally in Iowa, he was
told that some protesters might
throw tomatoes at him. He was
suﬃciently alarmed to tell the
crowd: “If you see somebody
getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them.”
For tomatoes. Nor has he been
shy about calling down violence
even on those who merely attempted to disrupt his speeches
--which, I hasten to add, they
have no right to do -- which in
no way justiﬁes mob violence.
On another occasion, Lewandowski waded into the
crowd and grabbed a protester
by the collar. Trump approved
of this maneuver, too, explaining (if that’s the right word) to
CNN’s Anderson Cooper that
the man’s sign contained very
workers nearly $2,800 per year
per worker in depressed wages.
There are other costs to public
safety, educational quality, and
national security that are unpopular to mention but are very real
and a very legitimate concern
for all North Carolina voters.
Yet we are allowing political
correctness and massive outside
super-PAC spending to dominate our elections and prevent
the tough common sense decisions necessary for the survival
-------------------------------------Leonard M. (Mike) Scruggs
is the author of The Un-Civil
War: Shattering the Historical
Myths, UniversalMedia, Asheville, 2011.
bad words. Non sequitur.
The Trump campaign has
changed its story several times
about Michelle Fields. The latest, on CNN Tuesday night,
featured Trump justifying Lewandowki’s manhandling of
Fields because she approached
the TV star armed with a pen
“which is very dangerous.” Tomatoes, Bics, is there no end to
the threats against Trump?
Donald Trump avoided the
draft by claiming bone spurs
in his heels -- which somehow
didn’t keep him oﬀ the ski
slopes. Yet he had the gall to
disparage the heroism of John
McCain. His only real exposure to danger, his “personal
Vietnam” he says, was sleeping
around and risking STDs in the
Trump is a physically large
man with the courage of a
mouse. Like many cowards, he
loves tough talk, but he prefers
to issue threats from the comfort
of his private jet and to let bullyboys like Lewandowski actually
get their hands dirty. Purely as a
matter of national hygiene, Lewandowski should be ﬁred. But
more importantly, so should his
-------------------------------------Mona Charen is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public
Policy Center. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate
writers and cartoonists, visit the
Creators Syndicate Web page at
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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Full-Time Position Available
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Send Resume to [email protected]
2 Bedroom, Small Study or Computer
Room. 2 Large Baths, Large Living
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Like New Appliances.
New Heating System
Located on Large Private Lot with Water
and Lawn Maintenance furnished. Nice
Porch, Private with Nice View of Woods.
Need Senior Couple without pets and
nonsmokers. Rent per month is $800
and deposit of same.
Home is like new condition.
Located at 55 Smith Tractor Rd.,
Travelers Rest, SC
Inquiries call: 864-834-4349.
Cemetery lot, one lot with 4 burial spaces,
$3,200 for lot. Call 268-2750,
leave a message
Willing to work hard and will train. Own
transportation preferred. Non-Smoker
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Double Wide between Marietta and
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Nearly New 2 BR, 1.5 BA.,
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plus utilities. Parking. Yard. No pets.
Oﬃce For Rent
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OfÞce space for rent
Wade Hampton/Rutherford Rd in Taylors
Area. Reasonable Rent. 292-8580
LOT - Sherwood Forest, Sub Division
near Greenville Tech. Call: 419-2797
2 LOTS GRACELAND WEST
Headstone already there - $2000.
ONE CEMETERY LOT
Graceland West Side with headstone.
$995 • Call: 864-862-6809
2 spaces inside,
section 16, 4th level.
$8,400 OBO. (864) 850-0761
Two Adjoining Niches inside Mausoleum
at Greenville Memorial Gardens - Below
Market price Call 864-235-2397
2 Pre-Paid Veteran Grave Plots
Paid - $14,000
Asking - $8,000
One Cemetery Lot
Woodlawn Memorial Park
Lot located near front, at
Wade Hampton Blvd.
Call 864-268-8874 (leave message)
Focuses on Christian, classical and traditional music. Emphasizes chord theory,
ear training, and improvisation. Relaxed
Christian environment. Affordable rates.
Taylors area. Ages 9 and up welcome.
Visit www.upstatemusiclessons.com or
contact Raquelle Sheen
at [email protected]
At home computer
Greater Greenville area.
Free Piano Lesson!
All ages welcome.
Studios located in Taylors and
Call Stephanie Magnuson today
at 864-770-3912 to schedule
your free Þrst piano lesson.
One lot in highly desirable section “G”
Near Mausoleum - $2,795.00
Grandview Memorial Gardens Praying Hands Section
2 lots with Vaults valued at $5,580
Will sell for $4,380 - Call 895-6116
CEMETERY LOT, HILLCREST
MEMORIAL GARDENS, GREER,
S.C., 2 MAUSOLEUM CRYPTS
IN UPPER MAUSOLEUM,
$7,000 for the pair.
leave a message
Cemetery Lots - Cannon Memorial Fountain Inn, SC. 2 lots,
side by side with vaults
4 plots able to doublestack for a total of
eight. Great location. Reg. $3,200 - now
for $2,000 each. Call 242-0219 or leave
Dimes • Quarters
Half Dollars • Dollars
$14.00 for $1 Worth of Silver Coins
Schedule vacation in resort
to beneÞt Missions!
Call (864) 246-7393 or (864) 354-3895
Antique clock. Made by the Sessions Clock Company, Forestville,
Conn. Keeps good time. $75.00.
Handcrafted Barbie Doll Dresses.
Over 100 available. All kinds,
from simple dresses to evening
dresses, etc. $100 & up.
Or make an oﬀer for all.
Howard Miller 2002, Cherry
Finish, Moon Face. Westminster
Melody. Cost $1,100 - negotiable.
NICE ANTIQUE DINING ROOM
TABLE WITH SIX CHAIRS,
SOLID WALNUT FOR $950.
CALL 423-8226 OR 268-5364.
W/VANITY STOOL 2 ANTIQUE LAMPS.
PRICE: $150.00 CALL: 246-5306
1 SUIT LENGTH & 1 DRESS
LENGTH GARMENT BAG
BOTH $10 • 241-0921
ORIENTAL WOVEN BASKET
24” high x 12 1/4” wide.
Hide covered rim, aged patina,
Oriental writing on bamboo
handles; rings for hanging to
protect food from varmints.
Excellent condition. $85
2 Two-tape VHS
“Where there’s a will there’s an A.”
VHS, HIgh School and College
Levels, $15 each , phone 864234-7968
99 Crysler Sebring
2 door - Hard top
High Performance V-6
Everything works. low mileage
$1,795.00 • 864-608-1780
First Edition of Bruce Cannon’s Trilogy,
The Centennial History of the Civil War for
$50. Also an original movie poster called
a “lobby card,” of
To Hell and Back, starring Audie Murphy
Call 423-8226 or 268-5364.
SHOTGUN for Sale
Ithaca “Featherlight” Model 37, 12
gauge, with 28” vent rib barrel.
Cost $999 new. Very slightly used
$900 OBO. 864-292-8872
FOLDING SHOPPING CART
$10 --- 241-0921
Black Male Labrador Puppies
14 Weeks old. Vaccinated.
Best Oﬀer - 864-678-0573
USED GAS LOGS
folding glass doors
Please Call 864-230-6272
USED GIRLS BICYCLE
10 Speed with Shocks
and Like New
Please Call 864-230-6272
1 Sleeper-sofa - $250
Call (864) 801-1383,
and leave a message.
Sewing Machine - $35
Sears XC1000 Exercise Bike $40
Telescope 280 - $40
Call Mark Days at (864) 439-2525
Free standing - Metal Base
BEST OFFER - 864-322-8620
Kurzweil Mark 150/10
Electric music system, excellent
condition. Cost $3800, selling for
$1200 - Appointments
2006 Toyata Camry Solara
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• 73K miles • $7,800
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WALNUT COFFEE TABLE
BEAUTIFUL CAMEO TOP
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COMPLETE SET OF LOUIS
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HAVE TWO COPIES OF SOME
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TREAD MILL - PRO-FORM
CROSSWALK 375 E
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- FLOOR MAT INCLUDED
CALL (864) 848-0368
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Battle of Anderson
PHOTO COURTESY OF JULIA BARNES
Federal camp featuring Sgt. Chuck Yeager and young recruit.
The 13th Battle of Anderson
Civil War reenactment & living
history event will feature Confederate & Federal troops, cavalry, artillery, and home-front
demonstrations. This year’s
event will be held April 15-17.
Friday, April 15, is Education
Day, starting at 9 AM. The reproduction of the H. L. Hunley
will be on display for the event
starting at 4 PM on Friday. Information regarding the Educational Events and the weekend
military reenactments may be
obtained from Julia Barnes at
[email protected]; John
Vaughn, at 864-607-2062 and
email [email protected] or Allen Ashley at
864-934-4075. The location is
715 Due West Road (Hwy. 20),
Honea Path, SC 29654. Education Day Admission is $5, with
free pass for Saturday or Sunday, when accompanied by an
adult. Ticket Prices: $10.00 ~
Children under 6 are free.
The Battle of Anderson was
a minor skirmish during the
American Civil War, fought in
Anderson County, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. The battle was one of the ﬁnal conﬂicts
PHOTO COURTESY OF JULIA BARNES
John Vaughn as Confederate commander
on crowd favorite “Hawk’s Dixie Chick.”
of the war, taking place three
weeks after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at
Appomattox Court House. The
Battle of Anderson County was
fought in the closing days of the
Civil War... after the issue had
largely been decided. Still...
while it might not have the same
recognition as a “Gettysburg” or
an “Antietam,” the Battle of Anderson has drawn suﬃcient interest, from those with a love of
history, for there to be a reenactment of the clash which features
the Citadel Cadets.
The battle... according to reenactment organizers was the
last Civil War battle, or skirmish... east of the Mississippi
River. According to history,
the Confederate forces suﬀered
no casualties... and the Union
forces had two casualties in
a skirmish that took place on
May 1, 1865. Where the exact
battle took place is a subject of
debate among historians. While
it appears to be true that it took
place in what is now Anderson
County... there is no consensus
of the exact spot. But we do
know where it will take place
this month – on Due West Road
outside of Honea Path, SC!
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