Campbell Calls Brown Out on Town Halls

August 27, 2009 by  
Filed under News

Carroll Campbell, presumed candidate for SC First Congressional District, has called Henry Brown out on his most recent “flip-flop” regarding Brown’s summer recess and town hall meetings.

On an edited screen shot, the Campbell campaign captured a Facebook posting from July 30th, 2009 where Brown told a constituent that he was to busy to hold a town hall meeting in August.

Campbell’s charges come a day after Congressman Henry Brown’s office announced a town hall meeting in Charleston on September 3rd.

Campbell said the following in his press release:

“Now weeks later – after newspaper stories and others joined in the concern over his failure to do his job – he has reversed course. This is a pattern for Mr. Brown and it proves that the people of the District can do better,”

“This is a pattern for Mr. Brown,” said Carroll Campbell, “I guess it is to be expected from old-style politicians, playing old-style politics. For too long the people of the district have just seen newsletters in their mailboxes claiming he was working while he has been largely silent. It should not take pressure from outside forces to get a Congressman to do his job. A flip-flop is not what we need from our Congressman.”

On the flip side of the story. Brown never said he was not going to hold a town hall meeting.  He just said he was not going to have one in August.

Oh The Irony

August 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Tech

I was playing with some new software on the Mac today, iLife 2009.  It has a new facial recognition feature that allows you to tag a face and it tries to match the characteristics to locate all pictures of that individual.

From time to time, you confirm the pictures as it tries to enhance itself for better identification.

The irony,  I just tagged a photo of Governor Mark Sanford and looked to see how many pictures I found of the governor.

Lo and behold, I found Bill Clinton.

iLife 09 tags Bill Clinton as Mark Sanford

iLife '09 tags Bill Clinton as Mark Sanford

S.C. Energy Citizens for Jobs and Affordable Energy Forum

August 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release

S.C. Energy Citizens for Jobs and Affordable Energy Forum

Climate change legislation being considered in Washington means economic pain for South Carolina . This climate change legislation will lead to higher energy costs for families, businesses and agriculture. The S.C. Energy Citizens for Jobs and Affordable Energy Forum is for South Carolinian’s from all walks of life whose daily lives and ability to carry on business and raise families depend on affordable energy and maintaining a vibrant state economy.

This free, family-friendly event will take place on Monday, August 31 at the Carolina First Center (formerly the Palmetto Expo Center ) near I-385 and Pleasantburg Drive .

Come enjoy food and music while interacting with local leaders about how to keep jobs in South Carolina and not bust the family budget due to higher energy costs. There will be petitions to sign and speakers from small business organizations, taxpayer and free enterprise groups, agriculture and energy – all addressing how this legislation will impact you and you can speak out.

If you are concerned about jobs here in South Carolina and you want clean, affordable energy for your home, church, school and business then you need to add your voice and support to the S.C. Energy Citizens for Jobs and Affordable Energy Forum.

The forum will be held on Monday, August 31st at the Carolina First Center from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Please RSVP with your name and number of attendees:

H.R. 45 – Blows Up Right to Protect Ones Self

August 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

Several months ago, we briefly mentioned some concerns with the Blair Holt Firearms Licensing Act of 2009, H.R. 45.

After learning that our Congressman is not reading bills, I decided we would take another look at H.R. 45 and see how much trouble it proposes.

The new firearms act requires the creation of a national database to store each gun owners registration information (Sec. 501.A.1).  Where else are they going to store the following information about every gun owner in America.  Below you will find the application requirements to obtain a hand gun under this proposal, along with a $25 fee every five (5) years per section 102 of H.R. 45.

  1. a current, passport-sized photograph of the applicant that provides a clear, accurate likeness of the applicant;
  2. the name, address, and date and place of birth of the applicant;
  3. any other name that the applicant has ever used or by which the applicant has ever been known;
  4. a clear thumb print of the applicant, which shall be made when, and in the presence of the entity to whom, the application is submitted;
  5. with respect to each category of person prohibited by Federal law, or by the law of the State of residence of the applicant, from obtaining a firearm, a statement that the individual is not a person prohibited from obtaining a firearm;
  6. a certification by the applicant that the applicant will keep any firearm owned by the applicant safely stored and out of the possession of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;
  7. a certificate attesting to the completion at the time of application of a written firearms examination, which shall test the knowledge and ability of the applicant regarding–
    1. the safe storage of firearms, particularly in the vicinity of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;
    2. the safe handling of firearms;
    3. the use of firearms in the home and the risks associated with such use;
    4. the legal responsibilities of firearms owners, including Federal, State, and local laws relating to requirements for the possession and storage of firearms, and relating to reporting requirements with respect to firearms; and
    5. any other subjects, as the Attorney General determines to be appropriate;
  8. an authorization by the applicant to release to the Attorney General or an authorized representative of the Attorney General any mental health records pertaining to the applicant;
  9. the date on which the application was submitted; and
  10. the signature of the applicant.

Further evidence for the potential of a national ID card is found in section 103, which calls for a “tamper-resistant card.”  Granted the card mentioned in section 103 claims that the top portion of the license would read ‘FIREARM LICENSE–NOT VALID FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE’ but I think we can safely assume that the Congress could easily drop a line into a bill that would override this provision without the public knowing.

And the text in Section 305 of H.R. 45 appears to prohibit the use of any firearm by a “child” (anyone under the age of 18) and prohibits the individuals freedom to protect his property if a child lives on the premises.

  • PROHIBITION AND PENALTIES- Except as provided in paragraph (3), it shall be unlawful for any person to keep a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, any 1 of which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, within any premises that is under the custody or control of that person, if–
    • that person–
      • knows, or recklessly disregards the risk, that a child is capable of gaining access to the firearm; and
      • either–
        • knows, or recklessly disregards the risk, that a child will use the firearm to cause the death of, or serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of this title) to, the child or any other person; or
        • knows, or reasonably should know, that possession of the firearm by a child is unlawful under Federal or State law; and

And last but not least Section 801 will really get your blood boiling.  So as that some of our leadership will not participate in the public option of the proposed health care plan, (H.R. 3200), the government authorities are exempt from these provisions.

This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall not apply to any department or agency of the United States, of a State, or of a political subdivision of a State, or to any official conduct of any officer or employee of such a department or agency.

With all of this said, H.R. 45 appears to do more harm to the people of America than those that it protects.  I get the impression that its goal is to create a generation who are opposed to the use of guns altogether.

If you were partial to the United Nations Gun Ban, this would be your bill!

Spartanburg GOP Hosts “Back to School Fest”

August 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release

The Spartanburg County Republican Party

The Spartanburg County Republican Party

The community is invited to enjoy free ice cream, activities for children, and meet locally elected officials at the “Back To School Fest” on Sunday August 23, from 2-4 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Event Center in Spartanburg.

Our locally elected officials have volunteered to sponsor several activities.  Activities include miniature train rides, face painting, helium balloons and a variety of games for the children.  The Spartanburg County Sheriffs Office will also have a display for the children and most importantly on a warm August afternoon…ice cream sundaes with all the toppings.

A special thanks to the officials below who will be participating in our “Back to School Fest”:

Auditor Sharon West, Treasurer Oren L. Brady III, Probate Judge Ponda Caldwell, Solicitor Trey Gowdy, Coroner Rusty Clevenger, Sheriff Chuck Wright, and  Spartanburg County Council members Jane Hall, Tom Foster, O’Neal Mintz, Dale Culbreth, Jeff Horton, and David Britt.

This event is sponsored by the Spartanburg County Republican Party

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