Citadel Cadet helps organize facebook effort to support congressman

September 13, 2009 by  
Filed under News, Opinion, SC Politics, US Politics

Citadel Senior Cadet Mitch Baroody has helped organize the effort to support Congressman Joe Wilson on the web. Less than 48 hours from when the page was created there were 1,100 members and over 100 wall posts commenting the Congressman’s efforts this past week on facebook. Baroody is being credited with helping to start the “Thank You Joe Wilson Movement” all over the country.

On the facebook page that Baroody has helped create members have been able to voice their opinions and appreciation for a congressman such as Joe Wilson from South Carolina.

“Dear Congressman Wilson: Thank you for expressing what millions of Americans feel about President Obama and his plan to bankrupt this nation by passing his Health Care Reform to socialize medicine. You are a good American and have already apologized to the President and he accepted it. Do not let Speaker Pelosi and her partisan cronies intimidate you into apologizing to the full House of Congress; one apology was enough. God bless you and your family and keep up the good work!!!” These were the words from a member of the group from Florida. There are another 128 comments just like this on the facebook page thanking Wilson for all he has done to fight the Democrats in Congress.

Many members have even made contributions to the Re-elect Wilson to Congress fund, and over 700K has been raised thus far for his campaign (there is no telling how much of that came from this past week)!  Another effort that has been started is the “I’m with Joe Wilson” t-shirts , and all profits raised go towards Joe Wilson’s re-election.

So if you are feeling supportive go join the facebook page, “Thank You Congressman Joe Wilson.”

Dr. Fishbone a real “Catch”

July 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

I had the opportunity to eat at a brand new restaurant Thursday night in Florence, “Dr. Fishbone”, and from the time I walked in though the door I knew it was going to be a great experience. The smell of fried shrimp and cornbread arose and lightened my senses and made me realize just how hungry I was.

The restaurant is themed around the cookbook that was created over two years ago “Cooking and Fishing with Dr. Fishbone,” which has a variety of recipes from all over the great state of South Carolina. Southern collard greens, lace fried cornbread, and chicken bog are just the beginning of what the book has to offer. The cookbook is divided into sections including Little Food, Soups and Stews, Sides and Casseroles, Big Food, Biscuits and Breads, Sumptin Sweet and Other Stuff. There is even a section called Cookin Big which gives complete instructions for barbecuing a pig and your basic oyster roast.

I had many decisions to make when deciding what I wanted to eat, but since I have a shellfish allergy it broke down the options a little bit more. For starters we had hand breaded fried green tomatoes with a special dipping sauce on the side. The main entree was a real treat, as I had stone ground yellow grits with cheese and fresh fried catfish. There was also broccoli cornbread in the shape of a fish on the side that melted in your mouth with each bite that you took. There was something different about the food, and it was a good something. I think it may have been the fact that everything had been hand prepared and was market fresh which is what made the difference.

I am recommending this restaurant to everyone, even if you don’t like fish or seafood there are other items to suit your taste buds. Everything from salads to seafood are prepared at Dr. Fishbone, you pick what will make your taste buds sing!

Gaffney Peach Festival Parade 2009

July 21, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

I had the opportunity this past weekend to attend the Gaffney Peach Festival Parade in Gaffney, South Carolina. People began to line the streets at 8:00am when the parade didn’t begin until 9:30am and when it did begin there were a lot of people. If I had to estimate, I would guess that there were around 1,000 plus people there lined up all along the streets.

There were three political figures that were in the parade and this really surprised me, Senator Lindsey Graham, Councilman Ken Ard running for Lt. Governor and Alan Wilson for Attorney General. Graham was riding in a yellow convertible BMW, while Ken Ard and Alan Wilson rode in the back of their trucks with their guests. The Ken Ard campaign had balloons and t-shirts that were handed out throughout the parade; by the time they left every child had a blue or green balloon.

The amount of candidates running for office in 2010 in the parade really shocked me; where were the gubernatorial candidates and the rest of the lieutenant governor candidates. With the recent events that have occurred in Gaffney I was sure that these candidates would have made a showing to show that they support Gaffney and are that they are there for the people. Henry McMaster was at the Water Festival in Beaufort, SC, but everyone else no one is sure where they were.

Fifth Candidate in the Lt. Governor’s Race

July 17, 2009 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics

News flash: SC Rep Tim Scott, 1st African American Republican member of SC General Assembly is running for SC Lt. Governor.

State Rep Tim Scott of North Charleston, is the most recent candidate to enter the very crowded Lt. Governor’s race in South Carolina which includes Ralph Norman, Rep. Ted Pitts, Bill Connor and Councilman Ken Ard.

Rep Tim Scott is an ally of Governor Sanfords and is the first African American to be elected since reconstruction.

Also rumored to be contemplating a bid in the Lt. Governors race is Mike Campbell.

Lt. Governors Race, what the ethics report tells us

July 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion, SC Politics


ken-ardThe ethics reports filings were posted online July 15, 2009, and it seems like the only Lt. Governor’s Candidate who really has a grasps on this election is Ken Ard from Pamplico, SC. He is leading the candidates in more ways than one, number one is the campaign fundraising. It seems that Ard has grasped the concept of running a statewide campaign due to the fact that during the last quarter he doubled what Connor’s Campaign gained. Ted Pitts’ campaign has a lot to be desired if he wishes to be in the race for much longer. When a campaign only has $13,000 in the bank and the primary is a year away that leaves a lot of unanswered questions, as to what type of effort is being put on the table (i.e. what kind of fundraising is happening) for this campaign.

From my point of view I see Ken Ard making more progress through the next quarter, possibly doubling this quarter’s contributions. Bill Connor needs to step it up somewhat due to the fact that Ken Ard even has more contributions on hand, while Connor has had the advantage from being in the race the longest.  I’m not endorsing any candidate for Lt. Governor, but I am saying that it is pretty obvious that the candidate working the hardest to become the next Lt. Governor for the state of South Carolina is Ken Ard.

The primary for 2010 will be a tight one, as the top two candidates are Ken Ard and Bill Connor. These candidates are the only ones putting forth the effort that has yet to be seen by Ted Pitts.

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