We The People

December 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

My father-in-law shared this with me yesterday and I thought it was pretty ingenious.  Needless to say, the father of The Mississippi Squirrel Revival has it the nail on the head with this one.  Enjoy.

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.”

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!

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!

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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