It looks like South Carolina has lost the ACC baseball tournament for the next three years. This tournament was suppose to bring in a million dollars to the Myrtle Beach area. The people who live and work in this area could use this money. Whether it be the waiter, the business owner, or the maid in the hotel. There will be no tips, there will be no increased business, and there will be more vacancies in the hotels. The majority of the income in this part of the state is driven by tourism.
The NAACP who imposed this supposed boycott in 1999 has been fairly ineffective in actually keeping activities or other things out of this state. I do not know why now they decide to push away money from an area badly in need of it. For an organization supposedly around to Advance Colored People it is only serving to keep those people down but keeping money out of their hands.
Why is this boycott now being pushed or being pushed at all. This whole thing was suppose to be over in 2000 when the agreement to move the flag from the state house down to the state house grounds. According to state Reps D- Vida Miller: “I’m very troubled,” Miller said. “When we debated this issue in 2000, the consensus of the General Assembly was that a compromise was agreed to … so that we could put this issue behind us and move this state forward and deal with quality-of-life issues.”
The ACC is as much to blame as the NAACP. The ACC acted cowardly and backed down to a thug group who is serving no purpose with this act. According to state Rep R- Thad Viers: “The bottom line is they’re letting political correctness dictate policy,” Viers said in a telephone interview. “I don’t know who to be more upset with, the state chapter of [the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] or the ACC commissioners for caving in to political correctness.”
Those comments were the weakest of the ones Rep Viers had to say. In a tweet on Tuesday he poseted: “the ACC= the girly men conference for athletics!” After this he posted: “i apologize for my last tweet … the ACC is fine; its [sic] not their fault that their commissioners don’t have the gonadic strength of a goat!”
As I am not a fan of John Swofford or his stance on this issue I feel that Rep Viers second opinion on the ” gonadic strength” of Mr Swofford is correct.
In the long run the people of SC are caught in the middle of an issue that will not be corrected anytime soon, and truely is a non-issue to most people. The NAACP needs to find an issue they could actually help people with and the ACC needs to grow a pair. If the NAACP would have tried this with the SEC I feel sure that they would have laughed at the NAACP and slammed the door in their face.
Believe it or not, 2 years ago this past weekend, The Conservativist began it’s ascension into the Blogdom of SC Politics.
Originally titled “A Conservative Voice”, The Conservativist was just a college project. It sat in the obscurities of “blogger” for 3 odd years until a grumpy old man took the stage one hot May evening in Columbia.
A few weeks later I attended Congressman Bob Inglis’ Let’s Talk event at Wade’s Restaurant. Me being the one who is not afraid to ask questions dropped one about that grumpy old man to Inglis and why he was so hated. Something along those lines anyways.
But before I left, Jason Spencer stopped me to ask me a few questions about the grumpy old man and Rick Beltram. Jason informed me in the interview that Beltram had banned the grumpy old man from attending events and he asked my comments. He was working on a bigger story than Inglis’ event that day.
July 4th, 2007, Jason Spencer’s article landed on the doorsteps of the people in Spartanburg, GOP maverick Paul shunned in Spartanburg.
The Conservativist immediately began building a readership with Ron Paul supporters. The first thing we wrote about was Beltram’s response to the article. Some of those individuals who were already engrosed in the campaign picked up on it fast and forwarded it around. I saw how much traffic we were getting and thought, traffic is good, lets write more about Paul. 10 of the first 11 articles we wrote in 2007 concerned Ron Paul and Rick Beltram.
It became an effort to post any press release we received. Even if we disagreed with it, we would still run it just for coverage sake. We may not write about the issues, but I believe people want to hear multiple sides of the story and we wanted to make that information more available. I wanted to know when the candidates were going to be in town, I wanted to hear all of them speak.
I was also hoping to provide my daughter an opportunity that I did not get. Being a Navy brat, we traveled a good bit and by the UCMJ, my father could not really attend any of the events. I thought how cool it would be to be in Kindergarten and be able to say I have met the President of the United States.
A passion also began to develop. I grew more concerned with our leadership and the direction of our State and Nation. So we began expanding and getting involved in local politics.
It aggrevated me that things these candidates were saying never left the meetings. You never saw it on the news or heard anything about it. So it was time to start reporting on some of this. We tried covering events when the candidates came to town, but our coverage was sporadic at best.
A lot has changed since then. We have built up a network of contacts and people provide us with a lot of insight. My job also allows me to take a little more time to contribute to the site, creating more content.
With all of that said, thanks for your readership for the last two years and if you have any information or would like to write for The Conservativist, let us know.
Cleveland Cavaliers are Stacked!
We don’t follow the NBA much, but we are impressed with what the Cleveland Cavaliers accomplished today.
With arguably one of the best players in the NBA, LeBron James, they acquired Shaquille O’Neal in a trade today from the Phoenix Suns.
And to top it off, they picked up the best 6th Man in the NCAA, Danny Green from North Carolina with the 16th pick in the 2nd round.
North Carolina’s Other Prospects
Surprisingly enough, our favorite, Tyler Hansbrough, was taken 13th in the 1st round of the draft by the Indiana Pacers. Many have compared Hansbrough to Christian Lattener. A hard worker but not enough to survive in the NBA.
Ty Lawson was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves and immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets for a future 1st round pick.
Wayne Ellington was drafted by the Timberwolves as well in the 1st round with the 28th pick.
Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to share this promotion with our readers and received many emails wishing we had told them earlier. My apologies.
But there is good news for those of you who missed out in January or didn’t make it back one month and dropped out of the program. Table 301 has provided a “small window of opportunity” for those of you who missed out on the Table 301 Stimulus Package in January,
If you have never heard of Table 301, the organization is run by Carl Sobocinski. His restaurants include the fabulous Soby’s (new southern cuisine), Soby’s on the Side, The Loft at Soby’s, Devereaux’s (new age and southern cuisine), The Lazy Goat (Mediterannean, International), Table 301 Catering and opening later this summer, a new restaurant in the former Restaurant O. The coupon is only valid at Soby’s, Devereaux’s, and The Lazy Goat.
Here’s the catch, if you go by June 30th, 2009 and use the coupon, you will receive another coupon to use the next month for $25 off your meal at another participating Table 301 restaurant. And it continues through the end of the year.
Enjoy the meal and tell Carl, Gary sent you.
The Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 tonight taking a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals. Game 5 will be played Sunday night in Boston.
The Hurricanes got off to a quick start with an Eric Staal goal at 4:54 in the 1st period. Erik Cole and Ray Whitney were credited with the assist during the power play. Eric Staal scored his second goal at 15:41 in the 3rd period.
This was a beauty to watch. Both teams were skating 4 on 4 when a delayed penalty was called on Boston. Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward skated off the ice and Eric Staal darted on to the ice, received the pass while driving to the right side of the net. A quick cut towards the goal and he beat goalie Tim Thomas high over his left shoulder, game over.
A Hurricanes win Sunday night will knock the top seeded Bruins out of the playoffs, leaving Carolina 7 games away from an opportunity to return to the Finals.
The Hurricanes first went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002, loosing to the Red Wings in 4 games. They returned to the Finals in 2006 to win their first ever Stanley Cup.