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1101, 2017

Rubio Bombs Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

By |January 11th, 2017|National, Politics|Comments Off on Rubio Bombs Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

Much of the confirmation hearing for US Secretary of State (chaired by Senator Corker) proceeded in a manner most would expect; as a mixture of serious and relevant questions combined with politically crafted questions to place Tillerson (or anyone else) in a “no win” situation.

The worst offender of the morning was Senator Marco Rubio. He was belligerent and unyielding in pushing an absurd line of questioning.

In regards to Russian hacking and influencing our elections, Rubio asked, “Based on your knowledge of Russian leaders and Russians politics, do you believe these activities could have happened without the knowledge and consent of Vladimir Putin?”

Tillerson didn’t want to speculate but Rubio pushed it.

Rubio then wanted an answer on the mandatory imposing of sanctions on a nation conducting cyber-attacks against the US.  Tillerson didn’t want “mandatory” and made it very clear that what Rubio is proposing doesn’t take multiple factors into consideration. Rubio then attempted to put words in Tillerson’s mouth, rudely implying that Tillerson and Trump wanted the latitude to play favorites.

The scenario Rubio was painting would be similar to stating; “We should impose a mandatory 10-year jail sentence on everyone who steals.” Not taking into account the difference between a child taking a piece of candy or an adult stealing a car and/or if anyone was physically harmed during the course of the crime. It was an unimaginably immature line of questioning to be coming from a US Senator.

Marco Rubio then pushed to have Tillerson label Putin as a “war criminal.” For Rubio to think it is appropriate to force someone (anyone) in a position to be Secretary of State to make public statements labeling world leaders as “war criminals” before they even assume their position is […]

410, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Leaked Audio

By |October 4th, 2016|Politics|Comments Off on Hillary Clinton: Leaked Audio

Leaked Audio:  Clinton Compares
Free College and Health Care to
Xenophobia and Nationalism,
Calls Herself “Center Right”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a long history of giving private speeches to big dollar donors, and we rarely get to hear what she says during these closed-door events. But now the journalists over at The Intercept have obtained a tape that gives us a good look at what Mrs. Clinton says in private (https://theintercept.com/2016/09/30/hillary-clinton-center-right/).

The most interesting snippet is about a minute and a half long, but in that brief window there is a lot to unpack. Here’s a transcript (emphasis mine):
CLINTON: It is important to recognize what’s going on in this election. Everybody who’s ever been in an election that I’m aware of is quite bewildered because there is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kind of approach that we hear too much of from the Republican candidates. And on the other side, there’s just a deep desire to believe that we can have free college, free healthcare, that what we’ve done hasn’t gone far enough, and that we just need to, you know, go as far as, you know, Scandinavia, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel. So as a friend of mine said the other day, I am occupying from the center-left to the center-right. And I don’t have much company there. Because it is difficult when you’re running to be president, and you understand how hard the job is —  I don’t want to overpromise. I don’t want to tell people things that I know we cannot do.
There are several issues that crop up immediately. For one, […]

2209, 2016

What Does Trump’s Immigration Plan Really Mean For African Americans?

By |September 22nd, 2016|Politics, Presidential, XPC|Comments Off on What Does Trump’s Immigration Plan Really Mean For African Americans?

Getting to the bottom of what Trump actually means when he speaks can be problematic. In the past, his statements have been so vague as to make them undecipherable. But since that terrible week in the summer when his polls plummeted a good ten points, he’s changed tack. Now the Donald Trump we’re getting is a lot more refined and presidential. And he’s spelling out exactly what he means.

Right from the start immigration law was a central pillar of the Trump campaign. After announcing last June, his tactic was to use immigration to win over support from white voters in the Republican primaries. He talked tough on gangs pouring in over the Mexican border. And he proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
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But since then, the presidential nominee has changed his tone. He wants to appeal to more moderate voters, and in particular, African Americans. That’s left many African Americans wondering what “The Donald’s” policies will mean for them, should he win. Let’s find out.

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Many commentators have seen the rise of Trump built on the back of a sea of discontent. He’s reportedly playing on the economic disenfranchisement currently experienced by millions. Right now, millions of African Americans who have jobs are low-paid and overworked. Trump has repeatedly said that the cause of this is the flow of cheap migrants into the US, particularly from Mexico. Immigrants fill local labor markets with cheap labor. And, as a result, the price at which unskilled people can sell their labor goes down. At the moment, there are some very talented academics trying to rebut Trump’s arguments. But the problem is that they’re so common-sense, they’re bound to […]

1309, 2016

Candidate without a County: Kim Murphy Rises Again

By |September 13th, 2016|Education, Politics, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Candidate without a County: Kim Murphy Rises Again

An amazing story of public school and statehouse corruption.
This is a long read, but if you don’t already know Kim Murphy’s story, you should get comfortable and take it in.

(Article by Thomas C. Hanson from a telephone interview with Kim Murphy Sept 8, 2016)
Kim Murphy is running against 16-year incumbent Chairman Robert Gantt for a Richland County seat on the Lexington-Richland 5 School Board, from which Gantt had her ousted mid-term in 2013, claiming she was not a resident of Richland County, based on a county boundary manufactured by state mapping between the two counties. The board had Murphy removed and essentially disenfranchised 6,000 people who voted for her.

Murphy took her ouster to Circuit Court, but Judge DeAndrea Benjamin, wife of Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin, ruled in favor of the district. Murphy is appealing that decision.

On Aug. 18, 2016, Gantt filed a petition with the Richland County Election Commission to have Murphy removed from the November ballot. However, the Richland elections board voted 3-1 Aug. 30, that Murphy is indeed a resident of the county, and she will be allowed to run for the Richland County seat on the Lexington-Richland 5 board. Samuel J. Selph, elections board director, wrote to Chairman Gantt that the board “denied your Petition to disqualify Mrs. Kim Murphy as a qualified Elector in Richland County.”

Murphy filed to run six minutes before the filing deadline Aug. 15. No one else had filed for the seat.

Murphy was first elected to the school board in 2010, despite efforts of the board to defeat her. She garnered 43 percent of the vote against Gantt in 2004. No one challenged her residency in either of those elections. She has lived in the same location in […]

109, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Illness: Alcoholism

By |September 1st, 2016|Politics, Presidential|1 Comment

A DC source has disclosed that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s serious health issues stem from rampant alcoholism. This explanation sheds new light on the string of bizarre behaviors which Hillary Clinton has displayed over the course of her campaign. Many have speculated that these behaviors are due to some form of serious illness, and alcoholism could very well be considered such, but this situation is even worse:  it seems that Hillary is not only suffering from alcoholism but also alcohol withdrawal syndrome as she keeps trying to quit.

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The symptoms that many have attributed to various hypothetical illnesses, such as her seizure-like head movements, her wild-eyed expressions, and her inability to stand or walk for extended periods of time without some form of support, can all easily be explained by severe alcoholism. But there are smaller, more subtle aspects of her condition that until now have just seemed like harmless quirks.

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For months Mrs. Clinton could often be seen wearing sunglasses at a variety of public events, regardless of the weather. This is a classic way to lessen the sharp pain of a hangover by dulling the light coming into your eyes.

Then there are the aforementioned seizure-like head motions. While we cannot say for sure that these were seizures, it would make sense if they were, as alcohol withdrawal syndrome can cause sufferers to have mild seizures. What’s more concerning is that, according to the Epilepsy Foundation, prolonged alcohol abuse has been linked to the development of epilepsy in some people. If Clinton’s seizure-like behavior is indeed from epilepsy, that too would not be entirely surprising, as her erratic bursts tend to happen most often when she is surrounded by reporters or […]

2608, 2016

Paving the Road to Hell… #NeverTrump

By |August 26th, 2016|National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on Paving the Road to Hell… #NeverTrump

“The road to Hell is paved with
good intentions.” ~Unknown
It has been more than 13 months (07/21/2015) since I wrote about the Donald Trump Phenomenon where I referred to Trump as the Republican Party’s Frankenstein. (Not likening Trump personally to Frankenstein – merely pointing out the success of his campaign was an abomination of Republican actions, or lack thereof.)

Just when all those wannabe candidates were just getting into the race to be the GOP’s nominee last summer, I laid out the case for Trump. But, was I actually a Trump supporter? Nope, I actually voted for Dr. Ben Carson.

Did I believe Carson was going to be the nominee? Nope, never actually thought he’d make it but he was my choice.  My analysis of Trump’s campaign was void of emotion, as it didn’t (and shouldn’t have) matter who I desired to win if I was to make an honest assessment. The Primary Election process was the window of opportunity for those on our side to disagree and get behind whoever they wanted for whatever reason.  That window is now closed and it would be just plain silly for me to be so angry/upset/etc that I couldn’t let go of a candidate that didn’t make it.

As we move toward the General Election in November, of the two choices: #NeverTrump or #NeverHillary – I just don’t understand how that can be a difficult decision. But, there are many who claim to be Republican or Conservative who have joined the left in the #NeverTrump mantra citing they cannot vote for Trump on “principle.” Seriously?

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has been so closely divided on many conservative (Christian) issues. We’ve lost some (gay marriage) while barely winning most […]

1708, 2016

Murphy Seeks Return to District 5 School Board

By |August 17th, 2016|Education, Politics, School Board|Comments Off on Murphy Seeks Return to District 5 School Board

Kim Murphy has announced her campaign to return to District Five’s School Board in the Richland County portion against Robert Gantt, who is seeking a fifth term. Murphy, a married mother of three daughters who graduated from District Five, is anxious to return to the board after what she believes was an unjust removal in the middle of her term in 2013.

“Their assertion that I was not a Richland County resident was wrong and that is why I was able to file for the seat with the Richland Election Commission. I am a resident and have been since 2000. I believe I was wrongly removed because I stood up to the board on key issues. Thousands of people who entrusted me with their votes were also disenfranchised. They lost their voice. I am ready to get back and work for the students, teachers and taxpayers.”

Murphy, who has served as a volunteer in the District and surrounding community for 16 years, said that upon returning to the board, she will make openness an immediate priority.

“If elected, during the first meeting I will once again propose live-streaming – bring the board meetings to the public. Parents and taxpayers deserve to know how important decisions are made regarding their children’s education and how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent. I want you to have a voice.”

Murphy believes her background in accounting, time spent as an investigative citizen reporter for the SC Policy Council and a meeting attendance record better than the elected trustees will give District Five much-needed oversight and guard against future procurement violations.

“With a $174 million operational budget and millions upon millions disbursed to contractors for new school construction and other capital expenditures, my accounting and […]

1608, 2016

McMaster Speaks to GOP Women about Trump

By |August 16th, 2016|Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on McMaster Speaks to GOP Women about Trump

Lt. Governor Henry McMaster introduced Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.  Yesterday, at a meeting of the Upstate Republican Women in Greenville, SC, McMaster explained why he supports Donald Trump.

 

SC Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster speaks to Upstate Republican Women from Thomas Hanson on Vimeo.

1508, 2016

Documents Given to FBI by Sheriff Chuck Wright’s Opponent

By |August 15th, 2016|County, Politics, Sheriff|Comments Off on Documents Given to FBI by Sheriff Chuck Wright’s Opponent

Sheriff’s races tend to get nasty and Spartanburg County is no exception. A yet unnamed person delivered approximately 2100 documents to Russell Lynch who is currently running as an Independent in the Sheriff’s race against incumbent Sheriff Chuck Wright (Republican). Election to be held in November 2016.

The Lynch Campaign released the following press release today:
Spartanburg, SC – Russell Lynch, candidate for Sheriff of Spartanburg County, was contacted August 3, 2016 by a person who felt he was in possession of some information that might be of interest to his campaign. Lynch met this person on August 9, 2016 and was given a jump drive containing approximately 2100 documents, mostly emails. Upon review Lynch was immediately aware that the correspondences were in reference to several different instances of possible unethical behavior, up to and including misconduct in office, by the current sheriff, Chuck Wright, and persons within his administration. Wrongdoings are for occurrences ranging from disregarding procurement ordinances to accepting gifts and benefits, all appearing to be outside the parameters of the South Carolina ethics laws. Lynch spoke with the person who gave him the jump drive several times over the past week, at which time he was also told of other instances of additional unprincipled behaviors by Sheriff Wright. Lynch states that nothing was asked for in return for the jump drive and nothing was offered. The person has agreed to cooperate fully with authorities in the investigation into these allegations. A copy of the jump drive was turned over to the FBI in Columbia this morning, August 15, 2016.
We contacted Sheriff Chuck Wright for a comment regarding this and he simply responded with, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Editor’s Note: Attempting to fairly report and […]

1108, 2016

YouTube Labels Trump Video Inappropriate

By |August 11th, 2016|Culture, National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on YouTube Labels Trump Video Inappropriate

It is mind-boggling how much YouTube has become part of our society.  Last year, I read somewhere that Google was the number one search engine (no surprise) but the number two search engine was YouTube – a website which was designed for videos, not to compete with Yahoo, Bing, or Google had risen to be the second most-used search engine on the internet. That’s pretty incredible.

There’s not much you can’t find on YouTube, from old full-length television shows to thousands of home-made DIY instructional videos. Forget about the radio, you can play non-stop music videos on YouTube.

There’s also simply no shortage of stuff that’s not useful; stupid videos, crude videos, and nearly any level of material that someone could find inappropriate.  Of all the videos I’ve ever watched on YouTube, the first time I ever saw the following screen was when I attempted to watch a Donald Trump video called the Vicious Snake.

The video has been out for several months and has nearly 5 million views (at the time of this writing). The content of the video is largely Donald Trump reading an old poem while playing mainstream media news clips.

So what’s offensive about the content that it has to be marked “inappropriate”?

Is it offensive because it’s Donald Trump reading the poem?

Is the poem supposed to be offensive to people who like snakes?

Or… could it be that the subject matter in the news clips is; destructive muslim refugees?

Perhaps, if snakes could possibly be offended, then they could be offended by the comparison of themselves to muslims? But, snakes don’t watch YouTube silly, so that can’t be it.

Video embedded below bypasses the content warning – click here to view directly on YouTube.