South Carolina

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R.G. Skerrett's drawing of H. L. Hunley.

R.G. Skerrett’s drawing of H. L. Hunley.

?Submarine Innovator

?The Amazing (If True) Story of the Submarine Mechanic Who Blew Himself Up Then Surfaced as a Secret Agent for Queen Victoria.

The leading mechanic of the famed H.L. Hunley led quite the life, if we can believe any of it.

During the American Civil War, Confederate inventor Horace Lawson Hunley converted a steam boiler into a submarine.?This Confederate submarine could be propelled at four knots by a hand-driven screw. Unfortunately, the submarine sank twice during trials in Charleston, South Carolina. These accidental sinkings in Charleston harbour cost the lives of two crews. In the second accident the submarine was stranded on the bottom and Horace Lawson Hunley himself was asphyxiated with eight other crew members.

At 8:45 on the evening of February 17, 1864, Officer of the Deck John Crosby?glanced over the side of the Federal sloop-of-war?Housatonic?and across the glassy waters of a calm Atlantic. His ship was blockading the rebel port of Charleston from an anchorage five miles off the coast, and there was always the risk of a surprise attack by some Confederate small craft. But what Crosby saw that night, by the dim light of a wintry moon, was so strange that he couldn?t be certain what it was. ?Something on the water,” he recalled to a court of inquiry a week later, “which at first looked to me like a porpoise, coming to the surface to blow.?

Crosby alerted the?Housatonic?s quartermaster, but the object had already disappeared?and when he saw it again, a moment later, it was too close to the sloop for any hope of escape. As the?Housatonic?s crew scrambled to their battle stations, there was a huge explosion on the starboard side. Their ship sank in minutes, taking five crewmen with her.

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Interesting that money in politics doesn’t always change things

The left wing always moan about big money in politics. They cry that people can buy elections with loads of money.

Were that true then we’d have an Act Party/Conservative Party coalition government.

Jeb Bush has pissed away $150 million proving, yet again, that money can’t buy you an election.

Jeb Bush, unable to muster enthusiasm for his presidential bid beyond the family network that helped him raise a record sum exceeding $150 million, is suspending his campaign following a disappointing finish in South Carolina.

The decision follows a string of underwhelming primary finishes for the former Florida governor, including in New Hampshire where he invested heavily and bet on a massive ground organization but still finished behind Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ted Cruz. ?? Read more »

South Carolina goes to Trump and Clinton grabs Nevada

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Voters are sick of “professional” politicians.? They don’t mind being offended if it means we’re actually talking about real things and the truth is allowed to come out.

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No use flogging a dead horse when your funders shift behind the likely winner.? With smaller vote fragmentation it will be interesting to see if Trump can keep ahead. ?No more Bushes. ?Depending, it may also be the end of the Clintons. ?It’s certainly a chance to leave the past and make a New America.?? /snigger ? Read more »

Debate or ban? Even the republicans are losing their way

Trump is everything the media need – he fills the space between the adverts.? But he’s also gaining traction, so the Democratic party need to counter that. ?Don’t expect them to win the high ground – they simply want to remove an American citizen’s right to move freely around his own country.

And oddly enough, they even have their Republican rival senator agreeing to a proposal that stops Trump from exercising his 1st Amendment rights to free speech in South Carolina.

Ausual, Democrat lawmakers?are more concerned with Donald Trump’s rhetoric than they are about real issues impacting their respective states including crime, poverty, and?terrorist threats.

To this end,?South Carolina state Rep. John King (D) said he plans to?introduce a resolution declaring that “xenophobic”?Donald Trump is ?not welcome? in his state.

At a rally in Rock Hill on Friday, Trump campaign staff?had removed a Muslim woman?who was protesting silently. Read more »

Gingrich wins South Carolina

Newt Gingrich overcame a last minute attack on him to win the South Carolina primary:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stormed to an upset victory in the South Carolina primary Saturday night, dealing a sharp setback to former front-runner Mitt Romney and suddenly scrambling the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

“Thank you, South Carolina!” a jubilant Gingrich tweeted to his supporters. He appealed for a flood of donations for the next-up Jan. 31primary. “Help me deliver the knockout punch in Florida. Join our Moneybomb and donate now,” said his tweet.

Exit polls showed he led among voters who said their top priority was picking a candidate who could beat President Barack Obama ? a group that had preferred Romney in earlier contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.

What probably got him over the line was this stunning on the media in a live debate where the CNN host, John King, opened the debate with questions over Newt’s long term affairs. He absolutely smashed up the host, the media and attacked Obama as well…to loud applause.

In the US they take a dimmer view of people who cheat on their taxes than those who cheat on their wives.

Suffer in ya jocks

The KKK can suffer in it’s jocks:

After a lengthy legal battle between a black South Carolina church and members of the Ku Klux Klan, a judge has ruled that the church owns a building where KKK robes and T-shirts are sold.

A circuit judge ruled last month that New Beginnings Baptist Church is the rightful owner of the building that houses the Redneck Shop, which operates a so-called Klan museum and sells Klan robes and T-shirts emblazoned with racial slurs. The judge ordered the shop’s proprietor to pay the church’s legal bills of more than US$3300 (NZ$4177).

Since 1996, the Redneck Shop has operated in an old movie theatre in Laurens, a city about 112km northwest of Columbia that was named after 18th century slave trader Henry Laurens.

Ownership of the building was transferred in 1997 to the Reverend David Kennedy and his church, New Beginnings, by a Klansman fighting with others inside the hate group, according to court records. That man, according to Kennedy, was feuding with store proprietor John Howard over a woman and “developed a spiritual relationship” with Kennedy’s church, the judge wrote.

But a clause in the deed entitles Howard, formerly KKK grand dragon for the Carolinas, to operate his business in the building until he dies.

After years of trying to have the property inspected, Kennedy and New Beginnings sued Howard and others in 2008. On December 9, a judge ruled in Kennedy’s favour.

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