S.C. Legal System on Trial at High Noon

February 25, 2014 7:00 AM
S.C. Legal System on Trial at High Noon

A noon hearing in a Columbia court room could go a long way to proving how much legitimacy should be attached to what passes for a legal system in South Carolina.

The issues aren’t big on their surface – a simple motions hearing on several motions associated with an interpleader action.

An interpleader action originates when a party holds property on behalf of another but does not know to whom the property should be transferred. It asks the court to make the decision.

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Lone Survivor

January 23, 2014 6:00 PM
Lone Survivor

This past weekend I went and saw the movie “Lone Survivor,” and I have to admit, yes, I cried.

In case you are not familiar with the movie, it depicts the days in late June 2005, and a mission dubbed “Operation Red Wings,” in which four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to kill or capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd.

The mission failed when three Navy SEALs were ambushed and killed and a reaction force helicopter was shot down killing all on board.

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Southern Holdings Settlement Check Saga – Corrected

January 6, 2014 7:10 AM
Southern Holdings Settlement Check Saga – Corrected

A settlement check issued by the state of South Carolina for the Southern Holdings case plaintiffs wound up nine months later in the account of an attorney not connected to the case.

After six years in litigation where the state Insurance Reserve Fund spent several million dollars on lawyers defending the case, a rushed “settlement” was allegedly arranged between lawyers for the plaintiff and lawyers for the defendants.

The alleged settlement took place behind closed doors with the federal trial judge, after jury selection was complete.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

December 24, 2013 3:00 PM
The Twelve Days of Christmas

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans and especially the partridge who won’t come out of a pear tree have to do with the Twelve Days of Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this Carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

The song has two levels of meaning:

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Fiscally Responsible Alternative to I-73

November 30, 2013 12:00 PM
Fiscally Responsible Alternative to I-73

The I-73 project is back in the news as our local group of politicians is hoping to get a permit for the project from the federal government.

In these economically difficult times, fiscal responsibility, less spending, smaller government and lower taxes, is the refrain being sung by “conservative” politicians. If this is such a good idea, is it too much to ask our local politicians to practice what they preach, especially when it applies to big government projects like I-73?

Since the mid-1990’s, local politicians and business leaders have been saying the Grand Strand needs an interstate highway connection in order to sustain and build tourism. If you don’t believe it, just watch the advertisements, paid for by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, on local television stations telling us just that. If they say it, it must be so.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

November 28, 2013 7:00 AM
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving as we all pause to reflect on the blessings we have had over the past year.

A few quotes to reflect upon on this day:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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