Cesar Chavez: Celebrating America's favorite farm thug

Leave it to the Obama administration to choose today to celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez. Like the former Venezuelan strongman whose last name he shares, this Chavez has a love of abusing government power and embracing Third World dictators - something both Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama are notorious for doing.

No wonder Obama felt his birthday was worthy of commemoration.

Chavez led the United Farm Workers (UFW), an agricultural labor union with a record of intimidation and violence. Their record was so blatant that even the left-wing NYC Village Voice reported about their "campaign of random terror against anyone hapless enough to fall into its net."  This record of violence motivated Joe Hicks, a Jesse Jackson associate, to testify against funding for a Chavez memorial effort, concerned about how "Chavez dealt with violence as his UFW organizers often made use of strong-arm tactics against field workers in California's Central and Coachella Valleys."
As if that's not bad enough, more evidence supports a less optimistic view of the life and legacy of Chavez.

Beaufort school mural bashes capitalism

Thanks to the good citizens of Charleston Thug Life for exposing this one.

They've reported on mural at Robert Smalls Middle School takes direct aim at capitalism, with the quote "You can't have capitalism without racism". The Wikiquote website attributes that quote to Malcolm X

We're not sure if that was intended to a portrayal of him in the mural, but if so, that was a lousy attempt.

There are a lot less inflammatory quotes that could have been presented from X, who was known for preaching a fiery brand of black separatism combined with self-reliance and distrust of liberal white politicians during the civil rights era.

School board member resignation demanded over Kincannon tweets

A Pennsylvania school board member faced a call for his resignation after engaging in a Twitter conversation with Todd Kincannon, a Columbia attorney and GOP politico with a growing reputation as a nationally-known conservative agent provocateur via social media.

Julian Stolz, a member of the East Penn School Board, faced a demand that he resign by a parent upset with recent comments that he exchanged with Kincannon earlier this month. The LowerMacungie Patch reported that at a recent school board meeting, Lou Schuler, a parent with children in two of the district's schools, told the board that "Stolz was not the kind of person he wanted making policy for the schools his children attend and demanded that Stolz resign immediately."

According to the local WFMZ-TV news website, Schuler went on to criticize Stolz as one who "ridicules the people he serves and who despises the very idea of public education."

The offending tweets took place during a highly-publicized flap over Tweets made by Kincannon during the Super Bowl. The parent cited two tweets between Stolz and Kincannon:

Kincannon: “There is nothing more brain rotting than public schools. God I pity the proletariat for having to send their inferior crotchfruit to them.”

Stolz: “@ToddKincannon as a School Board director, I wish I could disagree. As a sentient being, I cannot.”

When contacted by the Blogland, Kincannon defended Stolz:

God forbid someone actually state the obvious, that the elites in this country want to keep the public schools crappy so that they can continue to send their kids to fancy private schools, while opposing vouchers so that the rest of us can too.

We'll keep you posted on any further developments on this story.

Inventing racism: Obama Labor nominee's love of "disparate impact" theory

As American society attempts to move beyond racial politics and racism in society, Thomas Perez the Obama administration's nominee to head the Department of Labor is hell-bent on turning back the clock by advocating a controversial legal doctrine which imagines racism and assumes guilt on the part of businesses with no evidence of wrongful actions or malicious intent necessary.

The doctrine of "disparate impact" is a legal doctrine which assumes that discrimination can be proven simply by looking at outcomes. This doctrime assumes that if no discriminatory practices or malicious intent can be identified, the finding that a policy or practice resulted in outcomes in which "protected groups", such as women and minorities, were disqualified more or qualified less than others is all that is needed to assume some form of "unintentional discrimination" took place - no actual evidence of discriminatory intent is necessary. Even if a given policy or practice had clear, non-racial reasons for being developed, such as criminal background or credit risk checks.

A recent Wall Street Journal story discussed Perez' ambitious efforts to apply disparate impact theory while an Assistant U.S. Attorney General, even to the point where he may have undermined civil cases to seek a deal to keep cases from going to the Supreme Court that might have resulted in an unfavorable judicial review of his agenda:

The real enemy of Republicans in SC1 contest

Many Republicans are privately concerned about the potential of Democrats to carry the open First Congressional District seat. Without a doubt, such a loss would be a stunning upset, giving Democrats control of one of the longest-held GOP Congressional districts in the South.

In the Carolinas and Georgia, only three Congressional seats have been held by the GOP for longer than SC1: NC9 (Charlotte region) since 1962, SC2 since 1968 and GA6 (Western Atlanta suburbs) since 1978.  Since Tommy Hartnett won the seat for the GOP in an open-seat contest in 1980, it's usually been a safe seat, with just one close call in 2008.

While there are concerns about the potential vulnerability of the GOP run-off contenders and the high profile and strong fundraising prowess of the Democratic nominee, Republicans may be overlooking one of the biggest threats to their ability to hold onto this seat:


Larry Grooms: Always a winner

The Birthday Boy at my 40th Birthday Bash.
Moye Graham's on his right and
Larry Kobrovsky's on his left.
The Blogland wants to wish Berkeley County's State Senator Larry Grooms a Happy Birthday.

Working on his 1997 and 2000 Senate races were some of the most memorable campaign experiences and both were long-shots which produced late-night victories. The first race turned a heavily-Democratic seat into Republican hands and the second race was the contest which gave Republicans control of the State Senate.

I've always believed that many never appreciated just how costly, grueling and emotionally draining the 2000 re-election contest was or how much his family endured to help make history that year.

Maybe he didn't win the First District Congressional primary last night, but there's no mistaking that Larry gave it his all, as he always does, and no matter what, kept smiling and kept working until the last vote was cast. That's just what he does.

No matter what the bean counters tell you, Larry Grooms is always a winner.

Where was Peter McCoy?

Yesterday, when Peter McCoy was on the ballot for the First District Congressional GOP Primary, where was he?

Instead of chasing votes, the State Representative from James Island (the hometown of yours truly) was in Columbia as the General Assembly was in session, tending to several bills he was working on. In his second term in the House, the former prosecutor has become known for being one of those leading efforts to toughen a number of criminal justice laws.

We've always liked Peter and we can't help but respect a guy who's more concerned with doing the job he was elected to do than climbing the political ladder. 

Walton Cartoon: "Sludge Killer"

Chesterfield County Sheriff indicted amid numerous misconduct allegations

It's not a good time to be a Sheriff in South Carolina - they keep getting in trouble. The latest is Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker, who was indicted earlier today on six counts of misconduct in office

Parker's indictment comes after reports surfaced in January of a SLED investigation - an investigation which the agency originally denied was taking place.

Parker faces four counts of Misconduct in Office and two counts of Furnishing Contraband to Inmates, accused of allowing state inmates to live as civilians outside of prison in exchange for working on his home and personal property.

Parker's indictment follows a string of arrests and removals of Sheriffs in rural counties around the state in recent years. The list includes former Sheriffs in Abbeville, Lee, Saluda and Union Counties. There have also been inquiries into the operation of the Chester County Sheriff's Office by a Sheriff who lost a re-election bid last year.

Two years ago, Parker said he was called a "a ruthless, barbaric, redneck, hill-billy killing machine", after four of his employees were accused of taking animals from a local animal shelter and shooting them, allegedly for target practice, making the county of Democratic State Rep. Ted Vick more like the home of Michael Vick.

No word on when the Governor's office will appoint a replacement, but we've been informed local Democrats want to see the current Chief Deputy appointed to replace the Sheriff.

Happy Birthday Tommy Grimes

The Blogland wishes a Happy Twenty-First Birthday to Seventh District Congressional District GOP Vice-Chairman Tommy Grimes. In addition to being one of the notorious "Four Horsemen of the Political Apocalypse", an allegedly-shadowy political ring in state politics, he's a veteran of Pee Dee politics, having served in county and district level party offices for over two decades.

A guy like this deserves some recognition. And since his birthday is on a weekend, it seems like a good time to have a party.

If you know him - and even if you don't - take a few minutes to wish him a Happy Birthday today.

Obama nominates Voter ID lawyer to lead Labor Department

If you've ever heard of Thomas Perez, you might've been involved in the court battle over South Carolina's Voter ID law. But if you haven't heard of him and work in the private sector, you might get to learn more about him soon.

And we're betting you won't like what you see.

Perez, who will be nominated by the Obama administration to lead the Department of Labor, is currently an Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, where he led failed efforts to try to block South Carolina's Voter ID law. He also worked to expand the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the most anti-employer laws on the books.

Imagine what Perez, who has never worked a day in the private sector, would do as Labor Secretary if confirmed.

While you're thinking about it, call your Senators and ask them what they're going to do about the Perez confirmation. We will.

Adam Piper: Getting older today

We want to wish Adam Piper a very Happy Birthday today and hope you'll reach out to him today as well.

Adam came to South Carolina for college and never left,  racking up some pretty impressive accomplishments as a campaign operative, including playing key roles in the 2010 GOP primary upset win by State Treasurer Curtis Loftis and the primary and general election victories of Attorney General Alan Wilson that year.

In reflecting upon his life in the Palmetto State, he shared some insightful observations:

I have also grown and matured to a view point that there is more to Carolina than beer, bourbon, and belles, and there is far more than all beautiful faces and smiling places. The fact of the matter is it's home and it's a place where I grew into my adulthood, and made countless memories and friendships, I'll never forget.

Hey Adam, just promise us you won't grow up too much?

Media 101: Never threaten a reporter

Any way you look at it, there's no way anyone can view a recent e-mail exchange between the wife of Seventh District Congressman Tom Rice and Grand Strand Daily report Paul Gable as good. Like many moments in politics in South Carolina, the truth is so out there that it's hard for us to make it up.

Speaking during a candidate forum at Big Mike’s restaurant in Myrtle Beach, Lazarus said he had steam coming from his ears hearing of the good ole boy system in Horry County.

“I’m sick of hearing about good ole boys,” Lazarus said. “There’s no good ole boys, just good people who volunteer their time to help the county.”

Walton Cartoon: "Kerry's Magic Money Ride"

Walton Cartoon: "Chavez, you're late"

Alex Stroman: A good day for cool glasses

Check out the 80s-esque sunglasses - and be sure to wish Alex Stroman a Happy Birthday today while you're at it.

Walton Cartoon: "NRA vs. Democrats"

S.C. Prison cell phone hit survivor sues cell phone companies

For years, Robert Johnson was a prison Captain responsible for keeping contraband out of Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security facility in Lee County. It's these efforts which authorities believed resulted in a hit being put out on him, resulting in someone bursting into his home and shooting him six times in 2010.

Investigators also believed the hit was ordered from inside the prison by an inmate using an illegal cell phone.

Johnson survived the shooting and no suspects have been identified in the case. He retired a year later and is now suing twenty cell phone companies, alleging they should have done more to block signals from inside the prison.

Johnson's experience isn't the only one. According to the Washington Post, it's not the first time a hit was ordered from prison: