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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Upcoming Events ...



  A. School District of Pickens County Board of Directors Monthly Meeting 

    Monday, February 25, 2019 6:00 PM

    Curtis A. Sidden Admin. Building, 1348 Griffin Mill Road, Easley SC, 29640



  B. Pickens County Republican Party Monthly Meeting 

    Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:00 PM

    Silver Bay Restaurant, Easley, SC 29642


  C. Pickens County Council Monthly Meeting 

    Monday, March 4, 2019 6:30 PM

    Administration Facility, 222 McDaniel Avenue, Pickens, SC 29671


  D. Pickens County School Board District 7 Special Election 

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM

    Cedar Rock, Crescent Hill, Crossroads, Dacusville, Glassy Mountain, Griffin,          Nine Forks, Pumpkintown, Vinland precincts


  E. Pickens County Republican Party Precinct Reorganization 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00 PM

  United Wesleyan Church, 738 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640 

     $10 fee and voter registration card required


  F. Pickens County Republican Party County Convention 

    Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:00 PM

    United Wesleyan Church, 738 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Drag Queen Story Hour ...

Drag Queen Story Hour at the Five Forks Public Library was an eye opener in more ways than one.

On one side of the police barriers you had men dressed up as women, men dressed up as Nuns with bizarre make up on and the LGBTQ community shouting “Love not Hate.”

On the other side of the barrier you had men dressed as men and women dressed as women shouting “Child Abuse.” 

There is clearly a stark contrast. Depending on your ideology it wasn't hard to tell which side of the fence you should go stand when you arrived. 

Then you had the parents in line to take their children in to hear a Drag Queen read to their child, some dressed as their biological gender,some not, some wearing shirts that identified them as gay and proud of it, and most children dressed as their own gender who were staring at all the protesters and supporters with confused looks on their faces. 

As a former first grade teacher, I can only imagine what was going on in those children's minds. Why do people care about whether or not I go in to this story hour? Why are people praying? Why are my parents mad at the people praying? Why do my parents want me to be proud of a man who is dressed up like a woman? 

There is clearly division in our country, and for a reason. Jesus said he came to divide. 

Luke 12:49-56 

I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against.”

What I can't understand is why there weren't more Christians there to protest deviant behavior clearly against Bible teachings being celebrated and promoted. Where were you Christians? Were you neither hot or cold? There were over 10,000 people who signed a petition against this...but where were you? We needed you there. 

There is hope though... there were many people of color, old and young who braved the weather and stood against deviant behavior being promoted to young children as something to be celebrated.

Written by

Johnnelle Raines

Pickens SC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

You’d think a bill like this would breeze through SC Legislature ...

I’ve been watching the Senate all afternoon. They have been stuck on Bill S. 35 that would require all high school and college students to read the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Federalist Papers.  

Arguments over what classes are required, school funding, black history, college course in tailgating and studying the devil, accreditation, and even the relevance of those founding documents have kept the debate going since around 3:00 PM and at 5:55 PM they finally voted. 
Black Senators have been demanding African American history be required for all students. The Emancipation Proclamation has been pushed for inclusion again.  

It has been brought up that the founding documents have been required in education since 1962, but ignored.  

One would think that having our schools teach about the founding documents of our country would be something that should fly through the SC Legislature, especially when all those Republicans like to wrap themselves in the flag. It seems like Democrats want to hold this bill up, or block it, amend it, etc. They were filibustering, or as close to it as possible while getting in a dig at Trump while they were at it.  

The bill does not affect our rights or property, so it might be best to work on passing another bill. BUT... I see the bill as necessary to having informed electorates in the future. If people do not know their rights, they will not know when they are violated. 

The bill passed 29 to 7. It will likely be a mess in the House.  

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Monthly Meeting

Conservatives of the Upstate’s monthly organizational Meeting led by Leadership Team Johnnelle Raines, Steve Haynie and Kathy Nix will be taking place in the meeting room at the rear of The Pizza Inn located on Ann Street at 7pm on Tuesday Feb. 19th.

We will continue our discussions about our goals going forward to keep Pickens County the most conservative county in SC. Please join us and bring like minded friends who want to not only talk but act.  We will meet in the back meeting room. For more information see our web page

See you there! 

Submitted by Leadership Team
Conservatives of the Upstate

Saturday, February 9, 2019

How SC Legislators Intimate Citizens They Don’t Like

From The Nerve:

“For years, S.C. lawmakers have repeatedly tried through legislation and other means to intimidate citizens who run for legislative seats, raise ethical questions about legislators’ official or campaign activities, or criticize their positions on issues.”

Read more here:

Thursday, January 31, 2019

I read this online article about fake videos.  

Think about what "filmmakers" can do with this technology. Liberal Hollywood can put words 
in the mouths of conservatives to fool both their own side and people who would normally vote 
for Republicans. The falsehoods of an Al Gore documentary or willful inaccuracies of Michael 
Moore are going to be surpassed when the ability to create realistic fake videos gets perfected.  

If you recall Rush Limbaugh wanted to buy part of an NFL team, but was denied because 
players thought he said things that he had not. Today someone could put words in his mouth 
and keep playing the video over and over. Tell a lie often enough and it becomes "truth."  

How do you undo the damage? Are people supposed to believe their own eyes or the guy 
saying, "That video is not real!"?  

The 2020 Presidential election is going to be horrible if the technology gets better in the next 
couple of years. Think about how software companies release software in stages with better 
technology already developed, just not released. Someone at a research college developing 
this software could already be teamed up with someone in the movie or "news" business.  
If they do not use this in 2020 it WILL be used in 2024.  

Call me Nostradamus. 

Written by Steve Haynie 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Are We Being Overtaxed?

A tax increase here, a tax increase there, here a tax, there a tax, everywhere a tax increase...have you considered exactly how many taxes we already pay?
WE THE PEOPLE need to understand just how many taxes are in place for the average American taxpayer.

According to here is a list of Personal/Consumer Taxes & Fees Americans pay. (note that this list does not include the other taxes if you are also a business owner.)
Federal income tax
    State income tax
    Local income tax 
    Employee social security tax (your employer pays the other half) 
    Employee Medicare tax (your employer pays the other half) 
    Property taxes (in SC this is local not state at present)
    Road toll charges 
    State sales tax 
    Driver's license renewal fee 
    TV Cable/Satellite fees & taxes 
    Federal telephone surtax, excise tax, and universal surcharge State telephone excise tax and surcharge Telephone minimum usage and recurring/nonrecurring charges tax 
    Gas/electric bill fees & taxes 
    Water/sewer fees & taxes 
    Cigarette tax 
    Alcohol tax 
    Federal gasoline tax 
    State gasoline tax 
    Local gasoline tax 
    Federal inheritance tax 
    State inheritance tax 
    Gift tax 
    Bridge toll charges 
    Marriage license 
    Hunting license 
    Fishing license 
    Bike license fee 
    Dog permit/license 
    State park permit 
    Watercraft registration & licensing fees 
    Sports stadium tax 
    Bike/nature trail permit 
    Court case filing fee 
    Retirement account early withdrawal penalty 
    Individual health insurance mandate tax 
    Hotel stay tax 
    Plastic surgery surcharge 
    Soda/fatty-food tax 
    Air transportation tax 
    Electronic transmission of tax return fees 
    Passport application/renewal fee 
    Luxury & gas-guzzler car taxes 
    New car surcharge 
    License plate and car ownership transfer taxes 
    Yacht and luxury boat taxes 
    Jewelry taxes & surcharges 
    State/local school tax 
    Recreational vehicle tax 
    Special assessments for road repairs or construction 
    Gun ownership permit 
    Kiddie tax (IRS form 8615) 
    Fuel gross receipts tax 
    Waste Management tax 
    Oil and gas assessment tax 
    Use taxes (on out-of-state purchase) 
    IRA rollover tax/withdrawal penalties 
    Tax on non-qualified health saving account distributions 
    Individual and small business surtax (page 336 of Obamacare) 
    Estimated income tax underpayment penalty 
    Alternative Minimum Tax on income 
Another concerning possible tax has come to light recently. According to the SC Policy Council, within our SC State Constitution lies an amendment for the provision for an automatic “STATE” property tax to be imposed if the state cannot make a payment on bond debt? And with our state being in debt over $44,460,295 and rising according to the debt clock, we are on shaky ground and could see a state property tax kick in. It will require a 2/3 vote by SC House and Senate to repeal that amendment that allows this addition of a STATE property tax to kick in. Citizens should be contacting their legislators to protect taxpayers by repealing that amendment to the Constitution. We must force our elected to be more responsible in their borrowing. They shouldn't be putting us in more debt, or we may indeed see a State property tax come into existence.
Now let's talk about the recent gasoline tax SC legislators imposed upon us. When SC legislators passed the gas-tax-hike law, which raised the gas tax 12 cents per gallon over six years, and also increased vehicle taxes and fees, they promised we would see improvements in our maintenance of roads. Have you seen improvement taking place in your county? 
Finally let's all remember SC has a surplus in the coffers this year of over $1 billion dollars. Will any of that money come back to the taxpayers? Shouldn't our taxes be reduced at least? Will pork-barrel-type expenditures take place due to this “surplus” of OUR taxes? If history holds true to form...the SC taxpayers will not get anything back.
With our debt increasing minute by minute, legislators always wanting more money from the taxpayer, and according to SC is the sixteenth lowest total tax bill in the nation at a total of $13,562 on the average per taxpayer...we may see our legislators rationalizing taxpayers can afford more tax.
The site broke it down in the article written by John Csiszar on Jan. 19, 2019 to these numbers for the average SC taxpayer:
Fed income tax paid $6,251
State income tax paid $3,183
Gas tax paid $ 257
Sales tax paid $ 2,932
Property tax paid $ 939
Let's not ever forget that the Revolutionary War was fought over one of the main grievances being unfair taxation.
A great quote from former President of the United States Calvin Coolidge is appropriate to summarize what is truth, “Collecting more taxes than is absolute necessary is legalized robbery.”
by Johnnelle Raines

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Is the coal ash ordeal done in Pickens County?

Is the coal ash ordeal done in Pickens County? 

Rep Davey Hiott entered a bill that would change the law passed in 2016 that was quickly passed because of the coal ash issue in Pickens County.  

Reps. Clary and Collins added their names to it today.  

This is what was passed three years ago.  

Here is the potential change:

"SECTION 3 of Act 138 of 2016 is repealed."  

That means this line is repealed.  

"SECTION 3. The provisions of this act are repealed five years from the act's effective date, unless reenacted or otherwise extended by the General Assembly"  

So, if this bill passes it will remove the sunsetting of the original law that passed.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Federal Appeals Court Rules; Politicians Can’t Block Foes On Social Media

A federal appeals court said on Monday a Virginia politician violated the Constitution by temporarily blocking a critic from her Facebook page, a decision that could affect President Donald Trump's appeal from a similar ruling in New York. In a 3-0 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, violated the First Amendment free speech rights of Brian Davison by banning him for 12 hours from her "Chair Phyllis J. Randall" page. 

The ban came after Davison had attended a 2016 town hall meeting, and then under his Facebook profile "Virginia SGP" accused school board members and their relatives of corruption and conflicts of interest. Randall had also removed her original post and all comments, including Davison's. Circuit Judge James Wynn rejected Randall's argument that her Facebook page was a private website, saying the "interactive component" was a public forum and that she engaged in illegal viewpoint discrimination. Davison's speech "occupies the core of the protection afforded by the First Amendment," Wynn wrote.