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Monday, May 31, 2010

Statewide Election Primary ...

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Statewide Election Primary
For Local, State, & National Offices
Tuesday June 8, 2010

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

June 2010 Meeting

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Thursday June 10, 2010

Conservatives Of The Upstate
Meeting at 6:30 PM @ 769 Belle Shoals Rd Pickens, SC 29671

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Dear Conservatives.

In the annals of time, we don't often get a chance to be at the forefront of the critical decision making. If I had to recommend one meeting for you to be at for the sake of our County, State, and Country, it would be this one. I believe we are faced with the greatest challenge Americans have been up against in the past two hundred and fifty years.

Progressives are using the UN program of "Sustainable Development" to take over the United States. Who are Progressives? They are commonly called Communists, Marxists, Socialists, Fascists, etc. While one does not commonly associate these terms with our counties, all you have to do is read the Pickens County Comprehensive Plan and you will see these political dogmas. It has been fashioned in a large degree by organizations who have their base outside Pickens County. The plan contains the initial beginnings of government control of all walks of our life. Some of the main areas are: control of the food supply by land use plans, control of water and the environment by natural resources visions, control of housing by making it affordable for all (we all saw how that worked with Fanny Mae & Freddie Mac), control of economic development, control of priority investments, control of the population, control of cultural resources, transportation, and tourism.

After receiving an email about Ed Jennings telling that Islam is on the verge of taking over Europe, I have interpolated this into the whole world plan. The President spoke at West Point this week; his speech led me to believe that he plans a new global order.

Our first Vision Statement featuring capitalism and free enterprise:

Pickens County Vision Statement

Pickens County is a beautiful county in the upper Northwest section of the Upstate of South Carolina. It provides many opportunities to its citizens to participate in the American way of life. Through capitalism and a free economy many of our citizens have increased their wealth and happiness.

Private ownership of property is protected by the Constitution of the United States and the State of South Carolina. Natural and cultural resources are protected by good training and religious care for conserving those properties owned by our government or those that will be purchased under the law in the future. The County is discouraged from buying private property since it is removed from the tax rolls, and puts increased burdens on the tax payers of the county.

Pickens County citizens will provide by vote; low or lower taxes.

Important to the people is government accountability within God’s Laws as well as man made laws.

Pickens County strives for the quality education of its citizens in the elementary, secondary levels, technical, adult, and university programs. Students are rated as some of the best, and needs for the future are being met with new construction and creative changes. The education process will increase opportunities in the future. Under no circumstances can building programs exceed 8% of the appraised value of the taxable property or be contracted for by any County government unit.

Solid waste programs are in place and will be better in the future.

Agricultural property is highly valued and is supported by the political subdivisions and university departments.

County government is elected by and for the people. They provide fire protection, law enforcement, and road construction and maintenance. While elected representatives might appoint committees and commissions for assistance, only those decisions by the elected officials are binding on the public. Non governmental organizations from the outside of Pickens County and with anti free enterprise philosophies are discouraged.

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Please come to the Blue Ridge Bible Church at 769 Belle Shoals Rd, Thursday at 6;30 PM

Monday, May 17, 2010

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A straw poll was conducted just after last week's District 3 Candidate debate held by The Anderson Tea Party.

Here are the results:

Who won the debate?

Richard Cash (R) – 33.3%
Jeff Duncan (R) – 23.2%
Mike Vasovski (R) – 13.0%
Joe Grimaud (R) – 8.7%
Rex Rice (R) – 8.7%
Neal Collins (R) – 7.2%
Brian Doyle (D) – 4.3%
John Dalen (C) – 1.4%
Jane Dyer (D) - 0.0%

If the election were today, who would you vote for?

Richard Cash (R) – 32.1%
Jeff Duncan (R) – 23.1%
Joe Grimaud (R) – 14.1%
Mike Vasovski (R) – 12.8%
Rex Rice (R) – 6.4%
Neal Collins (R) – 6.4%
Brian Doyle (D) – 3.8%
John Dalen (C) – 1.3%
Jane Dyer (D) - 0.0%

* From http://andersonteaparty.com

* Richard Cash is an Anderson resident

*Democratic candidate Jane Dyer did not participate in the debate

A New Plan ...

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Dear Conservatives:

At our May meeting we spent the entire time on designing a capitalistic, free market, comprehensive plan for counties.

For those of you that were there, I say thanks for your help! Those of you that could not come for whatever reason, we ask you to come and help us and yourself begin to save our property, state and nation. I cannot stress to you the importance of what we are doing. Yes, it is tedious work, but if we do not do it our county will be governed by progressive, socialist organizations that have written this document for Pickens County and others.

I am going to try to put all this effort on our Web site, with as much info as I can.

It will not be up for several days, so give me a chance to get this work done.

We have scheduled another meeting for May 27, 2010 at the church on Belle Shoals Road at 6:30 PM.

By request we will work for no longer than one hour and 30 minutes. let me know if you are planning to come.

Junius Smith
President, Conservatives Of The Upstate

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The System ...

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Calling The Education System By Its Name
by Philip Smith

An Upstate South Carolina resident named Weldon Clark has been making the rounds at various news sources with an opinion editorial on education:


A commenter on his piece at the Greenville News had this to say:

Can you picture a society where all students graduate with perfect scores? Everyone will be at the top in their chosen professions. Everyone will be making top dollar and be rich. They will all have the best homes and drive the best cars money can buy. Life will be just one long vacation. Well, it'll never happen. Society could not exist if this were to ever take place. There will always be a need for the rich and the poor, as well as the in between. Society needs the smart and the not so smart to ever exist. Right now in our country we have what it takes for society to thrive as well as to last. Opportunity is there for the taking, by anyone with the desire to better themselves. Right now, what is needed is a better way of choosing our leaders with the highest intelligence. And we need a better way of distributing our wealth. We're not that far from contentment, and with a little help from above our future will be bright and easy!!!!!


"And we need a better way of distributing our wealth."

Didn't Karl Marx say that?

The problem IS the system - part of that system is parents - part of that system is very very bad teachers - another part is entitlements.

The way to solve this problem is to eliminate the 0-100 grading scale and the graduation age of 18. Instead, educate on concepts - learn one move on - don't learn it - remediate until you do. Graduate at 12 or 25. Stay in until you do.

Many don't realize that South Carolina has one of the highest number of credit hours required to graduate high school. South Carolina requires 23 Credit hours in order to receive a diploma. The average in the US is 20 and there are many states requiring only 19 hours. Not surprisingly, these states also have higher graduation rates.

This year, my daughter, set to graduate in June, is attending Pickens High School. She has what are called "A" days and "B" days. One of those she has no school. The other, she has a "half day" with dismissal at 1PM. This entire year has been a waste of her time. This entire year wouldn't be needed if SC's credit hours were lowered.

I also disagree with the commenter in that we have to have a poor class and a middle class in order to exist. Teenagers, senior citizens, and those that care to can fill menial jobs that robots and technological automation cannot.

We need a voucher system to allow parents to reward schools with their dollar that perform well. When teachers and administrators see they aren't attracting funds - they'll attract more teachers.

We need to eliminate waste in our schools. I'm from Liberty - same place as the author of the editorial "Holding Parents & Students Accountable". Right now as we speak, 4 BRAND NEW IN THE BOX paper towel holders with full rolls of paper towels sit at the dumpster behind Liberty Elementary. No attempt to auction, sell, repurpose, or use these have been made. It doesn't stop there - I have personally recovered 14 printers and a handheld barcode scanner from this same dump area. Yes it was being left because it was marked "DISCARD" and I verified it with the principal. Each of these printers had toner and ink in them. (COUGH COUGH) The PTO collects ink cartridges for fund raising. Waste Waste Waste!

Daily we are sent home copies of meaningless nothingness; yet not kept abreast of important things. More waste!

This too could be solved by an "opt in" system - those that wish could get voicemails, emails, text messages, or be sent home a color coded card that meant to check the website out.

Why aren't things like this even on the table at budget time?


So let's not blame anyone - instead let's call "the current system" by it's name - "The Waste System".

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sustainable Development & It's Goals Pt III

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Dear Conservatives:

We have been studying Sustainable Development and have decided to formulate "our own comprehensive plan" that can be submitted to County Councils. We wish for all free enterprise help.


Sustainable Development & It's Goals Pt III

by Junius Smith


Thirty years ago ... my wife, children, and I started to use “green” methods in our daily lives. We composted and reused organic materials, we picked up leaves etc. from Clemson residents and used them to plant our blueberry field, we used wood chips from Clemson University poultry buildings as mulch, we composted manure from cow barns, we used earthworm castings, we used rocks found on our place to use as a foundation for blueberry plants to make them more like their natural habitat, and for fertilizer we used cotton seed meal. On top off this; we recycled metal cans, glass bottles, plastic, paper, metals, and other items. All of this was done without a government mandate or “nudging”. All the reward went to our family as we did all the work. The end result was that we made money, grew great plants, and helped the environment all at the same time.

Now recycling is a government mandate, and instead of rewarding the folks that do most of the work (citizens), government takes all the rewards and expands itself, then tells us we are lucky if they don’t raise our taxes. What was done as an family effort has been turned into a chore to satisfy government regulations. I have always thought that people had to have incentive in order to have maximum production. So if people do not recycle and help the environment, it is because there is very little incentive to do so.

Isn’t it peculiar that when government gets their grip on something that it turns south in a hurry. It is noted that there is now a “climate gate” scandal where scientists were so intent on proving global warming that they cheated on the data. After interviewing members of the Comprehensive Plan Committee in Pickens County, many said they are unaware of Agenda 21. Others appear to have their own methodology of controlling various aspects of our private property.

We see that if government is left unattended to choose our way of life, we are going to get Socialism at best and Progressivism and Totalitarianism at worst. There are at least 32 areas of Sustainable Development/Comprehensive Plans that the UN, Feds, and the State are monitoring. Don’t let anyone tell you that the attention we all are giving this is a waste of time, or you will wind up in the UN Agenda 21 recycle bin.

At our next meeting we will construct a free enterprise, capitalistic comprehensive plan for the counties of the upstate. We welcome any free market, capitalistic person to our meeting to help us. It will probably take more than one meeting , so we will have several close together.

Our meeting will be held this Thursday May 13, 2010 at:

The Blue Ridge Bible Church
769 Bell Shoals Road
Pickens, South Carolina 29671

@ 6:30 PM.

If you want to prepare yourself,

South Carolina Legislature Section 6, chapter 29, 510-The Comprehensive Planning Process

FOUND HERE

The Pickens County Comprehensive Plan

FOUND HERE

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Republican Governor's Debate Tonight

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Thursday, May 6, 2010
7:00PM
Gignilliat Auditorium
621 North Townville Street Seneca, SC 29678


Candidates are:

Attorney General Henry McMaster
Lt. Gov. André Bauer
State Rep. Nikki Haley
Rep. Gresham Barrett

Written questions from the audience will be entertained.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The truth ...

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"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
~ George Orwell

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Easley Progress Summarizes April 2010 Pickens County Council Meeting

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As reported by The Easley Progress:

-Heard members of the Conservatives of the Upstate warn council about the United Nations’ attempt to interfere with local planning. They spoke about Agenda 21, a United Nations-driven plan to be implemented all over the world.

According to the United Nations’ Web site, Agenda 21’s purpose is a comprehensive plan to be taken on a local level regarding “every area” that people can impact the environment.

Monday, May 3, 2010

County Council Meeting Tonight

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County Council meeting tonight at 6:30pm at the Auditorium in the County Adminstration building

County Adminstration building
222 McDaniel Ave.
Pickens SC 29671

We need you to be there for support and to speak up against the Comprenhensive Plan - a sustainable development initiative.

(UN Agenda-21, Vision 2030).

Kathy Murphy