The Wire (Updated)
GET YOUR FIX …
Welcome to another edition of “The Wire,” which we’re doing our best to publish more frequently as the 2014 election cycle season starts to heat up … and as the buzz surrounding the Palmetto State’s “First in the South” presidential primary begins to build.
So what is “The Wire?” For those of you new to FITS it is a sporadically published interactive feature in which our founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) fields tips, comments, questions and other incoming communications from you, our beloved readers.
Or chasing his growing brood of rug rats around his new compound.
Anyway … you wanna share a tip? A link? Ask a question? Submit a comment? Put “Sic” on the spot?
Reach out (anonymously or otherwise) via our tip wire … and remember, in addition to confidentially investigating your leads we also publish letters to the editor and guest editorials (even anonymous ones) in the event you’ve got more to say on a subject. Also feel free to reach out to our founding editor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the wire! (And remember to check back often as this segment is frequently updated) …
A NEW MAN-CRUSH FOR SIC WILLIE?
Since when did FITS NEWS become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Attorney General’s office? Either the “founding editor” has developed some unnatural feelings for Alan Wilson or is getting paid because the coverage has become fawning.
I am no fan of Bobby Harrell but your blog’s vendetta against him is starting to remind me of its vendetta against Nikki Haley. And its elevation of Alan Wilson on a pedestal is getting old fast.
Balance it up or you will lose this reader.
Kim: Not gonna lie … he’s a damn good looking man. And as for losing you, go on and get the hell on … “you and yo momma.” This is an opinion site, and if you don’t like the opinions, go someplace else.
INSIGHT ON IMMIGRATION
Have you read this article? It is written by Charleston radio host Tara Servatius and is one of the smartest articles I have read yet about the illegal immigration issue. It address an obscure Obama administration ruling dubbed the “Family Interest Directive” and how this ruling is impacting the current immigration crisis.
I hope you will read it, write on it and incorporate it into your commentary for future posts.
Britt: I love me some Tara Servatius. I’ve never heard of the “Family Interest Directive” before but you’re right – it sure looks like an important angle to this story.
INSIDE NIKKI HALEY’S “RESTRUCTURED” GOVERNMENT
The governor is calling all the shots at the new Budget and Control Board (SCBCB) already. Marcia Adams wants to be the new Department of Administration (DOA) director so she is doing anything the governor wants. Take a look at some of what is going on there, especially in the IT division (the name has changed again, not sure what they are calling it).
They have hired at least 5 employees making over $150,000 a year. Two of them don’t have degrees. They are using an unclassified position that other agencies are only allowed to use in special circumstances (UA17). It doesn’t have to be posted and doesn’t have a range on salaries so they can pay whatever they want. Other agencies don’t have the opportunity to use it but since the State HR division reports to Marcia, she has abused her power.
She’s gone from having only one of them to having more than twelve. She abuses her power and her arrogance is only surpassed by the governor. As long as you give Marcia a pass, the governor manages to get everything she wants by going through Marcia.
Also, look at the Deloitte contract with the security project. The change orders they have put in on that are very close to breaking procurement code. The end result will not benefit the taxpayers.
Anon: Wait a minute … Nikki Haley’s “restructured” government is adding expensive new positions with no accountability or oversight? What happened to “limited government?” And “transparency?” Sheesh … no wonder the state budget grew by more than $1 billion this year at a time when the incomes of ordinary South Carolinians are stagnant.
Interesting stuff on Nikki Haley – here is a link to an article where Nikki Haley says her income is up due to real estate interest.
Tried to post picture of economic interest form that says they have no real estate interest, but wouldn’t let me.
P.F.: The woman has lied about her money before … she’ll lie again. Nothing new here.
MALAYSIA DISASTER: PREDICTING THE FUTURE?
This young Ukrainian militia girl predicted that something like the Malaysian flight shoot down would happen in this June 18, 2014 video. About one minute in she says:
“Terrible things are happening.
For example, an incident that happened recently. Passenger plane was flying by.
And Ukrainian attack aircraft hid behind it.
Then he lowered his altitude a bit and dropped bombs on residential sector of Semenovka town.
Then he regained his altitude and hid behind the passenger plane again. Then he left.
They wanted to provoke the militia to shoot at the passenger plane. There would be a global catastrophe. Civilians would have died.
Then they would say that terrorists did it. There are no terrorists here. There are regular people here that came out in defence of their own city.
They can’t bear this anymore. How long is this going to go on.
There are children here, elderly people, WW2 veterans that have to live through it again.
Don’t you have any humanity left in you?”
W.C.: Wow … that’s prescient. And I’ve never believed for a second that Vladimir Putin did this. America’s drumbeat for war is giving me a headache.
RE: PRISON STORY
I just wanted to thank you for the content that you publish and let you know about this infographic on private prisons that I’ve contributed to, and that you might find interesting
If you have any comment or suggestion, please let me know: your input would be greatly appreciated!
Mike: Thanks, man. Great graphic. Appreciate you sharing it with us.
“BUZZARD PUKE” IN HIGHER ED
Here’s some buzzard puke for you;
The University of Wisconsin is mulling “diversity based grading.”
Just like there is never enough money for the liberals there is never enough stupid for the education elite.
Ed: “Buzzard puke.” Yup. That about sums it up!
“Lost and found and lost again …”