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Back In The Saddle

Seven glorious days of sun and sand are at an end for our founding editor, who returned Sunday from his annual weeklong hiatus in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (a.k.a. the “Dirty Myrtle”). Like the budding new media mogul he is, Sic Willie and his crew partied in style – relaxing at…

Seven glorious days of sun and sand are at an end for our founding editor, who returned Sunday from his annual weeklong hiatus in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (a.k.a. the “Dirty Myrtle”).

Like the budding new media mogul he is, Sic Willie and his crew partied in style – relaxing at the spacious and luxuriously appointed Yaupon Dunes on Ocean Boulevard’s famed “Golden Mile” (if you’re interested in a peek at the property, click here).

We highly recommend it …

What did we miss? A whole lot … and a whole lot of nothing. Remember this is the internet age. They don’t even line bird cages with yesterday’s news. Or last week’s news, for that matter.

The night before Sic’s departure a big national story did break when a Florida jury issued its verdict in the Trayvon Martin case – which our associate opinion editor Amy Lazenby tackled in this column. We haven’t commented on this ruling because to be perfectly honest we haven’t been following the case.

Here are a few thoughts: First off, we feel badly for the kid and his family. Whatever happened, that part of the story is absolutely tragic. But from everything we’ve seen, the verdict on law and evidence was entirely fair. You can’t convict someone based on emotion, you have to have to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Also, the ruling does not make America any more or less racist than it already was – or racism any more or less the purview of one particular race.

Those are two very critical points, and two reasons why it is people like Al Sharpton – not Trayvon Martin – are the ones who deserve to get shot.

Oh well …

Locally, last week’s big story was the still-evolving scandal of the City of Columbia, S.C. police department (CPD). We broke the first bit of this saga prior to Sic Willie’s departure but the shinola truly hit the fan after we left. The long and short of it is this: Interim police chief Ruben Santiago has been accused of asking one of his former subordinates to plant drugs and a stolen weapon in the car of a prominent city official. Santiago has denied the allegations and has filed a defamation suit against the officer – former CPD captain Dave Navarro.

FITS has been loaded up with tips on this scandal over the break – and we look forward to sharing what we’ve learned in the event we are able to get it independently confirmed. If even half of what we hear is even halfway close to accurate, then this story is going to have some incredibly long legs … and serve as yet another reminder of what happens when you let a bunch of thugs run a city (who in turn let a bunch of thugs run loose in said city).

South Carolina’s capital is getting precisely what it deserves … just as we predicted it would.

On the sports front, University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney made news last week when told reporters he saw fear in the eyes of several opposing quarterbacks during the 2012 season. The quarterbacks in question denied they were afraid of Clowney – at which point everybody just laughed.

Finally, Saturday was the 44th anniversary of the moon landing … an occasion we usually mark with a whiny post about the uselessness of NASA and another call for the privatization of space travel. Bummed you missed that? Don’t lie … of course you are.

Anyway it’s good to be back … looking forward to clearing the vacation cobwebs and cranking FITS back up!

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18 comments

Finius Nullis July 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Thanks – for actually returning to us. Some people actually had doubts.

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Smirks July 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

Willie couldn’t escape this insane asylum even if he wanted to.

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Finius Nullis July 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Will needs this blog to get material for sequel to his first book (yet to come in anticipation) which will be titled “HOW I DROVE MY CAR WITH ONE HAND AND NIKKI CRAZY WITH THE OTHER”

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Finius Nullis July 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Thanks – for actually returning to us. Some people actually had doubts.

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Smirks July 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

Willie couldn’t escape this insane asylum even if he wanted to.

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Finius Nullis July 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Will needs this blog to get material for sequel to his first book (yet to come in anticipation) which will be titled “HOW I DROVE MY CAR WITH ONE HAND AND NIKKI CRAZY WITH THE OTHER”

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MashPotato July 22, 2013 at 12:34 am

Glad you had a nice vacation. Also glad you’re back.

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MashPotato July 22, 2013 at 12:34 am

Glad you had a nice vacation. Also glad you’re back.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 22, 2013 at 4:01 am

Glad you had a good vacation Willie and glad to have you back!!!!

That said, boy did you ever pick a shit time to leave us Lucille! All hell was breaking loose with important news stories. Glad you are back to cover them, especially the corruption at CPD and other places.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 22, 2013 at 4:01 am

Glad you had a good vacation Willie and glad to have you back!!!!

That said, boy did you ever pick a shit time to leave us Lucille! All hell was breaking loose with important news stories. Glad you are back to cover them, especially the corruption at CPD and other places.

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Dan on Devine July 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

Sic, we’re glad you’re back. We have a lot to talk about. 5 Poiints? The Thugs are literally just roaming the streets in cars, letting a couple of baby thugs (under 17 – they know the law) out of the car when a half way drunk white person in their 20’s is spotted alone, and bam, bash ’em in the head. take what they can and off they go. Virtually, every night. Be glad you moved out of the ‘hood.

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junior justice July 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Simply lower the age limit for certain crimes, say to 14, and if that doesn’t slow the punks then reduce it to 12, and then 10 if need be. Increase the penalties for 17 and older who use the younger ones for these crimes. That is if the CPD can catch them.

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Dan on Devine July 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

Sic, we’re glad you’re back. We have a lot to talk about. 5 Poiints? The Thugs are literally just roaming the streets in cars, letting a couple of baby thugs (under 17 – they know the law) out of the car when a half way drunk white person in their 20’s is spotted alone, and bam, bash ’em in the head. take what they can and off they go. Virtually, every night. Be glad you moved out of the ‘hood.

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junior justice July 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Simply lower the age limit for certain crimes, say to 14, and if that doesn’t slow the punks then reduce it to 12, and then 10 if need be. Increase the penalties for 17 and older who use the younger ones for these crimes. That is if the CPD can catch them.

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Tank July 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

“people like Al Sharpton…[deserve] to get shot.”

“South Carolina’s capital is getting precisely what it deserves”
Boy, nice to see a week away put you in such a good mood.

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Tank July 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

“people like Al Sharpton…[deserve] to get shot.”

“South Carolina’s capital is getting precisely what it deserves”
Boy, nice to see a week away put you in such a good mood.

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Soft Sigh from Hell July 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Jody Barr kept us entertained in the interim.
And dear lord do I hope someone has enough goods on these titled and uniformed crooks to keep their heirs and assigns from the “permanent” chief’s desk in a few months.

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Soft Sigh from Hell July 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Jody Barr kept us entertained in the interim.
And dear lord do I hope someone has enough goods on these titled and uniformed crooks to keep their heirs and assigns from the “permanent” chief’s desk in a few months.

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