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Greetings From Pawleys Island …

By Will Folks  ||  While the rest of you saps were working (or commenting on FITS’ recent Bowe Bergdahl post), I’ve been vacationing new media mogul style on Pawleys Island, S.C. Where I will be staying for the next seven days … Seriously … you can’t beat that view (above…

By Will Folks  ||  While the rest of you saps were working (or commenting on FITS’ recent Bowe Bergdahl post), I’ve been vacationing new media mogul style on Pawleys Island, S.C.

Where I will be staying for the next seven days …

Seriously … you can’t beat that view (above ), can you?

No, you can’t. And yes, I roll deep.

Contrary to the flurry of postings this morning, I am not back from hiatus … this is a two-week vacation, which means I’ll be soaking up the sun all the way through Monday, June 16. Assuming I ever come back …

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C.
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C.

Of course like last week, this week FITS will be updating as the mood strikes … not totally checking out as I’ve done in years past.

Our trip has been fun so far. Despite my contempt for state-run tourism facilities, I took my family to Huntington Beach State Park one afternoon last week where we toured Atalaya Castle – the Moorish-themed mansion that served as the vacation home of industrialist Archer Huntington and his wife, noted sculptor Anne Hyatt Huntington.

I hope to have a recap of that trip later this week …

In the meantime, if you’ve got a tip on something you think we should cover while I’m gone you can send it via the tip line or via email (I’ll be checking those sporadically). Also, I’ll be randomly updating my Twitter and Facebook pages while I’m gone … so be sure to sign up for my tweets or “friend” me if you haven’t already.

Oh and be sure to check FITS tomorrow (Tuesday) evening as we bring results and analysis from this week’s primary elections in South Carolina (assuming anyone shows up to vote).

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68 comments

Just another Guy June 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

Have you submitted your application to Forest Lake Country Club yet?

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Jay Ellington June 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I don’t think Will is white enough for them.

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Just another guy June 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Is he white enough for Pawley’s?

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The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Oh he’s white enough, the problem is you left off the “…trash” part

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Buz Martin June 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

None of us are, really, including the members. They are deluding themselves, and have whitewashed the hell out of their family trees. Only way you can get real white people in the Southeast is to import ’em from Duluth.

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Slartibartfast June 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Why, in God’s name, would ANYONE want to play that old man’s course? I mean, it’s bad enough that you don’t have enough space for really good water skiing, but those 18 holes are the major cause of mosquitoes in the area. That being said, several of my beloved old school buds live around the lake. A lot of indoor tile and 1950’s air conditioning.

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Bill June 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

Is there any way to tune off that stupid Loftis Commercial. At this point it has to be costing him votes.

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Bill June 9, 2014 at 11:06 am

Excuse me, Turn off

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Slartibartfast June 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Tune off works, too. That’s when you make the silence go to eleven.

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CorruptionInColumbia June 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

Yes, Will please address this issue. It is NOT doing Mr Loftis any good or gaining him votes. It is highly obnoxious.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

A single high brass #8 12 gauge blast to the monitor solved the video….unfortunately the audio continues….

*adjusts chair to aim at CPU*

Squeeeeeeeezes trig-*

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The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

TBG – when shot gunning, one does not “squeeze” the trigger, one “slaps” the trigger.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

TBG – when shot gunning, one does not “squeeze” the trigger, one “slaps” the trigger.

Thanks, Colonel.
That could ‘splain TBG’s lack of dove shooting prowess.

*Sent from TBG’s Smartphone*

The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Learned that at an NRA coach’s course 30 years ago – improved my skeet score by 4-5 birds a round and more doves per shoot than decorum (and migratory bird laws) permits me to mention…

Squishy123 June 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Another vote for, turn the fucking video off or I will refuse to vote for Loftis. Political ads are one thing, in your face political ads are another… this is a step above the in your face variety.

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Jen June 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Meet the real Loftis. In your face [email protected]&! All the time. Please stop the ad, Will!

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Mike at the Beach June 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Thank God someone mentioned it first! That stupid thing kills brain cells (and I’m trying to hang on to the few working ones I have remaining).

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Gypsy Gale June 9, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Thank you! I’m glad somebody other than me posted it first. I thought I was just being a little grumpy because I can’t stand Loftis.

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Mrs. Conservationist June 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

Huntington Beach State Park is not state run tourism facility. It is a STATE PARK. The intension of State Parks (and our state has many beautiful ones) is to preserve some natural beauty for people to enjoy and to serve as a preserved habitat for God’s creatures. Otherwise developers would have paved over Huntington Beach State park with houses and condos. Huntington is home to several endangered species. Also it gives the opportunity for less privileged families to take their kids and learn about natural coastal habitats. FYI, unlike yours, most families do not have the means to stay at Pawley’s. Instead, they take their families and camp at a state park like Huntington. (BTW, I do not have a case of class envy. In fact I have spent a lot of time at Pawley’s – I’ll give you a lesson on how not to boost later, young man)

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Constituent June 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

Huntington Beach State Park is run by the State but owned by Brookgreen Gardens. Brookgreen leases the property to the State of South Carolina. It is a fabulous piece of property.

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Mrs. Conservationist June 9, 2014 at 11:22 am

You are right – I forgot about the Brookgreen lease. But Huntington Beach State Park is still a State Park and operated like all the rest of them. Campground, nature classes, modest supplies store, modest entrance fee, lots of unadulterated land for future generations to enjoy.

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aikencounty June 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I wonder how much the tour would have cost if Huntington was a privately owned property?

Be a good way to keep all the middle class “trash” off their beach, wouldn’t it?

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Mrs. Conservationist June 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm

My point exactly!

Mrs. Conservationist June 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

sorry ’bout the spelling errors

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The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

You give him a how not to “boost” lesson and maybe he’ll help you with your word usage so we can better understand your “intensions”…

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Mrs. Conservationist June 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Yep. Got all that. You must be a gem of a gentleman! After all, correcting people’s spelling is a great sport for fat, ugly, lonely men like you.

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The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

I’m a college lecturer, red pen work just slips out from time to time-sorry bout that. As for fat, well you got me but I’m working on it. But lonely? I wish I could be so lucky…

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euwe max June 10, 2014 at 2:54 am

Tibi fumus obsideo septum doro.

The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 7:39 am

Help me out here euwe, what is it I frequently smoke?

idiotwind June 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

yeah. huntington should be a privately owned park so they can build a roller coaster around the atalaya ruins and maybe a gator wrestling arena.

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Buz Martin June 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Don’t forget the Slingshot. Or the gator tatoos. Need them beachwear and vape shops, too. Lots of ’em. Maybe preserve one or two sand dunes in a little area and rope it off. But put a giant pelican statue between them, with its
mouth open to serve as a “wishing well”, so that won’t be wasted space.
Holy shit, how fanatical can you get, to feel you have to fucking apologize for going to such a fantastic facility as Huntington Beach State Park.

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Mike at the Beach June 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Beachwear stores, Buz…you know in your heart that we need more beachwear stores along the Redneck Riviera!

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Buz Martin June 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Oh, yes, how could I forget. Now, of course, an “enlightened” type of “developer” would not have such. It would simply become a super-sized version what folks in PI like most about it. Which would not be horrible — except that you can just forget about any maritime forest remaining, the hell with that it’s only that one of those pesky “environment” issues, right?

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Buz Martin June 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm

And of course, to make sure that only an “enlightened” and “arrogantly shabby” type of “developer” will “develop” the park, there would have to be new legislation mandating only that type of “development.” But it is not a core function of government to decide such, is it? So someone like Will who adamantly despises state-run parks (apparently even those owned by private foundations) would have to violate his own principles to get the optimum privately-owned “development” at Huntington.

junior justice June 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

a) – ‘Assuming I ever come back’ —COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA!

b) – ‘And yes, I roll deep, not totally checking out as I’ve done in years past’ — Mrs. Folks is EXTREMELY grateful!

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Jay Ellington June 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

No OBX no care.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I’ve been vacationing new media mogul style…

*Image of Pierre Manigault dangling our founding editor from a second story window ala Suge Knight and Vanilla Ice.*

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euwe max June 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I thought maybe he put on an appliance that makes him look 80, and holed up with a cute Asian.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

I thought maybe he put on an appliance that makes him look 80, and holed up with a cute Asian.

Thats…um…TBG’s retirement plan, EL Jefe.

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Buz Martin June 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Holy shit, why would anyone feel they have to apologize for taking the family to such a fantastic facility as Huntington Beach State Park? Along with Brookgreen Gardens it is one of the features of this area that makes living here worthwhile after the “developers” have fucked up almost everything else. btw, they are working on fucking up Pawleys too, don’t kid yourself. And they don’t give a rats ass whether we like it or not.

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tomstickler June 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Some of us are working to keep Pawleys the way it is. The results of the 6th Council District race will determine the direction, so stay tuned for Will’s (and my) elections report Tuesday night.

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Buz Martin June 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Tom, I’ve been focused on Horry races, as usual, to the exclusion of Georgetown County. Let me know who you honestly believe will do the most to preserve PI, and I will vote for them. You have always struck me as someone with good judgement.

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tomstickler June 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

There are three Georgetown County Council races on the primary ballot. John Thomas has no opposition for Jerry Oakley’s old Murrells Inlet district.

Johnny Morant, Council Chair, has an opponent, Ben Grate, in the Democratic primary for the District 7 nomination, a largely rural district in the western part of the county.

The Republican primary finds the incumbent, Bob Anderson, being challenged by Steve Goggans for the 6th District seat. No Democrat has filed, so the winner will likely take office in January. The big issues are the proposed median through downtown Pawleys mainland on US 17, appearance codes in the Waccamaw Neck commercial corridor overlay, a proposed business sign ordinance, off-shore oil exploration and tree protection.

I cannot vote in the 6th District primary and neither can you, but I do support the election of Goggans.

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Buz Martin June 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Thank you. I do know a little about Goggans. May indeed vote for him.

tomstickler June 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Unofficial results: Goggans 922, Anderson 548 for a 25.4% margin for Goggans.

euwe max June 10, 2014 at 4:56 am

Some of us are working to keep Pawleys the way it is.

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Perhaps a few coated deck screws would be a modernization that would spoil the view…

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T. Boone June 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

It’s only a matter of time before you will see oil rigs and windmills across the horizon. Enjoy it while you may.

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GrandTango June 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

A state park????…I thought FITS, as a Liberal-Tarian, was ONE-THOUSAND PERCENT against Government ownership of ANY property…????

Can this Stupid Son of B!*ch be so weak that he is dirtying his hands by wallowing his Lazy, Govt.t Check Gobbling @$$ on government-maintained land, that his cheap @$$ could not otherwise afford to trod???

Typical Liberal-Tarian,. He (and Sanford) demand you not to use YOUR property…but he does as he pleases…Hypocrite Much…????

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tomstickler June 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm

There is an admissions fee to Huntington Beach State Park, so no hypocrisy there. Brookgreen Gardens ain’t free, neither.

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Buz Martin June 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Both are well worth the admissions fee.

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GrandTango June 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm

If it’s subsidized by the state. FITS is a freakin’ hypocrite for visiting.

As a Liberal-Tarian, he decries gov’t association…yet he is a party to it.

But of course, most of you liberals and Liberal-Tarians will quickly abandon any of the ‘principles’ you preach to everybody else…if your selfish desires need to be served….

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euwe max June 10, 2014 at 3:10 am

And so, once again, innocence triumphs over evil.

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GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 9:20 am

Once again…you bring nothing to the table, but a testament to how F*#king Stupid and outmatched you are…

Boneyard Hyjinx June 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

All you bring to the table is a shit sandwich.

GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

Wow, that is so CLEVER and Creative. You are totally DNC-level brilliant. LMAO!

euwe max June 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

A longitudinal study found that self-enhancement biases were associated with poor social skills and psychological maladjustment. Unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude.

Those persons to whom a skill or set of skills come easily may find themselves with weak self-confidence, as they may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.

Thomas June 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

No need to grind your heel into working folks (or unemployed or those between prison sentences) like Jake Knotts at his 30k a year security job. Then again, your comeuppance may not be to your liking when someday you figure out you are on borrowed time, so beware.

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euwe max June 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Ok… so I started a business… I chose 4 stocks and every day I predict whether each one will go up or go down and send it to random people in the US. Each newsletter has a different combination of predictions, making 16 unique newsletters every day. I sent out 65536 newsletters the first day. The second day, I only sent newsletters to those that got the winning combination – 4096 newsletters.. The third day to 256… all of which saw that I had predicted correctly 3 times all 4 stocks… and asked for 5k to invest in the next day…and the next day sent out 16 newsletters with a request for 10k to invest the next day, and to the final guy a request for 20k for the next day.

I’m going to have a huge deduction this year for mailing costs!

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Bible Thumper June 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

There 4096 climate change studies.
Only 256 get published because they confirm the mainstream opinion.
The 16 with the most alarming predictions get reported.
The worst one is the topic for all the talk shows and brings praise and recognition to its author.
All the other scientists seeking recognition for themselves fall in line. The few outliers are condemned as right wing nuts.

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euwe max June 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Science, as an external source of discipline, is much more easily dismissed by the uneducated than their social, religious and political indoctrinations.

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Bible Thumper June 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Scientists and other educated people are just as susceptible to political indoctrination as anyone else. Nazis, communists etc.
Scientists are very willing to subordinate their profession to their political ideology.

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euwe max June 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Popularity is no indication of correctness, that’s true. But assigning hysteria to scientific study of the environment is hysterical.

Bible Thumper June 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

True. I actually believe some the science. Scientists however have terrible record predicting the future going back hundreds of years.

euwe max June 10, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Scientists however have terrible record predicting the future going back hundreds of years.

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They have a good record of predicting that tobacco causes cancer, through statistical analysis… they have a good record of predicting the effects of earthquakes…. but when money is involved, science becomes political, and statistical inference is no longer “proof.”

Sort of like someone addicted to tobacco explaining how there’s no proof that tobacco causes cancer, and siding with the “science” sponsored by the tobacco companies… nuclear waste… erosion… temperature effects on streams and rivers… by-products of combustion engines.. water tables… ozone layers…

Bible Thumper June 11, 2014 at 12:07 am

Tobacco killed for hundreds of years before they made the connection. Predictions should happen before the event. I did see a guy predict Hurricane Katrina. Not the time but the amount of death and damage.
The way the scientists talk about climate change, you would think it will be as bad as World War I I or the Middle Ages.
What ever economic damage should already be happening. Either it is not as bad as they predict or our technological and political development is outpacing it. We have been using fossil fuels for over 150 years. Deforestation has been going on a long time. Even with drought Texas is thriving. Prediction dates have already passed. The worst thing to happen to climate change advocates is Al Gore.

euwe max June 11, 2014 at 12:30 am

Doctors had argued the health effects of tobacco as far back as the 18th century. The first report in the medical literature to suggest a link between tobacco and lung cancer was published in 1912. The first formal studies showing a link were published in the late 20s.

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There are still people running around claiming there’s no connection.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

“Call 1-800 IAM IDIOT for the ABSOLUTE 1000% free lock pick on Monday Night Football.”

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Slartibartfast June 9, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Will,

Have fun. Drink beer.

S.B.F.

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