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Will Folks: The Lamentations Of Me

WHY DO I EVEN TRY?  || By WILL FOLKS ||  I’m not big on credit.  Or affirmation.  Or even respect.  It’s been a long time since I worried about what other people said about me. I have a very simple job: Find the truth and tell the truth (as best as…

WHY DO I EVEN TRY? 

|| By WILL FOLKS ||  I’m not big on credit.  Or affirmation.  Or even respect.  It’s been a long time since I worried about what other people said about me.

I have a very simple job: Find the truth and tell the truth (as best as I know and am able).  And there’s a lot of truth to be told, which leaves little time for navel-gazing or introspection.

But today I’m indulging the self-pity fetish.  Maybe it’s all the recent coverage of my former boss Mark Sanford (the grandfather of navel-gazing) that’s triggered it, but for whatever reason I’m feeling a bit forlorn.  And need to vent.

It all started with a barrage of tweets from a Lowcountry alternative news outlet – a paper I actually read and enjoy (in contrast to the local mainstream rag).

Apparently the paper was upset over FITS opposition to various proposed gas tax hikes in South Carolina, and so one of its editors vented his spleen on Twitter – accusing our website of being a “pay-to-say” mouthpiece.

“I’d rather trust someone who offers their honest opinion with error than someone who is paid to voice theirs,” he wrote. “You’re a free agent just spouting his opinion.”

Dude was just getting warmed up, too.

“Will, I do admire a lot of what you have done. One time I even called you the best journalist in the state,” he continued.  “But dammit, despite your connections and chutzpah, you just can’t get beyond the rumor mongering.  The point is, you’re not a lazy motherfucker. You’re industrious (and) that’s uncommon for reporters at the State House. You have the ability to break some truly big stories in a way that are irrefutable, but your approach harms that.”

You know … that’s not altogether inaccurate.  FITS approach consists of protecting our sources – religiously – and expressing our views on the subject matter we write about.  That might cost the website credibility in some circles, but then again we’re almost always ahead of the curve (recent examples here and here).

And while I insist on citation links and always credit other reporters when they break stories, that respect has been a one-way street.

Why?  Because my website’s audience has grown – making FITS less insider gossip blog and more a legitimate media outlet.  Which means competition for them.

Oh well …

That was yesterday morning.  Yesterday afternoon consisted of my website receiving – and publishing – a guest column in which it was suggested that I criticized a weak criminal domestic violence bill because of my own 2005 conviction for CDV.  Then yesterday evening I got a text message from a friend telling me they met the new CNN reporter covering the 2016 presidential race in South Carolina.

“She’s already been warned about you,” my friend said.

Jeez … warned how?

I don’t get it.

I’m not that important.  Oh – and all I ever do is lose issues.  Seriously, when it comes to local, state and federal battles, my website is like a reserve player on the Washington Generals – that team won six games against the Harlem Globetrotters (out of more than 13,000 contests).

The status quo always wins.  I’m tilting at windmills.

So why do it?

No clue.  Maybe because it’s all I know how to do?  Maybe because no one else is willing to do it?

Who knows …

But it’s probably time I stop the pity party and get back to doing it.

Lamentations, over and out.

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136 comments

shifty henry June 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

Will, your pendulum swings wide…… my day could end up being boring without Fitsnews. (This is not a paid endorsement.)

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Swing low, wobble to and fro June 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

All this talk of pendulums swinging is going to get GrandTango aroused from underneath his trailer.

(Please make all checks out to “Cash”)

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shifty henry June 5, 2015 at 9:51 am

Dammit! Now that tune will be in my head all day long! How many, oh how many times, have I had to endure that song in my youthful years….

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Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie ’em in a knot? Can you tie ’em in a bow?
Can you throw ’em o’er your shoulder
Like a continental [or regimental] [or cotton pickin’] soldier
Do your ears hang low?

Do your ears stand high? Do they reach up to the sky?
Do they droop when they are wet?
Do they stiffen when they’re dry?
Can you summon o’er your neighbor With a minimum of labor?
Do your ears stand high?

Do your ears flip-flop? Can you use them as a mop?
Are they stringy at the bottom? Are they curly at the top?
Can you use them for a swatter? Can you use them for a blotter?
Do your ears flip-flop?

Do your ears stick out? Can you waggle them about?
Can you flap them up and down As you fly around the town?
Can you shut them up for sure When you hear an awful bore?
Do your ears stick out?

Do your ears give snacks? Are they all filled up with wax?
Do you eat it in the morning Do you eat it in the bath?
Do you eat it with a scone Or do you eat it on its own?
Do your ears give snacks?

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sparklecity June 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

The lyrics sound “kinda-sorta” like that all time Aussie hit from back in the early ’60’s:

“Does your Chewing gum lose its flavor on the bed post over night”!!!!!!!

Then there is the other great Aussie song “My Bommerang Won’t Come Back”!!!

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jimlewisowb June 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

Buck Up Big Boy – pull up your panties

Fuck’em, Fuck’em All and Fuck the Horses they ride in on …..

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HD June 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

Interesting that you don’t deny being paid to write some of your “opinions.” Were I you, and if that allegation was false, it’d have been the first thing I addressed.

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Trump, Southern Charm, Bright June 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

There are some things I honestly hope are pay-to-say, because saying it for free would result in an even lower opinion.

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TroubleBaby June 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

“Interesting that you don’t deny being paid to write some of your “opinions.”

I’ve always thought he’d be ahead of the game to admit those articles he’s written/posted that he’s been paid for in some way, shape or form.

Not only would it help his audience, it’d help him in terms of crediblity.

It’d require nothing but a small disclaimer at the end.

For example, what’s the problem if he believes is school choice and gets paid to post Howard Rich articles? As long as he tells everyone, who cares?

There’s nothing wrong taking money for people/topics you are shilling for if you tell everyone up front you’re doing it.

Getting paid to make an argument you believe in is a “perk”. Maintaining your credibility is as simple and being “open & honest” like we are all wanting the government to do.

The difference is, government should be required to be open & honest, the free market should be enough to determine what degree of “open & honest” a business should engage in and how.

The reason? Because we are all forced to pay for government. We are not forced to pay for a private sector good/service.

Not only that, you can sue a private organization for fraud…you can’t sue the government for fraud…even though it’s filled with frauds and fraudulent actions.

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vicupstate June 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

One time I even called you the best journalist in the state,”

Anyone who would have this opinion, is not someone who’s opinion I would value.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:37 am

Damn vic…Fits advocates the same foreign policy as Obama and is for gay marriage.

What don’t you like?

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Victorious Secret June 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

“[M]aking FITS less insider gossip blog and more a legitimate media outlet.”

Not until you quit writing “road apple” stories about the “Luv Guv” that have zero substantive value and remind me of magazines you see on the check-out aisle at your local grocery store.

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Amy Brandstadter Lazenby June 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

Chin up, friend. You try because we read, even if we pretend we don’t ;-)

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GrandTango June 5, 2015 at 9:37 am

Some of us don’t have to pretend!

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You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 10:14 am

I wish Will would release the little airhead and bring you back! Some criticized you but even on the occasions when I may have disagreed with you, I could always tell you had a mind and a brain to house it in. I miss your writing.

Too bad that pics of flaccid boobies (on such a young girl) seem to draw more interest from some quarters than your always-interesting writings. Here’s hoping we see you back here one day!

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

Kudo’s to Will for allowing a BIBLICAL Christian like Taylor too write.
That is what bothers YOU-that Taylor is a Christian.

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You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

What bothers me is that she is a dizzy air head. Of course, a lot of Christians I have known fell into that category, so maybe you are right.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

I doubt you around may Christians:
In 1 Corinthians, the Bible tells us that “Bad company corrupts good character.”

You Know My Name June 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm

For that reason, I generally try and avoid them as I don’t wish to be corrupted by them. Unfortunately, family members that I dearly love and some friends are deeply immersed in the hokum.

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 11:39 am

Taylor is Catholic, I don’t know if you know this or not, but many Christian’s in South Carolina don’t consider Catholics Christian. The are considered a papist cult by many evangelical denominations.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

Catholics are Christians. Hell Obama is a Muslim and says he is a Christian.

We have a big tent policy. :)

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

Catholics are Christians.

I agree, but I can introduce to many who would not agree, including several family members who belong to hard line evangelical churches.

flip June 5, 2015 at 11:47 am

I can introduce you to many people that belong to liberal churches that believe that sins such as abortion is cool and perverted marriage should be accepted.

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Everyone interprets the bible differently. God didn’t give us a translation matrix or what the exact meanings are. Old testament vs New testament is just one of those. PCUSA, Episcopalians, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the United Methodist Church all tend to be more liberal. Southern Baptist, Southern Methodists, Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Church of Christ, all tend to be more liberal. The Catholic church is liberal on some issues (climate change, capitol punishment, wars, redistribution of wealth) and conservative on others (abortion, same sex marriage(for now anyway)). It’s not my place to judge anyone’s religious affiliation and I expect the same in return.

Soft Sigh from Hell June 5, 2015 at 2:26 pm

“Southern Baptist, Southern Methodists, Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Church of Christ, all tend to be more [CONSERVATIVE]”

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm

fixed all Grand Tango style. (My brain works faster than my fingers).

TroubleBaby June 5, 2015 at 11:43 am

My grandmother(a Southern Baptist) used to call my grandfather a “Catholicker” when they would argue….which was usually before he took my mother and her sister to church on Sunday mornings.

I have no idea why she agreed to let him raise them Catholic prior to their marriage and then proceed to argue about it after…lol…it was probably symptomatic of larger issues in their marriage which eventually ended in a contested divorce in the 60’s…

My grandfather fought it in court because of his Catholic beliefs but the divorce was eventually granted(but almost not!- he hadn’t done anything “actionable”, meaning cheating, beating, etc.)

Tazmaniac June 5, 2015 at 11:39 am

So you don’t give a crap about logic as long as the person declares allegiance to your religious beliefs?

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flip June 5, 2015 at 11:42 am

Her logic sounds right on the issues of life,gay marriage and domestic violence.

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Taylor brings a different perspective here. She’s from a very different generation than the current demographic of this site (Male: age 35 to 65). She’s also interested and active in politics which is very unusual for millennials especially millennial females, the fact she’s a “Conservative Republican millennial female” makes her about as common as a unicorn. Taylor is very passionate in her writing and beliefs and it comes across in the articles she writes and how she writes them. Taken with the fact that millennials don’t process, or convey information nor think in a linear manner and that she’s very socially conservative I understand why sometimes her articles don’t always play well to a older, mostly libertarian, audience.

They articles she get’s the most grief on are CDV, Sexual Assault and Abortion which I can understand because she’s advocating solutions on the CDV side which are somewhat draconian (removing rights from people accused or convicted of a somewhat randomly defined crime). The Sexual Assault articles usually fair somewhat better, and Abortion is a wedge issue so it will always cause caustic debate on both sides, because everyone has an opinion on it and very few people every change their position.

With all the above water under the bridge, I can see why Will publishes her work, she drives hits and likely pulls in an additional demographic. She’s not an airhead but her logic is constructed differently from most of the readers here. New ideas are a good thing.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Well done Boz.

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Quietus June 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Nope, not Boz…Guess again.

Bible Thumper June 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

So why do it?

No clue.  Maybe because it’s all I know how to do?  Maybe because no one else is willing to do it?
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You do have a habit of burning all your bridges. How many of your former friends are now enemies?

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 5, 2015 at 10:04 am

An old friend once recommended having a high threshold, but a sharp one: “Have a high boiling point but then a low detonating point.”

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Centrist View June 5, 2015 at 10:07 am

Frenemies???

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Tazmaniac June 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

“Yesterday afternoon consisted of my website receiving – and publishing – a guest column in which it was suggested that I criticized a weak criminal domestic violence bill because of my own 2005 conviction for CDV”

That is literally a no-brainer when you allow vacuous reportage/opinion as long as it is wrapped, or unwrapped depending on point of view, in a bikini. Face it, if said guest reporter looked like Willie Nelson they wouldn’t have a chance of posting on your site.

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Taylor Brown June 5, 2015 at 9:40 am

I guess that’s why you haven’t been published on FITS, my love? :/

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Victorious Secret June 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

I’m confused. Are you claiming Taz doesn’t look good in a Bikini?

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Tazmaniac June 5, 2015 at 10:08 am

It would take a case of Bic razors to even start the competition. For me, not for her that is…oh, and I think those things Caitlyn was sporting in those gross pictures would help to fill things out and some duct tape…….OK I give up!

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You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 10:27 am

Actually, Willie Nelson would probably have more interesting and intelligent things to say if he were here. At my age, a woman has to radiate something more substantial than flaccid boobies and fishing for compliments to get a head turn or second glance from me. When out and about, there are plenty of older and occasional younger women I find who are worth the second look or the head turn, but stupid kills all kind of pretty in my world.
Early 80’s Pat Benatar looks would be destroyed by a Nancy Pelosi “brain”.

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You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 9:44 am

Will, I cringe every time some idiot makes light of your prior “CDV” issue and refers to you as a “wife beater”. Sorry, but in my opinion, a one time push, shove, scratch, red mark, minor bruise, or angry word, does not a wife beater, make. Unfortunately, in this and many other states, good people (mostly men) go to jail for those exact things each and every day. They get criminal records, forever lose their rights to own firearms, and are branded as “wife beaters” by the those in the ranks of the terminally stupid, at least one of whom you give a regular sounding board for their idiotic blathering on this site. There are true wife beaters out there. I have no use or sympathy for them. They need to be locked away for no less than ten years at a time, with no work release or other opportunity to intimidate their victims. You are not one of these people. Too bad that so many, including one of your “writers” are too dim-witted to tell the difference.

Thank you for maintaining an interesting and informative site! Thank you for allowing us to speak freely and to post without having to register with Fuckinturd’s almighty Fecebook to do it.

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Really? June 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

Sorry, but in my opinion, a one time push, shove, scratch, red mark, minor bruise, or angry word, does not a wife beater, make.

Tell the victim.

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The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 9:53 am

Well maybe we ought to start with a few facts:
He isn’t a wife beater, the women in question was a girlfriend/fiance
He was accused of and plead guilty to CDV in that he “..pushed her…”
She agreed to the very minimal sentence.

Do I support smacking women around (or even shoving them)? No, had it been my sister/friend he’d have had more to worry about than the judge but give the “wife beater” a break already.

Oh, Will, enough wallowing, keep your hands to yourself except to give a hand up or a caress and drive on.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:01 am

I can agree with that.However if Fits wants to try and destroy the character of citizens and accuse people of misconduct ,crimes and felonious behavior, he has to understand his past is fair game as well. Just life.

Look at the Duggars.The mother has compared gay marriage to pedophilia.Well certainly now that we know one of their children was a pedophile it calls her credibility on THAT issue into question.

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The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 10:08 am

How is Michelle Duggar comparing gay marriage to pedophilia hypocritical or disingenuous in light of their beliefs and the actions they took? The kid in question (Josh Duggar) was sent to therapy, he reconciled himself to his family and he was forced to confess what he did to police. The entire family was subjected to CWS “interrorgation” and found to be dealing with the issue appropriately.

I don’t disagree that Will’s actions could be called into question if he beat the drum for “men’s rights in training their wives” or body slammed you or I for slapping someone around but that’s not what he does. When he addresses it, he generally has a “mea culpa” point of view and has never (that I can recall) attempted to defend or lessen his actions.

Duggar Deviants June 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

She aired a commercial saying men who become trans women should not be allowed in womens restrooms because “think of our wives and daughters” when she and Jim Bob were not “thinking of their daughters” by allowing an admitted incestuous child molester live under their roof.

The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 10:15 am

They sure “thought of them” when they found out about it. The kid admitted what he did. It wasn’t like he raped them and the parents ignored it. The story is that he touched them while they were sleeping and apparently over their clothes.

I’m not defending Josh Duggar, I’ve never watched the show – just trying to stay with the facts here.

Sexual Predator June 5, 2015 at 10:26 am

Way to downplay that he established a pattern of sexual deviant behavior against underaged blood relatives, and his parents basically kept him from facing the law. Unless you are going to tell me that confessing to a cop who has a child porn stash himself and not actually getting any legal repercussions whatsoever is facing the law.

The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

Hey the police had a chance to do something about it and failed to act – no one asked me what should be done. if we prosecuted every kid that played doctor or peaked in on a sibling or a neighbor or even “copped a feel” we would have no room for anything else. Duggar was 14 years old.

Kindergarten Sex Ed June 5, 2015 at 10:42 am

He molested a 5-year-old according to one report. There is a huge difference between copping a feel on a like-aged sister and groping a 5-year-old.

If this wasn’t a Christian conservative all of you would be throwing down the hammer on Josh.

The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

How did he “molest her”? According to the police report, “…he was reading to his 5 year old sister and as she was sitting on his lap, he had touched her breasts and vaginal area…”

That my friend is what you would normally call “copping a feel”.

Frankly, I’m relatively sure the Duggars are way far right of where I am sexually. I’m sure that the lack of an “appropriate outlet” for sexual experimentation had something to do with this. The kid was home schooled as I understand it and they live in a fairly isolated environment.

What's the harm? June 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

Wow, nice hand waving there. Dude molests his 5 year old sister and you’re just brushing it off as copping a feel? Wow, if only we applied this logic to everyone that “copped a feel” on 5 year old kids, right?

Are you Catholic?

The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 10:56 am

Hardly, I’m a Bible reading, full Word believing Southern Baptist.

I have this strange idea called forgiveness that always guides me in how I deal with others. Just to make sure you understand what I mean here I’ll spell it out; forgiveness requires 2 affirmative actions on the part of the transgressor, repentance and a turning from the transgression.

I see both here.

Forgiveness June 5, 2015 at 10:58 am

Forgive does not mean forgetting. We don’t let murderers go for saying sorry or let them have guns after the fact. Multiple crimes were committed here and no one faced the music for it. Keeping it under wraps could very well have served to cover other molestations that have not come to light, we may never know.

His victims can forgive him, but I for one don’t want my own kids anywhere near him knowing what I know now.

Restitution not retribution June 5, 2015 at 11:05 am

So obviously you want someone to suffer more than they already have.

If you were the victim, you should have that right.

The thing is, you’re not the victim…so a tall glass of STFU is in order.

Maybe when the young siblings get older they’ll decide to let the older brother have it.

In the mean time, stop presupposing what’s best for the victims. A court could rule that the parents be stripped of parental rights and remove the kids and ship them off to some foster parents who collect kids for money and molests them as well, or just beats & neglects them and doesn’t care about them.

In the mean time, the parents made moves to fix the situation and try to repair the damage.

I can assure you that a courtroom outcome would have been worse for all the kids/victims.

You’re were probably molested yourself and now projecting.

Maybe your molester was never caught & punished. Who knows.

The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 11:09 am

Any chance you’ll ever be near him? No so I wouldn’t worry about your kids.
Don’t approve of the family’s actions? Don’t watch the damn show.

flip June 5, 2015 at 11:11 am

You talking about Bill Clinton or Obama’s daddy who was a wife beating sexual pervert?

flip June 5, 2015 at 10:44 am

You won’t win this argument.
If the Duggars were Muslim,transgender homosexual/lesbians having sex with their children ‘sexual predator’ would be dending them.

They are Christians and that is what drives their hate.They don’t give a shit about the children.

WWJD? Molest 5 year olds! June 5, 2015 at 10:45 am

See? Jesus makes kiddie fiddling A-OK guys!

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

What Would Jenny Do?

Don't Stand So Close To Me June 5, 2015 at 10:45 am

If you want to blame this on the police then you need to blame the parents for letting him stay in the house. It happened repeatedly over several years. There was an established pattern that he was a predator and they did not remove him for a very long time. His transgressions are on their hands.

The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

All of the activity took place in a period of less than a year according to the police reports.

TroubleBaby June 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

I don’t think anyone isn’t creeped out by the idea of a 14 year old fondling his younger siblings…but the question is one of remedy.

The law is always a cleaver…and are all 14 year-olds “lost” for such behavior permanently?

Allowing their family to get ground into the gears of a mostly non-functional justice system doesn’t make any sense to me.

Even further, because law is a cleaver the question of siblings(or neighbor kids) “playing doctor” comes up….the threshold for criminality of “18” is still yet an arbitrary figure.

Everyone always confuses “law” with “morality”…it’s a difficult situation/topic in general.

Law versus Morality June 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

Repeated sexual assaults on siblings, going as young as 5 years old? That is against the law and is morally reprehensible to just about anyone with a pulse.

TroubleBaby June 5, 2015 at 10:54 am

So are you distinguishing law and morality?

If so, good for you.

Arkansas Code 5-27-221 June 5, 2015 at 10:39 am

(a) A person commits the offense of permitting abuse of a minor
if, being a parent, guardian, or person legally charged with the care
or custody of a minor, he or she recklessly fails to take action to
prevent the abuse of a minor.

(b) It is a defense to a
prosecution for the offense of permitting abuse of a minor if the
parent, guardian, or person legally charged with the care or custody of
the minor takes immediate steps to end the abuse of the minor,
including prompt notification of a medical or law enforcement
authority, upon first knowing or having good reason to know that abuse
has occurred.

Take a look at the timeline of events and tell me they “took immediate steps to end the abuse of the minor” or not.

Victorious Secret June 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Did you check the language of the statute as it appeared during the time the offense occurred?

Care to share any case law supporting the interpretations of said statute?

flip June 5, 2015 at 10:15 am

My point is that if you sell drugs should you have a say on potentially NEW drug laws or legislation to stop drug sales?

NO. You would have no credibility.

The Colonel June 5, 2015 at 10:20 am

Actually, step back for a second and consider the situation – who better to ask about whether new drug law would be effective than a former “repentant” dealer?

In this circumstance, rather than blowing up the family it looks to me like the Duggars dealt with it appropriately. I give not a it about the Duggar’s politics or beliefs, I wouldn’t seek their opinion on abortion, birth control, child rearing, diapers …or Zoophilia. I do my own research and make my own decisions. The issue here is that the MSM and the fringe can’t stand a family that has standards, has lived by the standards, dealt with a family crisis by that set of standards and that all of the 19 or whatever family members appear to have turned out normal.

flip June 5, 2015 at 10:23 am

I agree with you that the Duggars are being treated unfairly and whoever released the identity of these children (the victims) will pay in the criminal and civil courts.

Fuck That June 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

Thanks to whoever released it we know he molested a 5 year old. I would say that is very disturbing behavior that needs to be dealt with by a judge.

soxinsc June 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm

The records were released in accordance with a FOIA request. It has already been determined by the local DA that everything was done properly. The Duggars can cry all they want, but nothing will come of it.

Tazmaniac June 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

The same people who are tearing into the Duggars more than likely have their name on a petition to forgive Roman Polanski so i wouldn’t waste much time pointing stuff out to them. It is called an Agenda/Narrative.

You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 11:26 am

They are also probably the same ones who had no shortage of bile for me and others who asked where the outrage was for having Bill Clinton speak at graduation for Columbia College a few years back. All of those feminists who decry men looking at women as sex objects and they invite him???

Victorious Secret June 5, 2015 at 3:33 pm

“[W]ho better to ask about whether new drug law would be effective than a former “repentant” dealer?”

Exactly!

a la Frank Abagnale, for one.

soxinsc June 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Nowhere I have seen has there been any indication that the girls he molested – including his sisters – have received any form of therapy or other treatment. More likely they were told to pray to God to drive out the lustfulness in themselves.

CriminalDomesticViolence Bingo June 5, 2015 at 10:03 am

Sorry ma’am, if you had “bruise bigger than a baseball”, “fifth police report this month”, “bleeding profusely”, or “broken ribs” you would’ve won and we could arrest him. Better luck next time.

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Quietus June 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Here’s the thing. Unless the officer sees the abuse happen he shouldn’t be making an arrest. If the victim want’s to she can go to the magistrate and swear out a warrant for Assault, Battery, etc. CDV is something that was made up by the victimhood and sob sister industry. There are already laws on the books that cover assault, battery, attempted murder, murder, etc. We don’t need additional laws.

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You Know My Name June 6, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Well said!!!!!

You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 10:20 am

Of a push, shove, or an angry word???? Really????? Sorry, my sympathy bucket is at a low level. I’ll save it for someone who has been truly traumatized, perhaps by a true wife beater.

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You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 10:31 am

Another of those too dim-witted to know the difference.

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You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

Another of those who are too dim-witted to know the difference, eh?

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Mom June 5, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Taylor’s too young to remember Will’s “CDV” issue. As I remember it, he came home drunk late at night and the live-in girlfriend tried to block the door too keep him out of the house HE was paying rent on. Will is not a “wife-beater”. He was young, stupid and drunk. Under the new CDV law, Will Folks would be barred from gun ownership.

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Krazy Kat June 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

HaHa! Even those of us who think you are an insufferable jerk come here every day to read the real news–and voice opinions. This is probably the most influential site in the state at this point–for better or worse. Just look at the numbers. The web traffic don’t lie.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

I read everyday.I post everyday.A damn informational website on all things politics.Contributors tilt very liberal/socialist and have a disdain for Christianity with a ‘smidge’ of libertarian and a couple of TRUE conservatives.

That is cool.Why would someone want to debate with people day after day that believe the same as them? Losing GT has really hurt this site-agree or disagree.Some think GT was Fits.Hell I don’t know-I just know he drove the traffic on FitsNews.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 9:59 am

Where else would I go to praise tax hikes and worship my goddess Haley? LMAO!!!

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:03 am

I praise the gas tax so welfare recipients like yourself pay something for public services,including roads.

I also support her income tax cuts for the people that work.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

Clearly I don’t have a job or a life so I must be on welfare too. I feel so ashamed. Punish me, government, and everyone else too, with unaffordable gas prices thanks to higher taxes! LMAO!!! LMAO!!!

Soft Sigh from Hell June 5, 2015 at 10:17 am

Some observer once posted that half the computers on the statehouse floors were turned to FITS.

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Quietus June 5, 2015 at 11:31 am

The site that no one reads but everyone knows about every word posted here by both the authors and the commentators. Some of the vitriol and bile that comes out in the comments are basically admissions from the political class that they are reading and attempting damage control or defense of their actions.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 5, 2015 at 9:53 am

I think the Lexington Ring coverage alone has thoroughly justified this work. And whatever fear of more that is instilled among the mass of malefactors adds to the benefit.

Who cares if a lot of fluff is used as daily filler or if the editor returns to ever again to topics of personal interest. Let those who are not interested not read these, as I do with the sports stuff.

My initial interest here was with an uncensored local comment board with main content by a southern conservative zealot who showed no trace of (or sympathy for) racism and hate, the normal stripe of the wider species (ergo, many posters are another matter).

My politics differ, but not my interest in seeing political corruption, conniving, and hypocrisy exposed.

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You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

GOOD POST!!!!

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Quietus June 5, 2015 at 11:27 am

The fluff and personal interest stuff keeps it interesting and fun around here. With out it, it would get boring and very depressing fast. The readership would drop because coming here to check the headlines would be like going to a funeral.

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Kleenex June 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

Wahhhhhhhh. You made my day. Any woe visited on you by your own corrupt actions is small penance for the slanderous lies and right wing poison spewed by you every week on this website. Have a shitty weekend!

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

Boz operated like this in Horry County until they shut his shit down and got his mind right-falsely accusing just about every damn politician of in the county of ANY felony or crime he could create in his apparently sic mind.
Fits actually does some good work and Will seems very talented. He has to understand though that when your business is apparently taking down people (even if they are politicians-they have families as well) in his own community (local/state) it makes people very suspect of you.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

Man I love to project my own faults on Boz, because any given day you will see me calling someone a pedophile on here! LMAO!!! LMAO!!!

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Quietus June 5, 2015 at 11:25 am

Exposing corruption is a hard game. Good on Mr. Folks for fighting the good fight.

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Philip Branton June 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

****….meanwhile, over at the “LaMENtation Courier” newsroom….*****

Editor: “Guys, listen up……! Hey, would someone tell Brian to wipe and pull his trousers up and get in here…!!”

News Angel: “Wow, what’s up? The last time the editor called a pow wow was over the Promenade Landfill fiasco…..”

News Devil: ” Well, he sure isn’t calling this meeting to give us a raise…..”

Editor: ” I need all hands on the keyboard DECK. It looks like Wil Folks is pulling out his favorite “violin” weapon…! I will not stand for this weenie to continue to swoon readers and offer warm towels to his loyal readers like Elvis did with his sweaty towels…!!! This man and family must be destroyed. We must no allow this guy to lap us like Dale Earn-heart and have the number “3” twinkle on his website…!”

News Angel: “Sir, there are enough advertisers to go around. I find Wil Folks quite lovable…”

Editor: “Your FIRED, little angel……….and you can take your little dog Toto too…!”

News Devil: “This is getting better than the meetings over at the Charleston School of Oil-Slavery Law…..!!”

Editor: “Next thing ya know……Mr. Folks will be moonlighting at the Seacoast Church FREE press…..!!

News Devil: ” Uh, oh…..”

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Bible Thumper June 5, 2015 at 10:08 am

Now take this self-pity and think about the feelings of some of the people you’ve attacked. Was it fair. Could there be more honorable reasons for the positions they took. Does everyone have to be a hypocrite or a crook?

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You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 10:41 am

When there are so many out there, probably yes.

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TroubleBaby June 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

Gov’t draws people of low character like flies to shit.

The “winner” of most elections is the one that can successfully manipulate the desires of the masses…not a great quality to start.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

Spoken like a true liberal socialist.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

I just called someone bashing government a liberal socialist! Meanwhile I praise Haley for trying to increase our taxes, just like a liberal! I have no idea what I’m talking about! LMAO!!! LMAO!!!

TroubleBaby June 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

Thank you.

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 11:24 am

You keep using those words. I don’t think they mean what you think they mean.

flip June 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

Very observant for contributing about 12 hours. Sorry about the Chinese hacking federal employees.

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 8:52 pm

The Quietus is always around and always will be. The Quietus is as old as the sun, the moon, the wind and the tide. The Quietus knows much……

flip June 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm

I believe that most federal agents do.I just logged in and you found me.

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 10:07 pm

The Quietus is more powerful than any federal agent. Look at the avatar picture. You are messing with things above your pay grade, flippy-pogo……..

You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

You are so right!

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flip June 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

Who are they? Name names.What I thought.Liar.

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Quietus June 5, 2015 at 11:22 am

Metts, Ard, Harrell, Steve Benjamin, Jonathan Pinson, E. W. Cromartie the list goes on and on ad nauseam in the corrupt little asylum-republic De Caroline du Sud.

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flip June 5, 2015 at 11:39 am

Oh.Attach your REAL name to it and I will consider your comment defaming others.

Course we know you won’t do that.

Quietus June 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Metts, Ard, Harrell, Pinson, Cromartie all tried and convicted. Steve Benjamin, implicated with Pinson but not tried, involved in a what proved to later be a fatal DUI accident, never tried because SCHP was being retarded that night.

You Know My Name June 5, 2015 at 11:39 am

Nikki Haley, James Metts, Jake Knotts, Obama, Bobby Harrell, Hugh Leatherman, Jean Toal, etc, etc, etc…
I could go on but there are too many to list at one sitting.

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Nölff June 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

As the saying goes, there’s “no such thing as bad publicity”. If people are trying to raise an issue about
how your work is immoral, incorrect, offensive, or corrupting people, they’re just giving it attention, increasing it, arousing curiosity as to why it’s
offensive, and making into something bad… even if they are wrong.

People want that, though.

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Manray9 June 5, 2015 at 11:07 am

Sic: Did you think you could act as a gadfly and be beloved?

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Sage June 5, 2015 at 11:12 am

When liberals turn on liberals, it thrills any true conservative.
You see, if you are liberal, you are allowed only radical party-line speech.
When you slip off their road, the punishment is swift and harsh.
That is the price for being the hate-speech go-to guy for the left and being praised by liberals. Don’t whine about it. Take it like a man.

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Elfego June 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

Will, you do a good job for the most and it would probably be great if it were not so personal and appear to be vindictive at times. My thoughts go along the same lines when people screw over me but I am not a reporter!

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Philip Branton June 5, 2015 at 11:54 am

Ya know Wil…………how many times have you reported on the Chester County Landfill that has been burning…?

Dare to educate your readers about the VA Burnpit saga and the outright treason for not even turning on the Plasma Waste to energy converters that were installed..?

Ya know Wil………..we wonder if this statue attached to this article would dare to think how to tell your very readers WHO to call or say “hello” too via a state website…?

Come on Wil……….dare to report who is “lamenting” at DHEC when they read my very comment for NOT installing certain technology to close all landfills in our entire STATE…!?

Just do a google search, Wil…….I DARE YOU..! You do know that Susan Burch could triangulate your “lamentations” against certain media players …don’t you..?

Dare to do some Broad River contamination ….reporting…!?

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sparklecity June 5, 2015 at 1:11 pm

It’s probably because FITS is lacking when it comes to science or technical subjects.
He’s admitted as such and was honest about hardly knowing anything about automobiles and “hat makes them go” some time back.
But I do agree that the Chester Landfill mess deserves more coverage from all sources.

WSPA did cover it a month or two ago but haven’t seen anything since. And the local politicians don’t seem to give a shit. I’d be raising hell to my state represenatives if I lived near the damn thing.

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sparklecity June 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

FITS:
Don’t lose a minutes of sleep over this bullshit.
“FITSNEWS” is a great site for finding out the “doings” in the Great State of South Carolina and the site allows for the free exchange of ideas and opinions (unlike some hard right sites who only allow the choir to speak out).
I don’t agree with you on a number of thing but i certainly do appreciate this site for what it represents and for allowing posters to post what they want to post.
Even though I’ve never met any of the posters face to face I have come to admire and respect many of them and consider them friends on the “information highway”.
Keep doing what you are doing
Sincerely,
Sparklecity
ps: If you DO happen to see Mark Sanfraud please tell him I think he is a duty shirking SOB…………………….and the self-absorbed asshole doesn’t even deserve a “bless his heart”

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MashPotato June 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Will, the only problem with today’s lamentations is your claim that you don’t need affirmation. Everyone does. This doesn’t make you narcissistic, it means you’re human. So a couple piles of shit landed on your head the last few days. I understand that a terrible losing streak would make you wonder whether or not it’s all worth it. Rest assured, you’re making a difference to your loyal readers, antagonizing critics, criminal enemies, and even to people who have no idea who you are.

Keep up the great work man. We need you and more people like you.

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Not Giving Up June 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm

“Our critics make us strong!
Our fears make us bold!
Our haters make us wise!
Our foes make us active!
Our obstacles make us passionate!
Our losses make us wealthy!
Our disappointments make us appointed!
Our unseen treasures give us a
known peace!

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Not Giving Up June 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Don’t agree to accept what critics say; be prepared to silence them by doing what they think you can’t do!

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Not Giving Up June 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm

“Stop expecting the world to affirm you as a person. Half of the world will like you and the other half will hate you, despite what you say or do. Christ knew this truth, but he did his life mission anyways.”
? Shannon L. Alder

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William June 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

You seem to have a lot of supporters here, but I would like to point out one problem. You say ” I have a very simple job: Find the truth and tell the truth (as best as I know and am able). ” But your logo says “Unfair. Imbalanced.” I think a lot of the commentary and information presented on this website is far more the latter than the former. When you treat people unfairly and provide unbalanced reporting, you are not “finding and telling the truth.” You are pushing an agenda. Either your own or that of someone who is paying you. To me that is pretty much the definition of a pay to say website. I certainly view most of what is presented here with suspicion, and expect agenda driven inaccuracy, hyperbole, and unfair reporting. .
I would like to be able say your website will never go from being viewed as a pay for say website to a legitimate news media until you get rid of that moniker and start acting like a credible news source, but hey Fox News gets away with pretending to be a credible news source, so maybe you can too.

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Crooner June 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Dude: Never let them know what gets to you.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Sage advice.

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euwe max June 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

…and if it *does* get to you, you’re not doing it right.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 5, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Prisoner 27316-171 doesn’t thank you!

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article23190855.html

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 5, 2015 at 4:45 pm

I should start posting as that.

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euwe max June 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

192.251.226.206

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shifty henry June 5, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Confession: I do have a peeve — it’s about interesting articles that get a lot of attention, but then there is no follow-up to a conclusion. Perhaps a new archive category named “LIMBO” could be useful.

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Victory Even Sweeter June 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm

While blocking this obscene tax on already taxed-too-much South Carolinians was euphoric for conservatives; seeing liberals savaging each other over it makes it so much better. Thank you for your confirmation of how right it is.

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opengovernmentup June 6, 2015 at 12:40 am

I think we digress from the true issue here and it is the “why” even worry about Fitz if he’s a nothing who reports lies. Obviously someone is worried the main stream media is not a problem but Fitz is especially since his reporting is right on the spot exposing again and again corruption. Therefore his enemies conspire to bring him down and discredit him by an often used method of finding something, anything, to “paint” him as worse than anyone he writes about causing his readers to discount anything else he writes. I myself wonder who he has running scared.
Ladies and Gentlemen , he is obviously causing someone powerful or someone feels he is coming closer and closer to being exposed.
I am glad he is my voice ringing out the rage I feel as I watch as our elected officials and their cronies grow richer on my money. Someone has to be the voice in the wilderness. Thank goodness we have one very human imperfect man that at least tries while others sit by and do nothing.

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