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It's getting real in Latta, SC. The Mayor hired a new sheriff before the old one can be reinstated.

LATTA, S.C. — The results from Tuesday’s referendum in Latta are scheduled to be certified at 11 a.m. today at the Dillon County Courthouse. And if everything goes as expected, Latta residents could see changes before the end of the day. Latta residents voted 328-147 on Tuesday to change the town’s form of government from strong mayor-weak council to strong council-weak mayor.

Members of the council announced Thursday they don’t plan to waste any time getting to work.
They’ll hold a special public meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Latta Community Center during which they say they’ll address several ongoing controversial decisions Mayor Earl Bullard has made since taking office in January.

First on the agenda, council members say, is the rehiring of former Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore.
“The vote will be certified at 11 a.m.. After the Secretary of State is notified by phone call, council will assume control of our town,” Councilman Jarett Taylor said. “Once that vote is certified, council will be giving Crystal Moore her job back.”

Bullard fired Moore after she refused to sign seven unexplained reprimands — the first of her 23-year career in law enforcement — that Bullard presented to her on the same day. Council members pleaded with Bullard to reinstate Moore, to no avail, and finally voted in May to let the town’s citizens decide whether they wanted council or the mayor in charge of the town’s business.

Less than 24 hours after the referendum passed, Bullard announced he’d hired Freddie Davis to be the town’s new police chief. Davis’ resume includes past work in law enforcement at the Florence Police Department, Pamplico Police Department, Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Kingstree Police Department and, most recently, the Hemingway Police Department, where he was employed as a captain. According to a copy of Davis’ contract obtained by the Morning News, Davis is scheduled to start work as chief on July 1.

But that doesn’t look likely to happen at this point, if the town’s council has anything to do with it. Additionally, state law doesn’t stipulate any waiting period on the transition in government forms.
“The statute is truly silent on when the change is effective,” said Bill Taylor, a field manager with the Municipal Association of South Carolina. “However, it’s been our recommendation that it should take place after the election is certified by the municipal election commission. So our opinion would be that absent any other problems, council can move forward with conducting business under the new form of government right after Friday’s certification.”

Now he's made the citizens real mad. If he gets to have a key to the bathroom I'd be surprised.

One council member was surprised at the hiring because she said there was no money to hire anybody. Another member said that he can't hire anybody without council approval even under the old rules.

And Freddie Davis is a fool for taking the job. I bet the mayor told him it would be if fine and that it would all blow over.
Davis said he and his wife prayed about taking the job. They better pray again and hear another answer.

You don't treat people like this. Everybody knows everybody in a town like Latta. They were happy with Moore on the job and her sexual orientation wasn't a problem. They knew about it but most probably have known her since she was little. They might not approve, but it wasn't something that got in anybody's way. I know some like Bullard had a problem, but not nearly a majority.

None of these people will be leading a gay rights parade. However, they do know Moore and know that nobody has ever been hurt because of her lifestyle. This is how progress is made in some places.

On the other hand, the DO know Bullard is a mean,nasty, pigheaded fool who wasn't raised right. Everybody at that meeting tonight will probably say, "Bless his heart " right before they shite on his plans.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jun 27, 2014, 09:11 AM (0 replies)

The USMNT on the way to the stadium:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:25 AM (0 replies)

Well Ann Coulter has chimed in about the World Cup & our interest in soccer:

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:04 AM (15 replies)

Plotting world domination:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:50 AM (3 replies)

Luis Suarez has been suspended for biting.

DISCIPLINARY: Uruguay’s Luis Suarez suspended for 9 matches & banned for 4 months from any football-related activity.

Amazing! FIFA did something sensible.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:23 AM (19 replies)

The weather today at the site of the USAvsGER match in Recife, Brazil:


No report on the pitch conditions yet. The stadium is an hour out of Recife.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 08:05 AM (12 replies)

Indiana and Utah have had rulings declaring gay marriage bans unconstitutional


Step by faster step.....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:50 PM (8 replies)

ISIS releases a map of 5 year territorial expansion plan.

#ISIS releases new map. 5 year territorial expansion plan includes Malaysia, Indonesia, #India and #Pakistan.

I haven't seen any verification by ISIS and they are experts with social media. This could be a psychological move.
Whatever their plans are, their backers better be careful. They don't control ISIS.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:16 AM (5 replies)

Syria is bombing ISIS (and gawd knows who else)

Syrian government aircraft bombed Sunni militant targets inside Iraq on Tuesday, further broadening the Middle Eastern crisis a day after Israeli warplanes and rockets struck targets inside Syria.

Iraqi state media initially reported that the attacks near Iraq’s western border with Syria were carried out by U.S. drones, a claim that was quickly and forcefully denied by the Pentagon.

Separately, the Pentagon said that 90 additional U.S. troops arrived in Iraq, part of a group of up to 300 military advisers that President Obama said last week he would deploy there to assess the situation before taking any further U.S. military action. A statement said that U.S. aircraft are now flying 30 to 35 manned and unmanned daily surveillance flights over Iraq.

We need to completely stay out of this. There is no way we aren't going to bomb somebody that will make it a worse mess and increase the hostility towards us.

Maliki refuses to form any type of coalition government that will include Sunnis not enamored of ISIS.His intransigence guarantees further gains by ISIS because there has to be a coordinated effort by ALL those opposing them.
Put pressure on those supporting ISIS.

When I try to even begin to entangle who supports who and who we are allied with, I get a headache and give up.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:05 AM (4 replies)

I am so effing tired of reporters in Brazil complaining about the heat.

This is just one example:
"It was the hottest environment I've ever been a part of. There was a heat index well over 100, there was no wind" @TaylorTwellman on Manaus

Today at Noon in New Orleans it will be 90° with a heat index of 99%.
Many places are comparable or worse.
They need to shut up or ask for assignments only in Antarctica.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 09:41 AM (0 replies)
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