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Volume XVI, Number 17
DHEC seeks public’s input on proposed SNAP ‘Food Stamps’ eligible food list
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will conduct a series of forums to let the public recommend which foods they think should be removed from or should remain on the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) list of eligible foods, the agency announced. Today, two out of three South Carolinians are overweight or obese. Obesity is a major contributor to the diseases that kill the most people in our state, make the most people sick, and cost our state the most money to treat. Research shows that by making better food choices, South Carolinians can prevent obesity and the deadly health problems that come with it. At DHEC’s last obesity stakeholder meeting, Gov. Nikki Haley and S.C. Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller recently announced a plan to request a waiver from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to help South Carolinians who participate in SNAP eat healthy and avoid obesity. Currently, more than 878,000 South Carolinians participate in SNAP, commonly known as “food stamps,” receiving cash benefits of $1.4 billion per year. The list of eligible food items that can be purchased under SNAP includes almost all consumable products, regardless of an item’s nutritional value. South Carolina now seeks to update its SNAP eligible foods list to better reflect the health needs of our state, the Governors office said Meetings will be held across the state beginning on March 21. Persons wishing to publicly comment during any of these meetings will be asked to register to speak at the door. For those unable to attend the meetings, comments can be submitted through DHEC’s online form at www.scdhec.gov/snap or via email at email@example.com or call toll-free 1-866-664-0483.
Medicare payments will be reduced by 2% starting April 1 Gullah Sentinel News Service
WASHINGTON - Medicare doctors will be experiencing a pay cut very soon. The news is disheartening for many people, as the federal service helps a lot of people attain proper medical care who would otherwise not be able to afford it. Under the so-called sequester, Medicare payments to health care providers, health care plans and drug plans will be reduced by 2% starting April 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service. The bottom line is that doctors who treat Medicare beneficiaries will only be reimbursed 98 cents on every dollar for a vast array of services. Reimbursement for low-
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income beneficiaries is exempt. Overall, the cut will mean $11 billion less for doctors, hospitals and other providers in 2013. Last year, the agency doled out more than $500 bil-
lion in such payments. While it may not seem like much of a loss to doctors, the cut also affects the level of treatment and care that patients receive from doctors in clinics and other privately owned medical facilities.
Mother who marries her son, she is now 6 months pregnant “Voice of the Lowcountry”
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This story is not placed here to be comical nor for any kind of shock value. It is news, but most of all its placement can be used to point out how, in what is rapidly becoming a very twisted human society that we live in, a society where we so easily approve, without debate, so many immoral things simply by assigning them to cultural differences or to “do your own thing.” These degenerate things at one time, not so long ago, were considered unthinkable, but have now become the norm in many societies. In my opinion, there needs to be some serious re-evaluations and reversals in communities across the board and across the globe about where we are apparently headed in our thought processes, lest we wake up one morning and find ourselves citizens living in an environment that is overtaken byirreversible debauchery just like that of the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah - And you know how that story ends Editor
ZIMBABWE - A woman and her son have done the unthinkable – they have fallen in love with one another. And now they want to marry since the mom, Betty Maybrook from Morenci in Mandingo, is six months pregnant and expecting her son’s child. Maybrook (40), who was widowed 12 years ago, has been cohabiting with her first child, Faria Maybrook (23). She confirms that she is six months pregnant and that she has decided it is better to “marry” her son because she does not want to marry her late husband’s young brothers. Betty stunned a village court last week when she said the affair with her son had begun three years earlier. She said after spending a lot of money sending Faria to school following the death of her husband, she felt she had a right to
Tina Turner lands cover of Vogue Magazine at 73
his money and no other woman was entitled to it. “Look, I strove alone to send my son to school and no one helped me. Now you see that my son is working and you accuse me of doing something wrong. Let me enjoy the products of my sweat,”
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SWEDEN - Tina Turner can still be dubbed the sexiest woman alive, at the age of 73. With legs of steel the legend has managed to outdo her predecessors. Many women in the industry look up to her and Beyoncé is no exception. Beyoncé is the biggest emulater of Tina Turner, as is evident at her Superbowl performance. Now this 60s hit maker and teacher of all things diva has landed the cover of Vogue Magazine for the first time. She looked fantastic and flawless on the cover of the German edition of Vogue. Unfortunately the singer’s famous legs won’t be making an appearance in the magazine. Turner is the oldest star to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine. Meryl Streep formerly had the honor when she posed for the American edition, at 62. Turner who retired from public view in 2009 just recently finalized her citizenship in Sweden and lives there now full time with her beau, Erwin Bach. She has been living in Zurich since the mid-1990s. Of her denouncement of US citizenship, she told a German newspaper, “I’m very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. I cannot imagine a better place to live.” For her many chart topping hits, which include, What’s
Love Got To Do With It; Private Dancer; Simply The Best; River Deep- Mountain High; Proud Mary and others, the singer has won eight Grammys and has released a total of 10 studio albums. She is noted as selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. Rolling Stone ranked her at 63 on their 100 greatest artists of all time and considers her the “Queen of Rock and Roll”.
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she told the village court. Faria said he was more than prepared to marry his mother and would pay off the iloilos balance his father had left unpaid to his grandparents. “I know my father died before he finished paying the bride price and I am prepared to pay it off,” he said. “It is better to publicize what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant. Otherwise they will accuse her of promiscuity.” But local headman Nathan Mufulira says: “We cannot allow this to happen in
SCE&G shares 13 tips for 2013
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NATIONAL NEWS BRIEF Alabama police chief apologizes to civil rights leader John Lewis”
MONTGOMERY, AL - Montgomery, Alabama police chief Kevin Murphy’s recent apology was made at the historic First Baptist Church, not only to the famed Freedom Riders but also, personally, to U.S. Representative of Georgia, John Lewis, a historical civil rights crusader. Lewis was in town as part of the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama. While traveling through the South toward Montgomery, Alabama on what was called the Freedom Rides, Lewis was struck on the head with a wooden crate, which resulted in a fractured skull. He was severely beaten by an angered, racist, white mob along with 12 other Freedom Riders, and then, they were arrested on trumped up charges. Now, some 50 years after the horrific events that the Riders were made to endure by a nation indifferent to justice, Murphy apologized to the civil rights legend. The Police Chief said, “For me, freedom and the right to live in peace is a cornerstone of our society and that was something that Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Congressman Lewis were trying to achieve.” The Congressmen became visibly emotional during Murphy’s apology, which was the first one he had ever received by someone who upheld Southern law.
Educated Black women have more divorces than educated White counterparts Gullah Sentinel News Service
BRUNSWICK, NJ - According to research conducted by Dr. Jeounghee Kim, assistant professor at Rutgers School of Social Work, educated African-American women have more divorces than educated White women. Generally speaking, married couples who have attained higher levels of education are less likely to divorce than less-educated couples. Unfortunately, in the Black community, education is not enough to sustain a marriage. “African-American women don’t seem to enjoy the same degree of protection that education confers on marriage,” said Dr. Kim. “For White Americans, higher education is related to a lower chance of divorce, and this protective effect of education on marriage increased consistently among the recent generations. But for African-American women, higher education is
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not necessarily related to a lower chance of divorce.” During her research Dr. Kim’s analysis revealed that the percentage of White women with some post-secondary education continuously increased throughout the cohorts. This was not the with Africancase American women, whose educational attainment peaked in the 1985-1994 cohorts before declining. Dr. Kim also found the percentage of White women getting divorced declined throughout the study period, while African-American women experienced an increase in the 1980’s before declining in the 1990 to 1994 cohort. Dr. Kim said her findings were consistent with much existing literature that says that women with higher levels of education — and greater earning potential — make more attractive marriage partners. There are three possibilities Dr. Kim believes affects educated African-American women’s ability to stay married:
1.) Depreciating value of college education. “One possibility is that college education does not translate into the higher earnings that would help protect marriage for African-Americans,” Dr. Kim said. 2.) Economic disparity in the Black community. “Another could be that educational attainment may be insufficient to address the high levels of economic inequality that even well-educated African-Americans experience. Many are the first in their families to have attained a post-secondary education and do not benefit from the cushion of intergenerational wealth possessed by some White families,” Dr. Kim believes. 3.) Gender gap in African-American’s educational attainment, with nearly twice as many African-American women college graduates as men.
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Let's build on the Paul filibuster
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The Republicans had better not squander the good will Sen. Rand Paul purchased for them in his filibuster over the Obama administration's potential use of armed drones to kill non-enemy combatants in America. I am not simply referring to the constitutional issue of whether the president can engage in such acts, though that's very important. I believe the significance of Paul's filibuster transcends the drone issue. It was about challenging the administration's lawlessness and accountability across the board and his runaway spending and statism. It was about championing freedom, Godgiven rights and the Constitution. Under questioning, Attorney General Eric Holder has simply refused to give a straight answer about these questions and acts as though the administration has a superior right to hold such matters Limbaugh close to the vest and as though Congress, let alone the American people, doesn't have a say in them or any right even to be apprised. Paul's filibuster sparked an excitement and enthusiasm we haven't witnessed since the blue funk descended on conservative America after Obama's re-election. Twitter was on fire, and conservatives were positively energized. I have sensed a general despondency among conservatives, born of their incredulity that voters could elect someone whose policies are so obviously damaging the country and who seems to continue to escape accountability for his actions. They have also been dispirited because they are skeptical -- to put it charitably -- that Republican officeholders are fighting for them. But the Republicans' refusal to back down in the sequestration fight -- despite Obama's calculated, fraudulent predictions of apocalyptic consequences from sequester cuts -- has given conservatives some renewed sense that we're still in the game. Paul's 13-hour soliloquy has taken it, even if only temporarily, to a new level. Conservatives can see we still have elected representatives who are in this fight and are unwilling to stand still as Obama continues his quest to fundamentally change the nation into something the Founding Fathers wouldn't recognize. No sooner had I decided on the lead paragraph of this column than I read that Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of a number of Republicans dining with President Obama while Paul was protesting his actions, had condemned Paul's filibuster. After having dinner with the entertainer in chief, Graham said, "This idea that we're going to use a drone to attack a citizen in a cafe in America is ridiculous." In the meantime, Republicans must be united in their resolve to stand up to President Obama on the nations fiscal and solvency crisis. They need to build on, rather than undermine, the groundwork they established in the sequestration negotiations and with Sen. Paul's filibuster. Politico hints at what Obama has up his sleeve, and Graham and his cohorts seem to be playing right into his hands. It reports that Obama always knew Republicans wouldn't bend before the sequestration deadline but that he's confident they'll accede to more revenues in time -- in their pattern of caving, provided he keeps the pressure on. One former Democratic strategist said Obama has always miscalculated where the power among Republicans lies and has approached those who aren't as weak-kneed as others. No matter how many liberal commentators insist to Bill O'Reilly that Obama really supports specific spending cuts, the fact is that he has had four-plus years to take the lead or even follow the lead on this critical issue and he's refused. Any Republicans gullible enough to believe Obama's tall tale that he wants a "balanced approach" needs to wake up and join the reality community of those who are planting their feet in the ground to resist Obama's upcoming propaganda blitz to make them cave. Do not even think about capitulating. You will have enormous support if you fight -- and the response to Sen. Paul's filibuster is but a foreshadowing of what is to come if you hold firm.
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Black political class could pick fight over Postal Service privatization - but won't - Why?
Bruce A. Dixon
steady jobs at good wages, to force more and more Americans, particularly AfricanAmericans into less and less secure jobs at Twenty, forty and sixty years ago, a lower and lower wages, at the same time it job at the Post Office was, for African- vastly expanded the prison state and made Americans, the ticket to something like welfare as scarce and punitive as possible, middle class stability. Since people with that the Postal Service, a monopoly steady and well-paid work, enshrined in the Constitution who don't have long comitself, became a target for primutes were more able to parvatizers. ticipate in community-buildIn the eighties, nineties ing and sustaining activities. and the new century, Black postal workers Democrats and Republicans were well-represented in a in Congress and successive wide range of civic, volunWhite Houses passed special tary and political organizalegislation and rules that tions from the 1940s clear to restricted the postal service the end of the 20th century. while enabling UPS and As an activist and organFederal Express to take some Dixon izer in Chicago of the 70s and of its most lucrative traffic. 80s, I learned countless lesMassachusetts liberal sons from postal workers Democrat Ted Kennedy took who took the lead in struggles against the lead in passing regulation specifically police brutality, for fair housing and oppo- crafted to make unionization impossible at sition to Chicago's long running municipal FedEx. The death blow to the postal servdictators, the Daley regime. ice may have been struck during the Bush When I moved to Atlanta at the end of administration, when Congress saddled the 2000, I learned about another postal work- postal service with the absurd requirement er, John Wesley Dobbs who used to be to fully fund all pensions seventy years in called the Mayor of Auburn Avenue, and advance, for workers yet unborn. was so well known that you could mail a It's the end game now, with greedy priletter from overseas addressed to “John vatizers like the husband of Senator Diane Wesley Dobbs, USA” and he would Feinstein and others snatching inner-city receive it. properties the postal service is forced to It was predictable that when, in the sell far below their value to fulfill its legal 1980s, public policy took a turn against directive to self-destruct.
Still, I keep wondering when I'll hear members of our current Black political class speak up for the postal service and those good jobs postal workers had that made them the bedrock of Black communities and civic activism everywhere. I wonder why they haven't organized forums and conferences and petitions and mass meetings to preserve the last of what used to be the good jobs that made them a potent leading force in African-American communities across the country, and even made some of their own careers possible. Barack Obama doesn't have a majority in Congress. But his favorite President Ronald Reagan never had one either, but it rarely stopped the old bastard from picking the fights he wanted to win, and often winning them. The American people as a whole DO reject privatization anytime they're polled on it. That's why the Obama regime and its collaborators dare not call what they're doing to public education or the broadcast spectrum “privatization.” The fight to halt the privatization of the postal service is certainly one the Black political class, with or without the president could pick and possibly win, or at least slow down and delay for years. But fighting for good jobs for ordinary people just isn't our current Black political leadership. No doubt John Wesley Dobbs and the postal workers I used to know in the 70s and 80s, are rolling over in their graves.
Life in the Bubble
Some have referred to the fairyland-like world that some people seem to live in from day to day as akin to living in a bubble. The bubble keeps them from being aware of the real world where people discuss and debate ideas and ideals. The bubble acts to shut them off from diverse opinions and does not allow them to have original thoughts. It acts as a captured space where conformity and adhesion to an assigned dogma is expected. The bubble not only protects them from the real world but it keeps them in a make believe world much like the one described in the book “1984.” Others have referred to the alternative space where the mindless following of a course of action is required as living on Bull-Droppings Mountain. Herein are a couple of examples one might find by observing activities within the mountain/bubble. A recent town hall meeting held by a member of the U. S. House of Representatives in
upstate South Carolina was designed to update his constituents on pressing matters in the country. He began with a detailed presentation of the impact of looming cuts to national defense, health services, education and such. He touched on immigration and several other issues of interest and opened the floor for questions and responses. That was the last attention paid to real issues. The questions and discussion that occupied the rest of the meeting consisted of things like what he was doing to prevent the creation of a dependent class in America, what he was doing to prevent ObamaCare from being implemented, and what was he doing to fight the president at every turn. Many of those in attendance were on social security or other government supported services but living in the bubble as they are, the real world can be ignored as long as you drink the conservative kool aid. Another example of not seeing the real world was the speakers list for the recent national conservative summit
(CPAC). It did not resonate with the organizers that they just lost their second straight national election and lost seats in the House and Senate. They did not see a need to address change and invited the same old lot including Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Allen West, etc. Noticeably absent was the most popular member of their party and the most electable person, Chris Christie. Perhaps he was excluded because he does not live in the bubble. On the outlandish side, consider the comments made by Rush Limbaugh with respect to gun ownership and use. Rush stated that if John Lewis (D-GA) had been armed back on the bridge into Selma during the civil rights struggle he would not have been beaten. This is so absurd that you would think that anyone making such a statement would be declared incompetent and shunned…but not so in the bubble. Somewhat closer to home, consider the race for the 1st congressional district. Have you ever seen such a spectacle? The cast of characters seem to
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have morphed from a story book with each one trying to get further to the right than the next. Each is armed with certain catch phrases and a knowledge base that is neither deep nor wide. But most of them are alive and well inside the bubble. The challenge for the rest of the world is to find a way to develop some kind of rapport with anyone in the bubble who might be capable of an independent thought. This effort is difficult when the bubble has its own cable news channel, a host of talking heads on talk radio, and growing presence online. Ignorance is now in high gear with maximum exposure.
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New hours: Charles ‘Lind’ Brown/ (Green Street Gym) and Port Royal centers Gullah Sentinel News Service
BEAUFORT/PORT ROYAL, SC - Starting Monday March 18th the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center and the Port Royal Community and Art Center will have new operating hours. The decision to change the hours at both centers, run by Beaufort County’s Park and Leisure Services (PALS), was made during the PALS board meeting. The Charles Lind Brown Center will be open to the public MondayFriday 2pm-8pm. The Port Royal Center will be open to the public Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm. These changes will not affect the Circle of Hope Coalition that operates out of the Charles Lind Brown Center Saturdays from 12pm-5pm. That program will continue. Both locations will also honor any programs that are currently scheduled.
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NEW YORK - A judge struck down New York City's pioneering ban on big sugary drinks just hours before it was supposed to take effect, handing a defeat to health-minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg and creating uncertainty for restaurants that had already ordered smaller cups and changed their menus. State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said the 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sweet drinks arbitrarily applies to only some sugary beverages and some places that sell them. "The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of this rule," Tingling wrote in a victory for the beverage industry, restaurants and other business groups that called the rule unfair and wrong-headed. In addition, the judge said the Bloomberg-
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appointed Board of Health intruded on the City Council's authority when it imposed the rule. The city vowed to appeal the decision, issued by New York state's trial-level court. "We believe the judge is totally in error in how he interpreted the law, and we are confident we will win on appeal," Bloomberg said, adding that the city would emphasize to higher courts "that people are dying every day. This is not a joke." For now, though, the ruling means the ax didn’t fall on supersized sodas, sweetened teas and other highsugar beverages in restaurants, movie theaters, corner delis and sports arenas. "The court ruling provides a sigh of relief to New Yorkers and thousands of small businesses in New York City that would have been harmed by this arbitrary and unpopular ban," the American Beverage Association and other opponents said.
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Celebrity News Brief Terrence Howard on Oprah: “…Her and those ‘Tig Ol’ Bitties’”
HOLLYWOOD, CA Terrence Howard was thrilled to have worked alongside Oprah in the titled “The movie Butler.” When describing the intimate kissing scene he shared with the woman he reveres as “Queen,” Howard may have given TMI to much information about his thoughts. “Oprah and I had such chemistry,” Howard said. ” To be able to make out with Oprah and to have love scenes with her and those tig ol’ bitties … She’s such a lovely, voluptuous woman … That was wonderful.” Tig ol’ bitties??? Ouch! We’re sure Oprah and/or Stedman are not pleased to hear about his remark.
Mary J. Blige reportedly facing eviction
NEW YORK - What is going on with Mary J Blige? Her money troubles just keep following her around like a bad habit. The singer’s financial troubles are worse than a little repossession here or a tax lien there. She’s about to be homeless in a minute. According to the New York Daily News, she’s not been paying her rent in her upper West Side apartment since last November and she might get kicked out. “It was for not paying back rent,” said a real estate source who has leased apartments at the building. A threebedroom apartment at the Extell Development site, similar to the one Blige was renting, rents for $9,000 to $12,000 monthly, depending on the view and amenities. The NY Daily News says the 42-year-old singer was there for a little more than a year before the note was plastered on the front door of the pad. Why her money is funny is a curious question. Blige’s net worth at one point was a reported $45 million, but she’s been hit with a few copyright infringement lawsuits lately that could cost her somewhere around $1 million yearly. Last year, New Jersey filed a $901,769 lien against her. She was also sued for failure to repay a $2.2 million personal loan.
Is Michael Jordan getting married? NEWS
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CHARLOTTE, NC - UNC-Chapel Hill basketball legend Michael Jordan has filed for a Florida marriage license, according to multiple reports. A spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County courthouse confirmed that Jordan recently applied for a license. The identity of the bride was not announced, but Jordan has been engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto. Jordan’s post-player career as a basketball executive has been decidedly worse than his performance on the court. He owns the Charlotte Bobcats, which are the worst team in the league by far for the second consecutive year and have a valuation of $315 million, according to Forbes.
That ranks No. 29 in the NBA. Of course, Jordan might not care about the team value in dollars. After all, he still earns $80 million a year through endorsements.
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our village, mansura chiaos ayah, (This is a bad omen indeed). In the past they would have to be killed but today we cannot do it because we are afraid of the police.” He warned them to break off their marriage or leave his village. They chose the latter and have left the village for an unknown destination.
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