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Atlantic Beach Bike Fest - It's not a racial thing... it's a lack of morals thing

May 27, 2014 -- 8:51am
This Memorial Day has been quite memorable for Americans... And not for the right reasons. Locally, The Atlantic Beach Bike Week has been overshadowed with shooting deaths and injured victims for two nights in a row. Three people dead. Many fighting for their lives. 

I considered going out late Friday night to see what this bike week was all about so I can talk about it on Tuesday morning's show but someone talked me out of it. The next morning, I was so glad I didn't go.... Only to wake up this morning to hear about more violence. It seemed like Myrtle Beach was under siege. I feel terrible for the unsuspecting families that came to the family beach only to be hunkered down in their hotel rooms. One family tried to get a refund when they decided to move hotels but they were denied. 

Why did this happen? 

Too afraid to enforce laws out of fear of backlash from the NAACP?

Too afraid to lose tourism funds?

Too chicken to impose a curfew?

Too cheap to hire seasonal police force to bolster security during the swell of tourism traffic?

Too afraid to be labeled a racist to comment on any aspect of this bike rally?

These were all the reasons I read from citizens all around social media. 

But are those the right questions?

What politicians do you want to hear from? What questions do you want answered? What do you think should be done? Can this topic be discussed without racial overtones? Is this more about some young people with no morals.... Just like spring break violence, rape and drunkeness... Which involved many young, white people. 

I heard that spring break revelers were run out of town... So were the Harley bikers. I thought Myrtle Beach was not in the bike rally business anymore? What happened?

Is this the worst bike rally ever? Was it unusual or was it expected? 

Some people posted pictures this weekend of half-naked black women twerking around the streets but there are half-naked white women and profession strippers doing similar things during the Harley bike rally. I know. I saw it. They do it to win contests or for tips. So that's not a race thing. 

We have experienced plenty of violence in this area... Sometimes resulting in death by gun, knife, hammer, etc. I know. I write up the news every morning. Some of the perps are black, some are white. Some of the victims are white, some are black... Some men, some women. So, that doesn't seem like a race thing either. 

There are women and some men victims of domestic violence during these events.... But that happens all year long, all over the state, black, white... Whatever. South Carolina didn't end up with the #1 ranking in the nation for deaths of women by men due to one race. 

This is a systemic problem not because of race but because of the lack of moral LEARNING! I would say teaching but there's no lack of teaching. There are plenty of religious establishments on every corner. 

Where does moral learning begin? In the home. It is a family's responsibility to raise productive, moral people.... Not the school's .... not the government's .... Not the police's ... Not the court's responsibility. 

Every person on this planet has parents however, there's certainly a lack of parenting on this earth. 

There are too many parents and kids that don't have God in their lives. It's the lack of God in their lives that allows people to wander down a road of sin, depression, negative attitude ...despair and finally violence. 

I know God is the answer but people would rather condemn a race, a mayor and a police chief, instead. If you do, you are sooooo misguided. There should be a peace movement in Myrtle Beach today. 

Instead of hunkering down, we should come out of hiding and take over myrtle beach in our Sunday Best to claim back Memorial Day for the reason it was created... To honor those who laid down their lives and limbs for the rest of us during times of war!!!!! But, no, we are having our own street wars... Gang violence... Drug wars.... Pimp wars....

This is my first Memorial Day here. I spent 2 hours on Friday with the parade's grand marshal, Montel Williams. I was horrified and embarrassed for our community to see him come down ocean blvd to a single sporadic row of citizens!!! I thought y'all loved your veterans and your community? What a joke. It was shameful. And the parade itself? Pitiful at best. What a poor turnout in floats and spectators. Why even bother?

Oh yeah. I'm outraged that many ignorant people have taken to social media to divide this community with racial slurs and finger pointing. Where is God at work in your life????

Remember, for every finger you point, there are three pointed back at you! 

Look in the mirror. Change starts with you.
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It has come to my attention that my post may have offended some event and city planners. However my intentions were quite the opposite… I championed the efforts by city and local event planners to create such a wonderful event for our veterans and citizens. I was saddened to see the low turnout. It showed a lack of community support. Was it because the bike rally was in town? If so, why would citizens handover their city to the rally revelers? Peaceful citizens should come in droves to reclaim their city for this special weekend. The parade should be the center stage and our veterans the stars!

 

What's next with Don Sterling's situation?

May 02, 2014 -- 10:21am

Don Sterling's recent situation has made me think of some important questions:

* How does the concept of Freedom of Speech relate to this case?  Are we protected in our private conversations?

* Were Sterling's comments in that phone converstaion truly racist?

* What is V. Stiviano's role in the recording and "leakage" of the audio, if any?  Motive?

* If NBA team owners vote to force the sale of the Clippers, will they be concerned about the dangerous precedence that sets for their future regarding private conversations?

* If a forced sale does occur, can the NBA determine the price of the team....even if they priced it at Under-Market Value?

 

What happens next in this case is going to have tremendous implications on many aspects of Corporate America.  I'm going to be watching it closely and will continue to ask questions.  I'm just wondering if I'll ever get the answers.  There will be no right answer and, in many ways, the NBA's hands are tied in the court of public opinion.  The final outcome will be quite interesting... and, by the way, I'm sure all questions will be answered.  Stay tuned!

 

To Toronto and Back!

Mar 15, 2014 -- 10:27am

Had an amazing flight on West Jet ... on it's inaugural non-stop flight to Toronto on March 6th.  Just an hour and 40 minutes total to get to this beautiful coastal community.

Such a fantastic place to visit... Great sites, including Niagra Falls and the nearby casinos.

 

For an awesome tour, visit www.genovatours.com to see all the different walking and van tours Bill Genova offers there.  He is a lifelong resident of Toronto, great to spend the day with and incredibly knowledeable.  Bill helped me gettng a good sense about Toronto... past and present... including its connections with the Confederacy and Slavery.

I went to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto and had dinner atop the revolving restaurant at the Skylon Tower in Niagra Falls.

Great restaurants and eateries, too... but don't miss a visit to Carousel Bakery in the St. Lawrence Market.  The most delicious Candian breakfasts and desserts :)  The market is packed with all sorts of other foods and unique items.

I also had lunch in an authentic Chinese restaurant there... in one of six Chinatown neighborhoods in Toronto.  Did you know that Chinese is the #2 language in Toronto? 

Facebook me if you need any advice or direction about visiting Toronto.  It must be beautiful to see in the summer!

 

 

# 17 ?!?

Feb 26, 2014 -- 3:15pm

# 17???

 

The website www.neighborhoodscout.com ranked Myrtle Beach as the 17th most dangerous city in the nation.  FBI statistics show that our crime rate is 170 per one thousand residents.   I don’t know about you, but I’m not pleased with that.  It’s quite embarrassing and unnerving at the same time. 

Local officials argue our population swells with tourists in the summer months and that the stats are derived based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 FULL-TIME residents.  It doesn’t take into account the millions of tourists that roll into town each summer.  With transient visitors comes crime… so when you apply it to the full-time population numbers, it is a disproportionate percentage and not a fair depiction.  Those stats should be applied to the average number of people in town… not to full-time residents.  Shoulda, coulda, woulda….

I get it.  I really do… but here’s my question.  What tourist would want to bring their family to a city that’s on the top 20 most dangerous city list?  What business would want to invest in a seemingly crime-ridden coastal town?  What happened to all the politicians running for election that paraded through our interviews saying that reducing crime is their platform?  Does anyone care about the PR nightmare of being ranked so high on this list?

Did you see the Myrtle Beach police crime stats published by WMBF-TV on its website?  The statistics show that both violent and property crimes increased from 2012 to 2013.  Even though the total number of murders, rapes and robberies has decreased, the increase in aggravated assault alone pushed the number of violent crimes from 178 to 228.  Makes you think about arming yourself, no?  Or maybe moving?  The total number of property crimes in 2013 is 6% higher than last year.  The number of larcenies, motor vehicle thefts and arson increased, as well… Can you say “ALARM ME” or should I say “ALARMING!”…

This will be the first summer that I will be here the entire time.  I’m bracing myself for traffic, crowds, long lines, motorcycles, golf carts… AND CRIME?!?!  I have two teenagers.  What the heck?  I’m a bit afraid.  I’ll be packing heat whenever possible, but what about my kids?  What about you?

Local officials say that 46% of crime is committed by the homeless.   Hmmmm.   Then, how do the tourists factor into those FBI stats?  How much crime is committed by tourists?  How much by residents?   If nearly half of the crime is committed by the homeless, then what is being done about the problem? 

I’m not a crime expert, by no means, but now that I’ve complained I feel I should make a few suggestions:

1.        The groups that “enable” the homeless to remain homeless need to cease and desist.  Only the groups that provide acute care or that provide employment resources should be allowed to operate within the city.

2.       Homeless people should be registered, photographed and documented within the city if they want to be on a job-finder or job-training roster. 

3.       Police the areas where homeless people congregate.  More community policing.  Research the best ways to handle it.  Call upon experts!

4.       Research what other tourist towns do to control tourism crime and crowds.  Un-Armed Voluntary Auxiliary police force?  Seasonal police force?  Private security company?  How could the current police force be as effective as they are in the off-season in the on-season???  They are completely out-numbered by droves of tourists!!

5.       GANGS!  DRUGS!  PROSTITUTION! Get rid of it all.  They bring down the city.  They attract the lowest form of humankind. They bring in sex trafficking.  They bring in illegal guns. They allow the drek of society to feed off the drek of society.  LET THEM DO BUSINESS SOMEWHERE ELSE!  FORCE THEM OUT!  They have no business doing business in one of the most beautiful coastal towns in America.  HOW DARE THEY!?!?  How could our local officials, business owners and we, the residents, allow these sub-human business owners to exist, and in some cases THRIVE, in this town???? It’s all about the money… it always is.  GANGS are a business… so is PIMPING. You all know I'm not a big fan of strip clubs either.  Some of those engage in shady activities, as well.

If you love this town, you would elect officials that do what they say they promise they will do.  I know that’s  hard to accomplish but at least you can vote the bad ones out. Don’t let them bait and switch.   

A few fancy festivals and bikini contests will only put lipstick on a pig.

HIRE MORE COPS!  PAY THEM BETTER!   CREATE TASK FORCES!  HELP COMMUNITY WATCH GROUPS THRIVE THROUGH TRAINING! 

Consult with Rudolf Giuliani… He turned New York City around in a New York Minute.  Before he took office, you couldn’t walk through the Bus Terminal / 42 st area without getting propositioned by a hooker, hustled by a beggar, tripping over a drug dealer or mugged by a thug.    Remember that movie “Death Wish?”  Yeah, it was just like that.  You needed to protect yourself!

The time is now.  The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce works so hard to help this town thrive.  The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and the “good” politicians work so hard to entice businesses to build and grow here for our economy.  Small businesses concentrate on growing their businesses to create more jobs.  The schools and colleges here are working hard to educate our future workforce.  Parents are trying to keep their children safe.  Volunteers help the community because they love the people here.  Our veterans make us proud!

The future is bright…. The present is tarnished.

"One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government's primary concerns." – Ronald Reagan

Be in a MOVIE!!!

Jan 22, 2014 -- 7:33pm

Please consider donating any amount to assist Spartan Media Works in Conway, SC put together its first feature film shot in Conway... plus the funds will help support the First Nights of Independent Film Festival which will be held at the Theater of the Republic on Main Street in Conway on May 16th & 17th. Kevin Mayberry is the mastermind behind the festival and he hopes to make Conway the new hot spot for filming in the Carolinas. I am in the film "THREE DAYS" and will star in the film "THE CALLER." Both will premiere at the festival. ANY DONATION AMOUNT would help! Thanks!

If you are interested in being in an independent film, please contact Kevin Mayberry at whatwedostudios@gmail.com.


TO DONATE:
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/three-days--3

HEATHER ELVIS FUNDRAISER

Jan 22, 2014 -- 6:52pm

FIND THIS EVENT ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE OR ON MARKET COMMON'S FACEBOOK PAGE:
 

The Market Common is hosting a fundraiser for Heather Elvis on January 30th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm next door to the current Tommy Bahama store. (In the old Tommy Bahama Restaurant). 

There will be a $15 cover charge for adults, $5 for children, ages 5 -12 and free for under 5 years old. There will be lots of delicious food donated by Crepe Creation, Gordon Biersch, Travinia, King Street Grill, Cold Stone (Ice Cream!!) and PF Chang. Piggly Wiggly is donating soda, water and paper products. And many of the residents and employees in and around The Market Common will be donating their time. Liz Callaway from WRNN Radio will be our MC for the event. 

There will also be a silent auction. The reaction from businesses in the community has been overwhelming. Below is the current, not final, list of businesses that are participating. The items that will be auctioned will include donations from:

Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing
Piggly Wiggly 
Palace Theater 
Wonder Works 
Pirates Voyage 
Medieval Times 
Legends in Concert
Ripley Entertainment
Beach Vacations
Grand 14 Theaters
Hotel Suites of The Market Commons 
Pottery Barn
Yoga In Common 
Tommy Bahama
White House Black Market 
Devo Olive Oil
Current XXVII
The Orvis Company
Handpicked
Francescas 
SOMA 
Carolina Opry 
The Kangaroo Pouch
Coastal Urge
SeaCoast Art Gallery 
Lazy Gator 
Breathe Pieces of the Soul

Again, this is the list so far!!! We are accepting donations!

The funds from the cover and the silent auction items will be donated to the Elvis family. 

If you plan on coming, please join so that we can be well prepared. 

Thank you in advance for your participation in this event!! 

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