Environmental activists opposed to burning coal for energy decided to chain themselves to the 880,000 lb generator that is being laboriously dragged around the state on tractor trailer. I mean, what could go wrong with that plan, right?
Four morons were arrested (pictures of three above) for doing this today instead of working at a soup kitchen, helping foster children, or helping human trafficking victims, just to put this in perspective.
From Fox Carolina:
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Four protesters chained themselves to a massive power generator that has been moving through the Upstate, Greenville County deputies said on Monday morning.
The 880,000-pound generator is on its way to Duke Energy’s Cliffside Steam Station in Boiling Springs, N.C.
An environmental group from North Carolina called Asheville Rising Tide said in a statement sent to FOX Carolina that the protesters are vowing to prevent the generator from reaching the coal plant.
Deputies said that about a dozen protesters were at the site along Highway 25 on Monday morning. They said four of them climbed on top of the generator and chained themselves to it. A sign reading “Stop Cliffside” was also seen hanging on the side of the rig.
The four protesters, 21-year-old Rachel Scarano, of Asheville, N.C., 22-year-old Catherine MacDougal, of Asheville, N.C., 20-year-old Julia Page, of State College, Penn., and 21-year-old Paul Loomis, of Durham, N.C., were charged with public disorderly conduct.
So, what is Asheville Rising Tide? Are they a harmless group of tree huggers? Nope. They are part of the Rising Tide global group which is a “direct action” political tool of the far left. They are affiliated with violent communist organizations like People’s Global Action and Root Force and are less interested in ensuring clean power for South Carolina (they are also against nuclear energy) then they are in using the children of the idle rich as foot soldiers for their war on capitalism. Indeed, the higher ups in the organization were sending out press releases about this incident while it was ongoing, which to my mind means they set this incident up with the idiot kids who got arrested.
But the press release from Rising Tide found at Common Dreams is designed to make you think the incident was spontaneous civil disobedience by some average Joe on his lunch break:
GREENVILLE, S.C. – November 30 – Two protesters locked themselves to the 1.5 million pound generator destined for Duke Energy’s Cliffside coal plant in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Protesters are vowing to prevent the generator, which has been traveling across South Carolina on a 300 foot trailer, from reaching the coal plant. “Our nation has no choice, we must stop burning coal. The only choice that we can make is whether we do that in time to still have breathable air, drinkable water, a livable climate, and standing mountains,” said, Catherine Anne. Protesters also draped a large banner from the top of the generator reading, “Stop Cliffside.” After blocking the shipment for about an hour, four people were arrested including the two who were locked down. Their names are: Julia Allen Page, Paul Webb Loomis, Catherine Ann MacDougal, and Rachel Anne Scarano.
Since it was first proposed, there has been massive opposition to Cliffside. In the past year and a half over 60 people have been arrested protesting the plant, and they vow to continue the fight. “Since politicians and corporations refuse to take serious action to stop climate change, citizens must step in to shut down coal plants,” said Attila Nemecz. The protest was organized by Asheville Rising Tide and Croatan Earth First! and is part of a national day of action with dozens of protests around the country including Chicago, New York City, Washington DC, and San Francisco.
Oops. Cat’s out the bag. Earth First! is an eco-terror organization highlighted in a 2002 report on the dangers of eco-terrorism released by the F.B.I. and has been the subject of much mockery because of the cult like activities of members. Here’s a video of Earth First “mourning” the trees we evil humans cut down.
Even sympathetic reports on this incident show how out of control the protesters were. One woman had to be threatened with a taser to calm her down.
Greenville News is on the case with their usual efficiency, providing us with three out of four mugshots of the perps and a short write up that doesn’t mention the involvement of Earth First! or that this is part of a national day of action organized by “environmentalists” that spans the whole country.
As an aside, am I the only person who sees the Freudian subtext in two angry women and an effeminate man handcuffing themselves to a gigantic power source in an effort to keep it from hurting their “mother” Earth?
Just after 4 a.m. Sunday, Gentry O’Neil Chapman called 911 to report that he had shot his wife and stepson to death at their Fountain Inn home. Laurens County investigators identified the victims as Amanda Chapman, 31, and her 17-year-old son Ashton Arnold. The boy was a varsity basketball player in his senior year at Hillcrest High School. Sunday was his 17th birthday.
After Amanda Chapman and Ashton Arnold suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head, Gentry Chapman reportedly fired several additional shots outside the home before turning himself in to authorities. Fox Carolina reports:
Gentry O’Neal Chapman, 32, of Fountain Inn, told dispatchers he was in his vehicle and leaving his home and was headed to the Fountain Inn Police Department to turn himself in, which he did, police said. He had two other children, ages 8 and 12, that he took with him to the Fountain Inn Police Department, but they were not harmed, police said.
The 8- and 12-year-old were identified as Gentry Chapman’s stepchildren, according to GoLaurens.com. Both children were at the home during the shooting. They are now in protective custody with the Department of Social Services.
Gentry Chapman attempted to explain the double homicide to authorities as an act of self-defense, Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain told WYFF4. “But I think as the story goes on, we’re finding that there was probably some sort of argument with his wife, which led to him shooting her,” Chastain explained. News Channel 7 has more on the self-defense angle:
Chastain said that Chapman claims that the shooting was in self defense and had been abused by the two victims. However, Chastain says that evidence at the scene did not substaniate the self defense claim.
“The bodies were found in different parts of the house,“ Chastain said. “It appears there may have been some type of argument that turned violent.“
Chastain said there is no history of domestic violence at the home and neighbors remained in shock over the loss of two close friends.
The crime scene at 5553 Allen Bridge Road in Fountain Inn is being processed by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. A shotgun that may have been used in the killings has been recovered at the residence.
Gentry Chapman faces two counts of murder. He is being held at the Laurens County Detention Center as he awaits a Monday afternoon bond hearing.
The Hot Spot at 11504 Augusta Road was robbed just after 10 p.m. Saturday, a Greenville County Sheriff’s Office representative told The Greenville News.
Sgt. Chris Taylor, another spokesman, said the men didn’t know show anything in the way of weapon but they suggested there was a weapon.
He said the men fled on foot. Investigators believe they used “an older model pick-up” to flee in the direction of Anderson County.
He said no shots were fired; no injuries were reported.
No description of the men was available, but law enforcement was alerted in Abbeville, Anderson and nearby cities, Taylor said.
If the report from The Greenville News leaves you with some unanswered questions, you’re not alone. To start with:
- Did the men flee on foot or in an older model pick-up? It can’t be both.
- How much cash did the robbers make off with?
- Who was working in the store at the time of the robbery?
- Were employees/customers unable to describe the robbers, or did the Sheriff’s Office just not have a description handy?
- Is there any reason to believe this is related to the robbery that took place early Saturday morning at the Spinx at 7605 Highway 76 in Anderson County (just five minutes away)?
Let’s see if we can’t get a little … what’s the word … journalism happening over at The Greenville News.
Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting-related death of a 31-year-old Taylors woman. The woman was found at her home shortly after 10 a.m. Friday. News Channel 7 reports:
Few details are being released, but a 31-year-old woman was discovered at 239 Wood River Way, suffering from a gunshot wound. The woman was taken to Greenville Memorial where she later died.
Her name is not being released until next of kin are notified, deputy coroner Scott Ramsey told The Greenville News.
The investigation is ongoing. Greenville Dragnet will bring you additional details as they become available.
On the eve of Thanksgiving comes news for which we can all give thanks. John Wesley Speer, an admitted child rapist, is behind bars.
Speer turned himself in at Greenville County Law Enforcement Center and now faces five counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
71-year-old Speer told Greenville County deputies he sexually abused five children between 1982 and 1997. The victims were members of his family, some of whom accompanied him when he turned himself in.
Matt Armstrong, of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said it was unusual for someone to come to the sheriff’s office front desk, along with some of their alleged victims, and confess to a crime.
“It is a very rare incident that someone would take it upon their free will, basically to come in and talk to law enforcement about this matter,” he said.
Fox Carolina reports:
According to arrest warrants, Speer forced three girls and two boys to perform oral sex on him. The warrants also accuse Speer of performing oral sex on the children, some as young as four years old. Speer is also accused of forcing the children to have intercourse with him, according to the warrants
Speer is being held on $250,000 bond.