Reader Question: What the Hell is Going on in Simpsonville?

Now that Simpsonville has fired the police chief they just hired, a decision that happened after the cops made several overt shows of support for the new chief, people are asking what’s going on over there.

I personally don’t know and I don’t spend much time in Simposnville. Over the years I’ve heard there were some minor problems with the cops though many complaints I’ve heard were fairly petty. It is odd that the department can’t even keep their website up though. What I know about the crime scene in Simpsonville is that there is a lot of meth cooking (same here in Mauldin) and there’s plenty of petty theft which is probably related to the meth cooking. Otherwise though it’s a really nice, laid back town.

The local pols are not exactly trustworthy I hear. The city councilman who started the wheels working to fire the new chief was Matthew Gooch, the jackbooted fascist who helped orchestrate the smoking ban in bars (because cigarettes are worse for you than Jack Daniels I suppose) and was quoted in reports saying “”This is not a smoking ban in Simpsonville,” said Councilman Matthew Gooch. “You still have a right to smoke, but we’re just regulating where you can smoke.”

As they say I’m sure that sounded better in the original German. It should be noted that even though he made that asinine statement he voted against the ban – knowing that the measure would pass so he got to have his cake and eat it too on this one.

Since the city counsel isn’t even bothering to make up a reason for the firing we can all assume it’s personal animosity and connection. The ex- new chief, Keith Grounsell, made a big splash talking about improving police performance and rooting out corruption. Maybe some of the council, who have business interests in fields notorious for corruption, graft and mob connections, are scared of what Grounsell would have found out.

Maybe a certain councilman who, I don’t know, builds houses is using his position and connections with certain people in various local positions to enrich himself in a way that is borderline in terms of legality. Maybe this same person uses law enforcement to run some businesses out of town so that his developer partners can cheaply move in by helping pass laws that cut those businesses revenues. But what do I know it’s not like crime bloggers have contacts, right?

Maybe it’s something small, like Grounsell not wanting to waste resources sending cops out to night clubs to make sure there’s no smoking when people are COOKING METH in the town. Or maybe some career do-nothing was upset that she was passed over for the job so she used his personal connections with the council to get this guy fired out of spite. And maybe those connections are very, very personal.  Like I said, I don’t know.

The firing happened in a closed door meeting so don’t expect to see those minutes appear anytime soon. I also assume Grounsell has a non-disclosure agreement so he’s probably going to be muzzled. I’ll do a little more digging and see if I can find more. But the letter a bunch of the police sent recently describing their unhappiness with the assistant Chief, Collen O’Neil, can be read here. You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out what’s going on here.

Democrats Gone Wild and the U.N. Invasion of Columbia

The “Democrat of the Year” from Jefferson County, Colorado was convicted of identity theft and felony theft from an at risk adult for stealing checks from a disabled woman she was caring for. The woman was honored by the Jefferson County Democratic party for her activism and efforts at voter registration AFTER they were made aware of the investigation.

A gay Republican in Wisconsin was hospitalized after a home invasion by a Union supporter who hurled anti-gay slurs at him while beating him. The attack was politically motivated.

Unhinged Democrats tweet their joy over Marco Rubio’s 12-year-old daughter being hurt in a car accident.

And death threats to Stacy Dash.

An extremely obese Democrat was caught spray painting Allen West signs in Florida.

Pat Moran, the son of a sitting Democrat congressman, was caught on tape encouraging voter fraud.

A Mexican diplomat has revealed that the Obama administration cut deals with the Sinaloa cartel offering them guns and unfettered access to drug routes into the U.S. in return for easing their violence during election years.

I could go on but the point I’m making is that these are the same people who called in U.N. monitors to stop “voter suppression  by evil Americans bent on ensuring only citizens of America vote in our elections. Two of these moniters will be in Columbia watching our polls.

The group sending these people employ a woman named Kirsten Mogensen a professor from Denmark who very famoulsy took the American media to task after 9/11 … for not being fair to the terrorists:

Mogensen, the author of several studies about American media reactions to the September 2001 terrorist attacks, criticized American journalists for expressing emotions about 9/11, noting that “anchors did not see themselves as detached journalists reporting the facts [neutrally]. They interpreted the events as a fight between the terrorists and the United States, and in that fight, they felt loyal to the nation.”

“They would not let the terrorists win, and they felt no obligation to talk to American supporters of terrorism,” Mogensen wrote.

So yeah. This all seems like it’ll work out well. I don’t think we’re heading for a civil unrest at all. But in case there is may I suggest some bear spray, first aid kits and heavy leathers to weather this coming storm?

 

Feds Drop Case Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Hmmm.

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities announced Friday that they’re closing their abuse-of-power investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona without filing charges against him.

Authorities were investigating America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff for his part in failed public corruption cases against officials who were odds with him. Arpaio brought cases against a judge and two county officials in 2009.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel released a statement saying her office “is closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct” by current and former members of the sheriff‘s and county attorney’s offices.

Scheel didn’t elaborate, saying only that County Attorney Bill Montgomery was advised of the decision “not to pursue state criminal charges related to the investigation.” Scheel, who is based in Arizona, said she was acting on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

He’s still out of the water with a couple of federal cases but this is interesting. I’m betting they’re preparing for a change in the DOJ when Romney wins and they don’t want to be caught out there with a illegal persecution of some guy.

 

Word on the Street: Greer Outdoor Smoking Ban a Scam – City is Broke and Desperate

Greer is pulling a full on Nanny Bloomberg by trying to hit people with Disorderly Conduct for lighting up a smoke in not just city parks but in parking lots. I hear They’re using a bunch of pantywaists who can’t be around a cigarette without crying (like man-child Steven Hartle who is quoted in a WSPA piece) as a distraction but the fact is Greer is lying about their financial picture and is much worse shape than anyone knows.

Not that the budget they admit to is anything to cheer about.

More than half of the budget of Greer comes from property taxes and only 1.58% is from fines. I hear the council is starting to realize that long term this isn’t going to work and that there is actual plans in the works to levy all kinds of fines that people basically can’t avoid. Especially because they’re starting to realize that property values in the city are overvalued and will drop.

Of course one of the problem with Greer is that their city government is bloated and corrupt. Check out page 15 of their budget and you’ll see that they dishonestly break the government up into four parts (general Government, City Administration, Council and Public Service) and when you add up the percentage of the budget the government agencies take up it’s almost 40% of the money. Meanwhile less than 10% of the budget is put aside for debt service even though interest rates will be forced to go up in the next few years.

Anyway, the hope is that people will blame the “New Yorkers” who are moving there for this little bit of Fascism, the poorer South Carolinians will move out and they can attract more “rich” newcomers while not looking like they’re milking the public or pushing out the natives. Of course the fact that people move here to specifically spend less money never really occurs to people like this.

In the meantime since people tend not to think about it when they light up the council is looking at $500-1000 a pop for these new tickets they want to hand out. Pretty sweet scam since in the first few months lots of people will get caught up in it because they’re not used to parks and parking lots being smoke free zones. I’m hearing the proponents think they can raise somewhere between $300,000 and $500,000 if they can hit people with the maximum fines and police get on board with enforcement. I can see that – all you have to do is catch 300 smokers and you have at least $150,000 right there.

Someone should ask the Greer council how nanny statism worked out for New York City. Just like NYC Greer is starting to have lots of disgruntled city workers with tales to tell so stay tuned.

Surprise! Downtown Bars Serve Minors

You mean bars let in minors, especially female minors, with the hopes that their binge drinking will not only line their pockets but attract middle age perverts who like to take advantage inexperienced, unsupervised children and teens? Who could have seen that coming?

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Several popular downtown Greenville bars and restaurants were cited Friday during an undercover alcohol compliance check, according to police.

Lt. Jason Rampey with the Greenville Police Department said officers went to 12 businesses to make sure they were not selling alcohol to underage drinkers, and to see if they were in compliance with the state’s drinking laws.

Six of the Central Business District locations sold alcohol to an undercover operative.

Catama Bar and Grill, Pomegranate, Compadre’s, The Nose Dive and Liberty Tap Room all on South Main Street were cited. Dixie’s Tavern on East North Street was also cited during the operation.

I have to be honest and say I did not see Pomegranate getting caught up in this coming. The other places are no surprise.

Especially in a recession bars look at decreased revenue from working folk and retirees so bringing in people who a) are not spending their own money and b) are not yet mature enough to moderate their behavior is essential. College kids spend their parent’s money and where college kids go high school kids follow. While those kids are throwing around their parent’s money the bars benefit from adults who are looking to swoop in on young, dumb and almost unconscious co-eds. Any bar will get very high traffic if they have people who get drunk and think things like this are a good idea:

Now not to nay say the good work of Greenville police but while they’re cracking down on underage drinking I know of several people who have reported child sexual trafficking on Backpage (including me) and cops have yet to do anything about that.

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