Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

South Carolina issues Bond Alert for kidnapped Metro Augusta teen

Evans, Ga. — A 15-year-old girl was kidnapped and sexually assaulted this past weekend and authorities on both sides of the Savannah are looking for a 37-year-old man.

Jason Johnson (pictured at bottom), 37, is wanted for aggravated child molestation, child molestation, criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the first degree, enticing a child for indecent purposes and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he sexually assaulted Calah Noel Waskow, 15 (pictured at top). He is described as being 68 inches, or five feet eight inches, in height. He drives a tan colored 1998 Ford Crown Victoria with South Carolina tag: KJV240.

He will also face kidnapping charges as he abducted Ms. Waskow. South Carolina issued its Bond Alert for the teenager.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is accepting your calls with any information on the whereabouts of the duo. Ms. Waskow is considered to be in grave danger. Mr. Johnson should be considered as extremely dangerous.

The Bond Alert is South Carolina’s version of the AMBER Alert. The Bond Alert is named after the late Malcolm Bond, who was abducted by a predator and found slain in the summer of 1999. Mr. Bond was 8 years old.

WFXG Fox 54

Horry County conservative pleads guilty to sexual assault

Surfside Beach — An Horry County conservative who resigned from the state House of Representatives in disgrace 13 months ago has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman.

Nelson Hardwick, a conservative GOP politician, pleaded guilty on November 18 to third degree criminal sexual conduct.

However, he as given a slap on the wrist: a $300.00 fine.

Hardwick sexually assaulted a young pager who was employed by him via luring her to his office, according to indictment papers. He resigned in disgrace shortly thereafter.

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

#MentalIllnessIceBreakers is a shameful hashtag that mocks mental illness


San Francisco — Just when you thought social media could not get any lower, it does.

Trending (disgracefully) right now, is an ableist hashtag that literally stigmatizes mental illness like no other health condition.

Here’s the embedded source:

This is very revolting and disgusting. Imagine if this hashtag was #BreastCancerIceBreakers, #ParkinsonsIceBreakers or even #AutismIceBreakers.

Would you still think the hashtag be funny or even acceptable?

This is just another reason why we need organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Blurt Foundation. Stigmatic hashtags like this one, even if done in jest, are very harmful to someone like me, who suffer from numerous mental illnesses (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and depression just to name a few).

I just pray that no one who are making jokes on the hashtag has someone close to them who suffer from a debilitating illness such as depression.

HISTORY! Jimmie Johnson becomes NASCAR’s third seven-time champion, first since Dale Earnhardt in 1994

Homestead, Fla. — At 19:02 EDT Sunday, history was made in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

It was at that very moment, when Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line to complete Lap 268 (one lap over the advertized distance) in the Round of Four Championship race, that every one around the sports world knew something that had happened only two times before happened again.

A driver had won seven NASCAR Premier Series titles. Read the rest of this entry »

Legislator who hardly ever stepped foot in a public school wants to give teachers the right to kill your five-year-old kid simply for misbehaving (video NSFW)

Columbia — Once again, another state legislator who has rarely (if ever) stepped foot in a public school wants to give teachers to right to kill your young child simply for misbehaving.

The proposal, now sponsored by state Representative Josh Putman (R-Piedmont), would allow for teachers, some of whom have had past issues with behavior, to carry guns.

What’s worse: they would be allowed to carry guns concealed. What that means is that no one will know whether the teacher carrying has anger issues currently or has had anger issues in the past.

One only has to go back to Tuesday, November 15, in Baltimore City to see the terrifying prospects of allowing teachers to carry guns in public schools. Read the rest of this entry »

At Williston-Elko High School’s elections, pussy grabbed back

If the nation follows the Psychic (Jamison) Twins and Williston-Elko High School, history will be made.

On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton won the mock election at W-E. The overall tally was 124-117 over Donald J. Trump, and it was 64-62 class wise. She took nine of the seventeen classes, although the Aiken Standard declined to note the class vote breakdown. Read the rest of this entry »

Hancock County among the handful areas receiving federal election monitors


Sparta, Ga. — The gubernatorial midterm elections are on Tuesday morning, and people around the nation will be voting for the nation’s 45th president.

Unfortunately, there is no word on whether the United Nations will send badly-needed election observers to precincts around the nation.

However, we can confirm through Talking Points Memo that Hancock County, a Georgia county just outside of the Aiken Area to the west, will be among the areas getting Department of Justice election monitors in the wake of reports that armed and extremely dangerous Trump supporters are planning to send people to the polls in predominantly black precincts to deliberately suppress legitimate voters.

Below the fold is the complete list. Read the rest of this entry »

Alcatel Idol 4s is coming to T-Mobile on November 10

Bellevue, Wash. — We now know the final details of the Alcatel Idol 4s.

The device will come to T-Mobile on November 10, and it will cost $502.89 (when Aiken County sales taxes are included).

This is being confirmed by Windows Central.

Click here to see the specs.

We Recommend: Mia McLeod for SC Senate 22d District


Columbia — In this race, there are two candidates running for an open seat.

One candidate is running on a campaign of issues, and the other is running a  campaign of vulgarity.

Aiken Area Progressive is endorsing the candidate talking about the issues that matter to South Carolina people, Mia McLeod. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Hillary Clinton for President


Let me be the first to say that we have to endorse someone, even if the choices are not up to snuff, because one of four people will be in the White House on Friday, January 20, 2017.

After careful thought and consideration, we at Aiken Area Progressive have endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as president.

However, this was not easy as each of the four candidates had factors that would have disqualified them had another progressive independent ran. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Roy Cooper for Governor of North Carolina


North Carolina doesn’t just have a presidential election this year.

The Tar Heel State, like eleven others, also have gubernatorial elections on the same day.

The theme of this campaign has been broken promises by the incumbent, Pat McCrory. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Arik Bjorn for US House, 2d District of South Carolina


Seven years ago, the most disrespectful outburst towards a sitting president in US history occurred.

And the person who did it was Joe Wilson.

Sadly, the voters here have a history of rewarding traitorous behavior.

Let’s hope that changes here. Read the rest of this entry »

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