Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: September, 2016

An actual presidential candidate tweeted about a sex tape this morning

New York City — At 5:30am, Donald Trump showed the world exactly what he was made of with the tweet above about Alicia Machado, a woman who became a US citizen on Sunday.

Other than the word disgusting, I don’t know what else to say.

Shelby indicted for first degree manslaughter in man’s death

Tulsa, Okla. — In just under six days, prosecutors in Tulsa County has filed criminal charges against the deputy who shot an unarmed African-American man who called for roadside assistance.

The Associated Press and MSN are reporting that District Attorney Steven Kunzweiler filed first degree manslaughter charges against Tulsa Police Office Deputy Betty Shelby. She is the one who gunned down the victim, 40, on September 16.

Per our policy at Aiken Area Progressive, we do not identify crime victims unless the victim is well-known or a public servant. We will not yield on that policy in this case as the victim was neither at last word.

“I do not know why things happen in this world the way they do,” said Attorney Kunzweiler, adding that he determined first-degree manslaughter the appropriate charge. “We need to pray for wisdom and guidance.”

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This white Christian terrorist who works for Tenn. School of Law just advocated mass murder of peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters who shut down interstates

Knoxville, Tenn. — A white University of Tennessee School of Law professor has just crossed the line into advocating domestic terrorism and mass murder.

Glenn Reynolds’s three word tweet in response to peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters shutting down Interstates such as 277:


Not only does this Christian terrorist needs to be kicked off Twitter, he also needs to be terminated from the Tenn. School of Law.

Email the Chancellor and feel free to use this screenshot photo at the top of this post.

NASCAR hit with a half billion dollar racial discrimination lawsuit

Daytona Beach — An aspiring African-American race car owner is hauling NASCAR to court over discrimination.

On Friday, September 16, just before 17:00, Terrance Cox and his company, Diversity Motorsports Racing LLC, filed a lawsuit in US district court in Manhattan – where NASCAR used to host its Sprint Cup postseason banquets until the mid-2000s – against the sanctioning body, its parent company, International Speedway Corporation, and 18 teams, according to court records.

In addition, the plaintiffs are seeking an injunction requiring the defendants to “fully integrate the African-American community.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tulsa (Okla.) Police Office Deputy Betty Shelby murdered unarmed black man who had already surrendered

Tulsa, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Office has a lot of explaining to do and a deputy to cut from their force.

Numerous angles of raw video (will not be posted here) shows the dead man already surrendering when Deputy Betty Shelby decided to pull out her weapon and murder him at point-blank range.

Chief Chuck Jordan told local media that the video was “very disturbing — very difficult to watch.”

A witness viewed the dash cam video as well as video from other patrol units.  Rodney Goss said that all angles showed the man’s hands in the air.

Mr. Goss, a pastor at Morning Star Baptist Church, also smacked down claims made by a police spokesperson that suggested the man was killed because he refused to obey commands, which is a damning piece of evidence against Shelby and TPO.

“It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer,” said Pastor Goss to the Tulsa World.

Shelby is currently on paid administrative leave.  Let’s hope she wears an orange jumpsuit for the rest of her life.

And let’s hope that Shelby’s current employer terminates her and books her on capital murder charges.

Surface Phone leaked? For the love of Eros, let’s hope so!


Redmond, Wash. — Before the weekend started, one regional Microsoft account may have leaked some very good news about Microsoft phones.

According to the Twitter account Microsoft Australia (I don’t know why Microsoft is still maintaining regional accounts instead of merging them all to their global account in Redmond), the Surface Phone could be announced at their event in a few weeks.

The Daily Express, a UK publication, noted the image appears to include official Microsoft branding, shows a dark smartphone shape, flanked by Microsoft’s existing Surface Book laptop and Surface Pro 4 tablet device.

The Daily Express continued:

Rumours have been building , which according to reports could feature a 5.7 inch touchscreen with 2K resolution, powered by a Snapdragon 830 processor, and sporting a 20 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens.

The Surface Phone could even be a hybrid device, with leaked images suggesting it will have a keyboard cover that allows users to type, similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices.

Additionally, the device is expected to have at least an 8 megapixel front facing camera, 4k video capabilities and VoLTE.

As many other media outlets have posted, Microsoft is ending its Lumia line no later than December 31.  Which means that the production of the Lumia 550, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will end at that approximately 8 pm Vietnam time on that day.

We at Aiken Area Progressive hope this Surface Phone will come sooner rather than later.

Regina Baxley is the only clear choice for Williston Town Council

On Tuesday, the polls open.

The town, much like many other rural communities in the South and Midwest, are in a constitutional crisis. That’s because the town has deliberately chosen, for many years now, to violate the federal constitution.

That’s why we need people in government, even in our own council, who understands the Constitution and not pick and choose which parts of the living document they will follow.

That’s why Aiken Area Progressive is endorsing Regina Baxley.

She is just like one of us. Contrary to popular belief, we Millennials are very active in the fight for equal rights for all. Ms. Baxley understands that.

She understands that we all have a First Amendment right to protest at any time, any place and those rights are never suspended, not even if people are offended by it. She understands that our right to vote is in peril by out of touch politicians in Columbia.

She understands that equal means equal – and that means equal topless rights for women, full public nudity rights for all Willistonians, and equal rights for the transgender people in Williston.

She understands that we need more funding to fix our ailing infrastructure quickly so that Williston does not become another Flint.

We are guaranteed a new fresh face on the council, regardless of what happens on Tuesday. And that person will have the incumbent advantage in their next election.

So that’s why we need to make our vote count: cast your one vote for Regina Baxley.

Who are you naked for?

I’ll answer the question. I’m naked for myself, first and foremost. I’m also naked to educate others about nudity.

Surprising question? Don’t be surprised. Just consider the question and think of a good answer. You have until the end of this post to come up with something good (but pay attention here!) Who are you naked for? Here is that question again. I have found that many dedicated nudists still have some reserve about…

via Who are you naked for? — clothes free life

North Carolina student-athlete booked on charges of raping Delaney Robinson

Chapel Hill — A student-athlete at the University of North Carolina faces possible expulsion from the college after being booked on rape charges.

Allen Artis, 21, turned himself in, was arraigned on rape charges Wednesday and subsequently released on a $5,000 bond, the Orange County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office told media.

Mr. Artis, a junior linebacker for the Tar Heels football team, has been suspended indefinitely from both the team and school shortly after fellow student Delaney Robinson, 19, asked the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to issue an arrest warrant.

Ms. Robinson said she “did everything a rape victim is supposed to do” by contacting police, the school and getting a rape kit procedure done — but became frustrated when the university’s investigation appeared to stall.

Her lawyer, Denise Branch, said those warrants were the “result of the Orange County District Attorney’s refusal to prosecute the case despite sufficient physical evidence.”

At Tuesday’s presser, photos were released showing Ms. Robinson with apparent bruising on her neck after going to a nearby hospital. An exam revealed “blunt force trauma to my client’s genital area,” noted Ms. Branch.

Ms. Robinson said she felt as if she were being treated as the suspect in the case. The university’s department of public safety closed its investigation in June, after the spring semester.

Ms. Branch added that the university failed miserably on numerous accounts: The school’s Title IX office, which oversees the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities, violated its own rules by not making a decision in Ms. Robinson’s case within the 90 day period and by trying to obtain her blood-alcohol content.

“The university failed either by being uninformed or by completely disregarding the new Title IX guidelines that they so publicly pronounced being put in place,” said Ms. Branch.

There’s no word on whether Ms. Robinson will file a Title IX lawsuit against North Carolina.

On Friday, September 2, Brock Turner was released from a Santa Clara County jail after serving less than half of a six month jail term for rape. The Stanford rapist’s sentence sparked a new bill calling for mandatory minimums for people convicted of rape. We at Aiken Area Progressive have not taken a position on this bill.

Aiken Area Progressive usually does not identify crime victims, but Ms. Robinson wanted the media to honor her request to reveal her identity.

IOS 10 was released at 13:00 – and it is already the unmitigated disaster the initial Windows 10 rollout was 13 months earlier


Cupertino, Calif. — The readers who use an IPad, IPod or IPhone to read this site’s content are not happy at all at Apple tonight.

Apple released IOS 10 at 13:00 today, and users of the three devices are complaining about a rash of problems.  One problem in particular that users are complaining about is the performance of the camera on the IPhone 6s Plus, not to mention the actual bricking of the device.



One user is so happy with her/his IOS 7, the person said they’re staying on that software for as long as humanly possible.


As Windows Mobile fans, we at Aiken Area Progressive can definitely relate to the problems IOS users have currently having with IOS 10.  Thirteen months ago, Windows 10 was released for PCs, tablets and the Xbox One by Microsoft.  The software was riddled with all sorts of problems, problems that have yet to be fixed as of this post.  On November 18, 2015, two days before the Lumia 950 went on sale at AT&T, Windows 10 Mobile (10586) was released with massive problems of its own, and the problems with Windows 10 Mobile were only fixed in July for all eligible devices (except one), just one month and a half before the Anniversary Update (14393) was released, meaning the Windows Mobile users who stuck around with the platform never got a real opportunity to see how polished the 10586 build was before the users were pushed to the 14393 builds.

One can use 20/20 hindsight and then know why Google’s Android is the only mobile operating system with double digit market share both in the US and worldwide.

Fact is, both Apple and Microsoft have let down their users with their OS updates within the past year.

Tropical Storm Warning active for almost half of the counties in area as Hermine landfall nears


Hurricane Hermine is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle by 1:00 Friday.

That means severe weather is very likely in portions of the Central Savannah River Area on Friday.

Here’s the latest.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for these following areas:

Allendale County
Bamberg County
Barnwell County
Bulloch County
Burke County
Emanuel County
Hampton County
Jenkins County
Orangeburg County
Screven County

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a High Wind Warning for these following areas:

Aiken County
Columbia County
Edgefield County
McDuffie County
Augusta-Richmond County

NOTE: Because Bamberg, Barnwell, Burke and Orangeburg counties are under a Tropical Storm Warning, these counties are NOT under a High Wind Warning as the Tropical Storm Warning supersedes the High Wind Warning.

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a High Wind Watch for these following counties:

Lincoln County
McCormick County
Saluda County

Every one of the 23 counties in the Aiken Area are under a Flood Watch, which was issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

A Tornado Watch will be issued sometime on Friday. While the timing is unknown for when the Storm Prediction Center will issue such a watch, these following counties will be under a Tornado watch:

Allendale County
Bulloch County
Emanuel County
Hampton County
Jenkins County
Screven County

Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, Orangeburg and Augusta-Richmond counties will probably be included with those six “will be” counties in any Tornado Watch that is issued.

ALL of the watches that have already been issued will begin at 6:00 Friday and end at 6:00 Saturday.

Any short-term warnings that are issued will be either Flood or Tornado. Thunderstorm Warnings are never issued with any landfalling tropical system (unless that system became extratropical prior to landfall).

There is a 99 to 100 percent chance of rain in all areas.

In Barnwell, tropical storm conditions are expected. Maxiumum temperature will be 82, and that will come before dawn. Winds will be from the south at 39 to 48 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph possible.

In Statesboro, tropical storm conditions are expected. Maximum temperature will be 82, and that will be before dawn. Winds will be from the south at 40 to 48 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph possible.

In Hampton, tropical storm conditions are expected. Maximum temperature will be 80, and that will be before dawn. South winds 45 to 56 mph with gusts up to 70 mph possible.

In Aiken, tropical storm conditions are possible. Maximum temperature will be 80, and that will come shortly after sunrise. Winds will come from the south at 26 to 36 mph, with gusts up to 51 mph possible.

In Augusta, Ga., tropical storm conditions are possible. Maximum temperature will be 81, and that will come around sunrise. Winds will come from the south at 24 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 48 mph possible.

In Washington, Ga., heavy rain possible, and isolated thunderstorms. Maximum temperature will be 82, and that will occur shortly after sunrise. Winds will come from the south at 18 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph possible.

Update at 15:23: Hermine is now a Category I hurricane, according to the NHC.

Update at 21:18: A High Wind Warning has been issued for Aiken, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie and Augusta-Richmond counties by the National Weather Service in Columbia.

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