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The Russ Cassell Show 12/9/2013 Hour 1

Dec 9, 2013|

Easley Chrismas Parade becomes political

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This is their rust castle show. Powered and charge my batteries specialist Merry Christmas to you and yours and good morning folks. Well they tell us. When people are asked about this program. They say yep I listen to that when I wanna know what's really going on around here that's what live local is all about and man oh man. What a weekend it laws now think about this -- purpose here is to make his thank. Do move you want to see. Or do you not wanna see anything debt -- could remotely. He perceived as political and and a local Christmas parade. Is that something you say well yeah -- and that's what America's all about or is that something you say. Now listen it's Christmas I don't I don't wanna see that kind of thing Mike my kids are standing there. And I just you know there's a place in time for everything I did I just don't see it. Why don't I ask you say because. We have what I think is a breaking story this morning and it happened over the weekend at two local upstate Christmas operates first. In the great city of Beasley. A local group who happens to be very very concerned about the common core curriculum. In South Carolina schools. First they're told by a parade organizer. I mean they're there. You got little kids there they're wearing their T shirts are already to go Saturday morning 10 o'clock easily Christmas parade and -- told by the parade organizer. They had no we don't allow anything political in this parade let me go get the police chief. And so a little while later. The police chief did come back -- I know but a police officer did. It kinda look at the situation said well you've already got the shirts on which they stop common core. But would you do me a favor and just not carry those stop common course sides. Now with some reluctance the group agrees to do that and they walked in the Christmas parade but again it begs the question. Worthy of the obese people I think it's an undeniable that they were singled out. Because they happened to be against the common core curriculum I mean otherwise. What's the controversy so you got that going on at the easily Christmas parade we got. The controversy and I got several emails about this. Apparently at the Greenville Christmas parade people sit there enjoying it and all of a sudden and they should be pictures there's a flow becomes buys. Encouraging people to sign up for Obama care. And -- floated was and it even had these names and I believe the phone numbers of the so called navigators. And escorted down main street -- also did and I guess in both instances. For the sake of this discussion. You would have to examples of what solemn may be many would consider to be political messages. Now first -- First Amendment of course. But is that the kind of thing wouldn't which side of this would you come down yet it's perfectly all right that's what America's all about. Or hey you know I just think I'm I'm just I'm just -- interest did. In this at all and a Christmas break so let's begin there a lot more to come including Pickens County sheriff saying. No we're not -- honour Mandela. All of that a lot more on today's live and local -- castle show a big time is here it's 809 text messages but I Ross did they have a permit to march in the parade. I'm I don't know what you mean by permit. They didn't fill out and I'm assuming this texture is talking about the Easley parade but may be talking about -- to -- I don't know. But but I'm assuming here -- please text me back if you wanna clarify. I yes they have that the organizers. Course make you fill out an application I have in my hands right here the city of Beasley 2013. Annual. Christmas parade entry application. Says on here Saturday December 7 Tony thirteen time 10 o'clock theme big country Christmas. And I'm looking daddy -- filibuster organization. And an address or contact person phone email. Type of parade entry marching bands floats etc. Linked height weight of a float if you -- float. Described the parade entry in detail. Will you be playing amplified music fees for all increase 25 box must be attached. Make checks payable to done -- premiere events. No charge for school related to interest in this parade rules in agreement. And it's pretty good list here. There is nothing nothing. In this application that says anything about out. Something being political. There's there's no mention of it that that I felt I can see here. In India to sign it into male -- Dawn -- premiere events. One consultant urban street Easley South Carolina. So there's nothing. Political about this now. I I sort of knew she would call him because the woman who's involved in this is -- -- rains out of -- hi John -- I arrests thank you for bringing attention to it this year. Well. I was gonna play the video that was shot -- it did tell us your words what happened personal is this. Who is this city of Beasley got I I can't quite good quite catches named in the -- out. I can't thank spot but I care -- with Dutton barks premiere at dance -- I event. That when he first upright start great and about fifteen minute before the parade was. Getting used art aegis upright stack grade and in theory. Grade categories. Just an out tax rates on -- not going to be able to participate in the per -- I mean that's how he said. Why are you let me just take a second here and this is some video that Josh. Did Josh -- true discs are. You at this RA to hang on your here's what the guys said to you. Do you not allow political messages within our program it's. How would have -- please -- you -- her -- -- -- series -- we do not allow his comments. It sounds like you said his name is book high stir. It -- last night of course bank I didn't get its first. Got hurt the and I didn't get the very first part of the conversation is not -- -- at every week I'll just repeat when he first came -- is not calm the idiot and end up buying -- you need to -- -- red -- PM right wouldn't eight. Repeat what he had to -- And he did it. He didn't he didn't mind at all. So so he says he's gonna go get the police chief now you're I -- uptick in the air and under your -- -- mayor. So you're you're standing there it looks like you got me I don't know twenty people may be cute little curious why. -- want including children got adults are all dressed up for Christmas you've got to good looking T shirts on. And then you're holding the red and green and white signs that say stop common core and. Actually say yeah that's solid as a candidate and it's and it's one rotten apple T -- it's not bad. Stop comment or -- T shirts at group on May. -- it is common cold war one -- app. Right that our federal. So. It US -- officer what is political about the side can you tell me what's political about bad. The office says I cannot but I'm not the one who's making. The decision about this now here is when the police officer came back. It's good. It's posing for the camera these coming up to talk to me says yeah. If you we cannot participate in the -- even matter Hatfield out of form to begin when you look at Sam were always big island told them exactly yeah. We are in good plan in a -- with a and now -- say and we can't participate. We'll -- you don't have a home. The great yardage picture so that is wonderful to my if you would just respect that request you not think it's really great. Just now scientists on the bigger I don't know -- the site. Can waters well then that -- what -- political about this gun can you tell me what political map and making us. The -- parts of the nation's most Democrats and Republicans. I can't live from our children us and our children's future and I call -- what you would try to talk. -- -- -- -- Instead an agreement and he doesn't just don't have the time. We did hear the mayor and the major. Okay I'm -- young pitcher in major told it's. All of us. -- -- Defense. Yeah OK okay. Okay. It's. It's nice you know they. Hi I'm Robin and again that women. A sign in the if there are a lot of it's easy to give me the weekend. I am wasn't there it wasn't that nobody is caring son feeling. The political right. This has become the only thing. This early this do you do. Even respect this week. That's fun. And then he walks away which is very interest and this this police officer who I thought John that was pretty nice about the thing. We can tell in the video that he doesn't he doesn't want any disagreement. It's like it's our events where the city. I couldn't sign a law he says it's a city event. And we wait. We dictate we can decide. Well first of all what is free speech was not what his political and what's not. Your your bothered by that. Talent strained right extending my screen her First Amendment doesn't happen category. What kind of speech it straight and categorization. Matter of fact if you study the history the First Amendment it was written specifically for political free speech. But here's the interesting thing now do you use because the children were already there they were ready to go you're already lined up to go on the parade. You decided to. To do what he asked not carry the signs but -- you march steady. That was strictly because of the children mayor I. If it -- call adults I think Elena pushed -- I -- -- said that lot not to run how how probably would have got arrested but. First out from the former first grade teachers cannot first time out there are -- -- about children. And it bothered me tremendously but get and that what children think and -- children they get their young. 88. State tour. Probably. I'd dare to take care bad assets that they're out first great test I had to teach them differently but -- -- look at. And it just that's what they need it. -- it leprosy is that they were doing something bad to. Did exactly what exactly. And com. So. It was a very quick thought process -- my immediate but I just it does not worse. Trauma patent children. We never get out just the what it can't that we want to -- air and -- and an -- -- tell. -- how I doubt it would have been different but very. Very. John L -- I'm gonna have to leave here 'cause -- against the clock but I'm thanks for calling and I -- -- our folks say you've heard the story. And according to the story I'm looking -- posted it bins one dot com city of easily. Was contacted no one available for comment. Your comments are welcome to. I live local -- time is 819. All right 827 I've just got to try to text messages aren't given those coming up standby state June 1 two poll. On his cell phone -- Good morning -- could you recap. What just happened because it's fascinating. Yeah is the -- Saturday morning 10 o'clock they had their Christmas parade and there's a local group. Of SE pie. And and many others who were upset about common core curriculum in public schools. And -- lady over Pickens County who have talked to before on this program. Is an activist. Against common core. And she showed up with a group at the parade and included adults and children. And their role -- they have filled out the application nobody had sent word to them. They're all lined up ready to go OK right. And the what are the parade organizers walks up that took him and says are you can't march in the parade in and John also as well why. 'cause we don't allow anything political in our parade let me go get the police chief. Well the police JJ incumbent a police officer did. And that kind of talk to the organizers and said listen. You already got your shirts on your already ready to go just don't carry the signs. And everything will be fine. Expect that well here's what I saw -- -- remember that you didn't mind are Mo from -- -- you know I don't know much intact. But what we got going on here is that face this student citizenry and ten people that are actually meet real people. Got stopped by eight fiction being this city. They created this stadium theory and gave their decisions are at the power over that section called the city. And this -- by the way was on city streets well it's a public. -- -- -- -- Well this shouldn't have absolutely. All the rights on that public speak to express themselves I'm pretty sure -- don't -- gay contingent right behind them he would have went through without any questions. Started falling got to leave it there just because the -- got us thanks for the call 829. This is the rust castle show. Our net charge my batteries specialists. Little trans Siberian orchestra foreign. Merry Christmas to you and yours well and controversy. Got a couple local Christmas parades over the weekend is what we're talking about the moment. Feel free to talk about what ever you would like. Eagles advantage talk plans -- for that would see we got two available at the moment. -- 2329673. Spartanburg 5749673. WORD text line number is 71307. All right so at the easily Christmas parade. And group that had filled out an application paid their money is stops Saturday morning as they are lined up ready to go on the parade. Simply because they have signs that say stop common core. So it brings a poll question politics a Christmas parade GA urinate. And then I got a bunch of email like this one Ross. Obama -- head afloat in the Greenville Christmas parade we couldn't believe our allies. What do we saw these floats in the parade of first we -- we couldn't read the front banner that says they were passing we realized this was a promotion for obamacare. Walking alongside the -- were several people with signs indicating. They were navigators for the program and phone numbers you can call for helping for help and enrolling in. The obamacare government program. -- this aware tax dollars are being spent for floats and parades promoting Obama care. It has been prohibited in the past to have -- that promote a political candidate or party. I would think this would be a violation. Just makes me sick that they would do this at our Christmas -- talking about. The Greenville Christmas -- sort of question. When it comes to these sorts of things yay or nay. In a Christmas sprayed some of the responses. -- no politics in the parades nothing should be allowed. If it is -- holiday related stop it now before they turn parades. In two parades of protesters that comes from Brandon in Spartanburg. Russian no one political messages in parades like government -- start with one -- two. In the entire parade will be opposing views. Reason for the parade will be completely for gotten -- they allowed political candidates in -- parade last year. -- I don't care what the political message is or how correct it is there's no place in the Christmas parade for politics. Your caller John -- -- says it's not political then starts talking about him being a bipartisan issue with Republicans and Democrats on board. I think using children at Christmas time as political pawns is despicable. Like it -- not common core. Is a hot political topic -- easy as just taking a page from Obama quote quote we dictate as a police officer to. -- a sheriff's candidate had a flow. Russ not marching in the parade discussed the issue more attention than they would have gotten had they've been allowed to march with the science. This what I applaud the easily pleased banning the folks caring they stopped common course signs the signs are clearly political. Is this more ignorant thinking coming from residents who ranked number fifty out of fifty in education signed OS you grabbed. What is in Ohio State for -- is commonplace for common core a Christmas for is not the time nor the place while some against coming court obamacare but Christ. But that Christ must parades aren't the venue. I shouldn't have politicians either. -- so did the easily mayor or council members ride in the parade I assume they must not -- -- I'd agree I disagree with your caller ms. -- yet she may have free speech. But where's are common sense it's a Christmas parades. There's a time and place that was not -- Barrasso in the easily please drinking Pickens Kool -- water. -- I think this was a great opportunity to exercise the new. Revolution motto of I will not comply. They should have made the police arrest them although I'm not sure what they could have been arrested for. -- since they had to fill out a detailed application including any signage. The city of these we should have told him in advance that they couldn't have their signs the group needs to contact the EC. LU and sued the city of Easley. Ross I hate -- gore but political stuff has no business in a Christmas parade all right live local update time is here once again it's 839. It's exactly 84515. Away from 9/11. Local -- castle show let's talk to Greg on -- cellphones -- Greg. I wrote op Ed article in the sport but I guess I don't want to know repeating what else -- Governments spirit I -- billion dollars all helicopters that we purchased from Russia. Occult Beirut were superior to -- -- article -- it could -- to Afghanistan. If you see I did not. Like not being what -- already got one. He wanted to charitable profane -- bet that our government does number two if I usually was responsible for bet I think they're here chip rolled. Probably about helicopter from Russia. To give direct camps. On diplomacy. Greg stressed. -- or diplomacy. That's all we have didn't listen that it like it or not we we evidently we have to we have to buyer friends Greg. And then back that many times they don't turn out to be pressed for a console. I -- -- that get us why you're a lot a year ago I want him that I mean I can't. This is not new but it it it is germane here because. I think -- this morning congress' only go to worked this week you know they're they're they're gonna leave on Friday. Must be nice. And they've got to get this -- budget stuff resolved so hang onto your wallet because here we are again. You know when our backs against the wall and the dirty little secret that's out there over the weekend. If they wanna get this budget stuff all resolved you know they'll make some kind of deal. So that they can put immigration reform front and senator when they come back. And Boehner is already sending the signal he's hired one of McCain's guys that of the time is now for immigration reform. But it that you have an excellent point and how we spend our money and who we spend it -- -- so we'll see if anybody else has a comic Greg thank you very much I did see this. Just keep this in my because the budget deal. Is going to be a big story this week. The US State Department on Friday. Responded to criticism. Folks they commissioned a one that million dollars sculpture. For our embassy in London saying. It was quote a good use -- limited resources. -- the pieces by an artist born in Ireland Sean Scully. They spent a million dollars as part of the state department's art in embassies program. And it will reportedly. Be installed. Add the new mission due to open in 2017. Quote this piece was purchased under the market price. After considerable negotiation with both the artist at the death or. They said. This is an important part of our diplomatic presence overseas deputy State Department spokesman Marie -- said. And it's abstract don't you love abstract or. -- the Irish born artist became an American citizen 83 lives in New York has twice been nominated for the prestigious turner prize the art in embassies program quote. Has played a leading role. In US public diplomacy for the past fifty years -- -- sit. Where we can promote cross cultural understanding and we think it's a good use of our limited resources. Million dollars. Just like to. Temporal the -- they bought back the last time we are coming down applied to a budget deadline. This short ladies and gentlemen were -- that job today are those jobs. You know explained your children why maybe this Christmas is not going to be quite the same. Max how much how much real help. Could we have given poor people. From this million dollars which goes to art in embassies and one sculpture. Just think about that today or chargers slaves worked hard 849 now. Merry Christmas to you and yours from all of us here in the -- castle show and all of us here live and local WORD. 1063. Big 56 Leon is next I Leon. -- -- It's called the comment there's a lot about the young Russian helicopters to Afghanistan. Been contacted them for seven years and it's sacred Malawi people Russian helicopters because. The ability to apply. Throughout that much technology is our -- therefore the less expensive and -- and it all your occupation to cut -- themselves hard drive the Russia went. As to what it takes about 8% their. Forces illiterates track is not slide a bit American helicopter put bought into Russian developer what to fly. But I don't want to try to use what's been more of a truck and I use what's been helicopters. I guess the ultimate question is why are we giving them helicopters to begin with clearly Afghanistan doesn't want us there. He got Karzai now walking out make him a deal with the enemy. So that is the real question but thanks thanks for Nicole Leon Washington Post wrote about this caller brought it up. -- the inventory sixteen Afghanistan's air force. Is due to have 86. Russian made. MI seventeen helicopters most of them purchased by the United States. From a state weapons exporter. Out of -- And the exporter continues to give arms to the Syrian government. A trial aside congress not too happy about this Chris is in Gaffney hi Chris. Good morning -- merry Christmas Day. The employees tell the folks again -- they'll start calling. You are not Chris Wallace even though you sound exactly like him. Well -- I'm not going to deny it or -- I'm not gonna do it now -- let the controversy built. Greg forty seconds here I just just the relation to your story about the art in embassies program and in some million dollar and how he had just. Point out some of the brilliance let's just make a comparison to this city is destroyed. Detroit recently filed for bankruptcy. 82 million in debt yet they have valued somewhere between forty and eighty million dollars in our. Art in city of Detroit this. So there's some brilliant forty. Absolutely. Because in times of trouble Chris. That art will really make you feel a whole lot better. I know at a party in power in Detroit for almost sixty years would be. -- -- The Democrat party Chris but I did see on FOX News Sunday thank you 859 live local update time.