Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney & The Fired Police Officer

Here’s the gist, Swinney, football coach for Clemson University Tigers, gets stopped by Pickens Police Officer, Swinney was traveling with his brother, they get blue lighted for going 63 in a 35.   They pull into the Bi-Lo Shopping Center and immediately jump out of the truck and approached the officer that was still in his vehicle, that’s some fast movement on their part, they were requested by the Officer to go back to the truck, they refused.  If one of us mere mortals dared get out of our vehicle we would have been forced back in it at gun point, everyone knows you don’t get out of your vehicle when an Officer stops you.  My question is, what was in that truck that they didn’t want the Officer to see.  

The Officer downgraded the ticket to a lesser fine and 4 points instead of 6 but that wasn’t good enough, they became abusive to the Officer and apparently sometime later, the ticket was reduced further, by whom, who knows.  While the Officer was writing the ticket the Bi-Lo manager came out and told the Officer that the Mayor was on the phone and wanted to talk to him, the Officer refused since he was in the middle of a traffic stop.  Why did the Mayor call?  Some could speculate that he was going to get the Officer to back down and let Swinney go, my daughter, who works for the City of Pickens, said that a bystander called the Mayor but that still doesn’t answer why the Mayor felt the need to call the Officer at that time.  (The Mayor’s statement below says that he didn’t call, the Bi-Lo manager called him)

The Officer was fired, supposedly, because he posted about it on Police Dept computer, but that doesn’t seem like a firing situation to me, maybe a write up.  The Officer in a statement to the media today said that the Chief knew he was doing that and just asked that his name not be mentioned in the post.  Sounds to me like someone got to the Chief, the Mayor? Swinney?, draw your own conclusions.  -Phoebe


Swinney’s traffic stop video…..

Officer blames mayor for firing over Swinney ticket (video inside)

City, mayor release response statements

UPDATED 2:58 PM EDT Sep 27, 2012

PICKENS, S.C. —A police officer who was terminated after issuing a speeding ticket to Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney says that the excuse used for his firing was a “red herring” and the mayor’s anger over the ticket led to his wrongful termination.

Officer Michael McClatchy and his attorney held a news conference Thursday morning. McClatchy read a detailed account of what he says happened on Sept. 14 and in the aftermath of the traffic stop.

Records show that Swinney was clocked going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone on Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. on the way to his radio call-in show. He was cited for speeding.

McClatchy said he reduced Swinney’s ticket to four points and a $185 fine, down from a six-point ticket with a $445 fine.

McClatchy said Chief Rodney Gregory later reduced the ticket further to an $81.50 fine, and two points on Swinney’s license.

Gregory said that McClatchy behaved professionally during the stop, but that he was terminated because he used a department computer on Sept. 14 to detail his version of what happened during the stop and posted it on a website.

At Thursday’s news conference, McClatchy said he pulled over the Ford F150 driven by Dabo Swinney in the parking lot of the BI-LO store on Highway 8 in Pickens.

McClatchy said after he pulled the truck over, the coach and his brother, Tracy Swinney, got out of the truck. McClatchy said Tracy Swinney told him that he was a retired police officer from Alabama and asked if he would take that into consideration.

The officer said he made several requests for the brothers to get back into the truck, but they refused to do so.

There’s more, continue reading at ….

Pickens Mayor Response

“Just to clarify, I did not call the Manager of Bi-Lo or any police officer or the Chief of Police on the evening of the traffic stop.

The manager of Bi-Lo called me to inform me of the chaos being caused at Bi-Lo related to the incident. I did not call him. I did ask to speak to the officer involved and when I was informed he was unable to come to the phone, I spoke with the other officer involved at the scene. I told them to continue doing their job and follow the proper procedures because there were a lot of people watching. I never said anything regarding how the ticket should be handled that day or at any time after the traffic stop. The next day, after reviewing the video, I even told Chief Gregory to commend the officers on their professional handling of the situation. I also told Mr. McClatchy personally that he did a great job and that I had seen the video and he handled himself very professionally.

“I took no part in the decision to terminate him and did not even know until later that day.”

City of Pickens response

UPDATED 2:57 PM EDT Sep 27, 2012

 “The City of Pickens did not terminate Mr. McClatchy for conduct related to the issuance of the citation. His conduct during the traffic stop was professional and he followed all appropriate procedures.

“Mr. McClatchy was terminated for engaging in private activity on company time on company equipment in addition to violating several general orders. It is important to note that Mr. McClatchy spent an hour and a half during his police shift at the police station ‘editing’ his blog post.

“The City has policies in place where employees who believe they are wrongfully disciplined or terminated may grieve to the Department Head, the Administrator, and finally, the City Council. Mr. McClatchy never made any request to grieve either of his two previous disciplinary warnings or this final action. Instead he has chosen a different route.

“If necessary, the City is fully prepared to defend our decision. However, we will do so in a more proper setting, such as a court room where these matters belong.”

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Howard Stern Interviews Obama Supporters OMG

And this is what’s wrong with out country, stupid friggin’ people.  If you remember, the same thing was done back in the ’08 election, these same idiots were interviewed only Sarah Palin was portrayed as Obama running mate and they loved her until they were told, after the fact, that she was not his running mate but actually on the other side.  We can only hope they don’t vote again this time around.

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees

This is a comment on an article I was reading about a Chinese man being run over by a road flattening vehicle because he dared stand up for his rights.  The govt wanted to use eminent domain and pay him peanuts for his land and had run others off but he stood firm.

Now for the comment which I have often thought and said it myself.  If anyone disagrees, I defy you to contradict me.  We are at the point of no return here folks, draw your line in the sand and be ready to defend it.   We, as a nation, have always refused to do business with a country that are guilty of human rights violations, how the hell did we ever get into business with China?


Natas Pals says:

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees. It seems that only people in either Communist or 3rd world countries seem to understand this concept anymore, while the only concept that the majority of spoiled rotten and pampered, self centered and entitled, wasteful and ignorant, arrogant and apathetic Americans seem to understand anymore is that it’s better to sit on your couch watching MTV reality shows while stuffing your fat face with Big Macs than to stand up for the freedom and liberty that so many of their ancestors selflessly gave up their lives for, only to have them completely taken for granted by a generation of lazy self absorbed and sex obbsessed couch potatoes.

The Chick-fil-A Controversy

According to ….

Even Joe Moreno, a Chicago alderman securely in the pro-homosexual camp, confirmed to WND that the company’s giving should not even have been an issue.

Responding to a question about his review of Chick-fil-A form 990 for 2011, he confirmed that there were no donations “of concern.”

He was asked, “Does the alderman reviewing the 990 for 2011 and finding no donations of concern mean that Chick-fil-A was already meeting a demand before it was even a demand since at least 2010.”

“I believe that is the case,” a statement from Moreno’s office confirmed to WND.


He said in an interview with that a statement had been obtained that the company no longer would donate to pro-marriage organizations, and “I also recently reviewed their 990 statement, which is a statement that shows all of their givings, they must submit publicly in the spring, and as of this date they haven’t given a dollar to those groups.”

But the most recent 990 form would cover 2011, meaning there was no “objectionable” giving, according to Moreno, as long back as 21 months – predating any of the flap over Cathy’s statements.


Moreno, however, told Cenk Uygur on “The Young Turks” just this week that, “This is the first time in the company’s history that they’ve done this [stated a non-discrimination policy]. I think it’s because of your actions, the community’s actions and partly because of my actions in not supporting the restaurant… That they’ve changed their tune, it’s a big step for the community.”


The Cathy Family side….

“For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving,” the company said.

“A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.


“Over the past three years alone, in cities and towns across American, Chick-fil-A has given more than $68 million in contributions to over 700 different educational and charitable organizations and has provided millions of dollars in food donations.”

That giving focuses on scholarships for employees, donations to higher education, youth education programs, food for various children’s programs, disaster relief and military appreciation outreaches.

It also donates to “development youth and family/marriage enrichment programs and supporting … communities” including band uniforms, the Salvation Army, Jerusalem House, foster homes, marriage retreats, day camps and others.

“By making financial investments in these educational and charitable organizations, we aspire to have a positive impact in our community,” the company said.


Read the full article at


Did Chick-fil-A Sell Their Soul?

According to a Chicago Alderman, Chick-fil-A sold out just so they could put a store in Chicago.  Well, ain’t that just a kick in the ass!!!! If it’s true.- Phoebe

Report: Chick-Fil-A to stop funding antigay groups

Chicago Alderman tells newspaper he will allow store to open

UPDATED 9:39 PM EDT Sep 19, 2012

Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop funding antigay groups, a Chicago alderman told the Chicago Tribune.

The fast food chain drew controversy this year when its president made public statements against same-sex marriage.

Proco “Joe” Moreno is the alderman who opposed a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant on Chicago’s north side. He told the newspaper he would now allow the chain to open the store after the company agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal document, the paper said.

He said the company also promised its nonprofit arm would not contribute to groups that oppose gay marriage.

The memo, to be called “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are,” will be distributed to all corporate employees and restaurant operators, Moreno told the paper.

It will say the company is committed to treating “every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the Tribune reported.