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"Someone believes you look like an old lesbian. Do you?"

Funny man Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, regarding anonymous internet aspersions about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) at the blog Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians. Graham cited several critiques by anonymous lawyers in his grilling of Supreme Court candidate Sonia Sotomayor.

10.4 percent

Charleston County's climbing unemployment rate, according to the state Employment Security Commission. South Carolina's rate remained at 12.1 percent.

20

That's the age of a Richland County defendant who won his case against a charge of alcohol possession in magistrate court last week, with the judge suggesting 18-year-olds can have a drink, they just can't buy it. The Richland County solicitor said he would be appealing the decision. Source: WIS TV

Gov. Candidate Cash Haul Reveals Support

Second quarter campaign filings posted last week indicate that Congressman Gresham Barrett is doing a better job fund-raising than other top-tier GOP gubernatorial hopefuls. Here are some of the contributions that stand out in the most recent filings:

Congressman Gresham Barrett

• Sanford spiritual guru Cubby Culbertson: $1,350

• Fred Thompson PAC: $3,500

• Advance America payday lenders: $1,800

Lt. Gov. André Bauer

• Margaritaville Enterprises: $3,500

• Walgreens: $2,000

• Thomas Ravenel: $1,000

Attorney General Henry McMaster

• Norfolk Southern Corp.: $300

• Arthur Ravenel: $250

• Henry Holiday III: $3,500

Greg Hambrick

Protest Softly and Carry a Yard Stick

A contentious weekly battle between a women's clinic and protesters has led to charges of assault and intimidation, according to one recent police report.

The father of an eight-year-old protester contacted police on July 11, telling officers that a volunteer at the Charleston Women's Medical Center parked his car on the clinic property, but within 15 feet of where his daughter was standing. According to the report, the volunteer was accused of assault last month for kicking a sign the girl was holding and had been instructed by the court to keep 15 feet from her.

The dad knew the volunteer's car was closer than 15 feet because he brought a tape measure to the protest (now we know what is keeping the mom-and-pop hardware stores in business).

Police noted they responded to two calls to the clinic that day — one from the protesters and one from clinic volunteers.

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