Klan rally plans hit approval difficulties

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 6:48 PM
Last updated Friday, March 5, 2010 8:48 AM
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AIKEN - The KKK is finding that holding a rally is harder than announcing one.
"Everybody's been giving me the runaround," said Tim Bradly, Grand Dragon of the Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The group has been planning a rally in Clearwater or Burnettown for April 3. But its preferred venue is already booked, and Bradly is suspicious.
"Burnettown said their park is rented that day, but how is that when they haven't had anything going on there? I have been calling and calling for the last week," he said.
The Burnettown Police Department was contacted by Bradly concerning a request for the use of Willie Whaley Park, but it is reserved for the Valley Recreation Authority on April 3, said Chief David Smith.
Brad Barnes, Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department director, said his department received a phone message from Bradly on Wednesday, but no one has spoken with him.
Bradly said he has contacted a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union and will hold the rally at a private farm if he can't use a county park.
He also wants to hold a parade, starting at the Burnettown Town Hall on Augusta Road.
But that might not be so easy, either.
Augusta Road is a state road, so the South Carolina Department of Transportation would have to give approval to close it for a parade, Smith said.
"I could care less what he does, but he needs to do it the right way," Smith said. "He just called us (Wednesday), but he has all these plans."
Bradly said he contacted the Department of Transportation last week, but hasn't been called back.
"We're going to do this with or without a permit," he said. "We can walk down the side of the road just like any pedestrian. They can't stop that."
Close to 100 Klan members from across the state and other areas are planning to attend the rally and parade, Bradly said.
Last week, Assistant County Administrator Todd Glover said there are no restrictions on what type of group can hold events at public parks.
When a KKK rally was held in Burnettown 10 years ago, organizers faced delays in response from county government, Bradly said.
"They try to deny us, but when the attorney calls, they end up giving up," he said. "We don't want no problems. We just want to express our views about the Obama administration being more concerned with other countries than the jobless and hungry here."

Reach Stephanie Toone at (803) 648-1395, xt 110, or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com

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Notreally
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Notreally 03/03/10 - 08:07 pm
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The devil is a liar.

The devil is a liar.

Gothamist
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Gothamist 03/03/10 - 08:05 pm
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Something tells me, Tim

Something tells me, Tim Bradly has not attended a Mensa meeting! Get a life Tim.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 03/03/10 - 08:12 pm
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More government morons trying

More government morons trying to deny the 1st Ammendment rights to those who they personally disagree with. The Drafters of the Constitution would not be amused.

happychimer
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happychimer 03/03/10 - 08:24 pm
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The kkk can hold their rally

The kkk can hold their rally where nobody sees them but themselves. The only church they are is the devil's church. You all know how I feel about that hate group. If I express my true feelings, I will be banned from posting on here.

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/03/10 - 08:30 pm
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The NAACP is a liar, obamoron

The NAACP is a liar, obamoron is a liar, Charlie Rangle is a liar, David Patterson is a liar, all politicians are liars, so what--notreally?

happychimer
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happychimer 03/03/10 - 08:40 pm
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and liars call our President

and liars call our President a liar.

DaddyFrog
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DaddyFrog 03/03/10 - 09:06 pm
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Although Mr.Bradley & his KKK

Although Mr.Bradley & his KKK have a right to peacefully march & hold a rally, neither are needed or wanted in Aiken County.If Mr. Bradley wants to express his distain for the Obama administration there are ways to do that without parading around with sheets on,burning croses, etc..Write your congressman & senator, Mr.Bradley.Give monetary support to the canidate(s) of your choice, and VOTE. That's the way we do things in America!Mr.Bradley says he doesn't want any problems.Good, stay home and make us all happy because you and your group are the problem.

happychimer
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happychimer 03/03/10 - 09:13 pm
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Amen to 9:06

Amen to 9:06

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 03/03/10 - 09:15 pm
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The KKK is claiming they have

The KKK is claiming they have "changed"?!?!? How about changing the costumes to start as at least an 'outward' display of their supposed "change". ugh - too sad for words

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 03/03/10 - 09:17 pm
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baronvonreich - - the klan

baronvonreich - - the klan represents hate, violence, prejudice, racism...WHY would anyone want to agree with that?!

crackerjack
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crackerjack 03/03/10 - 09:44 pm
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I don't agree with the tenets

I don't agree with the tenets of the KKK, Rev. Wright, Louis Farakhan, Father Flager, the Black Panthers or the SEIU. But they all have the right to march, protest, and espouse lies and hatred all they want to. It is guaranteed under our constitution. Just because I don't like or agree with any of these wackos, doesn't give me the right to deny them their opinions.

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Riverman1 03/03/10 - 09:45 pm
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"I could care less what he

"I could care less what he does, but he needs to do it the right way," Smith said.

I think the Chief meant he could NOT care less.

my.voice
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my.voice 03/03/10 - 09:56 pm
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In this day and age, the KKK

In this day and age, the KKK has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Maybe they can march with the gays in Augusta to show us how accepting the new and improved KKK is!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/03/10 - 10:02 pm
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crackerjack, I feel the same

crackerjack, I feel the same way just like the opinions given by our so called president today on Health Care.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 03/03/10 - 10:13 pm
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LOL at my voice

LOL at my voice

wyochuck
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wyochuck 03/03/10 - 10:30 pm
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k.k.k. is disgusting--but

k.k.k. is disgusting--but have a right to march. maybe national media will buy up all hotel rooms here. and spend a lot of money.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/03/10 - 10:34 pm
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KKK should reschedule to June

KKK should reschedule to June 19 and go up against Gay Pride with agenda and tactics set by WFE and televised on ESPN.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 03/03/10 - 11:37 pm
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proud2bamericanWednesday,

proud2bamericanWednesday, Mar. 3 9:17 PMnew Report baronvonreich - - the klan represents hate, violence, prejudice, racism...WHY would anyone want to agree with that?!
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The same thing could be said about many organized religions, political organizations, and as someone mentioned labor unions, the Black Panthers, etc. It doesn't matter one iota whether you, I, the majority, white people, black people, homosexuals, men, women, or blue eyed people agree with their principles or causes. It is their Constitutional right.

Now this fellow obviously isn't too bright making his plans and announcing them to the media without securing proper permits and leases or reservations of facilities. Aiken County or these Valley towns have had time to "reserve" all their public facilities for other groups during this weekend and they will collude and lie to deny this group their right. Now he thinks he will just show up and parade on a state road. He may be dumb but as evidenced on here daily, the Constitution guarantees rights to the dumb as well.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 03/04/10 - 02:59 am
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Let them rally, party, picnic

Let them rally, party, picnic whatever they want to do. This is 2010 not 1946. lol

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/04/10 - 03:58 am
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DaddyFrog, is the First

DaddyFrog, is the First Amendment about protecting only popular speech?

What you don't understand is that this is what they want. They want this to be a fight, a struggle that draws attention. If they had been given their permit, as allowed by law (I mean the planners must follow procedure) then this would not rate anything more than a small story when it happens.

Also, newspapers have the right to NOT include a story if the editors feel it isn't newsworthy. So, if the AC doesn't run a story about it during Masters Tournament because it is not note worthy, who would notice?

Brad

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dashiel 03/04/10 - 06:36 am
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Latest News Update: Klan

Latest News Update: Klan Katerer Threatens Former Employer--Former Exalted Cyclops and West Columbia businessman "Red" Sammy Butts told Horse Creek Valley officials yesterday he intends to sell the pair of Wednesday Practice Round tickets the KKK put up as a deposit to his firm Yella Fella Bobbyque. "Just look for me along Washington Road that morning," Butts said. "A middle-age white man wearing a white belt and loafers and flashing a NEED TICKETS sign without punctuation. I should be easy to spot."

pops1
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pops1 03/04/10 - 06:42 am
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kkk is just about as much a

kkk is just about as much a "hate" group is, as al sharpton and his "group". why is it that he can talk about the white man and power to the blacks, but when it comes to the white man having demonstrations and talking about the black man...they are wrong? how many blacks have marched but whites cannot? I don't like what kkk stands for, but I believe in rights. We are becoming more and more the racist minority group. and if they could reverse slavery....they would.

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Techfan 03/04/10 - 06:46 am
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So April 3rd is booked. Why

So April 3rd is booked. Why not just apply for another date?

CarlosC
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CarlosC 03/04/10 - 06:54 am
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Father's Day weekend is

Father's Day weekend is already taken....

truthnlove
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truthnlove 03/04/10 - 08:06 am
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Ditto what crackerjack said

Ditto what crackerjack said at 9:44 p.m. The first amendment is about protecting ALL speech, not just what you agree with.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/04/10 - 08:37 am
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No one seems that concerned

No one seems that concerned when Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton shows up to incite a racist buzz. The NAACP never gets rebuffed. I think the KKK needs to change their name to NAAWP then they would never have a problem.

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dominionfs 03/04/10 - 09:36 am
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Bradly might not be as dumb

Bradly might not be as dumb as he wants us to think. If you announce your plans first, delay notifying the proper authorities, submit requests late etc, you can come off looking like the victim. Let's face it, if Clearwater said "Sure, no problem" right out of the gate then there is no story and all five of the klukkers would be there to rally. Now, they can claim they are being persecuted and discriminated against.

Newsreader
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Newsreader 03/04/10 - 10:43 am
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I agree that the KKK is a

I agree that the KKK is a hate group, but I still agree they have the right to protest. They should be allowed necessary permits and use of public facilities. However, they must follow the law or rules regarding that use. I can not imped traffic on state highway without rebuke from law enforcement, neither can the KKK. I can not stand in any public park and shout vulgarities without the threat of arrest, neither can the KKK. Finally, I can not incite other people by my actions or words, I can not taunt them into a frenzy, nor can I expect law enforcement to protect me if I do, neither can the KKK. Mr. Bradley, your statements regarding your intentions regardless of permits do not sound like an organization that wants to work with the system. Please do not make this a bone of contention, just come do your thing and leave. The citizens of Aiken County have voiced their opinion, and you shall have the right to voice yours. However, word on the street is that there will be no one to hear it.

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countyman 03/04/10 - 03:44 pm
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There are no sheets over the

There are no sheets over the head of Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, or Rev. Wright etc.

The NAACP has never had a history of killing innocent white people for no reason. I don't remember any of the NAACP members. Hanging white people from trees by a rope.

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themaninthemirror 03/04/10 - 03:55 pm
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White people got more sense

White people got more sense than to stir up a bunch of black people. They can outrun us, outjump us, and make all white people look like PeeWee Herman on the dance floor.How much humiliation can one set of people take? Besides Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson,and Rev. Wright, would not stoop to the point of wearing a white hood or robe. Why mess up those $1000 suits like that?

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