Archive for October, 2010

October 31, 2010

The Edisto Island Mattress Swing

Contributed by the misplacedmtnman

Those who have ever vacationed at Edisto Beach will fondly recall a certain unique landmark that can be spotted along SC-174, the singular scenic drive out onto the coastal island. The “Mattress Swing” is what my family has always called it, but some old locals refer to that bend in the road as “Mattress Point.”

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October 29, 2010

Football (Election) Night in SC

Contributed by Shell Suber

I don’t like hearing battlefield terminology applied to politics. Nobody is “battling to the end” or “fighting our enemy with all we have.” It’s not a war. If you think it is, just ask someone who has actually been in a war if they think it’s the same thing. Instead, I like using football analogies in politics. They just work better. And fittingly, fall elections and football season coincide quite nicely.

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October 25, 2010

Coons needs lesson in Constitution

Contributed by Warren Mowry

I have been searching all day for a particular news item because, this morning, as I watched a broadcast, I could not believe my ears.  On the day after he got stumped on the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Democrat candidate for the Senate from Delaware, Chris Coons, made an absolutely flabbergasting statement. 

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October 20, 2010

Les conséquences non intentionnelles

Contributed by Shell Suber

In France you cannot be fired from your job. Ever. Not just a GOVERNMENT job. ANY job. So once hired, the company owner cannot can you for coming in late, bad attitude, laziness, lack of sales, stealing stuff, or generally sucking. Income and benefits for life. Makes US Post Office workers look like go-getters, doesn’t it?

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October 14, 2010

Term limits would finally end the permanent campaign

Contributed by Jim Duffy

It is a documented reality that the public is less than enamored with the conduct and actions of legislative bodies. This includes the national congress and the legislature of South Carolina. However, at the same time the return to office by incumbents remains exceedingly high. Apparently this is an indication that my office holder is fine, but the rest are not acceptable in terms of performance. Performance can generally be defined by the legislation passed or not passed. At times potential legislation is not even taken up for discussion. 

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October 12, 2010

Dissent vs. Distastefulness

Contributed by the misplacedmtnman

The Supreme Court case involving the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, caught my attention recently. Sure, it’s a landmark case dealing with the First Amendment, a direct challenge to free speech protections and all that, but there’s actually an easy, common-sense way to adjudicate this so-called “Right to Say Anything I Want.”

Members of this radical religious group think it is their Christian duty to show up at the funerals of American soldiers who have been killed in combat, antagonistically bearing signs with slogans such as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “You’re Going to Hell!” Casualties incurred in Iraq and Afghanistan are, as these nut-jobs claim, God’s punishment for the United States’ sins of homosexuality and abortion.

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October 11, 2010

I say it here, and it comes out there.

Contributed by Warren Mowry

Does anyone remember the 1987 movie “Broadcast News,” the rather entertaining movie starring William Hurt, Holly Hunter, and Albert Brooks?  For those unfamiliar, it dealt with the interrelationships among various employees of a failing mainstream media news network.  In one particularly provocative scene, Brooks’ character, a smart, clever, but ultimately obnoxious reporter, feeds information over the phone to Hurt’s character, a vapid pretty-boy news anchor.  As he watches the anchor parrot the information on the air (and look great doing it), Brooks’ character recites the immortal lines, “I say it here, and it comes out there.”

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