Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Erection 2008: Does America Heart Huckabee?

Another Day, another candidate........ Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, best known for his extreme weight loss during his term, announced he too will enter the fold. I can't say i know a ton about him, even though I met him at the Charleston County GOP Convention last year. I was busy politicking for myself, and I missed his whole speech.

I know Earl wrote a lengthy piece about Huckabee's lack of ability to turn his GOP office into a GOP state House or Senate. Go to the Blogland for details, or Earl can drop the poop in comments. All I will say on that point is that being able to drag a few extra House and Senate seats is pretty important. Maybe Mark Sanford should be running.

Like always, this is an open forum, so any input on Huckabee and his chances will be welcome........

Almost Forgot....... My Super Bowl Pick Is.......

Boy, the last 10 days went by fast. The big game will be here at last, this past weekend absolutely stunk with no football.......... It's gonna be a long spring and summer.

Anyway, onto the big game. Aside from the beer and all those $2.6 million commercials, there will be a game Sunday, and who's gonna take it? Peyton and the Colts in a walk? I'm not so sure.

Super Bowls are usually wild free for all's, because it's such a showcase that half the guys get distracted and make mistakes...... and who capitalizes on mistakes the most? The Bears D and Special Teams. Peyton Manning is still making mistakes more than he needs to, and I can see the Bears scoring a TD or two that way alone. On offense, the Bears will hide Rex Grossman enough by running, and running and running. Remember, until the playoffs, the Colts running D was more like a turnstile or a matador. Ole'...........

Anytime Manning is playing, it will be interesting enough to be close. Last year's game was pretty dull. I'd expect an interesting game this time around. Thi reminds me of the 2001 Super Bowl, where my Giants came in an overwhelming favorite over a Ravens team with a great defense, but an iffy QB. 34-7 Ravens. Give the Colts an extra 17 points for having Peyton, instead of Kerry Collins. Bears 34-24.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

SC6 Future News: 2011, The Iraq War Ends.......

(Rooters) Baghdad: Today, the nearly decade old war of sectarian violence in Iraq ended. The end came about when radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr beat a six year old Sunni boy in the UN-created game "Iraq, Paper, Scissors". As per the rules of the game, the Sunni boy was summarily executed after losing, thus leaving Al-Sadr as the only living person left in Iraq. While details of how Al-Sadr made it to the finals are sketchy, apparently the boy had been hiding under a table in Ramadi, when he was found by Hans Blix, who still was searching for chemical weapons.

Reaction in America was seen as a victory for the President. "When I took office , I promised Americans that we would pull out, I mean redeploy our troops out of Iraq, and that peace would come to the country in my Administration - and it has." Said President Hillary Clinton. In 2009, Clinton and Secretary of Defense Jack Murtha removed troops from the war torn country, and with the assistance of UN Ambassador George Clooney, the "Iraq , Paper, Scissors" game was developed by the UN Security Council.

Al-Sadr was not concillatory in victory. "I told you all to listen to me.... Don't mess with Muqtada, baby! Hey, that kid was tough. For someone who just was pulled out from under a table, and thrown right into the game, he did pretty well, but I'd been practicing IPS for a while, so there was no denying me.... Allah akbar!".

America's future with the new Iraq seems to be off to a good, in not tenuous start. "Al-Sadr seems a bit intolerant of women, he's a bit conservative religiously, and I'm not sure of his views on our "Small World, One World" philosophy, but what choice do we have?" Said House Speaker and Democrat Kingpin Nancy Pelosi was quoted.

Al-Sadr was less enthusiastic. "Those two broads can stop by, but only if they're gonna cook and clean my place up, and they better cover those ugly pusses with a birkha - eecchhh!!"

Words of Wisdom From My Sister, Part II

Confucius also say he who go to bed with itchy heiney , later wake up with smelly finger............

Is it just me, or does Confucius look more like Mr. Magoo? Well, my sister Martha still is passing me words of wisdom from her buddies. This one's not as angry as the last one - or as long........At least it doesn't have the old "dance like no one is watching" hooey....

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, "I love you," mean it.

FIVE. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. FIFTEEN. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: R espect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.

Twenty-two.... Confucius say it is good for boy to meet girl in park, but better for boy to park meat in girl..

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Erection 2008: Hunter is Dunkin His Wick in the Presidential Pie....Okay, I'm Running Out of Euphimisms!!!

Congressman Duncan Hines.......

I mean Congressman Duncan Hunter will give it a shot at the Presidency. Problem is no Congressman has made it to the White House since 1896..........

So, his numbers might look like these little guys....

But, our hope is that Hunter stays consistent on the issues, lest he be called one of these.........

Josh Gross, join the party here, and give us the lowdown on Duncan Hunter.........

Manifesto of the Morons: When Leaders With No Restraint Try to Make Themselves the Victims....

The one good thing about being named Ed Robinson - when someone Googles your name, 50 million other Ed Robinson's show up first. So, no pics of Ed here. Now , onto the post...

Everyone knows that we here at SC6 don't like when people in power make themselves out to be something they're not, and Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson is a master at it. Poor Ed seems to try to use the media for his own purposes, then when he gets thrown in jail for various reasons, who does he blame? The media. Katon Dawson's always says "Cindi Scoppe is not your friend", meaning don't try to get buddy-buddy with the media, because part of doing their job is objectivity, which might include putting you down on occasion.

Ed had been arrested twice: once for attempted assault, and once for interferring with a police officer (a constituent called him when her son was stopped for playing music too loud in his car - thanks, lady!). Last month, Robinson was stopped for driving without a license, and the police booked him. Now, in Florence, Ed Robinson getting arrested is a bit like Britney or Lindsay getting drunk on Sunset Blvd. Old news , right? Well, it's not at that point yet. It was on all the media outlets, but the news this time was how quickly he was let out, and by who. It seems that he got out the same night by Judge Cheveron Scott - his former attorney. Red flags went up everywhere. This caused Scott and Robinson to put out their "Manifesto to the Media" in the Community Times, the local AA paper.

Their main beef was the appearance that Robinson had preferrential treatment, and that it wasn't news in the first place. " I believe it is fair to say that if this were not Councilman Robinson, we would not be discussing this right now. (WBTW's) actions serve as a chilling reminder that there different standards that individuals within our society continue to have." Translation? Black politicians and citizens are treated worse than whites. While this may be a great sound byte to sell to voters come election time, there isn't much truth to it. Let's give an honest assessment, and I think I have a special perspective on this topic.

First thing, the last time I heard the term "Manifesto" was from the Unabomber. Find another term, Manifesto cheapens the document you are writing. Now as far as the Scott/Robinson preferential treatment scenario, I have no idea, so I'll leave it at that. Maybe it was , maybe it wasn't , so whatever it is, it is. But, this has nothing to do with the fact that in thi day and age, a politician who ends up in jail is going to end up on the 6:00 news. Trust me, I KNOW.

This summer, I had a spat with my Dad, and I knocked a beer bottle out of his hand. Well, being the loving parent he is, Dad called the cops, and told them I tried to strangle him. Nice. I told the cop the truth, and the next thing I know, I'm spending 12 hours at the County lockup for MY bond hearing. My first thought in the cell? Now I know how Ed Robinson feels.... No bullshit on that. It took about 5 days, but eventually the news made the TV, newspaper and radio. Later, when I was found innocent by a judge, it didn't make the TV, newspapers and radio. Talking with my handlers during the campaign, we decided to let it die quietly, an attribute that Robinson hasn't found yet.

The other attribute that Ed needs to work on: introspection and self-improvement. When you've ended up in the slammer twice, you might want to take a step back and see how a change of behavior would cause these things to not happen again. Mine was easy, move away from my Dad. Robinson's is easy too: don't drive if you've lost your license!!

Scott and Robinson may have done the bond correctly, but they are dead wrong if they want the public to think Robinson has a different set of rules just for him. Ask me, ask Wallace Scarborough, ask Thad Viers. It's the price you pay for being in the public eye. You live by the media, you die by the media...............

Friday, January 26, 2007

#!%&#@&^* !!!! Channel 13 Demotes Weatherman Legend Don Luehrs ??

" I don't know who this Gregg Johnson is, and I don't care. This weatherman better find a cure for cancer, or invent a longer lasting light bulb or something. Truth is, I wouldn't trade 10 Gregg Johnsons for one Don Luehrs."

Tom Hanks from Saving Private Ryan, paraphrased.

Change is not always a good thing. Sometimes people leave, and a great new person takes his place. That could have been the way at Channel 13, when Dave Williams moved onto greener pastures in Charleston. They could have found a new young guy or lady to take his place doing the morning weather. But the geniuses at WBTW-TV decided it was an opportune time to shake things up.

It looks as though Don Luehrs, who has been on Channel 13 since the Lincoln Administration, has been relegated to morning weatherman, and the new Chief Meteorologist is Gregg Johnson, who comes from Oklahoma City. Nothing against Gregg Johnson, but from the looks of the announcement on this week's news, it wasn't exactly what Don Luehrs requested. The poor guy was almost exploding out of his chair!

Now, Don is not perfect. He doesn't have any catch phrases, or scream the weather at you, he doesn't look like Frankenstein (Ed Piotrowski at TV 15 comes to mind), and Don does have a little trouble saying the word "cooler" - it comes out more like "coo-er". But hey, that is Don's charm. He's just an ordinary nice guy. He's a regular Joe doing the weather, and that's the point: it's just the freakin' weather, people!!!!

We don't care who is the 'Most Accurate' , "AMA Certified" or "USDA Grade A" weatherman. Everyone just watches the Weather Channel, and uses them for their forecasts anyway..... Trying to "reinvent" local news is a waste of time. This is Florence - rarely does anything big happen here, and most newsworthy events are covered up or whitewashed by who might look bad , or who might be offended. Changing weathermen is pointless. If the new guy would only come if he got the Chief Weatherman job, then they hired the wrong man. I doubt that this guy is going to commit to working in Florence for the next 25 or 30 years, like Don has. In my view, Channel 13 has made a major misstep.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

You Can't Win Them All... RED Loses It's Case vs. Wal-Mart...

Jeffries Creek in Florence, and a Wal-Mart that will dump stormwater into it.

Here's a good tip for everyone........ Don't get too high from winning, and don't get too low from losing. Although I had two big wins earlier this week, my happiness was tempered when I learned that the State Supreme Court decided against Responsible Economic Development in their lawsuit versus Wal-Mart's proposed superstore across from West Florence High.

I've been on the Board of RED for the past 3 years. I wouldn't consider myself a key member of the team compared to the others, but I've been there, and I want to just tell you how hard the Board has worked, and the good that has come from it.

Carolyn Jebaily and Peggy Brown have been there from Day One, and the amount of free time they have given up to do what they felt was right is staggering. In fact, one of them ended up divorced in part due to it. While people think we were anti-WalMart, the fact is that we were protecting the Creek and the kids who go to school across the road. We had alternate sites, but there was just too much money being thrown around for anyone to listen or budge. Most people would just throw in the towel, but we fought it out, and now we've had our day in court to allow a decision to be made on an issue that was never brought in court at the State level.

More importantly, we have changed the town we live in. The County Planning Commission no longer has real estate agents and developers on it, greenlighting any project that came up. If a city or county official has a question on any related issue, they instinctively call Carolyn or Peggy! Other state conservation groups that get scared by an issue invariably call RED to stick it's neck out in it's defense. We are far more than just Wal-Mart, and no doubt RED will still be around to do what is right - and to tick off all the right people!

Carolyn, Peggy, Sara, Rachell, Tom, Walter and Janet..... YOU GUTS ROCK !

There's a Reason for Everything..... Even Stupid Stuff.

" Things don't just happen. everything happens for a reason"

- Klaus Beaudalaire in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events".

Some things just pop out at you one day, and you wonder what the heck someone was thinking when they did something - and we're not talking about my first marriage. I've been looking at these two trucks on the Used Car lot at my dealership for a week now. Notice the one on the left is $6994, and the one on the right is $6993. Naturally, you might ask, "What is different on the left truck that they might make it $1 more?"

Yes, I know one is a Ford and the other a Chevy, but why not make them the same price, and have a sign saying "Pick One at $6995"? So, I went to the General Manager to find out what the deal was, and of course, there is a reason........

It turns out the trucks would be the same price, but the last number on the price indicates how long the vehicle has been on the lot. They break the group of cars into "buckets", so the Ford is bucket 4, and the Chevy is bucket 3. So now they can tell the car that has been sitting on the lot forever, and they can tell which one to give a deal on and.......... ah, bucket!! There's a reason for everything!

Erection 2008: John Kerry Just Doesn't Have the Balls to Run Again......

Poor , Poor John Kerry..... It's just getting to be too strong a field for 2008. Instead of Kucinich , Sharpton, Moseley-Braun and Dean, Old John would have had to face Clinton, Obama, and an Edwards not starting from Ground Zero. At least he had enough sense to realize this - I hope Al Gore has the same sense...

So, no flip-flopping or vague descriptions of "what I would have done", Kerry's going to sit on the sideline with his pom-poms and cheer on another. So, the only pic I have today is an oldie , but a goody..............

I can never get enough of this picture........

Monday, January 22, 2007

Does Your Astrological Sign Tell if You're a Bad Driver?? You Bet!

On MSN today, there was an article on a study that determined that insurance companies can more accurately judge a person's driving habits by their astrological sign. On average, Aries and Aquarius' are more likely to have accidents, because they are more self-centered and "me first" as the article says.... Guess what? They're right.

To have proof of this , one need look no further than our own friend, Bobby. Yes, Bobbo is an Aries, and he drives like a lunatic. Speed limits in his world are just an advisory, and the posted limit should usually should have a 1 in front of it in his mind. He hasn't hit anything lately, but if you see a White Camry with Penn State stuff all over.........MOVE !! Come to think of it, my sister in Florida in an Aries, and she's pretty damn bad at driving too. That study may have more going for it than I thought.....

Colts vs. Bears.... Does Peyton Finally Win, or Is It Super Bowl Shuffle II ?

Anybody notice, I went 2-0 this weekend?? Ok, I got lucky... well, who's going to take the big game? Put your picks here......

Major Blog Announcement: To Go Where No Blog Has Before..... SC6 Goes International This Spring !!!

Yes, boys and girls ( if any of you read this mess of a blog), SC6 has a special treat in store for everyone this year. We're gonna get off our butts, make like Moye Graham and travel somewhere other than the Old Jimmy Carter's in Pee Dee for a thickburger........SC6 Goes International !!!!

In May, I will have my own game of Where in the World is Carmen San Diego??, and I'll keep you up to date with my travels. Strange locales, exotic food, crook taxi drivers and new friends I don't understand - you'll see it all right with me! Considering the furthest I've ever gone is Houston (once), this is a colossal undertaking - I'm stocking up on Dramamine already!

Now, who's paying for the plane ticket???????

A Few New Years Words of Wisdom from My Sister.....

I got this e-mail from my sister, Martha. I'm not sure who wrote it, but it's a nice change of pace from politics... Enjoy her New Year, New Rules......

New Rule: Stop giving me that pop-up ad for! There's a reason you don't talk to people for 25 years. Because you don't particularly like them! Besides, I already know what the captain of the football team is doing these days -- mowing my lawn.

New Rule: Don't eat anything that's served to you out a window unless you're a seagull. People are acting all shocked that a human finger was found in a bowl of Wendy's chili. Hey, it cost less than a dollar. What did you expect it to contain? Lobster?

New Rule: Stop saying that teenage boys who have sex with their hot, blonde teachers are permanently damaged. I have a better description for these kids: "Lucky bastards."

New Rule: If you need to shave and you still collect baseball cards, you're a dope. If you're a kid, the cards are keepsakes of your idols. If you're a grown man, they're pictures of men.

New Rule: Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone. Here's how much men care about your eyebrows: Do you have two of them? Okay, we're done.

New Rule: There's no such thing as flavored water. There's a whole aisle of this crap at the supermarket, water, but without that watery taste. Sorry, but flavored water is called a soft drink. You want flavored water? Pour some scotch over ice and let it melt. That's your flavored water.

New Rule: Stop screwing with old people. Target is introducing a redesigned pill bottle that's square, with a bigger label. And the top is now the bottom. And by the time grandpa figures out how to open it, his ass will be in the morgue. Congratulations, Target, you just solved the Social Security crisis .

New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the asshole. If you walk into a Starbucks and order a "decaf grande, half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one Sweet-n'-Low, and one NutraSweet," ooh, you're a huge asshole.

New Rule: I'm not the cashier! By the time I look up from sliding my card, entering my PIN number, pressing "Enter," verifying the amount, deciding, no, I don't want cash back, and pressing "Enter" again, the kid who is supposed to be ringing me up is standing there eating my Almond Joy.

New Rule: Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn't make you spiritual. It's right above the crack of your ass. And it translates to "beef with broccoli." The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren't pregnant. You're not spiritual. You're just high.

New Rule: Competitive eating isn't a sport. It's one of the seven deadly sins. ESPN recently televised the U.S. Open of Competitive Eating, because watching those athletes at the poker table was just too damned exciting. What's next, competitive farting? Oh wait. They're already doing that. It's called "The Howard Stern Show."

New Rule: I don't need a bigger mega M&Ms. If I'm extra hungry for M&Ms, I'll go nuts and eat two.

New Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, old television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is that the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie.

New Rule: No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking out the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving, it's the white people version of looting.

New Rule: And this one is long overdue: No more bathroom attendants. After I zip up, some guy is offering me a towel and a mint like I just had sex with George Michael. I can't even tell if he's supposed to be there, or just some freak with a fetish. I don't want to be on your web cam, dude. I just want to wash my hands.

New Rule: When I ask how old your toddler is, I don't need to hear "27 months." "He's two" will do just fine. He's not a cheese. And I didn't really care in the first place.

New Rule: If you ever hope to be a credible adult and want a job that pays better than minimum wage, then for God's sake don't pierce or tattoo every available piece of flesh. If so, then plan your future around saying, "Do you want fries with that?"

Now you know , it runs in the family!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Chalk Up Two Big Wins for SC6 and all the Little Guys............

DHEC Denies DOT Permit for Lake Marion Bridge, and DOT Commissioner Hardee Resigns his Illegal Position on the State Board...

During my Fantastic Voyage in politics the last 3 years, I made a lot of powerful allies, but in all honesty, I am a little fish in a big, big pond. Like a salmon, I feel that I oftentimes am swimming upstream without fins or flippers. All I can do is point out the wrong that I see, but I am powerless to do anything about it. Well, this week, I got two pieces of news that have put a spring in my step, and made me feel that all the work was not wasted....

The state DHEC board denied to issue a permit to the DOT for the DeLaine-Briggs-Pearson Connector, the $100-150 million boondoggle of Whipmaster Jim Clyburn. This is absolutely needed by the DOT to build the bridge, and initial indicators are that the DOT will not seek another permit. DOT Chairman Tee Hooper said, "My gut feeling is that we will let the decision stand. Our funds are limited, and with all the environmental questions, this project just doesn't make sense." Tee, you are a smart man.

Like the politician he is, Clyburn refused to admit the Fat Lady has sung. "This is part of the process every road and bridge project must undergo before it receives approval,” Clyburn said in a statement. “We must wait for it to play out in all of these government jurisdictions before any declaration can be made on the connector’s future.” My guess is that Sly Cly tries to exert some pressure on the DOT to revamp it's permit, but he'll quietly let it die once the DOT refuses.

Right on top of this, John Hardee has resigned his position on the DOT Board, after the state Supreme Court ruled that his staying on the Board past one term is illegal. This will clear up a lot of future flack on Hugh Leatherman. I couldn't fathom him trying to get DOT contract bids for the $378 Million they will hand out for road projects with his own Son-in-Law on the board. I'm sure he has enough buddies there, he didn't need to have family on there. I'm sure he has a frat brother somewhere that he can appoint.

So, I'll try not to gloat, but as far as politics go, I have had the Best Week Ever !!

Erection 2008: Bill Richardson is In, But He Makes Too Much Sense to Win.

Another day, another candidate. Today, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson entered the race for the White House. He had an extensive interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, a fellow Clinton team member. The interview gave you the impression that he has spent a lot of time in all aspects of government: UN Ambassador, Energy Secretary, and Governor. These facts are not lost on Richardson - the word experience were used over and over again.

A Democrat who has enough sense to cut taxes tells me two things. First, that he has some grasp of Economic Theory, and the positive that lower taxes have. Secondly, it tells me that the man has NO CHANCE of winning the nomination from the Democrats.

Forget about the fact that Richardson is Mexican-American, and that he's not the sexiest looking guy......... The man cut taxes, and he has an A rating from the NRA, which does not go over well with liberals. In short, the man makes way too much sense to be elected in either side for a kook election year like 2008 is shaping up to be.

Thanks for playing, Bill. There will be a year's supply of Turtle Wax as a parting gift..... Next up, Al Gore ????????

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Super Bowl Halftime Switch: Prince is Out, The Democrats are In !!

Pelosi is seen here, singing a solo from the Broadway play, "Annie", and Prince is uh......... whatever.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced a major change in the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February. Apparently, they have decided to drop Prince and insert the Democratic House leadership. "Nothing against Prince - he's a star, but the Super Bowl is the biggest event there is, and it deserves the biggest star, and right now, they're it!", said Aiello. 'Nancy Pelosi is everywhere, and I saw Jim Clyburn on Rock Star: Jim Clyburn, and that guy is magic. We had to make the change."

Word is that Pelosi will sing Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Were Made for Walking", where she will stomp on a pile of Republicans, and Clyburn will once again do his version of "When a Man Loves an Earmark" - his recent take on the Percy Sledge classic. Steny Hoyer is expected to do a Jay-Z medley, but insiders said that it is waiting on Pelosi's approval. It sucks being Number 2.

Although he has been slighted, Prince is taking it all in stride... "It's no big deal, baby. I'm gonna go back to Paisley Park, hang out with Charlie Murphy, play basketball all night, and then make pancakes for breakfast." Prince will miss being at the big game. "The last time I was at the Super Bowl, I had a private box, and it was just me, Sheila E, Carmen Electra and a jar of Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter........ YYYEEEOOWWWW!!!!!".

Despite the tepid entertainment expected, Network officials are taking nothing for granted. "Last time, we had Janet Jackson, so we want this one to go smooth", said CBS Chair Les Moonves. The hope is that we don't see anything like this...........

" MY EYES !!!!! MY EYES !!!!!!!!!"

Erection 2008: Hillary Throws Her Junk in with the Big Boys..........

I woke up this morning, and I was wondering when Hillary Clinton would enter the race.... Well, I got my answer today. This was the most anti-climactic announcement since Ellen told us she was gay.

However, there was one part of her announcement that made me shake my head - it was pre-recorded. If anything shows the calculated, packaged image of Hillary, that was it. Don't have a press conference, don't get challenged by questions - just put it on tape, like the Merry Christmas message. She tried to make it like a personal message to America, asking questions on it, using terms like "You know what I mean?"........ Uh, talking to people who aren't there is a sign of schizophrenia, isn't it? Then again, so is writing a blog.........

The big question is, can the most polarizing figure in the race, pull it off? We'll find out.

Cavuto on Business: This Show Kicks Booty !!

I don't get to watch it everyday, but I was watching Cavuto on Business today, and they had a great discussion on taxes, Social Security, Federal Spending, the Alternative Minimum Tax Congress' non-reaction to falling oil prices and Wal-Mart.

It's great for a panel show to show the relationship between multiple issues, and to try and take the politics out of them - most of the time. If you have no idea what these issues are, and need a Cliff-notes style show to brush up on them, watch Cavuto on Business. It's entertaining, informative, and unlike most panel shows, the panelists don't talk over each other.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Erection 2008: Barack Hussein Obama Sticks His Green Thumb Into the Presidential Pie ..

"America's Next First Couple?"

Now, before we anoint Obama as the next President, I have some questions. Namely, what has he done to be considered a front runner? Two years as a junior Senator, with no committee chairs or major legislation to his credit. Well, we hear the answer is that his lack of tenure is a credit - that he's an outsider. No thanks , but i'd be more confident of Obama if he had a little more leadership under his belt.

I read an article that references Obama with another junior Senator: John F. Kennedy. It seems that Barack has the gravitas that makes the women swoon, and might get the other half that skips elections to the polls. Maybe.

I don't think Obama has the best timing on this, but I suppose he sees an open door, and perhaps another one closing. The Democrats have a great shot at winning the presidency in 2008, and Obama knows that 2012 will be the incumbent's 2nd run, so what to do then? Wait until 2016? That is forever in politics, and he's taking his shot at it now.

So, what about Hillary now? She thought this was her race to lose, and now she has a candidate that has all the intangibles she lacks for the Democratic base running against her. My guess is that it will get a bit nasty between the two of them in the next year. No one likes to get cut in line, especially in politics. It just got fun - I was worried Joe Biden would win and we'd have 2004 all over again....

Bears and Saints, Colts and Patriots !! It's The Conference Championships !

We're down to the Final Four, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. I went 1-3 last week, so I need to make up for it. After thinking long and hard, I still don't know. But a decision must be made so here we go......

Bears vs. Saints. In the NFC Championship, The Monsters of the Midway take on the feel good team of the year. Rex Grossman played a little up and down again last week, and the Saints weren't exactly dominating against the Eagles.... But, the Bears will get to the big game for one reason: home field advantage. If this game were played on a better field, the Saints would really test the Bears D, but instead of the cushy Superdome, the Saints' passing will be stopped by the 12 th player - Mother Nature, and the Bears will line up to stop the run. Hope you like defensive struggles, because this one will be ugly. Bears 14-7.

Patriots at Colts. Then there is the AFC Championship in the RCA Dome....... Peyton vs. Tom, Belichick vs. Dungy, The Overachievers vs. the Underachievers....... eh, whatever. Maybe last week's win over the Chargers showed that the Pats are a team of destiny. Or just that they got really lucky. The Colts have had two pretty dominating performances , even without Peyton at his best, and they are at home. Ever see Peyton Manning have 3 bad games in a row? Me neither. Whoever wins this one will be Champ, but I think this might be the Colts year. Colts 31-21.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cutting Student Loan Rates and Ending Big Oil Breaks: It's This Week in Congress !!

Looks like someone was trying to get a Britney Spears-like skirt shot of Nancy Pelosi. Thank God for closed knees...I know I've said it before, but look at the meat hooks on her! The lady could palm a basketball !

Ok, Nancy and and the other boys are coming off their best week ever, and now we're into Week 2 of America's Rebirth, or whatever Camelot-like name this Congress will be called. The big issues get a little smaller, as the Democrats pander a bit for votes in 2008, and continue their assault on the BBB - Big, Bad Businesses, who they've happened to get millions from in donations for years. So let's preview what's up this week.......

HR 5 - Lowering Interest Rates on Student Loans. Hey, nothing wrong here on the surface. lower interest rates means lower costs to repay college expenses, and more in the people's pockets to expand the economy. But just one question: If the Democrats now understand the concept of interest rates, does this mean the BS they've been spewing about Social Security will end? Let's hope so.

HR6 - Ending Big Oil Incentives and Increasing Renewable Energy. This in essence reverses the bill passed by Republicans last year. Yep, Congress is on your side, and they're gonna stick it to Big Oil. Too bad that La Stronza Pelosi got money from Occidental Petroleum and Pacific Gas & Energy, and Clyburn and Spratt got money from BP and every utility in the Carolinas. Oh wait.... Are we not supposed to know that? Sorry. We return you to your regular propaganda........

As the weeks go on, we'll see that the issues the Democrats are focusing on are for winning in 2008, by once again pitting the people against the BBB, the haves against the havenots. Problem is, it could work.

SC6 Science News....Ladies, Can't Have Children? Fear Not... Now You Can Have Your Uterus Transplanted !!!

Guys, Now You Know!!

I love the signature in the corner. Like it's the Mona Lisa! "Yeah, I draw anatomy pictures for medical journals.........You might remember my Female Reproductive Map in the June '98 AMA???"

Organ donation has been an important part of saving lives for years now. Well, if you give a doctor five minutes to think, this is what they come up with.... It seems that a team of doctors in New York are now performing the transplanting of a woman's uterus. (Plural... Uterii? Uteruses?).

Now , I could fit all the knowledge I have of the female genitalia in a thimble, so don't ask me how it's done specifically, all I know is the uterus is good for 12 hours after death, then they transplant it, and then it's taken out after birth to prevent complications.

What do you think? Is this cutting edge medicine that will help couples with childbirth, or is this some Mengelesque medicine gone berserk? By the way, has anyone seen MY Uterus?

A Little Prayer for My Buddy Bryan........

Last week, my ex-brother in law and former co-worker Bryan was injured on the job, and sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns on both his legs. He's still in the hospital, not eating solid food yet, and on 8 tons of meds to keep the pain down.

Bryan is a good guy, so I ask that you take a minute, and add him and his wife in your prayers today.

Fidel Castro No Esta' Bien............

Is Castro Near Death ??

This is turning out not to be a good year for dictators....... First Augusto Pinochet dies, then Saddam Hussein in hanged while Somali warlords are overrun, now word comes that Cuban strongman Fidel Castro is nearing death from peritonitis.

After 50 years of rule under Castro, Cuba is one of the poorest and least developed nations in all the Western Hemisphere. An economy that thrived with tourism, agriculture and business dried up under his reign, and most Cubans and their American relatives look forward to the day when Castro is gone, and they can go home to a more prosperous country. Here's hope that once Castro is gone, that Cuba can once again be a productive and FREE country.


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Not the Pats and Colts AGAIN !!!!!!!

Okay, I hit reality this week......... I only went 1-3, and was a field goal from going 0-4. Then again, I was a pair of FG's from 3-1, but you are what you are. I will say this. If San Diego doesn't use their first round pick on a wide receiver...... Josh? WTF?

So, will it be Peyton's magic year, or do you NEVER BET AGAINST TOM BRADY !!!!! Let me think this one over.........

When Politicians Will Do Anything to Get Re-Elected: The Duke Rape Case.

I'm watching 60 Minutes, mainly to watch the President Bush interview. In addition, they had a piece on the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, which included a talk with the parents of the three accused players.

Most people know what happened, so I won't go into the details, but I don't think I've ever commented on the subject until now. Honestly, the guys accused were not people I had any sympathy for. I grew up lower middle class, and I was well aware of Chaminade, wheer Colin Finnerty's parents paid $22k a year to attend the prep school. Later, I went to East Carolina, where we got stomped by Duke every year to the tune of "Public School, Private School..... or if we scored, "That's Alright, that's Okay - You're Gonna Work for Us Someday". The thought of being able to buy a pair of strippers in college was ridiculous to me and my buddies, so if you thought I was more than willing to listen to Mike Nifong, you'd be right. Then something else happened - the truth.

It almost seems silly that the underlying reason for this whole fiasco is politics, but that's it. It was an election year, Durham County is heavily Democrat and African-American, so when a A-A woman comes to your office and says she was gang raped by a bunch of prep school jocks, you take it seriously. However, when you find out that the men accused are innocent, and that the accuser has a pretty thin story and a worse past, you drop the charges, take the heat, and let history prove that you were right. That would be the right thing to do, but we're talking about politicians here. Just keep covering up the truth, and throw some more on it and hope it's buried. Unfortunately, the truth has a habit of rising up, and it appears Nifong is taking the heat for using a troubled woman as a pawn, and for ruining three innocent ( though far from idyllic) men's lives.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I Guess Miss America Isn't Like the Olympics.... Miss South Carolina as Shillmeister !!

If you remember an post from last year, Miss Florence, Shelley Bryson Benthall won the Miss South Carolina Pageant, and will vie for Miss America. Now, I've never had a Miss Anything live in my town, so I've always viewed the Miss America pageant as an amateur event, where they are doing it for scholarship money. I suppose I got it wrong, because Shelley is on TV all the time, huckstering for Palmetto Nissan and for a local Rug Shop.

Now, I know the rule of thumb in business is to strike while the iron is hot, but it seems to me that there is a certain decorum with the title, and to use it to make money right now selling cars and rugs cheapens it. Sure, once the Miss America pageant is over, be my guest and rake it in, but right now was poor timing. Maybe it's me.....

Nepotism and the DOT : Another Reason It Needs Reform.......

A ruling by the SC State Supreme Court on Monday decided that the appointments of two current and one former DOT Commissioners were illegal when they were allowed to serve more than one term.

The part that should scare citizens the most is the role that political power played in these appointments. The two commissioners in question are Robert Harrell, father of Speaker of the House, Bobby Harrell, and John Hardee, son-in-law of Senate Finance Chair Hugh Leatherman. Hardee was recently elected to a third term.

I pose the question to you guys: At what point do we hold the elected officials responsible for their role in this illegal scam, or for not correcting it when it came up? To have to file a lawsuit in a case where it clearly states that Commissioners are allowed only ONE CONSECUTIVE TERM is ridiculous. Power corrupts, and I know I will keep this in mind when my support for candidates are needed.

I'd like to make sure my family is taken care of too, but that's what Life Insurance is for, not flunkie crony jobs in Columbia and Washington.

SC Democratic Party Math: $150 x 10 = $2500 ???

With plans like this, is it any wonder the SCDP ran out of cash?

It seems the SC Democratic Party is having a fundraiser soon, and as it's been told to me, the logic for ticket prices makes no sense whatsoever. The general rule is the more tickets you buy, the cheaper they are. Not in the twisted logic that is the Democratic Party..

The tickets are $150 each, but if you buy a group of 10, they are $2500, which is.....uh.........$250......dollars.........each. I don't get it either. My guess is maybe the get to keep the centerpiece , or they can take the chairs home with them.

Now, if I have to pay an extra $100 a ticket to have my picture taken with Jim Hodges or Dick Riley, I'll pass. Any explanations?

Monday, January 08, 2007

Erection 2008: "Boner" Biden and Brownback Mountain Put Their Manhood on the Table..

Biden and Brownback enter the race........ sing with me. Jimmy Crack Corn.....

I don't have much to comment on about these two entering the race in 2008. Biden is a retread of John Kerry - liberal, smarmy, and soooooo much smarter than you are. Which means he might win the nomination, if Hillary decides to sit it out.

Brownback is a good candidate for the uber-conservative Christian right, but does anyone know him? More importantly, is this who we need to put up in '08 to attract the middle? In a year with McCain, Romney and Giuliani, Brownback will be the GOP's version of Dennis Kucinich two years ago.

Brownback's campaign is starting pretty much from scratch, whereas I've already seen billboards for Biden. Don't believe me? Here it is...........

Paid Political Advertisement......


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paid for by Snoop for President in 2008.

Can I Top Last Week's Picks? We'll Find Out....

Tony, get up and stop crying, you freakin' sissy !!

In case you missed it, I went 3-1 last weekend - I should have known better than betting against the Colts at home. My G-men went down , so I can now be completely impartial in my picks. The games get tougher from here on out, so let's if I can keep the streak going.

Patriots at Chargers. Don't bet against Tom Brady in January, but then again, these aren't the Jets. I worry about the Bolts having first game jitters, but they are faster and stronger than the Pats. If Philip Rivers plays better than Eli Manning did for 3 1/2 quarters, they'll do fine. Besides Marty Schottenheimer does okay in the first round - it's the AFC Championship he has trouble with. Chargers 27-17.

Colts at Ravens. This one will be a good one. I hate Ray Lewis, but I wish the Giants had him. Watching him chase Peyton Manning all day will be something to watch. With a defense like Baltimore has, there will much less pressure on Steve McNair to produce, but he'll find enough holes in the Colts' D to find a way. Ravens 23-16.

Seahawks at Bears. I know, home field advantage means a lot.... Almost as much as a good quarterback! Rex Grossman's play has been scary lately. The Bears beat the Hawks earlier this year without Shaun Alexander ( who looks a little hurt ), and Seattle is looking for revenge. Don't expect the Bears D to score double digits. Do expect an upset. Seahawks 24-13.

Eagles at Saints. This could be most entertaining game of the week. Inside on the turf, both teams could put up a lot of points. One problem for the Eagles....... they just got past the Giants, who looked pretty weak the whole second half of the season. The Saints D is decent, but they have Drew Brees, Reggie Bush , Joe Horn, Marques Colston, Deuce McAllister, Boardwalk and Park Place on offense. Against Philly's small secondary, they will roll on offense. Too much firepower from this year's feel good story. Saints 41-24.

There they are. Don't agree? I don't blame you! Put your picks in comments..

Big Face-Off in DC This Week: The Dems Push Their Agenda on the Floor.

Okay folks, Christmas and New Years are over...... wake up and smell the politics people!! After all the "mandates" , all out Congressmen and women are back in DC, doing what they do best - nothing. However, we do have a swing in both the House and Senate . With that, the Democrats are looking to make 2007 like 1995 - when the GOP came in with a well-defined plan and jumped in with both feet to pass it.

The Dems are looking to do the same, although there isn't quite such a definition of where they want to go. There are a few bills ready to hit the floor this week, so here is a quick review, thanks to the folks at

HR 1, Implementing the Remaining 9/11 Commission's Recommendations. Honestly, I don't remember what points were accepted , and which ones were bypassed. I have a feeling this is just another political football play by the Dems, that they might be more concerned with cramming whatevr they can up GWB's sphincter.

HR 2, Fair Minimum Wage Act. Jacks up the minimum wage a whopping $2.10 AN HOUR !! or over 40% overnight. I really don't think Congress has an idea how this will affect certain businesses. Instead of 50 employees at $5.15 /hr, businesses will keep only 30 at $7.25....... lots of people will now make nothing. This is how the market works. Congress makes the silly rules about things they have no concept of, and business works around it. A more conservative raise to the $6.00 the GOP was trying to pass would have been better, but the Democrats blocked it in typical election year fashion. Good job, gang.

HR 3, Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. Now, I was reading the news just a few months ago that scientists have developed a way to pull stem cells without using aborted fetuses, which would make this whole argument moot. However, this is a major pillar of George Bush's beliefs, so moot or not, Democrats are eager to shove this one in Bush's face. It will be interesting how Whipper Clyburn do in pulling the troops together, given his "strong Christian beliefs". They don't exactly mesh on this issue, do they?

HR 4, Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act. Well, one out of four ain't bad.... Ever since the Medicare act came out, I've said this was a good part to implement, for one good reason - simplicity. Ask any senior the biggest problem, and the answer is invariably how complicated it seemed. Why? Because in a shell game, the more moves you have, the harder it is to find the slight of hand. We do the same for the Veterans Administration, so doing the same for Medicare is easily workable. The Medicare Presription Act was probably the most unconservative, un-republican legislation passed in the past 6 years. Cutting the bureaucracy and expense will go a long way to making this more a conservative act, without hurting Seniors or taxpayers.

I can't help but look at this as a two headed monster whose aims are to penalize business and thumb the nose of President Bush. However, I think they'll find out that it's hard to pass legislation with such a small margin of error. Like the saying in NASCAR goes...... Catchin's one thing, passing is another....

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Did WIS-TV Play Big Brother With SNL Last Night?

I might be a bit of a social Libertarian: I don't always expect people to have the same views as me - although they are wrong.... but I will respect their right to have them. Not everything on TV, radio or online are tasteful or should be seen by everyone. However, I get a little ticked when the local station decides for me what I should watch - especially at 1230 on a Saturday Night. WIS-TV ticked me off a bit this weekend during a replay of an SNL skit.

Amy Poehler (whom I love) was playing Britney Spears commenting on her November divorce from slimeball Kevin Federline. No, it wasn't very tasteful - she said K-Fed gave her a case of the " crotch crickets", and then she started to talk about anal sex to avoid getting pregnant again, when the air went the show, and on came the commercials.

Few things get me more mad than the thought police deciding for me what I should watch, and what is not suitable for my 38 yr old eyes and ears. Thanks, Dad - my virgin ears had never even heard of anal sex before... Reminds me of the PMRC back in the 80's and 5 years ago when Channel 13 decided to show infomercials instead of Howard Stern. I suppose in the post-Super Bowl, Janet Jackson's exposed boobie wardrobe malfunction, this is to be expected, although the network is liable, so what happened to the local station's cajones?

This whole episode leads me back to the old complaint. There is a little button on my remote that changes channels. If I find something objectionable, I'll change it myself. Please stop acting like Pravda, and allow me to make up my own mind. Thanks.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Story You Are About to Read Is Absolutely True.....Except for My Paranoia.

Just had a surreal experience a minute ago.... I'm here at home watching TV and blogging, when a couple guys stop by to get the pine straw off the roof of my house. A few minutes later, who is in my driveway but none other than Hugh Leatherman..

Naturally, my first question is what the flip is the Senate Finance Chair doing in MY driveway?? Well, it turns out that the house I am renting is owned by the Senator's daughter, and he was stopping by to check up on the work.

Like any politician, I don't believe it......I'm pretty sure that word of my shenanigans has gotten back to Hughie, and he's installed a slew of spy cams in my place. So, any picking on Sen. Baby New Year will immediately cease and desist!! By the way, I NEVER thought he looked like Yoda........Time to move again!!

Passing of the Whip: We Still Look at EVERYTHING in Black and White

As the Democrats took control of Congress this week, an interesting thing took place. We all know by now that Jim Clyburn is only the second African-American Majority Whip - it's hard not to notice, with all press that's been given. There was one small, relatively insignificant part that caused a stir, and was unexpectedly changed: The Passing of the Whip from the Previous Whip. It looks like the PC Police were on full alert this week, and it made me think......... at what point do we finally stop seeing everything in terms of race, and stop being so overly sensitive to how things MIGHT LOOK?

In case you're wondering what I'm talking about. It is a tradition for the outgoing Majority Whip to pass to the Incoming Whip a whip. Sure, it's only been a tradition for who knows how long, but the PC Patrol got to someone's ear, so instead of Roy Blunt passing the whip to Clyburn, it was given to him by former Whip Bill Gray, the only other A-A Majority Whip. In typical DC fashion, no one is taking responsibility for the change.

While it is an insignificant ceremony, the question can be asked, "What was the best thing to do at the time?" What I'd like to know is exactly what happened when Gray took over from his white predecessor? What there are a mojor stink like this time? Maybe we need to change the title from Whip to Taskmaster or Gatekeeper. What I'd like to have seen was Blunt pass the whip to Clyburn and address the issue as it was - no big deal.

Better still, maybe they should change the item used to pass along. Here are a few suggestions...................