Thursday, November 29, 2007

Things Are Not Going Well.....

I am really down today - probably as down as I've been since September. The dealership in Beaufort hasn't called back, and another possible job in Hilton Head will not happen until March. Right now, I'm spending 10 hours a day doing a job that 1) I hate and 2) I suck at..... I have no money, i'm not getting paid this week, and the mortgages and car payment are all due.
At this point, I'm wondering what I did wrong in a past life that I'm paying for it in this one so much. There is a possibility of a job with another dealer here, but that isn't a definite possibility right now. It may just be a rumor of an opening - service writer jobs don't end up in the paper or online. The one sure thing is that there isn't jack shit going on in Florence right now.
So this post doesn't end up solely being me ranting about life, here is my advice to you. Make sure your kids end up with a skill or trade. Going to college with only a piece of paper is a waste of 4 years. Both of my brothers never finished high school, but they always had jobs , because they have a skill. I have nothing useful or unique. Being funny or good at imitations won't get you anywhere in life. Like Phil in 'City Slickers" , I'm ready to yell "Do Over". I'm going to get some sleep and see if anything changes tomorrow.......

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hilton Head Island: A Microcosm of the Immigration Conundrum...Yes, I Swallowed a Dictionary !

I meant to post on this earlier, but I got busy. There is one thing that I have noticed here that absolutely stunned me is how many illegal immigrants are here. I kid you not when I tell you that there are more Mexicans in Hilton Head than whites, and black people are almost non-existent. This area is a perfect example on why we will never fix immigration - because those in power don't want to fix it.

Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place. Beautiful and expensive, at least as far as real estate goes. Every square foot of the island is landscaped and preened to perfection. To keep the grass a perfect two inches, and the shrubs just so, it takes a lot of labor. The same goes for all the restaurants, supermarkets and other unskilled and low-wage jobs. On the one hand, if it weren't for all the illegals, I wouldn't get lunch every day.

On the other hand, no one seems to be making a big push to fix it either. Why? Because the well off profit tremendously from the cheap labor. And those rich people have buddies in Columbia and Washington that they gave big donations. You could a fence around the island, and things wouldn't change. Don't expect things to change here anytime soon, so here is a piece of advice. If you want to be understood here, learn Spanish.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Mike Reino Radio Show ???

Don't laugh, it almost happened - at least for a day... Yep, I got a call from TJ at News Talk 970 today. He's taking a vacation for a week in December, and he asked me to take a day or two. Picture that - me in charge of a radio program. Too bad I don't know where or if I'll be working, so I had to decline the offer.
Endulge me a minute, as I ponder what the Mike Reino Show would be like:
1. My co-hosts - The Girls from the Trophy Club.
2. I go across the hall to Clyburn's office and demand an interview...
3. I practice guitar live for seven minutes.
4. I do Carnac , where I only say 'Mahmoud Ahmadinejad' over and over.......
5. I deliver a pizza to the station GM for not offering me a job last month.
6. We play Dial a Date - for myself !!
7. Two Words - Dead Air.
8. I practice the Seven Dirty Words...... aw, F**k !

It's a Good Thing I Work at a Body Shop...

And I hadn't even been drinking !! Just call me Crash........ This is one of the problems when you leave trees all over the parking lot. I was backing out at the Bi-Lo when this railroad tie jumped out behind me - at least that's how I recall the event.

Looks like I'll need another favor from Matt......


Monday, November 26, 2007

Want to Learn About Politics ?? Watch Dick Morris..

I'm finally getting back to watching TV tonight. Usually, Hannity and Colmes rives me crazy with all the talking over each other, but not tonight. Former Clinton advisor and show regular Dick Morris was on, talking about the upcoming primaries and all the possible scenarios. It was real nice to see both hosts just ask questions without fighting so much, and Morris earns it.
I've probably seen Morris on Fox fifty times, and I find him to be an honest and knowledgable analyst. For those who REALLY HATE politics, but want to learn some stuff before they vote, Morris is a good start. Sure, he doesn't like Hillary, but he is honest about her winning the Democratic nomination.
Thanks Dick, for allowing us to watch politics for more than five minutes without having to change the channel!!

As Lee Corso Would Say.... Not So Fast , My Friend !!

I Don't Get to Paint the Cars...... at least not yet.

Today's life lesson. Not everything in life is guaranteed. It's nice to know that I can figure these things out after 39 years!! No, I'm not working Butler yet. The service manager didn't get a chance to talk to the owner, so I just went down to Hilton Head and kept busting my ass at Matt's bodyshop. At least I'm working.

I might get the call tomorrow, maybe not. At the rate these guys are procrastinating, it may be years end before I get hired. I got up at 6AM to get to Beaufort on time, so I'm a little cranky from a lot of work and no sleep - damned cat!

Like I said, nothing in life is guaranteed - or easy for that matter. Just because something is important to you, that doesn't mean it matters to anyone else. Work, love, blogging, politics - it's all the same. I've never been a patient guy, so this stuff drives me crazy.

The good news is I worked real hard today, so my biceps are nice and pumped, and I've definitely lost a few pounds since I started here. So, I'll keep scuffing and taping and prepping fenders and bumpers, and wait for them to call - at least until Wednesday !


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Rudy Giuliani on Global Competitiveness....

I don't have much to blog on today, unless I want to bitch about the Giants losing (THREE interception returns for TD's?)... Instead, I've had this clip of Rudy speaking on the US in the Global Marketplace.. Not the most exciting stuff , unless real issues matter to you.

Just to note a couple things: Rudy is not referring to notes, he is speaking extemperaneously. He is not speaking in sound bites, but in regular sentences in plain speak about the issues. The man knows what he is talking about. Lastly, Rudy has been a busy beaver. I think he had been to 93 countries since he ended his term as Mayor - that's more than a country a month. Wow!!


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Clemson 23, Carolina 21.

After 58 minutes, I was looking like a genius, but the USC defense couldn't hold off the Tigers. Congratulations to Clemson on the win, and please - quit talking about firing Tommy Bowden.... The guy wins. Carolina ends up at 6-6, but they'll probably get a bowl bid anyway, thanks to their fans who'll drive anywhere to watch them.
Moye, since you were there, how about an up-close review of the game. Tailgating, any fights with frat-boys, etc........

Pot Smokers for Ron Paul - The Real Revolution...

Hope for America.......... Or Smoke for America ??

I had an enlightening conversation with Ms. X this week. We discuss politics a bit, but I'm not here to talk her into voting for Rudy Giuliani, unless she wants to. I'm not sure it's worked yet..... Anyway, she said to me "I heard there's a guy who is running to legalize pot." I hadn't heard this from anyone, but I had an idea who it was. "You mean Ron Paul?" I asked.... "Yeah, that's him", she answered. Then it struck me. That's why all the college kids are working for him. .....

Usually, I'm bit sharper than this, but I've been out of the loop, and I don't pay much attention to the guy running 7th in the polls. Yep, the Ron Paul Revolution (or is it the Ronalution?) is being pushed not by a group of neo-cons (or REAL Republicans), but by Pot smokers hoping for the legalization of marijuana.... Dude.... REALLY???

That's what it looks like from here, Spicoli.... Nevermind the fact that the President has no power to legalize drugs - may I refer you to "I'm Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock. If that were the case, Paul would have more power staying in the House of Representatives, but we're talking about the motivations of his supporters. It reminds me of when I ran for Congress, and I had voters who liked me because "I hate that nigger Clyburn". That wasn't my reason for running, but what can I do? Same thing.

I'm sure Ron Paul isn't running to legalize pot - at least I'm pretty sure.... But maybe his supporters are hoping he does. The 'grassroots campaign' seems to be reminiscent of the Howard Dean campaign of 2004. He'll have his 5 minutes, then go out like a nut.. WOOHOO!!!

Hey Bud, let's work on a political campaign !!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Rep. Shirley Hinson Resigns.....

Skipping around the internet, I see that Rep. Shirley Hinson will be leaving her seat in the SC Legislature. I met Shirley a few times during my Congress-running days, and I found her to be nice and very supportive, which is more than I got from others. She recently lost a Primary runoff for the late Bill Mescher's seat, and that put up signs that her seat would be in play. I don't know if that has anything to do with her leaving or not. I'll just post the article from The State, and let you guys give me your opinions. Earl?
COLUMBIA, S.C. --State Rep. Shirley Hinson, the first woman to serve as the Republican chief majority whip in the South Carolina House, is resigning from her House seat at the end of the month.
Hinson said Friday she has accepted a full-time job at a Lowcountry center that helps people earn graduate degrees from different South Carolina colleges. She has worked part-time at the center, which is affiliated with the College of Charleston.
In her new role at Lowcountry Graduate Center, which begins Dec. 1, Hinson will help raise scholarship money and will coordinate with business leaders to create graduate programs that benefit the local economy.
"It's time to move on and give other people the opportunity to serve," said Hinson, vice-chairwoman of the Ethics Committee and former chairwoman of the General Assembly Women's Caucus.
"I'm probably maxed out on the House level and need a new challenge. It's just that simple," she said. "District 92 has a wealth of people who are more than qualified to serve in this position."
Hinson, 58, has represented Goose Creek in the House for a decade. Her departure will leave just four Republican women in the House and just five in the entire Legislature.
"I'm going to miss her. The caucus is going to miss her and the state is going to miss her," said Rep. Annette Young, a Summerville Republican and former majority leader.
Hinson said her desire for a change prompted her to run for the Senate seat vacated by the April death of longtime Sen. Bill Mescher. She lost the primary to retired business executive Paul Campbell, who went on to win the special election.
Winning the Senate seat would have allowed her to serve a larger number of people, she said.
"When that didn't happen, my inner feeling of knowing I needed to do something different didn't change. I've got to go another direction. It's time," Hinson said. "In no way did the results of that Senate race make me want to leave the House."
House Majority Leader Jim Merrill said his caucus is losing one of its best conservatives. He also regrets losing a female leader.
"We have enough middle-class white males in the General Assembly. It's nice to have a female voice and opinion," he said. "At the same time, I respect her desire to move on to new challenges."
Hinson said she will miss the Legislature, which she called her extended family, but couldn't pass up the financial and career opportunity.
Hinson, who served eight years on the Berkeley County school board before her election to the House, has run unopposed since 2000, when she defeated her ex-husband in the primary.
Hinson married former state Rep. James Law in 2004. She has one son from her first marriage.

Why Will Folks Doesn't Need to Work : Part II

Is it just me, or is that guy in almost every commercial a dead ringer for my hero, Will Folks. The guy is on the NFL, Mass Mutual, and now he is Bergwood for Allstate. Click on the link, and tell me if I am crazy or not......


SC6's Black Friday Report.......Looking Good.

Easy People !! It's Just Shopping.

Well, it's the first day of the holiday seaon - good old Black Friday !! That day where even the most serene of us turns into a pushy lunatic..... I avoid Black Friday like the Black Plague - usually because I hate the crowds, but this year because I'm broke..... However, I did drive around town, and it looks like the local economy is doing pretty well.

There is the usual line to get to Magnolia Mall, but even the Florence Mall lot is pretty full. The only shopping I did was to Food Lion to get dog food. No line there. :) I like to do my shopping online, but I'm sure I'll take a trip or two to check for any deals. How is it where you are? Leave a comment...


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Clemson vs. Carolina......... The Great Battle Is Here.

The 'Cocks and the Tigers Renew the Rivalry.........
Yep, the big game is here again. It's not as big as we were hoping for. First , the Gamecocks forgot how to stop the run for a month. Then, the Tigers lost their chance at the ACC Championship, so I feel a bit better about not spending $300-600 a ticket on the game. I've been accused of being a closet Carolina fan for my relationship with Ms. X, but I am neutral, which has enabled me to compile a 12-4 record on the games this year. One game left........
Clemson at Carolina:
There are some longstanding trends that go aginst the Gamecocks. Mainly, Carolina hasn't won two years in a row since 1969 - when I was one! That's a long trend..... However, they are playing at home, and Carolina has had an extra week to get ready. So, this game could go either way......But someone's gotta win, right?
The Tigers have the better offense (slightly), and the better defense(a bit more than slightly). However, I just have this feeling that Carolina is going to pull some big effort off. For Clemson, this game is like almost snagging a supermodel, then having to ask out your neighbor instead. I don't think they are REALLY up for this one. The home field advantage and having something to play for (a bowl game) wins this one out. S. Carolina, 27-21.
Sorry, Moye.

SC6's Holiday Film Suggestion... Charlie Wilson's War.

Now the that Thanksgiving is here, we are now at the start of another tradition - the Holiday Film Season... That time when Hollywood puts out the best of what it has to offer. So far, one film piqued my political interest - Charlie Wilson's War.
It's about Democratic Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, who conspired with a rogue CIA operative named Gust Avrakotos to launch an operation to help the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It is based on a 2003 book of the same title by George Crile. The film stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It was written by Aaron Sorkin. Mike Nichols is the director.
I know , it's not a lineup that I might agree with politically, but they are all great actors, and the film looks like it could have a nice comedic element, becuase we all know - nothing is funnier than the Mujahideen !!! Those guys are a friggin' riot !! Don't believe me? Just watch 'Spies Like Us'...........
It doesn't hit theaters until Christmas Day, so you'll have to wait. I'll try to get off my butt and watch it when it comes out. If I do, I'll give a review of it for y'all.

Erection 2008: John Edwards Was Born in a Pink House In Seneca.....

Gotta love that picture!! John Edwards released his first commercial in South Carolina today, an it was not very impressive. He showed that little ramshackle pink hut he grew up in Seneca not once, but twice !! Aside from that there was not much to remember.
In case you didn't know it, Edwards was born in Seneca, SC. Therefore, every South Carolinian should vote for him - case closed. Nothing else matters. Hey , that's a Metallica song!! Maybe he could get an endorsement from them, because no one else is.....
The rest of the commercial is fluff. Him with a shovel, him in a jacket and blue jeans, etc. His campaign is truly one of style over substance, which is why he is permafrosted in third place. Edwards, who was born in Seneca, has never gotten any traction or even a spike in any poll since day one. The same goes for South Carolina, despite the fact that he was born and raised in Seneca.
Rather than Metallica, I'm going to use the music from John Mellencamp's 'Pink Houses' to rewrite a song for Edwards - who is a Seneca native....
There's a white guy, with some great hair, raised in Seneca.
He said 'Boy, I wanna be President'.
But just like everything that ol crazy dream, just kinda came and went...
Ain't that America, You and Me.
Two Americas , Stupidity.
Ain't that America, Nothing is free.
A little pink house ain't enough to win the Presidency.

What I am Thankful For.....

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection - to take stock in your life, and give thanks for all the good things. So, in that spirit, it's a good time for me to give appreciation for what I have......

I'm thankful I have a job again.
I'm thankful for my health.
I'm thankful for my family and the concern they had for me this year.
I'm thankful for having the home I always wanted.
I'm thankful that I have Rocket and Snickers, although I miss Snoop and Tigger sometimes.
I'm thankful for you guys that read and comment on my blog. I have a lot of fun doing this, but it would be nothing if you guys didn't make it a two-way discourse..
I'm especially thankful for Bobby for being a true friend and brother, for helping me when I needed it, for showing concern, and making sure that whatever decision I made was in my best interest.
The biggest difference and what I'm most thankful for is Ms. X.. Even though she has never been north of DC (which I will rectify) , and she may vote for Ron Paul because he's a .....uh - Libertarian. I love you with all my heart Princess, and the rest of you will someday see why I care about her so much.... ;)

Happy Turkey Day !


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving !!

I'm a bit tired from all the driving and work. I don't have much going on this holiday. Bobby's in Pa., Matt is in NY, an everyone else is too far away, so it's just me and Ben and Rocket. Drop a comment on how your day was - even if it was just football and a lot of eating !

Have a great Thanksgiving.........


Monday, November 19, 2007

My Letter From Yasser Arafat's Widow.

We've all gotten the e-mail from the African prince who needs your checking account to send a few million dollars. Apparently, the scammers are tyring a new wrinkle - saying that they are PLO leader Yasser Arafat's widow. The funny part was seeing that she had a Hotmail account in Paris - right... Well here's the letter.

Mrs.Suha Arafat

Dear Intending partner,

This mail may not be surprising to you if you have been following current events in the international media with reference to the Middle East and Palestine in particular, I am Mrs. SUHA ARAFAT the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian Leader who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism, confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at the moment.

You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies and the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in my name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting on their effort to make me poor for life.

As you know, hence my desire for a foreign assistance. You can visit the broadcast below for better understanding of what I am talking about;

I have deposited the sum of 20 million dollars with a private security firm abroad whose name is withheld for now until we open communication. I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your bank account for safe keeping and any Investment opportunity.

This arrangement is known to you and my personal Attorney Dr. Jon Bax [Esq.]. He might be dealing with you directly for security reasons as the case may be. In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits, we will have to negotiate on your Percentage share of the $20,000,000 that will be kept in your position for a while and invested in your name for my trust pending when my only Daughter will come off age and take full responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance.

Please note that this is a golden opportunity that comes once in life time and more so, if you are honest, I am going to entrust more funds in your care as this is one of the legacy we keep for our children.In case you don't accept please do not let me out to the security and international media as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence I will greatly appreciate if you accept my proposal in good faith.

Yours sincerely,Mrs. Suha Arafat

I Finally Have a PAYING Job....But Not in Florence..

Yep, thanks to some good old housecleaning at Butler Jeep-Dodge, I'll have a new job Monday. Yeah, I'm going back to writing service again. Hey, it's what I know, and I've made a pretty good living at it. At least I can pay my bills again........

Hopefully, now that I'm armed with some new ammunition to avoid getting mad at work, I can last longer than a week or two. Now, in case you didn't know, Butler is in Beaufort - about 2 1/2 hours from Florence. So, I'll be gone all week, and back in Flotown on the weekends. For some of you, that is good, for others, bad.

Now as far as my other activities..... Vice Chair of the Florence GOP - out. RED - out. Saturday football - in.... I would have preferred to not have bothered my brother in Hilton Head, or to commute 45 minutes each way, but the money is much better than the zero I've made the past two months. Thanks to everyone who helped me get along during my days of want and woe.........



SC6 Consumer Help... Grab Your Black Friday Circular Here.....

In our neverending attempt to make your life easier and more enjoyable, we here at SC6 were given a website where you can find the circulars for dozens of stores. Sorry Ms. X, no Victoria's Secret circular !! Just click on, then click ads. Here you go....


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Who Is Worse for the Game - Bonds or Rose ?

I missed all the Sunday morning shows today, so nothing is sparking a thought, but I did come across this article on Who is a bigger villain, Pete Rose or Barry Bonds?
Rose undoubtedly has done some bad things for the game - tax evasion, betting on baseball. The chances of him getting into the Hall of Fame are slim, even 20 years later. I think Rose would have been in the Hall by now, but the Commissioner who punished him died almost right after banning Rose. But does it compare to Bonds' sins? I think not.
While betting on other teams is truly egregious, it doesn't affect the outcome of the game. Bonds' using performace enhancing drugs puts a stain on the game that Ajax won't wash off. It is just that - enhancing performance. All those home runs likely would not have come if he didn't take it. Therefore, his chance to be in the Hall of Fame is almost zero.
What do you think? Comments, please.

Friday, November 16, 2007

SC6 Announces It's 'Adopt a Bottle of Jack Daniel's' Program..

A terrible crime is about to be committed, right here in the United States, and it's up to you to right this terrible wrong. An arrest was recently made by police in Tennessee, and over 2400 bottles of Jack Daniel's Whiskey were impounded. The fate of these bottles hang in tha balance, and they could be poured down the drain.........
Yes, I said down the drain......... Just dumped like pee down the toilet !! The Tennessee Dept. of Alcohol has possession of the bottles right now, and if a suitable home is not found, the botttles will be dumped out. These are not ordinary bottles of JD, people. They have a value of over $1 million, and one of them is an unopened bottle from 1914, valued at $10k.
This is where we come in. SC6 will not stand for this nectar to be wasted after the years it took to make it !! We therefore are announcing our "Save the Jack" campaign. Simply go to the Tennessee agency holding these bottles, and put your name on the list.
These bottles need a loving, happy home - not a tragic death down a drainpipe.. Call the Tennessee Alcohol and Beverage Commission, and tell them that you want to adopt a bottle of Jack Daniel's. Word is that all bottles have been spayed or neutered, and have all of their shots. Call Now!! The drink you save may be your own........
Tennessee ABC Headquarters: (615) 741-1602 , Danielle Elks, Exec. Dir.

RED Rolls On, But Without Me on the Board...

After taking on Wal-Mart for 5 years, Responsible Economic Development , or RED, had a crucial meeting last night. Now that the battle was over, should the group continue on, or was it time to close down the tent. The decision to keep on keeping on was made, but I will not be with them.

After 4 years on the Board, a couple other, more qualified and motivated people were found to take my spot. I was always the right wing member of this generally liberal group, but there was a decision I needed to make - politics or RED. No tough choice there...

Like this blog, being on RED and running for office got in the way of each other. RED was viewed as a Che Guevara-type rebel outfit, which pissed off people in the GOP, and I got the feeling that some people in RED felt I did it only for my resume. Whatever.

I suppose I could have asked to stay on, and that room would have been made for me, but they already had nine members on board, who needs ten? So, I told them not to worry about adding me on the board. Done. I wish RED the best, and if they need me to explain the politics of development, i'll be glad to.


Another Debate, Another Panderfest....

I caught the second half of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, and there were a couple things I noticed. Some were no surprise, a few were new wrinkes.

Uh, what was i going to ask??
The questions came from the attendees, but most of them kept getting stuck in the middle of the question. Next time , write down your questions, and give the candidates time to answer them.

Wolf, Stop Cutting Them Off.
I'm not sure how long the candidates got, but it seemed like less than a minute. The audience was aloud to cheer, so the candidates hardly had any time to fully answer the questions with any detail. Give em 90 seconds, or don't allow cheering.

Iraq Is to Blame for Everything.
Barack Obama was asked how to fix Social Security. His first comment ? Get out of Iraq. None of them even mentioned fixing the poor return on investment - a major cause. Illegal immigration? Iraq is to blame. C'mon folks, let's focus on the real problems here.

Pander Watch II.
An Arab-American asked why he gets checked at airports so much. Duh... But all the candidates blamed America, not "hey buddy, shit is gonna happen". A Mexican guy aksed about immigration, and Chris Dodd panders by speaking Spanish to him. Beautiful .... A little less time kissing butt, and more time defending what is right.

We're 60 days away from our primaries, and we still haven't gotten down to talking in detail about the issues, and being truthful about why we do things.


At Least Carolina Won't Lose This Weekend...

I got both games right last week, so I am now 12-3 on the year. Carolina has the weekend off in preparation for next week's grudge match. Clemson has a trip to the ACC Conference Championship on the line this weekend....
Boston College vs. Clemson
Clemson has all the intangibles going into this one - it's at home, they are rolling on Offense , Defense and Special Teams. Cullen Harper may be all conference Quarterback, and BC has played badly in three straight games, losing the last two. BC's defense has been okay, so it may not be a rout, but Clemson rolls onto the big game.
Clemson 27-14.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

It's Time Again for A Pop Quiz........

OK folks, time to put on your thinking caps and learn more about me.

1. What was the name of Mike's Summer Camp?

a. Camp Wakpominee Boy Scout Camp

b. Camp Crystal Lake

c. Chubby's Fat Camp

d. Camp Chumbawumba

2. What community group was Mike a Board Member of?

a. Citizens in Action

b. Black Panthers

c. Responsible Economic Development

d. Rotary Club

3. Which Presidential Candidate has Mike not met?

a. Rudy Giuliani

b. Mitt Romney

c. Mike Huckabee

d. John McCain

4. Name Mike's brothers and sisters:

a. Mike's an only child

b. Moe, Larry and Curly

c. Greg , Marcia, Peter, Jan , Bobby and Cindy.

d. Mark, Monica, Matt, and Martha.

5. How many nieces and nephews does Uncle Mike have?

a. none

b. two

c. four

d. eleven

6. Mike Reino - Boxers or Briefs ??

a. Boxer briefs

b. Boxers

c. Briefs

d. Freestyle, baby !!

7. Who is Mike's favorite supermodel?

a. Elle MacPherson

b. Christy Turlington

c. Tyra Banks

d. Ru Paul

8. What minority group has Mike donated money to?



c. NFL

d. United Negro College Fund.

9. In elementary school, Mike debated for which Presidential candidate ?

a. Ronald Reagan

b. Ted Kennedy

c. Jimmy Carter

d. Gerald Ford

10. Where does Mike get 90% of his stories from?

a. Florence Morning News

b. Fox News

c. National Enquirer

d. Mad Magazine

Answers: 1-a, 2-c, 3-b, 4-d, 5-c, 6-a, 7-b, 8-d, 9-c, 10-b.


0-5. I gave you at least three this time (like I read mad Magazine!), so you have a lot of work to do.

6-8. Pretty good. You obviously were around during the earlier days of SC6.

9-10. How the hell do you know what kind of underwear I like??? And my Boy Scout camp? You are one more correct answer away from a restraining order ! Oh, congrats for you high score - you freak!


Here's a Nice, Relaxing View for Ya ...

Sure, there are views that are nicer, but none on my street. This is the view from the backyard of Bobby's lot, two houses down from my place. All you need is a lawn chair and a cold beer....

Mike Reino Loses 'Sexiest Man Alive" to Matt Damon.... This Is Bulls**t !!

This Is Sexier Than Me?? Okay, Maybe it Is..........

People Magazine had their annual 'Sexiest Man Alive' edition , and Matt Damon was their selection. Somehow, I did not make the list. I really don't know the criteria, but a late-30's graying man with the longest eyelashes ever should have made it somewhere on the list !!

Next year, I'm going to demand that People Magazine make it a write-in campaign, then we'll jam their system like Ron Paul does on all those debate surveys !! Either that, or I drop 20 pounds and dye my hair...


Sorry About the Lack of Posts This Week...

Yeah, I was a bit slack on the posts this week - working 10 or 11 hours a day will do that. Seriously, auto body work is not easy. My knees are killing me, but at least it's work. I was chatting with Ms. X last night, and she wanted more posts, and what Ms. X wants, Ms. X gets - and then some !!
We apologize for the delay in service..........

What Would You Give Up Your Right to Vote For ??

NYU Journalism School Survey Finds Voting Rights Are Not Important...

What would you permanently give up your right to vote for? Well, you might be surprised by this survey given at NYU.....

50% of those surveyed would do it for a million dollars

66% would do it for a year's paid tuition

20% would do it for an IPOD Touch.....whatever that is.

Honestly, the only one I would do it for is the million dollars, because with a million bucks, you can easily buy the influence worth much more than a single vote could get. In the real world, money is worth more than a vote. Agree or disagree? What would you give up your vote for? A car? A date with Brooke Burke?

Here you are, Moye.

My Miller High Life Question Gets Answered...

I forgot about this one...... Matt asked if i wanted a beer, and a cold one sounded good, and guess what I got? A Miller High Life !! HA !! It turns out the beers were a leftover from Matt's girlfriend visiting last week. So, apparently, SOMEONE is drinking the stuff - I stand corrected.

And to answer the other question - no, Matt never eats at home.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Day 3 In Hilton Head: Matt Gets a Guest on His Motorcycle...

Nothing real exciting today....... More scuffing and prep-sol work again. I did get to work with a DA (dual action) sander, which is a power sander. It does make the job a lot easier. It did get interesting at closing time. Matt was going to pull his Harley into the shop for the night, when he saw a snake coiled up by the rear tire.....

Now, being a Yankee boy ( Matt's only been here for three months), he figured it was okay to check it out. Nope... It turned out the snake was a copperhead, so the four of us had to coax the poisonous reptile back into the bushes........

As far as the exploration of Hilton Head's food, we went to Matt's favorite joint, Carrabba's. I haven't been there before, and it was good. I had the Mezzaluna, along with house salad and about 50 slices of dipping bread !! It's okay , I'm working my ass off..........

See ya tomorrow!


Monday, November 12, 2007

Day Two In Hilton Head..... Manual Labor Sucks !!

Man, am I tired today. Maybe it was sleeping on the couch, maybe it was not being able to fall asleep til 100AM, or maybe it was because I haven't put in a full day's work in two months..... My back hurts, my hands are filthy, and when I blow my nose, it's all gray.

Body work is tough work. Lots of bending and crawling and rubbing stuff. Today I mostly did taping and scuffing bumpers and fenders. You have to scuff the bodypanels so the paint attaches better. Nothing too tough, but you should have seen the tape job I did on this Acura MDX - nice....

Matt is one of those guys who goes to work when he wants to - which in today's case meant he got in at 400AM !! Needless to say after 15 hrs, he is already asleep, and I'll probably be right behind him...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

SC6 On the Road: Day 1 In Hilton Head - Good Pizza and Bad Houses.....

My Brother, Matt, Sticking His Head Out From My Sunroof........

No, this probably won't be as interesting as my trip to Europe, but hey, funds are low... I made it into Hilton Head this afternoon, and it's a pretty good time to be here. Not so many tourists, but the weather is still nice..

I was ready to chew my arm off, so Matt suggested a New York -style pizza place called -SURPRISE !!! New York City Pizza. Good stuff... Thin and slightly crispy, and dripping just the right amount oil when you fold it. Just a bit more cheese, and it would have been perfect ! Good enough for my starving tummy though........

Next, a trip to the ugliest house I have ever seen.....

You thought I was kidding. This thing is an abomination. Everything you see that is pink or white is foam, the living room has a brick floor, the second story front are shingles and the garage on the right has no supports to keep it up. The guy was apparently a mason (bricklayer, not the ones with the funny handshake) who went berserk.

Seriously, the only way to fix the place is to knock the entire second floor off and make it a ranch. By now, you're probably wondering "Why bother?"......... Well, it's one block from the ocean, so the property is prime real estate. Matt wants to fix it.... I think he's crazy, but he's had worse schemes. If the price is right, he might try to do it.
That's it for now. I missed most of the Cowboys/Giants game, and it looks like it's a good thing I did. I start working in the shop tomorrow, so you guys should get a good laugh watching me do manual labor....

Saturday, November 10, 2007

What Game Are You Watching, Steve ??

Go Ahead, Steve........ Throw It!!
I'm watching Carolina get thumped by Florida (it's 34-14 right now), when I got a chance to hear Steve's halftime hypothesis. Holly Rowe asked him what the problem is, and what was Spurrier's answer? " Our offense isn't playing too well right now".
Steve-O, your defense has given up 27 points in a half, they are being run up and down the field. The other team hans't punted yet. Your defense is in shambles!! My guess is that it would be easier to try to improve the D than to catchup scoring-wise. That would be my advice.... Looks like the Cocks will be trying to avoid 5 straight losses when Clemson comes to town........

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Have a Nice Weekend........Look ! Dancing Kitties !!

Thought I'd get away from the puppies for once. I'll probably post again before the weekend comes, but just in case, y'all enjoy the spectacular weather this weekend. Nice and cool......Just like me. ;)


Riding Roughshod Over All the Other Blogs, SC6 Hits Post Number 700

This is the only remotely interesting thing associated with the number 700. No cars, no superdangerous weapons, no chicks - nothing. But the 700 Club in posts is in some pretty rarified air, so it's kind of like the Mile High Club.... Hey, i'll take it wherever I can !!
I will have some new things to post on next week - I'll be serving a few days of public service at my brother's bodyshop in Hilton Head to make a couple bucks. The other gig didn't quite pan out into what I thought it could be. Fear not, there are a couple other things in the proverbial hopper for Mike. So at least I'll get out of the house for awhile...
Again, thanks to all of you for keeping in touch with us here at SC6 - where we take our politics VERY SERIOUSLY !!!!!!!

Time Again for Saturday's Picks.....

We're down to crunch time folks !! I got both right last week, which puts me at 10-3 this year. After all the noise about Carolina contending for a conference championship, Clemson has quietly put themselves in the drivers seat for one. But, can they pull it off?? Moye sure hopes so. Can Carolina end their current 3-game skid? Ms. X is no doubt hoping it does. Bobby doesn't give a damn either way....

Clemson vs. Wake Forest.

Wake Forest was in the same position as Clemson is now - win out , and the title is in reach. But they lost a heartbreaker to Virginia, 17-16. How do most teams react when the championship is gone? Ask Carolina. The Tigers have begun to hit on all cylinders, but playing Duke will do that to you. Wake will try to stay in it, but it's in Death Valley, and the Tigers know what needs to be done. No looking past the Deacs and onto BC. Clemson 31-17.

Carolina vs. Florida.

November swoons.... Sounds familiar to Carolina fans. That time of year when dreams of titles turn into Copper Bowl realities... There is a magic number in this game - 30. Florida is 6-0 when scoring over 30 points, 0-3 under thirty. Their defense isn't what it was last year, but the offense with a healthy Tim Tebow is too much. This will be a track meet, and the Gamecocks simply don't have the legs to keep up. Florida 42-24.


Does This Look Like Improving Our Defense?? It Does to Jim..

Give credit where it's due. I got an e-mail form the SCGOP, and it appears that the post I made a few days ago regarding earmarks hit the nail on the head with our own Majority Whipper, Jim Clyburn.
Yesiree Bob, it seems that there is an earmark in the Defense budget for $3 Million to a charitable foundation connected to the James E. Clyburn Golf Center in Columbia. Nice....... All together now...... WTF ????
No doubt that teaching inner city youths ( or is it Yutes?) how to play golf will make us all sleep better at night. Got an Al-Qaeda cell in your neighborhood? Just whip out your Big Bertha and whack away!! MS 13 terrorizing your town? Dazzle them with your knowledge of when to yell "Fore!", and when not to.
Seriously, this is what is exactly wrong with Congress. We judge the value of our servants by how much of The Other White Meat they can connive out of the budget. Then we all pay. I repeat - WE ALL PAY. How is this concept lost on everyone? I could understand how you can explain earmarking the money to his Transportation school, but how do you justify a golf school in a defense bill?? SCGOP has made up a petition to end this stupidity. Here is the link...
Jim, the ball is in your court. We're all waiting for an answer on this one...................

Sheriff Boone Has His First Fundraiser.......

Want to support Sheriff Kenney Boone in helping to continue his progress? Yes? Well, come on out to his first fundraiser next week..... Here are the details..
Thursday, November 15, 2007
600-830 PM
At the Home of Rex and Jane Huggins
405 South Coit St., Florence.
(the corner of Coit and Pine Streets).
Donation - $100 per couple/individual.

SC6 Unveils Rejected Right to Life Ads....

This is your friend on drugs. Any questions? I know, I know. This is in poor taste.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

When Number One and 1 1/2 Won't Let Number Two Do Their Job..

shit crap poop #2 dump number one poo feces defecate #1 drop the kids off at the pool drydock the fudge barge excrement piss shitting turd

Number Two, as defined in the Urban Dictionary.

I got a phone call tonight from a local GOP buddy. He asked me why Monday's meeting was canceled. "What are you talking about?" was my reply, since I had heard nothing about it either. As Vice-Chair, I would usually be one of the first to know if and why a meeting would be canceled. Wait , i forgot......... This is the Florence GOP, only two people count.

You see, in most counties, if the chair can't make the meeting, the job to oversee it falls down to the Vice-Chair, unfortunately being me. He handles the meeting, makes the announcements, asks about new business/old business, then adjouns the meeting. A very tough gig.......

But like I said, this is Flotown, and if our Chair and Exec. Comm, who happen to be married to one another, can't make it, we don't meet. As the Church lady would say, "how Conveeeeeeeeneint". Hey, maybe I'm wrong, but I thought this was a group that exists on it's own, not some kinda Neo-Chinese Gang of Two..... I'm a bit pissed right now, but if I'm wrong I'll apologize, but I don't think I'm wrong..... Does anyone else have this problem, because I went to 15 counties, and no one else works this way......


Florence Voters Turn Down $125 Million Bond Referendum..

Florence County School District 1 voters killed a $125 Million bond referendum on yesterday's ballot. Most people didn't even know it was being voted on - I know I didn't. It was similar to he $377 Million road tax that was passed last year. The main difference, and the main reason it was killed, was that FCSD1 didn't go out and push it like the supporters of the road tax.

FCSD1 seemed to just throw the bill on the ballot, and assume that voters would pass it. Surprise!! It lost. While too many of our schools use trailers, most of the schools are in workable condition, or would be better served by repairing, not replacing the school. And it's not like the School Board doesn' have the money to fix the needed repairs. They have over $30 Million in extra cash as we speak - refer to a post from Aug 06 - so they can keep this money for repairs, if invested properly. They are also the only School District that has it's own Foundation. The School Foundation has also raised millions for FCSD1 too.

If you want to talk about subpar schools and facilities, go next door to FCSD4. However, the School Foundation wouldn't dare give money to them. Nice.....

Good roads, good schools - they all attract poeple and businesses, but sometimes you can't have it all at once. My advice is to wait until the road tax is done, then we can buy some new schools with the exposed brick and stucco, and fancy green glass. Right now, I'd take a great teacher in an old school than subpar teachers in a new school.


Sanford Puts the Screws to Chellis....

No Doubt Who's Butt Mark would like to Stick His Thumb In......

Anyone get a love letter from Mark Sanford today? I did, and I couldn't help but notice the message this time. Usually, it's a request to call Sen. Leatherman or Rep. Cooper - his usual enemies. This time, he has a new target - New Treasurer Converse Chellis. .....

Yep , it seems that Sanford has the same problem that he had with Grady Patterson last year - he keeps blocking Sanford on his Budget and Control Board votes. It's another case of careful what you wish for. I know Sanford didn't wish for Chellis, but he sure isn't happy with him.

We all know Leatherman and Cooper will not vote with Sanford on anything, so that leaves him with only one option - pressuring Chellis. To quote Sanford, "This is exactly why it is so critical that you get involved and tell your elected officials that this kind of decision-making is not what you sent them here to do. If you live in the Charleston area, I’d ask you talk to Converse Chellis who holds the key third vote on the Budget and Control Board and to date has been voting against me and Richard Eckstrom on taxpayer issues like this."

Mark is asking you to stop Chellis in his driveway while he picks up his P&C in the morning, or in the Sonic drive-thru as he gets his morning breakfast burrito. Chellis helped override Sanford and Richard Eckstrom's veto of raising the state agency heads pay up to 20% - of which Chellis was a recipient.

So , it looks like we are back to pre-2006..... Sanford has no power, and he keeps getting overriden by lesser people. Such is the South Carolina state government. My guess is if this keeps up, Sanford won't wait for Giuliani to name him his VP choice - he'll ask for it..