Wednesday, October 31, 2007
SC6 Has learned that 80's Pop Star Kim Carnes is planning on running against incumbent SC Senator Lindsey Graham in 2008. No word on if 'Bette Davis Eyes' will be her theme song.
So far, the campaign has been very low-key. A press release on SC Hotline is the only evidence that she is campaigning for the seat. In the public interest, we went on a search for Carnes to clear up the confusion. Unfortunately, we are only more confused than when we started....
For starters, Carnes doesn't even live in South Carolina, she lives in California. Strike one. We decided to get the word straight from the horse's mouth, so we called Carnes agent, Swifty Rabinowitz.. Just to let you know, she is available for concerts, restaurant openings or company get togethers. However, Swifty said he knows nothing of it, so I called Carnes directly......
Just to reiterate, Carnes is available for concerts, birthday parties, etc..... When asked directly 'Will you run against Lindsey Graham?' Her reply was terse..... "Who the heck is Lindsey Graham". We are flabbergasted !!! Why would Kim Carnes make a press release, then not.......... Uh, TIM CARNES ?? Oh. Nevermind.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
After I wrote my post last week about Jim Clyburn's cousin Bill, who is running for Senate Seat 25, someone aksed me a funny question in jest......... "Mike, Do you hate all Clyburns?" . Gee, I never thought about it. I guess I do.
Sure , we all known I have no love for Jim, but I guess Bill is now on my list too. Maybe if he didn't try to use the same old lowball tactics as Jim, I might feel otherwise. But he didn't.
But there are others.... Pianist Van Cliburn's ( above left) playing is pedestrian, choppy and sounds almost as though he were making fun of whoever he is playing. A good example of this is Schubert's 'Der Kinderspiel Eien kleine' . In it , Cliburn's dexterity is off - it sounds like he is missing a couple fingers.
On the right we have Baltimore Orioles great Danny Clyburn. What? You never heard of him? That's because he looked like a great player (6'4'' , 220), but that was about it. No power in the big leagues - always pulled the ball to left field. Throw him a curve, and he'd bail out. Bobby is a lifelong Orioles fan, and he's never heard him. Enough said.
All the other Clyburns have never amounted enough to comment on - I think that says it all.
So, do I hate all Clyburns. No , of course not. I hate the player, not the name...
The dining room and kitchen. The only time the dinette was used was when Ben's parents came to town. It was an excellent use of money, eh? One oddity - there are 7 doors to the room. Who told us? the neighbor...
Lastly, the rear deck. 400 square feet of unused magic. After 3 months of 100 degree plus weather, it's finally cool enough to be used. The best part? The ceramic pig near the entrance....
Sure, there are other things to show you, but do you really want to see where I crap?? That and Ben's room is a mess. One thing you must see - the monkey wallpaper! For that, you're gonna have to come by sometime. Thanks for taking the 'SC Cribs' tour........ Peace Out, Yo!
This one looks like a lot of work was put into it........ Nice use of the gourds too. That reminds me - I need to get some candy for the kids.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Uh, it's just a number, no need to freak out................ How superstituous is the Pee Dee?? They have every number in the 660's for phone numbers , but they skipped 666 !! Like Satan is coming through the telephone. Yes, I saw The Ring - stupid movie..
It's just a number, same as any other. Feel free to drop a post about your favorite superstition. I used to click my toes 3 times and say 'Rabbit, Rabbit' before my feet hit the floor on the first day of the month for good luck. Yeah, i was a weird kid - like I'm any better now.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thanks to Bobby for sending me this quiz.... It has 13 questions on various words, and how you pronounce them. Then it tells you where you are likely from. It had my Long Island accent pegged almost exactly.
Let me know how it goes... Just click on the link.
My Giants Win a Sloppy 13-10 Game in Wembley Stadium......
I never watched an NFL game in slow motion before today. Football is one of the few sports that you can usually play in bad weather. In fact , football in snow is great. But, football on a soaked , thin piece of turf is not good at all.........
I understand the NFL wants to make football a worldwide game, but there is one problem...... The rest of the world hates football. Football to them is Soccer. Our Football to them is very boring, and it lacks strategy. I repeat - they HATE American football. This is all a play for money, and I hate when I am reminded that the NFL is a business.
It was nice to see all the different teams represented by the uniforms the fans were wearing, but Wembley Stadium was the wrong place to have it. Wembley is a soccer field. There is no crown for drainage, and they cut the grass way too short, so the turf is very weak. The turf got all torn up, so the players played like they were on ice skates.
In short, Good Fans, Good Game, Bad Arena...
Saturday, October 27, 2007
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Tony Piscatella has been busy shopping for a Republican presidential candidate to support. On Tuesday, he stopped in to hear Mitt Romney at a town hall meeting in Summerville. The next morning, he drove to nearby Mount Pleasant to hear Fred D. Thompson at a diner. Afterward, he said he would probably give Mr. Thompson the edge but wanted to hear more.
“He’s a Southerner,” said Mr. Piscatella, who lives in Summerville. “He’s got our traditional values at heart.”
With his Southern roots and drawl, Mr. Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, would seem to be the man to beat in South Carolina’s Republican Primary on Jan. 19; he leads in most polls, and many political observers see his candidacy either rising or falling on how he does in the state. But Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, has shown surprising strength in the state, running first or second in many surveys. Mr. Romney began blanketing the state with television commercials last month. And Senator John McCain of Arizona is now largely focused on New Hampshire and this state to propel his campaign.
It is Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, who has been the most aggressive in the state as of late, seeking to apply the same formula he used in Iowa and New Hampshire, where he trailed early on but built leads in large part through a flood of early advertising.
Mr. Romney’s challenges would appear to be more daunting in South Carolina, where he has lagged in the polls. Many in the state, which has a large concentration of white evangelical Republican voters, consider his Mormon faith to be heretical.
$1 million in commercialsBut Mr. Romney has spent over $1 million on television commercials in South Carolina, the vast majority in the last few weeks; his rivals have yet to run any. And Mr. Romney has devoted more than $140,000 to his direct mail operation in the state, far more than anyone else, and more than $200,000 on in-state consultants, with a heavy emphasis on courting evangelicals.
His campaign recently unveiled a series of endorsements from Christian conservatives, including Bob Jones III, chancellor of the fundamentalist Bob Jones University, and Robert R. Taylor, the dean of the university’s school of arts and sciences.
But Mr. Romney’s campaign suffered a setback when the Rev. Donald J. Wilton, pastor of a Spartanburg church and immediate past president of the state’s Southern Baptist convention, suddenly withdrew his endorsement this week, calling it a “personal error.”
Initially, Mr. McCain, who has been to the state 15 times since January, had been the favorite here, locking up endorsements from some 40 state legislators and building up a formidable field operation. Then the campaign ran into financial problems over the summer, and he had to lay off much of his staff. But Mr. McCain’s top two political consultants agreed to work without pay, and, last month, the campaign began hiring again. Staffing levels have largely recovered; still, the campaign continues to work to convince voters that Mr. McCain remains viable.
This time is different, said Richard Quinn, one of Mr. McCain’s political consultants. Mr. McCain has sought to smooth over relations with evangelical leaders and has highlighted a consistent voting record against abortion, which contrasts him with some of his rivals. But many Christian conservatives still regard him as a maverick.
Largely unknownMr. Romney, unlike Mr. McCain, remains largely unknown to many in South Carolina. He began cultivating party leaders and activists in 2006 and has continued to lavish attention on them, sending representatives to push his cause at meetings, making sure to support county Republican Party organizations and competing vigorously in straw polls across the state.
“If I ever ran for the president of the United States, I’d want to do it like Mitt Romney,” said Samuel Harms, chairman of the Republican Party in Greenville County, a conservative stronghold that Mr. Romney first visited early last year. “It’s my impression that he’s outworking everybody else.”
Mr. Romney’s campaign has already named precinct captains in the top 300 of the 1,500 voting precincts in the state, which cover areas to include much of the vote. And his campaign has conducted extensive phone bank operations for months.
Mr. Giuliani’s state chairman, Barry Wynn, said that the Giuliani organization in South Carolina has ramped up as well, pointing out that it now has three offices there. “I would argue as of today that we’ve caught up,” Mr. Wynn said.
But his campaign believes that demographics have changed to his advantage in some parts of the state and that he can compete even among evangelicals upstate because they value his strong stance on terrorism.
Mr. Giuliani’s campaign focused more attention on South Carolina early on than on Iowa and New Hampshire. His advisers see the state as a potentially decisive domino, where a victory, along with one in Florida on Jan. 29, could give him an insurmountable advantage heading into the nation’s super primary on Feb. 5.
Many consider the South Carolina primary as Mr. Thompson’s to lose. But he has been scrambling to make up for his late start. His campaign moved into its headquarters in Columbia only recently; he has six paid staff members, about half of what his rivals have. The campaign is being run by Dean Rice, a longtime aide of Mr. Thompson’s from Tennessee.
Mr. Thompson, who was visiting the state this week for just the second time since he declared his candidacy in early September, drew larger crowds than Mr. Romney but covered much less ground, stopping in only Mount Pleasant and Bluffton near the coast, whereas Mr. Romney dashed across the state from Greenville to Charleston.
Republican activists warned that Mr. Thompson cannot take the state for granted.
“For Fred Thompson, South Carolina is a must-win state,” said Mr. Harms, the party leader in Greenville County. “So whatever it takes for him to win the state, he’s got to do.”
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against
The sorry bastard who made you sad.
2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.
4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much Worse it could be until you quit whining.
6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.
7. When you are sick -- Stay the hell away from me until you are well
Again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.
9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask;
'because you are my friend'.
Friendship is like peeing your pants,
everyone can see it,
But only you can feel the true warmth.
This is a story about 4 Live Oak Trees in Biloxi , Mississippi - and someone who had a great idea. The trees lie right in front of Hwy 90, which is the local road that runs the length of the Gulf of Mexico. Like many trees, the 4 oaks were beaten into submission on August 28th, 2005. When they failed to bloom, and it was obvious that they had died, the city was going to cut them down - until someone had an idea......
An interesting question was brought up today on Fox News. While we are pretty sure that the wildfires in Southern California were deliberately set, there is a small bit of evidence that they may have been started by terrorists.
According to an FBI memo earlier this week, authorities were warned from the Denver office by an Al-Qaeda detainee that they may start fires in the West. Not exactly a very efficient way of terrorizing people, but it is possible. The fires are spreading so fast, that there is little doubt that they are the result of some type of accelerant.
The good news is that the winds are dying down and beginning to come from off of the ocean, rather than from the east, so the tide may be turning in the firefighters' favor. At this point, the fires still are running unabated, with 1300 homes lost, and nearly 1 million evacuees.