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At some point, citizens have to stand up and say, “Enough!”
“less than half of the candidates running for South Carolina governor say they would consider moving the Confederate flag that flies in front of the South Carolina Statehouse; none of the candidates say they would.”
“I hope this secret isn’t being used as leverage over Senator Graham, so today I think Senator Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality.”
No wonder Sanford didn’t get impeached. That ignorant asshat is what would have been running the state if Sanford were gone. I suppose I should in all fairness mention that that ignorant asshat has also been accused of being in the closet, supposedly by activist Mike Rogers, but later it was reported the accusations came from, yes, Governor Mark Sanford.
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals." “You know why? Because they breed.It should be noted most media outlets did not report the “fucking” portion of his comments.
“You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”
Sadly, the morality morass in South Carolina gets worse. Much worse.
"With a bead of sweat rolling down the side of his face outside a Columbia bar, Republican S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts called Lexington Rep. Nikki Haley, an Indian-American Republican woman running for governor, a “raghead” several times while explaining how he believed she was hiding her true religion from voters."
“She’s a fucking raghead,” Knotts said.
Four things you can't recover from: The Stone...after you throw it... The Word...after its said... The Occasion...after its missed and The Time...after it's gone
“We got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South Carolina,” Knotts said more than once. “She’s a raghead that’s ashamed of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political reasons.”
“Since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize,” Knotts said. “I still believe Ms Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur.”
Yes, Senator DeMint, hate crimes happen to your constituents, even the non-gay ones.
This is not some vision of mint juleps and ladies in ringlets and lace, is the "heritage" that modern Confederates defend when they champion this flag.
For most Americans, let alone most African Americans, the men who died under the Confederate battle flag were not heroes; they were traitors to the fundamental notion of human freedom.
The flag is a racist, ignoble symbol and location does not change its meaning.
The flag as government-imposed speech or symbolism is a slap in the face to all Americans who believe in equality. The NAACP's demand is that the flag be removed from the dome and relegated to a museum. So, if the South Carolina legislature decides to cast the flag in bronze, the group will have accomplished its mission. That does not mean that the remaining monuments to racism ought to be left alone. All monuments that glorify slavery ought to crumble, and it is outrageous and not just symbolic that the most reactionary legislators are insisting that all other symbols of white supremacy and enslavement must stand if they give up this one.
Just the opposite: We must never forget!
Those who put one of the many Confederate flags on their cars or fly them in their yards at least do us the favor of letting us know what they stand for. Still, at some point, there must be a repudiation of the symbols and icons that glorify the immorality of the past.
I've lived out here for about 4 & 1/2 years, and through my observations, I've come to understand that there has got to be something wrong with the water. I mean, people out here are just not right.
As a matter of fact, other than showering, I try to avoid any contact with the water. You hear stories about young children getting scabs on their arms, legs and chest where the bathwater — polluted with lead, nickel and other heavy metals — caused painful rashes.
Almost four decades ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to force polluters to disclose the toxins they dump into waterways and to give regulators the power to fine or jail offenders. States have passed pollution statutes of their own. But in recent years, violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation, an extensive review of water pollution records by The New York Times found.
The new E.P.A. administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, said in an interview that despite many successes since the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, today the nation’s water does not meet public health goals, and enforcement of water pollution laws is unacceptably low. She added that strengthening water protections is among her top priorities. State regulators say they are doing their best with insufficient resources.
Most of my readers know that I have been living isolated in a small country town in South Carolina. At first, I was intrigued by the simplicity of living in a Southern state. I must admit, I was not prepared for the culture shock I endured.
Four years ago, I set out on a spiritual journey and during this time, I worked very hard at trying to detach myself from all materialistic and physical desires. I spent most of my time in meditation, which helped create a clear channel to observe my thoughts, fears, and any physical desires. Once I mastered the ability to observe my emotions, I began to apply this to my life — I no longer felt that I needed to react to them.
In Mexico, they embrace death, and even taunt it, and laugh at it.
Living with a terminal illness has changed the way I view death, and with the death of my dog, I have been able to embrace this very special experience. It only occurs once in a lifetime, and it is something one waits to arrive. Never acknowledging this universal experience of the unknown is like an individual who admits he has a mind but not a body, or vice versa; in short, by hiding from such an inherent part of life as death, we deny ourselves a truly integrated understanding of life's possibilities and its meaning.
Here shall I dwell in the season of rains, and here in winter and summer"; thus thinks the fool, but he does not think of death."
"For death carries away the man whose mind is self-satisfied with his children and his flocks, even as a torrent carries away a sleeping village."
"Neither father, sons nor one's relations can stop the King of Death. When he comes with all his power, a man's relations cannot save him."
"A man who is virtuous and wise understands the meaning of this, and swiftly strives with all his might to clear a path to Nirvana."
"Watchfulness is the path of immortality: unwatchfulness is the path of death. Those who are watchful never die: those who do not watch are already as dead."
"You are at the end of your life. You are going to meet Death. There is no resting place on your way, and you have no provision for the journey."
"Make therefore an island for yourself. Hasten and strive. Be wise. With the dust of impurities blown off, and free from sinful passions, you will be free from birth that must die, you will be free from old age that ends in death."
So as I say farwell to the South, with all it's Hate, Homophobia, Racism, Hypocrisy, and ill Faith enveloped in the hot humid South Carolina summer during one of the most tumultuous crossroads the world has ever faced.
I dance around this empty house
Screaming down the halls
Pictures framing up the past
This museum full of ash
This used to be a funhouse
It's time to start the countdown
I'm gonna burn it down
9, 8, 7, 6 5 4, 3, 2, 1,