Abbott and Costello Discuss Unemployment

COSTELLO:  I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America  .

image001.jpgABBOTT: Good Subject.  Terrible Times.  It’s 5.6%.

COSTELLO:  That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.

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For America: Roll Tide!

I am a Gamecock: an alum, husband of an alum, parent of two alums, uncle to two alums, brother to two alums and of the fourth generation to attend the University of South Carolina.

I have friends, neighbors, colleagues and (sadly) family that are Clemson alums or fans.

In 2015, the Gamecock football team was not just a disappointment, it was an abysmal failure.  Clemson is undefeated and playing for the national championship.  The team is talented and indisputably the best team in the state.  This year.

As a South Carolina resident, I am told I should root for Clemson in their championship quest as a show of Palmetto State brotherhood.  “It’s a South Carolina team” is the mantra for co-opting Gamecocks into Tiger Nation, if only for one game.


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The Fools We Are

The American voting public is showing itself to be a collection of the selfish, lazy, ignorant and foolish.  As the world gets smaller, its constriction is choking our economy, strangling our security and suffocating our national pride.  And all the while, we champion the most absurd group of political candidates in modern times.  Rather than caring, we just get more stupid. Continue reading

On Refusing Refugees

I had an online “conversation” recently about Syrian refugees coming to the United States. I was lectured to by presumed liberals repeating the Obama “that’s not who we are” mantra when I promoted caution over altruism.

Their argument is understandable – to a point.  Being a nation of immigrants, America is a nation that celebrates diverse roots and transplanted citizenry. So why not let in more, especially those seeking asylum from danger? Continue reading

Thinning the GOP Herd

In a generation, voters have devolved more to pop culture enthusiasts than to a thoughtful electorate.  As an electorate, we have become smitten by the person with the most clever soundbite or someone with whom we agree on a single issue.  Too often, we are left with “the lesser of two evils.”  We’ve lost perspective on what our leadership should be and, as a result, we get a government that is either pandering or incompetent or both.  And so it is in the 2016 rodeo for President. Continue reading

The Donald is Done














We all knew it would happen. It was classic “not if, but when.”

We chuckled when he talked about how his wealth. We nodded when he said he would be a better negotiator than anyone in the Obama administration. We thought it made sense that he could “make America rich.”

Many of us – overtly or to ourselves – gave him a big ” hell yeah!” when he said things about immigration no one else would say.

But then, The Donald came up against The Donald, and the billionaire novelty Presidential candidate became as valuable as Enron stock.

Trump’s unfiltered approach to campaigning and his disdain for the politically correct has been refreshing, though establishment Republicans thought it unseemly and pedestrian. On one point, their’s was a legitimate complaint.  Attacking fellow candidates is not only damaging to the party’s karma (particularly given a likely formidable opposition next year), but it provides too much potential fodder for Democrats. Of course, other GOP contenders have been given free rein to say what they please about Trump. Even so, it wasn’t Marco Rubio or Rick Perry or Jeb Bush or Scott Walker that have gotten the best of Donald Trump.  It was Donald Trump.

When Trump said Arizona Senator John McCain was no hero because he had been a Vietnam POW (“I like people who weren’t captured,” he said), he crossed a line NO Republican is allowed or should be allowed to cross. No matter one’s opinion of McCain, his policies or philosophy, to demean his service as a Navy aviator because he was shot down, captured and tortured by the North Vietnamese is beyond unacceptable.  Support for – reverence for – our troops and our veterans is a core tenant of Republican and, particulary, conservative beliefs. The Right makes little distinction between four-tour combat veterans and headquarters-based supply NCOs. Veterans are veterans and they are heroes for their willingness to put on the uniform. Nonetheless, anyone would recognize the special service of John McCain.

McCain is no Bowe Bergdahl or Bradley Manning.  A Naval Academy graduate, John McCain served 25 years, including five and a half years as a POW, two of which were spent in solitary confinement. His 17 military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, and Navy Commendation Medal for actions before, during, and after his time as a POW. There is even more about McCain’s career that deserves our appreciation and respect, neither of which Donald Trump has recognized.

Consider that even though Trump’s comments were prompted by a question concerning  John McCain, he did not limit them to McCain.

“I like people who weren’t captured,” he said.

I suppose, then,  he doesn’t like the (at least) 1,350 other American POWS in Vietnam, 7,245 in the Korean War or the 120,000 held captive in World War II.

Republicans, the Republican Party and conservatives should turn their backs to Donald Trump for his demeaning and disrespectful thoughts about America’s POWs.  He is done. For his comments about a veteran – not that veteran’s political ideology but his combat status – Trump is no longer a legitimate Republican, nor would he be an acceptable Commander-in-Chief.


The Confederacy Is Dead, So Everybody Shut Up!

The removal of the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia from the South Carolina State House grounds took a lot more energy and drew far more attention than necessary.  The circumstances that prompted its furling was beyond horrible and the person responsible is the lowest form of human scum; that cannot be debated.

The ensuing and nauseating conversation not just about the flag, but of things Southern is far beyond reasonable.  In the name of reason, good manners and national sanity, the two most vocal sides of the Great Confederacy Debate of 2015 both need to shut up. Continue reading


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