What a beautiful article about a topic I'm barely aware of even though I've attended a couple of events at North Augusta's (SC) Living History Park. 2010's "Beneath the Crown" and "Colonial Times" created a deep desire to capture the spirit and color of these events and other similar events. DSLR camera in hand I've stalked the best images and I will find my way to sharing my vision with others, like the ninety percent of the re-enactors I photographed and met who are passionatly and intellectually tuned to their love of history.
George Edward Buggs
In Thomas Boswell's book "The Heart of the Order" he has a chapter entitled "Shortstop: Don Mattingly" in which he describes Mattingly, a left hander, playing shortstop during batting practice and "firing clean, accurate, right handed pegs to first base." Mattingly also distinguished himself by playing second base and third base on a number of occasions, almost unheard of in the majors for a left hander.
I know one religion that is the original innovator of human rights. That religion is Islam.
1400 hundred years ago, Kur'an (or Qoran), the Holy Book of Islam said all men are created equal. Okay, not exactly in those words, but said all men/women are equal before Allah. Islam also said: racism is forbidden, slavery must go, women have the right to own property, and have the right to divorce their husbands; no state can start a war, unless they have been attacked; in victory no prisoner is to be treated any differently than you would treat your friends. When your neighbor is going to bed hungry, you have no right to a sound sleep. In fact, 800 years before Magna Charta, Islam listed all, without exception, of the human rights in the UN's 1960 declaration of human rights. It was because of these reasons Islam grew the fastest among all religions, and still is. One thing, up to the appearance of Islam, these concepts never existed.
It promoted sciences and knowledge as no other religion did. For 800 years following its start, Islamic world reigned over the world in sciences. European reforms were based on these scientific achievements; in fact, many of the scientific innovations, which we think were from the Christian scientists, were actually originated from the Islamic studies years before. (You can Google this)
But later, Islamic World was defeated and crumbled, due not to its religion, but due to its followers being no longer the practitioners of the real Islam that was revealed by Kuran (Qoran). They became ignorant societies, or, I should say, temporarily fallen behind the West.
I am, though culturally raised in an Islamic society, never practiced it, and now, 55 years after I came to the United States, rediscovering Islam. And, finding that the holy book Qoran actually reveals so many scientific facts the human society discovered only most recently. Such as the Big Bang Theory and expansion of the universe, existence of species more intelligent than humans elsewhere in the universe (this has not yet been discovered by humans), tectonics (movement of continents), the role of mountains in stabilizing earth movement in tectonics, finality of Sun's life, and how we are protected from the harmfull effects of radiation from the Sun. Here is a sentence I remember from Qoran that blew my mind: "You look at the mountains, and think they are just sitting there; yet they too drift like clouds."
There are other miraculous scientific revelations. I have seen a list of them in a Website that their titles take two typewritten pages or maybe more.
I don't know why I am writing these here. Maybe, finally, after being a scientist in the USA for 50 years, just maybe, I am becoming more spiritual. (I stumbled by accident into this page in trying to link growth of Atheism to open acceptance of homosexuality.)
If interested these things that I mentioned could easily be researched on the Internet. That is what I did.
One last word: it need not be Islam you read. Just read any religious book that gives you comfort and brings you closer to the God. When you hear of haven and hell described, you could think of the String Theory and its extension of parallel universes (developed in the last 10 years). At that point, ask yourself aren't haven and hell maybe one of those parallel universes, which we cannot see, yet we maybe sharing the same space? Then, ask again, is science and religion merging?/ Gunes
Please read my breast cancer story at
We are all being misled about the woeful inadequacy of mammography and the secret, selective use by 20% of women of the better tool of MRI. We need to be more aware of what is going on and to dispel the myths and spins such as "gold standard" and "best tool available." PLEASE read my story.
Guess what people?! No one is making anyone work at Wal-Mart. If the health benefits aren't good enough, GO GET A JOB SOMEWHERE ELSE!! If you want to boycott Wal-Mart...good, more for me.
I being " white" and a Hambrick am trying to find my family's connection to slavery. Am I related to "black" Hambricks, or do we find some other association. Perhaps the same plantation. If you have any information about this I would like to know it or perhaps you could tell me where to start. nikis (hambrick)
Very good article but I'd like to make one comment.
The prebate check does not go to low-income folks only. It goes to EVERY American citizen (not illegals) to ensure no one pays taxes up to the poverty level. It is the only alternative that affectively untaxes the poor.
Thank you so much for shedding light on a wonderful tax alternative.
I'd support the fair tax if it could be implemented by the private sector.
Which is a way of saying we on James Island Town Council know that we must all hang together or we will all hang separately.
And in fact if a mayor in any municipality ever threaten to quit if a vote didn't go their way, I certainly can't remember it. And then to crayfish and back out of a promise...you can tell she is not from around here...that's what hill people do.
ahh, my bad. The greenville one is only one i had heard of.
Radtech, you're wrong.
they had the first sc mma fight at the bilo center in greenville, the beginning of feb. They talked about another one May 22.
It's about time the MMA arrived in the Lowcountry. Contrary to popular belief, the MMA is not about the Gladiator days of the Roman Coliseum. It is full contact karate meets boxing meets wrestling meets chess. Make one wrong move and it's checkmate brother. It's the love child of Muhammad Ali and Steven Seagal. The action moves from slow and tedious in the early seconds to explosive speed in the blink of an eye.
These men and women are not backyard bullies that fight to get their jollies. They are highly trained atheletes that compete for the passion. They do it to let themselves know that they can indeed do more with their lives than just sit on the front porch sucking down mint julips and chatting up the passersby.
One of the biggest problems in North Charleston has been the issue of people on the streets with nothing better to do than cause problems. This sport builds discipline, comraderie, and trust. It builds good people with good value systems. Wouldn't that alone be a starting point for some of the youth of today with aggresive tendencies?
Just food for thought Lowcountry!
Well done. -Christine Clemmons, "ArtSync" Magazine
I grew up on Folly and moved away a couple of years ago. I find it is a sad state when the "officers" are no longer a part of the community but those trying to find fault with it. Not to mention, arresting people for being smart enough to walk instead of driving the car after a night of drinking, is wrong. Folly Beach became it's on city back in 1973 and the city has been itching to get it back since Hugo when the million homes really began to built. If even half the residents out there actually registered to vote & then did so, imagine the much louder voice they would have.
How do we know humans are the primary cause of the warming?
“A large body of evidence supports the conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of recent warming. This evidence has accumulated over several decades, and from hundreds of studies. The first line of evidence is our basic physical understanding of how greenhouse gases trap heat, how the climate system responds to increases in greenhouse gases, and how other human and natural factors influence climate.
“The second line of evidence is from indirect estimates of climate changes over the last 1,000 to 2,000 years. These estimates are often obtained from living things and their remains (like tree rings and corals) which provide a natural archive of climate variations. These indicators show that the recent temperature rise is clearly unusual in at least the last 1,000 years.
"The third line of evidence is based on comparisons of actual climate with computer models of how we expect climate to behave under certain human influences. For example, when climate models are run with historical increases in greenhouse gases, they show gradual warming of the Earth and ocean surface, increases in ocean heat content, a rise in global sea level, and general retreat of sea ice and snow cover. These and other aspects of modeled climate change are in agreement with observations."
Source: “Global Climate Change Indicators”, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center
Speaking of climate politics, check out the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine for two excellent and timely articles on this topic.
“Planet Earth 911” addresses Big Oil and Big Coal’s lobbying campaign to block progress on global warming.
"As the World Burns” can be accessed free online at:
“The Climate Killers: Meet the 17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming” is the second article.
“The Climate Killers” can be accessed free online at:
“Bottom line -- fast and simple? Three points:
1. Weather is not climate.
2. Manmade global warming means less frequent cold snaps (not none at all) and more frequent heat waves -- just as we've been having.
3. You know (don't you?) about the record high temperatures this week in Washington State, Alaska and Bulgaria in the Northern Hemisphere -- plus, down south, the record-breaking high temperatures in New Zealand, and the second hottest year on record (after 2005) in Australia? “
Source: “No, the Cold Doesn't Mean No Global Warming” ABC News, Jan 8, 2010
Regurgitating nonsense from discredited sources does not prove anything.
Scientific American, an early promoter (perhaps inadvertently) of the hoax, lacks credibility on this issue.
“Many lines of scientific evidence show the Earth's climate is changing. This page presents the latest information from several independent measures of observed climate change that illustrate an overwhelmingly compelling story of a planet that is undergoing global warming. It is worth noting that increasing global temperature is only one element of observed global climate change. Precipitation patterns are also changing; storms and other extremes are changing as well.”
Climate change alarmists make the jump from "the planet is warming" to "we must be causing it" in almost the same breath. Real scientists start with the fact that the climate HAS ALWAYS BEEN CHANGING! The only true constant in Earth's climate is, has been, and will continue to be CHANGE.
Let's pretend for a moment that we have definitive proof of Earth entering a rapid phase of "global cooling", with an imminent coming ice age (considering our recent cold snap, an easy point to argue). Would all the experts be in favor of burning fossil fuels in order to warm the planet and avert catastrophe? Would it work? Could they prove it? Would you believe them?
A warming planet is beneficial for the development of life. Global cooling leads to crop failures, loss of arable land, increased extinctions and displacement of species and habitat, and ultimately, famine and misery.
The entire AGW hoax is based on a perceived relationship between atmospheric CO2 levels and global warming. Unfortunately for the AGW crowd, the data indicates that elevated CO2 levels FOLLOW temperature increases, rather than cause them. It makes perfect sense if you think about it: The planet warms, life flourishes, CO2 (essential to life) levels increase.
For an objective scientific analysis of the subject, including the politics of AGW see:
* A grasp of (Pre 1990's) high school level physical sciences is required. (Those born after 1980 may have trouble understanding.)
the planet has been in a warming trend for thousands of years. Where have the glaciers gone? we are presently 1/3rd of the way into a 30 year cooling trend within a larger warming trend that is caused by sun activity.
climate change is a religion for stupid people.
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