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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: The Battery

Re: “Why aren’t the Dems putting up a candidate against Mark Sanford?

Heh. http://www.city-data.com/forum/general-u-s…
"Using this source: (The 2nd map)
Maps: Migration Flows in the United States - Pew Social & Demographic Trends

3,370,000 people from the north (both the North East and Midwest)
2,188,00 move from the south to the north. "
If this is to be believed, since there are fewer people in the south, the percentage moving south to north may actually be higher.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on October 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Why aren’t the Dems putting up a candidate against Mark Sanford?

Ima, Are you are saying SC Republicans are dumb or too intellectually lazy to vote Democrat? I just wish I was had half a brain so i could be a liberal Democrat, I'm so stupid. Its blows my mind that I have done as well in my life being a stupid Republican. I've got a good job, married, raising a family, never taken public assistance, it must be luck. Our country is in the crapper, I just wish we had more Democrats in politics and everything would be great. Its not like all these northerners move here because their states are ruined and they want to ruin this one with the same progressive policies. I'm having someone type this for me because I am too dumb to read and write and too lazy to learn.

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Posted by redblood on October 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “City extends King Street bike parking restrictions south of Calhoun

Katie, you miss my point entirely. The point is that CP writes half-articles, showing the facts that'll piss off their demographic but not the other half of the story. Kinda like a "fair and balanced" Fox News for Charleston College students and Hipsters.
Paul, you're one of a very few on the CP staff that I respect for the quality of your articles, but frankly I'm starting to wonder about you.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on October 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Why aren’t the Dems putting up a candidate against Mark Sanford?

Perhaps it's because the SC Democratic Party knows the truth. This is South Carolina, registered Republicans are in the vast majority and you could run Vlad Putin for a congressional District and if he had that "R" next to his name he'd win with a plurality. The SC Repubs know their constituency well - too dumb or intellectually lazy to think for themselves, they just vote the party line whoever it might be.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on October 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “City extends King Street bike parking restrictions south of Calhoun

Someone commented about putting racks in the parking garages.... what a wonderful idea!! Let the cyclist walk like the rest of us!

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Posted by Jojojo on October 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “City extends King Street bike parking restrictions south of Calhoun

Ima, that is exactly what I have suggested repeatedly to the city. We need to know how many are necessary, then get the correct amount installed, and then enforcement would be a little more appropriate.

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Posted by Katie Zimmerman on October 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “What’s the taxpayer tab for defending SC’s marriage ban?

Just announced in another local media outlet that the AG expects the fight to go on for months so he is not letting up. He says this (even though he has gay friends [HA!]) is necessary to uphold the SC Constitution and his duties as AG. He even states he has received angry calls from gay friends on the issue. It is not about his duties at all because he has the power and wherewithal to end this madness but he still insists on holding up inequality as a right of discrimination. If I was one of his gay friends, we would not be friends anymore.

Posted by tupper29406 on October 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “City extends King Street bike parking restrictions south of Calhoun

Paul, what is the total capacity for bikes on the racks already installed? Also, at any given time during daylight hours how many of the current racks are used/unused?
Before we get the chorus of "no fair" howls from your audience, why don't we see if the larger problem is insufficient space for parking bikes or just the refusal of the bikers to accept and use the spaces provided.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on October 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “City extends King Street bike parking restrictions south of Calhoun

The same standards should be applied city-wide.

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Posted by Jennings Rountree on October 16, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Re: “City extends King Street bike parking restrictions south of Calhoun

This is clumsy governance. I mean, you'd think they'd consult with someone that actually rides a bike around town. The least they could do is
1) install more bike racks (in the parking garages at least??)
2) put up signs notifying folks where the bike racks are.

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Posted by Josh Mueller on October 15, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Haley gets flak for donations; Harrell PAC part of investigation?; State says it's ready for Ebola

"But the important part of my original post(in my opinion, of course) is the part about balanced government. We have that now, at the federal level, with Democrats in charge of the administration and the Senate; and Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives. Both parties are blocked from imposing any of their extreme agendas, so only "centrist" or "moderate" items that all can agree on can go anywhere."

This approach only works when both parties are operating in good faith. There is currently no center so nothing is getting done. There is no center because the Republicans operate in bad faith and refuse to compromise on anything. The Republicans refuse to compromise on anything because the President is black. Obama writes pretty speeches but is a terrible politician. He refused to play hardball and failed to live up to his potential as a reformer. His biggest domestic accomplishment was a Republican idea and he still gets vilified for pushing it past the recalcitrant Congress. While that Republican idea will undoubtedly improve our society, it is much less than was possible and will be less efficient than single payer.

Single payer is an extreme policy in the US but it is not an extreme idea. By first world standards, it is moderate and centrist. Economics is not relative but politics are. And so, the more extreme the Republicans become, the farther right the center moves, and because facts are not relative, economic policy grounded in science becomes extreme leftism.

"The portion wanted by the far left, such as you. Things such as paying high school dropouts $ 15/hr. so they never have any incentive to better themselves." - TS

This is a fundamental misunderstanding of the economics. The purpose of the increase is not some communist plot to allow the high-school dropout, who is still willing to work, to live the life of luxury and privilege that you seem to imagine $15/hr will provide. No, the economic purpose of increasing the minimum wage is to put upward pressure on wages for everyone who earns a salary. If a dropout can earn $15, then skilled labor deserves more or there is no incentive to learn a skill. After all, as capitalists we understand that it's only the promise of money or profit in the future that motivates us to improve ourselves. And this pressure moves up and up the work force. The economic facts are that the more money you put into the hands of the middle class, the more money gets spent, the better a consumer society grows and the more opportunities are created in escalating feedback loops.

True centrism is anchoring yourself to facts and refusing to be pulled to the left or right in the face of changing political tides and accusations of extremism by those whose self interest conflicts with the best interests of our society.

Posted by Fish Pimp on October 15, 2014 at 1:12 AM

Re: “What’s the taxpayer tab for defending SC’s marriage ban?

Whatever the outcome, the decision will be appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court and they will set yet another date to hear arguments before finally deciding. More adjudication costs and more inhumane delays to granting us our rights, respect and dignity. Springtime, maybe?

Posted by tupper29406 on October 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Re: “What’s the taxpayer tab for defending SC’s marriage ban?

This just in....Costs to Mount. The State reports written arguments to be taken until next Thursday, the 23rd. Then, if the judge decides to hold a hearing to hear oral arguments, the proceedings will be scheduled no sooner than 14 days, or November 6th. Unknown when a ruling may be made if no oral arguments allowed.

Posted by tupper29406 on October 14, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Agenda: DHEC director goes undercover in Ebola drill; Gov. candidates debate tonight; Sgt. Jasper coming down

Why no travel ban ,from the nations most hit with the current ebola virus, to the US?

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Posted by artrogue on October 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Gov. candidates debate Tuesday; Term limits for lawmakers?; S.C. SBA loans top record

Graham: "I think I have a responsibility, being the sitting senator, not to allow this thing to turn into a circus."

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/TheBatt…

Posted by Sam Spence on October 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Lindsey Graham on prez bid: ‘I am nowhere near there’

Two terms, that's enough. Electing the same people over and over and expecting a different result is like watching the same movie twice and expecting a different ending.

Posted by m@cron on October 14, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Charleston County judge no longer issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Remember this waste of taxpayer dollars on Nov. 4 and dump Alan Wilson.

Posted by m@cron on October 14, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Gov. candidates debate Tuesday; Term limits for lawmakers?; S.C. SBA loans top record

Lindsey Graham fears a debate he is in might seem like a circus?

Posted by pugnax on October 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Haley gets flak for donations; Harrell PAC part of investigation?; State says it's ready for Ebola

"Far Left Politics".
Once again, Wikipedia says it as well as any:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far-left_poli…
Sound like anyone we know?

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on October 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Haley gets flak for donations; Harrell PAC part of investigation?; State says it's ready for Ebola

You deny that there is an extreme wing to the Democratic party?
Does that mean there is also no extreme wing to the Republicans?
Maybe you should write a column about how the far left agenda is not extreme.
I don't think that most of the center left, moderate Democrat agenda is extreme; and most of the center right agenda also is not extreme in my opinion.
Note that phrase, "in my opinion"?
It's one you need to start using frequently in your writings.


But I now see your point. " but having all Democrats passing their extreme agendas " would have been better stated as " having the Democrats passing the extreme portion of their agenda".
The portion wanted by the far left, such as you.
Things such as paying high school dropouts $ 15/hr. so they never have any incentive to better themselves.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on October 13, 2014 at 9:08 PM
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