I'm sure "the truth about Thanksgiving" was fascinating...in 1986 when you were in middle school, Mat. We get it, the world and its history is complicated and there are few pure good guys and bad guys.
European settlers conquered earlier settlers from Asia and displaced them, later forming the United States of America. Lots of not nice things happened in the process.
The SPLC is a hate group, just of a different stripe (and keeping in mind that the term "hate group" has been so watered down as to be nearly meaningless anyway).
"Atheists want no voluntary prayer and an aggressive eradication of all things religious to the point where it interferes with any religious practice.."
No, no they don't. I have never heard an atheist say they want a ban on students praying before they eat or that stupid "see you at the pole" thing evangelicals do every year. They don't want schools or school officials to be leading religious activities at school or school activities. Why is that distinction so hard to comprehend?
Yet our country - barely more than 200 years old - dares to impose its beliefs and values on a part of the world that has been around for millennia.
So your equating age with ?
Poorly defined thesis
Poor use of evidence
Pls see me
I am one of the Certified Nurse Midwife at CBP. Many Thanks to the Charleston City Paper for the excellent coverage of this issue. You were the 1st to report this story and the most accurate.
Are local companies, entities, organizations or individuals being excluded or discriminated against in the RFP process? It appears not - that in fact a local organization is participating in the RFP process and that other reasonable vendors (all the current bike rental companies) were made aware of and invited to explore the opportunity.
Prior to this, has the local community or Charleston government launched and executed a successful bike share program? Is there a program in place that is being bullied, harmed or unfairly competed with by the RFP process and this overall initiative? It seems like we don't have such a program so the very fact that the launch and facilitation of a program is a good thing.
What is wrong with having a third party - even if they aren't fully or even partially "local" operate a service here if that service provides benefit to our local community and our visitors? If it's a for-profit service, would they be tax exempt?
I would think that if any of the local bike shops, enthusiasts, ad agencies, business people or others find this an attractive proposition, they could join together and compete in the RFP process, no?
Are you implying that Charleston businesses aren't capable of competing with outside non-Charleston based businesses and therefore we should award this provisional contract to the best vendor only if they are "local" - even if they aren't actually going to provide the best revenue share, risk management/abatement, engagement marketing (butts on bike seats), etc?
If a Charleston based organization has the best proposal or close to it, they will win the RFP - that's a natural tie breaker. But why stop us from having a program we don't currently have if the best provider happens to be someone who isn't a local?
Me-thinks Bryan Crabtree is getting ready to run for public office. His screed is nothing more than a position paper. Watch this space for further developments.
Oh, and for the record, schools have always been tools for teaching values and specific points of view. Let's remember that the Judeo/Christian Bible (King James version, of course) was the mandatory textbook for all colonial schools--and used in the Southern U.S. until early in the 20th century.
The ubiquitous ‘McGuffey’s Reader’ was racist, nationalistic, and unapologetically anti-Semitic and yet used throughout the country from the mid-1800’s until the 1950’s (and remains the seminal textbook among many right-wing homeschoolers).
Until World War II, there was no such thing as a woman working outside the home (with the exception of the few major cities). During the war, the “Rosie the Riveter” myth was pervasive and women were all but compelled to work in support of the war effort. Once the war was won, the “Dick and Jane” of textbook legend saw their mother return immediately (and abjectly) to life as a doting mother and house-frau.
Conservative? No problem. Stupid? A little more difficult to tolerate.
Jack save your apology and go read some Thomas Sowell.
Sounds like so much self serving crap and than to add to it..
...as if ALL republicans or conservatives ever had your views.
@Ima: you mean Brien or Tara could be the next illustrious troll to become an albatross around a GOP pol's neck? They should be so lucky!
But all the same, y'all might want to get fitted for Luchadore masks.
South Carolina.....Still 48th in the Nation for Education, so no worries Conservatives or Liberals. None of the little brilliant ones seem to be able to retain much that is taught in our schools in South Cackalacky anyway. Driftaway... you mean I can't catch gay from shaking your hand? I was kinda hoping for a small dose so I can pick out the right gifts for once this holiday.
As you say, the victors write or edit the history. It has been that way since time began, and is probably seeded in human nature. I have no doubt that we have been fed a whitewashed view of American and world history all of our lives. The colonists' (and later our Government's) treatment of native Americans was deplorable and a shameful chapter in our history that rarely makes it into history books - much less covered in school. But this can be said of so many events.
Columbus' "discovery" of America for instance resulted in the decimation of many South American cultures due to disease, religious persecution, aggressive greed and slavery - yet we annually celebrate Columbus Day with sales for autos and sheets. And the Vikings discovered North America anyway!
Surely the Brits would have termed us terrorists (if the word had been around then) for our famously unconventional tactics during our traitorous uprising in 1776, yet we consider our forefathers PATRIOTS and celebrate each 4th of July with fireworks from China...
And if anyone still wonders WHY much of the middle east (especially Iran) so vehemently despises us, it is only because they have NEVER been taught anything - much less the truth - about our behind the scenes meddling in their regimes during the 20th century. Who do you think secretly supported Sadam Hussain and overlooked his atrocities before he became and embarrassing scapegoat? Or put in power the Shaw of Iran who's Secret Police subjugated the populace with such terror that they still cast a shadow over that land. And more recently, the US has refused to classify the military's forceful takeover of the democratically elected government in Egypt as a coup so that we can continue to sell them weapons. Are we unfamiliar with the definition of a coup or just hypocrites? Yet our country - barely more than 200 years old - dares to impose its beliefs and values on a part of the world that has been around for millennia. Is it no wonder most of the world resents us or thinks we are crazy?
The oddest and perhaps saddest thing is that the facts are known and the truth is out there for anyone with the initiative to find things out themselves. At least our government doesn't overtly suppress the information. It just doesn't promote it, and we as Americans are often too lazy to dig any deeper than what is spoon fed us in schools and the media. And after all, our warm and fuzzy idea of who we are and where we came from is much easier to swallow and live with than the alternative.
BTW... Happy Thanksgiving!
Id like to share some of my story in regards to this situation. Please be absolutely clear Im not whining and Im not attacking. Im sharing something that is personal and now could be very scary for me since Ive been planning for months and now all my plans were threatened to chnage with one letter.
First, let me explain where my mind is at currently. Im 37 1\2 weeks along. Im not wealthy by any means. Ive done a lot of reading and watching videos. Ive made myself aware of my situation and my birthing options. I do not have a Doula to assist me but I do have my husband and my family support (which live in Michigan so Im crossing my fingers if my paretns will even make it for the birth).
I understand that the hosptial has its purpose and place for birthing. But for me Ive never felt right about being admitted there without a medical need. When I first became pregnant, Iknew that there were other options but i didnt know what they were in our area besides the hospital or an at home birth. I wasnt comfortable with a home birth only because there was so much I needed to learn about my body and the baby and the brith and I dont have any help here in SC to learn about how to prepare. I feel that home births are amazing and safe if well prepared and supported by the people around the mother and child. Then I learned about birthing centers and midwives. This always became my favorite option (at least for this first birthing experience). Through a friend of a friend I found CBP. Since Ive been working with them and continueing my preparation Ive felt very much at ease that Im doing the right thing for myself and my child.
Now DHEC has been going back and forth with not only CBP but all the other birth centers in SC. Which I wish was comforting to me that Im not the only very soon to be mother freaking out but its not. This should never happen because the last thing we want is our midwives and mothers doing is stressing, losing sleep, and dealing with a range of emotions that include frustration, anxiety, anger, etc. We all want to be able to focus on the most important part of bringing in a new child to this world. We also want to feel safe and secure about our decisions. I know that the midwives and CBP are there for me and all other mothers, which I LOVE them for. I dont know if anyone else has talked to there insurance company but they could potentially make this situation even that much more complicated. They also dont seem to have any power to the subject. Theyll just respond based on how the situation unfolds. Which Im not going to get into just because it stresses me out and I have faith in Lesley and the CBP lawyers and all the midwives and supporters of womens choice.
What I feel we do need to remember and keep focus on. The first step is to make sure that DHEC agrees that the SC birth centers are in compliance (my personal focus is CBP). This step is of course first because there are a lot of soon to be mothers, including myself, who are relying on this brith center (and other birth centers) and there midwives. Next step is to make sure that this can never happen again. To do that we have to get SC DHEC to align there standards with the Commission of Acredidation of Birth Centers (CABC) and American Association of Birth Centers (AABC). As I understand it the CABC is the national acredidation that which AABC supports (which is a national organization).
All the while we need to stand as one strong unit and voice. This is how we are the most powerful. Plus there are several midwives, Lesley at the top of the ones I know of, that need our strength. They are basically running on E at this point fighting on the very front lines of this issue for everyone else. I know that we are all doing our parts but we cant forget what they are doing (which by no means am I saying that we are forgeting them Im just reiterating the point and recognizing the work they have been doing not only recently but for the past few months).
I understand that this entire personal statement may be redundent since its basically what weve been talking about but I really wanted to share part of my story and how I feel. I also wanted to make it clear that I dont feel any one is discrediting home births. The only reason that even came up, I feel, is becauase some mothers are worried that if the option to give birth at the birth center is taken away mothers who are almost due and who are very very strongly against the hospital will stay home to give birth without the proper support or preperation. Home births are amazing and safe when prepared and supported but unneccassary risk would be taken if this is done without the proper preparation and support. I also wanted to be very clear what I feel our goals are as a whole. And that I am very thankful for the support the community has given us. We have to stay strong as a group and not lose focus for the long term goal. Remember step one is just to make sure all operatins for birth centers in SC stay open. Step 2 is to make sure this doesnt happen ever again by alighing with the national standards (CABC).
Thank you for listenting to my viewpoint and my story. I dont think that this is a game changing statement but its my statement and I felt compelled to share.
So, the message is, "You should celebrate Thanksgiving by feeling guilty for the actions of your ancestors"?
Why? You didn't kill any Indians.
What next? A column about how awful you are because your dad is a drunk?
I wonder if Mat will write a "Let's be honest about Christmas for once" column, detailing the true meaning and history of Christmas celebrations?
Let's hope not.
Given the Catastrophe treatment, the story would depict a knocked up Jewish princess on the lam with her baby daddy, cruelly putting innocent animals out of their manger and into the cold, just so they could be comfortable and warm while meeting with wealthy oriental gold, myrrh and frankincense merchants.
hmmm, looks like CP is holding auditions for Jack Hunter's job.
a suggestion: CP, how about writing coherent, fact-based columns and leave the troll-baiting to Yahoo?
Essentially, colonist were illegal immigrants. I am not sure if there are copious written documents that offer a real time unbiased assessment of what took place in the early 1600's but if not, what we are talking about is not revisionist history, but conjecture. And of course the relevance of conjecture is obviously in the mind of the beholder. So lets be honest, the most important aspect of Thanksgiving today is its commercial value to the ADC (Alcohol and Drug Cult) in the promotion of the sale of booze. Fortunately, food also enters the equation, less people would find themselves drinking on empty stomachs. And if they really want us to be happy, move Thanksgiving to Friday and give everyone a long weekend. And while on the subject of being honest, let's not forget how CCP plays fast and loose with it claims regarding circulation numbers when it comes to enticing business to pay for ads. Putting free papers by the tons in stands around the lowcountry does not equate to the number of people who actually read CCP, much less look at the ads.
FRC and Focus on the Family are hate groups that hide behind religion.
Everyone is all about social programs. Christians want teacher-led Bible reading and prayer. Atheists want no voluntary prayer and an aggressive eradication of all things religious to the point where it interferes with any religious practice. Proponents of same-sex marriage want it to be included in the curriculum, and opponents of it want education that "traditional marriage" is the only legitimate type of marriage and that the mother/father/children nuclear family is the only legitimate family.
Being all about reading, writing and arithmetic has its own pitfalls. No Child Left Behind and the spate of test-based education is the product of that.
It should be about both with balance, teaching kids how to think critically and independently and education in the traditional sense. The other part of this, of course, is that parents should be involved every step of the way.
So what do that actually stand FOR?
Family Research Council and Focus on the Family ARE HATE GROUPS
Oh god, just what we need, fake 'centrists' (how much do you want to bet these centrists want to cut social security?). The R's and D's already overlap on most issues besides abortion and gay marriage. The problem isn't when they're fighting each other. The problem is when they do come together. Most of the worst pieces of legislation over the last twenty years have been bipartisan efforts. NAFTA, DOMA, PATRIOT ACT (several times), the Iraq War, there's dozens more.
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