It's simply false to portray Carnival as un-regulated when it comes to environmental issues. They must follow a long host of US government regulations on this. You seem to suggest that Carnival is allowed to make toxic releases in to Charleston's waters... when in fact, not only are they prohibited from toxic releases, they are prohibited from dumping ANYTHING in to the water within your local waters. The ship has to be far out to sea before even the most innocuous release of fully treated water is allowed under federal law. Your local sewage treatment plants foul your local waters far more than a cruise ship ever will.
I totally agree that all cruise ships should plug in to shore power rather than burning diesel fuel in port to provide electricity for the ship's hotel services in port... and I hope I live to see the day when this is the standard method of operation for all ships. However, you have to understand that this requires expensive modifications both on the ship and also on shore. The cruise lines aren't just going to do that on their own... you're going to have to enact local or state regulations to force this, as has been done in California. You also have to realize that there is a risk, if you do enact legislation mandating this, that the cruise lines (all of them, not just Carnival) may decide that it makes more financial sense for them to cruise from other homeports where they are not bound by those regulations. For example, a state like Texas which is generally against most environmental regulations, won't require things like that... and so the cruise lines may just decide to forego Charleston in lieu of Galveston or Houston. That is the risk you take when you force the cruise lines in to expensive regulatory compliance.
You mention that Carnival doesn't pay any taxes to Charleston. What you are overlooking is the tremendous economic benefits that Carnival brings. 3000 passengers per ship per cruise spend an awful lot of money before and after a cruise in your area. The restaurants, hotels, taxis, gas stations etc. that benefit from those cruise passengers all pay local taxes. If you lean on Carnival too heavily and they decide to abandon your city altogether, you lose all that revenue that they help generate for you.
Ned has always been a parody.
Before DHEC talks about pulling licenses they need to have clarification. How do they expect to make a ruling when they themselves don't know what they want?
Is Ned parodying himself now?
Well, let's not forget that while Santa may be fictitious, he was in fact based on a historical figure. And that person was caucasian. Let's also be honest and admit that he was a Republican and free market capitalist, and most probably a Christian. We already know he's an old white man. So that information, combined with his MO, and based on yearly surveys of charitable giving, it would make sense to think that he was in fact a Christian, Republican, & free market capitalist.
Jesus was most certainly a conservative, capitalist, and supporter of democracy. He clearly respected government, but most assuredly believe in a limited government with low taxes. Teach a man to fish, rather than merely give him a fish.
Merry Christmas, everyone!!!
I'm just saying. Santa Clause is dead. No, not exactly. He never really existed. Parents sneak around and buy present for kids and put them under a paganistic tree and trick them into thinking they come down the chimmney. Even kids whose houses have no chimmney fall for this. But ask them how anyone can come down a chimmney with a snow white beard and not get soot on it? Since Santa is a myth, so you can make him any color you want.
So unlike Chris. Almost the writting of a moderate agnostic.
Punax: the idea that Jesus never existed is a VERY fringe position among experts on the topic. There's more evidence for his historical existence than there is for plenty of other ancient people, Socrates among them.
People of Arab/Middle Eastern descent are considered "white" for purposes of filling out government forms and not much else. Of a Hollywood casting agency issued a call for "Arab-looking men" do you think you'd fit the bill because you have a scraggly beard Chis? Do you think this guy (http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popular…) would get the role if they asked for a "bearded white male?" No, and no. So while you may be technically right (the best kind of right) according to government standards of whiteness, but popular standards (the ones that really matter when it comes to race) you are wrong.
Not only that but Santa Claus is ...god forbid...
"asked if I had ever seen a "black Santa".
I thought Santa was a "jolly old elf".
I am loath to question Megan Kelly's profound scholarship, but there is considerable uncertainty about Jesus' existence being an historical fact. His historical existence is strangely under documented, considering the age and location assigned to him. I think someone, a kind of "wisdom teacher" or esoteric philosopher did really live in such a place and such a time. But a suspicious number of god-man themes arise in his story--Perseus, Attis, Adonis, et al. I like many of the sayings and apparent values attributed to him in scripture. I assume that his skin was darker than mine or Megan's.
As a sort of Turk, Santa was also probably fairly swarthy and we do know that St. Nicholas did exist and did certain things.
Last year, at about this time of year, a cute little African American girl came up to me in the mall and asked if I had ever seen a "black Santa". To which I truthfully replied yes, I had seen several. Happy Christmas to all!
Futurama's Santa is the only Santa I accept. http://ccinsider.comedycentral.com/files/2…
I'd comment more but I'm laughing too hard.
Well, just to set EVERYONE straight, y'all should know these facts.
#1. Santa Claus IS Jesus. They are the same "person".
#2. Santa Claus isn't a "honky"...he is a "nigger".
#3. Santa Claus is a typo for Satan Claws.
#4. Satan is the real God and creator of this earth...oh, hold up now and think about this before you get your righteous anger ball all fired up for more of Yahweh's genocidal exterminations of all men, women, children, babies, animals, cities and trees!
#5. Consider "Christianity" for what it really is...an excuse to project hatred onto "others".
#6. Santa Claus is a German "jew". (jewish is a religious orientation, not, a race).
So, there you have it. All the proof in the world that everything you ever thought about good old Santa Claus is wrong!!!
I mean, just look at it (in the words of Ed Bassmaster)...there are 6 facts up there. We all know that 6 is the devil's number, so, that proves it exhaustively!
Could it be more obvious?
And all the time it was right there staring in the face!
Merry Motherfucking Christmakwanzahannukkah you bunch of ignorant, Ignavi idiots.
Oh yea...may there be peace on earth.
Peace on earth?
Exactly when was the EVER any peace on earth?
I say fuck peace on earth and kill those who are different from you.
Peace is for the weak - War is for the strong!
Thee Universal Demiurge (ahem)...nice to meet you, hope you get my name!
This sounds sadly familiar. For years I've heard various versions of a tale from old timers on James Island complaining about a similar issue. From what I've HEARD, The City of Charleston and specifically Mayor Riley courted a land grant from three sisters or something like that who had a lot of property on the island. Upon their death, the land was indeed deeded to the City on the provision that it remain an undeveloped greenspace. The City of course proceeded with developing it anyway and put subsidized housing there or something... From what I gather... this was the geneses of the City's annexation land grab on the island and the root of the animosity between James Island residents and the City of Charleston - resulting in all the law suits (and wasted tax money) and the eventual birth of the City of James Island. Hope it was worth it.
Lets face it, undeveloped property for a City or developer is like crack is to an addict... they can't keep their hands off it and will burn through it with little regard for the consequences.
Good catch on the X-Men.
I still disagree with you on Skywalker.
I hate this rag of paper
I'm with you on this, with the possible exception of Luke Skywalker.
Also, Wolverine, Professor X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Magneto are referred to as homo superior, also not human, hence not Caucasian.
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