I wish you the best of things to come. Unfortunately I also have to post that I wish fairgayme would suffer the most horrible beating that could be delivered on the most hateful piece of shit that that any of us have to suffer through by being interested in the comments section.
You know what? Compared to Gary Smith and many other politicians from SC, T-Rav is not looking all that bad to me anymore. 1. He can walk and chew gum at the same time - a real plus for one of our politicians. 2. He may actually be capable of independent thinking, something never seen before or ever imagined to be possible in the annals of SC politics. 3. Can not possibly be any worse then what we have and may provide comic relief to us. 4. May find a public position (or make one up) in the Arts for Whitney's Mom, one of my idols. 5. He can walk and chew gum at the same time. I know, I know, but I can not stress what an asset this may be for us.
Why not? Couldn't do worse.
A bit crude, but kinda funny.
This is an opinion, not a proclamation of I know it all.So with that being said here is my two cents worth. I think Mr Ravenel would be a refreshing face to what we have today.So many people live in Glass house's and stand there with a rock ready to throw. I personaly think that maybe someone who has been outed already with nothing to hide, might be better than finding out something later, that would be disappointing . He does need to start, thinking like he is thinking for S.C.and its people than wasting his time, playing with these young people . Where much is given much is expected. Its not problem free having money, coming from money or even if you earned it all.To choose correctly is the hard part.What you do with the future is to learn from your past not repeating it. If you do run, run wih your future plans not past mistakes. You paid for the past.Good Luck in your life,TR
Wow. This explains the shit house writing lately. Maybe u should start waiting till ur interns graduate from Burke, before u hand them the keys to the car. On the other hand--Huge score for Charleston Scene!!
Just when I think ur writing couldn't become more asinine, u show me new depths of ur elementary, senseless writing. Well played Anti-Southern Avenger....u somehow keep getting less and less talented. Hopefully ur handlers pay u in colorful Clempson bandannas and confederate money.
@truthrus, like I said, I'm not angry, just disappointed.
Perhaps you don't understand what I mean by feudalist or medieval? I'm not saying that those people didn't bring jobs. I'm saying that they're the wrong jobs - we're, as a state, on the wrong side of that manor house balance. These companies don't come here for a highly educated, skilled workforce. They don't come here for excellent infrastructure (except, maybe, the port). They come here because by and large our population is under to uneducated, easy to legally abuse, and completely, totally bamboozled into thinking that it's not only okay, but morally expected. We are the fieldhands.
The policymakers basically give them free reign to do whatever they want, in return they get to say "jobs" and they keep votes and power. My point is that this system is broken if we want our economy to function as anything other than an alternative to Mexico for cheap labor.
I also love the idea of your meritocratic, libertarian individual accountability, make the right choices, always succeed mentality. Too bad it's overly simplistic, ignorant of other factors, both institutional and societal, and overall just a bad foundation for government policy.
Unless you're saying that it's just a weird coincidence that most of the other states with similar public policy and political environments to ours also dwell in the cellar for quality of life ratings for everybody (except, of course, corporate "people" and the few actual people at the top). Boy, why don't average and poor people in the south just CHOOSE to be rich and powerful? Why don't they just CHOOSE to get educated? I'm sure it would be a great comfort to our higher than national average unemployed population that all they have to do is DECIDE to get a job, then all their problems are solved. It's odd because for the most part, they're virtually all working just as hard as anybody else.
That's what economic opportunity means, by the way, and why it's a problem that we're the worst state at it.
Your strategy to resolve that problem, just "teaching individual responsibility," hasn't been working. We've been trying it for a long time, and South Carolina is still no superstar. Your particular ideology is clearly not a successful strategy for most people in South Carolina. I'm not saying that to win an argument. I'm saying that because it's true by any reasonable standard of measurement.
Why do you want to continue to do something that hasn't worked, historically, is not working now, and shows no indication of working in the future? If it's just an ideological or political thing, then you are part of the problem.
Ballard was the best music editor ever.
Thank you Stephanie. Enjoy the down time.
Ursus, uh-huh suuuurrrrre. Thats why instead of the flag, he distributed and carried the sauce in his stores until 2009 when he closed. Making sure the nasty old bigot had some money in his old age. Nothing says "Free Speech" like barbeque sauce. Are you angling for Ned Hills position - because you are def in the running?
Stegelin- funny comic and pretty close to fact.
Did Gary Smith write this crap for shits and giggles for everybody? Hes back up on the "Gay Agenda"" soapbox again. He is such a tolerant Christian man, hand outstretched to all in welcome, in a real love thy neighbor gesture. It was very, very difficult for him to get this far in life and be totally sinless so he can be the first to be able to cast stones at others. Achieving Gary's Gandhi like nirvana does cost money however, its not cheap being a saint and having to alert others to the "Gay and extreme far Left Commie Satanic Porno Agenda" so please, CCP readers dig way down in those lint filled pockets and pull out your extra change and send it in to Gary. If not....those delicate CofC flowers will be put in a locked room and FORCED to read a book. Remember, Gary Smith the last bastion between your child and a well rounded education!
Interesting article on why people sometimes refuse to accept facts:
Kahan calls this theory Identity-Protective Cognition: "As a way of avoiding dissonance and estrangement from valued groups, individuals subconsciously resist factual information that threatens their defining values." Elsewhere, he puts it even more pithily: "What we believe about the facts," he writes, "tells us who we are." And the most important psychological imperative most of us have in a given day is protecting our idea of who we are, and our relationships with the people we trust and love.
TRav may need a campaign manager
Close those fucking things already!!
@ Happypessimist. How many do they employ? So who benefits. The community, the employees, the schools and yes those greedy people who put up or shut up and created the company, products and jobs with THEIR money.The angrier you get the dumber you become! Those who WANT to learn have the opportunity to learn. Those who don't , won't. Those who WANT to work can, those who don't won't. Health and Wellness? CHOICES, with the exception of birth defects, CHOICES. Individual accountability!! Now that it what should be taught. You are where you are because of decisions you have made.
@truthrus, is it?
CEO's, like the other rich and powerful people who benefit directly from the feudal way we do things here, have it great. I'm not debating that point. We're tops in business climate - extremely deregulated, low business taxes, insurance mandates, tort system, etc. etc.
We still rank dead last in economic opportunity, bottom 10 in health and wellness, bottom 10 in educational opportunity, on the wrong side of the median for unemployment, et fucking cetera.
SC - the Mecca of Christian Sharia
@ Happypessimist. BMW, Michelin, Boeing, The InterTech Group, Daimler, etc.,pretty good for a medieval closed minded and intolerant society!
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