What a bitter & angry person this Chris Haire is! 1st of all, he did absolutely nothing in this piece to refute or "debunk" Senator Scott's story of his past. 2nd, he contradicts himself by stating that Scott "is the beneficiary of a helping hand . . . that his party simply refuses to give," when just earlier in the article, he wrote that Scott's mentor, John Moniz, "took the 13-year-old Scott under his wing and educated him in the teachings of the Republican Party"; the implication is that Moniz was a Republican, a Republican who gave young Scott a helping hand. 3rd, this piece is loaded with speculation and unwarranted assumptions, to wit:
"Might things have been different if Scott's mother had been paid a livable wage? Surely. Might she have had more time to help her son through his most troubled times in school? Absolutely."
"Without Moniz's kindness, without his largesse, Scott himself may have very well ended up working multiple jobs with no hope of ever escaping a life of poverty."
4th, Haire says nothing at all to back up his totally baseless assertion that the GOP "largely views those who are struggling — including millions of folks just like his own mother — with disdain if not out and out contempt." But then, logic & truth have no place in the minds of left-wingers.
"You see, voting is just another way that people can feel superior to others. They even give you a sticker when you go and do it. And, with or without that sticker, you can shame other people by saying, 'I voted, and so, of course, you're a loser.'"
I voted this year and requested two EXTRA "I Voted" stickers. You can have one of mine since you're feeling left out.
Send my secretary Marguerite a fax, and she'll have my bike messenger bring it to you within twenty minutes.
On another note, Hampton Park has Wifi now! Does this mean I can place my crack order online and Mr. McCracky, local entrepreneur, will ride his bike over to meet me? Sweee-eeet!
This is wrong and stupid on so many levels.
I guess we should just relinquish our voting rights and let professional politicians decide for us. But wait, then once one group got into power, there'd be no method of changing short of armed revolt, so I don't know what to do!
You did get one thing right, Mat. This shows you really are an inferior person.
Actually, redblood, it's what I'd like to do with OUR hard-earned money. It is our responsibility to care for those unable to care for themselves. As human beings.
Battles of letters are so rare these days. Good of CCP to publish this. Moredock seems soundly outclassed.
Ima. You call it whining but I call it sharing personal experiences with the public to expose what all of this discrimination does to young people who are impressionable and vulnerable. This is my way of DOING SOMETHING to show the world that prejudicial attitudes hurt people (especially the young) and their words incite others to act out verbally and physically. To me, the world is still too dangerous to walk down the street hand-in-hand so I am not out to the world and that is why my comments are my only outlet to express the need for change in our society. I can only draw on personal experience so that is what I share. So I will quit the name calling if you will because it is wholly counterproductive.
The crowd that opposes any rights or protections of us just do not understand how they affect others. It happened in my church and family - we are damned in the pulpit then when conversations turn to the subject at home, we are damned once again. The church may or may not realize that they have gay congregants but my family had no idea about me. And so many other people have no idea they have a young, gay family member sitting at the table and soaking up the conversation, which usually centers around the usual "Adam and Steve" arguments, the procreation arguments and the just plain disgust and disdain arguments had for our kind. In homes across the nation, young gays are just sitting there listening and realizing the church and their family think they are vile, despicable and let us not forget, an abomination. They doubt the unconditional love of anyone an deveryone which is completely understandable.
All too often, these young gay HUMANS join in with their church's and family's bashing to hide their true identity (I did), knowing that if anyone finds out the truth, the consequences would be dire. To that end, I waited until I was 40 before telling my family and friends.
People must realize that EVERY family (Nikki's and Alan's included) on the face of this earth has someone who is gay and it is NOT BY CHOICE. Many people think that because they did not raise their child to be gay, they are not, but it is not a matter of how you are raised, your environment or exposure to sexual abuse as many argue. I was clearly raised to be straight and never suffered any physical or sexual abuse at the hands of my family so I am just NATURALLY gay.
Ima, I am sorry if you may find this long-winded or whiny but it is just my two-cents worth to hopefully show just one homophobic person the err of their ways.
I think I'm philosophically incapable of feeling sorry for this guy. However given that there were no-kidding smear campaigns happening in my local school board elections, I'd believe anything sordid I hear about politics in this state. Yes, I said school board.
Just think: had this not come to light, this ex-con could've doubled his vote total to five, maybe six thousand!
I must say, I had never read Mr. Haire"s column until I heard about his "Melongate" story. I have read it several times since and I have to admit, he (they) had me fooled. At first I thought this was a real column written by an actual journalist. I am now convinced that this column is written by a couple of guys sitting around doing bong hits and coming up with outlandish statements and inciting anger so more people will read the City Paper. The more people that read the paper, the more the paper can charge for advertising. So the more outlandish, the better. I mean no real journalist would read this report and come to these conclusions or call a bunch of high school kids names in the paper right?
After all, a real journalist knows there are two sides to every story and they would do some investigating to find the truth. Just because an "official" report makes a statement, it does not mean it is true. Remember the report on Weapons of Mass Destruction? A real journalist might ask questions like:
1) Why has this report just been released?
2) Why has Mr. Martin and the CCSD refused numerous requests to release a copy of the questions asked during the interrogations?
3) Why has the CCSD refused to release it's policy on interrogating students?
4) If any CCSD policies were violated by Mr. Martin, is this the first time or is this a pattern?
5) Is it possible that Mr. Martin had reached his conclusion before he had even started his investigation?
6) Why were the Principal and Athletic Director not allowed to sit in on the interrogations?
Any real journalist, especially one that writes about the imbalances in the criminal justice system, would be familiar with coerced confessions. A real writer would know that a question can be worded in a way to achieve a desired answer. Example: Mr Haire, have you always been such a poor journalist? By answering either yes or no, Mr. Haire would be implying that he knows he is a poor journalist.
So anyway, now that I know this column is just an advertising ploy, I would like to ask you guys to write something funny for a change. It really dose not take a lot of talent or effort to point your finger and spew hatred. People might think you are ignorant and have anger issues. I think you guys could pack another bowl and come up with something funny. People would read it and laugh and talk about it and the City Paper could sell advertising. And perhaps you could change the name to, "Haire of The Dog Gone Sociopath".
Tup, I'll bet I've been through damn near as much shit as you, maybe more. The difference between us? I don't make a habit of whining about it in public. And as far as advocating for rights of others, I've done it for longer than you've been alive. I don't stand on a street corner and wail for attention like you, I do something. Oh, and by the way, my best friend growing up came out in 1972 in my ultra-conservative, rural home town, two years later he was Best Man in my wedding, two years after that he became Godfather to my first child, and last year he helped me celebrate the wedding of my younger daughter to her childhood girlfriend and partner of eight years. I've been active in acceptance advocacy for over 40 years, so perhaps I'm not the one that should STFU!
I take it back - I loathe you. Ima, you have no effing idea what hate is and what it feels like physically AND mentally. So until you have been there and done that, STFU! You are just as hateful and demeaning as all the bullies I have ever encountered throughout school and contuinuing into adulthood at the hands of those of the likes of you. But don't be too proud of yourself for you are just one of a million+ other jerks.
Life must be absolute Hell as such a victim,tup
Booklady, thanks to your Algebraic equation we now have a mathematical proof of my point. And that point is that Covington is adequately sophisticated to know something would happen, so was the primary point to educate Russian journalists or to be recognized for provoking the Russians into the events that occurred? Polyanna would believe the former, a thinking adult , the latter. All-in-all it appears to me like political grandstanding. Or worse yet, like other journalistic heavyweights like Fox News and Yahoo, they aimed to create the news they felt we should be seeing.
The Coastal Conservation League's delaying tactics on 526 should get thrown out of court quickly. This is a total waste of everyone's time and money and a cynical plot to stop a proposal that everyone else in the city wants. They want to delay and delay and delay and then claim that the cost has risen too much. They want to demand changes to the project and then claim those changes mean we should start from scratch with environmental assessment. It is ludicrous. Nobody wanted those damn changes anyway.
Here's the CCL's plan for Charleston in a nutshell, oppose 526, close down one of the lanes on the Ashley River Bridge, and then say nothing as over 500 acres of swamp and marsh along Bee's Ferry gets developed into new homes and apartment buildings. (Despite the glut of existing homes already on the market in WA) How are all those new apartment dwellers supposed to get to downtown? Fuck if they care.
Build the original and already approved expressway plan. I noticed that Paul Tinkler was bright enough to get the completion of 526 into his Mayoral platform. At this point, I am a single issue voter and this is the issue. City planning takes vision not a re-branding campaign.
To Ima Oldman:
Then you must consider that if one (a) intends to provoke a particular response with ones actions, and (b) is successful, so that one (c) may make a point to the world; then it is extremely counterproductive to stress that one set out (a) in order to (b) and (c).
Hey, I am not dissing her because she is a she nor because she is an Indian. Given her minority status, she should be more understanding about our plight. I am just introducing the possibility since she has worked so hard in her campaign contributions to enrich herself at the expense of South Carolina. Have known their family thru-out school (Bamberg-Ehrhardt Jr. and High schools) and I was told personally that they were not allowed to take any assets out of India when her parents immigrated back in the 50s. On a meager country college income, they have somehow amassed quite the fortune and that is suspect to me. Her parents Indian import business in Bamberg and Orangeburg (now closed) could not have possibly resulted in their wealth alone. And given her proven dishonesty, everything becomes suspect after that.
and world peace...
...so the "sneak some of her families riches out of India " is fair and unbigoted?.
as I said, self-consumed hypocrite
Not a victim, just want fairness and anyone who is not fair is a bigot (prejudiced in some manner), plain and simple. So, I love you too, IMA, and wish you nothing but happiness. If only all citizens (all ages, races, creeds, orientations, etc) could have complete happiness without prejudice.
What's confusing me is why this is considered racist, while for the four years my son attended Magnet and the football team every week got their tails whipped on the field and then later got a good helping of anti-White taunts, that wasn't considered racist. Is it because only Whites can be racist?
Tupper, again you try to make a salient, albeit always long-winded point then follow it with a dumb-ass comment that shows just how self-serving and egocentric you are. You're just another professional victim.
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