I love Kenzie!
Why do lesbians rate extra attention in the media? How about "5 heterosexuals eating a quiche"? Hardly newsworthy. But LESBIANS!! That's somehow suppose to be special, even magical. Why? I'm just saying.
Matthew O'Leary: that is actually how it happened in New York. An off-Broadway acting troupe fired a guy for "not fitting in", which upon further discussion turned out to mean that he wasn't gay, unlike the others. He sued, but the judge ruled that, since there was no law in New York against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, there was no cause of action. The legislature promptly rectified that.
Eventually, the price of labor will hit the point where the workers will be replaced by machines. McATMs, anybody?
I admire the efforts made by opponents of the proposed I-526 extension. These activists have brought an issue that was well-understood but seldom-discussed in activism circles to the forefront- the very real risk posed to the culture of the Lowcountry.
Over the last few decades, the Lowcountry's culture has been threatened by the influx of tens of thousands of non-natives. The state's property tax system has allowed the influx of wealthy non-natives to drive up property tax rates, forcing low-income, land-owning native Lowcountry residents off their land. This property tax system has also hurt local farms (which are rendered uncompetitive by higher property taxes) and consequently aided urban sprawl by forcing farmers off their land.
In our cities, there are campaigns to attract wealthy non-natives and develop high-income housing under the guise of '"protecting architectural traditions" and "urban renewal". Preference is given for the development of expensive traditional architectural designs marketed towards wealthy transplants over aesthetically-traditional, yet high-density housing that lower-income natives can afford. "Urban renewal" is simply a euphemism for "displacing low-income natives with moneyed outsiders". Nothing is being renewed or revitalized- only replaced by something else from the outside.
Both the current property tax arrangement and "urban renewal" programs have been supported by many in the real estate industry- It's completely fair to say they have a racket going along with cultural displacement. Let's call it what it is.
This trend can be seen to some degree in all of the Lowcountry's metropolitan areas- While the Lowcountry is defined by Charleston's sphere of influence, this sphere of influence extends far beyond the Charleston metropolitan area its self. The Georgetown, Conway, Beaufort, Aiken, Florence, Hilton Head, and Hardeeville areas are some of the other places in the Lowcountry that have experienced cultural displacement.
Gullah, the English creole language of the Gullah people (one of the cultures within the larger Lowcountry culture) and lingua franca of much of the Lowcountry until relatively recent times, has been systematically attacked through the displacement of Gullah communities by Northerners establishing resorts and suburban communities. The Charleston Brogue- not just that of the city limits, but all dialects of Lowcountry English- has also retreated into the houses of minds of those who fear discrimination in employment, and abandoned by youth and younger adults who fear they will be ostracized if they retain their native tongues.
Resistance to linguistic displacement is key in our struggle. We need to wake and realize that not everyone needs to speak Upper Midwest English to be a smart, successful person. Nor do we need Upper Midwest "General American" English to be the dialect of our mass media. We should encourage linguistic revitalization through the restoration of our dialects to the airwaves. In the United Kingdom, the importance of this has already been realized- The UK "standard" dialect, Received Pronunciation, no longer dominates UK mass media.
There is also the issue of ecological destruction. As urban sprawl has intensified in the last few years, more marshlands, woodlands, swamps have been developed- the protection of our natural wonders is a key part of our cultural defense efforts. They are pieces of cultural iconography like any other. The proposed extension of I-526 only promises to encourage sprawl and further damage marshland ecosystems.
Some deride us for standing up for our culture. When they do that, we should just ask them how they would feel about the same thing happening in Scotland, Friesland, or Catalonia. As a constituent people of the United States, we in the Lowcountry have every bit as much as the constituent peoples of the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, or any other country to our culture. If the same thing we are experiencing happened in any of these places, there would be a global outcry. There should be no double standards. Everyone's cultural independence and right to their home should be respected.
Proponents of our displacement also say that they are bringing wealth and prosperity to an impoverished land. The fact that we face high levels of poverty is no secret, and we must acknowledge this- but when these proponents make these claims, they imply we are unable to address these issues ourselves and that we are incapable of being the custodians of our own land.
Our cultural preservation efforts, like those of any other people, are perfectly compatible with modernity- We can use the money set to be allocated for the extension I-526 to improve our schools and the economic well-being of our people. There is no cognitive dissonance in being a proud defender of one's culture and also recognizing a need to improve the standard of living in one's land.
Of course, stopping the I-526 project isn't an easy task- We must draw attention to our struggle from outside the Lowcountry if we intend to win. And it's important to remember that this is just one hurdle in a series of many others yet to come.
The situation we face is not particular to us- It is part of a trend happening all across the South. Look at the plight of the native inhabitants of the Atlanta area, the Cajuns in Acadiana, the Louisiana Creoles, the native inhabitants of Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, the Texas Germans of Central Texas, the Isleños of Southeastern Louisiana, the native inhabitants of West Texas, the native inhabitants of Florida, and countless others. Southern culture and the South's peoples are under siege. It's as simple as that.
Does the current trend affect areas of South Carolina outside the Lowcountry?
Without question! This is an issue of statewide significance- Not only does the completion of any project like this encourage more frivolous DOT spending, but it accedes to displacement and urban sprawl taking place in the Upcountry.
Look at the urban sprawl and displacement in the South Carolina side of the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area. Look at the same thing is going on in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson area.
Write to out of town newspapers (both in state and out of state) on the issue and draw attention to the larger trend.
Bring in the support of Southern environmental groups from outside the Lowcountry.
This is something state political leaders must address. Press the gubernatorial 2014 gubernatorial candidates on the issue. Let your concerns be known to your state assemblymen.
Demand for the abolition of property taxes and the establishment of a hefty development tax- one that only those who wish to perpetuate the current trend of sprawl will be subjected to.
We cannot solve the crisis by only continuing to argue with the same opponents we have faced for years. It's time to broaden the scope of our activism.
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If I hear one more person say "but my [better/more important than MacDonalds] job only pays [x], they don't deserve as much as me!" I'm going to scream. You're underpaid too dumbass! Instead of trying to keep those with a little less than you down, why not try standing up together?
Do you all understand how negotiation works? You ask for the moon than negotiate for something less. The $15/hr is a negotiation starting point. If an employer meets them in the middle in the $11.50 range that's a huge win. Whereas if they started with a "reasonable" demand they'd end up settling for something even less. I hope none of you are buying a car any time soon.
Haven't you heard that the whole "if you are white then you are racist" thing has played out its usefulness and is starting to backfire?
The hatred which vomits onto radio and the internet from South Carolina's right wing community is the true representative of what SC is and is becoming. Decent, compassionate people are gradually being driven out of the state or just leaving for better opportunities elsewhere. They're being replaced by retirees looking of places with relatively cheap real estate, low taxes and low paid domestic help. We're being turned into a third world colony of the right wing United States, much like a beach resort in a third world country.
What would happen if cops started towing cars for violations of no parking restrictions that were not marked by a sign on the street affected? Riots? parking cops getting shot on sight? armed confrontations in the streets? Then why should it be OK to vandalize equipment and confiscate property just because it isn't a car?
Wrong....Landsark. My kid is the current CIA student, its a family tradition. I am a longtime graduate of the CIA as well as having 2 additional degrees from the French Culinary Institute in NYC ...meaning I actually know GREAT food when I eat it. Sorry, but I find most of the"Unique Southern Restaurants" boring and all the same old - same old. Pretty Good but not Great. And thats not just here but all the other Southern states as well. No one pays my rent but me - definitely not Bob and Betty from Ohio. They just block my driveway when I am trying to pull out. I own percentages in numerous restaurants and food related businesses in NYC, LA (2 more massive hipster havens), Atlanta, Boston, Paris, Barcelona and of course the original start, with family members in Madrid. I am the "outside investment" in all of the above places and appreciate all other "outside investors". Its the idiot sheeple hipsters I dislike and their numbers are growing here. No....sorry, the hipsters def do not pay my rent in any of the aforementioned cities or here. I do, through hard work and sweat equity. Heres what I spin at this time of year"Get that Ford Focus out of my Driveway and head on back up to Toledo. Y'all come back now, ya hear."
Who do you think pays the minimum wage? The consumer. Wages go up prices go up. Unless you are one of those special kinds of assholes who thinks otherwise like being held accountable is too much to ask. To those special kinds of assholes I say liquidate all you have and give it away so that you won't have more than another and feel guilty.
There are several Republican plans.
Here is ONE.
Please check out HR 3121 American Health Care Reform Act
If your interested.
I have been reprimanded by the liberal powers that be. :)
I copied and pasted that from a previous post (i made) which was allowed.
In fact it is still on the website. Maybe have a consistent policy?
Also since i wanted to post an original "bill" how would one not copy and paste
the contents of a bill pending in congress?
The issue is $15/hr, bottom line! As mentioned above, that's overkill. Why not propose a more reasonable rate?
Hopefully we can inch our way up to 8 or 9 next year....
Exactly. The issue is whether or not the business itself should pay a living wage for its employees through the businesses own earnings, or whether the entire country should pay through taxes for the welfare, food stamps, and assorted to make up the rest of the employee's living wage.
The issue is whether you want the business itself to pay for its workers, or if you yourself want to pay for its workers.
I would rather have the business pay the wages, and have me pay for the unemployment and welfare for the few who truly need it.
"You people realize that when people make poverty wages the public makes up the difference through public assistance, right?"
I have no problem with these people getting paid more, but $15 is overkill. I know many college graduates that started out at that hourly rate. Hell, I have seen engineering contractor positions posted starting at $17/hr.
Good Luck Steven! I just moved to Charleston from LA, and the one thing I miss is the music scene.. I have never heard so much talent like I did in LA. Be prepared for some competition though, there are a lot of artists who should be famous but they're not. It's all about who you know and the connections you make, so hopefully you get to meet a lot of people working in the industry or just a chance to play in front of a lot of people, you can always audition for the talent shows :) I just heard your songs, you have a chance for sure. Good luck!
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