Tai Pan 
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Re: “The Late Night Ordinance isn't about public safety

Are we a tourist city or not ? It has been ever increasingly obvious that while the city fathers and the multitude of political poltroons who feed from the public trough want tourist $$$$ they do not wish to make Charleston a "tourist-friendly" environment. Now comes this ridiculous trifle of a law that bears no more semblance to something to promote tourism and encourage local support of the business community than do its previous counterparts that stripped beaches of recreational alcohol consumption and demand stupid compliance to antiquated blue laws.

If Charleston and its environs wish to be considered truly tourist destinations, then they need to wake up to the fact that people visit places to have fun, not be subjected to stupid regulations, confiscatory fines for trivial offenses, and just plain dumb governance. And while your are at it City Council, the same thing applies to residents.


Posted by Tai Pan on May 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Re: “S.C. sponsor of Voter ID caught praising racist comments

Perfer a return to the Hamiltonian concept of democracy do you ? Only the wealthy ( people of some property substance and education vote ? the rest don't) Seriously if you do please take a Jules Vern trip back to the 18th century, I am sure you will be more comfortable.

Oh and in refererrence to your earlier post, about debt and other similar matters you classify as trivial and attributable to Obama. Please find a forum with people who either have no memory, or can't add. It seems to me that GWB was the one who bought the You might ask yourself where the money for prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan came from other than borrowing. Seems to me the Bush tax cuts didn't help that money scrounge out very much.

When you refuse to look to obvious facts, then the fantasy becomes your reality. Funny isn't it that Clinton actually had a budget surplus and GWB never did... but then in your mind such a conspicuous anomoly had to be the result of someone else's work, right ?

Maybe $13 billion aircraft carriers, and 20 year weapons development programs for an aircraft that is far from economically justifiable have a bit to do with it too. But then, that couldn't possibly be the case could it. Oh and btw I love the idea that defense contractors are Congressionally mandated to issue warnings of impending layoffs just before the election.

Tai Pan

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Posted by Tai Pan on September 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Re: “S.C. sponsor of Voter ID caught praising racist comments

gnu name, suppose it is a waste of time to point out to you your source is Rupert Murdock and I guess you watch the Faux News Network as well. Let's examine shall we just what these entitlements are. Social Security - well I don't know about you but I paid for my social security benefits all my working life through FICA taxes. I don't consider that an entitlement, but rather an annuity benefit I paid for. Medicare, the same, and considering that in both cases, I will most definitely have paid in more than I will ultimately receive, I consider it a rather poor investment. I can guess you oppose housing subsidy payments, food stamps, medicaid, the whole gamut. Do you oppose farm subsidies, payable to companies like Conagra or United Brands ? How about tobacco subsidies to those who still grow the stuff ? Milk subsidies to Borden ? You remember the 70's and 80's I hope when small dairy farmers were bought out by the government to pave the way for the "more efficient" mega milk producers and processors ? Seems to me that you should be railing against corporate entitlements, like the depletion allowance for oil and gas, and investment tax credits that allow for overseas expansion. How about the tax breaks for making money overseas and then bringing back profits at a 2% tax rate. Talk aobut a gravy train. Small wonder oil company profits are at record highs.

Now I don't know how you define entitlements, but I don't define it as something I have paid for and am due to get back. I call that investment, whether or not it is voluntary or mandated investment. Take a hard look at your own life and see just how many "entitlements" you benefit from. You might find its worth your while to widen your reading and viewing horizons.


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Posted by Tai Pan on August 30, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Todd Akin's comments about 'legitimate rape' are outrageous and embarrassing

Thank god there are Aikins and Ryans around to remind us how antediluvian the hard core right has become. In Roe v Wade a right to access was affirmed, not a compulsory requirement that the access be exercised. Moreover it did not remove entirely the state's interest in the issue, allowing for viability of the fetus to determine the feasible term limit for the abortion. Blackmun's opinion concurred in by 6 other justices, established that states must approach the issue consistently.

Much of the dissent fueled by Roe v Wade can be laid directly at the feet of Justice White's dissenting opinion. To quote:" I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant women and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes. The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally disentitled to weigh the relative importance of the continued existence and development of the fetus, on the one hand, against a spectrum of possible impacts on the woman, on the other hand. As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court " So for almost 60 years, the extreme right wing and religious demagogues have made political hay out of White's dissent.

But the court in majority was right in its basic finding that it is not the right of the few to trample the rights of the many. Roe v Wade does not demand that one have an abortion, it merely secures the rights of those who so choose to avail themselves of the procedure safe access to it. The arguments concerning viability of the fetus have been cited at length to insure that the mysterious qualitative measure of viable sentient life has been the foremost concern. If that is the case, and the real true measure of the moral acceptability of abortion, then I suggest that same is no longer at issue. Science has provided the ability to literally conceive and support life and growth ex corpus. Of course such an act is equally reprehensible to the same groups who so violently oppose abortion rights.

In sum Roe v Wade did not make abortion the law of the land as the febrile intellects who oppose it assert, what it made the law of the law was access to a medical procedure that can be both therapeutic as well as prophylactic.

So when will the Republican Party join the 21st century and work cooperatively to solve the myriad problems facing this country today. If history is the road map, the answer, Tea Party or not, is never. They are still trying to make a hero out of Herbert Hoover.

Tai Pan

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Posted by Tai Pan on August 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Re: “S.C. sponsor of Voter ID caught praising racist comments

Why is it that the very party which killed 100's of white Americans, immigrants and blacks during the middle of the 19th century, to end slavery in this country, now finds it a sacred American patriotic obligation to return to an era which thankfully has long departed from this nation. Frankly, its obscene. Politicians it seems never tire of singing the praises of out melting pot nation, meanwhile hiding behind their segregated social clubs and obscenely racist voting records. Today, of course, they have another target for their venomous bile, the poor and disadvantaged. and naturally anyone who comes from anywhere else or is different in any way. Few remember today the long fought battles of labor to gain basic human rights and job benefits, it being a total sacriledge to recall the actions of lack thereof of the robber baron mentalities of our industrial revolution that drove them. While management rails at the "expense" of compliance with OSHA, EPA, and the other regulatory agencies designed to maintain safe working environments, workers are lulled into a sense that it can trust "management" to make the "right" decisions to protect them and their jobs. Certainly they do,by outsourcing, movement to right to work states, RIFS and salary cuts,cutting healthcare benefits, turning over retirement obligations to the Pension Guaranty Trust Administration, etc all in the name of global competitiveness.

Today we have a new and very dangerous bogeyman, the voter, - because when that individual, does his research, examines who is really working for him, he might not vote for the hand picked poltroon of the oligarchy, who has pledged himself heart, soul and pocketbook to the captains of wealth who are determined to leave slim pickings for the masses. This state is an excellent example, fat reduction surgery for state employees and no immunizations for poor children. I have offered a simple and direct solution for this voter id nonsense, issue a voter PICTURE id card at the time of registration. If you can issue a paper card, with today's technology you can put a picture one it and laminate it, but then think of all the law firms who will miss out on the gravy train of supporting the state's frivilous case.

Ah the joys of the antebellum days. Have you picked your Massa yet ?

Tai Pan

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Posted by Tai Pan on August 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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