WASHINGTON -- Sometimes fiction can't improve on life.
Comedian and S.C. native Stephen Colbert has gained national fame from his unique brand of political humor on his Comedy Central TV show "The Colbert Report." His satirist style, however, sometimes crosses over from behind the television screen to the realities of American politics. One of Colbert's most notable forays into politics came in 2008 after he decided to run for president, but only in the S.C. primary. Colbert's intentions were to half-jokingly run as a "favorite son" of the state on both the Republican and Democratic platforms, but he eventually dropped out of the race.
Hugh O'Brian is probably most famous for playing the character Wyatt Earp on ABC's "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" which debuted in 1955.
Can this be the end of Blago?
Some Americans act as if Congress and the president have a jobs-making switch somewhere they can flip to help the economy. If only. No modern economy is that simple. And the factors that affect employment can be complex.
Well, it wasn't Independence Day for Nikki Haley. Could there have been any harsher repudiation of the governor's agenda and tactics than what happened Wednesday night at the State House?
I stopped by the Farmer's Market on Memorial Day weekend, and I ran into a neighbor who said something to me about how it must be nice in the summer when things slow down. Admittedly, summer does provide the opportunity for some rest and recharging. But in reality, our school district remains unbelievably busy over the summer. Getting ready for a new school year is a monumental and complex task.
From the mailbag:
Fearful of being banished from my role as family historian after such a short time in the position and due to a father's acerbic request, I must accurately restate several details before continuing on with this month's column. In June, I wrote about my great-great uncle, Adjutant General John D. Frost, the first man to be accepted and mustered into service of the United States, 1st S.C. Volunteer Infantry in May of 1898. Frost served as major, and later lieutenant colonel in the 1st SC Regiment in the Spanish-American War and was a World War I veteran ...
Americans seem to find a lot of entertainment value in watching celebrities destroy themselves. Witness, for example, the brisk ticket sales for Charlie Sheen's recent meltdown tour.
For those of you who can't wait until the day when your teenage daughter spends your hard-earned cash on a whim, well, your day may finally be here.
WASHINGTON -- If George W. Bush had ignored the views of his Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to avoid complying with the War Powers Resolution, Democrats would be going berserk. Barack Obama, I suspect, would be going berserk.
Although Sen. Jim DeMint is not likely to make a run for the presidency in 2012, he is still looking to shape the Republican field toward his brand of Tea Party politics.
In the late 1980s, the fight against global communism entered a crucial phrase. President Ronald Reagan publicly pressed Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa gave Polish workers the courage to rise up against their communist masters. The Velvet Revolution sprang up in Czechoslovakia.
Nothing succeeds like success, but don't sell failure short.
WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates' names might stand for Denial.
Growing up, I had a hand full of career goals. My parents signed me up for basketball in 3rd grade, which put the idea of playing for the WNBA in my head.
Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.
It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.
In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...
On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.
I was in Boston recently and just down from our hotel, in the heart of the Back Bay, is the Berklee College of Music.
WASHINGTON -- Now, now, let's not panic.
I obviously enjoy sharing stories from my childhood and other eras of my life in this column. I've told you about the time my pony took me on a crazy ride through a shed with a low ceiling and the time I got "lost" at the New York World's Fair. This week I'm going to tell you about a very special place that was the scene of many of my happiest childhood memories.
Hollywood's most recent spate of pirate movies, the Pirates of the Caribbean series starring Johnny Depp, illustrates the age-old stereotype of "the pirate." Depp is the perfect swaggering pirate, his full head of dreadlocks wrapped in a cloth, waistcoat belted with heavy leather, on occasion an 18th century skirted frock coat and a tricorn hat. Pistols and swords in his belt within easy reach for a fight. Soft leather boots folded down at the top. Swashbuckling at its best. Depp embodies the definitive pirate style.
ASPEN, Colo. -- One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen -- yes, I realize the irony -- is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government "handouts" are good for the bottom line?
My taste in music is pretty diverse. I seriously listen to every genre. However, I do have my favorites as I am sure many people do, and I have found that my preference for some genres are restricted to certain decades.
Lately, I seem to be reminded of the old adage "tough times never last but tough people do." It has me wondering: do tough people simply outlast the tough times or is it that people actually become tough as a result of surviving adversities over and over? Perhaps the answer lies in what we find on the other side of those difficult times. Perchance on the other side of these really burdensome and painful moments in our lives lay tougher people. It does make sense. Trying and practicing to be tough over and over would have to deliver a positive ...
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