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Monday, June 14, 2010

Plants Are Green

One of the ripples from the South Carolina Democratic Primary for US Senate is the new idea that the winning candidate might be a "Republican plant."

This is laughable, at whichever level you wish to examine it. The seat in question is currently held by Senator Jim DeMint (Full disclosure - I'm a BIG fan.) He's a Republican, and he is widely considered to be one of the safest incumbents up for reelection this year.

A Tea Party darling, he is unlikely to face any voter-rebellion this cycle. Suffice it to say, the Democrats weren't going to expend a large amount of effort running against him when resources would be better spent, say..., keeping Senator Reid in office.

Thus, it was a throwaway race. There were two candidates, longtime politician and former Charleston jurist, Vic Rawl, and complete unknown Mr. Greene.

Greene won. By 60%. Without campaigning. He seems to have printed a grand total of ONE campaign flyer.

The Dems are now crying foul after awaking and discovering whom their candidate is. While all too happy to accept his filing fee (does it really matter who paid it?), they weren't too bothered to find out anything about him. They're now shocked to discover he's facing felony obscenity charges (which perversely may actually enhance his qualifications for Congress.)

Aren't they the least ashamed to crow loudly, "We didn't know anything about him"? What does this say for their governing abilities if they don't know whom their candidates are?

And, to add insult, they're saying their voters were duped. That's right, Democrat voters... You're too dumb to know whom you voted for.

Perhaps the truth is this simple: in a primary which had as its main focus the race for Governor, the voters simply chose the first name on the ballot for the throwaway race further down the ballot? Nah, it's much more likely that the Republicans would go through a lot of effort to plant a false candidate in a scheme to ensure their candidate's shaky election chances. Yup, that's it.

Attention, Dems: Better to be thought a fool, than to speak aloud and remove all doubt. Or, as the Republicans are likely thinking, THANK YOU for taking the whole Republican Gubernatorial primary circus off the front page. Whew!

Lastly, in other news, it's rumored that the English football (soccer) team, unhappy with their goalie's performance in the World Cup, are now thinking he might have been a USA plant. Aftert all, his name is Green, too.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Flag as a Barometer

We all know that we’re living in a time of change.  Or, so we hope.  (Get it? Hope & Change?)


Yeah, I know.


Anyway, I’ve noticed a few things around the neighborhood lately.  Being a military neighborhood, in a military town, near a military base, it’s easy to expect to see the American flag flying darn near everywhere.  It’s on my house and my car, for instance.  And down the street.  And around the corner…


But lately, I’ve noticed the beginnings of change.  I’ve seen the flags change.  In some cases, more US Flags go up.  But, more importantly… I’ve seen some American flags come DOWN.  Replaced with the Gadsden flag in most cases.  And lately, not entirely surprisingly as we approach the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States, the Confederate Battle Flag has reemerged.


What does this mean?  Does it mean anything?


I believe it might be one of the indicators, a barometer perhaps, of the changing mood of the country.  People have often stated their views or allegiances with the flags they fly.  For the US flag to come down and another flag to rise in its place, in this area… very telling.